Today in disaster resilience (25 May 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Guatemala – Floods and Heavy Rain Affect 5,000 http://floodlist.com/america/guatemala-floods-may-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Hawaii’s Kilauea: Volcano’s dramatic images explained http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44174455

Bangladesh Flooding Disaster Summary Sheet – 20 May 2018 https://reliefweb.int/report/bangladesh/bangladesh-flooding-disaster-summary-sheet-20-may-2018

Horn of Africa – Major Flooding After Cyclone Sagar Leaves 16 Dead http://floodlist.com/africa/cyclone-sagar-somalia-yemen-djibouti-may-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

After three weeks, the eruption at Kilauea volcano’s lower East Rift Zone shows no signs of abatement https://earther.com/kilaueas-lava-is-changing-heres-what-that-means-1826191264?rev=1526919912882

Heavy rains, landslides kill five in Sri Lanka https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/heavy-rains-landslides-kill-five-in-sri-lanka-3401808

India – Floods in Tripura Leave 15 Dead, Thousands Displaced http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-tripura-may-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Extent of damage becoming clear in Maugerville as flood waters recede https://globalnews.ca/news/4226706/extent-of-damage-becoming-clear-in-maugerville-as-flood-waters-recede/

At least 34 people and 600 animals dead after flash floods hit Afghanistan https://watchers.news/2018/05/16/at-least-34-people-and-600-animals-dead-after-flash-floods-hit-afghanistan/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Hawaii volcano belches new ash plume as geothermal wells secured https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hawaii-volcano/hawaii-volcano-belches-new-ash-plume-as-geothermal-wells-secured-idUSKCN1IO3C0?

Europe – Storms Cause Flooding in Parts of Belgium, France and Germany http://floodlist.com/europe/storms-flooding-belgium-france-germany-may-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Volcanic activity worldwide 24 May 2018: Dukono volcano, Kilauea, Mayon, Sakurajima, Sabancaya https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/69088/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-24-May-2018-Dukono-volcano-Kilauea-Mayon-Sakurajima-Sabancaya.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Review of the Draft Fourth National Climate Assessment https://www.nap.edu/download/25013

Building Resilience in a Two-Degree Warmer World https://www.mmtimes.com/news/building-resilience-two-degree-warmer-world.html

Wildfires spewing CO2 in Siberia and Russia could impact the whole planet https://inhabitat.com/wildfires-in-siberia-are-emitting-enough-carbon-to-harm-the-entire-planet/

Climate mitigation could yield trillions in economic benefits https://earth.stanford.edu/news/climate-mitigation-could-yield-trillions-economic-benefits?linkId=52091435

Campaigning for science? Ban motherhood statements https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/campaigning-science-ban-motherhood-statements-alvin-stone/

Many low-lying atoll islands could be uninhabitable by mid-21st century https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180425162044.htm

Florida cities are most at risk from climate change https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-22/florida-cities-are-most-at-risk-from-climate-change-report

Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Abundances http://www.columbia.edu/~mhs119/GHGs/

Trends in atmospheric CO2 https://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/trends/gl_data.html

Climate mitigation will save us trillions in the long run, probably https://www.scimex.org/newsfeed/climate-mitigation-will-save-us-trillions-in-the-long-run,-probably

Almost all nations would benefit economically from keeping global warming to 1.5C, a new study indicates https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/23/hitting-toughest-climate-target-will-save-world-30tn-in-damages-analysis-shows?CMP=share_btn_tw

New book: Resilience: The Science of Adaptation to Climate Change https://www.elsevier.com/books/resilience/zommers/978-0-12-811891-7

New Theory Finds “Traffic Jams” in Jet Stream Cause Abnormal Weather Patterns http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/694955/?sc=c59

Humans are causing massive changes in the location of water all over the Earth, NASA says https://www.denverpost.com/2018/05/16/water-redistribution-earth-nasa/

 

Disaster risk reduction

New Legislation Would Require Review of FEMA Buyout Efforts https://www.nrdc.org/experts/rob-moore/new-legislation-requires-assessment-fema-buyout-efforts

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/07/world/americas/mass-shootings-us-international.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytimes

Lessons in resilience: what city planners can learn from Hobart’s floods https://theconversation.com/lessons-in-resilience-what-city-planners-can-learn-from-hobarts-floods-96529

Armenia to host regional conference on disaster losses https://www.unisdr.org/archive/58380

New Data: Hurricanes Will Get Worse https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/new-data-hurricanes-will-get-worse/

Living with Climate Change: Resilience to urban flooding https://floodresilience.net/blogs/living-with-climate-change-resilience-to-urban-flooding

Fresh from Hurricane Harvey’s flooding, Houston starts to build anew — in the flood plain https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/fresh-from-hurricane-harveys-flooding-houston-starts-to-build-anew–in-the-flood-plain/2018/05/22/2c5ccab8-53b6-11e8-a551-5b648abe29ef_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c16cbadd6a36

