Today in disaster resilience (26 July 2019)

Dis 26 July

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

These satellite images show the severity of the floods in Assam and Bihar https://scroll.in/article/931127/these-satellite-images-show-the-severity-of-the-floods-in-assam-and-bihar

Bihar floods: 97 dead, 6 rivers still in spate https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/patna/Bihar-floods-97-dead-6-rivers-still-in-spate/articleshow/70310104.cms
‘My entire world was gone’: floods devastate northern Pakistan https://www.france24.com/en/20190719-entire-world-was-gone-floods-devastate-northern-pakistan

Portugal wildfires: Huge operation tackles central Portugal blazes https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49061785

Monsoon flooding death toll climbs to 164 in South Asia https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/monsoon-flooding-death-toll-rises-152-south-asia-64455419

Turkey – 2 Dead, 5 Missing After Floods and Landslides in Düzce Province http://floodlist.com/asia/turkey-floods-duzce-july-2019

Wildfire Smoke Swirls Over Russia https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145355/wildfire-smoke-swirls-over-russia?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Peru evacuates hundreds in south after volcano rumbles https://www.reuters.com/article/us-peru-volcano/peru-evacuates-hundreds-in-south-after-volcano-rumbles-idUSKCN1UG001

Severe flooding death toll in India, Nepal and Bangladesh surpasses 300 https://watchers.news/2019/07/22/severe-flooding-death-toll-in-india-nepal-and-bangladesh-surpasses-300/

Bangladesh – Over 5 Million Affected by Monsoon Floods http://floodlist.com/asia/bangladesh-monsoon-floods-july-2019

Uganda – Homes and Crops Destroyed After Flash Floods in Western Region http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-bundibugyo-floods-july-2019

India – 20 Dead in Kerala After Monsoon Rains and Floods http://floodlist.com/asia/india-kerala-monsoon-rain-floods-july-2019

Rain-triggered floods killed four tourists in east China’s Jiangxi province https://www.sott.net/article/417204-Deadly-floods-hit-south-and-east-China-6-inches-of-rain-in-3-hours

Myanmar – Thousands Displaced by Floods in Rakhine and Sagaing http://floodlist.com/asia/myanmar-floods-rakhine-sagaing-kachin-july-2016

Brazil – More Deadly Floods Hit Pernambuco http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-pernambuco-july-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 25 Jul 2019: Karymsky volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/83960/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-25-Jul-2019-Karymsky-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Ubinas.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Wildfires are raging in the Arctic after an unprecedented heatwave https://bgr.com/2019/07/19/arctic-wildfires-global-warming-climate-change/

The terrifying Greenland ice graph that’s shocked climate scientists https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2019/06/the-terrifying-greenland-ice-graph-that-s-shocked-climate-scientists.html

Lake discovered 11,000ft high in the Alps, in ‘truly alarming’ sign of climate change https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/climate-change-french-alps-lake-snow-melting-global-warming-mount-blanc-a9006916.html

Climate change could drown Kiribati, but the nation looks for Noah’s Ark https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-21/kiribati-hopefull-in-face-of-climate-change-rising-sea-levels/11228658?pfmredir=sm

Venice, the Great Barrier Reef, and other World Heritage Sites are threatened by rising seas, massive storms, and extreme heat https://www.businessinsider.nl/world-heritage-sites-damage-climate-change-2019-7/

As U.S. heat wave breaks records, cooling centers offer relief http://news.trust.org/item/20190721195843-9bpu0/

Drought now officially worst on record https://www.theland.com.au/story/6281386/drought-now-officially-our-worst-on-record/?src=rss

Southeast Asia will be hardest hit by melting ice; governments urged to speed up change https://www.eco-business.com/news/southeast-asia-will-be-hardest-hit-by-melting-ice-governments-urged-to-speed-up-change/

Scientists memorialize the first glacier lost to climate change in Iceland https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/22/world/iceland-glacier-climage-change-trnd/index.html?utm_source=fbCNN&utm_term=link&utm_medium=social&utm_content=2019-07-22T22%3A02%3A43

40 years ago, scientists predicted climate change. And hey, they were right https://theconversation.com/40-years-ago-scientists-predicted-climate-change-and-hey-they-were-right-120502?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

A Glacier the Size of Florida Is Becoming Unstable. It Has Dire Implications for Global Sea Levels https://time.com/5622632/thwaites-glacier-antarctica-melting/

During deadly heat wave, New York utility cut power to high-risk neighborhoods https://grist.org/article/during-deadly-heat-wave-new-york-utility-cut-power-to-high-risk-neighborhoods/

New York and climate change flooding http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2016/09/new-york-future-flooding-climate-change.html

Eric Rignot: On the Current State of Sea Level Rise Estimates (2019) http://climatestate.com/2019/07/24/eric-rignot-on-the-current-state-of-sea-level-rise-estimates-2019/

Volcanoes shaped the climate before humankind https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190724133645.htm

Extensive historical data shows recent extreme warming is unprecedented in past 2,000 years https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jul/24/scientific-consensus-on-humans-causing-global-warming-passes-99?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Climate change: 12 years to save the planet? Make that 18 months https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48964736

Europe heatwave: French city of Bordeaux hits record temperature https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49083283

