Today in disaster resilience (19 January 2018)

Disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Biting cold has so far claimed 27 lives in Bangladesh http://www.newagebd.net/article/32468/cold-wave-on-new-spell-coming

PNG Governor orders evacuation of second volcano as eruption fears mount http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-14/thousands-evacuated-from-png-volcano-amid-eruption-fears/9327952

Peru quake: Magnitude 7.1 sea tremor topples buildings http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/348098/peru-quake-magnitude-7-point-1-sea-tremor-topples-buildings

‘We makes the best of everything’: Resilience in wake of flooding on Newfoundland’s west coast http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/crews-work-through-night-flooding-newfoundland-west-coast-1.4486827

Twin bombings in Baghdad kill 38 https://apnews.com/7bf0e04c65a7448b85f2a17872108216/Double-suicide-bombing-in-Baghdad-kills-at-least-38-people?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP

Western Newfoundland still cleaning up from flood, request for federal disaster money likely http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/western-newfoundland-flood-cleanup-1.4487376

Fire crews have now fully enclosed the largest wildfire ever recorded in California http://www.scpr.org/news/2018/01/12/79756/thomas-fire-fully-contained-38-days-later/

Philippines – 11 Dead After Floods and Landslides in Visayas and Mindanao http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-floods-landslides-visayas-mindanao-january-2018

Mayon Volcano forces evacuation of nearly 40,000 people http://temblor.net/volcano-insights/mayon-volcano-forces-evacuation-of-nearly-40000-people-6128/

Volcanic activity worldwide 18 Jan 2018: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/67075/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-18-Jan-2018-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Reven.html

Paraguay – Thousands Evacuated in Asunción as River Levels Rise http://floodlist.com/america/paraguay-asuncion-floods-january-2018

Deadly storm hits Netherlands with hurricane-force winds https://watchers.news/2018/01/18/deadly-storm-hits-netherlands-with-hurricane-force-winds/

Winter storm claims 10 lives across the US South https://watchers.news/2018/01/18/winter-storm-claims-10-lives-across-the-us-south/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate change will result in increased hydrological extremes in the upstream domains of the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra http://www.futurewater.eu/2018/01/hydrological-extremes/?utm_content=bufferf2fd9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Anthropogenic warming impacts on California snowpack during drought http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2016GL072104/abstract

Could we retrofit Antarctica’s glaciers to keep them from collapsing? http://grist.org/briefly/could-we-retrofit-antarcticas-glaciers-to-keep-them-from-collapsing/?utm_content=buffer2d618&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

How do climate models work? https://www.carbonbrief.org/qa-how-do-climate-models-work

Which works better: climate fear, or climate hope? Well, it’s complicated https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/04/climate-fear-or-hope-change-debate?CMP=share_btn_tw

What do cold snaps have to do with climate change? https://phys.org/news/2018-01-cold-snaps-climate.html

It’s Official: 2017 Was the Second Hottest Year on Record http://e360.yale.edu/digest/its-official-2017-was-the-second-hottest-year-on-record

Australia’s coastal living is at risk from sea level rise, but it’s happened before https://theconversation.com/australias-coastal-living-is-at-risk-from-sea-level-rise-but-its-happened-before-87686?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Scientist warns of more frequent cyclones in Arabian Sea http://www.easternmirrornagaland.com/scientist-warns-of-more-frequent-cyclones-in-arabian-sea/

Fire, Ice, and Climate Change in Iceland http://glacierhub.org/2018/01/16/fire-ice-climate-change-iceland/

Electricity from all forms of renewables will be consistently cheaper than fossil fuels by 2020 https://qz.com/1179753/by-2020-renewable-electricity-will-be-consistently-cheaper-than-fossil-fuel-power/

Why remote Antarctica is so important in a warming world https://theconversation.com/why-remote-antarctica-is-so-important-in-a-warming-world-88197?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Emergent constraint on equilibrium climate sensitivity from global temperature variability https://www.nature.com/articles/nature25450

Global warming won’t reach worst-case scenario – study http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/348349/global-warming-won-t-reach-worst-case-scenario-study

