Today in disaster resilience (20 July 2018)

disaster

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

Devastating Floods Hit China https://financialtribune.com/articles/environment/89727/devastating-floods-hit-china

Images of the disastrous landslides in Japan this week https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2018/07/12/japan-1/

Japanese authorities say 210 people have been confirmed dead http://www.newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/123393.php

At least five people have been reported dead and property worth millions of naira as flood wreaked havoc in some parts of Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria https://rich-news.media/flood-in-abeokuta-kills-at-least-five-people-including-two-children/

Fierce heatwave hits Japan as it recovers from deadly floods http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1010732/fierce-heatwave-hits-japan-as-it-recovers-from-deadly-floods

Sweden battles forest fires north of Stockholm https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-44850836/sweden-battles-forest-fires-north-of-stockholm

25 Persons Killed, 90 Houses Destroyed as Flood Wreak Havoc in Katsina https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/07/16/25-persons-killed-90-houses-destroyed-as-flood-wreak-havoc-in-katsina/

Japan heatwave: 14 dead and thousands treated for heatstroke as temperatures rocket to 40 degrees https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/japan-heatwave-14-dead-thousands-heatstroke-floods-latest-updates-a8451416.html

45 people, 1,000 houses perish in Katsina flood https://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2018/07/16/tragedy-45-people-1000-houses-perish-in-katsina-flood/

Meteotsunami floods islands of Mallorca and Menorca, Spain https://watchers.news/2018/07/17/meteotsunami-floods-islands-of-mallorca-and-menorca-spain/

Lava bomb hits a tour boat in Hawaii, injuring 23 people https://watchers.news/2018/07/17/lava-bomb-hits-a-tour-boat-in-hawaii-injuring-23-people/

Heavy Monsoon rain in Madhya Pradesh to continue, no relief from floods https://www.skymetweather.com/content/weather-news-and-analysis/heavy-monsoon-rain-in-madhya-pradesh-to-continue-no-relief-from-floods/

Afghan landslide destroys hundreds of houses https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/07/12/world/afghan-landslide-destroys-hundreds-houses/#.W1EEcE8UnIU

Satellite photos of wildfires in Siberia http://wildfiretoday.com/2018/06/17/satellite-photos-of-wildfires-in-siberia/

Wildfires rage in Arctic Circle as Sweden calls for help https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/18/sweden-calls-for-help-as-arctic-circle-hit-by-wildfires

Volcanic activity worldwide 19 Jul 2018: Karymsky volcano, Krakatau, Dukono, Agung, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/69833/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-19-Jul-2018-Karymsky-volcano-Krakatau-Dukono-Agung-Reventador-Saku.html

India – Deadly Floods Hit Gujarat http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-gujarat-july-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Mongolia – Floods Prompt Rescues and Evacuations http://floodlist.com/asia/mongolia-floods-july-2018

USA – Severe Flooding in Massachusetts After Heavy Rain http://floodlist.com/america/usa/flood-massachusetts-july-2018

India – Floods Leave 12 Dead and Over 34,000 Displaced in Kerala http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-kerala-july-2018

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Regional climate models capture changes to extreme storms http://climateextremes.org.au/regional-climate-models-capture-extreme-storms/

Climate change is behind the global heat wave. Why won’t the media say it? http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-stokes-heat-wave-media-climate-change-20180715-story.html#‘Serious questions’ over whether Australia’s emissions cuts are real https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/serious-questions-over-whether-australia-s-emissions-cuts-are-real-20180710-p4zqln.html

Huge iceberg threatens Greenland village https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44831663

Climate change to worsen urban air quality, lifting death toll https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/climate-change-to-worsen-urban-air-quality-lifting-death-toll-20180715-p4zrnp.html

Rising ocean waters from global warming could cost trillions of dollars https://amp.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/jul/12/rising-ocean-waters-from-global-warming-could-cost-trillions-of-dollars?__twitter_impression=true

Sweden to reach its 2030 renewable energy target this year https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/07/sweden-to-reach-its-2030-renewable-energy-target-this-year

A groundbreaking study outlines what you can do about climate change https://grist.org/briefly/groundbreaking-study-outlines-what-you-can-do-about-climate-change/

The climate mitigation gap: education and government recommendations miss the most effective individual actions http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aa7541/meta

The world has a herculean task ahead of it, including developing currently unproven negative emissions technologies https://earther.com/the-next-decade-will-decide-our-future-climate-1827147417

Projected heat stress under 1.5C and 2C global warming scenarios creates unprecedented discomfort for humans in West Africa https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2018EF000873

The record-breaking high temperatures across much of North America appear to be shaping people’s thinking, a survey finds http://closup.umich.edu/issues-in-energy-and-environmental-policy/37/as-americans-experienced-the-warmest-may-on-record-their-acceptance-of-global-warming-reaches-a-new-high/

