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Global water footprint

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Global warming stripes

Climate change is a complex global issue, requiring simple communication about its effects at the local scale. This set of visualisations highlight how we have witnessed temperatures change across the globe over the past century or more. The colour of each stripe represents the temperature of a single year, ordered from the earliest available data at each location to now.      Read more

Annual global temperatures from 1850-2017:

Annual temperatures in central England from 1772-2017:

Annual temperatures for Australia (1910-2017):


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Water cycle

Water is a renewable resource. Its cycle (also known as the hydrologic cycle) is simply the journey water takes as it circulates from the land to the atmosphere and back again.

The process in which water continuously changes its form through evaporation and condensation and circulates between the water bodies, the atmosphere, and land is known as the water cycle.

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Agricultural processes have a large-scale impact on natural resources and ecosystems and many businesses are turning to technology to help. This video introduces some issues that agricultural technologies aim to address, including water scarcity, farm waste and sustainability, with insight from scientists at agricultural research institutes.

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Global Water ScarcityAn overview of the water scarcity issues from around the world. 


Water Corporation of WA - Solutions to Perth's water supply: We have a long term plan in place to secure our water future for generations to come. As WA continues to experience a drying climate and an increasing population, we know just how important it is for us to continue planning for the future.

Water Corporation - Water ConservationIn Australia, the world's driest inhabited continent, it is especially important that we conserve our water. As Western Australia (WA) continues to experience the effects of a drying climate and a growing population, it is important we work together to reduce our water consumption and become waterwise in our homes and gardens.   
Water Corporation - Perth - SourcesHere you can check rainfall and dam levels and find out how declining rainfall is affecting the amount of water that flows into our dams. You can also learn where we source your water from and how our water usage is tracking.  


When the water ends: Africa's climate conflicts

As temperatures rise and water supplies dry up, semi-nomadic tribes along the Kenyan-Ethiopian border increasingly are coming into conflict with each other.