Today in disaster resilience (15 December 2017)

Disaster

Please find below links to some recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

California’s Getty museum survives wildfire, ready for quakes https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/12/09/world/californias-getty-museum-survives-wildfire-ready-quakes/#.WixrYE1rxMs

Trump Approves California Disaster Declaration as Firefighters Battle Flames in Ventura and San Diego Counties http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Trump-Approves-California-Disaster-Declaration-as-Firefighters-Battle-Flames-in-Ventura-and-San-Diego-Counties.html

Ho Chi Minh City faces severe floods https://borneobulletin.com.bn/ho-chi-minh-city-faces-severe-floods/

Floods worsen in Kemaman https://sg.news.yahoo.com/floods-worsen-kemaman-023223717.html

The Thomas Fire burning north of Los Angeles in Ventura County, California is now the state’s fifth-largest wildfire on record http://e360.yale.edu/digest/californias-2017-wildfire-season-continues-to-break-records

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Dec 2017: Fuego volcano, Dukono, Agung, Reventador, Sinabung, Sabancaya https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/66513/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-12-Dec-2017-Fuego-volcano-Dukono-Agung-Reventador-Sinabung-Sabancaya.html

Major flooding after rivers overflow in Emilia-Romagna, Italy https://watchers.news/2017/12/12/major-flooding-after-rivers-overflow-in-emilia-romagna-italy/

50 injured, 300 homes damaged as tornado rips through Vaal Marina, Midvaal, South Africa https://watchers.news/2017/12/12/50-injured-300-homes-damaged-as-tornado-rips-through-vaal-marina-midvaal-south-africa/

3 dead, 480 000 without power, numerous records broken as winter storm hits US South https://watchers.news/2017/12/10/3-dead-480-000-without-power-numerous-records-broken-as-winter-storm-benji-hits-us-south/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

What a School in Bengal Teaches Us About Sea Level Rise https://thewire.in/203192/school-teaches-us-sea-level-rise/

In a way, climate change is a straightforward problem to solve https://qz.com/1145525/climate-change-is-a-surprisingly-straightforward-problem-to-solve/

Why Fires Are Becoming California’s New Reality https://www.npr.org/2017/12/07/569096951/why-fires-are-becoming-californias-new-reality?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=202907

Aligning Nationally Determined Contributions and Sustainable Development Goals http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/climate-and-disaster-resilience-/ndcs-and-sdgs.html?cq_ck=1513006031899

More-severe climate model predictions could be the most accurate https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171206132220.htm

The Big Melt http://time.com/italy-alps-climate-change/

The Arctic Is Warming Faster Than at Any Point in the Past 1,500 Years http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/12/arctic-climate-change-warming/#

2017 Arctic Report Card http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/Report-Card

Towards a Climate-Smart World: 12 Ways for a Resilient Future http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/immersive-story/2017/12/01/towards-a-climate-smart-world-12-ways-for-a-resilient-future?cid=EXT_WBTweetableSocialShare_EXT

Antarctic Modeling Pushes Up Sea-Level Rise Projections http://www.climatecentral.org/news/antarctic-modeling-pushes-up-sea-level-rise-projections-21776?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SLR%20%20Antarctica%20report&utm_content=SLR%20%20Antarctica%20report+CID_f1c49e6218247b038f0eab76d841bd2a&utm_source=Climate%20Central%20Email%20Campaign%20Monitor&utm_term=new%20study

Continuous rise in average temperature will lead to more extreme heat conditions, posing threats to many South Asians http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-06-27/adaptation-challenges.html

Our second La Niña year in a row is in full swing now, and is forecast to last through the winter https://www.climate.gov/news-features/blogs/enso/december-2017-la-ni%C3%B1a-update-double-double

The December 2017 American Climate Perspectives Survey found notable year-over-year rises in American climate action and advocacy http://ecoamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ecoamerica-american-climate-perpsectives-december-2017-action_concern.pdf?utm_content=buffer42837&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Climate change ‘tripled chances’ of Hurricane Harvey’s record rain https://www.carbonbrief.org/climate-change-tripled-chances-hurricane-harvey-record-rain?utm_campaign=crowdfire&utm_content=crowdfire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter#632155022-tw#1513262491777

How Greenland would look without its ice sheet http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42260580

Global, Asian heat waves in 2016 due purely to climate change: study https://www.afp.com/en/news/2265/global-asian-heat-waves-2016-due-purely-climate-change-study-doc-v50yn1

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/

Major clusters of summertime thunderstorms in North America will grow larger, more intense, and more frequent later this century in a changing climate https://www2.ucar.edu/atmosnews/news/130085/north-american-storm-clusters-could-produce-80-percent-more-rain

World Bank invests $4.5 bln to arm cities against climate change http://news.trust.org/item/20171214195631-m1pan/

Fires continue to burn Southern California, and climate scientists have warned us for years that the region was entering a year-round fire regime https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/southern-california-wildfires-climate-change-emergency-w513659?utm_content=bufferfa7e6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Disaster risk reduction

