Statewide death toll rises to 31
By David Brown, 12 November 2018
Social infrastructure, including fire departments, have been starved of funds for decades as trillions of dollars have been funneled into the bank accounts of the rich.
By David Brown, 10 November 2018
Driven by heavy winds, three major fires broke out Thursday across California, one of which destroyed the northern town of Paradise.
By Bryan Dyne, 1 November 2018
The latest Living Planet Report demonstrates the far-reaching implications of human activity on both the climate and the degradation of the natural environment.
By Patrick Martin, 16 October 2018
President Trump’s visit to the devastated area Monday was a cynical and empty display, under conditions where there will be little federal aid to rebuild the region.
By Kate Randall, 13 October 2018
Mexico Beach, Florida, known for its pristine beaches, fishing and boating, now resembles a war zone, with 95 percent of its structures uninhabitable.
By Daniel de Vries, 12 October 2018
The death toll, which currently stands at six, will almost certainly rise as emergency personnel gain access to more communities laid to waste by the storm.
By Bryan Dyne, 10 October 2018
The increasingly dire warnings from scientists about the impact of human-caused global warming stand in stark contrast with the tepid and complacent response of world governments.
By Tom Peters, 2 October 2018
Among survivors, there is growing outrage over the lack of assistance and the absence of a functioning tsunami warning system.
As new flooding forces evacuations in South Carolina
By Ed Hightower, 26 September 2018
The areas around Conway and Georgetown in coastal South Carolina continue to see massive flooding as rivers surge from last week’s record rains.
By Ed Hightower, 19 September 2018
The storm’s devastating impact demonstrates the immense costs of deregulation on the one hand and the need for socialist planning and public ownership of industry on the other.
By Matthew Taylor, 18 September 2018
Cities cut off from aid, police guarding storefronts against desperate displaced residents, widespread power outages—this scene is now routine during America's Hurricane season.
Typhoon Mangkhut kills dozens in the Philippines, leaves trail of destruction in China and Hong Kong
By Oscar Grenfell, 18 September 2018
As in previous natural disasters, the poor and workers in low-paid precarious industries have been the hardest hit.
By Matthew Taylor, 15 September 2018
Once again, a natural disaster has exposed the totally inadequate state of public infrastructure in the United States.
By Patrick Martin, 14 September 2018
A storm surge of as much as 11 feet of water was accompanied by winds approaching 120 miles per hour.
By Daniel de Vries, 14 September 2018
The EPA announced a plan Tuesday to enable oil and gas companies to release more greenhouse gases.
By Tom Hall, 13 September 2018
Trump’s self-congratulation for his response to last year’s devastation of Puerto Rico, even as Carolina residents brace for one of the worst Atlantic storms in history, sums up the callousness and criminality of the American ruling class.
By Warren Duzak and Zackary Thorton, 13 September 2018
A press investigation has exposed what can only be called a social crime against the working class in eastern Tennessee.
By Philip Guelpa, 7 September 2018
A variety of recent research highlights the ways in which the huge amounts of discarded plastic products are harmful to the environment and human health.
By Alec Andersen, 25 August 2018
According a report by the US Environmental Protection Agency, the agency’s recent rule change will lead to 1,400 more premature deaths by 2030.
By Henry Allan, 25 August 2018
While many workers have lost their homes and lives, the telecommunications giant has seen the disaster as an opportunity to make some extra profits.
By John Vassilopoulos, 23 August 2018
Fire victims have demonstrated outside parliament to protest inadequate assistance from the Syriza government.
By Rafael Azul, 16 August 2018
The deadly fires which have claimed the lives of six firefighters, are part of a wave of wildfires affecting the entire western United States and British Columbia in Canada.
By Trévon Austin, 16 August 2018
Federal assistance has been slow and ecological issues in Houston make future flooding more likely.
By David Brown, 10 August 2018
Last month was the hottest July on record for California going back 124 years, contributing to the drying out of vegetation and setting the stage for a record fire season.
By David Brown, 1 August 2018
For the second year in a row, the US state of California is the scene of death and destruction, as wildfires surge throughout the state and drive thousands from their homes.
