Natural Disasters Archives - State of the Planet

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
student jumping in front of crater

Citizen Scientists Can Help Predict and Prepare for Disasters

A recent study finds that you don’t need to be an expert to gather information that aids disaster prediction and response.

by |June 18, 2019
talk at correlated extremes workshop

Preparing For When Climate Change Throws a One-Two Punch

The impacts of climate change don’t always come one at a time. A recent workshop focused on what’s needed to predict and adapt when multiple climate-related disasters happen simultaneously.

by |June 12, 2019

Climate Change is Destroying a Barrier That Protects the U.S. East Coast from Hurricanes

A new study finds that as air circulation patterns change with the climate, coastal states could get hit with stronger hurricanes.

by |May 24, 2019
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Climatologist Testifies to Senate Subcommittee Regarding Costs of Extreme Weather

Lamont’s Radley Horton explains that enhanced forecasts and better communication can reduce climate risks and create new economic opportunities.

by |May 16, 2019

Drought: A Wide-Angle Picture

A new book, the second in a series of primers with the Earth Institute imprint, provides an interdisciplinary overview drought, bringing together many fields including climate science, hydrology and ecology.

by |April 30, 2019
hurricane irma from space

Large Volcanic Eruptions Can Alter Hurricane Strength and Frequency

A new study is the first to untangle the effects of volcanic eruptions and El Niño events on hurricane patterns.

by |April 1, 2019
flooding in south carolina

Midwestern Floods, Climate Resiliency, and the Green New Deal

Midwestern floods, Western forest fires, and coastal hurricanes are creating a call for climate resilient infrastructure. The Green New Deal is a way to respond to that demand.

by |March 25, 2019

Hurricane Maria Study Warns: Climate-Driven Storms May Raze Many Tropical Forests

Biodiversity could suffer as result, and more carbon could be added to the atmosphere.

by |March 25, 2019