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 https://watchers.news/2021/09/15/gard-historic-rainfall-nimes-flood-france-september-2021/

Spanish Canary Island volcano erupts after weeks of earthquakes https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/19/spanish-canary-island-volcano-erupts-after-weeks-of-earthquakes

Italy – 10 Rescued From Floods Near Malpensa Airport https://floodlist.com/europe/italy-10-rescued-from-floods-near-malpensa-airport

India – 10 Killed in West Bengal Floods https://floodlist.com/asia/india-west-bengal-floods-september-2021

India – Fatalities After Floods and Severe Weather in Uttar Pradesh https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-uttar-pradesh-september-2021

USA – Severe Floods in Alabama Leave 1 Dead https://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-alabama-september-2021

Chad – Floods Affect 250,000 Across 400 Villageshttps://floodlist.com/africa/chad-floods-september-2021

Nigeria – Floods Affect 100,000 in Adamawa as Cholera Cases Rise, Says UN https://floodlist.com/africa/nigeria-floods-adamawa-september-2021

India – Flooding Affects Thousands in Odisha https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-odisha-september-2021

‘My whole life in a van’: Islanders flee Spanish volcano https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/eruption-spanish-island-months-experts-80163425

Melbourne earthquake: Tremor rattles southeast Australia https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-58646917

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Sep 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/142272/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-23-Sep-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Shiveluch-Reventad.html

Colombia – Thousands Affected as Floods Continue in the North https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-update-floods-north-september-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

World on ‘catastrophic’ climate path of 2.7C warming, UN warns https://www.sbs.com.au/news/world-on-catastrophic-climate-path-of-2-7c-warming-un-warns/e19eb133-0436-435a-b7e5-1e40b51da9c8

What Is ‘Fire Weather,’ and Why Is It Getting Worse? https://www.wired.com/story/what-is-fire-weather-and-why-is-it-getting-worse/

Much of New Zealand’s coastal property has an expiry date https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/what-storms-may-come/

‘It’s a reality’: Biden calls for urgency in California as climate crisis fuels wildfires https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/sep/13/california-wildfires-biden-trip-climate-crisis-links-extreme-weather

Illinois Now Boasts the ‘Most Equitable’ Climate Law in America. So What Will That Mean? https://insideclimatenews.org/news/17092021/illinois-climate-law-equitable/

No, damming the Golden Gate won’t save the Bay Area from rising seas https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/No-damming-the-Golden-Gate-won-t-save-the-Bay-16468572.php

‘Climate crisis on our shores’: Mediterranean countries sign deal after summer of fires https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/20/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 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S221209632100084X

How Methane Emissions Contribute to Climate Change https://www.wri.org/insights/methane-gas-emissions-climate-change

Biden launches plan to address ‘silent killer’: extreme heat https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/biden-launches-response-health-harms-extreme-heat-80124520

Climate Change Will Alter Cooling Effects of Volcanic Eruptions https://eos.org/articles/climate-change-will-alter-cooling-effects-of-volcanic-eruptions

Climate change and impacts accelerate https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/climate-change-and-impacts-accelerate

Clear majority of Australians want net zero emissions by 2050 https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/clear-majority-of-australians-want-net-zero-emissions-by-2050-20210921-p58tkk.html

Which parts of Australia’s coast will vanish below rising sea levels? https://www.sbs.com.au/news/audiotrack/which-parts-australias-coast-will-vanish-below-rising-sea-levels

Extreme heat: The economic and social consequences for the United States https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/in-depth-research-reports/report/extreme-heat-the-economic-and-social-consequences-for-the-united-states/

Proving sea levels are rising https://medium.com/our-changing-climate/proving-sea-levels-are-rising-54f5d63e01b4

Global wildfire carbon dioxide emissions at record high, data shows https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/21/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 https://theconversation.com/scientists-still-dont-know-how-far-melting-in-antarctica-will-go-or-the-sea-level-rise-it-will-unleash-166677

The unexplored region of the atmosphere that could help predict climate change https://vtx.vt.edu/articles/2021/09/ictas-bailey-CUE-project.html

Wildfire and flood disasters are causing ‘climate migration’ within Canada https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/wildfire-and-flood-disasters-are-causing-climate-migration-within-canada-1004212774/

Life at 50C: Heat hitting home in Australia https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-australia-58643237

NASA Satellites Show How Clouds Respond to Arctic Sea Ice Change https://www.nasa.gov/feature/esnt/2021/nasa-satellites-show-how-clouds-respond-to-arctic-sea-ice-change

Drivers of exceptional coastal warming in the northeastern United States https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-021-01159-7

Councils spend millions on climate change and disaster recovery: New report https://citiespowerpartnership.org.au/2021/09/22/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 https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2021-09-17/fire-breaks-getting-bigger-but-experts-say-big-mistake/100460814

Greece’s Wildfires and the Future of Natural Disasters https://newlinesmag.com/photo-essays/greeces-wildfires-and-the-future-of-natural-disasters/

The next health threat is here — action is needed on anti-microbial resistance https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/571664-the-next-health-threat-is-here-action-is-needed-on-anti-microbial

Risk Rating 2.0 moves the NFIP away from its heavy reliance on in-or-out flood zones https://californiawaterblog.com/2021/09/19/risk-rating-2-0-a-first-look-at-femas-new-flood-insurance-system/

Enhancements of the Australian Exposure Information Platform https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/105

Forecast-based Financing for flash floods: a Flash Flood Confidence Index to improve flood reporting https://www.anticipation-hub.org/news/forecast-based-financing-for-flash-floods-a-flash-flood-confidence-index

Nature-based solutions for flood risk reduction: A probabilistic modeling framework https://www.cell.com/one-earth/fulltext/S2590-3322(21)00468-1

U.S. flood insurance rates to rise for 77% of policyholders -study https://www.reuters.com/business/sustainable-business/us-flood-insurance-rates-rise-77-policyholders-study-2021-09-21/

When extreme events are no longer rare: Lessons from Hurricane Ida https://news.berkeley.edu/2021/09/21/when-extreme-events-are-no-longer-rare-lessons-from-hurricane-ida/

After Ida, U.S. cities eye more equal resilience plans https://news.trust.org/item/20210921174503-2934x/

Effectiveness of small- and large-scale Nature-Based Solutions for flood mitigation: The case of Ayutthaya, Thailand https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969721027960?via%3Dihub

RMS Estimates US$1.1 – $2.2 Billion in Total U.S. Insured Losses from Hurricane Nicholas https://www.rms.com/newsroom/press-releases/press-detail/2021-09-23/rms-estimates-us11-22-billion-in-total-us-insured-losses-from-hurricane-nicholas

Australia is no stranger to earthquakes, yet our planning polices have not adapted https://theconversation.com/australia-is-no-stranger-to-earthquakes-yet-our-planning-polices-have-not-adapted-168470

South Asia’s tryst with floods: A story less-known https://www.orfonline.org/expert-speak/south-asias-tryst-with-floods/

Impact-based forecasting: a new way to predict the community impact of east coast lows https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/106

Emergency management

COVID-19 death toll in US surpasses 1918 pandemic deaths; experts say it didn’t have to happen https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/20/covid-is-americas-deadliest-pandemic-as-us-fatalities-near-1918-flu-estimates.html

Australia’s COVID plan was designed before we knew how Delta would hit us. We need more flexibility https://theconversation.com/australias-covid-plan-was-designed-before-we-knew-how-delta-would-hit-us-we-need-more-flexibility-168189

Covid-19: Delta outbreak here to stay https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2018813323/covid-19-delta-outbreak-here-to-stay-covid-19-modeller-rodney-jones

Long Covid Affecting One Third Of People After Covid https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2021/09/19/long-covid-affecting-a-third-of-people-after-covid-19-coronavirus-infection-cdc-mmwr-study-finds/?sh=57842fb360e2

Polls on COVID-19 vaccination closely align with CDC data https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/09/20/polls-on-covid-19-vaccination-closely-align-with-cdc-data/

Is the delta coronavirus variant more dangerous for children? https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg25133523-500-is-the-delta-coronavirus-variant-more-dangerous-for-children/

Many New Orleans Seniors Were Left Without Power For Days After Hurricane Ida https://www.npr.org/2021/09/07/1034775749/hurricane-ida-power-outages-new-orleans-seniors

Facing bigger blazes, longer hours, low pay, wildland firefighters ask Congress, agencies for help https://www.sfreporter.com/news/2021/09/22/the-fight-within/

COVID vaccine immunity is waning — how much does that matter? https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02532-4

426,000 affected by flooding in South Sudan: UN https://pni.net.pk/en/climate-environment-news/426000-affected-by-flooding-in-south-sudan-un/

South Sudanese refugees homeless again after Sudan floods https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2021/9/23/photos-south-sudanese-refugees-homeless-again-after-sudan-floods

With extreme weather events and other disasters on the rise, how well are Americans prepared? https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/09/22/with-extreme-weather-events-and-other-disasters-on-the-rise-how-well-are-americans-prepared/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Global Volcanism Program https://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm

National Preparedness Month https://www.ready.gov/september#info

A National Animation demonstrating the achievements of DEFRA funded and Environment Agency supported Property Flood Resilience (PFR) Pathfinder Projects https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3UUp-pUuDI

Using local knowledge in disaster policy is challenging, but necessary https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/using-local-knowledge-in-disaster-policy-is-challenging-but-necessary-13313/

Facebook Puts $1M Toward Combating Climate Change Misinformation https://www.adweek.com/media/facebook-puts-1m-toward-combating-climate-change-misinformation/

You’ve been through a disaster — what next? https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/after-the-disaster/

Psychology and disasters

Caring for the vulnerable opens gateways to our richest, deepest brain states https://aeon.co/videos/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 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921005379?via%3Dihub

Let’s stop talking about climate ‘resilience’ and start talking about climate trauma https://thephoenix.substack.com/p/lets-stop-talking-about-climate-resilience

Sociology and disasters

Bonding and linking social capital are key determinants for successful pandemic policy https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953621007085

“Driving Down a Road and Not Knowing Where You’re At”: Navigating the Loss of Physical and Social Infrastructure After the Camp Fire https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ruso.12411

The benefits of Social Infrastructure and Civic ties in Uncertain Times https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2021/09/16/the-benefits-of-social-infrastructure-and-civic-ties-in-uncertain-times/

A critical appraisal of individual social capital in crisis responsehttps://www.researchgate.net/publication/354697544_A_critical_appraisal_of_individual_social_capital_in_crisis_response

The unequal impacts of wildfire https://headwaterseconomics.org/natural-hazards/unequal-impacts-of-wildfire/

No silver-bullets: why understanding community characteristics is key to enhancing flood resilience https://floodresilience.net/blogs/understanding-community-characteristics-is-key-to-enhancing-flood-resilience/

We must address inequality to build back better from disasters https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/10/opinions/building-back-better-after-disasters-balagna-clark-ginsberg/index.html

Linking resilience, vulnerability, social capital and risk awareness for crisis and disaster research https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1468-5973.12375

Today in disaster resilience (17 September 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Destructive tornado hits the island of Pantelleria, killing 2 people, Italy https://watchers.news/2021/09/11/pantelleria-tornado-damage-casualties-september-2021/

Wildfires in Spain https://www.dailysabah.com/world/europe/6000-hectares-of-woodland-destroyed-in-wildfires-in-spain

Vietnam – 2 Killed in Floods as Storm Conson Dumps 900mm of Rain https://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-storm-conson-september-2021

Pakistan – 20 Killed in Floods and Mudslides in North, Monsoon Death Toll Exceeds 160 https://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-floods-september-2021

Guinea – Floods Leave 5 Dead, 800 Homes Destroyed and 2,500 People Displaced https://floodlist.com/africa/guinea-floods-september-2021

Wildfires Rage in Spain and California as Monsoon Floods Kill 17 in Pakistan https://www.democracynow.org/2021/9/13/headlines/wildfires_rage_in_spain_and_california_as_monsoon_floods_kill_17_in_pakistan

Hurricane “Nicholas” leaves widespread damage, more than 500 000 without power in Texas https://watchers.news/2021/09/14/hurricane-nicholas-leaves-widespread-damage-more-than-500000-without-power-in-texas/

Severe flash floods hit capital Abuja, claiming the lives of 4 people, Nigeria https://watchers.news/2021/09/14/abuja-fct-nigeria-flash-flood-casualties-damage-september-2021/

More than 1.6 million affected after extremely heavy rains hit Gujarat, India https://watchers.news/2021/09/14/gujarat-heavy-rain-flood-september-2021/

2 570 homes damaged or destroyed by floods, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2021/09/15/indonesia-flood-september-2021/

Guatemala – Rain Triggers Floods and Landslides in 4 Departments, 2 Fatalities Reported https://floodlist.com/america/guatemala-floods-september-2021

France – Dozens Rescued From Floods in Gard After 244mm of Rain in 3 Hours https://floodlist.com/europe/france-floods-gard-september-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Sep 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/141573/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-16-Sep-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Semeru-Reventador.html

Malaysia – Heavy Rain Causes Severe Floods and Landslides in Sabah https://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-floods-sabah-september-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate change: Ditch 90% of world’s coal and 60% of oil and gas to limit warming to 1.5°C https://phys.org/news/2021-09-climate-ditch-world-coal-oil.html

Forget plans to lower emissions by 2050 – this is deadly procrastination https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/10/net-zero-2050-deadly-procrastination-fossil-fuels

Operationalising Community Resilience to Climate Change in Developing Countries: A Grounded Delphi Method (GDM) Approach https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-844800/v1

Climate change: Vulnerable nations call for ’emergency pact’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58477926

Climate Change will Worsen Flooding in Malaysia https://climateadaptationplatform.com/climate-change-will-worsen-flooding-in-malaysia/

Australia has fallen well behind the US, UK, Japan, New Zealand and other peers in analysis of climate and security risks https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/resources/climate-security-region/

How Climate Change Deepens Bangladesh’s Fragility https://www.usip.org/publications/2021/09/how-climate-change-deepens-bangladeshs-fragility

Rapid Arctic warming likely drives extreme winter weather events in the US https://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp

COP26: China told its choices ‘will shape our shared future’ ahead of climate summit https://news.sky.com/story/cop26-china-told-its-choices-will-shape-our-shared-future-ahead-of-climate-summit-12402412

Cows ‘potty-trained’ in experiment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/13/cows-potty-trained-in-experiment-to-reduce-greenhouse-gas-emissions

Four in 10 young people fear having children due to climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/14/four-in-10-young-people-fear-having-children-due-to-climate-crisis

New ocean temperature data help scientists make their hot predictions https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-tech/new-ocean-temperature-data-help-scientists-make-their-hot-predictions

California fires are burning at higher elevations than ever, creating new dangers https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-09-14/californias-wildfires-burning-at-greater-elevations

End of new coal power ‘within sight’ worldwide, report claims https://www.businessgreen.com/news/4037020/end-coal-power-sight-worldwide-report-claims

Climate change: World now sees twice as many days over 50C https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58494641

In Response to Climate Change, Citizens in Advanced Economies Are Willing To Alter How They Live and Work https://www.pewresearch.org/global/2021/09/14/in-response-to-climate-change-citizens-in-advanced-economies-are-willing-to-alter-how-they-live-and-work/

Millions on the Move in Their Own Countries: The Human Face of Climate Change https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2021/09/13/millions-on-the-move-in-their-own-countries-the-human-face-of-climate-change

Governments falling woefully short of Paris climate pledges, study finds https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/sep/15/governments-falling-short-paris-climate-pledges-study

‘Cake’ mentioned 10 times more than ‘climate change’ on UK TV – report https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/15/cake-mentioned-10-times-more-than-climate-change-on-uk-tv-report

Madagascar on the brink of climate change-induced famine https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-58303792

Climate change risks triggering catastrophic tsunamis, scientist warns https://www.ft.com/content/eb65d1c3-6220-4ebb-a4d6-eb876ab1b200

Earth’s tipping points could be closer than we think. Our current plans won’t work https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/09/earths-tipping-points-closer-current-climate-plans-wont-work-global-heating

The United States Isn’t Ready for the New Phase of Climate Change https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2021-09-08/united-states-isnt-ready-new-phase-climate-change

When the Climate Crisis Becomes Unignorable https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/09/summer-climate-disaster/620004/

China faces one–two punches of extreme weather as Earth warms https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02495-6

New forecasting models could help prevent heat-related deaths https://ec.europa.eu/research-and-innovation/en/horizon-magazine/new-forecasting-models-could-help-prevent-heat-related-deaths

Climate Change Risk Assessment 2021 https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/climate-change-risk-assessment-2021

Interactions between two existential threats: COVID-19 and climate change https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212096321000929?via%3Dihub

Disaster risk reduction

California wildfires ignite an insurance crisishttps://calmatters.org/commentary/2021/09/california-wildfires-ignite-an-insurance-crisis/

‘Black mark’: Farmers get nod to clear land for bushfire protection https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/black-mark-farmers-get-nod-to-clear-land-for-bushfire-protection-20210913-p58r66.html

Rural Boundary Clearing Tool https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/boundary-clearing-tool

Disaster Risks in an Interconnected World https://interconnectedrisks.org/

True Stories of Managed Retreat From Rising Waters https://issues.org/true-stories-managed-retreat-rising-waters-pinter/

When Rivers Are Contaminated, Floods Are Only the First Problem https://eos.org/articles/when-rivers-are-contaminated-floods-are-only-the-first-problem

Estimated Economic Impacts of the 2019 Midwest Floods https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs41885-021-00095-2

