Today in disaster resilience (7 September 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Nagaland: Post-flood landslides paralyse relief work, acute shortage of essentials reported https://scroll.in/article/892837/nagaland-post-flood-landslides-paralyse-relief-work-acute-shortage-of-essentials-reported

2018 now worst fire season on record as B.C. extends state of emergency https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/state-emergency-bc-wildfires-1.4803546

14 People Die Due To Flooding In Different Parts Of Niger State https://www.naijawide.com/2018/09/just-in-14-people-die-due-to-flooding-in-different-parts-of-niger-state/

USA – Deadly Flash Floods in Maryland and Pennsylvania After 250mm of Rain http://floodlist.com/america/usa/flash-floods-maryland-pennsylvania-31-august-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Vietnam and China – Floods and Landslides Leave 9 Dead http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-china-floods-landslides-august-september-2018

What Was Lost in Brazil’s Devastating Museum Fire https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/09/brazil-rio-de-janeiro-museum-fire/569299/

Typhoon Jebi: Japan hit by strongest storm of 25 years https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/04/typhoon-jebi-japan-hit-by-strongest-storm-for-25-years

Historic flooding hits Manhattan, Kansas, state of emergency declared in 5 counties https://watchers.news/2018/09/05/historic-flooding-hits-manhattan-kansas-state-of-emergency-declared-in-5-counties/

151 dead or missing, tens of thousands displaced as major floods hit North Korea after ‘unprecedented’ drought https://watchers.news/2018/09/05/151-dead-or-missing-tens-of-thousands-displaced-as-major-floods-hit-north-korea-after-unprecedented-drought/

Hurricane Florence strengthens in Atlantic: Tips to prepare for the storm http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/09/05/hurricane-florence-strengthens-in-atlantic-tips-to-prepare-for-storm.html

India – 19 Dead in Uttar Pradesh Floods as Rivers Rise http://floodlist.com/asia/india-uttar-pradesh-floods-september-2018

Deadly Gordon brings drenching rains to Gulf Coast after making landfall near the Alabama-Mississippi border https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/04/us/tropical-storm-gordon-preparation-wxc/index.html

Japan hit by deadly earthquake and mudslides https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-45429673

There have been 2200 wildfires in Germany this year https://blog.datawrapper.de/weekly43-wildfires-germany/

Mexico – 10,000 Hit by Floods in Piedras Negras, Coahuila http://floodlist.com/america/mexico-floods-piedras-negras-coahuila-september-2018

Country-wide flood death toll rises to 1,459, India https://watchers.news/2018/09/06/country-wide-flood-death-toll-rises-to-1-459-india/

Flood kills Nursing Mother, Child,19 Others  in Kano, Niger, Jigawa http://nationalinsightnews.com/flood-kills-nursing-mother-child19-others-in-kano-niger-jigawa/

Volcanic activity worldwide 6 Sep 2018: Semeru volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay, Sabancaya, Aoba https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/70458/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-6-Sep-2018-Semeru-volcano-Dukono-Reventador-Sangay-Sabancaya-Aoba.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

What a New York Times op-ed misses about living with climate change http://blogs.edf.org/growingreturns/2018/08/27/new-york-times-op-ed-living-with-climate-change/

Pacific nations push Morrison government to pledge support for Paris climate accord https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/pacific-nations-push-morrison-government-to-pledge-support-for-paris-climate-accord-20180829-p500jz.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed&csp=0ef578ba64bd33bdd745338efbf749a5

‘Archived’ heat has reached deep into the Arctic interior, researchers say https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180829143836.htm

The three-degree world: the cities that will be drowned by global warming https://www.theguardian.com/cities/ng-interactive/2017/nov/03/three-degree-world-cities-drowned-global-warming

NSW records its driest year to date since 1965 but the Top End gets ‘abnormal’ winter rain http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-03/warm-and-dry-winter-for-nsw/10188560

Heatwave: 2018 was the joint hottest summer for UK https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45399134

Viet Nam embracing climate action in pursuit of a more sustainable, resilient future https://undp-adaptation.exposure.co/ascending-dragon

In Vietnam, early-season floods warn of climate change risks to come https://www.irinnews.org/photo-feature/2018/09/03/vietnam-early-season-floods-warn-climate-change-risks-come?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=irinsocial&utm_campaign=irinupdates

In Australia when it rains, whether it is light, moderate, or extreme rainfall, it rains more https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2018GL078875

Don’t Be Fooled: Weather Is Not Climate https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/hot-planet/dont-be-fooled-weather-is-not-climate/

Mann receives 2018 AGU Climate Communication Prize https://news.psu.edu/story/534583/2018/09/04/research/mann-receives-2018-agu-climate-communication-prize

Books that show us climate change http://www.publicbooks.org/let-us-now-see-climate-change/

Combining role-play with interactive simulation to motivate informed climate action: Evidence from the World Climate simulation https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0202877

The Cost of Climate Change in Hawaii https://www.hawaiibusiness.com/cost-of-climate-change/

The global temperature for August 2018 was well above average https://climate.copernicus.eu/resources/data-analysis/average-surface-air-temperature-analysis/monthly-maps/surface-air-12

Europe needs coastal adaptation measures to avoid catastrophic flooding by the end of the century https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/news/europe-needs-coastal-adaptation-measures-avoid-catastrophic-flooding-end-century

Yale Climate Opinion Maps 2018 http://climatecommunication.yale.edu/visualizations-data/ycom-us-2018/?est=happening&type=value&geo=county

Accelerating Climate Action in Urgent Times https://newclimateeconomy.report/2018/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=NewClimateEcon&utm_campaign=NewClimateEconomy

Submerged rock features near Pine Island Glacier—a major contributor to global sea-level rise—play a critical role in the ice’s movement https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/antarctic-glaciers-breakup-is-controlled-by-seafloor-topography/?amp

Australia signs declaration saying climate change ‘single greatest threat’ to Pacific https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/06/australia-signs-declaration-climate-change-greatest-threat-pacific-islands

A new analysis of how air moves between two layers of Earth’s atmosphere reveals a deep system that could enable long-term weather forecasts and better climate models https://earth.stanford.edu/news/finding-pulse-polar-vortex

Australia is not yet on track to meet its emissions reduction targets under the Paris Agreement https://climateworks.com.au/story/media-release/australia-not-track-reach-2030-emissions-reduction-target-potential-there-report

 

Disaster risk reduction

Floods should not be forgotten after the monsoon because they are a national issue http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2018-08-31/plan-and-prepare.html

In Kerala and Kodagu, ecologists warned of extreme floods years ago https://qz.com/india/1370367/in-kerala-and-kodagu-the-extreme-floods-were-foretold/

Bangkok is sinking. How will Thailand’s capital cope when flooding disaster strikes again? https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2162409/bangkok-sinking-how-will-thailands-capital-cope-when

Earthquake Precursors, Processes, and Predictions https://eos.org/editors-vox/earthquake-precursors-processes-and-predictions

New automatic weather stations advance climate information & early warning in the Kingdom of Cambodia https://floodresilience.net/blogs/take-care-unclear-conditions-ahead

