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  • Woman survives in Australian outback for 12 days by boiling groundwater

    Three Australians found themselves in a battle for survival, stranded in a remote landscape with little food and water when their truck became bogged down in a riverbed. Twelve days later, police said they had found one of the three people, who had survived in the 38-degree-plus heat by boiling... read more...

  • Ancient rain gauge: New evidence links groundwater, climate changes in deep time

    A new study shows how groundwater is crucial for understanding global sea level change, chemical weathering and landscape evolution. Changes in groundwater millions of years ago created alternating layers of vivid yellow and brown in the mineral sphalerite, which align with movements in Earth’s orbit that impacted climate in the... read more...

  • Global Groundwater Sustainability – A Call to Action…

    A statement calling for action to ensure groundwater benefits society now and into the future was drafted at the recent Chapman conference in Valencia, Spain. It urges international and national governmental and non-governmental agencies, development organizations, corporations, decision-makers and scientists to support global groundwater sustainability. The global group of scientists... read more...

  • Groundwater can prevent drought emergencies in the Horn of Africa

    Millions of people living in the arid regions of the Horn of Africa lack safe, reliable and affordable water throughout the year. Historically, emergency responses to drought have been reactive, despite the reality that drought in the Horn of Africa is cyclical and increasing. One way to improve drought resilience is... read more...

  • Grave danger – Cemeteries as a source of groundwater pollution

    Halloween brought with it thoughts of ghosts, skeletons and spooky cemeteries. Graveyards have long been considered scary places thanks to the corpses beneath our feet, but for most people not because of the contamination risk they can pose to groundwater. Find out more https://www.legalfutures.co.uk/associate-news/grave-danger-cemeteries-as-a-source-of-groundwater-pollution read more...

  • Groundwater heating could be the answer to greener cities

    Natural water in the ground below UK streets could be used as a low-carbon heat source in many of the country’s towns and cities, according to new research from the British Geological Survey. Find out more https://www.powerengineeringint.com/2019/10/22/groundwater-heating-could-be-the-answer-to-greener-cities/?topic=73112 read more...

  • Drought-proofing South Africa: Groundwater is the way to go

    Under-utilised groundwater – married with new technologies such as solar power – could play a major role in combating poverty and improving food and water security. And all to the benefit of those South Africans who battle to feed themselves and their families. Find out more https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2019-10-23-drought-proofing-south-africa-groundwater-is-the-way-to-go/ read more...

  • We pump too much water out of the ground—and that’s killing our rivers

    There’s more fresh water hidden below Earth’s surface in underground aquifers than any other source besides the ice sheets. That groundwater plays a critical role for rivers worldwide. But in recent decades humans have pumped trillions of gallons out of those underground reservoirs, resulting in a “slow desiccation” of thousands of... read more...

  • Researchers find antibiotic resistant genes prevalent in groundwater

    New and emerging contaminants like antibiotic resistant genes (ARGs) pose a potential hazard to public safety and water security. One concern is the spread of ARGs through water systems, including groundwater, and an increase in development of antibiotic-resistant super bugs. Find out more https://phys.org/news/2019-10-antibiotic-resistant-genes-prevalent-groundwater.html read more...

  • Download digital country hydrogeology maps of Africa: new content in the Africa Groundwater Atlas

    From 23–27 September 2019, UPGro and the British Geological Survey (BGS) are at the IAH 2019 Congress in Malaga, Spain, to announce new content in the Africa Groundwater Atlas, including the release of digital, GIS-enabled national scale hydrogeology maps for 38 African countries. At the IAH Congress we are hosting... read more...

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