Today in disaster resilience (26 February 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Floods cripple Indonesia’s capital https://phys.org/news/2021-02-cripple-indonesia-capital.html

‘Incredibly powerful’ paroxysm at Etna, lava fountains exceeding 1 000 m (3 300 feet) in height https://watchers.news/2021/02/21/incredibly-powerful-paroxysm-etna-italy-february-20-2021/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Uganda – Rain Triggers Deadly Landslide in Buhweju http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-landslide-buhweju-february-2021

Madagascar – Hundreds Affected by Floods and Landslides http://floodlist.com/africa/madagascar-floods-february-2021

Ecuador – Deadly Landslides and Floods in El Oro http://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-landslides-floods-chimborazo-el-oro-february-2021

Record flooding affects more than 100 000 people in Acre, northwestern Brazil https://watchers.news/2021/02/22/record-flooding-affects-more-than-100-000-people-in-acre-northwestern-brazil/

More than 59 000 people flee as Dujuan brings widespread flooding and disruption to Philippines https://watchers.news/2021/02/22/dujuan-brings-widespread-flooding-and-disruption-to-philippines/

Indonesia – Floods Worsen in Greater Jakarta Region, 5 People Reported Dead, Over 30,000 Displaced http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-greater-jakarta-floods-update-february-2021

State of emergency declared in Madre de Dios as severe flooding leaves 15 000 people affected, Peru https://watchers.news/2021/02/23/state-of-emergency-declared-in-madre-de-dios-as-severe-flooding-leaves-15-000-people-affected-peru/

South Africa and Zimbabwe – Flash Floods in Border Towns of Musina and Beitbridge http://floodlist.com/africa/southafrica-zimbabwe-floods-musina-beitbridge-february-2021

Italy’s Mount Etna erupts https://eijournal.com/slider-images/italys-mt-etna-erupts

Indonesia – Heavy Rain Causes Deadly Landslides in Pamekasan Regency, East Java http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-landslide-pamekasan-february-2021

Australia – Evacuations After Rivers Rise in Northern Territory http://floodlist.com/australia/mataranka-northern-territory-february-2021

Indonesia – 3 Dead, 5 Missing After Landslide at Illegal Mine in Central Sulawesi http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-landslide-parigi-moutong-central-sulawesi-february-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 25 Feb 2021: Etna volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Ibu, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/122800/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-25-Feb-2021-Etna-volcano-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Semeru-Ibu-Dukono-Ra.html

North coast NSW floods https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-25/flood-rescues-underway-on-coffs-coast/13190704

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Fragile cities are being inundated with people feeling the impacts of climate change. How can they cope? https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76146

Scientists are divided over whether climate change is fueling extreme cold events https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76141

Governing heatwaves in Europe: comparing health policy and practices to better understand roles, responsibilities and collaboration https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76149

Climate Threats Could Mean Big Jumps in Insurance Costs This Year https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/22/climate/flood-insurance-fema.html?smid=tw-share

Beijing records warmest February day since 1951, Chinahttps://watchers.news/2021/02/22/beijing-records-warmest-february-day-since-1951-china/

Highlights from “The cost of climate: America’s growing flood risk” https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76168

Assessing Shifts in Regional Hydroclimatic Conditions of U.S. River Basins in Response to Climate Change over the 21st Century https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2020EF001657Renewable energy could render five of Australia’s remaining coal plants unviable by 2025 https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/feb/24/renewable-energy-could-render-five-of-australias-remaining-coal-plants-unviable-by-2025

Climate change: 5 places where global warming is a security risk https://news.trust.org/item/20210223112425-ykgvq/

Climate crisis hitting ‘worst case scenario’, warns Environment Agency head https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/23/climate-crisis-hitting-worst-case-scenarios-warns-environment-agency-head

Inventories of extreme weather events and impacts: Implications for loss and damage from and adaptation to climate extremes https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212096321000140?via%3Dihub

Why the climate crisis is a humanitarian emergency https://unocha.exposure.co/why-the-climate-crisis-is-a-humanitarian-emergency

ESA Glaciers Climate Change Initiative https://catalogue.ceda.ac.uk/uuid/7ea7540135f441369716ef867d217519

A Huge Red Flag Just Popped Up in a Little-Studied Region of Antarctica https://earther.gizmodo.com/a-huge-red-flag-just-popped-up-in-a-little-studied-regi-1846345394

“We don’t have a credible climate policy:” Sport stars want stronger targets https://reneweconomy.com.au/we-dont-have-a-credible-climate-policy-sport-stars-want-stronger-targets/

Submarine Permafrost Has Been Overlooked as a Major Source of Greenhouse Gases, Scientists Warn https://e360.yale.edu/digest/submarine-permafrost-has-been-overlooked-as-a-major-source-of-greenhouse-gases-scientists-warn

Attenborough gives stark warning on climate change to UN https://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-56175714

Climate change: West Antarctica’s Getz glaciers flowing faster https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-56171302

As Deaths Surge, Scientists Study the Link Between Climate Change and Avalanches https://insideclimatenews.org/news/23022021/avalanche-climate-change-coronavirus/

Beyond simplistic metrics: assessing global progress on adaptation to climate change https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76206

What surveying 50 countries taught us about climate action https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2021/what-surveying-50-countries-taught-us-about-climate-action.html

Climate Change Risk Assessment for the Insurance Industry | Research report https://www.genevaassociation.org/research-topics/climate-change-and-emerging-environmental-topics/climate-change-risk-assessment

Disaster risk reduction

How fires have spread to previously untouched parts of the world https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2021/feb/19/how-fires-have-spread-to-previously-untouched-parts-of-the-world

The space–time cube as an approach to quantifying future wildfires in California https://www.publish.csiro.au/wf/WF19062

Farmers in Western Australia’s south-west corner are adapting to a life with less water https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-22/farmers-in-australias-southwest-adapting-to-less-water/13168666

Cost of flood damage to U.S. homes will increase by 61% in 30 years https://www.investing.com/news/economy/cost-of-flood-damage-to-us-homes-will-increase-by-61-in-30-years-2425049

Why we should release New Zealand’s strangled rivers to lessen the impact of future floods https://theconversation.com/why-we-should-release-new-zealands-strangled-rivers-to-lessen-the-impact-of-future-floods-153077

3 Canadian cities more prepared for flood now than they were five years ago https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/3-canadian-cities-more-prepared-for-flood-now-than-they-were-five-years-ago-1004204067/

Apocalypse now: Australian bushfires and the future of urban settlements https://www.nature.com/articles/s42949-020-00013-7

How can we better predict extreme weather in the Mediterranean a few weeks in advance? https://tu-freiberg.de/en/department-52-media-relations/how-can-we-better-predict-extreme-weather-in-the-mediterranean-a-few-w

European Space Agency selects CGI to develop services combining artificial intelligence and earth observation for wildfire mapping https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76188

Supercomputer creates over 700,000 years of simulated earthquakes https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76181

A Looming Disaster: New Data Reveal Where Flood Damage Is An Existential Threat https://www.npr.org/2021/02/22/966428165/a-looming-disaster-new-data-reveal-where-flood-damage-is-an-existential-threat

On the Impacts of Observation Location, Timing, and Frequency on Flood Extent Assimilation Performance https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2020WR028238

Urban planning and nature-based solutions, keys for reducing flood risk in Panama https://blogs.worldbank.org/latinamerica/urban-planning-and-nature-based-solutions-keys-reducing-flood-risk-panama

South Sudan: Among countries most struck by extreme weather https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76228

Emergency management

First real-world UK data shows Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine provides high levels of protection from the first dose https://www.gov.uk/government/news/first-real-world-uk-data-shows-pfizer-biontech-vaccine-provides-high-levels-of-protection-from-the-first-dose

Anger toward Texas governor grows in deadly storm’s wake https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Anger-toward-Texas-governor-grows-in-deadly-15968231.php

The US must now commit to ensuring that COVID-19 health products will be distributed equitably and according to need at the global level https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/what-we-do/news-stories/news/us-government-must-prioritize-global-access-covid-19-medicines

Why Ebola is back in Guinea and why the response must be different this time https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76160

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

The Total Flood Warning System: a review of the concept https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-january-2021-the-total-flood-warning-system-a-review-of-the-concept/

California’s coronavirus strain looks increasingly dangerous: ‘The devil is already here’ https://news.yahoo.com/californias-coronavirus-strain-looks-increasingly-130055544.html

Ten years post the Qld-wide Flooding of 2011- Who has done what, and why? https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ten-years-post-the-qld-wide-flooding-of-2011-who-has-done-what-and-why-tickets-141102077111

Tsunamis and tsunami warning: recent progress and future prospects https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/scp-tat020121.php

Superspreading drives the COVID pandemic — and could help to tame it https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00460-x

New Rapid Expert Consultation Offers Strategies for Navigating Disaster Response, Evacuation, and Sheltering Complicated by COVID-19 https://www.nationalacademies.org/news/2021/02/new-rapid-expert-consultation-offers-strategies-for-navigating-disaster-response-evacuation-and-sheltering-complicated-by-covid-19

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Natural flood management measures: A practical guide for farmers https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76153

NSW SES is one of Play School’s ‘Everyday Helpers’https://www.miragenews.com/nsw-ses-is-one-of-play-schools-everyday-517246/

Bushfire Survival Plan https://www.abc.net.au/btn/classroom/bushfire-survival-plan/13140722

Virtual Floodmobile Launch https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-floodmobile-launch-tickets-142673896465

Psychology and disasters

Willingness of households to reduce flood risk in southern France https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12696

The legacy of trauma https://www.apa.org/monitor/2019/02/legacy-trauma

It’s 2am, you’re sleeping, and a flash flood hits your home. Without a warning system, what do you do? https://theconversation.com/its-2am-youre-sleeping-and-a-flash-flood-hits-your-home-without-a-warning-system-what-do-you-do-154805

Sociology and disasters

The Mediating Role of Disaster Policy Implementation in Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development in Sierra Leone https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349354015_The_Mediating_Role_of_Disaster_Policy_Implementation_in_Disaster_Risk_Reduction_and_Sustainable_Development_in_Sierra_Leone

They have chronic illnesses. Then, the power went out in Texas. ‘It’s been emotionally exhausting.’ https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/02/18/texas-snowstorm-endangers-people-chronic-illnesses-disabilities/6799170002/

Post-quake Christchurch has come a long way in 10 years, but is, in part, a confusion of contrasts and contradictions https://www.newsroom.co.nz/a-decade-on-a-tale-of-two-cities

Natural Hazards Have Unnatural Impacts—What More Can Science Do? https://eos.org/features/natural-hazards-have-unnatural-impacts-what-more-can-science-do

Assessing Social Equity in Disasters https://eos.org/science-updates/assessing-social-equity-in-disasters

Where do people fit into a global hazard model? https://eos.org/features/where-do-people-fit-into-a-global-hazard-model

COVID‐19 pandemic may have increased preferences for traditional gender roles https://www.psypost.org/2021/02/people-believed-more-strongly-in-traditional-gender-roles-after-the-start-of-the-covid-19-pandemic-59780

Is Covid at risk of becoming a disease of the poor? https://www.bbc.com/news/health-56162075

Today in disaster resilience (19 February 2021)

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

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Japan quake brings back memories of deadly 2011 tsunami https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-quake/japan-quake-brings-back-memories-of-deadly-2011-tsunami-idUSKBN2AE01Y

New Ebola outbreak declared in Guinea https://www.afro.who.int/news/new-ebola-outbreak-declared-guinea

Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 3.74 mln http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-02/14/c_139743239.htm

South Africa – Over 30 Fatalities Reported After Weeks of Floodinghttp://floodlist.com/africa/south-africa-floods-january-february-2021

Albania – Floods and Evacuations in Shkodra http://floodlist.com/europe/albania-floods-shkodra-february-2021

Bolivia – Floods Affect Thousands in Beni and Santa Cruz http://floodlist.com/america/bolivia-floods-beni-santa-cruz-february-2021

Large landslide hits East Java, leaving 18 people dead or missing, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2021/02/15/large-landslide-hits-east-java-leaving-18-people-dead-or-missing-indonesia/

Intense explosive activity at Etna volcano, Aviation Color Code raised to Red, Italy https://watchers.news/2021/02/16/eruption-etna-volcano-italy-february-16-2021/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Historic cold temps and snow in Wichita, Kansas https://watchers.news/2021/02/16/historic-cold-temps-and-snow-in-wichita-kansas/

Forced evacuation of communities near Taal volcano, Philippineshttps://watchers.news/2021/02/16/forced-evacuation-of-communities-near-taal-volcano-philippines/

Unusual, very large landslide hits Chunchi, Ecuador https://watchers.news/2021/02/16/unusual-very-large-landslide-chunchi-ecuador/

