Today in disaster resilience (21 February 2020)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Storm Dennis: Major incidents declared in south Wales and Herefordshire https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-51519635

Mississippi Braces for ‘Third Worst Flood’ in State History https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/national-international/mississippi-braces-for-flooding-amid-cresting-river/2297828/

Mozambique – Floods Hit Central Provinces http://floodlist.com/africa/mozambique-floods-february-2020

Hardin County homes entirely submerged in floodwaters https://www.accuweather.com/en/videos/hardin-county-homes-entirely-submerged-in-floodwaters/

Storm Dennis causes record number of flood warnings as UK rocked by wild weather https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-17/storm-dennis-sees-record-number-of-flood-warnings-as-uk-rocked-/11971168

UK – Evacuations After Storm Dennis Triggers Major Flooding in England and Wales http://floodlist.com/europe/united-kingdom/storm-dennis-floods-england-wales-february-2020

Peru – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Puno and Ayacucho http://floodlist.com/america/peru-floods-landslides-puno-ayacucho-february-2020

“This Thing Isn’t Over Yet”: Officials Warn Flooding in Mississippi and Tennessee to Continue https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/17/thing-isnt-over-yet-officials-warn-flooding-mississippi-and-tennessee-continue

Zimbabwe – Widespread Damage After Floods in Binga District http://floodlist.com/africa/zimbabwe-floods-binga-district-february-2020

USA – Mississippi Declares Flood Emergency http://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-mississippi-february-2020

Tanzania – Evacuations Ordered as Dam Threatens Collapse http://floodlist.com/africa/tanzania-evacuations-mwanga-dam-collapse-february-2020

Argentina – Hundreds Evacuate Floods in North http://floodlist.com/america/argentina-tucuman-salta-chaco-floods-february-2020

Indonesia – Heavy Rain, Floods and Landslides Hit 4 Provinces http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-lanadslides-westsumatra-westjava-westnusatenggara-eastkalimantan-february-2020

Two Japan cruise ship passengers die from coronavirus https://edition.cnn.com/asia/live-news/coronavirus-outbreak-02-20-20-intl-hnk/index.html

Indonesia – Rain Triggers Deadly Landslide in Bogor http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-rain-triggers-deadly-landslide-in-bogor

Argentina – Hundreds Evacuate Floods in North http://floodlist.com/america/argentina-tucuman-salta-chaco-floods-february-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Feb 2020: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Ibu, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/98606/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-20-Feb-2020-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Ibu-Dukono-Rincon-de-la-Vi.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The story of coal and climate change is not a tale of two cities, but a tale of two regional Australias https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/feb/14/i-spent-weeks-reporting-on-the-bushfires-this-is-the-truth-about-regional-australia?CMP=share_btn_tw

Climate summit calls for urgent action after Australia’s fire-hit summer https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/15/climate-summit-calls-for-urgent-action-after-australias-fire-hit-summer?CMP=share_btn_tw

An Iceberg Triple The Size Of San Francisco Breaks Off Antarctica’s Most Endangered Glacier https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2020/02/17/antarctica-iceberg-breaks-off

UK must prepare for more intense storms, climate scientists say https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/feb/17/uk-must-prepare-for-more-intense-storms-climate-scientists-say?CMP=share_btn_tw

Scientists say climate change is behind the unprecedented intensity of the bushfires that have burned a reported 27 million acres in Australia https://www.cbsnews.com/news/australia-fires-climate-change-relationship-60-minutes-2020-02-16/

“Glacial Earthquakes” Spotted for the First Time on Thwaites https://eos.org/articles/glacial-earthquakes-spotted-for-the-first-time-on-thwaites

Public support for new coalmines falls even among Coalition voters, ANU poll finds https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/feb/18/coalitions-handling-of-bushfires-causes-substantial-decline-in-support-anu-poll-finds

Solar thermal power the way forward for Australia despite hiccups, nuclear expert says https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-18/solar-thermal-power-should-be-major-export-expert-says/11971938

