Today in disaster resilience (13 July 2018)

Disaster

Please find below a list of links to news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Deadly Klamathon Fire Forces Gov. Brown To Declare State Of Emergency http://thesocialmagazine.com/news/deadly-klamathon-fire-forces-gov-brown-declare-state-emergency

When the ground opened: horizontal landslides empty Kenyan villages http://news.trust.org/item/20180709021413-t8x0m/

Torrential rains leave trail of destruction in western Japan https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/07/09/national/torrential-rains-leave-trail-destruction-western-japan/#.W0PaFtIzbIV

Safe at last: Extraordinary mission to free Thai soccer team ends with all rescued https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/safe-at-last-extraordinary-mission-to-free-thai-soccer-team-ends-with-all-rescued-20180710-p4zqpg.html

Japan flood: At least 179 dead after worst weather in decades https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-44790193

India – Hundreds Rescued From Floods in Maharashtra http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-maharashtra-july-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico – Evacuations After Storm Beryl Causes Flooding http://floodlist.com/america/dominican-republic-puerto-rico-beryl-floods-july-2018

Colorado wildfire update: Spring Creek fire set to become 2nd largest in state history https://www.denverpost.com/2018/07/09/colorado-wildfire-update-monday-fires/

Typhoon Maria has injured two people in Taiwan and prompted more than 3000 to be moved to shelters before making landfall in China https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/typhoon-maria-barrels-into-china-after-pounding-taiwan-20180711-p4zquy.html

Volcanic activity worldwide 11 Jul 2018: Fuego volcano, Dukono, Agung, Reventador, Sakurajima https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/69720/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-11-Jul-2018-Fuego-volcano-Dukono-Agung-Reventador-Sakurajima-Saban.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

 

The tide is high https://www.revealnews.org/episodes/the-tide-is-high/

Global temperature rises could be double those predicted by climate modelling https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/06/global-temperature-rises-could-be-double-those-predicted-by-climate-modelling?CMP=share_btn_tw

Climate Science: What’s New? https://www.climate.gov/teaching/professional-development/climate-science-what%E2%80%99s-new

Renewable Energy By The Numbers Around The World https://www.nasdaq.com/article/renewable-energy-by-the-numbers-around-the-world-cm986377

Sweden to reach its 2030 renewable energy target this year https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/world/europe/2018-07-04-sweden-to-reach-its-2030-renewable-energy-target-this-year/

Research shows that air conditioners need to become more energy-efficient to prevent worsening global warming through overconsumption https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/59174

Flood damage costs under the sea level rise with warming of 1.5 °C and 2 °C http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aacc76

Reporting climate resilience: the challenges ahead http://www.oliverwyman.com/content/dam/mmc-web/Global-Risk-Center/Files/reporting-climate-resilience.pdf

5 cognitive biases in climate risk management http://www.braced.org/contentAsset/raw-data/533c48ab-749c-49e9-971b-3d0a83293256/attachmentFile

Global probabilistic projections of extreme sea levels show intensification of coastal flood hazard https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-04692-w

High-tide floods are becoming more frequent and reaching farther inland https://www.ucsusa.org/global-warming/global-warming-impacts/sea-level-rise-chronic-floods-and-us-coastal-real-estate-implications#.W0PWsdIzbIV

Time to transform – and join up – climate adaptation http://news.trust.org/item/20180629172317-p3rvw

America faces monster 131°F heat waves in the coming decades https://thinkprogress.org/heat-waves-bother-you-under-trump-climate-policies-add-another-add-12f-fd4ef3ec514e/

Ecosystems across Australia are collapsing under climate change https://theconversation.com/ecosystems-across-australia-are-collapsing-under-climate-change-99367

June 2018 was the second warmest June on record, though by insignificant margins https://climate.copernicus.eu/resources/data-analysis/average-surface-air-temperature-analysis/monthly-maps/surface-air-10

Stronger westerlies blow an ill wind for climate https://www.climatescience.org.au/content/1216-stronger-westerlies-blow-ill-wind-climate

