Today in disaster resilience (16 August 2019)

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Please find below links to recent news about disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Myanmar – Over 40 Killed by Landslide in Mon State http://floodlist.com/asia/myanmar-landslide-paung-mon-state-august-2019

China – Over 30 Dead as Typhoon Lekima Hits http://floodlist.com/asia/china-typhoon-lekima-august-2019

10,000 evacuated in Gujarat, rain toll at 19 https://www.dnaindia.com/ahmedabad/report-10000-evacuated-in-gujarat-rain-toll-at-19-2780784

India flood toll jumps to 144 as roads, highways cut off https://phys.org/news/2019-08-india-toll-roads-highways.html

Vietnam – 10 Dead, 2,000 Evacuated After Floods in Central and Southern Areas http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-floods-kien-giang-lam-dong-august-2019

India – Dozens Dead, Thousands Displaced as Floods Worsen in South and West http://floodlist.com/asia/india-kerala-karnataka-maharashtra-gujarat-floods-august-2019

Sudan – Rains in Darfur Leave 6 Dead, Parts of Khartoum and Sennar Flooded http://floodlist.com/africa/sudan-darfur-khartoum-sennar-floods-august-2019

Man, girl missing after violent storm in Switzerland https://www.reuters.com/article/us-swiss-weather/man-girl-missing-after-violent-storm-in-switzerland-police-idUSKCN1V20TP

Switzerland – 2 Missing After Flash Floods in Valais http://floodlist.com/europe/switzerland-floods-valais-august-2019

India – Deadly Landslides Hit Uttarakhand http://floodlist.com/asia/india-landslides-floods-uttarakhand-august-2019

Pakistan – Floods and Rain Leave 26 Dead in Sindh Province http://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-floods-sindh-province-august-2019

Rains return to Kerala after brief lull, toll rises to 102, 37 still missing http://english.varthabharati.in/india/rains-return-to-kerala-after-brief-lull-toll-rises-to-102-37-still-missing

Volcanic activity worldwide 15 Aug 2019: Etna volcano, Fuego, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/85336/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-15-Aug-2019-Etna-volcano-Fuego-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reven.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

With nowhere to hide from rising seas, Boston prepares for a wetter future https://www.sciencenews.org/article/boston-adapting-rising-sea-level-coastal-flooding

A climate plea to Scott Morrison from a churchman of the Pacific’s sinking nations https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/a-climate-plea-to-scott-morrison-from-a-churchman-of-the-pacific-s-sinking-nations-20190808-p52f4a.html

Climate change conversations can be difficult for both skeptics, environmentalists https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/apa-ccc080219.php

The challenge to adapt our cities from rising temperatures https://energyindemand.com/2019/08/09/the-challenge-to-adapt-our-cities-from-rising-temperatures/

Who Will Pay for the Huge Costs of Holding Back Rising Seas? https://e360.yale.edu/features/who-will-pay-for-the-huge-costs-of-holding-back-rising-seas

How will hospitals cope with climate change’s impact on our health? https://www.theage.com.au/politics/queensland/how-will-hospitals-cope-with-climate-change-s-impact-on-our-health-20190810-p52fsb.html

Climate change: Scientists test radical ways to fix Earth’s climate https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48069663

Pacific Islands Forum: Tuvalu children welcome leaders with a climate plea https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/11/pacific-islands-forum-tuvalu-children-welcome-leaders-with-a-climate-plea?CMP=share_btn_tw

An international, peer-reviewed publication released each summer, the State of the Climate is the authoritative annual summary of the global climate https://www.ametsoc.org/index.cfm/ams/publications/bulletin-of-the-american-meteorological-society-bams/state-of-the-climate/

As rising temperatures drastically reshape Iceland’s landscape, businesses and the government are spending millions for survival and profit https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/09/business/iceland-ice-melt-global-warming-climate-change.html

82% of Canadians see climate change as a ‘serious problem’: poll https://dailyhive.com/montreal/canadians-see-climate-change-as-serious-problem-new-poll

Discrepancy in scientific authority and media visibility of climate change scientists and contrarians https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-09959-4

West Antarctic ice loss influenced by internal climate variability and anthropogenic forcing https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-019-0420-9?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ngeo%2Frss%2Fcurrent+%28Nature+Geoscience+-+Issue%29

What it means to be human in an age of climate change https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/08/what-it-means-to-be-human-in-an-age-of-climate-change/

What you need to know about the link between sea-level rise and coastal flooding https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/08/the-link-between-sea-level-rise-and-coastal-flooding/ https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/08/the-link-between-sea-level-rise-and-coastal-flooding/

Flooding misery will be Yorkshire’s new normal without urgent climate action https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/columnists/flooding-misery-will-be-yorkshire-s-new-normal-without-urgent-climate-action-simon-bowens-1-9915228

