Today in disaster resilience (4 June 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Parks Canada says two dead following avalanche on Alberta mountain https://www.cp24.com/news/parks-canada-says-two-dead-following-avalanche-on-alberta-mountain-1.5448888

New Zealand – Emergency Declared After Floods in Canterbury http://floodlist.com/australia/new-zealand-floods-canterbury-may-2021

Large mud volcano eruption in Colombia injures 1 person and forces 150 to evacuate https://watchers.news/2021/05/31/mud-volcano-eruption-necocli-colombia-may-30-2021/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

At least 4 people dead as heavy rains trigger floods and landslides in Nepal https://watchers.news/2021/05/31/at-least-4-people-dead-as-heavy-rains-trigger-floods-and-landslides-in-nepal/

Flooding forces hundreds from their homes in New Zealand https://news.sky.com/story/flooding-forces-hundreds-from-their-homes-in-new-zealand-12321218

Guyana – Government Distributes Relief Supplies to Flood Victims in 7 Regions http://floodlist.com/america/guyana-floods-may-2021

Peru has world’s worst per capita Covid toll after death data revised https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/01/peru-has-worlds-worst-per-capita-covid-toll-after-death-data-revised

Significant flooding sweeps through parts of New Mexicohttps://watchers.news/2021/06/01/significant-flooding-sweeps-through-parts-of-new-mexico/

Wildfires sweep across Bolivia’s Pantanal wetlands https://news.trust.org/item/20210601164540-v6n3d/

Philippines – Tropical Storm ‘Choi-Wan’ (Dante) Triggers Deadly Flash Floods and Evacuations http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-storm-choi-wan-dante-june-2021

Brazil – Rio Negro Reaches Record Highs in Manaus http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-amazon-manaus-june-2021

USA – 2,700 Homes Damaged in Mid-May Floods in Louisiana, Governor Requests Federal Disaster Declarationhttp://floodlist.com/america/usa/usa-louisiana-governor-requests-federal-disaster-declaration-may-2021-floods

Chile – Floods Prompt Rescues and Evacuations in South-Central Regions http://floodlist.com/america/chile-floods-landslides-june-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 3 Jun 2021: Fuego volcano, Semeru, Reventador, Nyiragongo, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/131722/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-3-Jun-2021-Fuego-volcano-Semeru-Reventador-Nyiragongo-Sangay-Sinab.html

Colombia – 1 Dead, Hundreds Affected by Floods and Landslides in Antioquia http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-landslides-antioquia-june-2021

France – Thunderstorms Trigger Flash Floods, 50mm of Rain Falls in 1 Hour http://floodlist.com/europe/france-thunderstorms-floods-june-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

CSIRO predicts more drought, drastic drop in Murray-Darling basin water https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2021-05-30/climate-change-modelling-murray-darling-basin-water-allocations/100168038

A freak cyclone destroyed Ian’s pub. A warming climate could mean more are on their way https://www.sbs.com.au/news/a-freak-cyclone-destroyed-ian-s-pub-a-warming-climate-could-mean-more-are-on-their-way

Heatwave deaths set to soar as UK summers become hotter https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/30/heatwave-deaths-set-to-soar-as-uk-summers-become-hotter

Bogota crowdsources a green transport future to hit climate goals https://longreads.trust.org/item/Bogota-C40-cities-network

Cyclone Tauktae Documents a Climate Trend in the Tropics https://eos.org/articles/cyclone-tauktae-documents-a-climate-trend-in-the-tropics

Forecast: 40% Chance Earth To Be Hotter Than Paris Climate Agreement Goal Soon https://www.huffpost.com/entry/forecast-40-percent-chance-earth-to-be-hotter-than-paris-climate-agreement-goal-soon_n_60af8969e4b0a256831c97b6

Climate change is not gender neutral: harnessing data to empower women and girls as change agents https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78131

Human-induced global heating ‘causes over a third of heat deaths’ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/31/human-induced-global-heating-causes-over-third-heat-deaths?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Wind and solar help Australia slash emissions, but no credit to Coalition https://reneweconomy.com.au/wind-and-solar-help-australia-slash-emissions-but-no-credit-to-coalition/

Heatwave deaths set to soar as UK summers become hotter https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/30/heatwave-deaths-set-to-soar-as-uk-summers-become-hotter

Cities Are Woefully Unprepared for the Havoc of Climate Change https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2021/05/cities-woefully-unprepared-climate-change-adaptation-global-warming/

New city ‘heat officers’ take aim at climate change’s ‘silent killer’ https://news.trust.org/item/20210528155111-p84jo/

The Link Between Pollution and the Number of Hurricanes That Form https://www.nbcmiami.com/weather/hurricane-season/the-link-between-pollution-and-the-number-of-hurricanes-that-form/2460910/

Paleo-ENSO influence on African environments and early modern humans https://www.pnas.org/content/118/23/e2018277118

US environmental agency releases climate report delayed by Trump https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57095347

Predicting the unpredictable: How scientists are improving cold-region water and climate prediction models https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78158

Climate explained: why is the Arctic warming faster than other parts of the world? https://theconversation.com/climate-explained-why-is-the-arctic-warming-faster-than-other-parts-of-the-world-160614

Australian coal burnt overseas creates nearly twice the nation’s domestic emissions https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/02/australian-coal-burnt-overseas-creates-nearly-twice-the-nations-domestic-emissions

