This Week in Disaster Resilience 4 October 2019

 

Recent Emergencies/Disaster

‘Totally terrified’ observers catch tornado touching down outside Davis on video
https://www.sacbee.com/news/california/article235604617.html

Drought-hit Australian towns prepare for 'unimaginable' water crisis
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-drought-water/drought-hit-australian-towns-prepare-for-unimaginable-water-crisis-idUSKBN1WC2EP

Lorenzo becomes the strongest hurricane this far north and east in the Atlantic basin
https://watchers.news/2019/09/29/lorenzo-becomes-the-strongest-hurricane-this-far-north-and-east-in-the-atlantic-basin/

Tibesti – another mining-induced landslide
https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2019/09/27/tibesti-mining-landslide/

Niger: Tens of Thousands Impacted by Devastating Floods
https://www.voanews.com/africa/niger-tens-thousands-impacted-devastating-floods

Bihar and Uttar Pradesh: More than 100 dead in fresh India flood chaos
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-49875027

Turkey – 13 Rescued After Flash Floods in Artvin Province
http://floodlist.com/asia/turkey-flash-floods-artvin-september-2019

Severe thunderstorms north of Brisbane flood homes and businesses
https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/severe-thunderstorms-north-of-brisbane-flood-homes-and-businesses/530286

Worst monsoon in 25 years kills 148 across India, floods ravage Patna
https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/worst-monsoon-in-25-years-kills-over-100-across-india-floods-rains-in-patna-10-points-1604967-2019-10-01

UK weather: Torrential rain brings floods across Britain
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-49890229

Hurricane Lorenzo lashes mid-Atlantic Azores Islands
https://www.heraldnews.com/news/20191002/hurricane-lorenzo-lashes-mid-atlantic-azores-islands?rssfeed=true

Pakistan – Fatalities After Heavy Rain and Flash Floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
http://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-flash-floods-khyber-pakhtunkhwa-october-2019

Mexico – Deadly Floods After Heavy Rain From Tropical Storm Narda
http://floodlist.com/america/mexico-floods-heavy-rain-tropical-storm-narda

Senegal – Thousands Displaced by Floods in Dakar and Kaolack Regions
http://floodlist.com/africa/senegal-floods-dakar-kaolack-september-2019

South Korea – Torrential Rain From Typhoon Mitag Causes Deadly Floods and Landslides
http://floodlist.com/asia/south-korea-typhoon-mitag-floods-october-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 3 Oct 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Dukono, Reventador
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/88612/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-3-Oct-2019-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Shiveluch-Dukono-Reventador.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

UK’s new flagship polar research vessel officially named Sir David Attenborough
https://www.rcinet.ca/eye-on-the-arctic/2019/09/27/uks-new-flagship-polar-research-vessel-officially-named-sir-david-attenborough/

Climate lessons from the classroom spill into the streets
https://climateactionaustralia.wordpress.com/2019/09/29/climate-lessons-from-the-classroom-spill-into-the-streets-cbc-news-climatestrike-climateemergency-stopadani-extinctionrebellion-auspol-qldpol-insiders/

This Victorian surf club is under threat as climate change eats away at the coast
https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/this-victorian-surf-club-is-under-threat-as-climate-change-eats-away-at-the-coast-20190927-p52vgy.html

'It's heartbreaking': a coastal community watches its beach wash away
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/29/its-heartbreaking-a-coastal-community-watches-its-beach-wash-away

Didn’t teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg cause a stir last week? 
https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/genius-gamechanger-has-thrown-down-the-gauntlet-20190927-p52vm1.html

Girt by sea, Australia faces serious climate challenge
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6410847/girt-by-sea-australia-faces-serious-climate-challenge/

U.S. taxpayers are at risk for homes threatened by climate change
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/banks-shift-mortgages-on-disaster-prone-properties-to-taxpayers-study-shows/

Where climate cash is flowing and why it’s not enough
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02712-3

