This Week in Disaster Resilience 19th March 2021

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Poor seasonal rains threatening ‘foundations’ of tens of thousands of Somali livelihoods
https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/03/1087172

Massive landslide cuts off access to Kauai north shore, Hawaii
https://watchers.news/2021/03/12/massive-landslide-cuts-off-access-to-kauai-north-shore-hawaii/

341 people missing afters heavy dust storm hits Mongolia
https://watchers.news/2021/03/14/341-people-missing-afters-heavy-dust-storm-hits-mongolia/

Colombia – Heavy Rain Triggers Flooding and Deadly Landslide in Cali
http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-landslide-cali-valle-del-cauca-march-2021

Colombia – 15 Dead, Thousands Affected After Weeks of Severe Weather
http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-janaury-to-march-2021

Damaging tornado outbreak hits South U.S., severe weather shifting into the Southeast
https://watchers.news/2021/03/18/tornado-outbreak-south-us-march-2021/

Deadly floods sweep through Kinshasa and Brazzaville in Congo and DR Congo
https://watchers.news/2021/03/17/deadly-floods-sweep-through-kinshasa-and-brazzaville-in-congo-and-dr-congo/

Volcanic activity worldwide 17 Mar 2021: Etna volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/124820/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-17-Mar-2021-Etna-volcano-Pacaya-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventa.html

Angola – Deadly Flash Floods in Luanda
http://floodlist.com/africa/angola-flash-floods-luanda-march-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia's largest community-owned solar farm begins powering homes in Canberra
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-11/act-community-solar-farm-opens-in-majura/13238882

Coastal town with a big decision to make
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/14/climate/outer-banks-tax-climate-change.html

The ‘boomerang effect’: insights for improved climate action
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17565529.2020.1723470?journalCode=tcld20

Heating of the Tasman sea warms up the climate of Antarctic Peninsula via changes in wind patterns, suggests new study
https://www.nipr.ac.jp/english/info/notice/20210309.html

Implementing open data strategies for climate action: Suggestions and lessons learned for government and civil society stakeholders
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76505

Doubling uptake of wind and solar power could set up Australia for net zero emissions by 2040
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/17/doubling-uptake-of-wind-and-solar-power-could-set-up-australia-for-net-zero-emissions-by-2040

Model predicts urban development and greenhouses gasses will fuel urban floods
http://floodlist.com/america/usa/urban-development-climate-change-increase-urban-floods

Over 10 million displaced by climate disasters in six months: report
https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN2B90ZA

Revenge of the nerds: Disaster risk reduction and climate change
https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/opinion/2021/3/18/revenge-of-the-nerds-disaster-risk-reduction-and-climate-change

Australia lags far behind other top economies on 'green recovery' pandemic spending
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/19/australia-lags-far-behind-other-top-economies-on-green-recovery-pandemic-spending

Disaster risk reduction

Exploring neighborhood‐level resilience to flooding: Why the context and scale matter
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12698

Australia's first satellite that can help detect bushfires within one minute of ignition set for launch
https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2021-03-14/bushfires-detecting-them-from-space-fireball-satellite-launch/13203470

Assessment of at‐site design flood estimation methods using an improved event‐based design flood estimation tool
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12710

Bushfire risks heat up, demanding new take on fuel load management
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/bushfire-risks-heat-up-demanding-new-take-on-fuel-load-management-20210312-p57abr.html

World Bank and AFD join efforts to strengthen Tunisia’s disaster resilience capacities
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76554

Entire villages would be wiped out if natural disaster hit dam on PNG mine, critics say
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/14/entire-villages-would-be-wiped-out-if-natural-disaster-hit-dam-on-png-mine-critics-say

Progressing property flood resilience
https://yorkshirefloodresilience.co.uk/tools-resources/the-experts-view/progressing-property-flood-resilience

How we can use lessons learned from devastating Japan earthquake, tsunami to make SoCal safer
https://abc7.com/what-weve-learned-10-years-after-devastating-japan-quake-tsunami/10412706/

The science of tsunamis and what parts of New Zealand are most at risk
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76607

Volcanic lands warm before eruptions
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76579

Expert-based versus data-driven flood damage models: A comparative evaluation for data-scarce regions
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S221242092100114X?via%3Dihub

U.S. Global Change Research Program Should Shift Focus to Preparing for and Avoiding Worst Potential Consequences of Climate Change, Says New Report
https://www.nationalacademies.org/news/2021/03/u-s-global-change-research-program-should-shift-focus-to-preparing-for-and-avoiding-worst-potential-consequences-of-climate-change-says-new-report

