Today in disaster resilience (22 December 2017)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

10 houses swept off in Keningau floods http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/fire-brigade-10-houses-swept-off-in-keningau-floods#lLdp0XbeTAGgHe8M.97

Volcano earthquake report for Sunday, 17 Dec 2017 https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/earthquakes-volcanoes/news/66606/Volcano-earthquake-report-for-Sunday-17-Dec-2017.html

Chile: Landslide destroys village and kills at least five http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-42382413

Firefighters on Thomas Fire save hundreds of homes in Montecito area http://wildfiretoday.com/2017/12/17/firefighters-on-thomas-fire-save-hundreds-of-homes-in-montecito-area/

Heavy rain hits Dubai, flooding in parts of UAE https://www.khaleejtimes.com/news/weather/Videos-Heavy-rain,-flooding-in-parts-of-UAE-

The massive Thomas Fire, which will soon rank as the largest wildland fire in modern California history https://psmag.com/environment/thomas-fire-largest-wildfire-in-california-history

Philippines – Dozens Killed or Missing as Tropical Storm Kai-Tak Causes Floods and Landslides http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-storm-kai-tak-december-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Malawi – Floods in Lilongwe Leave 6 Dead http://floodlist.com/africa/malawi-floods-lilongwe-december-2017

Heavy rain, severe flooding hits Oman https://watchers.news/2017/12/18/heavy-rain-severe-flooding-hits-oman/

Victoria weather: Buildings damaged, thousands remain without power after severe storms hit http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-19/victorians-left-in-the-dark-after-severe-storms-hit-state/9273806?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Wild weather, record heat across Australia http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2017/12/wild-weather-record-heat-across-australia.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Volcanic activity worldwide 21 Dec 2017: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Agung https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/66676/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-21-Dec-2017-Fuego-volcano-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Agung-.html

Sudan – 500 Left Homeless by Floods in Northern Sudan http://floodlist.com/africa/sudan-floods-northern-sudan-december-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Malaysia – Floods in Sarawak Leave 1 Dead, 100s Displaced http://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-floods-sarawak-sabah-december-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

More Than 30 Dead After Tropical Depression Kai-Tak Brings Flooding Rain, Landslides to the Philippines https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/2017-12-16-pacific-kai-tak-philippines?utm_content=buffer4c7ea&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Global and Asian heat waves in 2016 due purely to climate change, study says https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/12/14/world/science-health-world/global-asian-heat-waves-2016-due-purely-climate-change-study-says/#.WjbWJU8UnIU

Climate Change Is Increasing Forest Fires, and the Cost Will Be Huge https://futurism.com/climate-change-forest-fires-cost-huge/

Moving towards a more resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya http://cariaa.net/research/blog-moving-towards-more-resilient-hindu-kush-himalaya

Extreme Storms to Multiply, Intensify Across U.S., New Simulations Suggest https://www.ecowatch.com/extreme-weather-climate-change-2517180162.html

Here’s where U.S. residents will move to escape rising seas https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2017/12/where-americans-will-move-as-seas-rise/

The Arctic shows no sign of returning to the reliably frozen state it was a decade ago https://blogs.agu.org/thefield/2017/12/15/driven-open-ocean-arctic-continues-warm/

Antarctic climate variability on regional and continental scales over the last 2000 years https://www.clim-past.net/13/1609/2017/

Global trends in climate change legislation and litigation: 2017 snapshot http://www.lse.ac.uk/GranthamInstitute/publication/global-trends-in-climate-change-legislation-and-litigation-2017-snapshot/

A climate researcher finds a link between a 20-year spate of hurricanes and the content of song lyrics https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/12/more-hurricanes-make-for-stormier-pop-charts/548528/?utm_source=twb

The year is 2037. This is what happens when the hurricane hits Miami https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/17/miami-hurricane-2037-climate-change?CMP=share_btn_tw

An American Beach Story: When Property Rights Clash with the Rising Sea https://insideclimatenews.org/news/16122017/beach-erosion-sea-level-rise-property-rights-massachusetts-government-storm-nourishment-project

Globe had its third warmest year to date and fifth warmest November on record https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/global-climate-201711

Yesterday’s 100-year storm is today’s 30-year storm https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/12/more-studies-examine-role-of-climate-change-in-hurricane-harvey/?platform=hootsuite

Scientists pinpoint link between climate change and Hurricane Harvey’s record rainfall https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-12-13/scientists-pinpoint-link-between-climate-change-and-hurricane-harveys-record?utm_content=buffera13f9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The new simulator allows anyone with a computer to perform idealized experiments with sea level and learn about its complexities https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/m/news/news.php?release=2017-308#.WjgvptKWbIW

