Today in disaster resilience (20 September 2019)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

The drought is now so severe it is biting in even the greenest corners of the country

Tens of thousands in Chiba urged to evacuate due to possible mudslides, Japan

Worst storm in over a century hits Spain, major floods and tornadoes reported

Strong explosion at Sakurajima volcano, Japan

Floods In Rajasthan After Release Of Water From Dams, Thousands Evacuated

‘This is mind-blowing’: Residents cope with historic flooding in Dell Rapids

23,000 flee after floods in northeast Thailand

‘On pins and needles’: Flooded-out Iowans brace for a third round in six months

At least 33 people dead as floods submerge large areas of northern Thailand

Record 1,422 people killed in monsoon rains from June to September, India

One killed, two escape death as flood ravages Anambra capital

Imelda brings heavy rainfall, fears of flooding to Texas

USA – Flooding in South East Texas After Tropical Depression Imelda Dumps Heavy Rain

India – Thousands Displaced by Floods in Rajasthan

Algeria – 2 Dead as Floods Hit Algiers and Souk Ahras

Indonesia shuts down plantations linked to illegal forest fires

Forest fires in Bolivia burn Switzerland-sized area

Eruption Of Russian Volcano Caused Colorful Skies


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Eight More Effects of Climate Change: Some Surprising, Some Fatal

‘Climigration’: when communities must move because of climate change

Emission impossible? Harsh facts on climate change

The world has a third pole – and it’s melting quickly

Are businesses doing enough to prepare for climate change or do executives have their heads in the sand?

UK will see four heatwaves a year and twice as many flash floods by 2070s, Met Office predicts

The case for strategic and managed climate retreat

Jacinda Ardern on rising to the climate change challenge

Worrying new calculations show Earth is warming faster than previously thought

With Greenland’s Extreme Melting, a New Risk Grows: Ice Slabs That Worsen Runoff

The Impact of Climate Change on Kivalina, Alaska

Scientists set out how to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030

Fighting for a stolen future

Inequality and climate change

Hundreds of Australian academics declare support for climate rebellion

Ignoring young people’s climate change fears is a recipe for anxiety

Climate disasters to leave 150 million in humanitarian need by 2030: Red Cross

New UN report launched to help ratchet up action to combat climate crisis

The Arctic and climate change (1979 – 2019): What the ice record tells us

We want to learn about climate change from weather presenters, not politicians

A survey of Australian TV audiences’ views on climate change

Climate change: Warming to drive ‘robust increase’ in UK flooding

Global warming simulations: Parts of U.K. and northern Europe to see more compound flooding


Disaster risk reduction

“There’s no record of fire dangers that high that early in those areas in NSW”

Don’t politicise the bushfires? The alternative is to sit back while more severe events happen

Work on Wangaratta’s inadequate flood levees delayed by bureaucracy

Researchers Hone Ability to Map Storm Flooding

Flood: When Disaster Becomes Unnatural By Ahmed Maiyaki

Constructing a comprehensive disaster resilience index: The case of Italy

Review of the Transition From Smouldering to Flaming Combustion in Wildfires

Dams were built to control floods; they are now triggers

Flood relief scheme will be a catalyst for Cork city

More than half of FEMA’s flood maps rely on decades-old data. Now, a group of Texas researchers is tackling the problem with a $3 million grant and crowdsourced data

Hurricane Dorian: Harbinger of the new normal

Why Flood Victims Blame Their City, Not the Climate

As Flooding Worsens, Home Buyouts Move at a Snail’s Pace

Resilient Communities: A New Disaster Preparedness Approach

What to do about the constant threat – and reality – of flooded homes in coastal communities–and-reality–of-flooded-homes-in-coastal-communities

Flooding and Land Use Change in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia

Google to expand AI-powered flood forecasts in India for monsoon season

Urban flood resilience in Indonesia: New approaches through an urban design lens


Emergency management

Haitians fear deportation from Bahamas after storm disaster

Extreme Weather Displaced a Record 7 Million in First Half of 2019

California Prepares For Wildfire Season As Climate Change Keeps Temperatures Rising

