The first time the public was asked about their willingness to pay to rebuild after a disaster was following the flooding caused by Hurricane Floyd in 1999. The country was nearly evenly divided on whether federal funds should be banned from being used.
A decade later, we are aware of the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events associated with climate change. Together, we are making tremendous progress in planning for a myriad of needs these disasters create.
The F-35 joint strike fighter, the United States' most expensive warplane to date, was supposed to cost $1.5 trillion over 50 years. The current contract is seven years behind schedule and $163 billion over budget. Here are four other things the US could have bought with the waste from the program.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.
Preparing for the next disaster by building back better is a rising refrain today among those of us engaged in disaster response and recovery efforts around the globe. In New Orleans, EXCELth is showing us all how to do that in a thoughtful way.
The transformation of grasshoppers to locusts is eerily reminiscent of ways that human beings can at times change as population density increases.
Watching the waves spill onto the beach in Clatsop County, Oregon, it's easy to forget that the nearby houses are doomed. The Pacific waters are frigid blue. The beaches run inland from white sand to tough, salt-sprayed grass. It's too peaceful to envision disaster.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Broken computers and wildflowers are making this week's column late, short, but swee...
Tired of facts? Do you think all the concern about climate change is just a bunch of hooey? Then this newscast is for you.
Over ten years ago, on December 26, 2004, an earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia triggered one of the deadliest tsunamis ever recorded, an event that ushered the destruction of over 200,00 lives -- and even more livelihoods -- throughout Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the east coast of Africa.
Scott Austin Key is Co-Founder of Emergency Floor, an innovative, low-cost flooring solution for refugee families in conflict and disaster stricken regions around the world.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Beautiful in so many ways: w...
"I'm not important, but I have an earnest message for the world," Alison says. "You are not being asked to go shave your head and become a monk, but to imagine a world where everyone does their part."
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. ...
The Arctic is screaming. Can you hear her in the floods of Houston, the drought in California and the epic snowfall in Boston this past winter? Our collective failure to limit greenhouse gas emissions has pushed atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide to levels not seen for millions of years.
As we see tragedies like Katrina continue to occur -- look no further than Nepal for a current example -- linking with other global organizations will grow our body of knowledge in disaster preparedness, resilience training and reconstruction. Such a network of architectural, engineering and builder communities will be indispensable to recovery.