Today in disaster resilience (14 February 2020)

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Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Storms, flooding and power cuts hit NSW https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydney-weather-live-updates-storms-flooding-and-power-cuts-hit-nsw-20200210-p53z76.html

Flooding, road closures and evacuations amid heavy rain in Queensland’s South East and Darling Downs https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-09/qld-weather-flood-warning-dalby-storms/11947322

Brazil – Torrential Rain Triggers Floods in São Paulo http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-rain-floods-sao-paulo-february-2020

UK and Ireland – Rivers Overflow After Heavy Rain From Storm Ciara http://floodlist.com/europe/united-kingdom/uk-ireland-floods-storm-ciara-february-2020

Tanzania – Floods in 4 Regions Leave at Least 40 Dead, Thousands Displaced http://floodlist.com/africa/tanzania-floods-lindi-mwanza-morogoro-manyara-february-2020

South Africa – Floods Cause Havoc in Johannesburg and Gauteng http://floodlist.com/africa/south-africa-floods-johannesburg-gauteng-february-2020

Severe floods hit Sao Paulo, Pinheiros river at highest level in 15 years, Brazil https://watchers.news/2020/02/11/severe-floods-hit-sao-paulo-pinheiros-river-at-highest-level-in-15-years-brazil/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Deadly winter storm spawns 19 tornadoes, causes major flooding and power outages, affecting 300 000 across Eastern U.S. https://watchers.news/2020/02/10/us-winterstorm-tornadoes-february-2020/

Powerful windstorm wreaks havoc across northwestern Europe, causes widespread disruption and flooding https://watchers.news/2020/02/10/storm-ciara-aftermath-febraury-2020/

Rare snowfall blankets Baghdad for the second time in more than 100 years, Iraq https://watchers.news/2020/02/11/rare-snowfall-blankets-baghdad-for-the-second-time-in-more-than-100-years-iraq/

Indonesia – Thousands Hit by Floods in Jakarta and South Sumatra Province http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-jakarta-south-sumatra-february-2020

Australia – Evacuations in New South Wales After Days of Heavy Rain http://floodlist.com/australia/australia-new-south-wales-floods-february-2020

High water levels are wreaking havoc in the Great Lakes, swamping communities https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/high-water-levels-are-wreaking-havoc-in-the-great-lakes-swamping-communities

Bolivia – Floods Hit La Paz and Potosí Departments http://floodlist.com/america/bolivia-floods-lapaz-potosi-february-2020

Burundi – Floods Destroy Homes and Displace 11,000 http://floodlist.com/africa/burundi-floods-update-february-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 13 Feb 2020: Santiaguito volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Merapi https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/98104/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-13-Feb-2020-Santiaguito-volcano-Pacaya-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Merapi-.html

Australia – Floods in Southern Queensland as Rivers Rise http://floodlist.com/australia/queensland-floods-february-2020

Peru – Homes Destroyed After Floods in Luyando, Huánuco Department http://floodlist.com/america/peru-floods-uyando-huanuco-february-2020

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

West Australia grid officially hits more than 50% renewables for first time https://reneweconomy.com.au/west-australia-grid-officially-hits-more-than-50-renewables-for-first-time-21842/

Fires and floods: maps of Europe predict scale of climate catastrophe https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/10/fires-floods-maps-europe-climate-catastrophe

Greenland Rising: The Future of Greenland’s Waterfront https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2020/02/05/greenland-rising-the-future-of-greenlands-waterfront/

Deforested parts of Amazon ’emitting more CO2 than they absorb’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51464694

With sufficient investment and strategic deployment, carbon dioxide removal and storage can play a key role in keeping global warming to a level we can live with https://ensia.com/features/sequestration/

We’re facing a climate crisis but there is good news https://www.smh.com.au/national/we-re-facing-a-climate-crisis-but-there-is-good-news-20200210-p53zhr.html

Southern California Climate Change over 100,000 Years https://eos.org/research-spotlights/southern-california-climate-change-over-100000-years

There Are Rivers in the Sky Drenching the U.S. Because of Climate Change https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-11/there-are-rivers-in-the-sky-drenching-the-u-s-because-of-climate-change

Preparing for climate change https://phys.org/news/2020-02-climate.html

US cities at risk of sea level inundation https://www.newsweek.com/these-five-cities-are-vulnerable-rising-seas-including-miami-new-york-1486575

Burning gas, coal and oil costs global economy $8bn a day and particularly harms children https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/12/fossil-fuel-pollution-behind-4m-premature-deaths-a-year-study?CMP=twt_a-environment_b-gdneco

Marshall Islands, Suriname, Norway upgrade climate plans before Cop26 https://www.climatechangenews.com/2020/02/10/which-countries-updated-ndc-2020-marshall-islands-suriname-norway-cop26/

‘Climigration’: when communities must move because of climate change https://theconversation.com/climigration-when-communities-must-move-because-of-climate-change-122529

Pine Island Glacier’s Newest Iceberg https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146289/pine-island-glaciers-newest-iceberg

Inside Australia’s climate emergency: the new fire zone https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2020/feb/12/living-in-the-climate-emergency-australias-new-fire-zone?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Who will bear the financial risk of climate-related disasters? https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6613599/who-will-bear-the-financial-risk-of-climate-related-disasters/

In the span of 141 years of climate records, there has never been a warmer January than last month https://www.noaa.gov/news/january-2020-was-earth-s-hottest-january-on-record

How to achieve climate goals: try this tool https://en-roads.climateinteractive.org/scenario.html?p65=100&v=2.7.6

Antarctic temperature rises above 20C for first time on record https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/13/antarctic-temperature-rises-above-20c-first-time-record

Partisan gap on dealing with climate change gets even wider https://www.people-press.org/2020/02/13/as-economic-concerns-recede-environmental-protection-rises-on-the-publics-policy-agenda/

‘Business as usual’ on climate change will cost Australia $29 billion a year https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2020/02/12/climate-change-economy/

Climate change: Bangkok, Amsterdam and Melbourne ‘face greatest global warming risk’ https://news.sky.com/story/climate-change-bangkok-amsterdam-and-melbourne-face-greatest-global-warming-risk-11932338

2050 Climate Change City Index https://www.nestpick.com/2050-climate-change-city-index/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Starting (and Stopping) a Fire to Study It https://eos.org/articles/starting-and-stopping-a-fire-to-study-it

With Australia’s Hillsides Stripped Bare By Fire, Scientists Rush To Predict Mudflows https://www.npr.org/2020/02/10/803669266/with-australia-s-hillsides-stripped-bare-by-fire-scientists-work-to-predict-mudf?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews

Salt marshes or sea walls? Preventing coastal flooding in the UK https://granthaminstitute.com/2019/12/05/salt-marshes-or-sea-walls-preventing-coastal-flooding-in-the-uk/

Coronavirus ‘could infect 60% of global population if unchecked’ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/11/coronavirus-expert-warns-infection-could-reach-60-of-worlds-population?CMP=share_btn_tw

Flood-prone residents moving closer to relocation https://www.wbrz.com/news/flood-prone-residents-moving-closer-to-relocation/

Proposed amendment to the Toowoomba Region Planning Scheme relating to the region-wide management of flood risk http://www.tr.qld.gov.au/about-council/news-publications/media-releases/14102-planning-development-committee-recommends-adopting-toowoomba-regional-planning-scheme-amendment-no-17

Canada needs to up its game when it comes to flood maps, says a national group of professional appraisers, as the climate crisis distorts property values across the country https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/02/10/news/what-are-flood-maps-your-property-value-depends-them-and-they-may-be-dangerously

Flood Management in Aqala through an Agent-Based Solution and Crowdsourcing Services in an Enterprise Geospatial Information System https://www.mdpi.com/2220-9964/8/9/420

Impacts of Flooding in North-east Scotland https://www.crew.ac.uk/publication/impacts-flooding

Flood defences not strong enough to protect UK’s towns, warn experts in aftermath of Storm Ciara https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/02/10/flood-defences-wont-protect-uk-need-drastic-new-measures-experts/

Using remarkability to define coastal flooding thresholds https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-13935-3

MPs condemn flood defence failures as more rain forecast https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/feb/11/storm-ciara-flood-warnings-storm-dennis-on-horizon

Lidar for Floodplain Models: A Project in Florida https://www.xyht.com/lidarimaging/lidar-data-for-floodplain-models/

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter https://molinostewart.com.au/editorial/floodplain-manager-december-2019-january-2020/

The 2019-20 bushfires: a CSIRO explainer https://www.csiro.au/en/Research/Environment/Extreme-Events/Bushfire/preparing-for-climate-change/2019-20-bushfires-explainer

Insurance premiums rising after long summer of bushfires, storms and floods https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-13/insurance-premiums-pressured-by-bushfires-storms-and-floods/11958410

Modeling Storm Surge Attenuation by an Integrated Nature-Based and Engineered Flood Defense System in the Scheldt Estuary (Belgium) https://www.mdpi.com/2077-1312/8/1/27

Understanding today’s risk critical in closing the flood protection gap https://www.reinsurancene.ws/understanding-todays-risk-critical-in-closing-the-flood-protection-gap-fathoms-dr-smith/

New facility to test flood prevention technology https://environmentjournal.online/articles/new-facility-to-test-flood-prevention-technology/

 

Emergency management

Authorities plan emergency and safety measures as seismic activity continues at new underwater volcano near Mayotte https://watchers.news/2020/02/11/authorities-plan-emergency-and-safety-measures-as-seismic-activity-continues-at-new-underwater-volcano-near-mayotte/

A man has been rescued from rising floodwaters after 10 hours clinging to a tree in Australia https://news.sky.com/story/man-rescued-from-floods-after-10-hours-clinging-to-tree-11931192

Displaced by the Taal Volcano https://ocharoap.exposure.co/waiting-for-the-smoke-to-clear

Testing the water: flood victims take Anies to court https://indonesiaatmelbourne.unimelb.edu.au/testing-the-water-flood-victims-take-anies-to-court/

Australia – Insurers Receive 10,000 Claims for East Coast Floods http://floodlist.com/australia/australia-insurers-claims-east-coast-floods-february-2020

Bushfire deaths in Australia, 2010-2020 https://riskfrontiers.com/bushfire-deaths-in-australia-2010-2020/

The role of the state in China’s post-disaster reconstruction planning: Implications for resilience https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0042098019859232?journalCode=usja

Storm Ciara – Recovery work begins after flooding in Cumbria and Lancashire https://www.cumbriacrack.com/2020/02/12/storm-ciara-recovery-work-begins-after-flooding-in-cumbria-and-lancashire/

New FAO project to provide urgent support to flood victims in Rwanda http://www.fao.org/emergencies/fao-in-action/stories/stories-detail/en/c/1259515/

Managing the 2019 Flood Events: USACE Division Highlights | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers https://www.defensemedianetwork.com/stories/managing-the-2019-flood-events-usace-division-highlights-u-s-army-corps-of-engineers-building-strong-2020-edition/

All bushfires in NSW contained after a week of heavy rain https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6132327163001

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Resources for a safer school https://www.schoolsafety.gov/

