Today in disaster resilience (21 January 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Massive eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai produces huge shockwave and 1.2 m high tsunami, Tonga https://watchers.news/2022/01/15/massive-eruption-hunga-tonga-hunga-haapai-shockwave-tsunami-january-15-2022/

Pacific volcano: Ash-covered Tonga is like a moonscape say residents https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-60009944

Widespread damage after winter storm spawns multiple tornadoes in Florida, U.S.https://watchers.news/2022/01/17/florida-tornado-damage-january-16-2022/

Peru – 2 Dead After Tonga Volcano Triggers Coastal Flooding https://floodlist.com/asia/tonga-volcano-tsunami-floods-january-2022

Madagascar – 10 Killed After Heavy Rains Trigger Floods and Landslides in Antananarivo https://floodlist.com/africa/madagascar-floods-january-2022

Uruguay – Floods in Montevideo After 150mm of Rain in 1 Hour https://floodlist.com/america/uruguay-floods-january-2022

South Africa – Dozens Evacuate Floods in KZN https://floodlist.com/africa/south-africa-floods-kzn-north-west-province-january-2022

Perth heatwave declared as firefighters contain blaze burning near Karrakatta cemetery on 42-degree day https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-19/perth-karrakatta-bushfire-warning/100767898

Volcanic activity worldwide 19 Jan 2022: Fuego volcano, Reventador, Sangay, Nevados de Chillán https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/170812/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-19-Jan-2022-Fuego-volcano-Reventador-Sangay-Nevados-de-Chillan-Nev.html

Iran – 1,200 Homes Damaged After More Floods in Kerman Provincehttps://floodlist.com/asia/iran-floods-kerman-january-2022

Zambia – Floods Affect Thousands in Southern Province https://floodlist.com/africa/zambia-floods-southern-province-january-2022

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Past seven years hottest on record, prompting calls for stronger climate action https://www.sbs.com.au/news/audiotrack/past-seven-years-hottest-record-prompting-calls-stronger-climate-action

South Australia breaks record by running for a week on renewable energy https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/south-australia-breaks-record-running-for-a-week-on-renewable-energy-20220116-p59omi.html

Record numbers of Americans are alarmed or concerned about climate change https://theplanet.substack.com/p/record-numbers-of-americans-are-alarmed

UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2022 https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1047003/climate-change-risk-assessment-2022.pdf

Climate crisis could wipe 1% a year off UK economy by 2045, say ministers https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jan/17/climate-crisis-1-percent-a-year-off-uk-economy-by-2045

Natural Disaster Costs Exceed $250 Billion in 2021 and Worse to Come, Scientists Warn https://www.theenergymix.com/2022/01/13/natural-disaster-costs-exceeded-250-billion-in-2021-and-worse-to-come-scientists-warn/

The problem with the carbon footprint https://www.mic.com/impact/forget-your-carbon-footprint-lets-talk-about-your-climate-shadow

‘Rivers’ in the sky likely to drench East Asia under climate change https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/01/220118104112.htm#:~:text=%22’Rivers’%20in%20the%20sky,ScienceDaily.

Painting Barcelona’s rooftops could lower temperatures by up to five degrees, say experts https://www.euronews.com/green/2022/01/11/painting-barcelona-s-rooftops-could-lower-temperatures-by-up-to-five-degrees-say-experts

‘We have a lot to lose’: 16 Minnesota cities declare climate emergency, urge legislative action https://www.startribune.com/we-have-a-lot-to-lose-16-minnesota-cities-declare-climate-emergency-urge-legislative-action/600137514/

New Research Shows How Health Risks to Children Mount as Temperatures Rise https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/19/climate/children-climate-change.html

Warm Season and Emergency Department Visits to U.S. Children’s Hospitals https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/10.1289/EHP8083

Giant canyon discovered underneath Vanderford Glacier in Antarctica, revealing history behind rising sea levels https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-21/canyon-discovered-underneath-vanderford-glacier-antarctica/100770634

2021 was one of the hottest years on record – and it could also be the coldest we’ll ever see again https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/world-news/2021-was-one-of-the-hottest-years-on-record-and-it-could-also-be-the-coldest-well-ever-see-again/articleshow/89011720.cms

Disaster risk reduction

Why the volcanic eruption in Tonga was so violent, and what to expect next https://theconversation.com/why-the-volcanic-eruption-in-tonga-was-so-violent-and-what-to-expect-next-175035

First-ever 3D compound inland-coastal flooding guidance system https://www.tacc.utexas.edu/-/when-water-is-coming-from-all-sides

Building a Resilient Canada https://cca-reports.ca/reports/disaster-resilience/

Shock waves, landslides may have caused ‘rare’ volcano tsunami: experts https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220117-shock-waves-landslides-may-have-caused-rare-volcano-tsunami-experts

Flood risk management plans are Scotland’s route map for reducing the effects of flooding on our communities https://www2.sepa.org.uk/frmplans/

How Volcanologists Tracked a Violent, Months-Long Eruption https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/la-palma-volcanology

30th Anniversary Disaster Prevention Management Virtual Issue https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/journal/dpm/30th-anniversary-disaster-prevention-management-virtual-issue

US plans $50B wildfire fight where forests meet suburbia https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/us-plans-wildfire-fight-where-160352657.html

Hard truths about a hard time: Marshall Fire devastation illustrates conditions leading to wildfire disaster https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Publications-and-media/Blogs-Landing-Page/Fire-Break/Blog-Posts/2022/01/03/Hard-truths-about-a-hard-time-Marshall-Fire-devastation-illustrates-conditions

Severe Weather in 2021 Caused $2.1 Billion in Insured Damage in Canada http://www.ibc.ca/on/resources/media-centre/media-releases/severe-weather-in-2021-caused-2-1-billion-in-insured-damage

State agencies among groups to criticise Warragamba Dam proposal https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/state-agencies-among-groups-to-criticise-warragamba-dam-proposal-20220118-p59p3l.html

“Spacing here was a problem”: Closely built homes helped Marshall firestorm spread, researchers say https://www.denverpost.com/2022/01/15/marshall-fire-insurance-losses-housing-density/

The ‘Disasterology’ author wants us to rethink emergency management https://mitsloan.mit.edu/ideas-made-to-matter/disasterology-author-wants-us-to-rethink-emergency-management

Scientists Are Racing to Understand the Fury of Tonga’s Volcano https://www.wired.com/story/tonga-volcano-eruption-science/

New simulations can improve avalanche forecasting https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/01/220119135042.htm

Emergency management

Waves from the Tonga tsunami are still being felt in Australia – and even a 50cm surge could knock you off your feet https://theconversation.com/waves-from-the-tonga-tsunami-are-still-being-felt-in-australia-and-even-a-50cm-surge-could-knock-you-off-your-feet-175056

The Tonga volcanic eruption has revealed the vulnerabilities in our global telecommunication system https://theconversation.com/the-tonga-volcanic-eruption-has-revealed-the-vulnerabilities-in-our-global-telecommunication-system-175048

Hong Kong quarantine rules are no longer just an inconvenience https://www.ft.com/content/394e7e58-e7da-4386-aa49-be800a9585a3

Israeli trial, world’s first, finds 4th dose ‘not good enough’ against Omicron https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-trial-worlds-first-finds-4th-dose-not-good-enough-against-omicron/

The pandemic’s true death toll: millions more than official counts https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00104-8

Living with endemic Covid will not be painless https://www.ft.com/content/90c0d2e5-063e-44d1-9acf-d603aeafd41d

FEMA Strategic Plan https://www.fema.gov/about/strategic-plan

All plan B Covid restrictions, including mask wearing, to end in England https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/19/boris-johnson-announces-end-to-all-omicron-covid-restrictions-in-england?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

This Guidebook describes institutional options, successful characteristics and management lessons based on real-world experience with disaster recovery operations https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/handbook-recovery-institutions-guidebook-recovery-practitioners

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Creating effective emergency alerts https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/creating-effective-emergency-alerts

The words used in warning communications can powerfully convey risk and encourage immediate behaviours such as moving to a safer area or avoiding floodwaters https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/choosing-powerful-words-signal-risk-and-encourage-action

Collaborating With Communities: Citizen Science Flood Monitoring in Urban Informal Settlements https://www.cogitatiopress.com/urbanplanning/article/view/4648

New Zealanders need to understand the hazards of volcanoes here https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/459805/new-zealanders-need-to-understand-the-hazards-of-volcanoes-here-eqc

Mauna Loa:Preparing for the next eruption of Earth’s largest active volcano https://geonarrative.usgs.gov/maunaloa/

How to Plan a Tsunami Walk! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYbK8lZsrsc

Province’s new interactive flood-predicting map ‘basic’ but valuable, says advocate https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/flood-predicting-map-1.6315647

Psychology and disasters

Repeated exposure to major disasters does not make people mentally stronger https://www.preventionweb.net/news/repeated-exposure-major-disasters-has-long-term-mental-health-impacts

Sociology and disasters

The crisis forces us to consider what kind of society we want to have https://www.theage.com.au/national/the-crisis-forces-us-to-consider-what-kind-of-society-we-want-to-have-20220113-p59nzt.html

Equitable Community Resilience: The Case of Winter Storm Uri in Texas https://arxiv.org/abs/2201.06652

Coldhearted Policies Put People at Risk of Extreme Heat Work Hazards https://blog.ucsusa.org/alicia-race/coldhearted-policies-put-people-at-risk-of-extreme-heat-work-hazards/

Today in disaster resilience (14 January 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

At least 19 dead, including 9 children, in massive fire at NYC apartment; 63 hurt in total https://abc7ny.com/bronx-fire-apartment-new-york-city-fdny/11445294/

22 freeze to death after unprecedented snowstorm traps thousands of cars in Murree, Pakistan https://watchers.news/2022/01/08/pakistan-murree-snow-trapped-vehicles-january-2022/

Tropical Cyclone “Tiffany” to make landfall over the far north Queensland, Australia https://watchers.news/2022/01/09/tropical-cyclone-tiffany-queensland-forecast-track-australia-january-2022/

Brazil cliff collapse leaves 10 dead https://news.yahoo.com/toll-climbs-8-brazil-cliff-180409994.html

3 people missing, 991 homes destroyed and 127 damaged by catastrophic Marshall Fire in Colorado https://watchers.news/2022/01/02/marshall-fire-most-destructive-fire-colorado-december-2021/

Maryborough CBD evacuated as ‘catastrophic failure’ of gates under levee threatens major flooding https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-09/qld-weather-flooding-fraser-coast-maryborough/100746184

Malawi – Houses Destroyed After Flash Floods in Blantyre https://floodlist.com/africa/malawi-floods-blantyre-janaury-2022

Schools closed after shallow M5.5 earthquake, series of aftershocks hit Florina, Greece https://watchers.news/2022/01/10/florina-earthquake-greece-january-2022/

Destructive floods hit Eastern Cape, South Africa https://watchers.news/2022/01/10/eastern-cape-south-africa-floods-january-2022/

Indonesia – Floods in East Java Leave 1 Dead, 1 Missing https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-east-java-january-2022

Brazil – Rising Rivers Force 700 Families to Evacuate in Pará https://floodlist.com/america/brazil-para-floods-january-2022

What We’re Watching: Weekly Disaster Update https://disasterphilanthropy.org/blog/other/what-were-watching-weekly-disaster-update/

Fiji – Tropical Storm Cody Causes Flooding, 1 Dead, 4,000 Evacuated https://floodlist.com/australia/fiji-tropical-storm-cody-floods-january-2022

Strong and shallow M6.8 earthquake hits Fox Islands, Alaska, U.S. https://watchers.news/2022/01/11/m6-8-earthquake-fox-islands-alaska-january-11-2022/

Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits near the coast of Cyprus https://watchers.news/2022/01/11/m6-6-earthquake-cyprus-january-11-2022/

France – Evacuations After Rivers Flood in South West https://floodlist.com/europe/france-floods-southwest-january-2022

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Jan 2022: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Shiveluch, Ibu, Sangay, Ruapehu https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/170334/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-12-Jan-2022-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Shiveluch-Ibu-Sangay-Ruapehu-N.html

Brazil – Thousands Displaced After More Floods and Landslides in Minas Gerais https://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-minas-gerais-january-2022

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Plan Mitigates Climate Change, City’s Environmental Racism https://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/plan-mitigates-climate-change-citys-environmental-racism

COP26 energized the global effort to halt global warming. Research is now crucial to monitoring progress and creating solutions https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03817-4

The Uncertain Future of Antarctica’s Melting Icehttps://eos.org/features/the-uncertain-future-of-antarcticas-melting-ice

Climate crisis: last seven years the hottest on record, 2021 data shows https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jan/10/climate-crisis-last-seven-years-the-hottest-on-record-2021-data-shows

Amsterdam’s floating suburb offers solutions to rising waters https://www.preventionweb.net/news/amsterdams-floating-suburb-offers-solutions-rising-waters

Climate change destroying homes across the Arctic https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-59915697

