Today in disaster resilience (13 May 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Heavy rain and thunderstorms pose flood risk for southern Queensland’s already saturated catchments https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/may/09/wet-weather-system-could-cause-flash-flooding-in-queensland-and-prolonged-rain-in-sydney-bom-says

Dangerous winds, wildfire conditions returning to New Mexico https://apnews.com/article/wildfires-fires-environment-new-mexico-las-vegas-4cf3dd4dc812e18e70448c72a29c7fd7

Pakistan – Massive Floods Destroy Bridge in Gilgit-Baltistan https://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-glof-floods-gilgit-baltistan-may-2022

USA – Emergency Declared After Deadly Flash Floods in West Virginia https://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-westvirginia-may-2022

USA – Ice Jam Causes Flood Emergency in Manley Hot Springs https://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-manley-hot-springs-alaska-may-2022

A man in his early 20s is “lucky to be alive” after police and firies rescued him from a flooded causeway in Mount Isa overnight https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-10/qld-weather-storms-heavy-rain-forecast-north-queensland/101049362

Thailand – Severe Flash Floods Hit Southern Provinces https://floodlist.com/asia/thailand-floods-southern-provinces-may-2022

New Mexico wildfire continues rampage as new blaze erupts in California https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/12/new-mexico-wildfire-california

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 May 2022: Stromboli volcano, Fuego, Karymsky, Krakatau, Merapi https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/180338/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-12-May-2022-Stromboli-volcano-Fuego-Karymsky-Krakatau-Merapi-Semer.html

Millions of lives at risk as famine stalks Horn of Africa https://abcnews.go.com/International/millions-lives-risk-famine-stalks-horn-africa/story

Evacuations ordered in Colorado Springs as homes destroyed in California https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/california-wildfires-map-laguna-beach-b2077938.html

Nearly 1,000 people forced from homes in northern Alberta because of flooding https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/alberta/article-nearly-1000-people-forced-from-homes-in-northern-alberta-because-of/

Australia – More Floods in Queensland After Widespread Heavy Rainfall https://floodlist.com/australia/queensland-floods-may-2022

Woman killed in flood waters amid record-breaking rain in Queenslandhttps://7news.com.au/news/qld/woman-killed-in-flood-waters-amid-record-breaking-rain-in-queensland-c-6753547

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Ozone is accelerating climate change at a faster rate https://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-science/ozone-is-accelerating-climate-change-at-a-faster-rate/article

Extreme weather: What is it and how is it connected to climate change? https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58073295

The rush to renewable energy means a new mining boom. But first, Australia needs to make some tough choices https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-09/renewable-energy-may-require-australian-mining-boom/101034914

How climate change weakened India’s defence against heatwaves https://www.deccanherald.com/national/how-climate-change-weakened-indias-defence-against-heatwaves-1107479.html

Record heat in India and Pakistan is a wake-up call https://grist.org/agriculture/record-heat-india-pakistan-billion-people-affected/

Climate limit of 1.5C close to being broken, scientists warn https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/may/09/climate-limit-of-1-5-c-close-to-being-broken-scientists-warn

Vanuatu’s push for legal protection from climate change wins crucial support https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/11/vanuatus-push-for-legal-protection-from-climate-change-wins-crucial-support

Getting It Right Matters: Temperature Goal Interpretations in Geoscience Research https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/2017GL075612

Climate Action Plans Tailored to Indian Cities https://eos.org/articles/climate-action-plans-tailored-to-indian-cities

Renewable power is set to break another global record in 2022 despite headwinds from higher costs and supply chain bottlenecks https://www.iea.org/news/renewable-power-is-set-to-break-another-global-record-in-2022-despite-headwinds-from-higher-costs-and-supply-chain-bottlenecks

The strengths and weaknesses of future visioning approaches for climate change adaptation: A review https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378022000656

Communities in India flooded by ‘Amphan-scale cyclones’ could triple by 2100 https://www.carbonbrief.org/communities-in-india-flooded-by-amphan-scale-cyclones-could-triple-by-2100

The extraordinary heat wave in India and Pakistan, explained https://www.vox.com/23057267/india-pakistan-heat-wave-climate-change-coal-south-asia

Human Behavior Is the Other Puzzle for Climate-Change Modeling https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/human-behavior-is-the-other-puzzle-for-climate-change-modeling/ar-AAXbEDH

What does neighbourhood climate action look like? A scoping literature review https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s44168-022-00009-2

Disaster risk reduction

How our bushfire-proof house design could help people flee rather than risk fighting the flames https://theconversation.com/how-our-bushfire-proof-house-design-could-help-people-flee-rather-than-risk-fighting-the-flames-182046

Experts call for a shift in wildfire strategy https://universityofcalifornia.edu/news/after-record-breaking-fire-year-experts-call-shift-wildfire-strategy

“The role of Earth Science in 21st century Australia” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDNHHsNYua8

Reducing Australian Bushfire Risk with Traditional Practices https://www.air-worldwide.com/blog/posts/2022/4/reducing-australian-bushfire-risk/

In a wildfire burning embers transported downwind are what cause most structures to burn https://wildfiretoday.com/2022/05/10/in-a-wildfire-burning-embers-transported-downwind-are-what-cause-most-structures-to-burn/

A progressive flow-routing model for rapid assessment of debris-flow inundation https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10346-022-01890-y

Research shows future super cyclones would expose vastly greater numbers of people in most vulnerable parts of the world to extreme flooding https://bristol.ac.uk/news/2022/may/super-cyclones.html

The National Risk Atlas (NRA) is an information system that allows the identification of  hazards caused by natural and man-made phenomena https://www.preventionweb.net/news/mexico-national-risk-atlas-and-its-potential-disaster-risk-reduction

For one Māori community, a board game sparked serious discussions about flood risk https://hakaimagazine.com/news/using-a-board-game-to-plan-for-a-changing-planet/

Second National Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/second-national-action-plan-for-disaster-risk-reduction/#paper

Life on the edge: Land loss on England’s east coast – a photo essay https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/may/11/life-on-the-edge-land-loss-on-englands-east-coast-a-photo-essay

Assessing the Impacts of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/stories/katrina.html

A new earthquake warning system will prepare Canada for dangerous shaking https://theconversation.com/a-new-earthquake-warning-system-will-prepare-canada-for-dangerous-shaking-180848

Continent-Scale Detection of Triggered Low Frequency Earthquakes https://eos.org/editor-highlights/continent-scale-detection-of-triggered-low-frequency-earthquakes

B.C.’s risk of spring flooding ‘considerably’ higher, report says https://globalnews.ca/news/8823815/b-c-s-risk-of-spring-flooding-considerably-higher-report-says/

Hit hard by storms and forest loss, Zimbabwe builds stronger homes https://news.trust.org/item/20220510065821-jvslu/

Precursors to eruption https://www.nature.com/ngeo/volumes/15/issues/5

Atmospheric waves and global seismoacoustic observations of the January 2022 Hunga eruption, Tonga https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abo7063

Three-day Scottish flood forecast system goes on trialhttps://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-61422649

Murphy announces latest measures to protect NJ communities from floods https://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/weather/flooding/2022/05/03/phil-murphy-nj-flooding-measures-announced-blue-acres/9628348002/

Why the 2022 Southwest Fire Season Is So Early and Intense https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-the-2022-southwest-fire-season-is-so-early-and-intense/

EU tools to respond to natural disasters https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/lt/document/IPOL_STU(2022)699637

Gravity signals could detect earthquakes at the speed of light https://www.science.org/content/article/gravity-signals-could-detect-earthquakes-speed-light

Emergency management

Businesses in flood affected Lismore still without power https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-06/businesses-in-flood-affected-lismore-still-without-power/13869736

We’re not prepared when extreme wildfires, flooding hit B.C https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/fire-flood-bc-facing-two-extremes-series-part-1

White House warns of “pretty sizeable” COVID surge this winter https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/05/covid-cases-hospitalizations-death-could-surge-this-winter-white-house-warns/

Coronavirus: economic toll of China’s latest outbreak ‘10 times more severe’ than Wuhan in 2020 https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3177190/coronavirus-economic-toll-chinas-latest-outbreak-10-times

U.S. firefighters in final push for healthcare as wildfires surge https://news.trust.org/item/20220511144817-91lte/

Covid-19: US tracker overestimated deaths among children https://www.bmj.com/content/376/bmj.o831

California’s 2020 Wildfire Season https://www.ucdavis.edu/climate/news/californias-2020-wildfire-season-numbers

Flood-damaged businesses in Lismore say disaster financial assistance taking too long https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-10/businesses-devastated-by-floods-say-financial-help-too-long/101054170

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Be prepared for floods https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-management/preparedbc/know-your-hazards/floods

Crowd-sourcing observations of volcanic eruptions during the 2021 Fagradalsfjall and Cumbre Vieja events https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-30333-4

Psychology and disasters

Cognitive impairment from long COVID equivalent to aging 20 years, study finds https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/cognitive-impairment-from-long-covid-equivalent-to-aging-20-years-study-finds-1.5893922

Why It’s So Hard to Make Risk Decisions in the Pandemic https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-its-so-hard-to-make-risk-decisions-in-the-pandemic-180980037/

Post-Disaster Mental Health and Wellbeing in Japan https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/disaster-choice/202205/post-disaster-mental-health-and-wellbeing-in-japan

Sociology and disasters

Hurricane Ida’s Impact On Socially Vulnerable Communities https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/780e11bd19cc4dfca54ac8fb1d5e926f

3 Ways the Pandemic Has Made the World Better https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2021/03/three-ways-pandemic-has-bettered-world/618320/

Climate disasters drive Bangladesh children from classrooms to work https://news.trust.org/item/20220507212405-85gbq/

Homes in high-risk flood zones are the only affordable option for Durban’s poorest residents https://www.circleofblue.org/2022/hotspots/hotspots-h2o-we-have-nowhere-left-to-go-durbans-affordability-crisis-pushed-development-into-flood-zones/

Today in disaster resilience (6 May 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Current drought is worst in 1,200 years in California and the American West, new study shows https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/02/14/current-drought-is-worst-in-1200-years-in-california-and-the-american-west-new-study-shows/

Guadeloupe – Deadly Floods Strike After 300mm of Rainhttps://floodlist.com/america/guadeloupe-floods-april-2022

Venezuela – Fatalities and Evacuations After Floods Hit Several States https://floodlist.com/america/venezuela-floods-april-2022

Swollen rivers, flooded roads prompt evacuations in some areas of Manitoba https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/swollen-rivers-flooded-roads-prompt-evacuations-in-some-areas-of-manitoba-1004220872/

Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report https://volcano.si.edu/reports_weekly.cfm

USA and Canada – Evacuations After Widespread Flooding in Manitoba, North Dakota and Minnesotahttps://floodlist.com/america/floods-manitoba-northdakota-minnesota-may-2022

Spain – Floods in Valencia After 260mm of Rain in 24 Hours https://floodlist.com/europe/spain-floods-may-2022

Tanzania – Floods in South Leave 5 Dead, Thousands Displaced https://floodlist.com/africa/tanzania-floods-mbeya-songwe-april-2022

Volcanic activity worldwide 5 May 2022: Karymsky volcano, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Merapi, Semeru https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/179691/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-5-May-2022-Karymsky-volcano-Popocatepetl-Krakatau-Merapi-Semeru-S.html

Afghanistan – Flash Floods Cause Fatalities and Severe Damage https://floodlist.com/asia/afghanistan-floods-may-2022

Uganda – Homes Destroyed, Thousands Displaced After Floods in Eastern and Western Regions https://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-april-may-2022

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Net zero by 2050 will hit a major timing problem technology can’t solve. We need to talk about cutting consumption https://theconversation.com/net-zero-by-2050-will-hit-a-major-timing-problem-technology-cant-solve-we-need-to-talk-about-cutting-consumption-181951

Rising risk: How the NZ coast will be transformed https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/rising-risk-how-our-coast-will-be-transformed/R24X3UURX7ESXCLKCGDSHFU2EU/

Green infrastructure helps cities with climate change. So why isn’t there more of it? https://www.npr.org/2022/04/15/1092336365/green-infrastructure-bill-spending-floods

Why some beaches, including in Queensland, are getting bigger despite rising sea levels https://theconversation.com/why-some-beaches-including-in-queensland-are-getting-bigger-despite-rising-sea-levels-180964

One in 25 Australian properties will be effectively uninsurable by 2030, due to rising risks of extreme weather and climate change https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/resources/australian-homes-uninsurable-2030-climate-risk-map/

‘We are living in hell’: Pakistan and India suffer extreme spring heatwaves https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/02/pakistan-india-heatwaves-water-electricity-shortages

With seas rising and storms surging, who will pay for New Zealand’s most vulnerable coastal properties? https://theconversation.com/with-seas-rising-and-storms-surging-who-will-pay-for-new-zealands-most-vulnerable-coastal-properties-163807

