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US News Oz towns have just six months of water left as droughts hit

14:36  07 october  2019
14:36  07 october  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

Man rushed to hospital after getting into difficulty in the sea at Sandycove Point in Dublin

  Man rushed to hospital after getting into difficulty in the sea at Sandycove Point in Dublin A man has been rushed to hospital after getting into difficulty in the sea at Sandycove Point in Dublin. Emergency services and the Coastguard were involved in the rescue operation at around 2pm today. Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat, a coastguard unit, and the Rescue 116 helicopter all assisted in the incident. Emergency services and the Coastguard were involved in the rescue operation at around 2pm today.

A drought or drouth is an event of prolonged shortages in the water supply, whether atmospheric (below-average precipitation), surface water or ground water .

Cape Town , South Africa has been struck by severe drought – and now residents have just 100 days of water left . The local government is asking citizens to conserve, while fire fighters are using “ And right now, in terms of dam storage levels, we’re probably approaching the ‘100 days left of storage.’”

a sign on a dry grass field: Water supplies in New South Wales have been categorised as 'high risk' © Imagebridge Water supplies in New South Wales have been categorised as 'high risk'

Millions of Australian dollars have been set aside to transport supplies to parts of the country which have just six months worth of water left.

Forty towns, all in the state of New South Wales (NSW), have been identified to have low supplies of water, ten of which have populations of more than 500.

The water supplies for other communities in the state have been categorised as "high risk", with local government having already committed $2m (£1.1m) to local councils to move water.

But, with demand expected to increase as the water level drops in towns across the region, the NSW government has set aside another $16.4m (£13.3m) for water to be transported and for emergency infrastructure plans.

Man, 50s, dies after getting into difficulty in water at Forty Foot, south Dublin

  Man, 50s, dies after getting into difficulty in water at Forty Foot, south Dublin The man was taken from the sea and brought to hospital at around 2pm on Sunday . The Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat crew, Irish Coast Guard, and Rescue 116 helicopter all helped get him from the sea.A garda spokesperson confirmed the tragic news and said a file will now be prepared for the coroners court. They said: "Gardai in Dun Laoghaire were called to an incident at the 40 foot this afternoon, Sunday 29th September, 2019 at approximately 2.30p.m. "One man (late 50s) got into difficulties in the water and a number of people went to his assistance.

Environment Agency chief calls for use to be cut by a third and leakage by 50%.

Earlier this month , Cape Town was declared a disaster area as the water supply dwindled due to a drought across the Western Cape province. At those levels, Cape Town has 103 days of water left . The city has pleaded with people to save water and restrictions have been in place since December.

a rocky beach: Climate change has worsened droughts, according to Australia's Bureau of Meteorology © Imagebridge Climate change has worsened droughts, according to Australia's Bureau of Meteorology

It comes as more parts of the country face water shortages as climate change has worsened droughts, according to Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).

Air temperatures in the country have increased in the last century, meaning the damage done by droughts and fires has increased.

The country's conservative government, led by prime minister Scott Morrison, has argued attempts to increase environmental protection would cripple the nation's economy.

Mr Morrison did not attend the recent climate summit in New York, telling the UN General Assembly he believed critics of Australia overlooked the country's work on cutting down on emissions.

Worms coming out of kitchen tap spark investigation into Cork water supplies

  Worms coming out of kitchen tap spark investigation into Cork water supplies An audit of the drinking water supply to Cork city was initiated this summer after a consumer complained of worms coming out of a tap. Irish Water informed the EPA that a customer based in Carrigaline had reported white worms coming from a kitchen tap on July 2. An official checked and flushed the pipe network in the vicinity of the house. The report said no further worms had been observed by the complainant. The audit said Irish Water had promptly initiated an investigation following receipt of a complaint of worms coming from a customer’s tap.

Henry’s best friend Stan had moved to another town during the previous school year. This is due to warm currents of water that are CONTINUALLY pushed up from the central Atlantic Ocean and around the British Isles. Lynn said aloud, even though she could have just looked at it.

'Lot of grief' as acute water shortages threaten drought - hit NSW towns . "It's just very, very difficult." Despite the constraints, towns such as Dubbo, have so far avoided water restrictions. Cotton farms near Warren are green even as drought limits flows of the Macquarie River to the nearby Macquarie

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a group of palm trees next to a tree: Whether it’s a tour through Universal Studios, a trek to the Hollywood sign, or a stroll on Muscle Beach, the City of Angels is rife with outdoor attractions for the masses. Unfortunately, the poor air quality of those outdoor spaces is threatening to make them a bit less glamorous. In 2018, Los Angeles experienced three straight months with no reprieve from smog, and while by some measures this was better than 2017, it’s by no means a cause for celebration. Before you go, check local air quality measures and take the necessary precautions to stay safe.

Mr Morrison's comments came after the British naturalist and television presenter Sir David Attenborough criticised the Australian government for supporting new coal mines.

The ten towns of 500+ with less than six months of water:

  • Cobar and Canbelego
  • Tenterfield
  • Coonabaraban
  • Bourke
  • Nyngan
  • Walgett (Raw water supply only)
  • Walcha
  • Murrurundi
  • Dunedoo
  • Stroud and Stroud Rd

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Search operation launched after 'woman seen entering water' in the River Lee on Wednesday night .
Emergency services rushed to the scene at George's Quay at around 10pm yesterdayEmergency services rushed to the scene at George's Quay in Co Cork at around 10pm on Wednesday.

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