Today in disaster resilience (21 August 2020)

Please find below a list of links to some aspects of disaster resilience that were in the news recently…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Record-breaking heat wave fueling wildfires in the West https://www.cbsnews.com/video/record-breaking-heat-wave-fueling-wildfires-in-the-west/

Several lives lost, tens of thousands affected by floods in Sudan https://africa.cgtn.com/2020/08/15/several-lives-lost-tens-of-thousands-affected-by-floods-in-sudan/

India – Deadly Flash Floods in Jaipur, Rajasthan http://floodlist.com/asia/india-flash-floods-jaipur-rajasthan-august-2020

More than 100,000 acres are now burning Colorado as fire near Fraser quickly grows https://coloradosun.com/2020/08/15/colorado-wildfires-10000-acres/

India – Floods in Telangana Prompt Evacuations and Rescues http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-telangana-august-2020.

Heavy Rain Hits Yangtze River Again, Inundating Cities and Leaving Many Homeless https://www.theepochtimes.com/heavy-rain-hits-yangtze-river-again-inundating-cities-and-leaving-many-homeless_3463355.html

India – Thousands Evacuate as Floods Affect Andhra Pradesh, Worsen in Telangana http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-andhra-pradesh-telangana-august-2020

Fast-moving fire in north-east NSW marks first big blaze of the season https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/fast-moving-fire-in-north-east-nsw-marks-first-big-blaze-of-the-season-20200819-p55nc2.html

California fires: Bay Area hit by blazes forcing thousands to evacuate https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53840437

Hundreds evacuated in B.C.’s Okanagan, wildfire service battles blazes https://ottawacitizen.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/cp-newsalert-wildfire-evacuation-ordered-near-okanagan-falls-b-c/wcm/16a83cad-658e-4b06-83db-09d64190da7f/

Sichuan activates the highest level of flood control response for the first time on record, China https://watchers.news/2020/08/19/sichuan-activates-the-highest-level-of-flood-control-response-for-the-first-time-on-record-china/

Sudan: Dozens dead, thousands of homes destroyed by floods https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/sudan-dozens-dead-thousands-homes-destroyed-floods-200816095143076.html

Bangladesh – 167,000 Families Still Displaced by Floods Says UN http://floodlist.com/asia/bangladesh-floods-update-august-2020

Nepal – 6 Dead, 11 Missing After Floods in Achham http://floodlist.com/asia/nepal-floods-achham-sudurpashchim-august-2020

Uganda – 1 Dead, 800 Homes Damaged After Floods in Bundibugyo http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-bundibugyo-floods-august-2020

Cameroon – Floods in Far North Leave Over 5,000 Homeless http://floodlist.com/africa/cameroon-floods-far-north-august-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Aug 2020: Etna volcano, Fuego, Kerinci, Reventador, Sinabung https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/108668/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-20-Aug-2020-Etna-volcano-Fuego-Kerinci-Reventador-Sinabung-Nevados.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Sea-Level Rise Could Make Rivers More Likely to Jump Course http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73180

Typhoons Getting Stronger, Making Landfall More Often http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73179

Heatwaves often end with spectacular thunderstorms and lethal floods – but where and when they’ll strike is hard to predict http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73177

Is heavy rainfall the new norm? What caused the heavy rains in October – December 2019? http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73167

Climate change projected to increase seasonal east African rainfall http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73155

Keeping it local: Activating the power of community for climate resilience in Bangladesh http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73151

UK infrastructure inadequate for climate emergency, experts warn https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/aug/15/uk-infrastructure-inadequate-for-climate-emergency-experts-warn

‘Extreme’ glacier loss events linked to human-caused climate change for first time https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/08/glaciers-climate-change-environment-meting-climate-crisis

Will 2020 Be the Hottest Year on Record? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/will-2020-be-the-hottest-year-on-record/

We may have broken the Earth’s high-temperature record today https://blogs.agu.org/wildwildscience/2020/08/17/did-we-break-the-planetary-temperature-record-sunday-probably-so/

Dynamic ice loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet driven by sustained glacier retreat https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-020-0001-2

Manila-Based Team Designs Floating Homes Capable of Adapting to Changing Ocean Conditions https://www.departures.com/lifestyle/architecture/floating-homes-for-flood-prone-areas

‘Extremely active’ hurricane season possible for Atlantic Basin http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73199

Lack of historical disaster data a thing of the past for Cambodia http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73192

Some California cities think they’re safe from sea level rise. They’re not, new data show https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-08-17/sea-level-rise-flooding-inland-california

The world’s biggest waves: How climate change could trigger large landslides and ‘mega-tsunamis’ http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73207

The U.S. Needs to Address Its Climate Migration Problem https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-u-s-needs-to-address-its-climate-migration-problem/

The causes of sea-level rise since 1900 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2591-3#article-info

August brings fierce heat to Europe and storms to Atlantic https://www.theguardian.com/news/2020/aug/19/august-heat-europe-atlantic-storms-weather-temperatures?CMP=twt_a-environment_b-gdneco

