Today in disaster resilience (20 May 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Large explosions at Stromboli volcano, Italy https://watchers.news/2022/05/13/large-explosions-at-stromboli-volcano-italy/

India – 5 Fatalities After Heavy Rain, Floods and Landslides in Assam and Meghalaya https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-assam-meghalaya-may-2022

Canada – Thousands Evacuate Floods in Alberta and Northwest Territories https://floodlist.com/america/canada-floods-alberta-northwestterritories-may-2022

Kazakhstan – Houses Destroyed After Landslide in Almaty Region https://floodlist.com/asia/kazakhstan-floods-landslides-april-may-2022

India – Over 400,000 Affected as Floods Worsen in Assam https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-update-assam-may-2022

Thailand – Floods Affect Hundreds of Households in Northern Provinces https://floodlist.com/asia/thailand-floods-northern-central-provinces-may-2022

Massive New Mexico Wildfires Endangers Multiple Ski Resorts https://unofficialnetworks.com/2022/05/19/massive-new-mexico-wildfire/

Why millions of people across Africa are facing extreme hunger https://www.rescue.org/article/why-millions-people-across-africa-are-facing-extreme-hunger

Volcanic activity worldwide 19 May 2022: Etna volcano, Fuego, Karymsky, Krakatau, Semeru, Ibu https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/181040/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-19-May-2022-Etna-volcano-Fuego-Karymsky-Krakatau-Semeru-Ibu-Dukon.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Fires, floods and food security: how climate change became a local issue this election https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/may/16/fires-floods-and-food-security-how-climate-change-became-a-local-issue-this-election

NSW and Queensland flooded the same week a major climate report was released. We need to talk about it https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2022-03-07/climate-change-floods-storms-weather-time-to-talk/100882016

South Africa’s April floods made twice as likely by climate crisis, scientists say https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/may/13/south-africa-floods-climate-crisis-global-heating

Sea level along the world’s coastlines can be measured by a network of virtual altimetry stations https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-022-00448-z

Shut down fossil fuel production sites early to avoid climate chaos, says study https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/may/17/shut-down-fossil-fuel-production-sites-early-to-avoid-climate-chaos-says-study

Renewable electricity powered California just shy of 100% for the first time in history https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/05/02/california-renewable-energy-100/9612901002/

Waters with high heat content expected in Gulf of Mexico this hurricane season https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2022/05/waters-with-high-heat-content-expected-in-gulf-of-mexico-this-hurricane-season/

Climate change is already causing damage. How can Canada deal with it now? https://www.thestar.com/politics/federal/2022/05/16/ottawa-preparing-a-national-plan-to-fight-climate-change.html

Heat and health: Dar es Salaam’s informal settlements need help https://theconversation.com/heat-and-health-dar-es-salaams-informal-settlements-need-help-181816

In Nepal, 2 Major Climate Disasters in a Single Year Highlight the Need to Build Resilience https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2022/03/28/in-nepal-2-major-climate-disasters-in-a-single-year-highlight-the-need-to-build-resilience

The longest river in Italy is drying up. What does this mean for those who rely on it for food? https://www.euronews.com/green/2022/05/14/the-longest-river-in-italy-is-drying-up-what-does-this-mean-for-those-who-rely-on-it-for-f

Heat is a neglected and poorly understood public health threat https://lifesaved.impactlab.org/

Climate change has made old measures predicting weather events in Australia ‘essentially worthless’ https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-19/climate-change-projections-needed-for-australia/101076960

Delta scientists report four ways to save deltas from sea level rise https://www.uu.nl/en/news/delta-scientists-report-four-ways-to-save-deltas-from-sea-level-rise

How climate law can help to prevent the next pandemic https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-01339-1

Quantifying climate risk goes mainstream https://www.marketplace.org/2022/05/16/quantifying-climate-risk-goes-mainstream/

Seven ways climate change is already hitting Texans https://www.kut.org/energy-environment/2022-05-18/seven-ways-climate-change-is-already-hitting-texans

Lismore faced monster floods all but alone. We must get better at climate adaptation, and fast https://theconversation.com/lismore-faced-monster-floods-all-but-alone-we-must-get-better-at-climate-adaptation-and-fast-182766

Disaster risk reduction

What future activity could look like at Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand https://watchers.news/2022/05/14/what-future-activity-could-look-like-at-ruapehu-volcano-new-zealand/

Model unlocks real-time estimation of large earthquakes and provides earlier warning of tsunamis https://watchers.news/2022/05/15/new-model-unlocks-true-real-time-access-to-the-rupture-evolution-of-large-earthquakes/

How to reduce risks of flooding in and around urban areas https://www.stockholmresilience.org/research/research-news/2021-08-23-how-to-reduce-risks-of-flooding-in-and-around-urban-areas.html

