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Sustainable table: the coming famine

This is a website about the key issues related to global food insecurity. It contains sections on the scarcity of primary resources; land degradation; land scarcity; waste; climate change; consequences of inaction; and proposed solutions. Photographs, statistics, graphs, maps and figures support the information. This resource ...

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Tassie be dammed: agriculture and water supply

In response to prolonged periods of drought, the Tasmanian Government embarked on a plan to 'drought-proof' Tasmania. The plan includes increasing both water storage capacity and the distribution of water to farming communities. In this clip, farmers describe the effects of drought and explain what they see as the benefits ...

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Water through cracked soil

Watch scientists investigate water movement through soil that has been cracked by drought. Australian scientists demonstrate a new way to investigate how water moves through the cracks using electrical probes to measure soil moisture at different soil depths. This technology could help farmers more efficiently irrigate ...

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Tough times in the wheatbelt

Just north of Dubbo in New South Wales lies a town called Walgett, a rural town that relies on wheat farming. This clip reveals the effects of prolonged drought, showing how the community of Walgett was suffering in 2003. While things looked grim, find out what one good season could do.

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How will fire change the climate?

Considering the impact of a changing climate on the severity and frequency of fires is one thing, but how about the impact of fires on climate? Why does Professor David Bowman describe this scenario as a 'fire spiral'? What are the consequences of a world with fewer forests? As Professor Craig Allen explains, drought and ...

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Tassie be dammed: opening the Meander Dam

In response to prolonged periods of drought, the Tasmanian Government embarked on a plan to 'drought-proof' Tasmania. Listen to the reasons that politicians and some public officials give for building more dams. This clip features the opening of the Meander Dam in 2008 in the state's north. Hear also from farmers who have ...

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Protecting exposed lake beds during drought

Visit the Lower Lakes near the mouth of the Murray River in 2009. Step onto the dried-out lake floor and watch what the wind does to the sand. How can planting rye grass help to stop erosion and to control a toxic environment in the mud beneath the sand? Find out in this clip.

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Leaky weirs hydrate a thirsty landscape

Peter Andrews is a natural engineer. His 'leaky weirs' are helping to keep farm soils hydrated, even in extended periods of drought. Peter appears to be working in concert with nature, so why are his ideas so revolutionary?

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Water reservoirs as climate change adaptation

This is a video about water availability for people living in the Peruvian Andes. It includes vision and information about water scarcity in this region and details of a Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations funded project involving the creation of a sustainable water management program. The program involves ...

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Selling Climate Change

This learning sequence explores the topic of climate change and the Asia region. Students analyse how information about climate change is conveyed using various persuasive approaches.

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Record dry spell puts farmers under the pump

Australian farmers cope with all sorts of challenges, including lack of rainfall. But what happens when drought persists for longer than usual? In this clip we investigate the effects of a record dry spell on the wellbeing of rural communities in New South Wales in 2003.

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The construction of TV news

Have you ever thought about how a news clip is put together? It's a process of carefully combining a range of audio and visual conventions to present information in a way that seems unbiased. Use this ABC News clip to explore some of the features of TV news.

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Effects of dry weather

What do you feel like when the weather is hot and dry? Discover what happens to the land during dry weather. Look at how the landscape changes at different times of the year.

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Drought: graziers turn to droving

Queensland cattle country encounters extremes of climate:extensive floods and prolonged drought. With his station in the grip of drought and in a bid to save his herd from starvation, one grazier has resorted to a more traditional approach. Watch as he prepares to drove his herd along a stock route in search of greener pastures.

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Water shortages in Nairobi, Kenya, 2000

Water shortages in Nairobi have a big impact on local residents and businesses, who are often forced to buy water privately. Find out how a shortage of water in Kenya's capital city affects the people there, and the views people have about the causes of the shortage.

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How might water shortages in the Basin affect you?

The Murray-Darling Basin is Australia's largest river system and it's an important source of water for many Australian communities and farmers. In this clip from mid-2013, Discover more about the Basin, how it connects people and places, and the impact that drought and people's use has on this natural resource.

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Dealing with drought

How do Australian farmers adapt to drought conditions? This clip examines some of the challenges involved in managing droughts and the ways farmers prepare for drought conditions. It outlines a national drought policy reform agreement made before the federal election of 2013.

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Sowing crops after floods

Natural disasters such as flooding can create havoc for farmers who rely on favourable growing conditions for high yields. This clip shows some Australian farmers responding to floods that have affected their crop production. See how they deal with these and other weather-related impacts.

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Food for thought: learn resources for science

This is a rich resource for teachers about the impact of climate change on small-scale farmers. It includes two sets of resources, one for the primary level and the other for the secondary level. Each set of resources includes: a teacher guide with learning activities; worksheets for students; crop cards; and a PowerPoint ...

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Activity: a global crisis?

This is a web resource about the availability of fresh water in Australia and other countries that includes a student activity accompanied by a teacher guide providing background information and a lesson plan. A student worksheet provides activity instructions and a lotus diagram for the students to complete. The activity ...