3 people were killed and 10 more injured after a tornado struck coastal North Carolina https://edition.cnn.com/2021/02/16/us/north-carolina-tornado-tuesday/index.html

Second major winter storm threatens wide swath of U.S. with millions still suffering after first https://www.cbsnews.com/news/second-winter-storm-coming-millions-suffering/

Historic snowstorm leaves 3 dead in Greecehttps://watchers.news/2021/02/17/historic-snowstorm-leaves-3-dead-in-greece/

Persistent flooding damages thousands of homes and wide swaths of land in southern Mozambique https://watchers.news/2021/02/17/persistent-flooding-damages-thousands-of-homes-and-wide-swaths-of-land-in-southern-mozambique/

Volcanic activity worldwide 17 Feb 2021: Etna volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Semeru https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/122098/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-17-Feb-2021-Etna-volcano-Pacaya-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Semeru-Reventa.html

Peru – 1 Dead, 9 Missing After Floods and Mudslides in Cusco http://floodlist.com/america/peru-floods-mudslides-cusco-february-2021

Shallow M5.6 earthquake hits Iran, injuring 43 people and cutting off electricity and water to Sisakht https://watchers.news/2021/02/18/iran-earthquake-damage-february-18-2021/

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Arctic Report Card Founder Discusses the Fate of the Pole https://eos.org/articles/arctic-report-card-founder-discusses-the-fate-of-the-pole

Ausgrid installs “first of many” community batteries on Sydney network https://reneweconomy.com.au/ausgrid-installs-first-of-many-community-battery-installations-in-sydney-network/

Climate action could save ‘millions of lives’ through clean air, diet and exercise https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/10/climate-action-could-save-millions-of-lives-through-clean-air-diet-and-exercise

Mexico was once a climate leader – now it’s betting big on coal https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/15/mexico-coal-fossil-fuels-climate-crisis-amlo

Pacific governments call for urgent action on disaster displacement in light of the climate crisis https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76052

Community forests prepare for climate change https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76044

Glacier collapse in India a worrying sign of what’s to come https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76041

Climate change is making extreme cold much less likely, despite the UK plummeting to -23°C https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-making-extreme-cold-much-less-likely-despite-the-uk-plummeting-to-23-c-155177

Increasing hurricane intensity around Bermuda linked to rising ocean temperatures https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76036

The climate coalition health report 2021: the impacts of climate change on public health https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76049

Climate risk in Africa: Adaptation and resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76004

As NZ gets serious about climate change, can electricity replace fossil fuels in time? https://theconversation.com/as-nz-gets-serious-about-climate-change-can-electricity-replace-fossil-fuels-in-time-155123

Devastating Flood in Himalayas Highlights Risks of Development in the Era of Climate Change https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2021/02/16/flood-himalayas-development-climate/

A slippery slope: could climate change lead to more landslides? https://eos.org/features/a-slippery-slope-could-climate-change-lead-to-more-landslides

EU to seek fossil fuel phase-out in energy charter treaty talks -document https://news.trust.org/item/20210216131010-j11sw/

New ANU institute for climate, energy & disaster solutions https://energy.anu.edu.au/news-events/news/new-anu-institute-climate-energy-disaster-solutions

Climate denialism, ‘doom porn’, deflection and The New Climate War https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/climate-denialism-doom-porn-deflection-and-the-new-climate-war-20210215-p572kh.html

Why it matters that the U.S. rejoined the Paris climate agreement https://fortune.com/2021/02/16/paris-climate-agreement-us-rejoined-biden-administration-why-it-matters/

How new design patterns can enable cities and their residents to change with climate change https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76073

Working paper: Climate change and human mobility – Impacts and actions across sectors https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76092

Australians fear climate change more than catching Covid, survey shows https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/feb/19/australians-fear-climate-change-more-than-catching-covid-survey-shows

Does Cold Weather Disprove Climate Change? https://ucsusa.org/resources/does-cold-weather-disprove-climate-change

Why communication is critical to tackling the climate crisis https://www.siliconrepublic.com/innovation/katharine-hayhoe-climate-crisis

Heat and health in the WHO European Region: updated evidence for effective prevention https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76117

Sea level data confirms climate modeling projections were right https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-tech/sea-level-data-confirms-climate-modeling-projections-were-right

Disaster risk reduction

Good governance and good planning includes everyone and leads to action on reducing disaster risk https://iddrr.undrr.org/

A post-quake lesson: Brick buildings should come with warnings https://www.sltrib.com/opinion/letters/2021/02/14/letter-post-quake-lesson/801-237-2900/

Mozambique: The time to prepare for the next cyclone is now https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76037

Wildfire Risk Report for every U.S. community https://headwaterseconomics.org/natural-hazards/wildfire-risk-report/

Supercomputer-developed AI predicts tsunami flooding in real-time on a PC https://newatlas.com/environment/worlds-fastest-supercomputer-artificial-intelligence-predicts-tsunami-flooding/

Is Texas’s Disaster a Harbinger of America’s Future? https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/austin-texas-ice-storm-climate-change-1129183/

Past earthquakes triggered large rockslides in the Eastern Alps https://phys.org/news/2021-02-earthquakes-triggered-large-rockslides-eastern.html

Slow motion precursors give earthquakes the fast slip https://phys.org/news/2021-02-motion-precursors-earthquakes-fast.html

Learning from crisis: from disruption to transformation https://www.resilienceshift.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LFC-summary-report-160221.pdf

Risky Cities Flood Project https://riskycities.hull.ac.uk/

The COVID-19 road ahead is long, winding and uncertain https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76114

Fujitsu leverages world’s fastest supercomputer and AI to predict tsunami flooding https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76115

Innovation in flood risk management: An ‘Avenues of Innovation’ analysis https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76104

Emergency management

Australia Considers New Covid-19 Quarantine Strategy: Outback Isolation https://www.wsj.com/articles/australia-considers-new-covid-19-quarantine-strategy-outback-isolation-11610704005?mod=wsjtwittertest19&twclid=11361045683684265984

Advancing the Field of Disaster Response Management: Toward a Design Science Approach https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13753-021-00330-0

Equal, Rapid Access to Vaccines Is More Important Than Ever as New COVID-19 Variants Emerge https://www.rand.org/blog/2021/02/equal-rapid-access-to-vaccines-is-more-important-than.html

Labor steps up criticism of bushfire grants after damage report by federal agency revealed https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/feb/15/labor-steps-up-criticism-of-bushfire-grants-after-damage-report-by-federal-agency-revealed

COVID-19: Vaccines giving 67% protection after three weeks, large-scale research shows https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-vaccines-giving-67-protection-after-three-weeks-large-scale-research-shows-12217943

Four reasons experts say coronavirus cases are dropping in the United States https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/02/14/why-coronavirus-cases-are-dropping/

Australian Disaster Mapper audit https://www.aidr.org.au/news/australian-disaster-mapper-audit/

Bushfire prediction tech to bolster emergency response efforts https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/bushfire-prediction-tech-to-bolster-emergency-response-efforts

Vaccine Delays in Developing Nations Risk Prolonging Pandemic https://www.wsj.com/articles/faltering-covid-19-vaccine-drive-in-developing-world-risks-prolonging-pandemic-11613557801?mod=hp_lead_pos11

Firefighter health, wellness and fitness https://www.usfa.fema.gov/operations/ops_wellness_fitness.html

Mapping the Gaps aims to address some of the issues around fragmentation of post-flood support https://floodinnovation.co.uk/the-flood-innovation-centre-launches-mapping-the-gaps-a-new-research-partnership-for-delivering-effective-post-flood-support/

How soon will COVID-19 vaccines return life to normal? https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/02/how-soon-will-covid-19-vaccines-return-life-normal

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Preparing for extreme weather at your school https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZT4mZQXKyA&feature=youtu.be

Among the storm chasers: witnessing the terrifying power of tornadoes https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/14/among-the-storm-chasers-how-extreme-weather-enthusiasts-help-predict-storms?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Play School team up with Australian Red Cross and The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) to share early childhood safety messages relevant during times of emergency https://www.abc.net.au/abckids/shows/play-school/everyday-helpers/13149796

Citizen scientists could be the key to early earthquake warning system https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington/124244520/citizen-scientists-could-be-the-key-to-early-earthquake-warning-system

AIDR is now well into the process of developing the Disaster Resilience Education for Young People Handbook https://www.aidr.org.au/news/disaster-resilience-education-handbook/

How to become a flood resilient communityhttps://www.floodtoolkit.com/how-to-guides/community-project/

Participatory early warning and monitoring systems: A Nordic framework for web-based flood risk management https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420917301553

Engaging haitian community leaders in emergency preparedness https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921000571?via%3Dihub

Transformative learning and community resilience to cyclones and storm surges: The case of coastal communities in Bangladesh https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921000297?via%3Dihub

Rivers from above https://riversfromabove.zenfolio.com/

Emergency Services Affected In Australia Due To Facebook Ban Internet https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/emergency-services-affected-in-australia-due-to-facebook-ban-internet-2372914

Students receives training on hazard mapping https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76107

Psychology and disasters

Volcanic hazard map visualisation affects cognition and crisis decision-making https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921000686?via%3Dihub

Australian bushfires: Simple activities for children and adolescents https://www.phoenixaustralia.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Bushfires-Evacuation-activities-for-children.pdf

A comparative analysis of the relationship between flood experience and private flood mitigation behaviour in the regions of England https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12700

COVID-19 and the violence against women and girls: ‘The shadow pandemic’ https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0020764021995556

How the media may be making the COVID-19 mental health epidemic worse https://theconversation.com/how-the-media-may-be-making-the-covid-19-mental-health-epidemic-worse-153616

Sociology and disasters

How do those affected by a disaster organize to meet their needs for justice? Campaign strategies and partial victories following the Grenfell Tower fire https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/xrcfq/

Vaccine inequality, health systems under pressure, socio-economic fallout https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/maps-and-graphics/2021/coronavirus-humanitarian-update-map-data-vaccine-aid-response

Strengthening Disability Inclusion in Community-based Disaster Preparednesshttps://www.australianhumanitarianpartnership.org/library-contents/thematic-guidance-note-strengthening-disability-inclusion-in-community-based-disaster-preparedness

‘You never know if you will be treated properly and with respect’: voices of LGBTIQA+ people who lived through disasters https://theconversation.com/you-never-know-if-you-will-be-treated-properly-and-with-respect-voices-of-lgbtiqa-people-who-lived-through-disasters-153190

Acquiring vulnerability indicators to geo-hydrological hazards: An example of mobile phone-based data collection https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76027

How heat is radically altering Americans’ lives before they’re even born – video https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2021/feb/16/degrees-of-racism-how-heat-is-radically-altering-americans-lives-before-theyre-even-born-video?CMP=share_btn_tw

Warming stations and shelters open throughout the Houston area https://abc13.com/heres-where-you-can-go-if-you-need-to-get-warm/10338709/

England’s poorest areas hit by Covid ‘perfect storm’ – leaked report https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/17/englands-poorest-areas-hit-by-covid-perfect-storm-leaked-report?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Today in disaster resilience (12 February 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Himalayan landslide in Uttarakhand, India, leaving up to 150 feared dead in floods https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-08/himalayan-glacier-breaks-india-150-feared-dead-in-floods/13130866

Carnarvon residents take stock of flood damage in WA’s north-west https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-07/carnarvon-residents-assess-damage-bill-amid-flood-recovery/13130748

Guadeloupe – Flash Floods Hit Basse-Terre Island After 85mm of Rain in 6 Hours http://floodlist.com/america/guadeloupe-flash-floods-february-2021

Jordan and Saudi Arabia – 4 Dead, Several Rescued After Flash Floods http://floodlist.com/asia/jordan-saudi-arabia-floods-february-2021

France – 400 Evacuated as Floods Continue in South West http://floodlist.com/europe/france-floods-southwest-february-2021

At least 24 people died in Morocco after heavy rain flooded an illegal underground textile workshop https://ewn.co.za/2021/02/08/at-least-24-dead-in-morocco-underground-factory-flood

Southwest France hit by heavy floods, Paris area on flood alert https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-weather-floods-idUSKBN2A8191

Morocco – Deadly Flash Floods in Tangier http://floodlist.com/africa/morocco-flood-tangier-february-2021

Brutal Covid-19 Surge in the U.S. Weakens Significantly https://www.wsj.com/articles/brutal-covid-19-surge-in-the-u-s-weakens-significantly-11612913598

Severe flooding hits Belo Horizonte as more than a month’s worth of rain falls in 72 hours, Brazil https://watchers.news/2021/02/09/belo-horizonte-flood-brazil-february-7-2021/

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 Feb 2021: Popocatépetl volcano, Reventador, Raung, Sangay, Sinabung https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/121547/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-10-Feb-2021-Popocatepetl-volcano-Reventador-Raung-Sangay-Sinabung.html