A century of glacier retreat at Hintereisferner https://vimeo.com/243845079

569 Scottish reservoirs face flood risk over climate change http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15777847.Revealed__569_of_Scotland__39_s_670_reservoirs_pose_flood_risk_thanks_to_climate_change/

Rising sea levels: Will we adapt or drown? https://medium.com/@OECD/rising-sea-levels-will-we-adapt-or-drown-3c70855fddfe

The health of Antarctic ice shelves https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-017-0037-1

Climate change will displace millions in coming decades. Nations should prepare now to help them https://theconversation.com/climate-change-will-displace-millions-in-coming-decades-nations-should-prepare-now-to-help-them-89274?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Are Rising Seas, Coastal Erosion and Powerful Storms a Wave of the Future for Small Island Nations? http://www.caribbean360.com/news/rising-seas-coastal-erosion-powerful-storms-wave-future-small-island-nations#ixzz51jykKRQFhttp://www.caribbean360.com/news/rising-seas-coastal-erosion-powerful-storms-wave-future-small-island-nations

Climate change, migration and displacement: the need for a risk-informed and coherent approach https://www.odi.org/publications/10977-climate-change-migration-and-displacement-need-risk-informed-and-coherent-approach

Warmer, wetter climate could mean stronger, more intense storms https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/csu-wwc121817.php

Direct and indirect climate controls predict heterogeneous early-mid 21st century wildfire burned area across western and boreal North America http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0188486

A Year of Climate Change in Photos https://www.bloomberg.com/news/photo-essays/2017-12-20/a-year-of-climate-change-in-photos

International Energy Agency says burning of fossil fuel is falling fast, driven by drop-off in use by EU, China and US https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/dec/18/global-coal-consumption-forecast-to-slow

China Just Moved Closer to Becoming the World’s Climate Leader http://time.com/5069912/china-climate-change-trump/

Alaska’s Northernmost Town Warms So Fast, It Fools NOAA Computers https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/alaska-rsquo-s-northernmost-town-warms-so-fast-it-fools-noaa-computers/

Mainstreaming climate adaptation: taking stock about “what works” from empirical research worldwide https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10113-017-1259-5

Jakarta Is Sinking So Fast, It Could End Up Underwater https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/12/21/world/asia/jakarta-sinking-climate.html

Centennial to Millennial Climate Variability http://pastglobalchanges.org/products/pages-magazine/11504

Officials’ long struggle to publish new sea level guidance https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2017/12/20/70263/officials-long-struggle-to-publish-new-sea-level-guidance

The Road to Ruin: Making Sense of the Anthropocene https://www.ippr.org/juncture-item/editorial-the-road-to-ruin-making-sense-of-the-anthropocene

Small islands and climate change http://news.trust.org/spotlight/small-islands-and-climate-change/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Disaster risk reduction

 

Recommendations for scaling up the implementation of the disaster resilient housing project in Da Nang City http://blog.i-s-e-t.org/technical-handbooks-on-design-construction-and-renovation-of-typhoon-resilient-low-income-housing/?utm_campaign=crowdfire&utm_content=crowdfire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter#632155022-tw#1511884138522

Scientists identify population growth as the “primary driver” of the key global problems https://www.populationmatters.org/15000-scientists-warn-of-impending-environmental-crisis/?utm_content=buffer31b12&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

How Cities Can Harness the Flood-Fighting Powers of Urban Parks https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/cities-harness-flood-fighting-powers-urban-parks

Largest Wildfire Debris Removal Operation in California History Moved a Half Million Tons Thus Far http://www.oesnews.com/largest-wildfire-debris-removal-operation-in-california-history-moved-a-half-million-tons-thus-far/

Floridians should brace for stronger hurricanes http://www.theledger.com/news/20171216/fugate-floridians-should-brace-for-stronger-hurricanes

Wildfires in California add to ‘horrific year’ of disaster losses https://www.ft.com/content/cd3ad8cc-e321-11e7-97e2-916d4fbac0da

The U.S. federal civilian buildings most exposed to floods are concentrated in the capital https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-19/ground-zero-for-flooding-washington-s-trump-international-hotel

We have strong evidence that human activity has dictated fire regimes for centuries https://fireadaptednetwork.org/science-tuesday-naturally-human/?platform=hootsuite

Updated NZ earthquake forecasts https://www.geonet.org.nz/news/5JBSbLk9qw8OU4uWeI86KG

Report: More Than 30 Million People Live in U.S. Floodplains http://furmancenter.org/thestoop/entry/new-data-from-the-nyu-furman-center-finds-that-more-than-30-million-people

Population in the US Floodplains Report http://furmancenter.org/files/Floodplain_PopulationBrief_12DEC2017.pdf

Population and Housing in the Floodplain Battered by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma http://furmancenter.org/files/Floodplain_HurricaneBrief_12DEC2017.pdf

