This Week in Disaster Resilience 14th May 2021

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Somalia – Deadly Floods Strike Mogadishu, Rivers Overflow in Jowhar http://floodlist.com/africa/somalia-floods-mogadishu-jowhar-may-2021

Uganda – Severe Flooding Affects Thousands in Butaleja http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-flooding-butaleja-may-2021

Volcanic Eruption Illuminates Reykjavik’s Night Sky With Lava Fountains Up To 460 Meters High https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2021/05/10/icelandic-volcanic-eruption-illuminates-night-sky-with-lava-fountains-up-to-460-meters-high/

Volcanic activity worldwide 13 May 2021: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Semeru, Dukono, Reventador, Kilauea https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/129937/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-13-May-2021-Pacaya-volcano-Fuego-Semeru-Dukono-Reventador-Kilauea.html

Russia – Rising Rivers Flood Homes in Khabarovsk Krai http://floodlist.com/asia/russia-amur-river-flood-khabarovsk-may-2021

Kenya – Floods Displace Thousands Across the Country http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-floods-may-2021

Rwanda – Hundreds Homeless After Landslide in Nyamasheke http://floodlist.com/africa/rwanda-landslide-nyamasheke-may-2021

Democratic Republic of Congo – Over 13,000 Families Hit by Floods in Tanganyika Province http://floodlist.com/africa/congo-floods-tanganyika-province-may-2021

Tajikistan and Afghanistan – 14 Killed in Flash Floods and Mudflows http://floodlist.com/asia/tajikistan-afghanistan-flash-floods-may-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Humans already have the tools to combat climate change but we lack leadership https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/10/humans-already-have-the-tools-to-combat-climate-change-but-we-lack-leadership

Work underway to repurpose Wallerawang power station into battery and industrial zone https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2021-05-08/wallerawang-power-station-finds-new-lease-on-life/100119980

The young people taking their countries to court over climate inaction https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/07/the-young-people-taking-their-countries-to-court-over-climate-inaction

Australia pressured to step up climate action during G7 talks https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-pressured-to-step-up-climate-action-during-g7-talks-20210507-p57ppf.html

Reducing methane is crucial for protecting climate and health, and it can pay for itself – so why aren’t more companies doing it? https://theconversation.com/reducing-methane-is-crucial-for-protecting-climate-and-health-and-it-can-pay-for-itself-so-why-arent-more-companies-doing-it-160423

Climate change: how bad could the future be if we do nothing? https://theconversation.com/climate-change-how-bad-could-the-future-be-if-we-do-nothing-159665

A 50,000-Year History of Current Flow Yields New Climate Clues https://eos.org/research-spotlights/a-50000-year-history-of-current-flow-yields-new-climate-clues

Climate finance hopes for poor nations shift to G7 summit as Merkel disappoints https://news.trust.org/item/20210506153152-q42ng/

Farewell the utopian city. To cope with climate change we must learn from how nature adapts https://theconversation.com/farewell-the-utopian-city-to-cope-with-climate-change-we-must-learn-from-how-nature-adapts-157878

AEMO says Australia “well ahead” of 90 per cent renewables scenario for 2040 https://reneweconomy.com.au/aemo-says-australia-well-ahead-of-90-per-cent-renewables-scenario-for-2040/

A great start, but still not enough: why Victoria’s new climate target isn’t as ambitious as it sounds https://theconversation.com/a-great-start-but-still-not-enough-why-victorias-new-climate-target-isnt-as-ambitious-as-it-sounds-160364

Overshooting 2C risks rapid and unstoppable sea level rise from Antarctica https://www.carbonbrief.org/guest-post-overshooting-2c-risks-rapid-and-unstoppable-sea-level-rise-from-antarctica

Sydney to spend $24 million to accelerate net-zero goal by five years https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/sydney-to-spend-24-million-to-accelerate-net-zero-goal-by-five-years-20210510-p57qkg.html

‘Megadrought’ persists in western U.S., as another extremely dry year develops https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/megadrought-persists-in-western-us-as-another-extremely-dry-year-develops

A 50,000-year history of current flow yields new climate clues https://phys.org/news/2021-05-year-history-current-yields-climate.html

Blowing in the wind: Have we missed our chance to become a renewables superpower? https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/blowing-in-the-wind-have-we-missed-our-chance-to-become-a-renewables-superpower-20210512-p57rcc.html?btis

Survey of 800 cities around world finds almost 43% do not even have plan to adapt to impacts of global heating https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/12/one-in-four-cities-cannot-afford-climate-crisis-protection-measures-study

Global renewable energy industry grew at fastest rate since 1999 last year https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/11/global-renewable-energy-industry-grew-at-fastest-rate-since-1999-last-year

Climate emissions shrinking the stratosphere, scientists reveal https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/12/emissions-shrinking-the-stratosphere-scientists-find

Disaster risk reduction

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, Especially for Continents https://eos.org/science-updates/breaking-up-is-hard-to-do-especially-for-continents $230M anti-flooding project in Hoboken will create new flood walls, other upgrades https://www.njspotlight.com/video/230m-anti-flooding-project-in-hoboken-will-create-new-flood-walls-other-upgrades/

