Today in disaster resilience (4 December 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Fraser Island access restricted as bushfire burns through 72,000 hectares, holidaymakers told to stay away https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-27/fraser-island-fire-bushfire-world-heritage-campfire/12926598

15 homes likely uninhabitable after heavy rain, flooding north of Wellington https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington/300170323/15-homes-likely-uninhabitable-after-heavy-rain-flooding-north-of-wellington

Italy – Deadly Flash Floods in Sardinia http://floodlist.com/europe/italy-flash-floods-sardinia-november-2020

South East Asia – 25,000 Hit by Floods in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand http://floodlist.com/asia/southeast-asia-floods-indonesia-malaysia-thailand-november-2020

India – Cyclone Nivar Causes Floods in Tamil Nadu http://floodlist.com/asia/india-cyclone-nivar-floods-tamil-nadu-november-2020

India – Deadly Floods in Andhra Pradesh After Rain From Cyclone Nivar http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-andhra-pradesh-cyclone-nivar-november-2020

Indonesia – Floods Damage Thousands of Homes in North Sumatra Provincehttp://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-serdang-bedagai-north-sumatra-november-2020

Brazil – Damaging Floods in São Paulo State After 130mm of Rain in 1 Hour http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-sao-carlos-sao-paulo-november-2020

Bolivia – Homes Damaged in Tarija After Heavy Rainhttp://floodlist.com/america/bolivia-floods-tarija-november-2020

Iran – Floods Affect 8 Provinces After Heavy Rain http://floodlist.com/asia/iran-floods-november-2020

Vietnam – Floods Leave 5 Dead, 1 Missing, 5,000 Displaced After 980mm of Rain in 3 Days http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-floods-december-2020

Ash blankets Indonesia villages after volcano eruption https://www.dailysabah.com/gallery/ash-blankets-indonesia-villages-after-volcano-eruption/images

Bond fire rapidly jumps through Orange County canyons, forcing more evacuations https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-12-03/wind-driven-bond-fire-threatens-homes-in-orange-county-as-santa-anas-hit-southern-california

Volcanic activity worldwide 3 Dec 2020: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/115368/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-3-Dec-2020-Pacaya-volcano-Fuego-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Sangay-.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Tasmania declares itself 100 per cent powered by renewable electricity https://reneweconomy.com.au/tasmania-declares-itself-100-per-cent-powered-by-renewable-electricity-25119/

Electricity supplies under pressure due to heatwave, energy market operator warns https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-29/heatwave-pushes-power-grid-to-the-limit-electricity/12930308

Cool change moves in after Sydney and northern NSW endure record-smashing heatwave https://www.sbs.com.au/news/cool-change-moves-in-after-sydney-and-northern-nsw-endure-record-smashing-heatwave

Polar scientists wary of impending satellite gap https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-55109092

Extreme heat is a threat to lives in Africa, but it’s not being monitored https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74918

Inquiry into tackling climate change in Victorian communities https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/images/stories/committees/epc-LA/Inquiry_into_Tackling_Climate_Change_in_Victorian_Communities/LAEPC_59-01_Inquiry_into_tackling_climate_change_in_Vic_Communities.pdf

Three-quarters of Australians back target of net zero by 2030, Guardian Essential poll shows https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/dec/01/three-quarters-of-australians-back-target-of-net-zero-by-2030-guardian-essential-poll-shows

European states ordered to respond to youth activists’ climate lawsuit https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/30/european-states-ordered-respond-youth-activists-climate-lawsuit?CMP=twt_a-environment_b-gdneco

Weekend heatwave sent records tumbling in SA and NSW — and it isn’t over yet https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-01/weekend-heatwave-sent-records-tumbling-in-sa-and-nsw/12935088

Climate Solutions Series: Decarbonizing the Built Environment https://www.csis.org/analysis/climate-solutions-series-decarbonizing-built-environment

How climate change could spark the next home mortgage disaster https://www.politico.com/news/2020/11/30/climate-change-mortgage-housing-environment-433721

What’s the impact of melting ice on rising sea levels? https://www.euronews.com/2020/11/16/what-s-the-impact-of-melting-ice-on-rising-sea-levels

The UN canceled its 2020 climate summit. Youth held one anyway https://grist.org/climate/the-un-canceled-its-2020-climate-summit-youth-held-one-anyway/

Australia endures hottest spring ever, with average temperatures more than 2C above average https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/dec/01/australia-endures-hottest-spring-ever-with-average-temperatures-more-than-2c-above-average

Pacific leaders condemn Australia’s climate target as ‘one of the weakest’ in open letter https://www.sbs.com.au/news/pacific-leaders-condemn-australia-s-climate-target-as-one-of-the-weakest-in-open-letter

Climate change: Temperature analysis shows UN goals ‘within reach’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-55073169

Australia’s states have been forced to go it alone on renewable energy, but it’s a risky strategy https://theconversation.com/australias-states-have-been-forced-to-go-it-alone-on-renewable-energy-but-its-a-risky-strategy-151086

Sea level rise and coastal flooding threaten affordable housing https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/abb266

