Today in disaster resilience (14 May 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Somalia – Deadly Floods Strike Mogadishu, Rivers Overflow in Jowhar http://floodlist.com/africa/somalia-floods-mogadishu-jowhar-may-2021

Uganda – Severe Flooding Affects Thousands in Butaleja http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-flooding-butaleja-may-2021

Volcanic Eruption Illuminates Reykjavik’s Night Sky With Lava Fountains Up To 460 Meters High https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2021/05/10/icelandic-volcanic-eruption-illuminates-night-sky-with-lava-fountains-up-to-460-meters-high/

Volcanic activity worldwide 13 May 2021: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Semeru, Dukono, Reventador, Kilauea https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/129937/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-13-May-2021-Pacaya-volcano-Fuego-Semeru-Dukono-Reventador-Kilauea.html

Russia – Rising Rivers Flood Homes in Khabarovsk Krai http://floodlist.com/asia/russia-amur-river-flood-khabarovsk-may-2021

Kenya – Floods Displace Thousands Across the Country http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-floods-may-2021

Rwanda – Hundreds Homeless After Landslide in Nyamasheke http://floodlist.com/africa/rwanda-landslide-nyamasheke-may-2021

Democratic Republic of Congo – Over 13,000 Families Hit by Floods in Tanganyika Province http://floodlist.com/africa/congo-floods-tanganyika-province-may-2021

Tajikistan and Afghanistan – 14 Killed in Flash Floods and Mudflows http://floodlist.com/asia/tajikistan-afghanistan-flash-floods-may-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Humans already have the tools to combat climate change but we lack leadership https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/10/humans-already-have-the-tools-to-combat-climate-change-but-we-lack-leadership

Work underway to repurpose Wallerawang power station into battery and industrial zone https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2021-05-08/wallerawang-power-station-finds-new-lease-on-life/100119980

The young people taking their countries to court over climate inaction https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/07/the-young-people-taking-their-countries-to-court-over-climate-inaction

Australia pressured to step up climate action during G7 talks https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-pressured-to-step-up-climate-action-during-g7-talks-20210507-p57ppf.html

Reducing methane is crucial for protecting climate and health, and it can pay for itself – so why aren’t more companies doing it? https://theconversation.com/reducing-methane-is-crucial-for-protecting-climate-and-health-and-it-can-pay-for-itself-so-why-arent-more-companies-doing-it-160423

Climate change: how bad could the future be if we do nothing? https://theconversation.com/climate-change-how-bad-could-the-future-be-if-we-do-nothing-159665

A 50,000-Year History of Current Flow Yields New Climate Clues https://eos.org/research-spotlights/a-50000-year-history-of-current-flow-yields-new-climate-clues

Climate finance hopes for poor nations shift to G7 summit as Merkel disappoints https://news.trust.org/item/20210506153152-q42ng/

Farewell the utopian city. To cope with climate change we must learn from how nature adapts https://theconversation.com/farewell-the-utopian-city-to-cope-with-climate-change-we-must-learn-from-how-nature-adapts-157878

AEMO says Australia “well ahead” of 90 per cent renewables scenario for 2040 https://reneweconomy.com.au/aemo-says-australia-well-ahead-of-90-per-cent-renewables-scenario-for-2040/

A great start, but still not enough: why Victoria’s new climate target isn’t as ambitious as it sounds https://theconversation.com/a-great-start-but-still-not-enough-why-victorias-new-climate-target-isnt-as-ambitious-as-it-sounds-160364

Overshooting 2C risks rapid and unstoppable sea level rise from Antarctica https://www.carbonbrief.org/guest-post-overshooting-2c-risks-rapid-and-unstoppable-sea-level-rise-from-antarctica

Sydney to spend $24 million to accelerate net-zero goal by five years https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/sydney-to-spend-24-million-to-accelerate-net-zero-goal-by-five-years-20210510-p57qkg.html

‘Megadrought’ persists in western U.S., as another extremely dry year develops https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/megadrought-persists-in-western-us-as-another-extremely-dry-year-develops

A 50,000-year history of current flow yields new climate clues https://phys.org/news/2021-05-year-history-current-yields-climate.html

Blowing in the wind: Have we missed our chance to become a renewables superpower? https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/blowing-in-the-wind-have-we-missed-our-chance-to-become-a-renewables-superpower-20210512-p57rcc.html?btis

Survey of 800 cities around world finds almost 43% do not even have plan to adapt to impacts of global heating https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/12/one-in-four-cities-cannot-afford-climate-crisis-protection-measures-study

Global renewable energy industry grew at fastest rate since 1999 last year https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/11/global-renewable-energy-industry-grew-at-fastest-rate-since-1999-last-year

Climate emissions shrinking the stratosphere, scientists reveal https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/12/emissions-shrinking-the-stratosphere-scientists-find

Disaster risk reduction

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, Especially for Continents https://eos.org/science-updates/breaking-up-is-hard-to-do-especially-for-continents $230M anti-flooding project in Hoboken will create new flood walls, other upgrades https://www.njspotlight.com/video/230m-anti-flooding-project-in-hoboken-will-create-new-flood-walls-other-upgrades/

Reenvisioning resilience may help earthquake recovery in Italy https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/reenvisioning-resilience-may-help-earthquake-recovery-in-italy-12725/

