Today in disaster resilience (23 September 2022)

Please find below links to recent climate change news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Hurricane Fiona deluges Puerto Rico; Typhoon Nandamol hits Japan https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2022/09/hurricane-fiona-deluges-puerto-rico-typhoon-nandamol-hits-japan/

Strong earthquake jolts Taiwan’s southeastern coast https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/09/18/national/strong-earthquake-taiwan/

Storm battering western Alaska causes widespread flooding https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-alaska-storm-surge/

Nepal – Over 20 Killed in Achham District Landslides https://floodlist.com/asia/nepal-landslides-achhaam-september-2022

Italy – 7 Dead, 3 Missing After Severe Flooding in Marche Region https://floodlist.com/europe/italy-floods-marche-september-2022

Four homes inundated in Gunnedah as Namoi River recedes from higher than expected peak https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-19/four-homes-inundated-gunnedah-namoi-river-recedes/101452784

Tremor shakes Mexico City on quake anniversary https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-62960830

Eruption at Piton de la Fournaise volcano, Reunion https://watchers.news/2022/09/19/eruption-at-piton-de-la-fournaise-volcano-reunion/

Japan storm: Nine million people told to evacuate as super typhoon Nanmadol hits https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-62952942

Hurricane Fiona Consumes Puerto Rico with Catastrophic Flooding https://michaelrlowry.substack.com/p/hurricane-fiona-consumes-puerto-rico

Costa Rica – Floods and Landslides Leave at Least 9 Dead, Dozens Displaced https://floodlist.com/america/costa-rica-floods-landslides-september-2022

Spain – Floods in Catalonia and Valencia, Policeman Dies in Flood Rescue in Benissa https://floodlist.com/europe/spain-floods-catalonia-valencia-september-2022

USA – Hundreds Evacuate as “Unprecedented Storm” Causes Coastal Flooding in Alaska https://floodlist.com/america/usa/storm-merbok-floods-alaska-september-2022

Typhoon batters western Japan with record rain, killing two as thousands evacuate https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-19/typhoon-nanmadol-makes-landfall-in-japan/101454954

Caribbean – Rain From Hurricane Fiona Triggers Deadly Floods and Mudslides https://floodlist.com/america/caribbean-hurricane-fiona-september-2022

Central America – Floods and Landslides in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua https://floodlist.com/america/floods-el-salvador-guatemala-honduras-nicaragua-september-2022

Volcanic activity worldwide 22 Sep 2022: Popocatépetl volcano, Ibu, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/192464/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-22-Sep-2022-Popocatepetl-volcano-Ibu-Dukono-Reventador-Piton-de-la.html

Nigeria – 300 Dead, 100,000 Displaced as Government Warns of Worsening Floods https://floodlist.com/africa/nigeria-floods-september-2022

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

A rapid shift to electric vehicles can save 24,000 lives and leave us $148bn better off over the next 2 decades https://theconversation.com/a-rapid-shift-to-electric-vehicles-can-save-24-000-lives-and-leave-us-148bn-better-off-over-the-next-2-decades-190243

Surprise hydrological shifts imperil water resources https://phys.org/news/2022-09-hydrological-shifts-imperil-resources.html

‘Africa is on the frontlines but not the front pages’: Vanessa Nakate on her climate fight https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/sep/17/vanessa-nakate-climate-activist-africa-cop27

New Antarctica data reveals ‘tipping point’ for ice melt https://www.1news.co.nz/2022/09/18/new-antarctica-data-reveals-tipping-point-for-ice-melt/

South Australia set to become first big grid to run on 100% renewables https://www.climatechangenews.com/2022/09/16/south-australia-set-to-become-first-big-grid-to-run-on-100-renewables/

Global warming doubled the risk for Copenhagen’s historic 2011 cloudburst https://science.ku.dk/english/press/news/2022/global-warming-doubled-the-risk-for-copenhagens-historic-2011-cloudburst/

Wind and solar records tumble again, as coal and fossil fuels hit another low https://reneweconomy.com.au/wind-and-solar-records-tumble-again-as-coal-and-fossil-fuel-hit-another-low/

$35 Billion Worth of Real Estate Could Be Underwater by 2050 https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/35-billion-worth-of-real-estate-could-be-underwater-by-2050/

The 1.5C global heating target is more than just a number https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/sep/16/the-15c-global-heating-target-is-more-than-just-a-number

Finally we have a Global Registry of Fossil Fuels https://carbontracker.org/finally-we-have-a-global-registry-of-fossil-fuels/

