Today in disaster resilience (5 August 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Severe flash floods and mudslides leave at least 53 people dead, Iran https://watchers.news/2022/07/30/severe-flash-floods-and-mudslides-leave-at-least-53-people-dead-iran/

Flash floods kill over 300 in Pakistan as more monsoon rain is forecast https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/jul/27/flash-floods-kill-over-300-in-pakistan-as-more-monsoon-rain-is-forecast

How two 1-in-1,000 year rain events hit the U.S. in two days https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2022/07/29/kentucky-stlouis-flood-climate-explainer/

At least 22 dead, many missing after rivers burst banks in Uganda’s Mbale District https://watchers.news/2022/08/01/at-least-22-dead-many-missing-after-rivers-burst-banks-in-ugandas-mbale-district/

Four siblings among the 28 people killed in devastating Kentucky flooding https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/four-siblings-26-people-killed-devastating-kentucky-flooding-rcna40840

Volcano near Iceland’s capital, main airport erupts again after 8-month pause https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/iceland-fagradalsfjall-volcano-1.6539917

Wildfire burning near ski resort forces evacuation of hundreds https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/wildfire-burning-near-ski-resort-forces-evacuation-of-hundreds-1004224119/

US high tide flooding breaks records in multiple locations https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/3584713-us-high-tide-flooding-breaks-records-in-multiple-locations/

The Gambia – Floods Leave Homes and Roads Damaged, Two Fatalities Reported https://floodlist.com/africa/gambia-july-august-2022-floods

Sri Lanka – Over 2,000 Displaced and 3 Dead After Heavy Rain, Floods and Landslides https://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-floods-august-2022

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Aug 2022: Karymsky volcano, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Semeru, Ibu https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/188211/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-4-Aug-2022-Karymsky-volcano-Popocatepetl-Krakatau-Semeru-Ibu-Reve.html

More than 540 000 people ordered to evacuate as heavy rainfall hits Japan https://watchers.news/2022/08/04/more-than-540-000-people-ordered-to-evacuate-as-heavy-rainfall-hits-japan/

4 people killed and more than 100 structures destroyed in McKinney Fire – California’s largest in deadliest fire of the season https://watchers.news/2022/08/04/4-people-killed-and-more-than-100-structures-destroyed-in-mckinney-fire-californias-largest-in-deadliest-fire-of-the-season/

More than 500 people killed, thousands of homes destroyed as record-breaking rains hit Pakistan https://watchers.news/2022/08/04/more-than-500-people-killed-thousands-of-homes-destroyed-as-record-breaking-rains-hit-pakistan/

Nigeria – Deadly Floods in Jigawa State https://floodlist.com/africa/nigeria-floods-jigawa-august-2022

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Summer Is Hot, but This Is Abnormal https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/06/summer-normal-heat-season-deadly/619302/

Confronting climate change means sharing power https://e-tangata.co.nz/comment-and-analysis/confronting-climate-change-means-sharing-power/

Loss of tourism fears as European heatwaves cause record melting of glaciers https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-31/european-glaciers-impacted-by-climate-change/101272402

‘Soon it will be unrecognisable’: total climate meltdown cannot be stopped, says expert https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/30/total-climate-meltdown-inevitable-heatwaves-global-catastrophe

Reconstructing volcanic eruptions to help scientists predict climate risks: USask research https://news.usask.ca/articles/research/2022/reconstructing-volcanic-eruptions-to-help-scientists-predict-climate-risks-usask-research.php

Major consensus reached on Australian climate risk reporting https://www.ausbanking.org.au/major-consensus-reached-on-australian-climate-risk-reporting/

Climate change is intensifying the water cycle, bringing more powerful storms and flooding – here’s what the science shows https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-intensifying-the-water-cycle-bringing-more-powerful-storms-and-flooding-heres-what-the-science-shows-187951

In Greece, and across Europe, the mercury is rapidly rising. So is the desperation https://www.crikey.com.au/2022/07/18/heatwave-in-greece-climate-change/

Climate endgame: risk of human extinction ‘dangerously underexplored’ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/aug/01/climate-endgame-risk-human-extinction-scientists-global-heating-catastrophe

Global urban exposure to extreme heat https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/global-urban-population-exposure-extreme-heat

