Today in disaster resilience (15 March 2019)

disasters

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Crashed Ethiopian plane carried at least 19 UN officials https://www.smh.com.au/world/africa/crashed-ethiopian-plane-carried-at-least-19-un-officials-20190311-p5138o.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1552263522

South Africa – Deadly Flash Floods in KwaZulu-Natal Province http://floodlist.com/africa/south-africa-floods-kwazulu-natal-march-2019

Brazil – Rain in São Paulo Causes Deadly Floods and Landslides http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-sao-paulo-floods-march-2019

At least 115 people were killed in Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa after heavy rains affected 843,000 people across southeast Africa https://www.enca.com/news/red-alert-mozambique-cyclone-idai-gathers-energy

Severe floods swept away 16 000 homes, death toll rises to 70, Afghanistan https://watchers.news/2019/03/14/afghanistan-flood-damage-march-2019/

‘Cyclone of historic proportions’ hits U.S., sets barometric pressure records, strands over 1 100 drivers and leaves nearly 200 000 without power https://watchers.news/2019/03/14/us-historic-blizzard-march-2019/

Volcanic activity worldwide 14 Mar 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Barren Island, Krakatau https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/76848/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-14-Mar-2019-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Barren-Island-Krakatau-Brom.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Santiago Climate Change Conference – December 2019 https://unfccc.int/santiago

Sea ice plays pacemaker role in abrupt climate change https://www.bees.unsw.edu.au/sea-ice-plays-pacemaker-role-abrupt-climate-change-1

Australia needs a national plan to face the growing threat of climate disasters https://theconversation.com/australia-needs-a-national-plan-to-face-the-growing-threat-of-climate-disasters-113107

U.S.’s wettest winter on record is a ‘glimpse of the future under climate change’ https://thinkprogress.org/extreme-weather-wettest-winter-climate-c87c3ab31156/

Climate change eats away at Torres Strait islands, prompting calls for long-term solutions https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-09/call-for-increased-flood-protection-in-torres-strait/10794696

Warming temperatures are exposing more people to heat waves and increasing the risk of disease spread https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/climate-change-is-having-a-major-impact-on-global-health/

The Nelson fires are a climate change warning for New Zealand https://thespinoff.co.nz/science/05-03-2019/the-nelson-fires-are-a-climate-change-warning-for-new-zealand/

Dead things, bubbles in ice cores, layers of sediment: together, they testify to the power of the atmosphere to change the Earth https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/hot-planet/deep-time/

Methane levels are increasing – and scientists aren’t sure why https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/03/methane-levels-are-increasing-and-scientists-aren-t-sure-why

The networks mostly ignored climate solution in 2018, but that’s changing in 2019 thanks to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez https://thinkprogress.org/climate-change-mainstream-media-coverage-2018-4d76f27dbbf8/

Attributing extreme weather to climate change: research mapped globally https://www.carbonbrief.org/mapped-how-climate-change-affects-extreme-weather-around-the-world

It’s 2050 And This Is How We Stopped Climate Change https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/03/11/688876374/its-2050-and-this-is-how-we-stopped-climate-change

‘We’ve been forced into this’: Australia’s school climate strikes to go global https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/11/weve-been-forced-into-this-australias-school-climate-strikes-to-go-global?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Few pathways to an acceptable climate future without immediate action, according to study https://phys.org/news/2019-03-pathways-climate-future-action.html

Is climate change making U.S. tornadoes worse? https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/is-climate-change-making-u-s-tornadoes-worse

Greta Thunberg, schoolgirl climate change warrior: ‘Some people can let things go. I can’t’ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/11/greta-thunberg-schoolgirl-climate-change-warrior-some-people-can-let-things-go-i-cant

Cuba acknowledges climate change threats in its constitution https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00760-3?utm_source=Nature%20Briefing&utm_campaign=e98d492f38-briefing-dy-20190311&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c9dfd39373-e98d492f38-43943857

Navigating climate’s human geographies: Exploring the whereabouts of climate politics https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2043820619829920

The economics of climate change adaptation https://cdn.gca.org/assets/2018-10/18_WP_GCA_Economics_1001_final.pdf

Here’s what Antarctica’s calving glaciers look like up close https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/03/watching-thwaites-glacier-calving-antarctica/

Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2017/07/climate-change-earth-too-hot-for-humans.html

“Wildly Fluctuating Forecasts” & Flooding — A Common Theme Of Climate Change https://cleantechnica.com/2019/03/11/wildly-fluctuating-forecasts-flooding-a-common-theme-of-climate-change-cleantechnica-exclusive/