Issues of Natural Hazards NZ https://www.naturalhazards.org.nz/NHRP/Publications/Natural-Hazards-Issues

In Quake-Prone California, Alarm at Scant Insurance Coverage https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/31/us/california-earthquake-insurance.html#click=https://t.co/hysQVXFK4i

Frontal fault location and most recent earthquake timing for the Alpine Fault at Whataroa, Westland, New Zealand https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00288306.2018.1509878?tokenDomain=eprints&tokenAccess=Wcp9G73ZaAtdXAgxKjyN&forwardService=showFullText&doi=10.1080%2F00288306.2018.1509878&doi=10.1080%2F00288306.2018.1509878&journalCode=tnzg20

In wildfire-prone B.C. and California, urban sprawl and bad planning are fuelling future infernos. What can we do? https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-in-wildfire-prone-bc-and-california-urban-sprawl-and-bad-planning/?utm_medium=Referrer:+Social+Network+/+Media&utm_campaign=Shared+Web+Article+Links

We invited the floods by encroaching the riverbeds https://gangatoday.com/en/articles/194-encroachment-on-kerala-rivers.html#.W40LaWMzIwg.twitter

Citizens, Satellites, and the Future of Disease Monitoring https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blog-post/citizens-satellites-and-the-future-disease-monitoring?utm_content=buffere701a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Multiple Disasters Provide Opportunity for Learning https://www.argolimited.com/multiple-disasters-provide-opportunity-learning/

Mapping, modelling, drones: understanding flood risk in the Niger capital https://www.climatecentre.org/news/1041/mapping-modelling-drones-understanding-flood-risk-in-niger-capital

Bad dam management caused Kerala floods: Madhav Gadgil https://www.livemint.com/Politics/itmlA9tzBbbYwJaS5haeuJ/Bad-dam-management-caused-Kerala-floods-Madhav-Gadgil.html

Enormous wildfires spark scramble to improve fire models https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06090-0?utm_source=twt_nnc&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=naturenews&sf196788729=1

Govt to start $37mn Glacial Lake Outburst Flood project https://arynews.tv/en/govt-start-37mn-glacial-lake-outburst-flood-project/

House prices in Brisbane’s flood-prone areas float to the top https://therealestateconversation.com.au/news/2018/09/04/house-prices-brisbanes-flood-prone-areas-float-the-top/1536022250

Investigating the role of iwi management plans in natural hazard management https://resiliencechallenge.nz/matauranga-maori-programme/iwi-management-plans-in-natural-hazard-management-funding/

Houston a year after Harvey report http://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/d29356_e091a002a4044214a943df4d5d2100df.pdf?platform=hootsuite

New Florida Keys Cottages Are Storm-Proof Affordable Housing https://www.citylab.com/design/2018/08/new-storm-proof-cottages-will-help-house-the-florida-keys-workforce/568210/?utm_medium=social&utm_content=edit-promo&utm_term=2018-08-31T18%3A53%3A17&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=city-lab

New Software Can Predict Landslides Weeks Before They Happen https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-software-can-predict-landslides-weeks-before-they-happen-180970181/

UCL Hazard Centre at the forefront of preparing for volcanic eruptions https://www.ucl.ac.uk/mathematical-physical-sciences/news/2018/sep/ucl-hazard-centre-forefront-preparing-volcanic-eruptions

Grand Forks votes to buy out entire neighborhood after major flood https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/grand-forks-votes-to-buy-out-entire-neighborhood-after-major-flood-1.4811582

Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals http://datatopics.worldbank.org/sdgatlas/?CID=CCG_TT_climatechange_EN_EXT

Incoming Pakistani government is considering flood management measures but is hoping to steer clear of expensive, hard engineering or structural approaches https://tribune.com.pk/story/1795390/1-soft-engineering-measures-govt-mulling-alternative-flood-management-plans/

Caribbean hurricane season ‘will be different this time’ https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/09/1018591

Why the focus on insurance to address loss and damage is a distraction from real solutions https://us.boell.org/2018/08/30/not-silver-bullet

Coastal Labs Studying Increased Flooding Consider Moving Because Of Increased Flooding https://www.npr.org/2018/09/06/644855015/coastal-labs-studying-increased-flooding-consider-moving-because-of-increased-fl?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social

Submerged Risks Haunt Low-Level Airports https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-09-05/submerged-risks-of-climate-change-haunt-low-level-airports

Empire and Ecology in the Bengal Delta http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/history/environmental-history/empire-and-ecology-bengal-delta-making-calcutta?format=HB

The 2015 landslide and tsunami in Taan Fiord, Alaska https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-30475-w.epdf?shared_access_token=p1N2w84OdhOA8ieaQPxOb9RgN0jAjWel9jnR3ZoTv0NKtHb1r2bYt79OUzwlMQqXyIxKjYbXNzTEYdav7jHxmS3NKlaag2jCjZp53EBUm_3eV7-ZsMmMFLaBTHCaEVTQNH_QA1dEMGolXcEGkdFd-x9toWvqvAp1pnWbRpH_omA%3D

As climate risks surge, flood barriers rise in Britain http://news.trust.org/item/20180906120046-pejcq/

A Year After Hurricane Harvey, Congress Still Hasn’t Improved U.S. Flood Policy https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2018/08/24/a-year-after-hurricane-harvey-congress-still-hasnt-improved-us-flood-policy

 

Emergency Management

Flood alert as ‘unprecedented’ volume of water flows down Brahmaputra https://www.thethirdpole.net/en/2018/08/31/flood-alert-as-unprecedented-volume-of-water-flows-down-brahmaputra/

Inter-organisational learning in public safety management system https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/DPM-09-2017-0217?journalCode=dpm

Early warning a must to cope with floods https://www.thethirdpole.net/en/2018/09/03/early-warning-a-must-to-cope-with-floods/

Why Firefighters Need to Practice Self-Care Before Caring for Others https://inpublicsafety.com/2018/04/why-firefighters-need-to-practice-self-care-before-caring-for-others/

Communicable Diseases Claim 60 in Post-Floods Kerala https://weather.com/en-IN/india/monsoon/news/2018-09-03-communicable-diseases-kerala-floods

Kerala officials estimate post-floods rebuilding will cost $3.7bn https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/kerala-authorities-estimate-rebuilding-flood-cost-3bn-180831104259692.html

Hurricanes and wildfires overwhelmed FEMA in 2017, according to new GAO report https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/hurricanes-and-wildfires-overwhelmed-fema-in-2017-according-to-new-gao-report/2018/09/04/cb778e18-af9a-11e8-9a6a-565d92a3585d_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.3e810d8b560a

Japan recovering from Jebi http://www.newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/123668.php

Grenfell inquiry: Missing plans endangered crew and residents https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-45425582?ns_campaign=bbcnews&ocid=socialflow_twitter&ns_mchannel=social&ns_source=twitter

While Kerala gets support of the country, flood ravaged Northeast is missing from the headlines https://rightlog.in/2018/08/northeast-floods-01/

2018 Resilient Australia Award winners announced https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/news/2018-resilient-australia-award-winners-announced?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EM+Update+September+2018&utm_content=emv.vic.gov.au%2Fnews%2F2018-resilient-australia-award-winners-announced&utm_source=www.vision6.com.au

Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2018 https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/51

Preparation Encouraged as Peak Hurricane Season Begins http://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Preparation-Encouraged-as-Peak-Hurricane-Season-Begins.html

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

An empirical assessment of impact based tornado warnings on shelter in place decisions https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420918301195

Typologies of citizen co-production in flood risk governance https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901118302466

Transforming Disaster Planning – A Child Centred Approach http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/cuidar/en/film/

National Preparedness Month https://www.ready.gov/september

New Hamburg residents fed up with flooding https://www.therecord.com/news-story/8877460-new-hamburg-residents-fed-up-with-flooding/#.W5AErcWwqnI.twitter

Flood engagement officers help communities become more flood resilient in the UK https://www.gov.uk/government/news/helping-communities-be-flood-resilient

Hurricanes: Common Misperceptions Heard from the National Hurricane Center http://www.weathernationtv.com/news/hurricanes-common-misperceptions-heard-from-the-national-hurricane-center/#.W5Gd197W9bo.twitter

Australian Public Information and Warnings Handbook launched https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/handbook-16-public-information-and-warnings/

 

Social Media and Emergencies

Follow #30days30waysUK throughout September on social media http://30days30waysuk.org.uk/

 

Sociology and Disasters

New report details how Houston floodplain ordinance can worsen inequality in face of future floods https://texashousers.net/2018/08/30/new-report-details-how-houston-floodplain-ordinance-can-worsen-inequality-in-face-of-future-floods/

Landslides are growing risk to the poorest https://climatenewsnetwork.net/landslides-are-growing-risk-to-poorest/

How social ties influence evacuation behaviour https://works.bepress.com/daniel_aldrich/48/

The Politics of the Anthropocene https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-politics-of-the-anthropocene-9780198809623?cc=us&lang=en&

Loss and damage from a gender equality perspective https://www.dhakatribune.com/opinion/2018/09/04/loss-and-damage-from-a-gender-equality-perspective

 

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Today in disaster resilience (31 August 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Lane batters Hawaii with life-threatening flooding, dozens of landslides https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/reports-hurricane-lane-batters-hawaii-with-life-threatening-flooding-dozens-of-landslides/70005881

NASA images from space show a world on fire https://www.sfgate.com/science/article/NASA-images-from-space-show-a-world-on-fire-13180187.php?utm_campaign=twitter-mobile&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

Lane’s Rains Topple Records, Inundate Parts of Big Island https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/Lanes-Rains-Topple-Records-Inundate-Parts-Big-Island

Afghanistan – Deadly Flash Floods Hit Kunar Province http://floodlist.com/asia/afghanistan-flash-floods-kunar-province-august-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Taiwan – Floods Leave 7 Dead, Thousands Displaced http://floodlist.com/asia/taiwan-floods-rainfall-august-2018

Over 1,200 people killed in South Asia monsoon http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/over-1-200-people-killed-in-south-asia-monsoon/article/530462

More than 50,000 evacuated in Myanmar as homes, shops flooded after dam fails https://www.reuters.com/article/us-myanmar-dam/myanmar-dam-breach-floods-town-two-villages-blocks-highway-fire-department-idUSKCN1LE09D

A map of fires burning across the globe https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/map-of-worlds-wildfires

2018 now worst fire season on record as B.C. extends state of emergency https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/state-of-emergency-extended-as-2018-becomes-worst-b-c-wildfire-season-on-record-1.4803546

Flood hits 8 local government areas in Kano state http://guardian.ng/news/flood-hits-8-local-government-areas-in-kano-state/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

483 Dead, 14 Missing In Kerala Floods https://www.ommcomnews.com/india-news/483-dead-14-missing-in-kerala-floods-vijayan

Midwest: Severe storms lead to widespread flooding and high water rescues, leave 110 000 without power https://watchers.news/2018/08/30/midwest-severe-storms-lead-to-widespread-flooding-and-high-water-rescues-leave-110-000-without-power/

High-impact eruption at Manam volcano, 2 000 people flee from lava flows, ash up to 15 km a.s.l., PNG https://watchers.news/2018/08/26/high-impact-eruption-at-manam-volcano-2-000-people-flee-from-lava-flows-ash-up-to-15-km-a-s-l-png/

Volcanic activity worldwide 30 Aug 2018: Krakatau volcano, Dukono, Turrialba, Sangay, Sakurajima https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/70376/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-30-Aug-2018-Krakatau-volcano-Dukono-Turrialba-Sangay-Sakurajima-Sa.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Supersized solar farms are sprouting around the world (and maybe in space, too) https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/supersized-solar-farms-are-sprouting-around-world-maybe-space-too-ncna901666

Climate change worsens extreme weather and hurts people of color the most https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2018/08/24/video-climate-change-worsens-extreme-weather-and-hurts-people-color-most-when-will-mainstream-media/221095

Hurricane Lane Brings Hawaii a Warning About Future Storm Risk https://insideclimatenews.org/news/25082018/hurricane-lane-climate-change-ocean-sea-surface-temperature-hawaii-global-warming-tropical-weather

Climate change denial strongly linked to right-wing nationalism https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/cuot-ccd082118.php

‘It’s alarming’: Wildfire emissions grow to triple B.C.’s annual carbon footprint https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/it-s-alarming-wildfire-emissions-grow-to-triple-b-c-s-annual-carbon-footprint-1.4259306

California’s Fourth Climate Assessment http://www.climateassessment.ca.gov/

The Arctic’s ‘last bastion’ of sea ice is breaking up for the first time on record https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/23/world/arctic-sea-ice-breakup-greenland-trnd-wxc/index.html

Climate change is real. We must not offer credibility to those who deny it https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/26/climate-change-is-real-we-must-not-offer-credibility-to-those-who-deny-it?CMP=share_btn_tw

How Wildfires Can Affect Climate Change (and Vice Versa) https://insideclimatenews.org/news/23082018/extreme-wildfires-climate-change-global-warming-air-pollution-fire-management-black-carbon-co2

Australia Wilts From Climate Change. Why Can’t Its Politicians Act? https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/21/world/australia/australia-climate-change-malcolm-turnbull.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur

The human role in this summer’s heat https://vancouversun.com/opinion/op-ed/simon-donner-the-human-role-in-this-summers-heat

Drought is inevitable, Mr Joyce https://theconversation.com/drought-is-inevitable-mr-joyce-101444

Richard Glover on climate policy: Australia insignificant? Pathetic and absurd https://www.smh.com.au/opinion/richard-glover-on-climate-policy-australia-insignificant–pathetic-and-absurd-20180821-h149jc.html

Global warming is changing the jet stream, increasing extreme weather events https://aboutclimatechange.com/global-warming-changing-jet-stream-extreme-heat-drought-rainfall/

Dual Climate and Mitigation Plans Get Santa Cruz, Calif., into Action http://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Dual-Climate-and-Mitigation-Plans-Get-Santa-Cruz-Calif-into-Action.html

Earth is the warmest it’s been in 120,000 years https://mashable.com/2018/08/27/earth-warmest-temperatures-climate-change/?europe=true&utm_cid=hp-h-1#YmzOlil62iqH

