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

M6.1 earthquake hits near the coast of Torres Islands, Vanuatu

At least 26 dead as floods and landslides hit Kerala, India

Powerful phreatic explosion at Mount Asosan, Alert Level raised, Japan

Unseasonal heavy rainfall leaves 48 people dead in Nepal, 31 others missing

Giant hailstones pummel Queensland, likely the largest seen in Australia since records began

India – Floods and Landslides Cause 27 Fatalities in Uttarakhand

Flooding triggers landslides in Nepal and India, killing at least 150 people and washing away homes

Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Oct 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Reventador, Piton de la Fournaise

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The climate disaster is here

The Very Last Thick Sea Ice of the Arctic Breaks while Severe Storms reach the Arctic, eventually supported by Sudden Stratospheric Warming

Denmark is accelerating climate efforts with new 2025 deadline

Insurers are getting rocked by climate disasters

Climate change a double blow for oil-rich Mideast

Future heat adaptation and exposure among urban populations and why a prospering economy alone won’t save us

Facing existential threat from climate change, Pacific Islanders urge world to listen

Climate change means thin ice for lakes worldwide

Don’t boost climate deniers: scientist

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

What are climate change tipping points

Factbox – COP26 in Glasgow: Who is going and who is not?

Stunningly cheap solar to power China’s pivot away from coal

In the face of chaos, why are we so nonchalant about climate change?

Scientists and Native People Jointly Study Sea-Ice Declines Threatening Seal Hunts

Research prepares organisations for climate-challenged futures

Millions of people were evacuated during disasters last year – another rising cost of climate change

Widespread collapse of West Antarctica’s ice sheet is avoidable if we keep global warming below 2℃

Hunt begins for ancient Antarctic ice—and clues to Earth’s response to rising temperatures

Washington Coastal Resilience Project Ups Hazard Readiness

The myth of the climate moderate

Amplified warming of extreme temperatures over tropical land

Risk of Dangerous Heat Exposure Is Growing Quickly in Cities

Disaster risk reduction

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

The Volcanologist’s Paradox

COVID-19 and extreme weather highlight folly of low investment in disaster prevention

U.S. overhauls flood insurance to meet rising climate change risks

Practical guidance on integrating both disaster and climate related risks into development

Earthquake-resistant school built from recycled plastic in Indonesia

Hawaiʻi quake likely related to tectonic plate bending

A Community Works Together To Restore The Floodplain And Reduce Damages

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

Bushfire insights uncovered with new fire-atmosphere modelling

Researchers release buoys to collect data for South Australian coastline erosion study

NJ plans to expand buyouts of flood-prone properties

Improving Disaster Data Systems to Inform Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building in Australia: A Comparison of Databases

2020 Global Natural Disaster Assessment Report

Doing flood risk modelling differently: Evaluating the potential for participatory techniques to broaden flood risk management decision-making

Emergency management

Invest in local disaster response: it saves lives and money

Bypassing Hurricanes Like Matthew Can Wreak Havoc, Too

The UK has one of the highest Covid infection rates in the world right now: Here’s why

Building-Back-Better in Post-Disaster Recovery: Lessons Learnt from Cyclone Idai-Induced Floods in Zimbabwe

How 30-person hotshot crews could help firefighters recuperate between assignments

UNHCR responding to worst flooding in decades in South Sudan

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Creative educational systems build social capital

City of Logan school disaster education resources

#OnlyTogether can we make progress towards a safer and more resilient planet

CRC science in danger series

Science communication on trial following White Island disaster

What is The Great ShakeOut and why did 7 million people in California do it?

Individual hurricane evacuation intentions during the COVID-19 pandemic: insights for risk communication and emergency management policies

Psychology and disasters

Two years after the bushfires my town is recovering, but the scars remain

How to talk to kids about earthquakes

Global prevalence and burden of depressive and anxiety disorders in 204 countries and territories in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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

How natural disasters benefit rich people but make the poor poorer – an illustrated story

Surviving on the Periphery of a City of Earthquakes

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

Shallow M6.2 earthquake hits near the southwest coast of Island of Hawaii

Strong and shallow M6.9 earthquake hits Alaska Peninsula, U.S.

China – Thousands Evacuate Floods in Shanxi

USA – Deadly Floods Hit Alabama After Torrential Rain

Strong quake strikes off Greece’s Crete, no injuries reported

More than 700 firefighters battling wildfire spreading along California coast

Philippines – Topical Storm Kompasu Causes Deadly Flooding

Volcanic activity worldwide 14 Oct 2021: Vulcano volcano, Fuego, Reventador, Kilauea, Sangay

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Patricia Espinosa Outlines COP26 Priorities to LDC Ministers

Coal power likely gone by 2035: Schott

Cop26: world poised for big leap forward on climate crisis, says John Kerry

Climate change may already affect 85 percent of humanity

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

‘Overwhelming’ backing for strong climate action, UK study shows

Climate crisis is ‘single biggest health threat facing humanity,’ WHO says, calling on world leaders to act

Climate change: ‘Adapt or die’ warning from Environment Agency

Health threats in a hotter world require policy action at every level of political and social life

Climate change is making Texas hotter, threatening public health, water supply and the state’s infrastructure

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

What sea level rise will do to famous American sites, visualized

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

What’s Behind California’s Surge of Large Fires?

How many ‘natural’ disasters can one city endure?

