Today in disaster resilience (17 January 2020)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Taal Volcano erupts in Philippines https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-13/philippines-warns-of-explosive-eruption-as-volcano-spews-ash/11861640

U.S. winter storms cause 10 deaths, flight cancellations, power outages https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-weather/u-s-winter-storms-cause-10-deaths-flight-cancellations-power-outages-idUSKBN1ZA0U3?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews

Flooding hits Grand River Watershed hard https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/flooding-hits-grand-river-watershed-hard-1.4763862

Extreme weather leaves Congo capital residents underwater https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-congo-floods/extreme-weather-leaves-congo-capital-residents-underwater-idUSKBN1Z81BN

Dubai airport flooding: Flights delayed or cancelled https://www.thenational.ae/uae/transport/dubai-airport-flooding-flights-delayed-or-cancelled-1.962820

Indonesia – Flash Floods in South Sulawesi http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-south-sulawesi-january-2020

Iran and UAE – Deadly Floods After Days of Heavy Rain http://floodlist.com/asia/iran-uae-floods-january-2020

Kashmir avalanches and landslides leave 62 people dead https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-51104299

UAE smashes 24-year-old rainfall record, widespread flooding and destruction reported https://watchers.news/2020/01/13/uae-smashes-24-year-old-rainfall-record-widespread-flooding-and-destruction-reported/

New eruption at Fernandina volcano (Cerro la Cumbre), lava flows descending to the coast – Galapagos, Ecuador https://watchers.news/2020/01/13/new-eruption-at-fernandina-cerro-la-cumbre-volcano-lava-flows-descending-to-the-coast-galapagos-ecuador/

Strong explosion at Popocatepetl volcano, ash to 11.3 km (37 000 feet) a.s.l., Mexico https://watchers.news/2020/01/09/strong-explosion-at-popocatepetl-volcano-january-9-2020/

Extreme cold and heavy snow hit Afghanistan, killing at least 17 people https://watchers.news/2020/01/13/extreme-cold-snap-lashes-afghanistan-killing-at-least-17/

Iran – Floods in South Leave 3 Dead, Hundreds Rescued http://floodlist.com/asia/iran-floods-kerman-sistan-and-baluchestan-hormozgan-january-2020

Indonesia – Samarinda Floods Again, Thousands Affected http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-samarinda-floods-january-2020

Namibia – Overflowing Zambezi River Leaves Communities Cut Off http://floodlist.com/africa/namibia-zambezi-river-floods-january-2020

Peru – 2 Dead After Rivers Flood in Pasco and Puno Departments http://floodlist.com/america/peru-floods-pasco-puno-january-2020

Oman hit by 4 months’ worth of rain in 1 day, severe flash floods and freezing temperatures https://watchers.news/2020/01/16/oman-hit-by-4-months-worth-of-rain-in-1-day-severe-flash-floods-and-below-freezing-temperatures/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Jan 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/96125/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-16-Jan-2020-Klyuchevskoy-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Sa.html

Brutal cold snap brings death toll to at least 170 in Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan https://watchers.news/2020/01/16/brutal-cold-snap-brings-death-toll-afghanistan-india-pakistan/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Study Confirms Climate Models are Getting Future Warming Projections Right https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2943/study-confirms-climate-models-are-getting-future-warming-projections-right/

Some say we’ve seen bushfires worse than this before. But they’re ignoring a few key facts https://theconversation.com/some-say-weve-seen-bushfires-worse-than-this-before-but-theyre-ignoring-a-few-key-facts-129391?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Ocean temperatures hit record high as rate of heating accelerates https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/13/ocean-temperatures-hit-record-high-as-rate-of-heating-accelerates?CMP=share_btn_tw

Anomalously warm temperatures are associated with increased injury deaths https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-019-0721-y

Studying Asian glaciers provides glimpse into future of extremes https://horizon.scienceblog.com/1112/studying-asian-glaciers-provides-glimpse-into-future-of-extremes/

The ice we’ve lost to climate change this past decade, visualized https://www.vox.com/2019/12/23/21030500/climate-change-ice-thaw-arctic-antarctica-greenland

Australia is no longer the lucky country https://www.ft.com/content/9849e366-35e4-11ea-a6d3-9a26f8c3cba4

Despite the political smokescreen, scientists are in no doubt that global heating has contributed to Australia’s fire emergency https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/13/explainer-what-are-the-underlying-causes-of-australias-shocking-bushfire-season?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell slightly in 2019 https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/us-greenhouse-gas-emissions-fell-slightly-in-2019/2020/01/06/568f0a82-309e-11ea-a053-dc6d944ba776_story.html

US National Climate Report – Annual 2019 https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/201913

Climate change: Australia fires will be ‘normal’ in warmer world https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51094919

ScienceBrief Review: Climate Change Increases the Risk of Wildfires https://sciencebrief.org/briefs/wildfires

Australia’s Wildfires Might Intensify Future Climate Crises https://www.wired.com/story/australias-wildfires-might-intensify-future-climate-crises/

Inaction over climate emergency ‘not an option’ says UN Assembly chief https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/01/1055171

2019 capped off the world’s hottest decade in recorded history https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/2019-capped-off-the-worlds-hottest-decade-in-recorded-history-20200116-p53ru7.html

Injuries and Deaths Could Rise with Climate Change in the U.S., a New Study Finds https://time.com/5764673/injuries-deaths-climate-change/

Climate Change Brings Geopolitical Complications for Australia https://thediplomat.com/2020/01/climate-change-brings-geopolitical-complications-for-australia/

Climate change to be brought into new flooding guidance maps for Wales https://www.savills.co.uk/insight-and-opinion/savills-news/294682-0

Climate change to be key element in next Canadian budget: finance minister https://ca.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN1ZC2EO

New climate models suggest Paris goals may be out of reach https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1176930.shtml?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

5 states had the wettest year on record in 2019 https://www.farmprogress.com/weather/5-states-had-wettest-year-record-2019

Climate change is making Australia’s weird weather even weirder https://www.vox.com/2020/1/15/21065557/australia-fires-climate-change-weather-extreme-heat-drought-flood

For the first time, the Alarmed are now the largest of Global Warming’s Six Americas https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/for-the-first-time-the-alarmed-are-now-the-largest-of-global-warmings-six-americas/

Glacial Lake Outburst Floods: A New Climate-Related Threat from Above https://www.scientificamerican.com/video/glacial-lake-outburst-floods-a-new-climate-related-threat-from-above/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Ten years after earthquake, Haiti still vulnerable to disasters http://news.trust.org/item/20200110103517-4plm7/

Disaster by Choice https://global.oup.com/academic/product/disaster-by-choice-9780198841340?cc=jp&lang=en&

In January 2020, Jakarta experienced its worst rainfall in more than a decade https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146113/torrential-rains-flood-indonesia

Australia fires: Aboriginal planners say the bush ‘needs to burn’ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-51043828

How Cities are Using Architecture to Combat Flooding https://www.archdaily.com/931720/how-cities-are-using-architecture-to-combat-flooding

Massive new rooftop farm helps reduce flooding in Bangkok https://www.fastcompany.com/90449898/this-massive-new-rooftop-farm-helps-keep-bangkok-from-flooding

To fix a flood-prone neighborhood, Dubuque planners use 3D GIS watershed models https://www.esri.com/about/newsroom/blog/dubuque-tackles-chronic-flooding/

U.S. flood risk model to be publicly available in boon for homebuyers https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-floods-realestate-idUSKBN1ZD1G0?taid=5e1dd1a82f317700010a826f&utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

The gathering firestorm in southern Amazonia https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/2/eaay1632?utm_campaign=SciMag&utm_source=JHubbard&utm_medium=Twitter

Colorado has seen the largest increase in natural disasters, study says https://www.reporterherald.com/2020/01/11/colorado-has-seen-the-largest-increase-in-natural-disasters-study-says/

Taal Eruption and Ashfall Continue; Thousands Still at Risk https://eos.org/articles/taal-eruption-and-ashfall-continue-thousands-still-at-risk

Jakarta’s flood costs will increase by up to 400% by 2050, research shows https://theconversation.com/jakartas-flood-costs-will-increase-by-up-to-400-by-2050-research-shows-129698

Planning an International Magma Observatory https://eos.org/science-updates/planning-an-international-magma-observatory

Tourists are abandoning regional Victoria and NSW in droves, with cancellation rates of more than 60 per cent even in towns outside the bushfire zones causing economic damage of up to $1 billion https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/tourism-industry-takes-1b-hit-as-australians-cancel-their-holidays-20200115-p53rr1.html

Gorkha aftershocks reveal seismic hazard in Nepal https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/gorkha-aftershocks-reveal-seismic-hazard-in-nepal-10175/

Environment Agency announces updated plans for York flood scheme https://www.gov.uk/government/news/environment-agency-announces-updated-plans-for-york-flood-scheme

How can we stop our village flooding again? https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-51008272

ARC Linkage funds research on early warning system for bushfires https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/newscentre/news_centre/more_news_stories/arc_linkage_bushfire

The danger of the Taal Volcano https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/philippine-volcano-taal-erupts-with-a-fury-of-earthquakes-and-ash-10371/

$9.5 Million In Grants Awarded To Australian Researchers For Bushfire Forecast Project https://www.intelligentliving.co/9-5-million-grants-bushfire-forecast-project/

Tourism loses $4.5b to bushfires as overseas visitors cancel https://www.afr.com/companies/tourism/tourism-loses-4-5b-to-bushfires-as-overseas-visitors-cancel-20200116-p53s0s

Residents’ flood-risk fears resurface over new Chorley housing development https://www.lep.co.uk/news/environment/residents-flood-risk-fears-resurface-over-new-chorley-housing-development-1-10203641

This map presents a selection of regions likely to encounter significant water anomalies during the one year period beginning in October 2019 and running through September 2020 https://www.isciences.com/blog/2020/1/15/isciences-worldwide-water-watch-list-january-2020

Disasters, climate change failure and extreme weather three of the top risks facing the world in 2020 https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/01/global-risks-climate-change-cyberattacks-economic-political/

 

Emergency management

Bushfire lessons available to act on ahead of royal commission, experts say https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-14/bushfires-lessons-ready-to-act-on-before-inquiry-experts-say/11851554?pfmredir=sm

As flood waters recede, Jakarta residents file lawsuit against governor https://www.reuters.com/article/indonesia-climatechange-lawsuit/as-flood-waters-recede-jakarta-residents-file-lawsuit-against-governor-idUSL8N29J07K

Smoke from Australia’s fires will make ‘full circuit’ around the world https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/14/australia/nasa-smoke-full-circuit-intl-scli-scn/index.html?utm_medium=social&utm_term=link&utm_content=2020-01-14T19%3A50%3A03&utm_source=twCNN

Shealing: Post‐disaster slow healing and later recovery https://rgs-ibg.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/area.12605

Canada to send 69 more fire personnel to Australia to battle wildfires, minister says https://globalnews.ca/news/6410492/australia-canada-firefighters-deployed/

American firefighters deployed to fight Australia fires met with cheers in Sydney https://www.cbsnews.com/news/australia-fires-firefighters-team-up-with-americans-to-fight-bushfires/?ftag=CNM-00-10aab7e&linkId=80630431