Flood maps don’t convince some residents that their homes will be under water https://www.fastcompany.com/90461819/even-looking-at-flood-maps-cant-convince-coastal-residents-their-homes-will-be-underwater

Twitter might have a better read on floods than NOAA https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/10/21128744/twitter-data-floods-noaa-climate-change

Monitoring flooding through peoples’ exasperated tweets https://qz.com/1797415/scientists-are-studying-your-climate-change-complaints-on-twitter/

Bushfire resources for teachers https://www.redcross.org.au/get-help/emergencies/resources-about-disasters/resources-for-teachers
The 2019-20 bushfires: a CSIRO explainer https://www.csiro.au/en/Research/Environment/Extreme-Events/Bushfire/preparing-for-climate-change/2019-20-bushfires-explainer

What is resilience? https://globalresilience.northeastern.edu/about/overview/

 

Psychology and Disasters

Stress, financial hardship and ill-health among lasting effects of flooding, researchers find https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/11/scottish-study-reveals-significant-long-term-impact-of-flooding

 

Sociology and disasters

As sea level rises, Miami neighborhoods feel rising tide of gentrification https://www.curbed.com/2020/2/10/21128496/miami-real-estate-climate-change-gentrification

Climate change impacts in Bangladesh show how geography, wealth and culture affect vulnerability https://theconversation.com/climate-change-impacts-in-bangladesh-show-how-geography-wealth-and-culture-affect-vulnerability-128207

Today in disaster resilience (7 February 2020)

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Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Kuchinoerabujima erupts, generating long pyroclastic flows and ejecting ash up to 7 000 m (23 000 feet) a.s.l., Japan https://watchers.news/2020/02/03/kuchinoerabujima-eruption-february-2020/

Hundreds still cut off by floods in Milford Sound https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12305737

South Africa – Heavy Rain Triggers Flash Floods in Eastern Cape http://floodlist.com/africa/south-africa-floods-astern-cape-february-2020

Heavy rain in B.C. causes flooding, power outages, traps 500 people at Fraser Valley ski hill https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/heavy-rain-causes-flooding-bc-south-coast-vancouver-island-1.5448866

Rwanda – at Least 13 Killed in Floods and Landslides http://floodlist.com/africa/rwanda-floods-landslides-february-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

New Zealand – Emergency Declared After Floods in Southland http://floodlist.com/australia/new-zealand-floods-southland-february-2020

Canada – Heavy Rain in British Columbia Triggers Floods and Landslides http://floodlist.com/america/canada-british-columbia-february-2020

Strombolian explosions at Fuego volcano, ash up to 4.6 km (15 000 feet) a.s.l., Guatemala https://watchers.news/2020/02/04/strombolian-explosions-fuego-volcano-february-2020/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Port Lincoln to truck in sand after ‘140 Olympic swimming pools’ of rain falls on city https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-04/140-olympic-swimming-pools-of-rain-floods-port-lincoln/11927946

Floods destroy 1 746 homes, claiming 21 lives and leaving more than 15 000 homeless in southeastern Tanzania https://watchers.news/2020/02/04/floods-destroy-1-746-homes-claiming-21-lives-and-leaving-more-than-15-000-homeless-in-southeastern-tanzania/

Avalanches in eastern Turkey claim at least 38 lives, many of them first responders working under blizzard conditions https://watchers.news/2020/02/05/avalanche-turkey-van-province-february-2020/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

France and Luxembourg – Emergency Rescues After Rivers Rise http://floodlist.com/europe/france-luxembourg-floods-february-2020

Malawi – Hundreds Displaced After Floods in Karonga http://floodlist.com/africa/malawi-floods-karonga-february-2020

Zambia – More Flooding in Eastern Province Displaces 100 Households http://floodlist.com/africa/zambia-flooding-eastern-province-february-2020

Burundi – Over 1,000 Displaced After Heavy Rain in North West http://floodlist.com/africa/burundi-rain-floods-january-2020

Papua New Guinea – at Least 3 Dead After Flash Floods in Western Highlands http://floodlist.com/asia/papua-new-guinea-floods-western-highlands-february-2020

Deadly storm hits eastern U.S. https://watchers.news/2020/02/06/winter-storm-us-tornadoes-february-6-2020/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Volcanic activity worldwide 6 Feb 2020: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Ibu https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/97634/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-6-Feb-2020-Fuego-volcano-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Krakatau-Ibu-D.html

Australia receives bushfire reprieve with floods, battens down for cyclone https://ca.news.yahoo.com/australia-receives-bittersweet-bushfires-reprieve-012933879.html

Newcastle weather: Hunter river flood warning as 30mm rainfall a day forecast for weekend https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/6618128/hunter-river-flood-warning-as-30mm-deluges-forecast-for-weekend/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s horrific bushfires could be the catalyst that pushes the world to a mass recognition that it’s time to act https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/03/if-theres-a-silver-lining-in-the-clouds-of-smoke-its-that-this-could-be-a-tipping-point

As cities are shaped by rising seas and extreme weather events, the way we work will be irrevocably altered https://www.fastcompany.com/90449975/were-on-track-to-hit-1-5c-of-warming-in-2040-heres-how-it-will-change-our-work-lives

As the Himalayas Melt, Thousands of Dangerous Floods Could Sweep Through the Mountain Range https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/as-the-himalayas-melt-thousands-of-dangerous-floods-could-sweep-through-the

Dwindling Arctic Sea Ice May Affect Tropical Weather Patterns https://insideclimatenews.org/news/26012020/arctic-sea-ice-melting-tropical-weather-el-nino-climate-change

Response to the Critical review of climate change and water modelling in Queensland https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3WJ9QKJ

The Stunning Rise Of The Climate Voter https://climate2020podcast.com/episodes/episode-19

No huge spike in climate alarm after bushfires

https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/australians-back-climate-change-action-while-science-divides-along-party-lines-20200203-p53x7y.html

Heat kills. We need consistency in the way we measure these deaths https://theconversation.com/heat-kills-we-need-consistency-in-the-way-we-measure-these-deaths-120500

Number of Kiwis who view climate change as an issue doubles https://www.lincoln.ac.nz/Research/Research/rc/leap/research-themes/nrm/?sti=5

Earth is heating at a rate equivalent to five atomic bombs per second. Or two Hurricane Sandys https://thebulletin.org/2020/02/earth-is-heating-at-a-rate-equivalent-to-five-atomic-bombs-per-second-or-two-hurricane-sandys/

Scientists Make First-Ever Observation Of Warm Water Undercutting Antarctica’s ‘Doomsday Glacier’ https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/02/scientists-make-first-ever-observation-of-warm-water-undercutting-antarcticas-doomsday-glacier/

Climate emergency: Indonesia faces catastrophic floods, disappearing islands https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/climate-emergency-indonesia-faces-catastrophic-floods-disappearing-islands

Insurers concerned about climate change as bushfire claims bill tops $1.3b https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/insurers-put-focus-on-climate-change-as-bushfire-claims-bill-tops-1-3b-20200204-p53xl9.html?cspt=1580848931|2f57f0369d908c714080e2611efaa8a0

Consolidating Sea Level Acceleration Estimates from Satellite Altimetry https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S027311772030034X

Ideological polarization over the reality of climate change actually increases with respondents’ knowledge of politics, science and/or energy policy https://theconversation.com/humans-are-hardwired-to-dismiss-facts-that-dont-fit-their-worldview-127168?utm_medium=amptwitter&utm_source=twitter

Sea-level rise ‘accelerating’ along U.S. coasts, report warns https://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/newswire/2020/02/04/sea-level-rise-accelerating-along-u-s-coasts-report-warns/4654700002/

U.S. Sea-Level Report Cards https://www.vims.edu/research/products/slrc/index.php

January 2020 warmest on record: EU climate service https://phys.org/news/2020-02-january-warmest-eu-climate.html

Bad news for coal: India lands world’s largest, super cheap solar and storage tender https://reneweconomy.com.au/bad-news-for-coal-india-lands-worlds-largest-super-cheap-solar-and-storage-tender-80682/

Andes Meltdown: New Insights Into Rapidly Retreating Glaciers https://e360.yale.edu/features/andes-meltdown-new-insights-into-rapidly-retreating-glaciers

World’s biggest iceberg makes a run for it https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51389690

The climate crisis is here, and right now, in Australia, it’s speaking to us in the language of smoke and fire https://climaterealityproject.org/blog/stories-smoke-and-fire-how-five-australians-are-facing-climate-crisis

Climate, extreme weather, biodiversity, food and water crises could lead to ‘systemic collapse https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/06/humanity-under-threat-perfect-storm-crises-study-environment?CMP=share_btn_tw

Permafrost Is Thawing So Fast, It’s Gouging Holes in the Arctic https://www.wired.com/story/abrupt-permafrost-thaw/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Hong Kong researchers develop vaccine for coronavirus https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Hong-Kong-researchers-develop-vaccine-for-Coronavirus-Report-615967

This is how much severe weather claims could cost in 10 years https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/climate-change/this-is-how-much-severe-weather-claims-could-cost-in-10-years-1004173416/

Singapore preparing various contingencies as outbreak of novel coronavirus evolves https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/novel-coronavirus-singapore-preparing-contigencies-moh-12385056

Fighting floods with ‘sponge cities’ https://wle.cgiar.org/thrive/2018/02/07/fighting-floods-sponge-cities

Washed Away: How communities prepare for more frequent flooding https://www.abc57.com/news/washed-away-how-communities-plan-for-more-frequent-flooding

InSAR observations over the Taupō Volcanic Zone’s cone volcanoes: insights and challenges from the New Zealand volcano supersite https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00288306.2020.1721545?journalCode=tnzg20#.XjjIhkL0_mE.twitter

Global Wildfire Information System https://gwis.jrc.ec.europa.eu/static/gwis_current_situation/public/index.html

Peeking at the plumbing of one of the Aleutian’s most-active volcanoes https://phys.org/news/2020-02-peeking-plumbing-aleutian-most-active-volcanoes.html

The U.S. Army Corps will study how to improve the vast flood control systems along the lower reaches of the Missouri River https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/u-s-army-corps-looks-to-avoid-repeat-of-2019-midwest-floods/

A new book shows how we can adapt the built and natural environment to be more flood resilient in the face of climate change https://www.cam.ac.uk/stories/building-a-flood-resilient-future

Extreme weather: Business continuity and damage limitation https://insider.zurich.co.uk/trending/emerging-risks/extreme-weather-business-continuity-and-damage-limitation/

Flood risk and insurance cost fears highlighted for 1.8 million UK residents https://www.businessgreen.com/news/4010093/flood-risk-insurance-cost-fears-highlighted-million-uk-residents?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Hazard reduction burning had little to no effect in slowing extreme bushfires https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/06/hazard-reduction-burning-had-little-to-no-effect-in-slowing-this-summers-bushfires?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Generation of a global synthetic tropical cyclone hazard dataset using STORM https://www.nature.com/articles/s41597-020-0381-2

Australian bushfires prompt conversation about land management practices https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/australian-bushfires-prompt-conversation-about-land-management-practices

How Europe Turned Into a Perfect Landscape for Wildfires https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/05/climate/forests-europe-climate-changed.html

