Today in disaster resilience (22 June 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

River flooding in north Georgia city http://www.macon.com/news/business/technology/article212175519.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

17 die in NE flood; situation grim in Assam, improves in 3 states https://www.rozanaspokesman.com/news/nation/170618/17-die-in-ne-flood-situation-grim-in-assam-improves-in-3-states.html

Turkey – 1 Missing After Floods in Manisa Province http://floodlist.com/asia/turkey-floods-manisa-province-june-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Myanmar – Record Rain Causes Floods and Landslides in Mon State http://floodlist.com/asia/mynamar-floods-mon-state-june-2018

USA – Damaging Floods Hit Michigan’s Upper Peninsula http://floodlist.com/america/usa/michigan-minnesota-wisconsin-june-2018

Mw 5.5 Earthquake Strikes Japan https://earthobservatory.sg/news/mw-55-earthquake-strikes-japan

At least 18 people have died in flooding in the department of Abidjan in the Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) http://floodlist.com/africa/ivory-coast-abidjan-floods-june-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

June floods kill 19, displace over 10,000 in Myanmar https://www.mmtimes.com/news/june-floods-kill-19-displace-over-10000.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Volcanic activity worldwide 21 Jun 2018: Fuego volcano, Ibu, Dukono, Reventador, Sakurajima, Sabancaya, Aoba https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/69481/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-21-Jun-2018-Fuego-volcano-Ibu-Dukono-Reventador-Sakurajima-Sabancaya-Aob.html

Moderately strong eruption at Telica volcano, Nicaragua https://watchers.news/2018/06/21/moderately-strong-eruption-at-telica-volcano-nicaragua/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Parts of southern Texas receive record-breaking June rainfall, worst flooding since Hurricane “Harvey” https://watchers.news/2018/06/21/southern-texas-flood-june-2018/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

 

Climate scientists are working hard to keep the apocalypse relevant https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2018/june/1527775200/lesley-hughes/when-planetary-catastrophe-your-day-job

Sea levels could rise three feet by 2100, study projects https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/sea-levels-could-rise-three-feet-by-2100-study-projects?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Antarctic ice shelf collapsing due to ice loss and ocean surges https://www.climateleadership.com.au/single-post/2018/06/14/Antarctic-ice-shelf-collapsing-due-to-ice-loss-and-ocean-surges

IPCC says ‘rapid and far-reaching’ measures required to combat climate change https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/15/leaked-un-draft-report-warns-of-urgent-need-to-cut-global-warming?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Lifestyle changes and innovations could limit warming to 1.5°C https://www.climateleadership.com.au/single-post/2018/06/11/Lifestyle-changes-and-innovations-could-limit-warming-to-15%C2%B0C

Changing climate policy in Asia http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/06/16/changing-climate-policy-in-asia/

What saved the West Antarctic Ice Sheet 10,000 years ago will not save it today https://www.pik-potsdam.de/news/press-releases/what-saved-the-west-antarctic-ice-sheet-10-000-years-ago-will-not-save-it-today

Flooding from sea level rise threatens over 300,000 US coastal homes – study https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/17/sea-level-rise-impact-us-coastal-homes-study-climate-change

Climate Change May Already Be Hitting the Housing Market https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2018-climate-change-home-sales/

A storm of climate change migration is brewing in South Asia http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/06/17/a-storm-of-climate-change-migration-is-brewing-in-south-asia/

Cities face dramatic rise in heat, flood risks by 2050, researchers say http://news.trust.org/item/20180619193948-fyens/

On opposite sides of the levee: Flood berms divide river communities http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/on-opposite-sides-of-the-levee-flood-berms-divide-calgary-river-communities

Antarctica has lost 3 trillion tonnes of ice in 25 years. Time is running out for the frozen continent https://theconversation.com/antarctica-has-lost-3-trillion-tonnes-of-ice-in-25-years-time-is-running-out-for-the-frozen-continent-98176

Which country is leading the EU’s fight against climate change? http://www.euronews.com/2018/06/17/which-country-is-leading-the-eu-s-fight-against-climate-change-

Meteorologists worldwide are wearing global warming-themed ties to raise awareness about climate change https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/06/21/why-are-over-100-television-meteorologists-around-the-world-wearing-this-tie/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.68bff8c83b28

Some rare good climate news: the fossil fuel industry is weaker than ever https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/21/climate-change-fossil-fuel-industry-never-been-weaker?CMP=share_btn_tw

The Science Connecting Extreme Weather to Climate Change https://www.ucsusa.org/our-work/global-warming/science-and-impacts/climate-attribution-science?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=tw#.WywrS9IzbIU

Climate change doesn’t have to be polarizing https://www.greenbiz.com/article/climate-change-doesnt-have-be-polarizing

Australian firms told to catch up on climate change risk checks https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/18/australian-firms-told-to-catch-up-on-climate-change-risk-checks

