Today in disaster resilience (13 September 2019)

 

disaster

Please find below links to some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

‘Like nothing we’ve seen’: Queensland bushfires tear through rainforest https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/sep/09/like-nothing-weve-seen-queensland-bushfires-tear-through-rainforest

Tens of thousands in Atlantic Canada still in the dark after Hurricane Dorian https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/hundreds-of-thousands-still-in-the-dark-after-hurricane-dorian-1.5275706

Peregian homes destroyed after ferocious bushfire rips through Sunshine Coast community https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/sep/10/peregian-homes-destroyed-after-ferocious-bushfire-rips-through-sunshine-coast-community?CMP=share_btn_tw

Hurricane Dorian Lashes the Carolinas with Storm-Surge Flooding, Tornadoes https://www.westernjournal.com/hurricane-dorian-lashes-carolinas-storm-surge-flooding-tornadoes/

Morocco and Algeria – More Flash Floods Leave 11 Dead http://floodlist.com/africa/morocco-and-algeria-flash-floods-errachidia-bechar-september-2019

Firefighters fear significant losses on Sunshine Coast, while more than 50 blazes are burning across New South Wales https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2019/sep/10/queensland-nsw-bushfires-evacuations-live-updates

Dorian’s death toll in Bahamas rises to 50 -official http://news.trust.org/item/20190910164446-e5sgg/

Heavy rains result in landslide killing 7 in southern Ethiopia https://watchers.news/2019/09/11/southern-ethiopia-landslide-september-8-2019/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Typhoon “Lingling” killed 8 in North Korea, destroyed 460 houses and 46 200 ha (114 162 acres) of farmland https://watchers.news/2019/09/10/typhoon-lingling-north-korea-landfall-damage/

Floods kill seven people, 700 pigs in Cambodia https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1163419/floods-kill-seven-people-700-pigs-in-cambodia

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Sep 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Ubinas https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/87181/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-12-Sep-2019-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Ubinas-N.html

More than 800 homes destroyed by floods in Mali https://watchers.news/2019/09/11/floods-destroy-800-homes-mali/

Worst storm in over a century hits Spain, major floods and tornadoes reported https://watchers.news/2019/09/12/spain-flood-tornado-september-12-2019/

17 dead, 1 missing as more flooding hits Morocco and Algeria https://watchers.news/2019/09/12/17-dead-1-missing-as-more-flooding-hits-morocco-and-algeria/

Sweden – Flash Floods in Gothenburg After Heavy Rain http://floodlist.com/europe/sweden-flash-floods-gothenburg-september-2019

Ethiopia – Deadly Landslide After Heavy Rains in South East http://floodlist.com/africa/ethiopia-landslide-south-east-dawuro-september-2019

West Africa – Death Toll Rises in Niger, Homes Destroyed in Nigeria, Hundreds Displaced in Chad http://floodlist.com/africa/westafrica-floods-nigeria-niger-chad-september-2019

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australians increasingly fear climate change-related drought and extinctions https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/10/australians-increasingly-fear-climate-change-related-drought-and-extinctions?CMP=share_btn_tw

Climate gentrification: Coming to a community near you https://grist.org/article/climate-gentrification-coming-to-a-community-near-you/

Australia’s main grid hits new peak of 41 per cent wind and solar https://reneweconomy.com.au/australias-main-grid-hits-new-peak-of-41-per-cent-wind-and-solar-16763/

Climate change survey shows Australians want action on emissions, but are divided on nuclear https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-09-10/climate-of-nation-australia-attitudes/11484690

Extreme heat a far greater threat for most Australians than extreme cold weather, study finds https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/extreme-heat-a-far-greater-threat-for-most-australians-than-extreme-cold-weather-study-finds-20190909-p52ph1.html

European summer heatwave killed 1,500 in France, Minister says https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-09/heatwave-in-france-kills-1500-people,-minister-says/11491610

Climate change: ‘Invest $1.8 trillion to adapt’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49635546

What Is the Sun’s Role in Climate Change? https://climate.nasa.gov/blog/2910/what-is-the-suns-role-in-climate-change/

The climate apocalypse is coming. To prepare for it, we need to admit that we can’t prevent it https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/what-if-we-stopped-pretending

