This Week in Disaster Resilience 22 November 2019

 

Recent Emergencies/Disaster

Exceptional high tide inundates Venice for third time in a week, as Italy suffers widespread flooding
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-18/venice-suffers-record-flood-for-third-time-in-a-week/11712662

Huge hailstones batter Queensland, causing significant damage to cars and homes, Australia
https://watchers.news/2019/11/17/huge-hailstones-batter-queensland-causing-significant-damage-to-cars-and-homes-australia/

Flooding chaos in northern England to continue until Tuesday
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/17/flooding-chaos-in-northern-england-to-continue-until-tuesday?CMP=share_btn_tw

Philippines – Houses Destroyed, Thousands Evacuate After Rain From Storm ‘Kalmaegi’ (Ramon)
http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-floods-storm-kalmaegi-bicol-november-2019

Brazil – 1 Dead, Dozens Homeless After Floods in Espírito Santo
http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-espirito-santo-november-2019

Colombia – More Flooding Hits Antioquia Department
http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-flooding-vigia-del-fuerte-antioquia-november-2019

Panama – Floods Damage Over 100 Homes in Central Provinces
http://floodlist.com/america/panama-floods-november-2019

Nigeria – Worst Flooding in 7 Years in Borno and Adamawa, Says UN
http://floodlist.com/africa/nigeria-flooding-borno-november-2019

Austria – Heavy Rain Triggers Deadly Landslides and Floods in South
http://floodlist.com/europe/austria-landslides-floods-salzburg-carinthia-november-2019

DR Congo – Thousands Hit by Floods in Haut-Uélé and Tshopo
http://floodlist.com/africa/dr-congo-floods-hautuele-tshopo-november-2019

UK – 100 Rescued After Floods Hit Central and Eastern Areas of England
http://floodlist.com/europe/united-kingdom/floods-central-eastern-england-november-2019

Sydney blanketed in dense bushfire smoke amid 'severe' fire danger
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydney-blanketed-in-dense-bushfire-smoke-amid-severe-fire-danger-20191119-p53bt2.html

Over 10 000 homes destroyed, 57 000 affected as catastrophic floods hit Central African Republic
https://watchers.news/2019/11/17/over-10-000-homes-destroyed-57-000-affected-as-catastrophic-floods-hit-central-african-republic/

Powerful tornado hits Grosseto, causing significant damage, Italy
https://watchers.news/2019/11/18/grosseto-italy-tornado/

Chad – Over 200,000 Hit by Floods Says UN
http://floodlist.com/africa/chad-floods-november-2019

Colombia – Thousands Affected After Rivers Overflow in Santander Department
http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-santander-november-2019

Italy – More Severe Weather as Rivers Overflow in Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany
http://floodlist.com/europe/italy-floods-emilia-romagna-tuscany-november-2019

Catastrophic bushfire conditions in Australia, over a dozen temperature records smashed
https://watchers.news/2019/11/20/catastrophic-bushfire-conditions-in-australia-over-a-dozen-temperature-records-smashed/

Volcanic activity worldwide 21 Nov 2019: Stromboli volcano, Fuego, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/92491/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-21-Nov-2019-Stromboli-volcano-Fuego-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Ibu.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Dr Tom Beer’s pioneering 1980s research into bushfires and climate change has, to his dismay, proved all too accurate
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/17/what-could-i-have-done-the-scientist-who-predicted-the-bushfire-emergency-four-decades-ago

Bangladesh declares climate change a “planetary emergency”
https://www.unisdr.org/archive/69023

Flood, fire and plague: climate change blamed for current disasters
https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/flood-fire-and-plague-climate-change-blamed-for-disasters

Future rainfall in UK uplands heavier than present climate predictions, study suggests
https://watchers.news/2019/11/17/future-rainfall-in-uk-uplands-heavier-than-present-climate-predictions-study-suggests/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Sea-level rise and fear for Lagos
https://guardian.ng/opinion/sea-level-rise-and-fear-for-lagos/

Climate Whiplash: Wild Swings in Extreme Weather Are on the Rise
https://e360.yale.edu/features/climate-whiplash-wild-swings-in-extreme-weather-are-on-the-rise

Venice Flooding Reveals A Real Hoax About Climate Change - Framing It As “Either/Or”
https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2019/11/16/venice-flooding-reveals-a-real-hoax-about-climate-changeframing-it-as-eitheror/#54cb6aba3a12

