Today in disaster resilience (26 November 2021)

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Recent emergencies/disasters

Heavy rain in India leaves 17 dead, dozens missing as rescue teams look for survivors

Colombia – Thousands Hit by Floods After Rivers Overflow in Chocó

Panama – Deadly Flash Floods in Panama Province

India – Andhra Pradesh Floods Turn Deadly

Indonesia – Floods Affect Over 25,000 in Sumatra, 4 Killed in Java Landslide

La Palma, Canary Islands: eruption Sep 2021 – updates

Volcanic activity worldwide 25 Nov 2021: Stromboli volcano, Fuego, Karymsky, Semeru, Grímsvötn

Spain – Floods in North Prompt Evacuations and Helicopter Rescues

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Extreme heat events jeopardize cardiovascular health, experts warn

Hot in the city: can a ban on dark roofs cool Sydney?

‘An invisible hazard’: Warming cities hire chief heat officers to tackle growing threat

Warming Events Could Destabilize The Antarctic Ice Sheet Soon. Very Soon

‘Inconceivable’: Hunter coal plan may spell disaster for prime wine country

A physical and virtual Hub at COP26 and the home of Race to Resilience

Hurricanes expected to linger over Northeast cities, causing greater damage

Countries may be under-reporting their greenhouse gas emissions – that’s why accurate monitoring is crucial

Canada’s flood havoc after summer heatwave shows how climate disasters combine to do extra damage

In major shift, experts say climate change finally being recognized as public health issue

Dancing on the edge of climate disaster

Canadians increasingly impatient with climate-change deniers: poll

The seas are coming for us in Kiribati. Will Australia rehome us?

New homes in England to have electric car chargers by law

Australia declares La Niña phenomenon has begun

The Arctic Ocean began warming decades earlier than previously thought, new research shows

Adapting to rising sea levels in Marshall Islands

Government warns climate crisis is increasing risk of flooding ahead of extra wet winter

New York’s Right to ‘a Healthful Environment’ Could Be Bad News for Fossil Fuel Interests

Canada’s climate change efforts going from ‘failure to failure,’ says commissioner’s report

Germany to fast-track coal exit to 2030, and 80 pct renewables under new coalition

Disaster risk reduction

A new empirical equation for predicting the maximum initial amplitude of submarine landslide-generated waves

The Future of Flooding in Canada

Building the case for a flood forecasting and early warning system in Senegal using satellite climate and environmental data

A doomed Sumas dike failed as predicted. Many other levees could be next

More than 5,000 homes in England approved to be built in flood zones

Effectiveness of an adaptive flood management strategy using riparian risk assessment and a tolerability criterion

Practice makes perfect: forecast-based action in Mali

Flood funding slashed in reconciliation package

Enhancing West Africa’s resiliency against flooding

This report appeals to relevant stakeholders to take actions that not only support SMEs, but promote overall resilience and mutual benefit

Integrated flood management based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point approach

Flood management in B.C. is left up to municipalities. Should it be?

Assessing options for Natural flood Management in the Moss Brook catchment

Treasure-trove of 2010-2016 Canterbury earthquake liquefaction case histories shared

Emergency management

Military joins efforts to rescue animals in Abbotsford flood zone

Severe Flooding in the Pacific Northwest

Covid vaccines: How fast is progress around the world?

New push in Arizona to study cancer dangers for wildland firefighters

Emergency managers in the U.S. are overwhelmingly white men. Susamma Seeley wants to change that

NSW Ambulance sorry for failing to protect female paramedic from repeated sexual harassment by Upper Hunter station manager

Covid: New heavily mutated variant B.1.1.529 in South Africa raises concern

Scientists call for travel ‘code red’ over Covid variant found in southern Africa

Slovaks lock down to slow world’s highest COVID-19 infection rate

Bulk of Africa’s doctors and nurses are battling the pandemic without Covid vaccine protection, says WHO

Cost of damage from B.C. flooding could be ‘catastrophic,’ expert says

Solomons police overrun, Australia deploying support personnel

Do Wisconsin’s local fire and emergency medical services need resuscitation?

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Prize-winning photos capture the grit and suffering of flood survivors in South Sudan

Climate Change Education provides one of the most important channels to address inequities and empower children and youth globally as proactive drivers of change

Citizen Science for Disasters: A Guide for Community Groups

Flood resilience building through local community action in ger areas of Ulaanbaatar city, Mongolia

How would you cope in a London flood? Take this two minute test

 Psychology and disasters

Floods and wildfires are now normal life in small-town Canada

Feeling anxious about climate change? Experts say you’re not alone

Development and evaluation of a VR research tool to study wayfinding behaviour in a multi-story building

The pandemic and children’s long term emotional and social development

Sociology and disasters

The benefits of social infrastructure and civic ties in uncertain times

Disaster Anthropology

Today in disaster resilience (19 November 2021)

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Recent emergencies/disasters

NSW and Victoria floods: rivers break banks as rain and wind lash Australia’s eastern states

River towns Forbes, Cowra, Cottons Weir and Nanami brace for flooding as dam spills

Strong and shallow M6.0 and M6.4 earthquakes hit southern Iran

Floods overwhelm Lagos communities, wreck 25 vehicles

Italy – 1 Dead, Many Rescued After Floods in Sardinia

Egypt – 3 Dead, Hundreds Injured After Floods Trigger Scorpion Infestation

Torrential rain, floods and mudslides cut Vancouver off from rest of Canada by road

Severe damage after cricket ball-sized hail hits Lydenburg, South Africa

Canada and USA – Hundreds Rescued or Evacuated After Floods and Landslides in West

