What Happens To Wildlife After A Tsunami?

After a magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck Chile yesterday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Panama. While it's still too early to know how the wildlife along that stretch of Pacific coastline fared - let alone how our own species fared - we can look to previous… » 4/02/14 11:31am 4/02/14 11:31am

Map: How Hollywood Has Destroyed America

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How many times have you seen New York City destroyed onscreen? Los Angeles? Kansas? For nearly as long as there have been movies, there have been disaster movies. The map above shows 189+ such cinematic attacks—using a very broad definition of the "disaster" genre—that have afflicted various parts of the United States.… » 3/19/14 2:50pm 3/19/14 2:50pm

New research suggests geohacking would be a catastrophically bad idea

In order to get our warming climate under control, some forward thinkers say we should deploy any number of geoengineering schemes. But as the latest computer models show, these efforts would not only be futile — they'd probably result in a complete disaster. » 2/25/14 2:40pm 2/25/14 2:40pm

Japan's radioactive water is about to reach North American shores

The Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami may have struck three years ago, but radioactive water from Japan's beleaguered Fukushima nuclear power plant is now being detected near Canada's West Coast. Scientists will be monitoring North American shores for the next two months, but projections point to good news. » 2/25/14 9:00am 2/25/14 9:00am

This lost satellite could trigger a deadly Gravity-style debris field

Envisat is a dead 8,100 pound satellite that scientists now say is at high risk of triggering a catastrophic cloud of cascading space junk similar to the one portrayed in Gravity. » 2/20/14 4:00pm 2/20/14 4:00pm

Could a juiced-up particle accelerator destroy the Earth?

One of the world's largest particle colliders is about to undergo upgrades that will make it considerably more powerful than it is now. The ensuing experiments will once again take us into uncharted scientific waters, prompting critics to warn of a potential catastrophe — one powerful enough to destroy our entire… » 2/13/14 9:00am 2/13/14 9:00am

Once we start geohacking, we won't be able to stop

Desperate times call for desperate measures, which is why geoengineering could save the world from the catastrophic effects of climate change. But a new study suggests that once we get started we won't be able to stop — and that a sudden halt to our geoengineering efforts could be worse than never doing it in the first … » 11/28/13 12:30pm 11/28/13 12:30pm

Tragic Photographs of Disasters that Occurred Before 1920

We're used to photos and video footage of disasters almost as soon as they happen, but the relative permanence of these disaster photographs forces us to truly reflect on the destruction and tragedy that once occurred, even though it all happened decades ago. » 9/08/13 1:00pm 9/08/13 1:00pm

Breathtaking and Horrifying Images of Nature's Destructive Power

There's nothing more terrible to witness than a huge natural disaster. When the elements turn against us, it's the ultimate reminder that we're not in control over this planet as much as we like to believe. Here are some beautiful, harrowing images of nature's destructive fury. » 8/08/13 3:25pm 8/08/13 3:25pm

Could nuclear disarmament actually increase our chance of an…

Most everyone agrees that humanity needs to get rid of its nuclear weapons. It's only through complete relinquishment that we can eliminate the threat of deliberate or accidental nuclear war and the ongoing problem of proliferation. But at the same time, a strong case can be made that these apocalyptic weapons have… » 12/18/12 11:30am 12/18/12 11:30am

The Bayou Corne Sinkhole: A massive oil and gas disaster you’ve…

Earlier this spring, residents of a rural community in Louisiana's Assumption Parish noticed mysterious bubbles rising to the surface in some bayous. Shortly thereafter, a series of small earthquakes shook the area, prompting state officials to investigate. But in Early August, the ground suddenly opened up and gave… » 12/12/12 12:40pm 12/12/12 12:40pm