Today in disaster resilience (1 October 2021)

Please find below a list of links to some aspects of disaster resilience that were in the news this week…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Volcanic ash cloud closes airport on Spanish island, as new vent prompts concern https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/spain-volcano-la-palma-airport-closed-1.6189863

Heavy rains as Cyclone Gulab makes landfall in India https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/26/heavy-rains-cyclone-gulab-india

Spain – Flash Floods Wreak Havoc in Andalusia After 112mm of Rain in 1 Hour https://floodlist.com/europe/spain-flash-floods-huelva-september-2021

Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Crete, Greece https://watchers.news/2021/09/27/crete-greece-earthquake-september-27-2021/

Thailand – Tropical Storm Dianmu Brings Flooding to North and Central Regions https://floodlist.com/asia/thailand-tropical-storm-dianmu-floods-september-2021

Lava from La Palma eruption finally reaches the Atlantic https://phys.org/news/2021-09-lava-la-palma-eruption-atlantic.html

Bangkok on alert as 70,000 homes flood in Thailand https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/28/bangkok-on-alert-as-70000-homes-flood-in-thailand

Colombia – Early Warning Saved Lives in Tolima Floods, Says Head of Disaster Agency https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-ibague-tolima-september-2021

India – Severe Flooding in 4 States After Rain From Cyclone Gulab https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-cyclone-gulab-september-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 30 Sep 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Kilauea https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/142928/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-30-Sep-2021-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Reventador-Kilauea-Nyiragon.html

Tornado tears through regional NSW, injuring three people, damaging properties near Bathurst https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-30/nsw-tornado-injures-three-people-and-destroys-properties/100504728

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Three things needed for successful climate adaptation in cities https://www.stockholmresilience.org/research/research-news/2021-09-21-three-things-needed-for-successful-climate-adaptation-in-cities.html

Missing wind variability means future impacts of climate change may be underestimated in Europe and North America https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210920082134.htm

Powerful, local stories can inspire us to take action on climate change https://theconversation.com/powerful-local-stories-can-inspire-us-to-take-action-on-climate-change-168177

Children born today to see ’24 times more’ climate-induced disasters than their grandparents https://www.sbs.com.au/news/children-born-today-to-see-24-times-more-climate-induced-disasters-than-their-grandparents/8508f290-d866-48e5-9aa4-e45f022b3517

Born into the Climate Crisis: Why we must act now to secure children’s rights https://resourcecentre.savethechildren.net/library/born-climate-crisis-why-we-must-act-now-secure-childrens-rights

Climate crisis: do we need millions of machines sucking CO2 from the air? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/24/climate-crisis-machines-sucking-co2-from-the-air

Scientific team uncovers additional threat to Antarctica’s floating ice shelves https://phys.org/news/2021-09-scientific-team-uncovers-additional-threat.html

Six research priorities for cities and climate change https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-02409-z

Extreme, deadly heat in Canada is going to come back, and worse. Will we be ready? https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-extreme-deadly-heat-in-canada-is-going-to-come-back-and-worse-will-we/

Americans who think that global warming is happening now outnumber those who think it is not happening by more than 6 to 1 https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/dramatic-increase-in-public-beliefs-and-worries-about-climate-change/

Americans’ willingness to prepare for “climate change” vs. “extreme weather” https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/americans-willingness-to-prepare-for-climate-change-vs-extreme-weather/

Our climate projections for 2500 show an Earth that is alien to humans https://theconversation.com/our-climate-projections-for-2500-show-an-earth-that-is-alien-to-humans-167744

How to measure a shrinking glacier https://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-58677992

NSW government sets more ambitious 50pc emissions reduction target for 2030 https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-29/nsw-new-carbon-emissions-reduction-target-for-2030/100498444

Netherland’s Flood Management is a Climate Adaption Model for the World https://climateadaptationplatform.com/netherlands-flood-management-is-a-climate-adaption-model-for-the-world/

Climate change is ‘a freight train’ making some places too dangerous to live in, experts say https://money.yahoo.com/climate-change-freight-train-making-093004857.html

3-Year Drought Creates Frightening ‘New Normal’ in South America https://www.theenergymix.com/2021/09/28/13-year-drought-creates-frightening-new-normal-in-south-america/

How Satellite Technologies Can Aid Fiji, Other Pacific Island Nations to Build Climate Resilience http://www.ipsnews.net/2021/09/satellite-technologies-can-aid-fiji-pacific-island-nations-build-climate-resilience/

Cutting methane should be a key Cop26 aim, research suggests https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/30/cutting-methane-should-be-a-key-cop26-aim-research-suggests

‘It’s like a war’: Greece battles increase in summer wildfires https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/30/its-like-a-war-greece-battles-increase-in-summer-wildfires

Disaster risk reduction

After devastating European fire season, experts call for new approach to protecting forests https://www.cbc.ca/news/after-devastating-european-fire-season-experts-call-for-new-approach-to-protecting-forests-1.6186833

