Today in disaster resilience (18 February 2022)

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Recent emergencies/disasters

WA weather warnings: Severe storms light up skies with over 2 million lightning strikes

Brazil – Floods Affect Thousands in Minas Gerais and Rio De Janeiro States

Oman – Dozens Rescued After Flash Floods in Muscat

Madagascar – Death Toll From Tropical Cyclone Batsirai Rises to 121

Honduras – Hundreds of Families Evacuate Floods in Atlántida

Indonesia – Over 16,000 Affected by Floods in West Kalimantan

Guatemala earthquake kills two, triggers landslides

Flooding in Brazil leaves 102 dead after landslide hits city of Petrópolis in Rio de Janeiro state

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

“Australia is falling behind:” Clean energy investment shackled by outdated rules

Himalayas Are Experiencing an “Exceptional” Loss of Glacial Mass

Ice velocity and thickness of the world’s glaciers

Europeans more likely to vote green after extreme weather events

How the UK can cut carbon emissions and reduce household energy bills

Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles could be the hottest on record

Bushfires, dry lightning, rapid spark and spread all indicate climate change, southern fire chief says

Stunning solar milestone as Australia passes 25GW mark

Cold connections: Climate change challenges ice roads into remote communities

Southwest experiencing driest conditions in at least 1,200 years due to climate change, new study finds

Experts say UN’s next climate change warning will be ‘a nightmare painted in the dry language of science’

Narrabri mine expansion would make it dirtiest thermal coalmine in Australia, environmentalists say

Global sea-level budget and ocean-mass budget, with a focus on advanced data products and uncertainty characterisation

Global sea level rise: All roads lead to one conclusion

Explicit calculations of Wet Bulb Globe Temperature compared with approximations and why it matters for labor productivity

Experts outline governing principles to fund climate loss and damage

Sea level to rise one foot along U.S. coastlines by 2050, government report finds

U.S. faces “significant consequences” from more severe coastal flooding

Flower growth in Antarctica is accelerating due to warming climate

Rapid intensification of the emerging southwestern North American megadrought in 2020–2021

2022 Sea Level Rise Technical Report

China’s rising influence on climate governance: Forging a path for the global South

The Effects of Climate Change

Antarctic Sea Ice Extent/Concentration

Fact check: Have we really avoided the ‘worst case’ climate change scenarios?

Oil majors ‘not walking the talk’ on climate action, study confirms

How hot will the planet get? Public opinion is key factor, finds study

What drives sea level rise? US report warns of 1-foot rise within three decades and more frequent flooding

Western Sydney will swelter through 46 days per year over 35°C by 2090, unless emissions drop significantly

HeatWatch: Extreme heat in Western Sydney

Disaster risk reduction

Why do landslides happen?

GLOBathy, the global lakes bathymetry dataset

Better prediction of megathrust earthquakes: Illuminating slow slip plate tectonics in south-western Japan

As Australia faces new fire reality, forest restoration tactics reevaluated

Tonga Volcanic Eruption and Tsunami: World Bank Disaster Assessment Report Estimates Damages at US$90M

Improving the performance of city-scale hydrodynamic flood modelling through a GIS-based DEM correction method

Mobile home residents face higher flood risk

Tongan volcano eruption leaves scientists with unanswered questions

Disasters Spur Planned UK Coastal Flood Barrier

Human ignitions on private lands drive USFS cross-boundary wildfire transmission and community impacts in the western US

Controversial floodplain harvesting regulations could soon be in place in NSW

Is flooding in England getting worse?

Interior Announces Plan to Implement Historic Wildland Fire Management Funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Emergency management

New Covid Variant: What We Know About the BA.2 Omicron Strain

When communities lose affordable housing, it’s harder for businesses—and the entire economy—to recover from those disasters

Can Haiti rebuild a food system broken by disaster, historical injustice, and neglect?

As bushfires tore through Bridgetown the power and phone lines were cut

We can’t surrender to COVID. Why ‘back to normal’ is a dangerous fantasy

US has suffered more than 1m excess deaths during pandemic, CDC finds

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Free online tool identifies climate risks in your neighborhood

What happens to your home’s value when your neighbourhood floods?

What makes a climate story effective?

Public asked to help build national flood photo database

Psychology and disasters

One of the greatest assets following a disaster is the people who experience them. But this asset is hugely underutilised

Disaster preparedness and resilience at household level in Yangon, Myanmar

Can Empathy Grow in the Metaverse and Virtual Reality?

Overcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Black Communities

Sociology and disasters

As climate change continues to spur more natural disasters, a new study found that Black Americans are likely to bear the brunt of the risks associated with floods over the next several decades

Heat waves hit the poor hardest – a new study calculates the rising impact on those least able to adapt to the warming climate

(In)visibilities About the Vulnerabilities of People with Visual Impairments to Disasters and Climate Change: A Case Study in Cuiabá, Brazil

Social Capital and the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Preliminary Qualitative Analysis

Queer Communities Often Left Out of Disaster Planning, Research Shows


Today in disaster resilience (11 February 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Cyclone Batsirai: Whole villages swept away in Madagascar

‘Horrendous’ bushfires hit WA’s Wheatbelt in devastating weekend

South Africa – 3 Missing, Dozens Evacuated After Floods in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal

United Nations says 13 million face hunger as Horn of Africa drought worsens

Colombia – Heavy Rains Trigger Deadly Mudslide in Risaralda

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Horn of Africa, Ethiopia, Madagascar

Tropical Cyclone Dovi causes major flooding in Vanuatu

Volcanic activity worldwide 9 Feb 2022: Semeru volcano, Reventador, Nyamuragira, Sangay

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

US household air conditioning use could exceed electric capacity in next decade due to climate change

Are winters losing their chill in the Kansas City region as the climate changes?

Robust but weak winter atmospheric circulation response to future Arctic sea ice loss

Ice velocity and thickness of the world’s glaciers

Glaciers of the world mapping

Lessons from New York: What makes a community turn against climate adaptation?

Non-state climate change action: Hope for just response to climate change?

Arctic Sea Ice extent is the highest since 2009, now above 14 million square kilometers. On the other side of the pond, Antarctic Sea Ice at an all-time low

The Roles of Celebrities in Public Disputes: Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef

How Climate Change Could Impact Your Skin

The world is on fire and our leaders are failing, poll finds

Making Indian cities climate and water resilient

CO₂ emissions dataset: Our sources and methods

Assessing extremes in hydroclimatology: A review on probabilistic methods

Increasing Heat-Stress Inequality in a Warming Climate

Disaster risk reduction

Failure to prevent pandemics at source is ‘greatest folly’, say scientists

Daylighting Rivers and Streams

Future hurricanes likely to pose much greater flood risk to U.S. East and Gulf coasts

Five Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Flood Risk (Part One)

Five Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Flood Risk (Part Two)

How countries can better cope with flood risk

Deforestation Is Flooding West African Coasts

Volcanoes, plague, famine, endless winter: Historians and scientists recall 536, the ‘worst year to be alive’

Researchers identify ‘double-hazard’ zones for wildfire in the West

NRDC Pushes FEMA for Climate-Smart Flood Maps and Standards

Flood Risk-Related Research Trends in Latin America and the Caribbean

Google Maps to fix directions after years of trapped travellers around Burketown

What determines variation in remotely sensed fire severity? Consideration of remote sensing limitations and confounding factors

The role of the scientist in a post-truth world

JBA launches flood model for more effective risk pricing

Atlas provides districts maps on hazard events and vulnerability for all the calendar months and at annual scale in India

Storm Ana’s devastation in southern Africa highlights need for early warnings

US flood risk is about to explode — but not for the reasons you think

Impacts of space weather

Earthquake early warning system could save lives in southern Europe

Why the Tongan eruption will go down in the history of volcanology

Rethinking resilience and development: A coevolutionary perspective

The Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science

The benefits of strengthening buildings against earthquakes

Emergency management

How accurate are weather forecaster’s predictions, really, and how do they come up with them?

The future of the pandemic is looking clearer as we learn more about infection

Using drone technology in Africa’s devasting cyclones

Practice Makes Preparedness: NASA Participates in North Carolina Hurricane Exercise

Drawing disaster-preparedness lessons from Tonga’s volcano

Increasing Public Criticism, Confusion Over COVID-19 Response in U.S.

Wildfire smoke increases inflammation, lung disease risk

Covid rules are to be axed in England, but is pandemic’s end really in sight?

Evacuation Planning Handbook review update

The INFORM Severity Index is a regularly updated, and easily interpreted model for measuring the severity of humanitarian crisis globally

Disaster education, communications and engagement

2022 Great Washington ShakeOut

Professionalization of community engagement in flood risk management: Insights from four European countries

Exploring Soils: A Living Treasure

15 things not to do when using a rapid antigen test, from storing in the freezer to sampling snot

The Invention of Disaster: Power and Knowledge in Discourses on Hazard and Vulnerability

2022 Australia Digital report

Naming Competition: National Large Air Tanker

Psychology and disasters

The Well-Being of Secondary School Principals One Year into the COVID-19 Pandemic

Virtual reality experiment shows most people living in high-risk fire zones are “woefully unprepared”

‘Harrowing’: trauma caused by Morwell coalmine fire set high school students back 18 months

Sociology and disasters

The U.S. Equity-First Vaccination Initiative

Unequal Impact: Putting Justice at the Heart of the Climate Fight

Fleeing the unsustainable city: soft policy and the dual effect of social capital in hurricane evacuation

Social protection to ensure those most affected by climate change can strengthen their resilience capacity and avoid the worst impacts of disasters

Poorer populations may be hit with a one-two punch of more heat waves from climate change due to their location and an inability to keep up with it as a result of lack of heat adaptations like air conditioning

Today in disaster resilience (21 January 2022)

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Recent emergencies/disasters

Massive eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai produces huge shockwave and 1.2 m high tsunami, Tonga

Pacific volcano: Ash-covered Tonga is like a moonscape say residents

Widespread damage after winter storm spawns multiple tornadoes in Florida, U.S.

