Today in disaster resilience (16 February 2018)

Disaster

Please find below some links to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Samoa recovers from Cyclone Gita while Tonga braces for impact http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2018/02/samoa-recovers-from-cyclone-gita-while-tonga-braces-for-impact.html

Search for Taiwan quake victims ends as toll rises to 17 http://www.arabnews.com/node/1244096/world

Violent thunderstorm hits Queensland with tennis ball-sized hail, 130 000 homes without power https://watchers.news/2018/02/12/violent-thunderstorm-hits-queensland-with-tennis-ball-sized-hail-130-000-homes-without-power/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Argentina – State of Emergency Declared as Rivers Overflow in Salta Province http://floodlist.com/america/argentina-salta-province-floods-february-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Malaysia – Thousands Evacuated After Floods in Sarawak State http://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-sarawak-february-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Tropical storm threatens major flooding in Mindanao http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/tropical-storm-threatens-major-flooding-mindanao-180212090857471.html

Cyclone Gita: Tonga’s Parliament flattened as category four storm lashes country https://reliefweb.int/report/tonga/cyclone-gita-tongas-parliament-flattened-category-four-storm-lashes-country

Bolivia – 6 Dead, 10,000 Families Affected as Flooding Continues http://floodlist.com/america/bolivia-tiquipaya-cochabamba-february-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Massive bushfire in Putty could burn for a month, as crews prepare for another tough day http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-15/massive-bushfire-in-putty-could-burn-for-a-month/9448974?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Mount Agung erupts ash 4.5 km a.s.l., Alert Level remains at 3 https://watchers.news/2018/02/13/mount-agung-erupts-alert-level-remains-at-3/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

‘Someone’s roof is in my front garden’: flooding and damage after cyclone batters Tonga http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/australasia/article/2133137/someones-roof-my-front-garden-flooding-and-damage-after

Dengue fever fears for Cyclone Gita-ravaged Tonga http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2018/02/dengue-fever-fears-for-cyclone-gita-ravaged-tonga.html

Road collapse near Vatican City in Rome destroys 7 cars, 20 families evacuated https://watchers.news/2018/02/15/road-collapse-near-vatican-city-in-rome-destroys-7-cars-20-families-evacuated/

Volcanic activity worldwide 15 Feb 2018: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Turrialba, Mayon https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/67541/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-15-Feb-2018-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Turrialba-Mayon-Sin.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

 

If you live in Florida, doctors say climate change is already affecting your health http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article199310404.html

Climate Change Could Stop These 13 Cities From Hosting the Winter Olympics Again http://time.com/5140381/winter-olympics-climate-change/?utm_campaign=crowdfire&utm_content=crowdfire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter#24348876-tw#1518303429890

The 11 cities most likely to run out of drinking water – like Cape Town http://www.bbc.com/news/world-42982959

Slowly but surely, South Carolina’s incredibly complex shoreline is losing ground https://www.postandcourier.com/news/slowly-but-surely-south-carolina-s-incredibly-complex-shoreline-is/article_46e18626-cde8-11e6-be82-6393ed1dbe62.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

Does Arctic governance hold the key to achieving climate policy targets? http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aaa359/meta

How we measure global sea-level changes https://www.science.org.au/curious/earth-environment/how-we-measure-global-sea-level-changes-0

Cooling Melbourne http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/about-melbourne/sustainability/Pages/cooling-our-city.aspx

Satellite observations show sea levels rising, and climate change is accelerating it https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/12/world/sea-level-rise-accelerating/index.html

Climate-change–driven accelerated sea-level rise detected in the altimeter era http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/02/06/1717312115

NASA’s Longest Running Survey of Ice Shattered Records in 2017 https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2018/big-year-for-icebridge

King Tides and Rising Seas Are Predictable, and We’re Not Doing Enough About It http://floodlist.com/australia/king-tides-and-rising-seas-are-predictable-and-were-not-doing-enough-about-it

Miami could be underwater in your kid’s lifetime as sea level rise accelerates https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/333140002?__twitter_impression=true

Glaciers in the Tropics, but Not for Long https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=91716

“We are not prepared for today’s climate, let alone for another degree of global warming” http://time.com/5156775/climate-change-paris-agreement-research/

Unprecedented climate events: Historical changes, aspirational targets, and national commitments http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/2/eaao3354.full

