Today in disaster resilience (1 May 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Tanzania – Deadly Floods and Mudslides Hit Northern Regions http://floodlist.com/africa/tanzania-floods-arusha-kilimanjaro-april-2020

Vietnam – Damaging Storms Hit Northern Provinces http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-north-storm-april-2020

Kenya – Thousands Displaced as Flooding Continues http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-thousands-displaced-flooding-april-2018

Canada – Evacuations After Ice Jams Cause Rivers to Rise in Alberta http://floodlist.com/america/canada-ice-jam-rivers-alberta-april-2020

Indonesia – Hundreds of Homes Damaged by Floods in Banten, Bengkulu and East Kalimantan http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-banten-bengkulu-eastkalimantan-april-2020

Military assistance requested as flooding hits downtown Fort McMurray https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/fort-mcmurray-flooding-1.5546029

Ethiopia – Deadly Flash Floods in Dire Dawa http://floodlist.com/africa/ethiopia-flash-floods-diredawa-april-2020

Colombia – Heavy Rain Causes Deadly Landslide in Cauca http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-landslide-argelia-cauca-april-2020

Somalia – Deadly Flash Floods in North East http://floodlist.com/africa/somalia-flash-floods-gardo-bari-april-2020

Chad – Floods in South Destroy Shelters in Displacement Camps http://floodlist.com/africa/chad-flood-moyenchari-april-2020

USA now has 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/04/28/coronavirus-us-cases-million-update/2996724001/

Fiji – Floods Hit Central Division After Heavy Rainfall http://floodlist.com/australia/fiji-floods-central-division-april-2020

Laos – 3 Dead, 4 Missing After Flash Floods in North http://floodlist.com/asia/laos-flash-floods-north-april-2020

Malaysia – Communities Cut Off After Floods and Landslides in Sarawak http://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-floods-sarawak-april-2020

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

This Bangladeshi man’s story shows why linking climate change with conflict is no simple matter http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71433

Disability and climate change: How climate-related hazards increase vulnerabilities among the most at risk populations and the necessary convergence of inclusive DRR and CCA http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71449

How to explain climate change? With comic books https://thebulletin.org/2020/04/how-to-explain-climate-change-with-comic-books/#.XqVrAC-sWO0.twitter

Battered by Matthew and Florence, North Carolina Must Brace for More Intense Hurricanes https://insideclimatenews.org/news/23042020/hurricane-matthew-florence-north-carolina-sea-level-rise-climate-change

Record-Breaking Amounts of Solar Electricity Generated in Germany After String of Sunny Days https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/record-breaking-amounts-of-solar-electricity-in-germany-march-24/#.XqYfHoiOu34

In One Week, Both Sweden and Austria Celebrated the Closing of Their Last Coal Plants https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/in-one-week-both-sweden-and-austria-celebrated-the-closing-of-their-last-coal-plants/#.XqXuUhRelLM.twitter

Meteorologists say 2020 on course to be hottest year since records began https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/27/meteorologists-say-2020-on-course-to-be-hottest-year-since-records-began?CMP=share_btn_tw

Hurricanes Could Be Slowing Down Due to Rising CO2 Levels, And That’s Not a Good Thing https://www.sciencealert.com/hurricanes-are-slowing-down-because-of-co2-giving-them-more-time-to-wreak-havoc

The Discursive Politics of Adaptation to Climate Change https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/24694452.2020.1736981?journalCode=raag21

Collaborative Action for Community Resilience to Climate Risks: Opportunities and Barriers https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340880375_Collaborative_Action_for_Community_Resilience_to_Climate_Risks_Opportunities_and_Barriers

When COVID-19, climate collide: How south Asia can prepare itself http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71518

 

Disaster risk reduction

Five years on,  revisiting Nepal after 2015 ‘quake https://theconversation.com/learning-from-disasters-nepal-copes-with-coronavirus-pandemic-5-years-after-earthquake-134009

As Amazon fire season looms, smoke and coronavirus could be a disaster http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71412

Stopping floods, protecting lives, and saving money? Mangroves do it all for free http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71454

Canada: How coronavirus could make a bad wildfire season even worse http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71446

What COVID-19 tells us about the changing nature of disaster risk http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71448

A dynamic spatial computable general equilibrium (CGE) approach to assess economic effects of a large earthquake in China http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71450

Extreme weather disasters challenges for sustainable development: Innovating a science and policy framework for disaster-resilient and sustainable Quezon City, Philippines http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71445

From hazard to risk http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71461

Guidelines for planning equitable disaster resilient development http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71468

Initial impacts of global risk mitigation measures taken during the combatting of the COVID-19 pandemic http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71465

Preferences for improved early warning services among coastal communities at risk in cyclone prone south-west region of Bangladesh http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71447

Progress toward implementing the Sendai Framework, the Paris Agreement, and the Sustainable Development Goals: Policy from Aotearoa New Zealand http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71441

A new map reveals which parts of the US are most at risk of earthquakes in unprecedented detail https://www.businessinsider.com.au/map-reveals-earthquake-risks-us-north-america-2020-4?r=US&IR=T

How Mobile Phone Towers Could Help Monitor Rainfall in Developing Countries https://www.msn.com/en-za/news/other/how-mobile-phone-towers-could-help-monitor-rainfall-in-developing-countries-analysis/ar-BB12W75y

Towards resilient Rotterdam? Key conditions for a networked approach to managing urban infrastructure risks https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340741547_Towards_resilient_Rotterdam_Key_conditions_for_a_networked_approach_to_managing_urban_infrastructure_risks

Resilience – Potentials and Challenges of an Interdisciplinary Perspective https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340896358_Resilience_-_Potentials_and_Challenges_of_an_Interdisciplinary_Perspective

Getting to the Bottom of Slow-Motion Earthquakes https://eos.org/articles/getting-to-the-bottom-of-slow-motion-earthquakes

Flood Prevention Could Bring ‘Huge’ Payoff as Global Risks Rise http://floodlist.com/asia/flood-prevention-could-bring-huge-payoff-as-global-risks-rise?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Coronavirus detected on particles of air pollution https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/24/coronavirus-detected-particles-air-pollution

When it rains, lava pours https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01091-4?utm_source=twt_nnc&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=naturenews&sf233270647=1US coasts face far more frequent severe floods https://climatenewsnetwork.net/us-coasts-face-far-more-frequent-severe-floods/

Australia: Drought, bushfire, flood, hail, and dust: local action the way forward for sustainability http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71475

Drought, fire and flood: how outer urban areas can manage the emergency while reducing future risks http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71489

The devastating impact of floods in India—and what can be done http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71497

Building Resilience during Recovery: Lessons from Colorado’s Watershed Resilience Pilot Program https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340954624_Building_Resilience_during_Recovery_Lessons_from_Colorado’s_Watershed_Resilience_Pilot_Program

Coronavirus lingers in the air of crowded spaces https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-27/coronavirus-lingers-in-air-of-crowded-spaces-new-study-finds

British wildfires are getting more frequent. Here’s what that means https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/environment-and-conservation/2020/04/british-wildfires-are-getting-more-frequent-heres-what-that

Central West Regional Resilience Strategy includes consideration of the increasing strong cycles of persistent drought and flood facing the region https://www.qra.qld.gov.au/our-work-resilience-regional-resilience-plans/central-west-regional-resilience-strategy

Experts from four South Atlantic states not only will quantify the impacts of flooding on access to infrastructure, but also will consider associated economic costs to coastal communities https://ncseagrant.ncsu.edu/news/2020/04/regional-flood-resilience-research-considers-communities-and-infrastructure/

Latest edition of ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter https://molinostewart.com.au/editorial/floodplain-manager-april-2020/

In race for a coronavirus vaccine, an Oxford group leaps ahead https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-nw-nyt-vaccine-clinical-trials-oxford-jenner-institute-20200428-trcanc63srhkxnk3efy7xaem2a-story.html

Why political will is important to reduce risks of disaster http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71500

Stochastic simulation of streamflow and spatial extremes: a continuous, wavelet-based approach https://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci-discuss.net/hess-2019-658/

Insurance becoming unaffordable in Australia’s disaster-prone regions after horror bushfires https://www.sbs.com.au/news/insurance-becoming-unaffordable-in-australia-s-disaster-prone-regions-after-horror-bushfires?cid=news:socialshare:twitter

Features of 16,749 hospitalised UK patients with COVID-19 using the ISARIC WHO Clinical Characterisation Protocol https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.23.20076042v1

‘It was definitely disappointing’: Provincial review ties up promised flood mitigation dollars https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/province-hits-pause-on-grants-for-flood-mitigation-1.5227066

Springbank reservoir change of heart comes with $32M for Tsuut’ina flood mitigation https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/springbank-reservoir-tsuutina-nation-1.5547788

‘Rural areas near big cities less vulnerable to disasters’ http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71525

Costs and benefits of (in)coherence: Disaster Risk Reduction in the post-2015-agendas http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71540

The challenging place of natural hazards in disaster risk reduction conceptual models: Insights from Central Africa and the European Alps http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71534

 

Emergency management

Strengthening Fiji’s disaster response and preparedness http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71434

COVID-19 small business continuity and recovery planning toolkit http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71402

Singapore’s spike in coronavirus cases shows the road to recovery will be a bumpy ride http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71453

Pathways to Livable Relocation Settlements Following Disaster https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340911739_Pathways_to_Livable_Relocation_Settlements_Following_Disaster

Australia’s new COVID-19 tracking app https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-27/coronavirus-tracing-app-covidsafe-one-million-downloads/12187806

New Zealand Says It Has Won ‘Battle’ Against COVID-19 https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/04/27/845304917/new-zealand-says-it-has-won-battle-against-covid-19

COVIDSafe tracking app reviewed: the government delivers on data security, but other issues remain https://theconversation.com/covidsafe-tracking-app-reviewed-the-government-delivers-on-data-security-but-other-issues-remain-137249?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=bylinetwitterbutton

Preparedness for effective response – considerations for epidemic preparedness http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71488

When the unprecedented becomes precedented: Learning from Cyclones Idai and Kenneth Institute http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71484

Revisiting cyclone Phailin: Drivers of recovery in marine fishing communities https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420919316942

Global Report on Internal Displacement 2020 https://www.internal-displacement.org/global-report/grid2020/

‘We don’t catch a break’: First Brian Jean lost his house to the Fort McMurray wildfire. This time, it was a flood https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2020/04/27/first-brian-jean-lost-his-house-to-the-fort-mcmurray-wildfire-this-time-it-was-a-flood.html

Using resilience concepts in disaster response http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71492

Prospects and challenges for reconstruction after tropical Cyclone Harold in Vanuatu http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71510

Planning for a disaster: Model can predict hospital resilience for natural hazards, pandemics http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71523

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

20 of the worst epidemics and pandemics in history https://www.livescience.com/worst-epidemics-and-pandemics-in-history.html

May edition of Geology https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/geology/issue/48/5

The importance of disaster risk communication in the time of COVID-19 http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71466

Community engagement during COVID-19: A guide for community-facing staff http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71480

Trolls and bots are flooding social media with disinformation encouraging states to end quarantine https://www.businessinsider.fr/us/trolls-bots-flooding-social-media-with-anti-quarantine-disinformation-2020-4

Bringing earthquake education to schools in Nepal http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71529

 

Disaster psychology

Relationship between citizens’ risk perceptions formed by disaster information and migration decision-making: Evidence from Japan http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71444

Lockdown is the world’s biggest psychological experiment – and we will pay the price https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/this-is-the-psychological-side-of-the-covid-19-pandemic-that-were-ignoring/

Anxiety ‘escalating’ in children and young people as coronavirus pandemic closes disability support services https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-27/anxiety-increases-absence-of-disability-supports-covid-19/12186290

Social media exposure during the coronavirus pandemic is linked to increased anxiety https://www.psypost.org/2020/04/social-media-exposure-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic-is-linked-to-increased-anxiety-56633

 

Sociology and disasters

Urban Aboriginal people face unique challenges fighting COVID 19 http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71459

From poverty to disaster and back: a review of the literature http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71458

Coronavirus is not just a health crisis — it’s an environmental justice crisis https://grist.org/justice/coronavirus-is-not-just-a-health-crisis-its-an-environmental-justice-crisis/

The paradox of social capital: A case of immigrants, refugees and linguistic minorities in the Canterbury and Tohoku disasters https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420919313056?via%3Dihub

Coronavirus could kill more than 3 million people in vulnerable and poor countries, aid group says https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/28/coronavirus-could-kill-more-than-3-million-people-in-vulnerable-and-poor-countries-aid-group-says.html

Today in disaster resilience (24 April 2020)

Please find below a list of links to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disaster

DR Congo – Over 30 Killed in Uvira Floods, South Kivu Province http://floodlist.com/africa/dr-congo-uvira-floods-south-kivu-april-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Kenya – Many Missing After Heavy Rain Triggers Mudslides in West http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-mudslides-elgeyomarakwet-westpokot-april-2020

Daily COVID-19 death tolls falling in many western countries https://www.ft.com/coronavirus-latest

Baseball-sized hail leaves major damage in Queensland, Australia https://watchers.news/2020/04/20/queensland-hailstorm-april-2020/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Explosive eruption and strong ash emissions at Etna volcano, Aviation Color Code briefly raised to Red, Italy https://watchers.news/2020/04/19/etna-volcano-eruption-april-19-2020/

