Today in disaster resilience (22 October 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

3 people killed as M5.1 earthquake hits near Agung volcano, Bali, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2021/10/17/bali-agung-indonesia-earthquake-october-2021/

M6.1 earthquake hits near the coast of Torres Islands, Vanuatu https://watchers.news/2021/10/18/m6-1-earthquake-hits-near-the-coast-of-torres-islands-vanuatu/

At least 26 dead as floods and landslides hit Kerala, India https://watchers.news/2021/10/18/more-than-20-dead-as-floods-and-landslides-hit-kerala-india/

Powerful phreatic explosion at Mount Asosan, Alert Level raised, Japan https://watchers.news/2021/10/20/powerful-phreatic-explosion-at-mount-asosan-alert-level-raised-japan/

Unseasonal heavy rainfall leaves 48 people dead in Nepal, 31 others missing https://watchers.news/2021/10/20/unseasonal-heavy-rainfall-leaves-48-people-dead-in-nepal-31-others-missing/

Giant hailstones pummel Queensland, likely the largest seen in Australia since records beganhttps://watchers.news/2021/10/19/giant-hailstones-pummel-queensland-likely-the-largest-seen-in-australia-since-records-began/

India – Floods and Landslides Cause 27 Fatalities in Uttarakhand https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-landslides-uttarakhand-october-2021

Flooding triggers landslides in Nepal and India, killing at least 150 people and washing away homes https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-22/india-nepal-deadly-floods/100558832

Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Oct 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Reventador, Piton de la Fournaise https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/144874/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-20-Oct-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Reventador-Piton-de-la-Fournaise.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The climate disaster is here https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2021/oct/14/climate-change-happening-now-stats-graphs-maps-cop26

The Very Last Thick Sea Ice of the Arctic Breaks while Severe Storms reach the Arctic, eventually supported by Sudden Stratospheric Warminghttps://www.severe-weather.eu/cryosphere/thick-sea-ice-arctic-breaks-stratospheric-warmings-rrc/

Denmark is accelerating climate efforts with new 2025 deadline https://en.kefm.dk/news/news-archive/2021/sep/denmark-is-accelerating-climate-efforts-with-new-2025-deadline

Insurers are getting rocked by climate disasters https://www.vox.com/22686124/climate-change-insurance-flood-wildfire-hurricane-risk?hss_channel=tw-456864723

Climate change a double blow for oil-rich Mideast https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211017-climate-change-a-double-blow-for-oil-rich-mideast-experts?ref=tw

Future heat adaptation and exposure among urban populations and why a prospering economy alone won’t save us https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-99757-0

Facing existential threat from climate change, Pacific Islanders urge world to listen https://www.axios.com/climate-change-pacific-islands-activism-un-93221bd2-c6ae-44d7-8456-e66209f1656e.html

Climate change means thin ice for lakes worldwide https://today.vub.be/en/article/lakes-are-changing-worldwide

Don’t boost climate deniers: scientist https://www.sbs.com.au/news/don-t-boost-climate-deniers-scientist/dd5dc7dc-97f3-412a-a1d0-d2320e6f7a89

What was the role of climate change in Germany’s fatal floods? https://www.euronews.com/green/2021/10/18/what-was-the-role-of-climate-change-in-germany-s-fatal-floods

Who’s who in Glasgow: 5 countries that could make or break the planet’s future under climate change https://theconversation.com/whos-who-in-glasgow-5-countries-that-could-make-or-break-the-planets-future-under-climate-change-170090

What are climate change tipping points https://www.climaterealityproject.org/blog/what-are-climate-change-tipping-points

Factbox – COP26 in Glasgow: Who is going and who is not? https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-un-attendees/factbox-cop26-in-glasgow-who-is-going-and-who-is-not-idUSKBN2H90W6

Stunningly cheap solar to power China’s pivot away from coal https://reneweconomy.com.au/stunningly-cheap-solar-to-power-chinas-pivot-away-from-coal/

In the face of chaos, why are we so nonchalant about climate change? https://theconversation.com/in-the-face-of-chaos-why-are-we-so-nonchalant-about-climate-change-166040

Scientists and Native People Jointly Study Sea-Ice Declines Threatening Seal Hunts https://news.climate.columbia.edu/2021/10/14/scientists-and-native-people-jointly-study-sea-ice-declines-threatening-seal-hunts/

Research prepares organisations for climate-challenged futures https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2021/research-prepares-organisations-climate-challenged-futures

Millions of people were evacuated during disasters last year – another rising cost of climate change https://theconversation.com/millions-of-people-were-evacuated-during-disasters-last-year-another-rising-cost-of-climate-change-170105

Widespread collapse of West Antarctica’s ice sheet is avoidable if we keep global warming below 2℃ https://theconversation.com/widespread-collapse-of-west-antarcticas-ice-sheet-is-avoidable-if-we-keep-global-warming-below-2-169651

Hunt begins for ancient Antarctic ice—and clues to Earth’s response to rising temperatures https://www.science.org/content/article/hunt-begins-ancient-antarctic-ice-and-clues-earth-s-response-rising-temperatures

Washington Coastal Resilience Project Ups Hazard Readiness https://coast.noaa.gov/states/stories/washington-coastal-resilience-project.html

The myth of the climate moderate https://www.vox.com/22709379/moderate-versus-progressive-democrats-climate

Amplified warming of extreme temperatures over tropical landhttps://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-021-00828-8

Risk of Dangerous Heat Exposure Is Growing Quickly in Cities https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/risk-of-dangerous-heat-exposure-is-growing-quickly-in-cities/

Disaster risk reduction

The role of international cooperation in disaster risk reduction https://www.sei.org/featured/the-role-of-international-cooperation-in-disaster-risk-reduction/

67% of Americans perceive a rise in extreme weather, but partisans differ over government efforts to address it https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/10/14/67-of-americans-perceive-a-rise-in-extreme-weather-but-partisans-differ-over-government-efforts-to-address-it/

The Volcanologist’s Paradox https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/10/volcanos-awe-beauty-terror/620416/

COVID-19 and extreme weather highlight folly of low investment in disaster prevention https://www.undrr.org/news/covid-19-and-extreme-weather-highlight-folly-low-investment-disaster-prevention

U.S. overhauls flood insurance to meet rising climate change risks https://news.trust.org/item/20211015080642-qzw7a/

Practical guidance on integrating both disaster and climate related risks into development https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/risk-informed-development-strategy-tool-integrating-disaster-risk-reduction-and-climate

Earthquake-resistant school built from recycled plastic in Indonesia https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-05/earthquake-resistant-school-built-of-recycled-plastic-in-lombok/100423910

Hawaiʻi quake likely related to tectonic plate bending https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/hawai%CA%BBi-quake-likely-related-to-tectonic-plate-bending-13426/

A Community Works Together To Restore The Floodplain And Reduce Damages https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/training/walton-village.html

Metro has installed ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system at all bus and rail divisions https://thesource.metro.net/2021/10/19/metro-has-installed-shakealert-earthquake-early-warning-system-at-all-bus-and-rail-divisions/

Staying afloat: New evidence on how firms in Tanzania cope with flooding https://blogs.worldbank.org/developmenttalk/staying-afloat-new-evidence-how-firms-tanzania-cope-flooding

Bushfire insights uncovered with new fire-atmosphere modelling https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2021/bushfire-insights-uncovered-new-fire-atmosphere-modelling

Researchers release buoys to collect data for South Australian coastline erosion study https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-20/flinders-university-coastal-study-uses-buoys-off-adelaide/100553114

NJ plans to expand buyouts of flood-prone properties https://www.njspotlight.com/2021/10/nj-expands-blue-acres-property-buyouts-tropical-storm-ida-superstorm-sandy-climate-change-resilience-measures/

Improving Disaster Data Systems to Inform Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building in Australia: A Comparison of Databases https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/prehospital-and-disaster-medicine/article/improving-disaster-data-systems-to-inform-disaster-risk-reduction-and-resilience-building-in-australia-a-comparison-of-databases/B9B919CE9E7368CEDEC7D61213F53235

2020 Global Natural Disaster Assessment Report https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/2020-global-natural-disaster-assessment-report

Doing flood risk modelling differently: Evaluating the potential for participatory techniques to broaden flood risk management decision-making https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12757

Emergency management

Invest in local disaster response: it saves lives and money https://www.euronews.com/2021/10/13/invest-in-local-disaster-response-it-saves-lives-and-money-view

Bypassing Hurricanes Like Matthew Can Wreak Havoc, Too https://www.air-worldwide.com/blog/posts/2021/10/bypassing-hurricanes-can-wreak-havoc/

The UK has one of the highest Covid infection rates in the world right now: Here’s whyhttps://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/19/the-uks-covid-infection-rate-is-rising-heres-why.html

Building-Back-Better in Post-Disaster Recovery: Lessons Learnt from Cyclone Idai-Induced Floods in Zimbabwe https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13753-021-00373-3

How 30-person hotshot crews could help firefighters recuperate between assignments https://wildfiretoday.com/2021/10/20/how-30-person-hotshot-crews-could-help-firefighters-recuperate-between-assignments/

UNHCR responding to worst flooding in decades in South Sudan https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/10/1103442

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Creative educational systems build social capital https://www.educationalecosystems.com.au/

City of Logan school disaster education resources https://www.logan.qld.gov.au/disaster-education/disaster-education-1

#OnlyTogether can we make progress towards a safer and more resilient planet https://www.naturalhazards.com.au/node/14

CRC science in danger series https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2021/crc-science-danger-series

Science communication on trial following White Island disaster https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/opinion-science-communication-on-trial-following-white-island-disaster-13415/#disqus_thread

What is The Great ShakeOut and why did 7 million people in California do it? https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/california-earthquake-great-shakeout-b1942945.html

Individual hurricane evacuation intentions during the COVID-19 pandemic: insights for risk communication and emergency management policies https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11069-021-05064-2

Psychology and disasters

Two years after the bushfires my town is recovering, but the scars remain https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/09/two-years-after-the-bushfires-my-town-is-recovering-but-the-scars-remain

How to talk to kids about earthquakes https://www.abc.net.au/everyday/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-earthquakes/100483022

Global prevalence and burden of depressive and anxiety disorders in 204 countries and territories in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)02143-7/fulltext

A Toolkit for Child Welfare Agencies to Help Young People Heal and Thrive During and After Natural Disasters https://www.nctsn.org/resources/a-toolkit-for-child-welfare-agencies-to-help-young-people-heal-and-thrive-during-and-after-natural-disasters

Sociology and disasters

Role of social capital in local knowledge evolution and transfer in a network of rural communities coping with landslide disasters in Sri Lanka https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921005914?via%3Dihub#fig3

How natural disasters benefit rich people but make the poor poorer – an illustrated story https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/oct/13/why-white-people-wealthier-disasters-but-others-suffer-illustrated-story

Surviving on the Periphery of a City of Earthquakes https://eos.org/articles/surviving-on-the-periphery-of-a-city-of-earthquakes

Social Capital and COVID-19 Deaths: An Ecological Analysis in Japan https://www.researchgate.net/publication/355447038_Social_Capital_and_COVID-19_Deaths_An_Ecological_Analysis_in_Japan

Today in disaster resilience (15 October 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Thousands locked down as La Palma volcano destroys cement works https://phys.org/news/2021-10-thousands-la-palma-volcano-cement.html

Shallow M6.2 earthquake hits near the southwest coast of Island of Hawaii https://watchers.news/2021/10/11/shallow-m6-2-earthquake-hits-near-the-southwest-coast-of-island-of-hawaii/

Strong and shallow M6.9 earthquake hits Alaska Peninsula, U.S. https://watchers.news/2021/10/11/m6-5-earthquake-alaska-peninsula-october-11-2021/

China – Thousands Evacuate Floods in Shanxi https://floodlist.com/asia/china-floods-shanxi-october-2021

USA – Deadly Floods Hit Alabama After Torrential Rain https://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-alabama-october-2021

Strong quake strikes off Greece’s Crete, no injuries reported https://phys.org/news/2021-10-strong-quake-greece-crete-injuries.html

More than 700 firefighters battling wildfire spreading along California coast https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/13/alisal-fire-firefighters-spreading-california-coast?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Philippines – Topical Storm Kompasu Causes Deadly Flooding https://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-kompasu-floods-ocotober-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 14 Oct 2021: Vulcano volcano, Fuego, Reventador, Kilauea, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/144349/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-14-Oct-2021-Vulcano-volcano-Fuego-Reventador-Kilauea-Sangay-La-Pal.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Patricia Espinosa Outlines COP26 Priorities to LDC Ministers https://unfccc.int/news/patricia-espinosa-outlines-cop26-priorities-to-ldc-ministers

Coal power likely gone by 2035: Schott https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/coal-power-likely-gone-by-2035-schott-20211011-p58yuq

Cop26: world poised for big leap forward on climate crisis, says John Kerry https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/11/john-kerry-cop26-climate-summit-starting-line-rest-of-decade

Climate change may already affect 85 percent of humanity https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/11/climate-change-may-already-affect-85-percent-of-humanity-report

Guardian Essential poll: most Australians want Morrison to set a higher emissions reduction target https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/oct/12/guardian-essential-poll-most-australians-want-morrison-to-set-a-higher-emissions-reduction-target

In the Face of Climate Change, We Must Act So That We Can Feel Hopeful—Not the Other Way Around https://time.com/6089999/climate-change-hope/

‘Overwhelming’ backing for strong climate action, UK study shows https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/11/uk-public-backs-carbon-tax-high-flyer-levy-and-heat-pump-grants-study-shows

Climate crisis is ‘single biggest health threat facing humanity,’ WHO says, calling on world leaders to act https://edition.cnn.com/2021/10/11/health/climate-change-health-covid-who/index.html

Climate change: ‘Adapt or die’ warning from Environment Agency https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58883234

Health threats in a hotter world require policy action at every level of political and social life https://www.thinkglobalhealth.org/article/policy-challenge-extreme-heat-and-climate-change

Climate change is making Texas hotter, threatening public health, water supply and the state’s infrastructure https://www.texastribune.org/2021/10/07/texas-climate-change-heat-water/

Carbon emissions ‘will drop just 40% by 2050 with countries’ current pledges’ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/13/carbon-emissions-will-drop-just-40-by-2050-with-countries-current-pledges

Australia will need surge in renewables, electric vehicles to meet UN emissions goal https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-will-need-surge-in-renewables-electric-vehicles-to-meet-un-emissions-goal-20211013-p58zpa.html

What sea level rise will do to famous American sites, visualized https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/oct/12/sea-level-rise-well-known-american-sites-visualized

