Today in disaster resilience (16 April 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Why the volcano erupting in the Caribbean has such a deadly reputation https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/why-st-vincent-volcano-erupting-in-caribbean-has-such-a-deadly-reputation

At least 2 killed, 7 injured as severe storms and tornadoes hit Gulf Coast, U.S. https://watchers.news/2021/04/11/2-killed-7-injured-severe-storms-tornadoes-gulf-coast-us-april-2021/

Mount Lewotolok and Adonara island: up to 168 people killed by lahars and debris flows in Indonesia https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2021/04/06/mount-lewotolok-and-adonara-island-up-to-168-people-killed-by-lahars-and-debris-flows-in-indonesia/

Western U.S. may be entering its most severe drought in modern history https://www.cbsnews.com/news/drought-western-united-states-modern-history/

Volcanic activity worldwide 14 Apr 2021: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/127330/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-14-Apr-2021-Pacaya-volcano-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-S.html

Colombia – Damaging Flash Floods Sweep Through Villavicencio, Meta Department http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-meta-april-2021

Peru – More Floods in Northern Regions as Rivers Reach Danger Levels in Loreto http://floodlist.com/america/peru-more-floods-loreto-april-2021

Soufrière St. Vincent volcano: Eruption Update https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/soufriere-st-vincent/current-activity.html

Officially, India Has the World’s Second-Worst COVID-19 Outbreak. Unofficially, It’s Almost Certainly the Worst https://time.com/5954416/india-covid-second-wave/

Colombia – Thousands Hit by Flash Floods in Bolivar http://floodlist.com/america/floods-bolivar-colombia-april-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s main grid hits record renewables high of 56 per cent on Sunday https://reneweconomy.com.au/australias-main-grid-hits-record-renewables-high-of-56-per-cent-on-sunday/

Call for evidence: Effective learning for climate adaptation and resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75569

Climate Change Litigation – Insights into the evolving global landscape https://www.genevaassociation.org/research-topics/climate-change-and-emerging-environmental-topics/climate-litigation

Cyclone Seroja just demolished parts of WA – and our warming world will bring more of the same https://theconversation.com/cyclone-seroja-just-demolished-parts-of-wa-and-our-warming-world-will-bring-more-of-the-same-158769

Power grid can be rid of coal ‘without price rises, outages’ https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/power-grid-can-be-rid-of-coal-without-price-rises-blackouts-20210411-p57i7q.html

Michael Mann slams Murdoch press for “horrifying” misinformation on climate and bushfires https://reneweconomy.com.au/michael-mann-slams-murdoch-press-for-horrifying-misinformation-on-climate-and-bushfires/

Climate change is a security threat the government keeps ignoring https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-a-security-threat-the-government-keeps-ignoring-well-show-up-empty-handed-to-yet-another-global-summit-158702

Global death rate from rising temperatures projected to surpass the current death rate of all infectious diseases combined http://www.impactlab.org/news-insights/global-death-rate-from-rising-temperatures/

‘Failure is not an option’: after a lost decade on climate action, the 2020s offer one last chance https://theconversation.com/failure-is-not-an-option-after-a-lost-decade-on-climate-action-the-2020s-offer-one-last-chance-158913

We Are Living in a Climate Emergency, and We’re Going to Say So https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/we-are-living-in-a-climate-emergency-and-were-going-to-say-so/

Bold challenge to decarbonise Australia in 15 years laid down by Climate Council https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2021-04-15/plan-to-decarbonise-australia-in-15-years-climate-council-report/100063906

Google Earth Now Shows Decades of Climate Change in Seconds https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-15/google-earth-now-shows-decades-of-climate-change-in-seconds

Senate and House Spotlight Soaring Costs of Delay on Climate https://www.nrdc.org/experts/vijay-limaye/senate-and-house-spotlight-soaring-costs-delay-climate

Changes in India’s monsoon rainfall could bring serious consequences to more than a billion people https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/14/weather/climate-change-india-monsoon-agriculture-heavy-rain/index.html

Disaster risk reduction

NSW urged to buy thousands of flood-prone homes in western Sydney https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/10/nsw-urged-to-buy-thousands-of-flood-prone-homes-in-western-sydney

Villagers in flood-hit Yalding, near Maidstone, want more done to prevent future flooding https://kentchronicle.com/villagers-in-flood-hit-yalding-near-maidstone-want-more-done-to-prevent-future-flooding/

Detecting significant thermal unrest years before volcanic eruption https://watchers.news/2021/04/14/modis-detecting-significant-thermal-unrest-years-before-volcanic-eruption/

California is poised for a catastrophic fire season. Experts say its plan isn’t nearly enough https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/14/california-wildfire-season-2021

Physical vulnerability assessment to flash floods using an indicator‐based methodology based on building properties and flow parameters https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12712

Coastal flooding risks increasing in Western Australia https://www.perthnow.com.au/community-news/fremantle-gazette/coastal-flooding-risks-increasing-in-wa-c-2581561

ADHI: the African Database of Hydrometric Indices (1950–2018) https://essd.copernicus.org/articles/13/1547/2021/

Magmatic Processes at La Soufrière de Guadeloupe: Insights From Crystal Studies and Diffusion Timescales for Eruption Onset https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/feart.2021.617294/full

Canada wildfire: Managing the next Fort McMurray https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77214

Cost-effective mitigation strategy development for building related earthquake risk https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77209

Emergency management

Emergency evacuation and sheltering during the COVID-19 pandemic https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77015

How do you build an effective Early Warning System? https://floodresilience.net/blogs/how-do-you-build-an-effective-early-warning-system/

St Vincent volcano: Power cuts after another ‘explosive event’ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-56707956

‘No warnings’: Powerful cyclone exposes Indonesia’s lack of preparedness https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77129

New checklist for reviewing an emergency plan https://www.aidr.org.au/news/new-checklist-for-reviewing-an-emergency-plan/

St Vincent volcano: ‘We don’t know if we can go home’ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-56726773

CDC Identifies Small Group of Covid-19 Infections Among Fully Vaccinated Patients https://www.wsj.com/articles/cdc-identifies-small-group-of-covid-19-infections-among-fully-vaccinated-patients-11618490232?mod=hp_lead_pos7

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Disaster tales as communication tool for increasing risk resilience https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13753-021-00341-x

Good communication practices in community engagement https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77013

Science at the Local fires up for 2021 https://www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au/story/7197352/science-at-the-local-fires-up-for-2021/

Rockhampton students learn to be disaster ready https://www.nationaltribune.com.au/rockhampton-students-learn-to-be-disaster-ready/

Which color scale to use when visualizing data https://blog.datawrapper.de/which-color-scale-to-use-in-data-vis/

Psychology and disasters

After the Disaster: Recovery for Australia’s Children https://www.unicef.org.au/our-work/unicef-in-australia/bushfire-response/after-the-disaster

Post-disaster mental health support for kids is essential https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/post-disaster-mental-health-support-for-kids-is-essential-7264674/

Floods leave a legacy of mental health problems — and disadvantaged people are often hardest hit https://theconversation.com/floods-leave-a-legacy-of-mental-health-problems-and-disadvantaged-people-are-often-hardest-hit-157576

Sociology and disasters

Connecting Social Capital and Vulnerability: Citation Network Analysis of Disaster Studies https://ascelibrary.org/doi/10.1061/%28ASCE%29NH.1527-6996.0000469

Understanding short-term household recoveries from the 2015 Nepal earthquakes: Lessons learned and recommendations https://www.researchgate.net/publication/350665426_Understanding_short-term_household_recoveries_from_the_2015_Nepal_earthquakes_Lessons_learned_and_recommendations

Racism, inequities move to the center of the climate debate https://www.ehn.org/climate-change-and-racism-2651950416.html

An institutional approach to vulnerability: evidence from natural hazard management in Europe https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/abe88c

New civil society collaboration to understand true scale of COVID-19’s impacts on marginalised people https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77198

Maladaptation, fragmentation, and other secondary effects of centralized post-disaster urban planning: The case of the 2011 “cascading” disaster in Japan https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77178

Disaster risk governance for district-level landslide risk management in Bangladesh https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77183

Social protection for extreme temperatures: Experiences from the UK, USA and France https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77175

Homeowners’ drift to regions holding strong https://www.westpac.com.au/news/making-news/2021/04/homeowners-drift-to-regions-holding-strong/

Floods can worsen inequality. Here are 4 ways we can ensure people with disabilities aren’t left behind https://theconversation.com/floods-can-worsen-inequality-here-are-4-ways-we-can-ensure-people-with-disabilities-arent-left-behind-157959

Today in disaster resilience (9 April 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Toxic wastewater reservoir on verge of collapse in Florida could cause “catastrophic event” https://www.cbsnews.com/news/florida-state-of-emergency-wastewater-leak-watch-live-stream-today-2021-04-05/

More than 75 dead in Indonesia, East Timor floods, dozens missing https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/more-than-75-dead-in-indonesia-east-timor-floods-dozens-missing-163695

Race to find dozens missing in deadly Indonesia, East Timor floods https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/indonesia-east-timor-flood-death-toll-surges-past-150/ar-BB1fla1R

Haiti – 3 Dead, 3 Missing After Floods in North http://floodlist.com/america/haiti-floods-april-2021

Colombia – 3 Killed in Caquetá Landslide, Hundreds Affected by Floods Across the Country http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-caqueta-landslide-april-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 7 Apr 2021: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/126681/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-7-Apr-2021-Pacaya-volcano-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Sa.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The Politics of Energy and Climate Change in Japan under the Abe Government https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349605835_The_Politics_of_Energy_and_Climate_Change_in_Japan_under_the_Abe_Government

A Texas city had a bold new climate plan – until a gas company got involved https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/01/a-texas-city-had-a-bold-new-climate-plan-until-a-gas-company-got-involved

Narooma on NSW south coast revealed as a hot spot for global ocean warming https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-03/narooma-a-global-hot-spot-for-ocean-warming-nsw-south-coast/

‘Every choice matters’: can we cling to hope of avoiding 1.5C heating? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/03/every-choice-matters-can-we-cling-to-hope-of-avoiding-15c-heating

Rapid global heating is hurting farm productivity, study finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/01/climate-crisis-global-heating-food-farming-agriculture

Climate Change Cannot Be Mitigated Without Effective Carbon Pricing https://www.forbes.com/sites/georgkell/2021/04/04/climate-change-cannot-be-mitigated-without-effective-carbon-pricing/?sh=27d35d923a4f

World Bank Group President’s Statement on Climate Change Action Plan https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/statement/2021/04/02/world-bank-group-president-statement-on-climate-change-action-plan

China sandstorms highlight threat of climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/03/china-sandstorms-highlight-threat-of-climate-crisis

Future increases in Arctic lightning and fire risk for permafrost carbon https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-021-01011-y

Sea-level rise: writers imagined drowned worlds for centuries – what they tell us about the future https://theconversation.com/sea-level-rise-writers-imagined-drowned-worlds-for-centuries-what-they-tell-us-about-the-future-151804

U.S. regulators lag on addressing climate’s financial risk – report https://www.pionline.com/esg/us-regulators-lag-addressing-climates-financial-risk-report

Carbon dioxide spikes to critical record, halfway to doubling preindustrial levels https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/04/05/atmospheric-co2-concentration-record/

Global warming causes uneven changes in heat stress indicators https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76980

Study shows correlation between solar variability and El Nino-La Nina events https://watchers.news/2021/04/06/solar-variability-el-nino-la-nina-study/

More snow melting from mountains earlier in year due to climate change: study https://www.ctvnews.ca/climate-and-environment/more-snow-melting-from-mountains-earlier-in-year-due-to-climate-change-study-1.5376146

Climate impact map http://www.impactlab.org/map/#usmeas=absolute&usyear=1981-2010&gmeas=absolute&gyear=1986-2005

Cities and states must lead as window of opportunity shrinks for climate action https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/546504-cities-and-states-must-lead-as-window-of-opportunity-shrinks-for

Why China is still clinging to coal https://www.vox.com/2021/4/6/22369284/china-coal-power-economy-climate-change

Managing retreat: why New Zealand is drafting a new law to enable communities to move away from climate risks https://theconversation.com/managing-retreat-why-new-zealand-is-drafting-a-new-law-to-enable-communities-to-move-away-from-climate-risks-157394

Disaster risk reduction

Floodplains aren’t separate to a river — they’re an extension of it. It’s time to change how we connect with them https://theconversation.com/floodplains-arent-separate-to-a-river-theyre-an-extension-of-it-its-time-to-change-how-we-connect-with-them-157890

