Today in disaster resilience (14 January 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

At least 19 dead, including 9 children, in massive fire at NYC apartment; 63 hurt in total https://abc7ny.com/bronx-fire-apartment-new-york-city-fdny/11445294/

22 freeze to death after unprecedented snowstorm traps thousands of cars in Murree, Pakistan https://watchers.news/2022/01/08/pakistan-murree-snow-trapped-vehicles-january-2022/

Tropical Cyclone “Tiffany” to make landfall over the far north Queensland, Australia https://watchers.news/2022/01/09/tropical-cyclone-tiffany-queensland-forecast-track-australia-january-2022/

Brazil cliff collapse leaves 10 dead https://news.yahoo.com/toll-climbs-8-brazil-cliff-180409994.html

3 people missing, 991 homes destroyed and 127 damaged by catastrophic Marshall Fire in Colorado https://watchers.news/2022/01/02/marshall-fire-most-destructive-fire-colorado-december-2021/

Maryborough CBD evacuated as ‘catastrophic failure’ of gates under levee threatens major flooding https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-09/qld-weather-flooding-fraser-coast-maryborough/100746184

Malawi – Houses Destroyed After Flash Floods in Blantyre https://floodlist.com/africa/malawi-floods-blantyre-janaury-2022

Schools closed after shallow M5.5 earthquake, series of aftershocks hit Florina, Greece https://watchers.news/2022/01/10/florina-earthquake-greece-january-2022/

Destructive floods hit Eastern Cape, South Africa https://watchers.news/2022/01/10/eastern-cape-south-africa-floods-january-2022/

Indonesia – Floods in East Java Leave 1 Dead, 1 Missing https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-east-java-january-2022

Brazil – Rising Rivers Force 700 Families to Evacuate in Pará https://floodlist.com/america/brazil-para-floods-january-2022

What We’re Watching: Weekly Disaster Update https://disasterphilanthropy.org/blog/other/what-were-watching-weekly-disaster-update/

Fiji – Tropical Storm Cody Causes Flooding, 1 Dead, 4,000 Evacuated https://floodlist.com/australia/fiji-tropical-storm-cody-floods-january-2022

Strong and shallow M6.8 earthquake hits Fox Islands, Alaska, U.S. https://watchers.news/2022/01/11/m6-8-earthquake-fox-islands-alaska-january-11-2022/

Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits near the coast of Cyprus https://watchers.news/2022/01/11/m6-6-earthquake-cyprus-january-11-2022/

France – Evacuations After Rivers Flood in South West https://floodlist.com/europe/france-floods-southwest-january-2022

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Jan 2022: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Shiveluch, Ibu, Sangay, Ruapehu https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/170334/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-12-Jan-2022-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Shiveluch-Ibu-Sangay-Ruapehu-N.html

Brazil – Thousands Displaced After More Floods and Landslides in Minas Gerais https://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-minas-gerais-january-2022

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Plan Mitigates Climate Change, City’s Environmental Racism https://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/plan-mitigates-climate-change-citys-environmental-racism

COP26 energized the global effort to halt global warming. Research is now crucial to monitoring progress and creating solutions https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03817-4

The Uncertain Future of Antarctica’s Melting Icehttps://eos.org/features/the-uncertain-future-of-antarcticas-melting-ice

Climate crisis: last seven years the hottest on record, 2021 data shows https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jan/10/climate-crisis-last-seven-years-the-hottest-on-record-2021-data-shows

Amsterdam’s floating suburb offers solutions to rising waters https://www.preventionweb.net/news/amsterdams-floating-suburb-offers-solutions-rising-waters

Climate change destroying homes across the Arctic https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-59915697

Sedimentation strategies provide effective but limited mitigation of relative sea-level rise in the Mekong deltahttps://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-021-00331-3

Carbon offset credits set to soar on net zero ambitions https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/carbon-offset-credits-set-to-soar-on-net-zero-ambitions-20220110-p59n7n

Hurricanes, cold waves, tornadoes: Weather disasters in USA dominate natural disaster losses in 2021 https://www.munichre.com/en/company/media-relations/media-information-and-corporate-news/media-information/2022/natural-disaster-losses-2021.html

Global long-term mapping of surface temperature shows intensified intra-city urban heat island extremes https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S095937802100220X

How coastal cities can build climate resilience as the clock ticks https://mitsloan.mit.edu/ideas-made-to-matter/how-coastal-cities-can-build-climate-resilience-clock-ticks

Meet the scientist moms fighting climate change for their children https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2022/0111/Meet-the-scientist-moms-fighting-climate-change-for-their-children

