Today in disaster resilience (3 February 2023)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

California battles deadly storms with millions under flood watch

Philippines – 17 Dead, 70,000 Displaced After Days of Storms, Rain and Floods

Colombia – Deadly Flash Floods in Medellín, Antioquia

Indonesia – Sumatra Island Floods Leave 3 Dead and 15,000 Homes Damaged

Philippines – Death Toll Rises After Further Floods and Landslides

Mali – Flooding Rivers Destroy Homes and Livelihoods in Mopti and Tombouctou Regions

Auckland floods: More heavy rain ahead for New Zealand’s largest city

Zambia – “Catastrophic Situation” After Floods Hit Southern and Central Provinces

Indonesia – 5 Killed in North Sulawesi Floods and Landslides

Madagascar – Tropical Storm Cheneso Leaves 30 Dead, 40,000 Displaced

Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Feb 2023: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Semeru

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Ocean heat shatters record with warming equal to 5 atomic bombs exploding “every second” for a year

Ancient air trapped deep below the surface could unlock secrets of the Earth’s past and help understand what lies ahead as CO2 in the atmosphere keeps rising

Don’t wait for COP: the end of the fossil-fuel age must start now

Three issues will decide if Labor’s climate policy is a success – what the government does next is key

Past eight years confirmed to be the eight warmest on record

Regionalizing the sea-level budget with machine learning techniques

Modeled storm surge changes in a warmer world: the Last Interglacial

Warning of unprecedented heatwaves as El Niño set to return in 2023

Inter-decadal climate variability induces differential ice response along Pacific-facing West Antarctica

New report shows alarming changes in the entire global water cycle

Is carbon removal delaying emission reductions?

Extreme weather events to increase in Australia

Earth is on track to exceed 1.5C warming in the next decade, study using AI finds

new study finds the biggest increases in inundation will occur after the first 2 metres (6.6 feet) of sea level rise, covering more than twice as much land as older elevation models predicted

A new study conducted with data from 93 European cities estimates that one third of deaths attributable to heat islands could be avoided if trees covered 30% of urban space

Climate change is already putting the heat on insurance companies – Auckland’s floods could be a turning point

Megadroughts in the Common Era and the Anthropocene

Auckland suffers wettest month in history

Data-driven predictions of the time remaining until critical global warming thresholds are reached

Disaster risk reduction

The USGS has collected and released topographic data that show the erosional effects of the January 2023 storms on the coast for the Santa Cruz region of California

A year on, we know why the Tongan eruption was so violent. It’s a wake-up call to watch other submarine volcanoes

MedCyclones: Working together towards understanding Mediterranean cyclones

A more realistic earthquake probability model using long-term fault memory

A data-driven model for Fennoscandian wildfire danger

Disastrous Floods in Western Australia – Why Were We Not Prepared?

Trees and Woodlands Delivering £400m Boost to UK’s Flood Protection Efforts, Study Finds

As heatwaves and floods hit cities worldwide, these places are pioneering solutions

Earth Map: A Novel Tool for Fast Performance of Advanced Land Monitoring and Climate Assessment

Observation of the Coastal Areas, Estuaries and Deltas from Space

Why rivers shouldn’t look like this

Creating Resilient Futures: Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction, Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change Adaptation Agendas

Europe had 782 tornados in 2022, causing 6 fatalities and 84 injuries

The world is not ready for the next pandemic, warns the IFRC

Fast Flood Extent Monitoring with SAR Change Detection Using Google Earth Engine

Emergency management

Mayor wants a fleet manager, but Council members say hiring a disaster manager is more urgent

With the advent of the 20th anniversary of the Canberra 2003 deadly blaze, many residents reflect on their own narrow escapes and continue to raise questions about why there hadn’t been an adequate warning system

Auckland floods: city begins clean-up after ‘biggest climate event’ in New Zealand’s history

The inaugural meeting of the Australian Government and insurance sector’s Hazards Insurance Partnership (HIP) will be held in Brisbane today

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Responses to heat waves: what can Twitter data tell us?

Dealing with risks associated with tsunamis using indigenous knowledge approaches

At Fitzroy Crossing and around Australia, community radio empowers local responses to climate impacts

Theatre making and storytelling on the margins: the lived experience of climate change in Dhaka

Non-formal disaster education programs for school students in Iran: A qualitative study of the challenges experienced by stakeholders

Social media and crowdsourcing in disasters

Latest global social media & other digital facts and figures

Psychology and disasters

The relationship between multiple traumatic events and the severity of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms – evidence for a cognitive link

Homeowner firewise behaviors in fire-prone central Oregon: An exploration of the attitudinal, situational, and cultural worldviews impacting pre-fire mitigation actions

To prepare or not to prepare: What motivates people to reduce their risk from volcanic impacts?

For some, life after Ian is ‘more tragic than the hurricane itself’

Sociology and disasters

In Iloilo City, Philippines, an Inclusive Housing Program Protects Vulnerable Communities from Flood Risks

People in social housing often face hottest conditions and struggle to pay for air conditioning, advocates say

Global state of education-related inequality in COVID-19 vaccine coverage, structural barriers, vaccine hesitancy, and vaccine refusal: findings from the Global COVID-19 Trends and Impact Survey

We cannot address global water challenges without social sciences


Today in disaster resilience (13 January 2023)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Menindee experiencing worst flooding since 1976

Record flooding in Kimberley causes widespread destruction to homes and infrastructure

Flooding closes Mannum’s main street as peak River Murray flow passes through SA town

Indonesia – Deadly Flash Floods on Java Island

Angola – Heavy Rains Cause Death and Damages in 5 Provinces

No risk of tsunami after Darwin, Northern Territory shaken by magnitude-7.7 earthquake

Bushfire near Lake Pedder in ‘mop-up stage’ as fire authorities brace for coming heatwave

Endless onslaught of atmospheric river events in California claim 14 lives, residents urged to be hyper-vigilant

Alice Springs’ usually dry Todd River flowing strong thanks to rain from ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie

Crushed by falling trees. Drowned in floodwaters. The deadly toll of California storms worsens

Colombia – Massive Landslide Destroys Homes, Cuts Major Road in Cauca

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Jan 2023: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Semeru, Marapi

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia could swing from three years of La Niña to hot and dry El Niño in 2023

Low amount of snow across Alps in 2022-23 winter;10.16;6&l=snow

Debunking 3 Common Climate Change Myths

Global temperatures in 2023 set to be among hottest on record

Half of glaciers will be gone by 2100 even under Paris 1.5C accord, study finds

Warming climate means more and stronger Atlantic tropical storms

Climate change: Why is Europe experiencing a January heat wave?

