A tourist has makeup done ahead of Day of the Dead on Oct. 30, 2021, in Mexico City.
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Locals usually see tourists as a way to boost the economy. But at a certain point, resentment starts to build.
Brad Pitt walks past a house under construction in New Orleans in a 2007 photo.
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The low-income homebuyers who obtained these homes were deprived of the financial security they were promised. They’re now eligible for at least $25,000 in reimbursements for repairs.
Brad Pitt walks past one of the first homes built in New Orleans by his Make It Right Foundation in this 2008 photo.
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So much went wrong with the homes built by the Make It Right Foundation that its low-income homebuyers were deprived of the financial security they were promised.
Outages left downtown New Orleans in the dark after Hurricane Ida made landfall on Aug. 29, 2021.
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Hurricane Ida left the entire city of New Orleans in the dark and renewed discussion of burying power lines. But there’s no way to completely protect the grid, above ground or below.
People evacuated from Afghanistan arriving in the U.S. flew to Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia.
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Needs will continue in Haiti and New Orleans – and for Afghan refugees – long past the point when most donors will have found new priorities.
Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina.
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Sixteen years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall, the Category 4 storm Hurricane Ida reached Louisiana. Planning for future hurricanes must include the need to build resiliency to climate change.
Hurricane Ida’s winds tore off roofs, including in New Orleans’ French Quarter.
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The New Orleans region is likely to see a hurricane about every seven years and a major hurricane about every 20.
Preparing for a hurricane on North Carolina’s vulnerable Outer Banks.
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New Orleans has about a 40% chance of getting hit by a tropical storm in any given year. Here’s how heat, winds and the shape of the seafloor raise the hurricane damage risk.
Jakarta is sinking while sea levels rise.
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Sinking land plus rising seas are putting hundreds of millions of people at risk.
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?
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.
Mac Rebennack took the stage name Dr John and a persona based on a real-life voodoo prince.
Mural at Rockaway Brewing Company in Long Island City, Queens, New York, a longtime industrial and transportation hub that now is rapidly redeveloping.
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Many homes, parks and businesses in US cities stand on former manufacturing sites that may have left legacy hazardous wastes behind. A new book calls for more research into our urban industrial past.
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.
After Haiti signed its Declaration of Independence from France, in 1804, the U.S. started a nearly 60-year political and economic embargo that hobbled the young nation’s growth.
Trump’s anti-Haitian rhetoric ignores a long pattern of migration from Haiti to the U.S., often driven by American meddling in Haitian affairs. Today, the two nations are irrevocably bound by history.
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?
Interstate 69 in Humble, Texas is covered by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017.
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Many people may have stayed put during Hurricane Harvey because no storm that big had struck Texas since 1961. But like New Orleans after Katrina, Texas is likely to be much better prepared next time.
A statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is removed on Friday, May 19, 2017, from Lee Circle in New Orleans.
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Monuments to the Confederacy in New Orleans and many other cities are problematic. But a mere erasure will not address the issues around racism and racial inequality.
Robert E Lee Monument at Lee Circle, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Memorials to confederate generals are lightning rods today for the same racist views they fought for 150 years ago.
A family catches Mardi Gras beads during the Krewe of Thoth parade down St. Charles Avenue in 2000.
Each Mardi Gras, 25 million pounds of beads hit the streets of New Orleans. One researcher went to the Chinese factories that make them – and spoke to the workers who believe the beads will be given to royalty.