Bolivia – Deadly Flash Floods in La Paz Department

Destructive tornado hits Sicily, killing one and injuring 2 others, Italy

Colombia – Floods and Landslides in Quindio, Antioquia, Risaralda and Cauca

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Pacific Island leaders vow to ‘phase up’ climate diplomacy after COP26

‘You can’t live in a swamp’: Virginia fishing village threatened by rising sea levels

COP26 Wrap: Australian and global reactions to the ‘Glasgow Climate Pact’

Cop26: the goal of 1.5C of climate heating is alive, but only just

New Ways for Dynamical Prediction of Extreme Heat Waves

‘Ultimately uninhabitable’: western Sydney’s legacy of planning failure

‘Watered-down hope’: Experts wanted more from climate pact

The Keeling Curve is a daily record of global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration maintained by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego

Greta Thunberg: ‘COP26 even watered down the blah, blah, blah’

COP26 deal: how rich countries failed to meet their obligations to the rest of the world

We need to design housing for Indigenous communities that can withstand the impacts of climate change

Climate change is supercharging the water cycle, making the heaviest rains of each year heavier

Dark roofs ditched, commercial buildings must be net-zero from 2022: NSW Planning Minister

UK Institutions Are Woefully Underestimating the Risks They Face From Climate

Global warming speeds up the frequency of extreme hot weather and rainfall

Deforestation can raise local temperatures by up to 4.5℃ – and heat untouched areas 6km away

Did COP26 deliver for flood prone communities across the globe?

5 sustainable solutions to help tackle extreme heat in South Asia

Climate hazards are increasing in frequency and severity across Europe; new regional overview published

Disaster risk reduction

Flood control lessons from the Dutch as we enter a wetter future

Hewlett Packard Enterprise builds supercomputer to improve weather predictions for Denmark, Iceland, Ireland and The Netherlands

Fifth Arab Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Rabat

Does Future Miami Really Flood Like That?

Natural hazards and climate change are not drivers of disasters

Coastal defences need $30bn boost to prevent Australian homes becoming uninhabitable

Tropical cyclone frequency

Using risk management principles to protect vulnerable communities from climate-related disasters

Global patterns of disaster and climate risk—an analysis of the consistency of leading index-based assessments and their results

Seismic shockwave pattern may be redirecting earthquake damage

8 major cities that are threatened by wildfires right now

How bad is the Pacific north-west flooding and what caused it?

Expanding our ML-based flood forecasting

Forecasting Compound Floods in Complex Coastal Regions

Using Drones to Fight Floods

Europe’s COVID death toll could rise by hundreds of thousands

Canada struggles to reach 18,000 stranded by flood waters

Valuing the Impacts of Landslides: A Choice Experiment Approach

Emergency management

Covid is surging in Europe. Experts say it’s a warning for the U.S.

Experts say B.C. rainstorms highlight increasing flood risks and need to prepare

Germany: Building back sustainably after a flood

No, vaccinated people are not ‘just as infectious’ as unvaccinated people if they get COVID

U.S. Forest Service: We do not have a ‘let it burn’ wildfire policy. We never have

Europe’s least-vaccinated countries are back in pandemic crisis

Agricultural disaster after record rains cause catastrophic floods in British Columbia, Canada

It could take weeks to begin repairing ‘unprecedented’ damage to B.C.’s highway system, experts say

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Behaviors and Attitudes of U.S. Adults on Twitter

cop26 Twitter NodeXL SNA Map and Report

Run Uphill for a Tsunami, Downhill for a Landslide

Mobile Alert and Warning in the United States and Japan: Confronting the Challenges of International Harmonization

Psychology and disasters

B.C. farmers in a terrible dilemma: Stay to protect their animals or leave them behind

Correlating heatwaves and relative humidity with suicide (fatal intentional self-harm)

Sociology and disasters

Will the Climate Crisis Cause the Collapse of Society?

Today in disaster resilience (12 November 2021)

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Recent emergencies/disasters

Bosnia – Floods Prompt Evacuations and Cause Power Outages

Indonesia – Flash Floods in Batu City Leave at Least 6 Dead

9 dead, 2 missing after floods hit Sri Lanka and southern India

India – Floods Hit Tamil Nadu, More Severe Weather Forecast

New lava delta forming at La Palma, over 2 600 homes destroyed since the start of eruption, Canary Islands

Phenomenal rainfall totals hit parts of Australia, residents urged to brace for more rain and potential flooding

Sri Lanka – 20 Dead After Days of Severe Weather

What We’re Watching: Weekly Disaster Update

Volcanic activity worldwide 11 Nov 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Reventador, Sangay, La Palma

People rescued from flash flooding in NSW, with more heavy rain forecast

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s emissions from land clearing likely far higher than claimed, analysis indicates

Cop26 has to be about keeping fossil fuels in the ground. All else is distraction

Images of Tuvalu minister giving COP26 statement in the ocean go viral on social media

Big crowds rally in rainy Glasgow for COP26 climate action

Infrastructure Bill Makes First Major U.S. Investment in Climate Resilience

‘False hope’: Regional Australians demand action, not obfuscation, on climate change

Explainer: What’s the difference between 1.5°C and 2°C of global warming?

Few willing to change lifestyle to save the planet, climate survey finds

If we don’t learn from past climate disasters, they will claim more lives in the future

Understanding Preferences for Coastal Climate Change Adaptation: A Systematic Literature Review

Cheaper, cleaner, more reliable: The stunning success of South Australia’s renewable transition

‘We can no longer be friends’: Farmer warns climate change deniers, after storm devastates crop

‘World designed by men has destroyed many things,’ Cop26 warned

Could cutting emissions and air pollution in cities improve children’s health?

