Deleon Gambel, 14, fights the current from the overflow of Buffalo Bayou as he makes his way through floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey while checking on neighbors in his apartment complex in Houston, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017.
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The number of natural disasters around the world has doubled since 1980, raising serious questions about how to respond. Here's how game theory could help.
The sun rises behind the remains of a New Jersey roller coaster destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.
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As the rich move away from disaster-prone areas, the poor may be left behind.
Buddhist monks and family members of victims of the Fukushima tsunami and earthquake face the sea to pray on March 11, 2016 while mourning the victims of the March 11, 2011 disaster.
March 11 marks the anniversary of the Fukushima earthquake. Natural disasters here in the US also have wreaked havoc. There may be a way to improve response to these natural disasters.
National Guard soldiers inspect homes in Rockaway Park, Queens, New York, after Superstorm Sandy, 2012.
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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.
Brian Williams will be a breaking news reporter for MSNBC.
In the years after a traumatic news event, we're prone to confuse things we saw on TV with what we witnessed in person.
An abandoned street in the Lower Ninth Ward in August 2006. .
Ten years after Katrina, recovery in New Orleans is mixed – divided in familiar patterns between white and black, rich and poor. The same groups that suffered the brunt of the storm still struggle.
Where did the children go post-Katrina?
There were only 3,964 seniors in the graduating New Orleans class of 2015, which represents only half of the original cohort of babies. What happened to the missing children?
Ten years ago in the Seventh Ward of New Orleans.
The resurrection of New Orleans is a tale of resiliency, but other American cities must heed lessons learned by the storm or face disaster in the decades ahead.
Outside the Superdome in New Orleans on September 2 2005.
The experiences of Hurricane Katrina evacuees spotlight the difficulties with our social “safety net” and the holes through which the poorest can fall.
A New Orleans policeman during a boat rescue mission in New Orleans on September 6 2005.
New Orleans police have been eulogized as heroes and condemned as racists in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. A scholar examines the legacy of conflicting narratives and points to a way forward.
Who has benefitted from New Orleans school reforms?
In the weeks following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, New Orleans implemented significant changes to its education system. But the reforms may have excluded a lot of parents from decision-making.
Katrina shortly after landfall.
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The latest science on hurricanes and climate change explained – vital information for coastal regions to prepare for the effects of more intense storms.
The Lower Ninth Ward Living History Museum opened in August 2013.
Fearing their neighborhood's rich history would be forever lost in the wake of Katrina, residents teamed up with a group of volunteers to create a museum of living history.
With sea levels rising, a managed retreat from the coastline is necessary.
In areas vulnerable to sea level rise and storm surges, developments are at increasing risk of inundation and permanent damage over coming years.
Australia’s coast is famous around the world - but rising sea levels are poised to make things a lot less fun.
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“I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside” holds true for many Australians who live on or near the coast. On top of the many lifestyle amenities coastal living offers, much of the country’s crucial infrastructure…
Could politicians and scientists in the future be charged with “climate negligence”?
Society generally has a clear idea of what constitutes a crime, and those in positions of power are usually held to very high standards. Politicians charged with making decisions on the needs of society…
Some schools just need a push.
The Department for Education has been scrambling to end the crisis over allegations of extremism at Muslim schools in Birmingham (the so-called Trojan Horse affair). Among all the ideas floated, one, the…
Disasters such as the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami show how vulnerable cities are. Sendai pictured here.
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The old German saying Stadt Luft Macht Frei (“urban air makes you free”) is the defining injunction of modernity. Modern western cities were launched as the vessels of liberation from a human era darkened…
How do you stop a hurricane? Put a wind turbine in the way.
Wind turbines could provide a front-line defence against cyclones and hurricanes, by slowing damaging winds and reducing…
Women: first to mobilise, last to be considered.
The Philippines. Pakistan. New Orleans. Sri Lanka. All have suffered catastrophic disasters in recent times. And the emergence of “climate refugees” – populations displaced by extreme weather events…