Suicide Rates May Rise After Natural Disasters

Content warning: This article discusses suicide and potential risk factors of suicide. Natural disasters can continue to cause pain long after homes have been rebuilt and businesses reopened. According to a recent U.S.-based study, rates of suicide increase somewhat during the first 3 years postdisaster. “These are, in a sense, preventable deaths.” “These […]

2020 weather disasters boosted by climate change: report

The ten costliest weather disasters worldwide this year saw insured damages worth $150 billion, topping the figure for 2019 and reflecting a long-term impact of global warming, according to a report Monday. The same disasters claimed at least 3,500 lives and displaced more than 13.5 million people. From Australia’s out-of-control wildfires in January to a […]

Top 10 Deadliest Natural Disasters in History

Every year, nearly 100,000 people perish in natural disasters — earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, wildfires and droughts — while over 150 million are impacted by them, worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Violent natural disasters have been a fact of human life since the beginning of mankind, but the death counts of […]

Technology and natural hazards clash to create ‘natech’ disasters

In August, a dry lightning storm over California sparked an intense wildfire that raged through communities in the Santa Cruz mountains. After the CZU Lightning Complex Fire was contained, local officials advised some residents returning to their homes to not use the drinking water. Benzene, a known carcinogen, had been detected in the water supply. […]

Australia bushfire inquiry warns ‘compounding disasters’ to come

Australia’s devastating 2019-2020 bushfires killed or displaced nearly three billion animals and cost the economy an estimated US$7 billion Australians should be ready for “compounding” overlapping crises as they face more frequent, costly and severe climate change-worsened disasters, an inquiry into the nation’s recent historic bushfires warned Friday. Following devastating 2019-2020 blazes that killed 33 […]