Today in disaster resilience (3 April 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Large tornado rips through Jonesboro, causing extensive damage, Arkansas https://watchers.news/2020/03/29/jonesboro-tornado-damage-march-2020-arkansas/

Indonesia – Deadly Landslide in Bali http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-landslide-kubutambahan-bali-january-2019

Indonesia – Deadly Landslide in South Sulawesi http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-landslide-south-sulawesi-march-2020

Kenya – Hundreds of Families Displaced by Flooding in Western Counties http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-floods-busia-siaya-march-2020

Syria – Deadly Floods in North http://floodlist.com/asia/syria-floods-raqqa-march-2020

Nineteen killed in massive China forest fire https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/03/31/nineteen-killed-in-massive-china-forest-fire.html

Iran – More Fatalities After Floods in Fars Province http://floodlist.com/asia/iran-fars-floods-march-2020

Peru – Homes Destroyed After Floods and Mudslides in Huánuco http://floodlist.com/america/peru-floods-maranon-huanuco-march-2020

India – Evacuations After Rain Triggers Landslides in Jammu and Kashmir http://floodlist.com/asia/india-jammu-ramban-landslide-march-2020

Pakistan – More Rain Damage in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan http://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-floods-landslides-khyberpakhtunkhwa-balochistan-march-2020

DR Congo – Thousands Affected by Floods in Maniema Province http://floodlist.com/africa/drcongo-floods-maniema-march-2020

More than 3,000 have died from COVID-19 have died in the US https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/30/health/us-coronavirus-updates-monday/index.html

Tornadoes touch down in Alabama and Mississippi https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/31/us/tornadoes-alabama-mississippi/index.html

Coronavirus Australia live news: CSIRO launches initial trial stage of two COVID-19 vaccines https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/coronavirus/coronavirus-australia-live-news-csiro-launches-initial-trial-stage-of-two-covid-19-vaccines/ar-BB122sK5?ocid=spartandhp

Indonesia – Thousands Affected by Floods in Bandung http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-bandung-march-2020

Afghanistan – Flash Floods Leave 11 Dead, Homes Destroyed http://floodlist.com/asia/afghanistan-floods-march-2020

Papua New Guinea – Floods Hit Morobe Province http://floodlist.com/asia/papua-new-guinea-morobe-province-april-2020

Spain – Dozens Rescued From Floods in Castellón After Highest Rainfall in 30 Years http://floodlist.com/europe/spain-floods-castellon-april-2020

Coronavirus latest: Confirmed cases cross the 1-million mark https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00154-w?utm_source=twt_nnc&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=naturenews&sf232266766=1

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Carbon emissions will drop, but experts fear ‘revenge pollution’ https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/carbon-emissions-will-drop-but-experts-fear-revenge-pollution-20200327-p54eft.html

The annual Australia’s Environment report finds last year’s heat and drought caused unprecedented damage https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/30/probably-the-worst-year-in-a-century-the-environmental-toll-of-2019?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

Why Clouds Are the Key to New Troubling Projections on Warming https://e360.yale.edu/features/why-clouds-are-the-key-to-new-troubling-projections-on-warming

Barclays sets net zero carbon target for 2050 after investor pressure https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/30/barclays-sets-net-zero-carbon-target-for-2050-after-investor-pressure-climate?CMP=share_btn_tw

Coronavirus and climate change: The pandemic is a fire drill for our planet’s future https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/coronavirus-climate-change-pandemic-fire-drill-our-planet-s-future-ncna1169991

Anatomy of a heatwave: how Antarctica recorded a 20.75°C day last month https://theconversation.com/anatomy-of-a-heatwave-how-antarctica-recorded-a-20-75-c-day-last-month-134550?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=bylinetwitterbutton

Coal phase-out can provide “cheap” way to reduce emissions, researchers say https://reneweconomy.com.au/coal-phase-out-can-provide-cheap-way-to-reduce-emissions-researchers-say-13731/

‘Very un-Antarctic’: When the icy continent was not very cold at all https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/very-un-antarctic-when-the-icy-continent-was-not-very-cold-at-all-20200330-p54fe7.html

Why the climate crisis is harder to spot in the UK and US https://www.theguardian.com/news/2020/mar/20/weatherwatch-why-climate-change-harder-spot-uk-us

Tackling climate change https://www.wired.com/story/what-you-can-do-solve-climate-change/

Beneath the virus lurks a bigger emergency, but the world is distracted from the climate threat https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/beneath-the-virus-lurks-a-bigger-emergency-but-the-world-is-distracted-from-the-climate-threat-20200328-p54et4.html

Rain, floods and confused seals: Inside Antarctica’s warmest-ever summer https://www.euronews.com/2020/03/31/rain-floods-and-confused-seals-inside-antarctica-s-warmest-ever-summer

‘We must use this time well’: climate experts hopeful after Cop26 delay https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/02/we-must-use-this-time-well-climate-experts-hopeful-after-cop26-delay-coronavirus

 

Disaster risk reduction

Australia’s Environment in 2019 https://www.wenfo.org/aer/

What we’ve learned about the coronavirus — and what we still need to know https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/26/what-weve-learned-about-the-coronavirus-and-what-we-still-need-to-know/

Post-fire ecological stocktake https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/saturdayextra/post-fire-ecological-stocktake/12050408

Effective transmission across the globe: the role of climate in COVID-19 mitigation strategies https://cmmid.github.io/topics/covid19/current-patterns-transmission/role-of-climate.html

The Coronavirus Outbreak Presents Unique Housing Challenges for Seniors https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/the-coronavirus-outbreak-presents-unique-housing-challenges-for-seniors

UN launches COVID-19 plan that could ‘defeat the virus and build a better world’ https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/03/1060702

A lethal pandemic was considered the most serious security risk to the UK. But nothing was done https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2020/03/why-weren-t-we-ready

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s Floodplain Manager newsletter https://molinostewart.com.au/editorial/floodplain-manager-march-2020/

This Looks Like a Depression, Not a Recession https://marker.medium.com/this-looks-like-a-depression-not-a-recession-16a123f966d8

Live animal trade continues across India and Asia https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/coronavirus-animals-india-kill-eat-asia-video-china-vietnam-dogs-cats-a9441356.html

Natural solutions to UK flooding climb the agenda https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/02/thank-you-greta-natural-solutions-to-uk-flooding-climb-the-agenda-aoe

4 major hurricanes are predicted as part of an above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/02/weather/2020-atlantic-hurricane-season/index.html

What climate change means for Northwestern US wildfires https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200402134613.htm

Initial Insured Losses for UK’s February Floods Estimated at £297M (US$367.8M) https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2020/04/02/563118.htm

 

Emergency management

The residents of Ironbridge are still recovering from flooding earlier this year and now they must prepare for a pandemic https://news.sky.com/story/ironbridge-faces-new-challenge-of-coronavirus-after-it-was-hit-by-severe-flooding-11965174

Africa is woefully ill-equipped to cope with covid-19 https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2020/03/26/africa-is-woefully-ill-equipped-to-cope-with-covid-19

How South Korea flattened the curve https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/south-korea-coronavirus-flatten-curve-covid-19?utm_content=buffer4db48&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Italy starts to bend coronavirus curve https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/italy/

The home front: How international aid workers are fighting COVID-19 in Italy https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news-feature/2020/03/31/italy-coronavirus-aid-workers?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social

San Francisco Shut Down: COVID-19 Quarantine https://youtu.be/uWYdU5weIxc

Japan struggles to get a grip on social distancing http://www.newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/126692.php

Is coronavirus hitting young Americans harder than we thought? https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/01/coronavirus-young-americans-covid-19?CMP=share_btn_tw

FEMA braces for a multi-front war as hurricane season looms https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/01/fema-braces-for-hurricane-season-160655

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Public views of the coronavirus’s impact on the U.S. https://www.people-press.org/2020/03/26/public-views-of-the-coronaviruss-impact-on-the-u-s/

Getting people to comply with social distancing policies is basically an exercise in marketing https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/to-flatten-the-covid-19-curve-target-the-subconscious/?utm_medium=social&utm_content=organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=SciAm_&sf232109653=1

Epidemics in Movies https://tools.cdc.gov/medialibrary/index.aspx#/media/id/405750

Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement Book https://hazards.colorado.edu/library/new-reads

How to Care for a Loved One With Coronavirus https://www.self.com/story/coronavirus-care

Learn About Groundwater At Home! https://www.groundwater.org/learn-at-home/learn.html

 

Psychology and Disasters

Isolation is hazardous to your health. The term ‘social distancing’ doesn’t help https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2020-03-28/isolation-is-hazardous-to-your-health-the-term-social-distancing-doesnt-help

Navigating the new rules of social distance etiquette https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/navigating-the-new-rules-of-social-distance-etiquette-20200326-p54edc.html

