Today in disaster resilience (18 October 2019)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Typhoon Hagibis: Japan deploys military rescuers as deadly storm hits

Firefighters make progress on Saddleridge fire; Southern California blazes kill 3, injure others

Typhoon Hagibis hammers Tokyo, 33 dead

Tanzania – Floods Cause Fatalities in Morogoro and Tanga Regions

El Salvador – Flooding and Landslides Leave 4 Dead

Iran – Deadly Flooding in Northern Provinces

Ethiopia – Over 20 Killed in Landslide in South

Colombia – Flooding and Landslides in Risaralda Department

At least 27 people have been confirmed dead after days of flooding in the Upper East region of Ghana

DR Congo – Deadly Floods Hit Kinshasa

Volcanic activity worldwide 17 Oct 2019: Etna volcano, Fuego, Krakatau, Shiveluch, Karangetang


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

National Governments Can’t Solve Climate Change Alone

Climate Change Insurance; California’s Homeless Crisis

Stripped bare: Australia’s hidden climate crisis

Four Storytellers Tackle Climate Change

Higher temperatures driving ‘alarming’ levels of hunger – report

Transforming mined out lands into solar plants

‘It’s a crisis, not a change’: the six Guardian language changes on climate matters

Tracking the Ongoing Recovery of Earth’s Ozone Hole

Prince William calls for climate change action on glacier visit

Extinction Rebellion and the Birth of a New Climate Politics

Mass migration from Africa likely as government invests in satellite monitoring of vulnerable countries

How Scientists Finally Got Americans to Worry About the Climate

Climate Change Impacts Monsoon Flooding In India

GHI 2019: Climate change driving alarming levels of global hunger

Assessing the health effects of extreme temperatures and the development of adaptation strategies to climate change in the Asia-Pacific region

More than 370,000 sign e-petition for climate emergency declaration

Australia wasted decades in climate denial – and must break free of the mire of misinformation

A visual alternative to tackling the 1170 pages of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC)

Planning for the economic risks of climate change

Peruvian Glaciers Have Shrunk By 30 Percent Since 2000

Climate change and displacement

Olympics Marathon Moved Out of Tokyo Over Heat Concerns

Firms ignoring climate crisis will go bankrupt


Disaster risk reduction

Japan Spent Mightily to Soften Nature’s Wrath, but Can It Ever Be Enough?

Probabilistic Hydrological Post-Processing at Scale: Why and How to Apply Machine-Learning Quantile Regression Algorithms

What happens if you put 100 people interested in flood risk management in a room for a full month?

Our attempts to wall in a surging Mississippi have failed up and down the river, leading to catastrophic flooding. Now momentum is building to work with nature, not against it

Flooding Menace: Italian Firm, Rivers Community Sign Pact To End Flooding

New study analyzes FEMA-funded home buyout program

Lagos flood: Beyond panic control, but high-tech engineering solutions

Edinburgh’s ‘urban creep’ flood risk: 15 football pitches worth of green land lost each year to conservatories, driveways and patios

Australian Tropical Cyclone Outlook for 2019 to 2020

Great Lakes flooding: The warning signs that homes must be moved

Disaster Risk Analysis Part 2: The Systemic Underestimation of Risk

Factors influencing the behaviour and perceptions of Australian veterinarians towards antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance

We can’t drought-proof Australia, and trying is a fool’s errand

FSU Research: Strong storms often generate earthquake-like seismic activity

UK: Flood defences save £1.1 billion a year

Asia-Pacific DRR Country Status Reports

Evidence for sharp increase in the economic damages of extreme natural disasters

Practitioner perspectives of disaster resilience in international development

Catalyzing urban resilience

Thirty years after devastating quake, is San Francisco ready for the next?

Unprecedented movement detected on California earthquake fault capable of 8.0 temblor

Florida Keys neighborhood’s been flooded for over 40 days

Thoughtfully Using Artificial Intelligence in Earth Science

Exmoor river ‘reset’ aims to cut flood risk and bolster wildlife

Fixing Insurance in Far North Queensland


Emergency management

Two Years After Hurricane Harvey, One Group Says It Has Been Overlooked: Renters

Toll from typhoon in Japan, both human and material, keeps rising

Limitations and challenges of early warning systems: A case study of the 2018 Palu-Donggala Tsunami

Proceedings of the 2019 International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management

