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 https://www.sbs.com.au/news/residents-of-k-gari-fraser-island-told-to-leave-immediately-as-bushfire-threatens-happy-valley

Indonesia – Deadly Floods in North Sumatra and Aceh Provinces http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-sumatra-december-2020

USA – Record Rainfall Triggers Floods and Landslides in South East Alaska http://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-landslides-southeast-alaska-december-2020

Haines, Alaska: a major landslide leaves people missing https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2020/12/04/haines-1/

Rainfall in Ketchikan leads to flooding, but no dam break https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2020/12/06/rainfall-in-ketchikan-leads-to-near-record-flooding-but-no-dam-break/

Italy – Floods Prompt Evacuations in Veneto and Emilia-Romagna Regions http://floodlist.com/europe/italy-floods-veneto-emilia-romagna-december-2020

Iran – Deadly Floods in Southern Provinces http://floodlist.com/asia/iran-floods-december-2020

Venice floods as forecasts fail to predict extent of high tide https://www.theguardian.com/weather/2020/dec/08/venice-floods-as-forecasts-fail-to-predict-extent-of-high-tide

Thailand – Floods Remain in 5 Southern Provinces as Death Toll Rises http://floodlist.com/asia/thailand-floods-remain-in-5-southern-provinces-as-death-toll-rises

DR Congo – Kongo Central Province Floods Leave 18 Dead http://floodlist.com/africa/dr-congo-flood-december-2020

Mozambique – Flash Floods in Beira, Sofala Province, After Heavy Rain http://floodlist.com/africa/mozambique-floods-sofala-december-2020

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

A warning on climate and the risk of societal collapse https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/06/a-warning-on-climate-and-the-risk-of-societal-collapse

ACT beats 2020 emissions reduction target, achieving 45 pct cut since 1990 https://reneweconomy.com.au/act-beats-2020-emissions-reduction-target-achieving-45-pct-cut-since-1990-1990/

Spring Heats Up Down Under https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/147619/spring-heats-up-down-under

Climate change and health: preparing for the next disaster https://grattan.edu.au/report/climate-change-and-health-preparing-for-the-next-disaster/

Maladaptation: When Adaptation to Climate Change Goes Very Wrong https://www.cell.com/one-earth/fulltext/S2590-3322(20)30483-8

Climate change: UK aim of 68% emissions cut a ‘colossal challenge’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-55179008

The adaptation principles: A guide for designing strategies for climate change adaptation and resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75032

This Year’s Wild Hurricane Season Is an Ominous Sign of What’s Ahead https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2020-hurricane-season-overview/

European Union drafts ambition for 30 million electric cars by 2030 https://thedriven.io/2020/12/07/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 https://theconversation.com/arctic-ocean-climate-change-is-flooding-the-remote-north-with-light-and-new-species-150157

Climate change: Snowy UK winters could become thing of the past https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-55179603

Arctic Report Card: 15 years of observations document impact of changing polar climate https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/sea-ice-loss-and-extreme-wildfires-mark-another-year-of-arctic-change

How Climate Change Is Ushering in a New Pandemic Era https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/climate-change-risks-infectious-diseases-covid-19-ebola-dengue-1098923/

Arctic warming cascades through ocean and over land, U.S. report says https://news.trust.org/item/20201208150332-kpcix/

Greenhouse gas emissions transforming the Arctic into ‘an entirely different climate’ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/08/arctic-report-climate-crisis-wildfires-ice-loss?CMP=twt_a-environment_b-gdneco

Climate risk country profile: Afghanistan https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75071

Researchers say some corals may recover from bleaching if humans leave them alone http://www.watercareer.com.au/news/coral-study-finds-hope

Australia’s record spring heat one-in-500,000 without climate change: analysis http://nespclimate.com.au/record-2020-spring-event-attribution/

Climate-driven changes are interconnected, stresses 2020 annual Arctic Report Card https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/climate-driven-changes-are-interconnected-stresses-2020-annual-arctic-report-card/#.X8_liDjQHtY.twitter

How Australian universities and professions are preparing to meet the climate challenge https://theconversation.com/how-universities-and-professions-are-preparing-to-meet-the-climate-challenge-151662

Climate change, coming soon to a court near you: Report series purpose and introduction to climate science https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75094

The stormy, fiery year when climate disasters wouldn’t stop https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/The-stormy-fiery-year-when-climate-disasters-15791389.php

Climate change threatens ‘most Alps glaciers’ https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-55206215

Greta Thunberg: ‘We are speeding in the wrong direction’ on climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/10/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 summerhttps://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/strongest-signals-for-10-years-point-to-a-wet-flood-hit-summer-20201205-p56kx3.html

