Today in disaster resilience (24 June 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Extremely close-range footage of the Foshan tornado, China https://watchers.news/2022/06/19/extremely-close-range-footage-of-the-foshan-tornado-china/

Millions of homes underwater as massive floods hit parts of India and Bangladesh https://watchers.news/2022/06/18/millions-of-homes-underwater-as-massive-floods-hit-parts-of-india-and-bangladesh/

Bordeaux region bans outdoor events as heat wave hits France https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/bordeaux-region-bans-outdoor-events-heat-wave-hits-france-2022-06-17/

Spain battles wildfires fuelled by one of earliest heatwaves on record https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/19/spain-battles-wildfires-fuelled-by-one-of-earliest-heatwaves-on-record

Southern China hit by severe rains, floods as ‘dragon boat water’ peaks https://www.reuters.com/world/china/southern-china-hit-by-severe-rains-floods-dragon-boat-water-peaks-2022-06-19/

Colombia – 8 Killed in Cauca Landslide https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-cauca-landslide-june-2022

Hundreds of thousands evacuated in China after severe flooding https://news.sky.com/story/hundreds-of-thousands-evacuated-in-china-after-severe-flooding-12637899

Bangladesh – Severe Floods in North Affect 4.2 Million and Displace 90,000 https://floodlist.com/asia/bangladesh-floods-update-june-2022

India – Floods Affect Nearly 5 Million in Assam, Over 200,000 Displaced https://floodlist.com/asia/india-assam-floods-update-june-2022

Dire Italian drought worsening, breaking records – water authority https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/dire-italian-drought-worsening-breaking-records-water-authority-2022-06-23/

Cyprus – Flare-ups in two areas dash hopes of extinguishing north’s fire https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/06/23/israel-sending-help-to-fight-kantara-blaze/

Afghan earthquake: At least 1,000 people killed and 1,500 injured https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-61890804

Ivory Coast – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Abidjan After 160mm of Rain in 12 Hours https://floodlist.com/africa/ivory-coast-floods-bingerville-june-2022

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Demand for rooftop solar batteries surges as eastern Australian energy prices soar https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/19/demand-for-rooftop-solar-batteries-spikes-as-eastern-australian-energy-prices-soar

Climate change is turning more of Central Asia into desert https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-01667-2

Burning planet: why are the world’s heatwaves getting more intense? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/18/burning-planet-why-are-the-worlds-heatwaves-getting-more-intense

Heavy industries in Australia’s regions could cut emissions by 80% and create a jobs bonanza, report says https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jun/20/heavy-industries-in-australias-regions-could-cut-emissions-by-80-and-create-a-jobs-bonanza-report-says

Young Mothers, Pregnant Women Bear Brunt of Climate Change in Earth’s Hottest City https://www.theenergymix.com/2022/06/17/young-mothers-pregnant-women-bear-brunt-of-climate-change-in-earths-hottest-city/

Global warming is threatening the health of people in Britain, study shows https://www.surrey.ac.uk/news/global-warming-threatening-health-people-britain-study-shows

Climate-fuelled wave patterns pose an erosion risk for developing countries https://theconversation.com/climate-fuelled-wave-patterns-pose-an-erosion-risk-for-developing-countries-184064

A new farming proposal to reduce carbon emissions involves a lot of trust – and a lot of uncertainty https://theconversation.com/a-new-farming-proposal-to-reduce-carbon-emissions-involves-a-lot-of-trust-and-a-lot-of-uncertainty-185121

Satellite images of Las Vegas show just how extreme urban heat islands can get https://www.popsci.com/environment/southwest-las-vegas-heat-map-nasa/

From Vanuatu law school to the Hague: the fight to recognise climate harm in international law https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/20/from-vanuatu-law-school-to-the-hague-the-fight-to-recognise-climate-harm-in-international-law

Australia has a once in a lifetime opportunity to break the stranglehold fossil fuels have on our politics https://theconversation.com/australia-has-a-once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity-to-break-the-stranglehold-fossil-fuels-have-on-our-politics-184748

NSW’s biggest coal mine to close in 2030. Now what about the workers? https://theconversation.com/nsws-biggest-coal-mine-to-close-in-2030-now-what-about-the-workers-185292

Western Europeans pant in early summer heatwave compounding climate change fears https://news.trust.org/item/20220617143703-szkel/

Changes in the jet stream are steering autumn rain away from southeast Australia https://theconversation.com/changes-in-the-jet-stream-are-steering-autumn-rain-away-from-southeast-australia-184649

La Niña officially over, but Bureau of Meteorology says it might be back in spring https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-06-21/la-nina-officially-over-but-bom-watches-for-reformation/101171920

‘Historic’ weather: why a cocktail of natural disasters is battering the US https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jun/17/compound-extremes-natural-disasters-us-west

How millions of lives can be saved if the US acts now on climate https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/16/us-climate-crisis-millions-lives-saved

4 ways to understand why Australia is so cold right now despite global warming https://theconversation.com/4-ways-to-understand-why-australia-is-so-cold-right-now-despite-global-warming-184834

