Today in disaster resilience (11 June 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Utah wildfire burns closer to homes after hundreds evacuated https://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/2021/06/06/mammoth-fire-utah-burns-closer-homes-after-hundreds-evacuated/7579568002/

Sri Lanka – Floods and Landslides Death Toll Rises to 17http://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-floods-landslides-update-june-2021

Europe – 1 Dead, Several Injured After Thunderstorms and Flash Floods http://floodlist.com/europe/europe-storms-june-2021-germay-croatia

Somalia – 400,000 Affected by Floods Says UN http://floodlist.com/africa/somalia-floods-may-june-2021

Colombia – Deadly Landslide in Antioquia, Hundreds of Homes Flooded in Arauca http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-arauca-antioquia-june-2021

Guyana – 25,000 Households Affected by Floods http://floodlist.com/america/guyana-floods-update-june-2021

Antarctic blast brings strong winds, snow, and flood-inducing rains to eastern Australia https://watchers.news/2021/06/08/antarctic-blast-brings-strong-winds-snow-and-flood-inducing-rains-to-eastern-australia/

Germany – Damaging Floods in Baden-Württemberg, 1 Fatality Reported http://floodlist.com/europe/germany-floods-baden-wurttemberg-june-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 Jun 2021: Semeru volcano, Ibu, Reventador, Sangay, Lewotolo https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/132329/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-10-Jun-2021-Semeru-volcano-Ibu-Reventador-Sangay-Lewotolo-Nevados-.html

India – Monsoon Rains Cause Havoc in Mumbai, 11 Dead After Building Collapses http://floodlist.com/asia/india-monsoon-rains-mumbai-june-2021

Brazil – Flash Floods in Santa Catarina After 280mm of Rain in 24 Hours http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-santa-catarina-june-2021

Turkey – Severe Flash Floods in Ankara http://floodlist.com/asia/turkey-flash-floods-ankara-june-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The media is still mostly failing to convey the urgency of the climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/03/media-climate-change-crisis-emergency

adelphi launches new flagship assessment of climate-driven conflict risks https://www.adelphi.de/en/news/adelphi-launches-new-flagship-assessment-climate-driven-conflict-risks

Carbon dioxide lasts for centuries – so should carbon offsets https://theconversation.com/carbon-dioxide-lasts-for-centuries-so-should-carbon-offsets-161916

Flood-prone communities in Accra, Ghana, require urgent, locally-led adaptation assistance https://gca.org/from-the-field-flood-prone-communities-in-accra-ghana-require-urgent-locally-led-adaptation-assistance/

Inaugural workshop on intermittent estuaries in a changing climate https://www.linkedin.com/events/inauguralworkshoponintermittent6793388876284219392/

Scientists develop new method to estimate exposure to indoor heat https://news.ucar.edu/132794/scientists-develop-new-method-estimate-exposure-indoor-heat

UN warns of ‘point of no return’ on climate change as Australians mark World Environment Day https://www.sbs.com.au/news/un-warns-of-point-of-no-return-on-climate-change-as-australians-mark-world-environment-day

Heat stress in U.S. may double by century’s end https://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp

G7 leaders urged to show solidarity on climate change and COVID-19 at summit https://news.trust.org/item/20210607184509-chaga/

G7 countries will lose $5tn a year by 2050 if temperatures rise by 2.6C https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/07/climate-crisis-to-shrink-g7-economies-twice-as-much-as-covid-19-says-research

Faster decline and higher variability in the sea ice thickness of the marginal Arctic seas when accounting for dynamic snow cover https://tc.copernicus.org/articles/15/2429/2021/

Surface air temperature for May 2021https://climate.copernicus.eu/surface-air-temperature-may-2021

Carbon dioxide in the air at highest level since measurements began https://news.trust.org/item/20210607180406-pgwkt/

Study of past South Asian monsoons suggests stronger monsoon rainfall in the future https://www.brown.edu/news/2021-06-04/monsoon

People on the move: strengthening adaptation responses to support human movement in a changing climate https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/78246

Tasmania’s reached net-zero emissions and 100% renewables – but climate action doesn’t stop there https://theconversation.com/tasmanias-reached-net-zero-emissions-and-100-renewables-but-climate-action-doesnt-stop-there-160927

A Stark View of Rising Seas in Georgia https://nexusmedianews.com/georgia-sea-level-rise/

Solar and wind cheapest energy source in Australia https://cosmosmagazine.com/technology/energy/solar-and-wind-cheapest-energy-source-in-australia/

The ScienceBrief Review: Climate change increases extreme rainfall and the chance of floods https://news.sciencebrief.org/press-release-extreme-rainfall/

World climate and security report 2021: warning of catastrophic climate risks and urging significant greenhouse gas reductions https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78272

Record heat bakes Middle East as temperatures top 125 degrees https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/06/07/record-june-heat-wave-middle-east/

Insurers’ Principles for Climate Change Adaptation https://adaptingtoclimate.com/

Inside One Researcher’s Quest To Understand How Volcanoes Impact Climate Change https://time.com/collection/next-generation-leaders/6047437/yves-moussallam-next-generation-leaders/

Climate change is making ocean waves more powerful, threatening to erode many coastlines https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-making-ocean-waves-more-powerful-threatening-to-erode-many-coastlines-160998

UN-backed report finds no G7-based stock exchange indices align with Paris climate goals https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/06/1093822

Disaster risk reduction

‘Legacy of trauma’: Warragamba survey downplays cultural risks, opponents say https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/legacy-of-trauma-warragamba-survey-downplays-cultural-risks-opponents-say-20210604-p57ydh.html

Protecting people and communities from the risk of floods in Metro Manila https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2021/05/18/protecting-people-and-communities-from-the-risk-of-floods-in-metro-manila

Wildfire risk maps aren’t capturing the threat of extreme events and seasons https://academictimes.com/wildfire-risk-maps-arent-capturing-the-threat-of-extreme-events-and-seasons/

High-Resolution Multi-Hazard Approach to Quantify Hurricane-Induced Risk for Coastal and Inland Communities https://www.researchgate.net/publication/352172489_High-Resolution_Multi-Hazard_Approach_to_Quantify_Hurricane-Induced_Risk_for_Coastal_and_Inland_Communities

Dredging and levees among Warragamba options ignored by NSW government https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/dredging-and-levees-among-warragamba-options-ignored-by-nsw-government-20210607-p57yos.html

Sunk Costs: The Socioeconomic Impacts of Flooding https://www.mmc.com/insights/publications/2021/june/the-socioeconomic-impacts-of-flooding.html

Economics for disaster prevention and preparedness in Europe https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2021/06/04/economics-for-disaster-prevention-and-preparedness-in-europe

Economics for disaster prevention and preparedness: understanding the needs of civil protection agencies and opportunities for scaling up disaster risk management investments: summary report https://documents.worldbank.org/en/publication/documents-reports/documentdetail/349561622438336398/summary-report

Improving Community Resilience and Emergency Plans by Mapping Risk and Preparedness at the Neighborhood Scale https://www.researchgate.net/publication/352212187_Improving_Community_Resilience_and_Emergency_Plans_by_Mapping_Risk_and_Preparedness_at_the_Neighborhood_Scale

Puerto Rico is prone to more flooding than the island is prepared to handle https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78270

Weather adds stress to America’s crumbling infrastructure https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/weather-adds-stress-to-americas-crumbling-infrastructure/926996

UC experts convene to discuss innovative solutions to California’s wildfires https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/uc-experts-convene-discuss-innovative-solutions-california-s-wildfires

Building materials, architectural detailing, landscaping choices and even road design will enhance fire safety in the West and other parts of the country https://www.wsj.com/articles/as-wildfire-threat-rises-at-risk-communities-eye-new-defenses-11623250836?st=v8l37hv61lpypy5&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink

The mechanistic flow of complex drivers of wildfire for fire prone ecosystems https://www.cafiresci.org/research-publications-source/category/4driverswildfireweather

Engineering professor solves deep earthquake mystery https://phys.org/news/2021-04-professor-deep-earthquake-mystery.html

Understanding the Needs of Civil Protection Agencies and Opportunities for Scaling up Disaster Risk Management Investments https://reliefweb.int/report/world/understanding-needs-civil-protection-agencies-and-opportunities-scaling-disaster-risk

DisasterAWARE is the most powerful and reliable early warning and multi-hazard monitoring platform https://www.pdc.org/apps/disasteraware/

Emergency management

Wildland firefighter smoke exposure and risk of lung and cardiovascular disease https://mailchi.mp/blm/wildland-firefighter-smoke-exposure-and-risk-of-lung-and-cardiovascular-disease?e=d25e9d02c5

Calling in the army for the vaccine rollout and every other emergency shows how ill-prepared we are https://theconversation.com/calling-in-the-army-for-the-vaccine-rollout-and-every-other-emergency-shows-how-ill-prepared-we-are-162247

A multidimensional framework for disaster recovery: Longitudinal qualitative evidence from Puerto Rican householdshttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0305750X21001017

India to give adults free COVID shots after surge in infections https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/6/7/india-to-give-adults-free-covid-shots-after-surge-in-infections

The eruption of Mount Nyiragongo: its health effects will be felt for a long time https://theconversation.com/the-eruption-of-mount-nyiragongo-its-health-effects-will-be-felt-for-a-long-time-161990

ResponDrone Adds 3D Mapping Abilities to Provide First Responders with Near Real-Time Data https://finance.yahoo.com/news/respondrone-adds-3d-mapping-abilities-113000974.html?.tsrc=fin-srch

20% of schools in Japan lack disaster evacuation plans, ministry survey finds https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/06/08/national/schools-lack-evacuation-plans/

Bringing tech innovation to wildfires: 4 recommendations for smarter firefighting as megafires menace the US https://theconversation.com/bringing-tech-innovation-to-wildfires-4-recommendations-for-smarter-firefighting-as-megafires-menace-the-us-162178

How Low and Middle-Income Countries Are Innovating to Combat Covid https://hbr.org/2021/06/how-low-and-middle-income-countries-are-innovating-to-combat-covid?ab=hero-subleft-2

Disaster education, communication and engagement

Chasing lightning: a photographer’s pursuit of the elements – in pictures https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2021/jun/06/chasing-lightning-a-photographers-pursuit-of-the-elements-in-pictures

How does a fast food restaurant build flood resilience? https://floodresilience.net/blogs/livelihood-diversification-for-flood-resilience-nepal/

Serious Games about Flooding https://seriousgeo.games/activities/

Is Your Home Ignition Resistant? theme of new Lake Tahoe Wildfire awareness campaign http://www.southtahoenow.com/story/06/08/2021/your-home-ignition-resistant-theme-new-lake-tahoe-wildfire-awareness-campaign

Integrating Geoscience and Community Hazard Knowledge https://www.researchgate.net/publication/352261817_Integrating_Geoscience_and_Community_Hazard_Knowledge

Structural fire emergency school education resources https://brigadekids.com/

Disaster resilience school education resources https://disasterresilience.vic.gov.au/students/what-is-disaster-resilience/

The series offers best practices for extreme events research and includes check sheets for free to the research community https://converge.colorado.edu/resources/check-sheets

Psychology and disasters

Climate crisis inflicting huge ‘hidden costs’ on mental health https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/26/climate-crisis-inflicting-huge-hidden-costs-mental-health

Carrot or stick? How countries are tackling COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy https://news.trust.org/item/20210601155421-gr1fs/

Sociology and disasters

The dual effect of social ties on COVID-19 spread in Japan https://www.researchgate.net/publication/348513136_The_dual_effect_of_social_ties_on_COVID-19_spread_in_Japan

As Warming Fuels Disasters, Relief Often Favors White People https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/07/climate/FEMA-race-climate.html

Social dynamics of community resilience building in the face of climate change: the case of three Scottish communities https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11625-021-00950-x

Today in disaster resilience (4 June 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Parks Canada says two dead following avalanche on Alberta mountain https://www.cp24.com/news/parks-canada-says-two-dead-following-avalanche-on-alberta-mountain-1.5448888

New Zealand – Emergency Declared After Floods in Canterbury http://floodlist.com/australia/new-zealand-floods-canterbury-may-2021

Large mud volcano eruption in Colombia injures 1 person and forces 150 to evacuate https://watchers.news/2021/05/31/mud-volcano-eruption-necocli-colombia-may-30-2021/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

At least 4 people dead as heavy rains trigger floods and landslides in Nepal https://watchers.news/2021/05/31/at-least-4-people-dead-as-heavy-rains-trigger-floods-and-landslides-in-nepal/

