Today in disaster resilience (27 September 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Three kids die in Delta floods https://thenationonlineng.net/three-kids-die-in-delta-floods/

Flood: Over 150 communities submerged in Kogi – Commissioner https://dailytimes.ng/flood-over-150-communities-submerged-in-kogi-commissioner/

Albania struck by 5.6-magnitude earthquake, injuring at least 37 https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/21/europe/earthquake-albania/index.html

Trinidad and Tobago – Tropical Storm Karen Causes Severe Flooding http://floodlist.com/america/trinidad-tobago-tropical-storm-karen-floods-september-2019

Haiti – 2 Dead, 4 Missing After Flash Floods in Ouest Department http://floodlist.com/america/haiti-flash-floods-ouest-department-september-2019

Tropical Storm Karen intensifies as it bears down on Puerto Rico https://www.reuters.com/article/us-storm-karen/tropical-storm-karen-intensifies-as-it-bears-down-on-puerto-rico-idUSKBN1W90KJ?

England weather: Heavy rain causes floods and travel chaos https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-49810079

Volcanic activity worldwide 26 Sep 2019: Popocatépetl volcano, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/88091/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-26-Sep-2019-Popocatepetl-volcano-Dukono-Reventador-Nevados-de-Chill.html

Pune Flood: Death Toll Rises To 7; NDRF Teams On Rescue Operation https://www.republicworld.com/india-news/accidents-and-disasters/pune-flood-death-toll-rises-to-7-ndrf-teams-on-rescue-operation.html

India – 12 Dead, Thousands Displaced After Floods in Maharashtra http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-pune-maharashtra-september-2019

Sri Lanka – Floods and Landslides Leave 1 Dead and 15,000 Displaced http://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-floods-september-2019

Oman – Rain and Winds From Tropical Cyclone Hikaa Prompt Evacuations and Rescues http://floodlist.com/asia/oman-tropical-cyclone-hikka-september-2019

Strong and shallow M6.8 earthquake hits Maluku, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2019/09/26/strong-and-shallow-m6-8-earthquake-hits-maluku-indonesia/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Greta Thunberg condemns world leaders in emotional speech at UN https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/23/greta-thunberg-speech-un-2019-address?CMP=share_btn_tw

Climate effort must be boosted five-fold to limit global warming to 1.5°C https://reneweconomy.com.au/climate-effort-must-be-boosted-five-fold-to-limit-global-warming-to-1-5c-88884/

Climate change ‘hitting harder and sooner’ than forecast, warn scientists ahead of UN meeting https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-23/climate-change-accelerating-warn-scientists/11537240

New coastal development is designed to live with sea level rise https://www.fastcompany.com/90405944/instead-of-trying-to-prevent-flooding-this-coastal-apartment-complex-invites-the-water-in

2019 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Tied for Second Lowest on Record https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2913/2019-arctic-sea-ice-minimum-tied-for-second-lowest-on-record/

Increasing flood risk due to co-occurring storm surges and heavy precipitation in Northern Europe https://innovationorigins.com/increasing-flood-risk-due-to-co-occurring-storm-surges-and-heavy-precipitation-in-northern-europe/

Climate change could stretch our capabilities, Defence Force chief speech warns https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-25/australian-defence-force-angus-campbell-climate-change-speech/11543464

David Attenborough attacks Australian PM on climate record and support for coal https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/24/david-attenborough-attacks-australian-pm-on-climate-record-and-support-for-coal?CMP=share_btn_tw

Teen girls are leading the climate strikes and helping change the face of environmentalism https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/09/24/teen-girls-are-leading-climate-strikes-helping-change-face-environmentalism/

Even a 20-centimetre rise in sea level would more than double the frequency of flooding in tropical zones such as the Mumbai coast, according to a 2017 report by US experts https://www.ndtv.com/mumbai-news/just-20-centimetre-rise-in-sea-level-may-double-mumbai-flood-frequency-2106127

A sense of climate crisis now haunts stories which aren’t even about the environment https://theconversation.com/a-sense-of-climate-crisis-now-haunts-stories-which-arent-even-about-the-environment-123429

Humans Just Held Another Funeral For a Glacier, And It May Not Be The Last https://www.sciencealert.com/humans-just-held-another-funeral-for-a-glacier-because-that-s-the-world-we-live-in-now?perpetual=yes&limitstart=1