Solutions providing multiple resilience dividends require integrated approach https://floodresilience.net/blogs/solutions-providing-multiple-resilience-dividends-require-integrated-approach/

‘All bets are off’: Fire weather trumps forestry, prescribed burning https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/all-bets-are-off-fire-weather-trumps-forestry-prescribed-burning-20210510-p57qif.html

Insurers Warn Canada’s Moving Too Slowly on Flood Mapping https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2021/05/06/612863.htm

Study offers earliest evidence of humans changing ecosystems with fire https://news.yale.edu/2021/05/05/study-offers-earliest-evidence-humans-changing-ecosystems-fire

Severe Hailstorms Are Costly and Hard to Predict https://eos.org/articles/severe-hailstorms-are-costly-and-hard-to-predict

Six ways Southeast Asia strengthened disaster risk management https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77727

Fresh insights into the causes of Australia’s strong climate variability which affects extreme wet or dry weather https://news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2021/05/10/new-gauge-on-weather-forecasts/

Previously unrecognized tsunami hazard identified in coastal cities https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77724

Asia is home to 99 of world’s 100 most vulnerable cities https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2021/may/13/asia-is-home-to-99-of-worlds-100-most-vulnerable-cities

Iowa Flood Center Developing Tool To Help Missouri River Communities Prepare For Floodinghttps://www.iowapublicradio.org/environment/2021-05-12/iowa-flood-center-developing-tool-to-help-missouri-river-communities-prepare-for-flooding

Space-based system can provide seismic monitoring for large earthquakes, tsunamis https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77776

Emergency management

A Small Brazilian Town Is Beating Covid-19 Through a Unique Experiment https://www.wsj.com/articles/brazilian-towns-mass-vaccination-creates-oasis-of-well-being-11620392401

Where will the next COVID hotspots be? https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2021/5/9/where-will-the-next-covid-hotspots-be

New Study Estimates More Than 900,000 People Have Died Of COVID-19 In U.S. https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/05/06/994287048/new-study-estimates-more-than-900-000-people-have-died-of-covid-19-in-u-s

Advancing the Field of Disaster Response Management: Toward a Design Science Approach https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349264310_Advancing_the_Field_of_Disaster_Response_Management_Toward_a_Design_Science_Approach

Vulnerability, Resilience, and Technology https://nick-lalone.medium.com/vulnerability-resilience-and-technology-f72d3f81fa7a

Where coronavirus variants emerge, surges follow – new research suggests how genomic surveillance can be an early warning system https://theconversation.com/where-coronavirus-variants-emerge-surges-follow-new-research-suggests-how-genomic-surveillance-can-be-an-early-warning-system-158733

Everbridge coronavirus situation map https://coronavirus-map.everbridge.com/

COVID-19 and heat waves: new challenges for healthcare systems https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0013935121004473?via%3Dihub

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Water safety attitudes, risk perception, experiences, and education for households impacted by the 2018 Camp Fire, California https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77675

Heatwave-protective knowledge and behaviour among urban populations: a multi-country study in Tunisia, Georgia and Israel https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77713

The role of educators in community resilience in natural disaster-prone communities https://www.researchgate.net/publication/351095157_The_role_of_educators_in_community_resilience_in_natural_disaster-prone_communities

Psychology and disasters

Life at disaster’s edge: What it means to start over – again and again https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/opinion/first-person/2021/5/6/rohingya-refugee-reflects-on-life-at-disasters-edge

Perceived threats and ‘stampedes’: a relational model of collective fear responses https://www.sussex.ac.uk/research/projects/stampedes/index

Three new episodes explore PTSD treatment and recovery https://www.phoenixaustralia.org/emerging-treatments-podcast-with-prof-meaghan-odonnell/

Stressors and Supports in Postdisaster Recovery: Experiences After the Black Saturday Bushfires https://www.researchgate.net/publication/350068658_Stressors_and_Supports_in_Postdisaster_Recovery_Experiences_After_the_Black_Saturday_Bushfires

Mental health: Can you tell if someone is struggling? https://www.bbc.com/news/health-57013126

Disasters caused by natural hazards linked to increase in triggers for violence against women and girls https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/newsevents/news/2021/disasters-caused-natural-hazards-linked-increase-triggers-violence-against

Contemporary flood risk perceptions in England: implications for flood risk management foresight https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212096321000462?via%3Dihub

Sociology and disasters

Complexity of resilience capacities: Household capitals and resilience outcomes on the disaster cycle in informal settlements https://www.researchgate.net/publication/351309276_Complexity_of_resilience_capacities_Household_capitals_and_resilience_outcomes_on_the_disaster_cycle_in_informal_settlements

Review of social influence in crisis communications and evacuation decision-making https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349639916_Review_of_social_influence_in_crisis_communications_and_evacuation_decision-making

Today in disaster resilience (7 May 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Destructive hail and tornadoes slam southern U.S., causing billion dollars worth of damage https://watchers.news/2021/04/30/destructive-hail-and-tornadoes-slam-southern-us-causing-billion-dollars-worth-of-damage/

Violent storm hits China’s Jiangsu Province, claiming lives of 11 people and leaving 102 injured https://watchers.news/2021/05/02/nantong-jiangsu-violent-storm-april-30-2021/