New data sets from the ArcticDEM project help scientists track elevation changes from natural hazards like volcanoes and landslides before, during, and long after the events https://eos.org/articles/using-satellites-and-supercomputers-to-track-arctic-volcanoes

USask Professor Leads Project to Predict River Ice Jams and Reduce Risk of Flooding https://www.watercanada.net/usask-professor-leads-project-to-predict-river-ice-jams-and-reduce-risk-of-flooding/

 

Emergency management

Australian Smoke Plume Sets Records https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146235/australian-smoke-plume-sets-records

Disasters displace more people than conflict and violence https://www.undrr.org/news/disasters-displace-more-people-conflict-and-violence

Surf boat competitors describe becoming first responders as bushfires hit NSW south coast https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-04/from-elite-surf-boat-competitors-to-bushfire-first-responders/11928780

When fires blazed through Northern California last fall, I looked to online maps to tell me whether my family and I were safe. Unfortunately, they couldn’t do that https://www.fastcompany.com/90458635/how-maps-tracking-climate-disasters-fall-short-and-endanger-lives

Heat from helicopter’s landing light starts fire in Australia https://fireaviation.com/2020/02/05/heat-from-helicopters-landing-light-starts-fire-in-australia/

Beyond the fires: stories of response https://www.redcross.org.nz/stories/new-zealand/beyond-fires-stories-response/

New Zealand floods: first ever red weather warning issued as thousands evacuated https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/05/new-zealand-floods-first-ever-red-weather-warning-issued-as-thousands-evacuated

Don’t insult or duplicate firefighter’s efforts https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/don’t-insult-or-duplicate-firefighter’s-efforts

Reflect and remember at National Memorial event https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/reflect-and-remember-at-national-memorial-event

No food, no fuel, no phones: bushfires showed we’re only ever one step from system collapse https://theconversation.com/no-food-no-fuel-no-phones-bushfires-showed-were-only-ever-one-step-from-system-collapse-130600

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Integrating Climate Across the Curriculum https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanderark/2020/01/24/no-excuse-not-to-teach-climate-crisis-mitigation-and-adaptation/amp/

Phreatic eruptions, tephra falls: Making sense of volcano lingo https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1214948/phreatic-eruptions-tephra-falls-making-sense-of-volcano-lingo

New Zealand schools to teach students about climate crisis, activism and ‘eco anxiety’ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/13/new-zealand-schools-to-teach-students-about-climate-crisis-activism-and-eco-anxiety

Before and now: lived experiences of early warning systems during a flood https://reliefweb.int/report/cambodia/and-now-lived-experiences-early-warning-systems-during-flood

Find out how to develop a community wildfire protection plan https://www.usfa.fema.gov/wui/

UT scientists’ fossil-finding board game is a success in classrooms https://phys.org/news/2020-02-ut-scientists-fossil-finding-board-game.html

The Environment Agency identified its Long Term Flood Risk Information service (LTFRI) as a way of improving how we tell people about the risk of surface water flooding https://defradigital.blog.gov.uk/2020/02/05/long-term-flood-risk-a-user-centred-service/

Bushfire recovery resources online https://www.aidr.org.au/news/bushfire-recovery-resources/

 

Psychology and Disasters

The social psychology of responses to trauma: social identity pathways associated with divergent traumatic responses https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10463283.2020.1711628#.XjsqopqGYcc.twitter

Local university students examine hurricane effects on mental health in North Carolina https://www.wtkr.com/news/health/local-university-students-examine-hurricane-effects-on-mental-health-in-north-carolina

 

Sociology and disasters

How Natural Hazards Impact the Social Environment for Vulnerable Groups: An Empirical Investigation in Japan https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3531149

Today in disaster resilience (31 January 2020)

disaster

Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Brazil: Dozens killed as heavy rains cause floods, landslides https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/01/brazil-dozens-killed-heavy-rains-floods-landslides-200126101108232.html

Madagascar – Floods Death Toll Rises to 26, Government Declares Disaster http://floodlist.com/africa/madagascar-floods-update-january-2020-2

Indonesia – 18,000 Hit by Floods in Bandung, West Java http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-bandung-west-java-january-2020

Earthquake triggers tsunami warning for Cuba, Jamaica and Caymans https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/28/earthquake-tsunami-warning-cuba-jamaica-cayman-islands

Tanzania – Hundreds Displaced After Floods in Iringa and Lindi http://floodlist.com/africa/tanzania-floods-iringa-lindi-january-2020

Indonesia – Deadly Landslide in Sumedang, West Java http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-landlisde-sumedang-january-2020

Madagascar declares national emergency as massive floods claim 31 lives and inundate more than 10 000 homes https://watchers.news/2020/01/28/madagascar-declares-national-emergency-as-massive-floods-claim-31-lives-and-inundate-more-than-10-000-homes/

Heavy monsoon rains drench Queensland, causing widespread floods, Australia https://watchers.news/2020/01/28/heavy-monsoon-rains-drench-queensland-causing-widespread-floods-australia/

At least 39 killed and 1 607 injured after M6.8 earthquake hits eastern Turkey https://watchers.news/2020/01/25/sivrice-elazig-turkey-earthquake-casualties-damage/

Australia’s capital city faces worst bush fire threat since 2003, as scorching heat plots a return https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/01/29/australias-capital-city-faces-worst-bush-fire-threat-since-2003-scorching-heat-plots-return/

Severe weather affects 60 000, nearly 14 000 homes damaged or destroyed in West Java, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2020/01/28/severe-weather-affects-60-000-nearly-14-000-homes-damaged-or-destroyed-in-west-java-indonesia/

Volcanic activity worldwide 30 Jan 2020: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/97113/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-30-Jan-2020-Pacaya-volcano-Fuego-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Semeru.html

Flash floods kill at least 3, leaves 4 500 homeless in central and southeastern Tanzania https://watchers.news/2020/01/30/flash-floods-kill-at-least-3-leaves-4-500-homeless-in-central-and-southeastern-tanzania/

Over 200 displaced as floods hit Johor https://malaysia.news.yahoo.com/over-200-displaced-floods-hit-004548490.html

Chile – Emergency Declared After Rain and Floods in Atacama http://floodlist.com/america/chile-atacama-floods-january-2020

Kenya – Hundreds Displaced After Rivers Overflow in Homa Bay http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-floods-homa-bay-january-2020

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia is going up in flames, and its government calls for resilience while planning for more coal mines https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/25/opinion/sunday/australia-fires-climate-change.html

Building community resilience to climate change: The role of a Population-Health-Environment programme in supporting the community response to cyclone Haruna in Madagascar https://www.researchgate.net/publication/338841812_Building_community_resilience_to_climate_change_The_role_of_a_Population-Health-Environment_programme_in_supporting_the_community_response_to_cyclone_Haruna_in_Madagascar

As sea levels rise, little of the United States will be unaffected https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/01/as-sea-levels-rise-little-of-the-united-states-will-be-unaffected/

Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: study https://news.mongabay.com/2020/01/melting-arctic-sea-ice-may-be-altering-winds-weather-at-equator-study/

Economy-wide effects of coastal flooding due to sea level rise: a multi-model simultaneous treatment of mitigation, adaptation, and residual impacts https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/2515-7620/ab6368

Climate change splits the public into six groups. Understanding them is key to future action https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-29/climate-change-global-warming-six-groups-rebecca-huntley/11893384

How the ‘Venice of Africa’ is losing its battle against the rising ocean https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/28/how-the-venice-of-africa-is-losing-its-battle-against-the-rising-ocean

‘Dire outlook’: Researchers call for urgent Australian climate action https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/dire-outlook-researchers-call-for-urgent-australian-climate-action-20200128-p53vfq.html?cspt=1580242421|126d80fbda1923a75b4f20b6052dfc42

The outlook for humans is dire without urgent action: 81 laureates’ letter to Australia https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/the-outlook-for-humans-is-dire-without-urgent-action-81-laureates-letter-to-australia-20200129-p53vr8.html

Emissions – the ‘business as usual’ story is misleading https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00177-3

Temperatures at a Florida-Size Glacier in Antarctica Alarm Scientists https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/29/climate/thwaites-glacier-melting-antarctica.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytimesscience

Building a Resilient Tomorrow: How to Prepare for the Coming Climate Disruption https://global.oup.com/academic/product/building-a-resilient-tomorrow-9780190909345?cc=us&lang=en&

 

 

Disaster risk reduction

Why prescribed burns don’t stop wildfires https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/why-prescribed-burns-don-t-stop-wildfires-20200122-p53tl9.html

Practical dimension of urban and regional resilience concepts: a proposal of resilience strategy model https://www.researchgate.net/publication/338830080_Practical_dimension_of_urban_and_regional_resilience_concepts_a_proposal_of_resilience_strategy_model

Seismic biomarkers in Japan Trench fault zone reveal history of large earthquakes https://phys.org/news/2020-01-seismic-biomarkers-japan-trench-fault.html

Disaster research refocuses on climate-related flooding https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20200122094634629

The Coronavirus Is A Black Swan Event That May Have Serious Repercussions For The U.S. Economy And Job Market https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackkelly/2020/01/27/the-coronavirus-is-a-black-swan-event-that-may-have-serious-repercussions-for-the-us-economy-and-job-market/#380ce53991b8

A homebuilder in the floodplain wants a bailout. Should Harris County cut a check? https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/A-homebuilder-in-the-floodplain-wants-a-bailout-15008952.php

Venice may put glass wall around St. Mark’s Basilica to curb future flood damage https://www.foxnews.com/travel/venice-may-glass-wall-st-marks-basilica-flood-damage

Why Venice is actually a textbook case for flood prevention https://phys.org/news/2020-01-venice-textbook-case.html

Ottawa’s latest response to calls for government flood insurance https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/ottawas-latest-response-to-calls-for-government-flood-insurance-1004173059/

New book: Natural Hazards and Disaster Justice: Challenges for Australia and Its Neighbours https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9789811504655

Scientists are working to incorporate wildfire data into climate models, resolving hindrances related to scale, speed, and the complex feedbacks between the climate and wildfire emissions https://eos.org/features/firing-up-climate-models#.Xi88GDZqaxY.twitter

As a result of natural hazards, 2019 could bring an increase in mortgage delinquency rates, taking 12 or more months before normalizing to pre-disaster rates https://finance.yahoo.com/news/corelogic-natural-hazard-report-reveals-130000372.html

Flood Size Increases Nonlinearly Across the Western United States in Response to Lower Snow‐Precipitation Ratios https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2019WR025571

New coronavirus spreads as readily as 1918 Spanish flu and probably originated in bats https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2020-01-29/china-coronavirus-china-likely-originated-in-bats

Community collaboration and high-resolution maps are keys to effective flood risk management https://phys.org/news/2020-01-collaborative-effective.html

Lowestoft floods ‘could have been prevented’ – report https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-51280116

California completes 34 land projects to slow wildfires https://www.marinij.com/2020/01/29/california-completes-34-land-projects-to-slow-wildfires/

New fault system off Gisborne sheds light on East Coast tsunami and earthquake risks, New Zealand https://watchers.news/2020/01/30/new-fault-system-off-gisborne-sheds-light-on-east-coast-tsunami-and-earthquake-risks-new-zealand/