Peru – 2 Dead After Tonga Volcano Triggers Coastal Flooding

Madagascar – 10 Killed After Heavy Rains Trigger Floods and Landslides in Antananarivo

Uruguay – Floods in Montevideo After 150mm of Rain in 1 Hour

South Africa – Dozens Evacuate Floods in KZN

Perth heatwave declared as firefighters contain blaze burning near Karrakatta cemetery on 42-degree day

Volcanic activity worldwide 19 Jan 2022: Fuego volcano, Reventador, Sangay, Nevados de Chillán

Iran – 1,200 Homes Damaged After More Floods in Kerman Province

Zambia – Floods Affect Thousands in Southern Province

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Past seven years hottest on record, prompting calls for stronger climate action

South Australia breaks record by running for a week on renewable energy

Record numbers of Americans are alarmed or concerned about climate change

UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2022

Climate crisis could wipe 1% a year off UK economy by 2045, say ministers

Natural Disaster Costs Exceed $250 Billion in 2021 and Worse to Come, Scientists Warn

The problem with the carbon footprint

‘Rivers’ in the sky likely to drench East Asia under climate change’Rivers’%20in%20the%20sky,ScienceDaily.

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

New Research Shows How Health Risks to Children Mount as Temperatures Rise

Warm Season and Emergency Department Visits to U.S. Children’s Hospitals

Giant canyon discovered underneath Vanderford Glacier in Antarctica, revealing history behind rising sea levels

2021 was one of the hottest years on record – and it could also be the coldest we’ll ever see again

Disaster risk reduction

Why the volcanic eruption in Tonga was so violent, and what to expect next

First-ever 3D compound inland-coastal flooding guidance system

Building a Resilient Canada

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

How Volcanologists Tracked a Violent, Months-Long Eruption

30th Anniversary Disaster Prevention Management Virtual Issue

US plans $50B wildfire fight where forests meet suburbia

Hard truths about a hard time: Marshall Fire devastation illustrates conditions leading to wildfire disaster

Severe Weather in 2021 Caused $2.1 Billion in Insured Damage in Canada

State agencies among groups to criticise Warragamba Dam proposal

“Spacing here was a problem”: Closely built homes helped Marshall firestorm spread, researchers say

The ‘Disasterology’ author wants us to rethink emergency management

Scientists Are Racing to Understand the Fury of Tonga’s Volcano

New simulations can improve avalanche forecasting

Emergency management

Waves from the Tonga tsunami are still being felt in Australia – and even a 50cm surge could knock you off your feet

The Tonga volcanic eruption has revealed the vulnerabilities in our global telecommunication system

Hong Kong quarantine rules are no longer just an inconvenience

Israeli trial, world’s first, finds 4th dose ‘not good enough’ against Omicron

The pandemic’s true death toll: millions more than official counts

Living with endemic Covid will not be painless

FEMA Strategic Plan

All plan B Covid restrictions, including mask wearing, to end in England

This Guidebook describes institutional options, successful characteristics and management lessons based on real-world experience with disaster recovery operations

Disaster education, communications and engagement

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

Collaborating With Communities: Citizen Science Flood Monitoring in Urban Informal Settlements

New Zealanders need to understand the hazards of volcanoes here

Mauna Loa:Preparing for the next eruption of Earth’s largest active volcano

How to Plan a Tsunami Walk!

Province’s new interactive flood-predicting map ‘basic’ but valuable, says advocate

Psychology and disasters

Repeated exposure to major disasters does not make people mentally stronger

Sociology and disasters

The crisis forces us to consider what kind of society we want to have

Equitable Community Resilience: The Case of Winter Storm Uri in Texas

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

Spain declares end to La Palma volcano eruption

9 feet of snow wallops California mountains as brutal cold invades U.S.

Extreme rainfall hits Brazilian state of Bahia, causing catastrophic damage

Very strong M7.3 earthquake hits Barat Daya Islands at intermediate depth, Indonesia

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 Warming

2021’s climate disasters revealed an east-west weather divide, with one side of the country too wet, the other dangerously dry

Floods getting bigger and more frequent, says river expert

Affluent seaside landowners plead for help in SC’s battle against rising ocean

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

Social Cost of Carbon

Why WA’s south-west is drying out at one of the worst rates in the world

The US could reliably run on clean energy by 2050

Deadly heat and extreme rainfall: This is what the world will be like if the temperature rises by 3 degrees, according to researchers

