Today in disaster resilience (22 February 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Heavy rain hits parts of Zimbabwe, breaks 42-year-old record, 60 gold miners feared dead https://watchers.news/2019/02/16/heavy-rain-hits-parts-of-zimbabwe-breaks-42-year-old-record-60-gold-miners-feared-dead/

Heavy rain results in flooding, above average crashes and high-water rescues around the Las Vegas valley, Nevada https://watchers.news/2019/02/15/heavy-rain-results-in-flooding-above-average-crashes-and-high-water-rescues-around-the-las-vegas-valley-nevada/

Deep M6.4 earthquake hits New Ireland region, Papua New Guinea https://watchers.news/2019/02/17/deep-m6-4-earthquake-hits-new-ireland-region-papua-new-guinea/

Zimbabwe – Floods Leave 2 Dead in Masvingo Province http://floodlist.com/africa/zimbabwe-floods-masvingo-province-february-2019

Greece – 4 Missing After Flash Floods in Crete http://floodlist.com/europe/greece-flash-floods-crete-february-2019

Tropical Cyclone Oma to batter New Caledonia into midweek, New Zealand and Australia on alert https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/tropical-cyclone-oma-to-batter-new-caledonia-into-midweek-new-zealand-and-australia-on-alert/70007479

Chile – 6 Dead, Hundreds of Homes Destroyed After Floods in North http://floodlist.com/america/chile-floods-arica-tarapaca-antofagasta-february-2019

Ecuador – Floods in Los Ríos and Pastaza Provinces http://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-los-rios-pastaza-february-2019

King tide, supermoon and Cyclone Oma cause flooding in Brisbane city suburbs, with more at risk https://www.news.com.au/national/queensland/kind-tide-supermoon-and-cyclone-oma-cause-flooding-in-brisbane-city-suburbs-with-more-at-risk/news-story/78724933b81e0028e1eea0874616268f

Floods destroyed 346 homes, severely damaged 427, Chile https://watchers.news/2019/02/20/floods-destroyed-346-homes-severely-damaged-427-chile/

Dhaka fire that killed 80 raises questions over chemical stores https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/21/dhaka-fire-more-than-50-die-in-apartments-used-as-chemical-store?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Four dead from flash flood in Pakistan https://www.suchtv.pk/pakistan/balochistan/item/82494-four-killed-70-disappeared-in-balochistan-flash-flooding-as-emergency-declared.html

Volcanic activity worldwide 21 Feb 2019: Etna volcano, Karymsky, Shiveluch, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/75607/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-21-Feb-2019-Etna-volcano-Karymsky-Shiveluch-Dukono-Reventador-Turr.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Sharp rise in methane levels threatens world climate targets https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/17/methane-levels-sharp-rise-threaten-paris-climate-agreement?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

The planet is getting warmer in catastrophic ways. And fear may be the only thing that saves us https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/16/opinion/sunday/fear-panic-climate-change-warming.html

‘If not us, who?’ Failure of representation drives youth climate strike https://www.climatechangenews.com/2019/02/14/not-us-failure-representation-drives-youth-climate-strike/

UN announces roadmap to Climate Summit in 2019, a ‘critical year’ for climate action https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/02/1032801

6 Compelling Reasons Climate Change Might Be A National Emergency https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2019/02/15/6-compelling-reasons-climate-change-might-be-a-national-emergency/#97d93e544c93

New Zealand: The cascading impacts of climate change: New research released https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/63712

Storm-Lashed South Carolina Reassesses Global Warming https://www.necn.com/news/national-international/Storm-Floods-South-Carolina-Reassesses-Global-Warming-Climate-Change-505957031.html

Hard-hit by climate change, Bangladesh finds solution in floating gardens https://www.dw.com/en/hard-hit-by-climate-change-bangladesh-finds-solution-in-floating-gardens/a-47304742