Flooding forces hundreds from their homes in New Zealand https://news.sky.com/story/flooding-forces-hundreds-from-their-homes-in-new-zealand-12321218

Guyana – Government Distributes Relief Supplies to Flood Victims in 7 Regions http://floodlist.com/america/guyana-floods-may-2021

Peru has world’s worst per capita Covid toll after death data revised https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/01/peru-has-worlds-worst-per-capita-covid-toll-after-death-data-revised

Significant flooding sweeps through parts of New Mexicohttps://watchers.news/2021/06/01/significant-flooding-sweeps-through-parts-of-new-mexico/

Wildfires sweep across Bolivia’s Pantanal wetlands https://news.trust.org/item/20210601164540-v6n3d/

Philippines – Tropical Storm ‘Choi-Wan’ (Dante) Triggers Deadly Flash Floods and Evacuations http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-storm-choi-wan-dante-june-2021

Brazil – Rio Negro Reaches Record Highs in Manaus http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-amazon-manaus-june-2021

USA – 2,700 Homes Damaged in Mid-May Floods in Louisiana, Governor Requests Federal Disaster Declarationhttp://floodlist.com/america/usa/usa-louisiana-governor-requests-federal-disaster-declaration-may-2021-floods

Chile – Floods Prompt Rescues and Evacuations in South-Central Regions http://floodlist.com/america/chile-floods-landslides-june-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 3 Jun 2021: Fuego volcano, Semeru, Reventador, Nyiragongo, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/131722/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-3-Jun-2021-Fuego-volcano-Semeru-Reventador-Nyiragongo-Sangay-Sinab.html

Colombia – 1 Dead, Hundreds Affected by Floods and Landslides in Antioquia http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-landslides-antioquia-june-2021

France – Thunderstorms Trigger Flash Floods, 50mm of Rain Falls in 1 Hour http://floodlist.com/europe/france-thunderstorms-floods-june-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

CSIRO predicts more drought, drastic drop in Murray-Darling basin water https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2021-05-30/climate-change-modelling-murray-darling-basin-water-allocations/100168038

A freak cyclone destroyed Ian’s pub. A warming climate could mean more are on their way https://www.sbs.com.au/news/a-freak-cyclone-destroyed-ian-s-pub-a-warming-climate-could-mean-more-are-on-their-way

Heatwave deaths set to soar as UK summers become hotter https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/30/heatwave-deaths-set-to-soar-as-uk-summers-become-hotter

Bogota crowdsources a green transport future to hit climate goals https://longreads.trust.org/item/Bogota-C40-cities-network

Cyclone Tauktae Documents a Climate Trend in the Tropics https://eos.org/articles/cyclone-tauktae-documents-a-climate-trend-in-the-tropics

Forecast: 40% Chance Earth To Be Hotter Than Paris Climate Agreement Goal Soon https://www.huffpost.com/entry/forecast-40-percent-chance-earth-to-be-hotter-than-paris-climate-agreement-goal-soon_n_60af8969e4b0a256831c97b6

Climate change is not gender neutral: harnessing data to empower women and girls as change agents https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78131

Human-induced global heating ‘causes over a third of heat deaths’ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/31/human-induced-global-heating-causes-over-third-heat-deaths?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Wind and solar help Australia slash emissions, but no credit to Coalition https://reneweconomy.com.au/wind-and-solar-help-australia-slash-emissions-but-no-credit-to-coalition/

Heatwave deaths set to soar as UK summers become hotter https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/30/heatwave-deaths-set-to-soar-as-uk-summers-become-hotter

Cities Are Woefully Unprepared for the Havoc of Climate Change https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2021/05/cities-woefully-unprepared-climate-change-adaptation-global-warming/

New city ‘heat officers’ take aim at climate change’s ‘silent killer’ https://news.trust.org/item/20210528155111-p84jo/

The Link Between Pollution and the Number of Hurricanes That Form https://www.nbcmiami.com/weather/hurricane-season/the-link-between-pollution-and-the-number-of-hurricanes-that-form/2460910/

Paleo-ENSO influence on African environments and early modern humans https://www.pnas.org/content/118/23/e2018277118

US environmental agency releases climate report delayed by Trump https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57095347

Predicting the unpredictable: How scientists are improving cold-region water and climate prediction models https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78158

Climate explained: why is the Arctic warming faster than other parts of the world? https://theconversation.com/climate-explained-why-is-the-arctic-warming-faster-than-other-parts-of-the-world-160614

Australian coal burnt overseas creates nearly twice the nation’s domestic emissions https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/02/australian-coal-burnt-overseas-creates-nearly-twice-the-nations-domestic-emissions

Canterbury floods: Is climate change to blame for severe weather events? https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/125299269/canterbury-floods-is-climate-change-to-blame-for-severe-weather-events

Augmenting the spatial resolution of climate-change temperature projections for city planners and local decision makers https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/abf7f2

Antarctica wasn’t quite as cold during the last ice age as previously thought https://phys.org/news/2021-06-antarctica-wasnt-cold-ice-age.html

Climate tipping points could topple like dominoes, warn scientists https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/03/climate-tipping-points-could-topple-like-dominoes-warn-scientists

U.S. cities hire specialists to counter climate change as impacts worsen https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78193

Disaster risk reduction

‘You will sterilise land from residential use’: New powers to refuse floodplain development https://www.smh.com.au/national/you-will-sterilise-land-from-residential-use-new-powers-to-refuse-floodplain-development-20210528-p57w36.html

World’s Most Comprehensive Global Earthquake Risk Map Online https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2021/05/06/worlds-most-comprehensive-global-earthquake-risk-map-online/?sh=46fa070e115c

Making a Model: European meteorologists strive to make accurate storm predictions https://wsvn.com/news/special-reports/making-a-model-european-meteorologists-strive-to-make-accurate-storm-predictions/#.YLJSMYfCl4A.twitter

Why hurricanes devastate some places over and over again – a meteorologist explains https://theconversation.com/some-coastal-areas-are-more-prone-to-devastating-hurricanes-a-meteorologist-explains-why-160765

A large earthquake is happening right now – but you can’t feel it https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/a-large-earthquake-is-happening-right-now-but-you-cant-feel-it/FDRR26E6CENZSQ6XZL6VMDAZ4M/

Zoning Ordinance Overhauled To Increase Community Resilience To Flooding https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/training/norfolk-zoning-ordinance.html

Mount Nyiragongo’s volcano: why it’s unique and treacherous https://theconversation.com/mount-nyiragongos-volcano-why-its-unique-and-treacherous-161847

Bangkok improves drainage system to reduce flooding during rainy season https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78169

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s Floodplain Manager newsletter https://www.molinostewart.com.au/editorial/floodplain-manager-may-2021/

Native forest logging makes bushfires worse – and to say otherwise ignores the facts https://theconversation.com/native-forest-logging-makes-bushfires-worse-and-to-say-otherwise-ignores-the-facts-161177

New World Bank support to protect 120,000 people against flood risks in peri-urban areas of the Senegal capital-city https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78188

Inconsistent building codes leave some states vulnerable to hurricane damage https://ibhs.org/ibhs-news-releases/inconsistent-building-codes-leave-some-states-vulnerable/

Linked faults under Salt Lake City may elevate risk of building damage https://phys.org/news/2021-06-linked-faults-salt-lake-city.html

Wildfires and global change https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/fee.2359

Economics for disaster prevention and preparedness: investment in disaster risk management in Europe makes economic sense https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/78183

Emergency management

How long would it take to escape Auckland if a volcano was about to erupt? https://phys.org/news/2021-05-auckland-volcano-erupt.html

Further assistance urgently needed for people following DRC volcano eruption https://www.msf.org/half-million-without-drinking-water-following-drc-volcano-eruption

Nyiragongo Shows How A Minor Eruption Can Cause A Major Humanitarian Disaster https://www.forbes.com/sites/robinandrews/2021/05/30/nyiragongo-shows-how-a-minor-eruption-can-cause-a-major-humanitarian-disaster/

Destruction by Cyclone Amphan continues to haunt its survivors after one year https://www.dhakatribune.com/climate-change/2021/05/30/destruction-by-cyclone-amphan-continues-to-haunt-its-survivors-after-one-year

Canterbury floods: More stress for communities already hit by fires, quakes https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300320443/canterbury-floods-more-stress-for-communities-already-hit-by-fires-quakes

Lessons for Africa from India’s deadly COVID surge https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78142

Looming hurricane season raises displacement risk https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78191

Caribbean rolls out multi-hazard preparations for hurricane season https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78210

Disaster education, communications and engagement

In weather emergencies, a lack of Spanish-language information endangers the public https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/05/30/spanish-weather-language-gap/

Prepare for the worst: 10 steps to get ready for wildfire smoke https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/prepare-for-the-worst-10-steps-to-get-ready-for-wildfire-smoke

Can social media and crowdsourcing create more disaster resilient societies? https://open-research-europe.ec.europa.eu/articles/1-60/v1

Designing tsunami risk communication with communities: A site-specific case study from Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, Aotearoa New Zealand http://trauma.massey.ac.nz/issues/2021-1/AJDTS_25_1_full.pdf

Words into Action guide on Engaging Children and Youth in Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building https://www.undrr.org/engaging-children-and-youth-disaster-risk-reduction-and-resilience-building

Psychology and disasters

Worldviews, trust, and risk perceptions shape public acceptance of COVID-19 public health measures https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/78162

Sociology and disasters

Is your floodplain management strategy working? innovative social research in the Wimmera https://www.researchgate.net/publication/351973327_Is_your_floodplain_management_strategy_working_innovative_social_research_in_the_Wimmera

Floods in the neighborhood: Mapping poverty and flood risk in Indonesian cities https://blogs.worldbank.org/eastasiapacific/floods-neighborhood-mapping-poverty-and-flood-risk-indonesian-cities?cid=ccg_tt_climatechange_en_ext

Geographies of the evolution of social capital legacies in response to flood disasters in rural and urban areas in Sri Lanka https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420921003253?via%3Dihub#

Hurricane damage harms the most vulnerable, reveals inequality and social divides https://theconversation.com/hurricane-damage-harms-the-most-vulnerable-reveals-inequality-and-social-divides-159678

Today in disaster resilience (28 May 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Volcano erupts in Congo near Goma city, lava reaches airport as residents flee https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-23/volcano-erupts-near-congolese-city-of-goma-residents-flee/100158642

Villages evacuated after major forest fire in conservation area near Athens https://news.sky.com/story/villages-evacuated-after-major-forest-fire-in-conservation-area-near-athens-12314327?dcmp=snt-sf-twitter

Uganda – Rain Triggers Deadly Floods and Landslides in Kasese http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-landslide-kasese-may-2021

Malaysia – Thousands Evacuate Floods in Sabah and Sarawak http://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-floods-sabah-sarawak-may-2021

At least two people killed as cyclone bears down on India’s east coast https://news.trust.org/item/20210525151818-w3gmb/

Brazil – Severe Flooding in Amazonas State Affects 450,000 People http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-amazonas-may-2021

Guatemala – Strong Winds, Floods and Landslide Affect Over 10,000 http://floodlist.com/america/guatemala-floods-may-2021

China braces for summer floods as 71 rivers exceed warning levels https://www.reuters.com/world/china/china-braces-summer-floods-71-rivers-exceed-warning-levels-2021-05-26/

Kenya – 40,000 Displaced by Recent Floods, Says Red Cross http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-floods-update-may-2021

Indonesia – Floods Affect 60,000 in Bandung, West Java http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-bandung-west-java-may-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 27 May 2021: Etna volcano, Kilauea, Nyiragongo, Nevados de Chillán, Great Sitkin https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/131236/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-27-May-2021-Etna-volcano-Kilauea-Nyiragongo-Nevados-de-Chillan-Great-Sit.html

India – Cyclone ‘Yaas’ Causes Flooding in Odisha and West Bengal, 1.5 Million Evacuate http://floodlist.com/asia/india-cyclone-yaas-may-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Scott Morrison’s claim Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions are falling does ‘not stack up’ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/24/scott-morrisons-claim-australias-greenhouse-gas-emissions-are-falling-does-not-stack-up

New Arctic Council Reports Underline the Growing Concerns About the Health and Climate Impacts of Polar Air Pollution https://insideclimatenews.org/news/20052021/new-arctic-council-reports-underline-the-growing-concerns-about-the-health-and-climate-impacts-of-polar-air-pollution/

Study: Climate change to blame for $8 billion of Hurricane Sandy damages https://grist.org/science/study-climate-change-to-blame-for-8-billion-of-hurricane-sandy-damages/

