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.
In 2013 a mild and dry winter led to some of the most destructive bushfires in NSW history. Now new modelling shows 2017 record-breaking winter warmth has created worryingly similar conditions.
Leaving early is the best response to a bushfire, but it's not always possible. Every house is different, but there are some general guidelines for finding the safest spots to shelter in your home.
The Victorian government is auditing every recycling facility in the state after a disastrous fire at Coolaroo. It raises a bigger issue: we don't know how many plants Australia has or where they are.
Italy, Portugal and Spain have all gone up in flames in recent weeks, highlighting the need to rethink how Mediterranean countries protect people and save ecosystems.
Despite the surge of community support after the Grenfell Tower fire, the failure of the local council and the government to respond appropriately has caused anger, offence and further suffering.
A lesson in taking from the rich to give to the poor.
We asked two experts to examine what the buildling regulations say.
Marginal people become resourceless, invisible to public policies, and disempowered in public life. This increases their vulnerability to disaster.
Fire has always affected poorer communities more; to understand why, public authorities need to get better at listening to the people they serve.
No one party is responsible for the disaster: local or national, Labour or Conservative – they all are.
There are three key principles: prevent risk, evacuate users and minimise damage – in that order.
Some considerable damage has been done to the Ford brand as a result of the Kuga fires but Ford South Africa can still make amends.
Climate change should have a significant impact on fire activity across the globe.
The behavior of Ford South Africa around the fires that have engulfed its 1.6-litre EcoBoost Kugas model is a classic case of how not to handle a corporate crisis.
Ford South Africa has made some elementary mistakes in handling the crisis caused by fire hazards in its Kuga Ecoboost 1.6 litre model.
There are other ways to make savings that don't ride rough shod over firefighters' contracts.
Objects excavated from the 'fire layer' beneath London's streets tell a story of intense heat, fear – and chaos.
We can manage the risks from bushfires far more effectively if we look at the ways different plant species control the the way the fires burn.
Satellite images show smoke covering Russia for thousands of kilometres.