Oil and Quakes

How Oil Drilling Possibly Triggered Earthquakes in the Los Angeles Area

More than a dozen disastrous earthquakes in the Los Angeles area in the early 20th century may have been induced by oil production activities, according to a new study by Susan Hough and Morgan Page of the U.S. Geological Survey. Their findings are especially important because they will likely reshape how seismologists calculate the rate of natural earthquake activity in the Los Angeles basin.


All Creatures Great and Small

Improving Disaster Resilience Through Pets

By Kirrilly Thompson and Danielle Every

Disaster researchers tend to characterize pet and animal ownership as a risk factor for human survival. While this characterization is fair, animal ownership and animal activities can also provide successful avenues for engaging vulnerable people in strategies designed to increase disaster resilience.


Trumping the Paris Agreement

What the Next Presidency Could Mean for Climate Change

By Jolie Breeden

Even as world leaders met in Morocco to discuss the details of the Paris climate agreement, the impact of the newly elected U.S. president on its execution remain unclear.


Protesters Stand Tall with Standing Rock

Pipeline Opponents Endure (and Make Some Progress)

For months, Native American protesters and their supporters have physically blocked construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline at Lake Oahe in North Dakota. They have garnered lots of attention and made some small progress, however, it's difficult to determine how the battle will end.


Maritime Security Initiatives

A Paper Tiger or a Concrete Solution?

By Steve Sin, Brecht Volders and Sylvain Fanielle

In response to the potential threat of terrorism from weapons of mass destruction, the international community has launched various political and legal initiatives to prevent illicit trafficking of radioactive and nuclear materials via maritime means.