Today in disaster resilience (25 February 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

South Manchester severe flood warning prompts home evacuations https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-60452827

Brazil – Evacuations After Floods Hit Espírito Santo https://floodlist.com/america/espirito-santo-brazil-february-2022

Madagascar – Storm Dumako Leaves 6 Dead, Homes Damaged https://floodlist.com/africa/madagascar-storm-dumako-february-2022

Storm Eunice unleashes record-setting winds, widespread damage in England https://www.accuweather.com/en/severe-weather/storm-eunice-storm-dudley-uk-europe-winds-flooding/1144745

Portugal’s drought worsens, rainfall down to 7% of average https://www.euronews.com/2022/02/21/portugal-s-drought-worsens-rainfall-down-to-7-of-average

Category 3 Tropical Cyclone Emnati headed for vulnerable Madagascar https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2022/02/category-3-tropical-cyclone-emnati-headed-for-vulnerable-madagascar/

Colombia – 1 Missing After Flash Floods in Nariño https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-narino-february-2022

Brazil – Flooding Rivers Displace Thousands in Rondônia https://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-rondonia-february-2022

South Africa – 1 Dead, 3 Missing After Floods in Gauteng https://floodlist.com/africa/floods-tembisa-gauteng-south-africa-february-2022

Woman dies in floodwater after Queensland records ‘scary’ amount of rain, BOM warns of more to come https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-23/qld-rain-bom-weather-forecast-flooding/100852808

UK – Hundreds of Homes Damaged After Storm Franklin Causes Rivers to Rise https://floodlist.com/europe/united-kingdom/floods-storm-franklin-february-2022

Bolivia – 20 Feared Missing After Floods in Tarija https://floodlist.com/america/floods-tarija-bolivia-february-2022

Argentina wildfires spread to engulf key cattle farming region https://www.batimes.com.ar/news/argentina/argentina-wildfires-spread-to-engulf-key-cattle-farming-region.phtml

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Feb 2022: Fuego volcano, Semeru, Ibu, Sangay, Telica, Nevado del Ruiz https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/173652/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-23-Feb-2022-Fuego-volcano-Semeru-Ibu-Sangay-Telica-Nevado-del-Ruiz.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The night brakes on fires are failing https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00352-8

Magpies face bleak future as heat rises with climate change https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-20/magpies-face-bleak-future-from-rising-climate-change-heat/100843148

Western Sydney will swelter through 46 days per year over 35°C by 2090, unless emissions drop significantly https://theconversation.com/western-sydney-will-swelter-through-46-days-per-year-over-35-c-by-2090-unless-emissions-drop-significantly-177056

Heatwaves and public housing in Melbourne https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-17/air-con-rooms-shut-in-victorian-public-housing/100833014

How Australia’s geology gave us an abundance of coal – and a wealth of greentech minerals to switch to https://theconversation.com/how-australias-geology-gave-us-an-abundance-of-coal-and-a-wealth-of-greentech-minerals-to-switch-to-173988

Building a Resilient Tomorrow: How to Prepare for the Coming Climate Disruption https://global.oup.com/academic/product/building-a-resilient-tomorrow-9780197626610

How does Antarctic sea ice differ from Arctic sea ice? https://nsidc.org/cryosphere/icelights/2014/01/why-there-so-much-antarctic-sea-ice

Brazilian Town is Losing at Least 5 Meters of Coast Per Year https://worldwarzero.com/magazine/2022/02/brazilian-town-is-losing-at-least-5-meters-of-coast-per-year/

In worst case climate, rain and storm surge combine often for extreme flooding https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/worst-case-climate-rain-storm-surge-combine-often-extreme-flooding-rcna14656

Rising Seas Could Raise Insurance Rates of Those Living Near Water https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/climate-in-crisis/rising-seas-could-raise-insurance-rates-of-those-living-near-water/2816932/

How will climate change impact different regions in America? https://inhabitat.com/how-will-climate-change-impact-different-regions-in-america/

Storm Eunice: UK set for more ‘red’ Met Office weather warnings as a result of climate change https://inews.co.uk/news/science/storm-eustice-uk-more-red-met-office-weather-warnings-climate-change-1469846

Minnesota winters will warm 11 degrees by 2100, study says https://www.axios.com/local/twin-cities/2022/02/18/minnesota-winters-study-global-warming

Timing of emergence of modern rates of sea-level rise by 1863 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-28564-6

Cold blob in Atlantic may be slowing ice loss from Iceland’s glaciers https://www.newscientist.com/article/2308086-cold-blob-in-atlantic-may-be-slowing-ice-loss-from-icelands-glaciers/

How public opinion can help shape climate policies https://www.popsci.com/environment/climate-change-public-opinion/

Coal, oil and gas projects emitting greenhouse gases above estimates given at environmental approval, new study finds https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-24/fossil-fuel-emissions-worse-than-estimates-when-approved/100855338

Antarctic sea ice falls to lowest level since measurements began in 1979 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/feb/23/antarctic-sea-ice-falls-to-lowest-level-since-measurements-began-in-1979

Climate change is intensifying Earth’s water cycle at twice the predicted rate, research shows https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/24/climate-change-is-intensifying-earths-water-cycle-at-twice-the-predicted-rate-research-shows

Wildfires likely to increase by a third by 2050, warns UN https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/23/climate-crisis-driving-increase-in-wildfires-across-globe-says-report-aoe

Future of the human climate niche https://www.pnas.org/content/117/21/11350

Climate change is warping our fresh water cycle – and much faster than we thought https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-warping-our-fresh-water-cycle-and-much-faster-than-we-thought-177453

NASA develops technology to dissect the lower atmosphere https://phys.org/news/2022-02-nasa-technology-atmosphere.html

Swiss rivers on track to overheat by the end of the century https://phys.org/news/2022-02-swiss-rivers-track-overheat-century.html

NASA is helping fly drones in the Arctic. Here’s what that means for sea ice and sea level change https://phys.org/news/2022-02-nasa-drones-arctic-sea-ice.html

The first step to preparing for surging climate migration? Defining it https://www.npr.org/2022/02/23/1082370619/migration-climate-change-disaster

Melting glaciers, fast-disappearing gauge of climate change https://phys.org/news/2022-02-glaciers-fast-disappering-gauge-climate.html

Cities are abandoning homes that will be destroyed by climate change https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/grand-forks-demolishing-homes-1.6362428

Disaster risk reduction

London flooding poses ‘significant risk’ unless immediate action taken https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/feb/20/london-flooding-poses-significant-risk-unless-immediate-action-taken

Understanding what happens when bushfires merge https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/113

Inclusive disaster risk management: What have we learned? https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/inclusive-disaster-risk-management-what-have-we-learned

Mitigating the Impact of Climate Change and Flooding on Austria https://www.ambientalrisk.com/mitigating-the-impact-of-climate-change-and-flooding-on-austria/

