Water Worries

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Andrew Chapman

In the worst of Victoria's drought early this year, water levels in the Hume Weir (right, in 1999) fell to 2%, fully exposing trees for the first time since it was flooded in the 1950s

At sea lake in Western Victoria, Bob McClelland is harvesting wheat — and grateful to be doing it. Thanks to a little rain and a pipeline from the Murray River, McClelland's farm is surviving the six-year drought that's parched much of southeast Australia. He isn't sure if it's just one of the region's periodic dry spells or if, as some scientists say, it's been worsened by global warming. But "I'm a bit of a believer in climate change," he says. "All those Arctic glaciers melting — there must be something happening."

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