Heavy rain triggers destructive lahars, landslides and flash floods, St. Vincent and the Grenadines https://watchers.news/2021/04/30/heavy-rain-triggers-destructive-lahars-landslides-and-flash-floods-st-vincent-and-the-grenadines/

Strong M6.6 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan https://watchers.news/2021/05/01/strong-m6-6-earthquake-hits-near-the-east-coast-of-honshu-japan/

Tornado outbreak: Destructive tornadoes sweep through Mississippi, U.S. https://watchers.news/2021/05/03/tornado-outbreak-destructive-tornadoes-sweep-through-mississippi-us/

Severe flooding hits Yemen, leaving at least 13 people dead https://watchers.news/2021/05/03/severe-flooding-hits-yemen-leaving-at-least-13-people-dead/

Landslides leave 5 dead, 8 missing in Batang Toru, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2021/05/03/landslide-5-dead-8-missing-batang-toru-indonesia/

Venezuela – Hundreds Affected by Floods in Mérida http://floodlist.com/america/venezuela-floods-merida-april-2021

Eruption Mar 2021 on the Reykjanes Peninsula: activity updates https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/reykjanes/crisis2021/current-activity.html

Heavy rain causes flooding in Penal, Rio Claro https://newsday.co.tt/2021/05/04/heavy-rain-causes-flooding-in-penal-rio-claro/

India Crosses 20 Million COVID-19 Cases As Critical Shortages Worsen https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/05/04/993476344/india-crosses-20-million-covid-19-cases-as-critical-shortages-worsen

Algeria – Fatalities After Flash Floods in Batna, Médéa and M’Sila Provinces http://floodlist.com/africa/algeria-floods-batna-medea-msila-may-2021

Afghanistan – Flash Floods Leave 16 Dead, 10 Missing http://floodlist.com/asia/afghanistan-flash-floods-may-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 6 May 2021: Fuego volcano, Semeru, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay, Sinabung https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/129344/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-6-May-2021-Fuego-volcano-Semeru-Dukono-Reventador-Sangay-Sinabung.html

At least 10 people killed after severe flash floods hit Iran https://watchers.news/2021/05/06/kerman-yazd-iran-floods-may-2021/

South Africa – Evacuations and Rescues After Storm Triggers Floods in Western Cape http://floodlist.com/africa/south-africa-floods-western-cape-may-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Victoria announces plan to halve carbon emissions by 2030 under net zero by 2050 target https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-02/victorian-government-targets-or-agriculture-transport-interim/100110140

Glaciers in retreat: tracking the decline of the Earth’s ‘rivers of ice’ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/02/glaciers-in-retreat-tracking-the-decline-of-the-earths-rivers-of-ice

Dare we hope? Here’s my cautious case for climate optimism https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/may/01/climate-change-environment-hope-future-optimism-success

State action alone could lead to nation meeting emissions targets https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/state-action-alone-could-lead-to-nation-meeting-emissions-targets-20210503-p57ojr.html

‘Tsunami’ of renewables to sweep gas and coal out of market, and drive prices lower https://reneweconomy.com.au/tsunami-of-renewables-to-sweep-gas-and-coal-out-of-market-and-drive-prices-lower/

Paying Australia’s coal-fired power stations to stay open longer is bad for consumers and the planet https://theconversation.com/paying-australias-coal-fired-power-stations-to-stay-open-longer-is-bad-for-consumers-and-the-planet-160083

Transformative climate adaptation in the United States: Trends and prospects https://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2021/04/28/science.abc8054.abstract

Icequakes indicate Antarctic glaciers on the movehttps://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/icequakes-indicate-antarctic-glaciers-on-the-move-12717/

Antarctic Ice Sheet melting to lift sea level higher than thought, study says https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2021/04/study-says-antarctic-ice-sheet-melt-to-lift-sea-level-higher-than-thought/

We’ve had information campaigns on Brexit and Covid. What about the climate? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/may/04/information-campaigns-brexit-covid-climate-crisis-cop26

Dissecting ‘Unsettled,’ a Skeptical Physicist’s Book About Climate Science https://insideclimatenews.org/news/04052021/dissecting-unsettled-a-skeptical-physicists-book-about-climate-science/

Activist Thunberg Says Global Leaders Still in Denial Over Climate https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2021-05-04/activist-thunberg-says-global-leaders-still-in-denial-over-climate

Affordable housing could be hit hard as sea levels rise https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2021/05/affordable-housing-could-be-hit-hard-as-sea-levels-rise/

Rich nations’ climate targets will mean global heating of 2.4C – study https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/04/rich-nations-climate-targets-will-mean-global-heating-of-24c-study

Australia’s states are forging ahead with ambitious emissions reductions. Imagine if they worked together https://theconversation.com/australias-states-are-forging-ahead-with-ambitious-emissions-reductions-imagine-if-they-worked-together-160191

Global heating pace risks ‘unstoppable’ sea level rise as Antarctic ice sheet meltshttps://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/05/antarctica-ice-sheet-melting-global-heating-sea-level-rise-study

Germany raises ambition to net zero by 2045 after landmark court ruling https://www.climatechangenews.com/2021/05/05/germany-raises-ambition-net-zero-2045-landmark-court-ruling/

What Vulnerable Countries Need from the COP26 Climate Summit https://www.wri.org/insights/what-vulnerable-countries-need-cop26-climate-summit

