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AUS: Renewables Boost Could Help Farmers

AUS: Renewables Boost Could Help Farmers

The International Renewable Energy Agency reports that a doubling of Australia’s 2010 renewable energy capacity levels could cause water withdrawals in 2030 to drop by more than a quarter. The UN-backed organisation found solar and wind power withdraw up to 200 times less water than conventional power generation methods such as coal, natural gas and nuclear. Victorian fruit grower John Pettigrew says coal and gas mining ventures are buying up water resources that could otherwise be used by farmers. “If we’re going to protect food growing, we need to ensure farmers have stable access to water,” says John. “Investing in renewables is a win-win for farmers as it can help minimise the effect climate change has on our crops and redirect water resources. Doubling Australia’s investment in renewable energy by 2030 will also have substantial benefits for the country’s economy, with conservative estimates suggesting the move would boost GDP by 1.7%. (Source: climatemediacentre.org.au)