The problem of doing more: success and paradoxes in scaling up informal initiatives for disaster risk reduction and climate action https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02255189.2021.2019574

The very large urban landslide at Morro da Oficina in Petrópolis https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2022/02/17/morro-da-oficina-1/

NSW government’s issuing of flood plain harvesting licences ‘an act of bastardry’, crossbenchers say https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/feb/21/nsw-government-issuing-of-flood-plain-harvesting-licences-an-act-of-bastardry-crossbenchers-say

Virginia Beach leaders to discuss flood protection plans https://www.13newsnow.com/article/tech/science/environment/flooding-plans-virginia-beach/291-0445d57d-da79-4374-8b96-dd5a3dd52acd

Stockton earthquake: How many quakes happen in the UK? https://www.bbc.com/news/explainers-51221404

Managing residual flood risk behind levees: Comparing USA, France, and Quebec (Canada) https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/jfr3.12785

Our infrastructure is succumbing to natural disasters — we need to be ready for worsening floods https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/595212-our-infrastructure-is-succumbing-to-natural-disasters-we-need-to

Parramatta Powerhouse: NSW arts minister dismisses claims $915m museum is being built on a flood zone https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/feb/23/nsw-arts-minister-dismisses-claims-915m-parramatta-powerhouse-museum-is-being-built-on-a-flood-zone

Identification of flood-prone areas with GeoFlood: Lessons learned from the Tiber River case study https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12795

Experimental Evidence for Coverage Preferences in Flood Insurance https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13753-022-00397-3

Comparing machine learning models for earthquake detection https://phys.org/news/2022-02-machine-earthquake.html

Flood-hit village Boris Johnson promised to ‘get done’ 2 years ago is underwater again https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/flood-hit-village-boris-johnson-26311106

Towards stronger and more accountable EU-wide disaster risk management https://medium.com/ecajournal/towards-stronger-and-more-accountable-eu-wide-disaster-risk-management-eb6c449ab265

Emergency management

England is expected to end all virus restrictions in the coming days https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-60446908

Who is dying of COVID amid omicron surge and widespread vaccine availability? https://abcnews.go.com/Health/dying-covid-unvaccinated/story

Brazil – Search Continues for Dozens Missing in Petrópolis Floods and Landslides https://floodlist.com/america/brazil-petropolis-floods-landslides-update

Enhancing pedestrian evacuation routes during flood events https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-022-05251-9

What Does Building Back Better Look Like? https://hakaimagazine.com/news/what-does-building-back-better-look-like/

Horn of Africa Drought: Humanitarian Key Messageshttps://reliefweb.int/report/ethiopia/horn-africa-drought-humanitarian-key-messages

British Columbia set to move to year-round BC Wildfire Service https://globalnews.ca/news/8635723/bc-wildfire-service-year-round/

Why does the Omicron sub-variant spread faster than the original? https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00471-2

Iceland to lift all COVID-19 restrictions on Friday https://www.arctictoday.com/iceland-to-lift-all-covid-19-restrictions-on-friday/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The call for nominations for the 2022 United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction is open, under the theme “Building resilience through a multi-hazard approach.” https://globalplatform.undrr.org/sasakawa-award

Midterm Review of the Sendai Framework – Open Stakeholder Survey https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx

Maritime Tsunami Preparedness https://video.buffer.com/v/620be236fa9fa5237437fb06

Tsunami hīkoi – your evacuation walk – to high ground or inland, by foot or bike https://www.eastcoastlab.org.nz/getinvolved/tsunami-hikoi/

Role-Play Workshops Accelerate County’s Adaptation Action https://coast.noaa.gov/states/stories/role-play-workshops-accelerate-countys-adaptation-action.html

Four Ways Education Can Fight Climate Change https://blogs.adb.org/blog/four-ways-education-can-fight-climate-change

Science needs to address its imagination problem – lives depend on it https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg25333753-500-science-needs-to-address-its-imagination-problem-lives-depend-on-it/

Psychology and disasters

Climate change contributes to poorer mental health: study https://www.ctvnews.ca/climate-and-environment/climate-change-contributes-to-poorer-mental-health-study-1.5763334

Research found that rural residents generally perform better than urban residents in terms of community resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/news/rural-communities-report-higher-resilience-after-disasters

Sociology and disasters

Inclusive Approaches to Disaster Risk Management — A Qualitative Review https://documents.worldbank.org/en/publication/documents-reports/documentdetail/099920102112210580/p17651608cd5ae0120bcf801c3db57fdfdf

Today in disaster resilience (18 February 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

WA weather warnings: Severe storms light up skies with over 2 million lightning strikes https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-14/perth-weather-severe-storms-light-up-skies/100829482

Brazil – Floods Affect Thousands in Minas Gerais and Rio De Janeiro States https://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-minas-gerais-rio-de-janeiro-february-2022

Oman – Dozens Rescued After Flash Floods in Muscat https://floodlist.com/asia/oman-floods-february-2022

Madagascar – Death Toll From Tropical Cyclone Batsirai Rises to 121 https://floodlist.com/africa/madagascar-death-cyclone-batsirai-update-february-2022

Honduras – Hundreds of Families Evacuate Floods in Atlántida https://floodlist.com/america/honduras-floods-atlantida-february-2022

Indonesia – Over 16,000 Affected by Floods in West Kalimantan https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-west-kalimantan-february-2022

Guatemala earthquake kills two, triggers landslides https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/guatemala-earthquake-triggers-rockfalls-uproots-trees-2022-02-16/

Flooding in Brazil leaves 102 dead after landslide hits city of Petrópolis in Rio de Janeiro state https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-17/deadly-rains-in-brazil-leaves-dead-102-as-death-toll-rises/100838236

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

“Australia is falling behind:” Clean energy investment shackled by outdated rules https://reneweconomy.com.au/australia-is-falling-behind-clean-energy-investment-shackled-by-outdated-rules/

Himalayas Are Experiencing an “Exceptional” Loss of Glacial Mass https://eos.org/articles/himalayas-are-experiencing-an-exceptional-loss-of-glacial-mass

Ice velocity and thickness of the world’s glaciershttps://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-021-00885-z

Europeans more likely to vote green after extreme weather events https://www.theguardian.com/news/2022/feb/12/europeans-more-likely-to-vote-green-after-extreme-weather-events

How the UK can cut carbon emissions and reduce household energy bills https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/feb/13/how-the-uk-can-cut-carbon-emissions-and-reduce-household-energy-bills

Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles could be the hottest on record https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2022/02/09/super-bowl-heat-advisory-california/

Bushfires, dry lightning, rapid spark and spread all indicate climate change, southern fire chief says https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-14/bushfires-dry-lightning-indicate-climate-change/100829712

Stunning solar milestone as Australia passes 25GW mark https://reneweconomy.com.au/stunning-solar-milestone-as-australia-passes-25gw-mark/

