Today in disaster resilience (3 April 2020)

Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Large tornado rips through Jonesboro, causing extensive damage, Arkansas

Indonesia – Deadly Landslide in Bali

Indonesia – Deadly Landslide in South Sulawesi

Kenya – Hundreds of Families Displaced by Flooding in Western Counties

Syria – Deadly Floods in North

Nineteen killed in massive China forest fire

Iran – More Fatalities After Floods in Fars Province

Peru – Homes Destroyed After Floods and Mudslides in Huánuco

India – Evacuations After Rain Triggers Landslides in Jammu and Kashmir

Pakistan – More Rain Damage in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan

DR Congo – Thousands Affected by Floods in Maniema Province

More than 3,000 have died from COVID-19 have died in the US

Tornadoes touch down in Alabama and Mississippi

Coronavirus Australia live news: CSIRO launches initial trial stage of two COVID-19 vaccines

Indonesia – Thousands Affected by Floods in Bandung

Afghanistan – Flash Floods Leave 11 Dead, Homes Destroyed

Papua New Guinea – Floods Hit Morobe Province

Spain – Dozens Rescued From Floods in Castellón After Highest Rainfall in 30 Years

Coronavirus latest: Confirmed cases cross the 1-million mark


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Carbon emissions will drop, but experts fear ‘revenge pollution’

The annual Australia’s Environment report finds last year’s heat and drought caused unprecedented damage

Why Clouds Are the Key to New Troubling Projections on Warming

Barclays sets net zero carbon target for 2050 after investor pressure

Coronavirus and climate change: The pandemic is a fire drill for our planet’s future

Anatomy of a heatwave: how Antarctica recorded a 20.75°C day last month

Coal phase-out can provide “cheap” way to reduce emissions, researchers say

‘Very un-Antarctic’: When the icy continent was not very cold at all

Why the climate crisis is harder to spot in the UK and US

Tackling climate change

Beneath the virus lurks a bigger emergency, but the world is distracted from the climate threat

Rain, floods and confused seals: Inside Antarctica’s warmest-ever summer

‘We must use this time well’: climate experts hopeful after Cop26 delay


Disaster risk reduction

Australia’s Environment in 2019

What we’ve learned about the coronavirus — and what we still need to know

Post-fire ecological stocktake

Effective transmission across the globe: the role of climate in COVID-19 mitigation strategies

The Coronavirus Outbreak Presents Unique Housing Challenges for Seniors

UN launches COVID-19 plan that could ‘defeat the virus and build a better world’

A lethal pandemic was considered the most serious security risk to the UK. But nothing was done

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s Floodplain Manager newsletter

This Looks Like a Depression, Not a Recession

Live animal trade continues across India and Asia

Natural solutions to UK flooding climb the agenda

4 major hurricanes are predicted as part of an above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season

What climate change means for Northwestern US wildfires

Initial Insured Losses for UK’s February Floods Estimated at £297M (US$367.8M)


Emergency management

The residents of Ironbridge are still recovering from flooding earlier this year and now they must prepare for a pandemic

Africa is woefully ill-equipped to cope with covid-19

How South Korea flattened the curve

Italy starts to bend coronavirus curve

The home front: How international aid workers are fighting COVID-19 in Italy

San Francisco Shut Down: COVID-19 Quarantine

Japan struggles to get a grip on social distancing

Is coronavirus hitting young Americans harder than we thought?

FEMA braces for a multi-front war as hurricane season looms


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Public views of the coronavirus’s impact on the U.S.

Getting people to comply with social distancing policies is basically an exercise in marketing

Epidemics in Movies

Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement Book

How to Care for a Loved One With Coronavirus

Learn About Groundwater At Home!