Troubling new research shows warm waters rushing towards the world’s biggest ice sheet in Antarctica https://theconversation.com/troubling-new-research-shows-warm-waters-rushing-towards-the-worlds-biggest-ice-sheet-in-antarctica-187483

Climate Endgame: Exploring catastrophic climate change scenarios https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.2108146119

Regional towns look to community batteries as renewable energy solution https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-04/communities-drive-renewable-energy-solutions/101295724

Floods are getting more common. Do you know your risk? https://www.npr.org/2022/08/03/1114981133/floods-are-getting-more-common-do-you-know-your-risk

Climate disinformation leaves lasting mark as world heats https://apnews.com/article/wildfires-science-fires-american-petroleum-institute-014d4825f21084a80eb71414dbe63b9e

Spain orders temperature limits for businesses in sweeping energy saving decree https://www.politico.eu/article/spain-order-temperature-limit-business-energy-saving-decree/

‘Sleepwalking to disaster’: Biology prof on how climate change is wreaking havoc on our lakes https://www.ctvnews.ca/climate-and-environment/sleepwalking-to-disaster-biology-prof-on-how-climate-change-is-wreaking-havoc-on-our-lakes-1.6009780

New Zealand releases its first national plan to protect against climate-driven disasters https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/03/new-zealand-releases-its-first-national-plan-to-protect-against-climate-driven-disasters

Current and projected regional economic impacts of heatwaves in Europe https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-26050-z.pdf

Borderless Heat Hazards With Bordered Impacts https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1029/2021EF002064

Landmark Climate Change Lawsuit Moves Forward as German Judges Arrive in Peru https://news.climate.columbia.edu/2022/08/04/landmark-climate-change-lawsuit-moves-forward-as-german-judges-arrive-in-peru/

As the rate of global warming hastens, snow-covered areas in Australia and abroad could take on a completely different complexion by 2050 https://themountainjournal.com/2021/11/22/atmospheric-rivers-threaten-snow-pack/

Betting on the best case: higher end warming is underrepresented in research https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ac13ef/meta

Australia’s climate change targets will become law. What happens now? https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/05/australias-climate-change-targets-will-become-law-what-happens-now

Disaster risk reduction

‘These seas have stolen front yards’: Sydney beaches at risk of being washed away https://www.watoday.com.au/environment/weather/these-seas-have-stolen-front-yards-sydney-beaches-at-risk-of-being-washed-away-20220726-p5b4r9.html

Predicting earthquakes using ionospheric total electron content anomalies- study https://watchers.news/2022/07/29/predicting-earthqukes-using-ionospheric-total-electron-content-anomalies-study/

Outback in bloom as floodwaters travel hundreds of kilometres into Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-31/kati-thanda-lake-eyre-wildflowers-water-outback-in-bloom/101284992

High-resolution satellite products improve hydrological modeling in northern Italy https://hess.copernicus.org/articles/26/3921/2022/

NOAA Tool Now Brings Disaster Risk, Vulnerability Down to Community Level https://www.hstoday.us/subject-matter-areas/emergency-preparedness/noaa-tool-now-brings-disaster-risk-vulnerability-down-to-community-level/

New Zealand’s White Island is likely to erupt violently again, but a new alert system could give hours of warning and save lives https://theconversation.com/new-zealands-white-island-is-likely-to-erupt-violently-again-but-a-new-alert-system-could-give-hours-of-warning-and-save-lives-142656

BOM declares negative Indian Ocean Dipole, likely to add to unrelenting rain in Australia’s east https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-03/bom-negative-indian-ocean-dipole-declared-la-nina/101258982

Johor govt finding ways to prevent flash floods https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2022/08/02/johor-govt-finding-ways-to-prevent-flash-floods/

Heat Turned McKinney Fire into Deadly, Unstoppable Monster https://www.govtech.com/em/safety/heat-turned-mckinney-fire-into-deadly-unstoppable-monster

Adapting to flood risk: Evidence from global cities https://voxeu.org/article/adapting-flood-risk-evidence-global-cities

Nine Reasons Why Extreme Floods may be Worse Than Expected https://eos.org/editor-highlights/nine-reasons-why-extreme-floods-may-be-worse-than-expected

