Today in disaster resilience (11 December 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Residents of K’gari-Fraser Island told to leave immediately as bushfire threatens Happy Valley

Indonesia – Deadly Floods in North Sumatra and Aceh Provinces

USA – Record Rainfall Triggers Floods and Landslides in South East Alaska

Haines, Alaska: a major landslide leaves people missing

Rainfall in Ketchikan leads to flooding, but no dam break

Italy – Floods Prompt Evacuations in Veneto and Emilia-Romagna Regions

Iran – Deadly Floods in Southern Provinces

Venice floods as forecasts fail to predict extent of high tide

Thailand – Floods Remain in 5 Southern Provinces as Death Toll Rises

DR Congo – Kongo Central Province Floods Leave 18 Dead

Mozambique – Flash Floods in Beira, Sofala Province, After Heavy Rain

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

A warning on climate and the risk of societal collapse

ACT beats 2020 emissions reduction target, achieving 45 pct cut since 1990

Spring Heats Up Down Under

Climate change and health: preparing for the next disaster

Maladaptation: When Adaptation to Climate Change Goes Very Wrong

Climate change: UK aim of 68% emissions cut a ‘colossal challenge’

The adaptation principles: A guide for designing strategies for climate change adaptation and resilience

This Year’s Wild Hurricane Season Is an Ominous Sign of What’s Ahead

European Union drafts ambition for 30 million electric cars by 2030

Arctic Ocean: climate change is flooding the remote north with light – and new species

Climate change: Snowy UK winters could become thing of the past

Arctic Report Card: 15 years of observations document impact of changing polar climate

How Climate Change Is Ushering in a New Pandemic Era

Arctic warming cascades through ocean and over land, U.S. report says

Greenhouse gas emissions transforming the Arctic into ‘an entirely different climate’

Climate risk country profile: Afghanistan

Researchers say some corals may recover from bleaching if humans leave them alone

Australia’s record spring heat one-in-500,000 without climate change: analysis

Climate-driven changes are interconnected, stresses 2020 annual Arctic Report Card

How Australian universities and professions are preparing to meet the climate challenge

Climate change, coming soon to a court near you: Report series purpose and introduction to climate science

The stormy, fiery year when climate disasters wouldn’t stop

Climate change threatens ‘most Alps glaciers’

Greta Thunberg: ‘We are speeding in the wrong direction’ on climate crisis

Disaster risk reduction

‘Strongest signals for 10 years’ point to a wet, flood-hit summer

Geologists to Shed Light on the Mantle with 3D Model

Once in a lifetime floods to become regular occurrences by end of century

‘You can’t just keep building sea walls’: Dutch solution urged to counter Christchurch flooding risk

Flood Risk Management in Australia report

COVID-19: Nobody is safe until everyone is safe

Flood Risk Management in Canada | Research report

Queensland Premier defends Fraser Island bushfire management as blaze continues to threaten Happy Valley

Floodplain harvesting likely illegal under NSW water management act, crown solicitor warns

A climate service for flood risk mapping in urban areas

Mt Everest grows by nearly a metre to new height

California’s 2018 wildfires caused $150 billion in damages

How hi-tech insurance is helping farmers survive floods

The construction of a levee setback will reduce flooding impacts on the community and restore a more natural floodplain

Combining satellite images and mapping tools with local knowledge and community participation have made settlements safer

Wildfire risk rising as scientists determine which conditions beget blazes

New High Tide Flooding Projection Tool Aids U.S. Coastal Decision Making

Can Volcano Forecasting Make Visiting Whakaari Safe Again?

How can flood data be more useful?

Homes and Other Buildings Abound in Natural Hazard Hot Spots

Emergency management

Fears of forced removals as Bangladesh moves hundreds of Rohingya refugees to remote island

Use of earth observation satellites to improve effectiveness of humanitarian operations

Australian Warning System

The case for gender balance in the fire and emergency sector

As vaccines roll out, states face difficult questions over access

Covid-19 vaccine: First person receives Pfizer jab in UK

Australian study shows wastewater testing can detect coronavirus weeks before people show symptoms

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Britain’s Wild Weather

Disaster risk reduction activities as learning

Should I stay or should I go now? Why risk communication is the critical component in disaster risk reduction

Psychology and disasters

Facilitating Collective Psychosocial Resilience in the Public in Emergencies: Twelve Recommendations Based on the Social Identity Approach

Helping Children Cope with Emergencies

Drive-by burials and FaceTime farewells: Grief in the Covid era will weigh on the American psyche for years to come

How to Build Trust in Covid-19 Vaccines

Sociology and disasters

The politics of disaster risk governance and neo-extractivism in Latin America

Whence the next pandemic? The intersecting global geography of the animal-human interface, poor health systems and air transit centrality reveals conduits for high-impact spillover

The nation learning to embrace flooding

Bowling Alone or Masking Together? The Role of Social Capital in Excess Death Rates from COVID19

Quantifying the dynamics of migration after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

Informal Disaster Governance

When cyclones and conflicts collide

Unequal COVID-19 vaccine deals could hurt global fight


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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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