This Week in Disaster Resilience 17th January 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent Emergencies/Disaster

Taal Volcano erupts in Philippines
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-13/philippines-warns-of-explosive-eruption-as-volcano-spews-ash/11861640

U.S. winter storms cause 10 deaths, flight cancellations, power outages
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-weather/u-s-winter-storms-cause-10-deaths-flight-cancellations-power-outages-idUSKBN1ZA0U3?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews

Flooding hits Grand River Watershed hard
https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/flooding-hits-grand-river-watershed-hard-1.4763862

Extreme weather leaves Congo capital residents underwater
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-congo-floods/extreme-weather-leaves-congo-capital-residents-underwater-idUSKBN1Z81BN

Dubai airport flooding: Flights delayed or cancelled
https://www.thenational.ae/uae/transport/dubai-airport-flooding-flights-delayed-or-cancelled-1.962820

Indonesia – Flash Floods in South Sulawesi
http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-south-sulawesi-january-2020

Iran and UAE – Deadly Floods After Days of Heavy Rain
http://floodlist.com/asia/iran-uae-floods-january-2020

Kashmir avalanches and landslides leave 62 people dead
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-51104299

UAE smashes 24-year-old rainfall record, widespread flooding and destruction reported
https://watchers.news/2020/01/13/uae-smashes-24-year-old-rainfall-record-widespread-flooding-and-destruction-reported/

New eruption at Fernandina volcano (Cerro la Cumbre), lava flows descending to the coast - Galapagos, Ecuador
https://watchers.news/2020/01/13/new-eruption-at-fernandina-cerro-la-cumbre-volcano-lava-flows-descending-to-the-coast-galapagos-ecuador/

Strong explosion at Popocatepetl volcano, ash to 11.3 km (37 000 feet) a.s.l., Mexico
https://watchers.news/2020/01/09/strong-explosion-at-popocatepetl-volcano-january-9-2020/

Extreme cold and heavy snow hit Afghanistan, killing at least 17 people
https://watchers.news/2020/01/13/extreme-cold-snap-lashes-afghanistan-killing-at-least-17/

Iran – Floods in South Leave 3 Dead, Hundreds Rescued
http://floodlist.com/asia/iran-floods-kerman-sistan-and-baluchestan-hormozgan-january-2020

Indonesia – Samarinda Floods Again, Thousands Affected
http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-samarinda-floods-january-2020

Namibia – Overflowing Zambezi River Leaves Communities Cut Off
http://floodlist.com/africa/namibia-zambezi-river-floods-january-2020

Peru – 2 Dead After Rivers Flood in Pasco and Puno Departments
http://floodlist.com/america/peru-floods-pasco-puno-january-2020

Oman hit by 4 months' worth of rain in 1 day, severe flash floods and freezing temperatures
https://watchers.news/2020/01/16/oman-hit-by-4-months-worth-of-rain-in-1-day-severe-flash-floods-and-below-freezing-temperatures/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Jan 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/96125/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-16-Jan-2020-Klyuchevskoy-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Sa.html

Brutal cold snap brings death toll to at least 170 in Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan
https://watchers.news/2020/01/16/brutal-cold-snap-brings-death-toll-afghanistan-india-pakistan/

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Study Confirms Climate Models are Getting Future Warming Projections Right
https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2943/study-confirms-climate-models-are-getting-future-warming-projections-right/

Some say we’ve seen bushfires worse than this before. But they’re ignoring a few key facts
https://theconversation.com/some-say-weve-seen-bushfires-worse-than-this-before-but-theyre-ignoring-a-few-key-facts-129391?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Ocean temperatures hit record high as rate of heating accelerates
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/13/ocean-temperatures-hit-record-high-as-rate-of-heating-accelerates?CMP=share_btn_tw

Anomalously warm temperatures are associated with increased injury deaths
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-019-0721-y

Studying Asian glaciers provides glimpse into future of extremes
https://horizon.scienceblog.com/1112/studying-asian-glaciers-provides-glimpse-into-future-of-extremes/

The ice we’ve lost to climate change this past decade, visualized
https://www.vox.com/2019/12/23/21030500/climate-change-ice-thaw-arctic-antarctica-greenland

Australia is no longer the lucky country
https://www.ft.com/content/9849e366-35e4-11ea-a6d3-9a26f8c3cba4

Despite the political smokescreen, scientists are in no doubt that global heating has contributed to Australia’s fire emergency
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/13/explainer-what-are-the-underlying-causes-of-australias-shocking-bushfire-season?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell slightly in 2019
https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/us-greenhouse-gas-emissions-fell-slightly-in-2019/2020/01/06/568f0a82-309e-11ea-a053-dc6d944ba776_story.html

US National Climate Report - Annual 2019
https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/201913

Climate change: Australia fires will be 'normal' in warmer world
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51094919

