Hurricane Katrina


Are Oil Companies Ready for the Next Katrina?

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Ten years ago this week, a hurricane was gaining strength in the North Atlantic.  Meteorologists worked around the clock to understand and predict its future path and strength. That path and strength, it turns out, would make the record books. Read more >

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On Katrina, My Family, And Knowing The Big One Was Coming

, former scientist and Kendall Science Fellow

Hurricane Katrina devastated my home city of New Orleans in 2005, taking lives and erasing dreams. And it changed the fabric of the city.

The losses experienced from Katrina were partly due to the strength of the storm and also partly due to engineers’ underestimation of what a storm of this magnitude could do. Inadequate planning also played a role in the impacts faced by New Orleans.

The truth, however, is that Katrina could have been worse. Read more >

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Doing More to Protect Frontline Communities Ten Years After Katrina

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

As we come up on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the terrible devastation wrought by the hurricane is in the headlines again. For those who experienced the storm first-hand, the ongoing struggle to recover is ever-present and this must be a wrenching anniversary. What can we do as a nation to support frontline communities to be better prepared and protected for future disasters? How can we better account for the growing risks to coastal communities, especially in light of sea level rise and worsening storm surge?  And how can we ensure that we channel our investments in an equitable way so as to build resilience in all communities? Read more >

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Hurricane Katrina, Ten Years Later: How a Country that Bore Witness Still Plays Business as Usual

, Senior analyst, Climate & Energy

Ten years ago, this country was thunderstruck by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. As the death toll, the damage, the costs, and the human suffering mounted, we promised we would learn from this and never let it happen like this again. So, have we? Read more >

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The Vital Role of Protected Areas in Climate Disaster Risk Reduction

, , Deputy director, Climate & Energy

There’s been a huge buzz at the World Parks Congress in Australia this week about the need to implement carbon reduction plans and accelerate climate resilience strategies. Read more >

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