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  • Vast, salty groundwater system under the Antarctic ice sheet found

    A new discovery deep beneath one of Antarctica’s rivers of ice could change scientists’ understanding of how the ice flows, with important implications for estimating future sea level rise. Find out more https://theconversation.com/scientists-in-antarctica-discover-a-vast-salty-groundwater-system-under-the-ice-sheet-with-implications-for-sea-level-rise-182506 read more...

  • Dunning-Kruger, groundwater quality, and avoiding a collective moral failing

    The Dunning-Kruger effect is a cognitive bias whereby people vastly overestimate their competence in a given domain, by being unaware of just how little they know. Could this be the case with our perceived ability to continue relying on groundwater as a primary resource of clean water, when there is... read more...

  • Better deep-bore wells aim to stop Indonesia’s groundwater waste

    Farming and other water-based industries thrive in Pasuruan, a fertile rice-growing district in Indonesia’s East Java province that’s home to active volcanoes and rich aquifers. Thanks to a proliferation of unregulated artesian wells, however, Pasuruan risks losing that bounty. Hundreds of artesian wells, often reaching dozens of metres below the... read more...

  • Hidden source of greenhouse gases – organic matter in groundwater

    New research has found when groundwater – especially from deep down – is pumped to the surface, it brings with it dissolved organic matter preserved from long ago. Once sunlight and oxygen hit this matter, it can turn into carbon dioxide. Groundwater could be another source of planet-heating greenhouse gases,... read more...

  • Ghana: visible actions to sustainably manage groundwater resources

    In Ghana most of the water withdrawn for drinking and for irrigation comes from groundwater sources. But the World Bank estimates annual losses due to water pollution equivalent to about 3% of Ghana’s GDP. Despite this, Ghana can be well-positioned to sustainably manage its water resources through strategic local actions,... read more...

  • Groundwater justice is justice for all

    If groundwater could speak, what would it say about water justice? The First Peoples of the Kimberley’s Martuwarra (Fitzroy River) are advocating for transformative changes that will bring justice to people and water – especially groundwater. Australia must make the invisible visible and explicitly recognise how groundwater, rivers, and people are... read more...

  • Europe’s groundwater — a key resource under pressure

    Groundwater supplies 65% of drinking water and 25% of water for agricultural irrigation in the 27 EU Member States. Across the EU 24% of groundwater is of poor chemical status and 9% of poor quantitative status. Groundwater is under pressure from pollution and abstraction related to population growth and increasing... read more...

  • Groundwater: depleting reserves must be protected around the world

    The theme of this year’s water day is Groundwater: Making the Invisible, Visible. Often World Water Day is marked by reminding ourselves of the consequences of the absence or contamination of water. As the American polymath Benjamin Franklin noted, “when the well runs dry, we (shall) know the worth of water”. Groundwater... read more...

  • Sustainable groundwater use could be answer to Africa’s water issues

    Tapping into groundwater can help communities in Africa diversify their water supply and strengthen their drought defenses. Researchers tracked long-term water storage gains and losses across Africa’s 13 major aquifers and found opportunities for sustainably withdrawing groundwater across much of the continent. Find out more https://phys.org/news/2022-03-sustainable-groundwater-africa-issues.html read more...

  • Sri Lanka: great risk of groundwater depletion due to over-extraction

    There is a risk of groundwater depletion in the future due to unrestricted groundwater extraction, a National Audit Office report, titled ‘Evaluating the Legal Mechanism and Its Functionality of Ground Water Management in Sri Lanka’ has said. There is also a risk of increasing contamination of groundwater due to the... read more...

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