Natural Disasters Archives - State of the Planet

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Reflections on COVID-19 and Our Destruction of Nature

The coronavirus pandemic provides mandatory lessons in sustainability.

by Radhika Iyengar |March 31, 2020

Coronavirus: Expert Resources for Journalists

Earth Institute experts in public health and disaster response are publishing leading-edge findings and advising governments on the coronavirus pandemic. Researchers are also examining the local and global fallout for environment, climate, energy and health systems, philanthropy, culture and education.

by |March 27, 2020

The Shutdown Is Clearing New York’s Air. Don’t Cheer Too Hard.

Researchers are measuring severe drops in pollutants at the ground level, but warn that the benefits will be short-lived unless we take away some longer-term lessons.

by |March 25, 2020

Shifts in Deep Geologic Structure May Have Magnified Great 2011 Japan Tsunami

A new study looks at why the 2011 Tohoku tsunami off Japan was unexpectedly huge.

by |March 16, 2020

Tech Tips for Working Remotely During COVID-19

We’ve compiled this list of free tools that you can use to help you work independently and collaboratively with your team.

by |March 16, 2020

How One Manhattan Neighborhood Started Grappling With Corona

Snapshots of how one neighborhood is reacting to the outbreak.

by |March 13, 2020

Rain, More Than Wind, Led to Massive Toppling of Trees in Hurricane Maria, Says Study

The surprising finding suggests that future hurricanes stoked by warming climate may be even more destructive to forests than scientists have already projected.

by |March 9, 2020

Using Big Data to Combat Catastrophes

The PRISM project aims to harness large, multi-sectoral datasets in order to identify risk factors for catastrophic events.

Pod of the Planet Ep.2: Disasters Won’t Wait

Communicating science is tough and we thought asking all our guests to come up with a haiku describing their work might be a good place to start, because who doesn’t like a good haiku?

by |February 12, 2020

The Politics and Cost of Adapting to Climate Change in New York City

It’s not clear what might place climate adaptation on our national agenda, but it’s less costly to anticipate and avoid disaster than recover from it.

by |January 21, 2020