All models used by Bureau now point to El Nino by the end of spring https://www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/all-models-used-by-bureau-now-point-to-el-nino-by-the-end-of-spring-20180828-p500cb.html

Hawaii Begins to Tally Costs, Contemplate a Future of Extreme Rainfall https://www.climateliabilitynews.org/2018/08/28/hawaii-climate-costs-hurricane-lane/

What we knew when about global warming https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2018/august/1533045600/lesley-hughes/what-we-knew-when-about-global-warming

Global sea-level budget 1993–present https://www.earth-syst-sci-data.net/10/1551/2018/essd-10-1551-2018.pdf

Inequity amplified: climate change, the Australian farmer, and mental health https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2018/209/4/inequity-amplified-climate-change-australian-farmer-and-mental-health

Far-sighted adaptation to rising seas is blocked by just fixing eroded beaches https://theconversation.com/far-sighted-adaptation-to-rising-seas-is-blocked-by-just-fixing-eroded-beaches-96503?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Last Glacier Standing in Venezuela https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/92659/last-glacier-standing-in-venezuela

A modest 0.5-m rise in sea level will double the tsunami hazard in Macau http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/8/eaat1180.full

Heat is not just about hardware – it’s about people http://news.trust.org/item/20180828094854-pub98

Rising CO2 levels could push ‘hundreds of millions’ into malnutrition by 2050 https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/60195

Sri Lanka getting ahead of disaster risks http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/2018/08/getting-ahead-of-disaster-risks/

Disaster on the horizon: the price effect of sea level rise https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/60097

Scientists say climate change models need to be revised after back-to-back summers of wildfire emergencies https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/the-future-looks-grim-after-2-years-of-devastating-b-c-wildfires-1.4801181

Global warming is intensifying El Niño weather https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/aug/29/global-warming-is-intensifying-el-nino-weather?CMP=share_btn_tw

What Is Going on with the Weather? Reflections on Gaps Between Data and Experience https://www.epicpeople.org/data-and-experience/

As climate change takes hold, temperature records are being broken around the world month by month. What does that look like – and how are people responding? http://news.trust.org/packages/rising-heat/

Dry times to continue as BOM releases grim spring outlook http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-30/dry-times-ahead-as-bom-releases-spring-outlook/10177842

Climate change can be deadly if you live alone https://theconversation.com/climate-change-can-be-deadly-if-you-live-alone-100881

Global warming to increase water in South Asian rivers http://www.eco-business.com/news/global-warming-to-increase-water-in-south-asian-rivers/

Local Efforts Noble, But Study Shows Scale of Climate Threat Demands ‘Heavy Lifting’ of National Governments https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/08/30/local-efforts-noble-study-shows-scale-climate-threat-demands-heavy-lifting-national

 

Disaster risk reduction

Check out the latest articles to appear soon in Disaster Prevention and Management https://www.emeraldinsight.com/toc/dpm/0/0

Urban resilience implementation: A policy challenge and research agenda for the 21st century https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/1468-5973.12233

Kerala floods: Poor dam management behind disasters, experts say https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/kerala-floods-poor-dam-management-behind-disasters-experts-say/story-WR43JJjuHQjYRms3m2VxhI.html

Harris County voters pass $2.5 billion flood bond https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Harris-County-voters-pass-2-5-billion-flood-bond-13182853.php

Building Resilience in an Urban Coastal Environment https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR2193.html

Hurricane Harvey Is Houston’s Unending Nightmare https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/hurricane-harvey-is-houstons-unending-nightmare/568579/

India among nations most affected by landslides due to human activities: study https://www.livemint.com/Politics/vJOn6G5QmwK4EMTevhBiUL/India-among-nations-most-affected-by-landslides-due-to-human.html

Managing Forests to Reduce Wildfire Risks http://www.ppic.org/blog/managing-forests-to-reduce-wildfire-risks/#.W4MfodP4YG5.twitter

Global disaster losses totalled $36 billion in the first half of 2018 http://www.aidforum.org/Topics/disaster-relief/global-disaster-losses-cost-36-billion-in-the-first-half-of-2018/

Disaster risk-informed strategies for sustainable development https://www.unisdr.org/archive/60137

Would an eruption in Melbourne really match Hawaii’s volcanoes? Here’s the evidence https://theconversation.com/would-an-eruption-in-melbourne-really-match-hawaiis-volcanoes-heres-the-evidence-101675?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Réunion Island volcano https://www.volcanocafe.org/reunion-island/

Earth’s Deadliest Mass Extinction Was Driven by Toxic Volcano Plumes https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/8xbjwk/earths-deadliest-mass-extinction-was-driven-by-toxic-volcano-plumes

The global value of mangroves for risk reduction https://floodresilience.net/resources/item/the-global-value-of-mangroves-for-risk-reduction

Santa Rosa County selected for coastal resiliency training program https://www.pnj.com/story/news/2018/08/26/santa-rosa-county-selected-coastal-resiliency-training-program/1066422002/

Dams and water reservoirs need flood management systems that use scientific methods to understand when the time is right to open the gates https://sandrp.in/2018/08/27/drp-news-bulletin-27-august-2018-wrong-management-of-dams-create-floods-accept-officials-and-experts/

People living near waterways must choose between moving away or building ever-larger flood defences https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/aug/27/weatherwatch-climate-change-raises-flood-risks-for-river-communities?CMP=share_btn_tw

Why Hurricanes Like Lane May Become More Common In Hawaii https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2018/08/25/why-hurricanes-like-lane-may-become-more-common-in-hawaii/#4f4d907850a1

Characterizing the Spatial Scales of Extreme Daily Precipitation in the United States https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/JCLI-D-18-0019.1?journalCode=clim

Mapping global landslides https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2018/08/28/mapping-global-landslides/

Buyouts Bring Promise and Challenges to Flood-Affected Homeowners https://kinder.rice.edu/2018/08/20/buyouts-bring-promise-and-challenges-flood-affected-homeowners

Visualising the 2018 Kerala Floods https://mdm.users.earthengine.app/view/kerala-flood-2018

How Landslides Become Disasters https://eos.org/project-updates/how-landslides-become-disasters

Global patterns of interannual climate–fire relationships https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/gcb.14405

Routes to resilience: insights from BRACED final year http://www.braced.org/resources/i/routes-to-resilience-insights-from-BRACED-final-year/

Strengthening Resilient Livelihood http://www.kh.undp.org/content/cambodia/en/home/operations/projects/build-resilience/SRL.html

Flood risk analysis & flood warning systems for Malaysia https://www.ambientalrisk.com/flood-risk-analysis-flood-warning-systems-malaysia/

Google bets on artificial intelligence to tackle floods, diseases https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/india/google-bets-on-artificial-intelligence-to-tackle-floods-diseases-2890161.html

What is nuisance flooding? Defining and monitoring an emerging challenge https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/60174

Preparing for the next storm: Learning from the man-made environmental disasters that followed Hurricane Harvey https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/60070

Understanding epistemic uncertainty in large-scale coastal flood risk assessment for present and future climates https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/59986