Mozambique cyclones: One million facing food shortages

The University of the Bahamas, After Dorian

False Tsunami Warning In Hawaii Triggered By Police Exercise

20,000 flood victims in Northeast remain trapped


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Preparedness Day Educates Thousands of Californians on Disaster Readiness

Capacity Building toward Resilience: How Communities Recover, Learn, and Change in the Aftermath of Extreme Events

Global Mapping of Citizen Science Projects for Disaster Risk Reduction

In the past 20 years climate change education has been in and out of the formal curriculum depending on the whims of Australian governments


Psychology and Disasters

Recent Development in Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics: Bibliographic Analyses, Collaboration Patterns, and Future Directions

How to talk to children and teens about their fears surrounding climate change


Sociology and disasters

Women are at the Heart of Disaster Preparedness and Response

Improving community resiliency following disasters is a dynamic partnership between community-based organizations and public health agencies established pre-disaster

Today in disaster resilience (13 September 2019)



Please find below links to some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

‘Like nothing we’ve seen’: Queensland bushfires tear through rainforest

Tens of thousands in Atlantic Canada still in the dark after Hurricane Dorian

Peregian homes destroyed after ferocious bushfire rips through Sunshine Coast community

Hurricane Dorian Lashes the Carolinas with Storm-Surge Flooding, Tornadoes

Morocco and Algeria – More Flash Floods Leave 11 Dead

Firefighters fear significant losses on Sunshine Coast, while more than 50 blazes are burning across New South Wales

Dorian’s death toll in Bahamas rises to 50 -official

Heavy rains result in landslide killing 7 in southern Ethiopia

Typhoon “Lingling” killed 8 in North Korea, destroyed 460 houses and 46 200 ha (114 162 acres) of farmland

Floods kill seven people, 700 pigs in Cambodia

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Sep 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Ubinas

More than 800 homes destroyed by floods in Mali

Worst storm in over a century hits Spain, major floods and tornadoes reported

17 dead, 1 missing as more flooding hits Morocco and Algeria

Sweden – Flash Floods in Gothenburg After Heavy Rain

Ethiopia – Deadly Landslide After Heavy Rains in South East

West Africa – Death Toll Rises in Niger, Homes Destroyed in Nigeria, Hundreds Displaced in Chad


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australians increasingly fear climate change-related drought and extinctions

Climate gentrification: Coming to a community near you

Australia’s main grid hits new peak of 41 per cent wind and solar

Climate change survey shows Australians want action on emissions, but are divided on nuclear

Extreme heat a far greater threat for most Australians than extreme cold weather, study finds

European summer heatwave killed 1,500 in France, Minister says,-minister-says/11491610

Climate change: ‘Invest $1.8 trillion to adapt’

What Is the Sun’s Role in Climate Change?

The climate apocalypse is coming. To prepare for it, we need to admit that we can’t prevent it

Stay or go? Asian nations mull options as seas rise, cities sink

Climate change is bringing a new world of bushfires

Urban growth, heat islands, humidity, climate change: the costs multiply in tropical cities

Adaptation can deliver high rates of return, bringing multiple benefits to people and the economy

How much do direct livestock emissions actually contribute to global warming?

“Business as usual” could lead to catastrophic global sea-level rise, says new study

Emergent Constraints on Climate-Carbon Cycle Feedbacks

Climate change, reforestation/afforestation, and urbanization impacts on evapotranspiration and streamflow in Europe

Why gender matters in climate adaptation

Dangerous new hot zones are spreading around the world

‘In for a roasting’: Australia ‘on brink’ of ‘apocalyptic’ conditions

The losses from glaciers on Arctic islands and middle-latitude mountain ranges have been quite significant

Building climate change defences could massively boost world economy

Disaster risk reduction

‘Dead things everywhere’: is Australia facing the summer from hell?

