Today in disaster resilience (1 May 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Tanzania – Deadly Floods and Mudslides Hit Northern Regions

Vietnam – Damaging Storms Hit Northern Provinces

Kenya – Thousands Displaced as Flooding Continues

Canada – Evacuations After Ice Jams Cause Rivers to Rise in Alberta

Indonesia – Hundreds of Homes Damaged by Floods in Banten, Bengkulu and East Kalimantan

Military assistance requested as flooding hits downtown Fort McMurray

Ethiopia – Deadly Flash Floods in Dire Dawa

Colombia – Heavy Rain Causes Deadly Landslide in Cauca

Somalia – Deadly Flash Floods in North East

Chad – Floods in South Destroy Shelters in Displacement Camps

USA now has 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases

Fiji – Floods Hit Central Division After Heavy Rainfall

Laos – 3 Dead, 4 Missing After Flash Floods in North

Malaysia – Communities Cut Off After Floods and Landslides in Sarawak


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

This Bangladeshi man’s story shows why linking climate change with conflict is no simple matter

Disability and climate change: How climate-related hazards increase vulnerabilities among the most at risk populations and the necessary convergence of inclusive DRR and CCA

How to explain climate change? With comic books

Battered by Matthew and Florence, North Carolina Must Brace for More Intense Hurricanes

Record-Breaking Amounts of Solar Electricity Generated in Germany After String of Sunny Days

In One Week, Both Sweden and Austria Celebrated the Closing of Their Last Coal Plants

Meteorologists say 2020 on course to be hottest year since records began

Hurricanes Could Be Slowing Down Due to Rising CO2 Levels, And That’s Not a Good Thing

The Discursive Politics of Adaptation to Climate Change

Collaborative Action for Community Resilience to Climate Risks: Opportunities and Barriers

When COVID-19, climate collide: How south Asia can prepare itself


Disaster risk reduction

Five years on,  revisiting Nepal after 2015 ‘quake

As Amazon fire season looms, smoke and coronavirus could be a disaster

Stopping floods, protecting lives, and saving money? Mangroves do it all for free

Canada: How coronavirus could make a bad wildfire season even worse

What COVID-19 tells us about the changing nature of disaster risk

A dynamic spatial computable general equilibrium (CGE) approach to assess economic effects of a large earthquake in China

Extreme weather disasters challenges for sustainable development: Innovating a science and policy framework for disaster-resilient and sustainable Quezon City, Philippines

From hazard to risk

Guidelines for planning equitable disaster resilient development

Initial impacts of global risk mitigation measures taken during the combatting of the COVID-19 pandemic

Preferences for improved early warning services among coastal communities at risk in cyclone prone south-west region of Bangladesh

Progress toward implementing the Sendai Framework, the Paris Agreement, and the Sustainable Development Goals: Policy from Aotearoa New Zealand

A new map reveals which parts of the US are most at risk of earthquakes in unprecedented detail

How Mobile Phone Towers Could Help Monitor Rainfall in Developing Countries

Towards resilient Rotterdam? Key conditions for a networked approach to managing urban infrastructure risks

Resilience – Potentials and Challenges of an Interdisciplinary Perspective

Getting to the Bottom of Slow-Motion Earthquakes

Flood Prevention Could Bring ‘Huge’ Payoff as Global Risks Rise

Coronavirus detected on particles of air pollution

When it rains, lava pours coasts face far more frequent severe floods

Australia: Drought, bushfire, flood, hail, and dust: local action the way forward for sustainability

Drought, fire and flood: how outer urban areas can manage the emergency while reducing future risks

The devastating impact of floods in India—and what can be done

Building Resilience during Recovery: Lessons from Colorado’s Watershed Resilience Pilot Program’s_Watershed_Resilience_Pilot_Program

Coronavirus lingers in the air of crowded spaces

British wildfires are getting more frequent. Here’s what that means

Central West Regional Resilience Strategy includes consideration of the increasing strong cycles of persistent drought and flood facing the region

Experts from four South Atlantic states not only will quantify the impacts of flooding on access to infrastructure, but also will consider associated economic costs to coastal communities

Latest edition of ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter

In race for a coronavirus vaccine, an Oxford group leaps ahead

Why political will is important to reduce risks of disaster

Stochastic simulation of streamflow and spatial extremes: a continuous, wavelet-based approach

Insurance becoming unaffordable in Australia’s disaster-prone regions after horror bushfires

Features of 16,749 hospitalised UK patients with COVID-19 using the ISARIC WHO Clinical Characterisation Protocol

‘It was definitely disappointing’: Provincial review ties up promised flood mitigation dollars

Springbank reservoir change of heart comes with $32M for Tsuut’ina flood mitigation

‘Rural areas near big cities less vulnerable to disasters’

Costs and benefits of (in)coherence: Disaster Risk Reduction in the post-2015-agendas

The challenging place of natural hazards in disaster risk reduction conceptual models: Insights from Central Africa and the European Alps


Emergency management

Strengthening Fiji’s disaster response and preparedness

COVID-19 small business continuity and recovery planning toolkit

Singapore’s spike in coronavirus cases shows the road to recovery will be a bumpy ride

Pathways to Livable Relocation Settlements Following Disaster

Australia’s new COVID-19 tracking app

New Zealand Says It Has Won ‘Battle’ Against COVID-19

COVIDSafe tracking app reviewed: the government delivers on data security, but other issues remain

Preparedness for effective response – considerations for epidemic preparedness

When the unprecedented becomes precedented: Learning from Cyclones Idai and Kenneth Institute

Revisiting cyclone Phailin: Drivers of recovery in marine fishing communities

Global Report on Internal Displacement 2020

‘We don’t catch a break’: First Brian Jean lost his house to the Fort McMurray wildfire. This time, it was a flood

Using resilience concepts in disaster response

Prospects and challenges for reconstruction after tropical Cyclone Harold in Vanuatu

Planning for a disaster: Model can predict hospital resilience for natural hazards, pandemics


Disaster education, communications and engagement

20 of the worst epidemics and pandemics in history

May edition of Geology

The importance of disaster risk communication in the time of COVID-19

Community engagement during COVID-19: A guide for community-facing staff

Trolls and bots are flooding social media with disinformation encouraging states to end quarantine

