Today in disaster resilience (29 July 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Damaging tornado hits Shangqiu, Henan, China https://watchers.news/2022/07/23/damaging-tornado-hits-shangqiu-henan-china/

Severe flash floods hit Fars Province, leaving at least 20 people dead and 3 missing, Iran https://watchers.news/2022/07/23/severe-flash-floods-hit-fars-province-leaving-at-least-20-people-dead-and-3-missing-iran/

Wildfires burn coastal homes, forests in Greece as Europe’s heatwave spreads east https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/wildfires-burn-coastal-homes-forests-greece-europes-heatwave-spreads-east-2022-07-24/

California Governor declares emergency over ‘explosive’ wildfire near Yosemite National Park https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-24/governor-declares-emergency-over-wildfire-near-yosemite/101265256

Thailand – Flooding Affects 7 Provinces, 1 Fatality Reported https://floodlist.com/asia/thailand-floods-july-2022

Death toll from weekslong rains in Pakistan rises to 282 https://apnews.com/article/floods-pakistan-traffic-monsoons-eeddccea3fa45b09fc65cc8c51cf8fbe

At least 14 fatalities as heavy rainfall hits Yemen https://watchers.news/2022/07/25/at-least-14-fatalities-as-heavy-rainfall-hits-yemen/

State of emergency declared after severe floods hit Sochi, Russia https://watchers.news/2022/07/25/state-of-emergency-declared-after-severe-floods-hit-sochi-russia/

Central African Republic – Floods Cause Fatalities, Hundreds of Homes Destroyed https://floodlist.com/africa/central-african-republic-floods-july-2022

USA – Severe Flash Floods in Missouri After Record Rainfall https://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-in-missouri-stlouis-record-rainfall-july-2022

Volcanic activity worldwide 27 Jul 2022: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Semeru, Shiveluch, Ibu, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/187388/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-27-Jul-2022-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Semeru-Shiveluch-Ibu-Sangay-Sa.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

State of the Climate in Latin America and the Caribbean https://public.wmo.int/en/our-mandate/climate/wmo-statement-state-of-global-climate/LAC

In a paradox, cleaner air is now adding to global warming https://www.science.org/content/article/paradox-cleaner-air-now-adding-global-warming

Do these heat waves mean climate change is happening faster than expected? https://www.technologyreview.com/2022/07/21/1056291/do-these-heatwaves-mean-climate-change-is-worse-than-we-thought/

Climate Change and Land-use Changes Increase Likelihood of Flood Events https://www.kit.edu/kit/english/pi_2022_067_climate-change-and-land-use-changes-increase-likelihood-of-flood-events.php

State of the climate: 2022 on track for a summer of extreme heat https://www.carbonbrief.org/state-of-the-climate-2022-on-track-for-a-summer-of-extreme-heat/

We’re entering a climate that humans did not evolve to withstand https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/3571621-were-entering-a-climate-that-humans-did-not-evolve-to-withstand/

The terrestrial water cycle in a warming world https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-022-01412-7

Europe’s Devastating Heat Wave Shows Keeping Calm and Carrying On Is Not an Option https://www.cnet.com/science/climate/europes-devastating-heatwave-shows-keeping-calm-and-carrying-on-is-not-an-option/

Faced with more deadly heat waves, US cities are taking an unprecedented step https://edition.cnn.com/2022/07/20/weather/deadly-heat-waves-chief-heat-officers-climate/#:~:text=(CNN)%20When%20Jane%20Gilbert%20was,the%20same%20level%20as%20hurricanes

Zoe, the World’s First Named Heat Wave, Arrives in Seville https://time.com/6200153/first-named-heat-wave-zoe-seville/

Here’s how this year’s heatwaves are impacting the world, and how we can prepare for the future https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/07/heat-waves-climate-change-europe-northern-hemisphere/

‘Silent killer’: A series on surviving the extremely hot future https://thebulletin.org/silent-killer-a-series-on-surviving-the-extremely-hot-future/

Greenland Loses 6 Billion Tons of Ice in 3 Days, Harbinger of Unprecedented Coastal Flooding https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/07/24/greenland-loses-6-billion-tons-ice-3-days-harbinger-unprecedented-coastal-flooding

Climate change: UK cities warned of wildfire risk https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-62253581

Alaska experiencing wildfires on a scale it’s never seen; climate change seen as the key cause https://chicago.suntimes.com/2022/7/25/23277724/alaska-wildfires-climate-change