Risk of Dangerous Heat Exposure Is Growing Quickly in Cities https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/risk-of-dangerous-heat-exposure-is-growing-quickly-in-cities/

Disaster risk reduction

‘No sense of urgency’: Clontarf flood defences delayed until at least 2027 https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/no-sense-of-urgency-clontarf-flood-defences-delayed-until-at-least-2027-1.4696624

What’s Behind California’s Surge of Large Fires? https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/148908/whats-behind-californias-surge-of-large-fires

How many ‘natural’ disasters can one city endure? https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/environment-and-conservation/2021/08/how-many-natural-disasters-can-one-city-endure

How to better identify dangerous volcanoes https://phys.org/news/2021-10-dangerous-volcanoes.html

The Building Science Resource Library contains all of FEMA’s hazard-specific guidance that focuses on creating disaster-resistance communities https://www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/risk-management/building-science/publications

A Road-Flooding Fix Is Coming to California State Park https://coast.noaa.gov/states/stories/road-flooding.html

Disaster risk creation and cascading disasters within large technological systems: COVID-19 and the 2021 Texas blackouts https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1468-5973.12378

Flood-Threat Assessment Finds Danger Goes Far Beyond U.S. Homes https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2021-flood-risk-critical-infrastructure/

The Risk Atlas of Mexico City, Mexico: a tool for decision-making and disaster prevention https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11069-021-05059-z

High-resolution Wildfire Risk projections https://theclimatedatafactory.com/high-resolution-wildfire-risk-projections/

Systemic disaster risk handbook https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/systemic-disaster-risk-handbook

A new set of priorities to guide Australian natural hazards research https://www.naturalhazards.com.au/node/13

Moving beyond America’s war on wildfire: 4 ways to avoid future megafires https://theconversation.com/moving-beyond-americas-war-on-wildfire-4-ways-to-avoid-future-megafires-168898

Emergency management

Why we must not allow COVID to become endemic in New Zealand https://theconversation.com/why-we-must-not-allow-covid-to-become-endemic-in-new-zealand-169608

Getting flu with Covid doubles risk of death, says UK health chief https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/10/getting-flu-with-covid-makes-you-twice-as-likely-to-die-says-uk-health-chief

If You’ve Had Covid, Do You Need the Vaccine? https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/12/health/if-youve-had-covid-do-you-need-the-vaccine.html

After siege of blazes, experts say California must improve wildfire evacuation plans https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/10/07/california-wildfire-evacuations-plans-inadequate/

Wildland Fire’s Great Exodus https://theevolvingnomad.com/2021/10/13/wildland-fires-great-exodus/

National identity predicts public health support during a global pandemic https://psyarxiv.com/ydt95

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

Disaster education, communications and engagement

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction https://reliefweb.int/report/world/2021-international-day-disaster-risk-reduction-international-cooperation-developing

Japan is using Augmented Reality to teach children the dangers of flash floods https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=377tIWpQ-a8

Alluvione: Girl power to combat floods in Indonesia https://www.asia-pacific.undp.org/content/rbap/en/home/presscenter/articles/2021/alluvione-dx4resilience-IHF.html

Schools in BiH act to establish safe school environments for a more effective response to emergencies https://bosniaherzegovina.un.org/en/150967-schools-bih-act-establish-safe-school-environments-more-effective-response-emergencies

NOAA upgrades climate website amid growing demand for climate information https://www.noaa.gov/news-release/noaa-upgrades-climate-website-amid-growing-demand-for-climate-information

Psychology and disasters

Regional differences in cognitive dissonance in evacuation behavior at the time of the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11069-021-05047-3

Sociology and disasters

UNDP and the Japan Bosai Platform work together to Accelerate Digitalization in Disaster Risk Reduction for Vulnerable Groups https://www.asia-pacific.undp.org/content/rbap/en/home/presscenter/articles/2021/undp-and-the-japan-bosai-platform-work-together-to-accelerate-di.html

New InsuRisk Report focuses on social protection https://ehs.unu.edu/news/announcement/new-insurisk-report-focuses-on-social-protection.html

When disaster strikes, developing countries still too vulnerable https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/10/1102912

The Inuit knowledge vanishing with the ice https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20211011-the-inuit-knowledge-vanishing-with-the-ice

Today in disaster resilience (8 October 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Shaheen claims at least 13 lives in historic Oman landfall https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2021/10/shaheen-claims-at-least-13-lives-in-historic-oman-landfall/

India – Thousands Evacuate Floods in West Bengal, 400mm of Rain in 24 Hours https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-west-bengal-october-2021

La Palma island’s volcano roars again, spewing thicker lava https://phys.org/news/2021-10-la-palma-island-volcano-roars.html

Italy – Floods and Landslides in Liguria Region After 181mm of Rain in 1 Hour https://floodlist.com/europe/italy-liguria-floods-october-2021

Indonesia – Floods and Landslides Leave 4 Dead in South Sulawesi https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-sulawesi-october-2021

Alabama flash flooding kills 4 and spurs rescues from homes and cars https://edition.cnn.com/2021/10/06/weather/alabama-flash-flooding-birmingham/index.html

Volcanic activity worldwide 6 Oct 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Kilauea, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/143535/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-6-Oct-2021-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Reventador-Kilauea-Sangay-L.html

Over two feet of rain fell in Italy in only half a day, something not seen in Europe before https://edition.cnn.com/2021/10/06/weather/italy-flood-oman-climate-change/index.html

Mexico – Severe Floods Hit Querétaro for Second Time in 2 Weeks https://floodlist.com/america/mexico-floods-queretaro-october-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

While the 2050 battle rages in Australia, the world is talking 2030 https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/while-the-2050-battle-rages-in-australia-the-world-is-talking-2030-20210929-p58vup.html

Exposure to Deadly Urban Heat Worldwide Has Tripled in Recent Decades, Says Study https://news.climate.columbia.edu/2021/10/04/exposure-to-deadly-urban-heat-worldwide-has-tripled-in-recent-decades-says-study/

“Climate Change Disinformation Is Spreading Rapidly” on Facebook https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2021/09/facebook-climate-misinformation-lies-trump-propaganda-spreading-rapidly/

The imperative of climate adaption for Africa: building resilience across societies in an inclusive manner https://esaro.unfpa.org/en/news/imperative-climate-adaption-africa-building-resilience-across-societies-inclusive-manner

Building Climate Resilience in Cities through Insurance https://www.climatepolicyinitiative.org/publication/building-climate-resilience-in-cities-through-insurance/

What climate scientists can teach us about dealing with climate change doom https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58756143

Canadians are unknowingly buying homes in climate change danger zones, report finds https://www.cbc.ca/news/science/climate-risks-1.6196450

UK High Commissioner urges Australia to bring more ambitious emissions target to COP26 https://www.sbs.com.au/news/uk-high-commissioner-urges-australia-to-bring-more-ambitious-emissions-target-to-cop26/f7d11db8-eac7-4774-ae4c-e9cc071b1f29

Third new coal project approved by Australian environment minister Sussan Ley in just one month https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/oct/05/new-coalmine-mangoola-nsw-muswellbrook-approved-australia-environment-minister-sussan-ley

Change the Game of Climate Change – the story of a collaborative climate board game as a climate communication innovation https://dayad.org/change-the-game-of-climate-change-the-story-of-a-collaborative-climate-board-game-as-a-climate-communication-innovation/

Trillions of dollars a year are ‘adding fuel to the fire’ of the climate crisis, experts say https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/06/fossil-fuel-industry-subsidies-of-11m-dollars-a-minute-imf-finds

‘Eye-watering’: climate change disasters will cost Australia billions each year, study finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/06/eye-watering-climate-change-disasters-will-cost-australia-billions-each-year-study-finds

September 2021 was one of the four warmest Septembers globally https://climate.copernicus.eu/surface-air-temperature-september-2021

The Best Way to Prepare Our Coasts for Climate Change? Nature Itself https://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/environment/climate-change-coral-reefs-seahive-miami/

Australia’s coal exports to ‘halve by 2050’ if climate goals are met https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/australia-s-coal-exports-to-halve-by-2050-if-climate-goals-are-met-20211006-p58xuc.html

California chronically undercounts the death toll and has failed to address the growing threat of heat-related illness and death https://www.latimes.com/projects/california-extreme-heat-deaths-show-climate-change-risks/

Disaster risk reduction

Virginia addressing flood crisis, but more work is needed https://www.pilotonline.com/opinion/columns/vp-ed-column-steinhilber-1003-20211002-yicg5qps6nbztcfmn5vrgmfwpi-story.html

Flooding disasters are on the rise: Here’s how to proactively prepare https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/572786-flooding-disasters-are-on-the-rise-heres-how-to-proactively

On Borrowed Time: Earthquakes don’t kill people, buildings kill people, warns author https://www.citynews1130.com/2021/10/03/earthquakes-buildings-author/

The Future of Cities After the Pandemic https://urbanland.uli.org/development-business/the-future-of-cities-after-the-pandemic/

The town that flood-proofed itself https://www.circleofblue.org/2021/world/the-town-that-flood-proofed-itself/

Fire risk and severity decline with stand development in Tasmanian giant Eucalyptus forest https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S037811272100815X

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

Project that used flood impact reports to assess the accuracy of forecasts in Uganda https://www.reading.ac.uk/news-and-events/releases/PR860261.aspx

Can homes be designed to withstand wildfire? https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm

More Americans Are Moving Into Fire-Risky Areas https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2021-moves-into-fire-zones/

Most Americans would rather rebuild than move if natural disaster strikes, poll finds https://maristpoll.marist.edu/polls/npr-pbs-newshour-marist-national-poll-extreme-weather-october-5-2021/

Extreme weather events in Europe https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/extreme-weather-events-europe

Earthquake-strengthening policy for commercial buildings in small-town New Zealand https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/disa.12360

Costs in Melbourne and Brisbane will increase significantly, as major rivers in these cities alongside growing populations will lead to greater costs associated with flooding https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/special-report-update-economic-costs-natural-disasters-australia

Emergency management

You thought the U.S. fire season was bad. Russia’s is much worse https://grist.org/wildfires/you-thought-the-u-s-fire-season-was-bad-russias-is-much-worse/

Confront climate change to stop military being diverted to natural disasters, former ADF chief warns https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/oct/05/confront-climate-change-to-stop-military-being-diverted-to-natural-disasters-former-adf-chief-warns

The flood that drowned American dreams https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-58565627

Canadian authorities’ response to deadly heat ‘inadequate’: HRW https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/5/canadian-authorities-response-deadly-heat-wave-inadequate-hrw

How fast is vaccine effectiveness waning? https://www.theage.com.au/national/how-fast-is-vaccine-effectiveness-waning-20211005-p58xcp.html?btis

New job cut figures – firefighters “might not be able to fight all fires” https://www.fbu.org.uk/news/2021/10/05/new-job-cut-figures-firefighters-might-not-be-able-fight-all-fires

Prof Sarah Gilbert says failure to provide jabs to poor countries risks more deaths and dangerous new variants of virus https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/06/covid-still-running-rampant-worldwide-warns-creator-of-oxford-vaccine

How can a community withstand, recover, adapt, and persist in the face of crises? https://www.coe.int/en/web/good-governance/-/how-can-a-community-withstand-recover-adapt-and-persist-in-the-face-of-crises-

The capacity of Emergency management services (EMS) agencies to adapt and be prepared for futures where the changing climate https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/preparing-emergency-services-operations-climate-challenged-world-summary-report

Experts Say Worst Of Covid-19 Is Behind Us, But They’ve Been Wrong Before: Cautious Messaging Is Warranted https://www.forbes.com/sites/joshuacohen/2021/10/05/experts-say-worst-of-covid-19-is-behind-us-but-theyve-been-wrong-before-caution-in-messaging-is-warranted/

Smoke from California wildfires increases doctor visits and blocks sun from crops https://wildfiretoday.com/2021/10/06/smoke-from-california-wildfires-increases-doctor-visits-and-blocks-sun-from-crops/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

August media attention to climate change or global warming in newspapers around the globe increased 6.5% from the previous month of July http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/icecaps/research/media_coverage/summaries/issue56.html

NOAA awards $900,000 to advance community resilience through education https://www.noaa.gov/office-education/news/noaa-awards-900000-to-advance-community-resilience-through-education

Highlighting altruism in geoscience careers aligns with diverse US student ideals better than emphasizing working outdoors https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-021-00287-4?fbclid=IwAR2rHRwPSTW5QqOjkJ6nkSxqe6w2CFK7Osiu-j5vEYd06Y7jKbFK_rJgG7c

Psychology and disasters

Recovering emotionally from disaster https://www.apa.org/topics/disasters-response/recovering

Inside first responders’ struggle with mental health https://www.benefitnews.com/news/first-responders-need-mental-health-support

‘Eco-anxiety’: fear of environmental doom weighs on young people https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/oct/06/eco-anxiety-fear-of-environmental-doom-weighs-on-young-people

Sociology and disasters

Risks and Choices as Populations Surge in Flood Zones, Rich and Poor https://news.climate.columbia.edu/2021/08/06/risks-and-choices-as-populations-surge-in-flood-zones-rich-and-poor/

WHO Slams ‘Heartbreaking’ Inequity As Over 50 Countries Fail To Vaccinate Just 10% Of Population https://www.forbes.com/sites/joewalsh/2021/10/05/who-slams-heartbreaking-inequity-as-over-50-countries-fail-to-vaccinate-just-10-of-population/?sh=1f8b0c0815e4

How social networks can save lives when disasters strike https://theconversation.com/how-social-networks-can-save-lives-when-disasters-strike-103131

Today in disaster resilience (1 October 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Volcanic ash cloud closes airport on Spanish island, as new vent prompts concern https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/spain-volcano-la-palma-airport-closed-1.6189863

Heavy rains as Cyclone Gulab makes landfall in India https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/26/heavy-rains-cyclone-gulab-india

Spain – Flash Floods Wreak Havoc in Andalusia After 112mm of Rain in 1 Hour https://floodlist.com/europe/spain-flash-floods-huelva-september-2021

Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Crete, Greece https://watchers.news/2021/09/27/crete-greece-earthquake-september-27-2021/

Thailand – Tropical Storm Dianmu Brings Flooding to North and Central Regions https://floodlist.com/asia/thailand-tropical-storm-dianmu-floods-september-2021

Lava from La Palma eruption finally reaches the Atlantic https://phys.org/news/2021-09-lava-la-palma-eruption-atlantic.html

Bangkok on alert as 70,000 homes flood in Thailand https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/28/bangkok-on-alert-as-70000-homes-flood-in-thailand