Cold connections: Climate change challenges ice roads into remote communities https://www.thestar.com/autos/2022/02/12/cold-connections.html

Southwest experiencing driest conditions in at least 1,200 years due to climate change, new study finds https://abcnews.go.com/US/southwest-experiencing-driest-conditions-1200-years-due-climate/story?id=82881211

Experts say UN’s next climate change warning will be ‘a nightmare painted in the dry language of science’ https://www.marketwatch.com/story/experts-say-uns-next-climate-change-warning-will-be-a-nightmare-painted-in-the-dry-language-of-science-11644854819

Narrabri mine expansion would make it dirtiest thermal coalmine in Australia, environmentalists say https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/14/narrabri-mine-expansion-would-make-it-dirtiest-thermal-coalmine-in-australia-environmentalists-say

Global sea-level budget and ocean-mass budget, with a focus on advanced data products and uncertainty characterisation https://essd.copernicus.org/articles/14/411/2022/

Global sea level rise: All roads lead to one conclusion https://earthsky.org/earth/global-sea-level-rise-all-roads-lead-to-one-conclusion/

Explicit calculations of Wet Bulb Globe Temperature compared with approximations and why it matters for labor productivity https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2021EF002334

Experts outline governing principles to fund climate loss and damage https://www.devex.com/news/experts-outline-governing-principles-to-fund-climate-loss-and-damage-102619

Sea level to rise one foot along U.S. coastlines by 2050, government report finds https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2022/02/15/sea-level-rise-2050-climate/

U.S. faces “significant consequences” from more severe coastal flooding https://www.axios.com/new-sea-level-rise-forecast-warns-increasing-flooding-759e812c-8f79-4115-80e9-b3099724e9d6.html

Flower growth in Antarctica is accelerating due to warming climate https://www.newscientist.com/article/2308214-flower-growth-in-antarctica-is-accelerating-due-to-warming-climate/

Rapid intensification of the emerging southwestern North American megadrought in 2020–2021 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-022-01290-z

2022 Sea Level Rise Technical Report https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/hazards/sealevelrise/sealevelrise-tech-report.html

China’s rising influence on climate governance: Forging a path for the global South https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S095937802200022X

The Effects of Climate Change https://climate.nasa.gov/effects/

Antarctic Sea Ice Extent/Concentration https://sites.uci.edu/zlabe/antarctic-sea-ice-extentconcentration/

Fact check: Have we really avoided the ‘worst case’ climate change scenarios? https://www.euronews.com/green/2022/02/16/fact-check-have-we-really-avoided-the-worst-case-climate-change-scenarios

Oil majors ‘not walking the talk’ on climate action, study confirms https://www.carbonbrief.org/oil-majors-not-walking-the-talk-on-climate-action-study-confirms

How hot will the planet get? Public opinion is key factor, finds study https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/feb/16/how-hot-will-the-planet-get-climate-projections-social-attitudes

What drives sea level rise? US report warns of 1-foot rise within three decades and more frequent flooding https://theconversation.com/what-drives-sea-level-rise-us-report-warns-of-1-foot-rise-within-three-decades-and-more-frequent-flooding-177211

Western Sydney will swelter through 46 days per year over 35°C by 2090, unless emissions drop significantly https://theconversation.com/western-sydney-will-swelter-through-46-days-per-year-over-35-c-by-2090-unless-emissions-drop-significantly-177056

HeatWatch: Extreme heat in Western Sydney https://australiainstitute.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/HeatWatch-2022-WEB.pdf

Disaster risk reduction

Why do landslides happen? https://soilsmatter.wordpress.com/2022/02/01/why-do-landslides-happen/

GLOBathy, the global lakes bathymetry dataset https://www.nature.com/articles/s41597-022-01132-9#Abs1

Better prediction of megathrust earthquakes: Illuminating slow slip plate tectonics in south-western Japan https://phys.org/news/2022-02-megathrust-earthquakes-illuminating-plate-tectonics.html

As Australia faces new fire reality, forest restoration tactics reevaluated https://news.mongabay.com/2022/02/as-australia-faces-new-fire-reality-forest-restoration-tactics-reevaluated/

Tonga Volcanic Eruption and Tsunami: World Bank Disaster Assessment Report Estimates Damages at US$90M https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2022/02/14/tonga-volcanic-eruption-and-tsunami-world-bank-disaster-assessment-report-estimates-damages-at-us-90m

Improving the performance of city-scale hydrodynamic flood modelling through a GIS-based DEM correction method https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-022-05267-1

Mobile home residents face higher flood risk https://headwaterseconomics.org/natural-hazards/mobile-home-flood-risk/

Tongan volcano eruption leaves scientists with unanswered questions https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00475-y

Disasters Spur Planned UK Coastal Flood Barrier https://www.air-worldwide.com/blog/posts/2022/02/disasters-spur-uk-flood-barrier/

Human ignitions on private lands drive USFS cross-boundary wildfire transmission and community impacts in the western US https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-06002-3

Controversial floodplain harvesting regulations could soon be in place in NSW http://www.watercareer.com.au/news/nsw-preps-harvest-rules

Is flooding in England getting worse? https://policy.friendsoftheearth.uk/insight/flooding-england-getting-worse

Interior Announces Plan to Implement Historic Wildland Fire Management Funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law https://www.doi.gov/wildlandfire/news/interior-announces-plan-implement-historic-wildland-fire-management-funding

Emergency management

New Covid Variant: What We Know About the BA.2 Omicron Strain https://www.wsj.com/articles/what-we-know-about-the-ba-2-omicron-variant-11643300997

When communities lose affordable housing, it’s harder for businesses—and the entire economy—to recover from those disasters https://www.fastcompany.com/90721097/natural-disasters-can-wipe-out-affordable-housing-for-years

Can Haiti rebuild a food system broken by disaster, historical injustice, and neglect? https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news-feature/2022/2/2/can-Haiti-rebuild-broken-food-system-disaster-historical-injustice-neglect

As bushfires tore through Bridgetown the power and phone lines were cut https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-15/bridgetown-bushfires-wa-led-to-power-an-phone-line-outages/100829974

We can’t surrender to COVID. Why ‘back to normal’ is a dangerous fantasy https://www.nationalobserver.com/2022/02/15/opinion/we-cant-surrender-covid-why-back-normal-dangerous-fantasy

US has suffered more than 1m excess deaths during pandemic, CDC finds https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/feb/17/us-excess-deaths-pandemic-cdc

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Free online tool identifies climate risks in your neighborhood https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2022/02/free-online-tool-identifies-climate-risks-in-your-neighborhood/

What happens to your home’s value when your neighbourhood floods? https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-what-happens-to-your-homes-value-when-your-neighbourhood-floods/

What makes a climate story effective? https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-04392-4