By Alec Andersen, 30 July 2018
Some 38,000 residents have been ordered to evacuate the area, many of whom have been forced to proceed to hastily-constructed relief centers run by charities.
By Katerina Selin, 28 July 2018
The depiction of forest fires as an inevitable natural phenomenon serves to cover up the impact of ten years of austerity ordered by the European Union, which have led to the total collapse of basic public services throughout Greece.
By Gary Alvernia, 25 July 2018
The elderly are consistently the most affected victims of heat waves, floods, and other disasters, pointing to the social neglect of the aged by the Japanese government.
By Philip Guelpa, 21 July 2018
Superstorms like Hurricane Harvey are now predicted to occur once every 16 years, rather than once every 100 years.
By Eddie Haywood, 2 July 2018
Recent reports have confirmed the deadly effects of pervasive air pollution, which is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of children across Africa every year.
By Patrick Martin, 9 June 2018
The chemical industry is writing the rules that will regulate its discharge of toxins.
By Andrea Lobo, 5 June 2018
When such natural disasters strike a society built on capitalist exploitation and extreme inequality, the poorest and most vulnerable always pay the heaviest price.
By Genevieve Leigh, 1 June 2018
Jose, a 29-year-old resident of the island, spoke to the WSWS about the conditions which led to 5,000 deaths after Hurricane María and about the way forward for the working class
By Matthew Taylor, 1 June 2018
The Baltimore suburb was still recovering from a similar flood two years ago when it was inundated by heavy rains on Sunday.
A social crime and cover-up exposed
By Genevieve Leigh, 31 May 2018
A Harvard study estimating nearly 5,000 deaths of Puerto Ricans in the aftermath of Hurricane María is a damning exposure of the official cover up of death and devastation on the island.
By Patrick Davies, 29 May 2018
Official cover-ups are scrapping any notion of potential buybacks or compensation.
Official report “just a fob off”
By our correspondents, 29 May 2018
The WSWS spoke to Terry and Jenny Robinson, who live on a contaminated property near a military base.
By Daniel de Vries, 18 May 2018
The Carbon Monitoring System was the latest target of the Trump administration’s anti-science agenda.
By Philip Guelpa, 14 May 2018
The increasingly rapid loss of plant and animal species threatens a sixth mass global extinction.
By Matthew Taylor, 7 April 2018
Pruitt has personified the close ties between big business and the political system throughout his career.
By Tom Pearce and Robert Stevens, 9 March 2018
According to reports, more than 60 people, including many homeless people, have perished across the continent, with 29 dying in Poland alone.
By Roger Jordan, 20 February 2018
Notwithstanding Trudeau’s attempts to pose as a “progressive,” his government is just as determined as its Conservative predecessor to push through socially and environmentally destructive resource projects.
By Bryan Dyne, 22 January 2018
The series is a vindication of what can be achieved with scientifically coordinated and socially progressive human activity.
By Dan Conway, 16 January 2018
Rescuers have all but given up hope of finding anyone else alive in the coastal community of Montecito, transitioning from a “search and rescue phase” to a “search and recovery phase.”
By Dan Conway, 11 January 2018
Rescuers continued to search for survivors in the upscale community of Montecito, California Wednesday after rivers of mud and debris had raged through the area a day earlier.
By Dan Conway, 10 January 2018
The deaths were primarily due to mudslides triggered by heavy rains in areas largely denuded by massive wildfires only a few weeks before.
By Kate Randall, 5 January 2018
As in all weather-related disasters, society’s most vulnerable are the worst affected, with the poor and homeless bearing the brunt.
By Matthew Taylor, 5 January 2018
The Trump administration is repealing restrictions adopted after the 2010 well blowout that polluted much of the Gulf of Mexico.
By Patrick Martin, 29 December 2017
The current bout of severe weather has created conditions for an upsurge in fatal house fires, accidents and deaths due to exposure.
By Samuel Davidson, 29 December 2017
Tens of thousands of people are unable to get to work, homeless shelters have filled up, and area hospitals are feeling the impact.
By Patrick Davies, 27 December 2017
The suddenly re-drawn “red zone” encompasses another 250 households who were previously told that their properties were not affected and no health precautions were necessary.
