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.
The rhetoric of 'smart cities' is dominated by the economic, with little reference to the natural world and its plight. Truly smart and resilient cities need to be more in tune with the planet.
Wild seas have left beaches eroded and houses close to collapse.
As Atlantic hurricane season opens on June 1, eastern U.S. cities can prepare by updating laws, codes and ordinances that hamper rebuilding after storms.
Calls to stop division between emergency and development aid will be heard at UN's first ever humanitarian summit.
The recent Canadian wildfires revealed the need for cutting-edge disaster management strategies.
The destruction wrought by two earthquakes in Nepal opened up a major opportunity for child traffickers.
Landslide researchers continue to learn more about how and where these events occur. It's trickier to figure out how to minimize potential damage to human communities from future landslides.
Scientists are setting Japan on the road to recovery, using data to protect against future disasters.
The Christmas Day fires that struck the Victorian town of Wye River are an example of how to get emergency responses right.
Poor planning can make natural disasters much, much worse.
Four people have died in catastrophic fires in Western Australia. Long-term data show more females and people leaving their homes late are dying in fires.
False complacency: Hurricane Patricia didn't devastate Mexico as feared, but provides more evidence that warming waters raise the chances of more intense storms.
Since the last earthquake in the region in 2005, we have got much better at recovering from disaster.
Research shows that El Niño creates conditions for a certain type of hurricane – and offers clues as to how climate change can affect the severity of hurricanes.
Climate change isn't gender-neutral. The effects are likely to hit the world's poorest women hardest of all, because they are more likely to lack the resources to escape natural disasters or disease.
Ten years ago, a devastating earthquake killed tens of thousands of people in Pakistan. How has the devastated town of Balakot recovered?
Are you at risk from natural disasters? Research shows media reports could actually reduce people's perceptions of risk.
Our planet is a hugely dynamic place – and the clock is ticking down to the next superdisaster.
The beach collapse at Inskip in Queensland might look like a sinkhole, but it was likely triggered by very different forces.