Today in disaster resilience 2 December 2022

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Landslide kills 14 attending funeral in Cameroon, regional governor says https://news.sky.com/story/landslide-kills-14-attending-funeral-in-cameroon-regional-governor-says-12756866

Italy – 2 Dead, Several Feared Missing in Landslides and Floods on the Island of Ischia https://floodlist.com/europe/italy-landslide-flood-ischia-november-2022

Increased eruptive activity at Cotopaxi – one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes, Ecuador https://watchers.news/2022/11/28/increased-eruptive-activity-at-cotopaxi-one-of-the-worlds-most-dangerous-volcanoes-ecuador/

Eruption begins at Mauna Loa volcano after 38 years of quiescence – Aviation Color Code raised to Red, Hawai’I https://watchers.news/2022/11/28/eruption-begins-at-mauna-loa-volcano-after-38-years-of-quiescence-aviation-color-code-raised-to-red-hawaii/

Cameroon – Deadly Landslide in Yaoundé https://floodlist.com/africa/cameroon-landslide-yaounde-november-2022

Current volcanic eruptions https://volcano.si.edu/gvp_currenteruptions.cfm

In Pictures: Mauna Loa erupts https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-63820551

Volcanic activity worldwide 30 Nov 2022: Etna volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/198014/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-30-Nov-2022-Etna-volcano-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Semeru-Dukono-Reventa.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Greta Thunberg and more than 600 youths are taking Sweden to court. Here’s whyhttps://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/headed-for-a-catastrophe-greta-thunberg-more-than-600-youths-sue-sweden-for-climate-inaction/qmq64bv2j

Climate concern the main reason voters swung to independents at federal election, study finds https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/28/climate-concern-the-main-reason-voters-swung-to-independents-at-federal-election-study-finds

Rising Sea Levels Besieging Africa’s Booming Coastal Cities https://africacenter.org/spotlight/rising-sea-levels-besieging-africas-booming-coastal-cities-lagos-dakar-alexandria-maputo-nile/

Unmasking the Effects of Aerosols on Greenhouse Warming Over Europe https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2021JD035889

Climate Change Impacts in Latin America https://www.wwfca.org/en/our_work/climate_change_and_energy/climate_change_impacts_la/

Climate change, driven by the burning of coal, oil and gas, was a major factor in the Great Deluge https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/resources/the-great-deluge-australias-new-era-of-unnatural-disasters/

Floods differ in a warmer future https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-022-01541-z

Reconciling disagreement on global river flood changes in a warming climate https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-022-01539-7

As strong winds and torrential rains inundate Australia’s south-eastern coast, new research suggests that high intensity bushfires might not be too far behind, with their dual effects extending damage zones and encroaching on previously low-risk residential areas https://www.unisa.edu.au/media-centre/Releases/2022/when-cyclones-and-fires-collide/

Many forests will become highly flammable for at least 30 extra days per year unless we cut emissions, research finds https://theconversation.com/many-forests-will-become-highly-flammable-for-at-least-30-extra-days-per-year-unless-we-cut-emissions-research-finds-195546

Future multivariate weather generation by combining Bartlett-Lewis and vine copula models https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/UWNYCBFCN8REQ3UKECPI/full

NASA Study: Rising Sea Level Could Exceed Estimates for U.S. Coasts https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/nasa-study-rising-sea-level-could-exceed-estimates-for-us-coasts

How an Early Oil Industry Study Became Key in Climate Lawsuits https://e360.yale.edu/features/climate-lawsuits-oil-industry-research

Triple-Dip La Niña persists, prolonging drought and flooding https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/triple-dip-la-ni%C3%B1a-persists-prolonging-drought-and-flooding

Will Summer 2022-23 Result in a Season of Tropical Cyclones and Floods for Australia? https://www.rms.com/blog/2022/11/24/will-summer-2022-23-result-in-a-season-of-tropical-cyclones-and-floods-for-australia

Disaster risk reduction

Effective disaster risk reduction requires the consideration of not just what has occurred but of what could occur https://www.preventionweb.net/understanding-disaster-risk/component-risk/hazard

Benefits of subsidence control for coastal flooding in China https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-34525-w

ACSC releases guide to safe smart cities https://www.governmentnews.com.au/acsc-releases-guide-to-safe-smart-cities/

Dream Homes and Disasters: Is the Government Ready to Confront Climate Risk? https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/11/25/fema-climate-risk-homes-00065305

Conservation efforts may have worsened catastrophic bushfires in south-east Australia, study finds https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-11-26/conservation-laws-may-worsen-bushfire-gippsland-study-finds/101697990

Seasonal Bushfire Outlook Summer 2022: Australia’s national picture of fire potential https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/seasonal-bushfire-outlook-summer-2022-australia-s-national-picture-of-fire-potential

Seismogenic Fault Reactivation in Western Central Africa: Insights From Regional Stress Analysis https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2022GC010377

Spotlight on illegal buildings as Ischia death toll now at 8 https://apnews.com/article/europe-naples-natural-disasters-climate-and-environment-d9f17dded4c4fd3f3d82ee3a4563416e

Amid rising climate change disaster risks, EU-UN initiative helps the African, the Caribbean and Pacific countries better prevent and recover from disasters https://www.undp.org/european-union/news/amid-rising-climate-change-disaster-risks-eu-un-initiative-helps-african-caribbean-and-pacific-countries-better-prevent-and