Dorian One of Strongest, Longest-Lasting Hurricanes on Record in the Atlantic

We’re Barely Listening to the U.S.’s Most Dangerous Volcanoes

Recharging Aquifers by Capturing Flood Flows – Texas Case Study

Government pledges £62m flood funding for communities in England

Flood risk management: Slowing the flow

Going Under: Post-Flood Buyouts Take Years to Complete


Emergency management

Meet air attack supervisor Nadia Rhodes, Canberra’s eyes in the sky this bushfire season

Five things to watch after Hurricane Dorian strikes the Bahamas

Fires are burning where they never used to burn

Nebraska’s Emergency Management Agency Strained by Record Floods


Disaster education, communications and engagement

National forums to understand disaster risk

Capacity Building toward Resilience: How Communities Recover, Learn, and Change in the Aftermath of Extreme Events

Canada Tries a Forceful Message for Flood Victims: Live Someplace Else

Remembering 9/11


Psychology and Disasters

Study reveals link between flooding and poor mental health


Sociology and disasters

Bridging Social Capital through the Techno-subsystem: A Qualitative Analysis of GoFundMe Requests for Hurricane Relief

Today in disaster resilience (6 September 2019)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Category 5 Hurricane Dorian hits Bahamas, moves closer to United States

Hurricane Dorian Becomes the 5th Atlantic Category 5 in 4 Years

Hurricane “Dorian” caused ‘unprecedented damage’ to the Bahamas

Ravaging hailstorm in Edmonton racked up $90 million in insured damages, Alberta, Canada

Vietnam and Thailand – Floods Hit After Rain From Tropical Cyclone ‘Podul’

Kenya – Deadly Flash Floods in Hell’s Gate National Park

Uganda – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Eastern Region

Dorian triggers massive flooding in Bahamas; at least 5 dead

Algeria – Dozens Rescued After Flash Floods in North

Central African Republic – Deadly Floods in North West

Tropical Cyclone “Lingling” forms in the Western Pacific Ocean, heading toward the Korean Peninsula

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Sep 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Dukono, Reventador

Morocco – 2 Dead in Khenifra Floods, Massive Debris Flow in Imlil


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

MOOC: Climate Change: The Science and Global Impact

Scientists discover evidence for past high-level sea rise

The four big climate challenges for India

Major floods will happen more often, due to climate change

Why Are Hurricanes Like Dorian Stalling, and Is Global Warming Involved?

Trees Are Key To Fighting Urban Heat — But Cities Keep Losing Them

Climate change: Greenland’s ice faces melting ‘death sentence’

Devastation from Hurricane Dorian provokes calls for reporters to acknowledge the climate emergency’s connection to extreme weather

70% of Americans worried about climate change

Greenland’s rapidly vanishing glaciers

Disaster risk reduction

Best practices for successful coastal flooding adaptation

Making Mitigation Work: The Battle for Better Building Codes

The 2018 rift eruption and summit collapse of Kīlauea Volcano

Natural Hazards Research Platform

Analysis of the Potential of IT System Support in Early Warning Systems: Mitigating Flood Risk in Poland

Using flood data to get a clearer picture of environmental risk

A “Managed Retreat” from Disasters

Whose resilience matters? Like-for-like comparison of objective and subjective evaluations of resilience

Disasters drive up insurance rates

Why Forecasting Floods Should Be a Global Collaborative Effort


Emergency management

Japan conducts emergency drills in preparation for the huge quake predicted to hit Tokyo area

Grim fire season looms but many Australians remain unprepared

Recovery of Tourism-Based Economies on the Texas Gulf Coast after Hurricane Harvey

Dramatic video shows people in Bahamas swimming through rushing floodwaters

Bahamas Relief Efforts Frustrated as Dorian Pulls Away

Six months after cyclones, Pope spotlights Mozambique’s needs

Aerial footage reveals extent of storm devastation in Bahamas – as it happened

NASA’s ARIA team maps flooding in the Bahamas


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Japan’s emergency advisories are too complex and hard to understand, even for fluent Japanese speakers, experts say

