Today in disaster resilience (19 January 2018)

Disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Biting cold has so far claimed 27 lives in Bangladesh http://www.newagebd.net/article/32468/cold-wave-on-new-spell-coming

PNG Governor orders evacuation of second volcano as eruption fears mount http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-14/thousands-evacuated-from-png-volcano-amid-eruption-fears/9327952

Peru quake: Magnitude 7.1 sea tremor topples buildings http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/348098/peru-quake-magnitude-7-point-1-sea-tremor-topples-buildings

‘We makes the best of everything’: Resilience in wake of flooding on Newfoundland’s west coast http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/crews-work-through-night-flooding-newfoundland-west-coast-1.4486827

Twin bombings in Baghdad kill 38 https://apnews.com/7bf0e04c65a7448b85f2a17872108216/Double-suicide-bombing-in-Baghdad-kills-at-least-38-people?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP

Western Newfoundland still cleaning up from flood, request for federal disaster money likely http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/western-newfoundland-flood-cleanup-1.4487376

Fire crews have now fully enclosed the largest wildfire ever recorded in California http://www.scpr.org/news/2018/01/12/79756/thomas-fire-fully-contained-38-days-later/

Philippines – 11 Dead After Floods and Landslides in Visayas and Mindanao http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-floods-landslides-visayas-mindanao-january-2018

Mayon Volcano forces evacuation of nearly 40,000 people http://temblor.net/volcano-insights/mayon-volcano-forces-evacuation-of-nearly-40000-people-6128/

Volcanic activity worldwide 18 Jan 2018: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/67075/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-18-Jan-2018-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Reven.html

Paraguay – Thousands Evacuated in Asunción as River Levels Rise http://floodlist.com/america/paraguay-asuncion-floods-january-2018

Deadly storm hits Netherlands with hurricane-force winds https://watchers.news/2018/01/18/deadly-storm-hits-netherlands-with-hurricane-force-winds/

Winter storm claims 10 lives across the US South https://watchers.news/2018/01/18/winter-storm-claims-10-lives-across-the-us-south/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate change will result in increased hydrological extremes in the upstream domains of the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra http://www.futurewater.eu/2018/01/hydrological-extremes/?utm_content=bufferf2fd9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Anthropogenic warming impacts on California snowpack during drought http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2016GL072104/abstract

Could we retrofit Antarctica’s glaciers to keep them from collapsing? http://grist.org/briefly/could-we-retrofit-antarcticas-glaciers-to-keep-them-from-collapsing/?utm_content=buffer2d618&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

How do climate models work? https://www.carbonbrief.org/qa-how-do-climate-models-work

Which works better: climate fear, or climate hope? Well, it’s complicated https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/04/climate-fear-or-hope-change-debate?CMP=share_btn_tw

What do cold snaps have to do with climate change? https://phys.org/news/2018-01-cold-snaps-climate.html

It’s Official: 2017 Was the Second Hottest Year on Record http://e360.yale.edu/digest/its-official-2017-was-the-second-hottest-year-on-record

Australia’s coastal living is at risk from sea level rise, but it’s happened before https://theconversation.com/australias-coastal-living-is-at-risk-from-sea-level-rise-but-its-happened-before-87686?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Scientist warns of more frequent cyclones in Arabian Sea http://www.easternmirrornagaland.com/scientist-warns-of-more-frequent-cyclones-in-arabian-sea/

Fire, Ice, and Climate Change in Iceland http://glacierhub.org/2018/01/16/fire-ice-climate-change-iceland/

Electricity from all forms of renewables will be consistently cheaper than fossil fuels by 2020 https://qz.com/1179753/by-2020-renewable-electricity-will-be-consistently-cheaper-than-fossil-fuel-power/

Why remote Antarctica is so important in a warming world https://theconversation.com/why-remote-antarctica-is-so-important-in-a-warming-world-88197?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Emergent constraint on equilibrium climate sensitivity from global temperature variability https://www.nature.com/articles/nature25450

Global warming won’t reach worst-case scenario – study http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/348349/global-warming-won-t-reach-worst-case-scenario-study

Weather and climate: they’re not the same thing, folks! https://blog.nature.org/conservancy/2018/01/05/lost-in-the-tweetstorm-the-truth-about-climate-doesnt-change-with-the-weather/

Was this latest hurricane caused by global warming or not? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfkS7LqCMDQ&feature=youtu.be

Studies predict a 4.8°C rise in mean annual temperature and a mean 70cm rise in sea level rise by 2100 in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam https://www.sei-international.org/-news-archive/3849?utm_content=bufferb7f45&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer.SEIclimate

New visualizations bring the alarming realities of climate change down to Earth http://mashable.com/2018/01/18/2017-top-3-warmest-years-visualizations-modern-art/?utm_cid=hp-n-1#jkcqRsR3Miqq

2017 Was One of the Hottest Years on Record. And That Was Without El Niño https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/01/18/climate/hottest-year-2017.html

Assessing the Global Climate in 2017 https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/global-climate-201712?position=0&list=I01Le2zdAXWaL5f_bNwAR8ANefyxnQXsBlA-R0v-U4o

 

Disaster risk reduction

 

Coastal resilience still elusive and expensive https://ctmirror.org/2018/01/08/sandy-5-irene-6-coastal-resilience-still-elusive-and-expensive/

Integrating Traditional Ecological Knowledge and World Renewal Ceremonies into Fire Adaptation: An Indigenous Stewardship Model https://fireadaptednetwork.org/traditional-ecological-knowledge-world-renewal-ceremonies-fire-adaptation/?platform=hootsuite

Potentially huge losses from future earthquakes in Eastern Canada: study http://www.news1130.com/2018/01/13/potentially-huge-losses-from-future-earthquakes-in-eastern-canada-study/

Act now to protect millions from floods — study http://www.dw.com/en/act-now-to-protect-millions-from-floods-study/a-42110153

India’s advocacy of disaster risk management will save lives http://www.hindustantimes.com/opinion/india-s-advocacy-of-disaster-risk-management-will-save-lives/story-2Cb7jmcaAg1QWez2I8oJjM.html

River Floods Will Threaten Tens of Millions in Next 25 Years https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/river-floods-will-threaten-tens-of-millions-in-next-25-years/?wt.mc=SA_Twitter-Share

We could learn much more from 1918 pandemic – the (mis)fortune of research relying on original death certificates http://www.annalsofepidemiology.org/article/S1047-2797(17)30719-6/fulltext?utm_content=buffer41a0b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Future floods will be in mind as California town rebuilds http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-5271505/Future-floods-mind-California-town-rebuilds.html

£42M Humber Hull Frontages go ahead https://www.ukconstructionmedia.co.uk/news/42m-humber-hull-frontages-go-ahead/

UK China Urban Flooding Research Impact Programme https://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-and-prizes/international-research-and-collaborations/newton-fund-programmes/uk-china-urban-flooding-research-impact-programme

Drone footage of huge fissure opening behind imminent landslide https://boingboing.net/2018/01/15/drone-footage-of-huge-fissure.html

Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance goes into next phase https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/zurich-flood-resilience-alliance-goes-next-phase-michael-szoenyi/

Natural Hazard Data: A Practical Guide https://www.adb.org/sites/default/files/institutional-document/387631/natural-hazard-data-practical-guide-main.pdf

Flood Resilience Program extended for five more years https://practicalaction.org/blog/programmes/disaster-risk-reduction-2/flood-resilience-program-extended-for-five-more-years/

Whole of England to be mapped with lasers to tackle flooding and illegal waste dumps http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/england-mapped-lasers-flooding-waste-dumps-a8134156.html

The UK Environment Agency has launched a consultation which considers proposals to transfer ‘flood risk management activities’ on a number of stretches of watercourses to local groups http://www.governmentbusiness.co.uk/news/16012018/management-rivers-could-go-communities

In Capitol Hill debate over future of flood insurance, role of private market disputed http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/politics/article_65a077ee-f857-11e7-bfbc-7bf9154d2b30.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

Deadly California mudslides show the need for maps and zoning that better reflect landslide risk https://theconversation.com/deadly-california-mudslides-show-the-need-for-maps-and-zoning-that-better-reflect-landslide-risk-90087?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

The Natural Hazards Partnership: A public-sector collaboration across the UK for natural hazard disaster risk reduction https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420917303370

The tide is high: what steps are we taking to ensure that rising seas and catastrophic weather don’t swallow American communities whole? https://www.revealnews.org/episodes/the-tide-is-high/

Repeated flooding spurs Harris County to discuss plans for $1 billion bond package in 2018 https://communityimpact.com/houston/spring-klein/city-county/2018/01/16/repeated-flooding-spurs-harris-county-discuss-plans-1-billion-bond-package-2018/

Nine Ways to Start Connecting Stormwater and  Floodplain Management: A New Report http://willamettepartnership.org/connecting-stormwater-floodplain-management-new-report/?utm_content=buffer9da07&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The Global Risks Report 2018 https://www.weforum.org/reports/the-global-risks-report-2018/

Can technology help us prepare for flooding? See how it’s working in Indonesia https://www.ctc-n.org/news/ctcn-video-indonesia-can-technology-help-us-prepare-flooding

The risk of extreme weather ending human existence is topped only by the risk posed by weapons of mass destruction http://www.newsweek.com/human-existence-threatened-more-extreme-weather-not-weapons-mass-destruction-783589

Reconciling Opportunity and Resilience in Changing Times http://www.brinknews.com/reconciling-opportunity-and-resilience-in-changing-times/

Himawari-8 data assimilated simulation enables 10-minute updates of rain and flood predictions https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180117125525.htm

Towards a flood resilient future https://reunder40s.blog/2018/01/16/towards-a-flood-resilient-future/

A Dutch Bridge Designed to Flood as Water Levels Rise https://www.fastcodesign.com/90156536/a-dutch-bridge-designed-to-flood-as-water-levels-rise

Quantifying the Impact of 20-Year Flood Frequency on Land Cover Change Type http://pubs.sciepub.com/ajcea/6/1/2/

Emergency Management

Many people didn’t evacuate after being told to do so before Californian mudslide https://apnews.com/4277c52e92fb415ead6a7ce0fbcf9850?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=APWestRegion

School Flooding Shows Need for Better Storm Preparedness, Recovery Planning http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/compass-points/2018/01/09/school-flooding-shows-need-for-better-storm-preparedness-recovery-planning

Using data from both government and volunteer sources is key to an effective disaster response strategy http://www.govtech.com/data/GT-JanuaryFebruary-2018-How-Trusting-Tech-Can-Improve-Disaster-Response.html?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=hks-twitter&utm_source=twitter

A false alert of an impending missile attack highlights just how unprepared the country is for nuclear disaster https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/01/pandemonium-and-rage-in-hawaii/550529/?utm_source=atltw

‘It was like Niagara Falls’: how California’s rich and poor united against a tide of mud https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/14/california-mudslides-montecito-verdugo-los-angeles

£3m Ark training centre to be lifesaver in flood emergencies https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/3m-ark-training-centre-to-be-lifesaver-in-flood-emergencies-1-6587204

Flooding in Madagascar, a first assessment from Satellite https://www.earthstartsbeating.com/2018/01/12/flooding-in-madagascar-a-first-assessment-from-satellite/

Haitians have shown tremendous resilience after the 2010 earthquake and every year subsequently as they face a new hurricane season http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/news-centre/announcements/2018/eight-years-after-the-earthquake–haitians-need-support-to-boost.html#.Wlqwh5A9yV8.twitter

Preventing an emergency from turning into a disaster requires political, operational and technical elements https://quarterly.blog.gov.uk/2018/01/10/science-in-emergencies/

As summer temperatures rise in Australia, emergency services and communities must work together to plan and react to major bushfires https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/why-we-must-be-ready-for-bushfires-this-summer

Emergency Cellphone Alerts Didn’t go out Until after Mudslides Began in Montecito http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Emergency-Cellphone-Aalerts-Didnt-go-out-Until-after-Mudslides-Began-in-Montecito.html

Rebuilding the Puerto Rico Seismic Network after Irma and Maria https://www.seismosoc.org/news/rebuilding-puerto-rico-seismic-network-irma-maria/

Flood governance in Canada: Who’s minding the store? https://www.insblogs.com/business-risks/flood-governance-canada-whos-minding-store/6285

European Fire News Portal http://effis.jrc.ec.europa.eu/applications/fire-news/

Tanzanian drone pilots react to worst flooding in 100 years https://werobotics.org/blog/2018/01/17/flooding-in-dar-es-salaam/

Tornado Sirens Sound Funny? It’s Time to Duck and Cover http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Tornado-Sirens-Sound-Funny-Its-Time-to-Duck-and-Cover.html

Florida County Officials Take Heat over Irma Response http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Florida-County-Officials-Take-Heat-over-Irma-Response.html

Methodological Framework for Analysing Cascading Effects from Flood Events: The Case of Sukhumvit Area, Bangkok, Thailand http://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/10/1/81

Australian swimmers saved by drone in ‘world-first rescue’ http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/348438/australian-swimmers-saved-by-drone-in-world-first-rescue

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Communicating Risk in Public Health Emergencies; A WHO Guideline for Emergency Risk Communication (ERC) policy and practice http://www.who.int/risk-communication/guidance/download/en/

‘I think the concept that the fire department will come and save you all the time is a myth’ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/house-fires-firefighters-national-building-code-1.4482786

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Campaigns/National-Wildfire-Community-Preparedness-Day

Aggregated knowledge from a small number of debates outperforms the wisdom of large crowds https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-017-0273-4?utm_content=buffer97fae&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Are you flood ready? Our guide for January http://www.floodadvisoryservice.co.uk/2018-are-you-flood-ready-our-top-tips-for-january?platform=hootsuite

False Alarm Kick-Starts Improvements to Emergency Communications https://www.hsdl.org/c/false-alarm-kick-starts-improvements-emergency-communications/

Australia’s ‘deadliest natural hazard’: what’s your heatwave plan? https://theconversation.com/australias-deadliest-natural-hazard-whats-your-heatwave-plan-90165

Children with Disabilities and Disasters Risk Reduction in New Zealand https://www.eqc.govt.nz/sites/public_files/1402-Children-with-disabilities-andDRR-in-NZ.pdf

Can the risk of coastal hazards be better communicated? https://ac.els-cdn.com/S2212420917303321/1-s2.0-S2212420917303321-main.pdf?_tid=29f48566-fbcf-11e7-a2f3-00000aab0f02&acdnat=1516225472_552c0ce06e97c4d7b4d1ccff92d19d8c

 Physical models to demonstrate the key principles of flood and coastal risk management http://www.jbatrust.org/how-we-help/physical-models/

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

How social media helped save lives right after Somalia’s deadliest attack ever https://qz.com/1103014/somalias-deadliest-ever-mogadishu-attack-was-lessened-by-technology/

Analyzing disasters on social media: Kate Starbird https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoQzJ_T1Tno&feature=youtu.be

