Today in disaster resilience (11 June 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Utah wildfire burns closer to homes after hundreds evacuated https://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/2021/06/06/mammoth-fire-utah-burns-closer-homes-after-hundreds-evacuated/7579568002/

Sri Lanka – Floods and Landslides Death Toll Rises to 17http://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-floods-landslides-update-june-2021

Europe – 1 Dead, Several Injured After Thunderstorms and Flash Floods http://floodlist.com/europe/europe-storms-june-2021-germay-croatia

Somalia – 400,000 Affected by Floods Says UN http://floodlist.com/africa/somalia-floods-may-june-2021

Colombia – Deadly Landslide in Antioquia, Hundreds of Homes Flooded in Arauca http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-arauca-antioquia-june-2021

Guyana – 25,000 Households Affected by Floods http://floodlist.com/america/guyana-floods-update-june-2021

Antarctic blast brings strong winds, snow, and flood-inducing rains to eastern Australia https://watchers.news/2021/06/08/antarctic-blast-brings-strong-winds-snow-and-flood-inducing-rains-to-eastern-australia/

Germany – Damaging Floods in Baden-Württemberg, 1 Fatality Reported http://floodlist.com/europe/germany-floods-baden-wurttemberg-june-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 Jun 2021: Semeru volcano, Ibu, Reventador, Sangay, Lewotolo https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/132329/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-10-Jun-2021-Semeru-volcano-Ibu-Reventador-Sangay-Lewotolo-Nevados-.html

India – Monsoon Rains Cause Havoc in Mumbai, 11 Dead After Building Collapses http://floodlist.com/asia/india-monsoon-rains-mumbai-june-2021

Brazil – Flash Floods in Santa Catarina After 280mm of Rain in 24 Hours http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-santa-catarina-june-2021

Turkey – Severe Flash Floods in Ankara http://floodlist.com/asia/turkey-flash-floods-ankara-june-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The media is still mostly failing to convey the urgency of the climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/03/media-climate-change-crisis-emergency

adelphi launches new flagship assessment of climate-driven conflict risks https://www.adelphi.de/en/news/adelphi-launches-new-flagship-assessment-climate-driven-conflict-risks

Carbon dioxide lasts for centuries – so should carbon offsets https://theconversation.com/carbon-dioxide-lasts-for-centuries-so-should-carbon-offsets-161916

Flood-prone communities in Accra, Ghana, require urgent, locally-led adaptation assistance https://gca.org/from-the-field-flood-prone-communities-in-accra-ghana-require-urgent-locally-led-adaptation-assistance/

Inaugural workshop on intermittent estuaries in a changing climate https://www.linkedin.com/events/inauguralworkshoponintermittent6793388876284219392/

Scientists develop new method to estimate exposure to indoor heat https://news.ucar.edu/132794/scientists-develop-new-method-estimate-exposure-indoor-heat

UN warns of ‘point of no return’ on climate change as Australians mark World Environment Day https://www.sbs.com.au/news/un-warns-of-point-of-no-return-on-climate-change-as-australians-mark-world-environment-day

Heat stress in U.S. may double by century’s end https://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp

G7 leaders urged to show solidarity on climate change and COVID-19 at summit https://news.trust.org/item/20210607184509-chaga/

G7 countries will lose $5tn a year by 2050 if temperatures rise by 2.6C https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/07/climate-crisis-to-shrink-g7-economies-twice-as-much-as-covid-19-says-research

Faster decline and higher variability in the sea ice thickness of the marginal Arctic seas when accounting for dynamic snow cover https://tc.copernicus.org/articles/15/2429/2021/

Surface air temperature for May 2021https://climate.copernicus.eu/surface-air-temperature-may-2021

Carbon dioxide in the air at highest level since measurements began https://news.trust.org/item/20210607180406-pgwkt/

Study of past South Asian monsoons suggests stronger monsoon rainfall in the future https://www.brown.edu/news/2021-06-04/monsoon

People on the move: strengthening adaptation responses to support human movement in a changing climate https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/78246