Australia has done little on emissions, and is not planning much in next decade https://reneweconomy.com.au/australia-has-done-little-on-emissions-and-is-not-planning-much-in-next-decade-71549/

How heat and drought turned Australia into a tinderbox https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-19/australia-bushfires-how-heat-and-drought-created-a-tinderbox/11976134

Vancouver has been named a global leader for climate change https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/vancouver-global-leader-climate-change-cdp

Study indicates human fossil methane emissions have been underestimated by up to 40% https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/19/oil-gas-industry-far-worse-climate-impact-than-thought-fossil-fuels-methane

The Antarctic Peninsula is setting heat records. They won’t stand long https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/02/antarctic-peninsula-setting-heat-records-wont-stand-long/

There Is No Impending ‘Mini Ice Age’ https://climate.nasa.gov/blog/2953/there-is-no-impending-mini-ice-age/

Two New Studies Add Fuel to the Debate Over Methane https://insideclimatenews.org/news/20022020/two-new-studies-add-fuel-debate-over-methane

 

Disaster risk reduction

Earthquake experts lay out latest outlook for the ‘Really Big One’ that’ll hit Seattle https://www.geekwire.com/2020/earthquake-researchers-lay-latest-outlook-really-big-one-thatll-hit-seattle/

Flood defences in England get 1% of infrastructure spending https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-51463267

Rain has eased the dry, but more is needed to break the drought https://theconversation.com/rain-has-eased-the-dry-but-more-is-needed-to-break-the-drought-131660?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=footertwitterbutton

Met Office forecasters set for ‘billion pound’ supercomputer https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51504002

The Guardian view on flooded Britain: breaking the waves https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/17/the-guardian-view-on-flooded-britain-breaking-the-waves

City launches ‘Resilient Houston’ plan to prepare for future disasters https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/amp/City-launches-Resilient-Houston-plan-to-15051469.php

The role of a fractured planning system that still enables developers to build homes in high flood risk areas https://theconversation.com/how-englands-broken-planning-system-has-created-not-reduced-the-risk-of-floods-127287

Flooding in the UK isn’t an act of God, it’s an act of government https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/17/flooding-uk-george-eustice-met-office

Exceptional satellite presentation of deep North Atlantic cyclone nearing Iceland this evening https://www.severe-weather.eu/mcd/exceptional-satellite-presentation-cyclone-iceland-mk/

Beavers introduced to Yorkshire in 2019 may have prevented Storm Dennis flooding with their dams https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/latest-news/beavers-introduced-to-yorkshire-in-2019-may-have-prevented-storm-dennis-flooding-with-their-dams-1-10261513

One in 10 new homes in England built on land with high flood risk https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/19/one-in-ten-new-homes-in-england-built-on-land-with-high-flood-risk?CMP=share_btn_tw

‘Natural’ flood management would be overwhelmed by Britain’s winter super-floods https://theconversation.com/natural-flood-management-would-be-overwhelmed-by-britains-winter-super-floods-132150

‘How would you like to handle it?’: the minister, the irrigators and a flood https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/how-would-you-like-to-handle-it-the-minister-the-irrigators-and-a-flood-20200218-p541yv.html

‘It’s appalling we are still building on a flood plain’ – Prof Hannah Cloke https://www.channel4.com/news/its-appalling-we-are-still-building-on-a-food-plain-prof-hannah-cloke

 

Emergency management

Decades of Disaster Data: Local and National https://medialibrary.climatecentral.org/resources/decades-of-disaster-data

More than 75 per cent of Australians were affected either directly or indirectly by the fires https://www.sbs.com.au/news/deadly-bushfires-affected-75-per-cent-of-australians-says-new-study?cid=news:socialshare:twitter

Exposure and the impact on attitudes of the 2019-20 Australian Bushfires https://csrm.cass.anu.edu.au/research/publications/exposure-and-impact-attitudes-2019-20-australian-bushfires-0

Sifting through the ashes: Mallacoota residents after the bushfires https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/gallery/2020/feb/18/sifting-through-the-ashes-mallacoota-residents-after-the-bushfires-in-pictures