Flooding of Tama River put capital on the brink of crisis during Typhoon Hagibis

Estimating the Sequencing of Evacuation Destination and Accommodation Type in Hurricanes

Developing a freely available platform to simulate the evacuation of residential communities from wildfire

Vladimir Putin held a meeting on flood relief measures in Irkutsk Region and the Far East

Urban flooding a hot button topic among those affected

Hagibis Floods Japan


Disaster education, communications and engagement

International Day for Disaster Reduction

Tips on How to Prepare Your Business for Flooding

Strategic approaches for developing a culture of safety management in schools: Indications from literature studies

Immersed: a VR experience about flood and resilience

Virtual reality based disaster resilience training

Philippines disaster preparedness simulator

Disaster Scope is an augmented reality (AR) application which contains flooding and fire smoke simulations built by Itamiya laboratory

PreparedBC: Guide for Apartments, Condos and Townhomes

Download California’s New Earthquake Early Warning App


Psychology and Disasters

Large Study Shows PTSD Has Strong Genetic Component

Getting Canadians prepared for natural disasters: a multi-method analysis of risk perception, behaviors, and the social environment

Flash Flood Risk Perception by the Population of Mindelo, S. Vicente (Cape Verde)

Geo-hydrological and seismic risk awareness at school: Emergency preparedness and risk perception evaluation

Educational Attainment, Disaster Experience, and Emergency Preparedness 1 Formal Education and Disaster Protective Action Decision Making: The Interacting Effects of Prior Experience and Income

Florida names its first mental health coordinator for hurricanes, disaster recovery


Sociology and disasters

Post-disaster recovery and sociocultural change: Rethinking social capital development for the new social fabric

The role of traditional leadership in disaster management and disaster risk governance: A case of Ugu District Municipality by-laws

Gender mainstreaming: A lasting solution to disaster risk reduction


Today in disaster resilience (11 October 2019)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

More than 90,000 people affected by flooding in Yemen

Ireland – Homes Damaged After Floods From Storm Lorenzo

Iran – Deadly Flash Floods in South

Colombia – Thousands Hit by Flooding in North

Alert Level 1 raised over Taal volcano, Philippines

Strong eruption at Sheveluch volcano with ash up to 10 km (34 000 feet), pyroclastic flow produced, Russia

Venezuela – Thousands Hit by Floods in Zulia State

Kenya – Over 1,000 Displaced by Floods in North

Sudan – North Darfur Town Devastated by Rains, Flash Floods

Vietnam – High Tides and Rising Rivers Flood Cần Thơ

NSW bushfires that destroyed dozens of homes may have been deliberately lit, authorities say

Hagibis intensifies to Category 5 Super Typhoon in one of the most explosive intensification rates on record, heading toward Tokyo, Japan

Flood sweeps away Ondo varsity final year student

Côte d’Ivoire – Deadly Floods in Abidjan and Aboisso Departments

Nigeria – Almost 20,000 Displaced by Benue and Niger River Floods

Kenya – Over 1,000 Displaced by Floods in North

Venezuela – Thousands Hit by Floods in Zulia State

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 Oct 2019: Etna volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay

Wildfires rage in California as residents scramble without power

Two people confirmed dead in NSW bushfires after police find bodies on remote property

Honduras – Evacuations After Flash Floods in Copán and Colón Departments


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Analysis: How well have climate models projected global warming?

My Community Is Warming Three Times Faster Than the Rest of the World

How citizen science is building climate resilience in South Asia

Black Communities Need Climate Change Help, Groups Tell Congress

Climate change poses a ‘direct threat’ to Australia’s national security

Killer Heat in the United States: Climate Choices and the Future of Dangerously Hot Days

The National Climate Assessment (NCA): Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States

This graph illustrates the change in global surface temperature relative to 1951-1980 average temperatures

What are Extinction Rebellion’s key demands?

Hundreds of temperature records broken over summer

There are three types of climate change denier, and most of us are at least one

‘What happens in the Arctic, doesn’t stay in the Arctic’—why the north pole matters to Asia

New Research Tying 20 Companies to One-Third of Global Emissions Aids Liability Argument

Is it time for Asian cities to declare a climate emergency?