Weather and climate: they’re not the same thing, folks! https://blog.nature.org/conservancy/2018/01/05/lost-in-the-tweetstorm-the-truth-about-climate-doesnt-change-with-the-weather/

Was this latest hurricane caused by global warming or not? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfkS7LqCMDQ&feature=youtu.be

Studies predict a 4.8°C rise in mean annual temperature and a mean 70cm rise in sea level rise by 2100 in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam https://www.sei-international.org/-news-archive/3849?utm_content=bufferb7f45&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer.SEIclimate

New visualizations bring the alarming realities of climate change down to Earth http://mashable.com/2018/01/18/2017-top-3-warmest-years-visualizations-modern-art/?utm_cid=hp-n-1#jkcqRsR3Miqq

2017 Was One of the Hottest Years on Record. And That Was Without El Niño https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/01/18/climate/hottest-year-2017.html

Assessing the Global Climate in 2017 https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/global-climate-201712?position=0&list=I01Le2zdAXWaL5f_bNwAR8ANefyxnQXsBlA-R0v-U4o

 

Disaster risk reduction

 

Coastal resilience still elusive and expensive https://ctmirror.org/2018/01/08/sandy-5-irene-6-coastal-resilience-still-elusive-and-expensive/

Integrating Traditional Ecological Knowledge and World Renewal Ceremonies into Fire Adaptation: An Indigenous Stewardship Model https://fireadaptednetwork.org/traditional-ecological-knowledge-world-renewal-ceremonies-fire-adaptation/?platform=hootsuite

Potentially huge losses from future earthquakes in Eastern Canada: study http://www.news1130.com/2018/01/13/potentially-huge-losses-from-future-earthquakes-in-eastern-canada-study/

Act now to protect millions from floods — study http://www.dw.com/en/act-now-to-protect-millions-from-floods-study/a-42110153

India’s advocacy of disaster risk management will save lives http://www.hindustantimes.com/opinion/india-s-advocacy-of-disaster-risk-management-will-save-lives/story-2Cb7jmcaAg1QWez2I8oJjM.html

River Floods Will Threaten Tens of Millions in Next 25 Years https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/river-floods-will-threaten-tens-of-millions-in-next-25-years/?wt.mc=SA_Twitter-Share

We could learn much more from 1918 pandemic – the (mis)fortune of research relying on original death certificates http://www.annalsofepidemiology.org/article/S1047-2797(17)30719-6/fulltext?utm_content=buffer41a0b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Future floods will be in mind as California town rebuilds http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-5271505/Future-floods-mind-California-town-rebuilds.html

£42M Humber Hull Frontages go ahead https://www.ukconstructionmedia.co.uk/news/42m-humber-hull-frontages-go-ahead/

UK China Urban Flooding Research Impact Programme https://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-and-prizes/international-research-and-collaborations/newton-fund-programmes/uk-china-urban-flooding-research-impact-programme

Drone footage of huge fissure opening behind imminent landslide https://boingboing.net/2018/01/15/drone-footage-of-huge-fissure.html

Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance goes into next phase https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/zurich-flood-resilience-alliance-goes-next-phase-michael-szoenyi/

Natural Hazard Data: A Practical Guide https://www.adb.org/sites/default/files/institutional-document/387631/natural-hazard-data-practical-guide-main.pdf

Flood Resilience Program extended for five more years https://practicalaction.org/blog/programmes/disaster-risk-reduction-2/flood-resilience-program-extended-for-five-more-years/

Whole of England to be mapped with lasers to tackle flooding and illegal waste dumps http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/england-mapped-lasers-flooding-waste-dumps-a8134156.html

The UK Environment Agency has launched a consultation which considers proposals to transfer ‘flood risk management activities’ on a number of stretches of watercourses to local groups http://www.governmentbusiness.co.uk/news/16012018/management-rivers-could-go-communities

In Capitol Hill debate over future of flood insurance, role of private market disputed http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/politics/article_65a077ee-f857-11e7-bfbc-7bf9154d2b30.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

Deadly California mudslides show the need for maps and zoning that better reflect landslide risk https://theconversation.com/deadly-california-mudslides-show-the-need-for-maps-and-zoning-that-better-reflect-landslide-risk-90087?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

