Today in disaster resilience (24 November 2017)

Disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Greece floods death toll rises to 20 with discovery of body http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-5098261/Greece-floods-death-toll-rises-20-discovery-body.html

Greece Was Hit By Storm Some Called A ‘Medicane.’ What’s That? https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/20/565385544/greece-was-hit-by-storm-some-called-a-medicane-what-s-that?utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=science&utm_source=dlvr.it

Indonesia – 2 Dead, Hundreds of Homes Damaged in Flash Floods in West Nusa Tenggara http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-west-nusa-tenggara-november-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Haiti – Flooding Leaves 5 Dead and 10,000 Homes Damaged http://floodlist.com/america/haiti-floods-november-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Tropical Storm Kirogi hits Vietnam http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/tropical-storm-kirogi-hits-vietnam-171120091544628.html

Small eruption at Agung volcano http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/rockyplanet/2017/11/21/agung-finally-erupts-indonesia-volcano/

Iceland’s largest volcano is getting restless http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/rockyplanet/2017/11/21/oraefajokull-unrest-iceland-volcano/#.WhSZq9KWbIV

‘Dramatic’ flash floods kill 2, directly affect 2 280 in West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2017/11/21/dramatic-flash-floods-kill-2-directly-affect-2-280-in-west-nusa-tenggara-indonesia/

Heavy rain wreaks havoc across Jeddah, Saudi Arabia https://watchers.news/2017/11/21/heavy-rain-wreaks-havoc-across-jeddah-saudi-arabia/

Spain, Portugal struggle with extreme drought http://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/spain-portugal-struggle-with-extreme-drought

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Nov 2017: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Sinabung https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/66148/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-23-Nov-2017-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Sinabung.html

UK floods: 70 people and horses rescued in Lancashire http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lancashire-42092038

Heavy Rains Lash MoBay Causing Major Flooding http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20171123/heavy-rains-lash-mobay-causing-major-flooding

Flooding ravages Phetchaburi, southern highway https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1365571/flooding-ravages-phetchaburi-southern-highway

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

As scientists ponder “hacking the climate”, poor countries are wary https://www.zilient.org/article/scientists-ponder-hacking-climate-poor-countries-are-wary

Despite U.S. lagging, climate action gathers speed, if limited cash http://news.trust.org/item/20171118110651-qkj9b

NASA map of Earth over 20 years highlights astonishing impact of climate change http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/nasa-map-earth-20-years-impact-climate-change-global-warming-life-environment-a8062221.html

As climate disasters surge, world puzzles over who will pay http://news.trust.org/item/20171116171402-mz97j/

Future Acceleration of Antarctic Ice Sheet Retreat http://glacierhub.org/2017/11/20/roundup-ice-cliff-instability-buffers-glacial-retreat/

Battered by extreme weather, Americans are more worried about climate change https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/nov/20/battered-by-extreme-weather-americans-are-more-worried-about-climate-change?CMP=twt_gu

Seven in ten Americans (71%) think global warming is happening, an increase of eight percentage points since March 2015. A majority of Americans think global warming made several extreme events in 2017 worse https://www.climatechangecommunication.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Climate-Change-American-Mind-October-2017-min.pdf

A real-time Global Warming Index https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-14828-5.pdf

Arctic climate change being felt farther south, scientists say http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/climate-change-arctic-felt-south-1.4410138

Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic (SWIPA) 2017 http://www.amap.no/documents/doc/Snow-Water-Ice-and-Permafrost-in-the-Arctic-SWIPA-2017/1610

New Research Indicates Likely Hydrological Implications Of Rapid Global Warming https://scienmag.com/new-research-indicates-likely-hydrological-implications-of-rapid-global-warming/

Warming to make thunderstorms larger and more frequent https://www.apnews.com/c1ef302f0e844806817aedbe12fa32e7/Warming-to-make-thunderstorms-larger-and-more-frequent

New global survey reveals that everyone loves green energy https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/11/20/16678350/global-support-clean-energy

2017 Green Energy Barometer https://orsted.com/-/media/WWW/Docs/Corp/COM/Barometer-campaign/Green-Energy-Barometer-2017_with-appendix.ashx?la=en&hash=65C5D0F30494C277249CA7622AF0229AD5B6D3CB

States and Regions Climate Tracker https://www.cdp.net/en/research/global-reports/states-and-regions-climate-action-tracker?utm_content=bufferff7ae&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Venezuela’s last glacier is about to disappear, making it the first country in modern history to lose all of its glaciers http://earthsky.org/earth/venezuela-losing-last-humbolt-glacier

The Climate Change Performance Index 2018 https://germanwatch.org/en/14639?utm_content=buffer45dfc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

An excerpt from a new book looking at climate change and Indigenous communities around the world https://thetyee.ca/Culture/2017/11/15/Lessons-Hope-Resilience-Tlaoquiaht/

A Global Outlook on Disaster Science https://www.elsevier.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/538091/ElsevierDisasterScienceReport-PDF.pdf