Public asked to help build national flood photo database https://niwa.co.nz/news/public-asked-to-help-build-national-flood-photo-database

Psychology and disasters

One of the greatest assets following a disaster is the people who experience them. But this asset is hugely underutilised https://theconversation.com/disaster-survivors-feel-more-prepared-for-the-next-one-but-are-often-left-out-of-planning-176674

Disaster preparedness and resilience at household level in Yangon, Myanmar https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-022-05226-w

Can Empathy Grow in the Metaverse and Virtual Reality? https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/urban-survival/202202/can-empathy-grow-in-the-metaverse-and-virtual-reality

Overcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Black Communities https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/overcoming-covid-19-vaccine-hesitancy-in-black-communities

Sociology and disasters

As climate change continues to spur more natural disasters, a new study found that Black Americans are likely to bear the brunt of the risks associated with floods over the next several decades https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2022/01/31/climate-study-flood-risk-black-americans-

Heat waves hit the poor hardest – a new study calculates the rising impact on those least able to adapt to the warming climate https://theconversation.com/heat-waves-hit-the-poor-hardest-a-new-study-calculates-the-rising-impact-on-those-least-able-to-adapt-to-the-warming-climate-175224

(In)visibilities About the Vulnerabilities of People with Visual Impairments to Disasters and Climate Change: A Case Study in Cuiabá, Brazil https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13753-022-00394-6

Social Capital and the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Preliminary Qualitative Analysis https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/social-capital-and-the-covid-19-pandemic

Queer Communities Often Left Out of Disaster Planning, Research Shows https://www.kqed.org/science/1978439/queer-communities-often-left-out-of-disaster-planning-research-shows

Today in disaster resilience (11 February 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Cyclone Batsirai: Whole villages swept away in Madagascar https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-60264389

‘Horrendous’ bushfires hit WA’s Wheatbelt in devastating weekend https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-07/bushfires-hit-wa-wheatbelt-in-devastating-weekend/100809216

South Africa – 3 Missing, Dozens Evacuated After Floods in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal https://floodlist.com/africa/south-africa-floods-gauteng-kwazulunatal-february-2022

United Nations says 13 million face hunger as Horn of Africa drought worsens https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-08/un-says-13-million-face-hunger-as-horn-of-africa-drought/100814832

Colombia – Heavy Rains Trigger Deadly Mudslide in Risaralda https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-mudslide-risaralda-february-2022

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Horn of Africa, Ethiopia, Madagascar https://www.unocha.org/story/daily-noon-briefing-highlights-horn-africa-ethiopia-madagascar

Tropical Cyclone Dovi causes major flooding in Vanuatu https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/461257/tropical-cyclone-dovi-causes-major-flooding-in-vanuatu

Volcanic activity worldwide 9 Feb 2022: Semeru volcano, Reventador, Nyamuragira, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/172384/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-9-Feb-2022-Semeru-volcano-Reventador-Nyamuragira-Sangay-Nevados-de-.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

US household air conditioning use could exceed electric capacity in next decade due to climate change https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/02/220204093124.htm

Are winters losing their chill in the Kansas City region as the climate changes? https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article257768288.html

Robust but weak winter atmospheric circulation response to future Arctic sea ice loss https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-28283-y

Ice velocity and thickness of the world’s glaciers https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-021-00885-z

Glaciers of the world mapping https://ige-vis.univ-grenoble-alpes.fr/glaciers/index.html

Lessons from New York: What makes a community turn against climate adaptation? https://grist.org/climate/lessons-from-new-york-what-makes-a-community-turn-against-climate-adaptation/

Non-state climate change action: Hope for just response to climate change? https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901122000375?dgcid=author

Arctic Sea Ice extent is the highest since 2009, now above 14 million square kilometers. On the other side of the pond, Antarctic Sea Ice at an all-time low https://www.severe-weather.eu/global-weather/arctic-sea-ice-extent-highest-since-2009-antarctic-sea-ice-all-time-low-january-rrc/

The Roles of Celebrities in Public Disputes: Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/joms.12800

How Climate Change Could Impact Your Skin https://www.gearpatrol.com/style/grooming/a38953432/climate-change-skincare/

The world is on fire and our leaders are failing, poll finds https://www.politico.com/news/2022/02/08/citizens-politicians-combat-climate-change-00004590

Making Indian cities climate and water resilient https://watersciencepolicy.com/article/making-indian-cities-climate-and-water-resilient-d22349e15819

CO₂ emissions dataset: Our sources and methods https://ourworldindata.org/co2-dataset-sources

Assessing extremes in hydroclimatology: A review on probabilistic methods https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0022169421013524?via%3Dihub

Increasing Heat-Stress Inequality in a Warming Climate https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2021EF002488

Disaster risk reduction

Failure to prevent pandemics at source is ‘greatest folly’, say scientists https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/04/failure-to-prevent-pandemics-at-source-is-greatest-folly-say-scientists

Daylighting Rivers and Streams http://nrcsolutions.org/daylighting-rivers/

Future hurricanes likely to pose much greater flood risk to U.S. East and Gulf coasts https://engineering.princeton.edu/news/2022/02/03/future-hurricanes-likely-pose-much-greater-flood-risk-u-s-east-and-gulf-coasts

Five Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Flood Risk (Part One) https://www.rms.com/blog/2022/02/01/five-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-flood-risk-part-one

Five Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Flood Risk (Part Two) https://www.rms.com/blog/2022/02/01/five-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-flood-risk-part-two

How countries can better cope with flood risk https://www.unep.org/news-and-stories/story/how-countries-can-better-cope-flood-risk

Deforestation Is Flooding West African Coasts https://eos.org/articles/deforestation-is-flooding-west-african-coasts

Volcanoes, plague, famine, endless winter: Historians and scientists recall 536, the ‘worst year to be alive’ https://phys.org/news/2022-02-volcanoes-plague-famine-endless-winter.html

Researchers identify ‘double-hazard’ zones for wildfire in the West https://earth.stanford.edu/news/researchers-identify-double-hazard-zones-wildfire-west#gs.oflj37

NRDC Pushes FEMA for Climate-Smart Flood Maps and Standards https://www.nrdc.org/experts/joel-scata/nrdc-pushes-fema-climate-smart-flood-maps-and-standards

Flood Risk-Related Research Trends in Latin America and the Caribbeanhttps://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/14/1/10

Google Maps to fix directions after years of trapped travellers around Burketown https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-08/google-maps-to-fix-routes-trapped-travellers-queensland/100805884

What determines variation in remotely sensed fire severity? Consideration of remote sensing limitations and confounding factors https://www.publish.csiro.au/WF/justaccepted/WF21131

The role of the scientist in a post-truth world https://thebulletin.org/2022/02/the-role-of-the-scientist-in-a-post-truth-world/

JBA launches flood model for more effective risk pricing https://member.fintech.global/2022/02/07/jba-launches-flood-model-for-more-effective-risk-pricing/

