Today in disaster resilience (17 September 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Destructive tornado hits the island of Pantelleria, killing 2 people, Italy https://watchers.news/2021/09/11/pantelleria-tornado-damage-casualties-september-2021/

Wildfires in Spain https://www.dailysabah.com/world/europe/6000-hectares-of-woodland-destroyed-in-wildfires-in-spain

Vietnam – 2 Killed in Floods as Storm Conson Dumps 900mm of Rain https://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-storm-conson-september-2021

Pakistan – 20 Killed in Floods and Mudslides in North, Monsoon Death Toll Exceeds 160 https://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-floods-september-2021

Guinea – Floods Leave 5 Dead, 800 Homes Destroyed and 2,500 People Displaced https://floodlist.com/africa/guinea-floods-september-2021

Wildfires Rage in Spain and California as Monsoon Floods Kill 17 in Pakistan https://www.democracynow.org/2021/9/13/headlines/wildfires_rage_in_spain_and_california_as_monsoon_floods_kill_17_in_pakistan

Hurricane “Nicholas” leaves widespread damage, more than 500 000 without power in Texas https://watchers.news/2021/09/14/hurricane-nicholas-leaves-widespread-damage-more-than-500000-without-power-in-texas/

Severe flash floods hit capital Abuja, claiming the lives of 4 people, Nigeria https://watchers.news/2021/09/14/abuja-fct-nigeria-flash-flood-casualties-damage-september-2021/

More than 1.6 million affected after extremely heavy rains hit Gujarat, India https://watchers.news/2021/09/14/gujarat-heavy-rain-flood-september-2021/

2 570 homes damaged or destroyed by floods, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2021/09/15/indonesia-flood-september-2021/

Guatemala – Rain Triggers Floods and Landslides in 4 Departments, 2 Fatalities Reported https://floodlist.com/america/guatemala-floods-september-2021

France – Dozens Rescued From Floods in Gard After 244mm of Rain in 3 Hours https://floodlist.com/europe/france-floods-gard-september-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Sep 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/141573/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-16-Sep-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Semeru-Reventador.html

Malaysia – Heavy Rain Causes Severe Floods and Landslides in Sabah https://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-floods-sabah-september-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate change: Ditch 90% of world’s coal and 60% of oil and gas to limit warming to 1.5°C https://phys.org/news/2021-09-climate-ditch-world-coal-oil.html

Forget plans to lower emissions by 2050 – this is deadly procrastination https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/10/net-zero-2050-deadly-procrastination-fossil-fuels

Operationalising Community Resilience to Climate Change in Developing Countries: A Grounded Delphi Method (GDM) Approach https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-844800/v1

Climate change: Vulnerable nations call for ’emergency pact’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58477926

Climate Change will Worsen Flooding in Malaysia https://climateadaptationplatform.com/climate-change-will-worsen-flooding-in-malaysia/

Australia has fallen well behind the US, UK, Japan, New Zealand and other peers in analysis of climate and security risks https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/resources/climate-security-region/

How Climate Change Deepens Bangladesh’s Fragility https://www.usip.org/publications/2021/09/how-climate-change-deepens-bangladeshs-fragility

Rapid Arctic warming likely drives extreme winter weather events in the US https://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp

COP26: China told its choices ‘will shape our shared future’ ahead of climate summit https://news.sky.com/story/cop26-china-told-its-choices-will-shape-our-shared-future-ahead-of-climate-summit-12402412

Cows ‘potty-trained’ in experiment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/13/cows-potty-trained-in-experiment-to-reduce-greenhouse-gas-emissions

Four in 10 young people fear having children due to climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/14/four-in-10-young-people-fear-having-children-due-to-climate-crisis

New ocean temperature data help scientists make their hot predictions https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-tech/new-ocean-temperature-data-help-scientists-make-their-hot-predictions

California fires are burning at higher elevations than ever, creating new dangers https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-09-14/californias-wildfires-burning-at-greater-elevations

End of new coal power ‘within sight’ worldwide, report claims https://www.businessgreen.com/news/4037020/end-coal-power-sight-worldwide-report-claims

Climate change: World now sees twice as many days over 50C https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58494641

In Response to Climate Change, Citizens in Advanced Economies Are Willing To Alter How They Live and Work https://www.pewresearch.org/global/2021/09/14/in-response-to-climate-change-citizens-in-advanced-economies-are-willing-to-alter-how-they-live-and-work/

Millions on the Move in Their Own Countries: The Human Face of Climate Change https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2021/09/13/millions-on-the-move-in-their-own-countries-the-human-face-of-climate-change