Psychology and Disasters

Isolation is hazardous to your health. The term ‘social distancing’ doesn’t help

Navigating the new rules of social distance etiquette

A COVID-19 survival guide for parents of tweens and teens


Sociology and disasters

Coronavirus: Portugal to treat migrants as residents during pandemic

The Real Pandemic Danger Is Social Collapse

For the 2.5 million people in Metro Manila who reside in crowded slums, community quarantining and social distancing have entirely different implications–a-crisis-for-all.html

COVID-19 and the displaced

Coronavirus infection rates begin to fall, but ‘flattening the curve’ may mean WA is locked down even longer

Coronavirus could be final straw for EU, European experts warn

We aren’t just stopping coronavirus. We’re building a new world

1 in 10 children affected by bushfires is Indigenous. We’ve been ignoring them for too long

A Beginner’s Guide to the Importance of Social Capital During a Pandemic

Social Capital’s Role in Humanitarian Crises’s_Role_in_Humanitarian_Crises

Today in disaster resilience (27 March 2020)

Recent emergencies/disaster

Earthquake rocks Croatia’s capital Zagreb

Ecuador – 350 Families Affected as Rivers Overflow in Pastaza

Iran – Deadly Floods Hit Southern Provinces

USA – 8 Killed in Ohio and Indiana Floods

Papua New Guinea – 10 Dead After Landslide in Western Highlands

Severe thunderstorms, rain and hail hit Dubai, UAE

Coronavirus latest news: Global pandemic is ‘accelerating’ warns WHO

Second wave of coronavirus cases hits Asia

Indonesia – Thousands Affected by Floods in Bandung

Burundi – Hundreds Displaced After More Severe Weather

Zambia – Families Displaced After More Floods in Luapula Province

Yemen – Deadly Floods Hit Aden

Burundi – Hundreds Displaced After More Severe Weather

Large and destructive tornado hits Tishomingo, Mississippi — rare tornado emergency issued


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

See how global warming has changed the world since your childhood

With coronavirus and climate change, it’s about time

Rewilding project aims to give Thames its flood plain back

Managing disaster risks and water under climate change in Central Asia and Caucasus

Sea levels in Singapore 14cm above pre-1970 levels: Meteorological Service Singapore

Scientists just discovered a massive new vulnerability in the Antarctic ice sheet

Shedding light on how much carbon tropical forests can absorb

Evaluating Cloud Cover Predictions in Climate Models

Wind industry calls on Victoria to set “bold” science-based emissions targets

Climate crisis blamed for rains and floods that have killed 150 in Brazil

Holding back the tide – sea’s advance threatens Tunisia’s beaches

UK greenhouse gas emissions fall for seventh year in a row

Coronavirus, Climate Change, And Our Community


Disaster risk reduction

Social distancing: What it is and why it’s the best tool we have to fight the coronavirus

Natural disasters cost the world $232 billion last year. Here are the worst seven

Study: Coronavirus Lockdown Likely Saved 77,000 Lives In China Just By Reducing Pollution

Which Covid-19 drugs work best?

A Professor of Disasters and Health on COVID-19

Hong Kong appeared to have the coronavirus under control, then it let its guard down

Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance

Lives on the Line: The Big Benefits of Microgrids in Disaster

CDC says coronavirus RNA found in Princess Cruise ship cabins up to 17 days after passengers left

It’s up to you: data shows coronavirus can only be controlled if eight out of 10 Aussies stay home

You could be spreading the coronavirus without realising you’ve got it
It’s wrong to blame bats for the coronavirus epidemic
Mapping precipitation in the Himilayas

‘While proactive school closures cannot interrupt transmission on their own, they reduce peak incidence by half and delay the epidemic’

Why Germany’s Coronavirus Death Rate Is Far Lower Than In Other Countries

Help needed to rescue UK’s old rainfall records

COVID-19 lands in Africa on some of the world’s least capable health systems, wholly unable to cope with a pandemic–fighting-back–recovering-stronger.html


Emergency management

The case for shutting down almost everything, and restarting when coronavirus is gone

Almost 25 million jobs could be lost worldwide as a result of COVID-19, says ILO–en/index.htm