Students Promote Landslide Education Across Puerto Rico

September is US National Preparedness Month. Theme: Prepared, Not Scared

New map marker a stark reminder to be ready for natural disasters

Protecting schools from natural hazards

700 people gather in Tokyo for memorial of Koreans massacred during Great Kanto Earthquake

Social media lessons from Calgary flood highlighted in wake of Houston crisis

Residents invited to learn more about flood risk work


Psychology and Disasters

Full Collection on Children and Disasters Now Available


Sociology and disasters

A Global Survey on the Perceptions and Impacts of Gender Inequality in the Earth and Space Sciences

Building and measuring community resilience

Indigenous Women of the Amazon Send a Call: The Fight for Mother Earth Is the Mother of All Fights

Today in disaster resilience (30 August 2019)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

51 homes, 3 businesses lost in Alaska wildfire

Worst drought in decades hits Chile capital and outskirts

Philippines and Taiwan – 3 Dead as Tropical Storm ‘Bailu’ Hits

USA – Deadly Flash Floods in Arkansas

Sudan flooding leaves at least 62 dead as two months of rain causes devastation

Nigeria: Anxiety As 15 States Battle Flood

Greece wildfires: Blaze forces evacuations on island of Samos

Powerful hailstorm hits capital Madrid, turning roads into raging rivers, Spain

Tropical Storm “Ivo” dumps heavy rain, claims two lives in Mexico

Two dead as Japan orders 900,000 to leave homes amid heavy rains

Dorian strengthens into hurricane as Puerto Rico avoids direct hit — live updates

Sudan villagers reel from Nile water floods

Morocco – Deadly Flash Floods in Taroudant Province

Mauritania – Flooding in South Leaves 5 Dead

Volcanic activity worldwide 29 Aug 2019: Stromboli volcano, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Dukono


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

G7 can’t turn a blind eye to ecocide in the Amazon

Fires intensifying climate change

Book review: The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future

Global Heat Waves Point to Intensifying Global Climate Crisis

Humans have never lived on a planet this hot, and we’re totally unprepared for what’s to come

We know the Arctic is melting – but it’s also on fire

Climate explained: how emissions trading schemes work and they can help us shift to a zero carbon future

Region stands out in the deep red of global warming

‘100-year’ floods will happen every 1 to 30 years, according to new flood maps

City council changes mind on climate emergency

Taking on the Temperature

Climate change melts 12.5bn billions tons of ice in Greenland fifty years earlier than predicted

Winter isn’t coming — get ready for a full-blown age of fire

Landsat Illustrates Five Decades of Change to Greenland Glaciers

Ireland among countries to bear brunt of flooding caused by climate change

Over the past seven decades, the number of extreme heat days in Europe has steadily increased

Oceans turning from friend to foe, warns landmark UN climate report

The air conditioning trap: how cold air is heating the world

Flooding in UK over the past 50 years is worst in Europe as climate change ‘increases the amount of rainfall’


Disaster risk reduction

Amazon fires explained: what are they, why are they so damaging, and how can we stop them?

Study makes the case for thoughtful, planned ‘managed retreat’ from areas prone to flooding and storms

Dilapidated Harvey-damaged townhomes to get new life as Kingwood greenspace

Almost one year after a historic storm surge caused by a powerful typhoon inundated Kansai International Airport, many parts of Japan remain vulnerable to a similar disaster

More than half of FEMA’s flood maps rely on decades-old data. Now, a group of Texas researchers is tackling the problem with a $3 million grant and crowdsourced data

Land Use Planning for Urban Flood Risk Management

Two years after Harvey, a more resilient Houston (opinion)

100-Year Floods Could Soon Happen Annually in Parts of U.S., Study Finds

Improving the understanding of flood risk in the Alsatian region by knowledge capitalization: the ORRION participative observatory

