Today in disaster resilience (27 May 2016)

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

Disaster risk reduction

New Houston Flood Czar Wants Everyone to Remember the Storm https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/houston-flooding-flood-czar

How Federal Flood Maps Ignore the Risks Of Climate Change http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/how-federal-flood-maps-ignore-the-risks-of-climate-change/?utm_content=buffer830ff&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

World Humanitarian Summit Wraps Up as Heat, Drought and State Fragility Plague South Asia https://climateandsecurity.org/2016/05/24/world-humanitarian-summit-wraps-up-as-heat-drought-and-state-fragility-plague-south-asia/

Italy – Millions at Risk of Floods and Landslides as Mitigation Projects Delayed http://floodlist.com/europe/italy-millions-risk-floods-landslides-mitigation-projects-delayed

UK winter floods to cost insurers $2 billion in pay-outs http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-floods-insurance-idUSKCN0YG0MG

Perceived and projected flood risk and adaptation in coastal Southeast Queensland, Australia http://gci.uq.edu.au/coastal-property-owners-recognise-flooding-risk

“Flood resilience is not only about building dams and drains. It can be smaller solutions at the community level.” https://www.devex.com/news/innovative-visions-a-look-through-the-waterwindow-88165

Emergency management

How Joplin Tornadoes Inspired Two Entrepreneurs http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/-How-Joplin-tornadoes-inspired-two-entrepreneurs.html?utm_content=buffer0c7da&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Flood victims sue city of Houston http://www.click2houston.com/news/flood-victims-sue-city-of-Houston

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Portland schools ditch textbooks that question climate change https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/may/24/portland-schools-ditch-textbooks-that-question-climate-change

Identify heat risk and actions https://toolkit.climate.gov/topics/human-health/extreme-heat%E2%80%94nihhis/nihhis-quick-start-guide

Coastal property owners recognise flooding risk, but there is little public willingness to adapt http://gci.uq.edu.au/coastal-property-owners-recognise-flooding-risk

Social Media and Emergencies

Twitter says usernames and images will no longer count against 140-character limit http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/24/11755416/twitter-removes-140-characters-limit-photos-usernames

 

Today in disaster resilience (26 May 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Fort McMurray wildfire: ‘We expect weeks, if not months, fighting this fire’ http://globalnews.ca/news/2718970/fort-mcmurray-wildfire-we-expect-weeks-if-not-months-fighting-this-fire/?platform=hootsuite

Russia Wildfire Is Size of Vermont and Delaware http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/russia-wildfire-size-vermont-delaware-greenpeace-says-n579311

Wild weather in central US https://weather.com/storms/severe/news/severe-storms-plains-midwest

India – 2 Dead in Manipur Floods, Several Rivers Overflowing After Heavy Rain http://floodlist.com/asia/india-2-dead-manipur-floods-several-rivers-overflowing-heavy-rain

Sri Lanka rain death toll hits 101 as waters recede http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-rain-death-toll/2814012.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

El Niño is over, but has left its mark across the world https://theconversation.com/el-nino-is-over-but-has-left-its-mark-across-the-world-59823

2016 Indian Heatwave: May smashes heat records in India http://www.skymetweather.com/content/weather-news-and-analysis/may-temperature-breaks-all-time-weather-record/

Disaster risk reduction

100 Resilient Cities announces hundredth member, but ‘work is only just beginning’ http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/may/25/rockefeller-100-resilient-cities-washington-lagos-manchester-belfast?utm_content=buffer93060&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

UN and businesses team up to prevent and respond to crises http://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/48962

 

How Zika Spiraled Out of Control http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-zika-spiraled-out-of-control1/?wt.mc=SA_Twitter-Share

Emergency management

New team trying to stop another year of massive Indonesian wildfires http://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/48981

The 2011 Thai floods: An urban political ecology analysis https://ugecviewpoints.wordpress.com/2016/05/24/the-2011-thai-floods-an-urban-political-ecology-analysis/

Implementing Sendai to reduce humanitarian burden http://reliefweb.int/report/world/implementing-sendai-reduce-humanitarian-burden

Most comprehensive report globally on Australian flood fatalities http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/publications/biblio/bnh-2735

