Today in disaster resilience (21 January 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disaster risk reduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emergency management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disaster education, communications and engagement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psychology and disasters

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

Sociology and disasters

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

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

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

Today in disaster resilience (31 December 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

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

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

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

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

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

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disaster risk reduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emergency management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disaster education, communications and engagement

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

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

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

Psychology and disasters

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

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

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

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

Sociology and disasters

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

Today in disaster resilience (17 December 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disaster risk reduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emergency management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disaster education, communications and engagement

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

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

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

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

Psychology and disasters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sociology and disasters

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

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

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

Today in disaster resilience (10 December 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disaster risk reduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emergency management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disaster education, communications and engagement

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psychology and disasters

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

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

Sociology and disasters

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

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

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

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

Today in disaster resilience (3 December 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disaster risk reduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emergency management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disaster education, communications and engagement

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

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

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

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

Psychology and disasters

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

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

Sociology and disasters

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

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

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

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

Today in disaster resilience (19 November 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disaster risk reduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emergency management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disaster education, communications and engagement

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

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

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

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

Psychology and disasters

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

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

Sociology and disasters

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

Today in disaster resilience (5 November 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Indonesia – Thousands Hit by Floods in West Kalimantan, Deadly Landslides in Central Kalimantan https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-kalimantan-october-2021

Iraq – Severe Floods Hit Erbil, Kurdistan https://floodlist.com/asia/iraq-floods-erbil-kurdistan-october-2021

Guatemala – Floods and Landslides in 2021 Rainy Season Leave 12,000 Displaced and 32 Dead https://floodlist.com/america/guatemala-2021-rainy-season

Peru – Deadly Flash Floods Sweep Through Jaén, Cajamarca https://floodlist.com/america/peru-floods-jaen-cajamarca-november-2021

Ash from erupting volcano forces Spanish islanders indoors https://phys.org/news/2021-11-ash-erupting-volcano-spanish-islanders.html

Storms, strong winds prompt Venice to activate flood defence https://nordot.app/828231571237715968

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Nov 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Semeru, Reventador, Turrialba https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/146421/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-4-Nov-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Semeru-Reventador-Turrialba-Kila.html

Colombia – 11 Killed After Rain Triggers Landslide in Nariño, Many Still Missing https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-landslide-narino-november-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

How Australia earned its climate change reputation https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-01/australia-climate-change-reputation-ahead-of-cop26-warming-talks/100579386

Reaching net zero is every minister’s problem. Here’s how they can make better decisions https://theconversation.com/reaching-net-zero-is-every-ministers-problem-heres-how-they-can-make-better-decisions-170633

Climate change: Extreme weather events are ‘the new norm’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-59105963

COP26: Boris Johnson says ‘no excuses’ for not tackling climate change https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-59113676

Climate experts warn world leaders 1.5C is ‘real science’, not just talking point https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/30/climate-experts-warn-world-leaders-15c-is-real-science-not-just-talking-point

Cop26: polling data is overwhelming – people want leaders to act https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/01/cop26-polling-data-is-overwhelming-people-want-leaders-to-act

What happened at Cop26 today – day one at a glance https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/01/what-happened-at-cop26-day-one-at-a-glance

State of the Global Climate 2021 https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/state-global-climate-2021-wmo-provisional-report

The death toll of Europe’s heat wave https://www.politico.eu/article/europe-mediterranean-heatwaves-excess-deaths-climate-change-cop26-glasgow-ipcc/

Solar and wind keep getting cheaper, and crush coal, gas and nuclear on costs https://reneweconomy.com.au/solar-and-wind-keep-getting-cheaper-and-crush-coal-gas-and-nuclear-on-costs-lazard/

Australia could become a net negative emissions economy. The technology already exists https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/nov/02/australia-could-become-a-net-negative-emissions-economy-the-technology-already-exists

Climate-vulnerable countries float ’emergency’ timetable to cut emissions https://news.trust.org/item/20211028164444-vs1lk/

What are the economic effects of extreme weather caused by climate change? https://www.economicsobservatory.com/what-are-the-economic-effects-of-extreme-weather-caused-by-climate-change

