Environment

Why Some Home Prices Rebound Quickly After a Forest Fire

A ruined view following a wildfire affects property values, but only because it's a painful reminder of risk, economists find.

A crane in front of a destroyed house.

On Long Island, Failure to Absorb Sandy’s Lessons

Six years after Sandy hit New York killing 43 people and destroying numerous homes, waterfront development in the region continues with scant attention to cohesive storm-mitigation strategy.

Reconstructing Hurricane Harvey to Find Its Overlooked Victims

Will Houston’s data-driven approach help it distribute recovery funds more fairly?

Slogan projected on the Eiffel Tower for World Climate Change Conference

What Local Climate Actions Would Have the Greatest Impact

In light of even more dire news about our warming planet, leading thinkers tell us the one thing cities and states could do to cut emissions significantly—and fast.

Venice flood waters

Here Are the Mediterranean Sites That Will Be Swallowed by the Sea

Coastal erosion and flooding are threatening ancient cities from Tunisia to Italy.

Aerial view of narrow strips of land divided by water, some with houses on them.

The Dutch Can’t Save Us From Rising Seas

Dutch engineers are renowned for their ability to keep cities dry. But their approach doesn’t necessarily translate to an American context.

A fleet of electric vehicles in Pittsburgh.

The Grim State of Electric Vehicle Adoption in the U.S.

Plugging in cars and trucks will be critical to averting climate catastrophe, according to the IPCC. How far has the U.S. come?

Aerial view of mobile homes damaged by a hurricane.

Before-and-After Photos of Michael’s Destruction

NOAA images reveal the storm’s brutal, but uneven, impact on the Florida Panhandle.

A man wipes his forehead in a park on a hot summer day.

Climate Change Might Be Bad for Your Mental Health, Too

Average monthly highs above 86 degrees Fahrenheit increase the probability of mental-health issues, a new study finds.

The eye of a hurricane

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 America Fails at Communicating Flood Risks

We have good data about flood risks. The challenge is getting it to people when they need it, in a way that’s useful.

Adults and children explore an urban play-garden.

A City That Takes Climate Change Seriously: Paris

The French capital, under Mayor Anne Hidalgo, could be a model for how cities can mitigate and plan for climate change. But change has not come easily.

High waves triggered by Typhoon Jebi are seen at a fishing port in western Japan.

Climate Change Is Testing Asia’s Megacities

Even the largest, most advanced cities are vulnerable to the intensifying storms in the Pacific Ocean.

A young boy closes his eyes and winces as he receives a shot.

Big Cities Have Longer Flu Seasons, While Small Cities Have More Intense Ones

New research reveals how city size and density affect the transmission of the flu virus.

First Came the Hurricane. Now Come the Mosquitoes.

Heavy rains and flooding create ideal conditions for swarms. For public health officials, the focus is on curbing the potential for viruses to spread.

Indonesian tsunami damage

Can We Detect Tsunamis Before It’s Too Late?

Even the world’s best system “is really not a technological solution to the problem of a near-field tsunami.”

The Toxins of Camden

It wafts and weaves through the struggling industrial city, disproportionately affecting its public school students.

Aerial view of ships on the MIssissippi River and refineries on the riverbanks.

Why Mayors Are Rallying Around the Mississippi River

For communities from Minnesota to Louisiana, the Mississippi is the source of increasing problem flooding, but it’s also the key to a clean water supply and a healthy economy.

A raccoon perches on a park trash can at night.

Night of the Living Synanthropes

Raccoons, rats, and pigeons have adapted to live in close proximity to humans. What if we tried to understand their world instead of writing them off as pests?

A man stands on a railway bridge to check the level of a flooded river.

Mapping Where Environmental Justice Is Most Threatened in the Carolinas

Eight places have long been vulnerable—and without them, we may not have the language, knowledge, and tools to fight environmental injustice in the age of climate change.

A man sits facing a flooded parking lot and apartment buildings on the other side.

The Black Communities That Have Fought for Their Right to Exist in the Carolinas

The African-American families embroiled in litigation against toxic animal-feeding operations join a long history of black communities fighting for the right to their health in the Carolinas.