Today in disaster resilience (9 March 2018)

disaster

Please find links below to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Heavy rains pound, flood parts of Nairobi http://www.kbc.co.ke/heavy-rains-pound-flood-parts-nairobi/

Nor’easters are now just as dangerous as hurricanes https://grist.org/article/boston-noreaster-hurricane-like-winter-bomb-cyclone/

At least 6 killed in deadly storm, thousands still without power https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/03/us/weather-bomb-cyclone/index.html

Dozens die across Europe as cold weather blights continent http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/europe-weather-snow-deaths-freezing-killed-cold-poland-homeless-lithuania-france-a8236096.html

Storm Emma: Risk of flooding in many areas as thaw begins https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/storm-emma-risk-of-flooding-in-many-areas-as-thaw-begins-830663.html

PNG earthquake: 11 people dead after strong aftershocks rock Highlands http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-05/aftershocks-rattles-quake-hit-papua-new-guinea/9508534

Angola – 8 Dead, Thousands Displaced After Floods in 3 Provinces http://floodlist.com/africa/angola-floods-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Rwanda – Hundreds Displaced by Floods in Western Province http://floodlist.com/africa/rwanda-floods-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Explosive eruptions and ash venting at Shinmoedake (Kirishimayama), Japan https://watchers.news/2018/03/06/explosive-eruptions-and-ash-venting-at-shinmoedake-kirishimayama-japan/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Australia – Rivers Rise After Record Rain in Central Queensland http://floodlist.com/australia/australia-record-rain-central-queensland-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Indonesia – 3,000 Evacuated After Floods in West Nusa Tenggara http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-west-nusa-tenggara-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Tropical Cyclone “Hola” crossing Vanuatu before turning toward Loyalty Islands https://watchers.news/2018/03/06/tropical-cyclone-hola-crossing-vanuatu-before-turning-toward-loyalty-islands/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Another nor’easter to slam the storm-weary Mid-Atlantic and Northeast https://watchers.news/2018/03/07/another-noreaster-to-slam-the-storm-weary-mid-atlantic-and-northeast/

Malawi – Floods in Central and Southern Regions Affect 2,000 http://floodlist.com/africa/malawi-floods-central-southern-regions-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Albania suffers floods, landslides after days of heavy rain https://uk.news.yahoo.com/albania-suffers-floods-landslides-days-heavy-rain-095557257.html

Volcanic activity worldwide 8 Mar 2018: Fuego volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Turrialba, Mayon, Kirishima https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/67909/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-8-Mar-2018-Fuego-volcano-Dukono-Reventador-Turrialba-Mayon-Kirishima.html

New Zealand – Evacuations After Rivers Flood in Hawke’s Bay http://floodlist.com/australia/new-zealand-flood-hawkes-bay-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Vanuatu – Tropical Cyclone Hola Brings Heavy Rain http://floodlist.com/australia/vanuatu-tropical-cyclone-hola-march-2018

Flood warning: Ingham residents told rising river will isolate communities, inundate properties http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-08/flood-warning-for-ingham-residents/9528970

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

 

A new study finds that waiting 5 extra years to peak carbon pollution will cost 20 cm sea level rise https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/mar/01/decisions-today-will-decide-antarctic-ice-sheet-loss-and-sea-level-rise?CMP=share_btn_tw

Extreme Temperature Fluctuations Tied to Increase in Heart Attacks https://nexusmedianews.com/extreme-temperature-fluctuations-tied-to-increase-in-heart-attacks-aa5727dab40

Climate Short film: They said it couldn’t be done http://climatestate.com/2018/03/04/short-film-they-said-it-couldnt-be-done/

Southern Californians know: climate change is real, it is deadly and it is here https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/03/california-climate-change-fires-flood-landslide

Climate change is causing the season to start comparatively earlier the further north you go, say scientists https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/02/arctic-spring-is-starting-16-days-earlier-than-a-decade-ago-study-shows

It was officially New Zealand’s hottest summer on record https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/101996439/it-was-officially-new-zealands-hottest-summer-on-record

Unprecedented Crime: Climate Science Denial and Game Changers for Survival http://www.claritypress.com/Carter.html

In doomed Alaska town, hunters turn to drones and caribou as sea ice melts https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/02/alaska-climate-change-indigenous-hunting

