This Week in Disaster Resilience 22nd October 2021

 

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

3 people killed as M5.1 earthquake hits near Agung volcano, Bali, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2021/10/17/bali-agung-indonesia-earthquake-october-2021/

M6.1 earthquake hits near the coast of Torres Islands, Vanuatu https://watchers.news/2021/10/18/m6-1-earthquake-hits-near-the-coast-of-torres-islands-vanuatu/

At least 26 dead as floods and landslides hit Kerala, India https://watchers.news/2021/10/18/more-than-20-dead-as-floods-and-landslides-hit-kerala-india/

Powerful phreatic explosion at Mount Asosan, Alert Level raised, Japan https://watchers.news/2021/10/20/powerful-phreatic-explosion-at-mount-asosan-alert-level-raised-japan/

Unseasonal heavy rainfall leaves 48 people dead in Nepal, 31 others missing https://watchers.news/2021/10/20/unseasonal-heavy-rainfall-leaves-48-people-dead-in-nepal-31-others-missing/

Giant hailstones pummel Queensland, likely the largest seen in Australia since records began https://watchers.news/2021/10/19/giant-hailstones-pummel-queensland-likely-the-largest-seen-in-australia-since-records-began/

India – Floods and Landslides Cause 27 Fatalities in Uttarakhand https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-landslides-uttarakhand-october-2021

Flooding triggers landslides in Nepal and India, killing at least 150 people and washing away homes https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-22/india-nepal-deadly-floods/100558832

Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Oct 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Reventador, Piton de la Fournaise https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/144874/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-20-Oct-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Reventador-Piton-de-la-Fournaise.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The climate disaster is here https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2021/oct/14/climate-change-happening-now-stats-graphs-maps-cop26

The Very Last Thick Sea Ice of the Arctic Breaks while Severe Storms reach the Arctic, eventually supported by Sudden Stratospheric Warming https://www.severe-weather.eu/cryosphere/thick-sea-ice-arctic-breaks-stratospheric-warmings-rrc/

Denmark is accelerating climate efforts with new 2025 deadline https://en.kefm.dk/news/news-archive/2021/sep/denmark-is-accelerating-climate-efforts-with-new-2025-deadline

Insurers are getting rocked by climate disasters https://www.vox.com/22686124/climate-change-insurance-flood-wildfire-hurricane-risk?hss_channel=tw-456864723

Climate change a double blow for oil-rich Mideast https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211017-climate-change-a-double-blow-for-oil-rich-mideast-experts?ref=tw

Unprecedented threats to cities from multi-century sea level rise https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ac2e6b

Future heat adaptation and exposure among urban populations and why a prospering economy alone won’t save us https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-99757-0

Facing existential threat from climate change, Pacific Islanders urge world to listen https://www.axios.com/climate-change-pacific-islands-activism-un-93221bd2-c6ae-44d7-8456-e66209f1656e.html

Climate change means thin ice for lakes worldwide https://today.vub.be/en/article/lakes-are-changing-worldwide

Don't boost climate deniers: scientist https://www.sbs.com.au/news/don-t-boost-climate-deniers-scientist/dd5dc7dc-97f3-412a-a1d0-d2320e6f7a89

What was the role of climate change in Germany's fatal floods? https://www.euronews.com/green/2021/10/18/what-was-the-role-of-climate-change-in-germany-s-fatal-floods

Who’s who in Glasgow: 5 countries that could make or break the planet’s future under climate change https://theconversation.com/whos-who-in-glasgow-5-countries-that-could-make-or-break-the-planets-future-under-climate-change-170090

What are climate change tipping points https://www.climaterealityproject.org/blog/what-are-climate-change-tipping-points

Factbox - COP26 in Glasgow: Who is going and who is not? https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-un-attendees/factbox-cop26-in-glasgow-who-is-going-and-who-is-not-idUSKBN2H90W6

Stunningly cheap solar to power China’s pivot away from coal https://reneweconomy.com.au/stunningly-cheap-solar-to-power-chinas-pivot-away-from-coal/

In the face of chaos, why are we so nonchalant about climate change? https://theconversation.com/in-the-face-of-chaos-why-are-we-so-nonchalant-about-climate-change-166040

Scientists and Native People Jointly Study Sea-Ice Declines Threatening Seal Hunts https://news.climate.columbia.edu/2021/10/14/scientists-and-native-people-jointly-study-sea-ice-declines-threatening-seal-hunts/

