After a record-setting year for hurricanes and wildfires, the insurance industry is grappling with the role of our climate emergency in estimating local disaster damages
The trend raises concerns about the accuracy of flood maps and the adequacy of insurance
Following Hurricane Maria, a Puerto Rican colony of rhesus macaques broadened their social networks. Could humans do the same post-COVID?
Premiums will rise in October, but 51 percent of homeowners in high-risk areas are low-income
Sticking with human names will lessen confusion and distraction
Controversy surrounds the plan to cut the river’s massive levee in an attempt to save disappearing wetlands
The Federal Emergency Management Agency acknowledges that recovery programs have unfairly burdened certain populations
Energy from neighboring states could have helped Texans survive their extreme winter storm
Issues with natural gas supplies and the grid’s isolation both factored in to the massive outages
The disaster draws attention to the controversial hydropower projects in the Himalayas
Scientists think a huge chunk of ice or rock fell and caused a devastating surge of water down a river in India
A patchwork of state laws can leave some home buyers unaware of their risks and uninsured
The storms are also migrating to higher latitudes
The 2020 wildfire season was the worst in California’s recorded history, with more than four million acres burned and almost 10,500 structures destroyed across the state. The fires were heavily covered by the news media, and some reports suggested California had suffered apocalyptic devastation and permanent loss...
Puerto Rico was identified as suffering the greatest climate impacts over that time period
As warming temperatures intensified precipitation over the last 30 years, floods costs have risen by $2.5 billion
Tiny crystals play a big role in unexpectedly violent eruptions
The 22 events that each caused at least $1 billion in damage show the increasing costs of climate change
Here are some brief reports about science and technology from around the world, including one from Panama about the toll lightning takes on tropical trees.
A federal report about vulnerability focuses on historically disadvantaged people for the first time