Bringing earthquake education to schools in Nepal


Disaster psychology

Relationship between citizens’ risk perceptions formed by disaster information and migration decision-making: Evidence from Japan

Lockdown is the world’s biggest psychological experiment – and we will pay the price

Anxiety ‘escalating’ in children and young people as coronavirus pandemic closes disability support services

Social media exposure during the coronavirus pandemic is linked to increased anxiety


Sociology and disasters

Urban Aboriginal people face unique challenges fighting COVID 19

From poverty to disaster and back: a review of the literature

Coronavirus is not just a health crisis — it’s an environmental justice crisis

The paradox of social capital: A case of immigrants, refugees and linguistic minorities in the Canterbury and Tohoku disasters

Coronavirus could kill more than 3 million people in vulnerable and poor countries, aid group says

Today in disaster resilience (24 April 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

DR Congo – Over 30 Killed in Uvira Floods, South Kivu Province

Kenya – Many Missing After Heavy Rain Triggers Mudslides in West

Daily COVID-19 death tolls falling in many western countries

Baseball-sized hail leaves major damage in Queensland, Australia

Explosive eruption and strong ash emissions at Etna volcano, Aviation Color Code briefly raised to Red, Italy

Heavy rains cause flash floods in western Kenya

Angola – 11 Dead After Floods and Heavy Rain in Luanda Province

Rwanda and Burundi – 9 Dead, Thousands Affected After Floods and Landslides

New Caledonia – Flash Floods After 200mm of Rain in 6 Hours

Severe flooding threatens millions in Afghanistan, 600 homes destroyed and 3 000 damaged

Yemen – More Devastating Flash Floods in Aden After 125mm of Rain

Burkina Faso – IDP Camps Flooded in Kongoussi

Kenya – More Floods and Landslides Leave 8 Dead, Hundreds Homeless

Djibouti – 8 Killed in Flash Floods

Indonesia – 4 Dead, 3 Missing After Floods in West Java and Central Kalimantan

Wildfires rip through Poland’s biggest national park

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Apr 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Dukono


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Sea-level rise exponentially increases coastal flood frequency

Key investments can build resilience to pandemics and climate change

Entire wild systems at risk from rising global heat

‘Kick them into action’: Fire group takes EPA to court over climate

The northern-hemisphere winter of 2019-20 was the warmest ever on land

State of the climate: First quarter of 2020 is second warmest on record

Will climate change end waterfront living? Not if you can afford it

Rising Seas Could Make U.S. Coastal Flooding a Daily Peril by 2100

Climate explained: how white roofs help to reflect the sun’s heat

Australia’s inland rivers are the pulse of the outback. By 2070, they’ll be unrecognisable

Non-linear interaction modulates global extreme sea levels, coastal flood exposure, and impacts

Will Florida be lost forever to the climate crisis?

Predicting the Future of Greenland’s Melting Ice Sheet

Arctic will see ice-free summers by 2050

Coronavirus crisis underscores small islands’ climate vulnerability


Disaster risk reduction

UVA researchers found that regular exercise may reduce the risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome, a major cause of death in patients with the COVID-19 virus

We’ve never made a successful vaccine for a coronavirus before. This is why it’s so difficult

Coronavirus re-emergence will be a threat until 2024, Harvard study finds

How different surrounding environments influence the characteristics of flash flood‐mortality: The case of the 2017 extreme flood in Mandra, Greece

Policy recommendations for an integrated approach to flood management

Predicting possible outcomes to coronavirus and other pandemics with models and simulations

How to generate relational information to inform a systemic perspective on risk?

Implementing the Sendai Framework in Africa: progress against the targets (2015–2018) International Journal of Disaster Risk Science (IJDRS), 2020

Building resilience in the wake of a disaster

COVID-19: What’s wrong with the models?

Covid-19 has nothing on what’s coming

Large earthquakes follow ‘Devil’s Staircase’ mathematical pattern

Research shows mangrove conservation can pay for itself in flood protection

To Avoid the Next Disaster, “This Mistake Must Not Reoccur”

Coronavirus’s ability to mutate has been vastly underestimated, and mutations affect deadliness of strains, Chinese study finds

Milan announces ambitious scheme to reduce car use after lockdown

Remembering the forgotten disaster: One year after Cyclones Idai and Kenneth

The pandemic isn’t a Black Swan

Analyzing the Role of Resource Factors in Citizens’ Intention to Pay for and Participate in Disaster Management’_Intention_to_Pay_for_and_Participate_in_Disaster_Management

New Earthquake Math Predicts How Destructive They’ll Be

Slower-moving hurricanes will cause more devastation as world warms
How can big cities adapt to risks of floods?

America’s heartland is expected to flood again — but this time amid coronavirus

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

Common ground between the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 2020

Implementing the Sendai Framework in Africa: progress against the targets (2015–2018) International Journal of Disaster Risk Science (IJDRS), 2020

Models and frameworks for assessing the value of disaster research

Policy recommendations for an integrated approach to flood management

Sendai five years on: Reflections on the role of international law in the creation and reduction of disaster risk

A methodology to estimate flow duration curves at partially ungauged basins

Webinar Aqueduct Floods: the future of flooding; exploring risks and opportunities

Australia: Actuaries back pre-disaster funding

Flooding will affect double the number of people worldwide by 2030

New Data Shows Millions of People, Trillions in Property at Risk from Flooding — But Infrastructure Investments Now Can Significantly Lower Flood Risk

Aqueduct Flood Global Data


Emergency management

New MIT machine learning model shows relaxing quarantine rules will spike COVID-19 cases

It was the saltshaker: How Germany meticulously traced its coronavirus outbreak

Two Asian coronavirus success stories face new wave of infections

Healing and rebuilding from the 2019-20 bushfires

Coronavirus Will Require Changes in Schools When They Reopen to Protect Students

NSW COVID-19 Cases and Community Profile by The University of Sydney

Antibody tests suggest that coronavirus infections vastly exceed official counts

Imagine Hurricane Katrina during a pandemic. The US needs to prepare for that — now

Laying in Wait: Responding to the Pandemic Amidst Impending Disasters

Doctors warn coronavirus causing sudden strokes in some younger patients

UK will need social distancing until at least end of year, says Whitty

Rules to prevent the spread of Covid-19 complicate standard responses to storms, floods, and heat waves

Tackling malaria, COVID-19 and Ebola in Burundi


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Affected community members from Hobart, Kingborough, Glenorchy, and Derwent Valley municipalities were invited to share their experience of the flood nearly twelve months later

Why is it hard to stop COVID-19 misinformation on social media?

