Today in disaster resilience (2 April 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Indonesia – Thousands of Homes Damaged by Floods in Bandung http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-bandung-march-2021

Destructive floods after near-record rains hit Nashville, claiming lives of 4 people, Tennessee https://watchers.news/2021/03/29/nashville-tennessee-flood-damage-casualties-march-2021/

Destructive tornado hits Cimenyan, West Java, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2021/03/29/cimenyan-west-java-tornado-march-2021-indonesia/

Schroeder wildfire threatens Rapid City fire suppression, South Dakota https://watchers.news/2021/03/30/schroeder-wildfire-threatens-rapid-city-fire-suppression/

Volcanic activity worldwide 30 Mar 2021: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay, Sinabung https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/126001/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-30-Mar-2021-Pacaya-volcano-Fuego-Dukono-Reventador-Sangay-Sinabung.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Renewables met 97% of Scotland’s electricity demand in 2020 https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-56530424

Renewables plus batteries offer Australia the same energy security as coal, research finds https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/29/renewables-plus-batteries-offer-australia-the-same-energy-security-as-coal-research-finds

Climate talks will test Biden’s pledge to make global heating a priority https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/27/joe-biden-climate-talks-global-heating

‘We want to be included’: First Nations demand a say on climate change https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/27/we-want-to-be-included-first-nations-demand-a-say-on-climate-change

Ignoring climate change will lead to unprecedented, societally disruptive heat extremes in the Middle East https://phys.org/news/2021-03-climate-unprecedented-societally-disruptive-extremes.html

NZ to exceed climate aid pledge by $200m https://www.inkl.com/news/nz-to-exceed-climate-aid-pledge-by-200m

Deadly heat waves will be common in South Asia, even at 1.5 degrees of warming https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76850

Climate change: Greener Wales ‘must not hit poorer communities’ https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-56550848

Why are people not doing more about climate change? https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-56500739

Meat and dairy companies slow to commit to net-zero emissions, new analysis finds https://phys.org/news/2021-03-meat-dairy-companies-commit-net-zero.html

Multiple Coastal Cities In The US Could Be 6.5 Feet Underwater By Year 2100, Thanks To Climate Change https://blog.therainforestsite.greatergood.com/2100-flood/

Scaling mountains: Nepal’s aspirations for a climate-resilient sustainable future https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76876

‘Wilful ignorance’: Flood-hit Australia urged to rethink climate adaptation https://news.trust.org/item/20210325225707-a7fl6/

Are federal disaster policies making the harmful impacts of climate change even worse? https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76871

Local community participation in climate change mitigation paramount: Minister https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76872

The risks to Australia of a 3°C warmer world https://www.science.org.au/supporting-science/science-policy-and-analysis/reports-and-publications/risks-australia-three-degrees-c-warmer-world

Severe heat wave hits Delhi with highest March temperatures since 1945 https://watchers.news/2021/03/30/severe-heat-wave-hits-delhi-with-highest-march-temperatures-since-1945/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Saudi Arabia unveils campaign to tackle climate change https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210327-saudi-arabia-unveils-campaign-to-tackle-climate-change

Uganda climate change: The people under threat from a melting glacier https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-56526631

Telangana tries to damp heatwave effect https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76917

Climate change will deepen rich-poor global divide, top economists warn https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76936

Disaster risk reduction

Counting the increasing costs of droughts and flooding rains https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/counting-the-increasing-costs-of-droughts-and-flooding-rains-20210326-p57eg9.html

California’s tsunami vulnerability may be greater than once believed https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76854

“How do we actually do convergence” for disaster resilience? Cases from Australia and the United States https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76860

‘One-in-100-years’ flood talk disastrously misleading and should change, risk experts say https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-28/one-in-100-years-flood-talk-misleading/100030144

Impact of hydraulic model resolution and loss of life model modification on flood fatality risk estimation: Case study of the Bommelerwaard, The Netherlands https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12713

Innovative projects to protect against flooding selected https://www.gov.uk/government/news/innovative-projects-to-protect-against-flooding-selected

Raising dam wall could lead to more development on floodplain, Emergency Minister says https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/emergency-minister-says-raising-dam-wall-could-lead-to-more-development-on-floodplain-20210329-p57evo.html

A staggering 1.8 million hectares burned in ‘high-severity’ fires during Australia’s Black Summer https://theconversation.com/a-staggering-1-8-million-hectares-burned-in-high-severity-fires-during-australias-black-summer-157883

The 2019/2020 mega-fires exposed Australian ecosystems to an unprecedented extent of high-severity fire https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/abeb9e

BOM declares La Niña over – but that doesn’t mean the rain is done https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-30/la-nina-is-over-but-that-does-not-mean-an-end-to-the-rain/13282010

Reef degradation leaves Australian coast vulnerable to tsunami damage https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-tech/reef-degradation-leaves-australian-coast-vulnerable-tsunami-damage

The role of fire in global forest loss dynamics https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gcb.15591

Job vacancies at Molino Stewart including Natural Hazards and Spatial Analyst https://www.molinostewart.com.au/careers/

Emergency management

NSW floods: evacuated Sydney residents told to stay away as water recedes and cleanup begins https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/28/nsw-floods-evacuated-sydney-residents-told-to-stay-away-as-water-recedes-and-cleanup-begins

When will the COVID-19 pandemic end? https://comdig.unam.mx/2021/03/28/when-will-the-covid-19-pandemic-end/

Brazil’s mismanagement of covid-19 threatens the world https://www.economist.com/the-americas/2021/03/27/brazils-mismanagement-of-covid-19-threatens-the-world

Governance in the age of complexity: Building resilience to COVID-19 and future pandemics https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76847

Drought, fire and flood devastate Australians in the bush https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-weather-farmer-idUSKBN2BL0JZ

More than a decade after the Black Saturday fires, it’s time we got serious about long-term disaster recovery planning https://theconversation.com/more-than-a-decade-after-the-black-saturday-fires-its-time-we-got-serious-about-long-term-disaster-recovery-planning-158078

Disaster education, communications and engagement

New realization of disaster risk reduction education in the context of a global pandemic: Lessons from Japan https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76862

NSW Flood Kids https://www.abc.net.au/btn/classroom/nsw-flood-kids/13273452

Psychology and disasters

‘Seeing with Empty Eyes’: a systems approach to understand climate change and mental health in Bangladesh https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10584-021-03053-9

The Impact of Human Purpose on Resiliency https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hope-resilience/202103/the-impact-human-purpose-resiliency

Local knowledge of emerging hazards: Instability above an Icelandic glacier https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921001539?via%3Dihub

What is Psychological First Aid? https://player.vimeo.com/video/468430375

Sociology and disasters

COVID-19 recovery: science isn’t enough to save us https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00731-7

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

Resilience to Disaster: Evidence from Daily Wellbeing Data https://www.researchgate.net/publication/350471721_Resilience_to_Disaster_Evidence_from_Daily_Wellbeing_Data

Introducing participatory fairness in emergency communication can support self-organization for survival https://www.researchgate.net/publication/350494000_Introducing_participatory_fairness_in_emergency_communication_can_support_self-organization_for_survival

Practical ways to advance social inclusion in climate and disaster resilience in South Asia https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76940

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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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