Coronavirus and aid: What we’re watching

Swedish PM warned over ‘Russian roulette-style’ Covid-19 strategy

COVID-19 world wide data

Nearly half of Diamond Princess cruise ship passengers and crew who had coronavirus were asymptomatic when tested, CDC report says

U.S. could be next ‘virus epicenter’ as India locks down, global recession looms

Wildfire Season Is Almost Here, and Coronavirus Is Making Us Less Prepared


Disaster education, communications and engagement

A UN programme for schools is looking to make education a central part of the international response to climate change

World Water Day and World Meteorological Day 2020 – Joint message

Medium Coronavirus blog

Here’s how social media can combat the coronavirus ‘infodemic’

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak highlights serious deficiencies in scholarly communication

Try the Flash Flood Game

Earthquake safety at home guide

Floodlines: The story of an unnatural disaster

Staying well during self-isolation

Five questions to ask when you see a coronavirus map

Talking to kids about COVID-19

Coronavirus – tips for self-isolating

The University of Hull has secured almost £300,000 of funding to help young people in Vietnam better understand and tackle climate change


Psychology and Disasters

Before the pandemic, three-quarters of Americans said people would cooperate with each other in a crisis

Let’s Aim for Physical Rather Than Social Distancing

Close Encounters: How Near Misses Influence Disaster Decision Making

New poll suggests 1-in-5 Canadians feel pandemic blown out of proportion

Meet the heroes of Australia’s bushfire crisis and find out – months on – how they are coping as they try to get back to normality

COVID-19 and your mental wellbeing


Sociology and disasters

When events unfold that disrupt the social order, most of us search for solace among our fellow human beings

Using social and behavioural science to support COVID-19 pandemic response

In the Battle Against Coronavirus, Humanity Lacks Leadership

Yuval Noah Harari: the world after coronavirus

Association president warns against spreading xenophobia along with virus

The community-led movement creating hope in the time of coronavirus

Pandemics reveal structural weaknesses: at pace and scale

Covid-19 is nature’s wake-up call to complacent civilisation

Today in disaster resilience (20 March 2020)


Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Tanzania – Homes Damaged After Floods in Pwani Region

Colombia – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Santander

Timor-Leste – Around 200 Homes Destroyed After Massive Flooding in Dili

Angola – Floods in Cuanza Sul, Malanje and Lunda Sul Provinces

Madagascar – Tropical Cyclone Herold Causes Flooding in North East

Fiji – Roads Swamped After 200mm of Rain in 24 Hours

Peru – Dozens of Homes Damaged by Floods and Mudslides in Arequipa

Volcanic activity worldwide 19 Mar 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Ibu, Dukono, Reventado


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climatologist makes clear: We’re still on pandemic path with global warming

Greenland’s melting ice raised global sea level by 2.2mm in two months

World’s Warmest Winter Ended Long Before Spring


Disaster risk reduction

Why experts are urging social distancing to combat coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus vaccines: five key questions as trials begin

New insights into US flood vulnerability revealed from flood insurance big data

COVID-19 Scientific Resources

This Is How We Can Beat the Coronavirus

Billion-dollar wildlife industry in Vietnam under assault as law drafted to halt trading

From food to tech, coronavirus to spur urban planning rethink

Auckland Volcanic Field magmatism, volcanism, and hazard: a review

Policy of building homes on flood plains to be reviewed


Emergency management

Nissan gets award for role of Leaf in energy resilience in disasters

Abe turns vague on timing as coronavirus leaves Tokyo Olympics in doubt

Italy has a world-class health system. The coronavirus has pushed it to the breaking point

Coronavirus Australia live updates: ‘Disruptive’ COVID-19 measures to last ‘at least’ six months, top doc says

The Impact of COVID-19 on Humanitarian Crises

Our politicians are not fit to oversee the coronavirus response. It’s time they got out of the way

Why Deaths from Coronavirus Are So High in Italy

In Egypt, floods add to difficulty of fighting pandemic

Millions lost as virus strikes Qld events


Disaster education, communications and engagement

COVID-19 is not a cause for panic. It is cause for action

Exploring the Complexity of Pandemics Through Play


Psychology and Disasters

Mass Panic Is Unlikely, Even During a Pandemic

Coping Strategies in Uncertain Times: Calming Your Nervous System During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Why Prioritizing Sleep in the Time of Coronavirus Is So Important


Sociology and disasters

How Will COVID-19 Affect Women and Girls in Low- and Middle-Income Countries?

