Australian state to pump oxygen into rivers as fish die

Water experts are meeting in Canberra to decide how the nation should respond to the crisis. (File/AFP)
Updated 15 January 2019

Australian state to pump oxygen into rivers as fish die

  • Up to a million dead fish were found floating last week in the Darling River in western New South Wales state
  • Experts blame heatwave conditions across much of Australia, drought and algal blooms for starving waterways of oxygen

CANBERRA, Australia: An Australian state government has announced plans to mechanically pump oxygen into lakes and rivers after hundreds of thousands of fish have died in heatwave conditions.
Up to a million dead fish were found floating last week in the Darling River in western New South Wales state and the state government announced on Tuesday that 1,800 more rotting fish had since been found in Lake Hume in the state’s south.
Minister for Regional Water Niall Blair says 16 battery-powered aerators have been bought and would be placed in various drought-affected waterways after they are delivered by Wednesday.
Experts blame heatwave conditions across much of Australia, drought and algal blooms for starving waterways of oxygen.
Water experts are meeting in Canberra to decide how the nation should respond to the crisis.


NASA investigating first crime committed in space: report

Updated 32 min 18 sec ago

NASA investigating first crime committed in space: report

  • Astronaut Anne McClain is accused of improperly accessing her partner’s private financial records while aboard the International Space Station
  • McClain’s lawyer said the astronaut accessed the account only to monitor the couple’s combined finances

WASHINGTON: US space agency NASA is investigating what may be the first crime committed in outer space, The New York Times reported Saturday.
Astronaut Anne McClain is accused of identity theft and improperly accessing her estranged wife’s private financial records while on a sixth-month mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS), the Times said.
The astronaut’s spouse Summer Worden filed a complaint earlier this year with the Federal Trade Commission after learning McClain had accessed her bank account without permission, while Worden’s family filed another with NASA’s Office of Inspector General, according to the newspaper.
McClain’s lawyer said the astronaut had done nothing wrong and accessed the bank records while aboard the ISS in order to monitor the couple’s combined finances — something she had done over the course of their relationship, the Times reported.
NASA investigators have contacted both women, according to the newspaper.
McClain, who returned to Earth in June, gained fame for being one of two women picked for a historic all-female spacewalk, but NASA scrapped the planned walk in March due to a lack of well-fitting spacesuits, sparking accusations of sexism.
Worden said the FTC has not responded to the identity theft report, but that an investigator specializing in criminal cases with NASA’s Office of Inspector General has been looking into the accusation, according to the Times.