Climate change wreaking havoc with Colombia’s glaciers https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/341360-climate-change-wreaking-havoc-with-colombia-s-glaciers-govt

‘New Zealand can be a leader on climate change’ – WWF https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/07/new-zealand-can-be-a-leader-on-climate-change-wwf.html

Could Climate Change Be Much Worse Than We Ever Thought? http://www.eurasiareview.com/15072018-could-climate-change-be-much-worse-than-we-ever-thought/

Heat Index Trends and Climate Change Implications for Occupational Heat Exposure in Da Nang, Vietnam https://www.i-s-e-t.org/resource-heat-index-trends

A new poll suggests the vast majority of Kiwis expect to see frequent and extreme storms, more droughts, inundated coastlines from sea level rise https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12089410

New technique to select best model subset for extreme projections http://climateextremes.org.au/new-technique-for-extreme-projections/

Indicators of urban climate resilience: A contextual approach https://www.i-s-e-t.org/resource-urban-resilience-indicator

Climate change is contributing to the migration of Central American refugees https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-07-15/climate-change-contributing-migration-central-american-refugees

Over a billion people struggle to stay cool as Earth warms http://news.trust.org/item/20180716040058-2j73u/

July 2018 ENSO Update: Dog days https://www.climate.gov/news-features/blogs/enso/july-2018-enso-update-dog-days

UK carbon emissions in 2017 fell to levels last seen in 1890 https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-uk-carbon-emissions-in-2017-fell-to-levels-last-seen-in-1890

Thousands Of South Florida Homes To Face Constant Flooding in Next 30 Years http://wlrn.org/post/thousands-south-florida-homes-face-constant-flooding-next-30-years

Climate change data in one place https://resourcewatch.org/topics/climate

Coping with heat waves: 5 essential reads https://theconversation.com/coping-with-heat-waves-5-essential-reads-99495

Coastal communities struggling to adapt to climate change are beginning to do what was once unthinkable: retreat https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/surrendering-to-rising-seas/?previewid=B4AC698F-FEC3-4DA1-B970AA1D792D0A65

Global warming poses “devastating” threat to the internet, study says https://www.axios.com/global-warming-might-knock-out-internet-rising-seas-884eef30-8230-4076-bc76-245fbe2b9fab.html

It’s Time To Take Climate Change Personally http://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2018/05/31/global-warming-harvard-gina-mccarthy

How Climate Change in Bangladesh Impacts Women and Girls https://www.teenvogue.com/story/how-climate-change-in-bangladesh-impacts-women-and-girls

Literature Review of Critical Climate-Stress Moments in the Hindu Kush Himalaya http://lib.icimod.org/record/33837/files/HI-AWARE-Resource%20Kit.pdf

India needs to do more to reduce carbon emissions https://www.livemint.com/Opinion/oKOkHb63kdXUnQLXimdJjL/India-needs-to-do-moretoreduce-carbon-emissions.html

How Does a Heat Wave Affect the Human Body? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/heat-wave-health/

Study confirms link between global warming, glacial retreat in Greenland https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2018/07/17/Study-confirms-link-between-global-warming-glacial-retreat-in-Greenland/7531531836384/

Limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees https://www.thedailystar.net/opinion/politics-climate-change/limiting-global-temperature-rise-15-degrees-1606855

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/meta

Climate change warning: One-fifth of global deaths due to flooding in India https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/climate-change-warning-one-fifth-of-global-deaths-due-to-flooding-in-india-118071700128_1.html

South Asia’s Hotspots : Impacts of Temperature and Precipitation Changes on Living Standards https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/28723

Broward sea-level-rise efforts bring resiliency success stories http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/fl-op-viewpoint-sea-level-rise-broward-teamwork-20180712-story.html

Study finds climate determines shapes of river basins http://news.mit.edu/2018/climate-determines-shapes-river-basins-0718

2018 Global Heat So Far http://www.climatecentral.org/gallery/graphics/2018-global-heat-so-far

U.N. pact offers hope to world’s climate migrants http://news.trust.org/item/20180719154822-ub6go/

East Africa’s cities need to plan for climate change flooding now http://www.climatechangenews.com/2018/07/16/east-africas-cities-need-plan-climate-change-flooding-now/

The likelihood of El Niño forming in 2018 is approximately 50%; double the normal chance http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/enso/

Climate: A New Story – Charles Eisenstein https://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/climate-a-new-story-charles-eisenstein/

“Unprecedented Crime”; Climate Science Denial and Game Changers for Survival” https://medium.com/@maryliz.thomson/climate-change-is-quite-a-story-d06b59a33b11

