This Week in Disaster Resilience 6th November 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

‘This season is off the charts’: Colorado fights the worst wildfires in its recent history
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/30/colorado-fires-cameron-peak-east-troublesome

Boris Johnson Sets New Lockdown for England to Slow Coronavirus
https://www.wsj.com/articles/johnson-sets-new-lockdown-for-england-to-slow-coronavirus-11604172146

Typhoon Goni: Philippines orders evacuations ahead of 2020’s strongest storm
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/31/typhoon-goni-philippines-orders-thousands-of-evacuations-ahead-of-2020s-strongest-storm

El Salvador – Over 40 Dead or Missing After Landslide in San Salvador Department
http://floodlist.com/america/el-salvador-landslide-nejapa-october-2020

Indonesia – 1 Dead, Hundreds Displaced After More Floods in Central and West Java
http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-central-west-java-floods-october-2020

Turkey earthquake death toll rises as search for survivors under the rubble continues
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-01/turkey-and-greece-earthquake-death-toll-rises-rescuers-search/12836642

South-east Queensland mops up after giant hail smashes homes, leaves thousands without power
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-01/south-east-queensland-mops-up-after-wild-night-of-weather/12835678

In the US several surveillance indicators of COVID-19 related activity are showing increases in SARS-CoV-2 virus circulation and associated illnesses
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/covidview/index.html

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season keeps raging with Hurricane Eta
https://www.theverge.com/2020/11/2/21546117/hurricane-eta-2020-atlantic-season-records?hss_channel=tw-142864417

Greece and Turkey – Earthquake Triggers Coastal Flooding
http://floodlist.com/asia/greece-turkey-earthquake-tsunami-october-2020

Philippines – Thousands Evacuate Path of Powerful Typhoon ‘Goni’
http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-typhoon-goni-november-2020

UK – Flood Rescues in Northern England After Rivers Overflow
http://floodlist.com/europe/united-kingdom/flood-north-yorkshire-november-2020

Eta lashes Nicaragua with rains, deadly mudslides
https://apnews.com/article/hurricane-eta-nicaragua-mudslides-74c7bdeeef25ce2ef71c187c6d74a93d

Colombia – Thousands of Homes Flooded in Magdalena Department
http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-magdalena-november-2020

Uganda – Deadly Floods in Kasese
http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-kasese-november-2020

Nicaragua and Honduras – Rain From Hurricane Eta Causes Flooding
http://floodlist.com/america/nicaragua-and-honduras-rain-from-hurricane-eta-causes-flooding

New U.S. Daily Coronavirus Cases Top 100,000 for the First Time
https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-u-s-daily-coronavirus-cases-top-100-000-for-the-first-time-11604560957

Chad – Floods Hit N’Djamena Again
http://floodlist.com/africa/chad-floods-ndjamena-november-2020

Brazil – Flash Floods in Pernambuco After Torrential Rain
http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-pernambuco-november-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Nov 2020: Popocatépetl volcano, Semeru, Ibu, Reventador, Sangay
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/112735/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-4-Nov-2020-Popocatepetl-volcano-Semeru-Ibu-Reventador-Sangay-Sina.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

In 50 years of firefighting I had never seen fires like I did last summer. Australia must take climate change seriously
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/oct/31/in-50-years-of-firefighting-i-had-never-seen-fires-like-i-did-last-summer-australia-must-take-climate-change-seriously

New Zealand’s groundbreaking climate policy may soon be the new normal
https://www.climateandcapitalmedia.com/new-zealands-groundbreaking-climate-policy-may-soon-be-the-new-normal/

Born in the ice age, humankind now faces the age of fire – and Australia is on the frontline
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/nov/01/born-in-the-ice-age-humankind-now-faces-the-age-of-fire-and-australia-is-on-the-frontline

On climate change, we’re entirely out of margin
https://www.newyorker.com/news/annals-of-a-warming-planet/on-climate-change-were-entirely-out-of-margin

Lack of climate action over 50 years will cost Australian economy $3.4tn and 880,000 jobs – report
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/02/lack-of-climate-action-over-50-years-will-cost-the-economy-34tn-and-880000-jobs-report?CMP=share_btn_tw

Building cities with wood would store half of cement industry's current carbon emissions
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201102110010.htm

Net-zero emissions by 2050: leadership or climate colonialism?
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6992851/net-zero-emissions-by-2050-leadership-or-climate-colonialism/

