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 https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/rescuers-hunt-missing-after-south-african-floods-kill-more-than-400-2022-04-17/

Horn of Africa drought: Late rains in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are inflaming hunger, warns WFP https://www.wfp.org/stories/horn-africa-drought-late-rains-ethiopia-kenya-and-somalia-are-inflaming-hunger-warns-wfp

Volcanic activity worldwide 21 Apr 2022: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Semeru https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/178533/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-21-Apr-2022-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Krakatau-Semeru-D.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australian scientists in a bid to measure the impact of climate change on a glacier in East Antarctica https://www.antarctica.gov.au/news/2022/cold-chisel-antarctic-rocks-reveal-glacial-retreat/

Study shows a disastrous climate combination on the rise: wildfire followed by flood https://www.abc10.com/article/weather/study-shows-disastrous-climate-wildfire-floods/73-285b2222-cc56-4906-969a-0e34429f5257

Gas prices are soaring. What does it mean for climate? https://www.eenews.net/articles/gas-prices-are-soaring-what-does-it-mean-for-climate/

South Australia grid reaches record high of 136.6 pct renewables https://reneweconomy.com.au/south-australia-grid-reaches-record-high-of-136-6-pct-renewables/

Climate-induced fire regime amplification in Alberta, Canada https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ac60d6

‘Climate laggards’: Australian isolationism puts us on par with Saudi Arabia https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/australian-climate-change-isolationism-sees-it-fall-behind-the-world-20220419-p5aect.html

South Africa’s floods a ‘teachable moment’ for climate adaptation https://news.trust.org/item/20220414173248-g51ik/

As climate change floods U.S. coast, islands fight for public money https://news.trust.org/item/20220412162756-a4pqw/

Why delayed action on climate change will be profoundly damaging for poverty reduction efforts around the world https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/acting-climate-and-poverty-if-we-fail-one-we-fail-other

Global seasonal forecasts of marine heatwaves https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-022-04573-9

Australia’s coal export boom forecast to end abruptly amid big drop in demand from China https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/apr/21/australias-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? https://www.euronews.com/green/2022/04/18/poles-apart-what-does-antarctica-s-freak-heatwave-mean-for-the-climate

Melting land-based ice raises sea levels globally but can produce lowered levels locally https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220421130951.htm

Climate Change Worsened Record–Breaking 2020 Hurricane Season https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/climate-change-worsened-record-breaking-2020-hurricane-season/

Madagascar: The humanitarian impact of climate change https://www.hi-us.org/news-hi-madagascar-humanitarian-impact-climate-change

More Frequent El Niño Events Predicted by 2040 https://eos.org/articles/more-frequent-el-nino-events-predicted-by-2040

Planning for urban heat resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/planning-urban-heat-resilience-0

Disaster risk reduction

Evolving Risk of Wildfires in Europe https://www.undrr.org/publication/evolving-risk-wildfires-europe-thematic-paper-european-science-technology-advisory

Watery research boundaries: A bibliometric and network science approach to explore gaps and overlaps in water research https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2468312422000086

Higher incidence of high-severity fire in and near industrially managed forests https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/fee.2499

New Research Overlays Sociodemographic, Green Infrastructure And Stormwater Flood Risk Data To Assess Equitable Distribution Of Green Infrastructure https://www.pdx.edu/research/news/rain-floods-and-green-infrastructure-are-cities-mitigating-hazards-equitably

What’s behind South Africa’s flood disaster https://phys.org/news/2022-04-south-africa-disaster.html

Neural network model helps predict site-specific impacts of earthquakes https://www.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/en/news/70445

Niger: Improving Municipal Resilience to Flooding and Access to Basic Services https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2022/04/15/afw-niger-improving-municipal-resilience-to-flooding-and-access-to-basic-services

FEMA’s State and Local Flood Mitigation Planning Policy Guides Updated https://www.floods.org/news-views/fema-news/state-and-local-mitigation-planning-policy-guides-updated/

U.S. Geological Survey and Department of Energy Los Alamos National Laboratory partner to advance fire research capabilities https://www.usgs.gov/news/national-news-release/new-federal-partnership-will-advance-predictive-models-wildfire-behavior

Property Buyouts Can Be an Effective Solution for Flood-Prone Communities https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/reports/2022/04/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 https://theconversation.com/new-research-detects-pre-eruption-warning-signals-at-whakaari-white-island-and-other-active-volcanoes-181090