Something invisible has stopped us

Today in disaster resilience (13 May 2020)


Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Coronavirus: Italy Orders Massive Shutdown; Cruise Ship Gets OK To Dock In California

Pakistan – Over 20 Dead After Heavy Rain Destroys Homes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Coronavirus: Whole of Italy placed on ‘red zone’ quarantine and all public events banned

Indonesia – Hundreds Displaced by Flooding as Heavy Rain Continues

Rwanda – Heavy Rain and Storms Cause Fatalities

Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as the outbreak spreads

Zambia – Thousands Affected by Floods in North

Iran – Over 20,000 Affected by Floods in South West Says UN

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Mar 2020: Santiaguito volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Klyuchevskoy


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

‘We need a serious conversation’: River flows could decline 40% in Australia’s foodbowl

These are the places across Australia people will soon struggle to live in without serious challenges

Be honest Australia, you’re not ‘meeting and beating’ your emissions targets

Renewables keep crunching Australia’s electricity emissions – no thanks to federal policy

A rare natural phenomenon brings severe drought to Australia. Climate change is making it more common

What Could Warming Mean for Pathogens like Coronavirus?

UK’s CO2 emissions have fallen 29% over the past decade

Coronavirus should give us hope that we are able to tackle the climate crisis

It’s official: the last five years were the warmest ever recorded

WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2019

A solution to cut extreme heat by up to 6 degrees is in our own backyards

New Circular Economy Action Plan shows the way to a climate-neutral, competitive economy of empowered consumers

Planet is ‘way off track’ in dealing with climate change, U.N. says

The climate crisis is disrupting life for millions, a report finds

Climate change: The state of our atmosphere

Apocalypse never: why climate catastrophe won’t make us change

Major Greenland glacier collapse 90 years ago linked to climate change

Polar ice caps melting six times faster than in 1990s

Our World, Our Say: Australia’s largest youth survey on climate change

It’s time to win climate wars, NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean says

Coronavirus ‘Really Not the Way You Want To Decrease Emissions’

Studies show climate change becoming increasingly bipartisan


Disaster risk reduction

Economic impact of Australia’s bushfires

‘A terrible summer’: New data reveals economic cost of smoke, fire and hail

The world’s best fire management system is in northern Australia, and it’s led by Indigenous land managers

Urban trees and people’s yards mitigate extreme heat in western Adelaide: final summary report

Environment Agency warns of ‘difficult decisions’ ahead on Broads flooding

What’s the difference between pandemic, epidemic and outbreak?

Is Coronavirus the Beginning of the End of Offices?

How will country-based mitigation measures influence the course of the COVID-19 epidemic?

How a groundbreaking new £1.3 million park will help prevent flooding in one corner of Manchester

Emergency risk assessment handbook published

Special Issue: Securing future of heritage by reducing risks and building resilience

‘Fossil earthquakes’ offer new insight into seismic activity deep below Earth’s surface

Separations between earthquakes reveal clear patterns

Building blocks for life on Earth arrived much later than we thought, billion-year-old rocks show

Water Ways: How the Dutch are building coastal protection for less — with nature’s help

Chancellor announces spending on flooding will be doubled


Emergency management

Coronavirus may force Americans to avoid crowds and cancel cruises, health official warns

Grocery stores can be anchors of resilience during disasters

Coronavirus: Israel to bring in 14-day quarantine for all arrivals

‘Traitor’: Boris Johnson heckled as he visits flood-hit area of Worcestershire

Wollongong to host public thank you day for firies and emergency services

Prefectures in Japan face lack of volunteer interpreters for disasters

Data tracks diversity on International Women’s Day 2020’s-day-2020

NSW bushfire clean-up at last brings some consolation to Conjola Park


Disaster education, communications and engagement

What Is the Death Rate from Coronavirus?

