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'CRITICAL': PARTS OF REGIONAL NSW SET TO RUN OUT OF WATER BY NOVEMBER -Sept 2019

Water NSW warns without significant rain, Macquarie River will run dry, wiping out supply to Dubbo, Cobar, Nyngan and Narromine….. The Macquarie River experiences an average inflow of 1,448GL annually but in the past two years has seen just 97GL enter the river system, the data shows.

DROUGHT IN AUSTRALIA: RAINFALL DEFICIENCY FROM JANUARY 2017 TO AUGUST 2019

Rainfall deficiency compares rainfall over a given period with the long-term average, and then determines if it is below average, and by how much. Here, you can see how bad the drought has been over a 32 month period with rainfall percentiles showing areas with the lowest rainfall on record, a severe deficiency in rainfall, or a serious deficiency.

Under the worst-case scenario, the Lachlan River, which runs through the state’s central west, is projected to run dry by March 2020, leaving the towns of Forbes, Cowra and Parkes without water supply.

 

The river is the fourth-longest in Australia and annually receives an average of 1,212GL of water but in the last year recorded inflows of just 107GL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LINK- The Guardian

 

MEDICAL GROUPS DEMAND ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE AS SMOKE CHOKES CITIES- Dec 2019

Health experts have joined forces to demand action on climate change, calling it "the biggest health threat of the 21st Century."

25 doctor and medical groups say bushfire smoke is damaging our health and state and federal governments must cut emissions to stop the problem getting worse.

LINK- 7News

CLIMATE CHANGE SLASHES MORE THAN $1 BILLION FROM FARM PRODUCTION VALUE OVER PAST 20 YEARS: ABARES

More than $1 billion has been wiped from the value of Australia's annual crop production due to the change in climate over the past two decades, according to a new report.

Key points:

A new government report finds cropping farmers are most exposed to changing climate, losing $70k from average annual profit.

ABARES says farmer profits have fallen 22 per cent over past two decades

The report suggests drought relief for farmers risks slowing adjustment and innovation.

For the first time, government commodity analyst ABARES has quantified the financial loss Australian farmers have experienced due to the increasingly warmer and drier climate.

It found changes in climate since 2000, had reduced the average broadacre farmer's profits by 22 per cent, or about $18,600 per year.

For cropping farmers — considered the most heavily exposed to climate variability — the annual farm profits fell by 35 per cent, or $70,900

LINK- abc.net

FARMERS TO FOOT WATER MANAGEMENT BILL, UNDER QLD GOVT PLAN – Dec 2019

Queensland farmers will be charged up to $100,000 to install water meters under a new plan to manage the state's water supply. The Palaszczuk Government wanted water licence holders to install water meters and data loggers to send live measurements to bureaucrats to monitor the state's water take.  Farmers said the meters would be measuring dry river beds and were a waste of money.

LINK- Sky News

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