Indonesia – 4 Dead, 1 Missing, 60,000 Displaced After Floods Across Java Island http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-java-february-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

UK climate data shows why Australia’s best bet is with wind and solar https://reneweconomy.com.au/uk-climate-data-shows-why-australias-best-bet-is-with-wind-and-solar/

Wealthy Victorians least likely to support climate action: poll https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/wealthy-victorians-least-likely-to-support-climate-action-poll-20210206-p57063.html

Sir David Attenborough warns of climate ‘crisis moment’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51123638

Clear impact of climate change in Himalayan disaster https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75942

People matters – Why quantifying inclusion is key to climate adaptation https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75943

Melting glaciers, rising seas: Approaching climate tipping points https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2021/2/5/melting-glaciers-rising-seas-climate-tipping-points

More at risk of losing homes as climate change outpaces response, Fiji warns https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75946

A comparative analysis to depict underlying attributes that might determine successful implementation of local adaptation plans https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901120314040?via%3Dihub

Covid caused a coal-killing carbon crunch, and it could be permanent https://reneweconomy.com.au/covid-caused-a-coal-killing-carbon-crunch-and-it-could-be-permanent/

Australians should be worried about future emissions. To be told otherwise is absurd https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/feb/09/australians-should-be-worried-about-future-emissions-to-be-told-otherwise-is-absurd

Severe flood threat caused by climate change – landmark Oxford study https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2021-02-04-severe-flood-threat-caused-climate-change-landmark-oxford-study

Fossil fuel pollution may have killed 8.7 million people in single year, says Harvard study https://reneweconomy.com.au/fossil-fuel-pollution-may-have-killed-8-7-million-people-in-single-year-says-harvard-study/

Big-emitting Australian businesses could soon face costly carbon levy in Europe https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/feb/11/big-emitting-australian-businesses-could-soon-face-costly-carbon-levy-in-europe

Weatherwatch: latest sea level rise forecast alarms scientists https://www.theguardian.com/news/2021/feb/09/weatherwatch-latest-sea-level-rise-forecast-alarms-scientists

Cooling La Niña is on the wane, but temperatures set to rise: UN weather agency https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75980

The effects of climate change are already making large tracts of Western Sydney uninhabitable https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/urban-heat-island-effect-western-sydney/

Disaster risk reduction

Archaeologist says he was hired as PR move over Warragamba Dam project https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/archaeologist-says-he-was-hired-as-pr-move-over-warragamba-dam-project-20210204-p56zi4.html

Water Warning: The Looming Threat of the World’s Aging Dams https://e360.yale.edu/features/water-warning-the-looming-threat-of-the-worlds-aging-dams

Innovative solutions for flood risk management http://vanrednesituacije.com/ojs/index.php/Vol1/article/view/23

Flooding in England 2019-21 report https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm5801/cmselect/cmenvfru/170/170.pdf

Severe Weather Caused $2.4 Billion in Insured Damage in Canada in 2020 http://www.ibc.ca/on/resources/media-centre/media-releases/severe-weather-caused-$2-4-billion-in-insured-damage-in-2020

The COVID-19 pandemic challenge to the All-Hazards Approach for disaster planning https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921000698

CSU civil engineers find link between hospitals and schools key to community resilience, develop tool for measuring social services stability https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75941

The Relative Value Of Fire Planning Alternatives https://www.witpress.com/elibrary/wit-transactions-on-ecology-and-the-environment/158/23323

Hydroelectric power, dams and landslides in the Himalayas https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2021/02/10/himalayas-1/

Flood Data Improved: New Version of Live Stream Gauges in Living Atlas https://www.esri.com/arcgis-blog/products/arcgis-living-atlas/public-safety/stream-gauges-living-atlas/

Logging increases bush flammability for 30 years, research shows https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/logging-increases-bush-flammability-for-30-years-research-shows-20210210-p5719c.html

Why it matters that British Columbians buy earthquake insurance; Washingtonians don’thttps://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75996

Emergency management

As Perth’s suburbs burn, the rest of Australia watches and learns https://theconversation.com/as-perths-suburbs-burn-the-rest-of-australia-watches-and-learns-154544?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=bylinetwitterbutton

Syria: Floods affect nearly 70,000 displaced people https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/30056/syria-floods-affect-nearly-70-000-displaced-people

Dennis Mileti: November 7, 1945 to January 30, 2021 https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/center-news/dennis-mileti-november-7-1945-to-january-30-2021

The 2018 Camp Fire in Paradise, California https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/post-wildfire-damage

Uttarakhand disaster likely caused by landslide, not glacial outburst, satellite images reveal https://theprint.in/science/uttarakhand-chamoli-disaster-likely-caused-by-landslide-not-glacial-outburst-satellite-images-reveal/600859/

The catastrophic landslide and flood in Chamoli in Uttarakhand: the sequence of events https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2021/02/08/chamoli-2/

New bushfire prediction technology aims to help frontline emergency teams https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-05/csiro-bushfire-simulation-aims-to-help-frontline-emergency-crews/13110238?section=technology

Wearing a second face mask over the one you already have could help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 significantly https://www.fastcompany.com/90603537/wearing-only-one-mask-you-have-room-to-improve-says-the-cdc

An emergency response technology company that works with different providers in Kenya to put the best emergency responders onto the same map https://rescue.co/about/

Australia Considers New Covid-19 Quarantine Strategy: Outback Isolation https://www.wsj.com/articles/australia-considers-new-covid-19-quarantine-strategy-outback-isolation-11610704005?mod=wsjtwittertest19&twclid=11359978333824446465

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Evacuation behaviors and emergency communications: An analysis of real-world incident videos https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S092575352030518X?via%3Dihub

Disaster Education For Young People newsletter https://mailchi.mp/7ddb99f1d1fd/aidr-education-newsletter-2021-t1

Articles and activities to aid any educator in tackling the challenging topic of climate change https://greenteacher.com/books/

A study published on Voluntary Commitments by landslide stakeholders https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75935

Not Risking It: Children and youth in climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the education sector https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75956

40-Second Video Shows A Billion Years Of Shifting Tectonic Plates https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2021/02/09/40-second-video-shows-a-billion-years-of-shifting-tectonic-plates/?sh=407d92602298

International Day of Women and Girls in Science: 11 February 2021 https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75991

Psychology and disasters

Mental Health Needs in Large-Scale Shelters: Lessons From Dallas https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/special-collection/mental-health-needs-in-a-large-scale-shelters-lessons-from-dallas

Dynamic Risk Perception and Behavior in Response to COVID-19 https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/dynamic-risk-perception-and-behavior-in-response-to-the-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

Children affected by Black Saturday and other bushfires may experience trauma long after the blaze is extinguished https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-07/black-saturday-bushfires-victoria-kilmore-east-st-andrews-health/12967704

Poorer mental health smolders after deadly, devastating wildfire https://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/poorer-mental-health-smolders-after-deadly-devastating-wildfire

Sociology and disasters

What Came After Hurricane Harvey for People With Disabilities? Restoring, Recovering, and Rebuilding https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/special-collection/what-strike-comes-strike-came-after-hurricane-harvey-for-people-with-disabilities-restoring-recovering-and-rebuilding

Reference Guides on Gender and Disaster Series https://www.ucl.ac.uk/risk-disaster-reduction/research/centre-gender-and-disaster/resources

The role of social capital in disaster resilience in remote communities after the 2015 Nepal earthquake https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420921000789?via%3Dihub

Beyond disaster vulnerabilities: An empirical investigation of the causal pathways linking conflict to disaster risks https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921000583?dgcid=author

Gender, disaster management and the private sector: Mapping and analysis of existing resources and previous interventions https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75967

Today in disaster resilience (5 February 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Intensity of Cyclone Ana surprises many in Fiji https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/435540/intensity-of-cyclone-ana-surprises-many-in-fiji

Thousands left homeless by storms, floods in Syria’s Idlib https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/thousands-left-homeless-by-storms-floods-in-syrias-idlib/

Papua New Guinea – Deadly Landslide in Morobe Province http://floodlist.com/asia/papua-new-guinea-landslide-morobe-january-2021

Fiji – Tropical Cyclone Ana Leaves 1 Dead, 5 Missing http://floodlist.com/australia/fiji-tropical-cyclone-ana-january-2021

Burundi – Floods in Bujumbura Province Force Thousands From Their Homes http://floodlist.com/africa/burundi-floods-bujumbura-january-2021

Chile – Floods and Landslides After Record Rainfall http://floodlist.com/america/chile-floods-storm-january-2021

At least 85 homes lost in Perth bushfires https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-02/wooroloo-bushfire-emergency-in-perth-hills-enters-second-day/13111784

Greece – Firefighter Dies in Flash Floods in Evroshttp://floodlist.com/asia/greece-floods-evros-february-2021

France – Evacuations as Rivers Rise in North and South West http://floodlist.com/europe/france-floods-february-2021

Paraguay – Severe Floods Hit Central and Southern Areas http://floodlist.com/america/paraguay-severe-floods-hit-central-and-southern-areas

Indonesia – 25,000 Affected by Floods in East and Central Javahttp://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-flash-east-central-java-february-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Feb 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Raung https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/120982/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-4-Feb-2021-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Raung-San.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The Guardian view on climate progress: the need for speed https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/31/the-guardian-view-on-climate-progress-the-need-for-speed

As Biden hits the accelerator on climate action, Australia remains stuck in policy paralysis https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-31/biden-hits-accelerator-climate-action-australia-policy-paralysis/13103574

Climate change may change rainfall patterns in south India, intensify floods: Study https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/climate-change-may-change-rainfall-patterns-in-south-india-intensify-floods-study-101611040966201.htmlAustralia’s grid is reshaping itself around the surge in clean energy https://reneweconomy.com.au/australias-grid-is-reshaping-itself-around-the-surge-in-clean-energy/

If the Science is Clear, Why Do We Need More Climate Research? https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2021/01/26/climate-research-solutions/

America needs a climate adaptation strategy https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/535200-america-needs-a-climate-adaptation-strategy#.YBcA1-am5qs.twitter

NUS researchers develop new urban planning GIS tool to improve urban climate resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75785

Climate Risk in Africa https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030611590

Heat killed a record number of people in Arizona last year, ‘a staggering increase’ https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-environment/2021/01/31/heat-killed-record-number-people-arizona-last-year/4294654001/

World Losing Ice 57 Percent Faster Than In the 1990s, Study Finds https://e360.yale.edu/digest/world-losing-ice-57-percent-faster-than-in-the-1990s-study-finds

Australia needs to stop thinking that setting a target of zero emissions by 2050 is good enough https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2021/feb/02/australia-needs-to-stop-thinking-that-setting-a-target-of-zero-emissions-by-2050-is-good-enough

Living with water project explores coastal adaptation plans to address rising sea levels https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75817

Sea level rise could be worse than feared, warn researchers https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/02/sea-level-rise-could-be-worse-than-feared-warn-researchers

As climate warms, summer monsoons to produce less streamflow https://www.dri.edu/as-climate-warms-summer-monsoons-to-produce-less-streamflow/

Florida Unveils New Statewide Sea Rise Mapping Tool https://www.wlrn.org/news/2021-01-19/florida-unveils-new-statewide-sea-rise-mapping-tool

U.S. Cities Are Underestimating Their Greenhouse Gas Emissions https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/u-s-cities-are-underestimating-their-greenhouse-gas-emissions/

Adults should listen to children to understand the severity of the climate crisis https://fortune.com/2021/01/24/climate-change-crisis-carbon-neutrality-children/

Why Learning Is Essential for Climate Adaptation Monitoring and Evaluation https://www.napglobalnetwork.org/2020/12/why-learning-is-essential-for-climate-adaptation-me/

Updated yardstick begs question: What’s ‘normal’ in a changing climate? https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2021/02/updated-yardstick-begs-question-whats-normal-in-a-changing-climate/

EU climate change plans will ripple through foreign policy, researchers say https://news.trust.org/item/20210203162038-oae5k/

Simultaneous drought and heat wave events are becoming more common https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75853

Risk of extreme droughts likely to increase in Scotland https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75851

Community based flood early warning systems: Improving climate change adaptation in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75878

For a City Staring Down the Barrel of a Climate-Driven Flood, A New Study Could be the Smoking Gun https://insideclimatenews.org/news/04022021/for-a-city-staring-down-the-barrel-of-a-climate-driven-flood-a-new-study-could-be-the-smoking-gun/

Increasing risk of floods as glaciers recede in Central Andes, South America https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75897

Disaster risk reduction

Scientists identify flank instability at a volcano with history of collapse https://geologyscience.info/scientists-identify-flank-instability-at-a-volcano-with-history-of-collapse/

Everbridge unveils next-generation front-end alerting interface for industry-leading global public warning platform https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75788

