This Week in Disaster Resilience 8 November 2019

Recent Emergencies/Disaster

Italy and France – Rain From ‘Storm Amélie’ Triggers Floods and Landslides
http://floodlist.com/europe/italy-france-storm-amelie-november-2019

Iran – Deadly Floods in Northern Provinces
http://floodlist.com/asia/iran-deadly-floods-khorasan-november-2019

USA – Storms and Floods Hit North East
http://floodlist.com/america/usa/halloween-storm-flood-october-2019-new-york

Heavy rains have killed at least 10 people and displaced more than 270,000 in Somalia
http://www.transafricaradio.net/floods-in-somalia-displace-more-than-250000-people-u-n/

Ecuador – Floods and Landslides in Pastaza Province
http://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-pastaza-october-2019

Edo, Lagos, Delta, others to experience more flooding
https://thenationonlineng.net/edo-lagos-delta-others-to-experience-more-flooding/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Torrential rains cause floods in parts of Montenegro
https://www.theintelligencer.com/news/article/Torrential-rains-cause-floods-in-parts-of-14813459.php

Colombia – Floods and Landslides Hit Tolima and Antioquia
http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-and-landslides-tolima-antioquia-november-2019

Guatemala – 4 Dead, 100s Evacuated After Heavy Rain Triggers Landslides
http://floodlist.com/america/guatemala-floods-landslides-aguacatan-villanueva-october-2019

Uganda – 6 Killed in Floods and Landslides After More Heavy Rain
http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-landslides-november-2019

Montenegro – Heavy Rain, Landslides and Floods Leave Communities Cut Off
http://floodlist.com/europe/montenegro-floods-niksic-kolasin-november-2019

Sheffield flooding: Torrential rain leaves city flooded
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-50333233

Volcanic activity worldwide 7 Nov 2019: Popocatépetl volcano, Krakatau, Shiveluch, Dukono
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/91328/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-7-Nov-2019-Popocatepetl-volcano-Krakatau-Shiveluch-Dukono-Reventad.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

How bad is this drought and is it caused by climate change?
https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/how-bad-is-this-drought-and-is-it-caused-by-climate-change-20191024-p533xc.html

Existing Paris climate pledges commit sea level rise to ‘one metre by 2300’
https://www.carbonbrief.org/existing-paris-climate-pledges-commit-sea-level-rise-to-one-metre-by-2300

40 distressing photos show glaciers disappearing around the world
https://www.businessinsider.com.au/glaciers-collapsing-melting-in-photos-2019-9?r=US&IR=T

Floridians no longer have luxury to pretend climate change isn’t real
https://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/commentary/fl-op-com-grimm-climate-change-real-20191101-4bbjs4srwzdlxnnhxftfeo62um-story.html

Australia could fall apart under climate change. But there’s a way to avoid it
https://theconversation.com/australia-could-fall-apart-under-climate-change-but-theres-a-way-to-avoid-it-126341?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Climate change emergency – 11,000 scientists say crisis accelerating, demand action
https://reneweconomy.com.au/climate-change-emergency-11000-scientists-say-crisis-accelerating-demand-action-78185/

South Australia’s stunning renewable energy transition, and what comes next
https://reneweconomy.com.au/south-australias-stunning-renewable-energy-transition-and-what-comes-next-79597/

Most countries aren't hitting 2030 climate goals, and everyone will pay the price
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/11/nations-miss-paris-targets-climate-driven-weather-events-cost-billions/

Australia records three years of hotter than average monthly temperatures
https://www.smh.com.au/national/australia-records-three-years-of-hotter-than-average-monthly-temperatures-20191105-p537kr.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1572930792

There is one way forward on climate change
https://www.ft.com/content/27c9a6e8-ffb7-11e9-b7bc-f3fa4e77dd47?desktop=true&segmentId=d8d3e364-5197-20eb-17cf-2437841d178a

Warmer, shorter winters have turned permafrost regions from carbon sink to source
https://www.arctictoday.com/warmer-shorter-winters-have-turned-permafrost-regions-from-carbon-sink-to-source/

