Today in disaster resilience (30 October 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Nearly 9,000 flee homes in Philippines as Molave intensifies into typhoon https://news.trust.org/item/20201025111751-eylg2/

Covid: Spain imposes national night-time curfew to curb infections https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54682222

Flash flood hits Tumbarumba in NSW, forcing evacuation of home and caravan park https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-24/tumbarumba-storm-rescue-and-nsw-weather-warning/12810474

Australia – Storms Trigger Floods in New South Wales http://floodlist.com/australia/australia-floods-newsouthwales-october-2020

Indonesia – Floods Damage 1,500 Homes in West Java http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-westjava-october-2020

Jamaica – Heavy Rain Causes Deadly Landslides and Floods http://floodlist.com/america/jamaica-floods-october-2020

U.S. Coronavirus Cases Surpass Summer Peak And Are Climbing Higher Fast https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/10/27/928062773/u-s-cases-surpass-summer-peak-and-are-climbing-higher-fast

Gulf Coast braces, again, for hurricane as Zeta takes aim https://apnews.com/article/tropical-storm-zeta-gulf-coast-487fcfc70b8ac16795f4b4ff381019b5

Winds Are Expected to Diminish, Aiding in Fight Against Silverado Fire https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/california-wildfires/red-flag-wildfires-orange-county-silverado-fire-irvine/2450163/

Philippines – Tropical Cyclone Molave Leaves 16 Dead or Missing http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-typhoon-molave-october-2020

Suspected Terrorist Knife Attack in Nice, France, Leaves Three Dead https://www.wsj.com/articles/two-people-killed-in-knife-attack-at-church-in-french-city-of-nice-11603963626

Millions affected as devastating typhoon strikes Viet Nam https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/10/1076412

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Oct 2020: Pacaya volcano, Karymsky, Shiveluch, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/112182/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-28-Oct-2020-Pacaya-volcano-Karymsky-Shiveluch-Dukono-Reventador-Sa.html

Vietnam – Dozens Missing After Rain From Typhoon Molave Triggers Landslides http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-typhoon-molave-floods-landslides-october-2020

Indonesia – Rain Triggers Deadly Floods and Landslides in Pangandaran, West Java http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-pangandaran-landslide-floods-october-2020

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate core: Towards a common climate change curriculum in the built environment https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74322

Lesotho: African Risk Capacity and Government of Lesotho partner to strengthen management of climate disaster risk https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74308

Government aims to make Germany climate resilient as average temperature rises https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74295

Co-designing climate services to integrate traditional ecological knowledge: a case study from Bali https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74291

Climate Change in the Minds of U.S. News Audiences https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/climate-change-in-the-minds-of-u-s-news-audiences/

It’s been a thousand years since Colorado has burned like this https://thephoenix.substack.com/p/its-been-a-thousand-years-since-colorado

Japan set to announce 2050 net zero emissions target – report https://www.climatechangenews.com/2020/10/21/japan-set-announce-2050-net-zero-emissions-target-report/

As Colorado wildfires burn, fears that climate change is causing “multi-level emergency” mount https://www.denverpost.com/2020/10/25/colorado-wildfires-climate-change/

Is The Risk Of Sea Level Rise Affecting Florida Home Prices? A New Study Says Yes https://www.npr.org/2020/10/15/924239753/is-the-risk-of-sea-level-rise-affecting-florida-home-prices-a-new-study-says-yes

Back to the future of climate https://ethz.ch/en/news-and-events/eth-news/news/2020/10/back-to-the-future-of-climate.html

Suga says Japan to go carbon-free by 2050 https://apnews.com/article/virus-outbreak-shinzo-abe-cabinets-health-yoshihide-suga-726ac43cceb4b94fe2b532bdea704410

80 per cent of Australians think they are already experiencing problems caused by climate change https://www.tai.org.au/content/climate-nation-climate-change-concern-hits-82

‘Sleeping giant’ Arctic methane deposits starting to release, scientists find https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/oct/27/sleeping-giant-arctic-methane-deposits-starting-to-release-scientists-find

