Today in disaster resilience (9 July 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Tropical storm watch issued for Florida Keys as Elsa whips Dominican Republic and Haiti https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/03/weather/hurricane-elsa-saturday/index.html

Japanese rescuers find two bodies, continue search for 20 more after landslide in Atami, south-west of Tokyo https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-04/two-dead-in-japan-landslide-atami/100266228

Canada heatwave: Wildfires spread in British Columbia after lightning strikes https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57703853

Nepal – Floods and Landslides Leave 10 Dead, 4 Missing https://floodlist.com/asia/nepal-floods-landslides-july-2021

China – Over 60,000 Evacuate Floods in Jiangxi https://floodlist.com/asia/china-floods-jiangxi-july-2021

Flooding and thunderstorms as rain and wind batters Scotland https://news.stv.tv/scotland/flooding-and-thunderstorms-as-rain-and-wind-batters-scotland?top

Crimea – More Floods After Heavy Rain Leave 1 Dead, Dozens Evacuated https://floodlist.com/europe/crimea-floods-july-2021

Fast-moving Atlantic Storm Elsa makes landfall in Cuba https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/7/5/atlantic-storm-elsa-speeds-toward-landfall-on-cubas-coast

Indonesia – Floods Damage Over 2,000 Homes in Aceh Province https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-damage-over-2000-homes-in-aceh-province

Russia – State of Emergency After Floods in Krasnodar Krai https://floodlist.com/europe/russia-floods-in-krasnodar-sochi-july-2021

South Korea – 2 Killed in Floods and Landslides After Heavy Rain https://floodlist.com/asia/south-korea-floods-landslides-july-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 8 Jul 2021: Etna volcano, Fuego, Karymsky, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/134806/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-8-Jul-2021-Etna-volcano-Fuego-Karymsky-Dukono-Reventador-Sangay-T.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

How to organise climate action in the Decisive Decadehttps://sbs.ox.ac.uk/news/how-organise-climate-action-decisive-decade

Summer swelter trend: West gets hotter days, East hot nights https://apnews.com/article/climate-change-science-cd3e6dcb4d2490ed8c2ddcd3c54f69ab

Climate Change Could Destroy America’s Roads https://www.vice.com/en/article/3aqpxn/roads-buckling-heatwave-climate-change

Unprecedented heat, hundreds dead and a town destroyed. Climate change is frying the Northern Hemisphere https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/04/world/canada-us-heatwave-northern-hemisphere-climate-change-cmd-intl/index.html

Sea level rise poses economic threat to Asia coastal cities https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78792

‘Megadrought’ along border strains US-Mexico water relations https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78796

New Zealand experiences hottest June on record despite polar blast https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/05/new-zealand-experiences-hottest-june-on-record-despite-polar-blast

The Graphic Truth: Where are climate-linked scorchers deadliest? https://www.gzeromedia.com/the-graphic-truth-where-are-climate-linked-scorchers-deadliest

Europeans consider climate change to be the most serious problem facing the world https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_21_3156

‘We are living it already’: Climate change behind extreme weather events in Canada, experts say https://www.ctvnews.ca/climate-and-environment/we-are-living-it-already-climate-change-behind-extreme-weather-events-in-canada-experts-say-1.5495229

A Space Laser Shows How Catastrophic Sea Level Rise Will Be https://www.wired.com/story/a-space-laser-shows-how-catastrophic-sea-level-rise-will-be/

The North American heatwave shows we need to know how climate change will change our weather https://theconversation.com/the-north-american-heatwave-shows-we-need-to-know-how-climate-change-will-change-our-weather-163802

Nordic countries endure heatwave as Lapland records hottest day since 1914 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/06/heatwave-hits-nordic-countries-lapland-temperature-

Climate Change Brings More Summer Heat Stress To New Hampshire And Its Infrastructure https://www.nhpr.org/post/climate-change-brings-more-summer-heat-stress-new-hampshire-and-its-infrastructure#stream/0

2020: The escalation of extreme rainfall events in Brazil https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78837

‘We need to become the solution’: older New Zealanders join climate change fight https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/06/we-need-to-become-the-solution-older-new-zealanders-join-climate-change-fight

Global evidence links rise in extreme precipitation to human-driven climate change https://theconversation.com/global-evidence-links-rise-in-extreme-precipitation-to-human-driven-climate-change-163715

Managed retreat and environmental justice in a changing climate https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/78867

Climate change: US-Canada heatwave ‘virtually impossible’ without warming https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57751918

Climate crisis ‘may put 8bn at risk of malaria and dengue’ https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/jul/08/climate-crisis-may-put-8bn-at-risk-of-malaria-and-dengue

Oregon adopts emergency rules to protect workers in extreme heat https://www.oregonlive.com/business/2021/07/oregon-adopts-emergency-rules-to-protect-workers-in-extreme-heat.html

How to Use ArcGIS Pro to Map Urban Heat Islands https://www.gislounge.com/how-to-use-arcgis-pro-to-map-urban-heat-islands/

Antarctica hit record high temperature in 2020, scientists confirm https://thehill.com/policy/equilibrium-sustainability/561463-antarctica-hit-record-high-temperature-in-2020-scientists

Climate change linked to 5 million deaths a year, new study shows https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/australianz/climate-change-linked-to-5-million-deaths-a-year-new-study-shows

Infrastructure for a Changing Climate https://www.nationalacademies.org/news/2021/07/infrastructure-for-a-changing-climate

Unpacking Miami’s new 40-year plan against rising sea levels https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78890

Disaster risk reduction

Natural Hazards Research Australia continues the coordinated multi-disciplinary national research effort of two Cooperative Research Centres over the last 18 years https://www.minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/porter/media-releases/world-class-natural-hazards-research-centre