Atlas provides districts maps on hazard events and vulnerability for all the calendar months and at annual scale in India https://imdpune.gov.in/hazardatlas/index.html

Storm Ana’s devastation in southern Africa highlights need for early warnings https://www.climatechangenews.com/2022/02/01/storm-anas-devastation-southern-africa-highlights-need-early-warnings/

US flood risk is about to explode — but not for the reasons you think https://grist.org/extreme-weather/flood-risk-growth-development/

Impacts of space weather https://thesciencebehindit.org/how-does-space-weather-affect-us-here-on-earth/

Earthquake early warning system could save lives in southern Europe https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/2022/feb/earthquake-early-warning-system-could-save-lives-southern-europe

Why the Tongan eruption will go down in the history of volcanology https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00394-y

Rethinking resilience and development: A coevolutionary perspective https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13280-020-01485-8

The Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science https://www.canadawildfire.org/

The benefits of strengthening buildings against earthquakes https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/112

Emergency management

How accurate are weather forecaster’s predictions, really, and how do they come up with them? https://cosmosmagazine.com/earth/climate/weather-forecasting-less-accurate/

The future of the pandemic is looking clearer as we learn more about infection https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2022/02/07/1057245449/the-future-of-the-pandemic-is-looking-clearer-as-we-learn-more-about-infection

Using drone technology in Africa’s devasting cyclones https://www.fairplanet.org/story/drone-technology-saves-thousands-from-devastating-cyclones/

Practice Makes Preparedness: NASA Participates in North Carolina Hurricane Exercise https://climate.nasa.gov/news/3144/practice-makes-preparedness-nasa-participates-in-north-carolina-hurricane-exercise/

Drawing disaster-preparedness lessons from Tonga’s volcano https://www.unep.org/news-and-stories/story/drawing-disaster-preparedness-lessons-tongas-volcano

Increasing Public Criticism, Confusion Over COVID-19 Response in U.S. https://www.pewresearch.org/science/2022/02/09/increasing-public-criticism-confusion-over-covid-19-response-in-u-s/

Wildfire smoke increases inflammation, lung disease risk https://health.ucdavis.edu/news/headlines/wildfire-smoke-increases-inflammation-lung-disease-risk/2022/02

Covid rules are to be axed in England, but is pandemic’s end really in sight? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/feb/09/covid-rules-axed-england-is-pandemic-end-really-in-sight

Evacuation Planning Handbook review update https://www.aidr.org.au/news/evacuation-planning-handbook-review-update/

The INFORM Severity Index is a regularly updated, and easily interpreted model for measuring the severity of humanitarian crisis globally https://www.acaps.org/methodology/severity

Disaster education, communications and engagement

2022 Great Washington ShakeOut https://www.shakeout.org/washington/

Professionalization of community engagement in flood risk management: Insights from four European countries https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420922000309?via%3Dihub

Exploring Soils: A Living Treasure https://www.access-ed.ngo/exploring-soils-a-living-treasure

15 things not to do when using a rapid antigen test, from storing in the freezer to sampling snot https://theconversation.com/15-things-not-to-do-when-using-a-rapid-antigen-test-from-storing-in-the-freezer-to-sampling-snot-176364

The Invention of Disaster: Power and Knowledge in Discourses on Hazard and Vulnerability https://www.routledge.com/The-Invention-of-Disaster-Power-and-Knowledge-in-Discourses-on-Hazard-and/Gaillard/p/book/9781138805620

2022 Australia Digital report https://wearesocial.com/au/blog/2022/02/digital-2022-australia-online-like-never-before/

Naming Competition: National Large Air Tanker https://schools.aidr.org.au/national-lat-naming-competition/

Psychology and disasters

The Well-Being of Secondary School Principals One Year into the COVID-19 Pandemic https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RRA827-6.html

Virtual reality experiment shows most people living in high-risk fire zones are “woefully unprepared” https://www.unisa.edu.au/media-centre/Releases/2021/virtual-reality-experiment-shows-most-people-living-in-high-risk-fire-zones-are-woefully-unprepared/

‘Harrowing’: trauma caused by Morwell coalmine fire set high school students back 18 months https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/feb/03/harrowing-trauma-caused-by-morwell-coalmine-fire-set-high-school-students-back-18-months

Sociology and disasters

The U.S. Equity-First Vaccination Initiative https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RRA1627-1.html

Unequal Impact: Putting Justice at the Heart of the Climate Fight https://e360.yale.edu/features/unequal-impact-putting-justice-at-the-heart-of-the-climate-fight

Fleeing the unsustainable city: soft policy and the dual effect of social capital in hurricane evacuation https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11625-022-01098-y

Social protection to ensure those most affected by climate change can strengthen their resilience capacity and avoid the worst impacts of disasters https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/early-action-and-climate-crisis-could-social-protection-be-game-changer

Poorer populations may be hit with a one-two punch of more heat waves from climate change due to their location and an inability to keep up with it as a result of lack of heat adaptations like air conditioning https://news.agu.org/press-release/poorest-people-bear-growing-burden-of-heat-waves-as-temperatures-rise/

Today in disaster resilience (4 February 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Ecuador – Thousands Affected After Floods in 4 Provinces https://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-january-2022

Brazil – Floods and Landslides in Sao Paolo Leave at Least 19 Dead https://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-landslides-sao-paolo-january-2022

Haiti and Dominican Republic – Thousands Displaced After Flash Floods Damage Homes https://floodlist.com/america/haiti-dominican-republic-floods-january-2022

Ecuador – Catastrophic Flash Floods in Quito Leave 11 Dead, 9 Missing https://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-quito-january-2022

250 households cry for aid as floods lash St Mary https://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20220202/250-households-cry-aid-floods-lash-st-mary

Massive mudflow hits Quito after extremely heavy rain, Ecuador https://watchers.news/2022/02/02/la-gasca-mudflow-quito-extremely-heavy-rain-ecuador/

DR Congo – Thousands Displaced by Floods in Maniema https://floodlist.com/africa/dr-congo-floods-maniema-january-2022

Strong M6.5 earthquake hits northern Peru at intermediate depth https://watchers.news/2022/02/03/strong-m6-5-earthquake-hits-northern-peru-at-intermediate-depth/

Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Feb 2022: Etna volcano, Santiaguito, Fuego, Erta Ale, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/171671/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-1-Feb-2022-Etna-volcano-Santiaguito-Fuego-Erta-Ale-Sangay-Nevado-d.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

EV boom: ‘Australia should be an electric vehicle leader’ https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/federal/ev-boom-australia-should-be-an-electric-vehicle-leader-20220127-p59rou.html

Through earthquakes and sea-level rise, climate change is increasing risk of tsunamis https://theprint.in/world/through-earthquakes-and-sea-level-rise-climate-change-is-increasing-risk-of-tsunamis/815885/

