New books, reports and articles in the library

January 2023



Subjects

Fire incidents - Australian

Emergency Management

Leadership and Management

Fire incidents - International

Remote Sensing  

Mental Health

Firefighting

Meteorology/Climate Change

Fire management

Community Engagement  

Learning/Professional Development

Fire Investigation

Aviation

Safety and Health 

Fire Behaviour

Natural Environment

Volunteer Management 

Prescribed burning

Rural Life 

 General 



Fire incidents - Australia

The fires next time : understanding Australia's Black Summer (Book)
Edited by Peter Christoff, 2023

Highly recommended by our members! The Black Summer fires burned more than 24 million hectares of Australia's southern and eastern forests - one of the largest areas burnt anywhere on Earth in a single event. The fires killed 33 people and 430 more died as an indirect consequence and they caused unfathomable harm to native species. Their economic ramifications were extensive and enduring State and federal governments and communities were under-prepared for that inferno and its many impacts. Yet global warming is increasing the likelihood of such events. The Fires Next Time offers a comprehensive assessment of the Black Summer fires. Its contributors analyse the event from many vantage points and disciplines - historical, climate scientific, ecological, economic, and political. They assess its impact. Yet global warming is increasing the likelihood of such events. Contributors include Sophie Aitken, Danielle Celermajer, Andrew Dowdy, Robyn Eckersley, Michael-Shawn Fletcher, Tom Griffiths, Michael Grose, Pham Van Ha, David Karoly, Rod Keenan, Andrew King, Tom Kompas, Christine Li, Greg Mullins, Stephen Pyne, Libby Rumpff, David Schlosberg, Kevin Tolhurst, Sotiris Vardoulakis, Iain Walker and Brendan Wintle.

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Associations between Australian climate drivers and extreme weekly fire danger (Journal article)
International Journal of Wildland Fire, December 2023

This paper explores the relationships between the major forces influencing Australian weather and climate, and the chance of severe fire seasons. The findings could be valuable in decision making and preparation for upcoming fire seasons to avoid more seasons with devastating outcomes such as the 2019–2020 Black Summer.

Use this CSIRO link to read the article online.

State Bush Fire Plan – 2023
NSW Rural Fire Service, 2023

The State Bush Fire Plan is a Sub Plan of the State Emergency Management Plan (EMPLAN) which details control and coordination arrangements for prevention of, preparation for, response to, and initial recovery from, significant bush fire activity in New South Wales. The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) initiated a review of the plan in December 2022 given the review cycle and introduction of the new Australian Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS). The 2023 State Bush Fire Plan was released in September.

Use this link to download the State Bush Fire Plan.


Fire incidents - International


What we learned about wildfires in 2023
(Blog article)
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, 29 December 2023

The PreventionWeb editors offers 5 key learnings they picked up about wildfires in 2023.

Use this PreventionWeb link to read this short article online.

The summer Canada burned : the wildfire season that shocked the world (Book)
By Monica Zurowski, 2023

The Summer Canada Burned tells the dramatic story of Canada’s wildfires in 2023--a story that provides a case study of the changing climate and its impacts on our environment. It reflects evolving attitudes about approaches to wildfires and the role all people can play in prevention. Most importantly, however, the story of Canada’s wildfires is a story of loss and of survival.

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Pyrocene park: a journey into the fire history of Yosemite National Park (Book)
By Stephen Pyne, 2023

"The book is a fire history of Yosemite National Park. It's a story of the role of fire in shaping the park and the human dramas within it, and the evolution of fire management philosophy as generations of stewards attempt to reconcile disparate ideas of wilderness and control in an iconic landscape. The major argument of the manuscript follows that wildfire has a long history within the Park and that historic human intervention into that fire has complicated the relationship greatly. Also, that the story is still evolving and has an uncertain future.

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Wildland-urban fire disasters aren’t actually a wildfire problem (Journal opinion article)
PNAS, December 2023

2023 Hawaii fires, Marshall Fire 2021 in Colorado, Camp Fire 2018 in California. These fire disasters burned in vastly different environments. But all had human causes, were near communities, occurred during extreme wind events, then inflicted their damage as urban conflagrations. Society largely regards the wildfire problem as the destruction of human communities. Collectively, disaster fires, such as those mentioned here, have been lumped into a category of wildland–urban interface fires. These problem fires were defined as an issue of wildfires that involved houses. In reality, they are urban fires initiated by wildfires. 