Rapid collapse of Antarctic glaciers could flood coastal cities by the end of this century https://grist.org/article/antarctica-doomsday-glaciers-could-flood-coastal-cities/

COP 23: three ways cities are leading the fight against climate change https://theconversation.com/cop-23-three-ways-cities-are-leading-the-fight-against-climate-change-87277?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Images Show Impact of Sea Level Rise on Global Icons http://www.climatecentral.org/news/global-icons-at-risk-from-sea-level-rise-pictures-19633

Sea Change: Climate Politics and New Zealand https://sciblogs.co.nz/scibooks/2017/11/23/book-review-sea-change/

Climate Change and Disasters https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-63254-4_8

 

 

Disaster risk reduction

We don’t need more houses in floodplains. We need more greenspace http://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/gray-matters/article/We-don-t-need-more-houses-in-floodplains-We-need-12354090.php?utm_campaign=twitter-premium&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

The total costs of natural disasters in Australia are forecast to more than double in real terms to $39 billion per year by 2050 http://australianbusinessroundtable.com.au/assets/reports/media-release-nov-11.pdf

A media report from the weekend suggests a link between the Earth’s rotation and an increase in intense earthquakes https://www.sciencemediacentre.co.nz/2017/11/20/media-reports-increased-earthquakes-2018-expert-reaction/

Looking Inside an Active Italian Volcano https://eos.org/research-spotlights/looking-inside-an-active-italian-volcano#.WhJx-FE394o.twitter

Ocean Sediments Off Pacific Coast May Feed Tsunami Danger http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2017/11/20/ocean-sediments-off-pacific-northwest-may-feed-tsunami-danger/#.WhNAL4O_aB0.twitter

USGS Monitors Huge Landslides on California’s Big Sur Coast, Shares Information with California Department of Transportation https://soundwaves.usgs.gov/2017/10/fieldwork.html

More Harvey-Sized Hurricanes Likely to Hit Texas https://www.ecowatch.com/more-texas-harvey-hurricanes-2511012347.html

New book shows how human relationships with river systems changed along with transformations in society and culture https://www.luminosoa.org/site/books/10.1525/luminos.43/

Building disaster resilience requires learning from both the past and present, and from successes and failures, to prepare for whatever the future may hold http://blog.i-s-e-t.org/after-last-disaster-before-next-one-the-value-of-pre-post-event-learning-disaster-resilience/

Cumbria Flood Resilience Project gets underway http://www.cumbriacrack.com/2017/11/20/cumbria-flood-resilience-project-gets-underway/

Natech and the Liability Implications from Natural Catastrophes http://www.air-worldwide.com/Blog/Natech-and-the-Liability-Implications-from-Natural-Catastrophes/?utm_content=bufferba16d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

High-latitude Volcanic Eruptions Also Have Global Impact http://english.iap.cas.cn/RE/201711/t20171120_186328.html

Uncontrolled construction in Greek capital has led to many streams being concreted over, leaving rivers no outlet to the sea https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/21/illegal-building-played-central-role-in-floods-that-killed-20-in-athens

“Typically, after people are flooded two or three times they’re ready to sell out” https://www.npr.org/2017/11/20/564317854/how-tulsa-became-a-model-for-preventing-floods

“Government/industry collaboration was the main driver behind the rapid increase in flood insurance penetration in Australia following devastating floods in Queensland in 2010 and 2011” http://institute.swissre.com/research/library/Topic_Flood_protection_gap.html

Recent extreme weather events show how the outdated and imperfect information systems used by cities exacerbates the devastation https://psmag.com/environment/information-technology-systems-and-disaster-preparedness?utm_source=social&utm_medium=twitter

Landslides from the Iran-Iraq earthquake https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2017/11/23/iran-iraq-earthquake/

Nearly three months after Hurricane Harvey, Harris County is proposing using 500-year floodplains instead of 100-year floodplains for new development http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Harris-County-proposing-dramatic-overhaul-of-12374889.php?utm_campaign=twitter-desktop&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

Christie was right not to allow building on flood-prone areas. Why the change? http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/10/christie_was_right_not_to_allow_building_on_flood-.html

La Nina likely to develop in the Pacific by December, Bureau of Meteorology says http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/la-nina-likely-to-develop-in-the-pacific-by-december-bureau-of-meteorology-says-20171121-gzpugq.html

“Don’t forget, we have had significant fire activity in La Nina years.” http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-22/hot-summer-outlook-provokes-bushfire-danger-update/9179780

 

Emergency Management

 

The Cyclone Debbie Review https://www.igem.qld.gov.au/reports-and-publications/Documents/Cyclone%20Debbie%20Review%20Rpt1-17-18_PUBLIC_WEB.pdf

The U.S. Flooded One of Houston’s Richest Neighborhoods to Save Everyone Else https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-11-16/the-u-s-flooded-one-of-houston-s-richest-neighborhoods-to-save-everyone-else