What It’s Like To Live Through Cape Town’s Massive Water Crisis http://time.com/cape-town-south-africa-water-crisis/

As sea levels rise, Bangladeshi islanders must decide between keeping the water out—or letting it in http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/03/sea-levels-rise-bangladeshi-islanders-must-decide-between-keeping-water-out-or-letting

How Australia’s warming climate is changing the way we live and work http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/four-corners/NC1803H005S00#pageloaded

Second Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/earth-and-environmental-science/climatology-and-climate-change/climate-change-and-cities-second-assessment-report-urban-climate-change-research-network?format=PB#TtCPOCZjVeCQRg1W.97

13 Cities May Exceed 2C Temperature Rise by 2020s, Say Scientists http://floodlist.com/climate/13-cities-may-exceed-2c-temperature-rise-by-2020s-say-scientists?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Disaster risk reduction

Defining Extreme Wildfire Events: Difficulties, Challenges, and Impacts http://www.mdpi.com/2571-6255/1/1/9

The challenge of urbanisation in Africa https://www.irinnews.org/in-depth/poverty-your-doorstep-challenge-urbanisation-africa?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=irinsocial&utm_campaign=irinupdates

Despite recommendations, some Southern Indiana homeowners reject flood insurance http://www.newsandtribune.com/news/despite-recommendations-some-southern-indiana-homeowners-reject-flood-insurance/article_8b80836e-1e72-11e8-821c-cbc6d19b2ac0.html

Los Angeles Releases Resilience Strategy https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/los-angeles-releases-resilience-strategy

Province working on technology to ease damage in flood season https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/province-working-technology-ease-damage-flood-season-1004128230/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

‘Water is the new fire,’ says the Insurance Bureau of Canada https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/03/05/water-is-the-new-fire-says-the-insurance-bureau-of-canada-as-researchers-point-to-development-as-major-cause-of-basement-flooding.html

New Report Predicts Rising Tides, More Flooding https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/05/590901652/new-report-predicts-rising-tides-more-flooding?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20180305&utm_campaign=breakingnews&utm_term=nprnews

Volcanologists warn world is unprepared for next major eruption https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-02784-7#ref-CR1

Flood insurance program remains in limbo as U.S. Senate makes few moves before deadline http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/environment/article_d83ffe1a-1e71-11e8-9184-4fbd531d91ac.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

Wildfire problem to increase in coming decades http://wildfiretoday.com/2018/03/05/wildfire-problem-increase-coming-decades/

Autumn planned burning program kicks off across Victoria https://www.ffm.vic.gov.au/media-releases/Autumn-planned-burning-program-kicks-off-across-Victoria

The floodplains work — if only we didn’t develop in them https://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/gray-matters/article/The-floodplains-work-if-only-we-didn-t-12728492.php?utm_campaign=twitter-premium&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

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?platform=hootsuite

Megathrust quake: Evacuation zones would protect Kiwis from monster Hikurangi tsunami, scientist say https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/nz-earthquake/102012175/heres-how-prepared-nz-is-for-monster-tsunami-waves

Hikurangi tsunami warning system: Is it possible? http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12007960

Canadian researchers find way to better predict severe storms https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/canadian-researchers-find-way-better-predict-severe-storms-1004128360/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Drilling project probes New Zealand’s risk of killer quakes https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-02640-8

Green Spaces in Cities Help Control Floods, Store Carbon – Study http://floodlist.com/protection/green-spaces-in-cities-help-control-floods-store-carbon-study?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Will Miami Beach’s anti-flooding measures work? http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article204038184.html

Catastrophe models that Canadian insurers use to predict flood damage should be open-sourced, free and accessible to everyone https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/insurers-urged-share-cat-models-help-map-flood-risk-1004126875/

 

Emergency Management

Go inside when storm comes and go upstairs when it floods! http://www.vn.undp.org/content/vietnam/en/home/ourwork/environmentclimate/successstories/go-inside-when-storm-comes-and-go-upstairs-when-it-floods.html

Papua New Guinea earthquake: Tens of thousands need urgent aid http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43277013?ocid=socialflow_twitter

President Trump declares disaster in American Samoa https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/351699/president-trump-declares-disaster-in-american-samoa

Health staff ‘too stressed’ to deal with disasters https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180226122503.htm

CRC research on floodwater-related deaths has been by showcased in ‘Stories of Australian Science’ magazine https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2018/flood-research-highlighted?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=tweet&utm_content=floodaussci2017