In Fiji, villages need to move due to climate change http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/fiji-villages-move-due-climate-change-180213155519717.html

The effectiveness of communicative tools in addressing barriers to municipal climate change adaptation: lessons from the Netherlands http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14693062.2018.1434477#.WoXsePDoEnY.twitter

It’s misleading to ask what Earth’s ‘ideal temperature’ is. Here’s what’s really important https://mashable.com/2018/02/14/what-is-earths-ideal-temperature/#RsWPjkjKDiqN

Extreme weather to rise even if Paris goals are met: study http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/extreme-weather-to-rise-even-if-paris-goals-are-met-study/article/514908

Climate change may bring North Texas longer droughts, heavy rains, 120-degree temps within 25 years https://www.dallasnews.com/news/climate-change-1/2018/02/15/climate-change-may-bring-texas-longer-droughts-heavy-rains-120-temps-august-within-25-years

Polar ice is lost at sea https://grist.org/article/polar-ice-is-lost-at-sea/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Savannah converting flood lots into southside park http://savannahnow.com/news/2018-02-06/savannah-converting-flood-lots-southside-park#.Wn8DrkAdaEU.twitter

Towards endogenous disasters and climate adaptation policy making in Indonesia http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/DPM-04-2017-0084?journalCode=dpm

For Hurricane Surge, Designing to Exceed 2015 Codes Provides $7 Benefit for Each $1 Invested https://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.nibs.org/resource/resmgr/docs/MS_CodeCoastal-HurricaneSurg.pdf

Cities on Volcanoes https://www.citiesonvolcanoes10.com/informazioni-generali/

Critical Thresholds, Extreme Weather, and Building Resilience in the South Central United States http://i-s-e-t.org/resources/case-studies/critical-thresholds-extreme-weather-and-building-resilience.html

The Resilience Accelerator will work directly with cities to move resilience projects from concept to design http://www.100resilientcities.org/100rc-columbia-university-announce-resilience-accelerator-help-cities-take-critical-projects-address-major-challenges/

The Big One: Toba Explodes http://indiaeng.com/Tsunami-2004–Andaman%20fault/Toba%20Volcano,%20ch_3%20-%20Explosion.htm

Five communities that made the world a more resilient place in 2017 https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/01/five-communities-that-made-the-world-a-more-resilient-place-in-2017

Insurers urged to share cat models to help map flood risk https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/insurers-urged-share-cat-models-help-map-flood-risk-1004126875/

Gulf Stream Slowed as Hurricanes Struck https://eos.org/articles/gulf-stream-slowed-as-hurricanes-struck

Fort McMurray embraces plan to bolster wildfire prevention in region http://www.coldlakesun.com/2018/02/12/fort-mcmurray-embraces-plan-to-bolster-wildfire-prevention-in-region

A way to break the terrifying pattern of fire and flood http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-miller-post-fire-strategies-20180111-story.html

The world’s most dangerous cities https://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2017/03/daily-chart-23?fsrc=scn/tw/te/bl/ed/

Hurricane Damage Survey Likely to Help Worldwide http://floodlist.com/dealing-with-floods/hurricane-damage-survey-likely-to-help-worldwide?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Reducing flood risk in ‘dissolving’ town https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/uk/news/flood/reducing-flood-risk-in-dissolving-town-92088.aspx

Flood is a real concern for property valuation http://www.remonline.com/flood-real-concern-property-valuation/

Although some Houstonians want flood controls, new survey results show more don’t want to pay for them http://ussanews.com/News1/2018/02/13/although-some-houstonians-want-flood-controls-new-survey-results-show-more-dont-want-to-pay-for-them/

The Best Way To Buy Protection From Severe Storms? Invest In Nature https://www.forbes.com/sites/marktercek/2018/02/05/best-way-to-buy-protection-from-severe-storms-invest-in-nature/#6c2173421b24

Wisconsin is becoming wetter as lawmakers move to weaken rules for flood-preventing wetlands https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2018/02/14/wisconsin-becoming-wetter-lawmakers-move-weaken-rules-water-retaining-wetlands/331442002/

Reducing risk where tectonic plates collide https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/cir1428

The 100-year flood: Building ‘RiverSmart’ communities for flood resiliency in the Connecticut River Valley http://www.gazettenet.com/Preparing-for-damaging-floods-in-the-Pioneer-Valley-15402646

