Today in disaster resilience (4 February 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Ecuador – Thousands Affected After Floods in 4 Provinces https://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-january-2022

Brazil – Floods and Landslides in Sao Paolo Leave at Least 19 Dead https://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-landslides-sao-paolo-january-2022

Haiti and Dominican Republic – Thousands Displaced After Flash Floods Damage Homes https://floodlist.com/america/haiti-dominican-republic-floods-january-2022

Ecuador – Catastrophic Flash Floods in Quito Leave 11 Dead, 9 Missing https://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-quito-january-2022

250 households cry for aid as floods lash St Mary https://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20220202/250-households-cry-aid-floods-lash-st-mary

Massive mudflow hits Quito after extremely heavy rain, Ecuador https://watchers.news/2022/02/02/la-gasca-mudflow-quito-extremely-heavy-rain-ecuador/

DR Congo – Thousands Displaced by Floods in Maniema https://floodlist.com/africa/dr-congo-floods-maniema-january-2022

Strong M6.5 earthquake hits northern Peru at intermediate depth https://watchers.news/2022/02/03/strong-m6-5-earthquake-hits-northern-peru-at-intermediate-depth/

Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Feb 2022: Etna volcano, Santiaguito, Fuego, Erta Ale, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/171671/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-1-Feb-2022-Etna-volcano-Santiaguito-Fuego-Erta-Ale-Sangay-Nevado-d.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

EV boom: ‘Australia should be an electric vehicle leader’ https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/federal/ev-boom-australia-should-be-an-electric-vehicle-leader-20220127-p59rou.html

Through earthquakes and sea-level rise, climate change is increasing risk of tsunamis https://theprint.in/world/through-earthquakes-and-sea-level-rise-climate-change-is-increasing-risk-of-tsunamis/815885/

Three reasons why climate change models are our best hope for understanding the future https://theconversation.com/three-reasons-why-climate-change-models-are-our-best-hope-for-understanding-the-future-175936

Earth inhales and exhales carbon in mesmerizing animation https://www.livescience.com/carbon-sinks-globe-animation

The share of renewables in January, 2022, in Australia’s main grid is 34.4 per cent https://reneweconomy.com.au/the-past-decade-has-seen-stunning-change-the-next-10-years-will-be-breathtaking/

Survey Results are in: Are Prairie Communities Prepared for Climate Change? https://climatewest.ca/2022/01/31/survey-results-are-in-are-prairie-communities-prepared-for-climate-change/

Rising Seas Boost Tsunami Impacts on Distant Shorelines https://eos.org/articles/rising-seas-boost-tsunami-impacts-on-distant-shorelines

Annual flooding damage costs in the U.S. could increase 26% by 2050 https://abcnews.go.com/International/flood-damage-increase-due-climate-change-disproportionately-affect/story?id=82486054

Robotic Exploration of Uncharted, Underwater Glacial Walls Set for 2023 https://news.utexas.edu/2022/01/31/robotic-exploration-of-uncharted-underwater-glacial-walls-set-for-2023/

Missing the Housing for the Trees: Equity in Urban Climate Planning https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0739456X211072527

Extreme heat in oceans ‘passed point of no return’ in 2014 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/01/extreme-heat-oceans-passed-point-of-no-return-high-temperatures-wildlife-seas

Lessons from COVID-19 for managing transboundary climate risks and building resilience https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S221209632200002X

The Causes of Climate Change https://climate.nasa.gov/causes/

Heating and cooling: a route to net zero emissions https://www.climatechangenews.com/2022/01/26/heating-cooling-route-net-zero-emissions/

Greenland ice cap loses enough water in 20 years to cover US: study https://phys.org/news/2022-02-greenland-ice-cap-years.html

Coral reef safe zones set to plummet, while potential bleaching events loom in Qld, WA https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2022-02-02/coral-reef-climate-change-warming-bleaching-events/100792458

Delayed Antarctic sea-ice decline in high-resolution climate change simulations https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-28259-y

Spring in the U.K. Arrives a Month Earlier than in the 1980s https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/spring-in-the-u-k-arrives-a-month-earlier-than-in-the-1980s/

Giant iceberg blocks scientists’ study of ‘Doomsday Glacier’ https://apnews.com/article/doomsday-glacier-climate-science-4d80d7c466171b12d43a5de1de64cd4a

Climate extreme indices and heat stress indicators derived from CMIP6 global climate projections https://cds.climate.copernicus.eu/cdsapp#!/dataset/sis-extreme-indices-cmip6

Non-linear response of temperature-related mortality risk to global warming in England and Wales https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ac50d5

Mt. Everest’s highest glacier is a sentinel for accelerating ice loss https://www.nature.com/articles/s41612-022-00230-0

Study provides first statistical characterisation of methane ultra-emitters from oil and gas https://phys.org/news/2022-02-statistical-characterisation-methane-ultra-emitters-oil.html

Disaster risk reduction

How much more contagious could the coronavirus get? https://www.newscientist.com/article/2305708-how-much-more-contagious-could-the-coronavirus-get/