2021 Arctic Report Card: image highlights

It Keeps on Raining Too Much Too Fast

Rainfall in the Arctic will soon be more common than snowfall

Three loud climate warning signals

In Australia’s climate wars, delay and deception are the new denial

Poleward expansion of tropical cyclone latitudes in warming climates

Alaska ‘Icemageddon’ warning follows heat record

World’s 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

The Cost of Natural Disasters on Communities, the Environment

Canada wasn’t prepared for natural disasters in 2021 — and next year threatens a repeat,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

No brainer’ to raise Warragamba Dam wall

Prediction of severe adverse events, modes of action and drug treatments for COVID-19’s complications

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

New Bradfield scheme on agenda as north Queensland prepares for floods

Catalogue of Nature-Based Solutions for Urban Resilience

2021: The Year in Volcanic Activity

A Numerical Investigation of the Characteristics of Seismic Signals Induced by Rockfalls

Flood disaster takes bite out of B.C. economy, sends infrastructure wake-up call

Transposing flood risk from extreme rainfall events: A case study of Hurricane Harvey

Equilibrium/Sustainability — Dam failures cap a year of disasters

Emergency management

More than 50 long-term effects of COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Omicron escapes the majority of existing SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibodies

Christmas miracle: German flood victims receive tiny houses

Simultaneous compound disasters from COVID-19 and catastrophic flooding

FEMA offers cash to cover COVID-19 funeral costs

Fauci suggests people steer clear from large New Year’s Eve parties: “I would stay away from that”

The virus antidote: political leadership, progressive government, public services

CDC: Omicron made up 59% of virus cases last week

Omicron Variant Might Help Defend Against Delta, Lab Study Suggests

French daily Covid cases above 200,000 as Italy introduces stricter green pass

Brazil government to send relief funds to flood-ravaged northeast

Malaysia floods: Country seeks UN climate adaptation funds for the first time

With omicron, it may be harder to tell if you have COVID, the common cold or flu

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Engaging communities with Canada’s earthquake early warning system

School Pupils in Osaka are Champions for Avoidable Deaths from Tsunamis

Stories of cultural burning in southern Australia

Psychology and disasters

The pandemic has caused nearly two years of collective trauma. Many people are near a breaking point

Worry and behaviour at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak: results from three UK surveys

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

Sociology and disasters

Has the pandemic fundamentally changed our ethics?

Today in disaster resilience (17 December 2021)

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Recent emergencies/disasters

Intense deluge forces evacuations in France

‘Quad-State Tornado’ crossed four states in four hours, a rare December tornado

Violent tornado outbreak hits U.S. South and Midwest, leaving up to 100 people dead

Intense Storms Cause Flooding, Bridge Collapse in Western Greece

Spain – Rain Triggers Deadly Floods and Landslides in Navarre

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

Congo-Brazzaville – Floods in Leave 15 Dead, 9 Missing and Thousands Displaced

Papua New Guinea – Coastal Floods Affect Thousands

Severe damage across Visayas from Typhoon Odette’s rampage

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Dec 2021: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Reventador, Sangay, Ruapehu

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Fleeing global warming? ‘Climate havens’ aren’t ready for you yet

The Politics of Our Climate Attribution Obsession

Explainer: Was Deadly Tornado Storm System Related To Climate Change?

Scientists Find a New Source of a Greenhouse Gas Emissions in The Siberian Permafrost

FEMA chief says powerful storms ‘new normal’ in era of climate change

Protect or retreat: rising seas threaten Canada’s Atlantic and Pacific Coasts

‘2.4C is a death sentence’: Vanessa Nakate’s 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

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

Canada on track to reduce fossil fuel use by 62% by 2050

Thwaites: Antarctic glacier heading for dramatic change

Landfills Belch Climate-Warming Methane. Even the EPA Doesn’t Know How Much

The Arctic has a new record high temperature, according to the U.N.

2021 was a remarkable year for Earth’s climate

Near-term transition and longer-term physical climate risks of greenhouse gas emissions pathways

Conversations, culture and constructive climate action

November 2021: Earth’s 4th-warmest November on record

How rising groundwater caused by climate change could devastate coastal communities

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

Australia forecast to have summer of extreme heatwaves and floods

Climate of chaos: Stanford researchers show why heat may make weather less predictable

In praise of ‘Climate Change: A Very Short Introduction’

The Arctic is warming four times faster than the rest of the world

Here’s what we know about corporate climate ambition

2021 Arctic Report Card: Winter sea ice pack likely thinnest on record

Time lag between intervention and actual CO2 decrease could still lead to climate tipping point

This BAMS special report presents assessments of how human-caused climate change may have affected the strength and likelihood of individual extreme events

Disaster risk reduction

How the ‘deadly December tornado’ carved a 250-mile path through 4 states

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

Why the southern US is prone to December tornadoes

Three Questions About Last Weekend’s Devastating Tornado Outbreak

Evidence for Shared Earthquakes Between San Andreas and San Jacinto Faults

Estimation of levee breach discharge hydrographs: comparison of inverse approaches

As floods slam more U.S. firms, $50 billion economic drag expected in 2022

How to select the most suitable fuel management strategies to reduce bushfire risk

Environmental Sensors to improve bushfire prediction capabilities

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

Chennai’s floods: the city has learned nothing from the past – here’s what it can do

Emergency management

Grenfell delivers yet more horrors. But the guilty still fail to take responsibility

Crews search for the missing in Kentucky after devastating tornadoes

Caldor Fire suspects: Son converted firearm into a machine gun, district attorney says

Latest edition of Fire Australia magazine

A new set of evidence-based resources for people and organisations engaged in disaster recovery

What South Africa needs to do to exit the pandemic state of disaster

Why did the early warning system fail to save the lives of residents around Mount Semeru?