The Federal Government Sells Flood-Prone Homes To Often Unsuspecting Buyers, NPR Finds https://www.npr.org/2021/09/13/1033993846/the-federal-government-sells-flood-prone-homes-to-often-unsuspecting-buyers-npr-

Prescribed Burning in Australasia (eBook) https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/shop/product?ID=21514%20

Creating resilient communities with medium-range hazard warning systems https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590061721000636

Fort McMurray flood mitigation scheduled to be complete by 2023 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/fort-mcmurray-flood-mitigation-1.6176255

International Guidelines on Natural and Nature-Based Features for Flood Risk Management https://ewn.erdc.dren.mil/?page_id=4351

NSW Water Strategy https://water.dpie.nsw.gov.au/plans-and-programs/nsw-water-strategy

Dems seek ‘historic’ changes to U.S. flood program https://www.eenews.net/articles/dems-seek-historic-changes-to-u-s-flood-program/

Satellites, Tweets, Forecasts: The Future of Flood Disaster Management? https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3895387

State of Homeland Security: Preventing Future ‘Failures of Imagination’ https://www.hstoday.us/911/state-of-homeland-security-preventing-future-failures-of-imagination/

Contrary to popular belief, Eastern Canada is more at risk of earthquakes than perceived https://theconversation.com/contrary-to-popular-belief-eastern-canada-is-more-at-risk-of-earthquakes-than-perceived-167743

How will the COVID pandemic end? https://theconversation.com/how-will-the-covid-pandemic-end-167244

Why did Ida cause so much less damage than Katrina? https://chinadialogue.net/en/climate/why-did-ida-cause-so-much-less-damage-than-katrina/

Emergency management

‘Fortress Australia’ cautiously moving away from COVID Zero, but there’s still a long path to freedom https://abcnews.go.com/Health/fortress-australia-cautiously-moving-covid-long-path-freedom/story

Delta upends the East Asia COVID-19 model https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2021/09/13/delta-upends-the-east-asia-covid-19-model/

Getting vaccinated protects against severe illness from COVID-19, including the Delta variant https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7037e1.htm

Identifying Strategies to Boost COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance in the United States https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RRA1446-1.html

New Colorado Climate Corps to combat wildfires and floods, protect public lands https://www.denverpost.com/2021/09/11/colorado-climate-corps-wildfires-floods-climate-change/

Covid-19 Study in England Shows Few Deaths Among Vaccinated People https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-19-study-in-england-shows-few-deaths-among-vaccinated-11631549453

Latest edition of Fire Australia https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/resources/fireaustralia-edition/8201

Supporting resilience in Indigenous communities: how the emergency management sector can do better https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2021/supporting-resilience-indigenous-communities-how-emergency-management-sector-can-do-better

After Hurricane Ida, Louisiana Bayou Community Contemplates Moving or Rebuilding https://www.wsj.com/articles/after-hurricane-ida-louisiana-bayou-community-contemplates-moving-or-rebuilding-11631439002

Majority in U.S. Says Public Health Benefits of COVID-19 Restrictions Worth the Costs, Even as Large Shares Also See Downsides https://www.pewresearch.org/science/2021/09/15/majority-in-u-s-says-public-health-benefits-of-covid-19-restrictions-worth-the-costs-even-as-large-shares-also-see-downsides/

Slow aid response frustrates Congolese made homeless by volcano https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news-feature/2021/9/16/slow-aid-response-frustrates-congolese-made-homeless-by-volcano

Disaster education, communications and engagement

CONVERGE in the Classroom: Training Module Resources for Teaching https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/center-news/converge-in-the-classroom

Risk Communication to Motivate Flood and Hurricane Risk Mitigation https://hazards.colorado.edu/mitigation-matters-report/risk-communication-to-motivate-flood-and-hurricane-risk-mitigation

Are daily COVID press conferences doing their job? https://www.theage.com.au/national/are-daily-covid-press-conferences-doing-their-job-20210914-p58rfi.html?btis

Community Participation in Disaster Recovery Programs: A Study of a Coastal Area in Bangladesh https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/s41287-021-00460-7

Psychology and disasters

The Mental Weight of COVID-19 https://magazine.columbia.edu/article/mental-weight-covid-19

Climate Change Is Making Natural Disasters Worse — Along With Our Mental Health https://www.npr.org/2021/09/11/1035241392/climate-change-disasters-mental-health-anxiety-eco-grief

A First Step Towards Longitudinal Study on Homeowners’ Proactive Actions for Managing Wildfire Risks https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/a-first-step-towards-longitudinal-study-on-homeowners-proactive-actions-for-managing-wildfire-risks

Young People’s Voices on Climate Anxiety, Government Betrayal and Moral Injury: A Global Phenomenon https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm

The impact of social distancing on community case count in the United States: Testing the efficacy of protection motivation theory during early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/rhc3.12232

Lessons from Black Summer: how people experienced the 2019/20 NSW fire season https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2021/lessons-black-summer-how-people-experienced-201920-nsw-fire-season

From bushfires, to floods, to COVID-19: how cumulative disasters can harm our health and erode our resilience https://theconversation.com/from-bushfires-to-floods-to-covid-19-how-cumulative-disasters-can-harm-our-health-and-erode-our-resilience-160534

Sociology and disasters

Knowledge transfer towards disaster resilience in Sri Lanka: A grounded theory approach https://www.researchgate.net/publication/354523805_Knowledge_transfer_towards_disaster_resilience_in_Sri_Lanka_A_grounded_theory_approach

Social Capital and Social Connectedness for Resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/enhancing-community-resilience-through-social-capital-and-connectedness

NSF-Funded Hub To Enhance Resilience In Underrepresented Communities https://today.tamu.edu/2021/09/10/nsf-funded-hub-to-enhance-resilience-in-underrepresented-communities/

Disasters within disasters: it’s time to address entrenched Aboriginal inequality https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/14/disasters-within-disasters-its-time-to-address-entrenched-aboriginal-inequality

Individual and community social capital, mobility restrictions, and psychological distress during the COVID-19 pandemic: a multilevel analysis of a representative US survey https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953621006936

Bouncing back: how community strengths can lead recovery https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2021/bouncing-back-how-community-strengths-can-lead-recovery

Why a domestic NZ COVID ‘passport’ raises hard questions about discrimination, inequality and coercion https://theconversation.com/why-a-domestic-nz-covid-passport-raises-hard-questions-about-discrimination-inequality-and-coercion-167703

Governing the pandemic: The politics of navigating a mega-crisis https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/padm.12757

COVID in Wilcannia: a national disgrace we all saw coming https://theconversation.com/covid-in-wilcannia-a-national-disgrace-we-all-saw-coming-167348

Today in disaster resilience (10 September 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Mexico – Deadly Flash Floods in Morelos https://floodlist.com/america/mexico-floods-morelos-september-2021

Indonesia – Floods Affected Thousands in Borneo, 2 Killed in East Nusa Tenggara https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-september-2021

Nepal – Dozens Rescued After Severe Floods in Kathmanduhttps://floodlist.com/asia/nepal-dozens-rescued-after-severe-floods-in-kathmandu

India – Damaging Floods Hit Telangana and Andhra Pradesh https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-telangana-andhrapradesh-september-2021

Mexico – 2 Killed in Ecatepec Flash Floodshttps://floodlist.com/america/mexico-ecatepec-floods-september-2021

More heavy rain expected in Auckland after severe flooding caused by 149 percent of August rainfall in just 1 day, New Zealand https://watchers.news/2021/09/07/auckland-rain-flood-september-2021/

New Orleans on track to restore 90 percent of electricity by September 8, Louisiana https://watchers.news/2021/09/07/new-orleans-on-track-to-restore-90-percent-of-electricity-by-september-8/

Seventeen patients die after hospital in Mexico floods amid torrential rain https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/08/patients-die-after-hospital-in-mexico-floods-amid-torrential-rain

Mexico Hit by Powerful Earthquake https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/07/americas/mexico-earthquake/index.html

Philippines – Tropical Cyclone Conson Leaves Thousands Displaced https://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-tropical-cyclone-conson-floods-september-2021

Ecuador – 2 Dead, 3 Missing After Floods in Tungurahua Province https://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-tungurahua-province-september-2021

Uganda – Hundreds Displaced After More Floods in Kasese https://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-kasese-september-2021

Floods cause ‘catastrophic devastation’ in White Nile, Sudan https://watchers.news/2021/09/09/floods-cause-catastrophic-devastation-in-white-nile-sudan/

Severe floods hit Agen after two months’ worth of rain in just 3 hours, France https://watchers.news/2021/09/09/agen-lot-et-garonne-flood-rainfall-france-september-2021/

Lightning threatens California as fires continue to burn across the state https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/sep/09/california-fire-weather-caldor-dixie-latest

Volcanic activity worldwide 9 Sep 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Merapi, Semeru https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/140950/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-9-Sep-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Merapi-Semeru-Reve.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

NYC’s Subway Flooding Isn’t A Fluke. It’s The Reality For Cities In A Warming World https://www.npr.org/2021/09/02/1021185475/climate-change-means-more-subway-flooding-worldwide-like-new-york-just-experienc

Nearly 1 in 3 Americans experienced a weather disaster this summer https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/09/04/climate-disaster-hurricane-ida/

Australia’s carbon emissions have barely fallen and a massive task lies ahead https://www.theguardian.com/business/commentisfree/2021/sep/05/australias-carbon-emissions-have-barely-fallen-and-a-massive-task-lies-ahead

Top UN official calls for Australia to urgently dump coal https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/top-un-official-calls-for-australia-to-urgently-dump-coal-20210905-p58ozi.html

“Missing in action:” Former defence chief says Australia failing on climate change https://reneweconomy.com.au/missing-in-action-former-defence-chief-says-australia-failing-on-climate-change/

There’s a long history of adaptation on the Queensland coast — but our changing climate could soon make it harder to get a mortgage there https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2021-09-06/sea-change-queensland-property-climate-change/100217278

Hurricane Ida shows the increasing impact of climate change since Katrina https://theconversation.com/hurricane-ida-shows-the-increasing-impact-of-climate-change-since-katrina-167077

More than 200 health journals call for urgent action on climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/06/more-than-200-health-journals-call-for-urgent-action-on-climate-crisis

Study reveals extreme winter weather is related to Arctic change https://phys.org/news/2021-09-reveals-extreme-winter-weather-arctic.html

Climate change means Australia may have to abandon much of its farming https://theconversation.com/climate-change-means-australia-may-have-to-abandon-much-of-its-farming-166098

Heat waves: a hot topic in climate change research https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00704-021-03758-y

‘Insufficient’: Audit Office lashes lack of climate planning in NSW https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/insufficient-audit-office-lashes-lack-of-climate-planning-in-nsw-20210907-p58piv.html

Wildfires, heatwaves, and mass evacuations: What lies ahead for Greece’s new climate ministry? https://www.euronews.com/green/2021/09/07/wildfires-heatwaves-and-mass-evacuations-what-lies-ahead-for-greece-s-new-climate-ministry

Christian leaders unite to issue stark warning over climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/07/christian-leaders-unite-to-issue-stark-warning-over-climate-crisis

Climate risks to add $183bn to property insurance costs by 2040, Swiss Re predicts https://www.ft.com/content/5d271251-973d-45e5-8982-2e28bf96f952

The Middle East Is Becoming Literally Uninhabitable https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/08/24/the-middle-east-is-becoming-literally-uninhabitable/

New research reveals animals are changing their body shapes to cope with climate change https://theconversation.com/new-research-reveals-animals-are-changing-their-body-shapes-to-cope-with-climate-change-166267

Climate crisis could double extreme summer droughts in Europe, new research suggests https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/world/climate-crisis-extreme-droughts-europe-b1915297.html

This summer was Europe’s hottest on record as Mediterranean heat soared https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/07/europe/europe-hottest-summer-climate-intl/index.html

Unextractable fossil fuels in a 1.5 °C world https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03821-8#Abs1

Net-zero living: How your day will look in a carbon-neutral world https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg25133504-300-net-zero-living-how-your-day-will-look-in-a-carbon-neutral-world/

London flood map shows areas of city at risk of being underwater within 10 years https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/london-flooding-risk-map-areas-underwater-10-years-b950199.html

Storm’s damage might boost support for more aggressive climate policy, experts hope https://www.njspotlight.com/2021/09/hurricane-ida-devastation-record-rain-will-it-accelerate-nj-climate-preparations-teachable-moment-fossil-fuels-flood-zones/

Extreme heat: The economic and social consequences for the United States https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/in-depth-research-reports/report/extreme-heat-the-economic-and-social-consequences-for-the-united-states/

Countries most vulnerable to climate change call for ’emergency pact’ ahead of COP26 https://www.sbs.com.au/news/countries-most-vulnerable-to-climate-change-call-for-emergency-pact-ahead-of-cop26/af516d66-9960-4850-ba33-1ba3d70b4c90

What climate change means for southern Ontario and Québec https://theconversation.com/what-climate-change-means-for-southern-ontario-and-quebec-166920

Northwest, Central, South-Central India New Heatwave Hotspots, Says Study https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/northwest-central-south-central-india-new-heatwave-hotspots-says-study-2533274

Reviewing the summer of extreme weather in 2021 https://www.carbonbrief.org/guest-post-reviewing-the-summer-of-extreme-weather-in-2021

Australia smashes renewables record again, hits 58.3 per cent on main grid https://reneweconomy.com.au/australia-smashes-renewables-record-again-hits-58-3-per-cent-on-main-grid/

Summer 2021 Was Hottest on Record in the Contiguous U.S., NOAA Says https://weather.com/news/climate/news/2021-09-09-summer-hottest-on-record-united-states-noaa

A promising new dawn is ours for the taking – so let’s stop counting the coal Australia must leave in the ground https://theconversation.com/a-promising-new-dawn-is-ours-for-the-taking-so-lets-stop-counting-the-coal-australia-must-leave-in-the-ground-167527

Extreme sea levels could soon become annual events https://climatenewsnetwork.net/extreme-sea-levels-could-soon-become-annual-events/

Disaster risk reduction

Resilience of SMEs https://www.undrr.org/publication/resilience-smes

New San Andreas study to look at how a creeping fault affects the places where we live https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/article253448169.html

A subway flood expert explains what needs to be done to stop underground station deluges https://theconversation.com/a-subway-flood-expert-explains-what-needs-to-be-done-to-stop-underground-station-deluges-167254

Mapping Flood Risk Uncertainty Zones in Support of Urban Resilience Planning https://www.cogitatiopress.com/urbanplanning/article/view/4073

Integrating Behavioral Theories in Agent-Based Models for Agricultural Drought Risk Assessments https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/frwa.2021.686329/full

The Science of How Wildfires Got So Hellish https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2021/08/western-fires-science-wildfires-hellish-climate-change-human-meddling/

Flash flood forecasting and early warning saves lives and combats poverty https://blogs.adb.org/blog/flash-flood-forecasting-and-early-warning-saves-lives-and-combats-poverty

Confluence of disastrous environmental events in the western United States https://riskfrontiers.com/insights/confluence-of-disastrous-environmental-events-in-the-western-united-states/

Extreme floods of Venice: characteristics, dynamics, past and future evolution https://nhess.copernicus.org/articles/21/2705/2021/

Differences in the dynamics of community disaster resilience across the globe http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/id/eprint/17400/

Wildfire smoke is transforming clouds, making rainfall less likely https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/wildfire-smoke-is-transforming-clouds-making-rainfall-less-likely

Why many scientists say it’s unlikely that SARS-CoV-2 originated from a “lab leak” https://www.science.org/content/article/why-many-scientists-say-unlikely-sars-cov-2-originated-lab-leak

Seasonality and drivers of low flows across Europe and the United States https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2019WR026928

Only 46 Percent of German Households Have Flood Insurance https://floodlist.com/europe/only-46-percent-of-german-households-have-flood-insurance

Wildfire pollution could be killing more than the fires https://www.courthousenews.com/wildfire-pollution-could-be-killing-more-than-the-fires/

Can smartphones affixed to buildings detect earthquakes? https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/can-smartphones-affixed-to-buildings-detect-earthquakes-13269/

The Motion and Range of Landslides According to Their Height https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/feart.2021.736280/full

Human activity the common link between disasters around the world https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/09/1099172

Interconnected disaster risks https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/interconnected-disaster-risks

Hurricane “Ida” among the costliest for oil production since 2005 https://watchers.news/2021/09/09/hurricane-ida-among-the-costliest-for-oil-production-since-2005/

IDDRR focus – The Sendai Seven https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/sendai-seven-campaign-2021-concept-note

The concept of risk-layering, which, though already applied in disaster risk management, could be expanded to include indirect effects https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13753-021-00366-2

Emergency management

New York mayor: Ida devastation shows need to prepare for ‘very, very worst’ https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/sep/05/ida-extreme-weather-new-york-preparedness

Evacuation Network Modeling for Alternative Fuel Vehicles https://www.researchgate.net/publication/354379173_Evacuation_Network_Modeling_for_Alternative_Fuel_Vehicles

Worsening California blazes prompt new calls for innovations to fight fires smarter https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/worsening-california-blazes-prompt-calls-innovations-fight-fires/story

Breathing wildfire smoke during pregnancy raises risk of premature birth, study finds https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/aug/24/california-wildfire-smoke-pregnancy-premature-birth

In Idaho And Other States, The Delta Covid-19 Surge Is Forcing Hospitals To Ration ICU Beds https://www.forbes.com/sites/joshuacohen/2021/09/07/delta-surge-of-covid-19-is-forcing-hospitals-to-ration-icu-beds-in-parts-of-the-us/