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Five Questions to Ask About Flood Insurance http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/five-questions-to-ask-about-flood-insurance/

Using art to catch people’s attention about wildfire messages http://fireadaptednetwork.org/a-different-approach-to-our-wildfire-message/

NASA’s Earth Minute: Sea level rise https://sealevel.nasa.gov/resources/72

Thirty Million Film http://thirtymillionfilm.org/

Watch the Destruction of Pompeii by Mount Vesuvius, Re-Created w/ Computer Animation. http://www.openculture.com/2016/02/watch-the-destruction-of-pompeii-by-mount-vesuvius-re-created-with-computer-animation-79-ad.html

This app lets rescue workers send offline alerts when disaster strikes

http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/19/11711686/firechat-alerts-app-natural-disaster-mesh-network

Social Media and Emergencies

Using social media for emergency management in rural areas https://www.shawngossman.com/social-media-emergency-management-rural/

Social Networks: Interpersonal ties matter https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/social-networks-interpersonal-ties-matter-eric-kant

With social media, “we could have saved more lives” – Sri Lankan floods and landslides http://news.trust.org/item/20160525093734-sr76y/?source=fiOtherNews2

Social Capital and Disasters

Small town’s motto after flood became #WimberleyStrong http://www.ksat.com/news/wimberely-historic-flood-blanco-river-town-rebuilding-memorial-day

Today in disaster resilience (25 May 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

No, we’re not in more volcanically active times & no, there aren’t outside forces causing eruptions http://www.wired.com/2016/05/please-dont-blame-mars-weeks-explosive-volcanic-eruptions/

Indonesia – Five People Killed, One Missing in Floods in West Java http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-five-people-killed-one-missing-floods-west-java

Yemen – Heavy Rain Triggers Landslide in Taiz Leaving 20 Dead http://floodlist.com/asia/yemen-landslide-taiz-20-dead-may-2016

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Tuvalu PM urges new legal framework for climate migrants http://news.trust.org/item/20160524214907-vpsyi/

Largest U.S. Water Reservoir Shrinks to Record Low Amid Major Drought http://time.com/4344983/lake-mead-water-reservoir-drought/?xid=time_socialflow_twitter

From rape to disasters, climate change a threat to women: funders http://www.reuters.com/article/us-climatechange-women-finance-idUSKCN0YB1V5

The Vanishing Islands Of India’s Sundarbans http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/05/23/478393443/the-vanishing-islands-of-indias-sundarbans?platform=hootsuite

Earliest Snowmelt on Record Observed in Arctic https://www.wunderground.com/news/arctic-circle-earliest-snowmelt-ever#prclt-3jeiiT2P

Disaster risk reduction

Mitigation Funding in the FEMA Public Assistance Program http://adjustersinternational.com/publications/disaster-recovery-today/mitigation-funding-in-the-fema-public-assistance-program/1/

Emerging Environmental Issues in Frontiers Report http://sd.iisd.org/news/unep-identifies-emerging-environmental-issues-in-frontiers-report

Global wildfire: Misconceptions about trends and impacts revealed in new research https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160524144921.htm?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Global trends in wildfire and its impacts: perceptions versus realities in a changing world http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/371/1696/20150345

Hazard Mitigation: Expecting the Unexpected http://blog.preservationleadershipforum.org/2016/05/12/hazard-mitigation-expecting-unexpected/#.V0TcADV97IX

The Zika Virus Spread Is Our Own Fault, WHO Chief Says http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/zika-virus-basically-our-fault-who-chief-says-n578796

Flood Insurance: Why Don’t People Buy It? http://www.ppic.org/main/blog_detail.asp?i=2006

Corps launches study of Souris River Valley flood protection http://gazette.com/corps-launches-study-of-souris-river-valley-flood-protection/article/feed/346940

Emergency management

Pacific Disaster Center Uses Esri Platform to Track Spread of Zika Virus http://blog.executivebiz.com/2016/05/pacific-disaster-center-uses-esri-platform-to-track-spread-of-zika-virus/

Five ways we could do disaster relief better http://www.theage.com.au/comment/five-ways-we-could-do-disaster-relief-better-20160519-goz2p0.html

