Today in disaster resilience (13 December 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Australia fires: blazes ‘too big to put out’ as 140 bushfires rage in NSW and Queensland https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/07/australia-fires-blazes-too-big-to-put-out-as-140-bushfires-rage-in-nsw-and-queensland?CMP=share_btn_tw

Namibia – 1 Dead After Flash Floods in Northern and Central Areas http://floodlist.com/africa/namibia-floods-december-2019

New Zealand – Flooding Prompts State of Emergency in Canterbury Region http://floodlist.com/australia/new-zealand-canterbury-otago-december-2019

Uganda – at Least 16 Killed in Floods and Landslides in Western Region http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-landslides-bundibugyo-western-region-december-2019

Flooding causes extreme destruction in South Sudan: IOM https://www.southsudan.biz/flooding-causes-extreme-destruction-in-south-sudan-iom/

White Island volcano erupts in Bay of Plenty: 5 dead, 8 missing, 31 in hospital https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12292240

Malaysia – Hundreds Evacuated After Floods in Johor http://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-floods-johor-december-2019

Philippines – Thousands Displaced by Floods in North http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-northeast-monsoon-floods-cagayan-december-2019

Sri Lanka – 6 Dead, Thousands Displaced as Heavy Rain Continues http://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-north-east-monsoon-december-2019

Rwanda – Dozens Homeless After Heavy Rain Triggers Landslides in Musanze http://floodlist.com/africa/rwanda-dozens-homeless-after-heavy-rain-triggers-landslides-in-musanze

Somalia – Homes Destroyed as Tropical Cyclone Pawan http://floodlist.com/africa/somalia-tropical-cyclone-pawan-december-2019

Colombia – Thousands Hit by Floods in Nariño Department http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-narino-december-2019

South Africa – Hundreds Rescued From Floods in Gauteng http://floodlist.com/africa/south-africa-floods-gauteng-december-2019

Lebanon and Israel – Flash Floods Cause Travel Chaos http://floodlist.com/asia/lebanon-israel-flash-floods-december-2019

More than 720 homes lost in NSW fires as Sydney told to brace for huge losses https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/more-than-720-homes-lost-in-nsw-fires-as-sydney-told-to-brace-for-huge-losses-20191211-p53iv5.html

Malaysia – 300 Evacuate After Floods in Sabah http://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-sabah-floods-december-2019

Madagascar – Floods and Wind Damage After Tropical Cyclone Belna Makes Landfall http://floodlist.com/africa/madagascar-tropical-cyclone-belna-december-2019

Ecuador – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Morona-Santiago Province http://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-morona-santiago-province-december-2019

Maldives – Heavy Rain Causes Floods in Malé http://floodlist.com/asia/maldives-floods-december-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Dec 2019: Etna volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/94056/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-12-Dec-2019-Etna-volcano-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-San.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Nagano is first prefecture in Japan to declare a climate emergency http://www.newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/125987.php

Victoria Falls dries to a trickle after worst drought in a century https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/07/victoria-falls-dries-to-a-trickle-after-worst-drought-in-a-century?CMP=share_btn_tw

Leading scientists condemn political inaction on climate change as Australia ‘literally burns’ https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/07/leading-scientists-condemn-political-inaction-on-climate-change-as-australia-literally-burns

New research examines climate change’s role in 2018 extreme weather events https://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/new-research-examines-climate-change%E2%80%99s-role-2018-extreme-weather

Earth’s frozen ‘water towers’ threatened by warming, population growth, report says https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/mountain-water-towers-climate-change-threats-1.5388575

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

Greenland ice losses rising faster than expected https://phys.org/news/2019-12-greenland-ice-losses-faster.html

Historic American towns have endured wars, storms. What about sea rise? https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-12-08/historic-american-towns-sea-rise

Sea Level Science Grapples with Uncertainty and Usability https://eos.org/research-spotlights/sea-level-science-grapples-with-uncertainty-and-usability#.Xe_EATjkkYA.linkedin

‘Sydney is angry’: Protesters march to demand urgent action on climate change https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydney-is-angry-protesters-march-to-demand-urgent-action-on-climate-change-20191211-p53iyc.html

Now Australian cities are choking on smoke, will we finally talk about climate change? https://theconversation.com/now-australian-cities-are-choking-on-smoke-will-we-finally-talk-about-climate-change-128543

“Climatic-affective atmospheres”: A conceptual tool for affective scholarship in a changing climate https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1755458619300453

Climate Analytics suggests Australia has reneged on a pledge to make deeper emissions cuts https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/12/australias-use-of-accounting-loophole-to-meet-paris-deal-found-to-have-no-legal-basis?CMP=share_btn_tw

On current trends, Greenland ice melting will cause 100 million people to be flooded each year by the end of the century, so 400 million in total due to sea level rise https://sealevel.nasa.gov/news/178/greenlands-rapid-melt-will-mean-more-flooding

“There’s been this increasing dawning of awareness among many Americans that climate change is actually starting to harm people here and now” https://www.theverge.com/2019/12/10/21003596/climate-change-end-of-decade-2019-temperature-storms-wildfires-effects-emissions

People are waking up to the climate crisis, but two sobering reports this week are a reminder of the enormity of the problem https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/arctic-melt-climate-change-global-warming-permafrost-bomb-greta-thunberg-925599/

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

 

Disaster risk reduction

How to live with mega-fires? Portugal’s feral forests may hold the secret https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/12/how-to-live-with-mega-fires-portugal-forests-may-hold-secret/

Study suggests Cascadia can trigger quakes on the northern San Andreas, California https://watchers.news/2019/12/08/study-suggests-cascadia-can-trigger-quakes-on-the-northern-san-andreas-california/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Indian Ocean Dipole: What is it and why is it linked to floods and bushfires? https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50602971

Flash flooding is a serious threat in the UK – here’s how scientists are tackling its prediction https://theconversation.com/flash-flooding-is-a-serious-threat-in-the-uk-heres-how-scientists-are-tackling-its-prediction-128015

Meteorological conditions leading to the 2015 Salgar flash flood: lessons for vulnerable regions in tropical complex terrain https://www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci.net/19/2635/2019/

A benefit–cost analysis of floodplain land acquisition for US flood damage reduction https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-019-0437-5

New study compares floodplain protection today to predicted future flood losses https://phys.org/news/2019-12-floodplain-today-future-losses.html

To prevent increasingly massive wildfires we need to rethink our approach to forest management https://thenib.com/prescribed-burn-forest-fires

A Tiny Leak Led to a Massive, Unexpected Collapse at Kilauea Volcano https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-tiny-leak-led-to-a-massive-unexpected-collapse-at-kilauea-volcano/

Conserving the Floodplains Could Save Billions of Dollars, Researchers say https://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Conserving-the-Floodplains-Could-Save-Billions-of-Dollars-Researchers-say.html

Damaging Rains From Hurricanes Can Be More Intense After Winds Subside https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2019/12/03/damaging-rains-from-hurricanes-can-be-more-intense-after-winds-subside-say-researchers/

Hazard map articles should describe the development of a volcanic hazard map or set of volcanic hazard maps https://appliedvolc.biomedcentral.com/submission-guidelines/preparing-your-manuscript/hazard-map

Scientists Scramble to Collect Data After Ridgecrest Earthquakes https://eos.org/features/scientists-scramble-to-collect-data-after-ridgecrest-earthquakes

 

Emergency management

Government’s role in supporting community–led approaches to recovery https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/media/6916/srrg-community_led_literature_review.pdf

Briefing Mozambique’s post-cyclone problems multiply https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news/2019/09/09/Mozambique-cyclone-drought-elections-militancy

‘Smells like it’s time to go to work’: American firefighters arrive in Sydney https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/it-smells-like-it-s-time-to-go-to-work-american-firefighters-arrive-in-sydney-20191208-p53hxt.html

White Island erupts: Why were tourists allowed on unsettled island? https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12292364

Why White Island erupted and why there was no warning https://theconversation.com/why-white-island-erupted-and-why-there-was-no-warning-128550?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

As Australia bush fires rage, country offers lessons for the wildfire-prone western U.S. https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/11/23/australia-bush-fires-rage-country-offers-lessons-wildfire-prone-us/

New Zealand helicopter pilot describes horror of volcano rescue https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/10/new-zealand-volcano-helicopter-pilot-says-was-victims-last-hope?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

Hunger deepening in South Sudan as floods follow drought and unresolved conflict https://insight.wfp.org/conflict-eases-as-hunger-deepens-in-south-sudan-7a41e03581a0

Despite Warning Of 2nd Eruption, Police Will Try To Recover Bodies On White Island https://www.npr.org/2019/12/12/787416826/despite-warning-of-2nd-eruption-police-will-try-to-recover-bodies-on-white-islan

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Policy Perspectives on Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing https://theoryandpractice.citizenscienceassociation.org/articles/10.5334/cstp.293/

A new database for detecting floods in real-time on a global scale using Twitter https://www.nature.com/articles/s41597-019-0326-9

 

Sociology and disasters

Capturing Bonding, Bridging, and Linking Social Capital through Publicly Available Data https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/rhc3.12183

How a small British town used social connections to make residents happier and healthier https://qz.com/1725422/how-one-town-fostered-resilience-by-combating-loneliness/amp/

The historical context of injustice, discrimination and inequality experienced through social structures that cause harm to certain people  informs today’s risk https://theconversation.com/risk-rooted-in-colonial-era-weighs-on-bahamas-efforts-to-rebuild-after-hurricane-dorian-125548

Today in disaster resilience (6 December 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Sri Lanka – 3 Dead, Hundreds Displaced After Floods and Landslides http://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-landslide-central-province-november-2019

Uganda – Thousands Affected by Landslides in Western Region http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-bundibugyo-landslides-november-2019

Mexico – Heavy Rain and Deadly Floods in Chihuahua and Sinaloa http://floodlist.com/america/mexico-floods-sinaloa-chihuahua-november-2019

Malaysia – Floods Displaced Over 2,000 in Terengganu http://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-floods-terengganu-november-2019

Rains lash many parts of Tamil Nadu, more forecast; five dead in city https://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india/rains-lash-many-parts-tamil-nadu-forecast-567929

Heavy rain batters southern France, causing new wave of deadly floods https://watchers.news/2019/12/02/heavy-rain-batters-southern-france-causing-new-wave-of-deadly-floods/

Philippines evacuates hundreds of thousands ahead of typhoon, to shut main airport http://news.trust.org/item/20191202150836-6h762/

French floods: five dead after three rescue workers killed in helicopter crash https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/02/dead-french-floods-as-rescue-helicopter-crashes-marsellie-var-riviera

Two children dead, one missing in Arizona floods as winter storm blankets U.S. https://news.yahoo.com/two-children-dead-one-missing-201044537.html

Malaysia – 2 Dead, 15,000 Displaced as Floods Worsen in Kelantan and Terengganu http://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-floods-kelantan-terengganu-december-2019

Powerful typhoon leaves at least 4 dead in Philippines https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-12-03/philippines-typhoon-kammuri

Six killed, over 5 000 affected by incessant rains in Sri Lanka https://watchers.news/2019/12/02/six-killed-over-5-000-affected-by-incessant-rains-in-sri-lanka/

At least 25 dead as days of heavy rain hit Tamil Nadu, India https://watchers.news/2019/12/03/at-least-25-dead-as-days-of-heavy-rain-hit-tamil-nadu-india/

Uganda – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Eastern Region http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-bududa-sironko-december-2019

Spain – Flash Floods in Murcia After 120mm of Rain in 24 Hours http://floodlist.com/europe/spain-flash-floods-murcia-december-2019

Angola – Homes Destroyed and Families Displaced After Heavy Rain in South http://floodlist.com/africa/angola-floods-cunene-december-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 5 Dec 2019: Fuego volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay, Sakurajima https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/93534/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-5-Dec-2019-Fuego-volcano-Dukono-Reventador-Sangay-Sakurajima-Nevad.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The most important issue facing Australia? New survey sees huge spike in concern over climate change https://theconversation.com/the-most-important-issue-facing-australia-new-survey-sees-huge-spike-in-concern-over-climate-change-127688?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Scientist’s theory of climate’s Titanic moment the ‘tip of a mathematical iceberg’ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/01/scientists-theory-of-climates-titanic-moment-the-tip-of-a-mathematical-iceberg?CMP=share_btn_tw

