This Week in Disaster Resilience 26th November 2021

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Heavy rain in India leaves 17 dead, dozens missing as rescue teams look for survivors https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-20/heavy-rains-in-india-kill-17-dozens-missing/100637258

Colombia – Thousands Hit by Floods After Rivers Overflow in Chocó https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-choco-november-2021

Panama – Deadly Flash Floods in Panama Province https://floodlist.com/america/panama-floods-november-2021

India – Andhra Pradesh Floods Turn Deadly https://floodlist.com/asia/india-andhra-pradesh-floods-november-2021

Indonesia – Floods Affect Over 25,000 in Sumatra, 4 Killed in Java Landslide https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-landslides-november-2021

La Palma, Canary Islands: eruption Sep 2021 – updates https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/lapalma/sep2021seismic-crisis/current-activity.html

Volcanic activity worldwide 25 Nov 2021: Stromboli volcano, Fuego, Karymsky, Semeru, Grímsvötn https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/148549/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-25-Nov-2021-Stromboli-volcano-Fuego-Karymsky-Semeru-Grimsvoetn-Re.html

Spain – Floods in North Prompt Evacuations and Helicopter Rescues https://floodlist.com/europe/spain-floods-asturias-november-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Extreme heat events jeopardize cardiovascular health, experts warn https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/11/211118061604.htm

Hot in the city: can a ban on dark roofs cool Sydney? https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/nov/21/hot-in-the-city-can-a-ban-on-dark-roofs-cool-sydney

‘An invisible hazard’: Warming cities hire chief heat officers to tackle growing threat https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/-invisible-hazard-warming-cities-hire-chief-heat-officers-tackle-growi-rcna5926

Warming Events Could Destabilize The Antarctic Ice Sheet Soon. Very Soon https://www.sciencealert.com/warming-events-could-destabilize-the-antarctic-ice-sheet-in-just-10-years

‘Inconceivable’: Hunter coal plan may spell disaster for prime wine country https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/20/inconceivable-hunter-coal-plan-may-spell-disaster-for-prime-wine-country

Climate Change Indicators: River Flooding https://www.epa.gov/climate-indicators/climate-change-indicators-river-flooding

A physical and virtual Hub at COP26 and the home of Race to Resilience https://cop-resilience-hub.org/

Hurricanes expected to linger over Northeast cities, causing greater damage https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/11/211122135525.htm

Countries may be under-reporting their greenhouse gas emissions – that’s why accurate monitoring is crucial https://theconversation.com/countries-may-be-under-reporting-their-greenhouse-gas-emissions-thats-why-accurate-monitoring-is-crucial-171645

Canada’s flood havoc after summer heatwave shows how climate disasters combine to do extra damage https://theconversation.com/canadas-flood-havoc-after-summer-heatwave-shows-how-climate-disasters-combine-to-do-extra-damage-172187

In major shift, experts say climate change finally being recognized as public health issue https://thehill.com/changing-america/sustainability/climate-change/582718-in-major-shift-experts-say-climate-change

Dancing on the edge of climate disaster https://www.ft.com/content/6e2b366f-e139-4d69-bd4f-9254333bf316

Canadians increasingly impatient with climate-change deniers: poll https://biv.com/article/2021/11/canadians-increasingly-impatient-climate-change-deniers-poll

The seas are coming for us in Kiribati. Will Australia rehome us? https://theconversation.com/the-seas-are-coming-for-us-in-kiribati-will-australia-rehome-us-172137

New homes in England to have electric car chargers by law https://www.bbc.com/news/business-59369715

Australia declares La Niña phenomenon has begun https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-59383008

The Arctic Ocean began warming decades earlier than previously thought, new research shows https://edition.cnn.com/2021/11/24/us/arctic-ocean-early-warming-climate/index.html

With SLR maps embedded in En-ROADS, users can now see the impact of mitigation policies on SLR across the world in real-time https://www.climateinteractive.org/project-news/sea-level-rise-maps-are-now-in-en-roads/

Adapting to rising sea levels in Marshall Islands https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/8c715dcc5781421ebff46f35ef34a04d

