Today in disaster resilience (1 December 2017)

Disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Major flooding hits Montego Bay, causing severe infrastructural damage, Jamaica https://watchers.news/2017/11/24/major-flooding-hits-montego-bay-causing-severe-infrastructural-damage-jamaica/

New strong explosions at Popocatepetl, ash to 8.5 km (28 000 feet) a.s.l. https://watchers.news/2017/11/25/another-strong-eruption-at-popocatepetl-ash-to-8-5-km-28-000-feet/

Volcanic activity worldwide 26 Nov 2017: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Agung, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/66195/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-26-Nov-2017-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Agung-Reventador-Sa.html

Flood disaster declared in 5 Trang districts amid closures http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30332538?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Mount Agung warning lifted to highest level http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42132912

Second person dies in Malaysian floods http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/second-person-dies-in-malaysian-floods

Mount Agung eruption updates http://www.earthobservatory.sg/news/agung-volcano-bali-eruption-update

Indonesia – Floods and Landslides in East Java Leave 11 Dead, 4,000 Displaced http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-landslides-east-java-november-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Lives at risk as Victoria braces for worst floods in decades http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/melbourne-weather-record-rainfall-and-flash-flooding-to-kick-off-summer-20171129-gzvk4s.html

Thailand – Around 400,000 Hit by Floods in South http://floodlist.com/asia/thailand-floods-south-november-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Spain – Heavy Rain Floods Parts of Andalusia http://floodlist.com/europe/spain-floods-andalusia-november-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Flood hits Central Java, forces thousands to evacuate https://reliefweb.int/report/indonesia/flood-hits-central-java-forces-thousands-evacuate

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Natural climate solutions http://m.pnas.org/content/114/44/11645

Issues with 1.5C overshoot http://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-017-0026-z

How could the Agung volcano in Bali affect global temperatures https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-how-could-agung-volcano-bali-affect-global-temperature

Record low sea ice in Alaska waters in fall 2017 https://www.climate.gov/news-features/featured-images/record-low-sea-ice-alaska-waters-fall-2017

Turning the tide: comparison of tidal flow by periodic sea level fluctuation and by periodic bed tilting in scaled landscape experiments of estuaries https://www.earth-surf-dynam.net/5/731/2017/

But what would happen if we treated climate change as a health problem rather than an environmental one? http://www.climatechangenews.com/2017/11/22/climate-advocates-can-take-anti-smoking-campaigns/?utm_content=buffer639f4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer.SEIclimate

Moody’s Warns Cities to Address Climate Risks or Face Downgrades https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-29/moody-s-warns-cities-to-address-climate-risks-or-face-downgrades

Fiji’s Focus on Resilience Creates a New Market for Climate Finance http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2017/11/09/fijis-focus-on-resilience-creates-a-new-market-for-climate-finance?CID=CCG_TT_climatechange_EN_EXT

Beach erosion and litigious homeowners offers a preview of what’s to come as storms and rising seas hit communities https://insideclimatenews.org/news/28112017/nags-head-north-carolina-beach-erosion-climate-change-sea-level-rise

What exactly does change minds about climate science? https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/11/28/how-to-persuade-people-that-climate-change-is-real/?utm_term=.906894f9ac92

 

 

Disaster risk reduction

Earthquake Risk Keeps Heat on Vulnerable Nuclear Reactors https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/11/26/earthquake-risk-keeps-heat-vulnerable-nuclear-reactors

In 2016 the number of deaths caused by natural disasters was the second lowest since 2006, but the number of people reported affected by natural disasters was the highest https://reliefweb.int/report/world/annual-disaster-statistical-review-2016-numbers-and-trends

Mitigating Natural Disaster Risks And Enhancing Economic Resilience http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/business/20171119/cedric-stephens-mitigating-natural-disaster-risks-and-enhancing-economic

Disaster risk insurance: understanding the role of microinsurance https://www.odi.org/comment/10576-disaster-risk-insurance-understanding-role-microinsurance

