Today in disaster resilience (17 January 2020)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Taal Volcano erupts in Philippines

U.S. winter storms cause 10 deaths, flight cancellations, power outages

Flooding hits Grand River Watershed hard

Extreme weather leaves Congo capital residents underwater

Dubai airport flooding: Flights delayed or cancelled

Indonesia – Flash Floods in South Sulawesi

Iran and UAE – Deadly Floods After Days of Heavy Rain

Kashmir avalanches and landslides leave 62 people dead

UAE smashes 24-year-old rainfall record, widespread flooding and destruction reported

New eruption at Fernandina volcano (Cerro la Cumbre), lava flows descending to the coast – Galapagos, Ecuador

Strong explosion at Popocatepetl volcano, ash to 11.3 km (37 000 feet) a.s.l., Mexico

Extreme cold and heavy snow hit Afghanistan, killing at least 17 people

Iran – Floods in South Leave 3 Dead, Hundreds Rescued

Indonesia – Samarinda Floods Again, Thousands Affected

Namibia – Overflowing Zambezi River Leaves Communities Cut Off

Peru – 2 Dead After Rivers Flood in Pasco and Puno Departments

Oman hit by 4 months’ worth of rain in 1 day, severe flash floods and freezing temperatures

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Jan 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador

Brutal cold snap brings death toll to at least 170 in Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Study Confirms Climate Models are Getting Future Warming Projections Right

Some say we’ve seen bushfires worse than this before. But they’re ignoring a few key facts

Ocean temperatures hit record high as rate of heating accelerates

Anomalously warm temperatures are associated with increased injury deaths

Studying Asian glaciers provides glimpse into future of extremes

The ice we’ve lost to climate change this past decade, visualized

Australia is no longer the lucky country

Despite the political smokescreen, scientists are in no doubt that global heating has contributed to Australia’s fire emergency

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell slightly in 2019

US National Climate Report – Annual 2019

Climate change: Australia fires will be ‘normal’ in warmer world

ScienceBrief Review: Climate Change Increases the Risk of Wildfires

Australia’s Wildfires Might Intensify Future Climate Crises

Inaction over climate emergency ‘not an option’ says UN Assembly chief

2019 capped off the world’s hottest decade in recorded history

Injuries and Deaths Could Rise with Climate Change in the U.S., a New Study Finds

Climate Change Brings Geopolitical Complications for Australia

Climate change to be brought into new flooding guidance maps for Wales

Climate change to be key element in next Canadian budget: finance minister

New climate models suggest Paris goals may be out of reach

5 states had the wettest year on record in 2019

Climate change is making Australia’s weird weather even weirder

For the first time, the Alarmed are now the largest of Global Warming’s Six Americas

Glacial Lake Outburst Floods: A New Climate-Related Threat from Above


Disaster risk reduction

Ten years after earthquake, Haiti still vulnerable to disasters

Disaster by Choice

In January 2020, Jakarta experienced its worst rainfall in more than a decade

Australia fires: Aboriginal planners say the bush ‘needs to burn’

How Cities are Using Architecture to Combat Flooding

Massive new rooftop farm helps reduce flooding in Bangkok

To fix a flood-prone neighborhood, Dubuque planners use 3D GIS watershed models

U.S. flood risk model to be publicly available in boon for homebuyers

The gathering firestorm in southern Amazonia

Colorado has seen the largest increase in natural disasters, study says

Taal Eruption and Ashfall Continue; Thousands Still at Risk

Jakarta’s flood costs will increase by up to 400% by 2050, research shows

Planning an International Magma Observatory

Tourists are abandoning regional Victoria and NSW in droves, with cancellation rates of more than 60 per cent even in towns outside the bushfire zones causing economic damage of up to $1 billion

Gorkha aftershocks reveal seismic hazard in Nepal

Environment Agency announces updated plans for York flood scheme

How can we stop our village flooding again?

ARC Linkage funds research on early warning system for bushfires

The danger of the Taal Volcano

$9.5 Million In Grants Awarded To Australian Researchers For Bushfire Forecast Project

Tourism loses $4.5b to bushfires as overseas visitors cancel

Residents’ flood-risk fears resurface over new Chorley housing development

This map presents a selection of regions likely to encounter significant water anomalies during the one year period beginning in October 2019 and running through September 2020

Disasters, climate change failure and extreme weather three of the top risks facing the world in 2020


Emergency management

Bushfire lessons available to act on ahead of royal commission, experts say

As flood waters recede, Jakarta residents file lawsuit against governor

Smoke from Australia’s fires will make ‘full circuit’ around the world

Shealing: Post‐disaster slow healing and later recovery

Canada to send 69 more fire personnel to Australia to battle wildfires, minister says

American firefighters deployed to fight Australia fires met with cheers in Sydney

More than 20,000 children evacuated from the ‘danger zone’ around erupting volcano

Fire services are facing a ‘toxic’ culture of ‘bullying and harassment’

Flooding becomes politicized as Anies faces criticism

Of potential use in emergency management the V-Coptr Falcon is a bi-copter drone that has a 50-minute battery life

Prehistoric Wollemi pines saved by firefighters from Australia’s bushfires

Australian bushfires from the air: before and after images show scale of devastation

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience is developing Knowledge-into-Action briefs for people who are supporting communities to recover from the bushfire crisis

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Australians must learn a fine-grained language of fire in all its different localities

Beyond lava and ash: What makes volcanoes dangerous?

