This Week in Disaster Resilience 24th December 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

UK weather: Landslides and flooding after half a month's rain falls in one day
https://news.sky.com/story/uk-weather-landslides-and-flooding-after-half-a-months-rain-falls-in-one-day-12168053

European neighbours shut doors to Britain amid alarm over new coronavirus strain
https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-britain-travel-idUSKBN28U0GZ

Philippines – 8 Killed in Floods and Landslides, Thousands Evacuate
http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-floods-caraga-cagayan-december-2020

Malaysia – Thousands Evacuate Floods in Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang
http://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-floods-kelantan-terengganu-pahang-december-2020

Brazil – 12 Dead, 9 Missing After Floods in Santa Catarina
http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-santa-catarina-december-2020

Thailand – 1 Dead After Further Floods and Landslides in South
http://floodlist.com/asia/thailand-floods-narathiwat-yala-pattani-december-2020

Hawaii residents told to stay home as Kilauea volcano erupts
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/12/21/us/kilauea-hawaii-volcano-eruption/index.html

Antarctica reports first coronavirus cases
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-22/coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-antarctica/13007596

U.S. loses one life every 33 seconds to COVID-19 in deadliest week so far
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-trends-graphic/u-s-loses-one-life-every-33-seconds-to-covid-19-in-deadliest-week-so-far-idUSKBN28W01Q

Large landslides cause major damage in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland
https://watchers.news/2020/12/21/iceland-landslide-december-2020/

New eruption at Kilauea's summit caldera, Aviation Color Code raised to Red, Hawai'i
https://watchers.news/2020/12/21/eruption-kilauea-volcano-hawaii-december-2020/

UK records 744 more Covid deaths, the highest since 29 April
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/23/uk-records-744-more-covid-deaths-the-highest-since-29-april?CMP=share_btn_tw

Endless wildfire season in California
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/12/23/california-wildfires-power-outages-possible-santa-ana-winds-threaten/4024825001/

Volcanic activity worldwide 22 Dec 2020: Etna volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/117087/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-22-Dec-2020-Etna-volcano-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Shiveluch-Reven.html

Algeria – Vehicles Swept Away by Flash Floods in Jijel Province
http://floodlist.com/africa/algeria-floods-jijel-december-2020

Brazil – Deadly Flash Floods in Rio De Janeiro State
http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-baixada-fluminense-december-2020

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Will the Mediterranean become too hot for tourists?
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2020/dec/19/will-the-mediterranean-become-too-hot-for-tourists

Activists hail ‘historic win’ as NSW environment court rejects Bylong Valley coalmine
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/dec/18/activists-hail-historic-win-as-nsw-environment-court-rejects-belong-valley-coalmine

Wetlands, not walls, may be key to managing flooding as sea levels rise
https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/wetlands-not-walls-may-be-key-to-managing-flooding-as-sea-levels-rise

Floods, droughts and heat waves herald a changing climate
https://datatopics.worldbank.org/sdgatlas/goal-13-climate-action/

Angry Weather
https://greystonebooks.com/products/angry-weather

How resilient is the insurance industry against climate change?
https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/business-law/how-resilient-insurance-industry-against-climate-change

Australia should hold auction to hasten coal closures, says conservative think tank
https://reneweconomy.com.au/australia-should-hold-auction-to-hasten-coal-closures-says-conservative-think-tank-65096/

B.C. lacks plans for rising seas, flooding: coastal adaptation researcher
https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/b-c-lacks-plans-for-rising-seas-flooding-coastal-adaptation-researcher-1004201727/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Rethinking migration and (mal)adaptation to climate change
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75266

Grid operators turn to wind, solar and batteries as system issues grow
https://reneweconomy.com.au/grid-operators-turn-to-wind-solar-and-batteries-as-system-issues-grow-98646/

Taiwan may face fewer typhoons - but harsher drought - as planet warms
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75288

Climate risks to health set to worsen inequity, harm children
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75287

2020 in review: Extreme weather seen around the world as climate warms
https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24833130-100-2020-in-review-extreme-weather-seen-around-the-world-as-climate-warms/

Warming Arctic with less ice heats up Cold War tensions
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/warming-arctic-with-less-ice-heats-up-cold-war-tensions

New research exposes the harsh realities of hurricanes in a warmer world
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75305

Scientists use new methods to better forecast atmospheric rivers
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75302

Climate change and the European water dimension: Enhancing resilience
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75296

Disaster risk reduction

Rural Resilience: Disaster Preparedness for Communities Off the Beaten Path
https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/rural-resilience-disaster-preparedness-for-communities-off-the-beaten-path

Building Codes Save: A Nationwide Study of Loss Prevention
https://www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/risk-management/building-science/building-codes-save-study

Probable maximum precipitation (PMP) as it relates to climate variability and change
https://ascelibrary.org/doi/10.1061/%28ASCE%29HE.1943-5584.0002003

'Our defence has gone': Byron Bay reels as storm surge devastates Australia's famous beaches
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/dec/20/our-defence-has-gone-byron-bay-reels-as-storm-surge-devastates-australias-famous-beaches

