This Week in Disaster Resilience 24th September 2021

 

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Gard hit by historic rainfall - more than 2 months' worth of rain in just 3 hours, France https://watchers.news/2021/09/15/gard-historic-rainfall-nimes-flood-france-september-2021/

Spanish Canary Island volcano erupts after weeks of earthquakes https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/19/spanish-canary-island-volcano-erupts-after-weeks-of-earthquakes

Italy – 10 Rescued From Floods Near Malpensa Airport https://floodlist.com/europe/italy-10-rescued-from-floods-near-malpensa-airport

India – 10 Killed in West Bengal Floods https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-uttar-pradesh-september-2021

USA – Severe Floods in Alabama Leave 1 Dead https://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-alabama-september-2021

Chad – Floods Affect 250,000 Across 400 Villages https://floodlist.com/africa/chad-floods-september-2021

Nigeria – Floods Affect 100,000 in Adamawa as Cholera Cases Rise, Says UN https://floodlist.com/africa/nigeria-floods-adamawa-september-2021

India – Flooding Affects Thousands in Odisha https://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-odisha-september-2021

‘My whole life in a van’: Islanders flee Spanish volcano https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/eruption-spanish-island-months-experts-80163425

Melbourne earthquake: Tremor rattles southeast Australia https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-58646917

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Sep 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/142272/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-23-Sep-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Shiveluch-Reventad.html

Colombia – Thousands Affected as Floods Continue in the North https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-update-floods-north-september-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

World on 'catastrophic' climate path of 2.7C warming, UN warns https://www.sbs.com.au/news/world-on-catastrophic-climate-path-of-2-7c-warming-un-warns/e19eb133-0436-435a-b7e5-1e40b51da9c8

What Is ‘Fire Weather,’ and Why Is It Getting Worse? https://www.wired.com/story/what-is-fire-weather-and-why-is-it-getting-worse/

Much of New Zealand’s coastal property has an expiry date https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/what-storms-may-come/

‘It’s a reality’: Biden calls for urgency in California as climate crisis fuels wildfires https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/sep/13/california-wildfires-biden-trip-climate-crisis-links-extreme-weather

Illinois Now Boasts the ‘Most Equitable’ Climate Law in America. So What Will That Mean? https://insideclimatenews.org/news/17092021/illinois-climate-law-equitable/

No, damming the Golden Gate won't save the Bay Area from rising seas https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/No-damming-the-Golden-Gate-won-t-save-the-Bay-16468572.php

‘Climate crisis on our shores’: Mediterranean countries sign deal after summer of fires https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/20/climate-crisis-on-our-shores-mediterranean-countries-sign-deal-after-summer-of-fires

Long-term sea-level rise necessitates a commitment to adaptation: A first order assessment https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S221209632100084X

How Methane Emissions Contribute to Climate Change https://www.wri.org/insights/methane-gas-emissions-climate-change

Biden launches plan to address 'silent killer': extreme heat https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/biden-launches-response-health-harms-extreme-heat-80124520

Climate Change Will Alter Cooling Effects of Volcanic Eruptions https://eos.org/articles/climate-change-will-alter-cooling-effects-of-volcanic-eruptions

Climate change and impacts accelerate https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/climate-change-and-impacts-accelerate

Clear majority of Australians want net zero emissions by 2050 https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/clear-majority-of-australians-want-net-zero-emissions-by-2050-20210921-p58tkk.html

Which parts of Australia's coast will vanish below rising sea levels? https://www.sbs.com.au/news/audiotrack/which-parts-australias-coast-will-vanish-below-rising-sea-levels

Extreme heat: The economic and social consequences for the United States https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/in-depth-research-reports/report/extreme-heat-the-economic-and-social-consequences-for-the-united-states/

Proving sea levels are rising https://medium.com/our-changing-climate/proving-sea-levels-are-rising-54f5d63e01b4

Global wildfire carbon dioxide emissions at record high, data shows https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/21/global-wildfire-carbon-dioxide-emissions-at-record-high-data-shows

