To build drought resilence, Sydney must invest in rainfall-independent water supplies.
South-west Australia relies on groundwater for three-quarters of its water use. But a new study of the region’s caves has found a drying climate is having a dramatic impact on this precious resource.
Two decades of drought have reduced the river’s flow by one-third compared to historical averages. The Biden administration is considering mandatory cuts to some states’ water allocations.
Digital technology is changing the way water is accessed in Ghana. Water ATMs are gaining traction as a means to an end.
Jordan is planning a major desalination plant on the Gulf of Aqaba – but will it damage nearby marine ecosystems?
Unprecedented droughts leave the subsurface drier than usual, affecting water supply in subsequent years.
If you’re on holidays, the water may taste different. But is it safe to drink?
While we know how global changes in freshwater pose risks to humans and ecosystems, we know less about how people and ecosystems will respond to these global freshwater challenges.
High intensity rain has actually increased, which is topping up underground water stores.
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.
Australian politicians have a history of opting for high-cost, high-emissions desalination projects. The Queensland government is still wary of using the largely untapped resource of recycled water.
Paris successfully took water back into public ownership. There is growing evidence to suggest England should do the same.
Unlike this time, the dry summer of 1976 followed a particularly dry year.
La Niña is only part of the problem. The long-term driver of increasing drought – even in areas getting more rainfall overall – is the rapidly warming climate.
When Indigenous peoples lose their river flow to dams, satellite programs like Landsat – which is celebrating its 50th anniversary – can help them fight for their resources.
Clearing alien trees before the drought hit could have reduced the impact of climate change on water supply during the ‘Day Zero’ drought.
Glaciers in North America, Europe and the Andes, in particular, have significantly less ice than people realized.
The manner in which people access water differs according to income. People in high- and middle- income areas tend to have piped connections in their homes.
Three suburbs in Victoria have been warned against drinking tap water — even if they boil it first.
Given long-term forecasts for growing urban populations and an increasingly variable climate, local authorities will have to think about how best to encourage people to conserve water.