Today in disaster resilience (13 May 2020)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Coronavirus: Italy Orders Massive Shutdown; Cruise Ship Gets OK To Dock In California https://www.npr.org/2020/03/08/813396080/coronavirus-italy-orders-massive-shutdown-amid-spread

Pakistan – Over 20 Dead After Heavy Rain Destroys Homes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa http://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-rain-khyber-pakhtunkhwa-march-2020

Coronavirus: Whole of Italy placed on ‘red zone’ quarantine and all public events banned https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-italy-lockdown-red-zone-events-cancelled-travel-latest-a9389151.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1583787430

Indonesia – Hundreds Displaced by Flooding as Heavy Rain Continues http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-java-sulawesi-newguinea-march-2020

Rwanda – Heavy Rain and Storms Cause Fatalities http://floodlist.com/africa/rwanda-floods-march-2020

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

Zambia – Thousands Affected by Floods in North http://floodlist.com/africa/zambia-floods-north-march-2020

Iran – Over 20,000 Affected by Floods in South West Says UN http://floodlist.com/asia/iran-floods-lorestan-khuzestan-march-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Mar 2020: Santiaguito volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Klyuchevskoy https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/99869/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-12-Mar-2020-Santiaguito-volcano-Pacaya-Fuego-Klyuchevskoy-Popocate.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

‘We need a serious conversation’: River flows could decline 40% in Australia’s foodbowl https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/we-need-a-serious-conversation-river-flows-could-decline-40-percent-in-australia-s-foodbowl-20200304-p546t4.html

These are the places across Australia people will soon struggle to live in without serious challenges https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/climate-change/these-are-the-places-across-australia-people-will-soon-struggle-to-live-in-without-serious-challenges/news-story/fce6ba88e1b8135866fb2aad720d7101

Be honest Australia, you’re not ‘meeting and beating’ your emissions targets https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/be-honest-australia-you-re-not-meeting-and-beating-your-emissions-targets-20200307-p547u1.html

Renewables keep crunching Australia’s electricity emissions – no thanks to federal policy https://reneweconomy.com.au/renewables-keep-crunching-australias-electricity-emissions-no-thanks-to-federal-policy-15796/

A rare natural phenomenon brings severe drought to Australia. Climate change is making it more common https://theconversation.com/a-rare-natural-phenomenon-brings-severe-drought-to-australia-climate-change-is-making-it-more-common-133058?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=bylinetwitterbutton

What Could Warming Mean for Pathogens like Coronavirus? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-could-warming-mean-for-pathogens-like-coronavirus/

UK’s CO2 emissions have fallen 29% over the past decade https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-uks-co2-emissions-have-fallen-29-per-cent-over-the-past-decade

Coronavirus should give us hope that we are able to tackle the climate crisis https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-should-give-us-hope-that-we-are-able-to-tackle-the-climate-crisis-133174

It’s official: the last five years were the warmest ever recorded https://theconversation.com/its-official-the-last-five-years-were-the-warmest-ever-recorded-133056

WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2019 https://library.wmo.int/index.php?lvl=notice_display&id=21700#.Xmf_2aMzbIU

A solution to cut extreme heat by up to 6 degrees is in our own backyards https://theconversation.com/a-solution-to-cut-extreme-heat-by-up-to-6-degrees-is-in-our-own-backyards-133082

New Circular Economy Action Plan shows the way to a climate-neutral, competitive economy of empowered consumers https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_420

Planet is ‘way off track’ in dealing with climate change, U.N. says https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2020/03/11/climate-change-world-way-off-track-dealing-global-warming/5021961002/

The climate crisis is disrupting life for millions, a report finds https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/10/weather/climate-report-wmo-2019-wxc/index.html?platform=hootsuite

Climate change: The state of our atmosphere https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/climate-change-state-atmosphere-200311123221535.html

Apocalypse never: why climate catastrophe won’t make us change https://thecorrespondent.com/329/apocalypse-never-why-climate-catastrophe-wont-make-us-change/43555204231-a33f6054

Major Greenland glacier collapse 90 years ago linked to climate change https://phys.org/news/2020-03-major-greenland-glacier-collapse-years.html

Polar ice caps melting six times faster than in 1990s https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/11/polar-ice-caps-melting-six-times-faster-than-in-1990s?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Our World, Our Say: Australia’s largest youth survey on climate change https://www.aidr.org.au/news/our-world-our-say-australia-s-largest-youth-survey-on-climate-change/

It’s time to win climate wars, NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean says https://www.sbs.com.au/news/it-s-time-to-win-climate-wars-nsw-environment-minister-matt-kean-says?cid=news:socialshare:twitter

Coronavirus ‘Really Not the Way You Want To Decrease Emissions’ https://insideclimatenews.org/news/10032020/coronavirus-climate-change-economy-emissions

Studies show climate change becoming increasingly bipartisan https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/national/studies-show-climate-change-becoming-increasingly-bipartisan

 

Disaster risk reduction

Economic impact of Australia’s bushfires https://www.moneyaustralia.net/economic-impact-of-bushfires/

‘A terrible summer’: New data reveals economic cost of smoke, fire and hail https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6666542/a-terrible-summer-figures-reveal-economic-cost-of-smoke-fire-and-hail/

