Natural Disasters

Earth's Sixth Mass Extinction Event Could Happen As Early As 2100

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK Tech

A prominent mathematician has closely analysed the Earth’s five previous mass extinction events and found that a sixth is just around the corner. Ov...

Dominica 'Has Lost All That Money Can Buy' After Being Devastated By Hurricane Maria

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK

Dominica has “lost all that money can buy”, the country’s prime minister has said after the nation was hit by Hurricane Maria. Roosevelt Skerrit...

Mother Trapped In Hurricane Irma's Wake Accuses Boris Of 'Abandoning' Brits

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK

A British mother-of-two trapped in the Caribbean after hurricane Irma has hit out at Boris Johnson, saying he has “abandoned” British citizens whi...

End Of The Earth: Will Trump’s Climate Change Denial Be Tested?

The Huffington Post | Dawn Kelly | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK

Extreme weather-related disasters aren’t new but they are on the increase. Globally, the number of climate-related disasters has more than tripled s...

Everything We Know As Hurricane Irma Batters Florida

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK

Summary: Hurricane Irma hits Florida Keys on Sunday Hurricane upgraded to a Category 4 storm, with winds of 130 miles per hour recorded, but later ...

Climate Change Denier Who Mocked Hurricane Irma Has To Evacuate To Escape It

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK

A climate change denier, who mocked the threat of Hurricane Irma, has had to evacuate his Florida home to get out of its way. Right-wing radio show ho...

It's Not Just Film Stars In Paradise - How You Can Help True Victims Of Hurricane Irma

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK

Hurricane Irma - the strongest Atlantic Ocean hurricane ever recorded - has killed 14 people and left thousands more with nothing as it tears its way ...

Why I Put My Trust In Strangers?

Memuna Forna | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK
Memuna Forna

Sierra Leone stumbles and falls from one extreme horror to another - war, disease, and natural disaster. We are one of the poorest countries in the world, with the world's worst mother and child mortality rate. Our people are intimately aware of the daily cruelty of terrible poverty. But if those who experience the worst of all this are yet to lose their humanity, I have no right to either.

'We Thought We Were Safe': Up To 30,000 Texans Could End Up In Shelters

HuffPost | James Martin | Posted 29.08.2017 | UK

KATY, Texas ― Like most residents of her suburban neighborhood just west of Houston, Deresharee Laracuente didn’t leave ahead of Harvey’s landfa...

Incredible Images Appear To Show Bull Shark Washed Up By Cyclone Flood Waters

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK

Here in the UK we’re used to the occasional old trolley or traffic cone getting washed up by flood waters - but Australia takes it to another level....

Disasters - How Volunteers Support Emergency Services

Iain Cooper | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK
Iain Cooper

The darkest moments came on Wednesday, when it became clear that the search was no longer for survivors. At this moment, the brave men and women who had been working solidly for days, began to struggle.

'Up To 30 Dead' After Avalanche Buries Hotel In Italy

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK

The bodies of three victims have reportedly been recovered in Italy after an avalanche buried a hotel, leading to fears that as many as 30 people may ...

An Open Letter To Every World Leader (and President-Elect)

Nick Compton | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Nick Compton

We can all just take a breather for a moment and collect ourselves. Rest assured that as 2016 sits in the corner there, moping about under it's emo fringe, it's parents are on their way to take them home. Don't panic. Day 1 of 2017 though! There are so many possibilities! We could all go sky diving! Or we could take up volunteering! (that probably wouldn't be a half-bad idea for some of you - not naming any names but everyone's looking at you, Trump!)

The Never-Ending Flood Debate

Louis Sherman | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Louis Sherman

We therefore need to look at a far more holistic approach where flood management, climate change, communities and development are looked at as one and inter-linking. This simple development could start to create real change in flood-effected societies and how government prepares areas to flooding.

Newsreader Gives Absolute Masterclass In Keeping Cool During New Zealand Earthquake Broadcast

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK

A newsreader gave a masterclass in keeping cool under pressure when she kept broadcasting despite her studio being rocked by a massive earthquake. Vic...

Resilience - A True Story

Unni Krishnan | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK
Unni Krishnan

We walk along corridors past men, women and children sleeping on the floor. The storm has blown the roof away from the buildings in the school complex, there are cracks on the walls. One young man steps in to one partly damaged building as people wait anxiously outside.

Is The World Making True Progress In Disaster Preparedness?

Louis Sherman | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Louis Sherman

Today we see Haiti ripped apart even more so than ever before, and now we must look to how future preparedness schemes across the world could halt such tragedies as those happening in Haiti happening to any other countries ever again into the future.

Hurricane Matthew In Haiti: We Must Leave No One Behind

Aleema Shivji | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK
Aleema Shivji

Seeing the images of Haiti devastated by Hurricane Matthew moves me and gives me a feeling of déjà vu. I have been lucky enough to work in Haiti over several years and loved my time spent alongside some incredible Haitians. But it also brings back memories of facing a terrible disaster...

World Humanitarian Summit: Drowning ... In Silence

Helen Morton | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Politics
Helen Morton

The image of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler washed ashore on a Turkish beach, is one of the most resonant of our times. A picture that changed the pi...

Rebuilding Nepal After Devastating Earthquake

Chris Bain | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK
Chris Bain

Kamala Thalea lost her son, two daughters and her mother when a devastating earthquake hit Nepal one year ago. She said, "My family and old life are gone now, I only have my eldest daughter left with me."

A Huge Earthquake Has Left Dozens Dead In Ecuador

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 17.04.2016 | UK

Dozens of people have died after Ecuador was hit by the strongest earthquake in decades - and the death toll is continuing to rise. The quake is belie...

A Year of Pain but Some Progress

Louis Sherman | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Louis Sherman

I believe people are starting to come together, and considering there are 7 billion of us it will always take more than a year. We all have different views, and rightly so, but surely we must all agree that a world focussed on progressing forward and away from hate should always be a slightly better one?

'Muslims for Humanity': A Journey From Pakistan to Cumbria

Wadood Ahmad Daud | Posted 17.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Wadood Ahmad Daud

I have fond memories of Pakistan. Still fresh to me are the rich fragrances of its aromatic food, the heat of a beautiful spring morning and the unquantifiable potential of its people. In many ways it has all the ingredients to become a heaven on earth.

Paris Climate Talks: Generations Will Judge Us on the Road We Now Choose

Barry Gardiner | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Politics
Barry Gardiner

The road to the Paris climate talks has been paved across decades. And as leaders convene in the capital today, they'd do well to look to those campaigners - past and present - whose resolve, courage and vision has roused the world to reach this moment.

Rain Rain Go Away... Dealing With Stormy Weather After Surviving a Natural Disaster

Ella Robson | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ella Robson

Recovery is a journey, as cheesy as that sounds... and the recent weather has reminded me of how possible it is to overcome things, no matter how horrible things get... it's human nature to grow, to try our hardest to move forward and we should certainly celebrate every success (no matter how small...