Cut emissions to fight extreme weather wrecking lives, UN report says https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/06/cut-methane-emissions-rapidly-fight-climate-disasters-un-report-greenhouse-gas-global-heating

Global Methane Assessment https://www.ccacoalition.org/en/resources/global-methane-assessment-full-report

Disaster risk reduction

Global Effects of Disruptions to the Stratospheric Circulation https://eos.org/editors-vox/global-effects-of-disruptions-to-the-stratospheric-circulation

How can governments prepare for and manage high impact risks https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77568

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

New floodplain harvesting regulations face disallowance https://www.theland.com.au/story/7235075/floodplain-harvesting-lines-are-drawn/?src=rss

Good practice note on dam safety: new guidance on managing risks associated with dams https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77584

Hydrological risk to dams https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77588

Responsible Artificial Intelligence for Disaster Risk Management https://opendri.org/resource/responsible-artificial-intelligence-disaster-risk-management/

Earthquake, tsunami hazards from subduction zones might be higher than current estimates http://news.unm.edu/news/earthquake-tsunami-hazards-from-subduction-zones-might-be-higher-than-current-estimates

We may never achieve long-term global herd immunity for COVID. But if we’re all vaccinated, we’ll be safe from the worst https://theconversation.com/we-may-never-achieve-long-term-global-herd-immunity-for-covid-but-if-were-all-vaccinated-well-be-safe-from-the-worst-159821

Scientists warn: Humanity does not have effective tools to resist the tsunami https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77626

Governments call for more public and private investment in disaster prevention and risk reduction https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77614

NSW government cops water policy blow as another setback looms https://www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/nsw-government-cops-water-policy-blow-as-another-setback-looms-20210506-p57pfa.html

Surprising tsunami triggers may lurk off California’s coast, scientists sayhttps://www.latimes.com/science/story/2021-05-03/surprising-tsunami-triggers-may-lurk-off-california-coast

NASA and Pacific Disaster Center partner to develop ground-breaking global flood early warning system https://www.pdc.org/nasa-pdc-flood-early-warning-system/

RMS models offer new probabilistic approach to simplify flood management across Southeast Asia https://www.rms.com/blog/2021/05/04/rms-models-offer-new-probabilistic-approach-to-simplify-flood-management-across-southeast-asia

Emergency management

New York City Is Roaring Back to Life, One Year After Its Nadir https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2021-05-01/new-york-city-covid-reopening-restaurants-art-culture-coming-back

Covid: It will get worse before it gets better https://www.hindustantimes.com/opinion/covidit-will-get-worse-before-it-gets-better-101619880773941.html

Coronavirus affected by warm temperatures, may follow a seasonal path – study https://www.jpost.com/health-science/coronavirus-affected-by-warm-temperatures-may-follow-a-seasonal-path-study-666920

Grenfell is still giving up its secrets and they retain the power to shock https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/may/02/grenfell-is-still-giving-up-its-secrets-and-they-retain-the-power-to-shock

‘We know our community better than they do’: why local knowledge is key to disaster recovery in Gippsland https://theconversation.com/we-know-our-community-better-than-they-do-why-local-knowledge-is-key-to-disaster-recovery-in-gippsland-158703

Android’s Earthquake Alert System Comes to Greece and New Zealand https://www.makeuseof.com/android-earthquake-alert-system-comes-greece-new-zealand/

How to get Australia’s borders open again https://www.afr.com/policy/health-and-education/how-to-get-australia-s-borders-open-again-20210503-p57oh8

Lebanon financing facility approves $55 million recovery program targeting vulnerable households and small businesses to respond to the port of Beirut explosion https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77608

A multidimensional framework for disaster recovery: Longitudinal qualitative evidence from Puerto Rican households https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0305750X21001017

First Onsite Reflects on Fort McMurray Wildfires https://firstonsite.ca/resource/fort-mcmurray-alberta-wildfires/

India and COVID-19 vaccines: A national crisis with global ripples https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news/2021/5/4/indias-covid-19-crisis-strains-global-vaccine-supplies

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The promise of a “people-centred” approach to floods: Types of participation in the global literature of citizen science and community-based flood risk reduction in the context of the Sendai Framework https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590061721000314

Texas Landlords Don’t Have To Disclose Flood Risk To Renters. A New Bill Would Change Thathttps://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/politics/2021/05/03/397236/the-texas-legislature-considers-informing-renters-about-flood-risk/

Combining News Media and AI to Rapidly Identify Flooded Buildings http://www.tohoku.ac.jp/en/press/combining_news_media_ai_flooded_buildings.html#.YJGylg6IVkM.twitter

Negotiated participatory action research for multi-stakeholder implementation of early warning systems for landslides https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77616

The Shear Zone: teaching materials in geology https://theshearzone.wordpress.com/

Psychology and disasters

Dispositional Optimism and Disaster Resilience A natural experiment from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349315115_Dispositional_Optimism_and_Disaster_Resilience_A_natural_experiment_from_the_2011_Great_East_Japan_Earthquake_and_Tsunami

Understanding and improving community flood preparedness and response: a research framework https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77613

Lessons from Black Summer: how people experienced the 2019/20 NSW fire season https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/95

Sociology and disasters

Too poor to protect: When cost-benefit analysis leaves towns to “Wash Away” https://dailyyonder.com/too-poor-to-protect-when-cost-benefit-analysis-leaves-towns-to-wash-away/2021/04/29/