Large-scale dynamics moderate impact-relevant changes to organised convective storms

Scientists Report a Dramatic Drop in the Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice

More than 90% of the world’s population is projected to face increased risks from the compound impacts of extreme heat and drought, potentially widening social inequalities

Relentless rain, record heat: study finds climate crisis worsened extreme weather

Climate Change in 2022: Multiple Billion-Dollar Disasters and Unbearable Human Costs

Summer 2022 was the hottest on record for Europe and, overall, last year was the second warmest year on record for Europe, while globally it was the fifth warmest

This report assesses the social and economic effects of extreme heat through the prism of twelve cities that are already enduring and addressing dramatic impacts of heat waves

Australian official: Climate change making historic flooding “less natural”

NSW coal mine’s life could reach past 2050

Chief Heat Officers — an Emergency Response to Urban Heat

Climate change and La Niña driving losses

An emerging governmentality of climate change loss and damage

World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency 2022

2022: New Zealand’s warmest year on record, again

Better insurance could effectively mitigate the increase in economic growth losses from U.S. hurricanes under global warming

Extreme weather has cost the US more than $1 trillion in the past seven years, feds report

Oceans were the hottest ever recorded in 2022, analysis shows

Global droughts connected by linkages between drought hubs

Explaining Extreme Events from a Climate Perspective

New tech to monitor climate change

2022 was one of Earth’s six warmest years on record

Climate change and extreme weather events have doctors worried

Four ways winter heatwaves affect humans and nature

Disaster risk reduction

It is 20 years since the 2003 Alpine fires tore through much of the Victorian high country

Neglecting Model Parametric Uncertainty Can Drastically Underestimate Flood Risks

Louisiana’s draft coastal master plan update promises billions in hurricane-damage savings

Coastal risk screening tool

The interplay of drought-flood extreme events in Africa

Natural and engineered nature-based structures offer promise for storm-related disaster risk reduction and flood mitigation

The fiscal impact of extreme weather events: First evidence for EU countries

Venice: the risk maps of the flood-prone areas

When volcanoes roar: protecting the public and tracking long-term climate impacts

Joshimath, a disaster of ignored warnings

Global catastrophic risk from lower magnitude volcanic eruptions

Europe’s ‘pyroregions’: summer 2022 saw 20-year freak fires in regions that are historically immune, close to normal in fire prone areas

Home insurance premium rises by more than 500 per cent for Horsham man with property outside flood zone

Flooding Is Nearly a Daily Occurrence Throughout the U.S.

Deep learning can predict tsunami impacts in less than a second

For insurers, the second-costliest single natural hazard related disaster in 2022 in the world was flooding in the southeast of Australia in February and March. Floods in Australia caused losses of US$ 8.1bn last year, of which US$ 4.7bn was insured

Maluku earthquake: why do some ocean earthquakes cause tsunamis while others don’t?

Researchers propose a more effective method to predict floods

Preparedness efforts for health threats: the gap between detection and action

The Invention of Disaster: Power and Knowledge in Discourses on Hazard and Vulnerability

San Francisco isn’t doing enough to stop supercharged floods

Grain shape effects in bed load sediment transport

Flooding in California: What Went Wrong, and What Comes Next

An Enhanced Hydrologic Stream Network Based on the NHDPlus Medium Resolution Dataset

Sensitivity of northwest Australian tropical cyclone activity to ITCZ migration since 500 CE

Understanding uncertainties in contemporary and future extreme wave events for broad-scale impact and adaptation planning

Climatic Asynchrony and Hydrologic Inefficiency Explain the Global Pattern of Water Availability

Atmospheric rivers over California’s wildfire burn scars raise fears of deadly mudslides – this is what cascading climate disasters look like

Emergency management

Survey: 3.3 million US adults displaced by natural disasters

‘They’ve been texting us for food’: remote communities left ‘abandoned’ in Kimberley flood response

PM seeing devastation of WA flooding

Uganda edges closer to being declared Ebola-free

Long Covid resolves within year for many with mild Covid, study says

98% of California homeowners don’t have flood insurance

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Top climate papers featured in the media in 2022

Why facts don’t change minds: Insights from cognitive science for the improved communication of conservation research

Tokyo police’s Twitter account for disaster info turns 10 years old

Cultural Burning for Resilience | The Mini-Documentary

Reducing risk and building resilience through effective governance

‘Breaking the Silence’: The 10 most under-reported humanitarian crises of 2022

Changing behavioral responses to heat risk in a warming world: How can communication approaches be improved?

Psychology and disasters

Uncovering heterogeneous associations of disaster-related traumatic experiences with subsequent mental health problems: A machine learning approach

The Adverse Health Effects of Disaster-Related Trauma

Massive review study suggests psychological trauma nearly triples a person’s risk of mental disorder

Sociology and disasters

The Anthropology of Epidemics

Majority of disabled people never go home after disasters

Why Pacific Islanders are staying put even as rising seas flood their homes and crops

Forgotten people, false promises: Stories of riverbank erosion in Assam

The compounding impacts of Cyclone Idai and their implications for urban inequality

Today in disaster resilience 2 December 2022

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Landslide kills 14 attending funeral in Cameroon, regional governor says

Italy – 2 Dead, Several Feared Missing in Landslides and Floods on the Island of Ischia

Increased eruptive activity at Cotopaxi – one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes, Ecuador

Eruption begins at Mauna Loa volcano after 38 years of quiescence – Aviation Color Code raised to Red, Hawai’I

Cameroon – Deadly Landslide in Yaoundé

Current volcanic eruptions

In Pictures: Mauna Loa erupts

Volcanic activity worldwide 30 Nov 2022: Etna volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Dukono

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Greta Thunberg and more than 600 youths are taking Sweden to court. Here’s why

Climate concern the main reason voters swung to independents at federal election, study finds

Rising Sea Levels Besieging Africa’s Booming Coastal Cities

Unmasking the Effects of Aerosols on Greenhouse Warming Over Europe

Climate Change Impacts in Latin America

Climate change, driven by the burning of coal, oil and gas, was a major factor in the Great Deluge

Floods differ in a warmer future

Reconciling disagreement on global river flood changes in a warming climate

As strong winds and torrential rains inundate Australia’s south-eastern coast, new research suggests that high intensity bushfires might not be too far behind, with their dual effects extending damage zones and encroaching on previously low-risk residential areas

Many forests will become highly flammable for at least 30 extra days per year unless we cut emissions, research finds

Future multivariate weather generation by combining Bartlett-Lewis and vine copula models

NASA Study: Rising Sea Level Could Exceed Estimates for U.S. Coasts

How an Early Oil Industry Study Became Key in Climate Lawsuits

Triple-Dip La Niña persists, prolonging drought and flooding

Will Summer 2022-23 Result in a Season of Tropical Cyclones and Floods for Australia?

Disaster risk reduction

Effective disaster risk reduction requires the consideration of not just what has occurred but of what could occur

Benefits of subsidence control for coastal flooding in China

ACSC releases guide to safe smart cities

Dream Homes and Disasters: Is the Government Ready to Confront Climate Risk?