Three reasons why climate change models are our best hope for understanding the future https://theconversation.com/three-reasons-why-climate-change-models-are-our-best-hope-for-understanding-the-future-175936

Earth inhales and exhales carbon in mesmerizing animation https://www.livescience.com/carbon-sinks-globe-animation

The share of renewables in January, 2022, in Australia’s main grid is 34.4 per cent https://reneweconomy.com.au/the-past-decade-has-seen-stunning-change-the-next-10-years-will-be-breathtaking/

Survey Results are in: Are Prairie Communities Prepared for Climate Change? https://climatewest.ca/2022/01/31/survey-results-are-in-are-prairie-communities-prepared-for-climate-change/

Rising Seas Boost Tsunami Impacts on Distant Shorelines https://eos.org/articles/rising-seas-boost-tsunami-impacts-on-distant-shorelines

Annual flooding damage costs in the U.S. could increase 26% by 2050 https://abcnews.go.com/International/flood-damage-increase-due-climate-change-disproportionately-affect/story?id=82486054

Robotic Exploration of Uncharted, Underwater Glacial Walls Set for 2023 https://news.utexas.edu/2022/01/31/robotic-exploration-of-uncharted-underwater-glacial-walls-set-for-2023/

Missing the Housing for the Trees: Equity in Urban Climate Planning https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0739456X211072527

Extreme heat in oceans ‘passed point of no return’ in 2014 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/01/extreme-heat-oceans-passed-point-of-no-return-high-temperatures-wildlife-seas

Lessons from COVID-19 for managing transboundary climate risks and building resilience https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S221209632200002X

The Causes of Climate Change https://climate.nasa.gov/causes/

Heating and cooling: a route to net zero emissions https://www.climatechangenews.com/2022/01/26/heating-cooling-route-net-zero-emissions/

Greenland ice cap loses enough water in 20 years to cover US: study https://phys.org/news/2022-02-greenland-ice-cap-years.html

Coral reef safe zones set to plummet, while potential bleaching events loom in Qld, WA https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2022-02-02/coral-reef-climate-change-warming-bleaching-events/100792458

Delayed Antarctic sea-ice decline in high-resolution climate change simulations https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-28259-y

Spring in the U.K. Arrives a Month Earlier than in the 1980s https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/spring-in-the-u-k-arrives-a-month-earlier-than-in-the-1980s/

Giant iceberg blocks scientists’ study of ‘Doomsday Glacier’ https://apnews.com/article/doomsday-glacier-climate-science-4d80d7c466171b12d43a5de1de64cd4a

Climate extreme indices and heat stress indicators derived from CMIP6 global climate projections https://cds.climate.copernicus.eu/cdsapp#!/dataset/sis-extreme-indices-cmip6

Non-linear response of temperature-related mortality risk to global warming in England and Wales https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ac50d5

Mt. Everest’s highest glacier is a sentinel for accelerating ice loss https://www.nature.com/articles/s41612-022-00230-0

Study provides first statistical characterisation of methane ultra-emitters from oil and gas https://phys.org/news/2022-02-statistical-characterisation-methane-ultra-emitters-oil.html

Disaster risk reduction

How much more contagious could the coronavirus get? https://www.newscientist.com/article/2305708-how-much-more-contagious-could-the-coronavirus-get/

Data shows building codes can reduce vulnerability of homes in wildfires https://wildfiretoday.com/2022/01/30/data-shows-building-codes-can-reduce-vulnerability-of-homes-in-wildfires/

Four things tsunami-vulnerable countries must do to prepare for the next disaster https://theconversation.com/four-things-tsunami-vulnerable-countries-must-do-to-prepare-for-the-next-disaster-175721

Volcano-observing Drone Flights Open Door to Routine Hazard Monitoring https://www.nasa.gov/feature/ames/volcano-observing-drone-flights-open-door-to-routine-hazard-monitoring

Extreme floods in Europe: going beyond observations using reforecast ensemble pooling https://hess.copernicus.org/articles/26/469/2022/

2021 Geohazards in New Zealand https://www.geonet.org.nz/news/40fjnJ1e2vP39qDdgAWCG9

Inequitable patterns of US flood risk in the Anthropocene https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-021-01265-6

Towards drought impact-based forecasting in a multi-hazard context https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212096322000092

Digital twin-driven intelligence disaster prevention and mitigation for infrastructure: advances, challenges, and opportunitieshttps://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11069-021-05190-x

Tsunami models underestimated shockwave from Tonga eruption https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/tsunami-models-underestimated-shockwave-tonga-eruption-2022-01-28/

Mountains Sway to the Seismic Song of Earth https://eos.org/articles/mountains-sway-to-the-seismic-song-of-earth

Natural Flood Management work underway in Northumberland village https://www.miragenews.com/natural-flood-management-work-underway-in-716581/

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter https://www.molinostewart.com.au/floodplain-manager-related-articles/related-floodplain-manager-january-2022/

Warragamba Dam wall raise could risk Blue Mountains world heritage status https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/warragamba-dam-wall-raise-could-risk-blue-mountains-world-heritage-status-20220202-p59t3i.html

A new database includes past wildfire satellite images from the U.S. Geological Survey https://spectrumnews1.com/ca/la-east/environment/2022/01/31/socal-researchers-historical-wildfire-data

Paleotsunami history along the northern Japan trench based on sequential dating of the continuous geological record potentially inundated only by large tsunamis https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0277379122000129

Emergency management

SARS-CoV-2 can remain active for longer than recommended quarantine period, study shows https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-01-sars-cov-longer-quarantine-period.html

Getting COVID-19 is much riskier for your heart than vaccination https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/getting-covid-19-is-much-riskier-for-your-heart-than-vaccination

After a wildfire, how does a town rebuild? https://news.nau.edu/edgeley-camp-fire-research/

The Role of GIS in Kentucky’s Tornado Response https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/814c3fa05b04461d95a0fdc6416300ee

Timor-Leste floods teach costly lessons https://www.preventionweb.net/news/timor-leste-floods-teach-costly-lessons

Satellite images show the aftermath of Tonga volcano’s eruption https://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2022/01/26/1075621526/satellite-images-show-the-aftermath-of-tonga-volcanos-eruption

UN: Worst Not Over in Flood-stricken Malawihttps://www.voanews.com/a/un-says-worst-not-over-in-flood-stricken-malawi/2626294.html

It’s summer, so bushfires and COVID collide. 3 ways one affects the other https://theconversation.com/its-summer-so-bushfires-and-covid-collide-3-ways-one-affects-the-other-169833

Haiti struggles to provide water, food after heavy floods https://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/caribbean/20220202/haiti-struggles-provide-water-food-after-heavy-floods

Mozambique’s Storm Ana aftermath: 778 schools destroyed https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-60219693

Breakthrough COVID powers up immune response to variants — including Omicron https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00328-8