Improved understanding of conditions in the stratosphere is helping to produce more-accurate short-term climate forecasts

Ice core source discovery adds to study of volcanic activity, climate system interactions

The world needs a massive carbon tax in just 10 years to limit climate change, IMF says

Offering solutions to Ice Age ocean chemistry puzzle

Rich Counties Get More Help to Escape Climate Risk, New Data Show

Peruvian Glaciers Have Shrunk By 30 Percent Since 2000

‘Super lucky to catch it’: Researchers get time-lapse video of glacial lake flood


Disaster risk reduction

Experts warn world ‘grossly unprepared’ for future pandemics

Warming climate alarms Montana scientists

Warragamba plan ‘flawed’: former SES deputy

Disaster risk reduction must secure a place in all budgets, UN expert says

A core and a periphery in disaster-related research and practice

It’s only October, so what’s with all these bushfires? New research explains it

Sweeping Study Raises Questions About Who Benefits From Buyouts Of Flood-Prone Homes

A systematic review and evaluation of Zika virus forecasting and prediction research during a public health emergency of international concern

Communities across Washington are removing human development rather than engineering bigger and costlier fixes to the flooding that is likely to get worse as a consequence of climate change

Don’t count on Canada-wide, high-resolution flood modelling anytime soon

FEMA Bought 44,000 Flood-Prone Homes. They May Have to Buy Millions More

How to protect homes from wildfire is subject of professor’s new book


Emergency management

The climate is changing, but our disaster-response system isn’t keeping up, experts say

International satellites supporting disaster management

Nearly 1,900 Dead In Monsoon Rains, Floods Across India

Australian Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS) initiates national engagement

Australian Emergency Management Arrangements Handbook updated

More Frequent and Intense Tropical Storms Mean Less Recovery Time for the World’s Coastlines

Adaptation, adaptability and resilience: the recovery of Kobe after the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995

Hurricane Michael recovery efforts point to the power of local generosity after overlooked disasters

Why Machine Learning Is Critical for Disaster Response


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Living With Wildfire

Are You Ready For Your Customers To Hear Thunder?

Championing a bottom-up approach to community resilience

On 13 October, communities across the world will recognise the United Nation’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction to help promote a global culture of risk awareness and disaster reduction

The Survive and Thrive program is a long-term bushfire education partnership between Anglesea Primary School and the Anglesea CFA community

This joint special issue of Disasters and Development Policy Review discusses the role of information technology and social media both in disasters and development contexts

PG&E power outage: How to survive with just your cellphone


Psychology and Disasters

Living near a coast is linked with better mental health, study suggests

A typology of spontaneous societal responses to disasters that planners can use to help them understand the links to the affected communities and motivations for action

Can some people sense that an earthquake is about to happen (earthquake sensitives)?


Sociology and disasters

The Social Impact of Natural Hazards: A Multilevel Analysis of Disasters and Forms of Trust in Mainland China

Disasters, Vulnerabilities, and Equity: Moving Forward

The politics of disaster vulnerability

Today in disaster resilience (4 October 2019)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

‘Totally terrified’ observers catch tornado touching down outside Davis on video

Drought-hit Australian towns prepare for ‘unimaginable’ water crisis

Lorenzo becomes the strongest hurricane this far north and east in the Atlantic basin

Tibesti – another mining-induced landslide

Niger: Tens of Thousands Impacted by Devastating Floods

Bihar and Uttar Pradesh: More than 100 dead in fresh India flood chaos

Turkey – 13 Rescued After Flash Floods in Artvin Province

Severe thunderstorms north of Brisbane flood homes and businesses

Worst monsoon in 25 years kills 148 across India, floods ravage Patna

UK weather: Torrential rain brings floods across Britain

Hurricane Lorenzo lashes mid-Atlantic Azores Islands

Pakistan – Fatalities After Heavy Rain and Flash Floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Mexico – Deadly Floods After Heavy Rain From Tropical Storm Narda

Senegal – Thousands Displaced by Floods in Dakar and Kaolack Regions

South Korea – Torrential Rain From Typhoon Mitag Causes Deadly Floods and Landslides

Volcanic activity worldwide 3 Oct 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Dukono, Reventador


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

UK’s new flagship polar research vessel officially named Sir David Attenborough

Climate lessons from the classroom spill into the streets

This Victorian surf club is under threat as climate change eats away at the coast

‘It’s heartbreaking’: a coastal community watches its beach wash away

Didn’t teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg cause a stir last week?