Research prepares organisations for climate-challenged futures https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2021/research-prepares-organisations-climate-challenged-futures

Millions of people were evacuated during disasters last year – another rising cost of climate change https://theconversation.com/millions-of-people-were-evacuated-during-disasters-last-year-another-rising-cost-of-climate-change-170105

Widespread collapse of West Antarctica’s ice sheet is avoidable if we keep global warming below 2℃ https://theconversation.com/widespread-collapse-of-west-antarcticas-ice-sheet-is-avoidable-if-we-keep-global-warming-below-2-169651

Hunt begins for ancient Antarctic ice—and clues to Earth’s response to rising temperatures https://www.science.org/content/article/hunt-begins-ancient-antarctic-ice-and-clues-earth-s-response-rising-temperatures

U.N. blames worst South Sudan floods since 1962 on climate change https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/un-blames-worst-south-sudan-floods-since-1962-climate-change-2021-10-19/

Seville Mayor Juan Espadas announces heatwave naming and categorization initiative https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/news/press-releases/seville-mayor-juan-espadas-announces-heatwave-naming-and-categorization-initiative/

Washington Coastal Resilience Project Ups Hazard Readiness https://coast.noaa.gov/states/stories/washington-coastal-resilience-project.html

The myth of the climate moderate https://www.vox.com/22709379/moderate-versus-progressive-democrats-climate

Amplified warming of extreme temperatures over tropical land https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-021-00828-8

Risk of Dangerous Heat Exposure Is Growing Quickly in Cities https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/risk-of-dangerous-heat-exposure-is-growing-quickly-in-cities/

Disaster risk reduction

BOM severe weather outlook for 2021-22 suggests floods, cyclones on the cards https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-11/bom-severe-weather-outlook/100524610

For Venice’s Floodgates to Work, Better Forecasts Are Needed https://eos.org/articles/for-venices-floodgates-to-work-better-forecasts-are-needed

The role of international cooperation in disaster risk reduction https://www.sei.org/featured/the-role-of-international-cooperation-in-disaster-risk-reduction/

67% of Americans perceive a rise in extreme weather, but partisans differ over government efforts to address it https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/10/14/67-of-americans-perceive-a-rise-in-extreme-weather-but-partisans-differ-over-government-efforts-to-address-it/

The Volcanologist’s Paradox https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/10/volcanos-awe-beauty-terror/620416/

COVID-19 and extreme weather highlight folly of low investment in disaster prevention https://www.undrr.org/news/covid-19-and-extreme-weather-highlight-folly-low-investment-disaster-prevention

U.S. overhauls flood insurance to meet rising climate change risks https://news.trust.org/item/20211015080642-qzw7a/

WMO strengthens Flash Flood Guidance system https://public.wmo.int/en/media/news/wmo-strengthens-flash-flood-guidance-system

Practical guidance on integrating both disaster and climate related risks into development https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/risk-informed-development-strategy-tool-integrating-disaster-risk-reduction-and-climate

Earthquake-resistant school built from recycled plastic in Indonesia https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-05/earthquake-resistant-school-built-of-recycled-plastic-in-lombok/100423910

Can burying power lines protect storm-wracked electric grids? Not always https://theconversation.com/can-burying-power-lines-protect-storm-wracked-electric-grids-not-always-167018

Hawaiʻi quake likely related to tectonic plate bending https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/hawai%CA%BBi-quake-likely-related-to-tectonic-plate-bending-13426/

A Community Works Together To Restore The Floodplain And Reduce Damages https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/training/walton-village.html

Metro has installed ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system at all bus and rail divisions https://thesource.metro.net/2021/10/19/metro-has-installed-shakealert-earthquake-early-warning-system-at-all-bus-and-rail-divisions/

Staying afloat: New evidence on how firms in Tanzania cope with flooding https://blogs.worldbank.org/developmenttalk/staying-afloat-new-evidence-how-firms-tanzania-cope-flooding

Bushfire insights uncovered with new fire-atmosphere modelling https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2021/bushfire-insights-uncovered-new-fire-atmosphere-modelling

Opportunities for enhanced disaster risk reduction in urban planning in Victoria https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/107

Researchers release buoys to collect data for South Australian coastline erosion study https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-20/flinders-university-coastal-study-uses-buoys-off-adelaide/100553114

NJ plans to expand buyouts of flood-prone properties https://www.njspotlight.com/2021/10/nj-expands-blue-acres-property-buyouts-tropical-storm-ida-superstorm-sandy-climate-change-resilience-measures/