World leaders announce plan to make green tech cheaper than alternatives https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/02/world-leaders-announce-plan-to-make-green-tech-cheaper-than-alternatives

Australia has taken a new climate adaptation blueprint to Glasgow. It’s a good start but we need money and detail https://theconversation.com/australia-has-taken-a-new-climate-adaptation-blueprint-to-glasgow-its-a-good-start-but-we-need-money-and-detail-170879

‘Nothing left to burn’: wildfires and floods could turn the tide on Turkey’s climate policy https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/02/turkey-climate-policy-wildfires-floods

The science everyone needs to know about climate change, in 6 charts https://theconversation.com/the-science-everyone-needs-to-know-about-climate-change-in-6-charts-170556

Cop26 emission pledges may limit global heating to below 2C https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/03/cop26-emission-pledges-could-limit-global-heating-to-below-2c-india

Has COP26 put the world on track for holding global warming to 1.5°C? https://www.newscientist.com/article/2296169-has-cop26-put-the-world-on-track-for-holding-global-warming-to-1-5c/

Survey identifies prescribed fire training needs in the Southeast https://wildfiretoday.com/2021/11/03/survey-identifies-prescribed-fire-training-needs-in-the-southeast/

On ancient Earth, it never rained but it poured https://phys.org/news/2021-11-ancient-earth.html

Europe’s record summer ‘impossible’ without global heating https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/03/europe-record-summer-global-heating-cop26

Dozens of nations pledge to phase out coal at COP26, but Australia not on the list https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-04/australia-not-among-nations-to-commit-to-phase-out-coal-cop26/100596222

Poor countries need 5 to 10 times more funding to adapt to climate risks they did not create https://grist.org/cop26/report-poor-countries-need-5-to-10-times-more-funding-to-adapt-to-climate-risks-they-did-not-create/

2021: A year of wild weather https://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-59135039

Globe bounces back to nearly 2019 carbon pollution levels https://apnews.com/article/climate-science-business-scotland-pollution-04a455d42fb66b61330b47b308e80498

Step up climate change adaptation efforts or face huge disruption: UN report https://www.unep.org/news-and-stories/press-release/step-climate-change-adaptation-efforts-or-face-huge-disruption-un

Ithaca, New York becomes first U.S. city to begin 100% decarbonization of buildings, an urban climate change milestone https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/04/ithaca-is-first-us-city-to-begin-100percent-decarbonization-of-buildings.html

‘Great distress’: Bangladesh bears brutal cost of climate crisis https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/11/3/bangladesh-global-warming-climate-crisis-seawater-agriculture

Disaster risk reduction

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

Revealed: a third of England’s vital flood defences are in private hands https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/31/revealed-a-third-of-england-vital-flood-defences-are-in-private-hands

Hazard definition and classification review https://www.undrr.org/publication/hazard-definition-and-classification-review

There have been so many Atlantic storms this year, forecasters have run out of names https://www.npr.org/2021/11/02/1051420610/tropical-storm-wanda-atlantic-hurricane-season-names

RegioFEM — Applying a floodplain evaluation method to support a future-oriented flood risk management (Part II) https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12758

New York Needs to Become a City That Floods Now and Then https://www.curbed.com/2021/10/kian-goh-flood-nyc-plans.html

Connecting Space to Village to Reduce Flood Impacts https://www.climatelinks.org/blog/connecting-space-village-reduce-flood-impacts

This report summarizes the risks posed on Australia’s climate, ecosystems, food and water systems, and citizens by climate impacts https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/g20-climate-risk-atlas-australia

Emergency management

Helicopter fire trail inspections take off https://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/lands/news/helicopter-fire-trail-inspections-take-off

Under-resourced SES leaves large stretches of NSW far west with no local rescue services, ex-volunteers say https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/nov/05/under-resourced-ses-leaves-large-stretches-of-nsw-far-west-with-no-local-rescue-services-ex-volunteers-say

Two months later, Hurricane Ida still rages for some across south Louisiana https://www.nola.com/article_6f08e1fc-3842-11ec-bf4e-2fc1356dd3cc.html

Disaster education, communications and engagement

World of Thermo: Thermometer Rising https://www.amazon.com.au/World-Thermo-Thermometer-Guy-Walton/dp/1724917269

