Today in disaster resilience (5 June 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Six killed so far in Assam floods, water begins to recede https://indianexpress.com/article/north-east-india/assam/assam-floods-dead-sarbananda-sonowal-6434849/

Tropical Storm “Amanda” hits Guatemala and El Salvador, leaving at least 11 people dead https://watchers.news/2020/05/31/tropical-storm-amanda-landfall-guatemala/

Record rains cause widespread disruption, trigger hundreds of landslides in Yunnan, China https://watchers.news/2020/05/31/record-rains-widespread-disruption-landslides-yunnan-may-2020/

Oman – Deadly Flash Floods in Dhofar Province http://floodlist.com/asia/oman-floods-dhofar-may-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Mumbai bracing for the ‘first cyclone in years’ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-52887879

Honduras – 3 Dead After Floods and Landslides in Wake of Storm Amanda http://floodlist.com/america/honduras-storm-amanda-june-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Tropical Storm “Cristobal” forms in the Gulf of Mexico — heavy rainfall over Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador https://watchers.news/2020/06/02/tropical-storm-cristobal-forms-in-the-gulf-of-mexico-heavy-rainfall-over-mexico-guatemala-honduras-and-el-salvador/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Earthquake at Ijen volcano triggers a 3-meter tsunami, killing 1, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2020/06/02/earthquake-at-ijen-volcano-triggers-a-3-meter-tsunami-killing-1-indonesia/

Explosion at Cleveland volcano, Aviation Color Code raised to Orange, Alaska https://watchers.news/2020/06/02/explosion-at-cleveland-volcano-aviation-color-code-raised-to-orange-alaska/

India – 21 Killed in Assam Landslides http://floodlist.com/asia/india-assam-landslides-june-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Yemen – Deadly Floods in Central and Eastern Governorates http://floodlist.com/asia/yemen-floods-hadhramaut-shabwa-june-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Mexico – Tropical Storm Cristobal Triggers Floods in South http://floodlist.com/america/mexico-tropical-storm-cristobal-june-2020

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Finally there is real movement on Australia’s climate policy but time isn’t on our side https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2020/jun/01/finally-there-is-real-movement-on-australias-climate-policy-but-time-isnt-on-our-side

Why Australia’s vast coastline could become the next big renewable energy resource https://www.sbs.com.au/news/why-australia-s-vast-coastline-could-become-the-next-big-renewable-energy-resource?cid=news:socialshare:twitter

Climate change: May was sunniest calendar month on record in UK https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52877912

Latest sea level rise data https://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/sea-level/

South Asia faces increased double-threat of extreme heat, extreme pollution, study shows http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72072

Climate change, displacement, and managed retreat in coastal India http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72020

Climate change increases migration at the expense of the poor http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72027

How can the Majuro Atoll adapt to the growing risks of natural hazards and sea level rise? A new study http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72084

India’s emerging blueprint for international climate leadership https://www.climateworks.org/blog/indias-emerging-blueprint-for-international-climate-leadership/

Enormous Antarctic glacier on brink of collapse could raise sea levels by half a metre alone, scientists warn https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/antarctic-ice-melting-sea-level-rise-thwaites-glacier-study-nasa-a8996596.html

Nisarga Could Be the Strongest Storm to Hit Mumbai in 70 Years https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2020/06/02/nisarga-strongest-storm-70-years/

High Temperatures Set Off Major Greenland Ice Melt—Again https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/high-temperatures-set-off-major-greenland-ice-melt-again/

Yes, we’re getting more extreme rainfall, and it’s due to climate change, study confirms https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/extreme-rainfall-climate-change-1.5595396

We dug up Australian weather records back to 1838 and found snow is falling less often https://theconversation.com/we-dug-up-australian-weather-records-back-to-1838-and-found-snow-is-falling-less-often-139300

Sunny coverage of UK heatwaves forgets risks, say climate experts https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jun/04/sunny-coverage-of-uk-heatwaves-forgets-risks-say-climate-experts?CMP=share_btn_tw

 

Disaster risk reduction

In pictures: Peru’s most catastrophic natural disaster https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-52839770

‘Zombie fires’ reigniting in Arctic could be sign of bigger blazes to come, scientists say https://nationalpost.com/news/zombie-fires-reigniting-in-arctic-could-be-sign-of-bigger-blazes-to-come-scientists-say

Pūhāhonu: Earth’s Biggest Volcano Discovered In The Pacific Ocean https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2020/05/31/phhonu-earths-largest-volcano-discovered-in-the-pacific-ocean/#71b3c48b276f

Delivering the Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience https://www.qra.qld.gov.au/resilient-queensland

Fort McMurray Flooding Causes over $228 Million in Insured Damage http://www.ibc.ca/ab/resources/media-centre/media-releases/fort-mcmurray-flooding-causes-over-228-million-in-insured-damage

