Tag Archives | Drought

Virtual Science for Australian Drought Policy Review

Australia could experience drought twice as often and the events will be twice as severe within 20 to 30 years, according to a new Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO report. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke yesterday released the report commissioned by the Rudd Government as part of a review of national drought […]

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Climate Change, Growing Populations and Political Concerns are Prompting a Fresh Look at Desalination

Water has always been a volatile topic in Australia, the world’s driest inhabited continent, but the political row that broke out last week was perhaps surprising. Protesters are complaining that a planned desalination facility outside Melbourne, Victoria, will generate too much freshwater. As Neil Rankine ( a spokesman for protest group Your Water Your Say) […]

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Murray River Tributary Reduced to Billabongs

While the Murray River is flowing strongly despite the drought, many of its tributaries are drying up. Yesterday I visited the Wakool River with Wakool Landholders Association Chairman John Lolicato. He showed me a spot downstream of Gee Gee bridge where there is still water in deep holes. A bit upstream the river has been […]

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Rain Misses Murray-Darling Catchment

The heavy rain which has fallen across southern Australia in the past few days and caused flooding in parts of Victoria, has hardly made a dent in the record low storage levels of the Murray-Darling system. ABC News: ‘Murray-Darling still in trouble despite welcome rain’ Thanks to Luke Walker for the link

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Rain Fails to Boost Confidence in the Future of Farming

Rain may have fallen over parts of south-eastern Australia over the weekend – in some places to the point of flooding – but the confidence of farmers in the future of their businesses has fallen to its lowest level this year, results from Westpac and Charles Sturt University reveals. ABC News: ‘Farmer confidence hits yearly […]

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Drought and the ’07 Election

The Coalition will not fund future drought preparedness measures as part of its agricultural election policy, due out in a fortnight, but will stick with its existing drought assistance measures despite calls for change from State Governments and the National Farmers Federation. farmonline: ‘Election ’07: Drought preparedness not in Coalition ag policy’

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Special Drought Statement from BoM

For large parts of southern and eastern Australia, dry conditions have now persisted since October 1996, a total of eleven years. For some areas, the accumulated total rainfall deficit over this period now exceeds a full year’s normal rain. For the agriculturally important Murray-Darling Basin, however, October 2007 marks the sixth anniversary of lower than […]

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Drought-Proofing Australia

As we have seen over the past year, drought can take an emotional, as well as financial toll on farmers, placing individuals, families and local communities under extraordinary stress. Helping people cope under such pressure is essential but the challenges of a changing climate demand a visionary new approach in the way Australia deals with […]

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Failed Wheat Crops and a Note from Bill Kininmonth

When somebody is down on their luck they are fair game for getting a cheap swipe. Drought continues [in Australia] and so the rural community are in the gunsights. It is the farmer’s environmentally unfriendly land management practices that are contributing to global warming, so it is said . It might never rain again! Repent […]

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