It's important to remember that most of this greening is due to growth of grasses, which respond more rapidly after rain.
Some parts of Australia have enjoyed excellent rainfall this year, but others have not. Drought relief is still slow and patchy.
A road destroyed by a landslide in West Pokot County, northwestern Kenya. November 23 2019.
The unusual weather can be attributed to the Indian Ocean Dipole. This is the difference in sea surface temperatures between the eastern and western tropical Indian Ocean.
If we’re not careful, water may not be clean enough or available when we need it.
The water that replenishes groundwater, rivers and lakes is under threat from climate change, pollution and aging infrastructure.
When we are imagining this time, next year, are we limiting our thinking to how we avoid the conditions we faced in this summer? Or are there bigger questions we can ask?
‘Futuring’ can help us survive the climate crisis. And guess what? You’re a futurist too.
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When think about this time next year, are we freaking out, or are we futuring?
Sport Australia wrote to McKenzie’s office before the election expressing concern it was being compromised by political interference.
Morrison's hope for clear air for his messages is being stymied by the crisis around deputy Nationals leader Bridget McKenzie, as more damaging information emerges against her in the sports rorts affair.
Indonesia’s power plants are vulnerable to climate-related events, such as floods and droughts.
Climate change affects power plants in Indonesia, eventually disrupting energy supply to consumers.
Leaving water out for wildlife is important during droughts and bushfires but if it’s not changed regularly it can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Temperatures are soaring and bushfires are decimating Australia's wildlife. So how can we avoid creating a breeding ground for mosquitoes when putting water out for thirsty birds and animals?
Australia is a bushfire-prone nation. But several factors make this fire season worse than those past.
The latest bushfires cannot be compared to Ash Wednesday or Black Saturday. Our nation's fire history is being rewritten.
High resolution satellite image of the Nile River’s delta.
Despite more rainfall, devastating hot and dry spells are projected to become more frequent in the Upper Nile basin in the future.
It’s the first time since overlapping records began that Australia experienced both its lowest rainfall and highest temperatures in the same year.
The Bureau of Meterology says persistent drought and record temperatures were a major driver of Australia's fire activity, and the context for 2019 lies in the past three years of drought.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan on the big issues which have shaped political discourse.
‘Tis the season.
Love it or hate it, winter means snow and ice for much of the US. In many places, though, snow is becoming a scarce resource.
When freshwater dried up, so did many megafauna species.
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A drying climate and the arrival of people together finished off Australia's megafauna.
Refugees in the city of Qab Illyas in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley dig their own water wells.
Hussein A. Amery
Both drought and violence drove many Syrians out of their homes; even if the war ends, the continuing difficulty of farming will make it hard for them to return.
A hot and dry spring is leading into a hot and dry summer.
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Australia is heading into a scorching summer, but the factors causing the hot and dry weather are expected to ease later in the season.
Declining water levels in Warragamba Dam reflect generally falling national levels of stored water.
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Australia's capital cities have collectively lost 30% of their stored water over the last six years. But this loss is not evenly distributed across the country.
Dry conditions will make for a difficult summer in the Murray Darling Basin.
A researcher who's worked for decades to improve the health of the Murray Darling Basin fears the coming months will be among the worst in history.
Waters from the Herbert River, which runs toward one of northern Australia’s richest agricultural districts, could be redirected under a Bradfield scheme.
The ‘New Bradfield’ scheme seeks to revive a nation-building ethos supposedly stifled by bureaucratic inertia. But there are good reasons the scheme never became a reality.
There are different types of drought and how they affect different sectors of society varies.
Not all droughts are the same and South Africa needs to have a targeted approach to each type.