 

Disaster psychology

The impacts of climate change on Americans’ health and psychological well-being http://climateforhealth.org/mental-health-impacts-report?utm_content=buffer1bf2c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Study: Many survivors of Joplin tornado experienced growth alongside stress http://www.joplinglobe.com/news/local_news/study-many-survivors-of-joplin-tornado-experienced-growth-alongside-stress/article_1fb1ade4-5b68-5602-97ac-ac0b07bf8df4.html

The effect of repeated exposure trauma on firefighters https://www.usfa.fema.gov/current_events/011718.html

 

 

Sociology and Disasters

A compassionate and piercing look at the communities ravaged by the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/aug/16/ghosts-of-tsunami-japan-disaster-richard-lloyd-parry-review?CMP=share_btn_tw

Deconstructing Disaster https://www.americanscientist.org/article/deconstructing-disaster

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Today in disaster resilience (18 January 2018)

disaster

Please find links belong to some aspects of disaster resilience in the news recently…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Sanchi: Burning tanker off Chinese coast ‘in danger of exploding’ http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-42600720

Snow sprinkles Saharan dunes in white http://www.severe-weather.eu/recent-events/snow-sprinkles-saharan-dunes-in-white/

Surprise awakening of Papua New Guinea volcano forces evacuations https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/07/surprise-awakening-of-papua-new-guinea-volcano-forces-evacuations

At least 79 dead as cold wave grips northern India and Nepal https://watchers.news/2018/01/08/at-least-79-dead-as-cold-wave-grips-northern-india-and-nepal/

Heavy snowfall affects 2.3 million people, kills 21 and destroys 700 homes, China https://watchers.news/2018/01/08/heavy-snowfall-affects-2-3-million-people-kills-21-and-destroys-700-homes-china/

Heavy rain fell across Singapore early on Monday morning causing flash floods in at least nine areas in the eastern part of the island http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/environment/flooding-in-9-areas-due-to-unusually-heavy-rainfall-what-to-do-during-a-flash

Tropical Cyclone “Ava” causes floods and landslides, leaves 29 dead https://watchers.news/2018/01/08/tropical-cyclone-ava-causes-floods-and-landslides-leaves-6-dead/

17 dead as mudslides sweep away homes in storm-blasted Southern California https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/01/09/storms-mudslides-sweep-away-homes-southern-california/1016641001/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Independent filmmaker and American University professor Bill Gentile has released “Fire and Ice on the Mountain,” a short documentary film exploring how religion and climate change intersect in Peru http://www.pulitzercenter.org/blog/filmmaker-bill-gentile-releases-fire-and-ice-mountain

2017 will be the warmest year in history without an El Niño http://grist.org/briefly/2017-will-be-the-warmest-year-in-history-without-an-el-nino/?utm_campaign=crowdfire&utm_content=crowdfire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter#24348876-tw#1513693473664

There’s so much CO2 in the atmosphere that planting trees can no longer save us http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/co2-atmosphere-planting-trees-oxygen-greenhouse-gas-carbon-dioxide-earth-scientists-climate-change-a8116856.html?utm_content=buffer3c5e2&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer.SEIclimate

A new study shows that even relatively small-scale climatic changes affect volcanic activity https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/get-ready-for-more-volcanic-eruptions-as-the-planet-warms/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sa-editorial-social&utm_content&utm_term=sustainability_news_&sf177320425=1

Homegrown African climate model predicts future rains – and risks http://news.trust.org/item/20171222185357-3f9yt/?utm_content=buffer88cd6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer.SEIclimate

CO2 levels https://www.co2.earth/

Maputo illustrates the urban dimension of climate change-related challenges facing Africa https://stockholmenvironmentinstitute.exposure.co/africas-new-urban-climate?utm_content=buffer2d113&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer.SEIclimate

Humidity may prove breaking point for some areas as temperatures rise, says study https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/teia-hmp122017.php

The very real climate crisis at the North Pole https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2017/12/24/the-very-real-climate-crisis-north-pole/79ZKyIqZ97Vz5VjopuLEtO/story.html

Polar Ice Is Disappearing, Setting Off Climate Alarms https://insideclimatenews.org/news/27122017/arctic-antarctic-sea-ice-sheets-2017-year-review-glaciers-disappearing-polar-records

‘Really awful’: 50-degree days possible for Sydney, Melbourne, as warming worsens http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/really-awful-50degree-days-possible-for-sydney-melbourne-as-warming-worsens-20171002-gyt512.html

Not a record, but mighty hot: Sydney weather reaches 47 degrees http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/sydney-off-to-a-hot-start-as-it-braces-for-heatwave-temperatures-20180106-h0ej5h.html

2017: The year climate change hit http://www.dw.com/en/2017-the-year-climate-change-hit/a-41944142

2017 extends period of exceptionally warm years, first complete datasets show https://climate.copernicus.eu/news-and-media/press-room/press-releases/2017-extends-period-exceptionally-warm-years-first-complete

Climate change and critical infrastructure – floods https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/56461

The Right Way to Build Resilience to Climate Change https://works.bepress.com/daniel_aldrich/42/

Antarctic expedition to uncover impacts of global warming https://gns.cri.nz/Home/News-and-Events/Media-Releases/Antarctic-expedition

2017 was the third warmest year on record for the United States https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/national-climate-201712

Climate Science Special Report (CSSR) https://science2017.globalchange.gov/chapter/front-matter-about/

Four things executives can do about climate change https://hbr.org/2018/01/climate-change-is-an-overwhelming-problem-here-are-4-things-executives-can-do-today?utm_campaign=hbr&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

Extreme event attribution is one of the most rapidly expanding areas of climate science https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/scientists-can-now-blame-individual-natural-disasters-on-climate-change/

A new study based on satellite observations finds that temperatures could rise nearly 5 °C by the end of the century https://www.technologyreview.com/s/609620/global-warmings-worst-case-projections-look-increasingly-likely/?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_content=2018-01-06&utm_campaign=Technology+Review

NASA scientists solve mystery around Earth’s rising methane emissions http://mashable.com/2018/01/05/nasa-study-solves-methane-increase-puzzle/?utm_cid=mash-prod-email-topstories&utm_emailalert=daily&utm_sid=57212404e9328b8f188b5958&utm_content=bufferc51ba&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#Ux3v0C0cm5q5

‘Quite surprising’: Near-record hot 2017, heat burst point to warming world http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/quite-surprising-nearrecord-hot-2017-heat-burst-point-to-warming-world-20180107-h0ewah.html

New study reveals strong El Nino events cause large changes in Antarctic ice shelves http://en.brinkwire.com/77053/new-study-reveals-strong-el-nino-events-cause-large-changes-in-antarctic-ice-shelves/

2017 was the third hottest year on record in Australia and seven of Australia’s ten hottest years have occurred since 2005 https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/2017-heat-records

Australia’s climate in 2017 http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/annual/aus/?utm_source=tw&utm_medium=org&utm_campaign=sm-017-0002&utm_content=vid

The ‘imminent mini ice age’ myth is back, and it’s still wrong https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/jan/09/the-imminent-mini-ice-age-myth-is-back-and-its-still-wrong?CMP=share_btn_tw

Temperature and snowfall in western Queen Maud Land increasing faster than climate model projections http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017GL075992/full

Pre-caution: a warming world http://geographical.co.uk/nature/climate/item/2544-pre-caution

The year that made climate change personal https://medium.com/@tmhill/when-climate-change-knocks-on-your-door-what-will-you-say-5bbdbb68f4ed

How Record-Breaking Weather Informs Climate Change Policy http://www.wbur.org/news/2018/01/05/record-weather-climate-resiliency

Sinking ocean floor leads to underestimates of sea level rise http://www.newsweek.com/climate-change-sinking-ocean-rising-sea-levels-772862?utm_content=bufferc09b2&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Climate change ‘hot spots’ http://edge.ensia.com/hot-spots/

The heat is on: but we’ve been there before https://riskfrontiers.com/the-heat-is-on-but-weve-been-there-before/

Sea Level Rise Is Creeping into Coastal Cities. Saving Them Won’t Be Cheap https://insideclimatenews.org/news/28122017/sea-level-rise-coastal-cities-flooding-2017-year-review-miami-norfolk-seawall-cost?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

Rising Humidity Due to Climate Change Could Push Humans to Their Physical Limit https://www.seeker.com/climate/climate/rising-humidity-due-to-climate-change-could-push-humans-to-their-physical-limit#632155022-tw#1515529630469

Temperature and humidity based projections of a rapid rise in global heat stress exposure during the 21st century http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aaa00e

Annual renewable shares of electricity production in Germany https://energy-charts.de/ren_share.htm?source=ren-share&period=annual&year=all

Top 10 Sinking Cities in the World https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/top-10-sinking-cities-world-john-englander/?trackingId=OF7tbkl%2FvjOCJGlgjOPN%2Fg%3D%3D

Paris 1.5C Goal Crucial to Protecting Communities from Rising Seas https://cop23.unfccc.int/news/paris-15c-goal-crucial-to-protecting-communities-from-rising-seas

Rainfall changes caused by global warming will increase river flooding risks across the globe by the 2040s, says a new study http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2018/01/10/rivers-predicted-to-flood-more-as-world-warms/

First-of-its-kind climate change study to form national framework for coastal protection measures http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/environment/first-of-its-kind-climate-change-study-to-form-national-framework-for-coastal

Floods seen as warning of Boston’s future https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/01/05/threat-rising-sea-levels-hits-home/kRSnmY2avJ2kLbvcYEYRbP/story.html

Global warming will expose millions more to floods http://www.france24.com/en/20180110-global-warming-will-expose-millions-more-floods?ref=tw_I

 

Disaster risk reduction

 

Mapping Canadian wildland fire interface areas http://www.publish.csiro.au/WF/WF16221

Urban Disaster Risk Reduction in Vietnam: Gaps and Challenges http://i-s-e-t.org/resources/working-papers/lessons-acccrn-viet-nam-series-urban-drr-gaps-challenges.html?platform=hootsuite

Measuring the seismic velocity in the top 15 km of Earth’s inner core http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031920117302315

Louisiana, Sinking Fast, Prepares to Empty Out Its Coastal Plain https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-22/louisiana-sinking-fast-prepares-to-empty-out-its-coastal-plain

Global disasters in 2017 cost $306 billion—nearly double the cost of 2016 https://qz.com/1162791/2017-natural-disasters-and-climate-change-effects-cost-the-world-306-billion/

Improved flood protection for Hull and Humber Estuary http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-humber-42449541

Examining the scientific evidence – what do we know about natural flood management? https://www.ceh.ac.uk/news-and-media/blogs/what-difference-could-natural-flood-management-techniques-make

After a Year of Natural Disasters, Investors Pump $20M into Mitigation Startup One Concern http://ht.ly/c24530hq1WP

Operational guidance for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in climate and disaster resilience-building operations http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/692091513937457908/Operational-guidance-for-monitoring-and-evaluation-M-E-in-climate-and-disaster-resilience-building-operations

Disaster Prevention and Management (DPM) advances knowledge in the field of disaster risk reduction and management http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=dpm

“It’s not just about cutting trees in the wildland-urban interface” https://fireadaptednetwork.org/fantastic-failure-false-hope-and-the-four-mile-canyon-fire/?platform=hootsuite

As major storms become more common, could amphibious architecture keep at-risk neighborhoods intact? https://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/a-floating-house-to-resist-the-floods-of-climate-change

Luzerne County man refuses flood buyout for historic home http://www.timesleader.com/news/local/687284/luzerne-county-man-refuses-flood-buyout-for-historic-home

The future of Sydney: a tale of three cities? https://theconversation.com/the-future-of-sydney-a-tale-of-three-cities-88568

Natural disasters cause record costs for insurers in 2017 https://www.munichre.com/en/media-relations/publications/press-releases/2018/2018-01-04-press-release/index.html

After a Historic and Deadly Fire Season, California Homeowners Struggle to Stay Insured http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2018/01/after-a-historic-and-deadly-fire-season-california-homeowners-struggle-to-stay-insured/

In DR Congo, flood tragedy highlights perils of urban sprawl http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5240931/In-DR-Congo-flood-tragedy-highlights-perils-urban-sprawl.html

“We live in a moment of global flooding” http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19428200.2017.1390365

Reactions to earthquake hazard: Strengthening commercial buildings and voluntary earthquake safety checks on houses in Wellington, New Zealand https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420917303758

In New York, Drawing Flood Maps Is a ‘Game of Inches’ https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/07/nyregion/new-york-city-flood-maps-fema.html?smid=tw-share

The Freakonomics Of Extreme Extreme Vetting https://www.huffingtonpost.com/todd-r-miller/the-freakonomics-of-extre_b_11821634.html

Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction https://www.preventionweb.net/english/hyogo/gar/atlas/

FEMA signs pact with reinsurers to take on $1.46 billion in flood risk https://www.reuters.com/article/us-floods-insurance-fema/fema-signs-pact-with-reinsurers-to-take-on-1-46-billion-in-flood-risk-idUSKBN1EU1YP

Louisiana Says Thousands Should Move From Vulnerable Coast, But Can’t Pay Them https://www.npr.org/2018/01/04/572721503/louisiana-says-thousands-should-move-from-vulnerable-coast-but-cant-pay-them?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20180107

RESILIENT: Zero Carbon, Risk-Informed, Sustainable http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/climate-and-disaster-resilience-/resilient.html?cq_ck=1512771423126

New NOAA Report Shows 2017 Was the Costliest Year on Record for US Disasters https://blog.ucsusa.org/rachel-cleetus/new-noaa-report-shows-2017-was-the-costliest-year-on-record-for-us-disasters

In 2017, there were 16 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/billions/

Most Londoners have no idea they’re being constantly protected by a team of people working round-the-clock to prevent the Thames from flooding https://www.newstatesman.com/2018/01/meet-andy-batchelor-man-who-keeps-london-dry

Interactive map shows areas at risk of floods, mud flows from Thomas Fire http://www.keyt.com/news/safety/interactive-map-shows-areas-at-risk-of-floods-mud-flows-from-thomas-fire/682034330

Seismic Sensors Record Hurricane Intensity, Study Finds http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2018/01/08/seismic-sensors-record-hurricane-intensity/

Council targets developers to tackle surface water flooding http://www.northlincs.gov.uk/your-council/about-your-council/news/latest-news/council-targets-developers-to-tackle-surface-water-flooding/

Could England Face Major Changes to Flood Risk Management? https://www.ambientalrisk.com/england-face-major-changes-flood-risk-management/

Working Together Toward Better Volcanic Forecasting https://eos.org/project-updates/working-together-toward-better-volcanic-forecasting

Scientists to map quake-prone Asian region in hope of mitigating disaster http://news.trust.org/item/20180104105810-6svni/

After record disasters, Congress must act to protect Americans http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/energy-environment/367866-after-record-disasters-congress-must-act-to-protect#.WlT-tfiW4cU.twitter

