Today in disaster resilience (16 July 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Violent tornado hits downtown Shenxian, leaving catastrophic damage, China https://watchers.news/2021/07/11/shenxian-shandong-china-tornado-damage-july-2021/

Northern California wildfire grows, destroys homes amid extreme conditions https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-07-11/northern-california-wildfire-grows-destroys-homes-beckwourth-complex-fire

B.C.’s wildfire service battles 49 new fires over the weekend, expects more Sunday https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-wildfires-3-new-1.6098451

Japan – Evacuations in Kagoshima After 95mm of Rain in 1 Hour https://floodlist.com/asia/japan-kagoshima-flood-july-2021

Colombia – Over 5,000 Families Hit by Floods in Magdalena After Rivers Overflow https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-magdalena-july-2021

UK – Flash Floods Cause Chaos in Eastern England https://floodlist.com/europe/united-kingdom/flash-floods-peterborough-july-2021

Chad – 5 Dead, Thousands in Need of Shelter After Heavy Rains in Tandjilé, Say UN https://floodlist.com/africa/chad-flood-rain-june-2021

USA – Rain From Storm Elsa Floods New York Subway https://floodlist.com/america/usa/storm-elsa-floods-new-york-subway-july-2021

Multiple Saskatchewan communities face wildfire risk, evacuations https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2021/07/12/multiple-saskatchewan-communities-face-wildfire-risk-evacuations.html

Flash floods cause travel chaos in parts of London https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-57805391

Himachal Pradesh: Cloudburst results in flash floods damaging public property, NH blocked in Shimla https://www.opindia.com/2021/07/himachal-pradesh-cloudburst-dharamshala/

Germany floods: Dozens killed after record rain in Germany and Belgium https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-16/flooding-deaths-damage-germany-belgium-netherlands-france/100291248

Volcanic activity worldwide 15 Jul 2021: Etna volcano, Stromboli, Fuego, Karymsky, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/135474/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-15-Jul-2021-Etna-volcano-Stromboli-Fuego-Karymsky-Reventador-Sanga.html

Oregon blaze threatens 2,000 homes as new wildfires erupt in western states https://news.trust.org/item/20210715165353-sqegc/

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

In California’s interior, there’s no escape from the desperate heat: ‘Why are we even here?’ https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/10/california-central-valley-extreme-heat-race

Edinburgh flooding: ‘We are going to see more of these extreme events’ says climate expert https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/weather/edinburgh-flooding-we-are-going-to-see-more-of-these-extreme-events-says-climate-expert-3301354

New York City warned ‘climate change is here’ as storm floods streets and subway https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/09/new-york-city-storm-flooding-climate-change

Heat wave engulfs the West as Death Valley hits 130 degrees https://www.axios.com/west-heat-wave-record-temperatures-42b2907b-c6ea-4a92-bc36-2c515aacfaf2.html

Study projects a surge in coastal flooding, starting in 2030s https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78917

With seas rising and storms surging, who will pay for New Zealand’s most vulnerable coastal properties? https://theconversation.com/with-seas-rising-and-storms-surging-who-will-pay-for-new-zealands-most-vulnerable-coastal-properties-163807

Our climate change turning point is right here, right now https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jul/12/our-climate-change-turning-point-is-right-here-right-now

Iqaluit’s average temperature increased by a degree between 1991 and 2020, researcher says https://www.arctictoday.com/iqaluits-average-temperature-increased-by-a-degree-between-1991-and-2020-researcher-says/

Pacific Northwest heat wave would have been “virtually impossible” without climate change, experts say https://www.cbsnews.com/news/climate-change-heat-wave-pacific-northwest/

Malaria and dengue predicted to affect billions more people if global warming continues uncurbed https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78944

World’s largest study of global climate related mortality links 5 million deaths a year to abnormal temperatures https://www.monash.edu/news/articles/worlds-largest-study-of-global-climate-related-mortality-links-5-million-deaths-a-year-to-abnormal-temperatures

Better projections of the impact of climate change on coasts in the coming century https://www.deltares.nl/en/news/better-projections-of-the-impact-of-climate-change-on-coasts-in-the-coming-century/

Projections of temperature-attributable mortality in Europe: a time series https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanplh/article/PIIS2542-5196(21)00150-9/fulltext

A practical guide to climate-resilient buildings & communities https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/78926

Two Dozen Large Cities Produce 52 Percent of Urban Carbon Emissions https://e360.yale.edu/digest/just-25-cities-produce-52-percent-of-urban-emissions

New AEMO boss wants Australian grids to handle 100 pct renewables by 2025 https://reneweconomy.com.au/hold-new-aemo-boss-wants-australias-grid-to-handle-100-pct-renewables-by-2025/