New Orleans’ women religious donate 25 acres for flood control project

The Real Reason the Amazon Is On Fire

Indonesia picks new site for capital city as Jakarta slowly sinks into sea

First insights from the Flood Resilience Measurement Tool: A large-scale community flood resilience analysis

Despite Floods, Figures Show Sharp Decline In Rainfall In India Since The 1940s

The role of the state in China’s post-disaster reconstruction planning: Implications for resilience’s_post-disaster_reconstruction_planning_Implications_for_resilience

Strengthening Disaster Resilience in Lao PDR

Special Issue: Preparing for, Responding to, and Recovering from Hurricane Flooding Disasters

Changing climate both increases and decreases European river floods

US Governmental Spending for Disaster-Related Research, 2011-2016: Characterizing the State of Science Funding Across 5 Professional Disciplines

What to do with Houston’s perpetually flooded homes

Kiwis back earthquake early warning system idea

Mapping the Risk of Flooding in the Philippines

To Battle Floods, Cities Revive Their Long-Forgotten Alleyways


Emergency management

Two years after Harvey, has Houston lost its urgency on flood repairs, prevention?

Why California is having its mildest fire season in 20 years

After the Meltdown: Post-Fukushima Environmentalism and a Nuclear Energy Industrial Complex in Japan

1 058 killed, 1.8 million displaced since the start of the monsoon season, India

After Missouri River Flooding, Some Iowans Say They Won’t Move Back

Challenges to Coordination: Understanding Intergovernmental Friction During Disasters (pre print)

Bushfire season: Australia warned to prepare early amid grim outlook

Development and divergent post-disaster trajectories in a mountain village: Temporal dynamics of differentiation after the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake

Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook: August 2019


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Less than 6% of families in Japan thoroughly prepare children for natural disasters, survey shows

Community partnerships between agencies and citizens are critical for identifying and implementing place-based solutions to reducing wildfire vulnerability

Why Smokey Bear Desperately Needs a Makeover

Fire and Smoke Tweet Chat: Learn about the ongoing FIREX-AQ campaign to study what’s in smoke from wildfires and agricultural burning

Home Flood Risk Assessment Training

Kempsey SES hold memorial service to honour the six people who lost their lives in the 1949 flood

Free Interactive Maps Plot Fires and Other Disasters in Real Time

Disaster education: It should be all about the learners

Learn more about flooding events in Canada

Disaster researchers can comment on evacuation, sea level rise, health issues, pet safety as Hurricane Dorian approaches


Psychology and Disasters

Weighted Blankets for PTSD

1 in 4 homeowners in at-risk areas made no preparations for hurricane season

‘Another hurricane?’ How climate disasters can give us compassion fatigue

Faced with floods and suicides, U.S. readies for a warmer world


Sociology and disasters

Traditional social capital and socioeconomic networks in response to flood disaster: A case study of rural areas in Sri Lanka

Though marginalised gender groups are more vulnerable to the risks of disasters their experiences are rarely included in research

Today in disaster resilience (23 August 2019)



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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Canary Islands wildfire prompts 9,000 evacuations; reaches park

Four dead, 20 rescued as rain washes away several houses in Uttarakhand

Torrential downpour in Turkey triggers deadly flooding

Amazon fires: Record number burning in Brazil rainforest – space agency

Yemen – UN Says Thousands Hit by Floods and Heavy Rain in Western Areas

Laos – Flooding Hits Northern Provinces

Spain – Flash Floods in Valencia Region After 40mm of Rain in Less Than 1 Hour

Guatemala – 25,000 Affected by Floods and Landslides

Sudan – Floods Leave 54 Dead, Over 170,000 Affected

McKinley Fire in Alaska threatens more than 1,000 structures as wildfires rage in a dozen states