When Predictions Match Reality: The Power of LiDAR for Flood Warnings https://www.gislounge.com/predictions-match-reality-power-lidar-flood-warnings/

Work starts on major Northumberland flood scheme https://www.gov.uk/government/news/work-starts-on-major-northumberland-flood-scheme

Why holistic community-based approaches to managing flood risks should be a key feature of investment programs https://www.adb.org/publications/embedding-community-based-flood-risk-management-investment

Datafying Disaster: Institutional Framings of Data Production Following Superstorm Sandy http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/24694452.2017.1402673

New Zealand: Cost of storm and flood claims surge by 70% http://www3.asiainsurancereview.com/News/View-NewsLetter-Article?id=41261&Type=eDaily&utm_source=News&utm_medium=Email&utm_media=Website#.WlYregQXe_g.twitter

Undersea eruption near New Zealand was century’s biggest http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=11972711&ref=twitter

The NGO flying drones to map flooding http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ngo-flying-drones-map-flooding

Guide to facilitating community-led disaster risk management https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/56533?&a=email&utm_source=pw_email

Mitigation funding can save $6 in future disaster costs, for every $1 spent on hazard mitigation http://www.nibs.org/page/mitigationsaves

The Other Side of Resilience to Terrorism http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319569420

Build ‘rain gardens’ to prevent floods, says Wildlife Trusts http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/11/build-rain-gardens-prevent-floods-says-wildlife-trusts/

This report quantifies the economic damages caused by flooding in England during December 2015 and January 2016 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/floods-of-winter-2015-to-2016-estimating-the-costs

Floods, Fires, and LA’s Future https://www.nrdc.org/experts/floods-fires-and-future

As cities develop, their exposure to climate and disaster risk also increases http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/urbandevelopment/overview?CID=CCG_TT_climatechange_EN_EXT

 

Emergency Management

By The Numbers: A look at B.C.’s record setting 2017 wildfire season http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/a-by-the-numbers-look-at-b-c-s-record-setting-2017-wildfire-season

Flinders St incident: first paramedic on the scene speaks http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/flinders-st-incident-first-paramedic-on-the-scene-speaks/news-story/38f1cbc3ab9dbf18d8eed550d9104f9c

Lessons in Resilience from 2017 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/lessons-resilience-from-2017-satyamoorthy-kabilan/?published=t

Three Decades of Responding to Infectious Disease Outbreaks https://www.domesticpreparedness.com/updates/three-decades-of-responding-to-infectious-disease-outbreaks/

12 slang terms only a firefighter would know https://www.firerescue1.com/firefighter-humor/articles/127611018-12-slang-terms-only-a-firefighter-would-know/

The hurricane in Puerto Rico has become a man-made disaster, with a death toll threatening to eclipse Katrina’s http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/12/hurricane-maria-man-made-disaster.html

Promising new wildfire behavior model may aid fire managers in near real-time https://blogs.agu.org/geospace/2017/12/22/promising-new-wildfire-behavior-model-may-aid-fire-managers-near-real-time/

How Harvey Hurt Houston, in 10 Maps https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/harvey-maps

What Happened To Mexico’s Earthquake Warning System? https://www.npr.org/2018/01/07/576301183/what-happened-to-mexicos-earthquake-warning-system

Major post-event inquiries and reviews: review of recommendations https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/56463

Harvey’s historic floods left behind epic damage — and some urgent questions that will take months, if not years, to answer https://www.texastribune.org/2018/01/04/four-months-after-hurricane-harvey-four-major-questions-about-recovery/

Flooding Puts Windsor On The Map http://www.windsorsquare.ca/archives/2018/flooding-puts-windsor-on-the-map/110243

The Fire Next Time https://www.city-journal.org/html/fire-next-time-15632.html

Copernicus Emergency Management Service https://www.geospatialworld.net/blogs/glimpse-copernicus-in-2017/

Researchers at the University of Alberta have trained a “self-organizing map” to identify high-risk days for fires https://www.canadiangeographic.ca/article/how-artificial-intelligence-could-help-predict-major-forest-fires?utm_content=buffer74444&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Ten humanitarian crises to look out for in 2018 http://www.irinnews.org/feature/2018/01/01/ten-humanitarian-crises-look-out-2018

Biliran landslide not caused by mining http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1020844

Only The Strong Survive – Is FEMA’s New Preparedness Posture a Death Sentence for the Underserved? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/only-strong-survive-femas-new-preparedness-posture-death/

Hurricane Aid Package Includes Poison Pills https://www.nrdc.org/experts/rob-moore/hurricane-aid-package-includes-poison-pills?platform=hootsuite

e-Sanctuary: Open Multi-Physics Framework for Modelling Wildfire Urban Evacuation https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Research-reports/Other-research-topics/Open-Multi-Physics-Framework-for-Modelling-Wildfire-Urban-Evacuation

Rhetoric or reality: crisis coordination https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/44

Tracing how disaster impacts escalate will improve emergency responses https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/0118/090118-improving-emergency-disaster-responses

Flood governance: a multiple country comparison of stakeholder perceptions and aspirations https://www.sei-international.org/publications?pid=3271

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Play the Extreme Event game https://www.koshland-science-museum.org/extreme-event/

Christmas Flood (1717) http://www.deltawerken.com/Christmas-flood-(1717)/305.html

Educational flood management displays https://www.leftlion.co.uk//read/2017/december/ian-bartletts-flood-plains-models

Using maps in community disaster education and engagement http://www.fireadaptedwashington.org/blog/maps-are-cool-people-like-maps?utm_term=0_e0fee91f16-0943d35b42-169230441&utm_content=buffer4280e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Heatwaves: Helpful tips to make sure you’re prepared http://www.abc.net.au/news/emergency/plan-for-an-emergency/heatwave/

“The land is a book, waiting to be read” http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/booksplus/catherine-mckinnon-novel-storyland/8384062

Aventura students called Weather Rangers learn about hurricanes from experts http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/community-voices/article187190793.html

People need to make safe decisions themselves and not rely solely on emergency warnings http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-06/emergency-announcements-alone-during-disasters-not-reliable/9304666

Introducing some voices of the Residents of Fukushima, with footage shot by drone camera from around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (Ōkuma & Namie), and photos from a personal photo album https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHdcnA_yIds&feature=youtu.be

A diary from Fukushima https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U35cXKd–w4&feature=youtu.be

Fukushima Today https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0C_l80Hfd0&feature=youtu.be

Using maps in community disaster education and engagement http://www.fireadaptedwashington.org/blog/maps-are-cool-people-like-maps?utm_term=0_e0fee91f16-0943d35b42-169230441&utm_content=buffer4280e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Your one-stop-shop for knowledge and learning on what does and doesn’t work in disasters and emergencies preparedness https://disasterpreparedness.ngo/

Four measures to protect pets (and their owners) in disasters https://www.preventionweb.net/experts/oped/view/56031

How to communicate with vulnerable populations in emergency situations http://blog.basecampconnect.com/english/communicate-with-vulnerable-populations-in-emergency-management

Communicating Unnatural Disasters https://eartharxiv.org/jm4y3/

Real-time view of Sierra Leone mudslide https://www.youvisit.com/tour/wbg/139366?

Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) chair appointments https://www.gov.uk/government/news/regional-flood-and-coastal-committee-rfcc-chair-appointments–2

New Year’s Honours: Glenridding man was central in flooding clear up http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/15818365.New_Year__39_s_Honours__Glenridding_man_was_central_in_flooding_clear_up/?ref=twtrec

A visualisation of earthquake waves http://ds.iris.edu/seismon/swaves/index.php?lat=34.2&lon=-118.5&depth=17&mag=6.7&title=Northridge%201994&date=1994-01-17T12:30Z&w_terrain=false&wiki=https%3A%2F%2Fearthquake.usgs.gov%2Fearthquakes%2Fstates%2Fevents%2F1994_01_17.php

A Home Buyer’s Nightmare: Moving to a Flood Zone Without Knowing It https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-home-buyers-nightmare-moving-to-a-flood-zone-without-knowing-it-1513512000

Storm Eleanor photos could improve flood warnings http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-42634015

A history of tipping points from an ecological perspective and how they inform resilience thinking in global development https://rethink.earth/backwards-and-forwards/

Seven principles for building resilience in social-ecological systems http://applyingresilience.org/en/start-en/

This project is dedicated to engaging Cameroon youth in action, awareness raising, communication and research for reducing risk and improving resilience to water-related natural disasters—particularly, floods and drought http://www.floodmanagement.info/engaging-cameroons-youth-in-flood-and-drought-risk-prediction-and-management/

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

Developing an understanding of the phases of crisis using social media http://dergipark.gov.tr/download/article-file/333414

Resilience on Twitter: insights on influencers, networks and topics https://www.odi.org/sites/odi.org.uk/files/resource-documents/11966.pdf

How Social Media Became a Game-Changer for the Deaf Community https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/how-social-media-became-a-game-changer-for-the-deaf-community/514223/

This document introduces the concept of VOST digital volunteering and goes through the proven track record of these teams in supporting authorities in emergencies with social media emergency management (SMEM) http://www.eena.org/publications/vost-teams#.WlUyaLyWbIW

Using Twitter to determine the location of floods which can help first-responders react quicker in case of emergency http://www.amsterdam-water-science.nl/shared-content/news/news/2017/08/using-twitter-for-flood-detection.html

Data Mining of Twitter for Predictive Social Network Analysis https://www.datasciencecentral.com/profiles/blog/show?id=6448529:BlogPost:365249&utm_content=bufferc3b7a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

People in poorer countries just as likely to use social media for news as those in wealthier countries http://www.pewglobal.org/2018/01/11/people-in-poorer-countries-just-as-likely-to-use-social-media-for-news-as-those-in-wealthier-countries/#people-in-poorer-countries-just-as-likely-to-use-social-media-for-news-as-those-in-wealthier-countries

 

Disaster psychology

Months later Hurricane Harvey survivors feel grief, distress http://www.680news.com/2018/01/06/months-later-hurricane-harvey-survivors-feel-grief-distress/

Coping with Disasters While Living in Poverty: A Systematic Review http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15325024.2017.1415724?journalCode=upil20

Why are people so fascinated by storms, even when they’re nowhere near them? https://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/snow-blizzard-thrill-scary?mbid=social_twitter

Children and the trauma of floods http://nctsn.org/trauma-types/natural-disasters/floods

More than half of men and women had experienced one or more traumas over the course of their lives, with experience of a natural disaster the second most common trauma type https://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA17-5047/SMA17-5047.pdf

“Communicating with your Congregation After Trauma http://www.ictg.org/downloadable-guidelines.html

Researchers from the University of Missouri have found that survivors of natural disasters have the potential to experience positive changes or growth in addition to the stress they experience http://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2018/0110-lessons-from-joplin-personal-growth-often-coexists-with-post-traumatic-stress-following-natural-disasters-mu-researchers-find/

 

Sociology and Disasters

 

Africa is urbanising at an incredible rate. Over the next 20 years the number of city dwellers will increase from 400 million to more than 1.26 billion https://www.irinnews.org/in-depth/poverty-your-doorstep-challenge-urbanisation-africa?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=irinsocial&utm_campaign=irinupdates

Natural Disasters Are Social Disasters https://www.sapiens.org/column/the-climate-report/hurricane-harvey-inequality/

Hurricane Katrina’s Forgotten Survivors https://www.sapiens.org/culture/hurricane-katrina-lower-9th-ward/

Why would anyone in Puerto Rico want a hurricane? Because someone will get rich https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/how-puerto-rican-hurricanes-devastate-many-and-enrich-a-few/2017/09/22/78e7500c-9e66-11e7-9083-fbfddf6804c2_story.html?utm_term=.fbc47c6a0c2e

Social capital as a shield against anxiety among displaced residents from Fukushima https://works.bepress.com/daniel_aldrich/40/

Today in disaster resilience (22 December 2017)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

10 houses swept off in Keningau floods http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/fire-brigade-10-houses-swept-off-in-keningau-floods#lLdp0XbeTAGgHe8M.97

Volcano earthquake report for Sunday, 17 Dec 2017 https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/earthquakes-volcanoes/news/66606/Volcano-earthquake-report-for-Sunday-17-Dec-2017.html

Chile: Landslide destroys village and kills at least five http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-42382413

Firefighters on Thomas Fire save hundreds of homes in Montecito area http://wildfiretoday.com/2017/12/17/firefighters-on-thomas-fire-save-hundreds-of-homes-in-montecito-area/

Heavy rain hits Dubai, flooding in parts of UAE https://www.khaleejtimes.com/news/weather/Videos-Heavy-rain,-flooding-in-parts-of-UAE-

The massive Thomas Fire, which will soon rank as the largest wildland fire in modern California history https://psmag.com/environment/thomas-fire-largest-wildfire-in-california-history

Philippines – Dozens Killed or Missing as Tropical Storm Kai-Tak Causes Floods and Landslides http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-storm-kai-tak-december-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Malawi – Floods in Lilongwe Leave 6 Dead http://floodlist.com/africa/malawi-floods-lilongwe-december-2017

Heavy rain, severe flooding hits Oman https://watchers.news/2017/12/18/heavy-rain-severe-flooding-hits-oman/

Victoria weather: Buildings damaged, thousands remain without power after severe storms hit http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-19/victorians-left-in-the-dark-after-severe-storms-hit-state/9273806?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Wild weather, record heat across Australia http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2017/12/wild-weather-record-heat-across-australia.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Volcanic activity worldwide 21 Dec 2017: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Agung https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/66676/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-21-Dec-2017-Fuego-volcano-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Agung-.html

Sudan – 500 Left Homeless by Floods in Northern Sudan http://floodlist.com/africa/sudan-floods-northern-sudan-december-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Malaysia – Floods in Sarawak Leave 1 Dead, 100s Displaced http://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-floods-sarawak-sabah-december-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

More Than 30 Dead After Tropical Depression Kai-Tak Brings Flooding Rain, Landslides to the Philippines https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/2017-12-16-pacific-kai-tak-philippines?utm_content=buffer4c7ea&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Global and Asian heat waves in 2016 due purely to climate change, study says https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/12/14/world/science-health-world/global-asian-heat-waves-2016-due-purely-climate-change-study-says/#.WjbWJU8UnIU

Climate Change Is Increasing Forest Fires, and the Cost Will Be Huge https://futurism.com/climate-change-forest-fires-cost-huge/

Moving towards a more resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya http://cariaa.net/research/blog-moving-towards-more-resilient-hindu-kush-himalaya

Extreme Storms to Multiply, Intensify Across U.S., New Simulations Suggest https://www.ecowatch.com/extreme-weather-climate-change-2517180162.html

Here’s where U.S. residents will move to escape rising seas https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2017/12/where-americans-will-move-as-seas-rise/

The Arctic shows no sign of returning to the reliably frozen state it was a decade ago https://blogs.agu.org/thefield/2017/12/15/driven-open-ocean-arctic-continues-warm/

