Today in disaster resilience (12 February 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Himalayan landslide in Uttarakhand, India, leaving up to 150 feared dead in floods https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-08/himalayan-glacier-breaks-india-150-feared-dead-in-floods/13130866

Carnarvon residents take stock of flood damage in WA’s north-west https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-07/carnarvon-residents-assess-damage-bill-amid-flood-recovery/13130748

Guadeloupe – Flash Floods Hit Basse-Terre Island After 85mm of Rain in 6 Hours http://floodlist.com/america/guadeloupe-flash-floods-february-2021

Jordan and Saudi Arabia – 4 Dead, Several Rescued After Flash Floods http://floodlist.com/asia/jordan-saudi-arabia-floods-february-2021

France – 400 Evacuated as Floods Continue in South West http://floodlist.com/europe/france-floods-southwest-february-2021

At least 24 people died in Morocco after heavy rain flooded an illegal underground textile workshop https://ewn.co.za/2021/02/08/at-least-24-dead-in-morocco-underground-factory-flood

Southwest France hit by heavy floods, Paris area on flood alert https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-weather-floods-idUSKBN2A8191

Morocco – Deadly Flash Floods in Tangier http://floodlist.com/africa/morocco-flood-tangier-february-2021

Brutal Covid-19 Surge in the U.S. Weakens Significantly https://www.wsj.com/articles/brutal-covid-19-surge-in-the-u-s-weakens-significantly-11612913598

Severe flooding hits Belo Horizonte as more than a month’s worth of rain falls in 72 hours, Brazil https://watchers.news/2021/02/09/belo-horizonte-flood-brazil-february-7-2021/

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 Feb 2021: Popocatépetl volcano, Reventador, Raung, Sangay, Sinabung https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/121547/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-10-Feb-2021-Popocatepetl-volcano-Reventador-Raung-Sangay-Sinabung.html

Indonesia – 4 Dead, 1 Missing, 60,000 Displaced After Floods Across Java Island http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-java-february-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

UK climate data shows why Australia’s best bet is with wind and solar https://reneweconomy.com.au/uk-climate-data-shows-why-australias-best-bet-is-with-wind-and-solar/

Wealthy Victorians least likely to support climate action: poll https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/wealthy-victorians-least-likely-to-support-climate-action-poll-20210206-p57063.html

Sir David Attenborough warns of climate ‘crisis moment’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51123638

Clear impact of climate change in Himalayan disaster https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75942

People matters – Why quantifying inclusion is key to climate adaptation https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75943

Melting glaciers, rising seas: Approaching climate tipping points https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2021/2/5/melting-glaciers-rising-seas-climate-tipping-points

More at risk of losing homes as climate change outpaces response, Fiji warns https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75946

A comparative analysis to depict underlying attributes that might determine successful implementation of local adaptation plans https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901120314040?via%3Dihub

Covid caused a coal-killing carbon crunch, and it could be permanent https://reneweconomy.com.au/covid-caused-a-coal-killing-carbon-crunch-and-it-could-be-permanent/

Australians should be worried about future emissions. To be told otherwise is absurd https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/feb/09/australians-should-be-worried-about-future-emissions-to-be-told-otherwise-is-absurd

Severe flood threat caused by climate change – landmark Oxford study https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2021-02-04-severe-flood-threat-caused-climate-change-landmark-oxford-study

Fossil fuel pollution may have killed 8.7 million people in single year, says Harvard study https://reneweconomy.com.au/fossil-fuel-pollution-may-have-killed-8-7-million-people-in-single-year-says-harvard-study/

Big-emitting Australian businesses could soon face costly carbon levy in Europe https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/feb/11/big-emitting-australian-businesses-could-soon-face-costly-carbon-levy-in-europe

Weatherwatch: latest sea level rise forecast alarms scientists https://www.theguardian.com/news/2021/feb/09/weatherwatch-latest-sea-level-rise-forecast-alarms-scientists

Cooling La Niña is on the wane, but temperatures set to rise: UN weather agency https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75980

The effects of climate change are already making large tracts of Western Sydney uninhabitable https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/urban-heat-island-effect-western-sydney/

Disaster risk reduction

Archaeologist says he was hired as PR move over Warragamba Dam project https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/archaeologist-says-he-was-hired-as-pr-move-over-warragamba-dam-project-20210204-p56zi4.html

Water Warning: The Looming Threat of the World’s Aging Dams https://e360.yale.edu/features/water-warning-the-looming-threat-of-the-worlds-aging-dams

Innovative solutions for flood risk management http://vanrednesituacije.com/ojs/index.php/Vol1/article/view/23

Flooding in England 2019-21 report https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm5801/cmselect/cmenvfru/170/170.pdf

