This Week in Disaster Resilience 28th May 2021

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Volcano erupts in Congo near Goma city, lava reaches airport as residents flee https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-23/volcano-erupts-near-congolese-city-of-goma-residents-flee/100158642

Villages evacuated after major forest fire in conservation area near Athens https://news.sky.com/story/villages-evacuated-after-major-forest-fire-in-conservation-area-near-athens-12314327?dcmp=snt-sf-twitter

Uganda – Rain Triggers Deadly Floods and Landslides in Kasese http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-landslide-kasese-may-2021

Malaysia – Thousands Evacuate Floods in Sabah and Sarawak http://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-floods-sabah-sarawak-may-2021

At least two people killed as cyclone bears down on India's east coast https://news.trust.org/item/20210525151818-w3gmb/

Brazil – Severe Flooding in Amazonas State Affects 450,000 People http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-amazonas-may-2021

Guatemala – Strong Winds, Floods and Landslide Affect Over 10,000 http://floodlist.com/america/guatemala-floods-may-2021

China braces for summer floods as 71 rivers exceed warning levels https://www.reuters.com/world/china/china-braces-summer-floods-71-rivers-exceed-warning-levels-2021-05-26/

Kenya – 40,000 Displaced by Recent Floods, Says Red Cross http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-floods-update-may-2021

Indonesia – Floods Affect 60,000 in Bandung, West Java http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-bandung-west-java-may-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 27 May 2021: Etna volcano, Kilauea, Nyiragongo, Nevados de Chillán, Great Sitkin https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/131236/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-27-May-2021-Etna-volcano-Kilauea-Nyiragongo-Nevados-de-Chillan-Great-Sit.html

India – Cyclone ‘Yaas’ Causes Flooding in Odisha and West Bengal, 1.5 Million Evacuate http://floodlist.com/asia/india-cyclone-yaas-may-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Scott Morrison’s claim Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions are falling does ‘not stack up’ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/24/scott-morrisons-claim-australias-greenhouse-gas-emissions-are-falling-does-not-stack-up

New Arctic Council Reports Underline the Growing Concerns About the Health and Climate Impacts of Polar Air Pollution https://insideclimatenews.org/news/20052021/new-arctic-council-reports-underline-the-growing-concerns-about-the-health-and-climate-impacts-of-polar-air-pollution/

Study: Climate change to blame for $8 billion of Hurricane Sandy damages https://grist.org/science/study-climate-change-to-blame-for-8-billion-of-hurricane-sandy-damages/

G7 Countries agree to end coal financing before end of 2021 https://reneweconomy.com.au/g7-countries-agree-to-end-coal-financing-before-end-of-2021/

Can wildfires be prevented in a world dealing with climate change? https://www.forbesindia.com/article/take-one-big-story-of-the-day/can-wildfires-be-prevented-in-a-world-dealing-with-climate-change/68127/1

The largest iceberg in the world just broke off from Antarctica https://www.cbsnews.com/news/iceberg-breaks-off-antarctica/

Yellowstone is Warming at Its Fastest Rate in 1,250 Years https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/yellowstone-is-warming-at-its-fastest-rate-in-1-250-years/

How cables in glaciers could help forecast future sea level rise https://www.arctictoday.com/how-cables-in-glaciers-could-help-forecast-future-sea-level-rise/

Unless Floridians address the warming climate, we risk more storm damage, higher insurance rates and lower property values https://www.theinvadingsea.com/2021/05/23/unless-floridians-address-the-warming-climate-we-risk-more-storm-damage-higher-insurance-rates-and-lower-property-values/

Hundreds of coastal airports at risk from flooding, sea-level rise, study finds https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2021/05/coastal-airports-at-risk-from-flooding-sea-level-rise-study-finds/

Climate Change and Changes in Compound Coastal-Riverine Flooding Hazard Along the U.S. Coasts https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2021EF002055#.YKvbO6xLz_4.twitter

Arctic climate change update 2021: key trends and impacts. Summary for policy-makers https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77973

Climate concerns resume rise as coal mine ban draws support, Lowy says https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/climate-concerns-resume-rise-as-coal-mine-ban-draws-support-lowy-says-20210525-p57uyg.html

Satellites may have underestimated warming in the lower atmosphere https://phys.org/news/2021-05-satellites-underestimated-atmosphere.html

After a deadly landslide in climate-hit Uganda, survivors sue for action https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77996

Storms and rising seas: the post-climate change world is upon us https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/78033

Climate Poll 2021 by the Lowy Institute reports the results of a nationally representative survey on Australians’ attitudes to climate change https://www.lowyinstitute.org/publications/climatepoll-2021

Going electric and banning new petrol-powered cars could be Australia’s next big light bulb moment https://theconversation.com/going-electric-and-banning-new-petrol-powered-cars-could-be-australias-next-big-light-bulb-moment-161431

New research shows how much warming is costing society by exacerbating disasters https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/climate-change-added-8-billion-to-hurricane-sandys-damage1/

Net-Zero Emissions: Winning Strategy or Destined for Failure? https://e360.yale.edu/features/net-zero-emissions-winning-strategy-or-destined-for-failure

Australian teenagers' climate change class action case opens 'big crack in the wall', expert says https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-27/climate-class-action-teenagers-vickery-coal-mine-legal-precedent/100169398

Climate change is erasing 'flammability barrier' that protects high-elevation forests https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/climate-change-erasing-flammability-barrier-protects-high-elevation-fo-rcna1046

Climate: World at risk of hitting temperature limit soon https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57261670