Children’s book inspired by Somerset’s 1607 killer wave

Artists help communities during a crisis, not hinder. Why are we still told they don’t matter?

Kobe commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake and through education is working to remind younger generations of the past devastation — and the importance of disaster preparedness

Victoria Police rejects social media campaign claiming arson caused fires

Conceptualizing community in disaster risk management

Creating a business contingency plan for flooding


Psychology and Disasters

Geopolitical factors and mental health

The role of risk perception in influencing flood losses over time


Sociology and disasters

Beware of bushfire scams: how fraudsters take advantage of those in need

Global problems need social science

Today in disaster resilience (10 January 2020)


Please find below a list of links to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Indonesia floods: Death toll hits 66 as more rain is expected

Israel – Flash Floods Leave 4 Dead, Dozens Rescued

Malawi – Flash Floods Affect 400 Households in Lilongwe

Bushfires destroy more property in Victoria as military, volunteers ramp up disaster relief

Southern Highlands’ Morton bushfire devastates Wingello, Bundanoon and Kangaroo Valley

Before-and-after photos show the scale of devastation on Kangaroo Island, with the world-famous Southern Ocean Lodge decimated

Puerto Rico earthquake: Punta Ventana collapses as powerful tremor hits

6.4-quake strikes Puerto Rico, killing at least 1 amid heavy seismic activity

Peru – Floods in Huanuco Hit Over 300 Families

Angola – Deadly Flash Floods in Luanda

Colombia – 1,200 Families Affected as Rivers Overflow in Chocó Department

Turkey – Torrential Rain Causes Flash Floods and Landslides in Mersin

Australian fires: Victorians urged to leave amid fears ‘heat spike’ will cause bushfires to merge

Israel – More Flash Floods After Almost 100mm of Rain in 24 Hours

Volcanic activity worldwide 9 Jan 2020: Popocatépetl volcano, Krakatau, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

This apocalyptic Australian summer is our Sandy Hook moment – if we don’t take climate action now we never will

The first systematic review finds that climate models have been remarkably accurate

The bushfire crisis has given the Government a political ‘out’ to its climate change problem

Australia Will Lose to Climate Change

Australia’s unprecedented wildfires are supercharged thanks to climate change, the type of trees catching fire and weather, experts say

A theory of adaptation to climate change. From trajectories of vulnerability to adaptation pathways

Glaciers in the Olympic Mountains could vanish by end of this century

How can we adapt to a fierier world?

Climate signals detected in global weather

Forecasted attribution of the human influence on Hurricane Florence

Weather bureau says hottest, driest year on record led to extreme bushfire season

Australia Annual climate statement 2019

In the face of extreme climate events, ASU professor to link network of groups developing nature-based solutions

The summer has seen another cyclone in Fiji and terrible fires in Australia. We don’t need to be scientists to know that something is very wrong here

Miami needs allies in its fight to survive climate change

In 2030, we ended the climate emergency. Here’s how

Experts say climate change is driving up the risk of wildfires in Canada

Decade in review: how climate change has made flooding worse


Disaster risk reduction

Health impacts of bushfires won’t be known for years, experts say

Doing more of the same on fires will not mitigate disaster impact

Bushfires scare off East Gippsland tourists as businesses face struggle to stay afloat

Calls are increasing for more “controlled burns” to cut the bushfire risk. What are they, how much is being done and do they work?

Survey results show flood insurance remains ‘big challenge’

Explainer: how effective is bushfire hazard reduction on Australia’s fires?

‘We’re going to see more of this’: Spring flooding in B.C. may be worsened by logging practices

Why wasn’t there more prescribed burning, and would it have helped?

Why so many earthquakes are rocking Puerto Rico

There’s no evidence ‘greenies’ block bushfire hazard reduction but here’s a controlled burn idea worth trying

Jakarta, the fastest sinking city in the world faces the biggest flooding challenge

Better forecast for better disaster risk management in Cox’s Bazar

Future changes in extreme weather and pyroconvection risk factors for Australian wildfires

Hazard reduction burns are not a ‘panacea’ for bushfire risk, RFS boss says

U.S. billion-dollar weather disasters doubled in last decade-report

To avert future flood chaos, Indonesian capital urged to defend nature

A better estimate of water-level rise in the Ganges delta

Jakartans to File Class Action Against City Administration for Disastrous Flood Management

Resilience planning under information scarcity in fast growing African cities and towns: The CityRAP approach

How one Iowa city is planning for a rising Mississippi River

In 2019 natural catastrophes cause overall losses of US$ 150bn, with insured losses of about US$ 52bn – In line with long-term average

USA experienced 14 billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in 2019


