SARS-CoV-2 is far from one of a kind. Bats alone carry some 3,200 coronavirus strains that could reach humans, and climate change is making that increasingly likely.

A decade ago, Haiti’s devastating earthquake was followed up with a cholera outbreak that caught the country completely off guard.   Where did it start? At a now-infamous “Minustah” UN base, from which sick peacekeepers’ waste flowed into a key river.   While the key to…

Many Puerto Ricans slept outside last night and woke up today to a second day without electricity after a series of recent tremors that included a 6.4 earthquake yesterday that killed one and displaced 750, Reuters reports.

Sydney was cloaked in an “apocalyptic” haze yesterday as bushfire smoke overtook the city amid weeks of wildfires in the region. One nearby “megafire” is as big as the city itself, VICE News reports.  

Stalling for a day over the northwest Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian has unleashed a storm surge that brought water to the second floors of buildings, trapping people in attics and killing at least 5 people, reports AP via the Tampa Bay Times.  “We are in the midst of a…

The Houston-Galveston coast is critically vulnerable to storms that could impact millions and cause untold damage. So, Texas engineers are studying the Netherlands’ 2,300-mile Delta Works system.  The Dutch are experts in flood control with centuries of dike and canal…

Two years after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the territory has seen a major decline in abortions—possibly a consequence of a family planning care system left in tatters long after the storm.

Heavy rainfall threatens thousands of Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh with flooding and landslides, UNICEF reported yesterday.  

Boys as young as 10 are entering the illegal gay sex trade to survive in cash-strapped Zimbabwe. Decades of corruption economically marred the country, which has recently been further crippled by Cyclone Idai. Now, the Social Welfare Department estimates some 4,700…

Cyclone Kenneth hit Mozambique just weeks after Cyclone Idai killed over 600 people. The dual strikes have left thousands without adequate health care but the most critical group may be pregnant and new mothers.   An estimated 10,000 pregnant women live in areas where…