Today in disaster resilience (25 February 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

South Manchester severe flood warning prompts home evacuations https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-60452827

Brazil – Evacuations After Floods Hit Espírito Santo https://floodlist.com/america/espirito-santo-brazil-february-2022

Madagascar – Storm Dumako Leaves 6 Dead, Homes Damaged https://floodlist.com/africa/madagascar-storm-dumako-february-2022

Storm Eunice unleashes record-setting winds, widespread damage in England https://www.accuweather.com/en/severe-weather/storm-eunice-storm-dudley-uk-europe-winds-flooding/1144745

Portugal’s drought worsens, rainfall down to 7% of average https://www.euronews.com/2022/02/21/portugal-s-drought-worsens-rainfall-down-to-7-of-average

Category 3 Tropical Cyclone Emnati headed for vulnerable Madagascar https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2022/02/category-3-tropical-cyclone-emnati-headed-for-vulnerable-madagascar/

Colombia – 1 Missing After Flash Floods in Nariño https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-narino-february-2022

Brazil – Flooding Rivers Displace Thousands in Rondônia https://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-rondonia-february-2022

South Africa – 1 Dead, 3 Missing After Floods in Gauteng https://floodlist.com/africa/floods-tembisa-gauteng-south-africa-february-2022

Woman dies in floodwater after Queensland records ‘scary’ amount of rain, BOM warns of more to come https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-23/qld-rain-bom-weather-forecast-flooding/100852808

UK – Hundreds of Homes Damaged After Storm Franklin Causes Rivers to Rise https://floodlist.com/europe/united-kingdom/floods-storm-franklin-february-2022

Bolivia – 20 Feared Missing After Floods in Tarija https://floodlist.com/america/floods-tarija-bolivia-february-2022

Argentina wildfires spread to engulf key cattle farming region https://www.batimes.com.ar/news/argentina/argentina-wildfires-spread-to-engulf-key-cattle-farming-region.phtml

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Feb 2022: Fuego volcano, Semeru, Ibu, Sangay, Telica, Nevado del Ruiz https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/173652/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-23-Feb-2022-Fuego-volcano-Semeru-Ibu-Sangay-Telica-Nevado-del-Ruiz.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The night brakes on fires are failing https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00352-8

Magpies face bleak future as heat rises with climate change https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-20/magpies-face-bleak-future-from-rising-climate-change-heat/100843148

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

Heatwaves and public housing in Melbourne https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-17/air-con-rooms-shut-in-victorian-public-housing/100833014

How Australia’s geology gave us an abundance of coal – and a wealth of greentech minerals to switch to https://theconversation.com/how-australias-geology-gave-us-an-abundance-of-coal-and-a-wealth-of-greentech-minerals-to-switch-to-173988

Building a Resilient Tomorrow: How to Prepare for the Coming Climate Disruption https://global.oup.com/academic/product/building-a-resilient-tomorrow-9780197626610

How does Antarctic sea ice differ from Arctic sea ice? https://nsidc.org/cryosphere/icelights/2014/01/why-there-so-much-antarctic-sea-ice

Brazilian Town is Losing at Least 5 Meters of Coast Per Year https://worldwarzero.com/magazine/2022/02/brazilian-town-is-losing-at-least-5-meters-of-coast-per-year/

In worst case climate, rain and storm surge combine often for extreme flooding https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/worst-case-climate-rain-storm-surge-combine-often-extreme-flooding-rcna14656

Rising Seas Could Raise Insurance Rates of Those Living Near Water https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/climate-in-crisis/rising-seas-could-raise-insurance-rates-of-those-living-near-water/2816932/

How will climate change impact different regions in America? https://inhabitat.com/how-will-climate-change-impact-different-regions-in-america/

Storm Eunice: UK set for more ‘red’ Met Office weather warnings as a result of climate change https://inews.co.uk/news/science/storm-eustice-uk-more-red-met-office-weather-warnings-climate-change-1469846

Minnesota winters will warm 11 degrees by 2100, study says https://www.axios.com/local/twin-cities/2022/02/18/minnesota-winters-study-global-warming

Timing of emergence of modern rates of sea-level rise by 1863 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-28564-6

Cold blob in Atlantic may be slowing ice loss from Iceland’s glaciers https://www.newscientist.com/article/2308086-cold-blob-in-atlantic-may-be-slowing-ice-loss-from-icelands-glaciers/

How public opinion can help shape climate policies https://www.popsci.com/environment/climate-change-public-opinion/

Coal, oil and gas projects emitting greenhouse gases above estimates given at environmental approval, new study finds https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-24/fossil-fuel-emissions-worse-than-estimates-when-approved/100855338

Antarctic sea ice falls to lowest level since measurements began in 1979 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/feb/23/antarctic-sea-ice-falls-to-lowest-level-since-measurements-began-in-1979

Climate change is intensifying Earth’s water cycle at twice the predicted rate, research shows https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/24/climate-change-is-intensifying-earths-water-cycle-at-twice-the-predicted-rate-research-shows

Wildfires likely to increase by a third by 2050, warns UN https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/23/climate-crisis-driving-increase-in-wildfires-across-globe-says-report-aoe

Future of the human climate niche https://www.pnas.org/content/117/21/11350

Climate change is warping our fresh water cycle – and much faster than we thought https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-warping-our-fresh-water-cycle-and-much-faster-than-we-thought-177453

NASA develops technology to dissect the lower atmosphere https://phys.org/news/2022-02-nasa-technology-atmosphere.html

Swiss rivers on track to overheat by the end of the century https://phys.org/news/2022-02-swiss-rivers-track-overheat-century.html