Imminent NFIP Lapse Will Mean Trouble For Homebuyers In Flood Plains https://www.bankerandtradesman.com/guest-post-imminent-nfip-lapse-will-mean-trouble-homebuyers-flood-plains/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

Flood Impact Analysis Tool https://www.techbriefs.com/component/content/article/tb/techbriefs/environment/28017

Latest edition of HazNet http://haznet.ca/haznet-fall-2017/

Drone images give researchers in-depth knowledge of wildfire devastation, forest regeneration http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/drone-bc-wildfire-research-1.4456460

A disaster within a disaster: cyclone fears in fragile Rohingya camps http://www.irinnews.org/news/2017/12/20/disaster-within-disaster-cyclone-fears-fragile-rohingya-camps

Experts worry that if insurers start to pull out of flood-prone seaside communities, it could cause a crisis worse than 2008 https://www.inman.com/2017/12/18/coastal-mortgage-time-bomb/

America’s fourth largest city is built on an ancient river network that flooded catastrophically after Hurricane Harvey. With 400,000 homes in the watershed, achieving resilience is the Texan boom town’s greatest challenge https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/dec/20/bayou-houston-flood-hurricane-harvey-texas-resilience

Hudson’s town council is proposing a new bylaw to reduce the risk of future flood damage by forbidding new construction within the known 100-year flood zone http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/off-island-gazette/west-island-living-hudson-puts-a-freeze-on-building-in-flood-zone

Global insured losses of USD 136 billion are third highest on sigma records http://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/56385

100,000 more properties across the UK are now better protected from flooding thanks to the 350 new flood schemes that have been built since April 2015 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/flood-defence-milestone-100000-more-properties-better-protected

Local level disaster risk reduction is not a panacea https://mahb.stanford.edu/blog/local-level-disaster-risk-reduction/

Induced seismicity provides insight into why earthquake ruptures stop http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/12/eaap7528

City council votes against plan to develop floodplain area https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/ca/news/risk/city-council-votes-against-plan-to-develop-floodplain-area-87747.aspx#.WjvM-HystVo.twitter

Volcanica is a broad-scope diamond open-access international journal promoting research into all aspects of volcanology https://www.jvolcanica.org/ojs/index.php/volcanica

Published since 1983, ADA Gazette is the longest running magazine dedicated to the UK water level and flood risk management sector https://www.ada.org.uk/gazette/

Ireland – Government Sets Out Flood Management Plans http://floodlist.com/europe/ireland-government-sets-out-flood-management-plans?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

UK Government sets out plans to strengthen surface water flood risk management https://www.waterbriefing.org/home/flooding/item/14704-government-sets-out-plans-to-strengthen-surface-water-flood-risk-management

The Spatial Exposure of China’s Infrastructure System to Flooding Risks in the Context of Climate Change http://www.greengrowthknowledge.org/resource/spatial-exposure-china%E2%80%99s-infrastructure-system-flooding-risks-context-climate-change

 

Emergency Management

MIT conference seeks solutions for reconstruction in devastated Caribbean http://news.mit.edu/2017/mit-conference-seeks-solutions-reconstruction-devastated-caribbean-1215

Proactivity is better than reactivity for firefighter safety on the fireground https://www.firerescue1.com/firefighter-safety/articles/370671018-Proactivity-is-better-than-reactivity-for-firefighter-safety-on-the-fireground/

The USA Is Not Prepared for a National-Scale Disaster http://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/the-usa-is-not-prepared-for-a-national-scale-disaster.html

Grenfell Tower fire: Survivors, Royal family attend memorial service for victims http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-15/grenfell-fire-royal-family-attends-memorial-service/9260634

Getting Fire Science Research to the Boots-on-the-Ground https://wildfirelessons.wordpress.com/2017/12/08/continuing-the-conversation-getting-fire-science-research-to-the-boots-on-the-ground/?platform=hootsuite

The China-India row that spells disaster for flood victims http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-42335242

European Commission has revealed ambitious new plans to strengthen Europe’s ability to deal with natural disasters http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-4731_en.htm

Earthquake Early Warning System Explained http://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/earthquake-early-warning-system-explained.html

Navigating the Latest Terrorism Trend https://www.rand.org/blog/2017/12/navigating-the-latest-terrorism-trend.html?adbsc=social_20171219_2024101&adbid=943214861076410369&adbpl=tw&adbpr=22545453

100 Days Marks Hurricane Irma Recovery Progress https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/12/19/4337/100-days-marks-hurricane-recovery-progress

Mexico Earthquakes Humanitarian Situation Report – Three Month Review, 19 December 2017 https://reliefweb.int/report/mexico/mexico-earthquakes-humanitarian-situation-report-three-month-review-19-december-2017

