This Week in Disaster Resilience 5th February 2021

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Intensity of Cyclone Ana surprises many in Fiji
https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/435540/intensity-of-cyclone-ana-surprises-many-in-fiji

Thousands left homeless by storms, floods in Syria’s Idlib
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/thousands-left-homeless-by-storms-floods-in-syrias-idlib/

Papua New Guinea – Deadly Landslide in Morobe Province
http://floodlist.com/asia/papua-new-guinea-landslide-morobe-january-2021

Fiji – Tropical Cyclone Ana Leaves 1 Dead, 5 Missing
http://floodlist.com/australia/fiji-tropical-cyclone-ana-january-2021

Burundi – Floods in Bujumbura Province Force Thousands From Their Homes
http://floodlist.com/africa/burundi-floods-bujumbura-january-2021

Chile – Floods and Landslides After Record Rainfall
http://floodlist.com/america/chile-floods-storm-january-2021

At least 85 homes lost in Perth bushfires
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-02/wooroloo-bushfire-emergency-in-perth-hills-enters-second-day/13111784

Greece – Firefighter Dies in Flash Floods in Evros
http://floodlist.com/asia/greece-floods-evros-february-2021

France – Evacuations as Rivers Rise in North and South West
http://floodlist.com/europe/france-floods-february-2021

Paraguay – Severe Floods Hit Central and Southern Areas
http://floodlist.com/america/paraguay-severe-floods-hit-central-and-southern-areas

Indonesia – 25,000 Affected by Floods in East and Central Java
http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-flash-east-central-java-february-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Feb 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Raung
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/120982/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-4-Feb-2021-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Raung-San.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The Guardian view on climate progress: the need for speed
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/31/the-guardian-view-on-climate-progress-the-need-for-speed

As Biden hits the accelerator on climate action, Australia remains stuck in policy paralysis
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-31/biden-hits-accelerator-climate-action-australia-policy-paralysis/13103574

Climate change may change rainfall patterns in south India, intensify floods: Study
https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/climate-change-may-change-rainfall-patterns-in-south-india-intensify-floods-study-101611040966201.html

Australia’s grid is reshaping itself around the surge in clean energy
https://reneweconomy.com.au/australias-grid-is-reshaping-itself-around-the-surge-in-clean-energy/

If the Science is Clear, Why Do We Need More Climate Research?
https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2021/01/26/climate-research-solutions/

America needs a climate adaptation strategy
https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/535200-america-needs-a-climate-adaptation-strategy#.YBcA1-am5qs.twitter

NUS researchers develop new urban planning GIS tool to improve urban climate resilience
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75785

Climate Risk in Africa
https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030611590

Heat killed a record number of people in Arizona last year, 'a staggering increase'
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-environment/2021/01/31/heat-killed-record-number-people-arizona-last-year/4294654001/

World Losing Ice 57 Percent Faster Than In the 1990s, Study Finds
https://e360.yale.edu/digest/world-losing-ice-57-percent-faster-than-in-the-1990s-study-finds

Australia needs to stop thinking that setting a target of zero emissions by 2050 is good enough
https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2021/feb/02/australia-needs-to-stop-thinking-that-setting-a-target-of-zero-emissions-by-2050-is-good-enough

Living with water project explores coastal adaptation plans to address rising sea levels
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75817

Sea level rise could be worse than feared, warn researchers
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/02/sea-level-rise-could-be-worse-than-feared-warn-researchers

As climate warms, summer monsoons to produce less streamflow
https://www.dri.edu/as-climate-warms-summer-monsoons-to-produce-less-streamflow/

Florida Unveils New Statewide Sea Rise Mapping Tool
https://www.wlrn.org/news/2021-01-19/florida-unveils-new-statewide-sea-rise-mapping-tool

U.S. Cities Are Underestimating Their Greenhouse Gas Emissions
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/u-s-cities-are-underestimating-their-greenhouse-gas-emissions/

Adults should listen to children to understand the severity of the climate crisis
https://fortune.com/2021/01/24/climate-change-crisis-carbon-neutrality-children/

Why Learning Is Essential for Climate Adaptation Monitoring and Evaluation
https://www.napglobalnetwork.org/2020/12/why-learning-is-essential-for-climate-adaptation-me/

Updated yardstick begs question: What's 'normal' in a changing climate?
https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2021/02/updated-yardstick-begs-question-whats-normal-in-a-changing-climate/

