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.
The land may be dry, but Western Australia’s waters are full of life.
The Great Barrier Reef might get all the attention, but what about our western coral reefs? Warmer waters and human impacts mean these reefs are in trouble.
Hurricane Pali churns over the eastern Pacific on January 11.
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January hurricanes are rare events, but two have already formed this month. Atmospheric scientist Adam Sobel explains the conditions that generated Pali and Alex.
Homeless in Los Angeles: Bernard Leatherhood (62) and Arthur Johnson (72).
Field research in Oakland highlights a major issue that Americans have yet to face up to: how to deal with growing numbers of homeless older people in our streets.
Here come the rains to Hollywood and Southern California.
The flood-control infrastructure built to weather heavy rains in Los Angeles sends runoff to sea – a poor design for drought-worried California.
Extreme drought, a predictable impact of El Niño, fuels wildfires on the island of Borneo on October 14.
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The third-ever 'super' El Niño is under way. Here's how it will affect your region in the US and how global warming affects this and future El Niños.
Despite a decade of drought and declining rainfall in parts of Australia, there’s still plenty of water to go around.
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The Millennium Drought ended more than five years ago, but several years of below-average rainfall and El Niño have brought drought back to many parts of Australia. Our latest report on water in Australia shows rainfall is continuing to decline in eastern Australia and increase in the north.
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Indonesia's haze made global headlines but an intense dry season has also sparked major fires in Brazil.
Mountains overlooking the Hex river valley in the Western Cape, South Africa. The country has been experiencing inclement weather this summer.
South Africa has been experiencing odd weather patterns during the month of November. It can be attributed to three culprits.
A lone cow stands next to a dried up river in South Africa.
The water crisis in South Africa could have been avoided through better planning.
A farmer sitting on a water tank he uses to supply his livestock.
The current drought in southern Africa is as a result of a powerful El Niño event. Better planning and forecasting could help mitigate the effects.
While firefighters battled widespread fires in New South Wales in October 2013, hundreds of thousands of people turned to social media and smartphone apps for vital updates.
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When disaster strikes, more people than ever are turning to social media to find out if they're in danger. But Australian emergency services need to work together more to learn what works to save lives.
Hurricane Patricia as it made landfall on the Pacific coast of Mexico.
False complacency: Hurricane Patricia didn't devastate Mexico as feared, but provides more evidence that warming waters raise the chances of more intense storms.
There were no fatalities from Hurricane Patricia, which was downgraded to a tropical storm after making landfall in Mexico.
Research shows that El Niño creates conditions for a certain type of hurricane – and offers clues as to how climate change can affect the severity of hurricanes.
Pretty, but also pretty nasty.
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With El Niño ramping up, Australia is in for a long, hot, dry summer - perfect conditions for blue-green algae. And that innocuous-looking pond scum can pack a toxic punch if you're not careful.
Photosynthesis is crucial to the ability of plants to convert sunlight into energy.
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Distinguished Professor Graham Farquhar has received this year's Prime Minister's Prize for Science for his pioneering research into photosynthesis.
Lake Kariba’s water evel is down to under 30% – and it may worsen.
The upcoming El Niño event may see an even bigger drop in the water level of Lake Kariba. This will have terrible consequences for the people using the river.
When the Indian Ocean combines with El Niño dry conditions come to Australia.
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We thought the big El Niño might not bring drought. And then the climate turned dry. And hot.
New surveys show Australians don’t mind if the water coming from their tap is recycled.
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Would you drink recycled water? New surveys suggest Australians concerned about water shortages are ready for alternative sources.
Drought is a quintessentially Australian experience, yet many of us don’t properly know how they form.
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High temperatures make droughts worse, right? Wrong: it's the other way around. Ahead of an El Niño summer that looks set to bring drought to much of Australia, here's a quick primer on how they form.