Today in disaster resilience (10 September 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Mexico – Deadly Flash Floods in Morelos https://floodlist.com/america/mexico-floods-morelos-september-2021

Indonesia – Floods Affected Thousands in Borneo, 2 Killed in East Nusa Tenggara https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-september-2021

Nepal – Dozens Rescued After Severe Floods in Kathmanduhttps://floodlist.com/asia/nepal-dozens-rescued-after-severe-floods-in-kathmandu

India – Damaging Floods Hit Telangana and Andhra Pradesh https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-telangana-andhrapradesh-september-2021

Mexico – 2 Killed in Ecatepec Flash Floodshttps://floodlist.com/america/mexico-ecatepec-floods-september-2021

More heavy rain expected in Auckland after severe flooding caused by 149 percent of August rainfall in just 1 day, New Zealand https://watchers.news/2021/09/07/auckland-rain-flood-september-2021/

New Orleans on track to restore 90 percent of electricity by September 8, Louisiana https://watchers.news/2021/09/07/new-orleans-on-track-to-restore-90-percent-of-electricity-by-september-8/

Seventeen patients die after hospital in Mexico floods amid torrential rain https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/08/patients-die-after-hospital-in-mexico-floods-amid-torrential-rain

Mexico Hit by Powerful Earthquake https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/07/americas/mexico-earthquake/index.html

Philippines – Tropical Cyclone Conson Leaves Thousands Displaced https://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-tropical-cyclone-conson-floods-september-2021

Ecuador – 2 Dead, 3 Missing After Floods in Tungurahua Province https://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-tungurahua-province-september-2021

Uganda – Hundreds Displaced After More Floods in Kasese https://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-kasese-september-2021

Floods cause ‘catastrophic devastation’ in White Nile, Sudan https://watchers.news/2021/09/09/floods-cause-catastrophic-devastation-in-white-nile-sudan/

Severe floods hit Agen after two months’ worth of rain in just 3 hours, France https://watchers.news/2021/09/09/agen-lot-et-garonne-flood-rainfall-france-september-2021/

Lightning threatens California as fires continue to burn across the state https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/sep/09/california-fire-weather-caldor-dixie-latest

Volcanic activity worldwide 9 Sep 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Merapi, Semeru https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/140950/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-9-Sep-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Merapi-Semeru-Reve.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

NYC’s Subway Flooding Isn’t A Fluke. It’s The Reality For Cities In A Warming World https://www.npr.org/2021/09/02/1021185475/climate-change-means-more-subway-flooding-worldwide-like-new-york-just-experienc

Nearly 1 in 3 Americans experienced a weather disaster this summer https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/09/04/climate-disaster-hurricane-ida/

Australia’s carbon emissions have barely fallen and a massive task lies ahead https://www.theguardian.com/business/commentisfree/2021/sep/05/australias-carbon-emissions-have-barely-fallen-and-a-massive-task-lies-ahead

Top UN official calls for Australia to urgently dump coal https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/top-un-official-calls-for-australia-to-urgently-dump-coal-20210905-p58ozi.html

“Missing in action:” Former defence chief says Australia failing on climate change https://reneweconomy.com.au/missing-in-action-former-defence-chief-says-australia-failing-on-climate-change/

There’s a long history of adaptation on the Queensland coast — but our changing climate could soon make it harder to get a mortgage there https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2021-09-06/sea-change-queensland-property-climate-change/100217278

Hurricane Ida shows the increasing impact of climate change since Katrina https://theconversation.com/hurricane-ida-shows-the-increasing-impact-of-climate-change-since-katrina-167077

More than 200 health journals call for urgent action on climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/06/more-than-200-health-journals-call-for-urgent-action-on-climate-crisis

Study reveals extreme winter weather is related to Arctic change https://phys.org/news/2021-09-reveals-extreme-winter-weather-arctic.html

Climate change means Australia may have to abandon much of its farming https://theconversation.com/climate-change-means-australia-may-have-to-abandon-much-of-its-farming-166098

Heat waves: a hot topic in climate change research https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00704-021-03758-y

‘Insufficient’: Audit Office lashes lack of climate planning in NSW https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/insufficient-audit-office-lashes-lack-of-climate-planning-in-nsw-20210907-p58piv.html

Wildfires, heatwaves, and mass evacuations: What lies ahead for Greece’s new climate ministry? https://www.euronews.com/green/2021/09/07/wildfires-heatwaves-and-mass-evacuations-what-lies-ahead-for-greece-s-new-climate-ministry

Christian leaders unite to issue stark warning over climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/07/christian-leaders-unite-to-issue-stark-warning-over-climate-crisis

Climate risks to add $183bn to property insurance costs by 2040, Swiss Re predicts https://www.ft.com/content/5d271251-973d-45e5-8982-2e28bf96f952

