Today in disaster resilience (20 September 2019)

disaster

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 https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-16/drought-now-affecting-even-the-greenest-parts-of-the-country/11487026

Tens of thousands in Chiba urged to evacuate due to possible mudslides, Japan https://watchers.news/2019/09/16/tens-of-thousands-in-chiba-urged-to-evacuate-due-to-possible-mudslides-japan/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Worst storm in over a century hits Spain, major floods and tornadoes reported https://watchers.news/2019/09/12/spain-flood-tornado-september-12-2019/

Strong explosion at Sakurajima volcano, Japan https://watchers.news/2019/09/16/strong-explosion-at-sakurajima-volcano-japan/

Floods In Rajasthan After Release Of Water From Dams, Thousands Evacuated https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/floods-in-rajasthan-after-release-of-water-from-dams-thousands-evacuated-2101383

‘This is mind-blowing’: Residents cope with historic flooding in Dell Rapids https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/education/2019/09/13/south-dakota-flooding-dell-rapids-big-sioux-river/2314029001/

23,000 flee after floods in northeast Thailand https://www.thestar.com.my/news/regional/2019/09/15/23000-flee-after-floods-in-northeast-thailand

‘On pins and needles’: Flooded-out Iowans brace for a third round in six months https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2019/09/17/iowa-flooding-2019-missouri-river-levee-breaches-mills-fremont-county-pacific-junction-hamburg/2355669001/

At least 33 people dead as floods submerge large areas of northern Thailand https://watchers.news/2019/09/18/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 https://watchers.news/2019/09/18/record-1-422-people-killed-in-erratic-rains-from-june-to-september-india/

One killed, two escape death as flood ravages Anambra capital https://www.ndreporters.com/2019/09/17/one-killed-two-escape-death-as-flood-ravages-anambra-capital/

Imelda brings heavy rainfall, fears of flooding to Texas https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tropical-depression-imelda-houston-area-possible-heavy-rains-flooding-today-2019-09-18/

USA – Flooding in South East Texas After Tropical Depression Imelda Dumps Heavy Rain http://floodlist.com/america/usa/usa-flood-east-texas-tropical-depression-imelda-september-2019

India – Thousands Displaced by Floods in Rajasthan http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-rajasthan-september-2019

Algeria – 2 Dead as Floods Hit Algiers and Souk Ahras http://floodlist.com/africa/algeria-floods-algiers-soukahras-september-2019

Indonesia shuts down plantations linked to illegal forest fires https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2019/09/17/Indonesia-shuts-down-plantations-linked-to-illegal-forest-fires/7491568734814/?spt=su&or=btn_tw

Forest fires in Bolivia burn Switzerland-sized area https://www.omaha.com/news/world/ngo-forest-fires-in-bolivia-burn-switzerland-sized-area/article_d3a7e5c4-e917-5ff8-b628-d1fe494b5248.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

Eruption Of Russian Volcano Caused Colorful Skies https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2019/09/17/eruption-of-russian-volcano-caused-colorful-skies/#228fc14c2511

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Eight More Effects of Climate Change: Some Surprising, Some Fatal https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2019/09/15/eight-more-surprising-and-sometimes-fatal-effects-of-climate-change#66a44f570e39

‘Climigration’: when communities must move because of climate change https://theconversation.com/climigration-when-communities-must-move-because-of-climate-change-122529?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Emission impossible? Harsh facts on climate change https://www.ft.com/content/d7ec60e6-9b9a-11e9-b8ce-8b459ed04726

The world has a third pole – and it’s melting quickly https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/15/tibetan-plateau-glacier-melt-ipcc-report-third-pole?CMP=share_btn_tw

Are businesses doing enough to prepare for climate change or do executives have their heads in the sand? https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/countingthecost/2019/09/economic-cost-adapting-warming-planet-190915082329723.html

UK will see four heatwaves a year and twice as many flash floods by 2070s, Met Office predicts https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-weather-met-office-climate-change-defra-environment-agency-a9107446.html

The case for strategic and managed climate retreat https://science.sciencemag.org/content/365/6455/761

Jacinda Ardern on rising to the climate change challenge https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2019/09/18/813908/jacinda-ardern-on-rising-to-the-challenge-of-climate-change

Worrying new calculations show Earth is warming faster than previously thought https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7473971/Worrying-new-models-Earth-warming-faster-previously-thought.html

With Greenland’s Extreme Melting, a New Risk Grows: Ice Slabs That Worsen Runoff https://insideclimatenews.org/news/18092019/greenland-ice-sheet-melting-sea-level-rise-climate-change-heat-wave-study?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

The Impact of Climate Change on Kivalina, Alaska https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2019/09/photos-impacts-climate-change-kivalina-alaska/598282/

Scientists set out how to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/19/power-halve-greenhouse-gas-emissions-2030-climate-scientists

Fighting for a stolen future https://feature.undp.org/fighting-for-a-stolen-future/

Inequality and climate change https://stories.undp.org/997ccd59d6fbff50efc5c08552f3602f?

Hundreds of Australian academics declare support for climate rebellion https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/20/hundreds-of-australian-academics-declare-support-for-climate-rebellion?CMP=share_btn_tw

Ignoring young people’s climate change fears is a recipe for anxiety https://theconversation.com/ignoring-young-peoples-climate-change-fears-is-a-recipe-for-anxiety-123357?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Climate disasters to leave 150 million in humanitarian need by 2030: Red Cross https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/climate-disasters-to-leave-150-million-in-humanitarian-need-by-2030-red-cross-20190919-p52t3o.html

New UN report launched to help ratchet up action to combat climate crisis https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/09/1046672?395

The Arctic and climate change (1979 – 2019): What the ice record tells us https://news.mongabay.com/2019/09/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 https://theconversation.com/we-want-to-learn-about-climate-change-from-weather-presenters-not-politicians-123761

A survey of Australian TV audiences’ views on climate change https://www.monash.edu/mcccrh/research/a-survey-of-australian-tv-audiences-views-on-climate-change

Climate change: Warming to drive ‘robust increase’ in UK flooding https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49731591

Global warming simulations: Parts of U.K. and northern Europe to see more compound flooding https://phys.org/news/2019-09-global-simulations-uk-northern-europe.html

 

Disaster risk reduction

“There’s no record of fire dangers that high that early in those areas in NSW” https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/an-ill-wind-fans-the-flames-20190912-p52qir.html

Don’t politicise the bushfires? The alternative is to sit back while more severe events happen https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/15/dont-politicise-the-bushfires-the-alternative-is-to-sit-back-while-more-severe-events-happen?CMP=share_btn_tw

Work on Wangaratta’s inadequate flood levees delayed by bureaucracy https://www.bordermail.com.au/story/6387830/work-on-inadequate-flood-levees-delayed-by-bureaucracy/

Researchers Hone Ability to Map Storm Flooding https://scienceblog.com/510523/researchers-hone-ability-to-map-storm-flooding/

Flood: When Disaster Becomes Unnatural By Ahmed Maiyaki https://emergencydigest.com/2019/09/07/flood-disaster-ahmed-maiyaki/

Constructing a comprehensive disaster resilience index: The case of Italy https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335845276_Constructing_a_comprehensive_disaster_resilience_index_The_case_of_Italy

Review of the Transition From Smouldering to Flaming Combustion in Wildfires https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmech.2019.00049/full?utm_source=S-TWT&utm_medium=SNET&utm_campaign=ECO_FMECH_XXXXXXXX_auto-dlvrit

Dams were built to control floods; they are now triggers https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/natural-disasters/dams-were-built-to-control-floods-they-are-now-triggers-66767

Flood relief scheme will be a catalyst for Cork city https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/views/analysis/flood-relief-scheme-will-be-a-catalyst-for-cork-city-951114.html

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 https://www.texasobserver.org/floodplain-maps-are-outdated-this-scientist-wants-to-change-that/

Hurricane Dorian: Harbinger of the new normal https://floodresilience.net/blogs/hurricane-dorian-harbinger-of-the-new-normal?