Indigenous rangers in WA north priced out of bushfire prevention by insurance price jump https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-01/indigenous-rangers-kimberley-bushfire-management/13090088

Homeowners who put in flood defences may pay less for insurance https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/01/homeowners-who-put-in-flood-defences-may-pay-less-for-insurance

The age of the “megafire” https://graphics.reuters.com/USA-WILDFIRES/EXTREMES/qzjvqmmravx/

UAE-India pact to help with forecast and early warnings on cyclones, tsunamis, sand storms https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75813

Indonesia and ASEAN usher in a new era of disaster readiness, response, and risk reduction https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75811

Hurricanes and typhoons moving 30km closer to coasts every decade https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75810

Urbanization impacts on flood risks based on urban growth data and coupled flood models https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-020-04480-0

Exposure to natural hazard events unassociated with policy change for improved disaster risk reduction https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-20435-2

Assessment of trends in hydrological extremes using regional magnification factors https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0309170821000075?dgcid=author

Flooding risk rises as UK’s wetlands lost https://www.theguardian.com/news/2021/feb/02/weatherwatch-flooding-risk-rises-as-uk-wetlands-lost

Resilience of SMEs https://www.undrr.org/publication/resilience-smes

Link between three typhoons that affected the Korean Peninsula in the summer of 2020 and wildfires in the western United States https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75842

Here’s why effective disaster management needs responsible AI https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75837

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

Storms, tornadoes and explosions: Bushfires are getting stranger. How? https://www.smh.com.au/national/storms-tornadoes-and-explosions-bushfires-are-getting-stranger-how-20201214-p56n5j.html

2020 FM Global Resilience Index https://www.fmglobal.com/research-and-resources/tools-and-resources/resilienceindex

Canadian hail storm catastrophe marked as one of most severe in North America https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/ca/news/catastrophe/canadian-catastrophe-marked-as-one-of-most-severe-in-north-america-245442.aspx#.YBreclC9RpQ.twitter

Resilient Shores: Vietnam’s Coastal Development Between Opportunity and Disaster Risk https://www.worldbank.org/en/country/vietnam/brief/vietnam-resilient-shores

Allianz Risk Barometer 2021: Covid-19 trio tops global business risks https://www.agcs.allianz.com/news-and-insights/news/allianz-risk-barometer-2021.html

Towards a multidimensional vulnerability index: Discussion paper https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75877

I lived through Hurricane Katrina and helped design the rebuild – floods will always come, but we can build better to prepare https://theconversation.com/i-lived-through-hurricane-katrina-and-helped-design-the-rebuild-floods-will-always-come-but-we-can-build-better-to-prepare-153452

Disaster risk reduction in India: Status report 2020 https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75756

Status of Science and Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia-Pacific 2020 https://www.undrr.org/publication/status-science-and-technology-disaster-risk-reduction-asia-pacific-2020

Overshadowed by COVID: the deadly extreme weather of 2020 https://theconversation.com/overshadowed-by-covid-the-deadly-extreme-weather-of-2020-151237

Scientists Are Looking Beyond Antibiotics to Stop the Drug-Resistant Bacteria Crisis https://gizmodo.com/scientists-are-looking-beyond-antibiotics-to-stop-the-d-1846184160

Anticipating the flood: Taking early actions at the Lower Limpopo in Mozambique https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75904

Emergency management

Navigating the complexities around a COVID vaccine in Africa https://www.brookings.edu/blog/africa-in-focus/2021/01/25/navigating-the-complexities-around-a-covid-vaccine-in-africa/?preview_id=1386109

Cyclone Eloise shatters Mozambique’s progress to recover from 2019 storms https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75784

Factors influencing acceptance or rejection regarding being the host community for post-disaster resettlements in developing countries https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75778

Canada to quarantine travelers, suspend flights south https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/source-canada-quarantine-travelers-hotels-75564671

What do new variants of the coronavirus mean for us? https://www.theage.com.au/national/what-do-new-variants-of-the-coronavirus-mean-for-us-20210126-p56wuo.html

The Complex Decisions Around Rebuilding After A Wildfire https://www.npr.org/2021/01/27/961097205/the-complex-decisions-around-rebuilding-after-a-wildfire

How to enhance community recovery after disasters https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75834

Blue Mountains did not receive a cent from $177m NSW bushfire disaster fund https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/feb/04/blue-mountains-did-not-receive-a-cent-from-177m-nsw-bushfire-disaster-fund

Eloise Floods Mozambique https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/147866/eloise-floods-mozambique?src=eoa-iotd

The seven countries with better coronavirus responses than Australia https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-30/seven-countries-with-better-coronavirus-response-than-australia/13102988

Disaster education, communications and engagement

After years of tough lessons, spanish-speaking communities rise to get wildfire information fast and in their language https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75783

Flood risk communication – final project report https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75786

Representation of disasters in school textbooks for children with intellectual disabilities in Iran: A qualitative content analysis https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75779

#SimulateThis Using role playing to help students gain experience for real-life crisis scenarios they may encounter in the future https://www.colorado.edu/cmcinow/2020/10/22/simulatethis

Demystifying learning https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-34/february-2021/demystifying-learning

‘Bring Your Own Brigade’: Film Review | Sundance 2021 https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bring-your-own-brigade-film-review-sundance-2021

Help Callum 360 video tells the true story of a young boy whose house was flooded, using his own words and seeing through his own eyes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gpOOcQV1fw

New book: Children and Young People’s Participation in Disaster Risk Reduction https://policy.bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/children-and-young-peoples-participation-in-disaster-risk-reduction

Early warnings of COVID-19 outbreaks across Europe from social media https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-81333-1

Engaging with care: Incorporating ethics and compassion into disaster research https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/engaging-with-care-incorporating-ethics-and-compassion-into-disaster-research

Psychology and disasters

Cooperative and competitive behaviour among passengers during the costa concordia disaster https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925753520304525

About the Disaster Mental Health Hub https://www.phoenixaustralia.org/disaster-hub/about/

Migration not seen as solution by those in flood zone https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2021/02/migration-not-seen-solution-those-flood-zones

Survey finds low public trust in local officials, higher trust in first responders https://www.ems1.com/ems-products/communications/articles/survey-finds-low-public-trust-in-local-officials-higher-trust-in-first-responders-SRemSz85ri7Wo13X/

Sociology and disasters

The COVID-19 pandemic is shining an unforgiving light on the world’s most vulnerable and marginal people https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/71618

White people receiving coronavirus vaccine at higher rates than Black, Latino Americans https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/535992-white-people-receiving-coronavirus-vaccine-at-higher-rates-than-black

You can’t talk about disaster risk reduction without talking about inequality https://theconversation.com/you-cant-talk-about-disaster-risk-reduction-without-talking-about-inequality-153189

Checklist for gender equality and social inclusion in disaster/emergency preparedness in the COVID-19 context https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75820

Social capital in community response after Cyclone Winston: Case study of three different communities in Fiji https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349035180_Social_capital_in_community_response_after_Cyclone_Winston_Case_study_of_three_different_communities_in_Fiji

Underinsurance is entrenching poverty as the vulnerable are hit hardest by disasters https://theconversation.com/underinsurance-is-entrenching-poverty-as-the-vulnerable-are-hit-hardest-by-disasters-152083

Today in disaster resilience (29 January 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

At least 12 killed after Tropical Cyclone “Eloise” makes landfall near Beira, Mozambique https://watchers.news/2021/01/24/tropical-cyclone-eloise-landfall-aftermath-beira-mozambique-2021/

Burundi – Floods in Bujumbura Province Force Thousands From Their Homes http://floodlist.com/africa/burundi-floods-bujumbura-january-2021

‘Like a bomb went off’: 1 dead, at least 30 injured after tornado rips through parts of Alabama https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/01/26/alabama-tornado-1-dead-several-injured-birmingham/4256808001/

Brazil – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Santa Catarina After 40mm of Rain in 1 Hour http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-landslides-santacatarina-january-2021

Southern Africa – Tropical Cyclone Eloise Triggers Floods in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa http://floodlist.com/africa/storm-eloise-floods-mozambique-zimbabwe-southafrica-january-2021

Wildfire Ravages 10,000 Hectares of Forest in Argentina https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/-Wildfire-Ravages-10000-Hectares-of-Forest-in-Argentina-20210127-0009.html

Volcanic activity worldwide 27 Jan 2021: Etna volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Merapi, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/120319/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-27-Jan-2021-Etna-volcano-Pacaya-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Merapi-Dukono.html

USA – California Storm Triggers Mudslides, Prompts Evacuation Orders in Burn Areas http://floodlist.com/america/usa/california-storm-mudslides-janaury-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Heatwaves may mean Sydney is too hot for people to live in ‘within decades’ https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2021-01-24/heatwaves-sydney-uninhabitable-climate-change-urban-planning/12993580

America needs a climate adaptation strategy https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/535200-america-needs-a-climate-adaptation-strategy

Climate change must get the same scientific response as coronavirus, Australian Nobel winner says https://www.sbs.com.au/news/climate-change-must-get-the-same-scientific-response-as-coronavirus-australian-nobel-winner-says?cid=news:socialshare:twitter

How to make your home more resilient to heatwaves and severe storms in summer https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2021-01-25/making-your-home-resilient-to-heatwaves-and-severe-storms/12880698?nw=0

As heatwaves become more extreme, which jobs are riskiest? https://theconversation.com/as-heatwaves-become-more-extreme-which-jobs-are-riskiest-151841?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=bylinetwitterbutton

Mitigation, adaptation or do nothing: Responding to climate change https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/mitigation-adaptation-or-do-nothing-responding-to-climate-change,14732#.YBBpLix7wJY.twitter

Australia could take massive economic hit from climate-fuelled extreme weather, report warns https://www.sbs.com.au/news/australia-could-take-massive-economic-hit-from-climate-fuelled-extreme-weather-report-warns

Hitting Home: The Compounding Costs of Climate Inaction https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/resources/hitting-home-compounding-costs-climate-inaction/

‘The science is real’: Coastal experts hope Biden will partner to combat sea level rise https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/2021/01/18/coastal-experts-hope-biden-partner-combat-sea-level-rise/6559610002/

Global ice loss accelerating at record rate, study finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/25/global-ice-loss-accelerating-at-record-rate-study-finds

Climate adaptation summit hears dire warnings but misses action to match https://news.trust.org/item/20210125184715-myc21/

Biden’s new climate orders to include suspension of federal oil and gas leasing – sources https://news.trust.org/item/20210126162840-3ix33/

40 Governments and Leading Institutions Commit to Support Locally Led Climate Adaptation https://www.wri.org/news/2021/01/release-40-governments-and-leading-institutions-commit-support-locally-led-climate

“Now it’s unpredictable”: Young people face climate change in Papua New Guinea https://www.adaptation-undp.org/young-people-face-climate-change-in-papua-new-guinea

Global climate risk index 2021 https://germanwatch.org/sites/germanwatch.org/files/Global%20Climate%20Risk%20Index%202021_1.pdf

Impacts of Climate Change on Hydroclimatic Conditions of U.S. National Forests and Grasslands https://www.mdpi.com/1999-4907/12/2/139

With 1.2 million respondents, the Peoples’ Climate Vote is the largest survey of public opinion on climate change ever conducted https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/climate-and-disaster-resilience-/The-Peoples-Climate-Vote-Results.html

Climate change brings challenges for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75722

‘Resilient recovery’: Cities link pandemic, climate adaptation responses https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75712

New climate panel says Australia needs to aim for net zero emissions by 2035 https://reneweconomy.com.au/new-climate-panel-says-australia-needs-to-aim-for-net-zero-emissions-by-2035/

Global Ice Loss on Pace to Drive Worst-Case Sea Level Rise https://insideclimatenews.org/news/25012021/global-ice-loss-sea-level-rise/

UK electricity from renewables outpaces gas and coal power https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/28/uk-electricity-from-renewables-outpaces-gas-and-coal-power

Climate change is now a national security priority for the Pentagon https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon/2021/01/27/climate-change-is-now-a-national-security-priority-for-the-pentagon/

Climate Adaptation Summit: Invest in early warnings and early action https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75749

What you need to know about the climate change resilience rating system https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75774

“World first”: South Australia achieves 100pct solar, and lowest prices in Australia https://reneweconomy.com.au/world-first-south-australia-achieves-100pct-solar-and-lowest-prices-in-australia/

Disaster risk reduction

‘Inadequate’: Indigenous survey for Warragamba Dam plan found wanting https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/inadequate-indigenous-survey-for-warragamba-dam-plan-found-wanting-20210123-p56wc7.html

Native American fire management at an ancient wildland–urban interface in the Southwest United States https://www.pnas.org/content/118/4/e2018733118

How Africa’s largest city is staying afloat https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210121-lagos-nigeria-how-africas-largest-city-is-staying-afloat

The Australian flammability monitoring system: Providing a clear picture of landscape dryness https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/88

