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LONGEST DROUGHT AFFECTS AUSTRALIA

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Posted by Daily Planet Media on September 11, 2008, 5:10 am
 
The long Australian drought has severely impacted on the food bowl of
Murray-Darling river system with water inflows over the past two years
at an all-time low.

Slowly rising temperatures, attributed to global warming, are
prolonging the drought conditions in the world's driest inhabited
continent. The record drought is already a decade long with 80 percent
of eucalyptus trees dead in large swathes of land.

The Murray-Darling accounts for 41 percent of Australia's agriculture.
So far the drought has cost the country $0 billion in food exports.
Last months rainfall was again well below average with inflows to dams
and rivers during the month just a fifth of the long-term average of
1,550 GL. Dam storages are holding only 20 percent of capacity.

Many farmers told Daily Planet Media that this month (September) was a
"do or die" month for crops planted earlier this year in the winter
months.

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