Why Flood Victims Blame Their City, Not the Climate https://www.citylab.com/environment/2019/09/local-climate-action-plans-public-trust-government-detroit/598060/

As Flooding Worsens, Home Buyouts Move at a Snail’s Pace https://www.citylab.com/environment/2019/09/flooded-home-buyout-fema-disaster-recovery-flood-insurance/598075/

Resilient Communities: A New Disaster Preparedness Approach https://medium.com/the-moment-by-pete-for-america/resilient-communities-a-new-disaster-preparedness-approach-89fd78a689e2

What to do about the constant threat – and reality – of flooded homes in coastal communities https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/115519323/what-to-do-about-the-constant-threat–and-reality–of-flooded-homes-in-coastal-communities

Flooding and Land Use Change in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia https://www.mdpi.com/2073-445X/8/9/139

Google to expand AI-powered flood forecasts in India for monsoon season https://venturebeat.com/2019/09/18/google-to-expand-ai-powered-flood-forecasts-in-india-ahead-of-monsoon-season/

Urban flood resilience in Indonesia: New approaches through an urban design lens http://blogs.worldbank.org/eastasiapacific/urban-flood-resilience-indonesia-new-approaches-through-urban-design-lens

 

Emergency management

Haitians fear deportation from Bahamas after storm disaster https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news/2019/09/16/Haitians-deportation-Bahamas-storm-Dorian-disaster?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social

Extreme Weather Displaced a Record 7 Million in First Half of 2019 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/12/climate/extreme-weather-displacement.html

California Prepares For Wildfire Season As Climate Change Keeps Temperatures Rising https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/california-wildfire-season-climate-change_n_5d7fecade4b00d69059d206c

Mozambique cyclones: One million facing food shortages https://www.pennews.net/international/2019/09/17/mozambique-cyclones-one-million-facing-food-shortages

The University of the Bahamas, After Dorian https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/09/18/university-bahamas-deals-damage-and-disruption-dorian

False Tsunami Warning In Hawaii Triggered By Police Exercise https://www.npr.org/2019/09/19/762215269/false-tsunami-warning-in-hawaii-triggered-by-police-exercise?

20,000 flood victims in Northeast remain trapped https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30376409

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Preparedness Day Educates Thousands of Californians on Disaster Readiness http://www.oesnews.com/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 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/psj.12364

Global Mapping of Citizen Science Projects for Disaster Risk Reduction https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335887687_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 https://theconversation.com/ever-wondered-what-our-curriculum-teaches-kids-about-climate-change-the-answer-is-not-much-123272

 

Psychology and Disasters

Recent Development in Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics: Bibliographic Analyses, Collaboration Patterns, and Future Directions https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329963335_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 https://www.today.com/parents/how-talk-children-about-climate-change-t162981

 

Sociology and disasters

Women are at the Heart of Disaster Preparedness and Response https://womensenews.org/2019/09/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 https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/lsuh-ssp091819.php

Today in disaster resilience (13 September 2019)

 

disaster

Please find below links to some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

‘Like nothing we’ve seen’: Queensland bushfires tear through rainforest https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/sep/09/like-nothing-weve-seen-queensland-bushfires-tear-through-rainforest

Tens of thousands in Atlantic Canada still in the dark after Hurricane Dorian https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/hundreds-of-thousands-still-in-the-dark-after-hurricane-dorian-1.5275706

Peregian homes destroyed after ferocious bushfire rips through Sunshine Coast community https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/sep/10/peregian-homes-destroyed-after-ferocious-bushfire-rips-through-sunshine-coast-community?CMP=share_btn_tw

Hurricane Dorian Lashes the Carolinas with Storm-Surge Flooding, Tornadoes https://www.westernjournal.com/hurricane-dorian-lashes-carolinas-storm-surge-flooding-tornadoes/

Morocco and Algeria – More Flash Floods Leave 11 Dead http://floodlist.com/africa/morocco-and-algeria-flash-floods-errachidia-bechar-september-2019

Firefighters fear significant losses on Sunshine Coast, while more than 50 blazes are burning across New South Wales https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2019/sep/10/queensland-nsw-bushfires-evacuations-live-updates

Dorian’s death toll in Bahamas rises to 50 -official http://news.trust.org/item/20190910164446-e5sgg/

Heavy rains result in landslide killing 7 in southern Ethiopia https://watchers.news/2019/09/11/southern-ethiopia-landslide-september-8-2019/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Typhoon “Lingling” killed 8 in North Korea, destroyed 460 houses and 46 200 ha (114 162 acres) of farmland https://watchers.news/2019/09/10/typhoon-lingling-north-korea-landfall-damage/

Floods kill seven people, 700 pigs in Cambodia https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1163419/floods-kill-seven-people-700-pigs-in-cambodia

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Sep 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Ubinas https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/87181/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-12-Sep-2019-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Ubinas-N.html

More than 800 homes destroyed by floods in Mali https://watchers.news/2019/09/11/floods-destroy-800-homes-mali/

Worst storm in over a century hits Spain, major floods and tornadoes reported https://watchers.news/2019/09/12/spain-flood-tornado-september-12-2019/

17 dead, 1 missing as more flooding hits Morocco and Algeria https://watchers.news/2019/09/12/17-dead-1-missing-as-more-flooding-hits-morocco-and-algeria/

Sweden – Flash Floods in Gothenburg After Heavy Rain http://floodlist.com/europe/sweden-flash-floods-gothenburg-september-2019

Ethiopia – Deadly Landslide After Heavy Rains in South East http://floodlist.com/africa/ethiopia-landslide-south-east-dawuro-september-2019

West Africa – Death Toll Rises in Niger, Homes Destroyed in Nigeria, Hundreds Displaced in Chad http://floodlist.com/africa/westafrica-floods-nigeria-niger-chad-september-2019

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australians increasingly fear climate change-related drought and extinctions https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/10/australians-increasingly-fear-climate-change-related-drought-and-extinctions?CMP=share_btn_tw

Climate gentrification: Coming to a community near you https://grist.org/article/climate-gentrification-coming-to-a-community-near-you/

Australia’s main grid hits new peak of 41 per cent wind and solar https://reneweconomy.com.au/australias-main-grid-hits-new-peak-of-41-per-cent-wind-and-solar-16763/

Climate change survey shows Australians want action on emissions, but are divided on nuclear https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-09-10/climate-of-nation-australia-attitudes/11484690

Extreme heat a far greater threat for most Australians than extreme cold weather, study finds https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/extreme-heat-a-far-greater-threat-for-most-australians-than-extreme-cold-weather-study-finds-20190909-p52ph1.html

European summer heatwave killed 1,500 in France, Minister says https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-09/heatwave-in-france-kills-1500-people,-minister-says/11491610

Climate change: ‘Invest $1.8 trillion to adapt’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49635546

What Is the Sun’s Role in Climate Change? https://climate.nasa.gov/blog/2910/what-is-the-suns-role-in-climate-change/

The climate apocalypse is coming. To prepare for it, we need to admit that we can’t prevent it https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/what-if-we-stopped-pretending

Stay or go? Asian nations mull options as seas rise, cities sink http://www.thisisplace.org/i/?id=4eefff34-739f-4084-9699-dc2a50b22596

Climate change is bringing a new world of bushfires https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-bringing-a-new-world-of-bushfires-123261?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Urban growth, heat islands, humidity, climate change: the costs multiply in tropical cities https://theconversation.com/urban-growth-heat-islands-humidity-climate-change-the-costs-multiply-in-tropical-cities-120825?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Adaptation can deliver high rates of return, bringing multiple benefits to people and the economy https://gca.org/global-commission-on-adaptation/report

How much do direct livestock emissions actually contribute to global warming? https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/gcb.13975

“Business as usual” could lead to catastrophic global sea-level rise, says new study https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/business-usual-could-lead-catastrophic-global-sea-level-rise-says-new-study

Emergent Constraints on Climate-Carbon Cycle Feedbacks https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40641-019-00141-y

Climate change, reforestation/afforestation, and urbanization impacts on evapotranspiration and streamflow in Europe https://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci.net/23/3631/2019/

Why gender matters in climate adaptation https://www.sei.org/perspectives/why-gender-matters-in-climate-adaptation/

Dangerous new hot zones are spreading around the world https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/national/climate-environment/climate-change-world/

