Today in disaster resilience (28 December 2018)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Indonesia Tsunami Death Toll Rises to 429 as Volcano Threat Remains https://www.wsj.com/articles/volcano-remains-threat-to-tsunami-hit-indonesia-11545667946

Krakatau volcano news & eruption updates https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/krakatau/news/72509/Krakatau-volcano-Sunda-Strait-Indonesia-activity-update-Large-portion-of-Anak-Krakatau-appears-to-ha.html?fbclid=IwAR0z6CxpeDEb1yqAJFb0iViN5yZYjczIDBpgZH_TL7NSpPI3IDPMFwxpVA8

Last moments of the show: Tsunami crashes into crowd as Indonesian pop band play live https://www.rt.com/news/447239-tsunami-crash-boys-band/

Thousands affected by flash floods in Lanka https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/thousands-affected-by-flash-floods-in-lanka/article25814370.ece

Italy’s Mount Etna erupts, authorities close airport https://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-etna-idUSKCN1ON0TI?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5c21664904d30112758d9fef&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

Mount Etna: Aerial footage shows damage from Italy quakes https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-46689502/mount-etna-aerial-footage-shows-damage-from-italy-quakes

Low-carbon ‘net zero’ buildings are starting to catch on in the U.S. https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/12/net-zero-buildings-are-catching-on/

Over 74 000 affected, 11 000 evacuated due to flash floods in Sri Lanka https://watchers.news/2018/12/26/sri-lanka-flood-december-2018/

Volcanic activity worldwide 27 Dec 2018: Etna volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Krakatoa, Shiveluch https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/72612/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-27-Dec-2018-Etna-volcano-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Krakatoa-Shiveluch-Re.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s climate has warmed by just over 1 °C since 1910, leading to an increase in the frequency of extreme heat events http://www.bom.gov.au/state-of-the-climate/australias-changing-climate.shtml?hootPostID=5ab8bb3ec33a9a6eb331b3f2b9c2e234

Preparations Begin for the Climate Change Deluge http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/addressing-the-inevitable-how-to-prepare-for-the-climate-change-flood-a-1241890.html

The Most Important Environmental Stories of 2018 https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/most-important-environmental-stories-2018?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=sierramag&utm_medium=national_social

Mountain of Evidence Confirms: Climate Change Is Really, Really Bad for Human Health and Well-Being https://www.livescience.com/64300-climate-change-endangers-human-health.html

Deadly weather: the human cost of 2018’s climate disasters – visual guide https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2018/dec/21/deadly-weather-the-human-cost-of-2018s-climate-disasters-visual-guide?CMP=soc_567

Climate Change and the Rise of Poverty http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2018/Climate_Change_and_the_Rise_of_Poverty.html

Australia heatwave to break Christmas weather records with temperatures up to 47C forecast https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/dec/24/christmas-day-heatwave-weather-records-temperatures-forecast-heat-wave-australia-sydney-melbourne-adelaide?CMP=share_btn_tw

Hydropower can ‘drive up CO2 emissions’ https://www.sustainability-times.com/low-carbon-energy/hydropower-can-drive-up-co2-emissions/

Greenland ice melting ‘even in winter’ https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-46646203

A Year of Climate Change Evidence: Notes from a Science Reporter’s Journal https://insideclimatenews.org/news/24122018/climate-change-evidence-reports-2018-year-review-ipcc-arctic-emissions-gap-national-assessment?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

Nowhere to go” on the front lines of climate change https://www.irinnews.org/news-feature/2018/12/13/nowhere-go-front-lines-climate-change?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=irinsocial&utm_campaign=irinupdates

Characterizing the Indian Ocean sea level changes and potential coastal flooding impacts under global warming https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022169418309594

Thinking about Climate on a Dark, Dismal Morning https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/hot-planet/thinking-about-climate-on-a-dark-dismal-morning/

Are We Too Late to Solve The Climate Change Crisis? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxLlrw3M6c8&feature=youtu.be

China’s Glaciers Supply Water to Billions. They’re Vanishing https://www.caixinglobal.com/2018-12-26/graphic-asias-toppling-water-tower-101362828.html?rkey=4jojc%2BU9Dvtd0l7r3%2FmJiPFL%2FE7ci4pKWfksr3a1LfCG2CytOnCYFA%3D%3D&cxg=web&Sfrom=twitter

As glaciers disappear, humans lose a lot more than ice https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/12/glaciers-disappear-melting-ice-impacts-human-culture-history/

2019 may be the warmest year on record as a result of an El Niño event exacerbated by global warming https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/2019-may-be-the-warmest-year-on-record-as-a-result-of-an-el-nino-event-exacerbated-by-global-warming/70006943

