Our planet’s oceans and ice face trouble due to climate change.
Nuclear meltdowns are very rare but dangerous. Read about how nuclear reactors work and what causes a meltdown.
Explore this site to find out how to prepare for all kinds of disasters, from drought to winter storms.
Half a century ago, fallout shelters were everywhere. One of these well-stocked little bunkers, meant to protect people from the fallout of an atomic bomb, is now part of history.
With hurricane season well under way, communities proactively plan in hopes of minimizing damage.
Thousands of citizens living in poverty are left homeless after a fire burns hundreds of shanties in Bangladesh.
Southern Californians question what is to come after several earthquakes have them bracing for “The Big One.”
Learn about how a variation on a game of “fetch” can save lives.
Lightning flashes about four million times a day around the world, causing power outages and starting fires. Read about this powerful, fearful natural phenomenon and how people deal with it.
Hundreds of people gather to pray as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is engulfed in flames.
People reflect on what was lost during the tornadoes that ripped through Alabama, while organizing and planning to move forward.
Even the smallest act of kindness can make a difference to someone who has suffered a natural disaster. Find inspiration in the examples described here.
The weather extremes associated with our rapidly changing climate sometimes seem paradoxical. Here’s the explanation for how global warming can put some locations into a deep freeze.
Anytime there’s a disaster in the United States, you’re sure to hear the acronym FEMA. Find out what this government agency does—and doesn’t—do.
Do you think you know what to do during an earthquake, a tornado, or a hurricane? Many people still think these six common myths are true. Learn why they’re untrue and what you should actually do instead during these disasters.
Find out about the range of recent extreme weather events worldwide.
While still a teenager, Boyan Slat of the Netherlands founded the Ocean Cleanup to address the environmental disaster of plastic marine debris. Now one of his ideas is being put into action. But will it work?
Long after the storm has subsided, the devastating effects of a powerful hurricane can linger.
Man-made disasters are entirely preventable. Watch this video to find out why the warning signs of a deadly chain of events in 20th-century Italy were ignored.
A diaspora is a scattering of people who all originally came from the same place. See some examples of how the lives of people scattered by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina have changed.