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 https://floodlist.com/europe/bosnia-floods-november-2021

Indonesia – Flash Floods in Batu City Leave at Least 6 Dead https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-flash-floods-in-batu-city-leave-at-least-6-dead

9 dead, 2 missing after floods hit Sri Lanka and southern India https://watchers.news/2021/11/08/sri-lanka-flood-november-2021/

India – Floods Hit Tamil Nadu, More Severe Weather Forecast https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-tamil-nadu-chennai-november-2021

New lava delta forming at La Palma, over 2 600 homes destroyed since the start of eruption, Canary Islands https://watchers.news/2021/11/10/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 https://watchers.news/2021/11/10/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 https://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-floods-landslides-november-2021

What We’re Watching: Weekly Disaster Update https://disasterphilanthropy.org/blog/other/what-were-watching-weekly-disaster-update/

Volcanic activity worldwide 11 Nov 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Reventador, Sangay, La Palma https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/147112/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-11-Nov-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Reventador-Sangay-La-Palma-Neva.html

People rescued from flash flooding in NSW, with more heavy rain forecast https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-11/heavy-rain-and-flooding-hit-large-parts-of-new-south-wales/100611356

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s emissions from land clearing likely far higher than claimed, analysis indicates https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/08/australias-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 https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/nov/03/cop26-fossil-fuels

Images of Tuvalu minister giving COP26 statement in the ocean go viral on social media https://www.sbs.com.au/news/images-of-tuvalu-minister-giving-cop26-statement-in-the-ocean-go-viral-on-social-media/30e458ab-72a2-400f-a1f9-ed2e6449de25

Big crowds rally in rainy Glasgow for COP26 climate action https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-07/big-crowds-rally-in-rainy-glasgow-for-cop26-climate-action/100600890

Infrastructure Bill Makes First Major U.S. Investment in Climate Resilience https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/06/climate/infrastructure-bill-climate.html

‘False hope’: Regional Australians demand action, not obfuscation, on climate change https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/false-hope-regional-australians-demand-action-not-obfuscation-on-climate-change-20211103-p595rb.html

Explainer: What's the difference between 1.5°C and 2°C of global warming? https://www.reuters.com/business/cop/whats-difference-between-15c-2c-global-warming-2021-11-07/

Few willing to change lifestyle to save the planet, climate survey finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/07/few-willing-to-change-lifestyle-climate-survey

If we don’t learn from past climate disasters, they will claim more lives in the future https://theconversation.com/if-we-dont-learn-from-past-climate-disasters-they-will-claim-more-lives-in-the-future-171423

Understanding Preferences for Coastal Climate Change Adaptation: A Systematic Literature Review https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353638810_Understanding_Preferences_for_Coastal_Climate_Change_Adaptation_A_Systematic_Literature_Review

Cheaper, cleaner, more reliable: The stunning success of South Australia’s renewable transition https://reneweconomy.com.au/cheaper-cleaner-more-reliable-the-stunning-success-of-south-australias-renewable-transition/

'We can no longer be friends': Farmer warns climate change deniers, after storm devastates crop https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-08/farmer-fed-up-with-climate-change-deniers-after-storm-damage/100602878

‘World designed by men has destroyed many things,’ Cop26 warned https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/09/female-empowerment-is-vital-to-end-climate-crisis-cop26-told

Could cutting emissions and air pollution in cities improve children's health? https://news.trust.org/item/20211028144929-1us74/

Cop26: world on track for disastrous heating of more than 2.4C, says key report https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/09/cop26-sets-course-for-disastrous-heating-of-more-than-24c-says-key-report

1bn people will suffer extreme heat at just 2C heating, say scientists https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/09/1bn-people-will-suffer-extreme-heat-at-just-2c-heating-say-scientists

COP26: Rich nations ‘resisting paying for climate loss’ https://www.scidev.net/global/news/cop26-rich-nations-resisting-paying-for-climate-loss/

Adapting to Receding Glaciers in the Tropical Andes https://eos.org/features/adapting-to-receding-glaciers-in-the-tropical-andes

Sixth-warmest October on record; Category 5 atmospheric river dropped record precipitation on portions of California https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/national-climate-202110

Globally resolved surface temperatures since the Last Glacial Maximum https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03984-4

Take heart at what’s unfolded at COP26 in Glasgow – the world can still hold global heating to 1.5℃ https://theconversation.com/take-heart-at-whats-unfolded-at-cop26-in-glasgow-the-world-can-still-hold-global-heating-to-1-5-171488

China and the US announce plan to work together on cutting emissions https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/10/china-and-the-us-announce-plan-to-work-together-on-cutting-emissions

Climate-linked health risks to rise, COP26 panelists warn https://www.reuters.com/business/cop/climate-linked-health-risks-rise-cop26-panelists-warn-2021-11-09/

Cop26 draft text annotated: what it says and what it means https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2021/nov/10/cop26-draft-text-annotated-what-it-says-and-what-it-means

Rooftop solar smashes output records in all Australian states https://reneweconomy.com.au/rooftop-solar-smashes-output-records-in-all-australian-states/

