SAVING WATER, summer series:Decisions to push ahead with coal and coal seam gas (CSG) projects in NSW and Queensland are entirely at odds with ensuring good management of water supplies and reducing carbon emissions.
There’s hope to be found in our gardens and on our streets but we need to change the way we design rainwater runoff, and we need to do it now.
At least two Australians towns, Stanthorpe in Queensland and Braidwood in NSW, have run dry and are now trucking in water at great expense. UNSW professor Stuart Khan says there’s many options to help drought-stricken towns before resorting to carted water, with some solutions more affordable and sustainable than others.
If anyone is going to stop 90 regional towns and communities in NSW from being relocated because they’ve run out of water, it will be James McTavish.
It’s a last ditch scenario but the NSW state government is preparing plans to relocate around 90 towns that are running out of water, if the drought does not break soon.
Last week saw an unprecedented outbreak of large, intense fires stretching from the mid-north coast of New South Wales into central Queensland.
A few weeks ago, I had to drive to Brisbane and, unexpectedly, drive back to Sydney just a few days later. It’s a journey I’ve been doing once or twice a year for 19 years. Over that time, I have seen dry periods and bushfires but this trip was different.
Armidale hasn’t received its usual winter rain, and the city’s water reservoir has also been servicing the nearby township of Guyra, where water supplies are critically low.
Australia is currently in the throes of a drought we didn’t see coming. We can no longer rely on the traditional ways of managing our water supplies and we need to get serious about planning for long-term water security if we want to avoid running dry.
With the issue of water supply reaching crisis point, its connection to climate change needs to spur urgent action.
Drought-resistant water infrastructure, green residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) and waste and recycling initiatives are among the future opportunities for Australia’s fledgling green bond market.
News from the front desk – Issue No 399: We appear to have a gambling problem that extends way beyond poker machine habits and flutters on the fillies. It’s a runaway risk appetite for maintaining things as close to the status quo as possible in the face of the reality of climate change and its impacts on all humans.
News from the Front Desk: Issue No 396 – A letter to the editor during this chilly winter period about firewood gave pause to think. Even more so the beautiful photos of luscious red river red gums cut down to a nice neat size, perfect for feeding into the Coonara. Can’t you just feel the […]
BATHURST BURR: At Picton, near the NSW coast at the prize-winning Country Valley Dairy, about 350 kilometres to the east of Jemalong and 60 km west from Sydney, fifth-generation farmer John Fairley has not had good rain since July 2017.
From University of New South Wales: An exhaustive global analysis of rainfall and rivers shows signs of a radical shift in streamflow patterns, with more intense flooding in cities and smaller catchments coupled with a drier countryside. Drier soils and reduced water flow in rural areas – but more intense rainfall that overwhelms infrastructure and […]