Today in disaster resilience (7 December 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Heavy rain sweeps away cars, leaves Bodrum underwater, Turkey https://watchers.news/2018/12/01/bodrum-flood-turkey-november-29-2018/

Strong and shallow M7.0 earthquake hits Anchorage, Alaska https://watchers.news/2018/11/30/anchorage-earthquake-november-30-2018/

Brutal flash floods hit Saudi Arabia https://watchers.news/2018/12/02/brutal-flash-floods-saudi-arabia/

7.0 Quake Strikes Anchorage https://www.forbes.com/sites/robinandrews/2018/11/30/7-0-quake-strikes-anchorage-here-is-everything-you-need-to-know/#65a815a1d125

Iraq’s Nineveh province declares state of emergency following flash flooding https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/iraq-s-nineveh-province-declares-state-of-emergency-following-flash-flooding-1.798252

Colombia landslide leaves at least 254 dead and hundreds missing https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/01/colombia-landslide-mocoa-putumayo-heavy-rains

Indonesia – Deadly Floods and Landslides Hit Java and Sumatra http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-landslides-java-sumatra-december-2018

The largest December tornado outbreak in history of Illinois https://watchers.news/2018/12/04/illinois-tornado-outbreak-december-1-2018/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

7.5 Quake Rocks New Caledonia: Here Is Everything You Need To Know https://www.forbes.com/sites/robinandrews/2018/12/05/7-5-quake-rocks-new-caledonia-here-is-everything-you-need-to-know/#49a34a5e1347

Volcanic activity worldwide 6 Dec 2018: Etna volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/72165/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-6-Dec-2018-Etna-volcano-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Saba.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Loss and Damage from Climate Change https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-72026-5

Very Hot and Very Dry Conditions Have Doubled Worldwide, Study Finds https://e360.yale.edu/digest/very-hot-and-very-dry-conditions-have-doubled-worldwide-study-finds

Climate change: Where we are in seven charts and what you can do to help https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46384067

‘New weapon’: courts offer hope for driving serious climate action https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/new-weapon-courts-offer-hope-for-driving-serious-climate-action-20181130-p50jb0.html

Portrait of a planet on the verge of climate catastrophe https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/02/world-verge-climate-catastophe?CMP=twt_a-environment_b-gdneco

Canadian cities woefully unprepared for effects of climate change: study https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canadian-cities-woefully-unprepared-for-effects-of-climate-change-study-1.4201312#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=twitter&_gsc=8wFUUdT

Queensland’s ‘abnormal’ bushfires linked to climate change https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-01/why-qld-bushfires-have-been-described-as-abnormal-unprecedented/10571122

Climate Change First Became News 30 Years Ago. Why Haven’t We Fixed It? https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/07/embark-essay-climate-change-pollution-revkin/

Dueling realities? Age, political ideology divide Canadians over cause & threat of climate change http://angusreid.org/climate-change-beliefs/

Sir David Attenborough: Climate change ‘our greatest threat’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46398057

‘We are last generation that can stop climate change’ – UN summit https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/03/we-are-last-generation-that-can-stop-climate-change-un-summit?CMP=share_btn_tw

IAG says extreme weather events consistent with climate change https://www.afr.com/business/insurance/iag-says-extreme-weather-events-consistent-with-climate-change-20181130-h18k4k

COP24: climate protesters must get radical and challenge economic growth https://theconversation.com/cop24-climate-protesters-must-get-radical-and-challenge-economic-growth-107768?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1543588466

How Germany is helping cities around the world deal with the effects of climate change https://www.deutschland.de/en/topic/environment/urban-climate-protection-project-cities-fit-for-climate

The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets under  1.5 °C global warming https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0305-8.epdf?shared_access_token=zooxRw-On3fgULlmEI7hDNRgN0jAjWel9jnR3ZoTv0P_tXi6EBxQ8p_EcCElhVk0mzj-1VRC3iQllL4RNWUFGvmCZygJ3nW44MDllPI04_p-Z1CDbnGTRkJn-_V-QsSXqjYYE03eFD83L-W5qR6LL7vkdR7Nk8yjrduy42MuVc8%3D

Climate Change Adaptation in Africa http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/climate-and-disaster-resilience-/climate-change-adaptation-in-africa.html

‘Retreat’ Is Not An Option As A California Beach Town Plans For Rising Seas https://www.npr.org/2018/12/04/672285546/retreat-is-not-an-option-as-a-california-beach-town-plans-for-rising-seas

