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.

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One of the worst environmental disasters in history wasn’t the result of a superstorm, an earthquake or a fuel spill.
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In September of 1985, a massive earthquake struck Mexico City. The city's former aquifer foundation played a part in the extent of the destruction. What does this mean for drought-ridden California?
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This August marks the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which remains one of the deadliest and costly hurricanes to ever hit the United States. When the hurricane hit, the resulting surge breached the levees of New Orleans and caused... Read More
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The National Climate Assessment predicts a 70% increase in precipitation which will lead to more frequent and dangerous storms in the Northeast region. How prepared are you?
Video by Matt Seedorff and Leor Reef
Video by Matt Seedorff and Leor Reef
George Washington University
Hurricanes have cost Florida 3.5 billion dollars annually in recent years. With rising oceans and 80% of the population living near the coast these numbers are only expected to worsen. Can we afford inaction?
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Via International Institute for Environment and Development: Stone lines or ("bunds") slow down runoff, incerease water infiltration and for the basis for improved production in semi-arid areas. At the same time, sediment is captured behind these... Read More
Next time you throw food away, think twice. Globally, we waste a third of the food that is produced for human consumption.
The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) organized a briefing on insurance industry perspectives on recent extreme weather events and how strategic investment can help manage the threats posed by a changing and more severe climate. In New... Read More
This week on Bloomberg West we featured an innovative water treatment project developed at Stanford University. The researchers are not only cleaning up our oceans, but they say they can produce energy from it, too!
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When disaster strikes, people look for explanations - why did this happen? How can we prevent it from happening again? Hurricane Sandy is no exception.

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