Today in disaster resilience (13 August 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

US averaging 100,000 new COVID-19 infections a day

Greece wildfires: Hundreds more evacuated as uncontrolled fires rage

Dangerous fire conditions continue as dozens of wildfires devastate the West

El Salvador – Heavy Rain and Flash Floods Affect 4 Departments

India – Madhya Pradesh Floods Death Toll Rises to 24

South Sudan – 90,000 Affected by Floods Since Start of Rainy Season

Mexico – Homes Destroyed by Flash Floods in Coahuila and Durango

Indonesia – 2 Dead After Floods and Landslides in 5 Provinces

Thousands forced to evacuate as massive wildfire spreads through Greek island of Evia

Over 350 villages inundated across Uttar Pradesh, India

Severe flash floods hit Coahuila and Durango, Mexico

China – 80,000 Evacuate Floods in Sichuan

USA – Flash Floods Hit Omaha, Nebraska After Heavy Rain

Floods in North Korea destroy hundreds of homes

India – Hundreds of Villages Flooded in Uttar Pradesh, 9 People Dead

Russia – Far East Faces Another Wave of Floods as Rivers Rise Again

Ethiopia – Hundreds Displaced by Floods in Afar Region

China – 80,000 Evacuate Floods in Sichuan

Death toll rises in Sudan floods

Floods hit Turkey’s north after south ravaged by wildfires

Destructive wildfires leave at least 65 dead in northern Algeria

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Aug 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Merapi, Shiveluch

Turkey – Floods in Black Sea Region Leave 6 Dead, 1 Missing, Dozens Injured

India – 7 Rivers Above Danger Mark in Bihar, Floods Affect Over 250,000

Central African Republic – Thousands Affected After Floods and Rain Destroy Homes in Bangui

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

‘Insanely cheap energy’: how solar power continues to shock the world

Apocalyptic fire and rain as UN climate report looms

Italy and Spain are next: brutal heatwave with near +46 °C will be baking southern Europe

World’s climate scientists to issue stark warning over global heating threat

Australia ‘lagging at the back of the pack’ of OECD countries on climate action, analysis finds

The world is on the brink of ‘catastrophe,’ leader of next UN climate talks warns

234 scientists read 14,000+ research papers to write the IPCC climate report – here’s what you need to know and why it’s a big deal

Reduce methane or face climate catastrophe, scientists warn

Climate Change 2021: IPCC Sixth Climate Change Assessment Report

Major climate changes inevitable and irreversible – IPCC’s starkest warning yet

Some Past Sea Levels May Not Have Been as High as Thought, Says Study of Rising and Sinking Landmasses

Climate change has already hit Australia. Unless we act now, a hotter, drier and more dangerous future awaits, IPCC warns

A New Climate Change Report Without Much New Overall

Yes, a few climate models give unexpected predictions – but the technology remains a powerful tool

Sea level projection tool

‘We’re not about to back down’: how climate experts hold hope despite the IPCC report

Climate change: IPCC report is ‘code red for humanity’

How Do We Predict Climate Change?

How we can transform our energy system to achieve net-zero emissions

United States of Wildfire

The water cycle is intensifying as the climate warms, IPCC report warns – that means more intense storms and flooding

Future-Proofing Cities Against Climate Change

What does the latest IPCC report mean for Australia?

Mediterranean faces fiercer heatwaves, drought, fires: UN draft report

Insurers Won’t Save a Heating World From Floods and Fire

New heat record in Italy as ‘Lucifer’ sweeps in

Italy may have registered Europe’s hottest temperature on record

‘How high above sea level am I?’ If you’ve googled this, you’re likely asking the wrong question — an expert explains

Greenhouse gas emissions must peak within 4 years, says leaked UN report

Defunct NSW coal mine belches 1 million tonnes of CO2 without penalty

Insights for African countries from the latest climate change projections

Disaster risk reduction

Here’s why $1.7 billion in hurricane levee work is needed in the New Orleans area

Uttarakhand CM launches India’s first earthquake early warning mobile app developed by IIT-Roorkee

China’s high-tech anti-flood efforts show innovation strengths

3 wildfire lessons for forest towns as Dixie Fire destroys historic Greenville, California

York flooding: Build defences outside city, council says

Turkey spent only fraction of forest protection budget before wildfires erupted

Global catastrophic risk from lower magnitude volcanic eruptions

Satellite-based tools provide regional perspectives on landslide hazards, help assess risks in near-real time, and guide emergency responses

Cost–benefit analysis of flood mitigation measures: a case study employing high-performance hydraulic and damage modelling

Integrating Multiple Research Methods to Unravel the Complexity of Human-Water Systems

Navigating trade-offs between dams and river conservation

Stanford researchers use artificial intelligence to unlock extreme weather mysteries

Integrated management of surface water and groundwater to mitigate flood risks and water scarcity in arid and semi-arid regions

Seismic risk management through insurance and its sensitivity to uncertainty in the hazard model

Why understanding community behaviour matters for flood risk management?

The East Asian Covid-19 Paradox

Italy’s Mount Etna – Europe’s Tallest Active Volcano Has A New Summit

Watch Venice’s new $7 billion Flood Defense System in action

Coral Reef Restorations Can Be Optimized to Reduce Coastal Flooding Hazards

Planning and Suitability Assessment of Large-scale Nature-based Solutions for Flood-risk Reduction

Emergency management

Fires in Europe: EU steps up its aid and sends planes and firefighters–eu-steps-up-its-aid-and-sends-planes-and-firefighters.BJXGBu5RyF.html

Government publishes detailed list of countries helping in fire-fighting

Long wait for flood compensation was ‘not acceptable’: Manitoba auditor general

Method to extract difficult-to-evacuate areas by using tsunami evacuation simulation and numerical analysis

Russian AN-124 to Deliver Australian Water Bombers to Greece to aid in wildfire Emergency

Israel to expand use of COVID drug that gets 88% of patients out of hospital

Car ‘graveyard’ a monument to the power of China’s record floods

What can we improve now to prepare for future catastrophic and cascading disasters?

Disaster education, communications and engagement

These games will test your know-how in a wide range of emergencies and teach you how to build the emergency kit

Adaptive governance and community resilience to cyclones in coastal Bangladesh: Addressing the problem of fit, social learning, and institutional collaboration

Australians back science and scientists to lead recovery

Psychology and disasters

‘People can’t sleep’: Rhondda valley flood leaves climate fear in its wake

There Are More Than 50 Long-Term Effects of COVID-19

‘We can’t let this happen’: How ordinary people handle climate distress

Resources for working with climate emotions

Why understanding community behaviour matters for flood risk management?

Sociology and disasters

In the context of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, women are risking to pay a higher price for the crisis than men

Hispanic people more likely to die at home from COVID-19 in North Carolina

Does social capital contribute to prevention and control of the COVID-19 pandemic? Empirical evidence from China

Bleak future feared for Asia’s disaster-prone poor after UN climate report

Infographic: Understanding societal resilience & risk awareness

Today in disaster resilience (6 August 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Wildfires burn across Italy, Spain, Greece and Turkey in heatwave bringing temperatures above 40C

Western Wildfires May Take Weeks To Months To Contain

Wildfires destroy entire villages, death toll rises to 4, Turkey

Afghanistan – Red Crescent Confirms 113 Flood Deaths in Nuristan Province

Colombia – Floods Affect 50,000 After Rivers Overflow in Arauca

Chad – Thousands Affected by Floods in Five Regions

Turkey appeals for help to fight wildfires as heatwave continues

Niger – Floods Leave Over 30 Dead, Thousands of Homes Destroyed

Wildfires reach outskirts of Athens during scorching heatwave

South Sudan: Flooding Kills 7 in South Sudan’s Unity State, Official Says

India – Air Force Helicopters Rescue Dozens From Rooftops in West Bengal Floods

Philippines – 1 Missing, Thousands Displaced as Southwest Monsoon Causes Floods and Landslides

