Today in disaster resilience (20 September 2019)

disaster

Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

The drought is now so severe it is biting in even the greenest corners of the country https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-16/drought-now-affecting-even-the-greenest-parts-of-the-country/11487026

Tens of thousands in Chiba urged to evacuate due to possible mudslides, Japan https://watchers.news/2019/09/16/tens-of-thousands-in-chiba-urged-to-evacuate-due-to-possible-mudslides-japan/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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/

Strong explosion at Sakurajima volcano, Japan https://watchers.news/2019/09/16/strong-explosion-at-sakurajima-volcano-japan/

Floods In Rajasthan After Release Of Water From Dams, Thousands Evacuated https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/floods-in-rajasthan-after-release-of-water-from-dams-thousands-evacuated-2101383

‘This is mind-blowing’: Residents cope with historic flooding in Dell Rapids https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/education/2019/09/13/south-dakota-flooding-dell-rapids-big-sioux-river/2314029001/

23,000 flee after floods in northeast Thailand https://www.thestar.com.my/news/regional/2019/09/15/23000-flee-after-floods-in-northeast-thailand

‘On pins and needles’: Flooded-out Iowans brace for a third round in six months https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2019/09/17/iowa-flooding-2019-missouri-river-levee-breaches-mills-fremont-county-pacific-junction-hamburg/2355669001/

At least 33 people dead as floods submerge large areas of northern Thailand https://watchers.news/2019/09/18/at-least-33-people-dead-as-floods-submerge-large-areas-of-northern-thailand/

Record 1,422 people killed in monsoon rains from June to September, India https://watchers.news/2019/09/18/record-1-422-people-killed-in-erratic-rains-from-june-to-september-india/

One killed, two escape death as flood ravages Anambra capital https://www.ndreporters.com/2019/09/17/one-killed-two-escape-death-as-flood-ravages-anambra-capital/

Imelda brings heavy rainfall, fears of flooding to Texas https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tropical-depression-imelda-houston-area-possible-heavy-rains-flooding-today-2019-09-18/

USA – Flooding in South East Texas After Tropical Depression Imelda Dumps Heavy Rain http://floodlist.com/america/usa/usa-flood-east-texas-tropical-depression-imelda-september-2019

India – Thousands Displaced by Floods in Rajasthan http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-rajasthan-september-2019

Algeria – 2 Dead as Floods Hit Algiers and Souk Ahras http://floodlist.com/africa/algeria-floods-algiers-soukahras-september-2019

Indonesia shuts down plantations linked to illegal forest fires https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2019/09/17/Indonesia-shuts-down-plantations-linked-to-illegal-forest-fires/7491568734814/?spt=su&or=btn_tw

Forest fires in Bolivia burn Switzerland-sized area https://www.omaha.com/news/world/ngo-forest-fires-in-bolivia-burn-switzerland-sized-area/article_d3a7e5c4-e917-5ff8-b628-d1fe494b5248.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

Eruption Of Russian Volcano Caused Colorful Skies https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2019/09/17/eruption-of-russian-volcano-caused-colorful-skies/#228fc14c2511

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Eight More Effects of Climate Change: Some Surprising, Some Fatal https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2019/09/15/eight-more-surprising-and-sometimes-fatal-effects-of-climate-change#66a44f570e39

‘Climigration’: when communities must move because of climate change https://theconversation.com/climigration-when-communities-must-move-because-of-climate-change-122529?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Emission impossible? Harsh facts on climate change https://www.ft.com/content/d7ec60e6-9b9a-11e9-b8ce-8b459ed04726

The world has a third pole – and it’s melting quickly https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/15/tibetan-plateau-glacier-melt-ipcc-report-third-pole?CMP=share_btn_tw

Are businesses doing enough to prepare for climate change or do executives have their heads in the sand? https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/countingthecost/2019/09/economic-cost-adapting-warming-planet-190915082329723.html

UK will see four heatwaves a year and twice as many flash floods by 2070s, Met Office predicts https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-weather-met-office-climate-change-defra-environment-agency-a9107446.html

