Today in disaster resilience (15 May 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Ugandan hospital, Somali town washed away by floods raging East Africa https://africa.cgtn.com/2020/05/09/ugandan-hospital-somali-town-washed-away-by-floods-raging-east-africa/

Somalia – Over 200,000 Displaced by Floods http://floodlist.com/africa/somalia-floods-may-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Uganda – Thousands Affected by Floods in Western Region http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-thousands-affected-by-floods-in-western-region

Ethiopia – 12 Killed in Landslide Triggered by Heavy Rain http://floodlist.com/africa/ethiopia-landslide-snnpr-may-2020

Somalia – 4 Dead After Heavy Rain Floods Mogadishu http://floodlist.com/africa/somalia-floods-mogadishu-may-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

France – Floods in Gironde and Landes After Rain Lashes South West http://floodlist.com/europe/france-floods-gironde-landes-may-2020

Guatemala – 3 Dead After Heavy Rain Causes Landslides and Floods http://floodlist.com/america/guatemala-landslides-floods-may-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Kenya – Floods Hit North and Central Regions as Death Toll Rises to 237 http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-floods-north-central-regions-may-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Pakistan – 1 Dead After Heavy Rain and Landslides in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa http://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-khyber-pakhtunkhwa-may-2020

DR Congo – Hundreds Homeless After Floods in Maniema http://floodlist.com/africa/drcongo-floods-maniema-may-2020

Colombia – Landslide Destroys Homes in Nariño http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-landslide-floods-narino-may-2020

Budalangi floods described as worst flooding since 1962 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i906ouUW-hw&feature=youtu.be

Three-year-old girl and her sister, 7, are both killed in a flash flood in a Utah slot canyon https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8312295/Crews-searching-3-year-old-girl-floods-kill-sister.html

Volcanic activity worldwide 14 May 2020: Karymsky volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/103645/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-14-May-2020-Karymsky-volcano-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reve.html

Burundi – 10,000 Displaced by Floods Since Late April http://floodlist.com/africa/burundi-floods-late-april-may-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Indonesia – Cars Dragged Through Streets as Flash Floods Hit Central Aceh http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-centralaceh-flashfloods-may-2020

Indonesia – 1 Missing After Massive Landslide in Bogor Regency, West Java http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-landslide-bogor-may-2020

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Simulations forecast nationwide increase in human exposure to extreme climate events http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71665

Adapting to extremes: Key insights for bridging climate change adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in the European Green Deal http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71663

Climate change has been influencing where tropical cyclones rage http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71689

The emergence of heat and humidity too severe for human tolerance https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/19/eaaw1838

Potentially fatal bouts of heat and humidity on the rise, study finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/08/climate-change-global-heating-extreme-heat-humidity?CMP=share_btn_tw

Associations between varying magnitudes of the urban heat island and the synoptic climatology in Melbourne, Australia https://rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/1097-0088(200012)20:15%3C1931::AID-JOC578%3E3.0.CO;2-D

The Sea Ice Arctic Communities Rely On Could Disappear Three Weeks Earlier https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/05/the-sea-ice-arctic-communities-rely-on-could-disappear-three-weeks-earlier/

Icelandic Glaciers Rapidly Retreating https://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/nature_and_travel/2020/05/09/icelandic_glaciers_rapidly_retreating/

As sea levels rise, are we ready to live behind giant walls? https://theconversation.com/as-sea-levels-rise-are-we-ready-to-live-behind-giant-walls-137976

Record global carbon dioxide concentrations despite COVID-19 crisis https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/record-global-carbon-dioxide-concentrations-despite-covid-19-crisis

Climate explained: what caused major climate change in the past? https://theconversation.com/climate-explained-what-caused-major-climate-change-in-the-past-137874?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=bylinetwitterbutton

A government roadmap for addressing the climate and post COVID-19 economic crises https://climateactiontracker.org/publications/addressing-the-climate-and-post-covid-19-economic-crises/

The Canals Are Clear Thanks to the Coronavirus, But Venice’s Existential Threat Is Climate Change https://insideclimatenews.org/news/11052020/coronavirus-venice-canals-clear-climate-change-flood

Potentially fatal combinations of humidity and heat are emerging across the globe http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71753

Resilience and sustainable peace: Managing climate related security & development risks in the Anthropocene http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71765

