Today in disaster resilience (15 October 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Thousands locked down as La Palma volcano destroys cement works https://phys.org/news/2021-10-thousands-la-palma-volcano-cement.html

Shallow M6.2 earthquake hits near the southwest coast of Island of Hawaii https://watchers.news/2021/10/11/shallow-m6-2-earthquake-hits-near-the-southwest-coast-of-island-of-hawaii/

Strong and shallow M6.9 earthquake hits Alaska Peninsula, U.S. https://watchers.news/2021/10/11/m6-5-earthquake-alaska-peninsula-october-11-2021/

China – Thousands Evacuate Floods in Shanxi https://floodlist.com/asia/china-floods-shanxi-october-2021

USA – Deadly Floods Hit Alabama After Torrential Rain https://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-alabama-october-2021

Strong quake strikes off Greece’s Crete, no injuries reported https://phys.org/news/2021-10-strong-quake-greece-crete-injuries.html

More than 700 firefighters battling wildfire spreading along California coast https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/13/alisal-fire-firefighters-spreading-california-coast?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Philippines – Topical Storm Kompasu Causes Deadly Flooding https://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-kompasu-floods-ocotober-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 14 Oct 2021: Vulcano volcano, Fuego, Reventador, Kilauea, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/144349/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-14-Oct-2021-Vulcano-volcano-Fuego-Reventador-Kilauea-Sangay-La-Pal.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Patricia Espinosa Outlines COP26 Priorities to LDC Ministers https://unfccc.int/news/patricia-espinosa-outlines-cop26-priorities-to-ldc-ministers

Coal power likely gone by 2035: Schott https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/coal-power-likely-gone-by-2035-schott-20211011-p58yuq

Cop26: world poised for big leap forward on climate crisis, says John Kerry https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/11/john-kerry-cop26-climate-summit-starting-line-rest-of-decade

Climate change may already affect 85 percent of humanity https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/11/climate-change-may-already-affect-85-percent-of-humanity-report

Guardian Essential poll: most Australians want Morrison to set a higher emissions reduction target https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/oct/12/guardian-essential-poll-most-australians-want-morrison-to-set-a-higher-emissions-reduction-target

In the Face of Climate Change, We Must Act So That We Can Feel Hopeful—Not the Other Way Around https://time.com/6089999/climate-change-hope/

‘Overwhelming’ backing for strong climate action, UK study shows https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/11/uk-public-backs-carbon-tax-high-flyer-levy-and-heat-pump-grants-study-shows

Climate crisis is ‘single biggest health threat facing humanity,’ WHO says, calling on world leaders to act https://edition.cnn.com/2021/10/11/health/climate-change-health-covid-who/index.html

Climate change: ‘Adapt or die’ warning from Environment Agency https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58883234

Health threats in a hotter world require policy action at every level of political and social life https://www.thinkglobalhealth.org/article/policy-challenge-extreme-heat-and-climate-change

Climate change is making Texas hotter, threatening public health, water supply and the state’s infrastructure https://www.texastribune.org/2021/10/07/texas-climate-change-heat-water/

Carbon emissions ‘will drop just 40% by 2050 with countries’ current pledges’ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/13/carbon-emissions-will-drop-just-40-by-2050-with-countries-current-pledges

Australia will need surge in renewables, electric vehicles to meet UN emissions goal https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-will-need-surge-in-renewables-electric-vehicles-to-meet-un-emissions-goal-20211013-p58zpa.html

What sea level rise will do to famous American sites, visualized https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/oct/12/sea-level-rise-well-known-american-sites-visualized

Risk of Dangerous Heat Exposure Is Growing Quickly in Cities https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/risk-of-dangerous-heat-exposure-is-growing-quickly-in-cities/

Disaster risk reduction

‘No sense of urgency’: Clontarf flood defences delayed until at least 2027 https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/no-sense-of-urgency-clontarf-flood-defences-delayed-until-at-least-2027-1.4696624

