Today in disaster resilience (10 June 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Heavy rain kills 56 in northeast Brazil https://edition.cnn.com/2022/05/29/americas/brazil-rain-deaths-intl-latam/index.html

France – One Dead as Fierce Storms Wreak Havoc Across 65 Departments https://floodlist.com/europe/france-storms-floods-june-2022

Cuba – Deadly Flash Floods After 300mm of Rain https://floodlist.com/america/cuba-floods-june-2022

“Dangerous and life-threatening” flooding in Miami as tropical system drenches south Florida https://www.cbsnews.com/news/miami-floods-dangerous-life-threatening-storm-system-florida/

Wild wet weather smashes Adelaide as emergency services work to clean up damage while bracing for more rain https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-06-05/wild-weather-hit-adelaide-emergency-services-cleaning-up/101127078

Powerful phreatic eruption at Bulusan volcano, Philippines https://watchers.news/2022/06/05/bulusan-volcano-eruption-june-5-2022/

157 Forest Fires Broke Out in Greece in Three Days https://greekreporter.com/2022/06/07/157-forest-fires-greece-three-days/

Flood alerts issued as more torrential rain forecast to hit China https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/07/flood-alerts-issued-as-more-torrential-rain-forecast-to-hit-china

More Than 22 Million in Southwest Brace for Dangerous Heat https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/08/us/heat-wave-california-arizona-nevada.html

Suriname – Ongoing Floods Threaten Health and Food Security https://floodlist.com/america/suriname-floods-update-june-2022

Argentina and Chile – Heavy Rain Causes Deadly Mudslide and Floods in South https://floodlist.com/america/argentina-chile-mudslide-floods-june-2022

Volcanic activity worldwide 9 Jun 2022: Etna volcano, Fuego, Krakatau, Semeru, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/183105/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-9-Jun-2022-Etna-volcano-Fuego-Krakatau-Semeru-Dukono-Reventador-S.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Cambridge engineers invent world’s first zero emissions cement http://www.eng.cam.ac.uk/news/cambridge-engineers-invent-world-s-first-zero-emissions-cement

WEF climate change: ‘It’s now or never’ https://www.iol.co.za/business-report/economy/wef-climate-change-its-now-or-never-49143846-1e18-4b1a-82ee-99464d949e74

German judges visit Peru glacial lake in unprecedented climate crisis lawsuit https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/may/27/peru-lake-palcacocha-climate-crisis-lawsuit

Vanuatu declares climate emergency https://www.inkl.com/news/vanuatu-declares-climate-emergency

Tectonic plates were, until recently, the Earth’s major climate driver https://cosmosmagazine.com/earth/tectonic-plates-and-climate/

$1m community battery unveiled in Melbourne in move towards more renewable energy https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-06-05/community-battery-in-melbourne-unveiled/101127080

Tower of power: new office building to be fully clad in solar panels in Australian first https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/05/tower-of-power-new-office-building-to-be-fully-clad-in-solar-panels-in-australian-first

We cannot adapt our way out of climate crisis, warns leading scientist https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/01/we-cannot-adapt-our-way-out-of-climate-crisis-warns-leading-scientist

Earth Hits Record Carbon Dioxide Levels https://gizmodo.com/earth-hits-record-carbon-dioxide-levels-1849016261

After winning the climate election, Labor must be the climate government the whole world needs https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jun/06/after-winning-the-climate-election-labor-must-be-the-climate-government-the-whole-world-needs

“Oceans Give, Oceans Take”: Their role in climate change https://www.cbsnews.com/video/oceans-give-oceans-take-their-role-in-climate-change/

‘Apocalyptic skies’: the dust storms devastating Gulf states and Syria https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/03/apocalyptic-skies-dust-storms-wreaking-havoc-iraq-syria

Turning High-Rise Buildings Into Batteries https://cleantechnica.com/2022/06/03/turning-high-rise-buildings-into-batteries/

Despite Glasgow Climate Pact 2030 climate target updates have stalled https://climateactiontracker.org/publications/despite-glasgow-climate-pact-2030-climate-target-updates-have-stalled/