Climate emergency: New Zealand must match words and actions https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/dec/01/climate-emergency-new-zealand-must-match-words-and-actions?CMP=share_btn_tw

What can Covid-19 teach us about preparing for climate risks in Europe? https://www.cascades.eu/publication/what-can-climate-risks-teach-us-about-preparing-for-climate-risks-in-europe/

Progress toward managing rising seas https://medium.com/island-press/progress-toward-managing-rising-seas-5c3822326a72

Future Brahmaputra river flooding as climate warms may be underestimated, study says https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74966

UN climate summit president thanks Australian states – but not Morrison government – for backing net zero https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/02/net-zero-emissions-by-2050-target-climate-summit-president-thanks-australian-states-but-not-morrison-government

Rising seas predicted to flood thousands of affordable housing units by 2050 https://www.theverge.com/2020/12/1/21747466/rising-sea-levels-flood-affordable-housing-2050

Climate change: 2020 set to be one of the three warmest years on record https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-55150910

Humanity is waging war on nature, says UN secretary general https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/02/humanity-is-waging-war-on-nature-says-un-secretary-general-antonio-guterres?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

NZ joins a groundswell in sounding the climate emergency alarm. Can it make any real difference? https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/02-12-2020/nz-joins-a-groundswell-in-sounding-the-climate-emergency-alarm-can-it-make-any-real-difference/

Movements shaping climate futures: A systematic mapping of protests against fossil fuel and low-carbon energy projects https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/abc197/meta

The matrix of two worlds working for better community resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74993

WMO Provisional report on the state of the global climate 2020 https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74998

Climate change is resulting in profound, immediate and worsening health impacts, over 120 researchers say https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-resulting-in-profound-immediate-and-worsening-health-impacts-over-120-researchers-say-151027

The 2020 report of The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: responding to converging crises https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)32290-X/fulltext

Indonesia’s tropical glacier is rare, revered, and could be gone by next year https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-04/indonesia-tropical-glacier-threatened-climate-change/12914584

Art Basel Miami 2020: climate change concerns dominate unusual year https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/dec/03/art-basel-miami-2020-virtual-art-fair

Confronting the ‘isolated, lonely, painful deaths’ from heat waves https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/12/confronting-the-isolated-lonely-painful-deaths-from-heat-waves/

Increased Plate Tectonic Activity May Have Warmed the Miocene Climate https://eos.org/articles/increased-plate-tectonic-activity-may-have-warmed-the-miocene-climate

“Thirstier” atmosphere will increase wildfire risk out west https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75016

Pushing back against the tide: Vanuatu’s climate fight https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75009

Disaster risk reduction

COVID-19 and the cost of vaccine nationalism https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RRA769-1.html

Integrated development of early warning systems: Tsunami early warning systems in Indonesia https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74928

Integrated development of early warning systems: Local Flood Early Warning System https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74936

Boldly re-imagining life in a post-pandemic world https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/stories/what-s-next.html

When insurance and goodwill are not enough: Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) ratings, risk calculations and disaster resilience in Australia https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00049182.2019.1691436?journalCode=cage20

Sink, Britain, Sink: The Tories had six years to fix the UK’s flood defences and failed https://voxpoliticalonline.com/2020/11/29/sink-britain-sink-the-tories-had-six-years-to-fix-the-uks-flood-defences-and-failed/

Developing a method for conducting wildland/urban interface fire case study research: A foundational document https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74956

Australian seasonal bushfire outlook: December 2020 – February 2021 https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/85

Preparing for the unexpected — Knowing when, where, and the impact of tropical cyclones https://www.ga.gov.au/news-events/features/preparing-for-the-unexpected

A look back at the horrific 2020 Atlantic hurricane season https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/12/a-look-back-at-the-horrific-2020-atlantic-hurricane-center/

Earthquake scenario for large German city https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74969

Seismic guidelines underestimate impact of ‘The Big One’ on Metro Vancouver buildings https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74968

Why COVID-19 has left the UK especially vulnerable to flooding this winter https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74964

GIS development for urban flood resilience https://www.researchgate.net/publication/271435501_GIS_development_for_urban_flood_resilience

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

Seismic activity of New Zealand’s alpine fault more complex than suspected https://phys.org/news/2020-12-seismic-zealand-alpine-fault-complex.html

Continents prone to destruction in their infancy, study finds https://phys.org/news/2020-12-continents-prone-destruction-infancy.html

ASEAN adopts New Disaster Management Framework for 2021-2025 https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74980

Are there risks we aren’t considering for wildfires? https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74995

Where Will the Next Big Flood Hit? https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/11/predicting-floods-before-strike/617208/

The floor is lava: After 1.5 billion years in flux, here’s how a new, stronger crust set the stage for life on Earth https://phys.org/news/2020-12-floor-lava-billion-years-flux.html

Emergency management

Remote sensing and wildfires https://www.panarchiccodex.com/krista-west

European Union helps Albania rebuild after devastating earthquake https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74917