Global sensitivity analysis in hydrodynamic modeling and flood inundation mapping https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1364815222001049

A quiet section of the San Andreas once had big quakes https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/a-quiet-section-of-the-san-andreas-once-had-big-quakes-14107/

More flood money for NSW http://www.watercareer.com.au/news/more-flood-money-for-nsw

Real-time coastal flood hazard assessment using DEM-based hydrogeomorphic classifiers https://nhess.copernicus.org/articles/22/1419/2022/

Coastal boulders constrain prehistoric tsunamis https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/coastal-boulders-constrain-prehistoric-tsunamis-14094/

Planet image of the Kantagnos village landslide in the Philippines https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2022/04/19/kantagnos-village-landslide-1/

Early warnings for floods in South Africa: engineering for future climate change https://theconversation.com/early-warnings-for-floods-in-south-africa-engineering-for-future-climate-change-181556

Natural disasters cost the nation: we’ve calculated the income tax revenue lost in their wake https://theconversation.com/natural-disasters-cost-the-nation-weve-calculated-the-income-tax-revenue-lost-in-their-wake-180505

KZN floods — three practical steps to make South African cities more flood resilient https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2022-04-20-kzn-floods-three-practical-steps-to-make-south-african-cities-more-flood-resilient/

How drones are improving landslide risk management in Brazil https://geonadir.com/drones-landslide-risk-management/

Emergency management

Disaster Data: How Donors Can Play a Role https://givingcompass.org/partners/disaster-relief-recovery/disaster-data-how-donors-can-play-a-role

Unvaccinated U.S. children hospitalized at twice the rate during Omicron surge, study says https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/unvaccinated-u-s-children-hospitalized-at-twice-the-rate-during-omicron-surge-study-says-1.5867418

Covid hasn’t given up all its secrets. Here are 6 mysteries experts hope to unravel https://www.statnews.com/2022/04/19/six-covid-mysteries-including-how-it-will-evolve/

‘Living with COVID-19’ must be more than an empty phrase: Individuals need tools to manage BA.2 and future waves https://theconversation.com/living-with-covid-19-must-be-more-than-an-empty-phrase-individuals-need-tools-to-manage-ba-2-and-future-waves-181132

Isolation rules for close contacts are changing. What happens next? https://theconversation.com/isolation-rules-for-close-contacts-are-changing-what-happens-next-181592

Firefighters hopeful as U.S. government moves to speed up health claims https://news.trust.org/item/20220421195646-1ngur/

NSW Premier concedes it’s ‘not good enough’ with nine out of 10 flood victims still waiting to receive grants https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-21/nine-out-of-ten-nsw-flood-victims-still-waiting-for-grants/101005704

Disabled people are being left out of COVID recovery. Here are five ways to change that https://theconversation.com/disabled-people-are-being-left-out-of-covid-recovery-here-are-five-ways-to-change-that-181362

Disaster education, communications and engagement

A new Minecraft world is inspiring children to tackle flooding and climate change https://news.microsoft.com/en-gb/features/turning-the-tide-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 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420922000218?via%3Dihub

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day https://www.nfpa.org/Events/Events/National-Wildfire-Community-Preparedness-Day

Estuary education https://coast.noaa.gov/estuaries/

The climate game: Can you reach net zero by 2050? https://ig.ft.com/climate-game/

6 ways to build resilience and hope into young people’s learning about climate change https://theconversation.com/6-ways-to-build-resilience-and-hope-into-young-peoples-learning-about-climate-change-177718

Community Science Builds a Seismic Network in Haiti https://eos.org/articles/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 https://theconversation.com/another-day-another-flood-preparing-for-more-climate-disasters-means-taking-more-personal-responsibility-for-risk-180034

Deadly wet season sees drivers trapped in floodwaters, so is safety messaging working? https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-16/flooded-forget-it-messaging-ignored-drivers-trapped-floodwaters/100963578

Sociology and disasters

Local knowledge adds value to mapping flood risk in South Africa’s informal settlements https://theconversation.com/local-knowledge-adds-value-to-mapping-flood-risk-in-south-africas-informal-settlements-181304

Building Rural and Native Communities’ Resilience to Disasters https://www.urban.org/events/building-rural-and-native-communities-resilience-disasters Social capital’s impact on COVID‑19 outcomes at local levels https://dataverse.harvard.edu/dataset.xhtml

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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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