Daniel Zarrilli, New York City’s Chief Resilience Officer, talks about how the city is preparing to battle the effects of climate change https://www.bondbuyer.com/podcast/climate-change-warrior

Higher ambition needed to meet Paris climate targets https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180705114129.htm

93% of Brits believe that the world’s climate is definitely or probably changing, however, only 25% of people are very or extremely worried https://natcenuk.shorthandstories.com/bsa35/#group-climate-change-or-2cBW05ckhB

The heartbeat of Australian extremes https://heartbeatofextremes.com/

Jeff VanderMeer and Kate Schapira on Area X, climate change, and the power of fiction https://chireviewofbooks.com/2018/07/03/jeff-vandermeer-kate-schapira-fiction-rewild-our-minds/

Time lapsed glacier collapse in Greenland https://www.wired.com/story/a-time-lapsed-glacier-collapse-is-the-saddest-science-lesson

Climate Information Services Research Initiative Presents Climate Services Learning Agenda at Conference https://www.climatelinks.org/blog/climate-information-services-research-initiative-presents-climate-services-learning-agenda

Why investors need to integrate a social dimension into their climate strategies and how they could take action http://www.lse.ac.uk/GranthamInstitute/publication/investing-in-a-just-transition-why-investors-need-to-integrate-a-social-dimension-into-their-climate-strategies-and-how-they-could-take-action/

The Challenges of Reporting Climate Resilience http://www.brinknews.com/the-challenges-of-reporting-climate-resilience/

Nights Are Warming Faster Than Days. Here’s Why That’s Dangerous https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/07/11/climate/summer-nights-warming-faster-than-days-dangerous.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytclimate

 

Disaster risk reduction

New Zealand Rural Fire Research http://www.ruralfireresearch.co.nz/

Montreal Resilient City Strategy https://resilient.montreal.ca/en/strategy/

Largest Landslide in Icelandic History http://icelandreview.com/news/2018/07/08/largest-landslide-icelandic-history

When we look at Earth from above, fires freckle the landscape https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/92367?src=eoa-iotd&utm_source=TWITTER&utm_medium=NASA&utm_campaign=NASASocial&linkId=53992962

Australia selected to host the Third Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction http://montsame.mn/en/read/15868

Ulaanbaatar Declaration calls for greater accountability on disaster losses in Asia https://www.unisdr.org/archive/59164

Nature-based solutions for disaster risk reduction https://www.preventionweb.net/collections/green-infrastructure

Roles of non-government organizations in disaster risk reduction http://naturalhazardscience.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780199389407.001.0001/acrefore-9780199389407-e-45

Afghanistan embraces Sendai Framework https://www.unisdr.org/archive/59047

New Buildings Rise in Flood Zones https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/06/realestate/luxury/new-buildings-rise-in-flood-zones.html

Linking disaster risk reduction, climate change, and the sustainable development goals https://emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/DPM-02-2017-0043

Post-Harvey Report Provides Inundation Maps and Flood Details on “Largest Rainfall Event Recorded in US History” https://www.usgs.gov/news/post-harvey-report-provides-inundation-maps-and-flood-details-largest-rainfall-event-recorded

The Challenges of Global Flood Hazard Mapping and Prediction https://eos.org/editors-vox/the-challenges-of-global-flood-hazard-mapping-and-prediction

Avoiding the Hazard by Not Acquiring the Land http://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/avoiding-the-hazard-by-not-acquiring-the-land.html

Crisis mapping—the real-time collection, analysis, and distribution of location-based disaster data—has evolved in the wake of numerous catastrophes http://trajectorymagazine.com/connected-crisis/

Data portal to support flood decision makers presented in Thailand https://www.dhigroup.com/global/news/2018/06/new-online-portal-for-flood-and-drought-management-now-live

Relationships Among Wildfire, Prescribed Fire and Drought at Fort Benning, Georgia http://southernfireexchange.org/SFE_Publications/factsheets/2018-1.pdf