Flood Kills 6, Pregnant Woman, Displaces More Than 1000 Families In Jigawa

China – Dozens Dead or Missing After Floods in Sichuan

Volcanic activity worldwide 22 Aug 2019: Karymsky volcano, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Karangetang

Wildfires Are Raging in the Amazon, Adding to Widespread Global Blazes


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

How Soap Operas Can Help Communities Adapt to Climate Change

Iceland Mourns Loss of a Glacier by Posting a Warning About Climate Change

Climate change will drive longer extreme heatwaves in summer

New study offers roadmap for detecting changes in the ocean due to climate change

Climate change may change the way ocean waves impact 50% of the world’s coastlines
Majority of Canadians believe in climate change — here’s why some still don’t

Scientists Have Been Underestimating the Pace of Climate Change

Heatwaves longer, more deadly even in a 2C world

Voyage of ice-melt discovery in Greenland

‘We Cannot Save Everything’: A Historic Neighborhood Confronts Rising Seas

The Cost of Rising Seas: More Than $400 Billion (and Lots of Angst)

When it comes to coal, Australia has transitioned away from economics and common sense

Climate scientists may not be the best communicators of climate threats

What U.S. Cities Facing Climate Disaster Risks Are Least Prepared?

Imagining Disasters in the Era of Climate Change: Is Japan’s Seawall a New Maginot Line?’s_Seawall_a_New_Maginot_Line

Climate change evacuation planning needs to start now, urges scientists


Disaster risk reduction

Should Taxpayers Subsidize More and More Destruction?

Inquiry over whether utility firms should be made to contribute to coast and flood defences

A Deluge Like the one in 2018 Would be Big Trouble for Wisconsin

A terrifying preview of ‘The Big One’ — a giant quake that may hit Southern California–a-giant-quake-that-may-hit-southern-california/2019/08/16/da4c8700-be9d-11e9-a5c6-1e74f7ec4a93_story.html

Research shows why there’s a ‘sweet spot’ depth for underground magma chambers

Inside Australia’s plan to survive bigger, badder bushfires

No lessons learnt from 2018 Karnataka floods: IISc report

Critical infrastructure and flood resilience: Cascading effects beyond water

NFU responds to Defra call for flood evidence

After Harvey surprised thousands with unexpected flooding, new law aims to better inform homebuyers

USGS Awards More Than $12.5 Million to Advance the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System in California, Oregon and Washington


Emergency management

More than 300 women aid workers, and their allies, have signed an open letter demanding that world leaders better meet the needs of women and girls caught up in conflict and crisis

Why the U.S. disaster agency isn’t ready for catastrophes

July 2019 Nepal Floods: Needs assessment report

Brazil’s Bolsonaro blames Amazon fires on NGOs as Twitter erupts

Guidelines for Assessing the Human Impact of Disasters

Data Pinpoints 14 California Towns Where an Emergency Escape Could Be a Problem

Disaster READY: Small-scale response packs powerful lessons for Disaster READY PNG

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Seismology School in Nepal

Tsunamis: Be Prepared and Stay Safe!

Different types of flooding in the UK

The light show – put on by the Environment Agency and partners – aims to raise awareness of flood risk

Examining the Role of Twitter in Response and Recovery During and After Historic Flooding in South Carolina

Geopolitical and environmental crises help to explain why more students are choosing geography GCSE


Psychology and Disasters

Nature and mental health: An ecosystem service perspective


Sociology and disasters

How unequal are we? A new Atlas of Inequality for England

The dark cultural heritage of volcanoes

While resilience and stories of the communities “building back better” has become the legacy of Haiyan, those on the ground says it’s actually more like “building back bitter

The Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2019 shows how these disasters are closely linked to inequality and poverty, each feeding on the other and leading to a vicious downward cycle

Today in disaster resilience (16 August 2019)


Please find below links to recent news about disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Myanmar – Over 40 Killed by Landslide in Mon State

