Today in disaster resilience (15 July 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Dozens injured in Portugal wildfires as heatwave to intensify https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/10/portugal-wildfires-dozens-injured-heatwave-intensify

India – 16 Killed, 40 Missing in Amarnath Flash Floods https://floodlist.com/asia/india-amarnath-kashmir-floods-july-2022

Increased seismicity, eruption alert level raised for Tsurumidake and Garandake, Japan https://watchers.news/2022/07/11/increased-seismicity-eruption-alert-level-rasied-for-tsurumidake-and-garandake-japan/

Fire threatening Yosemite’s famed grove of giant sequoia trees is still growing https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/yosemite-washburn-fire-sequoia-tree/index.html

British tourists survive avalanche in Tian Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/11/british-tourists-survive-avalanche-in-tian-shan-mountains-of-kyrgyzstan

Farm on Hawkesbury River north of Sydney falling into giant sinkhole https://www.9news.com.au/national/sydney-floods-sinkhole-hawkesbury-river-house-inxs/3ce924ec-c8f5-45e0-8c77-cad05cea42cc

Dangerous heatwaves engulf parts of China, US and Europe https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/12/dangerous-heatwaves-engulf-parts-china-us-europe

India – Heavy Rain and Floods in Gujarat Affect Over 1 Million https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-gujarat-july-2022

Afghanistan – Thousands of Homes Damaged, 39 Lives Lost After More Flash Floods https://floodlist.com/asia/afghanistan-floods-update-july-2022

Philippines – Heavy Rain Triggers Flash Floods and Landslides in 7 Provinces https://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-floods-landslides-july-2022

China – 1 Dead, 8 Missing After Flash Floods in Heilongjiang https://floodlist.com/asia/china-floods-heilongjiang-july-2022

Pakistan floods: 135 killed and hundreds homeless as record monsoon rains wreak havoc https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/pakistan-floods-rain-monsoon-balochistan-b2119792.html

Days of heavy rainfall in eastern Indonesia caused flooding and landslides in parts of the Maluku Islands over the last few days, causing 7 fatalities https://www.sott.net/article/469820-Deadly-floods-and-landslides-hit-Maluku-Islands-Indonesia-9-inches-of-rain-in-24-hours

Volcanic activity worldwide 14 Jul 2022: Karymsky volcano, Semeru, Shiveluch, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/186179/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-14-Jul-2022-Karymsky-volcano-Semeru-Shiveluch-Dukono-Reventador-Sa.html

USA – Over 40 Unaccounted for After Flash Floods in Virginia https://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-buchanan-virginia-july-2022

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Integrated wind and solar still cheapest, and green hydrogen costs falling fast: CSIRO https://reneweconomy.com.au/integrated-wind-and-solar-still-the-cheapest-and-green-hydrogen-costs-falling-fast-csiro/

Alaska on fire: Thousands of lightning strikes and a warming climate put Alaska on pace for another historic fire season https://theconversation.com/alaska-on-fire-thousands-of-lightning-strikes-and-a-warming-climate-put-alaska-on-pace-for-another-historic-fire-season-186453

Catching maladaptation before it happens https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-022-01409-2

We built an algorithm to predict how climate change will affect future conflict in the Horn of Africa: here’s what we found https://theconversation.com/we-built-an-algorithm-to-predict-how-climate-change-will-affect-future-conflict-in-the-horn-of-africa-heres-what-we-found-185627

Ravaged by floods, Bangladesh pitches plan to adapt to climate effects https://news.trust.org/item/20220706142355-ceahg/

‘In the mouth of dragons’: Melting glaciers threaten Pakistan’s north https://phys.org/news/2022-07-mouth-dragons-glaciers-threaten-pakistan.html

Decarbonisation now a priority at 80 per cent of manufacturing firms https://www.businessgreen.com/news/4052746/study-decarbonisation-priority-80-cent-manufacturing-firms

We Need to Stop Pretending we can Limit Global Warming to 1.5°C https://bylinetimes.com/2022/07/06/we-need-to-stop-pretending-we-can-limit-global-warming-to-1-5c/

Every heatwave occurring today is more intense due to climate change https://www.newscientist.com/article/2326163-every-heatwave-occurring-today-is-more-intense-due-to-climate-change/

Stability of the Antarctic Ice Sheet during the pre-industrial Holocene https://www.nature.com/articles/s43017-022-00309-5

Pacific youth need action on climate change, Vanuatu PM says, as leaders seek to appeal to world’s highest court https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-12/pacific-youth-need-action-on-climate-change-vanuatu-pm-says/101232054

