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‘Stinky city’: Los Angeles reels from reek of ‘sewer gas’

‘Stinky city’: Los Angeles reels from reek of ‘sewer gas’

For a fortnight, an overpowering stench — likened to rotten eggs, corpses and faeces — has been wafting from a channel that spills into Los Angeles Harbour.

  • by Hailey Branson-Potts and Andrew J. Campa

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Problems flow: two books tackle the trouble facing the Murray-Darling Basin

Problems flow: two books tackle the trouble facing the Murray-Darling Basin

The treatment of the Murray-Darling Basin and its water remains a stain on the country.

  • by Kurt Johnson
Citizen scientists help count the ways Melbourne pollutes its Yarra
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Citizen scientists help count the ways Melbourne pollutes its Yarra

Volunteers are using their long hours of lockdown to help count the fragments of polystyrene that float down Melbourne’s watery artery.

  • by Tony Wright
Warragamba Dam decision must pass exhaustive environmental scrutiny
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Editorial

Warragamba Dam decision must pass exhaustive environmental scrutiny

The threat to the Blue Mountains makes it vital to scrutinise the environmental costs and look at alternative solutions.

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Sydney’s new water strategy explores use of recycled sewage - again

Sydney’s new water strategy explores use of recycled sewage - again

Sydneysiders will be urged to consider using purified sewage for drinking water to help diversify supplies as the population grows and rainfall patterns shift under climate change.

  • by Peter Hannam
NSW sought to beat Basin Plan water limits

NSW sought to beat Basin Plan water limits

The NSW government has sought to increase the amount of water permitted to be extracted from the Murray-Darling Basin, emails reveal.

  • by Peter Hannam
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‘Cocktail of chemicals’: Harbour Tunnel project presents ‘severe risk’ to sea life

‘Cocktail of chemicals’: Harbour Tunnel project presents ‘severe risk’ to sea life

Marine biologists warn that dredging to build a motorway tunnel will disturb toxic chemicals contained in sediment on the floor of Sydney Harbour.

  • by Matt O'Sullivan
Water security going underground as CSIRO tackles rising drought risks

Water security going underground as CSIRO tackles rising drought risks

CSIRO is investigating underground water banking for inland towns in response to growing drought risks.

  • by Mike Foley
New ‘voice of the Maribyrnong’ calls for protection act for river

New ‘voice of the Maribyrnong’ calls for protection act for river

When Nicole Kowalczyk wants to decompress from in lockdown, she takes her children to the banks of the Maribyrnong River. Now. she’s been appointed its advocate as Maribyrnong Officer at the Yarra Riverkeeper Association.

  • by Carolyn Webb
The country with the most fresh water on the planet has lost 15 per cent of it

The country with the most fresh water on the planet has lost 15 per cent of it

The Brazilian scientists were sceptical. They ran different models to check calculations, but they all returned the same startling result.

  • by Diane Jeantet
Development of ‘zombie’ gasfield areas would create waste, water issues: opponents

Development of ‘zombie’ gasfield areas would create waste, water issues: opponents

Large swaths of some of the state’s best farmland could be opened up for coal seam gas development, resulting in the extraction of many gigalitres of groundwater.

  • by Peter Hannam