China – Over 30 Dead as Typhoon Lekima Hits

10,000 evacuated in Gujarat, rain toll at 19

India flood toll jumps to 144 as roads, highways cut off

Vietnam – 10 Dead, 2,000 Evacuated After Floods in Central and Southern Areas

India – Dozens Dead, Thousands Displaced as Floods Worsen in South and West

Sudan – Rains in Darfur Leave 6 Dead, Parts of Khartoum and Sennar Flooded

Man, girl missing after violent storm in Switzerland

Switzerland – 2 Missing After Flash Floods in Valais

India – Deadly Landslides Hit Uttarakhand

Pakistan – Floods and Rain Leave 26 Dead in Sindh Province

Rains return to Kerala after brief lull, toll rises to 102, 37 still missing

Volcanic activity worldwide 15 Aug 2019: Etna volcano, Fuego, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Dukono


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

With nowhere to hide from rising seas, Boston prepares for a wetter future

A climate plea to Scott Morrison from a churchman of the Pacific’s sinking nations

Climate change conversations can be difficult for both skeptics, environmentalists

The challenge to adapt our cities from rising temperatures

Who Will Pay for the Huge Costs of Holding Back Rising Seas?

How will hospitals cope with climate change’s impact on our health?

Climate change: Scientists test radical ways to fix Earth’s climate

Pacific Islands Forum: Tuvalu children welcome leaders with a climate plea

An international, peer-reviewed publication released each summer, the State of the Climate is the authoritative annual summary of the global climate

As rising temperatures drastically reshape Iceland’s landscape, businesses and the government are spending millions for survival and profit

82% of Canadians see climate change as a ‘serious problem’: poll

Discrepancy in scientific authority and media visibility of climate change scientists and contrarians

West Antarctic ice loss influenced by internal climate variability and anthropogenic forcing

What it means to be human in an age of climate change

What you need to know about the link between sea-level rise and coastal flooding

Flooding misery will be Yorkshire’s new normal without urgent climate action

New research shows that Antarctica’s largest floating ice shelf is highly sensitive to warming of the ocean

Scientists confirm July set new global heat record

Global Warming Is Changing the Winds Off Antarctica, Driving Ice Melt

The climate change ‘tipping point’ has already arrived for these 70 U.S. counties


Disaster risk reduction

States brace for long-term flood fight as damages mount

How flood water can be captured to help ride out storms

Townsville, Queensland flood industry loss up 16% at A$1.217bn

FEMA Releases the National Mitigation Investment Strategy

A Coupled Human–Natural Systems Framework of Community Resilience

Ambivalence towards discourse of disaster resilience

The Mississippi River Is Under Control—For Now

Tanzania’s Msimbazi basin plan turning flood hazard area into new city park

Can the ‘masters of the flood’ help Texas protect its coast from hurricanes?

Flood-hit Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra need to learn their lessons

Challenges, Opportunities, and Pitfalls for Global Coupled Hydrologic‐Hydraulic Modeling of Floods

Cracking the case of the Krakatoa volcano collapse

Report: Colorado towns at higher risk for wildfire potential than Paradise


Emergency management

A spatially explicit model of postdisaster housing recovery

England one of first nations in Europe to get Google Flood Alerts

Multifunctional city parks can aid residents during earthquake recovery, study says

Displacement after disasters: When there’s no place to call home


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Tailoring disaster education programs to local communities

How social learning can speed up or slow down climate action

Marriotts Ridge High student tackles floodwater reduction, builds Ellicott City scale model

Communicating science to policymakers: six strategies for success


Psychology and Disasters

Chico schools prepare for post-fire school year with mental health trainings. Will it be enough?