Scientists study Washington’s Rattlesnake Ridge for clues to prevent landslide disasters https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/science/a-landslide-observatory-scientists-study-washingtons-rattlesnake-ridge/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=article_left_1.1

Mass shootings in the US since 2012 https://www.vox.com/a/mass-shootings-sandy-hook

Surveying soil from the sky: Can satellites predict droughts and floods? https://wle.cgiar.org/thrive/2018/01/22/surveying-soil-sky-can-satellites-predict-droughts-and-floods

 

Emergency Management

Homeless Crisis, Mental Health Problems Just a Couple Issues That Tie Up Fire Department http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Homelessness-Mental-Health-Problems-Just-a-Couple-Issues-That-Tie-Up-Fire-Department.html

Algorithm helps first responders identify vulnerable people during natural disasters http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20180205-algorithm-helps-first-responders-identify-vulnerable-people-during-natural-disasters

NSW coroner to inquire into 2017 Upper Hunter and Central West bushfire http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-08/dunedoo-coronial-inquiry-to-examine-catastrophic-nsw-fire/9408802

Unnatural Disaster: A (Wild)Fire-Side Story https://mahb.stanford.edu/blog/unnatural-disaster-fire/

After deadly 2008 tornado, Wynnewood, ‘miracle baby’, Castalian Springs rose from wreckage https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/sumner/2018/02/12/deadly-tornado-2008-wynnewood-miracle-baby-castalian-springs/317564002/

A lack of volunteers has forced some of the county’s 31 volunteer departments to hire on paid, part-time staff to answer fire and emergency medical service calls http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Erie-County-Group-to-Study-State-of-Volunteer-Emergency-Services.html?utm_content=bufferddbb7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Living in Mayon volcano’s shadow http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/living-in-mayons-shadow

Streamlined approach gives Qld fire and emergency services the edge in disasters http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2018/2/15/streamlined-approach-gives-qld-fire-and-emergency-services-the-edge-in-disasters

Earthquake Early Warning 5 seconds before ‘killer pulse’ http://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/earthquake-early-warning-5-seconds-before-killer-pulse-6324/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

People ignore ‘catastrophic’ alerts, go to look at fires, study finds http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/people-ignore-catastrophic-alerts-go-to-look-at-fires-study-finds-20180209-p4yzuf.html

For Households: Technical Handbook on Design, Construction and Renovation of Typhoon-Resilient Low-Income Housing http://i-s-e-t.org/resources/working-papers/household-technical-handbook-typhoon-resilient-low-income-housing.html

Computer-generated imagery of the destruction of Pompeii http://www.openculture.com/2016/02/watch-the-destruction-of-pompeii-by-mount-vesuvius-re-created-with-computer-animation-79-ad.html

Volcanology Teaching Resources http://inthecompanyofvolcanoes.blogspot.com.au/2016/02/volcanology-teaching-resources.html

Ways to involve the community in preparing for a disaster https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/15/smarter-living/prepare-your-community-for-a-disaster.html

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

 

Twitter has thrived as a platform for academic research http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2018/02/09/more-room-for-greater-depth-and-detail-implications-for-academic-research-of-twitters-expanded-character-limit/

Trust in social media for news declines in 2017 http://cms.edelman.com/sites/default/files/2018-01/2018_Edelman_Trust_Barometer_Global_Report_Jan.pdf

As an information source during Hurricane Harvey, millennials relied more heavily on social media than those aged over 40 http://www.uh.edu/class/hobby/harvey/HarveySurveyHighlights.pdf

Everything You Need to Know About Hashtags https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/everything-you-need-to-know-about-hashtags/517028/

 

Sociology and Disasters

 

Lingering effects of 2011 disaster take toll in fallout-hit Fukushima, experts warn https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/01/31/national/social-issues/lingering-effects-2011-disaster-take-toll-fallout-hit-fukushima-experts-warn/#.WoCtOLyWbIV

How We Describe Complex Systems To Solve Global Dilemmas https://sciencetrends.com/describe-complex-systems-solve-global-dilemmas/

We need to analyze what puts disadvantaged communities at risk and engage marginalized people in disaster planning http://www.governing.com/commentary/col-disasters-disadvantaged-climate-justice.html

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NeilDufty

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

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