A COVID-19 survival guide for parents of tweens and teens https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/going-beyond-intelligence/202003/is-the-new-normal

 

Sociology and disasters

Coronavirus: Portugal to treat migrants as residents during pandemic https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/coronavirus-portugal-migrants-asylum-seekers-treatment-residents-a9431831.html

The Real Pandemic Danger Is Social Collapse https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2020-03-19/real-pandemic-danger-social-collapse

For the 2.5 million people in Metro Manila who reside in crowded slums, community quarantining and social distancing have entirely different implications https://www.ph.undp.org/content/philippines/en/home/presscenter/articles/-opinion-editorial–a-crisis-for-all.html

COVID-19 and the displaced https://www.refugeesinternational.org/reports/2020/3/29/covid-19-and-the-displaced-addressing-the-threat-of-the-novel-coronavirus-in-humanitarian-emergencies

Coronavirus infection rates begin to fall, but ‘flattening the curve’ may mean WA is locked down even longer https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-01/coronavirus-wa-cases-fall-as-wa-begins-to-flatten-the-curve/12107326

Coronavirus could be final straw for EU, European experts warn https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/01/coronavirus-could-be-final-straw-for-eu-european-experts-warn?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

We aren’t just stopping coronavirus. We’re building a new world https://thecorrespondent.com/385/we-arent-just-stopping-coronavirus-were-building-a-new-world/50968856015-625b9768

1 in 10 children affected by bushfires is Indigenous. We’ve been ignoring them for too long https://theconversation.com/1-in-10-children-affected-by-bushfires-is-indigenous-weve-been-ignoring-them-for-too-long-135212

A Beginner’s Guide to the Importance of Social Capital During a Pandemic https://thewire.in/government/physical-distancing-social-capital-coronavirus-pandemic-public-confidence

Social Capital’s Role in Humanitarian Crises https://www.researchgate.net/publication/339850407_Social_Capital’s_Role_in_Humanitarian_Crises

Today in disaster resilience (27 March 2020)

Recent emergencies/disaster

Earthquake rocks Croatia’s capital Zagreb https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51995861

Ecuador – 350 Families Affected as Rivers Overflow in Pastaza http://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-pastaza-march-2020

Iran – Deadly Floods Hit Southern Provinces http://floodlist.com/asia/iran-floods-march-2020

USA – 8 Killed in Ohio and Indiana Floods http://floodlist.com/america/usa/ohio-indiana-floods-march-2020

Papua New Guinea – 10 Dead After Landslide in Western Highlands http://floodlist.com/australia/papua-new-guinea-landslide-western-highlands-march-2020

Severe thunderstorms, rain and hail hit Dubai, UAE https://watchers.news/2020/03/23/severe-thunderstorms-rain-and-hail-hit-dubai-uae/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Coronavirus latest news: Global pandemic is ‘accelerating’ warns WHO https://www.newscientist.com/article/2237475-coronavirus-latest-news-global-pandemic-is-accelerating-warns-who/

Second wave of coronavirus cases hits Asia https://www.ft.com/content/859e9336-68db-11ea-a3c9-1fe6fedcca75

Indonesia – Thousands Affected by Floods in Bandung http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-bandung-march-2020

Burundi – Hundreds Displaced After More Severe Weather http://floodlist.com/africa/burundi-heavy-rain-floods-march-2020

Zambia – Families Displaced After More Floods in Luapula Province http://floodlist.com/africa/zambia-floods-luapula-march-2020

Yemen – Deadly Floods Hit Aden http://floodlist.com/asia/yemen-floods-march-2020

Burundi – Hundreds Displaced After More Severe Weather http://floodlist.com/africa/burundi-heavy-rain-floods-march-2020

Large and destructive tornado hits Tishomingo, Mississippi — rare tornado emergency issued https://watchers.news/2020/03/25/large-and-destructive-tornado-hits-tishomingo-mississippi-rare-tornado-emergency-issued/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

See how global warming has changed the world since your childhood https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-06/how-climate-change-has-impacted-your-life/11766018

With coronavirus and climate change, it’s about time https://www.axios.com/coronavirus-climate-change-time-72d420ff-ae66-43f9-9930-79b1466843fa.html

Rewilding project aims to give Thames its flood plain back https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/27/rewilding-project-aims-give-thames-flood-plain-back

Managing disaster risks and water under climate change in Central Asia and Caucasus https://www.weadapt.org/knowledge-base/sdc-climate-change-environment-network/managing-disaster-risks-and-water-under-climate-change-in-central-asia-and-caucasus

Sea levels in Singapore 14cm above pre-1970 levels: Meteorological Service Singapore https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/environment/sea-levels-in-singapore-140mm-above-pre-1970-levels-meteorological-service

Scientists just discovered a massive new vulnerability in the Antarctic ice sheet https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2020/03/23/denman-glacier-climate-change/

Shedding light on how much carbon tropical forests can absorb https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200319090255.htm

Evaluating Cloud Cover Predictions in Climate Models https://eos.org/research-spotlights/evaluating-cloud-cover-predictions-in-climate-models

Wind industry calls on Victoria to set “bold” science-based emissions targets https://reneweconomy.com.au/wind-industry-calls-on-victoria-to-set-bold-science-based-emissions-targets-62226/

Climate crisis blamed for rains and floods that have killed 150 in Brazil https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/13/climate-crisis-blamed-for-rains-and-floods-that-have-killed-150-in-brazil

Holding back the tide – sea’s advance threatens Tunisia’s beaches https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tunisia-tourism-climate-idUSKBN2160PA

UK greenhouse gas emissions fall for seventh year in a row https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/26/uk-greenhouse-gas-emissions-fall-for-seventh-year-in-a-row?CMP=share_btn_tw

Coronavirus, Climate Change, And Our Community https://www.forbes.com/sites/mindylubber/2020/03/26/coronavirus-climate-change-and-our-community/#18a46c4f78f9

 

Disaster risk reduction

Social distancing: What it is and why it’s the best tool we have to fight the coronavirus https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/03/social-distancing-coronavirus

Natural disasters cost the world $232 billion last year. Here are the worst seven https://www.varsity.co.uk/sponsored/natural-disasters-cost-the-world-232-billion-last-year-here-are-the-worst-seven

Study: Coronavirus Lockdown Likely Saved 77,000 Lives In China Just By Reducing Pollution https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2020/03/16/coronavirus-lockdown-may-have-saved-77000-lives-in-china-just-from-pollution-reduction/#6bf808ff34fe

Which Covid-19 drugs work best? https://www.technologyreview.com/s/615394/covid-19-coronavirus-best-drugs-in-treating-the-outbreak/

A Professor of Disasters and Health on COVID-19 http://nautil.us/blog/a-professor-of-disasters-and-health-on-covid_19

Hong Kong appeared to have the coronavirus under control, then it let its guard down https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/23/asia/hong-kong-coronavirus-quarantine-intl-hnk/index.html

Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-the-hammer-and-the-dance-be9337092b56

Lives on the Line: The Big Benefits of Microgrids in Disaster https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/lives-on-the-line-the-big-benefits-of-microgrids-in-disaster

CDC says coronavirus RNA found in Princess Cruise ship cabins up to 17 days after passengers left https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2020/03/23/cdc-coronavirus-survived-in-princess-cruise-cabins-up-to-17-days-after-passengers-left.html?__twitter_impression=true

It’s up to you: data shows coronavirus can only be controlled if eight out of 10 Aussies stay home https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-25/coronavirus-covid-19-modelling-stay-home-chart/12084144

You could be spreading the coronavirus without realising you’ve got it https://www.newscientist.com/article/2238473-you-could-be-spreading-the-coronavirus-without-realising-youve-got-it/#ixzz6HdA4dCKr
It’s wrong to blame bats for the coronavirus epidemic https://theconversation.com/its-wrong-to-blame-bats-for-the-coronavirus-epidemic-134300
Mapping precipitation in the Himilayas http://geoapps.icimod.org/hichap

‘While proactive school closures cannot interrupt transmission on their own, they reduce peak incidence by half and delay the epidemic’ https://comdig.unam.mx/2020/03/25/age-profile-of-susceptibility-mixing-and-social-distancing-shape-the-dynamics-of-the-novel-coronavirus-disease-2019-outbreak-in-china/

Why Germany’s Coronavirus Death Rate Is Far Lower Than In Other Countries https://www.npr.org/2020/03/25/820595489/why-germanys-coronavirus-death-rate-is-far-lower-than-in-other-countries

Help needed to rescue UK’s old rainfall records https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52040822

COVID-19 lands in Africa on some of the world’s least capable health systems, wholly unable to cope with a pandemic https://www.africa.undp.org/content/rba/en/home/blog/2020/preparing-better–fighting-back–recovering-stronger.html

 

Emergency management

The case for shutting down almost everything, and restarting when coronavirus is gone https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/21/the-case-for-shutting-down-almost-everything-and-restarting-when-coronavirus-is-gone?CMP=share_btn_tw