G7 Countries agree to end coal financing before end of 2021 https://reneweconomy.com.au/g7-countries-agree-to-end-coal-financing-before-end-of-2021/

Can wildfires be prevented in a world dealing with climate change? https://www.forbesindia.com/article/take-one-big-story-of-the-day/can-wildfires-be-prevented-in-a-world-dealing-with-climate-change/68127/1

The largest iceberg in the world just broke off from Antarctica https://www.cbsnews.com/news/iceberg-breaks-off-antarctica/

Yellowstone is Warming at Its Fastest Rate in 1,250 Years https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/yellowstone-is-warming-at-its-fastest-rate-in-1-250-years/

How cables in glaciers could help forecast future sea level rise https://www.arctictoday.com/how-cables-in-glaciers-could-help-forecast-future-sea-level-rise/

Unless Floridians address the warming climate, we risk more storm damage, higher insurance rates and lower property values https://www.theinvadingsea.com/2021/05/23/unless-floridians-address-the-warming-climate-we-risk-more-storm-damage-higher-insurance-rates-and-lower-property-values/

Hundreds of coastal airports at risk from flooding, sea-level rise, study finds https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2021/05/coastal-airports-at-risk-from-flooding-sea-level-rise-study-finds/

Climate Change and Changes in Compound Coastal-Riverine Flooding Hazard Along the U.S. Coasts https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2021EF002055#.YKvbO6xLz_4.twitter

Arctic climate change update 2021: key trends and impacts. Summary for policy-makers https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77973

Climate concerns resume rise as coal mine ban draws support, Lowy says https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/climate-concerns-resume-rise-as-coal-mine-ban-draws-support-lowy-says-20210525-p57uyg.html

Satellites may have underestimated warming in the lower atmosphere https://phys.org/news/2021-05-satellites-underestimated-atmosphere.html

After a deadly landslide in climate-hit Uganda, survivors sue for action https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77996

Storms and rising seas: the post-climate change world is upon us https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/78033

Climate Poll 2021 by the Lowy Institute reports the results of a nationally representative survey on Australians’ attitudes to climate change https://www.lowyinstitute.org/publications/climatepoll-2021

Going electric and banning new petrol-powered cars could be Australia’s next big light bulb moment https://theconversation.com/going-electric-and-banning-new-petrol-powered-cars-could-be-australias-next-big-light-bulb-moment-161431

New research shows how much warming is costing society by exacerbating disasters https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/climate-change-added-8-billion-to-hurricane-sandys-damage1/

Net-Zero Emissions: Winning Strategy or Destined for Failure? https://e360.yale.edu/features/net-zero-emissions-winning-strategy-or-destined-for-failure

Australian teenagers’ climate change class action case opens ‘big crack in the wall’, expert says https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-27/climate-class-action-teenagers-vickery-coal-mine-legal-precedent/100169398

Climate change is erasing ‘flammability barrier’ that protects high-elevation forests https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/climate-change-erasing-flammability-barrier-protects-high-elevation-fo-rcna1046

Climate: World at risk of hitting temperature limit soon https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57261670

New climate predictions increase likelihood of temporarily reaching 1.5 °C in next 5 years https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/new-climate-predictions-increase-likelihood-of-temporarily-reaching-15-%C2%B0c-next-5

New NASA earth system observatory to help address, mitigate climate change https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78081

Building community resilience against climate change https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78080

Disaster risk reduction

Lancashire communities to receive new flood warning service https://www.lep.co.uk/news/environment/lancashire-communities-to-receive-new-flood-warning-service-3246481

Stop going around in circles: towards a reconceptualisation of disaster risk management phases https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/DPM-03-2021-0071/full/html

Fire money: how Indigenous land management is transforming Arnhem Land https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/may/24/fire-money-how-indigenous-land-management-is-transforming-arnhem-land

Twice burned: California ramps up wildfire prevention spending 16-fold https://grist.org/climate/california-to-increase-wildfire-prevention-spending-by-16-times-in-2021/

Built on pudding: Can modern quake engineering prevail? https://depts.washington.edu/urbanuw/news/built-on-pudding-can-modern-quake-engineering-prevail/

Predicting fire risk and improving forest fire management with UAV LiDAR https://www.suasnews.com/2021/05/predicting-fire-risk-and-improving-forest-fire-management-with-uav-lidar/

Grim western fire season starts much drier than record 2020 https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/grim-western-fire-season-starts-drier-record-2020-77876091

New study shines light on hazards of Earth’s largest volcano https://phys.org/news/2021-05-hazards-earth-largest-volcano.html

‘Slow slip’ earthquakes’ hidden mechanics revealed https://phys.org/news/2021-05-earthquakes-hidden-mechanics-revealed.html

Tanzania’s ‘forgotten’ cyclones and concerns for the future https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77998

Modeling dire wildfire circumstances can help save lives https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78004

The Fractal Scaling Relationship for River Inlets to Lakes https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2021GL093366

Drought conditions could worsen California wildfires that have already burned 5 times more land this year than same time last year https://edition.cnn.com/2021/05/26/us/california-wildfires-burn-5-times-more/index.html

Burn Severity Portal https://burnseverity.cr.usgs.gov/

Wildfires and Climate Lies: On the Myth of the “Tidy Forest” https://lithub.com/wildfires-and-climate-lies-on-the-myth-of-the-tidy-forest/

Miami’s chief heat officer calls for action on ‘silent killer’ in climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/27/miami-chief-heat-officer-jane-gilbert-climate-crisis

Enhancing resilience of critical road structures: bridges, culvers and floodways under natural hazards – final project report https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/publications/biblio/bnh-8016

Emergency management

Houston, Harris Co. get zero of $1 billion federal Hurricane Harvey relief funding http://katytimes.com/stories/houston-harris-co-get-zero-of-1-billion-federal-hurricane-harvey-relief-funding,3750#.YKqLwusGPD8.twitter

I lived through Hurricane Katrina and helped design the rebuild – floods will always come, but we can build better to prepare https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75849

Drones and Sensors Could Spot Fires Before They Go Wild https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/sensors/remote-sensing/drones-sensors-wildfire-detection#.YKwFLGX-FlI.twitter

As hurricane season looms, Biden doubles funding to prepare for extreme weather https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/05/24/biden-hurricanes-fema/

DR Congo’s Goma volcano: Drone images show devastation https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-57232384

COVID is surging in the world’s most vaccinated country. Why? https://theconversation.com/covid-is-surging-in-the-worlds-most-vaccinated-country-why-160869

Toronto’s Actions After Hurricane Hazel Still Reap Rewards https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/disaster-choice/202105/torontos-actions-after-hurricane-hazel-still-reap-rewards

‘Hurricane fatigue’: Gulf Coast emergency managers still rebuilding as they prep for more storms https://southerlymag.org/2021/05/26/hurricane-fatigue-gulf-coast-emergency-managers-still-rebuilding-as-they-prep-for-more-storms/

New funding from the Government of France will boost FAO’s flood response in Somalia http://www.fao.org/emergencies/fao-in-action/stories/stories-detail/en/c/1402112/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

‘Nature-enhanced learning’ and geography education https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03098265.2021.1926938

Don’t Wait for the Ground to Shake: Prepare for Earthquakes Before They Happen http://www.oesnews.com/dont-wait-for-the-ground-to-shake-prepare-for-earthquakes-before-they-happen/

How to create a Community Wildfire Protection Plan https://www.usfa.fema.gov/training/coffee_break/062420.html

Psychology and disasters

Doing it for us: Community identification predicts willingness to receive a COVID-19 vaccination via perceived sense of duty to the community https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/casp.2542

The impact of trust and risk perception on the acceptance of measures to reduce COVID-19 cases https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/risa.13675

Perceptions of Covid-19 vaccines in South Africa https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/78047

Sociology and disasters

The dual effect of social ties on COVID-19 spread in Japan https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-81001-4

New article on the role of social ties in evacuation https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212096321000498?via%3Dihub

How do social connections accelerate post-flood recovery? Insights from a survey of rural households in central Vietnam https://www.researchgate.net/publication/351845402_How_do_social_connections_accelerate_post-flood_recovery_Insights_from_a_survey_of_rural_households_in_central_Vietnam

Displacement and gender on St Vincent following the La Soufriere volcanic eruption https://crisisready.io/post/displacement-and-gender-st-vincent/

The role of homelessness community based organizations during COVID-19 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jcop.22609

The missing half of the Sendai framework: Gender and women in the implementation of global disaster risk reduction policy https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77993

Today in disaster resilience (21 May 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Mandatory wildfire evacuations are ordered for parts of western Los Angeles County https://edition.cnn.com/2021/05/16/us/wildfire-mandatory-evacuations-los-angeles-palisades/index.html

Cyclone Tauktae intensifies, lashes west coast of India https://www.axios.com/cyclone-tauktae-intensifies-hits-west-coast-of-india-60e3997e-fce1-4467-a366-d4987c0f16c2.html

Famine – The Worst Drought In 40 Years Threatens People In Madagascar https://reliefweb.int/report/madagascar/famine-worst-drought-40-years-threatens-people-madagascar

Sri Lanka – Floods and Landslides Leave 3 Dead, 11,000 Affected http://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-floods-update-may-2021

India’s Gujarat state evacuates over 200,000 people as cyclone hits https://news.trust.org/item/20210517154651-d7f5r/

Destructive tornado rips through Wuhan, killing 8 people and injuring 280, China https://watchers.news/2021/05/15/wuhan-tornado-china-may-14-2021-casualties-damage/

Shallow M5.4 earthquake hits Iran – Turkmenistan border region, injuring 25 people https://watchers.news/2021/05/17/north-khorasan-iran-earthquake-may-17-2021/

Ecuador – Flash Floods in Cuenca Cause Major Damage http://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-cuenca-floods-may-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia Just Broke a Major Record For New Solar Panel Roof Installations https://www.sciencealert.com/australia-a-world-leader-in-rooftop-solar-breaks-new-record-for-installations

Getting ready for climate change is about people, not spreadsheets https://theconversation.com/getting-ready-for-climate-change-is-about-people-not-spreadsheets-lets-use-our-imaginations-160706

Last hope over climate crisis requires end to coal, says Alok Sharma https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/14/last-hope-over-climate-crisis-requires-end-to-coal-says-alok-sharma

Australia stands alone in not having a significant climate plan, says UK expert https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/may/14/australia-stands-alone-in-not-having-a-significant-climate-plan-says-uk-expert

Antarctica’s Doomsday Glacier: How Doomed Are We? https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/antarctica-thwaites-glacier-how-fast-will-it-melt-1168437/

April was the world’s ninth-warmest April in 142 years of record keeping https://www.noaa.gov/news/april-2021-and-year-to-date-were-among-earth-s-top-10-warmest

Net zero: despite the greenwash, it’s vital for tackling climate change https://theconversation.com/net-zero-despite-the-greenwash-its-vital-for-tackling-climate-change-160329

Extreme Heat Risks May Be Widely Underestimated and Sometimes Left Out of Major Climate Reports https://insideclimatenews.org/news/16052021/extreme-heat-risks-climate-change/

We can’t beat the climate crisis without rethinking land use https://www.brookings.edu/research/we-cant-beat-the-climate-crisis-without-rethinking-land-use/

A digital twin of the Earth to better prepare for climate extremes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JbBm7M4b2s

Western Australia eyes massive 100GW of wind and solar for green hydrogen by 2030 https://reneweconomy.com.au/western-australia-eyes-massive-100gw-of-wind-and-solar-for-green-hydrogen-by-2030/

Greenland ice sheet on brink of major tipping point, says study https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/17/greenland-ice-sheet-on-brink-of-major-tipping-point-says-study

The USA is heating up https://www.fastcompany.com/90636999/this-map-of-the-u-s-heating-up-is-horrifying-show-it-to-every-climate-denier-you-know

Antarctica is headed for a climate tipping point by 2060, with catastrophic melting if carbon emissions aren’t cut quickly https://theconversation.com/antarctica-is-headed-for-a-climate-tipping-point-by-2060-with-catastrophic-melting-if-carbon-emissions-arent-cut-quickly-160978

Rethinking urban heat stress: Assessing risk and adaptation options across socioeconomic groups in Bonn, Germany https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212095521000870?via%3Dihub

Disaster risk reduction

Queensland’s Economic Assessment Framework of Flood Risk Management Projects https://www.aidr.org.au/news/queenslands-economic-assessment-framework-of-flood-risk-management-projects/

‘This has never happened’: California’s only wildfire research center makes scary discovery https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/fuel-moisture-content-California-wildfire-16087019.php