As the Sea Rises, Communities Learn to Have Difficult Conversations About Retreat https://www.lincolninst.edu/publications/articles/climate-adaptation

Destruction from sea level rise in California could exceed worst wildfires and earthquakes, new research shows https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-california-coast-storm-damage-20190313-story.html

RBA turns Dorothea Mackellar’s “My Country” right back on climate deniers https://reneweconomy.com.au/rba-turns-dorothea-mackellars-my-country-right-back-on-climate-deniers-16427/

In his new book, futurist Alex Steffen encourages people to think of tackling climate change as an ongoing opportunity to build a sustainable future, not a fight we’ve already lost https://www.fastcompany.com/90318242/climate-change-is-inevitable-how-bad-it-gets-is-a-choice

Exploring climate change through creative arts a focus for Prime Minister’s science award recipient https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/111177380/exploring-climate-change-through-creative-arts-a-focus-for-prime-ministers-science-award-recipient

Sharp rise in Arctic temperatures now inevitable – UN https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/13/arctic-temperature-rises-must-be-urgently-tackled-warns-un

Climate study warns of vanishing safety window—here’s why https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/03/climate-change-model-warns-of-difficult-future/

My New Plan to Climate-Proof Lower Manhattan http://nymag.com/intelligencer/amp/2019/03/bill-de-blasio-my-new-plan-to-climate-proof-lower-manhattan.html?__twitter_impression=true

3-5°C temperature rise is now ‘locked-in’ for the Arctic https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/3-5degc-temperature-rise-now-locked-arctic

 

Disaster risk reduction

NSW law allowing Blue Mountains flooding didn’t follow due process, Unesco told https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/mar/08/nsw-law-allowing-blue-mountains-flooding-didnt-follow-due-process-unesco-told?CMP=share_btn_tw

Floods kill 42,000 AACo cattle, and drought costs to hit $57m https://www.farmonline.com.au/story/5946867/aaco-loses-42000-plus-cattle-to-floods-and-57m-to-drought/

Google leveraging machine learning to predict India floods https://www.livemint.com/companies/people/google-leveraging-machine-learning-to-predict-india-floods-1552193194482.html

What if we could use nature to prevent disasters? http://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/what-if-we-could-use-nature-prevent-disasters?CID=SURR_TT_WBGCities_EN_EXT

Carolinas have fourth-most active tornado alley in US, experts say https://www.foxcarolina.com/news/carolinas-have-fourth-most-active-tornado-alley-in-us-experts/article_bf44cdd9-6011-59a5-90c5-6ba293bdbdbd.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Llandudno declared fifth worst UK town for flooding https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/17491126.llandudno-declared-fifth-worst-uk-town-for-flooding/

Work Starts on 134 Houston-Area Flood-Control Projects after Harvey https://www.claimsjournal.com/news/southcentral/2019/03/11/289688.htm

The summer bushfires you didn’t hear about, and the invasive species fuelling them https://theconversation.com/the-summer-bushfires-you-didnt-hear-about-and-the-invasive-species-fuelling-them-112619?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

The Flood Resilience Portal https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=35&v=EMAkfr3lkFM

Dam incidents and failures can fundamentally be attributed to human factors https://damfailures.org/lessons-learned/dam-incidents-and-failures-can-fundamentally-be-attributed-to-human-factors/

Damaged by Hurricanes, a Historic North Carolina Town Plans for a Resilient Future https://medium.com/changelab-solutions/damaged-by-hurricanes-a-historic-north-carolina-town-plans-for-a-resilient-future-6fc97c0ad89e

Queensland’s flood disaster highlights wide cover gap https://insuranceasianews.com/underinsurance-queenslands-flooding-disaster/

Satellite data powers flood early warning system http://www.un-spider.org/news-and-events/news/satellite-data-powers-flood-early-warning-system

This is where millions will be spent in Somerset on flood prevention https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/millions-spent-somerset-flood-prevention-2637310

Leading the way in flood resilience http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/newsroom/2019/03/13/leading-the-way-in-flood-resilience/

The 10 most flooded cities in Britain revealed https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6772503/Flood-capitals-Britain-revealed-Hull-takes-spot.html

Beta Version of Searchable Federal Flood Risk Management Programs Website Available https://www.floods.org/n-news-hottopics/article.asp?id=608

Quantifying Flood Vulnerability Reduction via Private Precaution https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1029/2018EF000994

77% of Americans Say Federally Funded Infrastructure Must Be Flood Ready https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2019/03/13/77-percent-of-americans-say-federally-funded-infrastructure-must-be-flood-ready

