Engineering practice assumes that floods are randomly distributed but science suggests they are not. This raises questions about the reliability of flood infrastructure and management strategies.
In periods of water stress, farmers need support, research assistance and empathy from governments and competing water users.
We think of Canada as a water-rich country, but we are not immune to water shortages or disasters. With some advance planning, Canada can avoid a water catastrophe.
It was the Seine’s rise and fall, in response to heavy rain, that inspired our current understanding of river systems.
The experiences of other countries can provide valuable lessons for Cape Town on how to better cope with its water crisis.
The water crisis in South Africa's Cape Town teaches us there's more at play than just rainfall. Disasters like droughts means the issue must be seen from many different perspectives, like politics.
Satellite research in Ethiopia is opening up a new frontier in the hunt for geothermal power.
It's wrong to blame climate change for famine and conflict. These can either be prevented, or the impact minimised, if institutions and mechanisms of good governance are in place.
At present, the Middle East and North African region contains 7% of the world's population but only has access to 1.5% of its renewable freshwater supply through rainfall.
The US wants to invest in more infrastructure to handle our rainfall and melted snow. Stormwater credits could help cut costs and protect the environment.
New research shows Australian farmers are adapting to climate change, offsetting at least part of a climate change-induced decline.
As the planet warms, the amount of moisture in the atmosphere is increasing. This will cause a lot more heavy rainfall, even in areas that are becoming drier.
Rain made a welcome comeback to Australia in 2016 after several years of deepening drought. But Tasmania and the Top End were among several places that did not fare so well.
New research shows that global warming has already begun to exacerbate extremes of rainfall in the Pacific region – with more to come.
Australia's wheat harvest has stalled over the past 26 years, and worsening weather is to blame.
2016 was Australia's fourth warmest year on record, capping off the hottest decade.
South Africa's weather is very attractive to international visitors. Climate change could alter their perceptions unless mitigation strategies are put in place.
Satellite rainfall data can be used to predict harsh climate events – and to identify food-insecure populations before disaster strikes.
Catch 22: renewable energy can help fight climate change, but climate change might prove hard on renewable energy.
A proliferation of concrete is increasing the risk of urban flooding. The solution? More gardens.