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

Destructive floods after near-record rains hit Nashville, claiming lives of 4 people, Tennessee

Destructive tornado hits Cimenyan, West Java, Indonesia

Schroeder wildfire threatens Rapid City fire suppression, South Dakota

Volcanic activity worldwide 30 Mar 2021: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay, Sinabung

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Renewables met 97% of Scotland’s electricity demand in 2020

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

‘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

NZ to exceed climate aid pledge by $200m

Deadly heat waves will be common in South Asia, even at 1.5 degrees of warming

Climate change: Greener Wales ‘must not hit poorer communities’

Why are people not doing more about climate change?

Meat and dairy companies slow to commit to net-zero emissions, new analysis finds

Multiple Coastal Cities In The US Could Be 6.5 Feet Underwater By Year 2100, Thanks To Climate Change

Scaling mountains: Nepal’s aspirations for a climate-resilient sustainable future

‘Wilful ignorance’: Flood-hit Australia urged to rethink climate adaptation

Are federal disaster policies making the harmful impacts of climate change even worse?

Local community participation in climate change mitigation paramount: Minister

The risks to Australia of a 3°C warmer world

Severe heat wave hits Delhi with highest March temperatures since 1945

Saudi Arabia unveils campaign to tackle climate change

Uganda climate change: The people under threat from a melting glacier

Telangana tries to damp heatwave effect

Climate change will deepen rich-poor global divide, top economists warn

Disaster risk reduction

Counting the increasing costs of droughts and flooding rains

California’s tsunami vulnerability may be greater than once believed

“How do we actually do convergence” for disaster resilience? Cases from Australia and the United States

‘One-in-100-years’ flood talk disastrously misleading and should change, risk experts say

Impact of hydraulic model resolution and loss of life model modification on flood fatality risk estimation: Case study of the Bommelerwaard, The Netherlands

Innovative projects to protect against flooding selected

Raising dam wall could lead to more development on floodplain, Emergency Minister says

A staggering 1.8 million hectares burned in ‘high-severity’ fires during Australia’s Black Summer

The 2019/2020 mega-fires exposed Australian ecosystems to an unprecedented extent of high-severity fire

BOM declares La Niña over – but that doesn’t mean the rain is done

Reef degradation leaves Australian coast vulnerable to tsunami damage

The role of fire in global forest loss dynamics

Job vacancies at Molino Stewart including Natural Hazards and Spatial Analyst

Emergency management

NSW floods: evacuated Sydney residents told to stay away as water recedes and cleanup begins

When will the COVID-19 pandemic end?

Brazil’s mismanagement of covid-19 threatens the world

Governance in the age of complexity: Building resilience to COVID-19 and future pandemics

Drought, fire and flood devastate Australians in the bush

More than a decade after the Black Saturday fires, it’s time we got serious about long-term disaster recovery planning

Disaster education, communications and engagement

New realization of disaster risk reduction education in the context of a global pandemic: Lessons from Japan

NSW Flood Kids

Psychology and disasters

‘Seeing with Empty Eyes’: a systems approach to understand climate change and mental health in Bangladesh

The Impact of Human Purpose on Resiliency

Local knowledge of emerging hazards: Instability above an Icelandic glacier

What is Psychological First Aid?

Sociology and disasters

COVID-19 recovery: science isn’t enough to save us

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Uncovering ties between Social Capital and COVID-19 Outcomes at Local Levels’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

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


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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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