How to better identify dangerous volcanoes

The Building Science Resource Library contains all of FEMA’s hazard-specific guidance that focuses on creating disaster-resistance communities

A Road-Flooding Fix Is Coming to California State Park

Disaster risk creation and cascading disasters within large technological systems: COVID-19 and the 2021 Texas blackouts

Flood-Threat Assessment Finds Danger Goes Far Beyond U.S. Homes

The Risk Atlas of Mexico City, Mexico: a tool for decision-making and disaster prevention

High-resolution Wildfire Risk projections

Systemic disaster risk handbook

A new set of priorities to guide Australian natural hazards research

Moving beyond America’s war on wildfire: 4 ways to avoid future megafires

Emergency management

Why we must not allow COVID to become endemic in New Zealand

Getting flu with Covid doubles risk of death, says UK health chief

If You’ve Had Covid, Do You Need the Vaccine?

After siege of blazes, experts say California must improve wildfire evacuation plans

Wildland Fire’s Great Exodus

National identity predicts public health support during a global pandemic

Analysis of sex-specific risk factors and clinical outcomes in COVID-19

Disaster education, communications and engagement

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

Japan is using Augmented Reality to teach children the dangers of flash floods

Alluvione: Girl power to combat floods in Indonesia

Schools in BiH act to establish safe school environments for a more effective response to emergencies

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

Sociology and disasters

UNDP and the Japan Bosai Platform work together to Accelerate Digitalization in Disaster Risk Reduction for Vulnerable Groups

New InsuRisk Report focuses on social protection

When disaster strikes, developing countries still too vulnerable

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

India – Thousands Evacuate Floods in West Bengal, 400mm of Rain in 24 Hours

La Palma island’s volcano roars again, spewing thicker lava

Italy – Floods and Landslides in Liguria Region After 181mm of Rain in 1 Hour

Indonesia – Floods and Landslides Leave 4 Dead in South Sulawesi

Alabama flash flooding kills 4 and spurs rescues from homes and cars

Volcanic activity worldwide 6 Oct 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Kilauea, Sangay

Over two feet of rain fell in Italy in only half a day, something not seen in Europe before

Mexico – Severe Floods Hit Querétaro for Second Time in 2 Weeks

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

While the 2050 battle rages in Australia, the world is talking 2030

Exposure to Deadly Urban Heat Worldwide Has Tripled in Recent Decades, Says Study

“Climate Change Disinformation Is Spreading Rapidly” on Facebook

The imperative of climate adaption for Africa: building resilience across societies in an inclusive manner

Building Climate Resilience in Cities through Insurance

What climate scientists can teach us about dealing with climate change doom

Canadians are unknowingly buying homes in climate change danger zones, report finds

UK High Commissioner urges Australia to bring more ambitious emissions target to COP26

Third new coal project approved by Australian environment minister Sussan Ley in just one month

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

‘Eye-watering’: climate change disasters will cost Australia billions each year, study finds

September 2021 was one of the four warmest Septembers globally

The Best Way to Prepare Our Coasts for Climate Change? Nature Itself

Australia’s coal exports to ‘halve by 2050’ if climate goals are met

California chronically undercounts the death toll and has failed to address the growing threat of heat-related illness and death

Disaster risk reduction

Virginia addressing flood crisis, but more work is needed

Flooding disasters are on the rise: Here’s how to proactively prepare

On Borrowed Time: Earthquakes don’t kill people, buildings kill people, warns author

The Future of Cities After the Pandemic

The town that flood-proofed itself

Fire risk and severity decline with stand development in Tasmanian giant Eucalyptus forest

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s Floodplain Manager newsletter

Project that used flood impact reports to assess the accuracy of forecasts in Uganda

Can homes be designed to withstand wildfire?

More Americans Are Moving Into Fire-Risky Areas

Most Americans would rather rebuild than move if natural disaster strikes, poll finds

Extreme weather events in Europe

Earthquake-strengthening policy for commercial buildings in small-town New Zealand

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

Emergency management

You thought the U.S. fire season was bad. Russia’s is much worse

Confront climate change to stop military being diverted to natural disasters, former ADF chief warns

The flood that drowned American dreams

Canadian authorities’ response to deadly heat ‘inadequate’: HRW

How fast is vaccine effectiveness waning?

New job cut figures – firefighters “might not be able to fight all fires”

Prof Sarah Gilbert says failure to provide jabs to poor countries risks more deaths and dangerous new variants of virus

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

Experts Say Worst Of Covid-19 Is Behind Us, But They’ve Been Wrong Before: Cautious Messaging Is Warranted

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

NOAA awards $900,000 to advance community resilience through education

Highlighting altruism in geoscience careers aligns with diverse US student ideals better than emphasizing working outdoors

Psychology and disasters

Recovering emotionally from disaster

Inside first responders’ struggle with mental health

‘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

WHO Slams ‘Heartbreaking’ Inequity As Over 50 Countries Fail To Vaccinate Just 10% Of Population

How social networks can save lives when disasters strike

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

Heavy rains as Cyclone Gulab makes landfall in India

Spain – Flash Floods Wreak Havoc in Andalusia After 112mm of Rain in 1 Hour

Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Crete, Greece

Thailand – Tropical Storm Dianmu Brings Flooding to North and Central Regions

Lava from La Palma eruption finally reaches the Atlantic

Bangkok on alert as 70,000 homes flood in Thailand

Colombia – Early Warning Saved Lives in Tolima Floods, Says Head of Disaster Agency

India – Severe Flooding in 4 States After Rain From Cyclone Gulab

Volcanic activity worldwide 30 Sep 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Kilauea

Tornado tears through regional NSW, injuring three people, damaging properties near Bathurst

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Three things needed for successful climate adaptation in cities

Missing wind variability means future impacts of climate change may be underestimated in Europe and North America

Powerful, local stories can inspire us to take action on climate change

Children born today to see ’24 times more’ climate-induced disasters than their grandparents

Born into the Climate Crisis: Why we must act now to secure children’s rights

Climate crisis: do we need millions of machines sucking CO2 from the air?