Will having so many disasters happening at the same time affect donations? We asked an expert https://theconversation.com/will-having-so-many-disasters-happening-at-the-same-time-affect-donations-we-asked-an-expert-167083

Can Birds Tip Us Off to Natural Disasters? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-birds-tip-us-natural-disasters-180978571/

World COVID tracker https://covid-tracker.mckinsey.com/vaccination-map

Why involving people with disability in preparing for disasters leads to better outcomes https://phys.org/news/2021-09-involving-people-disability-disasters-outcomes.html

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Notes from Deep Time book https://profilebooks.com/work/notes-from-deep-time/

Integrating psychosocial and WASH school interventions to build disaster resilience https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921004817

Be Flood Ready https://www.befloodready.uk/before-a-flood/residential/create-a-personal-flood-plan

Unnatural Disasters, by Gonzalo Lizarralde https://issuu.com/columbiaup/docs/unnatural_disasters_introduction

Disaster Resilience Education for Young People Handbook https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/disaster-resilience-education-young-people-handbook

Resources and fun facts to help children learn more about flooding https://yorkshirefloodresilience.co.uk/tools-resources/learning-zone

Psychology and disasters

When it comes to preparing for disaster there are 4 distinct types of people. Which one are you? https://theconversation.com/when-it-comes-to-preparing-for-disaster-there-are-4-distinct-types-of-people-which-one-are-you-164169

Climate Change Denial? 10 Reasons People Deny Climate Change https://earthandhuman.org/reasons-people-deny-climate-change/

What an enormous global study can tell us about feeling better during the pandemic https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/22641291/global-mental-health-covid-19-cognitive-reappraisal-study

Sociology and disasters

COVID-19 exposes Australia’s stark health inequalities — and threatens to entrench them further https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2021-09-04/covid-19-exposes-australias-stark-health-inequalities/100426178

Social inclusion is important in Aotearoa New Zealand — but so is speaking honestly about terrorism https://theconversation.com/social-inclusion-is-important-in-aotearoa-new-zealand-but-so-is-speaking-honestly-about-terrorism-167429

Environmental Justice: People Of Color hurt worst by climate change http://redgreenandblue.org/2021/09/07/environmental-justice-people-color-hurt-worst-climate-change/#.YTkgLJNDVh4.twitter

People with Disabilities, Older People at Risk after Hurricane Ida https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/09/07/people-disabilities-older-people-risk-after-hurricane-ida

Researchers call for dismantling of ‘racist infrastructure’ to improve U.S. neighborhoods https://archinect.com/news/article/150280405/researchers-call-for-dismantling-of-racist-infrastructure-to-improve-u-s-neighborhoods#.YTkfd04924s.twitter

From Hurricane Ida to COVID-19, Social Ties Foster Resilience https://www.jewishboston.com/read/from-hurricane-ida-to-covid-19-social-ties-foster-resilience/

From Risk to Resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/blog/risk-resilience

Today in disaster resilience (3 September 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

‘Extremely dangerous’ Hurricane Ida makes landfall in Louisiana packing powerful winds https://www.sbs.com.au/news/extremely-dangerous-hurricane-ida-makes-landfall-in-louisiana-packing-powerful-winds

‘We Are Prepared to Fight.’ Caldor Fire Continues to Creep Towards Sierra-at-Tahoe https://activenorcal.com/we-are-prepared-to-fight-caldor-fire-continues-to-creep-towards-sierra-at-tahoe/

Mexico – 3 Injured in Floods and Landslides in Jalisco After Heavy Rain From Hurricane Nora https://floodlist.com/america/mexico-jalisco-floods-hurricane-nora-august-2021

Myanmar – 11 Killed in Landslide in Mandalay Region https://floodlist.com/asia/myanmar-floods-mandalay-august-2021

Caldor Fire – Entire South Lake Tahoe under evacuation order, California https://watchers.news/2021/08/30/caldor-fire-entire-south-lake-tahoe-under-evacuation-order-california/

Indonesia – Floods in Sulawesi Affect Over 60,000https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-sulawesi-august-2021

Indonesia – 5 Killed in North Sumatra Landslides and Mudflows https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-landslide-north-sumatra-august-2021

India – Over 250,000 People Affected Across 700 Villages as Floods Worsen in Assam https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-assam-august-2021

New Zealand – Evacuations After 90mm of Rain in 1 Hour Causes Floods in Auckland https://floodlist.com/australia/new-zealand-floods-auckland-august-2021

Ghana – Fatalities Reported After Floods in North https://floodlist.com/africa/ghana-floods-north-august-2021

USA – Hundreds Rescued From Louisiana Floods After Hurricane Ida https://floodlist.com/america/usa/louisiana-floods-hurricane-ida-august-2021

India – 1 Dead, Several Reported Missing After Floods in Maharashtra https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-maharashtra-august-2021

USA – 1 Person Missing, 20 Homes Destroyed After Remnants of Hurricane Ida Cause Floods in Virginia https://floodlist.com/america/usa/virginia-hurricane-ida-floods-august-2021

Thailand – Flooding Affects Thousands in Central Provinceshttps://floodlist.com/asia/thailand-floods-august-2021

South Sudan – 380,000 Affected by Floods in 6 States https://floodlist.com/africa/south-sudan-floods-august-2021-update

Ida updates: 12 dead in NYC as subway stations turned into waterfalls, streets became rivers https://abcnews.go.com/US/idas-remnants-deluge-york-jersey-flooding-rain-tornadoes/story

Volcanic activity worldwide 2 Sep 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Semeru, Ibu, Reventador, Telica https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/140184/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-2-Sep-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Semeru-Ibu-Reventador-Telica-Ne.html

Spain – Flash Floods in Catalonia After 70mm of Rain in 30 Minutes https://floodlist.com/europe/spain-floods-catalonia-september-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s biggest climate poll shows support for action in every seat https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/australia-s-biggest-climate-poll-shows-support-for-action-in-every-seat-20210829-p58mwb.html

Disastrous environmental events are converging like never before https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2021/08/summer-2021-climate-change-records/619887/

Top scientist says APRA climate risk guidance ‘flawed’ https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/top-scientist-says-apra-climate-risk-guidance-flawed-20210820-p58khr.html

How cities can adapt to climate change https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/sustainability/our-insights/how-cities-can-adapt-to-climate-change

Could climate change make humans go extinct? https://www.livescience.com/climate-change-humans-extinct.html

The Battle to Save Coasts from Climate Change https://www.voanews.com/episode/battle-save-coasts-climate-change-4778266

Massive volcanoes could cool Earth more in a warming world https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/08/massive-volcanoes-could-cool-earth-more-warming-world

Swiss join France, others in laying out climate disclosure timeline https://www.reuters.com/business/sustainable-business/swiss-join-france-others-laying-out-climate-disclosure-timeline-2021-08-18/

Climate change is making hurricanes stronger, slower and wetter. Ida checked all the boxes https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/30/weather/hurricane-ida-climate-change-factors/index.html

The Gathering Storm of Climate Change: On the Sickening Loss of the Land and the Optimism of the Youth Movement https://lithub.com/the-gathering-storm-of-climate-change-on-the-sickening-loss-of-the-land-and-the-optimism-of-the-youth-movement/

Why Kinshasa Could Be in the Vanguard of Megacities’ Climate Resilience https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2021/08/19/why-kinshasa-could-be-in-the-vanguard-of-megacities-climate-resilience

Sixty years of climate change warnings: the signs that were missed (and ignored) https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jul/05/sixty-years-of-climate-change-warnings-the-signs-that-were-missed-and-ignored

Hurricane Ida: 4 essential reads about New Orleans’ high hurricane risk and what climate change has to do with the storms https://theconversation.com/hurricane-ida-4-essential-reads-about-new-orleans-high-hurricane-risk-and-what-climate-change-has-to-do-with-the-storms-166954

How Spain is shutting down its coal industry to transition to renewables https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-02/the-just-transition-as-spain-says-goodbye-to-coal/100421216

It’s not your imagination. Weather and climate disasters have been getting more frequent since the ’70s https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/01/weather/extreme-weather-climate-change-economy/index.html

Atlas of the Invisible: using data to map the climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/01/atlas-of-the-invisible-using-data-reveal-climate-crisis

Ida turns New York City into a front line of extreme weather supercharged by climate change https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/02/world/ida-climate-change-floods-rain-intl/index.html

Governance in the age of climate change https://blogs.worldbank.org/governance/governance-age-climate-change

Why won’t US TV news say ‘climate change’? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/02/us-media-hurricane-ida-climate-change

Disaster risk reduction

Hurricane Ida storm surge and winds have partially reversed flow of Mississippi River near New Orleans https://edition.cnn.com/webview/us/live-news/hurricane-ida-updates-08-29-21/h_89c12cb9cacd202e42a93dc3e1c845c5

Methodology for Regional Multihazard Hurricane Damage and Risk Assessment https://ascelibrary.org/doi/10.1061/%28ASCE%29ST.1943-541X.0003144

New Orleans levees pass Ida’s test while some suburbs flood https://www.thestar.com/news/world/us/2021/08/30/new-orleans-levees-pass-idas-test-while-some-suburbs-flood.html

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s Floodplain Manager newsletter https://www.molinostewart.com.au/floodplain-manager/

Understanding Pyrocumulonimbi, aka ‘Fire Clouds’ https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/understanding-pyrocumulonimbi-aka-fire-clouds/

California is up in smoke but still won’t stop playing with fire https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/opinion-california-is-up-in-smoke-but-still-wont-stop-playing-with-fire/ar-AANMP9K

Climate and weather related disasters surge five-fold over 50 years, but early warnings save lives – WMO report https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/09/1098662

Floating Homes, Raised Houses: A Tale of Two Flood Mitigation Strategies https://www.discovermagazine.com/environment/floating-homes-raised-houses-a-tale-of-two-flood-mitigation-strategies

Geologists look to past for answers on future tsunami threats https://vtx.vt.edu/articles/2021/09/science_Dura_geologists_look_to_past.html

River Planet introduces readers to the epic geological history of the world’s rivers, from the first drop of rain on the Earth to the modern environmental crisis https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/MPRIVP

Why The South Is Decades Ahead Of The West In Wildfire Prevention https://www.npr.org/2021/08/31/1029821831/to-stop-extreme-wildfires-california-is-learning-from-florida?platform=hootsuite

Better together: Working with local partners to build flood resilient infrastructure in Montenegro https://floodresilience.net/blogs/working-with-local-partners-to-build-flood-resilience-in-montenegro/

Algeria suffers from devastating wildfires, but faces big challenges in addressing them https://theconversation.com/algeria-suffers-from-devastating-wildfires-but-faces-big-challenges-in-addressing-them-166944

Emergency management

Houston-based group that formed during Harvey is ready to help Hurricane Ida victims https://www.khou.com/article/weather/hurricane/crowdsource-rescue-hurricane-ida/285-bb414f4d-f5e1-4e8f-85ee-597d93b72567

We’re Hitting the Limits of Hurricane Preparedness https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/08/hurricane-ida-end-of-hurricane-preparedness/619926/

Early COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign in the United States Prevented Nearly 140,000 Deaths https://www.rand.org/news/press/2021/08/18/index1.html

Stanford researchers explore how people respond to wildfire smokehttps://yubanet.com/california/stanford-researchers-explore-how-people-respond-to-wildfire-smoke/

Ida and Katrina: Both powerful cyclones with key differences https://news.miami.edu/stories/2021/08/ida-and-katrina-both-powerful-cyclones-with-key-differences.html

See aerial photos, video of Hurricane Ida damage in southeast Louisiana https://www.nola.com/news/hurricane/article_27c234ae-09b9-11ec-b018-dfc7e7dcb299.html

Teaching machines to find critical facilities for emergency response https://www.eastidahonews.com/2021/08/teaching-machines-to-find-critical-facilities-for-emergency-response/

Attacking fires by air often does no good, expert says https://thehill.com/policy/equilibrium-sustainability/569797-attacking-fires-by-air-often-does-no-good-expert-says

Firefighters return from Canada blazes to prepare for COVID bushfire season https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/firefighters-return-from-canada-blazes-to-prepare-for-covid-bushfire-season-20210831-p58nel.html

Ida left more than 1 million without power, possibly for weeks. And now comes the scorching heat https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/31/weather/tropical-depression-ida-tuesday/index.html

Back-to-school FAQs on children’s health & COVID-19: Delta variant, preventing infection, testing and international examples https://theconversation.com/back-to-school-faqs-on-childrens-health-and-covid-19-delta-variant-preventing-infection-testing-and-international-examples-164684

Reports of environmental problems caused by Hurricane Ida begin to trickle in https://www.nola.com/news/environment/article_ecac5322-0a9e-11ec-aa1a-b3a6500298cd.html

‘We do it together’: how a Lake Tahoe community prepared to flee the Caldor fire https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/01/california-caldor-fire-lake-tahoe-prepare

How Government Can Address Growing Disaster Costs https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2021/08/27/how-government-can-address-growing-disaster-costs

NYC Flood: 15 videos of severe flooding in New York City https://insiderpaper.com/nyc-flood-shocking-videos-of-flooding-in-new-york-city/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Understanding Climate and Wildfires https://science.nasa.gov/earth-science/climate-and-wildfires

How students can use storytelling to bring the dangers of climate change to life https://theconversation.com/how-students-can-use-storytelling-to-bring-the-dangers-of-climate-change-to-life-166693

Communities Going Virtual: Examining the Roles of Online and Offline Social Capital in Pandemic Perceived Community Resilience-Building https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15205436.2021.1974046

Key elements of disaster mitigation education in inclusive school setting in the Indonesian context https://jamba.org.za/index.php/jamba/article/view/1159

Disaster Resilience Education for Young People Handbook https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/handbook-disaster-resilience-education/

How Do High School Students Combat the Climate Crisis and Plan for Community Resilience After a Disaster? https://news.climate.columbia.edu/2021/09/01/how-do-high-school-students-combat-the-climate-crisis-and-plan-for-community-resilience-after-a-disaster/

58% of adults say the internet has been essential during the pandemic, and for some groups, its importance grew over the past year https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2021/09/01/how-the-internet-and-technology-shaped-americans-personal-experiences-amid-covid-19/

‘Local community-based disaster management’ The transformation of religious and local wisdom values in preparation to deal with natural hazards in West Sumatra, Indonesia https://jamba.org.za/index.php/jamba/article/view/1020

Why We Use Gage Height https://waterdata.usgs.gov/blog/gage_height/

Psychology and disasters

Study finds coronavirus-related polarization is stronger among people higher in cognitive ability https://www.psypost.org/2021/08/study-finds-coronavirus-related-polarization-is-stronger-among-people-higher-in-cognitive-ability-61760

Multi-country study suggests that the psychological burden of COVID-19 has led to increased political unrest https://www.psypost.org/2021/08/multi-country-study-suggests-that-the-psychological-burden-of-covid-19-has-led-to-increased-political-unrest-61798

Psychological factors and social processes influencing wildfire smoke protective behavior: Insights from a case study in Northern California https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212096321000802

The mystery of 9/11 first responders and dementia https://news.yahoo.com/mystery-9-11-first-responders-195318484.html

Sociology and disasters

‘We can’t afford to leave’: Louisiana family is forced to ride out powerful Hurricane Ida https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-weather/hurricanes/article/louisiana-family-rides-out-hurricane-ida-16419978.php

People, not just places: Expanding physical and social vulnerability indices by psychological indicators https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12752

Today in disaster resilience (27 August 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Hurricane Henri already flooding NYC streets, subways https://nypost.com/2021/08/22/hurricane-henri-already-flooding-nyc-streets-subways/

Caldor fire continues to rage after winds fan northern California blaze https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/aug/22/caldor-fire-california-continues-to-rage

Mexico – Deadly Flash Floods in Chihuahua After 60mm of Rain in 3 Hours https://floodlist.com/america/mexico-floods-chihuahua-august-2021

USA – More Deaths Reported Following North Carolina Floods https://floodlist.com/america/usa/north-carolina-floods-update-august-2021

DR Congo – Deadly Flash Floods in North and South Kivua https://floodlist.com/africa/drcongo-floods-north-south-kivu-august-2021

Tennessee Flooding Death Toll Climbs to 22; Dozens Still Missing https://weather.com/news/news/2021-08-22-tennessee-flooding-toll-rises

Henri leaves $12B in damage in Northeast. Some have lost everything https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/08/24/henri-heads-out-sea-leaving-behind-12-billion-damage-northeast/8253458002/

More than 8 000 homes destroyed as severe floods and landslides hit Venezuela https://watchers.news/2021/08/25/venezuela-flood-landslides-august-2021/

43 fatalities, at least 3 800 homes destroyed as heavy rains and floods hit Sudan https://watchers.news/2021/08/24/43-fatalities-at-least-3-800-homes-destroyed-as-heavy-rains-and-floods-hit-sudan/

Benin – Warnings as Rivers Rise, Floods in South Leave 1 Dead https://floodlist.com/africa/benin-floods-august-2021

Russia – Five Missing After Floods and Mudflows in Dagestan https://floodlist.com/europe/russia-floods-dagestan-august-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 26 Aug 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Semeru, Shiveluch, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/139554/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-26-Aug-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Semeru-Shiveluch-Dukono-Reventa.html

Siberia’s wildfires are bigger than all the world’s other blazes combined https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/08/11/siberia-fires-russia-climate/

Niger – Flooding Reported in All Regions, Over 60 Dead and 100,000 Affected https://floodlist.com/africa/niger-flood-update-august-2021

France and Spain – Destructive Flash Floods After Torrential Rain https://floodlist.com/europe/france-spain-floods-august-2021