More than 20,000 children evacuated from the ‘danger zone’ around erupting volcano https://reliefweb.int/report/philippines/more-20000-children-evacuated-danger-zone-around-erupting-volcano

Fire services are facing a ‘toxic’ culture of ‘bullying and harassment’ https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7891279/Fire-services-facing-toxic-culture-bullying-harassment.html

Flooding becomes politicized as Anies faces criticism https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/01/15/flooding-becomes-politicized-as-anies-faces-criticism.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Of potential use in emergency management the V-Coptr Falcon is a bi-copter drone that has a 50-minute battery life https://www.dpreview.com/news/1349415399/the-v-coptr-falcon-is-a-bi-copter-drone-that-has-a-50-minute-battery-life

Prehistoric Wollemi pines saved by firefighters from Australia’s bushfires https://www.theguardian.com/global/video/2020/jan/16/prehistoric-wollemi-pines-saved-by-firefighters-from-australias-bushfires-video

Australian bushfires from the air: before and after images show scale of devastation https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/17/before-and-after-images-show-scale-of-bushfire-devastation?CMP=share_btn_tw

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience is developing Knowledge-into-Action briefs for people who are supporting communities to recover from the bushfire crisis https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/knowledge-into-action-briefs/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Australians must learn a fine-grained language of fire in all its different localities https://insidestory.org.au/savage-summer/

Beyond lava and ash: What makes volcanoes dangerous? https://earth.stanford.edu/news/beyond-lava-and-ash-what-makes-volcanoes-dangerous#gs.s9kphb

Children’s book inspired by Somerset’s 1607 killer wave https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-50642915

Artists help communities during a crisis, not hinder. Why are we still told they don’t matter? https://theconversation.com/artists-help-communities-during-a-crisis-not-hinder-why-are-we-still-told-they-dont-matter-129695

Kobe commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake and through education is working to remind younger generations of the past devastation — and the importance of disaster preparedness https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/01/16/national/25-years-after-kobe-quake/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#.XiDTxX8zbIU

Victoria Police rejects social media campaign claiming arson caused fires https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/victoria-police-rejects-social-media-campaign-claiming-arson-caused-fires-20200108-p53pwj.html

Conceptualizing community in disaster risk management https://www.researchgate.net/publication/338552762_Conceptualizing_community_in_disaster_risk_management

Creating a business contingency plan for flooding https://www.anthonyjones.com/flooding-business-contingency-planning/

 

Psychology and Disasters

Geopolitical factors and mental health https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0020764018808548?journalCode=ispa

The role of risk perception in influencing flood losses over time http://hydrosocialextremes.org/the-role-of-risk-perception-in-influencing-flood-losses-over-time/

 

Sociology and disasters

Beware of bushfire scams: how fraudsters take advantage of those in need https://theconversation.com/beware-of-bushfire-scams-how-fraudsters-take-advantage-of-those-in-need-129549

Global problems need social science https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00064-x

Today in disaster resilience (10 January 2020)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Indonesia floods: Death toll hits 66 as more rain is expected https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/01/indonesia-floods-death-toll-hits-66-rain-expected-200106090620594.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Israel – Flash Floods Leave 4 Dead, Dozens Rescued http://floodlist.com/asia/israel-floods-january-2020

Malawi – Flash Floods Affect 400 Households in Lilongwe http://floodlist.com/africa/malawi-floods-lilongwe-january-2020

Bushfires destroy more property in Victoria as military, volunteers ramp up disaster relief https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-05/bushfires-destroy-more-property-in-victoria-firefighter-injured/11841522

Southern Highlands’ Morton bushfire devastates Wingello, Bundanoon and Kangaroo Valley https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-05/southern-highlands-bushfires-devastate-wingello-kangaroo-valley/11842006

Before-and-after photos show the scale of devastation on Kangaroo Island, with the world-famous Southern Ocean Lodge decimated https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/climate-change/all-hell-is-breaking-loose-massive-fire-threatens-all-of-kangaroo-island/news-story/

Puerto Rico earthquake: Punta Ventana collapses as powerful tremor hits https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51014588

6.4-quake strikes Puerto Rico, killing at least 1 amid heavy seismic activity https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/6-5-quake-strikes-puerto-rico-amid-heavy-seismic-activity-n1111666

Peru – Floods in Huanuco Hit Over 300 Families http://floodlist.com/america/peru-floods-huanuco-january-2020

Angola – Deadly Flash Floods in Luanda http://floodlist.com/africa/angola-floods-luanda-january-2020

Colombia – 1,200 Families Affected as Rivers Overflow in Chocó Department http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-unguia-choco-december-2019

Turkey – Torrential Rain Causes Flash Floods and Landslides in Mersin http://floodlist.com/asia/turkey-flash-floods-mersin-january-2020

Australian fires: Victorians urged to leave amid fears ‘heat spike’ will cause bushfires to merge https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/09/australia-fires-victorians-urged-to-leave-amid-fears-heat-spike-will-cause-bushfires-to-merge?CMP=share_btn_

Israel – More Flash Floods After Almost 100mm of Rain in 24 Hours http://floodlist.com/asia/israel-floods-nahariya-january-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 9 Jan 2020: Popocatépetl volcano, Krakatau, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/95715/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-9-Jan-2020-Popocatepetl-volcano-Krakatau-Dukono-Reventador-Sangay.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

This apocalyptic Australian summer is our Sandy Hook moment – if we don’t take climate action now we never will https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/07/this-apocalyptic-australian-summer-is-our-sandy-hook-moment-if-we-dont-take-climate-action-now-we-never-will?CMP=share_btn_tw

The first systematic review finds that climate models have been remarkably accurate https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/12/4/20991315/climate-change-prediction-models-accurate

The bushfire crisis has given the Government a political ‘out’ to its climate change problem https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-06/bushfires-climate-change-opportunity-to-change/11839530

Australia Will Lose to Climate Change https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/01/australia-caught-climate-spiral/604423/

Australia’s unprecedented wildfires are supercharged thanks to climate change, the type of trees catching fire and weather, experts say https://apnews.com/58881772c4959861278d9ff705e857c3?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=AP&utm_source=Twitter

A theory of adaptation to climate change. From trajectories of vulnerability to adaptation pathways https://www.researchgate.net/publication/338385875_A_theory_of_adaptation_to_climate_change_From_trajectories_of_vulnerability_to_adaptation_pathways

Glaciers in the Olympic Mountains could vanish by end of this century https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/01/glaciers-in-the-olympic-mountains-could-vanish-by-end-of-this-century/

How can we adapt to a fierier world? https://www.thebigq.org/2020/01/06/how-can-we-adapt-to-a-fierier-world/

Climate signals detected in global weather https://ethz.ch/en/news-and-events/eth-news/news/2020/01/climate-signal-detected-in-daily-weather.html

Forecasted attribution of the human influence on Hurricane Florence https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/1/eaaw9253

Weather bureau says hottest, driest year on record led to extreme bushfire season https://theconversation.com/weather-bureau-says-hottest-driest-year-on-record-led-to-extreme-bushfire-season-129447?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Australia Annual climate statement 2019 http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/annual/aus/

In the face of extreme climate events, ASU professor to link network of groups developing nature-based solutions https://phys.org/news/2020-01-extreme-climate-events-asu-professor.html

The summer has seen another cyclone in Fiji and terrible fires in Australia. We don’t need to be scientists to know that something is very wrong here https://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2020/jan/07/australia-fijis-prayers-are-with-you-but-we-know-they-arent-enough-to-fight-the-climate-crisis

Miami needs allies in its fight to survive climate change http://news.trust.org/item/20200108151105-657by/

In 2030, we ended the climate emergency. Here’s how https://thecorrespondent.com/214/in-2030-we-ended-the-climate-emergency-heres-how/28330740746-6b15af77

Experts say climate change is driving up the risk of wildfires in Canada https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/experts-say-climate-change-is-driving-up-the-risk-of-wildfires-in-canada-2

Decade in review: how climate change has made flooding worse https://www.climatesignals.org/headlines/decade-review-how-climate-change-has-made-flooding-worse

 

Disaster risk reduction

Health impacts of bushfires won’t be known for years, experts say https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/health-impacts-of-bushfires-won-t-be-known-for-years-experts-say-20200106-p53p87.html

Doing more of the same on fires will not mitigate disaster impact https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/doing-more-of-the-same-on-fires-will-not-mitigate-disaster-impact/news-story/e2d831e3383b9d07d1fe36a4124ae9c0?btr=10dd153f0d8cbadcb804aeba170c559b

Bushfires scare off East Gippsland tourists as businesses face struggle to stay afloat https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-07/bushfires-victoria-businesses-tourism-suffer/11845386

Calls are increasing for more “controlled burns” to cut the bushfire risk. What are they, how much is being done and do they work? https://www.smh.com.au/national/prescribed-burning-what-is-it-and-will-more-reduce-bushfire-risks-20200106-p53paf.html

Survey results show flood insurance remains ‘big challenge’ http://www.somersetriversauthority.org.uk/survey-results-show-flood-insurance-remains-big-challenge/

Explainer: how effective is bushfire hazard reduction on Australia’s fires? https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/05/explainer-how-effective-is-bushfire-hazard-reduction-on-australias-fires

‘We’re going to see more of this’: Spring flooding in B.C. may be worsened by logging practices https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/we-re-going-to-see-more-of-this-b-c-forest-experts-call-for-legal-changes-to-prevent-future-flooding-1.5386323

Why wasn’t there more prescribed burning, and would it have helped? https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/is-more-prescribed-burning-the-answer-to-bushfire-threat/11844766

Why so many earthquakes are rocking Puerto Rico https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/01/why-so-many-puerto-rico-earthquakes-have-happened-geology/?no-cache

There’s no evidence ‘greenies’ block bushfire hazard reduction but here’s a controlled burn idea worth trying https://theconversation.com/theres-no-evidence-greenies-block-bushfire-hazard-reduction-but-heres-a-controlled-burn-idea-worth-trying-129350

Jakarta, the fastest sinking city in the world faces the biggest flooding challenge https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/jakarta-fastest-sinking-city-in-the-world-floods-challenge-river-12237202

Better forecast for better disaster risk management in Cox’s Bazar https://www.bd.undp.org/content/bangladesh/en/home/stories/better-forecast-for-better-disaster-risk-management-in-coxs-baza.html

Future changes in extreme weather and pyroconvection risk factors for Australian wildfires https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/69703

Hazard reduction burns are not a ‘panacea’ for bushfire risk, RFS boss says https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/08/hazard-reduction-is-not-a-panacea-for-bushfire-risk-rfs-boss-says?CMP=share_btn_tw

U.S. billion-dollar weather disasters doubled in last decade-report http://news.trust.org/item/20200108170429-8bcbb/

To avert future flood chaos, Indonesian capital urged to defend nature http://news.trust.org/item/20200107131405-e3g6q/

A better estimate of water-level rise in the Ganges delta https://phys.org/news/2020-01-water-level-ganges-delta.html

Jakartans to File Class Action Against City Administration for Disastrous Flood Management https://jakartaglobe.id/news/jakartans-to-file-class-action-against-city-administration-for-disastrous-flood-management