‘Like 20 tip trucks pouring sand on every metre-wide strip’: how extreme storms can replenish beaches, not just erode them https://theconversation.com/like-20-tip-trucks-pouring-sand-on-every-metre-wide-strip-how-extreme-storms-can-replenish-beaches-not-just-erode-them-182039

The wildfires burning in the Southwest are bad but ‘not unprecedented’ https://www.npr.org/2022/05/16/1098779996/new-mexico-wildfires-southwest-not-unprecedented

Why Washington’s Rainier is One of the Most Dangerous Volcanoes in the United States https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/why-washingtons-rainier-is-one-of-the-most-dangerous-volcanoes-in-the-united

New early warning system aids rapid response to life-threatening landslides in Philippines https://www.pdc.org/new-early-warning-system-aids-rapid-response-to-life-threatening-landslides-in-philippines/

A comprehensive review on structural tsunami countermeasures https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-022-05367-y

Highlights From “Fueling the Flames” https://firststreet.org/research-lab/published-research/article-highlights-from-fueling-the-flames/

High rates of landscape degradation not product of landscape fires https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/05/220518080321.htm

Building Community Climate Resilience with Compound-Flood Modeling Tools https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/news/2022/01/06/feature-article-building-community-climate-resilience-compound-flood-modeling-tools

Sediment Residence Times in Large Rivers Quantified Using a Cosmogenic Nuclides Based Transport Model and Implications for Buffering of Continental Erosion Signals https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2021JF006417

The NHDPlus HR is a geospatial dataset depicting the flow of water across the Nation’s landscapes and through the stream network https://www.usgs.gov/national-hydrography/nhdplus-high-resolution

Flood forces Brisbane council to pause projects for ‘biggest-ever rebuild’ https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/flood-forces-brisbane-council-to-pause-projects-for-biggest-ever-rebuild-20220519-p5ampi.html

Emergency management

Only 7% of 5-11s in England have had Covid jab as parents hesitate https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/14/young-children-england-covid-jab-vaccine-rollout-7-per-cent-parents-usefulness

The pandemic’s reported death toll will soon reach 1 million people in the United States https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/interactive/2022/how-many-people-died-covid-united-states-1-million-graphic/

Why the fight against COVID appears to have stalled in the U.S. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/why-the-fight-against-covid-appears-to-have-stalled-in-the-u-s

Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot https://reliefweb.int/report/papua-new-guinea/asia-and-pacific-weekly-regional-humanitarian-snapshot-10-16-may-2022

Fight against forest fires: Algeria will charter six water bombers this summer https://www.algerie-eco.com/2022/05/16/lutte-contre-les-feux-de-forets-lalgerie-va-affreter-six-avions-bombardiers-deau-cet-ete/

New plan for fighting fires presented https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1184623/new-plan-for-fighting-fires-presented/

Watch? Warning? How we communicate severe weather in Canada https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/how-severe-weather-is-communicated-in-canada

Choose your collaborators wisely: Addressing interdependent tasks through collaboration in responding to wildfire disasters https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/puar.13518

Extreme weather pushes number of people forced to leave home to record high https://news.sky.com/story/extreme-weather-pushes-number-of-people-forced-to-leave-home-to-record-high-12616428

Disaster education, communications and engagement

When roads become rivers: forming a Plan B can stop people driving into floodwaters https://theconversation.com/when-roads-become-rivers-forming-a-plan-b-can-stop-people-driving-into-floodwaters-183036

What is Vulnerability? https://www.preventionweb.net/terminology/vulnerability

New map poster offers a bird’s-eye view of Mount St. Helens https://washingtonstategeology.wordpress.com/2022/05/17/new-map-poster-offers-a-birds-eye-view-of-mount-st-helens/

Prompt and accurate information is vital in a pandemic – the climate and biodiversity crises demand the same urgency https://theconversation.com/prompt-and-accurate-information-is-vital-in-a-pandemic-the-climate-and-biodiversity-crises-demand-the-same-urgency-182329

Colours and maps for communicating natural hazards to users with and without colour vision deficiency https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420922002539

Reporting extreme weather and climate change: a guide for journalists https://www.worldweatherattribution.org/reporting-extreme-weather-and-climate-change-a-guide-for-journalists/

What is storm surge? It’s often a hurricane’s deadliest and most destructive threat https://phys.org/news/2022-05-storm-surge-hurricane-deadliest-destructive.html

Psychology and disasters

How can Covid-19 affect the human brain? https://www.ft.com/content/37b00a84-5937-4137-ba5f-5aee20bc133c

Sociology and disasters

Action brief: Gender and disaster risk reduction and response in the context of COVID-19: The Asia-Pacific Region https://www.undrr.org/publication/action-brief-gender-and-disaster-risk-reduction-and-response-context-covid-19-asia

COVID-19 likely to worsen inequalities for at least five years without renewed global cooperation, warns International Science Council https://council.science/current/press/covid19-unprecedented-and-unfinished/

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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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