Heavy rains cause flash floods in western Kenya https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/04/heavy-rains-flash-floods-western-kenya-200419101219115.html

Angola – 11 Dead After Floods and Heavy Rain in Luanda Province http://floodlist.com/africa/angola-floods-luanda-province-march-2017

Rwanda and Burundi – 9 Dead, Thousands Affected After Floods and Landslides http://floodlist.com/africa/rwanda-burundi-floods-april-2020

New Caledonia – Flash Floods After 200mm of Rain in 6 Hours http://floodlist.com/australia/new-caledonia-floods-april-2020

Severe flooding threatens millions in Afghanistan, 600 homes destroyed and 3 000 damaged https://watchers.news/2020/04/21/severe-flooding-threatens-millions-in-afghanistan-600-homes-destroyed-and-3-000-damaged/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Yemen – More Devastating Flash Floods in Aden After 125mm of Rain http://floodlist.com/asia/yemen-floods-aden-april-2020

Burkina Faso – IDP Camps Flooded in Kongoussi http://floodlist.com/africa/burkina-faso-floods-april-2020

Kenya – More Floods and Landslides Leave 8 Dead, Hundreds Homeless http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-floods-kericho-samburu-kisumu-april-2020

Djibouti – 8 Killed in Flash Floods http://floodlist.com/africa/djibouti-flash-floods-april-2020

Indonesia – 4 Dead, 3 Missing After Floods in West Java and Central Kalimantan http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-cimahi-damanbatu-april-2020

Wildfires rip through Poland’s biggest national park https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52392231

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Apr 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/102411/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-23-Apr-2020-Klyuchevskoy-volcano-Popocatepetl-Semeru-Dukono-Revent.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Sea-level rise exponentially increases coastal flood frequency http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71346

Key investments can build resilience to pandemics and climate change http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71323

Entire wild systems at risk from rising global heat http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71297

‘Kick them into action’: Fire group takes EPA to court over climate https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/kick-them-into-action-fire-group-takes-epa-to-court-over-climate-20200418-p54kzl.html

The northern-hemisphere winter of 2019-20 was the warmest ever on land https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2020/03/28/the-northern-hemisphere-winter-of-2019-20-was-the-warmest-ever-on-land

State of the climate: First quarter of 2020 is second warmest on record https://www.carbonbrief.org/state-of-the-climate-first-quarter-of-2020-is-second-warmest-on-record

Will climate change end waterfront living? Not if you can afford it https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/20/climate-change-waterfront-living-wealthy-boston?CMP=share_btn_tw

Rising Seas Could Make U.S. Coastal Flooding a Daily Peril by 2100 http://floodlist.com/america/usa/rising-seas-could-make-u-s-coastal-flooding-a-daily-peril-by-2100?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Climate explained: how white roofs help to reflect the sun’s heat http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71305

Australia’s inland rivers are the pulse of the outback. By 2070, they’ll be unrecognisable https://theconversation.com/australias-inland-rivers-are-the-pulse-of-the-outback-by-2070-theyll-be-unrecognisable-136492?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=bylinetwitterbutton

Non-linear interaction modulates global extreme sea levels, coastal flood exposure, and impacts https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-15752-5

Will Florida be lost forever to the climate crisis? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/21/florida-climate-crisis-sea-level-habitat-loss?CMP=share_btn_tw

Predicting the Future of Greenland’s Melting Ice Sheet https://eos.org/research-spotlights/predicting-the-future-of-greenlands-melting-ice-sheet

Arctic will see ice-free summers by 2050 https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/04/22/global-warming-summer-arctic-sea-ice-gone-2050/2999426001/

Coronavirus crisis underscores small islands’ climate vulnerability https://www.climatechangenews.com/2020/04/17/coronavirus-crisis-underscores-small-islands-climate-vulnerability/

 

Disaster risk reduction

UVA researchers found that regular exercise may reduce the risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome, a major cause of death in patients with the COVID-19 virus https://news.virginia.edu/content/exercise-may-protect-against-deadly-covid-19-complication-research-suggests

We’ve never made a successful vaccine for a coronavirus before. This is why it’s so difficult https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2020-04-17/coronavirus-vaccine-ian-frazer/12146616

Coronavirus re-emergence will be a threat until 2024, Harvard study finds https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3080156/coronavirus-re-emergence-will-be-threat-until-2024-harvard-study

How different surrounding environments influence the characteristics of flash flood‐mortality: The case of the 2017 extreme flood in Mandra, Greece http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71355

Policy recommendations for an integrated approach to flood management http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71351

Predicting possible outcomes to coronavirus and other pandemics with models and simulations http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71326

How to generate relational information to inform a systemic perspective on risk? http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71318

Implementing the Sendai Framework in Africa: progress against the targets (2015–2018) International Journal of Disaster Risk Science (IJDRS), 2020 http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71331

Building resilience in the wake of a disaster https://ecos.csiro.au/building-resilience-in-the-wake-of-a-disaster/

COVID-19: What’s wrong with the models? https://peterattiamd.com/covid-19-whats-wrong-with-the-models/

Covid-19 has nothing on what’s coming https://www.newsroom.co.nz/ideasroom/2020/04/20/1133127/covid-19-has-nothing-on-whats-coming

Large earthquakes follow ‘Devil’s Staircase’ mathematical pattern https://watchers.news/2020/04/19/large-earthquakes-follow-devil-s-staircase-mathematical-pattern/

Research shows mangrove conservation can pay for itself in flood protection https://phys.org/news/2020-03-mangrove.html

To Avoid the Next Disaster, “This Mistake Must Not Reoccur” https://www.nrdc.org/experts/anna-weber/avoid-next-disaster-mistake-must-not-reoccur

Coronavirus’s ability to mutate has been vastly underestimated, and mutations affect deadliness of strains, Chinese study finds https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3080771/coronavirus-mutations-affect-deadliness-strains-chinese-study

Milan announces ambitious scheme to reduce car use after lockdown https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/21/milan-seeks-to-prevent-post-crisis-return-of-traffic-pollution?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

Remembering the forgotten disaster: One year after Cyclones Idai and Kenneth https://floodresilience.net/blogs/remembering-the-forgotten-disaster-one-year-after-cyclones-idai-and-kenneth

The pandemic isn’t a Black Swan https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-pandemic-isnt-a-black-swan-but-a-portent-of-a-more-fragile-global-system

Analyzing the Role of Resource Factors in Citizens’ Intention to Pay for and Participate in Disaster Management https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340835318_Analyzing_the_Role_of_Resource_Factors_in_Citizens’_Intention_to_Pay_for_and_Participate_in_Disaster_Management

New Earthquake Math Predicts How Destructive They’ll Be https://www.quantamagazine.org/new-earthquake-math-predicts-how-destructive-theyll-be-20200421/

Slower-moving hurricanes will cause more devastation as world warms https://www.newscientist.com/article/2241444-slower-moving-hurricanes-will-cause-more-devastation-as-world-warms/
How can big cities adapt to risks of floods? https://www.euronews.com/2020/04/06/how-can-big-cities-adapt-to-risks-of-floods

America’s heartland is expected to flood again — but this time amid coronavirus https://grist.org/climate/americas-heartland-is-expected-to-flood-again-but-this-time-amid-coronavirus/

Bridging forecast verification and humanitarian decisions: A valuation approach for setting up action-oriented early warnings

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Common ground between the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 2020 https://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71371

Implementing the Sendai Framework in Africa: progress against the targets (2015–2018) International Journal of Disaster Risk Science (IJDRS), 2020 https://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71331

Models and frameworks for assessing the value of disaster research https://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71375

Policy recommendations for an integrated approach to flood management https://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71351

Sendai five years on: Reflections on the role of international law in the creation and reduction of disaster risk https://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71380

A methodology to estimate flow duration curves at partially ungauged basins https://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci.net/24/2043/2020/

Webinar Aqueduct Floods: the future of flooding; exploring risks and opportunities https://www.deltares.nl/en/events/launch-aqueduct-floods-webinar-future-flooding-exploring-risks-opportunities/

Australia: Actuaries back pre-disaster funding https://www.asiainsurancereview.com/News/View-NewsLetter-Article/id/61287/Type/eDaily/Australia-Actuaries-back-pre-disaster-funding

Flooding will affect double the number of people worldwide by 2030 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/23/flooding-double-number-people-worldwide-2030

New Data Shows Millions of People, Trillions in Property at Risk from Flooding — But Infrastructure Investments Now Can Significantly Lower Flood Risk https://www.wri.org/news/2020/04/release-new-data-shows-millions-people-trillions-property-risk-flooding-infrastructure

Aqueduct Flood Global Data https://www.wri.org/applications/aqueduct/floods/

 

Emergency management

New MIT machine learning model shows relaxing quarantine rules will spike COVID-19 cases https://techcrunch.com/2020/04/16/new-mit-machine-learning-model-shows-relaxing-quarantine-rules-will-spike-covid-19-cases/?guccounter=1

It was the saltshaker: How Germany meticulously traced its coronavirus outbreak https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/it-was-the-saltshaker-how-germany-meticulously-traced-its-coronavirus-outbreak/

Two Asian coronavirus success stories face new wave of infections https://www.axios.com/japan-singapore-coronavirus-infections-a617efde-3e04-4baf-9a65-377f10454acf.html

Healing and rebuilding from the 2019-20 bushfires https://www.coag.gov.au/meeting-outcomes/coag-meeting-communique-13-march-2020

Coronavirus Will Require Changes in Schools When They Reopen https://www.rand.org/blog/2020/04/coronavirus-will-require-changes-in-schools-when-they.html to Protect Students

NSW COVID-19 Cases and Community Profile by The University of Sydney https://covid19-data.sydney.edu.au/

Antibody tests suggest that coronavirus infections vastly exceed official counts https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01095-0

Imagine Hurricane Katrina during a pandemic. The US needs to prepare for that — now https://www.vox.com/2020/4/21/21222687/coronavirus-covid-19-hurricane-planning-preparedness-emergency-managers-disaster

Laying in Wait: Responding to the Pandemic Amidst Impending Disasters https://floodresilience.net/blogs/laying-in-wait-responding-to-the-pandemic-amidst-impending-disasters

Doctors warn coronavirus causing sudden strokes in some younger patients https://thehill.com/homenews/news/494140-doctors-warn-coronavirus-causing-sudden-strokes-in-younger-patients

UK will need social distancing until at least end of year, says Whitty https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/22/uk-will-need-social-distancing-until-at-least-end-of-year-says-whitty?CMP=share_btn_tw

Rules to prevent the spread of Covid-19 complicate standard responses to storms, floods, and heat waves https://www.circleofblue.org/2020/world/in-pandemic-new-thinking-on-responding-to-weather-disasters/

Tackling malaria, COVID-19 and Ebola in Burundi https://medium.com/@UNDP/when-health-crises-collide-803ffad1f487

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Affected community members from Hobart, Kingborough, Glenorchy, and Derwent Valley municipalities were invited to share their experience of the flood nearly twelve months later https://storiesofresilience.hobartcity.com.au/

Why is it hard to stop COVID-19 misinformation on social media? http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71275

How the internet has changed during lockdowns https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2020/04/18/how-the-internet-has-changed-during-lockdowns

The importance of disaster risk communication in the time of COVID-19 https://floodresilience.net/blogs/the-importance-of-disaster-risk-communication-in-the-time-of-covid-19

Right-Wing Responsible For Pushing Coronavirus Disinformation On Twitter Worldwide, New Report Says https://www.forbes.com/sites/seanlawson/2020/04/21/right-wing-responsible-for-pushing-coronavirus-disinformation-on-twitter-worldwide-new-report-says/#5ca463e0597f

K-12 Flood Education Resources https://www.floodsciencecenter.org/products/k-12-flood-education/

Dominica: Strengthening early warning system – increasing public awareness on natural hazards http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71398

Make your own paper model of a volcano https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/1991/0115a/report.pdf

An Introduction to the Rock-Forming Minerals https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/books/book/952/An-Introduction-to-the-Rock-Forming-Minerals

 

Disaster psychology

Mental health in the age of coronavirus https://www.redcross.org.au/stories/covid-19

UNICEF’s latest information to help support you and your family during the coronavirus pandemic https://www.unicef.org.au/our-work/unicef-in-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19/parents-carers-and-teachers

The difference between “physical” and “social” distancing https://www.martlet.ca/the-difference-between-physical-and-social-distancing/

Expectations, disappointments, and individual responses: Imbalances in multilevel flood risk governance revealed by public survey https://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71399

 

Sociology and disasters

Monsoon weather and early childhood health in India http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71344

Disabled people left off coronavirus vulnerable list go without food https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/apr/19/disabled-people-left-off-coronavirus-vulnerable-list-go-without-food?CMP=share_btn_tw

World Health envoy warns of unrest in poor nations without action to combat virus https://news.trust.org/item/20200421191552-vwrds/

Confronting chronic shocks: social resilience in Rio de Janeiro’s poor neighbourhood https://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71341

Five years later: Assessing the implementation of the four priorities of the Sendai Framework for inclusion of people with disabilities https://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71381

“What is a sociologist doing here?” An unconventional people-centered approach to improve warning implementation in the Sendai Framework for disaster risk reduction https://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71361

