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

15 homes likely uninhabitable after heavy rain, flooding north of Wellington

Italy – Deadly Flash Floods in Sardinia

South East Asia – 25,000 Hit by Floods in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand

India – Cyclone Nivar Causes Floods in Tamil Nadu

India – Deadly Floods in Andhra Pradesh After Rain From Cyclone Nivar

Indonesia – Floods Damage Thousands of Homes in North Sumatra Province

Brazil – Damaging Floods in São Paulo State After 130mm of Rain in 1 Hour

Bolivia – Homes Damaged in Tarija After Heavy Rain

Iran – Floods Affect 8 Provinces After Heavy Rain

Vietnam – Floods Leave 5 Dead, 1 Missing, 5,000 Displaced After 980mm of Rain in 3 Days

Ash blankets Indonesia villages after volcano eruption

Bond fire rapidly jumps through Orange County canyons, forcing more evacuations

Volcanic activity worldwide 3 Dec 2020: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Sangay

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Tasmania declares itself 100 per cent powered by renewable electricity

Electricity supplies under pressure due to heatwave, energy market operator warns

Cool change moves in after Sydney and northern NSW endure record-smashing heatwave

Polar scientists wary of impending satellite gap

Extreme heat is a threat to lives in Africa, but it’s not being monitored

Inquiry into tackling climate change in Victorian communities

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

Weekend heatwave sent records tumbling in SA and NSW — and it isn’t over yet

Climate Solutions Series: Decarbonizing the Built Environment

How climate change could spark the next home mortgage disaster

What’s the impact of melting ice on rising sea levels?

The UN canceled its 2020 climate summit. Youth held one anyway

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

Climate change: Temperature analysis shows UN goals ‘within reach’

Australia’s states have been forced to go it alone on renewable energy, but it’s a risky strategy

Sea level rise and coastal flooding threaten affordable housing

Climate emergency: New Zealand must match words and actions

What can Covid-19 teach us about preparing for climate risks in Europe?

Progress toward managing rising seas

Future Brahmaputra river flooding as climate warms may be underestimated, study says

UN climate summit president thanks Australian states – but not Morrison government – for backing net zero

Rising seas predicted to flood thousands of affordable housing units by 2050

Climate change: 2020 set to be one of the three warmest years on record

Humanity is waging war on nature, says UN secretary general

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

The matrix of two worlds working for better community resilience

WMO Provisional report on the state of the global climate 2020

Climate change is resulting in profound, immediate and worsening health impacts, over 120 researchers say

The 2020 report of The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: responding to converging crises

Indonesia’s tropical glacier is rare, revered, and could be gone by next year

Art Basel Miami 2020: climate change concerns dominate unusual year

Confronting the ‘isolated, lonely, painful deaths’ from heat waves

Increased Plate Tectonic Activity May Have Warmed the Miocene Climate

“Thirstier” atmosphere will increase wildfire risk out west

Pushing back against the tide: Vanuatu’s climate fight

Disaster risk reduction

COVID-19 and the cost of vaccine nationalism

Integrated development of early warning systems: Tsunami early warning systems in Indonesia

Integrated development of early warning systems: Local Flood Early Warning System

Boldly re-imagining life in a post-pandemic world

When insurance and goodwill are not enough: Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) ratings, risk calculations and disaster resilience in Australia

Sink, Britain, Sink: The Tories had six years to fix the UK’s flood defences and failed

Developing a method for conducting wildland/urban interface fire case study research: A foundational document

Australian seasonal bushfire outlook: December 2020 – February 2021

Preparing for the unexpected — Knowing when, where, and the impact of tropical cyclones

A look back at the horrific 2020 Atlantic hurricane season

Earthquake scenario for large German city

Seismic guidelines underestimate impact of ‘The Big One’ on Metro Vancouver buildings

Why COVID-19 has left the UK especially vulnerable to flooding this winter

GIS development for urban flood resilience

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter

Seismic activity of New Zealand’s alpine fault more complex than suspected

Continents prone to destruction in their infancy, study finds

ASEAN adopts New Disaster Management Framework for 2021-2025

Are there risks we aren’t considering for wildfires?

Where Will the Next Big Flood Hit?

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

Emergency management

Remote sensing and wildfires

European Union helps Albania rebuild after devastating earthquake

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

A Framework for Assessing Mortality and Morbidity After Large-Scale Disasters

‘Catastrophic’ bushfire burns half of Queensland’s Fraser Island and threatens ecological disaster

Hurricanes Iota and Eta deal Honduras a catastrophic double-blow

Why Europe’s second, less severe lockdowns are working

Covid-19: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine judged safe for use in UK from next week

Emergency warnings for bushfires, floods and cyclones about to get clearer

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?

Characterizing uncertainty in city-wide disaster recovery through geospatial multi-lifeline restoration modeling of earthquake impact in the district of North Vancouver

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Integrated development of early warning systems: Public warnings on mobile phone

Using Social Media to Build Community Disaster Resilience – Virtual Presentation

New bushfire campaign and app aim to combat complacency among West Australians

‘After Maria’ cartoon

Disempowering emotions: The role of educational experiences in social responses to climate change

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

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

Social media must prepare for flood of Covid-19 vaccine misinformation

Children and young people’s participation in disaster risk reduction

Visualisation of early warning information

Psychology and disasters

A framework for mental health and psychosocial support in radiological and nuclear emergencies

How flood risks shape policies: flood exposure and risk perception in Swiss municipalities

COVID-19 and Older Adults

COVID‐19 in context: Why do people die in emergencies? It’s probably not because of collective psychology

The Long-Lasting Mental Health Effects of Wildfires

Sociology and disasters

Endurance or decline of emergent groups following a flood disaster: Implications for community resilience

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

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

‘Nobody checked on us’: what people with disability told us about their experiences of disasters and emergencies

During disaster displacement, people with disabilities are too often forgotten


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I am a Principal at Water Technology Pty Ltd, an Australian-based coastal, environment and natural hazards company - see I specialise in the community aspects of disaster risk reduction and emergency management. Samples of my research and projects can be accessed at Check out my latest book 'Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement' at I am also a published fiction writer specialising in short stories and poems - see

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