Today in disaster resilience (5 March 2021)

Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Australia – Train Derailed by Floods in New South Wales

Tropical cyclone developing near the coast of Queensland, Australia

USA – High Water Rescues After Flash Floods in Kentucky

Burundi and Tanzania – Floods Leave Homes Destroyed, Hundreds Displaced

Mount Sinabung: Time-lapse shows Indonesia volcano’s 5km-high ash cloud

Severe flooding damages roads, hundreds of houses in northern Morocco

Argentina – Damaging Flash Floods in Catamarca

Colombia – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Huila and Antioquia

Brazil – Floods in Grande Do Sul After a Month’s Worth of Rain in 2 Hours

Powerful earthquake hits off north-east coast of New Zealand

Pinatubo volcano Alert Level raised after 1 722 earthquakes since January 20, Philippines

Volcanic activity worldwide 3 Mar 2021: Etna volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate campaign teens prepare for court battle with minister over coal expansion

Latest climate pledges are ‘very far’ from Paris goals needed to avert catastrophic global warming, UN warns

Michael Mann: the author and eminent climate scientist on the deniers’ new tactics and why positive change feels closer than it has done in 20 years

Strong climate targets make strong friendships, Fiji tells Australia

Australia pumped out an extra six months’ worth of emissions than previously recorded

The Climate Connections of a Record Fire Year in the U.S. West

Denmark’s climate policies ‘insufficient’ to meet 2030 emissions target

To stop climate disaster, make ecocide an international crime

Climate Change is Weakening the Ocean Currents That Shape Weather on Both Sides of the Atlantic

Climate change made the Uttarakhand flash flood possible, and poor development policies made it disastrous

What motivates natural resource policymakers in Africa to take action on climate change?

“Not even close:” UN slams Australia and other rich countries for weak climate efforts

Fossil fuel cars make ‘hundreds of times’ more waste than electric cars

Climate Change is Leading to Global “Weirding,” Not Just Global Warming–not-just-global-warming–but-global–weirding-

What is driving record rooftop solar volumes in Australia?

Improving Access to Paleoclimate Data

Global greenhouse gas emissions on track to fall just 0.5% between 2010 and 2030

World must break its ‘deadly addiction’ to coal, says UN chief

Against the odds, South Australia is a renewable energy powerhouse. How did they do it?

Fossil fuel emissions in danger of surpassing pre-Covid levels

‘A duty of care’: Australian teenagers take their climate crisis plea to court

Brutal realities of climate change loss and damage come to life in IIED animations

The climate crisis can’t be solved by carbon accounting tricks

Coal mines are the engines of climate change. Time to start treating them like it.

Climate change threatens New Guinea’s biocultural heritage

Development and Climate Change Contribute to a Himalayan Tragedy

Councillors issue plea for climate action

At least 1,500 Britons killed by climate change-fuelled heat this century

Humans, not nature, are the cause of changes in Atlantic hurricane cycles, new study finds

4 assumptions about gender that distort how we think about climate change (and 3 ways to do better)

Disaster risk reduction

A Looming Disaster: New Data Reveal Where Flood Damage Is An Existential Threat

Twenty years after 6.8 Nisqually earthquake, are we ready for the Next One?

Team of students from Varanasi develop a unique glacier flood sensor alarm to alert people

Preparing for a 1-in-1,000 year loss: Insurance resilience 10 years after the Christchurch earthquake

Bushfire resilient building guidance for Queensland homes

Indigenous expertise is reducing bushfires in northern Australia. It’s time to consider similar approaches for other disasters

Kitchens on wheels and flagstone lounges: How Brits are preparing for a future with floods

Data Project May Drive Policy for Hyperlocal Flooding in NYC

Scientists begin building highly accurate digital twin of our planet to better prepare for extreme weather events

Glacier burst – a killer disaster; but the solution lies in managing cascading risks

Ambiental flood data now available through WhenFresh API

Latest edition of Hazard News for the Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s Floodplain Manager newsletter

What has the Covid-19 pandemic taught us about the future of data?

Could a universal coronavirus vaccine future-proof our response?

Impact-based forecasting for the coastal zone: East coast lows

US flood disclosure map

57 per cent of the Earth’s seasonal surface water storage variability occurs in human-managed reservoirs

Call of the rewild: Releasing Britain’s rivers to ease flooding

Real-time determination of earthquake focal mechanism via deep learning

East Africa’s rising flood threat

Emergency management

Covid-19: Brazil ‘variant of concern’ detected in UK

The United States has reached a grim milestone—the moment when half a million Americans have lost their lives to the coronavirus

Rating tornado warnings charts a path to improve forecasts

Trend analysis civil protection 2030 – Uncertainties, challenges and opportunities

Japanese experts look to create global standards for disaster preparedness

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Texas Crisis Shows (Again) There’s No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster

The Dragon, the Knight and the Princess: Folklore in Early Childhood Disaster Education

Children and Young People’s Participation in Disaster Risk Reduction: Agency and Resilience’s_Participation_in_Disaster_Risk_Reduction_Agency_and_Resilience

Twitter strike system will permanently ban users who repeatedly post COVID-19 misinformation

10 lessons about managing flood risk from source to sea

Landslides Book

Psychology and disasters

‘She’ll be right’: the place of gendered emotions in disasters

Sociology and disasters

Texans with disabilities left vulnerable after deep freeze

Kurigram, Bangladesh: Rural women forging together to deal with multiple crises

Conceptualizing community resilience and the social dimensions of risk to overcome barriers to disaster risk reduction and sustainable development

Breaking point: How the coronavirus pandemic will push fragile states towards catastrophe in 2021

Developing a “culture of disaster preparedness”: The citizens’ view


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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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