Today in disaster resilience (26 November 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Heavy rain in India leaves 17 dead, dozens missing as rescue teams look for survivors https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-20/heavy-rains-in-india-kill-17-dozens-missing/100637258

Colombia – Thousands Hit by Floods After Rivers Overflow in Chocó https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-choco-november-2021

Panama – Deadly Flash Floods in Panama Province https://floodlist.com/america/panama-floods-november-2021

India – Andhra Pradesh Floods Turn Deadly https://floodlist.com/asia/india-andhra-pradesh-floods-november-2021

Indonesia – Floods Affect Over 25,000 in Sumatra, 4 Killed in Java Landslide https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-landslides-november-2021

La Palma, Canary Islands: eruption Sep 2021 – updates https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/lapalma/sep2021seismic-crisis/current-activity.html

Volcanic activity worldwide 25 Nov 2021: Stromboli volcano, Fuego, Karymsky, Semeru, Grímsvötn https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/148549/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-25-Nov-2021-Stromboli-volcano-Fuego-Karymsky-Semeru-Grimsvoetn-Re.html

Spain – Floods in North Prompt Evacuations and Helicopter Rescues https://floodlist.com/europe/spain-floods-asturias-november-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Extreme heat events jeopardize cardiovascular health, experts warn https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/11/211118061604.htm

Hot in the city: can a ban on dark roofs cool Sydney? https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/nov/21/hot-in-the-city-can-a-ban-on-dark-roofs-cool-sydney

‘An invisible hazard’: Warming cities hire chief heat officers to tackle growing threat https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/-invisible-hazard-warming-cities-hire-chief-heat-officers-tackle-growi-rcna5926

Warming Events Could Destabilize The Antarctic Ice Sheet Soon. Very Soon https://www.sciencealert.com/warming-events-could-destabilize-the-antarctic-ice-sheet-in-just-10-years

‘Inconceivable’: Hunter coal plan may spell disaster for prime wine country https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/20/inconceivable-hunter-coal-plan-may-spell-disaster-for-prime-wine-country

A physical and virtual Hub at COP26 and the home of Race to Resilience https://cop-resilience-hub.org/

Hurricanes expected to linger over Northeast cities, causing greater damage https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/11/211122135525.htm

Countries may be under-reporting their greenhouse gas emissions – that’s why accurate monitoring is crucial https://theconversation.com/countries-may-be-under-reporting-their-greenhouse-gas-emissions-thats-why-accurate-monitoring-is-crucial-171645

Canada’s flood havoc after summer heatwave shows how climate disasters combine to do extra damage https://theconversation.com/canadas-flood-havoc-after-summer-heatwave-shows-how-climate-disasters-combine-to-do-extra-damage-172187

In major shift, experts say climate change finally being recognized as public health issue https://thehill.com/changing-america/sustainability/climate-change/582718-in-major-shift-experts-say-climate-change

Dancing on the edge of climate disaster https://www.ft.com/content/6e2b366f-e139-4d69-bd4f-9254333bf316

Canadians increasingly impatient with climate-change deniers: poll https://biv.com/article/2021/11/canadians-increasingly-impatient-climate-change-deniers-poll

The seas are coming for us in Kiribati. Will Australia rehome us? https://theconversation.com/the-seas-are-coming-for-us-in-kiribati-will-australia-rehome-us-172137

New homes in England to have electric car chargers by law https://www.bbc.com/news/business-59369715

Australia declares La Niña phenomenon has begun https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-59383008

The Arctic Ocean began warming decades earlier than previously thought, new research shows https://edition.cnn.com/2021/11/24/us/arctic-ocean-early-warming-climate/index.html

Adapting to rising sea levels in Marshall Islands https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/8c715dcc5781421ebff46f35ef34a04d

Government warns climate crisis is increasing risk of flooding ahead of extra wet winter https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/flooding-england-wet-winter-weather-b1962128.html

New York’s Right to ‘a Healthful Environment’ Could Be Bad News for Fossil Fuel Interests https://insideclimatenews.org/news/23112021/new-york-right-to-healthful-environment-fossil-fuel/

Canada’s climate change efforts going from ‘failure to failure,’ says commissioner’s report https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/environment-commissioner-report-failure-to-failure-1.6262523

Germany to fast-track coal exit to 2030, and 80 pct renewables under new coalition https://reneweconomy.com.au/new-german-government-aims-for-coal-exit-and-80-pct-renewables-by-2030/

Disaster risk reduction

A new empirical equation for predicting the maximum initial amplitude of submarine landslide-generated waves https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10346-021-01747-w

The Future of Flooding in Canada https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2021/11/19/Future-Flooding-Canada/

Building the case for a flood forecasting and early warning system in Senegal using satellite climate and environmental data https://www.data4sdgs.org/resources/building-case-flood-forecasting-and-early-warning-system-senegal-using-satellite-climate

A doomed Sumas dike failed as predicted. Many other levees could be next https://fvcurrent.com/article/fraser-valley-unacceptable-dikes/

More than 5,000 homes in England approved to be built in flood zones https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/nov/22/more-than-5000-homes-in-england-approved-to-be-built-in-flood-zones

Effectiveness of an adaptive flood management strategy using riparian risk assessment and a tolerability criterion https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12756

Practice makes perfect: forecast-based action in Mali https://www.anticipation-hub.org/news/practice-makes-perfect-forecast-based-action-in-mali

Flood funding slashed in reconciliation package https://www.eenews.net/articles/flood-funding-slashed-in-reconciliation-package/

Enhancing West Africa’s resiliency against flooding https://cordis.europa.eu/article/id/435318-enhancing-west-africa-s-resiliency-against-flooding

This report appeals to relevant stakeholders to take actions that not only support SMEs, but promote overall resilience and mutual benefit https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/focus-prevention-increasing-sme-uptake-disaster-risk-reduction-recommendations

Integrated flood management based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point approach https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12769

Flood management in B.C. is left up to municipalities. Should it be? https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/flood-management-province-bc-jurisdiction-1.6261541

Assessing options for Natural flood Management in the Moss Brook catchment  https://icasp.org.uk/2021/11/25/assessing-options-for-natural-flood-management-in-the-moss-brook-catchment%e2%80%af/

Treasure-trove of 2010-2016 Canterbury earthquake liquefaction case histories shared https://www.designsafe-ci.org/community/news/2021/november/sinking-after-earthquakes/

Emergency management

Military joins efforts to rescue animals in Abbotsford flood zone https://bc.ctvnews.ca/military-joins-efforts-to-rescue-animals-in-abbotsford-flood-zone-1.5674984

Severe Flooding in the Pacific Northwest https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/149100/severe-flooding-in-the-pacific-northwest

Covid vaccines: How fast is progress around the world? https://www.bbc.com/news/world-56237778

New push in Arizona to study cancer dangers for wildland firefighters https://www.abc15.com/news/state/new-push-in-arizona-to-study-cancer-dangers-for-wildland-firefighters

Emergency managers in the U.S. are overwhelmingly white men. Susamma Seeley wants to change that https://www.msnbc.com/know-your-value/emergency-managers-u-s-are-overwhelmingly-white-men-susamma-seeley-n1284435

NSW Ambulance sorry for failing to protect female paramedic from repeated sexual harassment by Upper Hunter station manager https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7515544/nsw-ambulance-deeply-sorry-for-paramedics-distress/

Covid: New heavily mutated variant B.1.1.529 in South Africa raises concern https://www.bbc.com/news/health-59418127

Scientists call for travel ‘code red’ over Covid variant found in southern Africa https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/25/scientists-call-for-travel-code-red-over-covid-variant-found-in-southern-africa

Slovaks lock down to slow world’s highest COVID-19 infection rate https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/slovaks-lock-down-slow-worlds-highest-covid-infection-rate-2021-11-25/

Bulk of Africa’s doctors and nurses are battling the pandemic without Covid vaccine protection, says WHO https://www.standard.co.uk/optimist/vaccine-world/africa-covid-pandemic-vaccine-frontline-health-workers-who-b968214.html

Cost of damage from B.C. flooding could be ‘catastrophic,’ expert says https://www.ctvnews.ca/climate-and-environment/cost-of-damage-from-b-c-flooding-could-be-catastrophic-expert-says-1.5674372

Solomons police overrun, Australia deploying support personnel https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/456581/solomons-police-overrun-australia-deploying-support-personnel

Do Wisconsin’s local fire and emergency medical services need resuscitation? https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/solutions/2021/11/24/do-wisconsins-fire-and-emergency-medical-services-need-resuscitation/8686573002/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Prize-winning photos capture the grit and suffering of flood survivors in South Sudan https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/11/20/1054865992/prize-winning-photos-capture-the-grit-and-suffering-of-flood-survivors-in-south-

Climate Change Education provides one of the most important channels to address inequities and empower children and youth globally as proactive drivers of change https://www.globalpartnership.org/blog/future-now-leveraging-power-climate-change-education

Citizen Science for Disasters: A Guide for Community Groups https://floodresilience.net/resources/item/citizen-science-for-disasters-a-guide-for-community-groups/

Flood resilience building through local community action in ger areas of Ulaanbaatar city, Mongolia https://unhabitat.org/flood-resilience-building-through-local-community-action-in-ger-areas-of-ulaanbaatar-city-mongolia

How would you cope in a London flood? Take this two minute test https://www.london.gov.uk/be-flood-aware

 Psychology and disasters

Floods and wildfires are now normal life in small-town Canada https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/21/floods-and-wildfires-are-now-normal-life-in-small-town-canada

Feeling anxious about climate change? Experts say you’re not alone https://www.ehn.org/climate-anxiety-2655639769.html

Development and evaluation of a VR research tool to study wayfinding behaviour in a multi-story building https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S092575352100415X

The pandemic and children’s long term emotional and social development https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/opinion/article/the-pandemic-and-children-s-long-term-emotional-and-social-development

Sociology and disasters

The benefits of social infrastructure and civic ties in uncertain times https://www.researchgate.net/publication/354460438_The_benefits_of_social_infrastructure_and_civic_ties_in_uncertain_times

Disaster Anthropology https://oxfordre.com/anthropology/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190854584.001.0001/acrefore-9780190854584-e-467

Today in disaster resilience (19 November 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

NSW and Victoria floods: rivers break banks as rain and wind lash Australia’s eastern states https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/nov/13/major-flood-warnings-for-parts-of-nsw-and-victoria-as-rain-and-strong-winds-batter-east-coast

River towns Forbes, Cowra, Cottons Weir and Nanami brace for flooding as dam spills https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-13/inland-new-south-wales-towns-brace-for-major-flooding/100618014

Strong and shallow M6.0 and M6.4 earthquakes hit southern Iran https://watchers.news/2021/11/14/southern-iran-earthquake-november-14-2021/

Floods overwhelm Lagos communities, wreck 25 vehicles https://punchng.com/floods-overwhelm-lagos-communities-wreck-25-vehicles/

Italy – 1 Dead, Many Rescued After Floods in Sardinia https://floodlist.com/europe/italy-floods-sardinia-november-2021

Egypt – 3 Dead, Hundreds Injured After Floods Trigger Scorpion Infestation https://floodlist.com/africa/egypt-aswan-floods-scorpions-november-2021

Torrential rain, floods and mudslides cut Vancouver off from rest of Canada by road https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/torrential-rain-floods-and-mudslides-cut-vancouver-off-from-rest-of-canada-by-road/ar-AAQM7L9

Severe damage after cricket ball-sized hail hits Lydenburg, South Africa https://watchers.news/2021/11/16/severe-damage-lydenburg-south-africa-november-2021/

Canada and USA – Hundreds Rescued or Evacuated After Floods and Landslides in West https://floodlist.com/america/canada-floods-british-columbia-washington-november-2021

Bolivia – Deadly Flash Floods in La Paz Department https://floodlist.com/america/bolivia-floods-la-paz-november-2021

Destructive tornado hits Sicily, killing one and injuring 2 others, Italy https://watchers.news/2021/11/18/tornado-sicily-italy-november-17-2021/

