Today in disaster resilience (24 September 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disaster risk reduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emergency management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disaster education, communications and engagement

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psychology and disasters

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

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

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

Sociology and disasters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today in disaster resilience (17 September 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disaster risk reduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emergency management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disaster education, communications and engagement

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

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

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

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

Psychology and disasters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sociology and disasters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today in disaster resilience (10 September 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disaster risk reduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emergency management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disaster education, communications and engagement

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psychology and disasters

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

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

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

Sociology and disasters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today in disaster resilience (3 September 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disaster risk reduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emergency management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disaster education, communications and engagement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psychology and disasters

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

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

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

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

Sociology and disasters

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

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

Today in disaster resilience (27 August 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disaster risk reduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emergency management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disaster education, communications and engagement

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

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

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

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

Psychology and disasters

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

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

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

Sociology and disasters

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

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

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

Today in disaster resilience (6 August 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Wildfires burn across Italy, Spain, Greece and Turkey in heatwave bringing temperatures above 40C https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/01/tourists-evacuated-from-pescara-as-italy-records-over-800-wildfires

Western Wildfires May Take Weeks To Months To Contain https://www.npr.org/2021/08/01/1023274008/western-wildfires-oregon-california-drought

Wildfires destroy entire villages, death toll rises to 4, Turkey https://watchers.news/2021/07/31/turkey-wildfires-damage-death-toll-july-2021/

Afghanistan – Red Crescent Confirms 113 Flood Deaths in Nuristan Province https://floodlist.com/asia/afghanistan-floods-nuristan-july-2021

Colombia – Floods Affect 50,000 After Rivers Overflow in Arauca https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-arauca-july-2021

Chad – Thousands Affected by Floods in Five Regions https://floodlist.com/africa/chad-floods-july-2021

Turkey appeals for help to fight wildfires as heatwave continues https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/02/turkey-appeals-for-help-to-fight-wildfires-as-heatwave-continues

Niger – Floods Leave Over 30 Dead, Thousands of Homes Destroyed https://floodlist.com/africa/niger-floods-leave-over-30-dead-thousands-of-homes-destroyed

Wildfires reach outskirts of Athens during scorching heatwave https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/03/wildfires-reach-outskirts-of-athens-during-scorching-heatwave

South Sudan: Flooding Kills 7 in South Sudan’s Unity State, Official Says https://allafrica.com/stories/202108030081.html

India – Air Force Helicopters Rescue Dozens From Rooftops in West Bengal Floods https://floodlist.com/asia/india-west-bengal-floods-august-2021

Philippines – 1 Missing, Thousands Displaced as Southwest Monsoon Causes Floods and Landslides https://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-floods-august-2021

USA – 1 Dead as Severe Flash Floods Hit Utah for Second Time in a Week https://floodlist.com/america/usa/utah-flood-august-2021

Record Wildfires and Heat Sweep Across Greece, Threatening Historic Sites https://gizmodo.com/record-wildfires-and-heat-sweep-across-greece-threaten-1847421313

India – Thousands Stranded in Madhya Pradesh After Rivers Reach Record Highs https://floodlist.com/asia/india-thousands-stranded-in-madhya-pradesh-after-rivers-reach-record-highs

Sudan – Floods Cause Deaths, Destroy Homes in 3 States https://floodlist.com/africa/sudan-floods-july-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 5 Aug 2021: Pacaya volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/137461/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-5-Aug-2021-Pacaya-volcano-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Reventador-Sangay.html

Site of first ancient Olympics at risk as fires rage in Greece https://www.euronews.com/2021/08/05/site-of-first-ancient-olympics-at-risk-as-fires-rage-in-greece

India – Fatalities After Floods and Rain in Rajasthanhttps://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-rajasthan-august-2021

Italy – Evacuations After More Flooding in Areas Around Lake Como https://floodlist.com/europe/italy-floods-lake-como-august-2021

