Today in disaster resilience (2 July 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Highly contagious Delta coronavirus variant spreading fast in California https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-06-27/highly-contagious-delta-coronavirus-variant-spreading-in-california

USA – State of Emergency Declared in Response to Floods in Southeast Michigan http://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-michigan-detroit-june-2021

Romania – 1 Dead, 1 Missing, Dozens Evacuated After Floods and Rain Affect 16 Counties http://floodlist.com/europe/romania-floods-june-2021

Russia – Hundreds Evacuate Floods in Far East http://floodlist.com/asia/russia-floods-amur-oblast-june-2021

Venezuela – Families Evacuated After Damaging Floods in Caracas http://floodlist.com/america/venezuela-floods-caracas-june-2021

Bulgaria – Flash Floods in Sliven Province After 60mm of Rain in 1 Hour http://floodlist.com/europe/bulgaria-floods-sliven-june-2021

USA – Deadly Flash Floods in Missouri http://floodlist.com/america/usa/usa-flash-floods-missouri-june-2021

China – 20,000 Evacuate Floods in Heilongjiang https://floodlist.com/asia/china-floods-heilongjiang-june-2021

Mexico – Hurricane ‘Enrique’ Causes Floods and Wind Damage in Western States https://floodlist.com/america/mexico-hurricane-enrique-floods-landslides-june-2021

USA – 2 Dead After Floods and Heavy Rain in Western Texas https://floodlist.com/america/floods-texas-june-2021

USA – Evacuations After Flash Floods in New Mexico https://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-new-mexico-june-2021

Canada Lytton: Heatwave record village overwhelmingly burned in wildfire https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57678054

BOM forecasts ‘seasonally significant’ amount of rainfall across large parts of Queensland https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-01/bom-weather-queensland-storms-heavy-rain-tully-flood-warning/100258982

Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Jul 2021: Dukono volcano, Sangay, Sarychev Peak, Taal https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/134106/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-1-Jul-2021-Dukono-volcano-Sangay-Sarychev-Peak-Taal-Nevado-del-Ruiz.html

Pacific Northwest bakes under once in a millennium heat dome https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/heat-dome-2021-seattle-portland-weather/

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Sea level rise due to climate change eyed as contributing factor in Miami-area building collapse https://news.yahoo.com/sea-level-rise-due-to-climate-change-eyed-as-contributing-factor-in-miami-building-collapse-172145539.html

Failure to model costs of climate change to coal, gas ‘beggars belief’ https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/failure-to-model-costs-of-climate-change-to-coal-gas-beggars-belief-20210628-p584x3.html

Northwest “heat dome” signals global warming’s march https://www.axios.com/northwest-heat-dome-global-warming-5915a972-20d2-4c62-bdd7-ac3ae609e4b4.html

Portland and Seattle see record highs soar past 100 degrees as heat wave sweeps the Northwest https://edition.cnn.com/2021/06/28/weather/heat-waves-west-coast-records/index.html

New climate science could cause wave of litigation against businesses – study https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/28/new-climate-science-could-cause-wave-of-litigation-against-businesses-study

Insurance Industry Perspectives on Regulatory Approaches to Climate Risk Assessment | Issue brief https://www.genevaassociation.org/research-topics/climate-change-and-emerging-environmental-topics/insurance-industry-perspectives-regulatory

‘Tip of the iceberg’: New government report looks at costs of climate change https://financialpost.com/commodities/energy/tip-of-the-iceberg-new-government-report-looks-at-costs-of-climate-change

This report provides a national perspective on how climate change is impacting Canadian communities, environment and economy, and how we are adapting https://changingclimate.ca/national-issues/

Climate-driven coastal flooding in the US likely to get worse suddenly https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/06/climate-driven-coastal-flooding-in-the-us-likely-to-get-worse-suddenly/

Assessing the risks of human displacement in a changing climate https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78659

The looming Arctic collapse: More than 40% of north Russian buildings are starting to crumble https://www.arctictoday.com/the-looming-arctic-collapse-more-than-40-of-north-russian-buildings-are-starting-to-crumble/