Sedimentation strategies provide effective but limited mitigation of relative sea-level rise in the Mekong deltahttps://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-021-00331-3

Carbon offset credits set to soar on net zero ambitions https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/carbon-offset-credits-set-to-soar-on-net-zero-ambitions-20220110-p59n7n

Hurricanes, cold waves, tornadoes: Weather disasters in USA dominate natural disaster losses in 2021 https://www.munichre.com/en/company/media-relations/media-information-and-corporate-news/media-information/2022/natural-disaster-losses-2021.html

Global long-term mapping of surface temperature shows intensified intra-city urban heat island extremes https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S095937802100220X

How coastal cities can build climate resilience as the clock ticks https://mitsloan.mit.edu/ideas-made-to-matter/how-coastal-cities-can-build-climate-resilience-clock-ticks

Meet the scientist moms fighting climate change for their children https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2022/0111/Meet-the-scientist-moms-fighting-climate-change-for-their-children

‘Extraordinarily warm’: winter is fastest-heating season in most of US https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/12/warmer-winters-climate-crisis-us

Contiguous U.S. ranked fourth warmest during 2021; 20 billion-dollar disasters identified https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/national-climate-202112

Global Warming’s Six Americas, September 2021 https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/global-warmings-six-americas-september-2021/

‘Rapid stop’ to CO2 emissions needed to limit global warming to 1.5C, says Met Office https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/carbon-global-warming-met-office-b1991060.html

Impacts of super typhoons and climate change https://www.preventionweb.net/news/impacts-super-typhoons-and-climate-change

Permafrost carbon emissions in a changing Arctichttps://www.nature.com/articles/s43017-021-00230-3

Australia matches its hottest day on record as Western Australia town goes above 50C https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jan/13/hottest-day-on-record-in-parts-of-western-australia-as-temperature-reaches-50c

2021 was 45th year in a row with a warmer-than-normal global temperature https://edition.cnn.com/2022/01/13/world/45-years-in-a-row-above-average-global-temperature-climate/index.html

2021 officially New Zealand’s hottest year on record, Niwa says https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/300493525/2021-officially-new-zealands-hottest-year-on-record-niwa-says

Heat-health advisories to farmers in rural Jalna district, Maharastra state, India https://www.preventionweb.net/news/heat-health-advisories-rural-india-learning-during-pandemic-era

Disaster risk reduction

Plumes of rock that feed volcanic hotspots are surprisingly cold https://www.newscientist.com/article/2303622-plumes-of-rock-that-feed-volcanic-hotspots-are-surprisingly-cold/

What is the value of a wave? How changes to our coastline could wipe out surfing’s benefits https://theconversation.com/what-is-the-value-of-a-wave-how-changes-to-our-coastline-could-wipe-out-surfings-benefits-173502

GP2022: Website and registration launched for the Seventh Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction https://globalplatform.undrr.org/news/gp2022-website-and-registration-launched-seventh-session-global-platform-disaster-risk

How can we Optimize Data and Modeling Techniques to Respond to the Effects of Climate Change, Disaster Management and the Security https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/28115/how-can-we-optimize-data-and-modeling-techniques-to-respond-to-the-effects-of-climate-change-disaste

A Quarter of U.S. Roads Could Be Regularly Flooded in 30 Years https://gizmodo.com/a-quarter-of-u-s-roads-could-be-regularly-flooded-in-3-1848090519

Cities boosted rain, sent storms to the suburbs during Europe’s deadly summer floods https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/01/220107084317.htm

Insurance isn’t enough: Governments need to do better on natural disaster resilience https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/insurance-isnt-enough-governments-need-to-do-better-on-natural-disaster-resilience/535858

Enhancing warnings https://www.preventionweb.net/news/enhancing-warnings

2021 Was One of the Deadliest and Costliest Years for Climate Disasters https://blog.ucsusa.org/rachel-cleetus/2021-was-one-of-the-deadliest-and-costliest-years-for-climate-disasters/

Stop blaming the climate for disasters https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-021-00332-2

Data collection critical to disaster mitigation https://opinion.inquirer.net/148465/data-collection-critical-to-disaster-mitigation

Property owners could be hit with higher insurance bills or find themselves uninsurable after a catastrophic infrastructure failure flooded the Queensland city of Maryborough https://thewest.com.au/news/natural-disasters/insurers-could-walk-away-from-flood-towns-c-5250272

Health Impacts of Air Pollution from Australian Megafires https://eos.org/research-spotlights/health-impacts-of-air-pollution-from-australian-megafires

Disaster resilience quantification of communities: A risk-based approach https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921007391

What do large-scale patterns teach us about extreme precipitation over the Mediterranean at medium- and extended-range forecasts? https://rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/qj.4236

Warragamba Dam heritage assessment ‘manifestly inadequate’: archaeologists https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/warragamba-dam-heritage-assessment-manifestly-inadequate-archaeologists-20220112-p59nlk.html

In Haiti, disaster risks linger as another earthquake anniversary passes https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/analysis/2022/1/12/have-the-lessons-of-Haiti-2010-earthquake-been-learned

Global Risks Report 2022 https://www.weforum.org/reports/global-risks-report-2022/shareables#report-nav

The Deadly Dynamics of Colorado’s Marshall Fire https://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/environment/marshall-fire-boulder-colorado/

Sequence of tectonic earthquakes under the summit of Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand https://watchers.news/2022/01/12/ruapehu-earthquakes-january-2022/

Natural Disasters Data Book 2020 https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/natural-disasters-data-book-2020

Gauging the resilience of complex networks https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/01/220110132755.htm

Urban floods are becoming more common as a result of increasing urbanisation, poor urban planning, and climate change. A new report by PlanAdapt explores how African cities are rising to the challenge, and how their work can inspire others https://www.preventionweb.net/news/ecosystem-based-adaptation-promising-solution-flood-risk-african-cities

Fire management in Australia has reached a crossroads and ‘business as usual’ won’t cut it https://theconversation.com/fire-management-in-australia-has-reached-a-crossroads-and-business-as-usual-wont-cut-it-174696

Current and future flood risk in Luxembourg https://www.preventionweb.net/news/current-and-future-flood-risk-luxembourg

Rainy days harm the economy https://www.pik-potsdam.de/en/news/latest-news/rainy-days-harm-the-economy

Challenges Associated with Creeping Disasters in Disaster Risk Science and Practice: Considering Disaster Onset Dynamics https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13753-022-00391-9

Emergency management

COVID vaccines for ages 5 to 11 start today but can schools to open safely in the shadow of Omicron? https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-10/school-omicron-vaccine-5-11-ventilation-children-safe-teacher/100742102

Covid: UK records more than 150,000 deaths https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-59923936

China’s Tianjin testing all 14 million residents after Omicron found https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/china-s-tianjin-testing-all-14-million-residents-after-omicron-found-1.5733206

How do death rates from COVID-19 differ between people who are vaccinated and those who are not? https://ourworldindata.org/covid-deaths-by-vaccination

As omicron spreads, Europe scrambles to shore up health care https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/military-staff-step-strained-london-hospitals-82130502

‘Hero’ police captain dies while rescuing Eastern Cape flood victims https://www.news24.com/news24/SouthAfrica/News/hero-police-captain-dies-while-rescuing-eastern-cape-flood-victims-20220109

Stories of survival emerge from Gympie floods as horses tread water for hours https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2022-01-11/tansey-flood-sees-cattle-horse-losses/100748894

Typhoon Rai’s trail of destruction in the Philippines reignites loss and damage calls https://www.climatechangenews.com/2022/01/11/typhoon-rais-trail-destruction-philippines-reignites-loss-damage-calls/

This Fire Apparatus has Two Engines, 56,000-Gallon Tank Capacity and a Caboose https://www.firefighternation.com/news/this-fire-apparatus-has-two-engines-56000-gallon-tank-capacity-and-a-caboose/

U.S. May Soon See Sharp Drop in Omicron Cases, Experts Say https://consumer.healthday.com/omicron-surge-2656384290.html

Assessment of Top-Down Design of Tsunami Evacuation Strategies Based on Drill and Modelled Data https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/feart.2021.744193/full

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Learn About Earthquake Hazards https://www.usgs.gov/programs/earthquake-hazards/learn-about-earthquake-hazards

Citizen Science Helps Communities Participate in, Understand, and Trust Science https://www.rand.org/blog/rand-review/2022/01/citizen-science-helps-communities-participate-in-science.html

Indie City-Building Games Finally Reckon With Climate Change https://www.wired.com/story/city-builder-games-climate-change/

Teaching about volcanoes https://www.jvolcanica.org/ojs/index.php/volcanica/article/view/111

When Science Meets the Public, Communication Matters https://notes.nap.edu/2020/04/24/science-meets-public-communication-matters/

Public safety messages for floods and storms https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/casestudy/floodriskcsas

Attentiveness to Early Warning Drought Information: Implications for Policy Support and Climate Risk Reduction in Ghana https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13753-021-00390-2

Psychology and disasters

Climate disasters trigger mental health crisis in Pakistan’s mountains https://www.thethirdpole.net/en/climate/climate-disasters-trigger-mental-health-crisis-in-pakistans-mountains/

Farmers tell of frantic rescue efforts as Gympie floods sweep Victorian father, daughter away https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-11/gympie-farmers-efforts-to-save-father-daughter-from-floods/100750368

Sociology and disasters

Book Review: Cities in the Anthropocene: New Ecology and Urban Politics by Ihnji Jon https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/2022/01/05/book-review-cities-in-the-anthropocene-new-ecology-and-urban-politics-by-ihnji-jon/

Did Volcanoes Accelerate the Fall of Chinese Dynasties? https://eos.org/articles/did-volcanoes-accelerate-the-fall-of-chinese-dynasties

Building Resilience of the Urban Poor in Indonesia https://www.adb.org/publications/building-resilience-urban-poor-indonesia

In Bihar, women face floods and increasing violence https://www.thethirdpole.net/en/livelihoods/in-bihar-women-face-floods-and-increasing-violence/

Today in disaster resilience (31 December 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Brazil – Dam collapses prompting urgent evacuation https://rsoe-edis.org/eventList/details/144175/1

Spain declares end to La Palma volcano eruption https://www.dw.com/en/spain-declares-end-to-la-palma-volcano-eruption/a-60256505

9 feet of snow wallops California mountains as brutal cold invades U.S. https://www.axios.com/snow-totals-california-sierra-brutal-cold-hits-94cc9975-ec4f-4d02-b17f-bae8e0561ea3.html

Extreme rainfall hits Brazilian state of Bahia, causing catastrophic damage https://watchers.news/2021/12/27/bahia-flood-casualties-damage-december-2021/

Very strong M7.3 earthquake hits Barat Daya Islands at intermediate depth, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2021/12/29/m7-3-earthquake-barat-daya-islands-indonesia-december-29-2021/

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

New Data on Earth’s Youngest Glacier Reveals a Healthy Fellow, while Earth’s Ice Elsewhere is Losing its Battle Against Global Warminghttps://www.severe-weather.eu/cryosphere/earth-youngest-glacier-healthy-cryosphere-losing-battle-global-warming-rrc/

2021’s climate disasters revealed an east-west weather divide, with one side of the country too wet, the other dangerously dry https://theconversation.com/2021s-climate-disasters-revealed-an-east-west-weather-divide-with-one-side-of-the-country-too-wet-the-other-dangerously-dry-173402

Floods getting bigger and more frequent, says river expert https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-59726441

Affluent seaside landowners plead for help in SC’s battle against rising ocean https://www.thestate.com/news/local/environment/article256773047.html

A new report by Christian Aid, Counting the cost 2021: a year of climate breakdown identifies 15 of the most destructive climate disasters of the year https://reliefweb.int/report/world/counting-cost-2021-year-climate-breakdown-december-2021

Social Cost of Carbon https://impactlab.org/research-area/social-cost/

Why WA’s south-west is drying out at one of the worst rates in the world https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-12-28/why-south-west-wa-is-drying-out/100625142

The US could reliably run on clean energy by 2050 https://www.popsci.com/science/clean-grid-renewable-energy-goals/

Deadly heat and extreme rainfall: This is what the world will be like if the temperature rises by 3 degrees, according to researchers https://sciencenorway.no/climate-climate-change/deadly-heat-and-extreme-rainfall-this-is-what-the-world-will-be-like-if-the-temperature-rises-by-3-degrees-according-to-researchers/1950125

2021 Arctic Report Card: image highlights https://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/2021-arctic-report-card-image-highlights

It Keeps on Raining Too Much Too Fast https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/12/new-york-city-rain-sewage-system-flood/621129/

Rainfall in the Arctic will soon be more common than snowfall https://news.umanitoba.ca/rainfall-in-the-arctic-will-soon-be-more-common-than-snowfall/

Three loud climate warning signals https://www.axios.com/three-climate-warning-signals-9f930b4e-110a-4225-9eb9-c63a22993b82.html

In Australia’s climate wars, delay and deception are the new denial https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/dec/30/in-australias-climate-wars-delay-and-deception-are-the-new-denial

Poleward expansion of tropical cyclone latitudes in warming climates https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-021-00859-1

Alaska ‘Icemageddon’ warning follows heat record https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-59820999

World’s largest offshore wind farm generates first power https://reneweconomy.com.au/worlds-largest-offshore-wind-farm-generates-first-power/

Disaster risk reduction

The pandemic is a warning: we must take care of the earth, our only home https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/dec/24/pandemic-earth-lockdowns-climate-crisis-environment

The Cost of Natural Disasters on Communities, the Environment https://www.thomasnet.com/insights/the-cost-of-natural-disasters-on-communities-the-environment/

Canada wasn’t prepared for natural disasters in 2021 — and next year threatens a repeat https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-emergency-preparation-1.6285724#:~:text=Politics-,Canada%20wasn’t%20prepared%20for%20natural%20disasters%20in%202021%20%E2%80%94%20and,increasingly%20volatile%20and%20dangerous%20climate.