Girt by sea, Australia faces serious climate challenge

U.S. taxpayers are at risk for homes threatened by climate change

Where climate cash is flowing and why it’s not enough

Feeling flight shame? Try quitting air travel and catch a sail boat

Australia’s mangroves and seagrass meadows absorb 20m tonnes of CO2 a year but report warns damage to ecosystems contributing to climate change

NSW considers laws to stop courts and planners blocking coalmines on climate grounds

What Climate Change Will Do to Three Major American Cities by 2100

Use the Sea Ice Aware App to Monitor Conditions in the Poles

Vast iceberg bigger than Los Angeles breaks off Antarctic shelf

Australia Must Listen To First Nations People If It Wants To Combat Climate Change

Human Activity Outpaces Volcanoes, Asteroids in Releasing Deep Carbon

Watch: Thirty-five years of Arctic thaw in two minutes

Report: Global Use of Renewable Energy Will Soar By 2050 (But So Will CO2)


Disaster risk reduction

North Miami bought her flooded home. Now it’s going to become a park to fight sea rise

Resilient Cities, User-Driven Planning, and Open Data Policy

Hydrological signatures describing the translation of climate seasonality into streamflow seasonality

Scientists have found that most fires start on the side of highways or near power lines. What if the vegetation in those places was impervious to fire?

Life on the coast is already hazardous. Groundwater mismanagement amplifies other risks

FEMA’s flood maps may not accurately reflect the real risk for millions of Americans

The launch of Australia FloodScore now marks an important step forward for rating flood risk in the region

How the American nuclear industry downplays the threat of climate-induced flooding

A new study highlights the potential to improve the accuracy of flood hazard maps by incorporating richer data

Phase two of the £112 million Leeds flood defence scheme is one of the largest river flood alleviation scheme in the UK

This Beautiful Bamboo Sports Hall Can Withstand Earthquakes And Has A Zero-Carbon Footprint

Researchers Hone Our Ability to Map Storm Flooding

Houston’s pocket prairies: Natural solutions to unnatural flooding

Groundwater pumping in some of the world’s critical watersheds exceeds safe levels. It’s causing surface waters to fall at an alarming rate

Fire as a key driver of Earth’s biodiversity


Emergency management

Iowa residents asked to ignore false weather alert

NISC – Our members include the following public safety, emergency preparedness, management, and response stakeholders

Bangladesh promises to improve local flood warnings after complaints

More than 1,600 die in India’s heaviest monsoon season for 25 years

US Aid for Hurricane Dorian


Disaster education, communications and engagement

See where your town was located in the ancient past

The Best Nature Books of 2019

Hull Flood Protection Guide

Hurricane Evacuation Decision Making

Resident input sought for Harvey-related flood projects

“You wouldn’t walk into a bushfire, so why would you drive your car into floodwaters?”

The Role of Introductory Geoscience Courses in Preparing Teachers—And All Students—For the Future: Are We Making the Grade?

Most Americans are highly concerned about several issues when it comes to social media and news

The Great Flood of 2019: A Complete Picture of a Slow-Motion Disaster

Flood Snakes and Ladders – a community flood engagement event


Psychology and Disasters

Nearly 20 percent of Hurricane Harvey flood victims reported post-flood PTSD, depression and anxiety

Flooding, Recovery and Hydraulic Citizenship in Post-Harvey Houston

Every Single Cognitive Bias in One Infographic

Why Near‐Miss Events Can Decrease an Individual’s Protective Response to Hurricanes


Sociology and disasters

Black Wave: How Networks and Governance Shaped Japan’s 3/11 Disasters

The number of people in the average U.S. household is going up for the first time in over 160 years

New research suggests the assumption Aboriginal people lived in open vegetation sustained by fire is misplaced

Today in disaster resilience (27 September 2019)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Three kids die in Delta floods

Flood: Over 150 communities submerged in Kogi – Commissioner

Albania struck by 5.6-magnitude earthquake, injuring at least 37

Trinidad and Tobago – Tropical Storm Karen Causes Severe Flooding

Haiti – 2 Dead, 4 Missing After Flash Floods in Ouest Department

Tropical Storm Karen intensifies as it bears down on Puerto Rico

England weather: Heavy rain causes floods and travel chaos

Volcanic activity worldwide 26 Sep 2019: Popocatépetl volcano, Dukono, Reventador

Pune Flood: Death Toll Rises To 7; NDRF Teams On Rescue Operation

India – 12 Dead, Thousands Displaced After Floods in Maharashtra

Sri Lanka – Floods and Landslides Leave 1 Dead and 15,000 Displaced

Oman – Rain and Winds From Tropical Cyclone Hikaa Prompt Evacuations and Rescues

Strong and shallow M6.8 earthquake hits Maluku, Indonesia


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Greta Thunberg condemns world leaders in emotional speech at UN

