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 (2 September 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Pakistan floods death toll passes 1,000, say officials

Oregon’s Rum Creek wildfire nearly doubles in size to more than 8,000 acres

Democratic Republic of the Congo – Floods Affect Thousands in Northern Provinces

Philippines – 4,300 Displaced by Tropical Storm Ma-on (Florita)

Flooding in Jackson, Mississippi, remains, but city officials are ‘cautiously optimistic’

Sierra Leone – Torrential Rains Trigger Deadly Floods in Freetown

Latest volcano activity news

Historic hailstorm hits Catalonia, Spain

India – Floods in Uttar Pradesh Affect 245,000

Haiti – Houses Destroyed, 3 Lives Lost After Days of Heavy Rain

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Environmental and financial dividends on offer for farmers in carbon reforestation project

Europe dries up from climate change-driven drought,16696

How U.S. Cities Are Preparing for More Life-Threatening Heatwaves

U.S. to More Than Triple Climate Spending, Analysis Shows

Heatwave special

Estimates of the social cost of carbon: A review based on meta-analysis

Extreme China heatwave could lead to global chaos and food shortages

Seattle just had one of its hottest nights on record

A historical perspective on glacial retreat

Poorest countries at greatest risk of losses and damage from climate change

Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East Face Rapid Climate Change

‘Dangerous’ and ‘extremely dangerous’ heat stress to become more common by 2100

‘Zombie ice’ from Greenland will raise sea level 10 inches

Arctic has not been as warm as today in over 7,500 years, study says

Nothing In History Compares To China’s Brutal Heat Wave, Weather Historian Says

If you thought this summer’s heat waves were bad, a new study has some disturbing news about dangerous heat in the future

Three things Sydney must do to help meet climate targets

Pakistan floods are ‘a monsoon on steroids’, warns UN chief

Australia remains at La Niña alert amid near-record Indian Ocean Dipole event

The effects of climate change on hailstorms

Climate change is increasing the risk of a California megaflood

These Communities Are Trapped in Harm’s Way as Climate Disasters Mount

Heat waves + air pollution can be a deadly combination: The health risk together is worse than either alone

Climate Change and Wellbeing Around the World

To create serious movement on climate change, we must dispel the myth of indifference

Longer summers could mean increased drought risk, says Met Office

How melting glaciers fueled Pakistan’s fatal floods

Welcome to the Heat Action Platform!

A climate scientist on the planet’s simultaneous disasters, from Pakistan’s horror floods to Europe’s record drought

Rivers worldwide are running dry – here’s why and what we can do about it

Global warming makes more heatwaves inevitable for East Asia

NSW Blue Carbon Strategy 2022-2027

An international, peer-reviewed publication released each summer, the State of the Climate is the authoritative annual summary of the global climate

Victoria to exit coal sooner than power operators forecast, report finds

Greenhouse gas emissions, sea levels hit record highs in 2021

Disaster risk reduction

Why suppressing wildfires may be making the Western fire crisis worse

Floods, other water-related disasters could cost global economy $5.6 trillion by 2050 -report

‘We are committed to building more dams’: NSW government releases new water strategy

Greater Sydney Water Strategy

The problem of doing more: success and paradoxes in scaling up informal initiatives for disaster risk reduction and climate action

Federally Overlooked Flood Risk Inequities in Houston, Texas: Novel Insights Based on Dasymetric Mapping and State-of-the-Art Flood Modeling

Heatwaves and drought – why they are setting us up for severe flash flooding incidents?