How dangerous heat waves can kill http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73217

Climate risk and response in Asia http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73223

Greenland’s ice sheet melted away at record levels in 2019, scientists fear it will continue https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-21/study-finds-greenlands-ice-sheet-saw-record-mass-loss-in-2019/12581428

National Farmers Federation calls for Australia to reduce net emissions to zero by 2050 https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-20/farmers-back-zero-emissions/12576806

Climate stripes reusable face mask https://shop.teamelite.com.au/collections/amos/products/amos-reusable-face-mask

 

Disaster risk reduction

Benefit versus cost analysis and optimal cost effective mitigation strategies http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73176

Earthquake mitigation of WA regional towns: York case study http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73174

Flood risk in past and future: A case study for the Pawtuxet River’s record‐breaking March 2010 flood event http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73183

Integrating forecast based action in an existing early warning system: Learning the context http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73170

Rethinking data‐driven decision support in flood risk management for a big data age http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73168

Corps should include nature-based and equitable solutions to flooding in Miami https://amp.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article244947507.html

Six strategies for creating flood resilient environments https://www.dezeen.com/2020/08/17/retrofitting-for-flood-resilience-edward-barsley/

How much should we invest to prevent the next pandemic? https://www.princeton.edu/news/2020/07/23/preventing-next-pandemic

New research will improve early warning of devastating megastorms http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73204

Rare ‘boomerang’ earthquake observed along Atlantic Ocean fault line http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73210

Mumbai floods every year during monsoon, but this year has been different http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73208

15 years after Katrina: Would we be prepared today? http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73219

Beledweyne: Working paper on flood risk and urban resilience http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73228

A New Tool for Tracking Amazon Fires https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/147075/a-new-tool-for-tracking-amazon-fires

 

Emergency management

Learning lessons from resilience and peacebuilding programs in the Horn of Africa http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73160

Victims of Storm Dennis floods can’t return to their homes six months on https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/victims-storm-dennis-floods-cant-18774764

July 2020 issue of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-july-2020/

The Local Economic Recovery (LER) Program aims to support projects that contribute to local and regional economic and social recovery in areas most severely impacted by the 2019 Queensland Bushfires https://www.qra.qld.gov.au/LER

In the midst of the global pandemic, Caribbean countries are preparing for the brunt of an Atlantic hurricane season that is more menacing than usual https://www.circleofblue.org/2020/world/hotspots-h2o-caribbean-prepares-for-hurricane-season-that-is-colliding-with-the-pandemic/

A man was rescued Monday by an Indian Air Force helicopter after being stuck in the middle of raging floodwater for 16 hours https://www.cbsnews.com/news/india-floods-bangladesh-deaths-millions-displaced-dramatic-rescue-caught-on-video-today-2020-08-17/

South Asia counts losses from devastating monsoon floods https://apnews.com/30a85eb980f793210c776931df5d0c82

Australia (assisting state) disaster management reference handbook 2020 http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73185

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Land and geospatial information, a cornerstone to improve community resilience http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73159

Community Engagement for Disaster Resilience Handbook https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/handbook-community-engagement/

By planning, preparing, and making your property more resistant and resilient, you can aim to reduce the impact of flooding to yourself and your property https://thefloodhub.co.uk/household/

Safe back to school: A practitioner’s guide http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73186

Launch of a quick risk estimation tool to help small businesses understand their risk http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73205

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2020 http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73197

Young people want better disaster education after Black Summer fires https://www.smh.com.au/education/young-people-want-better-disaster-education-after-black-summer-fires-20200812-p55l28.html

 

Psychology and disasters

Personal account of Australian bushfires https://vimeo.com/copmi/review/367939158/a15bc5419e?sort=lastUserActionEventDate&direction=desc

Flood risk perceptions and coping capacities among the retired population, with implications for risk communication: A study of residents in a north Wales coastal town, UK https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420920312954?dgcid=author

 

Sociology and disasters

Access to age-assistive technology: A resilience building measure for older people http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73178

Hazards, culture and indigenous communities: Socio-institutional modules for utilisation http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73175

The (in)visible victims of disaster: Understanding the vulnerability of undocumented Latino/a and indigenous immigrants https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016718520301925

Interplay between Social Support Tie Formations and Subjective Mental Health Conditions in a Community Currency System in Japanese Disaster-Affected Communities: Double-Edged Phenomena https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S221242092031311X

Amazon fires trap farmers into poverty – and into setting more fires http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73206

Urban Heatwaves Are Worse For Low-Income Neighborhoods https://www.forbes.com/sites/prakashdolsak/2020/08/14/urban-heatwaves-are-worse-for-low-income-neighborhoods/#3e0d47e19d50

To understand how disasters relate to conflict and peace, reframe the starting point http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73209

Five ways coronavirus is deepening global inequality http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73221

Identifying societal challenges in flood early warning systems https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420920312966?via%3Dihub

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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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