The NSW and Australian Government have committed over $790 million to support recovery, repair and rebuilding efforts of storm and flood impacted regions

S. Africa reports record daily COVID-19 cases as Omicron spreads

U.K. Sets New Record For Daily Covid-19 Cases

Broadly neutralizing antibodies overcome SARS-CoV-2 Omicron antigenic shift

B.C. paramedics, firefighters to be given more medical powers to assist in emergencies

UN chief: ‘We cannot defeat a pandemic in an uncoordinated way’

Cautious clean-up on La Palma as hopes rise for end to volcano eruption

Disaster education, communications and engagement

National Award Winners and Finalists

Australian Warning System: Know the signs

Improving Tornado Warnings Will Help Save Lives

Not just the weather: How TV meteorologists influence the public’s views on climate

Psychology and disasters

Survivors describe the fear and horror they endured as tornadoes tore through the southern and central US

Exploring the Long-Term Impact of Cascading Disasters in the U.S. Virgin Islands on High School Student and Teacher Mental Health and Resilience

Black Dog Institute Bush Fire Support Service

Prepare for the upcoming disaster season with free trauma training

6 Ways to Help Someone with PTSD

Brain study on how to slow down climate change

Mental health during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada

Sociology and disasters

NZ’s 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

Informal social support and disaster preparedness: Mediating roles of perceived collective efficacy and self-efficacy

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

Floods cut off communities in South Sudan’s Unity state

Indonesia volcano erupts again, hampering rescue operations

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

Storm Barra hits: Forty flood alerts as UK battered by 70mph winds

Indonesia – Floods in West Nusa Tenggara Affect Over 60,000

Emergency services are fighting two out of control bushfires in WA’s South West

Volcanic activity worldwide 9 Dec 2021: Fuego volcano, Semeru, Reventador, La Palma

Brazil – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Bahia After Heavy Rain

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Earth is getting a black box to record our climate change actions, and it’s already started listening

Climate inaction will cost G7 countries ‘billions’

Around the world, these are just some of the cities at risk of rising sea levels

From Siberia to the U.S, wildfires broke emissions records this year

Picturing the future of complex, cascading climate risks

The world’s newest nation is both drying up and drowning

California’s water supplies are in trouble as climate change worsens natural dry spells, especially in the Sierra Nevada

Firestorm, Greg Mullins: Former Commissioner is ready to face firestorm again

Dictionary update shows how changing climate changes language, and much more

Extreme lack of sea ice in Hudson Bay puts polar bears under pressure

FEMA resources for climate resilience

Climate Avisory Council Annual Review

U.S. had its 3rd-warmest autumn on record, 7th-warmest November

As climate ‘net-zero’ plans grow, so do concerns from scientists

Disaster risk reduction

An interview with dendrochronologist and fire historian Tom Swetnam

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

Research into ground improvement technique ahead of earthquakes

New type of earthquake discovered

Payouts may keep climbing due to severe weather

To Counter Rise in Flooding From Mountains to the Coast, North Carolina Looks to Nature

Understanding the effects of partisan identity on climate change

Preparing for Extreme Risks: Building a Resilient Society

Mount Semeru’s deadly eruption was triggered by rain and storms, making it much harder to predict

Is “Fuel Reduction” Justified as Fire Management in Spotted Owl Habitat?

New research makes waves tackling the future of tsunami monitoring and modeling

Simulations show how earthquake early warning might be improved for magnitude-9 earthquakes

La Niña expected to intensify global rain and drought after second consecutive year

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

Bottom-up innovations in natural hazard risk management in Austria

Use the interactive mapping tools to better visualize the frequency and cost of billion-dollar weather and climate events

Real-time coastal flood hazard assessment using DEM-based hydrogeomorphic classifiers

Wildfire Resilience and the Role of Landscapes–19441

Emergency management

Doctors ‘incredibly frustrated’ that unvaccinated Covid patients are delaying NHS operations

Omicron variant found in at least 15 US states

Omicron Cases at Norway Christmas Party Provide Clues on New Variant’s Spread

2 Louisiana insurance companies fail after Hurricane Ida

Sydney and Melbourne office workers slowly returning after COVID lockdowns

In the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion, The Salvation Army’s emergency disaster services was born