EU climate change plans will ripple through foreign policy, researchers say
https://news.trust.org/item/20210203162038-oae5k/

Simultaneous drought and heat wave events are becoming more common
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75853

Risk of extreme droughts likely to increase in Scotland
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75851

Community based flood early warning systems: Improving climate change adaptation in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75878

For a City Staring Down the Barrel of a Climate-Driven Flood, A New Study Could be the Smoking Gun
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/04022021/for-a-city-staring-down-the-barrel-of-a-climate-driven-flood-a-new-study-could-be-the-smoking-gun/

Increasing risk of floods as glaciers recede in Central Andes, South America
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75897

Rising sea levels may make some airports unusable
https://climatenewsnetwork.net/rising-sea-levels-may-make-some-airports-unusable/

Disaster risk reduction

Scientists identify flank instability at a volcano with history of collapse
https://geologyscience.info/scientists-identify-flank-instability-at-a-volcano-with-history-of-collapse/

Everbridge unveils next-generation front-end alerting interface for industry-leading global public warning platform
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75788

Indigenous rangers in WA north priced out of bushfire prevention by insurance price jump
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-01/indigenous-rangers-kimberley-bushfire-management/13090088

Homeowners who put in flood defences may pay less for insurance
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/01/homeowners-who-put-in-flood-defences-may-pay-less-for-insurance

The age of the “megafire”
https://graphics.reuters.com/USA-WILDFIRES/EXTREMES/qzjvqmmravx/

UAE-India pact to help with forecast and early warnings on cyclones, tsunamis, sand storms
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75813

Indonesia and ASEAN usher in a new era of disaster readiness, response, and risk reduction
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75811

Hurricanes and typhoons moving 30km closer to coasts every decade
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75810

Urbanization impacts on flood risks based on urban growth data and coupled flood models
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-020-04480-0

Exposure to natural hazard events unassociated with policy change for improved disaster risk reduction
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-20435-2

Assessment of trends in hydrological extremes using regional magnification factors
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0309170821000075?dgcid=author

Flooding risk rises as UK's wetlands lost
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2021/feb/02/weatherwatch-flooding-risk-rises-as-uk-wetlands-lost

Resilience of SMEs
https://www.undrr.org/publication/resilience-smes

Link between three typhoons that affected the Korean Peninsula in the summer of 2020 and wildfires in the western United States
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75842

Here’s why effective disaster management needs responsible AI
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75837

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s Floodplain Manager newsletter
https://www.molinostewart.com.au/editorial/floodplain-manager-january-2021/

Storms, tornadoes and explosions: Bushfires are getting stranger. How?
https://www.smh.com.au/national/storms-tornadoes-and-explosions-bushfires-are-getting-stranger-how-20201214-p56n5j.html

2020 FM Global Resilience Index
https://www.fmglobal.com/research-and-resources/tools-and-resources/resilienceindex

Canadian hail storm catastrophe marked as one of most severe in North America
https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/ca/news/catastrophe/canadian-catastrophe-marked-as-one-of-most-severe-in-north-america-245442.aspx#.YBreclC9RpQ.twitter

Resilient Shores: Vietnam’s Coastal Development Between Opportunity and Disaster Risk
https://www.worldbank.org/en/country/vietnam/brief/vietnam-resilient-shores

Allianz Risk Barometer 2021: Covid-19 trio tops global business risks
https://www.agcs.allianz.com/news-and-insights/news/allianz-risk-barometer-2021.html

Towards a multidimensional vulnerability index: Discussion paper
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75877

I lived through Hurricane Katrina and helped design the rebuild – floods will always come, but we can build better to prepare
https://theconversation.com/i-lived-through-hurricane-katrina-and-helped-design-the-rebuild-floods-will-always-come-but-we-can-build-better-to-prepare-153452

Disaster risk reduction in India: Status report 2020
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75756

Status of Science and Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia-Pacific 2020
https://www.undrr.org/publication/status-science-and-technology-disaster-risk-reduction-asia-pacific-2020

Overshadowed by COVID: the deadly extreme weather of 2020
https://theconversation.com/overshadowed-by-covid-the-deadly-extreme-weather-of-2020-151237

Scientists Are Looking Beyond Antibiotics to Stop the Drug-Resistant Bacteria Crisis
https://gizmodo.com/scientists-are-looking-beyond-antibiotics-to-stop-the-d-1846184160

Anticipating the flood: Taking early actions at the Lower Limpopo in Mozambique
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75904