ScienceBrief Review: Climate Change Increases the Risk of Wildfires
https://sciencebrief.org/briefs/wildfires

Australia’s Wildfires Might Intensify Future Climate Crises
https://www.wired.com/story/australias-wildfires-might-intensify-future-climate-crises/

Inaction over climate emergency ‘not an option’ says UN Assembly chief
https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/01/1055171

2019 capped off the world's hottest decade in recorded history
https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/2019-capped-off-the-worlds-hottest-decade-in-recorded-history-20200116-p53ru7.html

Injuries and Deaths Could Rise with Climate Change in the U.S., a New Study Finds
https://time.com/5764673/injuries-deaths-climate-change/

Climate Change Brings Geopolitical Complications for Australia
https://thediplomat.com/2020/01/climate-change-brings-geopolitical-complications-for-australia/

Climate change to be brought into new flooding guidance maps for Wales
https://www.savills.co.uk/insight-and-opinion/savills-news/294682-0

Climate change to be key element in next Canadian budget: finance minister
https://ca.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN1ZC2EO

New climate models suggest Paris goals may be out of reach
https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1176930.shtml?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

5 states had the wettest year on record in 2019
https://www.farmprogress.com/weather/5-states-had-wettest-year-record-2019

Climate change is making Australia’s weird weather even weirder
https://www.vox.com/2020/1/15/21065557/australia-fires-climate-change-weather-extreme-heat-drought-flood

For the first time, the Alarmed are now the largest of Global Warming’s Six Americas
https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/for-the-first-time-the-alarmed-are-now-the-largest-of-global-warmings-six-americas/

Glacial Lake Outburst Floods: A New Climate-Related Threat from Above
https://www.scientificamerican.com/video/glacial-lake-outburst-floods-a-new-climate-related-threat-from-above/

Disaster Risk Reduction

Ten years after earthquake, Haiti still vulnerable to disasters
http://news.trust.org/item/20200110103517-4plm7/

Disaster by Choice
https://global.oup.com/academic/product/disaster-by-choice-9780198841340?cc=jp&lang=en&

In January 2020, Jakarta experienced its worst rainfall in more than a decade
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146113/torrential-rains-flood-indonesia

Australia fires: Aboriginal planners say the bush 'needs to burn'
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-51043828

How Cities are Using Architecture to Combat Flooding
https://www.archdaily.com/931720/how-cities-are-using-architecture-to-combat-flooding

Massive new rooftop farm helps reduce flooding in Bangkok
https://www.fastcompany.com/90449898/this-massive-new-rooftop-farm-helps-keep-bangkok-from-flooding

To fix a flood-prone neighborhood, Dubuque planners use 3D GIS watershed models
https://www.esri.com/about/newsroom/blog/dubuque-tackles-chronic-flooding/

U.S. flood risk model to be publicly available in boon for homebuyers
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-floods-realestate-idUSKBN1ZD1G0?taid=5e1dd1a82f317700010a826f&utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

The gathering firestorm in southern Amazonia
https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/2/eaay1632?utm_campaign=SciMag&utm_source=JHubbard&utm_medium=Twitter

Colorado has seen the largest increase in natural disasters, study says
https://www.reporterherald.com/2020/01/11/colorado-has-seen-the-largest-increase-in-natural-disasters-study-says/

Taal Eruption and Ashfall Continue; Thousands Still at Risk
https://eos.org/articles/taal-eruption-and-ashfall-continue-thousands-still-at-risk

Jakarta’s flood costs will increase by up to 400% by 2050, research shows
https://theconversation.com/jakartas-flood-costs-will-increase-by-up-to-400-by-2050-research-shows-129698

Planning an International Magma Observatory
https://eos.org/science-updates/planning-an-international-magma-observatory

Tourists are abandoning regional Victoria and NSW in droves, with cancellation rates of more than 60 per cent even in towns outside the bushfire zones causing economic damage of up to $1 billion
https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/tourism-industry-takes-1b-hit-as-australians-cancel-their-holidays-20200115-p53rr1.html

Gorkha aftershocks reveal seismic hazard in Nepal
https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/gorkha-aftershocks-reveal-seismic-hazard-in-nepal-10175/

Environment Agency announces updated plans for York flood scheme
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/environment-agency-announces-updated-plans-for-york-flood-scheme

How can we stop our village flooding again?
https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-51008272

ARC Linkage funds research on early warning system for bushfires
https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/newscentre/news_centre/more_news_stories/arc_linkage_bushfire

The danger of the Taal Volcano
https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/philippine-volcano-taal-erupts-with-a-fury-of-earthquakes-and-ash-10371/

$9.5 Million In Grants Awarded To Australian Researchers For Bushfire Forecast Project
https://www.intelligentliving.co/9-5-million-grants-bushfire-forecast-project/