Antarctic climate variability on regional and continental scales over the last 2000 years https://www.clim-past.net/13/1609/2017/

Global trends in climate change legislation and litigation: 2017 snapshot http://www.lse.ac.uk/GranthamInstitute/publication/global-trends-in-climate-change-legislation-and-litigation-2017-snapshot/

A climate researcher finds a link between a 20-year spate of hurricanes and the content of song lyrics https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/12/more-hurricanes-make-for-stormier-pop-charts/548528/?utm_source=twb

The year is 2037. This is what happens when the hurricane hits Miami https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/17/miami-hurricane-2037-climate-change?CMP=share_btn_tw

An American Beach Story: When Property Rights Clash with the Rising Sea https://insideclimatenews.org/news/16122017/beach-erosion-sea-level-rise-property-rights-massachusetts-government-storm-nourishment-project

Globe had its third warmest year to date and fifth warmest November on record https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/global-climate-201711

Yesterday’s 100-year storm is today’s 30-year storm https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/12/more-studies-examine-role-of-climate-change-in-hurricane-harvey/?platform=hootsuite

Scientists pinpoint link between climate change and Hurricane Harvey’s record rainfall https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-12-13/scientists-pinpoint-link-between-climate-change-and-hurricane-harveys-record?utm_content=buffera13f9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The new simulator allows anyone with a computer to perform idealized experiments with sea level and learn about its complexities https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/m/news/news.php?release=2017-308#.WjgvptKWbIW

A century of glacier retreat at Hintereisferner https://vimeo.com/243845079

569 Scottish reservoirs face flood risk over climate change http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15777847.Revealed__569_of_Scotland__39_s_670_reservoirs_pose_flood_risk_thanks_to_climate_change/

Rising sea levels: Will we adapt or drown? https://medium.com/@OECD/rising-sea-levels-will-we-adapt-or-drown-3c70855fddfe

The health of Antarctic ice shelves https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-017-0037-1

Climate change will displace millions in coming decades. Nations should prepare now to help them https://theconversation.com/climate-change-will-displace-millions-in-coming-decades-nations-should-prepare-now-to-help-them-89274?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Are Rising Seas, Coastal Erosion and Powerful Storms a Wave of the Future for Small Island Nations? http://www.caribbean360.com/news/rising-seas-coastal-erosion-powerful-storms-wave-future-small-island-nations#ixzz51jykKRQFhttp://www.caribbean360.com/news/rising-seas-coastal-erosion-powerful-storms-wave-future-small-island-nations

Climate change, migration and displacement: the need for a risk-informed and coherent approach https://www.odi.org/publications/10977-climate-change-migration-and-displacement-need-risk-informed-and-coherent-approach

Warmer, wetter climate could mean stronger, more intense storms https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/csu-wwc121817.php

Direct and indirect climate controls predict heterogeneous early-mid 21st century wildfire burned area across western and boreal North America http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0188486

A Year of Climate Change in Photos https://www.bloomberg.com/news/photo-essays/2017-12-20/a-year-of-climate-change-in-photos

International Energy Agency says burning of fossil fuel is falling fast, driven by drop-off in use by EU, China and US https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/dec/18/global-coal-consumption-forecast-to-slow

China Just Moved Closer to Becoming the World’s Climate Leader http://time.com/5069912/china-climate-change-trump/

Alaska’s Northernmost Town Warms So Fast, It Fools NOAA Computers https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/alaska-rsquo-s-northernmost-town-warms-so-fast-it-fools-noaa-computers/

Mainstreaming climate adaptation: taking stock about “what works” from empirical research worldwide https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10113-017-1259-5

Jakarta Is Sinking So Fast, It Could End Up Underwater https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/12/21/world/asia/jakarta-sinking-climate.html

Centennial to Millennial Climate Variability http://pastglobalchanges.org/products/pages-magazine/11504

Officials’ long struggle to publish new sea level guidance https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2017/12/20/70263/officials-long-struggle-to-publish-new-sea-level-guidance

The Road to Ruin: Making Sense of the Anthropocene https://www.ippr.org/juncture-item/editorial-the-road-to-ruin-making-sense-of-the-anthropocene

Small islands and climate change http://news.trust.org/spotlight/small-islands-and-climate-change/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Disaster risk reduction

 

Recommendations for scaling up the implementation of the disaster resilient housing project in Da Nang City http://blog.i-s-e-t.org/technical-handbooks-on-design-construction-and-renovation-of-typhoon-resilient-low-income-housing/?utm_campaign=crowdfire&utm_content=crowdfire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter#632155022-tw#1511884138522

Scientists identify population growth as the “primary driver” of the key global problems https://www.populationmatters.org/15000-scientists-warn-of-impending-environmental-crisis/?utm_content=buffer31b12&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

How Cities Can Harness the Flood-Fighting Powers of Urban Parks https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/cities-harness-flood-fighting-powers-urban-parks

Largest Wildfire Debris Removal Operation in California History Moved a Half Million Tons Thus Far http://www.oesnews.com/largest-wildfire-debris-removal-operation-in-california-history-moved-a-half-million-tons-thus-far/

Floridians should brace for stronger hurricanes http://www.theledger.com/news/20171216/fugate-floridians-should-brace-for-stronger-hurricanes

Wildfires in California add to ‘horrific year’ of disaster losses https://www.ft.com/content/cd3ad8cc-e321-11e7-97e2-916d4fbac0da

The U.S. federal civilian buildings most exposed to floods are concentrated in the capital https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-19/ground-zero-for-flooding-washington-s-trump-international-hotel

We have strong evidence that human activity has dictated fire regimes for centuries https://fireadaptednetwork.org/science-tuesday-naturally-human/?platform=hootsuite

Updated NZ earthquake forecasts https://www.geonet.org.nz/news/5JBSbLk9qw8OU4uWeI86KG

Report: More Than 30 Million People Live in U.S. Floodplains http://furmancenter.org/thestoop/entry/new-data-from-the-nyu-furman-center-finds-that-more-than-30-million-people

Population in the US Floodplains Report http://furmancenter.org/files/Floodplain_PopulationBrief_12DEC2017.pdf

Population and Housing in the Floodplain Battered by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma http://furmancenter.org/files/Floodplain_HurricaneBrief_12DEC2017.pdf

Imminent NFIP Lapse Will Mean Trouble For Homebuyers In Flood Plains https://www.bankerandtradesman.com/guest-post-imminent-nfip-lapse-will-mean-trouble-homebuyers-flood-plains/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

Flood Impact Analysis Tool https://www.techbriefs.com/component/content/article/tb/techbriefs/environment/28017

Latest edition of HazNet http://haznet.ca/haznet-fall-2017/

Drone images give researchers in-depth knowledge of wildfire devastation, forest regeneration http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/drone-bc-wildfire-research-1.4456460

A disaster within a disaster: cyclone fears in fragile Rohingya camps http://www.irinnews.org/news/2017/12/20/disaster-within-disaster-cyclone-fears-fragile-rohingya-camps

Experts worry that if insurers start to pull out of flood-prone seaside communities, it could cause a crisis worse than 2008 https://www.inman.com/2017/12/18/coastal-mortgage-time-bomb/

America’s fourth largest city is built on an ancient river network that flooded catastrophically after Hurricane Harvey. With 400,000 homes in the watershed, achieving resilience is the Texan boom town’s greatest challenge https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/dec/20/bayou-houston-flood-hurricane-harvey-texas-resilience

Hudson’s town council is proposing a new bylaw to reduce the risk of future flood damage by forbidding new construction within the known 100-year flood zone http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/off-island-gazette/west-island-living-hudson-puts-a-freeze-on-building-in-flood-zone

Global insured losses of USD 136 billion are third highest on sigma records http://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/56385

100,000 more properties across the UK are now better protected from flooding thanks to the 350 new flood schemes that have been built since April 2015 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/flood-defence-milestone-100000-more-properties-better-protected

Local level disaster risk reduction is not a panacea https://mahb.stanford.edu/blog/local-level-disaster-risk-reduction/

Induced seismicity provides insight into why earthquake ruptures stop http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/12/eaap7528

City council votes against plan to develop floodplain area https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/ca/news/risk/city-council-votes-against-plan-to-develop-floodplain-area-87747.aspx#.WjvM-HystVo.twitter

Volcanica is a broad-scope diamond open-access international journal promoting research into all aspects of volcanology https://www.jvolcanica.org/ojs/index.php/volcanica

Published since 1983, ADA Gazette is the longest running magazine dedicated to the UK water level and flood risk management sector https://www.ada.org.uk/gazette/

Ireland – Government Sets Out Flood Management Plans http://floodlist.com/europe/ireland-government-sets-out-flood-management-plans?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

UK Government sets out plans to strengthen surface water flood risk management https://www.waterbriefing.org/home/flooding/item/14704-government-sets-out-plans-to-strengthen-surface-water-flood-risk-management

The Spatial Exposure of China’s Infrastructure System to Flooding Risks in the Context of Climate Change http://www.greengrowthknowledge.org/resource/spatial-exposure-china%E2%80%99s-infrastructure-system-flooding-risks-context-climate-change

 

Emergency Management

MIT conference seeks solutions for reconstruction in devastated Caribbean http://news.mit.edu/2017/mit-conference-seeks-solutions-reconstruction-devastated-caribbean-1215

Proactivity is better than reactivity for firefighter safety on the fireground https://www.firerescue1.com/firefighter-safety/articles/370671018-Proactivity-is-better-than-reactivity-for-firefighter-safety-on-the-fireground/

The USA Is Not Prepared for a National-Scale Disaster http://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/the-usa-is-not-prepared-for-a-national-scale-disaster.html

Grenfell Tower fire: Survivors, Royal family attend memorial service for victims http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-15/grenfell-fire-royal-family-attends-memorial-service/9260634

Getting Fire Science Research to the Boots-on-the-Ground https://wildfirelessons.wordpress.com/2017/12/08/continuing-the-conversation-getting-fire-science-research-to-the-boots-on-the-ground/?platform=hootsuite

The China-India row that spells disaster for flood victims http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-42335242

European Commission has revealed ambitious new plans to strengthen Europe’s ability to deal with natural disasters http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-4731_en.htm

Earthquake Early Warning System Explained http://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/earthquake-early-warning-system-explained.html

Navigating the Latest Terrorism Trend https://www.rand.org/blog/2017/12/navigating-the-latest-terrorism-trend.html?adbsc=social_20171219_2024101&adbid=943214861076410369&adbpl=tw&adbpr=22545453

100 Days Marks Hurricane Irma Recovery Progress https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/12/19/4337/100-days-marks-hurricane-recovery-progress

Mexico Earthquakes Humanitarian Situation Report – Three Month Review, 19 December 2017 https://reliefweb.int/report/mexico/mexico-earthquakes-humanitarian-situation-report-three-month-review-19-december-2017

An Ongoing Disaster: Hurricane Maria’s Potential Effects on Public Health https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/an-ongoing-disaster-hurricane-maria-s-potential-effects-on-public-health

How 2 brave Assamese girls rafted through flood hit village to rescue 30 stranded people https://www.nelive.in/assam/news/how-2-brave-assamese-girls-rafted-through-flood-hit-village-rescue-30-stranded-people

Boosting female participation in firefighting http://www.safetysolutions.net.au/content/fire/news/boosting-female-participation-in-firefighting-250285361

Flood victims, still unable to go back home, await new government action plan http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/flood-victims-still-unable-to-go-back-home-await-new-government-action-plan-1.4457298

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Estate agents should tell house hunters more about flood risk, say insurers https://thenegotiator.co.uk/agents-should-tell-house-hunters-more-about-flood-risk-say-insurers/

Who Participates in the Great ShakeOut? Why Audience Segmentation Is the Future of Disaster Preparedness Campaigns https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5708046/

New book showcases latest mapping of New Zealand’s geology https://gns.cri.nz/Home/News-and-Events/Media-Releases/Science-update-18-12-2017-New-book-showcases-latest-mapping-of-New-Zealand-s-geology

2017: The Year in Volcanic Activity https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2017/12/2017-the-year-in-volcanic-activity/548273/?utm_source=fbb

Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans and our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions http://geographical.co.uk/reviews/books/item/2521-the-ends-of-the-world-volcanic-apocalypses-lethal-oceans-and-our-quest-to-understand-earth-s-past-mass-extinctions-by-peter-brannen

3.5 billion-year-old fossils of Earth’s earliest life discovered in Australia http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/3-5-billion-year-old-fossils-earths-earliest-life-discovered-australia-1652022

Leadership in Community Resilience Program Application http://nlc.org/leadership-in-community-resilience-program-application

21-Point Checklist for Preparing for Natural Disasters https://smallbiztrends.com/2017/12/preparing-for-natural-disasters.html

Public Alerting in Canada – Bridging the Gap http://haznet.ca/public-alerting-canada-bridging-gap/

Reported natural disasters since 1900 http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2017/12/15/year-in-review-2017-in-12-charts?cid=ECR_TT_WorldBank_EN_EXT

Aren’t we all comms people now? http://comms2point0.co.uk/comms2point0/2017/12/18/arent-we-all-comms-people-now

A ‘Community Hub’ giving York residents the opportunity to keep up-to-date with new flood defence schemes across the city has opened its doors

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15781615.New_city_hub_to_reveal___45m_flood_schemes/

Flood Forum USA launches “SPOUT!” to combat bad planning, corruption and climate change https://www.anthropocenealliance.org/news/

Disaster Narratives: Predictions, Preparedness, & Lessons https://eganhistory.com/2017/09/19/disaster-narratives-predictions-preparedness-lessons/

A few realizations about natural disasters https://www.insblogs.com/uncategorized/realizations-natural-disasters/8023

As climate change brings more storms and flooding to the islands in the South Pacific, communities in Fiji are educating residents in disaster preparedness https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2017/1221/Residents-of-Fiji-learn-disaster-preparedness-to-weather-coming-storms?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

17 Ways We Grew: Community Wildfire Resilience Lessons from 2017 https://fireadaptednetwork.org/17-ways-we-grew-community-wildfire-resilience-lessons-from-2017/?platform=hootsuite

 

Disaster psychology

 

The Financial and Emotional ‘Wear and Tear’ of Fighting Fire https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/12/16/the-financial-and-emotional-wear-and-tear-of-fighting-fire/

Managing mental health in the midst of disaster https://www.marketplace.org/2017/12/15/life/managing-mental-health-midst-disaster

Natural Disasters And The Implications Of Missing So Much School https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/12/15/564058043/natural-disasters-and-the-implications-of-missing-so-much-school

Fort McMurray wildfire leaves many still dealing with psychological trauma https://globalnews.ca/news/3922504/fort-mcmurray-wildfire-mental-health-psychological-trauma/