Governments falling woefully short of Paris climate pledges, study finds https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/sep/15/governments-falling-short-paris-climate-pledges-study

‘Cake’ mentioned 10 times more than ‘climate change’ on UK TV – report https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/15/cake-mentioned-10-times-more-than-climate-change-on-uk-tv-report

Madagascar on the brink of climate change-induced famine https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-58303792

Climate change risks triggering catastrophic tsunamis, scientist warns https://www.ft.com/content/eb65d1c3-6220-4ebb-a4d6-eb876ab1b200

Earth’s tipping points could be closer than we think. Our current plans won’t work https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/09/earths-tipping-points-closer-current-climate-plans-wont-work-global-heating

The United States Isn’t Ready for the New Phase of Climate Change https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2021-09-08/united-states-isnt-ready-new-phase-climate-change

When the Climate Crisis Becomes Unignorable https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/09/summer-climate-disaster/620004/

China faces one–two punches of extreme weather as Earth warms https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02495-6

New forecasting models could help prevent heat-related deaths https://ec.europa.eu/research-and-innovation/en/horizon-magazine/new-forecasting-models-could-help-prevent-heat-related-deaths

Climate Change Risk Assessment 2021 https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/climate-change-risk-assessment-2021

Interactions between two existential threats: COVID-19 and climate change https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212096321000929?via%3Dihub

Disaster risk reduction

California wildfires ignite an insurance crisishttps://calmatters.org/commentary/2021/09/california-wildfires-ignite-an-insurance-crisis/

‘Black mark’: Farmers get nod to clear land for bushfire protection https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/black-mark-farmers-get-nod-to-clear-land-for-bushfire-protection-20210913-p58r66.html

Rural Boundary Clearing Tool https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/boundary-clearing-tool

Disaster Risks in an Interconnected World https://interconnectedrisks.org/

True Stories of Managed Retreat From Rising Waters https://issues.org/true-stories-managed-retreat-rising-waters-pinter/

When Rivers Are Contaminated, Floods Are Only the First Problem https://eos.org/articles/when-rivers-are-contaminated-floods-are-only-the-first-problem

Estimated Economic Impacts of the 2019 Midwest Floods https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs41885-021-00095-2

The Federal Government Sells Flood-Prone Homes To Often Unsuspecting Buyers, NPR Finds https://www.npr.org/2021/09/13/1033993846/the-federal-government-sells-flood-prone-homes-to-often-unsuspecting-buyers-npr-

Prescribed Burning in Australasia (eBook) https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/shop/product?ID=21514%20

Creating resilient communities with medium-range hazard warning systems https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590061721000636

Fort McMurray flood mitigation scheduled to be complete by 2023 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/fort-mcmurray-flood-mitigation-1.6176255

International Guidelines on Natural and Nature-Based Features for Flood Risk Management https://ewn.erdc.dren.mil/?page_id=4351

NSW Water Strategy https://water.dpie.nsw.gov.au/plans-and-programs/nsw-water-strategy

Dems seek ‘historic’ changes to U.S. flood program https://www.eenews.net/articles/dems-seek-historic-changes-to-u-s-flood-program/

Satellites, Tweets, Forecasts: The Future of Flood Disaster Management? https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3895387

State of Homeland Security: Preventing Future ‘Failures of Imagination’ https://www.hstoday.us/911/state-of-homeland-security-preventing-future-failures-of-imagination/

Contrary to popular belief, Eastern Canada is more at risk of earthquakes than perceived https://theconversation.com/contrary-to-popular-belief-eastern-canada-is-more-at-risk-of-earthquakes-than-perceived-167743

How will the COVID pandemic end? https://theconversation.com/how-will-the-covid-pandemic-end-167244

Why did Ida cause so much less damage than Katrina? https://chinadialogue.net/en/climate/why-did-ida-cause-so-much-less-damage-than-katrina/

Emergency management

‘Fortress Australia’ cautiously moving away from COVID Zero, but there’s still a long path to freedom https://abcnews.go.com/Health/fortress-australia-cautiously-moving-covid-long-path-freedom/story

Delta upends the East Asia COVID-19 model https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2021/09/13/delta-upends-the-east-asia-covid-19-model/

Getting vaccinated protects against severe illness from COVID-19, including the Delta variant https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7037e1.htm

Identifying Strategies to Boost COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance in the United States https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RRA1446-1.html

