Shelves that held hand sanitizer and hand soap are mostly empty at a Target in Jersey City, N.J. on March 2, 2020. As fears of the pandemic grow, consumers are stockpiling goods in case they’re quarantined.
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Amid the coronavirus pandemic, people are stockpiling essential supplies. But policy-makers may be able to influence both the supply and demand through public announcements and advisories.
Mangroves along Mexico’s Yucatan coastline.
A new study estimates that mangroves prevent over $65 billion in damage from coastal storms every year, and says mangrove protection should be funded in the same way as infrastructure like seawalls.
The wreckage in Nashville was extreme.
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Donated goods often not only fail to help those in actual need but cause congestion, tie up resources and further hurt local economies.
A soldier stands guard at the damaged entrance to Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida, Oct. 11, 2018, after Hurricane Michael.
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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.
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.
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.
The neighborhood known as The Mudd suffered disproportionate damage, a reflection of the Bahamas’ history.
AP Photo/Fernando Llano
It's now officially the end of hurricane season, but the rebuilding of the Bahamas continues, slowed by the risks imposed by a history of colonialism and class division.
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.
More frequent coastal storms are stressing ecosystems like these North Carolina marshes.
As climate change speeds up tropical storm cycles, rivers and bays have less time to process nutrients and pollutants that wash into them after each event.
Extreme flooding during Hurricane Maria in 2017 was hazardous for the Puerto Rican people. But a new study finds that it helped native fish populations rebound after years of drought.
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Big storms with lots of flooding, like hurricanes Dorian and Maria, actually restore the Caribbean's delicate balance between native and nonnative fish species, new research finds.
High surf in Vero Beach, Fla. in advance of Hurricane Dorian.
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Social media make it easier to push information out quickly during disasters, but also create challenges for public information officers, who have to judge which reports are credible enough to share.
A massive rescue effort in the Bahamas has begun in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.
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Hurricane Dorian has devastated the Bahamas, with the death toll expected to rapidly rise as rescue work gets under way.
Cars sit submerged in water from Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Bahamas.
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The usual way we calculate the economic damage of natural disasters underestimates their true toll – which is key to understanding the costs of climate change.
Shoppers prepare ahead of Hurricane Dorian in Pembroke, Florida.
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As Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida, we share three articles on predicting hurricanes' paths and evacuating from harm's way.
The nursing home in Hollywood Hills, Fla., where 12 people died after the center lost power from Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Hurricane season presents special dangers for elders, particularly for those in nursing homes and assisted living. Research indicates sheltering-in-place may actually be less risky than evacuating, at times.
People have tried to stop or slow hurricanes in the past.
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At best, nuking a hurricane will do nothing, and at worst it will spread radioactive fallout around the world.
In this November 2013, photo, Typhoon Haiyan survivors pass by hundreds of victims in body bags near Tacloban, Philippines. Haiyan left more than 7,300 people dead or missing.
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The Haiyan Typhoon disaster is a cautionary case for climate adaptation and mitigation because it demonstrates the seductiveness of survival myths.
Half the deaths from Atlantic hurricanes are down to storm surge. People in vulnerable regions need to be aware of what it is and how it threatens their safety.
Surf threatens beach houses on Dauphin Island, Alabama, September 4, 2011 during Tropical Storm Lee.
AP Photo/Dave Martin
'Building back better' refers to making communities more disaster-proof and resilient after they take a hit. But instead, some US owners are building back bigger homes in vulnerable places.
A Monmouth County, N.J. home in 2015.
Jack L. Harris
Getting everyone whose lives were thrown off-track back takes a lot of personal effort, paired with work done by a constantly shifting mix of nonprofits and governmental agencies over many years.