Data shows building codes can reduce vulnerability of homes in wildfires https://wildfiretoday.com/2022/01/30/data-shows-building-codes-can-reduce-vulnerability-of-homes-in-wildfires/

Four things tsunami-vulnerable countries must do to prepare for the next disaster https://theconversation.com/four-things-tsunami-vulnerable-countries-must-do-to-prepare-for-the-next-disaster-175721

Volcano-observing Drone Flights Open Door to Routine Hazard Monitoring https://www.nasa.gov/feature/ames/volcano-observing-drone-flights-open-door-to-routine-hazard-monitoring

Extreme floods in Europe: going beyond observations using reforecast ensemble pooling https://hess.copernicus.org/articles/26/469/2022/

2021 Geohazards in New Zealand https://www.geonet.org.nz/news/40fjnJ1e2vP39qDdgAWCG9

Inequitable patterns of US flood risk in the Anthropocene https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-021-01265-6

Towards drought impact-based forecasting in a multi-hazard context https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212096322000092

Digital twin-driven intelligence disaster prevention and mitigation for infrastructure: advances, challenges, and opportunitieshttps://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11069-021-05190-x

Tsunami models underestimated shockwave from Tonga eruption https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/tsunami-models-underestimated-shockwave-tonga-eruption-2022-01-28/

Mountains Sway to the Seismic Song of Earth https://eos.org/articles/mountains-sway-to-the-seismic-song-of-earth

Natural Flood Management work underway in Northumberland village https://www.miragenews.com/natural-flood-management-work-underway-in-716581/

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter https://www.molinostewart.com.au/floodplain-manager-related-articles/related-floodplain-manager-january-2022/

Warragamba Dam wall raise could risk Blue Mountains world heritage status https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/warragamba-dam-wall-raise-could-risk-blue-mountains-world-heritage-status-20220202-p59t3i.html

A new database includes past wildfire satellite images from the U.S. Geological Survey https://spectrumnews1.com/ca/la-east/environment/2022/01/31/socal-researchers-historical-wildfire-data

Paleotsunami history along the northern Japan trench based on sequential dating of the continuous geological record potentially inundated only by large tsunamis https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0277379122000129

Emergency management

SARS-CoV-2 can remain active for longer than recommended quarantine period, study shows https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-01-sars-cov-longer-quarantine-period.html

Getting COVID-19 is much riskier for your heart than vaccination https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/getting-covid-19-is-much-riskier-for-your-heart-than-vaccination

After a wildfire, how does a town rebuild? https://news.nau.edu/edgeley-camp-fire-research/

The Role of GIS in Kentucky’s Tornado Response https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/814c3fa05b04461d95a0fdc6416300ee

Timor-Leste floods teach costly lessons https://www.preventionweb.net/news/timor-leste-floods-teach-costly-lessons

Satellite images show the aftermath of Tonga volcano’s eruption https://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2022/01/26/1075621526/satellite-images-show-the-aftermath-of-tonga-volcanos-eruption

UN: Worst Not Over in Flood-stricken Malawihttps://www.voanews.com/a/un-says-worst-not-over-in-flood-stricken-malawi/2626294.html

It’s summer, so bushfires and COVID collide. 3 ways one affects the other https://theconversation.com/its-summer-so-bushfires-and-covid-collide-3-ways-one-affects-the-other-169833

Haiti struggles to provide water, food after heavy floods https://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/caribbean/20220202/haiti-struggles-provide-water-food-after-heavy-floods

Mozambique’s Storm Ana aftermath: 778 schools destroyed https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-60219693

Breakthrough COVID powers up immune response to variants — including Omicron https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00328-8

After losing everything, Marshall Fire survivors struggle to inventory their belongings https://www.kunc.org/news/2022-02-02/after-losing-everything-marshall-fire-survivors-struggle-to-inventory-their-belongings

Natural disasters require FEMA to think outside the box with emergency alert system https://www.foxweather.com/extreme-weather/fema-managers-think-outside-the-box-with-emergency-alert-system

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Words into Action (WiA) guidelines are designed to provide practical guidance on disaster risk reduction topics https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/words-action-guidelines-developing-national-disaster-risk-reduction-strategies

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day https://go.nfpa.org/l/14662/2022-01-11/8j6nqh

Psychology and disasters

Trees don’t rush to heal from trauma and neither should we https://psyche.co/ideas/trees-dont-rush-to-heal-from-trauma-and-neither-should-we

Heightened generalized conditioned fear and avoidance in women and underlying psychological processes https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0005796722000225

Sociology and disasters

Overcooling of offices reveals gender inequity in thermal comfort https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-03121-1

New flood maps show US damage rising 26% in next 30 years due to climate change alone, and the inequity is stark https://theconversation.com/new-flood-maps-show-us-damage-rising-26-in-next-30-years-due-to-climate-change-alone-and-the-inequity-is-stark-175958

Survey of gender bias in the IPCC https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00208-1

Small towns, big disasters https://fvcurrent.com/article/small-towns-big-disasters/

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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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