Pacific Regional Climate Risk Adaptation and Insurance study underway https://ehs.unu.edu/media/press-releases/pacific-regional-climate-risk-adaptation-and-insurance-study-underway.html

The Thinking Person’s Guide to Climate Change, 2 ed. https://bookstore.ametsoc.org/catalog/book/thinking-persons-guide-climate-change-0

How climate change can make catastrophic weather systems linger for longer https://theconversation.com/how-climate-change-can-make-catastrophic-weather-systems-linger-for-longer-111832

‘See today, but remember tomorrow’ https://stories.undp.org/coasts-at-risk?platform=hootsuite

A Climate for Change: Millennials, Science and the Humanities https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17524032.2018.1500927?tokenDomain=eprints&tokenAccess=m8QSwkJbkicEuv2z2CXg&forwardService=showFullText&doi=10.1080%2F17524032.2018.1500927&doi=10.1080%2F17524032.2018.1500927&journalCode=renc20

PNG, the largest of the Pacific Island Countries, faces multiple climate change-related challenges https://public.wmo.int/en/media/news/kickoff-meeting-of-papua-new-guinea-crews-project

11 Things Climate Change ‘Dismissive’ People Say On Social Media https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2019/02/16/11-things-climate-change-dismissive-people-say-on-social-media/#1989413c15e4

‘Uninhabitable Earth’ Spotlights 3 Climate Change Misunderstandings https://www.npr.org/2019/02/19/695874069/-uninhabitable-earth-draws-attention-to-3-major-misunderstandings-about-climate

Staten Island’s five-mile seawall will move forward with federal funding https://ny.curbed.com/platform/amp/2019/2/19/18231726/staten-island-climate-change-flood-barrier-usace?__twitter_impression=true

Turning up the heat on Australian cities http://info.propertycouncil.com.au/property-australia-blog/turning-up-the-heat-on-australian-cities#.XGyDHYC50CY.twitter

Countdown to Calving at Brunt Ice Shelf https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/144563/countdown-to-calving-at-brunt-ice-shelf

Florida is drowning. Condos are still being built. Can’t humans see the writing on the wall? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/15/florida-climate-change-coastal-real-estate-rising-seas

Australian headlines are designed to scare people into not acting on climate change https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/21/australian-headlines-are-designed-to-to-scare-people-into-not-acting-on-climate-change?CMP=share_btn_tw

The science/culture blend in climate science https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/02/the-science-culture-blend-in-climate-science/

West Bengal’s climate change conundrum Part II: Changing rainfall patterns have left Kolkata vulnerable to flooding; here’s why https://www.firstpost.com/india/west-bengals-climate-change-conundrum-part-ii-changing-rainfall-patterns-have-left-kolkata-vulnerable-to-flooding-heres-why-6112851.html

 

Disaster risk reduction

“These owners won’t sell after the first flood; they think they have another 99 years to go” https://www.statesman.com/zz/news/20190216/climate-change-means-more-floods-great-and-localized

A Survey of Disaster Risk and Resilience in Small Island States https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330939612_A_Survey_of_Disaster_Risk_and_Resilience_in_Small_Island_States

Dozens of flood-resistant doors fitted in the wake of Storm Desmond have broken https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-47203766

Surveying soil from the sky: Can satellites predict droughts and floods? https://wle.cgiar.org/thrive/2018/01/22/surveying-soil-sky-can-satellites-predict-droughts-and-floods

Brief, Repetitive Floods in Coastal Cities Cause Economic Losses https://eos.org/articles/brief-repetitive-floods-in-coastal-cities-cause-economic-losses

When floods cross borders, satellite data can help https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/63720

Over 350,000 Surinamese to benefit from flood risk management https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/63703

Why do people live near active volcanoes? https://earther.gizmodo.com/why-so-many-people-choose-to-live-near-active-volcanoes-1832649751?IR=T