In Bosnia and Herzegovina streamlined and coordinated climate action is reducing some of the devastating effects of climate change
https://undp-adaptation.exposure.co/giving-trees

We’ll be measuring sea level rise in feet, not inches
https://www.tampabay.com/opinion/2019/11/15/well-be-measuring-sea-level-rise-in-feet-not-inches-editorial/

Storm surges to get bigger in south, smaller in north
https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2019/11/19/912610/storm-surges-to-get-bigger-in-south-smaller-in-north-of-nz

Climate change may be divisive, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid it. Here’s how to approach the topic effectively
https://www.fastcompany.com/90424549/how-to-talk-about-climate-change-in-an-emotionally-intelligent-way

Painfully slow hurricanes, deadly heat, and cities without water: What the climate crisis will look like in the next 10 years, according to experts
https://www.businessinsider.com.au/climate-change-in-the-next-decade-2019-11?r=US&IR=T

Sea-Level Rise: West Africa Is Sinking
https://earth.org/sea-level-rise-west-africa-is-sinking/

Understanding coastal sea level change: products available
http://cci.esa.int/content/understanding-coastal-sea-level-change-products-available

Istanbul heatwave shows need for urgent climate action – Greenpeace
https://ahvalnews.com/climate-crisis/istanbul-heatwave-shows-need-urgent-climate-action-greenpeace

The staggering loss of the Arctic Ocean’s oldest sea ice shown in time-lapse
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/11/arctic-ice-melting-time-lapse-video/

Retreat of the Columbia Glacier
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/world-of-change/ColumbiaGlacier

Why coastal floods are becoming more frequent as seas rise
https://theconversation.com/climate-explained-why-coastal-floods-are-becoming-more-frequent-as-seas-rise-127202

The serious sea level threat to Macau
https://www.macaubusiness.com/the-serious-sea-level-threat/

October 2019: Earth's Second Warmest October on Record
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/eye-of-the-storm/october-2019-earths-second-warmest-october-on-record/

Climate impacts 'to cost world $7.9 trillion' by 2050
https://phys.org/news/2019-11-climate-impacts-world-trillion.html

The world's climate goals are not sufficient. They are also unlikely to be met
https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2019/11/20/the-worlds-climate-goals-are-not-sufficient-they-are-also-unlikely-to-be-met

UK is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to extreme heatwaves caused by climate change
https://inews.co.uk/news/environment/climate-change-uk-heatwaves-excess-deaths-996328

Massive Mildura dust storm leaves Victorian town 'unliveable' amid 40C heat
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/21/victorian-town-mildura-unliveable-massive-dust-storm-40c-heat?CMP=share_btn_tw

Permafrost Becoming a Carbon Source Instead of a Sink
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145880/permafrost-becoming-a-carbon-source-instead-of-a-sink

Warning signs of climate change
https://www.channel3000.com/madison-magazine/city-life/warning-signs-of-climate-change/1144267829

The 2019 report of The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change
https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)32596-6/fulltext

Melting glaciers and flooding wetlands
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/paired-images-melting-glaciers-flooding-wetlands-tell-story-global-climate-change-180973609/

'Maybe It Will Destroy Everything': Pakistan's Melting Glaciers Cause Alarm
https://www.npr.org/2019/11/21/779412377/maybe-it-will-destroy-everything-pakistan-s-melting-glaciers-cause-alarm

We say we want climate action, but we still won't vote for it
https://www.smh.com.au/national/we-say-we-want-climate-action-but-we-still-won-t-vote-for-it-20191121-p53coj.html

 

Disaster Risk Reduction

New book – ‘Disaster Upon Disaster: Exploring the Gap Between Knowledge, Policy and Practice’
https://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/HoffmanDisaster

New photogrammetry technique from the Army Corps of Engineers can make accurate 3D maps from ordinary aerial footage in just minutes
https://techcrunch.com/2019/11/16/army-photogrammetry-technique-makes-3d-aerial-maps-in-minutes/

Cascading disasters are causing extreme weather to pack an even bigger punch
https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/cascading-disasters-are-causing-extreme-weather-pack-even-bigger-punch

Lokeberg: an interesting quick clay slide triggered by piling in Western Sweden
https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2019/11/14/lokeburg-1/