Lack of investment could leave 600,000 English properties at risk of flooding https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/nov/29/lack-of-investment-could-leave-600000-english-properties-at-risk-of-flooding

We’re decoding ancient hurricanes’ traces on the sea floor – and evidence from millennia of Atlantic storms is not good news for the coast https://theconversation.com/were-decoding-ancient-hurricanes-traces-on-the-sea-floor-and-evidence-from-millennia-of-atlantic-storms-is-not-good-news-for-the-coast-186899

5 facts on reducing disaster risk regarding Haiti earthquakes https://ehs.unu.edu/news/news/5-facts-on-reducing-disaster-risk-regarding-haiti-earthquakes.html

Disasters : Deconstructed Season 7 Episode 4 – LIVE! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqK_YuLdoBw

New Risk Information Exchange already reaching 52 countries https://www.undrr.org/news/new-risk-information-exchange-already-reaching-52-countries

Implementation of the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard Getting Underway https://www.floods.org/news-views/policy-matters/implementation-of-the-federal-flood-risk-management-standard-getting-underway/

Even weak tropical cyclones have grown more intense worldwide – we tracked 30 years of them using currents https://theconversation.com/even-weak-tropical-cyclones-have-grown-more-intense-worldwide-we-tracked-30-years-of-them-using-currents-194891

Coastal property prices and climate risks are both soaring. We must pull our heads out of the sand https://theconversation.com/coastal-property-prices-and-climate-risks-are-both-soaring-we-must-pull-our-heads-out-of-the-sand-195357

Satellite observations have revealed that weak seismic ground shaking can trigger powerful landslide acceleration – even several years after a significant earthquake https://www.ncl.ac.uk/press/articles/latest/2022/11/landsliderisk/

Where Mauna Loa’s lava is coming from – and why Hawaii’s volcanoes are different from most https://theconversation.com/where-mauna-loas-lava-is-coming-from-and-why-hawaiis-volcanoes-are-different-from-most-195633

More nations can be better prepared for drought as IWMI takes its space-based monitoring tool online https://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/2022/11/more-nations-can-be-better-prepared-for-drought-as-iwmi-takes-its-space-based-monitoring-tool-online/

Emergency management

Fauci: Americans shouldn’t feel we’re completely ‘done’ with COVID https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/3751772-fauci-americans-shouldnt-feel-were-completely-done-with-covid/

We’re nowhere near prepared for next climate disasters https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/we-re-nowhere-near-prepared-for-next-climate-disasters-20221127-p5c1k2.html

Universal flu vaccine could counter future pandemic https://www.bbc.com/news/health-63744643

Regional town cut off until Christmas as NSW flood crisis enters 75th day https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/28/regional-town-cut-off-until-christmas-as-nsw-flood-crisis-enters-75th-day

Did flood or storm ruin Eugowra’s homes? Thousands of dollars rest on the answer https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/did-flood-or-storm-ruin-eugowra-s-homes-thousands-of-dollars-rest-on-the-answer-20221125-p5c1cq.html

Even without a mandate, masks are the norm in Mexico City https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2022/11/25/masks-mexico-city

Lava from Hawaii volcano lights night sky amid warnings https://phys.org/news/2022-11-lava-hawaii-volcano-night-sky.html

More deaths among vaccinated Americans not a reason to avoid vaccines, experts say https://www.politifact.com/article/2022/nov/30/more-deaths-among-vaccinated-americans-not-reason/

As flood waters surge into South Australia, ecologists say locals should give fleeing snakes a wide berth https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/30/theyll-swim-theyll-climb-trees-experts-hissue-warning-over-snakes-on-the-flood-plains

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Exploring TikTok as a promising platform for geoscience communication https://gc.copernicus.org/articles/5/363/2022/

The Floods in South-East Australia by Chloe Hooper https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2022/november/the-floods-in-south-east-australia

Stronger together: inter-community collaboration enhancing resilience in Mexico https://floodresilience.net/blogs/community-collaboration-mexico/

Want to help report on coastal flooding and storm damage? Here’s how you can get involved https://www.silive.com/news/2022/11/want-to-help-report-on-coastal-flooding-and-storm-damage-heres-how-you-can-get-involved.html

There were more than 38,000 entries in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award — these ones were shortlisted https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-12-01/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year-2022-peoples-choice-award/101721006

Counteracting wildfire misinformation https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/fee.2553

coastTrain: A Global Reference Library for Coastal Ecosystems https://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/14/22/5766

Disaster simulation exercise https://www.preventionweb.net/news/three-day-simulation-exercise-test-readiness-and-resistance-local-communities-disasters-was

Psychology and disasters

Evacuation action during torrential rain considering situation awareness error using protection motivation theory https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420922005623

Time spent on rivers, coasts or lakes in childhood may be linked to subjective well-being as an adult, study finds https://www.psypost.org/2022/12/time-spent-on-rivers-coasts-or-lakes-in-childhood-may-be-linked-to-subjective-well-being-as-an-adult-study-finds-64424

Sociology and disasters

After the floods comes famine https://thenationonlineng.net/after-the-floods-comes-famine/

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NeilDufty

I am a Principal at Water Technology Pty Ltd, an Australian-based coastal, environment and natural hazards company - see https://www.watertech.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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