River Floods Can Trigger Powerful Underwater Landslides

Advancing traditional strategies for testing hydrological model fitness in a changing climate

Floods, drought, storms could cost Canada’s economy more than $80 billion by 2050: report

A review of early severe weather applications of high-resolution regional reanalysis in Australia

Wildfire and floods don’t need to turn into disasters: UN risk report

Faults underneath Seattle could trigger 33-foot tsunami wave

New Landslide Reporting Tool Uses Social Media and AI

A new paper reviews past earthquakes to better understand potential future risks

The Surprising Powerful Global Tsunamis Driven by Underwater Volcanic Eruptions

Nepal’s early-warning system reduces flood fatalities

Pakistan’s history of disasters and the lessons we fail to learn

Emergency management

Pakistan Foreign Minister says help needed after overwhelming floods kill more than 1,000 people

Enormity of Pakistan floods viewed from space

Omicron booster shots are coming—with lots of questions

New research by a Northeastern engineering professor used recent storms and the COVID-19 pandemic to predict human movement during disasters

Australian National Emergency Management Authority established

Long COVID: How researchers are zeroing in on the self-targeted immune attacks that may lurk behind it

A Third Of Pakistan Is Underwater After Devastating Floods

The new Australian Fire Danger Rating System has been developed using the latest science to be more accurate and relevant

Let’s get mappin’: building GIS capacities for anticipatory action

Disaster education, communications and engagement

How to become a citizen scientist—and when to leave it to the professionals

An Inside Sun: Lickanantay Volcanology in the Salar de Atacama

Get prepared for an earthquake

Social Media Supplements Science During Natural Disasters

The Georgia Flood Literacy Project

Citizen science in environmental and ecological sciences

Discover Volcanoes book for children

Preparedness month: 30 days in 30 ways #30days30waysUK

Psychology and disasters

‘I feel my heart breaking today’ – a climate scientist’s path through grief towards hope

Learn about who is most at risk for emotional distress from hurricanes and tropical storms and where to find disaster-related resources

Sociology and disasters

Part of the reason why low-income neighborhoods flooded has to do with the historical development of Houston

Community resilience through the lens of social support: Recovering from the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption in Iceland

Black Businesses Matter: A Longitudinal Study of Black-Owned Restaurants in the COVID-19 Pandemic Using Geospatial Big Data

Jackson’s water crisis was triggered by floods and compounded by racism

Three things we learned about poverty and flood risk from urban household data

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)

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

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)

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

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)

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

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

Today in disaster resilience (22 July 2022)

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Recent emergencies/disasters

Deadly weather: 6 dead in Montana dust storm pile-up; 2 dead in Colorado flooding

The heatwave gripping Europe that sparked a ‘red’ warning in the UK is expected to get worse

Heatwave: More evacuations as Mediterranean wildfires spread

More than 1 000 heat-related deaths reported in Spain and Portugal

China floods leave at least 12 dead, with thousands evacuated

USA – Rain on Burn Scar Areas Triggers Deadly Flooding in Colorado

Sudan – 13 Fatalities After Floods in Sennar and South Darfur

UK officials declare major incident as fires burn outside London amid historic heatwave

More than 480 000 people told to evacuate as record-breaking rainfall hits southwestern Japan

Heatwave: Ferocious European heat heads north

Heat deaths in large Arizona county hit half-year record

Niger – Heavy Rain and Floods Destroy Hundreds of Homes, 8 Fatalities Reported

Nigeria – Floods Wreak Havoc in Yobe State

Volcanic activity worldwide 21 Jul 2022: Fuego volcano, Shiveluch, Ibu, Sangay, Nevado del Ruiz, Sabancaya

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

A hypothetical weather forecast for 2050 is coming true next week

Long-term drought intensification over Europe driven by the weakening trend of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation

‘Climate change affects everyone’: Europe battles wildfires in intense heat

Lake Mead, once the largest water reservoir in the US, now little more than a graveyard

Australians are installing rooftop solar like never before. Who is burdened with taking care of it at home?

High-tide floods surge as climate changes and sea level rises

This heatwave has eviscerated the idea that small changes can tackle extreme weather

Humanity faces ‘collective suicide’ over climate crisis, warns UN chief

Europe’s big dry

Day of 40C shocks scientists as UK heat record ‘absolutely obliterated’

Melting Snow From Climate Change Could Lead To Unpredictable Water Levels, Study Suggests

Why is it so hot? Climate change is here

California Wildfires Could Destroy Forests Forever

Heatwave: The UK and Europe’s record temperatures in maps and charts

The amount of Greenland ice that melted last weekend could cover West Virginia in a foot of water

Extreme weather: What is it and how is it connected to climate change?

