Drought increases CO2 concentration in the atmosphere, say researchers

They found natural ecosystems removed around 30% less carbon from the atmosphere during the driest years

Morocco, India, Iraq and Spain ‘vulnerable to water shortage’

The World Resources Institute is developing an early warning satellite system to scan dams and shrinking reservoirs

Cape Town running out of water in mega-drought

Cape Town is experiencing a once-in-300-year magnitude drought. The World Water Council says the South African city is preparing to turn off its taps as it nears ‘Day Zero’, the date it will completely run out of water. At the moment this is expected to occur on the 11th of May if it doesn’t rain, […]

‘Extraordinary weather’ to make 2017 one of hottest years

This year has been forecast to be one of the three hottest years on record. The world has seen many high impact events in 2017, including catastrophic hurricanes and floods, heatwaves and drought, according to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). It found the average global temperature from January to September 2017 was round 1.1°C above […]

New tool to provide flood and drought warning

The first global system to monitor the movement of the world’s water and better prepare for floods and droughts is being developed. Scientists at the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) are working on the Hydrological Status and Outlook System (HydroSOS) – a modelling and reporting tool to warn governments, aid agencies and populations affected by climate […]

Global helpdesk launches to provide drought relief

An online helpdesk has been launched to provide guidance to drought-impacted populations around the world. The World Meteorological Organisation, the Global Water Partnership and a number of other partners created the system for the Integrated Drought Management Programme. It aims to tackle the problem of water insecurity, which costs roughly $500 billion (£377.4bn) each year […]

Singapore demands water efficiency from large users

Businesses in Singapore which use more than 5,000 cubic meters of water a month will have to show they are using water wisely, it was reported yesterday. A need to ration water may seem surprising for the island nation recently dubbed the most expensive place to live in the world. But Singapore and its neighbour Malaysia […]

UN calls on nations to adopt drought policies

The UN agencies are urging the nations around the world to adopt drought-management policies. The message from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) follows America’s experience of the worst droughts in decades and farmers from Africa to India struggling due to lack of rainfall. The WMO said the US drought and its ripple effects on global […]

Drought-Suicide link found in new study

Australian scientists claim droughts could significantly increase the risk of suicide. The researchers at the Australian National University looked at the possibility for the state of New South Wales in Australia between 1970 and 2007 and found the longer the drought drags on, the higher the risk of suicide. They claim around 9% of rural […]

Hosepipe ban still in place despite heavy rainfall

Despite saying ‘signs of recovery’ from drought are being seen, a water company is still putting the hosepipe ban in full force. South East Water said the last three months of rainfall, since the ban was imposed, are now reaching crucial water reserves. But the company is still encouraging its 2.1 million customers to ‘keep […]