Reckoning with History: Wildfire suppression is a decades-old conundrum https://www.hcn.org/articles/reckoning-with-history-wildfire-suppression-in-wilderness-a-decades-old-conundrum

Latest edition of Natural Hazards Disaster Research https://hazards.colorado.edu/disaster-research/current

State Disclosure Laws Leave Homebuyers in the Dark About Flood Risks https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2018/08/28/state-disclosure-laws-flood-risks/

Bushfire threat now a year-round situation in Australia, expert warns http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-29/year-round-bushfire-warnings-needed-australia/10168204

Artificial intelligence nails predictions of earthquake aftershocks https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06091-z?sf196497354=1

Houston’s Resilience Challenge http://100resilientcities.org/cities/houston/

Alpine Fault quake: It will ‘likely happen in the lifetime of many Kiwis’ https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/106661445/alpine-fault-quake-it-will-likely-happen-in-the-lifetime-of-many-new-zealanders

Open data for resilience https://index.opendri.org/

Solomon Islands communities are exposed to a number of natural hazards, exacerbated by climate change https://undp-adaptation.exposure.co/wea-nao-bae-iu-go-where-will-you-go

Scientists develop low-cost flood sensing system https://phys.org/news/2018-08-scientists-low-cost.html

How past floods are shaping France’s future https://www.jbarisk.com/news-blogs/how-past-floods-are-shaping-frances-future/

 

Emergency Management

Kerala floods: Homes damaged, people afraid to leave camps https://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-kerala-floods-homes-damaged-people-afraid-to-leave-camps-2654708

Big data and technology in disasters: Better integration needed for effective response https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180822141040.htm

After disaster alert failures, U.S. moves toward national system https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-disaster-alerts/after-disaster-alert-failures-u-s-moves-toward-national-system-idUSKBN1KU1C1

Sydney Airport’s disaster response tested in major emergency exercise https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydney-airport-s-disaster-response-tested-in-major-emergency-exercise-20180823-p4zz6k.html

FEMA updates US nuclear disaster plans http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/403481-fema-updates-us-nuclear-disaster-plans

India wins praise for ‘exemplary’ flood relief as community pitches in https://www.zilient.org/article/india-wins-praise-exemplary-flood-relief-community-pitches

Not All Fires Are Equal https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/not-all-fires-are-equal

Bridging the information gap of disaster responders by optimizing data selection using cost and quality https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S009830041730571X

Puerto Rico raises official Hurricane Maria death toll from 64 to 2,975 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/28/hurricane-maria-new-death-toll-estimate-is-close-to-3000?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Nearly 10 percent of Texans displaced by Harvey still haven’t gone home, survey says https://www.texastribune.org/2018/08/23/fema-and-texas-dont-know-how-many-people-hurricane-harvey-displaced/?utm_campaign=trib-social&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=1535121514

Standard operating procedure for flood early warning system in Nepal https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/60042

Kerala floods: NASA satellite images show devastating effect of deluges in India from space https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/nasa-satellite-images-show-devastating-effect-of-kerala-floods-from-space-a3921261.html

Quick Emergency Response Requires Speedy Data https://hazards.colorado.edu/article/neutralized-by-the-net-quick-emergency-response-requires-speedy-data

Here’s how the pros fight wildfires https://earther.gizmodo.com/heres-how-the-pros-fight-wildfires-1828654925?IR=T

How technology is helping responders save lives during disasters like the California wildfires https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/08/21/how-technology-is-helping-those-responding-to-disasters-like-the-california-wildfires-save-lives/

13 Years Later: Is Thailand Better Prepared for Tsunamis? https://medium.com/undp-in-asia-and-the-pacific/13-years-later-is-thailand-better-prepared-for-tsunamis-ff1cc45dffdf

Harvey overwhelmed emergency preparations https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/30/magazine/hurricane-harvey-houston-floods-texas-emergency.html?imp_id=960949758&action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

Mark Schuller Associate Professor at Northern Illinois University talks about failures to help Puerto Rico at the time of need https://sputniknews.com/us/201808111067117053-puerto-rico-disaster-usa-fail-explained/

Earthquake early-warning system successfully sent alarm before temblor felt in Pasadena http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-quake-early-warning-20180829-story.html

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Smartphones may help predict flash floods soon, says study https://www.gadgetsnow.com/tech-news/smartphones-may-help-predict-flash-floods-soon-says-study/articleshow/65541646.cms

As Floods Worsen, Marshall Shepherd Works to Translate Science Into Action http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2018/08/27/as-floods-worsen-marshall-shepherd-works-to-translate-science-into-action

Of hope and resilience: Children of Kerala dare to dream, refuse to bow down in the face of adversity https://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/kerala-floods-of-hope-and-resilience-children-of-kerala-dare-to-dream-refuse-to-bow-down-in-the-face-of-adversity-watch-video-kerala-news-kerala/274950

The Day After, Today https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/day-after-today-1

Remote Indigenous communities welcome two-way training https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/50?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=tweet&utm_content=haznote50

Dukes of Hazards: The Emergency Management Podcast https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/dukes-of-hazards-the-emergency-management-podcast/id810691908?mt=2

 

Social Media and Emergencies

Thousands of students, faculty and staff were turning to social media for information and help during Hurricanes Matthew and Irma https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/08/29/perils-and-pitfalls-higher-ed-social-media-management?platform=hootsuite

How Social Media Came To The Rescue After Kerala’s Floods https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/08/22/640879582/how-social-media-came-to-the-rescue-after-keralas-flood

 

Psychology and Disasters

Climate-Related Natural Disasters: Resilience and Individual Actions https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/climate-change-and-mental-health-connections/resilience-and-individual-actions

Survey: One Year after Hurricane Harvey, 3 in 10 Affected Texas Gulf Coast Residents Say Their Lives Remain Disrupted http://www.episcopalhealth.org/en/research/research-reports/harvey-anniversary-survey-one-year-after-hurricane-harvey-3-10-affected-texas-gulf-coast-residents-say-their-lives-remain-disrup/

 

Sociology and Disasters

Resilience, resistance, infrapolitics and enmeshment http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1354066117692031

Postdisaster Social Capital, Adaptive Resilience and Business Performance of Tourism Organizations in Christchurch, New Zealand https://www.researchgate.net/publication/327251951_Postdisaster_Social_Capital_Adaptive_Resilience_and_Business_Performance_of_Tourism_Organizations_in_Christchurch_New_Zealand

Including sexual and gender minorities in disaster risk reduction https://www.preventionweb.net/experts/oped/view/60079

What the Kerala Floods Tell Us About the Two Ideas of India http://indiauncut.com/iublog/article/what-the-kerala-floods-tell-us-about-the-two-ideas-of-india/

“Disasters are socially generated and constructed and we can do something to avoid them by reducing vulnerability, exposure and risk” – Prof. Emeritus Anthony Oliver-Smith http://cornellsun.com/2018/03/16/professor-challenges-conventional-ways-of-studying-natural-disasters/

I ask that all social scientists who research hazards and disasters join the Social Science Extreme Events Research network (SSEER) https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/director/a-call-to-social-scientists

A Tale of Two Puerto Ricos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caLTF5kOra4&feature=youtu.be