Emergency management

NSW fires boss criticises Prime Minister Scott Morrison as blazes destroy ‘hundreds’ more homes

The evidence is many people losing their homes will find themselves unable to rebuild, due to lack of insurance

More than 5,000 insurance claims totalling $375 million have been made in relation to the Australian bushfires, including 1,600 destroyed homes

Industry ministry to help small manufacturers after flood

‘The mood is sombre’: Scientists warn of the bushfire’s lasting impacts on wildlife

Kangaroo Island shows burn scars on one third of the land mass

The bushfires are horrendous—but expect cyclones, floods and heatwaves, too

Returning to Normalcy in the Short‐Term: A Preliminary Investigation of the Recovery from Hurricane Harvey among Individuals with Home Damage

More than one billion animals killed in Australian bushfires

Ten years after Haiti earthquake, medical care is deteriorating

Indonesia’s flooded capital disinfected to fend off disease

Community ‘desperate’ for release of Lancaster flooding report four years on from Storm Desmond

In 2019, the rainy season was particularly significant and persistent in many parts of Africa. More than one million people were affected by unprecedented flooding

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Fires misinformation being spread through social media

After The Floods: creative writing

Operationalizing crowdsourcing through mobile applications for disaster management in India

Online fact-checkers confront deluge of bushfire misinformation


Psychology and Disasters

“I prepared my home as much as I could, I’ve done what I can, it’s not worth dying”

Shock, fear and sadness grip Australia’s ‘bushfire refugees’

‘I can still picture the faces’: Black Saturday firefighters want you to listen to them, not call them ‘heroes’


Sociology and disasters

Finding: Increased neighborhood ties after the disaster reduced the risk of depressive symptoms even when survivors suffered disaster damages – fostering horizontal, neighborhood ties may improve disaster preparedness and mental health resilience

Today in disaster resilience (20 December 2019)


Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Massive fire burns from Lithgow to Central Coast in New South Wales as Western Australia emergency continues

Malaysia – Thousands Evacuate After Second Wave of Floods in Johor

France – More Floods After Storm Hits South and West

Indonesia – Deadly Floods in Central Sulawesi

Strong quake sends people out of malls in south Philippines

Heavy floods in north and east Sri Lanka displace thousands, reservoirs overflow

Two perish in floods in south-western France

Visual of spread of Gospers Mountain megafire

DR Congo – Deadly Landslide in Ituri Province

Portugal – Heavy Rain Triggers Flash Floods in Alentejo Region

Uganda – More Fatalities After Floods in Central and Eastern Regions

DR Congo – 600,000 Affected by Floods in 12 Provinces, Says UN

Iran – Hundreds of Families Hit by Flooding in Southern Provinces

Volcanic activity worldwide 19 Dec 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay

Two volunteer firefighters killed in truck rollover in Buxton

Flash floods batter Devon and Cornwall, southwest England


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

UN climate talks end with limited progress on emissions targets

After recent devastating bushfires, dozens of Extinction Rebellion climate activists gathered outside Sydney’s iconic Opera House on Sunday to protest against climate change

How Africa will be affected by climate change

Temperature record could be repeatedly broken as heatwave hits Australia’s south-east, BOM says

November 2019 was the second-hottest November in the 140-year global climate record

UN climate talks: ‘The window of opportunity is open, but barely’

Climate Change Will Shrink Economies of Rich and Poor Countries Alike

Long-Term Macroeconomic Effects of Climate Change: A Cross-Country Analysis

For the vulnerable, UN climate talks are no longer fit for purpose

Oxford City Council commits £19m to climate emergency response

Climate change has cut Australian farm profits by 22% a year over past 20 years, report says

Carbon Market Institute survey finds 96% believe Australia should not delay transition to decarbonised economy

Cross-sector support for Victorian leadership on climate

Preparing for extreme sea levels depends on location, time, study finds

Australia experiences hottest day on record and its worst ever spring bushfire danger

Dramatically increased rate of observed hot record breaking in recent Australian temperatures

Empowering communities to adapt to climate change

Temperature hits 49.9C and roads melt in remote SA ahead of catastrophic fire conditions

2020 to be one of hottest years on record, Met Office says

How much closer to their doors must the fire burn? It’s immoral not to connect the dots

Assessing heat wave risk in cities as global warming continues

What Climate Change Tells Us about Being Human


Disaster risk reduction

White Island eruption: How Monday’s eruption transformed the face of the volcano

I went to New Zealand to understand what a huge California earthquake would look like

Managing Urban Flooding in the San Francisco Bay Area: From a Concrete Bowl to a Green Sponge

The inner Melbourne suburbs at growing risk of coastal flooding linked to climate change

Fire-starting weed or ecological scapegoat? The battle over California’s eucalyptus trees

Four large quakes in two months jolt southern Philippines

Release of the 2019 UK Flood Map update: the mapping covers river (fluvial), surface water (pluvial) and coastal flood across Great Britain and Northern Ireland at 5m resolution

