Author: Kerrod Trott

New coffee shop stubs out the cigars

The most common question barista Sinead Green is asked at her new South Brisbane coffee shop is ”do you still sell cigars?”. While customers are disappointed to learn that Cuban cigars are no longer available, they are delighted that the distinctive red Paladar Fumior Salon on the corner of Fish Lane and Merivale Street has reopened and is continuing its reputation for great coffee. 20-year old Sinead recently returned to Queensland after a short stint in Melbourne where she completed a Visual Arts Diploma at RMIT and managed a funky cafe in St. Kilda. Now studying psychology in Brisbane,...

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Everything you wanted to know about the cost of dope

A new study reveals the cost of marijuana in 120 cities around the world, and calculates how much tax revenue a city could gain from legalisation. ● ‏Tokyo, Japan has the most expensive cannabis‏ ‏, at 32.66 USD per gram. ‏ ● ‏Quito, Ecuador has the least expensive marijuana‏ ‏, at 1.34 USD per gram. ‏ ● ‏Based on the average US marijuana tax rates currently implemented, ‏ ‏New York City could generate the highest potential tax revenue by legalising weed‏ ‏, with 156.40 million USD per year. New York City also has the highest consumption rate of cannabis,...

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Sharks vital to marine ecosystems – new report

Scientists at The University of Western Australia have discovered evidence of body shape changes in fish due to shark population declines from overfishing. Researchers from The University of Western Australia, Australian Institute of Marine Science, University of Miami (UM) and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science analysed seven different fish species from two neighbouring coral reef systems off the coast of North-West Australia. The findings shed new light on the cascading effects that the loss of the ocean’s top predators is having on marine ecosystems. The Rowley Shoals and the Scott Reefs are each comprised of multiple...

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Help save frogs with your phone

Did you know that frogs are one of the most threatened groups of animals on the planet? Frogs are at risk from habitat loss, climate change, urbanisation and disease. Queensland Frogs including the Kuranda Tree Frog (Litoria myola) and the Australian Lace-lid (Litoria dayi), are among the species most under threat from habitat loss and the potentially lethal chytrid fungus. You can help save Queenslands frogs by joining FrogID, Australia’s first national frog count, to discover where they are at risk and how to conserve them and our waterways.  Find out more about Queenslands frogs and how to protect...

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SA to Oz: Follow our clean energy lead

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN voters want to see the rest of Australia follow in the state’s clean energy footsteps, with new polling showing that 57.6% of respondents believe the rest of the country should switch to renewable energy and storage in the next 5 to 10 years. The ReachTel poll, commissioned by the Climate Council, (conducted on the evening of Monday, January 29th) investigated South Australian attitudes towards the state’s leadership on renewable energy and storage, including the recent installation of the world’s largest lithium ion battery. Energy expert of 40 years experience, South Australian and Climate Councillor, Andrew Stock, said...

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