Here's Why This Year's Cold Winter Doesn't "Disprove" Climate Change

The latest scientific report on the state of climate change spells out a warmer, doom-filled future, yet for many, this has been the coldest winter in recent memory. Unfortunately, weather isn't climate, and a regional cold winter isn't a counter-argument to decades of data. » 4/07/14 4:30pm 4/07/14 4:30pm

Hazard, Risk, and the Steelhead Landslide in Washington

On March 22nd, a massive landslide buried a town in the state of Washington. It is the most deadly landslide within the United States in a decade, and we knew it could happen. Living in the path of impending catastrophe is a choice we all make daily, but that doesn't make it easy. » 3/26/14 1:59pm 3/26/14 1:59pm

Water On Earth: Floods, Droughts And Prediction

Today is World Water Day, a time to think about how water interacts with the environment. Too much water leads to floods and landslides; too little water results in droughts. Better predictions of when either situation is going to occur will reduce risk through better disaster preparation, in turn making everyone safer … » 3/22/14 7:19pm 3/22/14 7:19pm

Strange Snapshots Of Police and Emergency Services From the Past

Over the past century, our methods for fighting crime and responding to emergencies have changed dramatically. These photographs of early police and emergency responder forces capture another age, whose sometimes absurd and sometimes amazing practices are long gone. » 9/25/13 3:32pm 9/25/13 3:32pm

7.7 magnitude quake in Pakistan just created a new island

A massive, 7.7 magnitude quake struck south-central Pakistan on Tuesday afternoon local time. The USGS warns that there will high casualties and economic losses, requiring international response. Seismologists have also confirmed that the quake raised a new island, about 30-40 feet high, off the coast. » 9/24/13 9:50am 9/24/13 9:50am