Today in disaster resilience (7 September 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Nagaland: Post-flood landslides paralyse relief work, acute shortage of essentials reported https://scroll.in/article/892837/nagaland-post-flood-landslides-paralyse-relief-work-acute-shortage-of-essentials-reported

2018 now worst fire season on record as B.C. extends state of emergency https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/state-emergency-bc-wildfires-1.4803546

14 People Die Due To Flooding In Different Parts Of Niger State https://www.naijawide.com/2018/09/just-in-14-people-die-due-to-flooding-in-different-parts-of-niger-state/

USA – Deadly Flash Floods in Maryland and Pennsylvania After 250mm of Rain http://floodlist.com/america/usa/flash-floods-maryland-pennsylvania-31-august-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Vietnam and China – Floods and Landslides Leave 9 Dead http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-china-floods-landslides-august-september-2018

What Was Lost in Brazil’s Devastating Museum Fire https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/09/brazil-rio-de-janeiro-museum-fire/569299/

Typhoon Jebi: Japan hit by strongest storm of 25 years https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/04/typhoon-jebi-japan-hit-by-strongest-storm-for-25-years

Historic flooding hits Manhattan, Kansas, state of emergency declared in 5 counties https://watchers.news/2018/09/05/historic-flooding-hits-manhattan-kansas-state-of-emergency-declared-in-5-counties/

151 dead or missing, tens of thousands displaced as major floods hit North Korea after ‘unprecedented’ drought https://watchers.news/2018/09/05/151-dead-or-missing-tens-of-thousands-displaced-as-major-floods-hit-north-korea-after-unprecedented-drought/

Hurricane Florence strengthens in Atlantic: Tips to prepare for the storm http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/09/05/hurricane-florence-strengthens-in-atlantic-tips-to-prepare-for-storm.html

India – 19 Dead in Uttar Pradesh Floods as Rivers Rise http://floodlist.com/asia/india-uttar-pradesh-floods-september-2018

Deadly Gordon brings drenching rains to Gulf Coast after making landfall near the Alabama-Mississippi border https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/04/us/tropical-storm-gordon-preparation-wxc/index.html

Japan hit by deadly earthquake and mudslides https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-45429673

There have been 2200 wildfires in Germany this year https://blog.datawrapper.de/weekly43-wildfires-germany/

Mexico – 10,000 Hit by Floods in Piedras Negras, Coahuila http://floodlist.com/america/mexico-floods-piedras-negras-coahuila-september-2018

Country-wide flood death toll rises to 1,459, India https://watchers.news/2018/09/06/country-wide-flood-death-toll-rises-to-1-459-india/

Flood kills Nursing Mother, Child,19 Others  in Kano, Niger, Jigawa http://nationalinsightnews.com/flood-kills-nursing-mother-child19-others-in-kano-niger-jigawa/

Volcanic activity worldwide 6 Sep 2018: Semeru volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay, Sabancaya, Aoba https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/70458/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-6-Sep-2018-Semeru-volcano-Dukono-Reventador-Sangay-Sabancaya-Aoba.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

What a New York Times op-ed misses about living with climate change http://blogs.edf.org/growingreturns/2018/08/27/new-york-times-op-ed-living-with-climate-change/

Pacific nations push Morrison government to pledge support for Paris climate accord https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/pacific-nations-push-morrison-government-to-pledge-support-for-paris-climate-accord-20180829-p500jz.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed&csp=0ef578ba64bd33bdd745338efbf749a5

‘Archived’ heat has reached deep into the Arctic interior, researchers say https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180829143836.htm

The three-degree world: the cities that will be drowned by global warming https://www.theguardian.com/cities/ng-interactive/2017/nov/03/three-degree-world-cities-drowned-global-warming

NSW records its driest year to date since 1965 but the Top End gets ‘abnormal’ winter rain http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-03/warm-and-dry-winter-for-nsw/10188560

Heatwave: 2018 was the joint hottest summer for UK https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45399134

Viet Nam embracing climate action in pursuit of a more sustainable, resilient future https://undp-adaptation.exposure.co/ascending-dragon