Swiss seniors sue government over climate change at European court https://news.trust.org/item/20201027084932-c1upl/

Beaches can survive sea-level rises if they have space to move https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/beaches-can-survive-sea-level-rises-as-long-as-they-have-space-to-move

Ice loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet has accelerated significantly over the past two decades, transforming the shape of the ice sheet edge https://news.agu.org/press-release/ice-sheet-melt-reshaping-coastal-greenland/

ABC flagship current affair programs didn’t cover climate change adequately, report findshttps://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/oct/28/abc-flagship-current-affair-programs-didnt-cover-climate-change-adequately-report-finds?CMP=twt_a-environment_b-gdneco

Global death rate from rising temperatures projected to surpass the current death rate of all infectious diseases combined https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73018

Global Emissions Likely Peaked in 2019, Report Finds https://e360.yale.edu/digest/global-emissions-likely-peaked-in-2019-report-finds

New polling shows 79% of Aussies care about climate change. So why doesn’t the government listen? https://theconversation.com/new-polling-shows-79-of-aussies-care-about-climate-change-so-why-doesnt-the-government-listen-148726

Robotic vessel launched at Beachport to map coastal erosion, better understand effects of climate change https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-28/beachport-erosion-robotic-vessel-deployed-climate-change/12821360

Deluged by floods, America’s ‘oldest city’ struggles to save landmarks from climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/28/st-augustine-florida-floods-climate-crisis

Bushfire survivors want more water bombers, climate change action https://www.theage.com.au/national/bushfire-survivors-want-more-water-bombers-climate-change-action-20201027-p568yo.html

NSW environment minister urges end to ‘pointless, backward-looking arguments’ about climate action https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/oct/28/nsw-environment-minister-urges-end-to-pointless-backward-looking-arguments-about-climate-action

State of the climate: 2020 on course to be warmest year on record https://www.carbonbrief.org/state-of-the-climate-2020-on-course-to-be-warmest-year-on-record

Joe Biden calls climate change the ‘number one issue facing humanity https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/24/joe-biden-climate-change-is-number-one-issue-facing-humanity.html

Eliminating CO2 Emissions from Industry and Transport in Line with 1.5°C Climate Goal https://www.irena.org/newsroom/pressreleases/2020/Sep/Eliminating-CO2-Emissions-from-Industry

Disaster risk reduction

Ten UN agencies joined the 15th Global Forum on Human Settlements — for promoting post-pandemic recovery and transformation towards resilient cities and healthy planet https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74328

Resilient shores: Risks and opportunities for Vietnam’s coastal development https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74304

China to provide the Mekong River Commission with year-round water data https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74320

Himalayas poised for a series of big earthquakes, says study https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74329

Italy approves a contribution of EUR 3 million to support the establishment of a multi-hazard early warning system in Africa https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74315

Australia supporting Fiji with flood alleviation project https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74318

Achieve next-level insight into global rainfall – flood patterns https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74333

Drought management norms: Is the Middle East and North Africa region managing risks or crises? https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74321

Wildfires can cause dangerous debris flows https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74302

Monthly streamflow prediction using a hybrid stochastic-deterministic approach for parsimonious non-linear time series modelling https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19942060.2020.1830858

Property flood resilience https://www.befloodready.uk/pfr-products

Probability of Occurrence and Displacement Regression of Distributed Surface Rupturing for Reverse Earthquakes https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/feart.2020.581605/full

Ridgecrest quake shook tall LA buildings up to 4 times more than expectedhttps://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/ridgecrest-quake-shook-tall-la-buildings-up-to-4-times-more-than-expected-11955/

The end of the drought in western New South Wales has transformed a little-known wetland into an oasis for Australia’s wildlife https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-25/waterbirds-return-to-lake-cowal-wetlands-after-drought/12789226

Drivers of Change in National Disaster Governance under the Hyogo Framework for Action https://www.researchgate.net/publication/344928916_Drivers_of_Change_in_National_Disaster_Governance_under_the_Hyogo_Framework_for_Action