Cambodia – One Killed in Sihanoukville Flash Floods https://floodlist.com/asia/cambodia-sihanoukville-floods-august-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Study finds ‘very concerning’ 74% increase in deaths associated with extreme heat brought on by the climate crisis https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/19/health/heat-deaths-concerning-study/index.html

IPCC report may have underplayed risk of freak El Nino and La Nina events https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/ipcc-report-may-have-underplayed-risk-of-freak-el-ninos-and-la-ninas-20210820-p58klm.html

A billion children at ‘extreme risk’ from climate impacts – Unicef https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/aug/20/a-billion-children-at-extreme-risk-from-climate-impacts-unicef

New Research Explores the Costs of Climate Tipping Points, and How They Could Compound One Another https://insideclimatenews.org/news/16082021/climate-tipping-points/

Solar exceeds coal for first time, as renewables set new records on Australia’s main grid https://reneweconomy.com.au/solar-exceeds-coal-for-first-time-as-renewables-set-new-records-on-australias-main-grid/

Thresholds of temperature change for mass extinctions https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-25019-2

When hotter and drier means more – but eventually less – wildfire https://theconversation.com/when-hotter-and-drier-means-more-but-eventually-less-wildfire-165352

‘Blistering temperatures’: Dark roofing banned on Sydney’s urban fringe https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/blistering-temperatures-dark-roofing-banned-on-sydney-s-urban-fringe-20210820-p58kma.html

Australia on verge of electric cars boom amid sharp jump in sales figures https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-on-verge-of-electric-cars-boom-amid-sharp-jump-in-sales-figures-20210820-p58kn5.html

Changes In Sea Levels And Hurricane Activity Played A Part In Upending The Maya Civilization https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2021/08/23/changes-in-sea-levels-and-hurricane-activity-played-a-part-in-upending-the-maya-civilization/

The sunny side of Earth’s hottest month https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/568917-the-sunny-side-of-earths-hottest-month

NSW’s roadmap to renewables https://www.energymagazine.com.au/nsws-roadmap-to-renewables/

Voters in Sydney’s Liberal ‘heartland’ more worried about climate than Covid, polling suggests https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/aug/24/voters-in-sydneys-liberal-heartland-more-worried-about-climate-than-covid-polling-suggests

How climate change amplifies extreme weather like Tennessee’s deadly floods and NYC’s record rainfall https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/23/weather/flooding-henri-tn-climate-change/index.html

With temperatures rising, how can Singapore shape its future developments to keep cool? https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/temperatures-warmer-climate-change-singapore-urban-planning-developments-2107851

How the climate crisis is changing hurricanes https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/21/weather/hurricane-henri-climate-change/index.html

Climate crisis made deadly German floods ‘up to nine times more likely’ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/aug/23/climate-crisis-made-deadly-german-floods-up-to-nine-times-more-likely

Climate Change, Land Use Change, and Mountain Disasters https://gjia.georgetown.edu/2021/08/23/part-i-climate-change-land-use-change-and-mountain-disasters/

An estimated 1.7 million deaths worldwide in 2019 were linked to too much cold or heat, a new study finds https://gizmodo.com/extreme-weather-is-getting-deadlier-1847529013

Lancet Heat and Health series https://www.thelancet.com/series/heat-and-health

Three pandemic measures that will also curb climate change: Flannery https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/three-pandemic-measures-which-will-also-curb-climate-change-flannery-20210824-p58lfr.html

Heavy rainfall which led to severe flooding in Western Europe made more likely by climate change https://www.worldweatherattribution.org/heavy-rainfall-which-led-to-severe-flooding-in-western-europe-made-more-likely-by-climate-change/

People keep moving to the worst places for climate risk https://www.fastcompany.com/90668484/people-keep-moving-to-the-worst-places-for-climate-risk

Leaked UN draft report: Greenhouse emissions must peak in four years https://thebulletin.org/2021/08/leaked-un-draft-report-greenhouse-emissions-must-peak-in-four-years/

In a Summer of Deadly Deluges, New Research Shows How Global Warming Fuels Flooding https://insideclimatenews.org/news/25082021/floods-germany-climate-change-attribution-study/

Household financial vulnerabilities and physical climate risks https://www.bankofcanada.ca/2021/08/staff-analytical-note-2021-19/

NSW bushfire survivors win legal battle ordering EPA to take action on climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/aug/26/nsw-bushfire-survivors-win-legal-battle-ordering-epa-to-take-action-on-climate-crisis

As Disasters Mount, Central Banks Gird Against Threat of Climate Change https://e360.yale.edu/features/as-disasters-mount-central-banks-gird-against-threat-of-climate-change

Climate Change: A Very Short Introduction https://global.oup.com/academic/product/climate-change-a-very-short-introduction-9780198867869

Few realistic scenarios left to limit global warming to 1.5°C https://www.stockholmresilience.org/research/research-news/2021-05-17-few-realistic-scenarios-left-to-limit-global-warming-to-1.5c.html

Southern Blob of unusual Pacific heat blamed for creating megadrought https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/southern-blob-of-unusual-pacific-heat-blamed-for-creating-megadrought-20210826-p58m7p.html

Disaster risk reduction

The lesson from German floods: prepare for the unimaginable https://www.climatechangenews.com/2021/08/20/lesson-german-floods-prepare-unimaginable/

Request for Information on the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/08/23/2021-18167/request-for-information-on-the-national-flood-insurance-programs-community-rating-system

Home seismometers provide crucial data on Haiti’s quake https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02279-y

Ten Years on from the Quake That Shook the Nation’s Capital https://eos.org/features/ten-years-on-from-the-quake-that-shook-the-nations-capital

Can burying power lines prevent California’s next big wildfire? https://grist.org/wildfires/can-burying-power-lines-prevent-california-next-wildfire-pge/

Slowing down on Country: Naturalising Melbourne’s waterways https://www.foreground.com.au/parks-places/slowing-down-on-country-naturalising-melbournes-waterways/

We are underway – one month into Natural Hazards Research Australia https://www.naturalhazards.com.au/node/6

Understanding the relationship between rainfall and flood probabilities through combined intensity-duration-frequency analysis https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S002216942100809X?via%3Dihub

Analysis of Drought Factors Affecting the Economy https://www.routledgehandbooks.com/doi/10.1201/9781315404219-34

Rwanda to use artificial intelligence in disaster management https://www.newtimes.co.rw/news/rwanda-use-artificial-intelligence-disaster-management

Submarine mountains can subdue earthquakes https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/submarine-mountains-can-subdue-earthquakes-13212/

Lidar Remote Sensing of Forest Structure, Biomass and Dynamics https://www.mdpi.com/journal/remotesensing/special_issues/Lidar_Forest_Dynamics

An Exercise in Resilience: Testing the Bronzeville Community Microgrid https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/an-exercise-in-resilience-testing-the-bronzeville-community-microgrid

New UNDRR Strategic Framework is launched https://www.unwater.org/new-undrr-strategic-framework-is-launched/

Wildfires are the most human of natural disasters https://brusselsmorning.com/2021/08/26/wildfires-are-the-most-human-of-natural-disasters/

An extremeness threshold determines the regional response of floods to changes in rainfall extremes https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-021-00248-x

Emergency management

Why it takes months to subdue some wildfires https://www.denverpost.com/2021/08/21/explainer-why-it-takes-months-to-subdue-some-wildfires/

Queensland Parks and Wildlife officials sought to downplay Fraser Island bushfire, internal documents reveal https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-23/qld-fraser-island-bushfire-rti-documents-media-emails/100387502

Should we give up on COVID-zero? Until most of us are vaccinated, we can’t live with the virus https://theconversation.com/should-we-give-up-on-covid-zero-until-most-of-us-are-vaccinated-we-cant-live-with-the-virus-166269

Research in the USA: Higher vaccination coverage is associated not only with significantly lower COVID-19 incidence, but also significantly less severe cases of the disease https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.08.17.21262195v2

Israel hopes boosters can avert new lockdown as Covid vaccine efficacy fades https://www.ft.com/content/23cdbf8c-b5ef-4596-bb46-f510606ab556

‘It’s just unbelievable’: Tennessee surveys wreckage after floods kill 22 https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/aug/23/tennessee-floods-flash-flooding-death-toll-damage

Highly Vaccinated Israel Is Seeing A Dramatic Surge In New COVID Cases. Here’s Whyhttps://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/08/20/1029628471/highly-vaccinated-israel-is-seeing-a-dramatic-surge-in-new-covid-cases-heres-why

Italy – once overwhelmed by COVID-19 – turns to a health pass and stricter measures to contain virus https://theconversation.com/italy-once-overwhelmed-by-covid-19-turns-to-a-health-pass-and-stricter-measures-to-contain-virus-165457

South African firefighter battles Cape Town blazes and inequality https://news.trust.org/item/20210825165751-lz76u/

Study finds COVID peak still six weeks away and NSW could reach 6,000 cases a day https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-26/covid-peak-in-nsw-still-six-weeks-away-modelling-shows/100411220

Aboriginal woman ‘turned away’ from hospital as data reveals Wilcannia worst hit by Covid https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/aug/26/aboriginal-woman-turned-away-from-hospital-as-data-reveals-wilcannia-worst-hit-by-covid

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Greece plans to name heatwaves in the same way as storms https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/21/greece-plans-to-name-heatwaves-in-the-same-way-as-storms

Pi and the Meandering Paths of Rivers https://www.brainpickings.org/2018/06/21/pi-rivers/

Replicating the Unpredictable: Board Games as Prototypes for Wildfire Evacuations https://www.researchgate.net/publication/354103397_Replicating_the_Unpredictable_Board_Games_as_Prototypes_for_Wildfire_Evacuations

Children’s Climate Cards https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/childrens-climate-cards

Psychology and disasters

Surprise, Less Happiness During Pandemic https://flowingdata.com/2021/04/27/surprise-less-happiness-during-pandemic/

Grieving over climate change? Colorado experts offer hope amidst the haze https://www.denverpost.com/2021/08/22/climate-change-grief-anxiety-mental-health/

COVID-19 rule breakers characterized by extraversion, amorality and uninformed information-gathering strategies https://www.psypost.org/2021/08/covid-19-rule-breakers-characterized-by-extraversion-amorality-and-uninformed-information-gathering-strategies-61727

Sociology and disasters

We can look beyond our bureaucrats to our local business and community leaders to guide us through hard times https://ausbizmedia.com/recovery-after-disaster/

Supporting Social Connectedness of Older Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Role of Small and Rural Public Libraries https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01616846.2021.1970446?journalCode=wplq20

John Plodinec in Community Resilience: Beyond Sustainability and Resilience https://globalresilience.northeastern.edu/john-plodinec-in-community-resilience-beyond-sustainability-and-resilience/

Today in disaster resilience (20 August 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Five million people under evacuation order in Japan as rain batters south coast https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/14/asia/japan-flood-evacuation-intl-hnk/index.html

Turkey evacuates flood victims as death toll hits 62 https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/8/15/turkey-evacuates-flooding-victims-as-death-toll-exceeds-60

At least 4 people presumed dead after mudslides hit Japan https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/15/asia/japan-rain-mudslides-intl-hnk/index.html

USA – State of Emergency After Flash Floods Leave 2 Dead in Arizona https://floodlist.com/america/usa/flash-floods-arizona-august-2021

Niger – 5 Killed in Niamey Flash Floods https://floodlist.com/africa/niger-flash-floods-niamey-august-2021

USA – 1 Dead After Floods in El Paso, Texas https://floodlist.com/america/usa/el-paso-texas-floods-august-2021

Israel asks Greece, Cyprus, Italy and France for help fighting massive wildfire https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/israel-asks-greece-cyprus-italy-and-france-for-help-fighting-massive-wildfire/

Violent M7.2 earthquake hits Haiti, causing widespread damage and leaving thousands dead and injured https://watchers.news/2021/08/14/m7-2-earthquake-haiti-august-14-2021-damage-fatalities/

B.C. wildfires lead to state of emergency in West Kelowna and terror for motorists on Coquihalla Highway https://www.straight.com/news/bc-wildfires-lead-to-state-of-emergency-in-west-kelowna-and-terror-for-motorists-on-coquihalla

Nigeria – Severe Floods Affect Jigawa, Bauchi and Adamawa States https://floodlist.com/africa/floods-nigeria-jigawa-bauchi-adamawa-august-2021

Colombia – 3 Fatalities After Floods in Meta Department https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-3-fatalities-after-floods-in-meta-department

Somalia – Thousands Displaced by Flooding Shabelle River https://floodlist.com/africa/somalia-shabelle-river-floods-august-2021

France wildfire: Thousands evacuated as blaze rages near Riviera https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58243066

Haiti: flash floods and mudslides latest threats in earthquake-hit country https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/08/1097862

Pacific Northwest wildfires have burned 1 million more acres in 2021 compared to this time last year https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/wildfire/pacific-northwest-wildfires-burned-20-times-more-land-2021-2020-washington-oregon/281-174c244d-5bed-4138-ad77-ffd663a828fc

Severe floods hit Germany again, destructive tornado in Lower Saxony https://watchers.news/2021/08/17/severe-storm-flood-tornado-germany-august-2021/

Thousands forced to evacuate by wildfire near Saint-Tropez https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/17/thousands-forced-to-evacuate-by-wildfire-near-saint-tropez-france-portugal-spain

India – 12 Dead, Thousands Displaced by Floods in Bihar https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-bihar-august-2021-update

Strong M6.8 earthquake hits near the coast of Vanuatu, hazardous tsunami waves possible https://watchers.news/2021/08/18/strong-m6-8-earthquake-hits-near-the-coast-of-vanuatu-hazardous-tsunami-waves-possible/

Caldor fire levels California town of Grizzly Flats as dry weather fuels blazes https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/aug/18/california-wildfires-caldor-dixie-fire-weather-grizzly-flats

Massive wildfire threatens Greek village outside Athens https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-massive-wildfire-threatens-greek-village-outside-athens/

Ethiopia – Deadly Flash Floods in Addis Ababa https://floodlist.com/africa/ethiopia-floods-addis-ababa-august-2021

Turkey – 77 Dead, 34 Still Missing in Floods https://floodlist.com/asia/turkey-floods-update-august-2021

USA – Record Rainfall Causes Flash Floods in Flagstaff Burn Areas, Arizona https://floodlist.com/america/usa/usa-record-rainfall-causes-flash-floods-in-flagstaff-burn-areas-arizona

Caribbean – Tropical Storm Grace Causes Floods in Haiti and Dominican Republic https://floodlist.com/america/caribbean-storm-grace-floods-haiti-dominican-republic-august-2021

Europe – Rain Triggers Deadly Flash Floods and Mudslides in Germany, Austria and Italy https://floodlist.com/europe/floods-mudslides-germany-austria-italy-16-august-2021

North Carolina faces ‘catastrophic’ flooding from Fred, dozens reported missing https://www.foxnews.com/us/north-carolina-flooding-from-fred-dozens-missing

Volcanic activity worldwide 19 Aug 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Semeru, Shiveluch, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/138944/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-19-Aug-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Semeru-Shiveluch-Reventador-San.html

Malaysia – 4 Dead, 2 Missing After Flash Floods in Kedah https://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-4-dead-2-missing-after-flash-floods-in-kedah

Sweden – Flash Floods in Dalarna and Gävleborg After Record Rainfall https://floodlist.com/europe/central-sweden-floods-august-2021

Sri Lanka – Floods in Central Provinces Displace 1,500 https://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-floods-in-central-provinces-displace-1500

Ghana – Major Roads, Bridges and Over 100 Homes Destroyed in Upper West Region Floods https://floodlist.com/africa/ghana-major-roads-bridges-and-over-100-homes-destroyed-in-upper-west-region-floods

India – 20,000 Affected by Floods in 5 Districts of Assam State https://floodlist.com/asia/india-assam-floods-august-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Computer Models Of Civilization Offer Routes To Ending Global Warming https://www.npr.org/2021/08/14/1027370891/climate-change-solutions-global-warming-computer-models-paris

How ‘living breakwaters’ could protect the coast from rising sea levels https://www.smh.com.au/national/how-living-breakwaters-could-protect-the-coast-from-rising-sea-levels-20210812-p58i7p.html

Specifically Tailored Action Plans Combat Heat Waves in India https://redcliffecitynews.com.au/specifically-tailored-action-plans-combat-heat-waves-in-india/

Climate change: floods and droughts will be greater dangers for China’s growth than earlier thought, UN scientists say https://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/3144759/climate-change-extreme-floods-and-droughts-will-be-greater

Weatherwatch: Carbon offsets easily wiped out by bad weather https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/aug/14/weatherwatch-carbon-offsets-easily-wiped-out-by-bad-weather

Breaching tipping points would increase economic costs of climate change impacts https://www.lse.ac.uk/granthaminstitute/news/breaching-tipping-points-would-increase-economic-costs-of-climate-change-impacts/

Assessing the Global Climate in July 2021 https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/global-climate-202107

Seemingly small climate changes can have big consequences https://theconversation.com/seemingly-small-climate-changes-can-have-big-consequences-166139

Breaching climate tipping points could triple economic cost of environmental crisis, scientists warn https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/climate-tipping-points-economic-cost-lse-b1903489.html

Too Hot to Work https://ucsusa.org/resources/too-hot-to-work

IPCC report reinforces need for more investment in flood resilience https://floodresilience.net/blogs/ipcc-report-reinforces-need-for-flood-resilience/

State of the Climate in Latin America and the Caribbean https://public.wmo.int/en/state-of-climate-latin-america-and-caribbean

Research shines light on heatwaves and building codes in NSW https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/research/policy-and-economics-hazards/7835

