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a senate committee has heard that the cost of past river ‘infrastructure projects’ was 2.7 times more per megalitre than buying back water entitlements

Murray-Darling buybacks ‘twice as cheap’ as efficiency projects

A Senate committee examining whether to lift the current cap on water buybacks has heard evidence that it would be cheaper to buy more water from farmers and then inject savings into rural communities to create other types of jobs than opt for water-savings projects – but the federal government has never explored the option.

australians sweltered through back-to-back heatwaves and battled bushfires across the country

Australia breaks weather records with hottest ever summer

The 2018-19 summer, which produced near 50°C days and topped temperature highs across the country, has officially exceeded the previous record set in 2012-13, which was 1.28°C above what is considered normal. Climate analysts say it falls into a pattern of human-induced global warming.

the murray-darling basin authority will do more work on how climate change is affecting the river system

Murray-Darling authority promises to upgrade climate science after criticism

Scientists invited to collaborate on climate change following mass fish kills and royal commission findings — In the wake of mass fish kills in the Menindee Lakes in January and scorching criticism of its stewardship of the Murray-Darling Basin, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority has announced that it will upgrade its scientific work on climate change …

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two dead murray cod float on the surface of the darling river near menindee

‘The Darling will die’: Scientists say mass fish kill due to over-extraction and drought

Australian Academy of Science panel says urgent steps needed to restore flows — A scientific panel investigating the causes of three mass fish deaths at the Menindee lakes has pointed the finger squarely at those managing the Murray-Darling river system, saying the lack of flows was caused by a combination of drought and over-extraction, leading …

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fish are dying in their hundreds of thousands in the lower darling river

Michael McCormack makes first visit to Menindee since fish kill: ‘We’re all experts in hindsight’

Nationals leader, who had earlier blamed mass deaths on lack of rain, defends irrigators and plays down climate change — The Nationals leader Michael McCormack has made his first visit to Menindee since the ecological disaster which led to the death of up to a million fish, claiming “we’re all experts in hindsight”. The deputy …

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