Today in disaster resilience (24 December 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

One dead, two people critical after severe storm hits Sydney’s northern beaches https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-12-19/one-dead-two-injured-after-sydney-storm-northern-beaches/100712606

Typhoon Rai: rescue efforts continue after strongest storm to hit Philippines this year https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/18/typhoon-rai-at-least-12-killed-in-philippines-as-clean-up-begins

Widespread floods destroy more than 1 400 homes, leave 15 people dead and 9 missing in the Republic of Congo https://watchers.news/2021/12/17/republic-of-congo-flood-casualties-damage-december-2021/

Typhoon Rai kills 375 in the Philippines, military deployed to help affected areas https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-12-21/typhoon-rai-kills-375-in-philippines/100715652

Widespread floods hit Malaysia after more than a month’s worth of rain in 1 day https://watchers.news/2021/12/20/malaysia-flood-december-2021/

High-level eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano, Tonga https://watchers.news/2021/12/21/super-typhoon-rai-odette-philippines-damage-casualties-december-2021/

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Dec 2021: Fuego volcano, Shiveluch, Piton de la Fournaise, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/168708/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-23-Dec-2021-Fuego-volcano-Shiveluch-Piton-de-la-Fournaise-Sangay-Ne.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

La Niña just raised sea levels in the western Pacific by up to 20cm. This height will be normal by 2050 https://theconversation.com/la-nina-just-raised-sea-levels-in-the-western-pacific-by-up-to-20cm-this-height-will-be-normal-by-2050-173504

Scientists extend and straighten iconic climate “hockey stick” https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/11/scientists-extend-and-straighten-iconic-climate-hockey-stick/

Himalayan glaciers melting at ‘exceptional rate’ https://phys.org/news/2021-12-himalayan-glaciers-exceptional.html

WAMPUM: An Indigenous-Designed Path to Sea Level Rise Adaptation https://eos.org/articles/wampum-an-indigenous-designed-path-to-sea-level-rise-adaptation

Hot in the city: Teaching Europe how to live on a warmer planet https://www.politico.eu/article/hot-in-the-city-teaching-europe-how-to-live-on-a-warmer-planet/

U.N. climate chief: COP26 put nations on notice to act fast https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/un-climate-chief-cop26-put-nations-notice-act-fast-2021-12-08/

Heatwave fatalities in Australia: a new analysis https://www.preventionweb.net/news/heatwave-fatalities-australia-new-analysis

Is it possible to achieve net-zero emissions? https://www.nationalacademies.org/based-on-science/is-it-possible-to-achieve-net-zero-emissions

Dunes Dance to a New Rhythm in Climate Change https://eos.org/articles/dunes-dance-to-a-new-rhythm-in-climate-change

2021: A Year in Photos From the Front Lines of the Climate Crisis https://www.desmog.com/2021/12/21/2021-year-in-photos-front-lines-climate-crisis/

From floods and wildfires to inaction and urgency: These are the top climate and weather stories of 2021 https://edition.cnn.com/2021/12/22/us/top-climate-weather-stories-of-2021/index.html

Current coal phaseout pledges ‘absolutely not enough’, warn experts https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2021/dec/23/why-cop26-coal-power-pledges-dont-go-far-enough-visualised

Unprecedented die-offs, melting ice: Climate change is wreaking havoc in the Arctic and beyond https://phys.org/news/2021-12-unprecedented-die-offs-ice-climate-wreaking.html

Addressing Climate Migration https://www.rand.org/pubs/perspectives/PEA1085-1.html

2021 brought a wave of extreme weather disasters. Scientists say worse lies ahead https://www.climatesignals.org/headlines/2021-brought-wave-extreme-weather-disasters-scientists-say-worse-lies-ahead

North America Climate Resilience Program https://resilientcitiesnetwork.org/programs/north-america-climate-resilience-program/

Consumer Activism on Global Warming, September 2021 https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/consumer-activism-on-global-warming-september-2021/toc/4/

Disaster risk reduction

New volcano activity monitoring method enhances early warning https://uaf.edu/news/new-volcano-activity-monitoring-method-enhances-early-warning.php#:~:text=The%20near%20real%2Dtime%20detection,are%20in%20the%20Aleutian%20Islands.

Global Community Steps Up with $93 Billion Support Package to Boost Resilient Recovery in World’s Poorest Countries https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2021/12/15/global-community-steps-up-with-93-billion-support-package-to-boost-resilient-recovery-in-world-s-poorest-countries#:~:text=WASHINGTON%2C%20Dec.%2015%2C%202021,more%20resilient%2C%20and%20inclusive%20future.

