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Drought Worsens in NSW - Australia

Environment  (tags: australia, nsw, drought, rain, crops, frost, environment, water )

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MORE than three quarters of NSW is now in the grip of drought, latest figures show. The percentage of the state in drought went up last month from 69.9 per cent to 75.8 per cent. The area of NSW experiencing marginal drought conditions has increased from


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Elainna Crowell (174)
Sunday August 19, 2007, 1:39 am
I understand that Australia has been going through the worst drought in 1000 years and things promise to get worse as a result of global warming. I wonder why Australians haven't kicked Mr Howard out of office, considering the fact that he denied the fact of climate change and his party has done little or nothing to help prevent it.

Chrissy N (118)
Sunday August 19, 2007, 1:48 am
Believe me, we have tried. I have only spoken to one person who voted for him in the last election. We do have a strange voting system here though. Called the "preferential" system. When we vote, we have to number all the candidates in order of preference which could be 3 or could be 12 or whatever. If we leave any un-numbered, our vote is counted as null and void ... totally.
In Australia, preferential voting systems are majority systems where candidates must receive an absolute majority, 50% plus 1 of the total formal votes cast to be elected. The term "preferential voting" means voters indicate an order of preferences for candidates on the ballot paper, ie. who they want as their 1st choice, 2nd choice and so on. if the preferred candidate doesn't have that clear majority, then preferences come into play. Explained in this link.

Malachi S (6)
Sunday August 19, 2007, 9:47 pm
Seems every time I see something about the drought another zero gets added to the number of years. First it was the worst drought in 10 years, then 100, now it's 1000. My thought is, people who do not live in this country should do some research before they spout off numbers. And before they spout off about how bad the PM is, they should do something about their own leaders, that evidently suck as much as John Howard alledgedly does.
Australia's main water problem is, Australia can't or won't manage their water resources.
Move to the bush where I live and you're water usage will drastically lower when you start depending on rainfall for your water needs. You won't see anyone standing around watering the walkway or their driveway or their vehicles. Learn to reuse water instead of letting it go down the drain.
Don't complain, improvise, this is a dry continent, always has been, always will be, learn how to manage your resources.
Just my thought.

Holly Troubetzkoy (167)
Sunday August 19, 2007, 10:00 pm
Malachi, Living in a country with an excess it would appear of water (the Netherladns) and the treat of ending up under quite a few meter id a dike breaks, we still have a water problem here and as hyou have pointed out it has to do with water management. Visiting a friend in Arizona, all the guests were told to only flush the toilet after a bowel movement but habit was so great they had to turn off the entire flushing system since they use stored rainwater for these functions.
I am not up on your governments attitude about water preservation/conservation although I had understood taht Howard had indicated that here is no global warming. All I can say is īt looks like there is here". Holly T

Malachi S (6)
Sunday August 19, 2007, 11:23 pm
I can't say what Howard thinks or says, but if you look back in time you'll see the earth goes through different climate changes. It was hotter when the dinosaurs roamed the earth, then there was an ice age, it just goes back and forth. No matter what you do now, it's gonna do the same thing over and over until it ends.
Climate control is all about getting rich and you and I are not one of those getting rich.
Gore says "Australia is the country most at risk", scare mongering at it's best. Where did the money go he made from that little documentary? In his pocket, how is that helping climate control? How is that helping our water problems or anyone elses for that matter?
It would appear that if you get inundated with water when a dike breaks, you are living somewhere nature did not intend for you to live. Smart people don't build cities in valleys because of flooding. You don't build a house close to a waterway for the same reason. Rivers and streams change course, do some research.
Everybody tends to want to blame their governments for everything that happens. You have a mind of your own, use it.

Chrissy N (118)
Monday August 20, 2007, 12:51 am
Malachi, I do live in Australia and I do live in the bush ... surviving on 11,000 gallons of water, reliant on rain. Touch would, we have not had to buy water, but we do know of people who do. We consider ourselves lucky, as we are not frugal, although we did splash out on a front loading washing machine and water saver shower heads and super water conserving cisterns. Yes, climate change has gone on through the millennia, but we clever humans are speeding the process up. I think this gives me the right to comment on Howard and the Government in general. Climate control isn't about getting rich, keeping the coal companies, uranium miners and oil companies happy is what non-climate control is about. Heaven forbid that they don't make the profits they are used to. For what it would cost to build the nuclear power stations Howard is talking about, every house in Australia could be set up for complete solar power ... but there would be no profit in that for the government.
"It would appear that if you get inundated with water when a dike breaks, you are living somewhere nature did not intend for you to live. Smart people don't build cities in valleys because of flooding. You don't build a house close to a waterway for the same reason. Rivers and streams change course, do some research. " That sounds like the pot calling the kettle black, as Australia is an arid country and apart from the coastal edge, is unable to sustain human life.
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