This Week in Disaster Resilience 31st July 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Douglas to affect much of Hawaii Sunday night as hurricane or strong tropical storm
https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/07/douglas-to-affect-much-of-hawaii-sunday-night-as-hurricane-or-strong-tropical-storm/

Bangladesh – Monsoon Floods Affect 3.3 Million
http://floodlist.com/asia/bangladesh-monsoon-floods-update-july-2020

Nigeria – 7 Dead After Heavy Rainfall in Niger State
http://floodlist.com/africa/nigeria-floods-niger-state-july-2020

Hurricane Hanna: Flood threat remains despite weakening
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53541417

Deep recurring earthquakes detected beneath dormant Mauna Kea volcano, Hawaii
https://watchers.news/2020/07/26/deep-recurring-earthquakes-detected-beneath-dormant-mauna-kea-volcano-hawaii/

Australia – Floods Prompt High Water Rescues in New South Wales
http://floodlist.com/australia/australia-floods-new-south-wales-july-2020

Thailand – Hundreds Affected After Monsoon Rain Triggers Floods in Lampang and Pathum Thani Provinces
http://floodlist.com/asia/thailand-monsoon-rain-floods-july-2020

Yemen – Widespread Flooding Causes Death and Destruction
http://floodlist.com/asia/yemen-floods-july-2020

India – Almost 1 Million Affected by Floods in Bihar
http://floodlist.com/asia/bihar-floods-india-july-2020

USA and Mexico – Floods From Storm Hanna Hit Texas Coast and Northern Mexico
http://floodlist.com/america/usa-mexico-storm-hanna-floods-july-2020

Pakistan – Rains Trigger Flash Floods in Karachi, Landslide in Punjab
http://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-floods-karachi-punjab-july-2020

Melbourne earthquake felt by hundreds of people across the eastern suburbs
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-29/melbourne-earthquake-causes-shaking-sound-across-east/12505320

U.S. coronavirus deaths top 150,000 as economy suffers further
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-idUSKCN24U2HX

Myanmar – 20,000 Affected by Floods in Mandalay Region
http://floodlist.com/asia/myanmar-floods-mandalay-july-2020

Japan – Evacuations After Floods in Yamagata
http://floodlist.com/asia/japan-yamagata-floods-july-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 30 Jul 2020: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Dukono
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/107506/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-30-Jul-2020-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Semeru-Dukono-San.html

Tropical Storm Isaias Floods Part Of Puerto Rico As It Heads Toward Florida
https://www.npr.org/2020/07/30/897130763/tropical-storm-isaias-floods-part-of-puerto-rico-as-it-heads-toward-florida

West Africa – 9 Dead, Thousands of Homes Destroyed After Floods in Niger and Mali
http://floodlist.com/africa/west-africa-floods-niger-mali-july-2020

South Korea – Deadly Flash Floods in Daejeon
http://floodlist.com/asia/south-korea-daejeon-floods-july-2020

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Flood data from 500 years: Rivers and climate change in Europe
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72873

The climate won’t warm as much as we feared – but it will warm more than we hoped
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72874

Environmental and climate policy integration: Targeted strategies for overcoming barriers to nature-based solutions and climate change adaptation
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72862

Perceived heat stress increases with population density in urban Philippines
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72888

Primer for Cool Cities : Reducing Excessive Urban Heat – With a Focus on Passive Measures
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72863

Prolonged Siberian heat attributed to climate change
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72901

Climate change brings Japan more deadly downpours
https://asia.nikkei.com/Economy/Natural-disasters/Climate-change-brings-Japan-more-deadly-downpours

Global warming's impact: Not worst-case but still deadly, if we don't act
https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/509095-study-rules-out-catastrophic-scenarios-from-global-warming-but-the

Carbon emissions are chilling the atmosphere 90km above Antarctica, at the edge of space
https://theconversation.com/carbon-emissions-are-chilling-the-atmosphere-90km-above-antarctica-at-the-edge-of-space-143271

Wetter than wet: global warming means more rain for Asian monsoon regions
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72927

There Have Never Been This Many Fires in the Far Northern Arctic
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/07/there-have-never-been-this-many-fires-in-the-far-northern-arctic/

New study offers roadmap for coal phase-out
https://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/new-study-offers-roadmap-for-coal-phase-out

A Future of Retreating Glaciers in the Himalayas
https://eos.org/articles/a-future-of-retreating-glaciers-in-the-himalayas

Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72951

Missed wind patterns are throwing off climate forecasts of rain and storms
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/missed-wind-patterns-are-throwing-climate-forecasts-rain-and-storms

Fire chiefs press Scott Morrison for action on climate change
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/fire-chiefs-press-scott-morrison-for-action-onclimate-change/news-story/

Climate change significantly alters future wildfire mitigation opportunities in southeastern Australia
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2020GL088893?af=R

Climate information services toolkit
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72955

Principles of climate risk management for climate proofing projects
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72956

Protecting South Florida: A discussion of sea level rise, property and regional planning
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72953

Past perspectives on the present era of abrupt Arctic climate change
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-0860-7

Calls for ‘managed retreat’ law due to climate change
https://www.newsroom.co.nz/news/calls-for-managed-retreat-law-due-to-climate-change

Disaster risk reduction

What happened to India’s flood management plan?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72883

Monitoring and forecasting the exceptional flood of Sirba river in Niger
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72848

The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index: Volume I – State of Disaster Resilience Report
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72869

The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index: Volume II
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72870

The value of reefs for protecting the most vulnerable populations in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Grenada
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72864

Coronavirus: How new simulations can predict the spread of future pandemics
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/71054?utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=PreventionSavesLives

As the first Black Summer inquiry prepares to report, we reveal the inside story of Australia’s biggest bushfire
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-27/gospers-mountain-mega-blaze-investigation/12472044?nw=0

Wamberal beach erosion: seawall would deliver no net benefit, study finds
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/27/nsw-coastal-councils-face-dilemma-over-land-erosion-and-who-should-pay-for-building-seawalls?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Call for contributing papers: The UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2022
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/72909

Geological Records of Tsunamis and Other Extreme Waves
https://www.elsevier.com/books/geological-records-of-tsunamis-and-other-extreme-waves/engel/978-0-12-815686-5

Flood risk for one million in Phnom Penh as wetlands destroyed
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cambodia-landrights-environment-trfn/flood-risk-for-one-million-in-phnom-penh-as-wetlands-destroyed-idUSKCN24S000

How much should we invest to prevent the next pandemic?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72914

Haiti approves a new Risk and Disaster Management Plan
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72922

GRDC Data Download provides River Discharge Data online
http://europeandroughtcentre.com/2020/07/27/grdc-data-download-provides-river-discharge-data-online/

High Water: Prolonged Flooding on the Deltaic Mississippi River
https://eos.org/features/high-water-prolonged-flooding-on-the-deltaic-mississippi-river

Bundaberg Region Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy
https://ourcoast.bundaberg.qld.gov.au/bundaberg-region-coastal-hazard-adaptation-strategy

The need for hazard definitions
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72949

Very high losses from thunderstorms – The natural disaster figures for the first half of 2020
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72947

Building resilience of rural communities in Myanmar: Handbook for field practitioners
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72946

Hazard definition and classification review
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72950

A new report has found recent Queensland flooding had minimal impacts on the Great Barrier Reef
http://www.watercareer.com.au/news/queensland-s-big-floods-reviewed

The COVID-19 lockdowns: a window into the Earth System
https://www.nature.com/articles/s43017-020-0079-1

State of the Mountains Report
http://www.stateofthemountains.ca/

Mapping landslides in Nepal
https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2020/07/28/mapping-landslides-in-nepal/#.XyFeo65zfeI.twitter

A new idea on how Earth’s outer shell first broke into tectonic plates
http://www.geologypage.com/2020/07/a-new-idea-on-how-earths-outer-shell-first-broke-into-tectonic-plates.html

Australia after the bushfires
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2020/jul/29/australia-after-the-bushfires-aoe

Dam collapse in China could point to a 'black swan' disaster
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72962

Study: Flood damage erodes companies’ long-term value
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72960

India: What counts as a catastrophic flood in the Brahmaputra river basin now?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72961

Coastal processes and influence on damage to urban structures during Hurricane Irma (St-Martin & St-Barthélemy, French West Indies)
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72958

Australia Earthquake: Modeling Regions with Low Seismicity
https://www.air-worldwide.com/blog/posts/2020/6/australia-earthquake-modeling-regions-with-low-seismicity/

'We will see many more deaths': Call for national approach to early bushfire detection
https://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/6857601/we-will-see-many-more-deaths-call-for-national-approach-to-early-bushfire-detection/

Australian bushfire and climate plan
https://apo.org.au/node/307174#:~:text=This%20Australian%20Bushfire%20and%20Climate,adapt%20to%20worsening%20fire%20conditions.