Canterbury floods: Is climate change to blame for severe weather events? https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/125299269/canterbury-floods-is-climate-change-to-blame-for-severe-weather-events

Augmenting the spatial resolution of climate-change temperature projections for city planners and local decision makers https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/abf7f2

Antarctica wasn’t quite as cold during the last ice age as previously thought https://phys.org/news/2021-06-antarctica-wasnt-cold-ice-age.html

Climate tipping points could topple like dominoes, warn scientists https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/03/climate-tipping-points-could-topple-like-dominoes-warn-scientists

U.S. cities hire specialists to counter climate change as impacts worsen https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78193

Disaster risk reduction

‘You will sterilise land from residential use’: New powers to refuse floodplain development https://www.smh.com.au/national/you-will-sterilise-land-from-residential-use-new-powers-to-refuse-floodplain-development-20210528-p57w36.html

World’s Most Comprehensive Global Earthquake Risk Map Online https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2021/05/06/worlds-most-comprehensive-global-earthquake-risk-map-online/?sh=46fa070e115c

Making a Model: European meteorologists strive to make accurate storm predictions https://wsvn.com/news/special-reports/making-a-model-european-meteorologists-strive-to-make-accurate-storm-predictions/#.YLJSMYfCl4A.twitter

Why hurricanes devastate some places over and over again – a meteorologist explains https://theconversation.com/some-coastal-areas-are-more-prone-to-devastating-hurricanes-a-meteorologist-explains-why-160765

A large earthquake is happening right now – but you can’t feel it https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/a-large-earthquake-is-happening-right-now-but-you-cant-feel-it/FDRR26E6CENZSQ6XZL6VMDAZ4M/

Zoning Ordinance Overhauled To Increase Community Resilience To Flooding https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/training/norfolk-zoning-ordinance.html

Mount Nyiragongo’s volcano: why it’s unique and treacherous https://theconversation.com/mount-nyiragongos-volcano-why-its-unique-and-treacherous-161847

Bangkok improves drainage system to reduce flooding during rainy season https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78169

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s Floodplain Manager newsletter https://www.molinostewart.com.au/editorial/floodplain-manager-may-2021/

Native forest logging makes bushfires worse – and to say otherwise ignores the facts https://theconversation.com/native-forest-logging-makes-bushfires-worse-and-to-say-otherwise-ignores-the-facts-161177

New World Bank support to protect 120,000 people against flood risks in peri-urban areas of the Senegal capital-city https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78188

Inconsistent building codes leave some states vulnerable to hurricane damage https://ibhs.org/ibhs-news-releases/inconsistent-building-codes-leave-some-states-vulnerable/

Linked faults under Salt Lake City may elevate risk of building damage https://phys.org/news/2021-06-linked-faults-salt-lake-city.html

Wildfires and global change https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/fee.2359

Economics for disaster prevention and preparedness: investment in disaster risk management in Europe makes economic sense https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/78183

Emergency management

How long would it take to escape Auckland if a volcano was about to erupt? https://phys.org/news/2021-05-auckland-volcano-erupt.html

Further assistance urgently needed for people following DRC volcano eruption https://www.msf.org/half-million-without-drinking-water-following-drc-volcano-eruption

Nyiragongo Shows How A Minor Eruption Can Cause A Major Humanitarian Disaster https://www.forbes.com/sites/robinandrews/2021/05/30/nyiragongo-shows-how-a-minor-eruption-can-cause-a-major-humanitarian-disaster/

Destruction by Cyclone Amphan continues to haunt its survivors after one year https://www.dhakatribune.com/climate-change/2021/05/30/destruction-by-cyclone-amphan-continues-to-haunt-its-survivors-after-one-year

Canterbury floods: More stress for communities already hit by fires, quakes https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300320443/canterbury-floods-more-stress-for-communities-already-hit-by-fires-quakes

Lessons for Africa from India’s deadly COVID surge https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78142

Looming hurricane season raises displacement risk https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78191

Caribbean rolls out multi-hazard preparations for hurricane season https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78210

Disaster education, communications and engagement

In weather emergencies, a lack of Spanish-language information endangers the public https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/05/30/spanish-weather-language-gap/

Prepare for the worst: 10 steps to get ready for wildfire smoke https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/prepare-for-the-worst-10-steps-to-get-ready-for-wildfire-smoke

Can social media and crowdsourcing create more disaster resilient societies? https://open-research-europe.ec.europa.eu/articles/1-60/v1

Designing tsunami risk communication with communities: A site-specific case study from Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, Aotearoa New Zealand http://trauma.massey.ac.nz/issues/2021-1/AJDTS_25_1_full.pdf

Words into Action guide on Engaging Children and Youth in Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building https://www.undrr.org/engaging-children-and-youth-disaster-risk-reduction-and-resilience-building

Psychology and disasters

Worldviews, trust, and risk perceptions shape public acceptance of COVID-19 public health measures https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/78162

Sociology and disasters

Is your floodplain management strategy working? innovative social research in the Wimmera https://www.researchgate.net/publication/351973327_Is_your_floodplain_management_strategy_working_innovative_social_research_in_the_Wimmera

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?cid=ccg_tt_climatechange_en_ext

Geographies of the evolution of social capital legacies in response to flood disasters in rural and urban areas in Sri Lanka https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420921003253?via%3Dihub#

Hurricane damage harms the most vulnerable, reveals inequality and social divides https://theconversation.com/hurricane-damage-harms-the-most-vulnerable-reveals-inequality-and-social-divides-159678

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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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