Colombia – Floods and Landslides in Quindio, Antioquia, Risaralda and Cauca https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-quindio-antioquia-risaralda-cauca-november-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Pacific Island leaders vow to ‘phase up’ climate diplomacy after COP26 https://www.sbs.com.au/news/pacific-island-leaders-vow-to-phase-up-climate-diplomacy-after-cop26/2548784a-d4c5-40fc-8a53-212f4a532c39

‘You can’t live in a swamp’: Virginia fishing village threatened by rising sea levels https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/11/you-cant-live-in-a-swamp-virginia-fishing-village-threatened-by-rising-sea-levels.html

COP26 Wrap: Australian and global reactions to the ‘Glasgow Climate Pact’ https://reneweconomy.com.au/cop26-wrap-reactions-to-the-glasgow-climate-pact/

Cop26: the goal of 1.5C of climate heating is alive, but only just https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/13/cop26-the-goal-of-15c-of-climate-heating-is-alive-but-only-just

New Ways for Dynamical Prediction of Extreme Heat Waves https://www.aps.org/newsroom/vpr/dfd/2021/09-11-2021-1.cfm

‘Ultimately uninhabitable’: western Sydney’s legacy of planning failure https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/nov/16/ultimately-uninhabitable-western-sydneys-legacy-of-planning-failure

‘Watered-down hope’: Experts wanted more from climate pact https://apnews.com/article/climate-science-business-united-kingdom-scotland-dfa88827e163534ca46c7e32d239f9ef

The Keeling Curve is a daily record of global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration maintained by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego https://keelingcurve.ucsd.edu/

Greta Thunberg: ‘COP26 even watered down the blah, blah, blah’ https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-scotland-59298344

COP26 deal: how rich countries failed to meet their obligations to the rest of the world https://theconversation.com/cop26-deal-how-rich-countries-failed-to-meet-their-obligations-to-the-rest-of-the-world-171804

We need to design housing for Indigenous communities that can withstand the impacts of climate change https://theconversation.com/we-need-to-design-housing-for-indigenous-communities-that-can-withstand-the-impacts-of-climate-change-171203

Climate change is supercharging the water cycle, making the heaviest rains of each year heavier https://medialibrary.climatecentral.org/resources/record-rain

Dark roofs ditched, commercial buildings must be net-zero from 2022: NSW Planning Minister https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/dark-roofs-ditched-commercial-buildings-must-be-net-zero-from-2022-nsw-planning-minister-20211117-p599pm.html

UK Institutions Are Woefully Underestimating the Risks They Face From Climate https://floodresilience.net/blogs/uk-institutions-underestimating-climate-risks/

Global warming speeds up the frequency of extreme hot weather and rainfall https://phys.org/news/2021-11-global-frequency-extreme-hot-weather.html

Deforestation can raise local temperatures by up to 4.5℃ – and heat untouched areas 6km away https://theconversation.com/deforestation-can-raise-local-temperatures-by-up-to-4-5-and-heat-untouched-areas-6km-away-163584

Did COP26 deliver for flood prone communities across the globe? https://floodresilience.net/blogs/did-cop26-deliver-for-flood-prone-communities/

5 sustainable solutions to help tackle extreme heat in South Asia https://www.thethirdpole.net/en/climate/5-sustainable-cooling-solutions-tackle-extreme-heat-south-asia/

Climate hazards are increasing in frequency and severity across Europe; new regional overview published https://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/climate-hazards-are-increasing-in/

Disaster risk reduction

Flood control lessons from the Dutch as we enter a wetter future https://www.wrvo.org/2021-11-12/flood-control-lessons-from-the-dutch-as-we-enter-a-wetter-future

Hewlett Packard Enterprise builds supercomputer to improve weather predictions for Denmark, Iceland, Ireland and The Netherlands https://www.hpe.com/us/en/newsroom/press-release/2021/11/hewlett-packard-enterprise-builds-supercomputer-to-improve-weather-predictions-for-denmark-iceland-ireland-and-the-netherlands.html

Fifth Arab Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Rabat https://www.preventionweb.net/news/rabat-declaration-disaster-risk-reduction-milestone-embodying-political-commitment-governments

Does Future Miami Really Flood Like That? https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/does-future-miami-really-flood-reminiscence-fact-check-movie-science

Natural hazards and climate change are not drivers of disasters https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11069-021-05100-1

Coastal defences need $30bn boost to prevent Australian homes becoming uninhabitable https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/nov/17/coastal-defences-need-30bn-boost-to-prevent-australian-homes-becoming-uninhabitable

Tropical cyclone frequency https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2021EF002275

Using risk management principles to protect vulnerable communities from climate-related disasters https://www.icf.com/insights/disaster-management/risk-management-principles-vulnerable

Global patterns of disaster and climate risk—an analysis of the consistency of leading index-based assessments and their results https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10584-021-03209-7

Seismic shockwave pattern may be redirecting earthquake damage https://phys.org/news/2021-11-seismic-shockwave-pattern-redirecting-earthquake.html

8 major cities that are threatened by wildfires right now https://www.timeout.com/things-to-do/cities-most-threatened-by-wildfires-right-now

How bad is the Pacific north-west flooding and what caused it? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/17/pacific-north-west-flooding-british-columbia-washington-state-canada

Expanding our ML-based flood forecasting https://blog.google/technology/ai/expanding-our-ml-based-flood-forecasting/

Forecasting Compound Floods in Complex Coastal Regions https://eos.org/science-updates/forecasting-compound-floods-in-complex-coastal-regions

Using Drones to Fight Floods https://www.floodpanel.com/using-drones-to-fight-floods/

Europe’s COVID death toll could rise by hundreds of thousands https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03455-w

Canada struggles to reach 18,000 stranded by flood waters https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/receding-waters-help-flood-hit-canadian-town-avoid-disaster-2021-11-18/

Valuing the Impacts of Landslides: A Choice Experiment Approach https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs41885-021-00101-7

Emergency management

Covid is surging in Europe. Experts say it’s a warning for the U.S.https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/covid-surging-europe-experts-say-s-warning-us-rcna4666

Experts say B.C. rainstorms highlight increasing flood risks and need to prepare https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/experts-say-b-c-rainstorms-highlight-increasing-flood-risks-and-need-to-prepare-1.5668375

Germany: Building back sustainably after a flood https://www.dw.com/en/climate-change-flooding-germany-dernau-rebuilding-homes/a-59640272

No, vaccinated people are not ‘just as infectious’ as unvaccinated people if they get COVID https://theconversation.com/no-vaccinated-people-are-not-just-as-infectious-as-unvaccinated-people-if-they-get-covid-171302

U.S. Forest Service: We do not have a ‘let it burn’ wildfire policy. We never have https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/article255850681.html

Europe’s least-vaccinated countries are back in pandemic crisis https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-europes-least-vaccinated-countries-are-back-in-pandemic-crisis/

Agricultural disaster after record rains cause catastrophic floods in British Columbia, Canadahttps://watchers.news/2021/11/18/agricultural-disaster-record-rainfall-flood-british-columbia-november-2021/

It could take weeks to begin repairing ‘unprecedented’ damage to B.C.’s highway system, experts say https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-floods-highways-repairs-1.6253636

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Behaviors and Attitudes of U.S. Adults on Twitter https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2021/11/15/the-behaviors-and-attitudes-of-u-s-adults-on-twitter/

cop26 Twitter NodeXL SNA Map and Report https://nodexlgraphgallery.org/Pages/Graph.aspx

Run Uphill for a Tsunami, Downhill for a Landslidehttps://issues.org/sitka-alaska-landslide-warning-system/

Mobile Alert and Warning in the United States and Japan: Confronting the Challenges of International Harmonization https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13753-021-00380-4

Psychology and disasters

B.C. farmers in a terrible dilemma: Stay to protect their animals or leave them behind https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/b-c-farmers-in-a-terrible-dilemma-stay-to-protect-their-animals-or-leave-them-behind

Correlating heatwaves and relative humidity with suicide (fatal intentional self-harm) https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-01448-3

Sociology and disasters

Will the Climate Crisis Cause the Collapse of Society? https://lithub.com/will-the-climate-crisis-cause-the-collapse-of-society/

Today in disaster resilience (12 November 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Bosnia – Floods Prompt Evacuations and Cause Power Outages https://floodlist.com/europe/bosnia-floods-november-2021

Indonesia – Flash Floods in Batu City Leave at Least 6 Dead https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-flash-floods-in-batu-city-leave-at-least-6-dead

9 dead, 2 missing after floods hit Sri Lanka and southern India https://watchers.news/2021/11/08/sri-lanka-flood-november-2021/

India – Floods Hit Tamil Nadu, More Severe Weather Forecast https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-tamil-nadu-chennai-november-2021

New lava delta forming at La Palma, over 2 600 homes destroyed since the start of eruption, Canary Islands https://watchers.news/2021/11/10/new-lava-delta-forming-at-la-palma-over-2-600-homes-destroyed-since-the-start-of-eruption-canary-islands/

Phenomenal rainfall totals hit parts of Australia, residents urged to brace for more rain and potential flooding https://watchers.news/2021/11/10/phenomenal-rainfall-totals-hit-parts-of-australia-residents-urged-to-brace-for-more-rain-and-potential-flooding/

Sri Lanka – 20 Dead After Days of Severe Weather https://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-floods-landslides-november-2021

What We’re Watching: Weekly Disaster Update https://disasterphilanthropy.org/blog/other/what-were-watching-weekly-disaster-update/

Volcanic activity worldwide 11 Nov 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Reventador, Sangay, La Palma https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/147112/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-11-Nov-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Reventador-Sangay-La-Palma-Neva.html

People rescued from flash flooding in NSW, with more heavy rain forecast https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-11/heavy-rain-and-flooding-hit-large-parts-of-new-south-wales/100611356

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s emissions from land clearing likely far higher than claimed, analysis indicates https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/08/australias-emissions-from-land-clearing-likely-far-higher-than-claimed-analysis-indicates

Cop26 has to be about keeping fossil fuels in the ground. All else is distraction https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/nov/03/cop26-fossil-fuels

Images of Tuvalu minister giving COP26 statement in the ocean go viral on social media https://www.sbs.com.au/news/images-of-tuvalu-minister-giving-cop26-statement-in-the-ocean-go-viral-on-social-media/30e458ab-72a2-400f-a1f9-ed2e6449de25

Big crowds rally in rainy Glasgow for COP26 climate action https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-07/big-crowds-rally-in-rainy-glasgow-for-cop26-climate-action/100600890

Infrastructure Bill Makes First Major U.S. Investment in Climate Resilience https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/06/climate/infrastructure-bill-climate.html

‘False hope’: Regional Australians demand action, not obfuscation, on climate change https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/false-hope-regional-australians-demand-action-not-obfuscation-on-climate-change-20211103-p595rb.html

Explainer: What’s the difference between 1.5°C and 2°C of global warming? https://www.reuters.com/business/cop/whats-difference-between-15c-2c-global-warming-2021-11-07/

Few willing to change lifestyle to save the planet, climate survey finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/07/few-willing-to-change-lifestyle-climate-survey

If we don’t learn from past climate disasters, they will claim more lives in the future https://theconversation.com/if-we-dont-learn-from-past-climate-disasters-they-will-claim-more-lives-in-the-future-171423

Understanding Preferences for Coastal Climate Change Adaptation: A Systematic Literature Review https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353638810_Understanding_Preferences_for_Coastal_Climate_Change_Adaptation_A_Systematic_Literature_Review

Cheaper, cleaner, more reliable: The stunning success of South Australia’s renewable transition https://reneweconomy.com.au/cheaper-cleaner-more-reliable-the-stunning-success-of-south-australias-renewable-transition/

‘We can no longer be friends’: Farmer warns climate change deniers, after storm devastates crop https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-08/farmer-fed-up-with-climate-change-deniers-after-storm-damage/100602878