Spain confirms new highest temperature record – 47.4 °C (117.3 °F) in the city of Montoro, Cordoba https://watchers.news/2021/08/17/spain-sets-new-highest-temperature-record-montoro-august-14-2021/

Climate science is now more certain than ever. Here’s how it can make a difference in Australian court cases https://theconversation.com/climate-science-is-now-more-certain-than-ever-heres-how-it-can-make-a-difference-in-australian-court-cases-165874

What the big climate report said about New Zealand https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/126094665/what-the-big-climate-report-said-about-new-zealand

Australia widely criticised over emission reduction targets ahead of COP26 climate talks https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-20/climate-change-ipcc-australia-uk-conference-glasgow/100392252

Rain fell at the normally snowy summit of Greenland for the first time on record https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/19/weather/greenland-summit-rain-climate-change/index.html

Disaster risk reduction

Earth’s inner core is doing something weird https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/earths-inner-core-spinning-surprisingly-slow-nuclear-tests-reveal

The importance of applying a systemic risk lens to help prevent the escalation and reduce the impact of future pandemics https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/increasing-global-resilience-systemic-risk-emerging-lessons-covid-19-pandemic

Logging near towns must stop to mitigate extreme bushfire https://www.nature.org.au/media-releases/2021/08/logging-near-towns-must-stop-to-mitigate-extreme-bushfire/

WHO calls for ‘spirit of partnership’ in hunt for Covid-19 origins https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3144940/who-calls-spirit-partnership-hunt-covid-19-origins

What’s the likelihood a tsunami will happen in Lake Tahoe? Experts explain https://www.kcra.com/article/likelihood-tsunami-will-happen-lake-tahoe-experts-explain/37306443#

Canvey Island to benefit from £35M investment in flood protection https://www.newcivilengineer.com/latest/canvey-island-set-to-benefit-from-35m-investment-in-flood-protection-16-08-2021/

‘The fire moved around it’: success story in Oregon fuels calls for prescribed burns https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/12/the-fire-moved-around-it-success-story-in-oregon-fuels-calls-for-prescribed-burns

High-risk bushfire days in Victoria could triple by end of the century, CFA research finds https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-16/extreme-fire-danger-days-could-triple-victoria/100380946

How years of fighting every wildfire helped fuel the Western megafires of today https://theconversation.com/how-years-of-fighting-every-wildfire-helped-fuel-the-western-megafires-of-today-163165

What Could Explain the Lower COVID-19 Burden in Africa despite Considerable Circulation of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus? https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353950986_What_Could_Explain_the_Lower_COVID-19_Burden_in_Africa_despite_Considerable_Circulation_of_the_SARS-CoV-2_Virus

National Resilience Strategy: Call for Evidence https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/national-resilience-strategy-call-for-evidence

Forget massive seawalls, coastal wetlands offer the best storm protection money can buy https://theconversation.com/forget-massive-seawalls-coastal-wetlands-offer-the-best-storm-protection-money-can-buy-165872

US National Risk Index Map https://hazards.fema.gov/nri/

Early COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign in the United States Prevented Nearly 140,000 Deaths https://www.rand.org/news/press/2021/08/18/index1.html

Rapid Flood Mapping Using Multi-temporal SAR Images: An Example from Bangladesh https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-73569-2_10

Devastating European Floods Test Resilience https://www.air-worldwide.com/blog/posts/2021/7/devastating-european-floods-test-resilience/

Learning from a 100-year flood, and bad disaster movies https://www.undp.org/blogs/learning-100-year-flood-and-bad-disaster-movies

Emergency management

Mega-blazes put spotlight on Europe’s firefighting tactics https://news.trust.org/item/20210813164011-gznem/

Children’s hospitals are swamped with Covid patients — and it may only get worse https://www.politico.com/news/2021/08/11/covid-children-hospitals-schools-reopen-503885

Haitian Earthquake Situation Report #2 https://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=9ab6772472374f95982f43d9ec9e24c7

Death toll from Haiti earthquake soars above 700 with thousands injured https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-16/death-toll-from-haiti-earthquake-soars/100379194

Mafia hand suspected as Italy battles wildfires https://www.politico.eu/article/mafia-suspected-italy-wildfires/

From ground zero to zero tolerance – how China learnt from its COVID response to quickly stamp out its latest outbreak https://theconversation.com/from-ground-zero-to-zero-tolerance-how-china-learnt-from-its-covid-response-to-quickly-stamp-out-its-latest-outbreak-165963

Wildfires released ‘extremely harmful’ particles https://www.ekathimerini.com/society/1166337/wildfires-released-extremely-harmful-particles/

Fires, droughts, floods, power outages. The interval between disasters is shortening, or in some cases disappearing altogether https://www.circleofblue.org/2021/world/the-disasters-are-exhausting-emergency-response/

Ohio’s vaccine lottery saved more than $60m in averted healthcare costs https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2021/08/16/ohios-vaccine-lottery-saved-more-than-60m-in-averted-healthcare-costs

India is preparing for another COVID surge but low vaccine coverage leaves it vulnerable https://theconversation.com/india-is-preparing-for-another-covid-surge-but-low-vaccine-coverage-leaves-it-vulnerable-165839

Why I no longer think we can eliminate COVID – public health expert https://theconversation.com/why-i-no-longer-think-we-can-eliminate-covid-public-health-expert-166206

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Assessing post-disaster recovery using sentiment analysis: The case of L’Aquila, Italy https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/87552930211036486

Health systems in Florida are using easy-to-understand infographics to demonstrate how good the COVID vaccines are at keeping people out of the hospital https://www.fastcompany.com/90667213/delta-variant-devastation-florida-hospitals-show-vaccinated-vs-unvaccinated-icu-patient-data

Using military language and presence might not be the best approach to COVID and public health https://theconversation.com/using-military-language-and-presence-might-not-be-the-best-approach-to-covid-and-public-health-166019

Stories that touch: The Flood https://tolulope64.substack.com/p/the-flood

Psychology and disasters

Long-term Follow-up of Affected Residents After Lifting Evacuation Orders in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan: Findings from an Interview-Based Psychological Survey https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353933520_Long-term_Follow-up_of_Affected_Residents_After_Lifting_Evacuation_Orders_in_Fukushima_Prefecture_Japan_Findings_from_an_Interview-Based_Psychological_Survey

Resilience among survivors in the aftermath of the 2018 Kerala flood: An avenue toward recovery https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353477560_Resilience_among_survivors_in_the_aftermath_of_the_2018_Kerala_flood_An_avenue_toward_recovery

Coastal exposure and residents’ mental health in the affected areas by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-96168-z

Sociology and disasters

Seawalls or social recovery? The role of policy networks and design in disaster recovery https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378021001217?dgcid=author

‘Breaking society apart’: Unvaccinated people are angry as they face more Covid restrictions https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/13/unvaccinated-people-face-more-covid-restrictions-in-future.html

Analysis of the state of social resilience among different socio-demographic groups during the COVID- 19 pandemic https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420921004751?via=ihub#fig1

Poorer city dwellers are missing out on the increased social interactions that are credited with driving innovation and wealth creation in large metropolises https://santafe.edu/news-center/news/new-study-prosperity-cities-benefits-few

Texas wildfire survivors’ narratives and the meaning of everyday objects https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/14661381211038304

The intensity and frequency of the floods have increased in recent years and it’s creating greater vulnerabilities for women and girls https://www.preventionweb.net/blog/rumana-khan-there-growing-crisis-climate-related-disasters

Today in disaster resilience (13 August 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

US averaging 100,000 new COVID-19 infections a day https://apnews.com/article/health-coronavirus-pandemic-b0811d7287ef240ae619ba1e385e0a63

Greece wildfires: Hundreds more evacuated as uncontrolled fires rage https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58138614

Dangerous fire conditions continue as dozens of wildfires devastate the West https://abcnews.go.com/US/dangerous-fire-conditions-continue-dozens-wildfires-devastate-west/story?id=79351500

El Salvador – Heavy Rain and Flash Floods Affect 4 Departments https://floodlist.com/america/el-salvador-floods-august-2021

India – Madhya Pradesh Floods Death Toll Rises to 24 https://floodlist.com/asia/india-madhya-pradesh-floods-update-august-2021

South Sudan – 90,000 Affected by Floods Since Start of Rainy Season https://floodlist.com/africa/south-sudan-floods-august-2021

Mexico – Homes Destroyed by Flash Floods in Coahuila and Durango https://floodlist.com/america/mexico-floods-coahuila-durango-august-2021

Indonesia – 2 Dead After Floods and Landslides in 5 Provinces https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-landslides-august-2021

Thousands forced to evacuate as massive wildfire spreads through Greek island of Evia https://watchers.news/2021/08/09/evia-wildfire-greece-august-2021/

Over 350 villages inundated across Uttar Pradesh, India https://watchers.news/2021/08/09/350-villages-inundated-uttar-pradesh-india-august-2021/

Severe flash floods hit Coahuila and Durango, Mexico https://watchers.news/2021/08/08/severe-flash-floods-hit-coahuila-and-durango-mexico/

China – 80,000 Evacuate Floods in Sichuan https://floodlist.com/asia/china-floods-sichuan-august-2021

USA – Flash Floods Hit Omaha, Nebraska After Heavy Rain https://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-omaha-nebraska-august-2021

Floods in North Korea destroy hundreds of homes https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/08/06/nkorea-North-Korea-flood-disaster-South-Hamgyong-province/9071628260499/

India – Hundreds of Villages Flooded in Uttar Pradesh, 9 People Dead https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-uttar-pradesh-august-2021

Russia – Far East Faces Another Wave of Floods as Rivers Rise Again https://floodlist.com/asia/russia-far-east-floods-august-2021

Ethiopia – Hundreds Displaced by Floods in Afar Region https://floodlist.com/africa/ethiopia-floods-afar-region-august-2021

China – 80,000 Evacuate Floods in Sichuan https://floodlist.com/asia/china-floods-sichuan-august-2021

Death toll rises in Sudan floods https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/death-toll-rises-in-sudan-floods

Floods hit Turkey’s north after south ravaged by wildfires https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/8/11/floods-hit-turkeys-north-after-south-ravaged-by-wildfires

Destructive wildfires leave at least 65 dead in northern Algeria https://watchers.news/2021/08/12/wildfires-tizi-ouzu-kabylie-algeria-august-2021/

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Aug 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Merapi, Shiveluch https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/138180/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-12-Aug-2021-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Merapi-Shiveluch-Rincon-de.html

Turkey – Floods in Black Sea Region Leave 6 Dead, 1 Missing, Dozens Injured https://floodlist.com/asia/turkey-black-sea-floods-update-august-2021

India – 7 Rivers Above Danger Mark in Bihar, Floods Affect Over 250,000 https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-bihar-august-2021

Central African Republic – Thousands Affected After Floods and Rain Destroy Homes in Bangui https://floodlist.com/africa/central-african-republic-floods-bangui-august-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

‘Insanely cheap energy’: how solar power continues to shock the world https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/25/insanely-cheap-energy-how-solar-power-continues-to-shock-the-world

Apocalyptic fire and rain as UN climate report looms https://www.rte.ie/news/2021/0806/1239496-weather-climate-change/

Italy and Spain are next: brutal heatwave with near +46 °C will be baking southern Europe https://www.severe-weather.eu/europe-weather/heat-dome-mediterranean-extreme-heatwave-italy-spain-mk/

World’s climate scientists to issue stark warning over global heating threat https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/aug/08/worlds-climate-scientists-to-issue-stark-warning-over-global-heating-threat

Australia ‘lagging at the back of the pack’ of OECD countries on climate action, analysis finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/aug/09/australia-lagging-at-the-back-of-the-pack-of-oecd-countries-on-climate-action-analysis-finds

The world is on the brink of ‘catastrophe,’ leader of next UN climate talks warns https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/08/world/climate-warning-alok-sharma-cop26-ipcc-intl/index.html

234 scientists read 14,000+ research papers to write the IPCC climate report – here’s what you need to know and why it’s a big deal https://theconversation.com/234-scientists-read-14-000-research-papers-to-write-the-ipcc-climate-report-heres-what-you-need-to-know-and-why-its-a-big-deal-165587

Reduce methane or face climate catastrophe, scientists warn https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/aug/06/reduce-methane-or-face-climate-catastrophe-scientists-warn

Climate Change 2021: IPCC Sixth Climate Change Assessment Report https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar6/wg1/

Major climate changes inevitable and irreversible – IPCC’s starkest warning yet https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/aug/09/humans-have-caused-unprecedented-and-irreversible-change-to-climate-scientists-warn

Some Past Sea Levels May Not Have Been as High as Thought, Says Study of Rising and Sinking Landmasses https://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/news-events/some-past-sea-levels-may-not-have-been-high-thought-says-study-rising-and-sinking

Climate change has already hit Australia. Unless we act now, a hotter, drier and more dangerous future awaits, IPCC warns https://theconversation.com/climate-change-has-already-hit-australia-unless-we-act-now-a-hotter-drier-and-more-dangerous-future-awaits-ipcc-warns-165396

A New Climate Change Report Without Much New Overall https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/disaster-choice/202108/new-climate-change-report-without-much-new-overall

Yes, a few climate models give unexpected predictions – but the technology remains a powerful tool https://theconversation.com/yes-a-few-climate-models-give-unexpected-predictions-but-the-technology-remains-a-powerful-tool-165611

Sea level projection tool https://sealevel.nasa.gov/ipcc-ar6-sea-level-projection-tool

‘We’re not about to back down’: how climate experts hold hope despite the IPCC report https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/aug/10/were-not-about-to-back-down-how-climate-experts-hold-hope-despite-the-ipcc-report

Climate change: IPCC report is ‘code red for humanity’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58130705

How Do We Predict Climate Change? https://scienceexchange.caltech.edu/topics/sustainability/climate-change-predictions

How we can transform our energy system to achieve net-zero emissions https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg25133463-600-how-we-can-transform-our-energy-system-to-achieve-net-zero-emissions/

United States of Wildfire https://apps.npr.org/us-wildfires-impact-environment-climate-change/

The water cycle is intensifying as the climate warms, IPCC report warns – that means more intense storms and flooding https://theconversation.com/the-water-cycle-is-intensifying-as-the-climate-warms-ipcc-report-warns-that-means-more-intense-storms-and-flooding-165590

Future-Proofing Cities Against Climate Change https://www.archdaily.com/966045/future-proofing-cities-against-climate-change

What does the latest IPCC report mean for Australia? https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-11/what-does-the-ipcc-report-mean-for-australia/100364884

Mediterranean faces fiercer heatwaves, drought, fires: UN draft report https://phys.org/news/2021-08-mediterranean-fiercer-heatwaves-drought.html

Insurers Won’t Save a Heating World From Floods and Fire https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-07-25/insurers-won-t-keep-bailing-out-climate-disasters-like-these-fires-and-floods

New heat record in Italy as ‘Lucifer’ sweeps in https://amp.france24.com/en/live-news/20210811-new-heat-record-in-italy-as-lucifer-sweeps-in

Italy may have registered Europe’s hottest temperature on record https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58130893

‘How high above sea level am I?’ If you’ve googled this, you’re likely asking the wrong question — an expert explains https://theconversation.com/how-high-above-sea-level-am-i-if-youve-googled-this-youre-likely-asking-the-wrong-question-an-expert-explains-165882

Greenhouse gas emissions must peak within 4 years, says leaked UN report https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/aug/12/greenhouse-gas-emissions-must-peak-within-4-years-says-leaked-un-report

Defunct NSW coal mine belches 1 million tonnes of CO2 without penalty https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/climate-change/defunct-nsw-coal-mine-belches-1-million-tonnes-of-co2-without-penalty-20210811-p58huv.html

Insights for African countries from the latest climate change projections https://theconversation.com/insights-for-african-countries-from-the-latest-climate-change-projections-165944

Disaster risk reduction

Here’s why $1.7 billion in hurricane levee work is needed in the New Orleans area https://www.nola.com/news/environment/article_027011c4-f6fb-11eb-b8a1-3bb8f37aad3a.html

Uttarakhand CM launches India’s first earthquake early warning mobile app developed by IIT-Roorkee https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/india/uttarakhand-cm-launches-indias-first-earthquake-early-warning-mobile-app-developed-by-iit-roorkee/articleshow/85036170.cms?from=mdr

China’s high-tech anti-flood efforts show innovation strengths https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-08-06/China-s-high-tech-anti-flood-efforts-show-innovation-strengths-12vxIvbGfAc/index.html

3 wildfire lessons for forest towns as Dixie Fire destroys historic Greenville, California https://theconversation.com/3-wildfire-lessons-for-forest-towns-as-dixie-fire-destroys-historic-greenville-california-165718

York flooding: Build defences outside city, council says https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-58092514

Turkey spent only fraction of forest protection budget before wildfires erupted https://news.trust.org/item/20210806070027-z7yg8/

Global catastrophic risk from lower magnitude volcanic eruptions https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-25021-8

Satellite-based tools provide regional perspectives on landslide hazards, help assess risks in near-real time, and guide emergency responses https://www.preventionweb.net/news/satellites-support-disaster-response-storm-driven-landslides

Cost–benefit analysis of flood mitigation measures: a case study employing high-performance hydraulic and damage modelling https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-021-04814-6

Integrating Multiple Research Methods to Unravel the Complexity of Human-Water Systems https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2021AV000473

Navigating trade-offs between dams and river conservation https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/global-sustainability/article/navigating-tradeoffs-between-dams-and-river-conservation/6ADB5F2FB8C7D5B3B35AEF5F87541F22