USA – 1 Dead as Severe Flash Floods Hit Utah for Second Time in a Week

Record Wildfires and Heat Sweep Across Greece, Threatening Historic Sites

India – Thousands Stranded in Madhya Pradesh After Rivers Reach Record Highs

Sudan – Floods Cause Deaths, Destroy Homes in 3 States

Volcanic activity worldwide 5 Aug 2021: Pacaya volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Sangay

Site of first ancient Olympics at risk as fires rage in Greece

India – Fatalities After Floods and Rain in Rajasthan

Italy – Evacuations After More Flooding in Areas Around Lake Como

Iran – Floods Affect 10 Provinces, Red Crescent Reports 8 Fatalities

Trinidad and Tobago – Flash Floods Wreck Homes and Vehicles

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Adapt or die. That is the stark challenge to living in the new world we have made

Greenland experienced ‘massive’ ice melt this week, scientists say

You’re living on a heat island—

Germany’s floods highlight need for urgent climate action

In fast-warming world, Tokyo is barometer for future Olympics

Strengthening climate resilience through better flood management

State of the UK climate 2020

In summer of apocalyptic weather, concerns emerge over climate science blind spot

New report: State of the science on western wildfires, forests and climate change

This is the impact of extreme weather on lives and livelihoods

From China to Germany, floods expose climate vulnerability

How summer 2021 has changed our understanding of extreme weather

When the desert becomes flooded: climate change in Chad

Africa’s most populous city is battling floods and rising seas. It may soon be unliveable, experts warn

UN Climate Panel Contends With Models Showing Implausibly Fast Warming

Seismic waves reveal the Arctic is on shaky ground

Five lessons from the Global South on climate-related disasters

Australian Bushfires Had a Bigger Climate Impact Than the Pandemic in 2020

Vast wildfires in Russia’s Yakutia have already set an emissions record

Predicting droughts and floods: why we’re studying 19th-century ocean records

Relentlessly hotter: Sizzling heat increasingly the norm in Israel, data shows

Climate crisis: Scientists spot warning signs of Gulf Stream collapse

Meals on Wheels prepares to check on seniors as metro area heat wave begins

World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency 2021

World to hit temperature tipping point 10 years faster than forecast

Disaster risk reduction

August edition – Disaster Risk Reduction and Open Data Newsletter

Campaigners call for national flash flood alert system as extreme rain ‘puts millions at risk’

China floods: did Zhengzhou’s ‘smart’ flood prevention system fail to prevent the disaster?

Flood protection and land value creation — Not all resilience investments are created equal

California fire hazard zone map

Africa’s largest yearly floods are more strongly linked to regions’ annual peaks in soil moisture than to annual peaks in precipitation

The race to save the Underground from flooding

How Wildfires Threaten U.S. Water Supplies

Latest edition of Floodplain Manager newsletter

Sea Levels Influence Eruptions On Volcanic Island

How implementing Sendai could have saved Beirut

Understanding Typhoon and Earthquake Risk in Japan

New global map shows populations are growing faster in flood-prone areas

Flood mapping start-up: Cloud to Street

Enhancing early warning systems in Cambodia and Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Nature-based solutions in China: Financing “sponge cities” for integrated urban flood management

Community insurance against climate change, wildfires in California, and the need for forward-looking wildfire loss modelling

Near real-time global fire map;l:country-outline;@0.0,0.0,3z

A Road Map For Adapting Dry Forests To New Fire Regimes

Evaluating 9 m of near-surface transpressional displacement during the Mw 7.8 2016 Kaikōura earthquake: re-excavation of a pre-earthquake paleoseismic trench, Kekerengu Fault, New Zealand

Germany flood risks were clearly underestimated

Emergency management

July edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management

Florida Breaks Record for COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Tokyo’s New COVID-19 Infections Hit A Record Again, Topping 4,000 For The First Time

Less than 0.1% of vaccinated Americans tested positive for COVID-19

Death toll in Afghanistan floods tops 100, dozens still missing

Fauci: More ‘pain and suffering’ ahead as COVID cases rise

Sweden daily Covid deaths hit zero, with human liberty still intact

How extensive were the adverse health effects of bushfire smoke in the summer of 2019/20?

Covid is surging in Florida. Doctors and nurses are back in crisis mode

More firefighters needed to protect Victoria’s snow gums, report recommends

WHO calls for moratorium on vaccine booster shots as global infections surpass 200M

County Vaccination Coverage and COVID-19 Case Rates

Disaster education, communications and engagement

How Hamburg recovered after the catastrophic flood of 1962

Consultation hub for Scotland’s draft flood risk management plans

Wakayama University students create disaster prevention booklet for children in ‘easy Japanese’

Ring the alarm: it’s time for US schools to have climate disaster drills

Weather, Climate, and Narrative: A Relational Model for Democratizing Risk Communication

Words into Action guideline: Man-made/technological hazards

Effect of health belief model on flood-risk educational approach among elementary school children in Malaysia

Psychology and disasters

Fully Vaccinated but Anxious About a Return to Normal Life? You May Have ‘Cave Syndrome’

Psychology researchers offer better tool for visualizing hurricane danger

Wildfires Ignite Mental Health Concerns

Extreme floods change men’s risk preferences, and it could matter for financing climate adaptation measures

Australians are three times more worried about climate change than COVID. A mental health crisis is looming

Australians report climate change as a bigger concern than COVID-19

Sociology and disasters

Homeless scramble to survive rare cold snap, Brazil

Over 50% of people in high income countries vaccinated compared to 1% in low income countries

Why FEMA Aid Is Unavailable To Many Who Need It The Most

Does social capital contribute to prevention and control of the COVID-19 pandemic? Empirical evidence from China

Disaster and the lived politics of the resilient city

The Genealogy of Disaster

Today in disaster resilience (30 July 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Heavy rain in India triggers floods, landslides; at least 125 dead

Woman Dead, Three Missing After Flooding in CO Burn Area

Flooding in London after heavy rain

Italy: Wildfires rage through Sardinia, forcing evacuations

Philippines evacuates thousands as monsoon rains flood Manila, provinces

Typhoon In-fa makes landfall on China’s east coast, Shanghai flights cancelled

California’s largest fire burns homes as blazes scorch West,property%20across%20the%20U.S.%20West.

Belgium – Cars Swept Down Streets After More Floods Strike

Panama – Thousands of Homes Damaged by Floods in Bocas Del Toro Province

Russia – More Deadly Floods Hit Sochi

‘We saved nothing’: Floods displace hundreds in Burundi

Philippines – Thousands Evacuate Floods in Manila and Northern Regions

Belgium – Cars Swept Down Streets After More Floods Strike

Western Europe – Storms Cause Floods in Switzerland, Germany and UK

Wildfires scorch Spain and cause ‘disaster without precedence’ in Sardinia

Bangladesh – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Cox’s Bazar

China – 69 Dead, 5 Still Missing in Henan Floods

India – Maharashtra Floods and Landslides Death Toll Climbs to 192

Costa Rica – Floods Leave 2 Dead, 2 Missing, Thousands Displaced

Lebanon battles wildfires in country’s north, firefighter dies

Homes evacuated in Turkey as forest fire rages near southern coast

Deadly floods and landslides hit Rohingya camps in Bangladesh

Unseasonal rainstorms hit Yemen, claiming at least 14 lives

Strong explosive eruption at Stromboli volcano, Italy

Italy – Evacuations After Floods and Landslides Near Lake Como

USA – State of Emergency After Flash Floods in Utah, Nevada; 3 People Missing in New Mexico and Arizona

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Jul 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Semeru, Shiveluch, Ibu, Reventador

Afghanistan – Dozens Feared Dead After Floods in Nuristan Province

Mexico – Flash Floods Cause Damage and Casualties in Sonora

Pakistan – Deadly Flash Floods Hit Islamabad After ‘Cloudburst’

Myanmar – Thousands Displaced by Floods in 4 States

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate adaptation should be based on robust regional climate information