“The best flood I ever had”: Contingent resilience and the (relative) success of adaptive technologies
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264275120311902?dgcid=coauthor

Emergency management

Wet weather sees flood warnings, truck falls through Sydney road
https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/flood-warnings-in-place-on-south-coast-after-300-millimetre-deluge-20200728-p55g1i.html

Cyclones in the time of COVID-19
https://unocha.exposure.co/preparing-for-and-responding-to-climaterelated-disasters-in-the-age-of-covid19

China warns of new floods as Three Gorges Dam under pressure
https://asia.nikkei.com/Economy/Natural-disasters/China-warns-of-new-floods-as-Three-Gorges-Dam-under-pressure

Cabo Verde emergency preparedness and response diagnostic: Building a culture of preparedness Cabo Verde – government
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72936

Disability-inclusive disaster recovery
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72935

Australia needs to change its approach to firefighting as climate change makes blazes harder to control
https://www.heraldsun.com.au/technology/black-summer-bushfires-australian-firefighters-should-change-tactics/news-story/d8301c499844bc1566f4ec217887f9e7

New national plan to help protect Australians from an unprecedented era of climate-fuelled bushfire
https://www.medianet.com.au/releases/189794/#:~:text=The%20Australian%20Bushfire%20and%20Climate,readiness%2C%20response%2C%20and%20recovery.

Lifelong friendships built through CFA
https://news.cfa.vic.gov.au/-/lifelong-friendships-built-through-cfa

How Juneau, Alaska Responds to Yearly Glacier Floods
https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2020/07/30/juneau-alaska-glacier-floods/#.XyL5EH5LCus.twitter

Disaster education, communications and engagement

How to empower communities against escalating flood threats in Nepal?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72882

Engaging coastal community members about natural and nature-based solutions to assess their ecosystem function
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72861

MEIDECC builds resilience to meteorological hazards through awareness in schools
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72902

Stop disasters 2.0: Video games as tools for Disaster Risk Reduction
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72903

There are no natural disasters
https://apolitical.co/en/solution_article/there-are-no-natural-disasters?share=twitter&uuid=article&src=twitter

Hydrology & water sustainability teaching links, videos
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1I7CASgLADZNCkTbsmH8Lqtifl3UQSwzL-j_1pMdZagE/edit

Japan Sinks Might Just Be Masaaki Yuasa’s Most Shocking Anime Yet
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/07/japan-sinks-might-just-be-masaaki-yuasas-most-shocking-anime-yet/

Community mapping to obtain detailed geographic data about populations and their built environment to understand exposure and to inform disaster reduction investments like early warning systems
https://medium.com/world-of-opportunity/when-community-mapping-meets-artificial-intelligence-2b0282cae1b7

Psychology and disasters

Using social and behavioural science to support COVID-19 pandemic response
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-020-0884-z#article-info

Tom and Elisabeth Bertolet rebuild after bushfire in Dargan NSW
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF6xloM-6Q4&feature=youtu.be

Sociology and disasters

30 Ways FEMA supports emergency preparedness, response and recovery for people with disabilities
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72884

The Oxford Handbook of Social Networks
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/019025176X?pf_rd_r=Y1A1NCH3FAQ7MX07NV8H&pf_rd_p=edaba0ee-c2fe-4124-9f5d-b31d6b1bfbee

How disabled people have been completely disregarded during the coronavirus pandemic
https://theconversation.com/how-disabled-people-have-been-completely-disregarded-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic-142766

At what cost: How chronic gaps in adaptation finance expose the world's poorest people to climate chaos
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72931

India coronavirus: 'More than half of Mumbai slum-dwellers had Covid-19'
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-53576653

Mapping COVID-19 spread in Melbourne shows link to job types and ability to stay home
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-30/coronavirus-covid-19-melbourne-job-types/12504896

Navigating multidimensional household recoveries following the 2015 Nepal earthquakes
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343320554_Navigating_multidimensional_household_recoveries_following_the_2015_Nepal_earthquakes

Role of Social Belongingness During the Post-Disaster Recovery
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343076922_Role_of_Social_Belongingness_During_the_Post-Disaster_Recovery

 

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