Great Barrier Reef coral at risk of bleaching from Queensland flood waters https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/18/great-barrier-reef-coral-at-risk-of-bleaching-from-queensland-flood-waters

The Meteorological Culprits Behind Strange and Deadly Floods https://eos.org/research-spotlights/the-meteorological-culprits-behind-strange-and-deadly-floods

The Disaster Risk, Global Change, and Sustainability Nexus https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/11/4/957

Texas City’s Flood Sensors Aim to Protect Life and Auto http://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Texas-Citys-Flood-Sensors-Aim-to-Protect-Life-and-Auto.html

£67.4 million Ipswich tidal flood barrier officially opened https://www.gov.uk/government/news/674-million-ipswich-tidal-flood-barrier-officially-opened

Improving forecasting of flooding from intense rainfall through interdisciplinary research http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/weather-and-climate-at-reading/2019/improving-forecasting-of-flooding-from-intense-rainfall-through-interdisciplinary-research/

Nine minutes to flee: Parramatta’s ‘catastrophic’ flash-flooding warning https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nine-minutes-to-flee-parramatta-s-catastrophic-flash-flooding-warning-20190214-p50xtv.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1550525729

Topographic Controls on the Extension and Retraction of Flowing Streams https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2018GL081799

To build or not build: that is the Townsville question https://riskfrontiers.com/to-build-or-not-build-that-is-the-townsville-question/

Simulation of Daily Extreme Precipitation Over the United States in the CMIP5 30-yr Decadal Prediction Experiment https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/JAMC-D-18-0057.1

The government of Kenya is striving to put in place appropriate legislation, policies and strategies to increase the resilience and safety of the built environment https://www.gfdrr.org/en/feature-story/building-regulations-resilience-kenya

In living memory, geologists believed that the Earth was slowly shrivelling, little guessing how vibrantly alive it truly is https://aeon.co/essays/when-geology-left-solid-ground-how-mountains-came-to-be

If lawmakers won’t act, homebuilders and landlords must disclose flood risks https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/columnists/tomlinson/article/If-lawmakers-will-not-act-home-builders-and-13608197.php

Rare mega storm could overwhelm Los Angeles area, cause huge damage, experts say https://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/rare-mega-storm-could-overwhelm-los-angeles-area-cause-huge-damage-experts-say

Up to 16% of global commercial facilities affected by coastal flooding https://www.carbon-delta.com/coastal-flooding/

Townsville homes may become ‘uninsurable’ due to flooding from climate change https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/20/townsville-homes-may-become-uninsurable-due-to-flooding-from-climate-change?CMP=share_btn_tw

Bridging the Weather-to-Climate Prediction Gap https://eos.org/project-updates/bridging-the-weather-to-climate-prediction-gap

Need for interdisciplinary working in flood forecasting https://hepex.irstea.fr/ffir-interdisplinary/

Are LA’s High-Rises Ready for the Big One? https://the-big-one.scpr.org/stories/skyscrapers.html?_ga=2.33414270.1778670150.1550599204-1795147219.1544228614

Engineering With Nature: An Atlas https://ewn.el.erdc.dren.mil/img/atlas/ERDC-EL_SR-18-8_Ebook_file.pdf

Strategic approach to capacity development for implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: a vision of risk-informed sustainable development by 2030 https://www.unisdr.org/we/inform/publications/58211

The Limits of Earthquake Early Warning Accuracy and Best Alerting Strategy https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-39384-y

 

Emergency Management

Teddy’s reopens after destructive flood https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/teddy-s-reopens-after-destructive-flood-1.4300428

Firefighters get new tool for predicting wildfire danger https://wildfiretoday.com/2019/02/14/firefighters-get-new-tool-for-predicting-wildfire-danger/

Science in Puerto Rico Still Recovering After Hurricane Maria https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/science-in-puerto-rico-still-recovering-after-hurricane-maria-65479