Fire and flood: ‘Whole areas of Australia will be uninsurable’ https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/02/fire-and-flood-whole-areas-of-australia-will-be-uninsurable

Advances in tropical cyclone observation may aid in disaster reduction and prevention https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76954

Natural catastrophes in 2020 https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76971

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s Floodplain Manager newsletter https://www.molinostewart.com.au/editorial/floodplain-manager-march-2021/

Assemblage theory and disaster risk management https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/03091325211003328

Pressure Builds on Congress to Help People Afford Pricey Flood Insurance https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/pressure-builds-on-congress-to-help-people-afford-pricey-flood-insurance/

Hazard cascades https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-021-00738-9

China earthquake survey doubles Beijing’s high-risk fault lines https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77002

Debate over land use after multiple natural disasters https://www.abc.net.au/radio/darwin/programs/pm/debate-over-land-use-after-multiple-natural-disasters/13289704

Emergency management

What Does It Take to Build Back Better? Ask FEMA https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-03-29/what-does-it-take-to-build-back-better-ask-fema

Australian government to support Timor-Leste flood recovery after at least 27 people die https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-05/timor-leste-flood-dili-27-dead-covid-risk-emergency-relief/100049276

A huge hug of support for the Kempsey community https://www.macleayargus.com.au/story/7194605/a-huge-hug-of-support-for-the-kempsey-community/?cs=1526

Leaders, activists object to Harris County’s plan for flood control money https://www.galvnews.com/news/free/article_da53a312-9935-54cc-9fae-12b109789672.html

Three Dozen California Bills Focus on Wildfire, Others Are Concerning for Insurance Industry https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/04/06/608775.htm

$11M in disaster recovery funds will be used to build affordable apartment community in Houston Heights https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2021/04/06/11m-in-disaster-recovery-funds-will-be-used-to-build-affordable-apartment-community-in-houston-heights/

Western states brace for ‘very active wildfire season’ following warm, dry winter https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/western-states-brace-very-active-wildfire-season-following-warm-dry-n1262946

Landslides: new early warning systems reduce false alarms https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76993

Texas 2021 deep freeze left nearly 200 people dead, new analysis shows https://watchers.news/2021/04/07/texas-2021-deep-freeze-left-nearly-200-people-dead-new-analysis-shows/

Migrants are heading north because Central America never recovered from last year’s hurricanes https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2021/3/22/22335816/border-crisis-migrant-hurricane-eta-iota

Indonesia and East Timor – Flood Death Toll Climbs, Thousands Displaced http://floodlist.com/asia/floods-landslides-indonesia-easttimor-april-2021

Latest edition of ‘Fire Australia’ https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/magazine

The new Australian fire danger rating system https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/the-new-australian-fire-danger-rating-system

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Framing of youth as a high-risk population in Canadian disaster news media https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76963

Experts and gamers join forces to fight COVID-19 and stop future disease outbreaks via Plague Inc: The Cure https://www.who.int/news-room/feature-stories/detail/experts-and-gamers-join-forces-to-fight-covid-19-and-stop-future-disease-outbreaks-via-plague-inc-the-cure

Ready Together https://iview.abc.net.au/show/ready-together

Resilient Australia Awards https://www.aidr.org.au/programs/resilient-australia-awards/

Psychology and disasters

New Strategies for Calming Your Pandemic Anxiety https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-strategies-for-calming-your-pandemic-anxiety-11614618532?mod=e2tw

Still Afraid Of COVID-19 After Getting The Vaccine? You’re Not Alone https://www.huffpost.com/entry/afraid-covid-19-after-vaccine_l_6065c15fc5b6555472cf9467

‘Suddenly we heard people scream – Flood!’: Survivors recount disaster on Indonesian island https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesia-timor-leste-flood-landslide-cyclone-dead-missing-14572870

Sociology and disasters

Working Papers on Historical Approaches to Covid-19 https://wp.nyu.edu/disasters/working-papers/

Climate change, COVID-19, and the co-production of injustices: a feminist reading of overlapping crises https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14649365.2021.1910994

How mutual aid networks came together in a year of crisis https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/how-mutual-aid-networks-came-together-in-a-year-of-crisis

Understanding Urban Flood Resilience in the Anthropocene: A Social–Ecological–Technological Systems (SETS) Learning Framework https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/24694452.2020.1850230?journalCode=raag21

Study finds Black women are dying from COVID-19 at three times the rate of both White and Asian men https://19thnews.org/2021/04/covid-19-mortality-race-gender/

Insurance for vulnerable families cuts rural poverty and the cost of aid by half https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76992

Today in disaster resilience (2 April 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Indonesia – Thousands of Homes Damaged by Floods in Bandung http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-bandung-march-2021

Destructive floods after near-record rains hit Nashville, claiming lives of 4 people, Tennessee https://watchers.news/2021/03/29/nashville-tennessee-flood-damage-casualties-march-2021/

Destructive tornado hits Cimenyan, West Java, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2021/03/29/cimenyan-west-java-tornado-march-2021-indonesia/

Schroeder wildfire threatens Rapid City fire suppression, South Dakota https://watchers.news/2021/03/30/schroeder-wildfire-threatens-rapid-city-fire-suppression/

Volcanic activity worldwide 30 Mar 2021: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay, Sinabung https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/126001/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-30-Mar-2021-Pacaya-volcano-Fuego-Dukono-Reventador-Sangay-Sinabung.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Renewables met 97% of Scotland’s electricity demand in 2020 https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-56530424

Renewables plus batteries offer Australia the same energy security as coal, research finds https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/29/renewables-plus-batteries-offer-australia-the-same-energy-security-as-coal-research-finds

Climate talks will test Biden’s pledge to make global heating a priority https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/27/joe-biden-climate-talks-global-heating

‘We want to be included’: First Nations demand a say on climate change https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/27/we-want-to-be-included-first-nations-demand-a-say-on-climate-change

Ignoring climate change will lead to unprecedented, societally disruptive heat extremes in the Middle East https://phys.org/news/2021-03-climate-unprecedented-societally-disruptive-extremes.html

NZ to exceed climate aid pledge by $200m https://www.inkl.com/news/nz-to-exceed-climate-aid-pledge-by-200m

Deadly heat waves will be common in South Asia, even at 1.5 degrees of warming https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76850

Climate change: Greener Wales ‘must not hit poorer communities’ https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-56550848

Why are people not doing more about climate change? https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-56500739

Meat and dairy companies slow to commit to net-zero emissions, new analysis finds https://phys.org/news/2021-03-meat-dairy-companies-commit-net-zero.html

Multiple Coastal Cities In The US Could Be 6.5 Feet Underwater By Year 2100, Thanks To Climate Change https://blog.therainforestsite.greatergood.com/2100-flood/

Scaling mountains: Nepal’s aspirations for a climate-resilient sustainable future https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76876

‘Wilful ignorance’: Flood-hit Australia urged to rethink climate adaptation https://news.trust.org/item/20210325225707-a7fl6/

Are federal disaster policies making the harmful impacts of climate change even worse? https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76871

Local community participation in climate change mitigation paramount: Minister https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76872

The risks to Australia of a 3°C warmer world https://www.science.org.au/supporting-science/science-policy-and-analysis/reports-and-publications/risks-australia-three-degrees-c-warmer-world

Severe heat wave hits Delhi with highest March temperatures since 1945 https://watchers.news/2021/03/30/severe-heat-wave-hits-delhi-with-highest-march-temperatures-since-1945/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Saudi Arabia unveils campaign to tackle climate change https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210327-saudi-arabia-unveils-campaign-to-tackle-climate-change

Uganda climate change: The people under threat from a melting glacier https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-56526631

Telangana tries to damp heatwave effect https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76917

Climate change will deepen rich-poor global divide, top economists warn https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76936

Disaster risk reduction

Counting the increasing costs of droughts and flooding rains https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/counting-the-increasing-costs-of-droughts-and-flooding-rains-20210326-p57eg9.html

California’s tsunami vulnerability may be greater than once believed https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76854

“How do we actually do convergence” for disaster resilience? Cases from Australia and the United States https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76860

‘One-in-100-years’ flood talk disastrously misleading and should change, risk experts say https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-28/one-in-100-years-flood-talk-misleading/100030144

Impact of hydraulic model resolution and loss of life model modification on flood fatality risk estimation: Case study of the Bommelerwaard, The Netherlands https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12713

Innovative projects to protect against flooding selected https://www.gov.uk/government/news/innovative-projects-to-protect-against-flooding-selected

Raising dam wall could lead to more development on floodplain, Emergency Minister says https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/emergency-minister-says-raising-dam-wall-could-lead-to-more-development-on-floodplain-20210329-p57evo.html

A staggering 1.8 million hectares burned in ‘high-severity’ fires during Australia’s Black Summer https://theconversation.com/a-staggering-1-8-million-hectares-burned-in-high-severity-fires-during-australias-black-summer-157883

The 2019/2020 mega-fires exposed Australian ecosystems to an unprecedented extent of high-severity fire https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/abeb9e

BOM declares La Niña over – but that doesn’t mean the rain is done https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-30/la-nina-is-over-but-that-does-not-mean-an-end-to-the-rain/13282010

Reef degradation leaves Australian coast vulnerable to tsunami damage https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-tech/reef-degradation-leaves-australian-coast-vulnerable-tsunami-damage

The role of fire in global forest loss dynamics https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gcb.15591

Job vacancies at Molino Stewart including Natural Hazards and Spatial Analyst https://www.molinostewart.com.au/careers/

Emergency management

NSW floods: evacuated Sydney residents told to stay away as water recedes and cleanup begins https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/28/nsw-floods-evacuated-sydney-residents-told-to-stay-away-as-water-recedes-and-cleanup-begins

When will the COVID-19 pandemic end? https://comdig.unam.mx/2021/03/28/when-will-the-covid-19-pandemic-end/

Brazil’s mismanagement of covid-19 threatens the world https://www.economist.com/the-americas/2021/03/27/brazils-mismanagement-of-covid-19-threatens-the-world

Governance in the age of complexity: Building resilience to COVID-19 and future pandemics https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76847

Drought, fire and flood devastate Australians in the bush https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-weather-farmer-idUSKBN2BL0JZ

More than a decade after the Black Saturday fires, it’s time we got serious about long-term disaster recovery planning https://theconversation.com/more-than-a-decade-after-the-black-saturday-fires-its-time-we-got-serious-about-long-term-disaster-recovery-planning-158078

Disaster education, communications and engagement

New realization of disaster risk reduction education in the context of a global pandemic: Lessons from Japan https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76862

NSW Flood Kids https://www.abc.net.au/btn/classroom/nsw-flood-kids/13273452

Psychology and disasters

‘Seeing with Empty Eyes’: a systems approach to understand climate change and mental health in Bangladesh https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10584-021-03053-9

The Impact of Human Purpose on Resiliency https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hope-resilience/202103/the-impact-human-purpose-resiliency

Local knowledge of emerging hazards: Instability above an Icelandic glacier https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921001539?via%3Dihub

What is Psychological First Aid? https://player.vimeo.com/video/468430375

Sociology and disasters

COVID-19 recovery: science isn’t enough to save us https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00731-7

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Uncovering ties between Social Capital and COVID-19 Outcomes at Local Levels https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349651780_Won’t_You_Be_My_Neighbor_Uncovering_ties_between_Social_Capital_and_COVID-19_Outcomes_at_Local_Levels

Resilience to Disaster: Evidence from Daily Wellbeing Data https://www.researchgate.net/publication/350471721_Resilience_to_Disaster_Evidence_from_Daily_Wellbeing_Data

Introducing participatory fairness in emergency communication can support self-organization for survival https://www.researchgate.net/publication/350494000_Introducing_participatory_fairness_in_emergency_communication_can_support_self-organization_for_survival

Practical ways to advance social inclusion in climate and disaster resilience in South Asia https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76940

Today in disaster resilience (26 March 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Picton braces for the worst as businesses fear flooding and sand bag the main streethttps://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/7176088/picton-braces-for-the-worst-as-businesses-sand-bag-the-main-street/

Australia – Major Flooding Prompts Rescues and Evacuations in New South Wales http://floodlist.com/australia/floods-new-south-wales-march-2021

Peru – Thousands of Homes Damaged by Floods in Northern Regions http://floodlist.com/america/peru-floods-loreto-san-martin-amazonas-march-2021

Colombia – Houses Destroyed by Flash Floods and Landslides in Cali http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-landslides-cali-march-2021

Deadly downpour lashes Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistanhttps://watchers.news/2021/03/24/deadly-downpour-lashes-khyber-pakhtunkhwa-pakistan/