The UK just hit 40℃ for the first time. It’s a stark reminder of the deadly heat awaiting Australia

Record-breaking heat waves show we need to adapt to the climate crisis now

How the UK’s ‘insane’ 40C heat was forecast ‘weeks in advance’

The Landsat archive of decades of change on the Earth is a brilliant starting point for a rigorous scientific analysis of climate change

Accelerated western European heatwave trends linked to more-persistent double jets over Eurasia

Decreasing surface albedo signifies a growing importance of clouds for Greenland Ice Sheet meltwater production

Heatwave relief: What can hot countries teach us about keeping cool?

Wildfires are becoming more common in the UK – but the threat can be managed

Disaster risk reduction

NSW flood plain harvesting rules won’t protect environment, government advisers warn

Subduction earthquake cycles controlled by episodic fluid pressure cycling

A personal reflection by Dr Sam Ramsden, Charity Support Coordinator at the Flood Innovation Centre on the 15th anniversary of the Hull floods

The Controversial Plan to Unleash the Mississippi

Primary drivers of multidecadal spatial and temporal patterns of shoreline change derived from optical satellite imagery

Mapping a Volcanic Eruption in the Backyard of Iceland’s Capital

Elevated flooding risk lingers over NSW for months to come

Questions over Sydney sprawl as Australia cleans up after floods

Emergency management

‘The way it’s playing out is unexpected’: UK faces up to changing waves of Covid

How omicron subvariants are causing a surge in COVID infections

Post-disaster policies expose more people to disaster risks

Portugal fights wildfires with new tactics as heatwaves raise risk

Data reveals the ‘unseen tragedy’ of COVID-19 pandemic as thousands wait longer for elective surgery

Map shows devastating scale of wildfires across Europe

BA.5 doesn’t care that you just had Covid-19

It’s not just heat stroke. Extreme temperatures pose special risk to people with chronic illness (and that’s a lot of us)

Hurricane preparedness is expensive. Emergency managers and community leaders are looking for a solution

Masks are ‘strongly suggested’ by health authorities as the winter COVID wave hits. Here’s how effective they are

Data and imagery from the joint USGS/NASA Landsat satellites play a critical role in understanding the impact, severity, and extent of large fires

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Flood recovery forum in Abbotsford focused on ‘breaking down silos’

More than a warning: Expanding the role of communication in Eastern Caribbean volcano science

Maximum temperatures and how they are recorded

Psychology and disasters

Instead of planning for dry conditions, Americans seem incapable of even remembering them

As Europe Swelters, How Are We Affected Psychologically?

Sociology and disasters

This briefing looks at how climate change affects vulnerable groups

The risks to the most vulnerable from extreme heat are growing due to a lack of access to sustainable cooling

The Key To Disaster Survival? Friends And Neighbors

When disaster strikes, these Americans may not be ready

Nowhere left to turn, part 1: Venezuela’s COVID fallout leaves children dying and the poor scavenging for food

Today in disaster resilience (15 July 2022)

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Recent emergencies/disasters

Dozens injured in Portugal wildfires as heatwave to intensify

India – 16 Killed, 40 Missing in Amarnath Flash Floods

Increased seismicity, eruption alert level raised for Tsurumidake and Garandake, Japan

Fire threatening Yosemite’s famed grove of giant sequoia trees is still growing

British tourists survive avalanche in Tian Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan

Farm on Hawkesbury River north of Sydney falling into giant sinkhole

Dangerous heatwaves engulf parts of China, US and Europe

India – Heavy Rain and Floods in Gujarat Affect Over 1 Million

Afghanistan – Thousands of Homes Damaged, 39 Lives Lost After More Flash Floods

Philippines – Heavy Rain Triggers Flash Floods and Landslides in 7 Provinces

China – 1 Dead, 8 Missing After Flash Floods in Heilongjiang

Pakistan floods: 135 killed and hundreds homeless as record monsoon rains wreak havoc

Days of heavy rainfall in eastern Indonesia caused flooding and landslides in parts of the Maluku Islands over the last few days, causing 7 fatalities