How New York City is tackling a mental health crisis spurred by Hurricane Sandy http://grist.org/article/how-new-york-city-is-tackling-a-mental-health-crisis-spurred-by-hurricane-sandy/

What Happened to Our Environment and Mental Health as a Result of Hurricane Sandy? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27087495

End of the Lone Wolf: The Typology that Should Not Have Been http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1057610X.2017.1419554?journalCode=uter20&#.WjrMrWy4jAg.twitter

 

Sociology and Disasters

 

Growing inequality within almost every country will drive a further concentration of income around the globe https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/12/14/business/world-inequality.html

Impacts of Flooding and Flood Preparedness on Subjective Well-Being: A Monetisation of the Tangible and Intangible Impacts https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10902-017-9916-4

Social capital and disaster risk reduction http://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/56300

Today in disaster resilience (15 December 2017)

Disaster

Please find below links to some recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

California’s Getty museum survives wildfire, ready for quakes https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/12/09/world/californias-getty-museum-survives-wildfire-ready-quakes/#.WixrYE1rxMs

Trump Approves California Disaster Declaration as Firefighters Battle Flames in Ventura and San Diego Counties http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Trump-Approves-California-Disaster-Declaration-as-Firefighters-Battle-Flames-in-Ventura-and-San-Diego-Counties.html

Ho Chi Minh City faces severe floods https://borneobulletin.com.bn/ho-chi-minh-city-faces-severe-floods/

Floods worsen in Kemaman https://sg.news.yahoo.com/floods-worsen-kemaman-023223717.html

The Thomas Fire burning north of Los Angeles in Ventura County, California is now the state’s fifth-largest wildfire on record http://e360.yale.edu/digest/californias-2017-wildfire-season-continues-to-break-records

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Dec 2017: Fuego volcano, Dukono, Agung, Reventador, Sinabung, Sabancaya https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/66513/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-12-Dec-2017-Fuego-volcano-Dukono-Agung-Reventador-Sinabung-Sabancaya.html

Major flooding after rivers overflow in Emilia-Romagna, Italy https://watchers.news/2017/12/12/major-flooding-after-rivers-overflow-in-emilia-romagna-italy/

50 injured, 300 homes damaged as tornado rips through Vaal Marina, Midvaal, South Africa https://watchers.news/2017/12/12/50-injured-300-homes-damaged-as-tornado-rips-through-vaal-marina-midvaal-south-africa/

3 dead, 480 000 without power, numerous records broken as winter storm hits US South https://watchers.news/2017/12/10/3-dead-480-000-without-power-numerous-records-broken-as-winter-storm-benji-hits-us-south/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

What a School in Bengal Teaches Us About Sea Level Rise https://thewire.in/203192/school-teaches-us-sea-level-rise/

In a way, climate change is a straightforward problem to solve https://qz.com/1145525/climate-change-is-a-surprisingly-straightforward-problem-to-solve/

Why Fires Are Becoming California’s New Reality https://www.npr.org/2017/12/07/569096951/why-fires-are-becoming-californias-new-reality?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=202907

Aligning Nationally Determined Contributions and Sustainable Development Goals http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/climate-and-disaster-resilience-/ndcs-and-sdgs.html?cq_ck=1513006031899

More-severe climate model predictions could be the most accurate https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171206132220.htm

The Big Melt http://time.com/italy-alps-climate-change/

The Arctic Is Warming Faster Than at Any Point in the Past 1,500 Years http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/12/arctic-climate-change-warming/#

2017 Arctic Report Card http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/Report-Card

Towards a Climate-Smart World: 12 Ways for a Resilient Future http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/immersive-story/2017/12/01/towards-a-climate-smart-world-12-ways-for-a-resilient-future?cid=EXT_WBTweetableSocialShare_EXT

Antarctic Modeling Pushes Up Sea-Level Rise Projections http://www.climatecentral.org/news/antarctic-modeling-pushes-up-sea-level-rise-projections-21776?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SLR%20%20Antarctica%20report&utm_content=SLR%20%20Antarctica%20report+CID_f1c49e6218247b038f0eab76d841bd2a&utm_source=Climate%20Central%20Email%20Campaign%20Monitor&utm_term=new%20study

Continuous rise in average temperature will lead to more extreme heat conditions, posing threats to many South Asians http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-06-27/adaptation-challenges.html

Our second La Niña year in a row is in full swing now, and is forecast to last through the winter https://www.climate.gov/news-features/blogs/enso/december-2017-la-ni%C3%B1a-update-double-double

The December 2017 American Climate Perspectives Survey found notable year-over-year rises in American climate action and advocacy http://ecoamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ecoamerica-american-climate-perpsectives-december-2017-action_concern.pdf?utm_content=buffer42837&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Climate change ‘tripled chances’ of Hurricane Harvey’s record rain https://www.carbonbrief.org/climate-change-tripled-chances-hurricane-harvey-record-rain?utm_campaign=crowdfire&utm_content=crowdfire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter#632155022-tw#1513262491777

How Greenland would look without its ice sheet http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42260580

Global, Asian heat waves in 2016 due purely to climate change: study https://www.afp.com/en/news/2265/global-asian-heat-waves-2016-due-purely-climate-change-study-doc-v50yn1

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

Major clusters of summertime thunderstorms in North America will grow larger, more intense, and more frequent later this century in a changing climate https://www2.ucar.edu/atmosnews/news/130085/north-american-storm-clusters-could-produce-80-percent-more-rain

World Bank invests $4.5 bln to arm cities against climate change http://news.trust.org/item/20171214195631-m1pan/

Fires continue to burn Southern California, and climate scientists have warned us for years that the region was entering a year-round fire regime https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/southern-california-wildfires-climate-change-emergency-w513659?utm_content=bufferfa7e6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Disaster risk reduction

Some in Deweyville raising homes, some leaving town to avoid future floods http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/article/Some-in-Deweyville-raising-homes-some-leaving-12403751.php?utm_campaign=twitter-desktop&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

The House of the Future Is Elevated https://www.citylab.com/design/2017/12/the-house-of-the-future-is-elevated/540327/

Summer heatwaves can trigger a domino effect of infrastructure failures in major cities. So, how resilient are Melbourne and Sydney? https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/2017/12/09/heatwaves-infrastructure-and-resilient-cities/15127380005620?utm_source=tsp_website&utm_campaign=social_mobile_twitter&utm_medium=social_share

Researchers look at new scale for destructive power of hurricanes, not based just on wind speed http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/environment/article_13e4b4e8-dba0-11e7-b19a-db5cbb943c04.html

California’s record-smashing fire season sparks hunt for solutions http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/California-s-record-smashing-fire-season-sparks-12419052.php

The number of policies backed by Flood Re, the UK scheme to promote flood insurance has increased to 142,000 from 53,000 within a year https://www.intelligentinsurer.com/news/flood-re-backs-142-000-policies-14120

Ministry leads flood control efforts http://newsday.co.tt/2017/12/11/ministry-leads-flood-control-efforts/

Latest issue of ‘Disasters’ journal http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/disa.2018.42.issue-1/issuetoc?campaign=woletoc

The Potential for Peril Built into San Francisco http://edgeeffects.net/joanna-dyl/

Open access to ‘Global Volcanic Hazards and Risk’ https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/global-volcanic-hazards-and-risk/7653B9CA75E2F32A81CE5B7110BEF8AB

What’s in Houston’s worst flood zones? Development worth $13.5 billion http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/What-s-in-a-floodway-In-Houston-20-000-12409821.php?utm_campaign=twitter-premium&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

Victorian Fire Management Strategy Discussion Paper https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/news/managing-fires-in-the-future

What would an earthquake-proof city look like? https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/dec/11/earthquake-proof-city-christchurch-japan-colombia-ecuador

Unfettered building, scant oversight add to cost of hurricanes in U.S. https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-flooding-insurance/

Developers lobby for moral hazard, picking our pockets http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/columnists/tomlinson/article/Developers-lobby-for-moral-hazard-picking-out-12421619.php

UK to bring back beavers in first government flood reduction scheme of its kind https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/12/uk-to-bring-back-beavers-in-first-government-flood-reduction-scheme-of-its-kind

The evolution of mitigation https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/153336

Nine Ways to Start Connecting Stormwater and  Floodplain Management: A New Report http://willamettepartnership.org/connecting-stormwater-floodplain-management-new-report/

As South Florida raises groundwater levels to fight salt water intrusion, the threat of flooding from within will only increase https://phys.org/news/2017-12-fiu.html

How California and Western States Should Shift Their Fire Prevention Strategy http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/How-California-and-Western-States-Should-Shift-Their-Fire-Prevention-Strategy.html?utm_content=buffer37f97&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Sendai Framework Monitoring Kicks Off https://reliefweb.int/report/world/sendai-framework-monitoring-kicks

Study Focuses on Contaminants Lurking in Urban Tidal Flooding http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/keynotes/keynotes_1216_tidalflooding.html

All is not lost: Developing solutions to reduce the impact of flooding in UK properties https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/planning-construction-news/developing-solutions-to-reduce-the-impact-of-flooding-in-uk-properties/36832/

 

Emergency Management

How the Santa Ana wind spreads wildfires https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/national/santa-ana-fires/?utm_term=.eab085d5fdcb

California fire damage to homes is less ‘random’ than it seems https://theconversation.com/california-fire-damage-to-homes-is-less-random-than-it-seems-88817

Drones take off in battle against LA fires http://ht.ly/IL4b30h7DQ0

The first wintertime megafire in California history is here http://grist.org/article/the-first-wintertime-megafire-in-california-history-is-here/

Latest issue of the Fire Australia magazine https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/magazine

The lost fishermen of India’s Cyclone Ockhi http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-42262346

Disaster zones could soon be salvaged by teams of smart devices – here’s how https://theconversation.com/disaster-zones-could-soon-be-salvaged-by-teams-of-smart-devices-heres-how-88201?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

China partners with UNDP to provide Post-Disaster Recovery Assistance to South Asia http://www.asia-pacific.undp.org/content/rbap/en/home/presscenter/articles/2017/12/10/china-partners-with-undp-to-provide-post-disaster-recovery-assistance-to-south-asia.html#.Wi6XVwfUa1c.twitter

A Safe and Healthy Crowded Places Handbook is currently under development by the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/handbook-15-safe-and-healthy-crowded-places/

Recovery pledges for hurricane-ravaged Caribbean are a drop in the ocean https://www.irinnews.org/analysis/2017/11/24/recovery-pledges-hurricane-ravaged-caribbean-are-drop-ocean

The Benefits & Challenges of Using Artificial Intelligence for Emergency Management https://safetymanagement.eku.edu/resources/infographics/the-benefits-challenges-of-using-artificial-intelligence-for-emergency-management/

Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria death toll climbs to 64, as FEMA assistance tops $1 billion http://wtnh.com/2017/12/10/puerto-ricos-hurricane-maria-death-toll-climbs-to-64-as-fema-assistance-tops-1-billion/

Taking matters into their own hands: Rebuilding after Nepal floods https://reliefweb.int/report/nepal/taking-matters-their-own-hands-rebuilding-after-nepal-floods?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

UN visits Puerto Rico to assess help for hurricane victims https://apnews.com/0073e4f1b24f41518f3359d8d4ca315f/UN-visits-Puerto-Rico-to-assess-help-for-hurricane-victims?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP

Near Real Time Monitoring of Volcanic Eruptions https://landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/near-real-time-monitoring-of-volcanic-eruptions/

New fire danger rating system set to be trialled this summer to cope with new extremes http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-13/bushfire-danger-rating-system-trialled-summer/9203446?sf176146205=1&smid=Page:%20ABC%20Rural-Facebook_Organic&WT.tsrc=Facebook_Organic

Integrating Gender into Humanitarian Action https://www.adpc.net/igo/category/ID1278/doc/2017-lpg6Jw-ADPC-GiHA6ForWeb.pdf

Oroville Dam crisis sparked $1.2 billion in claims. State hasn’t paid a dime http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article189603719.html

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Plate tectonics at 50 https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/wsmith17

Plans to save horses under bushfire threat need flexibility, say researchers https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2017/12/10/plans-horses-bushfire-research/

The photographer who lowers herself into active volcanoes http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-42316039/the-photographer-who-lowers-herself-into-active-volcanoes

River Detectives – exploring local waterways with students http://www.nccma.vic.gov.au/resources/publications/river-detectives-apply-now?utm_content=buffer299ec&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

“We realized that there isn’t a line where fire adapted communities stop and fire resilient landscapes begin.” https://fireadaptednetwork.org/fire-resilient-landscapes/

As the Thomas fire burns, Santa Barbara County alerts go bilingual http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ln-santa-barbara-bilingual-20171212-story.html

International panel is asking businesses and property owners along Lake Ontario to complete an online survey about flood damage from record water levels this spring and summer https://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/35246/20171212/international-panel-seeks-information-on-lake-ontario-floods

The origin of the Andes unraveled https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171211120349.htm

Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) – Global edition http://www.eena.org/publications/psaps-global-2017#.WjLjadKWbIU

The UK has a new highest mountain http://geographical.co.uk/places/mountains/item/2529-britain-has-a-new-highest-mountain

A new mobile phone application provides early warning and early action information related to the Citarum River Basin in Indonesia http://www.un-spider.org/news-and-events/news/flood-early-warning-and-early-action-system-feweas-mobile-app-helps-predict

The Environment Agency held a competition with schools to design a new logo for flood wardens right across the region https://www.gov.uk/government/news/north-east-youngsters-winning-design-for-flood-wardens

 

Social media and emergency management

 

How Twitter Users Can Generate Better Ideas https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/how-twitter-users-can-generate-better-ideas/

Children’s perspectives on life in the digital age https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/1334805/Young_and_Online_Report.pdf

 

Disaster psychology

 

The Better You Know Yourself, the More Resilient You’ll Be https://hbr.org/2017/09/the-better-you-know-yourself-the-more-resilient-youll-be

Approximately 59% of young people with PTSD subsequently develop substance abuse problems https://blogs.psychcentral.com/addiction-mental-health/2017/12/addiction-and-traumatic-events/

 

 

Sociology and disasters

As Southern California’s firestorm continues to grow and air quality plummets, what happens to one of the largest unsheltered homeless populations in the nation? https://psmag.com/environment/california-wildfires-harming-most-vulnerable-populations?utm_content=buffercfaba&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

California wildfires left the disabled in peril http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-disability-fires-20150928-story.html

In Jakarta, flood-hit slum residents aim for a higher, drier future http://news.trust.org/item/20171212022015-sz6td/

An Early Assessment of Hurricane Harvey’s Impact on Vulnerable Texans in the Gulf Coast Region http://files.kff.org/attachment/Report-An-Early-Assessment-of-Hurricane-Harveys-Impact-on-Vulnerable-Texans-in-the-Gulf?platform=hootsuite

Reduction of vulnerability to disasters: From knowledge to action http://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/56269

Adaptation Decision Support: An Application of System Dynamics Modeling in Coastal Communities https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13753-017-0154-5

