Two prescribed burns got out of control, becoming New Mexico’s largest recorded wildfire. But experts say it’s necessary to thin forests in a region primed for destruction.
As the climate changes, flood rules need reform to protect communities on the front lines.
The government will reimburse up to $9,000 in funeral expenses for deaths related to the coronavirus. But most eligible survivors have yet to get relief.
Days after what might be the most damaging wildfire in state history, residents are just beginning to make sense of the long road back and the extent of the damage.
Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky and Dr. Anthony S. Fauci cautioned that hospitalizations and deaths could be lagging behind case counts.
The president announced new plans including sending military medical professionals to overburdened hospitals and distributing 500 million free tests.
The president is set to unveil his initiatives, which also include creating new federal testing sites and deploying federal vaccinators, in a speech on Tuesday.
As storms and fires become more severe, disaster housing policy has failed to keep up, leaving people displaced for months on end.
The $1 trillion infrastructure law funds programs that tend to favor wealthy, white communities — a test for Biden’s pledge to defend the most vulnerable against climate change.
The archdiocese was accused of participating in inflated damage claims to the federal government after Hurricane Katrina.
The measure includes $47 billion to help communities prepare for the new age of extreme fires, floods, storms and droughts that scientists say are worsened by human-caused climate change.
Officials were advised last year to address inequity in relief programs. A document issued Wednesday shows they are still trying to decide how.
Transferring the power grid to a private company was supposed to help. But thousands protested last week over more blackouts.
Hurricane Ida was a wake-up call for many homeowners in the New York region, and there are a few things to keep in mind if you’re rethinking your homeowner’s insurance.
‘I almost died,’ said one Queens resident who forced her way out of a basement apartment. Now she is eligible for help.
New federal flood insurance rates that better reflect the real risks of climate change are coming. For some, premiums will rise sharply.
Devastation from Hurricane Ida’s remnants stretched deep into New Jersey, forcing residents and officials to address “a new reality.”
In Northern California, a region troubled by fire, many people with disabilities live in rural areas that lack the resources to support them during disasters.
Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York has estimated the state suffered at least $50 million in damages.
Forecasters are warning of dangerously high temperatures this weekend as 70 percent of the city remains without power after Hurricane Ida.
Repeated shocks from hurricanes, fires and floods are pushing some rural communities, already struggling economically, to the brink of financial collapse.
Two exhibitions in New York recognize the search and rescue dogs who combed through the World Trade Center wreckage, trying to find survivors.
Choices about building rules, insurance programs, flood maps and more put residents at higher risk, according to climate and disaster experts.
Many Native people were forced into the most undesirable areas of America, first by white settlers, then by the government. Now, parts of that marginal land are becoming uninhabitable.
The shift away from high-volume centers is an acknowledgment of the harder road ahead: a highly targeted push, akin to get-out-the-vote efforts, to persuade the reluctant to get shots.
There are measures you can take to help protect your property from wildfires, including clearing gutters, trimming brush and adding fire-resistant plants to your garden.
The federal government often gives less help to Black disaster survivors than their white neighbors. That’s a challenge for President Biden, who has vowed to fight both inequality and climate change.
At the outset of hurricane and wildfire season, the Biden administration is doubling to $1 billion a fund that helps communities prepare for disasters.
Multiple missions, combined with years of record disasters, have strained the agency — and scientists predict an unusually severe disaster season ahead.
The president gave the vice president a prominent role in the politically charged issue at a time when thousands of children are being detained in facilities along the border.
The vice president urged Americans to get vaccinated and promoted programs like food assistance as the administration seeks to build public support amid partisan divisions in Washington.
Cities and towns nationwide are failing to properly restrict construction in flood zones, an analysis for The Times found, violating taxpayer-subsidized insurance rules.
Senator Chuck Schumer is objecting to a plan that would raise costs for some of his constituents by bringing flood insurance rates in line with climate risks.
Mexico is struggling to deal with a new wave of migrants expelled from the U.S. while even more come north hoping to cross. Shelters that were empty four months ago are now having to turn many away.
The agency will help provide basic care as criticism mounts over the treatment of the increasing number of young migrants who have filled detention facilities at the southwest border.
The administration is sending vaccines to many more pharmacies, opening more federally run mass vaccinations sites and making dentists, medical students, midwives, paramedics and veterinarians eligible to give shots.
Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine is allowing states to rethink distribution, even as health officials and experts worry some will view it as inferior.
A day at one mass site in Connecticut shows both the promise and the shortcomings of the approach, which is at the center of President Biden’s plan to bring the pandemic to an end.
The federal government is revising rates for flood coverage on April 1. New data suggests premiums need to increase sharply for some homes.
The move would be the first significant sign that the Biden administration is taking more control of a vaccine distribution effort that states are struggling to manage.
Emergency management officials aim to funnel up to $10 billion into preventing climate disasters. The plan “would dwarf all previous grant programs of its kind,” one analyst said.
You can’t help but wonder why the Trump administration left so many of these things undone.
A new push for stricter rules in flood zones could force Biden’s team to choose: Increase construction costs, or leave people exposed to climate change.
The storm had already flooded streets and forced several universities to cancel classes on Thursday.
The state had asked last month for federal aid to help recover from six of this year’s fires, including the Creek Fire, which is among the most destructive in state history.
The announcement came after the president acknowledged a wildfire season that so far has claimed 17 lives and destroyed millions of acres of land in California, Oregon and Washington.
If climate change was a somewhat abstract notion a decade ago, today it is all too real for Californians fleeing wildfires and smothered in a blanket of smoke, the worst year of fires on record.
Using tax dollars to move whole communities out of flood zones, an idea long dismissed as radical, is swiftly becoming policy, marking a new and more disruptive phase of climate change.
The U.S. military, with its experience in disasters and its multiple medical corps, could do more to end the pandemic.
President Trump’s stopgap program to get more money to the jobless is off to a slow start. Here’s how it works.