Dam old

Ageing dams will pose a growing risk over the next few decades, warns an analysis from United Nations University’s Canada-based Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) – and the threat will be exacerbated by climate change. The 20th century saw a dam-building boom that peaked in the 1960s and ’70s, with tens of thousands … Continue reading Dam old

The platypus is in big trouble

Australia’s devastating drought is having a critical impact on the iconic platypus, a globally unique mammal, with increasing reports of rivers drying up and platypuses becoming stranded. A team of researchers, led by UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Ecosystem Science, has examined, for the first time, the risks of extinction for this intriguing animal. The study, … Continue reading The platypus is in big trouble