Today in disaster resilience (24 August 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Flash floods in Spain https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1004879/spain-weather-costa-blanca-floods-alacante-Benidorm-storm-ernesto-rain-heatwave

Shallow M6.9 earthquake hits Lombok https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us1000gda5#executive

Emergency bushfire warnings issued in NSW after strong winds stoke Newcastle inferno https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/state/nsw/2018/08/18/emergency-bushfire-warnings-nsw/

Nine killed, 3.5 million affected as Typhoon “Rumbia” wreaks havoc across central and eastern China https://watchers.news/2018/08/19/nine-killed-3-5-million-affected-as-typhoon-rumbia-wreaks-havoc-across-central-and-eastern-china/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

B.C. declares state of emergency as nearly 600 wildfires burn across the province, Canada https://watchers.news/2018/08/15/b-c-declares-state-of-emergency-as-nearly-600-wildfires-burn-across-the-province-canada/

Flooding in southern Indian state kills more than 350, displaces 800,000 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-19/india-floods-in-kerala-kill-hundreds-and-displace-800000/10137934

M8.2 Fiji earthquake – a rare big, deep quake for the South Pacific https://www.geonet.org.nz/news/44iu2m8JXiCguqoyyiYEyO

Niger – Floods and Rain Leave 19 Dead and 65,000 Affected http://floodlist.com/africa/niger-floods-july-august-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Record rainfall kills 1; leaves Madison region swamped https://madison.com/wsj/weather/man-lost-in-flooding-on-madison-s-far-west-side/article_352c4985-7047-5b46-8bde-220e2d3f9bbe.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

Fires in Oregon and California Grow in Size and Intensity https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/goddard/2018/fires-in-oregon-and-california-grow-in-size-and-intensity

M 7.3 – 20km NNW of Yaguaraparo, Venezuela https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us1000gez7#executive

South East Asia – Floods Affect 130,000 After Tropical Storm Bebinca http://floodlist.com/asia/thailand-vietnam-laos-storm-bebinca-august-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Crews recover body of man swept away in Wisconsin flooding https://uk.news.yahoo.com/divers-rescuers-hunt-man-missing-wisconsin-floods-115938339.html

Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits Vanuatu https://watchers.news/2018/08/22/strong-and-shallow-m6-5-earthquake-hits-vanuatu/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

10 people killed after flash flood hits Raganello gorge in southern Italy’s Calabria https://watchers.news/2018/08/21/10-people-killed-after-flash-flood-hits-raganello-gorge-in-southern-italy-s-calabria/

Floods in India’s Kerala state claim 383 lives, destroy tens of thousands of homes https://globalnews.ca/news/4402895/kerala-india-floods/

Widespread flooding leaves 46 dead, 97 missing in Laos: report http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-08/22/c_137409616.htm

Kauai Keeps a Wary Eye on Storm’s Approach http://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Kauai-Keeps-a-Wary-Eye-on-Storms-Approach.html

Landslides, flash floods hit Phang Nga http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30352790?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Hawaii bracing for damaging winds, catastrophic flooding as Hurricane Lane approaches https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/hawaii-may-face-direct-hit-serious-damage-from-hurricane-lane-to-end-this-week/70005829

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Aug 2018: Etna volcano, Krakatau, Semeru, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/70274/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-23-Aug-2018-Etna-volcano-Krakatau-Semeru-Dukono-Reventador-Sakuraj.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Doomsday scenarios are as harmful as climate change denial https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/doomsday-scenarios-are-as-harmful-as-climate-change-denial/2017/07/12/880ed002-6714-11e7-a1d7-9a32c91c6f40_story.html?utm_term=.7766007d9ccd

The summer we woke up to the health impact of climate change https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2018/08/17/the-summer-we-woke-up-to-the-health-impact-of-climate-change/

Renewable Energy Could “Effectively Be Free” by 2030, Says UBS Analyst https://www.inverse.com/article/48017-by-2030-renewable-energy-costs-will-be-effectively-zero-says-ubs-researcher

A rough 1st-order comparison of the magnitude of contemporary global warming to estimates of past climate change https://patricktbrown.org/2018/08/19/contemporary-global-warming-placed-in-geological-context/

Climate change will drive thousands to emergency room in U.S. for heat illness https://blogs.agu.org/geospace/2018/08/07/new-study-predicts-warming-climate-will-drive-thousands-to-er-for-heat-illness/

Climate Resilience Working Paper #2- Developing Indicators of Urban Climate Resilience https://www.i-s-e-t.org/resource-resilience-working-paper-2

Think the Paris CO2 target is hard? You ain’t seen nothing yet https://www.afr.com/news/think-the-paris-co2-target-is-hard-you-aint-seen-nothing-yet-20180818-h145sx

Biased Estimates of Changes in Climate Extremes From Prescribed SST Simulations https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2018GL079176

As the Arctic Heats Up, Summer Weather Is Lingering in Place https://e360.yale.edu/digest/as-the-arctic-heats-up-summer-weather-is-getting-stuck-in-place

Majority of UK public want to install solar panels, poll finds https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/aug/20/majority-of-uk-public-want-to-install-solar-panels-poll-finds

NSW declared 100% in drought as farmers fear relief package ‘too late’ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/08/nsw-declared-100-in-drought-as-farmers-fear-relief-package-too-late

What Lies Beneath is the inside story of how climate policy-making has become embedded in a culture of failure and scientific reticence https://www.breakthroughonline.org.au/publications

Researchers no longer hesitate to blame climate change for floods, fires and heat waves. Here’s how the science works https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/global-warming-can-make-extreme-weather-worse-now-scientists-can-n901751

Estimating Recent Local Impacts of Sea-Level Rise on Current Real-Estate Losses: A Housing Market Case Study in Miami-Dade, Florida https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11113-018-9473-5

9 ways we know humans triggered climate change https://www.edf.org/climate/9-ways-we-know-humans-triggered-climate-change?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=edf_none_upd_dmt&utm_medium=social-media&utm_id=1534790519&utm_content=annie

Project to explore localised warnings on killer heatwaves https://www.governmentnews.com.au/project-to-explore-localised-warnings-on-killer-heatwaves/

Modeling rivers’ reactions to a warming world https://www.wired.com/story/think-rivers-are-dangerous-now-just-wait/amp?__twitter_impression=true

Heatwaves, wildfires and floods being caused by ‘stalling’ weather system phenomenon triggered by climate change, study finds https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/weather-heatwaves-wildfires-floods-climate-change-global-warming-jet-stream-arctic-a8499291.html

The influence of Arctic amplification on mid-latitude summer circulation https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-05256-8

Take unprecedented action or bear the consequences, says eminent scientist and advisor https://www.climatecodered.org/2018/08/take-unprecedented-action-or-bear.html

Drought, wind and heat: when fire seasons start earlier and last longer https://theconversation.com/drought-wind-and-heat-when-fire-seasons-start-earlier-and-last-longer-101663

Adapt to more wildfire in western North American forests as climate changes https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28416662

Climate Change, Young Women and Girls https://plan-international.org/publication/climate-change-girls-thailand#

