Today in disaster resilience (10 May 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Historic Mississippi River flooding could extend into June, experts warn https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/05/04/mississippi-river-flooding-rains-drench-midwest-could-last-june/1102855001/

Very strong M7.2 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea https://watchers.news/2019/05/06/papua-new-guinea-earthquake-may-6-2019/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Tropical Cyclone “Fani” forced one of the biggest human evacuations in history, death toll rises to 30 https://watchers.news/2019/05/05/tropical-cyclone-fani-forced-one-of-the-biggest-human-evacuations-in-history-death-toll-rises-to-30/

Historic Arctic outbreak affecting Europe and northern Africa https://watchers.news/2019/05/06/historic-arctic-outbreak-affecting-europe-and-northern-africa/

Bajo Llojeta: a major landslide, with dramatic videos, in La Paz, Bolivia https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2019/05/03/bajo-llojeta-1/#.XNGfvFc8olg.twitter

Indonesia – Houses Destroyed, 1 Person Dead After Flash Floods in North Sumatra http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-north-sumatra-samosir-flash-floods-may-2019

USA – Flash Floods Prompt Emergency Rescues and Evacuations in Texas and Kansas http://floodlist.com/america/usa/texas-kansas-flash-floods-may-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 9 May 2019: Fuego volcano, Shiveluch, Dukono, Reventado https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/79786/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-9-May-2019-Fuego-volcano-Shiveluch-Dukono-Reventador-Planchon-Pete.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Insurance experts rank climate change as top risk for 2019 https://grist.org/article/insurance-experts-rank-climate-change-as-top-risk-for-2019/

Inequality is decreasing between countries—but climate change is slowing progress https://relay.nationalgeographic.com/proxy/distribution/public/amp/environment/2019/04/climate-change-economic-inequality-growing?__twitter_impression=true

Climate Change Is Having a Major Impact on Global Health https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/climate-change-is-having-a-major-impact-on-global-health/

Higher frequency of Central Pacific El Niño events in recent decades relative to past centuries https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-019-0353-3

Climate change turns Cyclone Fani so severe https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/climate-change-turns-cyclone-fani-so-severe/articleshow/69179042.cms

Urban Heat Islands Don’t Explain Climate Change – Here’s The Bigger Problem https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2019/05/06/urban-heat-islands-dont-explain-climate-change-heres-the-bigger-problem/

Towards More Inclusive Climate Change Adaptation https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/eaua/current

Climate change a bigger threat to Australia’s interests than terrorism, Lowy Institute poll suggests https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-08/australians-think-climate-change-bigger-threat-than-terrorism/11091276

Floods prompt city to think fast on climate change planning https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/climate-change-adaptation-city-ottawa-explainer-1.5124436?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

The marginal electorate climate change will ‘devastate’, according to experts https://www.sbs.com.au/news/the-marginal-electorate-climate-change-will-devastate-according-to-experts

Climate change is a major threat to Australia’s financial stability, and poses substantial systemic economic risks https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/resources/compound-costs-how-climate-change-damages-australias-economy/

Paraguay – Emergency Declared After Floods Worsen in South http://floodlist.com/america/paraguay-emergency-declared-neembucu-may-2019?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Climate crisis: flooding threat ‘may force UK towns to be abandoned’ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/09/climate-crisis-flooding-threat-may-force-uk-towns-to-be-abandoned?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

U.S. Has the Most Climate-Change Deniers of Any Rich Country: Survey https://www.truthdig.com/articles/u-s-has-the-most-climate-change-deniers-of-any-rich-country-survey/

Roughly 850,000 Australian homes — nearly one in 10 — could be “uninsurable” within a few generations unless there are fundamental changes to where and how properties are built, a leading climate analyst says https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-13/climate-data-reveals-australias-worst-affected-regions/10892710

Almost half of World Heritage sites could lose their glaciers by 2100 https://www.discoverwildlife.com/news/natural-world-heritage-sites-glaciers/

As climate shifts bring ‘horror movie’ floods, Rio struggles to adjust http://news.trust.org/item/20190509090901-vet3q/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Influence of road characteristics on flood fatalities in Australia https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17477891.2019.1609407