Methane in the atmosphere is surging, and that’s got scientists worried https://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-methane-atmosphere-accelerating-20190301-story.html

Countries from Siberia to Australia are burning: the age of fire is the bleakest warning yet https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/29/countries-from-siberia-to-australia-are-burning-the-age-of-fire-is-the-bleakest-warning-yet?CMP=share_btn_tw

With Waters Rising And Its Population Falling, What Is Venice’s Future? https://www.npr.org/2019/11/30/783360543/with-waters-rising-and-its-population-falling-what-is-venices-future

Warming toll: 1 degree hotter, trillions of tons of ice gone https://apnews.com/e5687657f8544c30b42f0c8641a4f7db

Bureau of Meteorology declares spring 2019 the driest on record https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-02/bureau-of-meteorology-declares-spring-2019-the-driest-on-record/11755848

COP25: youth ‘leadership’ contrasts with government inaction, says UN chief https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/dec/01/island-states-want-decisive-action-to-prevent-inundation?CMP=share_btn_tw

Latest climate models confirm need for urgent mitigation https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-019-0660-0

Climate change: Critical year for climate change starts in Madrid https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50588128

Drone images show Greenland ice sheet becoming more unstable as it fractures https://phys.org/news/2019-12-drone-images-greenland-ice-sheet.html

Climate change is forcing one person from their home every two seconds, Oxfam says https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/12/01/world/oxfam-climate-displacement-intl-scli/index.html?__twitter_impression=true

Climate change: Study underpins key idea in Antarctic ice loss https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50625396

One of the most overlooked consequences of climate change? Our mental health https://www.ehn.org/how-climate-change-affects-mental-health-2641458829.html

Earth has a couple more chances to avoid catastrophic climate change. This week is one of them https://theconversation.com/earth-has-a-couple-more-chances-to-avoid-catastrophic-climate-change-this-week-is-one-of-them-128120?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Decade of ‘exceptional’ heat likely to be hottest on record, experts say https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/03/decade-of-exceptional-heat-likely-to-be-hottest-on-record-experts-say?CMP=share_btn_tw

A new report sheds more light on how climate change is impacting Alaska Native villages https://www.ktoo.org/2019/12/01/a-new-report-sheds-more-light-on-how-climate-change-is-impacting-alaska-native-villages/

China’s climate paradox: A leader in coal and clean energy https://apnews.com/0383cebcfa19411783f732bd17cc3fa8

How Airports Are Protecting Themselves Against Rising Seas https://www.wired.com/story/how-airports-protecting-rising-seas/

‘Exceptional heat’: Urgent climate action needed to avoid extremes https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/exceptional-heat-urgent-climate-action-needed-to-avoid-extremes-20191203-p53gih.html

Climate models have accurately predicted global heating, study finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/04/climate-models-have-accurately-predicted-global-heating-study-finds?CMP=share_btn_tw

Florida Keys Deliver a Hard Message: As Seas Rise, Some Places Can’t Be Saved https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/04/climate/florida-keys-climate-change.html

The polar regions in a 2°C warmer world https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/12/eaaw9883

Global emissions to hit 36.8 billion tonnes, beating last year’s record high https://theconversation.com/global-emissions-to-hit-36-8-billion-tonnes-beating-last-years-record-high-128113

Global Carbon Budget 2019 https://www.earth-syst-sci-data.net/11/1783/2019/essd-11-1783-2019.pdf

The Climate Crisis Isn’t Just Taking Pacific Islanders’ Homes, It’s Taking Our Identities https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/43kje3/climate-change-isnt-just-taking-indigenous-pacific-islanders-homes-its-taking-our-identities

Putting Climate Services in Contexts: Advancing Multi-disciplinary Understandings https://link.springer.com/journal/10584/157/1

Floods predicted to uproot 50m people a year as climate heats up https://www.nst.com.my/world/world/2019/12/544535/floods-predicted-uproot-50m-people-year-climate-heats

Australian businesses, unions and farmers say Paris agreement requires zero emissions plan https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/05/business-unions-and-farmers-urge-australia-to-cut-net-greenhouse-gas-emissions-to-zero?CMP=share_btn_tw

Historic US towns endured wars, storms. What about sea rise? https://m.phys.org/news/2019-12-historic-towns-wars-storms-sea.html

The loss of the ice shelf supporting one of Antarctica’s most vulnerable glaciers could hasten its collapse, a new study finds https://blogs.agu.org/geospace/2019/12/04/new-study-models-impact-of-calving-on-retreat-of-thwaites-glacier/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Inches from disaster: crisis faces Britain’s crumbling coastline https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/01/climate-crisis-leaves-british-coastlines-inches-from-disaster?CMP=share_btn_tw

Tsunami unleashed by Anak Krakatoa eruption was at least 100m high http://www.geologypage.com/2019/11/tsunami-unleashed-by-anak-krakatoa-eruption-was-at-least-100m-high.html

What is the evidence behind hazard-reduction burning? https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6514176/what-is-the-evidence-behind-hazard-reduction-burning/

A new method using fiber-optic cables pinpointed the previously hidden system—and it may reveal more seismic surprises around the globe https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/11/mysterious-tectonic-fault-zone-found-off-california-using-fiber-optics/

After Floods, Some Cities Take On More Restrictive Zoning and Building Regulations https://www.routefifty.com/management/2019/11/flooding-ordinances-zoning-mitigation/161500/

November 2019 Yorkshire floods a 1-in-60 year event https://www.sott.net/article/424842-November-flooding-in-UK-a-once-in-60-years-weather-event

Disaster hacks: South American cities harness tech and nature to tackle flooding https://reliefweb.int/report/brazil/disaster-hacks-south-american-cities-harness-tech-and-nature-tackle-flooding

Why the floods in East Africa are so bad https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-50628420

Floating Cities: The Next Big Real Estate Boom https://www.forbes.com/sites/wadeshepard/2019/12/02/floating-cities-the-next-big-real-estate-boom/#5589920c7bd5

An analysis of UNFCCC-financed coastal adaptation projects: Assessing patterns of project design and contributions to adaptive capacity https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305750X19303973

Experts say earthquake damage was worse outside Anchorage’s building safety area due to lax oversight https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/anchorage/2019/12/01/experts-say-earthquake-damage-was-worse-outside-anchorages-building-safety-area-due-to-lax-oversight/

Forecasting Volcanic Eruptions with Artificial Intelligence https://eos.org/research-spotlights/forecasting-volcanic-eruptions-with-artificial-intelligence

Guide to Community Risk Reduction Planning https://strategicfire.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/CRR-Planning-Guide-v4.0.pdf

Quickly and easily share model outputs using Flood Viewer https://www.floodmodeller.com/news/articles/2019/12/quickly-and-easily-share-model-outputs-using-flood-viewer/

Can graph theory help prepare for lifeline failure during a disaster? https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/66

Selma Estates residents say flooding is costing them their livelihood; Loudoun County to consider buy-out program https://www.loudountimes.com/news/selma-estates-residents-say-flooding-is-costing-them-their-livelihood/article_7b4a2806-169b-11ea-b1ac-4b1a8e9cb88f.html

Mitigation Matters: Policy Solutions to Reduce Local Flood Risk https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2019/11/19/mitigation-matters-policy-solutions-to-reduce-local-flood-risk

The Global Climate Risk Index 2020 analyses to what extent countries and regions have been affected by impacts of weather-related loss events (storms, floods, heat waves etc.) https://www.germanwatch.org/en/17307

Atmospheric river storms create $1 billion-a-year flood damage https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/12/191204152842.htm

 

Emergency management

Kenya – Over 100 Dead, 18,000 Displaced After Recent Floods and Landslides http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-floods-november-2019

The large-scale training exercise simulated a 7.7 magnitude earthquake centered along the southwest segment of the New Madrid Seismic Zone https://efficientgov.com/blog/2019/12/02/shaken-fury-2019-field-testing-emergency-response-technology/

Diversity in emergency management scholarship https://eurekamag.com/research/066/727/066727684.php

East Africa regional floods snapshot https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/ROSEA_20191127_EasternAfrica_Flood_Snapshot_November2019_final.pdf

‘Deeply sorry’ PG&E takes blame for California’s deadliest wildfire, seeks ‘technologies’ to limit future risks https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/12/03/pg-e-camp-fire-california-regulators/2602300001/

Fleet additions enhance aerial capacity https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/fleet-additions-enhance-aerial-capacity

Cohesion when the heat is on https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/cohesion-when-the-heat-is-on

Australian Fire Danger Rating System: preparing for change https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/australian-fire-danger-rating-system-preparing-for-change

Four years on from Storm Desmond https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/18080438.four-years-storm-desmond/?ref=twtrec

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Due to drought and recent bushfires the environment has for the first time surpassed healthcare, cost of living and the economy to be the number one concern for Australians https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/environment-is-prime-worry-for-the-first-time-poll-20191201-p53fu5.html

SciArt & Hydrology: how about having an art exhibition as part of your hydrology PhD thesis? https://blogs.egu.eu/divisions/hs/2019/12/04/sciart-hydrology/

At Slow The Flow Calderdale, we want to encourage and empower people and organisations to take action on their own property and land, whether that is private or public-facing http://slowtheflow.net/nfm-suds-opportunities/

Making geoscience fieldwork inclusive and accessible for students with disabilities https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/gsa/geosphere/article/doi/10.1130/GES02006.1/574966/Making-geoscience-fieldwork-inclusive-and

 

Psychology and Disasters

New research reveals why people do—and don’t—give after disasters https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hope-resilience/201912/the-psychology-behind-our-disaster-giving

Distress tolerance plays role in alcohol use and abuse among firefighters https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-12-distress-tolerance-role-alcohol-abuse.html

 

Sociology and disasters

Flooding and the New Normal: What is the Role of Gender in Experiences of Post‐Disaster Ontological Security? https://www.researchgate.net/publication/333976362_Flooding_and_the_New_Normal_What_is_the_Role_of_Gender_in_Experiences_of_Post-Disaster_Ontological_Security

A social identity model of riot diffusion: From injustice to empowerment in the 2011 London riots https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ejsp.2650

Today in disaster resilience (29 November 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

At least four dead after massive floods hit southeastern France https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-weather-floods-idUSKBN1XY09Z

Dozens killed by floods and landslides in DRC and Kenya https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/23/kenya-landslides-kill-29-as-homes-swept-away-after-torrential-rain

State of natural disaster declared as extreme flooding displaces 50,000 in Congo https://watchers.news/2019/11/24/state-of-natural-disaster-declared-as-extreme-flooding-displaces-50-000-in-congo/

Congo-Brazzaville – 50,000 Affected by Floods in North and Central Provinces http://floodlist.com/africa/congo-brazzaville-floods-november-2019

Djibouti – Deadly Floods After 140mm of Rain in 2 Days http://floodlist.com/africa/djibouti-floods-november-2019

Two dead, highway collapses as floods pound France, Italy https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-two-dead-highway-collapses-as-floods-pound-france-italy/

Albania earthquake strikes highest-hazard zone in the Balkans, devastating nearby towns https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/albania-earthquake-strikes-highest-hazard-zone-in-the-balkans-devastating-nearby-towns-10153/

Severe, fast-moving thunderstorm hits Sydney, leaving widespread damage and 76 000 homes without power, Australia https://watchers.news/2019/11/26/severe-fast-moving-thunderstorm-hits-sydney-leaving-76-000-homes-without-power-australia/

‘Brutal’ freezing November temperatures spread across northeast Russia https://watchers.news/2019/11/26/brutal-freezing-november-temperatures-spread-across-northeast-russia/

Three die as storm front batters Greece https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2019/11/three-die-as-storm-front-batters-greece/

Brazil – Torrential Rain Triggers Flooding and Landslides in Salvador, Bahia http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floodi-salvador-bahia-november-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Nov 2019: Santiaguito volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/93054/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-28-Nov-2019-Santiaguito-volcano-Pacaya-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Dukono-.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Samoa climate change resilience challenges Western perceptions https://phys.org/news/2019-11-samoa-climate-resilience-western-perceptions.html