Geologists to Shed Light on the Mantle with 3D Model https://eos.org/articles/geologists-to-shed-light-on-the-mantle-with-3d-model

Once in a lifetime floods to become regular occurrences by end of century https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75031

‘You can’t just keep building sea walls’: Dutch solution urged to counter Christchurch flooding risk https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75034

Flood Risk Management in Australia report https://www.genevaassociation.org/research-topics/climate-change-and-emerging-environmental-topics/flood-risk-management-australia

COVID-19: Nobody is safe until everyone is safe https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2020/12/04/commentary/world-commentary/covid-19-nobody-safe-everyone-safe/

Flood Risk Management in Canada | Research report https://www.genevaassociation.org/research-topics/climate-change-and-emerging-environmental-topics/flood-risk-management-canada

Queensland Premier defends Fraser Island bushfire management as blaze continues to threaten Happy Valley https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-07/qld-fraser-island-bushfire-management/12957056

Floodplain harvesting likely illegal under NSW water management act, crown solicitor warns https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/dec/08/floodplain-harvesting-likely-under-nsw-water-management-act-crown-solicitor-warns

A climate service for flood risk mapping in urban areas https://www.climate-kic.org/news/urban-flood-risk-mapping/

Mt Everest grows by nearly a metre to new height https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-55218443

California’s 2018 wildfires caused $150 billion in damages https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75070

How hi-tech insurance is helping farmers survive floods https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75067

The construction of a levee setback will reduce flooding impacts on the community and restore a more natural floodplain https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/where-we-work/united-states/missouri/stories-in-missouri/missouri-river-levees/

Combining satellite images and mapping tools with local knowledge and community participation have made settlements safer https://news.trust.org/item/20201203110348-miym5

Wildfire risk rising as scientists determine which conditions beget blazes https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75085

New High Tide Flooding Projection Tool Aids U.S. Coastal Decision Making https://sealevel.nasa.gov/news/206/new-high-tide-flooding-projection-tool-aids-us-coastal-decision-making

Can Volcano Forecasting Make Visiting Whakaari Safe Again? https://eos.org/articles/can-volcano-forecasting-make-visiting-whakaari-safe-again

How can flood data be more useful? https://brigstowinstitute.blogs.bristol.ac.uk/project/how-can-flood-data-be-more-useful/

Homes and Other Buildings Abound in Natural Hazard Hot Spots https://eos.org/articles/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 https://edition.cnn.com/2020/12/03/asia/rohingya-relocations-bhasan-char-intl-hnk/index.html

Use of earth observation satellites to improve effectiveness of humanitarian operations https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75011

Australian Warning System https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/australian-warning-system

The case for gender balance in the fire and emergency sector https://malechampionsofchange.com/mcc-fire-and-emergency-case-for-change/

As vaccines roll out, states face difficult questions over access https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2020/1208/As-vaccines-roll-out-states-face-difficult-questions-over-access

Covid-19 vaccine: First person receives Pfizer jab in UK https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-55227325

Australian study shows wastewater testing can detect coronavirus weeks before people show symptoms https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-10/csiro-sewage-covid-19-australian-study-wastewater/12967618

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Britain’s Wild Weather https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000q5zz

Disaster risk reduction activities as learning https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-020-04443-5

Should I stay or should I go now? Why risk communication is the critical component in disaster risk reduction https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590061720300764?via%3Dihub

Psychology and disasters

Facilitating Collective Psychosocial Resilience in the Public in Emergencies: Twelve Recommendations Based on the Social Identity Approach https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpubh.2019.00141/full

Helping Children Cope with Emergencies https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/helping-children-cope.html

Drive-by burials and FaceTime farewells: Grief in the Covid era will weigh on the American psyche for years to come https://www.statnews.com/2020/12/09/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 http://nautil.us/issue/93/forerunners/how-to-build-trust-in-covid_19-vaccines

Sociology and disasters

The politics of disaster risk governance and neo-extractivism in Latin America https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75022

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 https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75038

The nation learning to embrace flooding https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20201201-bangladesh-the-devastating-floods-essential-for-life

Bowling Alone or Masking Together? The Role of Social Capital in Excess Death Rates from COVID19 https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3744251

Quantifying the dynamics of migration after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/12/07/2001671117

Informal Disaster Governance https://www.researchgate.net/publication/346921607_Informal_Disaster_Governance

When cyclones and conflicts collide https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75101

Unequal COVID-19 vaccine deals could hurt global fight https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75103

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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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