State of the climate: Start of 2022 is the fifth warmest on record https://www.carbonbrief.org/state-of-the-climate-start-of-2022-is-the-fifth-warmest-on-record

Climate change will more than double the risk of intense tropical cyclones by 2050 https://www.deltares.nl/en/news/climate-change-will-more-than-double-the-risk-of-intense-tropical-cyclones-by-2050/

Climate change is why New Mexico’s wildfire season started early this year https://news.yahoo.com/climate-change-is-why-new-mexicos-wildfire-season-started-early-this-year-130202150.html

Climate Risk Map of Australia https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/resources/climate-risk-map/

Climate policy across Australia is fragmented, but researchers are aiming to use big data to make better sense of it https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/mapping-climate-policy

What coal communities need on the path to net zero https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/what-coal-communities-need-on-the-path-to-net-zero/13867702

Draft NZ National Adaptation Plan for climate resilience https://www.building.govt.nz/about-building-performance/all-news-and-updates/draft-national-adaptation-plan-consultation/

Polluters are using forests as ‘carbon offsets.’ Climate change has other plans https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/forests-as-carbon-offsets-climate-change-has-other-plans

Scorched dystopia or liveable planet? Here’s where the climate policies of our political hopefuls will take us https://theconversation.com/scorched-dystopia-or-liveable-planet-heres-where-the-climate-policies-of-our-political-hopefuls-will-take-us-182513

India and Pakistan’s brutal heat wave poised to resurge https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2022/05/india-and-pakistans-brutal-heat-wave-poised-to-resurge/

Climate-proofing the world https://www.climateadaptationservices.com/en/

Scientists identify the most extreme heatwaves ever recorded globally https://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2022/april/heatwaves-media-release.html

India heatwave: why the region should prepare for even more extreme heat in the near future https://theconversation.com/india-heatwave-why-the-region-should-prepare-for-even-more-extreme-heat-in-the-near-future-182452

Disaster risk reduction

High impact compound events in Australia https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212094722000408

Alpine Fault: What scientists are learning about NZ’s big quake-maker https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/alpine-fault-what-scientists-are-learning-about-nzs-big-quake-maker/Y74677ZF57TIKVFUN4SOAP75LM/

Modeling Coastal Environmental Change and the Tsunami Hazard https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2022.871794/full

Extreme tornado footage captured by drone over Andover, Kansas https://watchers.news/2022/05/02/extreme-tornado-footage-captured-by-drone-over-andover-kansas/

Space-based system using GPS satellites could warn of incoming tsunamis https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/2022/apr/space-based-system-using-gps-satellites-could-warn-incoming-tsunamis

Can Artificial Intelligence Help Fight Western Wildfires? https://www.govtech.com/products/can-artificial-intelligence-help-fight-western-wildfires

AccuWeather’s 2022 US Wildfire Forecast: Drought to spur another intense season https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-forecasts/accuweather-2022-us-wildfire-forecast/1178642

Study Develops Framework for Forecasting Contribution of Snowpack to Flood Risk During Winter Storms https://www.dri.edu/study-develops-framework-for-forecasting-contribution-of-snowpack-to-flood-risk-during-winter-storms/

Models Show How Topography Influences Ground Shaking in Seattle Area https://www.seismosoc.org/news/models-show-how-topography-influences-ground-shaking-in-seattle-area/

New portal improves forecasts of devastating storms in West Africa https://www.ceh.ac.uk/new-portal-improves-forecasts-devastating-storms-west-africa

Flood risk reduction confers multiple benefits https://phys.org/news/2022-05-reduction-confers-multiple-benefits.html

Construction to begin on flood mitigation project west of Calgary https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/construction-to-begin-on-flood-mitigation-project-west-of-calgary-1004220987/

Emergency management

NSW flood victims kicked out of caravan parks to make way for tourists https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/may/01/nsw-flood-victims-kicked-out-of-caravan-parks-to-make-way-for-tourists

Australian researchers uncover clue to rare and severe response to Covid in children https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/may/02/australian-researchers-uncover-clue-to-rare-and-severe-response-to-covid-in-children

‘Disaster’s in the recovery’: bushfire survivors still waiting for homes https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/apr/30/disasters-in-the-recovery-bushfire-survivors-still-waiting-for-homes

NSW Far North Coast & Northern Rivers flood impact research, March 2022 https://riskfrontiers.com/insights/nsw-flood-impact-research-march-2022/

Learning from the Taal experience https://startnetwork.org/news-and-blogs/taal-experience

New Drones Could Spot Wildfires Earlier, Even Help Snuff Them Out https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/new-drones-could-spot-wildfires-earlier-even-help-snuff-them-out/

The Southwest is on fire – with iconic deserts and towns at risk, Biden issues a disaster declaration https://theconversation.com/the-southwest-is-on-fire-with-iconic-deserts-and-towns-at-risk-biden-issues-a-disaster-declaration-182426

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Accounting for Local Flood Knowledge in Citizen Science: Discussing Resilience and Adaptation to the Effects of Climate Change through a Flood-Monitoring Project https://bridges.monash.edu/articles/thesis/Accounting_for_Local_Flood_Knowledge_in_Citizen_Science_Discussing_Resilience_and_Adaptation_to_the_Effects_of_Climate_Change_through_a_Flood-Monitoring_Project/19210134/1

Determine Your Risk (Hurricane Preparedness) https://www.noaa.gov/determine-your-risk-hurricane-preparedness

Quake Chasers: 15 Women Rocking Earthquake Science https://www.amazon.com/Quake-Chasers-Rocking-Earthquake-Science/dp/1641606460

How to survive a heatwave https://theconversation.com/how-to-survive-a-heatwave-182180

CoastSnap citizen science around the world https://www.coastsnap.com/map

Psychology and disasters

Teachers say pandemic hurt child development, ask for study into chaotic schools https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/teachers-say-pandemic-hurt-child-development-ask-for-study-into-chaotic-schools-20220429-p5ah5e.html

Disaster descriptions do not capture many mental health and well-being impacts https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/disaster-choice/202204/how-are-disasters-defined

Trauma, disbelief and plenty of ideas shared at NSW flood inquiry hearing in Lismore https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/may/04/trauma-disbelief-and-plenty-of-ideas-shared-at-nsw-flood-inquiry-hearing-in-lismore

Women, low earners ‘prone to disaster-linked depression’ https://www.scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/news/women-low-earners-prone-to-disaster-linked-depression/

Today in disaster resilience (29 April 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

One dead and thousands forced to flee as wildfires sweep across US https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/apr/24/thousands-forced-to-flee-as-wildfires-sweep-through-new-mexico

Sandbagging efforts ongoing as Winnipeg homeowners battle flood waters https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/sandbagging-efforts-ongoing-as-winnipeg-homeowners-battle-flood-waters-1.5874133

Huge wildfire sweeps across Canford Heath nature reserve in Dorset https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/24/wildfire-canford-heath-nature-reserve-dorset-fire

Colombia – Emergency Declared After Deadly Landslides and Floods in Cundinamarca https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-cundinamarca-april-2022

Western Queensland soaked in record-breaking April rain as Longreach surrounded by floodwaters https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-27/qld-weather-record-rain-western-queensland-flood/101018128

Brazil – Flooding Jari River Affects Thousands in Amapá https://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-amapa-april-2022

DR Congo and Rwanda – 20 Killed in Floods and Landslides https://floodlist.com/africa/drcongo-rwanda-floods-landslides-april-2022

Extreme heatwave in India and Pakistan causes power and water shortages https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/28/extreme-heatwave-in-india-and-pakistan-causes-power-and-water-shortages

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Apr 2022: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Krakatau, Semeru, Ibu https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/179136/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-28-Apr-2022-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Krakatau-Semeru-Ibu-Rincon-de-.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Which countries could become the world’s hydrogen superpowers? https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/02/clean-hydrogen-energy-low-carbon-superpowers/

Now we know the flaws of carbon offsets, it’s time to get real about climate change https://theconversation.com/now-we-know-the-flaws-of-carbon-offsets-its-time-to-get-real-about-climate-change-181071

Young people are on front line of climate change, but they’re not accepting it as an inevitability https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-26/young-people-climate-change-what-does-future-hold/100950770

Urban heat toolkit released for council planners https://www.governmentnews.com.au/urban-heat-toolkit-released-for-council-planners/

Americans are fleeing climate change — here’s where they can go https://www.cnbc.com/2022/04/21/climate-change-encourages-homeowners-to-reconsider-legacy-cities.html

Increasing Human-Driven Global Disasters Risk A ‘Spiral Of Self-Destruction’ https://www.climatesignals.org/headlines/increasing-human-driven-global-disasters-risk-spiral-self-destruction

Wildfire smoke accelerates glacier melt, affects mountain runoff: USask research https://news.usask.ca/articles/research/2022/wildfire-smoke-accelerates-glacier-melt,-affects-mountain-runoff-usask-research.php

Time’s up: why Australia has to quit stalling and wean itself off fossil fuels https://theconversation.com/times-up-why-australia-has-to-quit-stalling-and-wean-itself-off-fossil-fuels-180666

Sweltering Heat Blankets India https://www.climatesignals.org/headlines/sweltering-heat-blankets-india

Too many new coal-fired plants planned for 1.5C climate goal, report concludes https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/apr/26/too-many-new-coal-fired-plants-planned-for-15c-climate-goal-report-concludes

Twitter bans ads that contradict science on climate change https://apnews.com/article/climate-technology-science-business-media-8ba71b6baf07c520ddb6fbfff101ad4a

This is why India’s heatwaves are getting hotter https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/04/india-heatwaves-hotter-more-frequent

European State of the Climate 2021 report https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/european-state-climate-2021-summary

What Elon Musk Buying Twitter Could Mean for Climate Disinformation https://insideclimatenews.org/todaysclimate/what-elon-musk-buying-twitter-could-mean-for-climate-disinformation/

The top four transport issues to address at COP27 https://blogs.worldbank.org/transport/top-four-transport-issues-address-cop27

The most devastating hurricanes could double by 2050 in nearly all regions of world, scientists say https://amp-cnn-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2022/04/27/weather/intense-tropical-cyclones-could-double-climate/index.html

Climate adaptation is going to be a disaster https://thebulletin.org/2022/04/climate-adaptation-is-going-to-be-a-disaster/

India experiences its hottest March in 122 years https://qz.com/india/2156332/india-experiences-its-hottest-march-in-122-years/

New Climate Modeling Predicts Increasing Occurrences of Flash Flooding Across Most of the U.S. https://ou.edu/research-norman/news-events/2022/climate-modeling-predicts-increasing-flash-flooding

Increased infectious disease risk likely from climate change https://apnews.com/article/climate-science-health-environment-infectious-diseases-a354d82963fc2bd246e7be51d0033af9

NOAA and communities to map heat inequities in 14 U.S. cities and counties https://www.noaa.gov/news-release/noaa-and-communities-to-map-heat-inequities-in-14-us-cities-and-counties

Disaster risk reduction

Assessing placement bias of the global river gauge network https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-022-00873-0

The 1992 Cape Mendocino Earthquake and Tsunami https://www.conservation.ca.gov/cgs/earthquakes/cape-mendocino

These are the 10 fastest sinking cities in the world https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/04/coastal-cities-flooding-sinking-climate-change

Picoastal: A low-cost coastal video monitoring system https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352711022000541

SADC countries urged to ‘strengthen early warning capacities’ to deal with natural disasters https://clubofmozambique.com/news/sadc-countries-urged-to-strengthen-early-warning-capacities-to-deal-with-natural-disasters-215201/

Copernicus data supports flood monitoring on Europe’s coasts https://marine.copernicus.eu/news/copernicus-data-flood-monitoring-europe-coasts

Human activity and behaviour are contributing to an increasing number of disasters across the world, putting millions of lives and every social and economic gain in danger, warns a new UN report https://www.preventionweb.net/news/humanitys-broken-risk-perception-reversing-global-progress-spiral-self-destruction-finds-new

In 2021, the Emergency Event Database (EM-DAT) recorded 432 disastrous events related to natural hazards worldwide https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/2021-disasters-numbers

The Weather behind the Eastern Australian floods – the storm cluster from 23rd February to 2nd April, 2022 https://riskfrontiers.com/insights/eastern-australian-floods-february-april-2022/

Floods create health risks: what to look out for and how to avoid them https://theconversation.com/floods-create-health-risks-what-to-look-out-for-and-how-to-avoid-them-181718

The first interactive classification of extreme events in Italy https://www.cmcc.it/article/earth-day-a-map-of-extreme-events-in-italy

Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2022 (GAR2022) https://www.undrr.org/publication/global-assessment-report-disaster-risk-reduction-2022

A New Index to Quantify River Fragmentation https://eos.org/articles/a-new-index-to-quantify-river-fragmentation

