Searching for victims after a rain-triggered mudslide that blanketed a village and killed at least 178 people in north China’s Shanxi province, Sept. 13, 2008.
AP Photo/Andy Wong
While the Montecito, California mudslides took 20 lives, landslides kill far more people in developing countries. Tighter construction standards and early warning systems could help reduce their toll.
A survey of recent global trends in temperature and rainfall – and a lesson for Mr Trump on the difference between weather and climate.
A flooded street in Euroa, Victoria.
AAP Image/Brendan McCarthy
You should never try to drive through floodwater, because you never know what's beneath the surface. And new research shows some roads are more treacherous than others.
People wait to get evacuated in Sukadana village, near Mount Agung, a volcano on the highest alert level, in Bali, Indonesia.
Floods and natural disasters can be highly traumatic for children.
If more people live in the Adelaide Hills, they are more likely to be exposed to bushfires.
What decisions can we make today to reduce the future risk of hazards like floods and fire? Particularly in a time of climate change, modelling various plausible futures helps us plan for uncertainty.
Cars are submerged on a flooded road in the Sydney suburb of Marrickville in 2012.
A massive residential development in a flood-prone inner-city suburb sounds like a recipe for disaster. But good urban design can deliver higher density and reduce the flood risk.
Florentina Amaya of Houston looks at mold damage to her home, Sept. 5, 2017.
AP Photo/David J. Phillip
Even when power is restored and floodwaters have receded after hurricanes, mold can still be a big problem. There are some things you can do on your own, but the damage can be extensive.
A woman takes an oral cholera vaccine in a hospital. But cholera vaccines are not always effective and never long lasting.
REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
Many states in Nigeria are reeling from cholera outbreaks. They need better health and sanitation infrastructure to disrupt transmission of the bacteria which cause the disease.
Immokalee, Florida sustained heavy damage during Hurricane Irma.
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
The bills now pending in Congress won't do what it will take.
A man carries belongings from his home in a flooded neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.
The insurance industry should help its customers prepare for future catastrophes instead of burying it's head in the sand.
Satellite image on Sept. 7, 2017 shows three hurricanes: Irma in the center just north of the island of Hispaniola, Katia on the left in the Gulf of Mexico and Jose in the Atlantic Ocean on the right.
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What scientists know – and don't know – about the linkage between climate change and hurricanes.
Damage from Irma can be seen in this photo of Kelly McClenthen in Bonita Springs, Florida, as she returned to her home Sept. 11, 2017.
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
Even in areas predicted to take direct hits from hurricanes and other storms, hospitals must do all they can to stay open. It isn't an easy task, but preparation and practice help.
Relatively few homes hit by Harvey have flood insurance.
The federal government created a program in 1968 to insure homes in the US from flooding, yet few of the houses hammered by Harvey's record rainfall were covered.
Shoes left after a flash flood during the mudslide in Freetown, Sierra Leone August 18, 2017.
Unless urban planning is taken seriously in Sierra Leone, there's a risk that similar disasters like the mudslides could occur with potentially more devastating consequences.
The financial impact of Hurricane Katrina on individual lives has been little studied until now.
Researchers examined credit data on the victims of Hurricane Katrina to understand how the disaster affected their personal finances, revealing important lessons for those hurt by Harvey.
As flooding took hold in the Houston area, volunteers who suffered through Hurricane Katrina made their way to Texas.
AP Photo/David J. Phillip
Ad hoc boat rescues have become critical parts of disaster response efforts, a trend first responders have officially embraced.
Residents pick through a makeshift aid station in Rockport, Texas after Harvey struck their city.
AP Photo/Eric Gay
The desire to help during emergencies like Hurricane Harvey is admirable. With a little homework, your contributions will go further.
Houston’s Interstate Highway 45 was totally submerged in the deluge.
The unpredictability of hurricanes makes it hard to say for sure whether climate change is making them worse. But we do know that sea-level rise and increased evaporation will worsen the impacts.
In Big Bend National Park’s Santa Elena Canyon, the Rio Grande separates the United States (left) from Mexico (right).
Instead of building a wall on the US-Mexico border, a landscape architect calls for restoring the Rio Grande and turning its course into an international park – an idea first proposed in the 1930s.
The Acros Fukuoka eco-building in Fukuoka, Japan boasts one of the world’s most famous green roofs. The GRIT Lab at the University of Toronto is working to bring green roofs to the city and beyond in order to combat climate change.
Green roofs could play a critical role in helping cities cope with extreme rainfall events in the age of climate change. The roofs essentially suck up stormwater like sponges if designed properly.