Resilience planning under information scarcity in fast growing African cities and towns: The CityRAP approach https://unhabitat.org/story-cityrap-in-academic-journal

How one Iowa city is planning for a rising Mississippi River https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/how-one-iowa-city-is-planning-for-a-rising-mississippi-river

In 2019 natural catastrophes cause overall losses of US$ 150bn, with insured losses of about US$ 52bn – In line with long-term average https://www.munichre.com/en/company/media-relations/media-information-and-corporate-news/media-information/2020/causing-billions-in-losses-dominate-nat-cat-picture-2019.html

USA experienced 14 billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in 2019 https://www.noaa.gov/news/2019-was-2nd-wettest-year-on-record-for-us

 

Emergency management

NSW fires boss criticises Prime Minister Scott Morrison as blazes destroy ‘hundreds’ more homes https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-05/fires-nsw-rfs-confirms-updated-number-of-homes-destroyed/11841386

The evidence is many people losing their homes will find themselves unable to rebuild, due to lack of insurance https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-07/crisis-of-underinsurance-threatens-to-scar-rural-australia/11844992

More than 5,000 insurance claims totalling $375 million have been made in relation to the Australian bushfires, including 1,600 destroyed homes https://www.businessinsider.com.au/australian-bushfires-cost-economy-surplus-government-spending-2020-1

Industry ministry to help small manufacturers after flood https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/01/06/industry-ministry-to-help-small-manufacturers-after-flood.html

‘The mood is sombre’: Scientists warn of the bushfire’s lasting impacts on wildlife https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2020/01/07/mood-sombre-scientists-warn-bushfires-lasting-impacts-wildlife

Kangaroo Island shows burn scars on one third of the land mass https://phys.org/news/2020-01-kangaroo-island-scars-mass.html

The bushfires are horrendous—but expect cyclones, floods and heatwaves, too https://phys.org/news/2020-01-bushfires-horrendousbut-cyclones-heatwaves.html

Returning to Normalcy in the Short‐Term: A Preliminary Investigation of the Recovery from Hurricane Harvey among Individuals with Home Damage https://www.researchgate.net/publication/334240024_Returning_to_Normalcy_in_the_Short-Term_A_Preliminary_Investigation_of_the_Recovery_from_Hurricane_Harvey_among_Individuals_with_Home_Damage

More than one billion animals killed in Australian bushfires https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2020/01/08/australian-bushfires-more-than-one-billion-animals-impacted.html

Ten years after Haiti earthquake, medical care is deteriorating https://www.msf.org/ten-years-after-haiti-earthquake-medical-care-deteriorating

Indonesia’s flooded capital disinfected to fend off disease https://apnews.com/e79cd3f2846184560e0ac9e476939d37

Community ‘desperate’ for release of Lancaster flooding report four years on from Storm Desmond https://www.lancasterguardian.co.uk/news/politics/community-desperate-release-lancaster-flooding-report-four-years-storm-desmond-1359535

In 2019, the rainy season was particularly significant and persistent in many parts of Africa. More than one million people were affected by unprecedented flooding https://www.solidarites.org/en/countries/south-sudan/africa-in-2019-populations-under-water/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Fires misinformation being spread through social media https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-08/fires-misinformation-being-spread-through-social-media/11846434

After The Floods: creative writing https://falwriting.com/new-blog/2019/11/30/after-the-floods-freya-campbell

Operationalizing crowdsourcing through mobile applications for disaster management in India https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590061719300523?via%3Dihub

Online fact-checkers confront deluge of bushfire misinformation https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/online-fact-checkers-confront-deluge-of-bushfire-misinformation-20200108-p53pwx.html

 

Psychology and Disasters

“I prepared my home as much as I could, I’ve done what I can, it’s not worth dying” https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-05/nsw-fires-residents-narooma-hope-for-the-best/11841238

Shock, fear and sadness grip Australia’s ‘bushfire refugees’ https://phys.org/news/2020-01-sadness-australia-bushfire-refugees.html

‘I can still picture the faces’: Black Saturday firefighters want you to listen to them, not call them ‘heroes’ https://theconversation.com/i-can-still-picture-the-faces-black-saturday-firefighters-want-you-to-listen-to-them-not-call-them-heroes-128632?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

 

Sociology and disasters

Finding: Increased neighborhood ties after the disaster reduced the risk of depressive symptoms even when survivors suffered disaster damages – fostering horizontal, neighborhood ties may improve disaster preparedness and mental health resilience https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/17/1/337

Today in disaster resilience (20 December 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Massive fire burns from Lithgow to Central Coast in New South Wales as Western Australia emergency continues https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/15/western-australia-bushfire-emergency-continues-as-sydney-braces-for-a-smoky-sunday?CMP=share_btn_tw

Malaysia – Thousands Evacuate After Second Wave of Floods in Johor http://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-floods-johor-december-2019-2

France – More Floods After Storm Hits South and West http://floodlist.com/europe/france-floods-lot-et-garonne-december-2019

Indonesia – Deadly Floods in Central Sulawesi http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-central-sulawesi-west-sumatra-december-2019

Strong quake sends people out of malls in south Philippines https://phys.org/news/2019-12-strong-quake-people-malls-south.html

Heavy floods in north and east Sri Lanka displace thousands, reservoirs overflow https://globalimpactnews.com/2019/12/10/heavy-floods-in-north-and-east-sri-lanka-displace-thousands-reservoirs-overflow/

Two perish in floods in south-western France http://www.rfi.fr/en/france/20191215-two-killed-floods-southwest-france-thousands-cut-electricity

Visual of spread of Gospers Mountain megafire https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2019/dec/16/australia-bushfires-wa-nsw-qld-fires-new-south-wales-gospers-mountain-sydney-heatwave-latest-updates-live-news

DR Congo – Deadly Landslide in Ituri Province http://floodlist.com/africa/dr-congo-landslide-ituri-december-2019

Portugal – Heavy Rain Triggers Flash Floods in Alentejo Region http://floodlist.com/europe/portugal-floods-alentejo-december-2019

Uganda – More Fatalities After Floods in Central and Eastern Regions http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-central-eastern-region-december-2019

DR Congo – 600,000 Affected by Floods in 12 Provinces, Says UN http://floodlist.com/africa/dr-congo-floods-december-2019

Iran – Hundreds of Families Hit by Flooding in Southern Provinces http://floodlist.com/asia/iran-floods-hormozgan-khuzestan-bushehr-december-2019-of-families-hit-by-flooding-in-southern-provinces

Volcanic activity worldwide 19 Dec 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/94480/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-19-Dec-2019-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Sangay-S.html

Two volunteer firefighters killed in truck rollover in Buxton https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/two-volunteer-firefighters-killed-in-truck-rollover-in-buxton-20191220-p53lpb.html

Flash floods batter Devon and Cornwall, southwest England https://watchers.news/2019/12/19/flash-floods-batter-devon-and-cornwall-southwest-england/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

UN climate talks end with limited progress on emissions targets https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/14/un-climate-talks-drag-on-as-rifts-scupper-hopes-of-breakthrough?CMP=share_btn_tw

After recent devastating bushfires, dozens of Extinction Rebellion climate activists gathered outside Sydney’s iconic Opera House on Sunday to protest against climate change https://www.euronews.com/2019/12/15/extinction-rebellion-take-to-the-streets-of-sydney-in-climate-change-protest

How Africa will be affected by climate change https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-50726701

Temperature record could be repeatedly broken as heatwave hits Australia’s south-east, BOM says https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-17/heatwave-weather-australia-south-east-states-to-swelter/11804502

November 2019 was the second-hottest November in the 140-year global climate record https://www.noaa.gov/news/november-2019-was-2nd-hottest-on-record-for-planet

UN climate talks: ‘The window of opportunity is open, but barely’ https://www.conservation.org/blog/un-climate-talks-the-window-of-opportunity-is-open-but-barely

Climate Change Will Shrink Economies of Rich and Poor Countries Alike https://www.brinknews.com/climate-change-will-shrink-economies-of-rich-and-poor-countries-alike/

Long-Term Macroeconomic Effects of Climate Change: A Cross-Country Analysis https://www.nber.org/papers/w26167

For the vulnerable, UN climate talks are no longer fit for purpose https://www.climatechangenews.com/2019/12/17/vulnerable-un-climate-talks-no-longer-fit-purpose/

Oxford City Council commits £19m to climate emergency response https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3084710/oxford-city-council-commits-gbp19-million-to-climate-emergency

Climate change has cut Australian farm profits by 22% a year over past 20 years, report says https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/18/climate-change-has-cut-australian-farm-profits-by-22-a-year-over-past-20-years-report-says?CMP=share_btn_tw

Carbon Market Institute survey finds 96% believe Australia should not delay transition to decarbonised economy https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/19/climate-crisis-australian-businesses-back-net-zero-carbon-emissions-by-2050?CMP=share_btn_tw

Cross-sector support for Victorian leadership on climate https://environmentvictoria.org.au/2019/12/18/cross-sector-support-for-victorian-leadership-on-climate/

Preparing for extreme sea levels depends on location, time, study finds https://phys.org/news/2019-12-extreme-sea.html

Australia experiences hottest day on record and its worst ever spring bushfire danger https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/18/australia-experiences-hottest-day-on-record-and-its-worst-ever-spring-bushfire-danger?CMP=share_btn_tw

Dramatically increased rate of observed hot record breaking in recent Australian temperatures https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/2015GL065793

Empowering communities to adapt to climate change https://www.iied.org/empowering-communities-adapt-climate-change

Temperature hits 49.9C and roads melt in remote SA ahead of catastrophic fire conditions https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-19/catastrophic-fire-conditions-forecast-in-sa-as-temperatures-soar/11815346

2020 to be one of hottest years on record, Met Office says https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/19/2020-to-be-one-of-hottest-years-on-record-met-office-says?CMP=share_btn_tw

How much closer to their doors must the fire burn? It’s immoral not to connect the dots https://www.smh.com.au/national/how-much-closer-to-their-doors-must-the-fire-burn-it-s-immoral-not-to-connect-the-dots-20191218-p53l9d.html

Assessing heat wave risk in cities as global warming continues https://phys.org/news/2019-12-cities-global.html

What Climate Change Tells Us about Being Human https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/what-climate-change-tells-us-about-being-human/

 

Disaster risk reduction

White Island eruption: How Monday’s eruption transformed the face of the volcano https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12293934

I went to New Zealand to understand what a huge California earthquake would look like https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-12-12/5-things-california-can-learn-from-new-zealands-big-earthquake

Managing Urban Flooding in the San Francisco Bay Area: From a Concrete Bowl to a Green Sponge https://pacinst.org/managing-urban-flooding-in-the-san-francisco-bay-area-from-a-concrete-bowl-to-a-green-sponge/

The inner Melbourne suburbs at growing risk of coastal flooding linked to climate change https://www.domain.com.au/news/the-inner-melbourne-suburbs-at-growing-risk-of-coastal-flooding-linked-to-climate-change-917783/

Fire-starting weed or ecological scapegoat? The battle over California’s eucalyptus trees https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/16/california-eucalyptus-trees-environment-comic