‘World designed by men has destroyed many things,’ Cop26 warned https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/09/female-empowerment-is-vital-to-end-climate-crisis-cop26-told

Could cutting emissions and air pollution in cities improve children’s health? https://news.trust.org/item/20211028144929-1us74/

Cop26: world on track for disastrous heating of more than 2.4C, says key report https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/09/cop26-sets-course-for-disastrous-heating-of-more-than-24c-says-key-report

1bn people will suffer extreme heat at just 2C heating, say scientists https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/09/1bn-people-will-suffer-extreme-heat-at-just-2c-heating-say-scientists

COP26: Rich nations ‘resisting paying for climate loss’ https://www.scidev.net/global/news/cop26-rich-nations-resisting-paying-for-climate-loss/

Adapting to Receding Glaciers in the Tropical Andes https://eos.org/features/adapting-to-receding-glaciers-in-the-tropical-andes

Sixth-warmest October on record; Category 5 atmospheric river dropped record precipitation on portions of California https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/national-climate-202110

Globally resolved surface temperatures since the Last Glacial Maximum https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03984-4

Take heart at what’s unfolded at COP26 in Glasgow – the world can still hold global heating to 1.5℃ https://theconversation.com/take-heart-at-whats-unfolded-at-cop26-in-glasgow-the-world-can-still-hold-global-heating-to-1-5-171488

China and the US announce plan to work together on cutting emissions https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/10/china-and-the-us-announce-plan-to-work-together-on-cutting-emissions

Climate-linked health risks to rise, COP26 panelists warn https://www.reuters.com/business/cop/climate-linked-health-risks-rise-cop26-panelists-warn-2021-11-09/

Cop26 draft text annotated: what it says and what it means https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2021/nov/10/cop26-draft-text-annotated-what-it-says-and-what-it-means

Rooftop solar smashes output records in all Australian states https://reneweconomy.com.au/rooftop-solar-smashes-output-records-in-all-australian-states/

AP analysis: Exposure to extreme heat has tripled since 1983 https://projects.apnews.com/features/2021/global-extreme-heat/index.html

Disaster risk reduction

Cumbria: Flood defences protected hundreds of homes https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-59168321

Hawaii not the only state discouraging seawalls https://www.staradvertiser.com/2021/11/06/hawaii-news/hawaii-not-the-only-state-discouraging-seawalls/

Conservationists work to update flood risk map along Ottawa River https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/conservationists-update-flood-risk-map-ottawa-river-1.6240140

Keeping one step ahead of earthquakes https://ec.europa.eu/research-and-innovation/en/horizon-magazine/keeping-one-step-ahead-earthquakes

Yearbook of International Disaster Law Call for Abstracts ends soon! https://disasterlaw.ifrc.org/node/812

Scenario-Based Comprehensive Assessment for Community Resilience Adapted to Fire following an Earthquake, Implementing the Analytic Network Process and Preference Ranking Organization Method for Enriched Evaluation II Techniques https://www.mdpi.com/2075-5309/11/11/523

First-of-its-kind map outlines Canada’s future flood zones https://www.ctvnews.ca/climate-and-environment/first-of-its-kind-map-outlines-canada-s-future-flood-zones-1.5655929

Socio-Hydrology: The New Paradigm in Resilient Water Management https://www.mdpi.com/books/pdfview/book/4546

Unearthing the cause of slow seismic waves in subduction zones https://phys.org/news/2021-11-unearthing-seismic-subduction-zones.html

Coastal erosion – US Climate Resilience Toolkit https://toolkit.climate.gov/topics/coastal-flood-risk/coastal-erosion

Quantifying contributions of natural variability and anthropogenic forcings on increased fire weather risk over the western United States https://www.pnas.org/content/118/45/e2111875118

This brief tries to establish an eco-hydrological perspective on floods https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/floods-agents-vitality-reaffirming-human-nature-synergies

Breakthrough for risk and resilience at COP26 says UNDRR head https://www.undrr.org/news/breakthrough-risk-and-resilience-cop26-says-undrr-head

Reimagining Coastal Cities as Sponges to Help Protect Them From the Ravages of Climate Change https://insideclimatenews.org/news/08112021/reimagining-coastal-cities-as-sponges-to-help-protect-them-from-the-ravages-of-climate-change/

Too little, too late? The devastating consequences of natural disasters must inform building codes https://theconversation.com/too-little-too-late-the-devastating-consequences-of-natural-disasters-must-inform-building-codes-157032

Emergency management

COP26 scientist: Humanitarian aid must prepare for climate emergency https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03029-w

Analysis of sex-specific risk factors and clinical outcomes in COVID-19 https://www.nature.com/articles/s43856-021-00006-2

Storm Surge 101: How USAID Helps Caribbean Countries Prepare for this Hurricane Threat https://usaidsaveslives.medium.com/storm-surge-101-how-usaid-helps-caribbean-countries-prepare-for-this-hurricane-threat-73b002dd35ec

How an outbreak became a pandemic: a chronological analysis of crucial junctures and international obligations in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)01897-3/fulltext

COVID antiviral pills: what scientists still want to know https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03074-5

Ontario forest fires burned record area of land this summer as they displaced First Nations in northwest https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/record-breaking-ontario-forest-fire-season-1.6242422

Nearly 1 million kids ages 5 to 11 expected to receive first Covid vaccine dose by end of Wednesday https://edition.cnn.com/2021/11/10/health/1-million-kids-vaccines/index.html

Disaster education, communications and engagement

 6th World Tsunami Awareness Day https://www.preventionweb.net/news/once-generation-opportunity-improve-tsunami-detection\

100 seminal articles on disaster https://www.radixonline.org/100-seminal-articles

Long-Term Community Resilience Exercise Resource Guide https://preptoolkit.fema.gov/web/hseep-resources

High-profile breakthrough cases trigger vaccine misinformation https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211107-high-profile-breakthrough-cases-trigger-vaccine-misinformation

Psychology and disasters

Psychological impairment and extreme weather event (EWE) exposure, 1980–2020: A global pooled analysis integrating mental health and well-being metrics https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1438463921001553?via%3Dihub

A new interactive mental health module is making it easier for young volunteers and emergency agencies to learn, practice and promote positive mental health and wellbeing https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2021/accessible-support-young-volunteer-mental-health

70% of Americans experiencing climate change anxiety and depression, survey finds https://abc7news.com/climate-change-depression-anxiety-pre-ptsd/11202847/

Climate Change in the American Mind https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/about/projects/climate-change-in-the-american-mind/

On Slaughterhouse-Five, the “Ultimate PTSD Novel” https://lithub.com/on-slaughterhouse-five-the-ultimate-ptsd-novel/

Sociology and disasters

When poverty meets climate change: A critical challenge that demands cross-cutting solutions https://blogs.worldbank.org/climatechange/when-poverty-meets-climate-change-critical-challenge-demands-cross-cutting-solutions?cid=ccg_tt_climatechange_en_ext

Today in disaster resilience (5 November 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Indonesia – Thousands Hit by Floods in West Kalimantan, Deadly Landslides in Central Kalimantan https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-kalimantan-october-2021

Iraq – Severe Floods Hit Erbil, Kurdistan https://floodlist.com/asia/iraq-floods-erbil-kurdistan-october-2021

Guatemala – Floods and Landslides in 2021 Rainy Season Leave 12,000 Displaced and 32 Dead https://floodlist.com/america/guatemala-2021-rainy-season

Peru – Deadly Flash Floods Sweep Through Jaén, Cajamarca https://floodlist.com/america/peru-floods-jaen-cajamarca-november-2021

Ash from erupting volcano forces Spanish islanders indoors https://phys.org/news/2021-11-ash-erupting-volcano-spanish-islanders.html

Storms, strong winds prompt Venice to activate flood defence https://nordot.app/828231571237715968

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Nov 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Semeru, Reventador, Turrialba https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/146421/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-4-Nov-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Semeru-Reventador-Turrialba-Kila.html

Colombia – 11 Killed After Rain Triggers Landslide in Nariño, Many Still Missing https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-landslide-narino-november-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

How Australia earned its climate change reputation https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-01/australia-climate-change-reputation-ahead-of-cop26-warming-talks/100579386

Reaching net zero is every minister’s problem. Here’s how they can make better decisions https://theconversation.com/reaching-net-zero-is-every-ministers-problem-heres-how-they-can-make-better-decisions-170633

Climate change: Extreme weather events are ‘the new norm’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-59105963

COP26: Boris Johnson says ‘no excuses’ for not tackling climate change https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-59113676

Climate experts warn world leaders 1.5C is ‘real science’, not just talking point https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/30/climate-experts-warn-world-leaders-15c-is-real-science-not-just-talking-point

Cop26: polling data is overwhelming – people want leaders to act https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/01/cop26-polling-data-is-overwhelming-people-want-leaders-to-act

What happened at Cop26 today – day one at a glance https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/01/what-happened-at-cop26-day-one-at-a-glance

State of the Global Climate 2021 https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/state-global-climate-2021-wmo-provisional-report

The death toll of Europe’s heat wave https://www.politico.eu/article/europe-mediterranean-heatwaves-excess-deaths-climate-change-cop26-glasgow-ipcc/

Solar and wind keep getting cheaper, and crush coal, gas and nuclear on costs https://reneweconomy.com.au/solar-and-wind-keep-getting-cheaper-and-crush-coal-gas-and-nuclear-on-costs-lazard/

Australia could become a net negative emissions economy. The technology already exists https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/nov/02/australia-could-become-a-net-negative-emissions-economy-the-technology-already-exists

Climate-vulnerable countries float ’emergency’ timetable to cut emissions https://news.trust.org/item/20211028164444-vs1lk/

What are the economic effects of extreme weather caused by climate change? https://www.economicsobservatory.com/what-are-the-economic-effects-of-extreme-weather-caused-by-climate-change

World leaders announce plan to make green tech cheaper than alternatives https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/02/world-leaders-announce-plan-to-make-green-tech-cheaper-than-alternatives

Australia has taken a new climate adaptation blueprint to Glasgow. It’s a good start but we need money and detail https://theconversation.com/australia-has-taken-a-new-climate-adaptation-blueprint-to-glasgow-its-a-good-start-but-we-need-money-and-detail-170879

‘Nothing left to burn’: wildfires and floods could turn the tide on Turkey’s climate policy https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/02/turkey-climate-policy-wildfires-floods

The science everyone needs to know about climate change, in 6 charts https://theconversation.com/the-science-everyone-needs-to-know-about-climate-change-in-6-charts-170556

Cop26 emission pledges may limit global heating to below 2C https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/03/cop26-emission-pledges-could-limit-global-heating-to-below-2c-india

Has COP26 put the world on track for holding global warming to 1.5°C? https://www.newscientist.com/article/2296169-has-cop26-put-the-world-on-track-for-holding-global-warming-to-1-5c/

Survey identifies prescribed fire training needs in the Southeast https://wildfiretoday.com/2021/11/03/survey-identifies-prescribed-fire-training-needs-in-the-southeast/

On ancient Earth, it never rained but it poured https://phys.org/news/2021-11-ancient-earth.html

Europe’s record summer ‘impossible’ without global heating https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/03/europe-record-summer-global-heating-cop26

Dozens of nations pledge to phase out coal at COP26, but Australia not on the list https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-04/australia-not-among-nations-to-commit-to-phase-out-coal-cop26/100596222

Poor countries need 5 to 10 times more funding to adapt to climate risks they did not create https://grist.org/cop26/report-poor-countries-need-5-to-10-times-more-funding-to-adapt-to-climate-risks-they-did-not-create/

2021: A year of wild weather https://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-59135039

Globe bounces back to nearly 2019 carbon pollution levels https://apnews.com/article/climate-science-business-scotland-pollution-04a455d42fb66b61330b47b308e80498

Step up climate change adaptation efforts or face huge disruption: UN report https://www.unep.org/news-and-stories/press-release/step-climate-change-adaptation-efforts-or-face-huge-disruption-un