‘In for a roasting’: Australia ‘on brink’ of ‘apocalyptic’ conditions https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/climate-change/in-for-a-roasting-australia-on-brink-of-apocalyptic-conditions/news-story/73d731e4a07f6b9c39b18897faa0e085

The losses from glaciers on Arctic islands and middle-latitude mountain ranges have been quite significant https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145574/malaspina-on-the-move

Building climate change defences could massively boost world economy https://www.newscientist.com/article/2215576-building-climate-change-defences-could-massively-boost-world-economy/

Disaster risk reduction

‘Dead things everywhere’: is Australia facing the summer from hell? https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/sep/06/dead-things-everywhere-is-australia-facing-the-summer-from-hell

Dorian One of Strongest, Longest-Lasting Hurricanes on Record in the Atlantic https://insideclimatenews.org/news/07092019/hurricane-dorian-record-climate-change-bahamas-north-carolina-gulf-stream

We’re Barely Listening to the U.S.’s Most Dangerous Volcanoes https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/09/science/volcanoes-cascades-monitoring.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytimesscience

Recharging Aquifers by Capturing Flood Flows – Texas Case Study https://www.waterwired.org/2019/09/paper-recharging-aquifers-by-capturing-flood-flows-texas-case-study.html

Government pledges £62m flood funding for communities in England https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-pledges-62m-flood-funding-for-communities-in-england

Flood risk management: Slowing the flow http://www.engineersjournal.ie/2019/09/09/flood-risk-management-slowing-the-flow/

Going Under: Post-Flood Buyouts Take Years to Complete https://www.nrdc.org/experts/anna-weber/going-under-post-flood-buyouts-take-years-complete

 

Emergency management

Meet air attack supervisor Nadia Rhodes, Canberra’s eyes in the sky this bushfire season https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6378586/meet-the-woman-at-the-helm-of-canberras-looming-bushfire-season/?cs=14225

Five things to watch after Hurricane Dorian strikes the Bahamas http://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news/2019/09/10/Hurricane-Dorian-Bahamas-aid-five-things-watch

Fires are burning where they never used to burn https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/fires-are-burning-where-they-never-used-to-burn-20190909-p52pnn.html

Nebraska’s Emergency Management Agency Strained by Record Floods https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2019/09/10/539379.htm

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

National forums to understand disaster risk https://www.aidr.org.au/news/national-forums-for-understanding-disaster-risk/

Capacity Building toward Resilience: How Communities Recover, Learn, and Change in the Aftermath of Extreme Events https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335720504_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 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/10/climate/canada-flood-homes-buyout.html

Remembering 9/11 https://globalresilience.northeastern.edu/2019/09/remembering-9-11/

 

Psychology and Disasters

Study reveals link between flooding and poor mental health http://futureclimateinfo.com/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 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335700762_Bridging_Social_Capital_through_the_Techno-subsystem_A_Qualitative_Analysis_of_GoFundMe_Requests_for_Hurricane_Relief

Today in disaster resilience (6 September 2019)

disaster

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 https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-02/hurricane-dorian-category-5/11469130

Hurricane Dorian Becomes the 5th Atlantic Category 5 in 4 Years https://weather.com/amp/storms/hurricane/news/2019-09-01-hurricane-dorian-atlantic-hurricane-category-five-history.html?__twitter_impression=true

Hurricane “Dorian” caused ‘unprecedented damage’ to the Bahamas https://watchers.news/2019/09/02/hurricane-dorian-damage-september-2019/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Ravaging hailstorm in Edmonton racked up $90 million in insured damages, Alberta, Canada https://watchers.news/2019/09/01/edmonton-hailstorm-damage-august-2019/

Vietnam and Thailand – Floods Hit After Rain From Tropical Cyclone ‘Podul’ http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-thailand-cyclone-podul-august-2019

Kenya – Deadly Flash Floods in Hell’s Gate National Park http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-floods-hells-gate-national-park-september-2019

Uganda – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Eastern Region http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-landslides-bulambuli-eastern-region-august-2019

Dorian triggers massive flooding in Bahamas; at least 5 dead https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/dorian-triggers-massive-flooding-in-bahamas-at-least-5-dead/ar-AAGGwXg?ocid=spartandhp

Algeria – Dozens Rescued After Flash Floods in North http://floodlist.com/africa/algeria-flash-floods-skikda-jijel-september-2019

Central African Republic – Deadly Floods in North West http://floodlist.com/africa/central-african-republic-ouham-pende-floods-august-2019

Tropical Cyclone “Lingling” forms in the Western Pacific Ocean, heading toward the Korean Peninsula https://watchers.news/2019/09/04/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 https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/86719/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-4-Sep-2019-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Shiveluch-Dukono-Reventador.html

Morocco – 2 Dead in Khenifra Floods, Massive Debris Flow in Imlil http://floodlist.com/africa/morocco-floods-khenifra-imlil-september-2019

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

MOOC: Climate Change: The Science and Global Impact https://www.edx.org/course/climate-change-the-science-and-global-impact?

Scientists discover evidence for past high-level sea rise https://phys.org/news/2019-08-scientists-evidence-high-level-sea.html

The four big climate challenges for India https://www.livemint.com/news/india/the-four-big-climate-challenges-for-india-1567354297958.html

Major floods will happen more often, due to climate change http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/environment/major-floods-will-happen-more-often-due-to-climate-change/article/557147

Why Are Hurricanes Like Dorian Stalling, and Is Global Warming Involved? https://insideclimatenews.org/news/03092019/hurricane-dorian-climate-change-stall-record-wind-speed-rainfall-intensity-global-warming-bahamas

Trees Are Key To Fighting Urban Heat — But Cities Keep Losing Them https://www.npr.org/2019/09/04/755349748/trees-are-key-to-fighting-urban-heat-but-cities-keep-losing-them

Climate change: Greenland’s ice faces melting ‘death sentence’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49483580

Devastation from Hurricane Dorian provokes calls for reporters to acknowledge the climate emergency’s connection to extreme weather https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/04/analysis-finds-us-corporate-media-failing-connect-climate-crisis-strongest-atlantic

70% of Americans worried about climate change https://climatenexus.org/wp-content/uploads/National-Poll-Toplines-Crosstabs-PR1922.pdf?utm_content=buffercef76&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Greenland’s rapidly vanishing glaciers https://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-49570809/greenland-s-rapidly-vanishing-glaciers

Disaster risk reduction

Best practices for successful coastal flooding adaptation https://www.coastalnewstoday.com/post/best-practices-for-successful-coastal-flooding-adaptation

Making Mitigation Work: The Battle for Better Building Codes https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/center-news/237

The 2018 rift eruption and summit collapse of Kīlauea Volcano https://science.sciencemag.org/content/363/6425/367

Natural Hazards Research Platform https://www.naturalhazards.org.nz/NHRP/Publications/Natural-Hazards-Issues

Analysis of the Potential of IT System Support in Early Warning Systems: Mitigating Flood Risk in Poland https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/prehospital-and-disaster-medicine/article/analysis-of-the-potential-of-it-system-support-in-early-warning-systems-mitigating-flood-risk-in-poland/96FF5761834B69DD08E19EE7F6456A76

Using flood data to get a clearer picture of environmental risk https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/planning-construction-news/flood-data-environmental-risk/35352/

A “Managed Retreat” from Disasters http://pcap2016.org/a-managed-retreat-from-disasters/

Whose resilience matters? Like-for-like comparison of objective and subjective evaluations of resilience https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0305750X19302803

Disasters drive up insurance rates https://www.climatechangenews.com/2019/09/03/natural-disaster-spike-drive-2020-insurance-rate-rise/

Why Forecasting Floods Should Be a Global Collaborative Effort http://theconversation.com/why-forecasting-floods-should-be-a-global-collaborative-effort-119657

 

Emergency management

Japan conducts emergency drills in preparation for the huge quake predicted to hit Tokyo area https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/09/01/national/japan-conducts-emergency-drills-preparation-huge-quake-predicted-hit-tokyo-area/#.XWxA4xqP7IU

Grim fire season looms but many Australians remain unprepared https://theconversation.com/grim-fire-season-looms-but-many-australians-remain-unprepared-122711?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Recovery of Tourism-Based Economies on the Texas Gulf Coast after Hurricane Harvey https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/recovery-of-tourism-based-economies-on-the-texas-gulf-coast-after-hurricane-harvey