Wild, feral and fossil-fuelled, fire lights up the globe. Is it time to declare that humans have created a Pyrocene? https://aeon.co/essays/the-planet-is-burning-around-us-is-it-time-to-declare-the-pyrocene

Making every building count in meeting Australia’s emission targets https://theconversation.com/making-every-building-count-in-meeting-australias-emission-targets-126930

It’s not just Venice. Climate change imperils ancient treasures everywhere https://grist.org/article/its-not-just-venice-climate-change-imperils-treasures-around-the-world/

Three Times Tectonics Changed the Climate https://eos.org/features/three-times-tectonics-changed-the-climate

World heritage Queensland rainforest burned for 10 days – and almost no one noticed https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/24/world-heritage-queensland-rainforest-burned-for-10-days-and-almost-no-one-noticed?CMP=share_btn_tw

Experts call for more tools to help communities mitigate and adapt to climate change to curb the impacts and costs of natural disasters https://eos.org/articles/hearing-explores-resilience-to-climate-related-natural-disasters

‘No sign of slowdown’: Atmospheric greenhouse gas levels hit new high https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/no-sign-of-slowdown-atmospheric-greenhouse-gas-levels-hit-new-high-20191125-p53e15.html

Scientists Reach 100% Consensus on Anthropogenic Global Warming https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0270467619886266?journalCode=bsta#articleShareContainer

U.S. Public Views on Climate and Energy https://www.pewresearch.org/science/2019/11/25/u-s-public-views-on-climate-and-energy/

Drier, hotter and deadlier: Stanford’s Michael Wara talks about California wildfires https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/energy-green/story/2019-11-22/drier-hotter-and-deadlier-stanfords-michael-wara-talks-about-california-wildfires

‘Maybe It Will Destroy Everything’: Pakistan’s Melting Glaciers Cause Alarm https://www.npr.org/2019/11/21/779412377/maybe-it-will-destroy-everything-pakistan-s-melting-glaciers-cause-alarm

‘Dangerously close’: Tipping points may trigger climate cascade https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/dangerously-close-tipping-points-may-trigger-climate-cascade-20191127-p53ej7.html

As Sydney’s bushfire-induced haze shows, far from being insulated, urban areas are hugely vulnerable to the climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/nov/28/the-big-smoke-in-cities-its-easy-to-ignore-nature-until-things-go-wrong?CMP=share_btn_tw

Climate migration myths https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-019-0633-3

UNEP: 1.5C climate target ‘slipping out of reach’ https://www.carbonbrief.org/unep-1-5c-climate-target-slipping-out-of-reach

Demands grow for ‘global justice’ on climate damage at U.N. talks http://news.trust.org/item/20191127163159-0o1a2/

Summer outlook from Bureau of Meteorology suggests hot, dry times to continue https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-28/bom-summer-outlook/11734828

Heat Flow in Southern Australia and Connections With East Antarctica https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2019GC008418

Climate tipping points — too risky to bet against https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03595-0

changing climate, which is driving a drying trend across southern Australia and general warming across the country https://theconversation.com/a-hot-and-dry-australian-summer-means-heatwaves-and-fire-risk-ahead-127990

The Keys face huge and looming bill to survive sea rise. They’re asking Florida for help https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article237759279.html

Home by the sea: new science shows more sea-level rise impacts on small islands https://climateanalytics.org/blog/2019/home-by-the-sea-new-science-shows-more-sea-level-rise-impacts-on-small-islands/

Stabilising the global population is not a solution to the climate emergency – but we should do it anyway https://theconversation.com/stabilising-the-global-population-is-not-a-solution-to-the-climate-emergency-but-we-should-do-it-anyway-126446

 

Disaster risk reduction

Busy Hurricane Season Does Less Damage, but Leaves Ominous Signs https://finance.yahoo.com/news/busy-hurricane-season-does-less-130000694.html

Canadian Disaster Database https://cdd.publicsafety.gc.ca/srchpg-eng.aspx?dynamic=false

How wildfires have and will continue to shape our future https://www.greenbiz.com/article/how-wildfires-have-and-will-continue-shape-our-future

Conservative commentators have pointed to a long history of bushfires to suggest there is nothing unusual about this season. Experts disagree https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/22/australia-bushfires-factcheck-are-this-years-fires-unprecedented

Protesters blame new Great Lakes plan for Ottawa River, Lake Ontario floods https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/protesters-blame-new-great-lakes-plan-for-floods-on-lake-ontario-ottawa-river

UniSA project brings Mount Schank to the masses via drone footage and virtual reality video https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/unisa-project-brings-mount-schank-to-the-masses-via-drone-footage-and-virtual-reality-video/news-story/53a1c6bc5efee5e26f1d1dd6e432d3a1

Can science tell when a large earthquake will be followed by an even larger one? https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/can-science-tell-when-a-large-earthquake-will-be-followed-by-an-even-larger-one-10056/

A grim summer is likely for the rivers of the Murray-Darling Basin and the people, flora and fauna that rely on it https://theconversation.com/fish-kills-and-undrinkable-water-heres-what-to-expect-for-the-murray-darling-this-summer-126940

Dangerous L.A. apartment buildings most at risk in an earthquake are quickly being fixed https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-11-22/los-angeles-soft-story-earthquake-building

Italy should call in the Dutch to help finish the Venice flood barriers https://www.theartnewspaper.com/comment/italy-should-call-in-the-dutch-to-help-finish-the-venice-flood-barriers

A small coastal Mississippi town is seeing dramatic property value losses from flooding. But the houses in highest demand are still right on the water https://www.citylab.com/environment/2019/11/property-value-flood-mississippi-bay-st-louis-climate-change/602476/

Great Britain’s first national flood map launched which incorporates current and future predictive flood scenarios for the 2020s, 2050s and 2080s https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/planning-construction-news/national-flood-map/68055/

Don’t know why your town floods? There’s a clue in the place name https://www.wired.co.uk/article/england-flooding-place-names

Mitigation Saves demonstrates that building a foot of freeboard saves an average of $6 per additional $1 of construction cost https://www.nibs.org/blogpost/1799079/336598/Flood-Economics-of-Natural-Hazard-Mitigation-Saves

Wildfires in Australia could also be shaping the weather https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/nov/27/wildfires-in-australia-could-also-be-shaping-the-weather?CMP=share_btn_tw

Risk informed development that is climate sensitive and socially inclusive is sustainable https://www.pacific.undp.org/content/pacific/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2019/risk-informed-development-that-is-climate-sensitive-and-socially-inclusive-is-sustainable.html#.Xd7upZT4It4.linkedin

Trade‐offs between fire hazard reduction and conservation in a Natura 2000 shrub–grassland mosaic https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/avsc.12463?campaign=wolearlyview#.XeA1gKntDC0.twitter

Ontario adviser reports on flood mitigation; province doesn’t commit to funds https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-adviser-reports-on-flood-mitigation-province-doesn-t-commit-to-funds-1.4706846

Caribbean Island On Track To Become World’s First ‘hurricane-proof’ Country https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/rest-of-the-world-news/dominica-on-track-to-become-the-worlds-first-hurricane-proof-country.html

 

Emergency management

How does the World Bank initiate a rapid response to climate-related disasters? https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/how-does-world-bank-initiate-rapid-response-climate-related-disasters?cid=SHR_BlogSiteShare_EN_EXT

Measuring the state of disaster philanthropy https://disasterphilanthropy.candid.org/

Over 500,000 people affected by floods in Somalia https://watchers.news/2019/11/24/over-500-000-affected-by-floods-in-somalia/

Flooding victims in South Yorkshire betrayed by self-important politicians https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/columnists/flooding-victims-in-south-yorkshire-betrayed-by-self-important-politicians-jayne-dowle-1-10119431

FEMA’s Hurricane Aid to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Has Stalled https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/27/us/politics/fema-hurricane-aid-puerto-rico-virgin-islands.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Some Cities Still Hoping for Irma Money FEMA Says Is ‘Questionable’ https://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Some-Cities-Still-Hoping-for-Irma-Money-FEMA-says-is-Questionable.html

DR Congo – Over 200,000 Need Aid After Floods in North, Says UN http://floodlist.com/africa/dr-congo-floods-northubangi-southubangi-mongala-november-2019

What the Qld floods class action means https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/what-the-qld-floods-class-action-means/news-story/7d24825fa7fc8e10cad436c35c7bcdd9?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

A tiny and remote North Taranaki school has won an award for its work monitoring their local awa, the Waitotara River, and developing a flood warning system https://www.curiousminds.nz/news/taranaki-flood-research-project-wins-award/

Inundation Street shows you what it is like to flood and what you can do to help you if you do https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0DpLsh7X68&feature=youtu.be

Understanding Disaster Risk https://www.preventionweb.net/risk

Global Natural Disasters Map 2020 https://www.recentnaturaldisasters.com/2019/11/global-natural-disasters-map-2020.html

What if a computer disaster simulation game could show politicians and local people what potential floods in their town would look like? https://phys.org/news/2019-11-video-simulation-limit.html

 

Psychology and Disasters

The Psychology of Fear Management and Terrorism https://writemyoriginalpapers.org/the-psychology-of-fear-management-and-terrorism-you-are-the-senior-civilian-advisor-to-the-emergency-original-paper/

 

Sociology and disasters

Lagos… where residents live in dread of flooding https://guardian.ng/news/lagos-where-residents-live-in-dread-of-flooding/

Rich Californians shelling out $30,000 to ease blackout pain https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2019/11/27/stories/1061654757

Today in disaster resilience (22 November 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Exceptional high tide inundates Venice for third time in a week, as Italy suffers widespread flooding https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-18/venice-suffers-record-flood-for-third-time-in-a-week/11712662

Huge hailstones batter Queensland, causing significant damage to cars and homes, Australia https://watchers.news/2019/11/17/huge-hailstones-batter-queensland-causing-significant-damage-to-cars-and-homes-australia/

Flooding chaos in northern England to continue until Tuesday https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/17/flooding-chaos-in-northern-england-to-continue-until-tuesday?CMP=share_btn_tw

Philippines – Houses Destroyed, Thousands Evacuate After Rain From Storm ‘Kalmaegi’ (Ramon) http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-floods-storm-kalmaegi-bicol-november-2019

Brazil – 1 Dead, Dozens Homeless After Floods in Espírito Santo http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-espirito-santo-november-2019

Colombia – More Flooding Hits Antioquia Department http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-flooding-vigia-del-fuerte-antioquia-november-2019

Panama – Floods Damage Over 100 Homes in Central Provinces http://floodlist.com/america/panama-floods-november-2019

Nigeria – Worst Flooding in 7 Years in Borno and Adamawa, Says UN http://floodlist.com/africa/nigeria-flooding-borno-november-2019

Austria – Heavy Rain Triggers Deadly Landslides and Floods in South http://floodlist.com/europe/austria-landslides-floods-salzburg-carinthia-november-2019

DR Congo – Thousands Hit by Floods in Haut-Uélé and Tshopo http://floodlist.com/africa/dr-congo-floods-hautuele-tshopo-november-2019

UK – 100 Rescued After Floods Hit Central and Eastern Areas of England http://floodlist.com/europe/united-kingdom/floods-central-eastern-england-november-2019

Sydney blanketed in dense bushfire smoke amid ‘severe’ fire danger https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydney-blanketed-in-dense-bushfire-smoke-amid-severe-fire-danger-20191119-p53bt2.html

Over 10 000 homes destroyed, 57 000 affected as catastrophic floods hit Central African Republic https://watchers.news/2019/11/17/over-10-000-homes-destroyed-57-000-affected-as-catastrophic-floods-hit-central-african-republic/

Powerful tornado hits Grosseto, causing significant damage, Italy https://watchers.news/2019/11/18/grosseto-italy-tornado/

Chad – Over 200,000 Hit by Floods Says UN http://floodlist.com/africa/chad-floods-november-2019

Colombia – Thousands Affected After Rivers Overflow in Santander Department http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-santander-november-2019

Italy – More Severe Weather as Rivers Overflow in Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany http://floodlist.com/europe/italy-floods-emilia-romagna-tuscany-november-2019

Catastrophic bushfire conditions in Australia, over a dozen temperature records smashed https://watchers.news/2019/11/20/catastrophic-bushfire-conditions-in-australia-over-a-dozen-temperature-records-smashed/