By Dan Conway, 21 December 2017
Firefighters in Southern California continue to battle the Thomas Fire, now the second largest in state history, northwest of Los Angeles more than 16 days after it began.
By Niles Niemuth, 19 December 2017
The review comes amid growing anger on the island and media reports that the true death toll from Hurricane Maria could exceed 1,000.
By Dan Conway, 15 December 2017
As the massive wildfires that engulf Southern California continue, a fire that consumed portions of Los Angeles’ wealthiest neighborhood is being blamed on the city’s homeless.
By Dan Conway, 8 December 2017
Wildfires continue in Southern California with high winds stoking at least five major blazes in the Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Ventura County areas.
By Dan Conway, 7 December 2017
Increasing temperatures coupled with funding cuts have left forestry services around the country woefully unprepared to deal with the rising danger.
By Daniel de Vries, 27 October 2017
The EPA ordered three agency scientists to cancel long planned talks this week which were related to climate change.
By Rafael Azul, 24 October 2017
Some 3 million people are without electricity and there are predictions that some remote parts of the mountainous island will not see power restored until next June.
By Rafael Azul, 20 October 2017
Amidst a systematic cover-up of the true scale of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, Trump declared yesterday that the response of the US government was a “10.”
By Rafael Azul and Eric London, 16 October 2017
In neither Napa nor Sonoma counties were the residents warned through the mobile-phone emergency alert systems of the impending catastrophe. In Lake County, the county used mobile alerts and is the only county to report zero deaths.
By Rafael Azul, 13 October 2017
In Twitter messages, the president blamed the US territory for its crisis and said that federal disaster relief had to be limited.
By our reporters, 13 October 2017
The death toll from the still uncontrolled wildfires in Northern California rose to 31 Thursday, making it the deadliest outbreak in the state’s history.
At least 23 dead as reports point to electrical infrastructure as possible cause of California fires
By Kevin Martinez, 12 October 2017
Reports are emerging that power lines owned by Pacific Gas and Electric, the utility for Northern California, may have sparked the fires.
By Daniel de Vries, 11 October 2017
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision to revoke the Clean Power Plan is part of a broader drive to gut environmental regulations.
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey flooding
By Gary Joad, 4 October 2017
Houston area residents are being tested for petrochemical and Superfund toxic poisoning in the wake of recent severe Hurricane Harvey flooding.
By Rafael Azul, 3 October 2017
In contrast to the indifference of the Trump administration, people across the United States are volunteering to help residents of the hurricane-ravaged island.
By Rafael Azul, 25 September 2017
Puerto Rico is reeling not only from the catastrophic effects of hurricanes Irma and Maria, but from the predatory ravages of Wall Street.
By Rafael Azul, 23 September 2017
Three days after Hurricane Maria devastated the Island, residents are left without power and basic necessities, while an ongoing dam collapse threatens to inundate tens of thousands.
By Alex González, 21 September 2017
The working class has mobilized to lead rescue efforts through its own self-sacrifice and solidarity.
By Rafael Azul, 21 September 2017
The suffering caused by the hurricane was made worse by the absence of any serious official evacuation plan and the lack of resources due to the financial plundering of the US territory
By Rafael Azul, 20 September 2017
The Category Five storm is the largest to hit the island territory in nearly 90 years.
By Andrea Lobo, 20 September 2017
Less than two weeks after an earthquake killed 99 people in southern Mexico, another quake has left widespread death and destruction in the continent's largest metropolis.
By Niles Niemuth, 14 September 2017
Police evacuated 115 remaining residents from a nursing home north of Miami after they spent days in suffocating heat after the power was knocked out by Hurricane Irma.
By Niles Niemuth, 13 September 2017
Millions remained without power across Florida and Georgia on Tuesday as officials surveyed the damage in the Florida Keys in Irma's aftermath.
By Hector Cordon, 13 September 2017
Since August, the large northwestern US wildfires have more than tripled in size.
By Gary Joad, 12 September 2017
As Hurricane Harvey bore down on Texas, scores of plants owned by ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron and other corporations released deadly toxins into the atmosphere.
