Tag: Water

Let the Vandalism Begin: Adani Strikes Coal – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In correspondence between an employee and Dow regarding a query by Guardian Australia on available aqueous sources, it was suggested “we do not give [the paper] anything more than what is already on the public record from us. They are clearly struggling to work out where we are getting our water, so I don’t think we give them any further clarity.” Dow approved of the measure.

Source: Let the Vandalism Begin: Adani Strikes Coal – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘Death of the river system’: Nationals make it legal to illegally take water from Upper Darling – Michael West

The NSW Liberals and Nationals have snuck through floodplain harvesting legislation that allows upstream irrigators to take up to five times (500 %) their licensed water allotments, potentially devastating the already fragile Murray Darling system. Callum Foote reports.

Source: ‘Death of the river system’: Nationals make it legal to illegally take water from Upper Darling – Michael West

War for Water: foreign investor firepower over Australian farmers in water deals – Michael West

War for Water: foreign investor firepower over Australian farmers in water deals – Michael West
Water rights, Watergate
Selling no giving our resources away for short term funds

The “corporatisation” of Australian farming continues apace. Almost 14% of agricultural land is now owned by foreign investors who, according to a ruling by the ATO, do not have to pay capital gains tax on water rights. Callum Foote reports.

War for Water: foreign investor firepower over Australian farmers in water deals – Michael West

Barnaby Joyce signed off $80m for Angus Taylor’s old company after zero was paid for same sort of water nearby – Michael West

Watergate Angus Taylor

Same water, same valuer, $80m and nought. The same type of water licences for irrigation properties near those for which the Coalition government paid $80 million in 2017 were valued at zero between 2008 and 2010, writes investigative reporter Kerry Brewster in this exclusive report.

Barnaby Joyce signed off $80m for Angus Taylor’s old company after zero was paid for same sort of water nearby – Michael West

Trump Rewrites Standards on Showerheads After Worrying About How They’ve Affected his Hair – Mother Jones

“Showerheads—you take a shower, the water doesn’t come out. You want to wash your hands, the water doesn’t come out. So what do you do?” he said during a July 16 speech at the White House. “You just stand there longer or you take a shower longer? Because my hair — I don’t know about you, but it has to be perfect. Perfect.”

via Trump Rewrites Standards on Showerheads After Worrying About How They’ve Affected his Hair – Mother Jones

Australia’s water market is excluding Indigenous people, study finds | Australia news | The Guardian

The Darling Barka river after the arrival of a flow of water from upstream in February 2020

History repeats itself and has done for over 200 years. Aborigines had less than 1% of bank loans, jobs, capital gains education health. What has changed. They even have less than 1% of the acknowledged history an and Culture of this country. They have been effectively cancelled. (ODT)

Aboriginal people hold less than 1% of all water licences, a form of dispossession that needs urgent redress, researchers say

via Australia’s water market is excluding Indigenous people, study finds | Australia news | The Guardian

Old Dog Thoughts- How many things can they get wrong?

Water Barons: Gina Rinehart pitches cattle against sawfish – Michael West

Rinehart’s climate change denialism is well known, and she is reportedly and unsurprisingly amongst those voices that argue that 99% of the Fitzroy River’s water is wasted because it flows into the Indian Ocean.

Meanwhile, at the time of writing, Australia was experiencing catastrophic fire conditions across the Eastern seaboard. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the 11 November 2019 was the first day on record that no rain fell anywhere across the entire expanse of this vast continent. The north of Australia, like the rest of the country, is in the grip of drought.

via Water Barons: Gina Rinehart pitches cattle against sawfish – Michael West

Declaring a water emergency means putting people before profit – Michael West

Declaring a water emergency means putting people before profit

The current drought in Eastern Australia has focused the attention of all Australians on water but effective policy responses are missing in action. Isn’t it time to call it a water emergency? Quentin Grafton and John Williams report.

via Declaring a water emergency means putting people before profit – Michael West

As rivers and dams dry up, groundwater emerges as new battleground in fight for water – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A man in a blue collared shirt and a cap sits in a buggy with grass in the background.

“To us, this inevitably means fruit and nut crops.”  1kg of almonds takes 860 liters of water to grow (ODT)

And big corporations are among those trying to cash in on it.