Ithaca, New York becomes first U.S. city to begin 100% decarbonization of buildings, an urban climate change milestone https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/04/ithaca-is-first-us-city-to-begin-100percent-decarbonization-of-buildings.html

‘Great distress’: Bangladesh bears brutal cost of climate crisis https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/11/3/bangladesh-global-warming-climate-crisis-seawater-agriculture

Disaster risk reduction

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

Revealed: a third of England’s vital flood defences are in private hands https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/31/revealed-a-third-of-england-vital-flood-defences-are-in-private-hands

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

There have been so many Atlantic storms this year, forecasters have run out of names https://www.npr.org/2021/11/02/1051420610/tropical-storm-wanda-atlantic-hurricane-season-names

RegioFEM — Applying a floodplain evaluation method to support a future-oriented flood risk management (Part II) https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12758

New York Needs to Become a City That Floods Now and Then https://www.curbed.com/2021/10/kian-goh-flood-nyc-plans.html

Connecting Space to Village to Reduce Flood Impacts https://www.climatelinks.org/blog/connecting-space-village-reduce-flood-impacts

This report summarizes the risks posed on Australia’s climate, ecosystems, food and water systems, and citizens by climate impacts https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/g20-climate-risk-atlas-australia

Emergency management

Helicopter fire trail inspections take off https://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/lands/news/helicopter-fire-trail-inspections-take-off

Under-resourced SES leaves large stretches of NSW far west with no local rescue services, ex-volunteers say https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/nov/05/under-resourced-ses-leaves-large-stretches-of-nsw-far-west-with-no-local-rescue-services-ex-volunteers-say

Two months later, Hurricane Ida still rages for some across south Louisiana https://www.nola.com/article_6f08e1fc-3842-11ec-bf4e-2fc1356dd3cc.html

Disaster education, communications and engagement

World of Thermo: Thermometer Rising https://www.amazon.com.au/World-Thermo-Thermometer-Guy-Walton/dp/1724917269

Learning from the Climate Change Debate to Avoid Polarisation on Negative Emissions https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17524032.2019.1630463

Review of ‘Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement’ book https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-october-2021-book-review-disaster-education-communication-and-engagement/

Burning review – the searing black summer documentary that Australia deserves https://www.theguardian.com/film/2021/nov/05/burning-review-the-searing-black-summer-documentary-that-australia-deserves

Psychology and disasters

Practical lessons for creating affordance-based interventions for sustainable behavior change https://www.researchgate.net/publication/355807772_Practical_lessons_for_creating_affordance-based_interventions_for_sustainable_behavior_change

Simulation of tsunami evacuation behavior considering inland direction https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921005276?via%3Dihub

Rethinking the share of responsibilities in disaster preparedness to encourage individual preparedness for flash floods in urban areas https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420921006245

7 Resources to Help You Cope With Climate Anxiety https://time.com/6112146/climate-anxiety-resources/

Sociology and disasters

A growing group of laborers is trailing hurricanes and wildfires the way farmworkers follow crops, contracting for big disaster-recovery firms https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/11/08/the-migrant-workers-who-follow-climate-disasters

Networks of recovery: Remittances, social capital and post-disaster recovery in Tacloban City, Philippines https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921006026

Peru faces a surge of climate migrants https://en.unesco.org/courier/2021-4/peru-faces-surge-climate-migrants

Mahila Housing SEWA Trust is empowering women in seven Indian cities to tackle heat stress in their homes and settlements https://ashden.org/winners/mahila-housing-trust/ How women leaders emerged from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami https://www.preventionweb.net/news/how-women-leaders-emerged-great-east-japan-earthquake-and-tsunami

Today in disaster resilience (29 October 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

La Palma island braces for more quakes as volcano roars on https://news.yahoo.com/la-palma-island-braces-more-134546537.html

Massive floods hit Catania after entire year’s worth of rain in just 2 days, Italy https://watchers.news/2021/10/27/catania-flood-october-2021-medistorm-gloria/

Thailand Swamped by Monsoon Flooding https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/148983/thailand-swamped-by-monsoon-flooding

Vietnam – 7,000 People Displaced by Floods in Central Provinces https://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-floods-october-2021

USA – Atmospheric River Causes Floods and Mudflows in California https://floodlist.com/america/usa/atmospheric-river-floods-mudflows-california-october-2021

Major flooding incident declared in Scotland as town is evacuated https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/10/28/uk-weather-life-threatening-floods-set-hit-parts-england-scotland/

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Oct 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Ibu, Reventador, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/145695/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-28-Oct-2021-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Ibu-Reventador-Sangay-La-P.html

Colombia – Damaging Floods and Landslides in Antioquia, Meta and Putumayo https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-damaging-floods-and-landslides-in-antioquia-meta-and-putumayo

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate migration doesn’t have to be a crisis https://news.yahoo.com/climate-migration-doesnt-have-to-be-a-crisis-202028939.html

The 2021 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: code red for a healthy future https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)01787-6/fulltext

State of the Cryosphere 2021 Report http://iccinet.org/statecryo21/

Climate change: UN emissions gap report a ‘thundering wake-up call’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-59049770

India, the world’s third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, rejects net zero emissions target https://edition.cnn.com/2021/10/27/asia/india-net-zero-target-intl/index.html

Impact of climate change on volcanic processes: current

understanding and future challenges https://eartharxiv.org/repository/view/2752/

UN warns world set for 2.7C rise on today’s emissions pledges https://www.sbs.com.au/news/un-warns-world-set-for-2-7c-rise-on-today-s-emissions-pledges/a3b50642-f083-425f-b9c1-2f6d933b555a

The International Order Isn’t Ready for the Climate Crisis https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/world/2021-10-19/climate-crisis-international-order-isnt-ready

State and Trends in Adaptation Report 2021: Africa https://gca.org/reports/state-and-trends-in-adaptation-report-2021/

Islanders sue Australia for inaction on climate change https://edition.cnn.com/2021/10/27/australia/islanders-sue-australia-climate-change-intl-hnk/index.html

What L.A. County will look like with sea level rise, according to scientific projections https://ktla.com/news/what-la-county-will-look-like-with-sea-level-rise-according-to-scientific-projections/

China’s new climate plan falls short of Cop26 global heating goal, experts say https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/28/disappointing-but-not-unexpected-china-climate-goal-leaves-experts-unsatisfied

World is failing to make changes needed to avoid climate breakdown, report finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/28/world-failing-make-changes-avoid-climate-breakdown-report

A dress rehearsal for disruption: Why Covid-19 has been a sustainability wake-up call https://www.ft.com/partnercontent/reckitt/a-dress-rehearsal-for-disruption-why-covid-19-has-been-a-sustainability-wake-up-call.html

The UN News COP26 climate quiz https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/10/1104202?123

Could AI Be Useful for Arctic Communities Facing Sea Ice Loss? https://eos.org/articles/could-ai-be-useful-for-arctic-communities-facing-sea-ice-loss

Drying land and heating seas: why nature in Australia’s southwest is on the climate frontline https://theconversation.com/drying-land-and-heating-seas-why-nature-in-australias-southwest-is-on-the-climate-frontline-170377

Disaster risk reduction

Linking hydrologic signatures to hydrologic processes: A review https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/hyp.13632

Climate + Financial Resilience: Innovative Solutions to Flood Risk https://www.americaadapts.org/episodes/climate-financial-resilience-innovative-solutions-to-flood-risk-ep-2

Weather and climate extremes in Asia killed thousands, displaced millions and cost billions in 2020 https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/weather-and-climate-extremes-asia-killed-thousands-displaced-millions-and-cost

Reconciling well-being and resilience for sustainable developmenthttps://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-021-00790-8

Australia is fighting fire with fire, but running out of time https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/10/27/australia-climate-change-fires/

The Ripple Factor: Economic losses from weather extremes can amplify each other across the world https://www.pik-potsdam.de/en/news/latest-news/the-ripple-factor-economic-losses-from-weather-extremes-can-amplify-each-other-across-the-world

Uncertainties with assessing flood loss and damage https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/certainty-about-communicating-uncertainty-assessment-flood-loss-and-damage

Emergency management

Ensuring equity in disaster preparedness, response and recovery https://homeland.house.gov/activities/hearings/ensuring-equity-in-disaster-preparedness-response-and-recovery

US and Mexico to take a more ‘holistic’ approach to public safety https://www.courthousenews.com/us-and-mexico-to-take-a-more-holistic-approach-to-public-safety/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Urban Heat Islands: The Main Issues and What is Being Done to Combat Them https://www.lahomes.com/urban-heat-island-effect/

Africa’s first continent-wide survey of climate change literacy finds education is key https://theconversation.com/africas-first-continent-wide-survey-of-climate-change-literacy-finds-education-is-key-169426

Psychology and disasters

The Pandemic Broke Kids’ Sleep Schedules. Here’s How to Fix Themhttps://www.cuimc.columbia.edu/news/pandemic-broke-kids-sleep-schedules-heres-how-fix-them

How to respond to heightened emotions when talking about the COVID-19 vaccine https://www.hamiltonhealthsciences.ca/share/talking-about-the-covid-19-vaccine/

Addiction & Mental Health Resources for First Responders https://firstcityrecoverycenter.com/resources/first-responders/

Sociology and disasters

Climate change and disaster impacts disproportionately affect the poorest and most vulnerable populations, especially in low- and middle-income countries https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/adaptation-and-resilience-priority-development-and-poverty-reduction

To improve disaster outcomes for persons with disabilities in Africa, disaggregate data https://blogs.worldbank.org/nasikiliza/improve-disaster-outcomes-persons-disabilities-africa-disaggregate-data

Today in disaster resilience (22 October 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

3 people killed as M5.1 earthquake hits near Agung volcano, Bali, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2021/10/17/bali-agung-indonesia-earthquake-october-2021/

M6.1 earthquake hits near the coast of Torres Islands, Vanuatu https://watchers.news/2021/10/18/m6-1-earthquake-hits-near-the-coast-of-torres-islands-vanuatu/

At least 26 dead as floods and landslides hit Kerala, India https://watchers.news/2021/10/18/more-than-20-dead-as-floods-and-landslides-hit-kerala-india/

Powerful phreatic explosion at Mount Asosan, Alert Level raised, Japan https://watchers.news/2021/10/20/powerful-phreatic-explosion-at-mount-asosan-alert-level-raised-japan/

Unseasonal heavy rainfall leaves 48 people dead in Nepal, 31 others missing https://watchers.news/2021/10/20/unseasonal-heavy-rainfall-leaves-48-people-dead-in-nepal-31-others-missing/

Giant hailstones pummel Queensland, likely the largest seen in Australia since records beganhttps://watchers.news/2021/10/19/giant-hailstones-pummel-queensland-likely-the-largest-seen-in-australia-since-records-began/

India – Floods and Landslides Cause 27 Fatalities in Uttarakhand https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-landslides-uttarakhand-october-2021

Flooding triggers landslides in Nepal and India, killing at least 150 people and washing away homes https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-22/india-nepal-deadly-floods/100558832

Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Oct 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Reventador, Piton de la Fournaise https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/144874/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-20-Oct-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Reventador-Piton-de-la-Fournaise.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The climate disaster is here https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2021/oct/14/climate-change-happening-now-stats-graphs-maps-cop26

The Very Last Thick Sea Ice of the Arctic Breaks while Severe Storms reach the Arctic, eventually supported by Sudden Stratospheric Warminghttps://www.severe-weather.eu/cryosphere/thick-sea-ice-arctic-breaks-stratospheric-warmings-rrc/

Denmark is accelerating climate efforts with new 2025 deadline https://en.kefm.dk/news/news-archive/2021/sep/denmark-is-accelerating-climate-efforts-with-new-2025-deadline

Insurers are getting rocked by climate disasters https://www.vox.com/22686124/climate-change-insurance-flood-wildfire-hurricane-risk?hss_channel=tw-456864723