Feeling flight shame? Try quitting air travel and catch a sail boat
https://theconversation.com/feeling-flight-shame-try-quitting-air-travel-and-catch-a-sail-boat-123349?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Australia’s mangroves and seagrass meadows absorb 20m tonnes of CO2 a year but report warns damage to ecosystems contributing to climate change
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/01/australias-vast-carbon-sink-releasing-millions-of-tonnes-of-co2-back-into-atmosphere?CMP=share_btn_tw

NSW considers laws to stop courts and planners blocking coalmines on climate grounds
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/02/nsw-considers-laws-to-stop-courts-and-planners-blocking-coalmines-on-climate-grounds

What Climate Change Will Do to Three Major American Cities by 2100
https://www.teenvogue.com/story/climate-change-timeline-st-louis-san-francisco-houston

Use the Sea Ice Aware App to Monitor Conditions in the Poles
https://www.esri.com/arcgis-blog/products/arcgis-living-atlas/mapping/sea-ice-aware/

Vast iceberg bigger than Los Angeles breaks off Antarctic shelf
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/01/world/vast-iceberg-leaves-antarctic-shelf-scli-intl/index.html

Australia Must Listen To First Nations People If It Wants To Combat Climate Change
https://junkee.com/australia-must-listen-to-first-nations-people-if-it-wants-to-combat-climate-change/223360

Human Activity Outpaces Volcanoes, Asteroids in Releasing Deep Carbon
https://eos.org/articles/human-activity-outpaces-volcanoes-asteroids-in-releasing-deep-carbon

Watch: Thirty-five years of Arctic thaw in two minutes
https://www.euronews.com/2019/10/02/watch-thirty-five-years-of-arctic-thaw-in-two-minutes?fbclid=IwAR0HdMEDzewIeiSpfjrOrpkrmFViqo9KlUVDkR21QIA81CiO00_yPBg58Z8

Report: Global Use of Renewable Energy Will Soar By 2050 (But So Will CO2)
https://www.theinertia.com/environment/report-global-use-of-renewable-energy-will-soar-by-2050-but-so-will-co2/

 

Disaster Risk Reduction

North Miami bought her flooded home. Now it’s going to become a park to fight sea rise
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article235403232.html

Resilient Cities, User-Driven Planning, and Open Data Policy
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/336105323_Resilient_Cities_User-Driven_Planning_and_Open_Data_Policy

Hydrological signatures describing the translation of climate seasonality into streamflow seasonality
https://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci-discuss.net/hess-2019-463/

Scientists have found that most fires start on the side of highways or near power lines. What if the vegetation in those places was impervious to fire?
https://www.fastcompany.com/90410369/this-new-gel-prevents-plants-from-burning-to-stop-wildfires

 Life on the coast is already hazardous. Groundwater mismanagement amplifies other risks
https://www.circleofblue.org/2019/world/as-seas-rise-unchecked-groundwater-use-sinks-coastal-cities/

FEMA's flood maps may not accurately reflect the real risk for millions of Americans
https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/building-a-better-algorithm-to-predict-flood-risk-in-the-age-of-climate-change/

The launch of Australia FloodScore now marks an important step forward for rating flood risk in the region
https://www.ambientalrisk.com/new-improved-flood-risk-solutions-for-australia/

How the American nuclear industry downplays the threat of climate-induced flooding
https://newrepublic.com/article/154942/america-nuclear-power-plants-climate-change-risk-fukushima

A new study highlights the potential to improve the accuracy of flood hazard maps by incorporating richer data
http://createsend.com/t/r-6394FEC9EF986CFF2540EF23F30FEDED

Phase two of the £112 million Leeds flood defence scheme is one of the largest river flood alleviation scheme in the UK
https://www.leedsclimate.org.uk/leeds-flood-alleviation-enters-next-phase

This Beautiful Bamboo Sports Hall Can Withstand Earthquakes And Has A Zero-Carbon Footprint
https://www.intelligentliving.co/bamboo-sports-hall-withstand-earthquakes-zero-carbon-footprint/

Researchers Hone Our Ability to Map Storm Flooding
https://today.uconn.edu/2019/09/researchers-hone-ability-map-storm-flooding/#