Australia burns while politicians fiddle with the leadership https://theconversation.com/australia-burns-while-politicians-fiddle-with-the-leadership-101905?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Australia pulls out of climate change targets agreed at Paris conference https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/australia-climate-change-malcolm-turnbull-prime-minister-leadership-a8499366.html

New satellite images show parts of the Arctic that used to never thaw are now melting https://qz.com/1366826/parts-of-the-arctic-that-used-to-never-thaw-are-now-melting/

Some Arctic Ground No Longer Freezing—Even in Winter https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/08/news-arctic-permafrost-may-thaw-faster-than-expected/

Rising seas will displace millions of people – and Australia must be ready https://theconversation.com/rising-seas-will-displace-millions-of-people-and-australia-must-be-ready-101906?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Handbook for District Collectors on Climate Resilient – Disaster Risk Reduction https://www.i-s-e-t.org/resource-handbook-for-district

‘Absolutely daft’: How did we end up getting climate policy so wrong? https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/absolutely-daft-how-did-we-end-getting-climate-policy-so-wrong-20180823-p4zz83.html

Annual global temperatures from 1850-2017 http://www.climate-lab-book.ac.uk/2018/warming-stripes/

As the seas have been rising, home values have been sinking https://assets.floodiq.com/2018/07/ee94ac7b8efe808e9312fa34048e77f6-First-Street-Foundation-As-the-seas-have-been-rising-home-values-have-been-sinking.pdf

 

Disaster risk reduction

European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction https://www.unisdr.org/conference/2018/efdrr

Laos tragedy prompts questions about future dam construction in SE Asia http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/big_read/30352407#.W3jGna4FzUg.twitter

Science Says: Hotter weather turbocharges US West wildfires https://apnews.com/60cb625542184d58addf9bb774eb3514/Science-Says:-‘The-warmer-it-is,-the-more-fire-we-see?utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=AP

World’s first wind-mapping satellite set to launch https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05976-3

A look back at New Orleans’ 300-year-long drainage drama https://www.nola.com/expo/life-and-culture/erry-2018/08/790f1ed00f4886/a-year-after-the-aug-5-flood-a.html

Global bimodal precipitation seasonality: A systematic overview https://rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/joc.5786

Why is Raspberry Pi perfect for building flood resilience? https://floodresilience.net/blogs/why-raspberry-pi-is-perfect-for-building-flood-resilience

Preventing natural hazards from becoming societal disasters https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/uota-pnh080218.php

How can Bangladesh increase its resilience to disasters through data sharing? http://blogs.worldbank.org/endpovertyinsouthasia/how-can-bangladesh-increase-its-resilience-disasters-through-better-informed-policies-and-programs

Why most states in India are less than half prepared to deal with floods https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/why-most-states-are-less-than-half-prepared-to-deal-with-floods/articleshow/65468696.cms

Can we keep rebuilding in the line of wildfires? https://earther.gizmodo.com/can-we-afford-to-keep-rebuilding-in-the-line-of-wildfir-1828467429?IR=T

While Kerala Is Recovering From Unprecedented Flood Disaster, Will It Be Cauvery Or Krishna Basin Next? https://sandrp.in/2018/08/20/drp-news-bulletin-20-august-2018-while-kerala-is-recovering-from-unprecedented-flood-disaster-will-it-be-cauvery-or-krishna-basin-next/

‘Gradual dam water release could have contained Kerala flood crisis’ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/gradual-dam-water-release-could-have-contained-crisis/articleshow/65436339.cms

Dynamic viability of the 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikōura earthquake cascade on weak crustal faults https://eartharxiv.org/aed4b/

One Year Later: What We’ve Learned Since Harvey https://kinder.rice.edu/2018/08/19/one-year-later-what-weve-learned-harvey

Recognizing Women Leaders in Fire Science http://www.mdpi.com/2571-6255/1/2/30

Developing a global operational seasonal hydro-meteorological forecasting system: GloFAS-Seasonal v1.0 https://www.geosci-model-dev.net/11/3327/2018/

Is Dredging a Solution to Flooding Problems? http://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Is-Dredging-a-Solution-to-Flooding-Problems.html

Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown must tackle deforestation, poor housing and decrepit drainage if it is to prevent the next disaster http://news.trust.org//item/20180813235952-l24vn/

Why the Kerala floods proved so deadly https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-45243868

Constraining coupled hydrological-hydraulic flood model by past storm events and post-event measurements in data-sparse regions https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022169418306048

Cumbria Flood Resilience Showcase Project http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&edid=a56b3613-b7cb-4bc7-9141-48e0b04d3712

India ignored warnings of Kerala flood disaster: experts http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-6082399/India-ignored-warnings-Kerala-flood-disaster-experts.html

Landslide shape, ellipticity and length‐to‐width ratios https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/esp.4479

Arundhati Roy on the Kerala floods https://english.manoramaonline.com/news/columns/straight-talk/2018/08/21/arundhati-roy-article-on-kerala-floods.html

A milestone for forecasting earthquake hazards https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180822141037.htm

Kerala shows the risk of severe floods is still evolving https://theconversation.com/kerala-shows-the-risk-of-severe-floods-is-still-evolving-101880

NASA captures monsoon rains bringing flooding to India https://phys.org/news/2018-08-nasa-captures-monsoon-india.html

Operational eruption forecasting at high-risk volcanoes: the case of Campi Flegrei, Naples https://appliedvolc.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/2191-5040-1-5

Understanding Niamey’s flood risk through open source mapping, drones, and modeling http://blogs.worldbank.org/nasikiliza/understanding-niameys-flood-risk-through-open-source-mapping-drones-and-modeling

Lombok earthquakes: different building designs could lessen future damage https://sciblogs.co.nz/guestwork/2018/08/21/lombok-earthquakes-different-building-designs-could-lessen-future-damage/

Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation Planning: Tools for Prioritizing Potential Solutions https://www.i-s-e-t.org/resource-climate-smart-development

Landslides triggered by human activity on the rise, study shows https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/landslide-study-petley-froude-1.799171

Global fatal landslide occurrence from 2004 to 2016 https://www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci.net/18/2161/2018/

Societies with high protection levels show no significant changes in human proximity to rivers and continue to rely heavily on structural measures, reinforcing flood protection and quickly resettling in flood-prone areas after a flooding event http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/8/eaar5779

Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan are in advanced stages of disaster risk reduction strategy development https://www.unisdr.org/archive/60137

Alignment of country efforts under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction http://napglobalnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/napgn-en-2018-alignment-to-advance-climate-resilient-development.pdf

Study: Coastal Georgia homes lost $15.3 million value due to flooding https://politics.myajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/study-coastal-georgia-homes-lost-million-value-due-flooding/tIh9Q5kSuBkQZ2VlSfOgEK/

A year after Hurricane Harvey, some Texans are using outdated flood risk maps to rebuild https://theconversation.com/a-year-after-hurricane-harvey-some-texans-are-using-outdated-flood-risk-maps-to-rebuild-99178

Deploying chartered drones to provide detailed insights into flooding and damage https://www.geospatial-insight.com/resources/case-studies/uk-floods/

Nearly 100% of US commercial policyholders with business incomes of less than US$ 250,000 have no flood insurance coverage at all https://www.munichre.com/topics-online/en/2018/08/flood-usa