What’s Behind California’s Surge of Large Fires? https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/148908/whats-behind-californias-surge-of-large-fires

How many ‘natural’ disasters can one city endure? https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/environment-and-conservation/2021/08/how-many-natural-disasters-can-one-city-endure

How to better identify dangerous volcanoes https://phys.org/news/2021-10-dangerous-volcanoes.html

The Building Science Resource Library contains all of FEMA’s hazard-specific guidance that focuses on creating disaster-resistance communities https://www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/risk-management/building-science/publications

A Road-Flooding Fix Is Coming to California State Park https://coast.noaa.gov/states/stories/road-flooding.html

Disaster risk creation and cascading disasters within large technological systems: COVID-19 and the 2021 Texas blackouts https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1468-5973.12378

Flood-Threat Assessment Finds Danger Goes Far Beyond U.S. Homes https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2021-flood-risk-critical-infrastructure/

The Risk Atlas of Mexico City, Mexico: a tool for decision-making and disaster prevention https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11069-021-05059-z

High-resolution Wildfire Risk projections https://theclimatedatafactory.com/high-resolution-wildfire-risk-projections/

Systemic disaster risk handbook https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/systemic-disaster-risk-handbook

A new set of priorities to guide Australian natural hazards research https://www.naturalhazards.com.au/node/13

Moving beyond America’s war on wildfire: 4 ways to avoid future megafires https://theconversation.com/moving-beyond-americas-war-on-wildfire-4-ways-to-avoid-future-megafires-168898

Emergency management

Why we must not allow COVID to become endemic in New Zealand https://theconversation.com/why-we-must-not-allow-covid-to-become-endemic-in-new-zealand-169608

Getting flu with Covid doubles risk of death, says UK health chief https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/10/getting-flu-with-covid-makes-you-twice-as-likely-to-die-says-uk-health-chief

If You’ve Had Covid, Do You Need the Vaccine? https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/12/health/if-youve-had-covid-do-you-need-the-vaccine.html

After siege of blazes, experts say California must improve wildfire evacuation plans https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/10/07/california-wildfire-evacuations-plans-inadequate/

Wildland Fire’s Great Exodus https://theevolvingnomad.com/2021/10/13/wildland-fires-great-exodus/

National identity predicts public health support during a global pandemic https://psyarxiv.com/ydt95

Analysis of sex-specific risk factors and clinical outcomes in COVID-19 https://www.nature.com/articles/s43856-021-00006-2

Disaster education, communications and engagement

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction https://reliefweb.int/report/world/2021-international-day-disaster-risk-reduction-international-cooperation-developing

Japan is using Augmented Reality to teach children the dangers of flash floods https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=377tIWpQ-a8

Alluvione: Girl power to combat floods in Indonesia https://www.asia-pacific.undp.org/content/rbap/en/home/presscenter/articles/2021/alluvione-dx4resilience-IHF.html

Schools in BiH act to establish safe school environments for a more effective response to emergencies https://bosniaherzegovina.un.org/en/150967-schools-bih-act-establish-safe-school-environments-more-effective-response-emergencies

NOAA upgrades climate website amid growing demand for climate information https://www.noaa.gov/news-release/noaa-upgrades-climate-website-amid-growing-demand-for-climate-information

Psychology and disasters

Regional differences in cognitive dissonance in evacuation behavior at the time of the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11069-021-05047-3

Sociology and disasters

UNDP and the Japan Bosai Platform work together to Accelerate Digitalization in Disaster Risk Reduction for Vulnerable Groups https://www.asia-pacific.undp.org/content/rbap/en/home/presscenter/articles/2021/undp-and-the-japan-bosai-platform-work-together-to-accelerate-di.html

New InsuRisk Report focuses on social protection https://ehs.unu.edu/news/announcement/new-insurisk-report-focuses-on-social-protection.html

When disaster strikes, developing countries still too vulnerable https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/10/1102912

The Inuit knowledge vanishing with the ice https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20211011-the-inuit-knowledge-vanishing-with-the-ice

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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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