Sea level will rise for centuries. We can control how much and how fast
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/11/paris-agreement-period-still-leads-to-sea-level-rise/

Seas to rise dramatically even if greenhouse gases are curbed
https://www.malaymail.com/news/life/2019/11/05/seas-to-rise-dramatically-even-if-greenhouse-gases-are-curbed/1806927?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Rapidly melting Antarctica likely to be key driver in dramatic sea-level rises, researchers say
https://reneweconomy.com.au/rapidly-melting-antarctica-likely-to-be-key-driver-in-dramatic-sea-level-rises-researchers-say-90744/

Australia’s main grid reaches 50 per cent renewables for first time
https://reneweconomy.com.au/australias-main-grid-reaches-50-per-cent-renewables-for-first-time-17935/

Sea levels rose 10 metres above present levels during Earth’s last warm period 125,000 years ago
https://theconversation.com/scientists-looked-at-sea-levels-125-000-years-in-the-past-the-results-are-terrifying-126017

Our shameful legacy: just 15 years’ worth of emissions will raise sea level in 2300
https://theconversation.com/our-shameful-legacy-just-15-years-worth-of-emissions-will-raise-sea-level-in-2300-126429?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Drought to become more frequent and severe due to climate change – government report
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/07/drought-to-become-more-frequent-severe-and-longer-due-to-climate-change-government-reports?CMP=share_btn_tw

New Zealand passes law aiming for net zero carbon emissions by 2050
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-newzealand-climate/new-zealand-passes-law-aiming-for-net-zero-carbon-emissions-by-2050-idUSKBN1XH0RQ

A new study examined how people’s opinions on climate change affect real-estate prices
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/climate-change-deniers-are-propping-up-home-prices-in-waterfront-communities-research-suggests-2019-11-07

The World's Thickest Mountain Glacier Is Finally Melting, and Climate Change Is 100% to Blame
https://www.livescience.com/taku-glacier-sudden-retreat.html

What small businesses can do about climate change
https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/11/what-small-businesses-can-do-about-climate-change/

Rising sea levels could inundate North Korea’s Sinuiju by 2050, new study shows
https://www.nknews.org/2019/11/rising-sea-levels-could-inundate-north-koreas-sinuiju-by-2050-new-study-shows/

 

Disaster Risk Reduction

Future Remote Sensing Mission Holds Promise for Flood Monitoring
https://eos.org/editor-highlights/future-remote-sensing-mission-holds-promise-for-flood-monitoring

Fire blankets can protect buildings from wildfires
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191015075319.htm

Confusion over Floodplain Leaves Homeowners with the Bill
https://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/-Confusion-over-Floodplain-Leaves-Homeowners-with-the-Bill.html

Seven years after Superstorm Sandy deluged New York City, more than eight out of 10 properties in coastal areas the federal government deems extremely vulnerable to the next disaster are without flood insurance
https://thecity.nyc/2019/10/nyc-flood-zones-still-uninsured-years-after-superstorm-sandy.html

The importance of analysing flood events to 'build back better'
https://youtalk-insurance.com/news/axa-xl/the-importance-of-analysing-flood-events-to-build-back-better

Citizen-generated data for flood resilience in Brazil
https://t2sresearch.org/output/citizen-generated-data-for-flood-resilience-in-brazil/

As wildfires have raged across California, scientists are testing out a new tool that could help us better predict their spread
https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/11/03/its-night-day-new-radar-allows-scientists-peer-inside-california-wildfires-like-never-before/

A new report finds that mangroves provide valuable flood risk benefits and play a critical role in protecting coastal communities in Florida
https://www.floridatrend.com/article/28160/mangroves-reduce-flood-damages-during-us-hurricanes-saving-billions-of-dollars-in-property-losses

5 Lessons We Learned From the California Wildfires
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/04/us/fires-california.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&sf111960239=1

Tracking progress on the economic costs of disasters under the indicators of the sustainable development goals
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17477891.2018.1540343?journalCode=tenh20&