Cop26: world on track for disastrous heating of more than 2.4C, says key report

1bn people will suffer extreme heat at just 2C heating, say scientists

COP26: Rich nations ‘resisting paying for climate loss’

Adapting to Receding Glaciers in the Tropical Andes

Sixth-warmest October on record; Category 5 atmospheric river dropped record precipitation on portions of California

Globally resolved surface temperatures since the Last Glacial Maximum

Take heart at what’s unfolded at COP26 in Glasgow – the world can still hold global heating to 1.5℃

China and the US announce plan to work together on cutting emissions

Climate-linked health risks to rise, COP26 panelists warn

Cop26 draft text annotated: what it says and what it means

Rooftop solar smashes output records in all Australian states

AP analysis: Exposure to extreme heat has tripled since 1983

Disaster risk reduction

Cumbria: Flood defences protected hundreds of homes

Hawaii not the only state discouraging seawalls

Conservationists work to update flood risk map along Ottawa River

Keeping one step ahead of earthquakes

Yearbook of International Disaster Law Call for Abstracts ends soon!

Scenario-Based Comprehensive Assessment for Community Resilience Adapted to Fire following an Earthquake, Implementing the Analytic Network Process and Preference Ranking Organization Method for Enriched Evaluation II Techniques

First-of-its-kind map outlines Canada’s future flood zones

Socio-Hydrology: The New Paradigm in Resilient Water Management

Unearthing the cause of slow seismic waves in subduction zones

Coastal erosion – US Climate Resilience Toolkit

Quantifying contributions of natural variability and anthropogenic forcings on increased fire weather risk over the western United States

This brief tries to establish an eco-hydrological perspective on floods

Breakthrough for risk and resilience at COP26 says UNDRR head

Reimagining Coastal Cities as Sponges to Help Protect Them From the Ravages of Climate Change

Too little, too late? The devastating consequences of natural disasters must inform building codes

Emergency management

COP26 scientist: Humanitarian aid must prepare for climate emergency

Analysis of sex-specific risk factors and clinical outcomes in COVID-19

Storm Surge 101: How USAID Helps Caribbean Countries Prepare for this Hurricane Threat

How an outbreak became a pandemic: a chronological analysis of crucial junctures and international obligations in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID antiviral pills: what scientists still want to know

Ontario forest fires burned record area of land this summer as they displaced First Nations in northwest

Nearly 1 million kids ages 5 to 11 expected to receive first Covid vaccine dose by end of Wednesday

Disaster education, communications and engagement

 6th World Tsunami Awareness Day\

100 seminal articles on disaster

Long-Term Community Resilience Exercise Resource Guide

High-profile breakthrough cases trigger vaccine misinformation

Psychology and disasters

Psychological impairment and extreme weather event (EWE) exposure, 1980–2020: A global pooled analysis integrating mental health and well-being metrics

A new interactive mental health module is making it easier for young volunteers and emergency agencies to learn, practice and promote positive mental health and wellbeing

70% of Americans experiencing climate change anxiety and depression, survey finds

Climate Change in the American Mind

On Slaughterhouse-Five, the “Ultimate PTSD Novel”

Sociology and disasters

When poverty meets climate change: A critical challenge that demands cross-cutting solutions

Today in disaster resilience (5 November 2021)

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Recent emergencies/disasters

Indonesia – Thousands Hit by Floods in West Kalimantan, Deadly Landslides in Central Kalimantan

Iraq – Severe Floods Hit Erbil, Kurdistan

Guatemala – Floods and Landslides in 2021 Rainy Season Leave 12,000 Displaced and 32 Dead

Peru – Deadly Flash Floods Sweep Through Jaén, Cajamarca

Ash from erupting volcano forces Spanish islanders indoors

Storms, strong winds prompt Venice to activate flood defence

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Nov 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Semeru, Reventador, Turrialba

Colombia – 11 Killed After Rain Triggers Landslide in Nariño, Many Still Missing

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

How Australia earned its climate change reputation

Reaching net zero is every minister’s problem. Here’s how they can make better decisions

Climate change: Extreme weather events are ‘the new norm’

COP26: Boris Johnson says ‘no excuses’ for not tackling climate change

Climate experts warn world leaders 1.5C is ‘real science’, not just talking point

Cop26: polling data is overwhelming – people want leaders to act

What happened at Cop26 today – day one at a glance

State of the Global Climate 2021

The death toll of Europe’s heat wave

Solar and wind keep getting cheaper, and crush coal, gas and nuclear on costs

Australia could become a net negative emissions economy. The technology already exists

Climate-vulnerable countries float ’emergency’ timetable to cut emissions

What are the economic effects of extreme weather caused by climate change?

World leaders announce plan to make green tech cheaper than alternatives

Australia has taken a new climate adaptation blueprint to Glasgow. It’s a good start but we need money and detail

‘Nothing left to burn’: wildfires and floods could turn the tide on Turkey’s climate policy

The science everyone needs to know about climate change, in 6 charts

Cop26 emission pledges may limit global heating to below 2C

Has COP26 put the world on track for holding global warming to 1.5°C?