Houston’s pocket prairies: Natural solutions to unnatural flooding
https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2019/1001/Houston-s-pocket-prairies-Natural-solutions-to-unnatural-flooding?cmpid=shared-twitter

Groundwater pumping in some of the world’s critical watersheds exceeds safe levels. It’s causing surface waters to fall at an alarming rate
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-02/river-flows-are-falling-worldwide-as-groundwater-is-depleted

Fire as a key driver of Earth's biodiversity
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/brv.12544#.XS3mpo5qQ0s.twitter

 

Emergency Management

Iowa residents asked to ignore false weather alert
https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/weather/2019/09/28/false-weather-alert-pottawattamie-county-emergency-service-iowa-severe-system-agency/3807080002/

NISC - Our members include the following public safety, emergency preparedness, management, and response stakeholders
https://www.nisconsortium.org/nisc-membership/

Bangladesh promises to improve local flood warnings after complaints
https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/international/689694-bangladesh-promises-to-improve-local-flood-warnings-after-complaints

More than 1,600 die in India's heaviest monsoon season for 25 years
http://news.trust.org/item/20191001101315-5w3md/

US Aid for Hurricane Dorian
https://www.usaid.gov/crisis/hurricane-dorian

 

Disaster Education, Communications and Engagement

See where your town was located in the ancient past
http://dinosaurpictures.org/ancient-earth#66

The Best Nature Books of 2019
https://chireviewofbooks.com/2019/09/26/the-best-nature-books-of-2019-part-3/

Hull Flood Protection Guide
https://www.coversure.co.uk/hull/blog/hull-flood-protection-guide

Hurricane Evacuation Decision Making
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=LBrzw71eBrg

Resident input sought for Harvey-related flood projects
https://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/article/Resident-input-sought-for-Harvey-related-flood-14481085.php

"You wouldn't walk into a bushfire, so why would you drive your car into floodwaters?"
https://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/6414913/nsw-warned-to-prepare-for-storm-season/?cs=9397

The Role of Introductory Geoscience Courses in Preparing Teachers—And All Students—For the Future: Are We Making the Grade?
http://www.geosociety.org/gsatoday/archive/29/10/

Most Americans are highly concerned about several issues when it comes to social media and news
https://www.journalism.org/2019/10/02/americans-are-wary-of-the-role-social-media-sites-play-in-delivering-the-news/

The Great Flood of 2019: A Complete Picture of a Slow-Motion Disaster
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/09/11/us/midwest-flooding.html

Flood Snakes and Ladders – a community flood engagement event
https://esrc.ukri.org/public-engagement/festival-of-social-science/festival-events/events-in-north-east-england/flood-snakes-and-ladders-a-community-flood-engagement-event/

 

Psychology and Disasters

Nearly 20 percent of Hurricane Harvey flood victims reported post-flood PTSD, depression and anxiety
https://phys.org/news/2019-09-multiple-events-erode-neighborhood-spirit.html

Flooding, Recovery and Hydraulic Citizenship in Post-Harvey Houston
https://anthropology.rice.edu/sites/g/files/bxs1041/f/Flooding_Report.pdf

Every Single Cognitive Bias in One Infographic
https://www.visualcapitalist.com/every-single-cognitive-bias/

Why Near‐Miss Events Can Decrease an Individual's Protective Response to Hurricanes
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1539-6924.2010.01506.x#.XZUKXbnJRHk.twitter

 

Sociology and Disasters

Black Wave: How Networks and Governance Shaped Japan’s 3/11 Disasters
https://www.amazon.com/Black-Wave-Networks-Governance-Disasters/dp/022663843X

The number of people in the average U.S. household is going up for the first time in over 160 years
https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/10/01/the-number-of-people-in-the-average-u-s-household-is-going-up-for-the-first-time-in-over-160-years/

New research suggests the assumption Aboriginal people lived in open vegetation sustained by fire is misplaced https://theconversation.com/new-research-turns-tasmanian-aboriginal-history-on-its-head-the-results-will-help-care-for-the-land-124285?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

 

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