This Week in Disaster Resilience 14th August 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Evacuations Ordered For Pine Gulch Fire, Now 7% Contained
https://denver.cbslocal.com/2020/08/09/evacuations-pine-gulch-grand-junction-smoke/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

India – Torrential Rains Trigger Deadly Landslide in Kerala
http://floodlist.com/asia/india-kerala-floods-landslides-august-2020

Trinidad and Tobago – Floods and Landslides After 120mm of Rain in 9 Hours
http://floodlist.com/america/trinidad-floods-august-2020

Greece – Deadly Flash Floods in Evia
http://floodlist.com/europe/greece-floods-evia-august-2020

NSW south coast: Towns evacuated, flash flood warnings issued due to heavy rain
https://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/nsw-south-coast-towns-evacuated-flash-flood-warnings-issued-due-to-heavy-rain/news-story/a4057edc3ca3d5b093464f9a0f852d3e

Pakistan – Homes Destroyed, 8 Dead After Floods in Balochistan and Sindh Provinces
http://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-floodsbalochistan-sindh-august-2020

Indonesia's Mount Sinabung volcano erupts twice in three days
https://news.yahoo.com/indonesias-mount-sinabung-volcano-erupts-134602125.html

South Korea floods, landslides kill dozens, displace thousands
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/south-korea-floods-landslides-kill-dozens-displace-thousands-200809034627417.html

Nigeria – 4 Dead, 15,000 Displaced After Floods in North
http://floodlist.com/africa/nigeria-floods-kaduna-katsina-sokoto-zamfra-august-2020

Panama – 11 Killed in Flash Floods
http://floodlist.com/america/panama-floods-august-2020

Spain – Flash Floods in Andalusia After 46mm of Rain in 1 Hour
http://floodlist.com/europe/spain-floods-andalusia-august-2020

Mexico – Deadly Landslides and Floods in Veracruz
http://floodlist.com/america/mexico-floods-veracruz-august-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 13 Aug 2020: Fuego volcano, Kerinci, Reventador, Sangay, Sinabung
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/108230/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-13-Aug-2020-Fuego-volcano-Kerinci-Reventador-Sangay-Sinabung-Saban.html

3 months of rain in 20 minutes: Flood batters house, drowns the streets of Spain's Seville
https://www.indiatoday.in/world/story/watch-3-months-rain-20-minutes-flood-batters-house-drowns-streets-spain-s-seville-1710517-2020-08-12

Europe – Storms Cause Flash Flooding and Landslides in UK, France and Italy
http://floodlist.com/europe/europe-storms-august-uk-france-italy

South Sudan – Thousands Displaced by Floods as Rivers Overflow
http://floodlist.com/africa/south-sudan-floods-august-2020

Mali – Over 1,100 Homes Destroyed by Floods
http://floodlist.com/africa/mali-floods-update-august-2020

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate change and wildfires: Projecting future wildfire potential
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73058

Climate change: Frequency of extreme droughts across Europe predicted to rise
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73087

UK weather: 36.4C recorded on hottest August day for 17 years
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/aug/07/uk-weather-being-outdoors-could-become-dangerous-during-heatwaves?CMP=share_btn_tw

Melting Antarctic Ice
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08n0mqb

Can TV affect our attitudes to climate change and carbon emissions?
https://www.smh.com.au/culture/tv-and-radio/can-tv-affect-our-attitudes-to-climate-change-and-carbon-emissions-20200803-p55hyv.html

Images show massive Antarctic change in just 9 days
https://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2020/02/25/antarctica-snow-caps-melting-heat-wave-sater-pkg-vpx.cnn

This giant climate hot spot is robbing the West of its water
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/national/climate-environment/climate-change-colorado-utah-hot-spot/

In tackling the global climate crisis, doom and optimism are both dangerous traps
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/06/global-climate-crisis-doom-optimism-emergency

Global death rate from rising temperatures projected to surpass the current death rate of all infectious diseases combined
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73018?utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=PreventionSavesLives

‘Worst-case’ global warming scenario still best guide until 2050, study says
https://www.climatechangenews.com/2020/08/03/worst-case-global-warming-scenario-still-best-guide-2050-study-says/

From CMIP-3 to CMIP-6: Northern Hemisphere atmospheric blocking simulation in present and future climate
https://journals.ametsoc.org/jcli/article/doi/10.1175/JCLI-D-19-0862.1/353853/From-CMIP-3-to-CMIP-6-Northern-Hemisphere

Climate change and the preparedness of Canadian provinces and territories to limit flood risk
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73125

Re-balancing climate services to inform climate-resilient planning – A conceptual framework and illustrations from sub-Saharan Africa
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73116

State of the Climate in 2019
https://www.ametsoc.org/index.cfm/ams/publications/bulletin-of-the-american-meteorological-society-bams/state-of-the-climate/

Last decade was Earth's hottest on record as climate crisis accelerates
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/aug/12/hottest-decade-climate-crisis-2019?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Ethiopia’s response to climate change and gender
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73146

Milne Ice Shelf: Satellites capture Arctic ice split
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-53737138

End of Arctic sea ice by 2035 possible, study finds
https://climatenewsnetwork.net/end-of-arctic-sea-ice-by-2035-possible-study-finds/

Warming Greenland ice sheet passes point of no return
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-greenland-ice-sheet.html

Disaster risk reduction

Nepal’s deadly landslides explained
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73062

Stanford researchers project regionwide commute disruption with Bay Area coastal flooding
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73060

Background Paper: Cultural burning practices in Australia
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73054