Mangaung municipality begins clean up after devastating floods http://www.sabcnews.com/sabcnews/mangaung-municipality-begins-clean-up-after-devastating-floods/

Inquest to be held over deaths in custody during Townsville floods https://www.sbs.com.au/news/inquest-to-be-held-over-deaths-in-custody-during-townsville-floods

Extreme weather to blame for 2017 Lake Ontario flood, board concludes https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2018/06/21/lake-ontario-shoreline-flooding-2017-caused-extreme-rain-not-regulations-board-report/722182002/

Texas county begins using 911 tech to communicate with responders faster https://www.ems1.com/ems-products/technology/articles/393441048-Texas-county-begins-using-911-tech-to-communicate-with-responders-faster/

10 Strategies for Improving Emergency Management https://triecker.wordpress.com/2019/02/18/10-strategies-for-improving-emergency-management/

Flood-ravaged north-west Queenslanders urge BOM to fix radar ‘black spots’ https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-19/bom-radar-blackspot-concerns-after-qld-floods/10824146

Using flood model data to assist with humanitarian crises in the Middle East https://www.ambientalrisk.com/using-flood-model-data-assist-humanitarian-crises-middle-east/

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has revealed the cost of Queensland’s “summer of disasters” http://www.watercareer.com.au/news/premier-counts-disaster-costs

Why Brock Long’s Leadership at FEMA Will Be Missed https://www.hstoday.us/federal-pages/dhs/fema-dhs-federal-pages/perspective-why-brock-longs-leadership-at-fema-will-be-missed/

Dog Lost During California Wildfire Reunites With Family 101 Days Later https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dog-reunion-camp-fire-kingston_n_5c6d8558e4b0e37a1ed3f256

Canadian collaboration for flood risk awareness gains ground https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/canadian-collaboration-for-flood-risk-awareness-gains-ground-801556703.html

DOJ sues New York over FEMA claims related to Sandy https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/430838-doj-sues-new-york-over-fema-claims-related-to-sandy

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Legal and Financial Advice Must Be Part of Every Community’s Disaster Response Kit https://citylimits.org/2019/02/15/opinion-legal-and-financial-advice-must-be-part-of-every-communitys-disaster-response-kit/

Disaster management on Twitter https://telanganatoday.com/disaster-management-on-twitter

Social media usage patterns during natural hazards https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0210484

Photography Exhibition – ‘Perspectives of Disaster Risk’ https://www.irec2019.org/photos

Maitland Floods in 1864 https://hunterlivinghistories.com/2019/02/18/maitland-floods-1864/

Disaster Day, hosted by the Health Science Center, is the largest student-led interprofessional emergency response simulation in the country https://today.tamu.edu/2019/02/15/texas-am-simulates-a-disaster-to-train-students-in-emergency-response/?platform=hootsuite

Help us shape bushfire management strategies in your area https://engage.vic.gov.au/bushfire-planning

Civilization VI: Gathering Storm shows video games can make us think seriously about climate change https://theconversation.com/civilization-vi-gathering-storm-shows-video-games-can-make-us-think-seriously-about-climate-change-111791?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1550503278

What defending my home during Tasmania’s bushfires taught me about disaster reporting https://www.abc.net.au/news/about/backstory/news-coverage/2019-02-19/what-i-learnt-about-disaster-reporting-during-tasmanias-fires/10824560

Learning Through Citizen Science: Enhancing Opportunities by Design http://sites.nationalacademies.org/DBASSE/BOSE/Citizen_Science/index.htm

Waters Rising- CFP special issue of Green Letters on floods https://www.easlce.eu/waters-rising-cfp-special-issue-of-green-letters-on-floods/

In disasters, Twitter influencers get out-tweeted https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190213142654.htm

Monitoring Volcanoes and Magma Movements https://www.edx.org/course/monitoring-volcanoes-and-magma-movements

Thinking about resilience in the face of severe weather events https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/library-babel-fish/stopping-library-snowy-evening

