This Week in Disaster Resilience 25 January 2019

 

Recent emergencies/disaster

Jeneberang river overflows, killing 6 and leaving 10 missing - Sulawesi, Indonesia
https://watchers.news/2019/01/22/jeneberang-river-overflows-killing-6-and-leaving-10-missing-sulawesi-indonesia/

Strong explosion at Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico
https://watchers.news/2019/01/23/strong-explosion-at-popocatepetl-volcano-mexico/

Madagascar – Several Dead After Floods and Landslides Cause Buildings to Collapse in Antananarivo
http://floodlist.com/africa/madagascar-floods-antananarivo-january-2019

Niger – Rising Rivers Cause Flooding in Tillaberi and Diffa Regions
http://floodlist.com/africa/niger-flooding-tillaberi-diffa-january-2019

Burundi – Floods in Bujumbura Leave 10 Dead
http://floodlist.com/africa/burundi-floods-bujumbura-januarty-2019

Indonesia flood, landslide death toll rises to 30
https://www.emirates247.com/news/indonesia-flood-landslide-death-toll-rises-to-30-2019-01-24-1.678520

Flooding in Mozambique as Tropical Cyclone Desmond makes landfall
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/flooding-mozambique-tropical-cyclone-desmond-landfall-190122093541944.html

Large storm hitting central US, heading east with flooding rain, strong winds
https://abcnews.go.com/beta-story-container/US/large-storm-hitting-central-us-heading-east-flooding/story?id=60563606

South America – Further Flooding in Argentina, Uruguay and Bolivia
http://floodlist.com/america/flooding-argentina-uruguay-bolivia-january-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 24 Jan 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Dukono
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/74113/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-24-Jan-2019-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Shiveluch-Dukono-Planchon-.html  

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Corporate America Is Getting Ready to Monetize Climate Change
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-22/muggy-disney-parks-downed-at-t-towers-firms-tally-climate-risk

Americans Increasingly Say Climate Change Is Happening Now
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/22012019/climate-change-survey-impact-now-americans-extreme-weather-george-mason-yale

Extreme heatwave: 45C across South Australia as Tasmanian bushfires rage
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2019/jan/24/australia-extreme-heatwave-south-australia-45c-tasmania-bushfires-victoria-temperature-nsw-weather-forecast-live-news-updates?CMP=twt_gu

King tides viewing party showcases dangers of sea level rise
http://www.thedailyworld.com/news/king-tides-viewing-party-showcases-dangers-of-sea-level-rise/

What does '12 years to save the planet' really mean?
https://www.treehugger.com/climate-change/what-does-12-years-save-planet-really-mean.html

We Need to Accept We're Likely Underestimating the Climate Crisis
https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a25990174/greenland-ice-melt-antarctica-climate-change-crisis/

We can’t save everything from climate change – here’s how to make choices
https://theconversation.com/we-cant-save-everything-from-climate-change-heres-how-to-make-choices-108141?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Washed away: Rising water in R.I. begins to erode worth of coastal homes
https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20190122/washed-away-rising-water-in-ri-begins-to-erode-worth-of-coastal-homes

Why the fate of this tiny Louisiana island is the world’s most important news story of 2019
http://www.philly.com/news/columnists/climate-change-accelerating-tips-isle-de-jean-charles-louisiana-rising-sea-level-20190124.html

Skye volcanic eruption 'changed climate'
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-46986509

New study establishes causal link between climate, conflict, and migration
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-causal-link-climate-conflict-migration.html

A two- to three-fold increase in heatwave activity in the United Kingdom since the late 19th century has been identified
https://blogs.agu.org/geospace/2019/01/22/two-to-three-fold-increase-in-heatwave-occurrence-and-severity-seen-directly-in-uk-temperature-records/

Near-term climate prediction coming of age, study shows
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-near-term-climate-age.html

The battle on the front line of climate change in Mali
https://www.bbc.com/news/the-reporters-46921487

These U.S. Cities Are the Most at Risk From Rising Seas
https://www.thestreet.com/personal-finance/real-estate/us-cities-most-in-danger-of-rising-seas-14839105  

 

Disaster risk reduction

Climate Change Is Here and National Flood Insurance Reform Is Overdue, Fugate Says
http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Climate-Change-Is-Here-and-National-Flood-Insurance-Reform-Is-Overdue-Fugate-Says.html

Improving Flood Risk Disclosure
https://riskcenter.wharton.upenn.edu/digital-dialogues/improving-flood-risk-disclosure/

The new issue of Disaster Prevention and Management
https://www.emeraldinsight.com/toc/dpm/28/1

Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction Policies
http://www.ilsileno.it/geographiesoftheanthropocene/e-book-releases/

Ancient Faults Amplify Intraplate Earthquakes
https://eos.org/research-spotlights/ancient-faults-amplify-intraplate-earthquakes

Enhancing Weather, Climate, and Water Information Services across Central Asia
http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2019/01/21/enhancing-weather-climate-and-water-information-services-across-central-asia

A New Tool for Studying Volcanic Eruptions Like Kīlauea
https://eos.org/research-spotlights/a-new-tool-for-studying-volcanic-eruptions-like-kilauea

