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

Indonesia – Floods Affected Thousands in Borneo, 2 Killed in East Nusa Tenggara

Nepal – Dozens Rescued After Severe Floods in Kathmandu

India – Damaging Floods Hit Telangana and Andhra Pradesh

Mexico – 2 Killed in Ecatepec Flash Floods

More heavy rain expected in Auckland after severe flooding caused by 149 percent of August rainfall in just 1 day, New Zealand

New Orleans on track to restore 90 percent of electricity by September 8, Louisiana

Seventeen patients die after hospital in Mexico floods amid torrential rain

Mexico Hit by Powerful Earthquake

Philippines – Tropical Cyclone Conson Leaves Thousands Displaced

Ecuador – 2 Dead, 3 Missing After Floods in Tungurahua Province

Uganda – Hundreds Displaced After More Floods in Kasese

Floods cause ‘catastrophic devastation’ in White Nile, Sudan

Severe floods hit Agen after two months’ worth of rain in just 3 hours, France

Lightning threatens California as fires continue to burn across the state

Volcanic activity worldwide 9 Sep 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Merapi, Semeru

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

NYC’s Subway Flooding Isn’t A Fluke. It’s The Reality For Cities In A Warming World

Nearly 1 in 3 Americans experienced a weather disaster this summer

Australia’s carbon emissions have barely fallen and a massive task lies ahead

Top UN official calls for Australia to urgently dump coal

“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

Hurricane Ida shows the increasing impact of climate change since Katrina

More than 200 health journals call for urgent action on climate crisis

Study reveals extreme winter weather is related to Arctic change

Climate change means Australia may have to abandon much of its farming

Heat waves: a hot topic in climate change research

‘Insufficient’: Audit Office lashes lack of climate planning in NSW

Wildfires, heatwaves, and mass evacuations: What lies ahead for Greece’s new climate ministry?

Christian leaders unite to issue stark warning over climate crisis

Climate risks to add $183bn to property insurance costs by 2040, Swiss Re predicts

The Middle East Is Becoming Literally Uninhabitable

New research reveals animals are changing their body shapes to cope with climate change

Climate crisis could double extreme summer droughts in Europe, new research suggests

This summer was Europe’s hottest on record as Mediterranean heat soared

Unextractable fossil fuels in a 1.5 °C world

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

Storm’s damage might boost support for more aggressive climate policy, experts hope

Extreme heat: The economic and social consequences for the United States

Countries most vulnerable to climate change call for ’emergency pact’ ahead of COP26

What climate change means for southern Ontario and Québec

Northwest, Central, South-Central India New Heatwave Hotspots, Says Study

Reviewing the summer of extreme weather in 2021

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

A promising new dawn is ours for the taking – so let’s stop counting the coal Australia must leave in the ground

Extreme sea levels could soon become annual events

Disaster risk reduction

Resilience of SMEs

New San Andreas study to look at how a creeping fault affects the places where we live

A subway flood expert explains what needs to be done to stop underground station deluges

Mapping Flood Risk Uncertainty Zones in Support of Urban Resilience Planning

Integrating Behavioral Theories in Agent-Based Models for Agricultural Drought Risk Assessments

The Science of How Wildfires Got So Hellish

Flash flood forecasting and early warning saves lives and combats poverty

Confluence of disastrous environmental events in the western United States

Extreme floods of Venice: characteristics, dynamics, past and future evolution

Differences in the dynamics of community disaster resilience across the globe

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”

Seasonality and drivers of low flows across Europe and the United States

Only 46 Percent of German Households Have Flood Insurance

Wildfire pollution could be killing more than the fires

Can smartphones affixed to buildings detect earthquakes?

The Motion and Range of Landslides According to Their Height

Human activity the common link between disasters around the world

Interconnected disaster risks

Hurricane “Ida” among the costliest for oil production since 2005

IDDRR focus – The Sendai Seven

The concept of risk-layering, which, though already applied in disaster risk management, could be expanded to include indirect effects

Emergency management

New York mayor: Ida devastation shows need to prepare for ‘very, very worst’

Evacuation Network Modeling for Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Worsening California blazes prompt new calls for innovations to fight fires smarter

Breathing wildfire smoke during pregnancy raises risk of premature birth, study finds

In Idaho And Other States, The Delta Covid-19 Surge Is Forcing Hospitals To Ration ICU Beds

Will having so many disasters happening at the same time affect donations? We asked an expert

Can Birds Tip Us Off to Natural Disasters?

World COVID tracker

Why involving people with disability in preparing for disasters leads to better outcomes

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Notes from Deep Time book

Integrating psychosocial and WASH school interventions to build disaster resilience

Be Flood Ready

Unnatural Disasters, by Gonzalo Lizarralde

Disaster Resilience Education for Young People Handbook

Resources and fun facts to help children learn more about flooding

Psychology and disasters

When it comes to preparing for disaster there are 4 distinct types of people. Which one are you?

Climate Change Denial? 10 Reasons People Deny Climate Change

What an enormous global study can tell us about feeling better during the pandemic

Sociology and disasters

COVID-19 exposes Australia’s stark health inequalities — and threatens to entrench them further

Social inclusion is important in Aotearoa New Zealand — but so is speaking honestly about terrorism

Environmental Justice: People Of Color hurt worst by climate change

People with Disabilities, Older People at Risk after Hurricane Ida

Researchers call for dismantling of ‘racist infrastructure’ to improve U.S. neighborhoods

From Hurricane Ida to COVID-19, Social Ties Foster Resilience

From Risk to Resilience


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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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