CBRNe Summit Europe 2020 https://intelligence-sec.com/events/cbrne-summit-europe-2020/

RFS puts up billboard in New York’s Times Square thanking firefighters https://www.9news.com.au/national/rfs-puts-up-billboard-in-new-yorks-times-square-thanking-firefighters/eb30b56b-536a-4f3d-9f66-6f8996602991?ocid=Social-9NewsS

Coronavirus Update: Diamond Princess Passengers Leave Ship As Expert Slams Quarantine https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/19/807418497/coronavirus-update-diamond-princess-passengers-leave-ship-as-expert-slams-quaran

Winter Is Wildfire Prep Season in California https://www.wsj.com/articles/winter-is-wildfire-prep-season-in-california-11582021800?mod=hp_lead_pos11

After Hurricane Dorian, engaging the private sector in recovery https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2020/after-hurricane-dorian–engaging-the-private-section-in-recovery.html

Coronavirus mapped: the latest figures as the outbreak spreads https://www.ft.com/content/a26fbf7e-48f8-11ea-aeb3-955839e06441?segmentID=22a4a564-acc0-bdcd-29ab-405d952fdcc3

Huge East Gippsland bushfire that burned for three months finally declared ‘contained’ https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-20/east-gippsland-bushfire-contained-after-burning-for-three-months/11982744

Judge: Feds aren’t liable for downstream Harvey flooding https://www.eenews.net/stories/1062402887

Drones to monitor Australia for early bushfire prevention https://dronedj.com/2020/02/14/drones-monitor-australia-bushfire-detection/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

USA: In disasters, Twitter influencers get out-tweeted https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/63681

Social media usage patterns during natural hazards https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0210484

How you can save your home from this floody hell as storms sweep across Britain https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10991716/storms-britain-how-save-home-floody-hell/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Brief communication: Comparing top-down and bottom-up paradigms for global flood hazard mapping https://www.researchgate.net/publication/338788292_Brief_communication_Comparing_top-down_and_bottom-up_paradigms_for_global_flood_hazard_mapping

 

Psychology and Disasters

‘It’s OK to hurt’: Lifeline launches bushfire recovery helpline https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/it-s-ok-to-hurt-lifeline-launches-bushfire-recovery-helpline-20200217-p541mk.html

Exploring changes in hydrogeological risk awareness and preparedness over time: a case study in northeastern Italy https://www.researchgate.net/publication/339312153_Exploring_changes_in_hydrogeological_risk_awareness_and_preparedness_over_time_a_case_study_in_northeastern_Italy

People affected by UK floods tell of their impact and ‘painful, disruptive aftermath’ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/19/worst-thing-is-waiting-flood-hit-communities-stress-uk-flooding?CMP=share_btn_tw

 

Sociology and disasters

The Paradox of Community Involvement: Post-Disaster Reconstruction in Minamisanriku Japan https://www.researchgate.net/publication/339251716_The_Paradox_of_Community_Involvement_Post-Disaster_Reconstruction_in_Minamisanriku_Japan

Flood vulnerability assessment using MOVE framework: a case study of the northern part of district Peshawar, Pakistan https://www.researchgate.net/publication/339273067_Flood_vulnerability_assessment_using_MOVE_framework_a_case_study_of_the_northern_part_of_district_Peshawar_Pakistan

A Genealogy of Resilience https://www.researchgate.net/publication/323188057_A_Genealogy_of_Resilience

Traditional knowledge, social capital, and community response to a disaster: resilience of remote communities in Fiji after a severe climatic event https://www.researchgate.net/publication/339320309_Traditional_knowledge_social_capital_and_community_response_to_a_disaster_resilience_of_remote_communities_in_Fiji_after_a_severe_climatic_event

Active Hope in an Era of Environmental Extremes https://hazards.colorado.edu/workshop/2020/theme

Communities with lower flood resilience capacities and interactions can best build resilience by leveraging their relatively higher human capital capacities to strengthen the financial and social capitals https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10113-020-01593-x

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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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