Water and power cuts prompted by reduced rainfall and drought in Southern Africa have caused major problems for business.
Some observers have blamed recent wildfires on poor forest management, while others point to climate change. In fact, a climate scientist explains, reducing fire risks means tackling both issues.
Research shows water restrictions can mean well-off households have to cut down on leisure and luxury. For disadvantaged households, and particularly women, it is a different story.
South Africa is a water stressed country but crisis point can be avoided.
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?
While drought insurance schemes have produced mixed results to date, there remains hope for the future.
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.
The fund is to provide support against future droughts, helping primary producers, non-government organisations and communities prepare for and respond to their impact.
Much of the country depends on water stored and filtered in forests. Fire-scarred watersheds highlight our need for a national wildfire strategy.
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.
We need to make sure well-meaning policy responses to drought don't do more harm than good.
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.
Adapting to climate change means improving soil health, so it can hold more water (even during droughts).
After the warmest month on record, it looks like Australia will have an El Niño event – which means the drought is likely to continue.
For hot, dry and water-stressed countries like Botswana and Namibia, high temperatures and droughts will be more severe than the global average.
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.
Research says South Africa's picture perfect weather conditions are a tourist's dream.
Australian wildlife can generally cope with drought, but they're not prepared for the combination of people, introduced animals, and no water.