The case for strategic and managed climate retreat https://science.sciencemag.org/content/365/6455/761

Jacinda Ardern on rising to the climate change challenge https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2019/09/18/813908/jacinda-ardern-on-rising-to-the-challenge-of-climate-change

Worrying new calculations show Earth is warming faster than previously thought https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7473971/Worrying-new-models-Earth-warming-faster-previously-thought.html

With Greenland’s Extreme Melting, a New Risk Grows: Ice Slabs That Worsen Runoff https://insideclimatenews.org/news/18092019/greenland-ice-sheet-melting-sea-level-rise-climate-change-heat-wave-study?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

The Impact of Climate Change on Kivalina, Alaska https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2019/09/photos-impacts-climate-change-kivalina-alaska/598282/

Scientists set out how to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/19/power-halve-greenhouse-gas-emissions-2030-climate-scientists

Fighting for a stolen future https://feature.undp.org/fighting-for-a-stolen-future/

Inequality and climate change https://stories.undp.org/997ccd59d6fbff50efc5c08552f3602f?

Hundreds of Australian academics declare support for climate rebellion https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/20/hundreds-of-australian-academics-declare-support-for-climate-rebellion?CMP=share_btn_tw

Ignoring young people’s climate change fears is a recipe for anxiety https://theconversation.com/ignoring-young-peoples-climate-change-fears-is-a-recipe-for-anxiety-123357?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Climate disasters to leave 150 million in humanitarian need by 2030: Red Cross https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/climate-disasters-to-leave-150-million-in-humanitarian-need-by-2030-red-cross-20190919-p52t3o.html

New UN report launched to help ratchet up action to combat climate crisis https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/09/1046672?395

The Arctic and climate change (1979 – 2019): What the ice record tells us https://news.mongabay.com/2019/09/the-arctic-and-climate-change-1979-2019-what-the-ice-record-tells-us/

We want to learn about climate change from weather presenters, not politicians https://theconversation.com/we-want-to-learn-about-climate-change-from-weather-presenters-not-politicians-123761

A survey of Australian TV audiences’ views on climate change https://www.monash.edu/mcccrh/research/a-survey-of-australian-tv-audiences-views-on-climate-change

Climate change: Warming to drive ‘robust increase’ in UK flooding https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49731591

Global warming simulations: Parts of U.K. and northern Europe to see more compound flooding https://phys.org/news/2019-09-global-simulations-uk-northern-europe.html

 

Disaster risk reduction

“There’s no record of fire dangers that high that early in those areas in NSW” https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/an-ill-wind-fans-the-flames-20190912-p52qir.html

Don’t politicise the bushfires? The alternative is to sit back while more severe events happen https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/15/dont-politicise-the-bushfires-the-alternative-is-to-sit-back-while-more-severe-events-happen?CMP=share_btn_tw

Work on Wangaratta’s inadequate flood levees delayed by bureaucracy https://www.bordermail.com.au/story/6387830/work-on-inadequate-flood-levees-delayed-by-bureaucracy/

Researchers Hone Ability to Map Storm Flooding https://scienceblog.com/510523/researchers-hone-ability-to-map-storm-flooding/

Flood: When Disaster Becomes Unnatural By Ahmed Maiyaki https://emergencydigest.com/2019/09/07/flood-disaster-ahmed-maiyaki/

Constructing a comprehensive disaster resilience index: The case of Italy https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335845276_Constructing_a_comprehensive_disaster_resilience_index_The_case_of_Italy

Review of the Transition From Smouldering to Flaming Combustion in Wildfires https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmech.2019.00049/full?utm_source=S-TWT&utm_medium=SNET&utm_campaign=ECO_FMECH_XXXXXXXX_auto-dlvrit

Dams were built to control floods; they are now triggers https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/natural-disasters/dams-were-built-to-control-floods-they-are-now-triggers-66767

Flood relief scheme will be a catalyst for Cork city https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/views/analysis/flood-relief-scheme-will-be-a-catalyst-for-cork-city-951114.html

More than half of FEMA’s flood maps rely on decades-old data. Now, a group of Texas researchers is tackling the problem with a $3 million grant and crowdsourced data https://www.texasobserver.org/floodplain-maps-are-outdated-this-scientist-wants-to-change-that/

Hurricane Dorian: Harbinger of the new normal https://floodresilience.net/blogs/hurricane-dorian-harbinger-of-the-new-normal?

