Today in disaster resilience (14 December 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Fourth body recovered in Kyrenia: Authorities locate body of woman who perished in a flash flood accident in the north http://knews.kathimerini.com.cy/en/news/fourth-body-recovered-in-kyrenia

Vietnam – Floods Leave 2 Dead, 4,000 Homes Damaged http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-floods-quang-tri-binh-dinh-december-2018

Major clean-up after flood hits Cornwall coastal village https://news.sky.com/story/two-people-rescued-after-major-flooding-hits-cornwall-coastal-village-10953368

At least 100 cars were trapped in flash floods on the Hume Freeway north of Wangaratta https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-13/melbourne-rain-and-severe-weather-weather-forecast/10613542

Volcanic activity worldwide 13 Dec 2018: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Turrialba https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/72254/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-13-Dec-2018-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Reventador-Turrialba-Clevel.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Largest ever group of global investors call for more action to meet Paris targets https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/10/largest-ever-group-of-global-investors-call-for-more-action-to-meet-paris-targets

Climate change: COP24 fails to adopt key scientific report https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46496967

Coastal Warning: An Unwelcome Messenger on the Risks of Rising Seas https://e360.yale.edu/features/coastal-warning-an-unwelcome-messenger-on-risks-of-rising-seas

Plunging Prices Mean Building New Renewable Energy Is Cheaper Than Running Existing Coal https://www.forbes.com/sites/energyinnovation/2018/12/03/plunging-prices-mean-building-new-renewable-energy-is-cheaper-than-running-existing-coal/#3ef4fac131f3 Greenland is losing ice at fastest rate in 350 years https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07617-1?utm_source=twt_nnc&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=naturenews&sf203836210=1Wildfire scientists say Paradise is a warning https://edition.cnn.com/videos/us/2018/12/10/paradise-california-wildfire-climate-change-weir-pkg-vpx.cnn

Some weather extremes are now 2-5 times more likely because of global warming, research shows https://insideclimatenews.org/news/10122018/extreme-weather-climate-attribution-lucifer-heat-wave-harvey-flooding-ams-study

Explaining Extreme Events from a Climate Perspective https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/publications/bulletin-of-the-american-meteorological-society-bams/explaining-extreme-events-from-a-climate-perspective/

New renewable energy is now the same cost or cheaper than existing coal power stations https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/new-wind-and-solar-now-as-cheap-as-existing-coal/

NASA says it has detected the first signs of significant melting in a swathe of glaciers in East Antarctica https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46517396

Arctic breaks records with 5-year heat streak https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/arctic-report-card-climate-change-1.4940997

2018 Arctic Report Card https://arctic.noaa.gov/Report-Card/Report-Card-2018

Imperial Beach, California, sues fossil-fuel companies over sea-level rise https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/12/city-sues-fossil-fuel-companies/

Climate change was behind 15 weather disasters in 2017 https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2018/12/10/climate-change-was-behind-weather-disasters/?utm_term=.38a44da250eb

Can Artificial Intelligence Help Build Better, Smarter Climate Models? https://e360.yale.edu/features/can-artificial-intelligence-help-build-better-smarter-climate-models

Cooperation is key to improve climate change adaptation across Europe’s border regions https://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/cooperation-is-key-to-improve?utm_source=EEASubscriptions&utm_medium=RSSFeeds&utm_campaign=Generic

Insurance claims linked to global warming are set to surpass $15 billion this year as events like tornadoes in Italy become routine https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-12/europe-s-climate-insurance-claims-climb-disasters-tornado-flood

Climate change is ‘shrinking winter’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46547064

El Nino events to become ‘stronger’ and more intense, study finds https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/el-nino-events-to-become-stronger-and-more-intense-study-finds-20181212-p50lrv.html

Scary warming in the Arctic https://www.cbsnews.com/news/climate-report-finds-second-warmest-year-on-record-in-the-arctic/

Use psychology for better climate communications https://citizensclimatelobby.org/use-psychology-for-better-climate-communications/