Why Vulnerability Still Matters: The Politics of Disaster Risk Creation https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/edit/10.4324/9781003219453/vulnerability-still-matters-greg-bankoff-dorothea-hilhorst

Complex Networks Help Explain Extreme Rainfall Events https://publishing.aip.org/publications/latest-content/complex-networks-help-explain-extreme-rainfall-events/

New earthquake assessments available to strengthen preparedness in Europe https://www.globalquakemodel.org/GEMNews/european-earthquake-hazard-risk-model-2022

Urban health challenges: Lessons from COVID-19 responses https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016718522000458

New Zealand shares multi-hazard modelling tool with Pacific countries https://www.undrr.org/news/new-zealand-shares-multi-hazard-modelling-tool-pacific-countries

Australia braces for more wet weather with above-average rainfall predicted through winter and into spring https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/apr/29/australia-braces-for-more-wet-weather-with-above-average-rainfall-predicted-through-winter-and-into-spring

Part of the solution: Harris Policy Labs students identify Chicago neighborhoods most at risk in rising tide of urban flooding https://civicengagement.uchicago.edu/news/part-of-the-solution-harris-policy-labs-students-identify-chicago-neighborhoods-most-at-risk-in-rising-tide-of-urban-flooding

Better land use and insurance to mitigate natural disasters https://voxeu.org/article/better-land-use-and-insurance-mitigate-natural-disasters

Emergency management

COVID-19 third leading cause of death again in 2021- U.S. study https://www.reuters.com/world/us/covid-19-third-leading-cause-death-again-2021-us-study-2022-04-22/

Retired Fire Chief killed in Nebraska wildfire https://wildfiretoday.com/2022/04/25/retired-fire-chief-killed-in-nebraska-wildfire/

Ida permanently retired from list of Atlantic hurricane names https://www.klfy.com/weather/ida-permanently-retired-from-list-of-atlantic-hurricane-names/

U.S., European Commission estimate most of their populations have contracted COVID-19 https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/europe-us-covid-infections-1.6432416

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Learning with student climate strikers’ humour: towards critical affective climate justice literacies https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13504622.2022.2067322

Ready California https://www.caloes.ca.gov/ICESite/Pages/National-Preparedness-Month.aspx

Take Action for Climate Justice – A guide for teachers and educators working with young people aged 9-16 https://reliefweb.int/report/world/take-action-climate-justice-guide-teachers-and-educators-working-young-people-aged-9-16

Leading Through Extremes https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/director/leading-through-extremes

World Environment Day prep https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/

Immersive VR: empowering kids to survive in fire, flood, and war https://www.unisa.edu.au/media-centre/Releases/2022/immersive-vr-empowering-kids-to-survive-in-fire-flood-and-war/

Shaping Children’s Knowledge and Response to Bushfire Through Use of an Immersive Virtual Learning Environment https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/07356331211054569

63 percent of the world’s total population is now online and 59% use social media https://wearesocial.com/au/blog/2022/04/more-than-5-billion-people-now-use-the-internet/

Household-Targeted Hurricane Warnings for Effective Evacuation https://hazards.colorado.edu/weather-ready-research/household-targeted-hurricane-warnings-for-effective-evacuation

Towards a liberatory pedagogy of disaster risk reduction among built environment educators https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/DPM-02-2022-0041/full/html

Teaching climate issues through gameplay gains a following in Brazil https://news.mongabay.com/2022/04/teaching-climate-issues-through-gameplay-gains-a-following-in-brazil/

Psychology and disasters

Majority of family members of Covid patients treated in the ICU report PTSD symptoms https://www.statnews.com/2022/04/25/majority-of-family-members-of-covid-icu-patients-report-ptsd-symptoms/

Examining Public Response and Climate Conditions During Overlapping Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings https://hazards.colorado.edu/weather-ready-research/examining-public-response-and-climate-conditions-during-overlapping-tornado-and-flashflood-warnings

The March 2020 Tennessee Tornados: Risk Perceptions, Preparedness, and Communication https://hazards.colorado.edu/weather-ready-research/the-march-2020-tennessee-tornados-risk-perceptions-preparedness-and-communication

Sociology and disasters

Transforming Governance for a Resilient Future https://www.undrr.org/gar2022-our-world-risk#container-downloads

Understanding the Impacts of Managed Retreat and Resettlement on Informal Communities https://hazards.colorado.edu/mitigation-matters-report/understanding-the-impacts-of-managed-retreat-and-resettlement-on-informal-communities

Today in disaster resilience (22 April 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Dozens still missing as South Africa floods death toll rises to 443 https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/rescuers-hunt-missing-after-south-african-floods-kill-more-than-400-2022-04-17/

Horn of Africa drought: Late rains in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are inflaming hunger, warns WFP https://www.wfp.org/stories/horn-africa-drought-late-rains-ethiopia-kenya-and-somalia-are-inflaming-hunger-warns-wfp

Volcanic activity worldwide 21 Apr 2022: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Semeru https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/178533/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-21-Apr-2022-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Krakatau-Semeru-D.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australian scientists in a bid to measure the impact of climate change on a glacier in East Antarctica https://www.antarctica.gov.au/news/2022/cold-chisel-antarctic-rocks-reveal-glacial-retreat/

Study shows a disastrous climate combination on the rise: wildfire followed by flood https://www.abc10.com/article/weather/study-shows-disastrous-climate-wildfire-floods/73-285b2222-cc56-4906-969a-0e34429f5257

Gas prices are soaring. What does it mean for climate? https://www.eenews.net/articles/gas-prices-are-soaring-what-does-it-mean-for-climate/

South Australia grid reaches record high of 136.6 pct renewables https://reneweconomy.com.au/south-australia-grid-reaches-record-high-of-136-6-pct-renewables/

Climate-induced fire regime amplification in Alberta, Canada https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ac60d6

‘Climate laggards’: Australian isolationism puts us on par with Saudi Arabia https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/australian-climate-change-isolationism-sees-it-fall-behind-the-world-20220419-p5aect.html

South Africa’s floods a ‘teachable moment’ for climate adaptation https://news.trust.org/item/20220414173248-g51ik/

As climate change floods U.S. coast, islands fight for public money https://news.trust.org/item/20220412162756-a4pqw/

Why delayed action on climate change will be profoundly damaging for poverty reduction efforts around the world https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/acting-climate-and-poverty-if-we-fail-one-we-fail-other

Global seasonal forecasts of marine heatwaves https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-022-04573-9

Australia’s coal export boom forecast to end abruptly amid big drop in demand from China https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/apr/21/australias-coal-export-boom-forecast-to-end-abruptly-amid-big-drop-in-demand-from-china

Heatwaves and snow: What’s really happening to the Antarctic climate? https://www.euronews.com/green/2022/04/18/poles-apart-what-does-antarctica-s-freak-heatwave-mean-for-the-climate

Melting land-based ice raises sea levels globally but can produce lowered levels locally https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220421130951.htm

Climate Change Worsened Record–Breaking 2020 Hurricane Season https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/climate-change-worsened-record-breaking-2020-hurricane-season/

Madagascar: The humanitarian impact of climate change https://www.hi-us.org/news-hi-madagascar-humanitarian-impact-climate-change

More Frequent El Niño Events Predicted by 2040 https://eos.org/articles/more-frequent-el-nino-events-predicted-by-2040

Planning for urban heat resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/planning-urban-heat-resilience-0

Disaster risk reduction

Evolving Risk of Wildfires in Europe https://www.undrr.org/publication/evolving-risk-wildfires-europe-thematic-paper-european-science-technology-advisory

Watery research boundaries: A bibliometric and network science approach to explore gaps and overlaps in water research https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2468312422000086

Higher incidence of high-severity fire in and near industrially managed forests https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/fee.2499

New Research Overlays Sociodemographic, Green Infrastructure And Stormwater Flood Risk Data To Assess Equitable Distribution Of Green Infrastructure https://www.pdx.edu/research/news/rain-floods-and-green-infrastructure-are-cities-mitigating-hazards-equitably

What’s behind South Africa’s flood disaster https://phys.org/news/2022-04-south-africa-disaster.html

Neural network model helps predict site-specific impacts of earthquakes https://www.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/en/news/70445

Niger: Improving Municipal Resilience to Flooding and Access to Basic Services https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2022/04/15/afw-niger-improving-municipal-resilience-to-flooding-and-access-to-basic-services

FEMA’s State and Local Flood Mitigation Planning Policy Guides Updated https://www.floods.org/news-views/fema-news/state-and-local-mitigation-planning-policy-guides-updated/

U.S. Geological Survey and Department of Energy Los Alamos National Laboratory partner to advance fire research capabilities https://www.usgs.gov/news/national-news-release/new-federal-partnership-will-advance-predictive-models-wildfire-behavior

Property Buyouts Can Be an Effective Solution for Flood-Prone Communities https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/reports/2022/04/property-buyouts-can-be-an-effective-solution-for-flood-prone-communities

New research detects pre-eruption warning signals at Whakaari White Island and other active volcanoes https://theconversation.com/new-research-detects-pre-eruption-warning-signals-at-whakaari-white-island-and-other-active-volcanoes-181090

Global sensitivity analysis in hydrodynamic modeling and flood inundation mapping https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1364815222001049

A quiet section of the San Andreas once had big quakes https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/a-quiet-section-of-the-san-andreas-once-had-big-quakes-14107/

More flood money for NSW http://www.watercareer.com.au/news/more-flood-money-for-nsw

Real-time coastal flood hazard assessment using DEM-based hydrogeomorphic classifiers https://nhess.copernicus.org/articles/22/1419/2022/

Coastal boulders constrain prehistoric tsunamis https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/coastal-boulders-constrain-prehistoric-tsunamis-14094/

Planet image of the Kantagnos village landslide in the Philippines https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2022/04/19/kantagnos-village-landslide-1/

Early warnings for floods in South Africa: engineering for future climate change https://theconversation.com/early-warnings-for-floods-in-south-africa-engineering-for-future-climate-change-181556

Natural disasters cost the nation: we’ve calculated the income tax revenue lost in their wake https://theconversation.com/natural-disasters-cost-the-nation-weve-calculated-the-income-tax-revenue-lost-in-their-wake-180505

KZN floods — three practical steps to make South African cities more flood resilient https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2022-04-20-kzn-floods-three-practical-steps-to-make-south-african-cities-more-flood-resilient/

How drones are improving landslide risk management in Brazil https://geonadir.com/drones-landslide-risk-management/

Emergency management

Disaster Data: How Donors Can Play a Role https://givingcompass.org/partners/disaster-relief-recovery/disaster-data-how-donors-can-play-a-role

Unvaccinated U.S. children hospitalized at twice the rate during Omicron surge, study says https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/unvaccinated-u-s-children-hospitalized-at-twice-the-rate-during-omicron-surge-study-says-1.5867418

Covid hasn’t given up all its secrets. Here are 6 mysteries experts hope to unravel https://www.statnews.com/2022/04/19/six-covid-mysteries-including-how-it-will-evolve/

‘Living with COVID-19’ must be more than an empty phrase: Individuals need tools to manage BA.2 and future waves https://theconversation.com/living-with-covid-19-must-be-more-than-an-empty-phrase-individuals-need-tools-to-manage-ba-2-and-future-waves-181132

Isolation rules for close contacts are changing. What happens next? https://theconversation.com/isolation-rules-for-close-contacts-are-changing-what-happens-next-181592

Firefighters hopeful as U.S. government moves to speed up health claims https://news.trust.org/item/20220421195646-1ngur/

NSW Premier concedes it’s ‘not good enough’ with nine out of 10 flood victims still waiting to receive grants https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-21/nine-out-of-ten-nsw-flood-victims-still-waiting-for-grants/101005704

Disabled people are being left out of COVID recovery. Here are five ways to change that https://theconversation.com/disabled-people-are-being-left-out-of-covid-recovery-here-are-five-ways-to-change-that-181362

Disaster education, communications and engagement

A new Minecraft world is inspiring children to tackle flooding and climate change https://news.microsoft.com/en-gb/features/turning-the-tide-a-new-minecraft-world-is-inspiring-children-to-tackle-flooding-and-climate-change/

Typology development of earthquake displays in free-choice learning environments, to inform earthquake early warning education in the United States https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420922000218?via%3Dihub

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day https://www.nfpa.org/Events/Events/National-Wildfire-Community-Preparedness-Day

Estuary education https://coast.noaa.gov/estuaries/

The climate game: Can you reach net zero by 2050? https://ig.ft.com/climate-game/

6 ways to build resilience and hope into young people’s learning about climate change https://theconversation.com/6-ways-to-build-resilience-and-hope-into-young-peoples-learning-about-climate-change-177718

Community Science Builds a Seismic Network in Haiti https://eos.org/articles/community-science-builds-a-seismic-network-in-haiti