‘Drivers of change’: beavers released on National Trust land to ease flooding risk https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/30/drivers-of-change-beavers-released-on-national-trust-land-to-ease-flooding-risk

A global evaluation of multi‐model ensemble tropical cyclone track probability forecasts https://rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/qj.3712

 

Emergency management

New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons is standing by his criticism of the prime minister’s bushfire response https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6126732559001

The bodies of three U.S. firefighters who died in a plane crash earlier this week in Australia’s remote bushland while battling a fierce wildfire have been recovered https://currentnewstoday.net/bodies-of-u-s-firefighters-retrieved-from-australian-air-crash-site/

China coronavirus: mayor of Wuhan admits mistakes https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jan/27/china-coronavirus-who-to-hold-special-meeting-in-beijing-as-death-toll-jumps?CMP=share_btn_tw

Preparing for the worst: How Tokyo will respond to an Olympic quake https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/01/23/national/preparing-worst-tokyo-will-respond-olympic-quake/#.Xi9br08zZhE

A panel of U.S. Army MEDEVAC (medicial evacuation) experts explored ways that Army MEDEVAC technology, safety, quality of care and culture has evolved over time https://www.loc.gov/item/webcast-9004?loclr=eanw

Current methods to estimate evacuation time during flood events do not consider the socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of the population – here is a method to improve this https://www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci.net/19/251/2019/

Reflections on disaster events on the one-year anniversary of Cyclone Idai https://www.climatelinks.org/blog/reflections-disaster-events-one-year-anniversary-cyclone-idai

After Deadly Floods, West Virginia Created A Resiliency Office. It’s Barely Functioning https://www.wvpublic.org/post/after-deadly-floods-west-virginia-created-resiliency-office-it-s-barely-functioning#stream/0

From authoritarian enclave to deliberative space: governance logics in post‐disaster reconstruction https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/disa.12280

Exploding canals, collapsing malls: Watch Brazil’s deadly floods https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/exploding-canals-and-collapsing-malls-watch-brazils-deadly-floods/2020/01/29/a2347e38-42ad-11ea-b503-2b077c436617_story.html

Shane Fitzsimmons: ‘Tireless’ fire chief steering Australians through disaster https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-51230844

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

As Virus Spreads, Anger Floods Chinese Social Media https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/27/technology/china-coronavirus-censorship-social-media.html?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits

Do Face Masks Really Protect You From Getting Sick? https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/do-face-masks-prevent-virus_l_5e304a13c5b6ce51a4ec0a09

Gov. Brown pushes new bill, declares earthquake preparedness week https://www.kptv.com/news/gov-brown-pushes-new-bill-declares-earthquake-preparedness-week/article_4f7e1882-4183-11ea-87f2-ebac52927982.html

Science Communication Demands a Critical Approach That Centers Inclusion, Equity, and Intersectionality https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fcomm.2020.00002/full?utm_source=F-NTF&utm_medium=EMLX&utm_campaign=PRD_FEOPS_20170000_ARTICLE

As climate change worsens – and with it, the bushfire risk – it’s well worth considering how to protect the public against disinformation campaigns in future fire seasons https://theconversation.com/we-have-the-vaccine-for-climate-disinformation-lets-use-it-130008

How to mitigate flooding https://www.houstoniamag.com/news-and-city-life/2020/01/how-to-mitigate-flooding

 

Psychology and Disasters

Adding Psychedelic Drugs to Psychotherapy May Help Treat PTSD https://psychcentral.com/news/2020/01/18/adding-psychedelic-drugs-to-psychotherapy-may-help-treat-ptsd/153502.html

 

Sociology and disasters

Making social connections builds social capital, community resilience https://www.times-standard.com/2020/01/25/lori-dengler-making-social-connections-builds-social-capital-community-resilience/

Research shows that community connectedness improves outcomes in disasters https://www.thefifthestate.com.au/articles/what-we-can-learn-about-community-resilience/

 

Today in disaster resilience (24 January 2020)

disaster

Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Cyclone Tino: Evacuation centres open in Fiji as storm drives across Pacific https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2020/01/cyclone-tino-evacuation-centres-open-in-fiji-as-storm-drives-across-pacific.html

Zimbabwe – Floods Cause Havoc in Matabeleland North http://floodlist.com/africa/zimbabwe-floods-matabeleland-north-january-2020

Fiji – Flash Floods From Tropical Cyclone “Tino” Leave 2 Dead http://floodlist.com/australia/fiji-tropical-cyclone-tino-january-2020

Brazil – 6 Dead After Flash Floods and Landslides in Espirito Santo http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-espirito-santo-january-2020

Bolivia – 6 Dead as Severe Weather Triggers Floods and Landslides http://floodlist.com/america/bolivia-floods-january-2020

Papua New Guinea – Hundreds Displaced After Floods in Eastern Highlands Province http://floodlist.com/asia/papua-new-guinea-hundreds-displaced-after-floods-in-eastern-highlands-province

Dust storms turn central NSW towns dark https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/massive-dust-clouds-turn-day-into-night-in-central-nsw-20200120-p53sut.html

Flooding, landslides kill six in Brazil https://phys.org/news/2020-01-landslides-brazil.html

Canberra hailstorm prompts record call out for help to ACT SES https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6589708/the-hailstorm-set-a-new-record-for-calls-to-help-to-act-ses/

Indonesia – 7 Dead After Floods Cause Bridge to Collapse in Bengkulu Province http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-bridge-bengkulu-january-2020

Guatemala – Over 500 Evacuated After Floods in Alta Verapaz and Izabal http://floodlist.com/america/guatemala-altaverapaz-izabal-floods-january-2020

Mozambique – Floods Leave 28 Dead, 58,000 Affected, Says UN http://floodlist.com/africa/mozambique-floods-january-2020-update

Indonesia – Heavy Rain Triggers Flooding in Central Java and West Sumatra http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-centraljava-westsumatra-january-2020

Spain – Storm Surge From Storm Gloria Reaches 3km Inland http://floodlist.com/europe/spain-storm-gloria-floods-january-2020

Argentina – Evacuations After Floods in Tucumán Province http://floodlist.com/america/argentina-floods-tucuman-january-2020

Madagascar – Floods and Landslides Leave 6 Dead, More Severe Weather Forecast http://floodlist.com/africa/madagascar-floods-january-2020

Widespread flooding continues in Southern Africa, significantly affecting crops and livestock https://watchers.news/2020/01/22/widespread-flooding-continues-in-southern-africa-significantly-affecting-crops-and-livestock/

Lava now visible at White Island, elevated state of unrest continues, New Zealand https://watchers.news/2020/01/22/lava-now-visible-at-white-island-elevated-state-of-unrest-continues-new-zealand/

Storm Gloria floods major river delta in eastern Spain https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51206054

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Jan 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/96634/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-23-Jan-2020-Klyuchevskoy-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Sa.html

Everything you need to know as the China coronavirus spreads https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2020-01-23/coronavirus-what-i-need-to-know-as-china-virus-spreads

Peru – Homes Damaged After Heavy Rain Triggers Floods and Landslides in Arequipa http://floodlist.com/america/peru-floods-landslides-arequipa-january-2020

Major Chinese city goes into lockdown as new virus death toll rises to at least 17 – Wuhan, Hubei https://watchers.news/2020/01/23/major-chinese-city-goes-into-lockdown-as-new-virus-death-toll-rises-to-at-least-17-wuhan-hubei/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

David Attenborough calls Australia’s bushfires ‘the moment of crisis’ to address climate change https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/jan/17/david-attenborough-calls-australias-bushfires-the-moment-of-crisis-to-address-climate-change?CMP=share_btn_tw

The climate factors contributing to Australia’s bushfires are strikingly similar to those at play in California https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/01/how-climate-change-influenced-australias-unprecedented-fires/

Fiji calls for urgent action on climate crisis as second cyclone hits in three weeks https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/17/fiji-calls-for-urgent-action-on-climate-crisis-as-second-cyclone-hits-in-three-weeks

From “wet bulb” heat waves that create deadly humidity to cascading economic effects of sea level rise, a new report catalogs some of the unanticipated consequences of runaway global warming https://www.fastcompany.com/90452018/climate-change-wont-result-in-a-new-normal-but-in-constant-horrifying-new-disasters

Climate risk and response: Physical hazards and socioeconomic impacts https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/sustainability/our-insights/climate-risk-and-response-physical-hazards-and-socioeconomic-impacts

The misallocation of climate research funding https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214629619309119

Annual CEO survey found 65% of bosses were worried about climate, even before the bushfire crisis peaked https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/21/most-australian-chief-executives-believe-climate-crisis-a-threat-to-business?CMP=share_btn_tw

Experts say judgment is ‘tipping point’ that opens the door to climate crisis claims for protection https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/20/climate-refugees-cant-be-returned-home-says-landmark-un-human-rights-ruling?CMP=share_btn_tw

Why we can no longer ignore consecutive disasters https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2019EF001425

RBA told to ‘mobilise all forces’ to save the economy from climate change https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/rba-told-to-mobilise-all-forces-to-save-the-economy-from-climate-change-20200120-p53szi.html

This is what climate change looks like https://sophieclewis.com/2020/01/20/this-is-what-climate-change-looks-like/

Emissions of potent greenhouse gas have grown, contradicting reports of huge reductions https://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2020/january/hfc-23-emissions-.html

Could Australia’s bushfire disaster alter the conversation on climate change? https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/could-australias-bushfire-disaster-change-the-conversation-on-climate-change

Bushfires have effectively doubled Australia’s annual greenhouse gas output https://earther.gizmodo.com/australias-bushfires-have-likely-doubled-the-nations-ca-1841135988?IR=T

Projected Changes to Extreme Runoff and Precipitation Events From a Downscaled Simulation Over the Western United States https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/feart.2019.00355/full

Landmark climate migration decision http://blogs.law.columbia.edu/climatechange/2020/01/21/landmark-u-n-decision-says-countries-may-not-turn-away-climate-migrants-in-the-future/

Funding to build seawalls in the Torres Strait, amidst calls for climate change action https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2019/12/22/funding-build-seawalls-torres-strait-amidst-calls-climate-change-action

Weather shows evidence of climate change every single day since 2012 https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/01/weather-shows-evidence-of-climate-change-every-single-day-since-2012/

Rising temperatures put more US workers at risk of dying from heat https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/22/heat-deaths-workers-safety-climate-crisis?platform=hootsuite

The ‘Doomsday Clock’ has jumped closer to midnight than ever as nuclear weapons and climate disasters turn the world into a ‘pressure cooker https://www.businessinsider.com.au/doomsday-clock-moves-closer-to-midnight-than-ever-2020-1

Climate change-driven sea-level rise could trigger mass migration of Americans to inland cities, finds new AI study https://viterbischool.usc.edu/news/2020/01/sea-level-rise-could-reshape-the-united-states-trigger-migration-inland/

Modeling migration patterns in the USA under sea level rise https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0227436

 

Disaster risk reduction

Treat coastal erosion as a natural catastrophe, UK ministers urged https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/19/treat-coastal-erosion-as-natural-catastrophe-uk-ministers-urged-east-yorkshire

Normalised insurance losses from Australian natural disasters: 1966–2017 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17477891.2019.1609406