Forecasters navigate a highway to success around Lake Victoria https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77801

The space weather modeling framework goes open access https://eos.org/science-updates/the-space-weather-modeling-framework-goes-open-access

Why do rivers leap from their banks? Scientists strive to predict deadly flooding events https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77810

Cred Crunch, Issue no. 62, May 2021 – Year in review 2020: global trends and perspectives https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77811

Global riverine flood risk – how do hydrogeomorphic floodplain maps compare to flood hazard maps? https://nhess.copernicus.org/preprints/nhess-2021-136/

How a major Auckland eruption would reshape the city https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/how-a-major-auckland-eruption-would-reshape-the-city/IE6GN7PLYIJEC3ZNNJYZ7NSPUE/

Simulation of post volcanic eruption land use and economic recovery pathways over a period of 20 years in the Auckland region of New Zealand https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0377027321000822#

Aboriginal people have the skills, refined over thousands of years, to care for this fragile, fire-prone ancient continent https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/may/18/a-dream-of-belonging-for-indigenous-australians-the-fabled-outback-is-home

California Is Headed Toward Another Brutal Wildfire Season https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2021/05/california-is-headed-toward-another-brutal-wildfire-season/

Blue roofs could help reduce the flooding effects of big storms https://www.cbc.ca/news/science/what-on-earth-blue-roofs-1.5998117

Flooding: prevention as the best option https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77825

Emergency management

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

One Way to Save a California Town From Wildfire: Advance Work by Unsung Heroes https://www.kqed.org/science/1973159/how-to-save-a-california-town-from-wildfire-plentyy-of-advance-work-and-agency-cooperation

How lessons from past emergencies could improve the pandemic response https://www.washington.edu/news/2021/04/20/how-lessons-from-past-emergencies-could-improve-the-pandemic-response/

Brazil’s fight against Covid-19 hampered by flooding and favela growth https://www.euronews.com/2021/05/16/brazil-s-fight-against-covid-19-hampered-by-flooding-and-favela-growth

Black mould is the latest threat for flood-affected homeowners on the New South Wales mid-north coast https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-15/black-mould-in-flood-hit-homes-port-macquarie-region/100133580

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Community Engagement for Disaster Resilience Handbook Companion Documents https://www.aidr.org.au/news/community-engagement-for-disaster-resilience-handbook-companion-documents/

Silent Walk as a street mobilization: Campaigning following the Grenfell Tower fire https://www.researchgate.net/publication/351327948_Silent_Walk_as_a_street_mobilization_Campaigning_following_the_Grenfell_Tower_fire

Citizen aid, social media and brokerage after disaster https://www.researchgate.net/publication/351275852_Citizen_aid_social_media_and_brokerage_after_disaster

The COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Handbook https://hackmd.io/@scibehC19vax/home

What might a public communications push on the climate crisis in Bristol involve, if we took it as seriously as Covid 19? https://thebristolcable.org/2021/05/communicating-climate-change-what-can-we-learn-from-covid-19/

During Disaster: Refining the Concept of Focusing Events to Better Explain Long-Duration Crises https://journals.openedition.org/irpp/1868

Factors influencing flood disaster preparedness initiatives among small and medium enterprises located at flood-prone area https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921002685?via%3Dihub

Psychology and disasters

Why do people make risky decisions during a fire evacuation? Study on the effect of smoke level, individual risk preference, and neighbor behavior https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0925753521000904?via%3Dihub

Sociology and disasters

What drought, fish kills and financial strife along the Darling River taught regional communities in NSW https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-16/what-darling-river-locals-learnt-after-drought-fish-kills/100137124

‘Top down’ disaster resilience doesn’t work. The National Recovery and Resilience Agency must have community at its heart https://theconversation.com/top-down-disaster-resilience-doesnt-work-the-national-recovery-and-resilience-agency-must-have-community-at-its-heart-160363

Today in disaster resilience (14 May 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Somalia – Deadly Floods Strike Mogadishu, Rivers Overflow in Jowhar http://floodlist.com/africa/somalia-floods-mogadishu-jowhar-may-2021

Uganda – Severe Flooding Affects Thousands in Butaleja http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-flooding-butaleja-may-2021

Volcanic Eruption Illuminates Reykjavik’s Night Sky With Lava Fountains Up To 460 Meters High https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2021/05/10/icelandic-volcanic-eruption-illuminates-night-sky-with-lava-fountains-up-to-460-meters-high/

Volcanic activity worldwide 13 May 2021: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Semeru, Dukono, Reventador, Kilauea https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/129937/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-13-May-2021-Pacaya-volcano-Fuego-Semeru-Dukono-Reventador-Kilauea.html

Russia – Rising Rivers Flood Homes in Khabarovsk Krai http://floodlist.com/asia/russia-amur-river-flood-khabarovsk-may-2021

Kenya – Floods Displace Thousands Across the Country http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-floods-may-2021

Rwanda – Hundreds Homeless After Landslide in Nyamasheke http://floodlist.com/africa/rwanda-landslide-nyamasheke-may-2021

Democratic Republic of Congo – Over 13,000 Families Hit by Floods in Tanganyika Province http://floodlist.com/africa/congo-floods-tanganyika-province-may-2021

Tajikistan and Afghanistan – 14 Killed in Flash Floods and Mudflows http://floodlist.com/asia/tajikistan-afghanistan-flash-floods-may-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Humans already have the tools to combat climate change but we lack leadership https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/10/humans-already-have-the-tools-to-combat-climate-change-but-we-lack-leadership

Work underway to repurpose Wallerawang power station into battery and industrial zone https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2021-05-08/wallerawang-power-station-finds-new-lease-on-life/100119980

The young people taking their countries to court over climate inaction https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/07/the-young-people-taking-their-countries-to-court-over-climate-inaction

Australia pressured to step up climate action during G7 talks https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-pressured-to-step-up-climate-action-during-g7-talks-20210507-p57ppf.html

Reducing methane is crucial for protecting climate and health, and it can pay for itself – so why aren’t more companies doing it? https://theconversation.com/reducing-methane-is-crucial-for-protecting-climate-and-health-and-it-can-pay-for-itself-so-why-arent-more-companies-doing-it-160423

Climate change: how bad could the future be if we do nothing? https://theconversation.com/climate-change-how-bad-could-the-future-be-if-we-do-nothing-159665

A 50,000-Year History of Current Flow Yields New Climate Clues https://eos.org/research-spotlights/a-50000-year-history-of-current-flow-yields-new-climate-clues

Climate finance hopes for poor nations shift to G7 summit as Merkel disappoints https://news.trust.org/item/20210506153152-q42ng/

Farewell the utopian city. To cope with climate change we must learn from how nature adapts https://theconversation.com/farewell-the-utopian-city-to-cope-with-climate-change-we-must-learn-from-how-nature-adapts-157878

AEMO says Australia “well ahead” of 90 per cent renewables scenario for 2040 https://reneweconomy.com.au/aemo-says-australia-well-ahead-of-90-per-cent-renewables-scenario-for-2040/

A great start, but still not enough: why Victoria’s new climate target isn’t as ambitious as it sounds https://theconversation.com/a-great-start-but-still-not-enough-why-victorias-new-climate-target-isnt-as-ambitious-as-it-sounds-160364

Overshooting 2C risks rapid and unstoppable sea level rise from Antarctica https://www.carbonbrief.org/guest-post-overshooting-2c-risks-rapid-and-unstoppable-sea-level-rise-from-antarctica

Sydney to spend $24 million to accelerate net-zero goal by five years https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/sydney-to-spend-24-million-to-accelerate-net-zero-goal-by-five-years-20210510-p57qkg.html

‘Megadrought’ persists in western U.S., as another extremely dry year develops https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/megadrought-persists-in-western-us-as-another-extremely-dry-year-develops

A 50,000-year history of current flow yields new climate clues https://phys.org/news/2021-05-year-history-current-yields-climate.html

Blowing in the wind: Have we missed our chance to become a renewables superpower? https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/blowing-in-the-wind-have-we-missed-our-chance-to-become-a-renewables-superpower-20210512-p57rcc.html?btis

Survey of 800 cities around world finds almost 43% do not even have plan to adapt to impacts of global heating https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/12/one-in-four-cities-cannot-afford-climate-crisis-protection-measures-study

Global renewable energy industry grew at fastest rate since 1999 last year https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/11/global-renewable-energy-industry-grew-at-fastest-rate-since-1999-last-year

Climate emissions shrinking the stratosphere, scientists reveal https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/12/emissions-shrinking-the-stratosphere-scientists-find

Disaster risk reduction

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, Especially for Continents https://eos.org/science-updates/breaking-up-is-hard-to-do-especially-for-continents $230M anti-flooding project in Hoboken will create new flood walls, other upgrades https://www.njspotlight.com/video/230m-anti-flooding-project-in-hoboken-will-create-new-flood-walls-other-upgrades/

Reenvisioning resilience may help earthquake recovery in Italy https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/reenvisioning-resilience-may-help-earthquake-recovery-in-italy-12725/

Solutions providing multiple resilience dividends require integrated approach https://floodresilience.net/blogs/solutions-providing-multiple-resilience-dividends-require-integrated-approach/

‘All bets are off’: Fire weather trumps forestry, prescribed burning https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/all-bets-are-off-fire-weather-trumps-forestry-prescribed-burning-20210510-p57qif.html

Insurers Warn Canada’s Moving Too Slowly on Flood Mapping https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2021/05/06/612863.htm

Study offers earliest evidence of humans changing ecosystems with fire https://news.yale.edu/2021/05/05/study-offers-earliest-evidence-humans-changing-ecosystems-fire

Severe Hailstorms Are Costly and Hard to Predict https://eos.org/articles/severe-hailstorms-are-costly-and-hard-to-predict

Six ways Southeast Asia strengthened disaster risk management https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77727

Fresh insights into the causes of Australia’s strong climate variability which affects extreme wet or dry weather https://news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2021/05/10/new-gauge-on-weather-forecasts/

Previously unrecognized tsunami hazard identified in coastal cities https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77724

Asia is home to 99 of world’s 100 most vulnerable cities https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2021/may/13/asia-is-home-to-99-of-worlds-100-most-vulnerable-cities

Iowa Flood Center Developing Tool To Help Missouri River Communities Prepare For Floodinghttps://www.iowapublicradio.org/environment/2021-05-12/iowa-flood-center-developing-tool-to-help-missouri-river-communities-prepare-for-flooding

Space-based system can provide seismic monitoring for large earthquakes, tsunamis https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77776

Emergency management

A Small Brazilian Town Is Beating Covid-19 Through a Unique Experiment https://www.wsj.com/articles/brazilian-towns-mass-vaccination-creates-oasis-of-well-being-11620392401

Where will the next COVID hotspots be? https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2021/5/9/where-will-the-next-covid-hotspots-be

New Study Estimates More Than 900,000 People Have Died Of COVID-19 In U.S. https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/05/06/994287048/new-study-estimates-more-than-900-000-people-have-died-of-covid-19-in-u-s

Advancing the Field of Disaster Response Management: Toward a Design Science Approach https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349264310_Advancing_the_Field_of_Disaster_Response_Management_Toward_a_Design_Science_Approach

Vulnerability, Resilience, and Technology https://nick-lalone.medium.com/vulnerability-resilience-and-technology-f72d3f81fa7a

Where coronavirus variants emerge, surges follow – new research suggests how genomic surveillance can be an early warning system https://theconversation.com/where-coronavirus-variants-emerge-surges-follow-new-research-suggests-how-genomic-surveillance-can-be-an-early-warning-system-158733

Everbridge coronavirus situation map https://coronavirus-map.everbridge.com/

COVID-19 and heat waves: new challenges for healthcare systems https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0013935121004473?via%3Dihub

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Water safety attitudes, risk perception, experiences, and education for households impacted by the 2018 Camp Fire, California https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77675

Heatwave-protective knowledge and behaviour among urban populations: a multi-country study in Tunisia, Georgia and Israel https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77713

The role of educators in community resilience in natural disaster-prone communities https://www.researchgate.net/publication/351095157_The_role_of_educators_in_community_resilience_in_natural_disaster-prone_communities

Psychology and disasters

Life at disaster’s edge: What it means to start over – again and again https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/opinion/first-person/2021/5/6/rohingya-refugee-reflects-on-life-at-disasters-edge

Perceived threats and ‘stampedes’: a relational model of collective fear responses https://www.sussex.ac.uk/research/projects/stampedes/index

Three new episodes explore PTSD treatment and recovery https://www.phoenixaustralia.org/emerging-treatments-podcast-with-prof-meaghan-odonnell/

