Today in disaster resilience (3 April 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Large tornado rips through Jonesboro, causing extensive damage, Arkansas https://watchers.news/2020/03/29/jonesboro-tornado-damage-march-2020-arkansas/

Indonesia – Deadly Landslide in Bali http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-landslide-kubutambahan-bali-january-2019

Indonesia – Deadly Landslide in South Sulawesi http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-landslide-south-sulawesi-march-2020

Kenya – Hundreds of Families Displaced by Flooding in Western Counties http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-floods-busia-siaya-march-2020

Syria – Deadly Floods in North http://floodlist.com/asia/syria-floods-raqqa-march-2020

Nineteen killed in massive China forest fire https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/03/31/nineteen-killed-in-massive-china-forest-fire.html

Iran – More Fatalities After Floods in Fars Province http://floodlist.com/asia/iran-fars-floods-march-2020

Peru – Homes Destroyed After Floods and Mudslides in Huánuco http://floodlist.com/america/peru-floods-maranon-huanuco-march-2020

India – Evacuations After Rain Triggers Landslides in Jammu and Kashmir http://floodlist.com/asia/india-jammu-ramban-landslide-march-2020

Pakistan – More Rain Damage in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan http://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-floods-landslides-khyberpakhtunkhwa-balochistan-march-2020

DR Congo – Thousands Affected by Floods in Maniema Province http://floodlist.com/africa/drcongo-floods-maniema-march-2020

More than 3,000 have died from COVID-19 have died in the US https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/30/health/us-coronavirus-updates-monday/index.html

Tornadoes touch down in Alabama and Mississippi https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/31/us/tornadoes-alabama-mississippi/index.html

Coronavirus Australia live news: CSIRO launches initial trial stage of two COVID-19 vaccines https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/coronavirus/coronavirus-australia-live-news-csiro-launches-initial-trial-stage-of-two-covid-19-vaccines/ar-BB122sK5?ocid=spartandhp

Indonesia – Thousands Affected by Floods in Bandung http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-bandung-march-2020

Afghanistan – Flash Floods Leave 11 Dead, Homes Destroyed http://floodlist.com/asia/afghanistan-floods-march-2020

Papua New Guinea – Floods Hit Morobe Province http://floodlist.com/asia/papua-new-guinea-morobe-province-april-2020

Spain – Dozens Rescued From Floods in Castellón After Highest Rainfall in 30 Years http://floodlist.com/europe/spain-floods-castellon-april-2020

Coronavirus latest: Confirmed cases cross the 1-million mark https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00154-w?utm_source=twt_nnc&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=naturenews&sf232266766=1

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Carbon emissions will drop, but experts fear ‘revenge pollution’ https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/carbon-emissions-will-drop-but-experts-fear-revenge-pollution-20200327-p54eft.html

The annual Australia’s Environment report finds last year’s heat and drought caused unprecedented damage https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/30/probably-the-worst-year-in-a-century-the-environmental-toll-of-2019?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

Why Clouds Are the Key to New Troubling Projections on Warming https://e360.yale.edu/features/why-clouds-are-the-key-to-new-troubling-projections-on-warming

Barclays sets net zero carbon target for 2050 after investor pressure https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/30/barclays-sets-net-zero-carbon-target-for-2050-after-investor-pressure-climate?CMP=share_btn_tw

Coronavirus and climate change: The pandemic is a fire drill for our planet’s future https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/coronavirus-climate-change-pandemic-fire-drill-our-planet-s-future-ncna1169991

Anatomy of a heatwave: how Antarctica recorded a 20.75°C day last month https://theconversation.com/anatomy-of-a-heatwave-how-antarctica-recorded-a-20-75-c-day-last-month-134550?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=bylinetwitterbutton

Coal phase-out can provide “cheap” way to reduce emissions, researchers say https://reneweconomy.com.au/coal-phase-out-can-provide-cheap-way-to-reduce-emissions-researchers-say-13731/

‘Very un-Antarctic’: When the icy continent was not very cold at all https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/very-un-antarctic-when-the-icy-continent-was-not-very-cold-at-all-20200330-p54fe7.html

Why the climate crisis is harder to spot in the UK and US https://www.theguardian.com/news/2020/mar/20/weatherwatch-why-climate-change-harder-spot-uk-us

Tackling climate change https://www.wired.com/story/what-you-can-do-solve-climate-change/

Beneath the virus lurks a bigger emergency, but the world is distracted from the climate threat https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/beneath-the-virus-lurks-a-bigger-emergency-but-the-world-is-distracted-from-the-climate-threat-20200328-p54et4.html

Rain, floods and confused seals: Inside Antarctica’s warmest-ever summer https://www.euronews.com/2020/03/31/rain-floods-and-confused-seals-inside-antarctica-s-warmest-ever-summer

‘We must use this time well’: climate experts hopeful after Cop26 delay https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/02/we-must-use-this-time-well-climate-experts-hopeful-after-cop26-delay-coronavirus

 

Disaster risk reduction

Australia’s Environment in 2019 https://www.wenfo.org/aer/

What we’ve learned about the coronavirus — and what we still need to know https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/26/what-weve-learned-about-the-coronavirus-and-what-we-still-need-to-know/

Post-fire ecological stocktake https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/saturdayextra/post-fire-ecological-stocktake/12050408

Effective transmission across the globe: the role of climate in COVID-19 mitigation strategies https://cmmid.github.io/topics/covid19/current-patterns-transmission/role-of-climate.html

The Coronavirus Outbreak Presents Unique Housing Challenges for Seniors https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/the-coronavirus-outbreak-presents-unique-housing-challenges-for-seniors

UN launches COVID-19 plan that could ‘defeat the virus and build a better world’ https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/03/1060702

A lethal pandemic was considered the most serious security risk to the UK. But nothing was done https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2020/03/why-weren-t-we-ready

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s Floodplain Manager newsletter https://molinostewart.com.au/editorial/floodplain-manager-march-2020/

This Looks Like a Depression, Not a Recession https://marker.medium.com/this-looks-like-a-depression-not-a-recession-16a123f966d8

Live animal trade continues across India and Asia https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/coronavirus-animals-india-kill-eat-asia-video-china-vietnam-dogs-cats-a9441356.html

Natural solutions to UK flooding climb the agenda https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/02/thank-you-greta-natural-solutions-to-uk-flooding-climb-the-agenda-aoe

4 major hurricanes are predicted as part of an above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/02/weather/2020-atlantic-hurricane-season/index.html

What climate change means for Northwestern US wildfires https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200402134613.htm

Initial Insured Losses for UK’s February Floods Estimated at £297M (US$367.8M) https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2020/04/02/563118.htm

 

Emergency management

The residents of Ironbridge are still recovering from flooding earlier this year and now they must prepare for a pandemic https://news.sky.com/story/ironbridge-faces-new-challenge-of-coronavirus-after-it-was-hit-by-severe-flooding-11965174

Africa is woefully ill-equipped to cope with covid-19 https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2020/03/26/africa-is-woefully-ill-equipped-to-cope-with-covid-19

How South Korea flattened the curve https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/south-korea-coronavirus-flatten-curve-covid-19?utm_content=buffer4db48&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Italy starts to bend coronavirus curve https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/italy/

The home front: How international aid workers are fighting COVID-19 in Italy https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news-feature/2020/03/31/italy-coronavirus-aid-workers?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social

San Francisco Shut Down: COVID-19 Quarantine https://youtu.be/uWYdU5weIxc

Japan struggles to get a grip on social distancing http://www.newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/126692.php

Is coronavirus hitting young Americans harder than we thought? https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/01/coronavirus-young-americans-covid-19?CMP=share_btn_tw

FEMA braces for a multi-front war as hurricane season looms https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/01/fema-braces-for-hurricane-season-160655

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Public views of the coronavirus’s impact on the U.S. https://www.people-press.org/2020/03/26/public-views-of-the-coronaviruss-impact-on-the-u-s/

Getting people to comply with social distancing policies is basically an exercise in marketing https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/to-flatten-the-covid-19-curve-target-the-subconscious/?utm_medium=social&utm_content=organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=SciAm_&sf232109653=1

Epidemics in Movies https://tools.cdc.gov/medialibrary/index.aspx#/media/id/405750

Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement Book https://hazards.colorado.edu/library/new-reads

How to Care for a Loved One With Coronavirus https://www.self.com/story/coronavirus-care

Learn About Groundwater At Home! https://www.groundwater.org/learn-at-home/learn.html

 

Psychology and Disasters

Isolation is hazardous to your health. The term ‘social distancing’ doesn’t help https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2020-03-28/isolation-is-hazardous-to-your-health-the-term-social-distancing-doesnt-help

Navigating the new rules of social distance etiquette https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/navigating-the-new-rules-of-social-distance-etiquette-20200326-p54edc.html

A COVID-19 survival guide for parents of tweens and teens https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/going-beyond-intelligence/202003/is-the-new-normal

 

Sociology and disasters

Coronavirus: Portugal to treat migrants as residents during pandemic https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/coronavirus-portugal-migrants-asylum-seekers-treatment-residents-a9431831.html

The Real Pandemic Danger Is Social Collapse https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2020-03-19/real-pandemic-danger-social-collapse

For the 2.5 million people in Metro Manila who reside in crowded slums, community quarantining and social distancing have entirely different implications https://www.ph.undp.org/content/philippines/en/home/presscenter/articles/-opinion-editorial–a-crisis-for-all.html

COVID-19 and the displaced https://www.refugeesinternational.org/reports/2020/3/29/covid-19-and-the-displaced-addressing-the-threat-of-the-novel-coronavirus-in-humanitarian-emergencies

Coronavirus infection rates begin to fall, but ‘flattening the curve’ may mean WA is locked down even longer https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-01/coronavirus-wa-cases-fall-as-wa-begins-to-flatten-the-curve/12107326

Coronavirus could be final straw for EU, European experts warn https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/01/coronavirus-could-be-final-straw-for-eu-european-experts-warn?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

We aren’t just stopping coronavirus. We’re building a new world https://thecorrespondent.com/385/we-arent-just-stopping-coronavirus-were-building-a-new-world/50968856015-625b9768

1 in 10 children affected by bushfires is Indigenous. We’ve been ignoring them for too long https://theconversation.com/1-in-10-children-affected-by-bushfires-is-indigenous-weve-been-ignoring-them-for-too-long-135212

A Beginner’s Guide to the Importance of Social Capital During a Pandemic https://thewire.in/government/physical-distancing-social-capital-coronavirus-pandemic-public-confidence

Social Capital’s Role in Humanitarian Crises https://www.researchgate.net/publication/339850407_Social_Capital’s_Role_in_Humanitarian_Crises

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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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