Today in disaster resilience (23 April 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Table Mountain fire: Historic buildings destroyed in Cape Town https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-56793317

Flash floods in Singapore amid ‘prolonged heavy rain’ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/flash-floods-heavy-rain-drains-canals-water-levels-pub-14640684

Mauritius – Flash Floods in South East After 400mm of Rain in 24 Hours http://floodlist.com/africa/mauritius-flash-floods-april-2021

Vietnam – Deadly Flash Floods in North http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-flash-floods-lao-cai-province-april-2021

Severe flooding damages more than 3 000 homes in Peru https://watchers.news/2021/04/16/severe-flooding-damages-more-than-3-000-homes-in-peru/

Widespread flooding hits Mauritius after two months’ worth of rain in a day https://watchers.news/2021/04/19/widespread-flooding-mauritius-after-two-months-worth-of-rain-in-day/

Angola – Luanda Flash Floods Leave 14 Dead, Hundreds of Homes Damaged  http://floodlist.com/africa/angola-luanda-floods-april-2021

Philippines – Thousands Evacuate Tropical Cyclone Surigae http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-tropical-cyclone-surigae-bising-april-2021

Typhoon “Surigae” (Bising) leaves 3 dead, 230 000 displaced in the Philippines https://watchers.news/2021/04/21/typhoon-surigae-bising-leaves-3-dead-230-000-displaced-in-the-philippines/

Cambodia – 1 Dead, Dozens of Homes Damaged After Storms and Heavy Rain http://floodlist.com/asia/cambodia-floods-oddar-meanchey-battambang-pursat-april-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 22 Apr 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Ibu, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/128092/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-22-Apr-2021-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Semeru-Ibu-Dukono-Reventad.html

El Salvador – Heavy Rains Cause Flooding in Santa Ana, San Salvador and La Libertad http://floodlist.com/america/el-salvador-floods-april-2021

Peru – Floods in Junín and Cusco http://floodlist.com/america/peru-floods-junin-cusco-april-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

How can NSW allow new coalmines while committing to net zero emissions? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/19/how-can-nsw-allow-new-coalmines-while-committing-to-net-zero-emissions-its-bizarre

China, US agree on need for stronger climate commitments https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-18/china-us-agree-on-need-for-stronger-climate-commitments/100077300

For these Torres Strait Islanders, climate change is already here https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-19/torres-strait-islanders-climate-change-impacts-uninhabitable/100069596

How Not to Feel Paralyzed by Climate Disaster https://www.outsideonline.com/2422260/overheated-kate-aronoff-under-the-sky-we-make-kimberly-nicholas-book-review

What architects need to know about hazard and climate risk https://www.aia.org/articles/6137886-what-architects-need-to-know-about-hazard-:56

‘The New Climate War’: Michael E. Mann On How To Fight The Climate Inactivists https://www.theoxfordblue.co.uk/2021/04/16/the-new-climate-war-michael-e-mann-on-how-to-fight-the-climate-inactivists/

New Red Cross research into climate-resilient development in Dominica https://www.climatecentre.org/news/1392/new-red-cross-research-into-climate-resilient-development-in-dominica

Climate heating may speed up to unexpected levels https://climatenewsnetwork.net/climate-heating-may-speed-up-to-unexpected-levels/

Wind, solar to account for 11% of power use in China by end 2021: proposal https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202104/1221427.shtml

Climate change indicators and impacts worsened in 2020 https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/climate-change-indicators-and-impacts-worsened-2020

State of the Global Climate 2020 https://library.wmo.int/index.php?lvl=notice_display&id=21880#.YH33PugzaUl

Australia’s third-largest carbon emitter says it must transition to renewables and curtail coal plantshttps://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/21/stanwell-corporation-australia-third-largest-carbon-emitter-says-it-must-transition-to-renewables-and-curtail-coal-plants

What Earth was like last time CO2 levels were this high https://mashable.com/article/carbon-dioxide-earth-co2/

Global CO2 emissions set for largest surge in more than a decade, says IEA https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/global-co2-emissions-surge-iea-b1833780.html

Biden plans to cut emissions in half by 2030 https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/04/20/biden-climate-change/

‘Dire warning’ for the planet: Coal is powering the economic recovery https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/20/business/iea-carbon-emissions-report/index.html