New climate predictions increase likelihood of temporarily reaching 1.5 °C in next 5 years https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/new-climate-predictions-increase-likelihood-of-temporarily-reaching-15-%C2%B0c-next-5

New NASA earth system observatory to help address, mitigate climate change https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78081

Building community resilience against climate change https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78080

Disaster risk reduction

Lancashire communities to receive new flood warning service https://www.lep.co.uk/news/environment/lancashire-communities-to-receive-new-flood-warning-service-3246481

Satellite optical imagery in Coastal Engineering https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S037838392100079X?via%3Dihub

Stop going around in circles: towards a reconceptualisation of disaster risk management phases https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/DPM-03-2021-0071/full/html

Fire money: how Indigenous land management is transforming Arnhem Land https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/may/24/fire-money-how-indigenous-land-management-is-transforming-arnhem-land

Twice burned: California ramps up wildfire prevention spending 16-fold https://grist.org/climate/california-to-increase-wildfire-prevention-spending-by-16-times-in-2021/

Built on pudding: Can modern quake engineering prevail? https://depts.washington.edu/urbanuw/news/built-on-pudding-can-modern-quake-engineering-prevail/

Predicting fire risk and improving forest fire management with UAV LiDAR https://www.suasnews.com/2021/05/predicting-fire-risk-and-improving-forest-fire-management-with-uav-lidar/

Grim western fire season starts much drier than record 2020 https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/grim-western-fire-season-starts-drier-record-2020-77876091

New study shines light on hazards of Earth's largest volcano https://phys.org/news/2021-05-hazards-earth-largest-volcano.html

'Slow slip' earthquakes' hidden mechanics revealed https://phys.org/news/2021-05-earthquakes-hidden-mechanics-revealed.html

Tanzania’s ‘forgotten’ cyclones and concerns for the future https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77998

Modeling dire wildfire circumstances can help save lives https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78004

The Fractal Scaling Relationship for River Inlets to Lakes https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2021GL093366

Drought conditions could worsen California wildfires that have already burned 5 times more land this year than same time last year https://edition.cnn.com/2021/05/26/us/california-wildfires-burn-5-times-more/index.html

The drivers of extreme rainfall event timing in Australia https://rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/joc.7218

Burn Severity Portal https://burnseverity.cr.usgs.gov/

Wildfires and Climate Lies: On the Myth of the “Tidy Forest” https://lithub.com/wildfires-and-climate-lies-on-the-myth-of-the-tidy-forest/

Miami’s chief heat officer calls for action on ‘silent killer’ in climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/27/miami-chief-heat-officer-jane-gilbert-climate-crisis

Enhancing resilience of critical road structures: bridges, culvers and floodways under natural hazards – final project report https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/publications/biblio/bnh-8016

Emergency management

Houston, Harris Co. get zero of $1 billion federal Hurricane Harvey relief funding http://katytimes.com/stories/houston-harris-co-get-zero-of-1-billion-federal-hurricane-harvey-relief-funding,3750#.YKqLwusGPD8.twitter

I lived through Hurricane Katrina and helped design the rebuild – floods will always come, but we can build better to prepare https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75849

Drones and Sensors Could Spot Fires Before They Go Wild https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/sensors/remote-sensing/drones-sensors-wildfire-detection#.YKwFLGX-FlI.twitter

As hurricane season looms, Biden doubles funding to prepare for extreme weather https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/05/24/biden-hurricanes-fema/

DR Congo's Goma volcano: Drone images show devastation https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-57232384

COVID is surging in the world’s most vaccinated country. Why? https://theconversation.com/covid-is-surging-in-the-worlds-most-vaccinated-country-why-160869

Toronto's Actions After Hurricane Hazel Still Reap Rewards https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/disaster-choice/202105/torontos-actions-after-hurricane-hazel-still-reap-rewards

‘Hurricane fatigue’: Gulf Coast emergency managers still rebuilding as they prep for more storms https://southerlymag.org/2021/05/26/hurricane-fatigue-gulf-coast-emergency-managers-still-rebuilding-as-they-prep-for-more-storms/

New funding from the Government of France will boost FAO’s flood response in Somalia http://www.fao.org/emergencies/fao-in-action/stories/stories-detail/en/c/1402112/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

‘Nature-enhanced learning’ and geography education https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03098265.2021.1926938

Don’t Wait for the Ground to Shake: Prepare for Earthquakes Before They Happen http://www.oesnews.com/dont-wait-for-the-ground-to-shake-prepare-for-earthquakes-before-they-happen/

How to create a Community Wildfire Protection Plan https://www.usfa.fema.gov/training/coffee_break/062420.html

Psychology and disasters

Doing it for us: Community identification predicts willingness to receive a COVID-19 vaccination via perceived sense of duty to the community https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/casp.2542

The impact of trust and risk perception on the acceptance of measures to reduce COVID-19 cases https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/risa.13675

Perceptions of Covid-19 vaccines in South Africa https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/78047

Sociology and disasters

The dual effect of social ties on COVID-19 spread in Japan https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-81001-4

New article on the role of social ties in evacuation https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212096321000498?via%3Dihub

How do social connections accelerate post-flood recovery? Insights from a survey of rural households in central Vietnam https://www.researchgate.net/publication/351845402_How_do_social_connections_accelerate_post-flood_recovery_Insights_from_a_survey_of_rural_households_in_central_Vietnam

Displacement and gender on St Vincent following the La Soufriere volcanic eruption https://crisisready.io/post/displacement-and-gender-st-vincent/

The role of homelessness community based organizations during COVID-19 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jcop.22609

The missing half of the Sendai framework: Gender and women in the implementation of global disaster risk reduction policy https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77993

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