This Week in Disaster Resilience 30th April 2021

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Around 8 000 families affected, 2 000 displaced by flooding in Burundi
https://watchers.news/2021/04/27/around-8-000-families-affected-2-000-displaced-by-flooding-in-burundi/

Wildfires reach record high in Omsk as air pollution grips Novosibirsk, Western Siberia, Russia
https://watchers.news/2021/04/27/wildfires-reach-record-high-in-omsk-as-air-pollution-grips-novosibirsk-western-siberia/

Massive landslide at Great Whale River, Quebec, Canada
https://watchers.news/2021/04/27/massive-landslide-at-great-whale-river-quebec-canada/

As COVID-19 sweeps India, experts say cases and deaths are going unreported
https://www.9news.com.au/world/coronavirus-india-as-covid-sweeps-india-experts-say-cases-and-deaths-are-going-unreported/b47d9724-1946-4b3b-aa54-cc3783baf653

Kenya – Hundreds Displaced by Floods in Migori County
http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-floods-migori-county-april-2021

Bolivia – Dozens Rescued After Rivers Overflow in Cochabamba
http://floodlist.com/america/bolivia-dozens-rescued-after-rivers-overflow-in-cochabamba

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Apr 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Dukono, Reventador
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/128658/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-28-Apr-2021-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Semeru-Dukono-Reventador-S.html

India Covid: Hospitals overwhelmed as deaths pass 200,000
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-56919924

Government monitoring landslide site in Arctic Quebec
https://www.rcinet.ca/eye-on-the-arctic/2021/04/28/government-still-surveying-landslide-site-in-arctic-quebec/

Philippines – Hundreds Evacuate Floods in Davao City
http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-floods-davao-april-2021

Colombia – Floods Affect 1,700 Families in Barbacoas, Nariño
http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-barbacoas-april-2021

Saudi Arabia – Flash Floods Sweep Through Mecca
http://floodlist.com/asia/saudi-arabia-floods-mecca-april-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

NSW planning body gives green light to Hunter Valley coalmine expansion
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/26/nsw-planning-body-gives-green-light-to-hunter-valley-coalmine-expansion

This $1 billion energy deal promises to cut emissions and secure jobs. So why on earth is gas included?
https://theconversation.com/this-1-billion-energy-deal-promises-to-cut-emissions-and-secure-jobs-so-why-on-earth-is-gas-included-159342

“Coal has become fetishised:” Turnbull slams right-wing media, politicians
https://reneweconomy.com.au/coal-has-become-fetishised-turnbull-slams-right-wing-media-politicians/

‘Hanging over the heads of communities’: Government under pressure to remove ‘zombie’ licences
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/hanging-over-the-heads-of-communities-government-under-pressure-to-remove-zombie-licences-20210427-p57mqk.html

UK replaces France as Europe’s second largest electric car market
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/apr/25/uk-replaces-france-as-europe-second-largest-electric-car-market

‘Insanely cheap energy’: how solar power continues to shock the world
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/25/insanely-cheap-energy-how-solar-power-continues-to-shock-the-world

Calls to phase out fossil fuel subsidies after speculation about net-zero emissions target
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-26/scott-morrison-climate-change-fossil-fuel-subsidies-net-zero/100094506

How Renewables Could Kill Off Fossil Fuel Electricity By 2035: New Report
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidrvetter/2021/04/26/how-renewables-could-kill-off-fossil-fuel-electricity-by-2035-new-report/?sh=ac123165edaf

Scott Morrison's climate change policy is being left behind by corporate action
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-26/business-climate-change-action-leaves-morrison-behind/100094616

Australia has wasted so many years when it comes to climate change
https://www.theguardian.com/business/commentisfree/2021/apr/25/australia-has-wasted-so-many-years-when-it-comes-to-climate-change

Humanity’s greatest ally against climate change is Earth itself
https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-solutions/2021/04/22/earth-day-biodiversity/