The Alignment of Australia’s National Construction Code and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Achieving Resilient Buildings and Communities https://www.researchgate.net/publication/354818333_The_Alignment_of_Australia’s_National_Construction_Code_and_the_Sendai_Framework_for_Disaster_Risk_Reduction_in_Achieving_Resilient_Buildings_and_Communities

Remote sensing technology in claims assessment – lessons learned from the 2021 Australia East Coast floods https://www.swissre.com/risk-knowledge/mitigating-climate-risk/remote-sensing-technology-in-claims-assessment.html

What does it take to reduce flood and drought risks and build climate resilience in Eastern Africa? https://blogs.worldbank.org/water/what-does-it-take-reduce-flood-and-drought-risks-and-build-climate-resilience-eastern-africa

Decision Making for Managing Community Flood Risks: Perspectives of United States Floodplain Managers https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13753-021-00367-1

‘We are not safe’: Warning on city buildings as more quakes predicted https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/wake-up-call-to-get-melbourne-earthquake-ready-20210924-p58ufb.html

UNDP launches new Insurance and Risk Finance Facilityhttps://www.undp.org/press-releases/undp-launches-new-insurance-and-risk-finance-facility

Real-world evidence and the path from data to impact https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/blog/real-world-evidence-and-the-path-from-data-to-impact/

Why designing policies for extreme events requires a system overview https://www.stockholmresilience.org/research/research-news/2021-09-23-why-designing-policies-for-extreme-events-requires-a-system-overview.html

The proportion of the world’s population exposed to floods grew by 20 to 24 percent—ten times greater than what previous models had predicted https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/148866/research-shows-more-people-living-in-floodplains

New research initiatives to monitor complex river systems to better understand how water is used in NSW https://www.sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2021/09/24/nsw-nssn-boosts-research-funding-manage-scarce-water-resources.html

A hydrography upscaling method for scale-invariant parametrization of distributed hydrological models https://hess.copernicus.org/articles/25/5287/2021/

Disaster risk creation in the Darjeeling Himalayas: Moving toward justice https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/2514848618792821

Cascading disasters triggered by tsunami hazards: A perspective for critical infrastructure resilience and disaster risk reduction https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921005586?via%3Dihub

Moderate quake rattles southeastern Australia. Where’s the fault? https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/moderate-quake-rattles-southeastern-australia-wheres-the-fault-13344/

Introducing the wildfire layer on Google Maps https://blog.google/products/maps/search-on-maps-2021/

UNDP experts analyze flood risk management in Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine https://www.ua.undp.org/content/ukraine/en/home/presscenter/articles/2021/undp-experts-analyze-flood-risk-management-in-chernivtsi-oblast-ukraine.html

Natural Hazards Research Australia newsletter https://mailchi.mp/naturalhazards.com.au/natural-hazards-research-australia-august-3117056?e=e6d395454c

Global riverine flood risk – how do hydrogeomorphic floodplain maps compare to flood hazard maps? https://nhess.copernicus.org/articles/21/2921/2021/

Emergency management

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

U.S. Has Enough COVID-19 Vaccines For Boosters And Kids’ Shots https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ap-us-virus-outbreak-vaccine-supply_n_6150ac46e4b03dd7280c4905

Governance in the Face of Extreme Events: Lessons from Evolutionary Processes for Structuring Interventions, and the Need to Go Beyond https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10021-021-00680-2

New local leadership structure at Fire and Emergency https://fireandemergency.nz/news-and-media/new-local-leadership-structure-at-fire-and-emergency/

World Bank report sheds light on the nuanced connections between “water shocks” and human migration https://www.circleofblue.org/2021/world/droughts-push-more-people-to-migrate-than-floods/

‘Wildfire year’ meant record days at the highest preparedness level, Forest Service chief says https://floridaphoenix.com/2021/09/29/wildfire-year-meant-record-days-at-the-highest-preparedness-level-forest-service-chief-says/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Radioactive Performances: Teaching about Radiation after the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster https://www.researchgate.net/publication/354830015_Radioactive_Performances_Teaching_about_Radiation_after_the_Fukushima_Nuclear_Disaster

Corby building trade workers invited to learn how to prevent flooding at event this week https://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/people/corby-building-trade-workers-invited-to-learn-how-to-prevent-flooding-at-event-this-week-3395226

Severe Weather Photography https://www.severe-weather.eu/photography-contest/week-30-2021-winners-contest/

How Should Nations Handle the Human Aftermath of Disasters? https://lithub.com/how-should-nations-handle-the-human-aftermath-of-disasters/

Disaster Assistance Handbook https://www.aia.org/resources/71636-disaster-assistance-handbook

Psychology and disasters

Climate psychologist says neither gloom-and-doom nor extreme solution-obsessed optimism is the best way to discuss climate change productively https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/26/how-to-discuss-climate-change-productively.html

NWCG video about firefighter mental health https://wildfiretoday.com/2021/09/29/nwcg-video-about-firefighter-mental-health/

Sociology and disasters

Social vulnerability and the impact of policy responses to COVID-19 on disabled people https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9566.13379 Protecting Manila’s most vulnerable from rising seas https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1493135/long-term-plans-needed-to-protect-metro-manilas-most-vulnerable-from-rising-seas

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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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