Today in disaster resilience (18 February 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

WA weather warnings: Severe storms light up skies with over 2 million lightning strikes

Brazil – Floods Affect Thousands in Minas Gerais and Rio De Janeiro States

Oman – Dozens Rescued After Flash Floods in Muscat

Madagascar – Death Toll From Tropical Cyclone Batsirai Rises to 121

Honduras – Hundreds of Families Evacuate Floods in Atlántida

Indonesia – Over 16,000 Affected by Floods in West Kalimantan

Guatemala earthquake kills two, triggers landslides

Flooding in Brazil leaves 102 dead after landslide hits city of Petrópolis in Rio de Janeiro state

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

“Australia is falling behind:” Clean energy investment shackled by outdated rules

Himalayas Are Experiencing an “Exceptional” Loss of Glacial Mass

Ice velocity and thickness of the world’s glaciers

Europeans more likely to vote green after extreme weather events

How the UK can cut carbon emissions and reduce household energy bills

Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles could be the hottest on record

Bushfires, dry lightning, rapid spark and spread all indicate climate change, southern fire chief says

Stunning solar milestone as Australia passes 25GW mark

Cold connections: Climate change challenges ice roads into remote communities

Southwest experiencing driest conditions in at least 1,200 years due to climate change, new study finds

Experts say UN’s next climate change warning will be ‘a nightmare painted in the dry language of science’

Narrabri mine expansion would make it dirtiest thermal coalmine in Australia, environmentalists say

Global sea-level budget and ocean-mass budget, with a focus on advanced data products and uncertainty characterisation

Global sea level rise: All roads lead to one conclusion

Explicit calculations of Wet Bulb Globe Temperature compared with approximations and why it matters for labor productivity

Experts outline governing principles to fund climate loss and damage

Sea level to rise one foot along U.S. coastlines by 2050, government report finds

U.S. faces “significant consequences” from more severe coastal flooding

Flower growth in Antarctica is accelerating due to warming climate

Rapid intensification of the emerging southwestern North American megadrought in 2020–2021

2022 Sea Level Rise Technical Report

China’s rising influence on climate governance: Forging a path for the global South

The Effects of Climate Change

Antarctic Sea Ice Extent/Concentration

Fact check: Have we really avoided the ‘worst case’ climate change scenarios?

Oil majors ‘not walking the talk’ on climate action, study confirms

How hot will the planet get? Public opinion is key factor, finds study

What drives sea level rise? US report warns of 1-foot rise within three decades and more frequent flooding

Western Sydney will swelter through 46 days per year over 35°C by 2090, unless emissions drop significantly

HeatWatch: Extreme heat in Western Sydney

Disaster risk reduction

Why do landslides happen?

GLOBathy, the global lakes bathymetry dataset

Better prediction of megathrust earthquakes: Illuminating slow slip plate tectonics in south-western Japan

As Australia faces new fire reality, forest restoration tactics reevaluated

Tonga Volcanic Eruption and Tsunami: World Bank Disaster Assessment Report Estimates Damages at US$90M

Improving the performance of city-scale hydrodynamic flood modelling through a GIS-based DEM correction method

Mobile home residents face higher flood risk

Tongan volcano eruption leaves scientists with unanswered questions

Disasters Spur Planned UK Coastal Flood Barrier

Human ignitions on private lands drive USFS cross-boundary wildfire transmission and community impacts in the western US

Controversial floodplain harvesting regulations could soon be in place in NSW

Is flooding in England getting worse?

Interior Announces Plan to Implement Historic Wildland Fire Management Funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Emergency management

New Covid Variant: What We Know About the BA.2 Omicron Strain

When communities lose affordable housing, it’s harder for businesses—and the entire economy—to recover from those disasters

Can Haiti rebuild a food system broken by disaster, historical injustice, and neglect?

As bushfires tore through Bridgetown the power and phone lines were cut

We can’t surrender to COVID. Why ‘back to normal’ is a dangerous fantasy

US has suffered more than 1m excess deaths during pandemic, CDC finds

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Free online tool identifies climate risks in your neighborhood

What happens to your home’s value when your neighbourhood floods?

What makes a climate story effective?

Public asked to help build national flood photo database

Psychology and disasters

One of the greatest assets following a disaster is the people who experience them. But this asset is hugely underutilised

Disaster preparedness and resilience at household level in Yangon, Myanmar

Can Empathy Grow in the Metaverse and Virtual Reality?

Overcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Black Communities

Sociology and disasters

As climate change continues to spur more natural disasters, a new study found that Black Americans are likely to bear the brunt of the risks associated with floods over the next several decades

Heat waves hit the poor hardest – a new study calculates the rising impact on those least able to adapt to the warming climate

(In)visibilities About the Vulnerabilities of People with Visual Impairments to Disasters and Climate Change: A Case Study in Cuiabá, Brazil

Social Capital and the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Preliminary Qualitative Analysis

Queer Communities Often Left Out of Disaster Planning, Research Shows


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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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