Lessons from the past
Could Indigenous wisdom help us create a “good Anthropocene”?
The Anthropocene marks relentless and increasingly grave environmental degradation as the Earth faces tipping points ...
Rising sea levels and river delta growth
Scientists map out scenarios linked to climate shift.
Sea-level rise and subsidence, which can drown river deltas, can also drive the phenomenon of river avulsion, in whic...
Smarter irrigation could feed millions more
Modelling shows people and ecosystems will benefit.
US researchers have calculated that accessing untapped freshwater around the world would allow farmers to feed 620 to...
Putting drought in the spotlight
Drying planet is a growing problem to be taken seriously.
Of all the natural disasters, droughts strike right at the heart of life itself – no human, animal or plant can survi...
Drinking water quality under threat
The impact of climate change and urbanisation.
More than half of the world’s population faces a looming threat to the quality and availability of their drinking wat...
Natural contaminant threatens groundwater
Climate change and urbanisation drive the looming crisis.
More than half of the world’s population faces an impending threat to the quality and availability of drinking water ...
A looming water supply disaster
Climate and population ramp up the pressure on water supplies.
The frequency of water restrictions in Australia is set to treble by the end of the century after modelling showed cl...
Bushfires threatening our drinking water
Bushfires pose a serious risk to the quality of our drinking water.
Regional and metropolitan areas around NSW are facing water quality concerns in the face of the bushfire crisis. In ...
Helping Nepal navigate water management
Two very different countries have similar issues.
At first glance, the relatively small, snowy and mountainous nation of Nepal bears little resemblance to the flat, dr...
Groundwater extraction a “ticking time bomb”
Current practices are having an escalating impact on aquatic ecosystems.
A glimpse into the sustainability of global groundwater extraction for rivers, streams and lakes in the next few deca...
To manage groundwater, first understand it
Tthe dangers of over-exploiting an important resource.
It may be out of sight, but it should not be out of mind. Water hidden beneath the earth’s surface comprises 98% of ...
Just 37% of the world’s long rivers run free
More than 60,000 dams obstruct water flow and disrupt ecosystems. Nick Carne reports.
Just 37% of the world's 242 longest rivers remain free-flowing, a new study shows, and most of these are restricted t...