Today in disaster resilience (1 January 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Flood and wind warnings across UK as Storm Bella sweeps in

Deadly flooding hits Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Strong and shallow M6.7 earthquake hits off the coast of Los Lagos, Chile

Tropical Storm “Chalane” to make landfall over Madagascar, head toward Mozambique

Portugal – Evacuations After Floods and Landslides in Madeira

Croatia earthquake leaves children among dead, forcing hospital evacuation and nuclear plant shutdown

Strong eruption at Suwanosejima volcano, Alert Level raised, Japan

At least 12 climbers dead as heavy snow hits Tehran, Iran

Ecuador – Flood Damage Leaves Thousands Without Drinking Water in Azuay Province

DR Congo – Deadly Floods Strike Again in Uvira

Madagascar – Tropical Storm Chalane Triggers Minor Flooding

Neighbourhood evacuated as landslide buries houses, destroys buildings in Norway

Sleeping volcanoes rumble to life in the eastern Caribbean

Volcanic activity worldwide 31 Dec 2020: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Sangay

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

From bushfires to flash flooding, what will the Australian summer of the future look like?

Climate of change puts business and Coalition at odds

India achieves record low price for large scale solar plant

New Zealand readers say ‘everything’ must be prioritised in battle against climate change

Oregon wildfires are adding more fuel to young activists’ legal climate battle

Project Drawdown

New climate models suggest faster melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet

WMO: Siberian heatwave put 2020 among three hottest years on record

2020 closes a decade of exceptional heat

Climate change: Extreme weather causes huge losses in 2020

Australia’s bushfires among the world’s worst weather disasters ‘boosted’ by climate change, report finds

Counting the cost 2020: A year of climate breakdown

Sea-level rise from climate change could exceed the high-end projections, scientists warn

Australia trails Pacific nations in fight against climate change

‘We cannot make it without science’: Greta Thunberg says climate experts are being ignored

Experts should lead climate change response: NSW Environment Minister

Floods, storms and searing heat: 2020 in extreme weather

Tampa addresses chronic flooding as climate challenges loom

2020 Broke All These Environmental Records Despite The Pandemic

Cambridge becomes the 1st US city to require stickers warning the threat of climate change at gas pumps

Disaster risk reduction

This year wasn’t unprecedented. If anything, it set the precedent

Evolution of a pyrocumulonimbus event associated with an extreme wildfire in Tasmania, Australia

The top 10 weather and climate events of a record-setting year

The anatomy of a firestorm: Researchers use radar to peer into a bushfire phenomenon

Rising to meet the tide

Could Covid lockdown have helped save the planet?

Billion-Dollar Disasters: The Costs, in Lives and Dollars, Have Never Been So High

Overshadowed by COVID: the deadly extreme weather of 2020

California must burn more of its forests to save them. Is the public ready?

ACCC inquiry finds northern Australia properties difficult to insure due to flood and cyclone risks

Emergency management

Withstanding winter vulnerabilities: A way of life in a northern seaside community

Covid pandemic turned 2020 into deadliest year in U.S. history, CDC finds

Here’s a Plan to Stop the Coronavirus From Mutating

Covid world map: which countries have the most coronavirus cases and deaths?

With the new Covid variant everywhere, it’s not enough to just wait for the vaccine

Theodore, the first Queensland town to be totally evacuated, reflects on flood disaster 10 years on

Where Year Two of the Pandemic Will Take Us

Vaccination no guarantee of virus eradication: WHO officials

Early Action Protocol activated as Tropical Cyclone Chalane approaches Mozambique

Silence of the bush: Mallacoota residents look back over a year of loss and regrowth after fire devastation

How do the COVID-19 variants found in the UK and South Africa affect the illness?

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Taiwan dispatches its first volcano drill alert

Role of pre-disaster discussions on preparedness on consensus-making of integrated flood management (IFM) after a flood disaster, based on a case in the Abukuma River Basin, Fukushima, Japan

Psychology and disasters

Reasons to be hopeful in 2021

Covid poses ‘greatest threat to mental health since second world war’

Eight Persistent COVID-19 Myths and Why People Believe Them

The lost summer

Sociology and disasters

COVID-19 and inequality: A review of the evidence on likely impact and policy options

Regional differences in resilience of social and physical systems: Case study of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Disasters and Demographic Change of ‘Single-Industry’ Towns—Decline and Resilience in Morwell, Australia

Regional differences in resilience of social and physical systems: Case study of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

People in harm’s way: Flood exposure and poverty in 189 countries


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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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