Omicron’s less severe cases prompt cautious optimism in South Africa

The herd-immunity threshold must be updated for multi-vaccine strategies and multiple variants

Six months after Melamchi floods in Nepal, no respite for displaced people

B.C. moves to recovery management phase after floods; most military leaving province

Females more likely than males to experience long-term COVID-19 symptoms, small study suggests

Newfound flavor of omicron variant may be harder to track

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Pro-Trump counties now have far higher COVID death rates. Misinformation is to blame

Crowdsourcing triggers rapid, reliable earthquake locations

Why e-learning is key to building disaster-proof education

Role of frequency modulation radio in disaster communication: A case study of Pakistan earthquake

Taking protective action during floods and storms

Making the shaking count — high schoolers in Puerto Rico set up earthquake alerts with Raspberry Shake

Psychology and disasters

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.

Sociology and disasters

COVID-19 Vaccinations: Visualizing a Year of 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

Modeling the Impacts of Urban Flood Risk Management on Social Inequality

New research demonstrates the inherent inequities of flood protection and offers a better understanding of flooding cost and health impacts

Today in disaster resilience (3 December 2021)

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Recent emergencies/disasters

Severe flood hits Malta during one of the country’s worst storms ever

Powerful M7.5 earthquake hits northern Peru

Canberra’s rainiest November on record

NSW floods and wet weather: towns along Hunter River ordered to evacuate

Malta – Dramatic Flood Rescues After Month’s Worth of Rain in 24 Hours

La Palma, Canary Islands: eruption Sep 2021 – updates

Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits Izu Islands, Japan

Thirty year flood record smashed as hundreds flee homes in Queensland

Spain – Dozens Evacuated After More Floods in North

Prepare for more extreme weather, Britons warned in wake of Storm Arwen

Vietnam – Floods leave 10 dead, missing in central Vietnam

Queensland floods: second death in six days after 73-year-old’s ute swept into creek

All of southwest B.C. under flood watch as 3rd consecutive storm rolls through

Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Dec 2021: Vulcano volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Merapi, Grímsvötn

Vietnam – 18 Dead or Missing as Floods Worsen

Colombia – Flash Floods Damage Dozens of Homes in Medellín

Thailand – Floods Affect 100,000 in Southern Provinces

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Megafires that burn more than a million hectares increasing due to climate change, CSIRO finds

Top climate scientists are sceptical that nations will rein in global warming

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

Climate change and community flood resilience in Tabasco, Mexico

Rain to replace snow in the Arctic as climate heats, study finds

Quest begins to drill Antarctica’s oldest ice

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

The rising cost of the climate crisis in flooded South Sudan

Upping the ante? The effects of “emergency” and “crisis” framing in climate change news

Avoiding temperature ‘overshoot’ reduces multiple climate change risks, say scientists

Study finds Atlantic hurricanes becoming more frequent, destructive

Using AIR’s New Modeling Framework to Understand Climate Change Impacts

Disaster risk reduction

Recent changes to Arctic river discharge

How do trees help mitigate flood risk?

We Really Can’t Stop Natural Disasters, We Can Only Hope to Contain Them

Disaster risk reduction and the limits of truisms: Improving the knowledge and practice interface

Yes, it’s rocket science: Australia needs eyes in space to monitor our tinderbox landscape

Glacial lake outburst floods: A shared risk across the Hindu Kush Himalayas

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

Why are homes still being built along rivers? Flooded residents disagree on the solution

South Korea all set to get ‘world’s first sustainable floating city’

As floods worsen, Uganda moves to protect its vanishing wetlands

How Can FEMA and Flood Insurance Keep Up with Rising Flood Risks?

COVID-19: How much will it cost to prepare the world for the next pandemic?

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter

Emergency management

Why WHO chose ‘Omicron’ not ‘Xi’ for new COVID variant

Biden’s Response To Omicron Covid Variant Underscores Best Practices For Managing A Crisis

Covid: Travel and mask rules tightened over Omicron variant

Omicron COVID variant underlines need for global ‘pandemic treaty’

Omicron throws spotlight on South Africa’s faltering vaccination campaign

What happened to our national emergency stockpiles?

First U.S. Case of Omicron Variant Found in California

Australian doctors have made a dire prediction on bushfire deaths

We saw Omicron coming, but we didn’t think to act

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

Comic worksheets for integrated disaster risk reduction learning in the subject of Geography

No time for complacency about flooding

How to tell a compelling story in scientific presentations

Psychology and disasters

Heavy rains drench British Columbians with more climate anxiety

The effects of a hurricane don’t end when the wind stops blowing

Sociology and disasters

Hurricanes may not discriminate, but governments and utility companies do, our research finds

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Uncovering ties between Social Capital and COVID-19 Outcomes at Local Levels’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

Communities of color lead the way to a resilient future

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

River towns Forbes, Cowra, Cottons Weir and Nanami brace for flooding as dam spills

