Monday, April 30, 2007

Australia's epic drought: The situation is grim

it's getting pretty heavy here with the drought meaning that water restrictions are getting tighter and tighter. it shocks me when i leave brisbane and see people hosing driveways or using a hose period.

plans to get water into south-east queensland include bringing it in on massive tanker ships, piping it in from darwin, re-routing rivers from NSW or processing toilet water back into drinking water.

all things considered it looks like its going to et worse before it gets better.

Australia has warned that it will have to switch off the water supply to the continent's food bowl unless heavy rains break an epic drought - heralding what could be the first climate change-driven disaster to strike a developed nation.
The Murray-Darling basin in south-eastern Australia yields 40 per cent of the
country's agricultural produce. But the two rivers that feed the region are so
pitifully low that there will soon be only enough water for drinking supplies.
Australia is in the grip of its worst drought on record, the victim of changing
weather patterns attributed to global warming and a government that is only just
starting to wake up to the severity of the position.

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