Iran – Floods Affect 10 Provinces, Red Crescent Reports 8 Fatalities https://floodlist.com/asia/iran-floods-august-2021

Trinidad and Tobago – Flash Floods Wreck Homes and Vehicles https://floodlist.com/america/trinidad-floods-august-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Adapt or die. That is the stark challenge to living in the new world we have made https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/aug/01/adapt-or-die-that-is-the-stark-challenge-to-living-in-the-new-world-we-have-made?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

Greenland experienced ‘massive’ ice melt this week, scientists say https://www.arctictoday.com/greenland-experienced-massive-ice-melt-this-week-scientists-say/

You’re living on a heat island https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/weather/2021/07/16/ever-hear-of-a-heat-island—

Germany’s floods highlight need for urgent climate action https://www.dw.com/en/opinion-germanys-floods-highlight-need-for-urgent-climate-action/a-58702221

In fast-warming world, Tokyo is barometer for future Olympics https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/79205

Strengthening climate resilience through better flood management https://www.unescap.org/blog/strengthening-climate-resilience-through-better-flood-management#

State of the UK climate 2020 https://rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/joc.7285

In summer of apocalyptic weather, concerns emerge over climate science blind spot https://www.axios.com/extreme-weather-heat-waves-floods-climate-science-dba85d8a-215b-49a1-8a80-a6b7532bee83.html

New report: State of the science on western wildfires, forests and climate change https://www.washington.edu/news/2021/08/02/new-report-state-of-the-science-on-western-wildfires-forests-and-climate-change/

This is the impact of extreme weather on lives and livelihoods https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/08/water-global-disasters-climate-change/

From China to Germany, floods expose climate vulnerability https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/china-germany-floods-expose-climate-vulnerability-2021-07-22/

How summer 2021 has changed our understanding of extreme weather https://theconversation.com/how-summer-2021-has-changed-our-understanding-of-extreme-weather-165268

When the desert becomes flooded: climate change in Chad https://unocha.exposure.co/when-the-desert-becomes-flooded

Africa’s most populous city is battling floods and rising seas. It may soon be unliveable, experts warn https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/01/africa/lagos-sinking-floods-climate-change-intl-cmd/index.html

UN Climate Panel Contends With Models Showing Implausibly Fast Warming https://e360.yale.edu/digest/un-climate-panel-contends-with-models-showing-implausibly-fast-warming

Seismic waves reveal the Arctic is on shaky ground https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/seismic-waves-reveal-the-arctic-is-on-shaky-ground-13066/

Five lessons from the Global South on climate-related disasters https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/79255

Australian Bushfires Had a Bigger Climate Impact Than the Pandemic in 2020 https://e360.yale.edu/digest/wildfires-had-a-bigger-impact-than-the-pandemic-in-2020

Vast wildfires in Russia’s Yakutia have already set an emissions record https://www.arctictoday.com/vast-wildfires-in-russias-yakutia-have-already-set-an-emissions-record/

Predicting droughts and floods: why we’re studying 19th-century ocean records https://theconversation.com/predicting-droughts-and-floods-why-were-studying-19th-century-ocean-records-164985

Relentlessly hotter: Sizzling heat increasingly the norm in Israel, data shows https://www.timesofisrael.com/sizzling-heat-increasingly-becoming-the-norm-data-shows/

Climate crisis: Scientists spot warning signs of Gulf Stream collapse https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/aug/05/climate-crisis-scientists-spot-warning-signs-of-gulf-stream-collapse

Meals on Wheels prepares to check on seniors as metro area heat wave begins https://www.kptv.com/news/meals-on-wheels-prepares-to-check-on-seniors-as-metro-area-heat-wave-begins/article_bde3a074-efd5-11eb-b409-d703ba8ef092.html

World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency 2021 https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/advance-article/doi/10.1093/biosci/biab079/6325731

World to hit temperature tipping point 10 years faster than forecast https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/world-to-hit-temperature-tipping-point-10-years-faster-than-forecast-20210805-p58g7u