Severe Weather Caused $2.4 Billion in Insured Damage in Canada in 2020 http://www.ibc.ca/on/resources/media-centre/media-releases/severe-weather-caused-$2-4-billion-in-insured-damage-in-2020

The COVID-19 pandemic challenge to the All-Hazards Approach for disaster planning https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921000698

CSU civil engineers find link between hospitals and schools key to community resilience, develop tool for measuring social services stability https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75941

The Relative Value Of Fire Planning Alternatives https://www.witpress.com/elibrary/wit-transactions-on-ecology-and-the-environment/158/23323

Hydroelectric power, dams and landslides in the Himalayas https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2021/02/10/himalayas-1/

Flood Data Improved: New Version of Live Stream Gauges in Living Atlas https://www.esri.com/arcgis-blog/products/arcgis-living-atlas/public-safety/stream-gauges-living-atlas/

Logging increases bush flammability for 30 years, research shows https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/logging-increases-bush-flammability-for-30-years-research-shows-20210210-p5719c.html

Why it matters that British Columbians buy earthquake insurance; Washingtonians don’thttps://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75996

Emergency management

As Perth’s suburbs burn, the rest of Australia watches and learns https://theconversation.com/as-perths-suburbs-burn-the-rest-of-australia-watches-and-learns-154544?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=bylinetwitterbutton

Syria: Floods affect nearly 70,000 displaced people https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/30056/syria-floods-affect-nearly-70-000-displaced-people

Dennis Mileti: November 7, 1945 to January 30, 2021 https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/center-news/dennis-mileti-november-7-1945-to-january-30-2021

The 2018 Camp Fire in Paradise, California https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/post-wildfire-damage

Uttarakhand disaster likely caused by landslide, not glacial outburst, satellite images reveal https://theprint.in/science/uttarakhand-chamoli-disaster-likely-caused-by-landslide-not-glacial-outburst-satellite-images-reveal/600859/

The catastrophic landslide and flood in Chamoli in Uttarakhand: the sequence of events https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2021/02/08/chamoli-2/

New bushfire prediction technology aims to help frontline emergency teams https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-05/csiro-bushfire-simulation-aims-to-help-frontline-emergency-crews/13110238?section=technology

Wearing a second face mask over the one you already have could help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 significantly https://www.fastcompany.com/90603537/wearing-only-one-mask-you-have-room-to-improve-says-the-cdc

An emergency response technology company that works with different providers in Kenya to put the best emergency responders onto the same map https://rescue.co/about/

Australia Considers New Covid-19 Quarantine Strategy: Outback Isolation https://www.wsj.com/articles/australia-considers-new-covid-19-quarantine-strategy-outback-isolation-11610704005?mod=wsjtwittertest19&twclid=11359978333824446465

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Evacuation behaviors and emergency communications: An analysis of real-world incident videos https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S092575352030518X?via%3Dihub

Disaster Education For Young People newsletter https://mailchi.mp/7ddb99f1d1fd/aidr-education-newsletter-2021-t1

Articles and activities to aid any educator in tackling the challenging topic of climate change https://greenteacher.com/books/

A study published on Voluntary Commitments by landslide stakeholders https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75935

Not Risking It: Children and youth in climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the education sector https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75956

40-Second Video Shows A Billion Years Of Shifting Tectonic Plates https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2021/02/09/40-second-video-shows-a-billion-years-of-shifting-tectonic-plates/?sh=407d92602298

International Day of Women and Girls in Science: 11 February 2021 https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75991

Psychology and disasters

Mental Health Needs in Large-Scale Shelters: Lessons From Dallas https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/special-collection/mental-health-needs-in-a-large-scale-shelters-lessons-from-dallas

Dynamic Risk Perception and Behavior in Response to COVID-19 https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/dynamic-risk-perception-and-behavior-in-response-to-the-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

Children affected by Black Saturday and other bushfires may experience trauma long after the blaze is extinguished https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-07/black-saturday-bushfires-victoria-kilmore-east-st-andrews-health/12967704

Poorer mental health smolders after deadly, devastating wildfire https://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/poorer-mental-health-smolders-after-deadly-devastating-wildfire

Sociology and disasters

What Came After Hurricane Harvey for People With Disabilities? Restoring, Recovering, and Rebuilding https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/special-collection/what-strike-comes-strike-came-after-hurricane-harvey-for-people-with-disabilities-restoring-recovering-and-rebuilding

Reference Guides on Gender and Disaster Series https://www.ucl.ac.uk/risk-disaster-reduction/research/centre-gender-and-disaster/resources

The role of social capital in disaster resilience in remote communities after the 2015 Nepal earthquake https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420921000789?via%3Dihub

Beyond disaster vulnerabilities: An empirical investigation of the causal pathways linking conflict to disaster risks https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921000583?dgcid=author

Gender, disaster management and the private sector: Mapping and analysis of existing resources and previous interventions https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75967

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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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