Today in disaster resilience (17 April 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Ecuador – Homes Destroyed by Floods in Quito http://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-quito-april-2020

Storm tears through South amid pandemic; more than 30 dead https://apnews.com/a7b924a128d7d0847784b75d8da98db1?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=AP&utm_source=Twitter

Krakatau volcano (Indonesia): strong explosion https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/krakatau/news/101857/Krakatau-volcano-Indonesia-strong-explosion-last-night.html

Indonesia – Thousands Affected by Floods in Lamongan, East Java http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-lamongan-april-2020

Papua New Guinea – Deadly Landslide in Chimbu Province http://floodlist.com/asia/papua-new-guinea-landslide-chimbu-province-april-2020

Ukrainian officials: Fires out near Chernobyl nuclear plant https://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/world/ukrainian-officials-fires-out-near-chernobyl-nuclear-plant-1.4895010

Yemen – Flash Floods Hit Sana’a http://floodlist.com/asia/yemen-floods-sanaa-april-2020

Iran – Deadly Floods in North and Central Provinces http://floodlist.com/asia/iran-floods-razavikhorasan-yazd-april-2020

Pakistan – More Fatalities After Heavy Rain and Storms in Punjab Province http://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-punjab-floods-rain-july-2018

Ongoing floods affect more than 25 000 in East Java, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2020/04/16/ongoing-floods-affect-more-than-25-000-in-east-java-indonesia/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Thousands of homes damaged as severe thunderstorms lash Thailand https://watchers.news/2020/04/15/thousands-of-homes-damaged-as-severe-thunderstorms-lash-thailand/

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Apr 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Semeru https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/102010/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-16-Apr-2020-Klyuchevskoy-volcano-Popocatepetl-Krakatau-Semeru-Ibu.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Data show one of the strongest predictors of social distancing behavior is attitudes toward climate change https://www.vox.com/2020/4/10/21216216/coronavirus-social-distancing-texas-unacast-climate-change

Are our urban buildings climate-ready? : http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71261

The IPCC’s special report on climate change and land: What’s in it for Africa? http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71241

Enhancing national climate plans through nature-based solutions http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71216

Expanding use of archaeology in climate change response by changing its social environment https://www.pnas.org/content/117/15/8295

A global database of Holocene paleotemperature records https://www.nature.com/articles/s41597-020-0445-3.epdf

Tackling climate change is vital for the strongest economic recovery after coronavirus https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/14/reckoning-with-climate-change-will-support-the-strongest-possible-economic-recovery-after-coronavirus?CMP=share_btn_tw

Estuaries warming and acidifying because of climate change, study finds https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/estuaries-warming-and-acidifying-because-of-climate-change-study-finds-20200414-p54jl4.html

Study reveals one climate strategy could save the world $616 trillion http://www.inkl.com/news/study-reveals-one-climate-strategy-could-save-the-world-616-trillion?share=ZxvzxGTaMzR

How to Adapt to Climate Change From the Bottom Up https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2020-04-13/building-resilient-planet?utm_content=buffer4cc54&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Cities can lead the way on climate change mitigation through green spaces http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71260

Infrastructure and climate change http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71277

Natural catastrophes in times of economic accumulation and climate change http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71269

Scientists confirm dramatic melting of Greenland ice sheet https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/apr/15/scientists-confirm-dramatic-melting-greenland-ice-sheet?CMP=share_btn_tw

Public want radical response to climate change with same urgency as coronavirus, poll finds https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/coronavirus-climate-crisis-uk-government-poll-environment-a9467371.html

Strengthen worldwide climate commitments to improve economy, study finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/14/worldwide-climate-commitments-economy-emissions?CMP=share_btn_tw

Large contribution from anthropogenic warming to an emerging North American megadrought https://science.sciencemag.org/content/368/6488/314

Australia deploying new renewables at ten times global average https://reneweconomy.com.au/australia-deploying-new-renewables-at-ten-times-global-average-11689/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Geohealth: Science’s First Responders https://eos.org/opinions/geohealth-sciences-first-responders

COVID-19 has struck Ethiopia, the second most populous country in Africa, at a moment of heightened vulnerability arising from multiple sources https://www.africa.undp.org/content/rba/en/home/blog/2020/covid-19–how-to-live-with-risk-and-succeed-.html

Hiding in Plain Sight: Conceptualizing the Creeping Crisis https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/rhc3.12193

‘It’s worth a shot’: Australia’s endgame must be total elimination of the virus https://www.smh.com.au/national/it-s-worth-a-shot-australia-s-endgame-must-be-total-elimination-of-the-virus-20200412-p54j71.html

A recent Johns Hopkins University study found that impervious surfaces found in urban areas significantly increase the potential for flooding http://floodlist.com/protection/pavement-increases-flooding-study?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Bridging forecast verification and humanitarian decisions: A valuation approach for setting up action-oriented early warnings https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212094716300172?via%3Dihub

Developing solutions for Climate and Disaster Resilience http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71197

Stanford researchers forecast longer, more extreme wildfire seasons http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71180

What is the difference between complicated and complex systems… and why is it important in understanding the systemic nature of risk? http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71254

Delhi is one of many capitals enjoying improved air quality since restrictions were introduced due to the coronavirus https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/11/positively-alpine-disbelief-air-pollution-falls-lockdown-coronavirus?CMP=share_btn_tw

Coronavirus distancing may need to continue until 2022, say experts https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/14/coronavirus-distancing-continue-until-2022-lockdown-pandemic?CMP=share_btn_tw

Applying Satellite Imagery to NWS Grand Forks Flood Operations https://satelliteliaisonblog.com/2020/04/14/application-example-applying-satellite-imagery-to-nws-grand-forks-flood-operations/

Floodplain evaluation matrix: A multiparameter assessment methodology http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71295

Bats are a key source of human viruses — but they’re not special https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01096-z

We are just now starting to understand the scope of the risk of hurricanes https://emergencypreparednesspartnerships.com/decades-of-hurricane-landfall-data-analyzed/

Ethics and Evidence in the Search for a Vaccine and Treatments for Covid-19 https://www.thehastingscenter.org/ethics-and-evidence-in-the-search-for-a-vaccine-and-treatments-for-covid-19/

One Of Mississippi’s Devastating Easter Tornadoes Was ‘At Least’ Two Miles Wide https://www.forbes.com/sites/dennismersereau/2020/04/15/one-of-mississippis-devastating-easter-tornadoes-was-at-least-two-miles-wide/

Extreme weather events in a time of COVID-19 https://www.undrr.org/news/extreme-weather-events-time-covid-19

 

Emergency management

Life and Death in the ‘Hot Zone’ https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/11/opinion/sunday/coronavirus-hospitals-bronx.html

In the middle of a pandemic, people who live in flood zones are being warned that provincial authorities won’t be able to respond in the usual way https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-communities-across-canada-prepare-for-doubled-crises-of-flooding-in-a/

Queensland bushfires review 2019-20 http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71240

Paradise Dam preparedness review 2019-20 http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71231

Disaster recovery framework guide https://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71170

Scenario planning vital in pandemic response http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71233

Addressing conflicting cues during natural hazards: lessons from emergency agencies http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71268

Why Politicians Ignore Disaster Predictions https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/04/13/why-politicians-ignore-disaster-predictions/

As coronavirus spreads in Congo, Ebola resurfaces https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news-feature/2020/04/13/congo-coronavirus-ebola-new-case?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social

Coronavirus: China’s first confirmed Covid-19 case traced back to November 17 https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3074991/coronavirus-chinas-first-confirmed-covid-19-case-traced-back

Recalibrating disaster governance in ASEAN after the 2018 central Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71248

In Singapore, migrant coronavirus cases highlight containment weak link https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-singapore-migrants/in-singapore-migrant-coronavirus-cases-highlight-containment-weak-link-idUSKCN21X19G

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – the data https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus-data

Virus-hit Asian nations brace for double disasters as extreme weather looms https://news.trust.org/item/20200416132438-y9g86/

What Happens When Other Disasters Hit during a Pandemic? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-happens-when-other-disasters-hit-during-a-pandemic/

In China, This Coronavirus App Pretty Much Controls Your Life https://futurism.com/contact-tracing-apps-china-coronavirus

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Citizen disaster science education for effective disaster risk reduction in developing countries https://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71183

Why We Should Say ‘Physical Distancing,’ Not ‘Social Distancing’ https://laist.com/latest/post/20200407/why-we-should-be-physical-distancing

Social-media companies must flatten the curve of misinformation https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01107-z?utm_source=twt_nnc&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=naturenews

 

Disaster psychology

Americans See Spread of Disease as Top International Threat, Along With Terrorism, Nuclear Weapons, Cyberattacks https://www.pewresearch.org/global/2020/04/13/americans-see-spread-of-disease-as-top-international-threat-along-with-terrorism-nuclear-weapons-cyberattacks/

Social Distance: We Can’t Go Back to Normal https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/04/world-after-coronavirus-pandemic/609775/

Public mental health crisis during COVID-19 pandemic, China http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71196

Crushing coronavirus means ‘breaking the habits of a lifetime.’ Behavior scientists have some tips https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/04/crushing-coronavirus-means-breaking-habits-lifetime-behavior-scientists-have-some-tips

 

Sociology and disasters

Confronting chronic shocks: Social resilience in Rio de Janeiro’s poor neighborhoods https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340356309_Confronting_chronic_shocks_Social_resilience_in_Rio_de_Janeiro’s_poor_neighborhoods

South Africa needs to mitigate the worst of its inequalities in tackling coronavirus http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71193

Social vulnerability in a high-risk flood-affected rural region of NSW, Australia https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-020-03887-z

Gender transformative early warning systems: Nepal Practical Action http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71289

The pandemic can be a catalyst for decolonisation in Africa https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/pandemic-catalyst-decolonisation-africa-200415150535786.html

Today in disaster resilience (10 April 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Solomon Islands – Rivers Rise as Tropical Cyclone Harold Approaches http://floodlist.com/australia/tropical-cyclone-harold-solomon-islands-april-2020

Vanuatu on Red Alert as it braces for severe Tropical Cyclone Harold https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/413468/vanuatu-on-red-alert-as-it-braces-for-severe-tropical-cyclone-harold?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

US coronavirus toll tops 10,000 https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-coronavirus-death-toll-nears-10-000-11586166530

Indonesia – at Least 3 Dead, 2 Missing After Floods and Landslides in 3 Provinces http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-at-least-3-dead-2-missing-after-floods-and-landslides-in-3-provinces

Flooding on James River persists for more than a year, South Dakota https://watchers.news/2020/04/06/flooding-on-james-river-persists-for-more-than-a-year-south-dakota/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Cyclone pounds Vanuatu, levelling buildings, amid virus shutdown https://www.reuters.com/article/us-storm-pacific-vanuatu-idUSKBN21O0HL

Severe weather in Greece https://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2020/04/06/greece-weather-skopelos-skiathos-in-estate-of-emergency/

Colombia – Landslide in Santander Prompts Evacuations http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-landslide-floridablanca-santander-april-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Papua New Guinea – Thousands Affected by Floods in Gulf Province http://floodlist.com/asia/papua-new-guinea-floods-gulf-province-april-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 8 Apr 2020: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventado https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/101406/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-8-Apr-2020-Santiaguito-volcano-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventado.html

Tropical Cyclone “Harold” leaves a trail of destruction across Vanuatu and Fiji — passing over Tonga https://watchers.news/2020/04/08/tropical-cyclone-harold-leaves-a-trail-of-destruction-across-vanuatu-and-fiji-passing-over-tonga/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Record-breaking snowfall engulfs parts of Norway https://watchers.news/2020/04/08/record-breaking-snowfall-engulfs-parts-of-norway/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s path to net-zero emissions lies in rapid, stimulus-friendly steps https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/04/australias-path-to-net-zero-emissions-lies-in-small-stimulus-friendly-steps?CMP=share_btn_tw

Cure for coronavirus-hit economy could be in renewables https://www.smh.com.au/politics/queensland/cure-for-coronavirus-hit-economy-could-be-in-renewables-garnaut-20200311-p5494c.html

Be prepared: Key lessons from the coronavirus pandemic and climate change https://grist.org/climate/be-prepared-key-lessons-from-the-pandemic-and-climate-change/

Sorry to disappoint climate deniers, but coronavirus makes the low-carbon transition more urgent https://theconversation.com/sorry-to-disappoint-climate-deniers-but-coronavirus-makes-the-low-carbon-transition-more-urgent-135419?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=bylinetwitterbutton

Report maps out ways to reach climate targets and regenerate economy https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/report-maps-out-ways-to-reach-climate-targets-and-regenerate-economy-20200403-p54gwl.html

Climate Disasters Make Vulnerable Countries More Susceptible To War https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/04/climate-disasters-make-vulnerable-countries-more-susceptible-to-war/

Let’s have a worthy debate about sea level rise https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/391548-lets-have-a-worthy-debate-about-sea-level-rise

NASA Study Adds a Pinch of Salt to El Niño Models https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2967/nasa-study-adds-a-pinch-of-salt-to-el-nino-models/

Stanford researchers forecast longer, more extreme wildfire seasons http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71180

Natural variability or climate change? Stakeholder and citizen perceptions of extreme event attribution https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378019307939?dgcid=author

Earth scorched in the first 3 months of 2020 https://mashable.com/article/climate-change-2020-records/