“Urgency and Agency”: Michael Mann on Conquering Climate Despair https://behavioralscientist.org/urgency-and-agency-michael-mann-on-conquering-climate-despair/

The Science of Climate Change Explained: Facts, Evidence and Proof https://www.nytimes.com/article/climate-change-global-warming-faq.html

Warming Oceans Are Making the Climate Crisis Significantly Worse https://eos.org/articles/warming-oceans-are-making-the-climate-crisis-significantly-worse#.YH_GJE51Xwg.twitter

Climate Summit ‘Last Chance’ for Brazil to Show Leadership on Global Warming https://insideclimatenews.org/news/21042021/climate-summit-brazil-leadership-bolsonaro-biden-colombia/

A Blueprint for Coastal Adaptationhttps://islandpress.org/books/blueprint-coastal-adaptation

‘Insufficient’: Biden administration criticises Australia on climate https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/insufficient-biden-administration-criticises-australia-on-climate-20210422-p57lb9.html

Earth’s cryosphere is vital for everyone. Here’s how NASA keeps track of its changeshttps://www.nasa.gov/feature/esnt/2021/earth-s-cryosphere-is-vital-for-everyone-here-s-how-nasa-keeps-track-of-its-changes

Earth Day Summit: Biden’s chance to claim climate leadership https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2021/4/21/earth-day-summit-bidens-chance-to-claim-climate-leadership

Red alert for the planet: UN chief’s call to phase out coal by 2030 https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/red-alert-for-the-planet-un-chief-s-call-to-phase-out-coal-by-2030-20210421-p57l0g.html

Stanford researchers reveal the long-term impacts of extreme melt on Greenland Ice Sheet https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77319

Disaster risk reduction

Floods Are Increasing in Supposedly Low-Risk Areas https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/floods-are-increasing-in-supposedly-low-risk-areas/

Pakistan: Community-based disaster risk management https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77250

Burdekin and Haughton Flood Resilience Strategy Project https://www.qra.qld.gov.au/burdekin-haughton

Earthquake forecast just in: the Alpine Fault is due a major quake – and soon https://thespinoff.co.nz/science/20-04-2021/earthquake-forecast-just-in-the-alpine-fault-is-due-for-a-major-quake-and-soon/

Floodplain harvesting to continue to devastate the Macquarie Valley https://healthyriversdubbo.com/2021/04/18/floodplain-harvesting-to-continue-to-devastate-the-macquarie-valley/

NSW floods break 120-year-old rain records during March rain event, BOM says https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-20/nsw-floods-break-120-year-old-rain-records/100079400

Special Climate Statement 74 – extreme rainfall and flooding in eastern and central Australia in March 2021 http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/statements/scs74.pdf

From fires to floods: CSU explores impacts on local waterways https://www.portnews.com.au/story/7215527/from-fires-to-floods-csu-explores-impacts-on-local-waterways/

COVID-19 cost more in 2020 than the world’s combined natural disasters in any of the past 20 years https://theconversation.com/covid-19-cost-more-in-2020-than-the-worlds-combined-natural-disasters-in-any-of-the-past-20-years-156646

Satellite-based real-time monitoring of Himalayan glacial catchments can strengthen early flood warning & minimize disaster risk https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77297

Pakistan slum dwellers map flood risks to stop evictions https://news.trust.org/item/20210412075730-4tzvi/#

After 160 years, Aboriginal cultural burning returns to Coranderrk Station https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-21/aboriginal-cultural-burning-at-coranderrk-station-wurundjeri/100082382

Study reveals mechanism of naturally occurring ‘earthquake gate’ https://watchers.news/2021/04/21/study-reveals-mechanism-of-naturally-occurring-earthquake-gate/

Colorado’s flood risks are on the rise, and consumers will pay for it https://www.9news.com/article/weather/colorados-flood-risks-rise-consumers-will-pay-for-it/73-b6b88aae-80d4-435c-bcd6-3b8091620c0f

Landslides mar the “Pearl of Africa” https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77311

How weather forecasts are changing lives in Kenya and Tanzania https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77315

The increasing number of climate-related disasters continues to be a growing challenge https://www.undrr.org/news/earth-day-2020-saw-major-rise-floods-and-storm

How Can a Basilica Stay Dry Amid Venice’s Rising Waters? https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/venice-st-mark-s-floods