Airplane COVID-19 risk ‘very low’ with masks, other actions, report finds https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-airlines/airplane-covid-19-risk-very-low-with-masks-other-actions-report-finds-idUSKBN27C23C

Why disastrous floods are taking place in Karachi and what is needed for this to change https://www.iied.org/urban-flooding-case-karachi

Emergency management

Twin storms drive Southeast Asia floods as a third approaches https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/maps-and-graphics/2020/10/21/asia-vietnam-cambodia-laos-floods

Eastern Africa Floods: Humanitarian Snapshot (October 2020) https://reliefweb.int/report/sudan/eastern-africa-humanitarian-snapshot-october-2020

Pandemic to Prosperity: Chronicling the Path from Response to Recovery https://ncoc.org/p2p/

Global Emergency Services Action https://www.gesaction.org/

Health Impacts of Wildfire Smoke https://woods.stanford.edu/stanford-wildfire-research/news/health-impacts-wildfire-smoke

Who is responsible for the West’s wildfires? https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/fire-deficit-tek-controlled-burn-climate-change

Experts To Western States: Time To Finally Fight Wildfires With More Fire https://www.npr.org/2020/10/27/927901189/experts-to-western-states-time-to-finally-fight-wildfires-with-more-fire

Mississippi after Katrina: Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction on the Gulf Coast https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781793610133/Mississippi-after-Katrina-Disaster-Recovery-and-Reconstruction-on-the-Gulf-Coast

Disaster education, communications and engagement

This startup wants to help you prepare for America’s next disaster https://fortune.com/2020/10/25/harbor-preparing-for-natural-disasters-startup-dan-kessler/

Here’s what you need to know about La Niña 2020/21 https://www.qbe.com/au/news/la-nina-declared-for-australia

Resilience Card Game https://resiliencecardgame.com/

School resources – Big Weather (and how to survive it) https://education.abc.net.au/home#!/topic/3710253/big-weather-and-how-to-survive-it

Citizen Scientists Make History In The Quest To Cure Coronavirus https://www.forbes.com/sites/carolineseydel/2020/10/27/citizen-scientists-make-history-in-the-quest-to-cure-coronavirus/#2249a4c978df

The Role of Social Media in Disaster Recovery Following Hurricane Harvey https://www.degruyter.com/view/journals/jhsem/ahead-of-print/article-10.1515-jhsem-2018-0054/article-10.1515-jhsem-2018-0054.xml

A room, a bar and a classroom: how the coronavirus is spread through the air https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-10-28/a-room-a-bar-and-a-class-how-the-coronavirus-is-spread-through-the-air.html

Rockd Mobile App Demo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCsQ9BdbIp0&feature=youtu.be

Psychology and disasters

Trust and Compassion in Willingness to Share Mobility and Sheltering Resources in Evacuations: A Case Study of the 2017 and 2018 California Wildfires https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420920314023

Covid-19: Suicidal thoughts increased in young adults during lockdown, UK study finds https://www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m4095

Sociology and disasters

COVID-19: how lockdowns affected health access in African and Asian slums https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74310

Four myths about gender and disaster risk reduction https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74288

Population dynamics and natural hazard risk management: conceptual and practical linkages for the case of Austrian policy making https://www.researchgate.net/publication/344872433_Population_dynamics_and_natural_hazard_risk_management_conceptual_and_practical_linkages_for_the_case_of_Austrian_policy_making

Making Rotterdam’s First Resilient Neighborhood through Social Cohesion https://resilientcitiesnetwork.org/urban_resiliences/rotterdam-social-cohesion/

Coronavirus pandemic deepens Japan’s demographic crisis https://in.mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN27C0GV

Individual and community behavioral responses to natural disasters https://www.researchgate.net/publication/344946726_Individual_and_community_behavioral_responses_to_natural_disasters

Bolivia’s forest people burned by ‘perfect recipe’ for wildfire disasters https://news.trust.org/item/20201029172118-bglhi/

Why African cities should have engaged non-state actors in the fight against COVD-19 https://theconversation.com/why-african-cities-should-have-engaged-non-state-actors-in-the-fight-against-covd-19-147926

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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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