Scientific team uncovers additional threat to Antarctica’s floating ice shelves

Six research priorities for cities and climate change

Extreme, deadly heat in Canada is going to come back, and worse. Will we be ready?

Americans who think that global warming is happening now outnumber those who think it is not happening by more than 6 to 1

Americans’ willingness to prepare for “climate change” vs. “extreme weather”

Our climate projections for 2500 show an Earth that is alien to humans

How to measure a shrinking glacier

NSW government sets more ambitious 50pc emissions reduction target for 2030

Netherland’s 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

3-Year Drought Creates Frightening ‘New Normal’ in South America

How Satellite Technologies Can Aid Fiji, Other Pacific Island Nations to Build Climate Resilience

Cutting methane should be a key Cop26 aim, research suggests

‘It’s 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

The Alignment of Australia’s National Construction Code and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Achieving Resilient Buildings and Communities’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

What does it take to reduce flood and drought risks and build climate resilience in Eastern Africa?

Decision Making for Managing Community Flood Risks: Perspectives of United States Floodplain Managers

‘We are not safe’: Warning on city buildings as more quakes predicted

UNDP launches new Insurance and Risk Finance Facility

Real-world evidence and the path from data to impact

Why designing policies for extreme events requires a system overview

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

New research initiatives to monitor complex river systems to better understand how water is used in NSW

A hydrography upscaling method for scale-invariant parametrization of distributed hydrological models

Disaster risk creation in the Darjeeling Himalayas: Moving toward justice

Cascading disasters triggered by tsunami hazards: A perspective for critical infrastructure resilience and disaster risk reduction

Moderate quake rattles southeastern Australia. Where’s the fault?

Introducing the wildfire layer on Google Maps

UNDP experts analyze flood risk management in Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

Natural Hazards Research Australia newsletter

Global riverine flood risk – how do hydrogeomorphic floodplain maps compare to flood hazard maps?

Emergency management

Identifying Strategies to Boost COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance in the United States

U.S. Has Enough COVID-19 Vaccines For Boosters And Kids’ Shots

Governance in the Face of Extreme Events: Lessons from Evolutionary Processes for Structuring Interventions, and the Need to Go Beyond

New local leadership structure at Fire and Emergency

World Bank report sheds light on the nuanced connections between “water shocks” and human migration

‘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

Corby building trade workers invited to learn how to prevent flooding at event this week

Severe Weather Photography

How Should Nations Handle the Human Aftermath of Disasters?

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

NWCG video about firefighter mental health

Sociology and disasters

Social vulnerability and the impact of policy responses to COVID-19 on disabled people Protecting Manila’s 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

Spanish Canary Island volcano erupts after weeks of earthquakes

Italy – 10 Rescued From Floods Near Malpensa Airport

India – 10 Killed in West Bengal Floods

India – Fatalities After Floods and Severe Weather in Uttar Pradesh

USA – Severe Floods in Alabama Leave 1 Dead

Chad – Floods Affect 250,000 Across 400 Villages

Nigeria – Floods Affect 100,000 in Adamawa as Cholera Cases Rise, Says UN

India – Flooding Affects Thousands in Odisha

‘My whole life in a van’: Islanders flee Spanish volcano

Melbourne earthquake: Tremor rattles southeast Australia

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Sep 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch

Colombia – Thousands Affected as Floods Continue in the North

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

World on ‘catastrophic’ climate path of 2.7C warming, UN warns

What Is ‘Fire Weather,’ and Why Is It Getting Worse?

Much of New Zealand’s coastal property has an expiry date

‘It’s a reality’: Biden calls for urgency in California as climate crisis fuels wildfires

Illinois Now Boasts the ‘Most Equitable’ Climate Law in America. So What Will That Mean?

No, damming the Golden Gate won’t save the Bay Area from rising seas

‘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

How Methane Emissions Contribute to Climate Change

Biden launches plan to address ‘silent killer’: extreme heat

Climate Change Will Alter Cooling Effects of Volcanic Eruptions

Climate change and impacts accelerate

Clear majority of Australians want net zero emissions by 2050

Which parts of Australia’s coast will vanish below rising sea levels?

Extreme heat: The economic and social consequences for the United States

Proving sea levels are rising

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

The unexplored region of the atmosphere that could help predict climate change

Wildfire and flood disasters are causing ‘climate migration’ within Canada

Life at 50C: Heat hitting home in Australia

NASA Satellites Show How Clouds Respond to Arctic Sea Ice Change

Drivers of exceptional coastal warming in the northeastern United States

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

Greece’s Wildfires and the Future of Natural Disasters

The next health threat is here — action is needed on anti-microbial resistance

Risk Rating 2.0 moves the NFIP away from its heavy reliance on in-or-out flood zones

Enhancements of the Australian Exposure Information Platform

Forecast-based Financing for flash floods: a Flash Flood Confidence Index to improve flood reporting

Nature-based solutions for flood risk reduction: A probabilistic modeling framework

