A soldier stands guard at the damaged entrance to Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida, Oct. 11, 2018, after Hurricane Michael.
AP Photo/David Goldman
US military leaders have to plan for operations all over the world, so they can't afford to ignore climate change or debate its causes.
Most of us are familiar with the concept of psychological trauma. But what is collective trauma, and how can we tackle it in the wake of the bushfire crisis?
Kevin Vickers, former House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms, receives the Star of Courage at Rideau Hall from Gov. Gen. David Johnston in February 2016 to pay tribute to security services members who responded to the 2014 shooting on Parliament Hill. Vickers was lauded as a hero.
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We do a disservice to survivors of major tragedies when we call them "heroes." Instead, we should change our policies and attitudes to help them truly survive the disaster.
How could a nation like Australia came close to a humanitarian crisis during the recent bushfires? A problem-solving theory called "systems thinking" can help us find out.
Sport Australia wrote to McKenzie’s office before the election expressing concern it was being compromised by political interference.
Morrison's hope for clear air for his messages is being stymied by the crisis around deputy Nationals leader Bridget McKenzie, as more damaging information emerges against her in the sports rorts affair.
Rescue workers sift through debris after a mudslide that destroyed three homes on a hillside in Sausalito, Calif., Feb. 14, 2019, during an atmospheric river storm.
AP Photo/Michael Short
Earth's biggest rivers are streams of warm water vapor in the atmosphere that can cause huge rain and snowfall over land. Climate change is making them longer, wetter and stronger.
Canberra’s hazardous air quality forced its universities to close campuses.
Universities can help students affected by the bushfires by learning from what others have done in past crises.
Regrowth is beginning, but the intangible costs will linger for decades if not generations.
Estimates of the cost of Victoria's 2009 Black Saturday fires provide a staring point for calculating the much bigger cost of these ones.
It is possible to calculate the impact impact of fires, but not using GDP.
GDP is well suited to many things, but not to measuring the impact of disasters.
The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church lies in ruins after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, Jan. 7, 2020.
AP Photo/Carlos Giusti
Puerto Rico's January earthquakes came after many foreshocks and have been followed by numerous aftershocks. Scientists are studying these sequences to improve earthquake forecasting.
Displaced by a landslide, Ugandan survivors could not speak the language of the region where they were relocated - but music allowed them a voice.
The ruins of Nepal’s Gorkha district after the 2015 earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people and injured 22,000. Tourism helped lead the way back.
It isn't always good advice for tourists to stay away. Often their money can help, as well as their skills.
Bushfires aren’t the only catastrophic emergency Australia is likely to see.
AAP Image/Mick Tsikas
We don't need to send in the army every time there's a natural disaster, or create a national fire fighting force. We need to think practically about working together in emergencies.
Debris left behind after a tornado strike on Jefferson City, Missouri, May 23, 2019.
AP Photo/Summer Ballentine
Government agencies have detailed plans for responding to disasters, but one piece doesn't get enough attention: cleaning up the mess that's left behind.
Burning invasive, nonnative grasses on federal land at Lower Table Rock, Oregon.
Along with climate change and drought, invasive grasses are promoting wildfires across the US, even in areas that don't normally burn.
In an emergency, like a bushfire, making sure you have enough of your regular medication can mean the difference between life and death. But there are many ways to prepare.
During bushfire season, managing medication as well as respiratory conditions should be part of any emergency plan.
Dale Palmer prepares his home in NSW for the bushfires. The decision to stay and defend one’s property requires a person to be mentally, as well as physically, prepared.
In catastrophic fire conditions, leaving early is the only safe option. But in other conditions, one thing that's often overlooked in decisions to stay or go is how mentally tough you need to be.
It’s difficult to recall what you might need as you’re preparing to evacuate, so have your kit ready to go.
Babies are particularly vulnerable in emergencies, especially in hot weather. Here's what your emergency kit needs to ensure they stay hydrated if you have to evacuate or you lose power or water.
Women and children are 14 times more likely than men to die in a disaster.
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Natural disasters amplify the conditions leading to domestic violence. Yet Australia's disaster policies are "gender blind".
The Getty Fire burns next to the 405 freeway in the hills of West Los Angeles.
Some Californians want to ban people from living in wildfire-prone areas. Behavioral economics offers a less heavy-handed approach to reducing the costs and risks.