Today in disaster resilience (17 May 2019)

disaster

Please find links below to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Flooding Continues Along the Mississippi https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145029/flooding-continues-along-the-mississippi

Intense heatwave claims at least 111 lives, India https://watchers.news/2019/05/11/intense-heatwave-claims-at-least-111-lives-india/

Houston braces for more flooding; Louisiana declares state of emergency https://news.yahoo.com/houston-braces-more-flooding-louisiana-123300363.html

Flash floods cause major freight train derailment in Mississippi https://watchers.news/2019/05/12/flash-floods-cause-major-freight-train-derailment-in-mississippi/

Flooding turns Ontario neighbourhood into island accessible only by boat https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/flooding-turns-ontario-neighbourhood-into-island-accessible-only-by-boat-1.4418663

Italy – Evacuations and Rescues After Floods and Landslides in North http://floodlist.com/europe/italy-emilia-romagna-floods-may-2019?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

USA – Flooding Prompts Mississippi and Louisiana to Declare State of Emergency http://floodlist.com/america/usa/mississippi-louisiana-may-2019

Indonesia and East Timor – Cyclone Lili Causes Flooding and Wind Damage http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-east-timor-cyclone-lili-may-2019

Romania – Flooding in 11 Counties Leaves Homes, Roads and Bridges Damaged http://floodlist.com/europe/romania-11-counties-flood-may-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 May 2019: Karymsky volcano, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/80149/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-16-May-2019-Karymsky-volcano-Popocatepetl-Krakatau-Dukono-Reventad.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Torres Strait Islanders are bringing the first climate change case against the Australian federal government over human rights http://ourislandsourhome.com.au/

Documenting Climate Change by Air, Land and Sea https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/14/lens/climate-change-josh-haner-air-land-and-sea.html?smid=tw-nytclimate&smtyp=cur

The World’s Last Coal Plant Will Soon Be Built https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-05-15/coal-s-end-foreshadowed-in-iea-s-plant-investment-report

Antarctic instability ‘is spreading’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48249287

The Music of Climate Change http://drlucyjones.com/the-music-of-climate-change/

How ocean melts Antarctic Ice Sheet https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190515110307.htm?utm_content=buffer6a8be&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer.SEIclimate

 

Disaster risk reduction

Facing Floods, Towns Call for New Controls on the Great Rivers https://www.wsj.com/articles/facing-floods-towns-call-for-new-controls-on-the-great-rivers-11557480600

Global Platform for Risk Reduction 2019 https://practicalaction.org/blog/programmes/climate_change/global-platform-for-risk-reduction-2019/

Actors’ diversity and the resilience of social-ecological systems to global change https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-019-0236-z

Traditional Indigenous knowledge supports flood mitigation research in James Bay region https://www.folio.ca/traditional-indigenous-knowledge-supports-flood-mitigation-research-in-james-bay-region/

Consultation on a new flood and coast strategy for England https://www.gov.uk/government/news/environment-agency-chair-calls-for-new-approach-to-flood-and-coastal-resilience

Floods have ravaged Hamilton for over a century. Can outsiders persuade the town to move? https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/floods-have-ravaged-hamilton-for-over-a-century-can-outsiders-persuade-the-town-to-move/

Hurricane Florence: Building Resilience For The New Normal https://www.i-s-e-t.org/hurricane-florence-resilience

Meteorology for Disaster Managers Masterclass https://www.aidr.org.au/events/20324?locationId=20325&utm_source=Collective+Trauma+Events&utm_campaign=4be935a39f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_03_06_11_49_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_73e42e11b3-4be935a39f-223472061

Socioeconomic and data challenges: Disaster risk reduction in Europe https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/65182

Charleston City Council puts off vote on elevation rules for new buildings https://www.postandcourier.com/news/charleston-city-council-puts-off-vote-on-elevation-rules-for/

Today’s Floods Occur Along “a Very Different” Mississippi River https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/todays-floods-occur-along-a-very-different-mississippi-river/?redirect=1

2019 edition released: The UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) is the flagship report of the United Nations on worldwide efforts to reduce disaster https://gar.unisdr.org/

Communities need accurate maps and more access to data to increase flood resilience https://shelterforce.org/2019/05/13/the-uncertain-flood-zone/risk

No extreme flood risk in forecast for Calgary, but city says it’s prepared for one https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-flood-risk-assessment-city-prepared-1.5135759?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

The relative importance of different flood‐generating mechanisms across Europe https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2019WR024841

UN official highlights need for disaster risk reduction in Caribbean http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/caribbean/20190514/un-official-highlights-need-disaster-risk-reduction-caribbean

Cloud-Enabled Resilience: London’s Answer To Flood Risk https://www.wateronline.com/doc/cloud-enabled-resilience-london-s-answer-to-flood-risk-0001

Flood jargon https://blogs.egu.eu/geolog/2019/03/28/geosciences-column-flooded-by-jargon/

Applying ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR) in Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) in the Lukaya Basin, DRC https://panorama.solutions/en/solution/applying-ecosystem-based-disaster-risk-reduction-eco-drr-integrated-water-resource