Consistent multidecadal variability in global temperature reconstructions and simulations over the Common Era https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-019-0400-0

The Climate Crisis Is the First Truly Global Climate Shift in the Past 2,000 Years, Studies Confirm https://www.ecowatch.com/climate-crisis-global-climate-shift-2639338854.html

Hague climate change judgement could inspire a global civil movement https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/24/hague-climate-change-judgement-could-inspire-a-global-civil-movement?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

All-Time Heat Records Melt in Europe; 108°F in Paris https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/All-Time-Heat-Records-Melt-Europe-Worst-Come-Thursday

Nope, Earth Isn’t Cooling https://climate.nasa.gov/blog/2893/nope-earth-isnt-cooling/

Europe’s Cities Weren’t Built for This Kind of Heat https://www.citylab.com/environment/2019/07/europe-heat-wave-temperature-cities-climate-change-plan/594811/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Kaleshwaram Project To Control Flood In Telangana https://www.pratidintime.com/kaleshwaram-project-to-control-flood-in-telangana/

If your coastal home could be threatened by flooding 80 years from now, would you want to know? https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-22/climate-change-affecting-property-prices-noosa-climate-emergency/11327474

New vegetation map to help Victoria manage bushfires and floods https://www.monash.edu/news/articles/new-vegetation-map-to-help-victoria-manage-bushfires-and-floods

Adapting Swansea, Lake Macquarie: Planning for future flood risks https://shape.lakemac.com.au/adapting-swansea

Better Flood Maps Are Required to Protect Canadians and Their Property https://www.cigionline.org/publications/better-flood-maps-are-required-protect-canadians-and-their-property

Data Reveals Major Gap of Awareness and Misunderstandings Around Natural Disasters https://www.securitymagazine.com/articles/90318-data-reveals-major-gap-of-awareness-and-misunderstandings-around-natural-disasters

£2.9m funding to boost property flood resilience https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/building-control-news/property-flood-resilience/60489/

Informatics researchers leading the way in developing ‘smart city’ floodwater management https://www.newswise.com/articles/informatics-researchers-leading-the-way-in-developing-smart-city-floodwater-management

Outdated FEMA flood maps cost uninsured homeowners millions; North Florida hit the hardest https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/local/state/2019/07/22/outdated-fema-flood-maps-cost-uninsured-homeowners-millions/1687235001/

Two sides of the same coin: Business resilience and community resilience https://www.researchgate.net/publication/333487244_Two_sides_of_the_same_coin_Business_resilience_and_community_resilience

FEMA Flood Data: What We Still Need to Know https://www.nrdc.org/experts/anna-weber/femas-flood-data-what-we-still-need-know

Government throws another £2.9m at flood-proofing homes https://www.showhouse.co.uk/news/government-throws-another-2-9m-at-flood-proofing-homes/

RivWidthCloud: An Automated Google Earth Engine Algorithm for River Width Extraction From Remotely Sensed Imagery https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8752013

Michigan’s largest cities most at-risk for environmental hazards, according to study https://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigans-largest-cities-most-risk-environmental-hazards-according-study

The sea is consuming Jakarta and the people are not insured https://www.wired.com/story/jakarta-insurance/

The Dam Truth: The 91,000 Dams in the US Earned a “D” for Safety https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2019/07/the-dam-truth-the-91000-dams-in-the-us-earned-a-d-for-safety/

 

Emergency management

‘Nobody cares about us’: Hunger and despair for India flood victims https://www.malaymail.com/news/world/2019/07/21/nobody-cares-about-us-hunger-and-despair-for-india-flood-victims/1773423

How Often Should You “Keep an Eye on the Tropics” During Hurricane Season? https://www.houstonpress.com/news/guidelines-for-watching-the-weather-during-hurricane-season-11326298

Using drones to reduce impacts of floods in The Gambia https://en.unesco.org/news/using-drones-reduce-impacts-floods-gambia

Why heat waves are a threat to public health https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/07/why-heat-waves-are-a-threat-to-public-health/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

India – Large floods threaten the schooling of more than 1,000 children http://seac.aide-et-action.org/india-large-floods-threaten-the-schooling-of-more-than-1000-children/

WhatsApp flood alerts from Bhutan bring relief to Assam villages https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/whatsapp-alerts-from-bhutan-reach-out-to-assam/articleshow/70285374.cms
DisasterNet Weekly https://disasternet.co/newsroom/

This risk could wipe out everything you own. How to prepare https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/10/this-risk-could-wipe-out-everything-you-own-and-youre-unprepared.html

About three-in-ten U.S. adults say they are ‘almost constantly’ online https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/07/25/americans-going-online-almost-constantly/

 

Psychology and Disasters

‘In my nightmares I’m always in the sea’: a year on from the Greek fires https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/20/greek-fires-one-year-on-103-dead-survivors-and-rescuers-look-back

 

Sociology and Disasters

The geographies of community disaster resilience https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0959378014001459

Factors Affecting Community Empowerment During Disaster Recovery https://www.researchgate.net/publication/334578664_Factors_Affecting_Community_Empowerment_During_Disaster_Recovery

The Other Uncertainty: The View from Disaster History https://items.ssrc.org/chancing-the-storm/the-other-uncertainty-the-view-from-disaster-history/

 

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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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