How the internet has changed during lockdowns

The importance of disaster risk communication in the time of COVID-19

Right-Wing Responsible For Pushing Coronavirus Disinformation On Twitter Worldwide, New Report Says

K-12 Flood Education Resources

Dominica: Strengthening early warning system – increasing public awareness on natural hazards

Make your own paper model of a volcano

An Introduction to the Rock-Forming Minerals


Disaster psychology

Mental health in the age of coronavirus

UNICEF’s latest information to help support you and your family during the coronavirus pandemic

The difference between “physical” and “social” distancing

Expectations, disappointments, and individual responses: Imbalances in multilevel flood risk governance revealed by public survey


Sociology and disasters

Monsoon weather and early childhood health in India

Disabled people left off coronavirus vulnerable list go without food

World Health envoy warns of unrest in poor nations without action to combat virus

Confronting chronic shocks: social resilience in Rio de Janeiro’s poor neighbourhood

Five years later: Assessing the implementation of the four priorities of the Sendai Framework for inclusion of people with disabilities

“What is a sociologist doing here?” An unconventional people-centered approach to improve warning implementation in the Sendai Framework for disaster risk reduction

Today in disaster resilience (17 April 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Ecuador – Homes Destroyed by Floods in Quito

Storm tears through South amid pandemic; more than 30 dead

Krakatau volcano (Indonesia): strong explosion

Indonesia – Thousands Affected by Floods in Lamongan, East Java

Papua New Guinea – Deadly Landslide in Chimbu Province

Ukrainian officials: Fires out near Chernobyl nuclear plant

Yemen – Flash Floods Hit Sana’a

Iran – Deadly Floods in North and Central Provinces

Pakistan – More Fatalities After Heavy Rain and Storms in Punjab Province

Ongoing floods affect more than 25 000 in East Java, Indonesia

Thousands of homes damaged as severe thunderstorms lash Thailand

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Apr 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Semeru


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Data show one of the strongest predictors of social distancing behavior is attitudes toward climate change

Are our urban buildings climate-ready? :

The IPCC’s special report on climate change and land: What’s in it for Africa?

Enhancing national climate plans through nature-based solutions

Expanding use of archaeology in climate change response by changing its social environment

A global database of Holocene paleotemperature records

Tackling climate change is vital for the strongest economic recovery after coronavirus

Estuaries warming and acidifying because of climate change, study finds

Study reveals one climate strategy could save the world $616 trillion

How to Adapt to Climate Change From the Bottom Up

Cities can lead the way on climate change mitigation through green spaces

Infrastructure and climate change

Natural catastrophes in times of economic accumulation and climate change

Scientists confirm dramatic melting of Greenland ice sheet

Public want radical response to climate change with same urgency as coronavirus, poll finds

Strengthen worldwide climate commitments to improve economy, study finds

Large contribution from anthropogenic warming to an emerging North American megadrought

Australia deploying new renewables at ten times global average


Disaster risk reduction

Geohealth: Science’s First Responders

COVID-19 has struck Ethiopia, the second most populous country in Africa, at a moment of heightened vulnerability arising from multiple sources–how-to-live-with-risk-and-succeed-.html

Hiding in Plain Sight: Conceptualizing the Creeping Crisis

‘It’s worth a shot’: Australia’s endgame must be total elimination of the virus

A recent Johns Hopkins University study found that impervious surfaces found in urban areas significantly increase the potential for flooding

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

Developing solutions for Climate and Disaster Resilience

Stanford researchers forecast longer, more extreme wildfire seasons

What is the difference between complicated and complex systems… and why is it important in understanding the systemic nature of risk?

Delhi is one of many capitals enjoying improved air quality since restrictions were introduced due to the coronavirus

Coronavirus distancing may need to continue until 2022, say experts

Applying Satellite Imagery to NWS Grand Forks Flood Operations

Floodplain evaluation matrix: A multiparameter assessment methodology

Bats are a key source of human viruses — but they’re not special

We are just now starting to understand the scope of the risk of hurricanes

Ethics and Evidence in the Search for a Vaccine and Treatments for Covid-19

One Of Mississippi’s Devastating Easter Tornadoes Was ‘At Least’ Two Miles Wide

Extreme weather events in a time of COVID-19


Emergency management

Life and Death in the ‘Hot Zone’

In the middle of a pandemic, people who live in flood zones are being warned that provincial authorities won’t be able to respond in the usual way

Queensland bushfires review 2019-20

Paradise Dam preparedness review 2019-20

Disaster recovery framework guide

Scenario planning vital in pandemic response

Addressing conflicting cues during natural hazards: lessons from emergency agencies

Why Politicians Ignore Disaster Predictions

As coronavirus spreads in Congo, Ebola resurfaces

Coronavirus: China’s first confirmed Covid-19 case traced back to November 17

Recalibrating disaster governance in ASEAN after the 2018 central Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami

In Singapore, migrant coronavirus cases highlight containment weak link

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – the data

Virus-hit Asian nations brace for double disasters as extreme weather looms

What Happens When Other Disasters Hit during a Pandemic?

In China, This Coronavirus App Pretty Much Controls Your Life


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Citizen disaster science education for effective disaster risk reduction in developing countries

Why We Should Say ‘Physical Distancing,’ Not ‘Social Distancing’

Social-media companies must flatten the curve of misinformation


Disaster psychology

Americans See Spread of Disease as Top International Threat, Along With Terrorism, Nuclear Weapons, Cyberattacks

Social Distance: We Can’t Go Back to Normal

Public mental health crisis during COVID-19 pandemic, China

Crushing coronavirus means ‘breaking the habits of a lifetime.’ Behavior scientists have some tips


Sociology and disasters

Confronting chronic shocks: Social resilience in Rio de Janeiro’s poor neighborhoods’s_poor_neighborhoods

South Africa needs to mitigate the worst of its inequalities in tackling coronavirus

Social vulnerability in a high-risk flood-affected rural region of NSW, Australia

Gender transformative early warning systems: Nepal Practical Action

The pandemic can be a catalyst for decolonisation in Africa

Today in disaster resilience (10 April 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Solomon Islands – Rivers Rise as Tropical Cyclone Harold Approaches