Stay or go? Asian nations mull options as seas rise, cities sink http://www.thisisplace.org/i/?id=4eefff34-739f-4084-9699-dc2a50b22596

Climate change is bringing a new world of bushfires https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-bringing-a-new-world-of-bushfires-123261?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Urban growth, heat islands, humidity, climate change: the costs multiply in tropical cities https://theconversation.com/urban-growth-heat-islands-humidity-climate-change-the-costs-multiply-in-tropical-cities-120825?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Adaptation can deliver high rates of return, bringing multiple benefits to people and the economy https://gca.org/global-commission-on-adaptation/report

How much do direct livestock emissions actually contribute to global warming? https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/gcb.13975

“Business as usual” could lead to catastrophic global sea-level rise, says new study https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/business-usual-could-lead-catastrophic-global-sea-level-rise-says-new-study

Emergent Constraints on Climate-Carbon Cycle Feedbacks https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40641-019-00141-y

Climate change, reforestation/afforestation, and urbanization impacts on evapotranspiration and streamflow in Europe https://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci.net/23/3631/2019/

Why gender matters in climate adaptation https://www.sei.org/perspectives/why-gender-matters-in-climate-adaptation/

Dangerous new hot zones are spreading around the world https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/national/climate-environment/climate-change-world/

‘In for a roasting’: Australia ‘on brink’ of ‘apocalyptic’ conditions https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/climate-change/in-for-a-roasting-australia-on-brink-of-apocalyptic-conditions/news-story/73d731e4a07f6b9c39b18897faa0e085

The losses from glaciers on Arctic islands and middle-latitude mountain ranges have been quite significant https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145574/malaspina-on-the-move

Building climate change defences could massively boost world economy https://www.newscientist.com/article/2215576-building-climate-change-defences-could-massively-boost-world-economy/

Disaster risk reduction

‘Dead things everywhere’: is Australia facing the summer from hell? https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/sep/06/dead-things-everywhere-is-australia-facing-the-summer-from-hell

Dorian One of Strongest, Longest-Lasting Hurricanes on Record in the Atlantic https://insideclimatenews.org/news/07092019/hurricane-dorian-record-climate-change-bahamas-north-carolina-gulf-stream

We’re Barely Listening to the U.S.’s Most Dangerous Volcanoes https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/09/science/volcanoes-cascades-monitoring.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytimesscience

Recharging Aquifers by Capturing Flood Flows – Texas Case Study https://www.waterwired.org/2019/09/paper-recharging-aquifers-by-capturing-flood-flows-texas-case-study.html

Government pledges £62m flood funding for communities in England https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-pledges-62m-flood-funding-for-communities-in-england

Flood risk management: Slowing the flow http://www.engineersjournal.ie/2019/09/09/flood-risk-management-slowing-the-flow/

Going Under: Post-Flood Buyouts Take Years to Complete https://www.nrdc.org/experts/anna-weber/going-under-post-flood-buyouts-take-years-complete

 

Emergency management

Meet air attack supervisor Nadia Rhodes, Canberra’s eyes in the sky this bushfire season https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6378586/meet-the-woman-at-the-helm-of-canberras-looming-bushfire-season/?cs=14225

Five things to watch after Hurricane Dorian strikes the Bahamas http://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news/2019/09/10/Hurricane-Dorian-Bahamas-aid-five-things-watch

Fires are burning where they never used to burn https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/fires-are-burning-where-they-never-used-to-burn-20190909-p52pnn.html

Nebraska’s Emergency Management Agency Strained by Record Floods https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2019/09/10/539379.htm

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

National forums to understand disaster risk https://www.aidr.org.au/news/national-forums-for-understanding-disaster-risk/

Capacity Building toward Resilience: How Communities Recover, Learn, and Change in the Aftermath of Extreme Events https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335720504_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 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/10/climate/canada-flood-homes-buyout.html

Remembering 9/11 https://globalresilience.northeastern.edu/2019/09/remembering-9-11/

 

Psychology and Disasters

Study reveals link between flooding and poor mental health http://futureclimateinfo.com/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 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335700762_Bridging_Social_Capital_through_the_Techno-subsystem_A_Qualitative_Analysis_of_GoFundMe_Requests_for_Hurricane_Relief

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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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