A woman participates in a community mapping exercise in Malawi’s Chikwawa and Nsanje districts.
As climate change increases the frequency and severity of disasters in the near future, leveraging social media data, crowd-sourcing and other means of discovering the unknown will become crucial.
The 2011 Brisbane floods were thought to be a ‘one-in-100-year’ event.
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Research based on palaeological flood records suggests floods as big as those that hit Brisbane in 2011 may be more common than we think.
Tropical Cyclone Carlos approaches Western Australia in February 2011.
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Australia is facing an above-average cyclone season, with at least 11 cyclones likely in the region.
The relatively low death toll when Cycle Aila hit Bangladesh in 2009 was widely attributed to improvements in disaster preparedness.
With burgeoning need and an aid system that is failing to cope, what meaning does 'resilience' have?
Hollywood turns its hand to the worst environmental disaster in US history – from which the environment is strangely missing.
Residents are rescued in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, August 15, 2016.
It's not uncommon for kids to experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress after a disaster. With thousands of children affected by Hurricane Harvey, how can parents help kids bounce back?
Living his best life?
Ecuador is known for promoting the 'Buen Vivir' development policy agenda. But the state's response to a recent earthquake brought its commitment into question.
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The recent Canadian wildfires revealed the need for cutting-edge disaster management strategies.
How best to get out?
Getting out in a crisis is often harder than it looks. But science can help.
Call to arms.
One of the worst mining tragedies in Turkish history, the explosion at the Soma coal mine has taken at least 282 lives and many more miners remain unaccounted for. I come from a town 13kms away from the…
A woman prays for the victims of an avoidable tragedy.
Soma, a little mining village in western Turkey, became host to one of the greatest industrial crimes in mining history when an explosion trapped 800 miners 2km underground and 4km from the exit. At the…