The Middle East Is Becoming Literally Uninhabitable https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/08/24/the-middle-east-is-becoming-literally-uninhabitable/

New research reveals animals are changing their body shapes to cope with climate change https://theconversation.com/new-research-reveals-animals-are-changing-their-body-shapes-to-cope-with-climate-change-166267

Climate crisis could double extreme summer droughts in Europe, new research suggests https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/world/climate-crisis-extreme-droughts-europe-b1915297.html

This summer was Europe’s hottest on record as Mediterranean heat soared https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/07/europe/europe-hottest-summer-climate-intl/index.html

Unextractable fossil fuels in a 1.5 °C world https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03821-8#Abs1

Net-zero living: How your day will look in a carbon-neutral world https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg25133504-300-net-zero-living-how-your-day-will-look-in-a-carbon-neutral-world/

London flood map shows areas of city at risk of being underwater within 10 years https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/london-flooding-risk-map-areas-underwater-10-years-b950199.html

Storm’s damage might boost support for more aggressive climate policy, experts hope https://www.njspotlight.com/2021/09/hurricane-ida-devastation-record-rain-will-it-accelerate-nj-climate-preparations-teachable-moment-fossil-fuels-flood-zones/

Extreme heat: The economic and social consequences for the United States https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/in-depth-research-reports/report/extreme-heat-the-economic-and-social-consequences-for-the-united-states/

Countries most vulnerable to climate change call for ’emergency pact’ ahead of COP26 https://www.sbs.com.au/news/countries-most-vulnerable-to-climate-change-call-for-emergency-pact-ahead-of-cop26/af516d66-9960-4850-ba33-1ba3d70b4c90

What climate change means for southern Ontario and Québec https://theconversation.com/what-climate-change-means-for-southern-ontario-and-quebec-166920

Northwest, Central, South-Central India New Heatwave Hotspots, Says Study https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/northwest-central-south-central-india-new-heatwave-hotspots-says-study-2533274

Reviewing the summer of extreme weather in 2021 https://www.carbonbrief.org/guest-post-reviewing-the-summer-of-extreme-weather-in-2021

Australia smashes renewables record again, hits 58.3 per cent on main grid https://reneweconomy.com.au/australia-smashes-renewables-record-again-hits-58-3-per-cent-on-main-grid/

Summer 2021 Was Hottest on Record in the Contiguous U.S., NOAA Says https://weather.com/news/climate/news/2021-09-09-summer-hottest-on-record-united-states-noaa

A promising new dawn is ours for the taking – so let’s stop counting the coal Australia must leave in the ground https://theconversation.com/a-promising-new-dawn-is-ours-for-the-taking-so-lets-stop-counting-the-coal-australia-must-leave-in-the-ground-167527

Extreme sea levels could soon become annual events https://climatenewsnetwork.net/extreme-sea-levels-could-soon-become-annual-events/

Disaster risk reduction

Resilience of SMEs https://www.undrr.org/publication/resilience-smes

New San Andreas study to look at how a creeping fault affects the places where we live https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/article253448169.html

A subway flood expert explains what needs to be done to stop underground station deluges https://theconversation.com/a-subway-flood-expert-explains-what-needs-to-be-done-to-stop-underground-station-deluges-167254

Mapping Flood Risk Uncertainty Zones in Support of Urban Resilience Planning https://www.cogitatiopress.com/urbanplanning/article/view/4073

Integrating Behavioral Theories in Agent-Based Models for Agricultural Drought Risk Assessments https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/frwa.2021.686329/full

The Science of How Wildfires Got So Hellish https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2021/08/western-fires-science-wildfires-hellish-climate-change-human-meddling/

Flash flood forecasting and early warning saves lives and combats poverty https://blogs.adb.org/blog/flash-flood-forecasting-and-early-warning-saves-lives-and-combats-poverty

Confluence of disastrous environmental events in the western United States https://riskfrontiers.com/insights/confluence-of-disastrous-environmental-events-in-the-western-united-states/

Extreme floods of Venice: characteristics, dynamics, past and future evolution https://nhess.copernicus.org/articles/21/2705/2021/

Differences in the dynamics of community disaster resilience across the globe http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/id/eprint/17400/

Wildfire smoke is transforming clouds, making rainfall less likely https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/wildfire-smoke-is-transforming-clouds-making-rainfall-less-likely

Why many scientists say it’s unlikely that SARS-CoV-2 originated from a “lab leak” https://www.science.org/content/article/why-many-scientists-say-unlikely-sars-cov-2-originated-lab-leak

Seasonality and drivers of low flows across Europe and the United States https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2019WR026928

Only 46 Percent of German Households Have Flood Insurance https://floodlist.com/europe/only-46-percent-of-german-households-have-flood-insurance