Stressors and Supports in Postdisaster Recovery: Experiences After the Black Saturday Bushfires https://www.researchgate.net/publication/350068658_Stressors_and_Supports_in_Postdisaster_Recovery_Experiences_After_the_Black_Saturday_Bushfires

Mental health: Can you tell if someone is struggling? https://www.bbc.com/news/health-57013126

Disasters caused by natural hazards linked to increase in triggers for violence against women and girls https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/newsevents/news/2021/disasters-caused-natural-hazards-linked-increase-triggers-violence-against

Contemporary flood risk perceptions in England: implications for flood risk management foresight https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212096321000462?via%3Dihub

Sociology and disasters

Complexity of resilience capacities: Household capitals and resilience outcomes on the disaster cycle in informal settlements https://www.researchgate.net/publication/351309276_Complexity_of_resilience_capacities_Household_capitals_and_resilience_outcomes_on_the_disaster_cycle_in_informal_settlements

Review of social influence in crisis communications and evacuation decision-making https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349639916_Review_of_social_influence_in_crisis_communications_and_evacuation_decision-making

Today in disaster resilience (7 May 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Destructive hail and tornadoes slam southern U.S., causing billion dollars worth of damage https://watchers.news/2021/04/30/destructive-hail-and-tornadoes-slam-southern-us-causing-billion-dollars-worth-of-damage/

Violent storm hits China’s Jiangsu Province, claiming lives of 11 people and leaving 102 injured https://watchers.news/2021/05/02/nantong-jiangsu-violent-storm-april-30-2021/

Heavy rain triggers destructive lahars, landslides and flash floods, St. Vincent and the Grenadines https://watchers.news/2021/04/30/heavy-rain-triggers-destructive-lahars-landslides-and-flash-floods-st-vincent-and-the-grenadines/

Strong M6.6 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan https://watchers.news/2021/05/01/strong-m6-6-earthquake-hits-near-the-east-coast-of-honshu-japan/

Tornado outbreak: Destructive tornadoes sweep through Mississippi, U.S. https://watchers.news/2021/05/03/tornado-outbreak-destructive-tornadoes-sweep-through-mississippi-us/

Severe flooding hits Yemen, leaving at least 13 people dead https://watchers.news/2021/05/03/severe-flooding-hits-yemen-leaving-at-least-13-people-dead/

Landslides leave 5 dead, 8 missing in Batang Toru, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2021/05/03/landslide-5-dead-8-missing-batang-toru-indonesia/

Venezuela – Hundreds Affected by Floods in Mérida http://floodlist.com/america/venezuela-floods-merida-april-2021

Eruption Mar 2021 on the Reykjanes Peninsula: activity updates https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/reykjanes/crisis2021/current-activity.html

Heavy rain causes flooding in Penal, Rio Claro https://newsday.co.tt/2021/05/04/heavy-rain-causes-flooding-in-penal-rio-claro/

India Crosses 20 Million COVID-19 Cases As Critical Shortages Worsen https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/05/04/993476344/india-crosses-20-million-covid-19-cases-as-critical-shortages-worsen

Algeria – Fatalities After Flash Floods in Batna, Médéa and M’Sila Provinces http://floodlist.com/africa/algeria-floods-batna-medea-msila-may-2021

Afghanistan – Flash Floods Leave 16 Dead, 10 Missing http://floodlist.com/asia/afghanistan-flash-floods-may-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 6 May 2021: Fuego volcano, Semeru, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay, Sinabung https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/129344/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-6-May-2021-Fuego-volcano-Semeru-Dukono-Reventador-Sangay-Sinabung.html

At least 10 people killed after severe flash floods hit Iran https://watchers.news/2021/05/06/kerman-yazd-iran-floods-may-2021/

South Africa – Evacuations and Rescues After Storm Triggers Floods in Western Cape http://floodlist.com/africa/south-africa-floods-western-cape-may-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Victoria announces plan to halve carbon emissions by 2030 under net zero by 2050 target https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-02/victorian-government-targets-or-agriculture-transport-interim/100110140

Glaciers in retreat: tracking the decline of the Earth’s ‘rivers of ice’ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/02/glaciers-in-retreat-tracking-the-decline-of-the-earths-rivers-of-ice

Dare we hope? Here’s my cautious case for climate optimism https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/may/01/climate-change-environment-hope-future-optimism-success

State action alone could lead to nation meeting emissions targets https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/state-action-alone-could-lead-to-nation-meeting-emissions-targets-20210503-p57ojr.html

‘Tsunami’ of renewables to sweep gas and coal out of market, and drive prices lower https://reneweconomy.com.au/tsunami-of-renewables-to-sweep-gas-and-coal-out-of-market-and-drive-prices-lower/

Paying Australia’s coal-fired power stations to stay open longer is bad for consumers and the planet https://theconversation.com/paying-australias-coal-fired-power-stations-to-stay-open-longer-is-bad-for-consumers-and-the-planet-160083

Transformative climate adaptation in the United States: Trends and prospects https://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2021/04/28/science.abc8054.abstract

Icequakes indicate Antarctic glaciers on the movehttps://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/icequakes-indicate-antarctic-glaciers-on-the-move-12717/

Antarctic Ice Sheet melting to lift sea level higher than thought, study says https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2021/04/study-says-antarctic-ice-sheet-melt-to-lift-sea-level-higher-than-thought/

We’ve had information campaigns on Brexit and Covid. What about the climate? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/may/04/information-campaigns-brexit-covid-climate-crisis-cop26

Dissecting ‘Unsettled,’ a Skeptical Physicist’s Book About Climate Science https://insideclimatenews.org/news/04052021/dissecting-unsettled-a-skeptical-physicists-book-about-climate-science/

Activist Thunberg Says Global Leaders Still in Denial Over Climate https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2021-05-04/activist-thunberg-says-global-leaders-still-in-denial-over-climate

Affordable housing could be hit hard as sea levels rise https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2021/05/affordable-housing-could-be-hit-hard-as-sea-levels-rise/

Rich nations’ climate targets will mean global heating of 2.4C – study https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/04/rich-nations-climate-targets-will-mean-global-heating-of-24c-study

Australia’s states are forging ahead with ambitious emissions reductions. Imagine if they worked together https://theconversation.com/australias-states-are-forging-ahead-with-ambitious-emissions-reductions-imagine-if-they-worked-together-160191

Global heating pace risks ‘unstoppable’ sea level rise as Antarctic ice sheet meltshttps://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/05/antarctica-ice-sheet-melting-global-heating-sea-level-rise-study

Germany raises ambition to net zero by 2045 after landmark court ruling https://www.climatechangenews.com/2021/05/05/germany-raises-ambition-net-zero-2045-landmark-court-ruling/

What Vulnerable Countries Need from the COP26 Climate Summit https://www.wri.org/insights/what-vulnerable-countries-need-cop26-climate-summit

Cut emissions to fight extreme weather wrecking lives, UN report says https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/06/cut-methane-emissions-rapidly-fight-climate-disasters-un-report-greenhouse-gas-global-heating

Global Methane Assessment https://www.ccacoalition.org/en/resources/global-methane-assessment-full-report

Disaster risk reduction

Global Effects of Disruptions to the Stratospheric Circulation https://eos.org/editors-vox/global-effects-of-disruptions-to-the-stratospheric-circulation

How can governments prepare for and manage high impact risks https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77568

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter https://www.molinostewart.com.au/editorial/floodplain-manager-april-2021/

New floodplain harvesting regulations face disallowance https://www.theland.com.au/story/7235075/floodplain-harvesting-lines-are-drawn/?src=rss

Good practice note on dam safety: new guidance on managing risks associated with dams https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77584

Hydrological risk to dams https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77588

Responsible Artificial Intelligence for Disaster Risk Management https://opendri.org/resource/responsible-artificial-intelligence-disaster-risk-management/

Earthquake, tsunami hazards from subduction zones might be higher than current estimates http://news.unm.edu/news/earthquake-tsunami-hazards-from-subduction-zones-might-be-higher-than-current-estimates

We may never achieve long-term global herd immunity for COVID. But if we’re all vaccinated, we’ll be safe from the worst https://theconversation.com/we-may-never-achieve-long-term-global-herd-immunity-for-covid-but-if-were-all-vaccinated-well-be-safe-from-the-worst-159821

Scientists warn: Humanity does not have effective tools to resist the tsunami https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77626

Governments call for more public and private investment in disaster prevention and risk reduction https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77614

NSW government cops water policy blow as another setback looms https://www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/nsw-government-cops-water-policy-blow-as-another-setback-looms-20210506-p57pfa.html

Surprising tsunami triggers may lurk off California’s coast, scientists sayhttps://www.latimes.com/science/story/2021-05-03/surprising-tsunami-triggers-may-lurk-off-california-coast

NASA and Pacific Disaster Center partner to develop ground-breaking global flood early warning system https://www.pdc.org/nasa-pdc-flood-early-warning-system/

RMS models offer new probabilistic approach to simplify flood management across Southeast Asia https://www.rms.com/blog/2021/05/04/rms-models-offer-new-probabilistic-approach-to-simplify-flood-management-across-southeast-asia

Emergency management

New York City Is Roaring Back to Life, One Year After Its Nadir https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2021-05-01/new-york-city-covid-reopening-restaurants-art-culture-coming-back

Covid: It will get worse before it gets better https://www.hindustantimes.com/opinion/covidit-will-get-worse-before-it-gets-better-101619880773941.html

Coronavirus affected by warm temperatures, may follow a seasonal path – study https://www.jpost.com/health-science/coronavirus-affected-by-warm-temperatures-may-follow-a-seasonal-path-study-666920

Grenfell is still giving up its secrets and they retain the power to shock https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/may/02/grenfell-is-still-giving-up-its-secrets-and-they-retain-the-power-to-shock

‘We know our community better than they do’: why local knowledge is key to disaster recovery in Gippsland https://theconversation.com/we-know-our-community-better-than-they-do-why-local-knowledge-is-key-to-disaster-recovery-in-gippsland-158703

Android’s Earthquake Alert System Comes to Greece and New Zealand https://www.makeuseof.com/android-earthquake-alert-system-comes-greece-new-zealand/

How to get Australia’s borders open again https://www.afr.com/policy/health-and-education/how-to-get-australia-s-borders-open-again-20210503-p57oh8

Lebanon financing facility approves $55 million recovery program targeting vulnerable households and small businesses to respond to the port of Beirut explosion https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77608

A multidimensional framework for disaster recovery: Longitudinal qualitative evidence from Puerto Rican households https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0305750X21001017

First Onsite Reflects on Fort McMurray Wildfires https://firstonsite.ca/resource/fort-mcmurray-alberta-wildfires/

India and COVID-19 vaccines: A national crisis with global ripples https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news/2021/5/4/indias-covid-19-crisis-strains-global-vaccine-supplies

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The promise of a “people-centred” approach to floods: Types of participation in the global literature of citizen science and community-based flood risk reduction in the context of the Sendai Framework https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590061721000314

Texas Landlords Don’t Have To Disclose Flood Risk To Renters. A New Bill Would Change Thathttps://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/politics/2021/05/03/397236/the-texas-legislature-considers-informing-renters-about-flood-risk/

Combining News Media and AI to Rapidly Identify Flooded Buildings http://www.tohoku.ac.jp/en/press/combining_news_media_ai_flooded_buildings.html#.YJGylg6IVkM.twitter

Negotiated participatory action research for multi-stakeholder implementation of early warning systems for landslides https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77616

The Shear Zone: teaching materials in geology https://theshearzone.wordpress.com/

Psychology and disasters

Dispositional Optimism and Disaster Resilience A natural experiment from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349315115_Dispositional_Optimism_and_Disaster_Resilience_A_natural_experiment_from_the_2011_Great_East_Japan_Earthquake_and_Tsunami

Understanding and improving community flood preparedness and response: a research framework https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77613

Lessons from Black Summer: how people experienced the 2019/20 NSW fire season https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/95

Sociology and disasters

Too poor to protect: When cost-benefit analysis leaves towns to “Wash Away” https://dailyyonder.com/too-poor-to-protect-when-cost-benefit-analysis-leaves-towns-to-wash-away/2021/04/29/

Network Structure in Small Groups and Survival in Disasters https://academic.oup.com/sf/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/sf/soab036/6257738

Drivers of Change in National Disaster Governance under the Hyogo Framework for Action https://www.researchgate.net/publication/344928916_Drivers_of_Change_in_National_Disaster_Governance_under_the_Hyogo_Framework_for_Action