Survey identifies prescribed fire training needs in the Southeast

On ancient Earth, it never rained but it poured

Europe’s record summer ‘impossible’ without global heating

Dozens of nations pledge to phase out coal at COP26, but Australia not on the list

Poor countries need 5 to 10 times more funding to adapt to climate risks they did not create

2021: A year of wild weather

Globe bounces back to nearly 2019 carbon pollution levels

Step up climate change adaptation efforts or face huge disruption: UN report

Ithaca, New York becomes first U.S. city to begin 100% decarbonization of buildings, an urban climate change milestone

‘Great distress’: Bangladesh bears brutal cost of climate crisis

Disaster risk reduction

Latest edition of ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter

Revealed: a third of England’s vital flood defences are in private hands

Hazard definition and classification review

There have been so many Atlantic storms this year, forecasters have run out of names

RegioFEM — Applying a floodplain evaluation method to support a future-oriented flood risk management (Part II)

New York Needs to Become a City That Floods Now and Then

Connecting Space to Village to Reduce Flood Impacts

This report summarizes the risks posed on Australia’s climate, ecosystems, food and water systems, and citizens by climate impacts

Emergency management

Helicopter fire trail inspections take off

Under-resourced SES leaves large stretches of NSW far west with no local rescue services, ex-volunteers say

Two months later, Hurricane Ida still rages for some across south Louisiana

Disaster education, communications and engagement

World of Thermo: Thermometer Rising

Learning from the Climate Change Debate to Avoid Polarisation on Negative Emissions

Review of ‘Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement’ book

Burning review – the searing black summer documentary that Australia deserves

Psychology and disasters

Practical lessons for creating affordance-based interventions for sustainable behavior change

Simulation of tsunami evacuation behavior considering inland direction

Rethinking the share of responsibilities in disaster preparedness to encourage individual preparedness for flash floods in urban areas

7 Resources to Help You Cope With Climate Anxiety

Sociology and disasters

A growing group of laborers is trailing hurricanes and wildfires the way farmworkers follow crops, contracting for big disaster-recovery firms

Networks of recovery: Remittances, social capital and post-disaster recovery in Tacloban City, Philippines

Peru faces a surge of climate migrants

Mahila Housing SEWA Trust is empowering women in seven Indian cities to tackle heat stress in their homes and settlements How women leaders emerged from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Today in disaster resilience (29 October 2021)

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Recent emergencies/disasters

La Palma island braces for more quakes as volcano roars on

Massive floods hit Catania after entire year’s worth of rain in just 2 days, Italy

Thailand Swamped by Monsoon Flooding

Vietnam – 7,000 People Displaced by Floods in Central Provinces

USA – Atmospheric River Causes Floods and Mudflows in California

Major flooding incident declared in Scotland as town is evacuated

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Oct 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Ibu, Reventador, Sangay

Colombia – Damaging Floods and Landslides in Antioquia, Meta and Putumayo

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate migration doesn’t have to be a crisis

The 2021 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: code red for a healthy future

State of the Cryosphere 2021 Report

Climate change: UN emissions gap report a ‘thundering wake-up call’

India, the world’s third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, rejects net zero emissions target

Impact of climate change on volcanic processes: current

understanding and future challenges

UN warns world set for 2.7C rise on today’s emissions pledges

The International Order Isn’t Ready for the Climate Crisis

State and Trends in Adaptation Report 2021: Africa

Islanders sue Australia for inaction on climate change

What L.A. County will look like with sea level rise, according to scientific projections

China’s new climate plan falls short of Cop26 global heating goal, experts say

World is failing to make changes needed to avoid climate breakdown, report finds

A dress rehearsal for disruption: Why Covid-19 has been a sustainability wake-up call

The UN News COP26 climate quiz

Could AI Be Useful for Arctic Communities Facing Sea Ice Loss?

Drying land and heating seas: why nature in Australia’s southwest is on the climate frontline

Disaster risk reduction

Linking hydrologic signatures to hydrologic processes: A review

Climate + Financial Resilience: Innovative Solutions to Flood Risk

Weather and climate extremes in Asia killed thousands, displaced millions and cost billions in 2020

Reconciling well-being and resilience for sustainable development

Australia is fighting fire with fire, but running out of time

The Ripple Factor: Economic losses from weather extremes can amplify each other across the world

Uncertainties with assessing flood loss and damage

Emergency management

Ensuring equity in disaster preparedness, response and recovery

US and Mexico to take a more ‘holistic’ approach to public safety

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Urban Heat Islands: The Main Issues and What is Being Done to Combat Them

Africa’s first continent-wide survey of climate change literacy finds education is key

Psychology and disasters

The Pandemic Broke Kids’ Sleep Schedules. Here’s How to Fix Them

How to respond to heightened emotions when talking about the COVID-19 vaccine

Addiction & Mental Health Resources for First Responders

Sociology and disasters

Climate change and disaster impacts disproportionately affect the poorest and most vulnerable populations, especially in low- and middle-income countries

To improve disaster outcomes for persons with disabilities in Africa, disaggregate data

Today in disaster resilience (22 October 2021)

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Recent emergencies/disasters

3 people killed as M5.1 earthquake hits near Agung volcano, Bali, Indonesia

M6.1 earthquake hits near the coast of Torres Islands, Vanuatu

At least 26 dead as floods and landslides hit Kerala, India

Powerful phreatic explosion at Mount Asosan, Alert Level raised, Japan

Unseasonal heavy rainfall leaves 48 people dead in Nepal, 31 others missing

Giant hailstones pummel Queensland, likely the largest seen in Australia since records began

India – Floods and Landslides Cause 27 Fatalities in Uttarakhand

Flooding triggers landslides in Nepal and India, killing at least 150 people and washing away homes

Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Oct 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Reventador, Piton de la Fournaise

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The climate disaster is here

The Very Last Thick Sea Ice of the Arctic Breaks while Severe Storms reach the Arctic, eventually supported by Sudden Stratospheric Warming

Denmark is accelerating climate efforts with new 2025 deadline

Insurers are getting rocked by climate disasters

Climate change a double blow for oil-rich Mideast

Future heat adaptation and exposure among urban populations and why a prospering economy alone won’t save us

Facing existential threat from climate change, Pacific Islanders urge world to listen

Climate change means thin ice for lakes worldwide

Don’t boost climate deniers: scientist

What was the role of climate change in Germany’s fatal floods?

