Today in disaster resilience (12 March 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Severe flooding damages hundreds of buildings, strands 14 000 people in Piura, Peru https://watchers.news/2021/03/05/severe-flooding-damages-hundreds-of-buildings-strands-14-000-people-in-piura-peru/

Extensive damage in New Caledonia after passage of Tropical Cyclone “Niran” https://watchers.news/2021/03/07/tropical-cyclone-niran-new-caledonia-damage-march-2021/

Algeria – 10 Dead or Missing After Flash Floods in Chlef Province http://floodlist.com/africa/algeria-floods-chlef-march-2021

Severe flash floods hit Malacca, Malaysia https://watchers.news/2021/03/08/floods-malacca-malaysia-march-2021/

Heavy rains cause flash flooding in southern Spain https://watchers.news/2021/03/08/heavy-rains-cause-flash-flooding-in-southern-spain/

Brazil – Storm in Espírito Santo Leaves 1 Dead, Houses and Hospitals Damaged http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-storm-flood-espirito-santo-march-2021

USA – Evacuations After Dam Breach in Maui, Hawaii http://floodlist.com/america/usa/dam-breach-maui-hawaii-march-2021

Taal volcano alert status raised to Alert Level 2 (increasing unrest), Philippines https://watchers.news/2021/03/09/taal-volcano-alert-level-raised-philippines-march-2021/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Hawaii governor declares emergency after floods and landslides https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/10/hawaii-landslides-emergency-declaration-weather-rain-floods

San Cristobal volcano erupts, heavy ash blankets the city of Chinandega, Nicaragua https://watchers.news/2021/03/10/san-cristobal-eruption-nicaragua-march-9-2021/

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 Mar 2021: Etna volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/124082/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-10-Mar-2021-Etna-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Veniaminof.html

Bolivia – Hundreds Evacuated After Floods in Pando http://floodlist.com/america/bolivia-floods-pando-march-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

‘Extremely dangerous’: how much of the heat can western Sydney bear? https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/08/extremely-dangerous-how-much-of-the-heat-can-western-sydney-bear

Ten years after Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan finding path to renewable energy future https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/03/07/national/renewable-energy-311/

Getting to net zero isn’t all pain and expense – there are huge opportunities for Australia https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/07/getting-to-net-zero-isnt-all-pain-and-expense-there-are-huge-opportunities-for-australia

UK coal mine plan pits local needs against global green ambitions https://www.ft.com/content/0e731ce2-1f45-4f50-bcb2-729467156d75

‘Closures any day’: Coal-fired power plants in peril as prices plunge https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/closures-any-day-coal-plants-in-peril-as-prices-plunge-20210307-p578gx.html

Climate change impacts and adaptation in Europe, focusing on extremes and adaptation until the 2030s https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76412

Assessing the U.S. Climate in February 2021 https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/national-climate-202102

Global heating pushes tropical regions towards limits of human livability https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/08/global-heating-tropical-regions-human-livability

Climate crisis: Relative sea levels rising ‘up to four times faster’ in coastal cities, due to widespread subsidence https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/sea-level-rise-cities-subsidence-b1814127.html

A 50-Year-Old Global Warming Forecast That Still Holds Up https://eos.org/features/a-50-year-old-global-warming-forecast-that-still-holds-up#.YEeXUibj1gA.twitter

US urged to cut 50% of emissions by 2030 to spur other countries to action https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/09/us-climate-crisis-cut-emissions-environment

Going Under? Brazil’s Hospitals at Risk as Climate Change Brings More Floods http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-hospitals-risk-floods

Sea level rise up to four times global average for coastal communities https://www.tyndall.ac.uk/news/sea-level-rise-four-times-global-average-coastal-communities

It’s unavoidable: we must ban fossil fuels to save our planet. Here’s how we do it https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/09/its-unavoidable-we-must-ban-fossil-fuels-to-save-our-planet-heres-how-we-do-it

Sea level rise is increasing fastest in populous coastal areas, study says https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/09/world/sea-level-rise-increasing-with-sinking-land/index.html

China leads world’s biggest increase in wind power capacity https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/mar/10/china-leads-world-increase-wind-power-capacity-windfarms

