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 https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-14/perth-weather-severe-storms-light-up-skies/100829482

Brazil – Floods Affect Thousands in Minas Gerais and Rio De Janeiro States https://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-minas-gerais-rio-de-janeiro-february-2022

Oman – Dozens Rescued After Flash Floods in Muscat https://floodlist.com/asia/oman-floods-february-2022

Madagascar – Death Toll From Tropical Cyclone Batsirai Rises to 121 https://floodlist.com/africa/madagascar-death-cyclone-batsirai-update-february-2022

Honduras – Hundreds of Families Evacuate Floods in Atlántida https://floodlist.com/america/honduras-floods-atlantida-february-2022

Indonesia – Over 16,000 Affected by Floods in West Kalimantan https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-west-kalimantan-february-2022

Guatemala earthquake kills two, triggers landslides https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/guatemala-earthquake-triggers-rockfalls-uproots-trees-2022-02-16/

Flooding in Brazil leaves 102 dead after landslide hits city of Petrópolis in Rio de Janeiro state https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-17/deadly-rains-in-brazil-leaves-dead-102-as-death-toll-rises/100838236

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

“Australia is falling behind:” Clean energy investment shackled by outdated rules https://reneweconomy.com.au/australia-is-falling-behind-clean-energy-investment-shackled-by-outdated-rules/

Himalayas Are Experiencing an “Exceptional” Loss of Glacial Mass https://eos.org/articles/himalayas-are-experiencing-an-exceptional-loss-of-glacial-mass

Ice velocity and thickness of the world’s glaciershttps://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-021-00885-z

Europeans more likely to vote green after extreme weather events https://www.theguardian.com/news/2022/feb/12/europeans-more-likely-to-vote-green-after-extreme-weather-events

How the UK can cut carbon emissions and reduce household energy bills https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/feb/13/how-the-uk-can-cut-carbon-emissions-and-reduce-household-energy-bills

Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles could be the hottest on record https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2022/02/09/super-bowl-heat-advisory-california/

Bushfires, dry lightning, rapid spark and spread all indicate climate change, southern fire chief says https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-14/bushfires-dry-lightning-indicate-climate-change/100829712

Stunning solar milestone as Australia passes 25GW mark https://reneweconomy.com.au/stunning-solar-milestone-as-australia-passes-25gw-mark/

Cold connections: Climate change challenges ice roads into remote communities https://www.thestar.com/autos/2022/02/12/cold-connections.html

Southwest experiencing driest conditions in at least 1,200 years due to climate change, new study finds https://abcnews.go.com/US/southwest-experiencing-driest-conditions-1200-years-due-climate/story?id=82881211

Experts say UN’s next climate change warning will be ‘a nightmare painted in the dry language of science’ https://www.marketwatch.com/story/experts-say-uns-next-climate-change-warning-will-be-a-nightmare-painted-in-the-dry-language-of-science-11644854819

Narrabri mine expansion would make it dirtiest thermal coalmine in Australia, environmentalists say https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/14/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 https://essd.copernicus.org/articles/14/411/2022/

Global sea level rise: All roads lead to one conclusion https://earthsky.org/earth/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 https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2021EF002334

Experts outline governing principles to fund climate loss and damage https://www.devex.com/news/experts-outline-governing-principles-to-fund-climate-loss-and-damage-102619

Sea level to rise one foot along U.S. coastlines by 2050, government report finds https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2022/02/15/sea-level-rise-2050-climate/

U.S. faces “significant consequences” from more severe coastal flooding https://www.axios.com/new-sea-level-rise-forecast-warns-increasing-flooding-759e812c-8f79-4115-80e9-b3099724e9d6.html

Flower growth in Antarctica is accelerating due to warming climate https://www.newscientist.com/article/2308214-flower-growth-in-antarctica-is-accelerating-due-to-warming-climate/

Rapid intensification of the emerging southwestern North American megadrought in 2020–2021 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-022-01290-z

2022 Sea Level Rise Technical Report https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/hazards/sealevelrise/sealevelrise-tech-report.html

China’s rising influence on climate governance: Forging a path for the global South https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S095937802200022X

The Effects of Climate Change https://climate.nasa.gov/effects/

Antarctic Sea Ice Extent/Concentration https://sites.uci.edu/zlabe/antarctic-sea-ice-extentconcentration/

Fact check: Have we really avoided the ‘worst case’ climate change scenarios? https://www.euronews.com/green/2022/02/16/fact-check-have-we-really-avoided-the-worst-case-climate-change-scenarios

Oil majors ‘not walking the talk’ on climate action, study confirms https://www.carbonbrief.org/oil-majors-not-walking-the-talk-on-climate-action-study-confirms

How hot will the planet get? Public opinion is key factor, finds study https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/feb/16/how-hot-will-the-planet-get-climate-projections-social-attitudes