The psychology of climate change: Why people deny the evidence https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/climate-change-psychology-1.4920872

Making Australia a renewable energy exporting superpower https://theconversation.com/making-australia-a-renewable-energy-exporting-superpower-107285

Follow the leader? Conceptualising the relationship between leaders and followers in polycentric climate governance https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09644016.2019.1522029?journalCode=fenp20

Carbon emissions will reach 37 billion tonnes in 2018, a record high https://theconversation.com/carbon-emissions-will-reach-37-billion-tonnes-in-2018-a-record-high-108041

The Climate Clock: Counting down to 1.5C https://theconversation.com/the-climate-clock-counting-down-to-1-5-107498

Australia won’t lift 2030 Paris target as minister heads to summit https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/australia-won-t-lift-2030-paris-target-as-minister-heads-to-summit-20181204-p50k6v.html

Global Carbon Budget 2018 https://www.earth-syst-sci-data.net/10/2141/2018/

Tracing the Path of Carbon in North America https://eos.org/articles/tracing-the-path-of-carbon-in-north-america

Climate change has chipped away at home values on the Mississippi Coast, new analysis says https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/politics/2018/12/04/seal-level-rise-flooding-affect-home-values-mississippi-gulf-coast/2154522002/

Playing chicken with the government on rising seas https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2018/12/05/351236/playing-chicken-with-the-government-on-rising-seas

In the face of climate change, ranking states by prosperity invites disaster https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/dec/05/climate-change-ranking-prosperity-invites-disaster-henrietta-moore-ucl?CMP=share_btn_tw

Global warming will happen faster than we think https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07586-5

Greenland’s Ice Melt Is in ‘Overdrive,’ With No Sign of Slowing https://insideclimatenews.org/news/05122018/greenland-ice-sheet-melting-tipping-points-sea-level-rise-climate-change-arctic-warming?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

Climate change made 2018 UK summer heatwave ‘30 times more likely’ https://www.carbonbrief.org/met-office-climate-change-made-2018-uk-summer-heatwave-30-times-more-likely

 

Disaster risk reduction

Bushfires, cyclones and floods put Australia in the world’s natural disaster top 10 https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-30/natural-disaster-economic-impact-chart/10499688

Anchorage earthquake was a big one, but it could have been much worse. Why L.A. should take warning https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-anchorage-earthquake-explainer-20181130-story.html

Protect, accommodate, retreat or avoid (PARA): Canadian community options for flood disaster risk reduction and flood resilience https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-018-3529-z

Clifton and Rawcliffe flood defence plans on show https://www.minsterfm.com/news/local/2752129/clifton-and-rawcliffe-flood-defence-plans-on-show/

Designing for Flood Risk: European Strategies for Climate Adaptation https://www.architects.org/programs-and-events/committee-resilient-environments-core-4

Egypt parliament members urge government to prepare for floods http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/2/61299/Parliament-members-urge-government-to-prepare-for-floods

Flood insurance rebuilds homes with public money repeatedly http://www.sungazette.com/news/top-news/2018/12/flood-insurance-rebuilds-homes-with-public-money-repeatedly/

Extreme Rainfall and Flooding over Central Kenya Including Nairobi City during the Long-Rains Season 2018: Causes, Predictability, and Potential for Early Warning and Actions https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4433/9/12/472

Managed retreat: Is the RMA up to it? https://resiliencechallenge.nz/governance-programme/managed-retreat-is-the-rma-up-to-it/

Friday’s massive earthquake was a potent reminder of Alaska’s risks https://www.arctictoday.com/fridays-massive-earthquake-potent-reminder-alaskas-risks/

A new collection of satellite images starkly illustrates the sheer size and imprint of the world’s urban centers and their vulnerability https://e360.yale.edu/features/from-high-above-a-new-way-of-seeing-our-urban-planet

Strict building codes helped Anchorage withstand quake https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/strict-building-codes-helped-anchorage-withstand-quake

How Llanelli avoided flooding during Storm Callum https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-46344363

Bushfires in the tropics: Queensland faces terrifying new reality https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/dec/04/bushfires-tropics-queensland-terrifying-new-reality-cyclones-flooding

Revised ACT riverine flood maps https://www.environment.act.gov.au/water/riverine-flood-maps