People Are Already Dying By The Thousands Because We Ignored Earlier Climate Change Warnings https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-climate-change-deaths_us_5c101e14e4b0ac5371799b1c

Climate change is here, and local leaders in Florida are leading the fight https://www.theinvadingsea.com/2018/12/10/climate-change-is-here-and-local-leaders-in-florida-are-leading-the-fight/

Technology for Climate Justice: A Reporting Framework for Loss and Damage as Part of Key Global Agreements https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-72026-5_22

Twenty-first century glacier slowdown driven by mass loss in High Mountain Asia https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-018-0271-9

Australia’s carbon emissions highest on record, data shows https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/dec/13/australias-carbon-emissions-highest-on-record-data-shows?CMP=soc_568

UNDP climate curriculum reaches 50,000 pupils across Eurasia http://www.eurasia.undp.org/content/rbec/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2018/undp-climate-curriculum-reaches-50-000-pupils-across-eurasia.html#.XBI5HlA-pwc.twitter

Record-wet and record-dry months increased in regions worldwide https://phys.org/news/2018-12-record-wet-record-dry-months-regions-worldwide.html

Major cities can fight climate change and make billions: researchers https://www.eco-business.com/news/major-cities-can-fight-climate-change-and-make-billions-researchers/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Malibu: Planet Labs images of the first round of mudflows https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2018/12/05/malibu-mudflows-1/

Building Coastal Resilience through Innovation http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2018/Building_Coastal_Resilience_through_Innovation.html

West must develop wildfire ethic to survive https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/article/How-we-must-learn-to-live-with-wildfire-13446181.php?utm_campaign=email-mobile&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

How Satellites and Big Data Are Predicting the Behavior of Hurricanes and Other Natural Disasters https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-satellites-and-big-data-are-predicting-behavior-hurricanes-and-other-natural-disasters-180970893/#4Ui6BExxqRaEp3dy.99

When do tremors stop being aftershocks and start being new earthquakes? https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2018/12/06/2788-and-counting-when-do-tremors-stop-being-aftershocks-and-start-being-new-earthquakes/

Global Volcanism Program https://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=251020

What Venice Can Teach American Cities https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/12/what-us-cities-can-learn-from-venices-floods/577255/

Flood-risk reduction: Structural measures and diverse strategies https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329416420_Flood-risk_reduction_Structural_measures_and_diverse_strategies

Wildfires Will Only Get Worse in the Southeast Because of Climate Change, Report Says http://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Wildfires-Will-Only-get-Worse-in-the-Southeast-Because-of-Climate-Change.html

A Supervolcano with a Cold Heart May Be Brewing in Chile https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-supervolcano-with-a-cold-heart-may-be-brewing-in-chile/

Many African countries are flooding, risking decades of development if they do not adapt http://theconversation.com/many-african-countries-are-flooding-risking-decades-of-development-if-they-do-not-adapt-106581

Life in the Flood Zone: Houston’s Fight to Survive After the Storm of the Century https://www.realtor.com/news/trends/houston-hurricane/

Economic Damage From California Fires Spreads Further Than Blazes https://www.wsj.com/articles/economic-damage-from-california-fires-spreads-further-than-blazes-11544524201

New El Nino could bring flooding this winter, meteorologists warn https://news.sky.com/story/new-el-nino-could-bring-flooding-this-winter-meteorologists-warn-11565396

Alaska earthquakes offer new insight into improving hazard assessment https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/12/181211122442.htm

California must mull home ban in fire-prone areas https://apnews.com/d2f76432db1749d4918e55624a47c654?utm_medium=APWestRegion&utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter

The Government of Canada today announced it will provide $2.36 million to the Province of Ontario for flood mitigation projects https://trca.ca/news/federal-funding-flood-mitigation-projects/

Turkey finances dam to tackle Djibouti floods https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/turkey-finances-dam-to-tackle-djibouti-floods/1334261