Why are women more vulnerable to flooding in India? https://eos.org/articles/why-are-women-more-vulnerable-to-flooding-in-india

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Uncovering ties between Social Capital and COVID-19 Outcomes at Local Levels https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349651780_Won’t_You_Be_My_Neighbor_Uncovering_ties_between_Social_Capital_and_COVID-19_Outcomes_at_Local_Levels

In Our Backyard: Heat is the deadliest aspect of climate change. It’s turning some underserved LA neighborhoods red hot https://www.kcrw.com/news/shows/to-the-point/in-our-backyard-red-hot-heat-climate

Today in disaster resilience (30 April 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Around 8 000 families affected, 2 000 displaced by flooding in Burundi https://watchers.news/2021/04/27/around-8-000-families-affected-2-000-displaced-by-flooding-in-burundi/

Wildfires reach record high in Omsk as air pollution grips Novosibirsk, Western Siberia, Russia https://watchers.news/2021/04/27/wildfires-reach-record-high-in-omsk-as-air-pollution-grips-novosibirsk-western-siberia/

Massive landslide at Great Whale River, Quebec, Canada https://watchers.news/2021/04/27/massive-landslide-at-great-whale-river-quebec-canada/

As COVID-19 sweeps India, experts say cases and deaths are going unreported https://www.9news.com.au/world/coronavirus-india-as-covid-sweeps-india-experts-say-cases-and-deaths-are-going-unreported/b47d9724-1946-4b3b-aa54-cc3783baf653

Kenya – Hundreds Displaced by Floods in Migori Countyhttp://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-floods-migori-county-april-2021

Bolivia – Dozens Rescued After Rivers Overflow in Cochabamba http://floodlist.com/america/bolivia-dozens-rescued-after-rivers-overflow-in-cochabamba

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Apr 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/128658/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-28-Apr-2021-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Semeru-Dukono-Reventador-S.html

India Covid: Hospitals overwhelmed as deaths pass 200,000 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-56919924

Government monitoring landslide site in Arctic Quebec https://www.rcinet.ca/eye-on-the-arctic/2021/04/28/government-still-surveying-landslide-site-in-arctic-quebec/

Philippines – Hundreds Evacuate Floods in Davao City http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-floods-davao-april-2021

Colombia – Floods Affect 1,700 Families in Barbacoas, Nariño http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-barbacoas-april-2021

Saudi Arabia – Flash Floods Sweep Through Mecca http://floodlist.com/asia/saudi-arabia-floods-mecca-april-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

NSW planning body gives green light to Hunter Valley coalmine expansion https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/26/nsw-planning-body-gives-green-light-to-hunter-valley-coalmine-expansion

This $1 billion energy deal promises to cut emissions and secure jobs. So why on earth is gas included? https://theconversation.com/this-1-billion-energy-deal-promises-to-cut-emissions-and-secure-jobs-so-why-on-earth-is-gas-included-159342

“Coal has become fetishised:” Turnbull slams right-wing media, politicians https://reneweconomy.com.au/coal-has-become-fetishised-turnbull-slams-right-wing-media-politicians/

‘Hanging over the heads of communities’: Government under pressure to remove ‘zombie’ licences https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/hanging-over-the-heads-of-communities-government-under-pressure-to-remove-zombie-licences-20210427-p57mqk.html

UK replaces France as Europe’s second largest electric car market https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/apr/25/uk-replaces-france-as-europe-second-largest-electric-car-market

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

Calls to phase out fossil fuel subsidies after speculation about net-zero emissions target https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-26/scott-morrison-climate-change-fossil-fuel-subsidies-net-zero/100094506

How Renewables Could Kill Off Fossil Fuel Electricity By 2035: New Report https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidrvetter/2021/04/26/how-renewables-could-kill-off-fossil-fuel-electricity-by-2035-new-report/?sh=ac123165edaf

Scott Morrison’s climate change policy is being left behind by corporate action https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-26/business-climate-change-action-leaves-morrison-behind/100094616

Australia has wasted so many years when it comes to climate change https://www.theguardian.com/business/commentisfree/2021/apr/25/australia-has-wasted-so-many-years-when-it-comes-to-climate-change

Humanity’s greatest ally against climate change is Earth itself https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-solutions/2021/04/22/earth-day-biodiversity/

In Asia, Millions Are Fleeing Climate Disasters With Little Promise of Relief https://nexusmedianews.com/asia-climate-change-displaced-people/

Climate tipping points may have been reached already, experts say https://www.cbsnews.com/news/climate-change-tipping-points-amazon-rainforest-antarctic-ice-gulf-stream/

Climate crisis has shifted the Earth’s axis, study shows https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/23/climate-crisis-has-shifted-the-earths-axis-study-shows

Climate change: World’s glaciers melting at accelerating rate https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-56921164

US, UK, EU: Comparing the new 2030 climate targets https://energymonitor.ai/policy/green-deals/us-uk-eu-comparing-the-new-2030-climate-targets

Without the right financial strategies, NZ’s climate change efforts will remain unfinished business https://theconversation.com/without-the-right-financial-strategies-nzs-climate-change-efforts-will-remain-unfinished-business-159625

Explainer: Will global warming ‘stop’ as soon as net-zero emissions are reached? https://www.carbonbrief.org/explainer-will-global-warming-stop-as-soon-as-net-zero-emissions-are-reached

Disaster risk reduction

Sydney bushfire smoke: poor air quality warning issued after hazard reduction burns https://www.theguardian.com/weather/2021/apr/27/sydney-bushfire-smoke-poor-air-quality-warning-issued-after-hazard-reduction-burns

Mangroves against the storm https://social.shorthand.com/IUCN_forests/nCec1jyqvn/mangroves-against-the-storm

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD): A Salvation to Flooding in Sudan https://borkena.com/2021/04/24/renaissance-dam-gerd-salivation-to-flooding-in-sudan/

Stanford researchers reveal that homes in floodplains are overvalued by nearly $44 billion https://news.stanford.edu/2021/04/26/flood-risks-impact-home-values/

Multiple resilience dividends at the community level: A comparative study on disaster risk reduction interventions in different countries https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77404

Federal Government of Somalia signs ARC Treaty and MoU with African Risk Capacity to effectively address impacts of extreme weather events https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77494

Road geohazard risk management handbook https://www.gfdrr.org/en/road-geohazard-handbook

Bundaberg flood levee project hits a snag over federal funding https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-26/bundaberg-flood-levee-project-hits-snag-over-federal-funding/100095864

Emergency management

Largest firefighting plane may be sold for COVID-19 response https://www.kcra.com/article/largest-firefighting-plane-may-be-sold-for-covid-19-response/36269214#

Fears of Covid ‘tsunami’ in Fiji after outbreak found to be Indian variant https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/28/fears-of-covid-tsunami-in-fiji-after-outbreak-found-to-be-indian-variant

Malaria vaccine hailed as potential breakthrough https://www.bbc.com/news/health-56858158

‘We’re all in this together’: Dr Fauci says world has failed India as Covid cases surge https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/28/were-all-in-this-together-dr-fauci-says-world-has-failed-india-as-covid-cases-surge

Preparing for a rainy day in Kurigram District https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77486

Asia-Pacific region urged to “build back better” https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77491

Understanding short-term household recoveries from the 2015 Nepal earthquakes: Lessons learned and recommendations https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77477

A multidimensional framework for disaster recovery: Longitudinal qualitative evidence from Puerto Rican households https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0305750X21001017

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Working towards data-based definitions of avalanche danger levels https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77458

How Do Volcanoes Erupt?https://www.universetoday.com/31124/how-volcanoes-erupt/

Volcanic hazards: What would an Emergency Manager do? https://ecat.ga.gov.au/geonetwork/srv/eng/catalog.search

Psychology and disasters

Public perception of climate change and its impact on natural disasters https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77475

Sociology and disasters

Is Jakarta flood-resilient or are the citizens? https://watersciencepolicy.com/article/is-jakarta-floodresilient-or-are-the-citizens–f1368c0b5034 Poor communities will likely need to be compensated as a result of climate change policies, study says https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/poor-communities-compensated-result-climate-change-policies-study/story

Today in disaster resilience (23 April 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Table Mountain fire: Historic buildings destroyed in Cape Town https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-56793317

Flash floods in Singapore amid ‘prolonged heavy rain’ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/flash-floods-heavy-rain-drains-canals-water-levels-pub-14640684

Mauritius – Flash Floods in South East After 400mm of Rain in 24 Hours http://floodlist.com/africa/mauritius-flash-floods-april-2021

Vietnam – Deadly Flash Floods in North http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-flash-floods-lao-cai-province-april-2021

Severe flooding damages more than 3 000 homes in Peru https://watchers.news/2021/04/16/severe-flooding-damages-more-than-3-000-homes-in-peru/

Widespread flooding hits Mauritius after two months’ worth of rain in a day https://watchers.news/2021/04/19/widespread-flooding-mauritius-after-two-months-worth-of-rain-in-day/

Angola – Luanda Flash Floods Leave 14 Dead, Hundreds of Homes Damaged  http://floodlist.com/africa/angola-luanda-floods-april-2021

Philippines – Thousands Evacuate Tropical Cyclone Surigae http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-tropical-cyclone-surigae-bising-april-2021

Typhoon “Surigae” (Bising) leaves 3 dead, 230 000 displaced in the Philippines https://watchers.news/2021/04/21/typhoon-surigae-bising-leaves-3-dead-230-000-displaced-in-the-philippines/

Cambodia – 1 Dead, Dozens of Homes Damaged After Storms and Heavy Rain http://floodlist.com/asia/cambodia-floods-oddar-meanchey-battambang-pursat-april-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 22 Apr 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Ibu, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/128092/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-22-Apr-2021-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Semeru-Ibu-Dukono-Reventad.html

El Salvador – Heavy Rains Cause Flooding in Santa Ana, San Salvador and La Libertad http://floodlist.com/america/el-salvador-floods-april-2021

Peru – Floods in Junín and Cusco http://floodlist.com/america/peru-floods-junin-cusco-april-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

How can NSW allow new coalmines while committing to net zero emissions? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/19/how-can-nsw-allow-new-coalmines-while-committing-to-net-zero-emissions-its-bizarre

China, US agree on need for stronger climate commitments https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-18/china-us-agree-on-need-for-stronger-climate-commitments/100077300

For these Torres Strait Islanders, climate change is already here https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-19/torres-strait-islanders-climate-change-impacts-uninhabitable/100069596

How Not to Feel Paralyzed by Climate Disaster https://www.outsideonline.com/2422260/overheated-kate-aronoff-under-the-sky-we-make-kimberly-nicholas-book-review

What architects need to know about hazard and climate risk https://www.aia.org/articles/6137886-what-architects-need-to-know-about-hazard-:56

‘The New Climate War’: Michael E. Mann On How To Fight The Climate Inactivists https://www.theoxfordblue.co.uk/2021/04/16/the-new-climate-war-michael-e-mann-on-how-to-fight-the-climate-inactivists/

New Red Cross research into climate-resilient development in Dominica https://www.climatecentre.org/news/1392/new-red-cross-research-into-climate-resilient-development-in-dominica

Climate heating may speed up to unexpected levels https://climatenewsnetwork.net/climate-heating-may-speed-up-to-unexpected-levels/

Wind, solar to account for 11% of power use in China by end 2021: proposal https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202104/1221427.shtml

Climate change indicators and impacts worsened in 2020 https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/climate-change-indicators-and-impacts-worsened-2020

State of the Global Climate 2020 https://library.wmo.int/index.php?lvl=notice_display&id=21880#.YH33PugzaUl

Australia’s third-largest carbon emitter says it must transition to renewables and curtail coal plantshttps://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/21/stanwell-corporation-australia-third-largest-carbon-emitter-says-it-must-transition-to-renewables-and-curtail-coal-plants

What Earth was like last time CO2 levels were this high https://mashable.com/article/carbon-dioxide-earth-co2/

Global CO2 emissions set for largest surge in more than a decade, says IEA https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/global-co2-emissions-surge-iea-b1833780.html

Biden plans to cut emissions in half by 2030 https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/04/20/biden-climate-change/

‘Dire warning’ for the planet: Coal is powering the economic recovery https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/20/business/iea-carbon-emissions-report/index.html

“Urgency and Agency”: Michael Mann on Conquering Climate Despair https://behavioralscientist.org/urgency-and-agency-michael-mann-on-conquering-climate-despair/

The Science of Climate Change Explained: Facts, Evidence and Proof https://www.nytimes.com/article/climate-change-global-warming-faq.html