UK flood risk management and funding http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-7514

The Most Expensive U.S. Hurricane Season Ever: By the Numbers https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-26/the-most-expensive-u-s-hurricane-season-ever-by-the-numbers

When Hikurangi subduction zone megathrust triggers tsunami ‘think Japan 2011’ https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/98878426/when-hikurangi-subduction-zone-megathrust-triggers-tsunami-think-japan-2011

Changes in Earthquake Hazard Levels in the draft Geoscience Australia National Seismic Hazard Assessment https://riskfrontiers.com/changes-in-earthquake-hazard-levels-in-the-draft-geoscience-australia-national-seismic-hazard-assessment-nsha18/

Urban resilience, disaster risk reduction forum slated http://thestandard.com.ph/news/national/252615/urban-resilience-disaster-risk-reduction-forum-slated.html

Natural disasters are in 3D – and the rights that protect against them should be as well https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/natural-disasters-are-3d-and-rights-protect-against-them-should-be-well

Madison County officials meeting with FEMA to reduce floodplain https://www.rexburgstandardjournal.com/news/local/madison-county-officials-meeting-with-fema-to-reduce-floodplain/article_adf2bba1-07de-5c34-bd0c-45606463f3b1.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

How will Canada manage its wildfires in the future? http://theconversation.com/how-will-canada-manage-its-wildfires-in-the-future-86383?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Jamaica – Installation of Real Time Automatic Weather Stations Begins Across the Island http://floodlist.com/america/jamaica-installation-real-time-automatic-weather-stations?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

North American Storm Clusters Could Produce 80 Percent More Rain Say NCAR Scientists http://floodlist.com/america/usa/north-american-storm-clusters-could-produce-80-percent-more-rain-say-ncar-scientists?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

NOAA may reclassify 100-year storm event in Houston http://www.chron.com/news/politics/houston/article/Federal-rainfall-study-shows-dramatic-growth-in-12386006.php

Increasing resiliency to extreme weather https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2648/increasing-resiliency-to-extreme-weather/

What’s the future for flood and coastal risk management in England? https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/fcrm/strategic-direction/

Recent loss of closed forests is associated with Ebola virus disease outbreaks https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-14727-9

Restoring floodplains and wetlands offer value-for-money solution to river flooding https://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/restoring-floodplains-and-wetlands-offer

Changing attitudes to property flood resilience in the UK http://brebuzz.net/2017/11/29/changing-attitudes-to-property-flood-resilience-in-the-uk/

Flood-prone historic Charleston home gets a raise http://abcnews4.com/news/local/jacked-up-historic-home-lifted-for-first-time

Fault Segmentation as Constraint to the Occurrence of the Main Shocks of the 2016 Central Italy Seismic Sequence http://geo.mff.cuni.cz/users/gallovic/abst/Pizzi_et_al-2017-Tectonics.pdf

When magma prevents volcanic eruptions https://phys.org/news/2017-11-magma-volcanic-eruptions.html

Renewed calls for natural flood management techniques across Europe https://greennews.ie/renewed-calls-natural-flood-management-europe/

Forecast of Increased Earthquakes due to Slowing of Earth’s Rotation https://riskfrontiers.com/forecast-of-increased-earthquakes-due-to-slowing-of-earths-rotation/

When Weather Becomes a Problem: Motivating Resilience Action in Texas https://toolkit.climate.gov/case-studies/when-weather-becomes-problem-motivating-resilience-action-texas

Each volcano has unique warning signs that eruption is imminent https://theconversation.com/each-volcano-has-unique-warning-signs-that-eruption-is-imminent-88222?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

 

Emergency Management

Houston Day Laborers Suffer Wage Theft in Post-Harvey Reconstruction http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Houston-Day-Laborers-Suffer-Wage-Theft-in-Post-Harvey-Reconstruction.html