Emergency management

Navigating the complexities around a COVID vaccine in Africa
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/africa-in-focus/2021/01/25/navigating-the-complexities-around-a-covid-vaccine-in-africa/?preview_id=1386109

Cyclone Eloise shatters Mozambique’s progress to recover from 2019 storms
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75784

Factors influencing acceptance or rejection regarding being the host community for post-disaster resettlements in developing countries
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75778

Canada to quarantine travelers, suspend flights south
https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/source-canada-quarantine-travelers-hotels-75564671

What do new variants of the coronavirus mean for us?
https://www.theage.com.au/national/what-do-new-variants-of-the-coronavirus-mean-for-us-20210126-p56wuo.html

The Complex Decisions Around Rebuilding After A Wildfire
https://www.npr.org/2021/01/27/961097205/the-complex-decisions-around-rebuilding-after-a-wildfire

How to enhance community recovery after disasters
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75834

Blue Mountains did not receive a cent from $177m NSW bushfire disaster fund
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/feb/04/blue-mountains-did-not-receive-a-cent-from-177m-nsw-bushfire-disaster-fund

Eloise Floods Mozambique
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/147866/eloise-floods-mozambique?src=eoa-iotd

The seven countries with better coronavirus responses than Australia
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-30/seven-countries-with-better-coronavirus-response-than-australia/13102988

Disaster education, communications and engagement

After years of tough lessons, spanish-speaking communities rise to get wildfire information fast and in their language
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75783

Flood risk communication - final project report
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75786

Representation of disasters in school textbooks for children with intellectual disabilities in Iran: A qualitative content analysis
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75779

#SimulateThis Using role playing to help students gain experience for real-life crisis scenarios they may encounter in the future
https://www.colorado.edu/cmcinow/2020/10/22/simulatethis

Demystifying learning
https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-34/february-2021/demystifying-learning

'Bring Your Own Brigade': Film Review | Sundance 2021
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bring-your-own-brigade-film-review-sundance-2021

Help Callum 360 video tells the true story of a young boy whose house was flooded, using his own words and seeing through his own eyes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gpOOcQV1fw

New book: Children and Young People’s Participation in Disaster Risk Reduction
https://policy.bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/children-and-young-peoples-participation-in-disaster-risk-reduction

Early warnings of COVID-19 outbreaks across Europe from social media
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-81333-1

Distant, Not Disengaged | COVID-19 and Community Engagement
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF7jjOHKPYk&feature=youtu.be

Engaging with care: Incorporating ethics and compassion into disaster research
https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/engaging-with-care-incorporating-ethics-and-compassion-into-disaster-research

Using new digital tools and techniques, the ‘Landscapes to Lifescapes’ online exhibition provides a way to engage with different audiences about flood risk awareness
https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/news/want-to-know-more-about-flood-risk-public-exhibition-goes-live

Psychology and disasters

Cooperative and competitive behaviour among passengers during the costa concordia disaster
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925753520304525

About the Disaster Mental Health Hub
https://www.phoenixaustralia.org/disaster-hub/about/

Migration not seen as solution by those in flood zone
https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2021/02/migration-not-seen-solution-those-flood-zones

Survey finds low public trust in local officials, higher trust in first responders
https://www.ems1.com/ems-products/communications/articles/survey-finds-low-public-trust-in-local-officials-higher-trust-in-first-responders-SRemSz85ri7Wo13X/

Sociology and disasters

The COVID-19 pandemic is shining an unforgiving light on the world’s most vulnerable and marginal people
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/71618

White people receiving coronavirus vaccine at higher rates than Black, Latino Americans
https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/535992-white-people-receiving-coronavirus-vaccine-at-higher-rates-than-black

You can’t talk about disaster risk reduction without talking about inequality
https://theconversation.com/you-cant-talk-about-disaster-risk-reduction-without-talking-about-inequality-153189

Checklist for gender equality and social inclusion in disaster/emergency preparedness in the COVID-19 context
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75820

Social capital in community response after Cyclone Winston: Case study of three different communities in Fiji
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349035180_Social_capital_in_community_response_after_Cyclone_Winston_Case_study_of_three_different_communities_in_Fiji

Underinsurance is entrenching poverty as the vulnerable are hit hardest by disasters
https://theconversation.com/underinsurance-is-entrenching-poverty-as-the-vulnerable-are-hit-hardest-by-disasters-152083

 

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