12 reasons why 2020 was a bad year for climate change https://theplanet.substack.com/p/12-reasons-why-2020-was-a-bad-year

American west stuck in cycle of ‘heat, drought and fire’, experts warnhttps://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/12/wildfires-california-oregon-drought-heat-fire-cycle

Public understanding of climate change-related sea-level rise https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0254348

Amazon rainforest now emitting more CO2 than it absorbs https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/14/amazon-rainforest-now-emitting-more-co2-than-it-absorbs

EU unveils sweeping climate change plan https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-57833807

Coastal communities across the U.S. continued to see record-setting high-tide flooding in 2020 https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/HighTideFlooding_AnnualOutlook.html

Middle East and North Africa: heatwaves of up to 56 degrees Celsius without climate action https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78996

Systematic mapping of global research on climate and health: a machine learning review https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanplh/article/PIIS2542-5196(21)00179-0/fulltext

Extreme weather no guarantee of support for climate action https://thebulletin.org/2021/07/extreme-weather-no-guarantee-of-support-for-climate-action/

Estimate of global surface temperature change https://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/

From climate change to climate emergency https://hellofuture.undp.org/

Hot zones: urban heat islands https://medialibrary.climatecentral.org/uploads/general/2021_UHI_Report.pdf

Disaster risk reduction

WorldFloods – AI pioneered at Oxford for global flood mapping launches into space https://watchers.news/2021/07/11/worldfloods-ai-pioneered-at-oxford-for-global-flood-mapping-launches-into-space/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

The problems of prescribed fire https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/562167-the-problems-of-prescribed-fire

Resilient Cambridge Plan Released https://www.cambridgema.gov/CDD/News/2021/7/resilientcambridgereportpublished

Searching for Faults From Afar https://news.climate.columbia.edu/2021/07/12/searching-for-faults-from-afar/

California Wildfires Are So Intense, They’re Sparking Firenadoes https://gizmodo.com/california-wildfires-are-so-intense-they-re-sparking-f-1847273001

New study: the number of structures at risk from natural hazards is on the rise in the United States https://cires.colorado.edu/news/risky-development

Indigenous fire and land management – impact and sustainability https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/publications/biblio/bnh-8116

US heatwave: Could US and Canada see the worst wildfires yet? https://www.bbc.com/news/57770728

How many 500-year floods must Detroit endure in a decade? https://grist.org/cities/how-many-500-year-floods-must-detroit-endure-in-a-decade/

Recent increase in major Atlantic hurricanes may be ‘rebound’ after 1960-1980s lull https://www.carbonbrief.org/recent-increase-in-major-atlantic-hurricanes-may-be-rebound-after-1960-1980s-lull

EMDNA: an Ensemble Meteorological Dataset for North America https://essd.copernicus.org/articles/13/3337/2021/

Resilience Reset: Creating Resilient Cities in the Global South https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/mono/10.4324/9780429355066/resilience-reset-aditya-bahadur-thomas-tanner

Moon wobble to bring surge in coastal flooding in 2030s, NASA study predicts https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/13/us/moon-wobble-coastal-flooding-scn-trnd/index.html

Improving flood response in Somalia through remote sensing http://www.fao.org/emergencies/fao-in-action/stories/stories-detail/en/c/1416034/

With poor regulation of floodplains, India is more vulnerable to flood damage https://india.mongabay.com/2021/07/with-poor-regulation-of-floodplains-india-more-vulnerable-to-flood-damage/

Advancing practical applications of resilience in Aotearoa-New Zealand https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353247159_Advancing_practical_applications_of_resilience_in_Aotearoa-New_Zealand

Adaptation required to preserve future high-end river flood risk at present levels https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/1/eaao1914.full

Seismic research ship goes boom-boom to seek answers at origin of the next Big One https://www.kuow.org/stories/seismic-research-ship-goes-boom-boom-to-seek-answers-at-origin-of-the-next-big-one

New project scales up early warning systems in the Pacific https://public.wmo.int/en/media/news/new-project-scales-early-warning-systems-pacific

Australia’s burning question: How can we build better bushfire resilience? https://www.zurich.com.au/news/media-releases/2021/australia-burning-question-how-can-we-build-better-bushfire-resilience.html

Economics of natural hazards – final project report https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/79008

Emergency management

Americans who lost homes to devastating wildfires brace for an even worse season https://www.pbs.org/newshour/amp/show/americans-who-lost-homes-to-devastating-wildfires-brace-for-an-even-worse-season

Representing Disasters and Long-term Recovery – Insights from Tamil Nadu https://iihs.co.in/knowledge-gateway/representing-disasters-and-long-term-recovery-insights-from-tamil-nadu/