Psychology and disasters

Another day, another flood: preparing for more climate disasters means taking more personal responsibility for risk https://theconversation.com/another-day-another-flood-preparing-for-more-climate-disasters-means-taking-more-personal-responsibility-for-risk-180034

Deadly wet season sees drivers trapped in floodwaters, so is safety messaging working? https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-16/flooded-forget-it-messaging-ignored-drivers-trapped-floodwaters/100963578

Sociology and disasters

Local knowledge adds value to mapping flood risk in South Africa’s informal settlements https://theconversation.com/local-knowledge-adds-value-to-mapping-flood-risk-in-south-africas-informal-settlements-181304

Building Rural and Native Communities’ Resilience to Disasters https://www.urban.org/events/building-rural-and-native-communities-resilience-disasters Social capital’s impact on COVID‑19 outcomes at local levels https://dataverse.harvard.edu/dataset.xhtml

Today in disaster resilience (15 April 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

British-born man dies after being caught in New South Wales floods https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/apr/09/british-born-man-dies-after-being-caught-in-new-south-wales-floods

Colombia – at Least 12 Fatalities After Floods and Landslides in Antioquia https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-landslide-floods-antioquia-april-2022

Three separate Colorado wildfires force evacuations Sunday https://www.greeleytribune.com/2022/04/11/pueblo-wildfire-2/

South Africa – Heavy Rain Causes Floods and Mudslides in KwaZulu-Natal https://floodlist.com/africa/south-africa-floods-mudslides-kwazulu-natal-april-2022

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Apr 2022: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/177672/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-12-Apr-2022-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Sangay-N.html

Dozens killed in Philippines landslides and floods as tropical storm Megi hits https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/12/tropical-storm-megi-philippines-deaths-landslides-floods

President Ramaphosa to visit flood-stricken KZN as death toll rises https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/live-rain-flooding-hit-kwazulu-natal-20220412

South Africa floods: deadliest storm on record kills over 300 people https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/13/south-africa-floods-deadliest-storm-on-record-kills-over-250-people

Texas twister injures 23; McBride Fire engulfs 150 structures https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2022/04/texas-twister-injures-23-mcbride-fire-engulfs-150-structures/

At least 23 injured after a large tornado and gigantic hail hit Salado, Texas https://watchers.news/2022/04/13/at-least-23-injured-after-a-large-tornado-and-gigantic-hail-hit-salado-texas/

M6.1 earthquake hits New Britain, P.N.G. https://watchers.news/2022/04/13/m6-1-earthquake-hits-new-britain-p-n-g/

Elevated volcanic unrest at Mt. Ruapehu, CO2 output now 2nd highest ever recorded, New Zealand https://watchers.news/2022/04/12/elevated-volcanic-unrest-at-mt-ruapehu-co2-output-now-2nd-highest-ever-recorded-new-zealand/

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

IPCC report calls for rapid, deep, and immediate emissions reductions https://thebulletin.org/2022/04/ipcc-report-calls-for-rapid-deep-and-immediate-emissions-reductions/

How are local meteorologists connecting the weather to climate change? https://www.ctpublic.org/show/where-we-live/2022-04-07/how-are-local-meteorologists-connecting-the-weather-to-climate-change

As sea levels rise, can Chesapeake Bay’s Tangier Island survive? https://news.trust.org/item/20220407075218-c7k02/

UN: 18 nations have gone green on climate, raked in green https://apnews.com/article/climate-science-business-europe-united-kingdom-746ccffa3fd16dcb8b4b4e5cc6fd371c

Climate scientists are desperate: we’re crying, begging and getting arrested https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/apr/06/climate-scientists-are-desperate-were-crying-begging-and-getting-arrested

‘Flash Droughts’ Coming on Faster, Global Study Shows https://news.utexas.edu/2022/04/01/flash-droughts-coming-on-faster-global-study-shows/

One issue matters more to top economists than any other this election: climate change https://theconversation.com/one-issue-matters-more-to-top-economists-than-any-other-this-election-climate-change-180948

Four solutions to mitigate climate change, from the IPCC https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/Penn-experts-four-solutions-mitigate-climate-change-IPCC-report

Majorities in US back climate change proposals: Gallup https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/3263848-majorities-in-us-back-climate-change-proposals-gallup/

Southern Africa storms fuelled by climate change – study https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-61067254

As climate change intensifies extreme weather, local newspapers see a bright future in meteorology https://www.niemanlab.org/2022/04/as-climate-change-intensifies-extreme-weather-events-local-newspapers-see-a-bright-future-in-meteorology/

Don’t let climate change take all the blame https://knowablemagazine.org/article/food-environment/2022/dont-let-climate-change-take-all-blame

Delhi under severe heatwave conditions after hottest March on record, India https://watchers.news/2022/04/09/delhi-under-severe-heatwave-conditions-after-hottest-march-on-record-india/

Next PM urged to prioritise climate action https://thewest.com.au/politics/election/next-pm-urged-to-prioritise-climate-action-c-6420628

Individual Actions Can Reduce Emissions Up to 70%, Says IPCC Report https://www.treehugger.com/individual-actions-reduce-emissions-by-70-percent-5225478

Net-zero commitments could limit warming to below 2 °C https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00874-1

Early closure of Australia’s largest coal-fired plant could create electricity shortages without grid upgrades https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/apr/14/early-closure-of-australias-largest-coal-fired-plant-could-create-electricity-shortages-without-grid-upgrades

Disaster risk reduction

Exploring Rates of Earthquake Occurrence https://www.iris.edu/hq/inclass/lesson/exploring_rates_of_earthquake_occurrence

The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season will be more active than usual, researchers say https://www.npr.org/2022/04/07/1091459296/2022-hurricane-season

Our dangerous future of compounding crises: Ukraine, climate, and the pandemic https://medium.com/@Alex_Verbeek/our-dangerous-future-of-compounding-crises-ukraine-climate-and-the-pandemic-72dfcb4430d1

California utility to pay $55 million for massive wildfires https://apnews.com/article/wildfires-business-california-environment-fires-098f18ec53e70732bb13384a7720559b

Bringing Back Fire: How Burning Can Help Restore Eastern Lands https://e360.yale.edu/features/bringing-back-fire-how-burning-can-help-restore-eastern-lands

Geoarchaeological evidence reveals a major M9.5 tsunamigenic earthquake in Chile https://watchers.news/2022/04/10/geoarchaeological-evidence-reveals-a-major-tsunamigenic-earthquake-in-chile-causing-exceptional-social-disruption/

A Sharper Look at the World’s Rivers and Catchments https://eos.org/science-updates/a-sharper-look-at-the-worlds-rivers-and-catchments

Developing a large-scale dataset of flood fatalities for territories in the Euro-Mediterranean region, FFEM-DB https://www.nature.com/articles/s41597-022-01273-x

Better wildfire models save property and life: refined fidelity of predictive models using AI https://ral.ucar.edu/pressroom/features/rals-wildfire-modeling-team-wins-the-2021-hpc-innovation-award

What’s the tallest wave ever recorded on Earth? https://www.livescience.com/tallest-wave-recorded-on-earth

California, Utah and other Western states face scary wildfire season https://www.deseret.com/utah/2022/4/11/23020513/california-utah-western-states-face-scary-wildfire-season-drought-snowpack-dry-west

Risk Data Hub, a renewed space to support EU countries with disaster prevention and preparedness https://joint-research-centre.ec.europa.eu/jrc-news/risk-data-hub-renewed-space-support-eu-countries-disaster-prevention-and-preparedness-2022-04-11_en

The Transportation Network’s Role in Disaster and Community Resilience https://climateadaptationplatform.com/transportation-networks-role-in-disaster-and-community-resilience/

U.S. Fires Quadrupled in Size, Tripled in Frequency in 20 Years https://eos.org/articles/u-s-fires-quadrupled-in-size-tripled-in-frequency-in-20-years

Pacific Highway upgrade acted as ‘dam wall’ during floods, north coast residents claim https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-12/north-coast-flood-victims-signal-pacific-highway-class-action/100984824

Scientists Unravel How the Tonga Volcano Caused Worldwide Tsunamis https://www.quantamagazine.org/scientists-unravel-how-the-tonga-volcano-caused-worldwide-tsunamis-20220413/

Data from Swiss Re Institute’s latest sigma report shows that floods accounted for 31% of global economic losses from natural catastrophes in 2021, yet just 25% of flood risk is covered by insurance https://www.reinsurancene.ws/floods-drive-high-losses-in-2021-as-global-insured-nat-cat-bill-hits-111bn-swiss-re/

Finding higher ground as floodwaters rise https://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/the-monitors-view/2022/0411/Finding-higher-ground-as-floodwaters-rise

Risk Data Hub, a renewed space to support EU countries with disaster prevention and preparedness https://joint-research-centre.ec.europa.eu/jrc-news/risk-data-hub-renewed-space-support-eu-countries-disaster-prevention-and-preparedness-2022-04-11_en

Emergency management

Advocates say people with disability are increasingly ‘forgotten’ in emergency planning https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/apr/11/advocates-say-people-with-disability-are-increasingly-forgotten-in-emergency-planning

Under COVID Lockdown, Shanghai’s People Are Running Out of Food and Meds While Pets Get Killed in the Streetshttps://reason.com/2022/04/08/under-covid-lockdown-shanghais-people-are-running-out-of-food-and-meds-while-pets-get-killed-in-the-streets/

Southern Manitoba communities well-prepared for potential flooding, officials say https://globalnews.ca/news/8739790/southern-manitoba-communities-spring-flood-preparation/

Covid threat being ignored in England for ideological reasons, say NHS leaders https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/apr/11/covid-threat-being-ignored-england-ideological-reasons-nhs-leaders

Victims of the 2011 Brisbane floods have lost a High Court over findings against dam engineers http://www.greencareer.net.au/news/court-rejects-dam-appeal

Could the KZN flooding disaster have been mitigated by a better early warning system? https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2022-04-12-could-the-kzn-flooding-disaster-have-been-mitigated-by-a-better-early-warning-system/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

With citizen science projects, you and your students can collect and interpret data that will be used to help better understand our Earth and Earth systems https://www.noaa.gov/education/resource-collections/education-at-home/citizen-science

The past decade has seen a significant shift in the attitudes of UK newspapers towards climate change https://interactive.carbonbrief.org/how-uk-newspapers-changed-minds-climate-change/

Submissions for the 2022 Resilient Australia National Awards open https://www.aidr.org.au/programs/resilient-australia-awards/

Protect your pets in emergencies https://rspcavic.org/services/emergency-assistance/emergency-planning/

Remote sensing classroom https://eros.usgs.gov/remote-sensing-classroom/change-pair-game/

Psychology and disasters

Community disaster exposure and first onset of depression: A panel analysis of nationally representative South African data, 2008–2017 https://journals.plos.org/climate/article?id=10.1371/journal.pclm.0000024

It’s not easy being your brain https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2022/04/its-not-easy-being-your-brain/

Sociology and disasters

The donut effect: How the pandemic hollowed out America’s biggest cities https://fullstackeconomics.com/the-donut-effect-how-the-pandemic-hollowed-out-americas-biggest-cities/

Mechanism of an evacuation cascade during the 2011 Tohoku tsunami inferred from an evacuation simulation incorporating communications in social networks https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420922000292

Is my vulnerability so different from yours? A call for compassionate climate change research https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/03091325221083221

People in a pandemic: Rethinking the role of ‘Community’ in community resilience practices https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016718522000690

The world’s poorest have the strongest resilience, yet their voices remain unheard https://www.climatechangenews.com/2022/04/01/the-worlds-poorest-have-the-strongest-resilience-yet-their-voices-remain-unheard/

Today in disaster resilience (1 April 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Northern NSW towns under evacuation orders as heavy rainfall hits flood-ravaged regions https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/29/northern-nsw-towns-under-evacuation-orders-as-heavy-rainfall-hits-flood-ravaged-regions

Heavy rains trigger deadly landslide, leave more than 250 000 without drinking water in Cuenca, Ecuador https://watchers.news/2022/03/29/heavy-rains-trigger-deadly-landslide-leave-more-than-250-000-without-drinking-water-in-cuenca-ecuador/

Wilsons River at Lismore to peak at 12m, search for missing Nowra woman continues https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-30/woman-missing-lismore-flood-levee-breached/100949874

Australia – Evacuations After More Floods in New South Wales https://floodlist.com/australia/floods-nsw-queensland-late-march-2022

Strong M7.0 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia https://watchers.news/2022/03/31/strong-m6-8-earthquake-hits-southeast-of-the-loyalty-islands-new-caledonia/

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Shifts in El Niño May Be Driving Climates Extremes in Both Hemispheres https://insideclimatenews.org/news/23032022/el-nino-hemispheres/

The Guardian view on record-breaking Arctic temperatures: do look up https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/mar/25/the-guardian-view-on-record-breaking-arctic-temperatures-do-look-up