#Action4Floods: National Flood Forum Conference – York March 2020

People ‘should work from home’ to tackle coronavirus spread

Earthquake Safety at Home Guide

Coronavirus is a huge story, so journalists must apply the highest ethical standards in how they tell it

Household items salvaged from the ashes are being turned into artworks that tell a story of recovery

Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now


Psychology and Disasters

Why don’t we treat the climate crisis with the same urgency as coronavirus?

Coronavirus should give us hope that we are able to tackle the climate crisis

Coronavirus is stressful. Here are some ways to cope with the anxiety


Sociology and disasters

In the Hands of a Few: Disaster Recovery Committee Networks

‘Best of Wales’: floods bring communities together to recover

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing us to ask some very hard questions. But are we ready for the answers?

Today in disaster resilience (6 March 2020)


Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Italy reports a 50% increase in confirmed coronavirus cases

Coronavirus outbreak: US confirms cases in Chicago and Rhode Island

Updated coronavirus stats

Close to tears in flood-hit Wales as Storm Jorge’s rains sweep in

Peru – Hundreds of Families Affected by Floods in Moquegua

Iran – Widespread Flooding After Rivers Overflow in Lorestan Province

Brazil – Heavy Rain Triggers Deadly Flooding and Landslides in Rio De Janeiro

Winter Flooding in Mississippi and Louisiana

Tennessee Tornado Death Toll Jumps to 22; Widespread Damage in Nashville, Middle Tennessee

Shocking footage shows East Yorkshire homes almost completely submerged under water in the wake of Storm Jorge

Indonesia – 1 Missing, 900 Displaced After Floods Destroy Homes in Central Sulawesi

Brazil – Deadly Floods and Landslides in São Paulo After 280mm of Rain in 12 Hours

Honduras – 800 Displaced by Floods and Landslides

Vietnam – Storms Leave 2 Dead, Hundreds of Homes Destroyed

Tanzania – Bridge Destroyed and Roads Blocked After Heavy Rains

Volcanic activity worldwide 5 Mar 2020: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Dukono


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s electricity market must be 100% renewables by 2035 to achieve net zero by 2050 – study

New report from Australia Institute says trend will bring with it longer and hotter bushfires, more heatwaves and crop damage

Climate change will force up premiums: Swiss Re

Thousands of kilometres of Australia’s beaches at risk from rising seas

Australia is heating more rapidly than the global average, with a rise of 4C expected by 2100, Bureau of Meteorology says

Moscow Winter ‘Warmest Since Records Began’

Does Information About Climate Risk Affect Property Values?

UK carbon emissions fall 29 per cent in a decade, new data shows

Hackathon Speeds Progress Toward Climate Model Collaboration

An uncharted island off Antarctica’s western coast could reveal how climate change is altering the continent

The world’s top meteorological experts issued the warning as cities and countries around the world reported record-breaking warm winters

Most California cities refuse to retreat from rising seas—one town wants to show how it’s done

Meet Thailand’s secret weapon in climate change battle

Probability of Fire Weather Index reaching levels of 2019-20 summer increases 30% due to climate change, researchers say

Tasmania sets world-leading target of 200 per cent renewables by 2040

Europe experiences exceptionally warm winter

Analysis shows climate finance not reaching most vulnerable


Disaster risk reduction

Snaith has been devastated by flooding – but there are plans for 800 more homes

Sandy coastlines under threat of erosion

Putting a price on the protective power of wetlands

Why Some COVID-19 Cases Are Worse than Others

When will Taupo’s next ‘super-eruption’ happen?