Reenvisioning resilience may help earthquake recovery in Italy https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/reenvisioning-resilience-may-help-earthquake-recovery-in-italy-12725/

Solutions providing multiple resilience dividends require integrated approach https://floodresilience.net/blogs/solutions-providing-multiple-resilience-dividends-require-integrated-approach/

‘All bets are off’: Fire weather trumps forestry, prescribed burning https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/all-bets-are-off-fire-weather-trumps-forestry-prescribed-burning-20210510-p57qif.html

Insurers Warn Canada’s Moving Too Slowly on Flood Mapping https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2021/05/06/612863.htm

Study offers earliest evidence of humans changing ecosystems with fire https://news.yale.edu/2021/05/05/study-offers-earliest-evidence-humans-changing-ecosystems-fire

Severe Hailstorms Are Costly and Hard to Predict https://eos.org/articles/severe-hailstorms-are-costly-and-hard-to-predict

Six ways Southeast Asia strengthened disaster risk management https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77727

Fresh insights into the causes of Australia’s strong climate variability which affects extreme wet or dry weather https://news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2021/05/10/new-gauge-on-weather-forecasts/

Previously unrecognized tsunami hazard identified in coastal cities https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77724

Asia is home to 99 of world’s 100 most vulnerable cities https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2021/may/13/asia-is-home-to-99-of-worlds-100-most-vulnerable-cities

Iowa Flood Center Developing Tool To Help Missouri River Communities Prepare For Flooding https://www.iowapublicradio.org/environment/2021-05-12/iowa-flood-center-developing-tool-to-help-missouri-river-communities-prepare-for-flooding

Space-based system can provide seismic monitoring for large earthquakes, tsunamis https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77776

 

Emergency management

A Small Brazilian Town Is Beating Covid-19 Through a Unique Experiment https://www.wsj.com/articles/brazilian-towns-mass-vaccination-creates-oasis-of-well-being-11620392401

Where will the next COVID hotspots be? https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2021/5/9/where-will-the-next-covid-hotspots-be

New Study Estimates More Than 900,000 People Have Died Of COVID-19 In U.S. https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/05/06/994287048/new-study-estimates-more-than-900-000-people-have-died-of-covid-19-in-u-s

Advancing the Field of Disaster Response Management: Toward a Design Science Approach https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349264310_Advancing_the_Field_of_Disaster_Response_Management_Toward_a_Design_Science_Approach

Vulnerability, Resilience, and Technology https://nick-lalone.medium.com/vulnerability-resilience-and-technology-f72d3f81fa7a

Where coronavirus variants emerge, surges follow – new research suggests how genomic surveillance can be an early warning system https://theconversation.com/where-coronavirus-variants-emerge-surges-follow-new-research-suggests-how-genomic-surveillance-can-be-an-early-warning-system-158733

Everbridge coronavirus situation map https://coronavirus-map.everbridge.com/

COVID-19 and heat waves: new challenges for healthcare systems https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0013935121004473?via%3Dihub

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Water safety attitudes, risk perception, experiences, and education for households impacted by the 2018 Camp Fire, California https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77675

Heatwave-protective knowledge and behaviour among urban populations: a multi-country study in Tunisia, Georgia and Israel https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77713

The role of educators in community resilience in natural disaster-prone communities https://www.researchgate.net/publication/351095157_The_role_of_educators_in_community_resilience_in_natural_disaster-prone_communities

 

Psychology and disasters

Life at disaster’s edge: What it means to start over – again and again https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/opinion/first-person/2021/5/6/rohingya-refugee-reflects-on-life-at-disasters-edge

Perceived threats and 'stampedes': a relational model of collective fear responses https://www.sussex.ac.uk/research/projects/stampedes/index

Three new episodes explore PTSD treatment and recovery https://www.phoenixaustralia.org/emerging-treatments-podcast-with-prof-meaghan-odonnell/

Stressors and Supports in Postdisaster Recovery: Experiences After the Black Saturday Bushfires https://www.researchgate.net/publication/350068658_Stressors_and_Supports_in_Postdisaster_Recovery_Experiences_After_the_Black_Saturday_Bushfires

Mental health: Can you tell if someone is struggling? https://www.bbc.com/news/health-57013126

Disasters caused by natural hazards linked to increase in triggers for violence against women and girls https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/newsevents/news/2021/disasters-caused-natural-hazards-linked-increase-triggers-violence-against

Contemporary flood risk perceptions in England: implications for flood risk management foresight https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212096321000462?via%3Dihub

Sociology and disasters

Complexity of resilience capacities: Household capitals and resilience outcomes on the disaster cycle in informal settlements https://www.researchgate.net/publication/351309276_Complexity_of_resilience_capacities_Household_capitals_and_resilience_outcomes_on_the_disaster_cycle_in_informal_settlements

Review of social influence in crisis communications and evacuation decision-making https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349639916_Review_of_social_influence_in_crisis_communications_and_evacuation_decision-making

 

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