This Week in Disaster Resilience 13th December 2019

Dear colleague,

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

Recent Emergencies/Disaster

Australia fires: blazes 'too big to put out' as 140 bushfires rage in NSW and Queensland
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/07/australia-fires-blazes-too-big-to-put-out-as-140-bushfires-rage-in-nsw-and-queensland?CMP=share_btn_tw

Namibia – 1 Dead After Flash Floods in Northern and Central Areas
http://floodlist.com/africa/namibia-floods-december-2019

New Zealand – Flooding Prompts State of Emergency in Canterbury Region
http://floodlist.com/australia/new-zealand-canterbury-otago-december-2019

Uganda – at Least 16 Killed in Floods and Landslides in Western Region
http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-landslides-bundibugyo-western-region-december-2019

Flooding causes extreme destruction in South Sudan: IOM
https://www.southsudan.biz/flooding-causes-extreme-destruction-in-south-sudan-iom/

White Island volcano erupts in Bay of Plenty: 5 dead, 8 missing, 31 in hospital
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12292240

Malaysia – Hundreds Evacuated After Floods in Johor
http://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-floods-johor-december-2019

Philippines – Thousands Displaced by Floods in North
http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-northeast-monsoon-floods-cagayan-december-2019

Sri Lanka – 6 Dead, Thousands Displaced as Heavy Rain Continues
http://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-north-east-monsoon-december-2019

Rwanda – Dozens Homeless After Heavy Rain Triggers Landslides in Musanze
http://floodlist.com/africa/rwanda-dozens-homeless-after-heavy-rain-triggers-landslides-in-musanze

Somalia – Homes Destroyed as Tropical Cyclone Pawan
http://floodlist.com/africa/somalia-tropical-cyclone-pawan-december-2019

Colombia – Thousands Hit by Floods in Nariño Department
http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-narino-december-2019

South Africa – Hundreds Rescued From Floods in Gauteng
http://floodlist.com/africa/south-africa-floods-gauteng-december-2019

Lebanon and Israel – Flash Floods Cause Travel Chaos
http://floodlist.com/asia/lebanon-israel-flash-floods-december-2019

More than 720 homes lost in NSW fires as Sydney told to brace for huge losses
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/more-than-720-homes-lost-in-nsw-fires-as-sydney-told-to-brace-for-huge-losses-20191211-p53iv5.html

Malaysia – 300 Evacuate After Floods in Sabah
http://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-sabah-floods-december-2019

Madagascar – Floods and Wind Damage After Tropical Cyclone Belna Makes Landfall
http://floodlist.com/africa/madagascar-tropical-cyclone-belna-december-2019

Ecuador – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Morona-Santiago Province
http://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-morona-santiago-province-december-2019

Maldives – Heavy Rain Causes Floods in Malé
http://floodlist.com/asia/maldives-floods-december-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Dec 2019: Etna volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/94056/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-12-Dec-2019-Etna-volcano-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-San.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Nagano is first prefecture in Japan to declare a climate emergency
http://www.newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/125987.php

Victoria Falls dries to a trickle after worst drought in a century
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/07/victoria-falls-dries-to-a-trickle-after-worst-drought-in-a-century?CMP=share_btn_tw

Leading scientists condemn political inaction on climate change as Australia 'literally burns'
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/07/leading-scientists-condemn-political-inaction-on-climate-change-as-australia-literally-burns

New research examines climate change’s role in 2018 extreme weather events
https://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/new-research-examines-climate-change%E2%80%99s-role-2018-extreme-weather

Earth's frozen 'water towers' threatened by warming, population growth, report says
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/mountain-water-towers-climate-change-threats-1.5388575

Explaining Extreme Events from a Climate Perspective
https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/publications/bulletin-of-the-american-meteorological-society-bams/explaining-extreme-events-from-a-climate-perspective/

Greenland ice losses rising faster than expected
https://phys.org/news/2019-12-greenland-ice-losses-faster.html

Historic American towns have endured wars, storms. What about sea rise?
https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-12-08/historic-american-towns-sea-rise

Sea Level Science Grapples with Uncertainty and Usability
https://eos.org/research-spotlights/sea-level-science-grapples-with-uncertainty-and-usability#.Xe_EATjkkYA.linkedin

'Sydney is angry': Protesters march to demand urgent action on climate change
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydney-is-angry-protesters-march-to-demand-urgent-action-on-climate-change-20191211-p53iyc.html

Now Australian cities are choking on smoke, will we finally talk about climate change?
https://theconversation.com/now-australian-cities-are-choking-on-smoke-will-we-finally-talk-about-climate-change-128543

“Climatic-affective atmospheres”: A conceptual tool for affective scholarship in a changing climate
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1755458619300453

Climate Analytics suggests Australia has reneged on a pledge to make deeper emissions cuts
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/12/australias-use-of-accounting-loophole-to-meet-paris-deal-found-to-have-no-legal-basis?CMP=share_btn_tw

On current trends, Greenland ice melting will cause 100 million people to be flooded each year by the end of the century, so 400 million in total due to sea level rise
https://sealevel.nasa.gov/news/178/greenlands-rapid-melt-will-mean-more-flooding