St. Louis has been hit by record flash flooding. Here’s how it’s related to climate change https://news.yahoo.com/st-louis-flash-flooding-emergency-climate-change-rainfall-200601972.html

Europe’s record summer of heat and fires – visualised https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2022/jul/26/how-europe-has-been-hit-by-record-fire-damage-and-temperatures

Life on the Edge: Adapting Coastal Management in a Changing Climate https://aips.net.au/aq-magazine/current-edition/93-3-power/

How likely would Britain’s 40°C heatwave have been without climate change? https://theconversation.com/how-likely-would-britains-40-c-heatwave-have-been-without-climate-change-187368

Pacific Northwest faces unusually long heat wave: ‘I’m doing the classic popsicle diet’ https://news.yahoo.com/seattle-breaks-record-high-temperatures-021350094.html

Attributing decadal climate variability in coastal sea-level trends https://os.copernicus.org/articles/18/1093/2022/

Trapped meltwater affects mass loss of Greenland ice sheet https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-01986-4

NUS researchers develop new urban planning GIS tool to improve urban climate resilience https://news.nus.edu.sg/nus-researchers-develop-new-urban-planning-gis-tool-to-improve-urban-climate-resilience/

Biden Administration launches Heat.gov with tools for communities facing extreme heat https://www.noaa.gov/news-release/biden-administration-launches-heatgov-with-tools-for-communities-facing-extreme-heat

Extreme rainfall will be worse and more frequent than we thought, according to new studies https://grist.org/extreme-weather/extreme-rainfall-will-be-worse-and-more-frequent-than-we-thought-according-to-new-studies/

Global warming of 2C could ‘double’ flooding costs in China compared to 1.5C https://www.carbonbrief.org/global-warming-of-2c-could-double-flooding-costs-in-china-compared-to-1-5c/

Disaster risk reduction

New research in Arnhem Land reveals why institutional fire management is inferior to cultural burning https://theconversation.com/new-research-in-arnhem-land-reveals-why-institutional-fire-management-is-inferior-to-cultural-burning-184562

As France battles wildfires, experts call for a rethink of forest management https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20220719-as-france-battles-wildfires-experts-call-for-a-rethink-of-forest-management

One more chapter in the never-ending story of wildfires https://sciencemediacentre.es/en/one-more-chapter-never-ending-story-wildfires

It’s Time to Fix Our Water-Logged National Flood Insurance Program https://www.nrdc.org/stories/time-fix-water-logged-national-flood-insurance-program

Community Science Project Helps Track Geohazard Risks in Uganda https://eos.org/articles/community-science-project-helps-track-geohazard-risks-in-uganda

‘Building too close to the water. It’s ridiculous!’ Talk of buyouts after floods shows need to get serious about climate adaptation https://theconversation.com/building-too-close-to-the-water-its-ridiculous-talk-of-buyouts-after-floods-shows-need-to-get-serious-about-climate-adaptation-186999

Landsat turns 50: How satellites revolutionized the way we see – and protect – the natural world https://theconversation.com/landsat-turns-50-how-satellites-revolutionized-the-way-we-see-and-protect-the-natural-world-186986

Magnitude and source area estimations of severe prehistoric earthquakes in the western Austrian Alps https://nhess.copernicus.org/articles/22/2057/2022/

Climate change, rising insurance costs, food security singled out in CSIRO megatrends report https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2022-07-27/climate-change-insurance-csiro-megatrends-report/101261034

A once-in-a-decade report from CSIRO, Our Future World, identifies seven global megatrends that hold the key to the challenges and opportunities ahead https://www.csiro.au/en/research/technology-space/data/Our-Future-World

Future flooding increases unequal exposure risks to relic industrial pollution https://firststreet.org/research-lab/published-research/published-research-future-flooding-increases-unequal-exposure-risks-to-relic-industrial-pollution/

What we’re watching: Weekly disaster update, July 25 https://disasterphilanthropy.org/blog/what-were-watching-weekly-disaster-update-july-25/

Repeatedly flooded communities to receive dedicated funding https://www.gov.uk/government/news/repeatedly-flooded-communities-to-receive-dedicated-funding

The Ember: Canada’s wildfire bulletin https://www.canadawildfire.org/so/1bO8YHR3C