Applicability of Hydrological Models for Flash Flood Simulation in Small Catchments of Hilly Area in China https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/geo.2019.11.issue-1/geo-2019-0089/geo-2019-0089.xml?lang=en

Scientists fear major volcanic eruption in the Philippines https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00128-y?utm_source=twt_nnc&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=naturenews&sf228580451=1

Study finds flooding damage to levees is cumulative—and often invisible https://phys.org/news/2020-01-levees-cumulativeand-invisible.html

Boston Pushes Flood Resilience with New Design Guidelines https://www.buildinggreen.com/newsbrief/boston-pushes-flood-resilience-new-design-guidelines

Has NSW seen more than twice the amount of prescribed burning this decade compared with the last? https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-22/prescribed-burning-nsw-backburning-hazard-reduction/11878316

What Controls How Quickly Faults Heal? https://eos.org/editor-highlights/what-controls-how-quickly-faults-heal

Six of the top 10 costliest disasters of 2019 were flood https://www.aon.com/global-weather-catastrophe-natural-disasters-costs-climate-change-2019-annual-report/index.html

On the Need for Prospective Disaster Survey Panels https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/disaster-medicine-and-public-health-preparedness/article/on-the-need-for-prospective-disaster-survey-panels/9ADCB98F8BA38C579996E3B07CC402A6

Floods could cost Solihull £6.4m without prevention, engineers warn https://solihullobserver.co.uk/news/floods-could-cost-solihull-6-4m-without-prevention-engineers-warn/

The Texas General Land Office announced over the weekend it was giving the city $1.3 million to buy homes and allow those residents to move to an area that doesn’t flood as often https://www.kristv.com/city-mulls-which-houses-will-benefit-from-state-flood-relief

Flooding risks could devalue Florida real estate https://floridapolitics.com/archives/316631-reports-flooding-risks-could-devalue-florida-real-estate

Intensification of short-duration rainfall extremes and implications for flash flood risks https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2020/02/rainfall-extremes/

InSAR shows massive ground deformation around the erupting Taal Volcano https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/insar-shows-massive-ground-deformation-around-the-erupting-taal-volcano-10414/

Vesuvius eruption baked some people to death—and turned one brain to glass https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/01/vesuvius-baked-people-turned-brain-to-glass/

Evidence to explain behavior of slow earthquakes https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200123115911.htm

As Climate Risks Worsen, U.S. Flood Buyouts Fail to Meet the Need https://e360.yale.edu/features/as-climate-risks-worsen-u.s.-flood-buyouts-fail-to-meet-the-need

In an ideal world we would have river discharge measurements for every river spanning many decades and updated in real time. We all know this is very far from reality with severe gaps in the global observing network https://hepex.inrae.fr/glofas-era5-reanalysis/

Wildfire risk can be reduced with agroforestry https://phys.org/news/2020-01-wildfire-agroforestry.html

Lessons from California fires: Investing in resilience is key https://www.zurichna.com/en/about/news/news-releases/2020/lessons-from-california-fires-investing-in-resilience-is-key

Ireland: The details of the flood risk and proposed feasible measures for each of the 300 studied communities is set out in 29 Flood Risk Management Plans https://www.gov.ie/en/news/4a685e-minister-flood-relief-works/

Risk assessment for areas prone to flooding and subsidence: a case study from Bergen, Western Norway https://iwaponline.com/hr/article/doi/10.2166/nh.2019.030/71712/Risk-assessment-for-areas-prone-to-flooding-and

 

Emergency management

Parts of the NSW are reopening for business just weeks after bushfires ravaged local lives – and livelihoods. Businesses are desperate for people to return https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/travel/rising-up-from-the-ashes-bushfire-affected-regions-reopen-for-business/news-story/

Army chief warns continued disaster relief efforts will cost them readiness https://www.cp24.com/news/army-chief-warns-continued-disaster-relief-efforts-will-cost-them-readiness-1.4774747

How long is recovery? https://sastrugi.me/2020/01/20/this-is-how-long-it-takes/

Managed retreat presents a dilemma for at-risk communities: the countervailing imperatives of moving out of harm’s way versus retaining ties to community and place https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/12/2/736/htm

Rain has helped slow Australia’s fires, but it’s far from a knockout blow https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-21/australia-fires-slowed-but-not-stopped-by-rain/11885152

Update and Interim Guidance on Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan, China https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00426.asp

Australia fires: What’s being done to fight the flames? https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-51008051

Three Americans killed in plane crash while fighting Australia’s wildfires https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/plane-fighting-australia-s-wildfires-goes-missing-n1120936

45 million people across Southern Africa face hunger following natural disasters and economic disarray https://watchers.news/2020/01/23/45-million-people-across-southern-africa-face-hunger-following-natural-disasters-and-economic-disarray/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Remote sensing analyses on Twitter. Part 1: floods https://labo.obs-mip.fr/multitemp/my-remote-sensing-analyses-on-twitter-part-1-floods/

Remote sensing analyses on Twitter. Part 2: landslides https://labo.obs-mip.fr/multitemp/my-remote-sensing-analyses-on-twitter-part-2-landslides/

A glossary providing the vocabulary necessary to understand the modern glacier environment https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2004/1216/index2.html

National Park Service’s $1.2M project preserving Johnstown Flood history https://triblive.com/lifestyles/more-lifestyles/national-park-services-1-2m-project-preserving-johnstown-flood-history/

What to do in a flood https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/what-to-do-in-a-flood

Campaign to show impact of flooding on mental health launched https://governmentbusiness.co.uk/news/21012020/campaign-show-impact-flooding-mental-health-launched

Ireland’s national flood information portal, providing location specific access to flood risk and flood management information http://www.floodinfo.ie/

Flood Resilience Measurement for Communities: how to create community buy-in https://floodresilience.net/blogs/flood-resilience-measurement-for-communities-how-to-create-community-buy-in

 

Psychology and Disasters

A familiar place among the chaos: how schools can help students cope after the bushfires https://theconversation.com/a-familiar-place-among-the-chaos-how-schools-can-help-students-cope-after-the-bushfires-129904

Flooding increases the chance of depression by 50% https://environmentjournal.online/articles/flooding-increases-the-chance-of-depression-by-50/

Impacts of Wildfire on Children https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007%2F978-3-319-51727-8_90-1

 

Sociology and disasters

Neighborhood Ties Reduced Depressive Symptoms in Older Disaster Survivors: Iwanuma Study, a Natural Experiment https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/17/1/337

Risk of natural hazards and the coping capacity of the South African community in Auckland https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/IJDRBE-06-2019-0030/full/html

Today in disaster resilience (17 January 2020)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Taal Volcano erupts in Philippines https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-13/philippines-warns-of-explosive-eruption-as-volcano-spews-ash/11861640

U.S. winter storms cause 10 deaths, flight cancellations, power outages https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-weather/u-s-winter-storms-cause-10-deaths-flight-cancellations-power-outages-idUSKBN1ZA0U3?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews

Flooding hits Grand River Watershed hard https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/flooding-hits-grand-river-watershed-hard-1.4763862

Extreme weather leaves Congo capital residents underwater https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-congo-floods/extreme-weather-leaves-congo-capital-residents-underwater-idUSKBN1Z81BN

Dubai airport flooding: Flights delayed or cancelled https://www.thenational.ae/uae/transport/dubai-airport-flooding-flights-delayed-or-cancelled-1.962820

Indonesia – Flash Floods in South Sulawesi http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-south-sulawesi-january-2020

Iran and UAE – Deadly Floods After Days of Heavy Rain http://floodlist.com/asia/iran-uae-floods-january-2020

Kashmir avalanches and landslides leave 62 people dead https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-51104299

UAE smashes 24-year-old rainfall record, widespread flooding and destruction reported https://watchers.news/2020/01/13/uae-smashes-24-year-old-rainfall-record-widespread-flooding-and-destruction-reported/

New eruption at Fernandina volcano (Cerro la Cumbre), lava flows descending to the coast – Galapagos, Ecuador https://watchers.news/2020/01/13/new-eruption-at-fernandina-cerro-la-cumbre-volcano-lava-flows-descending-to-the-coast-galapagos-ecuador/

Strong explosion at Popocatepetl volcano, ash to 11.3 km (37 000 feet) a.s.l., Mexico https://watchers.news/2020/01/09/strong-explosion-at-popocatepetl-volcano-january-9-2020/

Extreme cold and heavy snow hit Afghanistan, killing at least 17 people https://watchers.news/2020/01/13/extreme-cold-snap-lashes-afghanistan-killing-at-least-17/

Iran – Floods in South Leave 3 Dead, Hundreds Rescued http://floodlist.com/asia/iran-floods-kerman-sistan-and-baluchestan-hormozgan-january-2020

Indonesia – Samarinda Floods Again, Thousands Affected http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-samarinda-floods-january-2020

Namibia – Overflowing Zambezi River Leaves Communities Cut Off http://floodlist.com/africa/namibia-zambezi-river-floods-january-2020

Peru – 2 Dead After Rivers Flood in Pasco and Puno Departments http://floodlist.com/america/peru-floods-pasco-puno-january-2020

Oman hit by 4 months’ worth of rain in 1 day, severe flash floods and freezing temperatures https://watchers.news/2020/01/16/oman-hit-by-4-months-worth-of-rain-in-1-day-severe-flash-floods-and-below-freezing-temperatures/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Jan 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/96125/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-16-Jan-2020-Klyuchevskoy-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Sa.html

Brutal cold snap brings death toll to at least 170 in Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan https://watchers.news/2020/01/16/brutal-cold-snap-brings-death-toll-afghanistan-india-pakistan/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Study Confirms Climate Models are Getting Future Warming Projections Right https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2943/study-confirms-climate-models-are-getting-future-warming-projections-right/

Some say we’ve seen bushfires worse than this before. But they’re ignoring a few key facts https://theconversation.com/some-say-weve-seen-bushfires-worse-than-this-before-but-theyre-ignoring-a-few-key-facts-129391?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Ocean temperatures hit record high as rate of heating accelerates https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/13/ocean-temperatures-hit-record-high-as-rate-of-heating-accelerates?CMP=share_btn_tw

Anomalously warm temperatures are associated with increased injury deaths https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-019-0721-y

Studying Asian glaciers provides glimpse into future of extremes https://horizon.scienceblog.com/1112/studying-asian-glaciers-provides-glimpse-into-future-of-extremes/

The ice we’ve lost to climate change this past decade, visualized https://www.vox.com/2019/12/23/21030500/climate-change-ice-thaw-arctic-antarctica-greenland

Australia is no longer the lucky country https://www.ft.com/content/9849e366-35e4-11ea-a6d3-9a26f8c3cba4

Despite the political smokescreen, scientists are in no doubt that global heating has contributed to Australia’s fire emergency https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/13/explainer-what-are-the-underlying-causes-of-australias-shocking-bushfire-season?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell slightly in 2019 https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/us-greenhouse-gas-emissions-fell-slightly-in-2019/2020/01/06/568f0a82-309e-11ea-a053-dc6d944ba776_story.html

US National Climate Report – Annual 2019 https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/201913

Climate change: Australia fires will be ‘normal’ in warmer world https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51094919

