Thousands evacuated as Hurricane Willa descends on Mexico

Thousands of people were evacuated, buildings boarded up and classes canceled on Mexico's Pacific coast as Hurricane Willa threatened to batter tourist resorts with high winds and heavy rains on Tuesday.

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Hurricane Michael hit the parts of Florida least prepared to flee its wrath

What's really scary is that as climate change brings fiercer storms, more places must learn to prepare for disaster.

Hurricane Michael’s remarkable, terrifying run

The storm shocked forecasters by rapidly intensifying, then it remained strong for hours after landfall.

Housing damage from Hurricane Harvey will cost $2 billion more, study says

Using new methodology that includes flood maps and hydraulic modeling, scientists and flood engineers worked with the city to find out which parts of Houston are still struggling post-Harvey, and what it'll take to help residents recover.

In defense of politicizing hurricanes

There’s nothing wrong with tying unfolding tragedies to climate change.

The sudden, shocking growth of Hurricane Michael

In little more than a day, a Category 1 storm became a “worst-case scenario” Category 4.

How to talk about hurricanes now

Hurricane Michael isn't a truly "natural disaster."

Jeff Goodall: Can civilization survive what’s coming?

The new IPCC report on climate change will fill you with existential dread — rightfully so

Climate change will get worse. These investors are betting on it

There’s money to be made in seawalls, indoor agriculture, and emergency housing.

Restrict building among solutions NC leaders offer to save coast and inland communities

We posed this question about climate change, sea level rise and coastal development to Vivian Howard, Pat McCrory, Mark Vitner, Lynn Good, Catherine Lawson and other NC Influencers.

IPCC 1.5 degree report points to high stakes of climate inaction

The UN's scientific body on climate change says the world could still stay below 1.5 degrees of warming. Although impacts at 2 degrees are likely to be more serious than anticipated, political action remains elusive.

Army Corps set to propose hurricane protection plan for Houston

For years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has studied how best to protect Houston from deadly hurricane storm surge. It will announce which one it thinks is best later this month.

Could Smithfield Foods have prevented the “rivers of hog waste” in North Carolina after Florence?

The pinkish, putrescent, rurally-located lagoons have been a source of concern for decades. Did the largest pig and pork producer in the world fail to secure them?

Old age, neglect and a changing climate are rendering US dams dangerous

Annapolis, Md.—DJ Buckley spent most of his afternoon on Aug. 3 picking up branches and debris out of the Annapolis Harbor.

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Melanie Gall, Brian J. Gerber: Relaxed environmental regulations heighten risk during natural disasters

The damage to coal ash sites from Hurricane Florence demonstrates how a community's vulnerability to natural disasters is closely linked to how stringent environmental regulations are.
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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

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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.

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.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

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