This Week in Disaster Resilience 28th February 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

9 dead in Turkey after magnitude 5.7 earthquake strikes western Iran
https://globalnews.ca/news/6585553/9-dead-earthquake-turkey/

Parts of Jakarta continue to be flooded this rainy season
https://coconuts.co/jakarta/news/dozens-of-neighborhoods-in-jakarta-flooded-following-days-of-torrential-rain/

Flood-hit communities brace for more torrential downpours as winter storms continue to ravage Britain
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8034343/UK-WEATHER-Britain-heads-wettest-February-30-years-rain-floods-South-Wales-Scotland.html

Peru – 3 Killed in Tacna Flash Floods
http://floodlist.com/america/peru-tacna-flash-floods-february-2020

South Africa – Deadly Flash Floods in KwaZulu-Natal
http://floodlist.com/africa/south-africa-lash-floods-kwazulunatal-february-2020

Ecuador – Rain Triggers Flooding in 3 Provinces
http://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-manabi-eloro-and-moronasantiago-february-2020

Indonesia – Deadly Flash Floods in Yogyakarta
http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-yogyakarta-february-2020

Bolivia – Evacuations and Rescues After Flash Floods in Cochabamba
http://floodlist.com/america/bolivia-floods-cochabamba-february-2020

Malawi – Floods in Lilongwe After Heavy Rain
http://floodlist.com/africa/malawi-central-region-floods-february-2020

Peru – Massive Flooding and Mudslides in Cusco Leave 3 Dead, 20 Missing
http://floodlist.com/america/peru-flood-mudslide-santa-teresa-cusco-february-2020

Flash floods hit Jakarta
https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/221953?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

These floods bear all the hallmarks of climate change
https://www.ciwem.org/news/austerity-flooding

New Source of Climate Pressure for Companies: Workers
https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-source-of-climate-pressure-for-companies-workers-115818616014

Thousands rally across Australia for climate justice
https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/photos-thousands-rally-across-australia-climate-justice

Getting to zero net emissions in 2050 is going to be tough
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/23/getting-to-zero-net-emissions-in-2050-is-going-to-be-tough-but-labor-committing-to-it-is-a-damn-good-thing?CMP=share_btn_tw

It’s Official: Chicago Has Declared a Climate Emergency. Now What
https://news.wttw.com/2020/02/19/it-s-official-chicago-has-declared-climate-emergency-now-what#.XlLoIsjgTeU.twitter

After a summer of mega-fires, the dramatic shift in thinking about climate change has not come from the public, or from politicians. It has come from business
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/bushfires-push-business-on-to-the-front-foot-20200223-p543jv.html

New government data shows slight drop in Australia's emissions, amid new coal fight
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/new-government-data-shows-slight-drop-in-australia-s-emissions-amid-new-coal-fight-20200223-p543jp.html

Meeting climate change targets has for the first time emerged as a greater priority for voters than keeping energy prices down
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/newspoll-voters-deliver-verdict-on-bushfires-crisis/news-story/c1b975bc12a19fbdfbd75d162da9b299

World’s top climate negotiator condemns Australian response to climate change
https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/world-top-climate-negotiator-condemns-australian-response-bushfi/11989658

'Extraordinary' fires burnt at historical size, beyond climate projections
https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/extraordinary-fires-burnt-at-historical-size-beyond-climate-projections-20200224-p543u4.html

Catastrophic fires have generated intensified public responses in favour of transformative climate change action
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-0712-5

Under attack from climate change, Colombia's farmers befriend nature
https://www.reuters.com/article/colombia-floods-climate-change/feature-under-attack-from-climate-change-colombias-farmers-befriend-nature-idUSL8N29Q4BV

The last ice age tells us why we need to care about a 2℃ change in temperature
https://theconversation.com/the-last-ice-age-tells-us-why-we-need-to-care-about-a-2-change-in-temperature-126923?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=footertwitterbutton