What is a flash flood? A civil engineer explains https://theconversation.com/what-is-a-flash-flood-a-civil-engineer-explains-187961

Explorers just uncovered Australia’s deepest cave. A hydrogeologist explains how they form https://theconversation.com/explorers-just-uncovered-australias-deepest-cave-a-hydrogeologist-explains-how-they-form-188064

The future of disaster resiliency and the need for a global vulnerability index https://council.science/current/blog/the-future-of-disaster-resiliency-and-the-need-for-a-global-vulnerability-index/

Data vs disaster: Inside the Philippines’ natural emergency preparedness programme https://govinsider.asia/citizen-centric/data-vs-disaster-inside-the-philippines-natural-emergency-preparedness-programme-undp-philippines/

Extreme Weather Loss and Damage Estimation Using a Hybrid Simulation Technique https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s13753-022-00430-5.pdf

Latest outlooks for Atlantic hurricane season: Less frenzied, but still above average https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2022/08/latest-outlooks-for-atlantic-hurricane-season-less-frenzied-but-still-above-average/

The challenge of unprecedented floods and droughts in risk management https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-022-04917-5

Changing compound rainfall events in Tasmania https://rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/joc.7791

Emergency management

How the omicron subvariant BA.5 became a master of disguise – and what it means for the current COVID-19 surge https://theconversation.com/how-the-omicron-subvariant-ba-5-became-a-master-of-disguise-and-what-it-means-for-the-current-covid-19-surge-187132

Infrastructure damage hampers flood recovery in Kentucky https://apnews.com/article/floods-storms-kentucky-weather-emergency-management-6971f52cd2cc0cc79da8553dbc5d38f4

The forgotten valley: town left in disarray from recent floods buys walkie talkies to communicate https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/31/the-forgotten-valley-town-left-in-disarray-from-recent-floods-buys-walkie-talkies-to-communicate

A 17-year-old swam out of her flooded home with her dog and waited for hours on a roof to be rescued https://edition.cnn.com/2022/07/29/us/kentucky-floods-teenager-roof-rescue/index.html

Why is Monkeypox Evolving So Fast? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-is-monkeypox-evolving-so-fast/

Habitual mask-wearing is likely helping Japan, Singapore and South Korea bring daily Omicron deaths down, epidemiologists say https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-01/japan-singapore-south-korea-omicron-wave-and-mask-wearing-impact/101266844

Undisclosed Flood Damage Financially Soaks Home Buyers https://www.nrdc.org/experts/joel-scata/undisclosed-flood-damage-financially-soaks-home-buyers

NSW government will move to dismantle Resilience NSW following independent flood inquiry https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-04/resilience-nsw-set-to-be-dismantled/101302574

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Be Prepared to be Away During an Emergency https://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2022/07/parents-day/

When Extreme Weather Reigns, Disinformation Pours https://www.desmog.com/2022/07/29/extreme-weather-climate-disinformation-droughts-hurricanes-floods-wildfires/

Responding to a Volcanic Eruption, a Virtual Experience to Reality https://vipscommission.org/responding-to-a-volcanic-eruption/

Smoke from raging wildfires can harm health https://www.reuters.com/world/smoke-raging-wildfires-can-harm-health-2022-07-21/

Community preparedness program in the UK #30days30waysUK https://bit.ly/30days30waysUKProg2022

Psychology and disasters

Why take the risk? Exploring the psychosocial determinants of floodwater driving https://www.naturalhazards.com.au/resources/publications/journal-article/why-take-risk-exploring-psychosocial-determinants-floodwater

The July heatwave that brought chaos to London has changed the way Brits see the sun https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2022/07/31/hope-youre-staying-cool-london-heatwave/

Far from home: Infrastructure, access to essential services, and risk perceptions about hazard weather events https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420922004046

Sociology and disasters

Why gender-specific data is critical to manage disaster risk https://www.policyforum.net/why-gender-specific-data-is-critical-to-manage-disaster-risk/

UGA research: Wildfires disproportionately affect the poor https://news.uga.edu/wildfires-disproportionately-affect-poor/

Income and Insurability as Factors in Wildfire Risk https://www.mdpi.com/1999-4907/13/7/1130

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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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