Network Structure in Small Groups and Survival in Disasters https://academic.oup.com/sf/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/sf/soab036/6257738

Drivers of Change in National Disaster Governance under the Hyogo Framework for Action https://www.researchgate.net/publication/344928916_Drivers_of_Change_in_National_Disaster_Governance_under_the_Hyogo_Framework_for_Action

Why are women more vulnerable to flooding in India? https://eos.org/articles/why-are-women-more-vulnerable-to-flooding-in-india

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

In Our Backyard: Heat is the deadliest aspect of climate change. It’s turning some underserved LA neighborhoods red hot https://www.kcrw.com/news/shows/to-the-point/in-our-backyard-red-hot-heat-climate

Today in disaster resilience (30 April 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Around 8 000 families affected, 2 000 displaced by flooding in Burundi https://watchers.news/2021/04/27/around-8-000-families-affected-2-000-displaced-by-flooding-in-burundi/

Wildfires reach record high in Omsk as air pollution grips Novosibirsk, Western Siberia, Russia https://watchers.news/2021/04/27/wildfires-reach-record-high-in-omsk-as-air-pollution-grips-novosibirsk-western-siberia/

Massive landslide at Great Whale River, Quebec, Canada https://watchers.news/2021/04/27/massive-landslide-at-great-whale-river-quebec-canada/

As COVID-19 sweeps India, experts say cases and deaths are going unreported https://www.9news.com.au/world/coronavirus-india-as-covid-sweeps-india-experts-say-cases-and-deaths-are-going-unreported/b47d9724-1946-4b3b-aa54-cc3783baf653

Kenya – Hundreds Displaced by Floods in Migori Countyhttp://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-floods-migori-county-april-2021

Bolivia – Dozens Rescued After Rivers Overflow in Cochabamba http://floodlist.com/america/bolivia-dozens-rescued-after-rivers-overflow-in-cochabamba

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Apr 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/128658/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-28-Apr-2021-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Semeru-Dukono-Reventador-S.html

India Covid: Hospitals overwhelmed as deaths pass 200,000 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-56919924

Government monitoring landslide site in Arctic Quebec https://www.rcinet.ca/eye-on-the-arctic/2021/04/28/government-still-surveying-landslide-site-in-arctic-quebec/

Philippines – Hundreds Evacuate Floods in Davao City http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-floods-davao-april-2021

Colombia – Floods Affect 1,700 Families in Barbacoas, Nariño http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-barbacoas-april-2021

Saudi Arabia – Flash Floods Sweep Through Mecca http://floodlist.com/asia/saudi-arabia-floods-mecca-april-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

NSW planning body gives green light to Hunter Valley coalmine expansion https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/26/nsw-planning-body-gives-green-light-to-hunter-valley-coalmine-expansion

This $1 billion energy deal promises to cut emissions and secure jobs. So why on earth is gas included? https://theconversation.com/this-1-billion-energy-deal-promises-to-cut-emissions-and-secure-jobs-so-why-on-earth-is-gas-included-159342

“Coal has become fetishised:” Turnbull slams right-wing media, politicians https://reneweconomy.com.au/coal-has-become-fetishised-turnbull-slams-right-wing-media-politicians/

‘Hanging over the heads of communities’: Government under pressure to remove ‘zombie’ licences https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/hanging-over-the-heads-of-communities-government-under-pressure-to-remove-zombie-licences-20210427-p57mqk.html

UK replaces France as Europe’s second largest electric car market https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/apr/25/uk-replaces-france-as-europe-second-largest-electric-car-market

‘Insanely cheap energy’: how solar power continues to shock the world https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/25/insanely-cheap-energy-how-solar-power-continues-to-shock-the-world

Calls to phase out fossil fuel subsidies after speculation about net-zero emissions target https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-26/scott-morrison-climate-change-fossil-fuel-subsidies-net-zero/100094506

How Renewables Could Kill Off Fossil Fuel Electricity By 2035: New Report https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidrvetter/2021/04/26/how-renewables-could-kill-off-fossil-fuel-electricity-by-2035-new-report/?sh=ac123165edaf

Scott Morrison’s climate change policy is being left behind by corporate action https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-26/business-climate-change-action-leaves-morrison-behind/100094616

Australia has wasted so many years when it comes to climate change https://www.theguardian.com/business/commentisfree/2021/apr/25/australia-has-wasted-so-many-years-when-it-comes-to-climate-change

Humanity’s greatest ally against climate change is Earth itself https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-solutions/2021/04/22/earth-day-biodiversity/

In Asia, Millions Are Fleeing Climate Disasters With Little Promise of Relief https://nexusmedianews.com/asia-climate-change-displaced-people/

Climate tipping points may have been reached already, experts say https://www.cbsnews.com/news/climate-change-tipping-points-amazon-rainforest-antarctic-ice-gulf-stream/

Climate crisis has shifted the Earth’s axis, study shows https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/23/climate-crisis-has-shifted-the-earths-axis-study-shows

Climate change: World’s glaciers melting at accelerating rate https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-56921164

US, UK, EU: Comparing the new 2030 climate targets https://energymonitor.ai/policy/green-deals/us-uk-eu-comparing-the-new-2030-climate-targets

