Today in disaster resilience (29 January 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

At least 12 killed after Tropical Cyclone “Eloise” makes landfall near Beira, Mozambique

Burundi – Floods in Bujumbura Province Force Thousands From Their Homes

‘Like a bomb went off’: 1 dead, at least 30 injured after tornado rips through parts of Alabama

Brazil – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Santa Catarina After 40mm of Rain in 1 Hour

Southern Africa – Tropical Cyclone Eloise Triggers Floods in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa

Wildfire Ravages 10,000 Hectares of Forest in Argentina

Volcanic activity worldwide 27 Jan 2021: Etna volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Merapi, Dukono

USA – California Storm Triggers Mudslides, Prompts Evacuation Orders in Burn Areas

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Heatwaves may mean Sydney is too hot for people to live in ‘within decades’

America needs a climate adaptation strategy

Climate change must get the same scientific response as coronavirus, Australian Nobel winner says

How to make your home more resilient to heatwaves and severe storms in summer

As heatwaves become more extreme, which jobs are riskiest?

Mitigation, adaptation or do nothing: Responding to climate change,14732#.YBBpLix7wJY.twitter

Australia could take massive economic hit from climate-fuelled extreme weather, report warns

Hitting Home: The Compounding Costs of Climate Inaction

‘The science is real’: Coastal experts hope Biden will partner to combat sea level rise

Global ice loss accelerating at record rate, study finds

Climate adaptation summit hears dire warnings but misses action to match

Biden’s new climate orders to include suspension of federal oil and gas leasing – sources

40 Governments and Leading Institutions Commit to Support Locally Led Climate Adaptation

“Now it’s unpredictable”: Young people face climate change in Papua New Guinea

Global climate risk index 2021

Impacts of Climate Change on Hydroclimatic Conditions of U.S. National Forests and Grasslands

With 1.2 million respondents, the Peoples’ Climate Vote is the largest survey of public opinion on climate change ever conducted

Climate change brings challenges for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

‘Resilient recovery’: Cities link pandemic, climate adaptation responses

New climate panel says Australia needs to aim for net zero emissions by 2035

Global Ice Loss on Pace to Drive Worst-Case Sea Level Rise

UK electricity from renewables outpaces gas and coal power

Climate change is now a national security priority for the Pentagon

Climate Adaptation Summit: Invest in early warnings and early action

What you need to know about the climate change resilience rating system

“World first”: South Australia achieves 100pct solar, and lowest prices in Australia

Disaster risk reduction

‘Inadequate’: Indigenous survey for Warragamba Dam plan found wanting

Native American fire management at an ancient wildland–urban interface in the Southwest United States

How Africa’s largest city is staying afloat

The Australian flammability monitoring system: Providing a clear picture of landscape dryness

Simulating 800,000 years of California earthquake history to pinpoint risks

3 Shifts to Advance Adaptation and Resilience in 2021

Ageing Dams Pose Growing Threat: UN

Thousands of crucial flood defences across England were in poor condition last year

Increasing numbers of U.S. residents live in high-risk wildfire and flood zones. Why?

Atlas of the human planet 2020: Open geoinformation for research, policy, and action

Natural disasters data book 2019: An analytical overview, climate & catastrophe insight: 2020 annual report

Hazard definition and classification review

Status of Science and Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia-Pacific 2020

De Blasio’s $1 Million Flood Plan Shelved and Hidden From High-Risk East Harlem

New warning system in Bangladesh to tackle rising landslide risk

Managing flood risk

UNESCO provides Morocco with 7 earthquake early warning equipment

Lessons for future disasters

Disaster risk reduction in Australia: Status report 2020

How heatwaves and drought combine to produce the perfect firestorm

Emergency management

Doctors Begin to Crack Covid’s Mysterious Long-Term Effects

How a Himalayan community kept Covid-19 under check

Anticipation in Emergency Management: Shifting from Crisis Response to Shaping Future Resilience

UK Covid deaths: Why the 100,000 toll is so bad

All countries should pursue a Covid-19 elimination strategy: here are 16 reasons why

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Understanding Visual Risk Communication Messages: An Analysis of Visual Attention Allocation and Think-Aloud Responses to Tornado Graphics

Information is power: Connecting local responders to the risk information that they need

Participatory mapping and visualization of local knowledge: An example from Eberbach, Germany

Homeowners guide to property flood resilience

Evaluating learning spaces in flood risk management in Germany: Lessons for governance research

Psychology and disasters

Warning over mental health effects of floods in the UK

Insurance firm offers mental health support as UK flood risk surges

Using virtual reality to study pedestrian exit choice behaviour during evacuations

The importance of public risk perception for the effective management of pluvial floods in urban areas: A case study from Germany

Domestic violence soars after natural disasters. Preventing it needs to be part of the emergency response

Sociology and disasters

The Sociology of Structural Disaster

Winter weather brings fresh disaster to Gaza

Vulnerability assessment of households to flash floods and landslides in the poor upland regions of Vietnam

‘49% more likely to die’ – racial inequalities of COVID-19 laid bare in study of East London hospitals


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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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