Global Emissions Likely Peaked in 2019, Report Finds
https://e360.yale.edu/digest/global-emissions-likely-peaked-in-2019-report-finds

Driving Climate Change from the Top in the Dominican Republic
http://www.ipsnews.net/2020/11/driving-climate-change-top-dominican-republic/

Climate model shows Saharan heat in much of West Africa within a century
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74466

Expect more mega-droughts
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74459

Australia, the climate can’t wait for the next federal election. It’s time to take control
https://theconversation.com/australia-the-climate-cant-wait-for-the-next-federal-election-its-time-to-take-control-148252

Scott Morrison pressured by Britain, France and Italy to announce 'bold' climate action
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/nov/03/scott-morrison-pressured-by-britain-france-and-italy-to-announce-bold-climate-action?CMP=share_btn_tw

'Crossroads of the climate crisis': swing state Arizona grapples with deadly heat
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/nov/01/climate-change-arizona-us-election-2020

Climate change: how China can achieve its pledge of zero emissions
https://www.ft.com/content/b16e155a-dc5c-4143-8676-d4552f747371

Global Climate Agreements: Successes and Failures
https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/paris-global-climate-change-agreements

Cities must reconnect with natural foundations to face climate, health and biodiversity crises
https://www.iucn.org/crossroads-blog/202010/cities-must-reconnect-natural-foundations-face-climate-health-and-biodiversity-crises

Mapped: How climate change disproportionately affects women’s health
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74488

Renewables cut Australia's emissions more than Covid, energy analysis finds
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/05/renewables-cut-australias-emissions-more-than-covid-energy-analysis-finds

Why Mispricing the Risks of Sea Level Rise Could Prove Costly
https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/keys-sea-level-rise/

US formally exits Paris pact aiming to curb climate change
https://apnews.com/article/us-leaves-paris-agreement-climate-change-1331bc30021756454dda8eb7ff3c1075

Data on Past Climates Key to Predicting Future, Scientists Say
https://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/news-events/data-past-climates-key-predicting-future-scientists-say

Disaster risk reduction

Planning for Everyone: Closing Gaps in Hazard Mitigation Planning
https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/planning-for-everyone-closing-gaps-in-hazard-mitigation-planning

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements Report
https://naturaldisaster.royalcommission.gov.au/publications/royal-commission-national-natural-disaster-arrangements-report

Putting people first in disaster risk reduction: the mismatch between policy, theory, and practice
https://floodresilience.net/blogs/putting-people-first-in-disaster-risk-reduction-the-mismatch-between-policy-theory-and-practice

Victims and frontline workers say bushfire findings don't go far enough
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/oct/31/a-tourniquet-for-things-to-come-victims-and-frontline-workers-say-bushfire-findings-dont-go-far-enough?CMP=share_btn_tw

Cities reboot: Urban life in the age of COVID-19
https://longreads.trust.org/item/Cities-adapting-coronavirus-pandemic-world

Exposure model for European seismic risk assessment
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/8755293020919429

Latest edition of ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter
https://molinostewart.com.au/editorial/floodplain-manager-october-2020/

Aerial strategies advance volcanic gas measurements at inaccessible, strongly degassing volcanoes
https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/44/eabb9103

Rising Wildfire Losses Return Insurers to Their Roots
http://www.ambest.com/video/MediaArchive.aspx?lid=5740223387001&vid=6199174707001

Two different pandemics - EU vs US
https://www.gzeromedia.com/the-graphic-truth-two-different-pandemics-eu-vs-us-11-02-2020

'Flood busting' leaky dams installed on Crompton Moor in Oldham
https://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/2/news-headlines/137077/flood-busting-leaky-dams-installed-on-crompton-moor-in-oldham

ASFPM Recognizes Excellence in Floodplain Management with 2020 ASFPM Awards
https://www.floods.org/whats-new/asfpm-recognizes-excellence-in-floodplain-management-with-2020-asfpm-awards/

How wetlands can protect China’s coastal communities
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74463

Destroyed buildings in İzmir not earthquake resistant, reports show
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74474

Deforestation, construction to blame for central Vietnam landslides
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74485

Survey on the themes for the Global Platform 2022
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74507

Large-scale stochastic flood hazard analysis applied to the Po River
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74503

How Probable Is Widespread Flooding in the United States?
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2020WR028096