The projected timing of abrupt ecological disruption from climate change https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2189-9

Coronavirus pandemic threatens climate monitoring, WMO warns https://www.climatechangenews.com/2020/04/01/coronavirus-pandemic-threatens-climate-monitoring-wmo-warns/

Extreme, high temperatures may double or triple heart-related deaths http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71090

 

Disaster risk reduction

6 feet enough for social distancing? MIT researcher says droplets carrying coronavirus can travel up to 27 feet https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/03/30/coronavirus-social-distancing-mit-researcher-lydia-bourouiba-27-feet/5091526002/

Understanding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic through data http://datatopics.worldbank.org/universal-health-coverage/covid19/

Coronavirus in South Asia Takes Hold as April Arrives https://www.thinkglobalhealth.org/article/coronavirus-south-asia-takes-hold-april-arrives

Is the coronavirus airborne? Experts can’t agree https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00974-w

Ban wildlife markets to avert pandemics, says UN biodiversity chief https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/06/ban-live-animal-markets-pandemics-un-biodiversity-chief-age-of-extinction?CMP=share_btn_tw

Coronavirus and the Future of Surveillance https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2020-04-06/coronavirus-and-future-surveillance

Brazil – Extreme Rainfall Days in Metropolitan São Paulo Have Risen Four-Fold http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-sao-paulo-extreme-rainfall-days-increase?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Volcanic activity helped trigger Triassic climate change, study says https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/07/volcanic-activity-triggered-triassic-climate-change?CMP=share_btn_tw

Where are Ireland’s Sustainable flood defenses? https://nwrmireland.wordpress.com/2020/04/06/where-are-irelands-sustainable-flood-defenses/

Emergency risk assessment handbook published https://www.aidr.org.au/news/emergency-risk-assessment-handbook-published/

Coronavirus: location-tracking apps could stop the disease – here’s how https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/71210

Why does understanding the systemic nature of risk matter in the midst of COVID-19? https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/71228

3 ways to build back better after a tsunami http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71110

These 5 countries have advanced Tsunami warning systems http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71115

America’s heartland is expected to flood again — but this time amid coronavirus https://grist.org/climate/americas-heartland-is-expected-to-flood-again-but-this-time-amid-coronavirus/

Waterfront residents brace for possible flooding, even as COVID-19 crisis continues https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/waterfront-residents-brace-for-possible-flooding-even-as-covid-19-crisis-continues-1.4887503

Assessing flash flood hazard and damages in the southeast United States http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71131

Critical infrastructure cascading effects. Disaster resilience assessment for floods affecting city of Cologne and Rhein‐Erft‐Kreis http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71128

Crowdsourcing and interactive modelling for urban flood management http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71127

Mozambique – Upscaling nature-based flood protection in Mozambique’s cities: Lessons learnt from Beira http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71219

 

Emergency management

New Zealand passes 1,000 coronavirus cases as PM chastises ‘idiots’ ignoring lockdown https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/05/new-zealand-passes-1000-coronavirus-cases-as-pm-chastises-idiots-ignoring-lockdown

We need to live restricted lives for at least six months – police enforced lockdowns are unnecessary https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/05/we-need-to-live-restricted-lives-for-at-least-six-months-police-enforced-lockdowns-are-unnecessary?CMP=share_btn_tw

How do the effects of the coronavirus pandemic compare to that of a major earthquake? https://abc7.com/how-do-the-effects-of-the-coronavirus-pandemic-compare-to-that-of-a-major-earthquake/6047020/

I’m A Disaster Scientist. Here’s Why We Need To Think About Coronavirus Recovery Now https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/04/im-a-disaster-scientist-heres-why-we-need-to-think-about-coronavirus-recovery-now/

Coronavirus pandemic hurts nations’ disaster readiness https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/04/05/asia-pacific/coronavirus-pandemic-hurts-disaster-readiness/#.XozvWW5uKUk

New York merging all its hospitals to battle coronavirus https://www.vox.com/2020/4/3/21207310/coronavirus-new-york-hospitals-andrew-cuomo

U.S. Readies Health Response for the Next Big Eruption https://eos.org/features/u-s-readies-health-response-for-the-next-big-eruption

NSW RFS Commissioner takes on new resilience role https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/nsw-rfs-commissioner-takes-on-new-resilience-role

Addressing conflicting cues during natural hazards: lessons from emergency agencies https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/72

UN agency calls for inclusion of domestic violence risk in disaster response to COVID-19 https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/71220

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

5 ways to include people with disabilities when preparing for tsunami https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/59487?utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=202003Tusnami

Learning Resources: How water flows in a catchment https://www.jbatrust.org/how-we-help/learning-resources/how-water-flows-in-a-catchment/

Creating a Novel Disaster Medicine Virtual Reality Training Environment https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/prehospital-and-disaster-medicine/article/creating-a-novel-disaster-medicine-virtual-reality-training-environment/7D1601AC092781E6DF0FE6DAD9ACEE66/share/f51b28c070ac890bf3614b399e88ea4a688f351c

Communications down after category 5 Cyclone Harold hits Vanuatu https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/06/communications-down-after-category-5-cyclone-harold-hits-vanuatu?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

The Pursuit of Clarity in a Time of Plague https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/pursuit-clarity-time-plague/

Resilient Australia Awards open https://www.aidr.org.au/programs/resilient-australia-awards/

‘His Game is Called Survivin:’ a resistance to resilience https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340493367_’His_Game_is_Called_Survivin’_a_resistance_to_resilience

Students, everything you need to know about coronavirus https://education.abc.net.au/newsandarticles/blog/-/b/3520184

Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation and IBAC launch flood education course for brokers https://www.coastalnewstoday.com/post/intact-centre-on-climate-adaptation-and-ibac-launch-flood-education-course-for-brokers

Geological Society of America Online Education Resource Guide https://www.geosociety.org/GSA/Education_Careers/GSA/edu-career/online-resources.aspx

Communicating the effectiveness of flood-mitigation schemes http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71124

 

Psychology and Disasters

Managing Your Mind During Coronavirus https://psychcentral.com/blog/managing-your-mind-during-coronavirus/

The Coronavirus Is Not Mother Nature’s Revenge https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/03/05/virus-natural-animals-coronavirus-nature-revenge/

Social Distancing And Storm Evacuations Save Lives. Here’s Why Some People Complain When They Do https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2020/04/05/social-distancing-and-storm-evacuations-save-liveswhy-some-people-complain-when-they-do/#7f24ddbf682e

Several psychologists are actively working on the response to Covid-19, and psychological theory / research is relevant in many ways https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-33/april-2020/coronavirus-psychological-perspectives

The state of Americans’ trust in each other amid the COVID-19 pandemic https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/04/06/the-state-of-americans-trust-in-each-other-amid-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Analysis of the Actions and Motivations of a Community during the 2017 Torrential Rains in Northern Kyushu, Japan https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340408387_Analysis_of_the_Actions_and_Motivations_of_a_Community_during_the_2017_Torrential_Rains_in_Northern_Kyushu_Japan

Look after your mental health in the COVID-19 crisis https://www.ideas.org.au/blog/look-after-your-mental-health-in-the-covid-19-crisis.html

Climate grief: How we mourn a changing planet https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200402-climate-grief-mourning-loss-due-to-climate-change

 

Sociology and disasters

UN development head: Coronavirus crisis will hit the world’s poorest for years https://news.trust.org/item/20200405163657-adzfn/

At first, most Philly coronavirus patients were white. New cases are now primarily African Americans https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-coronavirus-race-african-american-cases-rising-20200403.html

How Will the Coronavirus Reshape Democracy and Governance Globally? https://carnegieendowment.org/2020/04/06/how-will-coronavirus-reshape-democracy-and-governance-globally-pub-81470

Fighting for a Just COVID-19 Response https://blog.ucsusa.org/derrick-jackson/fighting-for-a-just-covid-19-response

The importance of social ties in handling COVID19 https://www.preventionweb.net/experts/oped/view/71227

From the bushfires to coronavirus, our old ‘normal’ is gone forever. So what’s next? https://theconversation.com/from-the-bushfires-to-coronavirus-our-old-normal-is-gone-forever-so-whats-next-134994

Social cohesion and willingness to pay for cyclone risk reduction: The case for the coastal embankment improvement project in Bangladesh http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71205

Today in disaster resilience (3 April 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Large tornado rips through Jonesboro, causing extensive damage, Arkansas https://watchers.news/2020/03/29/jonesboro-tornado-damage-march-2020-arkansas/

Indonesia – Deadly Landslide in Bali http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-landslide-kubutambahan-bali-january-2019

Indonesia – Deadly Landslide in South Sulawesi http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-landslide-south-sulawesi-march-2020

Kenya – Hundreds of Families Displaced by Flooding in Western Counties http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-floods-busia-siaya-march-2020

Syria – Deadly Floods in North http://floodlist.com/asia/syria-floods-raqqa-march-2020

Nineteen killed in massive China forest fire https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/03/31/nineteen-killed-in-massive-china-forest-fire.html

Iran – More Fatalities After Floods in Fars Province http://floodlist.com/asia/iran-fars-floods-march-2020

Peru – Homes Destroyed After Floods and Mudslides in Huánuco http://floodlist.com/america/peru-floods-maranon-huanuco-march-2020

India – Evacuations After Rain Triggers Landslides in Jammu and Kashmir http://floodlist.com/asia/india-jammu-ramban-landslide-march-2020

Pakistan – More Rain Damage in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan http://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-floods-landslides-khyberpakhtunkhwa-balochistan-march-2020

DR Congo – Thousands Affected by Floods in Maniema Province http://floodlist.com/africa/drcongo-floods-maniema-march-2020

More than 3,000 have died from COVID-19 have died in the US https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/30/health/us-coronavirus-updates-monday/index.html

Tornadoes touch down in Alabama and Mississippi https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/31/us/tornadoes-alabama-mississippi/index.html

Coronavirus Australia live news: CSIRO launches initial trial stage of two COVID-19 vaccines https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/coronavirus/coronavirus-australia-live-news-csiro-launches-initial-trial-stage-of-two-covid-19-vaccines/ar-BB122sK5?ocid=spartandhp

Indonesia – Thousands Affected by Floods in Bandung http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-bandung-march-2020

Afghanistan – Flash Floods Leave 11 Dead, Homes Destroyed http://floodlist.com/asia/afghanistan-floods-march-2020

Papua New Guinea – Floods Hit Morobe Province http://floodlist.com/asia/papua-new-guinea-morobe-province-april-2020

Spain – Dozens Rescued From Floods in Castellón After Highest Rainfall in 30 Years http://floodlist.com/europe/spain-floods-castellon-april-2020

Coronavirus latest: Confirmed cases cross the 1-million mark https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00154-w?utm_source=twt_nnc&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=naturenews&sf232266766=1

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Carbon emissions will drop, but experts fear ‘revenge pollution’ https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/carbon-emissions-will-drop-but-experts-fear-revenge-pollution-20200327-p54eft.html

The annual Australia’s Environment report finds last year’s heat and drought caused unprecedented damage https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/30/probably-the-worst-year-in-a-century-the-environmental-toll-of-2019?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

Why Clouds Are the Key to New Troubling Projections on Warming https://e360.yale.edu/features/why-clouds-are-the-key-to-new-troubling-projections-on-warming

Barclays sets net zero carbon target for 2050 after investor pressure https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/30/barclays-sets-net-zero-carbon-target-for-2050-after-investor-pressure-climate?CMP=share_btn_tw

Coronavirus and climate change: The pandemic is a fire drill for our planet’s future https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/coronavirus-climate-change-pandemic-fire-drill-our-planet-s-future-ncna1169991

Anatomy of a heatwave: how Antarctica recorded a 20.75°C day last month https://theconversation.com/anatomy-of-a-heatwave-how-antarctica-recorded-a-20-75-c-day-last-month-134550?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=bylinetwitterbutton

Coal phase-out can provide “cheap” way to reduce emissions, researchers say https://reneweconomy.com.au/coal-phase-out-can-provide-cheap-way-to-reduce-emissions-researchers-say-13731/

‘Very un-Antarctic’: When the icy continent was not very cold at all https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/very-un-antarctic-when-the-icy-continent-was-not-very-cold-at-all-20200330-p54fe7.html

Why the climate crisis is harder to spot in the UK and US https://www.theguardian.com/news/2020/mar/20/weatherwatch-why-climate-change-harder-spot-uk-us

Tackling climate change https://www.wired.com/story/what-you-can-do-solve-climate-change/

Beneath the virus lurks a bigger emergency, but the world is distracted from the climate threat https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/beneath-the-virus-lurks-a-bigger-emergency-but-the-world-is-distracted-from-the-climate-threat-20200328-p54et4.html

Rain, floods and confused seals: Inside Antarctica’s warmest-ever summer https://www.euronews.com/2020/03/31/rain-floods-and-confused-seals-inside-antarctica-s-warmest-ever-summer

‘We must use this time well’: climate experts hopeful after Cop26 delay https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/02/we-must-use-this-time-well-climate-experts-hopeful-after-cop26-delay-coronavirus

 

Disaster risk reduction

Australia’s Environment in 2019 https://www.wenfo.org/aer/

What we’ve learned about the coronavirus — and what we still need to know https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/26/what-weve-learned-about-the-coronavirus-and-what-we-still-need-to-know/

