Today in disaster resilience (6 December 2019)

disaster

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 http://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-landslide-central-province-november-2019

Uganda – Thousands Affected by Landslides in Western Region http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-bundibugyo-landslides-november-2019

Mexico – Heavy Rain and Deadly Floods in Chihuahua and Sinaloa http://floodlist.com/america/mexico-floods-sinaloa-chihuahua-november-2019

Malaysia – Floods Displaced Over 2,000 in Terengganu http://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-floods-terengganu-november-2019

Rains lash many parts of Tamil Nadu, more forecast; five dead in city https://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india/rains-lash-many-parts-tamil-nadu-forecast-567929

Heavy rain batters southern France, causing new wave of deadly floods https://watchers.news/2019/12/02/heavy-rain-batters-southern-france-causing-new-wave-of-deadly-floods/

Philippines evacuates hundreds of thousands ahead of typhoon, to shut main airport http://news.trust.org/item/20191202150836-6h762/

French floods: five dead after three rescue workers killed in helicopter crash https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/02/dead-french-floods-as-rescue-helicopter-crashes-marsellie-var-riviera

Two children dead, one missing in Arizona floods as winter storm blankets U.S. https://news.yahoo.com/two-children-dead-one-missing-201044537.html

Malaysia – 2 Dead, 15,000 Displaced as Floods Worsen in Kelantan and Terengganu http://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-floods-kelantan-terengganu-december-2019

Powerful typhoon leaves at least 4 dead in Philippines https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-12-03/philippines-typhoon-kammuri

Six killed, over 5 000 affected by incessant rains in Sri Lanka https://watchers.news/2019/12/02/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 https://watchers.news/2019/12/03/at-least-25-dead-as-days-of-heavy-rain-hit-tamil-nadu-india/

Uganda – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Eastern Region http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-bududa-sironko-december-2019

Spain – Flash Floods in Murcia After 120mm of Rain in 24 Hours http://floodlist.com/europe/spain-flash-floods-murcia-december-2019

Angola – Homes Destroyed and Families Displaced After Heavy Rain in South http://floodlist.com/africa/angola-floods-cunene-december-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 5 Dec 2019: Fuego volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay, Sakurajima https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/93534/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-5-Dec-2019-Fuego-volcano-Dukono-Reventador-Sangay-Sakurajima-Nevad.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The most important issue facing Australia? New survey sees huge spike in concern over climate change https://theconversation.com/the-most-important-issue-facing-australia-new-survey-sees-huge-spike-in-concern-over-climate-change-127688?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Scientist’s theory of climate’s Titanic moment the ‘tip of a mathematical iceberg’ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/01/scientists-theory-of-climates-titanic-moment-the-tip-of-a-mathematical-iceberg?CMP=share_btn_tw

Methane in the atmosphere is surging, and that’s got scientists worried https://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-methane-atmosphere-accelerating-20190301-story.html

Countries from Siberia to Australia are burning: the age of fire is the bleakest warning yet https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/29/countries-from-siberia-to-australia-are-burning-the-age-of-fire-is-the-bleakest-warning-yet?CMP=share_btn_tw

With Waters Rising And Its Population Falling, What Is Venice’s Future? https://www.npr.org/2019/11/30/783360543/with-waters-rising-and-its-population-falling-what-is-venices-future

Warming toll: 1 degree hotter, trillions of tons of ice gone https://apnews.com/e5687657f8544c30b42f0c8641a4f7db

Bureau of Meteorology declares spring 2019 the driest on record https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-02/bureau-of-meteorology-declares-spring-2019-the-driest-on-record/11755848

COP25: youth ‘leadership’ contrasts with government inaction, says UN chief https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/dec/01/island-states-want-decisive-action-to-prevent-inundation?CMP=share_btn_tw

Latest climate models confirm need for urgent mitigation https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-019-0660-0

Climate change: Critical year for climate change starts in Madrid https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50588128

Drone images show Greenland ice sheet becoming more unstable as it fractures https://phys.org/news/2019-12-drone-images-greenland-ice-sheet.html