We can build homes to survive tornadoes like Kentucky suffered. We just haven’t https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2021/12/27/we-can-build-homes-survive-tornadoes-like-kentucky-suffered-we-just-havent/

No brainer’ to raise Warragamba Dam wall https://www.skynews.com.au/opinion/no-brainer-to-raise-warragamba-dam-wall/video/e590ad65056bc9a6acb3eeb464d1e6c3

Prediction of severe adverse events, modes of action and drug treatments for COVID-19’s complications https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-00368-6

The increased number and severity of wildfires increase in recent years had led to a sharp rise in insurers’ decisions not to renew homeowners’ policies in California or to write new business there https://resilience.iii.org/resilience-blog/wildfires/fewer-california-homeowners-non-renewed-in-2020-but-more-pushed-into-fair-plan/

New Bradfield scheme on agenda as north Queensland prepares for floods https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/new-bradfield-scheme-on-agenda-as-north-queensland-prepares-for-floods-20211228-p59kjs.html

Catalogue of Nature-Based Solutions for Urban Resilience https://www.gfdrr.org/en/publication/catalogue-nature-based-solutions-urban-resilience

2021: The Year in Volcanic Activity https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2021/12/photos-volcanoes-2021/621139/

A Numerical Investigation of the Characteristics of Seismic Signals Induced by Rockfalls https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/feart.2021.761455/full

Flood disaster takes bite out of B.C. economy, sends infrastructure wake-up call https://www.cheknews.ca/flood-disaster-takes-bite-out-of-b-c-economy-sends-infrastructure-wake-up-call-2-930818/

Transposing flood risk from extreme rainfall events: A case study of Hurricane Harvey https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12778

Equilibrium/Sustainability — Dam failures cap a year of disasters https://thehill.com/policy/equilibrium-sustainability/587425-equilibrium-sustainability

Emergency management

More than 50 long-term effects of COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-95565-8

Omicron escapes the majority of existing SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibodies https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03796-6

Christmas miracle: German flood victims receive tiny houses https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/christmas-miracle-german-flood-victims-receive-tiny-houses-2021-12-23/

Simultaneous compound disasters from COVID-19 and catastrophic flooding https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12779

FEMA offers cash to cover COVID-19 funeral costs https://www.cbsnews.com/news/covid-19-funeral-costs-fema-federal-assistance/

Fauci suggests people steer clear from large New Year’s Eve parties: “I would stay away from that” https://www.businessinsider.com.au/fauci-stay-away-from-large-new-years-eve-parties-2021-12

The virus antidote: political leadership, progressive government, public services https://socialeurope.eu/the-virus-antidote-political-leadership-progressive-government-public-services

CDC: Omicron made up 59% of virus cases last week https://www.ems1.com/coronavirus-covid-19/articles/cdc-omicron-made-up-59-of-virus-cases-last-week-cfFV1mQYlcOH2uK1/

Omicron Variant Might Help Defend Against Delta, Lab Study Suggests https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/28/health/covid-omicron-antibodies-delta.html

French daily Covid cases above 200,000 as Italy introduces stricter green pass https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/29/french-daily-covid-cases-above-200000-as-italy-considers-stricter-green-pass

Brazil government to send relief funds to flood-ravaged northeast https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/brazil-government-send-relief-funds-flood-ravaged-northeast-2021-12-28/

Malaysia floods: Country seeks UN climate adaptation funds for the first time https://www.euronews.com/green/2021/12/27/malaysia-floods-country-seeks-un-climate-adaptation-funds-for-first-time

With omicron, it may be harder to tell if you have COVID, the common cold or flu https://www.startribune.com/with-omicron-it-may-be-harder-to-tell-if-you-have-covid-the-common-cold-or-flu/600131056/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Engaging communities with Canada’s earthquake early warning system https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/engaging-communities-with-canadas-earthquake-early-warning-system-13556/

School Pupils in Osaka are Champions for Avoidable Deaths from Tsunamis http://www.avoidable-deaths.net/2020/10/29/school-pupils-in-osaka-are-champions-for-avoidable-deaths-from-tsunamis/

Stories of cultural burning in southern Australia https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2021/stories-cultural-burning-southern-australia

Psychology and disasters

The pandemic has caused nearly two years of collective trauma. Many people are near a breaking point https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/12/24/collective-trauma-public-outbursts/

Worry and behaviour at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak: results from three UK surveys https://osf.io/3qbca/

A lesson in tornadoes’ wake: Warnings work, but human response is key https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2021/1214/A-lesson-in-tornadoes-wake-Warnings-work-but-human-response-is-key

Flood Disaster Risk, Sense of Place, and Preparedness of Entrepreneurs in Communities along a River http://www.cddjournal.org/article/view/vol05-iss1-1

Sociology and disasters

Has the pandemic fundamentally changed our ethics? https://theconversation.com/has-the-pandemic-fundamentally-changed-our-ethics-171304

Today in disaster resilience (24 December 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

One dead, two people critical after severe storm hits Sydney’s northern beaches https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-12-19/one-dead-two-injured-after-sydney-storm-northern-beaches/100712606

Typhoon Rai: rescue efforts continue after strongest storm to hit Philippines this year https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/18/typhoon-rai-at-least-12-killed-in-philippines-as-clean-up-begins

Widespread floods destroy more than 1 400 homes, leave 15 people dead and 9 missing in the Republic of Congo https://watchers.news/2021/12/17/republic-of-congo-flood-casualties-damage-december-2021/

Typhoon Rai kills 375 in the Philippines, military deployed to help affected areas https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-12-21/typhoon-rai-kills-375-in-philippines/100715652

Widespread floods hit Malaysia after more than a month’s worth of rain in 1 day https://watchers.news/2021/12/20/malaysia-flood-december-2021/

High-level eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano, Tonga https://watchers.news/2021/12/21/super-typhoon-rai-odette-philippines-damage-casualties-december-2021/

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Dec 2021: Fuego volcano, Shiveluch, Piton de la Fournaise, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/168708/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-23-Dec-2021-Fuego-volcano-Shiveluch-Piton-de-la-Fournaise-Sangay-Ne.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

La Niña just raised sea levels in the western Pacific by up to 20cm. This height will be normal by 2050 https://theconversation.com/la-nina-just-raised-sea-levels-in-the-western-pacific-by-up-to-20cm-this-height-will-be-normal-by-2050-173504

Scientists extend and straighten iconic climate “hockey stick” https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/11/scientists-extend-and-straighten-iconic-climate-hockey-stick/

Himalayan glaciers melting at ‘exceptional rate’ https://phys.org/news/2021-12-himalayan-glaciers-exceptional.html

WAMPUM: An Indigenous-Designed Path to Sea Level Rise Adaptation https://eos.org/articles/wampum-an-indigenous-designed-path-to-sea-level-rise-adaptation

Hot in the city: Teaching Europe how to live on a warmer planet https://www.politico.eu/article/hot-in-the-city-teaching-europe-how-to-live-on-a-warmer-planet/

U.N. climate chief: COP26 put nations on notice to act fast https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/un-climate-chief-cop26-put-nations-notice-act-fast-2021-12-08/

Heatwave fatalities in Australia: a new analysis https://www.preventionweb.net/news/heatwave-fatalities-australia-new-analysis

Is it possible to achieve net-zero emissions? https://www.nationalacademies.org/based-on-science/is-it-possible-to-achieve-net-zero-emissions

Dunes Dance to a New Rhythm in Climate Change https://eos.org/articles/dunes-dance-to-a-new-rhythm-in-climate-change

2021: A Year in Photos From the Front Lines of the Climate Crisis https://www.desmog.com/2021/12/21/2021-year-in-photos-front-lines-climate-crisis/

From floods and wildfires to inaction and urgency: These are the top climate and weather stories of 2021 https://edition.cnn.com/2021/12/22/us/top-climate-weather-stories-of-2021/index.html

Current coal phaseout pledges ‘absolutely not enough’, warn experts https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2021/dec/23/why-cop26-coal-power-pledges-dont-go-far-enough-visualised

Unprecedented die-offs, melting ice: Climate change is wreaking havoc in the Arctic and beyond https://phys.org/news/2021-12-unprecedented-die-offs-ice-climate-wreaking.html

Addressing Climate Migration https://www.rand.org/pubs/perspectives/PEA1085-1.html

2021 brought a wave of extreme weather disasters. Scientists say worse lies ahead https://www.climatesignals.org/headlines/2021-brought-wave-extreme-weather-disasters-scientists-say-worse-lies-ahead

North America Climate Resilience Program https://resilientcitiesnetwork.org/programs/north-america-climate-resilience-program/

Consumer Activism on Global Warming, September 2021 https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/consumer-activism-on-global-warming-september-2021/toc/4/

Disaster risk reduction

New volcano activity monitoring method enhances early warning https://uaf.edu/news/new-volcano-activity-monitoring-method-enhances-early-warning.php#:~:text=The%20near%20real%2Dtime%20detection,are%20in%20the%20Aleutian%20Islands.

Global Community Steps Up with $93 Billion Support Package to Boost Resilient Recovery in World’s Poorest Countries https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2021/12/15/global-community-steps-up-with-93-billion-support-package-to-boost-resilient-recovery-in-world-s-poorest-countries#:~:text=WASHINGTON%2C%20Dec.%2015%2C%202021,more%20resilient%2C%20and%20inclusive%20future.

Increasing flood resilience in the Great River Ouse https://www.gov.uk/government/news/increasing-flood-resilience-in-the-great-river-ouse

Dual-Objective-Based Tornado Design Philosophy https://ascelibrary.org/doi/full/10.1061/%28ASCE%29ST.1943-541X.0000622

Researchers analyzed 36 years of data to understand how atmospheric rivers and other factors drive chronic coastal flooding https://eos.org/articles/atmospheric-rivers-spur-high-tide-floods-on-u-s-west-coast

A Rapid Prediction Model of Urban Flood Inundation in a High-Risk Area Coupling Machine Learning and Numerical Simulation Approaches https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13753-021-00384-0

UH leads game-changing earthquake, tsunami undersea early warning system https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2021/12/20/7m-early-warning-system/

Quantile-Based Hydrological Modellinghttps://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/13/23/3420

Thailand’s population of nearly 70 million to be protected by new early warning and hazard monitoring technologies https://www.pdc.org/thaiaware-handover-2021/

Pandemic weather: The effect of COVID-19 on lightning https://cosmosmagazine.com/earth/climate/covid-19-and-lightning/

Emergency management

Omicron ‘is going to take over’ this winter, and Fauci says Americans should brace for a ‘tough few weeks to months’ https://edition.cnn.com/2021/12/19/health/us-coronavirus-sunday/index.html

Omicron, Africa, and the Need for Much Better Policy from High-Income Countries https://www.cgdev.org/blog/omicron-africa-and-need-much-better-policy-high-income-countries#.YcDefnB1b5E.twitter

Moderna says booster shot of its COVID-19 vaccine should protect against Omicron https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/moderna-booster-dose-coronavirus-omicron-1.6292454

Covid: Christmas travel will fuel spread of Omicron, US expert warns https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-59714272

‘Another storm coming’: WHO warns of Omicron surge in Europe https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/another-storm-coming-who-warns-of-omicron-surge-in-europe-1.5715492

Philippine supertyphoon Rai ‘exceeded all predictions’ – forecaster https://news.trust.org/item/20211222071843-lh133/

Global COVID-19 vaccine distribution map https://covid-tracker.mckinsey.com/vaccination-map

Omicron wave appears milder, but concern remains https://www.bbc.com/news/health-59758784

Omicron overpowers key COVID antibody treatments in early tests https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03829-0

Omicron up to 70% less likely to need hospital care https://www.bbc.com/news/health-59769969

Second Royal Caribbean ship has COVID-19 outbreak and is denied entry to Curacao and Aruba https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article256803847.html

Disaster education, communications and engagement

In a series of public education programs and workshops, researchers in Canada are engaging with communities and other stakeholders to develop an earthquake early warning system https://www.preventionweb.net/news/engaging-communities-canadas-earthquake-early-warning-system