Simulating 800,000 years of California earthquake history to pinpoint riskshttps://phys.org/news/2021-01-simulating-years-california-earthquake-history.html

3 Shifts to Advance Adaptation and Resilience in 2021 https://www.wri.org/blog/2021/01/3-shifts-advance-adaptation-and-resilience-2021

Ageing Dams Pose Growing Threat: UN https://inweh.unu.edu/ageing-dams-pose-growing-threat-un/

Thousands of crucial flood defences across England were in poor condition last year https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2021/01/24/floods-northern-england-storm-christoph/

Increasing numbers of U.S. residents live in high-risk wildfire and flood zones. Why? https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2021/01/22/high-risk-wildfire-flood-zones/

Atlas of the human planet 2020: Open geoinformation for research, policy, and action https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75673

Natural disasters data book 2019: An analytical overview https://www.adrc.asia/publications/databook/ORG/databook_2019/pdf/DataBook2019.pdfWeather, climate & catastrophe insight: 2020 annual report http://thoughtleadership.aon.com/Documents/20210125-if-annual-cat-report.pdf

Hazard definition and classification review https://www.undrr.org/publication/hazard-definition-and-classification-review

Status of Science and Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia-Pacific 2020 https://www.undrr.org/publication/status-science-and-technology-disaster-risk-reduction-asia-pacific-2020

De Blasio’s $1 Million Flood Plan Shelved and Hidden From High-Risk East Harlem https://www.thecity.nyc/2021/1/25/22245050/de-blasio-hides-flood-climate-plan-from-east-harlem-resiliency

New warning system in Bangladesh to tackle rising landslide risk https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75708

Managing flood risk https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75715

UNESCO provides Morocco with 7 earthquake early warning equipment https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75748

Lessons for future disasters https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75677

Disaster risk reduction in Australia: Status report 2020 https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75765

How heatwaves and drought combine to produce the perfect firestorm https://theconversation.com/how-heatwaves-and-drought-combine-to-produce-the-perfect-firestorm-153890

Emergency management

Doctors Begin to Crack Covid’s Mysterious Long-Term Effects https://www.wsj.com/articles/doctors-begin-to-crack-covids-mysterious-long-term-effects-11604252961

How a Himalayan community kept Covid-19 under check https://scroll.in/article/984960/how-a-himalayan-community-kept-covid-19-under-check

Anticipation in Emergency Management: Shifting from Crisis Response to Shaping Future Resilience http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3182/

UK Covid deaths: Why the 100,000 toll is so bad https://www.bbc.com/news/health-55757790

All countries should pursue a Covid-19 elimination strategy: here are 16 reasons why https://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2021/jan/28/all-countries-should-pursue-a-covid-19-elimination-strategy-here-are-16-reasons-why

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Understanding Visual Risk Communication Messages: An Analysis of Visual Attention Allocation and Think-Aloud Responses to Tornado Graphics https://journals.ametsoc.org/view/journals/wcas/13/1/wcas-d-20-0042.1.xml

Information is power: Connecting local responders to the risk information that they need https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75630

Participatory mapping and visualization of local knowledge: An example from Eberbach, Germany https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75705

Homeowners guide to property flood resilience https://www.knowyourfloodrisk.co.uk/sites/default/files/FloodGuide_ForHomeowners.pdf

Evaluating learning spaces in flood risk management in Germany: Lessons for governance research https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12682

Psychology and disasters

Warning over mental health effects of floods in the UKhttps://www.inkl.com/news/warning-over-mental-health-effects-of-floods-in-the-uk?share=rdMRglizvxJ

Insurance firm offers mental health support as UK flood risk surges https://news.trust.org/item/20210120141437-dr738/

Using virtual reality to study pedestrian exit choice behaviour during evacuations https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925753521000011

The importance of public risk perception for the effective management of pluvial floods in urban areas: A case study from Germany https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12688

Domestic violence soars after natural disasters. Preventing it needs to be part of the emergency response https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75697

Sociology and disasters

The Sociology of Structural Disaster https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/sociology-structural-disaster-miwao-matsumoto/10.4324/9781315386188

Winter weather brings fresh disaster to Gaza https://electronicintifada.net/content/winter-weather-brings-fresh-disaster-gaza/32191

Vulnerability assessment of households to flash floods and landslides in the poor upland regions of Vietnam https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S221209632030005X?via%3Dihub

‘49% more likely to die’ – racial inequalities of COVID-19 laid bare in study of East London hospitals https://theconversation.com/49-more-likely-to-die-racial-inequalities-of-covid-19-laid-bare-in-study-of-east-london-hospitals-153834

Today in disaster resilience (22 January 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Massive pyroclastic flow at Semeru volcano, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2021/01/17/massive-pyroclastic-flow-semeru-volcano-january-16-2021/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Severe floods hit Bolivia and Paraguay https://watchers.news/2021/01/20/bolivia-paraguay-floods-january-2021/

New paroxysmal eruptive episode at Etna’s Southeast Crater, Italy https://watchers.news/2021/01/19/etna-eruption-january-18-2021/

Indonesia earthquake rescuers hampered by damaged infrastructure after dozens killed https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/16/indonesia-earthquake-rescuers-hampered-by-damaged-infrastructure-after-dozens-killed

Syria – Floods in Displacement Camps in Idlib and Aleppo http://floodlist.com/asia/syria-floods-idlib-aleppo-january-2021

Indonesia – Deadly Floods and Landslides in South Kalimantan and North Sulawesi http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-southkalimantan-northsulawesi-january-2021

Powerful M7.1 earthquake hits off the coast of Mindanao, Philippines https://watchers.news/2021/01/21/m7-1-earthquake-philippines-indonesia-january-21-2021/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Around 2,000 homes and businesses in Manchester told to evacuate due to flooding fears https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/around-2000-homes-businesses-manchester-19668489

Madagascar – Tropical Storm Eloise Leaves Homes Destroyed, Hundreds Displaced http://floodlist.com/africa/madagascar-tropical-storm-eloise-january-2021

Brazil – Flash Floods and Landslides in São Paulo and Minas Gerais http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-landslides-sao-paulo-minas-gerais-january-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate change blamed for a third of U.S. flood losses in past 3 decades https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/climate-change-blamed-for-a-third-of-us-flood-losses-in-past-3-decades/2021/01/15/398728a2-544c-11eb-a817-e5e7f8a406d6_story.html

Powerful winds spark new blazes in California’s year-round fire ‘season’ https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/19/california-fire-climate-crisis-high-winds

Health warnings as ‘intense’ heatwave to hit NSW until Australia Day https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/health-warnings-as-intense-heatwave-to-hit-nsw-until-australia-day-20210121-p56vuf.html

Biden hits reset on US climate action – and turns up the heat on Morrison https://reneweconomy.com.au/biden-hits-reset-on-us-climate-action-and-turns-up-the-heat-on-morrison/

Biden returns US to Paris climate accord hours after becoming president https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/20/paris-climate-accord-joe-biden-returns-us

Legal bid to stop UK building Europe’s biggest gas power plant fails https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/21/climate-crisis-uk-legal-bid-stop-biggest-gas-power-station-europe-fails

Five reasons to be optimistic about clean energy in 2021 https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2020/five-reasons-to-be-optimistic-about-clean-energy-in-2021.html

Keeping it local: Engaging communities in climate resilience projects in Yangon https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75601

Disaster risk reduction

The link between tropical cyclones and heatwaves https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/the-link-between-tropical-cyclones-and-heatwaves/533345

Accurate forecasts of rainfall can help save lives and livelihoods from drought in Sub-Saharan Africa https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75614

These are the world’s greatest threats in 2021 https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/01/world-greatest-threats-2021/

NZ landslides more dangerous than quakes https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/123927961/nz-landslides-more-dangerous-than-quakes

Invited perspectives: Building sustainable and resilient communities – recommended actions for natural hazard scientistshttps://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75594

A risk analysis of COVID‐19 infections in Kolkata Metropolitan City: A GIS based study https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75602

The global risks report 2021, 16th edition https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75580

The National Risk Index: Discover the landscape of natural hazard risk in the United States https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75535

Emergency management

A Really Bad Idea! “Caught on video: Japan emergency callers will be able to send footage to police” https://visualanthropologyofjapan.blogspot.com/2020/12/a-really-bad-idea-caught-on-video-japan.html

Mask-wearing and control of SARS-CoV-2 transmission in the USA: a cross-sectional study https://www.thelancet.com/journals/landig/article/PIIS2589-7500(20)30293-4/fulltext#.YAnbH_IniZ0.twitter

Biden outlines vaccine plan, requires masks on flights https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2021/01/21/covid-news-vaccine-shortages-us-response-joe-biden-california/4237433001/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Disaster season is here — do you have a Resilience Action Plan? Here’s how the small town of Tarnagulla built theirs https://theconversation.com/disaster-season-is-here-do-you-have-a-resilience-action-plan-heres-how-the-small-town-of-tarnagulla-built-theirs-151570

Individual action, community good: coming together to save ourselves and the planet https://www.theguardian.com/bank-australia-collective-good/2020/nov/19/individual-action-community-good-coming-together-to-save-ourselves-and-the-planet?CMP=share_btn_tw

For eyewitness accounts of earthquake shaking, representation matters https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75613

Using community resilience vision statements to engage communities in Bangladesh https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75596

Sociology and disasters

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

Strengthening urban resilience in Amman, Jordan, to mitigate flash floods and protect vulnerable communities https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75581

Today in disaster resilience (15 January 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Landslides kill 11, injure 18 in Indonesia’s West Java https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/1/10/indonesia-landslides-kill-11-injure-18-in-west-java

Coronavirus crisis worsens with global surges and fresh outbreaks https://www.newscientist.com/article/2264060-coronavirus-crisis-worsens-with-global-surges-and-fresh-outbreaks/

Deadly avalanche strikes ski resort in the world’s northernmost city of Norilsk, Russiahttps://watchers.news/2021/01/10/deadly-avalanche-strikes-ski-resort-in-the-world-s-northernmost-city-of-norilsk-russia/

Record rains hit southern Thailand, leaving 3 dead and more than 58 000 households affected by floods https://watchers.news/2021/01/10/southern-thailand-flood-january-2021/

Albania – Families Evacuated After Floods in Northhttp://floodlist.com/europe/albania-floods-january-2021

Jamaica – Flash Floods in Montego Bay http://floodlist.com/america/jamaica-flash-floods-montego-bay-january-2021

Philippines – Thousands Hit by More Floods in Central Regions http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-negros-occidental-floods-january-2021

Worst flooding in 50 years leaves 6 dead, 50 000 displaced in Malaysia https://watchers.news/2021/01/11/malaysia-flood-january-2021/

Spain – Deadly Flash Floods in South After Heavy Rain From Storm Filomena http://floodlist.com/europe/spain-floods-malaga-storm-filomena-january-2021

Indonesia – Thousands of Homes Flooded in Bandung Regency, West Java Province http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floodsbandung-regency-west-java-january-2021

Malaysia – Almost 2,000 Displaced by Floods in Sabah http://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-floods-sabah-january-2021

Southeastern Europe – Floods Prompt Evacuations in Serbia, Bulgaria, Albania and Kosovo http://floodlist.com/europe/serbia-bulgaria-albania-kosovo-floods-january-2021

Turkey drought: Istanbul could run out of water in 45 days https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/13/turkey-drought-istanbul-run-out-water-45-days

Category 5 atmospheric river brings flooding rain and strong winds to Oregon and Washington, U.S. https://watchers.news/2021/01/13/category-5-atmospheric-river-oregon-washington-january-2021/

Namibia – Heavy Rain Continues, Flash Floods in Windhoek http://floodlist.com/africa/namibia-floods-windhoek-january-2021

Indonesia – Thousands of Homes Damaged After Floods in West Sumatra http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-solok-january-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 14 Jan 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Merapi, Reventador, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/119146/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-14-Jan-2021-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Merapi-Reventador-Sangay-S.html

USA – 1 Missing After Rains Trigger Floods and Landslides in Oregon http://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-landslides-oregon-january-2021

Tanzania – Severe Flooding in Mtwara Region After Torrential Rainfall http://floodlist.com/africa/tanzania-flood-mtwara-january-2021

Indonesia – Thousands of Families Affected by Floods in South Kalimantan Province http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-south-kalimantan-january-2021

Turkey – Flash Floods in Izmir http://floodlist.com/asia/turkey-floods-izmir-january-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Cities could get more than 4°C hotter by 2100. To keep cool in Australia, we urgently need a national planning policy https://theconversation.com/cities-could-get-more-than-4-c-hotter-by-2100-to-keep-cool-in-australia-we-urgently-need-a-national-planning-policy-152680

Global heating could stabilize if net zero emissions achieved, scientists say https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/07/global-heating-stabilize-net-zero-emissions