Tourism loses $4.5b to bushfires as overseas visitors cancel
https://www.afr.com/companies/tourism/tourism-loses-4-5b-to-bushfires-as-overseas-visitors-cancel-20200116-p53s0s

Residents' flood-risk fears resurface over new Chorley housing development
https://www.lep.co.uk/news/environment/residents-flood-risk-fears-resurface-over-new-chorley-housing-development-1-10203641

This map presents a selection of regions likely to encounter significant water anomalies during the one year period beginning in October 2019 and running through September 2020
https://www.isciences.com/blog/2020/1/15/isciences-worldwide-water-watch-list-january-2020

Disasters, climate change failure and extreme weather three of the top risks facing the world in 2020
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/01/global-risks-climate-change-cyberattacks-economic-political/

Emergency management

Bushfire lessons available to act on ahead of royal commission, experts say
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-14/bushfires-lessons-ready-to-act-on-before-inquiry-experts-say/11851554?pfmredir=sm

As flood waters recede, Jakarta residents file lawsuit against governor
https://www.reuters.com/article/indonesia-climatechange-lawsuit/as-flood-waters-recede-jakarta-residents-file-lawsuit-against-governor-idUSL8N29J07K

Smoke from Australia's fires will make 'full circuit' around the world
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/14/australia/nasa-smoke-full-circuit-intl-scli-scn/index.html?utm_medium=social&utm_term=link&utm_content=2020-01-14T19%3A50%3A03&utm_source=twCNN

Shealing: Post‐disaster slow healing and later recovery
https://rgs-ibg.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/area.12605

Canada to send 69 more fire personnel to Australia to battle wildfires, minister says
https://globalnews.ca/news/6410492/australia-canada-firefighters-deployed/

American firefighters deployed to fight Australia fires met with cheers in Sydney
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/australia-fires-firefighters-team-up-with-americans-to-fight-bushfires/?ftag=CNM-00-10aab7e&linkId=80630431

More than 20,000 children evacuated from the ‘danger zone’ around erupting volcano
https://reliefweb.int/report/philippines/more-20000-children-evacuated-danger-zone-around-erupting-volcano

Fire services are facing a 'toxic' culture of 'bullying and harassment'
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7891279/Fire-services-facing-toxic-culture-bullying-harassment.html

Flooding becomes politicized as Anies faces criticism
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/01/15/flooding-becomes-politicized-as-anies-faces-criticism.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Of potential use in emergency management the V-Coptr Falcon is a bi-copter drone that has a 50-minute battery life
https://www.dpreview.com/news/1349415399/the-v-coptr-falcon-is-a-bi-copter-drone-that-has-a-50-minute-battery-life

Prehistoric Wollemi pines saved by firefighters from Australia's bushfires
https://www.theguardian.com/global/video/2020/jan/16/prehistoric-wollemi-pines-saved-by-firefighters-from-australias-bushfires-video

Australian bushfires from the air: before and after images show scale of devastation
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/17/before-and-after-images-show-scale-of-bushfire-devastation?CMP=share_btn_tw

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience is developing Knowledge-into-Action briefs for people who are supporting communities to recover from the bushfire crisis
https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/knowledge-into-action-briefs/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Australians must learn a fine-grained language of fire in all its different localities
https://insidestory.org.au/savage-summer/

Beyond lava and ash: What makes volcanoes dangerous?
https://earth.stanford.edu/news/beyond-lava-and-ash-what-makes-volcanoes-dangerous#gs.s9kphb

Children's book inspired by Somerset's 1607 killer wave
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-50642915

Artists help communities during a crisis, not hinder. Why are we still told they don’t matter?
https://theconversation.com/artists-help-communities-during-a-crisis-not-hinder-why-are-we-still-told-they-dont-matter-129695

Kobe commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake and through education is working to remind younger generations of the past devastation — and the importance of disaster preparedness
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/01/16/national/25-years-after-kobe-quake/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#.XiDTxX8zbIU

Victoria Police rejects social media campaign claiming arson caused fires
https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/victoria-police-rejects-social-media-campaign-claiming-arson-caused-fires-20200108-p53pwj.html

Conceptualizing community in disaster risk management
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/338552762_Conceptualizing_community_in_disaster_risk_management

Creating a business contingency plan for flooding
https://www.anthonyjones.com/flooding-business-contingency-planning/

Psychology and Disasters

Geopolitical factors and mental health
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0020764018808548?journalCode=ispa

The role of risk perception in influencing flood losses over time
http://hydrosocialextremes.org/the-role-of-risk-perception-in-influencing-flood-losses-over-time/

Sociology and Disasters

Beware of bushfire scams: how fraudsters take advantage of those in need
https://theconversation.com/beware-of-bushfire-scams-how-fraudsters-take-advantage-of-those-in-need-129549

Global problems need social science
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00064-x

 

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