Flood Detection and Monitoring using Satellite Imagery with Python
https://towardsdatascience.com/flood-detection-and-monitoring-using-satellite-imagery-with-python-5cd32157206c

The potential economic impact of volcano alerts
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76631

Building a Better Model to View Earth’s Interacting Processes
https://eos.org/opinions/building-a-better-model-to-view-earths-interacting-processes

Tsunami forecast model animation: Three tsunamis in one day from the Tonga-Kermadec subduction zone
https://watchers.news/2021/03/17/tonga-kermadec-subduction-zone-tsunami-forecast-model-animation/

Discerning structure and seismic hazards in the Sikkim Himalayas
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76672

Nature-based solution to disaster risk reduction
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76664

Coupled fire-atmosphere modelling – final project report
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76687

Emergency management

Global impact of landscape fire emissions on surface level PM2.5 concentrations, air quality exposure and population mortality https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1352231021000285?dgcid=coauthor

How the latest COVID cases slipped through in NSW and Queensland — and what we can do better
https://theconversation.com/how-the-latest-covid-cases-slipped-through-in-nsw-and-queensland-and-what-we-can-do-better-157132

Optimising post-disaster recovery interventions in Australia
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76533

Pressure mounts on Boris Johnson to launch coronavirus inquiry
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/mar/16/pressure-mounts-on-boris-johnson-to-launch-coronavirus-inquiry

Wildfire Preparedness
https://www.doi.gov/wildlandfire/preparedness

At least 57 people died in the Texas winter storm, mostly from hypothermia
https://www.texastribune.org/2021/03/15/texas-winter-storm-deaths/

Reconsidering disaster evacuations and displacement in the COVID-19 era
https://environmentalmigration.iom.int/blogs/reconsidering-disaster-evacuations-and-displacement-covid-19-era

US could save tens of thousands of lives and tens of billions of dollars with 3 weeks of strict COVID-19 measures
https://theconversation.com/us-could-save-tens-of-thousands-of-lives-and-tens-of-billions-of-dollars-with-3-weeks-of-strict-covid-19-measures-156447

The US vaccine effect: rapid rollout starts to bear fruit
https://www.ft.com/content/78bb2c9c-9795-4a0c-860b-eede85fdb9b7

Support for Covid-19 Vaccine Passports Grows, With European, Chinese Backing
https://www.wsj.com/articles/support-for-covid-19-vaccine-passports-grows-with-european-chinese-backing-11614771850?mod=e2tw

‘Magical’ fire suppressant kills zombie fires 40% faster than water alone
https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/217233/magical-fire-suppressant-kills-zombie-fires/

Covid vaccine side-effects: what are they, who gets them and why?
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/18/covid-vaccine-side-effects-what-are-they-who-gets-them-and-why?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

A $300,000 early warning system for flood and fire emergencies was installed and tested for Sapphire and Graves Hill in 2020 — but no alarm sounded
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-18/early-warning-system-fails-gemfields-flood-disaster-rain/13256850

Disaster education, communications and engagement

NYC emergency guides and app
https://www1.nyc.gov/site/em/ready/guides-resources.page#myemergencyplan

Understanding Flooding (Guided Lesson For Students)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atZEj8_JtaY

Floodmobile Virtual Reality Tour
https://circus2020.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/Floodmobile/index.html

Cyclone and Storm Tide Resilient Building Guidance for Queensland Homes
https://www.qra.qld.gov.au/resilient-homes/cyclone-and-storm-tide-resilient-building-guidance-queensland-homes

Psychology and disasters

New Strategies for Calming Your Pandemic Anxiety
https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-strategies-for-calming-your-pandemic-anxiety-11614618532?mod=e2tw

The Psychology of Fake News
https://www.cell.com/trends/cognitive-sciences/fulltext/S1364-6613(21)00051-6

Sociology and disasters

Natural hazards as political events: framing and politicisation of floods in the United Kingdom
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17477891.2021.1898926

A Racist Past, a Flooded Future
https://www.redfin.com/news/redlining-flood-risk/

Earthquake preparedness among religious minority groups: the case of the Jewish ultra-Orthodox society in Israel
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76537

Risk perceptions and management strategies in a post-disaster landscape of Guatemala: Social conflict as an opportunity to understand disaster
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921001199?via%3Dihub

Inclusive guide helps communities build urban resilience
https://www.climate-kic.org/news/inclusive-guide-helps-communities-build-urban-resilience/

 

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