Dramatic video shows people in Bahamas swimming through rushing floodwaters https://abcnews.go.com/International/dramatic-video-shows-people-bahamas-swimming-rushing-floodwaters/story?id=65348072

Bahamas Relief Efforts Frustrated as Dorian Pulls Away https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/03/world/americas/bahamas-hurricane-dorian.html

Six months after cyclones, Pope spotlights Mozambique’s needs http://news.trust.org/item/20190904161802-y022r/

Aerial footage reveals extent of storm devastation in Bahamas – as it happened https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2019/sep/03/hurricane-dorian-bahamas-florida-storm-flooding-live-updates

NASA’s ARIA team maps flooding in the Bahamas https://phys.org/news/2019-09-nasa-aria-team-bahamas.html

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Japan’s emergency advisories are too complex and hard to understand, even for fluent Japanese speakers, experts say https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/08/30/national/japans-emergency-advisories-complex-hard-understand-even-fluent-japanese-speakers-experts-say/#.XWxAdhqP7IU

Students Promote Landslide Education Across Puerto Rico https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/center-news/students-promote-landslide-education-across-puerto-rico

September is US National Preparedness Month. Theme: Prepared, Not Scared https://www.ready.gov/september

New map marker a stark reminder to be ready for natural disasters http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201909010006.html

Protecting schools from natural hazards https://www.policyforum.net/planning-for-the-worst-2/

700 people gather in Tokyo for memorial of Koreans massacred during Great Kanto Earthquake http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_international/860478.html

Social media lessons from Calgary flood highlighted in wake of Houston crisis https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/houston-floods-calgary-social-media-1.4267539

Residents invited to learn more about flood risk work https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/news/article/residents-invited-learn-more-about-flood-risk-work

 

Psychology and Disasters

Full Collection on Children and Disasters Now Available https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/center-news/240

 

Sociology and disasters

A Global Survey on the Perceptions and Impacts of Gender Inequality in the Earth and Space Sciences https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2019EA000706

Building and measuring community resilience https://www.nap.edu/catalog/25383/building-and-measuring-community-resilience-actions-for-communities-and-the

Indigenous Women of the Amazon Send a Call: The Fight for Mother Earth Is the Mother of All Fights https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/08/29/indigenous-women-amazon-send-call-fight-mother-earth-mother-all-fights

Today in disaster resilience (30 August 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

51 homes, 3 businesses lost in Alaska wildfire https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/51-homes-3-businesses-lost-in-alaska-wildfire/ar-AAGf529?li=BBnbcA1&srcref=rss&ocid=iehrs

Worst drought in decades hits Chile capital and outskirts https://phys.org/news/2019-08-worst-drought-decades-chile-capital.html

Philippines and Taiwan – 3 Dead as Tropical Storm ‘Bailu’ Hits http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-taiwan-tropical-storm-bailu-august-2019

USA – Deadly Flash Floods in Arkansas http://floodlist.com/america/usa/flash-floods-arkansas-august-2019

Sudan flooding leaves at least 62 dead as two months of rain causes devastation http://diazhub.com/sudan-flooding-leaves-at-least-62-dead-as-two-months-of-rain-causes-devastation/

Nigeria: Anxiety As 15 States Battle Flood https://allafrica.com/stories/201908260088.html

Greece wildfires: Blaze forces evacuations on island of Samos https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49471213

Powerful hailstorm hits capital Madrid, turning roads into raging rivers, Spain https://watchers.news/2019/08/27/madrid-hailstorm-august-27-2019/

Tropical Storm “Ivo” dumps heavy rain, claims two lives in Mexico https://watchers.news/2019/08/27/tropical-storm-ivo-dumps-heavy-rain-claims-two-lives-in-mexico/

Two dead as Japan orders 900,000 to leave homes amid heavy rains https://www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2019/08/dead-japan-orders-900000-leave-homes-heavy-rains-190828065722311.html?__twitter_impression=true

Dorian strengthens into hurricane as Puerto Rico avoids direct hit — live updates https://www.cbsnews.com/live-news/hurricane-dorian-latest-storm-updates-track-path-weather-forecast-today-2019-08-28/

Sudan villagers reel from Nile water floods https://www.nation.co.ke/news/africa/Sudan-villagers-reel-from-Nile-water-floods/1066-5250822-10s0sygz/index.html

Morocco – Deadly Flash Floods in Taroudant Province http://floodlist.com/africa/morocco-floods-taroudant-august-2019

Mauritania – Flooding in South Leaves 5 Dead http://floodlist.com/africa/mauritania-flood-guidimaka-august-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 29 Aug 2019: Stromboli volcano, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/86248/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-29-Aug-2019-Stromboli-volcano-Popocatepetl-Shiveluch-Dukono-Revent.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

G7 can’t turn a blind eye to ecocide in the Amazon https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/25/g7-cant-turn-blind-eye-to-amazon-ecocide-forest-fires-indigenous-tribes?CMP=share_btn_tw

Fires intensifying climate change https://www.feedbackreigns.net/fires-intensifying-climate-change/

Book review: The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future https://www.lrb.co.uk/v41/n15/francis-gooding/all-the-news-is-bad

Global Heat Waves Point to Intensifying Global Climate Crisis https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/global-heat-waves-point-intensifying-global-climate-crisis?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=sierramag&utm_medium=social

Humans have never lived on a planet this hot, and we’re totally unprepared for what’s to come https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/climate-crisis-goodell-survive-extreme-heat-875198/

We know the Arctic is melting – but it’s also on fire http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190822-why-is-the-arctic-on-fire?ocid=ww.social.link.twitter

Climate explained: how emissions trading schemes work and they can help us shift to a zero carbon future https://theconversation.com/climate-explained-how-emissions-trading-schemes-work-and-they-can-help-us-shift-to-a-zero-carbon-future-122325

Region stands out in the deep red of global warming https://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whistler/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 https://www.popsci.com/iceland-grieving-dead-glacier-climate-change/

City council changes mind on climate emergency https://indaily.com.au/news/local/2019/08/28/city-council-changes-mind-on-climate-emergency/

Taking on the Temperature https://medium.com/@kathybaughmanmcleod/taking-on-the-temperature-1d3788549745

Climate change melts 12.5bn billions tons of ice in Greenland fifty years earlier than predicted https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/08/28/climate-change-melts-billions-tons-ice-greenland-fifty-years/

Winter isn’t coming — get ready for a full-blown age of fire https://www.alternet.org/2019/08/winter-isnt-coming-get-ready-for-a-full-blown-age-of-fire/

Landsat Illustrates Five Decades of Change to Greenland Glaciers https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2908/landsat-illustrates-five-decades-of-change-to-greenland-glaciers/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Ireland among countries to bear brunt of flooding caused by climate change https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/ireland-among-countries-to-bear-brunt-of-flooding-caused-by-climate-change-1.4000229

Over the past seven decades, the number of extreme heat days in Europe has steadily increased https://earther.gizmodo.com/europe-is-warming-even-faster-than-climate-models-predi-1837669154?IR=T

Oceans turning from friend to foe, warns landmark UN climate report https://phys.org/news/2019-08-oceans-friend-foe-landmark-climate.html

The air conditioning trap: how cold air is heating the world https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/29/the-air-conditioning-trap-how-cold-air-is-heating-the-world?CMP=share_btn_tw

Flooding in UK over the past 50 years is worst in Europe as climate change ‘increases the amount of rainfall’ https://inews.co.uk/news/environment/uk-flooding-news-latest-worst-europe-climate-change/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Amazon fires explained: what are they, why are they so damaging, and how can we stop them? https://theconversation.com/amazon-fires-explained-what-are-they-why-are-they-so-damaging-and-how-can-we-stop-them-122340

Study makes the case for thoughtful, planned ‘managed retreat’ from areas prone to flooding and storms https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2019/08/making-a-case-for-managed-retreat-from-areas-prone-to-flooding-and-storms/

Dilapidated Harvey-damaged townhomes to get new life as Kingwood greenspace https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/kingwood/news/article/Dilapidated-Harvey-damaged-townhomes-to-get-new-14374848.php?