Conservation efforts may have worsened catastrophic bushfires in south-east Australia, study finds

Seasonal Bushfire Outlook Summer 2022: Australia’s national picture of fire potential

Seismogenic Fault Reactivation in Western Central Africa: Insights From Regional Stress Analysis

Spotlight on illegal buildings as Ischia death toll now at 8

Amid rising climate change disaster risks, EU-UN initiative helps the African, the Caribbean and Pacific countries better prevent and recover from disasters

Lack of investment could leave 600,000 English properties at risk of flooding

We’re decoding ancient hurricanes’ traces on the sea floor – and evidence from millennia of Atlantic storms is not good news for the coast

5 facts on reducing disaster risk regarding Haiti earthquakes

Disasters : Deconstructed Season 7 Episode 4 – LIVE!

New Risk Information Exchange already reaching 52 countries

Implementation of the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard Getting Underway

Even weak tropical cyclones have grown more intense worldwide – we tracked 30 years of them using currents

Coastal property prices and climate risks are both soaring. We must pull our heads out of the sand

Satellite observations have revealed that weak seismic ground shaking can trigger powerful landslide acceleration – even several years after a significant earthquake

Where Mauna Loa’s lava is coming from – and why Hawaii’s volcanoes are different from most

More nations can be better prepared for drought as IWMI takes its space-based monitoring tool online

Emergency management

Fauci: Americans shouldn’t feel we’re completely ‘done’ with COVID

We’re nowhere near prepared for next climate disasters

Universal flu vaccine could counter future pandemic

Regional town cut off until Christmas as NSW flood crisis enters 75th day

Did flood or storm ruin Eugowra’s homes? Thousands of dollars rest on the answer

Even without a mandate, masks are the norm in Mexico City

Lava from Hawaii volcano lights night sky amid warnings

More deaths among vaccinated Americans not a reason to avoid vaccines, experts say

As flood waters surge into South Australia, ecologists say locals should give fleeing snakes a wide berth

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Exploring TikTok as a promising platform for geoscience communication

The Floods in South-East Australia by Chloe Hooper

Stronger together: inter-community collaboration enhancing resilience in Mexico

Want to help report on coastal flooding and storm damage? Here’s how you can get involved

There were more than 38,000 entries in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award — these ones were shortlisted

Counteracting wildfire misinformation

coastTrain: A Global Reference Library for Coastal Ecosystems

Disaster simulation exercise

Psychology and disasters

Evacuation action during torrential rain considering situation awareness error using protection motivation theory

Time spent on rivers, coasts or lakes in childhood may be linked to subjective well-being as an adult, study finds

Sociology and disasters

After the floods comes famine

Today in disaster resilience (7 October 2022)

Please find below links to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Heavy rain hits flooded parts of central and western NSW

Central African Republic – Floods in 12 Prefectures Leave Thousands Displaced, 11 Dead

USA – Hundreds Rescued From Floods in Florida After Hurricane Ian

Sydney on track for record annual rainfall of 2.2 metres as eastern states brace for flooding

Death toll from Hurricane Ian in U.S. exceeds 110, nearly 300,000 still without power

Thailand – Thousands Displaced by Floods as Rivers Rise

Ghana – Hundreds of Homes Flooded in Greater Accra Region After Weija Dam Releases

Nigeria – Floods in Kogi “Humanitarian Tragedy” Says Governor

Trinidad and Tobago – One Missing After Flash Floods

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Oct 2022: Stromboli volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Ibu, Reventador

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Shifting ocean currents are pushing more and more heat into the Southern Hemisphere’s cooler waters

Satellites Can Accurately Take Earth’s Temperature

Heat Action Platform

Chief Heat Officers Face Rising Temperatures — and Expectations

Megadroughts in the Common Era and the Anthropocene

Stunning week of early coal closures opens path to 100 pct renewables

Observations confirm model of sea-level change from Greenland melt

Hurricane Ian: how climate change is making North Atlantic tropical storms worse

Flooding ‘Calamity’ in Pakistan Prompts Call for Reparations

Ancient ice age valleys offer clues to future ice sheet change

New oil and gas at odds with green goals

Solar and wind farms can hurt the environment. A new study offers solutions

Megadroughts helped topple ancient empires. We’ve found their traces in Australia’s past, and expect more to come

US wind, solar tripled over the past decade: analysis

Northern Hemisphere’s extreme summer drought ‘virtually impossible’ without human-made climate change

Seasonal land-ice-flow variability in the Antarctic Peninsula

Climate simulation more realistic with Artificial Intelligence

Disaster risk reduction

Time-dependent decrease in fault strength in the 2011–2016 Ibaraki–Fukushima earthquake sequence

Raising Warragamba Dam wall could save thousands: NSW government modelling

4 innovations that can be part of India and Bangladesh’s flood defences

UTSA researchers bolstering historic properties along Gulf Coast to withstand hurricanes

A New Study Finds U.S. Future Floods Becoming More Frequent, Wider Spread, Yet Less Seasonal

Hurricane Ian: forecasting of the coastal storm surge

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet declares raising Warragamba Dam wall a ‘critical’ project to fund

Warragamba Dam: what’s driving the NSW government’s bid to raise the wall?

An Integrated Framework for the Quantification of Road Network Seismic Vulnerability and Accessibility to Critical Services

Flood warnings have improved, but struggle to keep pace with a climate-wrecked environment

Automatically detecting avalanches in satellite images

Wildfire imagery reduces risk information-seeking among homeowners as property wildfire risk increases

Fighting wildfire with GPS data

Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development

NSW government document changed to make impacts of raising Warragamba Dam wall ‘less definite’

Emergency management

More flooding on the way as BOM forecasts heavy rain from Northern Territory to Tasmania

Map of land flooded in Florida by Hurricane Ian

Ian is 6th-deadliest U.S. hurricane since 1980, and may be Florida’s deadliest since 1935

Is COVID-19 hurting your heart? A new study finds cardiac muscle damage in COVID patients

Global population skews male, but UN projects parity between sexes by 2050

Will there be a COVID winter wave? What scientists say

Hurricane Ian flooded a hospital and forced evacuations from dozens of nursing homes – many health facilities face rising risks from severe storms

Hurricane Ian’s Aftermath: A Rising Death Toll and Questions About Preparedness

Was The Forecast For Hurricane Ian Bad? Depends On Your Perspective

Devastation in Pakistan: Deadly floods displace millions

Pakistani PM says he should not have to beg for help after catastrophic floods

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Life-Saving Landslide Risk Communication in Puerto Rico

Climate teachers: rural women in Uganda trained their village to resist floods

Psychology and disasters

Hurricane Ian survivor in Naples: ‘We will never come back to Florida’

Agent-based models of human response to natural hazards: systematic review of tsunami evacuation

COVID has taken a greater toll on mental health among people from ethnic minorities – sadly this is no surprise