Nearly $2tn of damage inflicted on other countries by US emissions https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/12/us-carbon-emissions-greenhouse-gases-climate-crisis

High spatial and temporal variability in Antarctic ice discharge linked to ice shelf buttressing and bed geometry https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-13517-2

Global climate and environmental data sources to be made more accessible to citizens towards 2025 https://www.cmcc.it/article/global-climate-and-environmental-data-sources-to-be-made-more-accessible-to-citizens-towards-2025

Here’s who lives in your city’s worst heat islands https://ici.radio-canada.ca/info/2022/07/ilots-chaleur-villes-inegalites-injustice-changements-climatiques/en

How are cities planning for heat? Analysis of United States municipal plans https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ac73a9

Extreme heatwaves are here to stay in the UK. It’s time for us to adapt https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/14/extreme-heatwaves-are-here-to-stay-in-the-uk-its-time-for-us-to-adapt

Why is it so hot in the UK and elsewhere in Europe and what are the dangers? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/11/why-so-hot-uk-europe-dangers-climate-crisis

We studied how the Antarctic ice sheet advanced and retreated over 10,000 years. It holds warnings for the future https://theconversation.com/we-studied-how-the-antarctic-ice-sheet-advanced-and-retreated-over-10-000-years-it-holds-warnings-for-the-future-185505

Contributions of Different Sea-Level Processes to High-Tide Flooding Along the U.S. Coastline https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2021JC018276

Maladapted: Ill-conceived attempts at climate adaptation threaten to make a bad situation even worse https://www.openmindmag.org/articles/maladapted

Extreme heat around the world in videos, photos and graphics https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/14/extreme-heat-around-the-world-in-videos-photos-and-graphics

NASA: June 2022 tied as Earth’s warmest June on record https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2022/07/nasa-june-2022-tied-as-earths-warmest-june-on-record/

Australia’s central climate policy pays people to grow trees that already existed https://theconversation.com/australias-central-climate-policy-pays-people-to-grow-trees-that-already-existed-taxpayers-and-the-environment-deserve-better-186900

Disaster risk reduction

‘Stark raving, barking mad’: experts question the building of homes below ‘worst-case’ flood levels in western Sydney https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/10/stark-raving-barking-mad-experts-question-the-building-of-homes-below-worst-case-flood-levels-in-western-sydney

Disturbance causes variation in sub-canopy fire weather conditions https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168192322002659

Stalled monsoon behind devastating floods in northeast India and Bangladesh https://www.thethirdpole.net/en/climate/stalled-monsoon-behind-devastating-floods-northeast-india-bangladesh/

Maharashtra: Real-time Data System Installed In Ratnagiri For Flood Alerts, Info On Landslides https://www.republicworld.com/india-news/accidents-and-disasters/maharashtra-real-time-data-system-installed-in-ratnagiri-for-flood-alerts-info-on-landslides-articleshow.html

New Study Details Impacts of Tsunami from Fault Running Through Seattle https://www.dnr.wa.gov/news/new-study-details-impacts-tsunami-fault-running-through-seattle

Ocean and wave models complement atmosphere-only storm predictions https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/958150

Modelling of multi-sectoral critical infrastructure interdependencies for vulnerability analysis https://dprjournal.com/article/view/4454

Home buybacks in flood-prone NSW ‘cheaper’ than plan to raise Warragamba Dam wall, experts say https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/11/home-buybacks-in-flood-prone-nsw-cheaper-than-plan-to-raise-warragamba-dam-wall-experts-say

Raise the dam wall – the facts, the potential flood solutions, and why there’s no ‘silver bullet’ https://www.hawkesburypost.com.au/post/raise-the-dam-wall-the-facts-the-potential-flood-solutions-and-why-there-s-no-silver-bullet

New Zealand’s Lake Taupō supervolcano still very active, study finds https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/13/new-zealands-lake-taupo-supervolcano-still-very-active-study-finds

Measuring Community Disaster Resilience Over Time https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/jhsem-2021-0064/html

In the battle of human vs. water, ‘Water Always Wins’ https://www.sciencenews.org/article/water-humans-battle-drought-flood-detectives-book

Enhanced urban adaptation efforts needed to counter rising extreme rainfall risks https://www.nature.com/articles/s42949-022-00058-w

A limited number of earthquakes and volcanoes, primarily located in global north countries, dominate the collective research output on these geohazards https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-022-00994-3

Buy back flood-hit homes now, says Committee for Sydney https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/14/buy-back-flood-hit-homes-now-says-committee-for-sydney

