Today in disaster resilience (16 September 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Uganda – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Western Region https://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-western-region-september-2022

Bulgaria – Hundreds Evacuated After Damaging Floods in Plovdiv Province https://floodlist.com/europe/bulgaria-floods-plovdiv-september-2022

Senegal – Floods in Dakar Leave 3 Dead https://floodlist.com/africa/senegal-gambia-floods-september-2022

Two people dead and 132 buildings destroyed as fire sweeps through Californian town of Weed https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-05/two-dead-in-northern-california-fire/101405140

South Korea – 2 Dead, 10 Missing After Typhoon Hinnamnor Triggers Floods https://floodlist.com/asia/south-korea-floods-typhoon-hinnamnor-september-2022

Mexico – 4 Dead in Nuevo León After Heavy Rain Triggers Floods https://floodlist.com/america/mexico-floods-nuevo-leon-september-2022

South Africa – Mining Dam in Jagersfontein Collapses Leaving 3 Dead, 4 Missing https://floodlist.com/africa/south-africa-mining-dam-jagersfontein-september-2022

Nepal – 5 Dead, 10 Missing After Floods in Darchula https://floodlist.com/asia/nepal-floods-darchula-september-2022

Portugal – Floods and Landslides Cause Severe Damage in Manteigas https://floodlist.com/europe/portugal-floods-manteigas-september-2022

Typhoon Muifa pounds eastern China with strong gales, rain https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/chinas-zhejiang-province-high-alert-ahead-typhoon-muifa-2022-09-14/

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Good news – there’s a clean energy gold rush under way https://theconversation.com/good-news-theres-a-clean-energy-gold-rush-under-way-well-need-it-to-tackle-energy-price-turbulence-and-coals-exodus-188804

‘Climate disaster of biblical proportions’: Pakistan minister warns flood damage will exceed $10 billion https://www.cnbc.com/2022/09/02/pakistan-warns-flood-damage-will-exceed-10-billion.html

Can we survive extreme heat? https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/climate-crisis-goodell-survive-extreme-heat-875198/

Changing climate the reason floods in Pakistan are so devastatin https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-06/pakistan-floods-climate-change/101394060

The sedimentological death mask of a dying glacier https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/dep2.205

Rapid retreat of Thwaites Glacier in the pre-satellite era https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-022-01019-9

La Niña under way in the tropical Pacific http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/enso/

Climate Council outlines 10 steps to beat government’s 43pc emissions reduction target https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2022-09-13/climate-council-renewables-steps-beat-2030-emissions-targets/101423872

Heat waves are getting worse. When will L.A. get around to offering bus riders more shade? https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-09-12/amid-blistering-heat-bus-riders-wait-in-search-of-shade

The Gomeroi people have fought Santos’ Narrabri Gas Project for a decade. They hope a novel climate change argument could help them win https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-13/gomeroi-fight-santos-narrabri-gas-project-climate-change/101428862

This summer has been a glimpse into Europe’s hot, dry future https://thebulletin.org/2022/09/this-summer-has-been-a-glimpse-into-europes-hot-dry-future/

World heading into ‘uncharted territory of destruction’, says climate report https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/sep/13/world-heading-into-uncharted-territory-of-destruction-says-climate-report

United in Science report: “Without much more ambitious action, the physical and socioeconomic impacts of climate change will be increasingly devastating” https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/united-science-we-are-heading-wrong-direction

Unprecedented in the 44 years of continuous satellite monitoring, a late season heat wave and melt event occurred in Greenland from September 2 to 5 https://nsidc.org/greenland-today/2022/09/a-melt-spike-in-september/

Victorian water report highlights need for new sources as climate change hits supplies https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-13/recycled-water-needed-future-victorian-homes-climate-change/101417608

Switching to renewable energy could save trillions – study https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-62892013

There’s a new map of climate disasters in America https://www.theverge.com/2022/9/12/23348911/climate-disaster-us-map-flood-fire-heatwave-drought

California becomes first US state to begin ranking extreme heat wave events https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/09/12/california-becomes-first-state-start-ranking-extreme-heat-waves/8061975001/

Anchoring Climate Change Risk Assessment in Core Business Decisions in Insurance | Research report https://www.genevaassociation.org/research-topics/climate-change-and-emerging-environmental-topics/climate-change-risk-3-report