A long term strategy for flood protection in the UK would allow a nationwide standard of resilience to flooding, with catchment based plans https://www.nic.org.uk/assessment/national-infrastructure-assessment/reducing-the-risks-of-drought-and-flooding/

Big Data for Resilience http://iisd.org/story/big-data-for-resilience/

The number of children in the world will hardly increase https://slides.ourworldindata.org/talks/2018_un_nyc_data_on_development/2018_un_nyc_data_on_development#/21

Phoenix Tries To Reverse Its ‘Silent Storm’ Of Heat Deaths https://www.npr.org/2018/07/09/624643780/phoenix-tries-to-reverse-its-silent-storm-of-heat-deaths?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20180709

The Future of Cities http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/news-centre/speeches/2018/the-future-of-cities.html

Study: LA buildings will shake more in earthquakes than previously predicted https://la.curbed.com/2018/7/9/17549544/earthquake-los-angeles-buildings-cybershake

Tornado Damage Mitigation: Homeowner Support for Enhanced Building Codes in Oklahoma https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/risa.13131?campaign=wolearlyview

SDGs with Targets related to Disaster Risk https://www.preventionweb.net/drr-framework/sdg/target

What GPS Can Tell Us About Earth https://www.unavco.org/education/outreach/infographics/infographics.html

Chennai floods in December 2015 man-made, says CAG Report https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/chennai-floods-in-december-2015-man-made-says-cag-report/articleshow/64921574.cms

Reaching the Last Mile: Challenges and Lessons from Early Warning Systems https://practicalaction.org/blog/where-we-work/peru/reaching-the-last-mile-challenges-and-lessons-from-early-warning-systems/

The HayWired Scenario: An Urban Earthquake in a Connected World https://usgs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=364fa6f34520464ba081cb0785671193

The Open Data for Resilience Index (beta version): tracking data availability at the country level for disaster risk management https://opendri.org/about-the-opendri-index/

Less talk, more action: It’s time to get serious about floodplain management http://blogs.edf.org/growingreturns/2018/05/16/less-talk-more-action-its-time-to-get-serious-about-floodplain-management/

India’s Government teams up with Google to improve flood management http://www.un-spider.org/news-and-events/news/india%E2%80%99s-government-teams-google-improve-flood-management

Fewer severe natural disasters in the first half of the year; overall losses below the average https://www.munichre.com/en/media-relations/publications/press-releases/2018/2018-07-11-press-release/index.html

 

Emergency Management

Triple zero flaws and agency animosity highlighted in bushfire report https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/triple-zero-flaws-and-agency-animosity-highlighted-in-bushfire-report-20180706-p4zpz2.html

L’Aquila, Central Italy, and the ‘Disaster Cycle’, 2009-2017 http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/10051485/

Grenfell firefighters ran out of basic equipment, inquiry hears https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jul/05/grenfell-firefighters-ran-out-of-basic-equipment-inquiry-hears

Five years after Uttarakhand floods, survivors wait for wounds to heal, lessons remain unlearned https://scroll.in/article/885292/five-years-after-uttarakhand-floods-survivors-wait-for-wounds-to-heal-lessons-remain-unlearned

The goal of disaster recovery should be more than returning to normal https://texashousers.net/2018/07/09/disaster-recovery/

Victoria’s only all-Indigenous fire brigade creating a safer place to live http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-08/victorias-only-all-aboriginal-fire-brigade-at-lake-tyers-trust/9934884

Flood exposes blind spots in Japan’s disaster preparations https://asia.nikkei.com/Economy/Flood-exposes-blind-spots-in-Japan-s-disaster-preparations

Japan PM visits flood disaster zone, promises help as new warnings issued https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-weather-japan/japanese-pm-visits-flood-disaster-zone-new-warnings-issued-idUKKBN1K107C

Satellite imagery and artificial intelligence could help speed disaster relief by quickly mapping landslides https://www.insidescience.org/news/updating-maps-swiftly-after-natural-disasters

Flooding shatters the dreams of a new business in Tunbridge Wells after striking twice in a year https://www.kentlive.news/news/kent-news/flooding-shatters-dreams-new-business-1767471

