Environment

In this photo combination, evacuees wade down Tidwell Road in Houston on August 28, 2017, top, as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise, and a car drives down the same road on September 5, bottom, after the water receded.

Zoned for Displacement

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma may have hit white and non-white families alike, but it will be people of color who will have the toughest time getting their homes back, which is by design.

A barbed-wire fence encircles a pit of muddy-looking water and felled trees

The Looming Superfund Nightmare

As unprecedented hurricanes assault coastal U.S. communities, residents and experts fear the storms could unleash contamination the EPA has tried to keep at bay.

A woman on a bicycle drives pass a house destroyed by the earthquake that struck the southern coast of Mexico late on Thursday, in Ixtaltepec, Mexico.

Mexico Desperately Needs a Better Earthquake Alert System

When the earth is about to move, seconds are precious.

Boys wading through knee-high water on a flooded street after Hurricane Irma

More Hurricanes in Southern California and Western Europe? It Could Happen.

Shifts in hemispheric weather patterns may steer tropical systems toward the poles—and to regions that aren’t expecting them.

A little girl surveys the high water levels in Jacksonville after Hurricane Irma recedes.

The Poor in Irma's Path

In two Florida cities, we mapped where low-income communities live, and how they’re affected by flood risks.

A woman looks at her phone in near darkness

Florida's Electric Grid Needs a Wholesale Reboot

Hurricane Irma has laid waste to the state's electricity, affecting more than 10 million people. Now what?

A woman stands among planks of wood, walls, and other debris wrecked by Hurricane Harvey

We Need to Get Smarter About Rebuilding After Storms

In an era of unprecedented weather events, infrastructure must be adaptable, resilient, and equitable.

A woman covering her mouth with her jacket as she crosses a bridge in smoggy Missoula, Montana

The West Is on Fire. Get Used to It.

A fire ecologist explains why this summer’s wildfires are so dramatic, and why the West will have to learn to live with a more severe burning season.

Why a Hurricane Like Irma Poses a Particular Challenge to Florida

The storm’s enormous size, spanning both coasts of the state, could slow the rescue and recovery efforts, officials warned on Sunday.

A traffic light dangles from its wire on Simonton Street in downtown Key West, Florida, after Hurricane Wilma

The Storm-Preparedness Tool That Predicts Power Outages

Researchers wanted to forecast potential blackouts across vast spans, not just specific cities.

Cars slowed to a standstill on an elevated highway above trees and water with power lines running parallel

Mapping the Mass Exodus From Florida by Land, Sea, and Sky

Here’s how residents of Miami-Dade County are fleeing the path of Hurricane Irma.

A firefighter battles the Ponderosa Fire east of Oroville, California, in late August.

Why the West Is Burning

Despite a wet winter, wildfires have spiraled out of control.

An illustration of a bat flying in the night sky

The Cities Swooping in to Save Bats

As the deadly White-Nose Syndrome continues to spread, advocates in Milwaukee, Austin, Detroit, D.C., and more are raising awareness and protecting these much-maligned mammals.

Palm trees blow in the wind and rain

Watch the Damage a Category 5 Hurricane Can Wreak

In Puerto Rico, Florida, and beyond, storms with the force of Hurricane Irma can cause total structural oblivion, smashed trees, and blackouts for weeks or months.

Pedestrians with rain coats and umbrellas stand on a staircase above a flooded street

Mumbai's Floods: A Perfect Storm of Poor Planning

New construction, shoddy drainage, and sluggish action from officials conspire to create deadly conditions during monsoon season.

Customers mill around a produce stall in a covered shed, looking at boxes of tomatoes and squash

What's the Future of the Urban Farmers' Market?

As grocery delivery ramps up, these bastions of local food are no longer offering something quite so unusual. Who is the model serving—and can it survive?

A man waters his plants

How to Solve the Environmental Information Divide

A recent report from the World Resources Institute examines what happens when water quality data is inaccessible to local communities.

Houston's Zoning Wasn't the Problem

With a few tweaks, the city’s relaxed land-use regulations might be an advantage during recovery and rebuilding.

Downtown Houston is flooded in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Released from Jail with Nothing, In the Middle of Hurricane Harvey

As conditions deteriorated, one man claims that jail officials simply released detainees.