Tasmania’s reached net-zero emissions and 100% renewables – but climate action doesn’t stop there https://theconversation.com/tasmanias-reached-net-zero-emissions-and-100-renewables-but-climate-action-doesnt-stop-there-160927

A Stark View of Rising Seas in Georgia https://nexusmedianews.com/georgia-sea-level-rise/

Solar and wind cheapest energy source in Australia https://cosmosmagazine.com/technology/energy/solar-and-wind-cheapest-energy-source-in-australia/

The ScienceBrief Review: Climate change increases extreme rainfall and the chance of floods https://news.sciencebrief.org/press-release-extreme-rainfall/

World climate and security report 2021: warning of catastrophic climate risks and urging significant greenhouse gas reductions https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78272

Record heat bakes Middle East as temperatures top 125 degrees https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/06/07/record-june-heat-wave-middle-east/

Insurers’ Principles for Climate Change Adaptation https://adaptingtoclimate.com/

Inside One Researcher’s Quest To Understand How Volcanoes Impact Climate Change https://time.com/collection/next-generation-leaders/6047437/yves-moussallam-next-generation-leaders/

Climate change is making ocean waves more powerful, threatening to erode many coastlines https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-making-ocean-waves-more-powerful-threatening-to-erode-many-coastlines-160998

UN-backed report finds no G7-based stock exchange indices align with Paris climate goals https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/06/1093822

Disaster risk reduction

‘Legacy of trauma’: Warragamba survey downplays cultural risks, opponents say https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/legacy-of-trauma-warragamba-survey-downplays-cultural-risks-opponents-say-20210604-p57ydh.html

Protecting people and communities from the risk of floods in Metro Manila https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2021/05/18/protecting-people-and-communities-from-the-risk-of-floods-in-metro-manila

Wildfire risk maps aren’t capturing the threat of extreme events and seasons https://academictimes.com/wildfire-risk-maps-arent-capturing-the-threat-of-extreme-events-and-seasons/

High-Resolution Multi-Hazard Approach to Quantify Hurricane-Induced Risk for Coastal and Inland Communities https://www.researchgate.net/publication/352172489_High-Resolution_Multi-Hazard_Approach_to_Quantify_Hurricane-Induced_Risk_for_Coastal_and_Inland_Communities

Dredging and levees among Warragamba options ignored by NSW government https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/dredging-and-levees-among-warragamba-options-ignored-by-nsw-government-20210607-p57yos.html

Sunk Costs: The Socioeconomic Impacts of Flooding https://www.mmc.com/insights/publications/2021/june/the-socioeconomic-impacts-of-flooding.html

Economics for disaster prevention and preparedness in Europe https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2021/06/04/economics-for-disaster-prevention-and-preparedness-in-europe

Economics for disaster prevention and preparedness: understanding the needs of civil protection agencies and opportunities for scaling up disaster risk management investments: summary report https://documents.worldbank.org/en/publication/documents-reports/documentdetail/349561622438336398/summary-report

Improving Community Resilience and Emergency Plans by Mapping Risk and Preparedness at the Neighborhood Scale https://www.researchgate.net/publication/352212187_Improving_Community_Resilience_and_Emergency_Plans_by_Mapping_Risk_and_Preparedness_at_the_Neighborhood_Scale

Puerto Rico is prone to more flooding than the island is prepared to handle https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78270

Weather adds stress to America’s crumbling infrastructure https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/weather-adds-stress-to-americas-crumbling-infrastructure/926996

UC experts convene to discuss innovative solutions to California’s wildfires https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/uc-experts-convene-discuss-innovative-solutions-california-s-wildfires

Building materials, architectural detailing, landscaping choices and even road design will enhance fire safety in the West and other parts of the country https://www.wsj.com/articles/as-wildfire-threat-rises-at-risk-communities-eye-new-defenses-11623250836?st=v8l37hv61lpypy5&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink

The mechanistic flow of complex drivers of wildfire for fire prone ecosystems https://www.cafiresci.org/research-publications-source/category/4driverswildfireweather

