Stories about Adani’s triumph, drought-stricken towns and people fleeing to Tasmania made The Fifth Estate’s list of the 10 most-read stories for 2019.

  1. NSW considering evacuating up to 90 towns if they run out of water

Just last week we ran this story about the worst-case scenario for NSW towns running out of water, with the NSW government considering evacuating the residents of as many as 90 towns if they run completely dry. The huge reads on this story suggest people are worried, and with good reason. At latest count (28 December the story had 66,000 Facebook shares)

Panoramic landscape of suburban houses in rural neighbourhood in Australia
  1. Howard Raggatt does it again – this time, a bold & resilient water tank house

We’re not 100 per cent sure why this story from 2015 about a Melbourne home designed by ARM is second on the list but a façade made almost entirely of water tanks could be an idea worth revisiting in these drought-stricken times.

  1. Is the first wave of climate migrants landing in Hobart?

The success of this story from late 2018 is fairly self-explanatory. The great southward migration begins.

  1. NSW’s reshuffle leaves environment a small player in a big pond

NSW Premier Gladys Berijiklian was reappointed in March, which saw the Office of Environment and Heritage subsumed into a mega-department or “cluster” of planning and industry.

  1. The Stop Adani convoy – what really happened in north Queensland

This story really tugs at the heart strings of anyone out there fighting the good fight on climate. Worth a revisit if you missed it the first time around.

  1. Future of Lendlease’s DesignMake is under review

News that Lendlease was reviewing the operation of its DesignMake manufacturing facility cast a dark shadow over the fledgling prefab timber industry.

  1. Cool roofs V dark roofs

This old favourite from 2014 about cool roofs and dark roofs made it into the top 10 for another year.

  1. My night in a co-living community in Sydney

Contributor Rebecca Dracup from Wood and Grieve Engineers spent a night in a Sydney co-living space and provided her thoughts. It looks like interest in alternative housing arrangements is on the rise.

  1. The truth about dark roofs and cool roofs

The more scientific investigation of dark roofs versus cool roofs from 2018 also looks to be an enduring read.

  1. Flow Systems in voluntary administration

News emerged in January that next-generation sustainable utility provider Flow Systems had gone into voluntary administration.

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