Today in disaster resilience (22 April 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Dozens still missing as South Africa floods death toll rises to 443

Horn of Africa drought: Late rains in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are inflaming hunger, warns WFP

Volcanic activity worldwide 21 Apr 2022: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Semeru

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australian scientists in a bid to measure the impact of climate change on a glacier in East Antarctica

Study shows a disastrous climate combination on the rise: wildfire followed by flood

Gas prices are soaring. What does it mean for climate?

South Australia grid reaches record high of 136.6 pct renewables

Climate-induced fire regime amplification in Alberta, Canada

‘Climate laggards’: Australian isolationism puts us on par with Saudi Arabia

South Africa’s floods a ‘teachable moment’ for climate adaptation

As climate change floods U.S. coast, islands fight for public money

Why delayed action on climate change will be profoundly damaging for poverty reduction efforts around the world

Global seasonal forecasts of marine heatwaves

Australia’s coal export boom forecast to end abruptly amid big drop in demand from China

Heatwaves and snow: What’s really happening to the Antarctic climate?

Melting land-based ice raises sea levels globally but can produce lowered levels locally

Climate Change Worsened Record–Breaking 2020 Hurricane Season

Madagascar: The humanitarian impact of climate change

More Frequent El Niño Events Predicted by 2040

Planning for urban heat resilience

Disaster risk reduction

Evolving Risk of Wildfires in Europe

Watery research boundaries: A bibliometric and network science approach to explore gaps and overlaps in water research

Higher incidence of high-severity fire in and near industrially managed forests

New Research Overlays Sociodemographic, Green Infrastructure And Stormwater Flood Risk Data To Assess Equitable Distribution Of Green Infrastructure

What’s behind South Africa’s flood disaster

Neural network model helps predict site-specific impacts of earthquakes

Niger: Improving Municipal Resilience to Flooding and Access to Basic Services

FEMA’s State and Local Flood Mitigation Planning Policy Guides Updated

U.S. Geological Survey and Department of Energy Los Alamos National Laboratory partner to advance fire research capabilities

Property Buyouts Can Be an Effective Solution for Flood-Prone Communities

New research detects pre-eruption warning signals at Whakaari White Island and other active volcanoes

Global sensitivity analysis in hydrodynamic modeling and flood inundation mapping

A quiet section of the San Andreas once had big quakes

More flood money for NSW

Real-time coastal flood hazard assessment using DEM-based hydrogeomorphic classifiers

Coastal boulders constrain prehistoric tsunamis

Planet image of the Kantagnos village landslide in the Philippines

Early warnings for floods in South Africa: engineering for future climate change

Natural disasters cost the nation: we’ve calculated the income tax revenue lost in their wake

KZN floods — three practical steps to make South African cities more flood resilient

How drones are improving landslide risk management in Brazil

Emergency management

Disaster Data: How Donors Can Play a Role

Unvaccinated U.S. children hospitalized at twice the rate during Omicron surge, study says

Covid hasn’t given up all its secrets. Here are 6 mysteries experts hope to unravel

‘Living with COVID-19’ must be more than an empty phrase: Individuals need tools to manage BA.2 and future waves

Isolation rules for close contacts are changing. What happens next?

Firefighters hopeful as U.S. government moves to speed up health claims

NSW Premier concedes it’s ‘not good enough’ with nine out of 10 flood victims still waiting to receive grants

Disabled people are being left out of COVID recovery. Here are five ways to change that

Disaster education, communications and engagement

A new Minecraft world is inspiring children to tackle flooding and climate change

Typology development of earthquake displays in free-choice learning environments, to inform earthquake early warning education in the United States

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

Estuary education

The climate game: Can you reach net zero by 2050?

6 ways to build resilience and hope into young people’s learning about climate change

Community Science Builds a Seismic Network in Haiti

Psychology and disasters

Another day, another flood: preparing for more climate disasters means taking more personal responsibility for risk

Deadly wet season sees drivers trapped in floodwaters, so is safety messaging working?

Sociology and disasters

Local knowledge adds value to mapping flood risk in South Africa’s informal settlements

Building Rural and Native Communities’ Resilience to Disasters Social capital’s impact on COVID‑19 outcomes at local levels


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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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