For the second time in five years, millions of fish suffocated in the Darling River. This was not a natural disaster – it’s our doing
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Carp can make riverbeds look like golf balls – denuded and dimpled, devoid of any habitat. Releasing carp herpes virus is a controversial proposition, so let’s weigh up the risks and benefits.
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In our land of drought and flooding rains, better water management should feature in every federal budget. The new budget delivers it – but not everyone is happy.
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Climate change shouldn’t be used as a “get out-of jail free” card to excuse bad decision-making and poor planning decisions.
Worsening droughts and flooding likely threaten the future of cotton farming – by far the most important crop in the basin.
Federal Labor has pledged to deliver the Murray Darling Basin Plan. But a new report casts serious doubt on that promise.
Climate change has forced Australia’s grape growers to band together to secure water, as well as plant new varieties and cut water use.
A new book says Australia’s 20-year water trading experiment is sucking hundreds of millions of dollars each year out of the Murray-Darling Basin and directing water away from productive land.
Michelle Grattan discusses the political week that was with Professor Paddy Nixon.
Morrison and Joyce have negotiated the terms of their partnership. In the open, the restored leader let the Nationals run riot, in a way we haven’t seen for a long time, writes Michelle Grattan
This year marks a decade since the Millennium Drought ended. The Murray-Darling Basin has endured a lot since, but two species are making an impressive comeback.
The government has chosen a route not backed by evidence, and which will deliver a bad deal to taxpayers and the environment.
Murray Darling Junction, Wentworth NSW.
Marking farms more water-efficient pushes up prices twice as much as buying water back.
Researchers have collated measurements made by satellites, field sensors and people, to get a picture of the nature’s recovery while we’ve been in lockdown.
Across the NSW portion of the Murray-Darling Basin, Aboriginal people make up almost 10% of the population. Yet they hold a mere 0.2% of all available surface water.
China believed the Murray Darling Basin Plan was about more than the environment. It wanted to know how much more.
The number of visitors to the restored wetlands is increasing each year, as is the wildlife.
Fish must be released into good quality water, with suitable habitat and lots of food. These conditions have been quite rare in Murray Darling rivers in recent years.
The findings point to how Australia’s most important river system might be altered by future sea level rise.
Over the next 50 years, the arid zone – containing the areas of true desert – is projected to expand well into the Murray-Darling Basin and almost entirely envelope the Lake Eyre Basin.