Natural Disasters Archives - State of the Planet

After Florence: Improving the Management of Toxic Materials

This is an opportunity to reengineer and reimagine the way toxic materials are managed.

by |September 24, 2018

We Need Community

We need to understand and empathize with our neighbors in need in order to build open, creative, generous and diverse communities.

by |September 17, 2018
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When Is a Sea Wall a Good Idea?

Scientists at Columbia’s Earth Institute are using simulations to test how well different methods protect coastal areas from hurricanes and sea level rise.

by |September 13, 2018

Rooting Out the Errors in Climate Models To Better Predict Hurricanes

By enhancing climate models, a project will help to improve forecasts of intense hurricanes like Hurricane Florence.

by |September 13, 2018
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Why Hurricane Florence is Unusual and Dangerous

Experts from around the Earth Institute weigh in on some of the biggest questions about Hurricane Florence.

by |September 12, 2018
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Hurricane Florence: Resources for Journalists

Our hurricane and disaster experts are standing by to answer media questions about hurricane physics, emergency response, climate change, and more.

by |September 12, 2018
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State Disclosure Laws Leave Homebuyers in the Dark About Flood Risks

New research reveals that nearly half of U.S. states do not have requirements for sellers to disclose a property’s history of flood damages to a homebuyer.

A Milestone for Forecasting Earthquake Hazards

In a new study, researchers report that their physics-based model of California earthquake hazards replicated estimates from the state’s leading statistical model.

by |August 22, 2018
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Where Will Future Migrants Come From?

A project that anticipates how people will move in response to environmental changes could help to bolster social and humanitarian support for countries in crisis.

by |August 21, 2018

Wildfires in Israel and Palestine – A Fuel for Conflict or an Opportunity for Building Trust?

In Israel and Palestine, wildfires offer an exemplary case study of the potential of environment management as a lever for cooperation, or as a driver of conflict among communities sharing common resources.

by |August 15, 2018