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Better Weather On The Way To Aid Wildfire Fight

AP | By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Calmer winds and cooler temperatures helped firefighters go on the offensive Monday against a destructive wildfire that has ch...

8 Misconceptions About El Niño (And La Niña)

Francesco Fiondella | Posted 07.14.2014 | Green
Francesco Fiondella

For years, people have pointed to El Niño as the culprit behind floods, droughts, famines, economic failures and record-breaking global heat. Can a single climate phenomenon really cause all these events?

Obama's New Carbon Emissions Rule: Drumroll, Please...

Bill Chameides | Posted 08.03.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Could it be that Obama's announcement is a step, albeit a huge one, that leads to the biggest step of them all -- a new international agreement on climate change? It's kind of a fife and drum question. It could be a pipe dream or it could be drumroll.

Disaster Prep Expert: Why Godzilla Can't Kick Our Ass; Conversely, Why Godzilla Can Totally Kick Our Ass

Aaron Sagers | Posted 07.19.2014 | Weird News
Aaron Sagers

With Godzilla back in full force on our movie screens, it seemed like a good time to chat with a disaster expert about concerns associated with monster attacks.

Gratitude for Those Combating 'Firenados'

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.17.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

"Frienados" are described as the fast-moving swirls of intense flames blazing in San Diego County. The hardest-hit in the raging wildfires were San M...

To Reduce the Impact of Disasters, Increase the Focus on Children

Anthony Lake | Posted 05.19.2014 | Impact
Anthony Lake

The number of children affected every year by disasters is projected to reach 175 million over the next ten years -- a figure that will have nearly tripled since the early 1990s. Children represent more than half of all people affected by disasters, and not surprisingly, the children at greatest risk are typically the poorest and hardest to reach.

Surviving Disasters in Project Management: An Interview with Dr. Harold Kerzner

Kyle Dowling | Posted 03.15.2014 | Business
Kyle Dowling

While we can't go about ignoring its existence, we can surely learn to extrapolate certain lessons from a failure.

Supertyphoon Haiyan Redux

Bill Chameides | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

The destruction wrought by Haiyan, as its category 5 designation indicates, is catastrophic. Possibly beyond catastrophic, if there is such a thing. What caused such a destructive storm?

LOOK: The Deadliest Natural Disasters Of The Past Decade

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 11.12.2013 | World

Typhoon Haiyan is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people in the Philippines. Here are the natural disasters in the last decade that had even hi...

Science Mag's 'Once and Future Climate Change' Coverage

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.09.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

"Is the climate changing?" is not the big climate question one of the world's most respected scientific journals is seeking to address. Instead, the question they attempt to address is: What does climate change mean for us, for our ecosystems, for the globe?

Preparing for Disaster in Nicaragua

Michael Solis | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Michael Solis

My friends tease me, telling me I have to relax. But the truth is that we never know when these things might happen, and it's better to be prepared for the worst should the unwanted ever unfold.

Emran Hossain

Stench Of Bodies, Disorganization Slow Bangladesh Rescue Effort

HuffingtonPost.com | Emran Hossain | Posted 04.26.2013 | World

The stench of decomposing bodies is hindering rescue efforts in Bangladesh's garment industry hub of Savar, witnesses say, as untold numbers of dead a...

Humanitarian Assistance at the Crossroads

Adam C. Levine | Posted 05.04.2013 | World
Adam C. Levine

Humanitarian providers of the future need to develop a far broader perspective on the complex array of issues involved in order to ensure that their good work actually does some good -- or at the very least does no harm.

Superstorm Sandy Conundrum: Rebuild or Retreat

Bill Chameides | Posted 04.09.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

For many storm victims whose homes were battered or destroyed by Sandy, the answer is "rebuild." Governor Cuomo has an alternative. Homes destroyed on...

A Silver Lining in Sandy? (Part 3)

William S. Becker | Posted 01.29.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

When it comes to solving problems, elected officials are inclined to support solutions that allow people to keep behaving as they always have, but with less damage. That's how it has been with America's response to weather-related disasters. It's a response that won't work anymore.

A Silver Lining in Sandy? (Part 2)

William S. Becker | Posted 01.26.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

There is no question that sustainable recovery from disasters -- particularly moving out of harm's way -- can be a slow, frustrating, arduous process. More enlightened federal funding policies and programs would make it easier and more common.

Permission to Speak

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 01.08.2013 | Impact
Robin Amos Kahn

We often give lip service to the idea of "it takes a village" but in reality, we so rarely do come together to support each other.

Dr. Toy's Tips on Toys and Play

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 01.07.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Regardless of circumstances, children often need comfort and reassurance. Play can provide them with both and more.

The Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse

Rebecca Solnit | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Rebecca Solnit

As the horsemen trample over all the things we love most, it becomes impossible to distinguish natural disaster from man-made calamity: maybe the point is that there is no difference anymore.

What's in a Word: Sandy Pulls Me Back to Earth

Robin Hardman | Posted 01.01.2013 | New York
Robin Hardman

My father grew up in Atlantic City and owned a house in a neighboring town until just a few years ago. Looking at footage of splintered chunks of the city's famous boardwalk floating down city streets, I saw disaster.

Disaster or Opportunity? You Choose

Morty Lefkoe | Posted 10.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Morty Lefkoe

Looking back at such experiences we often realize they weren't nearly as bad as they seemed. In fact, sometimes they even turned out to have a lot of benefits, yet at the time they seemed like disasters.

"We Are Not Going to Wait for Someone to Save Us "

Susan C. Scrimshaw | Posted 10.01.2012 | Green
Susan C. Scrimshaw

In 2011 alone, more than 14 natural disasters in the US cost an estimated one billion dollars in damages, along with injuries and loss of lives

CDC Releases Guide For Surviving Wedding Season

Katharine Lotze | Posted 07.10.2012 | Weddings

Invited to a wedding this summer? The CDC has you covered. The Centers for Disease Control released a tongue-in-cheek guide on how to survive weddi...

Book Review: 'The Fate of the Species'

David Vognar | Posted 08.08.2012 | Books
David Vognar

In describing the most pressing dangers to the human species, Fred Guterl spends considerable time talking about climate change, though he believes that viruses pose probably the most direct threat to humans.

Citizen Science As a Model for Disaster Information

W. David Stephenson | Posted 05.06.2012 | Science
W. David Stephenson

The reason for my optimism is a convergence between scientific research about what people really do in disasters, namely engaging in highly sophisticated collaborative behavior, and the advent of sophisticated mobile devices and social media that can encourage such behavior.