The St Vincent eruption is a reminder of how volcano research and monitoring can save lives https://theconversation.com/the-st-vincent-eruption-is-a-reminder-of-how-volcano-research-and-monitoring-can-save-lives-159362

Why housing is built in flood-prone coastal areas https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77358

Aerial photos uncover an invisible fault in Chinese city https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77352

A Stanford-designed tool could guide floodwater management and combat ongoing drought https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77341

2020: The Non-COVID year in disasters https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77357

Emergency management

When the next virus strikes, we’ll look back on this moment as an opportunity that we either seized or squandered https://www.newyorker.com/science/annals-of-medicine/what-will-it-take-to-pandemic-proof-america

How Taiwan beat COVID-19 – new study reveals clues to its success https://theconversation.com/how-taiwan-beat-covid-19-new-study-reveals-clues-to-its-success-158900

St Vincent: ‘I’ve never seen such devastation’ – Island counts cost of volcanic eruptionhttps://www.channel4.com/news/st-vincent-ive-never-seen-such-devastation-island-counts-cost-of-volcanic-eruption

Learning to live with COVID – the tough choices ahead https://theconversation.com/learning-to-live-with-covid-the-tough-choices-ahead-158992

Covid: Police watchdog says officers confused by unclear pandemic laws https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-56810031

India’s Second Covid Wave Is Completely Out of Control https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/20/opinion/india-covid-crisis.html

Post-disaster recovery transition lessons from the 2010 floods in Pakistan https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77313

Building collaborative emergency management capacity in northern Australia https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77325

Disaster education, communications and engagement

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, It’s Never too Early to Prepare https://strongerca.com/may-is-wildfire-awareness-month/

Time flies in Google Earth’s biggest update in years https://blog.google/products/earth/timelapse-in-google-earth/

Photo-sharing is back: how social media has framed the pandemic https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/16/photo-sharing-is-back-how-social-media-has-framed-the-pandemic

New Minecraft world from NRMA Insurance teaches Aussie kids the importance of bushfire preparedness https://www.iag.com.au/new-minecraft-world-nrma-insurance-teaches-aussie-kids-importance-bushfire-preparedness

Flood Education Program for School Students https://www.greenlearning.ca/flooded/

Improving Public Messaging for Evacuation and Shelter‐in‐Place https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_improving-public-messaging-for-evacuation-and-shelter-in-place_literature-review-report.pdf

Geomojis Translate Geoscience Across Any Language https://eos.org/geofizz/geomojis-translate-geoscience-across-any-language

Psychology and disasters

To abandon vaccination targets is to abandon the mantle of leadership https://theconversation.com/to-abandon-vaccination-targets-is-to-abandon-the-mantle-of-leadership-159123

“Moments of calmness.” In Puerto Rico, building the emotional skills to cope with disaster https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77241

Cognitive bias https://www.raconteur.net/infographics/cognitive-bias/

A phenomenon called psychological reactance might help explain the mindset of anti-maskers https://www.psypost.org/2021/04/a-phenomenon-called-psychological-reactance-might-explain-the-mindset-of-anti-maskers-60515

Received Social Support and Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms in New Zealand and Philippine Emergency Responders https://www.researchgate.net/publication/351015637_Received_Social_Support_and_Post-Traumatic_Stress_Symptoms_in_New_Zealand_and_Philippine_Emergency_Responders

Sociology and disasters

She survived Hurricane Sandy. Then climate gentrification hit https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/18/hurricane-sandy-new-york-far-rockaway-climate-gentrification-hit

Floods in the neighborhood: Mapping poverty and flood risk in Indonesian cities https://blogs.worldbank.org/eastasiapacific/floods-neighborhood-mapping-poverty-and-flood-risk-indonesian-cities

Climate crisis – 710 million children live in countries at high risk https://www.savethechildren.net/news/climate-crisis-710-million-children-live-countries-high-risk

Harnessing of Social Capital as a Determinant for Climate Change Adaptation in Mazungunye Communal Lands in Bikita, Zimbabwe https://www.researchgate.net/publication/351004607_Harnessing_of_Social_Capital_as_a_Determinant_for_Climate_Change_Adaptation_in_Mazungunye_Communal_Lands_in_Bikita_Zimbabwe

How climate change is hitting the world’s most vulnerable the hardest https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77347

The unequal social consequences of wildfire smoke in California https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77337

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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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