Almost 25 million jobs could be lost worldwide as a result of COVID-19, says ILO https://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/newsroom/news/WCMS_738742/lang–en/index.htm

Coronavirus and aid: What we’re watching https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news/2020/03/19/coronavirus-humanitarian-aid-response?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social

Swedish PM warned over ‘Russian roulette-style’ Covid-19 strategy https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/23/swedish-pm-warned-russian-roulette-covid-19-strategy-herd-immunity

COVID-19 world wide data https://qap.ecdc.europa.eu/public/extensions/COVID-19/COVID-19.html

Nearly half of Diamond Princess cruise ship passengers and crew who had coronavirus were asymptomatic when tested, CDC report says https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/24/us/diamond-princess-cruise-ship-asymptomatic-tests/

U.S. could be next ‘virus epicenter’ as India locks down, global recession looms https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus/u-s-could-be-next-virus-epicenter-as-india-locks-down-global-recession-looms-idUSKBN21B1RJ

Wildfire Season Is Almost Here, and Coronavirus Is Making Us Less Prepared https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/v74npb/wildfire-season-is-a-pandemic-nightmare-and-its-almost-here

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

A UN programme for schools is looking to make education a central part of the international response to climate change https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/03/1059151

World Water Day and World Meteorological Day 2020 – Joint message https://reliefweb.int/report/world/world-water-day-and-world-meteorological-day-2020-joint-message

Medium Coronavirus blog https://coronavirus.medium.com/

Here’s how social media can combat the coronavirus ‘infodemic’ https://www.technologyreview.com/s/615368/facebook-twitter-social-media-infodemic-misinformation/

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak highlights serious deficiencies in scholarly communication https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2020/03/05/the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak-highlights-serious-deficiencies-in-scholarly-communication/

Try the Flash Flood Game https://seriousgeo.games/2020/03/23/try-flash-flood-at-home/

Earthquake safety at home guide https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1582663331734-d055b587ee74e6e5cd9c9cd14e80020d/FEMAP-530_EQSafetyatHome_508.pdf

Floodlines: The story of an unnatural disaster https://www.theatlantic.com/podcasts/floodlines/

Staying well during self-isolation https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/healthreport/quarantine-psychology/12080862

Five questions to ask when you see a coronavirus map https://medium.com/@garrett.dash.nelson/five-questions-to-ask-when-you-see-a-coronavirus-map-8e7ec56feeac

Talking to kids about COVID-19

https://www.redcross.org.au/news-and-media/news/talking-to-kids-about-covid-19

Coronavirus – tips for self-isolating

https://www.redcross.org.au/news-and-media/news/coronavirus-tips-for-self-isolating

The University of Hull has secured almost £300,000 of funding to help young people in Vietnam better understand and tackle climate change https://www.hull.ac.uk/work-with-us/more/media-centre/news/2020/university-of-hull-secures-300000-funding-to-help-young-people-in-vietnam-tackle-climate-change

 

Psychology and Disasters

Before the pandemic, three-quarters of Americans said people would cooperate with each other in a crisis https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/03/19/before-the-pandemic-three-quarters-of-americans-said-people-would-cooperate-with-each-other-in-a-crisis/

Let’s Aim for Physical Rather Than Social Distancing http://nautil.us/blog/lets-aim-for-physical-rather-than-social-distancing

Close Encounters: How Near Misses Influence Disaster Decision Making https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/close-encounters-how-near-misses-influence-disaster-decision-making

New poll suggests 1-in-5 Canadians feel pandemic blown out of proportion https://www.cheknews.ca/new-poll-suggests-1-in-5-canadians-feel-pandemic-blown-out-of-proportion-657483/

Meet the heroes of Australia’s bushfire crisis and find out – months on – how they are coping as they try to get back to normality https://www.sbs.com.au/news/insight/volunteer-firefighters-how-are-they-coping

COVID-19 and your mental wellbeing

https://www.redcross.org.au/news-and-media/news/covid-19-and-your-mental-wellbeing

 

Sociology and disasters

When events unfold that disrupt the social order, most of us search for solace among our fellow human beings https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/director/the-ties-that-bind

Using social and behavioural science to support COVID-19 pandemic response https://psyarxiv.com/y38m9

In the Battle Against Coronavirus, Humanity Lacks Leadership https://time.com/5803225/yuval-noah-harari-coronavirus-humanity-leadership/?xid=tcoshare

Yuval Noah Harari: the world after coronavirus https://www.ft.com/content/19d90308-6858-11ea-a3c9-1fe6fedcca75?segmentID=d000ce45-8c25-aa67-8d82-a8ab39602280&campaign=march20

Association president warns against spreading xenophobia along with virus https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2020/03/destigmatizing-coronavirus

The community-led movement creating hope in the time of coronavirus https://theconversation.com/the-community-led-movement-creating-hope-in-the-time-of-coronavirus-134391

Pandemics reveal structural weaknesses: at pace and scale https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/rsa-blogs/2020/03/coronavirus-respond-at-scale-build-bridges-to-the-future

Covid-19 is nature’s wake-up call to complacent civilisation https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/25/covid-19-is-natures-wake-up-call-to-complacent-civilisation?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

Today in disaster resilience (20 March 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Tanzania – Homes Damaged After Floods in Pwani Region http://floodlist.com/africa/tanzania-floods-pwani-march-2020

Colombia – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Santander http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-santander-march-2020

Timor-Leste – Around 200 Homes Destroyed After Massive Flooding in Dili http://floodlist.com/asia/timor-leste-flooding-dili-march-2020

Angola – Floods in Cuanza Sul, Malanje and Lunda Sul Provinces http://floodlist.com/africa/angola-floods-cuanzasul-malanje-lundasul-march-2020

Madagascar – Tropical Cyclone Herold Causes Flooding in North East http://floodlist.com/africa/madagascar-tropical-cyclone-herold-march-2020

Fiji – Roads Swamped After 200mm of Rain in 24 Hours http://floodlist.com/australia/fiji-viti-levu-floods-march-2020

Peru – Dozens of Homes Damaged by Floods and Mudslides in Arequipa http://floodlist.com/america/peru-floods-arequipa-march-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 19 Mar 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Ibu, Dukono, Reventado https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/100232/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-19-Mar-2020-Klyuchevskoy-volcano-Popocatepetl-Ibu-Dukono-Reventado.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climatologist makes clear: We’re still on pandemic path with global warming https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/03/19/opinion/climatologist-makes-clear-were-still-pandemic-path-with-global-warming/

Greenland’s melting ice raised global sea level by 2.2mm in two months https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/mar/19/greenland-ice-melt-sea-level-rise-climate-crisis?CMP=share_btn_tw

World’s Warmest Winter Ended Long Before Spring https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-19/world-s-warmest-winter-ended-long-before-spring-s-official-start

 

Disaster risk reduction

Why experts are urging social distancing to combat coronavirus outbreak https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/why-experts-why-experts-are-urging-social-distancing-combat-coronavirus-outbreak

Coronavirus vaccines: five key questions as trials begin https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00798-8?utm_source=twt_nnc&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=naturenews

New insights into US flood vulnerability revealed from flood insurance big data https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-15264-2

COVID-19 Scientific Resources https://www.cerahgeneve.ch/resources/covid-19-free-online-scientific-resources/

This Is How We Can Beat the Coronavirus https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/how-we-beat-coronavirus/608389/

Billion-dollar wildlife industry in Vietnam under assault as law drafted to halt trading https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/18/billion-dollar-wildlife-industry-in-vietnam-under-assault-as-law-drafted-to-halt-trading?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

From food to tech, coronavirus to spur urban planning rethink https://news.trust.org/item/20200318110654-1rdnc/

Auckland Volcanic Field magmatism, volcanism, and hazard: a review https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00288306.2020.1736102?journalCode=tnzg20

Policy of building homes on flood plains to be reviewed https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/mar/12/policy-of-building-homes-on-flood-plains-to-be-reviewed

 

Emergency management

Nissan gets award for role of Leaf in energy resilience in disasters https://thedriven.io/2020/03/18/nissan-gets-award-for-role-of-nissan-leaf-in-energy-resilience-in-disasters/

Abe turns vague on timing as coronavirus leaves Tokyo Olympics in doubt http://www.newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/126583.php

Italy has a world-class health system. The coronavirus has pushed it to the breaking point https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/italy-has-world-class-health-system-coronavirus-has-pushed-it-n1162786

Coronavirus Australia live updates: ‘Disruptive’ COVID-19 measures to last ‘at least’ six months, top doc says https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/health/coronavirus-australia-live-updates-tougher-crowd-measures-expected-as-virus-cases-surpass-450/live-coverage/8111dfa0aa77a938681d17c79839e383

The Impact of COVID-19 on Humanitarian Crises https://www-csis-org.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.csis.org/analysis/impact-covid-19-humanitarian-crises?amp