Disaster risk reduction

August edition – Disaster Risk Reduction and Open Data Newsletter https://tonkintaylor.createsend1.com/t/ViewEmail/t/0D2AC7430F7CEB992540EF23F30FEDED/E1B19278A0D5E96A405DC10595964AA8

Campaigners call for national flash flood alert system as extreme rain ‘puts millions at risk’ https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/flash-flooding-alert-system-climate-crisis-b1894358.html

China floods: did Zhengzhou’s ‘smart’ flood prevention system fail to prevent the disaster? https://www.scmp.com/tech/big-tech/article/3142898/china-floods-smart-city-system-capabilities-called-question-after

Flood protection and land value creation — Not all resilience investments are created equal https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/79213

California fire hazard zone map https://www.kqed.org/news/11759209/map-do-you-live-in-a-high-risk-fire-zone

Africa’s largest yearly floods are more strongly linked to regions’ annual peaks in soil moisture than to annual peaks in precipitation https://eos.org/articles/soil-saturation-dictates-africas-flood-severity

The race to save the Underground from flooding https://www.wired.co.uk/article/london-underground-flooding

How Wildfires Threaten U.S. Water Supplies https://labs.waterdata.usgs.gov/visualizations/fire-hydro/index.html

Latest edition of Floodplain Manager newsletter https://www.molinostewart.com.au/editorial/floodplain-manager-july-2021-2/

Sea Levels Influence Eruptions On Volcanic Island https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2021/08/04/sea-levels-influence-eruptions-on-volcanic-island/

How implementing Sendai could have saved Beirut  https://www.preventionweb.net/experts/oped/view/76946

Understanding Typhoon and Earthquake Risk in Japan https://www.air-worldwide.com/japan/japan-typhoon-and-earthquake-model/

New global map shows populations are growing faster in flood-prone areas https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/08/04/1030533/population-climate-flood-risk/

Flood mapping start-up: Cloud to Street https://www.cloudtostreet.ai/

Enhancing early warning systems in Cambodia and Lao People’s Democratic Republic https://public.wmo.int/en/media/news/enhancing-early-warning-systems-cambodia-and-lao-people%E2%80%99s-democratic-republic

Nature-based solutions in China: Financing “sponge cities” for integrated urban flood management https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/79263

Community insurance against climate change, wildfires in California, and the need for forward-looking wildfire loss modelling https://riskfrontiers.com/insights/community-insurance-against-climate-change-wildfires-in-california-and-the-need-for-forward-looking-wildfire-loss-modelling/

Near real-time global fire map https://firms2.modaps.eosdis.nasa.gov/map/#d:2021-08-05;l:country-outline;@0.0,0.0,3z

A Road Map For Adapting Dry Forests To New Fire Regimes https://www.eurasiareview.com/05082021-a-road-map-for-adapting-dry-forests-to-new-fire-regimes/

Evaluating 9 m of near-surface transpressional displacement during the Mw 7.8 2016 Kaikōura earthquake: re-excavation of a pre-earthquake paleoseismic trench, Kekerengu Fault, New Zealand https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/CXSZNEGRV9TD2PFRS4ZM/full?target=10.1080/00288306.2021.1954958

Germany flood risks were clearly underestimated https://www.kit.edu/kit/english/pi_2021_070_flood-risks-were-clearly-underestimated.php

Emergency management

July edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-july-2021/

Florida Breaks Record for COVID-19 Hospitalizations https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/coronavirus/florida-breaks-record-for-covid-19-hospitalizations/2515096/

Tokyo’s New COVID-19 Infections Hit A Record Again, Topping 4,000 For The First Time https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/07/31/1023183575/tokyo-covid-coronavirus-cases-4000-japan

Less than 0.1% of vaccinated Americans tested positive for COVID-19 https://www.axios.com/chart-vaccinated-americans-delta-covid-cases-b93710e3-cfc1-4248-9c33-474b00947a90.html

