Today in disaster resilience (12 July 2019)

Dis 12 July

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Powerful M7.1 earthquake hits Southern California https://watchers.news/2019/07/06/m7-1-earthquake-california-july-6-2019/

Strong earthquake hits Indonesia’s Maluku Islands https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/07/indonesia-tsunami-warning-issued-strong-earthquake-190707155320323.html

Flood destroys 70 houses, renders 510 persons homeless in Nigeria https://www.environewsnigeria.com/flood-destroys-70-houses-renders-510-persons-homeless-in-c-river/

Ratnagiri dam breach: Flooding causes 44% of dam failures in India https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/water/ratnagiri-dam-breach-flooding-causes-44-of-dam-failures-in-india-65402

China – Thousands Displaced by Floods in Jiangxi Province http://floodlist.com/asia/china-floods-jiangxi-province-july-2019

Bangladesh – Rohingya Refugee Shelters Destroyed After Heavy Monsoon Rain https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news/2019/07/08/thousands-displaced-heavy-rains-batter-fragile-rohingya-camps

USA – Dozens of Flood Rescues After Record Rain Hits Washington DC http://floodlist.com/america/usa/flood-rescues-record-rain-washington-dc-july-2019

Spain – Deadly Flash Floods in Navarre Region http://floodlist.com/europe/spain-flash-floods-navarre-tafalla-july-2019

Pakistan – Flooding Leaves Communities Isolated in Chitral http://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-glacial-lake-outburst-flood-khyber-pakhtunkhwa-july-2019

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Treat climate change like the crisis it is, says journalism professor https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition/the-sunday-edition-for-july-7-2019-1.5198309/treat-climate-change-like-the-crisis-it-is-says-journalism-professor-1.5198311?

Fossil fuel exports make Australia one of the worst contributors to climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/08/fossil-fuel-exports-make-australia-one-of-the-worst-contributors-to-climate-crisis?CMP=share_btn_tw

Permafrost, the glue that holds together so much of the north’s landscape – sometimes referred to by scientists as “nature’s freezer” – is warming up http://projects.thestar.com/climate-change-canada/nunavut/

Study: Rising sea levels could cost Seattle $23B by 2040 https://www.apnews.com/a9bbf0247d0b4a82b87db1fe060ae46e

Amplification of future energy demand growth due to climate change https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-10399-3

Discussing global warming leads to greater acceptance of climate science https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2019/07/02/1906589116

FTSE Russell launches first climate risk government bond index https://www.etfstream.com/news/8359_ftse-russell-launches-first-climate-risk-government-bond-index/

Coastal Hazards & Targeted Acquisitions: A Reasonable Shoreline Management Alternative http://shoreline2.wcu.edu/Katie/NTB%20July%201%202019.pdf

The distinct burden of being a climate scientist https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2019/07/weight-of-the-world-climate-change-scientist-grief/

David Attenborough on climate change: ‘We cannot be radical enough’ https://www.newscientist.com/article/2209126-david-attenborough-on-climate-change-we-cannot-be-radical-enough/

Enormous Antarctic glacier on brink of collapse could raise sea levels by half a metre alone, scientists warn https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/antarctic-ice-melting-sea-level-rise-thwaites-glacier-study-nasa-a8996596.html

There is a significant chance the Arctic could be ice-free even if world leaders meet the Paris targets of 1.5°C and 2°C https://climateextremes.org.au/research-brief-new-calculations-reveal-arctic-could-be-ice-free-at-1-5c/

 

Disaster risk reduction

The science behind California’s two big earthquakes https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/07/science-behind-californias-two-big-earthquakes/?no-cache

Developing countries must prepare now for profound impact, disaster representative says https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/07/one-climate-crisis-disaster-happening-every-week-un-warns?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

Scheme calls for homes to be built ‘better’ after flood to bring insurance premiums down https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-7219629/Scheme-calls-homes-built-better-flood-bring-insurance-premiums-down.html

SoCal Earthquake Map- Early July 2019 https://sketchfab.com/3d-models/socal-earthquake-map-early-july-2019-d09e6239f3284392b395cbc46f3341e0

The Aizawl landslide: evidence from Google Earth of slope modification https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2019/07/05/aizawl-landslide/

Beaconsfield asks Quebec to take them off new flood zone map https://globalnews.ca/news/5467461/beaconsfield-flood-zone-map/

Flood Re urges extra cash for claimants to reinforce homes https://www.ft.com/content/a9ecbf64-9f42-11e9-b8ce-8b459ed04726

NH10 Multi-Hazards: The Latest EGU Natural Hazards Sub-Division https://blogs.egu.eu/divisions/nh/2019/07/08/nh10-multi-hazards-the-latest-egu-natural-hazards-sub-division/#more-1228

Today’s Earth, a system developed by Professor Kei Yoshimura, allows real-time monitoring of the world’s river systems for flooding https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/focus/en/features/fsi011.html

The Growth Impact of Disasters in Developing Asia https://www.adb.org/sites/default/files/publication/509601/ewp-585-growth-impact-disasters-developing-asia.pdf

Special Issue “Bushfire in Tasmania” https://www.mdpi.com/journal/fire/special_issues/bushfireTAS