Venice flooding is getting worse – and the city’s grand plan won’t save it https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/venice-flooding-sinking-climate-change-sewage-waters-rising-10957746

Report: Maria had $43B impact on Puerto Rico’s economy https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/report-maria-43b-impact-puerto-ricos-economy-59584452

Anchorage Has Had 1,400 Aftershocks In Just Four Days. Here’s Why https://www.forbes.com/sites/robinandrews/2018/12/03/anchorage-has-had-1400-aftershocks-in-just-four-days-heres-why/#707210d21d8d

From risk to opportunity: Expanding the risk management toolbox to build more resilient societies https://blogs.worldbank.org/developmenttalk/risk-opportunity-expanding-risk-management-toolbox-build-more-resilient-societies

Causes of the Anchorage quake http://earthquakes.berkeley.edu/blog/2018/12/03/a-quake-inside-a-diving-plate.html

Restore Louisiana offering buyouts to people living in floodways who were affected by 2016 storms https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/article_d49673ec-f752-11e8-ba35-6f71f9270ab0.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

The Connectivity Hub aims to help the climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) communities work together https://www.sei.org/projects-and-tools/tools/the-connectivity-hub/?utm_content=buffer043ba&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer.SEIclimate

Urban flooding disrupts local economies, public safety, housing equity http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20181130-urban-flooding-disrupts-local-economies-public-safety-housing-equity#.XAaShAIHFjs.twitter

Adaptable, scalable and cost effective local solution to urban flooding prevention https://phys.org/news/2018-11-scalable-effective-local-solution-urban.html

Tornado Alley shifting east https://watchers.news/2018/12/02/tornado-alley-shifting-east/

Livestock ‘couldn’t escape the fire’ say farmers pointing finger at National Parks for lack of controlled burning https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-12-05/farmers-losing-livestock-point-fingers-at-national-parks/10580338?pfmredir=ms

Scientists release new global earthquake hazard and risk maps https://www.gns.cri.nz/Home/News-and-Events/Media-Releases/earthquake-hazard-and-risk-maps

AI startup aims to predict flooding, down to your block https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/technology/article/Startup-aims-to-predict-flooding-down-to-your-13443313.php?utm_campaign=twitter-premium&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

Design for flooding: how cities can make room for water https://theconversation.com/design-for-flooding-how-cities-can-make-room-for-water-105844

Sinking Jakarta could face major flooding by 2025, experts say https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/sinking-jakarta-could-face-major-flooding-by-2025-experts-say

Hurricane Florence made history, breaking 28 flood records in the Carolinas https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article222615945.html

Let it flow: In about-face, state breaks and shifts levees to restore natural floodplains https://calmatters.org/articles/restoring-floodplains-reversal-california-central-valley/

Climate Report Proves Need for A Flood Protection Standard https://www.nrdc.org/experts/joel-scata/climate-report-proves-need-flood-protection-standard

California insured wildfire losses could reach $13B: AIR https://www.businessinsurance.com/article/20181206/NEWS06/912325536/California-insured-Camp-Woolsey-wildfire-losses-could-reach-$13-billion-AIR-Worl?utm_campaign=BI20181206BreakingNewsAlert

Planning application submitted for further £112.1m of Leeds flood defences https://www.gov.uk/government/news/planning-application-submitted-for-further-1121m-of-leeds-flood-defences

 

Emergency Management

Camp fire evacuation warnings failed to reach more than a third of residents meant to receive calls https://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ln-paradise-evacuation-warnings-20181130-story.html

A spatiotemporal analysis of fire incidents in Manila from 2011-2016: Implications for fire prevention https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/DPM-05-2018-0147?journalCode=dpm

Body Composition Changes of United States Smokejumpers during the 2017 Fire Season https://www.mdpi.com/2571-6255/1/3/48

California Regulators to Review PG&E’s Corporate Structure, Safety Culture in Wake of Deadly Fires https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/california-to-review-pges-corporate-structure-safety-culture-in-wake-of-dea#gs.l8ECuMI

Well-practiced collaboration among emergency agencies is crucial to an effective response https://www.governmentnews.com.au/run-diagnostic-on-disaster-plans-expert/

GIS technology aids in effective response to California wildfires https://www.firerescue1.com/amu/articles/393022018-GIS-technology-aids-in-effective-response-to-California-wildfires/

What motivates new firefighters? https://www.firerescue1.com/recruitment/articles/393028018-What-motivates-new-firefighters/