ScienceBrief Review: Climate Change Increases the Risk of Wildfires https://sciencebrief.org/briefs/wildfires

Australia’s Wildfires Might Intensify Future Climate Crises https://www.wired.com/story/australias-wildfires-might-intensify-future-climate-crises/

Inaction over climate emergency ‘not an option’ says UN Assembly chief https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/01/1055171

2019 capped off the world’s hottest decade in recorded history https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/2019-capped-off-the-worlds-hottest-decade-in-recorded-history-20200116-p53ru7.html

Injuries and Deaths Could Rise with Climate Change in the U.S., a New Study Finds https://time.com/5764673/injuries-deaths-climate-change/

Climate Change Brings Geopolitical Complications for Australia https://thediplomat.com/2020/01/climate-change-brings-geopolitical-complications-for-australia/

Climate change to be brought into new flooding guidance maps for Wales https://www.savills.co.uk/insight-and-opinion/savills-news/294682-0

Climate change to be key element in next Canadian budget: finance minister https://ca.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN1ZC2EO

New climate models suggest Paris goals may be out of reach https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1176930.shtml?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

5 states had the wettest year on record in 2019 https://www.farmprogress.com/weather/5-states-had-wettest-year-record-2019

Climate change is making Australia’s weird weather even weirder https://www.vox.com/2020/1/15/21065557/australia-fires-climate-change-weather-extreme-heat-drought-flood

For the first time, the Alarmed are now the largest of Global Warming’s Six Americas https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/for-the-first-time-the-alarmed-are-now-the-largest-of-global-warmings-six-americas/

Glacial Lake Outburst Floods: A New Climate-Related Threat from Above https://www.scientificamerican.com/video/glacial-lake-outburst-floods-a-new-climate-related-threat-from-above/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Ten years after earthquake, Haiti still vulnerable to disasters http://news.trust.org/item/20200110103517-4plm7/

Disaster by Choice https://global.oup.com/academic/product/disaster-by-choice-9780198841340?cc=jp&lang=en&

In January 2020, Jakarta experienced its worst rainfall in more than a decade https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146113/torrential-rains-flood-indonesia

Australia fires: Aboriginal planners say the bush ‘needs to burn’ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-51043828

How Cities are Using Architecture to Combat Flooding https://www.archdaily.com/931720/how-cities-are-using-architecture-to-combat-flooding

Massive new rooftop farm helps reduce flooding in Bangkok https://www.fastcompany.com/90449898/this-massive-new-rooftop-farm-helps-keep-bangkok-from-flooding

To fix a flood-prone neighborhood, Dubuque planners use 3D GIS watershed models https://www.esri.com/about/newsroom/blog/dubuque-tackles-chronic-flooding/

U.S. flood risk model to be publicly available in boon for homebuyers https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-floods-realestate-idUSKBN1ZD1G0?taid=5e1dd1a82f317700010a826f&utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

The gathering firestorm in southern Amazonia https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/2/eaay1632?utm_campaign=SciMag&utm_source=JHubbard&utm_medium=Twitter

Colorado has seen the largest increase in natural disasters, study says https://www.reporterherald.com/2020/01/11/colorado-has-seen-the-largest-increase-in-natural-disasters-study-says/

Taal Eruption and Ashfall Continue; Thousands Still at Risk https://eos.org/articles/taal-eruption-and-ashfall-continue-thousands-still-at-risk

Jakarta’s flood costs will increase by up to 400% by 2050, research shows https://theconversation.com/jakartas-flood-costs-will-increase-by-up-to-400-by-2050-research-shows-129698

Planning an International Magma Observatory https://eos.org/science-updates/planning-an-international-magma-observatory

Tourists are abandoning regional Victoria and NSW in droves, with cancellation rates of more than 60 per cent even in towns outside the bushfire zones causing economic damage of up to $1 billion https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/tourism-industry-takes-1b-hit-as-australians-cancel-their-holidays-20200115-p53rr1.html

Gorkha aftershocks reveal seismic hazard in Nepal https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/gorkha-aftershocks-reveal-seismic-hazard-in-nepal-10175/

Environment Agency announces updated plans for York flood scheme https://www.gov.uk/government/news/environment-agency-announces-updated-plans-for-york-flood-scheme

How can we stop our village flooding again? https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-51008272

ARC Linkage funds research on early warning system for bushfires https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/newscentre/news_centre/more_news_stories/arc_linkage_bushfire

The danger of the Taal Volcano https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/philippine-volcano-taal-erupts-with-a-fury-of-earthquakes-and-ash-10371/

$9.5 Million In Grants Awarded To Australian Researchers For Bushfire Forecast Project https://www.intelligentliving.co/9-5-million-grants-bushfire-forecast-project/

Tourism loses $4.5b to bushfires as overseas visitors cancel https://www.afr.com/companies/tourism/tourism-loses-4-5b-to-bushfires-as-overseas-visitors-cancel-20200116-p53s0s

Residents’ flood-risk fears resurface over new Chorley housing development https://www.lep.co.uk/news/environment/residents-flood-risk-fears-resurface-over-new-chorley-housing-development-1-10203641

This map presents a selection of regions likely to encounter significant water anomalies during the one year period beginning in October 2019 and running through September 2020 https://www.isciences.com/blog/2020/1/15/isciences-worldwide-water-watch-list-january-2020

Disasters, climate change failure and extreme weather three of the top risks facing the world in 2020 https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/01/global-risks-climate-change-cyberattacks-economic-political/

 

Emergency management

Bushfire lessons available to act on ahead of royal commission, experts say https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-14/bushfires-lessons-ready-to-act-on-before-inquiry-experts-say/11851554?pfmredir=sm

As flood waters recede, Jakarta residents file lawsuit against governor https://www.reuters.com/article/indonesia-climatechange-lawsuit/as-flood-waters-recede-jakarta-residents-file-lawsuit-against-governor-idUSL8N29J07K

Smoke from Australia’s fires will make ‘full circuit’ around the world https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/14/australia/nasa-smoke-full-circuit-intl-scli-scn/index.html?utm_medium=social&utm_term=link&utm_content=2020-01-14T19%3A50%3A03&utm_source=twCNN

Shealing: Post‐disaster slow healing and later recovery https://rgs-ibg.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/area.12605

Canada to send 69 more fire personnel to Australia to battle wildfires, minister says https://globalnews.ca/news/6410492/australia-canada-firefighters-deployed/

American firefighters deployed to fight Australia fires met with cheers in Sydney https://www.cbsnews.com/news/australia-fires-firefighters-team-up-with-americans-to-fight-bushfires/?ftag=CNM-00-10aab7e&linkId=80630431

More than 20,000 children evacuated from the ‘danger zone’ around erupting volcano https://reliefweb.int/report/philippines/more-20000-children-evacuated-danger-zone-around-erupting-volcano

Fire services are facing a ‘toxic’ culture of ‘bullying and harassment’ https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7891279/Fire-services-facing-toxic-culture-bullying-harassment.html

Flooding becomes politicized as Anies faces criticism https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/01/15/flooding-becomes-politicized-as-anies-faces-criticism.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Of potential use in emergency management the V-Coptr Falcon is a bi-copter drone that has a 50-minute battery life https://www.dpreview.com/news/1349415399/the-v-coptr-falcon-is-a-bi-copter-drone-that-has-a-50-minute-battery-life

Prehistoric Wollemi pines saved by firefighters from Australia’s bushfires https://www.theguardian.com/global/video/2020/jan/16/prehistoric-wollemi-pines-saved-by-firefighters-from-australias-bushfires-video

Australian bushfires from the air: before and after images show scale of devastation https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/17/before-and-after-images-show-scale-of-bushfire-devastation?CMP=share_btn_tw

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience is developing Knowledge-into-Action briefs for people who are supporting communities to recover from the bushfire crisis https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/knowledge-into-action-briefs/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Australians must learn a fine-grained language of fire in all its different localities https://insidestory.org.au/savage-summer/

Beyond lava and ash: What makes volcanoes dangerous? https://earth.stanford.edu/news/beyond-lava-and-ash-what-makes-volcanoes-dangerous#gs.s9kphb

Children’s book inspired by Somerset’s 1607 killer wave https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-50642915

Artists help communities during a crisis, not hinder. Why are we still told they don’t matter? https://theconversation.com/artists-help-communities-during-a-crisis-not-hinder-why-are-we-still-told-they-dont-matter-129695

Kobe commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake and through education is working to remind younger generations of the past devastation — and the importance of disaster preparedness https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/01/16/national/25-years-after-kobe-quake/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#.XiDTxX8zbIU

Victoria Police rejects social media campaign claiming arson caused fires https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/victoria-police-rejects-social-media-campaign-claiming-arson-caused-fires-20200108-p53pwj.html

Conceptualizing community in disaster risk management https://www.researchgate.net/publication/338552762_Conceptualizing_community_in_disaster_risk_management

Creating a business contingency plan for flooding https://www.anthonyjones.com/flooding-business-contingency-planning/

 

Psychology and Disasters

Geopolitical factors and mental health https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0020764018808548?journalCode=ispa

The role of risk perception in influencing flood losses over time http://hydrosocialextremes.org/the-role-of-risk-perception-in-influencing-flood-losses-over-time/

 

Sociology and disasters

Beware of bushfire scams: how fraudsters take advantage of those in need https://theconversation.com/beware-of-bushfire-scams-how-fraudsters-take-advantage-of-those-in-need-129549

Global problems need social science https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00064-x

Today in disaster resilience (10 January 2020)

disaster

Please find below a list of links to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Indonesia floods: Death toll hits 66 as more rain is expected https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/01/indonesia-floods-death-toll-hits-66-rain-expected-200106090620594.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Israel – Flash Floods Leave 4 Dead, Dozens Rescued http://floodlist.com/asia/israel-floods-january-2020

Malawi – Flash Floods Affect 400 Households in Lilongwe http://floodlist.com/africa/malawi-floods-lilongwe-january-2020

Bushfires destroy more property in Victoria as military, volunteers ramp up disaster relief https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-05/bushfires-destroy-more-property-in-victoria-firefighter-injured/11841522

Southern Highlands’ Morton bushfire devastates Wingello, Bundanoon and Kangaroo Valley https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-05/southern-highlands-bushfires-devastate-wingello-kangaroo-valley/11842006

Before-and-after photos show the scale of devastation on Kangaroo Island, with the world-famous Southern Ocean Lodge decimated https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/climate-change/all-hell-is-breaking-loose-massive-fire-threatens-all-of-kangaroo-island/news-story/

Puerto Rico earthquake: Punta Ventana collapses as powerful tremor hits https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51014588

6.4-quake strikes Puerto Rico, killing at least 1 amid heavy seismic activity https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/6-5-quake-strikes-puerto-rico-amid-heavy-seismic-activity-n1111666

Peru – Floods in Huanuco Hit Over 300 Families http://floodlist.com/america/peru-floods-huanuco-january-2020

Angola – Deadly Flash Floods in Luanda http://floodlist.com/africa/angola-floods-luanda-january-2020

Colombia – 1,200 Families Affected as Rivers Overflow in Chocó Department http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-unguia-choco-december-2019

