Archive for the ‘Australia’ Category

Water (In)Sovereignty: USA, China and United Kingdom Are The Largest Foreign Owners of Australian Water

Via, a report that Canada, USA, UK and China top the list of foreign owners in Australia’s water market: Key points: Foreign ownership of water in Australia grew from 4,389 GL in June 2021, to 4,503 GL in June 2022 About 11 per cent of water entitlements in Australia are owned by foreign companies A […]

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Five Steps Needed To Fix the Murray-Darling Basin Plan

Via, a look at the Murray-Darling Basin plan: The Murray Darling Basin Plan is an historic deal between state and federal governments to save Australia’s most important river system. The A$13 billion plan, inked over a decade ago, was supposed to rein in the water extracted by farmers and communities, and make sure the […]

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The Murray-Darling Basin Shows Why The ‘Social Cost of Water’ Concept Won’t Work

Via The Conversation, commentary on the ‘social cost’ of water: Access to safe, clean water is a basic human right. But water scarcity or barriers to access can cause conflict within and between countries. Fights over water can be expected to intensify as the world warms, evaporation increases and rainfall becomes less predictable. So we’ll need […]

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Death On The Darling

Via The Economist, a look at how climate change and poor management are imperilling Australia’s biggest river system: Yabbies, freshwater lobsters native to Australia, thrive in the outback for a reason. They can tolerate high temperatures and drought, and need hardly any oxygen in their water. Yet even for them the Darling river, which snakes […]

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Australia: Must Embrace Water As A National Security Priority

Courtesy of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, commentary on Australia’s need to embrace water as a national security priority: Hangovers result from a classic human failing: we stop and think only when a problem arises, not when it’s caused. When times are good, we’ve always got room for one more, but come the morning and […]

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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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