Army Corps Found Liable for Upstream Houston Floods

Cork flood scheme report ‘used out of context’- UK Engineering firm

Cities like New Orleans are partnering with the Dutch Dialogues, a workshop exploring urban design principles that the Netherlands uses to prevent flooding

Flash flooding is a serious threat in the UK – here’s how scientists are tackling its prediction

Scientists fear surge in supersized bushfires that create their own violent thunderstorms


Emergency management

Former fire and emergency chiefs push for national bushfire emergency summit

Cyclone victims face bleak prospects in Mozambique resettlement sites

Australia needs a national crisis plan, and not just for bushfires

Refugees at ‘increased risk’ from extreme weather

Albania earthquake: Arrests over deaths in collapsed buildings

The Top 5 Deadliest Disasters in 2019

‘Hugely disappointed’ emergency chiefs to hold bushfire summit with or without PM

Concerns remain for children affected by floods in Somalia

NSW Premier declares state of emergency ahead of extreme bushfire conditions

How Portland’s Earthquake Preppers Are Planning for the Worst


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Citizen Science in the Post-Disaster Context

NWS makes needed changes to flash flood warnings

When ‘1-In-100-Year’ Floods Happen Often, What Should You Call Them?

The Devon Community Resilience Forum supports communities to develop their community emergency plan; a document that guides community response in an emergency and helps communities to prepare


Psychology and Disasters

Stakeholder Values in Hurricane Michael: Understanding How Value Dynamics Contribute to Collaborative Decision Making in Disasters

Resilience Under Fire: Protective Action, Attitudes, and Behaviors Evidenced in the 2018 Woolsey Fire

Symmetry Breaking in Evacuation Exit Choice: Impacts of Cognitive Bias and Physical Factor on Evacuation Decision

Australian citizens are mostly unaware of their country’s potential volcanic hazards

74% of UK drivers would risk life in flood water


Sociology and disasters

The Vulnerability Bearers

Disaster Justice for All: The Need for a More Equitable and Just Recovery Lens

Today in disaster resilience (13 December 2019)


Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Australia fires: blazes ‘too big to put out’ as 140 bushfires rage in NSW and Queensland

Namibia – 1 Dead After Flash Floods in Northern and Central Areas

New Zealand – Flooding Prompts State of Emergency in Canterbury Region

Uganda – at Least 16 Killed in Floods and Landslides in Western Region

Flooding causes extreme destruction in South Sudan: IOM

White Island volcano erupts in Bay of Plenty: 5 dead, 8 missing, 31 in hospital

Malaysia – Hundreds Evacuated After Floods in Johor

Philippines – Thousands Displaced by Floods in North

Sri Lanka – 6 Dead, Thousands Displaced as Heavy Rain Continues

Rwanda – Dozens Homeless After Heavy Rain Triggers Landslides in Musanze

Somalia – Homes Destroyed as Tropical Cyclone Pawan

Colombia – Thousands Hit by Floods in Nariño Department

South Africa – Hundreds Rescued From Floods in Gauteng

Lebanon and Israel – Flash Floods Cause Travel Chaos

More than 720 homes lost in NSW fires as Sydney told to brace for huge losses

Malaysia – 300 Evacuate After Floods in Sabah

Madagascar – Floods and Wind Damage After Tropical Cyclone Belna Makes Landfall

Ecuador – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Morona-Santiago Province

Maldives – Heavy Rain Causes Floods in Malé

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Dec 2019: Etna volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Nagano is first prefecture in Japan to declare a climate emergency

Victoria Falls dries to a trickle after worst drought in a century

Leading scientists condemn political inaction on climate change as Australia ‘literally burns’

New research examines climate change’s role in 2018 extreme weather events

Earth’s frozen ‘water towers’ threatened by warming, population growth, report says

Explaining Extreme Events from a Climate Perspective

Greenland ice losses rising faster than expected

Historic American towns have endured wars, storms. What about sea rise?

Sea Level Science Grapples with Uncertainty and Usability

‘Sydney is angry’: Protesters march to demand urgent action on climate change

Now Australian cities are choking on smoke, will we finally talk about climate change?

“Climatic-affective atmospheres”: A conceptual tool for affective scholarship in a changing climate

Climate Analytics suggests Australia has reneged on a pledge to make deeper emissions cuts

On current trends, Greenland ice melting will cause 100 million people to be flooded each year by the end of the century, so 400 million in total due to sea level rise

“There’s been this increasing dawning of awareness among many Americans that climate change is actually starting to harm people here and now”

People are waking up to the climate crisis, but two sobering reports this week are a reminder of the enormity of the problem

Explaining Extreme Events from a Climate Perspective Report


Disaster risk reduction

How to live with mega-fires? Portugal’s feral forests may hold the secret

Study suggests Cascadia can trigger quakes on the northern San Andreas, California

Indian Ocean Dipole: What is it and why is it linked to floods and bushfires?

