Today in disaster resilience (18 March 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Mozambique – 12 Killed as Cyclone Gombe Brings Strong Winds and Torrential Rain https://floodlist.com/africa/mozambique-cyclone-gombe-march-2022

Malaysia – Deadly Landslide in Kuala Lumpur https://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-landslide-ampang-kuala-lumpur-march-2022

Historic drought looms for 20 million living in Horn of Africa https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/historic-drought-looms-for-20-million-living-in-horn-of-africa

Roads blocked and homes evacuated as heavy rain hits southern France https://www.connexionfrance.com/article/French-news/Roads-blocked-and-homes-evacuated-as-heavy-rain-hits-southern-France#.Yi-gB-rH4Hw.twitter

Malawi – 4 Dead After Cyclone Gombe Causes Floods in South https://floodlist.com/africa/malawi-cyclone-gombe-floods-march-2022

Landslide in Peruvian Andes buries dozens of homes https://news.yahoo.com/landslide-peruvian-andes-buries-dozens-172941422.html

Australia – More Deadly Floods Hit New South Wales https://floodlist.com/australia/floods-brokenhill-new-south-wales-march-2022

Ecuador – 1 Missing After Flash Floods and Landslides in Loja https://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-loja-march-2022

Magnitude-6.7 earthquake off Sumatra a reminder of region’s earthquake and tsunami hazards https://www.earthobservatory.sg/blog/magnitude-67-earthquake-sumatra-reminder-region%E2%80%99s-earthquake-and-tsunami-hazards

Powerful quake off north Japan kills 4, more than 90 injured https://phys.org/news/2022-03-powerful-quake-north-japan.html

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Mar 2022: Fuego volcano, Semeru, Ibu, Reventador, Kilauea, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/175570/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-16-Mar-2022-Fuego-volcano-Semeru-Ibu-Reventador-Kilauea-Sangay-Be.html

USA – Floods Cause Traffic Chaos in Alabama https://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-birmingham-alabama-march-2022

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Sun Cable’s giant Northern Territory solar project gets $210m funding boost https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/14/sun-cables-giant-northern-territory-solar-project-gets-210m-funding-boost

UK not prepared for climate impacts, warns IPCC expert https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/mar/04/uk-not-prepared-climate-impacts-ipcc-intergovernmental

What does the latest climate science mean for anticipatory action? https://www.anticipation-hub.org/news/what-does-the-latest-climate-science-mean-for-anticipatory-action

Estimating Heat Wave Frequency and Strength: A Chicago Case Study https://eos.org/research-spotlights/estimating-heat-wave-frequency-and-strength-a-chicago-case-study

February 2022: Earth’s 7th-warmest February on record https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2022/03/february-2022-earths-7th-warmest-february-on-record/

Increasing spatiotemporal proximity of heat and precipitation extremes in a warming world quantified by a large model ensemble https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ac5712

IPCC report: how politics – not climate change – is responsible for disasters and conflict https://theconversation.com/ipcc-report-how-politics-not-climate-change-is-responsible-for-disasters-and-conflict-178071

Children’s climate change case overturned on appeal as Federal Court dismisses government’s ‘duty of care’ https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-15/federal-court-judgement-on-climate-change-government-doc/100909214

Why Is the World Ignoring the Latest U.N. Climate Report? https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2022/03/un-climate-report.html

Fast-melting alpine permafrost may contribute to rising global temperatures https://phys.org/news/2022-03-fast-melting-alpine-permafrost-contribute-global.html

Precipitation trends determine how often droughts and heat waves will occur together https://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=36336&webc_pm=07/2022

As sea levels rise, coastal megacities will need more than flood barriers https://theconversation.com/as-sea-levels-rise-coastal-megacities-will-need-more-than-flood-barriers-176935

Using Thoreau’s Notebooks to Understand Climate Change https://daily.jstor.org/using-thoreaus-notebooks-to-understand-climate-change/

Black Summer bushfire smoke altered ozone-depleting chemicals in atmosphere, study finds https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2022-03-18/smoke-black-summer-bushfires-ozone-layer-altered/100908234

Germany aims to get 100% of energy from renewable sources by 2035 https://www.reuters.com/business/sustainable-business/germany-aims-get-100-energy-renewable-sources-by-2035-2022-02-28/

To really address climate change, Australia could make 27 times as much electricity and make it renewable https://theconversation.com/to-really-address-climate-change-australia-could-make-27-times-as-much-electricity-and-make-it-renewable-179311