Volcanic activity worldwide 21 Nov 2019: Stromboli volcano, Fuego, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/92491/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-21-Nov-2019-Stromboli-volcano-Fuego-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Ibu.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Dr Tom Beer’s pioneering 1980s research into bushfires and climate change has, to his dismay, proved all too accurate https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/17/what-could-i-have-done-the-scientist-who-predicted-the-bushfire-emergency-four-decades-ago

Bangladesh declares climate change a “planetary emergency” https://www.unisdr.org/archive/69023

Flood, fire and plague: climate change blamed for current disasters https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/flood-fire-and-plague-climate-change-blamed-for-disasters

Future rainfall in UK uplands heavier than present climate predictions, study suggests https://watchers.news/2019/11/17/future-rainfall-in-uk-uplands-heavier-than-present-climate-predictions-study-suggests/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Sea-level rise and fear for Lagos https://guardian.ng/opinion/sea-level-rise-and-fear-for-lagos/

Climate Whiplash: Wild Swings in Extreme Weather Are on the Rise https://e360.yale.edu/features/climate-whiplash-wild-swings-in-extreme-weather-are-on-the-rise

Venice Flooding Reveals A Real Hoax About Climate Change – Framing It As “Either/Or” https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2019/11/16/venice-flooding-reveals-a-real-hoax-about-climate-changeframing-it-as-eitheror/#54cb6aba3a12

In Bosnia and Herzegovina streamlined and coordinated climate action is reducing some of the devastating effects of climate change https://undp-adaptation.exposure.co/giving-trees

We’ll be measuring sea level rise in feet, not inches https://www.tampabay.com/opinion/2019/11/15/well-be-measuring-sea-level-rise-in-feet-not-inches-editorial/

Storm surges to get bigger in south, smaller in north https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2019/11/19/912610/storm-surges-to-get-bigger-in-south-smaller-in-north-of-nz

Climate change may be divisive, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid it. Here’s how to approach the topic effectively https://www.fastcompany.com/90424549/how-to-talk-about-climate-change-in-an-emotionally-intelligent-way

Painfully slow hurricanes, deadly heat, and cities without water: What the climate crisis will look like in the next 10 years, according to experts https://www.businessinsider.com.au/climate-change-in-the-next-decade-2019-11?r=US&IR=T

Sea-Level Rise: West Africa Is Sinking https://earth.org/sea-level-rise-west-africa-is-sinking/

Understanding coastal sea level change: products available http://cci.esa.int/content/understanding-coastal-sea-level-change-products-available

Istanbul heatwave shows need for urgent climate action – Greenpeace https://ahvalnews.com/climate-crisis/istanbul-heatwave-shows-need-urgent-climate-action-greenpeace

The staggering loss of the Arctic Ocean’s oldest sea ice shown in time-lapse https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/11/arctic-ice-melting-time-lapse-video/

Retreat of the Columbia Glacier https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/world-of-change/ColumbiaGlacier

Why coastal floods are becoming more frequent as seas rise https://theconversation.com/climate-explained-why-coastal-floods-are-becoming-more-frequent-as-seas-rise-127202

The serious sea level threat to Macau https://www.macaubusiness.com/the-serious-sea-level-threat/

October 2019: Earth’s Second Warmest October on Record https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/eye-of-the-storm/october-2019-earths-second-warmest-october-on-record/

Climate impacts ‘to cost world $7.9 trillion’ by 2050 https://phys.org/news/2019-11-climate-impacts-world-trillion.html

The world’s climate goals are not sufficient. They are also unlikely to be met https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2019/11/20/the-worlds-climate-goals-are-not-sufficient-they-are-also-unlikely-to-be-met

UK is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to extreme heatwaves caused by climate change https://inews.co.uk/news/environment/climate-change-uk-heatwaves-excess-deaths-996328

Massive Mildura dust storm leaves Victorian town ‘unliveable’ amid 40C heat https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/21/victorian-town-mildura-unliveable-massive-dust-storm-40c-heat?CMP=share_btn_tw

Permafrost Becoming a Carbon Source Instead of a Sink https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145880/permafrost-becoming-a-carbon-source-instead-of-a-sink

Warning signs of climate change https://www.channel3000.com/madison-magazine/city-life/warning-signs-of-climate-change/1144267829

The 2019 report of The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)32596-6/fulltext

Melting glaciers and flooding wetlands https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/paired-images-melting-glaciers-flooding-wetlands-tell-story-global-climate-change-180973609/

‘Maybe It Will Destroy Everything’: Pakistan’s Melting Glaciers Cause Alarm https://www.npr.org/2019/11/21/779412377/maybe-it-will-destroy-everything-pakistan-s-melting-glaciers-cause-alarm

We say we want climate action, but we still won’t vote for it https://www.smh.com.au/national/we-say-we-want-climate-action-but-we-still-won-t-vote-for-it-20191121-p53coj.html

 

Disaster risk reduction

New book – ‘Disaster Upon Disaster: Exploring the Gap Between Knowledge, Policy and Practice’ https://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/HoffmanDisaster

New photogrammetry technique from the Army Corps of Engineers can make accurate 3D maps from ordinary aerial footage in just minutes https://techcrunch.com/2019/11/16/army-photogrammetry-technique-makes-3d-aerial-maps-in-minutes/

Cascading disasters are causing extreme weather to pack an even bigger punch https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/cascading-disasters-are-causing-extreme-weather-pack-even-bigger-punch

Lokeberg: an interesting quick clay slide triggered by piling in Western Sweden https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2019/11/14/lokeburg-1/

Indigenous leaders say Australia’s bushfire crisis shows approach to land management failing https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-14/traditional-owners-predicted-bushfire-disaster/11700320

NZ’s wildfire future: which regions are most at risk? https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12285889

Mumbai: BMC officers to visit Japan for lessons in flood control https://www.mid-day.com/articles/mumbai-bmc-officers-to-visit-japan-for-lessons-in-flood-control/22095182

USA: Community wildfire prevention & mitigation report https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/67029

Range-dependent thresholds for global flood early warning https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/69036

Iowa Mitigation Program Leads to $1.4 Billion in Flood Prevention Projects https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/issue-briefs/2019/11/iowa-mitigation-program-leads-to-1-4-billion-in-flood-prevention-projects

In Flood-Prone South Carolina, Nature-Based Solutions Could Reduce Risk https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2019/11/07/in-flood-prone-south-carolina-nature-based-solutions-could-reduce-risk

Reduced fuel loads do little for bushfire mitigation under extreme fire weather and in times of drought https://theconversation.com/a-surprising-answer-to-a-hot-question-controlled-burns-often-fail-to-slow-a-bushfire-127022

Flood-hit farmers in spat with George Monbiot about dredging https://www.fwi.co.uk/news/flood-hit-farmers-in-spat-with-george-monbiot-about-dredging

Public authorities sit on a vast wealth of social, economic and demographic data that should be fully integrated with flood risk management decision-making, and regularly updated https://smartwatermagazine.com/blogs/paul-ohare/flood-survivors-should-be-given-proper-support-instead-theyre-told-get-resilient

Subsidised cyclone insurance for northern Australia back on agenda https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/subsidised-cyclone-insurance-for-northern-australia-back-on-agenda-20191119-p53c2d.html

In the path of disaster: The big causes of bushfires that most of us are missing https://www.theage.com.au/national/in-the-path-of-disaster-the-big-causes-of-bushfires-that-most-of-us-are-missing-20191115-p53b0b.html

Typhoons and floods wreak havoc on Japan’s big three insurers https://asia.nikkei.com/Economy/Natural-disasters/Typhoons-and-floods-wreak-havoc-on-Japan-s-big-three-insurers

Analysis Of The South Yorkshire Floods https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2019/11/19/analysis-of-the-south-yorkshire-floods/

International satellites supporting disaster management http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/satellites/disasters.asp

Putting homes in high-risk areas is asking too much of firefighters https://theconversation.com/putting-homes-in-high-risk-areas-is-asking-too-much-of-firefighters-127126

A massive experiment in Taiwan aims to reveal landslides’ surprising effect on the climate https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/11/massive-experiment-taiwan-aims-reveal-landslides-surprising-effect-climate

Reducing wildfire risk is a collective effort https://www.propertycasualty360.com/2019/11/21/reducing-wildfire-risk-is-a-collective-effort/?cmp=share_twitter&slreturn=20191021161248

U.S. announces $30 million to bolster coasts from flooding, rising seas https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climate-grants/u-s-announces-30-million-to-bolster-coasts-from-flooding-rising-seas-idUSKBN1XT1AD

Bushfire crisis costing Queensland and northern NSW millions https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-22/queensland-bushfire-crisis-nsw-fires-cost-insurance-damage-bill/11725920

Massive tsunami as high as 15 m (49 feet) hit Oman 1 000 years ago, research finds https://watchers.news/2019/11/20/massive-tsunami-as-high-as-15-m-49-feet-hit-oman-1-000-years-ago-research-finds/

Managing Flood Water for Aquifer Recharge: Economic Considerations for Policy http://www.globalwaterforum.org/2019/11/19/managing-flood-water-for-aquifer-recharge-economic-considerations-for-policy/

Over the past few decades, development practice in England has led to more than 300,000 homes being built in high flood risk areas https://theconversation.com/how-englands-broken-planning-system-has-created-not-reduced-the-risk-of-floods-127287

 

Emergency management

Australia’s bushfire politics: the parties prevaricate while the country burns https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/17/australias-bushfire-politics-the-parties-prevaricate-while-the-country-burns?CMP=share_btn_tw

How do you fight extreme wildfires? https://www.bbc.com/news/world-50410481

When fire came to Sydney’s north shore https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/when-fire-came-to-sydney-s-north-shore-20191115-p53ayu

Sirens, texts, even church bells. California wildfire alerts and evacuations still ad hoc https://www.redding.com/story/news/2019/11/15/sirens-texts-even-church-bells-california-wildfire-alerts-evacuations-still-ad-hoc/4211934002/

Cyclone early warning system for Pacific goes live https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/403508/cyclone-early-warning-system-for-pacific-goes-live

Why flooding is still so difficult to predict and prepare for https://phys.org/news/2019-11-difficult.html

‘Move out tonight’: First Code Red since 2010 issued for parts of Victoria https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/move-out-tonight-first-code-red-since-2010-issued-for-parts-of-victoria-20191120-p53cfl.html

A scramble for safety in flooded South Sudan town https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/photo-feature/2019/11/13/South-Sudan-floods

Public urged to be eyes and ears of police for potential firebugs https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/public-urged-to-be-eyes-and-ears-of-police-for-potential-firebugs-20191120-p53cfv.html

Nigeria: Tens of thousands of people stranded by floods in north-east https://www.unocha.org/story/nigeria-tens-thousands-people-stranded-floods-north-east

‘Hazardous’ air quality from bushfire smoke triggers spike in hospital admissions https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/22/hazardous-air-quality-from-bushfire-smoke-triggers-spike-in-hospital-admissions?CMP=share_btn_tw

How Australia’s bushfires spread: mapping the NSW and Queensland fires https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2019/nov/21/how-australias-bushfires-spread-mapping-the-nsw-and-queensland-fires

Wasatch Fault Scenario https://www.eeri.org/projects/earthquake-scenarios/wasatch-fault-scenario/

Change Coming to Flash Flood Warnings https://www.weather.gov/dvn/flashflood_change

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Volcano video game https://phdvolcanology.wordpress.com/2019/11/17/monster-hunter-generation-ultimate-a-volcano-videogame-review/

These sixth-graders learned what it’s like to handle emergency operations during a storm https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article237371374.html

Communication During Disaster Recovery https://www.gfdrr.org/en/publication/communication-during-disaster-recovery

Understanding fire weather http://media.bom.gov.au/social/blog/1538/understanding-fire-weather/

Flooding Disasters in an Era of Extreme Weather https://www.politico.com/live-stream/floodingextremeweather

Non-mobile phone users: What hinders their access? https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2019/11/20/non-mobile-phone-users-what-hinders-their-access/

Only 23% of UK people checked flood risk before moving into their current home https://pressreleases.responsesource.com/news/98758/six-out-of-people-admit-to-never-checking-their-flood/