‘Extraordinarily warm’: winter is fastest-heating season in most of US https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/12/warmer-winters-climate-crisis-us

Contiguous U.S. ranked fourth warmest during 2021; 20 billion-dollar disasters identified https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/national-climate-202112

Global Warming’s Six Americas, September 2021 https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/global-warmings-six-americas-september-2021/

‘Rapid stop’ to CO2 emissions needed to limit global warming to 1.5C, says Met Office https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/carbon-global-warming-met-office-b1991060.html

Impacts of super typhoons and climate change https://www.preventionweb.net/news/impacts-super-typhoons-and-climate-change

Permafrost carbon emissions in a changing Arctichttps://www.nature.com/articles/s43017-021-00230-3

Australia matches its hottest day on record as Western Australia town goes above 50C https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jan/13/hottest-day-on-record-in-parts-of-western-australia-as-temperature-reaches-50c

2021 was 45th year in a row with a warmer-than-normal global temperature https://edition.cnn.com/2022/01/13/world/45-years-in-a-row-above-average-global-temperature-climate/index.html

2021 officially New Zealand’s hottest year on record, Niwa says https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/300493525/2021-officially-new-zealands-hottest-year-on-record-niwa-says

Heat-health advisories to farmers in rural Jalna district, Maharastra state, India https://www.preventionweb.net/news/heat-health-advisories-rural-india-learning-during-pandemic-era

Disaster risk reduction

Plumes of rock that feed volcanic hotspots are surprisingly cold https://www.newscientist.com/article/2303622-plumes-of-rock-that-feed-volcanic-hotspots-are-surprisingly-cold/

What is the value of a wave? How changes to our coastline could wipe out surfing’s benefits https://theconversation.com/what-is-the-value-of-a-wave-how-changes-to-our-coastline-could-wipe-out-surfings-benefits-173502

GP2022: Website and registration launched for the Seventh Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction https://globalplatform.undrr.org/news/gp2022-website-and-registration-launched-seventh-session-global-platform-disaster-risk

How can we Optimize Data and Modeling Techniques to Respond to the Effects of Climate Change, Disaster Management and the Security https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/28115/how-can-we-optimize-data-and-modeling-techniques-to-respond-to-the-effects-of-climate-change-disaste

A Quarter of U.S. Roads Could Be Regularly Flooded in 30 Years https://gizmodo.com/a-quarter-of-u-s-roads-could-be-regularly-flooded-in-3-1848090519

Cities boosted rain, sent storms to the suburbs during Europe’s deadly summer floods https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/01/220107084317.htm

Insurance isn’t enough: Governments need to do better on natural disaster resilience https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/insurance-isnt-enough-governments-need-to-do-better-on-natural-disaster-resilience/535858

Enhancing warnings https://www.preventionweb.net/news/enhancing-warnings

2021 Was One of the Deadliest and Costliest Years for Climate Disasters https://blog.ucsusa.org/rachel-cleetus/2021-was-one-of-the-deadliest-and-costliest-years-for-climate-disasters/

Stop blaming the climate for disasters https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-021-00332-2

Data collection critical to disaster mitigation https://opinion.inquirer.net/148465/data-collection-critical-to-disaster-mitigation

Property owners could be hit with higher insurance bills or find themselves uninsurable after a catastrophic infrastructure failure flooded the Queensland city of Maryborough https://thewest.com.au/news/natural-disasters/insurers-could-walk-away-from-flood-towns-c-5250272

Health Impacts of Air Pollution from Australian Megafires https://eos.org/research-spotlights/health-impacts-of-air-pollution-from-australian-megafires

Disaster resilience quantification of communities: A risk-based approach https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921007391

What do large-scale patterns teach us about extreme precipitation over the Mediterranean at medium- and extended-range forecasts? https://rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/qj.4236

Warragamba Dam heritage assessment ‘manifestly inadequate’: archaeologists https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/warragamba-dam-heritage-assessment-manifestly-inadequate-archaeologists-20220112-p59nlk.html

In Haiti, disaster risks linger as another earthquake anniversary passes https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/analysis/2022/1/12/have-the-lessons-of-Haiti-2010-earthquake-been-learned

Global Risks Report 2022 https://www.weforum.org/reports/global-risks-report-2022/shareables#report-nav

The Deadly Dynamics of Colorado’s Marshall Fire https://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/environment/marshall-fire-boulder-colorado/

Sequence of tectonic earthquakes under the summit of Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand https://watchers.news/2022/01/12/ruapehu-earthquakes-january-2022/

Natural Disasters Data Book 2020 https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/natural-disasters-data-book-2020

Gauging the resilience of complex networks https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/01/220110132755.htm