In Vietnam, early-season floods warn of climate change risks to come https://www.irinnews.org/photo-feature/2018/09/03/vietnam-early-season-floods-warn-climate-change-risks-come?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=irinsocial&utm_campaign=irinupdates

In Australia when it rains, whether it is light, moderate, or extreme rainfall, it rains more https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2018GL078875

Don’t Be Fooled: Weather Is Not Climate https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/hot-planet/dont-be-fooled-weather-is-not-climate/

Mann receives 2018 AGU Climate Communication Prize https://news.psu.edu/story/534583/2018/09/04/research/mann-receives-2018-agu-climate-communication-prize

Books that show us climate change http://www.publicbooks.org/let-us-now-see-climate-change/

Combining role-play with interactive simulation to motivate informed climate action: Evidence from the World Climate simulation https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0202877

The Cost of Climate Change in Hawaii https://www.hawaiibusiness.com/cost-of-climate-change/

The global temperature for August 2018 was well above average https://climate.copernicus.eu/resources/data-analysis/average-surface-air-temperature-analysis/monthly-maps/surface-air-12

Europe needs coastal adaptation measures to avoid catastrophic flooding by the end of the century https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/news/europe-needs-coastal-adaptation-measures-avoid-catastrophic-flooding-end-century

Yale Climate Opinion Maps 2018 http://climatecommunication.yale.edu/visualizations-data/ycom-us-2018/?est=happening&type=value&geo=county

Accelerating Climate Action in Urgent Times https://newclimateeconomy.report/2018/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=NewClimateEcon&utm_campaign=NewClimateEconomy

Submerged rock features near Pine Island Glacier—a major contributor to global sea-level rise—play a critical role in the ice’s movement https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/antarctic-glaciers-breakup-is-controlled-by-seafloor-topography/?amp

Australia signs declaration saying climate change ‘single greatest threat’ to Pacific https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/06/australia-signs-declaration-climate-change-greatest-threat-pacific-islands

A new analysis of how air moves between two layers of Earth’s atmosphere reveals a deep system that could enable long-term weather forecasts and better climate models https://earth.stanford.edu/news/finding-pulse-polar-vortex

Australia is not yet on track to meet its emissions reduction targets under the Paris Agreement https://climateworks.com.au/story/media-release/australia-not-track-reach-2030-emissions-reduction-target-potential-there-report

 

Disaster risk reduction

Floods should not be forgotten after the monsoon because they are a national issue http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2018-08-31/plan-and-prepare.html

In Kerala and Kodagu, ecologists warned of extreme floods years ago https://qz.com/india/1370367/in-kerala-and-kodagu-the-extreme-floods-were-foretold/

Bangkok is sinking. How will Thailand’s capital cope when flooding disaster strikes again? https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2162409/bangkok-sinking-how-will-thailands-capital-cope-when

Earthquake Precursors, Processes, and Predictions https://eos.org/editors-vox/earthquake-precursors-processes-and-predictions

New automatic weather stations advance climate information & early warning in the Kingdom of Cambodia https://floodresilience.net/blogs/take-care-unclear-conditions-ahead

Issues of Natural Hazards NZ https://www.naturalhazards.org.nz/NHRP/Publications/Natural-Hazards-Issues

In Quake-Prone California, Alarm at Scant Insurance Coverage https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/31/us/california-earthquake-insurance.html#click=https://t.co/hysQVXFK4i

Frontal fault location and most recent earthquake timing for the Alpine Fault at Whataroa, Westland, New Zealand https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00288306.2018.1509878?tokenDomain=eprints&tokenAccess=Wcp9G73ZaAtdXAgxKjyN&forwardService=showFullText&doi=10.1080%2F00288306.2018.1509878&doi=10.1080%2F00288306.2018.1509878&journalCode=tnzg20

In wildfire-prone B.C. and California, urban sprawl and bad planning are fuelling future infernos. What can we do? https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-in-wildfire-prone-bc-and-california-urban-sprawl-and-bad-planning/?utm_medium=Referrer:+Social+Network+/+Media&utm_campaign=Shared+Web+Article+Links