Heat, floods, quakes: Tokyo 2020 preparing for any disaster https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/more-sports/others/heat-floods-quakes-tokyo-2020-preparing-for-any-disaster/articleshow/68403073.cms

New FEMA plan could make flood insurance more costly for some https://www.inman.com/2019/03/12/new-fema-plan-could-make-flood-insurance-more-costly-for-some/

ARA Flood Risk Map Enhanced with Bluesky 3D Terrain Models https://www.agilitypr.news/ARA-Flood-Risk-Map-Enhanced-with-Bluesky-2526

 

Emergency Management

The State of Recovery in Tōhoku Eight Years after 3/11 https://www.nippon.com/en/japan-data/h00404/the-state-of-recovery-in-tohoku-eight-years-after-311.html

Sirens not a good tornado warning method https://blogs.agu.org/wildwildscience/2019/03/07/thoughts-on-the-lee-county-alabama-tornado-worthless-sirens-and-unsafe-mobile-homes/

Missing ingredient in healing cities after disaster? Culture http://news.trust.org/item/20190304134937-2rmnh/

People living with a disability represented on community disaster management committees – Timor-Leste https://www.australianhumanitarianpartnership.org/field-stories/disaster-ready-people-living-with-a-disability-represented-on-community-disaster-management-committees-timor-leste

‘It could have been my own child’ – Alexandra flash flood hero Vincent Cosa https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/it-could-have-been-my-own-child-alexandra-flash-flood-hero-vincent-cosa-20190310

Civil Protection Cooperation in the European Union: How Trust and Administrative Culture Matter for Crisis Management https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030028572

‘We need our own Elvis’: Former fire chiefs warn Australia is unprepared for bushfire peril https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/we-need-our-own-elvis-former-fire-chiefs-warn-australia-is-unprepared-for-bushfire-peril-20190311-p5139j.html

To build or not build: that is the Townsville question http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/blogpost/agissing/2019/build-or-not-build-townsville-question?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=gissingblogtownsville

Good news for drones: they can be used in rescues and situational awareness https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-46829931

Quantitative resilience assessment in emergency response reveals how organizations trade efficiency for redundancy https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925753518312013

The road to recovery: Rebuilding the transport sector after a disaster http://blogs.worldbank.org/transport/road-recovery-rebuilding-transport-sector-after-disaster

UN supports humanitarian response to floods in Malawi and joins Government in warning of additional flood risks https://mw.one.un.org/un-supports-humanitarian-response-to-floods-in-malawi-and-joins-government-in-warning-of-additional-flood-risks/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Common Misconceptions about Disaster http://emergency-planning.blogspot.com/2019/03/common-misconceptions-about-disaster.html

Social media usage patterns during natural hazards https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0210484#references

After the 2011 disaster, which killed his grandmother and laid waste to his ancestral home, an American journeys to Japan to search for what the tsunami left in its wake https://longreads.com/2019/03/11/after-the-tsunami/

Role playing to learn about disasters in university https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2019/03/harvard-students-see-natural-disaster-from-three-sides/

Sismologie éducative au Népal : un programme en milieu scolaire pour rendre les enfants plus vigilants http://wp.unil.ch/geoblog/2019/03/sismologie-educative-au-nepal-un-programme-en-milieu-scolaire-pour-rendre-les-enfants-plus-vigilants/

Japan earthquake and tsunami of 2011 https://www.britannica.com/event/Japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-of-2011

Community engagement for flooding in the Pang Valley https://landwise-nfm.org/2019/03/07/flooding-in-the-pang-valley-past-present-and-future/

Bottom-up citizen initiatives in natural hazard management: Why they appear and what they can do? https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330534915_Bottom-up_citizen_initiatives_in_natural_hazard_management_Why_they_appear_and_what_they_can_do

Resilient Australia Awards open for submissions https://www.aidr.org.au/programs/resilient-australia-awards

ANYCaRE: a role-playing game to investigate crisis decision-making and communication challenges in weather-related hazards https://www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci.net/19/507/2019/

 

Psychology and Disasters

More than half of the people affected by north Queensland’s unprecedented flooding event chose not to evacuate and were not prepared with one quarter without flood insurance https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-22/preliminary-survey-results-north-qld-floods/10831934

 

Sociology and Disasters

Poverty and tornadoes https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2019/03/08/letter-from-tornado-alley/c05XqVH9UbXGAcP3NKg1RN/story.html?s_campaign=bostonglobe:social:googleamp:sharetools

Culture and Disaster Action Network (CADAN) http://cultureanddisaster.org/

 

 

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NeilDufty

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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