Our politicians are not fit to oversee the coronavirus response. It’s time they got out of the way https://theconversation.com/our-politicians-are-not-fit-to-oversee-the-coronavirus-response-its-time-they-got-out-of-the-way-134035

Why Deaths from Coronavirus Are So High in Italy https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-deaths-from-coronavirus-are-so-high-in-italy/

In Egypt, floods add to difficulty of fighting pandemic https://www.thenational.ae/opinion/editorial/in-egypt-floods-add-to-difficulty-of-fighting-pandemic-1.992424

Millions lost as virus strikes Qld events https://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/6686389/millions-lost-as-virus-strikes-qld-events/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

COVID-19 is not a cause for panic. It is cause for action https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/03/covid-19-is-not-cause-for-panic-it-is-cause-for-action.html

Exploring the Complexity of Pandemics Through Play https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blog-post/exploring-complexity-pandemics-through-play?utm_content=buffer1c5ec&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Psychology and Disasters

Mass Panic Is Unlikely, Even During a Pandemic https://www.wired.com/story/coronavirus-mass-panic-unlikely-pandemic/

Coping Strategies in Uncertain Times: Calming Your Nervous System During the Coronavirus Outbreak https://psychcentral.com/blog/coping-strategies-in-uncertain-times-calming-your-nervous-system-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/

Why Prioritizing Sleep in the Time of Coronavirus Is So Important https://www.rand.org/blog/2020/03/why-prioritizing-sleep-in-the-time-of-coronavirus-is.html?utm_campaign=&utm_content=1584470733&utm_medium=rand_social&utm_source=twitter

 

Sociology and disasters

How Will COVID-19 Affect Women and Girls in Low- and Middle-Income Countries? https://www.cgdev.org/blog/how-will-covid-19-affect-women-and-girls-low-and-middle-income-countries

Something invisible has stopped us https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2020/something-invisible-has-stopped-us.html

Today in disaster resilience (13 May 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Coronavirus: Italy Orders Massive Shutdown; Cruise Ship Gets OK To Dock In California https://www.npr.org/2020/03/08/813396080/coronavirus-italy-orders-massive-shutdown-amid-spread

Pakistan – Over 20 Dead After Heavy Rain Destroys Homes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa http://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-rain-khyber-pakhtunkhwa-march-2020

Coronavirus: Whole of Italy placed on ‘red zone’ quarantine and all public events banned https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-italy-lockdown-red-zone-events-cancelled-travel-latest-a9389151.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1583787430

Indonesia – Hundreds Displaced by Flooding as Heavy Rain Continues http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-java-sulawesi-newguinea-march-2020

Rwanda – Heavy Rain and Storms Cause Fatalities http://floodlist.com/africa/rwanda-floods-march-2020

Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as the outbreak spreads https://www.ft.com/content/a26fbf7e-48f8-11ea-aeb3-955839e06441?segmentID=22a4a564-acc0-bdcd-29ab-405d952fdcc3

Zambia – Thousands Affected by Floods in North http://floodlist.com/africa/zambia-floods-north-march-2020

Iran – Over 20,000 Affected by Floods in South West Says UN http://floodlist.com/asia/iran-floods-lorestan-khuzestan-march-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Mar 2020: Santiaguito volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Klyuchevskoy https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/99869/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-12-Mar-2020-Santiaguito-volcano-Pacaya-Fuego-Klyuchevskoy-Popocate.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

‘We need a serious conversation’: River flows could decline 40% in Australia’s foodbowl https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/we-need-a-serious-conversation-river-flows-could-decline-40-percent-in-australia-s-foodbowl-20200304-p546t4.html

These are the places across Australia people will soon struggle to live in without serious challenges https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/climate-change/these-are-the-places-across-australia-people-will-soon-struggle-to-live-in-without-serious-challenges/news-story/fce6ba88e1b8135866fb2aad720d7101

Be honest Australia, you’re not ‘meeting and beating’ your emissions targets https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/be-honest-australia-you-re-not-meeting-and-beating-your-emissions-targets-20200307-p547u1.html

Renewables keep crunching Australia’s electricity emissions – no thanks to federal policy https://reneweconomy.com.au/renewables-keep-crunching-australias-electricity-emissions-no-thanks-to-federal-policy-15796/

A rare natural phenomenon brings severe drought to Australia. Climate change is making it more common https://theconversation.com/a-rare-natural-phenomenon-brings-severe-drought-to-australia-climate-change-is-making-it-more-common-133058?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=bylinetwitterbutton

What Could Warming Mean for Pathogens like Coronavirus? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-could-warming-mean-for-pathogens-like-coronavirus/

UK’s CO2 emissions have fallen 29% over the past decade https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-uks-co2-emissions-have-fallen-29-per-cent-over-the-past-decade

Coronavirus should give us hope that we are able to tackle the climate crisis https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-should-give-us-hope-that-we-are-able-to-tackle-the-climate-crisis-133174

It’s official: the last five years were the warmest ever recorded https://theconversation.com/its-official-the-last-five-years-were-the-warmest-ever-recorded-133056

WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2019 https://library.wmo.int/index.php?lvl=notice_display&id=21700#.Xmf_2aMzbIU

A solution to cut extreme heat by up to 6 degrees is in our own backyards https://theconversation.com/a-solution-to-cut-extreme-heat-by-up-to-6-degrees-is-in-our-own-backyards-133082

New Circular Economy Action Plan shows the way to a climate-neutral, competitive economy of empowered consumers https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_420

Planet is ‘way off track’ in dealing with climate change, U.N. says https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2020/03/11/climate-change-world-way-off-track-dealing-global-warming/5021961002/

The climate crisis is disrupting life for millions, a report finds https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/10/weather/climate-report-wmo-2019-wxc/index.html?platform=hootsuite

Climate change: The state of our atmosphere https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/climate-change-state-atmosphere-200311123221535.html

Apocalypse never: why climate catastrophe won’t make us change https://thecorrespondent.com/329/apocalypse-never-why-climate-catastrophe-wont-make-us-change/43555204231-a33f6054

Major Greenland glacier collapse 90 years ago linked to climate change https://phys.org/news/2020-03-major-greenland-glacier-collapse-years.html

Polar ice caps melting six times faster than in 1990s https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/11/polar-ice-caps-melting-six-times-faster-than-in-1990s?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Our World, Our Say: Australia’s largest youth survey on climate change https://www.aidr.org.au/news/our-world-our-say-australia-s-largest-youth-survey-on-climate-change/

It’s time to win climate wars, NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean says https://www.sbs.com.au/news/it-s-time-to-win-climate-wars-nsw-environment-minister-matt-kean-says?cid=news:socialshare:twitter

Coronavirus ‘Really Not the Way You Want To Decrease Emissions’ https://insideclimatenews.org/news/10032020/coronavirus-climate-change-economy-emissions

Studies show climate change becoming increasingly bipartisan https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/national/studies-show-climate-change-becoming-increasingly-bipartisan

 

Disaster risk reduction

Economic impact of Australia’s bushfires https://www.moneyaustralia.net/economic-impact-of-bushfires/

‘A terrible summer’: New data reveals economic cost of smoke, fire and hail https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6666542/a-terrible-summer-figures-reveal-economic-cost-of-smoke-fire-and-hail/

The world’s best fire management system is in northern Australia, and it’s led by Indigenous land managers https://theconversation.com/the-worlds-best-fire-management-system-is-in-northern-australia-and-its-led-by-indigenous-land-managers-133071

Urban trees and people’s yards mitigate extreme heat in western Adelaide: final summary report https://researchers.mq.edu.au/en/publications/urban-trees-and-peoples-yards-mitigate-extreme-heat-in-western-ad

Environment Agency warns of ‘difficult decisions’ ahead on Broads flooding https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/norfolk-broads-flooding-environment-agency-warning-1-6552418

What’s the difference between pandemic, epidemic and outbreak? https://sciblogs.co.nz/guestwork/2020/03/12/whats-the-difference-between-pandemic-epidemic-and-outbreak/

Is Coronavirus the Beginning of the End of Offices? https://www.archdaily.com/935197/is-coronavirus-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-offices

How will country-based mitigation measures influence the course of the COVID-19 epidemic? https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30567-5/fulltext

How a groundbreaking new £1.3 million park will help prevent flooding in one corner of Manchester https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/how-groundbreaking-new-13-million-17887953

Emergency risk assessment handbook published https://www.aidr.org.au/news/emergency-risk-assessment-handbook-published/

Special Issue: Securing future of heritage by reducing risks and building resilience https://www.emerald.com/insight/publication/issn/0965-3562/vol/29/iss/1

‘Fossil earthquakes’ offer new insight into seismic activity deep below Earth’s surface https://phys.org/news/2020-03-fossil-earthquakes-insight-seismic-deep.html