Learning from the Climate Change Debate to Avoid Polarisation on Negative Emissions https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17524032.2019.1630463

Review of ‘Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement’ book https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-october-2021-book-review-disaster-education-communication-and-engagement/

Burning review – the searing black summer documentary that Australia deserves https://www.theguardian.com/film/2021/nov/05/burning-review-the-searing-black-summer-documentary-that-australia-deserves

Psychology and disasters

Practical lessons for creating affordance-based interventions for sustainable behavior change https://www.researchgate.net/publication/355807772_Practical_lessons_for_creating_affordance-based_interventions_for_sustainable_behavior_change

Simulation of tsunami evacuation behavior considering inland direction https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921005276?via%3Dihub

Rethinking the share of responsibilities in disaster preparedness to encourage individual preparedness for flash floods in urban areas https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420921006245

7 Resources to Help You Cope With Climate Anxiety https://time.com/6112146/climate-anxiety-resources/

Sociology and disasters

A growing group of laborers is trailing hurricanes and wildfires the way farmworkers follow crops, contracting for big disaster-recovery firms https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/11/08/the-migrant-workers-who-follow-climate-disasters

Networks of recovery: Remittances, social capital and post-disaster recovery in Tacloban City, Philippines https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921006026

Peru faces a surge of climate migrants https://en.unesco.org/courier/2021-4/peru-faces-surge-climate-migrants

Mahila Housing SEWA Trust is empowering women in seven Indian cities to tackle heat stress in their homes and settlements https://ashden.org/winners/mahila-housing-trust/ How women leaders emerged from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami https://www.preventionweb.net/news/how-women-leaders-emerged-great-east-japan-earthquake-and-tsunami

Today in disaster resilience (29 October 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

La Palma island braces for more quakes as volcano roars on https://news.yahoo.com/la-palma-island-braces-more-134546537.html

Massive floods hit Catania after entire year’s worth of rain in just 2 days, Italy https://watchers.news/2021/10/27/catania-flood-october-2021-medistorm-gloria/

Thailand Swamped by Monsoon Flooding https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/148983/thailand-swamped-by-monsoon-flooding

Vietnam – 7,000 People Displaced by Floods in Central Provinces https://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-floods-october-2021

USA – Atmospheric River Causes Floods and Mudflows in California https://floodlist.com/america/usa/atmospheric-river-floods-mudflows-california-october-2021

Major flooding incident declared in Scotland as town is evacuated https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/10/28/uk-weather-life-threatening-floods-set-hit-parts-england-scotland/

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Oct 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Ibu, Reventador, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/145695/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-28-Oct-2021-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Ibu-Reventador-Sangay-La-P.html

Colombia – Damaging Floods and Landslides in Antioquia, Meta and Putumayo https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-damaging-floods-and-landslides-in-antioquia-meta-and-putumayo

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate migration doesn’t have to be a crisis https://news.yahoo.com/climate-migration-doesnt-have-to-be-a-crisis-202028939.html

The 2021 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: code red for a healthy future https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)01787-6/fulltext

State of the Cryosphere 2021 Report http://iccinet.org/statecryo21/

Climate change: UN emissions gap report a ‘thundering wake-up call’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-59049770

India, the world’s third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, rejects net zero emissions target https://edition.cnn.com/2021/10/27/asia/india-net-zero-target-intl/index.html

Impact of climate change on volcanic processes: current

understanding and future challenges https://eartharxiv.org/repository/view/2752/

UN warns world set for 2.7C rise on today’s emissions pledges https://www.sbs.com.au/news/un-warns-world-set-for-2-7c-rise-on-today-s-emissions-pledges/a3b50642-f083-425f-b9c1-2f6d933b555a

The International Order Isn’t Ready for the Climate Crisis https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/world/2021-10-19/climate-crisis-international-order-isnt-ready

State and Trends in Adaptation Report 2021: Africa https://gca.org/reports/state-and-trends-in-adaptation-report-2021/

Islanders sue Australia for inaction on climate change https://edition.cnn.com/2021/10/27/australia/islanders-sue-australia-climate-change-intl-hnk/index.html