Colombia – Flash Floods Cause Severe Damage in Antioquia http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-flash-floods-cause-severe-damage-in-antioquia

‘Extensive damage’ reported after tornado tears through Alabama community https://www.accuweather.com/en/severe-weather/live-news/live-particularly-dangerous-situation-tornado-watch-issued-in-south/921465

Wongawallan: a damaging landslide in Australiahttps://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2021/03/25/wongawallan-1/

Volcanic activity worldwide 25 Mar 2021: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Merapi https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/125594/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-25-Mar-2021-Pacaya-volcano-Fuego-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Merapi.html

Brazil – Deadly Flash Floods in Santa Catarina, Flood Emergency in Pará http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-santa-catarina-para-march-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

A critical exploration of adaptation heuristics https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212096321000218?via%3Dihub

Australia’s Worst Floods in Decades Quicken Concerns About Climate Change https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/22/world/australia/australia-floods.html

Crisis in the Himalayas: climate change and unsustainable development https://www.ft.com/content/387f5b4d-69cd-45f6-b0fc-69d659381109

Warming in Arctic region triggering heatwaves in India: Study https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76764

The cost of adapting to extreme weather events in a changing climate https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76754

NOAA Upgrades Forecasts As Climate Change Drives More Severe Storms https://www.npr.org/2021/03/22/979932115/noaa-upgrades-forecasts-as-climate-change-drives-more-severe-storms

Sea-level rise in 20th century was fastest in 2,000 years along much of East Coast https://phys.org/news/2021-03-sea-level-20th-century-fastest-years.html

Towards a rigorous understanding of societal responses to climate change https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03190-2

Rising risk of wildfires across UK from climate crisis, scientists warn https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/24/rising-risk-of-wildfires-across-uk-from-climate-crisis-scientists-warn?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Warming Drives ‘Fundamental’ Changes To Ocean, Scientists Warn https://www.barrons.com/news/warming-drives-fundamental-changes-to-ocean-scientists-warn-01616601916?tesla=y

Big banks’ trillion-dollar finance for fossil fuels ‘shocking’, says report https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/24/big-banks-trillion-dollar-finance-for-fossil-fuels-shocking-says-report

How climate change drove food insecurity in the 2007 Lesotho drought https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76809

Fighting climate change in the world’s poorest countries https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76817

A guide to assessing the political economy of domestic climate change governance https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76820

A global study shows climate change is driving changes in the flow and water volume of rivers worldwide http://www.watercareer.com.au/news/river-review-shows-shifts

If 80% of Australians care about climate action, why don’t they vote like it? https://theconversation.com/if-80-of-australians-care-about-climate-action-why-dont-they-vote-like-it-157050

The lurking danger: extreme temperatures, heat stress and forced migration https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76826

1º of global warming causes a ~50% increase in population displacement risk https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76828

Disaster risk reduction

Dangerous floods are inevitable, so stop putting people in their way https://www.smh.com.au/national/stop-putting-people-in-the-way-of-floods-20210321-p57cn6.html

NSW floods explained — and why Sydney is at risk when it rains https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-21/nsw-floods-explained-and-why-sydney-is-at-risk/100019728

How droughts and floods lead to migration — and 7 things governments can do to help https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76709

Warragamba Dam spilling Sydney Harbour’s worth of water each day into Sydney basin https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-22/warragamba-dam-spilling-a-quarter-of-daily-capacity-each-day/100021144

Gladys Berejiklian was wrong to say the NSW floods were beyond anyone’s expectations https://www.smh.com.au/national/gladys-berejiklian-was-wrong-to-say-the-nsw-floods-were-beyond-anyone-s-expectations-20210322-p57cvr.html

Eruption in Iceland may mark the start of decades of volcanic activity https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/eruption-in-iceland-may-mark-start-of-decades-of-volcanic-activity

Preparing for extreme weather in the Caribbean: what role for forecast-based early action? https://www.odi.org/publications/18000-preparing-extreme-weather-caribbean

How do you build an effective Early Warning System? https://floodresilience.net/blogs/how-do-you-build-an-effective-early-warning-system/

‘Monstrosity on stilts’: Powerhouse museum under fire after Parramatta River floods https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/mar/22/monstrosity-on-stilts-powerhouse-museum-under-fire-after-parramatta-river-floods

Ten commandments for sandy coasts https://www.nioz.nl/en/news/ten-commandments-for-sandy-coasts

What is a 1 in 100 year weather event? And why do they keep happening so often? https://theconversation.com/what-is-a-1-in-100-year-weather-event-and-why-do-they-keep-happening-so-often-157589

What’s causing the NSW floods, and how do we manage future natural disasters in a changing climate? https://cosmosmagazine.com/earth/climate/cosmos-qa-nsw-flooding/

Global Changes in 20‐Year, 50‐Year, and 100‐Year River Floods https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2020GL091824

These animated graphs show how extreme NSW’s record-breaking flooding and rainfall is https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2021/mar/23/these-animated-graphs-show-how-extreme-nsw-record-breaking-flooding-floods-and-rainfall-is

Cross-scale interactions in flood risk management: A case study from Rovaniemi, Finland https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76791

Stanford researchers explore how shifts in federal approaches can turn the tide of destructive wildfires https://news.stanford.edu/2021/03/23/wildfire-solutions/

‘Extreme’ conditions prompt Sydney Water to ramp up desalination plant https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/extreme-conditions-prompt-sydney-water-to-ramp-up-desalination-plant-20210324-p57dhx.html

Thousands of Cumbrian homes protected from flooding after £55m investment https://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/19183322.thousands-cumbrian-homes-protected-flooding-55m-investment/

Managed retreat of settlements remains a tough call even as homes flood and coasts erode https://theconversation.com/managed-retreat-of-settlements-remains-a-tough-call-even-as-homes-flood-and-coasts-erode-157595

As floods rise, government insurance shores up Bangladesh farmers https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76808

The growing wildfire risk at the urban margins https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76811

Experts have slammed building regulations that ignore major flood zones http://www.watercareer.com.au/news/floods-should-be-factored-in

Not ‘if’, but ‘when’: city planners need to design for flooding. These examples show the way https://theconversation.com/not-if-but-when-city-planners-need-to-design-for-flooding-these-examples-show-the-way-157578

LA’s biggest quake threat sits on overlooked part of San Andreas, study says. That may be good https://phys.org/news/2021-03-la-biggest-quake-threat-overlooked.html

Those Who Live And Work Near Levees All Want Something Different https://www.newsy.com/stories/levee-stakeholders-all-want-something-different/

Where would a major tsunami strike? Malibu, Venice and Long Beach, get ready https://www.latimes.com/projects/la-tsunami-maps-tracking-risk-california-coast/

More than 300,000 UK homes better protected from flooding since 2015 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/more-than-300000-homes-better-protected-from-flooding-since-2015

Global warming and population change both heighten future risk of human displacement due to river floods https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/abd26c

Emergency management

Germany and Belgium poised to tighten lockdowns as Covid cases surge https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/21/germany-and-belgium-poised-to-tighten-lockdowns-as-covid-cases-surge

Coronavirus: Third wave will ‘wash up on our shores’, warns Johnson https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-56486067

Covid-19 Virus Studies Yield New Clues on Pandemic’s Origin https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-19-virus-studies-yield-new-clues-on-pandemics-origin-11614594600?mod=e2tw

7 in 10 people hospitalized for Covid-19 have not fully recovered five months after discharge, study says https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/24/health/long-covid-months-after-discharge-study/index.html

Evidence from Britain shows covid-19 vaccines are very effective https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2021/02/22/evidence-from-britain-shows-covid-19-vaccines-are-very-effective

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Losing cultural context in emergency communication can be a matter of life and death https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76705

Increasing flood risk awareness and warning readiness by participation – But who understands what under ‘participation’? https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921001230

How bad could flooding get at your house? Norfolk tool helps homeowners get the picture https://www.pilotonline.com/news/environment/vp-nw-norfolk-flood-risk-tool-20210322-5tjyqx6knvaqtecmguhketccve-story.html

Building disaster resilience in Fiji https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76784

Communicating and understanding risk in dynamic situations https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76815

From fake news to flash floods, simulations help cities cope with crises https://news.trust.org/item/20210323073758-wdsea/

Using crowd-sourced images of the coastline to study the impact of such storms to improve coastal management practices https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-tech/how-power-social-helping-coastal-areas-deal-power-extreme-storms

Psychology and disasters

Floods leave a legacy of mental health problems — and disadvantaged people are often hardest hit https://theconversation.com/floods-leave-a-legacy-of-mental-health-problems-and-disadvantaged-people-are-often-hardest-hit-157576

New report shows children are forgotten in bushfire recovery https://www.unicef.org.au/about-us/media/march-2021/bushfire-recovery-report-release

Why do people try to drive through floodwater or leave it too late to flee? Psychology offers some answers https://theconversation.com/why-do-people-try-to-drive-through-floodwater-or-leave-it-too-late-to-flee-psychology-offers-some-answers-157577

For some areas hit by NSW flood crisis, it’s the fourth disaster in a year https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2021/mar/24/for-some-areas-hit-by-nsw-flood-crisis-its-the-fourth-disaster-in-a-year

Sociology and disasters

Together we survive: the role of social messaging networks in building social capital and disaster resilience among minority communities https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-021-04562-7

City residents use maps to fight climate inequality in their neighborhoods https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2021/03/city-residents-use-maps-to-fight-inequality-in-their-neighborhoods/

Hazards, culture and Indigenous communities: Final project report https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76741

Societal Resilience: A Sneaky Concept Unraveled https://www.project-engage.eu/societal-resilience-a-sneaky-concept-unraveled/

When disaster strikes, it’s often not individual preparedness or government intervention that enables people to survive and thrive—it’s social connections https://news.northeastern.edu/2021/03/24/to-survive-and-thrive-after-covid-19-community-networks-are-key-professor-says-in-annual-klein-lecture/

Women’s absence from COVID-19 task forces will perpetuate gender divide, says UNDP, UN Women https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76801

Today in disaster resilience (19 March 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Poor seasonal rains threatening ‘foundations’ of tens of thousands of Somali livelihoods https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/03/1087172

Massive landslide cuts off access to Kauai north shore, Hawaii https://watchers.news/2021/03/12/massive-landslide-cuts-off-access-to-kauai-north-shore-hawaii/

341 people missing afters heavy dust storm hits Mongolia https://watchers.news/2021/03/14/341-people-missing-afters-heavy-dust-storm-hits-mongolia/

Colombia – Heavy Rain Triggers Flooding and Deadly Landslide in Cali http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-landslide-cali-valle-del-cauca-march-2021

Colombia – 15 Dead, Thousands Affected After Weeks of Severe Weather http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-janaury-to-march-2021

Damaging tornado outbreak hits South U.S., severe weather shifting into the Southeast https://watchers.news/2021/03/18/tornado-outbreak-south-us-march-2021/

Deadly floods sweep through Kinshasa and Brazzaville in Congo and DR Congo https://watchers.news/2021/03/17/deadly-floods-sweep-through-kinshasa-and-brazzaville-in-congo-and-dr-congo/

Volcanic activity worldwide 17 Mar 2021: Etna volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/124820/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-17-Mar-2021-Etna-volcano-Pacaya-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventa.html

Angola – Deadly Flash Floods in Luanda http://floodlist.com/africa/angola-flash-floods-luanda-march-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s largest community-owned solar farm begins powering homes in Canberra https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-11/act-community-solar-farm-opens-in-majura/13238882

Coastal town with a big decision to make https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/14/climate/outer-banks-tax-climate-change.html

The ‘boomerang effect’: insights for improved climate action https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17565529.2020.1723470?journalCode=tcld20

Heating of the Tasman sea warms up the climate of Antarctic Peninsula via changes in wind patterns, suggests new study https://www.nipr.ac.jp/english/info/notice/20210309.html

Implementing open data strategies for climate action: Suggestions and lessons learned for government and civil society stakeholders https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76505

Doubling uptake of wind and solar power could set up Australia for net zero emissions by 2040 https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/17/doubling-uptake-of-wind-and-solar-power-could-set-up-australia-for-net-zero-emissions-by-2040

Model predicts urban development and greenhouses gasses will fuel urban floods http://floodlist.com/america/usa/urban-development-climate-change-increase-urban-floods

Over 10 million displaced by climate disasters in six months: report https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN2B90ZA

Revenge of the nerds: Disaster risk reduction and climate change https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/opinion/2021/3/18/revenge-of-the-nerds-disaster-risk-reduction-and-climate-change