NSW Rural Fire Service exonerates itself over backburn gone wrong https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nsw-rural-fire-service-exonerates-itself-over-backburn-gone-wrong-20210630-p585kt.html

FEMA never followed 20-year-old disaster law https://www.eenews.net/stories/1063736879

Israel offers ‘booster’ jab as Covid infections spiral https://www.ft.com/content/bfec0129-83e0-49d1-bf9d-e31ce47f6150

New Regulations Would Increase Wildfire Risk to Firefighters and Civilians, Fire Experts Warn https://www.kqed.org/news/11880400/new-regulations-would-increase-wildfire-risk-to-firefighters-and-civilians-fire-experts-warn

Flood-resilient mass transit planning in Ouagadougou https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/78942

COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh reach 1 million, causing major concern for Rohingya refugees https://www.rescue.org/press-release/covid-19-cases-bangladesh-reach-1-million-causing-major-concern-rohingya-refugees

Solomon Islands: disaster displacement risk profile https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/78967

Indonesia records its highest increase in COVID cases –– and numbers are likely to rise again before they fall https://theconversation.com/indonesia-records-its-highest-increase-in-covid-cases-and-numbers-are-likely-to-rise-again-before-they-fall-164063

Communication and the vocabulary used during emergencies can have a significant effect on people’s behaviour https://www.crisis-response.com/Publisher/File.aspx?id=288941

Leverages and obstacles facing post-cyclone recovery in Saint-Martin, Caribbean: Between the ‘window of opportunity’ and the ‘systemic risk’? https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353251882_Leverages_and_obstacles_facing_post-cyclone_recovery_in_Saint-Martin_Caribbean_Between_the_%27window_of_opportunity%27_and_the_%27systemic_risk%27

Ethical Considerations for Postdisaster Fieldwork and Data Collection in the Caribbean https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0002764220938113

Disaster education, communications and engagement

A fixed smartphone network offers inexpensive earthquake early warning potential https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78907

Sydney’s multicultural leaders help to spread vaccination message https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydney-s-multicultural-leaders-help-to-spread-vaccination-message-20210713-p58947.html

Hurricane Preparedness https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Spotlight/Hurricane-Preparedness/

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

The science and history of forest fires https://tree-nation.com/projects/inside-tree-nation/article/8099-the-science-and-history-of-forest-fires

Psychology and disasters

A significant number of New Zealanders overestimate sea-level rise — and that could stop them from taking action https://theconversation.com/a-significant-number-of-new-zealanders-overestimate-sea-level-rise-and-that-could-stop-them-from-taking-action-164312

Behavioural and cultural insights shed light on how the pandemic has left youth behind https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-determinants/behavioural-and-cultural-insights-for-health/news2/news/2021/07/behavioural-and-cultural-insights-shed-light-on-how-the-pandemic-has-left-youth-behind

Yes, this lockdown is harder than before. A trauma specialist explains why https://www.abc.net.au/everyday/lockdown-is-harder-than-before-trauma-specialist-explains-why/100252974

Sociology and disasters

With daily inoculation numbers dropping, health officials have recruited community leaders to coax holdouts; ‘it’s like swimming upstream’ https://www.wsj.com/articles/stalled-covid-vaccination-outreach-hesitancy-11625754826

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

Stanford researchers show sea-level rise may worsen existing Bay Area inequities https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78964

Quantifying Psychosocial Impacts From Coastal Hazards for Cost-Benefit Analysis in Eastern Quebec, Canada https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353242407_Quantifying_Psychosocial_Impacts_From_Coastal_Hazards_for_Cost-Benefit_Analysis_in_Eastern_Quebec_Canada

Oregon heat wave victims older, lived alone, had no AC https://apnews.com/article/canada-environment-and-nature-oregon-heat-waves-76bb82bebd17c6bef7fd8af97c311984

Vaccine inequality, health systems under pressure, socio-economic fallout https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/maps-and-graphics/2021/coronavirus-humanitarian-update-map-data-vaccine-aid-response

Importance of social capital in COVID-19 vaccination uptake https://theconversation.com/covid-19-how-a-sense-of-community-can-increase-vaccine-uptake-161462

Doing it for us: Community identification predicts willingness to receive a COVID-19 vaccination via perceived sense of duty to the community https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/casp.2542

Poor and minority communities suffer more from extreme heat in U.S. Cities https://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/poor-and-minority-communities-suffer-more-from-extreme-heat-in-u.s-cities

Widespread Race and Class Disparities in Surface Urban Heat Extremes Across the United States https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2021EF002016

When disaster strikes, you truly do get by with a little help from your friends https://news.northeastern.edu/2021/07/14/how-to-rebound-from-disasters-resilience-starts-in-the-neighborhood/

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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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