This Week in Disaster Resilience 10th December 2021

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

At least 15 killed, 27 missing and 57 injured after massive eruption at Semeru volcano, Indonesia 

Floods cut off communities in South Sudan's Unity state 

Indonesia volcano erupts again, hampering rescue operations 

Omicron looks set to cause a huge wave of covid-19 around the world 

Bus carrying members of choir is swept away by raging flood in Kenya killing more than 20 people 

Storm Barra hits: Forty flood alerts as UK battered by 70mph winds 

Indonesia – Floods in West Nusa Tenggara Affect Over 60,000 

Emergency services are fighting two out of control bushfires in WA's South West 

Volcanic activity worldwide 9 Dec 2021: Fuego volcano, Semeru, Reventador, La Palma 

Brazil – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Bahia After Heavy Rain 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Earth is getting a black box to record our climate change actions, and it's already started listening 

Climate inaction will cost G7 countries 'billions' 

Around the world, these are just some of the cities at risk of rising sea levels 

From Siberia to the U.S, wildfires broke emissions records this year 

Picturing the future of complex, cascading climate risks 

The world's newest nation is both drying up and drowning 

California’s water supplies are in trouble as climate change worsens natural dry spells, especially in the Sierra Nevada 

Firestorm, Greg Mullins: Former Commissioner is ready to face firestorm again 

Dictionary update shows how changing climate changes language, and much more 

Extreme lack of sea ice in Hudson Bay puts polar bears under pressure 

FEMA resources for climate resilience 

Climate Avisory Council Annual Review 

U.S. had its 3rd-warmest autumn on record, 7th-warmest November 

As climate 'net-zero' plans grow, so do concerns from scientists 

Disaster risk reduction

An interview with dendrochronologist and fire historian Tom Swetnam 

Pandemic exposed UK is vulnerable to variety of extreme risks without adequate Government planning 

Did poor government handling in Kerala cause 2018 floods? Yes, says CAG 

Research into ground improvement technique ahead of earthquakes 

New type of earthquake discovered 

Payouts may keep climbing due to severe weather 

Venice’s barrier against rising seas could jeopardize city’s ecosystem 

To Counter Rise in Flooding From Mountains to the Coast, North Carolina Looks to Nature 

US Climate Resilience Map: Pathways for City Solutions 

Understanding the effects of partisan identity on climate change 

Preparing for Extreme Risks: Building a Resilient Society 

Data Application of the Month: Machine Learning for Flood Detection 

Mount Semeru’s deadly eruption was triggered by rain and storms, making it much harder to predict 

Floods are going to get worse: we need to start preparing for them now 

Is “Fuel Reduction” Justified as Fire Management in Spotted Owl Habitat? 

New research makes waves tackling the future of tsunami monitoring and modeling 

Simulations show how earthquake early warning might be improved for magnitude-9 earthquakes 

La Niña expected to intensify global rain and drought after second consecutive year 

Asia Pacific Typhoon Collaborative Research Centre launched 

We are professional fire watchers, and we’re astounded by the scale of fires in remote Australia right now 

Bottom-up innovations in natural hazard risk management in Austria 

Use the interactive mapping tools to better visualize the frequency and cost of billion-dollar weather and climate events 

Real-time coastal flood hazard assessment using DEM-based hydrogeomorphic classifiers 

Wildfire Resilience and the Role of Landscapes 

Emergency management

Doctors ‘incredibly frustrated’ that unvaccinated Covid patients are delaying NHS operations 

Omicron variant found in at least 15 US states 

Omicron Cases at Norway Christmas Party Provide Clues on New Variant’s Spread 

2 Louisiana insurance companies fail after Hurricane Ida 

Sydney and Melbourne office workers slowly returning after COVID lockdowns 

In the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion, The Salvation Army’s emergency disaster services was born 

Omicron’s less severe cases prompt cautious optimism in South Africa 

The herd-immunity threshold must be updated for multi-vaccine strategies and multiple variants 

Six months after Melamchi floods in Nepal, no respite for displaced people 

B.C. moves to recovery management phase after floods; most military leaving province 

Females more likely than males to experience long-term COVID-19 symptoms, small study suggests 

Newfound flavor of omicron variant may be harder to track 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Pro-Trump counties now have far higher COVID death rates. Misinformation is to blame 

Crowdsourcing triggers rapid, reliable earthquake locations 

Why e-learning is key to building disaster-proof education 

Role of frequency modulation radio in disaster communication: A case study of Pakistan earthquake 

Taking protective action during floods and storms 

Now is the time to BeFloodReady 

Making the shaking count — high schoolers in Puerto Rico set up earthquake alerts with Raspberry Shake 

Psychology and disasters

Climate Extremes Can Produce ‘Vicarious Trauma’, Even From a Distance 

New research reveals the economic costs of behavioral responses to the pandemic in the U.S. 

Sociology and disasters

COVID-19 Vaccinations: Visualizing a Year of Global Progress and Inequity 

National Narcissism predicts the Belief in and the Dissemination of Conspiracy Theories During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence From 56 Countries 

Modeling the Impacts of Urban Flood Risk Management on Social Inequality 

New research demonstrates the inherent inequities of flood protection and offers a better understanding of flooding cost and health impacts 



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