Fish may end up in hot water as climate warms the ocean

Author: Michael Burrows
Date: 11 February, 2014
The rate at which the world has warmed over the past 50 years and is likely to continue to do so in the future poses problems for life on land and in the ocean. Most species have a defined range of temperatures within which they can live – and when temperatures exceed the upper limit for a p...

Common chemical kills coral reefs

Author: ABC
Source: ABC
Date: 29 January, 2014
A CHEMICAL FOUND IN MANY soaps, laundry detergents and cosmetics is killing young coral reefs at concentrations commonly found in the environment, according to a newstudy. Corals, which provide habitat for a rich array of fish and other marine life, are threatened worldwide. The new study is the fi...

The world has fresh water, but it’s full of poison

Author: Peter Fisher
Date: 19 December, 2013
Images of the typhoon-ravaged Philippines were terribly confronting, vividly conveying what an angry planet can dish up. But amid the destruction and death, an important point was largely missed: the world’s freshwater supplies are being degraded by a seemingly endless sequence of extreme events. ...

Slime and poo: making energy and treating waste

Author: Christopher Doyle
Source: ABC
Date: 03 December, 2013
THINK OF THE WORD "raceway" and images of fast cars and chequered flags probably spring to mind. But for Associate Professor Tryg Lundquist, an environmental engineer at California State Polytechnic University, the term conjures up a very different image; one of a green algal slurry flowing thro...

Blog – Why I really love water

Author: Jason Kimberley
Source: Cool Australia
Date: 29 November, 2013
I really love water. It's without doubt the most incredible substance that we know. Water can cool us when we are hot. Water can heat us when we are cold. No life can exist without water. Our human bodies are around 60% water depending on our age. A little more water when we are young, a little less...

Australian waters polluted by harmful tiny plastics

Author: Julia Reisser & Charitha Pattiaratchi
Date: 28 November, 2013
Each square kilometre of Australian sea surface water is contaminated by around 4,000 pieces of tiny plastics, according to our study published today in journal PLOS ONEand data repository Dryad. These small plastic fragments, mostly less than 5mm across, are loaded with pollutants that can negat...

Endless summer: how climate change could wipe out surfing

Author: Kiley Kroh
Date: 02 August, 2013
Dan Ross began surfing when he was five years old. Growing up in Australia, Ross dreamed of becoming a professional surfer. “As kids, my brother and I practically lived in the ocean at our local beaches and experienced its beauty on so many levels.” Twenty-five years later and now a member of ...

Is there enough water for plants and animal?

Is there enough water for plants and animal? The water on Earth today is all the water we have so we need to look after it. We know that humans require fresh water in order to survive but so do all other living things on our planet – kangaroos, gum trees, mushrooms, ferns and moles! All living t...

The water we eat!

Author: Concept, design, article, virtual water ambassador: Angela Morelli
Date: 22 May 2013

How do we use fresh water?

Date: 20 May 2013
Most of the water on our earth is salt water. Nine and a half out of ten litres of water are salty. The remaining half litre is fresh water. We use this water for farming (70%), industry (22%) and home for drinking, washing and watering (8%). All water is recycled. It has been used thousands of tim...