Americans Are Paying $34 Billion Too Much for Houses in Flood Plains

Iowa flood victims need money for levees, buyouts

Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis at Regional and National Scale: State of the Art and Future Challenges

Mass data processing of time series Landsat imagery: pixels to data products for forest monitoring

Australian scientists are developing a satellite that can better identify where bushfires might start

Race to understand fire lessons as another ‘significant’ season looms

A new algorithm can forecast the flow of floodwater in almost real-time, a new study shows

Australia’s dedicated bushfire research centre on the brink of closure despite deadly summer fires

How Computer Modeling Of COVID-19’s Spread Could Help Fight The Virus

UK Government’s approach to managing flood risk inquiry launched

Tasman fires: New Zealand’s new norm?’s-new-norm

A low-cost flood alert and water monitoring system in African cities

Almost real-time flood prediction tool may boost emergency response during hurricanes

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s “Floodplain Manager newsletter

San Diego At Risk For Devastating Earthquake Damage, New Report Says


Emergency management

Coronavirus tracked: The latest figures as the outbreak spreads

UK flooding: residents in east Yorkshire struggle to recover

Australian bushfires finally extinguished

Reflecting on a Tumultuous Amazon Fire Season

Coronavirus: New European cases soar as China infections and deaths drop

Fla. Communities Get More Than $2B In Hurricane Recovery, Mitigation Funds

Bushfires likely to have killed about 5,000 koalas in NSW, report finds

Before and after images highlight the severity of tornado destruction in Nashville

AFAC NRSC numbers from Australia’s largest deployment’s-largest-deployment

NSW Memorial Service honours lives lost


Disaster education, communications and engagement

The California Photographer Who Has Shot More Than 100 Wildfires

Resilient Australia Awards open

Google and Facebook are using their platforms and working with government agencies and other emergency services partners to deliver real-time assistance and warnings to disaster prone communities

Latest Fire Australia magazine online

Psychology and Disasters

Managing traumatic stress: After a tornado

The Panic Myth: What Does the Research Say and What Can Practitioners Do?

Risk judgments and social norms: Do they relate to preparedness after the Kaikōura earthquake?


Sociology and disasters

How Natural Hazards Impact the Social Environment for Vulnerable Groups: An Empirical Investigation in Japan

Sociology and the Climate Crisis

Today in disaster resilience (28 February 2020)


Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

9 dead in Turkey after magnitude 5.7 earthquake strikes western Iran

Parts of Jakarta continue to be flooded this rainy season

Flood-hit communities brace for more torrential downpours as winter storms continue to ravage Britain

Peru – 3 Killed in Tacna Flash Floods

South Africa – Deadly Flash Floods in KwaZulu-Natal

Ecuador – Rain Triggers Flooding in 3 Provinces

Indonesia – Deadly Flash Floods in Yogyakarta

Bolivia – Evacuations and Rescues After Flash Floods in Cochabamba

Malawi – Floods in Lilongwe After Heavy Rain

Peru – Massive Flooding and Mudslides in Cusco Leave 3 Dead, 20 Missing

Flash floods hit Jakarta

Colombia – 8 Dead After Flash Floods and Landslides in Santander and Caldas

Ireland – Shannon River Floods After Wet February

Indonesia – 9 Dead in Jakarta Region as Floods Worsen

UK – More Evacuations in England as Rivers Remain High

Volcanic activity worldwide 27 Feb 2020: Stromboli volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Merapi


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

These floods bear all the hallmarks of climate change

New Source of Climate Pressure for Companies: Workers

Thousands rally across Australia for climate justice

Getting to zero net emissions in 2050 is going to be tough

It’s Official: Chicago Has Declared a Climate Emergency. Now What

After a summer of mega-fires, the dramatic shift in thinking about climate change has not come from the public, or from politicians. It has come from business

New government data shows slight drop in Australia’s emissions, amid new coal fight

Meeting climate change targets has for the first time emerged as a greater priority for voters than keeping energy prices down

World’s top climate negotiator condemns Australian response to climate change

‘Extraordinary’ fires burnt at historical size, beyond climate projections

Catastrophic fires have generated intensified public responses in favour of transformative climate change action

Under attack from climate change, Colombia’s farmers befriend nature

The last ice age tells us why we need to care about a 2℃ change in temperature

On climate change, where does Tampa Bay go from here?

