This Week in Disaster Resilience 30th July 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 triggers floods, landslides; at least 125 dead https://www.reuters.com/world/india/heavy-rain-india-triggers-floods-landslides-least-125-dead-2021-07-24/

Woman Dead, Three Missing After Flooding in CO Burn Area https://www.firefighternation.com/news/woman-dead-three-missing-after-flooding-in-co-burn-area/

Flooding in London after heavy rain https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-57963856

Italy: Wildfires rage through Sardinia, forcing evacuations https://www.dw.com/en/italy-wildfires-rage-through-sardinia-forcing-evacuations/a-58635590

Philippines evacuates thousands as monsoon rains flood Manila, provinces https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/philippines-evacuates-thousands-monsoon-rains-flood-cities-provinces-2021-07-24/

Typhoon In-fa makes landfall on China's east coast, Shanghai flights cancelled https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-25/typhoon-in-fa-makes-landfall-near-shanghai/100322316

California’s largest fire burns homes as blazes scorch West https://apnews.com/article/fires-environment-and-nature-california-climate-change-da4043fa5e9a1d3b36c83122ba86f61b#:~:text=INDIAN%20FALLS%2C%20Calif.,property%20across%20the%20U.S.%20West.

Belgium – Cars Swept Down Streets After More Floods Strike https://floodlist.com/europe/belgium-storm-floods-namur-late-july-2021

Panama – Thousands of Homes Damaged by Floods in Bocas Del Toro Province https://floodlist.com/america/panama-floods-bocasdeltoro-july-2021

Russia – More Deadly Floods Hit Sochi https://floodlist.com/europe/russia-floods-sochi-july-2021

'We saved nothing': Floods displace hundreds in Burundi https://www.africanews.com/2021/05/15/we-saved-nothing-floods-displace-hundreds-in-burundi/

Philippines – Thousands Evacuate Floods in Manila and Northern Regions https://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-floods-typhoon-infa-july-2021

Belgium – Cars Swept Down Streets After More Floods Strike https://floodlist.com/europe/belgium-storm-floods-namur-late-july-2021

Western Europe – Storms Cause Floods in Switzerland, Germany and UK https://floodlist.com/europe/storms-floods-switzerland-germany-uk-july-2021

Wildfires scorch Spain and cause 'disaster without precedence' in Sardinia https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/27/europe/southern-europe-wildfires-sardinia-intl/index.html

Bangladesh – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Cox’s Bazar https://floodlist.com/asia/bangladesh-floods-landslides-coxs-bazar-july-2021

China – 69 Dead, 5 Still Missing in Henan Floods https://floodlist.com/asia/china-henan-floods-update-july-2021

India – Maharashtra Floods and Landslides Death Toll Climbs to 192 https://floodlist.com/asia/maharashtra-floods-update-july-2021

Costa Rica – Floods Leave 2 Dead, 2 Missing, Thousands Displaced https://floodlist.com/america/costa-rica-floods-july-2021

Lebanon battles wildfires in country's north, firefighter dies https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/lebanon-battles-wildfires-countrys-north-firefighter-dies-2021-07-28/

Homes evacuated in Turkey as forest fire rages near southern coast https://www.euronews.com/2021/07/28/homes-evacuated-in-turkey-as-forest-fire-rages-near-southern-coast

Deadly floods and landslides hit Rohingya camps in Bangladesh https://www.unhcr.org/news/press/2021/7/61015b864/deadly-floods-landslides-hit-rohingya-camps-bangladesh.html

Unseasonal rainstorms hit Yemen, claiming at least 14 lives https://watchers.news/2021/07/28/yemen-flood-july-2021/

Strong explosive eruption at Stromboli volcano, Italy https://watchers.news/2021/07/28/stromboli-eruption-july-28-2021/

Italy – Evacuations After Floods and Landslides Near Lake Como https://floodlist.com/europe/italy-floods-lake-como-july-2021

USA – State of Emergency After Flash Floods in Utah, Nevada; 3 People Missing in New Mexico and Arizona https://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-utah-newmexico-nevada-july-2021

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Jul 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Semeru, Shiveluch, Ibu, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/136692/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-28-Jul-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Semeru-Shiveluch-Ibu-Reventador.html

Afghanistan – Dozens Feared Dead After Floods in Nuristan Province https://floodlist.com/asia/afghanistan-nuristan-floods-july-2021

Mexico – Flash Floods Cause Damage and Casualties in Sonora https://floodlist.com/america/mexico-floods-sonora-july-2021