Four large quakes in two months jolt southern Philippines https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/large-earthquakes-in-the-philippines-march-toward-a-stratovolcano-in-repose-10195/

Release of the 2019 UK Flood Map update: the mapping covers river (fluvial), surface water (pluvial) and coastal flood across Great Britain and Northern Ireland at 5m resolution https://www.jbarisk.com/news-blogs/2019-uk-flood-map-update/

Army Corps Found Liable for Upstream Houston Floods https://www.courthousenews.com/army-corps-found-liable-for-upstream-houston-floods/

Cork flood scheme report ‘used out of context’- UK Engineering firm https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/cork-flood-scheme-report-used-out-of-context-uk-engineering-firm-971095.html

Cities like New Orleans are partnering with the Dutch Dialogues, a workshop exploring urban design principles that the Netherlands uses to prevent flooding https://thehill.com/changing-america/sustainability/infrastructure/473666-coastal-cities-are-rethinking-how-they-manage

Flash flooding is a serious threat in the UK – here’s how scientists are tackling its prediction https://theconversation.com/flash-flooding-is-a-serious-threat-in-the-uk-heres-how-scientists-are-tackling-its-prediction-128015

Scientists fear surge in supersized bushfires that create their own violent thunderstorms https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/20/scientists-fear-surge-in-supersized-bushfires-that-create-their-own-violent-thunderstorms?CMP=share_btn_tw

 

Emergency management

Former fire and emergency chiefs push for national bushfire emergency summit https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/11/former-fire-and-emergency-chiefs-push-for-national-bushfire-emergency-summit?CMP=share_btn_tw

Cyclone victims face bleak prospects in Mozambique resettlement sites https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news-feature/2019/12/10/Mozambique-Cyclone-Idai-Resettlement-climate-change

Australia needs a national crisis plan, and not just for bushfires https://theconversation.com/australia-needs-a-national-crisis-plan-and-not-just-for-bushfires-128781

Refugees at ‘increased risk’ from extreme weather https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50692857

Albania earthquake: Arrests over deaths in collapsed buildings https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50797831

The Top 5 Deadliest Disasters in 2019 https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/slideshows/5-of-the-deadliest-natural-disasters-in-2019

‘Hugely disappointed’ emergency chiefs to hold bushfire summit with or without PM https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/17/hugely-disappointed-emergency-chiefs-to-hold-bushfire-summit-with-or-without-pm?CMP=share_btn_tw

Concerns remain for children affected by floods in Somalia https://reliefweb.int/report/somalia/concerns-remain-children-affected-floods-somalia

NSW Premier declares state of emergency ahead of extreme bushfire conditions https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/premier-declares-state-of-emergency-in-nsw-as-state-faces-dangerous-bushfire-conditions-20191219-p53ld1.html

How Portland’s Earthquake Preppers Are Planning for the Worst https://www.citylab.com/environment/2019/12/natural-disaster-preparedness-plan-earthquake-tsunami-storm/603799/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Citizen Science in the Post-Disaster Context https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/environmental-risk-and-recovery

NWS makes needed changes to flash flood warnings https://blogs.agu.org/wildwildscience/2019/12/12/nws-makes-needed-changes-to-flash-flood-warnings/

When ‘1-In-100-Year’ Floods Happen Often, What Should You Call Them? https://www.npr.org/2019/05/08/720737285/when-1-in-100-year-floods-happen-often-what-should-you-call-them

The Devon Community Resilience Forum supports communities to develop their community emergency plan; a document that guides community response in an emergency and helps communities to prepare https://www.devoncommunities.org.uk/projects/devon-community-resilience-forum

 

Psychology and Disasters

Stakeholder Values in Hurricane Michael: Understanding How Value Dynamics Contribute to Collaborative Decision Making in Disasters https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/stakeholder-values-in-hurricane-michael

Resilience Under Fire: Protective Action, Attitudes, and Behaviors Evidenced in the 2018 Woolsey Fire https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/resilience-under-fire

Symmetry Breaking in Evacuation Exit Choice: Impacts of Cognitive Bias and Physical Factor on Evacuation Decision https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-030-37494-5_15

Australian citizens are mostly unaware of their country’s potential volcanic hazards https://blogs.agu.org/geospace/2019/12/19/survey-reveals-low-awareness-of-volcanic-hazards-in-australia/

74% of UK drivers would risk life in flood water https://www.gov.uk/government/news/driving-complacency-74-of-drivers-would-risk-life-in-flood-water

 

Sociology and disasters

The Vulnerability Bearers https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/director/the-vulnerability-bearers

Disaster Justice for All: The Need for a More Equitable and Just Recovery Lens https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/disaster-justice-for-all-the-need-for-a-more-equitable-and-just-recovery-lens

Today in disaster resilience (13 December 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Australia fires: blazes ‘too big to put out’ as 140 bushfires rage in NSW and Queensland https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/07/australia-fires-blazes-too-big-to-put-out-as-140-bushfires-rage-in-nsw-and-queensland?CMP=share_btn_tw

Namibia – 1 Dead After Flash Floods in Northern and Central Areas http://floodlist.com/africa/namibia-floods-december-2019

New Zealand – Flooding Prompts State of Emergency in Canterbury Region http://floodlist.com/australia/new-zealand-canterbury-otago-december-2019

Uganda – at Least 16 Killed in Floods and Landslides in Western Region http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-landslides-bundibugyo-western-region-december-2019

Flooding causes extreme destruction in South Sudan: IOM https://www.southsudan.biz/flooding-causes-extreme-destruction-in-south-sudan-iom/

White Island volcano erupts in Bay of Plenty: 5 dead, 8 missing, 31 in hospital https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12292240

Malaysia – Hundreds Evacuated After Floods in Johor http://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-floods-johor-december-2019

Philippines – Thousands Displaced by Floods in North http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-northeast-monsoon-floods-cagayan-december-2019

Sri Lanka – 6 Dead, Thousands Displaced as Heavy Rain Continues http://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-north-east-monsoon-december-2019

Rwanda – Dozens Homeless After Heavy Rain Triggers Landslides in Musanze http://floodlist.com/africa/rwanda-dozens-homeless-after-heavy-rain-triggers-landslides-in-musanze

Somalia – Homes Destroyed as Tropical Cyclone Pawan http://floodlist.com/africa/somalia-tropical-cyclone-pawan-december-2019

Colombia – Thousands Hit by Floods in Nariño Department http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-narino-december-2019

South Africa – Hundreds Rescued From Floods in Gauteng http://floodlist.com/africa/south-africa-floods-gauteng-december-2019

Lebanon and Israel – Flash Floods Cause Travel Chaos http://floodlist.com/asia/lebanon-israel-flash-floods-december-2019

More than 720 homes lost in NSW fires as Sydney told to brace for huge losses https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/more-than-720-homes-lost-in-nsw-fires-as-sydney-told-to-brace-for-huge-losses-20191211-p53iv5.html

Malaysia – 300 Evacuate After Floods in Sabah http://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-sabah-floods-december-2019

Madagascar – Floods and Wind Damage After Tropical Cyclone Belna Makes Landfall http://floodlist.com/africa/madagascar-tropical-cyclone-belna-december-2019

Ecuador – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Morona-Santiago Province http://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-morona-santiago-province-december-2019

Maldives – Heavy Rain Causes Floods in Malé http://floodlist.com/asia/maldives-floods-december-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Dec 2019: Etna volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/94056/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-12-Dec-2019-Etna-volcano-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-San.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Nagano is first prefecture in Japan to declare a climate emergency http://www.newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/125987.php

Victoria Falls dries to a trickle after worst drought in a century https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/07/victoria-falls-dries-to-a-trickle-after-worst-drought-in-a-century?CMP=share_btn_tw

Leading scientists condemn political inaction on climate change as Australia ‘literally burns’ https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/07/leading-scientists-condemn-political-inaction-on-climate-change-as-australia-literally-burns

New research examines climate change’s role in 2018 extreme weather events https://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/new-research-examines-climate-change%E2%80%99s-role-2018-extreme-weather

Earth’s frozen ‘water towers’ threatened by warming, population growth, report says https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/mountain-water-towers-climate-change-threats-1.5388575

Explaining Extreme Events from a Climate Perspective https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/publications/bulletin-of-the-american-meteorological-society-bams/explaining-extreme-events-from-a-climate-perspective/

Greenland ice losses rising faster than expected https://phys.org/news/2019-12-greenland-ice-losses-faster.html

Historic American towns have endured wars, storms. What about sea rise? https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-12-08/historic-american-towns-sea-rise

Sea Level Science Grapples with Uncertainty and Usability https://eos.org/research-spotlights/sea-level-science-grapples-with-uncertainty-and-usability#.Xe_EATjkkYA.linkedin

‘Sydney is angry’: Protesters march to demand urgent action on climate change https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydney-is-angry-protesters-march-to-demand-urgent-action-on-climate-change-20191211-p53iyc.html

Now Australian cities are choking on smoke, will we finally talk about climate change? https://theconversation.com/now-australian-cities-are-choking-on-smoke-will-we-finally-talk-about-climate-change-128543

“Climatic-affective atmospheres”: A conceptual tool for affective scholarship in a changing climate https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1755458619300453

Climate Analytics suggests Australia has reneged on a pledge to make deeper emissions cuts https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/12/australias-use-of-accounting-loophole-to-meet-paris-deal-found-to-have-no-legal-basis?CMP=share_btn_tw

On current trends, Greenland ice melting will cause 100 million people to be flooded each year by the end of the century, so 400 million in total due to sea level rise https://sealevel.nasa.gov/news/178/greenlands-rapid-melt-will-mean-more-flooding

“There’s been this increasing dawning of awareness among many Americans that climate change is actually starting to harm people here and now” https://www.theverge.com/2019/12/10/21003596/climate-change-end-of-decade-2019-temperature-storms-wildfires-effects-emissions

People are waking up to the climate crisis, but two sobering reports this week are a reminder of the enormity of the problem https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/arctic-melt-climate-change-global-warming-permafrost-bomb-greta-thunberg-925599/

Explaining Extreme Events from a Climate Perspective Report https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/publications/bulletin-of-the-american-meteorological-society-bams/explaining-extreme-events-from-a-climate-perspective/

 

Disaster risk reduction

How to live with mega-fires? Portugal’s feral forests may hold the secret https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/12/how-to-live-with-mega-fires-portugal-forests-may-hold-secret/

Study suggests Cascadia can trigger quakes on the northern San Andreas, California https://watchers.news/2019/12/08/study-suggests-cascadia-can-trigger-quakes-on-the-northern-san-andreas-california/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Indian Ocean Dipole: What is it and why is it linked to floods and bushfires? https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50602971

Flash flooding is a serious threat in the UK – here’s how scientists are tackling its prediction https://theconversation.com/flash-flooding-is-a-serious-threat-in-the-uk-heres-how-scientists-are-tackling-its-prediction-128015

Meteorological conditions leading to the 2015 Salgar flash flood: lessons for vulnerable regions in tropical complex terrain https://www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci.net/19/2635/2019/

A benefit–cost analysis of floodplain land acquisition for US flood damage reduction https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-019-0437-5

