This Week in Disaster Resilience 30 August 2019

Recent Emergencies/Disaster

51 homes, 3 businesses lost in Alaska wildfire
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/51-homes-3-businesses-lost-in-alaska-wildfire/ar-AAGf529?li=BBnbcA1&srcref=rss&ocid=iehrs

Worst drought in decades hits Chile capital and outskirts
https://phys.org/news/2019-08-worst-drought-decades-chile-capital.html

Philippines and Taiwan – 3 Dead as Tropical Storm ‘Bailu’ Hits
http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-taiwan-tropical-storm-bailu-august-2019

USA – Deadly Flash Floods in Arkansas
http://floodlist.com/america/usa/flash-floods-arkansas-august-2019

Sudan flooding leaves at least 62 dead as two months of rain causes devastation
http://diazhub.com/sudan-flooding-leaves-at-least-62-dead-as-two-months-of-rain-causes-devastation/

Nigeria: Anxiety As 15 States Battle Flood
https://allafrica.com/stories/201908260088.html

Greece wildfires: Blaze forces evacuations on island of Samos
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49471213

Powerful hailstorm hits capital Madrid, turning roads into raging rivers, Spain
https://watchers.news/2019/08/27/madrid-hailstorm-august-27-2019/

Tropical Storm "Ivo" dumps heavy rain, claims two lives in Mexico
https://watchers.news/2019/08/27/tropical-storm-ivo-dumps-heavy-rain-claims-two-lives-in-mexico/

Two dead as Japan orders 900,000 to leave homes amid heavy rains
https://www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2019/08/dead-japan-orders-900000-leave-homes-heavy-rains-190828065722311.html?__twitter_impression=true

Dorian strengthens into hurricane as Puerto Rico avoids direct hit — live updates
https://www.cbsnews.com/live-news/hurricane-dorian-latest-storm-updates-track-path-weather-forecast-today-2019-08-28/

Sudan villagers reel from Nile water floods
https://www.nation.co.ke/news/africa/Sudan-villagers-reel-from-Nile-water-floods/1066-5250822-10s0sygz/index.html

Morocco – Deadly Flash Floods in Taroudant Province
http://floodlist.com/africa/morocco-floods-taroudant-august-2019

Mauritania – Flooding in South Leaves 5 Dead
http://floodlist.com/africa/mauritania-flood-guidimaka-august-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 29 Aug 2019: Stromboli volcano, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Dukono
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/86248/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-29-Aug-2019-Stromboli-volcano-Popocatepetl-Shiveluch-Dukono-Revent.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

G7 can’t turn a blind eye to ecocide in the Amazon
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/25/g7-cant-turn-blind-eye-to-amazon-ecocide-forest-fires-indigenous-tribes?CMP=share_btn_tw

Fires intensifying climate change
https://www.feedbackreigns.net/fires-intensifying-climate-change/

Book review: The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future
https://www.lrb.co.uk/v41/n15/francis-gooding/all-the-news-is-bad

Global Heat Waves Point to Intensifying Global Climate Crisis
https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/global-heat-waves-point-intensifying-global-climate-crisis?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=sierramag&utm_medium=social

Humans have never lived on a planet this hot, and we’re totally unprepared for what’s to come
https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/climate-crisis-goodell-survive-extreme-heat-875198/

We know the Arctic is melting – but it’s also on fire
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190822-why-is-the-arctic-on-fire?ocid=ww.social.link.twitter

Climate explained: how emissions trading schemes work and they can help us shift to a zero carbon future
https://theconversation.com/climate-explained-how-emissions-trading-schemes-work-and-they-can-help-us-shift-to-a-zero-carbon-future-122325

Region stands out in the deep red of global warming 
https://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whistler/region-stands-out-in-the-deep-red-of-global-warming/

'100-year' floods will happen every 1 to 30 years, according to new flood maps
https://www.popsci.com/iceland-grieving-dead-glacier-climate-change/

City council changes mind on climate emergency
https://indaily.com.au/news/local/2019/08/28/city-council-changes-mind-on-climate-emergency/

Taking on the Temperature
https://medium.com/@kathybaughmanmcleod/taking-on-the-temperature-1d3788549745

Climate change melts 12.5bn billions tons of ice in Greenland fifty years earlier than predicted 
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/08/28/climate-change-melts-billions-tons-ice-greenland-fifty-years/

Winter isn’t coming — get ready for a full-blown age of fire
https://www.alternet.org/2019/08/winter-isnt-coming-get-ready-for-a-full-blown-age-of-fire/