Disaster risk reduction

Tsunamis could hit in any of New Zealand’s major lakes https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/104716329/tsunamis-could-hit-in-any-of-new-zealands-major-lakes

The third edition of the World Atlas of Desertification (WAD3) http://wad.jrc.ec.europa.eu/

Poverty is both a driver and consequence of disasters, and the processes that further disaster risk related poverty are permeated with inequality https://www.preventionweb.net/risk/poverty-inequality

Underwater: Rising Seas, Chronic Floods, and the Implications for US Coastal Real Estate https://www.ucsusa.org/global-warming/global-warming-impacts/sea-level-rise-chronic-floods-and-us-coastal-real-estate-implications#.WygYPU0h1Ms

Human-Caused Disasters Are also a Threat http://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/human-caused-disasters-are-also-a-threat.html

The 2013/14 Thames Basin Floods: Do Improved Meteorological Forecasts Lead to More Skillful Hydrological Forecasts at Seasonal Time Scales? https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/full/10.1175/JHM-D-17-0182.1

As extreme weather intensified by climate change batters our societies and economies, early warning is becoming more important http://news.trust.org//item/20180618070349-mswgr/

‘Enhancing the predictability of seasonal streamflow with a statistical‐dynamical approach’ https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2018GL077945

Volcanoes make music https://earther.com/volcanoes-make-music-that-could-reveal-their-secrets-1826825544

Artificial Intelligence in the service of urban flooding prevention https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/news/artificial-intelligence-service-urban-flooding-prevention

How digital advances help insurers respond faster https://www.dig-in.com/opinion/how-digital-advances-help-insurers-respond-faster

Hurricanes, floods and volcanoes bring Americas together to tackle risk http://news.trust.org/item/20180620121343-dk2o7

Hurricane-Proof Homes Are Real. Why Isn’t Anyone Buying Them? https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-06-20/hurricane-proof-homes-are-real-why-isn-t-anyone-buying-them

Betting on Disaster: Why Risk Management Is a Leadership Issue http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/companies-prep-natural-disasters/

Major insurer says Houston must take bold action to prepare for future flooding, hurricanes https://www.zurichna.com/en/knowledge/articles/2018/06/houston-and-hurricane-harvey-a-call-to-action

New Orleans area levee system ‘high risk,’ and ‘minimally acceptable’, Corps says https://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2018/05/doubts_remain_about_safety_of.html

Significant benefits could be achieved by the EU and its Member States by addressing the gaps and barriers in the area of the fight against terrorism https://www.rand.org/pubs/external_publications/EP67618.html?adbsc=social_20180621_2403741&adbid=1009910336651005952&adbpl=tw&adbpr=22545453

Building Back Better: How to Cut Natural Disaster Losses by a Third http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2018/06/18/building-back-better-how-to-cut-natural-disaster-losses-by-a-third?cid=SURR_TT_WBGCitiesEN_D_EXT

Urban resilience plan for Beirut https://www.gfdrr.org/sites/default/files/publication/Results%20in%20Resilience%20-%20Urban%20Resilience%20Master%20Plan%20in%20Beirut%20-%20final.pdf

Weather Forecast by Google in India: Government to Team up With Tech Giant Google for Flood Forecasting to Help Inhabitants https://www.latestly.com/india/weather-forecast-by-google-in-india-government-to-team-up-with-tech-giant-google-for-flood-forecasting-to-help-inhabitants-221172.html

UNOSAT Supports Disaster Risk Reduction in Djibouti After Tropical Cyclone Sagar http://unitar.org/unosat-supports-disaster-risk-reduction-djibouti-after-tropical-cyclone-sagar

 

Emergency Management

With 5G vital messages could hop from device to device, reaching the citizens in the affected area, even if the mobile network is down http://www.i-react.eu/connection-not-lost-how-the-next-generation-of-mobiles-could-help-us-against-disasters/

Trouble-hit nuclear reactor in Saga resumes operations http://www.newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/123185.php

FEMA’s fall and redemption—applied narrative analysis https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/DPM-07-2017-0163?journalCode=dpm

Top 10 Benefits of Emergency Notification Systems https://medium.com/simplycast-feed/top-10-benefits-of-emergency-notification-systems-53b14a8920ac

These Robots For Rescue Operations Amidst Disasters https://interestingengineering.com/video/these-robots-for-rescue-operations-amidst-disasters

Frequency of Major Disaster Exercises – They don’t happen enough to maintain readiness http://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/frequency-of-major-disaster-exercises.html

Calgary flood: 5 years later – Photos show dramatic changes from then to now https://globalnews.ca/news/4259407/calgary-2013-flooding-photos-then-versus-2018/

Grenfell inquiry shown speed at which fire spread beyond flat https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jun/19/grenfell-inquiry-shown-speed-at-which-fire-spread-beyond-flat-thermal-footage-kitchen