Climate change a double blow for oil-rich Mideast https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211017-climate-change-a-double-blow-for-oil-rich-mideast-experts?ref=tw

Future heat adaptation and exposure among urban populations and why a prospering economy alone won’t save us https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-99757-0

Facing existential threat from climate change, Pacific Islanders urge world to listen https://www.axios.com/climate-change-pacific-islands-activism-un-93221bd2-c6ae-44d7-8456-e66209f1656e.html

Climate change means thin ice for lakes worldwide https://today.vub.be/en/article/lakes-are-changing-worldwide

Don’t boost climate deniers: scientist https://www.sbs.com.au/news/don-t-boost-climate-deniers-scientist/dd5dc7dc-97f3-412a-a1d0-d2320e6f7a89

What was the role of climate change in Germany’s fatal floods? https://www.euronews.com/green/2021/10/18/what-was-the-role-of-climate-change-in-germany-s-fatal-floods

Who’s who in Glasgow: 5 countries that could make or break the planet’s future under climate change https://theconversation.com/whos-who-in-glasgow-5-countries-that-could-make-or-break-the-planets-future-under-climate-change-170090

What are climate change tipping points https://www.climaterealityproject.org/blog/what-are-climate-change-tipping-points

Factbox – COP26 in Glasgow: Who is going and who is not? https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-un-attendees/factbox-cop26-in-glasgow-who-is-going-and-who-is-not-idUSKBN2H90W6

Stunningly cheap solar to power China’s pivot away from coal https://reneweconomy.com.au/stunningly-cheap-solar-to-power-chinas-pivot-away-from-coal/

In the face of chaos, why are we so nonchalant about climate change? https://theconversation.com/in-the-face-of-chaos-why-are-we-so-nonchalant-about-climate-change-166040

Scientists and Native People Jointly Study Sea-Ice Declines Threatening Seal Hunts https://news.climate.columbia.edu/2021/10/14/scientists-and-native-people-jointly-study-sea-ice-declines-threatening-seal-hunts/

Research prepares organisations for climate-challenged futures https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2021/research-prepares-organisations-climate-challenged-futures

Millions of people were evacuated during disasters last year – another rising cost of climate change https://theconversation.com/millions-of-people-were-evacuated-during-disasters-last-year-another-rising-cost-of-climate-change-170105

Widespread collapse of West Antarctica’s ice sheet is avoidable if we keep global warming below 2℃ https://theconversation.com/widespread-collapse-of-west-antarcticas-ice-sheet-is-avoidable-if-we-keep-global-warming-below-2-169651

Hunt begins for ancient Antarctic ice—and clues to Earth’s response to rising temperatures https://www.science.org/content/article/hunt-begins-ancient-antarctic-ice-and-clues-earth-s-response-rising-temperatures

Washington Coastal Resilience Project Ups Hazard Readiness https://coast.noaa.gov/states/stories/washington-coastal-resilience-project.html

The myth of the climate moderate https://www.vox.com/22709379/moderate-versus-progressive-democrats-climate

Amplified warming of extreme temperatures over tropical landhttps://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-021-00828-8

Risk of Dangerous Heat Exposure Is Growing Quickly in Cities https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/risk-of-dangerous-heat-exposure-is-growing-quickly-in-cities/

Disaster risk reduction

The role of international cooperation in disaster risk reduction https://www.sei.org/featured/the-role-of-international-cooperation-in-disaster-risk-reduction/

67% of Americans perceive a rise in extreme weather, but partisans differ over government efforts to address it https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/10/14/67-of-americans-perceive-a-rise-in-extreme-weather-but-partisans-differ-over-government-efforts-to-address-it/

The Volcanologist’s Paradox https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/10/volcanos-awe-beauty-terror/620416/

COVID-19 and extreme weather highlight folly of low investment in disaster prevention https://www.undrr.org/news/covid-19-and-extreme-weather-highlight-folly-low-investment-disaster-prevention

U.S. overhauls flood insurance to meet rising climate change risks https://news.trust.org/item/20211015080642-qzw7a/

Practical guidance on integrating both disaster and climate related risks into development https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/risk-informed-development-strategy-tool-integrating-disaster-risk-reduction-and-climate

Earthquake-resistant school built from recycled plastic in Indonesia https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-05/earthquake-resistant-school-built-of-recycled-plastic-in-lombok/100423910

Hawaiʻi quake likely related to tectonic plate bending https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/hawai%CA%BBi-quake-likely-related-to-tectonic-plate-bending-13426/

A Community Works Together To Restore The Floodplain And Reduce Damages https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/training/walton-village.html

Metro has installed ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system at all bus and rail divisions https://thesource.metro.net/2021/10/19/metro-has-installed-shakealert-earthquake-early-warning-system-at-all-bus-and-rail-divisions/

Staying afloat: New evidence on how firms in Tanzania cope with flooding https://blogs.worldbank.org/developmenttalk/staying-afloat-new-evidence-how-firms-tanzania-cope-flooding

Bushfire insights uncovered with new fire-atmosphere modelling https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2021/bushfire-insights-uncovered-new-fire-atmosphere-modelling

Researchers release buoys to collect data for South Australian coastline erosion study https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-20/flinders-university-coastal-study-uses-buoys-off-adelaide/100553114

NJ plans to expand buyouts of flood-prone properties https://www.njspotlight.com/2021/10/nj-expands-blue-acres-property-buyouts-tropical-storm-ida-superstorm-sandy-climate-change-resilience-measures/

Improving Disaster Data Systems to Inform Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building in Australia: A Comparison of Databases https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/prehospital-and-disaster-medicine/article/improving-disaster-data-systems-to-inform-disaster-risk-reduction-and-resilience-building-in-australia-a-comparison-of-databases/B9B919CE9E7368CEDEC7D61213F53235

2020 Global Natural Disaster Assessment Report https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/2020-global-natural-disaster-assessment-report

Doing flood risk modelling differently: Evaluating the potential for participatory techniques to broaden flood risk management decision-making https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12757

Emergency management

Invest in local disaster response: it saves lives and money https://www.euronews.com/2021/10/13/invest-in-local-disaster-response-it-saves-lives-and-money-view

Bypassing Hurricanes Like Matthew Can Wreak Havoc, Too https://www.air-worldwide.com/blog/posts/2021/10/bypassing-hurricanes-can-wreak-havoc/

The UK has one of the highest Covid infection rates in the world right now: Here’s whyhttps://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/19/the-uks-covid-infection-rate-is-rising-heres-why.html

Building-Back-Better in Post-Disaster Recovery: Lessons Learnt from Cyclone Idai-Induced Floods in Zimbabwe https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13753-021-00373-3

How 30-person hotshot crews could help firefighters recuperate between assignments https://wildfiretoday.com/2021/10/20/how-30-person-hotshot-crews-could-help-firefighters-recuperate-between-assignments/

UNHCR responding to worst flooding in decades in South Sudan https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/10/1103442

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Creative educational systems build social capital https://www.educationalecosystems.com.au/

City of Logan school disaster education resources https://www.logan.qld.gov.au/disaster-education/disaster-education-1

#OnlyTogether can we make progress towards a safer and more resilient planet https://www.naturalhazards.com.au/node/14

CRC science in danger series https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2021/crc-science-danger-series

Science communication on trial following White Island disaster https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/opinion-science-communication-on-trial-following-white-island-disaster-13415/#disqus_thread

What is The Great ShakeOut and why did 7 million people in California do it? https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/california-earthquake-great-shakeout-b1942945.html

Individual hurricane evacuation intentions during the COVID-19 pandemic: insights for risk communication and emergency management policies https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11069-021-05064-2

Psychology and disasters

Two years after the bushfires my town is recovering, but the scars remain https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/09/two-years-after-the-bushfires-my-town-is-recovering-but-the-scars-remain

How to talk to kids about earthquakes https://www.abc.net.au/everyday/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-earthquakes/100483022

Global prevalence and burden of depressive and anxiety disorders in 204 countries and territories in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)02143-7/fulltext

A Toolkit for Child Welfare Agencies to Help Young People Heal and Thrive During and After Natural Disasters https://www.nctsn.org/resources/a-toolkit-for-child-welfare-agencies-to-help-young-people-heal-and-thrive-during-and-after-natural-disasters

Sociology and disasters

Role of social capital in local knowledge evolution and transfer in a network of rural communities coping with landslide disasters in Sri Lanka https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921005914?via%3Dihub#fig3

How natural disasters benefit rich people but make the poor poorer – an illustrated story https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/oct/13/why-white-people-wealthier-disasters-but-others-suffer-illustrated-story

Surviving on the Periphery of a City of Earthquakes https://eos.org/articles/surviving-on-the-periphery-of-a-city-of-earthquakes

Social Capital and COVID-19 Deaths: An Ecological Analysis in Japan https://www.researchgate.net/publication/355447038_Social_Capital_and_COVID-19_Deaths_An_Ecological_Analysis_in_Japan

Today in disaster resilience (15 October 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Thousands locked down as La Palma volcano destroys cement works https://phys.org/news/2021-10-thousands-la-palma-volcano-cement.html

Shallow M6.2 earthquake hits near the southwest coast of Island of Hawaii https://watchers.news/2021/10/11/shallow-m6-2-earthquake-hits-near-the-southwest-coast-of-island-of-hawaii/

Strong and shallow M6.9 earthquake hits Alaska Peninsula, U.S. https://watchers.news/2021/10/11/m6-5-earthquake-alaska-peninsula-october-11-2021/

China – Thousands Evacuate Floods in Shanxi https://floodlist.com/asia/china-floods-shanxi-october-2021

USA – Deadly Floods Hit Alabama After Torrential Rain https://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-alabama-october-2021

Strong quake strikes off Greece’s Crete, no injuries reported https://phys.org/news/2021-10-strong-quake-greece-crete-injuries.html

More than 700 firefighters battling wildfire spreading along California coast https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/13/alisal-fire-firefighters-spreading-california-coast?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Philippines – Topical Storm Kompasu Causes Deadly Flooding https://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-kompasu-floods-ocotober-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 14 Oct 2021: Vulcano volcano, Fuego, Reventador, Kilauea, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/144349/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-14-Oct-2021-Vulcano-volcano-Fuego-Reventador-Kilauea-Sangay-La-Pal.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Patricia Espinosa Outlines COP26 Priorities to LDC Ministers https://unfccc.int/news/patricia-espinosa-outlines-cop26-priorities-to-ldc-ministers

Coal power likely gone by 2035: Schott https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/coal-power-likely-gone-by-2035-schott-20211011-p58yuq

Cop26: world poised for big leap forward on climate crisis, says John Kerry https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/11/john-kerry-cop26-climate-summit-starting-line-rest-of-decade

Climate change may already affect 85 percent of humanity https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/11/climate-change-may-already-affect-85-percent-of-humanity-report

Guardian Essential poll: most Australians want Morrison to set a higher emissions reduction target https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/oct/12/guardian-essential-poll-most-australians-want-morrison-to-set-a-higher-emissions-reduction-target

In the Face of Climate Change, We Must Act So That We Can Feel Hopeful—Not the Other Way Around https://time.com/6089999/climate-change-hope/

‘Overwhelming’ backing for strong climate action, UK study shows https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/11/uk-public-backs-carbon-tax-high-flyer-levy-and-heat-pump-grants-study-shows

Climate crisis is ‘single biggest health threat facing humanity,’ WHO says, calling on world leaders to act https://edition.cnn.com/2021/10/11/health/climate-change-health-covid-who/index.html

Climate change: ‘Adapt or die’ warning from Environment Agency https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58883234

Health threats in a hotter world require policy action at every level of political and social life https://www.thinkglobalhealth.org/article/policy-challenge-extreme-heat-and-climate-change

Climate change is making Texas hotter, threatening public health, water supply and the state’s infrastructure https://www.texastribune.org/2021/10/07/texas-climate-change-heat-water/

Carbon emissions ‘will drop just 40% by 2050 with countries’ current pledges’ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/13/carbon-emissions-will-drop-just-40-by-2050-with-countries-current-pledges