Flood losses are substantially reduced when awareness-raising attitudes are promoted through inclusive, participatory approaches in the community https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02626667.2019.1677907

 

Psychology and Disasters

The dread and worry keeping young Australians up at night https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/the-dread-and-worry-keeping-young-australians-up-at-night-20191115-p53aw5.html

Trauma of Yorkshire floods will have ‘profound effect’ on victim’s mental health, says charity CEO https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/latest-news/trauma-of-yorkshire-floods-will-have-profound-effect-on-victim-s-mental-health-says-charity-ceo-1-10106571

Domestic violence will spike in the bushfire aftermath, and governments can no longer ignore it https://theconversation.com/domestic-violence-will-spike-in-the-bushfire-aftermath-and-governments-can-no-longer-ignore-it-127018

This is what it’s really like to be the spouse of a first responder https://www.mother.ly/life/this-is-what-its-really-like-to-be-the-spouse-of-a-first-responder

Multiple flood events erode neighborhood spirit, study finds https://phys.org/news/2019-09-multiple-events-erode-neighborhood-spirit.html

Mental health at risk as California wildfire threat grows http://news.trust.org/item/20191120082912-4jfhj/

 

Sociology and disasters

Indigenous peoples and people of color are disproportionately affected by our global climate crisis https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/mbmdzb/this-is-how-the-climate-crisis-wipes-an-american-community-off-the-map

Somalia: Floods in Somalia increase vulnerability of population https://www.doctorswithoutborders.ca/article/somalia-floods-somalia-increase-vulnerability-population

Study the effects of earthquakes, floods and other natural hazards with sensitivity to ethical dilemmas and power imbalances https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03534-z

Weather and war: How climate shocks are compounding Somalia’s problems https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/feature/2019/11/19/Climate-shocks-Somalia-problems?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social

Today in disaster resilience (15 November 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

NSW bushfires: More than 850,000 hectares destroyed so far in season ‘as bad as it gets’ https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-11/nsw-bushfires-850000-hectares-destroyed-worst-to-come/11691038

England flooding: River warnings and rail delays continue https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-50357074

Three people die and 150 homes destroyed in Australian bushfires https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2019/nov/10/nsw-and-queensland-fires-fires-rage-as-conditions-expected-to-worsen

Philippines – Rain From Typhoon ‘Nakri’ Causes Deadly Floods and Landslides http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-typhoon-nakri-november-2019

DR Congo – Thousands Displaced by Flooding Ubangi River http://floodlist.com/africa/democratic-republic-congo-ubangi-river-floods-november-2019

Woman dies as floods devastate Midlands and north of England https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/08/midlands-north-england-floods-woman-dies

India and Bangladesh – Cyclone ‘Bulbul’ Leaves 24 Dead http://floodlist.com/asia/india-bangladesh-cyclone-bulbul-november-2019

Venice has been hit by severe flooding which has left more than 85 percent of the Italian city underwater, including many of its famous squares https://www.newsweek.com/venice-flooding-city-underwater-right-wing-mayor-climate-change-1471438?amp=1

Italy – Storms Turn Deadly, Worst Flooding in 50 Years in Venice http://floodlist.com/europe/italy-venice-floods-november-2019

Algeria – Deadly Flash Floods in North http://floodlist.com/africa/algeria-flash-floods-november-2019

South Africa – 4 Dead After Storms and Floods in KwaZulu-Natal http://floodlist.com/africa/south-africa-floods-durban-november-2019

Indonesia: tsunami warning lifted after large earthquake https://www.dw.com/en/indonesia-tsunami-warning-lifted-after-large-earthquake/a-51256475

Volcanic activity worldwide 14 Nov 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Shiveluch, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/91893/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-14-Nov-2019-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Krakatau-Shiveluch-Dukono-.html

Two Dead as Venice Faces Worst Floods in 50 Years https://www.ecowatch.com/venice-flooding-2641326129.html?share_id=5059633

Tunisia – Flash Floods in Jendouba Governorate http://floodlist.com/africa/tunisia-flash-floods-jendouba-november-2019

Vietnam – Hundreds of Homes Damaged by Tropical Cyclone Nakri http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-hundreds-of-homes-damaged-by-tropical-cyclone-nakri

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

An arresting exhibition from activist charity Project Pressure uses conceptual photography to capture the decline of the ice caps https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/10/meltdown-visualizing-climate-change-project-pressure-glaciers-photography

Global leaders are facing one of the scariest years of climate change yet https://qz.com/1742644/cop25-will-review-a-scary-year-for-climate-change/

This is not normal: what’s different about the NSW mega fires https://www.smh.com.au/national/this-is-not-normal-what-s-different-about-the-nsw-mega-fires-20191110-p5395e.html

As Seas Rise, Miami’s Black Communities Fear Displacement From The High Ground https://www.wlrn.org/post/seas-rise-miami-s-black-communities-fear-displacement-high-ground

Climate experts call ‘BS’ as government offers only “thoughts and prayers” for fire crisis https://reneweconomy.com.au/climate-experts-call-bs-as-government-offers-only-thoughts-and-prayers-for-fire-crisis-19408/

Floods across Africa: “Without Climate Action we’ll be queuing for Noah’s Ark”, says Greenpeace Africa https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/floods-across-africa-without-climate-action-well-queuing-domfeh/

The day it forgot to rain on Australia https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/the-day-it-forgot-to-rain-on-australia-20191111-p539cy.html

What is the connection between climate change and bushfires? https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/old-hat-is-there-a-link-between-climate-change-and-bushfires-20191111-p539d2.html

Climate change could end mortgages as we know them https://www.cbsnews.com/news/climate-change-could-end-mortgages-as-we-know-them/?platform=hootsuite

How daily temperature and precipitation distributions evolve with global surface temperature https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2019EF001160

Unfamiliar Ground: Bracing for Climate Impacts in the American Midwest https://insideclimatenews.org/news/11112019/midwest-climate-change-adaptation-city-leadership-flood-heat-risk-news-collaboration

Ice loss causing Arctic to reflect less heat https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50381328

The world’s last climate crisis demonstrates that surviving is possible if bold economic and social change is embraced https://aeon.co/essays/the-little-ice-age-is-a-history-of-resilience-and-surprises

Extinction Rebellion activists have floated a “sinking house” down the River Thames in London to highlight the impact of flooding and rising sea levels https://theecologist.org/2019/nov/11/sinking-feeling

Ocasio-Cortez points to California fires: ‘This is what climate change looks like’ https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/467699-ocasio-cortez-points-to-california-fires-this-is-what-climate

The global and regional impacts of climate change under representative concentration pathway forcings and shared socioeconomic pathway socioeconomic scenarios https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ab35a6

Climate change expected to shift location of East Asian Monsoons https://phys.org/news/2019-11-climate-shift-east-asian-monsoons.html

The oldest and thickest Arctic sea ice is disappearing twice as fast as ice in the rest of the Arctic Ocean, according to new research https://news.agu.org/press-release/last-arctic-ice-refuge-is-disappearing/

Climate change made extreme heat before 2018 Queensland bushfires ‘four times more likely’ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/13/climate-change-made-2018-queensland-bushfires-four-times-more-likely?CMP=share_btn_tw

Italian council is flooded immediately after rejecting measures on climate change https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/14/europe/veneto-council-climate-change-floods-trnd-intl-scli/index.html

Fire chiefs demand urgent action on climate change as states burn https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/11/14/bushfire-emergency-climate-change/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Sydney region now drier than before the 2001 ‘Black Christmas’ fires https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydney-region-now-drier-than-before-the-2001-black-christmas-fires-20191110-p53964.html

Drought and climate change were the kindling, and now the east coast is ablaze https://theconversation.com/drought-and-climate-change-were-the-kindling-and-now-the-east-coast-is-ablaze-126750?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Professor Guillermo Rein, a fire scientist, tells Horizon why smouldering peatland fires are so dangerous and why we know so little about them https://horizon-magazine.eu/article/picture-not-enough-people-are-aware-monster.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post

Hurricanes have become bigger and more destructive for the U.S., study finds https://phys.org/news/2019-11-hurricanes-bigger-destructive.html

Normalized US hurricane damage estimates using area of total destruction, 1900−2018 https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2019/11/05/1912277116

Scientists predict El Nino in 2020 based on earlier warning method http://news.trust.org/item/20191105160755-cvcpa/

Natural hazards don’t always spell disaster: UN risk reduction chief https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/11/1050631

Aging US dams pose risk to thousands https://phys.org/news/2019-11-aging-pose-thousands.html

Flooding action plan launched to protect Scotland from extreme weather https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/planning-construction-news/flooding-action-plan/67139/

Is there really a green conspiracy to stop bushfire hazard reduction? https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/12/is-there-really-a-green-conspiracy-to-stop-bushfire-hazard-reduction

Flood defences simply aren’t good enough – here’s what needs to be done https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/68937

England floods: What is making them worse? https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50393617

What part has hazard reduction policy played in the bushfires? https://www.abc.net.au/7.30/what-part-has-hazard-reduction-policy-played-in/11702318

NSW Fire Mapping using ArcGIS http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=2168b5162d61432c8b3499818a2d60df

‘Like a genie’: Researchers scramble to adjust to rising fire extremes https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/like-a-genie-researchers-scramble-to-adjust-to-rising-fire-extremes-20191113-p53aa8.html

Japan views physical infrastructure as the main way to achieve disaster resilience https://www.ft.com/brandsuite/cabinet-office-japan/japan-pillars-of-resilience.html

Flooding caused by poor management and floodplain building, say experts https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/12/flooding-caused-by-poor-management-and-floodplain-building

California has six of the nation’s 1,680 high-hazard dams deemed in risky condition https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-11-12/dams-failure-flood-risk-oroville

Rivers are changing all the time, and it affects their capacity to contain floods https://smartwatermagazine.com/blogs/robert-wilby/rivers-are-changing-all-time-and-it-affects-their-capacity-contain-floods

Urban development reduces flash flooding chances in arid Western US https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191113105719.htm

Modeling of inter-organizational coordination dynamics in resilience planning of infrastructure systems: A multilayer network simulation framework https://www.researchgate.net/publication/337228018_Modeling_of_inter-organizational_coordination_dynamics_in_resilience_planning_of_infrastructure_systems_A_multilayer_network_simulation_framework

Insurance losses from northern England floods could be 80-120 million pounds – PwC https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-floods-insurance/insurance-losses-from-northern-england-floods-could-be-80-120-million-pounds-pwc-idUKKBN1XN1VE

Driven by a trio of costly California wildfires, the nation’s largest-loss fires of 2018 accounted for $12.91 billion in losses, the most since 2001 https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Publications-and-media/NFPA-Journal/2019/November-December-2019/Features/Large-Loss

This map presents a selection of regions likely to encounter significant water anomalies during the one year period beginning in August 2019 and running through July 2020 https://www.isciences.com/blog/2019/11/14/isciences-worldwide-water-watch-list-november-2019

 

Emergency management

Koala population ‘like in a cremation’ after NSW bushfires https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw-bushfires-koala-population-like-in-a-cremation-after-blazes-20191110-p5396f.html

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says Boris Johnson is ‘wrong’ on Yorkshire floods not being a national emergency https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/politics/labour-leader-jeremy-corbyn-says-boris-johnson-is-wrong-on-yorkshire-floods-not-being-a-national-emergency-1-10095198

Managing a Crisis or Disaster using Cloud based tools https://wellthatsinteresting.tech/disaster-management-using-cloud-tech/

Inside the fight to save Windsor from the Kincade fire https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/10278596-181/inside-the-fight-to-save

When wildfires break out, this elite team of ‘smokejumpers’ parachute in https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2019/05/smokejumpers-parachute-to-fight-wildfires-in-alaska-backcountry/

‘Better to be cautious’: At least 500 schools to close in Sydney and NSW due to fire danger https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/better-to-be-cautious-300-schools-to-close-in-sydney-and-nsw-due-to-fire-danger-20191111-p539cs.html

Hayward Fault Scenario https://www.eeri.org/projects/earthquake-scenarios/hayward-fault-scenario/

Combining satellites, radar provides path for better forecasts https://phys.org/news/2019-11-combining-satellites-radar-path.html

