On 2nd October Tasmania and Victoria were experiencing bushfires in Spring. On the 7th of October the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) started issuing multiple media alerts. The Indian Ocean had cooled down creating dryer conditions, September was the third driest on record and October is likely to be one of the warmest on record. On 8th October the BOM issued special climate statement 52 for unusual early season heat for southern Australia. Inland Queensland and Western Victoria have been dry for three years. While the big dry has generally stayed away from Coastal cities Townsville water storages have reached 30%, triggering Stage 2 water restrictions.
The City of Melbourne have recently released a webpage and videos entitled ‘Urban Water – discover how water creates a liveable city’ which demonstrates the good work Melbourne is doing in this field. Over the last 20 years, and particularly in the last two or three years a new role and way of thinking about water in our cities has emerged. There is now a great deal of research and action on the role of water in supporting urban green spaces, the pleasure that people experience from activities along local waterways and keeping and using that stormwater that previously we were trying to get rid of as quickly as possible. The keyword everyone is using is ‘liveability’, looking at how water makes our cities more ‘liveable’. Liveable seems to mean more pleasant, comfortable and enjoyable, more sustainable and healthier.
We are going to need a lot of houses in Australia. About 4 million new households are projected by 2036, a 50% increase from 2011. (ABS, 2015). These houses will need additional infrastructure for electricity and especially water. How do we manage this? It is an important question because the millennium drought demonstrated finding more supply is expensive. Water and sewerage bills rose by 38% from 2005 to 2014. (BOM, 2015).
The Rainwater Harvesting Association of Australia (RHAA) is delighted to continue the Ripple Effect blog and continue a conservation about sustainable practices and sustainable water use in this dry country.
So I have been spending a lot of time not doing my University work which is really, really bad but there is something I only get to do a couple of months of the year, and I want to make the most of the time I can have with it. This “it” is snow. Oh how I love snow! My parents say the first time I visited the snow I cried. The second
Popcorn? Check. Movie? Check. Environmental message? Check! Having just watched Dr Seuss’ latest book to film adaptation ‘The Lorax’, a family friendly animated film that heavily preaches the importance of protecting the environment before it’s too late, inspiration for a blog post came crashing down on me like the
We’re set for some great weather this weekend! With beautiful sunny days forecast this weekend across Australia we begin to think that summer is well on its way. We all know that summer in Australia can mean storms, rain, and cyclones if you’re in the right (or wrong) part of the country. But what about floods and drought? What are we in for?
With record rainfall, drought, and high and low temperatures being experienced right across the country recently, who knows what to expect as Australians move into the colder part of the year? There have certainly been some extremes felt by many Australians, not to mention the biggest natural disasters in our history. Now that Winter is here and the weather begins to shift, how can you know what to expect in Australia for the next six months? The answer is in weather patterns.