“Limited time:” World will lock in 1.5°C warming by 2025 without big emissions cuts https://reneweconomy.com.au/without-big-emissions-cuts-warming-of-1-5-degrees-to-be-locked-in-before-2024/

IPCC emission scenarios: How did critiques affect their quality and relevance 1990–2022? https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0959378022000760

Funding needed for climate disasters has risen ‘more than 800%’ in 20 years https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/07/funding-needed-for-climate-disasters-has-risen-more-than-800-in-20-years

Water, Wildfire, and Climate Change https://www.ucsusa.org/resources/water-wildfire-and-climate-change

Australia’s total coal mine methane emissions double official estimates, Ember report finds https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-06-08/coal-methane-leaks-double-official-figures-ember-report-finds/101120112

EU wants to ban combustion-engine cars by 2035 https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2022/06/09/europe-electric-car-future-combustion-ban/

Uber’s new incentive for thousands of electric vehicle drivers amid plan to eliminate petrol cars https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/ubers-new-incentive-for-thousands-of-electric-vehicle-drivers-amid-plan-to-eliminate-petrol-cars/uxtkerfro

From town to country, we must act as one on climate change https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7769326/from-town-to-country-we-must-act-as-one-on-climate-change/

Forecasting Change: Summers are getting hotter in Central Florida https://www.clickorlando.com/weather/2022/06/09/forecasting-change-summers-are-getting-hotter-in-central-florida/

Climate scientists say expected ocean changes require planning for many generations ahead https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/955442

Disaster risk reduction

Arc volcanoes are wetter than previously thought, with scientific and economic implications https://phys.org/news/2022-05-arc-volcanoes-wetter-previously-thought.html

Disaster upon disaster: Wildfires are contaminating the West’s depleting water with ashy sludge https://edition.cnn.com/2022/05/29/us/wildfire-pollution-water-quality-drought-climate/index.html

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter https://www.molinostewart.com.au/editorial/floodplain-manager-may-2022/

Time Series Features for Supporting Hydrometeorological Explorations and Predictions in Ungauged Locations Using Large Datasets https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/14/10/1657

The future of nuclear power — monitoring, modelling, and managing risk https://www.bristol.ac.uk/research/impact/stories/nuclear-safety/

Insurance Council says cost of northern NSW and south-east Queensland floods now at $4.3 billion https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-06-01/flood-costs-for-nsw-and-queensland/101118358

Mobility and resilience: A global assessment of flood impacts on urban road networks https://blogs.worldbank.org/developmenttalk/mobility-and-resilience-global-assessment-flood-impacts-urban-road-networks

Monitoring Earthquakes at the Speed of Light https://eos.org/articles/monitoring-earthquakes-at-the-speed-of-light

Disaster losses & statistics https://www.preventionweb.net/understanding-disaster-risk/disaster-losses-and-statistics

Mongolia flood defence project shows the way for urban adaptation https://www.adaptation-fund.org/mongolia-flood-defence-project-shows-the-way-for-urban-adaptation/

Seismic detection of euroquakes originating from Europa’s silicate interior https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2021EA002041

A RAFT to Coastal Resilience: ODU Researchers Collaborate to Help Rural Communities Combat Flooding Impacts https://www.odu.edu/news/2022/6/raft#.Yp5y5qhBxD9

A huge Atlantic ocean current is slowing down. If it collapses, La Niña could become the norm for Australia https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-06-07/la-ni%C3%B1a-could-become-the-norm-australia-ocean-current/101129980

Fire on Earth is not increasing https://centreforwildfires.org/news/fire-on-earth-is-not-increasing/

A mega-tsunami in the Pacific north-west? It could be worse than predicted, study says https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/07/tsunami-earthquake-pacific-northwest-coast-us-study

‘Power of the river’: New Mississippi River channel prompts Corps to take action https://www.nola.com/news/environment/article_f56ac97c-e341-11ec-988e-77b08196f4e2.html

Lab earthquakes show how grains at fault boundaries lead to major quakes https://phys.org/news/2022-06-lab-earthquakes-grains-fault-boundaries.html

Indigenous knowledge reveals history of fire-prone California forest https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-01232-x

Slow water: can we tame urban floods by going with the flow? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/07/slow-water-urban-floods-drought-china-sponge-cities