Australia lags far behind other top economies on ‘green recovery’ pandemic spending https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/19/australia-lags-far-behind-other-top-economies-on-green-recovery-pandemic-spending

Disaster risk reduction

Exploring neighborhood‐level resilience to flooding: Why the context and scale matter https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12698

Bushfire risks heat up, demanding new take on fuel load management https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/bushfire-risks-heat-up-demanding-new-take-on-fuel-load-management-20210312-p57abr.html

World Bank and AFD join efforts to strengthen Tunisia’s disaster resilience capacities https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76554

Entire villages would be wiped out if natural disaster hit dam on PNG mine, critics say https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/14/entire-villages-would-be-wiped-out-if-natural-disaster-hit-dam-on-png-mine-critics-say

Progressing property flood resilience https://yorkshirefloodresilience.co.uk/tools-resources/the-experts-view/progressing-property-flood-resilience

How we can use lessons learned from devastating Japan earthquake, tsunami to make SoCal saferhttps://abc7.com/what-weve-learned-10-years-after-devastating-japan-quake-tsunami/10412706/

The science of tsunamis and what parts of New Zealand are most at risk https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76607

Volcanic lands warm before eruptions https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76579

Expert-based versus data-driven flood damage models: A comparative evaluation for data-scarce regions https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S221242092100114X?via%3Dihub

U.S. Global Change Research Program Should Shift Focus to Preparing for and Avoiding Worst Potential Consequences of Climate Change, Says New Report https://www.nationalacademies.org/news/2021/03/u-s-global-change-research-program-should-shift-focus-to-preparing-for-and-avoiding-worst-potential-consequences-of-climate-change-says-new-report

Flood Detection and Monitoring using Satellite Imagery with Python https://towardsdatascience.com/flood-detection-and-monitoring-using-satellite-imagery-with-python-5cd32157206c

The potential economic impact of volcano alerts https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76631

Building a Better Model to View Earth’s Interacting Processes https://eos.org/opinions/building-a-better-model-to-view-earths-interacting-processes

Tsunami forecast model animation: Three tsunamis in one day from the Tonga-Kermadec subduction zone https://watchers.news/2021/03/17/tonga-kermadec-subduction-zone-tsunami-forecast-model-animation/

Discerning structure and seismic hazards in the Sikkim Himalayas https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76672

Nature-based solution to disaster risk reduction https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76664

Coupled fire-atmosphere modelling – final project report https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76687

Emergency management

Global impact of landscape fire emissions on surface level PM2.5 concentrations, air quality exposure and population mortality https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1352231021000285?dgcid=coauthor

How the latest COVID cases slipped through in NSW and Queensland — and what we can do better https://theconversation.com/how-the-latest-covid-cases-slipped-through-in-nsw-and-queensland-and-what-we-can-do-better-157132

Optimising post-disaster recovery interventions in Australia https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76533

Pressure mounts on Boris Johnson to launch coronavirus inquiry https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/mar/16/pressure-mounts-on-boris-johnson-to-launch-coronavirus-inquiry

Wildfire Preparedness https://www.doi.gov/wildlandfire/preparedness

At least 57 people died in the Texas winter storm, mostly from hypothermia https://www.texastribune.org/2021/03/15/texas-winter-storm-deaths/

Reconsidering disaster evacuations and displacement in the COVID-19 era https://environmentalmigration.iom.int/blogs/reconsidering-disaster-evacuations-and-displacement-covid-19-era

US could save tens of thousands of lives and tens of billions of dollars with 3 weeks of strict COVID-19 measures https://theconversation.com/us-could-save-tens-of-thousands-of-lives-and-tens-of-billions-of-dollars-with-3-weeks-of-strict-covid-19-measures-156447

The US vaccine effect: rapid rollout starts to bear fruit https://www.ft.com/content/78bb2c9c-9795-4a0c-860b-eede85fdb9b7

Support for Covid-19 Vaccine Passports Grows, With European, Chinese Backing https://www.wsj.com/articles/support-for-covid-19-vaccine-passports-grows-with-european-chinese-backing-11614771850?mod=e2tw

‘Magical’ fire suppressant kills zombie fires 40% faster than water alone https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/217233/magical-fire-suppressant-kills-zombie-fires/

Covid vaccine side-effects: what are they, who gets them and why? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/18/covid-vaccine-side-effects-what-are-they-who-gets-them-and-why?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

A $300,000 early warning system for flood and fire emergencies was installed and tested for Sapphire and Graves Hill in 2020 — but no alarm sounded https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-18/early-warning-system-fails-gemfields-flood-disaster-rain/13256850

Disaster education, communications and engagement

NYC emergency guides and app https://www1.nyc.gov/site/em/ready/guides-resources.page#myemergencyplan

Understanding Flooding (Guided Lesson For Students) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atZEj8_JtaY

Floodmobile Virtual Reality Tour https://circus2020.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/Floodmobile/index.html

Cyclone and Storm Tide Resilient Building Guidance for Queensland Homes https://www.qra.qld.gov.au/resilient-homes/cyclone-and-storm-tide-resilient-building-guidance-queensland-homes

Psychology and disasters

New Strategies for Calming Your Pandemic Anxietyhttps://www.wsj.com/articles/new-strategies-for-calming-your-pandemic-anxiety-11614618532?mod=e2tw

The Psychology of Fake News https://www.cell.com/trends/cognitive-sciences/fulltext/S1364-6613(21)00051-6

Sociology and disasters

Natural hazards as political events: framing and politicisation of floods in the United Kingdom https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17477891.2021.1898926

Earthquake preparedness among religious minority groups: the case of the Jewish ultra-Orthodox society in Israel https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76537

Risk perceptions and management strategies in a post-disaster landscape of Guatemala: Social conflict as an opportunity to understand disaster https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921001199?via%3Dihub

Inclusive guide helps communities build urban resilience https://www.climate-kic.org/news/inclusive-guide-helps-communities-build-urban-resilience/

Today in disaster resilience (12 March 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Severe flooding damages hundreds of buildings, strands 14 000 people in Piura, Peru https://watchers.news/2021/03/05/severe-flooding-damages-hundreds-of-buildings-strands-14-000-people-in-piura-peru/

Extensive damage in New Caledonia after passage of Tropical Cyclone “Niran” https://watchers.news/2021/03/07/tropical-cyclone-niran-new-caledonia-damage-march-2021/

Algeria – 10 Dead or Missing After Flash Floods in Chlef Province http://floodlist.com/africa/algeria-floods-chlef-march-2021

Severe flash floods hit Malacca, Malaysia https://watchers.news/2021/03/08/floods-malacca-malaysia-march-2021/

Heavy rains cause flash flooding in southern Spain https://watchers.news/2021/03/08/heavy-rains-cause-flash-flooding-in-southern-spain/

Brazil – Storm in Espírito Santo Leaves 1 Dead, Houses and Hospitals Damaged http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-storm-flood-espirito-santo-march-2021

USA – Evacuations After Dam Breach in Maui, Hawaii http://floodlist.com/america/usa/dam-breach-maui-hawaii-march-2021

Taal volcano alert status raised to Alert Level 2 (increasing unrest), Philippines https://watchers.news/2021/03/09/taal-volcano-alert-level-raised-philippines-march-2021/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Hawaii governor declares emergency after floods and landslides https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/10/hawaii-landslides-emergency-declaration-weather-rain-floods

San Cristobal volcano erupts, heavy ash blankets the city of Chinandega, Nicaragua https://watchers.news/2021/03/10/san-cristobal-eruption-nicaragua-march-9-2021/

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 Mar 2021: Etna volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/124082/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-10-Mar-2021-Etna-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Veniaminof.html

Bolivia – Hundreds Evacuated After Floods in Pando http://floodlist.com/america/bolivia-floods-pando-march-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

‘Extremely dangerous’: how much of the heat can western Sydney bear? https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/08/extremely-dangerous-how-much-of-the-heat-can-western-sydney-bear

Ten years after Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan finding path to renewable energy future https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/03/07/national/renewable-energy-311/

Getting to net zero isn’t all pain and expense – there are huge opportunities for Australia https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/07/getting-to-net-zero-isnt-all-pain-and-expense-there-are-huge-opportunities-for-australia

UK coal mine plan pits local needs against global green ambitions https://www.ft.com/content/0e731ce2-1f45-4f50-bcb2-729467156d75

‘Closures any day’: Coal-fired power plants in peril as prices plunge https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/closures-any-day-coal-plants-in-peril-as-prices-plunge-20210307-p578gx.html

Climate change impacts and adaptation in Europe, focusing on extremes and adaptation until the 2030s https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76412

Assessing the U.S. Climate in February 2021 https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/national-climate-202102

Global heating pushes tropical regions towards limits of human livability https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/08/global-heating-tropical-regions-human-livability

Climate crisis: Relative sea levels rising ‘up to four times faster’ in coastal cities, due to widespread subsidence https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/sea-level-rise-cities-subsidence-b1814127.html

A 50-Year-Old Global Warming Forecast That Still Holds Up https://eos.org/features/a-50-year-old-global-warming-forecast-that-still-holds-up#.YEeXUibj1gA.twitter

US urged to cut 50% of emissions by 2030 to spur other countries to action https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/09/us-climate-crisis-cut-emissions-environment

Going Under? Brazil’s Hospitals at Risk as Climate Change Brings More Floods http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-hospitals-risk-floods

Sea level rise up to four times global average for coastal communities https://www.tyndall.ac.uk/news/sea-level-rise-four-times-global-average-coastal-communities

It’s unavoidable: we must ban fossil fuels to save our planet. Here’s how we do it https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/09/its-unavoidable-we-must-ban-fossil-fuels-to-save-our-planet-heres-how-we-do-it

Sea level rise is increasing fastest in populous coastal areas, study says https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/09/world/sea-level-rise-increasing-with-sinking-land/index.html

China leads world’s biggest increase in wind power capacity https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/mar/10/china-leads-world-increase-wind-power-capacity-windfarms

Why We Need Antiracist, Feminist Leadership on Climate and Energy https://globalresilience.northeastern.edu/why-we-need-antiracist-feminist-leadership-on-climate-and-energy/

More than 100 Australian faith groups have teamed up to demand greater action on climate change https://www.sbs.com.au/news/more-than-100-australian-faith-groups-have-teamed-up-to-demand-greater-action-on-climate-change

Australians face a hotter future if our cities don’t do more to cool ‘heat islands’, report finds https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-11/australians-face-unliveable-cities-less-greenspace-heat/13231068

Endless Summer? Climate Crisis Could Lengthen Hottest Temperatures by Six Months https://www.ecowatch.com/endless-summer-climate-crisis-2651021726.html

Attribution of the Australian bushfire risk to anthropogenic climate change https://nhess.copernicus.org/articles/21/941/2021/

U.S. must slash emissions by at least 57% to meet Paris climate target- report https://news.trust.org/item/20210311095644-130nt/

A methodological framework for determining an optimal coastal protection strategy against storm surges and sea level rise https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-021-04661-5

Disaster risk reduction

Fleets of radar satellites are measuring movements on Earth like never before https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/02/fleets-radar-satellites-are-measuring-movements-earth-never

Heavier Precipitation Is Straining U.S. Dams and Levees https://www.ecowatch.com/us-dams-upgrades-2650893654.html

Millions of U.S. homes face an expensive flooding threat https://www.npr.org/2021/03/05/973956492/millions-of-u-s-homes-face-an-expensive-flooding-threat

Component 2 of Serbia national disaster risk management plan (NDRMP): Flood hazard and risk mapping https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76438

Upstream communities face a flooded future https://www.bayjournal.com/news/climate_change/upstream-communities-face-a-flooded-future/article_0f4f5b6c-7b6c-11eb-b30c-cf5a9dc38304.html

NSW’s vision for the future dependent on flood modelling https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/nsw-s-vision-for-the-future-dependent-on-flood-modelling-20210309-p5793g.html

Floods in Indian Rivers: Are Dams and Embankments the Solution or the Problem? https://www.epw.in/engage/article/floods-indian-rivers-are-dams-and-embankments

Non-structural measures should be given priority for flood management: Report https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/law-order/1486863-non-structural-measures-should-be-given-priority-for-flood-management-report

La Niña could supercharge this year’s tornado season, just like it did to deadly effect in 2011 https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/06/weather/weather-tornado-season-la-nina-climate/index.html

5 strategies to prepare now for the next pandemic https://theconversation.com/5-strategies-to-prepare-now-for-the-next-pandemic-154317

