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The Cost of Household Water

November 30th, 2012

What this means is the average price of water per household has increased by 16.2 percent, while average consumption has decreased by 7.9 percent. These rising costs are associated partly with increasing demand in other areas, with the agricultural industry having the biggest thirst. "The agriculture industry accounted for over half of Australia's total water consumption using 7,175 gigalitres which represented a 3 per cent increase from 2009-10.'' said Mr Lound. The situation is similar in New Zealand, with some regional councils placing limits on water use in an attempt to reduce demand.

Limiting water use is a controversial subject however, with the recent Murray-Darling basin plan in Australia still a thorny subject in many irrigation districts and regional towns. Things are just as divided across the Tasman, with the New Zealand First Party recently coming out in opposition to the concept of charging for water. According to Richard Prosser from the Party, “Water falls from the sky for nothing."

Rivers around the world are starting to get smaller however, with even huge rivers like the Colorado, the Yellow, the Murray-Darling, and t [...]

Using Diet to Beat the Blues

November 23rd, 2012
While there are many treatment options for those suffering from anxiety and depression, a current clinical study is exploring the link between these illnesses and diet. While previous studies have sho wn the benefits of particular nutrients, it's believed to be the first study of its kind in the world. Past research has indicated that nutritional factors can lead to symptoms of depression, however this study will look at how adopting a Mediterranean diet can alleviate existing symptoms. 200 pa [...]

The Wonders and Perils of Online Shopping this Christmas>

November 16th, 2012

With Christmas just around the corner, more and more people are choosing to avoid the rush and go online for their shopping needs. Internet shopping has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, with online retailers doing everything they can to get new business. However, the recent problems associated with Click Frenzy in Australia are just one example of […]