As the rich move away from disaster-prone areas, the poor may be left behind.
Understanding what parts of society are susceptible to natural hazards and why, is key for emergency services and risk managers.
Major hurricanes threaten millions of people and billions of dollars in property along the Atlantic coast. Here experts advise on preparing, understanding forecasts and recovering after a storm.
More tornadoes occur in the United States than in any other country, mainly in the Great Plains, the Midwest and southern states. Two meteorology professors explain what causes these dangerous storms.
In a changing and unsettled world, migration can be a greater-than-ever contributor to development for communities of origin, destination areas, and for the migrants themselves.
The clock is ticking.
Technology designed to keep mobile phones connected during a natural disaster could have wider uses in regional australia.
Cities would suffer much less damage and avoid the huge financial losses if we designed them to cope with the effects of cyclones.
Eritreans are at risk of severe malnutrition – but aid agencies struggle to access those in need.
Disaster preparations often focus on gear and logistics, but research in Japan after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami shows that strong social ties played a key role in helping communities rebound.
Rebuilding small communities on the same site in the same way seldom works. It’s not about getting back to where you were, but rather grasping the opportunity to create a more resilient place.
Wetlands management is vital but sweeping statements about their universal value may do more harm than good.
A new project tracks earthquakes accidentally induced by human activity. It suggests the problem is bigger than some scientists thought.
Scientists correctly realised there was an increasing risk of major flooding. But they didn't know humans were to blame.
Research based on palaeological flood records suggests floods as big as those that hit Brisbane in 2011 may be more common than we think.
Natural disasters are on the rise due to climate change, displacing millions of people each year. A new international initiative is aiming to improve the way governments respond to such crises.
Japan's response to a tsunami threat following major earthquake shows it has learned much from past events, including the deadly quake and tsunami that disabled the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Potentially deadly and dangerous earthquakes can strike at any time. But can authorities get some early warning from monitoring the hundreds of small quakes that usually go unnoticed?
The threat of any tsunami following an earthquake can take time to assess, so it's important people who live in risk zones are ready for any event.
Early analysis of the New Zealand earthquake shows it may be a complex event, involving several faults on the South Island.