Africa is urbanising at an incredible rate, but its cities are not delivering the opportunities and better lives such dynamism deserves https://www.irinnews.org/opinion/2017/12/11/african-cities-time-urgent-reform?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=irinsocial&utm_campaign=irinupdates

Today in disaster resilience (8 December 2017)

Disaster

Please find below links to some recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Summer in Tasmania brings torrential rain to dry east coast, snowfalls in Central Highlands http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-03/welcome-to-summer-in-tasmania-its-snowing-again/9221090

Sri Lanka – Floods, Rain and Strong Winds Leave 13 Dead and 5,000 Displaced http://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-floods-cyclone-ockhi-december-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Indonesia: At least 20 killed, 5 missing in landslides, floods https://article.wn.com/view/2017/12/03/Indonesia_At_least_20_killed_5_missing_in_landslides_floods/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Flooding in Northern and Central Albania http://copernicus.eu/news/copernicus-ems-rapid-mapping-activated-floods-albania

Terrawatch: the reawakening of Öræfajökull https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/03/terrawatch-iceland-volcano-oraefajokull-agung?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

Homes Flooded in North Eastern Victoria After Record Rain http://floodlist.com/australia/australia-homes-flooded-in-victoria-after-record-rain?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Dramatic Trang River bank collapse hits homes https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1371803/dramatic-trang-river-bank-collapse-hits-homes Ventura County wildfire rages over 45,500 acres, destroys more than 150 structures; 27,000 flee http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-school-fire-20171204-story.html

Volcanic activity worldwide 6 Dec 2017: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Klyuchevskoy, Shiveluch, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/66431/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-6-Dec-2017-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Klyuchevskoy-Shiveluch-Dukono-Re.html

Flooding again in Albania? http://www.albaniannews.com/index.php?idm=17117&mod=2&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

New Zealand considers creating climate change refugee visas https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/31/new-zealand-considers-creating-climate-change-refugee-visas?utm_content=buffer93ede&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Scoping for the Operation of Agile Urban Adaptation for Secondary Cities of the Global South: Possibilities in Pune, India http://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/9/12/939

Extremes and Weather: Exploring Connections with Human Health http://www.weathernationtv.com/news/extremes-weather-exploring-connections-human-health/#.WiMF_ea6fG0.twitter

Our scorching sea: Marine heatwave unfolding as hot temperatures continue https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/99491972/week-starts-with-a-scorcher-warm-weather-settled-in

Internet Blogs, Polar Bears, and Climate-Change Denial by Proxy https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/advance-article/doi/10.1093/biosci/bix133/4644513

Unusual hot spell for Victoria and Tasmania driven by warm seas, stable systems http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/unusual-hot-spell-for-victoria-and-tasmania-driven-by-warm-seas-stable-systems-20171203-gzxzwf.html

Credit Rating Agency Issues Warning On Climate Change To Cities https://www.npr.org/2017/12/01/567843604/credit-rating-agency-issues-warning-on-climate-change-to-cities

How can climate risk insurance be linked with other forms of social protection to help vulnerable communities absorb climate impacts? https://www.climatecolab.org/contests/2017/absorbing-climate-impacts

UK weather: Could La Niña phenomenon deliver Britain a record freezing winter? http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/la-ni-a-uk-weather-winter-record-met-office-could-what-is-polar-vortex-a8088501.html

U.S. Disbands Group That Prepared Cities for Climate Shocks https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-04/trump-disbands-group-meant-to-prepare-cities-for-climate-shocks

With sea-level rise, waterfront owners confront their options https://www.eopugetsound.org/magazine/is/slr

New maps of climate opinions by political party http://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/new-maps-climate-opinions-political-party/

November 2017 extended the spell of exceptional global warmth that has now lasted since mid-2015 https://climate.copernicus.eu/resources/data-analysis/average-surface-air-temperature-analysis/monthly-maps/surface-air-3

“Apocalyptic” Melting Transpires in Antarctica as Earth Wraps Up a Scorching Year http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/42777-pollution-and-diseases-wreak-havoc-in-a-scorching-year-with-apocalyptic-melting-in-antarctica

13,000 U.S. Archaeology Sites To Be Flooded by Rising Seas https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/thousands-of-united-states-archaeological-sites-to-be-flooded-by-rising-seas-spd/

The sleeping ice giants of Antarctica are stirring. Will we wake up before they devour us? https://www.opendemocracy.net/transformation/mark-kernan/Myth-and-dystopia-in-the-Anthropocene

These are the tipping points that will push us into climate disaster https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/11/are-we-reaching-our-climate-change-tipping-points

While Southern California battles its wildfires, we have to start preparing for our hotter, drier future http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-ventura-sylmar-wildfires-20171205-story.html?platform=hootsuite

To forecast sea level rise, a flotilla of robot subs must map the unseen bottom of a melting ice shelf—if they are not sunk by it https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ice-diving-drones-embark-on-risky-antarctic-mission/

 

 

Disaster risk reduction

“The 100-year line is too arbitrary for comfort” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/02/us/houston-flood-zone-hurricane-harvey.html?smid=tw-nytclimate&smtyp=cur

Lawmakers Skeptical of Trump’s $12 Billion Plan to Prevent Flooding https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-01/trump-s-12-billion-plan-to-prevent-flooding-opposed-in-congress

Fixing the broken National Flood Insurance Program http://www.starnewsonline.com/news/20171202/fixing-broken-national-flood-insurance-program

How to break the cycle of repeated flooding https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/climate-smart-flood-insurance-ib.pdf

“A dollar spent on mitigation saves society on average $4” http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.nibs.org/resource/resmgr/MMC/hms_vol1.pdf

USGS on Fire: It’s not a matter of “if,” it’s a matter of “more fire science data please!” https://www.usgs.gov/news/usgs-fire-it-s-not-a-matter-if-it-s-a-matter-more-fire-science-data-please?qt-news_science_products=1#qt-news_science_products

Putting Disaster Risk Into Adaptation Plans http://www.unisdr.org/archive/56107

Do weak global stresses synchronize earthquakes? http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017GL074934/abstract

Resiliency Plan of the Year: Resilient Boston https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/resiliency-plan-of-the-year-resilient-boston/510151/

Almaty sits on a huge active fault, and here is why we know http://paleoseismicity.org/almaty-sits-on-a-huge-active-fault-and-here-is-why-we-know/

Modeling Volcanic Mudflow Travel Time with ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Network Analyst http://www.esri.com/esri-news/arcuser/fall-2017/modeling-volcanic-mudflow-travel-time

Damage to vulnerable infrastructure caused by climate hazards could triple by the 2020s and rise over ten-fold by the end of the century http://floodlist.com/europe/vulnerable-infrastructure-at-risk-from-climate?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Two years on from the December 2015 flooding that hit the North of England http://www.newground.co.uk/news-events-media/knowledge-centre/two-years-on-from-the-december-2015-flooding/

An innovative cloud based platform as a service solution for the Goulburn Broken CMA using HydroNET http://watertech.com.au/news/webinars/?utm_content=buffer5803e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

By spring 2020 we aim to have 100% LIDAR coverage of England https://environment.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Styler/index.html?appid=09b15081af4f48e8a2bb6415a830c1f2

This Year’s Hurricane Season Was Intense. Is It A Taste Of The Future? http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Thousands-Still-Await-Clean-Water-After-Harvey.html

Our thirst for drinking water is causing severe subsidence in many areas around the world, putting them at risk of flooding http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20171130-the-ambitious-plan-to-stop-the-ground-from-sinking?ocid=ww.social.link.twitter

The decision of Europe to rely on weather forecasts for wildfire prediction https://www.ecmwf.int/en/about/media-centre/science-blog/2017/wildfires-hazard-no-other

The lack of adequate infrastructure that can defend against the impacts of floods, sea level rise, landslides or earthquakes https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/lets-make-deal-resilient-cities

These half-million-dollar floating villas can withstand Category 4 hurricanes http://www.businessinsider.sg/waterstudio-is-building-floating-villas-in-the-netherlands-2017-12/

Space technologies key to risk reduction http://www.unisdr.org/archive/56167

People like living in hazard zones https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/people-love-to-live-in-places-that-are-at-risk-for-disasters-and-this-is-what-happens/2017/10/15/ba50ed38-b03f-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html?tid=a_inl&utm_term=.21777cd3d38a

Rising Waters: Can a Massive Barrier Save Venice from Drowning? http://e360.yale.edu/features/rising-waters-can-a-massive-sea-barrier-save-venice-from-drowning

Boston Barrier flood defence gets the green light https://www.gov.uk/government/news/boston-barrier-flood-defence-gets-the-green-light

Towards a flood delta city index http://www.delta-alliance.org/nl/25222819-%5Blinkpage%5D.html?location=-792208859356054,10885393,true,true

Supporting the uptake of low cost resilience for properties at risk of flooding http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/32994/

A Global Outlook on Disaster Science Report https://www.elsevier.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/538091/ElsevierDisasterScienceReport-PDF.pdf

You’ll never guess where homes are the most at-risk for flooding https://therealdeal.com/2017/12/03/youll-never-guess-where-homes-are-the-most-at-risk-for-flooding/

A wave of tsunami modellers descends on Canberra http://www.ga.gov.au/news-events/news/latest-news/a-wave-of-tsunami-modellers-descends-on-canberra?utm_source=2017-promotion&utm_medium=Tsunami-Workshop-News&utm_content=ga-twitter&utm_campaign=News-Highlights

Catastrophe losses triple for P&C insurers in 2017, Fitch Ratings reports http://www.propertycasualty360.com/2017/12/06/catastrophe-losses-triple-for-pc-insurers-in-2017?eNL=5a28322a140ba01e1e9c9d21&utm_content=buffer363db&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Slow slips are silent earthquakes that occur below the Earth’s surface over a large area, unlike traditional earthquakes we feel that occur in a relatively small region https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/videos/1756-slow-slip-event-an-animation

Why shrinking glaciers could mean more volcanic eruptions https://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21731814-volcanology-and-glaciology-why-shrinking-glaciers-could-mean-more-volcanic?fsrc=scn/tw/te/rfd/pe

Reviewing and visualizing the interactions of natural hazards http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2013RG000445/full

More than 900 drains in York are permanently blocked – adding to flood risk https://www.yorkmix.com/life/revealed-900-drains-york-permanently-blocked-adding-flood-risk/

 

Emergency Management

 

Over 200,000 Puerto Ricans have arrived in Florida since Hurricane https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/over-200-000-puerto-ricans-have-arrived-florida-hurricane-maria-n825111?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ltMaria

75 days after Maria, this is life in St. Croix https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/12/03/us/us-virgin-islands-maria-recovery-trnd/index.html

5 steps to overcoming volunteer firefighter recruitment obstacles https://www.firechief.com/2017/11/06/5-steps-to-overcoming-volunteer-firefighter-recruitment-obstacles/

New fire trucks not yet ordered to replace ageing, dangerous vehicles, union warns http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-01/old-trucks-hoses-put-firefighters-in-danger-tas-union-warns/9213562

Victorian Premier defends flood warning language and predictions http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5096648/premier-defends-storm-warnings-taken-to-extremities/?cs=48&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

New data shows hurricane deaths in Puerto Rico could be 20 times higher than the government claims https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/29/16623926/puerto-rico-death-toll-hurricane-maria-count

Top Emergency Management Official: Hit the ‘Reset Button’ on Disaster Recovery Roles http://www.routefifty.com/public-safety/2017/11/fema-brock-long-congress/144205/

Queensland floods: Dam engineers ‘bet against’ BOM rain forecasts, class action hearing told http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-04/2011-flood-class-action-begins-against-government-dam-operators/9223624

Quake warnings, seismic culture http://science.sciencemag.org/content/358/6367/1111

Cross-border agencies join in joint disaster response exercise https://www.discoverferndale.com/cross-border-agencies-join-joint-disaster-response-exercise_71118/

What happens if Mount Baker erupts? Local emergency responders are prepared http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article184033411.html

 

Long-term recovery narratives after natural disasters https://link.springer.com/epdf/10.1007/s10113-017-1260-z?author_access_token=syAc6M9P8ib-T85D_-y-mfe4RwlQNchNByi7wbcMAY4ZMNZYPtSF3ZrF_cHc2YCipP4bp1n5Sko4gybkreypPq1YLwUwX6GCD0dVw4W1HUHkWsVGNp7a-XRcDruiEVO6CuxF8ZoGPB6N-ZS5_2RpCQ%3D%3D

Struggling to bounce back after Harvey’s 50-plus inches swamped water systems, subdivisions and mobile home parks across southeast Texas http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Thousands-Still-Await-Clean-Water-After-Harvey.html

Safety risk: waste facilities not prepared to battle fire outbreaks at Victorian centres http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/safety-risk-waste-facilities-not-prepared-to-battle-fire-outbreaks-at-victorian-centres/news-story/92e56e5e3cb683c3d5a5381e63663bd2?csp=6b069891508b7db486a7695f0b27d517

The Walking Forward Disaster Relief Team provides a secure database networking system for Equine and Pet owners across Australia https://www.tepscon.community/aboutNEDTwo years on: £70m spend on Storm Desmond repairs https://www.cumbriacrack.com/two-years-70m-spend-storm-desmond-repairs/

Fort McMurray region acts on lessons learned from 2016 wildfire http://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4402496

Public Health in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria https://www.kff.org/report-section/public-health-in-puerto-rico-after-hurricane-maria-9123-issue-brief/

2017 US National Preparedness Report https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=806107

How the Internet of Things Can Prepare Cities for Natural Disasters https://hbr.org/2017/12/how-the-internet-of-things-can-prepare-cities-for-natural-disasters

Post-event review of flooding in Peru http://blog.i-s-e-t.org/2017-flooding-in-peru-identifying-effective-disaster-risk-management-and-resilience-efforts-through-a-post-event-review/

FEMA Staffers Told They Might Be Billed for Working Too Much https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-05/fema-tells-staffers-they-might-get-billed-for-working-too-much

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

 

Selecting a quality publisher https://royalsociety.org.nz/what-we-do/research-practice/publishing-guidance/

What is at the heart of the rise of citizen science? https://medium.com/@kellygibbs/why-do-people-want-to-be-scientists-7cb7e550b6e5

The Fire Learning Trail https://fireadaptednetwork.org/fire-learning-trail-interview-jenifer-bunty/

Facilitating two-way public communication in crisis and disaster management https://www.crisis-response.com/comment/blogpost.php?post=366

You should never drive into floodwater – some roads are more deadly than others https://theconversation.com/you-should-never-drive-into-floodwater-some-roads-are-more-deadly-than-others-88551

The public understood the potential dangers from storm surge and took the appropriate steps to stay safe http://www.noaa.gov/news/new-storm-surge-watches-and-warnings-saved-lives

Children who were directly affected by flooding proposed a series of measures that they felt should be taken to improve flood resilience in homes, communities, schools and wider society http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/cyp-floodrecovery/outputs/