2020 ties with 2016 as world’s hottest year on record, EU climate change service https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-08/2020-ties-with-2016-as-worlds-hottest-year-on-record-eu-climate/13043854

Climate change activists want COP26 to build on the momentum of 2020 https://newseu.cgtn.com/news/2021-01-10/Climate-change-activists-want-COP26-to-build-on-the-momentum-of-2020-WTidDY7c0E/index.html

CO2 levels seen more than 50% above pre-industrial levels in 2021 https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2021/1/8/co2-levels-seen-more-than-50-above-pre-industrial-levels-in-2021

Climate change: Africa’s green energy transition ‘unlikely’ this decade https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-55620848

UN chief calls for ‘urgent transition’ from fossil fuels to renewable energy https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/01/1081802

Retrofitting unused spaces can help South African cities adapt to climate change https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75467

Norway’s comprehensive climate action plan https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75464

Australia’s Black Summer a climate wake-up call https://climateextremes.org.au/australias-black-summer-a-climate-wake-up-call/

Awareness of urban climate adaptation strategies – An international overview https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75463

As the Arctic melts, a regime shift is taking place https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-13/regime-shift-is-taking-place-as-arctic-sea-ice-melts/12956328?nw=0

Decoupling of the Arctic Oscillation and North Atlantic Oscillation in a warmer climate https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-00966-8

New Zealand records seventh-hottest year, with extreme weather more likely https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/12/new-zealand-records-seventh-hottest-year-with-extreme-weather-more-likely

The cities most impacted by sea level rise https://heraldcourier.com/lifestyles/the-cities-most-impacted-by-sea-level-rise/article_aec6d1d8-fa9b-5065-88d9-ae7d3e111dde.html

Ghosts of Glaciers Past Hint at Future Climate Challenges https://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/news-events/ghosts-glaciers-past-hint-future-climate-challenges

The state of the climate in 2021 https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210108-where-we-are-on-climate-change-in-five-charts

Climate change is responsible for billions of dollars in flood costs, study says https://www.cbsnews.com/news/climate-change-flood-costs-study/

Hurricanes, wildfires, and heat dominated U.S. weather in 2020 https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2021/01/hurricanes-wildfires-and-heat-dominated-u-s-weather-in-2020/

Rising sea levels visibly transforming parts of coastal region around Kakadu National Park https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-13/rising-sea-levels-visible-in-kakadu-national-park/12292646

Climate crisis: record ocean heat in 2020 supercharged extreme weather https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/13/climate-crisis-record-ocean-heat-in-2020-supercharged-extreme-weather?CMP=share_btn_tw

Earth to reach temperature tipping point in next 20 to 30 years, new study finds https://phys.org/news/2021-01-earth-temperature-years.html

Locally led adaption to climate change: the start of a 10-year learning journey https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75503

‘Heat refuges’ may be one solution to Western Sydney’s climate emergency https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-14/western-sydney-heat-refuge-strategy-needed-for-summer-heatwaves/13026882

If we want to understand global heating, we have to examine ocean temperature trends https://www.theguardian.com/global/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2021/jan/13/why-are-ocean-warming-records-being-broken-year-after-year?CMP=share_btn_tw

The world is facing ‘catastrophic’ global warming, with 2020 among the hottest years on record, UN warns https://www.sbs.com.au/news/the-world-is-facing-catastrophic-global-warming-with-2020-among-the-hottest-years-on-record-un-warns?cid=news:socialshare:twitter

2020 was hottest year on record by narrow margin, Nasa says https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/14/2020-hottest-year-on-record-nasa

Report says not enough funding is being made available to deal with effects of extreme weather https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/14/countries-adapting-too-slowly-to-climate-breakdown-un-warns?CMP=share_btn_tw

UN Adaptation Gap Report 2020 https://www.unep.org/resources/adaptation-gap-report-2020

As World’s Deltas Sink, Rising Seas Are Far from Only Culprit https://e360.yale.edu/features/as-worlds-deltas-sink-rising-seas-are-far-from-only-culprit

Can SE Asian workers take the heat? Researchers tackle rising temperatures https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75515

Disaster risk reduction

In 2020, there were 22 weather/climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each to affect the United States https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/billions/

Natural hazard figures for 2020 https://www.munichre.com/en/company/media-relations/media-information-and-corporate-news/media-information/2021/2020-natural-disasters-balance.html

Monitoring rainfall for early warning: Peru’s ingenious solutions https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75452

Practical action and early warning systems https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75445

Long-term improvement in precautions for flood risk mitigation: A case study in the low-lying area of central Vietnam https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75438

Exposure to natural hazard events unassociated with policy change for improved disaster risk reductionhttps://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-20435-2

ASEAN achieves a milestone towards regional disaster risk reduction https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75462

Australian bushfires 2019–20: Exploring the short-term health impacts https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75469

The changing risk and burden of wildfire in the United States https://www.pnas.org/content/118/2/e2011048118

Contribution of historical precipitation change to US flood damages https://www.pnas.org/content/118/4/e2017524118

Has Haiti built back better? 11 years after the devastating earthquake https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75495

Advanced tools reveal critical infrastructure connections and help mitigate disasters https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75493

How do we limit the impact of disasters in a country with a very high risk index? https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75511

The European Commission publishes the new report on disaster risks in the EU https://ec.europa.eu/echo/news/european-commission-publishes-new-report-disaster-risks-eu_en

Emergency management

One in five in England have had Covid, modelling suggests https://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2021/jan/10/one-in-five-have-had-coronavirus-in-england-new-modelling-says

The Japanese authorities understood covid-19 better than most https://www.economist.com/asia/2020/12/12/the-japanese-authorities-understood-covid-19-better-than-most

Southern Queensland still in drought while northern region battles floods https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-10/southern-queensland-still-in-drought-while-north-floods/13039008

After a record 22 billion-dollar disasters in 2020, it’s time to overhaul US disaster policy – here’s how https://theconversation.com/after-a-record-22-billion-dollar-disasters-in-2020-its-time-to-overhaul-us-disaster-policy-heres-how-152439

Asking people to prepare for fire is pointless if they can’t afford to do it. It’s time we subsidised fire prevention https://theconversation.com/asking-people-to-prepare-for-fire-is-pointless-if-they-cant-afford-to-do-it-its-time-we-subsidised-fire-prevention-151913

Disaster during a pandemic: Lessons from 2020 flooding in South Japan https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75482

Droughts, floods, super typhoons. But 2020’s extreme weather was eclipsed by COVIDhttps://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/01/2020-covid-deadly-extreme-weather-events

Literature review on law and disaster recovery and reconstruction https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75510

COVID-19 impact in India https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75507

Disaster education, communications and engagement

How the children of Cobargo are moving on from a year marked by bushfires and a pandemic https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-27/year-on-cobargo-black-summer-bushfires-recovery-children/13006836

How does drowning happen and how can you prevent it? https://www.smh.com.au/national/how-does-drowning-happen-and-how-can-you-prevent-it-20201123-p56h2o.html

Creating virtual geologic mapping exercises in a changing world https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/gsa/geosphere/article/doi/10.1130/GES02308.1/593592/Creating-virtual-geologic-mapping-exercises-in-a

What you do makes a difference: Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2021 launches to help protect homes and neighborhoods https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Publications-and-media/Blogs-Landing-Page/Fire-Break/Blog-Posts/2021/01/11/Wildfire-Community-Preparedness-Day-2021-launches-to-help-protect-homes-and-neighborhoods

Citizen science is booming during the pandemic https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/22177247/citizen-science-amateur-backyard-birding-astronomy-covid-pandemic

Muntinlupa inaugurates its Mobile Learning Hub, the first innovative roving ‘learning bus’ in Metro Manila to teach disaster resilience https://www.goodnewspilipinas.com/muntinlupas-1st-learning-bus-teaches-disaster-preparedness-to-residents/

How To Build A 2 Week Emergency Food Supply https://ineedthattoprep.com/how-to-build-a-2-week-emergency-food-supply/

From Grug to The Fire Wombat: six books to help kids deal with bushfire anxiety https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/jan/12/from-grug-to-the-fire-wombat-six-books-to-help-kids-deal-with-bushfire-anxiety

Here’s how Seattleites should prepare for an earthquake https://www.seattlepi.com/local/seattlenews/article/how-to-prepare-for-earthquake-in-seattle-2021-15848429.php

Psychology and disasters

How students are making sense of the Black Summer bushfires https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-28/how-students-are-making-sense-of-the-black-summer/13017302?nw=0

How do people perceive flood risk? Findings from a public survey in Tuscany, Italy https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12694

Sociology and disasters

How racial and gender equality are critical for building climate resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75442

Learning from population displacement in the Pacific: Case study of the 2017-2018 eruption of the Ambae volcano, Vanuatu https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75498

Social Ties, Mobility, and COVID-19 spread in Japan https://www.researchgate.net/publication/342113382_Social_Ties_Mobility_and_COVID-19_spread_in_Japan

Today in disaster resilience (8 January 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Tropical Cyclone Imogen, the first of the season, forms over Gulf, crosses coast north of Karumba https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-03/first-cyclone-of-the-season-expected-to-form/13027724

At least 2 dead & over 10,000 people evacuated from floods across Johor, Pahang & Terengganu https://mothership.sg/2021/01/malaysia-floods-10000-evacuated/

Deadly flash floods affect more than 15 000 families in Central Philippines https://watchers.news/2021/01/04/deadly-flash-floods-affect-more-than-15-000-families-in-central-philippines/

Massive landslide at Mount Silberhorn, New Zealand https://watchers.news/2021/01/04/massive-landslide-at-mount-silberhorn-new-zealand/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Papua New Guinea – Deadly Landslide in Central Province http://floodlist.com/australia/papua-new-guinea-deadly-landslide-in-central-province

Emergency warning issued as fast-moving bushfire advances north of Perth https://www.sbs.com.au/news/emergency-warning-issued-as-fast-moving-bushfire-advances-north-of-perth

Caribbean volcano rumbles back to life, MSM fake news about evacuation orders spread panichttps://www.rt.com/news/511498-caribbean-volcano-msm-fake-evacuation-order-panic/

Bolivia – Hail and Flash Floods in Sucre Leave 4 Dead, 6 Missing http://floodlist.com/america/bolivia-flash-floods-sucre-january-2021

North Queensland hit with intense rainfall causing flooding as BOM issues severe storm warning https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-06/queensland-rain-ingham-area-hit-with-intense-rainfall/13035302

Indonesia – Deadly Floods in North Sulawesi and West Nusa Tenggara http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-northsulawesi-westnusatenggara-january-2021

Sri Lanka – Thousands Affected by Floods in Batticaloa http://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-floods-batticaloa-january-2021

Chennai records heaviest 24-hour January rain since 1915, India https://watchers.news/2021/01/06/chennai-records-heaviest-24-hour-january-rain-since-1915-india/

Bushfire emergency continues north of Perth as firefighters brace for worsening conditions https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-07/hot-windy-weather-as-bushfire-emergency-continues-north-of-perth/13038462

North Queensland rain will continue into next week, BOM warns https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-07/flooding-more-storms-brings-rainfall-queensland-north/13036168

More than 500 evacuated after new eruption at Merapi volcano, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2021/01/07/more-than-500-evacuated-after-new-eruption-at-merapi-volcano-indonesia/

Volcanic activity worldwide 5 Jan 2021: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/118428/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-5-Jan-2021-Fuego-volcano-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Reventador-Sang.html

Namibia – Flooding in South as Rivers Overflow http://floodlist.com/africa/namibia-floods-south-january-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Five reasons to be optimistic about climate action https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2020/five-reasons-to-be-optimistic-about-climate-action.html/

Greta Thunberg turns 18, hopes 2021 will be the ‘year of awakening’ https://www.sbs.com.au/news/greta-thunberg-turns-18-hopes-2021-will-be-the-year-of-awakening?cid=news:socialshare:twitter

Last year was dismal in many respects but it was a landmark for renewables in Australia https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/02/last-year-was-dismal-in-many-respects-but-it-was-a-landmark-for-renewables-in-australia?CMP=share_btn_tw

Australia records fourth-warmest year in 2020, despite La Niña https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/01/australia-records-fourth-warmest-year-in-2020-despite-la-nina

Many Indian districts ‘hotspots’ of climate change https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/many-indian-districts-hotspots-of-climate-change/article33303346.ece

Many Scientists Now Say Global Warming Could Stop Relatively Quickly After Emissions Go to Zero https://insideclimatenews.org/news/03012021/five-aspects-climate-change-2020/

‘The sea is rising, the climate is changing’: the lessons learned from Mozambique’s deadly cyclone https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75357

Rising seas threaten China’s long, low, and crowded coast https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75359

‘Snub’: Australia leaves 2030 climate goals unchanged in UN submission https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/snub-australia-leaves-2030-climate-goals-unchanged-in-un-submission-20210104-p56rng.html