Some in Deweyville raising homes, some leaving town to avoid future floods http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/article/Some-in-Deweyville-raising-homes-some-leaving-12403751.php?utm_campaign=twitter-desktop&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

The House of the Future Is Elevated https://www.citylab.com/design/2017/12/the-house-of-the-future-is-elevated/540327/

Summer heatwaves can trigger a domino effect of infrastructure failures in major cities. So, how resilient are Melbourne and Sydney? https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/2017/12/09/heatwaves-infrastructure-and-resilient-cities/15127380005620?utm_source=tsp_website&utm_campaign=social_mobile_twitter&utm_medium=social_share

Researchers look at new scale for destructive power of hurricanes, not based just on wind speed http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/environment/article_13e4b4e8-dba0-11e7-b19a-db5cbb943c04.html

California’s record-smashing fire season sparks hunt for solutions http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/California-s-record-smashing-fire-season-sparks-12419052.php

The number of policies backed by Flood Re, the UK scheme to promote flood insurance has increased to 142,000 from 53,000 within a year https://www.intelligentinsurer.com/news/flood-re-backs-142-000-policies-14120

Ministry leads flood control efforts http://newsday.co.tt/2017/12/11/ministry-leads-flood-control-efforts/

Latest issue of ‘Disasters’ journal http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/disa.2018.42.issue-1/issuetoc?campaign=woletoc

The Potential for Peril Built into San Francisco http://edgeeffects.net/joanna-dyl/

Open access to ‘Global Volcanic Hazards and Risk’ https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/global-volcanic-hazards-and-risk/7653B9CA75E2F32A81CE5B7110BEF8AB

What’s in Houston’s worst flood zones? Development worth $13.5 billion http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/What-s-in-a-floodway-In-Houston-20-000-12409821.php?utm_campaign=twitter-premium&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

Victorian Fire Management Strategy Discussion Paper https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/news/managing-fires-in-the-future

What would an earthquake-proof city look like? https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/dec/11/earthquake-proof-city-christchurch-japan-colombia-ecuador

Unfettered building, scant oversight add to cost of hurricanes in U.S. https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-flooding-insurance/

Developers lobby for moral hazard, picking our pockets http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/columnists/tomlinson/article/Developers-lobby-for-moral-hazard-picking-out-12421619.php

UK to bring back beavers in first government flood reduction scheme of its kind https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/12/uk-to-bring-back-beavers-in-first-government-flood-reduction-scheme-of-its-kind

The evolution of mitigation https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/153336

Nine Ways to Start Connecting Stormwater and  Floodplain Management: A New Report http://willamettepartnership.org/connecting-stormwater-floodplain-management-new-report/

As South Florida raises groundwater levels to fight salt water intrusion, the threat of flooding from within will only increase https://phys.org/news/2017-12-fiu.html

How California and Western States Should Shift Their Fire Prevention Strategy http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/How-California-and-Western-States-Should-Shift-Their-Fire-Prevention-Strategy.html?utm_content=buffer37f97&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Sendai Framework Monitoring Kicks Off https://reliefweb.int/report/world/sendai-framework-monitoring-kicks

Study Focuses on Contaminants Lurking in Urban Tidal Flooding http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/keynotes/keynotes_1216_tidalflooding.html

All is not lost: Developing solutions to reduce the impact of flooding in UK properties https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/planning-construction-news/developing-solutions-to-reduce-the-impact-of-flooding-in-uk-properties/36832/

 

Emergency Management

How the Santa Ana wind spreads wildfires https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/national/santa-ana-fires/?utm_term=.eab085d5fdcb

California fire damage to homes is less ‘random’ than it seems https://theconversation.com/california-fire-damage-to-homes-is-less-random-than-it-seems-88817

Drones take off in battle against LA fires http://ht.ly/IL4b30h7DQ0

The first wintertime megafire in California history is here http://grist.org/article/the-first-wintertime-megafire-in-california-history-is-here/

Latest issue of the Fire Australia magazine https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/magazine

The lost fishermen of India’s Cyclone Ockhi http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-42262346

Disaster zones could soon be salvaged by teams of smart devices – here’s how https://theconversation.com/disaster-zones-could-soon-be-salvaged-by-teams-of-smart-devices-heres-how-88201?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

China partners with UNDP to provide Post-Disaster Recovery Assistance to South Asia http://www.asia-pacific.undp.org/content/rbap/en/home/presscenter/articles/2017/12/10/china-partners-with-undp-to-provide-post-disaster-recovery-assistance-to-south-asia.html#.Wi6XVwfUa1c.twitter

A Safe and Healthy Crowded Places Handbook is currently under development by the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/handbook-15-safe-and-healthy-crowded-places/

Recovery pledges for hurricane-ravaged Caribbean are a drop in the ocean https://www.irinnews.org/analysis/2017/11/24/recovery-pledges-hurricane-ravaged-caribbean-are-drop-ocean