10 Ways to Improve Our Response to Humanitarian Crises http://disasterphilanthropy.org/blogs/10-ways-to-improve-response/

Column: Atlantic hurricane season could be more active than normal http://www.reuters.com/article/us-storm-season-atlantic-idUSKCN0YF12F

Today in disaster resilience (24 May 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Sri Lanka Floods – Over 90 Dead, 500 Homes Destroyed http://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-death-toll-may-2016-floods-landslides

Somalia – Thousands Displaced as Shabelle River Overflows http://floodlist.com/africa/somalia-may-2016-shabelle-river-overflow-beledweyne

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

World could warm by massive 10C if all fossil fuels are burned http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/23/world-could-warm-by-massive-10c-if-all-fossil-fuels-are-burned?CMP=share_btn_tw

The climate response to five trillion tonnes of carbon

http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nclimate3036.html

Future Arctic Temperature Change resulting from a Range of Aerosol Emissions Scenarios http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2016EF000361/pdf

Proposed Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/shortlived/meetings/04112016/proposedstrategy.pdf

Abrupt Atlantic Ocean Changes May Have Been Natural http://www.climatecentral.org/news/atlantic-ocean-changes-may-have-been-natural-20367?utm_content=bufferd3b4a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Recent slowing of Atlantic overturning circulation as a recovery from earlier strengthening http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ngeo2715.html

Staying on Track from Paris http://www.wri.org/publication/staying-track-paris

Poorest countries experience earlier anthropogenic emergence of daily temperature extremes http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/11/5/055007

Slowdown of the Gulf Stream System or AMOC (Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation) http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2016/05/amoc-slowdown-connecting-the-dots/?wpmp_tp=1

Disaster risk reduction

Global Report on Internal Displacement http://www.internal-displacement.org/globalreport2016/?platform=hootsuite

UEA landslide research could help save lives https://www.uea.ac.uk/about/-/uea-landslide-research-could-help-save-lives

Wildfires in West have gotten bigger, more frequent and longer since the 1980s https://theconversation.com/wildfires-in-west-have-gotten-bigger-more-frequent-and-longer-since-the-1980s-42993

Past and Projected Changes in Western North Pacific Tropical Cyclone Exposure https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/news/evaluating-tropical-cyclone-exposure-and-vulnerability

Power cuts caused by flooding ‘major danger’ to British lives, engineers warn http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/11/power-cuts-caused-by-flooding-major-danger-to-british-lives-engineers-warn

Myanmar Seeks to Break Vicious Circle of Flood and Drought http://www.ipsnews.net/2016/05/myanmar-seeks-to-break-vicious-circle-of-flood-and-drought/

Emergency management

Tornado Sirens, an Old Technology, Still Play a Vital Role http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/24/us/tornado-sirens-an-old-technology-still-play-a-vital-role.html?_r=0

In a humanitarian crisis, sharing data can save lives https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/05/in-a-humanitarian-crisis-sharing-data-can-save-lives/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Transformation Often Begins With a Single Conversation https://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/blog/transformation-often-begins-with-single-conversation/?utm_source=Social%20Media&utm_medium=Twitter&utm_campaign=RF%20Blog

The Ten Deadliest Natural Disasters in US History https://medium.com/homeland-security/the-ten-deadliest-natural-disasters-in-us-history-59bfaff2616a#.j2oozbk1n

Social Media and Emergencies

“Not So Black and White”: Discussions of Race on Twitter in the Aftermath of #Ferguson and the Shooting Death of Mike Brown https://www.researchgate.net/publication/299473001_Not_So_Black_and_White_Discussions_of_Race_on_Twitter_in_the_Aftermath_of_Ferguson_and_the_Shooting_Death_of_Mike_Brown

How quickly does news of terrorist attacks spread on Google http://time.com/4345276/terror-attacks-brussels-google-search/

Today in disaster resilience (23 May 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

State’s wildfire season gets off to abrupt, early start http://komonews.com/news/local/states-wildfire-season-gets-off-to-abrupt-early-start

The Aranayake landslide in Sri Lanka http://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2016/05/19/aranayake-1/