Scientists still don’t know how far melting in Antarctica will go – or the sea level rise it will unleash https://theconversation.com/scientists-still-dont-know-how-far-melting-in-antarctica-will-go-or-the-sea-level-rise-it-will-unleash-166677

The unexplored region of the atmosphere that could help predict climate change https://vtx.vt.edu/articles/2021/09/ictas-bailey-CUE-project.html

Wildfire and flood disasters are causing ‘climate migration’ within Canada https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/wildfire-and-flood-disasters-are-causing-climate-migration-within-canada-1004212774/

Life at 50C: Heat hitting home in Australia https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-australia-58643237

NASA Satellites Show How Clouds Respond to Arctic Sea Ice Change https://www.nasa.gov/feature/esnt/2021/nasa-satellites-show-how-clouds-respond-to-arctic-sea-ice-change

Drivers of exceptional coastal warming in the northeastern United https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-021-01159-7

Councils spend millions on climate change and disaster recovery: New report https://citiespowerpartnership.org.au/2021/09/22/councils-spend-millions-on-climate-change-and-disaster-recovery-new-report/

Disaster risk reduction

Fire breaks are getting bigger in NSW but experts say it's a big mistake https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2021-09-17/fire-breaks-getting-bigger-but-experts-say-big-mistake/100460814

Greece’s Wildfires and the Future of Natural Disasters https://newlinesmag.com/photo-essays/greeces-wildfires-and-the-future-of-natural-disasters/

The next health threat is here — action is needed on anti-microbial resistance https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/571664-the-next-health-threat-is-here-action-is-needed-on-anti-microbial

Risk Rating 2.0 moves the NFIP away from its heavy reliance on in-or-out flood zones https://californiawaterblog.com/2021/09/19/risk-rating-2-0-a-first-look-at-femas-new-flood-insurance-system/

Enhancements of the Australian Exposure Information Platform https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/105

Forecast-based Financing for flash floods: a Flash Flood Confidence Index to improve flood reporting https://www.anticipation-hub.org/news/forecast-based-financing-for-flash-floods-a-flash-flood-confidence-index

Nature-based solutions for flood risk reduction: A probabilistic modeling framework https://www.cell.com/one-earth/fulltext/S2590-3322(21)00468-1

U.S. flood insurance rates to rise for 77% of policyholders - study https://www.reuters.com/business/sustainable-business/us-flood-insurance-rates-rise-77-policyholders-study-2021-09-21/

When extreme events are no longer rare: Lessons from Hurricane Ida https://news.berkeley.edu/2021/09/21/when-extreme-events-are-no-longer-rare-lessons-from-hurricane-ida/

After Ida, U.S. cities eye more equal resilience plans https://news.trust.org/item/20210921174503-2934x/

Effectiveness of small- and large-scale Nature-Based Solutions for flood mitigation: The case of Ayutthaya, Thailand https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969721027960?via%3Dihub

RMS Estimates US$1.1 – $2.2 Billion in Total U.S. Insured Losses from Hurricane Nicholas https://www.rms.com/newsroom/press-releases/press-detail/2021-09-23/rms-estimates-us11-22-billion-in-total-us-insured-losses-from-hurricane-nicholas

Australia is no stranger to earthquakes, yet our planning polices have not adapted https://theconversation.com/australia-is-no-stranger-to-earthquakes-yet-our-planning-polices-have-not-adapted-168470

South Asia’s tryst with floods: A story less-known https://www.orfonline.org/expert-speak/south-asias-tryst-with-floods/

Impact-based forecasting: a new way to predict the community impact of east coast lows https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/106

Emergency management

COVID-19 death toll in US surpasses 1918 pandemic deaths; experts say it didn’t have to happen https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/20/covid-is-americas-deadliest-pandemic-as-us-fatalities-near-1918-flu-estimates.html

