The US has one of the highest groundwater use rates in the world. When wells run dry, households may opt to conserve water, find new sources or sell and move.
Some flood dangers can be hard to spot initially – to planners, developers and home-buyers. Sometimes, the danger comes from underground.
Large areas targeted for forest restoration in Africa are covered by savanna and grassland, which provide important ecosystem services that would be lost should they be converted to forests.
Within the growing mountains of electronic waste, precious metals lie waiting to be recovered.
A long-awaited NZ$700 million package to clean up New Zealand's rivers and lakes has disappointed some of the government's expert advisers – especially a delay on setting clear pollution limits.
The water that replenishes groundwater, rivers and lakes is under threat from climate change, pollution and aging infrastructure.
Drought-driven humanitarian emergencies can be prevented if groundwater is reliably made available at strategic locations.
The real crisis with water supply is that South Africa doesn't know what it doesn't know.
Wetlands are an important resource that needs to be taken better care of.
Government leadership is needed to manage the aquifer as a system for all, including environmental services, rather than for the powerful few.
Good news – underground aquifers could be a reliable source of drinking water in sub-Saharan Africa even as the climate warms.
Millions of Americans rely on groundwater for their lives and livelihoods, but regulation is piecemeal. A new study maps groundwater wells nationwide and finds that they are drilling steadily deeper.
Adani's request for the names of individual scientists reviewing their groundwater management plan has chilling implications for scientific independence.
It's been years in the making, but Adani's controversial Queensland coal mine is finally shovel-ready. Yet significant scientific questions remain, such as the impact on the region's aquifers.
Adani has promised to fix its groundwater plan – but that might not be possible.
The effects of climate change above ground are well known, but what's happening to underground aquifers which supply most of the world's fresh water?
Banking water minimises the impact of evaporation and means that water can also be recycled from various sources.
Groundwater supplies around the world are under threat as drilling companies bore deeper and deeper wells.
Many African countries tend to mismanage their groundwater resources.
Groundwater is often seen as a resource that never runs out. This isn't true.