 

Sociology and Disasters

How Natural Disasters Can Spur Gentrification https://www.citylab.com/environment/2019/02/gentrification-causes-new-orleans-natural-disasters-hurricane-katrina/582499/

Stakeholders’ Perspectives of Social Capital in Informing the Development of Neighborhood-Based Disaster Resilience Measurements https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1936724419827987

Yellow River Floods And The Collapse Of Chinese Dynasties https://sciencetrends.com/yellow-river-floods-and-the-collapse-of-chinese-dynasties/

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Today in disaster resilience (15 February 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Massive flash floods hit Atacama desert, Chile https://watchers.news/2019/02/08/massive-flooding-hits-atacama-desert-peru/

Deadly floods hit Fadhlan valley, Saudi Arabia https://watchers.news/2019/02/10/deadly-floods-hit-fadhlan-valley-saudi-arabia/

Flooding, landslides kill at least eight in Peru and Chile https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/flooding-landslides-kill-peru-chile-190209085435131.html

New Zealand wildfire: Thousands of people evacuated near Nelson https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47187604

Dam bursts in West Java, causing deadly floods, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2019/02/11/dam-bursts-in-west-java-causing-deadly-floods-indonesia/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Hailstorm destroys 150 homes, injures 40 people in 60 seconds, India https://watchers.news/2019/02/10/hailstorm-destroys-150-homes-injures-40-people-in-60-seconds-india/

Floods continue to hit towns in southwest Iran https://english.mojahedin.org/i/floods-continue-hit-towns-southwest-iran-021019

The 2019 Tasmanian Fires so far: what has burned and where? https://firecentre.org.au/the-2019-tasmanian-fires-so-far-what-has-burned-and-where/

Major winter storm wallops central, eastern Canada https://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-weather/major-winter-storm-wallops-central-eastern-canada-idUSKCN1Q12DP?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2Fenvironment+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Environment%29

Historic winter storm impacts Hawaii with massive waves, coastal flooding and rare snow https://watchers.news/2019/02/11/historic-winter-storm-impacts-hawaii-with-massive-waves-coastal-flooding-and-rare-snow/

Up to 500,000 drought-stressed cattle killed in Queensland floods https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/11/up-to-500000-drought-stressed-cattle-killed-in-queensland-floods

Peru – Thousands Affected by Flooding and Landslides in Five Regions http://floodlist.com/america/peru-flooding-landslides-5-regions-february-2019

Ecuador – Floods Affect Hundreds in Manabí Province http://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-manabi-province-floods-february-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 14 Feb 2019: Etna volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Karangetang https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/75167/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-14-Feb-2019-Etna-volcano-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Shiveluch-Karangetang.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Coal miners derided climate action ‘sideshow’. Now it’s the main event https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/coal-miners-derided-climate-action-sideshow-now-it-s-the-main-event-20190208-p50wmc.html

Lonely, unfit and hooked on air-conditioning – is this the summer of the future? https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/lonely-unfit-and-hooked-on-air-conditioning-is-this-the-summer-of-the-future-20190208-p50whm.html

Hurricanes are strengthening faster in the Atlantic, and climate change is a big reason why, scientists say https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/02/07/hurricanes-are-strengthening-faster-atlantic-climate-change-is-big-reason-why-scientists-say/?utm_term=.d884f8282c9d

Recent increases in tropical cyclone intensification rates https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-08471-z

Floods, fire and drought: Australia, a country in the grip of extreme weather bingo https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/10/floods-fire-and-drought-australia-a-country-in-the-grip-of-extreme-weather-bingo?CMP=edit_2221

Ice melt in Greenland and Antarctica predicted to bring more frequent extreme weather https://theconversation.com/ice-melt-in-greenland-and-antarctica-predicted-to-bring-more-frequent-extreme-weather-111082?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Rising seas: to keep humans safe, let nature shape the coast https://theconversation.com/rising-seas-to-keep-humans-safe-let-nature-shape-the-coast-107837

