Today in disaster resilience (28 January 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Iran – 1,200 Homes Damaged After More Floods in Kerman Province

Zambia – Floods Affect Thousands in Southern Province

Floodwaters submerge parts of outback South Australia as rain washes away highway and cars

Heavy rain and snow hit Pakistan, leaving at least 12 people dead

Wildfire near Big Sur prompts evacuations, closes major highway, California

Peru – 1 Missing After Floods and Mudslides in Machu Picchu

Storm Ana kills at least three in Mozambique and Malawi

At least 2 killed, 50 injured after M5.3 earthquake and series of aftershocks hit Haiti

Severe floods and landslides leave at least 34 people dead, 64 000 affected in Madagascar

Uganda – at Least 9 Killed in Western Region Flash Floods

Pakistan – 8 Killed After Heavy Rain Causes Damage and Landslides in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

How to understand your climate uncertainty

Four surprising ways climate change is affecting people’s health in England and Wales

Carbon offsetting is not warding off environmental collapse – it’s accelerating it

Climate Change Is Pushing Greenland Over the Edge

Is the World Ready for Good News on Climate?

Plausible 2005-2050 emissions scenarios project between 2 and 3 degrees C of warming by 2100

Scientist Mike Mann’s must-read book, ‘The New Climate War’

The climate crisis demands courage not optimism

What’s climate change really doing to the ocean? Ask the robots

Climate change is physics

Lack of vegetation exacerbates exposure to dangerous heat in dense settlements in a tropical African city

Coal, gas power shrinking in Australia as renewable energy shines

Almost half of Americans are very concerned about climate change, yet only 14% think others around them are very concerned

Analysis of community deaths during the catastrophic 2021 heat dome

Landsat Shows Western Canada’s Glaciated Environments Rapidly Changing

Slippery Slopes: How Climate Change is threatening the 2022 Winter Olympics

Urban greening ‘not a panacea’ for dealing with extreme weather, study finds,-study-finds

Disaster risk reduction

Most Americans live in natural hazard hot spots

Tonga volcano triggered record-breaking lightning and a never-before-seen tsunami

In the race to solve Boston Harbor’s coastal flooding problem, who calls the shots?

The 2021 Natural Catastrophe Bingo Game. What is in the 2022 roller?

Underwater volcanoes: How ocean color changes can signal an imminent eruption

Tonga eruption equivalent to hundreds of Hiroshimas: NASA

Radiometric dating sheds light on tectonic debate

2021 floods: UN researchers aim to better prepare for climate risks

Next-gen modelling to improve EQC’s natural disaster planning and response

Risky moves: More Americans are relocating to climate-vulnerable areas

Understanding the resilience of Mexico City to future water crises

The Netherlands can prepare even better for extreme weather: seven recommendations in response to the floods of July 2021

Scientists take step toward warning those in tall buildings during earthquakes

Nepal’s Municipal Disaster Risk Governance Assessment Tool: a case study on strengthening disaster risk management

Has volcanic activity been increasing?

Contested flood risk reduction: An analysis of environmental and social claims in the city of Genoa

Table Mountain wildfire, floods and ‘severe weather’ cost SA billions in 2021

Emergency management

World Bank Support for Country Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

Covid: New Zealand PM Ardern cancels wedding amid Omicron wave

Chinese officials arrested for concealing true scale of flood death toll

Researchers Create Legged Robot That Can Hike Difficult Terrain

This is what long-term immunity to Covid-19 might look like

Key warnings guidelines backed by latest CRC research

Regional excess mortality during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic in five European countries

Whether it’s a hurricane, an active shooter, or a pandemic, we must reconsider campus emergency planning

Despite Omicron arriving, keeping schools open as safely as possible should be the goal

FEMA administrator unpacks multilayered approach to COVID-19

For vulnerable people who catch COVID, quick action and these treatments can help

Ocean water and volcanic ash have contaminated the drinking water of tens of thousands of people in the Pacific island nation

Texas puts final estimate of winter storm death toll at 246

From recovery to resilience building: learning from tropical cyclone Seroja in Timor-Leste

Workers in Peru race to reopen Machu Picchu after floods

Disaster education, communications and engagement

ShakeAlert earthquake warnings can give people time to protect themselves – but so far, few have actually done so

Social media videos show how people react during an earthquake

Water education for climate resilience in Asia and the Pacific: a regional curriculum

Defining Disaster: Disciplines and Domains

Psychology and disasters

Live Better By Being More Present in the Moment

How COVID-19 changed the way we shop – and what to expect in 2022 and beyond

U.S. teens were in mental health crisis before COVID-19

The Science Behind PTSD Symptoms: How Trauma Changes the Brain

Memory Loss Could Be a Long-term COVID-19 Symptom, Research Says

How can we assess Omicron’s psychological toll?

Sociology and disasters

A social perspective on perceived distances reveals deep community structure

How COVID-19 Omicron wave turned Parramatta into a ‘ghost town’

Removing Barriers: Including People with Disabilities in Disaster Risk Management Planning

Tonga tsunami: More preparation needed for disabled people in a natural disaster

Revealing social power and inequalities will help us deal with future droughts and water shortages

Drought and society: Scientific progress, blind spots, and future prospects

COVID-19 to go? The role of disasters and evacuation in the COVID-19 pandemic

Why renters are uniquely vulnerable to climate disasters

‘Risk No Matter Where I Go’: For Many Disabled People, a Future of Ever-Present COVID Is Daunting


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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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