Today in disaster resilience (5 November 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Indonesia – Thousands Hit by Floods in West Kalimantan, Deadly Landslides in Central Kalimantan https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-kalimantan-october-2021

Iraq – Severe Floods Hit Erbil, Kurdistan https://floodlist.com/asia/iraq-floods-erbil-kurdistan-october-2021

Guatemala – Floods and Landslides in 2021 Rainy Season Leave 12,000 Displaced and 32 Dead https://floodlist.com/america/guatemala-2021-rainy-season

Peru – Deadly Flash Floods Sweep Through Jaén, Cajamarca https://floodlist.com/america/peru-floods-jaen-cajamarca-november-2021

Ash from erupting volcano forces Spanish islanders indoors https://phys.org/news/2021-11-ash-erupting-volcano-spanish-islanders.html

Storms, strong winds prompt Venice to activate flood defence https://nordot.app/828231571237715968

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Nov 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Semeru, Reventador, Turrialba https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/146421/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-4-Nov-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Semeru-Reventador-Turrialba-Kila.html

Colombia – 11 Killed After Rain Triggers Landslide in Nariño, Many Still Missing https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-landslide-narino-november-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

How Australia earned its climate change reputation https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-01/australia-climate-change-reputation-ahead-of-cop26-warming-talks/100579386

Reaching net zero is every minister’s problem. Here’s how they can make better decisions https://theconversation.com/reaching-net-zero-is-every-ministers-problem-heres-how-they-can-make-better-decisions-170633

Climate change: Extreme weather events are ‘the new norm’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-59105963

COP26: Boris Johnson says ‘no excuses’ for not tackling climate change https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-59113676

Climate experts warn world leaders 1.5C is ‘real science’, not just talking point https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/30/climate-experts-warn-world-leaders-15c-is-real-science-not-just-talking-point

Cop26: polling data is overwhelming – people want leaders to act https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/01/cop26-polling-data-is-overwhelming-people-want-leaders-to-act

What happened at Cop26 today – day one at a glance https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/01/what-happened-at-cop26-day-one-at-a-glance

State of the Global Climate 2021 https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/state-global-climate-2021-wmo-provisional-report

The death toll of Europe’s heat wave https://www.politico.eu/article/europe-mediterranean-heatwaves-excess-deaths-climate-change-cop26-glasgow-ipcc/

Solar and wind keep getting cheaper, and crush coal, gas and nuclear on costs https://reneweconomy.com.au/solar-and-wind-keep-getting-cheaper-and-crush-coal-gas-and-nuclear-on-costs-lazard/

Australia could become a net negative emissions economy. The technology already exists https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/nov/02/australia-could-become-a-net-negative-emissions-economy-the-technology-already-exists

Climate-vulnerable countries float ’emergency’ timetable to cut emissions https://news.trust.org/item/20211028164444-vs1lk/

What are the economic effects of extreme weather caused by climate change? https://www.economicsobservatory.com/what-are-the-economic-effects-of-extreme-weather-caused-by-climate-change

World leaders announce plan to make green tech cheaper than alternatives https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/02/world-leaders-announce-plan-to-make-green-tech-cheaper-than-alternatives

Australia has taken a new climate adaptation blueprint to Glasgow. It’s a good start but we need money and detail https://theconversation.com/australia-has-taken-a-new-climate-adaptation-blueprint-to-glasgow-its-a-good-start-but-we-need-money-and-detail-170879

‘Nothing left to burn’: wildfires and floods could turn the tide on Turkey’s climate policy https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/02/turkey-climate-policy-wildfires-floods

The science everyone needs to know about climate change, in 6 charts https://theconversation.com/the-science-everyone-needs-to-know-about-climate-change-in-6-charts-170556

Cop26 emission pledges may limit global heating to below 2C https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/03/cop26-emission-pledges-could-limit-global-heating-to-below-2c-india

Has COP26 put the world on track for holding global warming to 1.5°C? https://www.newscientist.com/article/2296169-has-cop26-put-the-world-on-track-for-holding-global-warming-to-1-5c/

Survey identifies prescribed fire training needs in the Southeast https://wildfiretoday.com/2021/11/03/survey-identifies-prescribed-fire-training-needs-in-the-southeast/

On ancient Earth, it never rained but it poured https://phys.org/news/2021-11-ancient-earth.html

Europe’s record summer ‘impossible’ without global heating https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/03/europe-record-summer-global-heating-cop26

Dozens of nations pledge to phase out coal at COP26, but Australia not on the list https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-04/australia-not-among-nations-to-commit-to-phase-out-coal-cop26/100596222

