Today in disaster resilience (2 August 2019)

Dis 2 Aug

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

‘Unprecedented’: more than 100 Arctic wildfires burn in worst ever season https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/26/unprecedented-more-than-100-wildfires-burning-in-the-arctic-in-worst-ever-season?CMP=share_btn_tw

Volcano on Indonesia’s Java gushes ash, causes panic https://phys.org/news/2019-07-volcano-indonesia-java-gushes-ash.html

Greece: Magnitude 4.2 aftershock strikes close to Athens https://phys.org/news/2019-07-greece-magnitude-aftershock-athens.html

Russia declares state of emergency in four regions over wildfires https://punchng.com/russia-declares-state-of-emergency-in-four-regions-over-wildfires/

UK weather: flooding across UK with half a month’s rain falling in 24 hours https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jul/28/flooding-reported-across-uk-after-half-a-months-worth-of-rain-falls-in-24-hours

Russia – Thousands Evacuated After Floods in Amur and Irkutsk http://floodlist.com/asia/russia-floods-amur-irkutsk-july-2019

India – Hundreds Rescued After Floods in Maharashtra http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-train-maharashtra-july-2019

Strong M6.6 earthquake hits Vanuatu at intermediate depth https://watchers.news/2019/07/31/vanuatu-earthquake-july-31-2019/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

At least 8 people killed, dozens injured after series of strong earthquakes hit Batanes Islands, Philippines https://watchers.news/2019/07/27/batanes-itbayat-philippines-earthquakes-july-2019/

Death count in Bihar floods rises to 130, situation eases in Assam https://www.newsnation.in/india-news/death-count-in-bihar-floods-rises-to-130-situation-eases-in-assam-article-232530.html

Flood renders over 1,000 Nigerians homeless https://www.tostvnetwork.com/flood-renders-over-1000-nigerians-homeless/

12 killed as flooding paralyses Pakistan’s Karachi http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/12-killed-as-flooding-paralyses-pakistan-s-karachi/article/555024

Drone video shows flooding in Ottawa, Kansas https://www.kansascity.com/news/weather-news/article233389382.html

Norway – 1 Missing After Floods and Landslides in South West http://floodlist.com/europe/norway-floods-landslides-jolster-forde-july-2019

UK – Flash Floods Cause Severe Damage in North of England http://floodlist.com/europe/united-kingdom/flash-floods-yorkshire-july-2019

Pakistan – Rain Causes Deadly Floods and Landslides in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa http://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-floods-rain-khyber-pakhtunkhwa-july-2019

Whaley Bridge dam collapse: Evacuation over Toddbrook Reservoir fears https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-derbyshire-49189955

Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Aug 2019: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/84412/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-1-Aug-2019-Fuego-volcano-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Krakatau-Dukono.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellite imagery shows Europe pulsing red http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/technology/copernicus-sentinel-3-satellite-imagery-shows-europe-pulsing-red/article/554789

Heatwave: think it’s hot in Europe? The human body is already close to thermal limits elsewhere https://theconversation.com/heatwave-think-its-hot-in-europe-the-human-body-is-already-close-to-thermal-limits-elsewhere-121003

Nordic countries sizzle as European heatwave moves north https://phys.org/news/2019-07-nordic-countries-sizzle-european-heatwave.html

How federal flood policy is, and isn’t, addressing climate change today https://www.curbed.com/2019/7/29/8931718/storm-flood-climate-change-insurance

North Pole melts, forms lake at top of the world https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/stories/north-pole-melts-forms-lake-at-top-of-the-world

Continent‐wide, interferometric SAR phase, mapping of Antarctic ice velocity https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2019GL083826

Climate sensitivity on geological timescales controlled by non‐linear feedbacks and ocean circulation https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2019GL083574

The terrible truth of climate change https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2019/august/1566136800/jo-lle-gergis/terrible-truth-climate-change
Going Under: How sea level rise is threatening to sink major Asian cities https://kontinentalist.com/stories/going-under-how-sea-level-rise-is-threatening-to-sink-major-asian-cities

UN chief calls for 2050 zero emissions plans – but Australia remains tightlipped https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/30/un-chief-calls-for-2050-zero-emissions-plans-but-australia-remains-tightlipped?CMP=share_btn_tw
The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, leading to the desiccation of vegetation, which fuels huge blazes https://www.wired.com/story/the-bizarre-peaty-science-of-arctic-wildfires/?mbid=social_twitter_onsiteshare

Climate Change Really is Causing California’s Raging Wildfires https://www.insidescience.org/news/climate-change-really-causing-california%E2%80%99s-raging-wildfires

Australian climate change policies face growing criticism from Pacific leaders https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-31/australian-climate-change-policies-criticised-pacific-leaders/11369086

Greenland is melting in a heatwave. That’s everyone’s problem https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/31/europe/greenland-heatwave-climate-crisis-intl/index.html

What do Alaska Wildfires Mean for Global Climate Change? https://blog.ucsusa.org/carly-phillips/alaska-wildfires-climate-change

Climate change is making wildfires so frequent and large that a dedicated task force has been set up in Lancashire https://inews.co.uk/news/climate-change-is-making-wildfires-so-frequent-and-large-that-a-dedicated-task-force-has-been-set-up-in-lancashire/

