Should we keep hanging our water out to dry – or is there another solution?

  By Professor Fran Sheldon As the drought tightens its grip on southeastern Australia many towns look like running out of drinking water with a forecast of millions of dollars needing to be spent to keep regional communities viable until the drought breaks. This current drought is occurring hot (pardon the pun) on the heels […]

 Active voice –  how a human geographer speaks up with First Nations people

  Author: Laura Griffiths Emergent is a five-part blog series that takes a fresh look at ARI’s early career researchers – a group of driven, passionate people with a shared sense of responsibility about our changing world. These emerging scholars are developing skills and applying them to real world issues.  Some are even taking opportunities […]

Success-ARI hosts world’s first cynobacteria Twitter Conference

By Dr Man Xiao On 24 Oct 2018, and aligning with the International Day of Climate Action, the Australia Rivers Institute at Griffith University hosted the first ever online cyanobacterial Twitter Conference (Twitter hashtag: #cyanoTC2018). It was a success, with 22 presentations from all over the world covering: modelling, experimental and field studies, cyanotoxin measurement […]

What drives the formation of algal ‘blankets’ that block our drinking water supply?

By Man Xiao In a new study, we found that more than 1130 freshwater ecosystems, including lakes, rivers, reservoirs, ponds, across all continents except for Antarctica, have had severe cyanobacterial (blue-green algal) blooms in the last three decades. Over 80% systems were found dominated by the potentially toxic Microcystis species. As the most common freshwater […]

Dodging Day Zero – multiple water sources for multiple uses

How many sources of water do you use on a daily basis? If you live in the developed world, chances are you only use one – a treated, piped, well-distributed source coming from a reservoir or groundwater reserve. In many parts of the developing world, these types of highly developed water resources are not available. […]