Stanford researchers use artificial intelligence to unlock extreme weather mysteries https://woods.stanford.edu/news/stanford-researchers-use-artificial-intelligence-unlock-extreme-weather-mysteries

Integrated management of surface water and groundwater to mitigate flood risks and water scarcity in arid and semi-arid regions https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12720

Seismic risk management through insurance and its sensitivity to uncertainty in the hazard model https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-021-04748-z

Why understanding community behaviour matters for flood risk management? https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12724

The East Asian Covid-19 Paradox https://www.cambridge.org/core/elements/abs/east-asian-covid19-paradox/766AD8C7829F8A36A6232E399B2A9503

Italy’s Mount Etna – Europe’s Tallest Active Volcano Has A New Summit https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2021/08/11/italys-mount-etnaeuropes-tallest-active-volcano-has-a-new-summit/?sh=7140b2a46aab

Watch Venice’s new $7 billion Flood Defense System in action https://www.openculture.com/2021/08/watch-venices-new-7-billion-flood-defense-system-in-action.html

Coral Reef Restorations Can Be Optimized to Reduce Coastal Flooding Hazards https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2021.653945/full

Planning and Suitability Assessment of Large-scale Nature-based Solutions for Flood-risk Reduction https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11269-021-02848-w

Emergency management

Fires in Europe: EU steps up its aid and sends planes and firefighters https://www.tellerreport.com/news/2021-08-09-fires-in-europe–eu-steps-up-its-aid-and-sends-planes-and-firefighters.BJXGBu5RyF.html

Government publishes detailed list of countries helping in fire-fighting https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1165995/government-publishes-detailed-list-of-countries-helping-in-fire-fighting/

Long wait for flood compensation was ‘not acceptable’: Manitoba auditor general https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/long-wait-for-flood-compensation-was-not-acceptable-manitoba-auditor-general/ar-AAN6C5M?ocid=st

Method to extract difficult-to-evacuate areas by using tsunami evacuation simulation and numerical analysis https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921004477?via%3Dihub

Russian AN-124 to Deliver Australian Water Bombers to Greece to aid in wildfire Emergency https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/08/12/russian-an-124-to-deliver-australian-water-bombers-to-greece-to-aid-in-wildfire-emergency/

Israel to expand use of COVID drug that gets 88% of patients out of hospital https://www.jpost.com/health-science/israel-to-expand-use-of-covid-drug-that-gets-88-percent-of-patients-out-of-hospital-676397

Car ‘graveyard’ a monument to the power of China’s record floods https://www.msn.com/en-sg/news/world/car-graveyard-a-monument-to-the-power-of-china-s-record-floods/ar-AANegDD?ocid=ob-tw-ensg-489

What can we improve now to prepare for future catastrophic and cascading disasters? https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/what-can-we-improve-now-prepare-future-catastrophic-and-cascading-disasters

Disaster education, communications and engagement

These games will test your know-how in a wide range of emergencies and teach you how to build the emergency kit https://www.ready.gov/kids/games

Adaptive governance and community resilience to cyclones in coastal Bangladesh: Addressing the problem of fit, social learning, and institutional collaboration https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353780006_Adaptive_governance_and_community_resilience_to_cyclones_in_coastal_Bangladesh_Addressing_the_problem_of_fit_social_learning_and_institutional_collaboration

Australians back science and scientists to lead recovery https://scienceandtechnologyaustralia.org.au/australians-back-science-and-scientists-to-lead-recovery/

Psychology and disasters

‘People can’t sleep’: Rhondda valley flood leaves climate fear in its wake https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/aug/08/people-cant-sleep-rhonda-valley-flood-leaves-climate-fear-wake

There Are More Than 50 Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 https://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2021/08/10/there_are_more_than_50_long-term_effects_of_covid-19_789293.html

‘We can’t let this happen’: How ordinary people handle climate distress https://www.smh.com.au/national/we-can-t-let-this-happen-how-ordinary-people-handle-climate-distress-20210811-p58hpw.html

Resources for working with climate emotions https://gendread.substack.com/p/resources-for-working-with-climate

Why understanding community behaviour matters for flood risk management? https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12724

Sociology and disasters

In the context of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, women are risking to pay a higher price for the crisis than men https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/how-will-covid-19-crisis-affect-existing-gender-divides-europe

Hispanic people more likely to die at home from COVID-19 in North Carolina https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/hispanic-people-more-likely-to-die-at-home-from-covid-19-in-north-carolina/ar-AAN6U6X?ocid=st

Does social capital contribute to prevention and control of the COVID-19 pandemic? Empirical evidence from China https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353664300_Does_social_capital_contribute_to_prevention_and_control_of_the_COVID-19_pandemic_Empirical_evidence_from_China

Bleak future feared for Asia’s disaster-prone poor after UN climate report https://www.rappler.com/world/asia-pacific/bleak-future-feared-asia-disaster-prone-poor-climate-report

Infographic: Understanding societal resilience & risk awareness https://www.project-engage.eu/outcomes-results/infographic-understanding-societal-resilience-risk-awareness/

Today in disaster resilience (6 August 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Wildfires burn across Italy, Spain, Greece and Turkey in heatwave bringing temperatures above 40C https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/01/tourists-evacuated-from-pescara-as-italy-records-over-800-wildfires

Western Wildfires May Take Weeks To Months To Contain https://www.npr.org/2021/08/01/1023274008/western-wildfires-oregon-california-drought

Wildfires destroy entire villages, death toll rises to 4, Turkey https://watchers.news/2021/07/31/turkey-wildfires-damage-death-toll-july-2021/

Afghanistan – Red Crescent Confirms 113 Flood Deaths in Nuristan Province https://floodlist.com/asia/afghanistan-floods-nuristan-july-2021

Colombia – Floods Affect 50,000 After Rivers Overflow in Arauca https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-arauca-july-2021

Chad – Thousands Affected by Floods in Five Regions https://floodlist.com/africa/chad-floods-july-2021

Turkey appeals for help to fight wildfires as heatwave continues https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/02/turkey-appeals-for-help-to-fight-wildfires-as-heatwave-continues

Niger – Floods Leave Over 30 Dead, Thousands of Homes Destroyed https://floodlist.com/africa/niger-floods-leave-over-30-dead-thousands-of-homes-destroyed

Wildfires reach outskirts of Athens during scorching heatwave https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/03/wildfires-reach-outskirts-of-athens-during-scorching-heatwave

South Sudan: Flooding Kills 7 in South Sudan’s Unity State, Official Says https://allafrica.com/stories/202108030081.html

India – Air Force Helicopters Rescue Dozens From Rooftops in West Bengal Floods https://floodlist.com/asia/india-west-bengal-floods-august-2021

Philippines – 1 Missing, Thousands Displaced as Southwest Monsoon Causes Floods and Landslides https://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-floods-august-2021

USA – 1 Dead as Severe Flash Floods Hit Utah for Second Time in a Week https://floodlist.com/america/usa/utah-flood-august-2021

Record Wildfires and Heat Sweep Across Greece, Threatening Historic Sites https://gizmodo.com/record-wildfires-and-heat-sweep-across-greece-threaten-1847421313

India – Thousands Stranded in Madhya Pradesh After Rivers Reach Record Highs https://floodlist.com/asia/india-thousands-stranded-in-madhya-pradesh-after-rivers-reach-record-highs

Sudan – Floods Cause Deaths, Destroy Homes in 3 States https://floodlist.com/africa/sudan-floods-july-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 5 Aug 2021: Pacaya volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/137461/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-5-Aug-2021-Pacaya-volcano-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Reventador-Sangay.html

Site of first ancient Olympics at risk as fires rage in Greece https://www.euronews.com/2021/08/05/site-of-first-ancient-olympics-at-risk-as-fires-rage-in-greece

India – Fatalities After Floods and Rain in Rajasthanhttps://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-rajasthan-august-2021

Italy – Evacuations After More Flooding in Areas Around Lake Como https://floodlist.com/europe/italy-floods-lake-como-august-2021

Iran – Floods Affect 10 Provinces, Red Crescent Reports 8 Fatalities https://floodlist.com/asia/iran-floods-august-2021

Trinidad and Tobago – Flash Floods Wreck Homes and Vehicles https://floodlist.com/america/trinidad-floods-august-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Adapt or die. That is the stark challenge to living in the new world we have made https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/aug/01/adapt-or-die-that-is-the-stark-challenge-to-living-in-the-new-world-we-have-made?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

Greenland experienced ‘massive’ ice melt this week, scientists say https://www.arctictoday.com/greenland-experienced-massive-ice-melt-this-week-scientists-say/

You’re living on a heat island https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/weather/2021/07/16/ever-hear-of-a-heat-island—

Germany’s floods highlight need for urgent climate action https://www.dw.com/en/opinion-germanys-floods-highlight-need-for-urgent-climate-action/a-58702221

In fast-warming world, Tokyo is barometer for future Olympics https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/79205

Strengthening climate resilience through better flood management https://www.unescap.org/blog/strengthening-climate-resilience-through-better-flood-management#

State of the UK climate 2020 https://rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/joc.7285

In summer of apocalyptic weather, concerns emerge over climate science blind spot https://www.axios.com/extreme-weather-heat-waves-floods-climate-science-dba85d8a-215b-49a1-8a80-a6b7532bee83.html

New report: State of the science on western wildfires, forests and climate change https://www.washington.edu/news/2021/08/02/new-report-state-of-the-science-on-western-wildfires-forests-and-climate-change/

This is the impact of extreme weather on lives and livelihoods https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/08/water-global-disasters-climate-change/

From China to Germany, floods expose climate vulnerability https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/china-germany-floods-expose-climate-vulnerability-2021-07-22/

How summer 2021 has changed our understanding of extreme weather https://theconversation.com/how-summer-2021-has-changed-our-understanding-of-extreme-weather-165268

When the desert becomes flooded: climate change in Chad https://unocha.exposure.co/when-the-desert-becomes-flooded

Africa’s most populous city is battling floods and rising seas. It may soon be unliveable, experts warn https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/01/africa/lagos-sinking-floods-climate-change-intl-cmd/index.html

UN Climate Panel Contends With Models Showing Implausibly Fast Warming https://e360.yale.edu/digest/un-climate-panel-contends-with-models-showing-implausibly-fast-warming

Seismic waves reveal the Arctic is on shaky ground https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/seismic-waves-reveal-the-arctic-is-on-shaky-ground-13066/

Five lessons from the Global South on climate-related disasters https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/79255

Australian Bushfires Had a Bigger Climate Impact Than the Pandemic in 2020 https://e360.yale.edu/digest/wildfires-had-a-bigger-impact-than-the-pandemic-in-2020

Vast wildfires in Russia’s Yakutia have already set an emissions record https://www.arctictoday.com/vast-wildfires-in-russias-yakutia-have-already-set-an-emissions-record/

Predicting droughts and floods: why we’re studying 19th-century ocean records https://theconversation.com/predicting-droughts-and-floods-why-were-studying-19th-century-ocean-records-164985

Relentlessly hotter: Sizzling heat increasingly the norm in Israel, data shows https://www.timesofisrael.com/sizzling-heat-increasingly-becoming-the-norm-data-shows/

Climate crisis: Scientists spot warning signs of Gulf Stream collapse https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/aug/05/climate-crisis-scientists-spot-warning-signs-of-gulf-stream-collapse

Meals on Wheels prepares to check on seniors as metro area heat wave begins https://www.kptv.com/news/meals-on-wheels-prepares-to-check-on-seniors-as-metro-area-heat-wave-begins/article_bde3a074-efd5-11eb-b409-d703ba8ef092.html

World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency 2021 https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/advance-article/doi/10.1093/biosci/biab079/6325731

World to hit temperature tipping point 10 years faster than forecast https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/world-to-hit-temperature-tipping-point-10-years-faster-than-forecast-20210805-p58g7u

Disaster risk reduction

August edition – Disaster Risk Reduction and Open Data Newsletter https://tonkintaylor.createsend1.com/t/ViewEmail/t/0D2AC7430F7CEB992540EF23F30FEDED/E1B19278A0D5E96A405DC10595964AA8

Campaigners call for national flash flood alert system as extreme rain ‘puts millions at risk’ https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/flash-flooding-alert-system-climate-crisis-b1894358.html

China floods: did Zhengzhou’s ‘smart’ flood prevention system fail to prevent the disaster? https://www.scmp.com/tech/big-tech/article/3142898/china-floods-smart-city-system-capabilities-called-question-after

Flood protection and land value creation — Not all resilience investments are created equal https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/79213

California fire hazard zone map https://www.kqed.org/news/11759209/map-do-you-live-in-a-high-risk-fire-zone

Africa’s largest yearly floods are more strongly linked to regions’ annual peaks in soil moisture than to annual peaks in precipitation https://eos.org/articles/soil-saturation-dictates-africas-flood-severity

The race to save the Underground from flooding https://www.wired.co.uk/article/london-underground-flooding

How Wildfires Threaten U.S. Water Supplies https://labs.waterdata.usgs.gov/visualizations/fire-hydro/index.html

Latest edition of Floodplain Manager newsletter https://www.molinostewart.com.au/editorial/floodplain-manager-july-2021-2/

Sea Levels Influence Eruptions On Volcanic Island https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2021/08/04/sea-levels-influence-eruptions-on-volcanic-island/

How implementing Sendai could have saved Beirut  https://www.preventionweb.net/experts/oped/view/76946

Understanding Typhoon and Earthquake Risk in Japan https://www.air-worldwide.com/japan/japan-typhoon-and-earthquake-model/

New global map shows populations are growing faster in flood-prone areas https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/08/04/1030533/population-climate-flood-risk/

Flood mapping start-up: Cloud to Street https://www.cloudtostreet.ai/

Enhancing early warning systems in Cambodia and Lao People’s Democratic Republic https://public.wmo.int/en/media/news/enhancing-early-warning-systems-cambodia-and-lao-people%E2%80%99s-democratic-republic

Nature-based solutions in China: Financing “sponge cities” for integrated urban flood management https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/79263

Community insurance against climate change, wildfires in California, and the need for forward-looking wildfire loss modelling https://riskfrontiers.com/insights/community-insurance-against-climate-change-wildfires-in-california-and-the-need-for-forward-looking-wildfire-loss-modelling/

Near real-time global fire map https://firms2.modaps.eosdis.nasa.gov/map/#d:2021-08-05;l:country-outline;@0.0,0.0,3z

A Road Map For Adapting Dry Forests To New Fire Regimes https://www.eurasiareview.com/05082021-a-road-map-for-adapting-dry-forests-to-new-fire-regimes/

Evaluating 9 m of near-surface transpressional displacement during the Mw 7.8 2016 Kaikōura earthquake: re-excavation of a pre-earthquake paleoseismic trench, Kekerengu Fault, New Zealand https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/CXSZNEGRV9TD2PFRS4ZM/full?target=10.1080/00288306.2021.1954958

Germany flood risks were clearly underestimated https://www.kit.edu/kit/english/pi_2021_070_flood-risks-were-clearly-underestimated.php

Emergency management

July edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-july-2021/

Florida Breaks Record for COVID-19 Hospitalizations https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/coronavirus/florida-breaks-record-for-covid-19-hospitalizations/2515096/

Tokyo’s New COVID-19 Infections Hit A Record Again, Topping 4,000 For The First Time https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/07/31/1023183575/tokyo-covid-coronavirus-cases-4000-japan

Less than 0.1% of vaccinated Americans tested positive for COVID-19 https://www.axios.com/chart-vaccinated-americans-delta-covid-cases-b93710e3-cfc1-4248-9c33-474b00947a90.html

Death toll in Afghanistan floods tops 100, dozens still missing https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/8/1/death-toll-afghanistan-floods-tops-100-dozens-still-missing

Fauci: More ‘pain and suffering’ ahead as COVID cases rise https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/fauci-more-pain-and-suffering-ahead-as-covid-cases-rise

Sweden daily Covid deaths hit zero, with human liberty still intact https://www.biznews.com/health/2021/07/26/sweden-covid

How extensive were the adverse health effects of bushfire smoke in the summer of 2019/20? https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/health/how-extensive-were-adverse-health-effects-bushfire-smoke-summer-201920

Covid is surging in Florida. Doctors and nurses are back in crisis mode https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/covid-surging-florida-doctors-nurses-are-back-crisis-mode-n1275746

More firefighters needed to protect Victoria’s snow gums, report recommends https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-04/fires-alter-alpine-landscape-put-snow-gums-at-risk/100345354

WHO calls for moratorium on vaccine booster shots as global infections surpass 200M https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2021/08/04/covid-mask-mandates-delta-variant-vaccine-cdc-who/5477581001/

County Vaccination Coverage and COVID-19 Case Rates https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#vaccination-case-rate

Disaster education, communications and engagement

How Hamburg recovered after the catastrophic flood of 1962 https://www.thelocal.de/20210730/how-germanys-extreme-weather-has-brought-back-memories-of-the-catastrophic-hamburg-flood-of-1962/

Consultation hub for Scotland’s draft flood risk management plans https://consultation.sepa.org.uk/evidence-and-flooding/frmplans/

Wakayama University students create disaster prevention booklet for children in ‘easy Japanese’ https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210731/p2a/00m/0li/008000c

Ring the alarm: it’s time for US schools to have climate disaster drills https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/566098-ring-the-alarm-its-time-for-us-schools-to-have-climate-disaster

Weather, Climate, and Narrative: A Relational Model for Democratizing Risk Communication https://journals.ametsoc.org/view/journals/wcas/10/3/wcas-d-17-0050_1.xml

Words into Action guideline: Man-made/technological hazards https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/54012