Vanuatu on Red Alert as it braces for severe Tropical Cyclone Harold

US coronavirus toll tops 10,000

Indonesia – at Least 3 Dead, 2 Missing After Floods and Landslides in 3 Provinces

Flooding on James River persists for more than a year, South Dakota

Cyclone pounds Vanuatu, levelling buildings, amid virus shutdown

Severe weather in Greece

Colombia – Landslide in Santander Prompts Evacuations

Papua New Guinea – Thousands Affected by Floods in Gulf Province

Volcanic activity worldwide 8 Apr 2020: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventado

Tropical Cyclone “Harold” leaves a trail of destruction across Vanuatu and Fiji — passing over Tonga

Record-breaking snowfall engulfs parts of Norway


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s path to net-zero emissions lies in rapid, stimulus-friendly steps

Cure for coronavirus-hit economy could be in renewables

Be prepared: Key lessons from the coronavirus pandemic and climate change

Sorry to disappoint climate deniers, but coronavirus makes the low-carbon transition more urgent

Report maps out ways to reach climate targets and regenerate economy

Climate Disasters Make Vulnerable Countries More Susceptible To War

Let’s have a worthy debate about sea level rise

NASA Study Adds a Pinch of Salt to El Niño Models

Stanford researchers forecast longer, more extreme wildfire seasons

Natural variability or climate change? Stakeholder and citizen perceptions of extreme event attribution

Earth scorched in the first 3 months of 2020

The projected timing of abrupt ecological disruption from climate change

Coronavirus pandemic threatens climate monitoring, WMO warns

Extreme, high temperatures may double or triple heart-related deaths


Disaster risk reduction

6 feet enough for social distancing? MIT researcher says droplets carrying coronavirus can travel up to 27 feet

Understanding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic through data

Coronavirus in South Asia Takes Hold as April Arrives

Is the coronavirus airborne? Experts can’t agree

Ban wildlife markets to avert pandemics, says UN biodiversity chief

Coronavirus and the Future of Surveillance

Brazil – Extreme Rainfall Days in Metropolitan São Paulo Have Risen Four-Fold

Volcanic activity helped trigger Triassic climate change, study says

Where are Ireland’s Sustainable flood defenses?

Emergency risk assessment handbook published

Coronavirus: location-tracking apps could stop the disease – here’s how

Why does understanding the systemic nature of risk matter in the midst of COVID-19?

3 ways to build back better after a tsunami

These 5 countries have advanced Tsunami warning systems

America’s heartland is expected to flood again — but this time amid coronavirus

Waterfront residents brace for possible flooding, even as COVID-19 crisis continues

Assessing flash flood hazard and damages in the southeast United States

Critical infrastructure cascading effects. Disaster resilience assessment for floods affecting city of Cologne and Rhein‐Erft‐Kreis

Crowdsourcing and interactive modelling for urban flood management

Mozambique – Upscaling nature-based flood protection in Mozambique’s cities: Lessons learnt from Beira


Emergency management

New Zealand passes 1,000 coronavirus cases as PM chastises ‘idiots’ ignoring lockdown

We need to live restricted lives for at least six months – police enforced lockdowns are unnecessary

How do the effects of the coronavirus pandemic compare to that of a major earthquake?

I’m A Disaster Scientist. Here’s Why We Need To Think About Coronavirus Recovery Now

Coronavirus pandemic hurts nations’ disaster readiness

New York merging all its hospitals to battle coronavirus

U.S. Readies Health Response for the Next Big Eruption

NSW RFS Commissioner takes on new resilience role

Addressing conflicting cues during natural hazards: lessons from emergency agencies

UN agency calls for inclusion of domestic violence risk in disaster response to COVID-19


Disaster education, communications and engagement

5 ways to include people with disabilities when preparing for tsunami

Learning Resources: How water flows in a catchment

Creating a Novel Disaster Medicine Virtual Reality Training Environment

Communications down after category 5 Cyclone Harold hits Vanuatu

The Pursuit of Clarity in a Time of Plague

Resilient Australia Awards open

‘His Game is Called Survivin:’ a resistance to resilience’His_Game_is_Called_Survivin’_a_resistance_to_resilience

Students, everything you need to know about coronavirus

Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation and IBAC launch flood education course for brokers

Geological Society of America Online Education Resource Guide

Communicating the effectiveness of flood-mitigation schemes


Psychology and Disasters

Managing Your Mind During Coronavirus

The Coronavirus Is Not Mother Nature’s Revenge

Social Distancing And Storm Evacuations Save Lives. Here’s Why Some People Complain When They Do

Several psychologists are actively working on the response to Covid-19, and psychological theory / research is relevant in many ways

The state of Americans’ trust in each other amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Analysis of the Actions and Motivations of a Community during the 2017 Torrential Rains in Northern Kyushu, Japan

Look after your mental health in the COVID-19 crisis

Climate grief: How we mourn a changing planet


Sociology and disasters

UN development head: Coronavirus crisis will hit the world’s poorest for years

At first, most Philly coronavirus patients were white. New cases are now primarily African Americans

How Will the Coronavirus Reshape Democracy and Governance Globally?

Fighting for a Just COVID-19 Response

The importance of social ties in handling COVID19

From the bushfires to coronavirus, our old ‘normal’ is gone forever. So what’s next?

Social cohesion and willingness to pay for cyclone risk reduction: The case for the coastal embankment improvement project in Bangladesh

Today in disaster resilience (3 April 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Large tornado rips through Jonesboro, causing extensive damage, Arkansas

Indonesia – Deadly Landslide in Bali

Indonesia – Deadly Landslide in South Sulawesi

Kenya – Hundreds of Families Displaced by Flooding in Western Counties

Syria – Deadly Floods in North

Nineteen killed in massive China forest fire

Iran – More Fatalities After Floods in Fars Province

Peru – Homes Destroyed After Floods and Mudslides in Huánuco

India – Evacuations After Rain Triggers Landslides in Jammu and Kashmir

Pakistan – More Rain Damage in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan

DR Congo – Thousands Affected by Floods in Maniema Province

More than 3,000 have died from COVID-19 have died in the US

Tornadoes touch down in Alabama and Mississippi

Coronavirus Australia live news: CSIRO launches initial trial stage of two COVID-19 vaccines