Great timing, supercomputer upgrade led to successful forecast of volcanic eruption https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/913924091

A root cause of flooding in Accra: developers clogging up the city’s wetlands https://theconversation.com/a-root-cause-of-flooding-in-accra-developers-clogging-up-the-citys-wetlands-184270

“Landslide Graveyard” Holds Clues to Long-Term Tsunami Trends https://eos.org/science-updates/landslide-graveyard-holds-clues-to-long-term-tsunami-trends

What Drives Hazard Mitigation Policy Adoption? https://hazards.colorado.edu/mitigation-matters-report/what-drives-hazard-mitigation-policy-adoption

New maps of global geological provinces and tectonic plates https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0012825222001532

26 Orogenies: A tale told by the continents https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N–HPPmcG-o

Researchers discover Australian city at risk of ‘devastating’ earthquake https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/researchers-discover-australian-city-at-risk-of-devastating-earthquake/news-story/d012f35a318ec110f6548a1914291cab

‘Triple La Niña’: Australia may face another summer of flooding rains, US expert warns https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/10/triple-la-nina-australia-may-face-another-summer-of-flooding-rains-us-expert-warns

Emergency management

Months on from devastating Lismore floods, 1,300 people are still unable to return home https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-29/lismore-floods-hundreds-in-emergency-accommodation/101106706

Flood-Resilient Mass Transit Planning in Ouagadougou https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/442b81f3655140b8b17c143ab3b30c52

Biden to visit New Mexico in wake of historic wildfire season https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/2022/06/06/joe-biden-visit-new-mexico-nm-wildfire-season-michelle-lujan-grisham/7531329001/

Becoming better at planning for disasters https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/catastrophes/becoming-better-at-planning-for-disasters-1004222111/

Death toll from heat wave climbs as B.C. coroner report calls for change https://biv.com/article/2022/06/death-toll-heat-wave-climbs-bc-coroner-report-calls-change

Tonga recovers its voice in the wake of deadly volcanic eruption https://wfpinnovation.medium.com/tonga-recovers-its-voice-in-the-wake-of-deadly-volcanic-eruption-2b2857eae21f

Learning From Hurricane Laura’s Near Miss https://hazards.colorado.edu/weather-ready-research/learning-from-hurricane-lauras-near-miss-evacuation-decision-making-under-uncertainty

Pasha Bulker storm remembered 15 years on https://www.nbnnews.com.au/2022/06/08/pasha-bulker-storm-remembered-15-years-on/

Long COVID Risk Falls Only Slightly after Vaccination https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/long-covid-risk-falls-only-slightly-after-vaccination/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

10 Interesting Facts about Wildfires https://earth.org/10-interesting-facts-about-wildfires/

Adaptation Fund Raises Awareness of Climate Adaptation to Students of Prominent International School Based in Italy https://www.adaptation-fund.org/adaptation-fund-raises-awareness-of-climate-adaptation-to-students-of-prominent-international-school-based-in-italy/

NOAA asks to hear public’s tornado experience for research, improve alerts https://www.kjrh.com/news/local-news/noaa-asks-to-hear-publics-tornado-experience-for-research-improve-alerts

New York Renters will Soon Know Their Flood Risk https://www.nrdc.org/experts/joel-scata/new-york-renters-will-soon-know-their-flood-risk

Disaster Emotional Prep Kit https://strengthafterdisaster.org/emotional-prep-kit/

Psychology and disasters

Adapting to Chronic Flooding: Survivors’ Stories and Actions they Take! https://www.americaadapts.org/episodes/2022/6/3/living-with-chronic-flooding-survivors-stories-and-what-should-be-done

Sociology and disasters

How FEMA helps white and rich Americans escape floods https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/27/unfair-fema-climate-program-floods-00032080

Fears pandemic education fallout not over https://www.aap.com.au/news/fears-pandemic-education-fallout-not-over/

Building disaster resilience among the vulnerable https://blogs.worldbank.org/climatechange/building-disaster-resilience-among-vulnerable

Hard hit by COVID-19, Black Americans are recovering slowly https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/hard-hit-by-covid-19-black-americans-are-recovering-slowly

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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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