The concrete breakwaters designed to protect people from the consequences of global warming also contribute to it https://www.fastcompany.com/90733862/inside-the-complicated-paradox-of-building-concrete-sea-walls

The floods and the advent of the climate emergency https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2022/april/1648731600/jo-lle-gergis/past-warning-stage-climate#mtr

Queensland’s proposed coal mines would double emissions, report suggests https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/queensland-s-proposed-coal-mines-would-double-emissions-report-suggests-20220325-p5a7x3.html

How Freaked Out Should We Be About That Antarctica Ice-Shelf Collapse? https://www.thedailybeast.com/east-antarcticas-conger-ice-shelf-collapsed-should-we-freak-out

Severity and sweep of Prairie droughts could spiral as climate changes https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/severity-and-sweep-of-prairie-droughts-could-spiral-as-climate-changes-1.6391982

Storm surges, rising sea levels and beach erosion could threaten $25 billion worth of Australian residential properties over the next 30 years https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-28/climate-change-risks-billions-of-dollars-of-coastal-property/100943830

Coastal home buyers are ignoring rising flood risks, despite clear warnings and rising insurance premiums https://theconversation.com/coastal-home-buyers-are-ignoring-rising-flood-risks-despite-clear-warnings-and-rising-insurance-premiums-179603

Atmospheric blocking and weather extremes over the Euro-Atlantic sector – a review https://wcd.copernicus.org/articles/3/305/2022/

U.S. Businesses May Be Required to Report Emissions, Climate Risk https://eos.org/articles/u-s-businesses-may-be-required-to-report-emissions-climate-risk

Indigenous peoples across the globe are uniquely equipped to deal with the climate crisis – so why are we being left out of these conversations? https://theconversation.com/indigenous-peoples-across-the-globe-are-uniquely-equipped-to-deal-with-the-climate-crisis-so-why-are-we-being-left-out-of-these-conversations-171724

On verge of record drought, East Africa grapples with new climate normal https://www.unep.org/news-and-stories/story/verge-record-drought-east-africa-grapples-new-climate-normal

Wind and solar generated 10% of global electricity for the first time in 2021, a new analysis shows https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-60917445

Trends in Europe storm surge extremes match the rate of sea-level rise https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-022-04426-5

New, faster method to measure global warming shows no acceleration or slowdown https://phys.org/news/2022-03-faster-method-global-slowdown.html

Rising Sea Levels, Storm Surges and Heavy Rainfall: Outlining the Impacts of Climate Change on Flood Risk in Denmark https://www.ambientalrisk.com/the-impacts-of-climate-change-in-denmark/

Tasmania’s forests are burning more as climate change dries them out. Our old tools can’t fight these new fires https://theconversation.com/tasmanias-forests-are-burning-more-as-climate-change-dries-them-out-our-old-tools-cant-fight-these-new-fires-179833

Meltwater drainage, break-away icebergs linked at shrinking Helheim Glacier https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/03/220331121246.htm

Disaster risk reduction

Novel framework for assessing long-term flood risk management pathways focusing on river channel improvement and amenity policies https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12804

Improving flash flood risk assessment using a simple approach for extreme rainfall scaling and storms transposition https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12796

Storm surge contributions to flood hazards on Canada’s Atlantic Coast https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12800

Joint flood control scheduling strategy of large cascade reservoirs: A case study of the cascade reservoirs in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River in China https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12802

UN weather agency to spearhead 5 year early warning plan, boosting climate action https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/03/1114462

LiDAR scan the entire surface of the Earth https://www.theeartharchive.com/

Threat and Risk Assessment https://www.3si.ca/3si/services-threat-risk-assessment.html

Influence of Urban Areas on Surface Water Loss in the Contiguous United States https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2021AV000519

A tool to assess livelihood preparedness for disasters: a study of Kaikōura earthquake in New Zealand https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11069-022-05322-x.pdf

Communities to trial innovative ways of adapting to coastal erosion https://www.gov.uk/government/news/communities-to-trial-innovative-ways-of-adapting-to-coastal-erosion

Sponginess and why it matters https://www.arup.com/perspectives/sponginess-and-why-it-matters

Flood hydrology roadmap sets out 25-year vision to help predict and manage flood risk https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lec/about-us/news/flood-hydrology-roadmap-sets-out-25-year-vision-to-help-predict-and-manage-flood-risk

Chaos theory provides hints for controlling the weather https://www.riken.jp/en/news_pubs/research_news/pr/2022/20220328_2/index.html

Using flood probabilities to improve the effectiveness of the monitoring, reinforcement and maintenance of dikes https://www.deltares.nl/en/news/doctorate-research-using-flood-probabilities-to-improve-the-effectiveness-of-the-monitoring-reinforcement-and-maintenance-of-dikes/

Government of Canada Helps Protect Canadians With Earthquake Early Warning System https://www.canada.ca/en/natural-resources-canada/news/2022/03/government-of-canada-helps-protect-canadians-with-earthquake-early-warning-system.html

Science to guide our relationship with nature https://www.naturalhazards.com.au/news-and-events/news-and-views/science-guide-our-relationship-nature

Quantifying CMIP6 model uncertainties in extreme precipitation projections https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212094722000238

Wildfire contribution to streamflow variability across Australian temperate zone https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0022169422003031

Behavioral Economic Consequences of Disasters: A Basis for Inclusion in Benefit–Cost Analysis https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s41885-022-00107-9.pdf

Rainforest persistence and recruitment after Australia’s 2019–2020 fires in subtropical, temperate, dry and littoral rainforests https://www.publish.csiro.au/bt/BT21091

Deadly ‘Smoke Waves’ From Wildfires Set to Soar https://insideclimatenews.org/news/28032022/smoke-waves-wildfires/

As drought pushes east, more intense wildfires are sparking in new areas https://www.climatesignals.org/headlines/drought-pushes-east-more-intense-wildfires-are-sparking-new-areas

Historic restructuring of flood insurance begins tomorrow https://www.eenews.net/articles/historic-restructuring-of-flood-insurance-begins-tomorrow/

B.C. landslide caused 100-metre-high tsunami, set off earthquake scale: study https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/b-c-landslide-caused-100-metre-high-tsunami-set-off-earthquake-scale-study/ar-AAVGQLZ

Why can floods in Northern Rivers towns like Lismore and Byron Bay come in clusters? https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-31/floods-lismore-byron-bay-northern-rivers-why-come-in-clusters/100954926

Losses from flood have been on an upward trend globally https://www.swissre.com/institute/research/sigma-research/sigma-2022-01.html

Counterfactual Analysis is increasingly used in Disaster Risk Management to explore the effectiveness and the value of measures aimed at preventing disasters or mitigating their impacts https://averteddisasteraward.org/2022/03/25/counterfactual-analysis/

Emergency management

All eyes are on China as it attempts to quash its largest COVID-19 outbreaks since the early days of the pandemic https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00884-z

Global vaccination must be swifter https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00809-w

NSW government approves just 377 grants for flood-hit business, despite receiving 8,000 applications https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/29/nsw-government-approves-377-grants-for-flood-hit-business-despite-receiving-8000-applications

The learning vacuum of bushfire public inquiries — a review https://www.themandarin.com.au/185396-the-learning-vacuum-of-bushfire-public-inquiries-a-review/

NDK detects early-stage forest fires in Korea https://roboticscats.com/2022/03/29/ndk-detects-early-stage-forest-fires-in-korea/

GESA – Global Emergency Services Action https://apfmag.mdmpublishing.com/gesa-global-emergency-services-action/

Dire impact from floods in South Sudan as new wet season looms https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/03/1114992

Female wildland firefighters are forging a sisterhood in a field dominated by men https://edition.cnn.com/videos/tv/2022/03/28/represented-kelly-martin.cnn

Assessing distributive inequities in FEMA’s Disaster recovery assistance fund allocation https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420922000747?via%3Dihub

Early warning systems hold the key to disaster management in West Africa https://www.climatechangenews.com/2022/03/07/early-warning-systems-hold-the-key-to-disaster-management-in-west-africa/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Climate Action Board Game https://climaniathegame.com/

Actionable and understandable? Evidence-based recommendations for the design of (multi-) hazard warning messages https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420922001364

Data-driven citizen science changes the way communities deal with flooding https://phys.org/news/2022-03-data-driven-citizen-science.html

Psychology and disasters

Household Hurricane Evacuation Plan Adaptation in Response to Estimated Travel Delay Provided Prior to Departure https://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%29NH.1527-6996.0000557

‘Essential for the soul’?: leisure as a flashpoint during COVID-19 lockdowns in Ontario, Canada https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/11745398.2022.2055586

Risk Attitudes to Catastrophic Events: VSL and WTP for Insurance Against Earthquakes https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s41885-022-00109-7

Typhoon Risk Perception: A Case Study of Typhoon Lekima in China https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13753-022-00405-6

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

‘There’s a cracking’: Residents are broken in Lismore after the NSW town is flooded again https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/31/theres-a-cracking-residents-are-broken-in-lismore-after-the-nsw-town-is-flooded-again

Sociology and disasters

Social influence matters: We follow pandemic guidelines most when our close circle does https://bpspsychub.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bjop.12491

Today in disaster resilience (25 March 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Indonesia – Floods Affect 50,000 in Java, Borneo and Sumatra https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-march-2022

A massive tornado struck parts of New Orleans that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina nearly two decades ago https://www.accuweather.com/en/severe-weather/deadly-new-orleans-area-tornado-given-preliminary-ef3-rating/1161023

Mozambique – Death Toll From Cyclone Gombe Rises to More Than 50 https://floodlist.com/africa/mozambique-cyclone-gombe-update-march-2022

Brazil – Deadly Floods and Landslides Strike Again in Petrópolis https://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-landslides-petropolis-march-2022

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Mar 2022: Fuego volcano, Semeru, Sangay, São Jorge, Lonquimay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/176114/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-23-Mar-2022-Fuego-volcano-Semeru-Sangay-So-Jorge-Lonquimay-Nevad.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Heatwaves at both of Earth’s poles alarm climate scientists https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/mar/20/heatwaves-at-both-of-earth-poles-alarm-climate-scientists

Climate Change Is Disrupting the Global Supply Chain Too https://www.wired.com/story/climate-change-is-disrupting-the-global-supply-chain-too/

Climate change: Wildfire smoke linked to Arctic melting https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-60782084

Cut Climate Tech Invention-to-Innovation Time https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/cut-climate-tech-invention-to-innovation-time-gianni-giacomelli/

Faced with rising seas, this Florida city is building a resilience fund https://floodcoalition.org/2022/03/faced-with-rising-seas-this-florida-city-is-building-a-resilience-fund/

Climate Resilience for Whom? The Importance of Locally-Led Development in the Northern Triangle https://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2022/03/climate-resilience-whom-importance-locally-led-development-northern-triangle/

The world needs a new water agenda https://news.trust.org/item/20220321114401-ui73l/

Within the next five years, everyone on Earth should be protected by early warning systems against increasingly extreme weather and climate change https://www.preventionweb.net/news/early-warning-systems-must-protect-everyone-within-five-years

Heatwaves in the Asia-Pacific https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/heatwaves-addressing-sweltering-risk-asia-pacific

The Effects of Climate Change https://climate.nasa.gov/effects/

Climate Change Will Make Supply Chain Woes Worse https://hakaimagazine.com/news/climate-change-will-make-supply-chain-woes-worse/

Tornadoes, climate change and why Dixie is the new Tornado Alley https://theconversation.com/tornadoes-climate-change-and-why-dixie-is-the-new-tornado-alley-178863

Disaster risk reduction

US tsunami warning system needs an urgent overhaul, experts say https://edition.cnn.com/2022/03/20/weather/tsunami-system-urgent-action-weather/index.html

Megafire-induced interval squeeze threatens vegetation at landscape scales https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/fee.2482

Controls on watershed flashiness across the continental US https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022169422002888?dgcid=author

FEMA is giving homeowners money to prepare for floods — or move away https://grist.org/politics/fema-is-giving-homeowners-money-to-prepare-for-floods-or-move-away/

A new technology will allow researchers to quickly compare data from different satellites to better assess changes on Earth https://www.lanl.gov/discover/publications/national-security-science/2021-spring/satellites.php

Flood hydrology roadmap sets out 25-year vision to help predict and manage flood risk https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/news/flood-hydrology-roadmap-sets-out-25-year-vision-to-help-predict-and-manage-flood-risk

Was It a Flash Flood or Not? Categorizing Disaster Types in Historical Records https://news.climate.columbia.edu/2022/03/21/was-it-a-flash-flood-or-not-categorizing-disaster-types-in-historical-records/

Development of a Flash Flood Confidence Index from Disaster Reports and Geophysical Susceptibility https://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/13/14/2764