Flash flooding is a serious threat in the UK – here’s how scientists are tackling its prediction

Meteorological conditions leading to the 2015 Salgar flash flood: lessons for vulnerable regions in tropical complex terrain

A benefit–cost analysis of floodplain land acquisition for US flood damage reduction

New study compares floodplain protection today to predicted future flood losses

To prevent increasingly massive wildfires we need to rethink our approach to forest management

A Tiny Leak Led to a Massive, Unexpected Collapse at Kilauea Volcano

Conserving the Floodplains Could Save Billions of Dollars, Researchers say

Damaging Rains From Hurricanes Can Be More Intense After Winds Subside

Hazard map articles should describe the development of a volcanic hazard map or set of volcanic hazard maps

Scientists Scramble to Collect Data After Ridgecrest Earthquakes


Emergency management

Government’s role in supporting community–led approaches to recovery

Briefing Mozambique’s post-cyclone problems multiply

‘Smells like it’s time to go to work’: American firefighters arrive in Sydney

White Island erupts: Why were tourists allowed on unsettled island?

Why White Island erupted and why there was no warning

As Australia bush fires rage, country offers lessons for the wildfire-prone western U.S.

New Zealand helicopter pilot describes horror of volcano rescue

Hunger deepening in South Sudan as floods follow drought and unresolved conflict

Despite Warning Of 2nd Eruption, Police Will Try To Recover Bodies On White Island


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Policy Perspectives on Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing

A new database for detecting floods in real-time on a global scale using Twitter


Sociology and disasters

Capturing Bonding, Bridging, and Linking Social Capital through Publicly Available Data

How a small British town used social connections to make residents happier and healthier

The historical context of injustice, discrimination and inequality experienced through social structures that cause harm to certain people  informs today’s risk

Today in disaster resilience (6 December 2019)


Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Sri Lanka – 3 Dead, Hundreds Displaced After Floods and Landslides

Uganda – Thousands Affected by Landslides in Western Region

Mexico – Heavy Rain and Deadly Floods in Chihuahua and Sinaloa

Malaysia – Floods Displaced Over 2,000 in Terengganu

Rains lash many parts of Tamil Nadu, more forecast; five dead in city

Heavy rain batters southern France, causing new wave of deadly floods

Philippines evacuates hundreds of thousands ahead of typhoon, to shut main airport

French floods: five dead after three rescue workers killed in helicopter crash

Two children dead, one missing in Arizona floods as winter storm blankets U.S.

Malaysia – 2 Dead, 15,000 Displaced as Floods Worsen in Kelantan and Terengganu

Powerful typhoon leaves at least 4 dead in Philippines

Six killed, over 5 000 affected by incessant rains in Sri Lanka

At least 25 dead as days of heavy rain hit Tamil Nadu, India

Uganda – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Eastern Region

Spain – Flash Floods in Murcia After 120mm of Rain in 24 Hours

Angola – Homes Destroyed and Families Displaced After Heavy Rain in South

Volcanic activity worldwide 5 Dec 2019: Fuego volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay, Sakurajima


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The most important issue facing Australia? New survey sees huge spike in concern over climate change

Scientist’s theory of climate’s Titanic moment the ‘tip of a mathematical iceberg’

Methane in the atmosphere is surging, and that’s got scientists worried

Countries from Siberia to Australia are burning: the age of fire is the bleakest warning yet

With Waters Rising And Its Population Falling, What Is Venice’s Future?

Warming toll: 1 degree hotter, trillions of tons of ice gone

Bureau of Meteorology declares spring 2019 the driest on record

COP25: youth ‘leadership’ contrasts with government inaction, says UN chief

Latest climate models confirm need for urgent mitigation

Climate change: Critical year for climate change starts in Madrid

Drone images show Greenland ice sheet becoming more unstable as it fractures

Climate change is forcing one person from their home every two seconds, Oxfam says

Climate change: Study underpins key idea in Antarctic ice loss

One of the most overlooked consequences of climate change? Our mental health

Earth has a couple more chances to avoid catastrophic climate change. This week is one of them

Decade of ‘exceptional’ heat likely to be hottest on record, experts say

A new report sheds more light on how climate change is impacting Alaska Native villages

China’s climate paradox: A leader in coal and clean energy

How Airports Are Protecting Themselves Against Rising Seas

‘Exceptional heat’: Urgent climate action needed to avoid extremes

Climate models have accurately predicted global heating, study finds

Florida Keys Deliver a Hard Message: As Seas Rise, Some Places Can’t Be Saved

The polar regions in a 2°C warmer world

Global emissions to hit 36.8 billion tonnes, beating last year’s record high

Global Carbon Budget 2019

The Climate Crisis Isn’t Just Taking Pacific Islanders’ Homes, It’s Taking Our Identities

Putting Climate Services in Contexts: Advancing Multi-disciplinary Understandings

Floods predicted to uproot 50m people a year as climate heats up

Australian businesses, unions and farmers say Paris agreement requires zero emissions plan

Historic US towns endured wars, storms. What about sea rise?

The loss of the ice shelf supporting one of Antarctica’s most vulnerable glaciers could hasten its collapse, a new study finds


Disaster risk reduction

Inches from disaster: crisis faces Britain’s crumbling coastline

Tsunami unleashed by Anak Krakatoa eruption was at least 100m high

What is the evidence behind hazard-reduction burning?