ISciences Worldwide Waterwatch May 2019 https://www.isciences.com/blog/2019/05/15/isciences-worldwide-water-watch-list-may-2019

Gilbert White and the Flood Problem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F0oiXg1Lc4&feature=youtu.be

Louisiana Unveils Ambitious Plan to Help People Get Out of the Way of Climate Change https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2019-louisiana-strategic-plan/

Words into Action guideline: Developing national disaster risk reduction strategies https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/65095

Flood Resilience Measurement for Communities: Boosting community resilience https://floodresilience.net/blogs/flood-resilience-measurement-for-communities-boosting-community-resilience

More Than 30,000 Earthquakes Trace the Movement of Magma https://eos.org/articles/more-than-30000-earthquakes-trace-the-movement-of-magma

UK Flood Hydrology Road Map Survey https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/FloodHydrology/

In Tanzania, Citizen Scientists Help Reduce Flood Risk with Soil Sampling https://www.marketscreener.com/news/World-Bank-In-Tanzania-Citizen-Scientists-Help-Reduce-Flood-Risk-with-Soil-Sampling–28604944/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_content=20190515&utm_source=dlvr.it

 

Emergency Management

How the University of Iowa Recovered From the ‘Unfathomable’ Flood That Ruined It https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/10/climate/iowa-floods-disasters-lessons-learned.html

‘We’re just gobsmacked’: Freak weather destroys life saving club https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/we-re-just-gobsmacked-freak-weather-destroys-life-saving-club-20190510-p51m6d.html

Strengthening Disaster Recovery Efforts Across the Globe http://www.thepattersonfoundation.org/blog/strengthening-disaster-recovery-efforts-across-the-globe.html

After the floods: the struggle for survival in a tiny Mississippi town https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/11/mississippi-floods-tchula-william-barber-poverty

Recovering livelihoods after disaster strikes https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2019/recovering-livelihoods-after-disaster-strikes.html

Multiple Survey Technologies Speed Flood Response https://www.pobonline.com/articles/101637-multiple-survey-technologies-speed-flood-response

California Says PG&E Power Lines Caused Fire That Killed 85 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/15/business/energy-environment/pge-camp-fire-california.html

Many fire-prone California towns don’t plan for evacuations

https://apnews.com/4eb3806b4c5c448f985646d91ce03c20

Public health and natural hazards: new policies and preparedness initiatives developed from an Australian bushfire case study https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1753-6405.12897

Should Hurricane Warnings Say More About Water, Less About Wind? https://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Should-Hurricane-Warnings-Say-More-About-Water-Less-About-Wind.html

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Raising awareness of the 30days30waysUK campaign https://www.lboro.ac.uk/media-centre/press-releases/2019/may/postgraduate-student-travels-to-un-headquarters/

Tsunami evacuation drills for schools https://feature.undp.org/lessons-for-life/

Edmontonians learn about emergency preparedness at annual event https://globalnews.ca/news/5267340/edmonton-emergency-preparedness-annual-event/

Company is selling “disaster preparedness for everybody”

https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/09/meet-the-prepared-the-media-company-pitching-disaster-preparedness-for-everyone/

Your iPhone Could Save Your Life: 6 iPhone Emergency Features https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/iphone-emergency-features/

Curious Kids: how do bushfires start? https://theconversation.com/curious-kids-how-do-bushfires-start-116664?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

How to talk to kids about climate change without scaring them https://mashable.com/article/climate-change-talking-to-kids/

World media unite for DRR at Global Platform https://www.unisdr.org/archive/65369

Come together against flooding https://www.smallholder.co.uk/news/17636228.come-together-against-flooding/

 

Disaster psychology

Psychology of Behaviour in an Emergency https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/psychology-of-behaviour-in-an-emergency-tickets-60747997897

 

Sociology and Disasters

Anthropologists providing advice on how to engage with crucial socio-cultural and political dimensions of the Ebola outbreak http://www.ebola-anthropology.net/

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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/ Check out my latest book 'Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement' at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1119569796/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i6 I am also a published fiction writer specialising in short stories and poems - see https://neilduftyfiction.com/

One thought on “Today in disaster resilience (17 May 2019)”

  1. By reflecting away 30% of the incoming solar energy the atmosphere/albedo make the earth cooler than it would be without the atmosphere much like that reflective panel behind a car’s windshield.
    https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6503085690262216704

    Greenhouse theory has it wrong.

    The non-radiative processes of a contiguous participating media, i.e. atmospheric molecules, render ideal black body LWIR from the surface impossible. The 396 W/m^2 upwelling from the surface is a “what if” theoretical calculation without physical reality. (And, no, it is not measured!) (TFK_bams09)
    https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6507990128915464192

    Greenhouse theory has it wrong.

    Without the 396 W/m^2 upwelling there is no 333 W/m^2 GHG energy up/down/”back” loop to “warm” the earth. (TFK_bams09)
    https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6457980707988922368

    Greenhouse theory has it wrong.

    These three points are what matter, all the rest is irrelevant noise.

    No greenhouse effect, no CO2 warming, no man caused or cured climate change.

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