Land cover data just got real-time https://blog.google/products/earth/dynamic-world-land-cover-data/

New model developed to predict landslides along wildfire burn scars https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/07/220727075013.htm

A German-Indonesian research group is exploring the dangers posed by landslides on volcanoes https://www.deutschland.de/en/topic/knowledge/tsunami-research-germany-indonesia

Multiform flood risk in a rapidly changing world: what we do not do, what we should and why it matters https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ac7ed9/meta

Flood and wildfire risks: Translating risk ratings into future costs can help homebuyers and renters grasp the odds – and act on them https://theconversation.com/flood-and-wildfire-risks-translating-risk-ratings-into-future-costs-can-help-homebuyers-and-renters-grasp-the-odds-and-act-on-them-186798

An independent Deloitte Report into this year’s South East Queensland floods has revealed an estimated total cost of $7.7 billion to Queensland https://statements.qld.gov.au/statements/95831

Emergency management

How the body responds to extreme temperatures, and what we can do to beat the potentially lethal impact https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-23/how-the-body-responds-to-extreme-temperatures-and-what-we-can-do/101257350

Biggest Monkeypox Study To Date Contains Hundreds Of Pictures And Details New Symptoms https://www.forbes.com/sites/victoriaforster/2022/07/22/biggest-monkeypox-study-to-date-contains-hundreds-of-pictures-and-details-symptoms/

Disaster capitalism: Business has found an upside to fires and floods https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/disaster-capitalism-business-has-found-an-upside-to-fires-and-floods-20220721-p5b3iz.html

Oak fire remains uncontained as Al Gore warns ‘civilization at stake’ https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jul/24/california-oak-wildfire-uncontained

Australia’s COVID-19 cases and death rates currently among world’s highest per capita https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-25/covid-19-stats-australia-death-rate-high/101266098

COVID reinfections appear to be surging in the latest Omicron wave. Here’s what we know https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-25/covid-omicron-reinfections-pandemic-spread/101258670

Monkeypox explained: How to protect yourself and what to watch out for https://www.npr.org/2022/07/24/1113197119/monkeypox-symptoms-prevention-vaccines-what-to-know

UK heatwave: how the fire service will need to prepare as extreme weather events get worse https://theconversation.com/uk-heatwave-how-the-fire-service-will-need-to-prepare-as-extreme-weather-events-get-worse-187405

Covid origin studies say evidence points to Wuhan market https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-62307383

Responding to eruptive transitions during the 2020–2021 eruption of La Soufrière volcano, St. Vincent https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-31901-4

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Quake early warning system: Would Kiwis use it properly? https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/quake-early-warning-system-would-kiwis-use-it-properly/2HGPTZDPVCA7NUSJM5M6ARHSQE/

Yes, the state of the environment is grim, but you can make a difference, right in your own neighbourhood https://theconversation.com/yes-the-state-of-the-environment-is-grim-but-you-can-make-a-difference-right-in-your-own-neighbourhoood-187259

Community Scientists Help to Beat the Heat https://eos.org/editor-highlights/community-scientists-help-to-beat-the-heat

Flood risk governance in Brazil and the UK: facilitating knowledge exchange through research gaps and the potential of citizen-generated data https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/DPM-01-2022-0016/full/html

Framing Disaster Risk Perception and Vulnerability in Social Media Communication: A Literature Reviewhttps://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/14/15/9148

Threats lead to cancellation of fire risk map meetings https://www.mailtribune.com/top-stories/2022/07/26/meetings-on-fire-risk-map-changed-to-online-only/

Psychology and disasters

Wildland Firefighter Health and Wellbeing https://www.doi.gov/wildlandfire/health

Flooding in Germany: One year on, nothing is back to normal https://www.dw.com/en/flooding-in-germany-one-year-on-nothing-is-back-to-normal/a-62462097

Effectiveness of fitness training and psychosocial education intervention programs in wildland firefighting: a cluster randomised control trial https://www.publish.csiro.au/wf/WF21126

Sociology and disasters

Heatwaves: why ethnic minorities in the UK are more vulnerable, and what to do about it https://theconversation.com/heatwaves-why-ethnic-minorities-in-the-uk-are-more-vulnerable-and-what-to-do-about-it-187576

Social capital’s impact on COVID-19 outcomes at local levels https://www.researchgate.net/publication/360083666_Social_capital’s_impact_on_COVID-19_outcomes_at_local_levels

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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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