Post-fire ecological stocktake https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/saturdayextra/post-fire-ecological-stocktake/12050408

Effective transmission across the globe: the role of climate in COVID-19 mitigation strategies https://cmmid.github.io/topics/covid19/current-patterns-transmission/role-of-climate.html

The Coronavirus Outbreak Presents Unique Housing Challenges for Seniors https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/the-coronavirus-outbreak-presents-unique-housing-challenges-for-seniors

UN launches COVID-19 plan that could ‘defeat the virus and build a better world’ https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/03/1060702

A lethal pandemic was considered the most serious security risk to the UK. But nothing was done https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2020/03/why-weren-t-we-ready

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s Floodplain Manager newsletter https://molinostewart.com.au/editorial/floodplain-manager-march-2020/

This Looks Like a Depression, Not a Recession https://marker.medium.com/this-looks-like-a-depression-not-a-recession-16a123f966d8

Live animal trade continues across India and Asia https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/coronavirus-animals-india-kill-eat-asia-video-china-vietnam-dogs-cats-a9441356.html

Natural solutions to UK flooding climb the agenda https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/02/thank-you-greta-natural-solutions-to-uk-flooding-climb-the-agenda-aoe

4 major hurricanes are predicted as part of an above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/02/weather/2020-atlantic-hurricane-season/index.html

What climate change means for Northwestern US wildfires https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200402134613.htm

Initial Insured Losses for UK’s February Floods Estimated at £297M (US$367.8M) https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2020/04/02/563118.htm

 

Emergency management

The residents of Ironbridge are still recovering from flooding earlier this year and now they must prepare for a pandemic https://news.sky.com/story/ironbridge-faces-new-challenge-of-coronavirus-after-it-was-hit-by-severe-flooding-11965174

Africa is woefully ill-equipped to cope with covid-19 https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2020/03/26/africa-is-woefully-ill-equipped-to-cope-with-covid-19

How South Korea flattened the curve https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/south-korea-coronavirus-flatten-curve-covid-19?utm_content=buffer4db48&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Italy starts to bend coronavirus curve https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/italy/

The home front: How international aid workers are fighting COVID-19 in Italy https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news-feature/2020/03/31/italy-coronavirus-aid-workers?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social

San Francisco Shut Down: COVID-19 Quarantine https://youtu.be/uWYdU5weIxc

Japan struggles to get a grip on social distancing http://www.newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/126692.php

Is coronavirus hitting young Americans harder than we thought? https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/01/coronavirus-young-americans-covid-19?CMP=share_btn_tw

FEMA braces for a multi-front war as hurricane season looms https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/01/fema-braces-for-hurricane-season-160655

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Public views of the coronavirus’s impact on the U.S. https://www.people-press.org/2020/03/26/public-views-of-the-coronaviruss-impact-on-the-u-s/

Getting people to comply with social distancing policies is basically an exercise in marketing https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/to-flatten-the-covid-19-curve-target-the-subconscious/?utm_medium=social&utm_content=organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=SciAm_&sf232109653=1

Epidemics in Movies https://tools.cdc.gov/medialibrary/index.aspx#/media/id/405750

Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement Book https://hazards.colorado.edu/library/new-reads

How to Care for a Loved One With Coronavirus https://www.self.com/story/coronavirus-care

Learn About Groundwater At Home! https://www.groundwater.org/learn-at-home/learn.html

 

Psychology and Disasters

Isolation is hazardous to your health. The term ‘social distancing’ doesn’t help https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2020-03-28/isolation-is-hazardous-to-your-health-the-term-social-distancing-doesnt-help

Navigating the new rules of social distance etiquette https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/navigating-the-new-rules-of-social-distance-etiquette-20200326-p54edc.html

A COVID-19 survival guide for parents of tweens and teens https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/going-beyond-intelligence/202003/is-the-new-normal

 

Sociology and disasters

Coronavirus: Portugal to treat migrants as residents during pandemic https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/coronavirus-portugal-migrants-asylum-seekers-treatment-residents-a9431831.html

The Real Pandemic Danger Is Social Collapse https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2020-03-19/real-pandemic-danger-social-collapse

For the 2.5 million people in Metro Manila who reside in crowded slums, community quarantining and social distancing have entirely different implications https://www.ph.undp.org/content/philippines/en/home/presscenter/articles/-opinion-editorial–a-crisis-for-all.html

COVID-19 and the displaced https://www.refugeesinternational.org/reports/2020/3/29/covid-19-and-the-displaced-addressing-the-threat-of-the-novel-coronavirus-in-humanitarian-emergencies

Coronavirus infection rates begin to fall, but ‘flattening the curve’ may mean WA is locked down even longer https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-01/coronavirus-wa-cases-fall-as-wa-begins-to-flatten-the-curve/12107326

Coronavirus could be final straw for EU, European experts warn https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/01/coronavirus-could-be-final-straw-for-eu-european-experts-warn?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

We aren’t just stopping coronavirus. We’re building a new world https://thecorrespondent.com/385/we-arent-just-stopping-coronavirus-were-building-a-new-world/50968856015-625b9768

1 in 10 children affected by bushfires is Indigenous. We’ve been ignoring them for too long https://theconversation.com/1-in-10-children-affected-by-bushfires-is-indigenous-weve-been-ignoring-them-for-too-long-135212

A Beginner’s Guide to the Importance of Social Capital During a Pandemic https://thewire.in/government/physical-distancing-social-capital-coronavirus-pandemic-public-confidence

Social Capital’s Role in Humanitarian Crises https://www.researchgate.net/publication/339850407_Social_Capital’s_Role_in_Humanitarian_Crises

Today in disaster resilience (27 March 2020)

Recent emergencies/disaster

Earthquake rocks Croatia’s capital Zagreb https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51995861

Ecuador – 350 Families Affected as Rivers Overflow in Pastaza http://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-pastaza-march-2020

Iran – Deadly Floods Hit Southern Provinces http://floodlist.com/asia/iran-floods-march-2020

USA – 8 Killed in Ohio and Indiana Floods http://floodlist.com/america/usa/ohio-indiana-floods-march-2020

Papua New Guinea – 10 Dead After Landslide in Western Highlands http://floodlist.com/australia/papua-new-guinea-landslide-western-highlands-march-2020

Severe thunderstorms, rain and hail hit Dubai, UAE https://watchers.news/2020/03/23/severe-thunderstorms-rain-and-hail-hit-dubai-uae/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Coronavirus latest news: Global pandemic is ‘accelerating’ warns WHO https://www.newscientist.com/article/2237475-coronavirus-latest-news-global-pandemic-is-accelerating-warns-who/

Second wave of coronavirus cases hits Asia https://www.ft.com/content/859e9336-68db-11ea-a3c9-1fe6fedcca75

Indonesia – Thousands Affected by Floods in Bandung http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-bandung-march-2020

Burundi – Hundreds Displaced After More Severe Weather http://floodlist.com/africa/burundi-heavy-rain-floods-march-2020

Zambia – Families Displaced After More Floods in Luapula Province http://floodlist.com/africa/zambia-floods-luapula-march-2020

Yemen – Deadly Floods Hit Aden http://floodlist.com/asia/yemen-floods-march-2020

Burundi – Hundreds Displaced After More Severe Weather http://floodlist.com/africa/burundi-heavy-rain-floods-march-2020

Large and destructive tornado hits Tishomingo, Mississippi — rare tornado emergency issued https://watchers.news/2020/03/25/large-and-destructive-tornado-hits-tishomingo-mississippi-rare-tornado-emergency-issued/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

See how global warming has changed the world since your childhood https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-06/how-climate-change-has-impacted-your-life/11766018

With coronavirus and climate change, it’s about time https://www.axios.com/coronavirus-climate-change-time-72d420ff-ae66-43f9-9930-79b1466843fa.html

Rewilding project aims to give Thames its flood plain back https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/27/rewilding-project-aims-give-thames-flood-plain-back

Managing disaster risks and water under climate change in Central Asia and Caucasus https://www.weadapt.org/knowledge-base/sdc-climate-change-environment-network/managing-disaster-risks-and-water-under-climate-change-in-central-asia-and-caucasus

Sea levels in Singapore 14cm above pre-1970 levels: Meteorological Service Singapore https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/environment/sea-levels-in-singapore-140mm-above-pre-1970-levels-meteorological-service

Scientists just discovered a massive new vulnerability in the Antarctic ice sheet https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2020/03/23/denman-glacier-climate-change/

Shedding light on how much carbon tropical forests can absorb https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200319090255.htm

Evaluating Cloud Cover Predictions in Climate Models https://eos.org/research-spotlights/evaluating-cloud-cover-predictions-in-climate-models

Wind industry calls on Victoria to set “bold” science-based emissions targets https://reneweconomy.com.au/wind-industry-calls-on-victoria-to-set-bold-science-based-emissions-targets-62226/

Climate crisis blamed for rains and floods that have killed 150 in Brazil https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/13/climate-crisis-blamed-for-rains-and-floods-that-have-killed-150-in-brazil

Holding back the tide – sea’s advance threatens Tunisia’s beaches https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tunisia-tourism-climate-idUSKBN2160PA

UK greenhouse gas emissions fall for seventh year in a row https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/26/uk-greenhouse-gas-emissions-fall-for-seventh-year-in-a-row?CMP=share_btn_tw

Coronavirus, Climate Change, And Our Community https://www.forbes.com/sites/mindylubber/2020/03/26/coronavirus-climate-change-and-our-community/#18a46c4f78f9

 

Disaster risk reduction

Social distancing: What it is and why it’s the best tool we have to fight the coronavirus https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/03/social-distancing-coronavirus

Natural disasters cost the world $232 billion last year. Here are the worst seven https://www.varsity.co.uk/sponsored/natural-disasters-cost-the-world-232-billion-last-year-here-are-the-worst-seven

Study: Coronavirus Lockdown Likely Saved 77,000 Lives In China Just By Reducing Pollution https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2020/03/16/coronavirus-lockdown-may-have-saved-77000-lives-in-china-just-from-pollution-reduction/#6bf808ff34fe

Which Covid-19 drugs work best? https://www.technologyreview.com/s/615394/covid-19-coronavirus-best-drugs-in-treating-the-outbreak/

A Professor of Disasters and Health on COVID-19 http://nautil.us/blog/a-professor-of-disasters-and-health-on-covid_19

Hong Kong appeared to have the coronavirus under control, then it let its guard down https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/23/asia/hong-kong-coronavirus-quarantine-intl-hnk/index.html

Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-the-hammer-and-the-dance-be9337092b56

Lives on the Line: The Big Benefits of Microgrids in Disaster https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/lives-on-the-line-the-big-benefits-of-microgrids-in-disaster

CDC says coronavirus RNA found in Princess Cruise ship cabins up to 17 days after passengers left https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2020/03/23/cdc-coronavirus-survived-in-princess-cruise-cabins-up-to-17-days-after-passengers-left.html?__twitter_impression=true

It’s up to you: data shows coronavirus can only be controlled if eight out of 10 Aussies stay home https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-25/coronavirus-covid-19-modelling-stay-home-chart/12084144

You could be spreading the coronavirus without realising you’ve got it https://www.newscientist.com/article/2238473-you-could-be-spreading-the-coronavirus-without-realising-youve-got-it/#ixzz6HdA4dCKr
It’s wrong to blame bats for the coronavirus epidemic https://theconversation.com/its-wrong-to-blame-bats-for-the-coronavirus-epidemic-134300
Mapping precipitation in the Himilayas http://geoapps.icimod.org/hichap

‘While proactive school closures cannot interrupt transmission on their own, they reduce peak incidence by half and delay the epidemic’ https://comdig.unam.mx/2020/03/25/age-profile-of-susceptibility-mixing-and-social-distancing-shape-the-dynamics-of-the-novel-coronavirus-disease-2019-outbreak-in-china/

Why Germany’s Coronavirus Death Rate Is Far Lower Than In Other Countries https://www.npr.org/2020/03/25/820595489/why-germanys-coronavirus-death-rate-is-far-lower-than-in-other-countries

Help needed to rescue UK’s old rainfall records https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52040822

COVID-19 lands in Africa on some of the world’s least capable health systems, wholly unable to cope with a pandemic https://www.africa.undp.org/content/rba/en/home/blog/2020/preparing-better–fighting-back–recovering-stronger.html

 

Emergency management

The case for shutting down almost everything, and restarting when coronavirus is gone https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/21/the-case-for-shutting-down-almost-everything-and-restarting-when-coronavirus-is-gone?CMP=share_btn_tw

Almost 25 million jobs could be lost worldwide as a result of COVID-19, says ILO https://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/newsroom/news/WCMS_738742/lang–en/index.htm

Coronavirus and aid: What we’re watching https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news/2020/03/19/coronavirus-humanitarian-aid-response?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social

Swedish PM warned over ‘Russian roulette-style’ Covid-19 strategy https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/23/swedish-pm-warned-russian-roulette-covid-19-strategy-herd-immunity

COVID-19 world wide data https://qap.ecdc.europa.eu/public/extensions/COVID-19/COVID-19.html

Nearly half of Diamond Princess cruise ship passengers and crew who had coronavirus were asymptomatic when tested, CDC report says https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/24/us/diamond-princess-cruise-ship-asymptomatic-tests/