The world’s best fire management system is in northern Australia, and it’s led by Indigenous land managers https://theconversation.com/the-worlds-best-fire-management-system-is-in-northern-australia-and-its-led-by-indigenous-land-managers-133071

Urban trees and people’s yards mitigate extreme heat in western Adelaide: final summary report https://researchers.mq.edu.au/en/publications/urban-trees-and-peoples-yards-mitigate-extreme-heat-in-western-ad

Environment Agency warns of ‘difficult decisions’ ahead on Broads flooding https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/norfolk-broads-flooding-environment-agency-warning-1-6552418

What’s the difference between pandemic, epidemic and outbreak? https://sciblogs.co.nz/guestwork/2020/03/12/whats-the-difference-between-pandemic-epidemic-and-outbreak/

Is Coronavirus the Beginning of the End of Offices? https://www.archdaily.com/935197/is-coronavirus-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-offices

How will country-based mitigation measures influence the course of the COVID-19 epidemic? https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30567-5/fulltext

How a groundbreaking new £1.3 million park will help prevent flooding in one corner of Manchester https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/how-groundbreaking-new-13-million-17887953

Emergency risk assessment handbook published https://www.aidr.org.au/news/emergency-risk-assessment-handbook-published/

Special Issue: Securing future of heritage by reducing risks and building resilience https://www.emerald.com/insight/publication/issn/0965-3562/vol/29/iss/1

‘Fossil earthquakes’ offer new insight into seismic activity deep below Earth’s surface https://phys.org/news/2020-03-fossil-earthquakes-insight-seismic-deep.html

Separations between earthquakes reveal clear patterns https://phys.org/news/2020-03-earthquakes-reveal-patterns.html

Building blocks for life on Earth arrived much later than we thought, billion-year-old rocks show https://phys.org/news/2020-03-blocks-life-earth-thought-billion-year-old.html

Water Ways: How the Dutch are building coastal protection for less — with nature’s help https://www.nola.com/news/environment/water_ways/article_0a50735a-5e56-11ea-a7ee-eb8087416f63.html

Chancellor announces spending on flooding will be doubled https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/mar/11/chancellor-announces-spending-on-flooding-will-be-doubled

 

Emergency management

Coronavirus may force Americans to avoid crowds and cancel cruises, health official warns https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa/coronavirus-may-force-americans-to-avoid-crowds-and-cancel-cruises-health-official-warns-idUSKBN20V0MK

Grocery stores can be anchors of resilience during disasters https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/485991-grocery-stores-can-be-anchors-of-resilience-during-disasters#.XmAuGHbuj6Y.twitter

Coronavirus: Israel to bring in 14-day quarantine for all arrivals https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-51809818

‘Traitor’: Boris Johnson heckled as he visits flood-hit area of Worcestershire https://news.sky.com/story/traitor-boris-johnson-heckled-as-he-visits-flood-hit-area-of-worcestershire-11952918

Wollongong to host public thank you day for firies and emergency services https://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/6669247/wollongong-to-host-public-thank-you-day-for-firies-and-emergency-services/

Prefectures in Japan face lack of volunteer interpreters for disasters https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/03/09/national/japan-emergency-interpreters/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#.XmbAOKMzbIU

Data tracks diversity on International Women’s Day 2020 https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/data-tracks-diversity-on-international-women’s-day-2020

NSW bushfire clean-up at last brings some consolation to Conjola Park https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-12/nsw-bushfires-recovery-conjola-park-cleanup/12049644

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

What Is the Death Rate from Coronavirus? https://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/what-is-the-death-rate-from-coronavirus.html

#Action4Floods: National Flood Forum Conference – York March 2020 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/action4floods-national-flood-forum-conference-york-march-mehring

People ‘should work from home’ to tackle coronavirus spread https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/09/people-should-work-from-home-to-tackle-coronavirus-spread

Earthquake Safety at Home Guide https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1582663331734-d055b587ee74e6e5cd9c9cd14e80020d/FEMAP-530_EQSafetyatHome_508.pdf

Coronavirus is a huge story, so journalists must apply the highest ethical standards in how they tell it https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-is-a-huge-story-so-journalists-must-apply-the-highest-ethical-standards-in-how-they-tell-it-133347

Household items salvaged from the ashes are being turned into artworks that tell a story of recovery https://www.redcross.org.au/stories/emergency-services/mosaic-recovery

Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-act-today-or-people-will-die-f4d3d9cd99ca

 

Psychology and Disasters

Why don’t we treat the climate crisis with the same urgency as coronavirus? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/05/governments-coronavirus-urgent-climate-crisis?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Coronavirus should give us hope that we are able to tackle the climate crisis https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-should-give-us-hope-that-we-are-able-to-tackle-the-climate-crisis-133174

Coronavirus is stressful. Here are some ways to cope with the anxiety https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-is-stressful-here-are-some-ways-to-cope-with-the-anxiety-133146

 

Sociology and disasters

In the Hands of a Few: Disaster Recovery Committee Networks https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3544373

‘Best of Wales’: floods bring communities together to recover https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/mar/08/best-of-wales-floods-bring-communities-together-to-recover

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing us to ask some very hard questions. But are we ready for the answers? https://theconversation.com/the-coronavirus-pandemic-is-forcing-us-to-ask-some-very-hard-questions-but-are-we-ready-for-the-answers-132581

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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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