Australia’s COVID plan was designed before we knew how Delta would hit us. We need more flexibility https://theconversation.com/australias-covid-plan-was-designed-before-we-knew-how-delta-would-hit-us-we-need-more-flexibility-168189

Covid-19: Delta outbreak here to stay https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2018813323/covid-19-delta-outbreak-here-to-stay-covid-19-modeller-rodney-jones

Long Covid Affecting One Third Of People After Covid https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2021/09/19/long-covid-affecting-a-third-of-people-after-covid-19-coronavirus-infection-cdc-mmwr-study-finds/?sh=57842fb360e2

Polls on COVID-19 vaccination closely align with CDC data https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/09/20/polls-on-covid-19-vaccination-closely-align-with-cdc-data/

Is the delta coronavirus variant more dangerous for children? https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg25133523-500-is-the-delta-coronavirus-variant-more-dangerous-for-children/

Many New Orleans Seniors Were Left Without Power For Days After Hurricane Ida https://www.npr.org/2021/09/07/1034775749/hurricane-ida-power-outages-new-orleans-seniors

Facing bigger blazes, longer hours, low pay, wildland firefighters ask Congress, agencies for help https://www.sfreporter.com/news/2021/09/22/the-fight-within/

COVID vaccine immunity is waning — how much does that matter? https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02532-4

426,000 affected by flooding in South Sudan: UN https://pni.net.pk/en/climate-environment-news/426000-affected-by-flooding-in-south-sudan-un/

South Sudanese refugees homeless again after Sudan floods https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2021/9/23/photos-south-sudanese-refugees-homeless-again-after-sudan-floods

With extreme weather events and other disasters on the rise, how well are Americans prepared? https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/09/22/with-extreme-weather-events-and-other-disasters-on-the-rise-how-well-are-americans-prepared/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

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

National Preparedness Month https://www.ready.gov/september#info

A National Animation demonstrating the achievements of DEFRA funded and Environment Agency supported Property Flood Resilience (PFR) Pathfinder Projects https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3UUp-pUuDI

Using local knowledge in disaster policy is challenging, but necessary https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/using-local-knowledge-in-disaster-policy-is-challenging-but-necessary-13313/

Facebook Puts $1M Toward Combating Climate Change Misinformation https://www.adweek.com/media/facebook-puts-1m-toward-combating-climate-change-misinformation/

You've been through a disaster — what next? https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/after-the-disaster/

Psychology and disasters

Caring for the vulnerable opens gateways to our richest, deepest brain states https://aeon.co/videos/caring-for-the-vulnerable-opens-gateways-to-our-richest-deepest-brain-states

Tsunami awareness and preparedness in Aotearoa New Zealand: The evolution of community understanding https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921005379?via%3Dihub

Let's stop talking about climate 'resilience' and start talking about climate trauma https://thephoenix.substack.com/p/lets-stop-talking-about-climate-resilience

Sociology and disasters

Bonding and linking social capital are key determinants for successful pandemic policy https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953621007085

“Driving Down a Road and Not Knowing Where You're At”: Navigating the Loss of Physical and Social Infrastructure After the Camp Fire https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ruso.12411

The benefits of Social Infrastructure and Civic ties in Uncertain Times https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2021/09/16/the-benefits-of-social-infrastructure-and-civic-ties-in-uncertain-times/

A critical appraisal of individual social capital in crisis response https://www.researchgate.net/publication/354697544_A_critical_appraisal_of_individual_social_capital_in_crisis_response

The unequal impacts of wildfire https://headwaterseconomics.org/natural-hazards/unequal-impacts-of-wildfire/

No silver-bullets: why understanding community characteristics is key to enhancing flood resilience https://floodresilience.net/blogs/understanding-community-characteristics-is-key-to-enhancing-flood-resilience/

We must address inequality to build back better from disasters https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/10/opinions/building-back-better-after-disasters-balagna-clark-ginsberg/index.html

Linking resilience, vulnerability, social capital and risk awareness for crisis and disaster research https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1468-5973.12375

 

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