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

Northern California wildfire grows, destroys homes amid extreme conditions

B.C.’s wildfire service battles 49 new fires over the weekend, expects more Sunday

Japan – Evacuations in Kagoshima After 95mm of Rain in 1 Hour

Colombia – Over 5,000 Families Hit by Floods in Magdalena After Rivers Overflow

UK – Flash Floods Cause Chaos in Eastern England

Chad – 5 Dead, Thousands in Need of Shelter After Heavy Rains in Tandjilé, Say UN

USA – Rain From Storm Elsa Floods New York Subway

Multiple Saskatchewan communities face wildfire risk, evacuations

Flash floods cause travel chaos in parts of London

Himachal Pradesh: Cloudburst results in flash floods damaging public property, NH blocked in Shimla

Germany floods: Dozens killed after record rain in Germany and Belgium

Volcanic activity worldwide 15 Jul 2021: Etna volcano, Stromboli, Fuego, Karymsky, Reventador

Oregon blaze threatens 2,000 homes as new wildfires erupt in western states

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

In California’s interior, there’s no escape from the desperate heat: ‘Why are we even here?’

Edinburgh flooding: ‘We are going to see more of these extreme events’ says climate expert

New York City warned ‘climate change is here’ as storm floods streets and subway

Heat wave engulfs the West as Death Valley hits 130 degrees

Study projects a surge in coastal flooding, starting in 2030s

With seas rising and storms surging, who will pay for New Zealand’s most vulnerable coastal properties?

Our climate change turning point is right here, right now

Iqaluit’s 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

Malaria and dengue predicted to affect billions more people if global warming continues uncurbed

World’s 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

Projections of temperature-attributable mortality in Europe: a time series

A practical guide to climate-resilient buildings & communities

Two Dozen Large Cities Produce 52 Percent of Urban Carbon Emissions

New AEMO boss wants Australian grids to handle 100 pct renewables by 2025

12 reasons why 2020 was a bad year for climate change

American west stuck in cycle of ‘heat, drought and fire’, experts warn

Public understanding of climate change-related sea-level rise

Amazon rainforest now emitting more CO2 than it absorbs

EU unveils sweeping climate change plan

Coastal communities across the U.S. continued to see record-setting high-tide flooding in 2020

Middle East and North Africa: heatwaves of up to 56 degrees Celsius without climate action

Systematic mapping of global research on climate and health: a machine learning review

Extreme weather no guarantee of support for climate action

Estimate of global surface temperature change

From climate change to climate emergency

Hot zones: urban heat islands

Disaster risk reduction

WorldFloods – AI pioneered at Oxford for global flood mapping launches into space

The problems of prescribed fire

Resilient Cambridge Plan Released

Searching for Faults From Afar

California Wildfires Are So Intense, They’re Sparking Firenadoes

New study: the number of structures at risk from natural hazards is on the rise in the United States

Indigenous fire and land management – impact and sustainability

US heatwave: Could US and Canada see the worst wildfires yet?

How many 500-year floods must Detroit endure in a decade?

Recent increase in major Atlantic hurricanes may be ‘rebound’ after 1960-1980s lull

EMDNA: an Ensemble Meteorological Dataset for North America

Resilience Reset: Creating Resilient Cities in the Global South

Moon wobble to bring surge in coastal flooding in 2030s, NASA study predicts

Improving flood response in Somalia through remote sensing

With poor regulation of floodplains, India is more vulnerable to flood damage

Advancing practical applications of resilience in Aotearoa-New Zealand

Adaptation required to preserve future high-end river flood risk at present levels

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

Australia’s burning question: How can we build better bushfire resilience?

Economics of natural hazards – final project report

Emergency management

Americans who lost homes to devastating wildfires brace for an even worse season

Representing Disasters and Long-term Recovery – Insights from Tamil Nadu

NSW Rural Fire Service exonerates itself over backburn gone wrong

FEMA never followed 20-year-old disaster law

Israel offers ‘booster’ jab as Covid infections spiral

New Regulations Would Increase Wildfire Risk to Firefighters and Civilians, Fire Experts Warn

Flood-resilient mass transit planning in Ouagadougou

COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh reach 1 million, causing major concern for Rohingya refugees

Solomon Islands: disaster displacement risk profile

Indonesia records its highest increase in COVID cases –– and numbers are likely to rise again before they fall

Communication and the vocabulary used during emergencies can have a significant effect on people’s behaviour

Leverages and obstacles facing post-cyclone recovery in Saint-Martin, Caribbean: Between the ‘window of opportunity’ and the ‘systemic risk’?

Ethical Considerations for Postdisaster Fieldwork and Data Collection in the Caribbean

Disaster education, communications and engagement

A fixed smartphone network offers inexpensive earthquake early warning potential

Sydney’s multicultural leaders help to spread vaccination message

Hurricane Preparedness

An analysis of social media use and neighbor-assisted debris removal in Houston following Hurricane Harvey

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

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

Sociology and disasters

With daily inoculation numbers dropping, health officials have recruited community leaders to coax holdouts; ‘it’s like swimming upstream’

Why FEMA Aid Is Unavailable To Many Who Need It The Most

Stanford researchers show sea-level rise may worsen existing Bay Area inequities

Quantifying Psychosocial Impacts From Coastal Hazards for Cost-Benefit Analysis in Eastern Quebec, Canada

Oregon heat wave victims older, lived alone, had no AC

Vaccine inequality, health systems under pressure, socio-economic fallout

Importance of social capital in COVID-19 vaccination uptake

Doing it for us: Community identification predicts willingness to receive a COVID-19 vaccination via perceived sense of duty to the community

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

When disaster strikes, you truly do get by with a little help from your friends


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I am a Principal at Water Technology Pty Ltd, an Australian-based coastal, environment and natural hazards company - see I specialise in the community aspects of disaster risk reduction and emergency management. Samples of my research and projects can be accessed at Check out my latest book 'Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement' at I am also a published fiction writer specialising in short stories and poems - see

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