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Seven Years After the Storm, Katrina Tours Cause Controversy

While some residents accept these bus tours as part of the city’s new normal, others feel they exploit the disaster without giving back.

Fish on Fridays: Hurricane Sandy, Climate Change, and the Future of Fish

The following piece was originally published by the Center for American Progress. Hurricane Sandy’s terrible toll in lost lives and decimated communities is still being measured. But as we start to sort out the pieces, it’s also worth noting that the storm sent shockwaves through the mid-Atlantic region’s fishing industry. Harbors and infrastructure were pummeled…

Superstorm Sandy Speaks to Preparedness for Climate Disruption

As floodwaters rose in lower Manhattan’s Battery Park, surged down Long Island’s Montauk Highway, and turned Atlantic City, New Jersey into a saltwater lake, Hurricane Sandy appeared to be a preview of the apocalypse. But for a historic, record-breaking storm, Sandy’s toll of death and human loss has thankfully been modest. To be sure, any…

Get Prepped: Hurricane Sandy Edition

Hurricane Sandy (aka “Frankenstorm”) an enormous Category One hurricane is on its way to the eastern seaboard with the potential to be one of the most devastating storms on record. (See also: Hurricane Sandy Could Be One of Most Destructive Storms.) Sandy is a huge: As of this writing, the storm’s strongest hurricane-force winds extend…

An Inside View Of Hurricane Isaac

Young Explorers Grantee Caroline Gerdes has been working in South Louisiana for her Ninth Ward Oral History Project. A Louisiana native, Gerdes explained that weathering Hurricane Isaac, and other hurricanes, is part of coastal life.

Haiti’s Cycle of Calamity

Reporter William Wheeler talks with Haitians and aid workers about the fear of storms and the disastrous connection between cholera, charcoal, deforestation, and floods. By William Wheeler in Haiti This post is part of a special National Geographic news series and initiative on global water issues. Parched and dust-choked, Gonaives is the kind of town…

Video: Space Station Crew Spies Hurricane Earl

NASA today posted video of Hurricane Earl taken by the Expedition 24 crew aboard the International Space Station as the storm—a Category 4 at the time—swirled northeast of Puerto Rico. Partially narrated by an unidentified crew member, the video was shot around 5:30 p.m. ET on August 30 from 218 miles (350 kilometers) above Earth.…

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Experiences Shrinkage

It’s kind of like a wool sweater that’s been put through the dryer. Except the sweater is a hurricane-like storm as wide as three Earths, and the dryer is Jovian climate change. —Image courtesy NASA/JPL/University of Arizona From 1996 to 2006, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot shrank by about 15 percent, according to researchers at the…

GoRVing … on the Moon!

Back in September I had a chance to get inside the Chariot, a prototype of the next-gen lunar rover being designed at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. It’s a pretty wacky concept: Instead of just making a frame with wheels a la the original Apollo moon buggies, NASA is giving the lunar voyagers…

Genesis Rock (Phil Collins Fans Need Not Apply)

It was with a certain amount of glee that I arrived at my aunt’s house near Houston, Texas, a few weeks ago and told her the highlight of my media tour at NASA’s Johnson Space Center was putting on a bunny suit. The incredulous eyebrows were lowered when I explained that this is the playful…

Who Do We Call When There’s a Big Hurricane?

One of the most vivid memories I have of Hurricane Katrina harks back to the morning of August 28, 2005–exactly three years ago today. Turning on the television in my bedroom, I saw the news that a Category Five hurricane was barreling directly toward New Orleans. In almost the same instant I reached for the phone…