Strong and shallow M6.0 and M6.4 earthquakes hit southern Iran

Floods overwhelm Lagos communities, wreck 25 vehicles

Italy – 1 Dead, Many Rescued After Floods in Sardinia

Egypt – 3 Dead, Hundreds Injured After Floods Trigger Scorpion Infestation

Torrential rain, floods and mudslides cut Vancouver off from rest of Canada by road

Severe damage after cricket ball-sized hail hits Lydenburg, South Africa

Canada and USA – Hundreds Rescued or Evacuated After Floods and Landslides in West

Bolivia – Deadly Flash Floods in La Paz Department

Destructive tornado hits Sicily, killing one and injuring 2 others, Italy

Colombia – Floods and Landslides in Quindio, Antioquia, Risaralda and Cauca

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Pacific Island leaders vow to ‘phase up’ climate diplomacy after COP26

‘You can’t live in a swamp’: Virginia fishing village threatened by rising sea levels

COP26 Wrap: Australian and global reactions to the ‘Glasgow Climate Pact’

Cop26: the goal of 1.5C of climate heating is alive, but only just

New Ways for Dynamical Prediction of Extreme Heat Waves

‘Ultimately uninhabitable’: western Sydney’s legacy of planning failure

‘Watered-down hope’: Experts wanted more from climate pact

The Keeling Curve is a daily record of global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration maintained by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego

Greta Thunberg: ‘COP26 even watered down the blah, blah, blah’

COP26 deal: how rich countries failed to meet their obligations to the rest of the world

We need to design housing for Indigenous communities that can withstand the impacts of climate change

Climate change is supercharging the water cycle, making the heaviest rains of each year heavier

Dark roofs ditched, commercial buildings must be net-zero from 2022: NSW Planning Minister

UK Institutions Are Woefully Underestimating the Risks They Face From Climate

Global warming speeds up the frequency of extreme hot weather and rainfall

Deforestation can raise local temperatures by up to 4.5℃ – and heat untouched areas 6km away

Did COP26 deliver for flood prone communities across the globe?

5 sustainable solutions to help tackle extreme heat in South Asia

Climate hazards are increasing in frequency and severity across Europe; new regional overview published

Disaster risk reduction

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

Fifth Arab Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Rabat

Does Future Miami Really Flood Like That?

Natural hazards and climate change are not drivers of disasters

Coastal defences need $30bn boost to prevent Australian homes becoming uninhabitable

Tropical cyclone frequency

Using risk management principles to protect vulnerable communities from climate-related disasters

Global patterns of disaster and climate risk—an analysis of the consistency of leading index-based assessments and their results

Seismic shockwave pattern may be redirecting earthquake damage

8 major cities that are threatened by wildfires right now

How bad is the Pacific north-west flooding and what caused it?

Expanding our ML-based flood forecasting

Forecasting Compound Floods in Complex Coastal Regions

Using Drones to Fight Floods

Europe’s COVID death toll could rise by hundreds of thousands

Canada struggles to reach 18,000 stranded by flood waters

Valuing the Impacts of Landslides: A Choice Experiment Approach

Emergency management

Covid is surging in Europe. Experts say it’s a warning for the U.S.

Experts say B.C. rainstorms highlight increasing flood risks and need to prepare

Germany: Building back sustainably after a flood

No, vaccinated people are not ‘just as infectious’ as unvaccinated people if they get COVID

U.S. Forest Service: We do not have a ‘let it burn’ wildfire policy. We never have

Europe’s least-vaccinated countries are back in pandemic crisis

Agricultural disaster after record rains cause catastrophic floods in British Columbia, Canada

It could take weeks to begin repairing ‘unprecedented’ damage to B.C.’s highway system, experts say

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Behaviors and Attitudes of U.S. Adults on Twitter

cop26 Twitter NodeXL SNA Map and Report

Run Uphill for a Tsunami, Downhill for a Landslide

Mobile Alert and Warning in the United States and Japan: Confronting the Challenges of International Harmonization

Psychology and disasters

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)

Sociology and disasters

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

Iraq – Severe Floods Hit Erbil, Kurdistan

Guatemala – Floods and Landslides in 2021 Rainy Season Leave 12,000 Displaced and 32 Dead

Peru – Deadly Flash Floods Sweep Through Jaén, Cajamarca

Ash from erupting volcano forces Spanish islanders indoors

Storms, strong winds prompt Venice to activate flood defence

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Nov 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Semeru, Reventador, Turrialba

Colombia – 11 Killed After Rain Triggers Landslide in Nariño, Many Still Missing

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

How Australia earned its climate change reputation

Reaching net zero is every minister’s problem. Here’s how they can make better decisions

Climate change: Extreme weather events are ‘the new norm’

COP26: Boris Johnson says ‘no excuses’ for not tackling climate change

Climate experts warn world leaders 1.5C is ‘real science’, not just talking point

Cop26: polling data is overwhelming – people want leaders to act

What happened at Cop26 today – day one at a glance

State of the Global Climate 2021

The death toll of Europe’s heat wave

Solar and wind keep getting cheaper, and crush coal, gas and nuclear on costs

Australia could become a net negative emissions economy. The technology already exists

Climate-vulnerable countries float ’emergency’ timetable to cut emissions

What are the economic effects of extreme weather caused by climate change?

