Today in disaster resilience (29 April 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

One dead and thousands forced to flee as wildfires sweep across US https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/apr/24/thousands-forced-to-flee-as-wildfires-sweep-through-new-mexico

Sandbagging efforts ongoing as Winnipeg homeowners battle flood waters https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/sandbagging-efforts-ongoing-as-winnipeg-homeowners-battle-flood-waters-1.5874133

Huge wildfire sweeps across Canford Heath nature reserve in Dorset https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/24/wildfire-canford-heath-nature-reserve-dorset-fire

Colombia – Emergency Declared After Deadly Landslides and Floods in Cundinamarca https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-cundinamarca-april-2022

Western Queensland soaked in record-breaking April rain as Longreach surrounded by floodwaters https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-27/qld-weather-record-rain-western-queensland-flood/101018128

Brazil – Flooding Jari River Affects Thousands in Amapá https://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-amapa-april-2022

DR Congo and Rwanda – 20 Killed in Floods and Landslides https://floodlist.com/africa/drcongo-rwanda-floods-landslides-april-2022

Extreme heatwave in India and Pakistan causes power and water shortages https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/28/extreme-heatwave-in-india-and-pakistan-causes-power-and-water-shortages

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Apr 2022: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Krakatau, Semeru, Ibu https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/179136/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-28-Apr-2022-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Krakatau-Semeru-Ibu-Rincon-de-.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Which countries could become the world’s hydrogen superpowers? https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/02/clean-hydrogen-energy-low-carbon-superpowers/

Now we know the flaws of carbon offsets, it’s time to get real about climate change https://theconversation.com/now-we-know-the-flaws-of-carbon-offsets-its-time-to-get-real-about-climate-change-181071

Young people are on front line of climate change, but they’re not accepting it as an inevitability https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-26/young-people-climate-change-what-does-future-hold/100950770

Urban heat toolkit released for council planners https://www.governmentnews.com.au/urban-heat-toolkit-released-for-council-planners/

Americans are fleeing climate change — here’s where they can go https://www.cnbc.com/2022/04/21/climate-change-encourages-homeowners-to-reconsider-legacy-cities.html

Increasing Human-Driven Global Disasters Risk A ‘Spiral Of Self-Destruction’ https://www.climatesignals.org/headlines/increasing-human-driven-global-disasters-risk-spiral-self-destruction

Wildfire smoke accelerates glacier melt, affects mountain runoff: USask research https://news.usask.ca/articles/research/2022/wildfire-smoke-accelerates-glacier-melt,-affects-mountain-runoff-usask-research.php

Time’s up: why Australia has to quit stalling and wean itself off fossil fuels https://theconversation.com/times-up-why-australia-has-to-quit-stalling-and-wean-itself-off-fossil-fuels-180666

Sweltering Heat Blankets India https://www.climatesignals.org/headlines/sweltering-heat-blankets-india

Too many new coal-fired plants planned for 1.5C climate goal, report concludes https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/apr/26/too-many-new-coal-fired-plants-planned-for-15c-climate-goal-report-concludes

Twitter bans ads that contradict science on climate change https://apnews.com/article/climate-technology-science-business-media-8ba71b6baf07c520ddb6fbfff101ad4a

This is why India’s heatwaves are getting hotter https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/04/india-heatwaves-hotter-more-frequent

European State of the Climate 2021 report https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/european-state-climate-2021-summary

What Elon Musk Buying Twitter Could Mean for Climate Disinformation https://insideclimatenews.org/todaysclimate/what-elon-musk-buying-twitter-could-mean-for-climate-disinformation/

The top four transport issues to address at COP27 https://blogs.worldbank.org/transport/top-four-transport-issues-address-cop27

The most devastating hurricanes could double by 2050 in nearly all regions of world, scientists say https://amp-cnn-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2022/04/27/weather/intense-tropical-cyclones-could-double-climate/index.html

Climate adaptation is going to be a disaster https://thebulletin.org/2022/04/climate-adaptation-is-going-to-be-a-disaster/

India experiences its hottest March in 122 years https://qz.com/india/2156332/india-experiences-its-hottest-march-in-122-years/

New Climate Modeling Predicts Increasing Occurrences of Flash Flooding Across Most of the U.S. https://ou.edu/research-norman/news-events/2022/climate-modeling-predicts-increasing-flash-flooding

Increased infectious disease risk likely from climate change https://apnews.com/article/climate-science-health-environment-infectious-diseases-a354d82963fc2bd246e7be51d0033af9

NOAA and communities to map heat inequities in 14 U.S. cities and counties https://www.noaa.gov/news-release/noaa-and-communities-to-map-heat-inequities-in-14-us-cities-and-counties

Disaster risk reduction

Assessing placement bias of the global river gauge network https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-022-00873-0

The 1992 Cape Mendocino Earthquake and Tsunami https://www.conservation.ca.gov/cgs/earthquakes/cape-mendocino

These are the 10 fastest sinking cities in the world https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/04/coastal-cities-flooding-sinking-climate-change

Picoastal: A low-cost coastal video monitoring system https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352711022000541

SADC countries urged to ‘strengthen early warning capacities’ to deal with natural disasters https://clubofmozambique.com/news/sadc-countries-urged-to-strengthen-early-warning-capacities-to-deal-with-natural-disasters-215201/