Indonesia – Thousands Affected by Floods in Bandung

Afghanistan – Flash Floods Leave 11 Dead, Homes Destroyed

Papua New Guinea – Floods Hit Morobe Province

Spain – Dozens Rescued From Floods in Castellón After Highest Rainfall in 30 Years

Coronavirus latest: Confirmed cases cross the 1-million mark


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Carbon emissions will drop, but experts fear ‘revenge pollution’

The annual Australia’s Environment report finds last year’s heat and drought caused unprecedented damage

Why Clouds Are the Key to New Troubling Projections on Warming

Barclays sets net zero carbon target for 2050 after investor pressure

Coronavirus and climate change: The pandemic is a fire drill for our planet’s future

Anatomy of a heatwave: how Antarctica recorded a 20.75°C day last month

Coal phase-out can provide “cheap” way to reduce emissions, researchers say

‘Very un-Antarctic’: When the icy continent was not very cold at all

Why the climate crisis is harder to spot in the UK and US

Tackling climate change

Beneath the virus lurks a bigger emergency, but the world is distracted from the climate threat

Rain, floods and confused seals: Inside Antarctica’s warmest-ever summer

‘We must use this time well’: climate experts hopeful after Cop26 delay


Disaster risk reduction

Australia’s Environment in 2019

What we’ve learned about the coronavirus — and what we still need to know

Post-fire ecological stocktake

Effective transmission across the globe: the role of climate in COVID-19 mitigation strategies

The Coronavirus Outbreak Presents Unique Housing Challenges for Seniors

UN launches COVID-19 plan that could ‘defeat the virus and build a better world’

A lethal pandemic was considered the most serious security risk to the UK. But nothing was done

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s Floodplain Manager newsletter

This Looks Like a Depression, Not a Recession

Live animal trade continues across India and Asia

Natural solutions to UK flooding climb the agenda

4 major hurricanes are predicted as part of an above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season

What climate change means for Northwestern US wildfires

Initial Insured Losses for UK’s February Floods Estimated at £297M (US$367.8M)


Emergency management

The residents of Ironbridge are still recovering from flooding earlier this year and now they must prepare for a pandemic

Africa is woefully ill-equipped to cope with covid-19

How South Korea flattened the curve

Italy starts to bend coronavirus curve

The home front: How international aid workers are fighting COVID-19 in Italy

San Francisco Shut Down: COVID-19 Quarantine

Japan struggles to get a grip on social distancing

Is coronavirus hitting young Americans harder than we thought?

FEMA braces for a multi-front war as hurricane season looms


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Public views of the coronavirus’s impact on the U.S.

Getting people to comply with social distancing policies is basically an exercise in marketing

Epidemics in Movies

Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement Book

How to Care for a Loved One With Coronavirus

Learn About Groundwater At Home!


Psychology and Disasters

Isolation is hazardous to your health. The term ‘social distancing’ doesn’t help

Navigating the new rules of social distance etiquette

A COVID-19 survival guide for parents of tweens and teens


Sociology and disasters

Coronavirus: Portugal to treat migrants as residents during pandemic

The Real Pandemic Danger Is Social Collapse

For the 2.5 million people in Metro Manila who reside in crowded slums, community quarantining and social distancing have entirely different implications–a-crisis-for-all.html

COVID-19 and the displaced

Coronavirus infection rates begin to fall, but ‘flattening the curve’ may mean WA is locked down even longer

Coronavirus could be final straw for EU, European experts warn

We aren’t just stopping coronavirus. We’re building a new world

1 in 10 children affected by bushfires is Indigenous. We’ve been ignoring them for too long

A Beginner’s Guide to the Importance of Social Capital During a Pandemic

Social Capital’s Role in Humanitarian Crises’s_Role_in_Humanitarian_Crises

Today in disaster resilience (27 March 2020)

Recent emergencies/disaster

Earthquake rocks Croatia’s capital Zagreb

Ecuador – 350 Families Affected as Rivers Overflow in Pastaza

Iran – Deadly Floods Hit Southern Provinces

USA – 8 Killed in Ohio and Indiana Floods

Papua New Guinea – 10 Dead After Landslide in Western Highlands

Severe thunderstorms, rain and hail hit Dubai, UAE

Coronavirus latest news: Global pandemic is ‘accelerating’ warns WHO

Second wave of coronavirus cases hits Asia

Indonesia – Thousands Affected by Floods in Bandung

Burundi – Hundreds Displaced After More Severe Weather

Zambia – Families Displaced After More Floods in Luapula Province

Yemen – Deadly Floods Hit Aden

Burundi – Hundreds Displaced After More Severe Weather

Large and destructive tornado hits Tishomingo, Mississippi — rare tornado emergency issued


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

See how global warming has changed the world since your childhood

With coronavirus and climate change, it’s about time

Rewilding project aims to give Thames its flood plain back

Managing disaster risks and water under climate change in Central Asia and Caucasus

Sea levels in Singapore 14cm above pre-1970 levels: Meteorological Service Singapore

Scientists just discovered a massive new vulnerability in the Antarctic ice sheet

Shedding light on how much carbon tropical forests can absorb

Evaluating Cloud Cover Predictions in Climate Models

Wind industry calls on Victoria to set “bold” science-based emissions targets

Climate crisis blamed for rains and floods that have killed 150 in Brazil

Holding back the tide – sea’s advance threatens Tunisia’s beaches

UK greenhouse gas emissions fall for seventh year in a row

Coronavirus, Climate Change, And Our Community


Disaster risk reduction

Social distancing: What it is and why it’s the best tool we have to fight the coronavirus

Natural disasters cost the world $232 billion last year. Here are the worst seven

Study: Coronavirus Lockdown Likely Saved 77,000 Lives In China Just By Reducing Pollution

Which Covid-19 drugs work best?