The Record-Breaking High Temperatures Aren’t Even the Worst Part of the Pacific Northwest Heat Wave https://slate.com/technology/2021/06/seattle-heat-dome-record-temperatures-climate-change.html

Portland cooling centers provide relief from heat https://www.oregonlive.com/weather/2021/06/portland-cooling-centers-provide-relief-from-heat.html

Billions needed to protect Glasgow from climate effects, report says https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jun/29/billions-needed-to-protect-glasgow-from-climate-effects-report-says?CMP=twt_a-environment_b-gdneco

Bangladesh scraps 10 coal-fired power plants https://techxplore.com/news/2021-06-bangladesh-scraps-coal-fired-power.html

Police report spike in sudden deaths as blistering B.C. heat wave continues https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-heat-wave-heat-dome-sudden-deaths-1.6084873

Germany fast-tracks zero emissions to 2045, lifts interim targets https://reneweconomy.com.au/germany-fast-tracks-zero-emissions-to-2045-lifts-interim-targets/

‘Hazards are many’: Millions found to be at risk from sea level rise https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/hazards-are-many-millions-found-to-be-at-risk-from-sea-level-rise-20210629-p585ay.html

Philippine climate adaptation and risk reduction study https://climateadaptationplatform.com/philippine-climate-adaptation-and-risk-reduction-study/

Global LiDAR land elevation data reveal greatest sea-level rise vulnerability in the tropics https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-23810-9

Canada is a warning: more and more of the world will soon be too hot for humans https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/30/canada-temperatures-limits-human-climate-emergency-earth

Sea level and deep-sea temperature reconstructions suggest quasi-stable states and critical transitions over the past 40 million years https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/26/eabf5326

Australia ranks last for climate action among UN member countries https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/01/australia-ranks-last-for-climate-action-among-un-member-countries

Thunderstorms will dump more rain and worsen floods as the globe heats up https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/from-drying-rainforests-to-heavier-downpours-australia-s-climate-is-changing-20210630-p585lh.html

Climate change in a land of extremes https://nespclimate.com.au/landofextremes/

‘Never seen anything like this’: 100s dead amid Canada heatwave https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/6/30/never-seen-anything-like-this-100s-dead-amid-canada-heat-wave

Climate change: Extremes committee validates Antarctic record heat https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57676695

How to redesign cities to withstand heat waves https://www.vox.com/22557563/how-to-redesign-cities-for-heat-waves-climate-change

Canada heatwave: How could cities adapt to rising temperatures? https://news.trust.org/item/20210629114348-xbsaz/

Disaster risk reduction

Disaster resilience in Australia: A geographic assessment using an index of coping and adaptive capacity https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420921003836?via%3Dihub#fig2

Benefits of disaster risk reduction https://www.preventionweb.net/disaster-risk/invest-in-drr

The power of New Zealand’s Alpine Fault https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-22/nz-racing-to-be-ready-for-magnitude-8-on-alpine-fault/100134024

Urban wildfire research https://environmentalhealth.ucdavis.edu/california-wildfire-research

Learning from a disastrous megathrust earthquake https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78643

Risky development: Increasing exposure to natural hazards in the United States https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2020EF001795

Disaster risk governance – solution or driver of vulnerability https://www.emerald.com/insight/publication/issn/0965-3562/vol/29/iss/5

Hazard News June 2021 https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/resources/hazardnewsedition/8103

Predicting volcanic eruptions: Discovery helps pinpoint where and when better than ever before https://www.unige.ch/communication/communiques/en/2021/analyser-les-volcans-pour-anticiper-leur-reveil/

COVID-19: Make it the last pandemic https://theindependentpanel.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/COVID-19-Make-it-the-Last-Pandemic_final.pdf

More Than Half Of U.S. Buildings Are In Places Prone To Disaster, Study Finds https://www.npr.org/2021/06/23/1009062465/more-than-half-of-u-s-buildings-are-in-places-prone-to-disaster-study-finds

Sensors boost earthquake resilience in Christchurch https://cities-today.com/dense-sensor-network-boosts-earthquake-resilience-in-christchurch/

A unique new study builds on understanding of how ocean waves behave in coastal areas, using data from satellite-based altimetry measurements https://www.pml.ac.uk/News_and_media/News/Understanding_waves_through_satellite_data#.YNuVNEViRgg.twitter

