This Week in Disaster Resilience 29 November 2019

Recent Emergencies/Disaster

At least four dead after massive floods hit southeastern France
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-weather-floods-idUSKBN1XY09Z

Dozens killed by floods and landslides in DRC and Kenya
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/23/kenya-landslides-kill-29-as-homes-swept-away-after-torrential-rain

State of natural disaster declared as extreme flooding displaces 50,000 in Congo
https://watchers.news/2019/11/24/state-of-natural-disaster-declared-as-extreme-flooding-displaces-50-000-in-congo/

Congo-Brazzaville – 50,000 Affected by Floods in North and Central Provinces
http://floodlist.com/africa/congo-brazzaville-floods-november-2019

Djibouti – Deadly Floods After 140mm of Rain in 2 Days
http://floodlist.com/africa/djibouti-floods-november-2019

Two dead, highway collapses as floods pound France, Italy
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-two-dead-highway-collapses-as-floods-pound-france-italy/

Albania earthquake strikes highest-hazard zone in the Balkans, devastating nearby towns
https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/albania-earthquake-strikes-highest-hazard-zone-in-the-balkans-devastating-nearby-towns-10153/

Severe, fast-moving thunderstorm hits Sydney, leaving widespread damage and 76 000 homes without power, Australia
https://watchers.news/2019/11/26/severe-fast-moving-thunderstorm-hits-sydney-leaving-76-000-homes-without-power-australia/

'Brutal' freezing November temperatures spread across northeast Russia
https://watchers.news/2019/11/26/brutal-freezing-november-temperatures-spread-across-northeast-russia/

Three die as storm front batters Greece
https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2019/11/three-die-as-storm-front-batters-greece/

Brazil – Torrential Rain Triggers Flooding and Landslides in Salvador, Bahia
http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floodi-salvador-bahia-november-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Nov 2019: Santiaguito volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/93054/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-28-Nov-2019-Santiaguito-volcano-Pacaya-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Dukono-.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Samoa climate change resilience challenges Western perceptions
https://phys.org/news/2019-11-samoa-climate-resilience-western-perceptions.html

Wild, feral and fossil-fuelled, fire lights up the globe. Is it time to declare that humans have created a Pyrocene?
https://aeon.co/essays/the-planet-is-burning-around-us-is-it-time-to-declare-the-pyrocene

Making every building count in meeting Australia’s emission targets
https://theconversation.com/making-every-building-count-in-meeting-australias-emission-targets-126930

It’s not just Venice. Climate change imperils ancient treasures everywhere
https://grist.org/article/its-not-just-venice-climate-change-imperils-treasures-around-the-world/

Three Times Tectonics Changed the Climate
https://eos.org/features/three-times-tectonics-changed-the-climate

World heritage Queensland rain forest burned for 10 days – and almost no one noticed
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/24/world-heritage-queensland-rainforest-burned-for-10-days-and-almost-no-one-noticed?CMP=share_btn_tw

Experts call for more tools to help communities mitigate and adapt to climate change to curb the impacts and costs of natural disasters
https://eos.org/articles/hearing-explores-resilience-to-climate-related-natural-disasters

'No sign of slowdown': Atmospheric greenhouse gas levels hit new high
https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/no-sign-of-slowdown-atmospheric-greenhouse-gas-levels-hit-new-high-20191125-p53e15.html

Scientists Reach 100% Consensus on Anthropogenic Global Warming
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0270467619886266?journalCode=bsta#articleShareContainer

U.S. Public Views on Climate and Energy
https://www.pewresearch.org/science/2019/11/25/u-s-public-views-on-climate-and-energy/

Drier, hotter and deadlier: Stanford’s Michael Wara talks about California wildfires
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/energy-green/story/2019-11-22/drier-hotter-and-deadlier-stanfords-michael-wara-talks-about-california-wildfires

'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

'Dangerously close': Tipping points may trigger climate cascade
https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/dangerously-close-tipping-points-may-trigger-climate-cascade-20191127-p53ej7.html

As Sydney’s bushfire-induced haze shows, far from being insulated, urban areas are hugely vulnerable to the climate crisis
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/nov/28/the-big-smoke-in-cities-its-easy-to-ignore-nature-until-things-go-wrong?CMP=share_btn_tw

Climate migration myths
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-019-0633-3

UNEP: 1.5C climate target ‘slipping out of reach’
https://www.carbonbrief.org/unep-1-5c-climate-target-slipping-out-of-reach

Demands grow for 'global justice' on climate damage at U.N. talks
http://news.trust.org/item/20191127163159-0o1a2/

Summer outlook from Bureau of Meteorology suggests hot, dry times to continue
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-28/bom-summer-outlook/11734828

Heat Flow in Southern Australia and Connections With East Antarctica
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2019GC008418

Climate tipping points — too risky to bet against
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03595-0

changing climate, which is driving a drying trend across southern Australia and general warming across the country
https://theconversation.com/a-hot-and-dry-australian-summer-means-heatwaves-and-fire-risk-ahead-127990

The Keys face huge and looming bill to survive sea rise. They’re asking Florida for help
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article237759279.html

Home by the sea: new science shows more sea-level rise impacts on small islands
https://climateanalytics.org/blog/2019/home-by-the-sea-new-science-shows-more-sea-level-rise-impacts-on-small-islands/

Stabilising the global population is not a solution to the climate emergency – but we should do it anyway
https://theconversation.com/stabilising-the-global-population-is-not-a-solution-to-the-climate-emergency-but-we-should-do-it-anyway-126446

 

Disaster Risk Reduction

Busy Hurricane Season Does Less Damage, but Leaves Ominous Signs
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/busy-hurricane-season-does-less-130000694.html

Canadian Disaster Database
https://cdd.publicsafety.gc.ca/srchpg-eng.aspx?dynamic=false

