We’ve blown past the safe and just limit for vital Earth systems, from climate change to the biosphere and the use of fertilisers and freshwater. For humans to thrive means living in safe limits
Aquifers are highly prevalent across Africa – but they’re not always going to be usable.
The slow release of information about the chemical spill and results of air and water tests have left many questions about the risks and long-term impact.
Urban infrastructure was designed to take stormwater out to the ocean quickly. Now, California needs that precious water.
There are fears the Northern Territory government will allow gas and other industries to extract substantially more water from the environment than is currently allowed.
While we know how global changes in freshwater pose risks to humans and ecosystems, we know less about how people and ecosystems will respond to these global freshwater challenges.
High intensity rain has actually increased, which is topping up underground water stores.
New regulations for protecting water resources during oil exploration are inadequate and should be reviewed.
The UK is no stranger to drought – especially southern England.
Accra has become susceptible to floods due to encroachment on wetlands.
We need a radical rethink of water resource planning. Strategies should include reusing water and moving water physically to water-scarce areas.
Millets have been around for thousands of years – and are back in fashion.
When groundwater comes to the surface, sunlight and air convert organic molecules to greenhouse gases. That’s going to be a problem as we will need this water more as the world warms.
Our planet’s invaluable natural store of freshwater is woefully neglected.
Groundwater has the potential to support broad economic, humanitarian and social development in sub-Saharan Africa, as it has in other regions globally.
Water is central to adapting to climate change, but very few of the strategies put in place to respond to water hazards or ensure its availability have been evaluated.
Groundwater is the second-largest store of water on Earth. Governments and industry use groundwater reservoirs to store waste, but it may also have environmental functions that haven’t been revealed.
It’s about developing a community of practice: people who can work alongside scientists, taking science out of the laboratory and into the field.
More than 40 per cent of natural wetlands in the Canadian Prairies have been lost due to drainage, and the impacts associated with this are largely unmitigated.
As surface water diminishes in the Western US, people are drilling deeper wells – and tapping into older groundwater that can take thousands of years to replenish naturally.