Home delinquency rates, down overall, soar in cities hit by fires, flooding https://www.inman.com/2018/12/11/delinquency-rates-down-overall-soar-in-cities-hit-by-fires-flooding/

Tragic wildfires will continue until we rethink our communities https://theconversation.com/tragic-wildfires-will-continue-until-we-rethink-our-communities-107346

Lessons from calibrating a global flood forecasting system https://hepex.irstea.fr/calibrating-a-global-flood-forecasting-system/

Scientists say too often after deadly disasters, like the recent wildfires in California, there is a rush to rebuild, but not always smartly https://www.npr.org/2018/12/13/676346814/natural-disasters-and-the-pause-button

Urban Flooding Is Worryingly Widespread in the U.S., But Under-Studied https://www.citylab.com/environment/2018/12/urban-flooding-report-climate-change-data-disaster/577327/

A national look at the causes and impacts of urban flooding https://cdr.umd.edu/urban-flooding-report

Forty years ago, an epic flood pushed a tiny Wisconsin village to a new place on the map. In the age of climate change, it’s a model for the nation https://progressive.org/magazine/moving-on/

National Geohazards Monitoring Centre is Go https://www.eqc.govt.nz/news/national-geohazards-monitoring-centre-is-go

Documentary data and the study of past droughts: a global state of the art https://www.clim-past.net/14/1915/2018/

Community participation in cross-border water management – the case of Dai hong commune of Quang Nam Province and the Vu Gia – Thu Bon River Basin https://www.i-s-e-t.org/dai-hong-case-study-water-window

Houses in hurricane strike zones are built back bigger https://phys.org/news/2018-12-houses-hurricane-zones-built-bigger.html

Fire-Resistant Is Not Fire-Proof, California Homeowners Discover https://www.npr.org/2018/12/09/673890767/fire-resistant-is-not-fire-proof-california-homeowners-discover

NASA Provides New Look at Puerto Rico Post-Hurricane Maria https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2018/nasa-provides-new-look-at-puerto-rico-post-hurricane-maria

Deadly European flash floods in 2018 https://www.essl.org/cms/deadly-flash-floods-in-2018/

2018’s Precipitation Records On One Map http://www.climatecentral.org/gallery/maps/2018s-precipitation-records-on-one-map

Reducing Uncertainties in Catastrophe Loss Modelling: New Advances https://www.bigdataearth.com/bushfire/reducing-uncertainties-catastrophe-loss-modelling-new-advances/

Pioneering new flood insurance with FloodFlash https://www.fsb-insurance-service.com/fsb-insurance-service-blog/pioneering-new-flood-insurance-with-floodflash/

 

Emergency Management

The Crisis Management Team’s Role During a Physical Emergency https://www.crisisconferences.com/crisis-management-teams-role-physical-emergency/?utm_content=buffer2aea9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

5 natural disasters that devastated the US in 2018 https://abcnews.go.com/US/natural-disasters-devastated-us-2018/story?id=59367683

After the deadly Camp Fire, a dog waited for his owner’s return. They’ve finally been reunited https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2018/12/08/after-deadly-camp-fire-dog-waited-his-owners-return-theyve-finally-been-reunited/?utm_term=.d3c9e087aa14

Twelve months on from fire, support is more important than ever as community recovers https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-12-09/sherwood-community-crops-livestock-recovering-after-fire/10581412

Queensland fires: ‘Asonishing intensity’ – In the face of an unimaginable bushfire threat, emergency agencies delivered a dire warning: evacuate now or burn to death https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-08/from-space,-the-ferocity-of-queenslands-bushfires-is-revealed/10594662

For Second Year, Millions Turn to American Red Cross for Help after Record Wildfires, Hurricanes and Devastating Weather https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/press-release/2018/millions-turn-to-red-cross-for-help-after-record-disasters.html

Vulnerability and response to cyclones in Bangladesh http://gobeshona.net/publication/vulnerability-response-cyclones-coastal-bangladesh/#sthash.rHYNTaQ6.dpbs