Pollution creates 'black tsunami' risk
https://www.unisdr.org/archive/68758

Opportunity to see detailed flood defence plans in Kirkstall
https://news.leeds.gov.uk/opportunity-to-see-detailed-flood-defence-plans-in-kirkstall/

A new database that captures the outcomes from inquiries and reviews into emergency management and natural hazards has been created by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC
https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2019/inquiries-housed-database

Cotaboto, Philippines: large landslides from the series of earthquakes in October 2019
https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2019/11/04/cotaboto-landslides/

Even in Risky Areas, Some Homeowners Skip Flood Insurance Coverage
https://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Even-in-Risky-Areas-Some-Homeowners-Skip-Flood-Insurance-Coverage.html

The Impact Of Flooding Depends More On Societal Change Than Climate Change
https://www.forbes.com/sites/rogerpielke/2019/11/05/flooding-societal-change-is-more-important-than-climate-change/#55b24f8e3785

Australian drought preparedness and resilience report and plan
http://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/drought/drought-policy

A review of resilience variables in the context of disasters
https://wmpllc.org/ojs/index.php/jem/article/view/2656

From Californian wildfires there's an opportunity to lead the nation in building resilience
https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/468396-in-california-theres-an-opportunity-to-lead-the-nation-in-building

20 Seconds Makes All The Difference: How Sound Waves Help Us Understand Earthquakes
https://www.wpr.org/20-seconds-makes-all-difference-how-sound-waves-help-us-understand-earthquakes

Facing the fires: when they consume more than peat
https://intotheswamp.wordpress.com/2019/11/07/facing-the-fires-when-they-consume-more-than-peat/

The NOAA billion-dollar disaster dataset is not a reliable indicator of trends in disasters or their costs
https://www.forbes.com/sites/rogerpielke/2019/11/07/everything-you-hear-about-billion-dollar-disasters-is-wrong/#18bb75112fea

Back-to-back flood years have Fredericton looking to shore up riverbank
https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/back-to-back-flood-years-have-fredericton-looking-to-shore-up-riverbank-1.4673683

2013-2028 Report on Global Flood Insurance Market by Player, Region, Type, Application and Sales Channel
https://www.radiantinsights.com/research/2013-2028-report-on-global-flood-insurance-market

 

Emergency Management

How you react in emergencies may define your business
https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/31/how-you-react-when-your-systems-fail-may-define-your-business/

All-Hazards Articles Alert for first responder journal articles
https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/library/collections/all_hazarts_alert.html

Heavy Flooding Devastates Lives and Economies in Horn of Africa
https://www.voanews.com/africa/heavy-flooding-devastates-lives-and-economies-horn-africa

Vale CEO Dismissed Warning on Mines Before Deadly Disaster in Brazil
https://www.wsj.com/articles/vale-ceo-dismissed-warning-on-mines-before-deadly-disaster-in-brazil-11572907739

Prepare to Win: Tsunami Awareness and Preparedness
http://www.ipsnews.net/2019/11/prepare-win-tsunami-awareness-preparedness/

When bushfire is not just about bushfire
https://craiglapsley.com/when-bushfire-is-not-just-about-bushfire/

Heavy rains and flooding wreak havoc across East Africa as another storm makes its way to the region
https://reliefweb.int/report/somalia/heavy-rains-and-flooding-wreak-havoc-across-east-africa-another-storm-makes-its-way

The invisible issues in flood response
https://www.dhakatribune.com/opinion/op-ed/2019/11/05/the-invisible-issues-in-flood-response

Quebec promises new assistance, but many 2019 flood victims say they haven't been compensated
https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/quebec-promises-new-assistance-but-many-2019-flood-victims-say-they-haven-t-been-compensated-1.4669713

Esperance council debates motion as brigades fear only tragedy will spark change
https://bushfire.org.au/esperance-express-esperance-council-debates-motion-as-brigades-fear-only-tragedy-will-spark-change/

