Today in disaster resilience (2 September 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Pakistan floods death toll passes 1,000, say officials https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/27/pakistan-floods-death-toll-nearing-1000-say-officials

Oregon’s Rum Creek wildfire nearly doubles in size to more than 8,000 acres https://edition.cnn.com/2022/08/28/us/oregon-rum-creek-fire/index.html

Democratic Republic of the Congo – Floods Affect Thousands in Northern Provinces https://floodlist.com/africa/democratic-republic-of-the-congo-floods-affect-thousands-in-northern-provinces

Philippines – 4,300 Displaced by Tropical Storm Ma-on (Florita) https://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-tropical-storm-maon-florita-august-2022

Flooding in Jackson, Mississippi, remains, but city officials are ‘cautiously optimistic’ https://edition.cnn.com/2022/08/29/weather/mississippi-pearl-river-flood-warning-monday/index.html

Sierra Leone – Torrential Rains Trigger Deadly Floods in Freetown https://floodlist.com/africa/sierra-leone-floods-august-2022

Latest volcano activity news https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/190764/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-1-Sep-2022-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Semeru-Shiveluch-Dukono-Rev.html

Historic hailstorm hits Catalonia, Spain https://watchers.news/2022/09/01/historic-hailstorm-hits-catalonia-spain/

India – Floods in Uttar Pradesh Affect 245,000 https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-uttar-pradesh-august-2022

Haiti – Houses Destroyed, 3 Lives Lost After Days of Heavy Rain https://floodlist.com/america/haiti-floods-august-2022

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Environmental and financial dividends on offer for farmers in carbon reforestation project https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2022-08-28/environmental-financial-gains-from-farm-reforestation-greening/101370270

Europe dries up from climate change-driven drought https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/europe-dries-up-from-climate-change-driven-drought,16696

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

U.S. to More Than Triple Climate Spending, Analysis Shows https://e360.yale.edu/digest/u.s.-climate-spending-inflation-bill

Heatwave special https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001bmrx/countryfile-heatwave-special

Estimates of the social cost of carbon: A review based on meta-analysis https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0959652618334589

Extreme China heatwave could lead to global chaos and food shortages https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/extreme-china-heatwave-could-lead-to-global-chaos-and-food-shortages/D3FVWMBGHJQD355FDM5R43MG4I/

Seattle just had one of its hottest nights on record https://www.npr.org/2022/08/19/1118370475/seattle-just-had-one-of-its-hottest-nights-on-record

A historical perspective on glacial retreat https://www.sonnenseite.com/en/environment/a-historical-perspective-on-glacial-retreat/

Poorest countries at greatest risk of losses and damage from climate change https://www.iied.org/poorest-countries-greatest-risk-losses-damage-climate-change

Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East Face Rapid Climate Change https://eos.org/editors-vox/eastern-mediterranean-and-middle-east-face-rapid-climate-change

‘Dangerous’ and ‘extremely dangerous’ heat stress to become more common by 2100 https://www.washington.edu/news/2022/08/25/dangerous-and-extremely-dangerous-heat-stress-to-become-more-common-by-2100/

‘Zombie ice’ from Greenland will raise sea level 10 inches https://apnews.com/article/science-oceans-glaciers-greenland-climate-and-environment-9cd7662658ebbeaba05682352de8aa87

Arctic has not been as warm as today in over 7,500 years, study says https://www.arctictoday.com/arctic-has-not-been-as-warm-as-today-in-over-7500-years-study-says/

Nothing In History Compares To China’s Brutal Heat Wave, Weather Historian Says https://www.huffpost.com/entry/china-drought-heat-wave-most-extreme-ever_n_630a4461e4b088f74234ba09

If you thought this summer’s heat waves were bad, a new study has some disturbing news about dangerous heat in the future https://theconversation.com/if-you-thought-this-summers-heat-waves-were-bad-a-new-study-has-some-disturbing-news-about-dangerous-heat-in-the-future-189370

Three things Sydney must do to help meet climate targets https://www.watoday.com.au/environment/sustainability/three-things-sydney-must-do-to-help-meet-climate-targets-20220829-p5bdgp.html

Pakistan floods are ‘a monsoon on steroids’, warns UN chief https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-62722117

Australia remains at La Niña alert amid near-record Indian Ocean Dipole event https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-30/bureau-of-meteorology-holds-off-declaring-third-la-nina/101192238

The effects of climate change on hailstorms https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349143679_The_effects_of_climate_change_on_hailstorms