Separations between earthquakes reveal clear patterns https://phys.org/news/2020-03-earthquakes-reveal-patterns.html

Building blocks for life on Earth arrived much later than we thought, billion-year-old rocks show https://phys.org/news/2020-03-blocks-life-earth-thought-billion-year-old.html

Water Ways: How the Dutch are building coastal protection for less — with nature’s help https://www.nola.com/news/environment/water_ways/article_0a50735a-5e56-11ea-a7ee-eb8087416f63.html

Chancellor announces spending on flooding will be doubled https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/mar/11/chancellor-announces-spending-on-flooding-will-be-doubled

 

Emergency management

Coronavirus may force Americans to avoid crowds and cancel cruises, health official warns https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa/coronavirus-may-force-americans-to-avoid-crowds-and-cancel-cruises-health-official-warns-idUSKBN20V0MK

Grocery stores can be anchors of resilience during disasters https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/485991-grocery-stores-can-be-anchors-of-resilience-during-disasters#.XmAuGHbuj6Y.twitter

Coronavirus: Israel to bring in 14-day quarantine for all arrivals https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-51809818

‘Traitor’: Boris Johnson heckled as he visits flood-hit area of Worcestershire https://news.sky.com/story/traitor-boris-johnson-heckled-as-he-visits-flood-hit-area-of-worcestershire-11952918

Wollongong to host public thank you day for firies and emergency services https://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/6669247/wollongong-to-host-public-thank-you-day-for-firies-and-emergency-services/

Prefectures in Japan face lack of volunteer interpreters for disasters https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/03/09/national/japan-emergency-interpreters/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#.XmbAOKMzbIU

Data tracks diversity on International Women’s Day 2020 https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/data-tracks-diversity-on-international-women’s-day-2020

NSW bushfire clean-up at last brings some consolation to Conjola Park https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-12/nsw-bushfires-recovery-conjola-park-cleanup/12049644

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

What Is the Death Rate from Coronavirus? https://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/what-is-the-death-rate-from-coronavirus.html

#Action4Floods: National Flood Forum Conference – York March 2020 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/action4floods-national-flood-forum-conference-york-march-mehring

People ‘should work from home’ to tackle coronavirus spread https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/09/people-should-work-from-home-to-tackle-coronavirus-spread

Earthquake Safety at Home Guide https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1582663331734-d055b587ee74e6e5cd9c9cd14e80020d/FEMAP-530_EQSafetyatHome_508.pdf

Coronavirus is a huge story, so journalists must apply the highest ethical standards in how they tell it https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-is-a-huge-story-so-journalists-must-apply-the-highest-ethical-standards-in-how-they-tell-it-133347

Household items salvaged from the ashes are being turned into artworks that tell a story of recovery https://www.redcross.org.au/stories/emergency-services/mosaic-recovery

Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-act-today-or-people-will-die-f4d3d9cd99ca

 

Psychology and Disasters

Why don’t we treat the climate crisis with the same urgency as coronavirus? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/05/governments-coronavirus-urgent-climate-crisis?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Coronavirus should give us hope that we are able to tackle the climate crisis https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-should-give-us-hope-that-we-are-able-to-tackle-the-climate-crisis-133174

Coronavirus is stressful. Here are some ways to cope with the anxiety https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-is-stressful-here-are-some-ways-to-cope-with-the-anxiety-133146

 

Sociology and disasters

In the Hands of a Few: Disaster Recovery Committee Networks https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3544373

‘Best of Wales’: floods bring communities together to recover https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/mar/08/best-of-wales-floods-bring-communities-together-to-recover

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing us to ask some very hard questions. But are we ready for the answers? https://theconversation.com/the-coronavirus-pandemic-is-forcing-us-to-ask-some-very-hard-questions-but-are-we-ready-for-the-answers-132581

Today in disaster resilience (6 March 2020)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Italy reports a 50% increase in confirmed coronavirus cases https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/01/europe/italy-coronavirus-cases-travel-advisory/index.html

Coronavirus outbreak: US confirms cases in Chicago and Rhode Island https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/01/coronavirus-outbreak-us-cases-chicago-rhode-island

Updated coronavirus stats https://bnonews.com/index.php/2020/02/the-latest-coronavirus-cases/

Close to tears in flood-hit Wales as Storm Jorge’s rains sweep in https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/feb/29/pontypridd-braced-second-flood-in-fortnight-storm-jorge

Peru – Hundreds of Families Affected by Floods in Moquegua http://floodlist.com/america/peru-hundreds-of-families-affected-by-floods-in-moquegua

Iran – Widespread Flooding After Rivers Overflow in Lorestan Province http://floodlist.com/asia/iran-floods-lorestan-february-2020

Brazil – Heavy Rain Triggers Deadly Flooding and Landslides in Rio De Janeiro http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-flood-landslides-riodejaneiro-march-2020

Winter Flooding in Mississippi and Louisiana https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146370/winter-flooding-in-mississippi-and-louisiana

Tennessee Tornado Death Toll Jumps to 22; Widespread Damage in Nashville, Middle Tennessee https://weather.com/news/news/2020-03-03-tennessee-tornado-damage-deaths-severe-storms

Shocking footage shows East Yorkshire homes almost completely submerged under water in the wake of Storm Jorge https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/flooding-east-yorkshire-homes-under-water-storm-jorge-a4375416.html

Indonesia – 1 Missing, 900 Displaced After Floods Destroy Homes in Central Sulawesi http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-sulawesi-march-2020

Brazil – Deadly Floods and Landslides in São Paulo After 280mm of Rain in 12 Hours http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-saopaulo-march-2020

Honduras – 800 Displaced by Floods and Landslides http://floodlist.com/america/honduras-floods-march-2020

Vietnam – Storms Leave 2 Dead, Hundreds of Homes Destroyed http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-storms-march-2020

Tanzania – Bridge Destroyed and Roads Blocked After Heavy Rains http://floodlist.com/africa/tanzania-rains-march-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 5 Mar 2020: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/99500/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-5-Mar-2020-Fuego-volcano-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Semeru-Dukono-.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s electricity market must be 100% renewables by 2035 to achieve net zero by 2050 – study https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/27/net-zero-emissions-by-2050-possible-in-australia-if-low-emissions-options-accelerated?CMP=share_btn_tw

New report from Australia Institute says trend will bring with it longer and hotter bushfires, more heatwaves and crop damage https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/02/climate-crisis-cutting-short-australias-winters-and-extending-summers

Climate change will force up premiums: Swiss Re https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/climate-change-will-force-up-premiums-swiss-re-20200228-p545c1

Thousands of kilometres of Australia’s beaches at risk from rising seas https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/thousands-of-kilometres-of-australia-s-beaches-at-risk-from-rising-seas-20200302-p5463p.html

Australia is heating more rapidly than the global average, with a rise of 4C expected by 2100, Bureau of Meteorology says https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/mar/02/summer-of-2019-20-second-hottest-australian-summer-on-record?CMP=share_btn_tw

Moscow Winter ‘Warmest Since Records Began’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/02/moscow-winter-warmest-since-records-began-a69476

Does Information About Climate Risk Affect Property Values? https://www.nber.org/papers/w26807

UK carbon emissions fall 29 per cent in a decade, new data shows https://www.businessgreen.com/news/4011684/uk-carbon-emissions-fall-cent-decade

Hackathon Speeds Progress Toward Climate Model Collaboration https://eos.org/science-updates/hackathon-speeds-progress-toward-climate-model-collaboration

An uncharted island off Antarctica’s western coast could reveal how climate change is altering the continent https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00489-4

The world’s top meteorological experts issued the warning as cities and countries around the world reported record-breaking warm winters https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/02/record-breaking-warm-weather-expected-around-globe-human-caused-climate-crisis-now

Most California cities refuse to retreat from rising seas—one town wants to show how it’s done https://phys.org/news/2020-03-california-cities-retreat-seasone-town.html

Meet Thailand’s secret weapon in climate change battle https://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Meet_Thailands_secret_weapon_in_climate_change_battle_999.html

Probability of Fire Weather Index reaching levels of 2019-20 summer increases 30% due to climate change, researchers say https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/mar/05/bushfire-crisis-conditions-eight-times-more-likely-under-2c-warming-analysis-shows?CMP=share_btn_tw

Tasmania sets world-leading target of 200 per cent renewables by 2040 https://reneweconomy.com.au/tasmania-sets-world-leading-target-of-200-per-cent-renewables-by-2040/

Europe experiences exceptionally warm winter https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51758223

Analysis shows climate finance not reaching most vulnerable https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/05/analysis-shows-climate-finance-not-reaching-most-vulnerable

 

Disaster risk reduction

Snaith has been devastated by flooding – but there are plans for 800 more homes https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/snaith-flooding-plans-new-homes-3899587

Sandy coastlines under threat of erosion https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-0697-0.epdf