As fire seasons overlap in Australia and California, sharing firefighting resources will only get harder
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-06/former-fire-chief-worried-about-firefighting-resources/11677760

Safety questions still swirl in Paradise year after wildfire
https://apnews.com/e802f1efbea64765a005fa1d0170032e

Bushfires in New South Wales from space
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145847/bushfires-in-new-south-wales?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

NASA Resources Aid a California Community Devastated by Wildfire
https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2899/a-partnership-forged-by-fire/

Deadly floods uproot tens of thousands in Central African Republic’s capital
https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/photo-feature/2019/11/06/Central-African-Republic-capital-Bangui-deadly-floods-displaced?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social

When disaster strikes, Indigenous communities receive unequal recovery aid
https://www.hcn.org/articles/indigenous-affairs-when-disaster-strikes-indigenous-communities-receive-unequal-recovery-aid

UN calls for action as Somalia floods affect 200,000 children
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/11/calls-action-somalia-floods-affect-2000000-children-191106092811922.html

 

Disaster Education, Communications and Engagement

About World Tsunami Awareness Day
https://www.unisdr.org/tsunamiday

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Providers Teach CPR to Schoolchildren
https://www.emsworld.com/press-release/1223512/wiltshire-air-ambulance-providers-teach-cpr-schoolchildren

Local knowledge in flood risk management: are we only paying it lip service?
https://floodresilience.net/blogs/local-knowledge-in-flood-risk-management-are-we-only-paying-it-lip-service

Italy to become first country to make studying climate change compulsory in schools
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/11/05/italy-become-first-country-make-studying-climate-change-compulsory/

How is wildfire covered in the news?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzbQQUkJILc&t=24s

Emotional and affective geographies of sustainable community leadership: A visceral approach
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016718518302616?via%3Dihub

Tokyo Bosai – A Manual for Disaster Preparedness
http://designmadeinjapan.com/magazine/graphic-design/tokyo-bosai-a-manual-for-disaster-preparedness/

‘Ensuring that key social media users have developed disaster communication strategies inclusive of Twitter seems important in aiding response to and recovery from natural disasters’
https://journals.lww.com/jphmp/Abstract/2019/09000/Examining_the_Role_of_Twitter_in_Response_and.18.aspx

 

Psychology and Disasters

The Influence of a Near-Miss Wildfire on Resident Risk Perceptions and Mitigation Behaviors
https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/close-but-no-cigar

Impact of repeat flooding on mental health and health-related quality of life: a cross-sectional analysis of the English National Study of Flooding and Health
https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/9/11/e031562

Flooding can have a profound effect on people’s mental health, and aspects of their health-related quality of life
http://www.hpruei.nihr.ac.uk/news/flooding-has-a-big-impact-on-peoples-mental-health/

What It Means to Evacuate
https://slate.com/human-interest/2019/11/california-wildfires-evacuation.html?utm_source=pocket-newtab

Making young minds resilient to disasters
https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/making-young-minds-resilient-to-disasters-2019102318037

 

Sociology and Disasters

Beyond the local – Exploring the socio-spatial patterns of translocal network capital and its role in household resilience in Northeast Thailand
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/336867393_Beyond_the_local_-_Exploring_the_socio-spatial_patterns_of_translocal_network_capital_and_its_role_in_household_resilience_in_Northeast_Thailand

Fires Take Disproportionate Toll on Low-Income and Immigrant Communities
https://www.kqed.org/forum/2010101874211/for-low-income-residents-fires-and-shutoffs-take-disproportionate-toll

Disasters, Development, and Social Capital: Understanding Economic Recovery After Earthquakes in Nepal
http://events.cornell.edu/event/disasters_development_and_social_capital_understanding_economic_recovery_after_earthquakes_in_nepal

Evaluation of the Impacts of Identity and Collective Memory on Social Resilience at Neighbourhood Level using Grounded Theory
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/337061655_Evaluation_of_the_Impacts_of_Identity_and_Collective_Memory_on_Social_Resilience_at_Neighborhood_Level_using_Grounded_Theory

 

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