U.S. flood insurance rates to rise for 77% of policyholders -study

When extreme events are no longer rare: Lessons from Hurricane Ida

After Ida, U.S. cities eye more equal resilience plans

Effectiveness of small- and large-scale Nature-Based Solutions for flood mitigation: The case of Ayutthaya, Thailand

RMS Estimates US$1.1 – $2.2 Billion in Total U.S. Insured Losses from Hurricane Nicholas

Australia is no stranger to earthquakes, yet our planning polices have not adapted

South Asia’s tryst with floods: A story less-known

Impact-based forecasting: a new way to predict the community impact of east coast lows

Emergency management

COVID-19 death toll in US surpasses 1918 pandemic deaths; experts say it didn’t have to happen

Australia’s COVID plan was designed before we knew how Delta would hit us. We need more flexibility

Covid-19: Delta outbreak here to stay

Long Covid Affecting One Third Of People After Covid

Polls on COVID-19 vaccination closely align with CDC data

Is the delta coronavirus variant more dangerous for children?

Many New Orleans Seniors Were Left Without Power For Days After Hurricane Ida

Facing bigger blazes, longer hours, low pay, wildland firefighters ask Congress, agencies for help

COVID vaccine immunity is waning — how much does that matter?

426,000 affected by flooding in South Sudan: UN

South Sudanese refugees homeless again after Sudan floods

With extreme weather events and other disasters on the rise, how well are Americans prepared?

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Global Volcanism Program

National Preparedness Month

A National Animation demonstrating the achievements of DEFRA funded and Environment Agency supported Property Flood Resilience (PFR) Pathfinder Projects

Using local knowledge in disaster policy is challenging, but necessary

Facebook Puts $1M Toward Combating Climate Change Misinformation

You’ve been through a disaster — what next?

Psychology and disasters

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

Let’s stop talking about climate ‘resilience’ and start talking about climate trauma

Sociology and disasters

Bonding and linking social capital are key determinants for successful pandemic policy

“Driving Down a Road and Not Knowing Where You’re At”: Navigating the Loss of Physical and Social Infrastructure After the Camp Fire

The benefits of Social Infrastructure and Civic ties in Uncertain Times

A critical appraisal of individual social capital in crisis response

The unequal impacts of wildfire

No silver-bullets: why understanding community characteristics is key to enhancing flood resilience

We must address inequality to build back better from disasters

Linking resilience, vulnerability, social capital and risk awareness for crisis and disaster research

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

Wildfires in Spain

Vietnam – 2 Killed in Floods as Storm Conson Dumps 900mm of Rain

Pakistan – 20 Killed in Floods and Mudslides in North, Monsoon Death Toll Exceeds 160

Guinea – Floods Leave 5 Dead, 800 Homes Destroyed and 2,500 People Displaced

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

Severe flash floods hit capital Abuja, claiming the lives of 4 people, Nigeria

More than 1.6 million affected after extremely heavy rains hit Gujarat, India

2 570 homes damaged or destroyed by floods, Indonesia

Guatemala – Rain Triggers Floods and Landslides in 4 Departments, 2 Fatalities Reported

France – Dozens Rescued From Floods in Gard After 244mm of Rain in 3 Hours

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Sep 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Reventador

Malaysia – Heavy Rain Causes Severe Floods and Landslides in Sabah

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

Forget plans to lower emissions by 2050 – this is deadly procrastination

Operationalising Community Resilience to Climate Change in Developing Countries: A Grounded Delphi Method (GDM) Approach

Climate change: Vulnerable nations call for ’emergency pact’

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

How Climate Change Deepens Bangladesh’s Fragility

Rapid Arctic warming likely drives extreme winter weather events in the US

COP26: China told its choices ‘will shape our shared future’ ahead of climate summit

Cows ‘potty-trained’ in experiment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Four in 10 young people fear having children due to climate crisis

New ocean temperature data help scientists make their hot predictions

California fires are burning at higher elevations than ever, creating new dangers

End of new coal power ‘within sight’ worldwide, report claims

Climate change: World now sees twice as many days over 50C

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

Governments falling woefully short of Paris climate pledges, study finds

‘Cake’ mentioned 10 times more than ‘climate change’ on UK TV – report

Madagascar on the brink of climate change-induced famine

Climate change risks triggering catastrophic tsunamis, scientist warns

Earth’s tipping points could be closer than we think. Our current plans won’t work

The United States Isn’t Ready for the New Phase of Climate Change

When the Climate Crisis Becomes Unignorable

China faces one–two punches of extreme weather as Earth warms

New forecasting models could help prevent heat-related deaths

Climate Change Risk Assessment 2021

Interactions between two existential threats: COVID-19 and climate change

Disaster risk reduction

California wildfires ignite an insurance crisis

‘Black mark’: Farmers get nod to clear land for bushfire protection

Rural Boundary Clearing Tool

Disaster Risks in an Interconnected World

True Stories of Managed Retreat From Rising Waters

When Rivers Are Contaminated, Floods Are Only the First Problem

Estimated Economic Impacts of the 2019 Midwest Floods

The Federal Government Sells Flood-Prone Homes To Often Unsuspecting Buyers, NPR Finds

Prescribed Burning in Australasia (eBook)

Creating resilient communities with medium-range hazard warning systems

Fort McMurray flood mitigation scheduled to be complete by 2023

International Guidelines on Natural and Nature-Based Features for Flood Risk Management

NSW Water Strategy

Dems seek ‘historic’ changes to U.S. flood program

Satellites, Tweets, Forecasts: The Future of Flood Disaster Management?

