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Bone-Dry Australia Faces Backlash Against Dam Projects

Via The Wall Street Journal, at look at how – as Australian authorities seek to maximize water use – they are clashing with indigenous communities and environmentalists over dams: To indigenous Australians Isabel and George Coe, the hills near a 280-foot-tall dam here are part of a sacred landscape that is dotted with burials and […]

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As Water Runs Low, Can Life In Australia’s Outback Go On?

Courtesy of The New York Times, a look at how – in Australia’s vast interior – rivers and lakes are disappearing: Fleur Magick Dennis has stopped showering every day, allowed her vegetable patch to die and told her four sons to let the dishes pile up. Sometimes, all her family has is bottled water, and […]

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In 2019, 10% of Australian Water Owned By Foreigners

Via The Guardian, commentary on Australia’s water scarcity challenge: I’m starting to think that after living on a farm for 25 years, I might now learn the art of agriculture at the age of 54. I’m starting to think, in the hierarchy of needs, it might matter more to me than journalism. Because of, well, […]

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Australia’s Water Tragedy: Hydropolitics and the Failure of the Murray Darling Basin Plan

Via Global Research, commentary on Australia’s much lauded Murray Darling Basin plan: Water is gold to survival, the indispensable, the vast feeder for human civilization. Its absence entails certain death; its decline brings out the prospect that a civilisation might well collapse. When a water crisis is announced, panic sets in. Officials ready for war; […]

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Truth, Lies, and Water: Are Australia’s Water Policies Washing Billions Of Dollars Down The Drain?

Via the Asia & The Pacific Policy Society, some interesting commentary on how policies on the Murray-Darling Basin are costing Australian taxpayers billions, and may leave the country high and dry when the next drought hits: Just as conventional conflicts are fought along battlefronts with troops and weapons, helped along by deception and subterfuge, so […]

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In Water-Scarce Regions Desalination Plants Are Risky Investments

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, an interesting look at desalination investments: Earlier this year, during India’s deepest drought in decades, local authorities in central Maharashtra reported the highest rainfall deficit in the country. Water levels behind dams dropped so far that reservoirs had bathtub rings of dried sand and mud. Puddles lay at the bottom […]

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