Why Climate Change and Poverty Are Inextricably Linked

Antarctica’s Eagle Island undergoes large-scale snowmelt as February sees new high temperatures

Bohai Bay: the Chinese region disappearing inch by inch

Australia needs to commit to target of net-zero emissions by 2050,13633#.XlbJo_Ow9VA.twitter

Australia is heating faster than the global average, and extreme heat days are on the rise. Doctors say there’s clear evidence that it’s killing people prematurely

Rio Tinto announces $1bn spend to reach net zero emissions by 2050


Disaster risk reduction

Christchurch nine years on: The reshaping of a city

More than 11,000 homes in England to be built on land at high risk of flooding

UK flood defence plans are inadequate, warn scientists

Unprecedented burn area of Australian mega forest fires

The Pitt review predicted the current crisis in 2008. Why did Conservative governments refuse to listen?

Environment Agency chief: Avoid building new homes on flood plains

Chief Resilience Officers from around the world announce the evolution and expansion of the Global Resilient Cities Network

The US government insurance scheme for nuclear power plant accidents no longer makes sense

‘Teamwork’ helps city businesses during floods

£13m needed from Government for world-leading flood resilience centre in Scunthorpe

Rewilding project aims to give Thames its flood plain back

Asian cities urged to bolster defence against rising seas

Joint Hearing: An Examination of Federal Flood Maps in a Changing Climate


Emergency management

Economic impact of coronavirus outbreak deepens

Many Tornado Alley Residents With Disabilities Lack Safe Options In A Storm

United States Firefighting Resources Mobilized to Australia

To Survive Disaster, Plan for the Worst

Information needed from flood-hit Shrewsbury businesses to help lobby for support
You’re likely to get the coronavirus

Ironbridge flooding: Emergency evacuation as defences ‘overwhelmed’


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Study finds quarter of climate change tweets from bots

Got a Google Maps link on floods? Careful, it’s misinformation, says BNPB

How broadcast TV networks covered climate change in 2019


Psychology and Disasters

A new bushfire crisis is emerging as experts brace for an imminent surge in domestic violence


Sociology and disasters

Survival Of The Friendliest: How Our Close Friendships Help Us Thrive

Is Vulnerability an Outdated Concept? After Subjects and Spaces

Natural Hazards and Disaster Justice

Today in disaster resilience (21 February 2020)


Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Storm Dennis: Major incidents declared in south Wales and Herefordshire

Mississippi Braces for ‘Third Worst Flood’ in State History

Mozambique – Floods Hit Central Provinces

Hardin County homes entirely submerged in floodwaters

Storm Dennis causes record number of flood warnings as UK rocked by wild weather

UK – Evacuations After Storm Dennis Triggers Major Flooding in England and Wales

Peru – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Puno and Ayacucho

“This Thing Isn’t Over Yet”: Officials Warn Flooding in Mississippi and Tennessee to Continue

Zimbabwe – Widespread Damage After Floods in Binga District

USA – Mississippi Declares Flood Emergency

Tanzania – Evacuations Ordered as Dam Threatens Collapse

Argentina – Hundreds Evacuate Floods in North

Indonesia – Heavy Rain, Floods and Landslides Hit 4 Provinces

Two Japan cruise ship passengers die from coronavirus

Indonesia – Rain Triggers Deadly Landslide in Bogor

Argentina – Hundreds Evacuate Floods in North

Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Feb 2020: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Ibu, Dukono


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The story of coal and climate change is not a tale of two cities, but a tale of two regional Australias