Volcanic activity worldwide 14 Jul 2022: Karymsky volcano, Semeru, Shiveluch, Dukono, Reventador

USA – Over 40 Unaccounted for After Flash Floods in Virginia

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Integrated wind and solar still cheapest, and green hydrogen costs falling fast: CSIRO

Alaska on fire: Thousands of lightning strikes and a warming climate put Alaska on pace for another historic fire season

Catching maladaptation before it happens

We built an algorithm to predict how climate change will affect future conflict in the Horn of Africa: here’s what we found

Ravaged by floods, Bangladesh pitches plan to adapt to climate effects

‘In the mouth of dragons’: Melting glaciers threaten Pakistan’s north

Decarbonisation now a priority at 80 per cent of manufacturing firms

We Need to Stop Pretending we can Limit Global Warming to 1.5°C

Every heatwave occurring today is more intense due to climate change

Stability of the Antarctic Ice Sheet during the pre-industrial Holocene

Pacific youth need action on climate change, Vanuatu PM says, as leaders seek to appeal to world’s highest court

Nearly $2tn of damage inflicted on other countries by US emissions

High spatial and temporal variability in Antarctic ice discharge linked to ice shelf buttressing and bed geometry

Global climate and environmental data sources to be made more accessible to citizens towards 2025

Here’s who lives in your city’s worst heat islands

How are cities planning for heat? Analysis of United States municipal plans

Extreme heatwaves are here to stay in the UK. It’s time for us to adapt

Why is it so hot in the UK and elsewhere in Europe and what are the dangers?

We studied how the Antarctic ice sheet advanced and retreated over 10,000 years. It holds warnings for the future

Contributions of Different Sea-Level Processes to High-Tide Flooding Along the U.S. Coastline

Maladapted: Ill-conceived attempts at climate adaptation threaten to make a bad situation even worse

Extreme heat around the world in videos, photos and graphics

NASA: June 2022 tied as Earth’s warmest June on record

Australia’s central climate policy pays people to grow trees that already existed

Disaster risk reduction

‘Stark raving, barking mad’: experts question the building of homes below ‘worst-case’ flood levels in western Sydney

Disturbance causes variation in sub-canopy fire weather conditions

Stalled monsoon behind devastating floods in northeast India and Bangladesh

Maharashtra: Real-time Data System Installed In Ratnagiri For Flood Alerts, Info On Landslides

New Study Details Impacts of Tsunami from Fault Running Through Seattle

Ocean and wave models complement atmosphere-only storm predictions

Modelling of multi-sectoral critical infrastructure interdependencies for vulnerability analysis

Home buybacks in flood-prone NSW ‘cheaper’ than plan to raise Warragamba Dam wall, experts say

Raise the dam wall – the facts, the potential flood solutions, and why there’s no ‘silver bullet’

New Zealand’s Lake Taupō supervolcano still very active, study finds

Measuring Community Disaster Resilience Over Time

In the battle of human vs. water, ‘Water Always Wins’

Enhanced urban adaptation efforts needed to counter rising extreme rainfall risks

A limited number of earthquakes and volcanoes, primarily located in global north countries, dominate the collective research output on these geohazards

Buy back flood-hit homes now, says Committee for Sydney

Shockwave caused by Tonga underwater eruption may help scientists predict future tsunami

Atmospheric Rivers Help Coastal Wetlands Build Up Sediment

A case for retreat in the age of fire

Machine Learning Quantifies Fire Burning

Emergency management

Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: ‘We have become too complacent’, expert warns as hospitalisations spike

Homes of last resort: the pods housing a NSW community ravaged by floods

Nambucca River oyster growers left unable to harvest as floods trigger sewage spill

When 28 horses were found submerged in freezing floodwater, a 24-hour rescue mission began in the Hunter Valley

Local knowledge and practice in disaster relief

When Disaster Strikes in Brazil, This Pioneering Veterinarian Jumps Into Action

NSW city goes a week without drinkable water after floods cause contamination

We lost the plot on COVID messaging – now governments will have to be bold to get us back on track

