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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

Empowering the Communities Most Vulnerable to Disaster

Jaishree Beedasy delves into how disasters disproportionately affect the most vulnerable groups in society, particularly children, and how to help them recover.

by |December 23, 2019

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

On Gulf Coast, Organizing Youth to Face Disaster

A new youth development and disaster recovery program, which grew out of research on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, will debut in five Gulf Coast high schools. The project will bring together teens to create and share resources to help communities recover from disasters.

by |August 15, 2013

Climate information and disasters: two interviews

Jan Egeland and Madeleen Helmer talk about the value of forecasts in disaster preparation.

by |July 5, 2011

Disasters, and the Traps of Poverty and Wealth

We like to categorize disasters into two types – natural and man-made. 2011 has begun with massive flooding in agricultural regions of Northeast Australia causing shoppers to brace for the inevitable increase in food prices that will soon follow. Just one death so far though and no doubt the rugged Australian farmer will get through… read more

by |January 7, 2011

Using Climate Information for Humanitarian Assistance

Using Climate and Weather Forecasts to Improve Humanitarian Decision Making

by |December 14, 2009