This Week in Disaster Resilience 26th February 2021

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Floods cripple Indonesia's capital
https://phys.org/news/2021-02-cripple-indonesia-capital.html

'Incredibly powerful' paroxysm at Etna, lava fountains exceeding 1 000 m (3 300 feet) in height
https://watchers.news/2021/02/21/incredibly-powerful-paroxysm-etna-italy-february-20-2021/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Uganda – Rain Triggers Deadly Landslide in Buhweju
http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-landslide-buhweju-february-2021

Madagascar – Hundreds Affected by Floods and Landslides
http://floodlist.com/africa/madagascar-floods-february-2021

Ecuador – Deadly Landslides and Floods in El Oro
http://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-landslides-floods-chimborazo-el-oro-february-2021

Record flooding affects more than 100 000 people in Acre, northwestern Brazil
https://watchers.news/2021/02/22/record-flooding-affects-more-than-100-000-people-in-acre-northwestern-brazil/

More than 59 000 people flee as Dujuan brings widespread flooding and disruption to Philippines
https://watchers.news/2021/02/22/dujuan-brings-widespread-flooding-and-disruption-to-philippines/

Indonesia – Floods Worsen in Greater Jakarta Region, 5 People Reported Dead, Over 30,000 Displaced
http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-greater-jakarta-floods-update-february-2021

State of emergency declared in Madre de Dios as severe flooding leaves 15 000 people affected, Peru
https://watchers.news/2021/02/23/state-of-emergency-declared-in-madre-de-dios-as-severe-flooding-leaves-15-000-people-affected-peru/

South Africa and Zimbabwe – Flash Floods in Border Towns of Musina and Beitbridge
http://floodlist.com/africa/southafrica-zimbabwe-floods-musina-beitbridge-february-2021

Italy’s Mount Etna erupts
https://eijournal.com/slider-images/italys-mt-etna-erupts

Indonesia – Heavy Rain Causes Deadly Landslides in Pamekasan Regency, East Java
http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-landslide-pamekasan-february-2021

Australia – Evacuations After Rivers Rise in Northern Territory
http://floodlist.com/australia/mataranka-northern-territory-february-2021

Indonesia – 3 Dead, 5 Missing After Landslide at Illegal Mine in Central Sulawesi
http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-landslide-parigi-moutong-central-sulawesi-february-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 25 Feb 2021: Etna volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Ibu, Dukono
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/122800/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-25-Feb-2021-Etna-volcano-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Semeru-Ibu-Dukono-Ra.html

North coast NSW floods
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-25/flood-rescues-underway-on-coffs-coast/13190704

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Fragile cities are being inundated with people feeling the impacts of climate change. How can they cope?
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76146

Scientists are divided over whether climate change is fueling extreme cold events
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76141

Governing heatwaves in Europe: comparing health policy and practices to better understand roles, responsibilities and collaboration
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76149

Climate Threats Could Mean Big Jumps in Insurance Costs This Year
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/22/climate/flood-insurance-fema.html?smid=tw-share

Beijing records warmest February day since 1951, China
https://watchers.news/2021/02/22/beijing-records-warmest-february-day-since-1951-china/

Highlights from "The cost of climate: America’s growing flood risk"
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76168

Assessing Shifts in Regional Hydroclimatic Conditions of U.S. River Basins in Response to Climate Change over the 21st Century
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2020EF001657

Renewable energy could render five of Australia’s remaining coal plants unviable by 2025
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/feb/24/renewable-energy-could-render-five-of-australias-remaining-coal-plants-unviable-by-2025

Climate change: 5 places where global warming is a security risk
https://news.trust.org/item/20210223112425-ykgvq/

Climate crisis hitting 'worst case scenario', warns Environment Agency head
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/23/climate-crisis-hitting-worst-case-scenarios-warns-environment-agency-head

Inventories of extreme weather events and impacts: Implications for loss and damage from and adaptation to climate extremes
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212096321000140?via%3Dihub