Ice mass loss sensitivity to the Antarctic ice sheet basal thermal state https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-32632-2

Hottest summer on record for Europe and China during Northern Hemisphere’s 2nd-hottest summer https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2022/09/hottest-summer-on-record-for-europe-and-china-during-northern-hemispheres-2nd-hottest-summer/

Australia is funding just one-tenth of its fair share of global climate action, study finds https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/15/australia-is-funding-just-one-tenth-of-its-fair-share-of-global-climate-action-study-finds?CMP=share_btn_tw

Modeling the Dynamic Response of River Deltas to Sea-Level Rise Acceleration https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2022JF006762

‘Too hard to get to work’: climate change is making workers’ lives more difficult https://theconversation.com/too-hard-to-get-to-work-climate-change-is-making-workers-lives-more-difficult-190442

Video games get a new boss monster: Climate change https://www.eenews.net/articles/video-games-get-a-new-boss-monster-climate-change/

Mountain glacier at Queulat National Park in Chile’s Patagonia region collapses amid ‘abnormal’ high temperatures https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-14/mountain-glacier-patagonia-collapses-/101439498

Satellites now get full-year view of Arctic sea-ice https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-62904939

Pakistan floods ‘made up to 50% worse by global heating’ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/sep/15/pakistan-floods-made-up-to-50-worse-by-global-heating

Uni- and multivariate bias adjustment methods in Nordic catchments: Complexity and performance in a changing climate https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S004896972205714X

Disaster risk reduction

The Floods Devastating Pakistan Are More Than a Natural Disaster https://jacobin.com/2022/09/floods-pakistan-natural-disaster-global-south-climate-crisis/

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

An Integrated Approach Toward Smart and Resilient Cities https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-981-16-8800-3_202-1

Caught Between Extremes: Understanding Human-Water Interactions During Drought-To-Flood Events in the Horn of Africa https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2022EF002747

‘Russian roulette’: Dam levels rising as officials debate safe storage https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/russian-roulette-dam-levels-rising-as-officials-debate-safe-storage-20220906-p5bftm.html

Layering interventions is necessary to address loss and damage effectively https://www.iied.org/layering-interventions-necessary-address-loss-damage-effectively

Which Rainfall Errors Can Hydrologic Models Handle? Implications for Using Satellite-Derived Products in Sparsely Gauged Catchments https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2020WR029331

MAT.TRIGRS (V1.0): A new open-source tool for predicting spatiotemporal distribution of rainfall-induced landslides https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2666592121000457

Estimated 30,000 megalitres of water lost after cotton property Cubbie Station’s dam collapses https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-13/cubbie-station-dam-breach-water-lost-cotton-property-qld/101436060

Homebuyers With Access to Flood-Risk Data Bid on Lower-Risk Homes https://www.redfin.com/news/redfin-users-interact-with-flood-risk-data/

New AI system predicts how to prevent wildfires https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/new-ai-system-predicts-how-to-prevent-wildfires

A case for retreat in the age of fire as dozens of wildfires threaten homes in the West https://news.yahoo.com/case-retreat-age-fire-122922754.html

CRED Crunch newsletter details the disaster-related events of the first half of 2022 https://reliefweb.int/report/world/cred-crunch-newsletter-issue-no-68-september-2022-natural-hazards-disasters-overview-first-half-2022

How countries can better cope with flood risk https://www.unep.org/news-and-stories/story/how-countries-can-better-cope-flood-risk

The impacts of many disasters could be reduced if the connections between risks were taken into account https://www.eco-business.com/news/the-solutions-to-natural-disasters-are-connected/

University of the Sunshine Coast academics discuss the prospect of another summer of extreme rainfall for eastern Australia on the back of catastrophic flooding earlier this year https://usc.shorthandstories.com/la-nina-returns/index.html

Monitoring the Health of Our Planet using Earth Observations https://eos.org/editors-vox/monitoring-the-health-of-our-planet-using-earth-observations

Fagradalsfjall eruption unusual in many ways compared to other eruptions https://english.hi.is/news/fagradalsfjall_eruption_unusual_in_many_ways_compared_to_other_eruptions

Emergency management

Authorities in flood-hit Pakistan breach lake in an effort to save densely populated areas https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-05/pakistan-freshwater-lake-breached-to-save-densely-populated-area/101405004