Poor countries need 5 to 10 times more funding to adapt to climate risks they did not create https://grist.org/cop26/report-poor-countries-need-5-to-10-times-more-funding-to-adapt-to-climate-risks-they-did-not-create/

2021: A year of wild weather https://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-59135039

Globe bounces back to nearly 2019 carbon pollution levels https://apnews.com/article/climate-science-business-scotland-pollution-04a455d42fb66b61330b47b308e80498

Step up climate change adaptation efforts or face huge disruption: UN report https://www.unep.org/news-and-stories/press-release/step-climate-change-adaptation-efforts-or-face-huge-disruption-un

Ithaca, New York becomes first U.S. city to begin 100% decarbonization of buildings, an urban climate change milestone https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/04/ithaca-is-first-us-city-to-begin-100percent-decarbonization-of-buildings.html

‘Great distress’: Bangladesh bears brutal cost of climate crisis https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/11/3/bangladesh-global-warming-climate-crisis-seawater-agriculture

Disaster risk reduction

Latest edition of ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter https://www.molinostewart.com.au/editorial/floodplain-manager-october-2021/

Revealed: a third of England’s vital flood defences are in private hands https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/31/revealed-a-third-of-england-vital-flood-defences-are-in-private-hands

Hazard definition and classification review https://www.undrr.org/publication/hazard-definition-and-classification-review

There have been so many Atlantic storms this year, forecasters have run out of names https://www.npr.org/2021/11/02/1051420610/tropical-storm-wanda-atlantic-hurricane-season-names

RegioFEM — Applying a floodplain evaluation method to support a future-oriented flood risk management (Part II) https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12758

New York Needs to Become a City That Floods Now and Then https://www.curbed.com/2021/10/kian-goh-flood-nyc-plans.html

Connecting Space to Village to Reduce Flood Impacts https://www.climatelinks.org/blog/connecting-space-village-reduce-flood-impacts

This report summarizes the risks posed on Australia’s climate, ecosystems, food and water systems, and citizens by climate impacts https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/g20-climate-risk-atlas-australia

Emergency management

Helicopter fire trail inspections take off https://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/lands/news/helicopter-fire-trail-inspections-take-off

Under-resourced SES leaves large stretches of NSW far west with no local rescue services, ex-volunteers say https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/nov/05/under-resourced-ses-leaves-large-stretches-of-nsw-far-west-with-no-local-rescue-services-ex-volunteers-say

Two months later, Hurricane Ida still rages for some across south Louisiana https://www.nola.com/article_6f08e1fc-3842-11ec-bf4e-2fc1356dd3cc.html

Disaster education, communications and engagement

World of Thermo: Thermometer Rising https://www.amazon.com.au/World-Thermo-Thermometer-Guy-Walton/dp/1724917269

Learning from the Climate Change Debate to Avoid Polarisation on Negative Emissions https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17524032.2019.1630463

Review of ‘Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement’ book https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-october-2021-book-review-disaster-education-communication-and-engagement/

Burning review – the searing black summer documentary that Australia deserves https://www.theguardian.com/film/2021/nov/05/burning-review-the-searing-black-summer-documentary-that-australia-deserves

Psychology and disasters

Practical lessons for creating affordance-based interventions for sustainable behavior change https://www.researchgate.net/publication/355807772_Practical_lessons_for_creating_affordance-based_interventions_for_sustainable_behavior_change

Simulation of tsunami evacuation behavior considering inland direction https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921005276?via%3Dihub

Rethinking the share of responsibilities in disaster preparedness to encourage individual preparedness for flash floods in urban areas https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420921006245

7 Resources to Help You Cope With Climate Anxiety https://time.com/6112146/climate-anxiety-resources/

Sociology and disasters

A growing group of laborers is trailing hurricanes and wildfires the way farmworkers follow crops, contracting for big disaster-recovery firms https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/11/08/the-migrant-workers-who-follow-climate-disasters

Networks of recovery: Remittances, social capital and post-disaster recovery in Tacloban City, Philippines https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921006026

Peru faces a surge of climate migrants https://en.unesco.org/courier/2021-4/peru-faces-surge-climate-migrants

Mahila Housing SEWA Trust is empowering women in seven Indian cities to tackle heat stress in their homes and settlements https://ashden.org/winners/mahila-housing-trust/ How women leaders emerged from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami https://www.preventionweb.net/news/how-women-leaders-emerged-great-east-japan-earthquake-and-tsunami

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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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