Today in disaster resilience (22 January 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Massive pyroclastic flow at Semeru volcano, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2021/01/17/massive-pyroclastic-flow-semeru-volcano-january-16-2021/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Severe floods hit Bolivia and Paraguay https://watchers.news/2021/01/20/bolivia-paraguay-floods-january-2021/

New paroxysmal eruptive episode at Etna’s Southeast Crater, Italy https://watchers.news/2021/01/19/etna-eruption-january-18-2021/

Indonesia earthquake rescuers hampered by damaged infrastructure after dozens killed https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/16/indonesia-earthquake-rescuers-hampered-by-damaged-infrastructure-after-dozens-killed

Syria – Floods in Displacement Camps in Idlib and Aleppo http://floodlist.com/asia/syria-floods-idlib-aleppo-january-2021

Indonesia – Deadly Floods and Landslides in South Kalimantan and North Sulawesi http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-southkalimantan-northsulawesi-january-2021

Powerful M7.1 earthquake hits off the coast of Mindanao, Philippines https://watchers.news/2021/01/21/m7-1-earthquake-philippines-indonesia-january-21-2021/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Around 2,000 homes and businesses in Manchester told to evacuate due to flooding fears https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/around-2000-homes-businesses-manchester-19668489

Madagascar – Tropical Storm Eloise Leaves Homes Destroyed, Hundreds Displaced http://floodlist.com/africa/madagascar-tropical-storm-eloise-january-2021

Brazil – Flash Floods and Landslides in São Paulo and Minas Gerais http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-landslides-sao-paulo-minas-gerais-january-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate change blamed for a third of U.S. flood losses in past 3 decades https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/climate-change-blamed-for-a-third-of-us-flood-losses-in-past-3-decades/2021/01/15/398728a2-544c-11eb-a817-e5e7f8a406d6_story.html

Powerful winds spark new blazes in California’s year-round fire ‘season’ https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/19/california-fire-climate-crisis-high-winds

Health warnings as ‘intense’ heatwave to hit NSW until Australia Day https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/health-warnings-as-intense-heatwave-to-hit-nsw-until-australia-day-20210121-p56vuf.html

Biden hits reset on US climate action – and turns up the heat on Morrison https://reneweconomy.com.au/biden-hits-reset-on-us-climate-action-and-turns-up-the-heat-on-morrison/

Biden returns US to Paris climate accord hours after becoming president https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/20/paris-climate-accord-joe-biden-returns-us

Legal bid to stop UK building Europe’s biggest gas power plant fails https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/21/climate-crisis-uk-legal-bid-stop-biggest-gas-power-station-europe-fails

Five reasons to be optimistic about clean energy in 2021 https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2020/five-reasons-to-be-optimistic-about-clean-energy-in-2021.html

Keeping it local: Engaging communities in climate resilience projects in Yangon https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75601

Disaster risk reduction

The link between tropical cyclones and heatwaves https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/the-link-between-tropical-cyclones-and-heatwaves/533345

Accurate forecasts of rainfall can help save lives and livelihoods from drought in Sub-Saharan Africa https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75614

These are the world’s greatest threats in 2021 https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/01/world-greatest-threats-2021/

NZ landslides more dangerous than quakes https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/123927961/nz-landslides-more-dangerous-than-quakes

Invited perspectives: Building sustainable and resilient communities – recommended actions for natural hazard scientistshttps://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75594

A risk analysis of COVID‐19 infections in Kolkata Metropolitan City: A GIS based study https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75602

The global risks report 2021, 16th edition https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75580

The National Risk Index: Discover the landscape of natural hazard risk in the United States https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75535

Emergency management

A Really Bad Idea! “Caught on video: Japan emergency callers will be able to send footage to police” https://visualanthropologyofjapan.blogspot.com/2020/12/a-really-bad-idea-caught-on-video-japan.html

Mask-wearing and control of SARS-CoV-2 transmission in the USA: a cross-sectional study https://www.thelancet.com/journals/landig/article/PIIS2589-7500(20)30293-4/fulltext#.YAnbH_IniZ0.twitter

Biden outlines vaccine plan, requires masks on flights https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2021/01/21/covid-news-vaccine-shortages-us-response-joe-biden-california/4237433001/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Disaster season is here — do you have a Resilience Action Plan? Here’s how the small town of Tarnagulla built theirs https://theconversation.com/disaster-season-is-here-do-you-have-a-resilience-action-plan-heres-how-the-small-town-of-tarnagulla-built-theirs-151570

Individual action, community good: coming together to save ourselves and the planet https://www.theguardian.com/bank-australia-collective-good/2020/nov/19/individual-action-community-good-coming-together-to-save-ourselves-and-the-planet?CMP=share_btn_tw

For eyewitness accounts of earthquake shaking, representation matters https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75613

Using community resilience vision statements to engage communities in Bangladesh https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75596

Sociology and disasters

The dual effect of social ties on COVID‑19 spread in Japan https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-81001-4.epdf

Strengthening urban resilience in Amman, Jordan, to mitigate flash floods and protect vulnerable communities https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75581

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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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