After a record 22 billion-dollar disasters in 2020, it's time to overhaul US disaster policy – here's how

NOAA released its list of climate and weather disasters that cost the nation more than $1 billion each. Like many climate and weather events this past year, it shattered the record.

Deb Niemeier, Clark Distinguished Chair and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland • conversation
Jan. 8, 2021 ~11 min

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After a record 22 billion-dollar disasters in 2020, it's time to make US disaster policy more effective and equitable – here's how

NOAA released its list of climate and weather disasters that cost the nation more than $1 billion each. Like many climate and weather events this past year, it shattered the record.

Deb Niemeier, Clark Distinguished Chair and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland • conversation
Jan. 8, 2021 ~11 min

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Overshadowed by COVID: the deadly extreme weather of 2020

Many storms, heatwaves, fires and droughts slipped under the radar this year.

Wilson Chan, PhD Researcher in Drought Risk, University of Reading • conversation
Dec. 30, 2020 ~7 min

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The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was a record-breaker, and it's raising more concerns about climate change

There were so many tropical storms in 2020, forecasters exhausted the list of names and started using Greek letters. And that's only one reason 2020 was extreme.

Allison Wing, Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Florida State University • conversation
Nov. 30, 2020 ~8 min

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The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was a record-smasher – and it's raising more concerns about climate change

There were so many tropical storms in 2020, forecasters exhausted the list of names and started using Greek letters. And that's only one reason 2020 was extreme.

Allison Wing, Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Florida State University • conversation
Nov. 30, 2020 ~8 min

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Scientists at work: Sloshing through marshes to see how birds survive hurricanes

Birds found along the Gulf Coast have evolved to ride out hurricanes and tropical storms. But with development degrading the marshes where they live, it's getting harder for them to bounce back.

Mark Woodrey, Assistant Research Professor, Mississippi State University • conversation
Oct. 28, 2020 ~9 min

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What makes hurricanes stall, and why is that so hard to forecast?

Hurricane stalling has become common over the past half-century, and their average forward speed has also slowed.

Kimberly Wood, Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Mississippi State University • conversation
Sept. 24, 2020 ~6 min

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What makes hurricanes stall, and why is it so hard to forecast?

Hurricane stalling has become common over the past half-century, and their average forward speed has also slowed.

Kimberly Wood, Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Mississippi State University • conversation
Sept. 24, 2020 ~6 min

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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

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Why do some hurricanes stall, and why is that so hard to forecast?

Hurricane stalling has become common over the past half-century, and their average forward speed has also slowed.

Kimberly Wood, Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Mississippi State University • conversation
Sept. 24, 2020 ~6 min

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