Pakistan – Deadly Flash Floods Hit Islamabad After ‘Cloudburst’ https://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-floods-islamabad-july-2021

Myanmar – Thousands Displaced by Floods in 4 States https://floodlist.com/asia/myanmar-floods-july-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate adaptation should be based on robust regional climate information https://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2021/07/climate-adaptation-should-be-based-on-robust-regional-climate-information/

Renewables drive Australian emissions lower as wind records blown away https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/renewables-drive-australian-emissions-lower-as-wind-records-blown-away-20210725-p58cpk.html

America in 2090: The Impact of Extreme Heat, in Maps https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/21/opinion/climate-change-heat-waves.html

Plans of four G20 states are threat to global climate pledge, warn scientists https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/25/plans-of-four-g20-states-are-threat-to-global-climate-pledge-warn-scientists

Beware summer! As climate crisis deepens, attitudes to season shift https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jul/24/as-the-climate-crisis-deepens-the-uks-attitude-to-summer-begins-to-shift

Climate change: Israel to cut 85% of emissions by mid-century https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-57965028

Climate change could spark floods in world’s largest desert lake: new study https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/79107

Flash floods will be more common as climate crisis worsens, say scientists https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/26/flash-floods-will-be-more-common-as-climate-crisis-worsens-say-scientists-london-floods

‘Record-shattering’ heat becoming much more likely, says climate study https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/26/record-shattering-heat-becoming-much-more-likely-says-climate-study

Climate change: Researchers begin discussions on vital report https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57944015

Yep, it’s bleak, says expert who tested 1970s end-of-the-world prediction https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/25/gaya-herrington-mit-study-the-limits-to-growth

Guidance to help water and sewerage companies and flood risk management authorities to prepare for future increases in rainfall intensities from global warming https://www.ukclimateresilience.org/news-events/climate-adaptation-on-future-changes-to-uk-rainfall-intensifies/

On the heels of Europe’s devastating floods, scientists warn more is yet to come https://grist.org/extreme-weather/europes-devastating-floods-scientists-warn-more-is-yet-to-come/

Flash floods: a grim reminder that adaptation is as important as reducing emissions https://www.lse.ac.uk/granthaminstitute/news/flash-floods-a-grim-reminder-that-adaptation-is-as-important-as-reducing-emissions/

Is climate change to blame for the recent weather disasters? 2 things you need to understand https://theconversation.com/extreme-heat-waves-in-a-warming-world-dont-just-break-records-they-shatter-them-164919

Mapping the way to climate resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/79111

The Climate Change Link To More And Bigger Wildfires https://www.npr.org/2021/07/27/1019898087/climate-change-wildfires

COP26 climate summit president says progress made, but not enough https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57975025

What the EU climate plan means for national targets https://www.transportenvironment.org/publications/what-eu-climate-plan-means-national-targets

Mapped: How climate change affects extreme weather around the world https://www.carbonbrief.org/mapped-how-climate-change-affects-extreme-weather-around-the-world

Great Adaptations - a book on the climate crisis https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/great-adaptations

More livestock, more carbon dioxide, less ice: the world’s climate change progress since 2019 is (mostly) bad news https://theconversation.com/more-livestock-more-carbon-dioxide-less-ice-the-worlds-climate-change-progress-since-2019-is-mostly-bad-news-165168

Western Wildfires Are Sending Carbon Offsets Up in Smoke https://gizmodo.com/western-wildfires-are-sending-carbon-offsets-up-in-smok-1847370861

Climate change increasing high heat index days in Austin https://www.kxan.com/weather/weather-blog/climate-change-increasing-high-heat-index-days-in-austin/

Why Extreme Heat Is So Deadly https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-extreme-heat-is-so-deadly/

Climate emergency not slowed by COVID-19 pandemic and planet's 'vital signs' worsening, scientists say https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2021-07-28/climate-emergency-pandemic-planet-vital-signs-worsening/100329094

Record-breaking heatwave hits Hokkaido, Japan https://watchers.news/2021/07/28/record-breaking-heatwave-hokkaido-japan-july-2021/

Small climate changes can have devastating local consequences – it happened in the Little Ice Age https://theconversation.com/small-climate-changes-can-have-devastating-local-consequences-it-happened-in-the-little-ice-age-164916

Bushfires, not pandemic lockdowns, had biggest impact on global climate in 2020 https://news.ucar.edu/132802/bushfires-not-pandemic-lockdowns-had-biggest-impact-global-climate-2020