Renewables drive Australian emissions lower as wind records blown away

America in 2090: The Impact of Extreme Heat, in Maps

Plans of four G20 states are threat to global climate pledge, warn scientists

Beware summer! As climate crisis deepens, attitudes to season shift

Climate change: Israel to cut 85% of emissions by mid-century

Climate change could spark floods in world’s largest desert lake: new study

Flash floods will be more common as climate crisis worsens, say scientists

‘Record-shattering’ heat becoming much more likely, says climate study

Climate change: Researchers begin discussions on vital report

Yep, it’s bleak, says expert who tested 1970s end-of-the-world prediction

Guidance to help water and sewerage companies and flood risk management authorities to prepare for future increases in rainfall intensities from global warming

On the heels of Europe’s devastating floods, scientists warn more is yet to come

Flash floods: a grim reminder that adaptation is as important as reducing emissions

Is climate change to blame for the recent weather disasters? 2 things you need to understand

Mapping the way to climate resilience

The Climate Change Link To More And Bigger Wildfires

COP26 climate summit president says progress made, but not enough

What the EU climate plan means for national targets

Mapped: How climate change affects extreme weather around the world

Great Adaptations – a book on the climate crisis

More livestock, more carbon dioxide, less ice: the world’s climate change progress since 2019 is (mostly) bad news

Western Wildfires Are Sending Carbon Offsets Up in Smoke

Climate change increasing high heat index days in Austin

Why Extreme Heat Is So Deadly

Climate emergency not slowed by COVID-19 pandemic and planet’s ‘vital signs’ worsening, scientists say

Record-breaking heatwave hits Hokkaido, Japan

Small climate changes can have devastating local consequences – it happened in the Little Ice Age

Bushfires, not pandemic lockdowns, had biggest impact on global climate in 2020

Australian farmers are adapting well to climate change, but there’s work ahead

Scientists say temperatures in South America could rise by 4°C

Rainfall becomes increasingly variable as climate warms

The Spanish heat paradox: temperatures soar but related deaths drop

Disaster risk reduction

We can’t predict the next wildfire disaster – but we can plan for it

Climate illusions are no substitute for disaster management,politics,3574.html

Scientists reveal fresh insights about New Zealand’s 7.8 quake

Water-related hazards dominate disasters in the past 50 years

You may have heard the ‘moon wobble’ will intensify coastal floods. Well, here’s what that means for Australia

Urban flood risks, impacts, and management in Nigeria

As floods stir climate change fears, Israel may be up a creek without a plan

Nearly two thirds of global drowning deaths occur in Asia Pacific

NYC’s outdated flood maps leave thousands at risk for disaster bills

Catastrophic flooding spotlights Germany’s poor disaster preparedness

Cost-effective mitigation strategy development for flood prone buildings – final project report

Disaster management and remote sensing

Can We Predict The Eruption Of A Supervolcano?

Bewdley: Worcestershire town washed out for three years running set to receive £6.2m to improve flood defences

Assessing the Impact of Aftershocks on Regional Earthquake Loss Estimation

Uncertainty and bias in global to regional scale assessments of current and future coastal flood risk

On safer ground: Floodplain buyouts and community resilience

Measuring community disaster resilience at local levels: An adaptable resilience framework

Planned retreat from flood-prone Westport and its stoic history

More ‘good fire’ could help California control future catastrophes

Record funding for flood defences in England as climate crisis worsens risks

Latest Philippine earthquake reveals tectonic complexity

Satellite-based flood mapping in the boreal region for improving situational awareness

Identifying drivers of streamflow extremes in West Africa to inform a nonstationary prediction model

Does hot and dry equal more wildfire? Contrasting short- and long-term climate effects on fire in the Sierra Nevada, CA

Emergency management

Doctors warn over increasing number of young people with Covid in ICU

Unvaccinated COVID patients likelier to suffer serious symptoms

Satellite images of wildfires are saving lives. The Pentagon might let the program expire

Catching fire: AI is helping scarce firefighters better predict blazes

The Delta Variant Upends the World’s Pandemic Response

Vaccination rates in France and Italy have soared after leaders announced a raft of restrictions that will drastically curtail the freedom of unvaccinated people

Wildfires have burned a combined area the size of Delaware and Rhode Island — and then some

Oxford researchers develop tool to predict human displacement post-disaster

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Emergency infrastructure needed to keep Americans safe: Public media

How to Use Social Media in Healthcare: A Guide for Health Professionals

Rapid increases in social media adoption and use since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic have been maintained

How Hosukai’s Great Wave emerged from Japan’s isolation to become a global icon

Wildfire Actions

Towards protective action: effective risk and warning communication during natural hazards

What have we learned about COVID-19 volunteering in the UK? A rapid review of the literature

New book: A Brief History of Earth is subtitled “Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters”

Weather, climate, and narrative: A relational model for democratizing risk communication

Psychology and disasters

The Impact of Earthquakes on Apartment Owners and Renters in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) Aotearoa New Zealand

COVID-19 linked to ‘significant’ drop in intelligence: research

Urban pluvial flood adaptation: Results of a household survey across four German municipalities

Sociology and disasters

Understanding the Willingness to Share Resources in the Hurricane Irma Evacuation: A Multi-Modeling Approach

Implementation of social equity metrics in an engineering-based framework for distributing disaster resources

Bridging the Divide: Does Social Capital Moderate the Impact of Polarization on Health?

Gender equality, social inclusion and resilience in Malawi

Procedural Vulnerability and Its Effects on Equitable Post-Disaster Recovery in Low-Income Communities

Keeping Each Other Safe: Who Checks on Their Neighbors During Weather Extremes in Summer and Winter?

Investigating the resilience of refugee camps to COVID-19: A case of Rohingya settlements in Bangladesh

Today in disaster resilience (23 July 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Merkel visits areas devastated by ‘terrifying’ floods as death toll reaches 190 in Europe

US firefighters bracing for dangerous weather as 70 wildfires burn across California and Oregon

India – at Least 20 Killed in Mumbai Landslides and Floods

Oman – Floods After 200mm of Rain Leave 4 Dead, Dozens Rescued

Luxembourg – Dozens Evacuated After Record Rainfall Causes Rivers to Break Banks

USA – Emergency Declared After Deadly Flash Floods in Arizona

Covid-19: India excess deaths cross four million, says study

Thunderstorms and lightning threaten to spur more fires in US west

Heavy flooding hits central China, affecting tens of millions

Nigeria – Hundreds of Homes Damaged by Floods in Taraba State

USA – Flash Floods Cause Chaos in Alabama

Iran – 8 Dead as Flash Floods and Storms Affect 15 Provinces

Canada’s BC declares state of emergency as wildfires surge

At least 25 dead in China as province deluged by heaviest rains in 1,000 years

Romania – Evacuations, 1 Dead After Heavy Rain Triggers Flash Floods

Germany floods: 155 still missing as hopes of further rescues fade

Volcanic activity worldwide 22 Jul 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Sangay

Indonesia – More Than 5,000 Families Displaced by Floods in West Kalimantan

USA – Deadly Flash Floods in Colorado and New Mexico

Tajikistan – Deadly Floods and Mudslides Strike Sughd Region

China – Over 350,000 Evacuated, 33 Dead, 8 Missing After Zhengzhou and Henan Floods

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Why a killer US heatwave points to a stifling future for our cities

‘It Is All Connected’: Extreme Weather in the Age of Climate Change

Germany needs better climate policy, Merkel says from flooded region

How climate change fueled the devastating floods in Germany and northwest Europe

Climate change: Science failed to predict flood and heat intensity

Climate scientists shocked by scale of floods in Germany

Boston On List Of Cities With Worst Urban Heat, Where Temperatures Can Spike 15-20 Degrees In A Matter Of Blocks

Warmer weather ‘loading the dice’ towards more intense rainfall, scientists say

Warming Indian Ocean sets stage for spring floods in NSW and Victoria

Extreme heat warning: what first-ever Met Office alert means

The Northern Hemisphere has a punishing heat wave infestation

Siberia hit by unprecedented heatwave and forest fires – video report

US cities are working to shore up their flood defenses in the face of climate change, building and upgrading pumps, storm drains, and other infrastructure

Preliminary analysis concludes Pacific Northwest heat wave was a 1,000-year event

Catastrophic floods could hit Europe far more often, study finds

Scientific proof points to more intense and longer hot spells ahead

Extreme heat waves in urban areas are much more likely than previously thought

Climate-Driven Changes in Clouds are Likely to Amplify Global Warming

This catastrophic summer even has climate scientists worried

What makes a resilient landscape? Climate, fire, and forests in the Northern Rockies

The record-smashing Pacific Northwest heat wave suggests that climate change has forced us past a threshold for temperatures

Germany floods: Can we tell if extreme weather is linked to climate change?