California earthquake created a massive crack in the Earth visible in satellite images https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/08/us/california-earthquake-satellite-images-crack-trnd/index.html

Glenridding flood work complete after Desmond devastation https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-48889564

Let Rivers Flood: Communities Adopt New Strategies for Resilience https://therevelator.org/flood-solutions/

Why in rural areas are flood magnitudes decreasing while rainfalls are increasing? It’s because soils are becoming drier before it rains, which means that more rain is soaked up https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/a-land-of-drought-and-flooding-rains

Does Pervious Concrete have the Potential to Prevent Mumbai from Flooding? https://ajantanews.com/2019/07/08/does-pervious-concrete-have-potential-prevent-mumbai-flooding/

Sharing Multiple Perspectives on Burning: Towards a Participatory and Intercultural Fire Management Policy in Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana https://www.mdpi.com/2571-6255/2/3/39

Climate change could intensify DC floods, but engineering can help https://qz.com/1660991/extreme-flooding-in-dc-leads-to-commuter-chaos/

As flooding increases across the country, architects and policymakers are strategizing ways to contain the deluge https://www.architectmagazine.com/aia-architect/aiafeature/battling-a-flooded-future_o

Despite funding loss, cities vow to continue resilience push http://news.trust.org/item/20190709201851-9m5ru/

£67m Ipswich Tidal Flood Barrier wins top engineering award https://www.gov.uk/government/news/67m-ipswich-tidal-flood-barrier-wins-top-engineering-award

These New Orleans levees could be overtopped by Mississippi River surge ahead of storm https://www.nola.com/news/hurricane/article_f31f5436-a347-11e9-beaa-67f2b43123a7.html

Ridgecrest earthquake mystery: Why so little destruction from huge temblors? https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-earthquake-ridgecrest-worse-20190710-story.html

Global heating: London to have climate similar to Barcelona by 2050 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/10/global-heating-london-similar-climate-barcelona-2050?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

 

Emergency management

Colorado Invests In Wildfire Response https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2019/07/05/july-05-2019-hn-two

Record rainfall hit parts of Japan, of 1.1 million ordered to evacuate only 6 300 took shelter https://watchers.news/2019/07/05/record-rainfall-hit-parts-of-japan-of-1-1-million-ordered-to-evacuate-only-6-300-took-shelter/

Meet the all-indigenous fire and rescue team breaking down stigmas in the city https://nit.com.au/meet-the-all-aboriginal-fire-and-rescue-team-breaking-down-stigmas-in-the-city/

Flood victims in Grand Forks, B.C., in limbo more than one year after disaster https://toronto.citynews.ca/2019/07/07/flood-victims-in-grand-forks-b-c-in-limbo-more-than-one-year-after-disaster/

What we learned in Texas after Hurricane Harvey https://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2019/07/02/hurricane-harvey-texas-000932

The Downsides of the California Earthquakes https://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/the-downsides-of-the-california-earthquake.html

Escape Route Index: A Spatially-Explicit Measure of Wildland Firefighter Egress Capacity https://www.mdpi.com/2571-6255/2/3/40

UK’s lack of plans to protect people from climate crisis ‘shocking’, say advisers https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/10/uks-preparation-for-climate-crisis-like-dads-army?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

Recovery Is Now: Navigating the Transition http://jennynovak.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/RecoveryIsNow.pdf

Hurricane Michael destroyed their homes. Then the insurance heartache began https://www.tampabay.com/florida/2019/06/26/hurricane-michael-destroyed-their-homes-then-the-insurance-heartache-began/

‘Thousands evacuated since start of flood season in China’ https://www.euronews.com/2019/07/10/thousands-evacuated-since-start-of-flood-season-in-china

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Citizen aid, social media and brokerage after disaster https://www.researchgate.net/publication/334262193_Citizen_aid_social_media_and_brokerage_after_disaster

The Google KML feeds offer a variety of options, you can view earthquakes colored by age or depth, and an animated feed allows you to animate the series of earthquakes https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/feed/v1.0/kml.php

People mourn victims of Japan floods one year on https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190706_15/

The Ocean Game: The sea is rising. Can you save your town? https://www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-climate-change-ocean-game/

An Evolutionary Leap in How We Teach Geosciences https://eos.org/opinions/an-evolutionary-leap-in-how-we-teach-geosciences

New Media in Times of Crisis https://www.amazon.com/Media-Times-Crisis-Agendas-Communication/dp/113857029X

Event to raise awareness of Hull’s flood risk https://www.gov.uk/government/news/event-to-raise-awareness-of-hulls-flood-risk

 

Disaster psychology

Impacts of Wildfire on Children https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-3-319-51727-8_90-1

Climate Change Is Causing Us ‘Eco-Anxiety’ https://www.ecowatch.com/climate-change-eco-anxiety-2639137234.html

 

Sociology and Disasters

Network Structure and Substantive Dimensions of Improvised Social Support Ties Surrounding Households during Post-Disaster Recovery https://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%29NH.1527-6996.0000332

Inequality is not natural or inevitable https://sdgs.undp.org/2019-inequality/en/

Teens in a Toxic Environment: Lessons from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/special-collection/teens-in-a-toxic-environment-lessons-from-the-2010-deepwater-horizon-oil-spill

 

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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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