A rollercoaster washed up on a Jersey beach after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Books are both solace and provocation during a pandemic. This novel set during Hurricane Sandy is a poignant, often hilarious, reckoning with catastrophe and mortality.
Students involved with the Resilient Schools Consortium in New York City quickly grasped the need for climate resiliency in their school buildings. Students from Mark Twain Intermediate School are seen here in October 2017.
After Hurricane Sandy, educators in New York City partnered with environmental and governmental organizations to put youth at the centre of preparing for risks and hazards in their school buildings.
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.
(World Food Programme via AP)
Climate change is making hurricanes more destructive, and may have boosted the intensity of cyclone Idai that hit Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi.
Syrian airstrike survivors.
Warning Syrians of approaching airstrikes via social media is helping save lives.
Snow on the ground after a winter storm.
NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response
Why can't meteorologists call the weather correctly every time? Blame the battle of the weather models.
Hurricane Maria, September 2017.
A meteorologist and a music technologist team up to turn the data from tropical storms into musical graphs.
Being one of a series of disasters made relief in Puerto Rico harder to come by after Hurricane Maria.
AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa
Charitable giving and government aid can shortchange disasters that follow other disasters.
Plush toys, recovered from a flooded home, hang out to dry on a wrought iron gate in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Long after the hurricane's over and the power comes back, residents can still experience lasting mental health issues.
Coastal wetlands are an effective first line of defense and act by slowing down storm surges and reducing flooding.
New research by scholars, conservationists and the insurance industry shows that coastal wetlands provide hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of protection from flooding, boosting the case for protecting them.
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.
The sun rises behind the remains of a New Jersey roller coaster destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.
AP Photo/Mel Evans
As the rich move away from disaster-prone areas, the poor may be left behind.
National Guard soldiers inspect homes in Rockaway Park, Queens, New York, after Superstorm Sandy, 2012.
Spc. Zane Craig, PA National Guard/Flickr
As Atlantic hurricane season opens on June 1, eastern U.S. cities can prepare by updating laws, codes and ordinances that hamper rebuilding after storms.
Earth’s city lights.
NASA Visible Earth
Hundreds of cities worldwide have pledged to act against climate change. New York City's experience rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy offers useful lessons about making urban areas more resilient.
While firefighters battled widespread fires in New South Wales in October 2013, hundreds of thousands of people turned to social media and smartphone apps for vital updates.
AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts
When disaster strikes, more people than ever are turning to social media to find out if they're in danger. But Australian emergency services need to work together more to learn what works to save lives.
How did this roof become green?
Voluntary programs are all the rage. From ratcheting up cybersecurity to fighting obesity, firms in the United States and elsewhere voluntarily make pledges to do better than governmental regulation. Firms…
Australia’s coast is famous around the world - but rising sea levels are poised to make things a lot less fun.
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“I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside” holds true for many Australians who live on or near the coast. On top of the many lifestyle amenities coastal living offers, much of the country’s crucial infrastructure…
A new look for Lower Manhattan.
When Hurricane Sandy struck New York in 2012, it was a brutal wake up call for the Big Apple. That call should have also been heard by the citizens of every other coastal city and those responsible for…
How do you stop a hurricane? Put a wind turbine in the way.
Wind turbines could provide a front-line defence against cyclones and hurricanes, by slowing damaging winds and reducing…
As natural disasters happen more often, rising insurance premiums will force the private sector to take action on climate change.
Hurricane Sandy may or may not be a direct result of climate change, but what is certain is that the incidence of extreme climate events is increasing. Such events are predicted by climate models, according…