California weighs first step in ‘managed retreat’ from rising Pacific

How the dynamics of a heating planet are driving extreme weather

From China to Germany, floods expose climate vulnerability

Scientists are worried by how fast the climate crisis has amplified extreme weather

Emissions Could Hit New Record by 2023 Without More Green Spending

Summer in the city: Improving community resilience to extreme summertime heat in Northern Manhattan

Disaster risk reduction

Bob Carr appeals to UNESCO over Warragamba Dam

Why did Europe’s flood warning system so lethally fail?–11YtoG2cGU8/index.html

Satellites over Europe track massive floods in Germany and Belgium

How can the UN help prevent another Beirut disaster?

AIDR joins Resilience Valuation Initiative

Europe’s flood tragedy didn’t have to be this severe

Europe’s deadly floods leave scientists stunned

Deadly floods inundated parts of Europe, but the Netherlands avoided fatalities. Here’s why

Report from Europe’s flood zone: researcher calls out early warning system gridlock amid shocking loss of life

New web platform for planning flood prevention in cities

Saving lives and livelihoods through flood protection in Cameroon

ADB approves $35 million project to reduce landslide risk in Kyrgyz Republic

As coastal flooding worsens, some cities are retreating from the water

Earthquake Retrofitting: Everything You Need To Know

PG&E plans a 10-year effort to put power lines underground to reduce fire risk

Plans in place to protect large area of Yukon from unprecedented flooding

Critical Disaster Studies book

Europe’s catastrophic flooding was forecast well in advance – what went so wrong?

We can’t predict the next wildfire disaster – but we can plan for it

Reducing flood risk through the modelling of Nature-Based Solutions

Probabilistic tsunami hazard and exposure assessment for the pacific islands- Fiji

Managing city-scale slow-onset disasters: Learning from Cape Town’s 2015–2018 drought disaster planning

Forecasting Wildfire Intensity

Barrie tornado: Engineering professor calls for building code changes, review of damaged homes

Emergency management

Massive ‘Fire Clouds’ Are Dropping Embers On Firefighters Battling US’s Biggest Blaze

England will soon abandon almost all coronavirus restrictions. The Netherlands shows what could happen next

Flooding in Germany: Before and after images from the Ahr and Eifel regions

Residential fire fatality and injury strategy: towards zero fatalities

Using diversity and inclusion to strengthen capability in emergency management

Delta Variant Accounts for 83% of Known U.S. Covid-19 Cases

Leverages and obstacles facing post-cyclone recovery in Saint-Martin, Caribbean: Between the ‘window of opportunity’ and the ‘systemic risk’?

Austrian man saves Turkish neighbors from raging floods

Ministry prepares for 2021-2022 cyclone season

COVID-19 in Southeast Asia: all eyes on Indonesia

Child cases of Covid-19 are rising as schools gear up to reopen

How the Delta variant achieves its ultrafast spread

Central Europe staggers toward recovery from catastrophic flooding: more than 200 killed

Preparedness to respond effectively to multiple hazards

US in ‘another pivotal moment’ as Delta variant drives surge in Covid cases

Henan floods: aerial images show devastation in Chinese province – video

Fighting wildfires in western WA requires different approaches

China breaches dam to divert deadly flooding

Fires, droughts, floods, power outages. The interval between disasters is shortening, or in some cases disappearing altogether

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Facebook Clashes with the US Government Over Vaccine Misinformation

Final draft of the Disaster Resilience Education for Young People Handbook has been submitted for approval

Unit: Disaster Resilience Education – Years 7 & 8

Amateur Radio Responds to Flooding in Western Europe

Germany faces calls for mobile phone disaster alerts after floods

Using community resilience vision statements to build flood resilience in Bangladesh

Psychology and disasters

New research guides mental health support for young adult volunteers

A qualitative evaluation of Southwark Council’s public health response to mitigating the mental health impact of the 2017 London bridge and borough market terror attack’s_public_health_response_to_mitigating_the_mental_health_impact_of_the_2017_London_bridge_and_borough_market_terror_attack

Sociology and disasters

Does the shock of natural hazard-associated disasters affect the authority of regional governments?

Back to basics: Gender equity and social inclusion in flood resilience

Exploring the interactions between vulnerability, resilience and adaptation to extreme temperatures

An unequal pandemic: insights and evidence from communities and civil society organisations

Bowling alone or distancing together? The role of social capital in excess death rates from COVID19

A social model of secondary stressors in relation to disasters, major incidents and conflict: Implications for practice

In Europe and Central Asia, the poor lose more when disaster strikes

Today in disaster resilience (16 July 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Violent tornado hits downtown Shenxian, leaving catastrophic damage, China

Northern California wildfire grows, destroys homes amid extreme conditions

B.C.’s wildfire service battles 49 new fires over the weekend, expects more Sunday

Japan – Evacuations in Kagoshima After 95mm of Rain in 1 Hour

Colombia – Over 5,000 Families Hit by Floods in Magdalena After Rivers Overflow

UK – Flash Floods Cause Chaos in Eastern England

Chad – 5 Dead, Thousands in Need of Shelter After Heavy Rains in Tandjilé, Say UN

USA – Rain From Storm Elsa Floods New York Subway

Multiple Saskatchewan communities face wildfire risk, evacuations

Flash floods cause travel chaos in parts of London

Himachal Pradesh: Cloudburst results in flash floods damaging public property, NH blocked in Shimla

Germany floods: Dozens killed after record rain in Germany and Belgium

Volcanic activity worldwide 15 Jul 2021: Etna volcano, Stromboli, Fuego, Karymsky, Reventador

Oregon blaze threatens 2,000 homes as new wildfires erupt in western states

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

In California’s interior, there’s no escape from the desperate heat: ‘Why are we even here?’

Edinburgh flooding: ‘We are going to see more of these extreme events’ says climate expert

New York City warned ‘climate change is here’ as storm floods streets and subway

Heat wave engulfs the West as Death Valley hits 130 degrees

Study projects a surge in coastal flooding, starting in 2030s

With seas rising and storms surging, who will pay for New Zealand’s most vulnerable coastal properties?

Our climate change turning point is right here, right now

Iqaluit’s average temperature increased by a degree between 1991 and 2020, researcher says

Pacific Northwest heat wave would have been “virtually impossible” without climate change, experts say

Malaria and dengue predicted to affect billions more people if global warming continues uncurbed

World’s largest study of global climate related mortality links 5 million deaths a year to abnormal temperatures

Better projections of the impact of climate change on coasts in the coming century

Projections of temperature-attributable mortality in Europe: a time series

A practical guide to climate-resilient buildings & communities

Two Dozen Large Cities Produce 52 Percent of Urban Carbon Emissions

New AEMO boss wants Australian grids to handle 100 pct renewables by 2025

12 reasons why 2020 was a bad year for climate change

American west stuck in cycle of ‘heat, drought and fire’, experts warn

Public understanding of climate change-related sea-level rise

Amazon rainforest now emitting more CO2 than it absorbs

EU unveils sweeping climate change plan

Coastal communities across the U.S. continued to see record-setting high-tide flooding in 2020

Middle East and North Africa: heatwaves of up to 56 degrees Celsius without climate action

Systematic mapping of global research on climate and health: a machine learning review

Extreme weather no guarantee of support for climate action

Estimate of global surface temperature change

From climate change to climate emergency

Hot zones: urban heat islands

Disaster risk reduction

WorldFloods – AI pioneered at Oxford for global flood mapping launches into space

The problems of prescribed fire

Resilient Cambridge Plan Released

Searching for Faults From Afar

California Wildfires Are So Intense, They’re Sparking Firenadoes

New study: the number of structures at risk from natural hazards is on the rise in the United States

Indigenous fire and land management – impact and sustainability

US heatwave: Could US and Canada see the worst wildfires yet?