Australia will need surge in renewables, electric vehicles to meet UN emissions goal https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-will-need-surge-in-renewables-electric-vehicles-to-meet-un-emissions-goal-20211013-p58zpa.html

What sea level rise will do to famous American sites, visualized https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/oct/12/sea-level-rise-well-known-american-sites-visualized

Risk of Dangerous Heat Exposure Is Growing Quickly in Cities https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/risk-of-dangerous-heat-exposure-is-growing-quickly-in-cities/

Disaster risk reduction

‘No sense of urgency’: Clontarf flood defences delayed until at least 2027 https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/no-sense-of-urgency-clontarf-flood-defences-delayed-until-at-least-2027-1.4696624

What’s Behind California’s Surge of Large Fires? https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/148908/whats-behind-californias-surge-of-large-fires

How many ‘natural’ disasters can one city endure? https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/environment-and-conservation/2021/08/how-many-natural-disasters-can-one-city-endure

How to better identify dangerous volcanoes https://phys.org/news/2021-10-dangerous-volcanoes.html

The Building Science Resource Library contains all of FEMA’s hazard-specific guidance that focuses on creating disaster-resistance communities https://www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/risk-management/building-science/publications

A Road-Flooding Fix Is Coming to California State Park https://coast.noaa.gov/states/stories/road-flooding.html

Disaster risk creation and cascading disasters within large technological systems: COVID-19 and the 2021 Texas blackouts https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1468-5973.12378

Flood-Threat Assessment Finds Danger Goes Far Beyond U.S. Homes https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2021-flood-risk-critical-infrastructure/

The Risk Atlas of Mexico City, Mexico: a tool for decision-making and disaster prevention https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11069-021-05059-z

High-resolution Wildfire Risk projections https://theclimatedatafactory.com/high-resolution-wildfire-risk-projections/

Systemic disaster risk handbook https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/systemic-disaster-risk-handbook

A new set of priorities to guide Australian natural hazards research https://www.naturalhazards.com.au/node/13

Moving beyond America’s war on wildfire: 4 ways to avoid future megafires https://theconversation.com/moving-beyond-americas-war-on-wildfire-4-ways-to-avoid-future-megafires-168898

Emergency management

Why we must not allow COVID to become endemic in New Zealand https://theconversation.com/why-we-must-not-allow-covid-to-become-endemic-in-new-zealand-169608

Getting flu with Covid doubles risk of death, says UK health chief https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/10/getting-flu-with-covid-makes-you-twice-as-likely-to-die-says-uk-health-chief

If You’ve Had Covid, Do You Need the Vaccine? https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/12/health/if-youve-had-covid-do-you-need-the-vaccine.html

After siege of blazes, experts say California must improve wildfire evacuation plans https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/10/07/california-wildfire-evacuations-plans-inadequate/

Wildland Fire’s Great Exodus https://theevolvingnomad.com/2021/10/13/wildland-fires-great-exodus/

National identity predicts public health support during a global pandemic https://psyarxiv.com/ydt95

Analysis of sex-specific risk factors and clinical outcomes in COVID-19 https://www.nature.com/articles/s43856-021-00006-2

Disaster education, communications and engagement

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction https://reliefweb.int/report/world/2021-international-day-disaster-risk-reduction-international-cooperation-developing

Japan is using Augmented Reality to teach children the dangers of flash floods https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=377tIWpQ-a8

Alluvione: Girl power to combat floods in Indonesia https://www.asia-pacific.undp.org/content/rbap/en/home/presscenter/articles/2021/alluvione-dx4resilience-IHF.html

Schools in BiH act to establish safe school environments for a more effective response to emergencies https://bosniaherzegovina.un.org/en/150967-schools-bih-act-establish-safe-school-environments-more-effective-response-emergencies

NOAA upgrades climate website amid growing demand for climate information https://www.noaa.gov/news-release/noaa-upgrades-climate-website-amid-growing-demand-for-climate-information

Psychology and disasters

Regional differences in cognitive dissonance in evacuation behavior at the time of the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11069-021-05047-3

Sociology and disasters

UNDP and the Japan Bosai Platform work together to Accelerate Digitalization in Disaster Risk Reduction for Vulnerable Groups https://www.asia-pacific.undp.org/content/rbap/en/home/presscenter/articles/2021/undp-and-the-japan-bosai-platform-work-together-to-accelerate-di.html

New InsuRisk Report focuses on social protection https://ehs.unu.edu/news/announcement/new-insurisk-report-focuses-on-social-protection.html

When disaster strikes, developing countries still too vulnerable https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/10/1102912

The Inuit knowledge vanishing with the ice https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20211011-the-inuit-knowledge-vanishing-with-the-ice

Today in disaster resilience (8 October 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Shaheen claims at least 13 lives in historic Oman landfall https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2021/10/shaheen-claims-at-least-13-lives-in-historic-oman-landfall/

India – Thousands Evacuate Floods in West Bengal, 400mm of Rain in 24 Hours https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-west-bengal-october-2021

La Palma island’s volcano roars again, spewing thicker lava https://phys.org/news/2021-10-la-palma-island-volcano-roars.html

Italy – Floods and Landslides in Liguria Region After 181mm of Rain in 1 Hour https://floodlist.com/europe/italy-liguria-floods-october-2021

Indonesia – Floods and Landslides Leave 4 Dead in South Sulawesi https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-sulawesi-october-2021

Alabama flash flooding kills 4 and spurs rescues from homes and cars https://edition.cnn.com/2021/10/06/weather/alabama-flash-flooding-birmingham/index.html

Volcanic activity worldwide 6 Oct 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Kilauea, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/143535/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-6-Oct-2021-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Reventador-Kilauea-Sangay-L.html

Over two feet of rain fell in Italy in only half a day, something not seen in Europe before https://edition.cnn.com/2021/10/06/weather/italy-flood-oman-climate-change/index.html

Mexico – Severe Floods Hit Querétaro for Second Time in 2 Weeks https://floodlist.com/america/mexico-floods-queretaro-october-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

While the 2050 battle rages in Australia, the world is talking 2030 https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/while-the-2050-battle-rages-in-australia-the-world-is-talking-2030-20210929-p58vup.html

Exposure to Deadly Urban Heat Worldwide Has Tripled in Recent Decades, Says Study https://news.climate.columbia.edu/2021/10/04/exposure-to-deadly-urban-heat-worldwide-has-tripled-in-recent-decades-says-study/

“Climate Change Disinformation Is Spreading Rapidly” on Facebook https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2021/09/facebook-climate-misinformation-lies-trump-propaganda-spreading-rapidly/

The imperative of climate adaption for Africa: building resilience across societies in an inclusive manner https://esaro.unfpa.org/en/news/imperative-climate-adaption-africa-building-resilience-across-societies-inclusive-manner

Building Climate Resilience in Cities through Insurance https://www.climatepolicyinitiative.org/publication/building-climate-resilience-in-cities-through-insurance/

What climate scientists can teach us about dealing with climate change doom https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58756143

Canadians are unknowingly buying homes in climate change danger zones, report finds https://www.cbc.ca/news/science/climate-risks-1.6196450

UK High Commissioner urges Australia to bring more ambitious emissions target to COP26 https://www.sbs.com.au/news/uk-high-commissioner-urges-australia-to-bring-more-ambitious-emissions-target-to-cop26/f7d11db8-eac7-4774-ae4c-e9cc071b1f29

Third new coal project approved by Australian environment minister Sussan Ley in just one month https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/oct/05/new-coalmine-mangoola-nsw-muswellbrook-approved-australia-environment-minister-sussan-ley

Change the Game of Climate Change – the story of a collaborative climate board game as a climate communication innovation https://dayad.org/change-the-game-of-climate-change-the-story-of-a-collaborative-climate-board-game-as-a-climate-communication-innovation/

Trillions of dollars a year are ‘adding fuel to the fire’ of the climate crisis, experts say https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/06/fossil-fuel-industry-subsidies-of-11m-dollars-a-minute-imf-finds

‘Eye-watering’: climate change disasters will cost Australia billions each year, study finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/06/eye-watering-climate-change-disasters-will-cost-australia-billions-each-year-study-finds

September 2021 was one of the four warmest Septembers globally https://climate.copernicus.eu/surface-air-temperature-september-2021

The Best Way to Prepare Our Coasts for Climate Change? Nature Itself https://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/environment/climate-change-coral-reefs-seahive-miami/

Australia’s coal exports to ‘halve by 2050’ if climate goals are met https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/australia-s-coal-exports-to-halve-by-2050-if-climate-goals-are-met-20211006-p58xuc.html

California chronically undercounts the death toll and has failed to address the growing threat of heat-related illness and death https://www.latimes.com/projects/california-extreme-heat-deaths-show-climate-change-risks/

Disaster risk reduction

Virginia addressing flood crisis, but more work is needed https://www.pilotonline.com/opinion/columns/vp-ed-column-steinhilber-1003-20211002-yicg5qps6nbztcfmn5vrgmfwpi-story.html

Flooding disasters are on the rise: Here’s how to proactively prepare https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/572786-flooding-disasters-are-on-the-rise-heres-how-to-proactively

On Borrowed Time: Earthquakes don’t kill people, buildings kill people, warns author https://www.citynews1130.com/2021/10/03/earthquakes-buildings-author/

The Future of Cities After the Pandemic https://urbanland.uli.org/development-business/the-future-of-cities-after-the-pandemic/

The town that flood-proofed itself https://www.circleofblue.org/2021/world/the-town-that-flood-proofed-itself/

Fire risk and severity decline with stand development in Tasmanian giant Eucalyptus forest https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S037811272100815X

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

Project that used flood impact reports to assess the accuracy of forecasts in Uganda https://www.reading.ac.uk/news-and-events/releases/PR860261.aspx

Can homes be designed to withstand wildfire? https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm

More Americans Are Moving Into Fire-Risky Areas https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2021-moves-into-fire-zones/

Most Americans would rather rebuild than move if natural disaster strikes, poll finds https://maristpoll.marist.edu/polls/npr-pbs-newshour-marist-national-poll-extreme-weather-october-5-2021/

Extreme weather events in Europe https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/extreme-weather-events-europe

Earthquake-strengthening policy for commercial buildings in small-town New Zealand https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/disa.12360

Costs in Melbourne and Brisbane will increase significantly, as major rivers in these cities alongside growing populations will lead to greater costs associated with flooding https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/special-report-update-economic-costs-natural-disasters-australia

Emergency management

You thought the U.S. fire season was bad. Russia’s is much worse https://grist.org/wildfires/you-thought-the-u-s-fire-season-was-bad-russias-is-much-worse/

Confront climate change to stop military being diverted to natural disasters, former ADF chief warns https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/oct/05/confront-climate-change-to-stop-military-being-diverted-to-natural-disasters-former-adf-chief-warns

The flood that drowned American dreams https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-58565627

Canadian authorities’ response to deadly heat ‘inadequate’: HRW https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/5/canadian-authorities-response-deadly-heat-wave-inadequate-hrw

How fast is vaccine effectiveness waning? https://www.theage.com.au/national/how-fast-is-vaccine-effectiveness-waning-20211005-p58xcp.html?btis

New job cut figures – firefighters “might not be able to fight all fires” https://www.fbu.org.uk/news/2021/10/05/new-job-cut-figures-firefighters-might-not-be-able-fight-all-fires

Prof Sarah Gilbert says failure to provide jabs to poor countries risks more deaths and dangerous new variants of virus https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/06/covid-still-running-rampant-worldwide-warns-creator-of-oxford-vaccine

How can a community withstand, recover, adapt, and persist in the face of crises? https://www.coe.int/en/web/good-governance/-/how-can-a-community-withstand-recover-adapt-and-persist-in-the-face-of-crises-

The capacity of Emergency management services (EMS) agencies to adapt and be prepared for futures where the changing climate https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/preparing-emergency-services-operations-climate-challenged-world-summary-report