Colombia – Early Warning Saved Lives in Tolima Floods, Says Head of Disaster Agency https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-ibague-tolima-september-2021

India – Severe Flooding in 4 States After Rain From Cyclone Gulab https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-cyclone-gulab-september-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 30 Sep 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Kilauea https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/142928/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-30-Sep-2021-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Reventador-Kilauea-Nyiragon.html

Tornado tears through regional NSW, injuring three people, damaging properties near Bathurst https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-30/nsw-tornado-injures-three-people-and-destroys-properties/100504728

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Three things needed for successful climate adaptation in cities https://www.stockholmresilience.org/research/research-news/2021-09-21-three-things-needed-for-successful-climate-adaptation-in-cities.html

Missing wind variability means future impacts of climate change may be underestimated in Europe and North America https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210920082134.htm

Powerful, local stories can inspire us to take action on climate change https://theconversation.com/powerful-local-stories-can-inspire-us-to-take-action-on-climate-change-168177

Children born today to see ’24 times more’ climate-induced disasters than their grandparents https://www.sbs.com.au/news/children-born-today-to-see-24-times-more-climate-induced-disasters-than-their-grandparents/8508f290-d866-48e5-9aa4-e45f022b3517

Born into the Climate Crisis: Why we must act now to secure children’s rights https://resourcecentre.savethechildren.net/library/born-climate-crisis-why-we-must-act-now-secure-childrens-rights

Climate crisis: do we need millions of machines sucking CO2 from the air? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/24/climate-crisis-machines-sucking-co2-from-the-air

Scientific team uncovers additional threat to Antarctica’s floating ice shelves https://phys.org/news/2021-09-scientific-team-uncovers-additional-threat.html

Six research priorities for cities and climate change https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-02409-z

Extreme, deadly heat in Canada is going to come back, and worse. Will we be ready? https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-extreme-deadly-heat-in-canada-is-going-to-come-back-and-worse-will-we/

Americans who think that global warming is happening now outnumber those who think it is not happening by more than 6 to 1 https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/dramatic-increase-in-public-beliefs-and-worries-about-climate-change/

Americans’ willingness to prepare for “climate change” vs. “extreme weather” https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/americans-willingness-to-prepare-for-climate-change-vs-extreme-weather/

Our climate projections for 2500 show an Earth that is alien to humans https://theconversation.com/our-climate-projections-for-2500-show-an-earth-that-is-alien-to-humans-167744

How to measure a shrinking glacier https://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-58677992

NSW government sets more ambitious 50pc emissions reduction target for 2030 https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-29/nsw-new-carbon-emissions-reduction-target-for-2030/100498444

Netherland’s Flood Management is a Climate Adaption Model for the World https://climateadaptationplatform.com/netherlands-flood-management-is-a-climate-adaption-model-for-the-world/

Climate change is ‘a freight train’ making some places too dangerous to live in, experts say https://money.yahoo.com/climate-change-freight-train-making-093004857.html

3-Year Drought Creates Frightening ‘New Normal’ in South America https://www.theenergymix.com/2021/09/28/13-year-drought-creates-frightening-new-normal-in-south-america/

How Satellite Technologies Can Aid Fiji, Other Pacific Island Nations to Build Climate Resilience http://www.ipsnews.net/2021/09/satellite-technologies-can-aid-fiji-pacific-island-nations-build-climate-resilience/

Cutting methane should be a key Cop26 aim, research suggests https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/30/cutting-methane-should-be-a-key-cop26-aim-research-suggests

‘It’s like a war’: Greece battles increase in summer wildfires https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/30/its-like-a-war-greece-battles-increase-in-summer-wildfires

Disaster risk reduction

After devastating European fire season, experts call for new approach to protecting forests https://www.cbc.ca/news/after-devastating-european-fire-season-experts-call-for-new-approach-to-protecting-forests-1.6186833

The Alignment of Australia’s National Construction Code and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Achieving Resilient Buildings and Communities https://www.researchgate.net/publication/354818333_The_Alignment_of_Australia’s_National_Construction_Code_and_the_Sendai_Framework_for_Disaster_Risk_Reduction_in_Achieving_Resilient_Buildings_and_Communities

Remote sensing technology in claims assessment – lessons learned from the 2021 Australia East Coast floods https://www.swissre.com/risk-knowledge/mitigating-climate-risk/remote-sensing-technology-in-claims-assessment.html

What does it take to reduce flood and drought risks and build climate resilience in Eastern Africa? https://blogs.worldbank.org/water/what-does-it-take-reduce-flood-and-drought-risks-and-build-climate-resilience-eastern-africa

Decision Making for Managing Community Flood Risks: Perspectives of United States Floodplain Managers https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13753-021-00367-1

‘We are not safe’: Warning on city buildings as more quakes predicted https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/wake-up-call-to-get-melbourne-earthquake-ready-20210924-p58ufb.html

UNDP launches new Insurance and Risk Finance Facilityhttps://www.undp.org/press-releases/undp-launches-new-insurance-and-risk-finance-facility

Real-world evidence and the path from data to impact https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/blog/real-world-evidence-and-the-path-from-data-to-impact/

Why designing policies for extreme events requires a system overview https://www.stockholmresilience.org/research/research-news/2021-09-23-why-designing-policies-for-extreme-events-requires-a-system-overview.html

The proportion of the world’s population exposed to floods grew by 20 to 24 percent—ten times greater than what previous models had predicted https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/148866/research-shows-more-people-living-in-floodplains

New research initiatives to monitor complex river systems to better understand how water is used in NSW https://www.sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2021/09/24/nsw-nssn-boosts-research-funding-manage-scarce-water-resources.html

A hydrography upscaling method for scale-invariant parametrization of distributed hydrological models https://hess.copernicus.org/articles/25/5287/2021/

Disaster risk creation in the Darjeeling Himalayas: Moving toward justice https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/2514848618792821

Cascading disasters triggered by tsunami hazards: A perspective for critical infrastructure resilience and disaster risk reduction https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921005586?via%3Dihub

Moderate quake rattles southeastern Australia. Where’s the fault? https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/moderate-quake-rattles-southeastern-australia-wheres-the-fault-13344/

Introducing the wildfire layer on Google Maps https://blog.google/products/maps/search-on-maps-2021/

UNDP experts analyze flood risk management in Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine https://www.ua.undp.org/content/ukraine/en/home/presscenter/articles/2021/undp-experts-analyze-flood-risk-management-in-chernivtsi-oblast-ukraine.html

Natural Hazards Research Australia newsletter https://mailchi.mp/naturalhazards.com.au/natural-hazards-research-australia-august-3117056?e=e6d395454c

Global riverine flood risk – how do hydrogeomorphic floodplain maps compare to flood hazard maps? https://nhess.copernicus.org/articles/21/2921/2021/

Emergency management

Identifying Strategies to Boost COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance in the United States https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RRA1446-1.html

U.S. Has Enough COVID-19 Vaccines For Boosters And Kids’ Shots https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ap-us-virus-outbreak-vaccine-supply_n_6150ac46e4b03dd7280c4905

Governance in the Face of Extreme Events: Lessons from Evolutionary Processes for Structuring Interventions, and the Need to Go Beyond https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10021-021-00680-2

New local leadership structure at Fire and Emergency https://fireandemergency.nz/news-and-media/new-local-leadership-structure-at-fire-and-emergency/

World Bank report sheds light on the nuanced connections between “water shocks” and human migration https://www.circleofblue.org/2021/world/droughts-push-more-people-to-migrate-than-floods/

‘Wildfire year’ meant record days at the highest preparedness level, Forest Service chief says https://floridaphoenix.com/2021/09/29/wildfire-year-meant-record-days-at-the-highest-preparedness-level-forest-service-chief-says/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Radioactive Performances: Teaching about Radiation after the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster https://www.researchgate.net/publication/354830015_Radioactive_Performances_Teaching_about_Radiation_after_the_Fukushima_Nuclear_Disaster

Corby building trade workers invited to learn how to prevent flooding at event this week https://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/people/corby-building-trade-workers-invited-to-learn-how-to-prevent-flooding-at-event-this-week-3395226

Severe Weather Photography https://www.severe-weather.eu/photography-contest/week-30-2021-winners-contest/

How Should Nations Handle the Human Aftermath of Disasters? https://lithub.com/how-should-nations-handle-the-human-aftermath-of-disasters/

Disaster Assistance Handbook https://www.aia.org/resources/71636-disaster-assistance-handbook

Psychology and disasters

Climate psychologist says neither gloom-and-doom nor extreme solution-obsessed optimism is the best way to discuss climate change productively https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/26/how-to-discuss-climate-change-productively.html

NWCG video about firefighter mental health https://wildfiretoday.com/2021/09/29/nwcg-video-about-firefighter-mental-health/

Sociology and disasters

Social vulnerability and the impact of policy responses to COVID-19 on disabled people https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9566.13379 Protecting Manila’s most vulnerable from rising seas https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1493135/long-term-plans-needed-to-protect-metro-manilas-most-vulnerable-from-rising-seas

Today in disaster resilience (24 September 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Gard hit by historic rainfall — more than 2 months’ worth of rain in just 3 hours, France https://watchers.news/2021/09/15/gard-historic-rainfall-nimes-flood-france-september-2021/

Spanish Canary Island volcano erupts after weeks of earthquakes https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/19/spanish-canary-island-volcano-erupts-after-weeks-of-earthquakes

Italy – 10 Rescued From Floods Near Malpensa Airport https://floodlist.com/europe/italy-10-rescued-from-floods-near-malpensa-airport

India – 10 Killed in West Bengal Floods https://floodlist.com/asia/india-west-bengal-floods-september-2021

India – Fatalities After Floods and Severe Weather in Uttar Pradesh https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-uttar-pradesh-september-2021

USA – Severe Floods in Alabama Leave 1 Dead https://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-alabama-september-2021

Chad – Floods Affect 250,000 Across 400 Villageshttps://floodlist.com/africa/chad-floods-september-2021

Nigeria – Floods Affect 100,000 in Adamawa as Cholera Cases Rise, Says UN https://floodlist.com/africa/nigeria-floods-adamawa-september-2021

India – Flooding Affects Thousands in Odisha https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-odisha-september-2021

‘My whole life in a van’: Islanders flee Spanish volcano https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/eruption-spanish-island-months-experts-80163425

Melbourne earthquake: Tremor rattles southeast Australia https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-58646917

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Sep 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/142272/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-23-Sep-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Shiveluch-Reventad.html

Colombia – Thousands Affected as Floods Continue in the North https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-update-floods-north-september-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

World on ‘catastrophic’ climate path of 2.7C warming, UN warns https://www.sbs.com.au/news/world-on-catastrophic-climate-path-of-2-7c-warming-un-warns/e19eb133-0436-435a-b7e5-1e40b51da9c8

What Is ‘Fire Weather,’ and Why Is It Getting Worse? https://www.wired.com/story/what-is-fire-weather-and-why-is-it-getting-worse/

Much of New Zealand’s coastal property has an expiry date https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/what-storms-may-come/

‘It’s a reality’: Biden calls for urgency in California as climate crisis fuels wildfires https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/sep/13/california-wildfires-biden-trip-climate-crisis-links-extreme-weather

Illinois Now Boasts the ‘Most Equitable’ Climate Law in America. So What Will That Mean? https://insideclimatenews.org/news/17092021/illinois-climate-law-equitable/

No, damming the Golden Gate won’t save the Bay Area from rising seas https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/No-damming-the-Golden-Gate-won-t-save-the-Bay-16468572.php

‘Climate crisis on our shores’: Mediterranean countries sign deal after summer of fires https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/20/climate-crisis-on-our-shores-mediterranean-countries-sign-deal-after-summer-of-fires

Long-term sea-level rise necessitates a commitment to adaptation: A first order assessment https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S221209632100084X

How Methane Emissions Contribute to Climate Change https://www.wri.org/insights/methane-gas-emissions-climate-change

Biden launches plan to address ‘silent killer’: extreme heat https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/biden-launches-response-health-harms-extreme-heat-80124520

Climate Change Will Alter Cooling Effects of Volcanic Eruptions https://eos.org/articles/climate-change-will-alter-cooling-effects-of-volcanic-eruptions

Climate change and impacts accelerate https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/climate-change-and-impacts-accelerate

Clear majority of Australians want net zero emissions by 2050 https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/clear-majority-of-australians-want-net-zero-emissions-by-2050-20210921-p58tkk.html

Which parts of Australia’s coast will vanish below rising sea levels? https://www.sbs.com.au/news/audiotrack/which-parts-australias-coast-will-vanish-below-rising-sea-levels

Extreme heat: The economic and social consequences for the United States https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/in-depth-research-reports/report/extreme-heat-the-economic-and-social-consequences-for-the-united-states/

Proving sea levels are rising https://medium.com/our-changing-climate/proving-sea-levels-are-rising-54f5d63e01b4

Global wildfire carbon dioxide emissions at record high, data shows https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/21/global-wildfire-carbon-dioxide-emissions-at-record-high-data-shows

Scientists still don’t know how far melting in Antarctica will go – or the sea level rise it will unleash https://theconversation.com/scientists-still-dont-know-how-far-melting-in-antarctica-will-go-or-the-sea-level-rise-it-will-unleash-166677

The unexplored region of the atmosphere that could help predict climate change https://vtx.vt.edu/articles/2021/09/ictas-bailey-CUE-project.html

Wildfire and flood disasters are causing ‘climate migration’ within Canada https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/wildfire-and-flood-disasters-are-causing-climate-migration-within-canada-1004212774/

Life at 50C: Heat hitting home in Australia https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-australia-58643237

NASA Satellites Show How Clouds Respond to Arctic Sea Ice Change https://www.nasa.gov/feature/esnt/2021/nasa-satellites-show-how-clouds-respond-to-arctic-sea-ice-change

Drivers of exceptional coastal warming in the northeastern United States https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-021-01159-7

Councils spend millions on climate change and disaster recovery: New report https://citiespowerpartnership.org.au/2021/09/22/councils-spend-millions-on-climate-change-and-disaster-recovery-new-report/

Disaster risk reduction

Fire breaks are getting bigger in NSW but experts say it’s a big mistake https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2021-09-17/fire-breaks-getting-bigger-but-experts-say-big-mistake/100460814

Greece’s Wildfires and the Future of Natural Disasters https://newlinesmag.com/photo-essays/greeces-wildfires-and-the-future-of-natural-disasters/

The next health threat is here — action is needed on anti-microbial resistance https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/571664-the-next-health-threat-is-here-action-is-needed-on-anti-microbial