Warming Oceans Are Making the Climate Crisis Significantly Worse https://eos.org/articles/warming-oceans-are-making-the-climate-crisis-significantly-worse#.YH_GJE51Xwg.twitter

Climate Summit ‘Last Chance’ for Brazil to Show Leadership on Global Warming https://insideclimatenews.org/news/21042021/climate-summit-brazil-leadership-bolsonaro-biden-colombia/

A Blueprint for Coastal Adaptationhttps://islandpress.org/books/blueprint-coastal-adaptation

‘Insufficient’: Biden administration criticises Australia on climate https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/insufficient-biden-administration-criticises-australia-on-climate-20210422-p57lb9.html

Earth’s cryosphere is vital for everyone. Here’s how NASA keeps track of its changeshttps://www.nasa.gov/feature/esnt/2021/earth-s-cryosphere-is-vital-for-everyone-here-s-how-nasa-keeps-track-of-its-changes

Earth Day Summit: Biden’s chance to claim climate leadership https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2021/4/21/earth-day-summit-bidens-chance-to-claim-climate-leadership

Red alert for the planet: UN chief’s call to phase out coal by 2030 https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/red-alert-for-the-planet-un-chief-s-call-to-phase-out-coal-by-2030-20210421-p57l0g.html

Stanford researchers reveal the long-term impacts of extreme melt on Greenland Ice Sheet https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77319

Disaster risk reduction

Floods Are Increasing in Supposedly Low-Risk Areas https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/floods-are-increasing-in-supposedly-low-risk-areas/

Pakistan: Community-based disaster risk management https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77250

Burdekin and Haughton Flood Resilience Strategy Project https://www.qra.qld.gov.au/burdekin-haughton

Earthquake forecast just in: the Alpine Fault is due a major quake – and soon https://thespinoff.co.nz/science/20-04-2021/earthquake-forecast-just-in-the-alpine-fault-is-due-for-a-major-quake-and-soon/

Floodplain harvesting to continue to devastate the Macquarie Valley https://healthyriversdubbo.com/2021/04/18/floodplain-harvesting-to-continue-to-devastate-the-macquarie-valley/

NSW floods break 120-year-old rain records during March rain event, BOM says https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-20/nsw-floods-break-120-year-old-rain-records/100079400

Special Climate Statement 74 – extreme rainfall and flooding in eastern and central Australia in March 2021 http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/statements/scs74.pdf

From fires to floods: CSU explores impacts on local waterways https://www.portnews.com.au/story/7215527/from-fires-to-floods-csu-explores-impacts-on-local-waterways/

COVID-19 cost more in 2020 than the world’s combined natural disasters in any of the past 20 years https://theconversation.com/covid-19-cost-more-in-2020-than-the-worlds-combined-natural-disasters-in-any-of-the-past-20-years-156646

Satellite-based real-time monitoring of Himalayan glacial catchments can strengthen early flood warning & minimize disaster risk https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77297

Pakistan slum dwellers map flood risks to stop evictions https://news.trust.org/item/20210412075730-4tzvi/#

After 160 years, Aboriginal cultural burning returns to Coranderrk Station https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-21/aboriginal-cultural-burning-at-coranderrk-station-wurundjeri/100082382

Study reveals mechanism of naturally occurring ‘earthquake gate’ https://watchers.news/2021/04/21/study-reveals-mechanism-of-naturally-occurring-earthquake-gate/

Colorado’s flood risks are on the rise, and consumers will pay for it https://www.9news.com/article/weather/colorados-flood-risks-rise-consumers-will-pay-for-it/73-b6b88aae-80d4-435c-bcd6-3b8091620c0f

Landslides mar the “Pearl of Africa” https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77311

How weather forecasts are changing lives in Kenya and Tanzania https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77315

The increasing number of climate-related disasters continues to be a growing challenge https://www.undrr.org/news/earth-day-2020-saw-major-rise-floods-and-storm

How Can a Basilica Stay Dry Amid Venice’s Rising Waters? https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/venice-st-mark-s-floods

The St Vincent eruption is a reminder of how volcano research and monitoring can save lives https://theconversation.com/the-st-vincent-eruption-is-a-reminder-of-how-volcano-research-and-monitoring-can-save-lives-159362

Why housing is built in flood-prone coastal areas https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77358

Aerial photos uncover an invisible fault in Chinese city https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77352

A Stanford-designed tool could guide floodwater management and combat ongoing drought https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77341

2020: The Non-COVID year in disasters https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77357

Emergency management

When the next virus strikes, we’ll look back on this moment as an opportunity that we either seized or squandered https://www.newyorker.com/science/annals-of-medicine/what-will-it-take-to-pandemic-proof-america

How Taiwan beat COVID-19 – new study reveals clues to its success https://theconversation.com/how-taiwan-beat-covid-19-new-study-reveals-clues-to-its-success-158900

St Vincent: ‘I’ve never seen such devastation’ – Island counts cost of volcanic eruptionhttps://www.channel4.com/news/st-vincent-ive-never-seen-such-devastation-island-counts-cost-of-volcanic-eruption

Learning to live with COVID – the tough choices ahead https://theconversation.com/learning-to-live-with-covid-the-tough-choices-ahead-158992

Covid: Police watchdog says officers confused by unclear pandemic laws https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-56810031

India’s Second Covid Wave Is Completely Out of Control https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/20/opinion/india-covid-crisis.html

Post-disaster recovery transition lessons from the 2010 floods in Pakistan https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77313

Building collaborative emergency management capacity in northern Australia https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77325

Disaster education, communications and engagement

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, It’s Never too Early to Prepare https://strongerca.com/may-is-wildfire-awareness-month/

Time flies in Google Earth’s biggest update in years https://blog.google/products/earth/timelapse-in-google-earth/

Photo-sharing is back: how social media has framed the pandemic https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/16/photo-sharing-is-back-how-social-media-has-framed-the-pandemic

New Minecraft world from NRMA Insurance teaches Aussie kids the importance of bushfire preparedness https://www.iag.com.au/new-minecraft-world-nrma-insurance-teaches-aussie-kids-importance-bushfire-preparedness

Flood Education Program for School Students https://www.greenlearning.ca/flooded/

Improving Public Messaging for Evacuation and Shelter‐in‐Place https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_improving-public-messaging-for-evacuation-and-shelter-in-place_literature-review-report.pdf

Geomojis Translate Geoscience Across Any Language https://eos.org/geofizz/geomojis-translate-geoscience-across-any-language

Psychology and disasters

To abandon vaccination targets is to abandon the mantle of leadership https://theconversation.com/to-abandon-vaccination-targets-is-to-abandon-the-mantle-of-leadership-159123

“Moments of calmness.” In Puerto Rico, building the emotional skills to cope with disaster https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77241

Cognitive bias https://www.raconteur.net/infographics/cognitive-bias/

A phenomenon called psychological reactance might help explain the mindset of anti-maskers https://www.psypost.org/2021/04/a-phenomenon-called-psychological-reactance-might-explain-the-mindset-of-anti-maskers-60515

Received Social Support and Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms in New Zealand and Philippine Emergency Responders https://www.researchgate.net/publication/351015637_Received_Social_Support_and_Post-Traumatic_Stress_Symptoms_in_New_Zealand_and_Philippine_Emergency_Responders

Sociology and disasters

She survived Hurricane Sandy. Then climate gentrification hit https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/18/hurricane-sandy-new-york-far-rockaway-climate-gentrification-hit

Floods in the neighborhood: Mapping poverty and flood risk in Indonesian cities https://blogs.worldbank.org/eastasiapacific/floods-neighborhood-mapping-poverty-and-flood-risk-indonesian-cities

Climate crisis – 710 million children live in countries at high risk https://www.savethechildren.net/news/climate-crisis-710-million-children-live-countries-high-risk

Harnessing of Social Capital as a Determinant for Climate Change Adaptation in Mazungunye Communal Lands in Bikita, Zimbabwe https://www.researchgate.net/publication/351004607_Harnessing_of_Social_Capital_as_a_Determinant_for_Climate_Change_Adaptation_in_Mazungunye_Communal_Lands_in_Bikita_Zimbabwe

How climate change is hitting the world’s most vulnerable the hardest https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77347

The unequal social consequences of wildfire smoke in California https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77337

Today in disaster resilience (16 April 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Why the volcano erupting in the Caribbean has such a deadly reputation https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/why-st-vincent-volcano-erupting-in-caribbean-has-such-a-deadly-reputation

At least 2 killed, 7 injured as severe storms and tornadoes hit Gulf Coast, U.S. https://watchers.news/2021/04/11/2-killed-7-injured-severe-storms-tornadoes-gulf-coast-us-april-2021/

Mount Lewotolok and Adonara island: up to 168 people killed by lahars and debris flows in Indonesia https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2021/04/06/mount-lewotolok-and-adonara-island-up-to-168-people-killed-by-lahars-and-debris-flows-in-indonesia/

Western U.S. may be entering its most severe drought in modern history https://www.cbsnews.com/news/drought-western-united-states-modern-history/

Volcanic activity worldwide 14 Apr 2021: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/127330/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-14-Apr-2021-Pacaya-volcano-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-S.html

Colombia – Damaging Flash Floods Sweep Through Villavicencio, Meta Department http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-meta-april-2021

Peru – More Floods in Northern Regions as Rivers Reach Danger Levels in Loreto http://floodlist.com/america/peru-more-floods-loreto-april-2021

Soufrière St. Vincent volcano: Eruption Update https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/soufriere-st-vincent/current-activity.html

Officially, India Has the World’s Second-Worst COVID-19 Outbreak. Unofficially, It’s Almost Certainly the Worst https://time.com/5954416/india-covid-second-wave/

Colombia – Thousands Hit by Flash Floods in Bolivar http://floodlist.com/america/floods-bolivar-colombia-april-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s main grid hits record renewables high of 56 per cent on Sunday https://reneweconomy.com.au/australias-main-grid-hits-record-renewables-high-of-56-per-cent-on-sunday/

Call for evidence: Effective learning for climate adaptation and resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75569

Climate Change Litigation – Insights into the evolving global landscape https://www.genevaassociation.org/research-topics/climate-change-and-emerging-environmental-topics/climate-litigation

Cyclone Seroja just demolished parts of WA – and our warming world will bring more of the same https://theconversation.com/cyclone-seroja-just-demolished-parts-of-wa-and-our-warming-world-will-bring-more-of-the-same-158769

Power grid can be rid of coal ‘without price rises, outages’ https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/power-grid-can-be-rid-of-coal-without-price-rises-blackouts-20210411-p57i7q.html

Michael Mann slams Murdoch press for “horrifying” misinformation on climate and bushfires https://reneweconomy.com.au/michael-mann-slams-murdoch-press-for-horrifying-misinformation-on-climate-and-bushfires/

Climate change is a security threat the government keeps ignoring https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-a-security-threat-the-government-keeps-ignoring-well-show-up-empty-handed-to-yet-another-global-summit-158702

Global death rate from rising temperatures projected to surpass the current death rate of all infectious diseases combined http://www.impactlab.org/news-insights/global-death-rate-from-rising-temperatures/

‘Failure is not an option’: after a lost decade on climate action, the 2020s offer one last chance https://theconversation.com/failure-is-not-an-option-after-a-lost-decade-on-climate-action-the-2020s-offer-one-last-chance-158913

We Are Living in a Climate Emergency, and We’re Going to Say So https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/we-are-living-in-a-climate-emergency-and-were-going-to-say-so/

Bold challenge to decarbonise Australia in 15 years laid down by Climate Council https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2021-04-15/plan-to-decarbonise-australia-in-15-years-climate-council-report/100063906

Google Earth Now Shows Decades of Climate Change in Seconds https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-15/google-earth-now-shows-decades-of-climate-change-in-seconds

Senate and House Spotlight Soaring Costs of Delay on Climate https://www.nrdc.org/experts/vijay-limaye/senate-and-house-spotlight-soaring-costs-delay-climate

Changes in India’s monsoon rainfall could bring serious consequences to more than a billion people https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/14/weather/climate-change-india-monsoon-agriculture-heavy-rain/index.html

Disaster risk reduction

NSW urged to buy thousands of flood-prone homes in western Sydney https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/10/nsw-urged-to-buy-thousands-of-flood-prone-homes-in-western-sydney

Villagers in flood-hit Yalding, near Maidstone, want more done to prevent future flooding https://kentchronicle.com/villagers-in-flood-hit-yalding-near-maidstone-want-more-done-to-prevent-future-flooding/

Detecting significant thermal unrest years before volcanic eruption https://watchers.news/2021/04/14/modis-detecting-significant-thermal-unrest-years-before-volcanic-eruption/