A Professor of Disasters and Health on COVID-19

Hong Kong appeared to have the coronavirus under control, then it let its guard down

Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance

Lives on the Line: The Big Benefits of Microgrids in Disaster

CDC says coronavirus RNA found in Princess Cruise ship cabins up to 17 days after passengers left

It’s up to you: data shows coronavirus can only be controlled if eight out of 10 Aussies stay home

You could be spreading the coronavirus without realising you’ve got it
It’s wrong to blame bats for the coronavirus epidemic
Mapping precipitation in the Himilayas

‘While proactive school closures cannot interrupt transmission on their own, they reduce peak incidence by half and delay the epidemic’

Why Germany’s Coronavirus Death Rate Is Far Lower Than In Other Countries

Help needed to rescue UK’s old rainfall records

COVID-19 lands in Africa on some of the world’s least capable health systems, wholly unable to cope with a pandemic–fighting-back–recovering-stronger.html


Emergency management

The case for shutting down almost everything, and restarting when coronavirus is gone

Almost 25 million jobs could be lost worldwide as a result of COVID-19, says ILO–en/index.htm

Coronavirus and aid: What we’re watching

Swedish PM warned over ‘Russian roulette-style’ Covid-19 strategy

COVID-19 world wide data

Nearly half of Diamond Princess cruise ship passengers and crew who had coronavirus were asymptomatic when tested, CDC report says

U.S. could be next ‘virus epicenter’ as India locks down, global recession looms

Wildfire Season Is Almost Here, and Coronavirus Is Making Us Less Prepared


Disaster education, communications and engagement

A UN programme for schools is looking to make education a central part of the international response to climate change

World Water Day and World Meteorological Day 2020 – Joint message

Medium Coronavirus blog

Here’s how social media can combat the coronavirus ‘infodemic’

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak highlights serious deficiencies in scholarly communication

Try the Flash Flood Game

Earthquake safety at home guide

Floodlines: The story of an unnatural disaster

Staying well during self-isolation

Five questions to ask when you see a coronavirus map

Talking to kids about COVID-19

Coronavirus – tips for self-isolating

The University of Hull has secured almost £300,000 of funding to help young people in Vietnam better understand and tackle climate change


Psychology and Disasters

Before the pandemic, three-quarters of Americans said people would cooperate with each other in a crisis

Let’s Aim for Physical Rather Than Social Distancing

Close Encounters: How Near Misses Influence Disaster Decision Making

New poll suggests 1-in-5 Canadians feel pandemic blown out of proportion

Meet the heroes of Australia’s bushfire crisis and find out – months on – how they are coping as they try to get back to normality

COVID-19 and your mental wellbeing


Sociology and disasters

When events unfold that disrupt the social order, most of us search for solace among our fellow human beings

Using social and behavioural science to support COVID-19 pandemic response

In the Battle Against Coronavirus, Humanity Lacks Leadership

Yuval Noah Harari: the world after coronavirus

Association president warns against spreading xenophobia along with virus

The community-led movement creating hope in the time of coronavirus

Pandemics reveal structural weaknesses: at pace and scale

Covid-19 is nature’s wake-up call to complacent civilisation

Today in disaster resilience (20 March 2020)


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Recent emergencies/disaster

Tanzania – Homes Damaged After Floods in Pwani Region

Colombia – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Santander

Timor-Leste – Around 200 Homes Destroyed After Massive Flooding in Dili

Angola – Floods in Cuanza Sul, Malanje and Lunda Sul Provinces

Madagascar – Tropical Cyclone Herold Causes Flooding in North East

Fiji – Roads Swamped After 200mm of Rain in 24 Hours

Peru – Dozens of Homes Damaged by Floods and Mudslides in Arequipa

Volcanic activity worldwide 19 Mar 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Ibu, Dukono, Reventado


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climatologist makes clear: We’re still on pandemic path with global warming

Greenland’s melting ice raised global sea level by 2.2mm in two months

World’s Warmest Winter Ended Long Before Spring


Disaster risk reduction

Why experts are urging social distancing to combat coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus vaccines: five key questions as trials begin

New insights into US flood vulnerability revealed from flood insurance big data

COVID-19 Scientific Resources

This Is How We Can Beat the Coronavirus

Billion-dollar wildlife industry in Vietnam under assault as law drafted to halt trading

From food to tech, coronavirus to spur urban planning rethink

Auckland Volcanic Field magmatism, volcanism, and hazard: a review

Policy of building homes on flood plains to be reviewed


Emergency management

Nissan gets award for role of Leaf in energy resilience in disasters

Abe turns vague on timing as coronavirus leaves Tokyo Olympics in doubt

Italy has a world-class health system. The coronavirus has pushed it to the breaking point

Coronavirus Australia live updates: ‘Disruptive’ COVID-19 measures to last ‘at least’ six months, top doc says

The Impact of COVID-19 on Humanitarian Crises

Our politicians are not fit to oversee the coronavirus response. It’s time they got out of the way

Why Deaths from Coronavirus Are So High in Italy

In Egypt, floods add to difficulty of fighting pandemic

Millions lost as virus strikes Qld events


Disaster education, communications and engagement

COVID-19 is not a cause for panic. It is cause for action

Exploring the Complexity of Pandemics Through Play


Psychology and Disasters

Mass Panic Is Unlikely, Even During a Pandemic

Coping Strategies in Uncertain Times: Calming Your Nervous System During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Why Prioritizing Sleep in the Time of Coronavirus Is So Important


Sociology and disasters

How Will COVID-19 Affect Women and Girls in Low- and Middle-Income Countries?

Something invisible has stopped us

Today in disaster resilience (13 May 2020)


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Recent emergencies/disaster

Coronavirus: Italy Orders Massive Shutdown; Cruise Ship Gets OK To Dock In California

Pakistan – Over 20 Dead After Heavy Rain Destroys Homes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Coronavirus: Whole of Italy placed on ‘red zone’ quarantine and all public events banned

Indonesia – Hundreds Displaced by Flooding as Heavy Rain Continues

Rwanda – Heavy Rain and Storms Cause Fatalities

Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as the outbreak spreads

Zambia – Thousands Affected by Floods in North

Iran – Over 20,000 Affected by Floods in South West Says UN

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Mar 2020: Santiaguito volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Klyuchevskoy


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

‘We need a serious conversation’: River flows could decline 40% in Australia’s foodbowl

These are the places across Australia people will soon struggle to live in without serious challenges

Be honest Australia, you’re not ‘meeting and beating’ your emissions targets

Renewables keep crunching Australia’s electricity emissions – no thanks to federal policy

A rare natural phenomenon brings severe drought to Australia. Climate change is making it more common

What Could Warming Mean for Pathogens like Coronavirus?