Risk Rating 2.0 moves the NFIP away from its heavy reliance on in-or-out flood zones https://californiawaterblog.com/2021/09/19/risk-rating-2-0-a-first-look-at-femas-new-flood-insurance-system/

Enhancements of the Australian Exposure Information Platform https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/105

Forecast-based Financing for flash floods: a Flash Flood Confidence Index to improve flood reporting https://www.anticipation-hub.org/news/forecast-based-financing-for-flash-floods-a-flash-flood-confidence-index

Nature-based solutions for flood risk reduction: A probabilistic modeling framework https://www.cell.com/one-earth/fulltext/S2590-3322(21)00468-1

U.S. flood insurance rates to rise for 77% of policyholders -study https://www.reuters.com/business/sustainable-business/us-flood-insurance-rates-rise-77-policyholders-study-2021-09-21/

When extreme events are no longer rare: Lessons from Hurricane Ida https://news.berkeley.edu/2021/09/21/when-extreme-events-are-no-longer-rare-lessons-from-hurricane-ida/

After Ida, U.S. cities eye more equal resilience plans https://news.trust.org/item/20210921174503-2934x/

Effectiveness of small- and large-scale Nature-Based Solutions for flood mitigation: The case of Ayutthaya, Thailand https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969721027960?via%3Dihub

RMS Estimates US$1.1 – $2.2 Billion in Total U.S. Insured Losses from Hurricane Nicholas https://www.rms.com/newsroom/press-releases/press-detail/2021-09-23/rms-estimates-us11-22-billion-in-total-us-insured-losses-from-hurricane-nicholas

Australia is no stranger to earthquakes, yet our planning polices have not adapted https://theconversation.com/australia-is-no-stranger-to-earthquakes-yet-our-planning-polices-have-not-adapted-168470

South Asia’s tryst with floods: A story less-known https://www.orfonline.org/expert-speak/south-asias-tryst-with-floods/

Impact-based forecasting: a new way to predict the community impact of east coast lows https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/106

Emergency management

COVID-19 death toll in US surpasses 1918 pandemic deaths; experts say it didn’t have to happen https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/20/covid-is-americas-deadliest-pandemic-as-us-fatalities-near-1918-flu-estimates.html

Australia’s COVID plan was designed before we knew how Delta would hit us. We need more flexibility https://theconversation.com/australias-covid-plan-was-designed-before-we-knew-how-delta-would-hit-us-we-need-more-flexibility-168189

Covid-19: Delta outbreak here to stay https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2018813323/covid-19-delta-outbreak-here-to-stay-covid-19-modeller-rodney-jones

Long Covid Affecting One Third Of People After Covid https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2021/09/19/long-covid-affecting-a-third-of-people-after-covid-19-coronavirus-infection-cdc-mmwr-study-finds/?sh=57842fb360e2

Polls on COVID-19 vaccination closely align with CDC data https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/09/20/polls-on-covid-19-vaccination-closely-align-with-cdc-data/

Is the delta coronavirus variant more dangerous for children? https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg25133523-500-is-the-delta-coronavirus-variant-more-dangerous-for-children/

Many New Orleans Seniors Were Left Without Power For Days After Hurricane Ida https://www.npr.org/2021/09/07/1034775749/hurricane-ida-power-outages-new-orleans-seniors

Facing bigger blazes, longer hours, low pay, wildland firefighters ask Congress, agencies for help https://www.sfreporter.com/news/2021/09/22/the-fight-within/

COVID vaccine immunity is waning — how much does that matter? https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02532-4

426,000 affected by flooding in South Sudan: UN https://pni.net.pk/en/climate-environment-news/426000-affected-by-flooding-in-south-sudan-un/

South Sudanese refugees homeless again after Sudan floods https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2021/9/23/photos-south-sudanese-refugees-homeless-again-after-sudan-floods

With extreme weather events and other disasters on the rise, how well are Americans prepared? https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/09/22/with-extreme-weather-events-and-other-disasters-on-the-rise-how-well-are-americans-prepared/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Global Volcanism Program https://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm

National Preparedness Month https://www.ready.gov/september#info

A National Animation demonstrating the achievements of DEFRA funded and Environment Agency supported Property Flood Resilience (PFR) Pathfinder Projects https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3UUp-pUuDI

Using local knowledge in disaster policy is challenging, but necessary https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/using-local-knowledge-in-disaster-policy-is-challenging-but-necessary-13313/

Facebook Puts $1M Toward Combating Climate Change Misinformation https://www.adweek.com/media/facebook-puts-1m-toward-combating-climate-change-misinformation/

You’ve been through a disaster — what next? https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/after-the-disaster/

Psychology and disasters

Caring for the vulnerable opens gateways to our richest, deepest brain states https://aeon.co/videos/caring-for-the-vulnerable-opens-gateways-to-our-richest-deepest-brain-states

Tsunami awareness and preparedness in Aotearoa New Zealand: The evolution of community understanding https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921005379?via%3Dihub

Let’s stop talking about climate ‘resilience’ and start talking about climate trauma https://thephoenix.substack.com/p/lets-stop-talking-about-climate-resilience

Sociology and disasters

Bonding and linking social capital are key determinants for successful pandemic policy https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953621007085

“Driving Down a Road and Not Knowing Where You’re At”: Navigating the Loss of Physical and Social Infrastructure After the Camp Fire https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ruso.12411

The benefits of Social Infrastructure and Civic ties in Uncertain Times https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2021/09/16/the-benefits-of-social-infrastructure-and-civic-ties-in-uncertain-times/

A critical appraisal of individual social capital in crisis responsehttps://www.researchgate.net/publication/354697544_A_critical_appraisal_of_individual_social_capital_in_crisis_response

The unequal impacts of wildfire https://headwaterseconomics.org/natural-hazards/unequal-impacts-of-wildfire/

No silver-bullets: why understanding community characteristics is key to enhancing flood resilience https://floodresilience.net/blogs/understanding-community-characteristics-is-key-to-enhancing-flood-resilience/

We must address inequality to build back better from disasters https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/10/opinions/building-back-better-after-disasters-balagna-clark-ginsberg/index.html

Linking resilience, vulnerability, social capital and risk awareness for crisis and disaster research https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1468-5973.12375

Today in disaster resilience (17 September 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Destructive tornado hits the island of Pantelleria, killing 2 people, Italy https://watchers.news/2021/09/11/pantelleria-tornado-damage-casualties-september-2021/

Wildfires in Spain https://www.dailysabah.com/world/europe/6000-hectares-of-woodland-destroyed-in-wildfires-in-spain

Vietnam – 2 Killed in Floods as Storm Conson Dumps 900mm of Rain https://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-storm-conson-september-2021

Pakistan – 20 Killed in Floods and Mudslides in North, Monsoon Death Toll Exceeds 160 https://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-floods-september-2021

Guinea – Floods Leave 5 Dead, 800 Homes Destroyed and 2,500 People Displaced https://floodlist.com/africa/guinea-floods-september-2021

Wildfires Rage in Spain and California as Monsoon Floods Kill 17 in Pakistan https://www.democracynow.org/2021/9/13/headlines/wildfires_rage_in_spain_and_california_as_monsoon_floods_kill_17_in_pakistan

Hurricane “Nicholas” leaves widespread damage, more than 500 000 without power in Texas https://watchers.news/2021/09/14/hurricane-nicholas-leaves-widespread-damage-more-than-500000-without-power-in-texas/

Severe flash floods hit capital Abuja, claiming the lives of 4 people, Nigeria https://watchers.news/2021/09/14/abuja-fct-nigeria-flash-flood-casualties-damage-september-2021/

More than 1.6 million affected after extremely heavy rains hit Gujarat, India https://watchers.news/2021/09/14/gujarat-heavy-rain-flood-september-2021/

2 570 homes damaged or destroyed by floods, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2021/09/15/indonesia-flood-september-2021/

Guatemala – Rain Triggers Floods and Landslides in 4 Departments, 2 Fatalities Reported https://floodlist.com/america/guatemala-floods-september-2021

France – Dozens Rescued From Floods in Gard After 244mm of Rain in 3 Hours https://floodlist.com/europe/france-floods-gard-september-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Sep 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/141573/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-16-Sep-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Semeru-Reventador.html

Malaysia – Heavy Rain Causes Severe Floods and Landslides in Sabah https://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-floods-sabah-september-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate change: Ditch 90% of world’s coal and 60% of oil and gas to limit warming to 1.5°C https://phys.org/news/2021-09-climate-ditch-world-coal-oil.html

Forget plans to lower emissions by 2050 – this is deadly procrastination https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/10/net-zero-2050-deadly-procrastination-fossil-fuels

Operationalising Community Resilience to Climate Change in Developing Countries: A Grounded Delphi Method (GDM) Approach https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-844800/v1

Climate change: Vulnerable nations call for ’emergency pact’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58477926

Climate Change will Worsen Flooding in Malaysia https://climateadaptationplatform.com/climate-change-will-worsen-flooding-in-malaysia/

Australia has fallen well behind the US, UK, Japan, New Zealand and other peers in analysis of climate and security risks https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/resources/climate-security-region/

How Climate Change Deepens Bangladesh’s Fragility https://www.usip.org/publications/2021/09/how-climate-change-deepens-bangladeshs-fragility

Rapid Arctic warming likely drives extreme winter weather events in the US https://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp

COP26: China told its choices ‘will shape our shared future’ ahead of climate summit https://news.sky.com/story/cop26-china-told-its-choices-will-shape-our-shared-future-ahead-of-climate-summit-12402412

Cows ‘potty-trained’ in experiment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/13/cows-potty-trained-in-experiment-to-reduce-greenhouse-gas-emissions

Four in 10 young people fear having children due to climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/14/four-in-10-young-people-fear-having-children-due-to-climate-crisis

New ocean temperature data help scientists make their hot predictions https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-tech/new-ocean-temperature-data-help-scientists-make-their-hot-predictions

California fires are burning at higher elevations than ever, creating new dangers https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-09-14/californias-wildfires-burning-at-greater-elevations

End of new coal power ‘within sight’ worldwide, report claims https://www.businessgreen.com/news/4037020/end-coal-power-sight-worldwide-report-claims

Climate change: World now sees twice as many days over 50C https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58494641

In Response to Climate Change, Citizens in Advanced Economies Are Willing To Alter How They Live and Work https://www.pewresearch.org/global/2021/09/14/in-response-to-climate-change-citizens-in-advanced-economies-are-willing-to-alter-how-they-live-and-work/

Millions on the Move in Their Own Countries: The Human Face of Climate Change https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2021/09/13/millions-on-the-move-in-their-own-countries-the-human-face-of-climate-change

Governments falling woefully short of Paris climate pledges, study finds https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/sep/15/governments-falling-short-paris-climate-pledges-study

‘Cake’ mentioned 10 times more than ‘climate change’ on UK TV – report https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/15/cake-mentioned-10-times-more-than-climate-change-on-uk-tv-report

Madagascar on the brink of climate change-induced famine https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-58303792

Climate change risks triggering catastrophic tsunamis, scientist warns https://www.ft.com/content/eb65d1c3-6220-4ebb-a4d6-eb876ab1b200

Earth’s tipping points could be closer than we think. Our current plans won’t work https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/09/earths-tipping-points-closer-current-climate-plans-wont-work-global-heating

The United States Isn’t Ready for the New Phase of Climate Change https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2021-09-08/united-states-isnt-ready-new-phase-climate-change

When the Climate Crisis Becomes Unignorable https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/09/summer-climate-disaster/620004/

China faces one–two punches of extreme weather as Earth warms https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02495-6

New forecasting models could help prevent heat-related deaths https://ec.europa.eu/research-and-innovation/en/horizon-magazine/new-forecasting-models-could-help-prevent-heat-related-deaths

Climate Change Risk Assessment 2021 https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/climate-change-risk-assessment-2021

Interactions between two existential threats: COVID-19 and climate change https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212096321000929?via%3Dihub

Disaster risk reduction

California wildfires ignite an insurance crisishttps://calmatters.org/commentary/2021/09/california-wildfires-ignite-an-insurance-crisis/

‘Black mark’: Farmers get nod to clear land for bushfire protection https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/black-mark-farmers-get-nod-to-clear-land-for-bushfire-protection-20210913-p58r66.html

Rural Boundary Clearing Tool https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/boundary-clearing-tool

Disaster Risks in an Interconnected World https://interconnectedrisks.org/

True Stories of Managed Retreat From Rising Waters https://issues.org/true-stories-managed-retreat-rising-waters-pinter/

When Rivers Are Contaminated, Floods Are Only the First Problem https://eos.org/articles/when-rivers-are-contaminated-floods-are-only-the-first-problem

Estimated Economic Impacts of the 2019 Midwest Floods https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs41885-021-00095-2

The Federal Government Sells Flood-Prone Homes To Often Unsuspecting Buyers, NPR Finds https://www.npr.org/2021/09/13/1033993846/the-federal-government-sells-flood-prone-homes-to-often-unsuspecting-buyers-npr-

Prescribed Burning in Australasia (eBook) https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/shop/product?ID=21514%20

Creating resilient communities with medium-range hazard warning systems https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590061721000636

Fort McMurray flood mitigation scheduled to be complete by 2023 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/fort-mcmurray-flood-mitigation-1.6176255

International Guidelines on Natural and Nature-Based Features for Flood Risk Management https://ewn.erdc.dren.mil/?page_id=4351

NSW Water Strategy https://water.dpie.nsw.gov.au/plans-and-programs/nsw-water-strategy

Dems seek ‘historic’ changes to U.S. flood program https://www.eenews.net/articles/dems-seek-historic-changes-to-u-s-flood-program/

Satellites, Tweets, Forecasts: The Future of Flood Disaster Management? https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3895387

State of Homeland Security: Preventing Future ‘Failures of Imagination’ https://www.hstoday.us/911/state-of-homeland-security-preventing-future-failures-of-imagination/

Contrary to popular belief, Eastern Canada is more at risk of earthquakes than perceived https://theconversation.com/contrary-to-popular-belief-eastern-canada-is-more-at-risk-of-earthquakes-than-perceived-167743

How will the COVID pandemic end? https://theconversation.com/how-will-the-covid-pandemic-end-167244

Why did Ida cause so much less damage than Katrina? https://chinadialogue.net/en/climate/why-did-ida-cause-so-much-less-damage-than-katrina/

Emergency management

‘Fortress Australia’ cautiously moving away from COVID Zero, but there’s still a long path to freedom https://abcnews.go.com/Health/fortress-australia-cautiously-moving-covid-long-path-freedom/story

Delta upends the East Asia COVID-19 model https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2021/09/13/delta-upends-the-east-asia-covid-19-model/