What Climate Change Looks Like In 2018 https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/what-climate-change-looks-like-in-2018/?ex_cid=story-twitter

‘Powerful evidence’ of global warming’s effect on seasons found in troposphere https://www.carbonbrief.org/powerful-evidence-global-warmings-effect-seasons-found-troposphere?utm_content=buffer8d181&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Human influence on the seasonal cycle of tropospheric temperature http://science.sciencemag.org/content/361/6399/eaas8806

 

Disaster risk reduction

From deterministic to probabilistic thresholds: possibly a better way to take advantage of  predictive uncertainty in flood emergency management http://www.gh2mf2.org/2018/07/14/a-keynote-to-understand-the-predictive-uncertainty-in-flood-forecasting-by-prof-ezio-todini/

Nine years ago today: NZ’s forgotten monster quake https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12089335

Why the Central European Floods of 2013 Were So Devastating http://www.air-worldwide.com/Blog/Why-the-Central-European-Floods-of-2013-Were-So-Devastating/

Understanding and mitigating cascading crises in the global interconnected system https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420918307994

Profiles of 21 communities across the US that mitigated flood risk

Profiles of 21 communities across the US that mitigated flood risk https://www.floodeconomics.com/communities/

Flow duration curves for all major rivers from satellite http://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/10/7/1107

Interactive map shows all US wildfires http://wxshift.com/climate-change/climate-indicators/us-wildfires

Giant pumps from KSB keep Mexico City dry https://www.ksb.com/ksb-en/About-KSB/References/el-caracol/123358/

Annual Average Loss for residential properties in the UK could rise by 25-30% over the next 20 years as a result of climate change http://www.jbarisk.com/news-blogs/new-uk-climate-change-flood-model/

These N.J. properties flood over and over again, costing taxpayers like you millions https://www.nj.com/data/2018/07/these_nj_properties_flood_over_and_over_again_costing_taxpayers_like_you_millions.html

Learning from El Niño Costero 2017: Opportunities for Building Resilience in Peru https://www.i-s-e-t.org/learning-from-el-nino-costero-2017

UK Environment Agency better protected over 45,000 additional homes from flooding this year https://www.gov.uk/government/news/the-environment-agency-publishes-annual-report-2017-18

A spatial analytical approach for evaluating flood risk and property damages: Methodological improvements to modelling https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jfr3.12483#.W05LmHGiz4A.twitter

Wildfires In The U.S. Are Getting Bigger https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/wildfires-in-the-u-s-are-getting-bigger/

‘Controlled Burns’ Can Help Solve California’s Fire Problem — So Why Aren’t There More of Them? https://www.kqed.org/science/1927354/controlled-burns-can-help-solve-californias-fire-problem-so-why-arent-there-more-of-them

Des Moines will spend $11.5 million to buy 80 flood-damaged homes https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2018/07/16/des-moines-flood-damaged-homes-voluntary-buyout-80-homes-11-million-dollars/787798002/

Why Don’t We Build Resilient Roads? https://medium.com/@UNDPasiapac/building-resilient-roads-realities-and-challenges-62fa1749ed20

The Sendai Framework Monitor, launched by UNISDR in March this year, received a ringing endorsement at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) for Sustainable Development https://www.unisdr.org/archive/59412

What controls whether a volcanic eruption is explosive or effusive? https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-05293-3.epdf

While neither U.S. landfalling hurricane frequency nor intensity shows a significant trend since 1900, growth in coastal population and wealth have led to increasing hurricane-related damage along the U.S. coastline https://tropical.colostate.edu/media/sites/111/2018/07/klotzbachetal2018.pdf

Creating a flood resilient city: Moving from disaster response to disaster resilience in Ibadan http://blogs.worldbank.org/nasikiliza/creating-a-flood-resilient-city-moving-from-disaster-response-to-disaster-resilience-in-ibadan

Using drones to provide detailed insights into flooding and damage https://www.geospatial-insight.com/resources/case-studies/uk-floods/

 

Emergency Management

Using Photography to Assess Housing Damage and Rebuilding Progress for Disaster Recovery Planning https://www.academia.edu/37049477/Using_Photography_to_Assess_Housing_Damage_and_Rebuilding_Progress_for_Disaster_Recovery_Planning?campaign=upload_email

Asian Ministerial Calls for Accountability for Disaster Losses, Advances Work to Reduce Displacement http://sdg.iisd.org/news/asian-ministerial-calls-for-accountability-for-disaster-losses-advances-work-to-reduce-displacement/

West Japan rains to be designated ‘extremely severe disaster’ to increase state aid subsidies https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/07/15/national/government-designate-heavy-rains-western-japan-extremely-severe-disaster/#.W0vFotIzbIV