Why the climate crisis is a humanitarian emergency
https://unocha.exposure.co/why-the-climate-crisis-is-a-humanitarian-emergency

ESA Glaciers Climate Change Initiative
https://catalogue.ceda.ac.uk/uuid/7ea7540135f441369716ef867d217519

A Huge Red Flag Just Popped Up in a Little-Studied Region of Antarctica
https://earther.gizmodo.com/a-huge-red-flag-just-popped-up-in-a-little-studied-regi-1846345394

“We don’t have a credible climate policy:” Sport stars want stronger targets
https://reneweconomy.com.au/we-dont-have-a-credible-climate-policy-sport-stars-want-stronger-targets/

Submarine Permafrost Has Been Overlooked as a Major Source of Greenhouse Gases, Scientists Warn
https://e360.yale.edu/digest/submarine-permafrost-has-been-overlooked-as-a-major-source-of-greenhouse-gases-scientists-warn

Attenborough gives stark warning on climate change to UN
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-56175714

Climate change: West Antarctica's Getz glaciers flowing faster
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-56171302

As Deaths Surge, Scientists Study the Link Between Climate Change and Avalanches
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/23022021/avalanche-climate-change-coronavirus/

Beyond simplistic metrics: assessing global progress on adaptation to climate change
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76206

What surveying 50 countries taught us about climate action
https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2021/what-surveying-50-countries-taught-us-about-climate-action.html

Climate Change Risk Assessment for the Insurance Industry | Research report
https://www.genevaassociation.org/research-topics/climate-change-and-emerging-environmental-topics/climate-change-risk-assessment

Disaster risk reduction

How fires have spread to previously untouched parts of the world
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2021/feb/19/how-fires-have-spread-to-previously-untouched-parts-of-the-world

The space–time cube as an approach to quantifying future wildfires in California
https://www.publish.csiro.au/wf/WF19062

Farmers in Western Australia's south-west corner are adapting to a life with less water
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-22/farmers-in-australias-southwest-adapting-to-less-water/13168666

Cost of flood damage to U.S. homes will increase by 61% in 30 years
https://www.investing.com/news/economy/cost-of-flood-damage-to-us-homes-will-increase-by-61-in-30-years-2425049

Why we should release New Zealand’s strangled rivers to lessen the impact of future floods
https://theconversation.com/why-we-should-release-new-zealands-strangled-rivers-to-lessen-the-impact-of-future-floods-153077

3 Canadian cities more prepared for flood now than they were five years ago
https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/3-canadian-cities-more-prepared-for-flood-now-than-they-were-five-years-ago-1004204067/

Our 'tree-change' and 'sea-change' dreams are under threat as scientists warn about building homes in 'risky areas'
https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2021-02-24/tree-change-dream-over-resilient-communities-rebuild/13163800

Apocalypse now: Australian bushfires and the future of urban settlements
https://www.nature.com/articles/s42949-020-00013-7

How can we better predict extreme weather in the Mediterranean a few weeks in advance?
https://tu-freiberg.de/en/department-52-media-relations/how-can-we-better-predict-extreme-weather-in-the-mediterranean-a-few-w

European Space Agency selects CGI to develop services combining artificial intelligence and earth observation for wildfire mapping
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76188

Supercomputer creates over 700,000 years of simulated earthquakes
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76181

A Looming Disaster: New Data Reveal Where Flood Damage Is An Existential Threat
https://www.npr.org/2021/02/22/966428165/a-looming-disaster-new-data-reveal-where-flood-damage-is-an-existential-threat

On the Impacts of Observation Location, Timing, and Frequency on Flood Extent Assimilation Performance
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2020WR028238

Urban planning and nature-based solutions, keys for reducing flood risk in Panama
https://blogs.worldbank.org/latinamerica/urban-planning-and-nature-based-solutions-keys-reducing-flood-risk-panama