Creating maps in a more open way can generate valuable opportunities to engage with communities in more creative policy-making regarding the threats they face and how they can respond http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/tran.12227/epdf

Community engagement and accountability in emergency management: Good practices from around the world http://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/56095

Strengthening community resilience through peer-to-peer learning http://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/56112

‘Learning for resilience’: Developing community capital through flood action groups in urban flood risk settings with lower social capital http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420917303138

The amount of political information communicated decreases as the number of people in the chain increases. Furthermore, the information is increasingly distorted as the length of the chain increases http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/694767

Flood Snakes & Ladders http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/cyp-floodrecovery/what-weve-produced/flood-snakes-and-ladders/

Effective flood early warning systems should be people-centered http://www.floodresilience.net/how-to-build-an-early-warning-system

 

Social media and emergency management

 

Tools that can be used to create network graphs of Twitter data https://wasimahmed.org/2015/06/14/tools-that-can-be-used-to-create-network-graphs-of-twitter-data/

One graph shows how morally outraged tweets stay within their political bubble https://qz.com/1024117/one-visualization-shows-how-morally-outraged-tweets-stay-within-their-political-bubble/

Social media can be used for identifying potential risks through environmental scanning activities, such as identifying real-time events such as a flood and communicating safety information https://www.crisis-response.com/comment/blogpost.php?post=366

Articles published in journals with any sort of Twitter presence receive more citations than those published in journals with no Twitter presence http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2017/12/04/academic-journals-with-a-presence-on-twitter-are-more-widely-disseminated-and-receive-a-higher-number-of-citations/

Social media tools are “democratizing” disaster response efforts, allowing people to communicate more easily with first responders http://www.rmmagazine.com/2017/12/01/technology-to-the-rescue/

The ‘poetic and whimsical’ tweets of the crisis manager handling Bali’s erupting Mt Agung volcano http://www.smh.com.au/world/the-crisis-manager-handling-balis-mt-agung-eruption-one-tweet-at-a-time-20171206-gzzw17.html

 

Disaster psychology

 

Planned and ultimate actions of horse owners facing a bushfire threat: Implications for natural disaster preparedness and survivability http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420917303369

What if consciousness is not what drives the human mind? https://theconversation.com/what-if-consciousness-is-not-what-drives-the-human-mind-86785

After Las Vegas shooting, 87 children cope with loss of parent https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/shootings/after-las-vegas-shooting-87-children-cope-with-loss-of-parent/

Only 19% think deaths from terrorist attacks are lower in the past 15 years than they were in the 15 years before that – when they are also significantly down across most of these countries, and overall they are around half the level they were https://theconversation.com/survey-shows-gloomy-public-wrong-about-crime-immigrants-and-teen-pregnancies-88665?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#link_time=1512556681

Ipsos’ Perils of Perception 2017 Survey https://perils.ipsos.com/

Many are still unaware of the dangers of living in the wildland-urban interface http://www.hcn.org/articles/opinion-firefighters-your-next-mission-might-be-local

 

Sociology and Disasters

 

Through the Fog of Disaster: The Process of (Re)Creating Inequities https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/through-the-fog-of-disaster-the-process-of-re-creating-inequities

From local community volunteers to those on the frontline of natural disasters, volunteers are quintessential to humanity https://volunteeringqld.org.au/blog/1364-international-volunteer-day-5-december-2017?platform=hootsuite

Power to the Flooded! https://www.gofundme.com/flood-fighters

Volunteers, residents work to restore Puerto Rico’s communities https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/volunteers-local-residents-work-to-restore-puerto-ricos-communities/2017/12/05/b2efb1aa-c8b3-11e7-b0cf-7689a9f2d84e_story.html?utm_term=.be6fbf78da20

 

 

Today in disaster resilience (1 December 2017)

Disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Major flooding hits Montego Bay, causing severe infrastructural damage, Jamaica https://watchers.news/2017/11/24/major-flooding-hits-montego-bay-causing-severe-infrastructural-damage-jamaica/

New strong explosions at Popocatepetl, ash to 8.5 km (28 000 feet) a.s.l. https://watchers.news/2017/11/25/another-strong-eruption-at-popocatepetl-ash-to-8-5-km-28-000-feet/

Volcanic activity worldwide 26 Nov 2017: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Agung, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/66195/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-26-Nov-2017-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Agung-Reventador-Sa.html

Flood disaster declared in 5 Trang districts amid closures http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30332538?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Mount Agung warning lifted to highest level http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42132912

Second person dies in Malaysian floods http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/second-person-dies-in-malaysian-floods

Mount Agung eruption updates http://www.earthobservatory.sg/news/agung-volcano-bali-eruption-update

Indonesia – Floods and Landslides in East Java Leave 11 Dead, 4,000 Displaced http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-landslides-east-java-november-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Lives at risk as Victoria braces for worst floods in decades http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/melbourne-weather-record-rainfall-and-flash-flooding-to-kick-off-summer-20171129-gzvk4s.html

Thailand – Around 400,000 Hit by Floods in South http://floodlist.com/asia/thailand-floods-south-november-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Spain – Heavy Rain Floods Parts of Andalusia http://floodlist.com/europe/spain-floods-andalusia-november-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Flood hits Central Java, forces thousands to evacuate https://reliefweb.int/report/indonesia/flood-hits-central-java-forces-thousands-evacuate

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Natural climate solutions http://m.pnas.org/content/114/44/11645

Issues with 1.5C overshoot http://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-017-0026-z

How could the Agung volcano in Bali affect global temperatures https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-how-could-agung-volcano-bali-affect-global-temperature

Record low sea ice in Alaska waters in fall 2017 https://www.climate.gov/news-features/featured-images/record-low-sea-ice-alaska-waters-fall-2017

Turning the tide: comparison of tidal flow by periodic sea level fluctuation and by periodic bed tilting in scaled landscape experiments of estuaries https://www.earth-surf-dynam.net/5/731/2017/

But what would happen if we treated climate change as a health problem rather than an environmental one? http://www.climatechangenews.com/2017/11/22/climate-advocates-can-take-anti-smoking-campaigns/?utm_content=buffer639f4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer.SEIclimate

Moody’s Warns Cities to Address Climate Risks or Face Downgrades https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-29/moody-s-warns-cities-to-address-climate-risks-or-face-downgrades

Fiji’s Focus on Resilience Creates a New Market for Climate Finance http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2017/11/09/fijis-focus-on-resilience-creates-a-new-market-for-climate-finance?CID=CCG_TT_climatechange_EN_EXT

Beach erosion and litigious homeowners offers a preview of what’s to come as storms and rising seas hit communities https://insideclimatenews.org/news/28112017/nags-head-north-carolina-beach-erosion-climate-change-sea-level-rise

What exactly does change minds about climate science? https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/11/28/how-to-persuade-people-that-climate-change-is-real/?utm_term=.906894f9ac92

 

 

Disaster risk reduction

Earthquake Risk Keeps Heat on Vulnerable Nuclear Reactors https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/11/26/earthquake-risk-keeps-heat-vulnerable-nuclear-reactors

In 2016 the number of deaths caused by natural disasters was the second lowest since 2006, but the number of people reported affected by natural disasters was the highest https://reliefweb.int/report/world/annual-disaster-statistical-review-2016-numbers-and-trends

Mitigating Natural Disaster Risks And Enhancing Economic Resilience http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/business/20171119/cedric-stephens-mitigating-natural-disaster-risks-and-enhancing-economic

Disaster risk insurance: understanding the role of microinsurance https://www.odi.org/comment/10576-disaster-risk-insurance-understanding-role-microinsurance

UK flood risk management and funding http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-7514

The Most Expensive U.S. Hurricane Season Ever: By the Numbers https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-26/the-most-expensive-u-s-hurricane-season-ever-by-the-numbers

When Hikurangi subduction zone megathrust triggers tsunami ‘think Japan 2011’ https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/98878426/when-hikurangi-subduction-zone-megathrust-triggers-tsunami-think-japan-2011

Changes in Earthquake Hazard Levels in the draft Geoscience Australia National Seismic Hazard Assessment https://riskfrontiers.com/changes-in-earthquake-hazard-levels-in-the-draft-geoscience-australia-national-seismic-hazard-assessment-nsha18/

Urban resilience, disaster risk reduction forum slated http://thestandard.com.ph/news/national/252615/urban-resilience-disaster-risk-reduction-forum-slated.html

Natural disasters are in 3D – and the rights that protect against them should be as well https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/natural-disasters-are-3d-and-rights-protect-against-them-should-be-well

Madison County officials meeting with FEMA to reduce floodplain https://www.rexburgstandardjournal.com/news/local/madison-county-officials-meeting-with-fema-to-reduce-floodplain/article_adf2bba1-07de-5c34-bd0c-45606463f3b1.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

How will Canada manage its wildfires in the future? http://theconversation.com/how-will-canada-manage-its-wildfires-in-the-future-86383?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Jamaica – Installation of Real Time Automatic Weather Stations Begins Across the Island http://floodlist.com/america/jamaica-installation-real-time-automatic-weather-stations?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

North American Storm Clusters Could Produce 80 Percent More Rain Say NCAR Scientists http://floodlist.com/america/usa/north-american-storm-clusters-could-produce-80-percent-more-rain-say-ncar-scientists?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

NOAA may reclassify 100-year storm event in Houston http://www.chron.com/news/politics/houston/article/Federal-rainfall-study-shows-dramatic-growth-in-12386006.php

Increasing resiliency to extreme weather https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2648/increasing-resiliency-to-extreme-weather/

What’s the future for flood and coastal risk management in England? https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/fcrm/strategic-direction/

Recent loss of closed forests is associated with Ebola virus disease outbreaks https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-14727-9

Restoring floodplains and wetlands offer value-for-money solution to river flooding https://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/restoring-floodplains-and-wetlands-offer

Changing attitudes to property flood resilience in the UK http://brebuzz.net/2017/11/29/changing-attitudes-to-property-flood-resilience-in-the-uk/

Flood-prone historic Charleston home gets a raise http://abcnews4.com/news/local/jacked-up-historic-home-lifted-for-first-time

Fault Segmentation as Constraint to the Occurrence of the Main Shocks of the 2016 Central Italy Seismic Sequence http://geo.mff.cuni.cz/users/gallovic/abst/Pizzi_et_al-2017-Tectonics.pdf

When magma prevents volcanic eruptions https://phys.org/news/2017-11-magma-volcanic-eruptions.html

Renewed calls for natural flood management techniques across Europe https://greennews.ie/renewed-calls-natural-flood-management-europe/

Forecast of Increased Earthquakes due to Slowing of Earth’s Rotation https://riskfrontiers.com/forecast-of-increased-earthquakes-due-to-slowing-of-earths-rotation/

When Weather Becomes a Problem: Motivating Resilience Action in Texas https://toolkit.climate.gov/case-studies/when-weather-becomes-problem-motivating-resilience-action-texas

Each volcano has unique warning signs that eruption is imminent https://theconversation.com/each-volcano-has-unique-warning-signs-that-eruption-is-imminent-88222?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

 

Emergency Management

Houston Day Laborers Suffer Wage Theft in Post-Harvey Reconstruction http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Houston-Day-Laborers-Suffer-Wage-Theft-in-Post-Harvey-Reconstruction.html

Two Months After Hurricane Maria, A Growing Majority Of Americans Say Puerto Ricans are Not Yet Getting the Help They Need https://www.kff.org/other/press-release/poll-two-months-after-hurricane-maria-a-growing-majority-of-americans-say-puerto-ricans-are-not-ye-getting-the-help-they-need/amp/

Tens of thousands displaced by Harvey still yearn for home http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-news-12378756.php

Preventing the Spread of Disease After a Hurricane https://health.usnews.com/health-care/patient-advice/articles/2017-11-16/preventing-the-spread-of-disease-after-a-hurricane

Offender sentenced for causing January 2017 bushfires in Victoria https://emergencylaw.wordpress.com/2017/11/25/offender-sentenced-for-causing-january-2017-bushfires-in-victoria/

How to save billions on disaster recovery https://www.redcross.org.au/news-and-media/news/how-to-save-billions-on-disaster-recovery

Nepal earthquake reconstruction won’t succeed until the vulnerability of survivors is addressed https://theconversation.com/nepal-earthquake-reconstruction-wont-succeed-until-the-vulnerability-of-survivors-is-addressed-87335

‘Help now, not after disasters’ http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20171127/help-now-not-after-disasters

Hawaii Brings Back a Cold War-Era Nuclear Warning System https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/28/us/hawaii-nuclear-korea.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share

Why Puerto Rico is getting the brunt of ‘donor fatigue’ https://theconversation.com/why-puerto-rico-is-getting-the-brunt-of-donor-fatigue-86036

Using flood model data to assist with humanitarian crises in the Middle East https://www.ambientalrisk.com/using-flood-model-data-assist-humanitarian-crises-middle-east/

Feeding Puerto Rico https://www.cbsnews.com/news/feeding-puerto-rico/

New data shows hurricane deaths in Puerto Rico could be 20 times higher than the government claims https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/29/16623926/puerto-rico-death-toll-hurricane-maria-count

Operational forecasting and warning systems for natural hazards: challenges and innovation http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2018/session/26605

Improving Science-based Tools for Fire Prediction http://climateandlife.columbia.edu/2017/10/26/improving-science-based-tools-for-fire-prediction/

Carisbrook braces for flooding amid investigation into recovery fund mismanagement http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-30/carisbrook-flood-prep/9210160

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The biggest volcano eruptions in recorded history https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YluS9jOjQdM

What Should You Do In A Terror Attack? http://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/ian-payne/what-should-you-do-in-a-terror-attack-lbc-asked-an/

Plan for an emergency: Bushfire http://www.abc.net.au/news/emergency/plan-for-an-emergency/bushfire/

Israel raises tsunami awareness http://www.unisdr.org/archive/56057

Mount Agung: Bali volcano eruption photos explained https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-asia-42133502

Flood barrier drop-ins for residents https://www.gov.uk/government/news/flood-barrier-drop-ins-for-residents

Article for kids on the challenges of firefighting https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/fighting-wildfires-is-a-greater-test-of-endurance-as-season-gets-longer/2017/11/20/77885a46-c597-11e7-84bc-5e285c7f4512_story.html?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.aa6b08942a30

 

Social media and emergency management

“When people tweet about how there’s a flood in their backyards, but we don’t have sensors in that area to verify that information, we can use these tweets as a virtual sensor” http://daily-iowan.com/2017/11/29/ui-professor-develops-a-siri-for-flood-information/

 

Disaster psychology

Community resilience and Joplin tornado http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1468-5973.12171/pdf

Is it right to say people caught in a terror scare ‘panic’? http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42138437

 

Sociology and Disasters

Will Houston’s Post-Harvey Recovery Exacerbate Inequities or Build a More Just City? https://www.democracynow.org/2017/11/24/will_houston_s_post_harvey_recovery

