Why Politicians Ignore Disaster Predictions
Experts see catastrophe on the horizon, but nobody wants to pay the costs beforehand.
The World Is Addicted to Pandemic Porn
The insatiable appetite for disaster information is psychologically understandable—and politically dangerous.
Disasters Like The Coronavirus Don’t Happen In a Vacuum
The pandemic is the result of many bad choices.
Trump Can’t Deport the Coronavirus
COVID-19 is as American as apple pie now—and people are more likely to catch the virus from their neighbors than from foreigners.
How Japan Rode a Tsunami to Equality
Japanese women quickly realized that the disaster that struck their country nine years ago was an unprecedented opportunity to overcome discrimination.
Wuhan’s Virus and Quarantine Will Hit the Poor Hardest
China’s migrant workers are far less visible to the state than its middle class.
Cyclone Idai: Mapping Mozambique’s Catastrophic ‘Inland Ocean’
The historic tropical storm killed hundreds and left an area of more than 800 square miles covered in water.
Indonesia’s Indigenous Languages Hold the Secrets of Surviving Disaster
Introducing hard-learned local wisdom into warning efforts could save thousands of lives.
The Next Pandemic Will Be Arriving Shortly
Deadly diseases like Ebola and the avian flu are only one flight away. The U.S. government must start taking preparedness seriously.
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.
Heckuva Job, Donnie!
In responding to his first natural disasters, President Trump deserves credit where credit is due — but no more than that.
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.
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.
Nepal’s Oligarchy Isn’t Earthquake-Proof
A 2015 disaster devastated the country — and paved the way for this year's breakthrough elections.
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?
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.
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.
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.