Australia’s COVID-19 cases and death numbers will no longer be published daily https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/australias-covid-19-cases-and-death-numbers-will-no-longer-be-published-daily-heres-why/pw8reh1le

Pakistan ‘still in danger’ and flooding may take up to 6 months to recede, authorities say https://edition.cnn.com/2022/09/13/asia/pakistan-floods-six-months-clear-water-intl-hnk/index.html

Brisbane offers sandbags to residents as fears of another flood intensify due to La Niña forecast https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/13/brisbane-offers-sandbags-to-residents-as-fears-of-another-flood-intensify-due-to-la-nina-forecast

The Role of 360-Degree Videos in Wildfire Preparedness https://hazards.colorado.edu/weather-ready-research/the-role-of-360-degree-videos-in-wildfire-preparedness

Crisis Standards of Care (CSC) inform decisions on medical care during a large-scale crisis https://nap.nationalacademies.org/catalog/26573/evolving-crisis-standards-of-care-and-ongoing-lessons-from-covid-19

The Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies https://nap.nationalacademies.org/catalog/26709/forum-on-medical-and-public-health-preparedness-for-disasters-and-emergencies

Communities urged to prepare for third La Nina https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/am/communities-urged-to-prepare-for-third-la-nina/101437016

Do you know how to evacuate a building efficiently? https://createdigital.org.au/do-you-know-how-to-evacuate-a-building-efficiently/

Fears of more flooding as Pakistan death toll crosses 1,400 https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/9/13/flood-related-death-toll-in-pakistan-as-rains-continue

Health services ‘begging for help’ six months after deadly floods https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/health-services-begging-for-help-six-months-after-deadly-floods-20220912-p5bhic.html

Imagining COVID is ‘like the flu’ is cutting thousands of lives short. It’s time to wake up https://theconversation.com/imagining-covid-is-like-the-flu-is-cutting-thousands-of-lives-short-its-time-to-wake-up-190545

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Capacity Building Through Stakeholder Training in Media and Communication for Effective Disaster Management https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-981-16-8800-3_86-1

Disaster Communication and Trust https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-981-16-8800-3_90-1

Disaster Management and Communication Technology: The Prospect of Social Media https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-981-16-8800-3_93-1

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

This study aims to enhance understanding of how individuals experiencing homelessness or who are precariously housed are considered in emergency and risk communication planning https://hazards.colorado.edu/weather-ready-research/risk-communication-planning-learning-from-lived-experience-of-homelessness

National Preparedness Month https://www.ready.gov/september

Bill Nye talks about his new disaster series, “The End is Nye” https://boingboing.net/2022/09/07/bill-nye-talks-about-his-new-disaster-series-the-end-is-nye.html

Why heat wave warnings are falling short in the U.S. https://www.npr.org/2022/09/13/1122491546/why-heat-wave-warnings-are-falling-short-in-the-u-s

Eight Principles for Effective and Inviting Climate Communication https://app.wedonthavetime.org/posts/61f2da2f-bb84-4a2d-be04-99be515fa779

Psychology and disasters

Disaster vulnerability and community resilience factors affecting post-disaster wellness: A longitudinal analysis of the survey on the Change of Life of Disaster Victim https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420922004927

Hurricane Harvey’s hardest hit survivors five times as likely to experience anxiety from COVID-19 pandemic https://news.nd.edu/news/hurricane-harveys-hardest-hit-survivors-five-times-as-likely-to-experience-anxiety-from-covid-19-pandemic/

Disaster Preparedness: Earthquakes and Tsunamis the Top Concern for Japanese Homeowners https://www.nippon.com/en/japan-data/h01429/#top

Research finds educators need mental health support following hurricanes https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/964447

Sociology and disasters

Exploring the Social Effects of Disasters: Causes, Consequences, and Mitigation https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-981-16-8800-3_115-1

The challenges of dynamic vulnerability and how to assess it https://multisectordynamics.org/2022/09/12/the-challenges-of-dynamic-vulnerability-and-how-to-assess-it/

In the Shadow of Tungurahua: Disaster Politics in Highland Ecuador https://www.rutgersuniversitypress.org/in-the-shadow-of-tungurahua/9781978831568

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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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