WHO to convene second emergency meeting to decide if monkeypox is a global health threat as cases rise to 9,200

Japan warns of COVID surge, Tokyo raises alert level

Disaster education, communications and engagement

What science says about the best ways to cool down

Get resources for preventing wildfires in your community, and inspire others to champion the cause

Risk Communication and Social Vulnerability: Guidance for Practitioners

New Report Reveals Opportunity for States to Drive Climate Action Through Education

How the Tour de France helped me think about geology in a new way

Psychology and disasters

As flood water recedes there is trauma, homelessness and fear about the future

‘Catastrophic’ impact of NSW floods sees many elderly people going into residential care earlier than expected

‘Sometimes I don’t have the words for things’: how we are using art to research stigma and marginalisation

Floods haunt Belgian town as rebuild seeks to stop repeat disaster

Sociology and disasters

Climate warming could deepen environmental injustice in urban areas

Disasters and History: The Vulnerability and Resilience of Past Societies

Climate change is white colonisation of the atmosphere. It’s time to tackle this entrenched racism

In Climate-Driven Disasters, Older People and the Disabled Are Most at Risk. Now In-Home Caregivers Are Being Trained in How to Help Them

Today in disaster resilience (8 July 2022)

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Recent emergencies/disasters

Heavy rain hits Sydney as largest floods since March 2021 surround city

At least six dead after chunk of glacier breaks loose on Italian mountain

India – 14 Dead, Dozens Missing After Landslide in Manipur

Afghanistan – 19 Killed in Flash Floods in Eastern Provinces

Typhoon “Chaba” spawns tornadoes, splits a ship in half, leaving 26 people missing, China

Wildfire rages north of Athens, one town evacuated

Another deluge continues Sydney’s record wet year

Brazil – Thousands Displaced by Floods in North East

Strong eruptive activity at Fuego volcano, large pyroclastic flows produced, Guatemala

Manipur landslide death toll rises to 47, 14 remain missing, India

Pakistan – Fatalities Reported After Floods in Balochistan

Malaysia – Deadly Flash Floods in Kedah

Ecuador – Homes Damaged, 3 Dead After Floods in Several Provinces

India – Floods and Landslides Cause Fatalities in Himachal Pradesh

NSW Mid North Coast rainfall records broken as flood damage assessed

Volcanic activity worldwide 7 Jul 2022: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Reventador, Askja, Sangay

Oman – Deadly Flash Floods After Days of Heavy Rain

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

‘It’s hot’: UK interest in solar power heats up as energy bills soar

Bonn climate talks end with ‘almost empty pages’

Why South Asia Is Among the Hardest Hit Regions by Climate Change

Climate change: wildfire risk has grown nearly everywhere – but we can still influence where and how fires strike

Los Angeles to launch ‘extreme heat campaign’ Friday, says city’s first heat officer

Spain and Portugal suffering driest climate for 1,200 years, research shows

Sydney is flooded, again, as climate crisis becomes new normal for Australia’s most populous state

Regional towns could be wiped out by move to net-zero. Here’s their best chance for survival

Italy blames climate change for glacier collapse, 7 dead

Can Phoenix, the hottest city in America, survive climate change?

Global and Regional Trends and Drivers of Fire Under Climate Change

How U.S. Cities Are Preparing For More Life-Threatening Heatwaves

First-ever Global Chief Heat Officer announced at the World Urban Forum

No more excuses: restoring nature is not a silver bullet for global warming, we must cut emissions outright

Methane much more sensitive to global heating than previously thought – study

Seville to name and classify heatwaves in effort to protect public

Spain, Portugal dryness ‘unprecedented’ in 1,200 years

Snow at one of world’s highest observatories melting earlier than ever before

Blue carbon as a natural climate solution

Everyday Adaptation: Theorizing climate change adaptation in daily life

Bangladesh’s catastrophic flooding: the climate crisis frontline

Climate change is making flooding worse: 3 reasons the world is seeing more record-breaking deluges

