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.
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.
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.
These projects replenish the same areas again and again, and disproportionately benefit wealthy owners of seaside lots.
Historical archives housed in universities, courthouses, and local libraries are at heightened risk from flooding and mold.
"Mass assault" may sound like a felony, but it's actually an exercise in mass healing.
Though the storm has passed, flooding and evacuations continue as rivers swell.
An accounting of the ongoing damages, from failing dams to coal-ash ponds.
The decisions made when managing a range of hazards are a key factor in a community's vulnerability during storms like Hurricane Florence.
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.
State agencies and environmental groups have recorded several breached or overflowing hog-waste pits and coal ash ponds—and the floodwaters are still rising.
Concerns arose before Hurricane Florence made landfall about the piles of toxic waste from coal-burning power plants in the storm's path.
Pacific Standard spoke with an inmate in Lee Correctional Institution as he and other prisoners prepared for the storm.
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.
The hog industry is changing, but, as Hurricane Florence hits, history may be doomed to repeat itself.
Prisoners in the hurricane's path will not be evacuated—and many are outraged.
If recent federal disaster response is any indication, the president's boast is wildly misleading.
Multiple intense storms are moving across the Atlantic and the Pacific, with millions of people in their paths.
Disasters like this one have been found to disproportionately affect low-income people and people of color.