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2013-06-11 20:58:42

New research to improve environmental flow management of large dams A significant decline in the numbers of native fish in Australia's Murray-Darling Basin may be linked to released dam water being too cold for breeding. This is just one of the findings from a Griffith University led study which found current water releases back into the Murray-Darling system limit fish reproduction and therefore impact freshwater biodiversity. Griffith University Research Fellow Dr Rob Rolls said...

Apple Redraws Australian Maps
2012-12-11 08:33:35

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In truth, there are worse situations than having the words “Life Threatening” associated with your company´s product...but not many. Yesterday, Apple´s Maps (already a bruise on Apple´s reputation) was called out for threatening the lives of Australian motorists who make the trek to Mildura. Ever since iOS 6 and Apple´s new Maps were released, local police officials noticed a trend in...

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2008-09-02 13:20:00

The Australian government's top water official said on Tuesday that drought in Australia's main food growing region of the Murray-Darling river system has worsened, with water inflows over the past two years at an all-time low. Irrigated crops such as rice, grapes and horticulture are expected to be hit the hardest by the drought, but it would have less impact on output of wheat, which depends largely on rainfall during specific periods and is on track to double after two years of shrunken...

2008-07-11 09:00:31

By Kathy Marks The drought in Australia's main food bowl, the Murray-Darling Basin, has worsened, with record low inflows into the river system in June and an even gloomier situation predicted for the coming months. Neil Plummer, acting head of the National Climate Centre, described rainfall during the southern hemisphere autumn as "an absolute shocker", and said: "I'm gasping for good news". Wendy Craik, chief executive of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission, said the river system's...

2005-12-08 08:15:00

By James Grubel GOOLWA, Australia -- Richard Owen stands outside his old shack overlooking the mouth of the Murray River and laments the decline of Australia's greatest waterway. For 25 years, Owen has watched over the spot where the Murray meets the surf of the Southern Ocean, and has witnessed the sand slowly take control and close the river mouth. "When we first came down here, we had wetlands in front of us," Owen told Reuters as he looks out at a sandbank between his property and the...


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