This Week in Disaster Resilience 12th November 2021

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Bosnia – Floods Prompt Evacuations and Cause Power Outages

Indonesia – Flash Floods in Batu City Leave at Least 6 Dead

9 dead, 2 missing after floods hit Sri Lanka and southern India

India – Floods Hit Tamil Nadu, More Severe Weather Forecast

New lava delta forming at La Palma, over 2 600 homes destroyed since the start of eruption, Canary Islands

Phenomenal rainfall totals hit parts of Australia, residents urged to brace for more rain and potential flooding

Sri Lanka – 20 Dead After Days of Severe Weather

What We’re Watching: Weekly Disaster Update

Volcanic activity worldwide 11 Nov 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Reventador, Sangay, La Palma

People rescued from flash flooding in NSW, with more heavy rain forecast

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s emissions from land clearing likely far higher than claimed, analysis indicates

Cop26 has to be about keeping fossil fuels in the ground. All else is distraction

Images of Tuvalu minister giving COP26 statement in the ocean go viral on social media

Big crowds rally in rainy Glasgow for COP26 climate action

Infrastructure Bill Makes First Major U.S. Investment in Climate Resilience

‘False hope’: Regional Australians demand action, not obfuscation, on climate change

Explainer: What's the difference between 1.5°C and 2°C of global warming?

Few willing to change lifestyle to save the planet, climate survey finds

If we don’t learn from past climate disasters, they will claim more lives in the future

Understanding Preferences for Coastal Climate Change Adaptation: A Systematic Literature Review

Cheaper, cleaner, more reliable: The stunning success of South Australia’s renewable transition

'We can no longer be friends': Farmer warns climate change deniers, after storm devastates crop

‘World designed by men has destroyed many things,’ Cop26 warned

Could cutting emissions and air pollution in cities improve children's health?

Cop26: world on track for disastrous heating of more than 2.4C, says key report

1bn people will suffer extreme heat at just 2C heating, say scientists

COP26: Rich nations ‘resisting paying for climate loss’

Adapting to Receding Glaciers in the Tropical Andes

Sixth-warmest October on record; Category 5 atmospheric river dropped record precipitation on portions of California

Globally resolved surface temperatures since the Last Glacial Maximum

Take heart at what’s unfolded at COP26 in Glasgow – the world can still hold global heating to 1.5℃

China and the US announce plan to work together on cutting emissions

Climate-linked health risks to rise, COP26 panelists warn

Cop26 draft text annotated: what it says and what it means

Rooftop solar smashes output records in all Australian states

AP analysis: Exposure to extreme heat has tripled since 1983

Disaster risk reduction

Cumbria: Flood defences protected hundreds of homes

Hawaii not the only state discouraging seawalls

Conservationists work to update flood risk map along Ottawa River

By 2030, half world’s population will be exposed to flooding, storms, tsunamis

Keeping one step ahead of earthquakes

Google Earth Engine (GEE) was used to implement Flood Mapping Algorithm (FMA) and process the Landsat data

Yearbook of International Disaster Law Call for Abstracts ends soon!

Scenario-Based Comprehensive Assessment for Community Resilience Adapted to Fire following an Earthquake, Implementing the Analytic Network Process and Preference Ranking Organization Method for Enriched Evaluation II Techniques

First-of-its-kind map outlines Canada's future flood zones

Socio-Hydrology: The New Paradigm in Resilient Water Management

Unearthing the cause of slow seismic waves in subduction zones

Coastal erosion – US Climate Resilience Toolkit

Quantifying contributions of natural variability and anthropogenic forcings on increased fire weather risk over the western United States

GIS-based approach for evaluating a community intrinsic resilience index

This brief tries to establish an eco-hydrological perspective on floods

Breakthrough for risk and resilience at COP26 says UNDRR head

Reimagining Coastal Cities as Sponges to Help Protect Them From the Ravages of Climate Change

Too little, too late? The devastating consequences of natural disasters must inform building codes

Emergency management

COP26 scientist: Humanitarian aid must prepare for climate emergency

Analysis of sex-specific risk factors and clinical outcomes in COVID-19

Storm Surge 101: How USAID Helps Caribbean Countries Prepare for this Hurricane Threat

How an outbreak became a pandemic: a chronological analysis of crucial junctures and international obligations in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID antiviral pills: what scientists still want to know

Ontario forest fires burned record area of land this summer as they displaced First Nations in northwest

Nearly 1 million kids ages 5 to 11 expected to receive first Covid vaccine dose by end of Wednesday

Disaster education, communications and engagement

6th World Tsunami Awareness Day\

100 seminal articles on disaster

Weather wonders: Bureau of Meteorology’s 2022 calendar – in pictures

Long-Term Community Resilience Exercise Resource Guide

High-profile breakthrough cases trigger vaccine misinformation

Psychology and disasters

Psychological impairment and extreme weather event (EWE) exposure, 1980–2020: A global pooled analysis integrating mental health and well-being metrics

A new interactive mental health module is making it easier for young volunteers and emergency agencies to learn, practice and promote positive mental health and wellbeing

70% of Americans experiencing climate change anxiety and depression, survey finds

Climate Change in the American Mind

On Slaughterhouse-Five, the “Ultimate PTSD Novel”

Sociology and disasters

Link between equality and climate crisis overlooked, Welsh report finds

When poverty meets climate change: A critical challenge that demands cross-cutting solutions


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