This Week in Disaster Resilience 15 February 2019

Recent emergencies/disaster

Massive flash floods hit Atacama desert, Chile
https://watchers.news/2019/02/08/massive-flooding-hits-atacama-desert-peru/

Deadly floods hit Fadhlan valley, Saudi Arabia
https://watchers.news/2019/02/10/deadly-floods-hit-fadhlan-valley-saudi-arabia/

Flooding, landslides kill at least eight in Peru and Chile
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/flooding-landslides-kill-peru-chile-190209085435131.html

New Zealand wildfire: Thousands of people evacuated near Nelson
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47187604

Dam bursts in West Java, causing deadly floods, Indonesia
https://watchers.news/2019/02/11/dam-bursts-in-west-java-causing-deadly-floods-indonesia/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Hailstorm destroys 150 homes, injures 40 people in 60 seconds, India
https://watchers.news/2019/02/10/hailstorm-destroys-150-homes-injures-40-people-in-60-seconds-india/

Floods continue to hit towns in southwest Iran
https://english.mojahedin.org/i/floods-continue-hit-towns-southwest-iran-021019

The 2019 Tasmanian Fires so far: what has burned and where?
https://firecentre.org.au/the-2019-tasmanian-fires-so-far-what-has-burned-and-where/

Major winter storm wallops central, eastern Canada
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-weather/major-winter-storm-wallops-central-eastern-canada-idUSKCN1Q12DPfeedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2Fenvironment+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Environment%29

Historic winter storm impacts Hawaii with massive waves, coastal flooding and rare snow
https://watchers.news/2019/02/11/historic-winter-storm-impacts-hawaii-with-massive-waves-coastal-flooding-and-rare-snow/

Up to 500,000 drought-stressed cattle killed in Queensland floods
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/11/up-to-500000-drought-stressed-cattle-killed-in-queensland-floods

Peru – Thousands Affected by Flooding and Landslides in Five Regions
http://floodlist.com/america/peru-flooding-landslides-5-regions-february-2019

Ecuador – Floods Affect Hundreds in Manabí Province
http://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-manabi-province-floods-february-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 14 Feb 2019: Etna volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Karangetang
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/75167/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-14-Feb-2019-Etna-volcano-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Shiveluch-Karangetang.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Coal miners derided climate action ‘sideshow’. Now it’s the main event
https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/coal-miners-derided-climate-action-sideshow-now-it-s-the-main-event-20190208-p50wmc.html

Lonely, unfit and hooked on air-conditioning – is this the summer of the future?
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/lonely-unfit-and-hooked-on-air-conditioning-is-this-the-summer-of-the-future-20190208-p50whm.html

Hurricanes are strengthening faster in the Atlantic, and climate change is a big reason why, scientists say
https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/02/07/hurricanes-are-strengthening-faster-atlantic-climate-change-is-big-reason-why-scientists-say/?utm_term=.d884f8282c9d

Recent increases in tropical cyclone intensification rates
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-08471-z

Floods, fire and drought: Australia, a country in the grip of extreme weather bingo
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/10/floods-fire-and-drought-australia-a-country-in-the-grip-of-extreme-weather-bingo?CMP=edit_2221

Ice melt in Greenland and Antarctica predicted to bring more frequent extreme weather
https://theconversation.com/ice-melt-in-greenland-and-antarctica-predicted-to-bring-more-frequent-extreme-weather-111082?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Rising seas: to keep humans safe, let nature shape the coast
https://theconversation.com/rising-seas-to-keep-humans-safe-let-nature-shape-the-coast-107837

Melting Himalayan glaciers: a big drop in a bucket that’s already full
https://theconversation.com/melting-himalayan-glaciers-a-big-drop-in-a-bucket-thats-already-full-111345?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Why Climate Change Messaging Must Evolve Beyond Noting Record-Breaking Temperatures
https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2019/02/08/so-what-its-warmer-climate-change-messaging-must-evolve-now/#5a3d9c796437

In the Himalayas, women are left behind in the changing climate
https://earthjournalism.net/stories/in-the-himalayas-women-are-left-behind-in-the-changing-climate

Arctic sea ice loss in the past linked to abrupt climate events
https://phys.org/news/2019-02-arctic-sea-ice-loss-linked.html

World can get on the 1.5 C path for about a quarter of the cost of current fossil fuel subsidies
https://catholicclimatemovement.global/world-can-get-on-the-1-5-c-path-for-about-a-quarter-of-the-cost-of-current-fossil-fuel-subsidies/

Coastal catastrophe looms larger as sea level forecasts creep upwards
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2192981-coastal-catastrophe-looms-larger-as-sea-level-forecasts-creep-upwards/#.XGCO2asAJbo.twitter

Ten years ago, climate adaptation research was gaining steam. Today, it’s gutted
https://theconversation.com/ten-years-ago-climate-adaptation-research-was-gaining-steam-today-its-gutted-111180

Six in ten Americans are now either “Alarmed” or “Concerned” about global warming. From 2013 to 2018, the proportion of “Alarmed” more than doubled
http://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/americans-are-increasingly-alarmed-about-global-warming/