Sociology and disasters

Mountain Resilience: A Systematic Literature Review and Paths to the Future–A-Systematic-Literature-Review-and-Paths-to/10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-21-00044.1.full

How Hurricane Ian and other disasters are becoming a growing source of inequality – even among the middle class

Today in disaster resilience (16 September 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Uganda – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Western Region

Bulgaria – Hundreds Evacuated After Damaging Floods in Plovdiv Province

Senegal – Floods in Dakar Leave 3 Dead

Two people dead and 132 buildings destroyed as fire sweeps through Californian town of Weed

South Korea – 2 Dead, 10 Missing After Typhoon Hinnamnor Triggers Floods

Mexico – 4 Dead in Nuevo León After Heavy Rain Triggers Floods

South Africa – Mining Dam in Jagersfontein Collapses Leaving 3 Dead, 4 Missing

Nepal – 5 Dead, 10 Missing After Floods in Darchula

Portugal – Floods and Landslides Cause Severe Damage in Manteigas

Typhoon Muifa pounds eastern China with strong gales, rain

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Good news – there’s a clean energy gold rush under way

‘Climate disaster of biblical proportions’: Pakistan minister warns flood damage will exceed $10 billion

Can we survive extreme heat?

Changing climate the reason floods in Pakistan are so devastatin

The sedimentological death mask of a dying glacier

Rapid retreat of Thwaites Glacier in the pre-satellite era

La Niña under way in the tropical Pacific

Climate Council outlines 10 steps to beat government’s 43pc emissions reduction target

Heat waves are getting worse. When will L.A. get around to offering bus riders more shade?

The Gomeroi people have fought Santos’ Narrabri Gas Project for a decade. They hope a novel climate change argument could help them win

This summer has been a glimpse into Europe’s hot, dry future

World heading into ‘uncharted territory of destruction’, says climate report

United in Science report: “Without much more ambitious action, the physical and socioeconomic impacts of climate change will be increasingly devastating”

Unprecedented in the 44 years of continuous satellite monitoring, a late season heat wave and melt event occurred in Greenland from September 2 to 5

Victorian water report highlights need for new sources as climate change hits supplies

Switching to renewable energy could save trillions – study

There’s a new map of climate disasters in America

California becomes first US state to begin ranking extreme heat wave events

Anchoring Climate Change Risk Assessment in Core Business Decisions in Insurance | Research report

Ice mass loss sensitivity to the Antarctic ice sheet basal thermal state

Hottest summer on record for Europe and China during Northern Hemisphere’s 2nd-hottest summer

Australia is funding just one-tenth of its fair share of global climate action, study finds

Modeling the Dynamic Response of River Deltas to Sea-Level Rise Acceleration

‘Too hard to get to work’: climate change is making workers’ lives more difficult

Video games get a new boss monster: Climate change

Mountain glacier at Queulat National Park in Chile’s Patagonia region collapses amid ‘abnormal’ high temperatures

Satellites now get full-year view of Arctic sea-ice

Pakistan floods ‘made up to 50% worse by global heating’

Uni- and multivariate bias adjustment methods in Nordic catchments: Complexity and performance in a changing climate

Disaster risk reduction

The Floods Devastating Pakistan Are More Than a Natural Disaster

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s Floodplain Manager newsletter

An Integrated Approach Toward Smart and Resilient Cities

Caught Between Extremes: Understanding Human-Water Interactions During Drought-To-Flood Events in the Horn of Africa

‘Russian roulette’: Dam levels rising as officials debate safe storage

Layering interventions is necessary to address loss and damage effectively

Which Rainfall Errors Can Hydrologic Models Handle? Implications for Using Satellite-Derived Products in Sparsely Gauged Catchments

MAT.TRIGRS (V1.0): A new open-source tool for predicting spatiotemporal distribution of rainfall-induced landslides

Estimated 30,000 megalitres of water lost after cotton property Cubbie Station’s dam collapses

Homebuyers With Access to Flood-Risk Data Bid on Lower-Risk Homes

New AI system predicts how to prevent wildfires

A case for retreat in the age of fire as dozens of wildfires threaten homes in the West

CRED Crunch newsletter details the disaster-related events of the first half of 2022

How countries can better cope with flood risk

The impacts of many disasters could be reduced if the connections between risks were taken into account

University of the Sunshine Coast academics discuss the prospect of another summer of extreme rainfall for eastern Australia on the back of catastrophic flooding earlier this year

Monitoring the Health of Our Planet using Earth Observations

Fagradalsfjall eruption unusual in many ways compared to other eruptions

Emergency management

Authorities in flood-hit Pakistan breach lake in an effort to save densely populated areas

Australia’s COVID-19 cases and death numbers will no longer be published daily

Pakistan ‘still in danger’ and flooding may take up to 6 months to recede, authorities say

Brisbane offers sandbags to residents as fears of another flood intensify due to La Niña forecast

The Role of 360-Degree Videos in Wildfire Preparedness

Crisis Standards of Care (CSC) inform decisions on medical care during a large-scale crisis

The Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies

Communities urged to prepare for third La Nina

Do you know how to evacuate a building efficiently?

Fears of more flooding as Pakistan death toll crosses 1,400

Health services ‘begging for help’ six months after deadly floods

Imagining COVID is ‘like the flu’ is cutting thousands of lives short. It’s time to wake up

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Capacity Building Through Stakeholder Training in Media and Communication for Effective Disaster Management

Disaster Communication and Trust

Disaster Management and Communication Technology: The Prospect of Social Media

New Landslide Reporting Tool Uses Social Media and AI

This study aims to enhance understanding of how individuals experiencing homelessness or who are precariously housed are considered in emergency and risk communication planning

National Preparedness Month

Bill Nye talks about his new disaster series, “The End is Nye”

Why heat wave warnings are falling short in the U.S.