Melting Himalayan glaciers: a big drop in a bucket that’s already full https://theconversation.com/melting-himalayan-glaciers-a-big-drop-in-a-bucket-thats-already-full-111345?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Why Climate Change Messaging Must Evolve Beyond Noting Record-Breaking Temperatures https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2019/02/08/so-what-its-warmer-climate-change-messaging-must-evolve-now/#5a3d9c796437

In the Himalayas, women are left behind in the changing climate https://earthjournalism.net/stories/in-the-himalayas-women-are-left-behind-in-the-changing-climate

Arctic sea ice loss in the past linked to abrupt climate events https://phys.org/news/2019-02-arctic-sea-ice-loss-linked.html

World can get on the 1.5 C path for about a quarter of the cost of current fossil fuel subsidies https://catholicclimatemovement.global/world-can-get-on-the-1-5-c-path-for-about-a-quarter-of-the-cost-of-current-fossil-fuel-subsidies/

Coastal catastrophe looms larger as sea level forecasts creep upwards https://www.newscientist.com/article/2192981-coastal-catastrophe-looms-larger-as-sea-level-forecasts-creep-upwards/#.XGCO2asAJbo.twitter

Ten years ago, climate adaptation research was gaining steam. Today, it’s gutted https://theconversation.com/ten-years-ago-climate-adaptation-research-was-gaining-steam-today-its-gutted-111180

Six in ten Americans are now either “Alarmed” or “Concerned” about global warming. From 2013 to 2018, the proportion of “Alarmed” more than doubled http://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/americans-are-increasingly-alarmed-about-global-warming/

Slowing climate change could reverse drying in the subtropics https://theconversation.com/slowing-climate-change-could-reverse-drying-in-the-subtropics-111526?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Climate change is poised to deliver more Black Saturdays in decades to come https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-poised-to-deliver-more-black-saturdays-in-decades-to-come-111064

Heading south: Warming to change how US cities feel in 2080 https://apnews.com/490bdd76a4114b178065b8a0e55d0ec7

Meet the scientist leading a tidal wave of climate change communication https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-tech/meet-scientist-leading-tidal-wave-climate-change-communication

How Phoenix Is Working to Beat Urban Heat https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-phoenix-is-working-to-beat-urban-heat/?utm_campaign=RebelMouse&share_id=4392184&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=Daily+Climate

Research and insights from the Global Commission on Adaptation https://gca.org/global-commission-on-adaptation/research

World Bank Group Announces $50 billion over Five Years for Climate Adaptation and Resilience http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2019/01/15/world-bank-group-announces-50-billion-over-five-years-for-climate-adaptation-and-resilience?cid=CCG_TT_climatechange_EN_EXT

Australia’s bushfire survivors demand government action on climate change https://www.sbs.com.au/news/australia-s-bushfire-survivors-demand-government-action-on-climate-change

The glaciers blanketing the high mountains of central Asia are smaller than we thought https://earther.gizmodo.com/earths-third-pole-contains-less-ice-than-we-thought-1832563571?IR=T

 

Disaster risk reduction

Indonesia`s Disaster Risk Reduction Model Named Best Practice https://en.tempo.co/read/1174086/indonesias-disaster-risk-reduction-model-named-best-practice

No disaster is natural https://www.opendemocracy.net/transformation/jason-von-meding-djair-sergio-de-freitas-junior-and-ma-ra-irigaray/no-disaster-is-nat

Quake that battered ancient Rome is traced to its lair https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00480-8?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=organic&utm_campaign=NGMT_2_JAL_reshigh

Quantifying Flood Vulnerability Reduction via Private Precaution https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2018EF000994

Immediate steps for North Carolina policymakers to reduce flood risks and build resilience http://blogs.edf.org/growingreturns/2019/02/11/north-carolina-hurricane-flood-policy/