Getting vaccinated protects against severe illness from COVID-19, including the Delta variant https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7037e1.htm

Identifying Strategies to Boost COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance in the United States https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RRA1446-1.html

New Colorado Climate Corps to combat wildfires and floods, protect public lands https://www.denverpost.com/2021/09/11/colorado-climate-corps-wildfires-floods-climate-change/

Covid-19 Study in England Shows Few Deaths Among Vaccinated People https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-19-study-in-england-shows-few-deaths-among-vaccinated-11631549453

Latest edition of Fire Australia https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/resources/fireaustralia-edition/8201

Supporting resilience in Indigenous communities: how the emergency management sector can do better https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2021/supporting-resilience-indigenous-communities-how-emergency-management-sector-can-do-better

After Hurricane Ida, Louisiana Bayou Community Contemplates Moving or Rebuilding https://www.wsj.com/articles/after-hurricane-ida-louisiana-bayou-community-contemplates-moving-or-rebuilding-11631439002

Majority in U.S. Says Public Health Benefits of COVID-19 Restrictions Worth the Costs, Even as Large Shares Also See Downsides https://www.pewresearch.org/science/2021/09/15/majority-in-u-s-says-public-health-benefits-of-covid-19-restrictions-worth-the-costs-even-as-large-shares-also-see-downsides/

Slow aid response frustrates Congolese made homeless by volcano https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news-feature/2021/9/16/slow-aid-response-frustrates-congolese-made-homeless-by-volcano

Disaster education, communications and engagement

CONVERGE in the Classroom: Training Module Resources for Teaching https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/center-news/converge-in-the-classroom

Risk Communication to Motivate Flood and Hurricane Risk Mitigation https://hazards.colorado.edu/mitigation-matters-report/risk-communication-to-motivate-flood-and-hurricane-risk-mitigation

Are daily COVID press conferences doing their job? https://www.theage.com.au/national/are-daily-covid-press-conferences-doing-their-job-20210914-p58rfi.html?btis

Community Participation in Disaster Recovery Programs: A Study of a Coastal Area in Bangladesh https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/s41287-021-00460-7

Psychology and disasters

The Mental Weight of COVID-19 https://magazine.columbia.edu/article/mental-weight-covid-19

Climate Change Is Making Natural Disasters Worse — Along With Our Mental Health https://www.npr.org/2021/09/11/1035241392/climate-change-disasters-mental-health-anxiety-eco-grief

A First Step Towards Longitudinal Study on Homeowners’ Proactive Actions for Managing Wildfire Risks https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/a-first-step-towards-longitudinal-study-on-homeowners-proactive-actions-for-managing-wildfire-risks

Young People’s Voices on Climate Anxiety, Government Betrayal and Moral Injury: A Global Phenomenon https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm

The impact of social distancing on community case count in the United States: Testing the efficacy of protection motivation theory during early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/rhc3.12232

Lessons from Black Summer: how people experienced the 2019/20 NSW fire season https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2021/lessons-black-summer-how-people-experienced-201920-nsw-fire-season

From bushfires, to floods, to COVID-19: how cumulative disasters can harm our health and erode our resilience https://theconversation.com/from-bushfires-to-floods-to-covid-19-how-cumulative-disasters-can-harm-our-health-and-erode-our-resilience-160534

Sociology and disasters

Knowledge transfer towards disaster resilience in Sri Lanka: A grounded theory approach https://www.researchgate.net/publication/354523805_Knowledge_transfer_towards_disaster_resilience_in_Sri_Lanka_A_grounded_theory_approach

Social Capital and Social Connectedness for Resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/enhancing-community-resilience-through-social-capital-and-connectedness

NSF-Funded Hub To Enhance Resilience In Underrepresented Communities https://today.tamu.edu/2021/09/10/nsf-funded-hub-to-enhance-resilience-in-underrepresented-communities/

Disasters within disasters: it’s time to address entrenched Aboriginal inequality https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/14/disasters-within-disasters-its-time-to-address-entrenched-aboriginal-inequality

Individual and community social capital, mobility restrictions, and psychological distress during the COVID-19 pandemic: a multilevel analysis of a representative US survey https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953621006936

Bouncing back: how community strengths can lead recovery https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2021/bouncing-back-how-community-strengths-can-lead-recovery

Why a domestic NZ COVID ‘passport’ raises hard questions about discrimination, inequality and coercion https://theconversation.com/why-a-domestic-nz-covid-passport-raises-hard-questions-about-discrimination-inequality-and-coercion-167703

Governing the pandemic: The politics of navigating a mega-crisis https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/padm.12757

COVID in Wilcannia: a national disgrace we all saw coming https://theconversation.com/covid-in-wilcannia-a-national-disgrace-we-all-saw-coming-167348

Today in disaster resilience (10 September 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Mexico – Deadly Flash Floods in Morelos https://floodlist.com/america/mexico-floods-morelos-september-2021

Indonesia – Floods Affected Thousands in Borneo, 2 Killed in East Nusa Tenggara https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-september-2021

Nepal – Dozens Rescued After Severe Floods in Kathmanduhttps://floodlist.com/asia/nepal-dozens-rescued-after-severe-floods-in-kathmandu

India – Damaging Floods Hit Telangana and Andhra Pradesh https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-telangana-andhrapradesh-september-2021

Mexico – 2 Killed in Ecatepec Flash Floodshttps://floodlist.com/america/mexico-ecatepec-floods-september-2021

More heavy rain expected in Auckland after severe flooding caused by 149 percent of August rainfall in just 1 day, New Zealand https://watchers.news/2021/09/07/auckland-rain-flood-september-2021/

New Orleans on track to restore 90 percent of electricity by September 8, Louisiana https://watchers.news/2021/09/07/new-orleans-on-track-to-restore-90-percent-of-electricity-by-september-8/

Seventeen patients die after hospital in Mexico floods amid torrential rain https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/08/patients-die-after-hospital-in-mexico-floods-amid-torrential-rain

Mexico Hit by Powerful Earthquake https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/07/americas/mexico-earthquake/index.html

Philippines – Tropical Cyclone Conson Leaves Thousands Displaced https://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-tropical-cyclone-conson-floods-september-2021

Ecuador – 2 Dead, 3 Missing After Floods in Tungurahua Province https://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-tungurahua-province-september-2021

Uganda – Hundreds Displaced After More Floods in Kasese https://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-kasese-september-2021

Floods cause ‘catastrophic devastation’ in White Nile, Sudan https://watchers.news/2021/09/09/floods-cause-catastrophic-devastation-in-white-nile-sudan/

Severe floods hit Agen after two months’ worth of rain in just 3 hours, France https://watchers.news/2021/09/09/agen-lot-et-garonne-flood-rainfall-france-september-2021/

Lightning threatens California as fires continue to burn across the state https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/sep/09/california-fire-weather-caldor-dixie-latest

Volcanic activity worldwide 9 Sep 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Merapi, Semeru https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/140950/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-9-Sep-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Merapi-Semeru-Reve.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

NYC’s Subway Flooding Isn’t A Fluke. It’s The Reality For Cities In A Warming World https://www.npr.org/2021/09/02/1021185475/climate-change-means-more-subway-flooding-worldwide-like-new-york-just-experienc

Nearly 1 in 3 Americans experienced a weather disaster this summer https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/09/04/climate-disaster-hurricane-ida/

Australia’s carbon emissions have barely fallen and a massive task lies ahead https://www.theguardian.com/business/commentisfree/2021/sep/05/australias-carbon-emissions-have-barely-fallen-and-a-massive-task-lies-ahead

Top UN official calls for Australia to urgently dump coal https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/top-un-official-calls-for-australia-to-urgently-dump-coal-20210905-p58ozi.html

“Missing in action:” Former defence chief says Australia failing on climate change https://reneweconomy.com.au/missing-in-action-former-defence-chief-says-australia-failing-on-climate-change/

There’s a long history of adaptation on the Queensland coast — but our changing climate could soon make it harder to get a mortgage there https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2021-09-06/sea-change-queensland-property-climate-change/100217278

Hurricane Ida shows the increasing impact of climate change since Katrina https://theconversation.com/hurricane-ida-shows-the-increasing-impact-of-climate-change-since-katrina-167077

More than 200 health journals call for urgent action on climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/06/more-than-200-health-journals-call-for-urgent-action-on-climate-crisis

Study reveals extreme winter weather is related to Arctic change https://phys.org/news/2021-09-reveals-extreme-winter-weather-arctic.html

Climate change means Australia may have to abandon much of its farming https://theconversation.com/climate-change-means-australia-may-have-to-abandon-much-of-its-farming-166098

Heat waves: a hot topic in climate change research https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00704-021-03758-y

‘Insufficient’: Audit Office lashes lack of climate planning in NSW https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/insufficient-audit-office-lashes-lack-of-climate-planning-in-nsw-20210907-p58piv.html

Wildfires, heatwaves, and mass evacuations: What lies ahead for Greece’s new climate ministry? https://www.euronews.com/green/2021/09/07/wildfires-heatwaves-and-mass-evacuations-what-lies-ahead-for-greece-s-new-climate-ministry

Christian leaders unite to issue stark warning over climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/07/christian-leaders-unite-to-issue-stark-warning-over-climate-crisis

Climate risks to add $183bn to property insurance costs by 2040, Swiss Re predicts https://www.ft.com/content/5d271251-973d-45e5-8982-2e28bf96f952

The Middle East Is Becoming Literally Uninhabitable https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/08/24/the-middle-east-is-becoming-literally-uninhabitable/

New research reveals animals are changing their body shapes to cope with climate change https://theconversation.com/new-research-reveals-animals-are-changing-their-body-shapes-to-cope-with-climate-change-166267

Climate crisis could double extreme summer droughts in Europe, new research suggests https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/world/climate-crisis-extreme-droughts-europe-b1915297.html

This summer was Europe’s hottest on record as Mediterranean heat soared https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/07/europe/europe-hottest-summer-climate-intl/index.html

Unextractable fossil fuels in a 1.5 °C world https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03821-8#Abs1

Net-zero living: How your day will look in a carbon-neutral world https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg25133504-300-net-zero-living-how-your-day-will-look-in-a-carbon-neutral-world/

London flood map shows areas of city at risk of being underwater within 10 years https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/london-flooding-risk-map-areas-underwater-10-years-b950199.html

Storm’s damage might boost support for more aggressive climate policy, experts hope https://www.njspotlight.com/2021/09/hurricane-ida-devastation-record-rain-will-it-accelerate-nj-climate-preparations-teachable-moment-fossil-fuels-flood-zones/

Extreme heat: The economic and social consequences for the United States https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/in-depth-research-reports/report/extreme-heat-the-economic-and-social-consequences-for-the-united-states/

Countries most vulnerable to climate change call for ’emergency pact’ ahead of COP26 https://www.sbs.com.au/news/countries-most-vulnerable-to-climate-change-call-for-emergency-pact-ahead-of-cop26/af516d66-9960-4850-ba33-1ba3d70b4c90

What climate change means for southern Ontario and Québec https://theconversation.com/what-climate-change-means-for-southern-ontario-and-quebec-166920

Northwest, Central, South-Central India New Heatwave Hotspots, Says Study https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/northwest-central-south-central-india-new-heatwave-hotspots-says-study-2533274

Reviewing the summer of extreme weather in 2021 https://www.carbonbrief.org/guest-post-reviewing-the-summer-of-extreme-weather-in-2021

Australia smashes renewables record again, hits 58.3 per cent on main grid https://reneweconomy.com.au/australia-smashes-renewables-record-again-hits-58-3-per-cent-on-main-grid/

Summer 2021 Was Hottest on Record in the Contiguous U.S., NOAA Says https://weather.com/news/climate/news/2021-09-09-summer-hottest-on-record-united-states-noaa

A promising new dawn is ours for the taking – so let’s stop counting the coal Australia must leave in the ground https://theconversation.com/a-promising-new-dawn-is-ours-for-the-taking-so-lets-stop-counting-the-coal-australia-must-leave-in-the-ground-167527

Extreme sea levels could soon become annual events https://climatenewsnetwork.net/extreme-sea-levels-could-soon-become-annual-events/

Disaster risk reduction

Resilience of SMEs https://www.undrr.org/publication/resilience-smes

New San Andreas study to look at how a creeping fault affects the places where we live https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/article253448169.html

A subway flood expert explains what needs to be done to stop underground station deluges https://theconversation.com/a-subway-flood-expert-explains-what-needs-to-be-done-to-stop-underground-station-deluges-167254

Mapping Flood Risk Uncertainty Zones in Support of Urban Resilience Planning https://www.cogitatiopress.com/urbanplanning/article/view/4073

Integrating Behavioral Theories in Agent-Based Models for Agricultural Drought Risk Assessments https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/frwa.2021.686329/full

The Science of How Wildfires Got So Hellish https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2021/08/western-fires-science-wildfires-hellish-climate-change-human-meddling/

Flash flood forecasting and early warning saves lives and combats poverty https://blogs.adb.org/blog/flash-flood-forecasting-and-early-warning-saves-lives-and-combats-poverty

Confluence of disastrous environmental events in the western United States https://riskfrontiers.com/insights/confluence-of-disastrous-environmental-events-in-the-western-united-states/

Extreme floods of Venice: characteristics, dynamics, past and future evolution https://nhess.copernicus.org/articles/21/2705/2021/

Differences in the dynamics of community disaster resilience across the globe http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/id/eprint/17400/

Wildfire smoke is transforming clouds, making rainfall less likely https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/wildfire-smoke-is-transforming-clouds-making-rainfall-less-likely

Why many scientists say it’s unlikely that SARS-CoV-2 originated from a “lab leak” https://www.science.org/content/article/why-many-scientists-say-unlikely-sars-cov-2-originated-lab-leak

Seasonality and drivers of low flows across Europe and the United States https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2019WR026928

Only 46 Percent of German Households Have Flood Insurance https://floodlist.com/europe/only-46-percent-of-german-households-have-flood-insurance

Wildfire pollution could be killing more than the fires https://www.courthousenews.com/wildfire-pollution-could-be-killing-more-than-the-fires/

Can smartphones affixed to buildings detect earthquakes? https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/can-smartphones-affixed-to-buildings-detect-earthquakes-13269/

The Motion and Range of Landslides According to Their Height https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/feart.2021.736280/full

Human activity the common link between disasters around the world https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/09/1099172

Interconnected disaster risks https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/interconnected-disaster-risks

Hurricane “Ida” among the costliest for oil production since 2005 https://watchers.news/2021/09/09/hurricane-ida-among-the-costliest-for-oil-production-since-2005/