Female firefighters: Delivering strength under fire https://www.firerescue1.com/amu/articles/386874018-Female-firefighters-Delivering-strength-under-fire/

Localizing Humanitarian Drones: Robotics & Disaster Response https://blog.werobotics.org/2018/02/01/localizing-humanitarian-drones/

Alberta pushing ahead with $125-million emergency response hub https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/alberta-pushing-ahead-with-125-million-emergency-response-hub

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

Co-Managing Wildfire: Conversations You Need to Have Right Now https://fireadaptednetwork.org/co-managing-wildfire-conversations-you-need-to-have-right-now/

In Japan’s flood-ravaged Mabi, delays and lack of awareness magnified death toll https://in.reuters.com/article/us-weather-japan-failures-insight/in-japans-flood-ravaged-mabi-delays-and-lack-of-awareness-magnified-death-toll-idINKBN1K60BD

Heaven to hell: Inside Japan’s worst flood-hit towns http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-16/japan-floods-inside-one-of-the-worst-hit-towns/9997888

Mumbai rains: Residents, Shiv Sena perform ‘last rites’ of Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation to protest flooding https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/mumbai/civic/rip-vvmc/articleshow/65002201.cms

All wildfires are not alike, but the US is fighting them that way https://theconversation.com/all-wildfires-are-not-alike-but-the-us-is-fighting-them-that-way-99251?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

IN-PREP is a large Innovation Action Horizon 2020 (H2020) project in the domain of crisis management that focuses on the preparedness phase https://www.in-prep.eu/

From fires in remote locations to searches for missing persons, drones are the latest tool in the city’s public safety arsenal http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/Drones-Will-Supplement-Fire-Police-Departments-in-National-City-Calif.html

Agency Update: FEMA Releases the 2017 Hurricane Season FEMA After-Action Report https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/audio/167490

Drone Captures Rescue Of 55 From Trucks In Raging Flood Waters In Andhra https://www.ndtv.com/andhra-pradesh-news/andhra-flood-drone-captures-rescue-of-55-from-trucks-in-raging-flood-waters-in-andhra-pradeshs-srika-1883869

The police investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire has moved to a new phase with a planned programme of interviews under caution http://news.met.police.uk/news/update-investigation-into-grenfell-tower-fire-314690

The International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters http://www.ijmed.org/

Rethinking Disaster Recovery and Mitigation Funding in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey https://kinder.rice.edu/research/rethinking-disaster-recovery-and-mitigation-funding-wake-hurricane-harvey

Italian water bombers to help fight wildfires in Sweden https://www.thelocal.se/20180717/italian-water-bombers-to-help-fight-wildfires-in-sweden

Residents, businesses still counting costs of Hobart’s devastating flood https://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/residents-businesses-still-counting-costs-of-hobarts-devastating-flood/news-story/654db7430ccd637903c95c375acd2762?csp=843ac1fee9968d7540637a5d2716251c

Xi stresses people-centered approach in flood control, disaster relief http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-07/19/c_137335847.htm?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Citizen science research project in NZ demonstrated that there is an urgent need to engage people in tsunami preparedness and evacuation behaviours https://resiliencechallenge.nz/culture-programme/understanding-the-2016-kaikoura-tsunami-evacuation/

Observing the Volcano World: Volcano Crisis Communication https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-44097-2

Disaster preparedness and resilience among Auckland’s Southeast Asian communities https://resiliencechallenge.nz/urban-programme/student-profile-nichapat-sanunsilp/

International Day for Disaster Reduction October 13, 2018 http://biomovies.tve.org/competitions/reducing-the-human-cost-of-disasters/

DRANZSEN supports the education of young people as active participants in disaster resilient communities. Third national forum https://aidr.org.au/events/17527?l

Connect with your neighbours before disaster strikes! Check out the Neighbourhood Preparedness Guide & start talking with the people next door https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/embc/preparedbc/preparedbc-guides/preparedbc_neighbourhood_guide_2018.pdf

 

Social Media and Emergencies

How your social network could save you from a disaster https://theconversation.com/how-your-social-network-could-save-you-from-a-disaster-96450

The SAGE Handbook of Social Media http://sk.sagepub.com/reference/the-sage-handbook-of-social-media

 

Psychology and Disasters

The Culture of Mental Health in Fire and EMS https://www.jems.com/articles/2018/07/the-culture-of-mental-health-in-fire-and-ems.html?c=1

Should We Leave Now? Behavioral Factors in Evacuation Under Wildfire Threat https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10694-018-0753-8

 

Sociology and Disasters

Elderly account for 70% of victims of floods in west Japan https://japantoday.com/category/national/Elderly-account-for-70-of-victims-of-floods-in-west-Japan

 

 

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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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