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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rebuilding Nepal, from the Government Up
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that wreaked havoc in Kathmandu has opened up an opportunity for the reform the country so desperately needs.
The Defenders of Yarmouk
Just a few miles from downtown Damascus, pro-Assad Palestinian militias are fighting a grinding battle to the death against the Islamic State.
War dog of the week: Off to Nepal
Here is Phayu, an urban search and rescue dog from Fairfax County, Virginia, heading to Nepal with her assistant, Jennifer Massey.