Spatial targeting of nature-based solutions for flood risk management within river catchments https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12803

Emergency management

So you’ve recovered from Covid. What next? https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/21-03-2022/so-youve-recovered-from-covid-what-next

Flood-affected Lismore residents with nowhere to go return to homes deemed uninhabitable https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/20/flood-affected-lismore-residents-with-nowhere-to-go-return-to-homes-deemed-uninhabitable

NSW government promises to respond better and mitigate against future deadly floods as clean up gathers pace https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-21/nsw-government-promises-better-response-to-future-deadly-floods/100925392

Tonga Tsunami, January 15, 2022 https://www.conservation.ca.gov/cgs/tsunami/tonga

Guardian Essential poll: voters mark Morrison government down on flood response https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/22/guardian-essential-poll-voters-mark-morrison-government-down-on-flood-response

FEMA trailers for 2020 hurricanes soon to require rent https://www.wwltv.com/article/money/fema-trailers-2020-hurricanes-rent/289-fd186684-010d-43ba-b9b1-6b34185e6828

Governments love to talk about ‘shared responsibility’ in a disaster – but does anyone know what it means? https://theconversation.com/governments-love-to-talk-about-shared-responsibility-in-a-disaster-but-does-anyone-know-what-it-means-179459

Flood-stricken, isolated central Queensland farmers want more access to recovery funding https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2022-03-24/flood-stricken-farmers-in-isolated-regions-want-more-funding/100931842

Did the COVID lockdowns work? Here’s what we know two years on https://theconversation.com/did-the-covid-lockdowns-work-heres-what-we-know-two-years-on-176623

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Adaptation pathways: A review of approaches and a learning framework https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901120313836

Resilience First launches ground-breaking Business Resilience Self-Assessment Tool https://www.resiliencefirst.org/news/resilience-first-launches-ground-breaking-resilience-self-assessment-tool

How to make your home safer in tornadoes, hurricanes https://www.fox26houston.com/news/how-to-make-your-home-safer-in-tornadoes-hurricanes

Enthusiasm for Twitter changed science communication during the pandemic—but will it last? https://www.science.org/content/article/twitter-transformed-science-communication-pandemic-will-last

How Participatory is Participatory Flood Risk Mapping? Voices from the Flood Prone Dharavi Slum in Mumbai https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13753-022-00406-5

Psychology and disasters

Koala champion escapes floods https://www.echo.net.au/2022/03/koala-champion-escapes-floods/

Sociology and disasters

Disasters, Ruins, and Crises: Masculinity and Ramifications of Storms in Vietnam https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00141844.2018.1561490

A billion of the world’s most climate-vulnerable people live in informal settlements – here’s what they face https://theconversation.com/a-billion-of-the-worlds-most-climate-vulnerable-people-live-in-informal-settlements-heres-what-they-face-178116

Risk, Resilience and Gender in the Current Petrópolis Tragedy https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/irdr/2022/03/10/risk-resilience-and-gender-in-the-current-petropolis-tragedy/

Today in disaster resilience (18 March 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Mozambique – 12 Killed as Cyclone Gombe Brings Strong Winds and Torrential Rain https://floodlist.com/africa/mozambique-cyclone-gombe-march-2022

Malaysia – Deadly Landslide in Kuala Lumpur https://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-landslide-ampang-kuala-lumpur-march-2022

Historic drought looms for 20 million living in Horn of Africa https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/historic-drought-looms-for-20-million-living-in-horn-of-africa

Roads blocked and homes evacuated as heavy rain hits southern France https://www.connexionfrance.com/article/French-news/Roads-blocked-and-homes-evacuated-as-heavy-rain-hits-southern-France#.Yi-gB-rH4Hw.twitter

Malawi – 4 Dead After Cyclone Gombe Causes Floods in South https://floodlist.com/africa/malawi-cyclone-gombe-floods-march-2022

Landslide in Peruvian Andes buries dozens of homes https://news.yahoo.com/landslide-peruvian-andes-buries-dozens-172941422.html

Australia – More Deadly Floods Hit New South Wales https://floodlist.com/australia/floods-brokenhill-new-south-wales-march-2022

Ecuador – 1 Missing After Flash Floods and Landslides in Loja https://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-loja-march-2022

Magnitude-6.7 earthquake off Sumatra a reminder of region’s earthquake and tsunami hazards https://www.earthobservatory.sg/blog/magnitude-67-earthquake-sumatra-reminder-region%E2%80%99s-earthquake-and-tsunami-hazards

Powerful quake off north Japan kills 4, more than 90 injured https://phys.org/news/2022-03-powerful-quake-north-japan.html

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Mar 2022: Fuego volcano, Semeru, Ibu, Reventador, Kilauea, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/175570/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-16-Mar-2022-Fuego-volcano-Semeru-Ibu-Reventador-Kilauea-Sangay-Be.html

USA – Floods Cause Traffic Chaos in Alabama https://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-birmingham-alabama-march-2022

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Sun Cable’s giant Northern Territory solar project gets $210m funding boost https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/14/sun-cables-giant-northern-territory-solar-project-gets-210m-funding-boost

UK not prepared for climate impacts, warns IPCC expert https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/mar/04/uk-not-prepared-climate-impacts-ipcc-intergovernmental

What does the latest climate science mean for anticipatory action? https://www.anticipation-hub.org/news/what-does-the-latest-climate-science-mean-for-anticipatory-action

Estimating Heat Wave Frequency and Strength: A Chicago Case Study https://eos.org/research-spotlights/estimating-heat-wave-frequency-and-strength-a-chicago-case-study

February 2022: Earth’s 7th-warmest February on record https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2022/03/february-2022-earths-7th-warmest-february-on-record/

Increasing spatiotemporal proximity of heat and precipitation extremes in a warming world quantified by a large model ensemble https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ac5712

IPCC report: how politics – not climate change – is responsible for disasters and conflict https://theconversation.com/ipcc-report-how-politics-not-climate-change-is-responsible-for-disasters-and-conflict-178071

Children’s climate change case overturned on appeal as Federal Court dismisses government’s ‘duty of care’ https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-15/federal-court-judgement-on-climate-change-government-doc/100909214

Why Is the World Ignoring the Latest U.N. Climate Report? https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2022/03/un-climate-report.html

Fast-melting alpine permafrost may contribute to rising global temperatures https://phys.org/news/2022-03-fast-melting-alpine-permafrost-contribute-global.html

Precipitation trends determine how often droughts and heat waves will occur together https://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=36336&webc_pm=07/2022

As sea levels rise, coastal megacities will need more than flood barriers https://theconversation.com/as-sea-levels-rise-coastal-megacities-will-need-more-than-flood-barriers-176935

Using Thoreau’s Notebooks to Understand Climate Change https://daily.jstor.org/using-thoreaus-notebooks-to-understand-climate-change/

Black Summer bushfire smoke altered ozone-depleting chemicals in atmosphere, study finds https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2022-03-18/smoke-black-summer-bushfires-ozone-layer-altered/100908234

Germany aims to get 100% of energy from renewable sources by 2035 https://www.reuters.com/business/sustainable-business/germany-aims-get-100-energy-renewable-sources-by-2035-2022-02-28/

To really address climate change, Australia could make 27 times as much electricity and make it renewable https://theconversation.com/to-really-address-climate-change-australia-could-make-27-times-as-much-electricity-and-make-it-renewable-179311

When will eastern Australia’s wet weather end and will we get a La Niña ‘three-peat’? https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/18/when-will-eastern-australias-wet-weather-end-and-will-we-get-a-la-nina-three-peat

U.S. Fires Four Times Larger, Three Times More Frequent Since 2000 https://cires.colorado.edu/news/us-fires-four-times-larger-three-times-more-frequent-2000

Disaster risk reduction

Fire-Environment Analysis: An Example of Army Garrison Camp Williams, Utah https://www.mdpi.com/2571-6255/3/1/6

‘It makes sense to improve’: flood-hit mayors fear road rebuild won’t reduce risk https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/14/it-makes-sense-to-improve-flood-hit-mayors-fear-road-rebuild-wont-reduce-risk

Midterm Review of the Sendai Framework https://sendaiframework-mtr.undrr.org/

Grantham residents moved to higher ground after record floods, so why haven’t others? https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-13/grantham-land-swap-a-model-for-future/100902758

A retrospective on hydrological catchment modelling based on half a century with the HBV model https://hess.copernicus.org/articles/26/1371/2022/

To build for the future, we need updated rainfall records https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/598099-to-build-for-the-future-we-need-updated-rainfall-records

The human factor in seasonal streamflows across natural and managed watersheds of North America https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-022-00848-1

Seismic Hazard and Risk Analysis https://sites.google.com/site/pshabook/

Assessing the Potential for Compound Storm Surge and Extreme River Discharge Events at the Catchment Scale with Statistical Models: Sensitivity Analysis and Recommendations for Best Practice https://ascelibrary.org/doi/10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0002154

After the floods, the distressing but necessary case for managed retreat https://theconversation.com/after-the-floods-the-distressing-but-necessary-case-for-managed-retreat-178641

Yukon government mapping all flood prone areas, minister says https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-government-flood-mapping-1.6385752

Strengthening emergency communications for complex, cascading and compounding events – lessons learned from the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai eruption and tsunami in Tonga https://council.science/current/blog/emergency-communications-complex-cascading-events-lessons-eruption-and-tsunami-in-tonga/

Trees: why they’re our greatest allies against floods – but also tragic victims https://theconversation.com/trees-why-theyre-our-greatest-allies-against-floods-but-also-tragic-victims-178981

World’s largest dam removal reverses coastal erosion https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-50387-7

A Comparative Assessment of Mobile Device-Based Multi-Hazard Warnings: Saving Lives through Public Alerts in Europe https://css.ethz.ch/content/dam/ethz/special-interest/gess/cis/center-for-securities-studies/pdfs/RR-Reports-2022-Warning-App-Study.pdf

More than one million properties are at risk of flooding across 30 priority local government areas around Australia https://www.smh.com.au/property/news/one-million-homes-at-risk-of-flooding-by-2030-new-modelling-shows-20220316-p5a57r.html

Burned areas and number of wildfires around the world https://gwis.jrc.ec.europa.eu/apps/gwis.statistics/

Community Resilience Estimates https://www.census.gov/data/developers/data-sets/community-resilience-estimates.html

SeisBench—A Toolbox for Machine Learning in Seismology https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/ssa/srl/article-abstract/doi/10.1785/0220210324/612498/SeisBench-A-Toolbox-for-Machine-Learning-in

New high-resolution map shows wildfires caused one third of global forest loss between 2001 and 2019 https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/946430

Emergency management

China battles worst Covid outbreak for two years as cases double in 24 hours https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/mar/13/china-battles-worst-covid-outbreak-for-two-years-as-cases-double-in-24-hours

If you think you know how many Britons died during the pandemic, think again https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/britain-covid-pandemic-deaths-lancet-b2034463.html

Responding faster to droughts with satellites and adaptive social protection in Niger https://blogs.worldbank.org/climatechange/responding-faster-droughts-satellites-and-adaptive-social-protection-niger

COVID pandemic 2nd anniversary: 3 things we got wrong, and 3 things to watch out for https://theconversation.com/covid-pandemic-2nd-anniversary-3-things-we-got-wrong-and-3-things-to-watch-out-for-177618

SES boss defends decision to reject army assistance days before northern NSW floods https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-13/nsw-floods-adf-offer-rejected-by-ses/100906268

Scott Morrison says he met with BOM last year to discuss ‘cyclones and floods’ after government blasted for refusing to heed warnings https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-14/morrison-government-blasted-for-bungling-flood-disaster-bushfire/100907116

Post-event flood mapping for road networks using taxi GPS data https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12799

Brisbane floods damage University of Queensland glasshouses, result in ‘huge loss of knowledge’ https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2022-03-15/brisbane-floods-lost-research-in-university-queensland-/100903544

Kids show mysteriously low levels of COVID antibodies https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00681-8

‘Pretty brutal’: Hiring woes plague Biden effort to contain wildfires https://www.politico.com/news/2022/03/15/bidens-effort-to-contain-wildfires-threatened-by-staffing-woes-00016419

After the tornado, can a rural Kentucky town create a comeback? https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2022/0223/After-the-tornado-can-a-rural-Kentucky-town-create-a-comeback

Has the COVID-19 pandemic made the world more prepared for the future? https://www.today.com/video/has-the-covid-19-pandemic-made-the-world-more-prepared-for-the-future-135258693996

Burned Area Emergency Response Teams: Interactions and Opportunities During Southwestern Monsoon Seasons https://hazards.colorado.edu/weather-ready-research/burned-area-emergency-response-teams-interactions-and-opportunities-during-southwestern-monsoon-seasons

Review on visualization technology in simulation training system for major natural disasters https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-022-05277-z