Eight Principles for Effective and Inviting Climate Communication

Psychology and disasters

Disaster vulnerability and community resilience factors affecting post-disaster wellness: A longitudinal analysis of the survey on the Change of Life of Disaster Victim

Hurricane Harvey’s hardest hit survivors five times as likely to experience anxiety from COVID-19 pandemic

Disaster Preparedness: Earthquakes and Tsunamis the Top Concern for Japanese Homeowners

Research finds educators need mental health support following hurricanes

Sociology and disasters

Exploring the Social Effects of Disasters: Causes, Consequences, and Mitigation

The challenges of dynamic vulnerability and how to assess it

In the Shadow of Tungurahua: Disaster Politics in Highland Ecuador

Today in disaster resilience (26 August 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Yemen – Over 90 Killed in Floods, More Rain Forecast

India – Over 20 Killed in Floods and Landslides in Himachal Pradesh

Pakistan – Monsoon Rains and Flooding Leave Almost 700 Dead, Thousands Displaced

Portugal wildfires: State of alert begins amid third heatwave

Dallas area hit by 1-in-1,000-year flood; cars float in water-filled roads

USA – Deadly Flash Floods in Texas After 385mm of Rain in 24 Hours

Volcanic activity worldwide

Indonesia – Deadly Floods and Landslides in West Papua; Floods Affect Thousands in Sumatra

Sudan – Flood Death Toll Rises, Nile Climbs Above Alert Level in Khartoum

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Solar briefly overtakes coal in Australia as number one source of power nationally

‘Not prepared for current climate changes.’ Officials sound alarm on NYC’s struggling infrastructure

Climate threat to food supply chains creates ‘domino effect’–domino-effect-.html

Annual summaries dataset of Heatwaves in Europe, as defined by the Excess Heat Factor

China’s unrivalled 70-day heat wave

The world’s roads aren’t ready for a hotter planet

New Zealand’s flood-prone areas not ready to cope with climate crisis, Ardern says

Migrants share lessons with U.S. to improve climate resilience

Rise in heart disease may be explained by extreme weather conditions: Study

Combatting the Climate and Nature Emergency

Americans experience a false social reality by underestimating popular climate policy support by nearly half

Five 1,000-year rain events have struck the U.S. in five weeks. Why?

The Magnitude and Risk of Extreme Regional Heatwave Events in China Increase Rapidly under Global Warming

Renewables provided more than 25% of electrical generation in the United States during the first half of 2022

Rare and Severe Weather Events Are Now More Common Thanks to Climate Change

Why we should abandon the concept of the ‘climate refugee’

What is a Chief Heat Officer?

Disaster risk reduction

Lower Warragamba before floods, locals say

Performance-Based Hurricane Engineering under Changing Climate Conditions: General Framework and Performance of Single-Family Houses in the US

Droughts Hurt World’s Largest Economies

After FEMA overhaul, hundreds of thousands of Americans are forgoing federal flood insurance

The Art of Landslides: How Stochastic Mass Wasting Shapes Topography and Influences Landscape Dynamics

Warragamba Dam conversations should have happened four years ago

Tonga volcano eruption released more energy than the most powerful nuclear bomb

Advanced Real-Time Prediction of Storms With 30-Second Refresh

Towards Daily High-resolution Inundation Observations using Deep Learning and EO

5 lessons from Houston and Harris County 5 years after Harvey

One disaster after another: why we must act on the reasons some communities are facing higher risks

Understanding the interconnectedness of drought is vital for ecosystem resilience

As ‘flash floods are getting flashier,’ communities worry about aging infrastructure

Australian wildfires cause the largest stratospheric warming since Pinatubo and extends the lifetime of the Antarctic ozone hole

NIWA meteorologists say last week’s atmospheric river (AR), which was responsible for widespread devastation in both the North and South Islands, was a record-breaker

Cities need to become more ‘spongy’. Auckland is leading the way

Emergency management

NSW SES Commissioner defends volunteers and calls for more funding in wake of flood report

The one bright spot out of the Lismore floods points way to a better disaster response

‘Tinnie army’ leads to NSW flood inquiry call to train community members as first responders. How will that work?

So what has America learned since Hurricane Katrina? Not enough

Dangerous combination of extreme heat and smoke affected 16.5 million Californians

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Updated fire danger rating system will be rolled out next month. Here’s what you need to know

Effect of disaster training on knowledge regarding flood risk management amongst families with older people

Fears over climate change trigger a boom in A-level geography

Could your phone save your life? Public emergency alerts amongst new measures to bolster UK resilience

Enhancing Emergency Communication With Social Media: Identifying Hyperlocal Social Media Users and Information Sources

Strengthening European disaster resilience by consolidating knowledge and generating learning on the uses of social media and crowdsourcing (SMCS) in disaster management processes

Citizen science in environmental and ecological sciences

Encouraging community members to photograph wildfire ash as part of the citizen science initiative #Ashfall

Sociology and disasters

With a surge of natural disasters in Timor-Leste, women’s leadership helps save lives

Differences in County-Level Cardiovascular Disease Mortality Rates due to Damage Caused by Hurricane Matthew and the Moderating Effects of Social Capital: A Natural Experiment

Vulnerable communities face a higher risk of socio-economic injustice due to flood hazards

Resilient future belongs to the youth

What has America learned Since Hurricane Katrina? Evaluating evacuation plans for carless and vulnerable populations in 50 large cities across the United States

Impact of Farmers’ Participation in Community-Based Organizations on Adoption of Flood Adaptation Strategies: A Case Study in a Char-Land Area of Sirajganj District Bangladesh

Social inequalities in climate change-attributed impacts of Hurricane Harvey

Today in disaster resilience (19 August 2022)

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Recent emergencies/disasters

Flood warnings as heavy rains fall across Tasmania, threatening to break records for August

Major wildfire in Spain forces the evacuation of 1,500

Flash flood in Las Vegas claims 2 lives, wettest monsoon season in a decade

Rainy season death toll in Sudan surpasses 50

Gambia experiences worst floods in nearly half a century

Chad – Weeks of Rain and Floods Leave 22 Dead, Hundreds of Homes Destroyed

Thousands of homes destroyed, 50 people killed after torrential rains hit Nigeria

7 lives lost after severe flash floods hit Pengzhou, China

South East Asia – Storm Mulan Triggers Floods Leaving 5 Dead and 4 Missing

Afghanistan – Flash Floods Leave Over 30 Dead in Parwan

Mexico – More Flash Floods in Sonora Leave 3 Dead

USA – State of Emergency Declared After Floods in West Virginia

Storms and flash floods hit southern England

New Zealand flooding: State of emergency declared

Spain wildfires: up to 20 injured after passengers break out of train engulfed by flames

Pakistan floods kill 580 and bring misery to millions

Algeria forest fires: At least 38 dead, emergency officials say

Volcanic activity worldwide 18 Aug 2022: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Reventador, Sangay

Cameroon – Flooding and Landslides Cause Death and Damage in Western Areas

India – 60,000 Evacuate Floods in Odisha

China – Deadly Flash Floods in Northwest Qinghai Province

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Vanuatu, one of the most climate-vulnerable countries, launches ambitious climate plan

Antarctica ice melt is accelerating, and research says an overlooked coastal current is to blame

How extreme weather could force travellers to revamp their vacation plans — now and in the future

Study Examines Impact of Rising Global Temperatures on Economic Growth

Mortality Caused by Heatwaves in China Has Increased since 1979

The U.S. could see a new ‘extreme heat belt’ by 2053

What Are Multiform Floods? One More Thing to Worry about with Climate Change

For 110 years, climate change has been in the news. Are we finally ready to listen?