We invited the floods by encroaching the riverbeds https://gangatoday.com/en/articles/194-encroachment-on-kerala-rivers.html#.W40LaWMzIwg.twitter

Citizens, Satellites, and the Future of Disease Monitoring https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blog-post/citizens-satellites-and-the-future-disease-monitoring?utm_content=buffere701a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Multiple Disasters Provide Opportunity for Learning https://www.argolimited.com/multiple-disasters-provide-opportunity-learning/

Mapping, modelling, drones: understanding flood risk in the Niger capital https://www.climatecentre.org/news/1041/mapping-modelling-drones-understanding-flood-risk-in-niger-capital

Bad dam management caused Kerala floods: Madhav Gadgil https://www.livemint.com/Politics/itmlA9tzBbbYwJaS5haeuJ/Bad-dam-management-caused-Kerala-floods-Madhav-Gadgil.html

Enormous wildfires spark scramble to improve fire models https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06090-0?utm_source=twt_nnc&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=naturenews&sf196788729=1

Govt to start $37mn Glacial Lake Outburst Flood project https://arynews.tv/en/govt-start-37mn-glacial-lake-outburst-flood-project/

House prices in Brisbane’s flood-prone areas float to the top https://therealestateconversation.com.au/news/2018/09/04/house-prices-brisbanes-flood-prone-areas-float-the-top/1536022250

Investigating the role of iwi management plans in natural hazard management https://resiliencechallenge.nz/matauranga-maori-programme/iwi-management-plans-in-natural-hazard-management-funding/

Houston a year after Harvey report http://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/d29356_e091a002a4044214a943df4d5d2100df.pdf?platform=hootsuite

New Florida Keys Cottages Are Storm-Proof Affordable Housing https://www.citylab.com/design/2018/08/new-storm-proof-cottages-will-help-house-the-florida-keys-workforce/568210/?utm_medium=social&utm_content=edit-promo&utm_term=2018-08-31T18%3A53%3A17&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=city-lab

New Software Can Predict Landslides Weeks Before They Happen https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-software-can-predict-landslides-weeks-before-they-happen-180970181/

UCL Hazard Centre at the forefront of preparing for volcanic eruptions https://www.ucl.ac.uk/mathematical-physical-sciences/news/2018/sep/ucl-hazard-centre-forefront-preparing-volcanic-eruptions

Grand Forks votes to buy out entire neighborhood after major flood https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/grand-forks-votes-to-buy-out-entire-neighborhood-after-major-flood-1.4811582

Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals http://datatopics.worldbank.org/sdgatlas/?CID=CCG_TT_climatechange_EN_EXT

Incoming Pakistani government is considering flood management measures but is hoping to steer clear of expensive, hard engineering or structural approaches https://tribune.com.pk/story/1795390/1-soft-engineering-measures-govt-mulling-alternative-flood-management-plans/

Caribbean hurricane season ‘will be different this time’ https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/09/1018591

Why the focus on insurance to address loss and damage is a distraction from real solutions https://us.boell.org/2018/08/30/not-silver-bullet

Coastal Labs Studying Increased Flooding Consider Moving Because Of Increased Flooding https://www.npr.org/2018/09/06/644855015/coastal-labs-studying-increased-flooding-consider-moving-because-of-increased-fl?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social

Submerged Risks Haunt Low-Level Airports https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-09-05/submerged-risks-of-climate-change-haunt-low-level-airports

Empire and Ecology in the Bengal Delta http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/history/environmental-history/empire-and-ecology-bengal-delta-making-calcutta?format=HB

The 2015 landslide and tsunami in Taan Fiord, Alaska https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-30475-w.epdf?shared_access_token=p1N2w84OdhOA8ieaQPxOb9RgN0jAjWel9jnR3ZoTv0NKtHb1r2bYt79OUzwlMQqXyIxKjYbXNzTEYdav7jHxmS3NKlaag2jCjZp53EBUm_3eV7-ZsMmMFLaBTHCaEVTQNH_QA1dEMGolXcEGkdFd-x9toWvqvAp1pnWbRpH_omA%3D

As climate risks surge, flood barriers rise in Britain http://news.trust.org/item/20180906120046-pejcq/