Who’s who in Glasgow: 5 countries that could make or break the planet’s future under climate change

What are climate change tipping points

Factbox – COP26 in Glasgow: Who is going and who is not?

Stunningly cheap solar to power China’s pivot away from coal

In the face of chaos, why are we so nonchalant about climate change?

Scientists and Native People Jointly Study Sea-Ice Declines Threatening Seal Hunts

Research prepares organisations for climate-challenged futures

Millions of people were evacuated during disasters last year – another rising cost of climate change

Widespread collapse of West Antarctica’s ice sheet is avoidable if we keep global warming below 2℃

Hunt begins for ancient Antarctic ice—and clues to Earth’s response to rising temperatures

Washington Coastal Resilience Project Ups Hazard Readiness

The myth of the climate moderate

Amplified warming of extreme temperatures over tropical land

Risk of Dangerous Heat Exposure Is Growing Quickly in Cities

Disaster risk reduction

The role of international cooperation in disaster risk reduction

67% of Americans perceive a rise in extreme weather, but partisans differ over government efforts to address it

The Volcanologist’s Paradox

COVID-19 and extreme weather highlight folly of low investment in disaster prevention

U.S. overhauls flood insurance to meet rising climate change risks

Practical guidance on integrating both disaster and climate related risks into development

Earthquake-resistant school built from recycled plastic in Indonesia

Hawaiʻi quake likely related to tectonic plate bending

A Community Works Together To Restore The Floodplain And Reduce Damages

Metro has installed ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system at all bus and rail divisions

Staying afloat: New evidence on how firms in Tanzania cope with flooding

Bushfire insights uncovered with new fire-atmosphere modelling

Researchers release buoys to collect data for South Australian coastline erosion study

NJ plans to expand buyouts of flood-prone properties

Improving Disaster Data Systems to Inform Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building in Australia: A Comparison of Databases

2020 Global Natural Disaster Assessment Report

Doing flood risk modelling differently: Evaluating the potential for participatory techniques to broaden flood risk management decision-making

Emergency management

Invest in local disaster response: it saves lives and money

Bypassing Hurricanes Like Matthew Can Wreak Havoc, Too

The UK has one of the highest Covid infection rates in the world right now: Here’s why

Building-Back-Better in Post-Disaster Recovery: Lessons Learnt from Cyclone Idai-Induced Floods in Zimbabwe

How 30-person hotshot crews could help firefighters recuperate between assignments

UNHCR responding to worst flooding in decades in South Sudan

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Creative educational systems build social capital

City of Logan school disaster education resources

#OnlyTogether can we make progress towards a safer and more resilient planet

CRC science in danger series

Science communication on trial following White Island disaster

What is The Great ShakeOut and why did 7 million people in California do it?

Individual hurricane evacuation intentions during the COVID-19 pandemic: insights for risk communication and emergency management policies

Psychology and disasters

Two years after the bushfires my town is recovering, but the scars remain

How to talk to kids about earthquakes

Global prevalence and burden of depressive and anxiety disorders in 204 countries and territories in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

A Toolkit for Child Welfare Agencies to Help Young People Heal and Thrive During and After Natural Disasters

Sociology and disasters

Role of social capital in local knowledge evolution and transfer in a network of rural communities coping with landslide disasters in Sri Lanka

How natural disasters benefit rich people but make the poor poorer – an illustrated story

Surviving on the Periphery of a City of Earthquakes

Social Capital and COVID-19 Deaths: An Ecological Analysis in Japan

Today in disaster resilience (15 October 2021)

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Recent emergencies/disasters

Thousands locked down as La Palma volcano destroys cement works

Shallow M6.2 earthquake hits near the southwest coast of Island of Hawaii

Strong and shallow M6.9 earthquake hits Alaska Peninsula, U.S.

China – Thousands Evacuate Floods in Shanxi

USA – Deadly Floods Hit Alabama After Torrential Rain

Strong quake strikes off Greece’s Crete, no injuries reported

More than 700 firefighters battling wildfire spreading along California coast

Philippines – Topical Storm Kompasu Causes Deadly Flooding

Volcanic activity worldwide 14 Oct 2021: Vulcano volcano, Fuego, Reventador, Kilauea, Sangay

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Patricia Espinosa Outlines COP26 Priorities to LDC Ministers

Coal power likely gone by 2035: Schott

Cop26: world poised for big leap forward on climate crisis, says John Kerry

Climate change may already affect 85 percent of humanity

Guardian Essential poll: most Australians want Morrison to set a higher emissions reduction target

In the Face of Climate Change, We Must Act So That We Can Feel Hopeful—Not the Other Way Around

‘Overwhelming’ backing for strong climate action, UK study shows

Climate crisis is ‘single biggest health threat facing humanity,’ WHO says, calling on world leaders to act

Climate change: ‘Adapt or die’ warning from Environment Agency

Health threats in a hotter world require policy action at every level of political and social life

Climate change is making Texas hotter, threatening public health, water supply and the state’s infrastructure

Carbon emissions ‘will drop just 40% by 2050 with countries’ current pledges’

Australia will need surge in renewables, electric vehicles to meet UN emissions goal

What sea level rise will do to famous American sites, visualized

Risk of Dangerous Heat Exposure Is Growing Quickly in Cities

Disaster risk reduction

‘No sense of urgency’: Clontarf flood defences delayed until at least 2027

What’s Behind California’s Surge of Large Fires?

