The major devastating earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia is all over the news the last few weeks. And as if this wasn´t enough already, the vulcano Mount Soputan on Sulawesi island in Central Indonesia erupted days after the earthquake and tsunami. These disasters – and the continuing record of global temperatures – has again brought the attention to the growing field of climate change attribution, and the relation between climate change and extreme weather events.
On September 28, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi Province on Sulawesi Island, resulting in at least 1,400 deaths, severely injuring nearly 800 people, displacing at least 61,860 individuals, and damaging approximately 65,700 homes. The earthquake and tsunami damaged critical infrastructure, particularly in Sulawesi Province’s capital city of Palu and nearby Donggala Regency, and caused hundreds of thousands of people to lose power and access to telecommunications networks. The disaster follows a series of earthquakes that affected Indonesia’s Lombok and Sumbawa islands, resulting in nearly 500 deaths, damaging approximately 85,000 houses, and displacing an estimated 435,000 people. In response, the Government of Indonesia has conducted search-and-rescue operations, damage assessments in Lombok, Sulawesi, and Sumbawa and also requested for international aid and assistance.
The Peace Palace Library has created a bibliographic overview on natural disasters and climate change, intended as a starting point for research. It provides materials available in the Peace Palace Library catalogue, both in print and electronic format. Handbooks, leading articles, bibliographies, periodicals, serial publications and documents of interest are presented.
A selection of relevant publications from the Peace Palace Library collection
- Duyck, S., Jodoin, S. and A. Johl (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Human Rights and Climate Governance, Abingdon, Oxon, New York, Routledge, 2018.
- Foreman, J.(ed.), Developments in Environmental Regulation : Risk Based Regulation in the UK and Europe, Cham, Switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
- McLeman, R. and F. Gemenne (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Environmental Displacement and Migration, Abingdon, Oxon, New York, Routledge, 2018.
- Kelman, I., Mercer, J. and JC Gaillard (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Disaster Risk Reduction Including Climate Change Adaptation, London, New York, NY, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.
- Jodoin, S., Forest Preservation in a Changing Climate : REDD+ and Indigenous and Community Rights in Indonesia and Tanzania, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Cambridge University Press, 2017.
- Mayer, B. and F. Crépeau, Research Handbook on Climate Change, Migration and the Law, Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017.
- Sudmeier-Rieux, K., Fernández, M., Penna, I.M. (eds.), Identifying Emerging Issues in Disaster Risk Reduction, Migration, Climate Change and Sustainable Development: Shaping Debates and Policies, Cham, Springer, 2016 (e–book).
- Butt, S., Climate change and Forest Governance : Lessons from Indonesia, Abingdon, Oxon, New York, Routledge, 2015.
- Lyster, R., Climate Justice and Disaster Law, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2015.
- Faure, M. and A. Wibisana (eds.), Regulating Disasters, Climate Change and Environmental Harm : Lessons from the Indonesian experience, Cheltenham, Elgar, 2013.