Australian farmers are adapting well to climate change, but there’s work ahead https://theconversation.com/australian-farmers-are-adapting-well-to-climate-change-but-theres-work-ahead-164860

Scientists say temperatures in South America could rise by 4°C https://www.openaccessgovernment.org/temperatures-south-america/116402/

Rainfall becomes increasingly variable as climate warms https://english.cas.cn/newsroom/research_news/earth/202107/t20210729_276360.shtml

The Spanish heat paradox: temperatures soar but related deaths drop https://english.elpais.com/science-tech/2021-07-28/the-spanish-heat-paradox-temperatures-soar-but-related-deaths-drop.html

Disaster risk reduction

We can’t predict the next wildfire disaster – but we can plan for it https://www.terracestandard.com/opinion/we-cant-predict-the-next-wildfire-disaster-but-we-can-plan-for-it/

Climate illusions are no substitute for disaster management https://www.gisreportsonline.com/climate-illusions-are-no-substitute-for-disaster-management,politics,3574.html

Scientists reveal fresh insights about New Zealand's 7.8 quake https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/scientists-reveal-fresh-insights-about-new-zealands-78-quake/4URDVTIRDICV7JBVP2GPZIOSZ4/

Water-related hazards dominate disasters in the past 50 years https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/water-related-hazards-dominate-disasters-past-50-years

You may have heard the ‘moon wobble’ will intensify coastal floods. Well, here’s what that means for Australia https://theconversation.com/you-may-have-heard-the-moon-wobble-will-intensify-coastal-floods-well-heres-what-that-means-for-australia-164632

Urban flood risks, impacts, and management in Nigeria https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/79100

As floods stir climate change fears, Israel may be up a creek without a plan https://www.timesofisrael.com/as-floods-stir-climate-change-fears-israel-may-be-up-a-creek-without-a-plan/

Nearly two thirds of global drowning deaths occur in Asia Pacific https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-drowning-prevention-day/2021

NYC's outdated flood maps leave thousands at risk for disaster bills https://gothamist.com/news/nycs-outdated-flood-maps-leave-thousands-risk-disaster-bills

Catastrophic flooding spotlights Germany’s poor disaster preparedness https://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/left-to-their-own-defenses-catastrophic-flooding-spotlights-germany-s-poor-disaster-preparedness-a-b3821147-97d2-4f23-951c-0206bd9ff9b2

Cost-effective mitigation strategy development for flood prone buildings – final project report https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/publications/biblio/bnh-8130

Disaster management and remote sensing https://www.geospatialworld.net/blogs/disaster-management-and-remote-sensing-remote-sensing/

Can We Predict The Eruption Of A Supervolcano? https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2021/07/27/can-we-predict-the-eruption-of-a-supervolcano/

Bewdley: Worcestershire town washed out for three years running set to receive £6.2m to improve flood defences https://news.sky.com/story/bewdley-worcestershire-town-washed-out-for-three-years-running-set-to-receive-16362m-to-improve-flood-defences-12364942

Assessing the Impact of Aftershocks on Regional Earthquake Loss Estimation https://www.air-worldwide.com/blog/posts/2021/7/assessing-the-impact-of-aftershocks-on-regional-earthquake-loss-estimation/

Uncertainty and bias in global to regional scale assessments of current and future coastal flood risk https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2020EF001882

On safer ground: Floodplain buyouts and community resilience https://knowledge.uli.org/reports/research-reports/2021/on-safer-ground-floodplain-buyouts-and-community-resilience

Measuring community disaster resilience at local levels: An adaptable resilience framework https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921003241?via%3Dihub

Planned retreat from flood-prone Westport and its stoic history https://www.newsroom.co.nz/planned-retreat-from-flood-prone-westport

More 'good fire' could help California control future catastrophes https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/more-good-fire-could-help-california-control-future-catastrophes

Record funding for flood defences in England as climate crisis worsens risks https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/29/record-funding-for-flood-defences-in-england-as-climate-crisis-worsens-risks

Latest Philippine earthquake reveals tectonic complexity https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/latest-philippine-earthquake-reveals-tectonic-complexity-13026/

Satellite-based flood mapping in the boreal region for improving situational awareness https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12744

Identifying drivers of streamflow extremes in West Africa to inform a nonstationary prediction model https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212094721000414?via%3Dihub

Does hot and dry equal more wildfire? Contrasting short- and long-term climate effects on fire in the Sierra Nevada, CA https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ecs2.3657