When will eastern Australia’s wet weather end and will we get a La Niña ‘three-peat’? https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/18/when-will-eastern-australias-wet-weather-end-and-will-we-get-a-la-nina-three-peat

U.S. Fires Four Times Larger, Three Times More Frequent Since 2000 https://cires.colorado.edu/news/us-fires-four-times-larger-three-times-more-frequent-2000

Disaster risk reduction

Fire-Environment Analysis: An Example of Army Garrison Camp Williams, Utah https://www.mdpi.com/2571-6255/3/1/6

‘It makes sense to improve’: flood-hit mayors fear road rebuild won’t reduce risk https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/14/it-makes-sense-to-improve-flood-hit-mayors-fear-road-rebuild-wont-reduce-risk

Midterm Review of the Sendai Framework https://sendaiframework-mtr.undrr.org/

Grantham residents moved to higher ground after record floods, so why haven’t others? https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-13/grantham-land-swap-a-model-for-future/100902758

A retrospective on hydrological catchment modelling based on half a century with the HBV model https://hess.copernicus.org/articles/26/1371/2022/

To build for the future, we need updated rainfall records https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/598099-to-build-for-the-future-we-need-updated-rainfall-records

The human factor in seasonal streamflows across natural and managed watersheds of North America https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-022-00848-1

Seismic Hazard and Risk Analysis https://sites.google.com/site/pshabook/

Assessing the Potential for Compound Storm Surge and Extreme River Discharge Events at the Catchment Scale with Statistical Models: Sensitivity Analysis and Recommendations for Best Practice https://ascelibrary.org/doi/10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0002154

After the floods, the distressing but necessary case for managed retreat https://theconversation.com/after-the-floods-the-distressing-but-necessary-case-for-managed-retreat-178641

Yukon government mapping all flood prone areas, minister says https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-government-flood-mapping-1.6385752

Strengthening emergency communications for complex, cascading and compounding events – lessons learned from the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai eruption and tsunami in Tonga https://council.science/current/blog/emergency-communications-complex-cascading-events-lessons-eruption-and-tsunami-in-tonga/

Trees: why they’re our greatest allies against floods – but also tragic victims https://theconversation.com/trees-why-theyre-our-greatest-allies-against-floods-but-also-tragic-victims-178981

World’s largest dam removal reverses coastal erosion https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-50387-7

A Comparative Assessment of Mobile Device-Based Multi-Hazard Warnings: Saving Lives through Public Alerts in Europe https://css.ethz.ch/content/dam/ethz/special-interest/gess/cis/center-for-securities-studies/pdfs/RR-Reports-2022-Warning-App-Study.pdf

More than one million properties are at risk of flooding across 30 priority local government areas around Australia https://www.smh.com.au/property/news/one-million-homes-at-risk-of-flooding-by-2030-new-modelling-shows-20220316-p5a57r.html

Burned areas and number of wildfires around the world https://gwis.jrc.ec.europa.eu/apps/gwis.statistics/

Community Resilience Estimates https://www.census.gov/data/developers/data-sets/community-resilience-estimates.html

SeisBench—A Toolbox for Machine Learning in Seismology https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/ssa/srl/article-abstract/doi/10.1785/0220210324/612498/SeisBench-A-Toolbox-for-Machine-Learning-in

New high-resolution map shows wildfires caused one third of global forest loss between 2001 and 2019 https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/946430

Emergency management

China battles worst Covid outbreak for two years as cases double in 24 hours https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/mar/13/china-battles-worst-covid-outbreak-for-two-years-as-cases-double-in-24-hours

If you think you know how many Britons died during the pandemic, think again https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/britain-covid-pandemic-deaths-lancet-b2034463.html

Responding faster to droughts with satellites and adaptive social protection in Niger https://blogs.worldbank.org/climatechange/responding-faster-droughts-satellites-and-adaptive-social-protection-niger

COVID pandemic 2nd anniversary: 3 things we got wrong, and 3 things to watch out for https://theconversation.com/covid-pandemic-2nd-anniversary-3-things-we-got-wrong-and-3-things-to-watch-out-for-177618

SES boss defends decision to reject army assistance days before northern NSW floods https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-13/nsw-floods-adf-offer-rejected-by-ses/100906268

Scott Morrison says he met with BOM last year to discuss ‘cyclones and floods’ after government blasted for refusing to heed warnings https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-14/morrison-government-blasted-for-bungling-flood-disaster-bushfire/100907116

Post-event flood mapping for road networks using taxi GPS data https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12799