Increasing flood resilience in the Great River Ouse https://www.gov.uk/government/news/increasing-flood-resilience-in-the-great-river-ouse

Dual-Objective-Based Tornado Design Philosophy https://ascelibrary.org/doi/full/10.1061/%28ASCE%29ST.1943-541X.0000622

Researchers analyzed 36 years of data to understand how atmospheric rivers and other factors drive chronic coastal flooding https://eos.org/articles/atmospheric-rivers-spur-high-tide-floods-on-u-s-west-coast

A Rapid Prediction Model of Urban Flood Inundation in a High-Risk Area Coupling Machine Learning and Numerical Simulation Approaches https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13753-021-00384-0

UH leads game-changing earthquake, tsunami undersea early warning system https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2021/12/20/7m-early-warning-system/

Quantile-Based Hydrological Modellinghttps://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/13/23/3420

Thailand’s population of nearly 70 million to be protected by new early warning and hazard monitoring technologies https://www.pdc.org/thaiaware-handover-2021/

Pandemic weather: The effect of COVID-19 on lightning https://cosmosmagazine.com/earth/climate/covid-19-and-lightning/

Emergency management

Omicron ‘is going to take over’ this winter, and Fauci says Americans should brace for a ‘tough few weeks to months’ https://edition.cnn.com/2021/12/19/health/us-coronavirus-sunday/index.html

Omicron, Africa, and the Need for Much Better Policy from High-Income Countries https://www.cgdev.org/blog/omicron-africa-and-need-much-better-policy-high-income-countries#.YcDefnB1b5E.twitter

Moderna says booster shot of its COVID-19 vaccine should protect against Omicron https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/moderna-booster-dose-coronavirus-omicron-1.6292454

Covid: Christmas travel will fuel spread of Omicron, US expert warns https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-59714272

‘Another storm coming’: WHO warns of Omicron surge in Europe https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/another-storm-coming-who-warns-of-omicron-surge-in-europe-1.5715492

Philippine supertyphoon Rai ‘exceeded all predictions’ – forecaster https://news.trust.org/item/20211222071843-lh133/

Global COVID-19 vaccine distribution map https://covid-tracker.mckinsey.com/vaccination-map

Omicron wave appears milder, but concern remains https://www.bbc.com/news/health-59758784

Omicron overpowers key COVID antibody treatments in early tests https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03829-0

Omicron up to 70% less likely to need hospital care https://www.bbc.com/news/health-59769969

Second Royal Caribbean ship has COVID-19 outbreak and is denied entry to Curacao and Aruba https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article256803847.html

Disaster education, communications and engagement

In a series of public education programs and workshops, researchers in Canada are engaging with communities and other stakeholders to develop an earthquake early warning system https://www.preventionweb.net/news/engaging-communities-canadas-earthquake-early-warning-system

Reviewing volcano hazard and risk communications in Ecuador: experiences from a fast-format workshop https://www.jvolcanica.org/ojs/index.php/volcanica/article/view/95

Super Volcanoes book https://robingeorgeandrews.com/super-volcanoes-book

What Have We Learnt About Crisis Communications in 2021? https://www.fdcomms.co.uk/news/crisis-communications-in-2021

Disaster communications with resettled refugees: Six principles of engagement https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921006336?via%3Dihub

Psychology and disasters

American Attitudes About Vaccine Globalism https://www.rand.org/blog/2021/12/american-attitudes-about-vaccine-globalism.html

They Survived the Wildfires. Then Came the PTSD https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2021/12/california-wildfires-paradise-camp-dixie-bear-trauma-ptsd-climate-change-mental-illness/

Assisting persons with severe mental illness can mitigate or prevent adverse outcomes https://www.cstsonline.org/resources/resource-master-list/addressing-the-needs-of-the-seriously-mentally-ill-in-disaster

COVID-19: Impact of lockdown on children’s development will ‘last for years and years’ https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-impact-of-lockdown-on-childrens-development-will-last-for-years-and-years-12500806

Predictors of hurricane evacuation decisions: A meta-analysis https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S027249442100195X?via%3Dihub

“It became trying to save as much as we could” – Resident speaks about flooding hell one year on https://www.norfolklive.co.uk/news/norfolk-news/councillor-speaks-about-flooding-experience-6395791

Sociology and disasters

Early Insights from the Equity-First Vaccination Initiative https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RBA1627-1.html

Unraveling the complexity of human behavior and urbanization on community vulnerability to floods https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-99587-0

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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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