How wildfires have and will continue to shape our future
https://www.greenbiz.com/article/how-wildfires-have-and-will-continue-shape-our-future

Conservative commentators have pointed to a long history of bushfires to suggest there is nothing unusual about this season. Experts disagree
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/22/australia-bushfires-factcheck-are-this-years-fires-unprecedented

Protesters blame new Great Lakes plan for Ottawa River, Lake Ontario floods
https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/protesters-blame-new-great-lakes-plan-for-floods-on-lake-ontario-ottawa-river

UniSA project brings Mount Schank to the masses via drone footage and virtual reality video
https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/unisa-project-brings-mount-schank-to-the-masses-via-drone-footage-and-virtual-reality-video/news-story/53a1c6bc5efee5e26f1d1dd6e432d3a1

Can science tell when a large earthquake will be followed by an even larger one?
https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/can-science-tell-when-a-large-earthquake-will-be-followed-by-an-even-larger-one-10056/

A grim summer is likely for the rivers of the Murray-Darling Basin and the people, flora and fauna that rely on it
https://theconversation.com/fish-kills-and-undrinkable-water-heres-what-to-expect-for-the-murray-darling-this-summer-126940

Dangerous L.A. apartment buildings most at risk in an earthquake are quickly being fixed
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-11-22/los-angeles-soft-story-earthquake-building

Italy should call in the Dutch to help finish the Venice flood barriers
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/comment/italy-should-call-in-the-dutch-to-help-finish-the-venice-flood-barriers

A small coastal Mississippi town is seeing dramatic property value losses from flooding. But the houses in highest demand are still right on the water
https://www.citylab.com/environment/2019/11/property-value-flood-mississippi-bay-st-louis-climate-change/602476/

Great Britain’s first national flood map launched which incorporates current and future predictive flood scenarios for the 2020s, 2050s and 2080s
https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/planning-construction-news/national-flood-map/68055/

Don’t know why your town floods? There’s a clue in the place name
https://www.wired.co.uk/article/england-flooding-place-names

Mitigation Saves demonstrates that building a foot of freeboard saves an average of $6 per additional $1 of construction cost
https://www.nibs.org/blogpost/1799079/336598/Flood-Economics-of-Natural-Hazard-Mitigation-Saves

Wildfires in Australia could also be shaping the weather
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/nov/27/wildfires-in-australia-could-also-be-shaping-the-weather?CMP=share_btn_tw

Risk informed development that is climate sensitive and socially inclusive is sustainable
https://www.pacific.undp.org/content/pacific/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2019/risk-informed-development-that-is-climate-sensitive-and-socially-inclusive-is-sustainable.html#.Xd7upZT4It4.linkedin

Trade‐offs between fire hazard reduction and conservation in a Natura 2000 shrub–grassland mosaic
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/avsc.12463?campaign=wolearlyview#.XeA1gKntDC0.twitter

Ontario adviser reports on flood mitigation; province doesn't commit to funds
https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-adviser-reports-on-flood-mitigation-province-doesn-t-commit-to-funds-1.4706846

Caribbean Island On Track To Become World’s First 'hurricane-proof' Country
https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/rest-of-the-world-news/dominica-on-track-to-become-the-worlds-first-hurricane-proof-country.html

 

Emergency management

How does the World Bank initiate a rapid response to climate-related disasters?
https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/how-does-world-bank-initiate-rapid-response-climate-related-disasters?cid=SHR_BlogSiteShare_EN_EXT

Measuring the state of disaster philanthropy
https://disasterphilanthropy.candid.org/

Over 500,000 people affected by floods in Somalia
https://watchers.news/2019/11/24/over-500-000-affected-by-floods-in-somalia/

Flooding victims in South Yorkshire betrayed by self-important politicians
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/columnists/flooding-victims-in-south-yorkshire-betrayed-by-self-important-politicians-jayne-dowle-1-10119431

FEMA’s Hurricane Aid to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Has Stalled
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/27/us/politics/fema-hurricane-aid-puerto-rico-virgin-islands.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Some Cities Still Hoping for Irma Money FEMA Says Is ‘Questionable’
https://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Some-Cities-Still-Hoping-for-Irma-Money-FEMA-says-is-Questionable.html

DR Congo – Over 200,000 Need Aid After Floods in North, Says UN
http://floodlist.com/africa/dr-congo-floods-northubangi-southubangi-mongala-november-2019

What the Qld floods class action means
https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/what-the-qld-floods-class-action-means/news-story/7d24825fa7fc8e10cad436c35c7bcdd9?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

A tiny and remote North Taranaki school has won an award for its work monitoring their local awa, the Waitotara River, and developing a flood warning system
https://www.curiousminds.nz/news/taranaki-flood-research-project-wins-award/

Inundation Street shows you what it is like to flood and what you can do to help you if you do
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0DpLsh7X68&feature=youtu.be

Understanding Disaster Risk
https://www.preventionweb.net/risk

Global Natural Disasters Map 2020
https://www.recentnaturaldisasters.com/2019/11/global-natural-disasters-map-2020.html

What if a computer disaster simulation game could show politicians and local people what potential floods in their town would look like?
https://phys.org/news/2019-11-video-simulation-limit.html

 

Psychology and Disasters

The Psychology of Fear Management and Terrorism
https://writemyoriginalpapers.org/the-psychology-of-fear-management-and-terrorism-you-are-the-senior-civilian-advisor-to-the-emergency-original-paper/

 

Sociology and Disasters

Lagos… where residents live in dread of flooding
https://guardian.ng/news/lagos-where-residents-live-in-dread-of-flooding/

Rich Californians shelling out $30,000 to ease blackout pain https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2019/11/27/stories/1061654757

 

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