Fewer people say they would take a COVID-19 vaccine now than 3 months ago https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/11/fewer-people-say-they-would-take-a-covid-19-vaccine-now-than-3-months-ago/

Synergistic integration of detailed meteorological and community information for evacuation from weather-related disasters: proposal of a “disaster response switch https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74957

A Framework for Assessing Mortality and Morbidity After Large-Scale Disasters https://www.nap.edu/read/25863/chapter/1

‘Catastrophic’ bushfire burns half of Queensland’s Fraser Island and threatens ecological disaster https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/dec/01/catastrophic-bushfire-on-queenslands-fraser-island-threatens-ecological-disaster

Hurricanes Iota and Eta deal Honduras a catastrophic double-blow https://www.euronews.com/2020/11/21/hurricanes-iota-and-eta-deal-honduras-a-catastrophic-double-blow

Why Europe’s second, less severe lockdowns are working https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2020/11/28/why-europes-second-less-severe-lockdowns-are-working

Covid-19: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine judged safe for use in UK from next week https://www.bbc.com/news/health-55145696

Emergency warnings for bushfires, floods and cyclones about to get clearer https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-01/bushfire-flood-cyclone-warnings-national-system-clearer/12931450

Intent to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine Rises to 60% as Confidence in Research and Development Process Increases https://www.pewresearch.org/science/2020/12/03/intent-to-get-a-covid-19-vaccine-rises-to-60-as-confidence-in-research-and-development-process-increases/

Coronavirus: why is eastern Europe’s second wave so much worse than its first? https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75002

Characterizing uncertainty in city-wide disaster recovery through geospatial multi-lifeline restoration modeling of earthquake impact in the district of North Vancouver https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75008

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Integrated development of early warning systems: Public warnings on mobile phone https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74929

Using Social Media to Build Community Disaster Resilience – Virtual Presentation https://molinostewart.com.au/news/latest-news/using-social-media-to-build-community-disaster-resilience-virtual-presentation/

New bushfire campaign and app aim to combat complacency among West Australians https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-28/new-hard-hitting-fire-season-campaign-and-app-launched-in-wa/12931268

‘After Maria’ cartoon https://illustratinganthropology.com/gemma-sou/

Disempowering emotions: The role of educational experiences in social responses to climate change https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0016718520302748#

The aim of the LINKS project is to strengthen links between technologies and society for improved European disaster resilience, by producing sustainable advanced learning on the use of social media and crowdsourcing (SMCS) in disasters http://links-project.eu/

Fostering Social Resilience via Online Neighborhood Social Networks During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond: Status Quo, Design Dilemmas and Research Opportunities https://www.researchgate.net/publication/346021191_Fostering_Social_Resilience_via_Online_Neighborhood_Social_Networks_During_the_COVID-19_Pandemic_and_Beyond_Status_Quo_Design_Dilemmas_and_Research_Opportunities

Inititiative for Critical Disaster Studies https://wp.nyu.edu/disasters/

Social media must prepare for flood of Covid-19 vaccine misinformation https://edition.cnn.com/2020/12/01/tech/covid-19-vaccine-misinformation-social-media/index.html

Children and young people’s participation in disaster risk reduction https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74996

Visualisation of early warning information https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75001

Psychology and disasters

A framework for mental health and psychosocial support in radiological and nuclear emergencies https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74930

How flood risks shape policies: flood exposure and risk perception in Swiss municipalities https://www.researchgate.net/publication/345353024_How_flood_risks_shape_policies_flood_exposure_and_risk_perception_in_Swiss_municipalities

COVID-19 and Older Adults https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hope-resilience/202003/covid-19-and-older-adults

COVID‐19 in context: Why do people die in emergencies? It’s probably not because of collective psychology https://bpspsychub.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/bjso.12393

The Long-Lasting Mental Health Effects of Wildfires https://www.outsideonline.com/2419314/wildfire-survivors-mental-health-trauma

Sociology and disasters

Endurance or decline of emergent groups following a flood disaster: Implications for community resilience https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420919309744?via%3Dihub

How natural hazards impact the social environment for vulnerable groups: an empirical investigation in Japan https://www.researchgate.net/publication/344282545_How_natural_hazards_impact_the_social_environment_for_vulnerable_groups_an_empirical_investigation_in_Japan

Social Capital, Innovation, and Local Resilience: Tokyo Neighbourhood in Times of Crisis https://www.researchgate.net/publication/346405048_Social_Capital_Innovation_and_Local_Resilience_Tokyo_Neighbourhood_in_Times_of_Crisis

Flood Risk for Low-Income Housing in U.S. Could Triple by 2050 https://e360.yale.edu/digest/flood-risk-for-low-income-housing-in-u-s-could-triple-by-2050

Valuing disaster risk reduction neighborhood interventions in informal settlements of Latin American and the Caribbean https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74975

‘Nobody checked on us’: what people with disability told us about their experiences of disasters and emergencies https://theconversation.com/nobody-checked-on-us-what-people-with-disability-told-us-about-their-experiences-of-disasters-and-emergencies-151198

During disaster displacement, people with disabilities are too often forgotten https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75012

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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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