IDDRR focus – The Sendai Seven https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/sendai-seven-campaign-2021-concept-note

The concept of risk-layering, which, though already applied in disaster risk management, could be expanded to include indirect effects https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13753-021-00366-2

Emergency management

New York mayor: Ida devastation shows need to prepare for ‘very, very worst’ https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/sep/05/ida-extreme-weather-new-york-preparedness

Evacuation Network Modeling for Alternative Fuel Vehicles https://www.researchgate.net/publication/354379173_Evacuation_Network_Modeling_for_Alternative_Fuel_Vehicles

Worsening California blazes prompt new calls for innovations to fight fires smarter https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/worsening-california-blazes-prompt-calls-innovations-fight-fires/story

Breathing wildfire smoke during pregnancy raises risk of premature birth, study finds https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/aug/24/california-wildfire-smoke-pregnancy-premature-birth

In Idaho And Other States, The Delta Covid-19 Surge Is Forcing Hospitals To Ration ICU Beds https://www.forbes.com/sites/joshuacohen/2021/09/07/delta-surge-of-covid-19-is-forcing-hospitals-to-ration-icu-beds-in-parts-of-the-us/

Will having so many disasters happening at the same time affect donations? We asked an expert https://theconversation.com/will-having-so-many-disasters-happening-at-the-same-time-affect-donations-we-asked-an-expert-167083

Can Birds Tip Us Off to Natural Disasters? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-birds-tip-us-natural-disasters-180978571/

World COVID tracker https://covid-tracker.mckinsey.com/vaccination-map

Why involving people with disability in preparing for disasters leads to better outcomes https://phys.org/news/2021-09-involving-people-disability-disasters-outcomes.html

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Notes from Deep Time book https://profilebooks.com/work/notes-from-deep-time/

Integrating psychosocial and WASH school interventions to build disaster resilience https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921004817

Be Flood Ready https://www.befloodready.uk/before-a-flood/residential/create-a-personal-flood-plan

Unnatural Disasters, by Gonzalo Lizarralde https://issuu.com/columbiaup/docs/unnatural_disasters_introduction

Disaster Resilience Education for Young People Handbook https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/disaster-resilience-education-young-people-handbook

Resources and fun facts to help children learn more about flooding https://yorkshirefloodresilience.co.uk/tools-resources/learning-zone

Psychology and disasters

When it comes to preparing for disaster there are 4 distinct types of people. Which one are you? https://theconversation.com/when-it-comes-to-preparing-for-disaster-there-are-4-distinct-types-of-people-which-one-are-you-164169

Climate Change Denial? 10 Reasons People Deny Climate Change https://earthandhuman.org/reasons-people-deny-climate-change/

What an enormous global study can tell us about feeling better during the pandemic https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/22641291/global-mental-health-covid-19-cognitive-reappraisal-study

Sociology and disasters

COVID-19 exposes Australia’s stark health inequalities — and threatens to entrench them further https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2021-09-04/covid-19-exposes-australias-stark-health-inequalities/100426178

Social inclusion is important in Aotearoa New Zealand — but so is speaking honestly about terrorism https://theconversation.com/social-inclusion-is-important-in-aotearoa-new-zealand-but-so-is-speaking-honestly-about-terrorism-167429

Environmental Justice: People Of Color hurt worst by climate change http://redgreenandblue.org/2021/09/07/environmental-justice-people-color-hurt-worst-climate-change/#.YTkgLJNDVh4.twitter

People with Disabilities, Older People at Risk after Hurricane Ida https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/09/07/people-disabilities-older-people-risk-after-hurricane-ida

Researchers call for dismantling of ‘racist infrastructure’ to improve U.S. neighborhoods https://archinect.com/news/article/150280405/researchers-call-for-dismantling-of-racist-infrastructure-to-improve-u-s-neighborhoods#.YTkfd04924s.twitter

From Hurricane Ida to COVID-19, Social Ties Foster Resilience https://www.jewishboston.com/read/from-hurricane-ida-to-covid-19-social-ties-foster-resilience/

From Risk to Resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/blog/risk-resilience

Today in disaster resilience (3 September 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

‘Extremely dangerous’ Hurricane Ida makes landfall in Louisiana packing powerful winds https://www.sbs.com.au/news/extremely-dangerous-hurricane-ida-makes-landfall-in-louisiana-packing-powerful-winds

‘We Are Prepared to Fight.’ Caldor Fire Continues to Creep Towards Sierra-at-Tahoe https://activenorcal.com/we-are-prepared-to-fight-caldor-fire-continues-to-creep-towards-sierra-at-tahoe/

Mexico – 3 Injured in Floods and Landslides in Jalisco After Heavy Rain From Hurricane Nora https://floodlist.com/america/mexico-jalisco-floods-hurricane-nora-august-2021

Myanmar – 11 Killed in Landslide in Mandalay Region https://floodlist.com/asia/myanmar-floods-mandalay-august-2021

Caldor Fire – Entire South Lake Tahoe under evacuation order, California https://watchers.news/2021/08/30/caldor-fire-entire-south-lake-tahoe-under-evacuation-order-california/

Indonesia – Floods in Sulawesi Affect Over 60,000https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-sulawesi-august-2021

Indonesia – 5 Killed in North Sumatra Landslides and Mudflows https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-landslide-north-sumatra-august-2021

India – Over 250,000 People Affected Across 700 Villages as Floods Worsen in Assam https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-assam-august-2021

New Zealand – Evacuations After 90mm of Rain in 1 Hour Causes Floods in Auckland https://floodlist.com/australia/new-zealand-floods-auckland-august-2021

Ghana – Fatalities Reported After Floods in North https://floodlist.com/africa/ghana-floods-north-august-2021

USA – Hundreds Rescued From Louisiana Floods After Hurricane Ida https://floodlist.com/america/usa/louisiana-floods-hurricane-ida-august-2021

India – 1 Dead, Several Reported Missing After Floods in Maharashtra https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-maharashtra-august-2021

USA – 1 Person Missing, 20 Homes Destroyed After Remnants of Hurricane Ida Cause Floods in Virginia https://floodlist.com/america/usa/virginia-hurricane-ida-floods-august-2021

Thailand – Flooding Affects Thousands in Central Provinceshttps://floodlist.com/asia/thailand-floods-august-2021

South Sudan – 380,000 Affected by Floods in 6 States https://floodlist.com/africa/south-sudan-floods-august-2021-update

Ida updates: 12 dead in NYC as subway stations turned into waterfalls, streets became rivers https://abcnews.go.com/US/idas-remnants-deluge-york-jersey-flooding-rain-tornadoes/story

Volcanic activity worldwide 2 Sep 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Semeru, Ibu, Reventador, Telica https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/140184/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-2-Sep-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Semeru-Ibu-Reventador-Telica-Ne.html

Spain – Flash Floods in Catalonia After 70mm of Rain in 30 Minutes https://floodlist.com/europe/spain-floods-catalonia-september-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s biggest climate poll shows support for action in every seat https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/australia-s-biggest-climate-poll-shows-support-for-action-in-every-seat-20210829-p58mwb.html

Disastrous environmental events are converging like never before https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2021/08/summer-2021-climate-change-records/619887/

Top scientist says APRA climate risk guidance ‘flawed’ https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/top-scientist-says-apra-climate-risk-guidance-flawed-20210820-p58khr.html

How cities can adapt to climate change https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/sustainability/our-insights/how-cities-can-adapt-to-climate-change

Could climate change make humans go extinct? https://www.livescience.com/climate-change-humans-extinct.html

The Battle to Save Coasts from Climate Change https://www.voanews.com/episode/battle-save-coasts-climate-change-4778266

Massive volcanoes could cool Earth more in a warming world https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/08/massive-volcanoes-could-cool-earth-more-warming-world

Swiss join France, others in laying out climate disclosure timeline https://www.reuters.com/business/sustainable-business/swiss-join-france-others-laying-out-climate-disclosure-timeline-2021-08-18/

Climate change is making hurricanes stronger, slower and wetter. Ida checked all the boxes https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/30/weather/hurricane-ida-climate-change-factors/index.html

The Gathering Storm of Climate Change: On the Sickening Loss of the Land and the Optimism of the Youth Movement https://lithub.com/the-gathering-storm-of-climate-change-on-the-sickening-loss-of-the-land-and-the-optimism-of-the-youth-movement/

Why Kinshasa Could Be in the Vanguard of Megacities’ Climate Resilience https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2021/08/19/why-kinshasa-could-be-in-the-vanguard-of-megacities-climate-resilience

Sixty years of climate change warnings: the signs that were missed (and ignored) https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jul/05/sixty-years-of-climate-change-warnings-the-signs-that-were-missed-and-ignored

Hurricane Ida: 4 essential reads about New Orleans’ high hurricane risk and what climate change has to do with the storms https://theconversation.com/hurricane-ida-4-essential-reads-about-new-orleans-high-hurricane-risk-and-what-climate-change-has-to-do-with-the-storms-166954

How Spain is shutting down its coal industry to transition to renewables https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-02/the-just-transition-as-spain-says-goodbye-to-coal/100421216

It’s not your imagination. Weather and climate disasters have been getting more frequent since the ’70s https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/01/weather/extreme-weather-climate-change-economy/index.html

Atlas of the Invisible: using data to map the climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/01/atlas-of-the-invisible-using-data-reveal-climate-crisis

Ida turns New York City into a front line of extreme weather supercharged by climate change https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/02/world/ida-climate-change-floods-rain-intl/index.html

Governance in the age of climate change https://blogs.worldbank.org/governance/governance-age-climate-change

Why won’t US TV news say ‘climate change’? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/02/us-media-hurricane-ida-climate-change

Disaster risk reduction

Hurricane Ida storm surge and winds have partially reversed flow of Mississippi River near New Orleans https://edition.cnn.com/webview/us/live-news/hurricane-ida-updates-08-29-21/h_89c12cb9cacd202e42a93dc3e1c845c5

Methodology for Regional Multihazard Hurricane Damage and Risk Assessment https://ascelibrary.org/doi/10.1061/%28ASCE%29ST.1943-541X.0003144

New Orleans levees pass Ida’s test while some suburbs flood https://www.thestar.com/news/world/us/2021/08/30/new-orleans-levees-pass-idas-test-while-some-suburbs-flood.html

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

Understanding Pyrocumulonimbi, aka ‘Fire Clouds’ https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/understanding-pyrocumulonimbi-aka-fire-clouds/

California is up in smoke but still won’t stop playing with fire https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/opinion-california-is-up-in-smoke-but-still-wont-stop-playing-with-fire/ar-AANMP9K

Climate and weather related disasters surge five-fold over 50 years, but early warnings save lives – WMO report https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/09/1098662

Floating Homes, Raised Houses: A Tale of Two Flood Mitigation Strategies https://www.discovermagazine.com/environment/floating-homes-raised-houses-a-tale-of-two-flood-mitigation-strategies

Geologists look to past for answers on future tsunami threats https://vtx.vt.edu/articles/2021/09/science_Dura_geologists_look_to_past.html

River Planet introduces readers to the epic geological history of the world’s rivers, from the first drop of rain on the Earth to the modern environmental crisis https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/MPRIVP

Why The South Is Decades Ahead Of The West In Wildfire Prevention https://www.npr.org/2021/08/31/1029821831/to-stop-extreme-wildfires-california-is-learning-from-florida?platform=hootsuite

Better together: Working with local partners to build flood resilient infrastructure in Montenegro https://floodresilience.net/blogs/working-with-local-partners-to-build-flood-resilience-in-montenegro/

Algeria suffers from devastating wildfires, but faces big challenges in addressing them https://theconversation.com/algeria-suffers-from-devastating-wildfires-but-faces-big-challenges-in-addressing-them-166944

Emergency management

Houston-based group that formed during Harvey is ready to help Hurricane Ida victims https://www.khou.com/article/weather/hurricane/crowdsource-rescue-hurricane-ida/285-bb414f4d-f5e1-4e8f-85ee-597d93b72567

We’re Hitting the Limits of Hurricane Preparedness https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/08/hurricane-ida-end-of-hurricane-preparedness/619926/

Early COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign in the United States Prevented Nearly 140,000 Deaths https://www.rand.org/news/press/2021/08/18/index1.html

Stanford researchers explore how people respond to wildfire smokehttps://yubanet.com/california/stanford-researchers-explore-how-people-respond-to-wildfire-smoke/

Ida and Katrina: Both powerful cyclones with key differences https://news.miami.edu/stories/2021/08/ida-and-katrina-both-powerful-cyclones-with-key-differences.html

See aerial photos, video of Hurricane Ida damage in southeast Louisiana https://www.nola.com/news/hurricane/article_27c234ae-09b9-11ec-b018-dfc7e7dcb299.html

Teaching machines to find critical facilities for emergency response https://www.eastidahonews.com/2021/08/teaching-machines-to-find-critical-facilities-for-emergency-response/

Attacking fires by air often does no good, expert says https://thehill.com/policy/equilibrium-sustainability/569797-attacking-fires-by-air-often-does-no-good-expert-says

Firefighters return from Canada blazes to prepare for COVID bushfire season https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/firefighters-return-from-canada-blazes-to-prepare-for-covid-bushfire-season-20210831-p58nel.html

Ida left more than 1 million without power, possibly for weeks. And now comes the scorching heat https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/31/weather/tropical-depression-ida-tuesday/index.html

Back-to-school FAQs on children’s health & COVID-19: Delta variant, preventing infection, testing and international examples https://theconversation.com/back-to-school-faqs-on-childrens-health-and-covid-19-delta-variant-preventing-infection-testing-and-international-examples-164684

Reports of environmental problems caused by Hurricane Ida begin to trickle in https://www.nola.com/news/environment/article_ecac5322-0a9e-11ec-aa1a-b3a6500298cd.html

‘We do it together’: how a Lake Tahoe community prepared to flee the Caldor fire https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/01/california-caldor-fire-lake-tahoe-prepare

How Government Can Address Growing Disaster Costs https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2021/08/27/how-government-can-address-growing-disaster-costs

NYC Flood: 15 videos of severe flooding in New York City https://insiderpaper.com/nyc-flood-shocking-videos-of-flooding-in-new-york-city/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Understanding Climate and Wildfires https://science.nasa.gov/earth-science/climate-and-wildfires

How students can use storytelling to bring the dangers of climate change to life https://theconversation.com/how-students-can-use-storytelling-to-bring-the-dangers-of-climate-change-to-life-166693

Communities Going Virtual: Examining the Roles of Online and Offline Social Capital in Pandemic Perceived Community Resilience-Building https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15205436.2021.1974046