Landsat Illustrates Five Decades of Change to Greenland Glaciers
https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2908/landsat-illustrates-five-decades-of-change-to-greenland-glaciers/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Ireland among countries to bear brunt of flooding caused by climate change
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/ireland-among-countries-to-bear-brunt-of-flooding-caused-by-climate-change-1.4000229

Over the past seven decades, the number of extreme heat days in Europe has steadily increased
https://earther.gizmodo.com/europe-is-warming-even-faster-than-climate-models-predi-1837669154?IR=T

Oceans turning from friend to foe, warns landmark UN climate report
https://phys.org/news/2019-08-oceans-friend-foe-landmark-climate.html

The air conditioning trap: how cold air is heating the world
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/29/the-air-conditioning-trap-how-cold-air-is-heating-the-world?CMP=share_btn_tw

Flooding in UK over the past 50 years is worst in Europe as climate change ‘increases the amount of rainfall’
https://inews.co.uk/news/environment/uk-flooding-news-latest-worst-europe-climate-change/

 

Disaster Risk Reduction

Amazon fires explained: what are they, why are they so damaging, and how can we stop them?
https://theconversation.com/amazon-fires-explained-what-are-they-why-are-they-so-damaging-and-how-can-we-stop-them-122340

Study makes the case for thoughtful, planned 'managed retreat' from areas prone to flooding and storms
https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2019/08/making-a-case-for-managed-retreat-from-areas-prone-to-flooding-and-storms/

Dilapidated Harvey-damaged townhomes to get new life as Kingwood greenspace
https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/kingwood/news/article/Dilapidated-Harvey-damaged-townhomes-to-get-new-14374848.php?

Almost one year after a historic storm surge caused by a powerful typhoon inundated Kansai International Airport, many parts of Japan remain vulnerable to a similar disaster  
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201908260066.html

More than half of FEMA’s flood maps rely on decades-old data. Now, a group of Texas researchers is tackling the problem with a $3 million grant and crowdsourced data
https://www.texasobserver.org/floodplain-maps-are-outdated-this-scientist-wants-to-change-that/

Land Use Planning for Urban Flood Risk Management
https://floodresilience.net/resources/item/land-use-planning-for-urban-flood-risk-management

Two years after Harvey, a more resilient Houston (opinion)
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Two-years-after-Harvey-a-more-resilient-Houston-14373548.php

100-Year Floods Could Soon Happen Annually in Parts of U.S., Study Finds
https://e360.yale.edu/digest/100-year-floods-could-soon-happen-annually-in-parts-of-u-s-study-finds

Improving the understanding of flood risk in the Alsatian region by knowledge capitalization: the ORRION participative observatory
https://www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci.net/19/1653/2019/#&gid=1&pid=1

New Orleans' women religious donate 25 acres for flood control project
https://trentonmonitor.com/Content/Default/Church/Article/New-Orleans-women-religious-donate-25-acres-for-flood-control-project/-3/262/21377?

The Real Reason the Amazon Is On Fire
https://time.com/5661162/why-the-amazon-is-on-fire/?xid=tcoshare#a73610a0-2580-43e7-ad2f-11b291ee04f3  

Indonesia picks new site for capital city as Jakarta slowly sinks into sea
https://globalnews.ca/news/5814220/indonesia-new-capital-city-jakarta/

First insights from the Flood Resilience Measurement Tool: A large-scale community flood resilience analysis
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420919303735

Despite Floods, Figures Show Sharp Decline In Rainfall In India Since The 1940s
https://swarajyamag.com/economy/data-story-despite-floods-figures-show-sharp-decline-in-rainfall-in-india-since-the-1940s

The role of the state in China’s post-disaster reconstruction planning: Implications for resilience
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335434493_The_role_of_the_state_in_China's_post-disaster_reconstruction_planning_Implications_for_resilience

Strengthening Disaster Resilience in Lao PDR
https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/video/2019/08/14/strengthening-disaster-resilience-in-lao-pdr

Special Issue: Preparing for, Responding to, and Recovering from Hurricane Flooding Disasters
https://www.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/page/journal/15396924/homepage/special_issue__preparing_for__responding_to__and_recovering_from_hurricane_flood.htm

Changing climate both increases and decreases European river floods
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1495-6

US Governmental Spending for Disaster-Related Research, 2011-2016: Characterizing the State of Science Funding Across 5 Professional Disciplines
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31213215/

What to do with Houston’s perpetually flooded homes
https://grist.org/article/buyouts-can-save-houston-hurricane-harvey-flood-soaked-homeowners/

Kiwis back earthquake early warning system idea
https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/nz/news/breaking-news/kiwis-back-earthquake-early-warning-system-idea-176585.aspx

Mapping the Risk of Flooding in the Philippines
http://googlemapsmania.blogspot.com/2019/08/mapping-risk-of-flooding.html

To Battle Floods, Cities Revive Their Long-Forgotten Alleyways
https://daily.jstor.org/to-battle-floods-cities-revive-their-long-forgotten-alleyways/

 

Emergency Management

Two years after Harvey, has Houston lost its urgency on flood repairs, prevention?
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Two-years-after-Harvey-has-Houston-lost-its-14373573.php?

