Today in disaster resilience (12 October 2018)

Disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Strong aftershock rattles north Haiti day after deadly quake https://www.apnews.com/amp/eb82c8597cef4c95a473e52540285db1?__twitter_impression=true

Indonesia is caught in a trifecta of natural disasters https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/3km7ny/indonesia-is-caught-in-a-trifecta-of-natural-disasters

Extreme rainfall, unprecedented flash floods wreak havoc, leave 7 dead in northern Iran https://watchers.news/2018/10/07/extreme-rainfall-unprecedented-flash-floods-wreak-havoc-leave-7-dead-in-northern-iran/

Deadly flash floods turn streets of southern Italy into raging rivers https://watchers.news/2018/10/06/deadly-flash-floods-turn-streets-of-southern-italy-into-raging-rivers/

Floods and storms leave 9 dead and 5,000 displaced in Sri Lanka https://weatheralertonline.blogspot.com/2018/10/floods-and-storms-leave-9-dead-and-5000.html

Hurricane Michael Makes Landfall In Florida Panhandle, With 155-MPH Winds https://www.npr.org/2018/10/10/656052881/hurricane-michael-an-extremely-dangerous-category-4-storm-heads-toward-florida?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news

Very Severe Cyclonic Storm “Titli” about to slam into India, Red alerts issued https://watchers.news/2018/10/10/very-severe-cyclonic-storm-titli-india-landfall/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

At least 10 killed after massive flash floods hit Mallorca, 5 months’ worth of rain in 2 hours, Spain https://watchers.news/2018/10/10/mallorca-flood-spain-october-9-2018/

11 dead after flash floods and mudslides hit Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Guatemala https://watchers.news/2018/10/09/11-dead-after-flash-floods-and-mudslides-hit-nicaragua-honduras-el-salvador-costa-rica-and-guatemala/

Flooding in Florida up to roof level as Hurricane Michael continues destructive path inland https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/world/flooding-in-florida-up-roof-level-hurricane-michael-continues-destructive-path-inland

Three dead, IMF summit shaken as strong quake hits Indonesia’s Java, Bali https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/three-dead-imf-summit-shaken-as-strong-quake-hits-indonesia-s-10813782

USA – Hurricane Michael Storm Surge Causes Flooding in Florida http://floodlist.com/america/usa/hurricane-michael-storm-surge-causes-floods-florida-october-2018

Death toll rises to 12 in Majorca floods https://www.afp.com/en/news/3954/death-toll-rises-12-majorca-floods-doc-19x7fw6?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Volcanic activity worldwide 11 Oct 2018: Popocatépetl volcano, Krakatau, Shiveluch, Gamalama https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/71077/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-11-Oct-2018-Popocatepetl-volcano-Krakatau-Shiveluch-Gamalama-Dukon.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

“Rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” are required if global warming is to be limited to just 1.5°C https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/08/this-is-not-fine/

IPCC Report on the Global Warming of 1.5 °C http://www.ipcc.ch/report/sr15/

We must reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero or face more floods https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/08/we-must-reduce-greenhouse-gas-emissions-to-net-zero-or-face-more-floods

Climate Crisis Spurs UN Call for $2.4 Trillion Fossil Fuel Shift https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-08/scientists-call-for-2-4-trillion-shift-from-coal-to-renewables

National Climate Assessment team updates key indicators of global climate change https://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/national-climate-assessment-team-updates-key-indicators-global

We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/08/global-warming-must-not-exceed-15c-warns-landmark-un-report

Sinking cities: How climate change is ravaging the Middle East https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/ipcc-report-climate-change-sinking%20cities-overwhelm-middle-east-floods-alexandria-1950363986

Australia moves to El Niño alert and the drought is likely to continue https://theconversation.com/australia-moves-to-el-nino-alert-and-the-drought-is-likely-to-continue-104636

New book looks at dealing with critical risks from climate change beyond adaptation limits http://www.iiasa.ac.at/web/home/about/news/180928-loss-damage-book.html

It is time for a decisive shift to a new climate economy https://newclimateeconomy.report/2018/

Bylong Valley mine gets NSW Government approval as UN warns against coal energy http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-09/byalong-valley-coal-mine-gets-approval-from-nsw-government/10355668

More Saddleworth-style fires likely as climate changes, scientists warn https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/29/more-saddleworth-style-fires-likely-as-climate-changes-scientists-warn?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

Miami wealth manager’s real estate forecast: Prices go down as sea-rise risks go up https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article219359460.html

Dutch Court Upholds Urgenda, Says Government Must Reduce Emissions https://www.climateliabilitynews.org/2018/10/09/urgenda-netherlands-climate-emissions/

Michael Mann: We Are Even Closer To Climate Disaster Than IPCC Predicts https://therealnews.com/stories/michael-mann-we-are-even-closer-to-climate-disaster-than-ipcc-predicts

