17 January 2011
The Australian... drought ?!
interrobang or quesclamation mark (left), but didn't know how to do that. So I'll use the old-fashioned double mark.
Everyone must be aware of the catastrophic flooding that has hit Queensland, Australia this past week. I was therefore a bit surprised to encounter at Aljazeera a news report about Australia's problems with drought. It involves the Murray-Darling river basin, which encompasses about half of the country's agricultural land.
As with so many water crises around the world, it appears to be resulting from a combination of natural forces and questionable water management policies. I've heard similar arguments raised about the Colorado, the Nile, the Jordan, and the Danube.
I've embedded part one of a two-part news report. Part two is here.
Labels: Video - science and nature