Drones are fighting wildfires in some very surprising ways https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/drones-are-fighting-wildfires-some-very-surprising-ways-ncna820966?utm_content=buffer071fb&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Egads! – a Hurricane Harvey recovery tax http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Adams-Egads-a-Hurricane-Harvey-recovery-tax-12367308.php

Using Digital Technologies Makes Disaster Relief More Efficient http://medicalfuturist.com/digital-technologies-disaster-relief/

Fire departments around the U.S. are struggling to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters https://www.firerescue1.com/volunteer/articles/362194018-Volunteer-firefighting-Responding-to-common-excuses-criticisms/

Volunteer firefighters growing older, most over 40 http://www.poconorecord.com/news/20171004/volunteer-firefighters-growing-older-most-over-40

Vulnerable communities in Africa and the Pacific and Caribbean are now benefiting from improved early warning systems against extreme weather https://reliefweb.int/report/world/improved-early-warning-systems-protect-most-vulnerable

Implications of Volunteered Geographic Information for Disaster Management and GIScience: A More Complex World of Volunteered Geography http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/24694452.2017.1321979?journalCode=raag21

Research into disasters ‘heavily skewed towards richest countries’ https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/research-disasters-heavily-skewed-towards-richest-countries

Planned and ultimate actions of horse owners facing a bushfire threat: Implications for natural disaster preparedness and survivability http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420917303369

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

 

Best Way to Get a Resident’s Attention: Burn Down Their Home (Through a Wildfire Simulation, Of Course) https://fireadaptednetwork.org/residents-attention-wildfire-simulations/?platform=hootsuite

Resilience Evaluation, Analysis and Learning (REAL) Award http://www.fsnnetwork.org/resilience-evaluation-analysis-and-learning-real-award

Floods: How to stay safe when disaster strikes http://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-42018364/floods-how-to-stay-safe-when-disaster-strikes

The game aims to help teach children around the world about the Sustainable Development Goals https://go-goals.org/downloadable-material/

One means of slowing antimicrobial resistance is by combating misuse and overuse as proposed by education campaigns https://ourworldindata.org/vaccines-antibiotic-dependence

2017 national Resilient Australia Awards finalists announced https://aidr.org.au/news/2017-resilient-australia-awards-finalists-announced/

Deadliest American Disasters and Large Loss-of-Life Website launched http://www.usdeadlyevents.com/?platform=hootsuite

Rocky Outcrops in Australia book http://www.publish.csiro.au/book/7725

Citizen Science: Theory and Practice https://theoryandpractice.citizenscienceassociation.org/articles/

Learning and Action Alliance framework to facilitate stakeholder collaboration and social learning in urban flood risk management https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901117304355

Call for case studies of community-based disaster risk management programs http://www.gndr.org/programmes/cbdrm/call-for-case-studies.html

 

Social media and emergency management

Most young Australians can’t identify fake news online https://theconversation.com/most-young-australians-cant-identify-fake-news-online-87100

Social media has increasingly become a way for private citizens affected by disasters to fill gaps they find in the response and to connect http://www.petaluma360.com/news/7639830-181/facebook-twitter-served-as-lifelines

Military analysts can now also use platforms such as Twitter to find nuggets of information about persons of interest, or gauge the political temperature of a region http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2017/11/21/industry-developing-new-social-media-simulation-tools-for-military-analysts

“Social media is viewed as a potential goldmine of information. The key is to work out how to mine this abundant source of public sentiment.” https://theconversation.com/we-learn-from-our-mistakes-how-to-make-better-predictions-from-tweets-87599

 

Disaster psychology

Why do people light bushfires? A convicted arsonist explains http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-20/why-do-people-light-bushfires-a-convicted-arsonist-explains/9162190

In the face of natural disasters, let’s not forget the mental health needs of the kids http://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/361011-in-the-face-of-natural-disasters-lets-not-forget-the-mental-health-needs#.WhNOHuJ8Ync.twitter

Selling Bad Therapy to Trauma Victims https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/psychologically-minded/201711/selling-bad-therapy-trauma-victims

 

Sociology and Disasters

What is social resilience? Lessons learned and ways forward https://www.erdkunde.uni-bonn.de/archive/2013-1/what-is-social-resilience-lessons-learned-and-ways-forward

Interdisciplinary Team Awarded Grant to Study Resiliency Among Hurricane Harvey Victims https://news.uark.edu/articles/39718/interdisciplinary-team-awarded-grant-to-study-resiliency-among-hurricane-harvey-victims

How Much Hotter Is It In The Slums? https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/11/20/564314257/how-much-hotter-is-it-in-the-slums?utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=science&utm_source=dlvr.it

The world’s happiest countries https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/11/the-worlds-happiest-countries-in-2016/

“Across disasters, survivors and communities with stronger social infrastructure—the ties that bind us to each other—did better” https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/17204-why-some-communities-recover-better-after-natural-disasters

Influence of natural disasters on social engagement and post-disaster well-being: The case of the Great East Japan Earthquake https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0922142517300440

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I write non-fiction about disaster management and resilience. I also write fiction including poems and short stories.

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