Indigenous leaders say Australia's bushfire crisis shows approach to land management failing
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-14/traditional-owners-predicted-bushfire-disaster/11700320

NZ's wildfire future: which regions are most at risk?
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12285889

Mumbai: BMC officers to visit Japan for lessons in flood control
https://www.mid-day.com/articles/mumbai-bmc-officers-to-visit-japan-for-lessons-in-flood-control/22095182

USA: Community wildfire prevention & mitigation report
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/67029

Range-dependent thresholds for global flood early warning
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/69036

Iowa Mitigation Program Leads to $1.4 Billion in Flood Prevention Projects
https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/issue-briefs/2019/11/iowa-mitigation-program-leads-to-1-4-billion-in-flood-prevention-projects

In Flood-Prone South Carolina, Nature-Based Solutions Could Reduce Risk
https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2019/11/07/in-flood-prone-south-carolina-nature-based-solutions-could-reduce-risk

Reduced fuel loads do little for bushfire mitigation under extreme fire weather and in times of drought
https://theconversation.com/a-surprising-answer-to-a-hot-question-controlled-burns-often-fail-to-slow-a-bushfire-127022

Flood-hit farmers in spat with George Monbiot about dredging
https://www.fwi.co.uk/news/flood-hit-farmers-in-spat-with-george-monbiot-about-dredging

Public authorities sit on a vast wealth of social, economic and demographic data that should be fully integrated with flood risk management decision-making, and regularly updated
https://smartwatermagazine.com/blogs/paul-ohare/flood-survivors-should-be-given-proper-support-instead-theyre-told-get-resilient

Subsidised cyclone insurance for northern Australia back on agenda
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/subsidised-cyclone-insurance-for-northern-australia-back-on-agenda-20191119-p53c2d.html

In the path of disaster: The big causes of bushfires that most of us are missing
https://www.theage.com.au/national/in-the-path-of-disaster-the-big-causes-of-bushfires-that-most-of-us-are-missing-20191115-p53b0b.html

Typhoons and floods wreak havoc on Japan's big three insurers
https://asia.nikkei.com/Economy/Natural-disasters/Typhoons-and-floods-wreak-havoc-on-Japan-s-big-three-insurers

Analysis Of The South Yorkshire Floods
https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2019/11/19/analysis-of-the-south-yorkshire-floods/

International satellites supporting disaster management
http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/satellites/disasters.asp

Putting homes in high-risk areas is asking too much of firefighters
https://theconversation.com/putting-homes-in-high-risk-areas-is-asking-too-much-of-firefighters-127126

A massive experiment in Taiwan aims to reveal landslides’ surprising effect on the climate
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/11/massive-experiment-taiwan-aims-reveal-landslides-surprising-effect-climate

Reducing wildfire risk is a collective effort
https://www.propertycasualty360.com/2019/11/21/reducing-wildfire-risk-is-a-collective-effort/?cmp=share_twitter&slreturn=20191021161248

U.S. announces $30 million to bolster coasts from flooding, rising seas
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climate-grants/u-s-announces-30-million-to-bolster-coasts-from-flooding-rising-seas-idUSKBN1XT1AD

Bushfire crisis costing Queensland and northern NSW millions
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-22/queensland-bushfire-crisis-nsw-fires-cost-insurance-damage-bill/11725920

Massive tsunami as high as 15 m (49 feet) hit Oman 1 000 years ago, research finds
https://watchers.news/2019/11/20/massive-tsunami-as-high-as-15-m-49-feet-hit-oman-1-000-years-ago-research-finds/

Managing Flood Water for Aquifer Recharge: Economic Considerations for Policy
http://www.globalwaterforum.org/2019/11/19/managing-flood-water-for-aquifer-recharge-economic-considerations-for-policy/

Over the past few decades, development practice in England has led to more than 300,000 homes being built in high flood risk areas
https://theconversation.com/how-englands-broken-planning-system-has-created-not-reduced-the-risk-of-floods-127287

 

Emergency management

Australia's bushfire politics: the parties prevaricate while the country burns
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/17/australias-bushfire-politics-the-parties-prevaricate-while-the-country-burns?CMP=share_btn_tw

How do you fight extreme wildfires?
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-50410481

When fire came to Sydney's north shore
https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/when-fire-came-to-sydney-s-north-shore-20191115-p53ayu