Police exercising independent authority at NSW bushfires https://emergencylaw.wordpress.com/2018/12/01/police-exercising-independent-authority-at-nsw-bushfires/

The Queensland community fighting large bushfires that feels it has been ‘forgotten’ https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-02/forgotten-fire-community-in-queensland/10575446

Kerala Government, Congress spread misinformation about bill for Kerala flood rescue operations https://www.opindia.com/2018/12/kerala-government-congress-spread-misinformation-about-bill-for-flood-rescue-operations/

Nearly 1 in 4 businesses are still closed months after May flooding in BC https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/grand-forks-small-business-grant-flood-recovery-1.4930405

New lifeboat to help flood-affected people https://www.chinadailyhk.com/articles/179/146/191/1542966628909.html

Rebuild Paradise? Since 1999, 13 large wildfires burned in the footprint of the Camp Fire https://www.chicoer.com/2018/12/02/rebuild-paradise-since-1999-13-large-wildfires-burned-in-the-footprint-of-the-camp-fire/

Young people most likely to take deadly risks in a flood https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2018-12-05/young-people-most-likely-to-take-deadly-risks-in-a-flood/

Officials question why SC deputies drove into flood, killing 2 mental health patients https://abcnews4.com/news/local/officials-question-why-sc-deputies-drove-into-flood-killing-2-mental-health-patients

Many of the dead in Camp Fire were disabled. Could they have been saved? https://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/fires/article222044970.html

Hoses used as tool to reduce risk of cancer for firefighters https://bc.ctvnews.ca/hoses-used-as-tool-to-reduce-risk-of-cancer-for-firefighters-1.4206346

Alberta Amends Emergency Management Act https://www.watercanada.net/alberta-amends-emergency-management-act/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Exactly how powerful the Anchorage, Alaska earthquake was https://qz.com/1481131/the-alaska-earthquakes-power-vs-dc-nepal-and-indonesia/

Scientific communication in a post-truth society http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/11/21/1805868115.short

In Youth Vision & Voice in Wood Buffalo, Wood Buffalo youth (aged 14-24) share their experiences, ideas, and visions for resilient and vibrant communities http://resiliencebydesign.com/youthvoiceswb/

Remembering the eruption of Nevado del Ruiz in Colombia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KVz6ACZQa8&list=PLiS3_A16hqqHWdtqVde4AHFmuzBRS4fZE

The Flood Hub https://thefloodhub.co.uk/

Preparing for the Worst: Experts Recommend What to Pack in Your Emergency Kit http://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Preparing-for-the-Worst-Experts-Recommend-What-to-Pack-in-Your-Emergency-Kit.html

Can seasonal hydrological forecasts inform local decisions and actions? A decision-making activity https://www.geosci-commun.net/1/35/2018/

Creating Disaster Health Communications Your Community Can Understand https://www.phe.gov/ASPRBlog/pages/BlogArticlePage.aspx?PostID=320

 

Disaster psychology

Disaster mental health resources launched https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/public+content/sa+health+internet/about+us/news+and+media/media+releases/disaster+mental+health+resources+launched

Psychological Outcomes in Disaster Responders: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis on the Effect of Social Support http://www.irdrinternational.org/2018/10/09/psychological-outcomes-in-disaster-responders-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-on-the-effect-of-social-support/

Camp Fire: Conflicting Emotions Are Normal After A Disaster https://redcrosschat.org/2018/12/05/camp-fire-conflicting-emotions-are-normal-after-a-disaster/?cid=disaster&med=social&source=arctwitter

Only 1 in 10 Victorians living in areas at high risk of bushfire say they would leave early on days of high fire danger https://news.cfa.vic.gov.au/-/understand-fire-danger-ratings-leave-early-and-live

 

Sociology and Disasters

Function of Social Capital Embedded in Religious Communities at Times of Disaster: Cases of Disaster Relief Activity by a Muslim Community and a Soka Gakkai Community in Japan https://www.fujipress.jp/jdr/dr/dsstr001300071323/

Americans unhappy with family, social or financial life are more likely to say they feel lonely http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/12/03/americans-unhappy-with-family-social-or-financial-life-are-more-likely-to-say-they-feel-lonely/?amp=1&__twitter_impression=true

 

November Floodplain Manager Newsletter from Molino Stewart http://emaillinks.com.au/tools/View.php?id=21145&t=5af5c4b48f778fb301bfb30ee1c53ae3

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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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