New study compares floodplain protection today to predicted future flood losses https://phys.org/news/2019-12-floodplain-today-future-losses.html

To prevent increasingly massive wildfires we need to rethink our approach to forest management https://thenib.com/prescribed-burn-forest-fires

A Tiny Leak Led to a Massive, Unexpected Collapse at Kilauea Volcano https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-tiny-leak-led-to-a-massive-unexpected-collapse-at-kilauea-volcano/

Conserving the Floodplains Could Save Billions of Dollars, Researchers say https://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Conserving-the-Floodplains-Could-Save-Billions-of-Dollars-Researchers-say.html

Damaging Rains From Hurricanes Can Be More Intense After Winds Subside https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2019/12/03/damaging-rains-from-hurricanes-can-be-more-intense-after-winds-subside-say-researchers/

Hazard map articles should describe the development of a volcanic hazard map or set of volcanic hazard maps https://appliedvolc.biomedcentral.com/submission-guidelines/preparing-your-manuscript/hazard-map

Scientists Scramble to Collect Data After Ridgecrest Earthquakes https://eos.org/features/scientists-scramble-to-collect-data-after-ridgecrest-earthquakes

 

Emergency management

Government’s role in supporting community–led approaches to recovery https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/media/6916/srrg-community_led_literature_review.pdf

Briefing Mozambique’s post-cyclone problems multiply https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news/2019/09/09/Mozambique-cyclone-drought-elections-militancy

‘Smells like it’s time to go to work’: American firefighters arrive in Sydney https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/it-smells-like-it-s-time-to-go-to-work-american-firefighters-arrive-in-sydney-20191208-p53hxt.html

White Island erupts: Why were tourists allowed on unsettled island? https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12292364

Why White Island erupted and why there was no warning https://theconversation.com/why-white-island-erupted-and-why-there-was-no-warning-128550?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

As Australia bush fires rage, country offers lessons for the wildfire-prone western U.S. https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/11/23/australia-bush-fires-rage-country-offers-lessons-wildfire-prone-us/

New Zealand helicopter pilot describes horror of volcano rescue https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/10/new-zealand-volcano-helicopter-pilot-says-was-victims-last-hope?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

Hunger deepening in South Sudan as floods follow drought and unresolved conflict https://insight.wfp.org/conflict-eases-as-hunger-deepens-in-south-sudan-7a41e03581a0

Despite Warning Of 2nd Eruption, Police Will Try To Recover Bodies On White Island https://www.npr.org/2019/12/12/787416826/despite-warning-of-2nd-eruption-police-will-try-to-recover-bodies-on-white-islan

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Policy Perspectives on Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing https://theoryandpractice.citizenscienceassociation.org/articles/10.5334/cstp.293/

A new database for detecting floods in real-time on a global scale using Twitter https://www.nature.com/articles/s41597-019-0326-9

 

Sociology and disasters

Capturing Bonding, Bridging, and Linking Social Capital through Publicly Available Data https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/rhc3.12183

How a small British town used social connections to make residents happier and healthier https://qz.com/1725422/how-one-town-fostered-resilience-by-combating-loneliness/amp/

The historical context of injustice, discrimination and inequality experienced through social structures that cause harm to certain people  informs today’s risk https://theconversation.com/risk-rooted-in-colonial-era-weighs-on-bahamas-efforts-to-rebuild-after-hurricane-dorian-125548

Today in disaster resilience (6 December 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Sri Lanka – 3 Dead, Hundreds Displaced After Floods and Landslides http://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-landslide-central-province-november-2019

Uganda – Thousands Affected by Landslides in Western Region http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-bundibugyo-landslides-november-2019

Mexico – Heavy Rain and Deadly Floods in Chihuahua and Sinaloa http://floodlist.com/america/mexico-floods-sinaloa-chihuahua-november-2019

Malaysia – Floods Displaced Over 2,000 in Terengganu http://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-floods-terengganu-november-2019

Rains lash many parts of Tamil Nadu, more forecast; five dead in city https://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india/rains-lash-many-parts-tamil-nadu-forecast-567929

Heavy rain batters southern France, causing new wave of deadly floods https://watchers.news/2019/12/02/heavy-rain-batters-southern-france-causing-new-wave-of-deadly-floods/

Philippines evacuates hundreds of thousands ahead of typhoon, to shut main airport http://news.trust.org/item/20191202150836-6h762/

French floods: five dead after three rescue workers killed in helicopter crash https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/02/dead-french-floods-as-rescue-helicopter-crashes-marsellie-var-riviera

Two children dead, one missing in Arizona floods as winter storm blankets U.S. https://news.yahoo.com/two-children-dead-one-missing-201044537.html

Malaysia – 2 Dead, 15,000 Displaced as Floods Worsen in Kelantan and Terengganu http://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-floods-kelantan-terengganu-december-2019

Powerful typhoon leaves at least 4 dead in Philippines https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-12-03/philippines-typhoon-kammuri

Six killed, over 5 000 affected by incessant rains in Sri Lanka https://watchers.news/2019/12/02/six-killed-over-5-000-affected-by-incessant-rains-in-sri-lanka/

At least 25 dead as days of heavy rain hit Tamil Nadu, India https://watchers.news/2019/12/03/at-least-25-dead-as-days-of-heavy-rain-hit-tamil-nadu-india/

Uganda – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Eastern Region http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-bududa-sironko-december-2019

Spain – Flash Floods in Murcia After 120mm of Rain in 24 Hours http://floodlist.com/europe/spain-flash-floods-murcia-december-2019

Angola – Homes Destroyed and Families Displaced After Heavy Rain in South http://floodlist.com/africa/angola-floods-cunene-december-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 5 Dec 2019: Fuego volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay, Sakurajima https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/93534/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-5-Dec-2019-Fuego-volcano-Dukono-Reventador-Sangay-Sakurajima-Nevad.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The most important issue facing Australia? New survey sees huge spike in concern over climate change https://theconversation.com/the-most-important-issue-facing-australia-new-survey-sees-huge-spike-in-concern-over-climate-change-127688?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Scientist’s theory of climate’s Titanic moment the ‘tip of a mathematical iceberg’ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/01/scientists-theory-of-climates-titanic-moment-the-tip-of-a-mathematical-iceberg?CMP=share_btn_tw

Methane in the atmosphere is surging, and that’s got scientists worried https://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-methane-atmosphere-accelerating-20190301-story.html

Countries from Siberia to Australia are burning: the age of fire is the bleakest warning yet https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/29/countries-from-siberia-to-australia-are-burning-the-age-of-fire-is-the-bleakest-warning-yet?CMP=share_btn_tw

With Waters Rising And Its Population Falling, What Is Venice’s Future? https://www.npr.org/2019/11/30/783360543/with-waters-rising-and-its-population-falling-what-is-venices-future

Warming toll: 1 degree hotter, trillions of tons of ice gone https://apnews.com/e5687657f8544c30b42f0c8641a4f7db

Bureau of Meteorology declares spring 2019 the driest on record https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-02/bureau-of-meteorology-declares-spring-2019-the-driest-on-record/11755848

COP25: youth ‘leadership’ contrasts with government inaction, says UN chief https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/dec/01/island-states-want-decisive-action-to-prevent-inundation?CMP=share_btn_tw

Latest climate models confirm need for urgent mitigation https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-019-0660-0

Climate change: Critical year for climate change starts in Madrid https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50588128

Drone images show Greenland ice sheet becoming more unstable as it fractures https://phys.org/news/2019-12-drone-images-greenland-ice-sheet.html

Climate change is forcing one person from their home every two seconds, Oxfam says https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/12/01/world/oxfam-climate-displacement-intl-scli/index.html?__twitter_impression=true

Climate change: Study underpins key idea in Antarctic ice loss https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50625396

One of the most overlooked consequences of climate change? Our mental health https://www.ehn.org/how-climate-change-affects-mental-health-2641458829.html

Earth has a couple more chances to avoid catastrophic climate change. This week is one of them https://theconversation.com/earth-has-a-couple-more-chances-to-avoid-catastrophic-climate-change-this-week-is-one-of-them-128120?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Decade of ‘exceptional’ heat likely to be hottest on record, experts say https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/03/decade-of-exceptional-heat-likely-to-be-hottest-on-record-experts-say?CMP=share_btn_tw

A new report sheds more light on how climate change is impacting Alaska Native villages https://www.ktoo.org/2019/12/01/a-new-report-sheds-more-light-on-how-climate-change-is-impacting-alaska-native-villages/

China’s climate paradox: A leader in coal and clean energy https://apnews.com/0383cebcfa19411783f732bd17cc3fa8

How Airports Are Protecting Themselves Against Rising Seas https://www.wired.com/story/how-airports-protecting-rising-seas/

‘Exceptional heat’: Urgent climate action needed to avoid extremes https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/exceptional-heat-urgent-climate-action-needed-to-avoid-extremes-20191203-p53gih.html

Climate models have accurately predicted global heating, study finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/04/climate-models-have-accurately-predicted-global-heating-study-finds?CMP=share_btn_tw

Florida Keys Deliver a Hard Message: As Seas Rise, Some Places Can’t Be Saved https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/04/climate/florida-keys-climate-change.html

The polar regions in a 2°C warmer world https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/12/eaaw9883

Global emissions to hit 36.8 billion tonnes, beating last year’s record high https://theconversation.com/global-emissions-to-hit-36-8-billion-tonnes-beating-last-years-record-high-128113

Global Carbon Budget 2019 https://www.earth-syst-sci-data.net/11/1783/2019/essd-11-1783-2019.pdf

The Climate Crisis Isn’t Just Taking Pacific Islanders’ Homes, It’s Taking Our Identities https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/43kje3/climate-change-isnt-just-taking-indigenous-pacific-islanders-homes-its-taking-our-identities

Putting Climate Services in Contexts: Advancing Multi-disciplinary Understandings https://link.springer.com/journal/10584/157/1

Floods predicted to uproot 50m people a year as climate heats up https://www.nst.com.my/world/world/2019/12/544535/floods-predicted-uproot-50m-people-year-climate-heats

Australian businesses, unions and farmers say Paris agreement requires zero emissions plan https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/05/business-unions-and-farmers-urge-australia-to-cut-net-greenhouse-gas-emissions-to-zero?CMP=share_btn_tw

Historic US towns endured wars, storms. What about sea rise? https://m.phys.org/news/2019-12-historic-towns-wars-storms-sea.html

The loss of the ice shelf supporting one of Antarctica’s most vulnerable glaciers could hasten its collapse, a new study finds https://blogs.agu.org/geospace/2019/12/04/new-study-models-impact-of-calving-on-retreat-of-thwaites-glacier/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Inches from disaster: crisis faces Britain’s crumbling coastline https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/01/climate-crisis-leaves-british-coastlines-inches-from-disaster?CMP=share_btn_tw

Tsunami unleashed by Anak Krakatoa eruption was at least 100m high http://www.geologypage.com/2019/11/tsunami-unleashed-by-anak-krakatoa-eruption-was-at-least-100m-high.html

What is the evidence behind hazard-reduction burning? https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6514176/what-is-the-evidence-behind-hazard-reduction-burning/

