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.
Groundwater is often seen as a resource that never runs out. This isn't true.
Despite all Ethiopia's Abiy Ahmed's inspirational reforms, there can be no progress without the rural majority.
A new outlook from the Bureau of Meteorology forecasts a dry, warm spring – and not the sustained rain we need.
Huge fires roared through Yellowstone National Park in the summer of 1988, scorching one-third of the park. Since then the park has been a valuable lab for studying how forests recover from fires.
Having an envoy for drought and a prime minister keen to visit drought-affected areas puts the government under pressure to do the wrong thing.
The Coalition's primary vote has plunged 4 points to 33%, and Labor's vote has jumped from 35% to 41%, in The Australian's poll, which comes as Morrison moved quickly to announce his ministerial team.
The same day all of New South Wales was declared in drought, the state's Rural Fire Service issued its earliest ever total fire bans.
The government has offered emergency payments to drought-stricken farmers. But if we really care about them, we'll also invest in long-term drought resilience measures to reduce impacts.
The Ogalalla Aquifer is a vast underground lake that irrigates farms across the US Great Plains. It took thousands of years to fill, but human use could drain it in roughly a century.
Farmers are calling for South Australia to ramp up its desalination plant to free up more water from the Murray Darling.
Faced with a drought, it's tempting for cities to reduce the amount of space that needs water. But this is not a good idea.
Farmers experience drought-related stress. Improving their mental health enhances adaptive capacity and resilience. Drought support must address relationships between drought and mental health.
From Greece, to the UK, to Japan and even Sweden, a slew of places in the Northern Hemisphere are suffering extreme heat. And the chances of extreme heat records tumbling are growing all the time.
Unless African cities improve water management many will face severe water problems by 2035.
Cape Town faced down "Day Zero" earlier this year, but that doesn't mean its water system is resilient. Other cities should also take note.
Energy that otherwise would go to waste might someday power industrial-scale condensation.
Desertification is a problem of global proportions. If action isn't taken now, it will accelerate and fuel further migration and conflict.
We rely on climate data to help us make important decisions for our future, such as building infrastructure. But what if a region's climate has long been more volatile than we realised?
Bangalore's forgotten water wells are being revived, to help the city overcome centuries-old supply issues.