This Week in Disaster Resilience 14th January 2022

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

At least 19 dead, including 9 children, in massive fire at NYC apartment; 63 hurt in total 

22 freeze to death after unprecedented snowstorm traps thousands of cars in Murree, Pakistan 

Tropical Cyclone "Tiffany" to make landfall over the far north Queensland, Australia 

Brazil cliff collapse leaves 10 dead 

3 people missing, 991 homes destroyed and 127 damaged by catastrophic Marshall Fire in Colorado 

Maryborough CBD evacuated as 'catastrophic failure' of gates under levee threatens major flooding 

Australia – Hundreds Evacuate Floods in Queensland After 650mm of Rain in 24 Hours 

Malawi – Houses Destroyed After Flash Floods in Blantyre 

Schools closed after shallow M5.5 earthquake, series of aftershocks hit Florina, Greece 

Destructive floods hit Eastern Cape, South Africa 

Indonesia – Floods in East Java Leave 1 Dead, 1 Missing 

Brazil – Rising Rivers Force 700 Families to Evacuate in Pará 

What We’re Watching: Weekly Disaster Update 

Fiji – Tropical Storm Cody Causes Flooding, 1 Dead, 4,000 Evacuated 

Strong and shallow M6.8 earthquake hits Fox Islands, Alaska, U.S. 

Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits near the coast of Cyprus 

France – Evacuations After Rivers Flood in South West 

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Jan 2022: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Shiveluch, Ibu, Sangay, Ruapehu 

Brazil – Thousands Displaced After More Floods and Landslides in Minas Gerais 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Plan Mitigates Climate Change, City’s Environmental Racism 

COP26 energized the global effort to halt global warming. Research is now crucial to monitoring progress and creating solutions 

The Uncertain Future of Antarctica’s Melting Ice 

Climate crisis: last seven years the hottest on record, 2021 data shows 

Amsterdam’s floating suburb offers solutions to rising waters 

Climate change destroying homes across the Arctic 

Sedimentation strategies provide effective but limited mitigation of relative sea-level rise in the Mekong delta 

The top 10 global weather and climate change events of 2021 

Carbon offset credits set to soar on net zero ambitions 

Hurricanes, cold waves, tornadoes: Weather disasters in USA dominate natural disaster losses in 2021 

Global long-term mapping of surface temperature shows intensified intra-city urban heat island extremes 

How coastal cities can build climate resilience as the clock ticks 

Meet the scientist moms fighting climate change for their children 

‘Extraordinarily warm’: winter is fastest-heating season in most of US 

Contiguous U.S. ranked fourth warmest during 2021; 20 billion-dollar disasters identified 

Global Warming’s Six Americas, September 2021 

‘Rapid stop’ to CO2 emissions needed to limit global warming to 1.5C, says Met Office 

Impacts of super typhoons and climate change 

Permafrost carbon emissions in a changing Arctic 

Australia matches its hottest day on record as Western Australia town goes above 50C 

The heat stays on: Earth hits 6th warmest year on record 

2021 was 45th year in a row with a warmer-than-normal global temperature 

2021 officially New Zealand's hottest year on record, Niwa says 

Heat-health advisories to farmers in rural Jalna district, Maharastra state, India 

Disaster risk reduction

Plumes of rock that feed volcanic hotspots are surprisingly cold 

What is the value of a wave? How changes to our coastline could wipe out surfing’s benefits 

GP2022: Website and registration launched for the Seventh Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 

How can we Optimize Data and Modeling Techniques to Respond to the Effects of Climate Change, Disaster Management and the Security 

A Quarter of U.S. Roads Could Be Regularly Flooded in 30 Years 

Cities boosted rain, sent storms to the suburbs during Europe’s deadly summer floods 

Insurance isn't enough: Governments need to do better on natural disaster resilience 

Enhancing warnings 

2021 Was One of the Deadliest and Costliest Years for Climate Disasters 

Stop blaming the climate for disasters 

Data collection critical to disaster mitigation 

Property owners could be hit with higher insurance bills or find themselves uninsurable after a catastrophic infrastructure failure flooded the Queensland city of Maryborough 

Health Impacts of Air Pollution from Australian Megafires 

Disaster resilience quantification of communities: A risk-based approach 

What do large-scale patterns teach us about extreme precipitation over the Mediterranean at medium- and extended-range forecasts? 

What Nigerian cities can do to cope better with flood risk 

Warragamba Dam heritage assessment ‘manifestly inadequate’: archaeologists 

In Haiti, disaster risks linger as another earthquake anniversary passes 

Global Risks Report 2022 

The Deadly Dynamics of Colorado’s Marshall Fire 

Sequence of tectonic earthquakes under the summit of Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand 

Natural Disasters Data Book 2020 

Gauging the resilience of complex networks 

Urban floods are becoming more common as a result of increasing urbanisation, poor urban planning, and climate change. A new report by PlanAdapt explores how African cities are rising to the challenge, and how their work can inspire others 

Fire management in Australia has reached a crossroads and ‘business as usual’ won’t cut it 

Current and future flood risk in Luxembourg 

Rainy days harm the economy 

Challenges Associated with Creeping Disasters in Disaster Risk Science and Practice: Considering Disaster Onset Dynamics 

Emergency management

COVID vaccines for ages 5 to 11 start today but can schools to open safely in the shadow of Omicron? 

Covid: UK records more than 150,000 deaths 

China's Tianjin testing all 14 million residents after Omicron found 

How do death rates from COVID-19 differ between people who are vaccinated and those who are not? 

As omicron spreads, Europe scrambles to shore up health care 

Stranded families escape rising floodwaters near Gympie by tying tinny to a power pole 

'Hero' police captain dies while rescuing Eastern Cape flood victims 

Stories of survival emerge from Gympie floods as horses tread water for hours 

Typhoon Rai’s trail of destruction in the Philippines reignites loss and damage calls 

This Fire Apparatus has Two Engines, 56,000-Gallon Tank Capacity and a Caboose 

U.S. May Soon See Sharp Drop in Omicron Cases, Experts Say 

Assessment of Top-Down Design of Tsunami Evacuation Strategies Based on Drill and Modelled Data 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Learn About Earthquake Hazards 

Citizen Science Helps Communities Participate in, Understand, and Trust Science 

Indie City-Building Games Finally Reckon With Climate Change 

Teaching about volcanoes 

When Science Meets the Public, Communication Matters 

Public safety messages for floods and storms 

Attentiveness to Early Warning Drought Information: Implications for Policy Support and Climate Risk Reduction in Ghana 

Psychology and disasters

Climate disasters trigger mental health crisis in Pakistan’s mountains 

Farmers tell of frantic rescue efforts as Gympie floods sweep Victorian father, daughter away 

Sociology and disasters

COVID-19 To Go? The Role of Disasters and Evacuation in the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Book Review: Cities in the Anthropocene: New Ecology and Urban Politics by Ihnji Jon 

Did Volcanoes Accelerate the Fall of Chinese Dynasties? 

Building Resilience of the Urban Poor in Indonesia 

In Bihar, women face floods and increasing violence 


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