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Engaging Faith-based and Community Organizations: Planning Considerations for Emergency Managers http://www.iaem.com/documents/Engaging-Faith-based-and-Community-Organizations-14June2018.pdf

Using a Staff Ride is to encourage the use of natural ignition fires as a forest management tool https://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=dd5018946ea8444bb3528de3e4175422

Use of crowdsourcing as an approach to gathering information for risk assessment https://www.unisdr.org/we/inform/publications/57417

The deadly Bristol floods of 1968 https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-bristol-18790002/the-deadly-floods-of-1968

Shops with a hazard name http://www.ilankelman.org/buyahazard.html

What Will A Houston Flood Museum Look Like? https://www.houstoniamag.com/articles/2018/7/5/houston-flood-museum-hurricane-harvey#.W0OV0Hk2Vac.twitter

The Harvey Memories Project https://harveymemories.org/

Bath remembers the 1968 flood which killed seven people in Keynsham https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/in-your-area/bath-remembers-1968-flood-killed-1770418

Words matter – using language & technology to better inform the CCA & DRR communities https://www.placard-network.eu/words-matter-using-language-technology-to-better-inform-the-cca-drr-communities/

The Development and Initial Validation of the Citizen Disaster Communication Assessment http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0093650217697521#articleCitationDownloadContainer

Bill Anderson- oral history of a prominent disaster researcher https://www.eeri.org/site/images/projects/oralhistory/Anderson.pdf

Coldest Place on Earth Found https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/06/coldest-place-earth-measured-temperature-antarctica-science/

Crowdsourcing to map urban heat islands https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/07/11/noaa-heat-island-campaign-to-map-what-areas-in-d-c-and-baltimore-swelter-the-most/?utm_term=.529b764c7fe8

 

Social Media and Emergencies

57% of respondents do not trust social media, while just 12% said they do trust social media http://www.tai.org.au/node/4440

Twitter aggressively removes over 70 million unwanted accounts http://www.businessinsider.com/r-twitter-suspends-over-70-million-accounts-in-two-months-washington-post-2018-7/?r=AU&IR=T

Community resilience in the age of social media: a literature review https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/59155

Fifteen years of social media in emergencies: A retrospective review and future directions for crisis Informatics https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1468-5973.12196#.W0KR2bEGnxk.twitter

 

Psychology and Disasters

The Other Victims: First Responders To Violent Disasters Often Suffer Alone https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/07/04/625784687/the-other-victims-first-responders-to-violent-disasters-often-suffer-alone?platform=hootsuite

Free Crisis Counseling Helps Harvey Survivors Cope http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Free-Crisis-Counseling-Helps-Harvey-Survivors-Cope.html

 

Sociology and Disasters

Identifying the experiences and needs of LGBTI communities before, during and after emergencies in Victoria http://www.genderanddisaster.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Identifying-the-experiences-and-needs-of-LGBTI-emergencies-FINAL.pdf

Influence of social capital on community resilience in the case of emergency situations in Romania http://rtsa.ro/tras/index.php/tras/article/view/560/549

PrepTalks: Children and Disasters – Reducing Vulnerability and Building Capacity https://www.fema.gov/preptalks/peek

Youth – The Key to Building a Culture of Preparedness https://www.fema.gov/preptalks/thompson

UK research finds that higher social trust is associated with having a larger social network https://natcenuk.shorthandstories.com/bsa35/#group-trust-or-3r8mnEbzD4

Discussion of whether human lives should be prioritized over animal lives https://www.kialo.com/should-human-life-be-valued-above-animal-life-4148/4148.0=4148.1/=4148.1

If a disaster is “natural” then nobody is accountable. We don’t have to think about uncomfortable root causes http://danddresearch.blogspot.com/2018/07/challenging-disaster-myths-and.html?spref=tw

Natural Disasters by Location: Rich Leave and Poor Get Poorer https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/natural-disasters-by-location-rich-leave-and-poor-get-poorer/

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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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