Ambitious partnership needed for reliable climate prediction https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-022-01384-8

Antarctic sea ice extent lowest ever recorded https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/956671

Rare ‘triple’ La Niña climate event looks likely — what does the future hold? https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-01668-1

Current global efforts are insufficient to limit warming to 1.5°C https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abo3378

Disaster risk reduction

The warning you might get before the next big quake https://www.rnz.co.nz/programmes/the-detail/story/2018846258/the-warning-you-might-get-before-the-next-big-quake

Wildfire probability models calibrated using past human and lightning ignition patterns can inform mitigation of post-fire hydrologic hazards https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19475705.2022.2039787

Yellowstone River flooding is a 1 in 500-year event, US Geological Survey says https://edition.cnn.com/2022/06/17/weather/yellowstone-river-flooding-historic/index.html

The cheaper we build our buildings, the more they cost after an earthquake, wildfire or tornado https://theconversation.com/the-cheaper-we-build-our-buildings-the-more-they-cost-after-an-earthquake-wildfire-or-tornado-183899

Urban storm flood simulation using improved SWMM based on K-means clustering of parameter samples https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12826

Multicriterial analysis used for the optimisation of dike system management https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12829

Climate Change Is a Component of Disasters — but That’s Not the Whole Story https://www.kcet.org/news-community/climate-change-is-a-component-of-disasters-but-thats-not-the-whole-story

Improving early warning systems in the remote Himalayas https://www.elrha.org/project-blog/improving-early-warning-in-the-remote-himalayas/

A Proposed Methodological Approach for Considering Community Resilience in Technology Development and Disaster Management Pilot Testing https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13753-022-00417-2

Earlier flood forecasting could help avoid disaster in Japan https://www.iis.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/news/3585/

Different drought types and the spatial variability in their hazard, impact, and propagation characteristics https://nhess.copernicus.org/articles/22/2099/2022/

FEMA Gets Specific in Urging Congress to Act on NFIP Reform and Reauthorization https://www.floods.org/news-views/fema-news/fema-gets-specific-in-urging-congress-to-act-on-nfip-reform-and-reauthorization/

Quantifying the environmental limits to fire spread in grassy ecosystems https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.2110364119

Study Finds That a Shocking Number of Wildfires Are Caused By…Electrocuted Birds https://www.fieldandstream.com/conservation/wildfires-caused-by-electrocuted-birds-study/

Set It Back: Moving Levees to Benefit Rivers, Wildlife and Communities https://therevelator.org/moving-levees/

Marseille, Alexandria and Istanbul prepare for Mediterranean tsunami https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/23/marseille-alexandria-and-istanbul-prepare-for-mediterranean-tsunami

Emergency management

Severe Storms Expose Ill-Equipped Weather Stations in Southeast Africa https://eos.org/articles/severe-storms-expose-ill-equipped-weather-stations-in-southeast-africa

A numerical approach to understand the responses of passenger vehicles moving through floodwatershttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12828

Now, like cyclones, heatwaves to get names too https://indianexpress.com/article/world/climate-change/now-like-cyclones-heatwaves-to-get-names-too-7959567/

Unicef says 1.6m children stranded by floods in Bangladesh need urgent help https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/unicef-says-16m-children-stranded-by-floods-in-bangladesh-need-urgent-help

Covid surges across Europe as experts warn not let guard down https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/21/covid-surges-europe-ba4-ba5-cases

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Training for Newly Elected Local Level Authorities on Localization of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Launched https://nepal.iom.int/news/training-newly-elected-local-level-authorities-localization-disaster-risk-reduction-and-management-launched

Clues to long COVID https://www.science.org/content/article/what-causes-long-covid-three-leading-theories

A new, open-source software that decrypts social media messages to help manage risks and disasters https://joint-research-centre.ec.europa.eu/jrc-news/new-open-source-software-decrypts-social-media-messages-help-manage-risks-and-disasters-2022-06-20_en

Psychology and disasters

COVID-19 and Psychology: People and Society in Times of Pandemic https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-658-34893-9

UCI-led study links repeated hurricane exposure to adverse psychological symptoms https://news.uci.edu/2022/06/16/uci-led-study-links-repeated-hurricane-exposure-to-adverse-psychological-symptoms/

The happiest people benefit from close social connections and resilience against life’s complications https://www.newsweek.com/how-feel-happier-according-science-1717420

Sociology and disasters

The impact of disasters on hyper-marginalised people and communities https://www.preventionweb.net/blog/data-disasters-and-hyper-marginalised-groups

In One Oregon City, the Disability Community Is Ensuring They Aren’t Left Out of Disaster Planning https://nextcity.org/urbanist-news/in-one-oregon-city-the-disability-community-is-ensuring-they-arent-left-out

How COVID has deepened inequality — in six stark graphics https://www.nature.com/immersive/d41586-022-01647-6/index.html

A U.S. News Healthiest Communities analysis shows how racial and ethnic minority groups are at highest risk from various natural hazards https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2022-06-22/disaster-disparities-natural-hazards-climate-change-threaten-underserved-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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