The Natural Hazards Partnership: A public-sector collaboration across the UK for natural hazard disaster risk reduction https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420917303370

The tide is high: what steps are we taking to ensure that rising seas and catastrophic weather don’t swallow American communities whole? https://www.revealnews.org/episodes/the-tide-is-high/

Repeated flooding spurs Harris County to discuss plans for $1 billion bond package in 2018 https://communityimpact.com/houston/spring-klein/city-county/2018/01/16/repeated-flooding-spurs-harris-county-discuss-plans-1-billion-bond-package-2018/

Nine Ways to Start Connecting Stormwater and  Floodplain Management: A New Report http://willamettepartnership.org/connecting-stormwater-floodplain-management-new-report/?utm_content=buffer9da07&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The Global Risks Report 2018 https://www.weforum.org/reports/the-global-risks-report-2018/

Can technology help us prepare for flooding? See how it’s working in Indonesia https://www.ctc-n.org/news/ctcn-video-indonesia-can-technology-help-us-prepare-flooding

The risk of extreme weather ending human existence is topped only by the risk posed by weapons of mass destruction http://www.newsweek.com/human-existence-threatened-more-extreme-weather-not-weapons-mass-destruction-783589

Reconciling Opportunity and Resilience in Changing Times http://www.brinknews.com/reconciling-opportunity-and-resilience-in-changing-times/

Himawari-8 data assimilated simulation enables 10-minute updates of rain and flood predictions https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180117125525.htm

Towards a flood resilient future https://reunder40s.blog/2018/01/16/towards-a-flood-resilient-future/

A Dutch Bridge Designed to Flood as Water Levels Rise https://www.fastcodesign.com/90156536/a-dutch-bridge-designed-to-flood-as-water-levels-rise

Quantifying the Impact of 20-Year Flood Frequency on Land Cover Change Type http://pubs.sciepub.com/ajcea/6/1/2/

Emergency Management

Many people didn’t evacuate after being told to do so before Californian mudslide https://apnews.com/4277c52e92fb415ead6a7ce0fbcf9850?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=APWestRegion

School Flooding Shows Need for Better Storm Preparedness, Recovery Planning http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/compass-points/2018/01/09/school-flooding-shows-need-for-better-storm-preparedness-recovery-planning

Using data from both government and volunteer sources is key to an effective disaster response strategy http://www.govtech.com/data/GT-JanuaryFebruary-2018-How-Trusting-Tech-Can-Improve-Disaster-Response.html?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=hks-twitter&utm_source=twitter

A false alert of an impending missile attack highlights just how unprepared the country is for nuclear disaster https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/01/pandemonium-and-rage-in-hawaii/550529/?utm_source=atltw

‘It was like Niagara Falls’: how California’s rich and poor united against a tide of mud https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/14/california-mudslides-montecito-verdugo-los-angeles

£3m Ark training centre to be lifesaver in flood emergencies https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/3m-ark-training-centre-to-be-lifesaver-in-flood-emergencies-1-6587204

Flooding in Madagascar, a first assessment from Satellite https://www.earthstartsbeating.com/2018/01/12/flooding-in-madagascar-a-first-assessment-from-satellite/

Haitians have shown tremendous resilience after the 2010 earthquake and every year subsequently as they face a new hurricane season http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/news-centre/announcements/2018/eight-years-after-the-earthquake–haitians-need-support-to-boost.html#.Wlqwh5A9yV8.twitter

Preventing an emergency from turning into a disaster requires political, operational and technical elements https://quarterly.blog.gov.uk/2018/01/10/science-in-emergencies/

As summer temperatures rise in Australia, emergency services and communities must work together to plan and react to major bushfires https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/why-we-must-be-ready-for-bushfires-this-summer

Emergency Cellphone Alerts Didn’t go out Until after Mudslides Began in Montecito http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Emergency-Cellphone-Aalerts-Didnt-go-out-Until-after-Mudslides-Began-in-Montecito.html

Rebuilding the Puerto Rico Seismic Network after Irma and Maria https://www.seismosoc.org/news/rebuilding-puerto-rico-seismic-network-irma-maria/