A new method using fiber-optic cables pinpointed the previously hidden system—and it may reveal more seismic surprises around the globe https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/11/mysterious-tectonic-fault-zone-found-off-california-using-fiber-optics/

After Floods, Some Cities Take On More Restrictive Zoning and Building Regulations https://www.routefifty.com/management/2019/11/flooding-ordinances-zoning-mitigation/161500/

November 2019 Yorkshire floods a 1-in-60 year event https://www.sott.net/article/424842-November-flooding-in-UK-a-once-in-60-years-weather-event

Disaster hacks: South American cities harness tech and nature to tackle flooding https://reliefweb.int/report/brazil/disaster-hacks-south-american-cities-harness-tech-and-nature-tackle-flooding

Why the floods in East Africa are so bad https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-50628420

Floating Cities: The Next Big Real Estate Boom https://www.forbes.com/sites/wadeshepard/2019/12/02/floating-cities-the-next-big-real-estate-boom/#5589920c7bd5

An analysis of UNFCCC-financed coastal adaptation projects: Assessing patterns of project design and contributions to adaptive capacity https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305750X19303973

Experts say earthquake damage was worse outside Anchorage’s building safety area due to lax oversight https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/anchorage/2019/12/01/experts-say-earthquake-damage-was-worse-outside-anchorages-building-safety-area-due-to-lax-oversight/

Forecasting Volcanic Eruptions with Artificial Intelligence https://eos.org/research-spotlights/forecasting-volcanic-eruptions-with-artificial-intelligence

Guide to Community Risk Reduction Planning https://strategicfire.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/CRR-Planning-Guide-v4.0.pdf

Quickly and easily share model outputs using Flood Viewer https://www.floodmodeller.com/news/articles/2019/12/quickly-and-easily-share-model-outputs-using-flood-viewer/

Can graph theory help prepare for lifeline failure during a disaster? https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/66

Selma Estates residents say flooding is costing them their livelihood; Loudoun County to consider buy-out program https://www.loudountimes.com/news/selma-estates-residents-say-flooding-is-costing-them-their-livelihood/article_7b4a2806-169b-11ea-b1ac-4b1a8e9cb88f.html

Mitigation Matters: Policy Solutions to Reduce Local Flood Risk https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2019/11/19/mitigation-matters-policy-solutions-to-reduce-local-flood-risk

The Global Climate Risk Index 2020 analyses to what extent countries and regions have been affected by impacts of weather-related loss events (storms, floods, heat waves etc.) https://www.germanwatch.org/en/17307

Atmospheric river storms create $1 billion-a-year flood damage https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/12/191204152842.htm

 

Emergency management

Kenya – Over 100 Dead, 18,000 Displaced After Recent Floods and Landslides http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-floods-november-2019

The large-scale training exercise simulated a 7.7 magnitude earthquake centered along the southwest segment of the New Madrid Seismic Zone https://efficientgov.com/blog/2019/12/02/shaken-fury-2019-field-testing-emergency-response-technology/

Diversity in emergency management scholarship https://eurekamag.com/research/066/727/066727684.php

East Africa regional floods snapshot https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/ROSEA_20191127_EasternAfrica_Flood_Snapshot_November2019_final.pdf

‘Deeply sorry’ PG&E takes blame for California’s deadliest wildfire, seeks ‘technologies’ to limit future risks https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/12/03/pg-e-camp-fire-california-regulators/2602300001/

Fleet additions enhance aerial capacity https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/fleet-additions-enhance-aerial-capacity

Cohesion when the heat is on https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/cohesion-when-the-heat-is-on

Australian Fire Danger Rating System: preparing for change https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/australian-fire-danger-rating-system-preparing-for-change

Four years on from Storm Desmond https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/18080438.four-years-storm-desmond/?ref=twtrec

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Due to drought and recent bushfires the environment has for the first time surpassed healthcare, cost of living and the economy to be the number one concern for Australians https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/environment-is-prime-worry-for-the-first-time-poll-20191201-p53fu5.html

SciArt & Hydrology: how about having an art exhibition as part of your hydrology PhD thesis? https://blogs.egu.eu/divisions/hs/2019/12/04/sciart-hydrology/

At Slow The Flow Calderdale, we want to encourage and empower people and organisations to take action on their own property and land, whether that is private or public-facing http://slowtheflow.net/nfm-suds-opportunities/

Making geoscience fieldwork inclusive and accessible for students with disabilities https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/gsa/geosphere/article/doi/10.1130/GES02006.1/574966/Making-geoscience-fieldwork-inclusive-and

 

Psychology and Disasters

New research reveals why people do—and don’t—give after disasters https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hope-resilience/201912/the-psychology-behind-our-disaster-giving

Distress tolerance plays role in alcohol use and abuse among firefighters https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-12-distress-tolerance-role-alcohol-abuse.html

 

Sociology and disasters

Flooding and the New Normal: What is the Role of Gender in Experiences of Post‐Disaster Ontological Security? https://www.researchgate.net/publication/333976362_Flooding_and_the_New_Normal_What_is_the_Role_of_Gender_in_Experiences_of_Post-Disaster_Ontological_Security

A social identity model of riot diffusion: From injustice to empowerment in the 2011 London riots https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ejsp.2650

Today in disaster resilience (29 November 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

At least four dead after massive floods hit southeastern France https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-weather-floods-idUSKBN1XY09Z

Dozens killed by floods and landslides in DRC and Kenya https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/23/kenya-landslides-kill-29-as-homes-swept-away-after-torrential-rain

State of natural disaster declared as extreme flooding displaces 50,000 in Congo https://watchers.news/2019/11/24/state-of-natural-disaster-declared-as-extreme-flooding-displaces-50-000-in-congo/

Congo-Brazzaville – 50,000 Affected by Floods in North and Central Provinces http://floodlist.com/africa/congo-brazzaville-floods-november-2019

Djibouti – Deadly Floods After 140mm of Rain in 2 Days http://floodlist.com/africa/djibouti-floods-november-2019

Two dead, highway collapses as floods pound France, Italy https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-two-dead-highway-collapses-as-floods-pound-france-italy/

Albania earthquake strikes highest-hazard zone in the Balkans, devastating nearby towns https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/albania-earthquake-strikes-highest-hazard-zone-in-the-balkans-devastating-nearby-towns-10153/

Severe, fast-moving thunderstorm hits Sydney, leaving widespread damage and 76 000 homes without power, Australia https://watchers.news/2019/11/26/severe-fast-moving-thunderstorm-hits-sydney-leaving-76-000-homes-without-power-australia/

‘Brutal’ freezing November temperatures spread across northeast Russia https://watchers.news/2019/11/26/brutal-freezing-november-temperatures-spread-across-northeast-russia/

Three die as storm front batters Greece https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2019/11/three-die-as-storm-front-batters-greece/

Brazil – Torrential Rain Triggers Flooding and Landslides in Salvador, Bahia http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floodi-salvador-bahia-november-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Nov 2019: Santiaguito volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/93054/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-28-Nov-2019-Santiaguito-volcano-Pacaya-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Dukono-.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Samoa climate change resilience challenges Western perceptions https://phys.org/news/2019-11-samoa-climate-resilience-western-perceptions.html

Wild, feral and fossil-fuelled, fire lights up the globe. Is it time to declare that humans have created a Pyrocene? https://aeon.co/essays/the-planet-is-burning-around-us-is-it-time-to-declare-the-pyrocene

Making every building count in meeting Australia’s emission targets https://theconversation.com/making-every-building-count-in-meeting-australias-emission-targets-126930

It’s not just Venice. Climate change imperils ancient treasures everywhere https://grist.org/article/its-not-just-venice-climate-change-imperils-treasures-around-the-world/

Three Times Tectonics Changed the Climate https://eos.org/features/three-times-tectonics-changed-the-climate

World heritage Queensland rainforest burned for 10 days – and almost no one noticed https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/24/world-heritage-queensland-rainforest-burned-for-10-days-and-almost-no-one-noticed?CMP=share_btn_tw

Experts call for more tools to help communities mitigate and adapt to climate change to curb the impacts and costs of natural disasters https://eos.org/articles/hearing-explores-resilience-to-climate-related-natural-disasters

‘No sign of slowdown’: Atmospheric greenhouse gas levels hit new high https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/no-sign-of-slowdown-atmospheric-greenhouse-gas-levels-hit-new-high-20191125-p53e15.html

Scientists Reach 100% Consensus on Anthropogenic Global Warming https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0270467619886266?journalCode=bsta#articleShareContainer

U.S. Public Views on Climate and Energy https://www.pewresearch.org/science/2019/11/25/u-s-public-views-on-climate-and-energy/

Drier, hotter and deadlier: Stanford’s Michael Wara talks about California wildfires https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/energy-green/story/2019-11-22/drier-hotter-and-deadlier-stanfords-michael-wara-talks-about-california-wildfires

‘Maybe It Will Destroy Everything’: Pakistan’s Melting Glaciers Cause Alarm https://www.npr.org/2019/11/21/779412377/maybe-it-will-destroy-everything-pakistan-s-melting-glaciers-cause-alarm

‘Dangerously close’: Tipping points may trigger climate cascade https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/dangerously-close-tipping-points-may-trigger-climate-cascade-20191127-p53ej7.html

As Sydney’s bushfire-induced haze shows, far from being insulated, urban areas are hugely vulnerable to the climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/nov/28/the-big-smoke-in-cities-its-easy-to-ignore-nature-until-things-go-wrong?CMP=share_btn_tw

Climate migration myths https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-019-0633-3

UNEP: 1.5C climate target ‘slipping out of reach’ https://www.carbonbrief.org/unep-1-5c-climate-target-slipping-out-of-reach

Demands grow for ‘global justice’ on climate damage at U.N. talks http://news.trust.org/item/20191127163159-0o1a2/

Summer outlook from Bureau of Meteorology suggests hot, dry times to continue https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-28/bom-summer-outlook/11734828

Heat Flow in Southern Australia and Connections With East Antarctica https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2019GC008418

Climate tipping points — too risky to bet against https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03595-0

changing climate, which is driving a drying trend across southern Australia and general warming across the country https://theconversation.com/a-hot-and-dry-australian-summer-means-heatwaves-and-fire-risk-ahead-127990

The Keys face huge and looming bill to survive sea rise. They’re asking Florida for help https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article237759279.html

Home by the sea: new science shows more sea-level rise impacts on small islands https://climateanalytics.org/blog/2019/home-by-the-sea-new-science-shows-more-sea-level-rise-impacts-on-small-islands/

Stabilising the global population is not a solution to the climate emergency – but we should do it anyway https://theconversation.com/stabilising-the-global-population-is-not-a-solution-to-the-climate-emergency-but-we-should-do-it-anyway-126446

 

Disaster risk reduction

Busy Hurricane Season Does Less Damage, but Leaves Ominous Signs https://finance.yahoo.com/news/busy-hurricane-season-does-less-130000694.html

Canadian Disaster Database https://cdd.publicsafety.gc.ca/srchpg-eng.aspx?dynamic=false

How wildfires have and will continue to shape our future https://www.greenbiz.com/article/how-wildfires-have-and-will-continue-shape-our-future

