What began as an informal arrangement between neighbouring farmers, where one farm’s surplus water could be transferred to another, has over the past two decades morphed into a complex set of commodity markets whose annual turnover exceeds A$1.8 billion.
Source: Robber barons and high-speed traders dominate Australia’s water market
Duxton Water executives have been boasting about “beautiful” structural imbalances in Australia’s water market, and potentially dazzling profits from drought. Corporate nut farming is thirsty business and the proliferation of almond farms is poised to whip up prices and crush traditional agriculture in Australia’s food bowl, reports Callum Foote.
Source: Going Nuts: Murray Darling’s “unbelievably beautiful story” for investors a nightmare for farmers, environment – Michael West
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
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
“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
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
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
“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)
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)
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
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
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
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