Sinabung Volcano erupts in Indonesia killing 7 http://edition.cnn.com/2016/05/22/asia/indonesia-mt-sinabung-volcano-erupts/index.html

Half a million flee as Cyclone Roanu hits Bangladesh http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/deaths-cyclone-roanu-pounds-bangladesh-160521135642512.html

Record-breaking rain in North Queensland

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-22/record-breaking-may-rain-bom-cairns-weipa-cooktown/7435550

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Wet Bulb Near 35 C — Heatwave Mass Casualties Strike India Amidst Never-Before-Seen High Temperatures https://robertscribbler.com/2016/05/20/wet-bulb-near-35-c-heatwave-mass-casualties-strike-india-amidst-never-before-seen-high-temperatures/

When the Rains Disappear: Drought Grips Pacific Islands http://www.climatecentral.org/news/el-nino-drought-grips-pacific-islands-20317?utm_content=buffer6e5ef&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Study Helps Explain Sea Ice Differences at Earth’s Poles http://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/study-helps-explain-sea-ice-differences-at-earths-poles

As European glaciers dwindle, dams could replace them https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160519220604.htm

Sydney And Melbourne Copping Record May Heat. The Reason Why Is Scary http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/05/17/sydney-and-melbourne-copping-record-may-heat-the-reason-why-is/

Climate change demands an electrifying solution http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/climate-change-demands-an-electrifying-solution/

Disaster risk reduction

Norfolk: A Resilient City Taking Action http://www.100resilientcities.org/blog/entry/norfolk-a-resilient-city-taking-action#/-_Yz5jJmg%2FMSd1PWI%3D/

Alpine fault rupture research http://www.rebuildchristchurch.co.nz/blog/2016/5/eqc-alpine-fault-rupture-research

A World at Risk report http://wfpusa.org/world-risk-humanitarian-response-crossroads-0

Canada fires continue, set to be largest insured wildfire loss ever

http://www.artemis.bm/blog/2016/05/20/canada-fires-continue-set-to-be-largest-insured-wildfire-loss-ever/

New online tool for the development community, which enables non-experts to consider natural hazard information in project design http://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2016/05/20/thinkhazard-tool/

Cumbria’s approach to protecting communities from floods could be adopted across England http://www.cumbriacrack.com/2016/05/20/cumbrias-approach-protecting-communities-floods-adopted-across-england/

Emergency management

Is there a leadership gap in humanitarian relief? https://www.devex.com/news/is-there-a-leadership-gap-in-humanitarian-relief-88146?utm_source=social&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=daily_post

Leave no one behind: Women, children and adolescent health in emergencies https://www.devex.com/news/leave-no-one-behind-women-children-and-adolescent-health-in-emergencies-88101

IoT Provides Affordable Earthquake Early Warning to Communities http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-armitano/iot-provides-affordable-e_b_10055446.html

Kyushu quakes spur national rethink of guidelines for emergency supplies http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/05/22/national/social-issues/kyushu-quakes-spur-national-rethink-guidelines-emergency-supplies/#.V0I7FDV97IU

Can a new ‘global alliance’ rethink disaster response in cities? http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/may/20/global-alliance-urban-crises-disaster-response-ebola-humanitarian

Disaster education, communications and engagement

When building community resilience, you need to look inside within your own community as well as outside within the context of your broader community https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/fort-mcmurray-wildfire-re-defining-broadening-satyamoorthy-kabilan

FEMA Announces 2016 Youth Preparedness Council Members http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2016/05/17/fema-announces-2016-youth-preparedness-council-members?utm_content=bufferab939&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

This app lets rescue workers send offline alerts when disaster strikes http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/19/11711686/firechat-alerts-app-natural-disaster-mesh-network

Social Media and Emergencies

Networking in science data collaboration using social media http://blogs.agu.org/geospace/2016/05/20/data-science-collaboration-community-building/

The Live map’s been available in the Facebook app for about a month, but it’s now accessible via desktop http://www.socialmediatoday.com/social-networks/facebook-updates-live-streaming-map-extends-access-desktop

Possible to derive important demographicinformation from Twitter data if we’re prepared to think creatively http://nsmnss.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/who-tweets-making-twitter-data-useful.html