Government warns climate crisis is increasing risk of flooding ahead of extra wet winter https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/flooding-england-wet-winter-weather-b1962128.html

New York’s Right to ‘a Healthful Environment’ Could Be Bad News for Fossil Fuel Interests https://insideclimatenews.org/news/23112021/new-york-right-to-healthful-environment-fossil-fuel/

Canada's climate change efforts going from 'failure to failure,' says commissioner's report https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/environment-commissioner-report-failure-to-failure-1.6262523

Germany to fast-track coal exit to 2030, and 80 pct renewables under new coalition https://reneweconomy.com.au/new-german-government-aims-for-coal-exit-and-80-pct-renewables-by-2030/

Disaster risk reduction

A new empirical equation for predicting the maximum initial amplitude of submarine landslide-generated waves https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10346-021-01747-w

The Future of Flooding in Canada https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2021/11/19/Future-Flooding-Canada/

National Highways takes natural approach to flood management on road network in pilot scheme https://vanlifematters.co.uk/national-highways-takes-natural-approach-to-flood-management-on-road-network-in-pilot-scheme

Building the case for a flood forecasting and early warning system in Senegal using satellite climate and environmental data https://www.data4sdgs.org/resources/building-case-flood-forecasting-and-early-warning-system-senegal-using-satellite-climate

A doomed Sumas dike failed as predicted. Many other levees could be next https://fvcurrent.com/article/fraser-valley-unacceptable-dikes/

More than 5,000 homes in England approved to be built in flood zones https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/nov/22/more-than-5000-homes-in-england-approved-to-be-built-in-flood-zones

Effectiveness of an adaptive flood management strategy using riparian risk assessment and a tolerability criterion https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12756

Trade-offs and synergies in managing coastal flood risk: A case study for New York City https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12771

Practice makes perfect: forecast-based action in Mali https://www.anticipation-hub.org/news/practice-makes-perfect-forecast-based-action-in-mali

Flood funding slashed in reconciliation package https://www.eenews.net/articles/flood-funding-slashed-in-reconciliation-package/

Fathom has launched its latest flood hazard data and maps for Japan https://www.fathom.global/news/fathom-japan-launch-faq

Australia ‘primed for flooding’: back-to-back La Ninas points to summer of wet weather perils https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/nov/24/australia-primed-for-flooding-back-to-back-la-ninas-points-to-summer-of-wet-weather-perils

Enhancing West Africa’s resiliency against flooding https://cordis.europa.eu/article/id/435318-enhancing-west-africa-s-resiliency-against-flooding

This report appeals to relevant stakeholders to take actions that not only support SMEs, but promote overall resilience and mutual benefit https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/focus-prevention-increasing-sme-uptake-disaster-risk-reduction-recommendations

Integrated flood management based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point approach https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12769

Flood management in B.C. is left up to municipalities. Should it be? https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/flood-management-province-bc-jurisdiction-1.6261541

Assessing options for Natural flood Management in the Moss Brook catchment  https://icasp.org.uk/2021/11/25/assessing-options-for-natural-flood-management-in-the-moss-brook-catchment%e2%80%af/

Canada’s flood havoc after summer heatwave shows how climate disasters combine to do extra damage https://theconversation.com/canadas-flood-havoc-after-summer-heatwave-shows-how-climate-disasters-combine-to-do-extra-damage-172187

Treasure-trove of 2010-2016 Canterbury earthquake liquefaction case histories shared https://www.designsafe-ci.org/community/news/2021/november/sinking-after-earthquakes/

Plain dealing: building for flood resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/publication/plain-dealing-building-flood-resilience

A standardised inventory for New Zealand's stopbank (levee) network and its application for natural hazard exposure assessments https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12777

Emergency management

Military joins efforts to rescue animals in Abbotsford flood zone https://bc.ctvnews.ca/military-joins-efforts-to-rescue-animals-in-abbotsford-flood-zone-1.5674984

BoM expected to declare La Niña weather event as summer’s first tropical cyclone forms https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/nov/22/bom-expected-to-declare-la-nina-weather-event-as-summers-first-tropical-cyclone-forms

