A Musical Tribute to Louisiana's Lost Coast

A new data viz, set to a brass band score, tracks 78 years of the state’s submergence.


The Raging Future of American Wildfires

The risk of major blazes could increase 600 percent by mid-century, say scientists.

The Drought Isn't Just a California Problem

A rundown of other Western states in the middle of serious dry spells.

The Piano That Can't Play a Tune

How the restoration of Fats Domino’s Steinway grand piano reflects the trajectory of post-Katrina New Orleans.


10 Years Later, There's So Much We Don't Know About Where Katrina Survivors Ended Up

An incomplete picture of displacement and return in New Orleans, in maps.

How Katrina Turned a Psychiatrist Into a Coroner

The aftermath of the hurricane left New Orleans reeling—and Jeffery Rouse with an unexpected, unconventional career.

What Does That Air Pollution Reading Actually Mean?

Share My Air converts air quality data into more relatable terms, like the equivalent number of cigarettes smoked.


Be a Weather Hero by Photographing the World's Newest Cloud

You could become the official face of “asperitas,” the first novel cloud type identified since 1951.

Life After Hurricane Katrina

Ten years later, a new study shows optimism among residents in New Orleans, but also persistent divides.

A Housing Crisis Amid Tens of Thousands of Abandoned Homes

Ten years after Katrina, many New Orleans residents struggle to find an affordable place to live even though the city is full of vacant properties.

A Very Early Yet Highly Accurate Guide to This Coming Winter

Will California get some drought relief? Should everyone in Boston move? All your questions answered.

Once Dead, London’s Thames River Is Now Teeming With Marine Mammals

There are seals, porpoises, and even a whale or two.

Mapping Where California Is on Fire

Wildfires have already scorched 117,960 acres of land across the state.

Google Wants to Help You Install Solar Rooftop Panels

The tech giant’s new tool, Project Sunroof, tells you how much sun you get and how much money you could save.

Urban Grime Can Contribute to Air Pollution

Researchers say it spurts ozone-causing chemicals into the environment.


The Link Between Green Space and Well-Being Isn't As Simple As We Thought

What does it mean for public health officials?

Satellites Spot the Tianjin Explosion's Foul, Brown Cloud

The disaster has sent a noxious plume floating over the sea.

How Portable Air Sensors Are Changing Pollution Detection

The new generation of tools could revolutionize air quality measures for city residents and governments alike.


Mapping How Much Arctic Ice Has Disappeared in the Last 20 Years

In one terrifying GIF.

A Rare Albino Raccoon Surfaces in a West Virginia Dumpster

Some people say finding one is less likely than getting hit by lightning.