Climate summit calls for urgent action after Australia’s fire-hit summer

An Iceberg Triple The Size Of San Francisco Breaks Off Antarctica’s Most Endangered Glacier

UK must prepare for more intense storms, climate scientists say

Scientists say climate change is behind the unprecedented intensity of the bushfires that have burned a reported 27 million acres in Australia

“Glacial Earthquakes” Spotted for the First Time on Thwaites

Public support for new coalmines falls even among Coalition voters, ANU poll finds

Solar thermal power the way forward for Australia despite hiccups, nuclear expert says

Australia has done little on emissions, and is not planning much in next decade

How heat and drought turned Australia into a tinderbox

Vancouver has been named a global leader for climate change

Study indicates human fossil methane emissions have been underestimated by up to 40%

The Antarctic Peninsula is setting heat records. They won’t stand long

There Is No Impending ‘Mini Ice Age’

Two New Studies Add Fuel to the Debate Over Methane


Disaster risk reduction

Earthquake experts lay out latest outlook for the ‘Really Big One’ that’ll hit Seattle

Flood defences in England get 1% of infrastructure spending

Rain has eased the dry, but more is needed to break the drought

Met Office forecasters set for ‘billion pound’ supercomputer

The Guardian view on flooded Britain: breaking the waves

City launches ‘Resilient Houston’ plan to prepare for future disasters

The role of a fractured planning system that still enables developers to build homes in high flood risk areas

Flooding in the UK isn’t an act of God, it’s an act of government

Exceptional satellite presentation of deep North Atlantic cyclone nearing Iceland this evening

Beavers introduced to Yorkshire in 2019 may have prevented Storm Dennis flooding with their dams

One in 10 new homes in England built on land with high flood risk

‘Natural’ flood management would be overwhelmed by Britain’s winter super-floods

‘How would you like to handle it?’: the minister, the irrigators and a flood

‘It’s appalling we are still building on a flood plain’ – Prof Hannah Cloke


Emergency management

Decades of Disaster Data: Local and National

More than 75 per cent of Australians were affected either directly or indirectly by the fires

Exposure and the impact on attitudes of the 2019-20 Australian Bushfires

Sifting through the ashes: Mallacoota residents after the bushfires

CBRNe Summit Europe 2020

RFS puts up billboard in New York’s Times Square thanking firefighters

Coronavirus Update: Diamond Princess Passengers Leave Ship As Expert Slams Quarantine

Winter Is Wildfire Prep Season in California

After Hurricane Dorian, engaging the private sector in recovery–engaging-the-private-section-in-recovery.html

Coronavirus mapped: the latest figures as the outbreak spreads

Huge East Gippsland bushfire that burned for three months finally declared ‘contained’

Judge: Feds aren’t liable for downstream Harvey flooding

Drones to monitor Australia for early bushfire prevention


Disaster education, communications and engagement

USA: In disasters, Twitter influencers get out-tweeted

Social media usage patterns during natural hazards

How you can save your home from this floody hell as storms sweep across Britain

Brief communication: Comparing top-down and bottom-up paradigms for global flood hazard mapping


Psychology and Disasters

‘It’s OK to hurt’: Lifeline launches bushfire recovery helpline

Exploring changes in hydrogeological risk awareness and preparedness over time: a case study in northeastern Italy

People affected by UK floods tell of their impact and ‘painful, disruptive aftermath’


Sociology and disasters

The Paradox of Community Involvement: Post-Disaster Reconstruction in Minamisanriku Japan

Flood vulnerability assessment using MOVE framework: a case study of the northern part of district Peshawar, Pakistan

A Genealogy of Resilience

Traditional knowledge, social capital, and community response to a disaster: resilience of remote communities in Fiji after a severe climatic event

Active Hope in an Era of Environmental Extremes

Communities with lower flood resilience capacities and interactions can best build resilience by leveraging their relatively higher human capital capacities to strengthen the financial and social capitals