AP analysis: Exposure to extreme heat has tripled since 1983 https://projects.apnews.com/features/2021/global-extreme-heat/index.html

Disaster risk reduction

Cumbria: Flood defences protected hundreds of homes https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-59168321

Hawaii not the only state discouraging seawalls https://www.staradvertiser.com/2021/11/06/hawaii-news/hawaii-not-the-only-state-discouraging-seawalls/

Conservationists work to update flood risk map along Ottawa River https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/conservationists-update-flood-risk-map-ottawa-river-1.6240140

By 2030, half world’s population will be exposed to flooding, storms, tsunamis https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/11/1104972

Keeping one step ahead of earthquakes https://ec.europa.eu/research-and-innovation/en/horizon-magazine/keeping-one-step-ahead-earthquakes

Google Earth Engine (GEE) was used to implement Flood Mapping Algorithm (FMA) and process the Landsat data https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/mapping-flood-areas-using-landsat-google-earth-engine-cloud-platform

Yearbook of International Disaster Law Call for Abstracts ends soon! https://disasterlaw.ifrc.org/node/812

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 https://www.mdpi.com/2075-5309/11/11/523

First-of-its-kind map outlines Canada's future flood zones https://www.ctvnews.ca/climate-and-environment/first-of-its-kind-map-outlines-canada-s-future-flood-zones-1.5655929

Socio-Hydrology: The New Paradigm in Resilient Water Management https://www.mdpi.com/books/pdfview/book/4546

Unearthing the cause of slow seismic waves in subduction zones https://phys.org/news/2021-11-unearthing-seismic-subduction-zones.html

Coastal erosion – US Climate Resilience Toolkit https://toolkit.climate.gov/topics/coastal-flood-risk/coastal-erosion

Quantifying contributions of natural variability and anthropogenic forcings on increased fire weather risk over the western United States https://www.pnas.org/content/118/45/e2111875118

GIS-based approach for evaluating a community intrinsic resilience index https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11069-021-05094-w

This brief tries to establish an eco-hydrological perspective on floods https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/floods-agents-vitality-reaffirming-human-nature-synergies

Breakthrough for risk and resilience at COP26 says UNDRR head https://www.undrr.org/news/breakthrough-risk-and-resilience-cop26-says-undrr-head

Reimagining Coastal Cities as Sponges to Help Protect Them From the Ravages of Climate Change https://insideclimatenews.org/news/08112021/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 https://theconversation.com/too-little-too-late-the-devastating-consequences-of-natural-disasters-must-inform-building-codes-157032

Emergency management

COP26 scientist: Humanitarian aid must prepare for climate emergency https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03029-w

Analysis of sex-specific risk factors and clinical outcomes in COVID-19 https://www.nature.com/articles/s43856-021-00006-2

Storm Surge 101: How USAID Helps Caribbean Countries Prepare for this Hurricane Threat https://usaidsaveslives.medium.com/storm-surge-101-how-usaid-helps-caribbean-countries-prepare-for-this-hurricane-threat-73b002dd35ec

How an outbreak became a pandemic: a chronological analysis of crucial junctures and international obligations in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)01897-3/fulltext

COVID antiviral pills: what scientists still want to know https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03074-5

Ontario forest fires burned record area of land this summer as they displaced First Nations in northwest https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/record-breaking-ontario-forest-fire-season-1.6242422

Nearly 1 million kids ages 5 to 11 expected to receive first Covid vaccine dose by end of Wednesday https://edition.cnn.com/2021/11/10/health/1-million-kids-vaccines/index.html

Disaster education, communications and engagement

6th World Tsunami Awareness Day https://www.preventionweb.net/news/once-generation-opportunity-improve-tsunami-detection\

100 seminal articles on disaster https://www.radixonline.org/100-seminal-articles

Weather wonders: Bureau of Meteorology’s 2022 calendar – in pictures https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2021/nov/09/weather-wonders-bureau-of-meteorologys-2022-calendar-in-pictures

Long-Term Community Resilience Exercise Resource Guide https://preptoolkit.fema.gov/web/hseep-resources

High-profile breakthrough cases trigger vaccine misinformation https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211107-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 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1438463921001553?via%3Dihub

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 https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2021/accessible-support-young-volunteer-mental-health

70% of Americans experiencing climate change anxiety and depression, survey finds https://abc7news.com/climate-change-depression-anxiety-pre-ptsd/11202847/

Climate Change in the American Mind https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/about/projects/climate-change-in-the-american-mind/

On Slaughterhouse-Five, the “Ultimate PTSD Novel” https://lithub.com/on-slaughterhouse-five-the-ultimate-ptsd-novel/

Sociology and disasters

Link between equality and climate crisis overlooked, Welsh report finds https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/nov/04/link-between-equality-and-climate-crisis-overlooked-welsh-report-finds

When poverty meets climate change: A critical challenge that demands cross-cutting solutions https://blogs.worldbank.org/climatechange/when-poverty-meets-climate-change-critical-challenge-demands-cross-cutting-solutions?cid=ccg_tt_climatechange_en_ext

 

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