Using propane in air conditioners could prevent 0.1°C of warming

700,000 years of tropical Andean glaciation

New research reveals that wildfires can influence El Niño

Climate change makes catastrophic flood twice as likely, study shows

After deluge, climate change fears make S.Korea prioritise Seoul flood defences

La Niña sea temperatures driving floods in Australia and drought in the United States and Africa

Cities are often 10-15 °C hotter than their rural surroundings

New research from First Street Foundation analyzes the prevalence of increasing extreme temperatures and dangerous heat wave events throughout the contiguous United States

EU-New Zealand agreement raises the bar on climate action in trade deals

Climate change: ‘Staggering’ rate of global tree losses from fires

Will you live on America’s ‘extreme heat belt’ in 30 years? Chicagoans should pay attention

China witnessing strongest heat wave in six decades; long-lasting high temperatures to become new normal in the future

Themed issue explores complex systems problems facing the planet

Roadmap for Climate Reform

Global rainfall erosivity projections for 2050 and 2070

Scientists synthesize four decades of climate change research

Tundra burns helped make the 2022 Alaska fire season one of the biggest since 1950

Disaster risk reduction

Mechanisms of rock slope failures triggered by the 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikōura earthquake and implications for landslide susceptibility

Engineers explore innovative ways to improve resilience of coastal structures

Using nature and data to weather coastal storms

Can rethinking insurance help flood-affected communities to recover faster?

Building a more resilient post-earthquake future in Haiti

Deep-learning seismology

Superstorms and Megafloods – How Concerned Should California Be?

Slow earthquakes rumble through the Pacific Northwest

Tornadoes in Europe: An Underestimated Threat

Minister announces new measures to bolster UK’s resilience

As rising seas swamp South Carolina’s shores, some coastal communities are left unprotected

NSW 2022 Flood Inquiry report recommends flood zone buy backs, changes to disaster response

46,000 people in Sydney could fail to evacuate in future flood, report says

The NSW Smart Sensing Network (NSSN) will host an invite-only co-design workshop in response to the recent devastating floods in NSW on 23 August 2022

Risk of volcano catastrophe ‘a roll of the dice’, say experts

Insurance costs could increase massively as climate risk rises

Huge volcanic eruptions: time to prepare

New Data Confirms: Forest Fires Are Getting Worse

Global Forest Watch map

Tapping into digital for more effective disaster risk management in Malawi

Emergency management

Community events cancelled, emergency services stretched as volunteer numbers fall

Rethinking Relocation Assistance for More Equitable Outcomes

How does monkeypox spread? What scientists know

The Pandemic’s Soft Closing

Emergency housing rollout across flood-hit NSW north coast a ‘dog’s breakfast’, critics say

Sensor research helps fight wildfires

Five key issues raised in 2022 NSW flood inquiry

Wildlife recovery spending after Australia’s last megafires was one-thirteenth the $2.7 billion needed

The role of satellite information in forecasting, modeling, and mapping the 2019 Mozambique flood

Arizona firefighters rescue 25 people, including infant, during flooding in Bear Canyon

Lockdown effects feared to be killing more people than Covid

More than half of people infected with omicron may not know it

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Emergency alert system to launch in October across Great Britain

This tool lets you see how many hot days your home could swelter through in the future

Today’s heat waves feel a lot hotter than heat index implies

Gamifying Community Education for Enhanced Disaster Resilience: An Effectiveness Testing Study from Australia

Psychology and disasters

Confronting Climate Anxiety

Neurological and psychiatric risk trajectories after SARS-CoV-2 infection: an analysis of 2-year retrospective cohort studies including 1 284 437 patients

Sociology and disasters

Key Influencing Factors and Optimization Strategy of Epidemic Resilience in Urban Communities—A Case Study of Nanjing, China

Did Sweden’s controversial COVID strategy pay off? In many ways it did – but it let the elderly down

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

2022-2026 FEMA National Tribal Strategy

Conditions in prisons during heat waves pose deadly threats to incarcerated people and prison staff

The impacts of human-induced climate change are exacerbating social and economic inequalities of indigenous peoples – A case study from Bangladesh

Today in disaster resilience (12 August 2022)

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Recent emergencies/disasters

Cuba still fighting massive blaze after lightning strikes Matanzas Supertanker Base

Major flash flooding hits Death Valley after nearly a year’s worth of rain in a couple of hours, California

Gundagai homes protected despite major flooding along Murrumbidgee River

Fourth person reported drowned in New Mexico wildfire area floods

Colombia – 21 Buildings Collapse After Floods in Antioquia

Senegal – Deadly Flash Floods in Dakar

Mexico – Two Dead, Several Rescued After Flash Floods in Sonora

9 dead, 6 missing in record rainfall in Seoul, surrounding areas

The Horn of Africa is in the grips of a deadly drought as threat of famine looms

Extremely heavy rainfall battering parts of northern Japan

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 Aug 2022: Popocatépetl volcano, Ibu, Reventador, Sangay, Sakurajima

‘Fire tornado’ produced by Sam Fire in Los Angeles, California

‘We fought all night’: A thousand firefighters battle Bordeaux blaze

Sudan – Floods and Heavy Rain Leave 25 Dead, 5,800 Homes Destroyed

Venezuela – Hundreds Displaced After Floods in Barinas, Táchira and Miranda

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Germany’s Economy Is Carried on the Rhine’s Shrinking Back

Temperatures rise as France tackles its worst drought on record

Climate change: Tears of joy as US bill clears Senate hurdle

Mapped – Attributing extreme weather to climate change

New Zealand has launched a plan to prepare for inevitable climate change impacts: 5 areas where the hard work starts now

Business can no longer ignore extreme heat events – it’s becoming a danger to the bottom line

Over half of known human pathogenic diseases can be aggravated by climate change

Weather agency: July was Spain’s hottest month on record

A volcano is erupting again in Iceland. Is climate change causing more eruptions?

Is a 43 per cent emissions cut enough?

Europe’s worst ever drought: in pictures

Kenyan youth help climate-hit communities prepare for disaster

Satellite data shows Antarctic sea ice is at it’s lowest July level since monitoring began

Response of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet to past and future climate change

Too little, too late for people seeking climate relief

The Arctic is warming four times faster than the rest of the planet, new research shows

America’s summer of floods: climate crisis fueling barrage, scientists say

Land temperatures on the rise, weather fluctuations more severe, Europe space chief says

Record Death Valley flooding ‘a once-in-1,000-year event’

Simultaneous extreme heat and drought events have consequences in a variety of areas

Disaster risk reduction

Raising Warragamba Dam is not the best flood mitigation strategy, Premier

Abandoned mines and poor oversight worsened Kentucky flooding, attorneys say

Brillhart builds resilient house on stilts to withstand Miami’s floods and hurricanes

Development of disaster risk reduction policy in Thailand

New tool to provide a harmonised fire risk assessment across the Pan-European region

Prescribed fires: Why they’re still trusted despite runaway blaze

Machine learning approaches are proactively mitigating the risk of bushfires caused by powerlines, ensuring the safe and regular supply of power to business and communities

MP joins chorus of voices calling for the NSW government to act on floods

USask researchers explore how floods and droughts are challenging science and society globally

Swamped by public outcry, Oregon withdraws controversial wildfire risk map

‘Dry lightning’ sparked the most destructive wildfires in California

53 million Nigerians at risk of flooding, environmental expert warn

Kashmir’s flood management plan faces heavy criticism

Estimating undisclosed flood risk in real estate transactions

Using Water Resources More Sustainably with a Hydrological Database

Oregon State researchers develop framework for modeling post-earthquake infrastructure resilience

A wet spring: what is a ‘negative Indian Ocean Dipole’ and why does it mean more rain for Australia’s east?