Key elements of disaster mitigation education in inclusive school setting in the Indonesian context https://jamba.org.za/index.php/jamba/article/view/1159

Disaster Resilience Education for Young People Handbook https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/handbook-disaster-resilience-education/

How Do High School Students Combat the Climate Crisis and Plan for Community Resilience After a Disaster? https://news.climate.columbia.edu/2021/09/01/how-do-high-school-students-combat-the-climate-crisis-and-plan-for-community-resilience-after-a-disaster/

58% of adults say the internet has been essential during the pandemic, and for some groups, its importance grew over the past year https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2021/09/01/how-the-internet-and-technology-shaped-americans-personal-experiences-amid-covid-19/

‘Local community-based disaster management’ The transformation of religious and local wisdom values in preparation to deal with natural hazards in West Sumatra, Indonesia https://jamba.org.za/index.php/jamba/article/view/1020

Why We Use Gage Height https://waterdata.usgs.gov/blog/gage_height/

Psychology and disasters

Study finds coronavirus-related polarization is stronger among people higher in cognitive ability https://www.psypost.org/2021/08/study-finds-coronavirus-related-polarization-is-stronger-among-people-higher-in-cognitive-ability-61760

Multi-country study suggests that the psychological burden of COVID-19 has led to increased political unrest https://www.psypost.org/2021/08/multi-country-study-suggests-that-the-psychological-burden-of-covid-19-has-led-to-increased-political-unrest-61798

Psychological factors and social processes influencing wildfire smoke protective behavior: Insights from a case study in Northern California https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212096321000802

The mystery of 9/11 first responders and dementia https://news.yahoo.com/mystery-9-11-first-responders-195318484.html

Sociology and disasters

‘We can’t afford to leave’: Louisiana family is forced to ride out powerful Hurricane Ida https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-weather/hurricanes/article/louisiana-family-rides-out-hurricane-ida-16419978.php

People, not just places: Expanding physical and social vulnerability indices by psychological indicators https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12752

Today in disaster resilience (27 August 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Hurricane Henri already flooding NYC streets, subways https://nypost.com/2021/08/22/hurricane-henri-already-flooding-nyc-streets-subways/

Caldor fire continues to rage after winds fan northern California blaze https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/aug/22/caldor-fire-california-continues-to-rage

Mexico – Deadly Flash Floods in Chihuahua After 60mm of Rain in 3 Hours https://floodlist.com/america/mexico-floods-chihuahua-august-2021

USA – More Deaths Reported Following North Carolina Floods https://floodlist.com/america/usa/north-carolina-floods-update-august-2021

DR Congo – Deadly Flash Floods in North and South Kivua https://floodlist.com/africa/drcongo-floods-north-south-kivu-august-2021

Tennessee Flooding Death Toll Climbs to 22; Dozens Still Missing https://weather.com/news/news/2021-08-22-tennessee-flooding-toll-rises

Henri leaves $12B in damage in Northeast. Some have lost everything https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/08/24/henri-heads-out-sea-leaving-behind-12-billion-damage-northeast/8253458002/

More than 8 000 homes destroyed as severe floods and landslides hit Venezuela https://watchers.news/2021/08/25/venezuela-flood-landslides-august-2021/

43 fatalities, at least 3 800 homes destroyed as heavy rains and floods hit Sudan https://watchers.news/2021/08/24/43-fatalities-at-least-3-800-homes-destroyed-as-heavy-rains-and-floods-hit-sudan/

Benin – Warnings as Rivers Rise, Floods in South Leave 1 Dead https://floodlist.com/africa/benin-floods-august-2021

Russia – Five Missing After Floods and Mudflows in Dagestan https://floodlist.com/europe/russia-floods-dagestan-august-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 26 Aug 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Semeru, Shiveluch, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/139554/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-26-Aug-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Semeru-Shiveluch-Dukono-Reventa.html

Siberia’s wildfires are bigger than all the world’s other blazes combined https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/08/11/siberia-fires-russia-climate/

Niger – Flooding Reported in All Regions, Over 60 Dead and 100,000 Affected https://floodlist.com/africa/niger-flood-update-august-2021

France and Spain – Destructive Flash Floods After Torrential Rain https://floodlist.com/europe/france-spain-floods-august-2021

Cambodia – One Killed in Sihanoukville Flash Floods https://floodlist.com/asia/cambodia-sihanoukville-floods-august-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Study finds ‘very concerning’ 74% increase in deaths associated with extreme heat brought on by the climate crisis https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/19/health/heat-deaths-concerning-study/index.html

IPCC report may have underplayed risk of freak El Nino and La Nina events https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/ipcc-report-may-have-underplayed-risk-of-freak-el-ninos-and-la-ninas-20210820-p58klm.html

A billion children at ‘extreme risk’ from climate impacts – Unicef https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/aug/20/a-billion-children-at-extreme-risk-from-climate-impacts-unicef

New Research Explores the Costs of Climate Tipping Points, and How They Could Compound One Another https://insideclimatenews.org/news/16082021/climate-tipping-points/

Solar exceeds coal for first time, as renewables set new records on Australia’s main grid https://reneweconomy.com.au/solar-exceeds-coal-for-first-time-as-renewables-set-new-records-on-australias-main-grid/

Thresholds of temperature change for mass extinctions https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-25019-2

When hotter and drier means more – but eventually less – wildfire https://theconversation.com/when-hotter-and-drier-means-more-but-eventually-less-wildfire-165352

‘Blistering temperatures’: Dark roofing banned on Sydney’s urban fringe https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/blistering-temperatures-dark-roofing-banned-on-sydney-s-urban-fringe-20210820-p58kma.html

Australia on verge of electric cars boom amid sharp jump in sales figures https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-on-verge-of-electric-cars-boom-amid-sharp-jump-in-sales-figures-20210820-p58kn5.html

Changes In Sea Levels And Hurricane Activity Played A Part In Upending The Maya Civilization https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2021/08/23/changes-in-sea-levels-and-hurricane-activity-played-a-part-in-upending-the-maya-civilization/

The sunny side of Earth’s hottest month https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/568917-the-sunny-side-of-earths-hottest-month

NSW’s roadmap to renewables https://www.energymagazine.com.au/nsws-roadmap-to-renewables/

Voters in Sydney’s Liberal ‘heartland’ more worried about climate than Covid, polling suggests https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/aug/24/voters-in-sydneys-liberal-heartland-more-worried-about-climate-than-covid-polling-suggests

How climate change amplifies extreme weather like Tennessee’s deadly floods and NYC’s record rainfall https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/23/weather/flooding-henri-tn-climate-change/index.html

With temperatures rising, how can Singapore shape its future developments to keep cool? https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/temperatures-warmer-climate-change-singapore-urban-planning-developments-2107851

How the climate crisis is changing hurricanes https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/21/weather/hurricane-henri-climate-change/index.html

Climate crisis made deadly German floods ‘up to nine times more likely’ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/aug/23/climate-crisis-made-deadly-german-floods-up-to-nine-times-more-likely

Climate Change, Land Use Change, and Mountain Disasters https://gjia.georgetown.edu/2021/08/23/part-i-climate-change-land-use-change-and-mountain-disasters/

An estimated 1.7 million deaths worldwide in 2019 were linked to too much cold or heat, a new study finds https://gizmodo.com/extreme-weather-is-getting-deadlier-1847529013

Lancet Heat and Health series https://www.thelancet.com/series/heat-and-health

Three pandemic measures that will also curb climate change: Flannery https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/three-pandemic-measures-which-will-also-curb-climate-change-flannery-20210824-p58lfr.html

Heavy rainfall which led to severe flooding in Western Europe made more likely by climate change https://www.worldweatherattribution.org/heavy-rainfall-which-led-to-severe-flooding-in-western-europe-made-more-likely-by-climate-change/

People keep moving to the worst places for climate risk https://www.fastcompany.com/90668484/people-keep-moving-to-the-worst-places-for-climate-risk

Leaked UN draft report: Greenhouse emissions must peak in four years https://thebulletin.org/2021/08/leaked-un-draft-report-greenhouse-emissions-must-peak-in-four-years/

In a Summer of Deadly Deluges, New Research Shows How Global Warming Fuels Flooding https://insideclimatenews.org/news/25082021/floods-germany-climate-change-attribution-study/

Household financial vulnerabilities and physical climate risks https://www.bankofcanada.ca/2021/08/staff-analytical-note-2021-19/

NSW bushfire survivors win legal battle ordering EPA to take action on climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/aug/26/nsw-bushfire-survivors-win-legal-battle-ordering-epa-to-take-action-on-climate-crisis

As Disasters Mount, Central Banks Gird Against Threat of Climate Change https://e360.yale.edu/features/as-disasters-mount-central-banks-gird-against-threat-of-climate-change

Climate Change: A Very Short Introduction https://global.oup.com/academic/product/climate-change-a-very-short-introduction-9780198867869

Few realistic scenarios left to limit global warming to 1.5°C https://www.stockholmresilience.org/research/research-news/2021-05-17-few-realistic-scenarios-left-to-limit-global-warming-to-1.5c.html

Southern Blob of unusual Pacific heat blamed for creating megadrought https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/southern-blob-of-unusual-pacific-heat-blamed-for-creating-megadrought-20210826-p58m7p.html

Disaster risk reduction

The lesson from German floods: prepare for the unimaginable https://www.climatechangenews.com/2021/08/20/lesson-german-floods-prepare-unimaginable/

Request for Information on the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/08/23/2021-18167/request-for-information-on-the-national-flood-insurance-programs-community-rating-system

Home seismometers provide crucial data on Haiti’s quake https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02279-y

Ten Years on from the Quake That Shook the Nation’s Capital https://eos.org/features/ten-years-on-from-the-quake-that-shook-the-nations-capital

Can burying power lines prevent California’s next big wildfire? https://grist.org/wildfires/can-burying-power-lines-prevent-california-next-wildfire-pge/

Slowing down on Country: Naturalising Melbourne’s waterways https://www.foreground.com.au/parks-places/slowing-down-on-country-naturalising-melbournes-waterways/

We are underway – one month into Natural Hazards Research Australia https://www.naturalhazards.com.au/node/6

Understanding the relationship between rainfall and flood probabilities through combined intensity-duration-frequency analysis https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S002216942100809X?via%3Dihub

Analysis of Drought Factors Affecting the Economy https://www.routledgehandbooks.com/doi/10.1201/9781315404219-34

Rwanda to use artificial intelligence in disaster management https://www.newtimes.co.rw/news/rwanda-use-artificial-intelligence-disaster-management

Submarine mountains can subdue earthquakes https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/submarine-mountains-can-subdue-earthquakes-13212/

Lidar Remote Sensing of Forest Structure, Biomass and Dynamics https://www.mdpi.com/journal/remotesensing/special_issues/Lidar_Forest_Dynamics

An Exercise in Resilience: Testing the Bronzeville Community Microgrid https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/an-exercise-in-resilience-testing-the-bronzeville-community-microgrid

New UNDRR Strategic Framework is launched https://www.unwater.org/new-undrr-strategic-framework-is-launched/

Wildfires are the most human of natural disasters https://brusselsmorning.com/2021/08/26/wildfires-are-the-most-human-of-natural-disasters/

An extremeness threshold determines the regional response of floods to changes in rainfall extremes https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-021-00248-x

Emergency management

Why it takes months to subdue some wildfires https://www.denverpost.com/2021/08/21/explainer-why-it-takes-months-to-subdue-some-wildfires/

Queensland Parks and Wildlife officials sought to downplay Fraser Island bushfire, internal documents reveal https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-23/qld-fraser-island-bushfire-rti-documents-media-emails/100387502

Should we give up on COVID-zero? Until most of us are vaccinated, we can’t live with the virus https://theconversation.com/should-we-give-up-on-covid-zero-until-most-of-us-are-vaccinated-we-cant-live-with-the-virus-166269

Research in the USA: Higher vaccination coverage is associated not only with significantly lower COVID-19 incidence, but also significantly less severe cases of the disease https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.08.17.21262195v2

Israel hopes boosters can avert new lockdown as Covid vaccine efficacy fades https://www.ft.com/content/23cdbf8c-b5ef-4596-bb46-f510606ab556

‘It’s just unbelievable’: Tennessee surveys wreckage after floods kill 22 https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/aug/23/tennessee-floods-flash-flooding-death-toll-damage

Highly Vaccinated Israel Is Seeing A Dramatic Surge In New COVID Cases. Here’s Whyhttps://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/08/20/1029628471/highly-vaccinated-israel-is-seeing-a-dramatic-surge-in-new-covid-cases-heres-why

Italy – once overwhelmed by COVID-19 – turns to a health pass and stricter measures to contain virus https://theconversation.com/italy-once-overwhelmed-by-covid-19-turns-to-a-health-pass-and-stricter-measures-to-contain-virus-165457

South African firefighter battles Cape Town blazes and inequality https://news.trust.org/item/20210825165751-lz76u/

Study finds COVID peak still six weeks away and NSW could reach 6,000 cases a day https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-26/covid-peak-in-nsw-still-six-weeks-away-modelling-shows/100411220

Aboriginal woman ‘turned away’ from hospital as data reveals Wilcannia worst hit by Covid https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/aug/26/aboriginal-woman-turned-away-from-hospital-as-data-reveals-wilcannia-worst-hit-by-covid

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Greece plans to name heatwaves in the same way as storms https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/21/greece-plans-to-name-heatwaves-in-the-same-way-as-storms

Pi and the Meandering Paths of Rivers https://www.brainpickings.org/2018/06/21/pi-rivers/

Replicating the Unpredictable: Board Games as Prototypes for Wildfire Evacuations https://www.researchgate.net/publication/354103397_Replicating_the_Unpredictable_Board_Games_as_Prototypes_for_Wildfire_Evacuations

Children’s Climate Cards https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/childrens-climate-cards

Psychology and disasters

Surprise, Less Happiness During Pandemic https://flowingdata.com/2021/04/27/surprise-less-happiness-during-pandemic/

Grieving over climate change? Colorado experts offer hope amidst the haze https://www.denverpost.com/2021/08/22/climate-change-grief-anxiety-mental-health/

COVID-19 rule breakers characterized by extraversion, amorality and uninformed information-gathering strategies https://www.psypost.org/2021/08/covid-19-rule-breakers-characterized-by-extraversion-amorality-and-uninformed-information-gathering-strategies-61727

Sociology and disasters

We can look beyond our bureaucrats to our local business and community leaders to guide us through hard times https://ausbizmedia.com/recovery-after-disaster/

Supporting Social Connectedness of Older Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Role of Small and Rural Public Libraries https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01616846.2021.1970446?journalCode=wplq20