Turkey – Torrential Rain Causes Flash Floods and Landslides in Mersin http://floodlist.com/asia/turkey-flash-floods-mersin-january-2020

Australian fires: Victorians urged to leave amid fears ‘heat spike’ will cause bushfires to merge https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/09/australia-fires-victorians-urged-to-leave-amid-fears-heat-spike-will-cause-bushfires-to-merge?CMP=share_btn_

Israel – More Flash Floods After Almost 100mm of Rain in 24 Hours http://floodlist.com/asia/israel-floods-nahariya-january-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 9 Jan 2020: Popocatépetl volcano, Krakatau, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/95715/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-9-Jan-2020-Popocatepetl-volcano-Krakatau-Dukono-Reventador-Sangay.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

This apocalyptic Australian summer is our Sandy Hook moment – if we don’t take climate action now we never will https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/07/this-apocalyptic-australian-summer-is-our-sandy-hook-moment-if-we-dont-take-climate-action-now-we-never-will?CMP=share_btn_tw

The first systematic review finds that climate models have been remarkably accurate https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/12/4/20991315/climate-change-prediction-models-accurate

The bushfire crisis has given the Government a political ‘out’ to its climate change problem https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-06/bushfires-climate-change-opportunity-to-change/11839530

Australia Will Lose to Climate Change https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/01/australia-caught-climate-spiral/604423/

Australia’s unprecedented wildfires are supercharged thanks to climate change, the type of trees catching fire and weather, experts say https://apnews.com/58881772c4959861278d9ff705e857c3?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=AP&utm_source=Twitter

A theory of adaptation to climate change. From trajectories of vulnerability to adaptation pathways https://www.researchgate.net/publication/338385875_A_theory_of_adaptation_to_climate_change_From_trajectories_of_vulnerability_to_adaptation_pathways

Glaciers in the Olympic Mountains could vanish by end of this century https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/01/glaciers-in-the-olympic-mountains-could-vanish-by-end-of-this-century/

How can we adapt to a fierier world? https://www.thebigq.org/2020/01/06/how-can-we-adapt-to-a-fierier-world/

Climate signals detected in global weather https://ethz.ch/en/news-and-events/eth-news/news/2020/01/climate-signal-detected-in-daily-weather.html

Forecasted attribution of the human influence on Hurricane Florence https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/1/eaaw9253

Weather bureau says hottest, driest year on record led to extreme bushfire season https://theconversation.com/weather-bureau-says-hottest-driest-year-on-record-led-to-extreme-bushfire-season-129447?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Australia Annual climate statement 2019 http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/annual/aus/

In the face of extreme climate events, ASU professor to link network of groups developing nature-based solutions https://phys.org/news/2020-01-extreme-climate-events-asu-professor.html

The summer has seen another cyclone in Fiji and terrible fires in Australia. We don’t need to be scientists to know that something is very wrong here https://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2020/jan/07/australia-fijis-prayers-are-with-you-but-we-know-they-arent-enough-to-fight-the-climate-crisis

Miami needs allies in its fight to survive climate change http://news.trust.org/item/20200108151105-657by/

In 2030, we ended the climate emergency. Here’s how https://thecorrespondent.com/214/in-2030-we-ended-the-climate-emergency-heres-how/28330740746-6b15af77

Experts say climate change is driving up the risk of wildfires in Canada https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/experts-say-climate-change-is-driving-up-the-risk-of-wildfires-in-canada-2

Decade in review: how climate change has made flooding worse https://www.climatesignals.org/headlines/decade-review-how-climate-change-has-made-flooding-worse

 

Disaster risk reduction

Health impacts of bushfires won’t be known for years, experts say https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/health-impacts-of-bushfires-won-t-be-known-for-years-experts-say-20200106-p53p87.html

Doing more of the same on fires will not mitigate disaster impact https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/doing-more-of-the-same-on-fires-will-not-mitigate-disaster-impact/news-story/e2d831e3383b9d07d1fe36a4124ae9c0?btr=10dd153f0d8cbadcb804aeba170c559b

Bushfires scare off East Gippsland tourists as businesses face struggle to stay afloat https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-07/bushfires-victoria-businesses-tourism-suffer/11845386

Calls are increasing for more “controlled burns” to cut the bushfire risk. What are they, how much is being done and do they work? https://www.smh.com.au/national/prescribed-burning-what-is-it-and-will-more-reduce-bushfire-risks-20200106-p53paf.html

Survey results show flood insurance remains ‘big challenge’ http://www.somersetriversauthority.org.uk/survey-results-show-flood-insurance-remains-big-challenge/

Explainer: how effective is bushfire hazard reduction on Australia’s fires? https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/05/explainer-how-effective-is-bushfire-hazard-reduction-on-australias-fires

‘We’re going to see more of this’: Spring flooding in B.C. may be worsened by logging practices https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/we-re-going-to-see-more-of-this-b-c-forest-experts-call-for-legal-changes-to-prevent-future-flooding-1.5386323

Why wasn’t there more prescribed burning, and would it have helped? https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/is-more-prescribed-burning-the-answer-to-bushfire-threat/11844766

Why so many earthquakes are rocking Puerto Rico https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/01/why-so-many-puerto-rico-earthquakes-have-happened-geology/?no-cache

There’s no evidence ‘greenies’ block bushfire hazard reduction but here’s a controlled burn idea worth trying https://theconversation.com/theres-no-evidence-greenies-block-bushfire-hazard-reduction-but-heres-a-controlled-burn-idea-worth-trying-129350

Jakarta, the fastest sinking city in the world faces the biggest flooding challenge https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/jakarta-fastest-sinking-city-in-the-world-floods-challenge-river-12237202

Better forecast for better disaster risk management in Cox’s Bazar https://www.bd.undp.org/content/bangladesh/en/home/stories/better-forecast-for-better-disaster-risk-management-in-coxs-baza.html

Future changes in extreme weather and pyroconvection risk factors for Australian wildfires https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/69703

Hazard reduction burns are not a ‘panacea’ for bushfire risk, RFS boss says https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/08/hazard-reduction-is-not-a-panacea-for-bushfire-risk-rfs-boss-says?CMP=share_btn_tw

U.S. billion-dollar weather disasters doubled in last decade-report http://news.trust.org/item/20200108170429-8bcbb/

To avert future flood chaos, Indonesian capital urged to defend nature http://news.trust.org/item/20200107131405-e3g6q/

A better estimate of water-level rise in the Ganges delta https://phys.org/news/2020-01-water-level-ganges-delta.html

Jakartans to File Class Action Against City Administration for Disastrous Flood Management https://jakartaglobe.id/news/jakartans-to-file-class-action-against-city-administration-for-disastrous-flood-management

Resilience planning under information scarcity in fast growing African cities and towns: The CityRAP approach https://unhabitat.org/story-cityrap-in-academic-journal

How one Iowa city is planning for a rising Mississippi River https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/how-one-iowa-city-is-planning-for-a-rising-mississippi-river

In 2019 natural catastrophes cause overall losses of US$ 150bn, with insured losses of about US$ 52bn – In line with long-term average https://www.munichre.com/en/company/media-relations/media-information-and-corporate-news/media-information/2020/causing-billions-in-losses-dominate-nat-cat-picture-2019.html

USA experienced 14 billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in 2019 https://www.noaa.gov/news/2019-was-2nd-wettest-year-on-record-for-us

 

Emergency management

NSW fires boss criticises Prime Minister Scott Morrison as blazes destroy ‘hundreds’ more homes https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-05/fires-nsw-rfs-confirms-updated-number-of-homes-destroyed/11841386

The evidence is many people losing their homes will find themselves unable to rebuild, due to lack of insurance https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-07/crisis-of-underinsurance-threatens-to-scar-rural-australia/11844992

More than 5,000 insurance claims totalling $375 million have been made in relation to the Australian bushfires, including 1,600 destroyed homes https://www.businessinsider.com.au/australian-bushfires-cost-economy-surplus-government-spending-2020-1

Industry ministry to help small manufacturers after flood https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/01/06/industry-ministry-to-help-small-manufacturers-after-flood.html

‘The mood is sombre’: Scientists warn of the bushfire’s lasting impacts on wildlife https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2020/01/07/mood-sombre-scientists-warn-bushfires-lasting-impacts-wildlife

Kangaroo Island shows burn scars on one third of the land mass https://phys.org/news/2020-01-kangaroo-island-scars-mass.html

The bushfires are horrendous—but expect cyclones, floods and heatwaves, too https://phys.org/news/2020-01-bushfires-horrendousbut-cyclones-heatwaves.html

Returning to Normalcy in the Short‐Term: A Preliminary Investigation of the Recovery from Hurricane Harvey among Individuals with Home Damage https://www.researchgate.net/publication/334240024_Returning_to_Normalcy_in_the_Short-Term_A_Preliminary_Investigation_of_the_Recovery_from_Hurricane_Harvey_among_Individuals_with_Home_Damage

More than one billion animals killed in Australian bushfires https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2020/01/08/australian-bushfires-more-than-one-billion-animals-impacted.html

Ten years after Haiti earthquake, medical care is deteriorating https://www.msf.org/ten-years-after-haiti-earthquake-medical-care-deteriorating

Indonesia’s flooded capital disinfected to fend off disease https://apnews.com/e79cd3f2846184560e0ac9e476939d37

Community ‘desperate’ for release of Lancaster flooding report four years on from Storm Desmond https://www.lancasterguardian.co.uk/news/politics/community-desperate-release-lancaster-flooding-report-four-years-storm-desmond-1359535

In 2019, the rainy season was particularly significant and persistent in many parts of Africa. More than one million people were affected by unprecedented flooding https://www.solidarites.org/en/countries/south-sudan/africa-in-2019-populations-under-water/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Fires misinformation being spread through social media https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-08/fires-misinformation-being-spread-through-social-media/11846434

After The Floods: creative writing https://falwriting.com/new-blog/2019/11/30/after-the-floods-freya-campbell

Operationalizing crowdsourcing through mobile applications for disaster management in India https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590061719300523?via%3Dihub

Online fact-checkers confront deluge of bushfire misinformation https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/online-fact-checkers-confront-deluge-of-bushfire-misinformation-20200108-p53pwx.html

 

Psychology and Disasters

“I prepared my home as much as I could, I’ve done what I can, it’s not worth dying” https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-05/nsw-fires-residents-narooma-hope-for-the-best/11841238

Shock, fear and sadness grip Australia’s ‘bushfire refugees’ https://phys.org/news/2020-01-sadness-australia-bushfire-refugees.html

‘I can still picture the faces’: Black Saturday firefighters want you to listen to them, not call them ‘heroes’ https://theconversation.com/i-can-still-picture-the-faces-black-saturday-firefighters-want-you-to-listen-to-them-not-call-them-heroes-128632?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

 

Sociology and disasters

Finding: Increased neighborhood ties after the disaster reduced the risk of depressive symptoms even when survivors suffered disaster damages – fostering horizontal, neighborhood ties may improve disaster preparedness and mental health resilience https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/17/1/337

Today in disaster resilience (20 December 2019)

disaster

Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Massive fire burns from Lithgow to Central Coast in New South Wales as Western Australia emergency continues https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/15/western-australia-bushfire-emergency-continues-as-sydney-braces-for-a-smoky-sunday?CMP=share_btn_tw

