A Newly Proposed EPA Deregulation Would Quash Any Hope of Protecting What's Left of America's Wetlands
An EPA rollback of Obama-era water protections could be particularly harmful to places like Harris County, which is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.
Urbanization Intensified Hurricane Harvey's Flooding. What Does That Mean for Future Storms?
As more areas of the country are hit with the kind of flooding seen during Harvey, the role of the city will become increasingly important.
What Have We Learned in the Year Since Hurricane Harvey?
One year after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, researchers are just beginning to understand what went wrong.
Officials Finally Acknowledged Hurricane Maria's Higher Death Toll. What Else Did They Get Wrong?
For months, Governor of Puerto Rico Ricardo Rosselló refused to admit his government might have undercounted—and this is not the only spurious claim made since the disaster.
HUD Approves a $5 Billion Hurricane Harvey Disaster Recovery Plan
The recovery plan includes $1.1 billion in aid for home reconstruction, and $1.1 billion each for the City of Houston and Harris County.
America Is Not Ready for Disability Disaster Response in the Coming Hurricane Season
FEMA and the Red Cross talk a good game, but the disability community is skeptical.
The Real Cost of Trump's Negligence in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria is officially the deadliest storm in modern U.S. history—yet it received just a fraction of the aid given to Houston.
Harris County Officials Failed to Implement Their Own Disaster Plan After Hurricane Harvey
Much of the blame for the poor response to the disaster fell on the Red Cross, but Houston-area officials are not exempt from responsibility.
How Urbanism Can Help Houston Recover From Hurricane Harvey
Here are three policies that officials should adopt to help the sprawling city keep housing affordable after a terrible storm.
Disability and Disaster Response in the Age of Climate Change
Meet the people working to fix America's disability disaster response after a year of dire weather.
The Enormous Consequences of America's Catastrophic Weather This Year
Record-breaking droughts, fires, and hurricanes have made the near-term effects of climate change a front-and-center issue across America.
After a Natural Disaster, Some Multi-Level Marketers Profit Handsomely Off Relief Efforts
In the wake of recent hurricanes, multi-level marketers like LuLaRoe have leveraged sellers' networks to peddle products in the name of disaster relief. Little of those sales ever make it to relief organizations.
In Texas, the Red Cross' Weak Post-Harvey Response Yields Harsh Criticism
Once again, there were appeals for donations to the Red Cross. And once again, local officials are saying the charity hasn't delivered.
Can the Gulf Coast's Oil Industry Withstand the Economic Implications of Climate Change?
The devastation Harvey and other storms left behind illuminates just how defenseless oil and gas infrastructure is in the face of hurricanes that are growing in magnitude and frequency.
A Look at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Efforts After Hurricane Harvey
Wildlife rehabilitators rescued numerous species after the storm, from common animals like beavers and deer to rarer wildlife like alligator snapping turtles.
No, We Should Not Involuntarily Commit the Homeless During Hurricanes
Only a broken system locks up homeless people to keep them safe.
What Harvey and Irma Taught Us About Using Social Media in Emergency Response
Updating best practices in the aftermath of relief efforts can take years to coordinate. But emergency responders are finding that social media is an effective component for relief efforts.
After Harvey, Houston Hopes to Finally Convince Congress to Fund a Coastal Barrier
Mayor Sylvester Turner gave his strongest endorsement to date for constructing a physical coastal barrier to protect the region from deadly storm surge.
What Do Harvey and Irma Mean for America's Opioid Emergency?
Trump's commission on addiction recommended last month that he declare opioid overdoses a national emergency. With the U.S. sustaining two major hurricanes in just a few weeks, is that still a good idea?
'I Don't Expect the Season to Be Done': A Hurricane Expert on What's Still to Come
Pacific Standard spoke with a hurricane forecasting expert on this record-breaking storm season and what might still be in store.