The intensity of heavy downpours in Houston has increased dramatically since the 1950s, leading some people to argue the city’s disaster planning and infrastructure are not up-to-date.
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It's not just about rebuilding infrastructure after storms: Cities need to systematically rethink their knowledge systems which are at the heart of urban resilience.
A fireman tackles one of the wildfires that swept through parts of California in October.
This year is poised to go down as the hottest non-El Niño year ever recorded, with record low polar ice and extreme weather that left many regions battling bushfires and hurricanes.
Soldiers deliver food and water following Hurricane Maria.
Two hurricanes in Puerto Rico's past fundamentally transformed the island's economy and politics. Maria will be the third, says a historian.
Natural disasters, like historic flooding in South Asia, are always accompanied by disease outbreaks.
Extreme weather events are inevitably followed by disease outbreaks. So why not team health professionals with climate experts?
Hurricane Maria denuded forests in Puerto Rico, revealing once-hidden homes and communities. A graffiti-sprayed saying is now popping up across the island, noting that “Behind the trees live people.”
A Puerto Rican librarian with a personal relationship to hurricanes describes the brutal reality of life on this Caribbean island more than a month after Maria and Irma left their mark.
Plush toys, recovered from a flooded home, hang out to dry on a wrought iron gate in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Long after the hurricane's over and the power comes back, residents can still experience lasting mental health issues.
Very few Atlantic hurricanes travel northwards like this.
The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort traveled to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
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The military can make a big difference right away but humanitarian deployments should generally be rare and brief.
What’s in the water?
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Natural disasters expose people to toxic gases, bacterial illness and other serious dangers. How can people maximize their safety as they return home?
Water from Addicks Reservoir flows into Houston neighborhoods following hurricane Harvey in August. Allstate expects US$593 million in insurance losses for August due to the hurricane.
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Insurance-linked securities aim to shield insurers and governments from huge costs following disasters. But they bear eerie similarities to the securities that caused the 2008 financial meltdown.
A tornado in the town of Sonnac, France, in September, 2015.
European tornadoes may not come along as often as their US counterparts but they are a real threat and need to be taken seriously.
Workers clear debris on Sept. 25, 2017 from the top of a building that collapsed in Mexico City after the Sept. 19 earthquake.
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Natural disasters are not only bad in the short term. Many families will see their health, well-being and ability to escape poverty affected for decades, and some will be affected for life.
The interests of future holiday-makers are far from important in times of crisis, but tourism is economically key to these countries.
Coastal wetlands are an effective first line of defense and act by slowing down storm surges and reducing flooding.
New research by scholars, conservationists and the insurance industry shows that coastal wetlands provide hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of protection from flooding, boosting the case for protecting them.
Toa Baja, Puerto Rico.
It's not just the land and people that have been badly affected by hurricanes.
A satellite image of Hurricane Irma spiraling through the Caribbean.
The Caribbean is facing its second deadly hurricane in as many weeks. This isn't just bad luck: the region's extreme vulnerability to disaster also reflects entrenched social inequalities.
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.
Picking up the pieces in Florida after Hurricane Irma.
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For the first time in years, Americans are acutely aware of the perils of extreme weather, but don't expect views on climate risks to shift overnight.
Women walk in the rain brought by Hurricane Irma in Cap-Haitien, Haiti.
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Data reveal how hurricanes affect migration, and what it means for US immigration policy.
Tampa residents take a rare chance for a stroll on the seabed.
Pictures of ocean bays emptied of water as Hurricane Irma moved through the Caribbean and Florida show that storm surges can move away from the coast, as well as onto it.