Global Seasonal Climate Update provides guidance on temperatures, rainfall http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71796

Loss and Damage and limits to adaptation: recent IPCC insights and implications for climate science and policy http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71777

Little bit of sea-level rise = lots more coastal flooding https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/ourchangingworld/audio/2018746212/little-bit-of-sea-level-rise-lots-more-coastal-flooding

 

Disaster risk reduction

The dual risks of natural disasters and COVID-19 http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71687

Child-centred urban resilience framework: a tool for inclusive city planning http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71710

Reducing wildfire risk in the wildland-urban interface: Policy, trends, and solutions http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71714

Scientists concerned that coronavirus is adapting to humans https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/may/10/scientists-concerned-that-coronavirus-is-adapting-to-humans

The Geosciences Community Needs to Be More Diverse and Inclusive https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/voices/the-geosciences-community-needs-to-be-more-diverse-and-inclusive/

The U.S. has fared worse than other countries not because it lacked information or funding but because it failed to learn the lessons of the last outbreaks https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/05/11/why-werent-we-ready-for-the-coronavirus

Logging made last summer’s bushfires worse, expert review finds https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/logging-made-last-summers-bushfires-worse-expert-review-finds/12216464

Structurally controlled rock slope deformation in northern Norway https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10346-020-01421-7

Why cities are the best (and worst) places to be during an outbreak https://www.alumni.giving.unsw.edu.au/why-cities-are-best-and-worst-places-be-during-outbreak#

Continental-scale mapping and analysis of 3D building structure https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0034425720302297?via%3Dihub

A review of freely accessible global datasets for the study of floods, droughts and their interactions with human societies https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/wat2.1424

Bill Gates: Here’s what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/05/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-covid-19-vaccine

Federal scientists predict high wildfire risk across Western Canada https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/wildfire-risk-forecast-western-canada-edmonton-1.5556194?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

Lessons from a Post-Eruption Landscape https://eos.org/features/lessons-from-a-post-eruption-landscape

City looks at how to protect triple deckers from flooding as sea levels rise https://www.universalhub.com/2020/city-looks-how-protect-triple-deckers-flooding-sea

Poor dam management blamed for Kerala floods https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/amicus-curiae-for-panel-to-identify-flood-causes/article26726699.ece

Australia needs ‘fast-attack strategies’ to stop megafires forming, bushfire experts say https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/may/13/australia-needs-fast-attack-strategies-to-stop-megafires-forming-bushfire-experts-say

From Risk Management to Resilience Management in Critical Infrastructure https://www.researchgate.net/publication/341326605_From_Risk_Management_to_Resilience_Management_in_Critical_Infrastructure

What’s Missing in Pandemic Models http://nautil.us/issue/84/outbreak/whats-missing-in-pandemic-models

‘Thank you Greta’: 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

Insurance helps reduce risk from flooding for Asia’s vulnerable rural smallholders http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71731

Learning from the past – Using palaeoclimate data to better understand and manage drought in South East Queensland (SEQ) http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71766

The eye of the storm: boosting railway resilience in the UK http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71770

Transformational potential of COVID-19 recovery in Asia-Pacific http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71779

Background Paper: National Natural Disaster Arrangements The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements (Australia) http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71783

Economic losses from extreme weather in the U.S. Gulf Coast region: Spatially differential contributions of climate hazard and socioeconomic exposure and vulnerability http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71775

Research shows how park-like tsunami defenses can provide a sustainable alternative to towering seawalls https://phys.org/news/2020-05-park-like-tsunami-defenses-sustainable-alternative.html

Researchers reveal largest and hottest shield volcano on Earth https://phys.org/news/2020-05-reveal-largest-hottest-shield-volcano.html

 

Emergency management

Did you know that millions of people around the world are still uprooted from their homes by disasters? http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71674

Resilience thinking: Preparing for and recovering from COVID-19 in the context of compound risks http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71688

Will resilience be the buzz word for the COVID-19 recovery? http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71711

What Happens If a ‘Big One’ Strikes During the Pandemic? https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/05/hurricane-earthquake-wildfire-tornado-disaster-pandemic/611455/

Trapped in paradise: Breaking quarantine could mean prison time for tourists in Hawaii https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/hawaii-tourist-arrests-quarantine/index.html