State of Homeland Security: Preventing Future ‘Failures of Imagination’

Contrary to popular belief, Eastern Canada is more at risk of earthquakes than perceived

How will the COVID pandemic end?

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

Delta upends the East Asia COVID-19 model

Getting vaccinated protects against severe illness from COVID-19, including the Delta variant

Identifying Strategies to Boost COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance in the United States

New Colorado Climate Corps to combat wildfires and floods, protect public lands

Covid-19 Study in England Shows Few Deaths Among Vaccinated People

Latest edition of Fire Australia

Supporting resilience in Indigenous communities: how the emergency management sector can do better

After Hurricane Ida, Louisiana Bayou Community Contemplates Moving or Rebuilding

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

Disaster education, communications and engagement

CONVERGE in the Classroom: Training Module Resources for Teaching

Risk Communication to Motivate Flood and Hurricane Risk Mitigation

Are daily COVID press conferences doing their job?

Community Participation in Disaster Recovery Programs: A Study of a Coastal Area in Bangladesh

Psychology and disasters

The Mental Weight of COVID-19

Climate Change Is Making Natural Disasters Worse — Along With Our Mental Health

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

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

Lessons from Black Summer: how people experienced the 2019/20 NSW fire season

From bushfires, to floods, to COVID-19: how cumulative disasters can harm our health and erode our resilience

Sociology and disasters

Knowledge transfer towards disaster resilience in Sri Lanka: A grounded theory approach

Social Capital and Social Connectedness for Resilience

NSF-Funded Hub To Enhance Resilience In Underrepresented Communities

Disasters within disasters: it’s 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

Bouncing back: how community strengths can lead recovery

Why a domestic NZ COVID ‘passport’ raises hard questions about discrimination, inequality and coercion

Governing the pandemic: The politics of navigating a mega-crisis

COVID in Wilcannia: a national disgrace we all saw coming

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

Indonesia – Floods Affected Thousands in Borneo, 2 Killed in East Nusa Tenggara

Nepal – Dozens Rescued After Severe Floods in Kathmandu

India – Damaging Floods Hit Telangana and Andhra Pradesh

Mexico – 2 Killed in Ecatepec Flash Floods

More heavy rain expected in Auckland after severe flooding caused by 149 percent of August rainfall in just 1 day, New Zealand

New Orleans on track to restore 90 percent of electricity by September 8, Louisiana

Seventeen patients die after hospital in Mexico floods amid torrential rain

Mexico Hit by Powerful Earthquake

Philippines – Tropical Cyclone Conson Leaves Thousands Displaced

Ecuador – 2 Dead, 3 Missing After Floods in Tungurahua Province

Uganda – Hundreds Displaced After More Floods in Kasese

Floods cause ‘catastrophic devastation’ in White Nile, Sudan

Severe floods hit Agen after two months’ worth of rain in just 3 hours, France

Lightning threatens California as fires continue to burn across the state

Volcanic activity worldwide 9 Sep 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Merapi, Semeru

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

NYC’s Subway Flooding Isn’t A Fluke. It’s The Reality For Cities In A Warming World

Nearly 1 in 3 Americans experienced a weather disaster this summer

Australia’s carbon emissions have barely fallen and a massive task lies ahead

Top UN official calls for Australia to urgently dump coal

“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

Hurricane Ida shows the increasing impact of climate change since Katrina

More than 200 health journals call for urgent action on climate crisis

Study reveals extreme winter weather is related to Arctic change

Climate change means Australia may have to abandon much of its farming

Heat waves: a hot topic in climate change research

‘Insufficient’: Audit Office lashes lack of climate planning in NSW

Wildfires, heatwaves, and mass evacuations: What lies ahead for Greece’s new climate ministry?

Christian leaders unite to issue stark warning over climate crisis

Climate risks to add $183bn to property insurance costs by 2040, Swiss Re predicts

The Middle East Is Becoming Literally Uninhabitable

New research reveals animals are changing their body shapes to cope with climate change

Climate crisis could double extreme summer droughts in Europe, new research suggests

This summer was Europe’s hottest on record as Mediterranean heat soared

Unextractable fossil fuels in a 1.5 °C world

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

Storm’s damage might boost support for more aggressive climate policy, experts hope

Extreme heat: The economic and social consequences for the United States

Countries most vulnerable to climate change call for ’emergency pact’ ahead of COP26

What climate change means for southern Ontario and Québec

Northwest, Central, South-Central India New Heatwave Hotspots, Says Study

Reviewing the summer of extreme weather in 2021

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

A promising new dawn is ours for the taking – so let’s stop counting the coal Australia must leave in the ground

Extreme sea levels could soon become annual events

Disaster risk reduction

Resilience of SMEs

New San Andreas study to look at how a creeping fault affects the places where we live

A subway flood expert explains what needs to be done to stop underground station deluges

Mapping Flood Risk Uncertainty Zones in Support of Urban Resilience Planning

Integrating Behavioral Theories in Agent-Based Models for Agricultural Drought Risk Assessments

The Science of How Wildfires Got So Hellish

Flash flood forecasting and early warning saves lives and combats poverty

Confluence of disastrous environmental events in the western United States

Extreme floods of Venice: characteristics, dynamics, past and future evolution

Differences in the dynamics of community disaster resilience across the globe

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”

Seasonality and drivers of low flows across Europe and the United States

Only 46 Percent of German Households Have Flood Insurance

Wildfire pollution could be killing more than the fires

Can smartphones affixed to buildings detect earthquakes?