Without the right financial strategies, NZ’s climate change efforts will remain unfinished business https://theconversation.com/without-the-right-financial-strategies-nzs-climate-change-efforts-will-remain-unfinished-business-159625

Explainer: Will global warming ‘stop’ as soon as net-zero emissions are reached? https://www.carbonbrief.org/explainer-will-global-warming-stop-as-soon-as-net-zero-emissions-are-reached

Disaster risk reduction

Sydney bushfire smoke: poor air quality warning issued after hazard reduction burns https://www.theguardian.com/weather/2021/apr/27/sydney-bushfire-smoke-poor-air-quality-warning-issued-after-hazard-reduction-burns

Mangroves against the storm https://social.shorthand.com/IUCN_forests/nCec1jyqvn/mangroves-against-the-storm

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD): A Salvation to Flooding in Sudan https://borkena.com/2021/04/24/renaissance-dam-gerd-salivation-to-flooding-in-sudan/

Stanford researchers reveal that homes in floodplains are overvalued by nearly $44 billion https://news.stanford.edu/2021/04/26/flood-risks-impact-home-values/

Multiple resilience dividends at the community level: A comparative study on disaster risk reduction interventions in different countries https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77404

Federal Government of Somalia signs ARC Treaty and MoU with African Risk Capacity to effectively address impacts of extreme weather events https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77494

Road geohazard risk management handbook https://www.gfdrr.org/en/road-geohazard-handbook

Bundaberg flood levee project hits a snag over federal funding https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-26/bundaberg-flood-levee-project-hits-snag-over-federal-funding/100095864

Emergency management

Largest firefighting plane may be sold for COVID-19 response https://www.kcra.com/article/largest-firefighting-plane-may-be-sold-for-covid-19-response/36269214#

Fears of Covid ‘tsunami’ in Fiji after outbreak found to be Indian variant https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/28/fears-of-covid-tsunami-in-fiji-after-outbreak-found-to-be-indian-variant

Malaria vaccine hailed as potential breakthrough https://www.bbc.com/news/health-56858158

‘We’re all in this together’: Dr Fauci says world has failed India as Covid cases surge https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/28/were-all-in-this-together-dr-fauci-says-world-has-failed-india-as-covid-cases-surge

Preparing for a rainy day in Kurigram District https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77486

Asia-Pacific region urged to “build back better” https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77491

Understanding short-term household recoveries from the 2015 Nepal earthquakes: Lessons learned and recommendations https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77477

A multidimensional framework for disaster recovery: Longitudinal qualitative evidence from Puerto Rican households https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0305750X21001017

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Working towards data-based definitions of avalanche danger levels https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77458

How Do Volcanoes Erupt?https://www.universetoday.com/31124/how-volcanoes-erupt/

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

Psychology and disasters

Public perception of climate change and its impact on natural disasters https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77475

Sociology and disasters

Is Jakarta flood-resilient or are the citizens? https://watersciencepolicy.com/article/is-jakarta-floodresilient-or-are-the-citizens–f1368c0b5034 Poor communities will likely need to be compensated as a result of climate change policies, study says https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/poor-communities-compensated-result-climate-change-policies-study/story

Today in disaster resilience (23 April 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Table Mountain fire: Historic buildings destroyed in Cape Town https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-56793317

Flash floods in Singapore amid ‘prolonged heavy rain’ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/flash-floods-heavy-rain-drains-canals-water-levels-pub-14640684

Mauritius – Flash Floods in South East After 400mm of Rain in 24 Hours http://floodlist.com/africa/mauritius-flash-floods-april-2021

Vietnam – Deadly Flash Floods in North http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-flash-floods-lao-cai-province-april-2021

Severe flooding damages more than 3 000 homes in Peru https://watchers.news/2021/04/16/severe-flooding-damages-more-than-3-000-homes-in-peru/

Widespread flooding hits Mauritius after two months’ worth of rain in a day https://watchers.news/2021/04/19/widespread-flooding-mauritius-after-two-months-worth-of-rain-in-day/

Angola – Luanda Flash Floods Leave 14 Dead, Hundreds of Homes Damaged  http://floodlist.com/africa/angola-luanda-floods-april-2021

Philippines – Thousands Evacuate Tropical Cyclone Surigae http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-tropical-cyclone-surigae-bising-april-2021

Typhoon “Surigae” (Bising) leaves 3 dead, 230 000 displaced in the Philippines https://watchers.news/2021/04/21/typhoon-surigae-bising-leaves-3-dead-230-000-displaced-in-the-philippines/

Cambodia – 1 Dead, Dozens of Homes Damaged After Storms and Heavy Rain http://floodlist.com/asia/cambodia-floods-oddar-meanchey-battambang-pursat-april-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 22 Apr 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Ibu, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/128092/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-22-Apr-2021-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Semeru-Ibu-Dukono-Reventad.html

El Salvador – Heavy Rains Cause Flooding in Santa Ana, San Salvador and La Libertad http://floodlist.com/america/el-salvador-floods-april-2021

Peru – Floods in Junín and Cusco http://floodlist.com/america/peru-floods-junin-cusco-april-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

How can NSW allow new coalmines while committing to net zero emissions? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/19/how-can-nsw-allow-new-coalmines-while-committing-to-net-zero-emissions-its-bizarre

China, US agree on need for stronger climate commitments https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-18/china-us-agree-on-need-for-stronger-climate-commitments/100077300