A new method using fiber-optic cables pinpointed the previously hidden system—and it may reveal more seismic surprises around the globe

After Floods, Some Cities Take On More Restrictive Zoning and Building Regulations

November 2019 Yorkshire floods a 1-in-60 year event

Disaster hacks: South American cities harness tech and nature to tackle flooding

Why the floods in East Africa are so bad

Floating Cities: The Next Big Real Estate Boom

An analysis of UNFCCC-financed coastal adaptation projects: Assessing patterns of project design and contributions to adaptive capacity

Experts say earthquake damage was worse outside Anchorage’s building safety area due to lax oversight

Forecasting Volcanic Eruptions with Artificial Intelligence

Guide to Community Risk Reduction Planning

Quickly and easily share model outputs using Flood Viewer

Can graph theory help prepare for lifeline failure during a disaster?

Selma Estates residents say flooding is costing them their livelihood; Loudoun County to consider buy-out program

Mitigation Matters: Policy Solutions to Reduce Local Flood Risk

The Global Climate Risk Index 2020 analyses to what extent countries and regions have been affected by impacts of weather-related loss events (storms, floods, heat waves etc.)

Atmospheric river storms create $1 billion-a-year flood damage


Emergency management

Kenya – Over 100 Dead, 18,000 Displaced After Recent Floods and Landslides

The large-scale training exercise simulated a 7.7 magnitude earthquake centered along the southwest segment of the New Madrid Seismic Zone

Diversity in emergency management scholarship

East Africa regional floods snapshot

‘Deeply sorry’ PG&E takes blame for California’s deadliest wildfire, seeks ‘technologies’ to limit future risks

Fleet additions enhance aerial capacity

Cohesion when the heat is on

Australian Fire Danger Rating System: preparing for change

Four years on from Storm Desmond


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Due to drought and recent bushfires the environment has for the first time surpassed healthcare, cost of living and the economy to be the number one concern for Australians

SciArt & Hydrology: how about having an art exhibition as part of your hydrology PhD thesis?

At Slow The Flow Calderdale, we want to encourage and empower people and organisations to take action on their own property and land, whether that is private or public-facing

Making geoscience fieldwork inclusive and accessible for students with disabilities


Psychology and Disasters

New research reveals why people do—and don’t—give after disasters

Distress tolerance plays role in alcohol use and abuse among firefighters


Sociology and disasters

Flooding and the New Normal: What is the Role of Gender in Experiences of Post‐Disaster Ontological Security?

A social identity model of riot diffusion: From injustice to empowerment in the 2011 London riots

Today in disaster resilience (29 November 2019)


Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

At least four dead after massive floods hit southeastern France

Dozens killed by floods and landslides in DRC and Kenya

State of natural disaster declared as extreme flooding displaces 50,000 in Congo

Congo-Brazzaville – 50,000 Affected by Floods in North and Central Provinces

Djibouti – Deadly Floods After 140mm of Rain in 2 Days

Two dead, highway collapses as floods pound France, Italy

Albania earthquake strikes highest-hazard zone in the Balkans, devastating nearby towns

Severe, fast-moving thunderstorm hits Sydney, leaving widespread damage and 76 000 homes without power, Australia

‘Brutal’ freezing November temperatures spread across northeast Russia

Three die as storm front batters Greece

Brazil – Torrential Rain Triggers Flooding and Landslides in Salvador, Bahia

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Nov 2019: Santiaguito volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Samoa climate change resilience challenges Western perceptions

Wild, feral and fossil-fuelled, fire lights up the globe. Is it time to declare that humans have created a Pyrocene?

Making every building count in meeting Australia’s emission targets

It’s not just Venice. Climate change imperils ancient treasures everywhere

Three Times Tectonics Changed the Climate

World heritage Queensland rainforest burned for 10 days – and almost no one noticed

Experts call for more tools to help communities mitigate and adapt to climate change to curb the impacts and costs of natural disasters

‘No sign of slowdown’: Atmospheric greenhouse gas levels hit new high

Scientists Reach 100% Consensus on Anthropogenic Global Warming

U.S. Public Views on Climate and Energy

Drier, hotter and deadlier: Stanford’s Michael Wara talks about California wildfires

‘Maybe It Will Destroy Everything’: Pakistan’s Melting Glaciers Cause Alarm

‘Dangerously close’: Tipping points may trigger climate cascade

As Sydney’s bushfire-induced haze shows, far from being insulated, urban areas are hugely vulnerable to the climate crisis

Climate migration myths

UNEP: 1.5C climate target ‘slipping out of reach’

Demands grow for ‘global justice’ on climate damage at U.N. talks

Summer outlook from Bureau of Meteorology suggests hot, dry times to continue

Heat Flow in Southern Australia and Connections With East Antarctica

Climate tipping points — too risky to bet against

changing climate, which is driving a drying trend across southern Australia and general warming across the country

The Keys face huge and looming bill to survive sea rise. They’re asking Florida for help

Home by the sea: new science shows more sea-level rise impacts on small islands

Stabilising the global population is not a solution to the climate emergency – but we should do it anyway


Disaster risk reduction

Busy Hurricane Season Does Less Damage, but Leaves Ominous Signs

Canadian Disaster Database

How wildfires have and will continue to shape our future

Conservative commentators have pointed to a long history of bushfires to suggest there is nothing unusual about this season. Experts disagree

Protesters blame new Great Lakes plan for Ottawa River, Lake Ontario floods

UniSA project brings Mount Schank to the masses via drone footage and virtual reality video

Can science tell when a large earthquake will be followed by an even larger one?