On climate change, where does Tampa Bay go from here?
https://www.tampabay.com/opinion/2020/02/25/on-climate-change-where-does-tampa-bay-go-from-here-column/

Why Climate Change and Poverty Are Inextricably Linked
https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/climate-change-is-connected-to-poverty/

Antarctica's Eagle Island undergoes large-scale snowmelt as February sees new high temperatures
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-25/nasa-shows-alarming-ice-melt-on-antarcticas-eagle-island/11999476

Bohai Bay: the Chinese region disappearing inch by inch
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2020/feb/24/bohai-bay-the-chinese-region-disappearing-inch-by-inch-in-pictures?CMP=share_btn_tw

Australia needs to commit to target of net-zero emissions by 2050
https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/australia-needs-to-commit-to-target-of-net-zero-emissions-by-2050,13633#.XlbJo_Ow9VA.twitter

Australia is heating faster than the global average, and extreme heat days are on the rise. Doctors say there’s clear evidence that it’s killing people prematurely
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2020/feb/27/killer-heat-how-a-warming-land-is-changing-australia-forever

Disaster risk reduction

Christchurch nine years on: The reshaping of a city
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/119421238/christchurch-nine-years-on-the-reshaping-of-a-city

More than 11,000 homes in England to be built on land at high risk of flooding
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/23/more-than-11000-homes-to-be-built-on-land-at-high-risk-of-flooding?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

UK flood defence plans are inadequate, warn scientists
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/23/uk-flood-defence-plans-inadequate-warn-scientists?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Unprecedented burn area of Australian mega forest fires
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-0716-1

The Pitt review predicted the current crisis in 2008. Why did Conservative governments refuse to listen?
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/23/tories-ignored-flood-advice-austerity-pitt-review

Environment Agency chief: Avoid building new homes on flood plains
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-51620992

Chief Resilience Officers from around the world announce the evolution and expansion of the Global Resilient Cities Network
https://www.prnewswire.com/ae/news-releases/chief-resilience-officers-from-around-the-world-announce-the-evolution-and-expansion-of-the-global-resilient-cities-network-882592564.html

The US government insurance scheme for nuclear power plant accidents no longer makes sense
https://thebulletin.org/2020/02/the-us-government-insurance-scheme-for-nuclear-power-plant-accidents-no-longer-makes-sense/

'Teamwork' helps city businesses during floods
https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/18260847.teamwork-helps-city-businesses-floods/?ref=twtrec

Emergency management

Economic impact of coronavirus outbreak deepens
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/feb/23/economic-impact-of-coronavirus-outbreak-deepens?CMP=share_btn_tw

Many Tornado Alley Residents With Disabilities Lack Safe Options In A Storm
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/02/18/798892939/many-tornado-alley-residents-with-disabilities-lack-safe-options-in-a-storm

United States Firefighting Resources Mobilized to Australia
https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/fireInfo_australia.htm

To Survive Disaster, Plan for the Worst
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/19/opinion/survive-disaster-plan-for-worst.html

Information needed from flood-hit Shrewsbury businesses to help lobby for support
https://www.shropshirelive.com/business/2020/02/26/information-needed-from-flood-hit-shrewsbury-businesses-to-help-lobby-for-support/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Study finds quarter of climate change tweets from bots
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-51595285

Got a Google Maps link on floods? Careful, it’s misinformation, says BNPB
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/02/25/got-a-google-maps-link-on-floods-careful-its-misinformation-says-bnpb.html

Psychology and Disasters

A new bushfire crisis is emerging as experts brace for an imminent surge in domestic violence
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-24/domestic-violence-anticipated-spike-bushfires-crisis/11980112

Sociology and disasters

Survival Of The Friendliest: How Our Close Friendships Help Us Thrive
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/02/22/807742275/survival-of-the-friendliest-how-our-close-friendships-help-us-thrive

Is Vulnerability an Outdated Concept? After Subjects and Spaces
https://anthrosource.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/napa.12132

Natural Hazards and Disaster Justice
https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9789811504655

 

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