Copernicus data supports flood monitoring on Europe’s coasts https://marine.copernicus.eu/news/copernicus-data-flood-monitoring-europe-coasts

Human activity and behaviour are contributing to an increasing number of disasters across the world, putting millions of lives and every social and economic gain in danger, warns a new UN report https://www.preventionweb.net/news/humanitys-broken-risk-perception-reversing-global-progress-spiral-self-destruction-finds-new

In 2021, the Emergency Event Database (EM-DAT) recorded 432 disastrous events related to natural hazards worldwide https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/2021-disasters-numbers

The Weather behind the Eastern Australian floods – the storm cluster from 23rd February to 2nd April, 2022 https://riskfrontiers.com/insights/eastern-australian-floods-february-april-2022/

Floods create health risks: what to look out for and how to avoid them https://theconversation.com/floods-create-health-risks-what-to-look-out-for-and-how-to-avoid-them-181718

The first interactive classification of extreme events in Italy https://www.cmcc.it/article/earth-day-a-map-of-extreme-events-in-italy

Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2022 (GAR2022) https://www.undrr.org/publication/global-assessment-report-disaster-risk-reduction-2022

A New Index to Quantify River Fragmentation https://eos.org/articles/a-new-index-to-quantify-river-fragmentation

Why Vulnerability Still Matters: The Politics of Disaster Risk Creation https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/edit/10.4324/9781003219453/vulnerability-still-matters-greg-bankoff-dorothea-hilhorst

Complex Networks Help Explain Extreme Rainfall Events https://publishing.aip.org/publications/latest-content/complex-networks-help-explain-extreme-rainfall-events/

New earthquake assessments available to strengthen preparedness in Europe https://www.globalquakemodel.org/GEMNews/european-earthquake-hazard-risk-model-2022

Urban health challenges: Lessons from COVID-19 responses https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016718522000458

New Zealand shares multi-hazard modelling tool with Pacific countries https://www.undrr.org/news/new-zealand-shares-multi-hazard-modelling-tool-pacific-countries

Australia braces for more wet weather with above-average rainfall predicted through winter and into spring https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/apr/29/australia-braces-for-more-wet-weather-with-above-average-rainfall-predicted-through-winter-and-into-spring

Part of the solution: Harris Policy Labs students identify Chicago neighborhoods most at risk in rising tide of urban flooding https://civicengagement.uchicago.edu/news/part-of-the-solution-harris-policy-labs-students-identify-chicago-neighborhoods-most-at-risk-in-rising-tide-of-urban-flooding

Better land use and insurance to mitigate natural disasters https://voxeu.org/article/better-land-use-and-insurance-mitigate-natural-disasters

Emergency management

COVID-19 third leading cause of death again in 2021- U.S. study https://www.reuters.com/world/us/covid-19-third-leading-cause-death-again-2021-us-study-2022-04-22/

Retired Fire Chief killed in Nebraska wildfire https://wildfiretoday.com/2022/04/25/retired-fire-chief-killed-in-nebraska-wildfire/

Ida permanently retired from list of Atlantic hurricane names https://www.klfy.com/weather/ida-permanently-retired-from-list-of-atlantic-hurricane-names/

U.S., European Commission estimate most of their populations have contracted COVID-19 https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/europe-us-covid-infections-1.6432416

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Learning with student climate strikers’ humour: towards critical affective climate justice literacies https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13504622.2022.2067322

Ready California https://www.caloes.ca.gov/ICESite/Pages/National-Preparedness-Month.aspx

Take Action for Climate Justice – A guide for teachers and educators working with young people aged 9-16 https://reliefweb.int/report/world/take-action-climate-justice-guide-teachers-and-educators-working-young-people-aged-9-16

Leading Through Extremes https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/director/leading-through-extremes

World Environment Day prep https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/

Immersive VR: empowering kids to survive in fire, flood, and war https://www.unisa.edu.au/media-centre/Releases/2022/immersive-vr-empowering-kids-to-survive-in-fire-flood-and-war/

Shaping Children’s Knowledge and Response to Bushfire Through Use of an Immersive Virtual Learning Environment https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/07356331211054569

63 percent of the world’s total population is now online and 59% use social media https://wearesocial.com/au/blog/2022/04/more-than-5-billion-people-now-use-the-internet/

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

Towards a liberatory pedagogy of disaster risk reduction among built environment educators https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/DPM-02-2022-0041/full/html

Teaching climate issues through gameplay gains a following in Brazil https://news.mongabay.com/2022/04/teaching-climate-issues-through-gameplay-gains-a-following-in-brazil/

Psychology and disasters

Majority of family members of Covid patients treated in the ICU report PTSD symptoms https://www.statnews.com/2022/04/25/majority-of-family-members-of-covid-icu-patients-report-ptsd-symptoms/

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

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

Sociology and disasters

Transforming Governance for a Resilient Future https://www.undrr.org/gar2022-our-world-risk#container-downloads

Understanding the Impacts of Managed Retreat and Resettlement on Informal Communities https://hazards.colorado.edu/mitigation-matters-report/understanding-the-impacts-of-managed-retreat-and-resettlement-on-informal-communities

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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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