The Motion and Range of Landslides According to Their Height

Human activity the common link between disasters around the world

Interconnected disaster risks

Hurricane “Ida” among the costliest for oil production since 2005

IDDRR focus – The Sendai Seven

The concept of risk-layering, which, though already applied in disaster risk management, could be expanded to include indirect effects

Emergency management

New York mayor: Ida devastation shows need to prepare for ‘very, very worst’

Evacuation Network Modeling for Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Worsening California blazes prompt new calls for innovations to fight fires smarter

Breathing wildfire smoke during pregnancy raises risk of premature birth, study finds

In Idaho And Other States, The Delta Covid-19 Surge Is Forcing Hospitals To Ration ICU Beds

Will having so many disasters happening at the same time affect donations? We asked an expert

Can Birds Tip Us Off to Natural Disasters?

World COVID tracker

Why involving people with disability in preparing for disasters leads to better outcomes

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Notes from Deep Time book

Integrating psychosocial and WASH school interventions to build disaster resilience

Be Flood Ready

Unnatural Disasters, by Gonzalo Lizarralde

Disaster Resilience Education for Young People Handbook

Resources and fun facts to help children learn more about flooding

Psychology and disasters

When it comes to preparing for disaster there are 4 distinct types of people. Which one are you?

Climate Change Denial? 10 Reasons People Deny Climate Change

What an enormous global study can tell us about feeling better during the pandemic

Sociology and disasters

COVID-19 exposes Australia’s stark health inequalities — and threatens to entrench them further

Social inclusion is important in Aotearoa New Zealand — but so is speaking honestly about terrorism

Environmental Justice: People Of Color hurt worst by climate change

People with Disabilities, Older People at Risk after Hurricane Ida

Researchers call for dismantling of ‘racist infrastructure’ to improve U.S. neighborhoods

From Hurricane Ida to COVID-19, Social Ties Foster Resilience

From Risk to 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

‘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

Myanmar – 11 Killed in Landslide in Mandalay Region

Caldor Fire – Entire South Lake Tahoe under evacuation order, California

Indonesia – Floods in Sulawesi Affect Over 60,000

Indonesia – 5 Killed in North Sumatra Landslides and Mudflows

India – Over 250,000 People Affected Across 700 Villages as Floods Worsen in Assam

New Zealand – Evacuations After 90mm of Rain in 1 Hour Causes Floods in Auckland

Ghana – Fatalities Reported After Floods in North

USA – Hundreds Rescued From Louisiana Floods After Hurricane Ida

India – 1 Dead, Several Reported Missing After Floods in Maharashtra

USA – 1 Person Missing, 20 Homes Destroyed After Remnants of Hurricane Ida Cause Floods in Virginia

Thailand – Flooding Affects Thousands in Central Provinces

South Sudan – 380,000 Affected by Floods in 6 States

Ida updates: 12 dead in NYC as subway stations turned into waterfalls, streets became rivers

Volcanic activity worldwide 2 Sep 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Semeru, Ibu, Reventador, Telica

Spain – Flash Floods in Catalonia After 70mm of Rain in 30 Minutes

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s biggest climate poll shows support for action in every seat

Disastrous environmental events are converging like never before

Top scientist says APRA climate risk guidance ‘flawed’

How cities can adapt to climate change

Could climate change make humans go extinct?

The Battle to Save Coasts from Climate Change

Massive volcanoes could cool Earth more in a warming world

Swiss join France, others in laying out climate disclosure timeline

Climate change is making hurricanes stronger, slower and wetter. Ida checked all the boxes

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

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

How Spain is shutting down its coal industry to transition to renewables

It’s not your imagination. Weather and climate disasters have been getting more frequent since the ’70s

Atlas of the Invisible: using data to map the climate crisis

Ida turns New York City into a front line of extreme weather supercharged by climate change

Governance in the age of climate change

Why won’t US TV news say ‘climate change’?

Disaster risk reduction

Hurricane Ida storm surge and winds have partially reversed flow of Mississippi River near New Orleans

Methodology for Regional Multihazard Hurricane Damage and Risk Assessment

New Orleans levees pass Ida’s test while some suburbs flood

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s Floodplain Manager newsletter

Understanding Pyrocumulonimbi, aka ‘Fire Clouds’

California is up in smoke but still won’t stop playing with fire

Climate and weather related disasters surge five-fold over 50 years, but early warnings save lives – WMO report

Floating Homes, Raised Houses: A Tale of Two Flood Mitigation Strategies

Geologists look to past for answers on future tsunami threats

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

Why The South Is Decades Ahead Of The West In Wildfire Prevention

Better together: Working with local partners to build flood resilient infrastructure in Montenegro

Algeria suffers from devastating wildfires, but faces big challenges in addressing them

Emergency management

Houston-based group that formed during Harvey is ready to help Hurricane Ida victims

We’re Hitting the Limits of Hurricane Preparedness

Early COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign in the United States Prevented Nearly 140,000 Deaths

Stanford researchers explore how people respond to wildfire smoke

Ida and Katrina: Both powerful cyclones with key differences

See aerial photos, video of Hurricane Ida damage in southeast Louisiana

Teaching machines to find critical facilities for emergency response

Attacking fires by air often does no good, expert says

Firefighters return from Canada blazes to prepare for COVID bushfire season

Ida left more than 1 million without power, possibly for weeks. And now comes the scorching heat

