Six major dams make up 99.6% of the volume of water in Cape Town’s water supply.
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.
Erta Ale in eastern Ethiopia.
Satellite research in Ethiopia is opening up a new frontier in the hunt for geothermal power.
Somalia is a case of subtle connections between drought, food insecurity and conflict.
Oxfam East Africa
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.
An Egyptian farmer tries to irrigate his land with water from a well.
Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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.
A public worker clears a storm drain in Carson City, Nevada.
Cathleen Allison/AP Photo
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.
Get ready for heavier rain.
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.
Green shoots: a mangrove in Cairns enjoys the wet. Not all of Australia was so lucky.
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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.
Climate change is already delivering more extremes of wet and dry to the Pacific region.
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New research shows that global warming has already begun to exacerbate extremes of rainfall in the Pacific region – with more to come.
Fields of gold: Australia’s wheat industry contributes more than A$5 billion to the economy each year.
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Australia's wheat harvest has stalled over the past 26 years, and worsening weather is to blame.
Surf’s up: September storms brought waves, wind and flooding to South Australia.
AAP Image/David Mariuz
2016 was Australia's fourth warmest year on record, capping off the hottest decade.
A big part of South Africa’s appeal lies in its good weather. Climate change poses a risk to the tourism industry.
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South Africa's weather is very attractive to international visitors. Climate change could alter their perceptions unless mitigation strategies are put in place.
Fields showing little signs of plant emergence at a late stage of the season, indicating a near total crop loss in Zimbabwe.
Satellite rainfall data can be used to predict harsh climate events – and to identify food-insecure populations before disaster strikes.
Tasmania’s hydro power is dependent on rains.
Dam image from www.shutterstock.com
Catch 22: renewable energy can help fight climate change, but climate change might prove hard on renewable energy.
Hard surfaces increase the risk of urban flooding.
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A proliferation of concrete is increasing the risk of urban flooding. The solution? More gardens.
Despite increases in some areas, Australia’s tree cover is at its lowest level in 40 years.
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After some unusually wet years, our landscape and ecosystems have once again returned to poorer conditions that were last experienced during the Millennium Drought.
Things got very wet, very quickly, in Brisbane in 2011.
AAP Image/Dave Hunt
Since 1999, Australia has swung between drought and deluge with surprising speed, because El Niño has fallen into sync with similar patterns in the Indian and Southern Oceans.
Oroville Dam in California, where water levels had fallen 30% by 2014.
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California's drought is dragging on into its fifth year. What can the state learn from Australia's 15-year millennium drought?
Rural southern Australia has been drying out over the past several decades. Pictured here, Burra in South Australia.
Australia is the land of drought of flooding rains, driven by events such as El Nino. But despite this variability, some parts of Australia are clearly drying out.
A hot end of the year contributed to Christmas Day fires in Victoria.
AAP Image/Keith Pakenham
El Niño dominated global climate in 2015, but in Australia the story was more complicated. 2015 was Australia's fifth warmest year on record, and saw the return of very dry conditions to parts of Australia.