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

‘Nothing left to burn’: wildfires and floods could turn the tide on Turkey’s climate policy

The science everyone needs to know about climate change, in 6 charts

Cop26 emission pledges may limit global heating to below 2C

Has COP26 put the world on track for holding global warming to 1.5°C?

Survey identifies prescribed fire training needs in the Southeast

On ancient Earth, it never rained but it poured

Europe’s record summer ‘impossible’ without global heating

Dozens of nations pledge to phase out coal at COP26, but Australia not on the list

Poor countries need 5 to 10 times more funding to adapt to climate risks they did not create

2021: A year of wild weather

Globe bounces back to nearly 2019 carbon pollution levels

Step up climate change adaptation efforts or face huge disruption: UN report

Ithaca, New York becomes first U.S. city to begin 100% decarbonization of buildings, an urban climate change milestone

‘Great distress’: Bangladesh bears brutal cost of climate crisis

Disaster risk reduction

Latest edition of ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter

Revealed: a third of England’s vital flood defences are in private hands

Hazard definition and classification review

There have been so many Atlantic storms this year, forecasters have run out of names

RegioFEM — Applying a floodplain evaluation method to support a future-oriented flood risk management (Part II)

New York Needs to Become a City That Floods Now and Then

Connecting Space to Village to Reduce Flood Impacts

This report summarizes the risks posed on Australia’s climate, ecosystems, food and water systems, and citizens by climate impacts

Emergency management

Helicopter fire trail inspections take off

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

Disaster education, communications and engagement

World of Thermo: Thermometer Rising

Learning from the Climate Change Debate to Avoid Polarisation on Negative Emissions

Review of ‘Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement’ book

Burning review – the searing black summer documentary that Australia deserves

Psychology and disasters

Practical lessons for creating affordance-based interventions for sustainable behavior change

Simulation of tsunami evacuation behavior considering inland direction

Rethinking the share of responsibilities in disaster preparedness to encourage individual preparedness for flash floods in urban areas

7 Resources to Help You Cope With Climate Anxiety

Sociology and disasters

A growing group of laborers is trailing hurricanes and wildfires the way farmworkers follow crops, contracting for big disaster-recovery firms

Networks of recovery: Remittances, social capital and post-disaster recovery in Tacloban City, Philippines

Peru faces a surge of climate migrants

Mahila Housing SEWA Trust is empowering women in seven Indian cities to tackle heat stress in their homes and settlements How women leaders emerged from the 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

Massive floods hit Catania after entire year’s worth of rain in just 2 days, Italy

Thailand Swamped by Monsoon Flooding

Vietnam – 7,000 People Displaced by Floods in Central Provinces

USA – Atmospheric River Causes Floods and Mudflows in California

Major flooding incident declared in Scotland as town is evacuated

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Oct 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Ibu, Reventador, Sangay

Colombia – Damaging Floods and Landslides in Antioquia, Meta and Putumayo

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate migration doesn’t have to be a crisis

The 2021 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: code red for a healthy future

State of the Cryosphere 2021 Report

Climate change: UN emissions gap report a ‘thundering wake-up call’

India, the world’s third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, rejects net zero emissions target

Impact of climate change on volcanic processes: current

understanding and future challenges

UN warns world set for 2.7C rise on today’s emissions pledges

The International Order Isn’t Ready for the Climate Crisis

State and Trends in Adaptation Report 2021: Africa

Islanders sue Australia for inaction on climate change

What L.A. 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

World is failing to make changes needed to avoid climate breakdown, report finds

A dress rehearsal for disruption: Why Covid-19 has been a sustainability wake-up call

The UN News COP26 climate quiz

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

Disaster risk reduction

Linking hydrologic signatures to hydrologic processes: A review

Climate + Financial Resilience: Innovative Solutions to Flood Risk

Weather and climate extremes in Asia killed thousands, displaced millions and cost billions in 2020

Reconciling well-being and resilience for sustainable development

Australia is fighting fire with fire, but running out of time

The Ripple Factor: Economic losses from weather extremes can amplify each other across the world

Uncertainties with assessing flood loss and damage

Emergency management

Ensuring equity in disaster preparedness, response and recovery

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

Africa’s first continent-wide survey of climate change literacy finds education is key

Psychology and disasters

The Pandemic Broke Kids’ Sleep Schedules. Here’s How to Fix Them

How to respond to heightened emotions when talking about the COVID-19 vaccine

Addiction & Mental Health Resources for 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

To improve disaster outcomes for persons with disabilities in Africa, disaggregate data