About one-third of homes in Puerto Rico were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Maria in 2017.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Social inequalities worsen storm damage and challenge disaster recovery, increasing class divides over time.
US deputy marshals escort 6-year-old Ruby Bridges outside William Frantz Public School in New Orleans in 1960.
Is the public education that Ruby Bridges fought to integrate a relic of the past?
More than 1.3 million people lost their homes after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Research shows supporting newly released prisoners to move to a new area can slash reincarceration rates.
A demolished miniature golf course in Biloxi, Miss., in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Sept. 15, 2005.
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After the news media move on from a major disaster site, rebuilding continues for years.
Medical staff strike over coronavirus concerns in Hong Kong. Hospital workers are demanding the border with mainland China be shut completely to ward off the virus.
(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
The prevalence of racism and scapegoating in the face of catastrophes and disasters has a much longer history than the new coronavirus outbreak.
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.
Mac Rebennack took the stage name Dr John and a persona based on a real-life voodoo prince.
Devastation in Sofala Province, central Mozambique.
From New Orleans to Haiti to Mozambique, global inequality plays a major role in making disasters deadly.
Flood waters cover large tracts of land in Mozambique after cyclone Idai made landfall. Rapidly rising floodwaters have cut off thousands of families from aid organizations.
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Climate change is making hurricanes more destructive, and may have boosted the intensity of cyclone Idai that hit Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi.
Educators can use story-telling to make students more politically aware.
Election campaigns inspire hope, but they can also quickly lead to political despair. A scholar says young citizens can learn how to take positive action and stay hopeful.
An Oregon wildfire in August 2018.
U.S. Forest Service - Pacific Northwest Region
Communities that are majority black, Hispanic or Native American are over 50 percent more vulnerable to wildfire compared to other communities.
Children are among the most vulnerable victims of any natural disaster. Some 645,000 young Puerto Ricans experienced the trauma of Hurricane Maria.
Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, forever changing the lives of the children who survived. Their stories can help Puerto Rico identify and aid the kids most traumatized by Hurricane Maria.
People of color tend to suffer financially more than whites after natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina.
A new study shows that natural disasters enrich white victims while hurting people of color, worsening wealth inequality. And government aid contributes to the problem.
A woman gets back into her flooded car on the Toronto Indy course on Lakeshore Boulevard in Toronto on July 8, 2013. Housing developers are building housing on known flood plains in cities around the world.
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Cities around the world, including Toronto, are building housing on flood plains knowing the risks in the era of climate change. Here’s why that will contribute to growing inequality in our cities.
Some of the 50 Cuban medical specialists who arrived in Kenya recently to work in under served rural areas.
Cuban doctors have specific expertise in dealing with diseases like malaria which remains a major problem in Kenya.
Mass hysteria and lawlessness during disasters are remarkably rare, contrary to Western Cape Premier Helen Zille’s prediction of anarchy when Cape Town’s taps run day.
Home among the ruins.
There’s something in the old adage, ‘there’s no place like home’.
Florentina Amaya of Houston looks at mold damage to her home, Sept. 5, 2017.
AP Photo/David J. Phillip
Even when power is restored and floodwaters have receded after hurricanes, mold can still be a big problem. There are some things you can do on your own, but the damage can be extensive.
FEMA’s handling of Hurricane Katrina inspired resentment in the affected communities – but did it bring about real change in the organization?
Is the Federal Emergency Management Agency ready for the new era of disasters?
Damage from Irma can be seen in this photo of Kelly McClenthen in Bonita Springs, Florida, as she returned to her home Sept. 11, 2017.
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
Even in areas predicted to take direct hits from hurricanes and other storms, hospitals must do all they can to stay open. It isn’t an easy task, but preparation and practice help.