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With water storages running low, residents of Cape Town get drinking water in the early morning from a mountain spring collection point. Nic Bothma/EPA

Cape Town is almost out of water. Could Australian cities suffer the same fate?

The situation in Perth in particular has some parallels to that of Cape Town, but Australian cities responded to the last big drought by investing in much bigger water supply and storage capacity.
Despite billions spent on trying to save water in the Murray Darling Basin, results have been disappointing. John Williams

The Murray Darling Basin Plan is not delivering – there’s no more time to waste

A dozen leading researchers have issued an urgent call to action for the Murray-Darling Basin, arguing that the billions spent on water-efficient irrigation have done little for the rivers' health.
Cape Town’s Muizenburg beach. Water shortages in the city hasn’t deterred tourists. EPA/Nic Bothma

Why the drought levy tabled by Cape Town’s mayor is unfair

A drought levy is being proposed for water scarce Cape Town. The levy is facing wide opposition and there are claims it's punitive and punishes those trying to save water.
Six major dams make up 99.6% of the volume of water in Cape Town’s water supply. Shutterstock

Cape Town’s water crisis: driven by politics more than drought

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.
The mouth of the Murray River delivers vital nutrients to marine life in the ocean beyond. SA Water

Drought on the Murray River harms ocean life too

Low flows in the Murray River in recent years have harmed tiny marine plants called phytoplankton, with consequences for local marine species and management.
Some homes in Cape Town are now harvesting rainwater from their roofs. Flickr/Inhabitat

How the world needs to change as regions get drier

Water is increasingly becoming scarce as the climate changes. There are four changes that cities can make to adapt to water scarcity.
Informal settlements in Cape Town only use 4.7% of the city’s water. Flickr/Blackwych

Cape Town water crisis: 7 myths that must be bust

There are a number of myths surrounding Cape Town's drought, one of them being that the city saw the crisis coming but didn't prepare for it.
Cape Town’s drought and associated water shortage has escalated disaster level. Flickr

Why Cape Town’s drought was so hard to forecast

Cape Town promised alternative water sources with the ongoing drought being declared a disaster. Its main strategy is water rationing but climate models are also being used.
In Cape Town, slowing down residential water use is hugely important, residents consume 65%. EPA/Kim Ludbrook

How Cape Town can win support for the next round of water cuts

It’s important for the city of Cape Town to inspire residential trust in water restrictions. Without this, the harsh effects of the drought will be exacerbated.
Residents collect water in one of the many wells dug in the bed of a dried-up river in the Dierma region of Burkina Faso. Marc Bournof/IRD

The immense challenge of desertification in sub-Saharan Africa

Dry areas make up more than 41% of land around the globe and are home to more than two billion people. Despite climate change and other challenges, there are ways to combat land degradation.
Lessons learnt from a flooding in the Indian state of Odisha has helped reduce casualties. Reuters/Stringer

How to help farmers prepare for climate change

There is increasing evidence from across many African and South Asian countries that contextual, timely climate information, helps farmers manage the risks they face.

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