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Disasters Debated

Scientists grapple over the extent to which humans are making extreme weather worse

October 8, 2016 — Gayathri Vaidyanathan and ClimateWire

Instant Egghead--How Do Hurricanes Form?

Hurricane season begins in May and lasts through November, producing dozens of powerful hurricanes. In this episode of Instant Egghead, Scientific American editor Mark Fischetti explains how these massive storms get their start.

October 7, 2016

The Science of Monster Storms

Extreme weather events are nothing new, but they appear to be gaining strength. Scientists have risked life and limb to help us better understand—and better survive—these storms

October 7, 2016 — Jeff Masters

What Causes Wildfires?

The wildfire season started early this month in the northwestern U.S., and the huge blaze still burns in Fort McMurray, Alberta, after three weeks of fighting the flames. What causes wildfires on this scale, and how can we prevent them? 

September 21, 2016 — Everyday Einstein Sabrina Stierwalt

Drilling for Earthquakes

Scientists are increasingly confident about the link between earthquakes and oil and gas production, yet regulators are slow to react

September 6, 2016 — Anna Kuchment

Sewage Floods Likely to Rise

Sewer systems in many cities, stressed by age and growing populations, will spew more raw refuse into the streets during heavy rains

August 19, 2016 — Kavya Balaraman and ClimateWire