Today in disaster resilience (13 May 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Heavy rain and thunderstorms pose flood risk for southern Queensland’s already saturated catchments https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/may/09/wet-weather-system-could-cause-flash-flooding-in-queensland-and-prolonged-rain-in-sydney-bom-says

Dangerous winds, wildfire conditions returning to New Mexico https://apnews.com/article/wildfires-fires-environment-new-mexico-las-vegas-4cf3dd4dc812e18e70448c72a29c7fd7

Pakistan – Massive Floods Destroy Bridge in Gilgit-Baltistan https://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-glof-floods-gilgit-baltistan-may-2022

USA – Emergency Declared After Deadly Flash Floods in West Virginia https://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-westvirginia-may-2022

USA – Ice Jam Causes Flood Emergency in Manley Hot Springs https://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-manley-hot-springs-alaska-may-2022

A man in his early 20s is “lucky to be alive” after police and firies rescued him from a flooded causeway in Mount Isa overnight https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-10/qld-weather-storms-heavy-rain-forecast-north-queensland/101049362

Thailand – Severe Flash Floods Hit Southern Provinces https://floodlist.com/asia/thailand-floods-southern-provinces-may-2022

New Mexico wildfire continues rampage as new blaze erupts in California https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/12/new-mexico-wildfire-california

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 May 2022: Stromboli volcano, Fuego, Karymsky, Krakatau, Merapi https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/180338/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-12-May-2022-Stromboli-volcano-Fuego-Karymsky-Krakatau-Merapi-Semer.html

Millions of lives at risk as famine stalks Horn of Africa https://abcnews.go.com/International/millions-lives-risk-famine-stalks-horn-africa/story

Evacuations ordered in Colorado Springs as homes destroyed in California https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/california-wildfires-map-laguna-beach-b2077938.html

Nearly 1,000 people forced from homes in northern Alberta because of flooding https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/alberta/article-nearly-1000-people-forced-from-homes-in-northern-alberta-because-of/

Australia – More Floods in Queensland After Widespread Heavy Rainfall https://floodlist.com/australia/queensland-floods-may-2022

Woman killed in flood waters amid record-breaking rain in Queenslandhttps://7news.com.au/news/qld/woman-killed-in-flood-waters-amid-record-breaking-rain-in-queensland-c-6753547

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Ozone is accelerating climate change at a faster rate https://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-science/ozone-is-accelerating-climate-change-at-a-faster-rate/article

Extreme weather: What is it and how is it connected to climate change? https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58073295

The rush to renewable energy means a new mining boom. But first, Australia needs to make some tough choices https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-09/renewable-energy-may-require-australian-mining-boom/101034914

How climate change weakened India’s defence against heatwaves https://www.deccanherald.com/national/how-climate-change-weakened-indias-defence-against-heatwaves-1107479.html

Record heat in India and Pakistan is a wake-up call https://grist.org/agriculture/record-heat-india-pakistan-billion-people-affected/

Climate limit of 1.5C close to being broken, scientists warn https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/may/09/climate-limit-of-1-5-c-close-to-being-broken-scientists-warn

Vanuatu’s push for legal protection from climate change wins crucial support https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/11/vanuatus-push-for-legal-protection-from-climate-change-wins-crucial-support

Getting It Right Matters: Temperature Goal Interpretations in Geoscience Research https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/2017GL075612

Climate Action Plans Tailored to Indian Cities https://eos.org/articles/climate-action-plans-tailored-to-indian-cities

Renewable power is set to break another global record in 2022 despite headwinds from higher costs and supply chain bottlenecks https://www.iea.org/news/renewable-power-is-set-to-break-another-global-record-in-2022-despite-headwinds-from-higher-costs-and-supply-chain-bottlenecks

The strengths and weaknesses of future visioning approaches for climate change adaptation: A review https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378022000656

Communities in India flooded by ‘Amphan-scale cyclones’ could triple by 2100 https://www.carbonbrief.org/communities-in-india-flooded-by-amphan-scale-cyclones-could-triple-by-2100

The extraordinary heat wave in India and Pakistan, explained https://www.vox.com/23057267/india-pakistan-heat-wave-climate-change-coal-south-asia

Human Behavior Is the Other Puzzle for Climate-Change Modeling https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/human-behavior-is-the-other-puzzle-for-climate-change-modeling/ar-AAXbEDH

What does neighbourhood climate action look like? A scoping literature review https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s44168-022-00009-2

Disaster risk reduction

How our bushfire-proof house design could help people flee rather than risk fighting the flames https://theconversation.com/how-our-bushfire-proof-house-design-could-help-people-flee-rather-than-risk-fighting-the-flames-182046

Experts call for a shift in wildfire strategy https://universityofcalifornia.edu/news/after-record-breaking-fire-year-experts-call-shift-wildfire-strategy

“The role of Earth Science in 21st century Australia” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDNHHsNYua8

Reducing Australian Bushfire Risk with Traditional Practices https://www.air-worldwide.com/blog/posts/2022/4/reducing-australian-bushfire-risk/

