Today in disaster resilience (4 March 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Man dies in floodwaters on NSW Central Coast as drivers caught out in rising waters

Flood emergency in Lismore, Murwillumbah, Kyogle set to be largest on record

South-east Queensland weather claims seventh life as evacuations, rising floodwaters continue

At least 24 dead or missing after heavy rains hit Tarija, Bolivia

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake, numerous aftershocks hit West Sumatra, Indonesia

Tropical Cyclone “Anika” forecast to make landfall over the northern Kimberley coast, Western Australia

Death toll from Indonesia earthquake rises to 11 with 400 injured

Malaysia – Thousands Evacuate Floods in Kelantan and Terengganu

East coast low menaces Sydney and vast stretch of NSW coast with ‘life-threatening’ flash flooding forecast

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate emergency a ‘national security’ concern, says Red Cross

2021 Climate Change Catastrophe Report

Wildfires likely to increase by a third by 2050, warns UN

Mass starvation, extinctions, disasters: the new IPCC report’s grim predictions, and why adaptation efforts are falling behind

Latest IPCC report: Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

As extreme weather ravages the Pacific, there is much to do and no time to waste

One of the most well-studied impacts of climate change is the effect of temperature and, in particular, extremely hot days on mortality

New IPCC report shows Australia is at real risk from climate change, with impacts worsening, future risks high, and wide-ranging adaptation needed

Like rivers in the sky: the weather system bringing floods to Queensland will become more likely under climate change

‘Delay means death’: We’re running out of ways to adapt to the climate crisis, new report shows. Here are the key takeaways

Climate Report Rebukes Overshoot Plans with “Irreversible Consequences”

Doctors say climate change is already having devastating effects on our health

Chief Heat Officers

Understanding the formation and evolution of blue-ice moraines

‘One of the most extreme disasters in colonial Australian history’: climate scientists on the floods and our future risk

From food to floods, Africa ‘not ready’ for climate stress, its scientists say

Flood shift in Australia predicted

Make no mistake: these floods are climate change playing out in real time

Deadly floods highlight need for climate action

Improving hydrological climate impact assessments using multirealizations from a global climate model

As climate dangers rise, scientists predict disasters before they happen

Disaster risk reduction

A Devastating Blaze Hit Climate and Fire Scientists Where They Live

Nature-based solutions: The answer to flooding in Chennai?

CoreLogic Climate Change Catastrophe Report Estimates 1 in 10 U.S. Residential Properties Impacted by Natural Disasters in 2021

Predictive multi-watershed flood monitoring using deep learning on integrated physical and social sensors data

Lismore locals baffled as flood-prone city is left off priority funding list

Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper

Ocean and extreme events: Better forecasting for a better prepared society

Nashville residents stunned to find out they’re now living in flood plains

What caused the ‘rain bomb’? How the unprecedented Queensland and NSW 2022 floods unfolded

The Underestimated Risk of Flooding in Switzerland

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

Distribution and characteristics of wastewater treatment plants within the global river network

See Australia as never before with new annual LandCover maps from 1988–2020 at 25 m resolution

Resilience of art cities to flood risk: A quantitative model based on depth-idleness correlation

Why water inundates a home during one flood but spares it the next

Stalled weather: how stuck air pressure systems drive floods and heatwaves

Flood risk management and governance: A bibliometric review of the literature

Study Maps Stress Changes Around Fault Activated by Hydraulic Fracturing

Emergency management

Lismore flood emergency sees people stranded on roofs, evacuation warning issued for entire NSW Northern Rivers

COVID-19: This is the impact of working from home, say leading economists

Drinking water can be a dangerous cocktail for people in flood areas

Fijian abattoir workers, Melbourne’s Sikh community assist in NSW flood zone

Flood map and rain charts show extent of Queensland and NSW disaster

The Philippines is “Ready to Rebuild” in the aftermath of Typhoon Rai

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Hot on the Presses: Capturing an Audience During High Heat Emergencies

How unusual is all this rain we’re having? The answer? Very

California Tsunami Preparedness Guide

The role of public participation in disaster risk reduction initiatives: The case of Katlehong township

Political psychology in the digital (mis)information age: A model of news belief and sharing

Psychology and disasters

As pandemic stressors continue, kids’ mental health needs to be addressed in schools

Psychology stands ready to help society respond to climate change, APA president says

Psychologists Urge Peers to Take Climate Action

Sociology and disasters

The White House excluded race from its environmental justice tool. We put it back in

We could be creating flood risk ghettos’: How flooding hits the UK’s poorest hardest


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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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