Environmental regulations generally improve communities’ preparedness and resilience during disasters.
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
The damage to coal ash sites from Hurricane Florence demonstrates how a community's vulnerability to natural disasters is closely linked to how stringent environmental regulations are.
AI can definitely help us monitor floods and could perhaps even deliver more accurate early-warning messages in the near future.
Mosquitoes are transferring microplastics eaten in water into birds and other non-marine animals.
Some Puerto Ricans had to restore downed power lines themselves after Hurricane Maria.
It's been one year since a Category 4 storm turned Puerto Rico into a disaster zone. Today, nearly every pillar of society — including the economy, health care and schools — remains hobbled.
The Derwent River Sea Star was only documented for 25 years before its extinction.
Blair Patulo, Museums Victoria
It's quite hard to tell when a sea creature is extinct – there's always hope it will turn up somewhere.
Icy hailstones can do major damage, depending where they land.
AP Photo/Nati Harnik
The future climate that scientists predict for the middle of the United States is one that will foster more hail events with bigger hailstones.
Instead of fighting other countries, we should be fighting our overflowing landfills.
Trump's plan to slap $200 billion more in tariffs on Chinese goods is premised on yesterday's waste-fueled economy. Tomorrow's economy is 'circular.'
Flooding in Kinston, North Carolina during Tropical Storm Florence, September 14, 2018.
NC National Guard
Widespread flooding in North Carolina from Hurricane Florence shows the need for better advance planning in inland areas of the south and mid-Atlantic, especially near rivers.
A sunny day evacuation days before Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina.
AP Photo/Tom Copeland
A hurricane evacuation researcher in South Carolina explains why evacuating when the sun's out actually makes sense.
A river dike on the Rio Nil near El Asintal, Guatemala.
(Consejo de Comunidades en Defensa del Ambiente del Municipio de El Asintal)
Increased use of renewable energies could help curb climate change, but the water required for their production has dispossessed rural Guatemalans.
Farm near Seven Springs, North Carolina, surrounded by water on Oct. 25, 1999, nearly six weeks after Hurricane Floyd.
AP Photo/Karen Tam
Hurricanes in the southern US have caused widespread damage inland in recent decades, mainly through river flooding. But evacuations and stormproofing focus almost entirely on keeping people safe on the coasts.
People hold artwork of various marine life and youth during a rally celebrating a recent federal court ruling against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, in Vancouver, on Sept. 8, 2018.
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Contrary to what some have suggested, the uncertainty over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will be drawn out.
The Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent sails past a iceberg in Lancaster Sound in 2008.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
New shipping opportunities are opening up in the Arctic as sea ice continues to recede. But travel is still dangerous and the region isn't equipped to deal with more vessel traffic.
Rising tides move closer to the dunes in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., Sept. 13, 2018, as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast.
AP Photo/Gerry Broome
Don't believe the skeptics or the conspiracy theorists: Weather forecasters can't slant hurricane warnings to make political points.
Relocation from risky areas is the only safe response.
Buildings damaged by Hurricane Maria are seen in Lares, Puerto Rico, October 2017.
Thousands died after Hurricane Maria, but it did not have to be that way. Early evidence should have led the government to a much stronger response.
A study finds that higher ozone levels correlate with slower performance times for college endurance athletes.
US ozone pollution has fallen in recent decades, but exposure to low levels of ozone still has serious effects on human health and well-being.
Assembling sandbags in Virginia Beach, Va., before Hurricane Florence’s arrival.
AP Photo/Alex Brandon
Many factors can influence people to evacuate or stay in place when disasters loom. Research using Facebook posts suggests that people with broad social networks are more apt to get moving.
A line of protesters against the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota head to a unity rally on the west steps of the State Capitol in September 2016 in Denver.
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Development projects are claiming ancestral sites at alarming rates. This ineffective protection of Indigenous heritage is a violation of human rights.
Monitoring the flow of electrical power at the California Independent System Operator grid control center.
AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli
A new law provides flexibility in terms of how the state can meet this new target for the electricity it consumes.