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.

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