Today in disaster resilience (29 October 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

La Palma island braces for more quakes as volcano roars on

Massive floods hit Catania after entire year’s worth of rain in just 2 days, Italy

Thailand Swamped by Monsoon Flooding

Vietnam – 7,000 People Displaced by Floods in Central Provinces

USA – Atmospheric River Causes Floods and Mudflows in California

Major flooding incident declared in Scotland as town is evacuated

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Oct 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Ibu, Reventador, Sangay

Colombia – Damaging Floods and Landslides in Antioquia, Meta and Putumayo

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate migration doesn’t have to be a crisis

The 2021 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: code red for a healthy future

State of the Cryosphere 2021 Report

Climate change: UN emissions gap report a ‘thundering wake-up call’

India, the world’s third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, rejects net zero emissions target

Impact of climate change on volcanic processes: current

understanding and future challenges

UN warns world set for 2.7C rise on today’s emissions pledges

The International Order Isn’t Ready for the Climate Crisis

State and Trends in Adaptation Report 2021: Africa

Islanders sue Australia for inaction on climate change

What L.A. County will look like with sea level rise, according to scientific projections

China’s new climate plan falls short of Cop26 global heating goal, experts say

World is failing to make changes needed to avoid climate breakdown, report finds

A dress rehearsal for disruption: Why Covid-19 has been a sustainability wake-up call

The UN News COP26 climate quiz

Could AI Be Useful for Arctic Communities Facing Sea Ice Loss?

Drying land and heating seas: why nature in Australia’s southwest is on the climate frontline

Disaster risk reduction

Linking hydrologic signatures to hydrologic processes: A review

Climate + Financial Resilience: Innovative Solutions to Flood Risk

Weather and climate extremes in Asia killed thousands, displaced millions and cost billions in 2020

Reconciling well-being and resilience for sustainable development

Australia is fighting fire with fire, but running out of time

The Ripple Factor: Economic losses from weather extremes can amplify each other across the world

Uncertainties with assessing flood loss and damage

Emergency management

Ensuring equity in disaster preparedness, response and recovery

US and Mexico to take a more ‘holistic’ approach to public safety

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Urban Heat Islands: The Main Issues and What is Being Done to Combat Them

Africa’s first continent-wide survey of climate change literacy finds education is key

Psychology and disasters

The Pandemic Broke Kids’ Sleep Schedules. Here’s How to Fix Them

How to respond to heightened emotions when talking about the COVID-19 vaccine

Addiction & Mental Health Resources for First Responders

Sociology and disasters

Climate change and disaster impacts disproportionately affect the poorest and most vulnerable populations, especially in low- and middle-income countries

To improve disaster outcomes for persons with disabilities in Africa, disaggregate data


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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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