Brisbane floods damage University of Queensland glasshouses, result in ‘huge loss of knowledge’ https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2022-03-15/brisbane-floods-lost-research-in-university-queensland-/100903544

Kids show mysteriously low levels of COVID antibodies https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00681-8

‘Pretty brutal’: Hiring woes plague Biden effort to contain wildfires https://www.politico.com/news/2022/03/15/bidens-effort-to-contain-wildfires-threatened-by-staffing-woes-00016419

After the tornado, can a rural Kentucky town create a comeback? https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2022/0223/After-the-tornado-can-a-rural-Kentucky-town-create-a-comeback

Has the COVID-19 pandemic made the world more prepared for the future? https://www.today.com/video/has-the-covid-19-pandemic-made-the-world-more-prepared-for-the-future-135258693996

Burned Area Emergency Response Teams: Interactions and Opportunities During Southwestern Monsoon Seasons https://hazards.colorado.edu/weather-ready-research/burned-area-emergency-response-teams-interactions-and-opportunities-during-southwestern-monsoon-seasons

Review on visualization technology in simulation training system for major natural disasters https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-022-05277-z

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Ulladulla’s Gateway sculpture rises up as symbol of resilience after Black Summer bushfires https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-13/ulladulla-gateway-sculpture-black-summer-bushfire-resilience/100898386

Virginia Flood Awareness Week https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/floodawarenessweek/

Study proposes to involve high school students in mapping natural disaster hazards and impact prevention https://agencia.fapesp.br/study-proposes-to-involve-high-school-students-in-mapping-natural-disaster-hazards-and-impact-prevention/38090/

Moral Emotions Shape the Virality of COVID-19 Misinformation on Social Media https://arxiv.org/pdf/2202.03590.pdf

Artists address flood awareness https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/insights/artists-address-flood-awareness

Flood recovery resources https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/flood-recovery-resources/

ADA brings flood risk management into focus in schools https://www.ada.org.uk/2022/03/ada-brings-flood-risk-management-into-focus-in-schools/

Examining Public Response and Climate Conditions During Overlapping Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings https://hazards.colorado.edu/weather-ready-research/examining-public-response-and-climate-conditions-during-overlapping-tornado-and-flashflood-warnings

Household-Targeted Hurricane Warnings for Effective Evacuation https://hazards.colorado.edu/weather-ready-research/household-targeted-hurricane-warnings-for-effective-evacuation

Risk Communication Planning: Learning From Lived Experiences of Homelessness https://hazards.colorado.edu/weather-ready-research/risk-communication-planning-learning-from-lived-experience-of-homelessness

The Role of 360-Degree Videos in Wildfire Preparedness https://hazards.colorado.edu/weather-ready-research/the-role-of-360-degree-videos-in-wildfire-preparedness

Evacuation: A Resource Round-Up https://fireadaptednetwork.org/evacuation-a-resource-round-up/

Psychology and disasters

Anxious nation: Eco-grief takes hold as ‘code red for humanity’ hits home https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/anxious-nation-eco-grief-takes-hold-as-code-red-for-humanity-hits-home-20220311-p5a3ua.html

The March 2020 Tennessee Tornados: Risk Perceptions, Preparedness, and Communication https://hazards.colorado.edu/weather-ready-research/the-march-2020-tennessee-tornados-risk-perceptions-preparedness-and-communication

Learning From Hurricane Laura’s Near Miss: Evacuation Decision-Making Under Uncertainty https://hazards.colorado.edu/weather-ready-research/learning-from-hurricane-lauras-near-miss-evacuation-decision-making-under-uncertainty

Sociology and disasters

Cabbage Tree Island’s Indigenous community displaced by NSW floods ‘left out’ of government’s response https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-13/nsw-floods-displace-cabbage-tree-island-indigenous-community/100903252

Disasters as Enablers of Negotiation for Sustainability Transition: A Case from Odaka, Fukushima https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/14/5/3101

Why climate change is inherently racist https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220125-why-climate-change-is-inherently-racist

So far, vaccine inequity is widening the gap between rich and poor https://sdgintegration.undp.org/vaccine-equity

Location Intelligence Reveals the Extent, Timing, and Spatial Variation of Hurricane Preparedness https://www.researchgate.net/publication/359227982_Location_Intelligence_Reveals_the_Extent_Timing_and_Spatial_Variation_of_Hurricane_Preparedness

Homeless and looking for help – why people with disability and their carers fare worse after floods https://theconversation.com/homeless-and-looking-for-help-why-people-with-disability-and-their-carers-fare-worse-after-floods-178983

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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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