Reviewing volcano hazard and risk communications in Ecuador: experiences from a fast-format workshop https://www.jvolcanica.org/ojs/index.php/volcanica/article/view/95

Super Volcanoes book https://robingeorgeandrews.com/super-volcanoes-book

What Have We Learnt About Crisis Communications in 2021? https://www.fdcomms.co.uk/news/crisis-communications-in-2021

Disaster communications with resettled refugees: Six principles of engagement https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921006336?via%3Dihub

Psychology and disasters

American Attitudes About Vaccine Globalism https://www.rand.org/blog/2021/12/american-attitudes-about-vaccine-globalism.html

They Survived the Wildfires. Then Came the PTSD https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2021/12/california-wildfires-paradise-camp-dixie-bear-trauma-ptsd-climate-change-mental-illness/

Assisting persons with severe mental illness can mitigate or prevent adverse outcomes https://www.cstsonline.org/resources/resource-master-list/addressing-the-needs-of-the-seriously-mentally-ill-in-disaster

COVID-19: Impact of lockdown on children’s development will ‘last for years and years’ https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-impact-of-lockdown-on-childrens-development-will-last-for-years-and-years-12500806

Predictors of hurricane evacuation decisions: A meta-analysis https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S027249442100195X?via%3Dihub

“It became trying to save as much as we could” – Resident speaks about flooding hell one year on https://www.norfolklive.co.uk/news/norfolk-news/councillor-speaks-about-flooding-experience-6395791

Sociology and disasters

Early Insights from the Equity-First Vaccination Initiative https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RBA1627-1.html

Unraveling the complexity of human behavior and urbanization on community vulnerability to floods https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-99587-0

Today in disaster resilience (17 December 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Intense deluge forces evacuations in Francehttps://www.rt.com/news/542841-heavy-rains-trigger-flooding-france/

‘Quad-State Tornado’ crossed four states in four hours, a rare December tornado https://www.nbcnews.com/news/weather/quad-state-tornado-crossed-four-states-four-hours-leaving-trail-death-rcna8465

Violent tornado outbreak hits U.S. South and Midwest, leaving up to 100 people dead https://watchers.news/2021/12/11/us-tornado-outbreak-damage-fatalities-december-2021/

Intense Storms Cause Flooding, Bridge Collapse in Western Greece https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/12/storms-flooding-bridge-collapse-greece/

Spain – Rain Triggers Deadly Floods and Landslides in Navarre https://floodlist.com/europe/spain-floods-navarre-december-2021

More than 835 000 people affected by floods in South Sudan https://watchers.news/2021/12/15/more-than-835-000-people-affected-by-floods-in-south-sudan/

Severe thunderstorms hit Eastern Cape, claiming 6 lives and damaging more than 1 000 homes, South Africa https://watchers.news/2021/12/15/eastern-cape-thunderstorms-casualties-damage-december-2021/

Congo-Brazzaville – Floods in Leave 15 Dead, 9 Missing and Thousands Displaced https://floodlist.com/africa/congo-brazzaville-floods-november-december-2021

Papua New Guinea – Coastal Floods Affect Thousands https://floodlist.com/australia/papua-new-guinea-high-tide-floods-december-2021

Severe damage across Visayas from Typhoon Odette’s rampage https://www.rappler.com/nation/severe-damage-across-visayas-from-typhoon-odette-rampage/

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Dec 2021: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Reventador, Sangay, Ruapehu https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/161212/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-16-Dec-2021-Santiaguito-volcano-Fuego-Reventador-Sangay-Ruapehu-Ne.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Fleeing global warming? ‘Climate havens’ aren’t ready for you yet https://grist.org/migration/fleeing-global-warming-climate-havens-arent-ready-for-you-yet/

The Politics of Our Climate Attribution Obsession https://rogerpielkejr.substack.com/p/the-politics-of-our-climate-attribution

Explainer: Was Deadly Tornado Storm System Related To Climate Change? https://www.huffpost.com/entry/tornado-kentucky-climate-change-storms_n_61b60745e4b0b50268a7678c

Scientists Find a New Source of a Greenhouse Gas Emissions in The Siberian Permafrost https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-find-a-new-source-of-a-greenhouse-gas-in-the-siberian-permafrost

FEMA chief says powerful storms ‘new normal’ in era of climate change https://edition.cnn.com/2021/12/12/politics/deanne-criswell-fema-climate-change-cnntv/index.html

Protect or retreat: rising seas threaten Canada’s Atlantic and Pacific Coasts https://uwaterloo.ca/news/media/protect-or-retreat-rising-seas-threaten-canadas-atlantic-and

‘2.4C is a death sentence’: Vanessa Nakate’s fight for the forgotten countries of the climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/dec/13/24c-is-a-death-sentence-vanessa-nakates-fight-for-the-forgotten-countries-of-the-climate-crisis

“This Isn’t a Natural Disaster”: Climate Scientist Michael Mann on Deadly Tornadoes in 8 States https://www.democracynow.org/2021/12/13/michael_mann_on_climate_crisis_tornadoes

A new report outlines how Australia is being left behind in the global race to urgently reduce emissions during the 2020s to avoid catastrophic climate change https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/resources/crunch-time-glasgow-climate-pact-national-climate-decade/

Canada on track to reduce fossil fuel use by 62% by 2050 https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/canada-on-track-to-reduce-fossil-fuel-use-by-62-by-2050-1004215443/

Thwaites: Antarctic glacier heading for dramatic change https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-59644494

Landfills Belch Climate-Warming Methane. Even the EPA Doesn’t Know How Much https://truthout.org/articles/landfills-belch-climate-warming-methane-even-the-epa-doesnt-know-how-much/

The Arctic has a new record high temperature, according to the U.N. https://www.npr.org/2021/12/14/1064042128/arctic-heat-record-siberia-climate-change

2021 was a remarkable year for Earth’s climate https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2021/12/2021-was-a-remarkable-year-for-earths-climate/

Near-term transition and longer-term physical climate risks of greenhouse gas emissions pathways https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-021-01236-x

Conversations, culture and constructive climate action https://www.greenbiz.com/article/conversations-culture-and-constructive-climate-action

November 2021: Earth’s 4th-warmest November on record https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2021/12/november-2021-earths-4th-warmest-november-on-record/

How rising groundwater caused by climate change could devastate coastal communities https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/12/13/1041309/climate-change-rising-groundwater-flooding/

How Climate Change is Impacting Extreme Weather Events in Germany https://www.ambientalrisk.com/how-climate-change-is-impacting-extreme-weather-events-in-germany/

Tornadoes and climate change: What a warming world means for deadly twisters and the type of storms that spawn them https://theconversation.com/tornadoes-and-climate-change-what-a-warming-world-means-for-deadly-twisters-and-the-type-of-storms-that-spawn-them-173645

Australia forecast to have summer of extreme heatwaves and floods https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/dec/15/australia-forecast-to-have-summer-of-extreme-heatwaves-and-floods

Climate of chaos: Stanford researchers show why heat may make weather less predictable https://news.stanford.edu/2021/12/14/warming-makes-weather-less-predictable/

In praise of ‘Climate Change: A Very Short Introduction’ https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2021/12/in-praise-of-climate-change-a-very-short-introduction/

The Arctic is warming four times faster than the rest of the world https://www.science.org/content/article/arctic-warming-four-times-faster-rest-world#.YbufK1ezJv0.twitter

Here’s what we know about corporate climate ambition https://www.greenbiz.com/article/heres-what-we-know-about-corporate-climate-ambition

2021 Arctic Report Card: Winter sea ice pack likely thinnest on recordhttps://www.climate.gov/news-features/featured-images/2021-arctic-report-card-winter-sea-ice-pack-likely-thinnest-record

Time lag between intervention and actual CO2 decrease could still lead to climate tipping point https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/12/211215132705.htm

This BAMS special report presents assessments of how human-caused climate change may have affected the strength and likelihood of individual extreme events https://www.ametsoc.org/index.cfm/ams/publications/bulletin-of-the-american-meteorological-society-bams/explaining-extreme-events-from-a-climate-perspective/

Disaster risk reduction

How the ‘deadly December tornado’ carved a 250-mile path through 4 states https://www.livescience.com/deadly-december-tornado-four-states-midwest

Indigenous-led action plan focused on flood strategy for entire Lower Mainland https://www.peacearchnews.com/news/indigenous-led-action-plan-focused-on-flood-strategy-for-entire-lower-mainland/

A framework for global science in support of risk-informed sustainable development and planetary health https://www.undrr.org/publication/framework-global-science-support-risk-informed-sustainable-development-and-planetary

Why the southern US is prone to December tornadoes https://theconversation.com/why-the-southern-us-is-prone-to-december-tornadoes-173643

Three Questions About Last Weekend’s Devastating Tornado Outbreak https://news.climate.columbia.edu/2021/12/14/three-questions-about-last-weekends-devastating-tornado-outbreak/

Evidence for Shared Earthquakes Between San Andreas and San Jacinto Faults https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/evidence-shared-earthquakes-between-san-andreas-and-san-jacinto-faults

Estimation of levee breach discharge hydrographs: comparison of inverse approaches https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02626667.2021.1996580

As floods slam more U.S. firms, $50 billion economic drag expected in 2022 https://news.trust.org/item/20211213093834-8tw2h/

How to select the most suitable fuel management strategies to reduce bushfire risk https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/108

Environmental Sensors to improve bushfire prediction capabilities https://www.noosa.qld.gov.au/news/article/1386/environmental-sensors-to-improve-bushfire-prediction-capabilities

Malawi: New early warning system to reduce mortalities and loss https://diraj.org/stories/malawi-new-early-warning-system-to-reduce-mortalities-and-loss/

A massive underground tunnel may be the way to alleviate Houston’s flooding, Army Corps says https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/A-massive-underground-tunnel-may-be-the-way-to-16703473.php

Chennai’s floods: the city has learned nothing from the past – here’s what it can do https://theconversation.com/chennais-floods-the-city-has-learned-nothing-from-the-past-heres-what-it-can-do-172254

Emergency management

Grenfell delivers yet more horrors. But the guilty still fail to take responsibility https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/dec/12/grenfell-delivers-yet-more-horrors-but-the-guilty-still-fail-to-take-responsibility

Crews search for the missing in Kentucky after devastating tornadoes https://www.ems1.com/search-and-rescue/articles/crews-search-for-the-missing-in-kentucky-after-devastating-tornadoes-DKuDN4WUKnNM0wfl/

Caldor Fire suspects: Son converted firearm into a machine gun, district attorney says https://news.yahoo.com/caldor-fire-suspects-son-converted-033149721.html

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

A new set of evidence-based resources for people and organisations engaged in disaster recovery https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/recovery-matters-webinar-series/#capitals

What South Africa needs to do to exit the pandemic state of disaster https://theconversation.com/what-south-africa-needs-to-do-to-exit-the-pandemic-state-of-disaster-172781

Why did the early warning system fail to save the lives of residents around Mount Semeru? https://theconversation.com/why-did-the-early-warning-system-fail-to-save-the-lives-of-residents-around-mount-semeru-173428

The NSW and Australian Government have committed over $790 million to support recovery, repair and rebuilding efforts of storm and flood impacted regions https://www.nsw.gov.au/regional-nsw/regional-recovery-programs/storm-and-flood-recovery

S. Africa reports record daily COVID-19 cases as Omicron spreads https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/south-africa-reports-record-daily-covid-19-infections-2021-12-15/

U.K. Sets New Record For Daily Covid-19 Cases https://www.forbes.com/sites/marisadellatto/2021/12/15/uk-sets-new-record-for-daily-covid-19-cases/

Broadly neutralizing antibodies overcome SARS-CoV-2 Omicron antigenic shift https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.12.12.472269v1

B.C. paramedics, firefighters to be given more medical powers to assist in emergencies https://vancouver.citynews.ca/2021/12/03/bc-paramedics-medical-scope/

UN chief: ‘We cannot defeat a pandemic in an uncoordinated way’ https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/12/1108092

Cautious clean-up on La Palma as hopes rise for end to volcano eruption https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/la-palma-volcanos-underground-vents-are-solidifying-lava-dries-up-2021-12-16/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

National Award Winners and Finalists https://www.aidr.org.au/resources/2021-resilient-australia-national-awards/

Australian Warning System: Know the signs https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/australian-warning-system-know-the-signs

Improving Tornado Warnings Will Help Save Lives https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/disaster-choice/202112/improving-tornado-warnings-will-help-save-lives

Not just the weather: How TV meteorologists influence the public’s views on climate https://thebulletin.org/2021/12/not-just-the-weather-how-tv-meteorologists-influence-the-publics-views-on-climate/

Psychology and disasters

Survivors describe the fear and horror they endured as tornadoes tore through the southern and central US https://edition.cnn.com/2021/12/12/us/survivors-deadly-storm-kentucky/index.html