Marshall County family suffers fire and flood in the same year http://wsbt.com/news/local/marshall-county-family-suffers-fire-and-flood-in-the-same-year

Drones Helping in Puerto Rico https://www.wired.com/story/drones-electricity-puerto-rico/

Papua New Guinea aid workers race to deliver supplies as aftershocks strike https://www.reuters.com/article/us-papua-quake/papua-new-guinea-aid-workers-race-to-deliver-supplies-as-aftershocks-strike-idUSKCN1GI0FA

The European Commission signed an administrative arrangement with Tunisia to boost ties in civil protection and disaster risk management http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-1522_en.htm

Workshop on Civil Society and Emergency Response: conflicting discourses of dependency and empowerment https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/esrc-workshop-civil-society-and-emergency-response-tickets-43927315784

Exodus from Puerto Rico grows as island struggles to rebound from Hurricane Maria https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/exodus-from-puerto-rico-grows-as-island-struggles-to-rebound-from-hurricane-maria/2018/03/06/b2fcb996-16c3-11e8-92c9-376b4fe57ff7_story.html?utm_term=.b66e6edc65cb

‘We put our lives at risk’: What it’s like running a remote Aussie roadhouse in cyclone season http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-08/what-its-like-running-a-remote-roadhouse-in-cylone-season/9522392

Measuring Hurricane Wind Speed from Space https://eos.org/research-spotlights/measuring-hurricane-wind-speed-from-space

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

HayWired is a California regional and statewide earthquake preparedness initiative that aims to shift behavior about earthquakes https://outsmartdisaster.com/

Letters From the Dust Bowl https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1936/05/letters-from-the-dust-bowl/308897/

Forming a flood action group can play a vital role in reducing the communities flood risk http://www.newground.co.uk/news-events-media/knowledge-centre/flood-action-groups/

Footage of San Francisco After 1906 Quake Found at Flea Market https://www.kqed.org/news/11653858/film-with-footage-after-san-franciscos-1906-quake-found-at-flea-market

Why we must engage women and children in disaster risk management https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/why-we-must-engage-women-and-children-disaster-risk-management?CID=SURR_WBGCitiesEN_D_EXT

Implementing a tiered wildfire risk assessment approach to inform wildfire education programs https://wildfireresearchcenter.org/approach/

Sketches of the Seine flooding http://www.urbansketchers.org/2018/02/the-seine-is-flooding.html

Covering disasters: Expert tells media not to focus on death toll https://www.rappler.com/move-ph/issues/disasters/197249-aseannale-media-coverage-report-deaths-losses-disasters

Words matter – using language & technology to better inform the CCA & DRR communities http://www.placard-network.eu/words-matter-using-language-technology-to-better-inform-the-cca-drr-communities/?utm_content=buffer3de97&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Risk and warning communication that supports women during disasters https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/blogpost/amisha-mehta/2018/risk-and-warning-communication-supports-women-during-disasters?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=tweet&utm_content=mehtablogmarch2018

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

 

Five billion people — two-thirds of the global population — now use mobile phones to connect to life-enhancing opportunities and services https://medium.com/@plus_socialgood/leveraging-mobile-data-to-achieve-the-sdgs-98dbd07120b6

Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/03/largest-study-ever-fake-news-mit-twitter/555104/

 

Psychology and disasters

 

Inadequate sleep can help explain high rates of suicide and cardiac events among firefighters http://wildfiretoday.com/2018/02/24/inadequate-sleep-can-help-explain-high-rates-suicide-cardiac-events-among-firefighters/

More than 12 years after Hurricane Katrina, scientists are learning what makes some survivors more resilient than others http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/02/more-12-years-after-hurricane-katrina-scientists-are-learning-what-makes-some-survivors

Demographic and Health Disparities in Recovery from Hurricane Katrina https://sph.tulane.edu/katrina10

 

Sociology and Disasters

 

Beyond men and women: a critical perspective on gender and disaster https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/54174

Women, resilience and social movements https://www.northeastern.edu/cssh/policyschool/2018/03/research-women-resilience-and-social-movements/

Since 2000, 6.4 million Brazilians moved after large-scale flooding, droughts and other disasters https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/07/at-least-77m-brazilians-forced-to-leave-homes-since-2000-natural-disasters-dam-building-brazil

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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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