Hurricane Maria: a first analysis of landsliding in Puerto Rico https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2019/02/11/hurricane-maria/

Mississippi sues federal government over river flooding https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/mississippi-sues-federal-government-over-river-flooding/ar-BBTs25O?ocid=spartandhp

An earthquake lasted 50 days, but no one felt it. Here’s why https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/02/earthquake-lasted-50-days-no-one-felt-it-heres-why/

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

Pacific Gas & Electric vows to improve wildfire prevention https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/pacific-gas-electric-vows-improve-wildfire-prevention-60899010

We are not doing nearly enough to prevent the impacts of bushfire https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/we-are-not-doing-nearly-enough-to-prevent-the-impacts-of-bushfire-20190211-p50x0f.html

Ready or Not: Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism, 2019 https://www.tfah.org/report-details/ready-or-not-protecting-the-publics-health-from-diseases-disasters-and-bioterrorism-2019/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social_Paid&utm_campaign=2019_ReadyOrNot&utm_content=Fire

Unprecedented Risks, Unprecedented Foresight: A “Responsibility to Prepare” Strategy for the United States in 2020 https://climateandsecurity.org/2019/02/12/unprecedented-risks-unprecedented-foresight-a-responsibility-to-prepare-strategy-for-the-united-states-in-2020/

The worst natural disaster risks facing New Zealand https://www.noted.co.nz/planet/new-zealand-natural-disaster-risks/?fbclid=IwAR2749YoDD3hknfwR0f_qiem0s_8ovGqaDoG6Z4GKQkdYZc6oAhDFwxWwww

Townsville floods demonstrate need for better disaster planning https://www.policyforum.net/townsville-floods-demonstrate-need-for-better-disaster-planning/

How Flood and Fire Alter Landscape, Seen Through the Discerning Eye of Ground-based LIDAR https://www.unavco.org/science/snapshots/environmental-hydrogeodesy/2019/rengers.html

Latest edition of Floodplain Manager newsletter https://molinostewart.com.au/editorial/floodplain-manager-december-2018-january-2019/

Mt Taranaki’s explosive history has just been re-written. This is why it matters https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12203530

2D Modeling and Matrix Riprap Save Millions on Transportation Flood Recovery Projects https://www.ayresassociates.com/2d-modeling-and-matrix-riprap-save-millions-on-transportation-flood-recovery-projects/

Resilient Chicago Strategy Release http://100resilientcities.org/strategies/chicago/

The idea of an early warning system for the Pacific Northwest’s version of the “Big One” is gaining traction https://earther.gizmodo.com/inside-the-plan-to-prepare-the-pacific-northwest-for-a-1832591821?IR=T

Emergency Management

Townsville flood inquiry announced https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/08/townsville-flood-queensland-announces-inquiry-as-up-to-300000-cattle-die?CMP=share_btn_tw

Queensland flood from space https://worldview.earthdata.nasa.gov/?p=geographic&l=MODIS_Aqua_CorrectedReflectance_TrueColor(hidden),MODIS_Terra_CorrectedReflectance_TrueColor,Coastlines&t=2019-02-11-T00%3A00%3A00Z&z=3&v=138.63899099840634,-18.515956345951427,141.6080066330488,-16.997870375619367

‘Now Is The Real Crisis’: Puerto Ricans Struggle For Disaster Aid https://www.law360.com/access-to-justice/articles/1123340

North Queensland flood victims need banks and insurers to be ‘good corporate citizens’, Deputy Premier says https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-10/queensland-floods-banks-urged-to-be-good-corporate-citizens/10796944

New York City’s Sandy Rebuilding Program Was Plagued From the Start, Study Says https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york-citys-sandy-rebuilding-program-was-plagued-from-the-start-study-says-11549933200

