Dams

Store surplus water underground, not in dams: study

The groups propose a new plan with two five-year stages to restore habitat, boost research and continue community programs.

Surplus rainwater should be stored underground instead of in dams to prepare for drought, a scientific study says.

Dams threaten China's 'Grand Canyon of the east'

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Chinese environmental groups warn that government plans for a slew of hydroelectric dams on the pristine Salween river could jeopardise biodiverse ecosystems and indigenous cultures.

Coalition readies $30b plan for 100 dams: report

Warragamba Dam.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is reportedly considering building up to 100 dams across the country as part of a plan to prevent floods, fuel power stations and irrigate food bowls.

WA dams set to dry up by summer's end, expert warns

Water tap.

Courtney Trenwith Perth's drinking water supplies from dams will run out by the end of next summer even with decent rainfall, according to predictions by the Centre for Water Research.

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Overfishing and dams driving freshwater fish towards extinction

Rare sight ... the Mekong giant catfish is under threat.

Richard Gray, London Freshwater fish are the most endangered group of animals on the planet, with more than a third facing extinction, according to a report British scientists are preparing.

Big boost for Sydney's dams

The heavy rain that drenched Sydney last week may have caused havoc for some, but it delivered a healthy boost to the dams.

Melbourne dams back up to two-thirds full

Years of anxiously watching dam levels fall are over for Melburnians, with water storages back up to two-thirds full.

Wet weather to bring up to 50mm of rain to Canberra region

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Ben Westcott Emergency Services have responded to 43 calls for help as parks, sporting fields, roads and dams close.

Cheeky rain celebration too rude for Facebook

Cobar farmer James Rogers celebrating the arrival of rain.

Natalie Bochenski A farmer who bared his bottom to celebrate much-needed rain says being blocked on Facebook will not stop his nude salutes to the sky.

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Canberrans survey the damage after severe storms

SES work at a home in Conningham st, Gowrie to stabalise a pergola damaged in yesterday's storms.

Ben Westcott Canberra’s emergency services were out in force on Thursday, cleaning up after one of the ACT’s most severe thunderstorms in years.

Water restrictions not yet on the (dusty) horizon

George Powell, 8, and Felix Powell, 5, from Kambah playing at the National Arboretum Canberra in front of the art work Wide Brown Land.

Ben Westcott Canberra is a long way off water restrictions even though last week's heatwave and a dry start to the year have the bush capital's gardeners reaching for their hoses.

Welcome rain gives firefighters a rest

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Lucy Carroll Sydney has recorded its highest three-day rainfall for November in six years, helping to extinguish bushfires at Kemps Creek and Austral in the city's west.

John Kerry warns of climate risks in return to Mekong Delta

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

As John Kerry's boat winds its way along the turbid waters of the Cai Nuoc river in Vietnam's Mekong Delta, the US Secretary of State is taken back to the time he spent here as a commander of an...

Satellites may reduce flood risks from melting glaciers

In a warming world, the threat of "glacial lake outburst floods" is becoming increasingly urgent.

Environment

Deformed insects blamed on pesticide use

Midge.

Bridie Smith Deformed insects, some with fused teeth, have been linked to poisonous pesticides used in Victoria.

Water supply at risk

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Nicole Hasham Radical new rules for assessing large mining projects in NSW risk serious damage to Sydney's drinking water supply, the government agency set up to protect water quality has warned.

Scientists predict more major floods in northern Australia, Tasmania

Floods

Tom Arup Major floods will occur more frequently in many parts of the world, including Australia, as the planet warms due to climate change, exposing millions more people to the threat, scientific modelling...

Out of sight, out of mind: groundwater in peril

Dripping tap

A doubling of Australia's population in coming decades combined with the crippling effects of future droughts means there will not be enough drinking water by the middle of this century if...

The pros and cons of 'super-grids'

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John Kemp The concept of a "super-grid" capable of moving huge amounts of electricity over long distances is popular with environmentalists and governments keen to promote the integration of more renewables...

Algae find prompts beach fears as mercury rises

Crimson tide ... An algal bloom turns the water red near Torquay.

Deborah Gough As Victoria endures one of its hottest November days, authorities are warning beachgoers to avoid going near an algal bloom off the Surf Coast at Torquay.