A New Approach to Flood Mapping https://www.esri.com/about/newsroom/arcnews/a-new-approach-to-flood-mapping/

 

Emergency Management

Oxfam responds to Kerala floods https://reliefweb.int/report/india/oxfam-responds-kerala-floods

Hundreds dead in Indian flood disaster https://amp.news.com.au/world/asia/hundreds-dead-in-indian-flood-disaster/news-story/420f1ccbc0887d76954871a6384059ab

‘We’ve been warned’: Swelling Northern Hemisphere heatwaves bring unprecedented fires http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-19/northern-hemisphere-heat-brings-unprecedented-bushfires/10134490

Pilot fighting fire views his own destroyed house https://www.newsweek.com/carr-fire-first-lead-pilot-working-flames-lost-his-own-home-california-1078758

Massive ‘Fire Tornado’ Revealed In Footage Released By Officials https://www.npr.org/2018/08/17/639530730/watch-massive-fire-tornado-revealed-in-footage-released-by-officials?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20180817

Carr Fire Fatality Report https://drive.google.com/file/d/177gelZFHdYwH8BXRe1t7dRGAM0C68k7r/view

Laos dam collapse: survivors tell devastating tales as blame shifts to government’s aggressive growth model https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2159945/laos-dam-collapse-survivors-tell-devastating

Disaster Planning: Infant and Child Feeding https://www.cdc.gov/features/disasters-infant-feeding/index.html

Utah 2018 wildfires destroy the most structures in past 15 years https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900028664/utah-2018-wildfires-destroy-the-most-structures-in-past-15-years.html

Disaster Recoveries Typically Hampered by a Lack of Data http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Disaster-Recoveries-Typically-Hampered-by-a-Lack-of-Data.html

Pilot dies in waterbombing helicopter crash on NSW south coast http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-17/waterbombing-helicopter-crash-nsw-south-coast-woodstock/10133264

India’s flood-hit Kerala faces huge clean-up, fear of disease https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/indias-flood-hit-kerala-faces-huge-clean-up-fear-of-disease-3439172

More than a million people in India flood relief camps https://www.gulf-times.com/story/603486/More-than-a-million-people-in-India-flood-relief-c

Countless stories of selfless gestures were recorded from the flood-hit state https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/heroes-kerala-deserves-individuals-who-shone-during-kerala-floods-87012

Laos – Scientists Deploy Damage Assessment Tool in Flood Relief Efforts http://floodlist.com/asia/laos-scientists-deploy-damage-assessment-tool-flood-relief-efforts?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

India to ‘politely’ reject foreign aid for Kerala flooding crisis https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/kerala-floods-inida-aid-reject-international-help-dead-rescue-rebuild-a8502406.html

Firefighters on Mendocino, Calif., Complex Endangered by Verizon Move to Limit Data Service, Fire Chief Says http://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Firefighters-on-Mendocino-Complex-Endangered-by-Verizon-Move-to-Limit-Data-Service-Fire-Chief-says.html

A Year After Harvey, Some Texans Are Still Suffering, Survey Finds https://www.kff.org/other/press-release/one-year-after-hurricane-harvey-3-in-10-texas-gulf-coast-residents-say-lives-remain-disrupted/

Catastrophic floods can trigger human resettlement away from rivers https://phys.org/news/2018-08-catastrophic-trigger-human-resettlement-rivers.html

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Latest articles in the journal ‘Disasters’ https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/14677717/0/0

Flood map for planning https://flood-map-for-planning.service.gov.uk/

Calderdale flood network – river monitoring live feed now available http://slowtheflow.net/elementor-1998/

College student creates documentary on victims impacted by hurricanes https://weartv.com/news/local/college-student-creates-documentary-on-victims-impacted-by-hurricanes?platform=hootsuite

NWS TsunamiReady® Program https://www.weather.gov/tsunamiready/

National bravery awards have been announced for two Aboriginal men who rescued 68 people from the flooded NSW town of Gundagai in 1852 https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/nitv-news/article/2018/08/20/wiradjuri-heroes-honoured-posthumous-awards-flood-rescues

100-year flood according to Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100-year_flood

From tree spotters to beach brigades: a golden age of citizen science https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2018/0719/From-tree-spotters-to-beach-brigades-a-golden-age-of-citizen-science

How does the law stand with regard to flooding in England & Wales? http://www.lawplainandsimple.com/legal-guides/article/how-does-the-law-stand-with-regard-to-flooding-in-england-and-wales

Play new Earth Arcade game to answer how do we make flooding less damaging? https://seriousgeogames.wordpress.com/2018/08/23/the-earth-arcade-its-game-on-for-solving-environmental-issues-eartharcade-gameon/

Students being trained on disaster risk reduction https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/students-being-trained-on-disaster-risk-reduction/

Storm Surge Visualization https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6W_20bwqWo&feature=youtu.be

Landslide Preparedness https://landslides.usgs.gov/learn/prepare.php

 

Social Media and Emergencies

Indians from different parts of the country are using social media to help people stranded in the flood-hit southern state of Kerala https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-45218556

The use of social media for news has started to fall in a number of key markets – after years of continuous growth http://www.digitalnewsreport.org/

“Social media analysis provides fast and relevant information during emergencies” http://www.i-react.eu/a-tweet-can-save-lives/

 

Psychology and Disasters

After Nate, Costa Rica looks to measure mental health damage too https://www.reuters.com/article/us-costa-rica-climatechange-mentalhealth/after-nate-costa-rica-looks-to-measure-mental-health-damage-too-idUSKBN1L114J?platform=hootsuite

Study finds evidence that ‘trigger warnings’ can be psychologically harmful https://www.psypost.org/2018/08/study-finds-evidence-that-trigger-warnings-can-be-psychologically-harmful-52007

Predicting self-evacuation in Australian bushfire https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17477891.2018.1512468?journalCode=tenh20

 

Sociology and Disasters

Community Participation to Build Back Better: Evidence from the 2015 Nepal Earthquakes https://www.researchgate.net/publication/327077647_Community_Participation_to_Build_Back_Better_Evidence_from_the_2015_Nepal_Earthquakes

Social ties are the engine of resilience https://works.bepress.com/daniel_aldrich/44/

Aerial photos reveal the stark divide between rich and poor https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-45257901

Natural disasters widen racial wealth gap https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180820164234.htm

Damages Done: The Longitudinal Impacts of Natural Hazards on Wealth Inequality in the United States https://academic.oup.com/socpro/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/socpro/spy016/5074453?redirectedFrom=fulltext

“Social components of disaster preparedness and response…are far more important factors in determining whether or not a community will recover successfully from a natural disaster” https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/lets-strengthen-our-community-lucy-jones-on-the-big-socal-shakeout/#!

“Human settlements are clustered near the outlets of major river basins, with settlement density decreasing exponentially with distance upstream” https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2017EF000746#.W33q6Z9gNPw.twitter

Mosque gives shelter to Hindu families displaced by Kerala floods https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/mosque-gives-shelter-to-hindu-families-displaced-by-kerala-floods/story-yPsVL0k74ik1upcUXx4zoN.html