Background Paper: Land management – hazard reduction: a literature review
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73065

Biennial report on the Programme of Action for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in Africa
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73063

Natural disasters 2019: Now is the time to not give up
https://emdat.be/publications

Urban planning capabilities for bushfire: Treatment categories and scenario testing
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73031

Invest more in predicting the future to be better prepared, say experts
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73083

Multi-hazard risk assessment at community level integrating local and scientific knowledge in the Hodh Chargui
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73052

Nature-based solutions for adapting to water-related climate risks
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73078

Warragamba Dam environment plan 'not valid', government agency finds
https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/warragamba-dam-environment-plan-not-valid-government-agency-finds-20200808-p55jvm.html

'$500 million on bugger all': mayor queries dam benefit
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/500-million-on-bugger-all-mayor-queries-dam-benefit-20200728-p55g8e.html

Prescribed Burning in Australasia
https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/shop/product?ID=19417

Britain’s disappearing coastline: ‘Right now we abandon people’
https://www.ft.com/content/2f93cc1b-08ea-49d0-8c5a-dfd2ad3c2177

We must not wait for the next ammonium nitrate blast - solutions exist to improve safety
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73103

Museums and disaster risk reduction: building resilience in museums
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73110

Perception on the consequences and flood losses: a study applied in Pinhais, Paraná (Brazil)
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73092

Tsunami alert efficiency in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea: The 2 May 2020 Earthquake (Mw6.6) and near-field tsunami south of Crete (Greece)
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73108

US hurricane experts predict 'extremely active' storm season
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/07/hurricane-experts-noaa-storm-season

Warragamba Dam raising slammed
http://www.watercareer.com.au/news/dam-raising-slammed

Why China’s catastrophic floods will barely dent its economy
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73107

Perspectives on flood insurance demand outside the 100-year floodplain
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73114

The effects of the 2010-11 Queensland floods on individual income: a case study on the Brisbane River catchment area
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73127

The effects of the Black Saturday bushfires on individual income
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73128

Multivariate remotely sensed and in-situ data assimilation for enhancing community WRF-Hydro model forecasting
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0309170819311820

The Aftermath of Hurricane María on Puerto Rican Small-Scale Fisheries
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343276759_The_Aftermath_of_Hurricane_Maria_on_Puerto_Rican_Small-Scale_Fisheries

A human-driven decline in global burned area
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/356/6345/1356

Bristol engineers help make Nepal’s schools earthquake-resistant
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73140

Scoping the potential for earthquake early warning in Aotearoa New Zealand: A sectoral analysis of perceived benefits and challenges
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73148

Emergency management

Inclusive data on disaster displacement must include indigenous peoples
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73091

Tsunami warning and mitigation systems to protect coastal communities: tsunami early warning and mitigation system in the North-Eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and connected seas
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73082

Social media data and housing recovery following extreme natural hazards
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420920312905

How New Zealand got rid of coronavirus as it keeps spreading across the world
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-10/how-new-zealand-eliminated-coronavirus-spreading-globally/12540328

Whose views matter in post-disaster recovery? A case study of “build back better” in Tacloban City after Typhoon Haiyan
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420920312887?dgcid=author

The Coronavirus Is Never Going Away
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/08/coronavirus-will-never-go-away/614860/

The Channon community adapts bushfire-fighting skills to create COVID-19 response
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-11/the-channon-in-nsw-gets-ready-for-big-disasters/12529204

Google is creating a worldwide, Android phone-powered earthquake alert system
https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/11/21362370/android-earthquake-detection-seismometer-epicenter-shakealert-google

Real-time lessons on COVID-19 and US hurricane response: What we’ve learned from Hanna and Isaias
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73112

Guidelines for tsunami response during COVID-19
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73121

Rebuilding resilient homeland: an NGO-led post-Lushan earthquake experimental reconstruction program
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343269537_Rebuilding_resilient_homeland_an_NGO-led_post-Lushan_earthquake_experimental_reconstruction_program

New Zealand suspects ‘some failure at the border’ after COVID-19 returns
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/08/new-zealand-suspects-some-failure-border-after-covid-19-returns

Wildfires: Australia needs national monitoring agency
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02306-4

Strengthening disaster management policy in Pacific Island countries: Policy reform for disaster preparedness
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73144

UNESCO rallies international community to safeguard Beirut’s cultural life and heritage
https://en.unesco.org/news/unesco-rallies-international-community-safeguard-beiruts-cultural-life-and-heritage

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Disaster memorial events for increasing awareness and preparedness: 150 years since the Arica tsunami in Aotearoa-New Zealand
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73032

Rocket’s Earthquake Safety Activity Book
https://rocketrules.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Earthquake_Cont_English_072720.pdf

Developing post-alert messaging for ShakeAlert, the earthquake early warning system for the West Coast of the United States of America
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73099

Special Issue Call for Papers on Disaster, Infrastructure, and Participatory Knowledge
https://www.citizenscience.org/2020/07/07/special-issue-disaster-infrastructure-and-participatory-knowledge/

Psychology and disasters

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services for Disaster Responders in Southeast Asia
https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/S2040-726220200000021008/full/html

Sociology and disasters

Measuring Community Disaster Resilience in the Conterminous Coastal United States
https://www.mdpi.com/2220-9964/9/8/469

Impact of Cyclone Idai on the poorest in Malawi
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73124

The role of social capital on proactive and reactive resilience of organizations post-disaster
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340831521_The_role_of_social_capital_on_proactive_and_reactive_resilience_of_organizations_post-disaster

 

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