How many ‘natural’ disasters can one city endure?

How to better identify dangerous volcanoes

The Building Science Resource Library contains all of FEMA’s hazard-specific guidance that focuses on creating disaster-resistance communities

A Road-Flooding Fix Is Coming to California State Park

Disaster risk creation and cascading disasters within large technological systems: COVID-19 and the 2021 Texas blackouts

Flood-Threat Assessment Finds Danger Goes Far Beyond U.S. Homes

The Risk Atlas of Mexico City, Mexico: a tool for decision-making and disaster prevention

High-resolution Wildfire Risk projections

Systemic disaster risk handbook

A new set of priorities to guide Australian natural hazards research

Moving beyond America’s war on wildfire: 4 ways to avoid future megafires

Emergency management

Why we must not allow COVID to become endemic in New Zealand

Getting flu with Covid doubles risk of death, says UK health chief

If You’ve Had Covid, Do You Need the Vaccine?

After siege of blazes, experts say California must improve wildfire evacuation plans

Wildland Fire’s Great Exodus

National identity predicts public health support during a global pandemic

Analysis of sex-specific risk factors and clinical outcomes in COVID-19

Disaster education, communications and engagement

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

Japan is using Augmented Reality to teach children the dangers of flash floods

Alluvione: Girl power to combat floods in Indonesia

Schools in BiH act to establish safe school environments for a more effective response to emergencies

NOAA upgrades climate website amid growing demand for climate information

Psychology and disasters

Regional differences in cognitive dissonance in evacuation behavior at the time of the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami

Sociology and disasters

UNDP and the Japan Bosai Platform work together to Accelerate Digitalization in Disaster Risk Reduction for Vulnerable Groups

New InsuRisk Report focuses on social protection

When disaster strikes, developing countries still too vulnerable

The Inuit knowledge vanishing with the ice

Today in disaster resilience (8 October 2021)

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Recent emergencies/disasters

Shaheen claims at least 13 lives in historic Oman landfall

India – Thousands Evacuate Floods in West Bengal, 400mm of Rain in 24 Hours

La Palma island’s volcano roars again, spewing thicker lava

Italy – Floods and Landslides in Liguria Region After 181mm of Rain in 1 Hour

Indonesia – Floods and Landslides Leave 4 Dead in South Sulawesi

Alabama flash flooding kills 4 and spurs rescues from homes and cars

Volcanic activity worldwide 6 Oct 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Kilauea, Sangay

Over two feet of rain fell in Italy in only half a day, something not seen in Europe before

Mexico – Severe Floods Hit Querétaro for Second Time in 2 Weeks

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

While the 2050 battle rages in Australia, the world is talking 2030

Exposure to Deadly Urban Heat Worldwide Has Tripled in Recent Decades, Says Study

“Climate Change Disinformation Is Spreading Rapidly” on Facebook

The imperative of climate adaption for Africa: building resilience across societies in an inclusive manner

Building Climate Resilience in Cities through Insurance

What climate scientists can teach us about dealing with climate change doom

Canadians are unknowingly buying homes in climate change danger zones, report finds

UK High Commissioner urges Australia to bring more ambitious emissions target to COP26

Third new coal project approved by Australian environment minister Sussan Ley in just one month

Change the Game of Climate Change – the story of a collaborative climate board game as a climate communication innovation

Trillions of dollars a year are ‘adding fuel to the fire’ of the climate crisis, experts say

‘Eye-watering’: climate change disasters will cost Australia billions each year, study finds

September 2021 was one of the four warmest Septembers globally

The Best Way to Prepare Our Coasts for Climate Change? Nature Itself

Australia’s coal exports to ‘halve by 2050’ if climate goals are met

California chronically undercounts the death toll and has failed to address the growing threat of heat-related illness and death

Disaster risk reduction

Virginia addressing flood crisis, but more work is needed

Flooding disasters are on the rise: Here’s how to proactively prepare

On Borrowed Time: Earthquakes don’t kill people, buildings kill people, warns author

The Future of Cities After the Pandemic

The town that flood-proofed itself

Fire risk and severity decline with stand development in Tasmanian giant Eucalyptus forest

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s Floodplain Manager newsletter

Project that used flood impact reports to assess the accuracy of forecasts in Uganda

Can homes be designed to withstand wildfire?

More Americans Are Moving Into Fire-Risky Areas

Most Americans would rather rebuild than move if natural disaster strikes, poll finds

Extreme weather events in Europe

Earthquake-strengthening policy for commercial buildings in small-town New Zealand

Costs in Melbourne and Brisbane will increase significantly, as major rivers in these cities alongside growing populations will lead to greater costs associated with flooding

Emergency management

You thought the U.S. fire season was bad. Russia’s is much worse

Confront climate change to stop military being diverted to natural disasters, former ADF chief warns

The flood that drowned American dreams

Canadian authorities’ response to deadly heat ‘inadequate’: HRW

How fast is vaccine effectiveness waning?

New job cut figures – firefighters “might not be able to fight all fires”

Prof Sarah Gilbert says failure to provide jabs to poor countries risks more deaths and dangerous new variants of virus

How can a community withstand, recover, adapt, and persist in the face of crises?