California is poised for a catastrophic fire season. Experts say its plan isn’t nearly enough https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/14/california-wildfire-season-2021

Physical vulnerability assessment to flash floods using an indicator‐based methodology based on building properties and flow parameters https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12712

Coastal flooding risks increasing in Western Australia https://www.perthnow.com.au/community-news/fremantle-gazette/coastal-flooding-risks-increasing-in-wa-c-2581561

ADHI: the African Database of Hydrometric Indices (1950–2018) https://essd.copernicus.org/articles/13/1547/2021/

Magmatic Processes at La Soufrière de Guadeloupe: Insights From Crystal Studies and Diffusion Timescales for Eruption Onset https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/feart.2021.617294/full

Canada wildfire: Managing the next Fort McMurray https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77214

Cost-effective mitigation strategy development for building related earthquake risk https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77209

Emergency management

Emergency evacuation and sheltering during the COVID-19 pandemic https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77015

How do you build an effective Early Warning System? https://floodresilience.net/blogs/how-do-you-build-an-effective-early-warning-system/

St Vincent volcano: Power cuts after another ‘explosive event’ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-56707956

‘No warnings’: Powerful cyclone exposes Indonesia’s lack of preparedness https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77129

New checklist for reviewing an emergency plan https://www.aidr.org.au/news/new-checklist-for-reviewing-an-emergency-plan/

St Vincent volcano: ‘We don’t know if we can go home’ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-56726773

CDC Identifies Small Group of Covid-19 Infections Among Fully Vaccinated Patients https://www.wsj.com/articles/cdc-identifies-small-group-of-covid-19-infections-among-fully-vaccinated-patients-11618490232?mod=hp_lead_pos7

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Disaster tales as communication tool for increasing risk resilience https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13753-021-00341-x

Good communication practices in community engagement https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77013

Science at the Local fires up for 2021 https://www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au/story/7197352/science-at-the-local-fires-up-for-2021/

Rockhampton students learn to be disaster ready https://www.nationaltribune.com.au/rockhampton-students-learn-to-be-disaster-ready/

Which color scale to use when visualizing data https://blog.datawrapper.de/which-color-scale-to-use-in-data-vis/

Psychology and disasters

After the Disaster: Recovery for Australia’s Children https://www.unicef.org.au/our-work/unicef-in-australia/bushfire-response/after-the-disaster

Post-disaster mental health support for kids is essential https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/post-disaster-mental-health-support-for-kids-is-essential-7264674/

Floods leave a legacy of mental health problems — and disadvantaged people are often hardest hit https://theconversation.com/floods-leave-a-legacy-of-mental-health-problems-and-disadvantaged-people-are-often-hardest-hit-157576

Sociology and disasters

Connecting Social Capital and Vulnerability: Citation Network Analysis of Disaster Studies https://ascelibrary.org/doi/10.1061/%28ASCE%29NH.1527-6996.0000469

Understanding short-term household recoveries from the 2015 Nepal earthquakes: Lessons learned and recommendations https://www.researchgate.net/publication/350665426_Understanding_short-term_household_recoveries_from_the_2015_Nepal_earthquakes_Lessons_learned_and_recommendations

Racism, inequities move to the center of the climate debate https://www.ehn.org/climate-change-and-racism-2651950416.html

An institutional approach to vulnerability: evidence from natural hazard management in Europe https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/abe88c

New civil society collaboration to understand true scale of COVID-19’s impacts on marginalised people https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77198

Maladaptation, fragmentation, and other secondary effects of centralized post-disaster urban planning: The case of the 2011 “cascading” disaster in Japan https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77178

Disaster risk governance for district-level landslide risk management in Bangladesh https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77183

Social protection for extreme temperatures: Experiences from the UK, USA and France https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77175

Homeowners’ drift to regions holding strong https://www.westpac.com.au/news/making-news/2021/04/homeowners-drift-to-regions-holding-strong/

Floods can worsen inequality. Here are 4 ways we can ensure people with disabilities aren’t left behind https://theconversation.com/floods-can-worsen-inequality-here-are-4-ways-we-can-ensure-people-with-disabilities-arent-left-behind-157959

Today in disaster resilience (9 April 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Toxic wastewater reservoir on verge of collapse in Florida could cause “catastrophic event” https://www.cbsnews.com/news/florida-state-of-emergency-wastewater-leak-watch-live-stream-today-2021-04-05/

More than 75 dead in Indonesia, East Timor floods, dozens missing https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/more-than-75-dead-in-indonesia-east-timor-floods-dozens-missing-163695

Race to find dozens missing in deadly Indonesia, East Timor floods https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/indonesia-east-timor-flood-death-toll-surges-past-150/ar-BB1fla1R

Haiti – 3 Dead, 3 Missing After Floods in North http://floodlist.com/america/haiti-floods-april-2021

Colombia – 3 Killed in Caquetá Landslide, Hundreds Affected by Floods Across the Country http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-caqueta-landslide-april-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 7 Apr 2021: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/126681/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-7-Apr-2021-Pacaya-volcano-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Sa.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The Politics of Energy and Climate Change in Japan under the Abe Government https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349605835_The_Politics_of_Energy_and_Climate_Change_in_Japan_under_the_Abe_Government

A Texas city had a bold new climate plan – until a gas company got involved https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/01/a-texas-city-had-a-bold-new-climate-plan-until-a-gas-company-got-involved

Narooma on NSW south coast revealed as a hot spot for global ocean warming https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-03/narooma-a-global-hot-spot-for-ocean-warming-nsw-south-coast/

‘Every choice matters’: can we cling to hope of avoiding 1.5C heating? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/03/every-choice-matters-can-we-cling-to-hope-of-avoiding-15c-heating

Rapid global heating is hurting farm productivity, study finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/01/climate-crisis-global-heating-food-farming-agriculture

Climate Change Cannot Be Mitigated Without Effective Carbon Pricing https://www.forbes.com/sites/georgkell/2021/04/04/climate-change-cannot-be-mitigated-without-effective-carbon-pricing/?sh=27d35d923a4f

World Bank Group President’s Statement on Climate Change Action Plan https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/statement/2021/04/02/world-bank-group-president-statement-on-climate-change-action-plan

China sandstorms highlight threat of climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/03/china-sandstorms-highlight-threat-of-climate-crisis

Future increases in Arctic lightning and fire risk for permafrost carbon https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-021-01011-y

Sea-level rise: writers imagined drowned worlds for centuries – what they tell us about the future https://theconversation.com/sea-level-rise-writers-imagined-drowned-worlds-for-centuries-what-they-tell-us-about-the-future-151804

U.S. regulators lag on addressing climate’s financial risk – report https://www.pionline.com/esg/us-regulators-lag-addressing-climates-financial-risk-report

Carbon dioxide spikes to critical record, halfway to doubling preindustrial levels https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/04/05/atmospheric-co2-concentration-record/

Global warming causes uneven changes in heat stress indicators https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76980

Study shows correlation between solar variability and El Nino-La Nina events https://watchers.news/2021/04/06/solar-variability-el-nino-la-nina-study/

More snow melting from mountains earlier in year due to climate change: study https://www.ctvnews.ca/climate-and-environment/more-snow-melting-from-mountains-earlier-in-year-due-to-climate-change-study-1.5376146

Climate impact map http://www.impactlab.org/map/#usmeas=absolute&usyear=1981-2010&gmeas=absolute&gyear=1986-2005

Cities and states must lead as window of opportunity shrinks for climate action https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/546504-cities-and-states-must-lead-as-window-of-opportunity-shrinks-for

Why China is still clinging to coal https://www.vox.com/2021/4/6/22369284/china-coal-power-economy-climate-change

Managing retreat: why New Zealand is drafting a new law to enable communities to move away from climate risks https://theconversation.com/managing-retreat-why-new-zealand-is-drafting-a-new-law-to-enable-communities-to-move-away-from-climate-risks-157394

Disaster risk reduction

Floodplains aren’t separate to a river — they’re an extension of it. It’s time to change how we connect with them https://theconversation.com/floodplains-arent-separate-to-a-river-theyre-an-extension-of-it-its-time-to-change-how-we-connect-with-them-157890

Fire and flood: ‘Whole areas of Australia will be uninsurable’ https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/02/fire-and-flood-whole-areas-of-australia-will-be-uninsurable

Advances in tropical cyclone observation may aid in disaster reduction and prevention https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76954

Natural catastrophes in 2020 https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76971

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s Floodplain Manager newsletter https://www.molinostewart.com.au/editorial/floodplain-manager-march-2021/

Assemblage theory and disaster risk management https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/03091325211003328

Pressure Builds on Congress to Help People Afford Pricey Flood Insurance https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/pressure-builds-on-congress-to-help-people-afford-pricey-flood-insurance/

Hazard cascades https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-021-00738-9

China earthquake survey doubles Beijing’s high-risk fault lines https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77002

Debate over land use after multiple natural disasters https://www.abc.net.au/radio/darwin/programs/pm/debate-over-land-use-after-multiple-natural-disasters/13289704

Emergency management

What Does It Take to Build Back Better? Ask FEMA https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-03-29/what-does-it-take-to-build-back-better-ask-fema

Australian government to support Timor-Leste flood recovery after at least 27 people die https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-05/timor-leste-flood-dili-27-dead-covid-risk-emergency-relief/100049276

A huge hug of support for the Kempsey community https://www.macleayargus.com.au/story/7194605/a-huge-hug-of-support-for-the-kempsey-community/?cs=1526

Leaders, activists object to Harris County’s plan for flood control money https://www.galvnews.com/news/free/article_da53a312-9935-54cc-9fae-12b109789672.html

Three Dozen California Bills Focus on Wildfire, Others Are Concerning for Insurance Industry https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/04/06/608775.htm

$11M in disaster recovery funds will be used to build affordable apartment community in Houston Heights https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2021/04/06/11m-in-disaster-recovery-funds-will-be-used-to-build-affordable-apartment-community-in-houston-heights/

Western states brace for ‘very active wildfire season’ following warm, dry winter https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/western-states-brace-very-active-wildfire-season-following-warm-dry-n1262946

Landslides: new early warning systems reduce false alarms https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76993

Texas 2021 deep freeze left nearly 200 people dead, new analysis shows https://watchers.news/2021/04/07/texas-2021-deep-freeze-left-nearly-200-people-dead-new-analysis-shows/

Migrants are heading north because Central America never recovered from last year’s hurricanes https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2021/3/22/22335816/border-crisis-migrant-hurricane-eta-iota

Indonesia and East Timor – Flood Death Toll Climbs, Thousands Displaced http://floodlist.com/asia/floods-landslides-indonesia-easttimor-april-2021

Latest edition of ‘Fire Australia’ https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/magazine

The new Australian fire danger rating system https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/the-new-australian-fire-danger-rating-system

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Framing of youth as a high-risk population in Canadian disaster news media https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76963

Experts and gamers join forces to fight COVID-19 and stop future disease outbreaks via Plague Inc: The Cure https://www.who.int/news-room/feature-stories/detail/experts-and-gamers-join-forces-to-fight-covid-19-and-stop-future-disease-outbreaks-via-plague-inc-the-cure

Ready Together https://iview.abc.net.au/show/ready-together

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

Psychology and disasters

New Strategies for Calming Your Pandemic Anxiety https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-strategies-for-calming-your-pandemic-anxiety-11614618532?mod=e2tw

Still Afraid Of COVID-19 After Getting The Vaccine? You’re Not Alone https://www.huffpost.com/entry/afraid-covid-19-after-vaccine_l_6065c15fc5b6555472cf9467

‘Suddenly we heard people scream – Flood!’: Survivors recount disaster on Indonesian island https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesia-timor-leste-flood-landslide-cyclone-dead-missing-14572870

Sociology and disasters

Working Papers on Historical Approaches to Covid-19 https://wp.nyu.edu/disasters/working-papers/

Climate change, COVID-19, and the co-production of injustices: a feminist reading of overlapping crises https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14649365.2021.1910994

How mutual aid networks came together in a year of crisis https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/how-mutual-aid-networks-came-together-in-a-year-of-crisis

Understanding Urban Flood Resilience in the Anthropocene: A Social–Ecological–Technological Systems (SETS) Learning Framework https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/24694452.2020.1850230?journalCode=raag21

Study finds Black women are dying from COVID-19 at three times the rate of both White and Asian men https://19thnews.org/2021/04/covid-19-mortality-race-gender/

Insurance for vulnerable families cuts rural poverty and the cost of aid by half https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76992