There were so many tropical storms in 2020, forecasters exhausted the list of names and started using Greek letters. And that’s only one reason 2020 was extreme.
New legislation would give the ADF more power to respond to future bushfires and other disasters. But questions remain about the scope of this involvement and how ADF personnel would be deployed.
California was thought to be an exception, a place where oil field operations and tectonic faults apparently coexisted without much problem. Not any more.
Among the human rights under threat are the rights to life, health, food, a healthy environment, water, an adequate standard of living and culture.
The 2020 wildfire season shattered records across the West. It’s part of a trend that’s headed in a dangerous direction.
If only 1% of the Pacific’s population was permitted to work permanently in Australia, this would bring more benefits to the region than Australia’s annual aid contribution.
To understand the risks of wildfire smoke, it helps to understand the chemicals people are breathing.
In an era of climate change and extreme weather, a microgrid — a self-sufficient, energy-generating distribution and control system — puts communities on the path to self-reliance.
New risk models show nearly twice as many properties are at risk from a 100-year flood today than the government’s flood maps indicate.
Women want to start breastfeeding again for a range of reasons, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what’s involved.
A new statistical model predicts the number of tropical cyclones up to four months before the start of the season from November to April.
It’s only happened twice since naming started in 1950, and there’s an unusual twist to where many of the storms formed this year.
Two environmental engineers say governments need to do more to protect people from possible water contamination after wildfires.
How destructive storm surge gets depends on both the hurricane and the shape of the land.
We might not be able to predict the next big earthquake, but we can make sure we’re ready for it and understand the risks.
A storm-driven chlorine gas release in a vulnerable community is the type of worst-case scenario that scientists and engineers have warned about for decades.
Knowing what makes an effective response to natural disasters will be increasingly important as the climate crisis intensifies.
Laura went from a tropical storm to a major hurricane in less than 24 hours, sending coastal residents scrambling to prepare. Hurricanes Harvey and Michael exploded in strength in similar ways.
Damage to septic tanks is one of the major health hazards people face when they return to their bushfire-affected homes. It was simply dumb luck a disease outbreak didn’t happen last summer.
Disaster preparation and evacuation procedures weren’t made for social distancing. The pandemic means response decisions are now fraught with contradictions.