Many towns and cities in eastern Australia are fast approaching Day Zero — the day that the last of the drink runs dry.
Over a dozen towns and cities in eastern Australia are fast approaching Day Zero — the day that the last of the drink runs dry.
As global temperature change intensifies, Australia has been hit hard by an unprecedented wave of droughts and water shortages. Some affected towns are already out of the water, while authorities say the others only have some months left and should dry before year’s end — driving home the terrifying reality of a world burned by environmental collapse.
Farms are already running dry, and stores are shuttering as people are preoccupied with survival, AFP reports. Some authorities have reported “water thefts.” “I do know of some growers who are actually bone dry and have decided to plant nothing this year and practically close their businesses down within the short-term,” citrus farmer Angus Ferrier. Ferrier personally had to capture thousands of his trees and expects to sacrifice thousands more.
Australian authorities can’t fix the climate. But they'll spend the following year shipping in water — an upscale, temporary fix harking back to the idea to tug an iceberg to South Africa when water supplies dwindled in that part of the world. “You get the sensation that everyone’s nervy because you’ve have to be compelled to watch everything you are doing,” Tom Hehlen, a resident of the Australian town of Stanthorpe, told AFP (Agence France-Presse).