Slowing climate change could reverse drying in the subtropics
https://theconversation.com/slowing-climate-change-could-reverse-drying-in-the-subtropics-111526?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Climate change is poised to deliver more Black Saturdays in decades to come
https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-poised-to-deliver-more-black-saturdays-in-decades-to-come-111064

Heading south: Warming to change how US cities feel in 2080
https://apnews.com/490bdd76a4114b178065b8a0e55d0ec7

Meet the scientist leading a tidal wave of climate change communication
https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-tech/meet-scientist-leading-tidal-wave-climate-change-communication

How Phoenix Is Working to Beat Urban Heat
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-phoenix-is-working-to-beat-urban-heat/?utm_campaign=RebelMouse&share_id=4392184&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=Daily+Climate

Research and insights from the Global Commission on Adaptation
https://gca.org/global-commission-on-adaptation/research

World Bank Group Announces $50 billion over Five Years for Climate Adaptation and Resilience
http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2019/01/15/world-bank-group-announces-50-billion-over-five-years-for-climate-adaptation-and-resilience?cid=CCG_TT_climatechange_EN_EXT

Australia’s bushfire survivors demand government action on climate change
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/australia-s-bushfire-survivors-demand-government-action-on-climate-change

The glaciers blanketing the high mountains of central Asia are smaller than we thought
https://earther.gizmodo.com/earths-third-pole-contains-less-ice-than-we-thought-1832563571?IR=T

Disaster Risk Reduction

Indonesia`s Disaster Risk Reduction Model Named Best Practice
https://en.tempo.co/read/1174086/indonesias-disaster-risk-reduction-model-named-best-practice

No disaster is natural
https://www.opendemocracy.net/transformation/jason-von-meding-djair-sergio-de-freitas-junior-and-ma-ra-irigaray/no-disaster-is-nat

Quake that battered ancient Rome is traced to its lair
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00480-8?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=organic&utm_campaign=NGMT_2_JAL_reshigh

Quantifying Flood Vulnerability Reduction via Private Precaution
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2018EF000994

Immediate steps for North Carolina policymakers to reduce flood risks and build resilience
http://blogs.edf.org/growingreturns/2019/02/11/north-carolina-hurricane-flood-policy/

Hurricane Maria: a first analysis of landsliding in Puerto Rico
https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2019/02/11/hurricane-maria/

Mississippi sues federal government over river flooding
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/mississippi-sues-federal-government-over-river-flooding/ar-BBTs25O?ocid=spartandhp

An earthquake lasted 50 days, but no one felt it. Here’s why
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/02/earthquake-lasted-50-days-no-one-felt-it-heres-why/

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

Pacific Gas & Electric vows to improve wildfire prevention
https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/pacific-gas-electric-vows-improve-wildfire-prevention-60899010

We are not doing nearly enough to prevent the impacts of bushfire
https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/we-are-not-doing-nearly-enough-to-prevent-the-impacts-of-bushfire-20190211-p50x0f.html

Ready or Not: Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism, 2019
https://www.tfah.org/report-details/ready-or-not-protecting-the-publics-health-from-diseases-disasters-and-bioterrorism-2019/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social_Paid&utm_campaign=2019_ReadyOrNot&utm_content=Fire

Unprecedented Risks, Unprecedented Foresight: A “Responsibility to Prepare” Strategy for the United States in 2020
https://climateandsecurity.org/2019/02/12/unprecedented-risks-unprecedented-foresight-a-responsibility-to-prepare-strategy-for-the-united-states-in-2020/

The worst natural disaster risks facing New Zealand
https://www.noted.co.nz/planet/new-zealand-natural-disaster-risks/?fbclid=IwAR2749YoDD3hknfwR0f_qiem0s_8ovGqaDoG6Z4GKQkdYZc6oAhDFwxWwww

Townsville floods demonstrate need for better disaster planning
https://www.policyforum.net/townsville-floods-demonstrate-need-for-better-disaster-planning/

How Flood and Fire Alter Landscape, Seen Through the Discerning Eye of Ground-based LIDAR
https://www.unavco.org/science/snapshots/environmental-hydrogeodesy/2019/rengers.html

Latest edition of Floodplain Manager newsletter
https://molinostewart.com.au/editorial/floodplain-manager-december-2018-january-2019/

Mt Taranaki’s explosive history has just been re-written. This is why it matters
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12203530

2D Modeling and Matrix Riprap Save Millions on Transportation Flood Recovery Projects
https://www.ayresassociates.com/2d-modeling-and-matrix-riprap-save-millions-on-transportation-flood-recovery-projects/

Resilient Chicago Strategy Release
http://100resilientcities.org/strategies/chicago/

The idea of an early warning system for the Pacific Northwest’s version of the “Big One” is gaining traction
https://earther.gizmodo.com/inside-the-plan-to-prepare-the-pacific-northwest-for-a-1832591821?IR=T

Emergency Management

Townsville flood inquiry announced
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/08/townsville-flood-queensland-announces-inquiry-as-up-to-300000-cattle-die?CMP=share_btn_tw