Climate change likely increased extreme monsoon rainfall, flooding highly vulnerable communities in Pakistan https://www.worldweatherattribution.org/climate-change-likely-increased-extreme-monsoon-rainfall-flooding-highly-vulnerable-communities-in-pakistan/

From crumbling rock art to exposed ancestral remains, climate change is ravaging our precious Indigenous heritage https://theconversation.com/from-crumbling-rock-art-to-exposed-ancestral-remains-climate-change-is-ravaging-our-precious-indigenous-heritage-188454

Carbon credit ‘trickery’ would put climate target at risk, experts warn https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/carbon-credit-trickery-would-put-climate-target-at-risk-experts-warn-20220916-p5biki.html

UN chief: ‘Tax fossil fuel profits for climate damage’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-62970887

A third of Aussies fear losing their homes to climate change https://phys.org/news/2022-09-aussies-homes-climate.html

Lower Urban Humidity Moderates Outdoor Heat Stress https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2022AV000729

Global ‘Stilling’: Is Climate Change Slowing Down the Wind? https://e360.yale.edu/features/global-stilling-is-climate-change-slowing-the-worlds-wind

Climate change is making rain difficult to predict – we trained an AI to help tropical countries adapt https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-making-rain-difficult-to-predict-we-trained-an-ai-to-help-tropical-countries-adapt-187741

Consumers reap rewards of 100 pct renewables as wind and solar farms hand back windfall profits https://reneweconomy.com.au/consumers-reap-rewards-of-100-pct-renewables-as-wind-and-solar-farms-hand-back-windfall-profits/

Certified ‘genius’ Saul Griffith has a plan to decarbonise Australia — and it will only take 101 million machines https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-22/how-to-decarbonise-by-replacing-101-million-machines/101453956

There’s a huge surge in solar production under way – and Australia could show the world how to use it https://reneweconomy.com.au/theres-a-huge-surge-in-solar-production-under-way-and-australia-could-show-the-world-how-to-use-it/

Thwaites Glacier: the melting, Antarctic monster of sea level rise https://theconversation.com/thwaites-glacier-the-melting-antarctic-monster-of-sea-level-rise-podcast-191057

Disaster risk reduction

Northern Beaches Council to consider extending Collaroy’s controversial seawall https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-18/northern-beaches-council-eyes-extension-collaroy-seawall/101403394

Farmers in Bangladesh pump so much water it may help reduce floods https://www.newscientist.com/article/2338117-farmers-in-bangladesh-pump-so-much-water-it-may-help-reduce-floods/

Subduction zone secrets: Is this how NZ forecasts ‘megaquakes’? https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/subduction-zone-secrets-is-this-how-nz-forecasts-megaquakes/JI535CWVIVCVPUA6OTZB6JZT3E/

Graphical Construction of Groundwater Flow Nets https://gw-project.org/books/graphical-construction-of-groundwater-flow-nets/

Integration of physical infrastructure and socio-economic systems for comprehensive uncertainty propagation in community resilience models https://www.researchgate.net/publication/363613641_Integration_of_physical_infrastructure_and_socio-economic_systems_for_comprehensive_uncertainty_propagation_in_community_resilience_models

Calls mount for city flood retention areas https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2394328/calls-mount-for-city-flood-retention-areas

Risk-informed planning essential to prevent floods in Kochi https://india.mongabay.com/2022/09/risk-informed-planning-essential-to-prevent-floods-in-kochi/

Alert threshold assessment based on equivalent displacements for the identification of potentially critical landslide events https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-022-05606-2

Cracking the Secrets to Earthquake Safety, One Shake Simulation at a Time https://newscenter.lbl.gov/2022/09/15/cracking-the-secrets-to-earthquake-safety-one-shake-simulation-at-a-time/

How Do We Stop These Devastating Floods? Start With These Six Steps https://blogs.adb.org/blog/how-do-we-stop-these-devastating-floods-start-these-six-steps

Hybrid forecasting: using statistics and machine learning to integrate predictions from dynamical models https://hess.copernicus.org/preprints/hess-2022-334/

The contribution of Indigenous stewardship to an historical mixed-severity fire regime in British Columbia, Canada https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/eap.2736

Crises such as the covid pandemic, climate change and the war in Ukraine are fueling demand for geospatial information https://spacenews.com/a-boom-in-earth-observation-satellites-creating-new-demands-for-intelligence/

Morphodynamics of Bedrock-Alluvial Rivers Subsequent to Landslide Dam Outburst Floods https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2022JF006605

Let’s Join Forces: Institutional Resilience and Multistakeholder Partnerships in Crises https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10551-022-05231-w

