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 https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-25/man-dies-in-floodwaters-on-nsw-central-coast/100860012

Flood emergency in Lismore, Murwillumbah, Kyogle set to be largest on record https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-28/lismore-flood-emergency-levee-breaks-largest-on-record/100866296

South-east Queensland weather claims seventh life as evacuations, rising floodwaters continue https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-28/south-east-queensland-weather-flooding-bom-brisbane-evacuations/100866270

At least 24 dead or missing after heavy rains hit Tarija, Bolivia https://watchers.news/2022/02/25/at-least-24-dead-or-missing-after-heavy-rains-hit-tarija-bolivia/

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake, numerous aftershocks hit West Sumatra, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2022/02/25/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 https://watchers.news/2022/02/26/tropical-cyclone-anika-forecast-track-western-australia/

Death toll from Indonesia earthquake rises to 11 with 400 injured https://apfmag.mdmpublishing.com/death-toll-from-indonesia-earthquake-rises-to-11-with-400-injured/

Malaysia – Thousands Evacuate Floods in Kelantan and Terengganu https://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-thailand-floods-february-2022

East coast low menaces Sydney and vast stretch of NSW coast with ‘life-threatening’ flash flooding forecast https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/02/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 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/27/climate-emergency-a-national-security-concern-says-red-cross

2021 Climate Change Catastrophe Report https://www.corelogic.com/intelligence/2020-climate-change-catastrophe-report/

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

Mass starvation, extinctions, disasters: the new IPCC report’s grim predictions, and why adaptation efforts are falling behind https://theconversation.com/mass-starvation-extinctions-disasters-the-new-ipcc-reports-grim-predictions-and-why-adaptation-efforts-are-falling-behind-176693

Latest IPCC report: Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar6/wg2/

As extreme weather ravages the Pacific, there is much to do and no time to waste https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/mar/01/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 https://impactlab.org/research-area/health/

New IPCC report shows Australia is at real risk from climate change, with impacts worsening, future risks high, and wide-ranging adaptation needed https://theconversation.com/new-ipcc-report-shows-australia-is-at-real-risk-from-climate-change-with-impacts-worsening-future-risks-high-and-wide-ranging-adaptation-needed-176691

Like rivers in the sky: the weather system bringing floods to Queensland will become more likely under climate change https://theconversation.com/like-rivers-in-the-sky-the-weather-system-bringing-floods-to-queensland-will-become-more-likely-under-climate-change-176711

‘Delay means death’: We’re running out of ways to adapt to the climate crisis, new report shows. Here are the key takeaways https://edition.cnn.com/2022/02/28/world/un-ipcc-climate-report-adaptation-impacts/index.html

Climate Report Rebukes Overshoot Plans with “Irreversible Consequences” https://eos.org/articles/climate-report-rebukes-overshoot-plans-with-irreversible-consequences

Doctors say climate change is already having devastating effects on our health https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-01/doctors-say-climate-change-having-devastating-impacts-on-health/100872228

Chief Heat Officers https://onebillionresilient.org/project/chief-heat-officers/

Understanding the formation and evolution of blue-ice moraines https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/2608351-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 https://theconversation.com/one-of-the-most-extreme-disasters-in-colonial-australian-history-climate-scientists-on-the-floods-and-our-future-risk-178153

From food to floods, Africa ‘not ready’ for climate stress, its scientists say https://news.trust.org/item/20220301121847-6qku5/

Flood shift in Australia predicted http://www.watercareer.com.au/news/flood-shift-predicted

Make no mistake: these floods are climate change playing out in real time https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/make-no-mistake-these-floods-are-climate-change-playing-out-in-real-time-20220302-p5a11y.html

Deadly floods highlight need for climate action https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7643909/floods-rain-bombs-and-co2-emissions/

Improving hydrological climate impact assessments using multirealizations from a global climate model https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12787

As climate dangers rise, scientists predict disasters before they happen https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/climate-dangers-rise-scientists-predict-disasters-before-they-happen-2022-03-01/

Disaster risk reduction

A Devastating Blaze Hit Climate and Fire Scientists Where They Live https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-devastating-blaze-hit-climate-and-fire-scientists-where-they-live/

Nature-based solutions: The answer to flooding in Chennai? https://chennai.citizenmatters.in/chennai-flooding-rains-nature-based-solutions-constructed-wetlands-37913

