The latest Australian Environmental-Economic Accounts tell us waste production is rising with GDP, but the information is incomplete and widely ignored.
Water and energy use are becoming more efficient, which is good news for both the economy and the environment. But Australia has yet to realise the value of national environmental accounting.
People in the HaMakuya community go without potable water for months.
Small solutions done properly can play a huge role in dealing with water scarcity.
The more the market is willing to pay, the harder it is to regulate water use.
Residents of a small Victorian town realised that delicious water can be a curse as well as a blessing, when they lost a legal battle to stop a local farmer shipping groundwater to a nearby bottling plant.
A new report finds concerns about water infrastructure tops the list for Canada’s water providers.
World Water Day shines a light on the importance of safe, clean drinking water, but a new report finds Canada's freshwater systems are under stress.
The Hawkesbury’s waters look beautifully natural but treated sewage makes up to 20% of the river flow where the North Richmond Filtration Plant draws its water.
Perth is looking at recycling all its sewage in the city's future water supply. But many Australians' drinking water already contains indirectly recycled treated sewage.
A fisherman at work in the White Nile. Half the river’s flow is lost to evaporation from the Sudd swamps, a large wetland.
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Nature based approaches to solving water problems originated in Europe and don't take into account Africa's huge infrastructure deficit.
Capetonians wait to fill up water containers.
There are measures in place to manage Day Zero and beyond. Models show that these will not work.
With water storages running low, residents of Cape Town get drinking water in the early morning from a mountain spring collection point.
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.
Women collecting water in Mali echo a common scene across Africa.
Developing a map of African countries' water poverty levels offers a transparent analysis for policymakers, governments and organisations that deal with water issues.
The Thomson Dam, Melbourne’s largest water storage, dropped to only 16% of capacity in the last big drought.
Australian cities have turned to some very costly solutions when water is scarce. But as the world's second-highest users of water per person, more efficient use and recycling are key.
Under the proposal, irrigators would have to submit a statement that tallies with aerial images of their water use.
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Allegations of water theft have thrown the Murray-Darling Basin Plan into crisis. The solution could involve users declaring their annual water use, subject to random audits - like a tax return.
Colonial notions of public and private space are embedded in sewage systems.
Modern sewerage infrastructure, exported from Britain to the globe, is entirely dependent on water. In a world of growing climate extremes, it's time to look beyond this colonial legacy.
Tropical rainforests are among the biggest contributors to the global greening boom.
AAP Image/Dave Hunt
The globe is greening as plants grow faster in response to rising carbon dioxide. But a new analysis shows they aren't using more water to do it - a rare piece of good news for our changing planet.
Cape Town is experiencing the worst drought in 100 years.
Windhoek can teach Cape Town on dealing with drought. Technology alone is not enough.
Cape Town is doing an outstanding job of managing residential water use.
There is an increasing demand for water in cities like Cape Town. The current drought exacerbates this. But there are ways to use and save water sustainably.
Drop by drop.
Taps need technology too.
Lake Powell, photographed April 12, 2017. The white ‘bathtub ring’ at the cliff base indicates how much higher the lake reached at its peak, nearly 100 feet above the current level.
The Colorado River supplies water to millions of people and irrigates thousands of miles of farmland. New research warns that climate change is likely to magnify droughts in the Colorado Basin.
Water use for transport is significant.
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Travelling to work can require as much water as you use at home.
There are plenty of ways to cut energy use, especially in old houses.
AAP Image/Paul Miller
There are loads of things you can do to cut your energy bills - and many don't involve stumping up any cash up-front at all.
Climate change is forcing some hard decisions when it comes to water use: energy or food production?