For these Torres Strait Islanders, climate change is already here https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-19/torres-strait-islanders-climate-change-impacts-uninhabitable/100069596

How Not to Feel Paralyzed by Climate Disaster https://www.outsideonline.com/2422260/overheated-kate-aronoff-under-the-sky-we-make-kimberly-nicholas-book-review

What architects need to know about hazard and climate risk https://www.aia.org/articles/6137886-what-architects-need-to-know-about-hazard-:56

‘The New Climate War’: Michael E. Mann On How To Fight The Climate Inactivists https://www.theoxfordblue.co.uk/2021/04/16/the-new-climate-war-michael-e-mann-on-how-to-fight-the-climate-inactivists/

New Red Cross research into climate-resilient development in Dominica https://www.climatecentre.org/news/1392/new-red-cross-research-into-climate-resilient-development-in-dominica

Climate heating may speed up to unexpected levels https://climatenewsnetwork.net/climate-heating-may-speed-up-to-unexpected-levels/

Wind, solar to account for 11% of power use in China by end 2021: proposal https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202104/1221427.shtml

Climate change indicators and impacts worsened in 2020 https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/climate-change-indicators-and-impacts-worsened-2020

State of the Global Climate 2020 https://library.wmo.int/index.php?lvl=notice_display&id=21880#.YH33PugzaUl

Australia’s third-largest carbon emitter says it must transition to renewables and curtail coal plantshttps://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/21/stanwell-corporation-australia-third-largest-carbon-emitter-says-it-must-transition-to-renewables-and-curtail-coal-plants

What Earth was like last time CO2 levels were this high https://mashable.com/article/carbon-dioxide-earth-co2/

Global CO2 emissions set for largest surge in more than a decade, says IEA https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/global-co2-emissions-surge-iea-b1833780.html

Biden plans to cut emissions in half by 2030 https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/04/20/biden-climate-change/

‘Dire warning’ for the planet: Coal is powering the economic recovery https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/20/business/iea-carbon-emissions-report/index.html

“Urgency and Agency”: Michael Mann on Conquering Climate Despair https://behavioralscientist.org/urgency-and-agency-michael-mann-on-conquering-climate-despair/

The Science of Climate Change Explained: Facts, Evidence and Proof https://www.nytimes.com/article/climate-change-global-warming-faq.html

Warming Oceans Are Making the Climate Crisis Significantly Worse https://eos.org/articles/warming-oceans-are-making-the-climate-crisis-significantly-worse#.YH_GJE51Xwg.twitter

Climate Summit ‘Last Chance’ for Brazil to Show Leadership on Global Warming https://insideclimatenews.org/news/21042021/climate-summit-brazil-leadership-bolsonaro-biden-colombia/

A Blueprint for Coastal Adaptationhttps://islandpress.org/books/blueprint-coastal-adaptation

‘Insufficient’: Biden administration criticises Australia on climate https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/insufficient-biden-administration-criticises-australia-on-climate-20210422-p57lb9.html

Earth’s cryosphere is vital for everyone. Here’s how NASA keeps track of its changeshttps://www.nasa.gov/feature/esnt/2021/earth-s-cryosphere-is-vital-for-everyone-here-s-how-nasa-keeps-track-of-its-changes

Earth Day Summit: Biden’s chance to claim climate leadership https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2021/4/21/earth-day-summit-bidens-chance-to-claim-climate-leadership

Red alert for the planet: UN chief’s call to phase out coal by 2030 https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/red-alert-for-the-planet-un-chief-s-call-to-phase-out-coal-by-2030-20210421-p57l0g.html

Stanford researchers reveal the long-term impacts of extreme melt on Greenland Ice Sheet https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77319

Disaster risk reduction

Floods Are Increasing in Supposedly Low-Risk Areas https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/floods-are-increasing-in-supposedly-low-risk-areas/

Pakistan: Community-based disaster risk management https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77250

Burdekin and Haughton Flood Resilience Strategy Project https://www.qra.qld.gov.au/burdekin-haughton

Earthquake forecast just in: the Alpine Fault is due a major quake – and soon https://thespinoff.co.nz/science/20-04-2021/earthquake-forecast-just-in-the-alpine-fault-is-due-for-a-major-quake-and-soon/

Floodplain harvesting to continue to devastate the Macquarie Valley https://healthyriversdubbo.com/2021/04/18/floodplain-harvesting-to-continue-to-devastate-the-macquarie-valley/

NSW floods break 120-year-old rain records during March rain event, BOM says https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-20/nsw-floods-break-120-year-old-rain-records/100079400

Special Climate Statement 74 – extreme rainfall and flooding in eastern and central Australia in March 2021 http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/statements/scs74.pdf

From fires to floods: CSU explores impacts on local waterways https://www.portnews.com.au/story/7215527/from-fires-to-floods-csu-explores-impacts-on-local-waterways/

COVID-19 cost more in 2020 than the world’s combined natural disasters in any of the past 20 years https://theconversation.com/covid-19-cost-more-in-2020-than-the-worlds-combined-natural-disasters-in-any-of-the-past-20-years-156646

Satellite-based real-time monitoring of Himalayan glacial catchments can strengthen early flood warning & minimize disaster risk https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77297

Pakistan slum dwellers map flood risks to stop evictions https://news.trust.org/item/20210412075730-4tzvi/#

