Today in disaster resilience (8 July 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 hits Sydney as largest floods since March 2021 surround city https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-03/weather-forecast-more-rain-sydney-hawkesbury-nsw-floods/101192228

At least six dead after chunk of glacier breaks loose on Italian mountain https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/03/at-last-six-dead-after-chunk-of-glacier-breaks-loose-on-italian-mountain

India – 14 Dead, Dozens Missing After Landslide in Manipur https://floodlist.com/asia/landslide-manipur-india-june-2022

Afghanistan – 19 Killed in Flash Floods in Eastern Provinces https://floodlist.com/asia/afghanistan-floods-eastern-provinces-june-2022

Typhoon “Chaba” spawns tornadoes, splits a ship in half, leaving 26 people missing, China https://watchers.news/2022/07/04/typhoon-chaba-spawns-tornadoes-splits-a-ship-in-half-leaving-26-people-missing-china/

Wildfire rages north of Athens, one town evacuated https://news.yahoo.com/wildfire-rages-north-athens-one-121841087.html

Another deluge continues Sydney’s record wet year https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/another-deluge-continues-sydneys-record-wet-year/670071

Brazil – Thousands Displaced by Floods in North East https://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-july-2022-alagoas-pernambuco-riograndedonorte

Strong eruptive activity at Fuego volcano, large pyroclastic flows produced, Guatemala https://watchers.news/2022/07/05/strong-eruptive-activity-at-fuego-volcano-large-pyroclastic-flows-produced-guatemala/

Manipur landslide death toll rises to 47, 14 remain missing, India https://watchers.news/2022/07/05/manipur-landslide-death-toll-rises-to-47-14-remain-missing-india/

Pakistan – Fatalities Reported After Floods in Balochistan https://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-floods-balochistan-july-2022

Malaysia – Deadly Flash Floods in Kedah https://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-floods-kedah-july-2022

Ecuador – Homes Damaged, 3 Dead After Floods in Several Provinces https://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-july-2022

India – Floods and Landslides Cause Fatalities in Himachal Pradesh https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-himachal-pradesh-july-2022

NSW Mid North Coast rainfall records broken as flood damage assessed https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-07/nsw-mid-north-coast-rainfall-records-broken-flood-damage/101214284

Volcanic activity worldwide 7 Jul 2022: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Reventador, Askja, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/185581/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-7-Jul-2022-Santiaguito-volcano-Fuego-Reventador-Askja-Sangay-Lewot.html

Oman – Deadly Flash Floods After Days of Heavy Rain https://floodlist.com/asia/oman-floods-july-2022

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

‘It’s hot’: UK interest in solar power heats up as energy bills soar https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/03/uk-interest-in-solar-power-energy-bills-soar-boom

Bonn climate talks end with ‘almost empty pages’ https://www.thethirdpole.net/en/climate/bonn-climate-talks-end-with-almost-empty-pages/

Why South Asia Is Among the Hardest Hit Regions by Climate Change https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2022-06-30/why-south-asia-is-so-vulnerable-to-climate-change-related-disasters

Climate change: wildfire risk has grown nearly everywhere – but we can still influence where and how fires strike https://theconversation.com/climate-change-wildfire-risk-has-grown-nearly-everywhere-but-we-can-still-influence-where-and-how-fires-strike-185465

Los Angeles to launch ‘extreme heat campaign’ Friday, says city’s first heat officer https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2022-06-30/los-angeles-first-heat-officer-climate-change-saving-lives

Spain and Portugal suffering driest climate for 1,200 years, research shows https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/04/spain-and-portugal-suffering-driest-climate-for-1200-years-research-shows

Sydney is flooded, again, as climate crisis becomes new normal for Australia’s most populous state https://edition.cnn.com/2022/07/04/australia/sydney-floods-damage-evacuation-climate-australia-intl-hnk/index.html

Regional towns could be wiped out by move to net-zero. Here’s their best chance for survival https://reneweconomy.com.au/regional-towns-could-be-wiped-out-by-move-to-net-zero-heres-their-best-chance-for-survival/

Italy blames climate change for glacier collapse, 7 dead https://news.yahoo.com/italy-blames-climate-change-glacier-103810806.html

Can Phoenix, the hottest city in America, survive climate change? https://news.yahoo.com/can-phoenix-the-hottest-city-in-america-survive-a-changing-climate-090020499.html

Global and Regional Trends and Drivers of Fire Under Climate Change https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2020RG000726

How U.S. Cities Are Preparing For More Life-Threatening Heatwaves https://cleantechnica.com/2022/07/01/how-u-s-cities-are-preparing-for-more-life-threatening-heatwaves/

First-ever Global Chief Heat Officer announced at the World Urban Forum https://onebillionresilient.org/2022/06/29/global-chief-heat-officer-announced-at-world-urban-forum/

No more excuses: restoring nature is not a silver bullet for global warming, we must cut emissions outright https://theconversation.com/no-more-excuses-restoring-nature-is-not-a-silver-bullet-for-global-warming-we-must-cut-emissions-outright-186048