Children and Disasters Special Collection

The Hidden Toll of a Natural Disaster: Why Mental Health Needs Often Go Unaddressed


Sociology and disasters

Model of socio-economic recovery of farmers in erupted areas of mount Sinabung in Karo Regency

Southern U.S. Lags North on Disaster Resilience

A majority of Americans (57%) say they know only some of their neighbors; far fewer (26%) say they know most of them

Today in disaster resilience (9 August 2019)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Flood: Seven dead in Yola

Typhoon Wipha kills 5, leaves 13 missing in Vietnam

Turkey – 1 Missing After Floods in Manisa Province

India – More Fatalities as Flooding Continues in Gujarat and Maharashtra

India – Over 17,000 Displaced as Godavari River Overflows in Andhra Pradesh

Sierra Leone – Deadly Flash Floods Hit Freetown

Day zero approaches for Stanthorpe as locals face prospect of levy to cover cost of trucked-in water

Eruption at Sabancaya volcano ejects ash up to 9.4 km (31 000 feet) a.s.l., Aviation Color Code Red, Peru

10 dead, 3 missing in flash flood at Chinese scenic gorge

Nigeria – Deaths Reported as Floods Hit Eastern and Central Areas

Floods hit North Karnataka as hundreds of families evacuated

Floods claim 531 lives, leave 655 000 displaced, India

Italy – Evacuations After Floods and Landslides in Lombardy

Nepal – Deadly Landslide in Baglung

Myanmar – More Flooding as Rivers Rise in Ayeyarwady, Mon and Kayin

Sudan – 12 States Hit by Heavy Rain

Three Members Of A Family Killed In Rawalpindi Flash Floods


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Siberian Wildfires and Heatwaves in Alaska: How the Arctic Is Nearing a Point of No Return

Australia records third-hottest July

A Nearly 100-Year-Old Physics Model Replicates Modern Arctic Ice Melt

Climate Change Becomes an Issue for Ratings Agencies

July confirmed as hottest month recorded across the world

Greenland ice sheet loses 11 billion tons of water in one day amid historic heat

Climate Change to Cause Chaos in Africa, Warn Scientists

Arctic wildfires, hybrid embryos and record-breaking heatwave

Record heatwave ‘made much more likely’ by human impact on climate

Sea level rise began accelerating in the 1960s, researchers find

Alaska’s sea ice has completely melted away

Just one in 20 Australian news stories about drought mention climate change

Increased shear in the North Atlantic upper-level jet stream over the past four decades

Fires, floods (and even bugs) are challenging Russia’s stance on the climate crisis

Rising global temperatures wreak havoc on urban “heat islands”

With nowhere to hide from rising seas, Boston prepares for a wetter future


Disaster risk reduction

Insurers reveal Townsville flood cost, warn region is ‘unprofitable’

Study: El Niño has outsize economic effect on California

A new global map of freshwater hydrography may be the most accurate ever made—so precise scientists could use it to predict future flooding events around the world

Mekong River Commission utilizes space technology to improve flood forecasting

Tales of resilient cities

Articles on earthquake event that shocked the city of L’Aquila in April 2009

Even in cities, natural signs can warn of floods, researchers find


Emergency management

This US heartland has been flooded for five months. Does anyone care?

‘The dam very nearly went’: the scramble to save Whaley Bridge

Lessons Management Handbook

Australian Fire Danger Rating System: research prototype report released

Roadmaps to safety and resilience in the Pacific

First all-female hazard reduction burn with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Enhanced capacity to measure recovery

Ensuring That Disaster Planning Considers People With Disabilities

We can’t stop Congo’s Ebola outbreak until communities lead the response

Situational Awareness is a Complex Topic

Satellites to the rescue after natural disasters

Year after floods, same status: Homeless and landless


Disaster education, communications and engagement

This new innovative education intervention enables children to engage with parents and build disaster resilient households

Who’s responsible for managing flood risk?


Psychology and Disasters

What Drives People to Mass Shootings?


Sociology and disasters

Social Capital and Disaster Resilience in the Ninth Ward

Resource Loss and Psychosocial Stress in the Aftermath of the 2008 Tennessee Valley Authority Coal Ash Spill

Reliance of Government in times of Disaster

It’s time to stop treating the housing crisis and the climate crisis as two separate issues—and start designing solutions for both at once