How many 500-year floods must Detroit endure in a decade?

Recent increase in major Atlantic hurricanes may be ‘rebound’ after 1960-1980s lull

EMDNA: an Ensemble Meteorological Dataset for North America

Resilience Reset: Creating Resilient Cities in the Global South

Moon wobble to bring surge in coastal flooding in 2030s, NASA study predicts

Improving flood response in Somalia through remote sensing

With poor regulation of floodplains, India is more vulnerable to flood damage

Advancing practical applications of resilience in Aotearoa-New Zealand

Adaptation required to preserve future high-end river flood risk at present levels

Seismic research ship goes boom-boom to seek answers at origin of the next Big One

New project scales up early warning systems in the Pacific

Australia’s burning question: How can we build better bushfire resilience?

Economics of natural hazards – final project report

Emergency management

Americans who lost homes to devastating wildfires brace for an even worse season

Representing Disasters and Long-term Recovery – Insights from Tamil Nadu

NSW Rural Fire Service exonerates itself over backburn gone wrong

FEMA never followed 20-year-old disaster law

Israel offers ‘booster’ jab as Covid infections spiral

New Regulations Would Increase Wildfire Risk to Firefighters and Civilians, Fire Experts Warn

Flood-resilient mass transit planning in Ouagadougou

COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh reach 1 million, causing major concern for Rohingya refugees

Solomon Islands: disaster displacement risk profile

Indonesia records its highest increase in COVID cases –– and numbers are likely to rise again before they fall

Communication and the vocabulary used during emergencies can have a significant effect on people’s behaviour

Leverages and obstacles facing post-cyclone recovery in Saint-Martin, Caribbean: Between the ‘window of opportunity’ and the ‘systemic risk’?

Ethical Considerations for Postdisaster Fieldwork and Data Collection in the Caribbean

Disaster education, communications and engagement

A fixed smartphone network offers inexpensive earthquake early warning potential

Sydney’s multicultural leaders help to spread vaccination message

Hurricane Preparedness

An analysis of social media use and neighbor-assisted debris removal in Houston following Hurricane Harvey

The science and history of forest fires

Psychology and disasters

A significant number of New Zealanders overestimate sea-level rise — and that could stop them from taking action

Behavioural and cultural insights shed light on how the pandemic has left youth behind

Yes, this lockdown is harder than before. A trauma specialist explains why

Sociology and disasters

With daily inoculation numbers dropping, health officials have recruited community leaders to coax holdouts; ‘it’s like swimming upstream’

Why FEMA Aid Is Unavailable To Many Who Need It The Most

Stanford researchers show sea-level rise may worsen existing Bay Area inequities

Quantifying Psychosocial Impacts From Coastal Hazards for Cost-Benefit Analysis in Eastern Quebec, Canada

Oregon heat wave victims older, lived alone, had no AC

Vaccine inequality, health systems under pressure, socio-economic fallout

Importance of social capital in COVID-19 vaccination uptake

Doing it for us: Community identification predicts willingness to receive a COVID-19 vaccination via perceived sense of duty to the community

Poor and minority communities suffer more from extreme heat in U.S. Cities

Widespread Race and Class Disparities in Surface Urban Heat Extremes Across the United States

When disaster strikes, you truly do get by with a little help from your friends

Today in disaster resilience (9 July 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Tropical storm watch issued for Florida Keys as Elsa whips Dominican Republic and Haiti

Japanese rescuers find two bodies, continue search for 20 more after landslide in Atami, south-west of Tokyo

Canada heatwave: Wildfires spread in British Columbia after lightning strikes

Nepal – Floods and Landslides Leave 10 Dead, 4 Missing

China – Over 60,000 Evacuate Floods in Jiangxi

Flooding and thunderstorms as rain and wind batters Scotland

Crimea – More Floods After Heavy Rain Leave 1 Dead, Dozens Evacuated

Fast-moving Atlantic Storm Elsa makes landfall in Cuba

Indonesia – Floods Damage Over 2,000 Homes in Aceh Province

Russia – State of Emergency After Floods in Krasnodar Krai

South Korea – 2 Killed in Floods and Landslides After Heavy Rain

Volcanic activity worldwide 8 Jul 2021: Etna volcano, Fuego, Karymsky, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

How to organise climate action in the Decisive Decade

Summer swelter trend: West gets hotter days, East hot nights

Climate Change Could Destroy America’s Roads

Unprecedented heat, hundreds dead and a town destroyed. Climate change is frying the Northern Hemisphere

Sea level rise poses economic threat to Asia coastal cities

‘Megadrought’ along border strains US-Mexico water relations

New Zealand experiences hottest June on record despite polar blast

The Graphic Truth: Where are climate-linked scorchers deadliest?

Europeans consider climate change to be the most serious problem facing the world

‘We are living it already’: Climate change behind extreme weather events in Canada, experts say

A Space Laser Shows How Catastrophic Sea Level Rise Will Be

The North American heatwave shows we need to know how climate change will change our weather

Nordic countries endure heatwave as Lapland records hottest day since 1914

Climate Change Brings More Summer Heat Stress To New Hampshire And Its Infrastructure

2020: The escalation of extreme rainfall events in Brazil

‘We need to become the solution’: older New Zealanders join climate change fight

Global evidence links rise in extreme precipitation to human-driven climate change

Managed retreat and environmental justice in a changing climate

Climate change: US-Canada heatwave ‘virtually impossible’ without warming

Climate crisis ‘may put 8bn at risk of malaria and dengue’

Oregon adopts emergency rules to protect workers in extreme heat

How to Use ArcGIS Pro to Map Urban Heat Islands

Antarctica hit record high temperature in 2020, scientists confirm

Climate change linked to 5 million deaths a year, new study shows

Infrastructure for a Changing Climate

Unpacking Miami’s new 40-year plan against rising sea levels

Disaster risk reduction

Natural Hazards Research Australia continues the coordinated multi-disciplinary national research effort of two Cooperative Research Centres over the last 18 years

Community flood vulnerability and risk assessment: An empirical predictive modeling approach

Improved algorithms help scientists monitor wildfires from space

Monitoring the Nyiragongo eruption in DRC and Rwanda

Disaster resilience in Australia: A geographic assessment using an index of coping and adaptive capacity

Flood map update alters thousands of Brisbane property flood levels

Warragamba Dam wall-raising assessment open to legal challenge, leaked documents say

Outlook for earthquake early warning for Aotearoa New Zealand: Insights from initiating a community-of-practice

Analysis of pluvial flood damage costs in residential buildings – A case study in Malmö

High-resolution flood risk approach to quantify the impact of policy change on flood losses at community-level

Exploring the gap between policy and action in Disaster Risk Reduction: A case study from India

‘Negligence of developers’ costing taxpayers over Norfolk flooding

Indonesia – Over 70 Floods and Landslides Recorded in June 2021, Says Disaster Agency

Hydromet Investments save lives and make economic sense

AI bolsters human-centric disaster risk reduction

Enhancing efficiency in humanitarian action through reducing risk – A study on cost-benefit of disaster risk reduction

Emergency management

North Miami Beach Condo Evacuates Residents on Safety Concerns

Wildfire watchmen: the mountain tower where lookouts spot blazes

Japan: UN chief praises work of emergency responders in wake of deadly landslide

How Dangerous Is the Delta Variant, and Will It Cause a COVID Surge in the U.S.?