Dozens of nations miss deadline to boost climate ambition https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210105-dozens-of-nations-miss-deadline-to-boost-climate-ambition

New data-driven global climate model provides projections for urban environments https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75380

Summer temperatures could rise faster in the UK than average global rates https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75382

Uzbekistan advances its climate change adaptation planning https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75383

Impacts of climate change on Georgia’s coastal zone: Vulnerability assessment and adaptation options https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75392

Climate adaptation solution for informal settlers in Asian coastal cities https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75399

What can COVID-19 teach us about preparing for climate risks in Europe? https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75393

Who should pick up the tab for the costs of climate change in north Queensland? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/06/who-should-pick-up-the-tab-for-the-costs-of-climate-change-in-north-queensland?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Assessing Shifts in Regional Hydroclimatic Conditions of U.S. River Basins in Response to Climate Change over the 21st Century https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2020EF001657

How Australia can phase out coal power while maintaining energy security https://theconversation.com/how-australia-can-phase-out-coal-power-while-maintaining-energy-security-152747?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=bylinetwitterbutton

Connections of climate change and variability to large and extreme forest fires in southeast Australia https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-020-00065-8

Building resilience in India https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75432

As climate risks rise, U.S. urged to update flood maps and building rules https://news.trust.org/item/20210106194055-fi3zz/

Australia’s Annual Climate Statement 2020 http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/annual/aus/

Disaster risk reduction

Catastrophic bushfires have led to a heightened interest in Indigenous burning practices. How do Aboriginal experts use fire to care for their land? https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/what-is-cultural-burning-20200228-p545e2.html

A new measure that can predict whether a city is prone to rain- or tide-based flooding https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/a-new-measure-that-can-predict-whether-a-city-is-prone-to-rain-or-tide-based-flooding/article33482930.ece

Public ‘Lost Confidence’ in Authorities as Floods Displace a Million People in South Sudan – Report https://sputniknews.com/africa/202101021081633935-public-lost-confidence-in-authorities-as-floods-displace-a-million-people-in-south-sudan–report/

Priorities and Effectiveness in Wildfire Management: Evidence from Fire Spread in the Western United States https://media.rff.org/documents/WP_20-21.pdf

Northern Australian communities need more affordable insurance https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75352

Integrating wildfire risk management and spatial planning – A historical review of two Australian planning systems https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75358

Embracing a new approach to flood risk management across socio-economic environments https://environmentjournal.online/articles/rethinking-flood-risk-management/

This is Cat Tales, the e-newsletter of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, for November/December 2020 https://issuu.com/iclr/docs/cat_tales_novdec_2020

SERVIR Flood Mapping Service Brings Speed to Cambodia Disaster Managementhttps://www.climatelinks.org/blog/servir-flood-mapping-service-brings-speed-cambodia-disaster-management

USF volcanology team develops new approach to understanding massive volcanic eruptions https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75378

How wildfires in the Americas and tropical Africa in 2020 compared to previous years https://atmosphere.copernicus.eu/how-wildfires-americas-and-tropical-africa-2020-compared-previous-years

What if Typhoon Jebi had been stronger and taken a different path? https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75411

How scientists are identifying ways to prevent the next pandemic https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75409

Strengthening disaster risk reduction and management at the local level: A report on capacity and needs assessment of six rural and urban municipalities of Nepal https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75403

Why hurricane risk modelling has to change https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75418

Global map shows nineteen percent of the global population may face a high probability of subsidence https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75433

Yet more wildfires https://www.swissre.com/risk-knowledge/mitigating-climate-risk/yet-more-wildfires.html

Flood damage and mortgage credit risk: A case study of Hurricane Harvey https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10527001.2020.1840131

Macroeconomic modeling of managing hurricane damage in the Caribbean: The case of Jamaica https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75423

Emergency management

Recommitting to help countries recover fairly from COVID-19, and with climate-resilient economies https://feature.undp.org/2020-year-in-review/

Understanding what data tell us about COVID-19’s socio-economic impact https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2020/understanding-what-data-tell-us-about-covid-19s-socio-economic-i.html/

Study Confirms New U.K. Coronavirus Variant Is Substantially More Transmissible https://www.forbes.com/sites/victoriaforster/2021/01/01/study-confirms-new-uk-coronavirus-variant-is-substantially-more-transmissible/?sh=416c462d2e96

Africa Left With Few Options for Vaccines, South Africa Sayshttps://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-03/pfizer-to-supply-african-health-care-workers-with-vaccines?sref=7YQGdXLq

As victims of typhoon-prone Philippines’ worst floods in 50 years clean up and rebuild, its disaster-risk management is back under the spotlight https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75353

Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 2.85 mln: Africa CDC http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-01/06/c_139644193.htm

One American dies from Covid-19 every 33 seconds as the vaccine rollout hits snagshttps://edition.cnn.com/2021/01/04/health/us-coronavirus-monday/index.html

South Sudan floods displace a million as hunger and diseases loom https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/1/1/our-children-die-in-our-hands-floods-ravage-south-sudan

Expressways to host more disaster shelter areas https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/01/04/national/japan-expressways-disaster-shelters/

Getting ahead of crises: A thesaurus for anticipatory humanitarian action https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75407

Coronavirus variant: Europe needs to coordinate lockdowns now to control it https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75416

Practical lessons for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic: Principles for recovery https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75428

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Volcano Series 1 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08xc2v8

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

Helping Our Senior Community Prepare https://fireadaptednetwork.org/helping-our-senior-community-prepare/

Psychology and disasters

Mental health is one of the biggest pandemic issues we’ll face in 2021 https://edition.cnn.com/2021/01/04/health/mental-health-during-covid-19-2021-stress-wellness/index.html

Pandemic Kindness Movement https://aci.health.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/kindness

Sociology and disasters

1.47 billion people face flood risk worldwide: for over a third, it could be devastating https://blogs.worldbank.org/climatechange/147-billion-people-face-flood-risk-worldwide-over-third-it-could-be-devastating?cid=ccg_tt_climatechange_en_ext

Flood exposure and social vulnerability in the United States https://www.preventionweb.net/files/75365_floodexposureandsocialvulnerability.pdf

To build back from COVID-19, don’t overlook informal workers https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75417

Today in disaster resilience (1 January 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Flood and wind warnings across UK as Storm Bella sweeps in https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/dec/26/flood-and-wind-warnings-across-uk-as-storm-bella-sweeps-in

Deadly flooding hits Rio de Janeiro, Brazil https://watchers.news/2020/12/24/deadly-flooding-hits-rio-de-janeiro-brazil/

Strong and shallow M6.7 earthquake hits off the coast of Los Lagos, Chile https://watchers.news/2020/12/27/los-lagos-earthquake-december-27-2020-chile/

Tropical Storm “Chalane” to make landfall over Madagascar, head toward Mozambique https://watchers.news/2020/12/25/tropical-cyclone-chalane-landfall-madagascar-mozambique/

Portugal – Evacuations After Floods and Landslides in Madeira http://floodlist.com/europe/portugal-floods-madeira-december-2020

Croatia earthquake leaves children among dead, forcing hospital evacuation and nuclear plant shutdown https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-30/croatia-petrinja-earthquake-shakes-slovenia-injuries-death/13020682

Strong eruption at Suwanosejima volcano, Alert Level raised, Japan https://watchers.news/2020/12/28/suwanosejima-volcano-alert-level-december-2020/

At least 12 climbers dead as heavy snow hits Tehran, Iran https://watchers.news/2020/12/29/12-climbers-dead-heavy-snow-tehran-iran/

Ecuador – Flood Damage Leaves Thousands Without Drinking Water in Azuay Province http://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-azuay-province-floods-december-2020

DR Congo – Deadly Floods Strike Again in Uvira http://floodlist.com/africa/dr-congo-floods-uvira-december-2020

Madagascar – Tropical Storm Chalane Triggers Minor Flooding http://floodlist.com/africa/madagascar-tropical-storm-chalane-december-2020

Neighbourhood evacuated as landslide buries houses, destroys buildings in Norway https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-31/landslide-buries-houses-gjerdrum-norway/13022952

Sleeping volcanoes rumble to life in the eastern Caribbean https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/30/v

Volcanic activity worldwide 31 Dec 2020: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/118019/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-31-Dec-2020-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Reventador-Sangay.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

From bushfires to flash flooding, what will the Australian summer of the future look like? https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-28/bushfires-flash-flooding-what-will-summer-of-future-look-like/12989778

Climate of change puts business and Coalition at odds https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/climate-of-change-puts-business-and-coalition-at-odds-20201218-p56oqb.html

India achieves record low price for large scale solar plant https://reneweconomy.com.au/india-achieves-record-low-price-for-large-scale-solar-plant-51986/

New Zealand readers say ‘everything’ must be prioritised in battle against climate change https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/26/new-zealand-readers-say-everything-must-be-prioritised-in-battle-against-climate-change

Oregon wildfires are adding more fuel to young activists’ legal climate battle https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/23/oregon-wildfires-climate-crisis-juliana-v-us

Project Drawdown https://drawdown.org/

New climate models suggest faster melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet https://www.carbonbrief.org/new-climate-models-suggest-faster-melting-of-the-greenland-ice-sheet

WMO: Siberian heatwave put 2020 among three hottest years on record https://www.climatechangenews.com/2020/12/02/wmo-siberian-heatwave-put-2020-among-three-hottest-years-record/

2020 closes a decade of exceptional heat https://public.wmo.int/en/media/news/2020-closes-decade-of-exceptional-heat

Climate change: Extreme weather causes huge losses in 2020 https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-55416013

Australia’s bushfires among the world’s worst weather disasters ‘boosted’ by climate change, report finds https://www.sbs.com.au/news/australia-s-bushfires-among-the-world-s-worst-weather-disasters-boosted-by-climate-change-report-finds?cid=news:socialshare:twitter

Counting the cost 2020: A year of climate breakdown https://reliefweb.int/report/world/counting-cost-2020-year-climate-breakdown-december-2020

Sea-level rise from climate change could exceed the high-end projections, scientists warn https://www.cbsnews.com/news/climate-change-rising-sea-levels-worst-case-projections/

Australia trails Pacific nations in fight against climate change https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/australia-trails-pacific-nations-in-fight-against-climate-change-20201229-p56qms.html

‘We cannot make it without science’: Greta Thunberg says climate experts are being ignored https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/29/we-cannot-make-it-without-science-greta-thunberg-says-climate-experts-are-being-ignored?CMP=share_btn_tw

Experts should lead climate change response: NSW Environment Minister https://www.afr.com/politics/experts-should-lead-climate-change-response-nsw-environment-minister-20201228-p56qen

Floods, storms and searing heat: 2020 in extreme weather https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/30/floods-storms-and-searing-heat-2020-in-extreme-weather?CMP=share_btn_tw

Tampa addresses chronic flooding as climate challenges loom https://www.tampabay.com/news/tampa/2020/12/27/tampa-addresses-chronic-flooding-as-climate-challenges-loom/

2020 Broke All These Environmental Records Despite The Pandemic https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/2020-climate-change-records-covid-pandemic_uk_5fc62d73c5b61d04bfad3c77

Cambridge becomes the 1st US city to require stickers warning the threat of climate change at gas pumps https://www.businessinsider.com/cambridge-gas-pumps-post-warning-climate-change-2020-12?r=AU&IR=T

Disaster risk reduction

This year wasn’t unprecedented. If anything, it set the precedent https://www.smh.com.au/national/this-year-wasn-t-unprecedented-if-anything-it-set-the-precedent-20201224-p56pzt.html

Evolution of a pyrocumulonimbus event associated with an extreme wildfire in Tasmania, Australia https://nhess.copernicus.org/articles/20/1497/2020/

The top 10 weather and climate events of a record-setting year https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/12/the-top-10-weather-and-climate-events-of-a-record-setting-year/

The anatomy of a firestorm: Researchers use radar to peer into a bushfire phenomenon https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-27/tasmania-anatomy-dunalley-fire-thunderstorm-revealed/13016480

Rising to meet the tide https://knowablemagazine.org/article/physical-world/2020/rising-meet-tide

Could Covid lockdown have helped save the planet? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/29/could-covid-lockdown-have-helped-save-the-planet

Billion-Dollar Disasters: The Costs, in Lives and Dollars, Have Never Been So High https://insideclimatenews.org/news/29122020/billion-dollar-weather-disasters-climate-change-wildfire-hurricane-storms/

Overshadowed by COVID: the deadly extreme weather of 2020 https://theconversation.com/overshadowed-by-covid-the-deadly-extreme-weather-of-2020-151237

California must burn more of its forests to save them. Is the public ready?https://www.sfchronicle.com/california-wildfires/article/California-must-burn-more-of-its-forests-to-save-15829961.php

