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NSW TOWNS INCLUDING DUBBO AND TAMWORTH FACE WATER EMERGENCY WITHIN MONTHS

In some central and western areas on Murray-Darling no ground water can be accessed by bores, as dams run close to dry

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/may/24/nsw-towns-including-dubbo-and-tamworth-face-water-emergency-within-months?sfns=mo

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SCOTT MORRISON SAYS HE WILL GOVERN FROM THE CENTRE OF THE LIBERAL PARTY AND END THE "CLIMATE WARS" BY STICKING TO A 26 PER CENT EMISSIONS REDUCTION TARGET.    16/05/2019

CHINA has signalled its ambition to start work on a new Antarctic airstrip as the country continues to increase its presence on the icy continent on Australia’s southern doorstep.

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/shorten-vows-to-tackle-climate-emergency?fbclid=IwAR30WlCgmU3BnxpqoTTGxIyxOa1J0I0tbK0djYCYbqwLTTbp_m-kcdE2PGE

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WATER POLLUTION TO BE THE BIGGEST ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE IN CHINA

Half of China’s population cannot access water that is safe for human consumption and two-thirds of China’s rural population relies on tainted water. Water pollution in China is such a problem that there could be “catastrophic consequences for future generations,” according to the World Bank.

https://borgenproject.org/water-pollution-in-china/?sfns=mo

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PLANS FOR CHINESE-BACKED COAL-FIRED PLANT IN NSW'S HUNTER VALLEY COULD REIGNITE THE CLIMATE WARS 

The Coalition and Greens are at odds over plans to build a coal-fired plant in the Hunter Valley. The planned plant would generate more energy than the nearby Liddell power station. Chinese state-owned CEEC, which has built power plants in Pakistan, India and Indonesia, is backing the project

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-07/new-coal-fired-plan-in-nsw-hunter-valley-reignite-climate-wars/10877470

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CORRUPTION IS KILLING OUR RIVERS-   March 15, 2019

The ABC 4 Corners program “Pumped”, which screened on July 24, 2017, showed that far from saving the river system, the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan has created a financial windfall for a select few. Political corruption and fraud have been a part of the process from the beginning, ensuring that big irrigators, who are also National Party donors, have been the major beneficiaries of the extra environmental water being returned to the river.

https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/corruption-killing-our-rivers?sfns=mo

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WATER MINISTER DAVID LITTLEPROUD’S FAMILY LINKED TO $20 MILLION MURRAY-DARLING BASIN FRAUD YET HE IS STILL WATER MINISTER - April 28, 2019 

The current federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud has direct family links to the $20 million Murray-Darling Basin fraud which has resulted in police charges in Queensland. David Littleproud’s wife’s cousin, John Norman, is the kingpin of the alleged $20 million fraud and was charged in August 2018 after the police raided his farm in October 2017.

https://kangaroocourtofaustralia.com/2019/04/28/water-minister-david-littleprouds-family-linked-to-20-million-murray-darling-basin-fraud-yet-he-is-still-water-minister/?blogsub=confirming#blog_subscription-5

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OCEAN TEMPERATURE DATA SHOWS WARMING IS ACCELERATING FASTER THAN WE THOUGHT- ABC Science- 11 January 2019 

The results published in Science today show that previous ocean warming data has significantly undercalculated how steep that trajectory is, according to study co-author Zeke Hausfather from the University of California.

 https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-01-11/ocean-warming-accelerating-faster-than-thought-science/10693080 

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FORMER EMERGENCY CHIEFS FROM ACROSS AUSTRALIA ARE DEMANDING THE PRIME MINISTER TAKE ACTION TO DEAL WITH INCREASED DISASTER RISKS FUELLED BY CLIMATE CHANGE.    10/04/2019 

The group hit out at federal politicians laughing about climate change in parliament and refusing to take action, saying it was taking a toll on volunteers' physical and mental health, risking the lives of the public, straining resources and would see an increase in insurance premiums.

 https://www.sbs.com.au/news/ex-emergency-chiefs-sound-climate-alarm 

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ONE MILLION SPECIES AT RISK OF EXTINCTION, UN REPORT WARNS, AND WE ARE MOSTLY TO BLAME-   7 May 2019 

Among a vast number of alarming findings is that the average population size of native species in most habitats on land has fallen by at least 20 per cent, mostly since 1900.

 https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-06/biggest-global-assessment-of-biodiversity-sounds-dire-warnings/11082940 

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QUEENSLAND SIGNS OFF ADANI'S PLAN FOR ENDANGERED BLACK-THROATED FINCH 

Environment department says process has been rigorous but critics warn approved plan puts bird at risk of extinction. “The black-throated finch has already lost 88% of its historical range and recent analysis shows six of the coal mines planned for the Galilee Basin would completely clear nearly 35,000 hectares of the finch’s best remaining habitat,” campaigner Christian Slattery said.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/may/31/queensland-signs-off-adanis-plan-for-endangered-black-throated-finch?fbclid=IwAR07diep1s0SNA86qW096TupvStDxN3Yc0mCQ1tuBsU_Qx39VJwiN-bQHAg&sfns=mo

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HOW OIL COMPANIES BOUGHT AUSTRALIA’S CLIMATE POLICIES  -19/5/19 

The five largest global oil companies – ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, BP, and Total – have spent a combined $US1 billion ($1.44 billion) on “misleading climate-related branding and lobbying” in the three years since the Paris Agreement was signed, according to research.

https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/finance-news/2019/05/19/oil-lobby-climate-change-policy/?sfns=mo

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WATER IMPACTS OF THE ADANI COAL MINE- April 3 2018- 

If built, the Adani coal mine will:

  • Suck out at least 270 billion litres of groundwater over the life of the mine.

  • Put aquifers of the Great Artesian Basin at risk.

  • Dump mine polluted wastewater into the Carmichael River.

  • Threaten ancient springs and 160 wetlands that provide permanent water during drought.

  • Leave behind 6 unfilled coal pits that will drain millions of litres of groundwater, forever.

Adani’s associated water licence allows unlimited access to groundwater for 60 years for free.

https://www.stopadani.com/water_impacts_of_the_adani_coal_mine

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