Volunteer fire departments in recruitment crisis https://www.usfa.fema.gov/operations/infograms/120618.html

Copernicus EMS for floods and storms – emergency alerts and crisis operations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU6y0gOziBY

Muddled Roles, Missing First Aid Kits Fouled EPA Hurricane Response https://news.bloombergenvironment.com/environment-and-energy/muddled-roles-missing-first-aid-kits-fouled-epa-hurricane-response

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Community Resilience: An Integrative Literature Review Study https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329463017_Community_Resilience_An_Integrative_Literature_Review_Study

Floods of complaints over river defences https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/780910/floods-of-complaints-over-river-defences/

Universities Can Lead the Way Supporting Engaged Geoscientists https://eos.org/opinions/universities-can-lead-the-way-supporting-engaged-geoscientists

Geographic Information and Communication Technologies for Supporting Smallholder Agriculture and Climate Resilience https://www.mdpi.com/2225-1154/6/4/97

Short, educational films for increasing resilience to risks from volcanic hazards https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlxZ8h0dxpsCt6Xo0Gezjd9foew8PqEjM

After quakes and flooding, Japan picks ‘disaster’ as 2018 symbol https://news.yahoo.com/quakes-flooding-japan-picks-disaster-2018-symbol-065639213.html

Come watch a supercomputer simulation of a devastating tornado https://www.popsci.com.au/science/nature/come-watch-a-supercomputer-simulation-of-a-devastating-tornado,455073

Lifelike scenario demonstrates what flooding could look like on your street https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2018/12/03/the-weather-channel-uses-animation-to-show-dangers-of-storm-surge

Two billion pixels to check your next ski destination http://www.cesbio.ups-tlse.fr/multitemp/?p=14620

 

Disaster psychology

Research on important findings in earthquake survivors with and without PTSD https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/experimentations/201812/new-study-shows-brain-change-after-psychological-trauma

Residents’ wildfire evacuation actions in Mishkeegogamang Ojibway Nation, Ontario, Canada https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420918308847

Why don’t we leave when a bushfire looms? https://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/5801781/why-dont-we-leave-when-a-bushfire-looms/

Coping skills program for disaster survivors tested with children living in chronic poverty https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-12-coping-skills-disaster-survivors-children.html

Queensland paramedic refused PTSD compensation https://www.smh.com.au/national/queensland/queensland-paramedic-refused-ptsd-compensation-20181211-p50ll4.html

Hardest parts of recovery include emotional toll of disaster https://www.khon2.com/news/always-investigating/hardest-parts-of-recovery-include-emotional-toll-of-disaster/1601082596

Sociology and Disasters

Long-Term Recovery Never Ends for Some After Natural Disasters http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Long-Term-Recovery-Never-Ends-for-Some-After-Natural-Disasters.html

The Role of Gender in Preparedness and Response Behaviors towards Flood Risk in Serbia https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329443207_The_Role_of_Gender_in_Preparedness_and_Response_Behaviors_towards_Flood_Risk_in_Serbia

Addressing the social vulnerability of specific people due to climate changes https://www.dailyclimate.org/life-after-carbon-the-next-global-transformation-of-cities-2622938016.html?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1

A tale of two wildfires: devastation highlights California’s stark divide https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/dec/04/california-wildfires-paradise-malibu-wealth-class

Connecting the social dots https://www.architects.org/architectureboston/articles/new-world-order

How Community Gardens May Contribute to Community Resilience Following an Earthquake https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329434574_How_Community_Gardens_May_Contribute_to_Community_Resilience_Following_an_Earthquake

Can the bonding social capital be used to mitigate the impact of natural hazards?: The case of a flood-prone urban community in Central Visayas, Philippines https://www.researchgate.net/publication/323108510_Can_the_bonding_social_capital_be_used_to_mitigate_the_impact_of_natural_hazards_The_case_of_a_flood-prone_urban_community_in_Central_Visayas_Philippines

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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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