Malaysia – Thousands Evacuate After Second Wave of Floods in Johor http://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-floods-johor-december-2019-2

France – More Floods After Storm Hits South and West http://floodlist.com/europe/france-floods-lot-et-garonne-december-2019

Indonesia – Deadly Floods in Central Sulawesi http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-central-sulawesi-west-sumatra-december-2019

Strong quake sends people out of malls in south Philippines https://phys.org/news/2019-12-strong-quake-people-malls-south.html

Heavy floods in north and east Sri Lanka displace thousands, reservoirs overflow https://globalimpactnews.com/2019/12/10/heavy-floods-in-north-and-east-sri-lanka-displace-thousands-reservoirs-overflow/

Two perish in floods in south-western France http://www.rfi.fr/en/france/20191215-two-killed-floods-southwest-france-thousands-cut-electricity

Visual of spread of Gospers Mountain megafire https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2019/dec/16/australia-bushfires-wa-nsw-qld-fires-new-south-wales-gospers-mountain-sydney-heatwave-latest-updates-live-news

DR Congo – Deadly Landslide in Ituri Province http://floodlist.com/africa/dr-congo-landslide-ituri-december-2019

Portugal – Heavy Rain Triggers Flash Floods in Alentejo Region http://floodlist.com/europe/portugal-floods-alentejo-december-2019

Uganda – More Fatalities After Floods in Central and Eastern Regions http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-central-eastern-region-december-2019

DR Congo – 600,000 Affected by Floods in 12 Provinces, Says UN http://floodlist.com/africa/dr-congo-floods-december-2019

Iran – Hundreds of Families Hit by Flooding in Southern Provinces http://floodlist.com/asia/iran-floods-hormozgan-khuzestan-bushehr-december-2019-of-families-hit-by-flooding-in-southern-provinces

Volcanic activity worldwide 19 Dec 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/94480/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-19-Dec-2019-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Sangay-S.html

Two volunteer firefighters killed in truck rollover in Buxton https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/two-volunteer-firefighters-killed-in-truck-rollover-in-buxton-20191220-p53lpb.html

Flash floods batter Devon and Cornwall, southwest England https://watchers.news/2019/12/19/flash-floods-batter-devon-and-cornwall-southwest-england/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

UN climate talks end with limited progress on emissions targets https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/14/un-climate-talks-drag-on-as-rifts-scupper-hopes-of-breakthrough?CMP=share_btn_tw

After recent devastating bushfires, dozens of Extinction Rebellion climate activists gathered outside Sydney’s iconic Opera House on Sunday to protest against climate change https://www.euronews.com/2019/12/15/extinction-rebellion-take-to-the-streets-of-sydney-in-climate-change-protest

How Africa will be affected by climate change https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-50726701

Temperature record could be repeatedly broken as heatwave hits Australia’s south-east, BOM says https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-17/heatwave-weather-australia-south-east-states-to-swelter/11804502

November 2019 was the second-hottest November in the 140-year global climate record https://www.noaa.gov/news/november-2019-was-2nd-hottest-on-record-for-planet

UN climate talks: ‘The window of opportunity is open, but barely’ https://www.conservation.org/blog/un-climate-talks-the-window-of-opportunity-is-open-but-barely

Climate Change Will Shrink Economies of Rich and Poor Countries Alike https://www.brinknews.com/climate-change-will-shrink-economies-of-rich-and-poor-countries-alike/

Long-Term Macroeconomic Effects of Climate Change: A Cross-Country Analysis https://www.nber.org/papers/w26167

For the vulnerable, UN climate talks are no longer fit for purpose https://www.climatechangenews.com/2019/12/17/vulnerable-un-climate-talks-no-longer-fit-purpose/

Oxford City Council commits £19m to climate emergency response https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3084710/oxford-city-council-commits-gbp19-million-to-climate-emergency

Climate change has cut Australian farm profits by 22% a year over past 20 years, report says https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/18/climate-change-has-cut-australian-farm-profits-by-22-a-year-over-past-20-years-report-says?CMP=share_btn_tw

Carbon Market Institute survey finds 96% believe Australia should not delay transition to decarbonised economy https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/19/climate-crisis-australian-businesses-back-net-zero-carbon-emissions-by-2050?CMP=share_btn_tw

Cross-sector support for Victorian leadership on climate https://environmentvictoria.org.au/2019/12/18/cross-sector-support-for-victorian-leadership-on-climate/

Preparing for extreme sea levels depends on location, time, study finds https://phys.org/news/2019-12-extreme-sea.html

Australia experiences hottest day on record and its worst ever spring bushfire danger https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/18/australia-experiences-hottest-day-on-record-and-its-worst-ever-spring-bushfire-danger?CMP=share_btn_tw

Dramatically increased rate of observed hot record breaking in recent Australian temperatures https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/2015GL065793

Empowering communities to adapt to climate change https://www.iied.org/empowering-communities-adapt-climate-change

Temperature hits 49.9C and roads melt in remote SA ahead of catastrophic fire conditions https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-19/catastrophic-fire-conditions-forecast-in-sa-as-temperatures-soar/11815346

2020 to be one of hottest years on record, Met Office says https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/19/2020-to-be-one-of-hottest-years-on-record-met-office-says?CMP=share_btn_tw

How much closer to their doors must the fire burn? It’s immoral not to connect the dots https://www.smh.com.au/national/how-much-closer-to-their-doors-must-the-fire-burn-it-s-immoral-not-to-connect-the-dots-20191218-p53l9d.html

Assessing heat wave risk in cities as global warming continues https://phys.org/news/2019-12-cities-global.html

What Climate Change Tells Us about Being Human https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/what-climate-change-tells-us-about-being-human/

 

Disaster risk reduction

White Island eruption: How Monday’s eruption transformed the face of the volcano https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12293934

I went to New Zealand to understand what a huge California earthquake would look like https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-12-12/5-things-california-can-learn-from-new-zealands-big-earthquake

Managing Urban Flooding in the San Francisco Bay Area: From a Concrete Bowl to a Green Sponge https://pacinst.org/managing-urban-flooding-in-the-san-francisco-bay-area-from-a-concrete-bowl-to-a-green-sponge/

The inner Melbourne suburbs at growing risk of coastal flooding linked to climate change https://www.domain.com.au/news/the-inner-melbourne-suburbs-at-growing-risk-of-coastal-flooding-linked-to-climate-change-917783/

Fire-starting weed or ecological scapegoat? The battle over California’s eucalyptus trees https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/16/california-eucalyptus-trees-environment-comic

Four large quakes in two months jolt southern Philippines https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/large-earthquakes-in-the-philippines-march-toward-a-stratovolcano-in-repose-10195/

Release of the 2019 UK Flood Map update: the mapping covers river (fluvial), surface water (pluvial) and coastal flood across Great Britain and Northern Ireland at 5m resolution https://www.jbarisk.com/news-blogs/2019-uk-flood-map-update/

Army Corps Found Liable for Upstream Houston Floods https://www.courthousenews.com/army-corps-found-liable-for-upstream-houston-floods/

Cork flood scheme report ‘used out of context’- UK Engineering firm https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/cork-flood-scheme-report-used-out-of-context-uk-engineering-firm-971095.html

Cities like New Orleans are partnering with the Dutch Dialogues, a workshop exploring urban design principles that the Netherlands uses to prevent flooding https://thehill.com/changing-america/sustainability/infrastructure/473666-coastal-cities-are-rethinking-how-they-manage

Flash flooding is a serious threat in the UK – here’s how scientists are tackling its prediction https://theconversation.com/flash-flooding-is-a-serious-threat-in-the-uk-heres-how-scientists-are-tackling-its-prediction-128015

Scientists fear surge in supersized bushfires that create their own violent thunderstorms https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/20/scientists-fear-surge-in-supersized-bushfires-that-create-their-own-violent-thunderstorms?CMP=share_btn_tw

 

Emergency management

Former fire and emergency chiefs push for national bushfire emergency summit https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/11/former-fire-and-emergency-chiefs-push-for-national-bushfire-emergency-summit?CMP=share_btn_tw

Cyclone victims face bleak prospects in Mozambique resettlement sites https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news-feature/2019/12/10/Mozambique-Cyclone-Idai-Resettlement-climate-change

Australia needs a national crisis plan, and not just for bushfires https://theconversation.com/australia-needs-a-national-crisis-plan-and-not-just-for-bushfires-128781

Refugees at ‘increased risk’ from extreme weather https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50692857

Albania earthquake: Arrests over deaths in collapsed buildings https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50797831

The Top 5 Deadliest Disasters in 2019 https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/slideshows/5-of-the-deadliest-natural-disasters-in-2019

‘Hugely disappointed’ emergency chiefs to hold bushfire summit with or without PM https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/17/hugely-disappointed-emergency-chiefs-to-hold-bushfire-summit-with-or-without-pm?CMP=share_btn_tw

Concerns remain for children affected by floods in Somalia https://reliefweb.int/report/somalia/concerns-remain-children-affected-floods-somalia

NSW Premier declares state of emergency ahead of extreme bushfire conditions https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/premier-declares-state-of-emergency-in-nsw-as-state-faces-dangerous-bushfire-conditions-20191219-p53ld1.html

How Portland’s Earthquake Preppers Are Planning for the Worst https://www.citylab.com/environment/2019/12/natural-disaster-preparedness-plan-earthquake-tsunami-storm/603799/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Citizen Science in the Post-Disaster Context https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/environmental-risk-and-recovery

NWS makes needed changes to flash flood warnings https://blogs.agu.org/wildwildscience/2019/12/12/nws-makes-needed-changes-to-flash-flood-warnings/

When ‘1-In-100-Year’ Floods Happen Often, What Should You Call Them? https://www.npr.org/2019/05/08/720737285/when-1-in-100-year-floods-happen-often-what-should-you-call-them

The Devon Community Resilience Forum supports communities to develop their community emergency plan; a document that guides community response in an emergency and helps communities to prepare https://www.devoncommunities.org.uk/projects/devon-community-resilience-forum

 

Psychology and Disasters

Stakeholder Values in Hurricane Michael: Understanding How Value Dynamics Contribute to Collaborative Decision Making in Disasters https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/stakeholder-values-in-hurricane-michael

Resilience Under Fire: Protective Action, Attitudes, and Behaviors Evidenced in the 2018 Woolsey Fire https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/resilience-under-fire

Symmetry Breaking in Evacuation Exit Choice: Impacts of Cognitive Bias and Physical Factor on Evacuation Decision https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-030-37494-5_15

Australian citizens are mostly unaware of their country’s potential volcanic hazards https://blogs.agu.org/geospace/2019/12/19/survey-reveals-low-awareness-of-volcanic-hazards-in-australia/

74% of UK drivers would risk life in flood water https://www.gov.uk/government/news/driving-complacency-74-of-drivers-would-risk-life-in-flood-water

 

Sociology and disasters

The Vulnerability Bearers https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/director/the-vulnerability-bearers

Disaster Justice for All: The Need for a More Equitable and Just Recovery Lens https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/disaster-justice-for-all-the-need-for-a-more-equitable-and-just-recovery-lens