What aren’t we learning from our un-natural disasters? https://www.i-s-e-t.org/single-post/what-arent-we-learning-from-our-un-natural-disasters

An application of flood risk analysis for impact based forecasting in Kenya https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76472

Covid-19 Virus Studies Yield New Clues on Pandemic’s Origin https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-19-virus-studies-yield-new-clues-on-pandemics-origin-11614594600?mod=e2tw

Bushfire policy must be guided by science and is best left to the experts https://www.nature.org.au/media-releases/2021/03/bushfire-policy-must-be-guided-by-science-and-is-best-left-to-the-experts/

Bid to protect controversial Warragamba Dam wall raising from legal challenges https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/bid-to-protect-controversial-warragamba-dam-wall-raising-from-legal-challenges-20210310-p579ig.html

Grenfell Tower inquiry: Fire predicted a decade before, memo shows https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-56350123

From tsunamis to climate change and pandemics, procrastination costs lives https://news.trust.org/item/20210310162639-zr8sj/

Wildfire Risk Report for every U.S. community https://headwaterseconomics.org/natural-hazards/wildfire-risk-report/

The ministerial request that would clear 145,000 football fields of NSW land https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/the-ministerial-request-that-would-clear-145-000-football-fields-of-nsw-land-20210310-p579k4.html

New USGS Strategy Harnesses State-of-the-Art Science to Tackle Wildfires Before, During and After the Flames https://www.usgs.gov/news/new-usgs-strategy-harnesses-state-art-science-tackle-wildfires-during-and-after-flames

Flood warning infrastructure network in Queensland gets millions for upgrade https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-11/millions-spent-upgrading-queensland-flood-warning-infrastructure/13228944

Quantifying merging fire behaviour phenomena using unmanned aerial vehicle technology https://www.publish.csiro.au/wf/WF20088

Emergency management

Remembering Christchurch, Strengthening USAR https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/remembering-christchurch-strengthening-usar

Bushfire prediction tech to bolster emergency response efforts https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/bushfire-prediction-tech-to-bolster-emergency-response-efforts

Ten years after the Fukushima Daiichi accident https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76401

Role of crisis management and civil protection in COVID-19 pandemic https://www.healtheuropa.eu/role-of-crisis-management-and-civil-protection-in-pandemic/106430/

Brazil’s Covid Crisis Is a Warning to the Whole World, Scientists Say https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/03/world/americas/brazil-covid-variant.html

Leadership in humanitarian action: Handbook for the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76457

Rethinking disease preparedness: Incertitude and the politics of knowledge https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76431

Cyclone Amphan: Building back with resilient infrastructure and community engagement https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76488

Efforts made to archive 2011 Japan disaster data to pass on lessons https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76487

A viral tsunami: How the underestimated coronavirus took over the world https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/03/09/coronavirus-spread-world/?arc404=true

Building back better from the crisis: What will it take for the poorest countries? https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76517

Japan mourns lost souls 10 years after earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/03/11/national/japan-10-years-disaster/

Fukushima: ten years on from the disaster, was Japan’s response right? https://theconversation.com/fukushima-ten-years-on-from-the-disaster-was-japans-response-right-156554

Philippines looks to improve disaster preparedness with geospatial tech https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76520

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Play School: Everyday Helpers https://www.abc.net.au/abckids/shows/play-school/everyday-helpers/13149796

Why isn’t the Netherlands underwater? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25LW_PG2ZuI

Social Media Tools: Definitive Guide https://bulk.ly/social-media-tools/

COVID-19 discourse on Twitter: Case study of risk communication in four Asian countries https://preprints.jmir.org/preprint/23272

Stories from the frontline: Japanese staff of the UN reflect on the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76512

Would you have been ready for a tsunami? https://www.newsroom.co.nz/ideasroom/would-you-have-been-ready-for-a-tsunami

Volcanic hazards: What would an Emergency Manager do? https://ecat.ga.gov.au/geonetwork/srv/eng/catalog.search#/metadata/144099

Century-Old ‘Tsunami Stones’ Saved Lives In The Tohoku Earthquake Of 2011 https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2021/03/11/century-old-tsunami-stones-saved-lives-in-the-tohoku-earthquake-of-2011/

Psychology and disasters

COVID-19 and the violence against women and girls: ‘The shadow pandemic’ https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0020764021995556

Spatial knowledge and flood preparedness in Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76400

Sociology and disasters

‘Vaccine Holidays’ Are a Symbol of the New Covid Inequality https://tribunemag.co.uk/2021/03/the-new-covid-inequality-vaccine-holidays-for-the-rich-years-of-delay-for-the-poor

The UN Women’s multi-hazard approach to disaster risk resilience in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76384

Disaster recovery among older adults: Exploring the intersection of vulnerability and resilience https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780128158210000114

Six women leading the way towards resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76385

Three reflections on gender in disaster risk management https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76443

Why has the UK’s COVID death toll been so high? Inequality may have played a role https://theconversation.com/why-has-the-uks-covid-death-toll-been-so-high-inequality-may-have-played-a-role-156331

The role of social capital in disaster resilience in remote communities after the 2015 Nepal earthquake https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921000789?via%3Dihub

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Uncovering ties between Social Capital and COVID-19 Outcomes at Local Levels https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349651780_Won’t_You_Be_My_Neighbor_Uncovering_ties_between_Social_Capital_and_COVID-19_Outcomes_at_Local_Levels

Women of Fire https://www.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/women-fire

Slow rollout of COVID-19 vaccine in Brazil leaves indigenous at risk https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76514

Poorest people will suffer worst from cities’ heat https://climatenewsnetwork.net/poorest-people-will-suffer-worst-from-cities-heat/

Today in disaster resilience (5 March 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Australia – Train Derailed by Floods in New South Wales http://floodlist.com/australia/australia-train-derailed-floods-newsouthwales-february-2021

Tropical cyclone developing near the coast of Queensland, Australia https://watchers.news/2021/03/01/tropical-cyclone-developing-near-the-coast-of-queensland-australia/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

USA – High Water Rescues After Flash Floods in Kentucky http://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-kentucky-february-2021

Burundi and Tanzania – Floods Leave Homes Destroyed, Hundreds Displaced http://floodlist.com/africa/burundi-tanzania-floods-late-february-2021

Mount Sinabung: Time-lapse shows Indonesia volcano’s 5km-high ash cloud https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-56253470

Severe flooding damages roads, hundreds of houses in northern Morocco https://watchers.news/2021/03/02/tetouan-flood-morocco-march-2021/

Argentina – Damaging Flash Floods in Catamarca http://floodlist.com/america/argentina-floods-catamarca-march-2021

Colombia – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Huila and Antioquia http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-huila-antioquia-march-2021

Brazil – Floods in Grande Do Sul After a Month’s Worth of Rain in 2 Hours http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-lagoa-vermelha-february-2021

Powerful earthquake hits off north-east coast of New Zealand https://www.9news.com.au/world/new-zealand-earthquake-tsunami-warning-powerful-quake-off-northeast-coast/61b590ce-cb0e-4b01-bf34-320ffa183bcc

Pinatubo volcano Alert Level raised after 1 722 earthquakes since January 20, Philippines https://watchers.news/2021/03/04/pinatubo-alert-level-raised-to-1-march-2021/

Volcanic activity worldwide 3 Mar 2021: Etna volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/123359/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-3-Mar-2021-Etna-volcano-Pacaya-Fuego-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Kr.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate campaign teens prepare for court battle with minister over coal expansion https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/climate-campaign-teens-prepare-for-court-battle-with-minister-over-coal-expansion-20210228-p576gm.html

Latest climate pledges are ‘very far’ from Paris goals needed to avert catastrophic global warming, UN warns https://www.sbs.com.au/news/latest-climate-pledges-are-very-far-from-paris-goals-needed-to-avert-catastrophic-global-warming-un-warns?cid=news:socialshare:twitter

Michael Mann: the author and eminent climate scientist on the deniers’ new tactics and why positive change feels closer than it has done in 20 years https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/27/climatologist-michael-e-mann-doomism-climate-crisis-interview

Strong climate targets make strong friendships, Fiji tells Australia https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/strong-climate-targets-make-strong-friendships-fiji-tells-australia-20210228-p576iu.html

Australia pumped out an extra six months’ worth of emissions than previously recorded https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/27/australia-pumped-out-an-extra-six-months-worth-of-emissions-than-previously-recorded

The Climate Connections of a Record Fire Year in the U.S. West https://climate.nasa.gov/blog/3066/the-climate-connections-of-a-record-fire-year-in-the-us-west/

Denmark’s climate policies ‘insufficient’ to meet 2030 emissions target https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/28/denmark-climate-policies-insufficient-to-meet-2030-emissions-target

To stop climate disaster, make ecocide an international crime https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/feb/24/climate-crisis-ecocide-international-crime

Climate Change is Weakening the Ocean Currents That Shape Weather on Both Sides of the Atlantic https://insideclimatenews.org/news/25022021/climate-change-ocean-currents-atlantic/

Climate change made the Uttarakhand flash flood possible, and poor development policies made it disastrous https://www.thethirdpole.net/en/climate/dams-roads-worsened-himalayan-flood-impact-manifold/

What motivates natural resource policymakers in Africa to take action on climate change? https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76255

“Not even close:” UN slams Australia and other rich countries for weak climate efforts https://reneweconomy.com.au/not-even-close-un-slams-australia-and-other-rich-countries-for-weak-climate-efforts/

Fossil fuel cars make ‘hundreds of times’ more waste than electric cars https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/mar/01/fossil-fuel-cars-make-hundreds-of-times-more-waste-than-electric-cars

Climate Change is Leading to Global “Weirding,” Not Just Global Warming https://spectrumlocalnews.com/tx/san-antonio/weather/2021/02/27/climate-change–not-just-global-warming–but-global–weirding-

What is driving record rooftop solar volumes in Australia? https://onestepoffthegrid.com.au/what-is-driving-record-rooftop-solar-volumes-in-australia/

Improving Access to Paleoclimate Data https://eos.org/science-updates/improving-access-to-paleoclimate-data

Global greenhouse gas emissions on track to fall just 0.5% between 2010 and 2030 https://theenergymix.com/2021/03/01/red-alert-for-planet-as-un-report-projects-only-0-5-emissions-cut-by-2030/

World must break its ‘deadly addiction’ to coal, says UN chief https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/world-must-break-its-deadly-addiction-to-coal-says-un-chief-20210302-p57754.html

Against the odds, South Australia is a renewable energy powerhouse. How did they do it? https://reneweconomy.com.au/against-the-odds-south-australia-is-a-renewable-energy-powerhouse-how-did-they-do-it/

Fossil fuel emissions in danger of surpassing pre-Covid levels https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/02/fossil-fuel-emissions-in-danger-of-surpassing-pre-covid-levels?CMP=share_btn_tw

‘A duty of care’: Australian teenagers take their climate crisis plea to court https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/02/a-duty-of-care-australian-teenagers-take-their-climate-crisis-plea-to-court

Brutal realities of climate change loss and damage come to life in IIED animations https://www.iied.org/brutal-realities-climate-change-loss-damage-come-life-iied-animations

The climate crisis can’t be solved by carbon accounting tricks https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/03/climate-crisis-carbon-accounting-tricks-big-finance

Coal mines are the engines of climate change. Time to start treating them like it. https://reneweconomy.com.au/coal-mines-are-the-engines-of-climate-change-time-to-start-treating-them-like-it/

Climate change threatens New Guinea’s biocultural heritage https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/11/eaaz1455

Development and Climate Change Contribute to a Himalayan Tragedy https://eos.org/articles/development-and-climate-change-contribute-to-a-himalayan-tragedy

Councillors issue plea for climate action https://www.northweststar.com.au/story/7152071/councillors-issue-plea-for-climate-action/?cs=9676

At least 1,500 Britons killed by climate change-fuelled heat this century https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76335

Humans, not nature, are the cause of changes in Atlantic hurricane cycles, new study finds https://www.cbsnews.com/news/climate-change-atlantic-hurricane-cycles/

4 assumptions about gender that distort how we think about climate change (and 3 ways to do better) https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76375

Disaster risk reduction

A Looming Disaster: New Data Reveal Where Flood Damage Is An Existential Threat https://www.npr.org/2021/02/22/966428165/a-looming-disaster-new-data-reveal-where-flood-damage-is-an-existential-threat?utm_source=pocket-newtab

Twenty years after 6.8 Nisqually earthquake, are we ready for the Next One? https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/twenty-years-after-6-8-nisqually-earthquake-are-we-ready-for-the-next-one/