Future Air Travel: Four-Hour Process, Self Check-In, Disinfection, Immunity Passes https://www.forbes.com/sites/ceciliarodriguez/2020/05/10/future-air-travel-four-hour-process-self-check-in-disinfection-immunity-passes/#6482ec113709

How many tests are performed each day? https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus-testing

Portugal counts on drones to bolster defences against wildfires during pandemic http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71772

Beat the heat? India struggles to keep cool during lockdown http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71798

Are we there yet? The transition from response to recovery for the COVID-19 pandemic http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71785

COVID-19: what are the options for the UK? Recommendations for government based on an open and transparent examination of the scientific evidence http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71784

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Although social media is a relatively popular news platform—especially among younger people—it doesn’t appear to be replacing traditional media https://www.rand.org/blog/articles/2020/04/what-americans-think-of-the-news–and-what-that-means.html

Twitter Adds New Labels on Potentially Harmful COVID-19 Misinformation in Tweets https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/twitter-adds-new-labels-on-potentially-harmful-covid-19-misinformation-in-t/577714/

MSc in Flood Risk Management https://www.hull.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/flood-risk-management-msc

The studio projects explore regional opportunities in designing urban typologies providing for flooding resiliency https://damnstudio.cargo.site/

A year without conferences? How the coronavirus pandemic could change research https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00786-y

Abstract representations of events arise from mental errors in learning and memory https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-15146-7

Coronavirus pandemic threatens to suffocate U.S. hurricane response https://news.trust.org/item/20200513082815-8hzfr/

Why aren’t people in Accra better prepared for floods? The key is in communication http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71757

Gender transformative early warning systems http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71761

Governments can learn from consumer psychology when it comes to public health messaging http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71791

This child-friendly booklet is for kids who are 6-12 years old to generate cyclone awareness among children through animated characters and simple but strong messages http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71795

This child-friendly booklet is for kids who are 6-12 years old to generate earthquake awareness among children through animated characters and simple but strong messages http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71794

This child-friendly booklet is for kids who are 6-12 years old to generate flood awareness among children through animated characters and simple but strong messages http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71793

 

Disaster psychology

Understanding the Three Types Of Loneliness https://magazine.columbia.edu/article/understanding-three-types-loneliness

Disasters are not natural; our choices cause them https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/disaster-choice/202005/does-nature-play-disaster-games

Catastrophe compassion: Understanding and extending prosociality under crisis https://psyarxiv.com/ubdz7

Personality traits related to approach and avoidance influence one’s likelihood of self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic https://www.psypost.org/2020/05/personality-traits-related-to-approach-and-avoidance-influence-ones-likelihood-of-self-isolating-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic-56756

Even if you personally haven’t experienced quarantine fatigue, you’ve likely encountered sentiments attached to the experience https://www.inverse.com/mind-body/how-to-overcome-quarantine-fatigue

Could COVID-19 Finally Destigmatize Mental Illness? https://time.com/5835960/coronavirus-mental-illness-stigma/

New study shows staggering effect of coronavirus pandemic on America’s mental health http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71749

 

Sociology and disasters

We wanted to know how coronavirus affects Nairobi’s slum residents. What we found http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71666

The role of faith-based institutions in urban disaster risk reduction for immigrant communities https://www.researchgate.net/publication/341272044_The_role_of_faith-based_institutions_in_urban_disaster_risk_reduction_for_immigrant_communities

Coronavirus, Summer Heat, And Poverty Could Create A ‘Triple Whammy’ https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/05/coronavirus-summer-heat-and-poverty-could-create-a-triple-whammy/

So coronavirus will change cities – will that include slums? https://theconversation.com/so-coronavirus-will-change-cities-will-that-include-slums-137072

Social Capital in the Response to COVID-19 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/341322391_Social_Capital_in_the_Response_to_COVID-19

UD Prof. Sarah DeYoung discusses society’s most at-risk groups during the ongoing pandemic https://www.udel.edu/udaily/2020/may/disaster-research-vulnerable-communities-sarah-deyoung/

The race against Covid-19 in vulnerable refugee camps https://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/121495967/coronavirus-the-race-against-covid19-in-vulnerable-refugee-camps

Livelihood and vulnerability in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda: lessons of community and resilience https://www.researchgate.net/publication/341361631_Livelihood_and_vulnerability_in_the_wake_of_Typhoon_Yolanda_lessons_of_community_and_resilience

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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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