A flood of stories http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/a-flood-of-stories/article20967553.ece

A 1948 flood washed away the WWII housing project Vanport—but its history still informs Portland’s diversity https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/vanport-oregon-how-countrys-largest-housing-project-vanished-day-180954040/

Today in disaster resilience (24 November 2017)

Disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Greece floods death toll rises to 20 with discovery of body http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-5098261/Greece-floods-death-toll-rises-20-discovery-body.html

Greece Was Hit By Storm Some Called A ‘Medicane.’ What’s That? https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/20/565385544/greece-was-hit-by-storm-some-called-a-medicane-what-s-that?utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=science&utm_source=dlvr.it

Indonesia – 2 Dead, Hundreds of Homes Damaged in Flash Floods in West Nusa Tenggara http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-west-nusa-tenggara-november-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Haiti – Flooding Leaves 5 Dead and 10,000 Homes Damaged http://floodlist.com/america/haiti-floods-november-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Tropical Storm Kirogi hits Vietnam http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/tropical-storm-kirogi-hits-vietnam-171120091544628.html

Small eruption at Agung volcano http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/rockyplanet/2017/11/21/agung-finally-erupts-indonesia-volcano/

Iceland’s largest volcano is getting restless http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/rockyplanet/2017/11/21/oraefajokull-unrest-iceland-volcano/#.WhSZq9KWbIV

‘Dramatic’ flash floods kill 2, directly affect 2 280 in West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2017/11/21/dramatic-flash-floods-kill-2-directly-affect-2-280-in-west-nusa-tenggara-indonesia/

Heavy rain wreaks havoc across Jeddah, Saudi Arabia https://watchers.news/2017/11/21/heavy-rain-wreaks-havoc-across-jeddah-saudi-arabia/

Spain, Portugal struggle with extreme drought http://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/spain-portugal-struggle-with-extreme-drought

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Nov 2017: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Sinabung https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/66148/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-23-Nov-2017-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Sinabung.html

UK floods: 70 people and horses rescued in Lancashire http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lancashire-42092038

Heavy Rains Lash MoBay Causing Major Flooding http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20171123/heavy-rains-lash-mobay-causing-major-flooding

Flooding ravages Phetchaburi, southern highway https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1365571/flooding-ravages-phetchaburi-southern-highway

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

As scientists ponder “hacking the climate”, poor countries are wary https://www.zilient.org/article/scientists-ponder-hacking-climate-poor-countries-are-wary

Despite U.S. lagging, climate action gathers speed, if limited cash http://news.trust.org/item/20171118110651-qkj9b

NASA map of Earth over 20 years highlights astonishing impact of climate change http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/nasa-map-earth-20-years-impact-climate-change-global-warming-life-environment-a8062221.html

As climate disasters surge, world puzzles over who will pay http://news.trust.org/item/20171116171402-mz97j/

Future Acceleration of Antarctic Ice Sheet Retreat http://glacierhub.org/2017/11/20/roundup-ice-cliff-instability-buffers-glacial-retreat/

Battered by extreme weather, Americans are more worried about climate change https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/nov/20/battered-by-extreme-weather-americans-are-more-worried-about-climate-change?CMP=twt_gu

Seven in ten Americans (71%) think global warming is happening, an increase of eight percentage points since March 2015. A majority of Americans think global warming made several extreme events in 2017 worse https://www.climatechangecommunication.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Climate-Change-American-Mind-October-2017-min.pdf

A real-time Global Warming Index https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-14828-5.pdf

Arctic climate change being felt farther south, scientists say http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/climate-change-arctic-felt-south-1.4410138

Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic (SWIPA) 2017 http://www.amap.no/documents/doc/Snow-Water-Ice-and-Permafrost-in-the-Arctic-SWIPA-2017/1610

New Research Indicates Likely Hydrological Implications Of Rapid Global Warming https://scienmag.com/new-research-indicates-likely-hydrological-implications-of-rapid-global-warming/

Warming to make thunderstorms larger and more frequent https://www.apnews.com/c1ef302f0e844806817aedbe12fa32e7/Warming-to-make-thunderstorms-larger-and-more-frequent

New global survey reveals that everyone loves green energy https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/11/20/16678350/global-support-clean-energy

2017 Green Energy Barometer https://orsted.com/-/media/WWW/Docs/Corp/COM/Barometer-campaign/Green-Energy-Barometer-2017_with-appendix.ashx?la=en&hash=65C5D0F30494C277249CA7622AF0229AD5B6D3CB

States and Regions Climate Tracker https://www.cdp.net/en/research/global-reports/states-and-regions-climate-action-tracker?utm_content=bufferff7ae&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Venezuela’s last glacier is about to disappear, making it the first country in modern history to lose all of its glaciers http://earthsky.org/earth/venezuela-losing-last-humbolt-glacier

The Climate Change Performance Index 2018 https://germanwatch.org/en/14639?utm_content=buffer45dfc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

An excerpt from a new book looking at climate change and Indigenous communities around the world https://thetyee.ca/Culture/2017/11/15/Lessons-Hope-Resilience-Tlaoquiaht/

A Global Outlook on Disaster Science https://www.elsevier.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/538091/ElsevierDisasterScienceReport-PDF.pdf

Rapid collapse of Antarctic glaciers could flood coastal cities by the end of this century https://grist.org/article/antarctica-doomsday-glaciers-could-flood-coastal-cities/

COP 23: three ways cities are leading the fight against climate change https://theconversation.com/cop-23-three-ways-cities-are-leading-the-fight-against-climate-change-87277?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Images Show Impact of Sea Level Rise on Global Icons http://www.climatecentral.org/news/global-icons-at-risk-from-sea-level-rise-pictures-19633

Sea Change: Climate Politics and New Zealand https://sciblogs.co.nz/scibooks/2017/11/23/book-review-sea-change/

Climate Change and Disasters https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-63254-4_8

 

 

Disaster risk reduction

We don’t need more houses in floodplains. We need more greenspace http://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/gray-matters/article/We-don-t-need-more-houses-in-floodplains-We-need-12354090.php?utm_campaign=twitter-premium&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

The total costs of natural disasters in Australia are forecast to more than double in real terms to $39 billion per year by 2050 http://australianbusinessroundtable.com.au/assets/reports/media-release-nov-11.pdf

A media report from the weekend suggests a link between the Earth’s rotation and an increase in intense earthquakes https://www.sciencemediacentre.co.nz/2017/11/20/media-reports-increased-earthquakes-2018-expert-reaction/

Looking Inside an Active Italian Volcano https://eos.org/research-spotlights/looking-inside-an-active-italian-volcano#.WhJx-FE394o.twitter

Ocean Sediments Off Pacific Coast May Feed Tsunami Danger http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2017/11/20/ocean-sediments-off-pacific-northwest-may-feed-tsunami-danger/#.WhNAL4O_aB0.twitter

USGS Monitors Huge Landslides on California’s Big Sur Coast, Shares Information with California Department of Transportation https://soundwaves.usgs.gov/2017/10/fieldwork.html

More Harvey-Sized Hurricanes Likely to Hit Texas https://www.ecowatch.com/more-texas-harvey-hurricanes-2511012347.html

New book shows how human relationships with river systems changed along with transformations in society and culture https://www.luminosoa.org/site/books/10.1525/luminos.43/

Building disaster resilience requires learning from both the past and present, and from successes and failures, to prepare for whatever the future may hold http://blog.i-s-e-t.org/after-last-disaster-before-next-one-the-value-of-pre-post-event-learning-disaster-resilience/

Cumbria Flood Resilience Project gets underway http://www.cumbriacrack.com/2017/11/20/cumbria-flood-resilience-project-gets-underway/

Natech and the Liability Implications from Natural Catastrophes http://www.air-worldwide.com/Blog/Natech-and-the-Liability-Implications-from-Natural-Catastrophes/?utm_content=bufferba16d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

High-latitude Volcanic Eruptions Also Have Global Impact http://english.iap.cas.cn/RE/201711/t20171120_186328.html

Uncontrolled construction in Greek capital has led to many streams being concreted over, leaving rivers no outlet to the sea https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/21/illegal-building-played-central-role-in-floods-that-killed-20-in-athens

“Typically, after people are flooded two or three times they’re ready to sell out” https://www.npr.org/2017/11/20/564317854/how-tulsa-became-a-model-for-preventing-floods

“Government/industry collaboration was the main driver behind the rapid increase in flood insurance penetration in Australia following devastating floods in Queensland in 2010 and 2011” http://institute.swissre.com/research/library/Topic_Flood_protection_gap.html

Recent extreme weather events show how the outdated and imperfect information systems used by cities exacerbates the devastation https://psmag.com/environment/information-technology-systems-and-disaster-preparedness?utm_source=social&utm_medium=twitter

Landslides from the Iran-Iraq earthquake https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2017/11/23/iran-iraq-earthquake/

Nearly three months after Hurricane Harvey, Harris County is proposing using 500-year floodplains instead of 100-year floodplains for new development http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Harris-County-proposing-dramatic-overhaul-of-12374889.php?utm_campaign=twitter-desktop&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

Christie was right not to allow building on flood-prone areas. Why the change? http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/10/christie_was_right_not_to_allow_building_on_flood-.html

La Nina likely to develop in the Pacific by December, Bureau of Meteorology says http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/la-nina-likely-to-develop-in-the-pacific-by-december-bureau-of-meteorology-says-20171121-gzpugq.html

“Don’t forget, we have had significant fire activity in La Nina years.” http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-22/hot-summer-outlook-provokes-bushfire-danger-update/9179780

 

Emergency Management

 

The Cyclone Debbie Review https://www.igem.qld.gov.au/reports-and-publications/Documents/Cyclone%20Debbie%20Review%20Rpt1-17-18_PUBLIC_WEB.pdf

The U.S. Flooded One of Houston’s Richest Neighborhoods to Save Everyone Else https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-11-16/the-u-s-flooded-one-of-houston-s-richest-neighborhoods-to-save-everyone-else

Drones are fighting wildfires in some very surprising ways https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/drones-are-fighting-wildfires-some-very-surprising-ways-ncna820966?utm_content=buffer071fb&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Egads! – a Hurricane Harvey recovery tax http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Adams-Egads-a-Hurricane-Harvey-recovery-tax-12367308.php

Using Digital Technologies Makes Disaster Relief More Efficient http://medicalfuturist.com/digital-technologies-disaster-relief/

Fire departments around the U.S. are struggling to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters https://www.firerescue1.com/volunteer/articles/362194018-Volunteer-firefighting-Responding-to-common-excuses-criticisms/

Volunteer firefighters growing older, most over 40 http://www.poconorecord.com/news/20171004/volunteer-firefighters-growing-older-most-over-40

Vulnerable communities in Africa and the Pacific and Caribbean are now benefiting from improved early warning systems against extreme weather https://reliefweb.int/report/world/improved-early-warning-systems-protect-most-vulnerable

Implications of Volunteered Geographic Information for Disaster Management and GIScience: A More Complex World of Volunteered Geography http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/24694452.2017.1321979?journalCode=raag21

Research into disasters ‘heavily skewed towards richest countries’ https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/research-disasters-heavily-skewed-towards-richest-countries

Planned and ultimate actions of horse owners facing a bushfire threat: Implications for natural disaster preparedness and survivability http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420917303369

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

 

Best Way to Get a Resident’s Attention: Burn Down Their Home (Through a Wildfire Simulation, Of Course) https://fireadaptednetwork.org/residents-attention-wildfire-simulations/?platform=hootsuite

Resilience Evaluation, Analysis and Learning (REAL) Award http://www.fsnnetwork.org/resilience-evaluation-analysis-and-learning-real-award

Floods: How to stay safe when disaster strikes http://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-42018364/floods-how-to-stay-safe-when-disaster-strikes

The game aims to help teach children around the world about the Sustainable Development Goals https://go-goals.org/downloadable-material/

One means of slowing antimicrobial resistance is by combating misuse and overuse as proposed by education campaigns https://ourworldindata.org/vaccines-antibiotic-dependence

2017 national Resilient Australia Awards finalists announced https://aidr.org.au/news/2017-resilient-australia-awards-finalists-announced/

Deadliest American Disasters and Large Loss-of-Life Website launched http://www.usdeadlyevents.com/?platform=hootsuite

Rocky Outcrops in Australia book http://www.publish.csiro.au/book/7725

Citizen Science: Theory and Practice https://theoryandpractice.citizenscienceassociation.org/articles/

Learning and Action Alliance framework to facilitate stakeholder collaboration and social learning in urban flood risk management https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901117304355

Call for case studies of community-based disaster risk management programs http://www.gndr.org/programmes/cbdrm/call-for-case-studies.html

 

Social media and emergency management

Most young Australians can’t identify fake news online https://theconversation.com/most-young-australians-cant-identify-fake-news-online-87100

Social media has increasingly become a way for private citizens affected by disasters to fill gaps they find in the response and to connect http://www.petaluma360.com/news/7639830-181/facebook-twitter-served-as-lifelines

Military analysts can now also use platforms such as Twitter to find nuggets of information about persons of interest, or gauge the political temperature of a region http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2017/11/21/industry-developing-new-social-media-simulation-tools-for-military-analysts

“Social media is viewed as a potential goldmine of information. The key is to work out how to mine this abundant source of public sentiment.” https://theconversation.com/we-learn-from-our-mistakes-how-to-make-better-predictions-from-tweets-87599

 

Disaster psychology

Why do people light bushfires? A convicted arsonist explains http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-20/why-do-people-light-bushfires-a-convicted-arsonist-explains/9162190

In the face of natural disasters, let’s not forget the mental health needs of the kids http://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/361011-in-the-face-of-natural-disasters-lets-not-forget-the-mental-health-needs#.WhNOHuJ8Ync.twitter

Selling Bad Therapy to Trauma Victims https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/psychologically-minded/201711/selling-bad-therapy-trauma-victims

 

Sociology and Disasters

What is social resilience? Lessons learned and ways forward https://www.erdkunde.uni-bonn.de/archive/2013-1/what-is-social-resilience-lessons-learned-and-ways-forward

Interdisciplinary Team Awarded Grant to Study Resiliency Among Hurricane Harvey Victims https://news.uark.edu/articles/39718/interdisciplinary-team-awarded-grant-to-study-resiliency-among-hurricane-harvey-victims

How Much Hotter Is It In The Slums? https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/11/20/564314257/how-much-hotter-is-it-in-the-slums?utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=science&utm_source=dlvr.it

The world’s happiest countries https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/11/the-worlds-happiest-countries-in-2016/

“Across disasters, survivors and communities with stronger social infrastructure—the ties that bind us to each other—did better” https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/17204-why-some-communities-recover-better-after-natural-disasters

Influence of natural disasters on social engagement and post-disaster well-being: The case of the Great East Japan Earthquake https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0922142517300440