Natural Disasters Archives - State of the Planet

How We Will Turn It Around: Rebounding From America’s 2020 Nightmare

The pandemic and the western fires are examples of a catastrophic failure by America’s government to protect the public.

by |September 14, 2020
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Our Focus Has to Be on the Victims of Hurricane Laura

Atmospheric scientist Adam Sobel writes that yes, Hurricane Laura is about climate change, but first it’s about people.

by |August 28, 2020

Study Quantifies Potential COVID-19 Spread From Hurricane Evacuation

Spread of the coronavirus during a hurricane evacuation could be minimized by directing evacuees to the right areas and taking proper measures, say researchers.

by |August 13, 2020

Iceland’s Most Active Volcano is Likely Headed for Another Eruption

Monitoring and data suggest the next eruption of the glacial volcano could be anywhere from days away to within the next year. Grímsvötn last erupted in 2011.

by |August 4, 2020
Clean-up crews burning oil to clear it from the water.

Children Exposed to Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Suffered Physical and Mental Health Effects

Three out of five parents reported that their child had experienced physical health symptoms, and nearly one third reported that their child had mental health issues.

by |July 15, 2020

Coming Soon? A Brief Guide to 21st-Century Megadisasters

A Q&A with Jeffrey Schlegelmilch, author of a new book on potential future calamities, and how they may play off one another.

by |July 14, 2020

Understanding and Predicting Hurricanes in a Warmer World

Scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory use models and observations to understand tropical storms and advance the science of predicting them.

by |July 13, 2020
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Using Sound to Study Underwater Volcanoes

To find out how volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean influence earthquakes and tsunamis, a team of scientists listens for ‘echoes’ from under the sea.

by Lindsay Key |July 7, 2020

Future Hurricanes: Fast Like Ike or Slow Like Harvey?

Climate change will intensify winds that steer hurricanes north over Texas in the late 21st century, increasing the odds for fast-moving storms like 2008’s Ike, compared with slow-movers like 2017’s Harvey, says new research.

by |July 6, 2020
subtropical storm in Atlantic

What the Forecast for an Active Hurricane Season Means for the Atlantic Region

Climate scientist Suzana Camargo shares some cautionary words.

by |June 4, 2020