CoreLogic Climate Change Catastrophe Report Estimates 1 in 10 U.S. Residential Properties Impacted by Natural Disasters in 2021 https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220217005368/en/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 https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/23998083211069140

Lismore locals baffled as flood-prone city is left off priority funding list https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-13/flood-lismore-natural-disaster-funding/100618338

Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/tools/flood-exposure.html

Ocean and extreme events: Better forecasting for a better prepared society https://phys.org/news/2022-03-ocean-extreme-events-society.html

Nashville residents stunned to find out they’re now living in flood plains https://www.wsmv.com/news/investigations/nashville-residents-stunned-to-find-out-they-re-now-living-in-flood-plains/article_24e45a36-7fad-11ec-b205-d3f44b7ca7bd.html

What caused the ‘rain bomb’? How the unprecedented Queensland and NSW 2022 floods unfolded https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/01/how-the-unprecedented-queensland-and-nsw-floods-unfolded

The Underestimated Risk of Flooding in Switzerland https://www.ambientalrisk.com/the-underestimated-risk-of-flooding-in-switzerland/

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter https://www.molinostewart.com.au/floodplain-manager/

Distribution and characteristics of wastewater treatment plants within the global river network https://essd.copernicus.org/articles/14/559/2022/essd-14-559-2022.html

See Australia as never before with new annual LandCover maps from 1988–2020 at 25 m resolution https://maps.dea.ga.gov.au/#share=s-DEALandCover

Resilience of art cities to flood risk: A quantitative model based on depth-idleness correlation https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12794

Why water inundates a home during one flood but spares it the next https://theconversation.com/why-water-inundates-a-home-during-one-flood-but-spares-it-the-next-178163

Stalled weather: how stuck air pressure systems drive floods and heatwaves https://theconversation.com/stalled-weather-how-stuck-air-pressure-systems-drive-floods-and-heatwaves-178157

Flood risk management and governance: A bibliometric review of the literature https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12797

Study Maps Stress Changes Around Fault Activated by Hydraulic Fracturing https://www.seismosoc.org/news/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 https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-28/lismore-flood-emergency-levee-breaks-largest-on-record/100866296

COVID-19: This is the impact of working from home, say leading economists https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/02/the-impact-of-working-from-home-on-productivity-happiness-and-careers-views-of-leading-economists/

Drinking water can be a dangerous cocktail for people in flood areas https://theconversation.com/drinking-water-can-be-a-dangerous-cocktail-for-people-in-flood-areas-178028

Fijian abattoir workers, Melbourne’s Sikh community assist in NSW flood zone https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-02/fijian-abattoir-workers-melbournes-sihk-community-help-flood-/100874032

Flood map and rain charts show extent of Queensland and NSW disaster https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/ng-interactive/2022/mar/03/flood-map-nsw-qld-queensland-rain-chart-maps-brisbane-lismore-gympie-floods-weather-emergency-australia-east-coast

The Philippines is “Ready to Rebuild” in the aftermath of Typhoon Rai https://blogs.worldbank.org/eastasiapacific/philippines-ready-rebuild-aftermath-typhoon-rai

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Hot on the Presses: Capturing an Audience During High Heat Emergencies https://www.usu.edu/today/story/hot-on-the-presses-capturing-an-audience-during-high-heat-emergencies

How unusual is all this rain we’re having? The answer? Very https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-01/weather-explainer/100873014

California Tsunami Preparedness Guide https://cadoc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html

The role of public participation in disaster risk reduction initiatives: The case of Katlehong township https://jamba.org.za/index.php/JAMBA/article/view/1203

Political psychology in the digital (mis)information age: A model of news belief and sharing https://psyarxiv.com/u5yts

Psychology and disasters

As pandemic stressors continue, kids’ mental health needs to be addressed in schools https://www.apa.org/monitor/2022/01/special-childrens-mental-health

Psychology stands ready to help society respond to climate change, APA president says https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2022/03/climate-change-response

Psychologists Urge Peers to Take Climate Action https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/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 https://grist.org/equity/climate-and-economic-justice-screening-tool-race/

We could be creating flood risk ghettos’: How flooding hits the UK’s poorest hardest https://floodresilience.net/blogs/we-could-be-creating-flood-risk-ghettos-how-flooding-hits-the-uks-poorest-hardest/

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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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