Natural Disasters Archives - State of the Planet

Is New York Ready for the Next Superstorm?

For New York City climate resistance is not an option, but a matter of municipal survival.

by |September 9, 2019

North to Patuakhali and Barisal for the End of Our Fieldwork

We added a campaign monument to the tide gauge at Khepupara on the way to our last GPS and SET installation site at Patuakhali. We faced challenges such as bad roads and broken bridges, and leeches, but got the work done. The field work was now coming to a close.

by |August 5, 2019

What Moody’s Recent Acquisition Means for Assessing the Costs of the Climate Crisis

The acquisition of Four Twenty Seven, a leading provider of insight on economic climate risk, stands out as an indicator that the climate crisis is seen as a material risk that corporations and governments must consider.

by |August 5, 2019

Khulna to Barishal and Kuakata

We replaced the GPS at Khulna University, then met some colleagues in Barisal. We continued to Khepupara and the beach at Kuakata for more installations. The beach on the Bay of Bengal is fresh water in the summer due to the enormous water discharge at the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta.

by |August 2, 2019

Finishing on the Boat

Silting rivers and bad roads made it difficult to find a last site. After a successful installation and an upgrade to an existing GPS site, we left the boat for land. We then discovered the local river had washed away some of our equipment.

by |July 30, 2019

Hiron Point Once More

We sailed to Hiron Point in the Sundarban Mangrove Forest to upgrade old and install new equipment. I have been to this beautiful remote site several times before. After competing the work, we sailed for over a day to reach our next site on a primary school roof.

by |July 26, 2019

Climate Change Could Revive Medieval Megadroughts in U.S. Southwest

Study picks apart factors that caused severe, long-lasting droughts and suggests increased risk for future.

by |July 24, 2019

Delays in Dhaka

I am back in Bangladesh for a new project examining the balance between sea level rise, land subsidence and sedimentation. We will be installing, repairing or upgrading equipment to measure changes to the landscape.

by |July 23, 2019

Study Bolsters Case That Climate Change Is Driving Many California Wildfires

A new study combs through the factors that can promote wildfires in California, and concludes that in many cases, warming climate is the decisive driver.

by |July 15, 2019

FEMA’S Failure and the Catastrophe of Our Federal Government

We have reason to question the competence and readiness of the federal government after over two years of amateurish, chaotic and dominantly political presidential leadership.

by |July 15, 2019