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Hundreds of thousands of fish dead in drought-stricken Australia

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By Robert Gregory

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Criminal politicians , and Drought

At play here....

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Man, this is terrible.

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Read recently it takes 10,000 liters of water to produce the amount of cotton needed for just one pair of jeans. That's enough water for one person for about 10 years (about 3 liters/day). Scary stuff.

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Fertilizer

Are there any fresh water rivers the flow out near the G B reef? Maybe all the dams all over the modern world is partly responsible for the bleaching. Just a hypothesis.

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Look at all those fish.

Overpopulation = mass starvation.

They bred themselves to death.

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Disillusioned,

Absolutely spot on. I recently read some self-serving justification from the boss of (I think) Cotton Australia blaming the problem on anyone but themselves, but it's hardly like they're an essential industry, is it? Let alone one in the right place.

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Yes the consensus is that it is a "human caused disaster", much like coral die back, and now fires in Tasmania, and then as summer moves to the Northern Hemisphere, it will be their forests that burn, and Australia will slip from the headlines, but over all we went from seventies population to current levels, knowing full well the implications, the politicians keep pushing forward the date of action, while emissions, and thereby CO2 ppm actually continue to rise.

Other than exporting vast quantities of coal, Australia is not really to blame.

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There is ample water stored in the cotton dams to restart the flow of the Darling river but the Queensland and NSW governments have been spatting over this for decades with no solution.

Sounds like this is a human caused disaster.

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The Darling river has been slowly dying for 50 odd years since they started cotton farming just over the Queensland boarder. It has been dammed and huge water storage areas covering 30 square kilometers have been created for the cotton. The Darling river system is the only river system in the world that flows inland. All the water comes from run off in the Queensland mountains during the monsoon and can take up to six months to get to the lower reaches of the Murray-Darling river basin. However, this run off has been stopped by huge dams and has killed the river. In recent years there has been some rain in the catchment areas, which have saved the river. However, the rains did not come this year. There is ample water stored in the cotton dams to restart the flow of the Darling river but the Queensland and NSW governments have been spatting over this for decades with no solution.

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They say that irrigation and rerouting water sources were the most damaging things people have ever done to earth. Every time we changed a water source around, we destroyed countless ecosystems for miles and miles.

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Sounds fishy. Smells fishy!

'Tis fishy!

Too many irrigators taking too much water out of the river, even at a time of prolonged drought.

...experts and locals say they (the fish deaths) stem from the systemic depletion and pollution of the river.

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Sounds fishy. Smells fishy!

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