Wildfire pollution could be killing more than the fires https://www.courthousenews.com/wildfire-pollution-could-be-killing-more-than-the-fires/

Can smartphones affixed to buildings detect earthquakes? https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/can-smartphones-affixed-to-buildings-detect-earthquakes-13269/

The Motion and Range of Landslides According to Their Height https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/feart.2021.736280/full

Human activity the common link between disasters around the world https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/09/1099172

Interconnected disaster risks https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/interconnected-disaster-risks

Hurricane “Ida” among the costliest for oil production since 2005 https://watchers.news/2021/09/09/hurricane-ida-among-the-costliest-for-oil-production-since-2005/

IDDRR focus – The Sendai Seven https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/sendai-seven-campaign-2021-concept-note

The concept of risk-layering, which, though already applied in disaster risk management, could be expanded to include indirect effects https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13753-021-00366-2

Emergency management

New York mayor: Ida devastation shows need to prepare for ‘very, very worst’ https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/sep/05/ida-extreme-weather-new-york-preparedness

Evacuation Network Modeling for Alternative Fuel Vehicles https://www.researchgate.net/publication/354379173_Evacuation_Network_Modeling_for_Alternative_Fuel_Vehicles

Worsening California blazes prompt new calls for innovations to fight fires smarter https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/worsening-california-blazes-prompt-calls-innovations-fight-fires/story

Breathing wildfire smoke during pregnancy raises risk of premature birth, study finds https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/aug/24/california-wildfire-smoke-pregnancy-premature-birth

In Idaho And Other States, The Delta Covid-19 Surge Is Forcing Hospitals To Ration ICU Beds https://www.forbes.com/sites/joshuacohen/2021/09/07/delta-surge-of-covid-19-is-forcing-hospitals-to-ration-icu-beds-in-parts-of-the-us/

Will having so many disasters happening at the same time affect donations? We asked an expert https://theconversation.com/will-having-so-many-disasters-happening-at-the-same-time-affect-donations-we-asked-an-expert-167083

Can Birds Tip Us Off to Natural Disasters? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-birds-tip-us-natural-disasters-180978571/

World COVID tracker https://covid-tracker.mckinsey.com/vaccination-map

Why involving people with disability in preparing for disasters leads to better outcomes https://phys.org/news/2021-09-involving-people-disability-disasters-outcomes.html

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Notes from Deep Time book https://profilebooks.com/work/notes-from-deep-time/

Integrating psychosocial and WASH school interventions to build disaster resilience https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921004817

Be Flood Ready https://www.befloodready.uk/before-a-flood/residential/create-a-personal-flood-plan

Unnatural Disasters, by Gonzalo Lizarralde https://issuu.com/columbiaup/docs/unnatural_disasters_introduction

Disaster Resilience Education for Young People Handbook https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/disaster-resilience-education-young-people-handbook

Resources and fun facts to help children learn more about flooding https://yorkshirefloodresilience.co.uk/tools-resources/learning-zone

Psychology and disasters

When it comes to preparing for disaster there are 4 distinct types of people. Which one are you? https://theconversation.com/when-it-comes-to-preparing-for-disaster-there-are-4-distinct-types-of-people-which-one-are-you-164169

Climate Change Denial? 10 Reasons People Deny Climate Change https://earthandhuman.org/reasons-people-deny-climate-change/

What an enormous global study can tell us about feeling better during the pandemic https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/22641291/global-mental-health-covid-19-cognitive-reappraisal-study

Sociology and disasters

COVID-19 exposes Australia’s stark health inequalities — and threatens to entrench them further https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2021-09-04/covid-19-exposes-australias-stark-health-inequalities/100426178

Social inclusion is important in Aotearoa New Zealand — but so is speaking honestly about terrorism https://theconversation.com/social-inclusion-is-important-in-aotearoa-new-zealand-but-so-is-speaking-honestly-about-terrorism-167429

Environmental Justice: People Of Color hurt worst by climate change http://redgreenandblue.org/2021/09/07/environmental-justice-people-color-hurt-worst-climate-change/#.YTkgLJNDVh4.twitter

People with Disabilities, Older People at Risk after Hurricane Ida https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/09/07/people-disabilities-older-people-risk-after-hurricane-ida

Researchers call for dismantling of ‘racist infrastructure’ to improve U.S. neighborhoods https://archinect.com/news/article/150280405/researchers-call-for-dismantling-of-racist-infrastructure-to-improve-u-s-neighborhoods#.YTkfd04924s.twitter

From Hurricane Ida to COVID-19, Social Ties Foster Resilience https://www.jewishboston.com/read/from-hurricane-ida-to-covid-19-social-ties-foster-resilience/

From Risk to Resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/blog/risk-resilience

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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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