The Benefits & Challenges of Using Artificial Intelligence for Emergency Management https://safetymanagement.eku.edu/resources/infographics/the-benefits-challenges-of-using-artificial-intelligence-for-emergency-management/

Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria death toll climbs to 64, as FEMA assistance tops $1 billion http://wtnh.com/2017/12/10/puerto-ricos-hurricane-maria-death-toll-climbs-to-64-as-fema-assistance-tops-1-billion/

Taking matters into their own hands: Rebuilding after Nepal floods https://reliefweb.int/report/nepal/taking-matters-their-own-hands-rebuilding-after-nepal-floods?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

UN visits Puerto Rico to assess help for hurricane victims https://apnews.com/0073e4f1b24f41518f3359d8d4ca315f/UN-visits-Puerto-Rico-to-assess-help-for-hurricane-victims?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP

Near Real Time Monitoring of Volcanic Eruptions https://landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/near-real-time-monitoring-of-volcanic-eruptions/

New fire danger rating system set to be trialled this summer to cope with new extremes http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-13/bushfire-danger-rating-system-trialled-summer/9203446?sf176146205=1&smid=Page:%20ABC%20Rural-Facebook_Organic&WT.tsrc=Facebook_Organic

Integrating Gender into Humanitarian Action https://www.adpc.net/igo/category/ID1278/doc/2017-lpg6Jw-ADPC-GiHA6ForWeb.pdf

Oroville Dam crisis sparked $1.2 billion in claims. State hasn’t paid a dime http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article189603719.html

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Plate tectonics at 50 https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/wsmith17

Plans to save horses under bushfire threat need flexibility, say researchers https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2017/12/10/plans-horses-bushfire-research/

The photographer who lowers herself into active volcanoes http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-42316039/the-photographer-who-lowers-herself-into-active-volcanoes

River Detectives – exploring local waterways with students http://www.nccma.vic.gov.au/resources/publications/river-detectives-apply-now?utm_content=buffer299ec&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

“We realized that there isn’t a line where fire adapted communities stop and fire resilient landscapes begin.” https://fireadaptednetwork.org/fire-resilient-landscapes/

As the Thomas fire burns, Santa Barbara County alerts go bilingual http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ln-santa-barbara-bilingual-20171212-story.html

International panel is asking businesses and property owners along Lake Ontario to complete an online survey about flood damage from record water levels this spring and summer https://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/35246/20171212/international-panel-seeks-information-on-lake-ontario-floods

The origin of the Andes unraveled https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171211120349.htm

Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) – Global edition http://www.eena.org/publications/psaps-global-2017#.WjLjadKWbIU

The UK has a new highest mountain http://geographical.co.uk/places/mountains/item/2529-britain-has-a-new-highest-mountain

A new mobile phone application provides early warning and early action information related to the Citarum River Basin in Indonesia http://www.un-spider.org/news-and-events/news/flood-early-warning-and-early-action-system-feweas-mobile-app-helps-predict

The Environment Agency held a competition with schools to design a new logo for flood wardens right across the region https://www.gov.uk/government/news/north-east-youngsters-winning-design-for-flood-wardens

 

Social media and emergency management

 

How Twitter Users Can Generate Better Ideas https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/how-twitter-users-can-generate-better-ideas/

Children’s perspectives on life in the digital age https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/1334805/Young_and_Online_Report.pdf

 

Disaster psychology

 

The Better You Know Yourself, the More Resilient You’ll Be https://hbr.org/2017/09/the-better-you-know-yourself-the-more-resilient-youll-be

Approximately 59% of young people with PTSD subsequently develop substance abuse problems https://blogs.psychcentral.com/addiction-mental-health/2017/12/addiction-and-traumatic-events/

 

 

Sociology and disasters

As Southern California’s firestorm continues to grow and air quality plummets, what happens to one of the largest unsheltered homeless populations in the nation? https://psmag.com/environment/california-wildfires-harming-most-vulnerable-populations?utm_content=buffercfaba&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

California wildfires left the disabled in peril http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-disability-fires-20150928-story.html

In Jakarta, flood-hit slum residents aim for a higher, drier future http://news.trust.org/item/20171212022015-sz6td/

An Early Assessment of Hurricane Harvey’s Impact on Vulnerable Texans in the Gulf Coast Region http://files.kff.org/attachment/Report-An-Early-Assessment-of-Hurricane-Harveys-Impact-on-Vulnerable-Texans-in-the-Gulf?platform=hootsuite

Reduction of vulnerability to disasters: From knowledge to action http://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/56269

Adaptation Decision Support: An Application of System Dynamics Modeling in Coastal Communities https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13753-017-0154-5

Africa is urbanising at an incredible rate, but its cities are not delivering the opportunities and better lives such dynamism deserves https://www.irinnews.org/opinion/2017/12/11/african-cities-time-urgent-reform?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=irinsocial&utm_campaign=irinupdates

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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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