30,000 stranded in northeastern DR Congo after floods https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/30-000-stranded-in-northeastern-dr-congo-after-floods/1640504

‘Heartbreaking’ devastation of Yorkshire floods as fierce communities rally https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/latest-news/heartbreaking-devastation-of-yorkshire-floods-as-fierce-communities-rally-1-10095997

BlackHawk joins the fire and emergency aviation fleet in Queensland https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/blackhawk-joins-the-fire-and-emergency-aviation-fleet-in-queensland

As catastrophic fires burn across NSW this week, ANU Researcher Dr Marta Yebra is advising fire authorities about where to deploy firefighting resources https://science.anu.edu.au/news-events/news/anu-research-helps-firefighters-front-line

Worse than Black Saturday: Victoria braced for ‘very extreme’ heatwaves https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/worse-than-black-saturday-victoria-braced-for-very-extreme-heatwaves-20191111-p539ju.html

England flooding: Labour and Lib Dems criticise response https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-50384178

Data science could help Californians battle future wildfires https://theconversation.com/data-science-could-help-californians-battle-future-wildfires-126316

England flooding: Doncaster floods seen from the air https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-50397787/england-flooding-doncaster-floods-seen-from-the-air

Japan marks one month since deadly typhoon https://japantoday.com/category/national/japan-marks-1-month-after-deadly-typhoon-hagibis

Pandemic simulation exercise spotlights massive preparedness gap https://hub.jhu.edu/2019/11/06/event-201-health-security/

A month after Typhoon Hagibis, volunteers, local officials and SDF tackling mountains of waste https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/11/12/national/month-after-typhoon-hagibis/#.XcyAHBqP7IU

Managing Community Risk Reduction in the Fire Service https://edmdigest.com/opinion/community-risk-reduction-fire-service/

Sudan’s major floods present first challenge for its new leader https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sudan-protests-floods-idUSKCN1VV13N

South Sudan: IOM Scales Up Efforts To Meet Needs Of 900,000 Flood Displaced Persons https://thegazette.ng/south-sudan-iom-scales-up-efforts-to-meet-needs-of-900000-flood-displaced-persons/

Somalia struggles after worst flooding in recent history https://www.thestar.com/news/world/africa/2019/11/14/somalia-struggles-after-worst-flooding-in-recent-history.html

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

How to protect yourself and your property on a ‘catastrophic’ bushfire danger day https://www.sbs.com.au/news/how-to-protect-yourself-and-your-property-on-a-catastrophic-bushfire-danger-day

Flood Resilience Measurement for Communities https://floodresilience.net/frmc

Earthquake Conspiracy Theorists Are Wreaking Havoc During Emergencies https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/kz4jyz/earthquake-conspiracy-theorists-are-wreaking-havoc-during-emergencies

Researchers explore how citizens can become agents of environmental change https://phys.org/news/2019-11-explore-citizens-agents-environmental.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

How citizen science is helping solve conservation problems https://www.journals.elsevier.com/biological-conservation/article-collections/how-citizen-science-is-helping-solve-conservation-problems

 

Psychology and Disasters

Distress Due to Displacement and Repatriation of an Entire Island Population in the South Pacific https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/distress-due-to-displacement-and-repatriation-of-an-entire-island-population-in-the-south-pacific

 

Sociology and disasters

Rich Residents Build Defenses against Rising Seas; Poor Ones Leave https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/rich-residents-build-defenses-against-rising-seas-poor-ones-leave1/

Chicago’s cold blast spells concern for the city’s homeless https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-weather-chicago/chicagos-cold-blast-spells-concern-for-the-citys-homeless-idUSKBN1XM2D2

A new study, headed by experts at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), is looking at how flooding affects social inequality in flood-prone parts of the state https://www.ppic.org/blog/addressing-inequality-in-flood-risk/

Today in disaster resilience (8 November 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Italy and France – Rain From ‘Storm Amélie’ Triggers Floods and Landslides http://floodlist.com/europe/italy-france-storm-amelie-november-2019

Iran – Deadly Floods in Northern Provinces http://floodlist.com/asia/iran-deadly-floods-khorasan-november-2019

USA – Storms and Floods Hit North East http://floodlist.com/america/usa/halloween-storm-flood-october-2019-new-york

Heavy rains have killed at least 10 people and displaced more than 270,000 in Somalia http://www.transafricaradio.net/floods-in-somalia-displace-more-than-250000-people-u-n/

Ecuador – Floods and Landslides in Pastaza Province http://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-pastaza-october-2019

Edo, Lagos, Delta, others to experience more flooding https://thenationonlineng.net/edo-lagos-delta-others-to-experience-more-flooding/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Torrential rains cause floods in parts of Montenegro https://www.theintelligencer.com/news/article/Torrential-rains-cause-floods-in-parts-of-14813459.php

Colombia – Floods and Landslides Hit Tolima and Antioquia http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-and-landslides-tolima-antioquia-november-2019

Guatemala – 4 Dead, 100s Evacuated After Heavy Rain Triggers Landslides http://floodlist.com/america/guatemala-floods-landslides-aguacatan-villanueva-october-2019

Uganda – 6 Killed in Floods and Landslides After More Heavy Rain http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-landslides-november-2019

Montenegro – Heavy Rain, Landslides and Floods Leave Communities Cut Off http://floodlist.com/europe/montenegro-floods-niksic-kolasin-november-2019

Sheffield flooding: Torrential rain leaves city flooded https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-50333233

Volcanic activity worldwide 7 Nov 2019: Popocatépetl volcano, Krakatau, Shiveluch, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/91328/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-7-Nov-2019-Popocatepetl-volcano-Krakatau-Shiveluch-Dukono-Reventad.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

How bad is this drought and is it caused by climate change? https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/how-bad-is-this-drought-and-is-it-caused-by-climate-change-20191024-p533xc.html

Existing Paris climate pledges commit sea level rise to ‘one metre by 2300’ https://www.carbonbrief.org/existing-paris-climate-pledges-commit-sea-level-rise-to-one-metre-by-2300

40 distressing photos show glaciers disappearing around the world https://www.businessinsider.com.au/glaciers-collapsing-melting-in-photos-2019-9?r=US&IR=T

Floridians no longer have luxury to pretend climate change isn’t real https://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/commentary/fl-op-com-grimm-climate-change-real-20191101-4bbjs4srwzdlxnnhxftfeo62um-story.html

Australia could fall apart under climate change. But there’s a way to avoid it https://theconversation.com/australia-could-fall-apart-under-climate-change-but-theres-a-way-to-avoid-it-126341?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Climate change emergency – 11,000 scientists say crisis accelerating, demand action https://reneweconomy.com.au/climate-change-emergency-11000-scientists-say-crisis-accelerating-demand-action-78185/

South Australia’s stunning renewable energy transition, and what comes next https://reneweconomy.com.au/south-australias-stunning-renewable-energy-transition-and-what-comes-next-79597/

Most countries aren’t hitting 2030 climate goals, and everyone will pay the price https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/11/nations-miss-paris-targets-climate-driven-weather-events-cost-billions/

Australia records three years of hotter than average monthly temperatures https://www.smh.com.au/national/australia-records-three-years-of-hotter-than-average-monthly-temperatures-20191105-p537kr.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1572930792

There is one way forward on climate change https://www.ft.com/content/27c9a6e8-ffb7-11e9-b7bc-f3fa4e77dd47?desktop=true&segmentId=d8d3e364-5197-20eb-17cf-2437841d178a

Warmer, shorter winters have turned permafrost regions from carbon sink to source https://www.arctictoday.com/warmer-shorter-winters-have-turned-permafrost-regions-from-carbon-sink-to-source/

Sea level will rise for centuries. We can control how much and how fast https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/11/paris-agreement-period-still-leads-to-sea-level-rise/

Seas to rise dramatically even if greenhouse gases are curbed https://www.malaymail.com/news/life/2019/11/05/seas-to-rise-dramatically-even-if-greenhouse-gases-are-curbed/1806927?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Rapidly melting Antarctica likely to be key driver in dramatic sea-level rises, researchers say https://reneweconomy.com.au/rapidly-melting-antarctica-likely-to-be-key-driver-in-dramatic-sea-level-rises-researchers-say-90744/

Australia’s main grid reaches 50 per cent renewables for first time https://reneweconomy.com.au/australias-main-grid-reaches-50-per-cent-renewables-for-first-time-17935/

Sea levels rose 10 metres above present levels during Earth’s last warm period 125,000 years ago https://theconversation.com/scientists-looked-at-sea-levels-125-000-years-in-the-past-the-results-are-terrifying-126017

Our shameful legacy: just 15 years’ worth of emissions will raise sea level in 2300 https://theconversation.com/our-shameful-legacy-just-15-years-worth-of-emissions-will-raise-sea-level-in-2300-126429?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Drought to become more frequent and severe due to climate change – government report https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/07/drought-to-become-more-frequent-severe-and-longer-due-to-climate-change-government-reports?CMP=share_btn_tw

New Zealand passes law aiming for net zero carbon emissions by 2050 https://www.reuters.com/article/us-newzealand-climate/new-zealand-passes-law-aiming-for-net-zero-carbon-emissions-by-2050-idUSKBN1XH0RQ

A new study examined how people’s opinions on climate change affect real-estate prices https://www.marketwatch.com/story/climate-change-deniers-are-propping-up-home-prices-in-waterfront-communities-research-suggests-2019-11-07

The World’s Thickest Mountain Glacier Is Finally Melting, and Climate Change Is 100% to Blame https://www.livescience.com/taku-glacier-sudden-retreat.html

What small businesses can do about climate change https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/11/what-small-businesses-can-do-about-climate-change/

Rising sea levels could inundate North Korea’s Sinuiju by 2050, new study shows https://www.nknews.org/2019/11/rising-sea-levels-could-inundate-north-koreas-sinuiju-by-2050-new-study-shows/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Future Remote Sensing Mission Holds Promise for Flood Monitoring https://eos.org/editor-highlights/future-remote-sensing-mission-holds-promise-for-flood-monitoring

Fire blankets can protect buildings from wildfires https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191015075319.htm

Confusion over Floodplain Leaves Homeowners with the Bill https://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/-Confusion-over-Floodplain-Leaves-Homeowners-with-the-Bill.html

Seven years after Superstorm Sandy deluged New York City, more than eight out of 10 properties in coastal areas the federal government deems extremely vulnerable to the next disaster are without flood insurance https://thecity.nyc/2019/10/nyc-flood-zones-still-uninsured-years-after-superstorm-sandy.html

The importance of analysing flood events to ‘build back better’ https://youtalk-insurance.com/news/axa-xl/the-importance-of-analysing-flood-events-to-build-back-better

Citizen-generated data for flood resilience in Brazil https://t2sresearch.org/output/citizen-generated-data-for-flood-resilience-in-brazil/

As wildfires have raged across California, scientists are testing out a new tool that could help us better predict their spread https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/11/03/its-night-day-new-radar-allows-scientists-peer-inside-california-wildfires-like-never-before/

A new report finds that mangroves provide valuable flood risk benefits and play a critical role in protecting coastal communities in Florida https://www.floridatrend.com/article/28160/mangroves-reduce-flood-damages-during-us-hurricanes-saving-billions-of-dollars-in-property-losses

5 Lessons We Learned From the California Wildfires https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/04/us/fires-california.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&sf111960239=1

Tracking progress on the economic costs of disasters under the indicators of the sustainable development goals https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17477891.2018.1540343?journalCode=tenh20&

Pollution creates ‘black tsunami’ risk https://www.unisdr.org/archive/68758

Opportunity to see detailed flood defence plans in Kirkstall https://news.leeds.gov.uk/opportunity-to-see-detailed-flood-defence-plans-in-kirkstall/

A new database that captures the outcomes from inquiries and reviews into emergency management and natural hazards has been created by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2019/inquiries-housed-database

Cotaboto, Philippines: large landslides from the series of earthquakes in October 2019 https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2019/11/04/cotaboto-landslides/

Even in Risky Areas, Some Homeowners Skip Flood Insurance Coverage https://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Even-in-Risky-Areas-Some-Homeowners-Skip-Flood-Insurance-Coverage.html

