Today in disaster resilience (17 April 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Ecuador – Homes Destroyed by Floods in Quito http://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-quito-april-2020

Storm tears through South amid pandemic; more than 30 dead https://apnews.com/a7b924a128d7d0847784b75d8da98db1?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=AP&utm_source=Twitter

Krakatau volcano (Indonesia): strong explosion https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/krakatau/news/101857/Krakatau-volcano-Indonesia-strong-explosion-last-night.html

Indonesia – Thousands Affected by Floods in Lamongan, East Java http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-lamongan-april-2020

Papua New Guinea – Deadly Landslide in Chimbu Province http://floodlist.com/asia/papua-new-guinea-landslide-chimbu-province-april-2020

Ukrainian officials: Fires out near Chernobyl nuclear plant https://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/world/ukrainian-officials-fires-out-near-chernobyl-nuclear-plant-1.4895010

Yemen – Flash Floods Hit Sana’a http://floodlist.com/asia/yemen-floods-sanaa-april-2020

Iran – Deadly Floods in North and Central Provinces http://floodlist.com/asia/iran-floods-razavikhorasan-yazd-april-2020

Pakistan – More Fatalities After Heavy Rain and Storms in Punjab Province http://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-punjab-floods-rain-july-2018

Ongoing floods affect more than 25 000 in East Java, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2020/04/16/ongoing-floods-affect-more-than-25-000-in-east-java-indonesia/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Thousands of homes damaged as severe thunderstorms lash Thailand https://watchers.news/2020/04/15/thousands-of-homes-damaged-as-severe-thunderstorms-lash-thailand/

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Apr 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Semeru https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/102010/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-16-Apr-2020-Klyuchevskoy-volcano-Popocatepetl-Krakatau-Semeru-Ibu.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Data show one of the strongest predictors of social distancing behavior is attitudes toward climate change https://www.vox.com/2020/4/10/21216216/coronavirus-social-distancing-texas-unacast-climate-change

Are our urban buildings climate-ready? : http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71261

The IPCC’s special report on climate change and land: What’s in it for Africa? http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71241

Enhancing national climate plans through nature-based solutions http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71216

Expanding use of archaeology in climate change response by changing its social environment https://www.pnas.org/content/117/15/8295

A global database of Holocene paleotemperature records https://www.nature.com/articles/s41597-020-0445-3.epdf

Tackling climate change is vital for the strongest economic recovery after coronavirus https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/14/reckoning-with-climate-change-will-support-the-strongest-possible-economic-recovery-after-coronavirus?CMP=share_btn_tw

Estuaries warming and acidifying because of climate change, study finds https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/estuaries-warming-and-acidifying-because-of-climate-change-study-finds-20200414-p54jl4.html

Study reveals one climate strategy could save the world $616 trillion http://www.inkl.com/news/study-reveals-one-climate-strategy-could-save-the-world-616-trillion?share=ZxvzxGTaMzR

How to Adapt to Climate Change From the Bottom Up https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2020-04-13/building-resilient-planet?utm_content=buffer4cc54&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Cities can lead the way on climate change mitigation through green spaces http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71260

Infrastructure and climate change http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71277

Natural catastrophes in times of economic accumulation and climate change http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71269

Scientists confirm dramatic melting of Greenland ice sheet https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/apr/15/scientists-confirm-dramatic-melting-greenland-ice-sheet?CMP=share_btn_tw

Public want radical response to climate change with same urgency as coronavirus, poll finds https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/coronavirus-climate-crisis-uk-government-poll-environment-a9467371.html

Strengthen worldwide climate commitments to improve economy, study finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/14/worldwide-climate-commitments-economy-emissions?CMP=share_btn_tw

Large contribution from anthropogenic warming to an emerging North American megadrought https://science.sciencemag.org/content/368/6488/314

Australia deploying new renewables at ten times global average https://reneweconomy.com.au/australia-deploying-new-renewables-at-ten-times-global-average-11689/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Geohealth: Science’s First Responders https://eos.org/opinions/geohealth-sciences-first-responders

COVID-19 has struck Ethiopia, the second most populous country in Africa, at a moment of heightened vulnerability arising from multiple sources https://www.africa.undp.org/content/rba/en/home/blog/2020/covid-19–how-to-live-with-risk-and-succeed-.html

Hiding in Plain Sight: Conceptualizing the Creeping Crisis https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/rhc3.12193

‘It’s worth a shot’: Australia’s endgame must be total elimination of the virus https://www.smh.com.au/national/it-s-worth-a-shot-australia-s-endgame-must-be-total-elimination-of-the-virus-20200412-p54j71.html

A recent Johns Hopkins University study found that impervious surfaces found in urban areas significantly increase the potential for flooding http://floodlist.com/protection/pavement-increases-flooding-study?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Bridging forecast verification and humanitarian decisions: A valuation approach for setting up action-oriented early warnings https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212094716300172?via%3Dihub

Developing solutions for Climate and Disaster Resilience http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71197

Stanford researchers forecast longer, more extreme wildfire seasons http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71180

What is the difference between complicated and complex systems… and why is it important in understanding the systemic nature of risk? http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71254

Delhi is one of many capitals enjoying improved air quality since restrictions were introduced due to the coronavirus https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/11/positively-alpine-disbelief-air-pollution-falls-lockdown-coronavirus?CMP=share_btn_tw

Coronavirus distancing may need to continue until 2022, say experts https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/14/coronavirus-distancing-continue-until-2022-lockdown-pandemic?CMP=share_btn_tw

Applying Satellite Imagery to NWS Grand Forks Flood Operations https://satelliteliaisonblog.com/2020/04/14/application-example-applying-satellite-imagery-to-nws-grand-forks-flood-operations/

Floodplain evaluation matrix: A multiparameter assessment methodology http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71295

Bats are a key source of human viruses — but they’re not special https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01096-z

We are just now starting to understand the scope of the risk of hurricanes https://emergencypreparednesspartnerships.com/decades-of-hurricane-landfall-data-analyzed/

Ethics and Evidence in the Search for a Vaccine and Treatments for Covid-19 https://www.thehastingscenter.org/ethics-and-evidence-in-the-search-for-a-vaccine-and-treatments-for-covid-19/

One Of Mississippi’s Devastating Easter Tornadoes Was ‘At Least’ Two Miles Wide https://www.forbes.com/sites/dennismersereau/2020/04/15/one-of-mississippis-devastating-easter-tornadoes-was-at-least-two-miles-wide/

Extreme weather events in a time of COVID-19 https://www.undrr.org/news/extreme-weather-events-time-covid-19

 

Emergency management

Life and Death in the ‘Hot Zone’ https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/11/opinion/sunday/coronavirus-hospitals-bronx.html

In the middle of a pandemic, people who live in flood zones are being warned that provincial authorities won’t be able to respond in the usual way https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-communities-across-canada-prepare-for-doubled-crises-of-flooding-in-a/

Queensland bushfires review 2019-20 http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71240

Paradise Dam preparedness review 2019-20 http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71231

Disaster recovery framework guide https://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71170

Scenario planning vital in pandemic response http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71233

Addressing conflicting cues during natural hazards: lessons from emergency agencies http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71268

Why Politicians Ignore Disaster Predictions https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/04/13/why-politicians-ignore-disaster-predictions/

As coronavirus spreads in Congo, Ebola resurfaces https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news-feature/2020/04/13/congo-coronavirus-ebola-new-case?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social

Coronavirus: China’s first confirmed Covid-19 case traced back to November 17 https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3074991/coronavirus-chinas-first-confirmed-covid-19-case-traced-back

Recalibrating disaster governance in ASEAN after the 2018 central Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71248

In Singapore, migrant coronavirus cases highlight containment weak link https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-singapore-migrants/in-singapore-migrant-coronavirus-cases-highlight-containment-weak-link-idUSKCN21X19G

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – the data https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus-data

Virus-hit Asian nations brace for double disasters as extreme weather looms https://news.trust.org/item/20200416132438-y9g86/

What Happens When Other Disasters Hit during a Pandemic? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-happens-when-other-disasters-hit-during-a-pandemic/

In China, This Coronavirus App Pretty Much Controls Your Life https://futurism.com/contact-tracing-apps-china-coronavirus

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Citizen disaster science education for effective disaster risk reduction in developing countries https://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71183

Why We Should Say ‘Physical Distancing,’ Not ‘Social Distancing’ https://laist.com/latest/post/20200407/why-we-should-be-physical-distancing

Social-media companies must flatten the curve of misinformation https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01107-z?utm_source=twt_nnc&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=naturenews

 

Disaster psychology

Americans See Spread of Disease as Top International Threat, Along With Terrorism, Nuclear Weapons, Cyberattacks https://www.pewresearch.org/global/2020/04/13/americans-see-spread-of-disease-as-top-international-threat-along-with-terrorism-nuclear-weapons-cyberattacks/

Social Distance: We Can’t Go Back to Normal https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/04/world-after-coronavirus-pandemic/609775/

Public mental health crisis during COVID-19 pandemic, China http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71196

Crushing coronavirus means ‘breaking the habits of a lifetime.’ Behavior scientists have some tips https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/04/crushing-coronavirus-means-breaking-habits-lifetime-behavior-scientists-have-some-tips

 

Sociology and disasters

Confronting chronic shocks: Social resilience in Rio de Janeiro’s poor neighborhoods https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340356309_Confronting_chronic_shocks_Social_resilience_in_Rio_de_Janeiro’s_poor_neighborhoods

South Africa needs to mitigate the worst of its inequalities in tackling coronavirus http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71193

Social vulnerability in a high-risk flood-affected rural region of NSW, Australia https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-020-03887-z

Gender transformative early warning systems: Nepal Practical Action http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71289

The pandemic can be a catalyst for decolonisation in Africa https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/pandemic-catalyst-decolonisation-africa-200415150535786.html

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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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