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  http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201908260066.html

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 https://www.texasobserver.org/floodplain-maps-are-outdated-this-scientist-wants-to-change-that/

Land Use Planning for Urban Flood Risk Management https://floodresilience.net/resources/item/land-use-planning-for-urban-flood-risk-management

Two years after Harvey, a more resilient Houston (opinion) https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Two-years-after-Harvey-a-more-resilient-Houston-14373548.php

100-Year Floods Could Soon Happen Annually in Parts of U.S., Study Finds https://e360.yale.edu/digest/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 https://www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci.net/19/1653/2019/#&gid=1&pid=1

New Orleans’ women religious donate 25 acres for flood control project https://trentonmonitor.com/Content/Default/Church/Article/New-Orleans-women-religious-donate-25-acres-for-flood-control-project/-3/262/21377?

The Real Reason the Amazon Is On Fire https://time.com/5661162/why-the-amazon-is-on-fire/?xid=tcoshare#a73610a0-2580-43e7-ad2f-11b291ee04f3

Indonesia picks new site for capital city as Jakarta slowly sinks into sea https://globalnews.ca/news/5814220/indonesia-new-capital-city-jakarta/

First insights from the Flood Resilience Measurement Tool: A large-scale community flood resilience analysis https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420919303735

Despite Floods, Figures Show Sharp Decline In Rainfall In India Since The 1940s https://swarajyamag.com/economy/data-story-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 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335434493_The_role_of_the_state_in_China’s_post-disaster_reconstruction_planning_Implications_for_resilience

Strengthening Disaster Resilience in Lao PDR https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/video/2019/08/14/strengthening-disaster-resilience-in-lao-pdr

Special Issue: Preparing for, Responding to, and Recovering from Hurricane Flooding Disasters https://www.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/page/journal/15396924/homepage/special_issue__preparing_for__responding_to__and_recovering_from_hurricane_flood.htm

Changing climate both increases and decreases European river floods https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1495-6

US Governmental Spending for Disaster-Related Research, 2011-2016: Characterizing the State of Science Funding Across 5 Professional Disciplines https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31213215/

What to do with Houston’s perpetually flooded homes https://grist.org/article/buyouts-can-save-houston-hurricane-harvey-flood-soaked-homeowners/

Kiwis back earthquake early warning system idea https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/nz/news/breaking-news/kiwis-back-earthquake-early-warning-system-idea-176585.aspx

Mapping the Risk of Flooding in the Philippines http://googlemapsmania.blogspot.com/2019/08/mapping-risk-of-flooding.html

To Battle Floods, Cities Revive Their Long-Forgotten Alleyways https://daily.jstor.org/to-battle-floods-cities-revive-their-long-forgotten-alleyways/

 

Emergency management

Two years after Harvey, has Houston lost its urgency on flood repairs, prevention? https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Two-years-after-Harvey-has-Houston-lost-its-14373573.php?

Why California is having its mildest fire season in 20 years https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/08/23/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 https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-981-13-8327-4_8

1 058 killed, 1.8 million displaced since the start of the monsoon season, India https://watchers.news/2019/08/20/1058-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 https://www.iowapublicradio.org/post/after-missouri-river-flooding-some-iowans-say-they-wont-move-back#stream/0

Challenges to Coordination: Understanding Intergovernmental Friction During Disasters (pre print) https://works.bepress.com/daniel_aldrich/50/

Bushfire season: Australia warned to prepare early amid grim outlook https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/28/bushfire-season-australia-warned-to-prepare-early-amid-grim-outlook?CMP=share_btn_tw

Development and divergent post-disaster trajectories in a mountain village: Temporal dynamics of differentiation after the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335455859_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 http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/63

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Less than 6% of families in Japan thoroughly prepare children for natural disasters, survey shows https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/08/23/national/japan-prepare-children-for-disaster/#.XWMFtRqP7IU

Community partnerships between agencies and citizens are critical for identifying and implementing place-based solutions to reducing wildfire vulnerability https://www.mdpi.com/2571-6255/2/1/9/htm

Why Smokey Bear Desperately Needs a Makeover https://www.outsideonline.com/2401107/smokey-bear-75-anniversary-whats-next

Fire and Smoke Tweet Chat: Learn about the ongoing FIREX-AQ campaign to study what’s in smoke from wildfires and agricultural burning https://www.climate.gov/news-features/features/fire-and-smoke-tweet-chat-learn-about-ongoing-firex-aq-campaign-study-whats

Home Flood Risk Assessment Training https://flemingcollege.ca/continuing-education/courses/home-flood-risk-assessment-training

Kempsey SES hold memorial service to honour the six people who lost their lives in the 1949 flood https://www.macleayargus.com.au/story/6351159/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 https://www.claimsjournal.com/news/national/2019/08/21/292660.htm

Disaster education: It should be all about the learners https://disasterece.com/2019/08/27/disaster-education-it-should-be-all-about-the-learners/

Learn more about flooding events in Canada https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/water-overview/quantity/floods/events-canada.html

Disaster researchers can comment on evacuation, sea level rise, health issues, pet safety as Hurricane Dorian approaches https://www.newswise.com/articles/disaster-researchers-can-comment-on-evacuation-sea-level-rise-health-issues-pet-safety-as-hurricane-dorian-approaches/sc-c89

 

Psychology and Disasters

Weighted Blankets for PTSD https://www.weightedblanketguides.com/benefits-ptsd/

1 in 4 homeowners in at-risk areas made no preparations for hurricane season https://www.housingwire.com/articles/49922-in-4-homeowners-in-at-risk-areas-made-no-preparations-for-hurricane-season

‘Another hurricane?’ How climate disasters can give us compassion fatigue https://grist.org/article/hurricane-dorian-puerto-rico-trump-reaction-compassion-fatigue/

Faced with floods and suicides, U.S. readies for a warmer world http://news.trust.org/item/20190819223716-606fb/

 

Sociology and disasters

Traditional social capital and socioeconomic networks in response to flood disaster: A case study of rural areas in Sri Lanka https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420919307228

Though marginalised gender groups are more vulnerable to the risks of disasters their experiences are rarely included in research https://floodresilience.net/blogs/missing-voices-and-a-new-approach-to-community-research

Today in disaster resilience (23 August 2019)

 

disaster

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 https://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKCN1V80HK

Four dead, 20 rescued as rain washes away several houses in Uttarakhand https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/10-missing-after-floods-wash-away-15-houses-in-uttarakhand/story-M07lQm8NvkG9xxnMOEAxtM.html

Torrential downpour in Turkey triggers deadly flooding https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/torrential-downpour-in-turkey-triggers-deadly-flooding/70009103

Amazon fires: Record number burning in Brazil rainforest – space agency https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-49415973

Yemen – UN Says Thousands Hit by Floods and Heavy Rain in Western Areas http://floodlist.com/asia/yemen-floods-unocha-report-august-2019

Laos – Flooding Hits Northern Provinces http://floodlist.com/asia/laos-floods-oudomxay-vientiane-luangpraban-houaphanh-august-2019

Spain – Flash Floods in Valencia Region After 40mm of Rain in Less Than 1 Hour http://floodlist.com/europe/spain-flash-floods-valencia-august-2019

Guatemala – 25,000 Affected by Floods and Landslides http://floodlist.com/america/guatemala-floods-landslides-august-2019

Sudan – Floods Leave 54 Dead, Over 170,000 Affected http://floodlist.com/africa/sudan-floods-update-august-2019

McKinley Fire in Alaska threatens more than 1,000 structures as wildfires rage in a dozen states https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/21/us/wildfires-in-12-states-alaska-mckinley-fire/index.html

Flood Kills 6, Pregnant Woman, Displaces More Than 1000 Families In Jigawa https://tribuneonlineng.com/flood-kills-6-pregnant-woman-displaces-more-than-1000-families-in-jigawa/

China – Dozens Dead or Missing After Floods in Sichuan http://floodlist.com/asia/china-sichuan-province-floods-august-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 22 Aug 2019: Karymsky volcano, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Karangetang https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/85802/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-22-Aug-2019-Karymsky-volcano-Popocatepetl-Krakatau-Karangetang-Ibu.html