ACCC inquiry finds northern Australia properties difficult to insure due to flood and cyclone risks https://www.accc.gov.au/publications/northern-australia-insurance-inquiry-final-report

Emergency management

Withstanding winter vulnerabilities: A way of life in a northern seaside community https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343874277_Withstanding_winter_vulnerabilities_A_way_of_life_in_a_northern_seaside_community_OPEN_ACCESS

Covid pandemic turned 2020 into deadliest year in U.S. history, CDC finds https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/covid-pandemic-turned-2020-deadliest-year-u-s-history-cdc-n1252078?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

Here’s a Plan to Stop the Coronavirus From Mutating https://www.wired.com/story/heres-a-plan-to-stop-the-coronavirus-from-mutating/

Covid world map: which countries have the most coronavirus cases and deaths? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/27/covid-world-map-which-countries-have-the-most-coronavirus-cases-and-deaths

With the new Covid variant everywhere, it’s not enough to just wait for the vaccine https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/dec/28/covid-vaccine-uk-restrictions-independent-sage

Theodore, the first Queensland town to be totally evacuated, reflects on flood disaster 10 years on https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-28/decade-on-from-devastating-thedore-flood-entire-town-evacuated/12985622

Where Year Two of the Pandemic Will Take Us https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/12/pandemic-year-two/617528/

Vaccination no guarantee of virus eradication: WHO officials https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75345

Early Action Protocol activated as Tropical Cyclone Chalane approaches Mozambique https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75341

Silence of the bush: Mallacoota residents look back over a year of loss and regrowth after fire devastation https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jan/01/silence-of-the-bush-mallacoota-residents-look-back-over-a-year-of-loss-and-regrowth-after-fire-devastation?CMP=share_btn_tw

How do the COVID-19 variants found in the UK and South Africa affect the illness? https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-31/what-are-the-south-african-and-uk-variants-of-covid-19/13022430

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Taiwan dispatches its first volcano drill alert https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75334

Role of pre-disaster discussions on preparedness on consensus-making of integrated flood management (IFM) after a flood disaster, based on a case in the Abukuma River Basin, Fukushima, Japan https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75337

Psychology and disasters

Reasons to be hopeful in 2021 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/27/reasons-to-be-hopeful

Covid poses ‘greatest threat to mental health since second world war’ https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/dec/27/covid-poses-greatest-threat-to-mental-health-since-second-world-war

Eight Persistent COVID-19 Myths and Why People Believe Them https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/eight-persistent-covid-19-myths-and-why-people-believe-them/

The lost summer https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-30/cate-tregellas-family-secrets-mallacoota-bushfires-black-summer/13006130

Sociology and disasters

COVID-19 and inequality: A review of the evidence on likely impact and policy options https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75319

Regional differences in resilience of social and physical systems: Case study of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/2399808320980744

Disasters and Demographic Change of ‘Single-Industry’ Towns—Decline and Resilience in Morwell, Australia https://www.researchgate.net/publication/344435575_Disasters_and_Demographic_Change_of_%27Single-Industry%27_Towns-Decline_and_Resilience_in_Morwell_Australia

Regional differences in resilience of social and physical systems: Case study of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria https://www.researchgate.net/publication/347827130_Regional_differences_in_resilience_of_social_and_physical_systems_Case_study_of_Puerto_Rico_after_Hurricane_Maria

People in harm’s way: Flood exposure and poverty in 189 countries https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74356

Today in disaster resilience (25 December 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

UK weather: Landslides and flooding after half a month’s rain falls in one day https://news.sky.com/story/uk-weather-landslides-and-flooding-after-half-a-months-rain-falls-in-one-day-12168053

European neighbours shut doors to Britain amid alarm over new coronavirus strain https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-britain-travel-idUSKBN28U0GZ

Philippines – 8 Killed in Floods and Landslides, Thousands Evacuate http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-floods-caraga-cagayan-december-2020

Malaysia – Thousands Evacuate Floods in Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang http://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-floods-kelantan-terengganu-pahang-december-2020

Brazil – 12 Dead, 9 Missing After Floods in Santa Catarina http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-santa-catarina-december-2020

Thailand – 1 Dead After Further Floods and Landslides in South http://floodlist.com/asia/thailand-floods-narathiwat-yala-pattani-december-2020

Hawaii residents told to stay home as Kilauea volcano erupts https://edition.cnn.com/2020/12/21/us/kilauea-hawaii-volcano-eruption/index.html

Antarctica reports first coronavirus cases https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-22/coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-antarctica/13007596

U.S. loses one life every 33 seconds to COVID-19 in deadliest week so far https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-trends-graphic/u-s-loses-one-life-every-33-seconds-to-covid-19-in-deadliest-week-so-far-idUSKBN28W01Q

Large landslides cause major damage in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland https://watchers.news/2020/12/21/iceland-landslide-december-2020/

New eruption at Kilauea’s summit caldera, Aviation Color Code raised to Red, Hawai’I https://watchers.news/2020/12/21/eruption-kilauea-volcano-hawaii-december-2020/

UK records 744 more Covid deaths, the highest since 29 April https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/23/uk-records-744-more-covid-deaths-the-highest-since-29-april?CMP=share_btn_tw

Endless wildfire season in California https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/12/23/california-wildfires-power-outages-possible-santa-ana-winds-threaten/4024825001/

Volcanic activity worldwide 22 Dec 2020: Etna volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/117087/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-22-Dec-2020-Etna-volcano-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Shiveluch-Reven.html

Algeria – Vehicles Swept Away by Flash Floods in Jijel Province http://floodlist.com/africa/algeria-floods-jijel-december-2020

Brazil – Deadly Flash Floods in Rio De Janeiro State http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-baixada-fluminense-december-2020

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Will the Mediterranean become too hot for tourists? https://www.theguardian.com/news/2020/dec/19/will-the-mediterranean-become-too-hot-for-tourists

Activists hail ‘historic win’ as NSW environment court rejects Bylong Valley coalmine https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/dec/18/activists-hail-historic-win-as-nsw-environment-court-rejects-belong-valley-coalmine

Wetlands, not walls, may be key to managing flooding as sea levels rise https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/wetlands-not-walls-may-be-key-to-managing-flooding-as-sea-levels-rise

Floods, droughts and heat waves herald a changing climate https://datatopics.worldbank.org/sdgatlas/goal-13-climate-action/

Angry Weather https://greystonebooks.com/products/angry-weather

B.C. lacks plans for rising seas, flooding: coastal adaptation researcher https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/b-c-lacks-plans-for-rising-seas-flooding-coastal-adaptation-researcher-1004201727/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Rethinking migration and (mal)adaptation to climate change https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75266

Grid operators turn to wind, solar and batteries as system issues grow https://reneweconomy.com.au/grid-operators-turn-to-wind-solar-and-batteries-as-system-issues-grow-98646/

Taiwan may face fewer typhoons – but harsher drought – as planet warms https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75288

Climate risks to health set to worsen inequity, harm children https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75287

2020 in review: Extreme weather seen around the world as climate warms https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24833130-100-2020-in-review-extreme-weather-seen-around-the-world-as-climate-warms/

Warming Arctic with less ice heats up Cold War tensions https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/warming-arctic-with-less-ice-heats-up-cold-war-tensions

New research exposes the harsh realities of hurricanes in a warmer world https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75305

Scientists use new methods to better forecast atmospheric rivers https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75302

Climate change and the European water dimension: Enhancing resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75296

2020 closes a decade of exceptional heat https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75315

Disaster risk reduction

Rural Resilience: Disaster Preparedness for Communities Off the Beaten Path https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/rural-resilience-disaster-preparedness-for-communities-off-the-beaten-path

Building Codes Save: A Nationwide Study of Loss Prevention https://www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/risk-management/building-science/building-codes-save-study

Probable maximum precipitation (PMP) as it relates to climate variability and change https://ascelibrary.org/doi/10.1061/%28ASCE%29HE.1943-5584.0002003

Words Whispered in Water; Why the Levees Broke in Hurricane Katrina https://levees.org/2020/12/18/commissioner-of-post-katrina-levee-board-praises-book/

Open data shows lightning, not arson, was the likely cause of most Victorian bushfires last summer https://theconversation.com/open-data-shows-lightning-not-arson-was-the-likely-cause-of-most-victorian-bushfires-last-summer-151912

Barriers to enhancing disaster risk reduction and community resilience: evidence from the L’Aquila disaster https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75250

The influence of prescribed burning and wildfire on lidar-estimated forest structure of the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve https://www.publish.csiro.au/wf/WF20037

Global Volcanism Program https://volcano.si.edu/gvp_currenteruptions.cfm

Interactive map: which areas of Australia were hit by multiple disasters in 2020? https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2020/dec/22/interactive-map-which-areas-of-australia-were-hit-by-multiple-disasters-in-2020?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Pathological (Im)mobilities: managing risk in a time of pandemics https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17450101.2020.1862454?src=&journalCode=rmob20

Changes caused by worsening wildfires in California forests will last centuries https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-12-21/worst-california-wildfire-season-has-altered-forests-for-centuries-to-come

Colombo declaration of multi-hazard early warning and disaster risk reduction: 2020 https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75270

New Volcano, Old Caldera https://eos.org/articles/new-volcano-old-caldera

Launch of the first parametric tropical cyclone risk insurance product in Africa https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75279

Predictive deep learning for flood evacuation planning and routing https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75285

Colombo declaration of multi-hazard early warning and disaster risk reduction: 2020 https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75270

Status of Science and Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia-Pacific 2020 https://www.undrr.org/publication/status-science-and-technology-disaster-risk-reduction-asia-pacific-2020

Human cost of disasters (2000-2019) https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75317

 Emergency management

ShakeAlert—Earthquake Early Warning System for the West Coast of the U.S. (2020) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq7eQ6kBgxA

RecovUS: An Agent-Based Model of Post-Disaster Household Recovery https://www.researchgate.net/publication/345120410_RecovUS_An_Agent-Based_Model_of_Post-Disaster_Household_Recovery

Disaster Law https://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/what-we-do/disaster-law/

Deadly Tropical Cyclone Yasa leaves ‘devastation’ across Fiji’s north https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-20/tropical-cyclone-yasa-leaves-devastation-in-fiji/13001014

EU records fewer fires in 2020 despite monstrous blazes https://www.enca.com/news/eu-records-fewer-fires-2020-despite-monstrous-blazes

Top-down reconstruction and the failure to “build back better” resilient communities after disaster: lessons from the 2009 L’Aquila Italy earthquake https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75249

Pacific nations brace for first major cyclones of the season https://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/press-release/pacific-nations-brace-first-major-cyclones-season/

Six humanitarian lessons from the COVID-19 crisis https://unocha.medium.com/six-humanitarian-lessons-from-the-covid-19-crisis-fd9acde995a5

‘People-to-people’ support – An exemplary contribution towards Nepal’s recovery efforts https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75294

US deaths in 2020 top 3 million, by far most ever counted https://apnews.com/article/us-coronavirus-deaths-top-3-million-e2bc856b6ec45563b84ee2e87ae8d5e7

How Vietnam fought a pandemic and won https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/how-vietnam-fought-a-pandemic-and-won-4209547.html

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Mortality Risk Calculator calculates risk of mortality from COVID-19 in currently uninfected individuals https://covid19risktools.com:8443/

The structuralization of risk communication work and objectives in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster https://www.researchgate.net/publication/347216690_The_structuralization_of_risk_communication_work_and_objectives_in_the_aftermath_of_the_Fukushima_nuclear_disaster

Communication missteps during COVID‐19 hurt those already most at risk https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75258

Psychology and disasters

Trajectories of International Student Psychological Functioning and Pandemic Preparedness During COVID-19 https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/trajectories-of-international-student-psychological-functioning-and-pandemic-preparedness-during-covid-19

Sociology and disasters

Unity is Strength: Community Resilience in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/unity-is-strength-community-resilience-in-puerto-rico-after-hurricane-maria

Gender, Working Parents, and the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United Stateshttps://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/gender-working-parents-and-the-covid-19-pandemic-in-the-united-states

Women’s resilience to disasters https://www.preventionweb.net/wrd/

Covid-19 and the Social Scienceshttps://items.ssrc.org/category/covid-19-and-the-social-sciences/

Building a Disaster-Resilient Community in Taiwan: A Social Capital Analysis of the Meizhou Experience https://www.cogitatiopress.com/politicsandgovernance/article/view/3106

Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project empowering women and girls https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75259

Fighting a Pandemic Requires Trust https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2020-10-23/coronavirus-fighting-requires-trust

Livelihood Resilience Measurement Framework for Dam-Induced Displacement and Resettlement https://www.researchgate.net/publication/346994038_A_Livelihood_Resilience_Measurement_Framework_for_Dam-Induced_Displacement_and_Resettlement