Team of students from Varanasi develop a unique glacier flood sensor alarm to alert people https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76253

Preparing for a 1-in-1,000 year loss: Insurance resilience 10 years after the Christchurch earthquake https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76265

Bushfire resilient building guidance for Queensland homes https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76183

Indigenous expertise is reducing bushfires in northern Australia. It’s time to consider similar approaches for other disasters https://theconversation.com/indigenous-expertise-is-reducing-bushfires-in-northern-australia-its-time-to-consider-similar-approaches-for-other-disasters-155361

Kitchens on wheels and flagstone lounges: How Brits are preparing for a future with floods https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/floods-flood-resistant-proof-homes-b1806787.html

Data Project May Drive Policy for Hyperlocal Flooding in NYC https://www.govtech.com/public-safety/Data-Project-May-Drive-Policy-for-Hyperlocal-Flooding-in-NYC.html

Scientists begin building highly accurate digital twin of our planet to better prepare for extreme weather events https://ethz.ch/en/news-and-events/eth-news/news/2021/02/a-highly-accurate-digital-twin-of-our-planet.html

Glacier burst – a killer disaster; but the solution lies in managing cascading risks https://www.unescap.org/blog/glacier-burst-killer-disaster-solution-lies-managing-cascading-risks#

Ambiental flood data now available through WhenFresh API https://www.ambientalrisk.com/whenfresh-partners-with-ambiental-to-extend-reach-of-flood-data-to-uk-insurers/

Latest edition of Hazard News for the Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/resources/hazardnewsedition/7842

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s Floodplain Manager newsletter https://www.molinostewart.com.au/editorial/floodplain-manager-february-2021/

What has the Covid-19 pandemic taught us about the future of data? https://www.lrfoundation.org.uk/en/learning-from-crisis/data/

Could a universal coronavirus vaccine future-proof our response? https://www.gavi.org/vaccineswork/could-universal-coronavirus-vaccine-future-proof-our-response

Impact-based forecasting for the coastal zone: East coast lows https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76316

US flood disclosure map https://www.nrdc.org/flood-disclosure-map

57 per cent of the Earth’s seasonal surface water storage variability occurs in human-managed reservoirs https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03262-3

Call of the rewild: Releasing Britain’s rivers to ease flooding https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/03/rewild-releasing-britain-rivers-flooding

Real-time determination of earthquake focal mechanism via deep learninghttps://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-21670-x

East Africa’s rising flood threat https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76377

Emergency management

Covid-19: Brazil ‘variant of concern’ detected in UK https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-56233038

The United States has reached a grim milestone—the moment when half a million Americans have lost their lives to the coronavirus https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/graphics/what-500000-united-states-covid-deaths-look-like

Rating tornado warnings charts a path to improve forecasts https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76333

Trend analysis civil protection 2030 – Uncertainties, challenges and opportunities https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76359

Japanese experts look to create global standards for disaster preparedness https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/02/28/national/disaster-global-standards/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Texas Crisis Shows (Again) There’s No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster https://slate.com/technology/2021/02/texas-no-such-thing-as-natural-disaster.html

The Dragon, the Knight and the Princess: Folklore in Early Childhood Disaster Education https://www.researchgate.net/publication/344308741_The_Dragon_the_Knight_and_the_Princess_Folklore_in_Early_Childhood_Disaster_Education

Children and Young People’s Participation in Disaster Risk Reduction: Agency and Resilience https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349088940_Children_and_Young_People’s_Participation_in_Disaster_Risk_Reduction_Agency_and_Resilience

Twitter strike system will permanently ban users who repeatedly post COVID-19 misinformation https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-02/twitter-strike-ststem-ban-users-covid-19-misinformation/13205718

10 lessons about managing flood risk from source to sea https://thefloodhub.co.uk/ks2-flooding-lessons/

Landslides Book https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgfjbnwU7JQ&feature=youtu.be

Psychology and disasters

‘She’ll be right’: the place of gendered emotions in disasters https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0966369X.2021.1892595

Sociology and disasters

Texans with disabilities left vulnerable after deep freeze https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/26/22303384/disaster-response-texas-disabilities-weather-freeze?hss_channel=tw-456864723

Kurigram, Bangladesh: Rural women forging together to deal with multiple crises https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76280

Conceptualizing community resilience and the social dimensions of risk to overcome barriers to disaster risk reduction and sustainable development https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/sd.2182

Breaking point: How the coronavirus pandemic will push fragile states towards catastrophe in 2021 https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76282

Developing a “culture of disaster preparedness”: The citizens’ view https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921000996

Today in disaster resilience (26 February 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Floods cripple Indonesia’s capital https://phys.org/news/2021-02-cripple-indonesia-capital.html

‘Incredibly powerful’ paroxysm at Etna, lava fountains exceeding 1 000 m (3 300 feet) in height https://watchers.news/2021/02/21/incredibly-powerful-paroxysm-etna-italy-february-20-2021/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Uganda – Rain Triggers Deadly Landslide in Buhweju http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-landslide-buhweju-february-2021

Madagascar – Hundreds Affected by Floods and Landslides http://floodlist.com/africa/madagascar-floods-february-2021

Ecuador – Deadly Landslides and Floods in El Oro http://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-landslides-floods-chimborazo-el-oro-february-2021

Record flooding affects more than 100 000 people in Acre, northwestern Brazil https://watchers.news/2021/02/22/record-flooding-affects-more-than-100-000-people-in-acre-northwestern-brazil/

More than 59 000 people flee as Dujuan brings widespread flooding and disruption to Philippines https://watchers.news/2021/02/22/dujuan-brings-widespread-flooding-and-disruption-to-philippines/

Indonesia – Floods Worsen in Greater Jakarta Region, 5 People Reported Dead, Over 30,000 Displaced http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-greater-jakarta-floods-update-february-2021

State of emergency declared in Madre de Dios as severe flooding leaves 15 000 people affected, Peru https://watchers.news/2021/02/23/state-of-emergency-declared-in-madre-de-dios-as-severe-flooding-leaves-15-000-people-affected-peru/

South Africa and Zimbabwe – Flash Floods in Border Towns of Musina and Beitbridge http://floodlist.com/africa/southafrica-zimbabwe-floods-musina-beitbridge-february-2021

Italy’s Mount Etna erupts https://eijournal.com/slider-images/italys-mt-etna-erupts

Indonesia – Heavy Rain Causes Deadly Landslides in Pamekasan Regency, East Java http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-landslide-pamekasan-february-2021

Australia – Evacuations After Rivers Rise in Northern Territory http://floodlist.com/australia/mataranka-northern-territory-february-2021

Indonesia – 3 Dead, 5 Missing After Landslide at Illegal Mine in Central Sulawesi http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-landslide-parigi-moutong-central-sulawesi-february-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 25 Feb 2021: Etna volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Ibu, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/122800/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-25-Feb-2021-Etna-volcano-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Semeru-Ibu-Dukono-Ra.html

North coast NSW floods https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-25/flood-rescues-underway-on-coffs-coast/13190704

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Fragile cities are being inundated with people feeling the impacts of climate change. How can they cope? https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76146

Scientists are divided over whether climate change is fueling extreme cold events https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76141

Governing heatwaves in Europe: comparing health policy and practices to better understand roles, responsibilities and collaboration https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76149

Climate Threats Could Mean Big Jumps in Insurance Costs This Year https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/22/climate/flood-insurance-fema.html?smid=tw-share

Beijing records warmest February day since 1951, Chinahttps://watchers.news/2021/02/22/beijing-records-warmest-february-day-since-1951-china/

Highlights from “The cost of climate: America’s growing flood risk” https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76168

Assessing Shifts in Regional Hydroclimatic Conditions of U.S. River Basins in Response to Climate Change over the 21st Century https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2020EF001657Renewable energy could render five of Australia’s remaining coal plants unviable by 2025 https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/feb/24/renewable-energy-could-render-five-of-australias-remaining-coal-plants-unviable-by-2025

Climate change: 5 places where global warming is a security risk https://news.trust.org/item/20210223112425-ykgvq/

Climate crisis hitting ‘worst case scenario’, warns Environment Agency head https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/23/climate-crisis-hitting-worst-case-scenarios-warns-environment-agency-head

Inventories of extreme weather events and impacts: Implications for loss and damage from and adaptation to climate extremes https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212096321000140?via%3Dihub

Why the climate crisis is a humanitarian emergency https://unocha.exposure.co/why-the-climate-crisis-is-a-humanitarian-emergency

ESA Glaciers Climate Change Initiative https://catalogue.ceda.ac.uk/uuid/7ea7540135f441369716ef867d217519

A Huge Red Flag Just Popped Up in a Little-Studied Region of Antarctica https://earther.gizmodo.com/a-huge-red-flag-just-popped-up-in-a-little-studied-regi-1846345394

“We don’t have a credible climate policy:” Sport stars want stronger targets https://reneweconomy.com.au/we-dont-have-a-credible-climate-policy-sport-stars-want-stronger-targets/

Submarine Permafrost Has Been Overlooked as a Major Source of Greenhouse Gases, Scientists Warn https://e360.yale.edu/digest/submarine-permafrost-has-been-overlooked-as-a-major-source-of-greenhouse-gases-scientists-warn

Attenborough gives stark warning on climate change to UN https://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-56175714

Climate change: West Antarctica’s Getz glaciers flowing faster https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-56171302

As Deaths Surge, Scientists Study the Link Between Climate Change and Avalanches https://insideclimatenews.org/news/23022021/avalanche-climate-change-coronavirus/

Beyond simplistic metrics: assessing global progress on adaptation to climate change https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76206

What surveying 50 countries taught us about climate action https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2021/what-surveying-50-countries-taught-us-about-climate-action.html

Climate Change Risk Assessment for the Insurance Industry | Research report https://www.genevaassociation.org/research-topics/climate-change-and-emerging-environmental-topics/climate-change-risk-assessment

Disaster risk reduction

How fires have spread to previously untouched parts of the world https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2021/feb/19/how-fires-have-spread-to-previously-untouched-parts-of-the-world

The space–time cube as an approach to quantifying future wildfires in California https://www.publish.csiro.au/wf/WF19062

Farmers in Western Australia’s south-west corner are adapting to a life with less water https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-22/farmers-in-australias-southwest-adapting-to-less-water/13168666

Cost of flood damage to U.S. homes will increase by 61% in 30 years https://www.investing.com/news/economy/cost-of-flood-damage-to-us-homes-will-increase-by-61-in-30-years-2425049

Why we should release New Zealand’s strangled rivers to lessen the impact of future floods https://theconversation.com/why-we-should-release-new-zealands-strangled-rivers-to-lessen-the-impact-of-future-floods-153077

3 Canadian cities more prepared for flood now than they were five years ago https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/3-canadian-cities-more-prepared-for-flood-now-than-they-were-five-years-ago-1004204067/

Apocalypse now: Australian bushfires and the future of urban settlements https://www.nature.com/articles/s42949-020-00013-7

How can we better predict extreme weather in the Mediterranean a few weeks in advance? https://tu-freiberg.de/en/department-52-media-relations/how-can-we-better-predict-extreme-weather-in-the-mediterranean-a-few-w

European Space Agency selects CGI to develop services combining artificial intelligence and earth observation for wildfire mapping https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76188

Supercomputer creates over 700,000 years of simulated earthquakes https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76181

A Looming Disaster: New Data Reveal Where Flood Damage Is An Existential Threat https://www.npr.org/2021/02/22/966428165/a-looming-disaster-new-data-reveal-where-flood-damage-is-an-existential-threat

On the Impacts of Observation Location, Timing, and Frequency on Flood Extent Assimilation Performance https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2020WR028238

Urban planning and nature-based solutions, keys for reducing flood risk in Panama https://blogs.worldbank.org/latinamerica/urban-planning-and-nature-based-solutions-keys-reducing-flood-risk-panama

South Sudan: Among countries most struck by extreme weather https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76228

Emergency management

First real-world UK data shows Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine provides high levels of protection from the first dose https://www.gov.uk/government/news/first-real-world-uk-data-shows-pfizer-biontech-vaccine-provides-high-levels-of-protection-from-the-first-dose

Anger toward Texas governor grows in deadly storm’s wake https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Anger-toward-Texas-governor-grows-in-deadly-15968231.php

The US must now commit to ensuring that COVID-19 health products will be distributed equitably and according to need at the global level https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/what-we-do/news-stories/news/us-government-must-prioritize-global-access-covid-19-medicines

Why Ebola is back in Guinea and why the response must be different this time https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76160