NGOs push to expel Brazil miner Vale from U.N. pact over dam disaster https://www.reuters.com/article/us-vale-sa-disaster-ngo/ngos-push-to-expel-brazil-miner-vale-from-u-n-pact-over-dam-disaster-idUSKCN1Q12F3?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2Fenvironment+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Environment%29

State begins Townsville flood review http://www.watercareer.com.au/news/state-begins-flood-review

Technology Used in Disaster Relief Saving More Lives Every Year https://interestingengineering.com/technology-used-in-disaster-relief-saving-more-lives-every-year

2019 Tasmanian Fires: Impacts and Management Lessons https://firecentre.org.au/2019-tasmanian-fires-impacts-and-management-lessons/

What is the Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment (CAUSE)? https://www.nisconsortium.org/partner-highlights/736-2/

What happens when the next big California wildfire hits? https://www.chicoer.com/2019/02/11/what-happens-when-the-next-big-wildfire-hits/

Two years after flood, displaced await delivery of government’s promises http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2019-02-13/two-years-after-flood-displaced-await-delivery-of-governments-promises.html

‘We’re not insured’: Townsville flood leaves policyholders stranded https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/14/were-not-insured-townsville-flood-leaves-policyholders-stranded

Resignation of FEMA Administrator Brock Long https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2019/02/13/resignation-fema-administrator-brock-long

IBM program is funding and connecting innovative ways to deliver aid after natural disasters https://www.fastcompany.com/90306086/ibm-is-putting-up-25-million-to-help-disaster-response-startups-scale

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

There’s no such thing as a ‘natural’ disaster… https://www.nonaturaldisasters.com/

The New Ecology of Tornado Warning Information: A Natural Experiment Assessing Threat Intensity and Citizen‐to‐Citizen Information Sharing https://www.researchgate.net/publication/331037538_The_New_Ecology_of_Tornado_Warning_Information_A_Natural_Experiment_Assessing_Threat_Intensity_and_Citizen-to-Citizen_Information_Sharing

Giving life to numbers: Communicating risk through art http://blogs.worldbank.org/psd/giving-life-numbers-communicating-risk-through-art

Communicating about heatwaves: Risk perception, message fatigue, and threat normalisation https://adelaide.figshare.com/articles/Communicating_about_heatwaves_Risk_perception_message_fatigue_and_threat_normalisation/7618403

Effective Education for Disaster Risk Reduction – Learning Matters http://www.edu4drr.org/

Use of social media platforms by fire and rescue teams across the UK https://www.prweek.com/article/1525534/exclusive-uk-fire-rescue-services-best-using-social-media?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn

5 things I didn’t know about flooding before I worked for the Environment Agency https://environmentagency.blog.gov.uk/2018/02/19/5-things-i-didnt-know-about-flooding-before-i-worked-for-the-environment-agency/

GIS People’s app used to aid in Queensland floods https://www.crn.com.au/news/gis-peoples-app-used-to-aid-in-queensland-floods-519257

 

Disaster psychology

How Participation in Collective Action Changes Relationships, Behaviours, and Beliefs https://jspp.psychopen.eu/article/view/903

 

Sociology and Disasters

Social capital and disasters: How does social capital shape post-disaster conditions in the Philippines? https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330727013_Social_capital_and_disasters_How_does_social_capital_shape_post-disaster_conditions_in_the_Philippines

Poor, elderly and too frail to escape: Paradise fire killed the most vulnerable residents https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-camp-fire-seniors-mobile-home-deaths-20190209-htmlstory.html

Urban Poverty in the Wake of Environmental Disaster: Rehabilitation, Resilience and Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330973391_Urban_Poverty_in_the_Wake_of_Environmental_Disaster_Rehabilitation_Resilience_and_Typhoon_Haiyan_Yolanda

Nowhere to go in New Bern: Climate catastrophe spurs migrants in US South https://www.dailyclimate.org/nowhere-to-go-in-new-bern-climate-catastrophe-spurs-migrants-in-us-south-2626611396.html