South Sudan: Among countries most struck by extreme weather
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76228

Emergency management

First real-world UK data shows Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine provides high levels of protection from the first dose
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/first-real-world-uk-data-shows-pfizer-biontech-vaccine-provides-high-levels-of-protection-from-the-first-dose

Anger toward Texas governor grows in deadly storm's wake
https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Anger-toward-Texas-governor-grows-in-deadly-15968231.php

The US must now commit to ensuring that COVID-19 health products will be distributed equitably and according to need at the global level
https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/what-we-do/news-stories/news/us-government-must-prioritize-global-access-covid-19-medicines

Why Ebola is back in Guinea and why the response must be different this time
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76160

Latest edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management
https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-january-2021/

The Total Flood Warning System: a review of the concept
https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-january-2021-the-total-flood-warning-system-a-review-of-the-concept/

California's coronavirus strain looks increasingly dangerous: 'The devil is already here'
https://news.yahoo.com/californias-coronavirus-strain-looks-increasingly-130055544.html

Ten years post the Qld-wide Flooding of 2011- Who has done what, and why?
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ten-years-post-the-qld-wide-flooding-of-2011-who-has-done-what-and-why-tickets-141102077111

Tsunamis and tsunami warning: recent progress and future prospects
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/scp-tat020121.php

Superspreading drives the COVID pandemic — and could help to tame it
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00460-x

New Rapid Expert Consultation Offers Strategies for Navigating Disaster Response, Evacuation, and Sheltering Complicated by COVID-19
https://www.nationalacademies.org/news/2021/02/new-rapid-expert-consultation-offers-strategies-for-navigating-disaster-response-evacuation-and-sheltering-complicated-by-covid-19

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Natural flood management measures: A practical guide for farmers
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76153

NSW SES is one of Play School’s ‘Everyday Helpers’
https://www.miragenews.com/nsw-ses-is-one-of-play-schools-everyday-517246/

Bushfire Survival Plan
https://www.abc.net.au/btn/classroom/bushfire-survival-plan/13140722

Virtual Floodmobile Launch
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-floodmobile-launch-tickets-142673896465

Psychology and disasters

Willingness of households to reduce flood risk in southern France
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12696

The legacy of trauma
https://www.apa.org/monitor/2019/02/legacy-trauma

It’s 2am, you’re sleeping, and a flash flood hits your home. Without a warning system, what do you do?
https://theconversation.com/its-2am-youre-sleeping-and-a-flash-flood-hits-your-home-without-a-warning-system-what-do-you-do-154805

Sociology and disasters

The Mediating Role of Disaster Policy Implementation in Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development in Sierra Leone
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349354015_The_Mediating_Role_of_Disaster_Policy_Implementation_in_Disaster_Risk_Reduction_and_Sustainable_Development_in_Sierra_Leone

They have chronic illnesses. Then, the power went out in Texas. 'It's been emotionally exhausting.'
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/02/18/texas-snowstorm-endangers-people-chronic-illnesses-disabilities/6799170002/

Post-quake Christchurch has come a long way in 10 years, but is, in part, a confusion of contrasts and contradictions
https://www.newsroom.co.nz/a-decade-on-a-tale-of-two-cities

Natural Hazards Have Unnatural Impacts—What More Can Science Do?
https://eos.org/features/natural-hazards-have-unnatural-impacts-what-more-can-science-do

Assessing Social Equity in Disasters
https://eos.org/science-updates/assessing-social-equity-in-disasters

Where do people fit into a global hazard model?
https://eos.org/features/where-do-people-fit-into-a-global-hazard-model

COVID‐19 pandemic may have increased preferences for traditional gender roles
https://www.psypost.org/2021/02/people-believed-more-strongly-in-traditional-gender-roles-after-the-start-of-the-covid-19-pandemic-59780

Is Covid at risk of becoming a disease of the poor?
https://www.bbc.com/news/health-56162075

 

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