Drought is inevitable, Mr Joyce

Drought-stricken dam (source: Plant Industry)

Barnaby Joyce, Australia’s new special envoy for drought assistance and recovery, will have to be careful he doesn’t do more harm than good. Government funding of agriculture during a drought typically falls into three categories: subsidies for farm […]

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Better plant data at the root of ecosystem models

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Version 2 of the Fine-Root Ecology Database is bigger, better, and free to download and use. Fine roots are complex and dynamic structures that serve many critical roles for land plants. Their well-known importance for acquiring water and […]

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Estimating global groundwater recharge

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Groundwater serves as the primary source of drinking water for more than 3 billion people around the world. The year-round availability and low infrastructure requirements like major dams and canals, made groundwater irrigation a convenient choice for farmers. […]

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South-East Queensland is droughtier and floodier than we thought

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New data recording the past 1,500 years of flows in the Brisbane River have revealed that South-East Queensland’s climate – once assumed to be largely stable – is in fact highly variable. Until now, we have only had access to […]

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