Climate change is forcing one person from their home every two seconds, Oxfam says https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/12/01/world/oxfam-climate-displacement-intl-scli/index.html?__twitter_impression=true

Climate change: Study underpins key idea in Antarctic ice loss https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50625396

One of the most overlooked consequences of climate change? Our mental health https://www.ehn.org/how-climate-change-affects-mental-health-2641458829.html

Earth has a couple more chances to avoid catastrophic climate change. This week is one of them https://theconversation.com/earth-has-a-couple-more-chances-to-avoid-catastrophic-climate-change-this-week-is-one-of-them-128120?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Decade of ‘exceptional’ heat likely to be hottest on record, experts say https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/03/decade-of-exceptional-heat-likely-to-be-hottest-on-record-experts-say?CMP=share_btn_tw

A new report sheds more light on how climate change is impacting Alaska Native villages https://www.ktoo.org/2019/12/01/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 https://apnews.com/0383cebcfa19411783f732bd17cc3fa8

How Airports Are Protecting Themselves Against Rising Seas https://www.wired.com/story/how-airports-protecting-rising-seas/

‘Exceptional heat’: Urgent climate action needed to avoid extremes https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/exceptional-heat-urgent-climate-action-needed-to-avoid-extremes-20191203-p53gih.html

Climate models have accurately predicted global heating, study finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/04/climate-models-have-accurately-predicted-global-heating-study-finds?CMP=share_btn_tw

Florida Keys Deliver a Hard Message: As Seas Rise, Some Places Can’t Be Saved https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/04/climate/florida-keys-climate-change.html

The polar regions in a 2°C warmer world https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/12/eaaw9883

Global emissions to hit 36.8 billion tonnes, beating last year’s record high https://theconversation.com/global-emissions-to-hit-36-8-billion-tonnes-beating-last-years-record-high-128113

Global Carbon Budget 2019 https://www.earth-syst-sci-data.net/11/1783/2019/essd-11-1783-2019.pdf

The Climate Crisis Isn’t Just Taking Pacific Islanders’ Homes, It’s Taking Our Identities https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/43kje3/climate-change-isnt-just-taking-indigenous-pacific-islanders-homes-its-taking-our-identities

Putting Climate Services in Contexts: Advancing Multi-disciplinary Understandings https://link.springer.com/journal/10584/157/1

Floods predicted to uproot 50m people a year as climate heats up https://www.nst.com.my/world/world/2019/12/544535/floods-predicted-uproot-50m-people-year-climate-heats

Australian businesses, unions and farmers say Paris agreement requires zero emissions plan https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/05/business-unions-and-farmers-urge-australia-to-cut-net-greenhouse-gas-emissions-to-zero?CMP=share_btn_tw

Historic US towns endured wars, storms. What about sea rise? https://m.phys.org/news/2019-12-historic-towns-wars-storms-sea.html

The loss of the ice shelf supporting one of Antarctica’s most vulnerable glaciers could hasten its collapse, a new study finds https://blogs.agu.org/geospace/2019/12/04/new-study-models-impact-of-calving-on-retreat-of-thwaites-glacier/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Inches from disaster: crisis faces Britain’s crumbling coastline https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/01/climate-crisis-leaves-british-coastlines-inches-from-disaster?CMP=share_btn_tw

Tsunami unleashed by Anak Krakatoa eruption was at least 100m high http://www.geologypage.com/2019/11/tsunami-unleashed-by-anak-krakatoa-eruption-was-at-least-100m-high.html

What is the evidence behind hazard-reduction burning? https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6514176/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 https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/11/mysterious-tectonic-fault-zone-found-off-california-using-fiber-optics/

After Floods, Some Cities Take On More Restrictive Zoning and Building Regulations https://www.routefifty.com/management/2019/11/flooding-ordinances-zoning-mitigation/161500/

November 2019 Yorkshire floods a 1-in-60 year event https://www.sott.net/article/424842-November-flooding-in-UK-a-once-in-60-years-weather-event

Disaster hacks: South American cities harness tech and nature to tackle flooding https://reliefweb.int/report/brazil/disaster-hacks-south-american-cities-harness-tech-and-nature-tackle-flooding