Effect of health belief model on flood-risk educational approach among elementary school children in Malaysia https://jamba.org.za/index.php/jamba/article/view/1102

Psychology and disasters

Fully Vaccinated but Anxious About a Return to Normal Life? You May Have ‘Cave Syndrome’ https://www.wsj.com/articles/fully-vaccinated-but-anxious-about-a-return-to-normal-life-you-may-have-cave-syndrome-11626870612

Psychology researchers offer better tool for visualizing hurricane danger https://natsci.source.colostate.edu/no-more-cone-psychology-researchers-offer-better-tool-for-visualizing-hurricane-danger/

Wildfires Ignite Mental Health Concerns https://therevelator.org/wildfire-mental-health/

Extreme floods change men’s risk preferences, and it could matter for financing climate adaptation measures https://voxeu.org/article/extreme-floods-change-men-s-risk-preferences

Australians are three times more worried about climate change than COVID. A mental health crisis is looming https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-06/australians-three-times-more-worried-about-climate-change-covid/100354008

Australians report climate change as a bigger concern than COVID-19 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2667278221000298?via%3Dihub

Sociology and disasters

Homeless scramble to survive rare cold snap, Brazil https://watchers.news/2021/08/01/homeless-scramble-to-survive-rare-cold-snap-brazil/

Over 50% of people in high income countries vaccinated compared to 1% in low income countries https://data.undp.org/vaccine-equity/accessibility/

Why FEMA Aid Is Unavailable To Many Who Need It The Most https://www.npr.org/2021/06/29/1004347023/why-fema-aid-is-unavailable-to-many-who-need-it-the-most

Does social capital contribute to prevention and control of the COVID-19 pandemic? Empirical evidence from China https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921004623?via%3Dihub#fig1

Disaster and the lived politics of the resilient city https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0016718521002001?via%3Dihub

The Genealogy of Disaster https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2021/08/05/the-genealogy-of-disaster/

Today in disaster resilience (30 July 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Heavy rain in India triggers floods, landslides; at least 125 dead https://www.reuters.com/world/india/heavy-rain-india-triggers-floods-landslides-least-125-dead-2021-07-24/

Woman Dead, Three Missing After Flooding in CO Burn Area https://www.firefighternation.com/news/woman-dead-three-missing-after-flooding-in-co-burn-area/

Flooding in London after heavy rain https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-57963856

Italy: Wildfires rage through Sardinia, forcing evacuations https://www.dw.com/en/italy-wildfires-rage-through-sardinia-forcing-evacuations/a-58635590

Philippines evacuates thousands as monsoon rains flood Manila, provinces https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/philippines-evacuates-thousands-monsoon-rains-flood-cities-provinces-2021-07-24/

Typhoon In-fa makes landfall on China’s east coast, Shanghai flights cancelled https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-25/typhoon-in-fa-makes-landfall-near-shanghai/100322316

California’s largest fire burns homes as blazes scorch West https://apnews.com/article/fires-environment-and-nature-california-climate-change-da4043fa5e9a1d3b36c83122ba86f61b#:~:text=INDIAN%20FALLS%2C%20Calif.,property%20across%20the%20U.S.%20West.

Belgium – Cars Swept Down Streets After More Floods Strike https://floodlist.com/europe/belgium-storm-floods-namur-late-july-2021

Panama – Thousands of Homes Damaged by Floods in Bocas Del Toro Province https://floodlist.com/america/panama-floods-bocasdeltoro-july-2021

Russia – More Deadly Floods Hit Sochi https://floodlist.com/europe/russia-floods-sochi-july-2021

‘We saved nothing’: Floods displace hundreds in Burundi https://www.africanews.com/2021/05/15/we-saved-nothing-floods-displace-hundreds-in-burundi/

Philippines – Thousands Evacuate Floods in Manila and Northern Regions https://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-floods-typhoon-infa-july-2021

Belgium – Cars Swept Down Streets After More Floods Strike https://floodlist.com/europe/belgium-storm-floods-namur-late-july-2021

Western Europe – Storms Cause Floods in Switzerland, Germany and UK https://floodlist.com/europe/storms-floods-switzerland-germany-uk-july-2021

Wildfires scorch Spain and cause ‘disaster without precedence’ in Sardinia https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/27/europe/southern-europe-wildfires-sardinia-intl/index.html

Bangladesh – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Cox’s Bazar https://floodlist.com/asia/bangladesh-floods-landslides-coxs-bazar-july-2021

China – 69 Dead, 5 Still Missing in Henan Floods https://floodlist.com/asia/china-henan-floods-update-july-2021

India – Maharashtra Floods and Landslides Death Toll Climbs to 192 https://floodlist.com/asia/maharashtra-floods-update-july-2021

Costa Rica – Floods Leave 2 Dead, 2 Missing, Thousands Displaced https://floodlist.com/america/costa-rica-floods-july-2021

Lebanon battles wildfires in country’s north, firefighter dies https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/lebanon-battles-wildfires-countrys-north-firefighter-dies-2021-07-28/

Homes evacuated in Turkey as forest fire rages near southern coast https://www.euronews.com/2021/07/28/homes-evacuated-in-turkey-as-forest-fire-rages-near-southern-coast

Deadly floods and landslides hit Rohingya camps in Bangladesh https://www.unhcr.org/news/press/2021/7/61015b864/deadly-floods-landslides-hit-rohingya-camps-bangladesh.html

Unseasonal rainstorms hit Yemen, claiming at least 14 lives https://watchers.news/2021/07/28/yemen-flood-july-2021/

Strong explosive eruption at Stromboli volcano, Italy https://watchers.news/2021/07/28/stromboli-eruption-july-28-2021/

Italy – Evacuations After Floods and Landslides Near Lake Como https://floodlist.com/europe/italy-floods-lake-como-july-2021

USA – State of Emergency After Flash Floods in Utah, Nevada; 3 People Missing in New Mexico and Arizona https://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-utah-newmexico-nevada-july-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Jul 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Semeru, Shiveluch, Ibu, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/136692/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-28-Jul-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Semeru-Shiveluch-Ibu-Reventador.html

Afghanistan – Dozens Feared Dead After Floods in Nuristan Province https://floodlist.com/asia/afghanistan-nuristan-floods-july-2021

Mexico – Flash Floods Cause Damage and Casualties in Sonora https://floodlist.com/america/mexico-floods-sonora-july-2021

Pakistan – Deadly Flash Floods Hit Islamabad After ‘Cloudburst’ https://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-floods-islamabad-july-2021

Myanmar – Thousands Displaced by Floods in 4 States https://floodlist.com/asia/myanmar-floods-july-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate adaptation should be based on robust regional climate information https://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2021/07/climate-adaptation-should-be-based-on-robust-regional-climate-information/

Renewables drive Australian emissions lower as wind records blown away https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/renewables-drive-australian-emissions-lower-as-wind-records-blown-away-20210725-p58cpk.html

America in 2090: The Impact of Extreme Heat, in Maps https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/21/opinion/climate-change-heat-waves.html

Plans of four G20 states are threat to global climate pledge, warn scientists https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/25/plans-of-four-g20-states-are-threat-to-global-climate-pledge-warn-scientists

Beware summer! As climate crisis deepens, attitudes to season shift https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jul/24/as-the-climate-crisis-deepens-the-uks-attitude-to-summer-begins-to-shift

Climate change: Israel to cut 85% of emissions by mid-century https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-57965028

Climate change could spark floods in world’s largest desert lake: new study https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/79107

Flash floods will be more common as climate crisis worsens, say scientists https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/26/flash-floods-will-be-more-common-as-climate-crisis-worsens-say-scientists-london-floods

‘Record-shattering’ heat becoming much more likely, says climate study https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/26/record-shattering-heat-becoming-much-more-likely-says-climate-study

Climate change: Researchers begin discussions on vital report https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57944015

Yep, it’s bleak, says expert who tested 1970s end-of-the-world prediction https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/25/gaya-herrington-mit-study-the-limits-to-growth

Guidance to help water and sewerage companies and flood risk management authorities to prepare for future increases in rainfall intensities from global warming https://www.ukclimateresilience.org/news-events/climate-adaptation-on-future-changes-to-uk-rainfall-intensifies/

On the heels of Europe’s devastating floods, scientists warn more is yet to comehttps://grist.org/extreme-weather/europes-devastating-floods-scientists-warn-more-is-yet-to-come/

Flash floods: a grim reminder that adaptation is as important as reducing emissions https://www.lse.ac.uk/granthaminstitute/news/flash-floods-a-grim-reminder-that-adaptation-is-as-important-as-reducing-emissions/

Is climate change to blame for the recent weather disasters? 2 things you need to understandhttps://theconversation.com/extreme-heat-waves-in-a-warming-world-dont-just-break-records-they-shatter-them-164919

Mapping the way to climate resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/79111

The Climate Change Link To More And Bigger Wildfires https://www.npr.org/2021/07/27/1019898087/climate-change-wildfires

COP26 climate summit president says progress made, but not enough https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57975025

What the EU climate plan means for national targets https://www.transportenvironment.org/publications/what-eu-climate-plan-means-national-targets

Mapped: How climate change affects extreme weather around the world https://www.carbonbrief.org/mapped-how-climate-change-affects-extreme-weather-around-the-world

Great Adaptations – a book on the climate crisis https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/great-adaptations

More livestock, more carbon dioxide, less ice: the world’s climate change progress since 2019 is (mostly) bad news https://theconversation.com/more-livestock-more-carbon-dioxide-less-ice-the-worlds-climate-change-progress-since-2019-is-mostly-bad-news-165168

Western Wildfires Are Sending Carbon Offsets Up in Smoke https://gizmodo.com/western-wildfires-are-sending-carbon-offsets-up-in-smok-1847370861

Climate change increasing high heat index days in Austin https://www.kxan.com/weather/weather-blog/climate-change-increasing-high-heat-index-days-in-austin/

Why Extreme Heat Is So Deadly https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-extreme-heat-is-so-deadly/

Climate emergency not slowed by COVID-19 pandemic and planet’s ‘vital signs’ worsening, scientists say https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2021-07-28/climate-emergency-pandemic-planet-vital-signs-worsening/100329094

Record-breaking heatwave hits Hokkaido, Japanhttps://watchers.news/2021/07/28/record-breaking-heatwave-hokkaido-japan-july-2021/

Small climate changes can have devastating local consequences – it happened in the Little Ice Age https://theconversation.com/small-climate-changes-can-have-devastating-local-consequences-it-happened-in-the-little-ice-age-164916

Bushfires, not pandemic lockdowns, had biggest impact on global climate in 2020 https://news.ucar.edu/132802/bushfires-not-pandemic-lockdowns-had-biggest-impact-global-climate-2020

Australian farmers are adapting well to climate change, but there’s work ahead https://theconversation.com/australian-farmers-are-adapting-well-to-climate-change-but-theres-work-ahead-164860

Scientists say temperatures in South America could rise by 4°C https://www.openaccessgovernment.org/temperatures-south-america/116402/

Rainfall becomes increasingly variable as climate warms https://english.cas.cn/newsroom/research_news/earth/202107/t20210729_276360.shtml

The Spanish heat paradox: temperatures soar but related deaths drop https://english.elpais.com/science-tech/2021-07-28/the-spanish-heat-paradox-temperatures-soar-but-related-deaths-drop.html

Disaster risk reduction

We can’t predict the next wildfire disaster – but we can plan for it https://www.terracestandard.com/opinion/we-cant-predict-the-next-wildfire-disaster-but-we-can-plan-for-it/

Climate illusions are no substitute for disaster management https://www.gisreportsonline.com/climate-illusions-are-no-substitute-for-disaster-management,politics,3574.html

Scientists reveal fresh insights about New Zealand’s 7.8 quake https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/scientists-reveal-fresh-insights-about-new-zealands-78-quake/4URDVTIRDICV7JBVP2GPZIOSZ4/

Water-related hazards dominate disasters in the past 50 years https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/water-related-hazards-dominate-disasters-past-50-years

You may have heard the ‘moon wobble’ will intensify coastal floods. Well, here’s what that means for Australia https://theconversation.com/you-may-have-heard-the-moon-wobble-will-intensify-coastal-floods-well-heres-what-that-means-for-australia-164632

Urban flood risks, impacts, and management in Nigeria https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/79100

As floods stir climate change fears, Israel may be up a creek without a plan https://www.timesofisrael.com/as-floods-stir-climate-change-fears-israel-may-be-up-a-creek-without-a-plan/

Nearly two thirds of global drowning deaths occur in Asia Pacific https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-drowning-prevention-day/2021

NYC’s outdated flood maps leave thousands at risk for disaster bills https://gothamist.com/news/nycs-outdated-flood-maps-leave-thousands-risk-disaster-bills

Catastrophic flooding spotlights Germany’s poor disaster preparedness https://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/left-to-their-own-defenses-catastrophic-flooding-spotlights-germany-s-poor-disaster-preparedness-a-b3821147-97d2-4f23-951c-0206bd9ff9b2

Cost-effective mitigation strategy development for flood prone buildings – final project report https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/publications/biblio/bnh-8130

Disaster management and remote sensing https://www.geospatialworld.net/blogs/disaster-management-and-remote-sensing-remote-sensing/

Can We Predict The Eruption Of A Supervolcano? https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2021/07/27/can-we-predict-the-eruption-of-a-supervolcano/

Bewdley: Worcestershire town washed out for three years running set to receive £6.2m to improve flood defences https://news.sky.com/story/bewdley-worcestershire-town-washed-out-for-three-years-running-set-to-receive-16362m-to-improve-flood-defences-12364942

Assessing the Impact of Aftershocks on Regional Earthquake Loss Estimation https://www.air-worldwide.com/blog/posts/2021/7/assessing-the-impact-of-aftershocks-on-regional-earthquake-loss-estimation/

Uncertainty and bias in global to regional scale assessments of current and future coastal flood risk https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2020EF001882

On safer ground: Floodplain buyouts and community resilience https://knowledge.uli.org/reports/research-reports/2021/on-safer-ground-floodplain-buyouts-and-community-resilience

Measuring community disaster resilience at local levels: An adaptable resilience framework https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921003241?via%3Dihub

Planned retreat from flood-prone Westport and its stoic history https://www.newsroom.co.nz/planned-retreat-from-flood-prone-westport

More ‘good fire’ could help California control future catastrophes https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/more-good-fire-could-help-california-control-future-catastrophes

Record funding for flood defences in England as climate crisis worsens risks https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/29/record-funding-for-flood-defences-in-england-as-climate-crisis-worsens-risks

Latest Philippine earthquake reveals tectonic complexity https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/latest-philippine-earthquake-reveals-tectonic-complexity-13026/

Satellite-based flood mapping in the boreal region for improving situational awareness https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12744

Identifying drivers of streamflow extremes in West Africa to inform a nonstationary prediction model https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212094721000414?via%3Dihub

Does hot and dry equal more wildfire? Contrasting short- and long-term climate effects on fire in the Sierra Nevada, CA https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ecs2.3657

Emergency management

Doctors warn over increasing number of young people with Covid in ICU https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/25/seriously-ill-young-people-in-current-covid-admissions-expert-warns

Unvaccinated COVID patients likelier to suffer serious symptoms https://www.jpost.com/health-science/unvaccinated-covid-patients-likelier-to-have-serious-condition-ministry-674870

Satellite images of wildfires are saving lives. The Pentagon might let the program expire https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2021-07-27/fireguard-expiration-congress-wildfires

Catching fire: AI is helping scarce firefighters better predict blazes https://news.trust.org/item/20210722120845-s2q1j/

The Delta Variant Upends the World’s Pandemic Response https://www.wsj.com/articles/thedeltavariant-upends-the-worlds-pandemic-response-11627225200

Vaccination rates in France and Italy have soared after leaders announced a raft of restrictions that will drastically curtail the freedom of unvaccinated people https://www.forbes.com/sites/roberthart/2021/07/27/explosion-in-vaccinations-and-protests-follow-health-pass-announcements-as-europe-cracks-down-on-vaccine-holdouts/?sh=1f08ea24136b

Wildfires have burned a combined area the size of Delaware and Rhode Island — and then some https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/28/weather/western-wildfires-wednesday/index.html

Oxford researchers develop tool to predict human displacement post-disaster https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/science-blog/oxford-researchers-develop-tool-predict-human-displacement-post-disaster

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Emergency infrastructure needed to keep Americans safe: Public media https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/564629-emergency-infrastructure-needed-to-keep-americans-safe-public

How to Use Social Media in Healthcare: A Guide for Health Professionals https://blog.hootsuite.com/social-media-health-care/

Rapid increases in social media adoption and use since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic have been maintained https://wearesocial.com/au/blog/2021/07/digital-2021-july-global-statshot-digital-audiences-swell-but-there-may-be-trouble-ahead

How Hosukai’s Great Wave emerged from Japan’s isolation to become a global icon https://aeon.co/videos/how-hosukais-great-wave-emerged-from-japans-isolation-to-become-a-global-icon

Wildfire Actions https://www.fema.gov/disaster/wildfire-actions

Towards protective action: effective risk and warning communication during natural hazards https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/publications/biblio/bnh-8131

What have we learned about COVID-19 volunteering in the UK? A rapid review of the literature https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-021-11390-8

New book: A Brief History of Earth is subtitled “Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters” https://www.forbes.com/sites/chadorzel/2021/07/29/book-review-a-brief-history-of-earth-by-andrew-h-knoll/

Weather, climate, and narrative: A relational model for democratizing risk communication https://journals.ametsoc.org/view/journals/wcas/10/3/wcas-d-17-0050_1.xml

