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

22 freeze to death after unprecedented snowstorm traps thousands of cars in Murree, Pakistan

Tropical Cyclone “Tiffany” to make landfall over the far north Queensland, Australia

Brazil cliff collapse leaves 10 dead

3 people missing, 991 homes destroyed and 127 damaged by catastrophic Marshall Fire in Colorado

Maryborough CBD evacuated as ‘catastrophic failure’ of gates under levee threatens major flooding

Malawi – Houses Destroyed After Flash Floods in Blantyre

Schools closed after shallow M5.5 earthquake, series of aftershocks hit Florina, Greece

Destructive floods hit Eastern Cape, South Africa

Indonesia – Floods in East Java Leave 1 Dead, 1 Missing

Brazil – Rising Rivers Force 700 Families to Evacuate in Pará

What We’re Watching: Weekly Disaster Update

Fiji – Tropical Storm Cody Causes Flooding, 1 Dead, 4,000 Evacuated

Strong and shallow M6.8 earthquake hits Fox Islands, Alaska, U.S.

Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits near the coast of Cyprus

France – Evacuations After Rivers Flood in South West

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Jan 2022: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Shiveluch, Ibu, Sangay, Ruapehu

Brazil – Thousands Displaced After More Floods and Landslides in Minas Gerais

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Plan Mitigates Climate Change, City’s Environmental Racism

COP26 energized the global effort to halt global warming. Research is now crucial to monitoring progress and creating solutions

The Uncertain Future of Antarctica’s Melting Ice

Climate crisis: last seven years the hottest on record, 2021 data shows

Amsterdam’s floating suburb offers solutions to rising waters

Climate change destroying homes across the Arctic

Sedimentation strategies provide effective but limited mitigation of relative sea-level rise in the Mekong delta

Carbon offset credits set to soar on net zero ambitions

Hurricanes, cold waves, tornadoes: Weather disasters in USA dominate natural disaster losses in 2021

Global long-term mapping of surface temperature shows intensified intra-city urban heat island extremes

How coastal cities can build climate resilience as the clock ticks

Meet the scientist moms fighting climate change for their children

‘Extraordinarily warm’: winter is fastest-heating season in most of US

Contiguous U.S. ranked fourth warmest during 2021; 20 billion-dollar disasters identified

Global Warming’s Six Americas, September 2021

‘Rapid stop’ to CO2 emissions needed to limit global warming to 1.5C, says Met Office

Impacts of super typhoons and climate change

Permafrost carbon emissions in a changing Arctic

Australia matches its hottest day on record as Western Australia town goes above 50C

2021 was 45th year in a row with a warmer-than-normal global temperature

2021 officially New Zealand’s hottest year on record, Niwa says

Heat-health advisories to farmers in rural Jalna district, Maharastra state, India

Disaster risk reduction

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

GP2022: Website and registration launched for the Seventh Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

How can we Optimize Data and Modeling Techniques to Respond to the Effects of Climate Change, Disaster Management and the Security

A Quarter of U.S. Roads Could Be Regularly Flooded in 30 Years

Cities boosted rain, sent storms to the suburbs during Europe’s deadly summer floods

Insurance isn’t enough: Governments need to do better on natural disaster resilience

Enhancing warnings

2021 Was One of the Deadliest and Costliest Years for Climate Disasters

Stop blaming the climate for disasters

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

Health Impacts of Air Pollution from Australian Megafires

Disaster resilience quantification of communities: A risk-based approach

What do large-scale patterns teach us about extreme precipitation over the Mediterranean at medium- and extended-range forecasts?

Warragamba Dam heritage assessment ‘manifestly inadequate’: archaeologists

In Haiti, disaster risks linger as another earthquake anniversary passes

Global Risks Report 2022

The Deadly Dynamics of Colorado’s Marshall Fire

Sequence of tectonic earthquakes under the summit of Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand

Natural Disasters Data Book 2020

Gauging the resilience of complex networks

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

Fire management in Australia has reached a crossroads and ‘business as usual’ won’t cut it

Current and future flood risk in Luxembourg

Rainy days harm the economy

Challenges Associated with Creeping Disasters in Disaster Risk Science and Practice: Considering Disaster Onset Dynamics

Emergency management

COVID vaccines for ages 5 to 11 start today but can schools to open safely in the shadow of Omicron?

Covid: UK records more than 150,000 deaths

China’s Tianjin testing all 14 million residents after Omicron found

How do death rates from COVID-19 differ between people who are vaccinated and those who are not?

As omicron spreads, Europe scrambles to shore up health care

‘Hero’ police captain dies while rescuing Eastern Cape flood victims

Stories of survival emerge from Gympie floods as horses tread water for hours

Typhoon Rai’s trail of destruction in the Philippines reignites loss and damage calls

This Fire Apparatus has Two Engines, 56,000-Gallon Tank Capacity and a Caboose

U.S. May Soon See Sharp Drop in Omicron Cases, Experts Say

Assessment of Top-Down Design of Tsunami Evacuation Strategies Based on Drill and Modelled Data

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Learn About Earthquake Hazards

Citizen Science Helps Communities Participate in, Understand, and Trust Science

Indie City-Building Games Finally Reckon With Climate Change

Teaching about volcanoes

When Science Meets the Public, Communication Matters

Public safety messages for floods and storms

Attentiveness to Early Warning Drought Information: Implications for Policy Support and Climate Risk Reduction in Ghana

Psychology and disasters

Climate disasters trigger mental health crisis in Pakistan’s mountains

Farmers tell of frantic rescue efforts as Gympie floods sweep Victorian father, daughter away

Sociology and disasters

Book Review: Cities in the Anthropocene: New Ecology and Urban Politics by Ihnji Jon

Did Volcanoes Accelerate the Fall of Chinese Dynasties?

Building Resilience of the Urban Poor in Indonesia

In Bihar, women face floods and increasing violence


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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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