Putting a price on the protective power of wetlands https://phys.org/news/2020-03-price-power-wetlands.html

Why Some COVID-19 Cases Are Worse than Others https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/why-some-covid-19-cases-are-worse-than-others-67160#.Xl1vTmhMzjs.twitter

When will Taupo’s next ‘super-eruption’ happen? https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12313228

Americans Are Paying $34 Billion Too Much for Houses in Flood Plains https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-02/americans-are-paying-34-billion-too-much-for-houses-in-floodplains

Iowa flood victims need money for levees, buyouts https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2020/02/20/iowa-flooding-victims-recovery-need-outweigh-state-funding/4765886002/

Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis at Regional and National Scale: State of the Art and Future Challenges https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2019RG000653

Mass data processing of time series Landsat imagery: pixels to data products for forest monitoring https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17538947.2016.1187673

Australian scientists are developing a satellite that can better identify where bushfires might start https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51727231

Race to understand fire lessons as another ‘significant’ season looms https://www.smh.com.au/national/race-to-understand-fire-lessons-as-another-significant-season-looms-20200303-p546bk.html

A new algorithm can forecast the flow of floodwater in almost real-time, a new study shows https://www.futurity.org/floodwater-prediction-algorithm-2296252/

Australia’s dedicated bushfire research centre on the brink of closure despite deadly summer fires https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-04/bushfire-research-future-uncertain-ahead-of-planned-closure/12024746

How Computer Modeling Of COVID-19’s Spread Could Help Fight The Virus https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/03/04/811146915/how-computer-modeling-of-covid-19s-spread-could-help-fight-the-virus

UK Government’s approach to managing flood risk inquiry launched https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/52/environment-food-and-rural-affairs-committee/news/145364/governments-approach-to-managing-flood-risk-inquiry-launched/

Tasman fires: New Zealand’s new norm? https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/tasman-fires-new-zealand’s-new-norm

A low-cost flood alert and water monitoring system in African cities https://blogs.worldbank.org/opendata/smart-solution-how-we-helped-build-low-cost-flood-alert-and-water-monitoring-system

Almost real-time flood prediction tool may boost emergency response during hurricanes https://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2020/02/almost-real-time-flood-prediction-tool-may-boost-emergency-response-during-hurricanes.html

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s “Floodplain Manager newsletter https://molinostewart.com.au/floodplain-manager-related-articles/related-floodplain-manager-february-2020-1/

San Diego At Risk For Devastating Earthquake Damage, New Report Says https://weather.com/news/news/2020-03-05-san-diego-earthquake-damage-risk-rose-canyon-fault

 

Emergency management

Coronavirus tracked: The latest figures as the outbreak spreads https://www.ft.com/content/a26fbf7e-48f8-11ea-aeb3-955839e06441?segmentID=22a4a564-acc0-bdcd-29ab-405d952fdcc3

UK flooding: residents in east Yorkshire struggle to recover https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/mar/02/uk-flooding-residents-east-yorkshire-struggle-recover-snaith?CMP=twt_a-environment_b-gdneco

Australian bushfires finally extinguished https://www.mic.com/p/australian-bushfires-in-new-south-wales-are-finally-no-more-22588676

Reflecting on a Tumultuous Amazon Fire Season https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146355/reflecting-on-a-tumultuous-amazon-fire-season

Coronavirus: New European cases soar as China infections and deaths drop

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-latest-europe-china-spread-iran-world-health-organisation-a9371071.html

Fla. Communities Get More Than $2B In Hurricane Recovery, Mitigation Funds https://news.wjct.org/post/fla-communities-get-more-2b-hurricane-recovery-mitigation-funds

Bushfires likely to have killed about 5,000 koalas in NSW, report finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/04/bushfires-likely-to-have-killed-about-5000-koalas-in-nsw-report-finds

Before and after images highlight the severity of tornado destruction in Nashville https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/04/weather/before-after-tennessee-tornado/index.html

AFAC NRSC numbers from Australia’s largest deployment https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/afac-nrsc-numbers-from-australia’s-largest-deployment

NSW Memorial Service honours lives lost https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/nsw-memorial-service-honours-lives-lost

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The California Photographer Who Has Shot More Than 100 Wildfires https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/california-wildfire-photos

Resilient Australia Awards open https://www.aidr.org.au/programs/resilient-australia-awards/

Google and Facebook are using their platforms and working with government agencies and other emergency services partners to deliver real-time assistance and warnings to disaster prone communities https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/online-warnings-when-the-threat-is-high

Latest Fire Australia magazine online https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/flick-through-the-latest-fire-australia-magazine-online

Psychology and Disasters

Managing traumatic stress: After a tornado https://www.apa.org/topics/tornadoes?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=apa-helpcenter&utm_content=tornado-stress

The Panic Myth: What Does the Research Say and What Can Practitioners Do? https://fireadaptednetwork.org/the-panic-myth-what-does-the-research-say-and-what-can-practitioners-do/

Risk judgments and social norms: Do they relate to preparedness after the Kaikōura earthquake? https://www.massey.ac.nz/~trauma/issues/2019-2/AJDTS_23_2_McClure.pdf

 

Sociology and disasters

How Natural Hazards Impact the Social Environment for Vulnerable Groups: An Empirical Investigation in Japan https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3531149

Sociology and the Climate Crisis https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev-soc-121919-054750

Today in disaster resilience (28 February 2020)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

9 dead in Turkey after magnitude 5.7 earthquake strikes western Iran https://globalnews.ca/news/6585553/9-dead-earthquake-turkey/

Parts of Jakarta continue to be flooded this rainy season https://coconuts.co/jakarta/news/dozens-of-neighborhoods-in-jakarta-flooded-following-days-of-torrential-rain/

Flood-hit communities brace for more torrential downpours as winter storms continue to ravage Britain https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8034343/UK-WEATHER-Britain-heads-wettest-February-30-years-rain-floods-South-Wales-Scotland.html

Peru – 3 Killed in Tacna Flash Floods http://floodlist.com/america/peru-tacna-flash-floods-february-2020

South Africa – Deadly Flash Floods in KwaZulu-Natal http://floodlist.com/africa/south-africa-lash-floods-kwazulunatal-february-2020

Ecuador – Rain Triggers Flooding in 3 Provinces http://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-manabi-eloro-and-moronasantiago-february-2020

Indonesia – Deadly Flash Floods in Yogyakarta http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-yogyakarta-february-2020

Bolivia – Evacuations and Rescues After Flash Floods in Cochabamba http://floodlist.com/america/bolivia-floods-cochabamba-february-2020

Malawi – Floods in Lilongwe After Heavy Rain http://floodlist.com/africa/malawi-central-region-floods-february-2020

Peru – Massive Flooding and Mudslides in Cusco Leave 3 Dead, 20 Missing http://floodlist.com/america/peru-flood-mudslide-santa-teresa-cusco-february-2020

Flash floods hit Jakarta https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/221953?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Colombia – 8 Dead After Flash Floods and Landslides in Santander and Caldas http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-landslides-in-santander-caldas-february-2020

Ireland – Shannon River Floods After Wet February http://floodlist.com/europe/ireland-shannon-river-floods-february-2020

Indonesia – 9 Dead in Jakarta Region as Floods Worsen http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-greater-jakarta-floods-february-2020worsen

UK – More Evacuations in England as Rivers Remain High http://floodlist.com/europe/united-kingdom/uk-evacuations-england-floods-february-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 27 Feb 2020: Stromboli volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Merapi https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/99063/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-27-Feb-2020-Stromboli-volcano-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Merapi-Ibu.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

These floods bear all the hallmarks of climate change https://www.ciwem.org/news/austerity-flooding

New Source of Climate Pressure for Companies: Workers https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-source-of-climate-pressure-for-companies-workers-115818616014

Thousands rally across Australia for climate justice https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/photos-thousands-rally-across-australia-climate-justice

Getting to zero net emissions in 2050 is going to be tough https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/23/getting-to-zero-net-emissions-in-2050-is-going-to-be-tough-but-labor-committing-to-it-is-a-damn-good-thing?CMP=share_btn_tw

It’s Official: Chicago Has Declared a Climate Emergency. Now What https://news.wttw.com/2020/02/19/it-s-official-chicago-has-declared-climate-emergency-now-what#.XlLoIsjgTeU.twitter

After a summer of mega-fires, the dramatic shift in thinking about climate change has not come from the public, or from politicians. It has come from business https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/bushfires-push-business-on-to-the-front-foot-20200223-p543jv.html

New government data shows slight drop in Australia’s emissions, amid new coal fight https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/new-government-data-shows-slight-drop-in-australia-s-emissions-amid-new-coal-fight-20200223-p543jp.html

Meeting climate change targets has for the first time emerged as a greater priority for voters than keeping energy prices down https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/newspoll-voters-deliver-verdict-on-bushfires-crisis/news-story/c1b975bc12a19fbdfbd75d162da9b299