Experts Say Worst Of Covid-19 Is Behind Us, But They’ve Been Wrong Before: Cautious Messaging Is Warranted https://www.forbes.com/sites/joshuacohen/2021/10/05/experts-say-worst-of-covid-19-is-behind-us-but-theyve-been-wrong-before-caution-in-messaging-is-warranted/

Smoke from California wildfires increases doctor visits and blocks sun from crops https://wildfiretoday.com/2021/10/06/smoke-from-california-wildfires-increases-doctor-visits-and-blocks-sun-from-crops/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

August media attention to climate change or global warming in newspapers around the globe increased 6.5% from the previous month of July http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/icecaps/research/media_coverage/summaries/issue56.html

NOAA awards $900,000 to advance community resilience through education https://www.noaa.gov/office-education/news/noaa-awards-900000-to-advance-community-resilience-through-education

Highlighting altruism in geoscience careers aligns with diverse US student ideals better than emphasizing working outdoors https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-021-00287-4?fbclid=IwAR2rHRwPSTW5QqOjkJ6nkSxqe6w2CFK7Osiu-j5vEYd06Y7jKbFK_rJgG7c

Psychology and disasters

Recovering emotionally from disaster https://www.apa.org/topics/disasters-response/recovering

Inside first responders’ struggle with mental health https://www.benefitnews.com/news/first-responders-need-mental-health-support

‘Eco-anxiety’: fear of environmental doom weighs on young people https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/oct/06/eco-anxiety-fear-of-environmental-doom-weighs-on-young-people

Sociology and disasters

Risks and Choices as Populations Surge in Flood Zones, Rich and Poor https://news.climate.columbia.edu/2021/08/06/risks-and-choices-as-populations-surge-in-flood-zones-rich-and-poor/

WHO Slams ‘Heartbreaking’ Inequity As Over 50 Countries Fail To Vaccinate Just 10% Of Population https://www.forbes.com/sites/joewalsh/2021/10/05/who-slams-heartbreaking-inequity-as-over-50-countries-fail-to-vaccinate-just-10-of-population/?sh=1f8b0c0815e4

How social networks can save lives when disasters strike https://theconversation.com/how-social-networks-can-save-lives-when-disasters-strike-103131

Today in disaster resilience (1 October 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Volcanic ash cloud closes airport on Spanish island, as new vent prompts concern https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/spain-volcano-la-palma-airport-closed-1.6189863

Heavy rains as Cyclone Gulab makes landfall in India https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/26/heavy-rains-cyclone-gulab-india

Spain – Flash Floods Wreak Havoc in Andalusia After 112mm of Rain in 1 Hour https://floodlist.com/europe/spain-flash-floods-huelva-september-2021

Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Crete, Greece https://watchers.news/2021/09/27/crete-greece-earthquake-september-27-2021/

Thailand – Tropical Storm Dianmu Brings Flooding to North and Central Regions https://floodlist.com/asia/thailand-tropical-storm-dianmu-floods-september-2021

Lava from La Palma eruption finally reaches the Atlantic https://phys.org/news/2021-09-lava-la-palma-eruption-atlantic.html

Bangkok on alert as 70,000 homes flood in Thailand https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/28/bangkok-on-alert-as-70000-homes-flood-in-thailand

Colombia – Early Warning Saved Lives in Tolima Floods, Says Head of Disaster Agency https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-ibague-tolima-september-2021

India – Severe Flooding in 4 States After Rain From Cyclone Gulab https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-cyclone-gulab-september-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 30 Sep 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Kilauea https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/142928/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-30-Sep-2021-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Reventador-Kilauea-Nyiragon.html

Tornado tears through regional NSW, injuring three people, damaging properties near Bathurst https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-30/nsw-tornado-injures-three-people-and-destroys-properties/100504728

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Three things needed for successful climate adaptation in cities https://www.stockholmresilience.org/research/research-news/2021-09-21-three-things-needed-for-successful-climate-adaptation-in-cities.html

Missing wind variability means future impacts of climate change may be underestimated in Europe and North America https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210920082134.htm

Powerful, local stories can inspire us to take action on climate change https://theconversation.com/powerful-local-stories-can-inspire-us-to-take-action-on-climate-change-168177

Children born today to see ’24 times more’ climate-induced disasters than their grandparents https://www.sbs.com.au/news/children-born-today-to-see-24-times-more-climate-induced-disasters-than-their-grandparents/8508f290-d866-48e5-9aa4-e45f022b3517

Born into the Climate Crisis: Why we must act now to secure children’s rights https://resourcecentre.savethechildren.net/library/born-climate-crisis-why-we-must-act-now-secure-childrens-rights

Climate crisis: do we need millions of machines sucking CO2 from the air? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/24/climate-crisis-machines-sucking-co2-from-the-air

Scientific team uncovers additional threat to Antarctica’s floating ice shelves https://phys.org/news/2021-09-scientific-team-uncovers-additional-threat.html

Six research priorities for cities and climate change https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-02409-z

Extreme, deadly heat in Canada is going to come back, and worse. Will we be ready? https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-extreme-deadly-heat-in-canada-is-going-to-come-back-and-worse-will-we/

Americans who think that global warming is happening now outnumber those who think it is not happening by more than 6 to 1 https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/dramatic-increase-in-public-beliefs-and-worries-about-climate-change/

Americans’ willingness to prepare for “climate change” vs. “extreme weather” https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/americans-willingness-to-prepare-for-climate-change-vs-extreme-weather/

Our climate projections for 2500 show an Earth that is alien to humans https://theconversation.com/our-climate-projections-for-2500-show-an-earth-that-is-alien-to-humans-167744

How to measure a shrinking glacier https://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-58677992

NSW government sets more ambitious 50pc emissions reduction target for 2030 https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-29/nsw-new-carbon-emissions-reduction-target-for-2030/100498444

Netherland’s Flood Management is a Climate Adaption Model for the World https://climateadaptationplatform.com/netherlands-flood-management-is-a-climate-adaption-model-for-the-world/

Climate change is ‘a freight train’ making some places too dangerous to live in, experts say https://money.yahoo.com/climate-change-freight-train-making-093004857.html

3-Year Drought Creates Frightening ‘New Normal’ in South America https://www.theenergymix.com/2021/09/28/13-year-drought-creates-frightening-new-normal-in-south-america/

How Satellite Technologies Can Aid Fiji, Other Pacific Island Nations to Build Climate Resilience http://www.ipsnews.net/2021/09/satellite-technologies-can-aid-fiji-pacific-island-nations-build-climate-resilience/

Cutting methane should be a key Cop26 aim, research suggests https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/30/cutting-methane-should-be-a-key-cop26-aim-research-suggests

‘It’s like a war’: Greece battles increase in summer wildfires https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/30/its-like-a-war-greece-battles-increase-in-summer-wildfires

Disaster risk reduction

After devastating European fire season, experts call for new approach to protecting forests https://www.cbc.ca/news/after-devastating-european-fire-season-experts-call-for-new-approach-to-protecting-forests-1.6186833

The Alignment of Australia’s National Construction Code and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Achieving Resilient Buildings and Communities https://www.researchgate.net/publication/354818333_The_Alignment_of_Australia’s_National_Construction_Code_and_the_Sendai_Framework_for_Disaster_Risk_Reduction_in_Achieving_Resilient_Buildings_and_Communities

Remote sensing technology in claims assessment – lessons learned from the 2021 Australia East Coast floods https://www.swissre.com/risk-knowledge/mitigating-climate-risk/remote-sensing-technology-in-claims-assessment.html

What does it take to reduce flood and drought risks and build climate resilience in Eastern Africa? https://blogs.worldbank.org/water/what-does-it-take-reduce-flood-and-drought-risks-and-build-climate-resilience-eastern-africa

Decision Making for Managing Community Flood Risks: Perspectives of United States Floodplain Managers https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13753-021-00367-1

‘We are not safe’: Warning on city buildings as more quakes predicted https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/wake-up-call-to-get-melbourne-earthquake-ready-20210924-p58ufb.html

UNDP launches new Insurance and Risk Finance Facilityhttps://www.undp.org/press-releases/undp-launches-new-insurance-and-risk-finance-facility

Real-world evidence and the path from data to impact https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/blog/real-world-evidence-and-the-path-from-data-to-impact/

Why designing policies for extreme events requires a system overview https://www.stockholmresilience.org/research/research-news/2021-09-23-why-designing-policies-for-extreme-events-requires-a-system-overview.html

The proportion of the world’s population exposed to floods grew by 20 to 24 percent—ten times greater than what previous models had predicted https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/148866/research-shows-more-people-living-in-floodplains

New research initiatives to monitor complex river systems to better understand how water is used in NSW https://www.sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2021/09/24/nsw-nssn-boosts-research-funding-manage-scarce-water-resources.html

A hydrography upscaling method for scale-invariant parametrization of distributed hydrological models https://hess.copernicus.org/articles/25/5287/2021/

Disaster risk creation in the Darjeeling Himalayas: Moving toward justice https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/2514848618792821

Cascading disasters triggered by tsunami hazards: A perspective for critical infrastructure resilience and disaster risk reduction https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921005586?via%3Dihub

Moderate quake rattles southeastern Australia. Where’s the fault? https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/moderate-quake-rattles-southeastern-australia-wheres-the-fault-13344/

Introducing the wildfire layer on Google Maps https://blog.google/products/maps/search-on-maps-2021/

UNDP experts analyze flood risk management in Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine https://www.ua.undp.org/content/ukraine/en/home/presscenter/articles/2021/undp-experts-analyze-flood-risk-management-in-chernivtsi-oblast-ukraine.html

Natural Hazards Research Australia newsletter https://mailchi.mp/naturalhazards.com.au/natural-hazards-research-australia-august-3117056?e=e6d395454c

Global riverine flood risk – how do hydrogeomorphic floodplain maps compare to flood hazard maps? https://nhess.copernicus.org/articles/21/2921/2021/

Emergency management

Identifying Strategies to Boost COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance in the United States https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RRA1446-1.html

U.S. Has Enough COVID-19 Vaccines For Boosters And Kids’ Shots https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ap-us-virus-outbreak-vaccine-supply_n_6150ac46e4b03dd7280c4905

Governance in the Face of Extreme Events: Lessons from Evolutionary Processes for Structuring Interventions, and the Need to Go Beyond https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10021-021-00680-2

New local leadership structure at Fire and Emergency https://fireandemergency.nz/news-and-media/new-local-leadership-structure-at-fire-and-emergency/

World Bank report sheds light on the nuanced connections between “water shocks” and human migration https://www.circleofblue.org/2021/world/droughts-push-more-people-to-migrate-than-floods/

‘Wildfire year’ meant record days at the highest preparedness level, Forest Service chief says https://floridaphoenix.com/2021/09/29/wildfire-year-meant-record-days-at-the-highest-preparedness-level-forest-service-chief-says/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Radioactive Performances: Teaching about Radiation after the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster https://www.researchgate.net/publication/354830015_Radioactive_Performances_Teaching_about_Radiation_after_the_Fukushima_Nuclear_Disaster

Corby building trade workers invited to learn how to prevent flooding at event this week https://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/people/corby-building-trade-workers-invited-to-learn-how-to-prevent-flooding-at-event-this-week-3395226

Severe Weather Photography https://www.severe-weather.eu/photography-contest/week-30-2021-winners-contest/

How Should Nations Handle the Human Aftermath of Disasters? https://lithub.com/how-should-nations-handle-the-human-aftermath-of-disasters/

Disaster Assistance Handbook https://www.aia.org/resources/71636-disaster-assistance-handbook

Psychology and disasters

Climate psychologist says neither gloom-and-doom nor extreme solution-obsessed optimism is the best way to discuss climate change productively https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/26/how-to-discuss-climate-change-productively.html

NWCG video about firefighter mental health https://wildfiretoday.com/2021/09/29/nwcg-video-about-firefighter-mental-health/

