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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

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

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
child picked up by coast guard

New Online Toolbox Helps Parents, Communities Keep Children Safe In Disasters

If disaster strikes while you’re at work, where will your children be taken? How can you ensure your children are protected?

by |June 22, 2018
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Why People Often Don’t Properly Prepare for Hurricanes

A new study looks at the mental biases that prevent people from taking adequate safety measures when a hurricane is on the way.

by |January 25, 2018

Greener on the Other Side: ESP Students’ Sustainability Podcast

Students from the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program at SIPA have produced a podcast called “Greener on the Other Side,” on sustainability, climate change, and the environment.

by |November 28, 2017

New York, New Orleans, Charlottetown and Everywhere Else

The disaster in New Orleans was almost uniquely awful in modern American history. But even if Katrina isn’t likely to happen everywhere, something can happen almost anywhere—including, we now know, New York. And further to the north and east.

The Disaster Profiteers

In his new book “The Disaster Profiteers,” Earth Institute professor John Mutter argues that natural disasters are bad for the poor–and can be great for the rich, who often seize resources meant for recovery, when no one is looking.

by |August 10, 2015