Australia is the runaway global leader in building new renewable energy https://theconversation.com/australia-is-the-runaway-global-leader-in-building-new-renewable-energy-123694

How we measure glaciers https://www.wsj.com/video/devising-an-earthquake-algorithm-to-save-lives/A94E85D7-4B25-4025-96A1-1D6FDEA51436.html

New study shows major changes in severity of flooding across Europe linked to climate change https://www.waterbriefingglobal.org/new-study-shows-major-changes-in-severity-of-flooding-across-europe-linked-to-climate-change/

Home to “New York City’s newest island,” Hunter’s Point South is a city-funded park that offers lessons for cities struggling with rising tides https://www.fastcompany.com/90402599/this-small-public-park-is-model-for-the-water-logged-cities-of-the-future

World’s oceans at a tipping point, indicates UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-25/un-ipcc-climate-report-warns-oceans-at-tipping-point/11547454

Italy and France Prepare for Imminent Collapse of Mont Blanc Glacier https://www.thedailybeast.com/italy-and-france-prepare-for-imminent-collapse-of-mont-blanc-glacier?ref=home

The IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, approved on 24 September 2019 by the 195 IPCC member governments, provides new evidence for the benefits of limiting global warming to the lowest possible level https://www.ipcc.ch/2019/09/25/srocc-press-release/

Satellite will gain hi-res view of greenhouse effect https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49799760

Evolution of 21st Century Sea Level Rise Projections https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2018EF000991

Not convinced on the need for urgent climate action? Here’s what happens to our planet between 1.5°C and 2°C of global warming https://theconversation.com/not-convinced-on-the-need-for-urgent-climate-action-heres-what-happens-to-our-planet-between-1-5-c-and-2-c-of-global-warming-123817?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Climate Change Hits Vulnerable Communities First and Hardest https://www.iisd.org/blog/climate-change-hits-vulnerable-communities-first-and-hardest

How climate change is melting, drying and flooding Earth — in pictures https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02793-0

World’s poorest communities have done the least to cause climate change, but end up paying for it https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/worlds-poor-1-cent-day-climate-change-oxfam-190923040238683.html

Dying of laughter: comics joke about climate change at U.N. summit http://news.trust.org/item/20190926175919-4utjd/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Experts warn of ‘endless’ flood cycle https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1755089/experts-warn-of-endless-flood-cycle

Aussie startup FloodMapp raises $1.3 million for tech reducing “catastrophic” impact of flooding https://www.smartcompany.com.au/startupsmart/news/floodmapp-raise-flood-prediction/

Massive Study of European Flooding Sees North-South Climate Split https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-28/massive-study-of-european-flooding-sees-north-south-climate-split

Gilbert White Special Issue https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/venv20/current#.VHVLuku4lFI

Surging Waters looks at flooding in the United States and demonstrates how science is supporting flood management, as well as furthering the solutions needed to mitigate flood impacts on people and property in the future https://scienceisessential.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2019/09/Surging_Waters_credits_pages_web.pdf

Rethinking resilience to wildfire https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/58436

Hurricane resilience in the Bahamas: Ecosystem https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190924154350.htm

Devising an Earthquake Algorithm to Save Lives https://www.wsj.com/video/devising-an-earthquake-algorithm-to-save-lives/A94E85D7-4B25-4025-96A1-1D6FDEA51436.html

Imelda, Florence, Harvey: Bigger Rains and Bigger Floods https://www.nrdc.org/experts/joel-scata/imelda-florence-harvey-bigger-rains-and-bigger-floods

The Effect Of The Rising UK Flood Risk On Commercial Property https://www.todaysconveyancer.co.uk/partner-news/effect-rising-uk-flood-risk-commercial-property/

Cumbria Strategic Flood Partnership (CSFP) brings together Flood Risk Management Authorities and other organisations including representation from community groups https://thefloodhub.co.uk/your-local-area/cumbria/

Risk Rating 2.0 Overview https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1569002542461-a458061bb06a2d7cf6dbdf83bbd8d763/RiskRatingOverview_May2019_to_Sept2019.pdf

Calgary flood protection project faces opposition https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/catastrophes/calgary-flood-protection-project-faces-opposition-1004168812/

Role of earthquake motions in triggering a ‘surprise’ tsunami https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190905090931.htm