Climate effort must be boosted five-fold to limit global warming to 1.5°C

Climate change ‘hitting harder and sooner’ than forecast, warn scientists ahead of UN meeting

New coastal development is designed to live with sea level rise

2019 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Tied for Second Lowest on Record

Increasing flood risk due to co-occurring storm surges and heavy precipitation in Northern Europe

Climate change could stretch our capabilities, Defence Force chief speech warns

David Attenborough attacks Australian PM on climate record and support for coal

Teen girls are leading the climate strikes and helping change the face of environmentalism

Even a 20-centimetre rise in sea level would more than double the frequency of flooding in tropical zones such as the Mumbai coast, according to a 2017 report by US experts

A sense of climate crisis now haunts stories which aren’t even about the environment

Humans Just Held Another Funeral For a Glacier, And It May Not Be The Last

Australia is the runaway global leader in building new renewable energy

How we measure glaciers

New study shows major changes in severity of flooding across Europe linked to climate change

Home to “New York City’s newest island,” Hunter’s Point South is a city-funded park that offers lessons for cities struggling with rising tides

World’s oceans at a tipping point, indicates UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report

Italy and France Prepare for Imminent Collapse of Mont Blanc Glacier

The IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, approved on 24 September 2019 by the 195 IPCC member governments, provides new evidence for the benefits of limiting global warming to the lowest possible level

Satellite will gain hi-res view of greenhouse effect

Evolution of 21st Century Sea Level Rise Projections

Not convinced on the need for urgent climate action? Here’s what happens to our planet between 1.5°C and 2°C of global warming

Climate Change Hits Vulnerable Communities First and Hardest

How climate change is melting, drying and flooding Earth — in pictures

World’s poorest communities have done the least to cause climate change, but end up paying for it

Dying of laughter: comics joke about climate change at U.N. summit


Disaster risk reduction

Experts warn of ‘endless’ flood cycle

Aussie startup FloodMapp raises $1.3 million for tech reducing “catastrophic” impact of flooding

Massive Study of European Flooding Sees North-South Climate Split

Gilbert White Special Issue

Surging Waters looks at flooding in the United States and demonstrates how science is supporting flood management, as well as furthering the solutions needed to mitigate flood impacts on people and property in the future

Rethinking resilience to wildfire

Hurricane resilience in the Bahamas: Ecosystem

Devising an Earthquake Algorithm to Save Lives

Imelda, Florence, Harvey: Bigger Rains and Bigger Floods

The Effect Of The Rising UK Flood Risk On Commercial Property

Cumbria Strategic Flood Partnership (CSFP) brings together Flood Risk Management Authorities and other organisations including representation from community groups

Risk Rating 2.0 Overview

Calgary flood protection project faces opposition

Role of earthquake motions in triggering a ‘surprise’ tsunami

Herogram illustrates how ECMWF scientists support EU flood work

Paradise Dam will have ‘some difficulty’ in extreme flood event

New satellite may make flood prediction easier

Extreme floods that once came every 100 years will be annual event by 2050: UN climate report

Tsunami Disasters and Global Heating in Japan: Incremental or Transformational Adaptation to Sea Level Rise?

Dr Lee Bosher : The terrifying experience that led to a lifetime of work

The satellite-based atlas includes information about more than 13 million fires

Flood Gates, Flood Walls and Home Buyouts: Coming Soon To Miami?


Emergency management

‘Opening the Door to Hell Itself’: Bahamas Confronts Life After Hurricane Dorian

We talked to Obama’s top FEMA official on the future of flooding and what humanity can do to prepare

Why will FEMA spend as much in past 2 years as the previous 37? Here’s how disaster aid works

Imelda dumped 40 inches of rain on Texas — and it wasn’t even a hurricane?