After 160 years, Aboriginal cultural burning returns to Coranderrk Station https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-21/aboriginal-cultural-burning-at-coranderrk-station-wurundjeri/100082382

Study reveals mechanism of naturally occurring ‘earthquake gate’ https://watchers.news/2021/04/21/study-reveals-mechanism-of-naturally-occurring-earthquake-gate/

Colorado’s flood risks are on the rise, and consumers will pay for it https://www.9news.com/article/weather/colorados-flood-risks-rise-consumers-will-pay-for-it/73-b6b88aae-80d4-435c-bcd6-3b8091620c0f

Landslides mar the “Pearl of Africa” https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77311

How weather forecasts are changing lives in Kenya and Tanzania https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77315

The increasing number of climate-related disasters continues to be a growing challenge https://www.undrr.org/news/earth-day-2020-saw-major-rise-floods-and-storm

How Can a Basilica Stay Dry Amid Venice’s Rising Waters? https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/venice-st-mark-s-floods

The St Vincent eruption is a reminder of how volcano research and monitoring can save lives https://theconversation.com/the-st-vincent-eruption-is-a-reminder-of-how-volcano-research-and-monitoring-can-save-lives-159362

Why housing is built in flood-prone coastal areas https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77358

Aerial photos uncover an invisible fault in Chinese city https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77352

A Stanford-designed tool could guide floodwater management and combat ongoing drought https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77341

2020: The Non-COVID year in disasters https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77357

Emergency management

When the next virus strikes, we’ll look back on this moment as an opportunity that we either seized or squandered https://www.newyorker.com/science/annals-of-medicine/what-will-it-take-to-pandemic-proof-america

How Taiwan beat COVID-19 – new study reveals clues to its success https://theconversation.com/how-taiwan-beat-covid-19-new-study-reveals-clues-to-its-success-158900

St Vincent: ‘I’ve never seen such devastation’ – Island counts cost of volcanic eruptionhttps://www.channel4.com/news/st-vincent-ive-never-seen-such-devastation-island-counts-cost-of-volcanic-eruption

Learning to live with COVID – the tough choices ahead https://theconversation.com/learning-to-live-with-covid-the-tough-choices-ahead-158992

Covid: Police watchdog says officers confused by unclear pandemic laws https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-56810031

India’s Second Covid Wave Is Completely Out of Control https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/20/opinion/india-covid-crisis.html

Post-disaster recovery transition lessons from the 2010 floods in Pakistan https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77313

Building collaborative emergency management capacity in northern Australia https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77325

Disaster education, communications and engagement

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, It’s Never too Early to Prepare https://strongerca.com/may-is-wildfire-awareness-month/

Time flies in Google Earth’s biggest update in years https://blog.google/products/earth/timelapse-in-google-earth/

Photo-sharing is back: how social media has framed the pandemic https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/16/photo-sharing-is-back-how-social-media-has-framed-the-pandemic

New Minecraft world from NRMA Insurance teaches Aussie kids the importance of bushfire preparedness https://www.iag.com.au/new-minecraft-world-nrma-insurance-teaches-aussie-kids-importance-bushfire-preparedness

Flood Education Program for School Students https://www.greenlearning.ca/flooded/

Improving Public Messaging for Evacuation and Shelter‐in‐Place https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_improving-public-messaging-for-evacuation-and-shelter-in-place_literature-review-report.pdf

Geomojis Translate Geoscience Across Any Language https://eos.org/geofizz/geomojis-translate-geoscience-across-any-language

Psychology and disasters

To abandon vaccination targets is to abandon the mantle of leadership https://theconversation.com/to-abandon-vaccination-targets-is-to-abandon-the-mantle-of-leadership-159123

“Moments of calmness.” In Puerto Rico, building the emotional skills to cope with disaster https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77241

Cognitive bias https://www.raconteur.net/infographics/cognitive-bias/

A phenomenon called psychological reactance might help explain the mindset of anti-maskers https://www.psypost.org/2021/04/a-phenomenon-called-psychological-reactance-might-explain-the-mindset-of-anti-maskers-60515

Received Social Support and Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms in New Zealand and Philippine Emergency Responders https://www.researchgate.net/publication/351015637_Received_Social_Support_and_Post-Traumatic_Stress_Symptoms_in_New_Zealand_and_Philippine_Emergency_Responders

Sociology and disasters

She survived Hurricane Sandy. Then climate gentrification hit https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/18/hurricane-sandy-new-york-far-rockaway-climate-gentrification-hit

Floods in the neighborhood: Mapping poverty and flood risk in Indonesian cities https://blogs.worldbank.org/eastasiapacific/floods-neighborhood-mapping-poverty-and-flood-risk-indonesian-cities

Climate crisis – 710 million children live in countries at high risk https://www.savethechildren.net/news/climate-crisis-710-million-children-live-countries-high-risk

Harnessing of Social Capital as a Determinant for Climate Change Adaptation in Mazungunye Communal Lands in Bikita, Zimbabwe https://www.researchgate.net/publication/351004607_Harnessing_of_Social_Capital_as_a_Determinant_for_Climate_Change_Adaptation_in_Mazungunye_Communal_Lands_in_Bikita_Zimbabwe

How climate change is hitting the world’s most vulnerable the hardest https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77347

The unequal social consequences of wildfire smoke in California https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77337

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/