Today in disaster resilience (21 June 2019)

disasters

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Violent hailstorms hit France, catastrophic agricultural damage reported https://watchers.news/2019/06/16/violent-hailstorms-batter-france-catastrophic-agricultural-damage-reported/

Death toll surpasses 60, 9,300 homes collapsed as heavy rain hits China https://watchers.news/2019/06/14/death-toll-surpasses-60-9-300-homes-collapsed-as-heavy-rain-hits-china/

Strong eruption at Popocatepetl volcano, ash to 9.8 km (32 000 feet), Mexico https://watchers.news/2019/06/15/popocatepetl-eruption-june-14-2019/

Lincolnshire flooding: hundreds of homes evacuated https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jun/15/lincolnshire-flooding-homes-evacuated-river-steeping-wainfleet?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

Drought in Africa leaves 45 million in need across 14 countries https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/analysis/2019/06/10/drought-africa-2019-45-million-in-need?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social

Flooding, heavy rain, a small earthquake and two tornadoes hit Ohio in a 24-hour span https://www.wxyz.com/news/national/flooding-heavy-rain-small-earthquake-and-a-tornado-hit-ohio-in-a-24-hour-span

Deadly floods hit central and western parts of Mongolia https://watchers.news/2019/06/17/deadly-floods-hit-central-and-western-parts-of-mongolia/

Severe storm hits Azores, causing major floods https://watchers.news/2019/06/17/severe-storm-hits-azores-causing-major-floods/

Mongolia – Floods in Ulaanbaatar and Töv Province Leave 12 Dead http://floodlist.com/asia/mongolia-flooding-june-2019

Brazil – 7 Dead After Floods and Landslides in Pernambuco http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-landslides-pernambuco-june-2019

Turkey – Flash Floods and Landslides Hit Trabzon Province http://floodlist.com/asia/turkey-floods-landslides-trabzon-june-2019

Philippines – Over 40,000 Displaced by Mindanao Floods http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-floods-mindanao-june-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Jun 2019: Semeru volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Nevados de Chillán https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/81945/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-20-Jun-2019-Semeru-volcano-Dukono-Reventador-Nevados-de-Chillan-Sa.html

Severe flooding in parts of eastern Poland https://www.sott.net/article/415352-Evacuations-after-floods-in-Lublin-Poland

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Greenland lost 2 billion tons of ice this week, which is very unusual https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/14/us/greenland-sudden-ice-melt-wxc/index.html

Arctic Permafrost Is Going Through a Rapid Meltdown — 70 Years Early https://www.livescience.com/65709-arctic-permafrost-melts-decades-early.html

Effective governance of transnational adaptation initiatives https://www.sei.org/publications/effective-gov-transnational-adapt/

High-resolution mapping efforts could improve predictions of coastal changes as glaciers shrink around the world https://eos.org/research-spotlights/arctic-glacial-retreat-alters-downstream-fjord-currents

Global heating to inflict more droughts on Africa as well as floods https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jun/14/africa-global-heating-more-droughts-and-flooding-threat

Confronting the climate change crisis collectively through digital transformation and inter-island cooperation https://medium.com/@riad.meddeb/holding-back-the-tide-1404c92a608c

What would life be like in a zero-carbon country? https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/16/uk/net-zero-emission-target-gbr-intl/index.html

How to answer the argument that Australia’s emissions are too small to make a difference https://theconversation.com/how-to-answer-the-argument-that-australias-emissions-are-too-small-to-make-a-difference-118825?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

UK and Italy jointly bid to host 2020 UN climate talks https://www.ft.com/content/3766934e-91ea-11e9-aea1-2b1d33ac3271?desktop=true&segmentId=d8d3e364-5197-20eb-17cf-2437841d178a

Indian cities urged to develop heat action plans as temperatures soar http://news.trust.org/item/20190614062927-tlbt3/

We still have time to act on climate change — but records will tumble for next 20 years regardless of emissions: study https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-06-18/climate-change-emissions-smashing-temperature-records-study/11160340

