Disasters

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People watch a news report on North Korea's first hydrogen bomb test at a railroad station in Seoul on January 6, 2016. South Korea "strongly" condemned North Korea's shock hydrogen bomb test and vowed to take "all necessary measures" to penalise its nuclear-armed neighbour.  The image shown on TV shows files images from other nuclear tests from other countries and the caption in red at the bottom of the screen reads "the Blue House will convene an emergency meeting of the NSC, the National Security Council."   AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE / AFP / JUNG YEON-JE        (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

California Is Already Preparing for a North Korean Nuclear Attack

Beware of radioactive pets, and don’t expect the feds to show up anytime soon.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 14:  U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump depart the White House September 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump is scheduled to visit Florida today to view relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Trump also spoke on reports from a meeting with Democratic leaders last night about a proposed deal on DACA and potentially delaying negotiations on his efforts to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.   (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Heckuva Job, Donnie!

In responding to his first natural disasters, President Trump deserves credit where credit is due — but no more than that.

LINTHICUM, MD - AUGUST 26: A television monitor at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport shows inbound flights to BWI on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008 in Linthicum, MD. A computer malfunction at a Federal Aviation Administration facility in Georgia Tuesday caused widespread flight delays. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Federal Air Marshals Say TSA Separated Them From Families During Harvey

With the hurricane closing in, agents asked to return to their families in Houston. They were refused.

US President Donald Trump holds the state flag of Texas outside of the Annaville Fire House after attending a briefing on Hurricane Harvey in Corpus Christi, Texas on August 29, 2017.
President Donald Trump flew into storm-ravaged Texas Tuesday in a show of solidarity and leadership in the face of the deadly devastation wrought by Harvey -- as the battered US Gulf Coast braces for even more torrential rain. 
 / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Cares More About Ideology Than the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

The president’s nativism deprived Texas and Louisiana of help they need from Mexico.

An election official checks identification outside of a polling area in Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO world heritage site, on May 14, 2017. (Photo Credit: TIM BOWDEN)

Nepal’s Oligarchy Isn’t Earthquake-Proof

A 2015 disaster devastated the country — and paved the way for this year's breakthrough elections.

A man carries fake nuclear barrels during a demonstration to demand the closure of Fessenheim nuclear power plant on March 12, 2017 in Fessenheim, eastern France. 
  / AFP PHOTO / SEBASTIEN BOZON        (Photo credit should read SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty Images)

Cutting Funding to the IAEA Is a Horrible Idea

If you care about national security or the war on terrorism, why would you cut the nuclear nonproliferation budget?

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN-OCTOBER 31: USAID blankets being distributed by Mercy Corps are about to be loaded onto trucks at Chaklala airport October 31,2005 in Rawalpindi, Islamabad surrounded by relief goods waiting to be distributed. The current death toll is now believed to be over 55,000 from the South Asian earthquake that happened over 3 weeks ago. Over 3 million people are still without proper shelter and aid organizations including the U.N are warning that thousands could die in remote mountainous regions as Winter approaches. Atleast 1,400 died in Indian-Kashmir. 
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Savaging State and USAID Budgets Could Do Wonders for Results

The Trump administration is threatening serious cuts to diplomacy. But doing more with less isn’t impossible.

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How Not to Be a Civilization

Mother Nature is using her words. Are we smart enough to heed them?

TOPSHOT - A man stands on a damaged home after a strong earthquake hit Amatrice on August 24, 2016.
Central Italy was struck by a powerful, 6.2-magnitude earthquake in the early hours, which has killed at least three people and devastated dozens of mountain villages. Numerous buildings had collapsed in communities close to the epicenter of the quake near the town of Norcia in the region of Umbria, witnesses told Italian media, with an increase in the death toll highly likely. / AFP / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE        (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

More People Will Die in Italy’s Next Earthquake

Why are moderate quakes still killing hundreds of people in a wealthy country? Corruption and political ineptitude.

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Life After the Mud

In Indonesia, the world’s largest mud volcano has been erupting continuously for 10 years. A wealthy family's gas company may be to blame. But it’s the poor who’ve paid the price.

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Arafat near Mecca as they perform one of the Hajj rituals late on October 3, 2014. The pilgrims perform a series of rituals during the annual Hajj. They circumambulate the kaaba seven times, runs back and forth between the hills of Al-Safa and Al-Marwah, drink from the Zamzam Well, goes to the plains of Mount Arafat to stand in vigil, and throws stones in a ritual Stoning of Devil. The pilgrims then shave their heads, perform a ritual of animal sacrifice, and celebrate Eid al-Adha holiday.
 AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH        (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH/AFP/Getty Images)

Hajj Closed to Iranians After Year of Discord

Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia are set to keep tens of thousands from the anual pilgrimage.

WASHINGTON, USA - MARCH 10: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a joint press conference with President Barack Obama in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, USA on March 10, 2016. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Can Justin Trudeau See the Forest Fire for the Trees?

Canada’s photogenic prime minister promises a new type of enlightened, environment-friendly leadership. But he's still hooked on dirty oil.

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Who Is Really Putting Nepal Back Together?

Half a year after Nepal's devastating earthquake, its the smaller community organizations that are helping the country rebuild, while the giants of disaster relief lag behind.

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Saudi emergency personnel stand near bodies of Hajj pilgrims at the site where at least 717 were killed and hundreds wounded in a stampede in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, at the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia on September 24, 2015. The stampede, the second deadly accident to strike the pilgrims this year, broke out during the symbolic stoning of the devil ritual, the Saudi civil defence service said. AFP PHOTO / STR

The Deadliest Stop on the Road on Mecca

Mina, where pilgrims take part in a symbolic stoning of the devil, has been the site of a disproportionate share of hajj deaths.

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Watch the Massive Explosion That Just Lit Up a Chinese City

The cause of the explosion was reportedly related to a shipment of explosives to the city's port.

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