NASA is helping fly drones in the Arctic. Here’s what that means for sea ice and sea level change https://phys.org/news/2022-02-nasa-drones-arctic-sea-ice.html

The first step to preparing for surging climate migration? Defining it https://www.npr.org/2022/02/23/1082370619/migration-climate-change-disaster

Melting glaciers, fast-disappearing gauge of climate change https://phys.org/news/2022-02-glaciers-fast-disappering-gauge-climate.html

Cities are abandoning homes that will be destroyed by climate change https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/grand-forks-demolishing-homes-1.6362428

Disaster risk reduction

London flooding poses ‘significant risk’ unless immediate action taken https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/feb/20/london-flooding-poses-significant-risk-unless-immediate-action-taken

Understanding what happens when bushfires merge https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/113

Inclusive disaster risk management: What have we learned? https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/inclusive-disaster-risk-management-what-have-we-learned

Mitigating the Impact of Climate Change and Flooding on Austria https://www.ambientalrisk.com/mitigating-the-impact-of-climate-change-and-flooding-on-austria/

The problem of doing more: success and paradoxes in scaling up informal initiatives for disaster risk reduction and climate action https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02255189.2021.2019574

The very large urban landslide at Morro da Oficina in Petrópolis https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2022/02/17/morro-da-oficina-1/

NSW government’s issuing of flood plain harvesting licences ‘an act of bastardry’, crossbenchers say https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/feb/21/nsw-government-issuing-of-flood-plain-harvesting-licences-an-act-of-bastardry-crossbenchers-say

Virginia Beach leaders to discuss flood protection plans https://www.13newsnow.com/article/tech/science/environment/flooding-plans-virginia-beach/291-0445d57d-da79-4374-8b96-dd5a3dd52acd

Stockton earthquake: How many quakes happen in the UK? https://www.bbc.com/news/explainers-51221404

Managing residual flood risk behind levees: Comparing USA, France, and Quebec (Canada) https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/jfr3.12785

Our infrastructure is succumbing to natural disasters — we need to be ready for worsening floods https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/595212-our-infrastructure-is-succumbing-to-natural-disasters-we-need-to

Parramatta Powerhouse: NSW arts minister dismisses claims $915m museum is being built on a flood zone https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/feb/23/nsw-arts-minister-dismisses-claims-915m-parramatta-powerhouse-museum-is-being-built-on-a-flood-zone

Identification of flood-prone areas with GeoFlood: Lessons learned from the Tiber River case study https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12795

Experimental Evidence for Coverage Preferences in Flood Insurance https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13753-022-00397-3

Comparing machine learning models for earthquake detection https://phys.org/news/2022-02-machine-earthquake.html

Flood-hit village Boris Johnson promised to ‘get done’ 2 years ago is underwater again https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/flood-hit-village-boris-johnson-26311106

Towards stronger and more accountable EU-wide disaster risk management https://medium.com/ecajournal/towards-stronger-and-more-accountable-eu-wide-disaster-risk-management-eb6c449ab265

Emergency management

England is expected to end all virus restrictions in the coming days https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-60446908

Who is dying of COVID amid omicron surge and widespread vaccine availability? https://abcnews.go.com/Health/dying-covid-unvaccinated/story

Brazil – Search Continues for Dozens Missing in Petrópolis Floods and Landslides https://floodlist.com/america/brazil-petropolis-floods-landslides-update

Enhancing pedestrian evacuation routes during flood events https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-022-05251-9

What Does Building Back Better Look Like? https://hakaimagazine.com/news/what-does-building-back-better-look-like/

Horn of Africa Drought: Humanitarian Key Messageshttps://reliefweb.int/report/ethiopia/horn-africa-drought-humanitarian-key-messages

British Columbia set to move to year-round BC Wildfire Service https://globalnews.ca/news/8635723/bc-wildfire-service-year-round/

Why does the Omicron sub-variant spread faster than the original? https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00471-2

Iceland to lift all COVID-19 restrictions on Friday https://www.arctictoday.com/iceland-to-lift-all-covid-19-restrictions-on-friday/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The call for nominations for the 2022 United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction is open, under the theme “Building resilience through a multi-hazard approach.” https://globalplatform.undrr.org/sasakawa-award

Midterm Review of the Sendai Framework – Open Stakeholder Survey https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx

Maritime Tsunami Preparedness https://video.buffer.com/v/620be236fa9fa5237437fb06

Tsunami hīkoi – your evacuation walk – to high ground or inland, by foot or bike https://www.eastcoastlab.org.nz/getinvolved/tsunami-hikoi/

Role-Play Workshops Accelerate County’s Adaptation Action https://coast.noaa.gov/states/stories/role-play-workshops-accelerate-countys-adaptation-action.html

Four Ways Education Can Fight Climate Change https://blogs.adb.org/blog/four-ways-education-can-fight-climate-change

Science needs to address its imagination problem – lives depend on it https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg25333753-500-science-needs-to-address-its-imagination-problem-lives-depend-on-it/

Psychology and disasters

Climate change contributes to poorer mental health: study https://www.ctvnews.ca/climate-and-environment/climate-change-contributes-to-poorer-mental-health-study-1.5763334

Research found that rural residents generally perform better than urban residents in terms of community resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/news/rural-communities-report-higher-resilience-after-disasters

Sociology and disasters

Inclusive Approaches to Disaster Risk Management — A Qualitative Review https://documents.worldbank.org/en/publication/documents-reports/documentdetail/099920102112210580/p17651608cd5ae0120bcf801c3db57fdfdf

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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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