Herogram illustrates how ECMWF scientists support EU flood work https://www.ecmwf.int/en/about/media-centre/news/2019/herogram-illustrates-how-ecmwf-scientists-support-eu-flood-work

Paradise Dam will have ‘some difficulty’ in extreme flood event https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-25/dam-water-release-paradise-drought-bundaberg-north-burnett/11543600

New satellite may make flood prediction easier https://phys.org/news/2019-09-satellite-easier.html

Extreme floods that once came every 100 years will be annual event by 2050: UN climate report https://nationalpost.com/news/world/extreme-floods-that-once-came-every-100-years-will-be-annual-event-by-2050-un-climate-report

Tsunami Disasters and Global Heating in Japan: Incremental or Transformational Adaptation to Sea Level Rise? https://medium.com/@SheffSocScience/tsunami-disasters-and-global-heating-in-japan-incremental-or-transformational-adaptation-to-sea-d5f9c0665ad8

Dr Lee Bosher : The terrifying experience that led to a lifetime of work https://volume.lboro.ac.uk/throughthestorm/

The satellite-based atlas includes information about more than 13 million fires https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145417/a-new-global-fire-atlas

Flood Gates, Flood Walls and Home Buyouts: Coming Soon To Miami? https://www.wlrn.org/post/flood-gates-flood-walls-and-home-buyouts-coming-soon-miami

 

Emergency management

‘Opening the Door to Hell Itself’: Bahamas Confronts Life After Hurricane Dorian https://www.wsj.com/articles/opening-the-door-to-hell-itself-bahamas-confronts-life-after-hurricane-dorian-11569176306

We talked to Obama’s top FEMA official on the future of flooding and what humanity can do to prepare https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/craig-fugate-obama-fema-imelda-flooding-887712/

Why will FEMA spend as much in past 2 years as the previous 37? Here’s how disaster aid works https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/446635-why-will-fema-spend-as-much-in-past-2-years-as-the-previous-37

Imelda dumped 40 inches of rain on Texas — and it wasn’t even a hurricane? https://grist.org/article/imelda-dumped-40-inches-of-rain-on-texas-and-it-wasnt-even-a-hurricane/

Public-Private-People Relationship Stakeholder Model for disaster and humanitarian operations https://www.researchgate.net/publication/313485734_Public-Private-People_Relationship_Stakeholder_Model_for_disaster_and_humanitarian_operations

Exploring the Complications of Counting Casualties After Natural Disasters http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=9122019

FEMA officials tour safe rooms in Joplin, Webb City https://www.joplinglobe.com/news/local_news/fema-officials-tour-safe-rooms-in-joplin-webb-city/article_6cb18444-88a2-564d-b330-a2a4036a381f.html

UAE rescues 50,000 people from floods in Sudan https://gulfnews.com/uae/uae-rescues-50000-people-from-floods-in-sudan-1.66672578

Minister reassures Nigerians of measures to tackle floods https://www.matthewtegha.com/2019/09/minister-reassures-nigerians-of.html

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Children, young people and flooding http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/cyp-floodrecovery/

The Role of Children in Creating Culturally Sensitive Disaster Management https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/special-collection/the-role-of-children-in-creating-culturally-sensitive-disaster-management?

International Day for Disaster Reduction 13 October https://www.un.org/en/events/disasterreductionday/index.shtml

Climate Watch an App developed to monitor the effects of climate change locally https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBsY_gaLHCg&feature=youtu.be

The Regional Resilience Exposure Tool (R2ET) is intended to function as a base-line resource for citizens, businesses, and governmental actors to kickstart conversations about sea level rise and emergency preparedness http://buildcommunityresilience.com/northeastflorida/

 

Psychology and Disasters

The National Household Survey (NHS) tracks progress in personal disaster preparedness through investigation of the American public’s preparedness actions, attitudes, and motivations https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/182373

 

Sociology and disasters

Community Resilience: A Case Study of a Community of Fortaleza, CE https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335943543_Community_Resilience_A_Case_Study_of_a_Community_of_Fortaleza_CE

Visually exploring social perceptions of environmental harm in global urban contextshttps://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0011392118823842?journalCode=csia

A coupled human–natural systems framework of community resilience https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329587615_A_coupled_human-natural_systems_framework_of_community_resilience

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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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