Time is of the Essence When Monitoring Dryland Floods https://landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/article/time-is-of-the-essence-when-monitoring-dryland-floods/

RiskScape: a flexible multi-hazard risk modelling engine https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-022-05593-4

New innovative system for early flood warning in Tamworth https://www.tamworth.nsw.gov.au/about/news/latest-news/2022/september/new-innovative-system-for-early-flood-warning

Pakistan’s floods are a disaster – but they didn’t have to be https://theconversation.com/pakistans-floods-are-a-disaster-but-they-didnt-have-to-be-190027

How can we prepare for a disaster prone future? https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/how-can-we-prepare-for-a-volatile-and-disaster-prone-future-/101464746

Nature-Based Resilience: Experiences of Five Cities from South Asia https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/19/19/11846

Latest Disasters journal https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/14677717/2022/46/4

Mandatory home buyouts are dismantling a flood-prone Houston community https://www.texastribune.org/2022/09/22/houston-harris-county-flooding-home-buyouts/

A severe heatwave in parts of China exacerbated a drought and fuelled wildfires https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-02954-8

Emergency management

Nationwide public earthquake drill held today; seismic activity in Chiapas, Oaxaca https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/nationwide-earthquake-drill-today/

Queensland Ocean Crusader volunteers fight a losing battle in ‘phenomenal’ flood debris clean up https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-20/qld-floods-volunteers-clean-up-waterways-debris-pollution/101453356

Live feed of active wildfires in the USA https://livingatlas.arcgis.com/wildfire/#@=-96.162,38.75,4

How to help people in Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Fiona https://www.npr.org/2022/09/20/1123971208/puerto-rico-hurricane-fiona-how-to-help

Five years ago Hurricane Maria knocked out Puerto Rico’s power grid. They were only “just starting to rebuild” when Fiona hit https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hurricane-maria-luma-energy-power-grid/

Even mild COVID raises the chance of heart attack and stroke https://theconversation.com/even-mild-covid-raises-the-chance-of-heart-attack-and-stroke-what-to-know-about-the-risks-ahead-190552

Nigeria battling floods ‘beyond control’ as warning given of dams overflowing https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/19/nigeria-battling-worst-floods-in-a-decade-with-more-than-300-people-killed-in-2022

‘It is beyond bleak’: Pakistan floods affecting 16m children, says Unicef https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/21/it-is-beyond-bleak-pakistan-floods-impacted-16m-children-says-unicef

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Meandering river flipbook https://landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/outreach/landsat-home/meandering-river-flipbook/

The climate crisis is real – but overusing terms like ‘crisis’ and ‘emergency’ comes with risk https://theconversation.com/the-climate-crisis-is-real-but-overusing-terms-like-crisis-and-emergency-comes-with-risk-188750

Nevada flood after fire guide https://naes.agnt.unr.edu/PMS/Pubs/2022-4548.pdf

The Science of Earthquakes https://www.usgs.gov/programs/earthquake-hazards/science-earthquakes

A snapshot sample on how COVID-19 impacted and holds up a mirror to European water education https://gc.copernicus.org/articles/5/261/2022/#section13

Recommendations for increasing the reach and effectiveness of heat risk education and warning messaging https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420922005076

Plagues and their Aftermath https://www.mhpbooks.com/books/plagues-and-their-aftermath/

Psychology and disasters

What do we owe future generations? And what can we do to make their world a better place? https://theconversation.com/what-do-we-owe-future-generations-and-what-can-we-do-to-make-their-world-a-better-place-189591

Sociology and disasters

The city as laboratory: what post-quake Christchurch is teaching us about urban recovery and transformation https://theconversation.com/the-city-as-laboratory-what-post-quake-christchurch-is-teaching-us-about-urban-recovery-and-transformation-190738

Flood exposure and poverty in 188 countries https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-30727-4

Veiled Inequities for Māori in Covid 19 Death Statistics https://medium.com/@wilson_read_write/veiled-inequities-for-m%C4%81ori-in-covid-19-death-statistics-510c440fc635

Experts discuss how extreme heat disproportionately impacts Latino community https://abc7.com/extreme-heat-impacts-latino-community-climate-change-disasters/12245087/

Understanding Flood Vulnerability in Local Communities of Kogi State, Nigeria, Using an Index-Based Approach https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/14/17/2746

Puerto Rico’s vulnerability to hurricanes is magnified by weak government and bureaucratic roadblocks https://theconversation.com/puerto-ricos-vulnerability-to-hurricanes-is-magnified-by-weak-government-and-bureaucratic-roadblocks-190953

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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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