There are many temptations to organize our life around the experience of earlier trauma. But that may short-change the future—which starts by our envisioning something better.
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How we turn natural hazards into catastrophes—and how we can change.
Ilan Kelman Ph.D.
Despite environmental destruction impacting mental health and wellbeing, connecting science, art, and action helps heal and improve.
Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami continue to provide many post-disaster mental health and wellbeing lessons to be implemented for prevention.
Post-disaster actions must always support mental health and well-being, especially through mindful shelter and settlement as processes.
To fully express how disasters affect people, especially their mental health and wellbeing, we need to use fundamental disaster science to explain and accept disaster causes.
A new UN climate change report provides little on supporting mental health, despite identifying major concerns.
Antarctica, as a continent and as a concept, gives us Antarcticness, challenging and supporting mental health.
A recent UK report summarizes the warning psychology knowledge we have and how to apply it.
Last week’s tornado disaster could have been averted with long-term readiness involving everyone in society.
Mental health impacts from climate change are of high concern. Our new research suggests that hotter, more humid weather might not always influence self-harm rates.
Environmental difficulties including climate change pose immense challenges. Now is the time to be inspired for solutions!
Asking for $100 billion per year to tackle climate change misses the excessive amounts being spent to create climate change and other problems.
With astronomers calculating the probability that an asteroid or comet will smash into the Earth, let's work now to avoid a disaster.
Today, a new UN report on climate change was published. Substantial effort was put into it—but does it tell us anything new?
Will changing weather patterns force people to leave their homes?
The world's only research center devoted to the science of warnings has been launched at University College London.
The current disasters in North Korea mirror many previous instances, none of which led to long-term diplomacy with the country. Here's why—and what is needed to make real change.
Thanks to decades of risk-reduction efforts, Seattle did not experience a disaster in 2001 despite the occurrence of a major earthquake. How do we continue this success?
In 1954, Hurricane Hazel sliced through Toronto. Since then, efforts have supported nature in using floodplains for floods, helping to avert disasters.
Science about Antarctica has been severely disrupted by COVID-19, undermining our knowledge of the planet.
As humans aim to spend more time away from our planet, humanitarian aid and disaster response operations need to be planned for.
Our electricity and communications systems are highly vulnerable to solar storms. Acting now saves immense costs later.
With so many competing interests for Arctic resources, often originating from outside the region, how can social and environmental responsibility be supported?
Vaccine passports and health passports have been used for previous diseases and are considered for COVID-19. They have advantages and limitations.
Migrating and not migrating have long been islander choices as society and the environment change. What should people do for today’s challenges?
Human-caused climate change is one symptom among many. Focusing on one symptom misses real causes and comprehensive solutions.
To tackle human-caused climate change fully and properly, it should be placed as a subset of wider topics including pollution, disasters, and health.
Climate change is producing severe and worsening impacts on health. To address this challenge, we must consider more than climate change.
A disaster can kill different sexes and genders at different rates, with differences due to roles and expectations.
Geopolitical relations between Norway and Russia do not seem to be influenced much by disaster-related activities for and around the Svalbard archipelago.
Disaster diplomacy research has spent two decades seeking examples of a humanitarian imperative ending or creating conflict. So far, little evidence suggests that either occurs.
Ilan Kelman, Ph.D., is Professor of Disasters and Health at University College London, England and a Professor II at the University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway.