As feared, North Carolina flooding brought on by Hurricane Florence killed dozens and threatened the water supply with overflowing coal ash ponds, lagoons full of livestock waste, and raw sewage.   Now comes the tricky task of testing and cleaning up, says Rachel Noble, a…

While the Philippines braces for the worst ahead of Super Typhoon Mankhut, a massive storm the BBC says threatens more than 5 million, Hurricane Florence's assault on the US East Coast is underway.  

Hurricane Florence’s torrential rains are set to pummel the US East Coast this week in a potentially-historic storm—and that could set off a public health nightmare, contaminating drinking water with overflowed toxic waste and manure.

Sheri Fink’s heartbreaking account of how Hurricane Harvey overwhelmed Houston's emergency response services brings home the urgent need to discuss and draw lessons from the storm.   In riveting detail, she describes how the breakdown unfolded, and how a series of decisions…

CAPE TOWN—With a dozen empty plastic water jugs slung over her shoulders, Rukayah Salie hurries across a busy road in Muizenberg just outside of Cape Town, South Africa and joins the thirsty Capetonians queued up to collect free, clean drinking water from the roadside tap…

The rains subsided today, but rescue workers are still at work in Kerala, India, following the area’s worst flooding in nearly a century.  

People still think of India’s Bhopal tragedy, when 40 tons of a toxic gas spewed from the Union Carbide factory, as one tragic night in December 1984, writes Apoorva Mandavilli—but the disaster is still unfolding.   The leak, Mandavilli writes, divided Bhopal’s residents…

As the world holds its breath for the boys trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand, more boys were freed in a second rescue operation. As of 8:00 a.m. EST this morning, CNN reported that a total of 8 boys had been brought out, leaving 5 boys and their coach still to be…

Attacks on healthcare services are a cruel reality of today's violent conflicts.

A gunman killed 5 people yesterday in Annapolis, Maryland at the Capital Gazette newspaper. Our hearts go out to the families and victims of America’s continuing tragedy of gun violence.