Back-to-school FAQs on children’s health & COVID-19: Delta variant, preventing infection, testing and international examples

Reports of environmental problems caused by Hurricane Ida begin to trickle in

‘We do it together’: how a Lake Tahoe community prepared to flee the Caldor fire

How Government Can Address Growing Disaster Costs

NYC Flood: 15 videos of severe flooding in New York City

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Understanding Climate and Wildfires

How students can use storytelling to bring the dangers of climate change to life

Communities Going Virtual: Examining the Roles of Online and Offline Social Capital in Pandemic Perceived Community Resilience-Building

Key elements of disaster mitigation education in inclusive school setting in the Indonesian context

Disaster Resilience Education for Young People Handbook

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

‘Local community-based disaster management’ The transformation of religious and local wisdom values in preparation to deal with natural hazards in West Sumatra, Indonesia

Why We Use Gage Height

Psychology and disasters

Study finds coronavirus-related polarization is stronger among people higher in cognitive ability

Multi-country study suggests that the psychological burden of COVID-19 has led to increased political unrest

Psychological factors and social processes influencing wildfire smoke protective behavior: Insights from a case study in Northern California

The mystery of 9/11 first responders and dementia

Sociology and disasters

‘We can’t afford to leave’: Louisiana family is forced to ride out powerful Hurricane Ida

People, not just places: Expanding physical and social vulnerability indices by psychological indicators

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

Caldor fire continues to rage after winds fan northern California blaze

Mexico – Deadly Flash Floods in Chihuahua After 60mm of Rain in 3 Hours

USA – More Deaths Reported Following North Carolina Floods

DR Congo – Deadly Flash Floods in North and South Kivua

Tennessee Flooding Death Toll Climbs to 22; Dozens Still Missing

Henri leaves $12B in damage in Northeast. Some have lost everything

More than 8 000 homes destroyed as severe floods and landslides hit Venezuela

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

Russia – Five Missing After Floods and Mudflows in Dagestan

Volcanic activity worldwide 26 Aug 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Semeru, Shiveluch, Dukono

Siberia’s wildfires are bigger than all the world’s other blazes combined

Niger – Flooding Reported in All Regions, Over 60 Dead and 100,000 Affected

France and Spain – Destructive Flash Floods After Torrential Rain

Cambodia – One Killed in Sihanoukville Flash Floods

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Study finds ‘very concerning’ 74% increase in deaths associated with extreme heat brought on by the climate crisis

IPCC report may have underplayed risk of freak El Nino and La Nina events

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

Solar exceeds coal for first time, as renewables set new records on Australia’s main grid

Thresholds of temperature change for mass extinctions

When hotter and drier means more – but eventually less – wildfire

‘Blistering temperatures’: Dark roofing banned on Sydney’s urban fringe

Australia on verge of electric cars boom amid sharp jump in sales figures

Changes In Sea Levels And Hurricane Activity Played A Part In Upending The Maya Civilization

The sunny side of Earth’s hottest month

NSW’s roadmap to renewables

Voters in Sydney’s 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

With temperatures rising, how can Singapore shape its future developments to keep cool?

How the climate crisis is changing hurricanes

Climate crisis made deadly German floods ‘up to nine times more likely’

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

Lancet Heat and Health series

Three pandemic measures that will also curb climate change: Flannery

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

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

Household financial vulnerabilities and physical climate risks

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

Climate Change: A Very Short Introduction

Few realistic scenarios left to limit global warming to 1.5°C

Southern Blob of unusual Pacific heat blamed for creating megadrought

Disaster risk reduction

The lesson from German floods: prepare for the unimaginable

Request for Information on the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System

Home seismometers provide crucial data on Haiti’s quake

Ten Years on from the Quake That Shook the Nation’s Capital

Can burying power lines prevent California’s next big wildfire?

Slowing down on Country: Naturalising Melbourne’s waterways

We are underway – one month into Natural Hazards Research Australia

Understanding the relationship between rainfall and flood probabilities through combined intensity-duration-frequency analysis

Analysis of Drought Factors Affecting the Economy

Rwanda to use artificial intelligence in disaster management

Submarine mountains can subdue earthquakes

Lidar Remote Sensing of Forest Structure, Biomass and Dynamics

An Exercise in Resilience: Testing the Bronzeville Community Microgrid

New UNDRR Strategic Framework is launched

Wildfires are the most human of natural disasters

An extremeness threshold determines the regional response of floods to changes in rainfall extremes

Emergency management

Why it takes months to subdue some wildfires

Queensland Parks and Wildlife officials sought to downplay Fraser Island bushfire, internal documents reveal

Should we give up on COVID-zero? Until most of us are vaccinated, we can’t live with the virus

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

Israel hopes boosters can avert new lockdown as Covid vaccine efficacy fades

‘It’s just unbelievable’: Tennessee surveys wreckage after floods kill 22

Highly Vaccinated Israel Is Seeing A Dramatic Surge In New COVID Cases. Here’s Why

Italy – once overwhelmed by COVID-19 – turns to a health pass and stricter measures to contain virus

South African firefighter battles Cape Town blazes and inequality

Study finds COVID peak still six weeks away and NSW could reach 6,000 cases a day

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

Pi and the Meandering Paths of Rivers

Replicating the Unpredictable: Board Games as Prototypes for Wildfire Evacuations

Children’s Climate Cards

Psychology and disasters

Surprise, Less Happiness During Pandemic

Grieving over climate change? Colorado experts offer hope amidst the haze

COVID-19 rule breakers characterized by extraversion, amorality and uninformed information-gathering strategies

