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U.S. Coast Guard personnel rescue stranded residents in Baton Rouge on August 14, 2016. U.S. Department of Agriculture/Wikipedia

Suburban sprawl and poor preparation worsened flood damage in Louisiana

Recent floods in southeast Louisiana were the most severe U.S. natural disaster since 2012's Hurricane Sandy. Suburban sprawl and slow execution of flood control projects worsened the damage.
Residents are rescued in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, August 15, 2016. Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

Disasters and kids – how to help them recover

It's not uncommon for kids to experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress after a disaster. How can parents help kids bounce back?
FEMA photograph by John Fleck taken in Mississippi. Wikimedia Commons

Build disaster-proof homes before storms strike, not afterward

In response to disasters like Superstorm Sandy, engineers are developing new building codes and tools to calculate the value of upgrades. National policy should encourage builders to use these tools.
Much of the ‘smart cities’ rhetoric is dominated by the economic, with little reference to the natural world and its plight. Ase from www.shutterstock.com

Taking the city’s pulse: we need to link urban vitality back to the planet

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.
There were no fatalities from Hurricane Patricia, which was downgraded to a tropical storm after making landfall in Mexico. Tomas Bravo/Reuters

Did El Niño give Hurricane Patricia more kick?

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.

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