Nationalising Britain’s Waters

It’s October 12th and time for another drainage industry news roundup. Here at Coastal Drains, we like to keep you updated!

Nationalising Britain’s water could make us the dirty man of Europe again | Angela Smith

Lake Water Wave Mirroring Texture Backgrou

We should keep up standards and resist simplistic calls for state ownership that wouldn’t automatically clean up our water. There has been much discussion about the potential ownership structures of the water sector in recent months, but there has been very little thought given to actual operation of the industry.And nowhere … read more

Month’s worth of rain forecast to fall in just three days

Water Drop, Rain, Falling, Pouring

The Met Office added that the wind will increase autumn leaf fall which could block drains and led to a risk of flooding. … read more

Adani given extra year to pay for water licence due to ‘project delays’

Piggy Bank, Money, Finance, Banking

Queensland government move branded ‘another special deal’ for Carmichael mineThe Queensland government has quietly granted the Adani mining company a year-long extension to pay $18.5m for a water extraction licence, citing Carmichael coalmine “project timetable delays”.The extension was branded “another special deal” by environmental groups, who said the government had … read more

Global warming must not exceed 1.5C, warns landmark UN report

Climate Change Global Warming Environment

Urgent changes needed to cut risk of extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty, says IPCCIPCC climate change report – live updates and reactionIn a stark new warning, the world’s leading climate scientists have shown that global warming must be kept to a maximum of 1.5C to lessen the risk of … read more

‘All about the land’: drought shakes farming to its Indigenous roots

Drought Cracked Earth Dry Earth Parched La

Farmers aren’t waiting for handouts. They’re using new and very old farming practice to ensure the land survivesRead parts one, two and three of The New NormalAt first the days are fine but slowly the dry expands and then hollows out. A realisation creeps up and niggles. Is this it? … read more

‘Don’t call it a disaster’: how to change the conversation about drought

Flower, Life, Crack, Desert, Drought

It’s not about more money for farmers. It’s about long-term settings for a changing climate – and taking the politics out of itRead part one and two of The New NormalCentral to the Australian meaning of drought is the idea of a rainfall deficiency, a term that suggests less than … read more

The new normal? How climate change is making droughts worse

Bavarian Forest, Forest, Trees

In the first part of a new series, we take you through the current conditions, and then put them in context with other severe droughts in Australia’s history Continue reading… … read more

Author: Greg Child

Greg is an expert in drainage and has been in the business for over 30 years. He's the owner of Coastal Drains Ltd and a very, very friendly chap.

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