New research shows that Antarctica’s largest floating ice shelf is highly sensitive to warming of the ocean http://theconversation.com/new-research-shows-that-antarcticas-largest-floating-ice-shelf-is-highly-sensitive-to-warming-of-the-ocean-121864?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Scientists confirm July set new global heat record https://apnews.com/008f6cf2564c443e8743099a3010911d?utm_medium=AP&utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=SocialFlow

Global Warming Is Changing the Winds Off Antarctica, Driving Ice Melt https://insideclimatenews.org/news/12082019/antarctica-climate-change-ocean-wind-ice-melting-glaciers-global-warming

The climate change ‘tipping point’ has already arrived for these 70 U.S. counties https://grist.org/article/the-climate-change-tipping-point-has-already-arrived-for-these-70-u-s-counties/

 

Disaster risk reduction

States brace for long-term flood fight as damages mount https://apnews.com/15f799240ef84204b5e2f2f42aaa8043

How flood water can be captured to help ride out storms https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/aug/12/weatherwatch-how-flood-water-can-be-captured-to-help-ride-out-storms

Townsville, Queensland flood industry loss up 16% at A$1.217bn https://www.artemis.bm/news/townsville-queensland-flood-industry-loss-up-16-at-a1-217bn-perils/

FEMA Releases the National Mitigation Investment Strategy https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2019/08/13/fema-releases-national-mitigation-investment-strategy

A Coupled Human–Natural Systems Framework of Community Resilience https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5325/naturesopolirese.8.1-2.0110?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

Ambivalence towards discourse of disaster resilience https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/disa.12385

The Mississippi River Is Under Control—For Now https://time.com/5635375/mississippi-river-flooding/?xid=tcoshare

Tanzania’s Msimbazi basin plan turning flood hazard area into new city park https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/headlines/631750-tanzanias-msimbazi-basin-plan-turning-flood-hazard-area-into-new-city-park

Can the ‘masters of the flood’ help Texas protect its coast from hurricanes? https://grist.org/article/can-the-masters-of-the-flood-help-texas-protect-its-coast-from-hurricanes/

Flood-hit Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra need to learn their lessons https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/editorial/flood-hit-kerala-karnataka-and-maharashtra-need-to-learn-their-lessons/article28984423.ece

Challenges, Opportunities, and Pitfalls for Global Coupled Hydrologic‐Hydraulic Modeling of Floods https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2018WR024289

Cracking the case of the Krakatoa volcano collapse https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csym23

Report: Colorado towns at higher risk for wildfire potential than Paradise https://www.koaa.com/news/report-colorado-towns-at-higher-risk-for-wildfire-potential-than-paradise

 

Emergency management

A spatially explicit model of postdisaster housing recovery https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/mice.12487

England one of first nations in Europe to get Google Flood Alerts https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-one-of-first-countries-in-europe-to-receive-google-flood-alerts

Multifunctional city parks can aid residents during earthquake recovery, study says https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/resiliency-city-parks-help-residents-during-earthquake-recovery-green-open-space-st/560884/

Displacement after disasters: When there’s no place to call home https://stateofemergency.news21.com/displacement-after-disasters-when-theres-no-place-to-call-home/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Tailoring disaster education programs to local communities https://disasterece.com/2019/08/10/tailoring-disaster-education-programs-to-local-communities/

How social learning can speed up or slow down climate action http://www.anthropocenemagazine.org/2019/06/the-world-needs-you-to-keep-talking-about-climate-change/

Marriotts Ridge High student tackles floodwater reduction, builds Ellicott City scale model https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/howard/ph-ho-cf-marriotts-ridge-student-oec-scale-model-0523-story.html

Communicating science to policymakers: six strategies for success https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02372-3

 

Psychology and Disasters

Chico schools prepare for post-fire school year with mental health trainings. Will it be enough? https://www.chicoer.com/2019/08/13/chico-schools-are-preparing-for-post-fire-school-year-with-mental-health-trainings-will-it-be-enough/

Children and Disasters Special Collection https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/special-collection/supporting-children-in-all-the-spheres-of-their-lives-lessons-from-katrina-1

The Hidden Toll of a Natural Disaster: Why Mental Health Needs Often Go Unaddressed https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2019/august/the-hidden-toll-of-a-natural-disaster-why-mental-health-needs-often-go-unaddressed

 

Sociology and disasters

Model of socio-economic recovery of farmers in erupted areas of mount Sinabung in Karo Regency https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1755-1315/314/1/012065

Southern U.S. Lags North on Disaster Resilience https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/southern-u-s-lags-north-on-disaster-resilience/

A majority of Americans (57%) say they know only some of their neighbors; far fewer (26%) say they know most of them https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/08/15/facts-about-neighbors-in-u-s/

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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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