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

Sandbagging efforts ongoing as Winnipeg homeowners battle flood waters

Huge wildfire sweeps across Canford Heath nature reserve in Dorset

Colombia – Emergency Declared After Deadly Landslides and Floods in Cundinamarca

Western Queensland soaked in record-breaking April rain as Longreach surrounded by floodwaters

Brazil – Flooding Jari River Affects Thousands in Amapá

DR Congo and Rwanda – 20 Killed in Floods and Landslides

Extreme heatwave in India and Pakistan causes power and water shortages

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Apr 2022: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Krakatau, Semeru, Ibu

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Which countries could become the world’s hydrogen superpowers?

Now we know the flaws of carbon offsets, it’s time to get real about climate change

Young people are on front line of climate change, but they’re not accepting it as an inevitability

Urban heat toolkit released for council planners

Americans are fleeing climate change — here’s where they can go

Increasing Human-Driven Global Disasters Risk A ‘Spiral Of Self-Destruction’

Wildfire smoke accelerates glacier melt, affects mountain runoff: USask research,-affects-mountain-runoff-usask-research.php

Time’s up: why Australia has to quit stalling and wean itself off fossil fuels

Sweltering Heat Blankets India

Too many new coal-fired plants planned for 1.5C climate goal, report concludes

Twitter bans ads that contradict science on climate change

This is why India’s heatwaves are getting hotter

European State of the Climate 2021 report

What Elon Musk Buying Twitter Could Mean for Climate Disinformation

The top four transport issues to address at COP27

The most devastating hurricanes could double by 2050 in nearly all regions of world, scientists say

Climate adaptation is going to be a disaster

India experiences its hottest March in 122 years

New Climate Modeling Predicts Increasing Occurrences of Flash Flooding Across Most of the U.S.

Increased infectious disease risk likely from climate change

NOAA and communities to map heat inequities in 14 U.S. cities and counties

Disaster risk reduction

Assessing placement bias of the global river gauge network

The 1992 Cape Mendocino Earthquake and Tsunami

These are the 10 fastest sinking cities in the world

Picoastal: A low-cost coastal video monitoring system

SADC countries urged to ‘strengthen early warning capacities’ to deal with natural disasters

Copernicus data supports flood monitoring on Europe’s 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

In 2021, the Emergency Event Database (EM-DAT) recorded 432 disastrous events related to natural hazards worldwide

The Weather behind the Eastern Australian floods – the storm cluster from 23rd February to 2nd April, 2022

Floods create health risks: what to look out for and how to avoid them

The first interactive classification of extreme events in Italy

Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2022 (GAR2022)

A New Index to Quantify River Fragmentation

Why Vulnerability Still Matters: The Politics of Disaster Risk Creation

Complex Networks Help Explain Extreme Rainfall Events

New earthquake assessments available to strengthen preparedness in Europe

Urban health challenges: Lessons from COVID-19 responses

New Zealand shares multi-hazard modelling tool with Pacific countries

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

Better land use and insurance to mitigate natural disasters

Emergency management

COVID-19 third leading cause of death again in 2021- U.S. study

Retired Fire Chief killed in Nebraska wildfire

Ida permanently retired from list of Atlantic hurricane names

U.S., European Commission estimate most of their populations have contracted COVID-19

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Learning with student climate strikers’ humour: towards critical affective climate justice literacies

Ready California

Take Action for Climate Justice – A guide for teachers and educators working with young people aged 9-16

Leading Through Extremes

World Environment Day prep

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

63 percent of the world’s total population is now online and 59% use social media

Household-Targeted Hurricane Warnings for Effective Evacuation

Towards a liberatory pedagogy of disaster risk reduction among built environment educators

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

Examining Public Response and Climate Conditions During Overlapping Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings

The March 2020 Tennessee Tornados: Risk Perceptions, Preparedness, and Communication

Sociology and disasters

Transforming Governance for a Resilient Future

Understanding the Impacts of Managed Retreat and Resettlement on Informal Communities


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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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