Why We Need Antiracist, Feminist Leadership on Climate and Energy https://globalresilience.northeastern.edu/why-we-need-antiracist-feminist-leadership-on-climate-and-energy/

More than 100 Australian faith groups have teamed up to demand greater action on climate change https://www.sbs.com.au/news/more-than-100-australian-faith-groups-have-teamed-up-to-demand-greater-action-on-climate-change

Australians face a hotter future if our cities don’t do more to cool ‘heat islands’, report finds https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-11/australians-face-unliveable-cities-less-greenspace-heat/13231068

Endless Summer? Climate Crisis Could Lengthen Hottest Temperatures by Six Months https://www.ecowatch.com/endless-summer-climate-crisis-2651021726.html

Attribution of the Australian bushfire risk to anthropogenic climate change https://nhess.copernicus.org/articles/21/941/2021/

U.S. must slash emissions by at least 57% to meet Paris climate target- report https://news.trust.org/item/20210311095644-130nt/

A methodological framework for determining an optimal coastal protection strategy against storm surges and sea level rise https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-021-04661-5

Disaster risk reduction

Fleets of radar satellites are measuring movements on Earth like never before https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/02/fleets-radar-satellites-are-measuring-movements-earth-never

Heavier Precipitation Is Straining U.S. Dams and Levees https://www.ecowatch.com/us-dams-upgrades-2650893654.html

Millions of U.S. homes face an expensive flooding threat https://www.npr.org/2021/03/05/973956492/millions-of-u-s-homes-face-an-expensive-flooding-threat

Component 2 of Serbia national disaster risk management plan (NDRMP): Flood hazard and risk mapping https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76438

Upstream communities face a flooded future https://www.bayjournal.com/news/climate_change/upstream-communities-face-a-flooded-future/article_0f4f5b6c-7b6c-11eb-b30c-cf5a9dc38304.html

NSW’s vision for the future dependent on flood modelling https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/nsw-s-vision-for-the-future-dependent-on-flood-modelling-20210309-p5793g.html

Floods in Indian Rivers: Are Dams and Embankments the Solution or the Problem? https://www.epw.in/engage/article/floods-indian-rivers-are-dams-and-embankments

Non-structural measures should be given priority for flood management: Report https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/law-order/1486863-non-structural-measures-should-be-given-priority-for-flood-management-report

La Niña could supercharge this year’s tornado season, just like it did to deadly effect in 2011 https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/06/weather/weather-tornado-season-la-nina-climate/index.html

5 strategies to prepare now for the next pandemic https://theconversation.com/5-strategies-to-prepare-now-for-the-next-pandemic-154317

What aren’t we learning from our un-natural disasters? https://www.i-s-e-t.org/single-post/what-arent-we-learning-from-our-un-natural-disasters

An application of flood risk analysis for impact based forecasting in Kenya https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76472

Covid-19 Virus Studies Yield New Clues on Pandemic’s Origin https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-19-virus-studies-yield-new-clues-on-pandemics-origin-11614594600?mod=e2tw

Bushfire policy must be guided by science and is best left to the experts https://www.nature.org.au/media-releases/2021/03/bushfire-policy-must-be-guided-by-science-and-is-best-left-to-the-experts/

Bid to protect controversial Warragamba Dam wall raising from legal challenges https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/bid-to-protect-controversial-warragamba-dam-wall-raising-from-legal-challenges-20210310-p579ig.html

Grenfell Tower inquiry: Fire predicted a decade before, memo shows https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-56350123

From tsunamis to climate change and pandemics, procrastination costs lives https://news.trust.org/item/20210310162639-zr8sj/

Wildfire Risk Report for every U.S. community https://headwaterseconomics.org/natural-hazards/wildfire-risk-report/

The ministerial request that would clear 145,000 football fields of NSW land https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/the-ministerial-request-that-would-clear-145-000-football-fields-of-nsw-land-20210310-p579k4.html

New USGS Strategy Harnesses State-of-the-Art Science to Tackle Wildfires Before, During and After the Flames https://www.usgs.gov/news/new-usgs-strategy-harnesses-state-art-science-tackle-wildfires-during-and-after-flames