What drives sea level rise? US report warns of 1-foot rise within three decades and more frequent flooding https://theconversation.com/what-drives-sea-level-rise-us-report-warns-of-1-foot-rise-within-three-decades-and-more-frequent-flooding-177211

Western Sydney will swelter through 46 days per year over 35°C by 2090, unless emissions drop significantly https://theconversation.com/western-sydney-will-swelter-through-46-days-per-year-over-35-c-by-2090-unless-emissions-drop-significantly-177056

HeatWatch: Extreme heat in Western Sydney https://australiainstitute.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/HeatWatch-2022-WEB.pdf

Disaster risk reduction

Why do landslides happen? https://soilsmatter.wordpress.com/2022/02/01/why-do-landslides-happen/

GLOBathy, the global lakes bathymetry dataset https://www.nature.com/articles/s41597-022-01132-9#Abs1

Better prediction of megathrust earthquakes: Illuminating slow slip plate tectonics in south-western Japan https://phys.org/news/2022-02-megathrust-earthquakes-illuminating-plate-tectonics.html

As Australia faces new fire reality, forest restoration tactics reevaluated https://news.mongabay.com/2022/02/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 https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2022/02/14/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 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-022-05267-1

Mobile home residents face higher flood risk https://headwaterseconomics.org/natural-hazards/mobile-home-flood-risk/

Tongan volcano eruption leaves scientists with unanswered questions https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00475-y

Disasters Spur Planned UK Coastal Flood Barrier https://www.air-worldwide.com/blog/posts/2022/02/disasters-spur-uk-flood-barrier/

Human ignitions on private lands drive USFS cross-boundary wildfire transmission and community impacts in the western US https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-06002-3

Controversial floodplain harvesting regulations could soon be in place in NSW http://www.watercareer.com.au/news/nsw-preps-harvest-rules

Is flooding in England getting worse? https://policy.friendsoftheearth.uk/insight/flooding-england-getting-worse

Interior Announces Plan to Implement Historic Wildland Fire Management Funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law https://www.doi.gov/wildlandfire/news/interior-announces-plan-implement-historic-wildland-fire-management-funding

Emergency management

New Covid Variant: What We Know About the BA.2 Omicron Strain https://www.wsj.com/articles/what-we-know-about-the-ba-2-omicron-variant-11643300997

When communities lose affordable housing, it’s harder for businesses—and the entire economy—to recover from those disasters https://www.fastcompany.com/90721097/natural-disasters-can-wipe-out-affordable-housing-for-years

Can Haiti rebuild a food system broken by disaster, historical injustice, and neglect? https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news-feature/2022/2/2/can-Haiti-rebuild-broken-food-system-disaster-historical-injustice-neglect

As bushfires tore through Bridgetown the power and phone lines were cut https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-15/bridgetown-bushfires-wa-led-to-power-an-phone-line-outages/100829974

We can’t surrender to COVID. Why ‘back to normal’ is a dangerous fantasy https://www.nationalobserver.com/2022/02/15/opinion/we-cant-surrender-covid-why-back-normal-dangerous-fantasy

US has suffered more than 1m excess deaths during pandemic, CDC finds https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/feb/17/us-excess-deaths-pandemic-cdc

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Free online tool identifies climate risks in your neighborhood https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2022/02/free-online-tool-identifies-climate-risks-in-your-neighborhood/

What happens to your home’s value when your neighbourhood floods? https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-what-happens-to-your-homes-value-when-your-neighbourhood-floods/

What makes a climate story effective? https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-04392-4

Public asked to help build national flood photo database https://niwa.co.nz/news/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 https://theconversation.com/disaster-survivors-feel-more-prepared-for-the-next-one-but-are-often-left-out-of-planning-176674

Disaster preparedness and resilience at household level in Yangon, Myanmar https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-022-05226-w

Can Empathy Grow in the Metaverse and Virtual Reality? https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/urban-survival/202202/can-empathy-grow-in-the-metaverse-and-virtual-reality

Overcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Black Communities https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/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 https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2022/01/31/climate-study-flood-risk-black-americans-

Heat waves hit the poor hardest – a new study calculates the rising impact on those least able to adapt to the warming climate https://theconversation.com/heat-waves-hit-the-poor-hardest-a-new-study-calculates-the-rising-impact-on-those-least-able-to-adapt-to-the-warming-climate-175224

(In)visibilities About the Vulnerabilities of People with Visual Impairments to Disasters and Climate Change: A Case Study in Cuiabá, Brazil https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13753-022-00394-6

Social Capital and the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Preliminary Qualitative Analysis https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/social-capital-and-the-covid-19-pandemic

Queer Communities Often Left Out of Disaster Planning, Research Shows https://www.kqed.org/science/1978439/queer-communities-often-left-out-of-disaster-planning-research-shows

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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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