In 2017 18.8 million people were displaced by natural disasters, with floods accounting for 8.6 million. Climate change is poised to drive those numbers higher still.
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Wildfires in the US have drawn thousands of firefighters. Meanwhile, Indonesia is struggling to rebuild in the wake of earthquakes. What's the difference? Poverty and access to resources.
Farmers need help to plan for droughts, not just to respond to them when things get desperate.
The government has offered emergency payments to drought-stricken farmers. But if we really care about them, we'll also invest in long-term drought resilience measures to reduce impacts.
Thousands of houses has been destroyed by earthquakes in Indonesia.
As Indonesia reels from two deadly earthquakes, it's time to rebuild smarter and stronger.
Firefighters hose down flames from an advancing wildfire July 28, 2018, in Redding, Calif.
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Wildland firefighting has always been a risky job, but development in fire-prone areas is making it more dangerous by putting forest firefighters in situations they are not equipped or trained for.
The Carr Fire tears through Shasta, California, July 26, 2018.
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Climate change, development, past forest management policies and current firefighting practices are creating conditions for large, costly wildfires.
Fighting wildfires with air tankers, like this one dropping fire retardant on the Willow Fire in California on September 2, 2015, is expensive and not always effective.
A perfect storm of climate, forestry, development and fire management trends are driving up the costs of fighting wildfires.
Evacuating Corpus Christi, Texas ahead of Hurricane Bret in 1999.
Many factors can influence people to evacuate or stay in place when disasters threaten. New research using Facebook posts suggests that people with broad social networks are more apt to move.
Wildland firefighters, like this crew heading into New Mexico’s Gila National Forest, in 2012, are equipped and operate differently from urban firefighters.
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A historian of wildfires explains the difference between urban and rural fire cultures, and what it means for protecting communities in fire-prone rural areas.
Crop insurance is designed to help farmers weather disasters such as Hurricane Irma, which devastated many Florida citrus farms in 2017.
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Crop insurance cushions farmers against natural disasters, but it also can lead them to overuse resources and reduce their incentive to adapt to climate change.
Ivan Rodriguez and Juan Ortiz are still searching for relatives who disappeared in San Miguel Los Lotes during Guatemala’s June 3 Fuego volcano eruption. The government’s rescue mission has now ended.
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Guatemala has ended its Fuego volcano rescue mission and declared 110 dead. But people in the hot, ash-covered eruption zone say that the real death tally is much higher and that they'll keep digging.
People take shelter during the floods in Mozambique.
While disaster insurance would go a long way in averting losses, demand for cover is still lower than expected.
A large dust storm, or haboob, sweeps across downtown Phoenix on July 21, 2012.
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New research projects that climate change could greatly increase airborne dust levels in the southwestern US, causing higher hospital admissions and premature deaths from heart and lung ailments.
Christchurch Cathedral in New Zealand partially collapsed after a 2011 earthquake.
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Can artificial intelligence accurately simulate people's religious tendencies in the face of disaster and tragedy?
A map from 1794 shows Fuego Volcano next to Antigua and Nueva Guatemala.
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Fuego and other volcanoes are considered sacred in the Maya culture, but forced Spanish colonisers to move their new capital city.
Deadly volcanic eruption in Guatemala.
Pyroclastic flows are biggest danger in these eruptions.
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The Caribbean braces for another hurricane season even as many nations remain crippled by the catastrophic damage of 2017. Here, experts assess the region's difficult and costly storm recovery.
Hurricane Irma passes Cuba and approaches southern Florida on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, with Hurricane Jose at lower right.
The 2018 hurricane season starts on June 1, with some communities still recovering from 2017 storms. Scholars offer insights about where the risks lie and who is most vulnerable during and after hurricanes.
Hurricane Maria’s destruction likely have led to thousands more deaths than originally estimated.
Official reports state that just 64 people died in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. The latest estimates put the real number at 4,645. How did the count go so wrong?
Fractured concrete pavement slabs on a street in Canton, Mich.
'Bendable concrete' is not an oxymoron. Mimicking designs found in nature, engineers are making concrete that gives under stress without shattering – an advance that could improve US infrastructure.