Modelling urban sewer flooding and quantitative microbial risk assessment: A critical review

As floodwaters hurtled towards Lismore, several rain and river gauges stopped working

Identification of floodwater source areas in Nepal using SCIMAP-Flood

Multiple factors make Afghan communities vulnerable to earthquakes

Modelling the behaviour of corporations during the flood damage recovery process using multi-agent deep reinforcement learning

Physically based cold regions river flood prediction in data-sparse regions: The Yukon River Basin flow forecasting system

In 2021, the Emergency Event Database (EM-DAT) recorded 432 disastrous events related to natural hazards worldwide

Emergency management

Thousands stranded in China resort city amid COVID lockdown

Does BA.5 spread more easily outdoors than previous variants?

Firefighters ‘stretched to the limit’ and running out of crew as service braces for another UK heatwave

Northern NSW flood report probing government response to be released today

Parliamentary flood report finds SES and Resilience NSW failed Lismore, northern NSW communities

Hawkesbury Community Alliance calls on NSW government to act now on urgent flood mitigation

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Machine learning model uses social media for more accurate wildfire monitoring

Residents Vote on Tax for Wildfire Mitigation and Response

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) has ramped up its ongoing efforts to educate the community about home fire safety

Psychology and disasters

The Mental Health of Minority and Marginalized Young People: An Opportunity for Action

Climate change and extreme heat are making us more anxious

Sociology and disasters

Status and Social Capital: A Cross-Sectional Quantitative Investigation of Flood Survivors in South Punjab, Pakistan

Do disasters trigger protests? A conceptual view of the connection between disasters, injustice, and protests—The case of COVID-19

These communities are trapped in harm’s way as climate disasters mount

Beating the Heat: Investing in Pro-Poor Solutions for Urban Resilience

Today in disaster resilience (5 August 2022)

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Recent emergencies/disasters

Severe flash floods and mudslides leave at least 53 people dead, Iran

Flash floods kill over 300 in Pakistan as more monsoon rain is forecast

How two 1-in-1,000 year rain events hit the U.S. in two days

At least 22 dead, many missing after rivers burst banks in Uganda’s Mbale District

Four siblings among the 28 people killed in devastating Kentucky flooding

Volcano near Iceland’s capital, main airport erupts again after 8-month pause

Wildfire burning near ski resort forces evacuation of hundreds

US high tide flooding breaks records in multiple locations

The Gambia – Floods Leave Homes and Roads Damaged, Two Fatalities Reported

Sri Lanka – Over 2,000 Displaced and 3 Dead After Heavy Rain, Floods and Landslides

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Aug 2022: Karymsky volcano, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Semeru, Ibu

More than 540 000 people ordered to evacuate as heavy rainfall hits Japan

4 people killed and more than 100 structures destroyed in McKinney Fire – California’s largest in deadliest fire of the season

More than 500 people killed, thousands of homes destroyed as record-breaking rains hit Pakistan

Nigeria – Deadly Floods in Jigawa State

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Summer Is Hot, but This Is Abnormal

Confronting climate change means sharing power

Loss of tourism fears as European heatwaves cause record melting of glaciers

‘Soon it will be unrecognisable’: total climate meltdown cannot be stopped, says expert

Reconstructing volcanic eruptions to help scientists predict climate risks: USask research

Major consensus reached on Australian climate risk reporting

Climate change is intensifying the water cycle, bringing more powerful storms and flooding – here’s what the science shows

In Greece, and across Europe, the mercury is rapidly rising. So is the desperation

Climate endgame: risk of human extinction ‘dangerously underexplored’

Global urban exposure to extreme heat

Troubling new research shows warm waters rushing towards the world’s biggest ice sheet in Antarctica

Climate Endgame: Exploring catastrophic climate change scenarios

Regional towns look to community batteries as renewable energy solution

Floods are getting more common. Do you know your risk?

Climate disinformation leaves lasting mark as world heats

Spain orders temperature limits for businesses in sweeping energy saving decree

‘Sleepwalking to disaster’: Biology prof on how climate change is wreaking havoc on our lakes

New Zealand releases its first national plan to protect against climate-driven disasters

Current and projected regional economic impacts of heatwaves in Europe

Borderless Heat Hazards With Bordered Impacts

Landmark Climate Change Lawsuit Moves Forward as German Judges Arrive in Peru

As the rate of global warming hastens, snow-covered areas in Australia and abroad could take on a completely different complexion by 2050

Betting on the best case: higher end warming is underrepresented in research

Australia’s climate change targets will become law. What happens now?

Disaster risk reduction

‘These seas have stolen front yards’: Sydney beaches at risk of being washed away

Predicting earthquakes using ionospheric total electron content anomalies- study

Outback in bloom as floodwaters travel hundreds of kilometres into Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre

High-resolution satellite products improve hydrological modeling in northern Italy

NOAA Tool Now Brings Disaster Risk, Vulnerability Down to Community Level

New Zealand’s White Island is likely to erupt violently again, but a new alert system could give hours of warning and save lives

BOM declares negative Indian Ocean Dipole, likely to add to unrelenting rain in Australia’s east

Johor govt finding ways to prevent flash floods

Heat Turned McKinney Fire into Deadly, Unstoppable Monster

Adapting to flood risk: Evidence from global cities

Nine Reasons Why Extreme Floods may be Worse Than Expected

What is a flash flood? A civil engineer explains

Explorers just uncovered Australia’s deepest cave. A hydrogeologist explains how they form

The future of disaster resiliency and the need for a global vulnerability index

Data vs disaster: Inside the Philippines’ natural emergency preparedness programme

Extreme Weather Loss and Damage Estimation Using a Hybrid Simulation Technique

Latest outlooks for Atlantic hurricane season: Less frenzied, but still above average

The challenge of unprecedented floods and droughts in risk management

Changing compound rainfall events in Tasmania

Emergency management

How the omicron subvariant BA.5 became a master of disguise – and what it means for the current COVID-19 surge

Infrastructure damage hampers flood recovery in Kentucky

The forgotten valley: town left in disarray from recent floods buys walkie talkies to communicate

A 17-year-old swam out of her flooded home with her dog and waited for hours on a roof to be rescued

Why is Monkeypox Evolving So Fast?