Anger grows over B.C. Emergency Health Services’ handling of heat wave that left hundreds dead

As wildfires increase in number and size, the number of hotshot crews dwindles

First Nations Wildfire Evacuations

Warning over children as Indonesia suffers its worst Covid outbreak

Japan – Many Still Missing in Atami Mudslide as Search and Rescue Operations Continue

Disaster management and the need for a reinstated social contract of shared responsibility

Is it more infectious? Is it spreading in schools? This is what we know about the Delta variant and kids

Living with COVID: is now the right time for England to lift all restrictions?

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Tanzanian communities unite to tackle the growing risk of floods

NAIDOC week has just begun and, after several tumultuous years of disasters in Australia, the theme this year is Heal Country

Educating for resilience: parent and teacher perceptions of children’s emotional needs in response to climate change

Community Resilience Action Groups build flood resilience in Bangladesh

BeFloodReady: Missy’s Tale by Aardman Animations

Resilience learning and indigenous knowledge of earthquake risk in Indonesia

An analysis of social media use and neighbor-assisted debris removal in Houston following Hurricane Harvey

Psychology and disasters

New research finds that those living and working alone during the pandemic have suffered the worst effects of all

Sociology and disasters

Attracting altruists: Explaining volunteer turnout during natural hazards in Japan

The effect of social capital on disaster conflicts in local communities: Focusing on disaster victims

The case for equity to reduce disaster risk: An analysis of Bolivia

Threat to Latinos has grown in the past decade, and they are twice as likely to live in areas most threatened by wildfires relative to the overall U.S. population

Locating potential sources of capacity and vulnerability in geographically remote areas: Reflections based on three case studies

Today in disaster resilience (2 July 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Highly contagious Delta coronavirus variant spreading fast in California

USA – State of Emergency Declared in Response to Floods in Southeast Michigan

Romania – 1 Dead, 1 Missing, Dozens Evacuated After Floods and Rain Affect 16 Counties

Russia – Hundreds Evacuate Floods in Far East

Venezuela – Families Evacuated After Damaging Floods in Caracas

Bulgaria – Flash Floods in Sliven Province After 60mm of Rain in 1 Hour

USA – Deadly Flash Floods in Missouri

China – 20,000 Evacuate Floods in Heilongjiang

Mexico – Hurricane ‘Enrique’ Causes Floods and Wind Damage in Western States

USA – 2 Dead After Floods and Heavy Rain in Western Texas

USA – Evacuations After Flash Floods in New Mexico

Canada Lytton: Heatwave record village overwhelmingly burned in wildfire

BOM forecasts ‘seasonally significant’ amount of rainfall across large parts of Queensland

Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Jul 2021: Dukono volcano, Sangay, Sarychev Peak, Taal

Pacific Northwest bakes under once in a millennium heat dome

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Sea level rise due to climate change eyed as contributing factor in Miami-area building collapse

Failure to model costs of climate change to coal, gas ‘beggars belief’

Northwest “heat dome” signals global warming’s march

Portland and Seattle see record highs soar past 100 degrees as heat wave sweeps the Northwest

New climate science could cause wave of litigation against businesses – study

Insurance Industry Perspectives on Regulatory Approaches to Climate Risk Assessment | Issue brief

‘Tip of the iceberg’: New government report looks at costs of climate change

This report provides a national perspective on how climate change is impacting Canadian communities, environment and economy, and how we are adapting

Climate-driven coastal flooding in the US likely to get worse suddenly

Assessing the risks of human displacement in a changing climate

The looming Arctic collapse: More than 40% of north Russian buildings are starting to crumble

The Record-Breaking High Temperatures Aren’t Even the Worst Part of the Pacific Northwest Heat Wave

Portland cooling centers provide relief from heat

Billions needed to protect Glasgow from climate effects, report says

Bangladesh scraps 10 coal-fired power plants

Police report spike in sudden deaths as blistering B.C. heat wave continues

Germany fast-tracks zero emissions to 2045, lifts interim targets

‘Hazards are many’: Millions found to be at risk from sea level rise

Philippine climate adaptation and risk reduction study

Global LiDAR land elevation data reveal greatest sea-level rise vulnerability in the tropics

Canada is a warning: more and more of the world will soon be too hot for humans

Sea level and deep-sea temperature reconstructions suggest quasi-stable states and critical transitions over the past 40 million years

Australia ranks last for climate action among UN member countries

Thunderstorms will dump more rain and worsen floods as the globe heats up

Climate change in a land of extremes

‘Never seen anything like this’: 100s dead amid Canada heatwave

Climate change: Extremes committee validates Antarctic record heat

How to redesign cities to withstand heat waves

Canada heatwave: How could cities adapt to rising temperatures?

Disaster risk reduction

Disaster resilience in Australia: A geographic assessment using an index of coping and adaptive capacity

Benefits of disaster risk reduction

The power of New Zealand’s Alpine Fault

Urban wildfire research

Learning from a disastrous megathrust earthquake

Risky development: Increasing exposure to natural hazards in the United States

Disaster risk governance – solution or driver of vulnerability

Hazard News June 2021

Predicting volcanic eruptions: Discovery helps pinpoint where and when better than ever before

COVID-19: Make it the last pandemic

More Than Half Of U.S. Buildings Are In Places Prone To Disaster, Study Finds

Sensors boost earthquake resilience in Christchurch

A unique new study builds on understanding of how ocean waves behave in coastal areas, using data from satellite-based altimetry measurements

Estimating the economic impact of natural hazards on shared accommodation in coastal tourism destinations

Understanding and preventing violent extremism

Flood risk underestimated, particularly in the tropics

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s Floodplain Manager newsletter

Driving change with Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC research

Welcome to Natural Hazards Research Australia

A national flood forecasting system for Guyana: A step towards greater resilience

Emergency management

Disaster response and mitigation in an AI world

Miami-Area Condo Collapse Death Toll Increases to Nine

Miami-Area Rescue Effort Is Hampered by Fire as Families Cling to Hope

Recovery from the 2018-19 disaster season

South Sudan faces famine threat as flooding continues

Underpaid firefighters, overstretched budgets: The U.S. isn’t prepared for fires fueled by climate change

Disaster education, communications and engagement

How to Prevent Your House from Flooding

Local Leadership for Disaster Resilience

Community organisation involvement in disaster management

Caribbean artists, sports stars, TikTok influencers join forces for hurricane season,_sports_stars,_TikTok_influencers_join

New Mixed Methods Approach for Monitoring Community Perceptions of Ebola and Response Efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Psychology and disasters

How to promote and protect the mental health of young emergency service volunteers

Traumatic exposure, work-related stressors and gender as risk factors in the development of psychological distress for ambulance personnel

We’ve been following victims of the Boxing Day tsunami for 16 years – this is what we’ve learned about recovering from disaster

The impact of climate change on mental health and emotional wellbeing: current evidence and implications for policy and practice

Sociology and disasters

High-resolution human mobility data reveal race and wealth disparities in disaster evacuation patterns

From ‘fried egg’ to ‘scrambled egg’, this is how COVID reshaped our cities

The Haywired Connection: Societal Consequences of Earthquakes

Civic Duty: A Booster for Resilience?