UK’s CO2 emissions have fallen 29% over the past decade

Coronavirus should give us hope that we are able to tackle the climate crisis

It’s official: the last five years were the warmest ever recorded

WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2019

A solution to cut extreme heat by up to 6 degrees is in our own backyards

New Circular Economy Action Plan shows the way to a climate-neutral, competitive economy of empowered consumers

Planet is ‘way off track’ in dealing with climate change, U.N. says

The climate crisis is disrupting life for millions, a report finds

Climate change: The state of our atmosphere

Apocalypse never: why climate catastrophe won’t make us change

Major Greenland glacier collapse 90 years ago linked to climate change

Polar ice caps melting six times faster than in 1990s

Our World, Our Say: Australia’s largest youth survey on climate change

It’s time to win climate wars, NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean says

Coronavirus ‘Really Not the Way You Want To Decrease Emissions’

Studies show climate change becoming increasingly bipartisan


Disaster risk reduction

Economic impact of Australia’s bushfires

‘A terrible summer’: New data reveals economic cost of smoke, fire and hail

The world’s best fire management system is in northern Australia, and it’s led by Indigenous land managers

Urban trees and people’s yards mitigate extreme heat in western Adelaide: final summary report

Environment Agency warns of ‘difficult decisions’ ahead on Broads flooding

What’s the difference between pandemic, epidemic and outbreak?

Is Coronavirus the Beginning of the End of Offices?

How will country-based mitigation measures influence the course of the COVID-19 epidemic?

How a groundbreaking new £1.3 million park will help prevent flooding in one corner of Manchester

Emergency risk assessment handbook published

Special Issue: Securing future of heritage by reducing risks and building resilience

‘Fossil earthquakes’ offer new insight into seismic activity deep below Earth’s surface

Separations between earthquakes reveal clear patterns

Building blocks for life on Earth arrived much later than we thought, billion-year-old rocks show

Water Ways: How the Dutch are building coastal protection for less — with nature’s help

Chancellor announces spending on flooding will be doubled


Emergency management

Coronavirus may force Americans to avoid crowds and cancel cruises, health official warns

Grocery stores can be anchors of resilience during disasters

Coronavirus: Israel to bring in 14-day quarantine for all arrivals

‘Traitor’: Boris Johnson heckled as he visits flood-hit area of Worcestershire

Wollongong to host public thank you day for firies and emergency services

Prefectures in Japan face lack of volunteer interpreters for disasters

Data tracks diversity on International Women’s Day 2020’s-day-2020

NSW bushfire clean-up at last brings some consolation to Conjola Park


Disaster education, communications and engagement

What Is the Death Rate from Coronavirus?

#Action4Floods: National Flood Forum Conference – York March 2020

People ‘should work from home’ to tackle coronavirus spread

Earthquake Safety at Home Guide

Coronavirus is a huge story, so journalists must apply the highest ethical standards in how they tell it

Household items salvaged from the ashes are being turned into artworks that tell a story of recovery

Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now


Psychology and Disasters

Why don’t we treat the climate crisis with the same urgency as coronavirus?

Coronavirus should give us hope that we are able to tackle the climate crisis

Coronavirus is stressful. Here are some ways to cope with the anxiety


Sociology and disasters

In the Hands of a Few: Disaster Recovery Committee Networks

‘Best of Wales’: floods bring communities together to recover

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing us to ask some very hard questions. But are we ready for the answers?

Today in disaster resilience (6 March 2020)


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Recent emergencies/disaster

Italy reports a 50% increase in confirmed coronavirus cases

Coronavirus outbreak: US confirms cases in Chicago and Rhode Island

Updated coronavirus stats

Close to tears in flood-hit Wales as Storm Jorge’s rains sweep in

Peru – Hundreds of Families Affected by Floods in Moquegua

Iran – Widespread Flooding After Rivers Overflow in Lorestan Province

Brazil – Heavy Rain Triggers Deadly Flooding and Landslides in Rio De Janeiro

Winter Flooding in Mississippi and Louisiana

Tennessee Tornado Death Toll Jumps to 22; Widespread Damage in Nashville, Middle Tennessee

Shocking footage shows East Yorkshire homes almost completely submerged under water in the wake of Storm Jorge

Indonesia – 1 Missing, 900 Displaced After Floods Destroy Homes in Central Sulawesi

Brazil – Deadly Floods and Landslides in São Paulo After 280mm of Rain in 12 Hours

Honduras – 800 Displaced by Floods and Landslides

Vietnam – Storms Leave 2 Dead, Hundreds of Homes Destroyed

Tanzania – Bridge Destroyed and Roads Blocked After Heavy Rains

Volcanic activity worldwide 5 Mar 2020: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Dukono


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s electricity market must be 100% renewables by 2035 to achieve net zero by 2050 – study

New report from Australia Institute says trend will bring with it longer and hotter bushfires, more heatwaves and crop damage

Climate change will force up premiums: Swiss Re

Thousands of kilometres of Australia’s beaches at risk from rising seas

Australia is heating more rapidly than the global average, with a rise of 4C expected by 2100, Bureau of Meteorology says

Moscow Winter ‘Warmest Since Records Began’

Does Information About Climate Risk Affect Property Values?

UK carbon emissions fall 29 per cent in a decade, new data shows

Hackathon Speeds Progress Toward Climate Model Collaboration

An uncharted island off Antarctica’s western coast could reveal how climate change is altering the continent

The world’s top meteorological experts issued the warning as cities and countries around the world reported record-breaking warm winters

Most California cities refuse to retreat from rising seas—one town wants to show how it’s done

Meet Thailand’s secret weapon in climate change battle

Probability of Fire Weather Index reaching levels of 2019-20 summer increases 30% due to climate change, researchers say

Tasmania sets world-leading target of 200 per cent renewables by 2040

Europe experiences exceptionally warm winter

Analysis shows climate finance not reaching most vulnerable


Disaster risk reduction

Snaith has been devastated by flooding – but there are plans for 800 more homes

Sandy coastlines under threat of erosion

Putting a price on the protective power of wetlands

Why Some COVID-19 Cases Are Worse than Others

When will Taupo’s next ‘super-eruption’ happen?