Queensland flood from space 
https://worldview.earthdata.nasa.gov/?p=geographic&l=MODIS_Aqua_CorrectedReflectance_TrueColor(hidden),MODIS_Terra_CorrectedReflectance_TrueColor,Coastlines&t=2019-02-11-T00%3A00%3A00Z&z=3&v=138.63899099840634,-18.515956345951427,141.6080066330488,-16.997870375619367

‘Now Is The Real Crisis’: Puerto Ricans Struggle For Disaster Aid
https://www.law360.com/access-to-justice/articles/1123340

North Queensland flood victims need banks and insurers to be ‘good corporate citizens’, Deputy Premier says
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-10/queensland-floods-banks-urged-to-be-good-corporate-citizens/10796944

New York City’s Sandy Rebuilding Program Was Plagued From the Start, Study Says
https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york-citys-sandy-rebuilding-program-was-plagued-from-the-start-study-says-11549933200

NGOs push to expel Brazil miner Vale from U.N. pact over dam disaster
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-vale-sa-disaster-ngo/ngos-push-to-expel-brazil-miner-vale-from-u-n-pact-over-dam-disaster-idUSKCN1Q12F3?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2Fenvironment+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Environment%29

State begins Townsville flood review
http://www.watercareer.com.au/news/state-begins-flood-review

Technology Used in Disaster Relief Saving More Lives Every Year
https://interestingengineering.com/technology-used-in-disaster-relief-saving-more-lives-every-year

2019 Tasmanian Fires: Impacts and Management Lessons
https://firecentre.org.au/2019-tasmanian-fires-impacts-and-management-lessons/

What is the Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment (CAUSE)?
https://www.nisconsortium.org/partner-highlights/736-2/

What happens when the next big California wildfire hits?
https://www.chicoer.com/2019/02/11/what-happens-when-the-next-big-wildfire-hits/

Two years after flood, displaced await delivery of government’s promises
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2019-02-13/two-years-after-flood-displaced-await-delivery-of-governments-promises.html

‘We’re not insured’: Townsville flood leaves policyholders stranded
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/14/were-not-insured-townsville-flood-leaves-policyholders-stranded

Resignation of FEMA Administrator Brock Long
https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2019/02/13/resignation-fema-administrator-brock-long

IBM program is funding and connecting innovative ways to deliver aid after natural disasters
https://www.fastcompany.com/90306086/ibm-is-putting-up-25-million-to-help-disaster-response-startups-scale

Disaster Education, Communications and Engagement

There’s no such thing as a ‘natural’ disaster…
https://www.nonaturaldisasters.com/

The New Ecology of Tornado Warning Information: A Natural Experiment Assessing Threat Intensity and Citizen‐to‐Citizen Information Sharing
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/331037538_The_New_Ecology_of_Tornado_Warning_Information_A_Natural_Experiment_Assessing_Threat_Intensity_and_Citizen-to-Citizen_Information_Sharing

Giving life to numbers: Communicating risk through art
http://blogs.worldbank.org/psd/giving-life-numbers-communicating-risk-through-art

Communicating about heatwaves: Risk perception, message fatigue, and threat normalisation
https://adelaide.figshare.com/articles/Communicating_about_heatwaves_Risk_perception_message_fatigue_and_threat_normalisation/7618403

Effective Education for Disaster Risk Reduction – Learning Matters
http://www.edu4drr.org/

Use of social media platforms by fire and rescue teams across the UK
https://www.prweek.com/article/1525534/exclusive-uk-fire-rescue-services-best-using-social-media?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn

5 things I didn’t know about flooding before I worked for the Environment Agency
https://environmentagency.blog.gov.uk/2018/02/19/5-things-i-didnt-know-about-flooding-before-i-worked-for-the-environment-agency/

GIS People’s app used to aid in Queensland floods
https://www.crn.com.au/news/gis-peoples-app-used-to-aid-in-queensland-floods-519257

Disaster Psychology

How Participation in Collective Action Changes Relationships, Behaviours, and Beliefs
https://jspp.psychopen.eu/article/view/903

Sociology and Disasters

Social capital and disasters: How does social capital shape post-disaster conditions in the Philippines?
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330727013_Social_capital_and_disasters_How_does_social_capital_shape_post-disaster_conditions_in_the_Philippines

Poor, elderly and too frail to escape: Paradise fire killed the most vulnerable residents
https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-camp-fire-seniors-mobile-home-deaths-20190209-htmlstory.html

Urban Poverty in the Wake of Environmental Disaster: Rehabilitation, Resilience and Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330973391_Urban_Poverty_in_the_Wake_of_Environmental_Disaster_Rehabilitation_Resilience_and_Typhoon_Haiyan_Yolanda

Nowhere to go in New Bern: Climate catastrophe spurs migrants in US South
https://www.dailyclimate.org/nowhere-to-go-in-new-bern-climate-catastrophe-spurs-migrants-in-us-south-2626611396.html

 

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Originally published here: This Week in Disaster Resilience 15 February 2019

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