Setting and smashing extreme temperature records over the coming century https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-019-0498-5

The rapid thaw of Alaska will accelerate global heating https://www.hcn.org/articles/climate-desk-the-rapid-thaw-of-alaska-permafrost-will-accelerate-global-heating

Will climate change kill everyone — or just lots and lots of people? https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/6/13/18660548/climate-change-human-civilization-existential-risk

Over 180 people killed in eastern state of Bihar, which is witnessing the second-longest heatwave on record https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/india-heatwave-turns-deadly-190618090507114.html

What climate change in Canada looks like https://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/inourbackyard/

The most extensive climate change investigation ever undertaken in South Australia has produced alarming figures showing droughts are becoming longer and more severe https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/alarming-figures-point-to-greater-impact-of-drought/news-story/3162a56cd0c0b17cb39913b4618b2d8f

Canada’s House of Commons has declared a national climate emergency https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/canada-s-house-of-commons-has-declared-a-national-climate-emergency-1.4470804#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=twitter&_gsc=ciYLfPf

The viral image that illustrates the scale of melting ice in Greenland https://www.euronews.com/2019/06/17/the-viral-image-that-illustrates-the-scale-of-melting-ice-in-greenland

Contribution of the Greenland Ice Sheet to sea level over the next millennium https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/6/eaav9396

More than half the world could see ‘record-setting heat’ every year by 2100 https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/66045

Himalayan glacier melting doubled since 2000, spy satellites show https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/19/himalayan-glacier-melting-doubled-since-2000-scientists-reveal?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Rethinking the Limits of Climate Change Adaption https://floodresilience.net/resources/item/rethinking-the-limits-of-climate-change-adaption

UW professor, study co-author explains why future heatwaves could kill hundreds https://mynorthwest.com/1421355/dori-uw-professor-heatwaves-study/

Arctic melt goes into overdrive https://www.axios.com/arctic-melt-climate-change-canada-e83ec6a3-6061-402f-92c5-4c887aa603fb.html

With More Storms and Rising Seas, Which U.S. Cities Should Be Saved First? https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/19/climate/seawalls-cities-cost-climate-change.html

CSIRO, NAB chair say shift to 100% renewables inevitable, and likely by 2050 https://reneweconomy.com.au/csiro-nab-chair-say-shift-to-100-renewables-inevitable-and-likely-by-2050-2050/

Expect to pay at least $400 billion over next 20 years to protect U.S. from rising seas, study warns https://thinkprogress.org/sea-level-rise-to-cost-400-billion-over-next-two-decades-2cc600705d01/

 

Disaster risk reduction

With once-in-a-century floods two years in a row, residents and communities grapple with a new reality and tough choices: rebuild or pack up and leave? https://thenarwhal.ca/back-to-back-historic-floods-in-atlantic-canada-force-a-climate-reckoning/

Managing climate and disaster risk in fragile states https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2019/managing-climate-and-disaster-risk-in-fragile-states.html

Scientists Vow to Report Flood Risk for Every U.S. Property for Free https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2019/06/14/529215.htm

Fault responsible for the 1908 Messina earthquake identified http://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/fault-responsible-for-the-1908-messina-earthquake-identified-8812/

Flood Readiness Gets Bigger in Texas https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2019/06/14/flood-readiness-gets-bigger-in-texas?utm_campaign=environment&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=progress

Despite new resilience programs, more needs to be done to protect people living, working in existing buildings https://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/commentary/fl-op-com-new-resilience-programs-more-needs-to-be-done-20190618-a4kke2xrjnconhsc25gcbzzhmq-story.html

Quebec issues moratorium forbidding construction in high-risk flood zones https://globalnews.ca/news/5400630/quebec-construction-moratorium-flood-zones/

How Flood Mapping from Space Protects the Vulnerable and Can Save Lives https://www.planet.com/pulse/how-flood-mapping-from-space-protects-the-vulnerable-and-can-save-lives/