After losing everything, Marshall Fire survivors struggle to inventory their belongings https://www.kunc.org/news/2022-02-02/after-losing-everything-marshall-fire-survivors-struggle-to-inventory-their-belongings

Natural disasters require FEMA to think outside the box with emergency alert system https://www.foxweather.com/extreme-weather/fema-managers-think-outside-the-box-with-emergency-alert-system

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Words into Action (WiA) guidelines are designed to provide practical guidance on disaster risk reduction topics https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/words-action-guidelines-developing-national-disaster-risk-reduction-strategies

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day https://go.nfpa.org/l/14662/2022-01-11/8j6nqh

Psychology and disasters

Trees don’t rush to heal from trauma and neither should we https://psyche.co/ideas/trees-dont-rush-to-heal-from-trauma-and-neither-should-we

Heightened generalized conditioned fear and avoidance in women and underlying psychological processes https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0005796722000225

Sociology and disasters

Overcooling of offices reveals gender inequity in thermal comfort https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-03121-1

New flood maps show US damage rising 26% in next 30 years due to climate change alone, and the inequity is stark https://theconversation.com/new-flood-maps-show-us-damage-rising-26-in-next-30-years-due-to-climate-change-alone-and-the-inequity-is-stark-175958

Survey of gender bias in the IPCC https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00208-1

Small towns, big disasters https://fvcurrent.com/article/small-towns-big-disasters/

Today in disaster resilience (28 January 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

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

Floodwaters submerge parts of outback South Australia as rain washes away highway and cars https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-23/sa-rain-and-floods-wash-away-outback-roads/100776030

Heavy rain and snow hit Pakistan, leaving at least 12 people dead https://watchers.news/2022/01/24/heavy-rain-and-snow-hit-pakistan-leaving-at-least-12-people-dead/

Wildfire near Big Sur prompts evacuations, closes major highway, California https://watchers.news/2022/01/24/colorado-fire-big-sur-california-evacuations-january-2022/

Peru – 1 Missing After Floods and Mudslides in Machu Picchu https://floodlist.com/america/peru-floods-machu-picchu-cusco-january-2022

Storm Ana kills at least three in Mozambique and Malawi https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/tropical-storm-kills-two-injures-66-mozambique-2022-01-25/

At least 2 killed, 50 injured after M5.3 earthquake and series of aftershocks hit Haiti https://watchers.news/2022/01/25/haiti-earthquake-damage-casualties-january-24-2022/

Severe floods and landslides leave at least 34 people dead, 64 000 affected in Madagascar https://watchers.news/2022/01/25/itcz-tropical-cyclone-ana-madagascar-damage-fatalities-january-2022/

Uganda – at Least 9 Killed in Western Region Flash Floods https://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-kisoro-january-2022

Pakistan – 8 Killed After Heavy Rain Causes Damage and Landslides in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa https://floodlist.com/asia/khyber-pakhtunkhwa-pakistan-landslide-january-2022

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

How to understand your climate uncertainty https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3498661

Four surprising ways climate change is affecting people’s health in England and Wales https://theconversation.com/four-surprising-ways-climate-change-is-affecting-peoples-health-in-england-and-wales-175099

Carbon offsetting is not warding off environmental collapse – it’s accelerating it https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jan/26/carbon-offsetting-environmental-collapse-carbon-land-grab

Climate Change Is Pushing Greenland Over the Edge https://hakaimagazine.com/news/climate-change-is-pushing-greenland-over-the-edge/

Is the World Ready for Good News on Climate? https://rogerpielkejr.substack.com/p/is-the-world-ready-for-good-news

Plausible 2005-2050 emissions scenarios project between 2 and 3 degrees C of warming by 2100 https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ac4ebf

Scientist Mike Mann’s must-read book, ‘The New Climate War’ https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2021/01/scientist-mike-manns-must-read-book-the-new-climate-war/

The climate crisis demands courage not optimism https://theconversation.com/the-climate-crisis-demands-courage-not-optimism-175432

What’s climate change really doing to the ocean? Ask the robots https://thebulletin.org/2022/01/whats-climate-change-really-doing-to-the-ocean-ask-the-robots/

Climate change is physics https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-022-00342-8

Lack of vegetation exacerbates exposure to dangerous heat in dense settlements in a tropical African city https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ac47c3

Coal, gas power shrinking in Australia as renewable energy shines https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/coal-gas-power-shrinking-in-australia-as-renewable-energy-shines-20220127-p59rob.html

Almost half of Americans are very concerned about climate change, yet only 14% think others around them are very concerned https://ecoamerica.org/american-climate-perspectives-survey-2022-vol-i-blog/

Analysis of community deaths during the catastrophic 2021 heat dome https://journals.lww.com/environepidem/Fulltext/2022/02000/Analysis_of_community_deaths_during_the.8.aspx

Landsat Shows Western Canada’s Glaciated Environments Rapidly Changing https://landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/article/landsat-shows-western-canadas-glaciated-environments-rapidly-changing/

Slippery Slopes: How Climate Change is threatening the 2022 Winter Olympics https://www.lboro.ac.uk/news-events/news/2022/january/how-climate-change-is-threatening-winter-olympics/

Urban greening ‘not a panacea’ for dealing with extreme weather, study finds https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/2598753-urban-greening-not-a-panacea-for-dealing-with-extreme-weather,-study-finds

Disaster risk reduction

Most Americans live in natural hazard hot spots https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/most-americans-live-in-natural-hazard-hot-spots-13620/

Tonga volcano triggered record-breaking lightning and a never-before-seen tsunami https://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/jan-20-tongan-volcano-why-whales-don-t-choke-on-their-food-darkness-doomed-the-dinosaurs-and-more-1.6322258/tonga-volcano-triggered-record-breaking-lightning-and-a-never-before-seen-tsunami-1.6322259

In the race to solve Boston Harbor’s coastal flooding problem, who calls the shots? https://thescopeboston.org/7534/climate-justice/in-the-race-to-solve-boston-harbors-coastal-flooding-problem-who-calls-the-shots/

The 2021 Natural Catastrophe Bingo Game. What is in the 2022 roller? https://www.bmsgroup.com/news/2021natcatbingogame

Underwater volcanoes: How ocean color changes can signal an imminent eruption https://phys.org/news/2022-01-underwater-volcanoes-ocean-imminent-eruption.html

Tonga eruption equivalent to hundreds of Hiroshimas: NASA https://phys.org/news/2022-01-tonga-eruption-equivalent-hundreds-hiroshimas.html

Radiometric dating sheds light on tectonic debate https://phys.org/news/2022-01-radiometric-dating-tectonic-debate.html

2021 floods: UN researchers aim to better prepare for climate risks https://unric.org/en/2021-floods-un-researchers-aim-to-better-prepare-for-climate-risks/