Habitual mask-wearing is likely helping Japan, Singapore and South Korea bring daily Omicron deaths down, epidemiologists say

Undisclosed Flood Damage Financially Soaks Home Buyers

NSW government will move to dismantle Resilience NSW following independent flood inquiry

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Be Prepared to be Away During an Emergency

When Extreme Weather Reigns, Disinformation Pours

Responding to a Volcanic Eruption, a Virtual Experience to Reality

Smoke from raging wildfires can harm health

Community preparedness program in the UK #30days30waysUK

Psychology and disasters

Why take the risk? Exploring the psychosocial determinants of floodwater driving

The July heatwave that brought chaos to London has changed the way Brits see the sun

Far from home: Infrastructure, access to essential services, and risk perceptions about hazard weather events

Sociology and disasters

Why gender-specific data is critical to manage disaster risk

UGA research: Wildfires disproportionately affect the poor

Income and Insurability as Factors in Wildfire Risk

Today in disaster resilience (29 July 2022)

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Recent emergencies/disasters

Damaging tornado hits Shangqiu, Henan, China

Severe flash floods hit Fars Province, leaving at least 20 people dead and 3 missing, Iran

Wildfires burn coastal homes, forests in Greece as Europe’s heatwave spreads east

California Governor declares emergency over ‘explosive’ wildfire near Yosemite National Park

Thailand – Flooding Affects 7 Provinces, 1 Fatality Reported

Death toll from weekslong rains in Pakistan rises to 282

At least 14 fatalities as heavy rainfall hits Yemen

State of emergency declared after severe floods hit Sochi, Russia

Central African Republic – Floods Cause Fatalities, Hundreds of Homes Destroyed

USA – Severe Flash Floods in Missouri After Record Rainfall

Volcanic activity worldwide 27 Jul 2022: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Semeru, Shiveluch, Ibu, Sangay

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

State of the Climate in Latin America and the Caribbean

In a paradox, cleaner air is now adding to global warming

Do these heat waves mean climate change is happening faster than expected?

Climate Change and Land-use Changes Increase Likelihood of Flood Events

State of the climate: 2022 on track for a summer of extreme heat

We’re entering a climate that humans did not evolve to withstand

The terrestrial water cycle in a warming world

Europe’s Devastating Heat Wave Shows Keeping Calm and Carrying On Is Not an Option

Faced with more deadly heat waves, US cities are taking an unprecedented step,the%20same%20level%20as%20hurricanes

Zoe, the World’s First Named Heat Wave, Arrives in Seville

Here’s how this year’s heatwaves are impacting the world, and how we can prepare for the future

‘Silent killer’: A series on surviving the extremely hot future

Greenland Loses 6 Billion Tons of Ice in 3 Days, Harbinger of Unprecedented Coastal Flooding

Climate change: UK cities warned of wildfire risk

Alaska experiencing wildfires on a scale it’s never seen; climate change seen as the key cause

St. Louis has been hit by record flash flooding. Here’s how it’s related to climate change

Europe’s record summer of heat and fires – visualised

Life on the Edge: Adapting Coastal Management in a Changing Climate

How likely would Britain’s 40°C heatwave have been without climate change?

Pacific Northwest faces unusually long heat wave: ‘I’m doing the classic popsicle diet’

Attributing decadal climate variability in coastal sea-level trends

Trapped meltwater affects mass loss of Greenland ice sheet

NUS researchers develop new urban planning GIS tool to improve urban climate resilience

Biden Administration launches with tools for communities facing extreme heat

Extreme rainfall will be worse and more frequent than we thought, according to new studies

Global warming of 2C could ‘double’ flooding costs in China compared to 1.5C

Disaster risk reduction

New research in Arnhem Land reveals why institutional fire management is inferior to cultural burning

As France battles wildfires, experts call for a rethink of forest management

One more chapter in the never-ending story of wildfires

It’s Time to Fix Our Water-Logged National Flood Insurance Program

Community Science Project Helps Track Geohazard Risks in Uganda

‘Building too close to the water. It’s ridiculous!’ Talk of buyouts after floods shows need to get serious about climate adaptation

Landsat turns 50: How satellites revolutionized the way we see – and protect – the natural world

Magnitude and source area estimations of severe prehistoric earthquakes in the western Austrian Alps

Climate change, rising insurance costs, food security singled out in CSIRO megatrends report

A once-in-a-decade report from CSIRO, Our Future World, identifies seven global megatrends that hold the key to the challenges and opportunities ahead

Future flooding increases unequal exposure risks to relic industrial pollution

What we’re watching: Weekly disaster update, July 25

Repeatedly flooded communities to receive dedicated funding

The Ember: Canada’s wildfire bulletin

Land cover data just got real-time

New model developed to predict landslides along wildfire burn scars

A German-Indonesian research group is exploring the dangers posed by landslides on volcanoes

Multiform flood risk in a rapidly changing world: what we do not do, what we should and why it matters

Flood and wildfire risks: Translating risk ratings into future costs can help homebuyers and renters grasp the odds – and act on them

An independent Deloitte Report into this year’s South East Queensland floods has revealed an estimated total cost of $7.7 billion to Queensland

Emergency management

How the body responds to extreme temperatures, and what we can do to beat the potentially lethal impact

Biggest Monkeypox Study To Date Contains Hundreds Of Pictures And Details New Symptoms

Disaster capitalism: Business has found an upside to fires and floods

Oak fire remains uncontained as Al Gore warns ‘civilization at stake’

Australia’s COVID-19 cases and death rates currently among world’s highest per capita

COVID reinfections appear to be surging in the latest Omicron wave. Here’s what we know

Monkeypox explained: How to protect yourself and what to watch out for

UK heatwave: how the fire service will need to prepare as extreme weather events get worse

Covid origin studies say evidence points to Wuhan market

Responding to eruptive transitions during the 2020–2021 eruption of La Soufrière volcano, St. Vincent

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Quake early warning system: Would Kiwis use it properly?

Yes, the state of the environment is grim, but you can make a difference, right in your own neighbourhood

Community Scientists Help to Beat the Heat

Flood risk governance in Brazil and the UK: facilitating knowledge exchange through research gaps and the potential of citizen-generated data

Framing Disaster Risk Perception and Vulnerability in Social Media Communication: A Literature Review

Threats lead to cancellation of fire risk map meetings

Psychology and disasters

Wildland Firefighter Health and Wellbeing

Flooding in Germany: One year on, nothing is back to normal

Effectiveness of fitness training and psychosocial education intervention programs in wildland firefighting: a cluster randomised control trial

Sociology and disasters

Heatwaves: why ethnic minorities in the UK are more vulnerable, and what to do about it

Social capital’s impact on COVID-19 outcomes at local levels’s_impact_on_COVID-19_outcomes_at_local_levels