Emergency management

Doctors warn over increasing number of young people with Covid in ICU https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/25/seriously-ill-young-people-in-current-covid-admissions-expert-warns

Unvaccinated COVID patients likelier to suffer serious symptoms https://www.jpost.com/health-science/unvaccinated-covid-patients-likelier-to-have-serious-condition-ministry-674870

Satellite images of wildfires are saving lives. The Pentagon might let the program expire https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2021-07-27/fireguard-expiration-congress-wildfires

Catching fire: AI is helping scarce firefighters better predict blazes https://news.trust.org/item/20210722120845-s2q1j/

The Delta Variant Upends the World’s Pandemic Response https://www.wsj.com/articles/thedeltavariant-upends-the-worlds-pandemic-response-11627225200

Vaccination rates in France and Italy have soared after leaders announced a raft of restrictions that will drastically curtail the freedom of unvaccinated people https://www.forbes.com/sites/roberthart/2021/07/27/explosion-in-vaccinations-and-protests-follow-health-pass-announcements-as-europe-cracks-down-on-vaccine-holdouts/?sh=1f08ea24136b

Wildfires have burned a combined area the size of Delaware and Rhode Island -- and then some https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/28/weather/western-wildfires-wednesday/index.html

Oxford researchers develop tool to predict human displacement post-disaster https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/science-blog/oxford-researchers-develop-tool-predict-human-displacement-post-disaster

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Emergency infrastructure needed to keep Americans safe: Public media https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/564629-emergency-infrastructure-needed-to-keep-americans-safe-public

How to Use Social Media in Healthcare: A Guide for Health Professionals https://blog.hootsuite.com/social-media-health-care/

Rapid increases in social media adoption and use since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic have been maintained https://wearesocial.com/au/blog/2021/07/digital-2021-july-global-statshot-digital-audiences-swell-but-there-may-be-trouble-ahead

How Hosukai’s Great Wave emerged from Japan’s isolation to become a global icon https://aeon.co/videos/how-hosukais-great-wave-emerged-from-japans-isolation-to-become-a-global-icon

Wildfire Actions https://www.fema.gov/disaster/wildfire-actions

Towards protective action: effective risk and warning communication during natural hazards https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/publications/biblio/bnh-8131

What have we learned about COVID-19 volunteering in the UK? A rapid review of the literature https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-021-11390-8

New book: A Brief History of Earth is subtitled “Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters” https://www.forbes.com/sites/chadorzel/2021/07/29/book-review-a-brief-history-of-earth-by-andrew-h-knoll/

Weather, climate, and narrative: A relational model for democratizing risk communication https://journals.ametsoc.org/view/journals/wcas/10/3/wcas-d-17-0050_1.xml

Psychology and disasters

The Impact of Earthquakes on Apartment Owners and Renters in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) Aotearoa New Zealand https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353453933_The_Impact_of_Earthquakes_on_Apartment_Owners_and_Renters_in_Te_Whanganui-a-Tara_Wellington_Aotearoa_New_Zealand

COVID-19 linked to 'significant' drop in intelligence: research https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/covid-19-linked-to-significant-drop-in-intelligence-research-1.5524877

Urban pluvial flood adaptation: Results of a household survey across four German municipalities https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12748

Sociology and disasters

Understanding the Willingness to Share Resources in the Hurricane Irma Evacuation: A Multi-Modeling Approach https://escholarship.org/uc/item/70g3c3nk

Implementation of social equity metrics in an engineering-based framework for distributing disaster resources https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353421170_Implementation_of_social_equity_metrics_in_an_engineering-based_framework_for_distributing_disaster_resources

Bridging the Divide: Does Social Capital Moderate the Impact of Polarization on Health? https://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/JGVJHRR3KDTEJEBGVGNA/full

Gender equality, social inclusion and resilience in Malawi https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/79108

Procedural Vulnerability and Its Effects on Equitable Post-Disaster Recovery in Low-Income Communities https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01944363.2021.1929417?src=

Keeping Each Other Safe: Who Checks on Their Neighbors During Weather Extremes in Summer and Winter? https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/disaster-medicine-and-public-health-preparedness/article/abs/keeping-each-other-safe-who-checks-on-their-neighbors-during-weather-extremes-in-summer-and-winter/BFAA54C464794AABF65A04695F65033F

Investigating the resilience of refugee camps to COVID-19: A case of Rohingya settlements in Bangladesh https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353482011_Investigating_the_resilience_of_refugee_camps_to_COVID-19_A_case_of_Rohingya_settlements_in_Bangladesh

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