Next-gen modelling to improve EQC’s natural disaster planning and response https://www.eqc.govt.nz/news/next-generation-modelling-to-improve-eqcs-natural-disaster-planning-and-response/

Risky moves: More Americans are relocating to climate-vulnerable areas https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2022/01/more-americans-are-relocating-to-climate-vulnerable-areas/

Understanding the resilience of Mexico City to future water crises https://www.bgs.ac.uk/news/understanding-the-resilience-of-mexico-city-to-future-water-crises/

The Netherlands can prepare even better for extreme weather: seven recommendations in response to the floods of July 2021 https://www.deltares.nl/en/news/the-netherlands-can-prepare-even-better-for-extreme-weather-seven-recommendations-in-response-to-the-floods-of-july-2021/

Scientists take step toward warning those in tall buildings during earthquakes https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/scientists-take-step-toward-warning-those-in-tall-buildings-during-earthquakes-13697/

Nepal’s Municipal Disaster Risk Governance Assessment Tool: a case study on strengthening disaster risk management https://floodresilience.net/blogs/nepal-municipal-disaster-risk-governance-assessment-tool/

Has volcanic activity been increasing? https://volcano.si.edu/faq/index.cfm

Contested flood risk reduction: An analysis of environmental and social claims in the city of Genoa https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420921005987

Table Mountain wildfire, floods and ‘severe weather’ cost SA billions in 2021 https://www.news24.com/fin24/Economy/table-mountain-wildfire-floods-and-severe-weather-cost-sa-billions-in-2021-20220126

Emergency management

World Bank Support for Country Access to COVID-19 Vaccines https://www.worldbank.org/en/who-we-are/news/coronavirus-covid19/world-bank-support-for-country-access-to-covid-19-vaccines

Covid: New Zealand PM Ardern cancels wedding amid Omicron wave https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-60100369

Chinese officials arrested for concealing true scale of flood death toll https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/23/chinese-provincial-officials-concealed-scores-of-deaths-from-flood-disaster

Researchers Create Legged Robot That Can Hike Difficult Terrain https://www.unite.ai/researchers-create-legged-robot-that-can-hike-difficult-terrain/

This is what long-term immunity to Covid-19 might look like https://www.vox.com/22878133/omicron-coronavirus-covid-19-immunity-antibodies-vaccine

Key warnings guidelines backed by latest CRC research https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2022/key-warnings-guidelines-backed-latest-crc-research

Regional excess mortality during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic in five European countries https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-28157-3

Whether it’s a hurricane, an active shooter, or a pandemic, we must reconsider campus emergency planning https://sciencex.com/news/2022-01-hurricane-shooter-pandemic-reconsider-campus.html

Despite Omicron arriving, keeping schools open as safely as possible should be the goal https://theconversation.com/despite-omicron-arriving-keeping-schools-open-as-safely-as-possible-should-be-the-goal-175512

FEMA administrator unpacks multilayered approach to COVID-19 https://thegrio.com/2022/01/26/fema-administrator-covid-19/

For vulnerable people who catch COVID, quick action and these treatments can help https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/what-vulnerable-patients-need-to-know-about-seeking-covid-care-during-the-omicron-surge

Ocean water and volcanic ash have contaminated the drinking water of tens of thousands of people in the Pacific island nation https://www.circleofblue.org/2022/hotspots/hotspots-h2o-as-dust-settles-in-tonga-after-volcanic-eruption-drinking-water-now-the-biggest-life-saving-issue/

Texas puts final estimate of winter storm death toll at 246 https://www.texastribune.org/2022/01/02/texas-winter-storm-final-death-toll-246/

From recovery to resilience building: learning from tropical cyclone Seroja in Timor-Leste https://blogs.worldbank.org/eastasiapacific/recovery-resilience-building-learning-tropical-cyclone-seroja-timor-leste

Workers in Peru race to reopen Machu Picchu after floods https://www.eaglenews.ph/workers-in-peru-race-to-reopen-machu-picchu-after-floods/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

ShakeAlert earthquake warnings can give people time to protect themselves – but so far, few have actually done so https://theconversation.com/shakealert-earthquake-warnings-can-give-people-time-to-protect-themselves-but-so-far-few-have-actually-done-so-174685

Social media videos show how people react during an earthquake https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/social-media-videos-show-how-people-react-during-an-earthquake-13685/

Water education for climate resilience in Asia and the Pacific: a regional curriculum https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000380263.locale=en

Defining Disaster: Disciplines and Domains https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/gbp/defining-disaster-9781839100291.html

Psychology and disasters

Live Better By Being More Present in the Moment https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/human-beings-being-human/202201/live-better-being-more-present-in-the-moment

How COVID-19 changed the way we shop – and what to expect in 2022 and beyond https://theconversation.com/how-covid-19-changed-the-way-we-shop-and-what-to-expect-in-2022-and-beyond-172973

U.S. teens were in mental health crisis before COVID-19 https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2022/01/24/teens-mental-health-crisis-before-pandemic/2031643033863/

The Science Behind PTSD Symptoms: How Trauma Changes the Brain https://psychcentral.com/ptsd/the-science-behind-ptsd-symptoms-how-trauma-changes-the-brain

Memory Loss Could Be a Long-term COVID-19 Symptom, Research Says https://psychcentral.com/coronavirus/covid-and-memory-loss

How can we assess Omicron’s psychological toll? https://www.tvo.org/article/how-can-we-assess-omicrons-psychological-toll

Sociology and disasters

A social perspective on perceived distances reveals deep community structure https://www.pnas.org/content/119/4/e2003634119

How COVID-19 Omicron wave turned Parramatta into a ‘ghost town’ https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-22/covid19-omicron-wave-turned-parramatta-into-ghost-town/100772626

Removing Barriers: Including People with Disabilities in Disaster Risk Management Planning https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/removing-barriers-including-people-with-disabilities-in-disaster-risk-management-planning

Tonga tsunami: More preparation needed for disabled people in a natural disaster https://www.stuff.co.nz/pou-tiaki/127549877/tonga-tsunami-more-preparation-needed-for-disabled-people-in-a-natural-disaster

Revealing social power and inequalities will help us deal with future droughts and water shortages http://hydrosocialextremes.org/revealing-social-power-and-inequalities-will-help-us-deal-with-future-droughts-and-water-shortages/

Drought and society: Scientific progress, blind spots, and future prospects https://wires.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wcc.761

COVID-19 to go? The role of disasters and evacuation in the COVID-19 pandemic https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378022000097?dgcid=coauthor

Why renters are uniquely vulnerable to climate disasters https://grist.org/housing/climate-disasters-american-housing-crisis-renters/

‘Risk No Matter Where I Go’: For Many Disabled People, a Future of Ever-Present COVID Is Daunting https://www.kqed.org/news/11902253/risk-no-matter-where-i-go-for-many-disabled-people-a-future-of-ever-present-covid-is-daunting

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