New undersea faults discovered near earthquake epicenters in southern Puerto Rico https://watchers.news/2020/05/31/new-undersea-faults-discovered-near-earthquake-epicenters-in-southern-puerto-rico/

Mozambique – Upscaling nature-based flood protection in Mozambique’s cities: Cost-benefit analyses for potential nature-based solutions in Nacala and Quelimane http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72068

High risk of widespread wildfires across Europe this year, EU says https://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-wildfires/high-risk-of-widespread-wildfires-across-europe-this-year-eu-says-idUSKBN2391AQ

The Household Resilience Program provides funding to help eligible home owners in coastal parts of Queensland improve the resilience of their homes against cyclones https://www.qld.gov.au/housing/buying-owning-home/financial-help-concessions/household-resilience-program

6 in 10 Homes in High-Risk Flood Zones Lack Flood Insurance https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2020/05/28/569977.htm

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

New book evolves prescribed burning discussion https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/new-book-evolves-prescribed-burning-discussion

Australian Fire Danger Rating System program update https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/australian-fire-danger-rating-system-program-update

Current issue of ‘Fire Australia’ magazine https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/magazine

‘I think people are prepared to listen’: Calls for more cultural burning in Southern Queensland after 2019 fire season https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-04/more-cultural-burning-queensland-bushfire-victor-steffensen/12317196

 

Emergency management

The world’s new Covid-19 epicenter could be the worst yet https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/30/americas/latin-america-covid-19-epicenter-intl/index.html

The importance of trust and regulation in flood disaster response https://www.innovationnewsnetwork.com/the-importance-of-trust-and-regulation-in-flood-disaster-response/5309/

The world is in lockdown, but tropical cyclones are not http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72066

Cyclone Amphan: In Bangladesh, preparedness paid off http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72083

Avoiding a perfect storm: COVID-19 and floods in Nepal http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72080

Australian bushfires: FOIs shed new light on why Morrison government was ill-prepared https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jun/03/australian-bushfires-fois-shed-new-light-on-why-morrison-government-was-ill-prepared

One-Quarter of Americans Say They’d Refuse a Coronavirus Vaccine https://www.newsmax.com/us/coronavirus-vaccine-americans/2020/06/02/id/970120/

Australian fires through the eyes of United States firefighters https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/australian-fires-through-the-eyes-of-united-states-firefighters

Friendship forged in fire https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/friendship-forged-in-fire

Bushfire royal commission: Future bushfires could make use of drones to keep firefighters safe https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-02/bushfire-royal-commission-largest-coordinated-response-history/12310672

Preparing For A Triple Whammy: Hurricanes, Pandemic And A Loss Of Public Confidence https://www.wbur.org/earthwhile/2020/06/04/coronavirus-hurricane-season

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Pre-monsoon preparedness – Coordinated actions during flood https://floodresilience.net/resources/item/pre-monsoon-preparedness-coordinated-actions-during-flood

Craig Fugate: Emergency communications will be the next challenge of COVID-19 https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/499477-craig-fugate-emergency-communications-will-be-the-next-challenge-of-covid

Quick Facts on Ice Sheets https://nsidc.org/cryosphere/quickfacts/icesheets.html

The Recovery Kitchen Cookbook https://www.livingstone.qld.gov.au/DocumentCenter/View/10187

Research shows 60% of people in bushfire affected areas relied on information from national broadcaster to stay safe https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/jun/02/australians-say-abc-saved-lives-during-summer-bushfires-royal-commission-told

 

Sociology and disasters

Ex-Post Coping Responses and Post-Disaster Resilience: a Case from the 2015 Nepal Earthquake https://www.researchgate.net/publication/341766071_Ex-Post_Coping_Responses_and_Post-Disaster_Resilience_a_Case_from_the_2015_Nepal_Earthquake

Quality of life and subjective social status after five years of Mount Sinabung eruptions: Disaster management and current sources of inequality in displaced, remaining and relocated communities https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340960317_Quality_of_life_and_subjective_social_status_after_five_years_of_Mount_Sinabung_eruptions_Disaster_management_and_current_sources_of_inequality_in_displaced_remaining_and_relocated_communities

As underserved populations face hotter neighborhoods and limited access to air conditioning, the pandemic threatens the malls and libraries where they typically find relief https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/30/coronavirus-heatwaves-health-summer-us-cities

Violence or the virus? Mindanao’s displaced forced to choose https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/opinion/2020/06/01/Philippines-Mindanao-coronavirus-violence-women-girls

Minneapolis Police Use Force Against Black People at 7 Times the Rate of Whites https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/06/03/us/minneapolis-police-use-of-force.html?action=click&module=Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage

 

 

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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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