U.S. could be next ‘virus epicenter’ as India locks down, global recession looms https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus/u-s-could-be-next-virus-epicenter-as-india-locks-down-global-recession-looms-idUSKBN21B1RJ

Wildfire Season Is Almost Here, and Coronavirus Is Making Us Less Prepared https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/v74npb/wildfire-season-is-a-pandemic-nightmare-and-its-almost-here

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

A UN programme for schools is looking to make education a central part of the international response to climate change https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/03/1059151

World Water Day and World Meteorological Day 2020 – Joint message https://reliefweb.int/report/world/world-water-day-and-world-meteorological-day-2020-joint-message

Medium Coronavirus blog https://coronavirus.medium.com/

Here’s how social media can combat the coronavirus ‘infodemic’ https://www.technologyreview.com/s/615368/facebook-twitter-social-media-infodemic-misinformation/

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak highlights serious deficiencies in scholarly communication https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2020/03/05/the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak-highlights-serious-deficiencies-in-scholarly-communication/

Try the Flash Flood Game https://seriousgeo.games/2020/03/23/try-flash-flood-at-home/

Earthquake safety at home guide https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1582663331734-d055b587ee74e6e5cd9c9cd14e80020d/FEMAP-530_EQSafetyatHome_508.pdf

Floodlines: The story of an unnatural disaster https://www.theatlantic.com/podcasts/floodlines/

Staying well during self-isolation https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/healthreport/quarantine-psychology/12080862

Five questions to ask when you see a coronavirus map https://medium.com/@garrett.dash.nelson/five-questions-to-ask-when-you-see-a-coronavirus-map-8e7ec56feeac

Talking to kids about COVID-19

https://www.redcross.org.au/news-and-media/news/talking-to-kids-about-covid-19

Coronavirus – tips for self-isolating

https://www.redcross.org.au/news-and-media/news/coronavirus-tips-for-self-isolating

The University of Hull has secured almost £300,000 of funding to help young people in Vietnam better understand and tackle climate change https://www.hull.ac.uk/work-with-us/more/media-centre/news/2020/university-of-hull-secures-300000-funding-to-help-young-people-in-vietnam-tackle-climate-change

 

Psychology and Disasters

Before the pandemic, three-quarters of Americans said people would cooperate with each other in a crisis https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/03/19/before-the-pandemic-three-quarters-of-americans-said-people-would-cooperate-with-each-other-in-a-crisis/

Let’s Aim for Physical Rather Than Social Distancing http://nautil.us/blog/lets-aim-for-physical-rather-than-social-distancing

Close Encounters: How Near Misses Influence Disaster Decision Making https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/close-encounters-how-near-misses-influence-disaster-decision-making

New poll suggests 1-in-5 Canadians feel pandemic blown out of proportion https://www.cheknews.ca/new-poll-suggests-1-in-5-canadians-feel-pandemic-blown-out-of-proportion-657483/

Meet the heroes of Australia’s bushfire crisis and find out – months on – how they are coping as they try to get back to normality https://www.sbs.com.au/news/insight/volunteer-firefighters-how-are-they-coping

COVID-19 and your mental wellbeing

https://www.redcross.org.au/news-and-media/news/covid-19-and-your-mental-wellbeing

 

Sociology and disasters

When events unfold that disrupt the social order, most of us search for solace among our fellow human beings https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/director/the-ties-that-bind

Using social and behavioural science to support COVID-19 pandemic response https://psyarxiv.com/y38m9

In the Battle Against Coronavirus, Humanity Lacks Leadership https://time.com/5803225/yuval-noah-harari-coronavirus-humanity-leadership/?xid=tcoshare

Yuval Noah Harari: the world after coronavirus https://www.ft.com/content/19d90308-6858-11ea-a3c9-1fe6fedcca75?segmentID=d000ce45-8c25-aa67-8d82-a8ab39602280&campaign=march20

Association president warns against spreading xenophobia along with virus https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2020/03/destigmatizing-coronavirus

The community-led movement creating hope in the time of coronavirus https://theconversation.com/the-community-led-movement-creating-hope-in-the-time-of-coronavirus-134391

Pandemics reveal structural weaknesses: at pace and scale https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/rsa-blogs/2020/03/coronavirus-respond-at-scale-build-bridges-to-the-future

Covid-19 is nature’s wake-up call to complacent civilisation https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/25/covid-19-is-natures-wake-up-call-to-complacent-civilisation?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

Today in disaster resilience (20 March 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Tanzania – Homes Damaged After Floods in Pwani Region http://floodlist.com/africa/tanzania-floods-pwani-march-2020

Colombia – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Santander http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-santander-march-2020

Timor-Leste – Around 200 Homes Destroyed After Massive Flooding in Dili http://floodlist.com/asia/timor-leste-flooding-dili-march-2020

Angola – Floods in Cuanza Sul, Malanje and Lunda Sul Provinces http://floodlist.com/africa/angola-floods-cuanzasul-malanje-lundasul-march-2020

Madagascar – Tropical Cyclone Herold Causes Flooding in North East http://floodlist.com/africa/madagascar-tropical-cyclone-herold-march-2020

Fiji – Roads Swamped After 200mm of Rain in 24 Hours http://floodlist.com/australia/fiji-viti-levu-floods-march-2020

Peru – Dozens of Homes Damaged by Floods and Mudslides in Arequipa http://floodlist.com/america/peru-floods-arequipa-march-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 19 Mar 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Ibu, Dukono, Reventado https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/100232/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-19-Mar-2020-Klyuchevskoy-volcano-Popocatepetl-Ibu-Dukono-Reventado.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climatologist makes clear: We’re still on pandemic path with global warming https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/03/19/opinion/climatologist-makes-clear-were-still-pandemic-path-with-global-warming/

Greenland’s melting ice raised global sea level by 2.2mm in two months https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/mar/19/greenland-ice-melt-sea-level-rise-climate-crisis?CMP=share_btn_tw

World’s Warmest Winter Ended Long Before Spring https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-19/world-s-warmest-winter-ended-long-before-spring-s-official-start

 

Disaster risk reduction

Why experts are urging social distancing to combat coronavirus outbreak https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/why-experts-why-experts-are-urging-social-distancing-combat-coronavirus-outbreak

Coronavirus vaccines: five key questions as trials begin https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00798-8?utm_source=twt_nnc&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=naturenews

New insights into US flood vulnerability revealed from flood insurance big data https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-15264-2

COVID-19 Scientific Resources https://www.cerahgeneve.ch/resources/covid-19-free-online-scientific-resources/

This Is How We Can Beat the Coronavirus https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/how-we-beat-coronavirus/608389/

Billion-dollar wildlife industry in Vietnam under assault as law drafted to halt trading https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/18/billion-dollar-wildlife-industry-in-vietnam-under-assault-as-law-drafted-to-halt-trading?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

From food to tech, coronavirus to spur urban planning rethink https://news.trust.org/item/20200318110654-1rdnc/

Auckland Volcanic Field magmatism, volcanism, and hazard: a review https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00288306.2020.1736102?journalCode=tnzg20

Policy of building homes on flood plains to be reviewed https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/mar/12/policy-of-building-homes-on-flood-plains-to-be-reviewed

 

Emergency management

Nissan gets award for role of Leaf in energy resilience in disasters https://thedriven.io/2020/03/18/nissan-gets-award-for-role-of-nissan-leaf-in-energy-resilience-in-disasters/

Abe turns vague on timing as coronavirus leaves Tokyo Olympics in doubt http://www.newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/126583.php

Italy has a world-class health system. The coronavirus has pushed it to the breaking point https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/italy-has-world-class-health-system-coronavirus-has-pushed-it-n1162786

Coronavirus Australia live updates: ‘Disruptive’ COVID-19 measures to last ‘at least’ six months, top doc says https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/health/coronavirus-australia-live-updates-tougher-crowd-measures-expected-as-virus-cases-surpass-450/live-coverage/8111dfa0aa77a938681d17c79839e383

The Impact of COVID-19 on Humanitarian Crises https://www-csis-org.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.csis.org/analysis/impact-covid-19-humanitarian-crises?amp

Our politicians are not fit to oversee the coronavirus response. It’s time they got out of the way https://theconversation.com/our-politicians-are-not-fit-to-oversee-the-coronavirus-response-its-time-they-got-out-of-the-way-134035

Why Deaths from Coronavirus Are So High in Italy https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-deaths-from-coronavirus-are-so-high-in-italy/

In Egypt, floods add to difficulty of fighting pandemic https://www.thenational.ae/opinion/editorial/in-egypt-floods-add-to-difficulty-of-fighting-pandemic-1.992424

Millions lost as virus strikes Qld events https://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/6686389/millions-lost-as-virus-strikes-qld-events/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

COVID-19 is not a cause for panic. It is cause for action https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/03/covid-19-is-not-cause-for-panic-it-is-cause-for-action.html

Exploring the Complexity of Pandemics Through Play https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blog-post/exploring-complexity-pandemics-through-play?utm_content=buffer1c5ec&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Psychology and Disasters

Mass Panic Is Unlikely, Even During a Pandemic https://www.wired.com/story/coronavirus-mass-panic-unlikely-pandemic/

Coping Strategies in Uncertain Times: Calming Your Nervous System During the Coronavirus Outbreak https://psychcentral.com/blog/coping-strategies-in-uncertain-times-calming-your-nervous-system-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/

Why Prioritizing Sleep in the Time of Coronavirus Is So Important https://www.rand.org/blog/2020/03/why-prioritizing-sleep-in-the-time-of-coronavirus-is.html?utm_campaign=&utm_content=1584470733&utm_medium=rand_social&utm_source=twitter

 

Sociology and disasters

How Will COVID-19 Affect Women and Girls in Low- and Middle-Income Countries? https://www.cgdev.org/blog/how-will-covid-19-affect-women-and-girls-low-and-middle-income-countries

Something invisible has stopped us https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2020/something-invisible-has-stopped-us.html

Today in disaster resilience (13 May 2020)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Coronavirus: Italy Orders Massive Shutdown; Cruise Ship Gets OK To Dock In California https://www.npr.org/2020/03/08/813396080/coronavirus-italy-orders-massive-shutdown-amid-spread

Pakistan – Over 20 Dead After Heavy Rain Destroys Homes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa http://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-rain-khyber-pakhtunkhwa-march-2020

Coronavirus: Whole of Italy placed on ‘red zone’ quarantine and all public events banned https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-italy-lockdown-red-zone-events-cancelled-travel-latest-a9389151.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1583787430

Indonesia – Hundreds Displaced by Flooding as Heavy Rain Continues http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-java-sulawesi-newguinea-march-2020

Rwanda – Heavy Rain and Storms Cause Fatalities http://floodlist.com/africa/rwanda-floods-march-2020

Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as the outbreak spreads https://www.ft.com/content/a26fbf7e-48f8-11ea-aeb3-955839e06441?segmentID=22a4a564-acc0-bdcd-29ab-405d952fdcc3

Zambia – Thousands Affected by Floods in North http://floodlist.com/africa/zambia-floods-north-march-2020

Iran – Over 20,000 Affected by Floods in South West Says UN http://floodlist.com/asia/iran-floods-lorestan-khuzestan-march-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Mar 2020: Santiaguito volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Klyuchevskoy https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/99869/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-12-Mar-2020-Santiaguito-volcano-Pacaya-Fuego-Klyuchevskoy-Popocate.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

‘We need a serious conversation’: River flows could decline 40% in Australia’s foodbowl https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/we-need-a-serious-conversation-river-flows-could-decline-40-percent-in-australia-s-foodbowl-20200304-p546t4.html

These are the places across Australia people will soon struggle to live in without serious challenges https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/climate-change/these-are-the-places-across-australia-people-will-soon-struggle-to-live-in-without-serious-challenges/news-story/fce6ba88e1b8135866fb2aad720d7101

Be honest Australia, you’re not ‘meeting and beating’ your emissions targets https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/be-honest-australia-you-re-not-meeting-and-beating-your-emissions-targets-20200307-p547u1.html

Renewables keep crunching Australia’s electricity emissions – no thanks to federal policy https://reneweconomy.com.au/renewables-keep-crunching-australias-electricity-emissions-no-thanks-to-federal-policy-15796/

A rare natural phenomenon brings severe drought to Australia. Climate change is making it more common https://theconversation.com/a-rare-natural-phenomenon-brings-severe-drought-to-australia-climate-change-is-making-it-more-common-133058?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=bylinetwitterbutton

What Could Warming Mean for Pathogens like Coronavirus? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-could-warming-mean-for-pathogens-like-coronavirus/

UK’s CO2 emissions have fallen 29% over the past decade https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-uks-co2-emissions-have-fallen-29-per-cent-over-the-past-decade

Coronavirus should give us hope that we are able to tackle the climate crisis https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-should-give-us-hope-that-we-are-able-to-tackle-the-climate-crisis-133174

It’s official: the last five years were the warmest ever recorded https://theconversation.com/its-official-the-last-five-years-were-the-warmest-ever-recorded-133056

WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2019 https://library.wmo.int/index.php?lvl=notice_display&id=21700#.Xmf_2aMzbIU

A solution to cut extreme heat by up to 6 degrees is in our own backyards https://theconversation.com/a-solution-to-cut-extreme-heat-by-up-to-6-degrees-is-in-our-own-backyards-133082

New Circular Economy Action Plan shows the way to a climate-neutral, competitive economy of empowered consumers https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_420