Americans Are Paying $34 Billion Too Much for Houses in Flood Plains

Iowa flood victims need money for levees, buyouts

Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis at Regional and National Scale: State of the Art and Future Challenges

Mass data processing of time series Landsat imagery: pixels to data products for forest monitoring

Australian scientists are developing a satellite that can better identify where bushfires might start

Race to understand fire lessons as another ‘significant’ season looms

A new algorithm can forecast the flow of floodwater in almost real-time, a new study shows

Australia’s dedicated bushfire research centre on the brink of closure despite deadly summer fires

How Computer Modeling Of COVID-19’s Spread Could Help Fight The Virus

UK Government’s approach to managing flood risk inquiry launched

Tasman fires: New Zealand’s new norm?’s-new-norm

A low-cost flood alert and water monitoring system in African cities

Almost real-time flood prediction tool may boost emergency response during hurricanes

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s “Floodplain Manager newsletter

San Diego At Risk For Devastating Earthquake Damage, New Report Says


Emergency management

Coronavirus tracked: The latest figures as the outbreak spreads

UK flooding: residents in east Yorkshire struggle to recover

Australian bushfires finally extinguished

Reflecting on a Tumultuous Amazon Fire Season

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

Fla. Communities Get More Than $2B In Hurricane Recovery, Mitigation Funds

Bushfires likely to have killed about 5,000 koalas in NSW, report finds

Before and after images highlight the severity of tornado destruction in Nashville

AFAC NRSC numbers from Australia’s largest deployment’s-largest-deployment

NSW Memorial Service honours lives lost


Disaster education, communications and engagement

The California Photographer Who Has Shot More Than 100 Wildfires

Resilient Australia Awards open

Google and Facebook are using their platforms and working with government agencies and other emergency services partners to deliver real-time assistance and warnings to disaster prone communities

Latest Fire Australia magazine online

Psychology and Disasters

Managing traumatic stress: After a tornado

The Panic Myth: What Does the Research Say and What Can Practitioners Do?

Risk judgments and social norms: Do they relate to preparedness after the Kaikōura earthquake?


Sociology and disasters

How Natural Hazards Impact the Social Environment for Vulnerable Groups: An Empirical Investigation in Japan

Sociology and the Climate Crisis

Today in disaster resilience (28 February 2020)


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Recent emergencies/disaster

9 dead in Turkey after magnitude 5.7 earthquake strikes western Iran

Parts of Jakarta continue to be flooded this rainy season

Flood-hit communities brace for more torrential downpours as winter storms continue to ravage Britain

Peru – 3 Killed in Tacna Flash Floods

South Africa – Deadly Flash Floods in KwaZulu-Natal

Ecuador – Rain Triggers Flooding in 3 Provinces

Indonesia – Deadly Flash Floods in Yogyakarta

Bolivia – Evacuations and Rescues After Flash Floods in Cochabamba

Malawi – Floods in Lilongwe After Heavy Rain

Peru – Massive Flooding and Mudslides in Cusco Leave 3 Dead, 20 Missing

Flash floods hit Jakarta

Colombia – 8 Dead After Flash Floods and Landslides in Santander and Caldas

Ireland – Shannon River Floods After Wet February

Indonesia – 9 Dead in Jakarta Region as Floods Worsen

UK – More Evacuations in England as Rivers Remain High

Volcanic activity worldwide 27 Feb 2020: Stromboli volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Merapi


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

These floods bear all the hallmarks of climate change

New Source of Climate Pressure for Companies: Workers

Thousands rally across Australia for climate justice

Getting to zero net emissions in 2050 is going to be tough

It’s Official: Chicago Has Declared a Climate Emergency. Now What

After a summer of mega-fires, the dramatic shift in thinking about climate change has not come from the public, or from politicians. It has come from business

New government data shows slight drop in Australia’s emissions, amid new coal fight

Meeting climate change targets has for the first time emerged as a greater priority for voters than keeping energy prices down

World’s top climate negotiator condemns Australian response to climate change

‘Extraordinary’ fires burnt at historical size, beyond climate projections

Catastrophic fires have generated intensified public responses in favour of transformative climate change action

Under attack from climate change, Colombia’s farmers befriend nature

The last ice age tells us why we need to care about a 2℃ change in temperature

On climate change, where does Tampa Bay go from here?

Why Climate Change and Poverty Are Inextricably Linked

Antarctica’s Eagle Island undergoes large-scale snowmelt as February sees new high temperatures

Bohai Bay: the Chinese region disappearing inch by inch

Australia needs to commit to target of net-zero emissions by 2050,13633#.XlbJo_Ow9VA.twitter

Australia is heating faster than the global average, and extreme heat days are on the rise. Doctors say there’s clear evidence that it’s killing people prematurely

Rio Tinto announces $1bn spend to reach net zero emissions by 2050


Disaster risk reduction

Christchurch nine years on: The reshaping of a city

More than 11,000 homes in England to be built on land at high risk of flooding

UK flood defence plans are inadequate, warn scientists

Unprecedented burn area of Australian mega forest fires

The Pitt review predicted the current crisis in 2008. Why did Conservative governments refuse to listen?

Environment Agency chief: Avoid building new homes on flood plains

Chief Resilience Officers from around the world announce the evolution and expansion of the Global Resilient Cities Network

The US government insurance scheme for nuclear power plant accidents no longer makes sense

‘Teamwork’ helps city businesses during floods

£13m needed from Government for world-leading flood resilience centre in Scunthorpe

Rewilding project aims to give Thames its flood plain back

Asian cities urged to bolster defence against rising seas

Joint Hearing: An Examination of Federal Flood Maps in a Changing Climate


Emergency management

Economic impact of coronavirus outbreak deepens

Many Tornado Alley Residents With Disabilities Lack Safe Options In A Storm

United States Firefighting Resources Mobilized to Australia

To Survive Disaster, Plan for the Worst

Information needed from flood-hit Shrewsbury businesses to help lobby for support
You’re likely to get the coronavirus

Ironbridge flooding: Emergency evacuation as defences ‘overwhelmed’


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Study finds quarter of climate change tweets from bots

Got a Google Maps link on floods? Careful, it’s misinformation, says BNPB

How broadcast TV networks covered climate change in 2019


Psychology and Disasters

A new bushfire crisis is emerging as experts brace for an imminent surge in domestic violence


Sociology and disasters

Survival Of The Friendliest: How Our Close Friendships Help Us Thrive

Is Vulnerability an Outdated Concept? After Subjects and Spaces

Natural Hazards and Disaster Justice