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Aren’t we in a drought? The Australian black coal industry uses enough water for over 5 million people
Water is a highly contested resource in this long, oppressive drought, and the coal industry is one of Australia’s biggest water users. Research released today, funded by the Australian Conservation Foundation, has identified how much water coal mining and coal-fired power stations actually use in New South Wales and Queensland. The answer? About 383 billion litres of fresh water every year.
In October, Sacha Amaruzaman, a PhD Candidate in the Centre for Global Food and Resources (GFAR) and Fellow in the IPBES Assessment on the Multiple Values of Nature, participated in the Second Authors Meeting of the assessment.
This week Indonesian researchers are joining the Northern Australia Dairy Innovation Days and touring the subtropical dairy industry.
Dr Daniel Gregg provides a project update from his fieldwork in Uganda.
Review of Pastoral Act provides opportunity to bring forward new ideas to South Australian land management
GFAR's Associate Professor Patrick O'Connor, along with his colleagues, has completed a detailed submission to the review of the Pastoral Land Management and Conservation Act 1989.
Prof. Young hopes that this water sharing paper will inspire a new dialogue and start a search for robust water-sharing arrangements that will withstand the test of time. In some areas, a few policy tweaks may be all that is necessary. In other areas, a major rethink may be necessary.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Patrick O’Connor for being elected as Chair of the National Landcare Network (NLN). NLN is the representative body for Landcare groups across Australia and works to provide national representation for Landcare and other community groups working to protect Australia’s lands and waters.
Australian environmental investment needs to up its game. The total expenditures need to expand to the scale of the problem and the mechanisms of investment need to engage much more of the population and economy in making a difference.
According to reports from World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) 2.1 billion people live without safe water at home and globally, 80% of the people who have to use unsafe and unprotected water resources live in rural areas. The theme for this year’s World Water Day is ‘Leaving no one behind’ which is underpinned by the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: ‘Water for all by 2030’.