Today in disaster resilience (13 September 2019)



Please find below links to some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

‘Like nothing we’ve seen’: Queensland bushfires tear through rainforest

Tens of thousands in Atlantic Canada still in the dark after Hurricane Dorian

Peregian homes destroyed after ferocious bushfire rips through Sunshine Coast community

Hurricane Dorian Lashes the Carolinas with Storm-Surge Flooding, Tornadoes

Morocco and Algeria – More Flash Floods Leave 11 Dead

Firefighters fear significant losses on Sunshine Coast, while more than 50 blazes are burning across New South Wales

Dorian’s death toll in Bahamas rises to 50 -official

Heavy rains result in landslide killing 7 in southern Ethiopia

Typhoon “Lingling” killed 8 in North Korea, destroyed 460 houses and 46 200 ha (114 162 acres) of farmland

Floods kill seven people, 700 pigs in Cambodia

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Sep 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Ubinas

More than 800 homes destroyed by floods in Mali

Worst storm in over a century hits Spain, major floods and tornadoes reported

17 dead, 1 missing as more flooding hits Morocco and Algeria

Sweden – Flash Floods in Gothenburg After Heavy Rain

Ethiopia – Deadly Landslide After Heavy Rains in South East

West Africa – Death Toll Rises in Niger, Homes Destroyed in Nigeria, Hundreds Displaced in Chad


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australians increasingly fear climate change-related drought and extinctions

Climate gentrification: Coming to a community near you

Australia’s main grid hits new peak of 41 per cent wind and solar

Climate change survey shows Australians want action on emissions, but are divided on nuclear

Extreme heat a far greater threat for most Australians than extreme cold weather, study finds

European summer heatwave killed 1,500 in France, Minister says,-minister-says/11491610

Climate change: ‘Invest $1.8 trillion to adapt’

What Is the Sun’s Role in Climate Change?

The climate apocalypse is coming. To prepare for it, we need to admit that we can’t prevent it

Stay or go? Asian nations mull options as seas rise, cities sink

Climate change is bringing a new world of bushfires

Urban growth, heat islands, humidity, climate change: the costs multiply in tropical cities

Adaptation can deliver high rates of return, bringing multiple benefits to people and the economy

How much do direct livestock emissions actually contribute to global warming?

“Business as usual” could lead to catastrophic global sea-level rise, says new study

Emergent Constraints on Climate-Carbon Cycle Feedbacks

Climate change, reforestation/afforestation, and urbanization impacts on evapotranspiration and streamflow in Europe

Why gender matters in climate adaptation

Dangerous new hot zones are spreading around the world

‘In for a roasting’: Australia ‘on brink’ of ‘apocalyptic’ conditions

The losses from glaciers on Arctic islands and middle-latitude mountain ranges have been quite significant

Building climate change defences could massively boost world economy

Disaster risk reduction

‘Dead things everywhere’: is Australia facing the summer from hell?

Dorian One of Strongest, Longest-Lasting Hurricanes on Record in the Atlantic

We’re Barely Listening to the U.S.’s Most Dangerous Volcanoes

Recharging Aquifers by Capturing Flood Flows – Texas Case Study

Government pledges £62m flood funding for communities in England

Flood risk management: Slowing the flow

Going Under: Post-Flood Buyouts Take Years to Complete


Emergency management

Meet air attack supervisor Nadia Rhodes, Canberra’s eyes in the sky this bushfire season

Five things to watch after Hurricane Dorian strikes the Bahamas

Fires are burning where they never used to burn

Nebraska’s Emergency Management Agency Strained by Record Floods


Disaster education, communications and engagement

National forums to understand disaster risk

Capacity Building toward Resilience: How Communities Recover, Learn, and Change in the Aftermath of Extreme Events

Canada Tries a Forceful Message for Flood Victims: Live Someplace Else

Remembering 9/11


Psychology and Disasters

Study reveals link between flooding and poor mental health


Sociology and disasters

Bridging Social Capital through the Techno-subsystem: A Qualitative Analysis of GoFundMe Requests for Hurricane Relief


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I am a Principal at Water Technology Pty Ltd, an Australian-based coastal, environment and natural hazards company - see I specialise in the community aspects of disaster risk reduction and emergency management. Samples of my research and projects can be accessed at Check out my latest book 'Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement' at I am also a published fiction writer specialising in short stories and poems - see

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