Exploring the Long-Term Impact of Cascading Disasters in the U.S. Virgin Islands on High School Student and Teacher Mental Health and Resilience https://hazards.colorado.edu/public-health-disaster-research/exploring-the-long-term-impact-of-cascading-disasters-in-the-u-s-virgin-islands

Black Dog Institute Bush Fire Support Service https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/black-dog-institute-bush-fire-support-service

Prepare for the upcoming disaster season with free trauma training https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/prepare-for-the-upcoming-disaster-season-with-free-trauma-training

6 Ways to Help Someone with PTSD https://psychcentral.com/ptsd/how-to-help-someone-with-ptsd

Brain study on how to slow down climate change https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/12/211215113240.htm

Mental health during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/infographic-mental-health-second-wave-covid-19-pandemic.html

Sociology and disasters

NZ’s social cohesion post-Covid still unclear — researchers https://www.1news.co.nz/2021/12/12/nzs-social-cohesion-post-covid-still-unclear-researchers/

New Research Shows Household Income Impacts of Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, Need for More Equitable Climate Resilience Planning for Cities https://www.iit.edu/news/new-research-shows-household-income-impacts-hurricane-katrina-and-superstorm-sandy-need-more

Informal social support and disaster preparedness: Mediating roles of perceived collective efficacy and self-efficacy https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420921006956

Today in disaster resilience (10 December 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

At least 15 killed, 27 missing and 57 injured after massive eruption at Semeru volcano, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2021/12/05/semeru-volcano-eruption-damage-casualties-indonesia-december-2021/

Floods cut off communities in South Sudan’s Unity state https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/floods-cut-off-communities-south-sudans-unity-state-2021-12-03/

Indonesia volcano erupts again, hampering rescue operations https://phys.org/news/2021-12-indonesia-volcano-erupts-hampering.html

Omicron looks set to cause a huge wave of covid-19 around the world https://www.newscientist.com/article/2300375-omicron-looks-set-to-cause-a-huge-wave-of-covid-19-around-the-world/

Bus carrying members of choir is swept away by raging flood in Kenya killing more than 20 people https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10277193/Bus-carrying-members-choir-swept-away-raging-flood-Kenya-killing-20.html

Storm Barra hits: Forty flood alerts as UK battered by 70mph winds https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/12/07/storm-barra-uk-weather-flood-rain-snow-power-latest-updates/

Indonesia – Floods in West Nusa Tenggara Affect Over 60,000 https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-west-nusa-tenggara-floods-december-2021

Emergency services are fighting two out of control bushfires in WA’s South West https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-12-10/emergency-services-are-fighting-two-out-of-control/13671362

Volcanic activity worldwide 9 Dec 2021: Fuego volcano, Semeru, Reventador, La Palma https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/151755/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-9-Dec-2021-Fuego-volcano-Semeru-Reventador-La-Palma-Nevados-de-Chil.html

Brazil – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Bahia After Heavy Rain https://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-landslides-bahia-november-december-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Earth is getting a black box to record our climate change actions, and it’s already started listening https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2021-12-06/climate-change-earth-black-box-recorder/100621778

Climate inaction will cost G7 countries ‘billions’ https://www.dw.com/en/climate-inaction-will-cost-g7-countries-billions/a-57800168

Around the world, these are just some of the cities at risk of rising sea levels https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/12/coastal-cities-underwater-climate-change/

From Siberia to the U.S, wildfires broke emissions records this year https://www.reuters.com/business/cop/siberia-us-wildfires-broke-emissions-records-this-year-2021-12-06/

Picturing the future of complex, cascading climate risks https://council.science/current/blog/picturing-the-future-of-complex-cascading-climate-risks/

The world’s newest nation is both drying up and drowning https://edition.cnn.com/2021/12/06/africa/south-sudan-floods-climate-cmd-intl/index.html

California’s water supplies are in trouble as climate change worsens natural dry spells, especially in the Sierra Nevada https://theconversation.com/californias-water-supplies-are-in-trouble-as-climate-change-worsens-natural-dry-spells-especially-in-the-sierra-nevada-173142

Firestorm, Greg Mullins: Former Commissioner is ready to face firestorm againhttps://www.northernbeachesreview.com.au/story/7539023/hes-been-targeted-before-but-ex-commissioner-will-face-firestorm-again/

Dictionary update shows how changing climate changes language, and much more https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2021/12/dictionary-update-shows-how-changing-climate-changes-language-and-much-more/

Extreme lack of sea ice in Hudson Bay puts polar bears under pressure https://www.newscientist.com/article/2300385-extreme-lack-of-sea-ice-in-hudson-bay-puts-polar-bears-under-pressure/

FEMA resources for climate resilience https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_resources-climate-resilience.pdf

Climate Avisory Council Annual Review https://www.climatecouncil.ie/media/climatechangeadvisorycouncil/Climate%20Change%20Advisory%20Council%20Annual%20Review%202021.pdf

U.S. had its 3rd-warmest autumn on record, 7th-warmest November https://www.noaa.gov/news/us-had-its-3rd-warmest-autumn-on-record-7th-warmest-november

As climate ‘net-zero’ plans grow, so do concerns from scientists https://phys.org/news/2021-12-climate-net-zero-scientists.html

Disaster risk reduction

An interview with dendrochronologist and fire historian Tom Swetnam https://www.panarchiccodex.com/thomas-swetnam

Pandemic exposed UK is vulnerable to variety of extreme risks without adequate Government planninghttps://committees.parliament.uk/committee/483/risk-assessment-and-risk-planning-committee/news/159374/pandemic-exposed-uk-is-vulnerable-to-variety-of-extreme-risks-without-adequate-government-planning/

Did poor government handling in Kerala cause 2018 floods? Yes, says CAG https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/governance/did-poor-government-handling-in-kerala-cause-2018-floods-yes-says-cag-80494

Research into ground improvement technique ahead of earthquakes https://phys.org/news/2021-12-ground-technique-earthquakes.html

New type of earthquake discovered https://phys.org/news/2021-12-earthquake.html

Payouts may keep climbing due to severe weather https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/payouts-may-keep-climbing-due-to-severe-weather-1004215130/

To Counter Rise in Flooding From Mountains to the Coast, North Carolina Looks to Nature https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2021/12/03/to-counter-rise-in-flooding-from-mountains-to-the-coast-north-carolina-looks-to-nature

Understanding the effects of partisan identity on climate change https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352154621000619

Preparing for Extreme Risks: Building a Resilient Society https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld5802/ldselect/ldrisk/110/110.pdf

Mount Semeru’s deadly eruption was triggered by rain and storms, making it much harder to predict https://theconversation.com/mount-semerus-deadly-eruption-was-triggered-by-rain-and-storms-making-it-much-harder-to-predict-173240

Is “Fuel Reduction” Justified as Fire Management in Spotted Owl Habitat? https://www.mdpi.com/2673-6004/2/4/29

New research makes waves tackling the future of tsunami monitoring and modeling https://phys.org/news/2021-12-tackling-future-tsunami.html

Simulations show how earthquake early warning might be improved for magnitude-9 earthquakes https://phys.org/news/2021-12-simulations-earthquake-early-magnitude-earthquakes.html

La Niña expected to intensify global rain and drought after second consecutive year https://www.ft.com/content/c745f2b9-1cbc-4f59-9f21-b4f7c75d9e60

Asia Pacific Typhoon Collaborative Research Centre launched https://public.wmo.int/en/media/news/asia-pacific-typhoon-collaborative-research-centre-launched

We are professional fire watchers, and we’re astounded by the scale of fires in remote Australia right now https://theconversation.com/we-are-professional-fire-watchers-and-were-astounded-by-the-scale-of-fires-in-remote-australia-right-now-172773

Bottom-up innovations in natural hazard risk management in Austria https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921006506?via%3Dihub

Use the interactive mapping tools to better visualize the frequency and cost of billion-dollar weather and climate events https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/billions/mapping

Real-time coastal flood hazard assessment using DEM-based hydrogeomorphic classifiers https://nhess.copernicus.org/preprints/nhess-2021-359/

Wildfire Resilience and the Role of Landscapes https://www.facilitiesnet.com/groundsmanagement/article/Wildfire-Resilience-and-the-Role-of-Landscapes–19441

Emergency management

Doctors ‘incredibly frustrated’ that unvaccinated Covid patients are delaying NHS operations https://inews.co.uk/news/health/doctors-incredibly-frustrated-unvaccinated-covid-patients-delaying-nhs-operations-1336507

Omicron variant found in at least 15 US states https://www.rawstory.com/omicron-variant-found-in-at-least-15-u-s-states-cdc-chief/

Omicron Cases at Norway Christmas Party Provide Clues on New Variant’s Spread https://www.wsj.com/articles/omicron-cases-at-norway-christmas-party-provide-clues-on-new-variants-spread-11638554033

2 Louisiana insurance companies fail after Hurricane Ida https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/louisiana-insurance-companies-fail-hurricane-ida-81568598

Sydney and Melbourne office workers slowly returning after COVID lockdowns https://www.afr.com/policy/health-and-education/sydney-and-melbourne-office-workers-slowly-returning-20211206-p59f55

In the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion, The Salvation Army’s emergency disaster services was born https://salvationist.ca/articles/halifax-explosion-salvation-army/

Omicron’s less severe cases prompt cautious optimism in South Africa https://www.ft.com/content/d315be08-cda0-462b-85ec-811290ad488e

The herd-immunity threshold must be updated for multi-vaccine strategies and multiple variantshttps://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-00083-2

Six months after Melamchi floods in Nepal, no respite for displaced people https://www.thethirdpole.net/en/livelihoods/melamchi-floods-in-nepal-six-months-on/

B.C. moves to recovery management phase after floods; most military leaving province https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/b-c-moves-to-recovery-management-phase-after-floods-most-military-leaving-province-1004215298/

Females more likely than males to experience long-term COVID-19 symptoms, small study suggests https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/females-more-likely-than-males-to-experience-long-term-covid-19-symptoms-small-study-suggests-1.5701073

Newfound flavor of omicron variant may be harder to track https://www.livescience.com/second-version-omicron-variant-ba2

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Pro-Trump counties now have far higher COVID death rates. Misinformation is to blamehttps://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/12/05/1059828993/data-vaccine-misinformation-trump-counties-covid-death-rate

Crowdsourcing triggers rapid, reliable earthquake locations https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.aau9824

Why e-learning is key to building disaster-proof education https://blog.neolms.com/why-e-learning-is-key-to-building-disaster-proof-education/

Role of frequency modulation radio in disaster communication: A case study of Pakistan earthquakehttps://jamba.org.za/index.php/jamba/article/view/1047

Taking protective action during floods and storms https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/casestudy/floodriskcsas

Making the shaking count — high schoolers in Puerto Rico set up earthquake alerts with Raspberry Shake https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/making-the-shaking-count-high-schoolers-in-puerto-rico-set-up-earthquake-alerts-with-raspberry-shake-13513/

Psychology and disasters

Climate Extremes Can Produce ‘Vicarious Trauma’, Even From a Distance https://www.theenergymix.com/2021/12/05/climate-extremes-can-produce-vicarious-trauma-even-from-a-distance/

New research reveals the economic costs of behavioral responses to the pandemic in the U.S. https://www.sra.org/2021/12/02/the-human-and-economic-impacts-of-covid-19/

Sociology and disasters

COVID-19 Vaccinations: Visualizing a Year of Global Progress and Inequity https://www.cfr.org/in-brief/covid-19-vaccinations-visualizing-year-global-progress-and-inequity

National Narcissism predicts the Belief in and the Dissemination of Conspiracy Theories During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence From 56 Countries https://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/SCGP33XJINCICDCNFYMF/full

Modeling the Impacts of Urban Flood Risk Management on Social Inequality https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2020WR029024

New research demonstrates the inherent inequities of flood protection and offers a better understanding of flooding cost and health impacts https://www.sra.org/2021/12/02/tracking-inequities-and-health-impacts-of-flooding/

Today in disaster resilience (3 December 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Severe flood hits Malta during one of the country’s worst storms ever https://watchers.news/2021/11/26/severe-flood-malta-november-25-2021/

Powerful M7.5 earthquake hits northern Peruhttps://watchers.news/2021/11/28/peru-m7-5-earthquake-november-28-2021/

Canberra’s rainiest November on record https://watchers.news/2021/11/26/canberra-rainiest-november-record-2021/

NSW floods and wet weather: towns along Hunter River ordered to evacuate https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/nov/28/nsw-floods-and-wild-weather-towns-along-hunter-river-ordered-to-evacuate

Malta – Dramatic Flood Rescues After Month’s Worth of Rain in 24 Hours https://floodlist.com/europe/malta-floods-november-2021

La Palma, Canary Islands: eruption Sep 2021 – updates https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/lapalma/sep2021seismic-crisis/current-activity.html

Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits Izu Islands, Japan https://watchers.news/2021/11/29/strong-and-shallow-m6-6-earthquake-hits-izu-islands-japan/