“There’s been this increasing dawning of awareness among many Americans that climate change is actually starting to harm people here and now”
https://www.theverge.com/2019/12/10/21003596/climate-change-end-of-decade-2019-temperature-storms-wildfires-effects-emissions

People are waking up to the climate crisis, but two sobering reports this week are a reminder of the enormity of the problem
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/arctic-melt-climate-change-global-warming-permafrost-bomb-greta-thunberg-925599/

Explaining Extreme Events from a Climate Perspective Report
https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/publications/bulletin-of-the-american-meteorological-society-bams/explaining-extreme-events-from-a-climate-perspective/

 

Disaster Risk Reduction

How to live with mega-fires? Portugal’s feral forests may hold the secret
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/12/how-to-live-with-mega-fires-portugal-forests-may-hold-secret/

Study suggests Cascadia can trigger quakes on the northern San Andreas, California
https://watchers.news/2019/12/08/study-suggests-cascadia-can-trigger-quakes-on-the-northern-san-andreas-california/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Indian Ocean Dipole: What is it and why is it linked to floods and bushfires?
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50602971

Flash flooding is a serious threat in the UK – here’s how scientists are tackling its prediction
https://theconversation.com/flash-flooding-is-a-serious-threat-in-the-uk-heres-how-scientists-are-tackling-its-prediction-128015

Meteorological conditions leading to the 2015 Salgar flash flood: lessons for vulnerable regions in tropical complex terrain
https://www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci.net/19/2635/2019/

A benefit–cost analysis of floodplain land acquisition for US flood damage reduction
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-019-0437-5

New study compares floodplain protection today to predicted future flood losses
https://phys.org/news/2019-12-floodplain-today-future-losses.html

To prevent increasingly massive wildfires we need to rethink our approach to forest management
https://thenib.com/prescribed-burn-forest-fires

A Tiny Leak Led to a Massive, Unexpected Collapse at Kilauea Volcano
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-tiny-leak-led-to-a-massive-unexpected-collapse-at-kilauea-volcano/

Conserving the Floodplains Could Save Billions of Dollars, Researchers say
https://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Conserving-the-Floodplains-Could-Save-Billions-of-Dollars-Researchers-say.html

Damaging Rains From Hurricanes Can Be More Intense After Winds Subside
https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2019/12/03/damaging-rains-from-hurricanes-can-be-more-intense-after-winds-subside-say-researchers/

Hazard map articles should describe the development of a volcanic hazard map or set of volcanic hazard maps
https://appliedvolc.biomedcentral.com/submission-guidelines/preparing-your-manuscript/hazard-map

Scientists Scramble to Collect Data After Ridgecrest Earthquakes
https://eos.org/features/scientists-scramble-to-collect-data-after-ridgecrest-earthquakes

 

Emergency management

Government’s role in supporting community–led approaches to recovery
https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/media/6916/srrg-community_led_literature_review.pdf

Briefing Mozambique’s post-cyclone problems multiply
https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news/2019/09/09/Mozambique-cyclone-drought-elections-militancy

'Smells like it's time to go to work': American firefighters arrive in Sydney
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/it-smells-like-it-s-time-to-go-to-work-american-firefighters-arrive-in-sydney-20191208-p53hxt.html

White Island erupts: Why were tourists allowed on unsettled island?
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12292364

Why White Island erupted and why there was no warning
https://theconversation.com/why-white-island-erupted-and-why-there-was-no-warning-128550?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

As Australia bush fires rage, country offers lessons for the wildfire-prone western U.S.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/11/23/australia-bush-fires-rage-country-offers-lessons-wildfire-prone-us/

New Zealand helicopter pilot describes horror of volcano rescue
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/10/new-zealand-volcano-helicopter-pilot-says-was-victims-last-hope?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

Hunger deepening in South Sudan as floods follow drought and unresolved conflict
https://insight.wfp.org/conflict-eases-as-hunger-deepens-in-south-sudan-7a41e03581a0

Despite Warning Of 2nd Eruption, Police Will Try To Recover Bodies On White Island
https://www.npr.org/2019/12/12/787416826/despite-warning-of-2nd-eruption-police-will-try-to-recover-bodies-on-white-islan

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Policy Perspectives on Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing
https://theoryandpractice.citizenscienceassociation.org/articles/10.5334/cstp.293/

A new database for detecting floods in real-time on a global scale using Twitter
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41597-019-0326-9

 

Sociology and Disasters

Capturing Bonding, Bridging, and Linking Social Capital through Publicly Available Data
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/rhc3.12183

How a small British town used social connections to make residents happier and healthier
https://qz.com/1725422/how-one-town-fostered-resilience-by-combating-loneliness/amp/

The historical context of injustice, discrimination and inequality experienced through social structures that cause harm to certain people  informs today’s risk
https://theconversation.com/risk-rooted-in-colonial-era-weighs-on-bahamas-efforts-to-rebuild-after-hurricane-dorian-125548

 

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