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 https://news.yahoo.com/la-palma-island-braces-more-134546537.html

Massive floods hit Catania after entire year’s worth of rain in just 2 days, Italy https://watchers.news/2021/10/27/catania-flood-october-2021-medistorm-gloria/

Thailand Swamped by Monsoon Flooding https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/148983/thailand-swamped-by-monsoon-flooding

Vietnam – 7,000 People Displaced by Floods in Central Provinces https://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-floods-october-2021

USA – Atmospheric River Causes Floods and Mudflows in California https://floodlist.com/america/usa/atmospheric-river-floods-mudflows-california-october-2021

Major flooding incident declared in Scotland as town is evacuated https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/10/28/uk-weather-life-threatening-floods-set-hit-parts-england-scotland/

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Oct 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Ibu, Reventador, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/145695/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-28-Oct-2021-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Ibu-Reventador-Sangay-La-P.html

Colombia – Damaging Floods and Landslides in Antioquia, Meta and Putumayo https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-damaging-floods-and-landslides-in-antioquia-meta-and-putumayo

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate migration doesn’t have to be a crisis https://news.yahoo.com/climate-migration-doesnt-have-to-be-a-crisis-202028939.html

The 2021 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: code red for a healthy future https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)01787-6/fulltext

State of the Cryosphere 2021 Report http://iccinet.org/statecryo21/

Climate change: UN emissions gap report a ‘thundering wake-up call’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-59049770

India, the world’s third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, rejects net zero emissions target https://edition.cnn.com/2021/10/27/asia/india-net-zero-target-intl/index.html

Impact of climate change on volcanic processes: current

understanding and future challenges https://eartharxiv.org/repository/view/2752/

UN warns world set for 2.7C rise on today’s emissions pledges https://www.sbs.com.au/news/un-warns-world-set-for-2-7c-rise-on-today-s-emissions-pledges/a3b50642-f083-425f-b9c1-2f6d933b555a

The International Order Isn’t Ready for the Climate Crisis https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/world/2021-10-19/climate-crisis-international-order-isnt-ready

State and Trends in Adaptation Report 2021: Africa https://gca.org/reports/state-and-trends-in-adaptation-report-2021/

Islanders sue Australia for inaction on climate change https://edition.cnn.com/2021/10/27/australia/islanders-sue-australia-climate-change-intl-hnk/index.html

What L.A. County will look like with sea level rise, according to scientific projections https://ktla.com/news/what-la-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 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/28/disappointing-but-not-unexpected-china-climate-goal-leaves-experts-unsatisfied

World is failing to make changes needed to avoid climate breakdown, report finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/28/world-failing-make-changes-avoid-climate-breakdown-report

A dress rehearsal for disruption: Why Covid-19 has been a sustainability wake-up call https://www.ft.com/partnercontent/reckitt/a-dress-rehearsal-for-disruption-why-covid-19-has-been-a-sustainability-wake-up-call.html

The UN News COP26 climate quiz https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/10/1104202?123

Could AI Be Useful for Arctic Communities Facing Sea Ice Loss? https://eos.org/articles/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 https://theconversation.com/drying-land-and-heating-seas-why-nature-in-australias-southwest-is-on-the-climate-frontline-170377

Disaster risk reduction

Linking hydrologic signatures to hydrologic processes: A review https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/hyp.13632

Climate + Financial Resilience: Innovative Solutions to Flood Risk https://www.americaadapts.org/episodes/climate-financial-resilience-innovative-solutions-to-flood-risk-ep-2

Weather and climate extremes in Asia killed thousands, displaced millions and cost billions in 2020 https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/weather-and-climate-extremes-asia-killed-thousands-displaced-millions-and-cost

Reconciling well-being and resilience for sustainable developmenthttps://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-021-00790-8

Australia is fighting fire with fire, but running out of time https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/10/27/australia-climate-change-fires/

The Ripple Factor: Economic losses from weather extremes can amplify each other across the world https://www.pik-potsdam.de/en/news/latest-news/the-ripple-factor-economic-losses-from-weather-extremes-can-amplify-each-other-across-the-world

Uncertainties with assessing flood loss and damage https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/certainty-about-communicating-uncertainty-assessment-flood-loss-and-damage

Emergency management

Ensuring equity in disaster preparedness, response and recovery https://homeland.house.gov/activities/hearings/ensuring-equity-in-disaster-preparedness-response-and-recovery

US and Mexico to take a more ‘holistic’ approach to public safety https://www.courthousenews.com/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 https://www.lahomes.com/urban-heat-island-effect/

Africa’s first continent-wide survey of climate change literacy finds education is key https://theconversation.com/africas-first-continent-wide-survey-of-climate-change-literacy-finds-education-is-key-169426

Psychology and disasters

The Pandemic Broke Kids’ Sleep Schedules. Here’s How to Fix Themhttps://www.cuimc.columbia.edu/news/pandemic-broke-kids-sleep-schedules-heres-how-fix-them

How to respond to heightened emotions when talking about the COVID-19 vaccine https://www.hamiltonhealthsciences.ca/share/talking-about-the-covid-19-vaccine/

Addiction & Mental Health Resources for First Responders https://firstcityrecoverycenter.com/resources/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 https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/adaptation-and-resilience-priority-development-and-poverty-reduction

To improve disaster outcomes for persons with disabilities in Africa, disaggregate data https://blogs.worldbank.org/nasikiliza/improve-disaster-outcomes-persons-disabilities-africa-disaggregate-data

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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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