D.C. Is First to Plan to Remove, Retrofit Flood-Prone Buildings https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-29/d-c-is-first-to-plan-to-remove-retrofit-flood-prone-buildings

Natural disasters could be far less damaging with better building codes https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/441890-natural-disasters-could-be-far-less-damaging-with-better-building#.XNA3SsRRIgc.twitter

Timescape of disaster risk governance in contemporary Japan: Neither state of normalcy nor constancy in regulation https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0215164

Climate change and poor planning are fuelling more floods. Here’s what we can do about it https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/climate-change-floods-1.5115447?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

A new study unveils the increasing exposure of coastal communities to minor and extreme floods as sea levels rise https://eos.org/research-spotlights/as-sea-levels-rise-expect-more-floods

As resilience moves from technical term to buzzword, there’s value to be had in clarifying exactly what it is we’re talking about https://ensia.com/articles/what-is-resilience/

The mystery of India’s erratic monsoon can be found in the Indian ocean https://www.businessinsider.in/the-mystery-of-indias-erratic-monsoon-can-be-found-in-the-indian-ocean/articleshow/69215027.cms

Flood insurance difficult to obtain for homeowners at repeated risk https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/flood-insurance-difficult-to-obtain-for-homeowners-at-repeated-risk-1.4409568

What determines resilience to fire in Tasmanian montane rainforest? https://firecentre.org.au/event/what-determines-resilience-to-fire-in-tasmanian-montane-rainforest/

Native honey industry beekeepers say prescribed burns leave forests with less frequent flowering https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-05-07/prescribed-burns-impact-on-native-honey-industry/11087164

Midwestern Floods Pit Communities Against One Another as Levees Rise Ever Higher https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/07/us/flood-midwest-levees.html

Re-framing Urban Resilience Implementation: bridging the gap between theories and practices https://www.journals.elsevier.com/cities/call-for-papers/re-framing-urban-resilience-implementation

Indicators Point Toward Worse Great Lakes Flooding Than 2017 http://floodlist.com/america/indicators-point-toward-worse-great-lakes-flooding-than-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

The Rabaul Caldera – a dangerous system https://volcanohotspot.wordpress.com/2019/05/08/rabaul-caldera-a-most-dangerous-system/

Sendai Target E: Just one more year to go! https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2019/sendai-target-e–just-one-more-year-to-go-.html

Using R in hydrology: a review of recent developments and future directions https://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci-discuss.net/hess-2019-50/

Local Flood Risk Management Strategy https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/planning-environment/flooding/Local_Flood_Risk_Management_Strategy.asp

Researchers Develop Better Way to Determine Coastal Flooding Risk https://www.ecomagazine.com/news/science/researchers-develop-better-way-to-determine-coastal-flooding-risk

Coral reefs provide flood protection worth $1.8 billion every year – it’s time to protect them http://theconversation.com/coral-reefs-provide-flood-protection-worth-1-8-billion-every-year-its-time-to-protect-them-116636?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Across Australia’s central deserts, floodwaters are filling Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, but with the water comes a message: let the rivers run https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-09/lake-eyre-is-a-wild-river-system-left-to-run-its-course/11035506

Climate change and population growth in England meant that properties built in the floodplain will double over the next 50 years https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48206325

How Earth’s continents became twisted and contorted over millions of years https://theconversation.com/how-earths-continents-became-twisted-and-contorted-over-millions-of-years-116168

Nations Work Together to Size Up Caribbean Tsunami Hazards https://eos.org/project-updates/nations-work-together-to-size-up-caribbean-tsunami-hazards

Comparing Modeled Emissions from Wildfire and Prescribed Burning of Post-Thinning Fuel: A Case Study of the 2016 Pioneer Fire https://www.mdpi.com/2571-6255/2/2/22/htm

Inside the Megafire https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/inside-the-megafire/?utm_source=TWITTER&utm_medium=social&utm_term=20190509&utm_content=2285094408&utm_campaign=NOVA&linkId=66843008

