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By Peter Williams
If Australia is to ensure future water supplies, we must overcome our aversion to drinking recycled water.
By Mark Simister
Despite setbacks from further aftershocks, progress is being made with rebuilding Christchurch, New Zealand.
By Peter Williams
Looks at increase in disaster events, and whether property and infrastructure can be made more resistant.
By John Hobson
The impact of climate change and the carbon tax on Australia.
SYDNEY, 16 May 2011 – Almost all Australians support the government investing more money to make the country’s infrastructure better able to cope with the increasing number and severity of natural disasters. This is according to research commissioned by MWH, an environmental and water engineering services firm, to establish the attitude of Australians toward natural disasters and their impact on critical infrastructure.
By Gennaro Vellotti
As water becomes less accessible, Australians will need to look at more efficient ways to irrigate. The current worldwide trend towards the use of recycled water in major urban applications shows great promise and is increasing as the cost of potable water climbs and treated water becomes more accessible. Large open spaces, like sports fields and ovals, lend themselves to using recycled water.
By Peter Fagan
The current flood events in Queensland and northern Western Australia are causing havoc and creating hardship for residents, farmers and industry alike. Right now, it is a matter of survival, but as soon as the danger passes, getting things back to some semblance of normality will be the imperative. Understandably so - communities need to return to their livelihoods as quickly as possible.
By Peter Fagan
Australians value water as a precious resource and believe enjoying water is an essential part of our culture, but there is grave concern for Australia’s water security in light of forecast population increases, according to research commissioned by MWH Australia, an environmental and water engineering services firm.
By Peter Williams
As recognised leaders in water and environmental consulting, MWH recently commissioned a piece of independent research of Australian households to explore attitudes and behaviours toward water. In particular, we explored whether the prolonged drought, and years of water restrictions, have had a lasting impact. Or, now that the drought is easing in many parts of the country, are we reverting to old habits? What are the drivers of household water usage? Will increasing the price of water motivate
By Bob Smith
The annual mid-year meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was attended by 2,900 participants in Bonn, Germany between 31 May and 11 June 2010.
By Peter Fagan
There is a critical debate under way about funding Australia's $700 billion infrastructure deficit during the next decade.
By Peter Fagan
As a renewable energy target, 20 percent by 2020 has a nice ring to it, but drawing one-fifth of Australia's energy from renewable sources in just 10 years will be a stretch, based upon the wind and solar projects currently under development and the sharp decline in investment in the sector. The implications of this are serious, as a slow start means efforts will have to increase rapidly as the 2020 deadline approaches, potentially causing the number of projects and necessary investment to reach
By Peter Fagan
In the face of current scientific predictions, should we continue efforts to maintain doomed ecosystems or adapt to the impacts of climate change in other ways?
By Kevin Atkins
Following a 2005 PricewaterhouseCoopers study conducted for the Australian Local Government Association, a backlog of $14.5 billion in infrastructure renewals was identified.
By Tom Belgrove
In 2003, the Victorian Government helped elevate the topic of water quality in Australia by introducing the Safe Drinking Water Act.