Australia’s extreme heatwave spans five states with high of 49C forecast https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/dec/27/australias-extreme-heatwave-spans-five-states-with-high-of-49c-forecast?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

Climate change: Huge costs of warming impacts in 2018 https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46637102

2018 – the hottest La Niña year ever recorded https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/12/2018-the-hottest-la-nina-year-ever-recorded/

Majority of glaciers in Western Canada will likely disappear in next 50 years: expert https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/majority-of-glaciers-in-western-canada-will-likely-disappear-in-next-50-years-expert-1.4232003

 

Disaster risk reduction

What caused the Sunda Strait tsunami? https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/12/23/what-caused-the-sunda-strait-tsunami.html

Tsunami Possibly Triggered By Anak Krakatau Strikes Indonesia. Here’s What You Need To Know https://www.forbes.com/sites/robinandrews/2018/12/22/indonesias-krakatoa-just-made-a-deadly-tsunami-heres-everything-you-need-to-know/amp/

White House Orders Up More Logging To Combat Wildfires https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/trump-executive-order-forest-management-wildfire_us_5c1d7c4ce4b05c88b6f8bde4?ec_carp=2575254777395066221

Inner structure of the Krakatau volcanic complex (Indonesia) from gravity and bathymetry data https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/037702739400038I

Tsunami hazard related to a flank collapse of Anak Krakatau Volcano, Sunda Strait, Indonesia http://sp.lyellcollection.org/content/361/1/79

Fears of new Indonesia tsunami as Anak Krakatau volcano seethes https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46667970

Indonesia tsunami: How a volcano can be the trigger https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46666633

Landslide probability may depend more on riverside steepness than on hillsides above https://blogs.agu.org/geospace/2018/12/21/landslide-probability-may-depend-more-on-riverside-steepness-than-on-hillsides-above/

Alaska’s newly expanded network of seismic stations keep a detailed diary of the earth’s rumbles https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/science/2018/12/22/alaskas-newly-expanded-network-of-seismic-stations-keep-a-detailed-diary-of-the-earths-rumbles/?fbclid=IwAR0FYf17S-JOV4Gy0EGZNyIl746v7AndYweS9pOrw04yx8fotMQ14Y2APE8

Reducing flooding by restoring the bends to waterways https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/22/quiet-and-healthy-flows-the-gently-meandering-river

Rising sea levels, fierce hurricanes: How SC plans to deal with more flooding https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article223264325.html

Experts have warned that twice as many Scottish homes and businesses than previously thought could be at risk of flooding https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-46638329

The case of Tokyo: a pbs special on Sinking Cities: Tokyo https://www.pbs.org/video/sinking-cities-tokyo-sg5m7t/

Hampton hopes flooding solutions developed in new partnership can help entire region https://www.wavy.com/news/local-news/hampton/hampton-hopes-flooding-solutions-developed-in-new-partnership-can-help-entire-region/1667169259

Proposed state fund would help facilitate flood buyouts in SC https://www.postandcourier.com/news/proposed-state-fund-would-help-facilitate-flood-buyouts-in-sc/article_12b57dde-fef7-11e8-9a1a-abc58c71d2ed.html

The 1918 Influenza Pandemic: How Far Have We Come? https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/the-1918-influenza-pandemic-how-far-have-we-come/

New building code to improve resilience http://www.cookislandsnews.com/national/local/item/71630-new-building-code-to-improve-resilience/71630-new-building-code-to-improve-resilience

Afghanistan—Multi-hazard risk assessment https://www.gfdrr.org/sites/default/files/publication/Afghanistan_MHRA.pdf

Understanding Niamey’s flood risk through open source mapping, drones, and modelling http://blogs.worldbank.org/nasikiliza/understanding-niameys-flood-risk-through-open-source-mapping-drones-and-modeling

Flood modeller webinar and videos https://www.floodmodeller.com/help-support/learning/videos-webinars/#cKZ2UW_tc30

In Ellicott City, painful debate on preventing deadly floods in historic district https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/in-ellicott-city-painful-debate-on-preventing-deadly-floods-in-historic-district/2018/12/24/94466fc8-02eb-11e9-9122-82e98f91ee6f_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.683282e9f00b

2018 will be the first year with no violent tornadoes in the United States https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2018/12/26/will-be-first-year-with-no-violent-tornadoes-united-states/?utm_term=.6fe886d5007b

As Floods Push Homes Higher, the Disabled Risk Being Pushed Out https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-21/as-floods-push-homes-higher-the-disabled-risk-being-pushed-out