The Impact Of Flooding Depends More On Societal Change Than Climate Change https://www.forbes.com/sites/rogerpielke/2019/11/05/flooding-societal-change-is-more-important-than-climate-change/#55b24f8e3785

Australian drought preparedness and resilience report and plan http://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/drought/drought-policy

A review of resilience variables in the context of disasters https://wmpllc.org/ojs/index.php/jem/article/view/2656

From Californian wildfires there’s an opportunity to lead the nation in building resilience https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/468396-in-california-theres-an-opportunity-to-lead-the-nation-in-building

20 Seconds Makes All The Difference: How Sound Waves Help Us Understand Earthquakes https://www.wpr.org/20-seconds-makes-all-difference-how-sound-waves-help-us-understand-earthquakes

Facing the fires: when they consume more than peat https://intotheswamp.wordpress.com/2019/11/07/facing-the-fires-when-they-consume-more-than-peat/

The NOAA billion-dollar disaster dataset is not a reliable indicator of trends in disasters or their costs https://www.forbes.com/sites/rogerpielke/2019/11/07/everything-you-hear-about-billion-dollar-disasters-is-wrong/#18bb75112fea

Back-to-back flood years have Fredericton looking to shore up riverbank https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/back-to-back-flood-years-have-fredericton-looking-to-shore-up-riverbank-1.4673683

2013-2028 Report on Global Flood Insurance Market by Player, Region, Type, Application and Sales Channel https://www.radiantinsights.com/research/2013-2028-report-on-global-flood-insurance-market

 

Emergency management

How you react in emergencies may define your business https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/31/how-you-react-when-your-systems-fail-may-define-your-business/

All-Hazards Articles Alert for first responder journal articles https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/library/collections/all_hazarts_alert.html

Heavy Flooding Devastates Lives and Economies in Horn of Africa https://www.voanews.com/africa/heavy-flooding-devastates-lives-and-economies-horn-africa

Vale CEO Dismissed Warning on Mines Before Deadly Disaster in Brazil https://www.wsj.com/articles/vale-ceo-dismissed-warning-on-mines-before-deadly-disaster-in-brazil-11572907739

Prepare to Win: Tsunami Awareness and Preparedness http://www.ipsnews.net/2019/11/prepare-win-tsunami-awareness-preparedness/

When bushfire is not just about bushfire https://craiglapsley.com/when-bushfire-is-not-just-about-bushfire/

Heavy rains and flooding wreak havoc across East Africa as another storm makes its way to the region https://reliefweb.int/report/somalia/heavy-rains-and-flooding-wreak-havoc-across-east-africa-another-storm-makes-its-way

The invisible issues in flood response https://www.dhakatribune.com/opinion/op-ed/2019/11/05/the-invisible-issues-in-flood-response

Quebec promises new assistance, but many 2019 flood victims say they haven’t been compensated https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/quebec-promises-new-assistance-but-many-2019-flood-victims-say-they-haven-t-been-compensated-1.4669713

Esperance council debates motion as brigades fear only tragedy will spark change https://bushfire.org.au/esperance-express-esperance-council-debates-motion-as-brigades-fear-only-tragedy-will-spark-change/

As fire seasons overlap in Australia and California, sharing firefighting resources will only get harder https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-06/former-fire-chief-worried-about-firefighting-resources/11677760

Safety questions still swirl in Paradise year after wildfire https://apnews.com/e802f1efbea64765a005fa1d0170032e

Bushfires in New South Wales from space https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145847/bushfires-in-new-south-wales?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

NASA Resources Aid a California Community Devastated by Wildfire https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2899/a-partnership-forged-by-fire/

Deadly floods uproot tens of thousands in Central African Republic’s capital https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/photo-feature/2019/11/06/Central-African-Republic-capital-Bangui-deadly-floods-displaced?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social

When disaster strikes, Indigenous communities receive unequal recovery aid https://www.hcn.org/articles/indigenous-affairs-when-disaster-strikes-indigenous-communities-receive-unequal-recovery-aid

UN calls for action as Somalia floods affect 200,000 children https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/11/calls-action-somalia-floods-affect-2000000-children-191106092811922.html

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

About World Tsunami Awareness Day https://www.unisdr.org/tsunamiday

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Providers Teach CPR to Schoolchildren https://www.emsworld.com/press-release/1223512/wiltshire-air-ambulance-providers-teach-cpr-schoolchildren

Local knowledge in flood risk management: are we only paying it lip service? https://floodresilience.net/blogs/local-knowledge-in-flood-risk-management-are-we-only-paying-it-lip-service

Italy to become first country to make studying climate change compulsory in schools https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/11/05/italy-become-first-country-make-studying-climate-change-compulsory/

How is wildfire covered in the news? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzbQQUkJILc&t=24s

Emotional and affective geographies of sustainable community leadership: A visceral approach https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016718518302616?via%3Dihub

Tokyo Bosai – A Manual for Disaster Preparedness http://designmadeinjapan.com/magazine/graphic-design/tokyo-bosai-a-manual-for-disaster-preparedness/

‘Ensuring that key social media users have developed disaster communication strategies inclusive of Twitter seems important in aiding response to and recovery from natural disastershttps://journals.lww.com/jphmp/Abstract/2019/09000/Examining_the_Role_of_Twitter_in_Response_and.18.aspx

 

Psychology and Disasters

The Influence of a Near-Miss Wildfire on Resident Risk Perceptions and Mitigation Behaviors https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/close-but-no-cigar

Impact of repeat flooding on mental health and health-related quality of life: a cross-sectional analysis of the English National Study of Flooding and Health https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/9/11/e031562

Flooding can have a profound effect on people’s mental health, and aspects of their health-related quality of life http://www.hpruei.nihr.ac.uk/news/flooding-has-a-big-impact-on-peoples-mental-health/

What It Means to Evacuate https://slate.com/human-interest/2019/11/california-wildfires-evacuation.html?utm_source=pocket-newtab

Making young minds resilient to disasters https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/making-young-minds-resilient-to-disasters-2019102318037

 

Sociology and disasters

Beyond the local – Exploring the socio-spatial patterns of translocal network capital and its role in household resilience in Northeast Thailand https://www.researchgate.net/publication/336867393_Beyond_the_local_-_Exploring_the_socio-spatial_patterns_of_translocal_network_capital_and_its_role_in_household_resilience_in_Northeast_Thailand

Fires Take Disproportionate Toll on Low-Income and Immigrant Communities https://www.kqed.org/forum/2010101874211/for-low-income-residents-fires-and-shutoffs-take-disproportionate-toll

Disasters, Development, and Social Capital: Understanding Economic Recovery After Earthquakes in Nepal http://events.cornell.edu/event/disasters_development_and_social_capital_understanding_economic_recovery_after_earthquakes_in_nepal

Evaluation of the Impacts of Identity and Collective Memory on Social Resilience at Neighborhood Level using Grounded Theory https://www.researchgate.net/publication/337061655_Evaluation_of_the_Impacts_of_Identity_and_Collective_Memory_on_Social_Resilience_at_Neighborhood_Level_using_Grounded_Theory

Today in disaster resilience (1 November 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

90,000 Sonoma County residents evacuated ahead of Kincade fire https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/10223201-181/kincade-fire-grows-to-more

2 Million Californians Without Power And 180,000 Ordered To Evacuate Amid Wildfires https://www.npr.org/2019/10/27/773844324/2-million-californians-without-power-and-180-000-ordered-to-evacuate-amid-wildfi

UK weather: ‘Horrendous’ conditions as heavy downpours cause flooding and travel disruption https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/travel-disruption-and-football-matches-cancelled-as-heavy-rain-hits-uk-a4271531.html

Deadly rains to hit Rwenzori, Kigezi areas https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1509314/deadly-rains-hit-rwenzori-kigezi?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Nigeria – Floods Hit Lagos, Situation Worsens in Niger and Adamawa States http://floodlist.com/africa/nigeria-floods-lago-niger-adamawa-october-2019

Japan – 10 Dead After More Floods and Landslides Hit Eastern Areas http://floodlist.com/asia/japan-fukushima-chiba-october-2019

Ethiopia – 120,000 Displaced After Floods in 4 Regions http://floodlist.com/africa/ethiopia-october-2019

France – Major Flooding in South After 120mm of Rain in 3 Hours http://floodlist.com/europe/france-south-flood-herault-october-2019

Bushfires continue to rage in NSW and Queensland https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/bushfires-continue-to-rage-in-nsw-and-queensland/news-story/92fab9b645eeaf9984d99faac1887b51

Indonesia and Malaysia – Thousands of Homes Damaged in Floods http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-sumatra-malaysia-floods-october-2019

Tanzania – More Deadly Floods Hit Tanga Region http://floodlist.com/africa/tanzania-floods-tanga-region-october-2019

Peru – Deadly Landslide in Junín Region http://floodlist.com/america/peru-landslide-chanchamayo-junin-region-october-2019

Kincade Fire: 80,000 homes under threat as crews race against next windstorm https://www.sfchronicle.com/california-wildfires/article/Kincade-Fire-won-t-let-up-rages-south-14567209.php#photo-18509933

Kyarr intensifies, becomes the first Super Cyclone in Arabian Sea in 12 years https://www.livemint.com/news/india/kyarr-intensifies-becomes-the-first-super-cyclone-in-arabian-sea-in-12-years-11572168570934.html

Two dead in Baja California wildfires https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/26/americas/baja-california-wildfire-trnd/index.html

7 dead, 11 injured as floods sweep through Saudi Arabia https://watchers.news/2019/10/28/7-dead-11-injured-as-floods-sweep-through-saudi-arabia/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Flash floods hit more than 60 spots in Penang https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/10/27/flash-floods-hit-more-than-60-spots-in-penang/1804340

A landslide killed at least 34 people in Cameroon https://reliefweb.int/report/cameroon/floods-cameroon-claim-13-render-hundreds-homeless

At least 44 killed, major traffic disruption as severe floods hit Tanzania https://watchers.news/2019/10/29/at-least-44-killed-major-traffic-disruption-as-severe-floods-hit-tanzania/

5 killed, 2 missing, 394 injured after M6.6 earthquake in Mindanao, Philippines https://watchers.news/2019/10/30/m6-6-earthquake-damage-casualties-mindanao-philippines/

Over 15 people feared dead after boat capsizes as flooding in Somalia forces 182,000 people from their homes https://somalitopnews.com/2019/10/30/over-15-people-feared-dead-after-boat-capsizes-as-flooding-in-somalia-forces-182000-people-from-their-homes/

Cyclone Kyarr: Emirati towns set for relief as storm heads for southern Oman https://www.thenational.ae/uae/environment/cyclone-kyarr-emirati-towns-set-for-relief-as-storm-heads-for-southern-oman-1.930837

UAE and Oman – Evacuations After Cyclone Kyarr Brings Coastal Floods http://floodlist.com/asia/cyclone-kyarr-uae-oman-october-2019

Ghana – Floods Hit Accra and Ashanti Region http://floodlist.com/africa/ghana-floods-accra-ashanti-region-october-2019

Kenya – 100,000 Affected by Floods Says UN http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-floods-october-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 31 Oct 2019: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/90754/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-31-Oct-2019-Fuego-volcano-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventa.html

UK – Days of Rain Cause Rivers to Overflow in England and Wales http://floodlist.com/europe/united-kingdom/floods-england-wales-october-2019

200,000 forced to evacuate, fatalities feared as massive floods hit Beledweyne, Somalia https://watchers.news/2019/10/31/somalia-flood-october-2019/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Incessant heavy downpour wreaks havoc in El Salvador https://watchers.news/2019/10/30/incessant-heavy-downpour-wreaks-havoc-el-salvador/

Floods reported in numerous areas across Iran https://english.mojahedin.org/i/iranian-regime-rains-tehran-ahvaz-saveh-isfahan-natanz-20191030

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

To fight climate change, science must be mobilised like it was in World War II https://theconversation.com/to-fight-climate-change-science-must-be-mobilised-like-it-was-in-world-war-ii-125258?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Oceans are rising around the world, causing dangerous flooding. Why is this happening, and what can we do to stem the tide? https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/sea-level-rise/

Emissions flat-line as ‘carrot’s not working and there’s no stick’ https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/emissions-flat-line-as-carrot-s-not-working-and-there-s-no-stick-20191027-p534mr.html