A grim summer is likely for the rivers of the Murray-Darling Basin and the people, flora and fauna that rely on it

Dangerous L.A. apartment buildings most at risk in an earthquake are quickly being fixed

Italy should call in the Dutch to help finish the Venice flood barriers

A small coastal Mississippi town is seeing dramatic property value losses from flooding. But the houses in highest demand are still right on the water

Great Britain’s first national flood map launched which incorporates current and future predictive flood scenarios for the 2020s, 2050s and 2080s

Don’t know why your town floods? There’s a clue in the place name

Mitigation Saves demonstrates that building a foot of freeboard saves an average of $6 per additional $1 of construction cost

Wildfires in Australia could also be shaping the weather

Risk informed development that is climate sensitive and socially inclusive is sustainable

Trade‐offs between fire hazard reduction and conservation in a Natura 2000 shrub–grassland mosaic

Ontario adviser reports on flood mitigation; province doesn’t commit to funds

Caribbean Island On Track To Become World’s First ‘hurricane-proof’ Country


Emergency management

How does the World Bank initiate a rapid response to climate-related disasters?

Measuring the state of disaster philanthropy

Over 500,000 people affected by floods in Somalia

Flooding victims in South Yorkshire betrayed by self-important politicians

FEMA’s Hurricane Aid to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Has Stalled

Some Cities Still Hoping for Irma Money FEMA Says Is ‘Questionable’

DR Congo – Over 200,000 Need Aid After Floods in North, Says UN

What the Qld floods class action means


Disaster education, communications and engagement

A tiny and remote North Taranaki school has won an award for its work monitoring their local awa, the Waitotara River, and developing a flood warning system

Inundation Street shows you what it is like to flood and what you can do to help you if you do

Understanding Disaster Risk

Global Natural Disasters Map 2020

What if a computer disaster simulation game could show politicians and local people what potential floods in their town would look like?


Psychology and Disasters

The Psychology of Fear Management and Terrorism


Sociology and disasters

Lagos… where residents live in dread of flooding

Rich Californians shelling out $30,000 to ease blackout pain

Today in disaster resilience (22 November 2019)


Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Exceptional high tide inundates Venice for third time in a week, as Italy suffers widespread flooding

Huge hailstones batter Queensland, causing significant damage to cars and homes, Australia

Flooding chaos in northern England to continue until Tuesday

Philippines – Houses Destroyed, Thousands Evacuate After Rain From Storm ‘Kalmaegi’ (Ramon)

Brazil – 1 Dead, Dozens Homeless After Floods in Espírito Santo

Colombia – More Flooding Hits Antioquia Department

Panama – Floods Damage Over 100 Homes in Central Provinces

Nigeria – Worst Flooding in 7 Years in Borno and Adamawa, Says UN

Austria – Heavy Rain Triggers Deadly Landslides and Floods in South

DR Congo – Thousands Hit by Floods in Haut-Uélé and Tshopo

UK – 100 Rescued After Floods Hit Central and Eastern Areas of England

Sydney blanketed in dense bushfire smoke amid ‘severe’ fire danger

Over 10 000 homes destroyed, 57 000 affected as catastrophic floods hit Central African Republic

Powerful tornado hits Grosseto, causing significant damage, Italy

Chad – Over 200,000 Hit by Floods Says UN

Colombia – Thousands Affected After Rivers Overflow in Santander Department

Italy – More Severe Weather as Rivers Overflow in Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany

Catastrophic bushfire conditions in Australia, over a dozen temperature records smashed

Volcanic activity worldwide 21 Nov 2019: Stromboli volcano, Fuego, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Dr Tom Beer’s pioneering 1980s research into bushfires and climate change has, to his dismay, proved all too accurate

Bangladesh declares climate change a “planetary emergency”

Flood, fire and plague: climate change blamed for current disasters

Future rainfall in UK uplands heavier than present climate predictions, study suggests

Sea-level rise and fear for Lagos

Climate Whiplash: Wild Swings in Extreme Weather Are on the Rise

Venice Flooding Reveals A Real Hoax About Climate Change – Framing It As “Either/Or”

In Bosnia and Herzegovina streamlined and coordinated climate action is reducing some of the devastating effects of climate change

We’ll be measuring sea level rise in feet, not inches

Storm surges to get bigger in south, smaller in north

Climate change may be divisive, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid it. Here’s how to approach the topic effectively