Planet is ‘way off track’ in dealing with climate change, U.N. says https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2020/03/11/climate-change-world-way-off-track-dealing-global-warming/5021961002/

The climate crisis is disrupting life for millions, a report finds https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/10/weather/climate-report-wmo-2019-wxc/index.html?platform=hootsuite

Climate change: The state of our atmosphere https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/climate-change-state-atmosphere-200311123221535.html

Apocalypse never: why climate catastrophe won’t make us change https://thecorrespondent.com/329/apocalypse-never-why-climate-catastrophe-wont-make-us-change/43555204231-a33f6054

Major Greenland glacier collapse 90 years ago linked to climate change https://phys.org/news/2020-03-major-greenland-glacier-collapse-years.html

Polar ice caps melting six times faster than in 1990s https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/11/polar-ice-caps-melting-six-times-faster-than-in-1990s?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Our World, Our Say: Australia’s largest youth survey on climate change https://www.aidr.org.au/news/our-world-our-say-australia-s-largest-youth-survey-on-climate-change/

It’s time to win climate wars, NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean says https://www.sbs.com.au/news/it-s-time-to-win-climate-wars-nsw-environment-minister-matt-kean-says?cid=news:socialshare:twitter

Coronavirus ‘Really Not the Way You Want To Decrease Emissions’ https://insideclimatenews.org/news/10032020/coronavirus-climate-change-economy-emissions

Studies show climate change becoming increasingly bipartisan https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/national/studies-show-climate-change-becoming-increasingly-bipartisan

 

Disaster risk reduction

Economic impact of Australia’s bushfires https://www.moneyaustralia.net/economic-impact-of-bushfires/

‘A terrible summer’: New data reveals economic cost of smoke, fire and hail https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6666542/a-terrible-summer-figures-reveal-economic-cost-of-smoke-fire-and-hail/

The world’s best fire management system is in northern Australia, and it’s led by Indigenous land managers https://theconversation.com/the-worlds-best-fire-management-system-is-in-northern-australia-and-its-led-by-indigenous-land-managers-133071

Urban trees and people’s yards mitigate extreme heat in western Adelaide: final summary report https://researchers.mq.edu.au/en/publications/urban-trees-and-peoples-yards-mitigate-extreme-heat-in-western-ad

Environment Agency warns of ‘difficult decisions’ ahead on Broads flooding https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/norfolk-broads-flooding-environment-agency-warning-1-6552418

What’s the difference between pandemic, epidemic and outbreak? https://sciblogs.co.nz/guestwork/2020/03/12/whats-the-difference-between-pandemic-epidemic-and-outbreak/

Is Coronavirus the Beginning of the End of Offices? https://www.archdaily.com/935197/is-coronavirus-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-offices

How will country-based mitigation measures influence the course of the COVID-19 epidemic? https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30567-5/fulltext

How a groundbreaking new £1.3 million park will help prevent flooding in one corner of Manchester https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/how-groundbreaking-new-13-million-17887953

Emergency risk assessment handbook published https://www.aidr.org.au/news/emergency-risk-assessment-handbook-published/

Special Issue: Securing future of heritage by reducing risks and building resilience https://www.emerald.com/insight/publication/issn/0965-3562/vol/29/iss/1

‘Fossil earthquakes’ offer new insight into seismic activity deep below Earth’s surface https://phys.org/news/2020-03-fossil-earthquakes-insight-seismic-deep.html

Separations between earthquakes reveal clear patterns https://phys.org/news/2020-03-earthquakes-reveal-patterns.html

Building blocks for life on Earth arrived much later than we thought, billion-year-old rocks show https://phys.org/news/2020-03-blocks-life-earth-thought-billion-year-old.html

Water Ways: How the Dutch are building coastal protection for less — with nature’s help https://www.nola.com/news/environment/water_ways/article_0a50735a-5e56-11ea-a7ee-eb8087416f63.html

Chancellor announces spending on flooding will be doubled https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/mar/11/chancellor-announces-spending-on-flooding-will-be-doubled

 

Emergency management

Coronavirus may force Americans to avoid crowds and cancel cruises, health official warns https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa/coronavirus-may-force-americans-to-avoid-crowds-and-cancel-cruises-health-official-warns-idUSKBN20V0MK

Grocery stores can be anchors of resilience during disasters https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/485991-grocery-stores-can-be-anchors-of-resilience-during-disasters#.XmAuGHbuj6Y.twitter

Coronavirus: Israel to bring in 14-day quarantine for all arrivals https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-51809818

‘Traitor’: Boris Johnson heckled as he visits flood-hit area of Worcestershire https://news.sky.com/story/traitor-boris-johnson-heckled-as-he-visits-flood-hit-area-of-worcestershire-11952918

Wollongong to host public thank you day for firies and emergency services https://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/6669247/wollongong-to-host-public-thank-you-day-for-firies-and-emergency-services/

Prefectures in Japan face lack of volunteer interpreters for disasters https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/03/09/national/japan-emergency-interpreters/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#.XmbAOKMzbIU

Data tracks diversity on International Women’s Day 2020 https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/data-tracks-diversity-on-international-women’s-day-2020

NSW bushfire clean-up at last brings some consolation to Conjola Park https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-12/nsw-bushfires-recovery-conjola-park-cleanup/12049644

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

What Is the Death Rate from Coronavirus? https://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/what-is-the-death-rate-from-coronavirus.html

#Action4Floods: National Flood Forum Conference – York March 2020 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/action4floods-national-flood-forum-conference-york-march-mehring

People ‘should work from home’ to tackle coronavirus spread https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/09/people-should-work-from-home-to-tackle-coronavirus-spread

Earthquake Safety at Home Guide https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1582663331734-d055b587ee74e6e5cd9c9cd14e80020d/FEMAP-530_EQSafetyatHome_508.pdf

Coronavirus is a huge story, so journalists must apply the highest ethical standards in how they tell it https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-is-a-huge-story-so-journalists-must-apply-the-highest-ethical-standards-in-how-they-tell-it-133347

Household items salvaged from the ashes are being turned into artworks that tell a story of recovery https://www.redcross.org.au/stories/emergency-services/mosaic-recovery

Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-act-today-or-people-will-die-f4d3d9cd99ca

 

Psychology and Disasters

Why don’t we treat the climate crisis with the same urgency as coronavirus? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/05/governments-coronavirus-urgent-climate-crisis?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Coronavirus should give us hope that we are able to tackle the climate crisis https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-should-give-us-hope-that-we-are-able-to-tackle-the-climate-crisis-133174

Coronavirus is stressful. Here are some ways to cope with the anxiety https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-is-stressful-here-are-some-ways-to-cope-with-the-anxiety-133146

 

Sociology and disasters

In the Hands of a Few: Disaster Recovery Committee Networks https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3544373

‘Best of Wales’: floods bring communities together to recover https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/mar/08/best-of-wales-floods-bring-communities-together-to-recover

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing us to ask some very hard questions. But are we ready for the answers? https://theconversation.com/the-coronavirus-pandemic-is-forcing-us-to-ask-some-very-hard-questions-but-are-we-ready-for-the-answers-132581

Today in disaster resilience (6 March 2020)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Italy reports a 50% increase in confirmed coronavirus cases https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/01/europe/italy-coronavirus-cases-travel-advisory/index.html

Coronavirus outbreak: US confirms cases in Chicago and Rhode Island https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/01/coronavirus-outbreak-us-cases-chicago-rhode-island

Updated coronavirus stats https://bnonews.com/index.php/2020/02/the-latest-coronavirus-cases/

Close to tears in flood-hit Wales as Storm Jorge’s rains sweep in https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/feb/29/pontypridd-braced-second-flood-in-fortnight-storm-jorge

Peru – Hundreds of Families Affected by Floods in Moquegua http://floodlist.com/america/peru-hundreds-of-families-affected-by-floods-in-moquegua

Iran – Widespread Flooding After Rivers Overflow in Lorestan Province http://floodlist.com/asia/iran-floods-lorestan-february-2020

Brazil – Heavy Rain Triggers Deadly Flooding and Landslides in Rio De Janeiro http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-flood-landslides-riodejaneiro-march-2020

Winter Flooding in Mississippi and Louisiana https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146370/winter-flooding-in-mississippi-and-louisiana

Tennessee Tornado Death Toll Jumps to 22; Widespread Damage in Nashville, Middle Tennessee https://weather.com/news/news/2020-03-03-tennessee-tornado-damage-deaths-severe-storms

Shocking footage shows East Yorkshire homes almost completely submerged under water in the wake of Storm Jorge https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/flooding-east-yorkshire-homes-under-water-storm-jorge-a4375416.html

Indonesia – 1 Missing, 900 Displaced After Floods Destroy Homes in Central Sulawesi http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-sulawesi-march-2020

Brazil – Deadly Floods and Landslides in São Paulo After 280mm of Rain in 12 Hours http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-saopaulo-march-2020

Honduras – 800 Displaced by Floods and Landslides http://floodlist.com/america/honduras-floods-march-2020

Vietnam – Storms Leave 2 Dead, Hundreds of Homes Destroyed http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-storms-march-2020

Tanzania – Bridge Destroyed and Roads Blocked After Heavy Rains http://floodlist.com/africa/tanzania-rains-march-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 5 Mar 2020: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/99500/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-5-Mar-2020-Fuego-volcano-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Semeru-Dukono-.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s electricity market must be 100% renewables by 2035 to achieve net zero by 2050 – study https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/27/net-zero-emissions-by-2050-possible-in-australia-if-low-emissions-options-accelerated?CMP=share_btn_tw

New report from Australia Institute says trend will bring with it longer and hotter bushfires, more heatwaves and crop damage https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/02/climate-crisis-cutting-short-australias-winters-and-extending-summers

Climate change will force up premiums: Swiss Re https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/climate-change-will-force-up-premiums-swiss-re-20200228-p545c1

Thousands of kilometres of Australia’s beaches at risk from rising seas https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/thousands-of-kilometres-of-australia-s-beaches-at-risk-from-rising-seas-20200302-p5463p.html

Australia is heating more rapidly than the global average, with a rise of 4C expected by 2100, Bureau of Meteorology says https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/mar/02/summer-of-2019-20-second-hottest-australian-summer-on-record?CMP=share_btn_tw

Moscow Winter ‘Warmest Since Records Began’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/02/moscow-winter-warmest-since-records-began-a69476

Does Information About Climate Risk Affect Property Values? https://www.nber.org/papers/w26807

UK carbon emissions fall 29 per cent in a decade, new data shows https://www.businessgreen.com/news/4011684/uk-carbon-emissions-fall-cent-decade

Hackathon Speeds Progress Toward Climate Model Collaboration https://eos.org/science-updates/hackathon-speeds-progress-toward-climate-model-collaboration

An uncharted island off Antarctica’s western coast could reveal how climate change is altering the continent https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00489-4

The world’s top meteorological experts issued the warning as cities and countries around the world reported record-breaking warm winters https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/02/record-breaking-warm-weather-expected-around-globe-human-caused-climate-crisis-now

Most California cities refuse to retreat from rising seas—one town wants to show how it’s done https://phys.org/news/2020-03-california-cities-retreat-seasone-town.html

Meet Thailand’s secret weapon in climate change battle https://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Meet_Thailands_secret_weapon_in_climate_change_battle_999.html

Probability of Fire Weather Index reaching levels of 2019-20 summer increases 30% due to climate change, researchers say https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/mar/05/bushfire-crisis-conditions-eight-times-more-likely-under-2c-warming-analysis-shows?CMP=share_btn_tw

Tasmania sets world-leading target of 200 per cent renewables by 2040 https://reneweconomy.com.au/tasmania-sets-world-leading-target-of-200-per-cent-renewables-by-2040/

Europe experiences exceptionally warm winter https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51758223

Analysis shows climate finance not reaching most vulnerable https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/05/analysis-shows-climate-finance-not-reaching-most-vulnerable

 

Disaster risk reduction

Snaith has been devastated by flooding – but there are plans for 800 more homes https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/snaith-flooding-plans-new-homes-3899587

Sandy coastlines under threat of erosion https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-0697-0.epdf

Putting a price on the protective power of wetlands https://phys.org/news/2020-03-price-power-wetlands.html

Why Some COVID-19 Cases Are Worse than Others https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/why-some-covid-19-cases-are-worse-than-others-67160#.Xl1vTmhMzjs.twitter

When will Taupo’s next ‘super-eruption’ happen? https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12313228

Americans Are Paying $34 Billion Too Much for Houses in Flood Plains https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-02/americans-are-paying-34-billion-too-much-for-houses-in-floodplains

Iowa flood victims need money for levees, buyouts https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2020/02/20/iowa-flooding-victims-recovery-need-outweigh-state-funding/4765886002/

Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis at Regional and National Scale: State of the Art and Future Challenges https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2019RG000653

Mass data processing of time series Landsat imagery: pixels to data products for forest monitoring https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17538947.2016.1187673

Australian scientists are developing a satellite that can better identify where bushfires might start https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51727231

Race to understand fire lessons as another ‘significant’ season looms https://www.smh.com.au/national/race-to-understand-fire-lessons-as-another-significant-season-looms-20200303-p546bk.html

A new algorithm can forecast the flow of floodwater in almost real-time, a new study shows https://www.futurity.org/floodwater-prediction-algorithm-2296252/