New homes in UK’s struggling neighbourhoods disproportionately affected by increase in flood risk from climate change
https://www.lse.ac.uk/granthaminstitute/news/new-homes-in-uks-struggling-neighbourhoods-disproportionately-affected-by-increase-in-flood-risk-from-climate-change/

Bouncing back or bouncing forward? The overlooked role of taxonomies for climate action and pandemic recovery
https://www.sei.org/perspectives/bouncing-back-or-bouncing-forward/

What historical insured catastrophe losses really mean
https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/what-historical-insured-catastrophe-losses-really-mean-1004199375/

South Yorkshire flood review calls for better insurance support
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-54811585

Why insurance matters: insights from research post-disaster
https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-october-2020-why-insurance-matters-insights-from-research-post-disaster/

Resilient houses saved assets and lives during the historic flood in Quang Binh province
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74545

Can newspaper reporting uncover flood risk?
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74543

Identifying communities at risk for impacts of extreme heat
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201104143649.htm

Emergency management

PET PODs: Including Pets in Your Community Evacuation Shelter Plan
https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/special-collection/pet-pods-including-pets-in-your-community-evacuation-shelter-plan

Preparing the Whole Community: Including Individuals Experiencing Homelessness in Disaster Planning
https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/special-collection/preparing-the-whole-community-including-individuals-experiencing-homelessness-in-disaster-planning

Bangladeshi floating hospital treats flood-ravaged community
https://apnews.com/article/pandemics-virus-outbreak-bangladesh-monsoons-health-6bcbfe5b50de61a313ed02301f9a3306

Civil unrest response for fire and emergency services
https://www.usfa.fema.gov/operations/civil_unrest/personnel.html

Pandemic recovery in urban settings: planning for the unplanned
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74462

Smoke cloud from Australian summer’s bushfires three-times larger than anything previously recorded
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/nov/03/smoke-cloud-from-australian-summers-bushfires-three-times-larger-than-anything-previously-recorded

What happens after the rain? How flooding is managed
https://www.itv.com/news/2020-10-27/what-happens-after-the-rain

South Sudan: Devastating floods doom health facilities
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/south-sudan-devastating-floods-doom-health-facilities/2032652

Disaster education, communications and engagement

#NoNaturalDisasters in the workplace: Improving how we talk about disasters at work
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/72400

Special Issue on School Safety in the Context of Disaster Risk Reduction
https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/international-journal-of-disaster-risk-reduction/special-issue/10G9DV1C7CG

The Australian Weather Calendar is back for 2021
https://shop.bom.gov.au/

Action-led alerts effective at pointy end of natural disasters: fire, floods
https://www.qut.edu.au/news?news-id=170428

Flood risk communication: a fundamental tool for disaster risk management
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74456

Messy maps: Qualitative GIS representations of resilience
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169204619310643#f0005

World Tsunami Awareness Day 5 November
https://www.undrr.org/news/tsunamis-supreme-test-risk-governance-un-secretary-general-0

How new modes of storytelling engage Australians in disaster preparedness and long-term resilience
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74558

Communication-related vulnerability to disasters: A heuristic framework
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74555

Psychology and disasters

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Parental Stress and Young Children’s Development During Physical Distancing
https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/impact-of-the-covid-19-pandemic-on-parental-stress-and-young-childrens-development-during-physical-distancing

Mental Health Interventions in Shelters: Lessons from Hurricane Harvey
https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/special-collection/mental-health-interventions-in-shelters-lessons-from-hurricane-harvey

Individual and community behavioral responses to natural disasters
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/344946726_Individual_and_community_behavioral_responses_to_natural_disasters

Sociology and disasters

COVID-19 and poverty
https://feature.undp.org/covid-and-poverty/

Community Resilience in Neighbourhood Level: Study of Organically Developed Neighborhood in Dhaka
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/345128768_Community_Resilience_in_Neighbourhood_Level_Study_of_Organically_Developed_Neighborhood_in_Dhaka

Bonding, bridging, and linking social capital and social media use: How hyperlocal social media platforms serve as a conduit to access and activate bridging and linking ties in a time of crisis
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-020-04397-8

Bringing disaster preparedness into resilience politics
https://www.resilience.org/stories/2020-11-04/bringing-disaster-preparedness-into-resilience-politics/

How social capital can help deal with the pandemic better
https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/how-social-capital-can-help-deal-with-the-pandemic-better/article33021238.ece

Collective Action Problem Characteristics and Partner Uncertainty as Drivers of Social Tie Formation in Collaborative Networks
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/psj.12309

 

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