Latest edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-january-2021/

The Total Flood Warning System: a review of the concept https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-january-2021-the-total-flood-warning-system-a-review-of-the-concept/

California’s coronavirus strain looks increasingly dangerous: ‘The devil is already here’ https://news.yahoo.com/californias-coronavirus-strain-looks-increasingly-130055544.html

Ten years post the Qld-wide Flooding of 2011- Who has done what, and why? https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ten-years-post-the-qld-wide-flooding-of-2011-who-has-done-what-and-why-tickets-141102077111

Tsunamis and tsunami warning: recent progress and future prospects https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/scp-tat020121.php

Superspreading drives the COVID pandemic — and could help to tame it https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00460-x

New Rapid Expert Consultation Offers Strategies for Navigating Disaster Response, Evacuation, and Sheltering Complicated by COVID-19 https://www.nationalacademies.org/news/2021/02/new-rapid-expert-consultation-offers-strategies-for-navigating-disaster-response-evacuation-and-sheltering-complicated-by-covid-19

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Natural flood management measures: A practical guide for farmers https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76153

NSW SES is one of Play School’s ‘Everyday Helpers’https://www.miragenews.com/nsw-ses-is-one-of-play-schools-everyday-517246/

Bushfire Survival Plan https://www.abc.net.au/btn/classroom/bushfire-survival-plan/13140722

Virtual Floodmobile Launch https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-floodmobile-launch-tickets-142673896465

Psychology and disasters

Willingness of households to reduce flood risk in southern France https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12696

The legacy of trauma https://www.apa.org/monitor/2019/02/legacy-trauma

It’s 2am, you’re sleeping, and a flash flood hits your home. Without a warning system, what do you do? https://theconversation.com/its-2am-youre-sleeping-and-a-flash-flood-hits-your-home-without-a-warning-system-what-do-you-do-154805

Sociology and disasters

The Mediating Role of Disaster Policy Implementation in Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development in Sierra Leone https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349354015_The_Mediating_Role_of_Disaster_Policy_Implementation_in_Disaster_Risk_Reduction_and_Sustainable_Development_in_Sierra_Leone

They have chronic illnesses. Then, the power went out in Texas. ‘It’s been emotionally exhausting.’ https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/02/18/texas-snowstorm-endangers-people-chronic-illnesses-disabilities/6799170002/

Post-quake Christchurch has come a long way in 10 years, but is, in part, a confusion of contrasts and contradictions https://www.newsroom.co.nz/a-decade-on-a-tale-of-two-cities

Natural Hazards Have Unnatural Impacts—What More Can Science Do? https://eos.org/features/natural-hazards-have-unnatural-impacts-what-more-can-science-do

Assessing Social Equity in Disasters https://eos.org/science-updates/assessing-social-equity-in-disasters

Where do people fit into a global hazard model? https://eos.org/features/where-do-people-fit-into-a-global-hazard-model

COVID‐19 pandemic may have increased preferences for traditional gender roles https://www.psypost.org/2021/02/people-believed-more-strongly-in-traditional-gender-roles-after-the-start-of-the-covid-19-pandemic-59780

Is Covid at risk of becoming a disease of the poor? https://www.bbc.com/news/health-56162075

Today in disaster resilience (19 February 2021)

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

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Japan quake brings back memories of deadly 2011 tsunami https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-quake/japan-quake-brings-back-memories-of-deadly-2011-tsunami-idUSKBN2AE01Y

New Ebola outbreak declared in Guinea https://www.afro.who.int/news/new-ebola-outbreak-declared-guinea

Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 3.74 mln http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-02/14/c_139743239.htm

South Africa – Over 30 Fatalities Reported After Weeks of Floodinghttp://floodlist.com/africa/south-africa-floods-january-february-2021

Albania – Floods and Evacuations in Shkodra http://floodlist.com/europe/albania-floods-shkodra-february-2021

Bolivia – Floods Affect Thousands in Beni and Santa Cruz http://floodlist.com/america/bolivia-floods-beni-santa-cruz-february-2021

Large landslide hits East Java, leaving 18 people dead or missing, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2021/02/15/large-landslide-hits-east-java-leaving-18-people-dead-or-missing-indonesia/

Intense explosive activity at Etna volcano, Aviation Color Code raised to Red, Italy https://watchers.news/2021/02/16/eruption-etna-volcano-italy-february-16-2021/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Historic cold temps and snow in Wichita, Kansas https://watchers.news/2021/02/16/historic-cold-temps-and-snow-in-wichita-kansas/

Forced evacuation of communities near Taal volcano, Philippineshttps://watchers.news/2021/02/16/forced-evacuation-of-communities-near-taal-volcano-philippines/

Unusual, very large landslide hits Chunchi, Ecuador https://watchers.news/2021/02/16/unusual-very-large-landslide-chunchi-ecuador/

3 people were killed and 10 more injured after a tornado struck coastal North Carolina https://edition.cnn.com/2021/02/16/us/north-carolina-tornado-tuesday/index.html

Second major winter storm threatens wide swath of U.S. with millions still suffering after first https://www.cbsnews.com/news/second-winter-storm-coming-millions-suffering/

Historic snowstorm leaves 3 dead in Greecehttps://watchers.news/2021/02/17/historic-snowstorm-leaves-3-dead-in-greece/

Persistent flooding damages thousands of homes and wide swaths of land in southern Mozambique https://watchers.news/2021/02/17/persistent-flooding-damages-thousands-of-homes-and-wide-swaths-of-land-in-southern-mozambique/

Volcanic activity worldwide 17 Feb 2021: Etna volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Semeru https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/122098/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-17-Feb-2021-Etna-volcano-Pacaya-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Semeru-Reventa.html

Peru – 1 Dead, 9 Missing After Floods and Mudslides in Cusco http://floodlist.com/america/peru-floods-mudslides-cusco-february-2021

Shallow M5.6 earthquake hits Iran, injuring 43 people and cutting off electricity and water to Sisakht https://watchers.news/2021/02/18/iran-earthquake-damage-february-18-2021/

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Arctic Report Card Founder Discusses the Fate of the Pole https://eos.org/articles/arctic-report-card-founder-discusses-the-fate-of-the-pole

Ausgrid installs “first of many” community batteries on Sydney network https://reneweconomy.com.au/ausgrid-installs-first-of-many-community-battery-installations-in-sydney-network/

Climate action could save ‘millions of lives’ through clean air, diet and exercise https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/10/climate-action-could-save-millions-of-lives-through-clean-air-diet-and-exercise

Mexico was once a climate leader – now it’s betting big on coal https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/15/mexico-coal-fossil-fuels-climate-crisis-amlo

Pacific governments call for urgent action on disaster displacement in light of the climate crisis https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76052

Community forests prepare for climate change https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76044

Glacier collapse in India a worrying sign of what’s to come https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76041

Climate change is making extreme cold much less likely, despite the UK plummeting to -23°C https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-making-extreme-cold-much-less-likely-despite-the-uk-plummeting-to-23-c-155177

Increasing hurricane intensity around Bermuda linked to rising ocean temperatures https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76036

The climate coalition health report 2021: the impacts of climate change on public health https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76049

Climate risk in Africa: Adaptation and resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76004

As NZ gets serious about climate change, can electricity replace fossil fuels in time? https://theconversation.com/as-nz-gets-serious-about-climate-change-can-electricity-replace-fossil-fuels-in-time-155123

Devastating Flood in Himalayas Highlights Risks of Development in the Era of Climate Change https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2021/02/16/flood-himalayas-development-climate/

A slippery slope: could climate change lead to more landslides? https://eos.org/features/a-slippery-slope-could-climate-change-lead-to-more-landslides

EU to seek fossil fuel phase-out in energy charter treaty talks -document https://news.trust.org/item/20210216131010-j11sw/

New ANU institute for climate, energy & disaster solutions https://energy.anu.edu.au/news-events/news/new-anu-institute-climate-energy-disaster-solutions

Climate denialism, ‘doom porn’, deflection and The New Climate War https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/climate-denialism-doom-porn-deflection-and-the-new-climate-war-20210215-p572kh.html

Why it matters that the U.S. rejoined the Paris climate agreement https://fortune.com/2021/02/16/paris-climate-agreement-us-rejoined-biden-administration-why-it-matters/

How new design patterns can enable cities and their residents to change with climate change https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76073

Working paper: Climate change and human mobility – Impacts and actions across sectors https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76092

Australians fear climate change more than catching Covid, survey shows https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/feb/19/australians-fear-climate-change-more-than-catching-covid-survey-shows

Does Cold Weather Disprove Climate Change? https://ucsusa.org/resources/does-cold-weather-disprove-climate-change

Why communication is critical to tackling the climate crisis https://www.siliconrepublic.com/innovation/katharine-hayhoe-climate-crisis

Heat and health in the WHO European Region: updated evidence for effective prevention https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76117

Sea level data confirms climate modeling projections were right https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-tech/sea-level-data-confirms-climate-modeling-projections-were-right

Disaster risk reduction

Good governance and good planning includes everyone and leads to action on reducing disaster risk https://iddrr.undrr.org/

A post-quake lesson: Brick buildings should come with warnings https://www.sltrib.com/opinion/letters/2021/02/14/letter-post-quake-lesson/801-237-2900/

Mozambique: The time to prepare for the next cyclone is now https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76037

Wildfire Risk Report for every U.S. community https://headwaterseconomics.org/natural-hazards/wildfire-risk-report/

Supercomputer-developed AI predicts tsunami flooding in real-time on a PC https://newatlas.com/environment/worlds-fastest-supercomputer-artificial-intelligence-predicts-tsunami-flooding/

Is Texas’s Disaster a Harbinger of America’s Future? https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/austin-texas-ice-storm-climate-change-1129183/

Past earthquakes triggered large rockslides in the Eastern Alps https://phys.org/news/2021-02-earthquakes-triggered-large-rockslides-eastern.html

Slow motion precursors give earthquakes the fast slip https://phys.org/news/2021-02-motion-precursors-earthquakes-fast.html

Learning from crisis: from disruption to transformation https://www.resilienceshift.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LFC-summary-report-160221.pdf

Risky Cities Flood Project https://riskycities.hull.ac.uk/

The COVID-19 road ahead is long, winding and uncertain https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76114

Fujitsu leverages world’s fastest supercomputer and AI to predict tsunami flooding https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76115

Innovation in flood risk management: An ‘Avenues of Innovation’ analysis https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76104

Emergency management

Australia Considers New Covid-19 Quarantine Strategy: Outback Isolation https://www.wsj.com/articles/australia-considers-new-covid-19-quarantine-strategy-outback-isolation-11610704005?mod=wsjtwittertest19&twclid=11361045683684265984

Advancing the Field of Disaster Response Management: Toward a Design Science Approach https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13753-021-00330-0

Equal, Rapid Access to Vaccines Is More Important Than Ever as New COVID-19 Variants Emerge https://www.rand.org/blog/2021/02/equal-rapid-access-to-vaccines-is-more-important-than.html

Labor steps up criticism of bushfire grants after damage report by federal agency revealed https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/feb/15/labor-steps-up-criticism-of-bushfire-grants-after-damage-report-by-federal-agency-revealed

COVID-19: Vaccines giving 67% protection after three weeks, large-scale research shows https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-vaccines-giving-67-protection-after-three-weeks-large-scale-research-shows-12217943

Four reasons experts say coronavirus cases are dropping in the United States https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/02/14/why-coronavirus-cases-are-dropping/

Australian Disaster Mapper audit https://www.aidr.org.au/news/australian-disaster-mapper-audit/

Bushfire prediction tech to bolster emergency response efforts https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/bushfire-prediction-tech-to-bolster-emergency-response-efforts

Vaccine Delays in Developing Nations Risk Prolonging Pandemic https://www.wsj.com/articles/faltering-covid-19-vaccine-drive-in-developing-world-risks-prolonging-pandemic-11613557801?mod=hp_lead_pos11

Firefighter health, wellness and fitness https://www.usfa.fema.gov/operations/ops_wellness_fitness.html

Mapping the Gaps aims to address some of the issues around fragmentation of post-flood support https://floodinnovation.co.uk/the-flood-innovation-centre-launches-mapping-the-gaps-a-new-research-partnership-for-delivering-effective-post-flood-support/

How soon will COVID-19 vaccines return life to normal? https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/02/how-soon-will-covid-19-vaccines-return-life-normal

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Preparing for extreme weather at your school https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZT4mZQXKyA&feature=youtu.be