Climate change and wildfire https://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2018/oct/10/climate-change-what-will-happen-hellfire-california-forest-fires?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other?CMP=share_btn_tw

4 big takeaways from the UN’s alarming climate change report https://www.vox.com/2018/10/9/17951924/climate-change-global-warming-un-ipcc-report-takeaways

Representing the majority and not the minority: the importance of the individual in communicating climate change https://www.geosci-commun.net/1/9/2018/

Climate change is a major multiplier of disaster losses http://news.trust.org/item/20181011082340-ipwq6/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Here’s How Engineers Dream Of Stopping Tsunamis https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2018/10/heres-how-engineers-dream-of-stopping-tsunamis/

As Storms Keep Coming, FEMA Spends Billions in ‘Cycle’ of Damage and Repair https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/08/us/fema-disaster-recovery-climate-change.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

Here Is Why Earthquake Magnitude Is Not What You Think It Is https://www.forbes.com/sites/robinandrews/2018/10/07/here-is-why-earthquake-magnitude-is-not-what-you-think-it-is/#1930b45f10e0

The Palu landslides – the worst landslide disaster in five years? https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2018/10/08/palu-landslides-3/

How do we make earthquake forecasts? https://www.geonet.org.nz/news/4ryMpgnog8CYMGqg0esey2

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: Cyclone season approacheth, but this year there’s a twist https://theconversation.com/trust-me-im-an-expert-cyclone-season-approacheth-but-this-year-theres-a-twist-104309?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Even after Harvey, Houston keeps adding new homes in flood plains https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Even-after-Harvey-Houston-keeps-adding-new-homes-13285865.php?utm_campaign=twitter-mobile&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

Colossal Slabs Are Getting Stuck In Earth’s Mantle — Here’s Why https://www.forbes.com/sites/robinandrews/2018/10/08/colossal-slabs-are-getting-stuck-in-earths-mantle-heres-why/#4410910d7c0f

After the flood, the flood map: uncovering values at risk http://www.wipsociology.org/2018/10/08/after-the-flood-the-flood-map-uncovering-values-at-risk/

Palu 2018 – Science and surprise behind the earthquake and tsunami https://blogs.egu.eu/divisions/sm/2018/10/08/palu-2018-science-and-surprise-behind-the-earthquake-and-tsunami/

UN 20-year review: earthquakes and tsunamis kill more people while climate change is driving up economic losses https://www.unisdr.org/archive/61121

Hurricanes Florence And Michael Highlight Monster Storms’ Devastating Differences https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/hurricanes-michael-florence_us_5bbe3ac0e4b028e1fe44463c

Harvey left lessons in challenges of hurricane risk management https://www.businessinsurance.com/article/20181010/NEWS06/912324511/Harvey-left-lessons-in-challenges-of-hurricane-risk-management-?utm_campaign

Water situation: area monthly reports for England 2018 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/water-situation-local-area-reports

Hurricane Michael is a monster storm and an unnatural disaster https://grist.org/article/hurricane-michael-is-a-monster-storm-and-an-unnatural-disaster/

Pakistan needs integrated flood risk management system: adviser https://arynews.tv/en/pakistan-flood-risk-management-system-adviser/

Mount Etna is sliding into the Mediterranean Sea at the rate of a few centimeters every year https://www.newsweek.com/mount-etna-volcano-sliding-sea-and-could-collapse-causing-catastrophic-1162173

Glacial Lake Outburst Flood Captured in Seismic Recordings https://eos.org/articles/glacial-lake-outburst-flood-captured-in-seismic-recordings

Costs of extreme weather up 251 percent over last 20 years https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-morning-report/costs-extreme-weather-251-over-last-20-years

Did Kerala’s Dams Exacerbate India’s Once-in-Century Floods? https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/asia/keralas-dams-exacerbate-indias-century-floods.html

Hurricane Michael is not a ‘natural disaster’ https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/10/health/sutter-natural-disaster-hurricane-michael/index.html

New Centre of Excellence on Transforming Development and Disaster Risk to co-host Forum and Academy events in Bangkok https://www.sei.org/events/new-centre-excellence-transforming-development-disaster-risk-co-host-forum-academy-events-Bangkok/

 

Emergency Management

Destruction in Palu https://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/rngs/INDONESIA-QUAKE/010080MZ19R/index.html

Lessons Learned from Louisiana to Communities Affected by Hurricane Florence https://disasterphilanthropy.org/blog/hurricanes-typhoons/lessons-learned-from-louisiana-to-communities-impacted-by-hurricane-florence/

By shutting down their broadband in the middle of an emergency, Verizon may have unwittingly proved that California needs to regulate Big ISPs https://www.fastcompany.com/90245717/how-the-california-wildfire-firefighters-may-have-rescued-net-neutrality