Wildfires Are Raging in the Amazon, Adding to Widespread Global Blazes https://e360.yale.edu/digest/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 https://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2019/08/soap-operas-communities-adapt-climate-change/?utm_content=bufferc0b6b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Iceland Mourns Loss of a Glacier by Posting a Warning About Climate Change https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/19/world/europe/iceland-glacier-funeral.html

Climate change will drive longer extreme heatwaves in summer https://www.newscientist.com/article/2213721-climate-change-will-drive-longer-extreme-heatwaves-in-summer/#.XVsGgg0NEm4.twitter

New study offers roadmap for detecting changes in the ocean due to climate change https://phys.org/news/2019-08-roadmap-ocean-due-climate.html

Climate change may change the way ocean waves impact 50% of the world’s coastlines https://theconversation.com/climate-change-may-change-the-way-ocean-waves-impact-50-of-the-worlds-coastlines-121239
Majority of Canadians believe in climate change — here’s why some still don’t https://globalnews.ca/news/5782855/why-people-deny-climate-change/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Scientists Have Been Underestimating the Pace of Climate Change https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/scientists-have-been-underestimating-the-pace-of-climate-change/

Heatwaves longer, more deadly even in a 2C world https://phys.org/news/2019-08-heatwaves-longer-deadly-2c-world.html

Voyage of ice-melt discovery in Greenland https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12259345

‘We Cannot Save Everything’: A Historic Neighborhood Confronts Rising Seas https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/08/science/historic-preservation-climate-newport.html

The Cost of Rising Seas: More Than $400 Billion (and Lots of Angst) https://www.wired.com/story/the-cost-of-rising-seas-more-than-dollar400-billion-and-lots-of-angst/

When it comes to coal, Australia has transitioned away from economics and common sense https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/21/when-it-comes-to-coal-australia-has-transitioned-away-from-economics-and-common-sense?CMP=share_btn_tw

Climate scientists may not be the best communicators of climate threats https://theconversation.com/climate-scientists-may-not-be-the-best-communicators-of-climate-threats-121901

What U.S. Cities Facing Climate Disaster Risks Are Least Prepared? https://www.citylab.com/environment/2019/08/climate-impacts-resilient-cities-environmental-justice/596251/

Imagining Disasters in the Era of Climate Change: Is Japan’s Seawall a New Maginot Line? https://www.researchgate.net/publication/334448650_Imagining_Disasters_in_the_Era_of_Climate_Change_Is_Japan’s_Seawall_a_New_Maginot_Line

Climate change evacuation planning needs to start now, urges scientists https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-08-23/climate-retreat-planning-science/11435382

 

Disaster risk reduction

Should Taxpayers Subsidize More and More Destruction? https://townhall.com/columnists/patrickmichaels/2019/08/17/should-taxpayers-subsidize-more-and-more-destruction-n2551758

Inquiry over whether utility firms should be made to contribute to coast and flood defences https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/latest-news/inquiry-over-whether-utility-firms-should-be-made-to-contribute-to-coast-and-flood-defences-1-9942161

A Deluge Like the one in 2018 Would be Big Trouble for Wisconsin https://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/A-Deluge-Like-the-2018-one-Would-be-Big-Trouble-for-Wisconsin.html

A terrifying preview of ‘The Big One’ — a giant quake that may hit Southern California https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/a-terrifying-preview-of-the-big-one–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 https://phys.org/news/2019-08-sweet-depth-underground-magma-chambers.html

Inside Australia’s plan to survive bigger, badder bushfires https://www.technologyreview.com/s/613336/inside-australias-plan-to-survive-bigger-badder-bushfires/

No lessons learnt from 2018 Karnataka floods: IISc report http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/2019/aug/21/no-lessons-learnt-from-2018-karnataka-floods-iisc-report-2021959.html

Critical infrastructure and flood resilience: Cascading effects beyond water https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/wat2.1370

NFU responds to Defra call for flood evidence https://www.nfuonline.com/cross-sector/environment/water/flooding/nfu-responds-to-defra-call-for-flood-evidence/

After Harvey surprised thousands with unexpected flooding, new law aims to better inform homebuyers https://www.texastribune.org/2019/08/22/texas-law-requires-buyers-to-disclose-flood-risks/

USGS Awards More Than $12.5 Million to Advance the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System in California, Oregon and Washington https://www.usgs.gov/news/usgs-awards-more-125-million-advance-shakealert-earthquake-early-warning-system-california?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_term=c550143e-9e56-4c0f-ac6d-a3619610596c&utm_content=&utm_campaign=

 

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 https://www.rescue.org/press-release/world-humanitarian-day-letter-world-leaders

Why the U.S. disaster agency isn’t ready for catastrophes https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060992591

July 2019 Nepal Floods: Needs assessment report https://floodresilience.net.np/%E0%A4%B8%E0%A4%BE%E0%A4%AE%E0%A4%97%E0%A5%8D%E0%A4%B0%E0%A5%80%E0%A4%B9%E0%A4%B0%E0%A5%81/item/july-2019-nepal-floods-needs-assessment-report

Brazil’s Bolsonaro blames Amazon fires on NGOs as Twitter erupts https://news.yahoo.com/brazils-bolsonaro-blames-amazon-fires-ngos-twitter-erupts-194758259.html

Guidelines for Assessing the Human Impact of Disasters https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/crisis-prevention-and-recovery/guidelines-for-assessing-the-human-impact-of-disasters.html

Data Pinpoints 14 California Towns Where an Emergency Escape Could Be a Problem https://www.kqed.org/science/1946668/data-pinpoints-14-california-communities-with-most-limited-emergency-escape-routes

Disaster READY: Small-scale response packs powerful lessons for Disaster READY PNG https://www.australianhumanitarianpartnership.org/field-stories/small-scale-response-packs-powerful-lessons-for-disaster-ready-png

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Seismology School in Nepal https://britgeopeople.blogspot.com/2019/07/seismology-school-in-nepal-by-paul.html

Tsunamis: Be Prepared and Stay Safe! https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/training/tsunamis-be-prepared.html?utm_source=SocialMedia&utm_medium=SocialMedia&utm_campaign=School

Different types of flooding in the UK https://www.morganclark.co.uk/about-us/blog/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 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/light-extravaganza-to-raise-flood-awareness-at-tendring

Examining the Role of Twitter in Response and Recovery During and After Historic Flooding in South Carolina https://journals.lww.com/jphmp/Abstract/2019/09000/Examining_the_Role_of_Twitter_in_Response_and.18.aspx

Geopolitical and environmental crises help to explain why more students are choosing geography GCSE https://www.tes.com/news/gcse-results-tectonic-shift-geography-entries

 

Psychology and Disasters

Nature and mental health: An ecosystem service perspective https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/7/eaax0903

 

Sociology and disasters

How unequal are we? A new Atlas of Inequality for England https://medium.com/@undertheraedar/how-unequal-are-we-a-new-atlas-of-inequality-for-england-e0fc75009b7c

The dark cultural heritage of volcanoes https://phdvolcanology.wordpress.com/2019/08/19/the-dark-geocultural-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 bitterhttps://theconversation.com/myths-about-disaster-survivors-stall-the-global-response-to-climate-change-121548?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

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 https://www.unescap.org/publications/asia-pacific-disaster-report-2019

Today in disaster resilience (16 August 2019)

disaster

Please find below links to recent news about disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Myanmar – Over 40 Killed by Landslide in Mon State http://floodlist.com/asia/myanmar-landslide-paung-mon-state-august-2019

China – Over 30 Dead as Typhoon Lekima Hits http://floodlist.com/asia/china-typhoon-lekima-august-2019

10,000 evacuated in Gujarat, rain toll at 19 https://www.dnaindia.com/ahmedabad/report-10000-evacuated-in-gujarat-rain-toll-at-19-2780784

India flood toll jumps to 144 as roads, highways cut off https://phys.org/news/2019-08-india-toll-roads-highways.html

Vietnam – 10 Dead, 2,000 Evacuated After Floods in Central and Southern Areas http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-floods-kien-giang-lam-dong-august-2019