Painfully slow hurricanes, deadly heat, and cities without water: What the climate crisis will look like in the next 10 years, according to experts

Sea-Level Rise: West Africa Is Sinking

Understanding coastal sea level change: products available

Istanbul heatwave shows need for urgent climate action – Greenpeace

The staggering loss of the Arctic Ocean’s oldest sea ice shown in time-lapse

Retreat of the Columbia Glacier

Why coastal floods are becoming more frequent as seas rise

The serious sea level threat to Macau

October 2019: Earth’s Second Warmest October on Record

Climate impacts ‘to cost world $7.9 trillion’ by 2050

The world’s climate goals are not sufficient. They are also unlikely to be met

UK is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to extreme heatwaves caused by climate change

Massive Mildura dust storm leaves Victorian town ‘unliveable’ amid 40C heat

Permafrost Becoming a Carbon Source Instead of a Sink

Warning signs of climate change

The 2019 report of The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change

Melting glaciers and flooding wetlands

‘Maybe It Will Destroy Everything’: Pakistan’s Melting Glaciers Cause Alarm

We say we want climate action, but we still won’t vote for it


Disaster risk reduction

New book – ‘Disaster Upon Disaster: Exploring the Gap Between Knowledge, Policy and Practice’

New photogrammetry technique from the Army Corps of Engineers can make accurate 3D maps from ordinary aerial footage in just minutes

Cascading disasters are causing extreme weather to pack an even bigger punch

Lokeberg: an interesting quick clay slide triggered by piling in Western Sweden

Indigenous leaders say Australia’s bushfire crisis shows approach to land management failing

NZ’s wildfire future: which regions are most at risk?

Mumbai: BMC officers to visit Japan for lessons in flood control

USA: Community wildfire prevention & mitigation report

Range-dependent thresholds for global flood early warning

Iowa Mitigation Program Leads to $1.4 Billion in Flood Prevention Projects

In Flood-Prone South Carolina, Nature-Based Solutions Could Reduce Risk

Reduced fuel loads do little for bushfire mitigation under extreme fire weather and in times of drought

Flood-hit farmers in spat with George Monbiot about dredging

Public authorities sit on a vast wealth of social, economic and demographic data that should be fully integrated with flood risk management decision-making, and regularly updated

Subsidised cyclone insurance for northern Australia back on agenda

In the path of disaster: The big causes of bushfires that most of us are missing

Typhoons and floods wreak havoc on Japan’s big three insurers

Analysis Of The South Yorkshire Floods

International satellites supporting disaster management

Putting homes in high-risk areas is asking too much of firefighters

A massive experiment in Taiwan aims to reveal landslides’ surprising effect on the climate

Reducing wildfire risk is a collective effort

U.S. announces $30 million to bolster coasts from flooding, rising seas

Bushfire crisis costing Queensland and northern NSW millions

Massive tsunami as high as 15 m (49 feet) hit Oman 1 000 years ago, research finds

Managing Flood Water for Aquifer Recharge: Economic Considerations for Policy

Over the past few decades, development practice in England has led to more than 300,000 homes being built in high flood risk areas


Emergency management

Australia’s bushfire politics: the parties prevaricate while the country burns

How do you fight extreme wildfires?

When fire came to Sydney’s north shore

Sirens, texts, even church bells. California wildfire alerts and evacuations still ad hoc

Cyclone early warning system for Pacific goes live

Why flooding is still so difficult to predict and prepare for

‘Move out tonight’: First Code Red since 2010 issued for parts of Victoria

A scramble for safety in flooded South Sudan town

Public urged to be eyes and ears of police for potential firebugs

Nigeria: Tens of thousands of people stranded by floods in north-east

‘Hazardous’ air quality from bushfire smoke triggers spike in hospital admissions

How Australia’s bushfires spread: mapping the NSW and Queensland fires

Wasatch Fault Scenario

Change Coming to Flash Flood Warnings


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Volcano video game

These sixth-graders learned what it’s like to handle emergency operations during a storm

Communication During Disaster Recovery

Understanding fire weather

Flooding Disasters in an Era of Extreme Weather

Non-mobile phone users: What hinders their access?

Only 23% of UK people checked flood risk before moving into their current home

Flood losses are substantially reduced when awareness-raising attitudes are promoted through inclusive, participatory approaches in the community


Psychology and Disasters

The dread and worry keeping young Australians up at night

Trauma of Yorkshire floods will have ‘profound effect’ on victim’s mental health, says charity CEO

Domestic violence will spike in the bushfire aftermath, and governments can no longer ignore it

This is what it’s really like to be the spouse of a first responder

Multiple flood events erode neighborhood spirit, study finds

Mental health at risk as California wildfire threat grows


Sociology and disasters

Indigenous peoples and people of color are disproportionately affected by our global climate crisis

Somalia: Floods in Somalia increase vulnerability of population

Study the effects of earthquakes, floods and other natural hazards with sensitivity to ethical dilemmas and power imbalances

Weather and war: How climate shocks are compounding Somalia’s problems