Tally of nursing home deaths during Irma was too low

Hurricane Irma killed many more people in nursing homes in Florida than officials counted, report researchers.

Brown University • futurity
Oct. 8, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: death hurricanes nursing-homes natural-disasters government health-and-medicine

California wildfires pass 4 million acres burned, doubling previous record – that's a lot of toxic smoke

To understand the risks of wildfire smoke, it helps to understand the chemicals people are breathing.

Joshua S. Fu, John D. Tickle Professor of Engineering and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Tennessee • conversation
Oct. 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health environment pollution wildfire chemicals air-pollution natural-disasters wildfires smoke

Wildfire smoke is laced with toxic chemicals – here's how they got there

To understand the risks of wildfire smoke, it helps to understand the chemicals people are breathing.

Joshua S. Fu, John D. Tickle Professor of Engineering and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Tennessee • conversation
Oct. 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health environment pollution wildfire chemicals air-pollution natural-disasters wildfires smoke

Homes are flooding outside FEMA's 100-year flood zones, and racial inequality is showing through

New risk models show nearly twice as many properties are at risk from a 100-year flood today than the government's flood maps indicate.

Kevin T. Smiley, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Louisiana State University • conversation
Sept. 24, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: cities poverty flooding hurricanes natural-disasters fema urban floodplains hurricane-harvey

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is so intense, it just ran out of storm names – and then two more storms formed

It's only happened twice since naming started in 1950, and there's an unusual twist to where many of the storms are forming this year.

Kimberly Wood, Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Mississippi State University • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change hurricanes storms el-nino meteorology natural-disasters oceans atlantic-ocean la-nina tropical-cyclones enso

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is so intense, it just ran out of storm names

In an unusual twist, many of those storms have been forming closer to the US coast.

Kimberly Wood, Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Mississippi State University • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change hurricanes storms el-nino meteorology natural-disasters oceans atlantic-ocean la-nina tropical-cyclones enso

Wildfires can leave toxic drinking water behind – here's how to protect the public

Two environmental engineers say governments need to do more to protect people from possible water contamination after wildfires.

Caitlin R. Proctor, Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellow, Purdue University • conversation
Sept. 17, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: water camp-fire chemicals drinking-water natural-disasters california wildfires oregon disaster-recovery safe-drinking-water-act building-codes washington-state

What is a hurricane storm surge, and why is it so dangerous?

It's not just about the hurricane. How high a storm surge gets and how far it reaches also has a lot to do with the land.

Anthony C. Didlake Jr., Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Sept. 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change sea-level-rise flooding hurricanes storms natural-disasters storm-surge weather

What is hurricane storm surge, and why is it so dangerous?

It's not just about the hurricane. How high a storm surge gets and how far it reaches also has a lot to do with the land.

Anthony C. Didlake Jr., Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Sept. 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change sea-level-rise flooding hurricanes storms natural-disasters storm-surge weather

Hurricane Laura was the latest storm to strengthen fast, but is rapid intensification really becoming more common?

Laura went from a tropical storm to a major hurricane in less than 24 hours, sending coastal residents scrambling to prepare. Hurricanes Harvey and Michael exploded in strength in similar ways.

Chris Slocum, Physical Scientist, NOAA and Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, Colorado State University • conversation
Aug. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change hurricanes sea-surface-temperatures meteorology natural-disasters atmospheric-science oceans wind

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