India – Dozens Dead, Thousands Displaced as Floods Worsen in South and West http://floodlist.com/asia/india-kerala-karnataka-maharashtra-gujarat-floods-august-2019

Sudan – Rains in Darfur Leave 6 Dead, Parts of Khartoum and Sennar Flooded http://floodlist.com/africa/sudan-darfur-khartoum-sennar-floods-august-2019

Man, girl missing after violent storm in Switzerland https://www.reuters.com/article/us-swiss-weather/man-girl-missing-after-violent-storm-in-switzerland-police-idUSKCN1V20TP

Switzerland – 2 Missing After Flash Floods in Valais http://floodlist.com/europe/switzerland-floods-valais-august-2019

India – Deadly Landslides Hit Uttarakhand http://floodlist.com/asia/india-landslides-floods-uttarakhand-august-2019

Pakistan – Floods and Rain Leave 26 Dead in Sindh Province http://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-floods-sindh-province-august-2019

Rains return to Kerala after brief lull, toll rises to 102, 37 still missing http://english.varthabharati.in/india/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 https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/85336/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-15-Aug-2019-Etna-volcano-Fuego-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reven.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

With nowhere to hide from rising seas, Boston prepares for a wetter future https://www.sciencenews.org/article/boston-adapting-rising-sea-level-coastal-flooding

A climate plea to Scott Morrison from a churchman of the Pacific’s sinking nations https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/a-climate-plea-to-scott-morrison-from-a-churchman-of-the-pacific-s-sinking-nations-20190808-p52f4a.html

Climate change conversations can be difficult for both skeptics, environmentalists https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/apa-ccc080219.php

The challenge to adapt our cities from rising temperatures https://energyindemand.com/2019/08/09/the-challenge-to-adapt-our-cities-from-rising-temperatures/

Who Will Pay for the Huge Costs of Holding Back Rising Seas? https://e360.yale.edu/features/who-will-pay-for-the-huge-costs-of-holding-back-rising-seas

How will hospitals cope with climate change’s impact on our health? https://www.theage.com.au/politics/queensland/how-will-hospitals-cope-with-climate-change-s-impact-on-our-health-20190810-p52fsb.html

Climate change: Scientists test radical ways to fix Earth’s climate https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48069663

Pacific Islands Forum: Tuvalu children welcome leaders with a climate plea https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/11/pacific-islands-forum-tuvalu-children-welcome-leaders-with-a-climate-plea?CMP=share_btn_tw

An international, peer-reviewed publication released each summer, the State of the Climate is the authoritative annual summary of the global climate https://www.ametsoc.org/index.cfm/ams/publications/bulletin-of-the-american-meteorological-society-bams/state-of-the-climate/

As rising temperatures drastically reshape Iceland’s landscape, businesses and the government are spending millions for survival and profit https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/09/business/iceland-ice-melt-global-warming-climate-change.html

82% of Canadians see climate change as a ‘serious problem’: poll https://dailyhive.com/montreal/canadians-see-climate-change-as-serious-problem-new-poll

Discrepancy in scientific authority and media visibility of climate change scientists and contrarians https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-09959-4

West Antarctic ice loss influenced by internal climate variability and anthropogenic forcing https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-019-0420-9?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ngeo%2Frss%2Fcurrent+%28Nature+Geoscience+-+Issue%29

What it means to be human in an age of climate change https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/08/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 https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/08/the-link-between-sea-level-rise-and-coastal-flooding/ https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/08/the-link-between-sea-level-rise-and-coastal-flooding/

Flooding misery will be Yorkshire’s new normal without urgent climate action https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/columnists/flooding-misery-will-be-yorkshire-s-new-normal-without-urgent-climate-action-simon-bowens-1-9915228

New research shows that Antarctica’s largest floating ice shelf is highly sensitive to warming of the ocean http://theconversation.com/new-research-shows-that-antarcticas-largest-floating-ice-shelf-is-highly-sensitive-to-warming-of-the-ocean-121864?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Scientists confirm July set new global heat record https://apnews.com/008f6cf2564c443e8743099a3010911d?utm_medium=AP&utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=SocialFlow

Global Warming Is Changing the Winds Off Antarctica, Driving Ice Melt https://insideclimatenews.org/news/12082019/antarctica-climate-change-ocean-wind-ice-melting-glaciers-global-warming

The climate change ‘tipping point’ has already arrived for these 70 U.S. counties https://grist.org/article/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 https://apnews.com/15f799240ef84204b5e2f2f42aaa8043

How flood water can be captured to help ride out storms https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/aug/12/weatherwatch-how-flood-water-can-be-captured-to-help-ride-out-storms

Townsville, Queensland flood industry loss up 16% at A$1.217bn https://www.artemis.bm/news/townsville-queensland-flood-industry-loss-up-16-at-a1-217bn-perils/

FEMA Releases the National Mitigation Investment Strategy https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2019/08/13/fema-releases-national-mitigation-investment-strategy

A Coupled Human–Natural Systems Framework of Community Resilience https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5325/naturesopolirese.8.1-2.0110?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

Ambivalence towards discourse of disaster resilience https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/disa.12385

The Mississippi River Is Under Control—For Now https://time.com/5635375/mississippi-river-flooding/?xid=tcoshare

Tanzania’s Msimbazi basin plan turning flood hazard area into new city park https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/headlines/631750-tanzanias-msimbazi-basin-plan-turning-flood-hazard-area-into-new-city-park

Can the ‘masters of the flood’ help Texas protect its coast from hurricanes? https://grist.org/article/can-the-masters-of-the-flood-help-texas-protect-its-coast-from-hurricanes/

Flood-hit Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra need to learn their lessons https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/editorial/flood-hit-kerala-karnataka-and-maharashtra-need-to-learn-their-lessons/article28984423.ece

Challenges, Opportunities, and Pitfalls for Global Coupled Hydrologic‐Hydraulic Modeling of Floods https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2018WR024289

Cracking the case of the Krakatoa volcano collapse https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csym23

Report: Colorado towns at higher risk for wildfire potential than Paradise https://www.koaa.com/news/report-colorado-towns-at-higher-risk-for-wildfire-potential-than-paradise

 

Emergency management

A spatially explicit model of postdisaster housing recovery https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/mice.12487

England one of first nations in Europe to get Google Flood Alerts https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-one-of-first-countries-in-europe-to-receive-google-flood-alerts

Multifunctional city parks can aid residents during earthquake recovery, study says https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/resiliency-city-parks-help-residents-during-earthquake-recovery-green-open-space-st/560884/

Displacement after disasters: When there’s no place to call home https://stateofemergency.news21.com/displacement-after-disasters-when-theres-no-place-to-call-home/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Tailoring disaster education programs to local communities https://disasterece.com/2019/08/10/tailoring-disaster-education-programs-to-local-communities/

How social learning can speed up or slow down climate action http://www.anthropocenemagazine.org/2019/06/the-world-needs-you-to-keep-talking-about-climate-change/

Marriotts Ridge High student tackles floodwater reduction, builds Ellicott City scale model https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/howard/ph-ho-cf-marriotts-ridge-student-oec-scale-model-0523-story.html

Communicating science to policymakers: six strategies for success https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02372-3

 

Psychology and Disasters

Chico schools prepare for post-fire school year with mental health trainings. Will it be enough? https://www.chicoer.com/2019/08/13/chico-schools-are-preparing-for-post-fire-school-year-with-mental-health-trainings-will-it-be-enough/

Children and Disasters Special Collection https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/special-collection/supporting-children-in-all-the-spheres-of-their-lives-lessons-from-katrina-1

The Hidden Toll of a Natural Disaster: Why Mental Health Needs Often Go Unaddressed https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2019/august/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 https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1755-1315/314/1/012065

Southern U.S. Lags North on Disaster Resilience https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/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 https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/08/15/facts-about-neighbors-in-u-s/

Today in disaster resilience (9 August 2019)

disasters

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Flood: Seven dead in Yola https://thenationonlineng.net/flood-seven-dead-in-yola/

Typhoon Wipha kills 5, leaves 13 missing in Vietnam https://www.gulf-times.com/story/638316/Typhoon-Wipha-kills-5-leaves-13-missing-in-Vietnam

Turkey – 1 Missing After Floods in Manisa Province http://floodlist.com/asia/turkey-floods-manisa-province-june-2018

