An expert in post-disaster reconstruction explains what works, and what doesn't, when it comes to rebuilding a city.
Hurricane Irma descends on the Caribbean islands.
NOAA National Weather Service National Hurricane Center/Handout via Reuters
Saturated media coverage of hurricanes like Harvey and Irma can make it seem like disasters happen all the time. Is the frequency of billion-dollar disasters really rising?
Hurricane Harvey from the International Space Station on August 28.
Three atmospheric scientists from Texas say Hurricane Harvey shows how the country needs to adapt to the effects of climate change and cut carbon emissions.
The Acros Fukuoka eco-building in Fukuoka, Japan boasts one of the world’s most famous green roofs. The GRIT Lab at the University of Toronto is working to bring green roofs to the city and beyond in order to combat climate change.
Green roofs could play a critical role in helping cities cope with extreme rainfall events in the age of climate change. The roofs essentially suck up stormwater like sponges if designed properly.
Hurricane Wilma in 2005 was the last major storm to rock Florida – and its insurance market.
Even though Hurricane Matthew has been downgraded to category 3, it's expected to cause substantial damage to Florida and other states in the region. The question is, who pays.
Tropical Cyclone Winston nears Fiji on February 20, 2016.
NASA Goddard Rapid Response/NOAA
Cyclone Winston produced wind speeds of around 300 km per hour, making it one of the strongest storms to make landfall.
Time to get inside? A dust storm approaches.
Batten down the hatches. These are nature's nuclear weapons.
Ten years ago in the Seventh Ward of New Orleans.
The resurrection of New Orleans is a tale of resiliency, but other American cities must heed lessons learned by the storm or face disaster in the decades ahead.
Katrina shortly after landfall.
NOAA/NASA GOES Project
The latest science on hurricanes and climate change explained – vital information for coastal regions to prepare for the effects of more intense storms.
Aerosols produced by human activity may weaken the strength of cyclones and tropical cyclones, contrary to what scientists…
Super Typhoon Haiyan hits the islands at the mouth of the Leyte Gulf in the Philippines.
With sustained winds of more than 310 km/h, or 195 mph, as it approached the Philippines, Super Typhoon Haiyan has hit land in the past few hours with terrifying force. This makes it the strongest tropical…
Average air concentrations of inhalable particles more than doubled in Houston, Texas following a major Saharan dust storm…
Damaging hurricanes are familiar along the US east coast, with the recent hurricane Sandy a dramatic example. In Europe we are unused to such dramatic weather and the widespread destruction that hurricanes…
Recent extreme weather doesn’t tell us how the future will be.
Are we now experiencing the “new normal” climate? Let’s look at the recent evidence: A storm of historic proportions is moving up the east coast as a Nor’easter without precedent, since no such storm has…
Residents of Virginia have begun sandbagging against the arrival of Sandy.
As I write this, Hurricane Sandy remains a very large, powerful hurricane. On Sunday afternoon (local time), Sandy brought winds gusting to 103km/h to coastal North Carolina. Heavy rains are already occurring…
Researchers have devised a more-accurate method to predict hurricane activity. It is 15% more reliable than previous techniques…