Durban, South Africa.
Climate change is changing wave patterns and strength. Bigger waves combined with sea level rise will hit coasts hard – but only in some countries.
Satellite image of the Irrawaddy River delta in Myanmar, a major rice growing area.
European Space Agency
Millions of people around the world live on river deltas and are vulnerable when those rivers shift direction. A new study shows why and where these events, called avulsions, happen.
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New modelling shows how tectonic plate movements, carbon-rich deep-sea sediment, and mountain weathering have regulated Earth’s climate.
Adekunle Ajayi/Nur Photo via Getty Images.
Some Niger Delta residents are less concerned about oil-induced hazards and risks, or floods and erosion. They are more worried about a lack of sanitation amenities.
As sea levels rise, this natural form of beach replenishment might be an important factor in offsetting some of the damaging effects of climate change on beaches.
Portugal has seen little rain since October 2021. By the end of January, 45 per cent of the country was enduring ‘severe’ or ‘extreme’ drought conditions.
(AP Photo/Sergio Azenha)
If the world overshoots its climate targets, drought could cause dryland areas to expand by a quarter and encompass half the Earth’s land area, threatening lives and livelihoods.
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Around 17% of the mainland coastline is affected.
The road leading to the Etosha National Park East Gate at Fort Namutoni, Etosha National Park, Namibia.
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The presence of roads, even inside protected areas, may pose a significant threat to species.
Coastal erosion and dwindling resources driven by tourism are some of the challenges facing the Maldives.
The Maldives is facing coastal erosion, overdevelopment and a tide of plastic pollution.
Coastal areas in West Africa are under intense pressure from demographic growth, economic expansion and ongoing climate change.
Around the world, fragile coastal ecosystems are under intense pressure, and understanding and managing their complex interactions requires an integrated and interdisciplinary approach.
This year’s World Soil Day theme is: ‘Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity’.
Healthy soils are vital for food, biodiversity, and a healthy planet, but this below-ground world is often overlooked. The launch of the State of Knowledge of Soil Biodiversity Report highlights this.
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Almost a century ago, New Zealand and Australia were at the forefront of an environmental crisis that forewarned of humanity’s global impact – erosion. It left its mark on culture.
Underwater Kenya Wildlife Services offices at Lake Nakuru park.
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Because the forecast for rainfall in the Rift Valley basin is a rising trend, the lake levels look set to rise even more in the future.
Corn stover (stalks, leaves and cobs) left behind after harvesting becomes a mulch and cover crop for soybeans on a Tennessee farm.
Lance Cheung, USDA
There’s growing interest in making the US food system more resilient and flexible, but soil – the origin of nearly everything we eat – is often left out of the picture.
Our study explores the factors which cause glacial erosion.
This started as a mountain range.
Sand may seem abundant when your toes are buried in it, but it’s becoming scarce along many coastlines around the world.
Bacton beach defences.
Dumping millions of cubic metres of sand on the beach stops people from dealing with the reality of coastal erosion.
Surf threatens beach houses on Dauphin Island, Alabama, September 4, 2011 during Tropical Storm Lee.
AP Photo/Dave Martin
‘Building back better’ refers to making communities more disaster-proof and resilient after they take a hit. But instead, some US owners are building back bigger homes in vulnerable places.
Lake sediment tells an ancient story of trees, soil – and disaster.
Dr. Niklas Leicher, University of Cologne
Thousands of years of history tells the same story over and over: you ignore soil at your peril.
The source of the Yamuna River, one of the major rivers draining the Himalayas.
A new report predicts that one-third of the ice in the Himalayas will melt, even if we contain global warming to 1.5C. So what does that mean for the flood-prone valleys below?