Estimation of exposed population to landslides and floods risk areas in Brazil, on an intra-urban scale https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420918300359

 

Emergency Management

How Do You Save a Million People From a Cyclone? Ask a Poor State in India https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/03/world/asia/cyclone-fani-india-evacuations.html

Six months after the Camp Fire, a devastated community hopes to rebuild — if it can https://projects.sfchronicle.com/2019/rebuilding-paradise/

Command-and-control, emergency powers, and the failure to observe United Nations disaster management principles following the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420918312548

80 homes to be built after Durban flood thanks to Gift of the Givers https://www.goodthingsguy.com/people/80-homes-rebuilt-durban/

A conceptual framework for measuring livelihood resilience: Relocation experience from Aceh, Indonesia https://www.researchgate.net/publication/332787868_A_conceptual_framework_for_measuring_livelihood_resilience_Relocation_experience_from_Aceh_Indonesia

Alberta’s wildfire season is here and some communities are already on red alert https://www.thestar.com/edmonton/2019/05/05/albertas-wildfire-season-is-here-and-some-communities-are-already-on-red-alert.html

Hurricane Maria Prompts Rare Investigation into Building Damage https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/hurricane-maria-prompts-rare-investigation-into-building-damage/

Indonesia’s flood and landslide-rattled province struggles to recover https://www.poandpo.com/news/123-552019529/

‘Severe’ long-term impact seen on rural communities hit by flooding in Eastern Canada https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-severe-long-term-impact-seen-on-rural-communities-hit-by-flooding-in/

Hurricane Harvey flooding victims get their day in federal court https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Hurricane-Harvey-flooding-victims-get-their-day-13823974.php

Mozambique faces enormous challenges https://www.dandc.eu/en/article/after-cyclone-idai-mozambique-needs-new-natural-disaster-prevention-and-city-planning?platform=hootsuite

Magpies and Hawks fly as one for Emergency Services Match https://www.collingwoodfc.com.au/news/2019-05-08/magpies-and-hawks-fly-as-one-for-emergency-services-match

Universality of population recovery patterns after disasters https://www.researchgate.net/publication/332897478_Universality_of_population_recovery_patterns_after_disasters

Integration of early warning systems and young professionals https://hepex.irstea.fr/integration-of-early-warning-systems-and-young-professionals/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

‘We stood in shock’: what happens to a city after a disaster? A cartoon https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/may/03/we-stood-in-shock-what-happens-to-a-city-after-a-hurricane-a-cartoon-after-maria?CMP=share_btn_tw

Harnessing creativity for change: The art of resilience https://blogs.worldbank.org/voices/harnessing-creativity-change-art-resilience

Public Safety Communications Ten Keys to Improving Emergency Alerts, Warnings & Notifications https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/safecom-ncswic_ten_keys_to_improving_awns_4.26.19_-_final_section_508_compliant.pdf

Children can foster climate change concern among their parents https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-019-0463-3

New Futures Hackathon for Disaster Resilience https://www.newfutureshackathon.com/#intro

Facebook gives social scientists unprecedented access to its user data https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01447-5?utm_source=twt_nnc&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=naturenews&sf212268244=1

Special Collection – Social Media and Politics https://journals.sagepub.com/topic/sgo-subjects/3468/sgo

Facebook data show how many people left Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria https://www.sciencenews.org/article/facebook-data-show-how-many-people-left-puerto-rico-after-hurricane-maria

 

Disaster psychology

A Growing Number of US Flood Survivors Seek Answers https://truthout.org/articles/a-growing-number-of-us-flood-survivors-seek-answers/

‘Climate change erodes mental health,’ says psychiatrist https://www.cbc.ca/radio/checkup/climate-change-erodes-mental-health-says-psychiatrist-1.5114654

 

Sociology and Disasters

Substitute or complement? How social capital, age and socioeconomic status interacted to impact mortality in Japan’s 3/11 tsunami https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352827319300308?via%3Dihub

‘Falling through the cracks’: vulnerable U.S. homeowners overlooked after disasters http://www.thisisplace.org/i/?id=7f6b919f-5fba-4ab7-85d7-946587627861

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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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