Natural Disasters

Storms are getting bigger. Droughts are getting longer. As the climate changes, natural disasters are ramping up - here's how we're dealing with them, trying to prevent the worst consequences and learning how to clean up after them.

National Science Foundation
A team of scientists from three universities has developed a weather-prediction system that will allow forecasters to predict tornadoes and other severe storms at least three days before the storms start. Tornadoes and other severe weather outbreaks... Read More
The George Washington University
DC's chief environmental officer, Christophe Tulou, has devised a plan to protect the nation's capital from storm damage. See the engineering innovation that is protecting the monuments on the national mall. Watch
By Andrew Freedman If a new PC or hard drive is on your holiday wish list, you may be in for a rude surprise: supplies are running low and prices have skyrocketed, all because of an extreme weather event that took place halfway around the world.
George Washington University
THIS WEEK: This week Planet Forward is taking a look at the work PISA, a GW-based group, is doing in Nam Dinh, Vietnam. The women in Nam Dinh are adapting to a changing planet and they say they learned their tricks from none other than their... Read More
2041
Explorer and friend of Planet Forward's, Robert Swan, travels to the mouth of the Ganges River to see--first hand--the state of the glacier that supplies water for 400 million people. How can we help solve this looming crisis? Watch
The George Washington University
Natural weather disasters have already racked up $80 billion worth of destruction in 2011. Is this the new normal? This video from a pair GWU students in the ThinkFWD class will dazzle you.
Anonymous (not verified)
Environmental Prototype Homes Of Tommorrow (EPHOT Inc)a 501c non-profit will buy, rehab, retrofit with co-generating solar systems, on-demand hot water and radiant barrier insulation Foreclosed and Bank owned Properties; then will either hold and... Read More
The homes are simple, affordable, energy-efficient curved structures resistant to natural disasters. Check out the builder's site here.
Planet Forward
Update (11/1/2012): In response to questions surrounding Hurricane Sandy, we are featuring "Amphibious House (Your Loss, Hurricane Irene)." We hope this idea will provide insight into dramatic weather events and the measures that communities must... Read More
The past couple of years, one of the most significant changes that is happening to Thailand has been the flood problem. Sometimes the flood occurs in communities where there has been no history of flood.  Sometimes it occurs un-seasonally in flood... Read More

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