In farming country just north of Shepparton in northern Victoria, multi-million dollar agricultural investment corporation goFarm is buying up properties all over the district.

Documents obtained by the ABC from The Weekly Times show the company wants to control at least half of the Katunga Deep Lead Aquifer, an important groundwater resource for local farmers.

via As rivers and dams dry up, groundwater emerges as new battleground in fight for water – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Coalmine would take 3.3bn litres of water a year from Sydney catchment, agency warns | Australia news | The Guardian

Cordeaux Dam in NSW

At what cost has always been the question asked but never answered by the LNP (ODT)

via Coalmine would take 3.3bn litres of water a year from Sydney catchment, agency warns | Australia news | The Guardian

Old Dog Thoughts- Real Drought denied, Real Corporate sharks denied. The water market. Coal gone and Jobs on.

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Fighting Fake News with Real, 14/7/19; Why Farmers are missing out it’s not Alexandrina it’s the drought and speculators hoarding water and milking the Gov; Australians can’t close Coal mines;

Cotton grower Anthony Barlow pleads guilty to illegal pumping of Murray Darling water – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Cotton growing in a field.

A cotton farmer has pleaded guilty to illegally pumping water from the Murray-Darling Basin, after he was charged following an ABC Four Corners investigation.

via Cotton grower Anthony Barlow pleads guilty to illegal pumping of Murray Darling water – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Research Exposes $16 Billion Bottled Water Industry’s Predatory Marketing Practices

Fake News this is Fake

The industry spends billions of dollars per year convincing Americans that bottled water is safer than tap—even though more than two-thirds of the product comes from municipal water sources

via Research Exposes $16 Billion Bottled Water Industry’s Predatory Marketing Practices

Using stolen water to irrigate stolen land | +972 Magazine

Settlers are trying to spin water shortages as a problem that affects both Palestinians and Jews in the same manner. That couldn’t be further from the truth. By Dror Etkes The recent reports on water crisis in Palestinian areas of the West Bank were accompanied by a story of another water shortage: this time in Israeli settlements. Let’s get one thing straight — there has never been a “water shortage” in the settlements. When settlers open up the tap at home or in their garden, the amount and quality of the water is identical to that which comes out in…

Source: Using stolen water to irrigate stolen land | +972 Magazine

4 Billion People at Risk as ‘Water Table Dropping All Over the World’ | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

A new analysis reveals that global water scarcity is a far greater problem than previously thought, affecting 4 billion people—two-thirds of the world’s population—and will be “one of the most difficult and important challenges of this century.”

Source: 4 Billion People at Risk as ‘Water Table Dropping All Over the World’ | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

PepsiCo’s Bottled ‘Tap’ Water 2000 Times the Cost of a Gallon of Gas AnonHQ

According to Business Insider, the bottled water industry “grossed a total of $11.8 billion on 9.7 billion gallons [of water] in 2012…” equivalent to 2,000 times the cost of tap water per gallon and the regular cost of gasoline. PepsiCo’s Aquafina brand was discovered to …

Source: PepsiCo’s Bottled ‘Tap’ Water 2000 Times the Cost of a Gallon of Gas AnonHQ

Australia’s Shame

 

Ten weeks dry: water is still a privilege, not a right, in Indigenous Australia

The Utopia homelands was once one of the healthiest Indigenous communities. Now it’s plagued by scabies because of water shortages. And that’s just the beginning

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21-year-old Naronda William Loy with her one-year-old daughter Karlishia Raggatt, at their home in Mosquito Bore, Utopia, in 2011. Photograph: AAP

Two weeks ago, reports emerged that the Utopia Homelands, a Northern Territory Indigenous community put in the spotlight by John Pilger’s recent film, was suffering acute water shortages after a bore at Amengernternenh collapsed during council maintenance works. The Urapuntja health service and several communities have had little to no access to water and sanitation for 10 whole weeks. Fifty kids have no drinking water at their school.

Australia is a wealthy country and the idea of entire communities not having proper access to clean water is unthinkable – even with the droughts we experience. That water is still considered to be a privilege and not a right for some Aboriginal communities speaks volumes about how little this country has progressed when it comes to addressing Indigenous disadvantage.