Breaking the cycle of “flood-rebuild-repeat”
http://blogs.law.columbia.edu/climatechange/2019/01/22/breaking-the-cycle-of-flood-rebuild-repeat-new-white-paper-from-the-sabin-center-and-the-natural-resources-defense-council/

China: Floods in northern parts cause US$5.7bn economic losses in 2018
http://www.asiainsurancereview.com/News/View-NewsLetter-Article?id=45452&Type=eDaily

Weather catastrophes drive majority of $225 billion economic cost of natural perils in 2018 - Aon catastrophe report
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/weather-catastrophes-drive-majority-of-225-billion-economic-cost-of-natural-perils-in-2018--aon-catastrophe-report-300781889.html

Building a more resilient Afghanistan
https://medium.com/world-of-opportunity/building-a-more-resilient-afghanistan-2fb3b07b56d0

The old ways of dealing with fire no longer valid
http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/blogpost/richard-thornton/2019/old-ways-dealing-fire-no-longer-valid?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=RTtasopedjan2019

Red Relief for a Japanese Volcano
https://www.esri.com/en-us/maps-we-love/gallery/red-relief

How to Hurricane Map
https://nation.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=3e04cf33cd9747f2b553e14b92a188b9

Inside China's leading 'sponge city': Wuhan's war with water
https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/jan/23/inside-chinas-leading-sponge-city-wuhans-war-with-water

An improved method for estimating the probability of extreme events
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-method-probability-extreme-events.html

Advanced modelling techniques could improve how cities deal with floods
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2019/january/city-flood-planning.html

Homeowners falling behind growing threat of climate-related catastrophes: study
https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/homeowners-falling-behind-growing-threat-of-climate-related-catastrophes-study-1.4258043

Floodplain Risk Management Guide: Incorporating 2016 Australian Rainfall and Runoff in studies 
https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/-/media/OEH/Corporate-Site/Documents/Water/Floodplains/floodplain-risk-management-guide-180527.pdf

Flood Forecasting Meets Machine Learning
http://fathom.global/news/fathom-google

Recommendations made for developing a new Canadian flood resilience standard
https://www.continuitycentral.com/index.php/news/resilience-news/3645-recommendations-made-for-developing-a-new-canadian-flood-resilience-standard

 

Emergency Management

Eerie Welsh ‘ghost town’ abandoned because it keeps flooding
https://metro.co.uk/2019/01/21/eerie-welsh-ghost-town-abandoned-keeps-flooding-8369062/

The Shutdown Is Making The U.S. Less Prepared For Hurricane Season
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2019/01/the-shutdown-is-making-the-us-less-prepared-for-hurricane-season/

Senator Gardner proposes wildfire bill that could save firefighter lives
https://www.nbc11news.com/content/news/504771291.html

2018: Extreme weather events affected 60m people
https://www.unisdr.org/archive/63267

Preparedness against mobility disruption by floods
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969718345388#

Study: Puerto Rico received slower, less 'generous' disaster aid than Texas, Florida
https://thehill.com/latino/426497-puerto-rico-received-slower-less-generous-federal-disaster-aid-than-texas-florida  

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

ResiliencebyDesign Research Innovation Lab
http://crfrblog.blogspot.com/2019/01/resiliencebydesign-research-innovation.html

Those considering staying to defend their bush properties against fire must be "both physically and mentally" prepared — and even then they may lose the battle
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-23/bushfire-veteran-of-1967-nervous-as-tas-emergency-grows/10737610?smid=Page:%20ABC%20Hobart-Facebook_Organic&WT.tsrc=Facebook_Organic&sf206435495=1

PreparedBC: Guide for Apartments, Condos and Townhomes
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/embc/preparedbc/preparedbc-guides/preparedbc_condo_guide_2018.pdf

What makes a horror fire danger day?
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-24/what-makes-a-horror-fire-danger-day/10685918

How WhatsApp, the enabler of fake news, helped save lives in Tamil Nadu after Cyclone Gaja
https://scroll.in/magazine/905808/how-whatsapp-the-enabler-of-fake-news-helped-save-lives-in-tamil-nadu-after-cyclone-gaja

Online social network used in Vermont recovery
https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/24/18129437/front-porch-forum-vermont-social-network-listserv-local-online-community?fbclid=IwAR1OioMjGBBnqBnFyLkIt21MVN2cooBdQBPED1bnGkACFe3pUbckyTKQGjc

Building bridges between experts and the public: a comparison of two-way communication formats for flooding and air pollution risk
https://www.geosci-commun.net/2/39/2019/

Consultation explores opportunities for flood and coastal erosion management at a local level
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/consultation-explores-opportunities-for-flood-and-coastal-erosion-management-at-a-local-level  

 

Sociology and Disasters

Special Issue: 'The Making of Caribbean Not-so-Natural Disasters', Alternautas, Vol. 5, Issue 2 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330579859_2018_Special_Issue_'The_Making_of_Caribbean_Not-so-Natural_Disasters'_Alternautas_Vol_5_Issue_2

 

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