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

Brazil – Floods and Landslides in Sao Paolo Leave at Least 19 Dead

Haiti and Dominican Republic – Thousands Displaced After Flash Floods Damage Homes

Ecuador – Catastrophic Flash Floods in Quito Leave 11 Dead, 9 Missing

250 households cry for aid as floods lash St Mary

Massive mudflow hits Quito after extremely heavy rain, Ecuador

DR Congo – Thousands Displaced by Floods in Maniema

Strong M6.5 earthquake hits northern Peru at intermediate depth

Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Feb 2022: Etna volcano, Santiaguito, Fuego, Erta Ale, Sangay

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

EV boom: ‘Australia should be an electric vehicle leader’

Through earthquakes and sea-level rise, climate change is increasing risk of tsunamis

Three reasons why climate change models are our best hope for understanding the future

Earth inhales and exhales carbon in mesmerizing animation

The share of renewables in January, 2022, in Australia’s main grid is 34.4 per cent

Survey Results are in: Are Prairie Communities Prepared for Climate Change?

Rising Seas Boost Tsunami Impacts on Distant Shorelines

Annual flooding damage costs in the U.S. could increase 26% by 2050

Robotic Exploration of Uncharted, Underwater Glacial Walls Set for 2023

Missing the Housing for the Trees: Equity in Urban Climate Planning

Extreme heat in oceans ‘passed point of no return’ in 2014

Lessons from COVID-19 for managing transboundary climate risks and building resilience

The Causes of Climate Change

Heating and cooling: a route to net zero emissions

Greenland ice cap loses enough water in 20 years to cover US: study

Coral reef safe zones set to plummet, while potential bleaching events loom in Qld, WA

Delayed Antarctic sea-ice decline in high-resolution climate change simulations

Spring in the U.K. Arrives a Month Earlier than in the 1980s

Giant iceberg blocks scientists’ study of ‘Doomsday Glacier’

Climate extreme indices and heat stress indicators derived from CMIP6 global climate projections!/dataset/sis-extreme-indices-cmip6

Non-linear response of temperature-related mortality risk to global warming in England and Wales

Mt. Everest’s highest glacier is a sentinel for accelerating ice loss

Study provides first statistical characterisation of methane ultra-emitters from oil and gas

Disaster risk reduction

How much more contagious could the coronavirus get?

Data shows building codes can reduce vulnerability of homes in wildfires

Four things tsunami-vulnerable countries must do to prepare for the next disaster

Volcano-observing Drone Flights Open Door to Routine Hazard Monitoring

Extreme floods in Europe: going beyond observations using reforecast ensemble pooling

2021 Geohazards in New Zealand

Inequitable patterns of US flood risk in the Anthropocene

Towards drought impact-based forecasting in a multi-hazard context

Digital twin-driven intelligence disaster prevention and mitigation for infrastructure: advances, challenges, and opportunities

Tsunami models underestimated shockwave from Tonga eruption

Mountains Sway to the Seismic Song of Earth

Natural Flood Management work underway in Northumberland village

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter

Warragamba Dam wall raise could risk Blue Mountains world heritage status

A new database includes past wildfire satellite images from the U.S. Geological Survey

Paleotsunami history along the northern Japan trench based on sequential dating of the continuous geological record potentially inundated only by large tsunamis

Emergency management

SARS-CoV-2 can remain active for longer than recommended quarantine period, study shows

Getting COVID-19 is much riskier for your heart than vaccination

After a wildfire, how does a town rebuild?

The Role of GIS in Kentucky’s Tornado Response

Timor-Leste floods teach costly lessons

Satellite images show the aftermath of Tonga volcano’s eruption

UN: Worst Not Over in Flood-stricken Malawi

It’s summer, so bushfires and COVID collide. 3 ways one affects the other

Haiti struggles to provide water, food after heavy floods

Mozambique’s Storm Ana aftermath: 778 schools destroyed

Breakthrough COVID powers up immune response to variants — including Omicron

After losing everything, Marshall Fire survivors struggle to inventory their belongings

Natural disasters require FEMA to 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

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

Psychology and disasters

Trees don’t rush to heal from trauma and neither should we

Heightened generalized conditioned fear and avoidance in women and underlying psychological processes

Sociology and disasters

Overcooling of offices reveals gender inequity in thermal comfort

New flood maps show US damage rising 26% in next 30 years due to climate change alone, and the inequity is stark

Survey of gender bias in the IPCC

Small towns, big disasters


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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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