Hawaii bans sunscreens with chemicals that damage coral reefs, but Australia reluctant to follow

Hawaii bans sunscreens with chemicals that damage coral reefs, but Australia reluctant to follow

Posted May 04, 2018 20:08:03 Photo: There have been concerns for some time about the impact of chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate on coral reefs. (Flickr: Joe Shlabotnik (CC BY 2.0)) Related Story: It’s getting quieter on the Barrier Reef — and that’s bad news Related Story: Are you sun smart? …

IAAF member quits over ‘objectionable’ rule change that bans Caster Semenya from competition

IAAF member quits over ‘objectionable’ rule change that bans Caster Semenya from competition

Posted May 01, 2018 08:53:12 One of the world’s most respected sports lawyers has quit his position on a committee of the governing body of international athletics, slamming the controversial new rule that is believed to target gold medal-winning South African runner Caster Semenya. Four months after being appointed to …

Kenya bans its first Cannes nominated film Rafiki over romantic scenes between women

Kenya bans its first Cannes nominated film Rafiki over romantic scenes between women

Updated April 28, 2018 17:58:51 Photo: Wanuri Kahiu is the the director of the film Rafiki, due to premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. (AP: Ben Curtis) Related Story: China’s Sina Weibo reverses ban on LGBT content after outcry Related Story: From electroshocks to religious ‘cure camps’: Survivors share …

Northern Territory citrus faces state bans after canker disease detected in Darwin

Northern Territory citrus faces state bans after canker disease detected in Darwin

Posted April 24, 2018 13:54:04 Photo: Citrus canker is spread by wind and rain. (ABC News: Elias Clure) Related Story: Citrus canker detected in Top End for first time in almost 30 years Related Story: Protecting Australia’s $600 million citrus industry from diseases New South Wales has ordered a temporary …

Artist Frida Kahlo’s family says judge blocks improper use of brand, bans Barbie doll

Artist Frida Kahlo’s family says judge blocks improper use of brand, bans Barbie doll

Posted April 21, 2018 16:03:43 Photo: The Frida Kahlo Corporation said it received the trade rights to the artist from one of her nieces. (Wikimedia: Toni Frissell) Related Story: Frida Kahlo painting goes to auction after six decades hidden away Audio: Turning the tables on gender stereotypes in kids fiction …

Chief of Army bans soldiers from wearing ‘arrogant’ death symbols

Chief of Army bans soldiers from wearing ‘arrogant’ death symbols

Updated April 19, 2018 12:38:37 Photo: A member of Iraq’s elite Special Forces wears a skull mask in the fight against the Islamic State in 2016. (AP: Khalid Mohammed) Australia’s Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, has issued a directive that prohibits the wearing of ‘death’ symbols. Lieutenant General …

Plastic bag bans are coming. Here’s what you need to know – Science News

Plastic bag bans are coming. Here’s what you need to know – Science News

From July 1, Queensland and Western Australia will ban single-use, lightweight plastic bags from major retailers, bringing the states into line with the ACT, South Australia and Tasmania. Victoria is set to follow, having announced plans in October 2017 to phase out most lightweight plastic bags this year, leaving only …

China’s Sina Weibo bans LGBT content on social media, but reverses after outcry

China’s Sina Weibo bans LGBT content on social media, but reverses after outcry

Posted April 17, 2018 06:02:21 Photo: Weibo announced last Friday that it would remove LGBT-related content from its site. (Weibo) Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, has reversed a short-lived ban on LGBT-related content following an outcry from the country’s internet users. Key points: The social media company announced …

New Zealand bans new offshore oil and gas exploration in quest for net zero emissions

New Zealand bans new offshore oil and gas exploration in quest for net zero emissions

Updated April 12, 2018 15:34:18 Photo: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has committed to slashing the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. (AP: Mark Baker, file) Permits for offshore oil and gas exploration will no longer be issued by the New Zealand Government as part of its commitment to a clean …

Michael Clarke willing to return to Test side amid ball-tampering bans

Michael Clarke willing to return to Test side amid ball-tampering bans

Updated April 08, 2018 09:05:50 Photo: Michael Clarke scored 28 Test centuries for Australia before retiring three years ago. (AAP) Former Australia captain Michael Clarke says he is willing to come out of retirement to help out the Test side following the suspensions of David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron …