Today in disaster resilience (24 April 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

DR Congo – Over 30 Killed in Uvira Floods, South Kivu Province http://floodlist.com/africa/dr-congo-uvira-floods-south-kivu-april-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Kenya – Many Missing After Heavy Rain Triggers Mudslides in West http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-mudslides-elgeyomarakwet-westpokot-april-2020

Daily COVID-19 death tolls falling in many western countries https://www.ft.com/coronavirus-latest

Baseball-sized hail leaves major damage in Queensland, Australia https://watchers.news/2020/04/20/queensland-hailstorm-april-2020/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Explosive eruption and strong ash emissions at Etna volcano, Aviation Color Code briefly raised to Red, Italy https://watchers.news/2020/04/19/etna-volcano-eruption-april-19-2020/

Heavy rains cause flash floods in western Kenya https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/04/heavy-rains-flash-floods-western-kenya-200419101219115.html

Angola – 11 Dead After Floods and Heavy Rain in Luanda Province http://floodlist.com/africa/angola-floods-luanda-province-march-2017

Rwanda and Burundi – 9 Dead, Thousands Affected After Floods and Landslides http://floodlist.com/africa/rwanda-burundi-floods-april-2020

New Caledonia – Flash Floods After 200mm of Rain in 6 Hours http://floodlist.com/australia/new-caledonia-floods-april-2020

Severe flooding threatens millions in Afghanistan, 600 homes destroyed and 3 000 damaged https://watchers.news/2020/04/21/severe-flooding-threatens-millions-in-afghanistan-600-homes-destroyed-and-3-000-damaged/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Yemen – More Devastating Flash Floods in Aden After 125mm of Rain http://floodlist.com/asia/yemen-floods-aden-april-2020

Burkina Faso – IDP Camps Flooded in Kongoussi http://floodlist.com/africa/burkina-faso-floods-april-2020

Kenya – More Floods and Landslides Leave 8 Dead, Hundreds Homeless http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-floods-kericho-samburu-kisumu-april-2020

Djibouti – 8 Killed in Flash Floods http://floodlist.com/africa/djibouti-flash-floods-april-2020

Indonesia – 4 Dead, 3 Missing After Floods in West Java and Central Kalimantan http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-cimahi-damanbatu-april-2020

Wildfires rip through Poland’s biggest national park https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52392231

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Apr 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/102411/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-23-Apr-2020-Klyuchevskoy-volcano-Popocatepetl-Semeru-Dukono-Revent.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Sea-level rise exponentially increases coastal flood frequency http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71346

Key investments can build resilience to pandemics and climate change http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71323

Entire wild systems at risk from rising global heat http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71297

‘Kick them into action’: Fire group takes EPA to court over climate https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/kick-them-into-action-fire-group-takes-epa-to-court-over-climate-20200418-p54kzl.html

The northern-hemisphere winter of 2019-20 was the warmest ever on land https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2020/03/28/the-northern-hemisphere-winter-of-2019-20-was-the-warmest-ever-on-land

State of the climate: First quarter of 2020 is second warmest on record https://www.carbonbrief.org/state-of-the-climate-first-quarter-of-2020-is-second-warmest-on-record

Will climate change end waterfront living? Not if you can afford it https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/20/climate-change-waterfront-living-wealthy-boston?CMP=share_btn_tw

Rising Seas Could Make U.S. Coastal Flooding a Daily Peril by 2100 http://floodlist.com/america/usa/rising-seas-could-make-u-s-coastal-flooding-a-daily-peril-by-2100?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Climate explained: how white roofs help to reflect the sun’s heat http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71305

Australia’s inland rivers are the pulse of the outback. By 2070, they’ll be unrecognisable https://theconversation.com/australias-inland-rivers-are-the-pulse-of-the-outback-by-2070-theyll-be-unrecognisable-136492?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=bylinetwitterbutton

Non-linear interaction modulates global extreme sea levels, coastal flood exposure, and impacts https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-15752-5

Will Florida be lost forever to the climate crisis? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/21/florida-climate-crisis-sea-level-habitat-loss?CMP=share_btn_tw

Predicting the Future of Greenland’s Melting Ice Sheet https://eos.org/research-spotlights/predicting-the-future-of-greenlands-melting-ice-sheet

Arctic will see ice-free summers by 2050 https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/04/22/global-warming-summer-arctic-sea-ice-gone-2050/2999426001/

Coronavirus crisis underscores small islands’ climate vulnerability https://www.climatechangenews.com/2020/04/17/coronavirus-crisis-underscores-small-islands-climate-vulnerability/

 

Disaster risk reduction

UVA researchers found that regular exercise may reduce the risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome, a major cause of death in patients with the COVID-19 virus https://news.virginia.edu/content/exercise-may-protect-against-deadly-covid-19-complication-research-suggests

We’ve never made a successful vaccine for a coronavirus before. This is why it’s so difficult https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2020-04-17/coronavirus-vaccine-ian-frazer/12146616

Coronavirus re-emergence will be a threat until 2024, Harvard study finds https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3080156/coronavirus-re-emergence-will-be-threat-until-2024-harvard-study

How different surrounding environments influence the characteristics of flash flood‐mortality: The case of the 2017 extreme flood in Mandra, Greece http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71355

Policy recommendations for an integrated approach to flood management http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71351

Predicting possible outcomes to coronavirus and other pandemics with models and simulations http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71326

How to generate relational information to inform a systemic perspective on risk? http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71318

Implementing the Sendai Framework in Africa: progress against the targets (2015–2018) International Journal of Disaster Risk Science (IJDRS), 2020 http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71331

Building resilience in the wake of a disaster https://ecos.csiro.au/building-resilience-in-the-wake-of-a-disaster/

COVID-19: What’s wrong with the models? https://peterattiamd.com/covid-19-whats-wrong-with-the-models/

Covid-19 has nothing on what’s coming https://www.newsroom.co.nz/ideasroom/2020/04/20/1133127/covid-19-has-nothing-on-whats-coming

Large earthquakes follow ‘Devil’s Staircase’ mathematical pattern https://watchers.news/2020/04/19/large-earthquakes-follow-devil-s-staircase-mathematical-pattern/

Research shows mangrove conservation can pay for itself in flood protection https://phys.org/news/2020-03-mangrove.html

To Avoid the Next Disaster, “This Mistake Must Not Reoccur” https://www.nrdc.org/experts/anna-weber/avoid-next-disaster-mistake-must-not-reoccur

Coronavirus’s ability to mutate has been vastly underestimated, and mutations affect deadliness of strains, Chinese study finds https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3080771/coronavirus-mutations-affect-deadliness-strains-chinese-study

Milan announces ambitious scheme to reduce car use after lockdown https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/21/milan-seeks-to-prevent-post-crisis-return-of-traffic-pollution?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

Remembering the forgotten disaster: One year after Cyclones Idai and Kenneth https://floodresilience.net/blogs/remembering-the-forgotten-disaster-one-year-after-cyclones-idai-and-kenneth

The pandemic isn’t a Black Swan https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-pandemic-isnt-a-black-swan-but-a-portent-of-a-more-fragile-global-system

Analyzing the Role of Resource Factors in Citizens’ Intention to Pay for and Participate in Disaster Management https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340835318_Analyzing_the_Role_of_Resource_Factors_in_Citizens’_Intention_to_Pay_for_and_Participate_in_Disaster_Management

New Earthquake Math Predicts How Destructive They’ll Be https://www.quantamagazine.org/new-earthquake-math-predicts-how-destructive-theyll-be-20200421/

Slower-moving hurricanes will cause more devastation as world warms https://www.newscientist.com/article/2241444-slower-moving-hurricanes-will-cause-more-devastation-as-world-warms/
How can big cities adapt to risks of floods? https://www.euronews.com/2020/04/06/how-can-big-cities-adapt-to-risks-of-floods

America’s heartland is expected to flood again — but this time amid coronavirus https://grist.org/climate/americas-heartland-is-expected-to-flood-again-but-this-time-amid-coronavirus/

Bridging forecast verification and humanitarian decisions: A valuation approach for setting up action-oriented early warnings

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Common ground between the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 2020 https://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71371

Implementing the Sendai Framework in Africa: progress against the targets (2015–2018) International Journal of Disaster Risk Science (IJDRS), 2020 https://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71331

Models and frameworks for assessing the value of disaster research https://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71375

Policy recommendations for an integrated approach to flood management https://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71351

Sendai five years on: Reflections on the role of international law in the creation and reduction of disaster risk https://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71380

A methodology to estimate flow duration curves at partially ungauged basins https://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci.net/24/2043/2020/

Webinar Aqueduct Floods: the future of flooding; exploring risks and opportunities https://www.deltares.nl/en/events/launch-aqueduct-floods-webinar-future-flooding-exploring-risks-opportunities/

Australia: Actuaries back pre-disaster funding https://www.asiainsurancereview.com/News/View-NewsLetter-Article/id/61287/Type/eDaily/Australia-Actuaries-back-pre-disaster-funding

Flooding will affect double the number of people worldwide by 2030 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/23/flooding-double-number-people-worldwide-2030

New Data Shows Millions of People, Trillions in Property at Risk from Flooding — But Infrastructure Investments Now Can Significantly Lower Flood Risk https://www.wri.org/news/2020/04/release-new-data-shows-millions-people-trillions-property-risk-flooding-infrastructure

Aqueduct Flood Global Data https://www.wri.org/applications/aqueduct/floods/

 

Emergency management

New MIT machine learning model shows relaxing quarantine rules will spike COVID-19 cases https://techcrunch.com/2020/04/16/new-mit-machine-learning-model-shows-relaxing-quarantine-rules-will-spike-covid-19-cases/?guccounter=1

It was the saltshaker: How Germany meticulously traced its coronavirus outbreak https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/it-was-the-saltshaker-how-germany-meticulously-traced-its-coronavirus-outbreak/

Two Asian coronavirus success stories face new wave of infections https://www.axios.com/japan-singapore-coronavirus-infections-a617efde-3e04-4baf-9a65-377f10454acf.html

Healing and rebuilding from the 2019-20 bushfires https://www.coag.gov.au/meeting-outcomes/coag-meeting-communique-13-march-2020

Coronavirus Will Require Changes in Schools When They Reopen https://www.rand.org/blog/2020/04/coronavirus-will-require-changes-in-schools-when-they.html to Protect Students

NSW COVID-19 Cases and Community Profile by The University of Sydney https://covid19-data.sydney.edu.au/

Antibody tests suggest that coronavirus infections vastly exceed official counts https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01095-0

Imagine Hurricane Katrina during a pandemic. The US needs to prepare for that — now https://www.vox.com/2020/4/21/21222687/coronavirus-covid-19-hurricane-planning-preparedness-emergency-managers-disaster

Laying in Wait: Responding to the Pandemic Amidst Impending Disasters https://floodresilience.net/blogs/laying-in-wait-responding-to-the-pandemic-amidst-impending-disasters

Doctors warn coronavirus causing sudden strokes in some younger patients https://thehill.com/homenews/news/494140-doctors-warn-coronavirus-causing-sudden-strokes-in-younger-patients

UK will need social distancing until at least end of year, says Whitty https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/22/uk-will-need-social-distancing-until-at-least-end-of-year-says-whitty?CMP=share_btn_tw

Rules to prevent the spread of Covid-19 complicate standard responses to storms, floods, and heat waves https://www.circleofblue.org/2020/world/in-pandemic-new-thinking-on-responding-to-weather-disasters/

Tackling malaria, COVID-19 and Ebola in Burundi https://medium.com/@UNDP/when-health-crises-collide-803ffad1f487

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Affected community members from Hobart, Kingborough, Glenorchy, and Derwent Valley municipalities were invited to share their experience of the flood nearly twelve months later https://storiesofresilience.hobartcity.com.au/

Why is it hard to stop COVID-19 misinformation on social media? http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71275

How the internet has changed during lockdowns https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2020/04/18/how-the-internet-has-changed-during-lockdowns

The importance of disaster risk communication in the time of COVID-19 https://floodresilience.net/blogs/the-importance-of-disaster-risk-communication-in-the-time-of-covid-19

Right-Wing Responsible For Pushing Coronavirus Disinformation On Twitter Worldwide, New Report Says https://www.forbes.com/sites/seanlawson/2020/04/21/right-wing-responsible-for-pushing-coronavirus-disinformation-on-twitter-worldwide-new-report-says/#5ca463e0597f

K-12 Flood Education Resources https://www.floodsciencecenter.org/products/k-12-flood-education/

Dominica: Strengthening early warning system – increasing public awareness on natural hazards http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71398

Make your own paper model of a volcano https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/1991/0115a/report.pdf

An Introduction to the Rock-Forming Minerals https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/books/book/952/An-Introduction-to-the-Rock-Forming-Minerals

 

Disaster psychology

Mental health in the age of coronavirus https://www.redcross.org.au/stories/covid-19

UNICEF’s latest information to help support you and your family during the coronavirus pandemic https://www.unicef.org.au/our-work/unicef-in-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19/parents-carers-and-teachers

The difference between “physical” and “social” distancing https://www.martlet.ca/the-difference-between-physical-and-social-distancing/

Expectations, disappointments, and individual responses: Imbalances in multilevel flood risk governance revealed by public survey https://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71399

 

Sociology and disasters

Monsoon weather and early childhood health in India http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71344

Disabled people left off coronavirus vulnerable list go without food https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/apr/19/disabled-people-left-off-coronavirus-vulnerable-list-go-without-food?CMP=share_btn_tw

World Health envoy warns of unrest in poor nations without action to combat virus https://news.trust.org/item/20200421191552-vwrds/

Confronting chronic shocks: social resilience in Rio de Janeiro’s poor neighbourhood https://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71341

Five years later: Assessing the implementation of the four priorities of the Sendai Framework for inclusion of people with disabilities https://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71381

“What is a sociologist doing here?” An unconventional people-centered approach to improve warning implementation in the Sendai Framework for disaster risk reduction https://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71361

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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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