Methane much more sensitive to global heating than previously thought – study https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/05/global-heating-causes-methane-growth-four-times-faster-than-thought-study

Seville to name and classify heatwaves in effort to protect public https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/26/seville-name-classify-heatwaves-effort-to-protect-public

Spain, Portugal dryness ‘unprecedented’ in 1,200 years https://phys.org/news/2022-07-spain-portugal-dryness-unprecedented-years.html

Snow at one of world’s highest observatories melting earlier than ever before https://www.inkl.com/news/snow-at-world-s-highest-observatory-melting-earlier-than-ever-before/bLJwzrcoVjL

Blue carbon as a natural climate solution https://www.nature.com/articles/s43017-021-00224-1

Everyday Adaptation: Theorizing climate change adaptation in daily life https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378022000930

Bangladesh’s catastrophic flooding: the climate crisis frontline https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2022/jul/06/bangladeshs-catastrophic-flooding-the-climate-crisis-frontline

Climate change is making flooding worse: 3 reasons the world is seeing more record-breaking deluges https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-making-flooding-worse-3-reasons-the-world-is-seeing-more-record-breaking-deluges-185364

Unchecked emissions could double heat-related child mortality https://www.leeds.ac.uk/news-environment/news/article/5116/unchecked-emissions-could-double-heat-related-child-mortality

‘Social glue’ of a city is a key to heat resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/blog/eleni-myrivili-social-glue-city-key-heat-resilience

More Frequent European Heat Waves Linked to Changes in Jet Stream https://news.climate.columbia.edu/2022/07/05/more-frequent-european-heat-waves-linked-to-changes-in-jet-stream/

How hot is too hot for the human body? Our lab found heat + humidity gets dangerous faster than many people realize https://news.yahoo.com/hot-too-hot-human-body-145016339.html

Small-area assessment of temperature-related mortality risks in England and Wales: a case time series analysis https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanplh/article/PIIS2542-5196(22)00138-3/fulltext

Existing climate mitigation scenarios perpetuate colonial inequalities https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2542519622000924

Assessing the effectiveness of orchestrated climate action from five years of summits https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-022-01405-6

Education’s Crucial Role in Community Climate Change Adaptation https://climateadaptationplatform.com/educations-crucial-role-in-community-climate-change-adaptation/

Disaster risk reduction

What’s causing Sydney’s monster flood crisis – and 3 ways to stop it from happening again https://theconversation.com/whats-causing-sydneys-monster-flood-crisis-and-3-ways-to-stop-it-from-happening-again-186285

Flood risk already affects 1.81 billion people. Climate change and unplanned urbanization could worsen exposure https://blogs.worldbank.org/climatechange/flood-risk-already-affects-181-billion-people-climate-change-and-unplanned

Using Multidisciplinary Analysis to Develop Adaptation Options against Extreme Coastal Floods https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13753-022-00421-6

A simplified, cost-effective method for developing flood maps that reflects the uncertainty in flood predictions https://news.uga.edu/new-flood-maps-clarify-the-risk-homeowners-face/

Research reveals fire is pushing 88% of Australia’s threatened land mammals closer to extinction https://theconversation.com/research-reveals-fire-is-pushing-88-of-australias-threatened-land-mammals-closer-to-extinction-185965

Globally widespread and increasing violations of environmental flow envelopes https://hess.copernicus.org/articles/26/3315/2022/

Lessons from the 2018–2019 European droughts: a collective need for unifying drought risk management https://nhess.copernicus.org/articles/22/2201/2022/

The Magazine of the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network http://haznet.ca/haznet-magazine-2022-issue/

To stop risky developments in floodplains, we have to tackle the profit motive – and our false sense of security https://theconversation.com/to-stop-risky-developments-in-floodplains-we-have-to-tackle-the-profit-motive-and-our-false-sense-of-security-184062

Australia’s fire season is drastically expanding https://www.scimex.org/newsfeed/australias-fire-season-is-drastically-expanding

WHO/Europe reports on the contribution of urban planning and management to resilience and health protection https://www.who.int/europe/news/item/13-06-2022-who-europe-reports-on-the-contribution-of-urban-planning-and-management-to-resilience-and-health-protection

Human Fire Use and Management: A Global Database of Anthropogenic Fire Impacts for Modellinghttps://www.mdpi.com/2571-6255/5/4/87

The challenges of dynamic vulnerability and how to assess it https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2589004222009920

Climate expert says NSW government should buy Sydney homes left ‘uninhabitable’ by floods https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-05/nsw-hawkesbury-nepean-floods-instances-increase/101207164

Using real-time, hyper-local monitoring to assess potential flooding at specific bridges or roads https://gcn.com/data-analytics/2022/06/early-warning-system-pinpoints-flooded-roads-some-states/368765/

‘Patently ridiculous’: state government failures have exacerbated Sydney’s flood disaster https://theconversation.com/patently-ridiculous-state-government-failures-have-exacerbated-sydneys-flood-disaster-186304

