To fix the reef we first need to fix the land – but where do we start?

To fix the reef we first need to fix the land – but where do we start?

If there is too much sediment and nutrients, delivered by floods from land-based erosion, algal blooms can occur that have negative effects on the Great Barrier Reef

How will Arctic rivers change with climate change?

How will Arctic rivers change with climate change?

“Arctic rivers are some of the most pristine in the world and supply 11% of the world’s river flow, but they are rapidly changing due to climate change and other human impacts” says Dr Ryan Burrows from the Australian Rivers Institute at Griffith University.

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

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. [...]

Water and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In 2015, the United Nations new development goals, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), were brought into effect (http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/sustainable-development-goals.html). The SDGs seek to achieve substantial country-level improvements across 17 broad development goals. The aim is that by 2030, all countries will need to measure and report on their progress towards achieving 169 separate sustainable [...]

Adaptation for people and planet – Are we thinking about adapting to a new climate, or resisting the change?

Adaptation for people and planet – Are we thinking about adapting to a new climate, or resisting the change?

By Dr Wade Hadwen Australian Rivers Institute and Griffith Climate Change Response Program Anthropogenically-forced climate change represents a major challenge to both the human and natural world. Given the rate of change and the inertia in the global climate system, there is a pressing need to address the major challenges that climate change poses – [...]