Attribute-Rich Building Footprints Make Flood Prediction More Accurate https://www.esri.com/about/newsroom/arcnews/attribute-rich-building-footprints-make-flood-prediction-more-accurate/

Fortress McMurray: After decades of building on the floodplain, a city moves to protect itself from its capricious rivers https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-fortress-mcmurray-after-decades-of-building-on-the-floodplain-a-city/

Resilient infrastructure key response to natural disasters https://www.geospatialworld.net/blogs/resilient-infrastructure-natural-disasters/

Resilient Calgary strategy http://www.100resilientcities.org/strategies/calgary/

A swarm of 1,000 earthquakes hit Southern California — how nervous should we be? https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-earthquake-swarm-small-20190619-story.html

Senior Leeds councillors set to back Otley flood prevention plans https://news.leeds.gov.uk/senior-leeds-councillors-set-to-back-otley-flood-prevention-plans/

Economic losses from June flooding in south-eastern China hits almost $2bn: Aon https://www.reinsurancene.ws/economic-losses-from-june-flooding-in-south-eastern-china-hits-almost-2bn-aon/

The HASARD mapping algorithm application is specifically designed to support flooding-related disaster risk reduction at global scale http://www.space4water.org/s4w/web/softwaretoolweb-app/hasard

New 3D Fuel Modeling Helps Predict Fire Behavior https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2019/05/31/new-3d-fuel-modeling-helps-predict-fire-behavior

Earlier, later and less predictable: How the forest fire season is changing — and why https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/forest-fires-climate-change-manitoba-1.5161789

New report provides foundation for better flood management in Cambodia’s Prek Thnot River Basin https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/65979

Terra Drone Europe aids Djibouti in flood damage mitigation and port inspection https://www.geospatialworld.net/news/terra-drone-europe-aids-djibouti-in-flood-damage-mitigation-and-port-inspection/

 

Emergency Management

Japan’s weekday testing of emergency alert loudspeakers https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/japan-5-pm-chime

Amazon disaster response team aids recovery efforts from Houston to Indonesia https://www.seattletimes.com/business/amazon/amazon-disaster-response-team-aids-recovery-efforts-from-houston-to-indonesia/

Japan group launches website offering real-time predictions of disaster damage https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/06/17/national/japan-group-launches-website-offering-real-time-predictions-disaster-damage/#.XQlXgk-P7IU

Wainfleet flooding: Environment Agency ‘warned of risk’ https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-48673100

What will our response to emergencies look like in the future? https://www.abc.net.au/radio/newcastle/programs/mornings/the-future-of-emergency-services-in-natural-disasters/11227480

Six years after Sandy, Jersey Shore recovery shows shortfalls in the system https://www.curbed.com/2019/6/18/18684095/jersey-shore-houses-hurricane-sandy-fema

Officials respond after claims badgers caused Wainfleet floods https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/officials-respond-after-claims-badgers-2987992

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Voices of Recovery: Hurricane Harvey Long-Term Recovery https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZT7ymCfj8o&feature=youtu.be

Twitter and other social media platforms represent a large and largely untapped resource for social data and evidence https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2019/06/18/using-twitter-as-a-data-source-an-overview-of-social-media-research-tools-2019/

Voices of Recovery: Empowering Rural Communities after flooding in Van Buren, Missouri https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39f8wLgzkz4&feature=youtu.be

Digital disparities and vulnerabilities: Mobile phone use, information behavior, and disaster preparedness in South East Asia https://www.researchgate.net/publication/316621146_Digital_disparities_and_vulnerabilities_Mobile_phone_use_information_behavior_and_disaster_preparedness_in_South_East_Asia

 

Disaster psychology

Once the sandbags are gone, flood victims have to come to grips with the long-term aftermath https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/the-national-after-the-flood-new-brunswick-1.5170873

 

Sociology and Disasters

Kids First: Children as Bellwethers of Recovery https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/kids-first-children-as-bellwethers-of-recovery

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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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