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

The data synergy effects of time-series deep learning models in hydrology https://multisectordynamics.org/2022/07/05/the-data-synergy-effects-of-time-series-deep-learning-models-in-hydrology/

The post-fire stability index; a new approach to monitoring post-fire recovery by satellite imagery https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0034425722002656

Northern Australia’s fire management and mapping: How the integration of ‘old and new’ has led to successhttps://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-08/fire-mapping-northern-australia-history-controlled-burning/101071214

Potential for seasonal flood forecasting in West Africa using climate indexes https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12833

The flooding in Yellowstone reveals forecast flaws as climate warms https://www.npr.org/2022/07/07/1110219977/yellowstone-flooding-reveals-forecast-flaws

Residential building flood damage: Insights on processes and implications for risk assessments https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12832

Rossby wave in jet stream triggers flooding rain, scientist says https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-07/rossby-wave-jet-stream-triggers-floods/101192230

Flood forecasting methods for a semi-arid and semi-humid area in Northern China https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12831

The progression of flood risk in southern Alberta since the 2013 flood https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12811

Emergency management

COVID vaccine requirement to be scrapped for international arrivals https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/covid-vaccine-requirement-to-be-scrapped-for-international-arrivals-20220703-p5ayoj.html

UK health chiefs brace for ‘bumpy ride’ amid fears over Covid wave https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/03/uk-health-chiefs-brace-for-bumpy-ride-amid-fears-over-covid-wave

‘Building back better’ in the Caribbean https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/disa.12538

Australia is heading for its third Omicron wave. Here’s what to expect from BA.4 and BA.5 https://theconversation.com/australia-is-heading-for-its-third-omicron-wave-heres-what-to-expect-from-ba-4-and-ba-5-185598

Flu may be back, but COVID is far from over. How do they compare? https://theconversation.com/flu-may-be-back-but-covid-is-far-from-over-how-do-they-compare-184551

Towards the “Perfect” Weather Warning https://community.wmo.int/news/hiweathernew-book-towards-perfect-weather-warning

Animal rescuers race to reach pets, livestock stranded in Sydney floods https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-06/rescuers-race-to-reach-pets-in-sydney-floods/101210938

Louisiana Sued Hurricane Katrina Survivors for Misusing Recovery Grants https://www.propublica.org/article/hurricane-katrina-lawsuits-recovery-grants

Did COVID vaccine mandates work? What the data say https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-01827-4

COVID was the leading cause of death in Americans ages 45-54 in 2021 https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/07/covid-was-the-leading-cause-of-death-in-americans-aged-45-54-in-2021/

Covid-19 reinfections may increase the likelihood of new health problems https://edition.cnn.com/2022/07/05/health/covid-reinfection-risk/index.html

How has COVID affected Australians’ health? New report shows where we’ve failed and done well https://theconversation.com/how-has-covid-affected-australians-health-new-report-shows-where-weve-failed-and-done-well-186461

BA.5, now dominant U.S. variant, may pose the biggest threat to immune protection yet https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/omicron-ba5-ba4-covid-symptoms-vaccines-rcna36894

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Recognising Indigenous knowledges is not just culturally sound, it’s good science https://theconversation.com/recognising-indigenous-knowledges-is-not-just-culturally-sound-its-good-science-184444

Meet the high school activists fighting climate change in Zimbabwe https://civil-protection-humanitarian-aid.ec.europa.eu/news-stories/stories/meet-high-school-activists-fighting-climate-change-zimbabwe_en

Game-based training in critical infrastructure protection and resilience https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420922003284

Immersive virtual reality for science learning: Design, implementation, and evaluation https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03057267.2022.2082680#.YsKqMXHifOE.twitter

What are the impacts of extreme weather and climate events? https://www.csiro.au/en/research/environmental-impacts/climate-change/climate-change-qa/impacts

Mumbai turns to Twitter for help mapping India’s monsoon floods https://news.trust.org/item/20220704115158-2u7c9/

The potential of disaster digital archives in disaster education: The case of the Japan disasters digital archive (JDA) and its geo-location functions https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420922003041

Psychology and disasters

‘We might not move back’: flood-affected residents ponder future after third flooding event in a year https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/we-might-not-move-back-flood-affected-residents-ponder-future-after-third-flooding-event-in-a-year-20220704-p5ayz2.html

‘Every time, we wonder if the bridge will go under’: for Hawkesbury residents flooding is now a part of life https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/05/every-time-we-wonder-if-the-bridge-will-go-under-for-hawkesbury-residents-flooding-is-now-a-part-of-life

Oregonians are united in concerns about wildfires, poll finds https://www.opb.org/article/2022/07/04/poll-oregonians-united-in-concerns-about-wildfires/

Sociology and disasters

Hundreds of homeless die in extreme heat https://urban.uw.edu/news/hundreds-of-homeless-die-in-extreme-heat/

What lessons can we learn from Covid-19 responses in African cities? https://www.african-cities.org/what-lessons-can-we-learn-from-covid-19-responses-in-african-cities/

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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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