Death toll in Afghanistan floods tops 100, dozens still missing https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/8/1/death-toll-afghanistan-floods-tops-100-dozens-still-missing

Fauci: More ‘pain and suffering’ ahead as COVID cases rise https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/fauci-more-pain-and-suffering-ahead-as-covid-cases-rise

Sweden daily Covid deaths hit zero, with human liberty still intact https://www.biznews.com/health/2021/07/26/sweden-covid

How extensive were the adverse health effects of bushfire smoke in the summer of 2019/20? https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/health/how-extensive-were-adverse-health-effects-bushfire-smoke-summer-201920

Covid is surging in Florida. Doctors and nurses are back in crisis mode https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/covid-surging-florida-doctors-nurses-are-back-crisis-mode-n1275746

More firefighters needed to protect Victoria’s snow gums, report recommends https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-04/fires-alter-alpine-landscape-put-snow-gums-at-risk/100345354

WHO calls for moratorium on vaccine booster shots as global infections surpass 200M https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2021/08/04/covid-mask-mandates-delta-variant-vaccine-cdc-who/5477581001/

County Vaccination Coverage and COVID-19 Case Rates https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#vaccination-case-rate

Disaster education, communications and engagement

How Hamburg recovered after the catastrophic flood of 1962 https://www.thelocal.de/20210730/how-germanys-extreme-weather-has-brought-back-memories-of-the-catastrophic-hamburg-flood-of-1962/

Consultation hub for Scotland’s draft flood risk management plans https://consultation.sepa.org.uk/evidence-and-flooding/frmplans/

Wakayama University students create disaster prevention booklet for children in ‘easy Japanese’ https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210731/p2a/00m/0li/008000c

Ring the alarm: it’s time for US schools to have climate disaster drills https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/566098-ring-the-alarm-its-time-for-us-schools-to-have-climate-disaster

Weather, Climate, and Narrative: A Relational Model for Democratizing Risk Communication https://journals.ametsoc.org/view/journals/wcas/10/3/wcas-d-17-0050_1.xml

Words into Action guideline: Man-made/technological hazards https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/54012

Effect of health belief model on flood-risk educational approach among elementary school children in Malaysia https://jamba.org.za/index.php/jamba/article/view/1102

Psychology and disasters

Fully Vaccinated but Anxious About a Return to Normal Life? You May Have ‘Cave Syndrome’ https://www.wsj.com/articles/fully-vaccinated-but-anxious-about-a-return-to-normal-life-you-may-have-cave-syndrome-11626870612

Psychology researchers offer better tool for visualizing hurricane danger https://natsci.source.colostate.edu/no-more-cone-psychology-researchers-offer-better-tool-for-visualizing-hurricane-danger/

Wildfires Ignite Mental Health Concerns https://therevelator.org/wildfire-mental-health/

Extreme floods change men’s risk preferences, and it could matter for financing climate adaptation measures https://voxeu.org/article/extreme-floods-change-men-s-risk-preferences

Australians are three times more worried about climate change than COVID. A mental health crisis is looming https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-06/australians-three-times-more-worried-about-climate-change-covid/100354008

Australians report climate change as a bigger concern than COVID-19 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2667278221000298?via%3Dihub

Sociology and disasters

Homeless scramble to survive rare cold snap, Brazil https://watchers.news/2021/08/01/homeless-scramble-to-survive-rare-cold-snap-brazil/

Over 50% of people in high income countries vaccinated compared to 1% in low income countries https://data.undp.org/vaccine-equity/accessibility/

Why FEMA Aid Is Unavailable To Many Who Need It The Most https://www.npr.org/2021/06/29/1004347023/why-fema-aid-is-unavailable-to-many-who-need-it-the-most

Does social capital contribute to prevention and control of the COVID-19 pandemic? Empirical evidence from China https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921004623?via%3Dihub#fig1

Disaster and the lived politics of the resilient city https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0016718521002001?via%3Dihub

The Genealogy of Disaster https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2021/08/05/the-genealogy-of-disaster/