Climate change is increasing the risk of a California megaflood https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abq0995

These Communities Are Trapped in Harm’s Way as Climate Disasters Mount https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2022/08/these-communities-are-trapped-in-harms-way-as-climate-disasters-mount/

Heat waves + air pollution can be a deadly combination: The health risk together is worse than either alone https://theconversation.com/heat-waves-air-pollution-can-be-a-deadly-combination-the-health-risk-together-is-worse-than-either-alone-187422

Climate Change and Wellbeing Around the World https://www.gallup.com/analytics/397940/climate-change-and-wellbeing.aspx

To create serious movement on climate change, we must dispel the myth of indifference https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-32413-x

Longer summers could mean increased drought risk, says Met Office https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-62740079

How melting glaciers fueled Pakistan’s fatal floods https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2022/8/30/23327341/pakistan-flooding-monsoon-melting-glaciers-climate-change

Welcome to the Heat Action Platform! https://onebillionresilient.org/heat-action-platform/

A climate scientist on the planet’s simultaneous disasters, from Pakistan’s horror floods to Europe’s record drought https://theconversation.com/a-climate-scientist-on-the-planets-simultaneous-disasters-from-pakistans-horror-floods-to-europes-record-drought-189626

Rivers worldwide are running dry – here’s why and what we can do about it https://theconversation.com/rivers-worldwide-are-running-dry-heres-why-and-what-we-can-do-about-it-189270

Global warming makes more heatwaves inevitable for East Asia https://chinadialogue.net/en/climate/global-warming-makes-more-heatwaves-inevitable-for-east-asia/

NSW Blue Carbon Strategy 2022-2027 https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/water/coasts/blue-carbon-strategy

An international, peer-reviewed publication released each summer, the State of the Climate is the authoritative annual summary of the global climate https://www.ametsoc.org/index.cfm/ams/publications/bulletin-of-the-american-meteorological-society-bams/state-of-the-climate/

Victoria to exit coal sooner than power operators forecast, report finds https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/victoria-to-exit-coal-sooner-than-power-operators-forecast-report-finds-20220831-p5be6q.html

Greenhouse gas emissions, sea levels hit record highs in 2021 https://www.inkl.com/news/greenhouse-gas-emissions-sea-levels-hit-record-highs-in-2021/VPaEMAsoYbM

Disaster risk reduction

Why suppressing wildfires may be making the Western fire crisis worse https://www.npr.org/2022/08/27/1119428879/why-suppressing-wildfires-may-be-making-the-western-fire-crisis-worse

Floods, other water-related disasters could cost global economy $5.6 trillion by 2050 -report https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/floods-other-water-related-disasters-could-cost-economy-56-trillion-by-2050-2022-08-29/

‘We are committed to building more dams’: NSW government releases new water strategy https://www.skynews.com.au/opinion/peta-credlin/we-are-committed-to-building-more-dams-nsw-government-releases-new-water-strategy/video/8fb7f7c4561401d6b4071a83d7461b67

Greater Sydney Water Strategy https://water.dpie.nsw.gov.au/plans-and-programs/greater-sydney-water-strategy

The problem of doing more: success and paradoxes in scaling up informal initiatives for disaster risk reduction and climate action https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02255189.2021.2019574

Federally Overlooked Flood Risk Inequities in Houston, Texas: Novel Insights Based on Dasymetric Mapping and State-of-the-Art Flood Modeling https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/24694452.2022.2085656

Heatwaves and drought – why they are setting us up for severe flash flooding incidents? https://www.ambientalrisk.com/dry-weather-severe-flash-flooding-incidents/

River Floods Can Trigger Powerful Underwater Landslides https://eos.org/articles/river-floods-can-trigger-powerful-underwater-landslides

Advancing traditional strategies for testing hydrological model fitness in a changing climate https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02626667.2022.2104646

Floods, drought, storms could cost Canada’s economy more than $80 billion by 2050: report https://www.ctvnews.ca/climate-and-environment/floods-drought-storms-could-cost-canada-s-economy-more-than-80-billion-by-2050-report-1.6046456

A review of early severe weather applications of high-resolution regional reanalysis in Australia https://rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/met.2087

Wildfire and floods don’t need to turn into disasters: UN risk report https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/08/1125692

Faults underneath Seattle could trigger 33-foot tsunami wave https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/faults-underneath-seattle-could-trigger-33-foot-tsunami-wave-14336/