Anak Krakatau’s Alert Level Has Been Raised. Here’s What That Means https://www.forbes.com/sites/robinandrews/2018/12/27/anak-krakataus-alert-level-has-been-raised-heres-what-that-means/#779e61a36471

After a Natural Disaster, Is It Better to Rebuild or Retreat? https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/13/us/after-a-natural-disaster-is-it-better-to-rebuild-or-retreat.html

Missourians want action over too-high Illinois levee https://www.columbiatribune.com/news/20181226/missourians-want-action-over-too-high-illinois-levee

Emergency Management

2018’s Most Horrific Sign Of Things To Come Was People With Disabilities Dying In Disasters https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-2018-disasters-climate-change-disabilities_us_5c1bc563e4b0407e90784909?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004

Mopping up and moving on: Kaiaua a year on from devastating flood https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12176096

Indonesia recovers and shifts to preparedness https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2018/indonesia-recovers-and-shifts-preparedness

Be a better firefighter with post-incident analysis https://www.firerescue1.com/cod-company-officer-development/articles/2116232-Be-a-better-firefighter-with-post-incident-analysis/

In Natural Disasters, A Disability Can Be A Death Sentence https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/in-natural-disasters-a-disability-can-be-a-death-sentence_us_5c1ba22ee4b0407e9077eb58?ec_carp=4626352572445210702

Tsunami Relief: Doctors Without Borders Responds to Indonesia Tsunami Disaster https://www.doctorswithoutborders.ca/article/tsunami-relief-doctors-without-borders-responds-indonesia-tsunami-disaster

Indonesia’s tsunami early warning system hasn’t worked since 2012, official says https://abcnews.go.com/beta-story-container/International/indonesias-tsunami-early-warning-system-worked-2012-official/story?id=59998468

Kedarnath floods: Gone girl returns after 5 years https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/kedarnath-floods-gone-girl-returns-after-5-years/articleshow/67249552.cms

Low-cost tsunami warning could prevent future deaths https://news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2018/11/12/low-cost-tsunami-warning-prevent-future-deaths-2/

What a century of bushfire data teaches us about how to save lives this summer https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-27/bushfire-history-australia-data-saving-lives/10606144?pfmredir=sm

FEMA Curtails New Flood Insurance Policies During Government Shutdown https://bankingjournal.aba.com/2018/12/fema-curtails-new-flood-insurance-policies-during-government-shutdown/?utm_campaign=ABA-Newsbytes-122718-Special&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Tsunami caused by volcanic sources https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXHN14IHtLY&list=PLfp1hFsaJhKb65S435kfm_CHQ_PrDavx0&index=7

Rain disaster in western Japan tops domestic news stories of 2018 https://japantoday.com/category/national/rain-disaster-in-western-japan-tops-domestic-news-stories-of-2018

Improving Disaster Response with Virtual and Mixed Reality https://transmitter.ieee.org/improving-disaster-response-with-virtual-and-mixed-reality/#.XCPvVSo5vg4.twitter

Humanoids at Work: The WALK-MAN Robot in a Postearthquake Scenario https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8357475

MOOC: Introduction to Water and Climate https://online-learning.tudelft.nl/courses/introduction-to-water-and-climate/

 

Disaster psychology

Why natural disasters make men take more risks https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/disasters-make-men-take-more-risks

Variation in risk seeking behaviour following large losses: A natural experiment https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0014292114000725?via%3Dihub

Extreme weather and dire climate reports are intensifying the mental health effects of global warming: depression and resignation about the future https://www.nbcnews.com/health/mental-health/climate-grief-growing-emotional-toll-climate-change-n946751

Disaster risk reduction: Psychological perspectives on preparedness https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329899697_Disaster_risk_reduction_Psychological_perspectives_on_preparedness

Why do people in Indonesia still live in disaster-prone areas? https://theconversation.com/why-do-people-in-indonesia-still-live-in-disaster-prone-areas-105868?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

 

Sociology and Disasters

Catalyzing Transformative Changes for Resilience: Integrated Land-Use Planning for Enhanced Social Capital https://www.i-s-e-t.org/transformative-change-nepal

Indians promised benefits of 100 smart cities, but the poor are sidelined again https://theconversation.com/indians-promised-benefits-of-100-smart-cities-but-the-poor-are-sidelined-again-107787

Does Social Capital Encourage Disaster Evacuation? Evidence from a Cyclone in Bangladesh https://www.jica.go.jp/jica-ri/publication/workingpaper/wp_178.html#.XCIoJ9dzokk.twitter

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I am a Principal at Molino Stewart Pty Ltd, an Australian-based environment and natural hazards company - see https://molinostewart.com.au/. 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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