A Year After Hurricane Harvey, Congress Still Hasn’t Improved U.S. Flood Policy https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2018/08/24/a-year-after-hurricane-harvey-congress-still-hasnt-improved-us-flood-policy

 

Emergency Management

Flood alert as ‘unprecedented’ volume of water flows down Brahmaputra https://www.thethirdpole.net/en/2018/08/31/flood-alert-as-unprecedented-volume-of-water-flows-down-brahmaputra/

Inter-organisational learning in public safety management system https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/DPM-09-2017-0217?journalCode=dpm

Early warning a must to cope with floods https://www.thethirdpole.net/en/2018/09/03/early-warning-a-must-to-cope-with-floods/

Why Firefighters Need to Practice Self-Care Before Caring for Others https://inpublicsafety.com/2018/04/why-firefighters-need-to-practice-self-care-before-caring-for-others/

Communicable Diseases Claim 60 in Post-Floods Kerala https://weather.com/en-IN/india/monsoon/news/2018-09-03-communicable-diseases-kerala-floods

Kerala officials estimate post-floods rebuilding will cost $3.7bn https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/kerala-authorities-estimate-rebuilding-flood-cost-3bn-180831104259692.html

Hurricanes and wildfires overwhelmed FEMA in 2017, according to new GAO report https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/hurricanes-and-wildfires-overwhelmed-fema-in-2017-according-to-new-gao-report/2018/09/04/cb778e18-af9a-11e8-9a6a-565d92a3585d_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.3e810d8b560a

Japan recovering from Jebi http://www.newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/123668.php

Grenfell inquiry: Missing plans endangered crew and residents https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-45425582?ns_campaign=bbcnews&ocid=socialflow_twitter&ns_mchannel=social&ns_source=twitter

While Kerala gets support of the country, flood ravaged Northeast is missing from the headlines https://rightlog.in/2018/08/northeast-floods-01/

2018 Resilient Australia Award winners announced https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/news/2018-resilient-australia-award-winners-announced?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EM+Update+September+2018&utm_content=emv.vic.gov.au%2Fnews%2F2018-resilient-australia-award-winners-announced&utm_source=www.vision6.com.au

Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2018 https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/51

Preparation Encouraged as Peak Hurricane Season Begins http://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Preparation-Encouraged-as-Peak-Hurricane-Season-Begins.html

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

An empirical assessment of impact based tornado warnings on shelter in place decisions https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420918301195

Typologies of citizen co-production in flood risk governance https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901118302466

Transforming Disaster Planning – A Child Centred Approach http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/cuidar/en/film/

National Preparedness Month https://www.ready.gov/september

New Hamburg residents fed up with flooding https://www.therecord.com/news-story/8877460-new-hamburg-residents-fed-up-with-flooding/#.W5AErcWwqnI.twitter

Flood engagement officers help communities become more flood resilient in the UK https://www.gov.uk/government/news/helping-communities-be-flood-resilient

Hurricanes: Common Misperceptions Heard from the National Hurricane Center http://www.weathernationtv.com/news/hurricanes-common-misperceptions-heard-from-the-national-hurricane-center/#.W5Gd197W9bo.twitter

Australian Public Information and Warnings Handbook launched https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/handbook-16-public-information-and-warnings/

 

Social Media and Emergencies

Follow #30days30waysUK throughout September on social media http://30days30waysuk.org.uk/

 

Sociology and Disasters

New report details how Houston floodplain ordinance can worsen inequality in face of future floods https://texashousers.net/2018/08/30/new-report-details-how-houston-floodplain-ordinance-can-worsen-inequality-in-face-of-future-floods/

Landslides are growing risk to the poorest https://climatenewsnetwork.net/landslides-are-growing-risk-to-poorest/

How social ties influence evacuation behaviour https://works.bepress.com/daniel_aldrich/48/

The Politics of the Anthropocene https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-politics-of-the-anthropocene-9780198809623?cc=us&lang=en&

Loss and damage from a gender equality perspective https://www.dhakatribune.com/opinion/2018/09/04/loss-and-damage-from-a-gender-equality-perspective

 

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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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