Today in disaster resilience (26 May 2023)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Catastrophic floods in Italy force thousands of people to leave their homes

More than 450 fatalities in Myanmar after Tropical Cyclone “Mocha” makes landfall

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Flooding Rivers Damage Homes and Impact Livelihoods

Somalia – Flooding Displaces Thousands, Prompts Urgent Humanitarian Response

Mexican volcano spews smoke into starry sky

Intense eruption at Popocatepetl, ash to 10 km (32 000 feet) a.s.l., Mexico

Rain, even smoke help fight wildfires in Alberta; new blaze brings evacuation in British Columbia

Mawar closes in on category 5 strength while nearing Guam

Millions in Mexico warned to prepare for evacuation as Popocatépetl volcano spews ash

Category 5 Super Typhoon Mawar rapidly intensifies to 175 mph winds

Volcanic activity worldwide 25 May 2023: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Sangay

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Is there warming in the pipeline? A multi-model analysis of the Zero Emissions Commitment from CO2

Transport produces a large and rising share of Australia’s harmful carbon pollution (19 percent)

The nine hours in which Spain made the 100% renewable dream a reality

Redefining “Glacial Pace”

In Years After El Niño, Global Economy Loses Trillions

Global Ocean Heat and Salt Content: Seasonal, Yearly, and Pentadal Fields

A multimodel analysis of post-Glasgow climate targets and feasibility challenges

Can coal-hungry Botswana ramp up solar to meet renewables target?

Study finds 2 billion people will struggle to survive in a warming world – and these parts of Australia are most vulnerable

Quantifying the human cost of global warming

Transport Minister Michael Wood: ‘Real possibility’ some NZ roads will be abandoned

What Bangladesh can teach the world about climate disaster preparation

More nations plan for ‘health disasters’ fuelled by climate change

Global heating will push billions outside ‘human climate niche’

Nearly 150,000 Indians have died in the past 51 years because of extreme weather: WMO

Minimizing the risk of rising sea levels

Were Italy’s floods caused by climate change? Experts analyse what happened as 36,000 left homeless

World Meteorological Congress approves Global Greenhouse Gas Watch

Adapting to the impacts of extreme heat in Bangladesh’s labour force

‘Gobsmacking’: Antarctic sea ice shrinks

World organisations, world events and world objects: how science, politics, and the mass media co-produce climate futures

The CoralHydro2k database: a global, actively curated compilation of coral δ18O and Sr ∕ Ca proxy records of tropical ocean hydrology and temperature for the Common Era

How Blackouts during Heat Waves Amplify Mortality and Morbidity Risk

Accelerating Climate Action Will Help Honduras Achieve Inclusive and Resilient Growth

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would save billions from dangerously hot climate

Strategic city planning can help reduce urban heat island effect

Recent reduced abyssal overturning and ventilation in the Australian Antarctic Basin

Origin, importance, and predictive limits of internal climate variability

Forcing and impact of the Northern Hemisphere continental snow cover in 1979–2014

Sweltering heat wave hits Sri Lanka; climate change will likely bring more

Burning Hot: 50 Years of Fire Weather Across the United States

Disaster risk reduction

FEMA Announces Additional $160M to Build Climate and Disaster Resilience Nationwide

Key Recommendations on Wildfire Prevention in the Mediterranean

A review of Earth Artificial Intelligence

Threatening 22 million people, Mexico’s Popocatepetl is a very closely watched volcano

How AI is making weather forecasts more accurate

Hazard definition and classification review

A continent-wide detailed geological map dataset of Antarctica

The NZ regions most at risk of tsunamis

‘Painting with fire’: how northern Australia developed one of the world’s best bushfire management programs

Economic costs of weather-related disasters soars but early warnings save lives

Using AI, researchers have created a new tsunami warning system

Cluster Analysis of Slope Hazard Seismic Recordings Based Upon Unsupervised Deep Embedded Clustering

Years ago Italy created a task force entrusted with preventing flooding. Why didn’t it work?

Tonga volcano eruption created ‘super plasma bubble’ in atmosphere, disrupting precise GPS

Unpublished list reveals 3,400 San Francisco buildings may be at severe earthquake risk

“Beyond Adaptation”: Coming to Terms with Loss & Damage

Application of MEMS Data to Fast Inversion of Rupture Process: Tests with Recordings from the IRREEW Network

Emergency management

Elite smokejumpers serve as a first line of wildfire response

Public Submissions – Independent Review of Commonwealth Disaster Funding

As FEMA struggles to keep up with climate disasters, extremist groups see an opportunity

Eruption of Tonga underwater volcano found to disrupt satellite signals halfway around the world

Bases take part in RoC multi-national firefighting exercise

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Pyrosketchology is an approach for building awareness of the fire environment through observations, sketching and nature journaling practices

Challenges, Strategies, and Impacts of Doing Citizen Science with Marginalised and Indigenous Communities: Reflections from Project Coordinators

US Fire and Smoke Map

Helping more people stay safe with flood forecasting

Social media-based urban disaster recovery and resilience analysis of the Henan deluge

Continental US Hurricane Strikes Poster

Psychology and disasters

Mental Health and Trauma

Why Some People Expect Catastrophes in Everyday Situations

Sociology and disasters

Uneven paths: Soft Policy’s benefits to recovery in Louisiana Parishes after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita’s_benefits_to_recovery_in_Louisiana_Parishes_after_Hurricanes_Katrina_and_Rita

Secession by flooding: How rain is dividing up our good country Uganda

As world’s poor face ‘compounding crises’, what could curb risks?

Children in East Asia and the Pacific face the greatest exposure to multiple climate disasters

Household Flood Severity and Migration Extent in Central Java: Analysis of the Indonesian Family Life Survey


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I am a Principal at Water Technology Pty Ltd, an Australian-based coastal, environment and natural hazards company - see I specialise in the community aspects of disaster risk reduction and emergency management. Samples of my research and projects can be accessed at Check out my latest book 'Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement' at I am also a published fiction writer specialising in short stories and poems - see

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