Public-Private-People Relationship Stakeholder Model for disaster and humanitarian operations

Exploring the Complications of Counting Casualties After Natural Disasters

FEMA officials tour safe rooms in Joplin, Webb City

UAE rescues 50,000 people from floods in Sudan

Minister reassures Nigerians of measures to tackle floods


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Children, young people and flooding

The Role of Children in Creating Culturally Sensitive Disaster Management

International Day for Disaster Reduction 13 October

Climate Watch an App developed to monitor the effects of climate change locally

The Regional Resilience Exposure Tool (R2ET) is intended to function as a base-line resource for citizens, businesses, and governmental actors to kickstart conversations about sea level rise and emergency preparedness


Psychology and Disasters

The National Household Survey (NHS) tracks progress in personal disaster preparedness through investigation of the American public’s preparedness actions, attitudes, and motivations


Sociology and disasters

Community Resilience: A Case Study of a Community of Fortaleza, CE

Visually exploring social perceptions of environmental harm in global urban contexts

A coupled human–natural systems framework of community resilience

Today in disaster resilience (20 September 2019)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

The drought is now so severe it is biting in even the greenest corners of the country

Tens of thousands in Chiba urged to evacuate due to possible mudslides, Japan

Worst storm in over a century hits Spain, major floods and tornadoes reported

Strong explosion at Sakurajima volcano, Japan

Floods In Rajasthan After Release Of Water From Dams, Thousands Evacuated

‘This is mind-blowing’: Residents cope with historic flooding in Dell Rapids

23,000 flee after floods in northeast Thailand

‘On pins and needles’: Flooded-out Iowans brace for a third round in six months

At least 33 people dead as floods submerge large areas of northern Thailand

Record 1,422 people killed in monsoon rains from June to September, India

One killed, two escape death as flood ravages Anambra capital

Imelda brings heavy rainfall, fears of flooding to Texas

USA – Flooding in South East Texas After Tropical Depression Imelda Dumps Heavy Rain

India – Thousands Displaced by Floods in Rajasthan

Algeria – 2 Dead as Floods Hit Algiers and Souk Ahras

Indonesia shuts down plantations linked to illegal forest fires

Forest fires in Bolivia burn Switzerland-sized area

Eruption Of Russian Volcano Caused Colorful Skies


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Eight More Effects of Climate Change: Some Surprising, Some Fatal

‘Climigration’: when communities must move because of climate change

Emission impossible? Harsh facts on climate change

The world has a third pole – and it’s melting quickly

Are businesses doing enough to prepare for climate change or do executives have their heads in the sand?

UK will see four heatwaves a year and twice as many flash floods by 2070s, Met Office predicts

The case for strategic and managed climate retreat

Jacinda Ardern on rising to the climate change challenge

Worrying new calculations show Earth is warming faster than previously thought

With Greenland’s Extreme Melting, a New Risk Grows: Ice Slabs That Worsen Runoff

The Impact of Climate Change on Kivalina, Alaska

Scientists set out how to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030

Fighting for a stolen future

Inequality and climate change

Hundreds of Australian academics declare support for climate rebellion

Ignoring young people’s climate change fears is a recipe for anxiety

Climate disasters to leave 150 million in humanitarian need by 2030: Red Cross

New UN report launched to help ratchet up action to combat climate crisis

The Arctic and climate change (1979 – 2019): What the ice record tells us

We want to learn about climate change from weather presenters, not politicians

A survey of Australian TV audiences’ views on climate change

Climate change: Warming to drive ‘robust increase’ in UK flooding

Global warming simulations: Parts of U.K. and northern Europe to see more compound flooding


Disaster risk reduction

“There’s no record of fire dangers that high that early in those areas in NSW”

Don’t politicise the bushfires? The alternative is to sit back while more severe events happen

Work on Wangaratta’s inadequate flood levees delayed by bureaucracy

Researchers Hone Ability to Map Storm Flooding

Flood: When Disaster Becomes Unnatural By Ahmed Maiyaki

Constructing a comprehensive disaster resilience index: The case of Italy

Review of the Transition From Smouldering to Flaming Combustion in Wildfires

Dams were built to control floods; they are now triggers

Flood relief scheme will be a catalyst for Cork city

More than half of FEMA’s flood maps rely on decades-old data. Now, a group of Texas researchers is tackling the problem with a $3 million grant and crowdsourced data

Hurricane Dorian: Harbinger of the new normal

Why Flood Victims Blame Their City, Not the Climate

As Flooding Worsens, Home Buyouts Move at a Snail’s Pace

Resilient Communities: A New Disaster Preparedness Approach

What to do about the constant threat – and reality – of flooded homes in coastal communities–and-reality–of-flooded-homes-in-coastal-communities

Flooding and Land Use Change in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia

Google to expand AI-powered flood forecasts in India for monsoon season

Urban flood resilience in Indonesia: New approaches through an urban design lens


Emergency management

Haitians fear deportation from Bahamas after storm disaster

Extreme Weather Displaced a Record 7 Million in First Half of 2019

California Prepares For Wildfire Season As Climate Change Keeps Temperatures Rising

Mozambique cyclones: One million facing food shortages

The University of the Bahamas, After Dorian

False Tsunami Warning In Hawaii Triggered By Police Exercise

20,000 flood victims in Northeast remain trapped


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Preparedness Day Educates Thousands of Californians on Disaster Readiness

Capacity Building toward Resilience: How Communities Recover, Learn, and Change in the Aftermath of Extreme Events

Global Mapping of Citizen Science Projects for Disaster Risk Reduction

In the past 20 years climate change education has been in and out of the formal curriculum depending on the whims of Australian governments


Psychology and Disasters

Recent Development in Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics: Bibliographic Analyses, Collaboration Patterns, and Future Directions

How to talk to children and teens about their fears surrounding climate change


Sociology and disasters

Women are at the Heart of Disaster Preparedness and Response

Improving community resiliency following disasters is a dynamic partnership between community-based organizations and public health agencies established pre-disaster

Today in disaster resilience (13 September 2019)



Please find below links to some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

‘Like nothing we’ve seen’: Queensland bushfires tear through rainforest

Tens of thousands in Atlantic Canada still in the dark after Hurricane Dorian

Peregian homes destroyed after ferocious bushfire rips through Sunshine Coast community

Hurricane Dorian Lashes the Carolinas with Storm-Surge Flooding, Tornadoes

Morocco and Algeria – More Flash Floods Leave 11 Dead

Firefighters fear significant losses on Sunshine Coast, while more than 50 blazes are burning across New South Wales

Dorian’s death toll in Bahamas rises to 50 -official

Heavy rains result in landslide killing 7 in southern Ethiopia

Typhoon “Lingling” killed 8 in North Korea, destroyed 460 houses and 46 200 ha (114 162 acres) of farmland

Floods kill seven people, 700 pigs in Cambodia

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Sep 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Ubinas

More than 800 homes destroyed by floods in Mali

Worst storm in over a century hits Spain, major floods and tornadoes reported

17 dead, 1 missing as more flooding hits Morocco and Algeria

Sweden – Flash Floods in Gothenburg After Heavy Rain

Ethiopia – Deadly Landslide After Heavy Rains in South East

West Africa – Death Toll Rises in Niger, Homes Destroyed in Nigeria, Hundreds Displaced in Chad


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australians increasingly fear climate change-related drought and extinctions

Climate gentrification: Coming to a community near you

Australia’s main grid hits new peak of 41 per cent wind and solar

Climate change survey shows Australians want action on emissions, but are divided on nuclear

Extreme heat a far greater threat for most Australians than extreme cold weather, study finds

European summer heatwave killed 1,500 in France, Minister says,-minister-says/11491610

Climate change: ‘Invest $1.8 trillion to adapt’

What Is the Sun’s Role in Climate Change?

The climate apocalypse is coming. To prepare for it, we need to admit that we can’t prevent it

Stay or go? Asian nations mull options as seas rise, cities sink

Climate change is bringing a new world of bushfires

Urban growth, heat islands, humidity, climate change: the costs multiply in tropical cities

Adaptation can deliver high rates of return, bringing multiple benefits to people and the economy

How much do direct livestock emissions actually contribute to global warming?

“Business as usual” could lead to catastrophic global sea-level rise, says new study

Emergent Constraints on Climate-Carbon Cycle Feedbacks

Climate change, reforestation/afforestation, and urbanization impacts on evapotranspiration and streamflow in Europe

Why gender matters in climate adaptation

Dangerous new hot zones are spreading around the world

‘In for a roasting’: Australia ‘on brink’ of ‘apocalyptic’ conditions

The losses from glaciers on Arctic islands and middle-latitude mountain ranges have been quite significant

Building climate change defences could massively boost world economy

Disaster risk reduction

‘Dead things everywhere’: is Australia facing the summer from hell?