Thirty year flood record smashed as hundreds flee homes in Queensland https://www.9news.com.au/national/queensland-floods-inglewood-declared-an-emergency-zone-as-waters-rise/43d55725-ffd8-446d-a198-a8136b8dd3ae

Spain – Dozens Evacuated After More Floods in North https://floodlist.com/europe/spain-floods-cantabria-basque-november-2021

Prepare for more extreme weather, Britons warned in wake of Storm Arwen https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/dec/01/storm-arwen-uk-must-prepare-for-more-extreme-weather

Vietnam – Floods leave 10 dead, missing in central Vietnam https://rsoe-edis.org/eventList/details/137670/1

Queensland floods: second death in six days after 73-year-old’s ute swept into creek https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/dec/01/queensland-floods-950-evacuated-from-inglewood-as-rising-rivers-threaten-towns

All of southwest B.C. under flood watch as 3rd consecutive storm rolls through https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/wyntk-bc-floods-dec-1-1.6269084

Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Dec 2021: Vulcano volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Merapi, Grímsvötn https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/149265/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-1-Dec-2021-Vulcano-volcano-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Merapi-Grimsvoetn-.html

Vietnam – 18 Dead or Missing as Floods Worsen https://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-floods-december-2021

Colombia – Flash Floods Damage Dozens of Homes in Medellín https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-medellin-floods-december-2021

Thailand – Floods Affect 100,000 in Southern Provinces https://floodlist.com/asia/thailand-floods-southern-provinces-november-december-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Megafires that burn more than a million hectares increasing due to climate change, CSIRO finds https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-26/climate-change-increases-risk-of-megafires-csiro/100653146

Top climate scientists are sceptical that nations will rein in global warming https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02990-w

Relentless Drought, Fatal Flooding: Kenyans Find Climate Solutions Under Threat of Extreme Weather https://www.theenergymix.com/2021/11/25/relentless-drought-fatal-flooding-kenyans-find-climate-solutions-under-threat-of-extreme-weather/

Demand-side solutions to climate change mitigation consistent with high levels of well-being https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-021-01219-y

Climate change and community flood resilience in Tabasco, Mexico https://floodresilience.net/blogs/climate-change-and-community-flood-resilience-in-tabasco-mexico/

Rain to replace snow in the Arctic as climate heats, study finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/30/rain-replace-snow-arctic-climate-heats-study

Quest begins to drill Antarctica’s oldest ice https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-59475410

Gamifying tools to improve the resilience of Europe’s historic areas to climate change https://cordis.europa.eu/article/id/435389-gamifying-tools-to-improve-the-resilience-of-europe-s-historic-areas-to-climate-change

Coal use to peak in 2026 as renewables surge past forecasts https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/coal-use-to-peak-in-2026-as-renewables-surge-past-forecasts-20211201-p59duh.html

The rising cost of the climate crisis in flooded South Sudan https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/nov/30/the-rising-cost-of-the-climate-crisis-in-flooded-south-sudan-in-pictures

Upping the ante? The effects of “emergency” and “crisis” framing in climate change news https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10584-021-03219-5

Avoiding temperature ‘overshoot’ reduces multiple climate change risks, say scientists https://www.carbonbrief.org/avoiding-temperature-overshoot-reduces-multiple-climate-change-risks-say-scientists

Study finds Atlantic hurricanes becoming more frequent, destructive https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/12/02/atlantic-hurricanes-increasing-frequency-climate/

Using AIR’s New Modeling Framework to Understand Climate Change Impacts https://www.air-worldwide.com/publications/air-currents/2021/using-airs-new-modeling-framework-to-understand-climate-change-impacts/

Disaster risk reduction

Recent changes to Arctic river dischargehttps://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-27228-1

How do trees help mitigate flood risk? https://slowtheflow.net/how-do-trees-help-mitigate-flood-risk/

We Really Can’t Stop Natural Disasters, We Can Only Hope to Contain Them https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/we-really-cant-stop-natural-disasters-we-can-only-hope-to-contain-them

Disaster risk reduction and the limits of truisms: Improving the knowledge and practice interface https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921006221?via%3Dihub

Yes, it’s rocket science: Australia needs eyes in space to monitor our tinderbox landscape https://theconversation.com/yes-its-rocket-science-australia-needs-eyes-in-space-to-monitor-our-tinderbox-landscape-166667

Glacial lake outburst floods: A shared risk across the Hindu Kush Himalayas https://www.sei.org/featured/glacial-lake-outburst-floods-hindu-kush-himalayas/

After Wildfire, How Do We Rebuild for a “Resilient Recovery”? https://www.ppic.org/blog/after-wildfire-how-do-we-rebuild-for-a-resilient-recovery/

Mainstreaming forecast based action into national disaster risk management systems: experience from drought risk management in Kenya https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17565529.2021.1984194?src=

Why are homes still being built along rivers? Flooded residents disagree on the solution https://theconversation.com/why-are-homes-still-being-built-along-rivers-flooded-residents-disagree-on-the-solution-171660

South Korea all set to get ‘world’s first sustainable floating city’ https://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/destination-of-the-week/worlds-first-floating-city-south-korea-busan-7640853/

As floods worsen, Uganda moves to protect its vanishing wetlands https://news.trust.org/item/20211129131100-5ogs4/

How Can FEMA and Flood Insurance Keep Up with Rising Flood Risks? https://www.gao.gov/blog/how-can-fema-and-flood-insurance-keep-rising-flood-risks

COVID-19: How much will it cost to prepare the world for the next pandemic? https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/11/preparing-for-next-pandemic-covid-19/

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

Emergency management

Why WHO chose ‘Omicron’ not ‘Xi’ for new COVID variant https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/why-who-chose-omicron-not-xi-for-new-covid-variant-20211128-p59cu0.html

Biden’s Response To Omicron Covid Variant Underscores Best Practices For Managing A Crisis https://www.forbes.com/sites/edwardsegal/2021/11/26/bidens-response-to-omicron-covid-variant-underscores-best-practices-for-managing-a-crisis/

Covid: Travel and mask rules tightened over Omicron variant https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-59445124

Omicron COVID variant underlines need for global ‘pandemic treaty’ https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/11/1106722

Omicron throws spotlight on South Africa’s faltering vaccination campaign https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news-feature/2021/11/29/Omicron-throws-spotlight-on-South-Africas-vaccination-campaign

What happened to our national emergency stockpiles? https://www.bmj.com/content/375/bmj.n2849

First U.S. Case of Omicron Variant Found in California https://www.kqed.org/science/1977807/first-u-s-case-of-omicron-variant-found-in-california

Australian doctors have made a dire prediction on bushfire deaths https://www.sbs.com.au/news/australian-doctors-have-made-a-dire-prediction-on-bushfire-deaths/4d59fc74-8f4c-4c23-b9a7-a444d4c45606

We saw Omicron coming, but we didn’t think to act https://www.smh.com.au/national/we-saw-omicron-coming-but-we-didn-t-think-to-act-20211202-p59e1h.html

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Entertainment-Education Campaigns and COVID-19: How Three Global Organizations Adapted the Health Communication Strategy for Pandemic Response and Takeaways for the Future https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10410236.2020.1847451

Comic worksheets for integrated disaster risk reduction learning in the subject of Geography https://jamba.org.za/index.php/jamba/article/view/1149

No time for complacency about flooding https://www.gov.uk/government/news/no-time-for-complacency-about-flooding

How to tell a compelling story in scientific presentations https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03603-2

Psychology and disasters

Heavy rains drench British Columbians with more climate anxiety https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/heavy-rains-drench-british-columbians-with-more-climate-anxiety-1.6265115

The effects of a hurricane don’t end when the wind stops blowing https://www.thenation.com/article/environment/hurricane-ida-aftermath/

Sociology and disasters

Hurricanes may not discriminate, but governments and utility companies do, our research finds https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/09/23/hurricanes-may-not-discriminate-governments-utility-companies-do-our-research-finds/

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

When ‘hunker down’ isn’t an option: The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season showed how low-income communities face the highest risks https://theconversation.com/when-hunker-down-isnt-an-option-the-2021-atlantic-hurricane-season-showed-how-low-income-communities-face-the-highest-risks-169075

Communities of color lead the way to a resilient future https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/583441-communities-of-color-lead-the-way-to-a-resilient-future-congress

Today in disaster resilience (26 November 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Heavy rain in India leaves 17 dead, dozens missing as rescue teams look for survivors https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-20/heavy-rains-in-india-kill-17-dozens-missing/100637258

Colombia – Thousands Hit by Floods After Rivers Overflow in Chocó https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-choco-november-2021

Panama – Deadly Flash Floods in Panama Province https://floodlist.com/america/panama-floods-november-2021

India – Andhra Pradesh Floods Turn Deadly https://floodlist.com/asia/india-andhra-pradesh-floods-november-2021

Indonesia – Floods Affect Over 25,000 in Sumatra, 4 Killed in Java Landslide https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-landslides-november-2021

La Palma, Canary Islands: eruption Sep 2021 – updates https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/lapalma/sep2021seismic-crisis/current-activity.html

Volcanic activity worldwide 25 Nov 2021: Stromboli volcano, Fuego, Karymsky, Semeru, Grímsvötn https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/148549/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-25-Nov-2021-Stromboli-volcano-Fuego-Karymsky-Semeru-Grimsvoetn-Re.html

Spain – Floods in North Prompt Evacuations and Helicopter Rescues https://floodlist.com/europe/spain-floods-asturias-november-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Extreme heat events jeopardize cardiovascular health, experts warn https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/11/211118061604.htm

Hot in the city: can a ban on dark roofs cool Sydney? https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/nov/21/hot-in-the-city-can-a-ban-on-dark-roofs-cool-sydney

‘An invisible hazard’: Warming cities hire chief heat officers to tackle growing threat https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/-invisible-hazard-warming-cities-hire-chief-heat-officers-tackle-growi-rcna5926

Warming Events Could Destabilize The Antarctic Ice Sheet Soon. Very Soon https://www.sciencealert.com/warming-events-could-destabilize-the-antarctic-ice-sheet-in-just-10-years

‘Inconceivable’: Hunter coal plan may spell disaster for prime wine country https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/20/inconceivable-hunter-coal-plan-may-spell-disaster-for-prime-wine-country

A physical and virtual Hub at COP26 and the home of Race to Resilience https://cop-resilience-hub.org/

Hurricanes expected to linger over Northeast cities, causing greater damage https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/11/211122135525.htm

Countries may be under-reporting their greenhouse gas emissions – that’s why accurate monitoring is crucial https://theconversation.com/countries-may-be-under-reporting-their-greenhouse-gas-emissions-thats-why-accurate-monitoring-is-crucial-171645

Canada’s flood havoc after summer heatwave shows how climate disasters combine to do extra damage https://theconversation.com/canadas-flood-havoc-after-summer-heatwave-shows-how-climate-disasters-combine-to-do-extra-damage-172187

In major shift, experts say climate change finally being recognized as public health issue https://thehill.com/changing-america/sustainability/climate-change/582718-in-major-shift-experts-say-climate-change

Dancing on the edge of climate disaster https://www.ft.com/content/6e2b366f-e139-4d69-bd4f-9254333bf316

Canadians increasingly impatient with climate-change deniers: poll https://biv.com/article/2021/11/canadians-increasingly-impatient-climate-change-deniers-poll

The seas are coming for us in Kiribati. Will Australia rehome us? https://theconversation.com/the-seas-are-coming-for-us-in-kiribati-will-australia-rehome-us-172137

New homes in England to have electric car chargers by law https://www.bbc.com/news/business-59369715

Australia declares La Niña phenomenon has begun https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-59383008

The Arctic Ocean began warming decades earlier than previously thought, new research shows https://edition.cnn.com/2021/11/24/us/arctic-ocean-early-warming-climate/index.html

Adapting to rising sea levels in Marshall Islands https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/8c715dcc5781421ebff46f35ef34a04d

Government warns climate crisis is increasing risk of flooding ahead of extra wet winter https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/flooding-england-wet-winter-weather-b1962128.html

New York’s Right to ‘a Healthful Environment’ Could Be Bad News for Fossil Fuel Interests https://insideclimatenews.org/news/23112021/new-york-right-to-healthful-environment-fossil-fuel/

Canada’s climate change efforts going from ‘failure to failure,’ says commissioner’s report https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/environment-commissioner-report-failure-to-failure-1.6262523

Germany to fast-track coal exit to 2030, and 80 pct renewables under new coalition https://reneweconomy.com.au/new-german-government-aims-for-coal-exit-and-80-pct-renewables-by-2030/

Disaster risk reduction

A new empirical equation for predicting the maximum initial amplitude of submarine landslide-generated waves https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10346-021-01747-w

The Future of Flooding in Canada https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2021/11/19/Future-Flooding-Canada/

Building the case for a flood forecasting and early warning system in Senegal using satellite climate and environmental data https://www.data4sdgs.org/resources/building-case-flood-forecasting-and-early-warning-system-senegal-using-satellite-climate