What L.A. County will look like with sea level rise, according to scientific projections https://ktla.com/news/what-la-county-will-look-like-with-sea-level-rise-according-to-scientific-projections/

China’s new climate plan falls short of Cop26 global heating goal, experts say https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/28/disappointing-but-not-unexpected-china-climate-goal-leaves-experts-unsatisfied

World is failing to make changes needed to avoid climate breakdown, report finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/28/world-failing-make-changes-avoid-climate-breakdown-report

A dress rehearsal for disruption: Why Covid-19 has been a sustainability wake-up call https://www.ft.com/partnercontent/reckitt/a-dress-rehearsal-for-disruption-why-covid-19-has-been-a-sustainability-wake-up-call.html

The UN News COP26 climate quiz https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/10/1104202?123

Could AI Be Useful for Arctic Communities Facing Sea Ice Loss? https://eos.org/articles/could-ai-be-useful-for-arctic-communities-facing-sea-ice-loss

Drying land and heating seas: why nature in Australia’s southwest is on the climate frontline https://theconversation.com/drying-land-and-heating-seas-why-nature-in-australias-southwest-is-on-the-climate-frontline-170377

Disaster risk reduction

Linking hydrologic signatures to hydrologic processes: A review https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/hyp.13632

Climate + Financial Resilience: Innovative Solutions to Flood Risk https://www.americaadapts.org/episodes/climate-financial-resilience-innovative-solutions-to-flood-risk-ep-2

Weather and climate extremes in Asia killed thousands, displaced millions and cost billions in 2020 https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/weather-and-climate-extremes-asia-killed-thousands-displaced-millions-and-cost

Reconciling well-being and resilience for sustainable developmenthttps://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-021-00790-8

Australia is fighting fire with fire, but running out of time https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/10/27/australia-climate-change-fires/

The Ripple Factor: Economic losses from weather extremes can amplify each other across the world https://www.pik-potsdam.de/en/news/latest-news/the-ripple-factor-economic-losses-from-weather-extremes-can-amplify-each-other-across-the-world

Uncertainties with assessing flood loss and damage https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/certainty-about-communicating-uncertainty-assessment-flood-loss-and-damage

Emergency management

Ensuring equity in disaster preparedness, response and recovery https://homeland.house.gov/activities/hearings/ensuring-equity-in-disaster-preparedness-response-and-recovery

US and Mexico to take a more ‘holistic’ approach to public safety https://www.courthousenews.com/us-and-mexico-to-take-a-more-holistic-approach-to-public-safety/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Urban Heat Islands: The Main Issues and What is Being Done to Combat Them https://www.lahomes.com/urban-heat-island-effect/

Africa’s first continent-wide survey of climate change literacy finds education is key https://theconversation.com/africas-first-continent-wide-survey-of-climate-change-literacy-finds-education-is-key-169426

Psychology and disasters

The Pandemic Broke Kids’ Sleep Schedules. Here’s How to Fix Themhttps://www.cuimc.columbia.edu/news/pandemic-broke-kids-sleep-schedules-heres-how-fix-them

How to respond to heightened emotions when talking about the COVID-19 vaccine https://www.hamiltonhealthsciences.ca/share/talking-about-the-covid-19-vaccine/

Addiction & Mental Health Resources for First Responders https://firstcityrecoverycenter.com/resources/first-responders/

Sociology and disasters

Climate change and disaster impacts disproportionately affect the poorest and most vulnerable populations, especially in low- and middle-income countries https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/adaptation-and-resilience-priority-development-and-poverty-reduction

To improve disaster outcomes for persons with disabilities in Africa, disaggregate data https://blogs.worldbank.org/nasikiliza/improve-disaster-outcomes-persons-disabilities-africa-disaggregate-data

Today in disaster resilience (22 October 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disaster risk reduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emergency management

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disaster education, communications and engagement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psychology and disasters

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

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

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

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

Sociology and disasters

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

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

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

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

Today in disaster resilience (15 October 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disaster risk reduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emergency management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disaster education, communications and engagement

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

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

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

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

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

Psychology and disasters

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

Sociology and disasters

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

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

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

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