Australia’s dedicated bushfire research centre on the brink of closure despite deadly summer fires https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-04/bushfire-research-future-uncertain-ahead-of-planned-closure/12024746

How Computer Modeling Of COVID-19’s Spread Could Help Fight The Virus https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/03/04/811146915/how-computer-modeling-of-covid-19s-spread-could-help-fight-the-virus

UK Government’s approach to managing flood risk inquiry launched https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/52/environment-food-and-rural-affairs-committee/news/145364/governments-approach-to-managing-flood-risk-inquiry-launched/

Tasman fires: New Zealand’s new norm? https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/tasman-fires-new-zealand’s-new-norm

A low-cost flood alert and water monitoring system in African cities https://blogs.worldbank.org/opendata/smart-solution-how-we-helped-build-low-cost-flood-alert-and-water-monitoring-system

Almost real-time flood prediction tool may boost emergency response during hurricanes https://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2020/02/almost-real-time-flood-prediction-tool-may-boost-emergency-response-during-hurricanes.html

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s “Floodplain Manager newsletter https://molinostewart.com.au/floodplain-manager-related-articles/related-floodplain-manager-february-2020-1/

San Diego At Risk For Devastating Earthquake Damage, New Report Says https://weather.com/news/news/2020-03-05-san-diego-earthquake-damage-risk-rose-canyon-fault

 

Emergency management

Coronavirus tracked: The latest figures as the outbreak spreads https://www.ft.com/content/a26fbf7e-48f8-11ea-aeb3-955839e06441?segmentID=22a4a564-acc0-bdcd-29ab-405d952fdcc3

UK flooding: residents in east Yorkshire struggle to recover https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/mar/02/uk-flooding-residents-east-yorkshire-struggle-recover-snaith?CMP=twt_a-environment_b-gdneco

Australian bushfires finally extinguished https://www.mic.com/p/australian-bushfires-in-new-south-wales-are-finally-no-more-22588676

Reflecting on a Tumultuous Amazon Fire Season https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146355/reflecting-on-a-tumultuous-amazon-fire-season

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

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-latest-europe-china-spread-iran-world-health-organisation-a9371071.html

Fla. Communities Get More Than $2B In Hurricane Recovery, Mitigation Funds https://news.wjct.org/post/fla-communities-get-more-2b-hurricane-recovery-mitigation-funds

Bushfires likely to have killed about 5,000 koalas in NSW, report finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/04/bushfires-likely-to-have-killed-about-5000-koalas-in-nsw-report-finds

Before and after images highlight the severity of tornado destruction in Nashville https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/04/weather/before-after-tennessee-tornado/index.html

AFAC NRSC numbers from Australia’s largest deployment https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/afac-nrsc-numbers-from-australia’s-largest-deployment

NSW Memorial Service honours lives lost https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/nsw-memorial-service-honours-lives-lost

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The California Photographer Who Has Shot More Than 100 Wildfires https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/california-wildfire-photos

Resilient Australia Awards open https://www.aidr.org.au/programs/resilient-australia-awards/

Google and Facebook are using their platforms and working with government agencies and other emergency services partners to deliver real-time assistance and warnings to disaster prone communities https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/online-warnings-when-the-threat-is-high

Latest Fire Australia magazine online https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/flick-through-the-latest-fire-australia-magazine-online

Psychology and Disasters

Managing traumatic stress: After a tornado https://www.apa.org/topics/tornadoes?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=apa-helpcenter&utm_content=tornado-stress

The Panic Myth: What Does the Research Say and What Can Practitioners Do? https://fireadaptednetwork.org/the-panic-myth-what-does-the-research-say-and-what-can-practitioners-do/

Risk judgments and social norms: Do they relate to preparedness after the Kaikōura earthquake? https://www.massey.ac.nz/~trauma/issues/2019-2/AJDTS_23_2_McClure.pdf

 

Sociology and disasters

How Natural Hazards Impact the Social Environment for Vulnerable Groups: An Empirical Investigation in Japan https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3531149

Sociology and the Climate Crisis https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev-soc-121919-054750

Today in disaster resilience (28 February 2020)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

9 dead in Turkey after magnitude 5.7 earthquake strikes western Iran https://globalnews.ca/news/6585553/9-dead-earthquake-turkey/

Parts of Jakarta continue to be flooded this rainy season https://coconuts.co/jakarta/news/dozens-of-neighborhoods-in-jakarta-flooded-following-days-of-torrential-rain/

Flood-hit communities brace for more torrential downpours as winter storms continue to ravage Britain https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8034343/UK-WEATHER-Britain-heads-wettest-February-30-years-rain-floods-South-Wales-Scotland.html

Peru – 3 Killed in Tacna Flash Floods http://floodlist.com/america/peru-tacna-flash-floods-february-2020

South Africa – Deadly Flash Floods in KwaZulu-Natal http://floodlist.com/africa/south-africa-lash-floods-kwazulunatal-february-2020

Ecuador – Rain Triggers Flooding in 3 Provinces http://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-manabi-eloro-and-moronasantiago-february-2020

Indonesia – Deadly Flash Floods in Yogyakarta http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-yogyakarta-february-2020

Bolivia – Evacuations and Rescues After Flash Floods in Cochabamba http://floodlist.com/america/bolivia-floods-cochabamba-february-2020

Malawi – Floods in Lilongwe After Heavy Rain http://floodlist.com/africa/malawi-central-region-floods-february-2020

Peru – Massive Flooding and Mudslides in Cusco Leave 3 Dead, 20 Missing http://floodlist.com/america/peru-flood-mudslide-santa-teresa-cusco-february-2020

Flash floods hit Jakarta https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/221953?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Colombia – 8 Dead After Flash Floods and Landslides in Santander and Caldas http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-landslides-in-santander-caldas-february-2020

Ireland – Shannon River Floods After Wet February http://floodlist.com/europe/ireland-shannon-river-floods-february-2020

Indonesia – 9 Dead in Jakarta Region as Floods Worsen http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-greater-jakarta-floods-february-2020worsen

UK – More Evacuations in England as Rivers Remain High http://floodlist.com/europe/united-kingdom/uk-evacuations-england-floods-february-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 27 Feb 2020: Stromboli volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Merapi https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/99063/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-27-Feb-2020-Stromboli-volcano-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Merapi-Ibu.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

These floods bear all the hallmarks of climate change https://www.ciwem.org/news/austerity-flooding

New Source of Climate Pressure for Companies: Workers https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-source-of-climate-pressure-for-companies-workers-115818616014

Thousands rally across Australia for climate justice https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/photos-thousands-rally-across-australia-climate-justice

Getting to zero net emissions in 2050 is going to be tough https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/23/getting-to-zero-net-emissions-in-2050-is-going-to-be-tough-but-labor-committing-to-it-is-a-damn-good-thing?CMP=share_btn_tw

It’s Official: Chicago Has Declared a Climate Emergency. Now What https://news.wttw.com/2020/02/19/it-s-official-chicago-has-declared-climate-emergency-now-what#.XlLoIsjgTeU.twitter

After a summer of mega-fires, the dramatic shift in thinking about climate change has not come from the public, or from politicians. It has come from business https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/bushfires-push-business-on-to-the-front-foot-20200223-p543jv.html

New government data shows slight drop in Australia’s emissions, amid new coal fight https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/new-government-data-shows-slight-drop-in-australia-s-emissions-amid-new-coal-fight-20200223-p543jp.html

Meeting climate change targets has for the first time emerged as a greater priority for voters than keeping energy prices down https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/newspoll-voters-deliver-verdict-on-bushfires-crisis/news-story/c1b975bc12a19fbdfbd75d162da9b299

World’s top climate negotiator condemns Australian response to climate change https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/world-top-climate-negotiator-condemns-australian-response-bushfi/11989658

‘Extraordinary’ fires burnt at historical size, beyond climate projections https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/extraordinary-fires-burnt-at-historical-size-beyond-climate-projections-20200224-p543u4.html

Catastrophic fires have generated intensified public responses in favour of transformative climate change action https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-0712-5

Under attack from climate change, Colombia’s farmers befriend nature https://www.reuters.com/article/colombia-floods-climate-change/feature-under-attack-from-climate-change-colombias-farmers-befriend-nature-idUSL8N29Q4BV

The last ice age tells us why we need to care about a 2℃ change in temperature https://theconversation.com/the-last-ice-age-tells-us-why-we-need-to-care-about-a-2-change-in-temperature-126923?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=footertwitterbutton

On climate change, where does Tampa Bay go from here? https://www.tampabay.com/opinion/2020/02/25/on-climate-change-where-does-tampa-bay-go-from-here-column/

Why Climate Change and Poverty Are Inextricably Linked https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/climate-change-is-connected-to-poverty/

Antarctica’s Eagle Island undergoes large-scale snowmelt as February sees new high temperatures https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-25/nasa-shows-alarming-ice-melt-on-antarcticas-eagle-island/11999476

Bohai Bay: the Chinese region disappearing inch by inch https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2020/feb/24/bohai-bay-the-chinese-region-disappearing-inch-by-inch-in-pictures?CMP=share_btn_tw

Australia needs to commit to target of net-zero emissions by 2050 https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/australia-needs-to-commit-to-target-of-net-zero-emissions-by-2050,13633#.XlbJo_Ow9VA.twitter

Australia is heating faster than the global average, and extreme heat days are on the rise. Doctors say there’s clear evidence that it’s killing people prematurely https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2020/feb/27/killer-heat-how-a-warming-land-is-changing-australia-forever

Rio Tinto announces $1bn spend to reach net zero emissions by 2050 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/26/rio-tinto-announces-1bn-spend-to-reach-net-zero-emissions-by-2050

 

Disaster risk reduction

Christchurch nine years on: The reshaping of a city https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/119421238/christchurch-nine-years-on-the-reshaping-of-a-city

More than 11,000 homes in England to be built on land at high risk of flooding https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/23/more-than-11000-homes-to-be-built-on-land-at-high-risk-of-flooding?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

UK flood defence plans are inadequate, warn scientists https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/23/uk-flood-defence-plans-inadequate-warn-scientists?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Unprecedented burn area of Australian mega forest fires https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-0716-1

The Pitt review predicted the current crisis in 2008. Why did Conservative governments refuse to listen? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/23/tories-ignored-flood-advice-austerity-pitt-review

Environment Agency chief: Avoid building new homes on flood plains https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-51620992

Chief Resilience Officers from around the world announce the evolution and expansion of the Global Resilient Cities Network https://www.prnewswire.com/ae/news-releases/chief-resilience-officers-from-around-the-world-announce-the-evolution-and-expansion-of-the-global-resilient-cities-network-882592564.html

The US government insurance scheme for nuclear power plant accidents no longer makes sense https://thebulletin.org/2020/02/the-us-government-insurance-scheme-for-nuclear-power-plant-accidents-no-longer-makes-sense/

‘Teamwork’ helps city businesses during floods https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/18260847.teamwork-helps-city-businesses-floods/?ref=twtrec

£13m needed from Government for world-leading flood resilience centre in Scunthorpe https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/politics/ps13m-needed-government-world-leading-flood-resilience-centre-scunthorpe-1996264

Rewilding project aims to give Thames its flood plain back https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/27/rewilding-project-aims-give-thames-flood-plain-back

Asian cities urged to bolster defence against rising seas https://news.trust.org/item/20200226232503-h1k41/

Joint Hearing: An Examination of Federal Flood Maps in a Changing Climate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPcKcGgpTi8&feature=youtu.be

 

Emergency management

Economic impact of coronavirus outbreak deepens https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/feb/23/economic-impact-of-coronavirus-outbreak-deepens?CMP=share_btn_tw

Many Tornado Alley Residents With Disabilities Lack Safe Options In A Storm https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/02/18/798892939/many-tornado-alley-residents-with-disabilities-lack-safe-options-in-a-storm

United States Firefighting Resources Mobilized to Australia https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/fireInfo_australia.htm

To Survive Disaster, Plan for the Worst https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/19/opinion/survive-disaster-plan-for-worst.html

Information needed from flood-hit Shrewsbury businesses to help lobby for support https://www.shropshirelive.com/business/2020/02/26/information-needed-from-flood-hit-shrewsbury-businesses-to-help-lobby-for-support/
You’re likely to get the coronavirus https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/02/covid-vaccine/607000/

Ironbridge flooding: Emergency evacuation as defences ‘overwhelmed’ https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-51640880

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Study finds quarter of climate change tweets from bots https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-51595285

Got a Google Maps link on floods? Careful, it’s misinformation, says BNPB https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/02/25/got-a-google-maps-link-on-floods-careful-its-misinformation-says-bnpb.html

How broadcast TV networks covered climate change in 2019 https://www.mediamatters.org/broadcast-networks/how-broadcast-tv-networks-covered-climate-change-2019

 

Psychology and Disasters

A new bushfire crisis is emerging as experts brace for an imminent surge in domestic violence https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-24/domestic-violence-anticipated-spike-bushfires-crisis/11980112

 

Sociology and disasters

Survival Of The Friendliest: How Our Close Friendships Help Us Thrive https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/02/22/807742275/survival-of-the-friendliest-how-our-close-friendships-help-us-thrive

Is Vulnerability an Outdated Concept? After Subjects and Spaces https://anthrosource.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/napa.12132

Natural Hazards and Disaster Justice https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9789811504655