New Colorado Climate Corps to combat wildfires and floods, protect public lands https://www.denverpost.com/2021/09/11/colorado-climate-corps-wildfires-floods-climate-change/

Covid-19 Study in England Shows Few Deaths Among Vaccinated People https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-19-study-in-england-shows-few-deaths-among-vaccinated-11631549453

Latest edition of Fire Australia https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/resources/fireaustralia-edition/8201

Supporting resilience in Indigenous communities: how the emergency management sector can do better https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2021/supporting-resilience-indigenous-communities-how-emergency-management-sector-can-do-better

After Hurricane Ida, Louisiana Bayou Community Contemplates Moving or Rebuilding https://www.wsj.com/articles/after-hurricane-ida-louisiana-bayou-community-contemplates-moving-or-rebuilding-11631439002

Majority in U.S. Says Public Health Benefits of COVID-19 Restrictions Worth the Costs, Even as Large Shares Also See Downsides https://www.pewresearch.org/science/2021/09/15/majority-in-u-s-says-public-health-benefits-of-covid-19-restrictions-worth-the-costs-even-as-large-shares-also-see-downsides/

Slow aid response frustrates Congolese made homeless by volcano https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news-feature/2021/9/16/slow-aid-response-frustrates-congolese-made-homeless-by-volcano

Disaster education, communications and engagement

CONVERGE in the Classroom: Training Module Resources for Teaching https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/center-news/converge-in-the-classroom

Risk Communication to Motivate Flood and Hurricane Risk Mitigation https://hazards.colorado.edu/mitigation-matters-report/risk-communication-to-motivate-flood-and-hurricane-risk-mitigation

Are daily COVID press conferences doing their job? https://www.theage.com.au/national/are-daily-covid-press-conferences-doing-their-job-20210914-p58rfi.html?btis

Community Participation in Disaster Recovery Programs: A Study of a Coastal Area in Bangladesh https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/s41287-021-00460-7

Psychology and disasters

The Mental Weight of COVID-19 https://magazine.columbia.edu/article/mental-weight-covid-19

Climate Change Is Making Natural Disasters Worse — Along With Our Mental Health https://www.npr.org/2021/09/11/1035241392/climate-change-disasters-mental-health-anxiety-eco-grief

A First Step Towards Longitudinal Study on Homeowners’ Proactive Actions for Managing Wildfire Risks https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/a-first-step-towards-longitudinal-study-on-homeowners-proactive-actions-for-managing-wildfire-risks

Young People’s Voices on Climate Anxiety, Government Betrayal and Moral Injury: A Global Phenomenon https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm

The impact of social distancing on community case count in the United States: Testing the efficacy of protection motivation theory during early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/rhc3.12232

Lessons from Black Summer: how people experienced the 2019/20 NSW fire season https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2021/lessons-black-summer-how-people-experienced-201920-nsw-fire-season

From bushfires, to floods, to COVID-19: how cumulative disasters can harm our health and erode our resilience https://theconversation.com/from-bushfires-to-floods-to-covid-19-how-cumulative-disasters-can-harm-our-health-and-erode-our-resilience-160534

Sociology and disasters

Knowledge transfer towards disaster resilience in Sri Lanka: A grounded theory approach https://www.researchgate.net/publication/354523805_Knowledge_transfer_towards_disaster_resilience_in_Sri_Lanka_A_grounded_theory_approach

Social Capital and Social Connectedness for Resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/enhancing-community-resilience-through-social-capital-and-connectedness

NSF-Funded Hub To Enhance Resilience In Underrepresented Communities https://today.tamu.edu/2021/09/10/nsf-funded-hub-to-enhance-resilience-in-underrepresented-communities/

Disasters within disasters: it’s time to address entrenched Aboriginal inequality https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/14/disasters-within-disasters-its-time-to-address-entrenched-aboriginal-inequality

Individual and community social capital, mobility restrictions, and psychological distress during the COVID-19 pandemic: a multilevel analysis of a representative US survey https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953621006936

Bouncing back: how community strengths can lead recovery https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2021/bouncing-back-how-community-strengths-can-lead-recovery

Why a domestic NZ COVID ‘passport’ raises hard questions about discrimination, inequality and coercion https://theconversation.com/why-a-domestic-nz-covid-passport-raises-hard-questions-about-discrimination-inequality-and-coercion-167703

Governing the pandemic: The politics of navigating a mega-crisis https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/padm.12757

COVID in Wilcannia: a national disgrace we all saw coming https://theconversation.com/covid-in-wilcannia-a-national-disgrace-we-all-saw-coming-167348

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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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