Sociology and disasters

Social vulnerability and the impact of policy responses to COVID-19 on disabled people https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9566.13379 Protecting Manila’s most vulnerable from rising seas https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1493135/long-term-plans-needed-to-protect-metro-manilas-most-vulnerable-from-rising-seas

Today in disaster resilience (24 September 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Gard hit by historic rainfall — more than 2 months’ worth of rain in just 3 hours, France https://watchers.news/2021/09/15/gard-historic-rainfall-nimes-flood-france-september-2021/

Spanish Canary Island volcano erupts after weeks of earthquakes https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/19/spanish-canary-island-volcano-erupts-after-weeks-of-earthquakes

Italy – 10 Rescued From Floods Near Malpensa Airport https://floodlist.com/europe/italy-10-rescued-from-floods-near-malpensa-airport

India – 10 Killed in West Bengal Floods https://floodlist.com/asia/india-west-bengal-floods-september-2021

India – Fatalities After Floods and Severe Weather in Uttar Pradesh https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-uttar-pradesh-september-2021

USA – Severe Floods in Alabama Leave 1 Dead https://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-alabama-september-2021

Chad – Floods Affect 250,000 Across 400 Villageshttps://floodlist.com/africa/chad-floods-september-2021

Nigeria – Floods Affect 100,000 in Adamawa as Cholera Cases Rise, Says UN https://floodlist.com/africa/nigeria-floods-adamawa-september-2021

India – Flooding Affects Thousands in Odisha https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-odisha-september-2021

‘My whole life in a van’: Islanders flee Spanish volcano https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/eruption-spanish-island-months-experts-80163425

Melbourne earthquake: Tremor rattles southeast Australia https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-58646917

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Sep 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/142272/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-23-Sep-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Shiveluch-Reventad.html

Colombia – Thousands Affected as Floods Continue in the North https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-update-floods-north-september-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

World on ‘catastrophic’ climate path of 2.7C warming, UN warns https://www.sbs.com.au/news/world-on-catastrophic-climate-path-of-2-7c-warming-un-warns/e19eb133-0436-435a-b7e5-1e40b51da9c8

What Is ‘Fire Weather,’ and Why Is It Getting Worse? https://www.wired.com/story/what-is-fire-weather-and-why-is-it-getting-worse/

Much of New Zealand’s coastal property has an expiry date https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/what-storms-may-come/

‘It’s a reality’: Biden calls for urgency in California as climate crisis fuels wildfires https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/sep/13/california-wildfires-biden-trip-climate-crisis-links-extreme-weather

Illinois Now Boasts the ‘Most Equitable’ Climate Law in America. So What Will That Mean? https://insideclimatenews.org/news/17092021/illinois-climate-law-equitable/

No, damming the Golden Gate won’t save the Bay Area from rising seas https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/No-damming-the-Golden-Gate-won-t-save-the-Bay-16468572.php

‘Climate crisis on our shores’: Mediterranean countries sign deal after summer of fires https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/20/climate-crisis-on-our-shores-mediterranean-countries-sign-deal-after-summer-of-fires

Long-term sea-level rise necessitates a commitment to adaptation: A first order assessment https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S221209632100084X

How Methane Emissions Contribute to Climate Change https://www.wri.org/insights/methane-gas-emissions-climate-change

Biden launches plan to address ‘silent killer’: extreme heat https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/biden-launches-response-health-harms-extreme-heat-80124520

Climate Change Will Alter Cooling Effects of Volcanic Eruptions https://eos.org/articles/climate-change-will-alter-cooling-effects-of-volcanic-eruptions

Climate change and impacts accelerate https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/climate-change-and-impacts-accelerate

Clear majority of Australians want net zero emissions by 2050 https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/clear-majority-of-australians-want-net-zero-emissions-by-2050-20210921-p58tkk.html

Which parts of Australia’s coast will vanish below rising sea levels? https://www.sbs.com.au/news/audiotrack/which-parts-australias-coast-will-vanish-below-rising-sea-levels

Extreme heat: The economic and social consequences for the United States https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/in-depth-research-reports/report/extreme-heat-the-economic-and-social-consequences-for-the-united-states/

Proving sea levels are rising https://medium.com/our-changing-climate/proving-sea-levels-are-rising-54f5d63e01b4

Global wildfire carbon dioxide emissions at record high, data shows https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/21/global-wildfire-carbon-dioxide-emissions-at-record-high-data-shows

Scientists still don’t know how far melting in Antarctica will go – or the sea level rise it will unleash https://theconversation.com/scientists-still-dont-know-how-far-melting-in-antarctica-will-go-or-the-sea-level-rise-it-will-unleash-166677

The unexplored region of the atmosphere that could help predict climate change https://vtx.vt.edu/articles/2021/09/ictas-bailey-CUE-project.html

Wildfire and flood disasters are causing ‘climate migration’ within Canada https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/wildfire-and-flood-disasters-are-causing-climate-migration-within-canada-1004212774/

Life at 50C: Heat hitting home in Australia https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-australia-58643237

NASA Satellites Show How Clouds Respond to Arctic Sea Ice Change https://www.nasa.gov/feature/esnt/2021/nasa-satellites-show-how-clouds-respond-to-arctic-sea-ice-change

Drivers of exceptional coastal warming in the northeastern United States https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-021-01159-7

Councils spend millions on climate change and disaster recovery: New report https://citiespowerpartnership.org.au/2021/09/22/councils-spend-millions-on-climate-change-and-disaster-recovery-new-report/

Disaster risk reduction

Fire breaks are getting bigger in NSW but experts say it’s a big mistake https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2021-09-17/fire-breaks-getting-bigger-but-experts-say-big-mistake/100460814

Greece’s Wildfires and the Future of Natural Disasters https://newlinesmag.com/photo-essays/greeces-wildfires-and-the-future-of-natural-disasters/

The next health threat is here — action is needed on anti-microbial resistance https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/571664-the-next-health-threat-is-here-action-is-needed-on-anti-microbial

Risk Rating 2.0 moves the NFIP away from its heavy reliance on in-or-out flood zones https://californiawaterblog.com/2021/09/19/risk-rating-2-0-a-first-look-at-femas-new-flood-insurance-system/

Enhancements of the Australian Exposure Information Platform https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/105

Forecast-based Financing for flash floods: a Flash Flood Confidence Index to improve flood reporting https://www.anticipation-hub.org/news/forecast-based-financing-for-flash-floods-a-flash-flood-confidence-index

Nature-based solutions for flood risk reduction: A probabilistic modeling framework https://www.cell.com/one-earth/fulltext/S2590-3322(21)00468-1

U.S. flood insurance rates to rise for 77% of policyholders -study https://www.reuters.com/business/sustainable-business/us-flood-insurance-rates-rise-77-policyholders-study-2021-09-21/

When extreme events are no longer rare: Lessons from Hurricane Ida https://news.berkeley.edu/2021/09/21/when-extreme-events-are-no-longer-rare-lessons-from-hurricane-ida/

After Ida, U.S. cities eye more equal resilience plans https://news.trust.org/item/20210921174503-2934x/

Effectiveness of small- and large-scale Nature-Based Solutions for flood mitigation: The case of Ayutthaya, Thailand https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969721027960?via%3Dihub

RMS Estimates US$1.1 – $2.2 Billion in Total U.S. Insured Losses from Hurricane Nicholas https://www.rms.com/newsroom/press-releases/press-detail/2021-09-23/rms-estimates-us11-22-billion-in-total-us-insured-losses-from-hurricane-nicholas

Australia is no stranger to earthquakes, yet our planning polices have not adapted https://theconversation.com/australia-is-no-stranger-to-earthquakes-yet-our-planning-polices-have-not-adapted-168470

South Asia’s tryst with floods: A story less-known https://www.orfonline.org/expert-speak/south-asias-tryst-with-floods/

Impact-based forecasting: a new way to predict the community impact of east coast lows https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/106

Emergency management

COVID-19 death toll in US surpasses 1918 pandemic deaths; experts say it didn’t have to happen https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/20/covid-is-americas-deadliest-pandemic-as-us-fatalities-near-1918-flu-estimates.html

Australia’s COVID plan was designed before we knew how Delta would hit us. We need more flexibility https://theconversation.com/australias-covid-plan-was-designed-before-we-knew-how-delta-would-hit-us-we-need-more-flexibility-168189

Covid-19: Delta outbreak here to stay https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2018813323/covid-19-delta-outbreak-here-to-stay-covid-19-modeller-rodney-jones

Long Covid Affecting One Third Of People After Covid https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2021/09/19/long-covid-affecting-a-third-of-people-after-covid-19-coronavirus-infection-cdc-mmwr-study-finds/?sh=57842fb360e2

Polls on COVID-19 vaccination closely align with CDC data https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/09/20/polls-on-covid-19-vaccination-closely-align-with-cdc-data/

Is the delta coronavirus variant more dangerous for children? https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg25133523-500-is-the-delta-coronavirus-variant-more-dangerous-for-children/

Many New Orleans Seniors Were Left Without Power For Days After Hurricane Ida https://www.npr.org/2021/09/07/1034775749/hurricane-ida-power-outages-new-orleans-seniors

Facing bigger blazes, longer hours, low pay, wildland firefighters ask Congress, agencies for help https://www.sfreporter.com/news/2021/09/22/the-fight-within/

COVID vaccine immunity is waning — how much does that matter? https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02532-4

426,000 affected by flooding in South Sudan: UN https://pni.net.pk/en/climate-environment-news/426000-affected-by-flooding-in-south-sudan-un/

South Sudanese refugees homeless again after Sudan floods https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2021/9/23/photos-south-sudanese-refugees-homeless-again-after-sudan-floods

With extreme weather events and other disasters on the rise, how well are Americans prepared? https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/09/22/with-extreme-weather-events-and-other-disasters-on-the-rise-how-well-are-americans-prepared/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

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

National Preparedness Month https://www.ready.gov/september#info

A National Animation demonstrating the achievements of DEFRA funded and Environment Agency supported Property Flood Resilience (PFR) Pathfinder Projects https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3UUp-pUuDI

Using local knowledge in disaster policy is challenging, but necessary https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/using-local-knowledge-in-disaster-policy-is-challenging-but-necessary-13313/

Facebook Puts $1M Toward Combating Climate Change Misinformation https://www.adweek.com/media/facebook-puts-1m-toward-combating-climate-change-misinformation/

You’ve been through a disaster — what next? https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/after-the-disaster/

Psychology and disasters

Caring for the vulnerable opens gateways to our richest, deepest brain states https://aeon.co/videos/caring-for-the-vulnerable-opens-gateways-to-our-richest-deepest-brain-states

Tsunami awareness and preparedness in Aotearoa New Zealand: The evolution of community understanding https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921005379?via%3Dihub

Let’s stop talking about climate ‘resilience’ and start talking about climate trauma https://thephoenix.substack.com/p/lets-stop-talking-about-climate-resilience

Sociology and disasters

Bonding and linking social capital are key determinants for successful pandemic policy https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953621007085

“Driving Down a Road and Not Knowing Where You’re At”: Navigating the Loss of Physical and Social Infrastructure After the Camp Fire https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ruso.12411

The benefits of Social Infrastructure and Civic ties in Uncertain Times https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2021/09/16/the-benefits-of-social-infrastructure-and-civic-ties-in-uncertain-times/

A critical appraisal of individual social capital in crisis responsehttps://www.researchgate.net/publication/354697544_A_critical_appraisal_of_individual_social_capital_in_crisis_response

The unequal impacts of wildfire https://headwaterseconomics.org/natural-hazards/unequal-impacts-of-wildfire/

No silver-bullets: why understanding community characteristics is key to enhancing flood resilience https://floodresilience.net/blogs/understanding-community-characteristics-is-key-to-enhancing-flood-resilience/

We must address inequality to build back better from disasters https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/10/opinions/building-back-better-after-disasters-balagna-clark-ginsberg/index.html

Linking resilience, vulnerability, social capital and risk awareness for crisis and disaster research https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1468-5973.12375