Why California is having its mildest fire season in 20 years
https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/08/23/why-california-is-having-its-mildest-fire-season-in-20-years/

After the Meltdown: Post-Fukushima Environmentalism and a Nuclear Energy Industrial Complex in Japan
https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-981-13-8327-4_8

1 058 killed, 1.8 million displaced since the start of the monsoon season, India
https://watchers.news/2019/08/20/1058-killed-1-8-million-displaced-since-the-start-of-the-monsoon-season-india/

After Missouri River Flooding, Some Iowans Say They Won't Move Back
https://www.iowapublicradio.org/post/after-missouri-river-flooding-some-iowans-say-they-wont-move-back#stream/0

Challenges to Coordination: Understanding Intergovernmental Friction During Disasters (pre print)
https://works.bepress.com/daniel_aldrich/50/

Bushfire season: Australia warned to prepare early amid grim outlook
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/28/bushfire-season-australia-warned-to-prepare-early-amid-grim-outlook?CMP=share_btn_tw

Development and divergent post-disaster trajectories in a mountain village: Temporal dynamics of differentiation after the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335455859_Development_and_divergent_post-disaster_trajectories_in_a_mountain_village_Temporal_dynamics_of_differentiation_after_the_2008_Wenchuan_earthquake

Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook: August 2019
http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/63

 

Disaster Education, Communications and Engagement

Less than 6% of families in Japan thoroughly prepare children for natural disasters, survey shows
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/08/23/national/japan-prepare-children-for-disaster/#.XWMFtRqP7IU

Community partnerships between agencies and citizens are critical for identifying and implementing place-based solutions to reducing wildfire vulnerability
https://www.mdpi.com/2571-6255/2/1/9/htm

Why Smokey Bear Desperately Needs a Makeover
https://www.outsideonline.com/2401107/smokey-bear-75-anniversary-whats-next

Fire and Smoke Tweet Chat: Learn about the ongoing FIREX-AQ campaign to study what's in smoke from wildfires and agricultural burning
https://www.climate.gov/news-features/features/fire-and-smoke-tweet-chat-learn-about-ongoing-firex-aq-campaign-study-whats

Home Flood Risk Assessment Training
https://flemingcollege.ca/continuing-education/courses/home-flood-risk-assessment-training

Kempsey SES hold memorial service to honour the six people who lost their lives in the 1949 flood
https://www.macleayargus.com.au/story/6351159/kempsey-ses-hold-memorial-service-to-honour-the-six-people-who-lost-their-lives-in-the-1949-flood/

Free Interactive Maps Plot Fires and Other Disasters in Real Time
https://www.claimsjournal.com/news/national/2019/08/21/292660.htm

Disaster education: It should be all about the learners
https://disasterece.com/2019/08/27/disaster-education-it-should-be-all-about-the-learners/

 

Psychology and Disasters

Weighted Blankets for PTSD
https://www.weightedblanketguides.com/benefits-ptsd/

1 in 4 homeowners in at-risk areas made no preparations for hurricane season
https://www.housingwire.com/articles/49922-in-4-homeowners-in-at-risk-areas-made-no-preparations-for-hurricane-season

‘Another hurricane?’ How climate disasters can give us compassion fatigue
https://grist.org/article/hurricane-dorian-puerto-rico-trump-reaction-compassion-fatigue/

Faced with floods and suicides, U.S. readies for a warmer world
http://news.trust.org/item/20190819223716-606fb/

 

Sociology and Disasters

Traditional social capital and socioeconomic networks in response to flood disaster: A case study of rural areas in Sri Lanka
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420919307228

Though marginalised gender groups are more vulnerable to the risks of disasters their experiences are rarely included in research
https://floodresilience.net/blogs/missing-voices-and-a-new-approach-to-community-research

Learn more about flooding events in Canada https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/water-overview/quantity/floods/events-canada.html

Disaster researchers can comment on evacuation, sea level rise, health issues, pet safety as Hurricane Dorian approaches
https://www.newswise.com/articles/disaster-researchers-can-comment-on-evacuation-sea-level-rise-health-issues-pet-safety-as-hurricane-dorian-approaches/sc-c89

 

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