Unchecked emissions could double heat-related child mortality

‘Social glue’ of a city is a key to heat resilience

More Frequent European Heat Waves Linked to Changes in Jet Stream

How hot is too hot for the human body? Our lab found heat + humidity gets dangerous faster than many people realize

Small-area assessment of temperature-related mortality risks in England and Wales: a case time series analysis

Existing climate mitigation scenarios perpetuate colonial inequalities

Assessing the effectiveness of orchestrated climate action from five years of summits

Education’s Crucial Role in Community Climate Change Adaptation

Disaster risk reduction

What’s causing Sydney’s monster flood crisis – and 3 ways to stop it from happening again

Flood risk already affects 1.81 billion people. Climate change and unplanned urbanization could worsen exposure

Using Multidisciplinary Analysis to Develop Adaptation Options against Extreme Coastal Floods

A simplified, cost-effective method for developing flood maps that reflects the uncertainty in flood predictions

Research reveals fire is pushing 88% of Australia’s threatened land mammals closer to extinction

Globally widespread and increasing violations of environmental flow envelopes

Lessons from the 2018–2019 European droughts: a collective need for unifying drought risk management

The Magazine of the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network

To stop risky developments in floodplains, we have to tackle the profit motive – and our false sense of security

Australia’s fire season is drastically expanding

WHO/Europe reports on the contribution of urban planning and management to resilience and health protection

Human Fire Use and Management: A Global Database of Anthropogenic Fire Impacts for Modelling

The challenges of dynamic vulnerability and how to assess it

Climate expert says NSW government should buy Sydney homes left ‘uninhabitable’ by floods

Using real-time, hyper-local monitoring to assess potential flooding at specific bridges or roads

‘Patently ridiculous’: state government failures have exacerbated Sydney’s flood disaster

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter

The data synergy effects of time-series deep learning models in hydrology

The post-fire stability index; a new approach to monitoring post-fire recovery by satellite imagery

Northern Australia’s fire management and mapping: How the integration of ‘old and new’ has led to success

Potential for seasonal flood forecasting in West Africa using climate indexes

The flooding in Yellowstone reveals forecast flaws as climate warms

Residential building flood damage: Insights on processes and implications for risk assessments

Rossby wave in jet stream triggers flooding rain, scientist says

Flood forecasting methods for a semi-arid and semi-humid area in Northern China

The progression of flood risk in southern Alberta since the 2013 flood

Emergency management

COVID vaccine requirement to be scrapped for international arrivals

UK health chiefs brace for ‘bumpy ride’ amid fears over Covid wave

‘Building back better’ in the Caribbean

Australia is heading for its third Omicron wave. Here’s what to expect from BA.4 and BA.5

Flu may be back, but COVID is far from over. How do they compare?

Towards the “Perfect” Weather Warning

Animal rescuers race to reach pets, livestock stranded in Sydney floods

Louisiana Sued Hurricane Katrina Survivors for Misusing Recovery Grants

Did COVID vaccine mandates work? What the data say

COVID was the leading cause of death in Americans ages 45-54 in 2021

Covid-19 reinfections may increase the likelihood of new health problems

How has COVID affected Australians’ health? New report shows where we’ve failed and done well

BA.5, now dominant U.S. variant, may pose the biggest threat to immune protection yet

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Recognising Indigenous knowledges is not just culturally sound, it’s good science

Meet the high school activists fighting climate change in Zimbabwe

Game-based training in critical infrastructure protection and resilience

Immersive virtual reality for science learning: Design, implementation, and evaluation

What are the impacts of extreme weather and climate events?

Mumbai turns to Twitter for help mapping India’s monsoon floods

The potential of disaster digital archives in disaster education: The case of the Japan disasters digital archive (JDA) and its geo-location functions

Psychology and disasters

‘We might not move back’: flood-affected residents ponder future after third flooding event in a year

‘Every time, we wonder if the bridge will go under’: for Hawkesbury residents flooding is now a part of life

Oregonians are united in concerns about wildfires, poll finds

Sociology and disasters

Hundreds of homeless die in extreme heat

What lessons can we learn from Covid-19 responses in African cities?