Why the floods in East Africa are so bad https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-50628420

Floating Cities: The Next Big Real Estate Boom https://www.forbes.com/sites/wadeshepard/2019/12/02/floating-cities-the-next-big-real-estate-boom/#5589920c7bd5

An analysis of UNFCCC-financed coastal adaptation projects: Assessing patterns of project design and contributions to adaptive capacity https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305750X19303973

Experts say earthquake damage was worse outside Anchorage’s building safety area due to lax oversight https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/anchorage/2019/12/01/experts-say-earthquake-damage-was-worse-outside-anchorages-building-safety-area-due-to-lax-oversight/

Forecasting Volcanic Eruptions with Artificial Intelligence https://eos.org/research-spotlights/forecasting-volcanic-eruptions-with-artificial-intelligence

Guide to Community Risk Reduction Planning https://strategicfire.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/CRR-Planning-Guide-v4.0.pdf

Quickly and easily share model outputs using Flood Viewer https://www.floodmodeller.com/news/articles/2019/12/quickly-and-easily-share-model-outputs-using-flood-viewer/

Can graph theory help prepare for lifeline failure during a disaster? https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/66

Selma Estates residents say flooding is costing them their livelihood; Loudoun County to consider buy-out program https://www.loudountimes.com/news/selma-estates-residents-say-flooding-is-costing-them-their-livelihood/article_7b4a2806-169b-11ea-b1ac-4b1a8e9cb88f.html

Mitigation Matters: Policy Solutions to Reduce Local Flood Risk https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2019/11/19/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.) https://www.germanwatch.org/en/17307

Atmospheric river storms create $1 billion-a-year flood damage https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/12/191204152842.htm

 

Emergency management

Kenya – Over 100 Dead, 18,000 Displaced After Recent Floods and Landslides http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-floods-november-2019

The large-scale training exercise simulated a 7.7 magnitude earthquake centered along the southwest segment of the New Madrid Seismic Zone https://efficientgov.com/blog/2019/12/02/shaken-fury-2019-field-testing-emergency-response-technology/

Diversity in emergency management scholarship https://eurekamag.com/research/066/727/066727684.php

East Africa regional floods snapshot https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/ROSEA_20191127_EasternAfrica_Flood_Snapshot_November2019_final.pdf

‘Deeply sorry’ PG&E takes blame for California’s deadliest wildfire, seeks ‘technologies’ to limit future risks https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/12/03/pg-e-camp-fire-california-regulators/2602300001/

Fleet additions enhance aerial capacity https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/fleet-additions-enhance-aerial-capacity

Cohesion when the heat is on https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/cohesion-when-the-heat-is-on

Australian Fire Danger Rating System: preparing for change https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/australian-fire-danger-rating-system-preparing-for-change

Four years on from Storm Desmond https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/18080438.four-years-storm-desmond/?ref=twtrec

 

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 https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/environment-is-prime-worry-for-the-first-time-poll-20191201-p53fu5.html

SciArt & Hydrology: how about having an art exhibition as part of your hydrology PhD thesis? https://blogs.egu.eu/divisions/hs/2019/12/04/sciart-hydrology/

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 http://slowtheflow.net/nfm-suds-opportunities/

Making geoscience fieldwork inclusive and accessible for students with disabilities https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/gsa/geosphere/article/doi/10.1130/GES02006.1/574966/Making-geoscience-fieldwork-inclusive-and

 

Psychology and Disasters

New research reveals why people do—and don’t—give after disasters https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hope-resilience/201912/the-psychology-behind-our-disaster-giving

Distress tolerance plays role in alcohol use and abuse among firefighters https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-12-distress-tolerance-role-alcohol-abuse.html

 

Sociology and disasters

Flooding and the New Normal: What is the Role of Gender in Experiences of Post‐Disaster Ontological Security? https://www.researchgate.net/publication/333976362_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 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ejsp.2650

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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/ Check out my latest book 'Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement' at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1119569796/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i6 I am also a published fiction writer specialising in short stories and poems - see https://neilduftyfiction.com/

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