World’s top climate negotiator condemns Australian response to climate change https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/world-top-climate-negotiator-condemns-australian-response-bushfi/11989658

‘Extraordinary’ fires burnt at historical size, beyond climate projections https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/extraordinary-fires-burnt-at-historical-size-beyond-climate-projections-20200224-p543u4.html

Catastrophic fires have generated intensified public responses in favour of transformative climate change action https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-0712-5

Under attack from climate change, Colombia’s farmers befriend nature https://www.reuters.com/article/colombia-floods-climate-change/feature-under-attack-from-climate-change-colombias-farmers-befriend-nature-idUSL8N29Q4BV

The last ice age tells us why we need to care about a 2℃ change in temperature https://theconversation.com/the-last-ice-age-tells-us-why-we-need-to-care-about-a-2-change-in-temperature-126923?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=footertwitterbutton

On climate change, where does Tampa Bay go from here? https://www.tampabay.com/opinion/2020/02/25/on-climate-change-where-does-tampa-bay-go-from-here-column/

Why Climate Change and Poverty Are Inextricably Linked https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/climate-change-is-connected-to-poverty/

Antarctica’s Eagle Island undergoes large-scale snowmelt as February sees new high temperatures https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-25/nasa-shows-alarming-ice-melt-on-antarcticas-eagle-island/11999476

Bohai Bay: the Chinese region disappearing inch by inch https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2020/feb/24/bohai-bay-the-chinese-region-disappearing-inch-by-inch-in-pictures?CMP=share_btn_tw

Australia needs to commit to target of net-zero emissions by 2050 https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/australia-needs-to-commit-to-target-of-net-zero-emissions-by-2050,13633#.XlbJo_Ow9VA.twitter

Australia is heating faster than the global average, and extreme heat days are on the rise. Doctors say there’s clear evidence that it’s killing people prematurely https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2020/feb/27/killer-heat-how-a-warming-land-is-changing-australia-forever

Rio Tinto announces $1bn spend to reach net zero emissions by 2050 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/26/rio-tinto-announces-1bn-spend-to-reach-net-zero-emissions-by-2050

 

Disaster risk reduction

Christchurch nine years on: The reshaping of a city https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/119421238/christchurch-nine-years-on-the-reshaping-of-a-city

More than 11,000 homes in England to be built on land at high risk of flooding https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/23/more-than-11000-homes-to-be-built-on-land-at-high-risk-of-flooding?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

UK flood defence plans are inadequate, warn scientists https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/23/uk-flood-defence-plans-inadequate-warn-scientists?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Unprecedented burn area of Australian mega forest fires https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-0716-1

The Pitt review predicted the current crisis in 2008. Why did Conservative governments refuse to listen? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/23/tories-ignored-flood-advice-austerity-pitt-review

Environment Agency chief: Avoid building new homes on flood plains https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-51620992

Chief Resilience Officers from around the world announce the evolution and expansion of the Global Resilient Cities Network https://www.prnewswire.com/ae/news-releases/chief-resilience-officers-from-around-the-world-announce-the-evolution-and-expansion-of-the-global-resilient-cities-network-882592564.html

The US government insurance scheme for nuclear power plant accidents no longer makes sense https://thebulletin.org/2020/02/the-us-government-insurance-scheme-for-nuclear-power-plant-accidents-no-longer-makes-sense/

‘Teamwork’ helps city businesses during floods https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/18260847.teamwork-helps-city-businesses-floods/?ref=twtrec

£13m needed from Government for world-leading flood resilience centre in Scunthorpe https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/politics/ps13m-needed-government-world-leading-flood-resilience-centre-scunthorpe-1996264

Rewilding project aims to give Thames its flood plain back https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/27/rewilding-project-aims-give-thames-flood-plain-back

Asian cities urged to bolster defence against rising seas https://news.trust.org/item/20200226232503-h1k41/

Joint Hearing: An Examination of Federal Flood Maps in a Changing Climate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPcKcGgpTi8&feature=youtu.be

 

Emergency management

Economic impact of coronavirus outbreak deepens https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/feb/23/economic-impact-of-coronavirus-outbreak-deepens?CMP=share_btn_tw

Many Tornado Alley Residents With Disabilities Lack Safe Options In A Storm https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/02/18/798892939/many-tornado-alley-residents-with-disabilities-lack-safe-options-in-a-storm

United States Firefighting Resources Mobilized to Australia https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/fireInfo_australia.htm

To Survive Disaster, Plan for the Worst https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/19/opinion/survive-disaster-plan-for-worst.html

Information needed from flood-hit Shrewsbury businesses to help lobby for support https://www.shropshirelive.com/business/2020/02/26/information-needed-from-flood-hit-shrewsbury-businesses-to-help-lobby-for-support/
You’re likely to get the coronavirus https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/02/covid-vaccine/607000/

Ironbridge flooding: Emergency evacuation as defences ‘overwhelmed’ https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-51640880

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Study finds quarter of climate change tweets from bots https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-51595285

Got a Google Maps link on floods? Careful, it’s misinformation, says BNPB https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/02/25/got-a-google-maps-link-on-floods-careful-its-misinformation-says-bnpb.html

How broadcast TV networks covered climate change in 2019 https://www.mediamatters.org/broadcast-networks/how-broadcast-tv-networks-covered-climate-change-2019

 

Psychology and Disasters

A new bushfire crisis is emerging as experts brace for an imminent surge in domestic violence https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-24/domestic-violence-anticipated-spike-bushfires-crisis/11980112

 

Sociology and disasters

Survival Of The Friendliest: How Our Close Friendships Help Us Thrive https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/02/22/807742275/survival-of-the-friendliest-how-our-close-friendships-help-us-thrive

Is Vulnerability an Outdated Concept? After Subjects and Spaces https://anthrosource.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/napa.12132

Natural Hazards and Disaster Justice https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9789811504655

Today in disaster resilience (21 February 2020)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Storm Dennis: Major incidents declared in south Wales and Herefordshire https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-51519635

Mississippi Braces for ‘Third Worst Flood’ in State History https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/national-international/mississippi-braces-for-flooding-amid-cresting-river/2297828/

Mozambique – Floods Hit Central Provinces http://floodlist.com/africa/mozambique-floods-february-2020

Hardin County homes entirely submerged in floodwaters https://www.accuweather.com/en/videos/hardin-county-homes-entirely-submerged-in-floodwaters/

Storm Dennis causes record number of flood warnings as UK rocked by wild weather https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-17/storm-dennis-sees-record-number-of-flood-warnings-as-uk-rocked-/11971168

UK – Evacuations After Storm Dennis Triggers Major Flooding in England and Wales http://floodlist.com/europe/united-kingdom/storm-dennis-floods-england-wales-february-2020

Peru – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Puno and Ayacucho http://floodlist.com/america/peru-floods-landslides-puno-ayacucho-february-2020

“This Thing Isn’t Over Yet”: Officials Warn Flooding in Mississippi and Tennessee to Continue https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/17/thing-isnt-over-yet-officials-warn-flooding-mississippi-and-tennessee-continue

Zimbabwe – Widespread Damage After Floods in Binga District http://floodlist.com/africa/zimbabwe-floods-binga-district-february-2020

USA – Mississippi Declares Flood Emergency http://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-mississippi-february-2020

Tanzania – Evacuations Ordered as Dam Threatens Collapse http://floodlist.com/africa/tanzania-evacuations-mwanga-dam-collapse-february-2020

Argentina – Hundreds Evacuate Floods in North http://floodlist.com/america/argentina-tucuman-salta-chaco-floods-february-2020

Indonesia – Heavy Rain, Floods and Landslides Hit 4 Provinces http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-lanadslides-westsumatra-westjava-westnusatenggara-eastkalimantan-february-2020

Two Japan cruise ship passengers die from coronavirus https://edition.cnn.com/asia/live-news/coronavirus-outbreak-02-20-20-intl-hnk/index.html

Indonesia – Rain Triggers Deadly Landslide in Bogor http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-rain-triggers-deadly-landslide-in-bogor

Argentina – Hundreds Evacuate Floods in North http://floodlist.com/america/argentina-tucuman-salta-chaco-floods-february-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Feb 2020: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Ibu, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/98606/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-20-Feb-2020-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Ibu-Dukono-Rincon-de-la-Vi.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The story of coal and climate change is not a tale of two cities, but a tale of two regional Australias https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/feb/14/i-spent-weeks-reporting-on-the-bushfires-this-is-the-truth-about-regional-australia?CMP=share_btn_tw

Climate summit calls for urgent action after Australia’s fire-hit summer https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/15/climate-summit-calls-for-urgent-action-after-australias-fire-hit-summer?CMP=share_btn_tw

An Iceberg Triple The Size Of San Francisco Breaks Off Antarctica’s Most Endangered Glacier https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2020/02/17/antarctica-iceberg-breaks-off