Two Months After Hurricane Maria, A Growing Majority Of Americans Say Puerto Ricans are Not Yet Getting the Help They Need https://www.kff.org/other/press-release/poll-two-months-after-hurricane-maria-a-growing-majority-of-americans-say-puerto-ricans-are-not-ye-getting-the-help-they-need/amp/

Tens of thousands displaced by Harvey still yearn for home http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-news-12378756.php

Preventing the Spread of Disease After a Hurricane https://health.usnews.com/health-care/patient-advice/articles/2017-11-16/preventing-the-spread-of-disease-after-a-hurricane

Offender sentenced for causing January 2017 bushfires in Victoria https://emergencylaw.wordpress.com/2017/11/25/offender-sentenced-for-causing-january-2017-bushfires-in-victoria/

How to save billions on disaster recovery https://www.redcross.org.au/news-and-media/news/how-to-save-billions-on-disaster-recovery

Nepal earthquake reconstruction won’t succeed until the vulnerability of survivors is addressed https://theconversation.com/nepal-earthquake-reconstruction-wont-succeed-until-the-vulnerability-of-survivors-is-addressed-87335

‘Help now, not after disasters’ http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20171127/help-now-not-after-disasters

Hawaii Brings Back a Cold War-Era Nuclear Warning System https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/28/us/hawaii-nuclear-korea.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share

Why Puerto Rico is getting the brunt of ‘donor fatigue’ https://theconversation.com/why-puerto-rico-is-getting-the-brunt-of-donor-fatigue-86036

Using flood model data to assist with humanitarian crises in the Middle East https://www.ambientalrisk.com/using-flood-model-data-assist-humanitarian-crises-middle-east/

Feeding Puerto Rico https://www.cbsnews.com/news/feeding-puerto-rico/

New data shows hurricane deaths in Puerto Rico could be 20 times higher than the government claims https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/29/16623926/puerto-rico-death-toll-hurricane-maria-count

Operational forecasting and warning systems for natural hazards: challenges and innovation http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2018/session/26605

Improving Science-based Tools for Fire Prediction http://climateandlife.columbia.edu/2017/10/26/improving-science-based-tools-for-fire-prediction/

Carisbrook braces for flooding amid investigation into recovery fund mismanagement http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-30/carisbrook-flood-prep/9210160

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The biggest volcano eruptions in recorded history https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YluS9jOjQdM

What Should You Do In A Terror Attack? http://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/ian-payne/what-should-you-do-in-a-terror-attack-lbc-asked-an/

Plan for an emergency: Bushfire http://www.abc.net.au/news/emergency/plan-for-an-emergency/bushfire/

Israel raises tsunami awareness http://www.unisdr.org/archive/56057

Mount Agung: Bali volcano eruption photos explained https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-asia-42133502

Flood barrier drop-ins for residents https://www.gov.uk/government/news/flood-barrier-drop-ins-for-residents

Article for kids on the challenges of firefighting https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/fighting-wildfires-is-a-greater-test-of-endurance-as-season-gets-longer/2017/11/20/77885a46-c597-11e7-84bc-5e285c7f4512_story.html?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.aa6b08942a30

 

Social media and emergency management

“When people tweet about how there’s a flood in their backyards, but we don’t have sensors in that area to verify that information, we can use these tweets as a virtual sensor” http://daily-iowan.com/2017/11/29/ui-professor-develops-a-siri-for-flood-information/

 

Disaster psychology

Community resilience and Joplin tornado http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1468-5973.12171/pdf

Is it right to say people caught in a terror scare ‘panic’? http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42138437

 

Sociology and Disasters

Will Houston’s Post-Harvey Recovery Exacerbate Inequities or Build a More Just City? https://www.democracynow.org/2017/11/24/will_houston_s_post_harvey_recovery

A flood of stories http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/a-flood-of-stories/article20967553.ece

A 1948 flood washed away the WWII housing project Vanport—but its history still informs Portland’s diversity https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/vanport-oregon-how-countrys-largest-housing-project-vanished-day-180954040/

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NeilDufty

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

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