No, Hawaii’s Volcano Won’t Trigger a Mega-Tsunami https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/kilauea-volcano-tsunami-explosive-hawaii-myths-explained-science/

Lake Eyre: yachts set sail as flood waters end two-month journey https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/may/23/lake-eyre-yachts-set-sail-as-floodwaters-end-two-month-journey?CMP=share_btn_tw

Colombo’s Wetlands Float to Top of Flood Prevention Plan http://floodlist.com/asia/colombos-wetlands-float-to-top-of-flood-prevention-plan?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Flood: Understanding and Recovering from One of Nature’s Worst Disasters https://adjustersinternational.com/publications/adjusting-today/flood-understanding-and-recovering/0/

Call for papers: Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2019 https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/58255

The Places in the U.S. Where Disaster Strikes Again and Again https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/05/24/us/disasters-hurricanes-wildfires-storms.html

NASA Launching New Satellites To Measure Earth’s Lumpy Gravity https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/21/612980506/nasa-launching-new-satellites-to-measure-earths-lumpy-gravity

Natural disasters cost $306 billion last year — Congress can no longer ignore flood insurance http://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/389080-natural-disasters-cost-306-billion-last-year-congress-can-no

241 pumps to be used at Metro sites across Mumbai to prevent flooding this monsoon https://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/241-pumps-to-be-used-at-metro-sites-across-mumbai-to-prevent-flooding-this-monsoon/story-zjgeLWWIXFOFSsqqmWsa7K.html

 

Emergency Management

Themes from the 2017 B.C. Flood and Wildfire Report https://www.quesnelobserver.com/opinion/column-themes-from-the-2017-b-c-flood-and-wildfire-report/

Grenfell Tower inquiry: ‘Medical emergency’ as woman collapses after harrowing fire footage shown https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/newslondon/grenfell-tower-inquiry-medical-emergency-as-woman-collapses-after-harrowing-fire-footage-shown/ar-AAxFGCt?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Flood compensation from Ottawa may take years http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/flood-compenstation-from-ottawa-could-take-years-1.4672287

Building resilience to natural disasters https://icai.independent.gov.uk/report/resilience/

Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay join to increase resilience of tri-border region https://reliefweb.int/report/argentina/feature-argentina-brazil-and-paraguay-join-increase-resilience-tri-border-region

Toobeah farmers tell their tale of loss to Royal Commission https://www.goondiwindiargus.com.au/story/5419503/commission-visits-border/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

To build resilience, listen to people’s needs http://news.trust.org//item/20180503163407-ogy9a/

New methods in resilience measurement: early insights from a mobile phone panel survey in Myanmar using subjective tools http://www.braced.org/resources/i/rapid-response-research/

Design for Impact: Integrating Open Data and Risk Communication for Decision-Making https://opendri.org/resource/design-for-impact-open-data-and-risk-communication-for-decision-making/

Volcanic eruptions seem especially prone to getting swept up in hyperbole https://earther.com/scientists-fight-volcano-myths-as-kilauea-erupts-1826046849

Improving the delivery of humanitarian assistance through improved two-way communication with disaster-affected populations http://www.cdacnetwork.org/tools-and-resources/i/20180430115942-c8457

In the Philippines, data and songwriters help prepare for disasters https://govinsider.asia/smart-gov/philippines-data-songwriters-help-prepare-disasters/

“Road May Flood” signs were recently installed along one Gloucester County road, but many homeowners are ready for them to come down https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/local/mixed-reaction-to-flooding-signs-in-gloucester-county/291-553194108

Flash Flood! VR game https://seriousgeogames.wordpress.com/2018/05/21/were-bring-flash-flood-to-the-nhm_london-for-operationearth-29-31-may-2018/

Best Way to Get a Resident’s Attention: Burn Down Their Home (Through a Wildfire Simulation, Of Course) https://fireadaptednetwork.org/residents-attention-wildfire-simulations/?platform=hootsuite

A Child-Centred Disaster Management Framework for Europe http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/cuidar/en/framework/

Can Video Gaming Build Resilience? https://medivizor.com/blog/2017/09/20/can-video-gaming-build-resilience-decide/

Participatory digital mapping: building community resilience in Nepal, Peru and Mexico https://floodresilience.net/resources/item/participatory-digital-mapping-building-community-resilience-in-nepal,-peru-and-1

 

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

Science says that during disasters, people are terrible on Twitter https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/05/17/science-says-that-during-disasters-people-are-terrible-on-twitter/?utm_term=.9c309bc36c49

Facebook invites submissions for Crisis Informatics research awards https://research.fb.com/facebook-invites-submissions-for-crisis-informatics-grants/

 

Sociology and Disasters

Are cities and human systems (really) becoming increasingly fragile in the face of disasters? https://oddebates.com/

The Role of Councils in Communicating Natural Disaster Information http://www.hccrems.com.au/event-registration-eventnamecommunicating-indisasterteventdate8-6-18/

 

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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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