Why Flood Victims Blame Their City, Not the Climate https://www.citylab.com/environment/2019/09/local-climate-action-plans-public-trust-government-detroit/598060/

As Flooding Worsens, Home Buyouts Move at a Snail’s Pace https://www.citylab.com/environment/2019/09/flooded-home-buyout-fema-disaster-recovery-flood-insurance/598075/

Resilient Communities: A New Disaster Preparedness Approach https://medium.com/the-moment-by-pete-for-america/resilient-communities-a-new-disaster-preparedness-approach-89fd78a689e2

What to do about the constant threat – and reality – of flooded homes in coastal communities https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/115519323/what-to-do-about-the-constant-threat–and-reality–of-flooded-homes-in-coastal-communities

Flooding and Land Use Change in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia https://www.mdpi.com/2073-445X/8/9/139

Google to expand AI-powered flood forecasts in India for monsoon season https://venturebeat.com/2019/09/18/google-to-expand-ai-powered-flood-forecasts-in-india-ahead-of-monsoon-season/

Urban flood resilience in Indonesia: New approaches through an urban design lens http://blogs.worldbank.org/eastasiapacific/urban-flood-resilience-indonesia-new-approaches-through-urban-design-lens

 

Emergency management

Haitians fear deportation from Bahamas after storm disaster https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news/2019/09/16/Haitians-deportation-Bahamas-storm-Dorian-disaster?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social

Extreme Weather Displaced a Record 7 Million in First Half of 2019 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/12/climate/extreme-weather-displacement.html

California Prepares For Wildfire Season As Climate Change Keeps Temperatures Rising https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/california-wildfire-season-climate-change_n_5d7fecade4b00d69059d206c

Mozambique cyclones: One million facing food shortages https://www.pennews.net/international/2019/09/17/mozambique-cyclones-one-million-facing-food-shortages

The University of the Bahamas, After Dorian https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/09/18/university-bahamas-deals-damage-and-disruption-dorian

False Tsunami Warning In Hawaii Triggered By Police Exercise https://www.npr.org/2019/09/19/762215269/false-tsunami-warning-in-hawaii-triggered-by-police-exercise?

20,000 flood victims in Northeast remain trapped https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30376409

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Preparedness Day Educates Thousands of Californians on Disaster Readiness http://www.oesnews.com/preparedness-day-educates-thousands-of-californians-on-disaster-readiness/

Capacity Building toward Resilience: How Communities Recover, Learn, and Change in the Aftermath of Extreme Events https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/psj.12364

Global Mapping of Citizen Science Projects for Disaster Risk Reduction https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335887687_Global_Mapping_of_Citizen_Science_Projects_for_Disaster_Risk_Reduction

In the past 20 years climate change education has been in and out of the formal curriculum depending on the whims of Australian governments https://theconversation.com/ever-wondered-what-our-curriculum-teaches-kids-about-climate-change-the-answer-is-not-much-123272

 

Psychology and Disasters

Recent Development in Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics: Bibliographic Analyses, Collaboration Patterns, and Future Directions https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329963335_Recent_Development_in_Pedestrian_and_Evacuation_Dynamics_Bibliographic_Analyses_Collaboration_Patterns_and_Future_Directions

How to talk to children and teens about their fears surrounding climate change https://www.today.com/parents/how-talk-children-about-climate-change-t162981

 

Sociology and disasters

Women are at the Heart of Disaster Preparedness and Response https://womensenews.org/2019/09/women-are-at-the-heart-of-disaster-preparedness-and-response/

Improving community resiliency following disasters is a dynamic partnership between community-based organizations and public health agencies established pre-disaster https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/lsuh-ssp091819.php

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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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