Venezuelan scientists look for hope in last remaining glacier https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2019/0927/Venezuelan-scientists-look-for-hope-in-last-remaining-glacier?icid=rss

Seeing Red Across the North Pacific Ocean https://www.climatesignals.org/headlines/seeing-red-across-north-pacific-ocean

Nearly four in ten Americans say they have personally experienced the effects of global warming https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/climate-change-in-the-american-mind-april-2019/5/

Warming Will Cost Rich and Poor Countries Alike https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/warming-will-cost-rich-and-poor-countries-alike/

Flooding and extreme heat are coming to nearly every city (especially their vulnerable populations). But a new report finds that few cities are ready for what’s coming https://www.fastcompany.com/90422482/85-of-cities-are-feeling-climate-change-but-nearly-half-arent-dealing-with-it

Waterworld? Floating Cities Turn Hollywood Sci-fi Into Reality As Sea Levels Rise https://www.forbes.com/sites/wadeshepard/2019/10/23/waterworld-floating-cities-turn-hollywood-sci-fi-into-reality-as-sea-levels-rise/

Belize: Social Resilience in an Age of Climate Change, Disasters http://www.thestkittsnevisobserver.com/belize-social-resilience-in-an-age-of-climate-change-disasters/

Greenland ice cap melt measured by satellites — and it’s enough to cover Tasmania in almost 5m of water https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-30/melting-greenland-glaciers-weighed-by-australian-scientists/11630970

Queensland must rapidly ditch coal-fired power to meet Australia’s emission targets, report finds https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-29/queensland-urged-to-abandon-coal-and-expand-renewables-rollout-/11650966

Rising Seas Will Erase More Cities by 2050, New Research Shows https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/10/29/climate/coastal-cities-underwater.html

Rising sea levels pose threat to homes of 300m people – study https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/29/rising-sea-levels-pose-threat-to-homes-of-300m-people-study?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

New elevation data triple estimates of global vulnerability to sea-level rise and coastal flooding https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-12808-z

Climate change and Californian wildfires https://www.newsweek.com/climate-change-california-fuel-fire-1468431

Sediment accumulation, elevation change, and the vulnerability of tidal marshes in the Delaware Estuary and Barnegat Bay to accelerated sea level rise https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/821827v1

Antarctic sea ice is key to triggering ice ages, study finds https://phys.org/news/2019-10-antarctic-sea-ice-key-triggering.html

How Do We Measure Climate Risk? https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/how-do-we-measure-climate-risk

The last advancing Juneau Icefield glacier begins its retreat https://www.climatesignals.org/headlines/last-advancing-juneau-icefield-glacier-begins-its-retreat

Two-million-year-old snapshots of atmospheric gases from Antarctic ice https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1692-3

World’s oldest ice core could solve mystery of ‘flipped’ ice age cycles https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/10/world-s-oldest-ice-core-could-solve-mystery-flipped-ice-age-cycles

Reducing Risk And Vulnerability To Climate Change In Colombia https://soundcloud.com/adaptationfund/reducing-risk-and-1

Sea level rise map and coastal flooding tool https://coastal.climatecentral.org/map/5/82.025/20.8395/?theme=sea_level_rise&map_type=coastal_dem_comparison&elevation_model=coastal_dem&forecast_year=2050&pathway=rcp45&percentile=p50&return_level=return_level_1&slr_model=kopp_2014

The science of drought is complex but the message on climate change is clear https://theconversation.com/the-science-of-drought-is-complex-but-the-message-on-climate-change-is-clear-125941?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Six biggest coalminers in Australia produce more emissions than entire economy https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/01/six-biggest-coalminers-in-australia-produce-more-emissions-than-entire-economy?CMP=share_btn_tw

Sydney and Melbourne will likely be exposed to more intense hail storms, tropical cyclones will track further south and bushfire risks will increase in most of Australia as the climate warms https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/hail-cyclones-and-fire-extreme-weather-risks-on-the-rise-20191031-p536aw.html

Climate crisis affects how majority will vote in UK election – poll https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/30/climate-crisis-affects-how-majority-will-vote-in-uk-election-poll?CMP=share_btn_

“This will only get worse in the future”: Experts see direct line between California wildfires and climate change https://www.cbsnews.com/news/this-will-only-get-worse-in-the-future-experts-find-direct-line-between-california-wildfires-and-climate-change/

Climate crisis – here’s what the experts recommend we do https://theconversation.com/climate-crisis-heres-what-the-experts-recommend-we-do-123238

 

Disaster risk reduction

The Power of Trees: Fighting Floodwaters https://medialibrary.climatecentral.org/resources/the-power-of-trees-fighting-floodwaters

Community business resilience: adaptation practice of micro- and small enterprises around the Pearl River Estuary https://www.researchgate.net/publication/336828460_Community_business_resilience_adaptation_practice_of_micro-_and_small_enterprises_around_the_Pearl_River_Estuary

Surrey County Council’s cabinet is set to agree £270m of funding for long term flood risk management work https://www.insidermedia.com/news/south-east/council-set-to-270m-of-funding-for

In Texas, Home Sellers Must Now Disclose More About The Risk Of Flooding https://www.npr.org/2019/10/27/772996585/in-texas-home-sellers-must-now-disclose-more-about-the-risk-of-flooding

These N.J. properties flood over and over again, costing taxpayers like you millions https://www.nj.com/data/2018/07/these_nj_properties_flood_over_and_over_again_costing_taxpayers_like_you_millions.html

Should Californians Be Rebuilding Homes in a Fire Zone? https://www.kqed.org/science/1932387/should-californians-be-rebuilding-homes-in-a-fire-zone

Japanese government to discuss new flood prevention steps in wake of disasters https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/10/27/national/japan-discuss-new-flood-prevention-steps-wake-disasters/#.XbdhTeYzbIU

Deadly typhoon forces Japan to face its vulnerability to increasingly powerful storms https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/10/deadly-typhoon-forces-japan-face-its-vulnerability-increasingly-powerful-storms

The city of Newcastle announced it has a “network of sensors spread across the city” to help it manage risks including flooding https://www.iothub.com.au/news/city-of-newcastle-completes-enviro-sensor-network-532831

The False Comfort of Higher Seawalls https://newrepublic.com/article/155519/false-comfort-higher-seawalls

Latest edition of Earthquake Spectra https://earthquakespectra.org/toc/eqsa/35/3

Geoscientists invented a machine learning tool to sift through satellite data https://www.zdnet.com/article/how-scientists-are-using-machine-learning-to-study-the-planet/

Go with the flow? Reservations about river morphology models https://www.uu.nl/en/news/go-with-the-flow-reservations-about-river-morphology-models

Evidence from measuring community flood resilience in Asia https://reliefweb.int/report/world/evidence-measuring-community-flood-resilience-asia

Contrasting seasonality of storm rainfall and flood runoff in the UK and some implications for rainfall-runoff methods of flood estimation https://iwaponline.com/hr/article/50/5/1309/69442/Contrasting-seasonality-of-storm-rainfall-and

Environment Agency say £7m river defences worked as ‘other sources’ cause flood https://www.northwichguardian.co.uk/news/17998809.environment-agency-say-7m-river-defences-worked-other-sources-cause-flood/

Future shifts in extreme flow regimes in Alpine regions https://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci.net/23/4471/2019/

Resilient Construction: Building Structures That Withstand Nature’s Fury https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesrealestatecouncil/2019/10/30/resilient-construction-building-structures-that-withstand-natures-fury/#38d49d1d1b31

Mumbai, Kolkata may get flooded by 2050, says new research https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/new-study-corrects-nasa-s-flawed-model-hastens-flooding-of-mumbai-and-kolkata-to-2050/story-En4pkIYekXUKObwW2nvpbP.html

Houston’s pocket prairies: Natural solutions to unnatural flooding https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2019/1001/Houston-s-pocket-prairies-Natural-solutions-to-unnatural-flooding

Worrying new flooding map shows the areas of North Wales, Merseyside, Cheshire and Wirral at risk https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/climate-change-puts-more-people-17162112

Multi-scale synthesis of historical fire regimes along the south-central US prairie–forest border https://fireecology.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s42408-019-0043-y

Florida doesn’t require home sellers to reveal flooding history https://www.restorationlaw.com/florida-doesnt-require-home-sellers-to-reveal-flooding-history/

Uncertainty quantification of flood damage estimation for urban drainage risk management https://iwaponline.com/wst/article/80/3/478/69627/Uncertainty-quantification-of-flood-damage

A dynamic river network method for the prediction of floods using a parsimonious rainfall-runoff model https://iwaponline.com/hr/article/doi/10.2166/nh.2019.003/69546/A-dynamic-river-network-method-for-the-prediction

 

Emergency management

Using drone to find missing 6-year old
https://www.dpreview.com/news/1907862357/photographer-uses-drone-with-thermal-camera-to-find-missing-6-year-old-boy

Pursuing innovation and partnerships for emergency response to disasters in Peru https://www.unv.org/our-stories/pursuing-innovation-and-partnerships-emergency-response-disasters-peru

In flooded Lagos community, canoe replaces Uber and children are on forced holiday https://www.thecable.ng/inside-lagos-community-where-canoe-has-replaced-uber-and-many-children-are-on-forced-holiday

Almost one million people affected by floods in South Sudan https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/million-people-affected-floods-south-sudan-191025180736910.html

Better alerts can save lives in an emergency. Google Crisis Response is using AI to help https://about.google/stories/soundingthealarm/

490,000 children affected by devastating floods in South Sudan https://reliefweb.int/report/south-sudan/490000-children-affected-devastating-floods-south-sudan

10 European startups tackling natural disasters and other emergencies https://www.eu-startups.com/2019/10/10-european-startups-tackling-natural-disasters-and-other-emergencies/

B.C. to overhaul emergency management regime as fire and flood risk grows https://globalnews.ca/news/6093640/bc-overhaul-emergency-management-flood-fire/

In California, Air Tanker Pilots Help Keep Wildfires At Bay https://www.npr.org/2019/10/29/774456972/in-california-air-tanker-pilots-help-keep-wildfires-at-bay?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=environment

Koalas in their hundreds feared dead in bushfires south of Port Macquarie https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-30/important-koala-habitat-destroyed-in-out-of-control-bushfire/11653076

Improving the Disaster Recovery of Low-Income Families https://www.urban.org/debates/improving-disaster-recovery-low-income-families

One week on, death toll rises to 4 from Spain flash flooding http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/one-week-on-death-toll-rises-to-4-from-spain-flash-flooding/article/560766

Latest (October) edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-october-2019/
Drones tested in Japan nuclear disaster drill for first time near Ikata plant in Ehime https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/10/30/national/drones-nuclear-drill-ikata-ehime/#.XbtNSuYzbIW

Grenfell firefighters who deserve our respect and understanding https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/oct/30/grenfell-firefighters-who-deserve-our-respect-and-understanding

Inside The New Tech Helping LA Firefighters Decide Who And When To Evacuate https://laist.com/2019/10/29/lafd-brush-fires-firefighting-technology-firis-wifire.php

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Rapid collaborative knowledge building via Twitter after significant geohazard events https://www.geosci-commun-discuss.net/gc-2019-23/

 

Psychology and Disasters

First responders struggle with PTSD caused by the emergencies, deaths, tragedies they face every day https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/first-responders-struggle-with-ptsd-caused-by-the-emergencies-deaths-tragedies-they-face-every-day/2019/10/25/9c4c9a0e-d4b8-11e9-9610-fb56c5522e1c_story.html

 

Sociology and disasters

Importance of libraries as social infrastructure https://lithub.com/libraries-are-even-more-important-to-contemporary-community-than-we-thought/

A SNA-based Methodology for Measuring the Community Resilience from the Perspective of Social Capitals: Take Nanjing, China as an Example https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S221067071931488X#fig0020

Post-disaster recovery and sociocultural change: Rethinking social capital development for the new social fabric https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420919306120#fig1

Mobile phone data reveals the importance of pre-disaster inter-city social ties for recovery after Hurricane Maria https://www.researchgate.net/publication/336913311_Mobile_phone_data_reveals_the_importance_of_pre-disaster_inter-city_social_ties_for_recovery_after_Hurricane_Maria