As periods of drought become more common, the consequences of an ill functioning water sector will be severe.
Unless action is taken, the UK will be unable to supply its own water needs in the future – we should look to water-scarce regions such as California for inspiration.
Flash flooding made a mess in Dallas in August 2022.
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Flood risks are rising as the climate warms. The risks are complex, as a levee or new roadway in one place can worsen flooding somewhere else.
Drought warning near Exeter, Devon, in 1976.
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Unlike this time, the dry summer of 1976 followed a particularly dry year.
Household waste in the Port of Durban after the 2019 floods.
Photo courtesy of Douw Steyn, Plastic SA
Experts in city government are missing the perspective of residents.
Several of California’s reservoirs were at less than one-third of their capacity in early December 2021.
The State Water Project cut its initial allocations for water agencies to 0% for 2022. A California water expert explains why.
A refurbished Nabataean cistern at the site of Humayma, Jordan.
Ancient cultures that flourished in arid climates developed low-tech solutions to manage water scarcity.
A new book says Australia’s 20-year water trading experiment is sucking hundreds of millions of dollars each year out of the Murray-Darling Basin and directing water away from productive land.
Pipelines, dams, gadgets: does water management really need to be all about control and power? Adopting less masculine ideas and working with nature may be more prudent.
Youth with Music for the Spirit & Indigenous Visual Arts work on projects about relationships with water at Six Nations of the Grand River.
Collaborative research sought to document Six Nations youth perspectives shared through art and story to inform principles for water management in the lower Grand River.
New research finds water markets in the southern Murray-Darling produce benefits of around $117 million per year.
The decision recognises that water rights are critical for Indigenous people to restore customs, protect their culture, become economically independent and heal Country.
India’s civil society has opposed engineering-based water management such as large dams, river linking and canal irrigation, for environmental and social reasons, but often ideological reasons.
India’s civil society, which for the past 30 years has been critical of India’s water policies, now has the opportunity to drive the policy recommendations for water management.
Seorang perempuan membawa air.
When women have to spend hours getting water for their families, it comes at the expense of their incomes and their other contributions to their communities.
Knee-jerk responses to water insecurity won’t fix the basin. The harder and longer path is delivering real water reform, including transparent water planning enshrined in law.
The Nile river in Cairo.
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Instead of allocating the Nile waters based on a fixed, perpetual water supply Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt must consider changes in weather patterns, among other factors.
Beware cold-stunned ‘chicken of the trees.’
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Green iguanas are an invasive species that seem to be spreading and proliferating in Florida. Used to warmer temps, they switch into torpor mode when the mercury drops.
Access to the shoreline is great, but what about places not on the coast?
Béju (Happy City, Street Plan, University of Virginia)
Research into public health benefits of integrating nature into cities has focused on green spaces. New studies suggest water features are just as useful and can piggyback on other infrastructure goals.
The Adelaide Desalination Plant will be cranked up to full capacity to free up 100 gigalitres of water from the River Murray for use by farmers.
The Australian government is effectively spending A$95 million so it can sell water to farmers for A$10 million.
The push to ‘drought-proof’ Australia is dangerous nonsense.
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Yes, Australia naturally cycles through dry and wet periods. But that doesn’t mean we can simply build more dams and trust they’ll be filled.
Let’s say we took a lot of water from the coast and piped it to a dry inland area. How might that affect the soil in both places?
The Australian landscape is very old and the soils in inland areas can be very fragile.