Among the storm chasers: witnessing the terrifying power of tornadoes https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/14/among-the-storm-chasers-how-extreme-weather-enthusiasts-help-predict-storms?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Play School team up with Australian Red Cross and The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) to share early childhood safety messages relevant during times of emergency https://www.abc.net.au/abckids/shows/play-school/everyday-helpers/13149796

Citizen scientists could be the key to early earthquake warning system https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington/124244520/citizen-scientists-could-be-the-key-to-early-earthquake-warning-system

AIDR is now well into the process of developing the Disaster Resilience Education for Young People Handbook https://www.aidr.org.au/news/disaster-resilience-education-handbook/

How to become a flood resilient communityhttps://www.floodtoolkit.com/how-to-guides/community-project/

Participatory early warning and monitoring systems: A Nordic framework for web-based flood risk management https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420917301553

Engaging haitian community leaders in emergency preparedness https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921000571?via%3Dihub

Transformative learning and community resilience to cyclones and storm surges: The case of coastal communities in Bangladesh https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921000297?via%3Dihub

Rivers from above https://riversfromabove.zenfolio.com/

Emergency Services Affected In Australia Due To Facebook Ban Internet https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/emergency-services-affected-in-australia-due-to-facebook-ban-internet-2372914

Students receives training on hazard mapping https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76107

Psychology and disasters

Volcanic hazard map visualisation affects cognition and crisis decision-making https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921000686?via%3Dihub

Australian bushfires: Simple activities for children and adolescents https://www.phoenixaustralia.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Bushfires-Evacuation-activities-for-children.pdf

A comparative analysis of the relationship between flood experience and private flood mitigation behaviour in the regions of England https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12700

COVID-19 and the violence against women and girls: ‘The shadow pandemic’ https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0020764021995556

How the media may be making the COVID-19 mental health epidemic worse https://theconversation.com/how-the-media-may-be-making-the-covid-19-mental-health-epidemic-worse-153616

Sociology and disasters

How do those affected by a disaster organize to meet their needs for justice? Campaign strategies and partial victories following the Grenfell Tower fire https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/xrcfq/

Vaccine inequality, health systems under pressure, socio-economic fallout https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/maps-and-graphics/2021/coronavirus-humanitarian-update-map-data-vaccine-aid-response

Strengthening Disability Inclusion in Community-based Disaster Preparednesshttps://www.australianhumanitarianpartnership.org/library-contents/thematic-guidance-note-strengthening-disability-inclusion-in-community-based-disaster-preparedness

‘You never know if you will be treated properly and with respect’: voices of LGBTIQA+ people who lived through disasters https://theconversation.com/you-never-know-if-you-will-be-treated-properly-and-with-respect-voices-of-lgbtiqa-people-who-lived-through-disasters-153190

Acquiring vulnerability indicators to geo-hydrological hazards: An example of mobile phone-based data collection https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76027

How heat is radically altering Americans’ lives before they’re even born – video https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2021/feb/16/degrees-of-racism-how-heat-is-radically-altering-americans-lives-before-theyre-even-born-video?CMP=share_btn_tw

Warming stations and shelters open throughout the Houston area https://abc13.com/heres-where-you-can-go-if-you-need-to-get-warm/10338709/

England’s poorest areas hit by Covid ‘perfect storm’ – leaked report https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/17/englands-poorest-areas-hit-by-covid-perfect-storm-leaked-report?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Today in disaster resilience (12 February 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Himalayan landslide in Uttarakhand, India, leaving up to 150 feared dead in floods https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-08/himalayan-glacier-breaks-india-150-feared-dead-in-floods/13130866

Carnarvon residents take stock of flood damage in WA’s north-west https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-07/carnarvon-residents-assess-damage-bill-amid-flood-recovery/13130748

Guadeloupe – Flash Floods Hit Basse-Terre Island After 85mm of Rain in 6 Hours http://floodlist.com/america/guadeloupe-flash-floods-february-2021

Jordan and Saudi Arabia – 4 Dead, Several Rescued After Flash Floods http://floodlist.com/asia/jordan-saudi-arabia-floods-february-2021

France – 400 Evacuated as Floods Continue in South West http://floodlist.com/europe/france-floods-southwest-february-2021

At least 24 people died in Morocco after heavy rain flooded an illegal underground textile workshop https://ewn.co.za/2021/02/08/at-least-24-dead-in-morocco-underground-factory-flood

Southwest France hit by heavy floods, Paris area on flood alert https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-weather-floods-idUSKBN2A8191

Morocco – Deadly Flash Floods in Tangier http://floodlist.com/africa/morocco-flood-tangier-february-2021

Brutal Covid-19 Surge in the U.S. Weakens Significantly https://www.wsj.com/articles/brutal-covid-19-surge-in-the-u-s-weakens-significantly-11612913598

Severe flooding hits Belo Horizonte as more than a month’s worth of rain falls in 72 hours, Brazil https://watchers.news/2021/02/09/belo-horizonte-flood-brazil-february-7-2021/

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 Feb 2021: Popocatépetl volcano, Reventador, Raung, Sangay, Sinabung https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/121547/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-10-Feb-2021-Popocatepetl-volcano-Reventador-Raung-Sangay-Sinabung.html

Indonesia – 4 Dead, 1 Missing, 60,000 Displaced After Floods Across Java Island http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-java-february-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

UK climate data shows why Australia’s best bet is with wind and solar https://reneweconomy.com.au/uk-climate-data-shows-why-australias-best-bet-is-with-wind-and-solar/

Wealthy Victorians least likely to support climate action: poll https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/wealthy-victorians-least-likely-to-support-climate-action-poll-20210206-p57063.html

Sir David Attenborough warns of climate ‘crisis moment’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51123638

Clear impact of climate change in Himalayan disaster https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75942

People matters – Why quantifying inclusion is key to climate adaptation https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75943

Melting glaciers, rising seas: Approaching climate tipping points https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2021/2/5/melting-glaciers-rising-seas-climate-tipping-points

More at risk of losing homes as climate change outpaces response, Fiji warns https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75946

A comparative analysis to depict underlying attributes that might determine successful implementation of local adaptation plans https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901120314040?via%3Dihub

Covid caused a coal-killing carbon crunch, and it could be permanent https://reneweconomy.com.au/covid-caused-a-coal-killing-carbon-crunch-and-it-could-be-permanent/

Australians should be worried about future emissions. To be told otherwise is absurd https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/feb/09/australians-should-be-worried-about-future-emissions-to-be-told-otherwise-is-absurd

Severe flood threat caused by climate change – landmark Oxford study https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2021-02-04-severe-flood-threat-caused-climate-change-landmark-oxford-study

Fossil fuel pollution may have killed 8.7 million people in single year, says Harvard study https://reneweconomy.com.au/fossil-fuel-pollution-may-have-killed-8-7-million-people-in-single-year-says-harvard-study/

Big-emitting Australian businesses could soon face costly carbon levy in Europe https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/feb/11/big-emitting-australian-businesses-could-soon-face-costly-carbon-levy-in-europe

Weatherwatch: latest sea level rise forecast alarms scientists https://www.theguardian.com/news/2021/feb/09/weatherwatch-latest-sea-level-rise-forecast-alarms-scientists

Cooling La Niña is on the wane, but temperatures set to rise: UN weather agency https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75980

The effects of climate change are already making large tracts of Western Sydney uninhabitable https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/urban-heat-island-effect-western-sydney/

Disaster risk reduction

Archaeologist says he was hired as PR move over Warragamba Dam project https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/archaeologist-says-he-was-hired-as-pr-move-over-warragamba-dam-project-20210204-p56zi4.html

Water Warning: The Looming Threat of the World’s Aging Dams https://e360.yale.edu/features/water-warning-the-looming-threat-of-the-worlds-aging-dams

Innovative solutions for flood risk management http://vanrednesituacije.com/ojs/index.php/Vol1/article/view/23

Flooding in England 2019-21 report https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm5801/cmselect/cmenvfru/170/170.pdf

Severe Weather Caused $2.4 Billion in Insured Damage in Canada in 2020 http://www.ibc.ca/on/resources/media-centre/media-releases/severe-weather-caused-$2-4-billion-in-insured-damage-in-2020

The COVID-19 pandemic challenge to the All-Hazards Approach for disaster planning https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921000698

CSU civil engineers find link between hospitals and schools key to community resilience, develop tool for measuring social services stability https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75941

The Relative Value Of Fire Planning Alternatives https://www.witpress.com/elibrary/wit-transactions-on-ecology-and-the-environment/158/23323

Hydroelectric power, dams and landslides in the Himalayas https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2021/02/10/himalayas-1/

Flood Data Improved: New Version of Live Stream Gauges in Living Atlas https://www.esri.com/arcgis-blog/products/arcgis-living-atlas/public-safety/stream-gauges-living-atlas/

Logging increases bush flammability for 30 years, research shows https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/logging-increases-bush-flammability-for-30-years-research-shows-20210210-p5719c.html

Why it matters that British Columbians buy earthquake insurance; Washingtonians don’thttps://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75996

Emergency management

As Perth’s suburbs burn, the rest of Australia watches and learns https://theconversation.com/as-perths-suburbs-burn-the-rest-of-australia-watches-and-learns-154544?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=bylinetwitterbutton

Syria: Floods affect nearly 70,000 displaced people https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/30056/syria-floods-affect-nearly-70-000-displaced-people

Dennis Mileti: November 7, 1945 to January 30, 2021 https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/center-news/dennis-mileti-november-7-1945-to-january-30-2021

The 2018 Camp Fire in Paradise, California https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/post-wildfire-damage

Uttarakhand disaster likely caused by landslide, not glacial outburst, satellite images reveal https://theprint.in/science/uttarakhand-chamoli-disaster-likely-caused-by-landslide-not-glacial-outburst-satellite-images-reveal/600859/

The catastrophic landslide and flood in Chamoli in Uttarakhand: the sequence of events https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2021/02/08/chamoli-2/

New bushfire prediction technology aims to help frontline emergency teams https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-05/csiro-bushfire-simulation-aims-to-help-frontline-emergency-crews/13110238?section=technology

Wearing a second face mask over the one you already have could help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 significantly https://www.fastcompany.com/90603537/wearing-only-one-mask-you-have-room-to-improve-says-the-cdc

An emergency response technology company that works with different providers in Kenya to put the best emergency responders onto the same map https://rescue.co/about/

Australia Considers New Covid-19 Quarantine Strategy: Outback Isolation https://www.wsj.com/articles/australia-considers-new-covid-19-quarantine-strategy-outback-isolation-11610704005?mod=wsjtwittertest19&twclid=11359978333824446465

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Evacuation behaviors and emergency communications: An analysis of real-world incident videos https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S092575352030518X?via%3Dihub

Disaster Education For Young People newsletter https://mailchi.mp/7ddb99f1d1fd/aidr-education-newsletter-2021-t1

Articles and activities to aid any educator in tackling the challenging topic of climate change https://greenteacher.com/books/

A study published on Voluntary Commitments by landslide stakeholders https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75935

Not Risking It: Children and youth in climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the education sector https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75956

40-Second Video Shows A Billion Years Of Shifting Tectonic Plates https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2021/02/09/40-second-video-shows-a-billion-years-of-shifting-tectonic-plates/?sh=407d92602298

International Day of Women and Girls in Science: 11 February 2021 https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75991

Psychology and disasters

Mental Health Needs in Large-Scale Shelters: Lessons From Dallas https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/special-collection/mental-health-needs-in-a-large-scale-shelters-lessons-from-dallas

Dynamic Risk Perception and Behavior in Response to COVID-19 https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/dynamic-risk-perception-and-behavior-in-response-to-the-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

Children affected by Black Saturday and other bushfires may experience trauma long after the blaze is extinguished https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-07/black-saturday-bushfires-victoria-kilmore-east-st-andrews-health/12967704

Poorer mental health smolders after deadly, devastating wildfire https://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/poorer-mental-health-smolders-after-deadly-devastating-wildfire

Sociology and disasters

What Came After Hurricane Harvey for People With Disabilities? Restoring, Recovering, and Rebuilding https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/special-collection/what-strike-comes-strike-came-after-hurricane-harvey-for-people-with-disabilities-restoring-recovering-and-rebuilding

Reference Guides on Gender and Disaster Series https://www.ucl.ac.uk/risk-disaster-reduction/research/centre-gender-and-disaster/resources

The role of social capital in disaster resilience in remote communities after the 2015 Nepal earthquake https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420921000789?via%3Dihub

Beyond disaster vulnerabilities: An empirical investigation of the causal pathways linking conflict to disaster risks https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921000583?dgcid=author

Gender, disaster management and the private sector: Mapping and analysis of existing resources and previous interventions https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75967