Community flood vulnerability and risk assessment: An empirical predictive modeling approach https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12739

Improved algorithms help scientists monitor wildfires from space https://eos.org/research-spotlights/improved-algorithms-help-scientists-monitor-wildfires-from-space

Monitoring the Nyiragongo eruption in DRC and Rwanda https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78759

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

Flood map update alters thousands of Brisbane property flood levels https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-06/brisbane-flood-mapping-changes/100268292

Warragamba Dam wall-raising assessment open to legal challenge, leaked documents say https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-06/warragamba-dam-project-environmental-federal-government-comments/100262494

Outlook for earthquake early warning for Aotearoa New Zealand: Insights from initiating a community-of-practice https://repo.nzsee.org.nz/handle/nzsee/2350

Analysis of pluvial flood damage costs in residential buildings – A case study in Malmö https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S221242092100368X?via%3Dihub

High-resolution flood risk approach to quantify the impact of policy change on flood losses at community-level https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921003903?via%3Dihub

Exploring the gap between policy and action in Disaster Risk Reduction: A case study from India https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921003897?dgcid=coauthor

‘Negligence of developers’ costing taxpayers over Norfolk flooding https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/housing/call-for-government-to-act-over-norfolk-flooding-8121472

Indonesia – Over 70 Floods and Landslides Recorded in June 2021, Says Disaster Agency https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-landslides-june-2021

Hydromet Investments save lives and make economic sense https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78896

AI bolsters human-centric disaster risk reduction https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78891

Enhancing efficiency in humanitarian action through reducing risk – A study on cost-benefit of disaster risk reduction https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/78827

Emergency management

North Miami Beach Condo Evacuates Residents on Safety Concerns https://www.wsj.com/articles/miami-area-collapsed-condo-search-efforts-continue-amid-complications-11625237257

Wildfire watchmen: the mountain tower where lookouts spot blazes https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/03/wildfire-lookout-california-mt-tamalpais

Japan: UN chief praises work of emergency responders in wake of deadly landslide https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/07/1095312

How Dangerous Is the Delta Variant, and Will It Cause a COVID Surge in the U.S.? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-dangerous-is-the-delta-variant-and-will-it-cause-a-covid-surge-in-the-u-s/

Anger grows over B.C. Emergency Health Services’ handling of heat wave that left hundreds dead https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/anger-grows-over-b-c-emergency-health-services-handling-of-heat-wave-that-left-hundreds-dead

As wildfires increase in number and size, the number of hotshot crews dwindles https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/national/as-wildfires-increase-in-number-and-size-the-number-of-hotshot-crews-dwindles

First Nations Wildfire Evacuations https://www.ubcpress.ca/first-nations-wildfire-evacuations

Warning over children as Indonesia suffers its worst Covid outbreak https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/06/warning-over-children-as-indonesia-suffers-its-worst-covid-outbreak

Japan – Many Still Missing in Atami Mudslide as Search and Rescue Operations Continue https://floodlist.com/asia/japan-atami-mudslide-update-july-2021

Disaster management and the need for a reinstated social contract of shared responsibility https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921004015?via%3Dihub

Is it more infectious? Is it spreading in schools? This is what we know about the Delta variant and kids https://theconversation.com/is-it-more-infectious-is-it-spreading-in-schools-this-is-what-we-know-about-the-delta-variant-and-kids-163724

Living with COVID: is now the right time for England to lift all restrictions? https://theconversation.com/living-with-covid-is-now-the-right-time-for-england-to-lift-all-restrictions-164022

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Tanzanian communities unite to tackle the growing risk of floods https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/tanzanian-communities-unite-tackle-growing-risk-floods

NAIDOC week has just begun and, after several tumultuous years of disasters in Australia, the theme this year is Heal Country https://theconversation.com/although-we-didnt-produce-these-problems-we-suffer-them-3-ways-you-can-help-in-naidocs-call-to-heal-country-163362

Educating for resilience: parent and teacher perceptions of children’s emotional needs in response to climate change https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13504622.2020.1828288?journalCode=ceer20

Community Resilience Action Groups build flood resilience in Bangladesh https://floodresilience.net/blogs/community-resilience-action-groups-build-flood-resilience/

BeFloodReady: Missy’s Tale by Aardman Animations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKJhttx0kCI

Resilience learning and indigenous knowledge of earthquake risk in Indonesia https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921003848?via%3Dihub

An analysis of social media use and neighbor-assisted debris removal in Houston following Hurricane Harvey https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420921004118?via%3Dihub

Psychology and disasters

New research finds that those living and working alone during the pandemic have suffered the worst effects of all https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/jul/04/revealed-rise-in-stress-among-those-working-from-home

Sociology and disasters

Attracting altruists: Explaining volunteer turnout during natural hazards in Japan https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349060146_Attracting_altruists_Explaining_volunteer_turnout_during_natural_hazards_in_Japan

The effect of social capital on disaster conflicts in local communities: Focusing on disaster victims https://www.researchgate.net/publication/352987099_The_effect_of_social_capital_on_disaster_conflicts_in_local_communities_Focusing_on_disaster_victims

The case for equity to reduce disaster risk: An analysis of Bolivia https://blogs.worldbank.org/climatechange/case-equity-reduce-disaster-risk-analysis-bolivia?cid=ccg_tt_climatechange_en_ext

Threat to Latinos has grown in the past decade, and they are twice as likely to live in areas most threatened by wildfires relative to the overall U.S. population https://www.politico.com/news/2021/07/06/wildfires-latino-threat-498273

Locating potential sources of capacity and vulnerability in geographically remote areas: Reflections based on three case studies https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921003940?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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