Psychology and disasters

The Impact of Earthquakes on Apartment Owners and Renters in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) Aotearoa New Zealand https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353453933_The_Impact_of_Earthquakes_on_Apartment_Owners_and_Renters_in_Te_Whanganui-a-Tara_Wellington_Aotearoa_New_Zealand

COVID-19 linked to ‘significant’ drop in intelligence: research https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/covid-19-linked-to-significant-drop-in-intelligence-research-1.5524877

Urban pluvial flood adaptation: Results of a household survey across four German municipalities https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12748

Sociology and disasters

Understanding the Willingness to Share Resources in the Hurricane Irma Evacuation: A Multi-Modeling Approach https://escholarship.org/uc/item/70g3c3nk

Implementation of social equity metrics in an engineering-based framework for distributing disaster resources https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353421170_Implementation_of_social_equity_metrics_in_an_engineering-based_framework_for_distributing_disaster_resources

Bridging the Divide: Does Social Capital Moderate the Impact of Polarization on Health? https://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/JGVJHRR3KDTEJEBGVGNA/full

Gender equality, social inclusion and resilience in Malawi https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/79108

Procedural Vulnerability and Its Effects on Equitable Post-Disaster Recovery in Low-Income Communities https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01944363.2021.1929417?src=

Keeping Each Other Safe: Who Checks on Their Neighbors During Weather Extremes in Summer and Winter? https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/disaster-medicine-and-public-health-preparedness/article/abs/keeping-each-other-safe-who-checks-on-their-neighbors-during-weather-extremes-in-summer-and-winter/BFAA54C464794AABF65A04695F65033F

Investigating the resilience of refugee camps to COVID-19: A case of Rohingya settlements in Bangladesh https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353482011_Investigating_the_resilience_of_refugee_camps_to_COVID-19_A_case_of_Rohingya_settlements_in_Bangladesh

Today in disaster resilience (23 July 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Merkel visits areas devastated by ‘terrifying’ floods as death toll reaches 190 in Europe https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20210718-merkel-to-visit-areas-devastated-by-floods-in-germany-as-death-toll-in-europe-tops-180

US firefighters bracing for dangerous weather as 70 wildfires burn across California and Oregon https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-18/us-wildfires-burn-across-california-oregon-dangerous-weather/100302756

India – at Least 20 Killed in Mumbai Landslides and Floodshttps://floodlist.com/asia/india-mumbai-landslides-july-2021

Oman – Floods After 200mm of Rain Leave 4 Dead, Dozens Rescued https://floodlist.com/asia/oman-floods-july-2021

Luxembourg – Dozens Evacuated After Record Rainfall Causes Rivers to Break Banks https://floodlist.com/europe/luxembourg-floods-july-2021

USA – Emergency Declared After Deadly Flash Floods in Arizona https://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-arizona-july-2021

Covid-19: India excess deaths cross four million, says study https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-57888460

Thunderstorms and lightning threaten to spur more fires in US west https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/20/us-west-wildfires-bootleg-fire-oregon

Heavy flooding hits central China, affecting tens of millions https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/20/heavy-flooding-hits-central-china-affecting-tens-of-millions

Nigeria – Hundreds of Homes Damaged by Floods in Taraba State https://floodlist.com/africa/nigeria-floods-taraba-july-2021

USA – Flash Floods Cause Chaos in Alabama https://floodlist.com/america/usa/flash-floods-alabama-july-2021

Iran – 8 Dead as Flash Floods and Storms Affect 15 Provinces https://floodlist.com/asia/iran-flash-floods-july-2021

Canada’s BC declares state of emergency as wildfires surge https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/7/20/canada-bc-declares-state-of-emergency-as-wildfires-surge

At least 25 dead in China as province deluged by heaviest rains in 1,000 years https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/death-toll-rises-china-henan-province-historic-rains-n1274579

Romania – Evacuations, 1 Dead After Heavy Rain Triggers Flash Floods https://floodlist.com/europe/romania-floods-july-2021

Germany floods: 155 still missing as hopes of further rescues fade https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/21/germany-floods-one-hundred-fifty-five-still-missing-hope-further-rescue-fade

Volcanic activity worldwide 22 Jul 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/136115/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-22-Jul-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Sangay-Lew.html

Indonesia – More Than 5,000 Families Displaced by Floods in West Kalimantan https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-west-kalimantan-july-2021

USA – Deadly Flash Floods in Colorado and New Mexico https://floodlist.com/america/usa/flash-floods-colorado-new-mexico-july-2021

Tajikistan – Deadly Floods and Mudslides Strike Sughd Region https://floodlist.com/asia/tajikistan-floods-mudslides-july-2021

China – Over 350,000 Evacuated, 33 Dead, 8 Missing After Zhengzhou and Henan Floods https://floodlist.com/asia/china-henan-zhengzhou-floods-update-july-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Why a killer US heatwave points to a stifling future for our cities https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/why-a-killer-us-heatwave-points-to-a-stifling-future-for-our-cities-20210716-p58ae9.html

‘It Is All Connected’: Extreme Weather in the Age of Climate Change https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/16/climate/europe-floods-climate-change.html

Germany needs better climate policy, Merkel says from flooded region https://www.dw.com/en/germany-needs-better-climate-policy-merkel-says-from-flooded-region-live-updates/a-58304082

How climate change fueled the devastating floods in Germany and northwest Europe https://www.vox.com/22577431/germany-flooding-europe-climate-change

Climate change: Science failed to predict flood and heat intensity https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57863205

Climate scientists shocked by scale of floods in Germany https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/16/climate-scientists-shocked-by-scale-of-floods-in-germany

Boston On List Of Cities With Worst Urban Heat, Where Temperatures Can Spike 15-20 Degrees In A Matter Of Blocks https://boston.cbslocal.com/2021/07/15/urban-heat-islands-cities-list-boston-climate-central/

Warmer weather ‘loading the dice’ towards more intense rainfall, scientists say https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/125789352/warmer-weather-loading-the-dice-towards-more-intense-rainfall-scientists-say

Warming Indian Ocean sets stage for spring floods in NSW and Victoria https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/warming-indian-ocean-sets-stage-for-spring-floods-in-nsw-and-victoria-20210720-p58be6.html

Extreme heat warning: what first-ever Met Office alert means https://theconversation.com/extreme-heat-warning-what-first-ever-met-office-alert-means-164757

The Northern Hemisphere has a punishing heat wave infestation https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/07/20/heat-wave-northern-hemisphere/

Siberia hit by unprecedented heatwave and forest fires – video report https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2021/jul/20/siberia-hit-by-unprecedented-heatwave-and-forest-fires-video-report?CMP=share_btn_tw

US cities are working to shore up their flood defenses in the face of climate change, building and upgrading pumps, storm drains, and other infrastructure https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/07/20/1029748/cities-infrastructure-prevent-flooding/

Preliminary analysis concludes Pacific Northwest heat wave was a 1,000-year event https://climate.gov/news-features/event-tracker/preliminary-analysis-concludes-pacific-northwest-heat-wave-was-1000-year

Catastrophic floods could hit Europe far more often, study finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/21/catastrophic-floods-could-hit-europe-far-more-often-study-finds

Scientific proof points to more intense and longer hot spells ahead https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/scientific-proof-points-to-more-intenseand-longer-hot-spells-ahead-40674337.html

Extreme heat waves in urban areas are much more likely than previously thought https://cee.illinois.edu/news/new-modeling-technique-shows-greater-likelihood-frequency-extreme-heat-events-urban-areas

Climate-Driven Changes in Clouds are Likely to Amplify Global Warming https://insideclimatenews.org/news/19072021/climate-driven-changes-in-clouds-are-likely-to-amplify-global-warming/

This catastrophic summer even has climate scientists worried https://www.nationalobserver.com/2021/07/21/news/climate-change-scientists-heat-wave-summer

What makes a resilient landscape? Climate, fire, and forests in the Northern Rockies https://www.nrfirescience.org/resource/23344

The record-smashing Pacific Northwest heat wave suggests that climate change has forced us past a threshold for temperatures https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/this-summer-could-change-our-understanding-of-extreme-heat?

Germany floods: Can we tell if extreme weather is linked to climate change? https://news.trust.org/item/20210716170026-viwbq/

California weighs first step in ‘managed retreat’ from rising Pacific https://news.trust.org/item/20210720091734-1d84f/

How the dynamics of a heating planet are driving extreme weather https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/how-the-dynamics-of-a-heating-planet-are-driving-extreme-weather-20210722-p58c1c.html

From China to Germany, floods expose climate vulnerability https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/china-germany-floods-expose-climate-vulnerability-2021-07-22/

Scientists are worried by how fast the climate crisis has amplified extreme weather https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/20/world/climate-change-extreme-weather-speed-cmd-intl/index.html

Emissions Could Hit New Record by 2023 Without More Green Spending https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-20/less-than-15-of-covid-19-recovery-spending-went-to-green-energy

Summer in the city: Improving community resilience to extreme summertime heat in Northern Manhattan https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/79073

Disaster risk reduction

Bob Carr appeals to UNESCO over Warragamba Dam https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/bob-carr-appeals-to-unesco-over-warragamba-dam-20210718-p58aq4.html

Why did Europe’s flood warning system so lethally fail? https://newseu.cgtn.com/news/2021-07-17/Why-did-Europe-s-flood-warning-system-so-lethally-fail–11YtoG2cGU8/index.html

Satellites over Europe track massive floods in Germany and Belgium https://www.space.com/satellites-monitor-flooding-in-germany-belgium-july-2021

How can the UN help prevent another Beirut disaster? https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/08/1070582

AIDR joins Resilience Valuation Initiative https://www.aidr.org.au/news/aidr-joins-resilience-valuation-initiative/

Europe’s flood tragedy didn’t have to be this severe https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/19/opinions/europe-flood-climate-change-evacuations-speight/index.html

Europe’s deadly floods leave scientists stunned https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/07/europe-s-deadly-floods-leave-scientists-stunned

Deadly floods inundated parts of Europe, but the Netherlands avoided fatalities. Here’s why https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/19/world/netherlands-germany-flood-defense-warning-system-intl-cmd/index.html

Report from Europe’s flood zone: researcher calls out early warning system gridlock amid shocking loss of life https://theconversation.com/report-from-europes-flood-zone-researcher-calls-out-early-warning-system-gridlock-amid-shocking-loss-of-life-164648

New web platform for planning flood prevention in cities https://www.gfz-potsdam.de/en/media-and-communication/news/details/article/new-web-platform-for-planning-flood-prevention-in-cities/

Saving lives and livelihoods through flood protection in Cameroon https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2021/07/06/saving-lives-and-livelihoods-through-flood-protection-in-cameroon

ADB approves $35 million project to reduce landslide risk in Kyrgyz Republic https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/79028

As coastal flooding worsens, some cities are retreating from the water https://theconversation.com/as-coastal-flooding-worsens-some-cities-are-retreating-from-the-water-164463

Earthquake Retrofitting: Everything You Need To Know https://www.regionalfoundationrepair.com/foundation-repair/earthquake-retrofitting/

PG&E plans a 10-year effort to put power lines underground to reduce fire risk https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/21/business/energy-environment/pge-underground-powerlines-wildfires.html

Plans in place to protect large area of Yukon from unprecedented flooding https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/plans-in-place-to-protect-large-area-of-yukon-from-unprecedented-flooding-1.5516849

Critical Disaster Studies book https://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/toc/16276_toc.html

Europe’s catastrophic flooding was forecast well in advance – what went so wrong? https://theconversation.com/europes-catastrophic-flooding-was-forecast-well-in-advance-what-went-so-wrong-164818

We can’t predict the next wildfire disaster – but we can plan for it https://theconversation.com/we-cant-predict-the-next-wildfire-disaster-but-we-can-plan-for-it-164232

Reducing flood risk through the modelling of Nature-Based Solutions https://www.ambientalrisk.com/reducing-flood-risk-through-the-modelling-of-nature-based-solutions/

Probabilistic tsunami hazard and exposure assessment for the pacific islands- Fiji https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921004192?via%3Dihub

Managing city-scale slow-onset disasters: Learning from Cape Town’s 2015–2018 drought disaster planning https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921004209?via%3Dihub

Forecasting Wildfire Intensity https://www.nbcbayarea.com/weather/climate-discussion-forecasting-wildfire-intensity/2600183/

Barrie tornado: Engineering professor calls for building code changes, review of damaged homes https://globalnews.ca/news/8035812/barrie-tornado-homes-roofs-damages-ontario-building-code/

Emergency management

Massive ‘Fire Clouds’ Are Dropping Embers On Firefighters Battling US’s Biggest Blaze https://www.unilad.co.uk/news/massive-fire-clouds-are-dropping-embers-on-firefighters-battling-uss-biggest-blaze/

England will soon abandon almost all coronavirus restrictions. The Netherlands shows what could happen next https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-18/freedom-day-looms-in-england-despite-coronavirus-surge/100295326

Flooding in Germany: Before and after images from the Ahr and Eifel regions https://www.dw.com/en/flooding-in-germany-before-and-after-images-from-the-ahr-and-eifel-regions/a-58299008

Residential fire fatality and injury strategy: towards zero fatalities https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/residential-fire-fatality-and-injury-strategy-towards-zero-fatalities

Using diversity and inclusion to strengthen capability in emergency management https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/99

Delta Variant Accounts for 83% of Known U.S. Covid-19 Cases https://www.wsj.com/articles/delta-variant-accounts-for-83-of-known-covid-19-cases-11626807019

Leverages and obstacles facing post-cyclone recovery in Saint-Martin, Caribbean: Between the ‘window of opportunity’ and the ‘systemic risk’? https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353251882_Leverages_and_obstacles_facing_post-cyclone_recovery_in_Saint-Martin_Caribbean_Between_the_%27window_of_opportunity%27_and_the_%27systemic_risk%27

Austrian man saves Turkish neighbors from raging floods https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/diaspora/austrian-man-saves-turkish-neighbors-from-raging-floods

Ministry prepares for 2021-2022 cyclone season https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/79029

COVID-19 in Southeast Asia: all eyes on Indonesia https://theconversation.com/covid-19-in-southeast-asia-all-eyes-on-indonesia-164244

Child cases of Covid-19 are rising as schools gear up to reopen https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/20/health/covid-children-cases-schools-reopening/index.html

How the Delta variant achieves its ultrafast spread https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01986-w

Central Europe staggers toward recovery from catastrophic flooding: more than 200 killed https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2021/07/central-europe-staggers-toward-recovery-from-catastrophic-flooding-more-than-200-killed/

Preparedness to respond effectively to multiple hazards https://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/2021/07/19/preparedness-to-respond-effectively-to-multiple-hazards/

US in ‘another pivotal moment’ as Delta variant drives surge in Covid cases https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/22/us-covid-cases-rise-delta-variant?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Henan floods: aerial images show devastation in Chinese province – video https://www.theguardian.com/weather/video/2021/jul/22/henan-floods-aerial-images-show-flood-devastation-in-chinese-province-video

Fighting wildfires in western WA requires different approaches https://crosscut.com/opinion/2021/07/fighting-wildfires-western-wa-requires-different-approaches

China breaches dam to divert deadly flooding https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/07/21/china-breaches-dam-to-divert-deadly-flooding/

Fires, droughts, floods, power outages. The interval between disasters is shortening, or in some cases disappearing altogether https://www.circleofblue.org/2021/world/the-disasters-are-exhausting-emergency-response/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Facebook Clashes with the US Government Over Vaccine Misinformation https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/facebook-clashes-with-the-us-government-over-vaccine-misinformation/603509/

Final draft of the Disaster Resilience Education for Young People Handbook has been submitted for approval https://www.aidr.org.au/news/two-aidr-handbooks-submitted-for-ema-approval/

Unit: Disaster Resilience Education – Years 7 & 8 https://www.coolaustralia.org/unit/disaster-resilience-education-years-7-8/

Amateur Radio Responds to Flooding in Western Europe https://qrznow.com/amateur-radio-responds-to-flooding-in-western-europe/

Germany faces calls for mobile phone disaster alerts after floods https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/merkel-heads-flood-zone-facing-questions-over-preparedness-2021-07-20/

Using community resilience vision statements to build flood resilience in Bangladesh https://floodresilience.net/blogs/community-resilience-vision-statements-build-flood-resilience-in-bangladesh/

Psychology and disasters

New research guides mental health support for young adult volunteers https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/new-research-guides-mental-health-support-for-young-adult-volunteers

A qualitative evaluation of Southwark Council’s public health response to mitigating the mental health impact of the 2017 London bridge and borough market terror attack https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353345579_A_qualitative_evaluation_of_Southwark_Council’s_public_health_response_to_mitigating_the_mental_health_impact_of_the_2017_London_bridge_and_borough_market_terror_attack

Sociology and disasters

Does the shock of natural hazard-associated disasters affect the authority of regional governments? https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0143622821001363?via%3Dihub

Back to basics: Gender equity and social inclusion in flood resilience https://floodresilience.net/blogs/gender-equity-and-social-inclusion-in-flood-resilience/

Exploring the interactions between vulnerability, resilience and adaptation to extreme temperatures https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/79044

An unequal pandemic: insights and evidence from communities and civil society organisations https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/79011

Bowling alone or distancing together? The role of social capital in excess death rates from COVID19 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953621005736?via%3Dihub#

A social model of secondary stressors in relation to disasters, major incidents and conflict: Implications for practice https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420921003976?via%3Dihub

In Europe and Central Asia, the poor lose more when disaster strikes https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2021/07/20/in-europe-and-central-asia-the-poor-lose-more-when-disaster-strikes