Conservative commentators have pointed to a long history of bushfires to suggest there is nothing unusual about this season. Experts disagree https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/22/australia-bushfires-factcheck-are-this-years-fires-unprecedented

Protesters blame new Great Lakes plan for Ottawa River, Lake Ontario floods https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/protesters-blame-new-great-lakes-plan-for-floods-on-lake-ontario-ottawa-river

UniSA project brings Mount Schank to the masses via drone footage and virtual reality video https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/unisa-project-brings-mount-schank-to-the-masses-via-drone-footage-and-virtual-reality-video/news-story/53a1c6bc5efee5e26f1d1dd6e432d3a1

Can science tell when a large earthquake will be followed by an even larger one? https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/can-science-tell-when-a-large-earthquake-will-be-followed-by-an-even-larger-one-10056/

A grim summer is likely for the rivers of the Murray-Darling Basin and the people, flora and fauna that rely on it https://theconversation.com/fish-kills-and-undrinkable-water-heres-what-to-expect-for-the-murray-darling-this-summer-126940

Dangerous L.A. apartment buildings most at risk in an earthquake are quickly being fixed https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-11-22/los-angeles-soft-story-earthquake-building

Italy should call in the Dutch to help finish the Venice flood barriers https://www.theartnewspaper.com/comment/italy-should-call-in-the-dutch-to-help-finish-the-venice-flood-barriers

A small coastal Mississippi town is seeing dramatic property value losses from flooding. But the houses in highest demand are still right on the water https://www.citylab.com/environment/2019/11/property-value-flood-mississippi-bay-st-louis-climate-change/602476/

Great Britain’s first national flood map launched which incorporates current and future predictive flood scenarios for the 2020s, 2050s and 2080s https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/planning-construction-news/national-flood-map/68055/

Don’t know why your town floods? There’s a clue in the place name https://www.wired.co.uk/article/england-flooding-place-names

Mitigation Saves demonstrates that building a foot of freeboard saves an average of $6 per additional $1 of construction cost https://www.nibs.org/blogpost/1799079/336598/Flood-Economics-of-Natural-Hazard-Mitigation-Saves

Wildfires in Australia could also be shaping the weather https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/nov/27/wildfires-in-australia-could-also-be-shaping-the-weather?CMP=share_btn_tw

Risk informed development that is climate sensitive and socially inclusive is sustainable https://www.pacific.undp.org/content/pacific/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2019/risk-informed-development-that-is-climate-sensitive-and-socially-inclusive-is-sustainable.html#.Xd7upZT4It4.linkedin

Trade‐offs between fire hazard reduction and conservation in a Natura 2000 shrub–grassland mosaic https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/avsc.12463?campaign=wolearlyview#.XeA1gKntDC0.twitter

Ontario adviser reports on flood mitigation; province doesn’t commit to funds https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-adviser-reports-on-flood-mitigation-province-doesn-t-commit-to-funds-1.4706846

Caribbean Island On Track To Become World’s First ‘hurricane-proof’ Country https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/rest-of-the-world-news/dominica-on-track-to-become-the-worlds-first-hurricane-proof-country.html

 

Emergency management

How does the World Bank initiate a rapid response to climate-related disasters? https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/how-does-world-bank-initiate-rapid-response-climate-related-disasters?cid=SHR_BlogSiteShare_EN_EXT

Measuring the state of disaster philanthropy https://disasterphilanthropy.candid.org/

Over 500,000 people affected by floods in Somalia https://watchers.news/2019/11/24/over-500-000-affected-by-floods-in-somalia/

Flooding victims in South Yorkshire betrayed by self-important politicians https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/columnists/flooding-victims-in-south-yorkshire-betrayed-by-self-important-politicians-jayne-dowle-1-10119431

FEMA’s Hurricane Aid to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Has Stalled https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/27/us/politics/fema-hurricane-aid-puerto-rico-virgin-islands.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Some Cities Still Hoping for Irma Money FEMA Says Is ‘Questionable’ https://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Some-Cities-Still-Hoping-for-Irma-Money-FEMA-says-is-Questionable.html

DR Congo – Over 200,000 Need Aid After Floods in North, Says UN http://floodlist.com/africa/dr-congo-floods-northubangi-southubangi-mongala-november-2019

What the Qld floods class action means https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/what-the-qld-floods-class-action-means/news-story/7d24825fa7fc8e10cad436c35c7bcdd9?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

A tiny and remote North Taranaki school has won an award for its work monitoring their local awa, the Waitotara River, and developing a flood warning system https://www.curiousminds.nz/news/taranaki-flood-research-project-wins-award/

Inundation Street shows you what it is like to flood and what you can do to help you if you do https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0DpLsh7X68&feature=youtu.be

Understanding Disaster Risk https://www.preventionweb.net/risk

Global Natural Disasters Map 2020 https://www.recentnaturaldisasters.com/2019/11/global-natural-disasters-map-2020.html

What if a computer disaster simulation game could show politicians and local people what potential floods in their town would look like? https://phys.org/news/2019-11-video-simulation-limit.html

 

Psychology and Disasters

The Psychology of Fear Management and Terrorism https://writemyoriginalpapers.org/the-psychology-of-fear-management-and-terrorism-you-are-the-senior-civilian-advisor-to-the-emergency-original-paper/

 

Sociology and disasters

Lagos… where residents live in dread of flooding https://guardian.ng/news/lagos-where-residents-live-in-dread-of-flooding/

Rich Californians shelling out $30,000 to ease blackout pain https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2019/11/27/stories/1061654757

Today in disaster resilience (22 November 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Exceptional high tide inundates Venice for third time in a week, as Italy suffers widespread flooding https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-18/venice-suffers-record-flood-for-third-time-in-a-week/11712662

Huge hailstones batter Queensland, causing significant damage to cars and homes, Australia https://watchers.news/2019/11/17/huge-hailstones-batter-queensland-causing-significant-damage-to-cars-and-homes-australia/

Flooding chaos in northern England to continue until Tuesday https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/17/flooding-chaos-in-northern-england-to-continue-until-tuesday?CMP=share_btn_tw

Philippines – Houses Destroyed, Thousands Evacuate After Rain From Storm ‘Kalmaegi’ (Ramon) http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-floods-storm-kalmaegi-bicol-november-2019

Brazil – 1 Dead, Dozens Homeless After Floods in Espírito Santo http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-espirito-santo-november-2019

Colombia – More Flooding Hits Antioquia Department http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-flooding-vigia-del-fuerte-antioquia-november-2019

Panama – Floods Damage Over 100 Homes in Central Provinces http://floodlist.com/america/panama-floods-november-2019

Nigeria – Worst Flooding in 7 Years in Borno and Adamawa, Says UN http://floodlist.com/africa/nigeria-flooding-borno-november-2019

Austria – Heavy Rain Triggers Deadly Landslides and Floods in South http://floodlist.com/europe/austria-landslides-floods-salzburg-carinthia-november-2019

DR Congo – Thousands Hit by Floods in Haut-Uélé and Tshopo http://floodlist.com/africa/dr-congo-floods-hautuele-tshopo-november-2019

UK – 100 Rescued After Floods Hit Central and Eastern Areas of England http://floodlist.com/europe/united-kingdom/floods-central-eastern-england-november-2019

Sydney blanketed in dense bushfire smoke amid ‘severe’ fire danger https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydney-blanketed-in-dense-bushfire-smoke-amid-severe-fire-danger-20191119-p53bt2.html

Over 10 000 homes destroyed, 57 000 affected as catastrophic floods hit Central African Republic https://watchers.news/2019/11/17/over-10-000-homes-destroyed-57-000-affected-as-catastrophic-floods-hit-central-african-republic/

Powerful tornado hits Grosseto, causing significant damage, Italy https://watchers.news/2019/11/18/grosseto-italy-tornado/

Chad – Over 200,000 Hit by Floods Says UN http://floodlist.com/africa/chad-floods-november-2019

Colombia – Thousands Affected After Rivers Overflow in Santander Department http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-santander-november-2019

Italy – More Severe Weather as Rivers Overflow in Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany http://floodlist.com/europe/italy-floods-emilia-romagna-tuscany-november-2019

Catastrophic bushfire conditions in Australia, over a dozen temperature records smashed https://watchers.news/2019/11/20/catastrophic-bushfire-conditions-in-australia-over-a-dozen-temperature-records-smashed/

Volcanic activity worldwide 21 Nov 2019: Stromboli volcano, Fuego, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/92491/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-21-Nov-2019-Stromboli-volcano-Fuego-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Ibu.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Dr Tom Beer’s pioneering 1980s research into bushfires and climate change has, to his dismay, proved all too accurate https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/17/what-could-i-have-done-the-scientist-who-predicted-the-bushfire-emergency-four-decades-ago

Bangladesh declares climate change a “planetary emergency” https://www.unisdr.org/archive/69023

Flood, fire and plague: climate change blamed for current disasters https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/flood-fire-and-plague-climate-change-blamed-for-disasters

Future rainfall in UK uplands heavier than present climate predictions, study suggests https://watchers.news/2019/11/17/future-rainfall-in-uk-uplands-heavier-than-present-climate-predictions-study-suggests/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Sea-level rise and fear for Lagos https://guardian.ng/opinion/sea-level-rise-and-fear-for-lagos/

Climate Whiplash: Wild Swings in Extreme Weather Are on the Rise https://e360.yale.edu/features/climate-whiplash-wild-swings-in-extreme-weather-are-on-the-rise

Venice Flooding Reveals A Real Hoax About Climate Change – Framing It As “Either/Or” https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2019/11/16/venice-flooding-reveals-a-real-hoax-about-climate-changeframing-it-as-eitheror/#54cb6aba3a12

In Bosnia and Herzegovina streamlined and coordinated climate action is reducing some of the devastating effects of climate change https://undp-adaptation.exposure.co/giving-trees

We’ll be measuring sea level rise in feet, not inches https://www.tampabay.com/opinion/2019/11/15/well-be-measuring-sea-level-rise-in-feet-not-inches-editorial/

Storm surges to get bigger in south, smaller in north https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2019/11/19/912610/storm-surges-to-get-bigger-in-south-smaller-in-north-of-nz

Climate change may be divisive, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid it. Here’s how to approach the topic effectively https://www.fastcompany.com/90424549/how-to-talk-about-climate-change-in-an-emotionally-intelligent-way

Painfully slow hurricanes, deadly heat, and cities without water: What the climate crisis will look like in the next 10 years, according to experts https://www.businessinsider.com.au/climate-change-in-the-next-decade-2019-11?r=US&IR=T

Sea-Level Rise: West Africa Is Sinking https://earth.org/sea-level-rise-west-africa-is-sinking/

Understanding coastal sea level change: products available http://cci.esa.int/content/understanding-coastal-sea-level-change-products-available

Istanbul heatwave shows need for urgent climate action – Greenpeace https://ahvalnews.com/climate-crisis/istanbul-heatwave-shows-need-urgent-climate-action-greenpeace

The staggering loss of the Arctic Ocean’s oldest sea ice shown in time-lapse https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/11/arctic-ice-melting-time-lapse-video/

