Today in disaster resilience (3 December 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Severe flood hits Malta during one of the country’s worst storms ever https://watchers.news/2021/11/26/severe-flood-malta-november-25-2021/

Powerful M7.5 earthquake hits northern Peruhttps://watchers.news/2021/11/28/peru-m7-5-earthquake-november-28-2021/

Canberra’s rainiest November on record https://watchers.news/2021/11/26/canberra-rainiest-november-record-2021/

NSW floods and wet weather: towns along Hunter River ordered to evacuate https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/nov/28/nsw-floods-and-wild-weather-towns-along-hunter-river-ordered-to-evacuate

Malta – Dramatic Flood Rescues After Month’s Worth of Rain in 24 Hours https://floodlist.com/europe/malta-floods-november-2021

La Palma, Canary Islands: eruption Sep 2021 – updates https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/lapalma/sep2021seismic-crisis/current-activity.html

Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits Izu Islands, Japan https://watchers.news/2021/11/29/strong-and-shallow-m6-6-earthquake-hits-izu-islands-japan/

Thirty year flood record smashed as hundreds flee homes in Queensland https://www.9news.com.au/national/queensland-floods-inglewood-declared-an-emergency-zone-as-waters-rise/43d55725-ffd8-446d-a198-a8136b8dd3ae

Spain – Dozens Evacuated After More Floods in North https://floodlist.com/europe/spain-floods-cantabria-basque-november-2021

Prepare for more extreme weather, Britons warned in wake of Storm Arwen https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/dec/01/storm-arwen-uk-must-prepare-for-more-extreme-weather

Vietnam – Floods leave 10 dead, missing in central Vietnam https://rsoe-edis.org/eventList/details/137670/1

Queensland floods: second death in six days after 73-year-old’s ute swept into creek https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/dec/01/queensland-floods-950-evacuated-from-inglewood-as-rising-rivers-threaten-towns

All of southwest B.C. under flood watch as 3rd consecutive storm rolls through https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/wyntk-bc-floods-dec-1-1.6269084

Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Dec 2021: Vulcano volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Merapi, Grímsvötn https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/149265/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-1-Dec-2021-Vulcano-volcano-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Merapi-Grimsvoetn-.html

Vietnam – 18 Dead or Missing as Floods Worsen https://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-floods-december-2021

Colombia – Flash Floods Damage Dozens of Homes in Medellín https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-medellin-floods-december-2021

Thailand – Floods Affect 100,000 in Southern Provinces https://floodlist.com/asia/thailand-floods-southern-provinces-november-december-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Megafires that burn more than a million hectares increasing due to climate change, CSIRO finds https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-26/climate-change-increases-risk-of-megafires-csiro/100653146

Top climate scientists are sceptical that nations will rein in global warming https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02990-w

Relentless Drought, Fatal Flooding: Kenyans Find Climate Solutions Under Threat of Extreme Weather https://www.theenergymix.com/2021/11/25/relentless-drought-fatal-flooding-kenyans-find-climate-solutions-under-threat-of-extreme-weather/

Demand-side solutions to climate change mitigation consistent with high levels of well-being https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-021-01219-y

Climate change and community flood resilience in Tabasco, Mexico https://floodresilience.net/blogs/climate-change-and-community-flood-resilience-in-tabasco-mexico/

Rain to replace snow in the Arctic as climate heats, study finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/30/rain-replace-snow-arctic-climate-heats-study

Quest begins to drill Antarctica’s oldest ice https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-59475410

Gamifying tools to improve the resilience of Europe’s historic areas to climate change https://cordis.europa.eu/article/id/435389-gamifying-tools-to-improve-the-resilience-of-europe-s-historic-areas-to-climate-change

Coal use to peak in 2026 as renewables surge past forecasts https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/coal-use-to-peak-in-2026-as-renewables-surge-past-forecasts-20211201-p59duh.html

The rising cost of the climate crisis in flooded South Sudan https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/nov/30/the-rising-cost-of-the-climate-crisis-in-flooded-south-sudan-in-pictures

Upping the ante? The effects of “emergency” and “crisis” framing in climate change news https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10584-021-03219-5

Avoiding temperature ‘overshoot’ reduces multiple climate change risks, say scientists https://www.carbonbrief.org/avoiding-temperature-overshoot-reduces-multiple-climate-change-risks-say-scientists

Study finds Atlantic hurricanes becoming more frequent, destructive https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/12/02/atlantic-hurricanes-increasing-frequency-climate/

Using AIR’s New Modeling Framework to Understand Climate Change Impacts https://www.air-worldwide.com/publications/air-currents/2021/using-airs-new-modeling-framework-to-understand-climate-change-impacts/

Disaster risk reduction

Recent changes to Arctic river dischargehttps://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-27228-1

How do trees help mitigate flood risk? https://slowtheflow.net/how-do-trees-help-mitigate-flood-risk/

