Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has taken his drought “listening tour” through New South Wales and Queensland, visiting Dubbo, Trangie, Narromine, Blackall and heading to Charleville, and Boulia on a three-day tour with senior members of his cabinet.
The frequency of extreme El Niño events is projected to increase for a further century after global mean temperature is stabilised at 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
The drought declared area of Queensland has reduced from a record 87.47 percent to 69.75pc, after the State’s agriculture minister accepted recommendations from local drought committees for revocations in several shires.
June 2016 was Australia’s second-wettest June on record, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, has welcomed the start of the new Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) funding round, which will deliver national coverage for rural communities and clients in need for the next three years.
The US-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has confirmed overnight that 2015 saw the global average temperature climbing to 0.90°C above the 20th-century average of 13.9°C. The record has been confirmed by the UK Met Office.
Last week BOM released a new assessment report on our national water availability and use. Water in Australia 2013–14 examines climatic conditions and the physical hydrology to create the most recent national assessment of our water resources. Here’s the main findings.
Australia is the land of drought and flooding rains, and a recent paper shows that has been the case for more than 500 years.
A recent Outback CEO Business Summit in Brisbane focused on developing strategies to help producers access capital for restocking and herd rebuilding when the drought breaks.
Being ‘investment ready’ will be one of the keys to financial recovery after rural Australia emerges from drought, rural valuer Shaun Hendy told an Outback Business Summit held at Brisbane’s Parliament House on Friday.