What We Don’t Know About State Spending on Natural Disasters Could Cost Us http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/reports/2018/06/19/what-we-dont-know-about-state-spending-on-natural-disasters-could-cost-us?utm_campaign=governing&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=flowchart

After volcano eruption, Guatemalans lead their own disaster recovery https://theconversation.com/after-volcano-eruption-guatemalans-lead-their-own-disaster-recovery-98415

Gaps Identified as Early Warning Systems Work Advances http://www.bb.undp.org/content/barbados/en/home/presscenter/articles/2018/06/gaps-identified-as-early-warning-systems-work-advances.html#.Wyu9iSBr7AE.twitter

Many in Puerto Rico still under tarps as storm threat looms https://apnews.com/a99551194b144db490b25c7f0e6d46fd/Many-in-Puerto-Rico-still-under-tarps-as-storm-threat-looms?utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=AP

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

 

“Strategies for driving through floodwaters should educate both males and females on when it is safe to drive through floodwaters and when it is not” http://currents.plos.org/disasters/article/dis-the-flood-related-behaviour-of-river-users-in-australia/

Residents of Sydney (USA) ‘flood zone’ hold community meeting https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/residents-of-sydney-flood-zone-hold-community-meeting-1.3976605#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=twitter&_gsc=Kv3K2HZ

Shouting ‘Fire!’ in the Burning West https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/13/opinion/wildfire-west-yellowstone.html

The Real Life Impact of Flooding | Victims’ Stories | U.K https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uA3P2o6pw4

Fostering children’s participation in DRR with Minecraft and LEGO https://resiliencechallenge.nz/Resilience-Home/Science-Programmes/Culture/Fostering-children-s-participation-in-DRR-with-Minecraft-and-LEGO

Fantastic Failure: Facilitation Flops in a Post-Fire World https://fireadaptednetwork.org/fantastic-failure-facilitation-flops-post-fire-world/

Public warning in Chile http://eena.org/publications/public-warning-in-chile#.Wyn7WE0h1Mt

Why Community-level Resilience? http://www.i-s-e-t.org/single-post/2018/05/31/Why-community-level-resilience

How stories can help communicate volcanic risk to communities https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/how-stories-can-help-communicate-volcanic-risk-communities?cid=SURR_TT_WBGCitiesEN_D_EXT

Launch: Building Child-focused Community Preparedness & Resilience Toolkit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6sxIIoKYCY&feature=youtu.be

In partnership with community leaders, the Resilient Children/Resilient Communities Initiative analyzed, recommended and implemented procedures, training, and guidance to help build child-focused community resilience to disasters https://rcrctoolbox.org/

Participatory efforts such as ‘home-to-school’ mapping exercises and other collaborative activities were spearheaded by the Thessaloniki Municipality to rapidly crowdsource information in high-risk zones http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2018/06/20/in-thessaloniki-citizen-engagement-and-open-data-play-key-role-protecting-against-natural-disasters

 

Social Media and Emergencies

Using Twitter data to provide qualitative insights into pandemics and epidemics http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/20367/

Mary Meeker internet trends http://www.kpcb.com/internet-trends

Hurricane Maria – While social media played an important role in bringing people together or catalyzing relief action from existing networks, their impact depended on the cultural mesh and social ties underpinning it https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/33582-connection-in-the-time-of-almost-cholera

Flooded With Data: Hurricane Harvey Shows the Rising Value of Social Media Content https://www.securitymagazine.com/articles/89092-flooded-with-data-hurricane-harvey-shows-the-rising-value-of-social-media-content?ajs_uid=0018G2653790I1E&ajs_trait_oebid=3782E0258467B1M

Biases Make People Vulnerable to Misinformation Spread by Social Media https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/biases-make-people-vulnerable-to-misinformation-spread-by-social-media/

 

Psychology and Disasters

Why do people continue to live in areas vulnerable to flooding and other natural hazards? https://journalistsresource.org/studies/environment/climate-change/relocation-climate-change-flooding-research

Following the Kaikōura earthquake, researchers surveyed residents to find out how they responded to the tsunami threat. They found people were confused about whether they should evacuate or not https://resiliencechallenge.nz/Resilience-Home/News-and-updates/In-the-Media/Tsunami-evacuation-after-the-Kaikoura-Earthquake-Understanding-community-behaviour-in-Petone-and-Eastbourne-21-06-2018

 

Sociology and Disasters

What happens after a disaster? https://discoversociety.org/2017/10/04/what-happens-after-a-disaster/

Portugal’s wildfire that broke a community https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44438505

Designing neighbourhoods with residents is good for community cohesion and resilience https://resilientmelbourne.com.au/resilient-communities/

Transformations for Resilient Rural Futures: The Case of Kaikōura, Aotearoa-New Zealand http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/10/6/1952

In Puerto Rico, a new hurricane season threatens the elderly http://news.trust.org/item/20180614110011-gi4v4/

Building the Resilience of the Poor in the Face of Natural Disasters https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/25335

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

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