New research shows nature started its long road to recovery in 2020 – especially in NSW and Victoria. But overall conditions across large swathes of the country remain poor.
With fewer people commuting, home water use changed radically overnight in March 2020.
Large-scale droughts can have cascading impacts on food security. They can reduce yield, increase food prices, trigger changes in consumption and lead to unstable supply.
New research finds water markets in the southern Murray-Darling produce benefits of around $117 million per year.
Research measuring how water flows between living kauri trees and a leafless stump adds evidence that trees use their underground root systems to support each other.
A major new report from the Productivity Commission calls for an overhaul of Australia’s 17-year-old policy on water.
We know heatwaves and drought can turn bushfires into infernos, but the reasons why were poorly understood in science.
Trees may be more resilient to future dry spells than scientists first thought.
The projected loss of water storage on land as global temperatures rise is especially alarming in the Southern Hemisphere – and in parts of the US.
Many storms, heatwaves, fires and droughts slipped under the radar this year.
Artificially dimming the sun, by injecting reflective particles into the upper atmosphere, could reduce the risk of Day Zero level droughts in Cape Town by more than 90% in the future.
From heatwaves to droughts to storms, climate change poses one of the biggest health threats to Australians. Yet the federal government makes no mention of it in its strategic health planning.
A major new report presents the latest data on the health impacts in a warming world. It found there were 296,000 heat-related deaths in people over 65 years in 2018.
An invisible crisis is brewing in US farm country as the overpumped Ogallala-High Plains Aquifer drains. The key drivers are federal farm subsidies and the tax code.
For rural people, these stresses are cumulative and contribute to higher levels of trauma, mental ill-health and in some cases, suicidal behaviour.
The 2020 wildfire season shattered records across the West. It's part of a trend that's headed in a dangerous direction.
Soil loss in South Africa can have a negative impact on air quality and food security.
The threats of climate change to plants, animals and people in Africa mean that the continent is an excellent place for biometeorological research.
Trends across the different rainfall zones can be linked to changes recorded for large-scale climate systems.
To fully understand why droughts begin, persist and end, we need to answer the question: where does Australia’s rainfall come from? It may seem basic, but the answer isn't so simple.