Improving Disaster Data Systems to Inform Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building in Australia: A Comparison of Databases https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/prehospital-and-disaster-medicine/article/improving-disaster-data-systems-to-inform-disaster-risk-reduction-and-resilience-building-in-australia-a-comparison-of-databases/B9B919CE9E7368CEDEC7D61213F53235

2020 Global Natural Disaster Assessment Report https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/2020-global-natural-disaster-assessment-report

Barriers and Drivers for Mainstreaming Nature-Based Solutions for Flood Risks: The Case of South Korea https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13753-021-00372-4

Doing flood risk modelling differently: Evaluating the potential for participatory techniques to broaden flood risk management decision-making https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12757

Emergency management

Invest in local disaster response: it saves lives and money https://www.euronews.com/2021/10/13/invest-in-local-disaster-response-it-saves-lives-and-money-view

Bypassing Hurricanes Like Matthew Can Wreak Havoc, Too https://www.air-worldwide.com/blog/posts/2021/10/bypassing-hurricanes-can-wreak-havoc/

The UK has one of the highest Covid infection rates in the world right now: Here’s why https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/19/the-uks-covid-infection-rate-is-rising-heres-why.html

Building-Back-Better in Post-Disaster Recovery: Lessons Learnt from Cyclone Idai-Induced Floods in Zimbabwe https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13753-021-00373-3

How 30-person hotshot crews could help firefighters recuperate between assignments https://wildfiretoday.com/2021/10/20/how-30-person-hotshot-crews-could-help-firefighters-recuperate-between-assignments/

UNHCR responding to worst flooding in decades in South Sudan https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/10/1103442

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Creative educational systems build social capital https://www.educationalecosystems.com.au/

City of Logan school disaster education resources https://www.logan.qld.gov.au/disaster-education/disaster-education-1

Tsunami Hīkoi your evacuation walk - to high ground or inland, by foot or bike

https://www.eastcoastlab.org.nz/getinvolved/tsunami-hikoi/

Knowing What We Don't Know: Immersion Method for Inclusive Urban Infrastructure Policy https://acceleratorlabs.undp.org/content/acceleratorlabs/en/home/blogs/UNDP-Indonesia-Accelerator-Lab-Inclusive-Urban-Floods-disaster-risk-management-water-flooding-resilience-sustainable-development.html

#OnlyTogether can we make progress towards a safer and more resilient planet https://www.naturalhazards.com.au/node/14

CRC science in danger series https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2021/crc-science-danger-series

Science communication on trial following White Island disaster https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/opinion-science-communication-on-trial-following-white-island-disaster-13415/#disqus_thread

What is The Great ShakeOut and why did 7 million people in California do it? https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/california-earthquake-great-shakeout-b1942945.html

Individual hurricane evacuation intentions during the COVID-19 pandemic: insights for risk communication and emergency management policies https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11069-021-05064-2

Psychology and disasters

Two years after the bushfires my town is recovering, but the scars remain https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/09/two-years-after-the-bushfires-my-town-is-recovering-but-the-scars-remain

How to talk to kids about earthquakes https://www.abc.net.au/everyday/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-earthquakes/100483022

Global prevalence and burden of depressive and anxiety disorders in 204 countries and territories in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)02143-7/fulltext

A Toolkit for Child Welfare Agencies to Help Young People Heal and Thrive During and After Natural Disasters https://www.nctsn.org/resources/a-toolkit-for-child-welfare-agencies-to-help-young-people-heal-and-thrive-during-and-after-natural-disasters

Sociology and disasters

Floating resilience: how Thailand’s floating villages stay in place and adapt https://www.sei.org/featured/floating-resilience-how-thailands-floating-villages-stay-in-place-and-adapt/

Role of social capital in local knowledge evolution and transfer in a network of rural communities coping with landslide disasters in Sri Lanka https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921005914?via%3Dihub#fig3

How natural disasters benefit rich people but make the poor poorer – an illustrated story https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/oct/13/why-white-people-wealthier-disasters-but-others-suffer-illustrated-story

Surviving on the Periphery of a City of Earthquakes https://eos.org/articles/surviving-on-the-periphery-of-a-city-of-earthquakes

Social Capital and COVID-19 Deaths: An Ecological Analysis in Japan https://www.researchgate.net/publication/355447038_Social_Capital_and_COVID-19_Deaths_An_Ecological_Analysis_in_Japan

 

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