Words Whispered in Water; Why the Levees Broke in Hurricane Katrina
https://levees.org/2020/12/18/commissioner-of-post-katrina-levee-board-praises-book/

Open data shows lightning, not arson, was the likely cause of most Victorian bushfires last summer
https://theconversation.com/open-data-shows-lightning-not-arson-was-the-likely-cause-of-most-victorian-bushfires-last-summer-151912

Barriers to enhancing disaster risk reduction and community resilience: evidence from the L’Aquila disaster
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75250

The influence of prescribed burning and wildfire on lidar-estimated forest structure of the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve
https://www.publish.csiro.au/wf/WF20037

Inland New South Wales rivers may never recover from the last drought, expert warns
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-22/nsw-inland-rivers-may-not-recover-from-drought/12990300

Global Volcanism Program
https://volcano.si.edu/gvp_currenteruptions.cfm

Interactive map: which areas of Australia were hit by multiple disasters in 2020?
https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2020/dec/22/interactive-map-which-areas-of-australia-were-hit-by-multiple-disasters-in-2020?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Pathological (Im)mobilities: managing risk in a time of pandemics
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17450101.2020.1862454?src=&journalCode=rmob20

Changes caused by worsening wildfires in California forests will last centuries
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-12-21/worst-california-wildfire-season-has-altered-forests-for-centuries-to-come

Colombo declaration of multi-hazard early warning and disaster risk reduction: 2020
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75270

New Volcano, Old Caldera
https://eos.org/articles/new-volcano-old-caldera

Launch of the first parametric tropical cyclone risk insurance product in Africa
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75279

Predictive deep learning for flood evacuation planning and routing
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75285

Colombo declaration of multi-hazard early warning and disaster risk reduction: 2020
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75270

Status of Science and Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia-Pacific 2020
https://www.undrr.org/publication/status-science-and-technology-disaster-risk-reduction-asia-pacific-2020

Emergency management

ShakeAlert—Earthquake Early Warning System for the West Coast of the U.S. (2020)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq7eQ6kBgxA

RecovUS: An Agent-Based Model of Post-Disaster Household Recovery
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/345120410_RecovUS_An_Agent-Based_Model_of_Post-Disaster_Household_Recovery

Disaster Law
https://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/what-we-do/disaster-law/

Deadly Tropical Cyclone Yasa leaves 'devastation' across Fiji's north
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-20/tropical-cyclone-yasa-leaves-devastation-in-fiji/13001014

EU records fewer fires in 2020 despite monstrous blazes
https://www.enca.com/news/eu-records-fewer-fires-2020-despite-monstrous-blazes

Top-down reconstruction and the failure to “build back better” resilient communities after disaster: lessons from the 2009 L’Aquila Italy earthquake
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75249

Pacific nations brace for first major cyclones of the season
https://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/press-release/pacific-nations-brace-first-major-cyclones-season/

Six humanitarian lessons from the COVID-19 crisis
https://unocha.medium.com/six-humanitarian-lessons-from-the-covid-19-crisis-fd9acde995a5

‘People-to-people’ support - An exemplary contribution towards Nepal’s recovery efforts
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75294

US deaths in 2020 top 3 million, by far most ever counted
https://apnews.com/article/us-coronavirus-deaths-top-3-million-e2bc856b6ec45563b84ee2e87ae8d5e7

How Vietnam fought a pandemic and won
https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/how-vietnam-fought-a-pandemic-and-won-4209547.html

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Mortality Risk Calculator calculates risk of mortality from COVID-19 in currently uninfected individuals
https://covid19risktools.com:8443/

The structuralization of risk communication work and objectives in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/347216690_The_structuralization_of_risk_communication_work_and_objectives_in_the_aftermath_of_the_Fukushima_nuclear_disaster

Communication missteps during COVID‐19 hurt those already most at risk
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75258

Psychology and disasters

Trajectories of International Student Psychological Functioning and Pandemic Preparedness During COVID-19
https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/trajectories-of-international-student-psychological-functioning-and-pandemic-preparedness-during-covid-19

Sociology and disasters

Unity is Strength: Community Resilience in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria
https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/unity-is-strength-community-resilience-in-puerto-rico-after-hurricane-maria

Gender, Working Parents, and the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States
https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/gender-working-parents-and-the-covid-19-pandemic-in-the-united-states

Women’s resilience to disasters
https://www.preventionweb.net/wrd/

Covid-19 and the Social Sciences
https://items.ssrc.org/category/covid-19-and-the-social-sciences/

Building a Disaster-Resilient Community in Taiwan: A Social Capital Analysis of the Meizhou Experience
https://www.cogitatiopress.com/politicsandgovernance/article/view/3106

Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project empowering women and girls
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75259

Fighting a Pandemic Requires Trust
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2020-10-23/coronavirus-fighting-requires-trust

Livelihood Resilience Measurement Framework for Dam-Induced Displacement and Resettlement
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/346994038_A_Livelihood_Resilience_Measurement_Framework_for_Dam-Induced_Displacement_and_Resettlement

 

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