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Ulladulla’s Gateway sculpture rises up as symbol of resilience after Black Summer bushfires https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-13/ulladulla-gateway-sculpture-black-summer-bushfire-resilience/100898386

Virginia Flood Awareness Week https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/floodawarenessweek/

Study proposes to involve high school students in mapping natural disaster hazards and impact prevention https://agencia.fapesp.br/study-proposes-to-involve-high-school-students-in-mapping-natural-disaster-hazards-and-impact-prevention/38090/

Moral Emotions Shape the Virality of COVID-19 Misinformation on Social Media https://arxiv.org/pdf/2202.03590.pdf

Artists address flood awareness https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/insights/artists-address-flood-awareness

Flood recovery resources https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/flood-recovery-resources/

ADA brings flood risk management into focus in schools https://www.ada.org.uk/2022/03/ada-brings-flood-risk-management-into-focus-in-schools/

Examining Public Response and Climate Conditions During Overlapping Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings https://hazards.colorado.edu/weather-ready-research/examining-public-response-and-climate-conditions-during-overlapping-tornado-and-flashflood-warnings

Household-Targeted Hurricane Warnings for Effective Evacuation https://hazards.colorado.edu/weather-ready-research/household-targeted-hurricane-warnings-for-effective-evacuation

Risk Communication Planning: Learning From Lived Experiences of Homelessness https://hazards.colorado.edu/weather-ready-research/risk-communication-planning-learning-from-lived-experience-of-homelessness

The Role of 360-Degree Videos in Wildfire Preparedness https://hazards.colorado.edu/weather-ready-research/the-role-of-360-degree-videos-in-wildfire-preparedness

Evacuation: A Resource Round-Up https://fireadaptednetwork.org/evacuation-a-resource-round-up/

Psychology and disasters

Anxious nation: Eco-grief takes hold as ‘code red for humanity’ hits home https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/anxious-nation-eco-grief-takes-hold-as-code-red-for-humanity-hits-home-20220311-p5a3ua.html

The March 2020 Tennessee Tornados: Risk Perceptions, Preparedness, and Communication https://hazards.colorado.edu/weather-ready-research/the-march-2020-tennessee-tornados-risk-perceptions-preparedness-and-communication

Learning From Hurricane Laura’s Near Miss: Evacuation Decision-Making Under Uncertainty https://hazards.colorado.edu/weather-ready-research/learning-from-hurricane-lauras-near-miss-evacuation-decision-making-under-uncertainty

Sociology and disasters

Cabbage Tree Island’s Indigenous community displaced by NSW floods ‘left out’ of government’s response https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-13/nsw-floods-displace-cabbage-tree-island-indigenous-community/100903252

Disasters as Enablers of Negotiation for Sustainability Transition: A Case from Odaka, Fukushima https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/14/5/3101

Why climate change is inherently racist https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220125-why-climate-change-is-inherently-racist

So far, vaccine inequity is widening the gap between rich and poor https://sdgintegration.undp.org/vaccine-equity

Location Intelligence Reveals the Extent, Timing, and Spatial Variation of Hurricane Preparedness https://www.researchgate.net/publication/359227982_Location_Intelligence_Reveals_the_Extent_Timing_and_Spatial_Variation_of_Hurricane_Preparedness

Homeless and looking for help – why people with disability and their carers fare worse after floods https://theconversation.com/homeless-and-looking-for-help-why-people-with-disability-and-their-carers-fare-worse-after-floods-178983

Today in disaster resilience (11 March 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

NSW residents warned to prepare again as more dangerous weather forecast https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-06/nsw-flood-danger-not-over-with-east-coast-low-forecast/100886342

Destructive tornadoes hit Iowa, leaving at least 7 people dead, U.S. https://watchers.news/2022/03/06/iowa-tornado-march-2022-casualties-damage/

Flooding in Mindanao displaces hundreds as tropical wave lingers over the Philippines https://watchers.news/2022/03/07/flooding-in-mindanao-displaces-hundreds-as-tropical-wave-lingers-over-the-philippines/

Colombia – Thousands Isolated After Rivers Overflow in Antioquia https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-antioquia-floods-march-2022

Haiti and Dominican Republic – 2 Dead, Hundreds Displaced After Rain Triggers Flash Floods https://floodlist.com/america/haiti-dominican-republic-floods-march-2022

Thousands of acres near Panama City are torched as Florida Panhandle wildfires continue https://edition.cnn.com/2022/03/07/us/florida-panhandle-wildfire-monday/index.html

Sydney floods: two found dead, roads inundated, homes and suburbs across the city swamped https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/08/sydney-floods-nsw-evacuation-orders-flood-manly-dam-spills-roseville-bridge-inundated-road-closures-flooding

Wildfires erupt after hottest week in history across parts of the West ignited them https://www.nbcnews.com/news/weather/wildfires-erupt-after-hottest-week-history-across-parts-west-ignited-n1271603

Indonesia – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Java and Sulawesi Islands https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-landslides-java-sulawesi-march-2022

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 Mar 2022: Fuego volcano, Semeru, Ibu, Reventador, Sangay, Pavlof https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/174958/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-10-Mar-2022-Fuego-volcano-Semeru-Ibu-Reventador-Sangay-Pavlof-Kir.html

Ecuador – Hundreds of Homes Damaged, Communities Isolated After Floods in Cotopaxi https://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-cotopaxi-march-2022

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Worse weather and more floods: The IPCC report contains warnings Australia should heed https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-06/climate-change-to-intensify-weather-in-australia-ipcc-report-say/100882692

How climate data scarcity costs lives https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news-feature/2022/03/01/how-climate-data-scarcity-costs-lives

Tasmania’s dry summer in review, as BOM eyes autumn with waning La Niña https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-07/bom-tasmania-summer-review-autumn-preview/100885004

Lismore embodies the problem now facing Australia from climate change https://thenewdaily.com.au/opinion/2022/03/07/alan-kohler-lismore-climate-change/

Ten climate-resilient homes https://dezeen.com/2022/03/07/climate-resilient-homes-roundups/

How climate change is already hitting Europe and how we need to adapt https://thebristolcable.org/2022/03/leading-scientist-how-climate-change-is-already-hitting-europe-and-how-we-need-to-adapt/

The importance of hydrology in routing terrestrial carbon to the atmosphere via global streams and rivers https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.2106322119

Causes and Consequences of Epic Western US Drought https://blog.ucsusa.org/pablo-ortiz/causes-and-consequences-of-epic-western-us-drought/

“Delay Means Death,” UN Chief Warns About Climate Change https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/delay-means-death-un-chief-warns-about-climate-change

A new study challenges a commonly accepted explanation that a “sudden stratospheric warming” caused the unusually cold weather over the U.S. early last year https://news.ucar.edu/132831/new-study-questions-explanation-last-winters-brutal-us-cold-snap

The UK’s Heat and Buildings Strategy https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/independent-assessment-the-uks-heat-and-buildings-strategy/

New Climate Council report A Supercharged Climate: Rain bombs, flash flooding and destruction’ https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/resources/more-rain-three-days-entire-year-london-new-report-shows-disaster-off-charts/

Projected Impact of Mid-21st Century Climate Change on Wildfire Hazard in a Major Urban Watershed outside Portland, Oregon USA https://www.mdpi.com/2571-6255/3/4/70

So, we are “learning to live with COVID” — can we learn to live with climate change? https://www.abc.net.au/religion/should-we-learn-to-live-with-climate-change/13789412

The floods have killed at least 21 Australians. Adapting to a harsher climate is now a life-or-death matter https://theconversation.com/the-floods-have-killed-at-least-21-australians-adapting-to-a-harsher-climate-is-now-a-life-or-death-matter-178761

Our climate crisis https://www.sciencenews.org/century/climate-change-carbon-dioxide-greenhouse-gas-emissions-global-warming

Human actions accelerate climate-driven floods and droughts https://uwaterloo.ca/news/media/human-actions-accelerate-climate-driven-floods-and-droughts

Disaster risk reduction

Can Cloud Seeding Help Quench the Thirst of the U.S. West? https://e360.yale.edu/features/can-cloud-seeding-help-quench-the-thirst-of-the-u.s.-west

Victims of NSW and Queensland floods have lodged 60,000 claims, but too many are underinsured. Here’s a better way https://theconversation.com/victims-of-nsw-and-queensland-floods-have-lodged-60-000-claims-but-too-many-are-underinsured-heres-a-better-way-178294

Scientists seek to solve mystery of why some people do not catch Covid https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/mar/02/scientists-seek-to-solve-mystery-of-why-some-people-do-not-catch-covid

South-east Queensland flood damage bill revised to cost up to $2.5b https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-07/south-east-queensland-flood-disaster-damage-bill-budget/100888958

Expert calls for better flood preparation across south-east Queensland after severe weather event https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-06/qld-flood-weather-south-east-queensland-brisbane-property/100874398

What is flood planning? https://stateresilience.org/planning/

The normative dimensions of flood risk management: Two types of flood harm https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12798

Join Pew and Partners March 8 for ‘Flood Resilience and Adaptation Planning in the U.S.: Challenges and Opportunities’https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/about/events/2022/flood-resilience-and-adaptation-planning-in-the-us-challenges-and-opportunities

Should every house be rebuilt after flooding? https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2022-03-10/floods-nsw-queensland-climate-change-worst-ever-natural-disaster/100894956

One in 4 homes and businesses in UK at risk of flooding http://www.floodsax.co.uk/news/one-in-4-homes-and-businesses-in-uk-at-risk-of-flooding-and-it-will-only-get-worse/

Toward integrated fire management to promote ecosystem resilience https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0190052822000013

Hurricanes and Other Tropical Cyclones Linked to Rise in U.S. Deaths from Several Major Causes https://www.publichealth.columbia.edu/public-health-now/news/hurricanes-and-other-tropical-cyclones-linked-rise-us-deaths-several-major-causes

Under-resourced and undermined: as floods hit south-west Sydney, our research shows councils aren’t prepared https://theconversation.com/under-resourced-and-undermined-as-floods-hit-south-west-sydney-our-research-shows-councils-arent-prepared-178293

Briefing Note on Systemic Risk https://council.science/publications/briefing-systemic-risk/

All disaster risk is systemic, all disaster impact is systemic…but what does it mean? https://www.undrr.org/news/all-disaster-risk-systemic-all-disaster-impact-systemicbut-what-does-it-mean

To Track Magma’s Path to Eruption, Scientists Say There’s Something in the Water https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2022/03/10/to-track-magmas-path-to-eruption-scientists-say-theres-something-in-the-water/

A framework for research on recurrent acute disasters https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abk2458

One in 1,000 years? Old flood probabilities no longer hold water https://theconversation.com/one-in-1-000-years-old-flood-probabilities-no-longer-hold-water-178524

Weather forecasts won’t save us – we must pre-empt monster floods years before they hit https://theconversation.com/weather-forecasts-wont-save-us-we-must-pre-empt-monster-floods-years-before-they-hit-178767

Emergency management

How a spreadsheet became a lifesaver in Lismore’s flood crisis https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-06/nsw-floods-how-a-spreadsheet-became-lifesaver-in-lismore/100885054

NMSU researchers dive deeper into humanitarian response of COVID-19 crisis https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/education/nmsu/2022/03/05/nmsu-researchers-dive-into-humanitarian-response-covid-19-crisis/9378131002/

‘His body was just there’: Mullumbimby volunteers confronted by horrors and chaos of flood aftermath https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/05/his-body-was-just-there-mullumbimby-volunteers-confronted-by-horrors-and-chaos-of-flood-aftermath

Mapping of current Australian floods https://emergency.copernicus.eu/mapping/list-of-components/EMSR567

Chefs lead volunteers to feed NSW flood victims in absence of government food relief https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/08/chefs-lead-volunteers-to-feed-nsw-flood-victims-in-absence-of-government-food-relief

‘The sad reality is many don’t survive’: how floods affect wildlife, and how you can help them https://theconversation.com/the-sad-reality-is-many-dont-survive-how-floods-affect-wildlife-and-how-you-can-help-them-178310

US National COVID Preparedness Plan https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/NAT-COVID-19-PREPAREDNESS-PLAN.pdf

Lori Moore-Merrell, the new US Fire Administrator, discusses her agency’s priorities and challenges https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Publications-and-media/NFPA-Journal/2022/Summer-2022/POV/Perspectives

Two years on, COVID-19 pandemic ‘far from over’ https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/03/1113632

Understanding the uneven spread of COVID-19 in the context of the global interconnected economy https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-04717-3

Northern NSW vets work to save hundreds of starving, suffering animals amid flood crisis https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-09/qld-vet-angry-over-ignorance-of-animal-crisis-post-floods/100894214

The national emergency declaration came days after the east coast was already underwater. Why? https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-09/why-did-it-take-days-to-declare-national-emergency-floods/100894892

