A gruelling 10 km trek over rugged mountains to fill a small bucket of precious water is a daily struggle for many villagers in Timor Leste.

Like other developing countries recovering from a brutal past, Timor Leste relies on water to grow the food it needs to survive and boost its fledgling economy, but this life-giving resource is under threat.

A joint project between Charles Darwin University and Geoscience Australia is working to help Timor Leste determine the vulnerability of its water supply and protect this life-giving resource against the threat of climate change.

Read more: Fight to save water in Timor Leste


Timor-Leste has abundant solar energy resources and some potential hydroelectric resources also. 

East Timor is located in the eastern part of Timor, an island in the Indonesian archipelago that lies between the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean. East Timor includes the enclave of Oecussi, which is located within West Timor (Indonesia). After Indonesia, East Timor's closest neighbor is Australia, 400 mi to the south. It is semiarid and mountainous.

Read more: Renewable Energy in Timor Leste



Climate change in the Pacific will result in more intense tropical cyclones, more frequent deluges and hot days, according to a new report by Australian researchers.

The research predicts a decrease in the frequency of tropical storms by the end of the century, but a greater proportion of stronger hurricanes.

Read more: Climate report forecasts fewer but more intense storms in Pacific


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