The capacity of Emergency management services (EMS) agencies to adapt and be prepared for futures where the changing climate

Experts Say Worst Of Covid-19 Is Behind Us, But They’ve Been Wrong Before: Cautious Messaging Is Warranted

Smoke from California wildfires increases doctor visits and blocks sun from crops

Disaster education, communications and engagement

August media attention to climate change or global warming in newspapers around the globe increased 6.5% from the previous month of July

NOAA awards $900,000 to advance community resilience through education

Highlighting altruism in geoscience careers aligns with diverse US student ideals better than emphasizing working outdoors

Psychology and disasters

Recovering emotionally from disaster

Inside first responders’ struggle with mental health

‘Eco-anxiety’: fear of environmental doom weighs on young people

Sociology and disasters

Risks and Choices as Populations Surge in Flood Zones, Rich and Poor

WHO Slams ‘Heartbreaking’ Inequity As Over 50 Countries Fail To Vaccinate Just 10% Of Population

How social networks can save lives when disasters strike

Today in disaster resilience (1 October 2021)

Please find below a list of links to some aspects of disaster resilience that were in the news this week…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Volcanic ash cloud closes airport on Spanish island, as new vent prompts concern

Heavy rains as Cyclone Gulab makes landfall in India

Spain – Flash Floods Wreak Havoc in Andalusia After 112mm of Rain in 1 Hour

Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Crete, Greece

Thailand – Tropical Storm Dianmu Brings Flooding to North and Central Regions

Lava from La Palma eruption finally reaches the Atlantic

Bangkok on alert as 70,000 homes flood in Thailand

Colombia – Early Warning Saved Lives in Tolima Floods, Says Head of Disaster Agency

India – Severe Flooding in 4 States After Rain From Cyclone Gulab

Volcanic activity worldwide 30 Sep 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Kilauea

Tornado tears through regional NSW, injuring three people, damaging properties near Bathurst

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Three things needed for successful climate adaptation in cities

Missing wind variability means future impacts of climate change may be underestimated in Europe and North America

Powerful, local stories can inspire us to take action on climate change

Children born today to see ’24 times more’ climate-induced disasters than their grandparents

Born into the Climate Crisis: Why we must act now to secure children’s rights

Climate crisis: do we need millions of machines sucking CO2 from the air?

Scientific team uncovers additional threat to Antarctica’s floating ice shelves

Six research priorities for cities and climate change

Extreme, deadly heat in Canada is going to come back, and worse. Will we be ready?

Americans who think that global warming is happening now outnumber those who think it is not happening by more than 6 to 1

Americans’ willingness to prepare for “climate change” vs. “extreme weather”

Our climate projections for 2500 show an Earth that is alien to humans

How to measure a shrinking glacier

NSW government sets more ambitious 50pc emissions reduction target for 2030

Netherland’s Flood Management is a Climate Adaption Model for the World

Climate change is ‘a freight train’ making some places too dangerous to live in, experts say

3-Year Drought Creates Frightening ‘New Normal’ in South America

How Satellite Technologies Can Aid Fiji, Other Pacific Island Nations to Build Climate Resilience

Cutting methane should be a key Cop26 aim, research suggests

‘It’s like a war’: Greece battles increase in summer wildfires

Disaster risk reduction

After devastating European fire season, experts call for new approach to protecting forests

The Alignment of Australia’s National Construction Code and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Achieving Resilient Buildings and Communities’s_National_Construction_Code_and_the_Sendai_Framework_for_Disaster_Risk_Reduction_in_Achieving_Resilient_Buildings_and_Communities

Remote sensing technology in claims assessment – lessons learned from the 2021 Australia East Coast floods

What does it take to reduce flood and drought risks and build climate resilience in Eastern Africa?

Decision Making for Managing Community Flood Risks: Perspectives of United States Floodplain Managers

‘We are not safe’: Warning on city buildings as more quakes predicted

UNDP launches new Insurance and Risk Finance Facility

Real-world evidence and the path from data to impact

Why designing policies for extreme events requires a system overview

The proportion of the world’s population exposed to floods grew by 20 to 24 percent—ten times greater than what previous models had predicted

New research initiatives to monitor complex river systems to better understand how water is used in NSW

A hydrography upscaling method for scale-invariant parametrization of distributed hydrological models

Disaster risk creation in the Darjeeling Himalayas: Moving toward justice

Cascading disasters triggered by tsunami hazards: A perspective for critical infrastructure resilience and disaster risk reduction

Moderate quake rattles southeastern Australia. Where’s the fault?

Introducing the wildfire layer on Google Maps

UNDP experts analyze flood risk management in Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

Natural Hazards Research Australia newsletter

Global riverine flood risk – how do hydrogeomorphic floodplain maps compare to flood hazard maps?

Emergency management

Identifying Strategies to Boost COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance in the United States

U.S. Has Enough COVID-19 Vaccines For Boosters And Kids’ Shots

Governance in the Face of Extreme Events: Lessons from Evolutionary Processes for Structuring Interventions, and the Need to Go Beyond

New local leadership structure at Fire and Emergency

World Bank report sheds light on the nuanced connections between “water shocks” and human migration

‘Wildfire year’ meant record days at the highest preparedness level, Forest Service chief says

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Radioactive Performances: Teaching about Radiation after the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Corby building trade workers invited to learn how to prevent flooding at event this week

Severe Weather Photography

How Should Nations Handle the Human Aftermath of Disasters?