2℃ of global warming would put pressure on Melbourne’s water supply https://theconversation.com/2-of-global-warming-would-put-pressure-on-melbournes-water-supply-118389?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

The most important event on the planet right now? Arctic Climate Chaos https://www.patreon.com/posts/28765160?fbclid=IwAR3VZr9vPkI-WhtkENR50gz6B8QUCEhuJwryT110SJHYLkbNRgilHXy98Q4

The State of Sea Level Rise (2019) http://climatestate.com/2019/08/01/the-state-of-sea-level-rise-2019/

Greenland Is Melting At Its Highest Elevations And That’s Unusual https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2019/07/31/greenland-is-melting-at-its-highest-elevations-and-thats-unusual/#20fc3d587394

 

Disaster risk reduction

Approach for Analysis of Land-Cover Changes and Their Impact on Flooding Regime https://www.mdpi.com/2571-550X/2/3/27

Hurricane Hunting NASA Style: Using Space-Based and Airborne Measurements to Better Understand and Predict Hurricanes https://www.loc.gov/item/webcast-8766?loclr=eanw

Sydney flooding: Worst-case scenario would affect 100,000 residents, modelling shows https://7news.com.au/news/natural-disasters/sydney-flooding-worst-case-scenario-would-affect-100000-residents-modelling-shows-c-371752

Landslide Activity Ramps Up With Extreme Rainfall https://eos.org/editor-highlights/landslide-activity-ramps-up-with-extreme-rainfall

Sinking Jakarta Urgently Needs Giant Sea Wall For Its Protection http://investvine.com/sinking-jakarta-urgently-needs-giant-sea-wall-for-its-protection/

Innovative Flood Mapping Helps Water and Emergency Management Officials https://www.ecomagazine.com/news/science/innovative-flood-mapping-helps-water-and-emergency-management-officials

Faint foreshocks foretell California quakes https://phys.org/news/2019-07-faint-foreshocks-california-quakes.html

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

Enabling Private Sector Engagement in Disaster Resilience in South and East Asia https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/rhc3.12175

Homes Are Being Built the Fastest in Many Flood-Prone Areas, Study Finds https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/31/climate/climate-change-new-homes-flooding.html

How to recognize where a volcano will erupt https://phys.org/news/2019-07-volcano-erupt.html

Damage from hurricanes could be lessened with the help of Dutch-innovated stormwater management https://www.cbsnews.com/news/storm-water-management-dutch-solution-henk-ovink-hurricane-damage-60-minutes-2019-07-21/

Why Canada’s political system makes it difficult to fight floods https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/why-canadas-political-system-makes-it-difficult-to-fight-floods-1004166555/

Mississippi River flooding and Hurricane Barry could have inundated New Orleans. Here are four actions we need to take before that happens again http://blogs.edf.org/growingreturns/2019/07/26/mississippi-river-hurricane-barry-4-ways/

Modes of Uncertainty: Rethinking Flood Risk in Colorado https://items.ssrc.org/chancing-the-storm/modes-of-uncertainty-rethinking-flood-risk-in-colorado/

Improving future flood resilience https://icasp.org.uk/2019/07/31/improving-future-flood-resilience/

Floodplain restoration project to be ‘game-changer’ for refuge https://www.camaspostrecord.com/news/2019/aug/01/floodplain-restoration-project-to-be-game-changer-for-refuge/

Hurricanes and Agricultural Commodities: Economic Impacts https://streamingscience.com/2019/08/01/hurricanes-and-agricultural-commodities-economic-impacts/

Disaster studies inside out https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/disa.12323

Changes in flood damage with global warming in the east coast of Spain https://www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci-discuss.net/nhess-2019-253/

 

Emergency management

China first to share satellite data with India on floods in Assam https://indianexpress.com/article/india/china-first-to-share-satellite-data-with-india-on-floods-in-assam-5855504/

Meeting with flood victims in Irkutsk Region http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/61099

Atlantic hurricane season shows signs of more activity https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/07/signs-activity-atlantic-hurricane-season-190731102338713.html

600 Killed, 25 Million Affected By Floods In South Asia: United Nations https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/600-killed-over-25-million-affected-by-floods-in-south-asia-united-nations-2076264

Bangladesh tries new way to aid flood-hit families: cash up front http://news.trust.org/item/20190726013905-65t4e/

 

Psychology and Disasters

Californians’ Concerns About Worsening Wildfires at Record High https://www.kqed.org/science/1945845/californians-concerns-about-worsening-wildfires-at-record-high?mc_cid=e54ceb5b5c&mc_eid=517a07c688

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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 (2 August 2019)”

  1. You do the world a great service with the information you gather , correlate, and publish here. It is so well ordered that one cannot help but “see the picture”. I find myself graphing it all out “into the future.” Which is indeed looking bleak. All of the flooding especially, knowing that these occurrences are certain to grow in the magnitude of devastation they inflict in the years ahead. A warmer atmosphere naturally can hold a lot more water vapor. One helluva’ lot more water to rain down upon us all. Physics and the natural laws of cause and effect will always have their way. I find myself feeling so powerless that it hurts me. Hopeless to effect any good in the world. I dunno’ how you feel, or “deal” with your own “projections”, but my hat is off to you, sir. Thanking you for being a teacher…

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