India – More Fatalities as Flooding Continues in Gujarat and Maharashtra http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-gujarat-maharashtra-august-2019

India – Over 17,000 Displaced as Godavari River Overflows in Andhra Pradesh http://floodlist.com/asia/india-godavari-river-flood-andhra-pradesh-august-2019

Sierra Leone – Deadly Flash Floods Hit Freetown http://floodlist.com/africa/sierra-leone-flash-floods-freetown-august-2019

Day zero approaches for Stanthorpe as locals face prospect of levy to cover cost of trucked-in water https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-05/stanthorpe-drought-bites-as-town-runs-out-of-water/11381886?pfmredir=sm

Eruption at Sabancaya volcano ejects ash up to 9.4 km (31 000 feet) a.s.l., Aviation Color Code Red, Peru https://watchers.news/2019/08/05/sabancaya-eruption-peru-august-5-2019/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

10 dead, 3 missing in flash flood at Chinese scenic gorge http://www.arabnews.com/node/1535766/world

Nigeria – Deaths Reported as Floods Hit Eastern and Central Areas http://floodlist.com/africa/nigeria-floods-adamawa-abuja-august-2019

Floods hit North Karnataka as hundreds of families evacuated http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/2019/aug/05/floods-hit-north-karnataka-as-hundreds-of-families-evacuated-2014116.html

Floods claim 531 lives, leave 655 000 displaced, India https://watchers.news/2019/08/06/floods-claim-531-lives-leave-655-000-displaced-india/

Italy – Evacuations After Floods and Landslides in Lombardy http://floodlist.com/europe/italy-evacuations-floods-landslides-lombardy-auguat-2019

Nepal – Deadly Landslide in Baglung http://floodlist.com/asia/nepal-landslide-baglung-august-2019

Myanmar – More Flooding as Rivers Rise in Ayeyarwady, Mon and Kayin http://floodlist.com/asia/myanmar-flood-rivers-ayeyarwady-mon-kayin-august-2019

Sudan – 12 States Hit by Heavy Rain http://floodlist.com/africa/sudan-floods-kassala-north-darfur-august-2019

Three Members Of A Family Killed In Rawalpindi Flash Floods https://92newshd.tv/three-members-of-a-family-killed-in-rawalpindi-flash-floods/#.XUtRy-gzaUk

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Siberian Wildfires and Heatwaves in Alaska: How the Arctic Is Nearing a Point of No Return https://time.com/5641751/arctic-wildfires-heatwaves-alaska-climate-change/?xid=tcoshare

Australia records third-hottest July https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/02/australia-records-third-hottest-july?CMP=share_btn_tw

A Nearly 100-Year-Old Physics Model Replicates Modern Arctic Ice Melt https://eos.org/articles/a-nearly-100-year-old-physics-model-replicates-modern-arctic-ice-melt

Climate Change Becomes an Issue for Ratings Agencies https://insideclimatenews.org/news/04082019/climate-change-ratings-agencies-financial-risk-cities-companies

July confirmed as hottest month recorded across the world https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/05/world/hottest-july-on-record-climate-sci-intl/index.html

Greenland ice sheet loses 11 billion tons of water in one day amid historic heat https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/amid-historic-heat-greenland-ice-sheet-loses-11/story?id=64737944

Climate Change to Cause Chaos in Africa, Warn Scientists https://www.voanews.com/africa/climate-change-cause-chaos-africa-warn-scientists

Arctic wildfires, hybrid embryos and record-breaking heatwave https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02305-0?

Record heatwave ‘made much more likely’ by human impact on climate https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/02/record-heatwave-made-much-more-likely-by-human-impact-on-climate?CMP=share_btn_tw

Sea level rise began accelerating in the 1960s, researchers find https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-08-06/sea-level-rise-accelerated-sixties/11373830

Alaska’s sea ice has completely melted away https://mashable.com/article/alaska-sea-ice-melt-2019/

Just one in 20 Australian news stories about drought mention climate change https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2019/aug/02/just-one-in-20-australian-news-stories-about-drought-mention-climate-change?CMP=share_btn_tw

Increased shear in the North Atlantic upper-level jet stream over the past four decades https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1465-z

Fires, floods (and even bugs) are challenging Russia’s stance on the climate crisis https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/06/asia/arctic-fires-russia-climate-change-intl/index.html

Rising global temperatures wreak havoc on urban “heat islands” https://www.axios.com/extreme-heat-cities-climate-change-strategies-0f090ff3-ba4f-45f8-b252-adf51e1ec161.html

With nowhere to hide from rising seas, Boston prepares for a wetter future https://www.sciencenews.org/article/boston-adapting-rising-sea-level-coastal-flooding

 

Disaster risk reduction

Insurers reveal Townsville flood cost, warn region is ‘unprofitable’ https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/insurers-reveal-townsville-flood-cost-warn-region-is-unprofitable-20190804-p52do5

Study: El Niño has outsize economic effect on California https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/07/30/study-el-nio-has-outsized-economic-impact-california/?utm_term=.610e55e618f5

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 https://www.futurity.org/global-water-map-floods-rivers-lakes-2113702-2/

Mekong River Commission utilizes space technology to improve flood forecasting https://smartwatermagazine.com/news/servir-mekong/mekong-river-commission-utilizes-space-technology-improve-flood-forecasting

Tales of resilient cities https://www.preventionweb.net/collections/20resilient-cities

Articles on earthquake event that shocked the city of L’Aquila in April 2009 https://www.emerald.com/insight/publication/issn/0965-3562/vol/28/iss/4

Even in cities, natural signs can warn of floods, researchers find http://news.trust.org/item/20190807120511-pi5mk/?source=gep

 

Emergency management

This US heartland has been flooded for five months. Does anyone care? https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/03/yazoo-backwater-mississippi-flooding-months

‘The dam very nearly went’: the scramble to save Whaley Bridge https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/05/whaley-bridge-dam-very-nearly-went?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Lessons Management Handbook https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/lessons-management-handbook/

Australian Fire Danger Rating System: research prototype report released https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/australian-fire-danger-rating-system-research-prototype-report-released

Roadmaps to safety and resilience in the Pacific https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/roadmaps-to-safety-and-resilience-in-the-pacific

First all-female hazard reduction burn with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/

Enhanced capacity to measure recovery https://www.aidr.org.au/news/enhanced-capacity-to-measure-recovery/

Ensuring That Disaster Planning Considers People With Disabilities https://www.routefifty.com/public-safety/2019/08/disabilities-accessibility-needs-natural-disaster-planning-california/158911/

We can’t stop Congo’s Ebola outbreak until communities lead the response https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/opinion/2019/08/01/Ebola-outbreak-community-response-Congo?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social

Situational Awareness is a Complex Topic https://www.samatters.com/situational-awareness-complex-topic/

Satellites to the rescue after natural disasters https://spacenews.com/satellites-to-the-rescue-after-natural-disasters/

Year after floods, same status: Homeless and landless https://english.manoramaonline.com/news/kerala/2019/08/06/idukki-deluge-diaries-subair-cheruthoni-river-kerala-floods.html

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

This new innovative education intervention enables children to engage with parents and build disaster resilient households http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2019/winning-disaster-preparedness

Who’s responsible for managing flood risk? https://thefloodhub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/UPDATED-POYNTON-Whos-responsible-for-managing-flood-risk_.pdf

 

Psychology and Disasters

What Drives People to Mass Shootings? https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/05/health/mass-shootings-mental-health.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytimesscience

 

Sociology and disasters

Social Capital and Disaster Resilience in the Ninth Ward https://www.researchgate.net/publication/334844676_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 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/334946273_Resource_Loss_and_Psychosocial_Stress_in_the_Aftermath_of_the_2008_Tennessee_Valley_Authority_Coal_Ash_Spill

Reliance of Government in times of Disaster https://books.google.co.jp/books?hl=en&lr=&id=wCCmDwAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PA61&ots=eanTewtYi4&sig=pBmFGbd3LJffRx0hodrNLm0Yj6w&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false

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 https://www.fastcompany.com/90386051/homelessness-is-already-a-crisis-but-climate-change-makes-it-much-worse