Sirens, texts, even church bells. California wildfire alerts and evacuations still ad hoc
https://www.redding.com/story/news/2019/11/15/sirens-texts-even-church-bells-california-wildfire-alerts-evacuations-still-ad-hoc/4211934002/

Cyclone early warning system for Pacific goes live
https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/403508/cyclone-early-warning-system-for-pacific-goes-live

Why flooding is still so difficult to predict and prepare for
https://phys.org/news/2019-11-difficult.html

'Move out tonight': First Code Red since 2010 issued for parts of Victoria
https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/move-out-tonight-first-code-red-since-2010-issued-for-parts-of-victoria-20191120-p53cfl.html

A scramble for safety in flooded South Sudan town
https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/photo-feature/2019/11/13/South-Sudan-floods

Public urged to be eyes and ears of police for potential firebugs
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/public-urged-to-be-eyes-and-ears-of-police-for-potential-firebugs-20191120-p53cfv.html

Nigeria: Tens of thousands of people stranded by floods in north-east
https://www.unocha.org/story/nigeria-tens-thousands-people-stranded-floods-north-east

'Hazardous' air quality from bushfire smoke triggers spike in hospital admissions
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/22/hazardous-air-quality-from-bushfire-smoke-triggers-spike-in-hospital-admissions?CMP=share_btn_tw

How Australia's bushfires spread: mapping the NSW and Queensland fires
https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2019/nov/21/how-australias-bushfires-spread-mapping-the-nsw-and-queensland-fires

Wasatch Fault Scenario
https://www.eeri.org/projects/earthquake-scenarios/wasatch-fault-scenario/

Change Coming to Flash Flood Warnings
https://www.weather.gov/dvn/flashflood_change

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Volcano video game
https://phdvolcanology.wordpress.com/2019/11/17/monster-hunter-generation-ultimate-a-volcano-videogame-review/

These sixth-graders learned what it’s like to handle emergency operations during a storm
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article237371374.html

Communication During Disaster Recovery
https://www.gfdrr.org/en/publication/communication-during-disaster-recovery

Understanding fire weather
http://media.bom.gov.au/social/blog/1538/understanding-fire-weather/

Flooding Disasters in an Era of Extreme Weather
https://www.politico.com/live-stream/floodingextremeweather

Non-mobile phone users: What hinders their access?
https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2019/11/20/non-mobile-phone-users-what-hinders-their-access/

Only 23% of UK people checked flood risk before moving into their current home
https://pressreleases.responsesource.com/news/98758/six-out-of-people-admit-to-never-checking-their-flood/

Flood losses are substantially reduced when awareness-raising attitudes are promoted through inclusive, participatory approaches in the community
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02626667.2019.1677907

 

Psychology and Disasters

The dread and worry keeping young Australians up at night
https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/the-dread-and-worry-keeping-young-australians-up-at-night-20191115-p53aw5.html

Trauma of Yorkshire floods will have 'profound effect' on victim's mental health, says charity CEO
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/latest-news/trauma-of-yorkshire-floods-will-have-profound-effect-on-victim-s-mental-health-says-charity-ceo-1-10106571

Domestic violence will spike in the bushfire aftermath, and governments can no longer ignore it
https://theconversation.com/domestic-violence-will-spike-in-the-bushfire-aftermath-and-governments-can-no-longer-ignore-it-127018

This is what it’s really like to be the spouse of a first responder
https://www.mother.ly/life/this-is-what-its-really-like-to-be-the-spouse-of-a-first-responder

Multiple flood events erode neighborhood spirit, study finds
https://phys.org/news/2019-09-multiple-events-erode-neighborhood-spirit.html

Mental health at risk as California wildfire threat grows
http://news.trust.org/item/20191120082912-4jfhj/

 

Sociology and Disasters

Indigenous peoples and people of colour are disproportionately affected by our global climate crisis
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/mbmdzb/this-is-how-the-climate-crisis-wipes-an-american-community-off-the-map

Somalia: Floods in Somalia increase vulnerability of population
https://www.doctorswithoutborders.ca/article/somalia-floods-somalia-increase-vulnerability-population

Study the effects of earthquakes, floods and other natural hazards with sensitivity to ethical dilemmas and power imbalances
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03534-z

Weather and war: How climate shocks are compounding Somalia’s problems
https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/feature/2019/11/19/Climate-shocks-Somalia-problems?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social

 

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