UK must prepare for more intense storms, climate scientists say https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/feb/17/uk-must-prepare-for-more-intense-storms-climate-scientists-say?CMP=share_btn_tw

Scientists say climate change is behind the unprecedented intensity of the bushfires that have burned a reported 27 million acres in Australia https://www.cbsnews.com/news/australia-fires-climate-change-relationship-60-minutes-2020-02-16/

“Glacial Earthquakes” Spotted for the First Time on Thwaites https://eos.org/articles/glacial-earthquakes-spotted-for-the-first-time-on-thwaites

Public support for new coalmines falls even among Coalition voters, ANU poll finds https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/feb/18/coalitions-handling-of-bushfires-causes-substantial-decline-in-support-anu-poll-finds

Solar thermal power the way forward for Australia despite hiccups, nuclear expert says https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-18/solar-thermal-power-should-be-major-export-expert-says/11971938

Australia has done little on emissions, and is not planning much in next decade https://reneweconomy.com.au/australia-has-done-little-on-emissions-and-is-not-planning-much-in-next-decade-71549/

How heat and drought turned Australia into a tinderbox https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-19/australia-bushfires-how-heat-and-drought-created-a-tinderbox/11976134

Vancouver has been named a global leader for climate change https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/vancouver-global-leader-climate-change-cdp

Study indicates human fossil methane emissions have been underestimated by up to 40% https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/19/oil-gas-industry-far-worse-climate-impact-than-thought-fossil-fuels-methane

The Antarctic Peninsula is setting heat records. They won’t stand long https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/02/antarctic-peninsula-setting-heat-records-wont-stand-long/

There Is No Impending ‘Mini Ice Age’ https://climate.nasa.gov/blog/2953/there-is-no-impending-mini-ice-age/

Two New Studies Add Fuel to the Debate Over Methane https://insideclimatenews.org/news/20022020/two-new-studies-add-fuel-debate-over-methane

 

Disaster risk reduction

Earthquake experts lay out latest outlook for the ‘Really Big One’ that’ll hit Seattle https://www.geekwire.com/2020/earthquake-researchers-lay-latest-outlook-really-big-one-thatll-hit-seattle/

Flood defences in England get 1% of infrastructure spending https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-51463267

Rain has eased the dry, but more is needed to break the drought https://theconversation.com/rain-has-eased-the-dry-but-more-is-needed-to-break-the-drought-131660?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=footertwitterbutton

Met Office forecasters set for ‘billion pound’ supercomputer https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51504002

The Guardian view on flooded Britain: breaking the waves https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/17/the-guardian-view-on-flooded-britain-breaking-the-waves

City launches ‘Resilient Houston’ plan to prepare for future disasters https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/amp/City-launches-Resilient-Houston-plan-to-15051469.php

The role of a fractured planning system that still enables developers to build homes in high flood risk areas https://theconversation.com/how-englands-broken-planning-system-has-created-not-reduced-the-risk-of-floods-127287

Flooding in the UK isn’t an act of God, it’s an act of government https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/17/flooding-uk-george-eustice-met-office

Exceptional satellite presentation of deep North Atlantic cyclone nearing Iceland this evening https://www.severe-weather.eu/mcd/exceptional-satellite-presentation-cyclone-iceland-mk/

Beavers introduced to Yorkshire in 2019 may have prevented Storm Dennis flooding with their dams https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/latest-news/beavers-introduced-to-yorkshire-in-2019-may-have-prevented-storm-dennis-flooding-with-their-dams-1-10261513

One in 10 new homes in England built on land with high flood risk https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/19/one-in-ten-new-homes-in-england-built-on-land-with-high-flood-risk?CMP=share_btn_tw

‘Natural’ flood management would be overwhelmed by Britain’s winter super-floods https://theconversation.com/natural-flood-management-would-be-overwhelmed-by-britains-winter-super-floods-132150

‘How would you like to handle it?’: the minister, the irrigators and a flood https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/how-would-you-like-to-handle-it-the-minister-the-irrigators-and-a-flood-20200218-p541yv.html

‘It’s appalling we are still building on a flood plain’ – Prof Hannah Cloke https://www.channel4.com/news/its-appalling-we-are-still-building-on-a-food-plain-prof-hannah-cloke

 

Emergency management

Decades of Disaster Data: Local and National https://medialibrary.climatecentral.org/resources/decades-of-disaster-data

More than 75 per cent of Australians were affected either directly or indirectly by the fires https://www.sbs.com.au/news/deadly-bushfires-affected-75-per-cent-of-australians-says-new-study?cid=news:socialshare:twitter

Exposure and the impact on attitudes of the 2019-20 Australian Bushfires https://csrm.cass.anu.edu.au/research/publications/exposure-and-impact-attitudes-2019-20-australian-bushfires-0

Sifting through the ashes: Mallacoota residents after the bushfires https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/gallery/2020/feb/18/sifting-through-the-ashes-mallacoota-residents-after-the-bushfires-in-pictures

CBRNe Summit Europe 2020 https://intelligence-sec.com/events/cbrne-summit-europe-2020/

RFS puts up billboard in New York’s Times Square thanking firefighters https://www.9news.com.au/national/rfs-puts-up-billboard-in-new-yorks-times-square-thanking-firefighters/eb30b56b-536a-4f3d-9f66-6f8996602991?ocid=Social-9NewsS

Coronavirus Update: Diamond Princess Passengers Leave Ship As Expert Slams Quarantine https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/19/807418497/coronavirus-update-diamond-princess-passengers-leave-ship-as-expert-slams-quaran

Winter Is Wildfire Prep Season in California https://www.wsj.com/articles/winter-is-wildfire-prep-season-in-california-11582021800?mod=hp_lead_pos11

After Hurricane Dorian, engaging the private sector in recovery https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2020/after-hurricane-dorian–engaging-the-private-section-in-recovery.html

Coronavirus mapped: the latest figures as the outbreak spreads https://www.ft.com/content/a26fbf7e-48f8-11ea-aeb3-955839e06441?segmentID=22a4a564-acc0-bdcd-29ab-405d952fdcc3

Huge East Gippsland bushfire that burned for three months finally declared ‘contained’ https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-20/east-gippsland-bushfire-contained-after-burning-for-three-months/11982744

Judge: Feds aren’t liable for downstream Harvey flooding https://www.eenews.net/stories/1062402887

Drones to monitor Australia for early bushfire prevention https://dronedj.com/2020/02/14/drones-monitor-australia-bushfire-detection/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

USA: In disasters, Twitter influencers get out-tweeted https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/63681

Social media usage patterns during natural hazards https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0210484

How you can save your home from this floody hell as storms sweep across Britain https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10991716/storms-britain-how-save-home-floody-hell/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Brief communication: Comparing top-down and bottom-up paradigms for global flood hazard mapping https://www.researchgate.net/publication/338788292_Brief_communication_Comparing_top-down_and_bottom-up_paradigms_for_global_flood_hazard_mapping

 

Psychology and Disasters

‘It’s OK to hurt’: Lifeline launches bushfire recovery helpline https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/it-s-ok-to-hurt-lifeline-launches-bushfire-recovery-helpline-20200217-p541mk.html

Exploring changes in hydrogeological risk awareness and preparedness over time: a case study in northeastern Italy https://www.researchgate.net/publication/339312153_Exploring_changes_in_hydrogeological_risk_awareness_and_preparedness_over_time_a_case_study_in_northeastern_Italy

People affected by UK floods tell of their impact and ‘painful, disruptive aftermath’ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/19/worst-thing-is-waiting-flood-hit-communities-stress-uk-flooding?CMP=share_btn_tw

 

Sociology and disasters

The Paradox of Community Involvement: Post-Disaster Reconstruction in Minamisanriku Japan https://www.researchgate.net/publication/339251716_The_Paradox_of_Community_Involvement_Post-Disaster_Reconstruction_in_Minamisanriku_Japan

Flood vulnerability assessment using MOVE framework: a case study of the northern part of district Peshawar, Pakistan https://www.researchgate.net/publication/339273067_Flood_vulnerability_assessment_using_MOVE_framework_a_case_study_of_the_northern_part_of_district_Peshawar_Pakistan

A Genealogy of Resilience https://www.researchgate.net/publication/323188057_A_Genealogy_of_Resilience

Traditional knowledge, social capital, and community response to a disaster: resilience of remote communities in Fiji after a severe climatic event https://www.researchgate.net/publication/339320309_Traditional_knowledge_social_capital_and_community_response_to_a_disaster_resilience_of_remote_communities_in_Fiji_after_a_severe_climatic_event

Active Hope in an Era of Environmental Extremes https://hazards.colorado.edu/workshop/2020/theme

Communities with lower flood resilience capacities and interactions can best build resilience by leveraging their relatively higher human capital capacities to strengthen the financial and social capitals https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10113-020-01593-x