In Chicago, Flooding Overwhelmingly Strikes Communities of Color

Five ways to ensure flood-risk research helps the most vulnerable

Why FEMA Aid Is Unavailable To Many Who Need It The Most Rumor has it: The role of social ties and misinformation in evacuation to nearby shelters after disaster

Today in disaster resilience (11 June 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Utah wildfire burns closer to homes after hundreds evacuated

Sri Lanka – Floods and Landslides Death Toll Rises to 17

Europe – 1 Dead, Several Injured After Thunderstorms and Flash Floods

Somalia – 400,000 Affected by Floods Says UN

Colombia – Deadly Landslide in Antioquia, Hundreds of Homes Flooded in Arauca

Guyana – 25,000 Households Affected by Floods

Antarctic blast brings strong winds, snow, and flood-inducing rains to eastern Australia

Germany – Damaging Floods in Baden-Württemberg, 1 Fatality Reported

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 Jun 2021: Semeru volcano, Ibu, Reventador, Sangay, Lewotolo

India – Monsoon Rains Cause Havoc in Mumbai, 11 Dead After Building Collapses

Brazil – Flash Floods in Santa Catarina After 280mm of Rain in 24 Hours

Turkey – Severe Flash Floods in Ankara

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The media is still mostly failing to convey the urgency of the climate crisis

adelphi launches new flagship assessment of climate-driven conflict risks

Carbon dioxide lasts for centuries – so should carbon offsets

Flood-prone communities in Accra, Ghana, require urgent, locally-led adaptation assistance

Inaugural workshop on intermittent estuaries in a changing climate

Scientists develop new method to estimate exposure to indoor heat

UN warns of ‘point of no return’ on climate change as Australians mark World Environment Day

Heat stress in U.S. may double by century’s end

G7 leaders urged to show solidarity on climate change and COVID-19 at summit

G7 countries will lose $5tn a year by 2050 if temperatures rise by 2.6C

Faster decline and higher variability in the sea ice thickness of the marginal Arctic seas when accounting for dynamic snow cover

Surface air temperature for May 2021

Carbon dioxide in the air at highest level since measurements began

Study of past South Asian monsoons suggests stronger monsoon rainfall in the future

People on the move: strengthening adaptation responses to support human movement in a changing climate

Tasmania’s reached net-zero emissions and 100% renewables – but climate action doesn’t stop there

A Stark View of Rising Seas in Georgia

Solar and wind cheapest energy source in Australia

The ScienceBrief Review: Climate change increases extreme rainfall and the chance of floods

World climate and security report 2021: warning of catastrophic climate risks and urging significant greenhouse gas reductions

Record heat bakes Middle East as temperatures top 125 degrees

Insurers’ Principles for Climate Change Adaptation

Inside One Researcher’s Quest To Understand How Volcanoes Impact Climate Change

Climate change is making ocean waves more powerful, threatening to erode many coastlines

UN-backed report finds no G7-based stock exchange indices align with Paris climate goals

Disaster risk reduction

‘Legacy of trauma’: Warragamba survey downplays cultural risks, opponents say

Protecting people and communities from the risk of floods in Metro Manila

Wildfire risk maps aren’t capturing the threat of extreme events and seasons

High-Resolution Multi-Hazard Approach to Quantify Hurricane-Induced Risk for Coastal and Inland Communities

Dredging and levees among Warragamba options ignored by NSW government

Sunk Costs: The Socioeconomic Impacts of Flooding

Economics for disaster prevention and preparedness in Europe

Economics for disaster prevention and preparedness: understanding the needs of civil protection agencies and opportunities for scaling up disaster risk management investments: summary report

Improving Community Resilience and Emergency Plans by Mapping Risk and Preparedness at the Neighborhood Scale

Puerto Rico is prone to more flooding than the island is prepared to handle

Weather adds stress to America’s crumbling infrastructure

UC experts convene to discuss innovative solutions to California’s wildfires

Building materials, architectural detailing, landscaping choices and even road design will enhance fire safety in the West and other parts of the country

The mechanistic flow of complex drivers of wildfire for fire prone ecosystems

Engineering professor solves deep earthquake mystery

Understanding the Needs of Civil Protection Agencies and Opportunities for Scaling up Disaster Risk Management Investments

DisasterAWARE is the most powerful and reliable early warning and multi-hazard monitoring platform

Emergency management

Wildland firefighter smoke exposure and risk of lung and cardiovascular disease

Calling in the army for the vaccine rollout and every other emergency shows how ill-prepared we are

A multidimensional framework for disaster recovery: Longitudinal qualitative evidence from Puerto Rican households

India to give adults free COVID shots after surge in infections

The eruption of Mount Nyiragongo: its health effects will be felt for a long time

ResponDrone Adds 3D Mapping Abilities to Provide First Responders with Near Real-Time Data

20% of schools in Japan lack disaster evacuation plans, ministry survey finds

Bringing tech innovation to wildfires: 4 recommendations for smarter firefighting as megafires menace the US

How Low and Middle-Income Countries Are Innovating to Combat Covid

Disaster education, communication and engagement

Chasing lightning: a photographer’s pursuit of the elements – in pictures

How does a fast food restaurant build flood resilience?

Serious Games about Flooding

Is Your Home Ignition Resistant? theme of new Lake Tahoe Wildfire awareness campaign

Integrating Geoscience and Community Hazard Knowledge

Structural fire emergency school education resources

Disaster resilience school education resources

The series offers best practices for extreme events research and includes check sheets for free to the research community

Psychology and disasters

Climate crisis inflicting huge ‘hidden costs’ on mental health

Carrot or stick? How countries are tackling COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

Sociology and disasters

The dual effect of social ties on COVID-19 spread in Japan

As Warming Fuels Disasters, Relief Often Favors White People

Social dynamics of community resilience building in the face of climate change: the case of three Scottish communities

Today in disaster resilience (4 June 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Parks Canada says two dead following avalanche on Alberta mountain

New Zealand – Emergency Declared After Floods in Canterbury

Large mud volcano eruption in Colombia injures 1 person and forces 150 to evacuate

At least 4 people dead as heavy rains trigger floods and landslides in Nepal

Flooding forces hundreds from their homes in New Zealand

Guyana – Government Distributes Relief Supplies to Flood Victims in 7 Regions

Peru has world’s worst per capita Covid toll after death data revised

Significant flooding sweeps through parts of New Mexico

Wildfires sweep across Bolivia’s Pantanal wetlands

Philippines – Tropical Storm ‘Choi-Wan’ (Dante) Triggers Deadly Flash Floods and Evacuations

Brazil – Rio Negro Reaches Record Highs in Manaus

USA – 2,700 Homes Damaged in Mid-May Floods in Louisiana, Governor Requests Federal Disaster Declaration

Chile – Floods Prompt Rescues and Evacuations in South-Central Regions

Volcanic activity worldwide 3 Jun 2021: Fuego volcano, Semeru, Reventador, Nyiragongo, Sangay

Colombia – 1 Dead, Hundreds Affected by Floods and Landslides in Antioquia

France – Thunderstorms Trigger Flash Floods, 50mm of Rain Falls in 1 Hour

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

CSIRO predicts more drought, drastic drop in Murray-Darling basin water

A freak cyclone destroyed Ian’s pub. A warming climate could mean more are on their way

Heatwave deaths set to soar as UK summers become hotter

Bogota crowdsources a green transport future to hit climate goals

Cyclone Tauktae Documents a Climate Trend in the Tropics

Forecast: 40% Chance Earth To Be Hotter Than Paris Climate Agreement Goal Soon

Climate change is not gender neutral: harnessing data to empower women and girls as change agents

Human-induced global heating ‘causes over a third of heat deaths’

Wind and solar help Australia slash emissions, but no credit to Coalition

Heatwave deaths set to soar as UK summers become hotter

Cities Are Woefully Unprepared for the Havoc of Climate Change

New city ‘heat officers’ take aim at climate change’s ‘silent killer’

The Link Between Pollution and the Number of Hurricanes That Form

Paleo-ENSO influence on African environments and early modern humans

US environmental agency releases climate report delayed by Trump

Predicting the unpredictable: How scientists are improving cold-region water and climate prediction models

Climate explained: why is the Arctic warming faster than other parts of the world?

Australian coal burnt overseas creates nearly twice the nation’s domestic emissions

Canterbury floods: Is climate change to blame for severe weather events?