Estimating the economic impact of natural hazards on shared accommodation in coastal tourism destinations https://www.researchgate.net/publication/352380337_Estimating_the_economic_impact_of_natural_hazards_on_shared_accommodation_in_coastal_tourism_destinations

Understanding and preventing violent extremism https://www.undp.org/blogs/understanding-and-preventing-violent-extremism

Flood risk underestimated, particularly in the tropics https://www.deltares.nl/en/news/flood-risk-underestimated-particularly-in-the-tropics/

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

Driving change with Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC research https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/100

Welcome to Natural Hazards Research Australia https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/welcome-natural-hazards-research-australia

A national flood forecasting system for Guyana: A step towards greater resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78757

Emergency management

Disaster response and mitigation in an AI world https://phys.org/news/2021-06-disaster-response-mitigation-ai-world.html

Miami-Area Condo Collapse Death Toll Increases to Nine https://www.wsj.com/articles/miami-area-condo-collapse-search-effort-enters-fourth-day-11624806358

Miami-Area Rescue Effort Is Hampered by Fire as Families Cling to Hope https://www.wsj.com/articles/search-at-miami-area-condo-collapse-hindered-by-continuing-fire-11624720433

Recovery from the 2018-19 disaster season https://www.qra.qld.gov.au/2019completion

South Sudan faces famine threat as flooding continues https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-south-sudan-faces-famine-threat-as-flooding-continues/

Underpaid firefighters, overstretched budgets: The U.S. isn’t prepared for fires fueled by climate change https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/07/01/underpaid-firefighters-overstretched-budgets-us-isnt-prepared-fires-fueled-by-climate-change/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

How to Prevent Your House from Flooding https://www.valuepenguin.com/homeowners-insurance/how-to-prevent-home-flooding

Local Leadership for Disaster Resilience https://www.seedsindia.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Local-Leadership-for-Disaster-Resilience-Profiles-from-Asia-and-the-Pacific.pdf

Community organisation involvement in disaster management https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/publications/biblio/bnh-8109

Caribbean artists, sports stars, TikTok influencers join forces for hurricane season https://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Caribbean_artistes,_sports_stars,_TikTok_influencers_join

New Mixed Methods Approach for Monitoring Community Perceptions of Ebola and Response Efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo https://www.ghspjournal.org/content/9/2/332

Psychology and disasters

How to promote and protect the mental health of young emergency service volunteers https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/98

Traumatic exposure, work-related stressors and gender as risk factors in the development of psychological distress for ambulance personnel https://doi.apa.org/record/2021-61057-001?doi=1

We’ve been following victims of the Boxing Day tsunami for 16 years – this is what we’ve learned about recovering from disaster https://theconversation.com/weve-been-following-victims-of-the-boxing-day-tsunami-for-16-years-this-is-what-weve-learned-about-recovering-from-disaster-163100

The impact of climate change on mental health and emotional wellbeing: current evidence and implications for policy and practice https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/78682

Sociology and disasters

High-resolution human mobility data reveal race and wealth disparities in disaster evacuation patterns https://www.nature.com/articles/s41599-021-00824-8

From ‘fried egg’ to ‘scrambled egg’, this is how COVID reshaped our cities https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2021/06/13/working-from-home-cities/

The Haywired Connection: Societal Consequences of Earthquakes https://www.spur.org/events/2021-06-30/haywired-connection-societal-consequences-earthquakes

Civic Duty: A Booster for Resilience? https://www.ssph-journal.org/articles/10.3389/ijph.2021.1604064/full

In Chicago, Flooding Overwhelmingly Strikes Communities of Color https://www.circleofblue.org/2021/world/in-chicago-flooding-overwhelmingly-strikes-communities-of-color/

Five ways to ensure flood-risk research helps the most vulnerable https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01750-0

Why FEMA Aid Is Unavailable To Many Who Need It The Most https://www.npr.org/2021/06/29/1004347023/why-fema-aid-is-unavailable-to-many-who-need-it-the-most Rumor has it: The role of social ties and misinformation in evacuation to nearby shelters after disaster https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212096321000498?via%3Dihub

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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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