Sociology and disasters

We can look beyond our bureaucrats to our local business and community leaders to guide us through hard times

Supporting Social Connectedness of Older Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Role of Small and Rural Public Libraries

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

Turkey evacuates flood victims as death toll hits 62

At least 4 people presumed dead after mudslides hit Japan

USA – State of Emergency After Flash Floods Leave 2 Dead in Arizona

Niger – 5 Killed in Niamey Flash Floods

USA – 1 Dead After Floods in El Paso, Texas

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

B.C. wildfires lead to state of emergency in West Kelowna and terror for motorists on Coquihalla Highway

Nigeria – Severe Floods Affect Jigawa, Bauchi and Adamawa States

Colombia – 3 Fatalities After Floods in Meta Department

Somalia – Thousands Displaced by Flooding Shabelle River

France wildfire: Thousands evacuated as blaze rages near Riviera

Haiti: flash floods and mudslides latest threats in earthquake-hit country

Pacific Northwest wildfires have burned 1 million more acres in 2021 compared to this time last year

Severe floods hit Germany again, destructive tornado in Lower Saxony

Thousands forced to evacuate by wildfire near Saint-Tropez

India – 12 Dead, Thousands Displaced by Floods in Bihar

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

Massive wildfire threatens Greek village outside Athens

Ethiopia – Deadly Flash Floods in Addis Ababa

Turkey – 77 Dead, 34 Still Missing in Floods

USA – Record Rainfall Causes Flash Floods in Flagstaff Burn Areas, Arizona

Caribbean – Tropical Storm Grace Causes Floods in Haiti and Dominican Republic

Europe – Rain Triggers Deadly Flash Floods and Mudslides in Germany, Austria and Italy

North Carolina faces ‘catastrophic’ flooding from Fred, dozens reported missing

Volcanic activity worldwide 19 Aug 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Semeru, Shiveluch, Reventador

Malaysia – 4 Dead, 2 Missing After Flash Floods in Kedah

Sweden – Flash Floods in Dalarna and Gävleborg After Record Rainfall

Sri Lanka – Floods in Central Provinces Displace 1,500

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

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Computer Models Of Civilization Offer Routes To Ending Global Warming

How ‘living breakwaters’ could protect the coast from rising sea levels

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

Weatherwatch: Carbon offsets easily wiped out by bad weather

Breaching tipping points would increase economic costs of climate change impacts

Assessing the Global Climate in July 2021

Seemingly small climate changes can have big consequences

Breaching climate tipping points could triple economic cost of environmental crisis, scientists warn

Too Hot to Work

IPCC report reinforces need for more investment in flood resilience

State of the Climate in Latin America and the Caribbean

Research shines light on heatwaves and building codes in NSW

Spain confirms new highest temperature record – 47.4 °C (117.3 °F) in the city of Montoro, Cordoba

Climate science is now more certain than ever. Here’s how it can make a difference in Australian court cases

What the big climate report said about New Zealand

Australia widely criticised over emission reduction targets ahead of COP26 climate talks

Rain fell at the normally snowy summit of Greenland for the first time on record

Disaster risk reduction

Earth’s inner core is doing something weird

The importance of applying a systemic risk lens to help prevent the escalation and reduce the impact of future pandemics

Logging near towns must stop to mitigate extreme bushfire

WHO calls for ‘spirit of partnership’ in hunt for Covid-19 origins

What’s the likelihood a tsunami will happen in Lake Tahoe? Experts explain

Canvey Island to benefit from £35M investment in flood protection

‘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

How years of fighting every wildfire helped fuel the Western megafires of today

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

Forget massive seawalls, coastal wetlands offer the best storm protection money can buy

US National Risk Index Map

Early COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign in the United States Prevented Nearly 140,000 Deaths

Rapid Flood Mapping Using Multi-temporal SAR Images: An Example from Bangladesh

Devastating European Floods Test Resilience

Learning from a 100-year flood, and bad disaster movies

Emergency management

Mega-blazes put spotlight on Europe’s firefighting tactics

Children’s hospitals are swamped with Covid patients — and it may only get worse

Haitian Earthquake Situation Report #2

Death toll from Haiti earthquake soars above 700 with thousands injured

Mafia hand suspected as Italy battles wildfires

From ground zero to zero tolerance – how China learnt from its COVID response to quickly stamp out its latest outbreak

Wildfires released ‘extremely harmful’ particles

Fires, droughts, floods, power outages. The interval between disasters is shortening, or in some cases disappearing altogether

Ohio’s vaccine lottery saved more than $60m in averted healthcare costs

India is preparing for another COVID surge but low vaccine coverage leaves it vulnerable

Why I no longer think we can eliminate COVID – public health expert

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Assessing post-disaster recovery using sentiment analysis: The case of L’Aquila, Italy

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

Using military language and presence might not be the best approach to COVID and public health

Stories that touch: 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

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

Sociology and disasters

Seawalls or social recovery? The role of policy networks and design in disaster recovery

‘Breaking society apart’: Unvaccinated people are angry as they face more Covid restrictions

Analysis of the state of social resilience among different socio-demographic groups during the COVID- 19 pandemic

Poorer city dwellers are missing out on the increased social interactions that are credited with driving innovation and wealth creation in large metropolises

Texas wildfire survivors’ narratives and the meaning of everyday objects

The intensity and frequency of the floods have increased in recent years and it’s creating greater vulnerabilities for women and girls