A doomed Sumas dike failed as predicted. Many other levees could be next https://fvcurrent.com/article/fraser-valley-unacceptable-dikes/

More than 5,000 homes in England approved to be built in flood zones https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/nov/22/more-than-5000-homes-in-england-approved-to-be-built-in-flood-zones

Effectiveness of an adaptive flood management strategy using riparian risk assessment and a tolerability criterion https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12756

Practice makes perfect: forecast-based action in Mali https://www.anticipation-hub.org/news/practice-makes-perfect-forecast-based-action-in-mali

Flood funding slashed in reconciliation package https://www.eenews.net/articles/flood-funding-slashed-in-reconciliation-package/

Enhancing West Africa’s resiliency against flooding https://cordis.europa.eu/article/id/435318-enhancing-west-africa-s-resiliency-against-flooding

This report appeals to relevant stakeholders to take actions that not only support SMEs, but promote overall resilience and mutual benefit https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/focus-prevention-increasing-sme-uptake-disaster-risk-reduction-recommendations

Integrated flood management based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point approach https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12769

Flood management in B.C. is left up to municipalities. Should it be? https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/flood-management-province-bc-jurisdiction-1.6261541

Assessing options for Natural flood Management in the Moss Brook catchment  https://icasp.org.uk/2021/11/25/assessing-options-for-natural-flood-management-in-the-moss-brook-catchment%e2%80%af/

Treasure-trove of 2010-2016 Canterbury earthquake liquefaction case histories shared https://www.designsafe-ci.org/community/news/2021/november/sinking-after-earthquakes/

Emergency management

Military joins efforts to rescue animals in Abbotsford flood zone https://bc.ctvnews.ca/military-joins-efforts-to-rescue-animals-in-abbotsford-flood-zone-1.5674984

Severe Flooding in the Pacific Northwest https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/149100/severe-flooding-in-the-pacific-northwest

Covid vaccines: How fast is progress around the world? https://www.bbc.com/news/world-56237778

New push in Arizona to study cancer dangers for wildland firefighters https://www.abc15.com/news/state/new-push-in-arizona-to-study-cancer-dangers-for-wildland-firefighters

Emergency managers in the U.S. are overwhelmingly white men. Susamma Seeley wants to change that https://www.msnbc.com/know-your-value/emergency-managers-u-s-are-overwhelmingly-white-men-susamma-seeley-n1284435

NSW Ambulance sorry for failing to protect female paramedic from repeated sexual harassment by Upper Hunter station manager https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7515544/nsw-ambulance-deeply-sorry-for-paramedics-distress/

Covid: New heavily mutated variant B.1.1.529 in South Africa raises concern https://www.bbc.com/news/health-59418127

Scientists call for travel ‘code red’ over Covid variant found in southern Africa https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/25/scientists-call-for-travel-code-red-over-covid-variant-found-in-southern-africa

Slovaks lock down to slow world’s highest COVID-19 infection rate https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/slovaks-lock-down-slow-worlds-highest-covid-infection-rate-2021-11-25/

Bulk of Africa’s doctors and nurses are battling the pandemic without Covid vaccine protection, says WHO https://www.standard.co.uk/optimist/vaccine-world/africa-covid-pandemic-vaccine-frontline-health-workers-who-b968214.html

Cost of damage from B.C. flooding could be ‘catastrophic,’ expert says https://www.ctvnews.ca/climate-and-environment/cost-of-damage-from-b-c-flooding-could-be-catastrophic-expert-says-1.5674372

Solomons police overrun, Australia deploying support personnel https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/456581/solomons-police-overrun-australia-deploying-support-personnel

Do Wisconsin’s local fire and emergency medical services need resuscitation? https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/solutions/2021/11/24/do-wisconsins-fire-and-emergency-medical-services-need-resuscitation/8686573002/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Prize-winning photos capture the grit and suffering of flood survivors in South Sudan https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/11/20/1054865992/prize-winning-photos-capture-the-grit-and-suffering-of-flood-survivors-in-south-

Climate Change Education provides one of the most important channels to address inequities and empower children and youth globally as proactive drivers of change https://www.globalpartnership.org/blog/future-now-leveraging-power-climate-change-education

Citizen Science for Disasters: A Guide for Community Groups https://floodresilience.net/resources/item/citizen-science-for-disasters-a-guide-for-community-groups/

Flood resilience building through local community action in ger areas of Ulaanbaatar city, Mongolia https://unhabitat.org/flood-resilience-building-through-local-community-action-in-ger-areas-of-ulaanbaatar-city-mongolia

How would you cope in a London flood? Take this two minute test https://www.london.gov.uk/be-flood-aware

 Psychology and disasters

Floods and wildfires are now normal life in small-town Canada https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/21/floods-and-wildfires-are-now-normal-life-in-small-town-canada

Feeling anxious about climate change? Experts say you’re not alone https://www.ehn.org/climate-anxiety-2655639769.html

Development and evaluation of a VR research tool to study wayfinding behaviour in a multi-story building https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S092575352100415X

The pandemic and children’s long term emotional and social development https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/opinion/article/the-pandemic-and-children-s-long-term-emotional-and-social-development

Sociology and disasters

The benefits of social infrastructure and civic ties in uncertain times https://www.researchgate.net/publication/354460438_The_benefits_of_social_infrastructure_and_civic_ties_in_uncertain_times

Disaster Anthropology https://oxfordre.com/anthropology/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190854584.001.0001/acrefore-9780190854584-e-467

Today in disaster resilience (19 November 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

NSW and Victoria floods: rivers break banks as rain and wind lash Australia’s eastern states https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/nov/13/major-flood-warnings-for-parts-of-nsw-and-victoria-as-rain-and-strong-winds-batter-east-coast

River towns Forbes, Cowra, Cottons Weir and Nanami brace for flooding as dam spills https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-13/inland-new-south-wales-towns-brace-for-major-flooding/100618014

Strong and shallow M6.0 and M6.4 earthquakes hit southern Iran https://watchers.news/2021/11/14/southern-iran-earthquake-november-14-2021/

Floods overwhelm Lagos communities, wreck 25 vehicles https://punchng.com/floods-overwhelm-lagos-communities-wreck-25-vehicles/

Italy – 1 Dead, Many Rescued After Floods in Sardinia https://floodlist.com/europe/italy-floods-sardinia-november-2021

Egypt – 3 Dead, Hundreds Injured After Floods Trigger Scorpion Infestation https://floodlist.com/africa/egypt-aswan-floods-scorpions-november-2021

Torrential rain, floods and mudslides cut Vancouver off from rest of Canada by road https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/torrential-rain-floods-and-mudslides-cut-vancouver-off-from-rest-of-canada-by-road/ar-AAQM7L9

Severe damage after cricket ball-sized hail hits Lydenburg, South Africa https://watchers.news/2021/11/16/severe-damage-lydenburg-south-africa-november-2021/

Canada and USA – Hundreds Rescued or Evacuated After Floods and Landslides in West https://floodlist.com/america/canada-floods-british-columbia-washington-november-2021

Bolivia – Deadly Flash Floods in La Paz Department https://floodlist.com/america/bolivia-floods-la-paz-november-2021

Destructive tornado hits Sicily, killing one and injuring 2 others, Italy https://watchers.news/2021/11/18/tornado-sicily-italy-november-17-2021/

Colombia – Floods and Landslides in Quindio, Antioquia, Risaralda and Cauca https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-quindio-antioquia-risaralda-cauca-november-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Pacific Island leaders vow to ‘phase up’ climate diplomacy after COP26 https://www.sbs.com.au/news/pacific-island-leaders-vow-to-phase-up-climate-diplomacy-after-cop26/2548784a-d4c5-40fc-8a53-212f4a532c39

‘You can’t live in a swamp’: Virginia fishing village threatened by rising sea levels https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/11/you-cant-live-in-a-swamp-virginia-fishing-village-threatened-by-rising-sea-levels.html

COP26 Wrap: Australian and global reactions to the ‘Glasgow Climate Pact’ https://reneweconomy.com.au/cop26-wrap-reactions-to-the-glasgow-climate-pact/

Cop26: the goal of 1.5C of climate heating is alive, but only just https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/13/cop26-the-goal-of-15c-of-climate-heating-is-alive-but-only-just

New Ways for Dynamical Prediction of Extreme Heat Waves https://www.aps.org/newsroom/vpr/dfd/2021/09-11-2021-1.cfm

‘Ultimately uninhabitable’: western Sydney’s legacy of planning failure https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/nov/16/ultimately-uninhabitable-western-sydneys-legacy-of-planning-failure

‘Watered-down hope’: Experts wanted more from climate pact https://apnews.com/article/climate-science-business-united-kingdom-scotland-dfa88827e163534ca46c7e32d239f9ef

The Keeling Curve is a daily record of global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration maintained by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego https://keelingcurve.ucsd.edu/

Greta Thunberg: ‘COP26 even watered down the blah, blah, blah’ https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-scotland-59298344

COP26 deal: how rich countries failed to meet their obligations to the rest of the world https://theconversation.com/cop26-deal-how-rich-countries-failed-to-meet-their-obligations-to-the-rest-of-the-world-171804

We need to design housing for Indigenous communities that can withstand the impacts of climate change https://theconversation.com/we-need-to-design-housing-for-indigenous-communities-that-can-withstand-the-impacts-of-climate-change-171203

Climate change is supercharging the water cycle, making the heaviest rains of each year heavier https://medialibrary.climatecentral.org/resources/record-rain

Dark roofs ditched, commercial buildings must be net-zero from 2022: NSW Planning Minister https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/dark-roofs-ditched-commercial-buildings-must-be-net-zero-from-2022-nsw-planning-minister-20211117-p599pm.html

UK Institutions Are Woefully Underestimating the Risks They Face From Climate https://floodresilience.net/blogs/uk-institutions-underestimating-climate-risks/

Global warming speeds up the frequency of extreme hot weather and rainfall https://phys.org/news/2021-11-global-frequency-extreme-hot-weather.html

Deforestation can raise local temperatures by up to 4.5℃ – and heat untouched areas 6km away https://theconversation.com/deforestation-can-raise-local-temperatures-by-up-to-4-5-and-heat-untouched-areas-6km-away-163584

Did COP26 deliver for flood prone communities across the globe? https://floodresilience.net/blogs/did-cop26-deliver-for-flood-prone-communities/

5 sustainable solutions to help tackle extreme heat in South Asia https://www.thethirdpole.net/en/climate/5-sustainable-cooling-solutions-tackle-extreme-heat-south-asia/

Climate hazards are increasing in frequency and severity across Europe; new regional overview published https://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/climate-hazards-are-increasing-in/

Disaster risk reduction

Flood control lessons from the Dutch as we enter a wetter future https://www.wrvo.org/2021-11-12/flood-control-lessons-from-the-dutch-as-we-enter-a-wetter-future

Hewlett Packard Enterprise builds supercomputer to improve weather predictions for Denmark, Iceland, Ireland and The Netherlands https://www.hpe.com/us/en/newsroom/press-release/2021/11/hewlett-packard-enterprise-builds-supercomputer-to-improve-weather-predictions-for-denmark-iceland-ireland-and-the-netherlands.html

Fifth Arab Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Rabat https://www.preventionweb.net/news/rabat-declaration-disaster-risk-reduction-milestone-embodying-political-commitment-governments

Does Future Miami Really Flood Like That? https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/does-future-miami-really-flood-reminiscence-fact-check-movie-science

Natural hazards and climate change are not drivers of disasters https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11069-021-05100-1

Coastal defences need $30bn boost to prevent Australian homes becoming uninhabitable https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/nov/17/coastal-defences-need-30bn-boost-to-prevent-australian-homes-becoming-uninhabitable

Tropical cyclone frequency https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2021EF002275

Using risk management principles to protect vulnerable communities from climate-related disasters https://www.icf.com/insights/disaster-management/risk-management-principles-vulnerable

Global patterns of disaster and climate risk—an analysis of the consistency of leading index-based assessments and their results https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10584-021-03209-7

Seismic shockwave pattern may be redirecting earthquake damage https://phys.org/news/2021-11-seismic-shockwave-pattern-redirecting-earthquake.html

8 major cities that are threatened by wildfires right now https://www.timeout.com/things-to-do/cities-most-threatened-by-wildfires-right-now

How bad is the Pacific north-west flooding and what caused it? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/17/pacific-north-west-flooding-british-columbia-washington-state-canada

Expanding our ML-based flood forecasting https://blog.google/technology/ai/expanding-our-ml-based-flood-forecasting/

Forecasting Compound Floods in Complex Coastal Regions https://eos.org/science-updates/forecasting-compound-floods-in-complex-coastal-regions

Using Drones to Fight Floods https://www.floodpanel.com/using-drones-to-fight-floods/

Europe’s COVID death toll could rise by hundreds of thousands https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03455-w

Canada struggles to reach 18,000 stranded by flood waters https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/receding-waters-help-flood-hit-canadian-town-avoid-disaster-2021-11-18/