In Asia, Millions Are Fleeing Climate Disasters With Little Promise of Relief
https://nexusmedianews.com/asia-climate-change-displaced-people/

Climate tipping points may have been reached already, experts say
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/climate-change-tipping-points-amazon-rainforest-antarctic-ice-gulf-stream/

Climate crisis has shifted the Earth’s axis, study shows
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/23/climate-crisis-has-shifted-the-earths-axis-study-shows

Climate change: World's glaciers melting at accelerating rate
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-56921164

US, UK, EU: Comparing the new 2030 climate targets
https://energymonitor.ai/policy/green-deals/us-uk-eu-comparing-the-new-2030-climate-targets

Without the right financial strategies, NZ’s climate change efforts will remain unfinished business
https://theconversation.com/without-the-right-financial-strategies-nzs-climate-change-efforts-will-remain-unfinished-business-159625

Explainer: Will global warming ‘stop’ as soon as net-zero emissions are reached?
https://www.carbonbrief.org/explainer-will-global-warming-stop-as-soon-as-net-zero-emissions-are-reached

Disaster risk reduction

Sydney bushfire smoke: poor air quality warning issued after hazard reduction burns
https://www.theguardian.com/weather/2021/apr/27/sydney-bushfire-smoke-poor-air-quality-warning-issued-after-hazard-reduction-burns

Mangroves against the storm
https://social.shorthand.com/IUCN_forests/nCec1jyqvn/mangroves-against-the-storm

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD): A Salvation to Flooding in Sudan
https://borkena.com/2021/04/24/renaissance-dam-gerd-salivation-to-flooding-in-sudan/

Stanford researchers reveal that homes in floodplains are overvalued by nearly $44 billion
https://news.stanford.edu/2021/04/26/flood-risks-impact-home-values/

Multiple resilience dividends at the community level: A comparative study on disaster risk reduction interventions in different countries
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77404

Federal Government of Somalia signs ARC Treaty and MoU with African Risk Capacity to effectively address impacts of extreme weather events
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77494

Road geohazard risk management handbook
https://www.gfdrr.org/en/road-geohazard-handbook

Bundaberg flood levee project hits a snag over federal funding
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-26/bundaberg-flood-levee-project-hits-snag-over-federal-funding/100095864

Emergency management

Largest firefighting plane may be sold for COVID-19 response
https://www.kcra.com/article/largest-firefighting-plane-may-be-sold-for-covid-19-response/36269214#

Fears of Covid ‘tsunami’ in Fiji after outbreak found to be Indian variant
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/28/fears-of-covid-tsunami-in-fiji-after-outbreak-found-to-be-indian-variant

Malaria vaccine hailed as potential breakthrough
https://www.bbc.com/news/health-56858158

‘We’re all in this together’: Dr Fauci says world has failed India as Covid cases surge
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/28/were-all-in-this-together-dr-fauci-says-world-has-failed-india-as-covid-cases-surge

Preparing for a rainy day in Kurigram District
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77486

Asia-Pacific region urged to “build back better"
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77491

Understanding short-term household recoveries from the 2015 Nepal earthquakes: Lessons learned and recommendations
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77477

A multidimensional framework for disaster recovery: Longitudinal qualitative evidence from Puerto Rican households
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0305750X21001017

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Working towards data-based definitions of avalanche danger levels
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/77458

How Do Volcanoes Erupt?
https://www.universetoday.com/31124/how-volcanoes-erupt/

Volcanic hazards: What would an Emergency Manager do?
https://ecat.ga.gov.au/geonetwork/srv/eng/catalog.search

Psychology and disasters

Public perception of climate change and its impact on natural disasters
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/77475

Sociology and disasters

Is Jakarta flood-resilient or are the citizens?
https://watersciencepolicy.com/article/is-jakarta-floodresilient-or-are-the-citizens--f1368c0b5034

Poor communities will likely need to be compensated as a result of climate change policies, study says
https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/poor-communities-compensated-result-climate-change-policies-study/story

 

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