New Landslide Reporting Tool Uses Social Media and AI https://eos.org/articles/new-landslide-reporting-tool-uses-social-media-and-ai

A new paper reviews past earthquakes to better understand potential future risks https://www.usgs.gov/news/state-news-release/step-toward-understanding-earthquakes-california

The Surprising Powerful Global Tsunamis Driven by Underwater Volcanic Eruptions https://viterbischool.usc.edu/news/2022/08/the-surprising-powerful-global-tsunamis-driven-by-underwater-volcanic-eruptions/

Nepal’s early-warning system reduces flood fatalities https://www.dw.com/en/nepals-early-warning-system-reduces-flood-fatalities/a-62981276

Pakistan’s history of disasters and the lessons we fail to learn https://www.dawn.com/news/1707390/pakistans-history-of-disasters-and-the-lessons-we-fail-to-learn

Emergency management

Pakistan Foreign Minister says help needed after overwhelming floods kill more than 1,000 people https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-29/pakistan-foreign-minister-says-help-needed-floods-kill-1000/101381246

Enormity of Pakistan floods viewed from space https://www.axios.com/2022/08/29/pakistan-floods-satellite-images-destruction

Omicron booster shots are coming—with lots of questions https://www.science.org/content/article/omicron-booster-shots-are-coming-lots-questions

New research by a Northeastern engineering professor used recent storms and the COVID-19 pandemic to predict human movement during disasters https://news.northeastern.edu/2022/08/29/human-response-todisaster/

Australian National Emergency Management Authority established https://nema.gov.au/#/map

Long COVID: How researchers are zeroing in on the self-targeted immune attacks that may lurk behind it https://theconversation.com/long-covid-how-researchers-are-zeroing-in-on-the-self-targeted-immune-attacks-that-may-lurk-behind-it-169911

A Third Of Pakistan Is Underwater After Devastating Floods https://currentlyhq.com/global/a-third-of-pakistan-is-underwater-after-devastating-floods/

The new Australian Fire Danger Rating System has been developed using the latest science to be more accurate and relevant http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/news-and-media/newfdr

Let’s get mappin’: building GIS capacities for anticipatory action https://www.anticipation-hub.org/news/lets-get-mappin-building-gis-capacities-for-anticipatory-action

Disaster education, communications and engagement

How to become a citizen scientist—and when to leave it to the professionals https://www.popsci.com/environment/community-science-involvement/

An Inside Sun: Lickanantay Volcanology in the Salar de Atacama https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/feart.2022.909967/

Get prepared for an earthquake https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-management/preparedbc/know-your-hazards/earthquakes-tsunamis/earthquakes

Social Media Supplements Science During Natural Disasters https://eos.org/articles/social-media-supplements-science-during-natural-disasters

The Georgia Flood Literacy Project https://coastalgadnr.org/FloodLiteracy

Citizen science in environmental and ecological sciences https://www.nature.com/articles/s43586-022-00144-4

Discover Volcanoes book for children https://descubrelosvolcanes.es/en/book/

Preparedness month: 30 days in 30 ways #30days30waysUK https://www.crisis-response.com/Publisher/Article.aspx

Psychology and disasters

‘I feel my heart breaking today’ – a climate scientist’s path through grief towards hope https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-i-feel-my-heart-breaking-today-a-climate-scientists-path-through-grief-towards-hope-188589

Learn about who is most at risk for emotional distress from hurricanes and tropical storms and where to find disaster-related resources https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline/disaster-types/hurricanes-tropical-storms

Sociology and disasters

Part of the reason why low-income neighborhoods flooded has to do with the historical development of Houston https://www.lsu.edu/mediacenter/news/2022/08/climate-change-harvey.php

Community resilience through the lens of social support: Recovering from the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption in Iceland https://www.researchgate.net/publication/363035116_Community_resilience_through_the_lens_of_social_support_Recovering_from_the_2010_Eyjafjallajokull_eruption_in_Iceland

Black Businesses Matter: A Longitudinal Study of Black-Owned Restaurants in the COVID-19 Pandemic Using Geospatial Big Data https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/24694452.2022.2095971

Jackson’s water crisis was triggered by floods and compounded by racism https://grist.org/climate/jacksons-water-crisis-was-triggered-by-floods-and-compounded-by-racism/

Three things we learned about poverty and flood risk from urban household data https://blogs.worldbank.org/opendata/three-things-we-learned-about-poverty-and-flood-risk-urban-household-data

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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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