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  • IAEA project maps groundwater reserves in Africa’s Sahel region

    Spreading over a 7-million square kilometre area, the Sahel is home to 135 million people across West, Central and North Africa. The area has suffered from extreme drought in recent decades, affecting agriculture and causing widespread hunger. Without many rivers to draw water from, groundwater systems are the region’s main... read more...

  • Hydrogeology and Human Health – Hydrogeology Journal Special Issue

    Hydrogeology Journal’s special issue ‘Hydrogeology and Human Health’ (June 2017) has been borne of the pressures pertaining to global groundwater resources, some longstanding, others more recently acknowledged. Among them, climate change, exponential population growth and associated rates of urbanisation, increasing food production and waste management requirements, and inconsistent regulation perhaps... read more...

  • India uses up more groundwater than US and China

    On average, it receives a million cubic metres of rainfall on every square kilometre. But Naujhil block is a declared “dark zone”, that is, its groundwater extraction far exceeds the recharging rate and use of electricity for pumping water is not permitted. Because of heavy withdrawal, the groundwater is very... read more...

  • Nevada water legislation may impact groundwater and ecosystems

    Environmental groups expressed grave concerns today in a hearing of the Nevada Senate Natural Resources Committee over proposed legislation … to allow construction of a massive water pipeline, devastating ecosystems and putting already imperiled wildlife at risk of extinction…. would pave the way for massive groundwater export projects that would... read more...

  • “Change the World”: Hydrogeology Journal article on Groundwater Governance and the Global Framework for Action

    The Springer Nature campaign “Change the World, One Article at a Time” highlights articles that seek to address the world’s most pressing challenges. The article chosen for our Hydrogeology Journal, from all those published in 2016, is “Groundwater Governance: key challenges in applying the Global Framework for Action” by Stephen... read more...

  • India’s groundwater future is at stake

    Since the 1960s, India’s groundwater irrigation has increased dramatically, playing an important role in its economy and people’s lives — supporting livelihoods of over 26 crore [260 million] farmers and agricultural labourers who grow over a third of India’s foodgrains. These benefits, however, have come at the cost of increased... read more...

  • ‘Fossil’ groundwater’s modern secret

    Although it has been assumed that “fossil” reserves of groundwater found hundreds of metres underground would be largely untouched by modern water sources, the world’s oldest and deepest waters are not immune from contamination. A new isotope study of sampling from some 10,000 wells shows this not to be the case,... read more...

  • KINDRA EIGR launched

    On 24th April the EU funded KINDRA project officially launched the European Inventory for Groundwater Research (EIGR) to the public. Based on a unique classification system, the Inventory allows users to showcase their research to the community of professionals actively contributing to the European water sector. The EIGR is a... read more...

  • US: Google’s thirst for water

    Google’s thirst for water is causing controversy near Charleston, South Carolina. The company wants to draw 5.5 million litres per day from groundwater to help cool the servers at its data centre complex in Berkeley County. The centre already uses about 15 million litres of surface water per day, according to... read more...

  • US: New England’s glacial uplands provide major groundwater storage

    A recent study of natural groundwater storage reservoirs in New England by hydrologist David Boutt at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst found that upland aquifer systems dominated by thin deposits of surface till – a jumbled, unsorted material deposited by glaciers – make up about 70 percent of the active... read more...

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