Severe Flooding in the Pacific Northwest https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/149100/severe-flooding-in-the-pacific-northwest

Covid vaccines: How fast is progress around the world? https://www.bbc.com/news/world-56237778

New push in Arizona to study cancer dangers for wildland firefighters https://www.abc15.com/news/state/new-push-in-arizona-to-study-cancer-dangers-for-wildland-firefighters

Emergency managers in the U.S. are overwhelmingly white men. Susamma Seeley wants to change that https://www.msnbc.com/know-your-value/emergency-managers-u-s-are-overwhelmingly-white-men-susamma-seeley-n1284435

NSW Ambulance sorry for failing to protect female paramedic from repeated sexual harassment by Upper Hunter station manager https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7515544/nsw-ambulance-deeply-sorry-for-paramedics-distress/

Covid: New heavily mutated variant B.1.1.529 in South Africa raises concern https://www.bbc.com/news/health-59418127

Scientists call for travel ‘code red’ over Covid variant found in southern Africa https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/25/scientists-call-for-travel-code-red-over-covid-variant-found-in-southern-africa

Slovaks lock down to slow world's highest COVID-19 infection rate https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/slovaks-lock-down-slow-worlds-highest-covid-infection-rate-2021-11-25/

Bulk of Africa’s doctors and nurses are battling the pandemic without Covid vaccine protection, says WHO https://www.standard.co.uk/optimist/vaccine-world/africa-covid-pandemic-vaccine-frontline-health-workers-who-b968214.html

Cost of damage from B.C. flooding could be 'catastrophic,' expert says https://www.ctvnews.ca/climate-and-environment/cost-of-damage-from-b-c-flooding-could-be-catastrophic-expert-says-1.5674372

Solomons police overrun, Australia deploying support personnel https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/456581/solomons-police-overrun-australia-deploying-support-personnel

Do Wisconsin's local fire and emergency medical services need resuscitation? https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/solutions/2021/11/24/do-wisconsins-fire-and-emergency-medical-services-need-resuscitation/8686573002/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Prize-winning photos capture the grit and suffering of flood survivors in South Sudan https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/11/20/1054865992/prize-winning-photos-capture-the-grit-and-suffering-of-flood-survivors-in-south-

Climate Change Education provides one of the most important channels to address inequities and empower children and youth globally as proactive drivers of change https://www.globalpartnership.org/blog/future-now-leveraging-power-climate-change-education

Citizen Science for Disasters: A Guide for Community Groups https://floodresilience.net/resources/item/citizen-science-for-disasters-a-guide-for-community-groups/

La Niña has been declared. Why should we care? https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-tech/la-ni%C3%B1a-has-been-declared-why-should-we-care

Flood resilience building through local community action in ger areas of Ulaanbaatar city, Mongolia https://unhabitat.org/flood-resilience-building-through-local-community-action-in-ger-areas-of-ulaanbaatar-city-mongolia

How would you cope in a London flood? Take this two minute test https://www.london.gov.uk/be-flood-aware

Psychology and disasters

Floods and wildfires are now normal life in small-town Canada https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/21/floods-and-wildfires-are-now-normal-life-in-small-town-canada

Feeling anxious about climate change? Experts say you're not alone https://www.ehn.org/climate-anxiety-2655639769.html

Development and evaluation of a VR research tool to study wayfinding behaviour in a multi-story building https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S092575352100415X

The pandemic and children’s long term emotional and social development https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/opinion/article/the-pandemic-and-children-s-long-term-emotional-and-social-development

Sociology and disasters

Study Finds Link Between Far Right and High Corona Rates in Germany https://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/covid-in-germany-study-finds-link-between-far-right-and-high-corona-rates-a-d06da9f9-0674-4925-b71a-ff12e924d6d2

The benefits of social infrastructure and civic ties in uncertain times https://www.researchgate.net/publication/354460438_The_benefits_of_social_infrastructure_and_civic_ties_in_uncertain_times

Disaster Anthropology https://oxfordre.com/anthropology/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190854584.001.0001/acrefore-9780190854584-e-467

 

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