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'Shocking' lack of preparation exposed Darling River to fish kills: study

'Shocking' lack of preparation exposed Darling River to fish kills: study

The "viability of the Darling" is at risk without urgent action, a report by the Australian Academy of Science has found.

  • by Peter Hannam

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Runner recalls fight to the death with mountain lion
Animals

Runner recalls fight to the death with mountain lion

Travis Kauffman suffocated the young animal that mauled him while he was running in the Colorado mountains.

  • by Lindsey Bever
'Anomaly' lets farmer use environmental water for cotton crop
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Darling Disaster

'Anomaly' lets farmer use environmental water for cotton crop

Locals were 'gobsmacked' to find an unsolicited licence change allowed water earmarked for shielding an internationally renowned wetland from drought ended up as a cash crop.

  • by Peter Hannam
Fish kills prompt quickened review of Murray cod, silver perch status
Darling Disaster

Fish kills prompt quickened review of Murray cod, silver perch status

The Morrison government will accelerate a review of the endangered status of the Murray cod and silver perch, two species hammered by the series of mass fish kills on the lower Darling River.

  • by Peter Hannam
Indigenous groups unite in call for Murray-Darling royal commission
Darling Disaster

Indigenous groups unite in call for Murray-Darling royal commission

Only a federal royal commission with "real teeth" can uncover the corruption and mismanagement that is killing the nation's biggest river system, the Murray-Darling Basin, leading Indigenous groups say.

  • by Peter Hannam
'Disappearing everywhere': The great extinction happening under our noses
Insects

'Disappearing everywhere': The great extinction happening under our noses

Insect populations are "threatened worldwide" in a trend that has significant implications for animals that rely on them, Australian-based researchers say.

  • by Peter Hannam
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Fish embark on 590km road trip from Menindee after recent kills
Darling Disaster

Fish embark on 590km road trip from Menindee after recent kills

The 20 Murray Cod are en route from Menindee to Narrandera "where it is hoped they will regain health for future breeding and restocking purposes".

  • by Peter Hannam
'Insane': split emerges among irrigators as focus shifts to floodplains
Darling Disaster

'Insane': split emerges among irrigators as focus shifts to floodplains

Unity among irrigators in the Murray-Darling Basin is beginning to fray with one large group in the southern region breaking ranks, dubbing the lack of monitoring of water use in northern areas as "insane".

  • by Peter Hannam
'Bizarre': Niall Blair rejects royal commissioner's 'crude' critique
Darling Disaster

'Bizarre': Niall Blair rejects royal commissioner's 'crude' critique

The SA Royal Commissioner has called for an overhaul of the $13 billion basin plan, claiming "maladministration" and "politics rather than science" had effectively made it "unlawful".

  • by Peter Hannam
Barilaro's backing of federal Murray-Darling Basin royal commission muddies waters
Darling Disaster

Barilaro's backing of federal Murray-Darling Basin royal commission muddies waters

The NSW Deputy Premier has signalled support for a federal royal commission into water.

  • by Peter Hannam & Alexandra Smith
'Blue in the face': NSW power plants in Labor's electoral sights
Pollution

'Blue in the face': NSW power plants in Labor's electoral sights

A Daley Labor government would review the emissions standards of all NSW's coal-fired power plants and finalise a 10-year to improve air quality in the state.

  • by Peter Hannam