In a wildfire burning embers transported downwind are what cause most structures to burn https://wildfiretoday.com/2022/05/10/in-a-wildfire-burning-embers-transported-downwind-are-what-cause-most-structures-to-burn/

A progressive flow-routing model for rapid assessment of debris-flow inundation https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10346-022-01890-y

Research shows future super cyclones would expose vastly greater numbers of people in most vulnerable parts of the world to extreme flooding https://bristol.ac.uk/news/2022/may/super-cyclones.html

The National Risk Atlas (NRA) is an information system that allows the identification of  hazards caused by natural and man-made phenomena https://www.preventionweb.net/news/mexico-national-risk-atlas-and-its-potential-disaster-risk-reduction

For one Māori community, a board game sparked serious discussions about flood risk https://hakaimagazine.com/news/using-a-board-game-to-plan-for-a-changing-planet/

Second National Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/second-national-action-plan-for-disaster-risk-reduction/#paper

Life on the edge: Land loss on England’s east coast – a photo essay https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/may/11/life-on-the-edge-land-loss-on-englands-east-coast-a-photo-essay

Assessing the Impacts of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/stories/katrina.html

A new earthquake warning system will prepare Canada for dangerous shaking https://theconversation.com/a-new-earthquake-warning-system-will-prepare-canada-for-dangerous-shaking-180848

Continent-Scale Detection of Triggered Low Frequency Earthquakes https://eos.org/editor-highlights/continent-scale-detection-of-triggered-low-frequency-earthquakes

B.C.’s risk of spring flooding ‘considerably’ higher, report says https://globalnews.ca/news/8823815/b-c-s-risk-of-spring-flooding-considerably-higher-report-says/

Hit hard by storms and forest loss, Zimbabwe builds stronger homes https://news.trust.org/item/20220510065821-jvslu/

Precursors to eruption https://www.nature.com/ngeo/volumes/15/issues/5

Atmospheric waves and global seismoacoustic observations of the January 2022 Hunga eruption, Tonga https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abo7063

Three-day Scottish flood forecast system goes on trialhttps://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-61422649

Murphy announces latest measures to protect NJ communities from floods https://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/weather/flooding/2022/05/03/phil-murphy-nj-flooding-measures-announced-blue-acres/9628348002/

Why the 2022 Southwest Fire Season Is So Early and Intense https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-the-2022-southwest-fire-season-is-so-early-and-intense/

EU tools to respond to natural disasters https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/lt/document/IPOL_STU(2022)699637

Gravity signals could detect earthquakes at the speed of light https://www.science.org/content/article/gravity-signals-could-detect-earthquakes-speed-light

Emergency management

Businesses in flood affected Lismore still without power https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-06/businesses-in-flood-affected-lismore-still-without-power/13869736

We’re not prepared when extreme wildfires, flooding hit B.C https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/fire-flood-bc-facing-two-extremes-series-part-1

White House warns of “pretty sizeable” COVID surge this winter https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/05/covid-cases-hospitalizations-death-could-surge-this-winter-white-house-warns/

Coronavirus: economic toll of China’s latest outbreak ‘10 times more severe’ than Wuhan in 2020 https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3177190/coronavirus-economic-toll-chinas-latest-outbreak-10-times

U.S. firefighters in final push for healthcare as wildfires surge https://news.trust.org/item/20220511144817-91lte/

Covid-19: US tracker overestimated deaths among children https://www.bmj.com/content/376/bmj.o831

California’s 2020 Wildfire Season https://www.ucdavis.edu/climate/news/californias-2020-wildfire-season-numbers

Flood-damaged businesses in Lismore say disaster financial assistance taking too long https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-10/businesses-devastated-by-floods-say-financial-help-too-long/101054170

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Be prepared for floods https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-management/preparedbc/know-your-hazards/floods

Crowd-sourcing observations of volcanic eruptions during the 2021 Fagradalsfjall and Cumbre Vieja events https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-30333-4

Psychology and disasters

Cognitive impairment from long COVID equivalent to aging 20 years, study finds https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/cognitive-impairment-from-long-covid-equivalent-to-aging-20-years-study-finds-1.5893922

Why It’s So Hard to Make Risk Decisions in the Pandemic https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-its-so-hard-to-make-risk-decisions-in-the-pandemic-180980037/

Post-Disaster Mental Health and Wellbeing in Japan https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/disaster-choice/202205/post-disaster-mental-health-and-wellbeing-in-japan

Sociology and disasters

Hurricane Ida’s Impact On Socially Vulnerable Communities https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/780e11bd19cc4dfca54ac8fb1d5e926f

3 Ways the Pandemic Has Made the World Better https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2021/03/three-ways-pandemic-has-bettered-world/618320/

Climate disasters drive Bangladesh children from classrooms to work https://news.trust.org/item/20220507212405-85gbq/

Homes in high-risk flood zones are the only affordable option for Durban’s poorest residents https://www.circleofblue.org/2022/hotspots/hotspots-h2o-we-have-nowhere-left-to-go-durbans-affordability-crisis-pushed-development-into-flood-zones/

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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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