Flood warning infrastructure network in Queensland gets millions for upgrade https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-11/millions-spent-upgrading-queensland-flood-warning-infrastructure/13228944

Quantifying merging fire behaviour phenomena using unmanned aerial vehicle technology https://www.publish.csiro.au/wf/WF20088

Emergency management

Remembering Christchurch, Strengthening USAR https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/remembering-christchurch-strengthening-usar

Bushfire prediction tech to bolster emergency response efforts https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/bushfire-prediction-tech-to-bolster-emergency-response-efforts

Ten years after the Fukushima Daiichi accident https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76401

Role of crisis management and civil protection in COVID-19 pandemic https://www.healtheuropa.eu/role-of-crisis-management-and-civil-protection-in-pandemic/106430/

Brazil’s Covid Crisis Is a Warning to the Whole World, Scientists Say https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/03/world/americas/brazil-covid-variant.html

Leadership in humanitarian action: Handbook for the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76457

Rethinking disease preparedness: Incertitude and the politics of knowledge https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76431

Cyclone Amphan: Building back with resilient infrastructure and community engagement https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76488

Efforts made to archive 2011 Japan disaster data to pass on lessons https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76487

A viral tsunami: How the underestimated coronavirus took over the world https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/03/09/coronavirus-spread-world/?arc404=true

Building back better from the crisis: What will it take for the poorest countries? https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76517

Japan mourns lost souls 10 years after earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/03/11/national/japan-10-years-disaster/

Fukushima: ten years on from the disaster, was Japan’s response right? https://theconversation.com/fukushima-ten-years-on-from-the-disaster-was-japans-response-right-156554

Philippines looks to improve disaster preparedness with geospatial tech https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76520

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Play School: Everyday Helpers https://www.abc.net.au/abckids/shows/play-school/everyday-helpers/13149796

Why isn’t the Netherlands underwater? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25LW_PG2ZuI

Social Media Tools: Definitive Guide https://bulk.ly/social-media-tools/

COVID-19 discourse on Twitter: Case study of risk communication in four Asian countries https://preprints.jmir.org/preprint/23272

Stories from the frontline: Japanese staff of the UN reflect on the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76512

Would you have been ready for a tsunami? https://www.newsroom.co.nz/ideasroom/would-you-have-been-ready-for-a-tsunami

Volcanic hazards: What would an Emergency Manager do? https://ecat.ga.gov.au/geonetwork/srv/eng/catalog.search#/metadata/144099

Century-Old ‘Tsunami Stones’ Saved Lives In The Tohoku Earthquake Of 2011 https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2021/03/11/century-old-tsunami-stones-saved-lives-in-the-tohoku-earthquake-of-2011/

Psychology and disasters

COVID-19 and the violence against women and girls: ‘The shadow pandemic’ https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0020764021995556

Spatial knowledge and flood preparedness in Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76400

Sociology and disasters

‘Vaccine Holidays’ Are a Symbol of the New Covid Inequality https://tribunemag.co.uk/2021/03/the-new-covid-inequality-vaccine-holidays-for-the-rich-years-of-delay-for-the-poor

The UN Women’s multi-hazard approach to disaster risk resilience in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76384

Disaster recovery among older adults: Exploring the intersection of vulnerability and resilience https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780128158210000114

Six women leading the way towards resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76385

Three reflections on gender in disaster risk management https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76443

Why has the UK’s COVID death toll been so high? Inequality may have played a role https://theconversation.com/why-has-the-uks-covid-death-toll-been-so-high-inequality-may-have-played-a-role-156331

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

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Uncovering ties between Social Capital and COVID-19 Outcomes at Local Levels https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349651780_Won’t_You_Be_My_Neighbor_Uncovering_ties_between_Social_Capital_and_COVID-19_Outcomes_at_Local_Levels

Women of Fire https://www.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/women-fire

Slow rollout of COVID-19 vaccine in Brazil leaves indigenous at risk https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76514

Poorest people will suffer worst from cities’ heat https://climatenewsnetwork.net/poorest-people-will-suffer-worst-from-cities-heat/

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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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