We Really Can’t Stop Natural Disasters, We Can Only Hope to Contain Them https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/we-really-cant-stop-natural-disasters-we-can-only-hope-to-contain-them

Disaster risk reduction and the limits of truisms: Improving the knowledge and practice interface https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921006221?via%3Dihub

Yes, it’s rocket science: Australia needs eyes in space to monitor our tinderbox landscape https://theconversation.com/yes-its-rocket-science-australia-needs-eyes-in-space-to-monitor-our-tinderbox-landscape-166667

Glacial lake outburst floods: A shared risk across the Hindu Kush Himalayas https://www.sei.org/featured/glacial-lake-outburst-floods-hindu-kush-himalayas/

After Wildfire, How Do We Rebuild for a “Resilient Recovery”? https://www.ppic.org/blog/after-wildfire-how-do-we-rebuild-for-a-resilient-recovery/

Mainstreaming forecast based action into national disaster risk management systems: experience from drought risk management in Kenya https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17565529.2021.1984194?src=

Why are homes still being built along rivers? Flooded residents disagree on the solution https://theconversation.com/why-are-homes-still-being-built-along-rivers-flooded-residents-disagree-on-the-solution-171660

South Korea all set to get ‘world’s first sustainable floating city’ https://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/destination-of-the-week/worlds-first-floating-city-south-korea-busan-7640853/

As floods worsen, Uganda moves to protect its vanishing wetlands https://news.trust.org/item/20211129131100-5ogs4/

How Can FEMA and Flood Insurance Keep Up with Rising Flood Risks? https://www.gao.gov/blog/how-can-fema-and-flood-insurance-keep-rising-flood-risks

COVID-19: How much will it cost to prepare the world for the next pandemic? https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/11/preparing-for-next-pandemic-covid-19/

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

Emergency management

Why WHO chose ‘Omicron’ not ‘Xi’ for new COVID variant https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/why-who-chose-omicron-not-xi-for-new-covid-variant-20211128-p59cu0.html

Biden’s Response To Omicron Covid Variant Underscores Best Practices For Managing A Crisis https://www.forbes.com/sites/edwardsegal/2021/11/26/bidens-response-to-omicron-covid-variant-underscores-best-practices-for-managing-a-crisis/

Covid: Travel and mask rules tightened over Omicron variant https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-59445124

Omicron COVID variant underlines need for global ‘pandemic treaty’ https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/11/1106722

Omicron throws spotlight on South Africa’s faltering vaccination campaign https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news-feature/2021/11/29/Omicron-throws-spotlight-on-South-Africas-vaccination-campaign

What happened to our national emergency stockpiles? https://www.bmj.com/content/375/bmj.n2849

First U.S. Case of Omicron Variant Found in California https://www.kqed.org/science/1977807/first-u-s-case-of-omicron-variant-found-in-california

Australian doctors have made a dire prediction on bushfire deaths https://www.sbs.com.au/news/australian-doctors-have-made-a-dire-prediction-on-bushfire-deaths/4d59fc74-8f4c-4c23-b9a7-a444d4c45606

We saw Omicron coming, but we didn’t think to act https://www.smh.com.au/national/we-saw-omicron-coming-but-we-didn-t-think-to-act-20211202-p59e1h.html

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Entertainment-Education Campaigns and COVID-19: How Three Global Organizations Adapted the Health Communication Strategy for Pandemic Response and Takeaways for the Future https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10410236.2020.1847451

Comic worksheets for integrated disaster risk reduction learning in the subject of Geography https://jamba.org.za/index.php/jamba/article/view/1149

No time for complacency about flooding https://www.gov.uk/government/news/no-time-for-complacency-about-flooding

How to tell a compelling story in scientific presentations https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03603-2

Psychology and disasters

Heavy rains drench British Columbians with more climate anxiety https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/heavy-rains-drench-british-columbians-with-more-climate-anxiety-1.6265115

The effects of a hurricane don’t end when the wind stops blowing https://www.thenation.com/article/environment/hurricane-ida-aftermath/

Sociology and disasters

Hurricanes may not discriminate, but governments and utility companies do, our research finds https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/09/23/hurricanes-may-not-discriminate-governments-utility-companies-do-our-research-finds/

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Uncovering ties between Social Capital and COVID-19 Outcomes at Local Levels https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349651780_Won’t_You_Be_My_Neighbor_Uncovering_ties_between_Social_Capital_and_COVID-19_Outcomes_at_Local_Levels

When ‘hunker down’ isn’t an option: The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season showed how low-income communities face the highest risks https://theconversation.com/when-hunker-down-isnt-an-option-the-2021-atlantic-hurricane-season-showed-how-low-income-communities-face-the-highest-risks-169075

Communities of color lead the way to a resilient future https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/583441-communities-of-color-lead-the-way-to-a-resilient-future-congress

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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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