Engineering professor solves deep earthquake mystery https://phys.org/news/2021-04-professor-deep-earthquake-mystery.html

Understanding the Needs of Civil Protection Agencies and Opportunities for Scaling up Disaster Risk Management Investments https://reliefweb.int/report/world/understanding-needs-civil-protection-agencies-and-opportunities-scaling-disaster-risk

DisasterAWARE is the most powerful and reliable early warning and multi-hazard monitoring platform https://www.pdc.org/apps/disasteraware/

Emergency management

Wildland firefighter smoke exposure and risk of lung and cardiovascular disease https://mailchi.mp/blm/wildland-firefighter-smoke-exposure-and-risk-of-lung-and-cardiovascular-disease?e=d25e9d02c5

Calling in the army for the vaccine rollout and every other emergency shows how ill-prepared we are https://theconversation.com/calling-in-the-army-for-the-vaccine-rollout-and-every-other-emergency-shows-how-ill-prepared-we-are-162247

A multidimensional framework for disaster recovery: Longitudinal qualitative evidence from Puerto Rican householdshttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0305750X21001017

India to give adults free COVID shots after surge in infections https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/6/7/india-to-give-adults-free-covid-shots-after-surge-in-infections

The eruption of Mount Nyiragongo: its health effects will be felt for a long time https://theconversation.com/the-eruption-of-mount-nyiragongo-its-health-effects-will-be-felt-for-a-long-time-161990

ResponDrone Adds 3D Mapping Abilities to Provide First Responders with Near Real-Time Data https://finance.yahoo.com/news/respondrone-adds-3d-mapping-abilities-113000974.html?.tsrc=fin-srch

20% of schools in Japan lack disaster evacuation plans, ministry survey finds https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/06/08/national/schools-lack-evacuation-plans/

Bringing tech innovation to wildfires: 4 recommendations for smarter firefighting as megafires menace the US https://theconversation.com/bringing-tech-innovation-to-wildfires-4-recommendations-for-smarter-firefighting-as-megafires-menace-the-us-162178

How Low and Middle-Income Countries Are Innovating to Combat Covid https://hbr.org/2021/06/how-low-and-middle-income-countries-are-innovating-to-combat-covid?ab=hero-subleft-2

Disaster education, communication and engagement

Chasing lightning: a photographer’s pursuit of the elements – in pictures https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2021/jun/06/chasing-lightning-a-photographers-pursuit-of-the-elements-in-pictures

How does a fast food restaurant build flood resilience? https://floodresilience.net/blogs/livelihood-diversification-for-flood-resilience-nepal/

Serious Games about Flooding https://seriousgeo.games/activities/

Is Your Home Ignition Resistant? theme of new Lake Tahoe Wildfire awareness campaign http://www.southtahoenow.com/story/06/08/2021/your-home-ignition-resistant-theme-new-lake-tahoe-wildfire-awareness-campaign

Integrating Geoscience and Community Hazard Knowledge https://www.researchgate.net/publication/352261817_Integrating_Geoscience_and_Community_Hazard_Knowledge

Structural fire emergency school education resources https://brigadekids.com/

Disaster resilience school education resources https://disasterresilience.vic.gov.au/students/what-is-disaster-resilience/

The series offers best practices for extreme events research and includes check sheets for free to the research community https://converge.colorado.edu/resources/check-sheets

Psychology and disasters

Climate crisis inflicting huge ‘hidden costs’ on mental health https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/26/climate-crisis-inflicting-huge-hidden-costs-mental-health

Carrot or stick? How countries are tackling COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy https://news.trust.org/item/20210601155421-gr1fs/

Sociology and disasters

The dual effect of social ties on COVID-19 spread in Japan https://www.researchgate.net/publication/348513136_The_dual_effect_of_social_ties_on_COVID-19_spread_in_Japan

As Warming Fuels Disasters, Relief Often Favors White People https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/07/climate/FEMA-race-climate.html

Social dynamics of community resilience building in the face of climate change: the case of three Scottish communities https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11625-021-00950-x

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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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