An Ongoing Disaster: Hurricane Maria’s Potential Effects on Public Health https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/an-ongoing-disaster-hurricane-maria-s-potential-effects-on-public-health

How 2 brave Assamese girls rafted through flood hit village to rescue 30 stranded people https://www.nelive.in/assam/news/how-2-brave-assamese-girls-rafted-through-flood-hit-village-rescue-30-stranded-people

Boosting female participation in firefighting http://www.safetysolutions.net.au/content/fire/news/boosting-female-participation-in-firefighting-250285361

Flood victims, still unable to go back home, await new government action plan http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/flood-victims-still-unable-to-go-back-home-await-new-government-action-plan-1.4457298

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Estate agents should tell house hunters more about flood risk, say insurers https://thenegotiator.co.uk/agents-should-tell-house-hunters-more-about-flood-risk-say-insurers/

Who Participates in the Great ShakeOut? Why Audience Segmentation Is the Future of Disaster Preparedness Campaigns https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5708046/

New book showcases latest mapping of New Zealand’s geology https://gns.cri.nz/Home/News-and-Events/Media-Releases/Science-update-18-12-2017-New-book-showcases-latest-mapping-of-New-Zealand-s-geology

2017: The Year in Volcanic Activity https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2017/12/2017-the-year-in-volcanic-activity/548273/?utm_source=fbb

Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans and our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions http://geographical.co.uk/reviews/books/item/2521-the-ends-of-the-world-volcanic-apocalypses-lethal-oceans-and-our-quest-to-understand-earth-s-past-mass-extinctions-by-peter-brannen

3.5 billion-year-old fossils of Earth’s earliest life discovered in Australia http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/3-5-billion-year-old-fossils-earths-earliest-life-discovered-australia-1652022

Leadership in Community Resilience Program Application http://nlc.org/leadership-in-community-resilience-program-application

21-Point Checklist for Preparing for Natural Disasters https://smallbiztrends.com/2017/12/preparing-for-natural-disasters.html

Public Alerting in Canada – Bridging the Gap http://haznet.ca/public-alerting-canada-bridging-gap/

Reported natural disasters since 1900 http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2017/12/15/year-in-review-2017-in-12-charts?cid=ECR_TT_WorldBank_EN_EXT

Aren’t we all comms people now? http://comms2point0.co.uk/comms2point0/2017/12/18/arent-we-all-comms-people-now

A ‘Community Hub’ giving York residents the opportunity to keep up-to-date with new flood defence schemes across the city has opened its doors

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15781615.New_city_hub_to_reveal___45m_flood_schemes/

Flood Forum USA launches “SPOUT!” to combat bad planning, corruption and climate change https://www.anthropocenealliance.org/news/

Disaster Narratives: Predictions, Preparedness, & Lessons https://eganhistory.com/2017/09/19/disaster-narratives-predictions-preparedness-lessons/

A few realizations about natural disasters https://www.insblogs.com/uncategorized/realizations-natural-disasters/8023

As climate change brings more storms and flooding to the islands in the South Pacific, communities in Fiji are educating residents in disaster preparedness https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2017/1221/Residents-of-Fiji-learn-disaster-preparedness-to-weather-coming-storms?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

17 Ways We Grew: Community Wildfire Resilience Lessons from 2017 https://fireadaptednetwork.org/17-ways-we-grew-community-wildfire-resilience-lessons-from-2017/?platform=hootsuite

 

Disaster psychology

 

The Financial and Emotional ‘Wear and Tear’ of Fighting Fire https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/12/16/the-financial-and-emotional-wear-and-tear-of-fighting-fire/

Managing mental health in the midst of disaster https://www.marketplace.org/2017/12/15/life/managing-mental-health-midst-disaster

Natural Disasters And The Implications Of Missing So Much School https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/12/15/564058043/natural-disasters-and-the-implications-of-missing-so-much-school

Fort McMurray wildfire leaves many still dealing with psychological trauma https://globalnews.ca/news/3922504/fort-mcmurray-wildfire-mental-health-psychological-trauma/

How New York City is tackling a mental health crisis spurred by Hurricane Sandy http://grist.org/article/how-new-york-city-is-tackling-a-mental-health-crisis-spurred-by-hurricane-sandy/

What Happened to Our Environment and Mental Health as a Result of Hurricane Sandy? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27087495

End of the Lone Wolf: The Typology that Should Not Have Been http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1057610X.2017.1419554?journalCode=uter20&#.WjrMrWy4jAg.twitter

 

Sociology and Disasters

 

Growing inequality within almost every country will drive a further concentration of income around the globe https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/12/14/business/world-inequality.html

Impacts of Flooding and Flood Preparedness on Subjective Well-Being: A Monetisation of the Tangible and Intangible Impacts https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10902-017-9916-4

Social capital and disaster risk reduction http://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/56300

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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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