John Plodinec in Community Resilience: Beyond Sustainability and Resilience https://globalresilience.northeastern.edu/john-plodinec-in-community-resilience-beyond-sustainability-and-resilience/

Today in disaster resilience (20 August 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Five million people under evacuation order in Japan as rain batters south coast https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/14/asia/japan-flood-evacuation-intl-hnk/index.html

Turkey evacuates flood victims as death toll hits 62 https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/8/15/turkey-evacuates-flooding-victims-as-death-toll-exceeds-60

At least 4 people presumed dead after mudslides hit Japan https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/15/asia/japan-rain-mudslides-intl-hnk/index.html

USA – State of Emergency After Flash Floods Leave 2 Dead in Arizona https://floodlist.com/america/usa/flash-floods-arizona-august-2021

Niger – 5 Killed in Niamey Flash Floods https://floodlist.com/africa/niger-flash-floods-niamey-august-2021

USA – 1 Dead After Floods in El Paso, Texas https://floodlist.com/america/usa/el-paso-texas-floods-august-2021

Israel asks Greece, Cyprus, Italy and France for help fighting massive wildfire https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/israel-asks-greece-cyprus-italy-and-france-for-help-fighting-massive-wildfire/

Violent M7.2 earthquake hits Haiti, causing widespread damage and leaving thousands dead and injured https://watchers.news/2021/08/14/m7-2-earthquake-haiti-august-14-2021-damage-fatalities/

B.C. wildfires lead to state of emergency in West Kelowna and terror for motorists on Coquihalla Highway https://www.straight.com/news/bc-wildfires-lead-to-state-of-emergency-in-west-kelowna-and-terror-for-motorists-on-coquihalla

Nigeria – Severe Floods Affect Jigawa, Bauchi and Adamawa States https://floodlist.com/africa/floods-nigeria-jigawa-bauchi-adamawa-august-2021

Colombia – 3 Fatalities After Floods in Meta Department https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-3-fatalities-after-floods-in-meta-department

Somalia – Thousands Displaced by Flooding Shabelle River https://floodlist.com/africa/somalia-shabelle-river-floods-august-2021

France wildfire: Thousands evacuated as blaze rages near Riviera https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58243066

Haiti: flash floods and mudslides latest threats in earthquake-hit country https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/08/1097862

Pacific Northwest wildfires have burned 1 million more acres in 2021 compared to this time last year https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/wildfire/pacific-northwest-wildfires-burned-20-times-more-land-2021-2020-washington-oregon/281-174c244d-5bed-4138-ad77-ffd663a828fc

Severe floods hit Germany again, destructive tornado in Lower Saxony https://watchers.news/2021/08/17/severe-storm-flood-tornado-germany-august-2021/

Thousands forced to evacuate by wildfire near Saint-Tropez https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/17/thousands-forced-to-evacuate-by-wildfire-near-saint-tropez-france-portugal-spain

India – 12 Dead, Thousands Displaced by Floods in Bihar https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-bihar-august-2021-update

Strong M6.8 earthquake hits near the coast of Vanuatu, hazardous tsunami waves possible https://watchers.news/2021/08/18/strong-m6-8-earthquake-hits-near-the-coast-of-vanuatu-hazardous-tsunami-waves-possible/

Caldor fire levels California town of Grizzly Flats as dry weather fuels blazes https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/aug/18/california-wildfires-caldor-dixie-fire-weather-grizzly-flats

Massive wildfire threatens Greek village outside Athens https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-massive-wildfire-threatens-greek-village-outside-athens/

Ethiopia – Deadly Flash Floods in Addis Ababa https://floodlist.com/africa/ethiopia-floods-addis-ababa-august-2021

Turkey – 77 Dead, 34 Still Missing in Floods https://floodlist.com/asia/turkey-floods-update-august-2021

USA – Record Rainfall Causes Flash Floods in Flagstaff Burn Areas, Arizona https://floodlist.com/america/usa/usa-record-rainfall-causes-flash-floods-in-flagstaff-burn-areas-arizona

Caribbean – Tropical Storm Grace Causes Floods in Haiti and Dominican Republic https://floodlist.com/america/caribbean-storm-grace-floods-haiti-dominican-republic-august-2021

Europe – Rain Triggers Deadly Flash Floods and Mudslides in Germany, Austria and Italy https://floodlist.com/europe/floods-mudslides-germany-austria-italy-16-august-2021

North Carolina faces ‘catastrophic’ flooding from Fred, dozens reported missing https://www.foxnews.com/us/north-carolina-flooding-from-fred-dozens-missing

Volcanic activity worldwide 19 Aug 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Semeru, Shiveluch, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/138944/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-19-Aug-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Semeru-Shiveluch-Reventador-San.html

Malaysia – 4 Dead, 2 Missing After Flash Floods in Kedah https://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-4-dead-2-missing-after-flash-floods-in-kedah

Sweden – Flash Floods in Dalarna and Gävleborg After Record Rainfall https://floodlist.com/europe/central-sweden-floods-august-2021

Sri Lanka – Floods in Central Provinces Displace 1,500 https://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-floods-in-central-provinces-displace-1500

Ghana – Major Roads, Bridges and Over 100 Homes Destroyed in Upper West Region Floods https://floodlist.com/africa/ghana-major-roads-bridges-and-over-100-homes-destroyed-in-upper-west-region-floods

India – 20,000 Affected by Floods in 5 Districts of Assam State https://floodlist.com/asia/india-assam-floods-august-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Computer Models Of Civilization Offer Routes To Ending Global Warming https://www.npr.org/2021/08/14/1027370891/climate-change-solutions-global-warming-computer-models-paris

How ‘living breakwaters’ could protect the coast from rising sea levels https://www.smh.com.au/national/how-living-breakwaters-could-protect-the-coast-from-rising-sea-levels-20210812-p58i7p.html

Specifically Tailored Action Plans Combat Heat Waves in India https://redcliffecitynews.com.au/specifically-tailored-action-plans-combat-heat-waves-in-india/

Climate change: floods and droughts will be greater dangers for China’s growth than earlier thought, UN scientists say https://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/3144759/climate-change-extreme-floods-and-droughts-will-be-greater

Weatherwatch: Carbon offsets easily wiped out by bad weather https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/aug/14/weatherwatch-carbon-offsets-easily-wiped-out-by-bad-weather

Breaching tipping points would increase economic costs of climate change impacts https://www.lse.ac.uk/granthaminstitute/news/breaching-tipping-points-would-increase-economic-costs-of-climate-change-impacts/

Assessing the Global Climate in July 2021 https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/global-climate-202107

Seemingly small climate changes can have big consequences https://theconversation.com/seemingly-small-climate-changes-can-have-big-consequences-166139

Breaching climate tipping points could triple economic cost of environmental crisis, scientists warn https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/climate-tipping-points-economic-cost-lse-b1903489.html

Too Hot to Work https://ucsusa.org/resources/too-hot-to-work

IPCC report reinforces need for more investment in flood resilience https://floodresilience.net/blogs/ipcc-report-reinforces-need-for-flood-resilience/

State of the Climate in Latin America and the Caribbean https://public.wmo.int/en/state-of-climate-latin-america-and-caribbean

Research shines light on heatwaves and building codes in NSW https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/research/policy-and-economics-hazards/7835

Spain confirms new highest temperature record – 47.4 °C (117.3 °F) in the city of Montoro, Cordoba https://watchers.news/2021/08/17/spain-sets-new-highest-temperature-record-montoro-august-14-2021/

Climate science is now more certain than ever. Here’s how it can make a difference in Australian court cases https://theconversation.com/climate-science-is-now-more-certain-than-ever-heres-how-it-can-make-a-difference-in-australian-court-cases-165874

What the big climate report said about New Zealand https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/126094665/what-the-big-climate-report-said-about-new-zealand

Australia widely criticised over emission reduction targets ahead of COP26 climate talks https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-20/climate-change-ipcc-australia-uk-conference-glasgow/100392252

Rain fell at the normally snowy summit of Greenland for the first time on record https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/19/weather/greenland-summit-rain-climate-change/index.html

Disaster risk reduction

Earth’s inner core is doing something weird https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/earths-inner-core-spinning-surprisingly-slow-nuclear-tests-reveal

The importance of applying a systemic risk lens to help prevent the escalation and reduce the impact of future pandemics https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/increasing-global-resilience-systemic-risk-emerging-lessons-covid-19-pandemic

Logging near towns must stop to mitigate extreme bushfire https://www.nature.org.au/media-releases/2021/08/logging-near-towns-must-stop-to-mitigate-extreme-bushfire/

WHO calls for ‘spirit of partnership’ in hunt for Covid-19 origins https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3144940/who-calls-spirit-partnership-hunt-covid-19-origins

What’s the likelihood a tsunami will happen in Lake Tahoe? Experts explain https://www.kcra.com/article/likelihood-tsunami-will-happen-lake-tahoe-experts-explain/37306443#

Canvey Island to benefit from £35M investment in flood protection https://www.newcivilengineer.com/latest/canvey-island-set-to-benefit-from-35m-investment-in-flood-protection-16-08-2021/

‘The fire moved around it’: success story in Oregon fuels calls for prescribed burns https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/12/the-fire-moved-around-it-success-story-in-oregon-fuels-calls-for-prescribed-burns

High-risk bushfire days in Victoria could triple by end of the century, CFA research finds https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-16/extreme-fire-danger-days-could-triple-victoria/100380946

How years of fighting every wildfire helped fuel the Western megafires of today https://theconversation.com/how-years-of-fighting-every-wildfire-helped-fuel-the-western-megafires-of-today-163165

What Could Explain the Lower COVID-19 Burden in Africa despite Considerable Circulation of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus? https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353950986_What_Could_Explain_the_Lower_COVID-19_Burden_in_Africa_despite_Considerable_Circulation_of_the_SARS-CoV-2_Virus

National Resilience Strategy: Call for Evidence https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/national-resilience-strategy-call-for-evidence

Forget massive seawalls, coastal wetlands offer the best storm protection money can buy https://theconversation.com/forget-massive-seawalls-coastal-wetlands-offer-the-best-storm-protection-money-can-buy-165872

US National Risk Index Map https://hazards.fema.gov/nri/

Early COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign in the United States Prevented Nearly 140,000 Deaths https://www.rand.org/news/press/2021/08/18/index1.html

Rapid Flood Mapping Using Multi-temporal SAR Images: An Example from Bangladesh https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-73569-2_10

Devastating European Floods Test Resilience https://www.air-worldwide.com/blog/posts/2021/7/devastating-european-floods-test-resilience/

Learning from a 100-year flood, and bad disaster movies https://www.undp.org/blogs/learning-100-year-flood-and-bad-disaster-movies

Emergency management

Mega-blazes put spotlight on Europe’s firefighting tactics https://news.trust.org/item/20210813164011-gznem/

Children’s hospitals are swamped with Covid patients — and it may only get worse https://www.politico.com/news/2021/08/11/covid-children-hospitals-schools-reopen-503885

Haitian Earthquake Situation Report #2 https://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=9ab6772472374f95982f43d9ec9e24c7

Death toll from Haiti earthquake soars above 700 with thousands injured https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-16/death-toll-from-haiti-earthquake-soars/100379194

Mafia hand suspected as Italy battles wildfires https://www.politico.eu/article/mafia-suspected-italy-wildfires/

From ground zero to zero tolerance – how China learnt from its COVID response to quickly stamp out its latest outbreak https://theconversation.com/from-ground-zero-to-zero-tolerance-how-china-learnt-from-its-covid-response-to-quickly-stamp-out-its-latest-outbreak-165963

Wildfires released ‘extremely harmful’ particles https://www.ekathimerini.com/society/1166337/wildfires-released-extremely-harmful-particles/

Fires, droughts, floods, power outages. The interval between disasters is shortening, or in some cases disappearing altogether https://www.circleofblue.org/2021/world/the-disasters-are-exhausting-emergency-response/

Ohio’s vaccine lottery saved more than $60m in averted healthcare costs https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2021/08/16/ohios-vaccine-lottery-saved-more-than-60m-in-averted-healthcare-costs

India is preparing for another COVID surge but low vaccine coverage leaves it vulnerable https://theconversation.com/india-is-preparing-for-another-covid-surge-but-low-vaccine-coverage-leaves-it-vulnerable-165839

Why I no longer think we can eliminate COVID – public health expert https://theconversation.com/why-i-no-longer-think-we-can-eliminate-covid-public-health-expert-166206

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Assessing post-disaster recovery using sentiment analysis: The case of L’Aquila, Italy https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/87552930211036486

Health systems in Florida are using easy-to-understand infographics to demonstrate how good the COVID vaccines are at keeping people out of the hospital https://www.fastcompany.com/90667213/delta-variant-devastation-florida-hospitals-show-vaccinated-vs-unvaccinated-icu-patient-data

Using military language and presence might not be the best approach to COVID and public health https://theconversation.com/using-military-language-and-presence-might-not-be-the-best-approach-to-covid-and-public-health-166019

Stories that touch: The Flood https://tolulope64.substack.com/p/the-flood

Psychology and disasters

Long-term Follow-up of Affected Residents After Lifting Evacuation Orders in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan: Findings from an Interview-Based Psychological Survey https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353933520_Long-term_Follow-up_of_Affected_Residents_After_Lifting_Evacuation_Orders_in_Fukushima_Prefecture_Japan_Findings_from_an_Interview-Based_Psychological_Survey

Resilience among survivors in the aftermath of the 2018 Kerala flood: An avenue toward recovery https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353477560_Resilience_among_survivors_in_the_aftermath_of_the_2018_Kerala_flood_An_avenue_toward_recovery

Coastal exposure and residents’ mental health in the affected areas by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-96168-z

Sociology and disasters

Seawalls or social recovery? The role of policy networks and design in disaster recovery https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378021001217?dgcid=author

‘Breaking society apart’: Unvaccinated people are angry as they face more Covid restrictions https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/13/unvaccinated-people-face-more-covid-restrictions-in-future.html

Analysis of the state of social resilience among different socio-demographic groups during the COVID- 19 pandemic https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420921004751?via=ihub#fig1

Poorer city dwellers are missing out on the increased social interactions that are credited with driving innovation and wealth creation in large metropolises https://santafe.edu/news-center/news/new-study-prosperity-cities-benefits-few

Texas wildfire survivors’ narratives and the meaning of everyday objects https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/14661381211038304

The intensity and frequency of the floods have increased in recent years and it’s creating greater vulnerabilities for women and girls https://www.preventionweb.net/blog/rumana-khan-there-growing-crisis-climate-related-disasters