As homeowners rebuild after wildfires, they have the opportunity to use fire-resistant building materials to help protect their new homes and their communities. But most states don't require rebuilding with these materials, leaving communities vulnerable to future harm.
This year's Atlantic hurricane season is the most hyperactive since 2005, the only other time there have been enough named tropical systems to force the use of Greek names. That winter, most of the country saw milder-than-average temperatures.
Business interruption losses accounted for 60% of cyber insurance claims in the past five years, in large part because companies now rely so heavily on software, online platforms and digital processes.
Blackened acres do not tell the whole story about the effects of fires on humans. A 50,000-acre fire in a wilderness area has fewer direct impacts on the population than, for instance, the 3,200-acre Almeda Fire that destroyed 2,357 residences in Southern Oregon.
The U.S. communications regulator will allow a growing number of wireless devices to use part of a spectrum previously set aside for vehicles to communicate with each other, a decision that the Transportation Department warned could result in “thousands of accidents.”
In 2019 alone, tornadoes were responsible for about $3.1 billion in economic damage across the country. They can turn whole neighborhoods into what looks like piles of popsicle sticks and kill about 70 people every year. And they typically come with less than 15 minutes warning.