Augmenting the spatial resolution of climate-change temperature projections for city planners and local decision makers

Antarctica wasn’t quite as cold during the last ice age as previously thought

Climate tipping points could topple like dominoes, warn scientists

U.S. cities hire specialists to counter climate change as impacts worsen

Disaster risk reduction

‘You will sterilise land from residential use’: New powers to refuse floodplain development

World’s Most Comprehensive Global Earthquake Risk Map Online

Making a Model: European meteorologists strive to make accurate storm predictions

Why hurricanes devastate some places over and over again – a meteorologist explains

A large earthquake is happening right now – but you can’t feel it

Zoning Ordinance Overhauled To Increase Community Resilience To Flooding

Mount Nyiragongo’s volcano: why it’s unique and treacherous

Bangkok improves drainage system to reduce flooding during rainy season

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s Floodplain Manager newsletter

Native forest logging makes bushfires worse – and to say otherwise ignores the facts

New World Bank support to protect 120,000 people against flood risks in peri-urban areas of the Senegal capital-city

Inconsistent building codes leave some states vulnerable to hurricane damage

Linked faults under Salt Lake City may elevate risk of building damage

Wildfires and global change

Economics for disaster prevention and preparedness: investment in disaster risk management in Europe makes economic sense

Emergency management

How long would it take to escape Auckland if a volcano was about to erupt?

Further assistance urgently needed for people following DRC volcano eruption

Nyiragongo Shows How A Minor Eruption Can Cause A Major Humanitarian Disaster

Destruction by Cyclone Amphan continues to haunt its survivors after one year

Canterbury floods: More stress for communities already hit by fires, quakes

Lessons for Africa from India’s deadly COVID surge

Looming hurricane season raises displacement risk

Caribbean rolls out multi-hazard preparations for hurricane season

Disaster education, communications and engagement

In weather emergencies, a lack of Spanish-language information endangers the public

Prepare for the worst: 10 steps to get ready for wildfire smoke

Can social media and crowdsourcing create more disaster resilient societies?

Designing tsunami risk communication with communities: A site-specific case study from Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, Aotearoa New Zealand

Words into Action guide on Engaging Children and Youth in Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building

Psychology and disasters

Worldviews, trust, and risk perceptions shape public acceptance of COVID-19 public health measures

Sociology and disasters

Is your floodplain management strategy working? innovative social research in the Wimmera

Floods in the neighborhood: Mapping poverty and flood risk in Indonesian cities

Geographies of the evolution of social capital legacies in response to flood disasters in rural and urban areas in Sri Lanka

Hurricane damage harms the most vulnerable, reveals inequality and social divides

Today in disaster resilience (28 May 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Volcano erupts in Congo near Goma city, lava reaches airport as residents flee

Villages evacuated after major forest fire in conservation area near Athens

Uganda – Rain Triggers Deadly Floods and Landslides in Kasese

Malaysia – Thousands Evacuate Floods in Sabah and Sarawak

At least two people killed as cyclone bears down on India’s east coast

Brazil – Severe Flooding in Amazonas State Affects 450,000 People

Guatemala – Strong Winds, Floods and Landslide Affect Over 10,000

China braces for summer floods as 71 rivers exceed warning levels

Kenya – 40,000 Displaced by Recent Floods, Says Red Cross

Indonesia – Floods Affect 60,000 in Bandung, West Java

Volcanic activity worldwide 27 May 2021: Etna volcano, Kilauea, Nyiragongo, Nevados de Chillán, Great Sitkin

India – Cyclone ‘Yaas’ Causes Flooding in Odisha and West Bengal, 1.5 Million Evacuate

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Scott Morrison’s claim Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions are falling does ‘not stack up’

New Arctic Council Reports Underline the Growing Concerns About the Health and Climate Impacts of Polar Air Pollution

Study: Climate change to blame for $8 billion of Hurricane Sandy damages

G7 Countries agree to end coal financing before end of 2021

Can wildfires be prevented in a world dealing with climate change?

The largest iceberg in the world just broke off from Antarctica

Yellowstone is Warming at Its Fastest Rate in 1,250 Years

How cables in glaciers could help forecast future sea level rise

Unless Floridians address the warming climate, we risk more storm damage, higher insurance rates and lower property values

Hundreds of coastal airports at risk from flooding, sea-level rise, study finds

Climate Change and Changes in Compound Coastal-Riverine Flooding Hazard Along the U.S. Coasts

Arctic climate change update 2021: key trends and impacts. Summary for policy-makers

Climate concerns resume rise as coal mine ban draws support, Lowy says

Satellites may have underestimated warming in the lower atmosphere

After a deadly landslide in climate-hit Uganda, survivors sue for action

Storms and rising seas: the post-climate change world is upon us

Climate Poll 2021 by the Lowy Institute reports the results of a nationally representative survey on Australians’ attitudes to climate change

Going electric and banning new petrol-powered cars could be Australia’s next big light bulb moment

New research shows how much warming is costing society by exacerbating disasters

Net-Zero Emissions: Winning Strategy or Destined for Failure?

Australian teenagers’ climate change class action case opens ‘big crack in the wall’, expert says

Climate change is erasing ‘flammability barrier’ that protects high-elevation forests

Climate: World at risk of hitting temperature limit soon

New climate predictions increase likelihood of temporarily reaching 1.5 °C in next 5 years

New NASA earth system observatory to help address, mitigate climate change

Building community resilience against climate change

Disaster risk reduction

Lancashire communities to receive new flood warning service

Stop going around in circles: towards a reconceptualisation of disaster risk management phases

Fire money: how Indigenous land management is transforming Arnhem Land

Twice burned: California ramps up wildfire prevention spending 16-fold

Built on pudding: Can modern quake engineering prevail?

Predicting fire risk and improving forest fire management with UAV LiDAR

Grim western fire season starts much drier than record 2020

New study shines light on hazards of Earth’s largest volcano

‘Slow slip’ earthquakes’ hidden mechanics revealed

Tanzania’s ‘forgotten’ cyclones and concerns for the future

Modeling dire wildfire circumstances can help save lives

The Fractal Scaling Relationship for River Inlets to Lakes

Drought conditions could worsen California wildfires that have already burned 5 times more land this year than same time last year

Burn Severity Portal

Wildfires and Climate Lies: On the Myth of the “Tidy Forest”

Miami’s chief heat officer calls for action on ‘silent killer’ in climate crisis

Enhancing resilience of critical road structures: bridges, culvers and floodways under natural hazards – final project report

Emergency management

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I lived through Hurricane Katrina and helped design the rebuild – floods will always come, but we can build better to prepare

Drones and Sensors Could Spot Fires Before They Go Wild

As hurricane season looms, Biden doubles funding to prepare for extreme weather

DR Congo’s Goma volcano: Drone images show devastation

COVID is surging in the world’s most vaccinated country. Why?

Toronto’s Actions After Hurricane Hazel Still Reap Rewards

‘Hurricane fatigue’: Gulf Coast emergency managers still rebuilding as they prep for more storms

New funding from the Government of France will boost FAO’s flood response in Somalia

Disaster education, communications and engagement

‘Nature-enhanced learning’ and geography education

Don’t Wait for the Ground to Shake: Prepare for Earthquakes Before They Happen

How to create a Community Wildfire Protection Plan

Psychology and disasters

Doing it for us: Community identification predicts willingness to receive a COVID-19 vaccination via perceived sense of duty to the community

The impact of trust and risk perception on the acceptance of measures to reduce COVID-19 cases

Perceptions of Covid-19 vaccines in South Africa

Sociology and disasters

The dual effect of social ties on COVID-19 spread in Japan

New article on the role of social ties in evacuation

How do social connections accelerate post-flood recovery? Insights from a survey of rural households in central Vietnam

Displacement and gender on St Vincent following the La Soufriere volcanic eruption

The role of homelessness community based organizations during COVID-19

The missing half of the Sendai framework: Gender and women in the implementation of global disaster risk reduction policy