Reliable water supply is essential for South Africa’s development.
South Africa is a water stressed country but crisis point can be avoided.
A hot summer will mean wetlands dry out faster than ever, so how will pest mosquitoes respond?
Cameron Webb (NSW Health Pathology)
The forecast arrival of El Niño may mean the east coast of Australia will experience an exceptionally hot and dry summer, but does this mean there will be fewer mosquitoes buzzing about?
The development of drought insurance markets could be key to supporting farmers.
While drought insurance schemes have produced mixed results to date, there remains hope for the future.
Wastes from facilities like this cheese factory could find uses in agriculture.
Leftover lactose from cheese production shows early promise as a treatment that can help soils retain water and nutrients, making them more resistant to drought.
Michelle Grattan speaks about the week in politics with Nick Klomp.
Morrison has made dealing with the impact of drought one of his.
priorities since becoming prime minister.
The fund is to provide support against future droughts, helping primary producers, non-government organisations and communities prepare for and respond to their impact.
Black water cascaded down Cameron Falls in Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta after a 2018 wildfire denuded the landscape.
Much of the country depends on water stored and filtered in forests. Fire-scarred watersheds highlight our need for a national wildfire strategy.
Farmers who invested in natural assets during the Millennium Drought are coping better with lack of rain now.
AAP Image/Perry Duffin
Beyond trucking in hay and water, drought-stricken farmers need money and advice on improving the natural features of their land.
Barnaby Joyce on facing the drought and rural women.
Some in the Nationals would like Barnaby Joyce back in the leadership before the election. Joyce says if the leadership were offered, he would be up for it - though he insists he is not canvassing.
Policies such as subsidies for livestock feed risk weakening proper management incentives for farmers to plan for and adapt to drought.
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We need to make sure well-meaning policy responses to drought don't do more harm than good.
Many farmers are now facing a future in which it is much harder to make a living off the land.
AAP Image/Dan Peled
A decade ago, only a third of farmers accepted the science of climate change. But surveys show attitudes have shifted in recent years as the farming community begins to confront what the future holds.
Healthy soils can hold water even during droughts.
Adapting to climate change means improving soil health, so it can hold more water (even during droughts).
Maximum temperatures for January to September were the warmest on record for the Murray–Darling Basin and New South Wales.
After the warmest month on record, it looks like Australia will have an El Niño event – which means the drought is likely to continue.
The Okavango Delta in Botswana.
For hot, dry and water-stressed countries like Botswana and Namibia, high temperatures and droughts will be more severe than the global average.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s tropical cyclone outlook is out today.
AAP Image/Bureau of Meteorology, Japan Meteorological Agency
Cyclone season approacheth, but this year there’s a twist.
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Australia must come to terms with some fundamental shifts in our weather patterns. This month, Andrew Watkins from the BOM and climate scientist Joelle Gergis explore what's in store.
Climate change could affect South Africa’s tourism.
Research says South Africa's picture perfect weather conditions are a tourist's dream.
The Flock Bronzewing is an inland species that is vulnerable to drought. Those vulnerabilities are heightened in an era of climate change and increased risks from feral predators.
Australian wildlife can generally cope with drought, but they're not prepared for the combination of people, introduced animals, and no water.
Trees have died in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colo., as climate change has intensified bark beetle infestations and drought.
As climate change alters temperature and precipitation patterns across the US, it is having especially severe impacts on national parks. These changes could happen faster than many plants and animals can adapt.
Morrison’s brush strokes on his own portrait are designed to create the image of a leader tuned to the voters’ concerns, rather than the “Canberra bubble”.
Morrison is tactically quicker than Turnbull, just as in his messaging he can cut through more sharply. He's more attuned to the emotional and knee-jerk drivers of today's politics.
Environmental water is not a luxury – it’s vital for river ecosystems and everyone who depends on them.
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Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has suggested changing the rules to allow 'environmental' water to be diverted to drought-hit farms. But the idea would be far less straightforward in practice.