Flood governance in Canada: Who’s minding the store? https://www.insblogs.com/business-risks/flood-governance-canada-whos-minding-store/6285

European Fire News Portal http://effis.jrc.ec.europa.eu/applications/fire-news/

Tanzanian drone pilots react to worst flooding in 100 years https://werobotics.org/blog/2018/01/17/flooding-in-dar-es-salaam/

Tornado Sirens Sound Funny? It’s Time to Duck and Cover http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Tornado-Sirens-Sound-Funny-Its-Time-to-Duck-and-Cover.html

Florida County Officials Take Heat over Irma Response http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Florida-County-Officials-Take-Heat-over-Irma-Response.html

Methodological Framework for Analysing Cascading Effects from Flood Events: The Case of Sukhumvit Area, Bangkok, Thailand http://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/10/1/81

Australian swimmers saved by drone in ‘world-first rescue’ http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/348438/australian-swimmers-saved-by-drone-in-world-first-rescue

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Communicating Risk in Public Health Emergencies; A WHO Guideline for Emergency Risk Communication (ERC) policy and practice http://www.who.int/risk-communication/guidance/download/en/

‘I think the concept that the fire department will come and save you all the time is a myth’ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/house-fires-firefighters-national-building-code-1.4482786

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Campaigns/National-Wildfire-Community-Preparedness-Day

Aggregated knowledge from a small number of debates outperforms the wisdom of large crowds https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-017-0273-4?utm_content=buffer97fae&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Are you flood ready? Our guide for January http://www.floodadvisoryservice.co.uk/2018-are-you-flood-ready-our-top-tips-for-january?platform=hootsuite

False Alarm Kick-Starts Improvements to Emergency Communications https://www.hsdl.org/c/false-alarm-kick-starts-improvements-emergency-communications/

Australia’s ‘deadliest natural hazard’: what’s your heatwave plan? https://theconversation.com/australias-deadliest-natural-hazard-whats-your-heatwave-plan-90165

Children with Disabilities and Disasters Risk Reduction in New Zealand https://www.eqc.govt.nz/sites/public_files/1402-Children-with-disabilities-andDRR-in-NZ.pdf

Can the risk of coastal hazards be better communicated? https://ac.els-cdn.com/S2212420917303321/1-s2.0-S2212420917303321-main.pdf?_tid=29f48566-fbcf-11e7-a2f3-00000aab0f02&acdnat=1516225472_552c0ce06e97c4d7b4d1ccff92d19d8c

 Physical models to demonstrate the key principles of flood and coastal risk management http://www.jbatrust.org/how-we-help/physical-models/

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

How social media helped save lives right after Somalia’s deadliest attack ever https://qz.com/1103014/somalias-deadliest-ever-mogadishu-attack-was-lessened-by-technology/

Analyzing disasters on social media: Kate Starbird https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoQzJ_T1Tno&feature=youtu.be

 

Disaster psychology

The impacts of climate change on Americans’ health and psychological well-being http://climateforhealth.org/mental-health-impacts-report?utm_content=buffer1bf2c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Study: Many survivors of Joplin tornado experienced growth alongside stress http://www.joplinglobe.com/news/local_news/study-many-survivors-of-joplin-tornado-experienced-growth-alongside-stress/article_1fb1ade4-5b68-5602-97ac-ac0b07bf8df4.html

The effect of repeated exposure trauma on firefighters https://www.usfa.fema.gov/current_events/011718.html

 

 

Sociology and Disasters

A compassionate and piercing look at the communities ravaged by the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/aug/16/ghosts-of-tsunami-japan-disaster-richard-lloyd-parry-review?CMP=share_btn_tw

Deconstructing Disaster https://www.americanscientist.org/article/deconstructing-disaster

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NeilDufty

I am a Principal at Molino Stewart Pty Ltd, an Australian-based environment and natural hazards company. I specialise in the community aspects of disaster risk reduction and emergency management. Samples of my research and projects can be accessed at https://works.bepress.com/neil_dufty/ I am also a published fiction writer specialising in short stories and poems - see https://neilduftyfiction.com/

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