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

Powerful M7.5 earthquake hits northern Peru

Canberra’s rainiest November on record

NSW floods and wet weather: towns along Hunter River ordered to evacuate

Malta – Dramatic Flood Rescues After Month’s Worth of Rain in 24 Hours

La Palma, Canary Islands: eruption Sep 2021 – updates

Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits Izu Islands, Japan

Thirty year flood record smashed as hundreds flee homes in Queensland

Spain – Dozens Evacuated After More Floods in North

Prepare for more extreme weather, Britons warned in wake of Storm Arwen

Vietnam – Floods leave 10 dead, missing in central Vietnam

Queensland floods: second death in six days after 73-year-old’s ute swept into creek

All of southwest B.C. under flood watch as 3rd consecutive storm rolls through

Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Dec 2021: Vulcano volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Merapi, Grímsvötn

Vietnam – 18 Dead or Missing as Floods Worsen

Colombia – Flash Floods Damage Dozens of Homes in Medellín

Thailand – Floods Affect 100,000 in Southern Provinces

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Megafires that burn more than a million hectares increasing due to climate change, CSIRO finds

Top climate scientists are sceptical that nations will rein in global warming

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

Climate change and community flood resilience in Tabasco, Mexico

Rain to replace snow in the Arctic as climate heats, study finds

Quest begins to drill Antarctica’s oldest ice

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

The rising cost of the climate crisis in flooded South Sudan

Upping the ante? The effects of “emergency” and “crisis” framing in climate change news

Avoiding temperature ‘overshoot’ reduces multiple climate change risks, say scientists

Study finds Atlantic hurricanes becoming more frequent, destructive

Using AIR’s New Modeling Framework to Understand Climate Change Impacts

Disaster risk reduction

Recent changes to Arctic river discharge

How do trees help mitigate flood risk?

We Really Can’t Stop Natural Disasters, We Can Only Hope to Contain Them

Disaster risk reduction and the limits of truisms: Improving the knowledge and practice interface

Yes, it’s rocket science: Australia needs eyes in space to monitor our tinderbox landscape

Glacial lake outburst floods: A shared risk across the Hindu Kush Himalayas

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

Why are homes still being built along rivers? Flooded residents disagree on the solution

South Korea all set to get ‘world’s first sustainable floating city’

As floods worsen, Uganda moves to protect its vanishing wetlands

How Can FEMA and Flood Insurance Keep Up with Rising Flood Risks?

COVID-19: How much will it cost to prepare the world for the next pandemic?

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter

Emergency management

Why WHO chose ‘Omicron’ not ‘Xi’ for new COVID variant

Biden’s Response To Omicron Covid Variant Underscores Best Practices For Managing A Crisis

Covid: Travel and mask rules tightened over Omicron variant

Omicron COVID variant underlines need for global ‘pandemic treaty’

Omicron throws spotlight on South Africa’s faltering vaccination campaign

What happened to our national emergency stockpiles?

First U.S. Case of Omicron Variant Found in California

Australian doctors have made a dire prediction on bushfire deaths

We saw Omicron coming, but we didn’t think to act

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

Comic worksheets for integrated disaster risk reduction learning in the subject of Geography

No time for complacency about flooding

How to tell a compelling story in scientific presentations

Psychology and disasters

Heavy rains drench British Columbians with more climate anxiety

The effects of a hurricane don’t end when the wind stops blowing

Sociology and disasters

Hurricanes may not discriminate, but governments and utility companies do, our research finds

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Uncovering ties between Social Capital and COVID-19 Outcomes at Local Levels’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

Communities of color lead the way to a resilient future


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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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