Dorian One of Strongest, Longest-Lasting Hurricanes on Record in the Atlantic

We’re Barely Listening to the U.S.’s Most Dangerous Volcanoes

Recharging Aquifers by Capturing Flood Flows – Texas Case Study

Government pledges £62m flood funding for communities in England

Flood risk management: Slowing the flow

Going Under: Post-Flood Buyouts Take Years to Complete


Emergency management

Meet air attack supervisor Nadia Rhodes, Canberra’s eyes in the sky this bushfire season

Five things to watch after Hurricane Dorian strikes the Bahamas

Fires are burning where they never used to burn

Nebraska’s Emergency Management Agency Strained by Record Floods


Disaster education, communications and engagement

National forums to understand disaster risk

Capacity Building toward Resilience: How Communities Recover, Learn, and Change in the Aftermath of Extreme Events

Canada Tries a Forceful Message for Flood Victims: Live Someplace Else

Remembering 9/11


Psychology and Disasters

Study reveals link between flooding and poor mental health


Sociology and disasters

Bridging Social Capital through the Techno-subsystem: A Qualitative Analysis of GoFundMe Requests for Hurricane Relief

Today in disaster resilience (6 September 2019)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Category 5 Hurricane Dorian hits Bahamas, moves closer to United States

Hurricane Dorian Becomes the 5th Atlantic Category 5 in 4 Years

Hurricane “Dorian” caused ‘unprecedented damage’ to the Bahamas

Ravaging hailstorm in Edmonton racked up $90 million in insured damages, Alberta, Canada

Vietnam and Thailand – Floods Hit After Rain From Tropical Cyclone ‘Podul’

Kenya – Deadly Flash Floods in Hell’s Gate National Park

Uganda – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Eastern Region

Dorian triggers massive flooding in Bahamas; at least 5 dead

Algeria – Dozens Rescued After Flash Floods in North

Central African Republic – Deadly Floods in North West

Tropical Cyclone “Lingling” forms in the Western Pacific Ocean, heading toward the Korean Peninsula

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Sep 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Dukono, Reventador

Morocco – 2 Dead in Khenifra Floods, Massive Debris Flow in Imlil


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

MOOC: Climate Change: The Science and Global Impact

Scientists discover evidence for past high-level sea rise

The four big climate challenges for India

Major floods will happen more often, due to climate change

Why Are Hurricanes Like Dorian Stalling, and Is Global Warming Involved?

Trees Are Key To Fighting Urban Heat — But Cities Keep Losing Them

Climate change: Greenland’s ice faces melting ‘death sentence’

Devastation from Hurricane Dorian provokes calls for reporters to acknowledge the climate emergency’s connection to extreme weather

70% of Americans worried about climate change

Greenland’s rapidly vanishing glaciers

Disaster risk reduction

Best practices for successful coastal flooding adaptation

Making Mitigation Work: The Battle for Better Building Codes

The 2018 rift eruption and summit collapse of Kīlauea Volcano

Natural Hazards Research Platform

Analysis of the Potential of IT System Support in Early Warning Systems: Mitigating Flood Risk in Poland

Using flood data to get a clearer picture of environmental risk

A “Managed Retreat” from Disasters

Whose resilience matters? Like-for-like comparison of objective and subjective evaluations of resilience

Disasters drive up insurance rates

Why Forecasting Floods Should Be a Global Collaborative Effort


Emergency management

Japan conducts emergency drills in preparation for the huge quake predicted to hit Tokyo area

Grim fire season looms but many Australians remain unprepared

Recovery of Tourism-Based Economies on the Texas Gulf Coast after Hurricane Harvey

Dramatic video shows people in Bahamas swimming through rushing floodwaters

Bahamas Relief Efforts Frustrated as Dorian Pulls Away

Six months after cyclones, Pope spotlights Mozambique’s needs

Aerial footage reveals extent of storm devastation in Bahamas – as it happened

NASA’s ARIA team maps flooding in the Bahamas


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Japan’s emergency advisories are too complex and hard to understand, even for fluent Japanese speakers, experts say

Students Promote Landslide Education Across Puerto Rico

September is US National Preparedness Month. Theme: Prepared, Not Scared

New map marker a stark reminder to be ready for natural disasters

Protecting schools from natural hazards

700 people gather in Tokyo for memorial of Koreans massacred during Great Kanto Earthquake

Social media lessons from Calgary flood highlighted in wake of Houston crisis

Residents invited to learn more about flood risk work


Psychology and Disasters

Full Collection on Children and Disasters Now Available


Sociology and disasters

A Global Survey on the Perceptions and Impacts of Gender Inequality in the Earth and Space Sciences

Building and measuring community resilience

Indigenous Women of the Amazon Send a Call: The Fight for Mother Earth Is the Mother of All Fights