Access still an obstacle to reaching stricken communities on Indonesian island: UN agencies https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/10/1022352

Want to help after a disaster? Consider waiting a bit https://theconversation.com/want-to-help-after-a-disaster-consider-waiting-a-bit-103211

Nigeria flood: as water levels subside, the needs rise in displacement camps https://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/2018/10/10/nigeria-flood-water-levels-subside-needs-rise-displacement-camps/

Hurricane Michael forces waterlogged Carolinas to brace for another hit https://www.nbcnews.com/news/weather/hurricane-michael-forces-waterlogged-carolinas-brace-another-hit-n918166

FAA issues warning to drone pilots in hurricane areas https://www.dpreview.com/news/1706193583/faa-issues-warning-to-drone-pilots-in-hurricane-areas

Video of Majorca flash floods https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6259647/British-couple-believed-five-killed-floods-Majorca-taxi-swept-away.html

Breaking down the gender imbalance and shaping the new norm in firefighting https://www.portstephensexaminer.com.au/story/5684505/medowie-firie-fighting-to-change-culture/

Earthquake warning system will come with some false alarms and missed alerts http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-earthquake-early-warning-expansion-20181011-story.html

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

How best to communicate flood risk to the public https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/engage-art-situating-knowledge-phiala-mehring/

From engagement to empowerment: how heritage professionals can incorporate participatory methods in disaster recovery to better serve socially vulnerable groups https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13527258.2018.1530291?tokenDomain=eprints&tokenAccess=eUyfXJzi8A3wNbjy8XVq&forwardService=showFullText&doi=10.1080%2F13527258.2018.1530291&doi=10.1080%2F13527258.2018.1530291&journalCode=rjhs20

Participatory action research: tools for disaster resilience education https://www.researchgate.net/publication/328036088_Participatory_action_research_tools_for_disaster_resilience_education

The science project using indigenous Māori knowledge to increase NZ’s resilience to natural hazards https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/teahikaa/audio/2018665566/the-science-project-using-indigenous-maori-knowledge-to-increase-nz-s-resilience-to-natural-hazards

Geoscience Communication – Building bridges, not walls https://www.geosci-commun.net/1/1/2018/

Building a Raspberry Pi school magnetometer network in the UK https://www.geosci-commun.net/1/25/2018/

New Zealand ShakeOut https://www.shakeout.govt.nz/

Participatory ways to learn about flooding in Venice https://jcom.sissa.it/sites/default/files/documents/JCOM_1704_2018_N02.pdf

Teacher-facilitated child-centered disaster resilience education program: a study in Bangladesh https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/publications/biblio/bnh-4801

How America Fails at Communicating Flood Risks https://www.citylab.com/environment/2018/10/how-america-fails-communicating-flood-risks/572620/

International Day for Disaster Reduction – 13 October https://www.unisdr.org/disasterreductionday

 

Disaster Psychology

As the anniversary of the massive wildfires in Northern California arrives, researchers are trying to pinpoint the best ways to treat the anxiety, depression, and trauma left in the disaster’s wake https://www.wired.com/story/wildfires-mental-health/

Weeks After Hurricane Florence, A Neighborhood Still Struggles https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/north-carolina-hurricane-florence-aftermath_us_5bbd035be4b01470d05640b8

 

Sociology and Disasters

Community Businesses as Social Units in Post-Disaster Recovery https://www.researchgate.net/publication/328129198_Community_Businesses_as_Social_Units_in_Post-Disaster_Recovery

Characterising rural resilience in Aotearoa-New Zealand: a systematic review https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10113-018-1418-3

What happens after a disaster? The Grenfell fire and the campaign for justice http://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/libstaff/archives/432

Disasters discriminate – our response should not http://www.eurasia.undp.org/content/rbec/en/home/blog/2018/disasters-discriminate—disaster-response-should-not.html

Gideon Mendel’s photographs center the experiences of people–mainly people of color living in poverty–that are feeling climate change’s effects now https://www.fastcompany.com/90239700/these-photos-of-flood-victims-tell-the-human-story-of-climate-change

Various social vulnerability layers for geographies within the path of Hurricane Michael https://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=464c40bad5484aed8fb17bfac0211bc0

Analyzing the Social Lead-Up to a Human-Induced Disaster: The Gas Extraction-Earthquake Nexus in Groningen, The Netherlands https://www.researchgate.net/publication/328212298_Analyzing_the_Social_Lead-Up_to_a_Human-Induced_Disaster_The_Gas_Extraction-Earthquake_Nexus_in_Groningen_The_Netherlands

Uncovering ‘Community’: Challenging an Elusive Concept in Development and Disaster Related Work https://www.mdpi.com/2075-4698/8/3/71#stats_id

 

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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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