Shockwave caused by Tonga underwater eruption may help scientists predict future tsunami https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/958792

Atmospheric Rivers Help Coastal Wetlands Build Up Sediment https://eos.org/research-spotlights/atmospheric-rivers-help-coastal-wetlands-build-up-sediment

A case for retreat in the age of fire https://theconversation.com/a-case-for-retreat-in-the-age-of-fire-184031

Machine Learning Quantifies Fire Burning https://www.preventionweb.net/news/western-us-wildfires-immediate-past-prologue

Emergency management

Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: ‘We have become too complacent’, expert warns as hospitalisations spike https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/covid-19-omicron-outbreak-we-have-become-too-complacent-expert-warns-as-hospitalisations-spike/RNZABCFXRFUDU6LPMEPK7XXAPU/

Homes of last resort: the pods housing a NSW community ravaged by floods https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/11/homes-of-last-resort-the-pods-housing-a-nsw-community-ravaged-by-floods

Nambucca River oyster growers left unable to harvest as floods trigger sewage spill https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-08/oyster-sewage-spill-floods-wipe-out-oyster-stock/101219594

When 28 horses were found submerged in freezing floodwater, a 24-hour rescue mission began in the Hunter Valley https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-11/horses-rescued-from-floodwaters/101227030

Local knowledge and practice in disaster relief https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420922002072

When Disaster Strikes in Brazil, This Pioneering Veterinarian Jumps Into Action https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/brazil-animal-rescue

NSW city goes a week without drinkable water after floods cause contamination https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/13/nsw-town-goes-a-week-without-drinkable-water-after-floods-cause-contamination

We lost the plot on COVID messaging – now governments will have to be bold to get us back on track https://theconversation.com/we-lost-the-plot-on-covid-messaging-now-governments-will-have-to-be-bold-to-get-us-back-on-track-186732

WHO to convene second emergency meeting to decide if monkeypox is a global health threat as cases rise to 9,200https://www.cnbc.com/2022/07/12/who-to-decide-if-monkeypox-is-a-global-health-threat-next-week.html

Japan warns of COVID surge, Tokyo raises alert level https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-politics/japan-warns-of-swiftly-rising-covid-cases-pm-to-give-news-conference-idUSKBN2OP04G

Disaster education, communications and engagement

What science says about the best ways to cool down https://theconversation.com/what-science-says-about-the-best-ways-to-cool-down-185643

Get resources for preventing wildfires in your community, and inspire others to champion the cause https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/66d2ca0cb400442e98bc6170e79e3652

Risk Communication and Social Vulnerability: Guidance for Practitioners https://hazards.colorado.edu/research-projects/risk-communication-and-social-vulnerability

New Report Reveals Opportunity for States to Drive Climate Action Through Education https://naaee.org/news/newsroom/new-report-reveals-opportunity-states

How the Tour de France helped me think about geology in a new way https://theconversation.com/how-the-tour-de-france-helped-me-think-about-geology-in-a-new-way-186548

Psychology and disasters

As flood water recedes there is trauma, homelessness and fear about the future https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-11/four-corners-flood-investigation-lismore-western-sydney/101217494

‘Catastrophic’ impact of NSW floods sees many elderly people going into residential care earlier than expected https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-12/elderly-survivors-of-the-nsw-floods/101202226

‘Sometimes I don’t have the words for things’: how we are using art to research stigma and marginalisation https://theconversation.com/sometimes-i-dont-have-the-words-for-things-how-we-are-using-art-to-research-stigma-and-marginalisation-183819

Floods haunt Belgian town as rebuild seeks to stop repeat disaster https://news.trust.org/item/20220708145420-wvdzs/

Sociology and disasters

Climate warming could deepen environmental injustice in urban areas https://sph.unc.edu/sph-news/climate-warming-could-deepen-environmental-injustice-in-urban-areas/

Disasters and History: The Vulnerability and Resilience of Past Societies https://eh.net/book_reviews/disasters-and-history-the-vulnerability-and-resilience-of-past-societies/

Climate change is white colonisation of the atmosphere. It’s time to tackle this entrenched racism https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-white-colonisation-of-the-atmosphere-its-time-to-tackle-this-entrenched-racism-185579

In Climate-Driven Disasters, Older People and the Disabled Are Most at Risk. Now In-Home Caregivers Are Being Trained in How to Help Them https://insideclimatenews.org/news/12072022/climate-change-disasters-caregivers/

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NeilDufty

I am a Principal at Water Technology Pty Ltd, an Australian-based coastal, environment and natural hazards company - see https://www.watertech.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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