Retreat of the Columbia Glacier https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/world-of-change/ColumbiaGlacier

Why coastal floods are becoming more frequent as seas rise https://theconversation.com/climate-explained-why-coastal-floods-are-becoming-more-frequent-as-seas-rise-127202

The serious sea level threat to Macau https://www.macaubusiness.com/the-serious-sea-level-threat/

October 2019: Earth’s Second Warmest October on Record https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/eye-of-the-storm/october-2019-earths-second-warmest-october-on-record/

Climate impacts ‘to cost world $7.9 trillion’ by 2050 https://phys.org/news/2019-11-climate-impacts-world-trillion.html

The world’s climate goals are not sufficient. They are also unlikely to be met https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2019/11/20/the-worlds-climate-goals-are-not-sufficient-they-are-also-unlikely-to-be-met

UK is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to extreme heatwaves caused by climate change https://inews.co.uk/news/environment/climate-change-uk-heatwaves-excess-deaths-996328

Massive Mildura dust storm leaves Victorian town ‘unliveable’ amid 40C heat https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/21/victorian-town-mildura-unliveable-massive-dust-storm-40c-heat?CMP=share_btn_tw

Permafrost Becoming a Carbon Source Instead of a Sink https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145880/permafrost-becoming-a-carbon-source-instead-of-a-sink

Warning signs of climate change https://www.channel3000.com/madison-magazine/city-life/warning-signs-of-climate-change/1144267829

The 2019 report of The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)32596-6/fulltext

Melting glaciers and flooding wetlands https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/paired-images-melting-glaciers-flooding-wetlands-tell-story-global-climate-change-180973609/

‘Maybe It Will Destroy Everything’: Pakistan’s Melting Glaciers Cause Alarm https://www.npr.org/2019/11/21/779412377/maybe-it-will-destroy-everything-pakistan-s-melting-glaciers-cause-alarm

We say we want climate action, but we still won’t vote for it https://www.smh.com.au/national/we-say-we-want-climate-action-but-we-still-won-t-vote-for-it-20191121-p53coj.html

 

Disaster risk reduction

New book – ‘Disaster Upon Disaster: Exploring the Gap Between Knowledge, Policy and Practice’ https://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/HoffmanDisaster

New photogrammetry technique from the Army Corps of Engineers can make accurate 3D maps from ordinary aerial footage in just minutes https://techcrunch.com/2019/11/16/army-photogrammetry-technique-makes-3d-aerial-maps-in-minutes/

Cascading disasters are causing extreme weather to pack an even bigger punch https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/cascading-disasters-are-causing-extreme-weather-pack-even-bigger-punch

Lokeberg: an interesting quick clay slide triggered by piling in Western Sweden https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2019/11/14/lokeburg-1/

Indigenous leaders say Australia’s bushfire crisis shows approach to land management failing https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-14/traditional-owners-predicted-bushfire-disaster/11700320

NZ’s wildfire future: which regions are most at risk? https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12285889

Mumbai: BMC officers to visit Japan for lessons in flood control https://www.mid-day.com/articles/mumbai-bmc-officers-to-visit-japan-for-lessons-in-flood-control/22095182

USA: Community wildfire prevention & mitigation report https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/67029

Range-dependent thresholds for global flood early warning https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/69036

Iowa Mitigation Program Leads to $1.4 Billion in Flood Prevention Projects https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/issue-briefs/2019/11/iowa-mitigation-program-leads-to-1-4-billion-in-flood-prevention-projects

In Flood-Prone South Carolina, Nature-Based Solutions Could Reduce Risk https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2019/11/07/in-flood-prone-south-carolina-nature-based-solutions-could-reduce-risk

Reduced fuel loads do little for bushfire mitigation under extreme fire weather and in times of drought https://theconversation.com/a-surprising-answer-to-a-hot-question-controlled-burns-often-fail-to-slow-a-bushfire-127022

Flood-hit farmers in spat with George Monbiot about dredging https://www.fwi.co.uk/news/flood-hit-farmers-in-spat-with-george-monbiot-about-dredging

Public authorities sit on a vast wealth of social, economic and demographic data that should be fully integrated with flood risk management decision-making, and regularly updated https://smartwatermagazine.com/blogs/paul-ohare/flood-survivors-should-be-given-proper-support-instead-theyre-told-get-resilient

Subsidised cyclone insurance for northern Australia back on agenda https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/subsidised-cyclone-insurance-for-northern-australia-back-on-agenda-20191119-p53c2d.html

In the path of disaster: The big causes of bushfires that most of us are missing https://www.theage.com.au/national/in-the-path-of-disaster-the-big-causes-of-bushfires-that-most-of-us-are-missing-20191115-p53b0b.html

Typhoons and floods wreak havoc on Japan’s big three insurers https://asia.nikkei.com/Economy/Natural-disasters/Typhoons-and-floods-wreak-havoc-on-Japan-s-big-three-insurers

Analysis Of The South Yorkshire Floods https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2019/11/19/analysis-of-the-south-yorkshire-floods/

International satellites supporting disaster management http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/satellites/disasters.asp

Putting homes in high-risk areas is asking too much of firefighters https://theconversation.com/putting-homes-in-high-risk-areas-is-asking-too-much-of-firefighters-127126

A massive experiment in Taiwan aims to reveal landslides’ surprising effect on the climate https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/11/massive-experiment-taiwan-aims-reveal-landslides-surprising-effect-climate

Reducing wildfire risk is a collective effort https://www.propertycasualty360.com/2019/11/21/reducing-wildfire-risk-is-a-collective-effort/?cmp=share_twitter&slreturn=20191021161248

U.S. announces $30 million to bolster coasts from flooding, rising seas https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climate-grants/u-s-announces-30-million-to-bolster-coasts-from-flooding-rising-seas-idUSKBN1XT1AD

Bushfire crisis costing Queensland and northern NSW millions https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-22/queensland-bushfire-crisis-nsw-fires-cost-insurance-damage-bill/11725920

Massive tsunami as high as 15 m (49 feet) hit Oman 1 000 years ago, research finds https://watchers.news/2019/11/20/massive-tsunami-as-high-as-15-m-49-feet-hit-oman-1-000-years-ago-research-finds/

Managing Flood Water for Aquifer Recharge: Economic Considerations for Policy http://www.globalwaterforum.org/2019/11/19/managing-flood-water-for-aquifer-recharge-economic-considerations-for-policy/

Over the past few decades, development practice in England has led to more than 300,000 homes being built in high flood risk areas https://theconversation.com/how-englands-broken-planning-system-has-created-not-reduced-the-risk-of-floods-127287

 

Emergency management

Australia’s bushfire politics: the parties prevaricate while the country burns https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/17/australias-bushfire-politics-the-parties-prevaricate-while-the-country-burns?CMP=share_btn_tw

How do you fight extreme wildfires? https://www.bbc.com/news/world-50410481

When fire came to Sydney’s north shore https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/when-fire-came-to-sydney-s-north-shore-20191115-p53ayu

Sirens, texts, even church bells. California wildfire alerts and evacuations still ad hoc https://www.redding.com/story/news/2019/11/15/sirens-texts-even-church-bells-california-wildfire-alerts-evacuations-still-ad-hoc/4211934002/

Cyclone early warning system for Pacific goes live https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/403508/cyclone-early-warning-system-for-pacific-goes-live

Why flooding is still so difficult to predict and prepare for https://phys.org/news/2019-11-difficult.html

‘Move out tonight’: First Code Red since 2010 issued for parts of Victoria https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/move-out-tonight-first-code-red-since-2010-issued-for-parts-of-victoria-20191120-p53cfl.html

A scramble for safety in flooded South Sudan town https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/photo-feature/2019/11/13/South-Sudan-floods

Public urged to be eyes and ears of police for potential firebugs https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/public-urged-to-be-eyes-and-ears-of-police-for-potential-firebugs-20191120-p53cfv.html

Nigeria: Tens of thousands of people stranded by floods in north-east https://www.unocha.org/story/nigeria-tens-thousands-people-stranded-floods-north-east

‘Hazardous’ air quality from bushfire smoke triggers spike in hospital admissions https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/22/hazardous-air-quality-from-bushfire-smoke-triggers-spike-in-hospital-admissions?CMP=share_btn_tw

How Australia’s bushfires spread: mapping the NSW and Queensland fires https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2019/nov/21/how-australias-bushfires-spread-mapping-the-nsw-and-queensland-fires

Wasatch Fault Scenario https://www.eeri.org/projects/earthquake-scenarios/wasatch-fault-scenario/

Change Coming to Flash Flood Warnings https://www.weather.gov/dvn/flashflood_change

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Volcano video game https://phdvolcanology.wordpress.com/2019/11/17/monster-hunter-generation-ultimate-a-volcano-videogame-review/

These sixth-graders learned what it’s like to handle emergency operations during a storm https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article237371374.html

Communication During Disaster Recovery https://www.gfdrr.org/en/publication/communication-during-disaster-recovery

Understanding fire weather http://media.bom.gov.au/social/blog/1538/understanding-fire-weather/

Flooding Disasters in an Era of Extreme Weather https://www.politico.com/live-stream/floodingextremeweather

Non-mobile phone users: What hinders their access? https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2019/11/20/non-mobile-phone-users-what-hinders-their-access/

Only 23% of UK people checked flood risk before moving into their current home https://pressreleases.responsesource.com/news/98758/six-out-of-people-admit-to-never-checking-their-flood/

Flood losses are substantially reduced when awareness-raising attitudes are promoted through inclusive, participatory approaches in the community https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02626667.2019.1677907

 

Psychology and Disasters

The dread and worry keeping young Australians up at night https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/the-dread-and-worry-keeping-young-australians-up-at-night-20191115-p53aw5.html

Trauma of Yorkshire floods will have ‘profound effect’ on victim’s mental health, says charity CEO https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/latest-news/trauma-of-yorkshire-floods-will-have-profound-effect-on-victim-s-mental-health-says-charity-ceo-1-10106571

Domestic violence will spike in the bushfire aftermath, and governments can no longer ignore it https://theconversation.com/domestic-violence-will-spike-in-the-bushfire-aftermath-and-governments-can-no-longer-ignore-it-127018

This is what it’s really like to be the spouse of a first responder https://www.mother.ly/life/this-is-what-its-really-like-to-be-the-spouse-of-a-first-responder

Multiple flood events erode neighborhood spirit, study finds https://phys.org/news/2019-09-multiple-events-erode-neighborhood-spirit.html

Mental health at risk as California wildfire threat grows http://news.trust.org/item/20191120082912-4jfhj/

 

Sociology and disasters

Indigenous peoples and people of color are disproportionately affected by our global climate crisis https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/mbmdzb/this-is-how-the-climate-crisis-wipes-an-american-community-off-the-map

Somalia: Floods in Somalia increase vulnerability of population https://www.doctorswithoutborders.ca/article/somalia-floods-somalia-increase-vulnerability-population

Study the effects of earthquakes, floods and other natural hazards with sensitivity to ethical dilemmas and power imbalances https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03534-z

Weather and war: How climate shocks are compounding Somalia’s problems https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/feature/2019/11/19/Climate-shocks-Somalia-problems?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social