Another Consequence of Climate Change: More Disease-Spreading Mosquitoes
As severe storms become more frequent and temperatures rise, public-health experts are concerned about the increased potential for transmission of vector-born illnesses like Zika and West Nile.
North Carolina's Environmental History Is Littered With Racial Injustice
In Duplin County, residents have suffered as a result of their proximity to animal feeding operations, and that is only being exacerbated by the fallout from Hurricane Florence.
Dispatches: Five Essential Reads From the Past Week
A collection of some of our most important and timely stories, from a feature on California's troubling oil industry to a look at how Hurricane Florence could have destroyed important historical records.
After Florence, North Carolina Must Rebuild Vulnerable Beaches Once Again
These projects replenish the same areas again and again, and disproportionately benefit wealthy owners of seaside lots.
Has Hurricane Florence Destroyed Records of America's Slave Trade?
Historical archives housed in universities, courthouses, and local libraries are at heightened risk from flooding and mold.
There's a Sociological Explanation for Why People Rush in to Help Communities Struck By Disaster
"Mass assault" may sound like a felony, but it's actually an exercise in mass healing.
Historic Floodwaters Inundate the Carolinas (in Photos)
Though the storm has passed, flooding and evacuations continue as rivers swell.
The Damage From Hurricane Florence Is Still Growing
An accounting of the ongoing damages, from failing dams to coal-ash ponds.
How Communities Manage Hazards During Natural Disasters
The decisions made when managing a range of hazards are a key factor in a community's vulnerability during storms like Hurricane Florence.
In South Carolina, Hurricane Florence Put the Gullah People's Way of Life in Peril
Many in the community live on land that is classified as "heir's property," a legal condition that leaves it particularly vulnerable, especially in a disaster.
Hurricane Florence Has Already Flooded Pits of Toxic Waste in North Carolina
State agencies and environmental groups have recorded several breached or overflowing hog-waste pits and coal ash ponds—and the floodwaters are still rising.
Coal Ash Leaks Have Been Reported Along Florence's Path Through North Carolina
Concerns arose before Hurricane Florence made landfall about the piles of toxic waste from coal-burning power plants in the storm's path.
As Hurricane Florence Approaches, One South Carolina Inmate Says 'Prisoners Are Extremely Nervous' About Their Safety
Pacific Standard spoke with an inmate in Lee Correctional Institution as he and other prisoners prepared for the storm.
For North Carolina, Hurricane Florence Could Bring a Financial Reckoning
The state has bet against a megastorm for years, but now as Florence bears down on the state it could face a major money shortage to rebuild from the damage.
North Carolina's Hog Waste Problem Has a Long History. Why Wasn't It Solved in Time for Hurricane Florence?
The hog industry is changing, but, as Hurricane Florence hits, history may be doomed to repeat itself.
What Advocates Are Saying About South Carolina's Refusal to Evacuate Prisoners in Hurricane Florence's Path
Prisoners in the hurricane's path will not be evacuated—and many are outraged.
Trump Says the East Coast Is 'Absolutely Prepared' for Hurricane Florence. Is That True?
If recent federal disaster response is any indication, the president's boast is wildly misleading.
As Hurricane Florence Barrels Toward the East Coast, Here Are the Other Storms Threatening Millions Worldwide
Multiple intense storms are moving across the Atlantic and the Pacific, with millions of people in their paths.
Hurricane Florence Is Heading for the East Coast. Who Will Be Affected?
Disasters like this one have been found to disproportionately affect low-income people and people of color.