‘A year’s worth of landfill’: what will happen to all the waste from flood-damaged homes in Queensland and NSW? https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/09/qld-and-nsw-floods-create-mountains-of-waste-and-spark-environmental-and-vermin-fears

Floods left thousands without power. Microgrids could help communities weather the next disaster https://theconversation.com/floods-left-thousands-without-power-microgrids-could-help-communities-weather-the-next-disaster-178311

Louisiana hurricane aid missing from federal spending deal https://www.theadvocate.com/lake_charles/article_6c34e26e-9fd0-11ec-8676-1f73acb0a83c.html

Water releases from Wivenhoe have been halted. So what’s the status of south-east Queensland’s major water supply? https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-10/wivenhoe-dam-capacity-stopping-water-releases/100896366

Disaster education, communications and engagement

These Photos Show the Already Devastating Impact of Australia’s Dystopic ‘Rain Bomb’ https://www.vice.com/en/article/wxd7yx/these-photos-show-the-already-devastating-impact-of-australias-dystopic-rain-bomb

People could’ve prepared for the floods better if the impacts of weather forecasts were clearly communicated https://theconversation.com/people-couldve-prepared-for-the-floods-better-if-the-impacts-of-weather-forecasts-were-clearly-communicated-178309

Disasters: Deconstructed Podcast: Engaging with Communities https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-he9p2-11c5f10

Engaging communities to prepare for natural hazards: a conceptual model https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-022-05290-2

Sea Level Rise Viewer https://coast.noaa.gov/slr/#

Why Vulnerability Still Matters: The Politics of Disaster Risk Creation https://www.routledge.com/Why-Vulnerability-Still-Matters-The-Politics-of-Disaster-Risk-Creation/Bankoff-Hilhorst/p/book/9781032113432

Whether people prepare for natural disasters depends on how the message is sent https://theconversation.com/whether-people-prepare-for-natural-disasters-depends-on-how-the-message-is-sent-178986

Psychology and disasters

Shining a Light on Suicide Risk for Wildland Firefighters https://insideclimatenews.org/news/08032022/suicide-risk-wildland-firefighters-wildfire-climate-change/

First come floods, then domestic violence. We need to prepare for the next inevitable crisis https://theconversation.com/first-come-floods-then-domestic-violence-we-need-to-prepare-for-the-next-inevitable-crisis-178607

Sociology and disasters

Women and Girls in Disasters https://disasterphilanthropy.org/issue-insight/women-and-girls-in-disasters/

Black Neighborhoods Will Bear Future Flood Burden https://eos.org/articles/black-neighborhoods-will-bear-future-flood-burden

Mapping vulnerability: why the IPCC’s geography of climate risk is contentious https://www.climatechangenews.com/2022/03/10/mapping-vulnerability-why-the-ipccs-geography-of-climate-risk-is-contentious/

Preparing for when lightning strikes the same place twice, then strikes again https://www.caryinstitute.org/news-insights/press-release/preparing-when-lightning-strikes-same-place-twice-then-strikes-again

Today in disaster resilience (4 March 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Man dies in floodwaters on NSW Central Coast as drivers caught out in rising waters https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-25/man-dies-in-floodwaters-on-nsw-central-coast/100860012

Flood emergency in Lismore, Murwillumbah, Kyogle set to be largest on record https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-28/lismore-flood-emergency-levee-breaks-largest-on-record/100866296

South-east Queensland weather claims seventh life as evacuations, rising floodwaters continue https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-28/south-east-queensland-weather-flooding-bom-brisbane-evacuations/100866270

At least 24 dead or missing after heavy rains hit Tarija, Bolivia https://watchers.news/2022/02/25/at-least-24-dead-or-missing-after-heavy-rains-hit-tarija-bolivia/

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake, numerous aftershocks hit West Sumatra, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2022/02/25/strong-and-shallow-m6-2-earthquake-numerous-aftershocks-hit-west-sumatra-indonesia/

Tropical Cyclone “Anika” forecast to make landfall over the northern Kimberley coast, Western Australia https://watchers.news/2022/02/26/tropical-cyclone-anika-forecast-track-western-australia/

Death toll from Indonesia earthquake rises to 11 with 400 injured https://apfmag.mdmpublishing.com/death-toll-from-indonesia-earthquake-rises-to-11-with-400-injured/

Malaysia – Thousands Evacuate Floods in Kelantan and Terengganu https://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-thailand-floods-february-2022

East coast low menaces Sydney and vast stretch of NSW coast with ‘life-threatening’ flash flooding forecast https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/02/east-coast-low-menaces-sydney-and-vast-stretch-of-nsw-coast-with-life-threatening-flash-flooding-forecast

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate emergency a ‘national security’ concern, says Red Cross https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/27/climate-emergency-a-national-security-concern-says-red-cross

2021 Climate Change Catastrophe Report https://www.corelogic.com/intelligence/2020-climate-change-catastrophe-report/

Wildfires likely to increase by a third by 2050, warns UN https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/23/climate-crisis-driving-increase-in-wildfires-across-globe-says-report-aoe

Mass starvation, extinctions, disasters: the new IPCC report’s grim predictions, and why adaptation efforts are falling behind https://theconversation.com/mass-starvation-extinctions-disasters-the-new-ipcc-reports-grim-predictions-and-why-adaptation-efforts-are-falling-behind-176693

Latest IPCC report: Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar6/wg2/

As extreme weather ravages the Pacific, there is much to do and no time to waste https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/mar/01/as-extreme-weather-ravages-the-pacific-there-is-much-to-do-and-no-time-to-waste

One of the most well-studied impacts of climate change is the effect of temperature and, in particular, extremely hot days on mortality https://impactlab.org/research-area/health/

New IPCC report shows Australia is at real risk from climate change, with impacts worsening, future risks high, and wide-ranging adaptation needed https://theconversation.com/new-ipcc-report-shows-australia-is-at-real-risk-from-climate-change-with-impacts-worsening-future-risks-high-and-wide-ranging-adaptation-needed-176691

Like rivers in the sky: the weather system bringing floods to Queensland will become more likely under climate change https://theconversation.com/like-rivers-in-the-sky-the-weather-system-bringing-floods-to-queensland-will-become-more-likely-under-climate-change-176711

‘Delay means death’: We’re running out of ways to adapt to the climate crisis, new report shows. Here are the key takeaways https://edition.cnn.com/2022/02/28/world/un-ipcc-climate-report-adaptation-impacts/index.html

Climate Report Rebukes Overshoot Plans with “Irreversible Consequences” https://eos.org/articles/climate-report-rebukes-overshoot-plans-with-irreversible-consequences

Doctors say climate change is already having devastating effects on our health https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-01/doctors-say-climate-change-having-devastating-impacts-on-health/100872228

Chief Heat Officers https://onebillionresilient.org/project/chief-heat-officers/

Understanding the formation and evolution of blue-ice moraines https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/2608351-understanding-the-formation-and-evolution-of-blue-ice-moraines/

‘One of the most extreme disasters in colonial Australian history’: climate scientists on the floods and our future risk https://theconversation.com/one-of-the-most-extreme-disasters-in-colonial-australian-history-climate-scientists-on-the-floods-and-our-future-risk-178153

From food to floods, Africa ‘not ready’ for climate stress, its scientists say https://news.trust.org/item/20220301121847-6qku5/

Flood shift in Australia predicted http://www.watercareer.com.au/news/flood-shift-predicted

Make no mistake: these floods are climate change playing out in real time https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/make-no-mistake-these-floods-are-climate-change-playing-out-in-real-time-20220302-p5a11y.html

Deadly floods highlight need for climate action https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7643909/floods-rain-bombs-and-co2-emissions/

Improving hydrological climate impact assessments using multirealizations from a global climate model https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12787

As climate dangers rise, scientists predict disasters before they happen https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/climate-dangers-rise-scientists-predict-disasters-before-they-happen-2022-03-01/

Disaster risk reduction

A Devastating Blaze Hit Climate and Fire Scientists Where They Live https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-devastating-blaze-hit-climate-and-fire-scientists-where-they-live/

Nature-based solutions: The answer to flooding in Chennai? https://chennai.citizenmatters.in/chennai-flooding-rains-nature-based-solutions-constructed-wetlands-37913

CoreLogic Climate Change Catastrophe Report Estimates 1 in 10 U.S. Residential Properties Impacted by Natural Disasters in 2021 https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220217005368/en/CoreLogic-Climate-Change-Catastrophe-Report-Estimates-1-in-10-U.S.-Residential-Properties-Impacted-by-Natural-Disasters-in-2021

Predictive multi-watershed flood monitoring using deep learning on integrated physical and social sensors data https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/23998083211069140

Lismore locals baffled as flood-prone city is left off priority funding list https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-13/flood-lismore-natural-disaster-funding/100618338

Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/tools/flood-exposure.html

Ocean and extreme events: Better forecasting for a better prepared society https://phys.org/news/2022-03-ocean-extreme-events-society.html

Nashville residents stunned to find out they’re now living in flood plains https://www.wsmv.com/news/investigations/nashville-residents-stunned-to-find-out-they-re-now-living-in-flood-plains/article_24e45a36-7fad-11ec-b205-d3f44b7ca7bd.html

What caused the ‘rain bomb’? How the unprecedented Queensland and NSW 2022 floods unfolded https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/01/how-the-unprecedented-queensland-and-nsw-floods-unfolded

The Underestimated Risk of Flooding in Switzerland https://www.ambientalrisk.com/the-underestimated-risk-of-flooding-in-switzerland/

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

Distribution and characteristics of wastewater treatment plants within the global river network https://essd.copernicus.org/articles/14/559/2022/essd-14-559-2022.html

See Australia as never before with new annual LandCover maps from 1988–2020 at 25 m resolution https://maps.dea.ga.gov.au/#share=s-DEALandCover

Resilience of art cities to flood risk: A quantitative model based on depth-idleness correlation https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12794

Why water inundates a home during one flood but spares it the next https://theconversation.com/why-water-inundates-a-home-during-one-flood-but-spares-it-the-next-178163

Stalled weather: how stuck air pressure systems drive floods and heatwaves https://theconversation.com/stalled-weather-how-stuck-air-pressure-systems-drive-floods-and-heatwaves-178157

Flood risk management and governance: A bibliometric review of the literature https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12797

Study Maps Stress Changes Around Fault Activated by Hydraulic Fracturing https://www.seismosoc.org/news/study-maps-stress-changes-around-fault-activated-by-hydraulic-fracturing/

Emergency management

Lismore flood emergency sees people stranded on roofs, evacuation warning issued for entire NSW Northern Rivers https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-28/lismore-flood-emergency-levee-breaks-largest-on-record/100866296

COVID-19: This is the impact of working from home, say leading economists https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/02/the-impact-of-working-from-home-on-productivity-happiness-and-careers-views-of-leading-economists/

Drinking water can be a dangerous cocktail for people in flood areas https://theconversation.com/drinking-water-can-be-a-dangerous-cocktail-for-people-in-flood-areas-178028

Fijian abattoir workers, Melbourne’s Sikh community assist in NSW flood zone https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-02/fijian-abattoir-workers-melbournes-sihk-community-help-flood-/100874032

Flood map and rain charts show extent of Queensland and NSW disaster https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/ng-interactive/2022/mar/03/flood-map-nsw-qld-queensland-rain-chart-maps-brisbane-lismore-gympie-floods-weather-emergency-australia-east-coast

The Philippines is “Ready to Rebuild” in the aftermath of Typhoon Rai https://blogs.worldbank.org/eastasiapacific/philippines-ready-rebuild-aftermath-typhoon-rai

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Hot on the Presses: Capturing an Audience During High Heat Emergencies https://www.usu.edu/today/story/hot-on-the-presses-capturing-an-audience-during-high-heat-emergencies

How unusual is all this rain we’re having? The answer? Very https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-01/weather-explainer/100873014

California Tsunami Preparedness Guide https://cadoc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html

The role of public participation in disaster risk reduction initiatives: The case of Katlehong township https://jamba.org.za/index.php/JAMBA/article/view/1203

Political psychology in the digital (mis)information age: A model of news belief and sharing https://psyarxiv.com/u5yts

Psychology and disasters

As pandemic stressors continue, kids’ mental health needs to be addressed in schools https://www.apa.org/monitor/2022/01/special-childrens-mental-health

Psychology stands ready to help society respond to climate change, APA president says https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2022/03/climate-change-response

Psychologists Urge Peers to Take Climate Action https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/psychologists-urge-peers-to-take-climate-action/

Sociology and disasters

The White House excluded race from its environmental justice tool. We put it back in https://grist.org/equity/climate-and-economic-justice-screening-tool-race/

We could be creating flood risk ghettos’: How flooding hits the UK’s poorest hardest https://floodresilience.net/blogs/we-could-be-creating-flood-risk-ghettos-how-flooding-hits-the-uks-poorest-hardest/