Today in disaster resilience (6 December 2019)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Sri Lanka – 3 Dead, Hundreds Displaced After Floods and Landslides

Uganda – Thousands Affected by Landslides in Western Region

Mexico – Heavy Rain and Deadly Floods in Chihuahua and Sinaloa

Malaysia – Floods Displaced Over 2,000 in Terengganu

Rains lash many parts of Tamil Nadu, more forecast; five dead in city

Heavy rain batters southern France, causing new wave of deadly floods

Philippines evacuates hundreds of thousands ahead of typhoon, to shut main airport

French floods: five dead after three rescue workers killed in helicopter crash

Two children dead, one missing in Arizona floods as winter storm blankets U.S.

Malaysia – 2 Dead, 15,000 Displaced as Floods Worsen in Kelantan and Terengganu

Powerful typhoon leaves at least 4 dead in Philippines

Six killed, over 5 000 affected by incessant rains in Sri Lanka

At least 25 dead as days of heavy rain hit Tamil Nadu, India

Uganda – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Eastern Region

Spain – Flash Floods in Murcia After 120mm of Rain in 24 Hours

Angola – Homes Destroyed and Families Displaced After Heavy Rain in South

Volcanic activity worldwide 5 Dec 2019: Fuego volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay, Sakurajima


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The most important issue facing Australia? New survey sees huge spike in concern over climate change

Scientist’s theory of climate’s Titanic moment the ‘tip of a mathematical iceberg’

Methane in the atmosphere is surging, and that’s got scientists worried

Countries from Siberia to Australia are burning: the age of fire is the bleakest warning yet

With Waters Rising And Its Population Falling, What Is Venice’s Future?

Warming toll: 1 degree hotter, trillions of tons of ice gone

Bureau of Meteorology declares spring 2019 the driest on record

COP25: youth ‘leadership’ contrasts with government inaction, says UN chief

Latest climate models confirm need for urgent mitigation

Climate change: Critical year for climate change starts in Madrid

Drone images show Greenland ice sheet becoming more unstable as it fractures

Climate change is forcing one person from their home every two seconds, Oxfam says

Climate change: Study underpins key idea in Antarctic ice loss

One of the most overlooked consequences of climate change? Our mental health

Earth has a couple more chances to avoid catastrophic climate change. This week is one of them

Decade of ‘exceptional’ heat likely to be hottest on record, experts say

A new report sheds more light on how climate change is impacting Alaska Native villages

China’s climate paradox: A leader in coal and clean energy

How Airports Are Protecting Themselves Against Rising Seas

‘Exceptional heat’: Urgent climate action needed to avoid extremes

Climate models have accurately predicted global heating, study finds

Florida Keys Deliver a Hard Message: As Seas Rise, Some Places Can’t Be Saved

The polar regions in a 2°C warmer world

Global emissions to hit 36.8 billion tonnes, beating last year’s record high

Global Carbon Budget 2019

The Climate Crisis Isn’t Just Taking Pacific Islanders’ Homes, It’s Taking Our Identities

Putting Climate Services in Contexts: Advancing Multi-disciplinary Understandings

Floods predicted to uproot 50m people a year as climate heats up

Australian businesses, unions and farmers say Paris agreement requires zero emissions plan

Historic US towns endured wars, storms. What about sea rise?

The loss of the ice shelf supporting one of Antarctica’s most vulnerable glaciers could hasten its collapse, a new study finds


Disaster risk reduction

Inches from disaster: crisis faces Britain’s crumbling coastline

Tsunami unleashed by Anak Krakatoa eruption was at least 100m high

What is the evidence behind hazard-reduction burning?

A new method using fiber-optic cables pinpointed the previously hidden system—and it may reveal more seismic surprises around the globe

After Floods, Some Cities Take On More Restrictive Zoning and Building Regulations

November 2019 Yorkshire floods a 1-in-60 year event

Disaster hacks: South American cities harness tech and nature to tackle flooding

Why the floods in East Africa are so bad

Floating Cities: The Next Big Real Estate Boom

An analysis of UNFCCC-financed coastal adaptation projects: Assessing patterns of project design and contributions to adaptive capacity

Experts say earthquake damage was worse outside Anchorage’s building safety area due to lax oversight

Forecasting Volcanic Eruptions with Artificial Intelligence

Guide to Community Risk Reduction Planning

Quickly and easily share model outputs using Flood Viewer

Can graph theory help prepare for lifeline failure during a disaster?

Selma Estates residents say flooding is costing them their livelihood; Loudoun County to consider buy-out program

Mitigation Matters: Policy Solutions to Reduce Local Flood Risk

The Global Climate Risk Index 2020 analyses to what extent countries and regions have been affected by impacts of weather-related loss events (storms, floods, heat waves etc.)

Atmospheric river storms create $1 billion-a-year flood damage


Emergency management

Kenya – Over 100 Dead, 18,000 Displaced After Recent Floods and Landslides

The large-scale training exercise simulated a 7.7 magnitude earthquake centered along the southwest segment of the New Madrid Seismic Zone

Diversity in emergency management scholarship

East Africa regional floods snapshot

‘Deeply sorry’ PG&E takes blame for California’s deadliest wildfire, seeks ‘technologies’ to limit future risks

Fleet additions enhance aerial capacity

Cohesion when the heat is on

Australian Fire Danger Rating System: preparing for change

Four years on from Storm Desmond


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Due to drought and recent bushfires the environment has for the first time surpassed healthcare, cost of living and the economy to be the number one concern for Australians

SciArt & Hydrology: how about having an art exhibition as part of your hydrology PhD thesis?

At Slow The Flow Calderdale, we want to encourage and empower people and organisations to take action on their own property and land, whether that is private or public-facing

Making geoscience fieldwork inclusive and accessible for students with disabilities


Psychology and Disasters

New research reveals why people do—and don’t—give after disasters

Distress tolerance plays role in alcohol use and abuse among firefighters


Sociology and disasters

Flooding and the New Normal: What is the Role of Gender in Experiences of Post‐Disaster Ontological Security?

A social identity model of riot diffusion: From injustice to empowerment in the 2011 London riots


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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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