Urban floods are becoming more common as a result of increasing urbanisation, poor urban planning, and climate change. A new report by PlanAdapt explores how African cities are rising to the challenge, and how their work can inspire others https://www.preventionweb.net/news/ecosystem-based-adaptation-promising-solution-flood-risk-african-cities

Fire management in Australia has reached a crossroads and ‘business as usual’ won’t cut it https://theconversation.com/fire-management-in-australia-has-reached-a-crossroads-and-business-as-usual-wont-cut-it-174696

Current and future flood risk in Luxembourg https://www.preventionweb.net/news/current-and-future-flood-risk-luxembourg

Rainy days harm the economy https://www.pik-potsdam.de/en/news/latest-news/rainy-days-harm-the-economy

Challenges Associated with Creeping Disasters in Disaster Risk Science and Practice: Considering Disaster Onset Dynamics https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13753-022-00391-9

Emergency management

COVID vaccines for ages 5 to 11 start today but can schools to open safely in the shadow of Omicron? https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-10/school-omicron-vaccine-5-11-ventilation-children-safe-teacher/100742102

Covid: UK records more than 150,000 deaths https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-59923936

China’s Tianjin testing all 14 million residents after Omicron found https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/china-s-tianjin-testing-all-14-million-residents-after-omicron-found-1.5733206

How do death rates from COVID-19 differ between people who are vaccinated and those who are not? https://ourworldindata.org/covid-deaths-by-vaccination

As omicron spreads, Europe scrambles to shore up health care https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/military-staff-step-strained-london-hospitals-82130502

‘Hero’ police captain dies while rescuing Eastern Cape flood victims https://www.news24.com/news24/SouthAfrica/News/hero-police-captain-dies-while-rescuing-eastern-cape-flood-victims-20220109

Stories of survival emerge from Gympie floods as horses tread water for hours https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2022-01-11/tansey-flood-sees-cattle-horse-losses/100748894

Typhoon Rai’s trail of destruction in the Philippines reignites loss and damage calls https://www.climatechangenews.com/2022/01/11/typhoon-rais-trail-destruction-philippines-reignites-loss-damage-calls/

This Fire Apparatus has Two Engines, 56,000-Gallon Tank Capacity and a Caboose https://www.firefighternation.com/news/this-fire-apparatus-has-two-engines-56000-gallon-tank-capacity-and-a-caboose/

U.S. May Soon See Sharp Drop in Omicron Cases, Experts Say https://consumer.healthday.com/omicron-surge-2656384290.html

Assessment of Top-Down Design of Tsunami Evacuation Strategies Based on Drill and Modelled Data https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/feart.2021.744193/full

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Learn About Earthquake Hazards https://www.usgs.gov/programs/earthquake-hazards/learn-about-earthquake-hazards

Citizen Science Helps Communities Participate in, Understand, and Trust Science https://www.rand.org/blog/rand-review/2022/01/citizen-science-helps-communities-participate-in-science.html

Indie City-Building Games Finally Reckon With Climate Change https://www.wired.com/story/city-builder-games-climate-change/

Teaching about volcanoes https://www.jvolcanica.org/ojs/index.php/volcanica/article/view/111

When Science Meets the Public, Communication Matters https://notes.nap.edu/2020/04/24/science-meets-public-communication-matters/

Public safety messages for floods and storms https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/casestudy/floodriskcsas

Attentiveness to Early Warning Drought Information: Implications for Policy Support and Climate Risk Reduction in Ghana https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13753-021-00390-2

Psychology and disasters

Climate disasters trigger mental health crisis in Pakistan’s mountains https://www.thethirdpole.net/en/climate/climate-disasters-trigger-mental-health-crisis-in-pakistans-mountains/

Farmers tell of frantic rescue efforts as Gympie floods sweep Victorian father, daughter away https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-11/gympie-farmers-efforts-to-save-father-daughter-from-floods/100750368

Sociology and disasters

Book Review: Cities in the Anthropocene: New Ecology and Urban Politics by Ihnji Jon https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/2022/01/05/book-review-cities-in-the-anthropocene-new-ecology-and-urban-politics-by-ihnji-jon/

Did Volcanoes Accelerate the Fall of Chinese Dynasties? https://eos.org/articles/did-volcanoes-accelerate-the-fall-of-chinese-dynasties

Building Resilience of the Urban Poor in Indonesia https://www.adb.org/publications/building-resilience-urban-poor-indonesia

In Bihar, women face floods and increasing violence https://www.thethirdpole.net/en/livelihoods/in-bihar-women-face-floods-and-increasing-violence/

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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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