By Patrick Martin, 11 September 2017
The destruction accompanying the huge storm is not merely a natural disaster, but a measure of the crisis of American society.
By our reporter, 11 September 2017
The worst impact of Hurricane Irma was in Lesser Antilles and the US and British Virgin Islands.
By Niles Niemuth, 11 September 2017
As Hurricane Irma wreaks havoc on Florida, the failure to adequately prepare for the storm and protect those in its path has exposed the irrationality of American capitalism.
By Matthew Taylor, 8 September 2017
Florida residents are bracing for Hurricane Irma, which has already killed at least 14 people and left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean.
By Jerry White, 7 September 2017
Like Houston, the human cost of Irma will be far greater because of the lack of any serious government preparation and the long neglect of physical and social infrastructure.
By Patrick Martin, 4 September 2017
With published estimates approaching $200 billion, Hurricane Harvey may have caused damage greater than Katrina and Sandy combined.
“The working class has organized to save the working class”
By Charles Abelard, 4 September 2017
A reader who has lived in Houston for four decades describes the impact of the storm, the rescue efforts organized by workers and runaway real estate development that has left the city vulnerable to flooding.
By Niles Niemuth, 1 September 2017
Officials at every level of government continue to congratulate themselves on their response to the storm, while the endless media commentary avoids any discussion of those responsible for the disaster.
“I grew to call the oil industry the rape, pillage and plunder industry”
Former Shell Oil civil engineer and Berkeley Professor Emeritus Robert Bea speaks on Hurricane Harvey
By Barry Grey, 1 September 2017
Robert Bea, a retired civil engineer, has had a long career in the fields of flood control and risk assessment and management.
By Niles Niemuth, 31 August 2017
Hurricane Harvey is expected to far surpass any previous storm as the costliest in American history, with at least $190 billion in damage, equivalent to one percent of the national GDP.
By Eric London, 31 August 2017
Immigrants are risking rising flood waters because of anti-immigrant maneuvers and false reports of deportations at evacuation sites.
By Joseph Kishore, 31 August 2017
The self-sacrifice and organizational initiative of the working class in response to the hurricane make a powerful case for independent workers’ organizations and workers’ control over economic and social life.
As Trump gloats over “success” of government response to Hurricane Harvey
By Kate Randall, 30 August 2017
While floodwaters continued to rise in Houston, Governor Abbott and President Trump praised one another and hailed the government response to the disaster.
By Niles Niemuth, 30 August 2017
Twelve years after Katrina, nothing has been done to strengthen flood control systems and build up the social infrastructure to limit the impact of major storms.
By Charles Abelard in Houston and Jerry White, 29 August 2017
Emergency shelters, hastily established by authorities in Houston, are overflowing with at least 30,000 residents, while at least nine deaths are blamed on the storm.
By Barry Grey, 29 August 2017
Catastrophes such as Hurricane Harvey are the product of a half-century of neglect of America’s social infrastructure, accompanied by a fantastic accumulation of private wealth at the very apex of society.
By Trévon Austin, 29 August 2017
Stories of devastation along the Gulf Coast continue to emerge three days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas.
By Daniel de Vries, 29 August 2017
The natural gas tanker’s passage marks a new milestone in the decay of the Arctic Ocean ice cap.
By Tom Hall, 28 August 2017
Twelve years after Hurricane Katrina, a major hurricane has once against exposed the brutal reality of class relations in the United States.
By E.P. Milligan, 19 August 2017
Energy development projects such as oil and gas pipelines will receive heavy federal subsidies while being fast-tracked through the already lax process of environmental review.
By Will Morrrow, 22 July 2017
Firefighting services have been called to the plant nine times in the last five years—four times this year, three times in 2015 and once in both 2012 and 2013.
By Daniel de Vries, 8 July 2017
The decision is a minor setback for an administration charging ahead with environmental deregulation
By Jerry White, 6 June 2017
Stripped of the demagogy and lies, the line of the Trump administration amounts to the proposition that miners must place their full trust and confidence in the benevolence of the coal bosses.
By Bryan Dyne, 3 June 2017
A serious response to the dangers posed by climate change is not possible within the framework of the capitalism and the nation-state system.