Focusing solely on humans at the expense of other life in the aftermath of train derailments limits the effectiveness of our disaster response management.
Cities and towns have been devastated by the impact of the 6.8 magnitude quake – the largest recorded in the country’s history.
Armed police interventions are unconstitutional and incapable of addressing housing and safety in the inner city.
Inner city occupations and shack settlements alike are the inevitable consequence of the fact that huge populations of people have to get by without a living wage.
As the mass evacuation of Yellowknife unfolds, the needs of minority populations will emerge. Past experiences indicate emergency officials may not be ready to meet the needs of a diverse population.
Almost half of all crises are disasters waiting to happen, because warnings have been unheeded or ignored.
There is an alarming lack of disaster preparedness plans in Canada that consider the unique risks and needs of unhoused people during wildfires.
High-risk, high-uncertainty events like earthquakes tend to fall out of view when we are occupied with more predictable seasonal events like wildfires, which have very visible effects on our lives.
Autumn extreme fire weather around Cape Town in South Africa has become 90% more likely in a warmer world.
Time-lapse animations that once took days to create are now easy to build with publicly available satellite images and free online tools.
The two West African countries can help each other avert flooding disasters.
To keep up with climate-related disasters, we need transformational solutions. These range from ‘sponge cities’ and floating houses to putting out bushfires minutes after they start.
Social media have become a crucial source of information during emergencies – but it is prone to misinformation and bias.
Evacuations can save lives, as in the case of post-tropical cyclone Fiona. As more frequent extreme weather events are set to occur, it is important to have evacuation plans in place.
For some people, the risks associated with leaving can seem more dangerous than the storm.
The long delays in housing displaced flood victims point to the need to develop a permanent reserve of temporary housing to be available wherever and whenever disaster strikes.
While well-meaning, it’s unclear whether the benefits of training community members to respond to disasters outweigh the risks.
Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis could escalate into a complex disaster emergency with dire environmental consequences.
There is a huge amount of legislation talking about ‘shared responsibility’ but it isn’t clear what this means or who needs to do what and when.
After more than three years as prime minister, Scott Morrison is still struggling to provide much-needed crisis leadership.