Disaster Assistance Handbook

Psychology and disasters

Climate psychologist says neither gloom-and-doom nor extreme solution-obsessed optimism is the best way to discuss climate change productively

NWCG video about firefighter mental health

Sociology and disasters

Social vulnerability and the impact of policy responses to COVID-19 on disabled people Protecting Manila’s most vulnerable from rising seas

Today in disaster resilience (24 September 2021)

Please find below a list of links to some aspects of disaster resilience that were in the news recently…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Gard hit by historic rainfall — more than 2 months’ worth of rain in just 3 hours, France

Spanish Canary Island volcano erupts after weeks of earthquakes

Italy – 10 Rescued From Floods Near Malpensa Airport

India – 10 Killed in West Bengal Floods

India – Fatalities After Floods and Severe Weather in Uttar Pradesh

USA – Severe Floods in Alabama Leave 1 Dead

Chad – Floods Affect 250,000 Across 400 Villages

Nigeria – Floods Affect 100,000 in Adamawa as Cholera Cases Rise, Says UN

India – Flooding Affects Thousands in Odisha

‘My whole life in a van’: Islanders flee Spanish volcano

Melbourne earthquake: Tremor rattles southeast Australia

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Sep 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch

Colombia – Thousands Affected as Floods Continue in the North

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

World on ‘catastrophic’ climate path of 2.7C warming, UN warns

What Is ‘Fire Weather,’ and Why Is It Getting Worse?

Much of New Zealand’s coastal property has an expiry date

‘It’s a reality’: Biden calls for urgency in California as climate crisis fuels wildfires

Illinois Now Boasts the ‘Most Equitable’ Climate Law in America. So What Will That Mean?

No, damming the Golden Gate won’t save the Bay Area from rising seas

‘Climate crisis on our shores’: Mediterranean countries sign deal after summer of fires

Long-term sea-level rise necessitates a commitment to adaptation: A first order assessment

How Methane Emissions Contribute to Climate Change

Biden launches plan to address ‘silent killer’: extreme heat

Climate Change Will Alter Cooling Effects of Volcanic Eruptions

Climate change and impacts accelerate

Clear majority of Australians want net zero emissions by 2050

Which parts of Australia’s coast will vanish below rising sea levels?

Extreme heat: The economic and social consequences for the United States

Proving sea levels are rising

Global wildfire carbon dioxide emissions at record high, data shows

Scientists still don’t know how far melting in Antarctica will go – or the sea level rise it will unleash

The unexplored region of the atmosphere that could help predict climate change

Wildfire and flood disasters are causing ‘climate migration’ within Canada

Life at 50C: Heat hitting home in Australia

NASA Satellites Show How Clouds Respond to Arctic Sea Ice Change

Drivers of exceptional coastal warming in the northeastern United States

Councils spend millions on climate change and disaster recovery: New report

Disaster risk reduction

Fire breaks are getting bigger in NSW but experts say it’s a big mistake

Greece’s Wildfires and the Future of Natural Disasters

The next health threat is here — action is needed on anti-microbial resistance

Risk Rating 2.0 moves the NFIP away from its heavy reliance on in-or-out flood zones

Enhancements of the Australian Exposure Information Platform

Forecast-based Financing for flash floods: a Flash Flood Confidence Index to improve flood reporting

Nature-based solutions for flood risk reduction: A probabilistic modeling framework

U.S. flood insurance rates to rise for 77% of policyholders -study

When extreme events are no longer rare: Lessons from Hurricane Ida

After Ida, U.S. cities eye more equal resilience plans

Effectiveness of small- and large-scale Nature-Based Solutions for flood mitigation: The case of Ayutthaya, Thailand

RMS Estimates US$1.1 – $2.2 Billion in Total U.S. Insured Losses from Hurricane Nicholas

Australia is no stranger to earthquakes, yet our planning polices have not adapted

South Asia’s tryst with floods: A story less-known

Impact-based forecasting: a new way to predict the community impact of east coast lows

Emergency management

COVID-19 death toll in US surpasses 1918 pandemic deaths; experts say it didn’t have to happen

Australia’s COVID plan was designed before we knew how Delta would hit us. We need more flexibility

Covid-19: Delta outbreak here to stay

Long Covid Affecting One Third Of People After Covid

Polls on COVID-19 vaccination closely align with CDC data

Is the delta coronavirus variant more dangerous for children?

Many New Orleans Seniors Were Left Without Power For Days After Hurricane Ida

Facing bigger blazes, longer hours, low pay, wildland firefighters ask Congress, agencies for help

COVID vaccine immunity is waning — how much does that matter?

426,000 affected by flooding in South Sudan: UN

South Sudanese refugees homeless again after Sudan floods

With extreme weather events and other disasters on the rise, how well are Americans prepared?

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Global Volcanism Program

National Preparedness Month

A National Animation demonstrating the achievements of DEFRA funded and Environment Agency supported Property Flood Resilience (PFR) Pathfinder Projects

Using local knowledge in disaster policy is challenging, but necessary

Facebook Puts $1M Toward Combating Climate Change Misinformation

You’ve been through a disaster — what next?

Psychology and disasters

Caring for the vulnerable opens gateways to our richest, deepest brain states

Tsunami awareness and preparedness in Aotearoa New Zealand: The evolution of community understanding

Let’s stop talking about climate ‘resilience’ and start talking about climate trauma

Sociology and disasters

Bonding and linking social capital are key determinants for successful pandemic policy

“Driving Down a Road and Not Knowing Where You’re At”: Navigating the Loss of Physical and Social Infrastructure After the Camp Fire

The benefits of Social Infrastructure and Civic ties in Uncertain Times

A critical appraisal of individual social capital in crisis response

The unequal impacts of wildfire

No silver-bullets: why understanding community characteristics is key to enhancing flood resilience

We must address inequality to build back better from disasters

Linking resilience, vulnerability, social capital and risk awareness for crisis and disaster research