After 2 hurricanes, Lake Charles fears its cries for help have gone unheard

The city was shredded by Hurricanes Laura and Delta. But the needs of Lake Charles have been overlooked in a year of disaster and unrest.
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As wildfire smoke permeates even indoors, is government doing enough to respond?

There is a global effort to understand what's in tiny bits of wildfire ash, and what they can do to human bodies and the environment.


With climate change intensifying extreme weather events, can at-risk minority communities rely on the police to keep them safe?

Four experts discuss the options to prepare for crisis response—defund the police, reform police practices, or look to communities of color to protect themselves.

How UNICEF redesigned its tents to be ready for a changing world

The tents are used in emergencies around the world, but as extreme weather becomes more common, they needed to be able to withstand a wide variety of conditions.

How a doctor and a reverend on Oahu became climate warriors

The two are taking new approaches to their work in the face of climate change.  

As disasters multiply, billions in recovery funds go unspent

The slow pace of government aid has left Americans more vulnerable to Hurricane Dorian and other storms. Climate change is making the problem worse.

We need to radically rethink our approach to disaster recovery. Here's one solution

A pilot project in Texas is trying to rebuild homes in months instead of years.

Trump repeats misleading claim on aid to Puerto Rico as Dorian heads its way

President Trump repeated a false claim on the amount of aid approved for Puerto Rico as Tropical Storm Dorian heads its way.

Texas Senate unanimously approves trio of disaster relief bills

The upper chamber cast three, 31-0 votes on Wednesday to approve disaster recovery and preparedness legislation that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick named a top priority.

Trump never filed order to halt wildfire relief funds, FEMA says

"We never got any such directive," FEMA confirms, contradicting the president.

Most Gulf Power customers back on the grid, but work continues

Panhandle utility company Gulf Power hit its goal of restoring electric service to 95 percent of its customers who can safely receive power by Oct. 24, but the company said there's plenty of work to be done to get the few remaining ratepayers back on the grid.


FEMA blamed delays in Puerto Rico on Maria; agency records tell another story

Internal documents show FEMA failed to get enough supplies to Puerto Rico before the storm and then scrambled to supply them after. Democrats in Congress call for an independent commission.

The wild logistical ride of the Ebola vaccine's high-tech thermos

The hardest part of deploying a new Ebola vaccine is teaching people what it’s for. The second hardest part is getting it to them.

FEMA Had a Plan for Responding to a Hurricane in Puerto Rico — But It Doesn’t Want You to See It — ProPublica

The disaster-relief agency, under fire after Hurricane Maria, won’t release the plan, even as a comparable document for Hawaii remains public. -Justin Elliott and Decca Muldowney, ProPublica
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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

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