Valuing the Impacts of Landslides: A Choice Experiment Approach https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs41885-021-00101-7

Emergency management

Covid is surging in Europe. Experts say it’s a warning for the U.S.https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/covid-surging-europe-experts-say-s-warning-us-rcna4666

Experts say B.C. rainstorms highlight increasing flood risks and need to prepare https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/experts-say-b-c-rainstorms-highlight-increasing-flood-risks-and-need-to-prepare-1.5668375

Germany: Building back sustainably after a flood https://www.dw.com/en/climate-change-flooding-germany-dernau-rebuilding-homes/a-59640272

No, vaccinated people are not ‘just as infectious’ as unvaccinated people if they get COVID https://theconversation.com/no-vaccinated-people-are-not-just-as-infectious-as-unvaccinated-people-if-they-get-covid-171302

U.S. Forest Service: We do not have a ‘let it burn’ wildfire policy. We never have https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/article255850681.html

Europe’s least-vaccinated countries are back in pandemic crisis https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-europes-least-vaccinated-countries-are-back-in-pandemic-crisis/

Agricultural disaster after record rains cause catastrophic floods in British Columbia, Canadahttps://watchers.news/2021/11/18/agricultural-disaster-record-rainfall-flood-british-columbia-november-2021/

It could take weeks to begin repairing ‘unprecedented’ damage to B.C.’s highway system, experts say https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-floods-highways-repairs-1.6253636

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Behaviors and Attitudes of U.S. Adults on Twitter https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2021/11/15/the-behaviors-and-attitudes-of-u-s-adults-on-twitter/

cop26 Twitter NodeXL SNA Map and Report https://nodexlgraphgallery.org/Pages/Graph.aspx

Run Uphill for a Tsunami, Downhill for a Landslidehttps://issues.org/sitka-alaska-landslide-warning-system/

Mobile Alert and Warning in the United States and Japan: Confronting the Challenges of International Harmonization https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13753-021-00380-4

Psychology and disasters

B.C. farmers in a terrible dilemma: Stay to protect their animals or leave them behind https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/b-c-farmers-in-a-terrible-dilemma-stay-to-protect-their-animals-or-leave-them-behind

Correlating heatwaves and relative humidity with suicide (fatal intentional self-harm) https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-01448-3

Sociology and disasters

Will the Climate Crisis Cause the Collapse of Society? https://lithub.com/will-the-climate-crisis-cause-the-collapse-of-society/

Today in disaster resilience (12 November 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Bosnia – Floods Prompt Evacuations and Cause Power Outages https://floodlist.com/europe/bosnia-floods-november-2021

Indonesia – Flash Floods in Batu City Leave at Least 6 Dead https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-flash-floods-in-batu-city-leave-at-least-6-dead

9 dead, 2 missing after floods hit Sri Lanka and southern India https://watchers.news/2021/11/08/sri-lanka-flood-november-2021/

India – Floods Hit Tamil Nadu, More Severe Weather Forecast https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-tamil-nadu-chennai-november-2021

New lava delta forming at La Palma, over 2 600 homes destroyed since the start of eruption, Canary Islands https://watchers.news/2021/11/10/new-lava-delta-forming-at-la-palma-over-2-600-homes-destroyed-since-the-start-of-eruption-canary-islands/

Phenomenal rainfall totals hit parts of Australia, residents urged to brace for more rain and potential flooding https://watchers.news/2021/11/10/phenomenal-rainfall-totals-hit-parts-of-australia-residents-urged-to-brace-for-more-rain-and-potential-flooding/

Sri Lanka – 20 Dead After Days of Severe Weather https://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-floods-landslides-november-2021

What We’re Watching: Weekly Disaster Update https://disasterphilanthropy.org/blog/other/what-were-watching-weekly-disaster-update/

Volcanic activity worldwide 11 Nov 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Reventador, Sangay, La Palma https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/147112/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-11-Nov-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Reventador-Sangay-La-Palma-Neva.html

People rescued from flash flooding in NSW, with more heavy rain forecast https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-11/heavy-rain-and-flooding-hit-large-parts-of-new-south-wales/100611356

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s emissions from land clearing likely far higher than claimed, analysis indicates https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/08/australias-emissions-from-land-clearing-likely-far-higher-than-claimed-analysis-indicates

Cop26 has to be about keeping fossil fuels in the ground. All else is distraction https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/nov/03/cop26-fossil-fuels

Images of Tuvalu minister giving COP26 statement in the ocean go viral on social media https://www.sbs.com.au/news/images-of-tuvalu-minister-giving-cop26-statement-in-the-ocean-go-viral-on-social-media/30e458ab-72a2-400f-a1f9-ed2e6449de25

Big crowds rally in rainy Glasgow for COP26 climate action https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-07/big-crowds-rally-in-rainy-glasgow-for-cop26-climate-action/100600890

Infrastructure Bill Makes First Major U.S. Investment in Climate Resilience https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/06/climate/infrastructure-bill-climate.html

‘False hope’: Regional Australians demand action, not obfuscation, on climate change https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/false-hope-regional-australians-demand-action-not-obfuscation-on-climate-change-20211103-p595rb.html

Explainer: What’s the difference between 1.5°C and 2°C of global warming? https://www.reuters.com/business/cop/whats-difference-between-15c-2c-global-warming-2021-11-07/

Few willing to change lifestyle to save the planet, climate survey finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/07/few-willing-to-change-lifestyle-climate-survey

If we don’t learn from past climate disasters, they will claim more lives in the future https://theconversation.com/if-we-dont-learn-from-past-climate-disasters-they-will-claim-more-lives-in-the-future-171423

Understanding Preferences for Coastal Climate Change Adaptation: A Systematic Literature Review https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353638810_Understanding_Preferences_for_Coastal_Climate_Change_Adaptation_A_Systematic_Literature_Review

Cheaper, cleaner, more reliable: The stunning success of South Australia’s renewable transition https://reneweconomy.com.au/cheaper-cleaner-more-reliable-the-stunning-success-of-south-australias-renewable-transition/

‘We can no longer be friends’: Farmer warns climate change deniers, after storm devastates crop https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-08/farmer-fed-up-with-climate-change-deniers-after-storm-damage/100602878

‘World designed by men has destroyed many things,’ Cop26 warned https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/09/female-empowerment-is-vital-to-end-climate-crisis-cop26-told

Could cutting emissions and air pollution in cities improve children’s health? https://news.trust.org/item/20211028144929-1us74/

Cop26: world on track for disastrous heating of more than 2.4C, says key report https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/09/cop26-sets-course-for-disastrous-heating-of-more-than-24c-says-key-report

1bn people will suffer extreme heat at just 2C heating, say scientists https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/09/1bn-people-will-suffer-extreme-heat-at-just-2c-heating-say-scientists

COP26: Rich nations ‘resisting paying for climate loss’ https://www.scidev.net/global/news/cop26-rich-nations-resisting-paying-for-climate-loss/

Adapting to Receding Glaciers in the Tropical Andes https://eos.org/features/adapting-to-receding-glaciers-in-the-tropical-andes

Sixth-warmest October on record; Category 5 atmospheric river dropped record precipitation on portions of California https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/national-climate-202110

Globally resolved surface temperatures since the Last Glacial Maximum https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03984-4

Take heart at what’s unfolded at COP26 in Glasgow – the world can still hold global heating to 1.5℃ https://theconversation.com/take-heart-at-whats-unfolded-at-cop26-in-glasgow-the-world-can-still-hold-global-heating-to-1-5-171488

China and the US announce plan to work together on cutting emissions https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/10/china-and-the-us-announce-plan-to-work-together-on-cutting-emissions

Climate-linked health risks to rise, COP26 panelists warn https://www.reuters.com/business/cop/climate-linked-health-risks-rise-cop26-panelists-warn-2021-11-09/

Cop26 draft text annotated: what it says and what it means https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2021/nov/10/cop26-draft-text-annotated-what-it-says-and-what-it-means

Rooftop solar smashes output records in all Australian states https://reneweconomy.com.au/rooftop-solar-smashes-output-records-in-all-australian-states/

AP analysis: Exposure to extreme heat has tripled since 1983 https://projects.apnews.com/features/2021/global-extreme-heat/index.html

Disaster risk reduction

Cumbria: Flood defences protected hundreds of homes https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-59168321

Hawaii not the only state discouraging seawalls https://www.staradvertiser.com/2021/11/06/hawaii-news/hawaii-not-the-only-state-discouraging-seawalls/

Conservationists work to update flood risk map along Ottawa River https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/conservationists-update-flood-risk-map-ottawa-river-1.6240140

Keeping one step ahead of earthquakes https://ec.europa.eu/research-and-innovation/en/horizon-magazine/keeping-one-step-ahead-earthquakes

Yearbook of International Disaster Law Call for Abstracts ends soon! https://disasterlaw.ifrc.org/node/812

Scenario-Based Comprehensive Assessment for Community Resilience Adapted to Fire following an Earthquake, Implementing the Analytic Network Process and Preference Ranking Organization Method for Enriched Evaluation II Techniques https://www.mdpi.com/2075-5309/11/11/523

First-of-its-kind map outlines Canada’s future flood zones https://www.ctvnews.ca/climate-and-environment/first-of-its-kind-map-outlines-canada-s-future-flood-zones-1.5655929

Socio-Hydrology: The New Paradigm in Resilient Water Management https://www.mdpi.com/books/pdfview/book/4546

Unearthing the cause of slow seismic waves in subduction zones https://phys.org/news/2021-11-unearthing-seismic-subduction-zones.html

Coastal erosion – US Climate Resilience Toolkit https://toolkit.climate.gov/topics/coastal-flood-risk/coastal-erosion

Quantifying contributions of natural variability and anthropogenic forcings on increased fire weather risk over the western United States https://www.pnas.org/content/118/45/e2111875118

This brief tries to establish an eco-hydrological perspective on floods https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/floods-agents-vitality-reaffirming-human-nature-synergies

Breakthrough for risk and resilience at COP26 says UNDRR head https://www.undrr.org/news/breakthrough-risk-and-resilience-cop26-says-undrr-head

Reimagining Coastal Cities as Sponges to Help Protect Them From the Ravages of Climate Change https://insideclimatenews.org/news/08112021/reimagining-coastal-cities-as-sponges-to-help-protect-them-from-the-ravages-of-climate-change/

Too little, too late? The devastating consequences of natural disasters must inform building codes https://theconversation.com/too-little-too-late-the-devastating-consequences-of-natural-disasters-must-inform-building-codes-157032

Emergency management

COP26 scientist: Humanitarian aid must prepare for climate emergency https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03029-w

Analysis of sex-specific risk factors and clinical outcomes in COVID-19 https://www.nature.com/articles/s43856-021-00006-2

Storm Surge 101: How USAID Helps Caribbean Countries Prepare for this Hurricane Threat https://usaidsaveslives.medium.com/storm-surge-101-how-usaid-helps-caribbean-countries-prepare-for-this-hurricane-threat-73b002dd35ec

How an outbreak became a pandemic: a chronological analysis of crucial junctures and international obligations in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)01897-3/fulltext

COVID antiviral pills: what scientists still want to know https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03074-5

Ontario forest fires burned record area of land this summer as they displaced First Nations in northwest https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/record-breaking-ontario-forest-fire-season-1.6242422

Nearly 1 million kids ages 5 to 11 expected to receive first Covid vaccine dose by end of Wednesday https://edition.cnn.com/2021/11/10/health/1-million-kids-vaccines/index.html

Disaster education, communications and engagement

 6th World Tsunami Awareness Day https://www.preventionweb.net/news/once-generation-opportunity-improve-tsunami-detection\

100 seminal articles on disaster https://www.radixonline.org/100-seminal-articles

Long-Term Community Resilience Exercise Resource Guide https://preptoolkit.fema.gov/web/hseep-resources

High-profile breakthrough cases trigger vaccine misinformation https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211107-high-profile-breakthrough-cases-trigger-vaccine-misinformation

Psychology and disasters

Psychological impairment and extreme weather event (EWE) exposure, 1980–2020: A global pooled analysis integrating mental health and well-being metrics https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1438463921001553?via%3Dihub

A new interactive mental health module is making it easier for young volunteers and emergency agencies to learn, practice and promote positive mental health and wellbeing https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2021/accessible-support-young-volunteer-mental-health

70% of Americans experiencing climate change anxiety and depression, survey finds https://abc7news.com/climate-change-depression-anxiety-pre-ptsd/11202847/

Climate Change in the American Mind https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/about/projects/climate-change-in-the-american-mind/

On Slaughterhouse-Five, the “Ultimate PTSD Novel” https://lithub.com/on-slaughterhouse-five-the-ultimate-ptsd-novel/

Sociology and disasters

When poverty meets climate change: A critical challenge that demands cross-cutting solutions https://blogs.worldbank.org/climatechange/when-poverty-meets-climate-change-critical-challenge-demands-cross-cutting-solutions?cid=ccg_tt_climatechange_en_ext