Use this PNAS link to read the article online.

Climate change will increase wildfire risk and lengthen fire seasons (ScienceDaily article)
US Desert Research Institute, 8 December 2023

Researchers from DRI, Argonne National Laboratory, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teamed up to assess future fire risk. They looked at the four fire danger indices used across North America to predict and manage the risk of wildfire to see how the risk correlated with observed wildfire size between 1984 and 2019. By plugging the fire danger indices into future climate projections, the study found that extreme wildfire risk will increase by an average of 10 days across the continental U.S. by the end of the century, driven largely by increased temperatures.

Use this ScienceDirect link to read the article online. The related journal article Performance of Fire Danger Indices and Their Utility in Predicting Future Wildfire Danger Over the Conterminous United States from “Earth’s Future” can be read online here.


Wildfires increasing across Eastern U.S. (ScienceDaily article)
University of Florida, December 2023

Researchers examined 36 years of wildfire data in the eastern United States, focusing on fires that burned large areas. The overall trend for the region showed an increase in fire size, frequency, and shifts in seasonality and highlights a need for proactive management and individual preparedness for those living in this populous part of the country.  

Use this ScienceDirect link to read the article online.

Mapping wildfire hazard, vulnerability, and risk to Canadian communities (Journal article)
International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, February 2024

The recent catastrophic fire seasons have highlighted the threat that wildfires can pose to human communities. Identifying areas at higher fire risk is therefore crucial in order to mitigate the impacts of wildfires on society. This study presents a standardised method for a nationwide wildfire risk assessment, focusing on buildings and populations. 

Use this ScienceDirect link to read the article online.

Analyzing Risk Perception, Evacuation Decision and Delay Time: A Case Study of the 2021 Marshall Fire in Colorado (Journal article)
Travel Behaviour and Society, April 2024

The 2021 Marshall fire forced the evacuation of over 30,000 people in Boulder, Jefferson and Adams Counties in Colorado, US. To improve the authors’ understanding of wildfire evacuation response, we surveyed individuals affected by the Marshall fire to analyse their evacuation decisions and resulting behaviour.

Use this ScienceDirect link to read the article online.


International Journal of Wildland Fire

International Journal of Wildland Fire - now open access!

For over 30 years, the IJWF has been published monthly by CSIRO on behalf of the International Association of Wildland Fire. It publishes articles on basic and applied aspects of wildland fire science including, but not confined to, ecological impact, modelling fire and its effects, and management of fire.

The IJWF has always been subscripiton-based, requiring a fee to access articles. However, from January this year, the journal has become open access and free to read online. Print copies will no longer be printed.

Use this CSIRO link to read the latest and archived articles online.

 

Inflamed : abandonment, heroism, and outrage in Wine Country's deadliest firestorm (Book)
By Anne Belden and Paul Gullixson, 2023.

Just after midnight in October 2017, as one of the nation’s deadliest and most destructive firestorms swept over California’s Wine Country, hundreds of elderly residents from two senior living facilities were caught in its path. The rescue of the final 105 seniors left behind on an inflamed hillside depended not on employees, but strangers. This book details what happened to these seniors, employees, and rescuers before, during, and after the Tubbs Fire. Anne Belden and Paul Gullixson are professional journalists and Sonoma County residents who spent three years recording each phase of the disaster in agonizing detail—from the botched evacuation and its excruciating aftermath to the investigations, lawsuits, and breakdowns that followed.

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Wildfire Risk Maps Haven’t Kept Up with Wildfire Risks (US Magazine article)
Scientific American, January 2024

The past decade has seen some of the most destructive wildfire seasons in U.S. history, including 2017 and 2020 when blazes torched more than 10 million acres both years. Scientists say weather extremes made worse by global warming will only increase the risk of wildfires — a danger that is compounded by the growing number of U.S. residents who live in wildfire-prone regions. States in recent years have struggled to keep pace with the changes. And many states haven’t dedicated enough — if any — consistent funding to keep the tools up to date.

Use this Scientific American link to read the article online.


Firefighting

 

Methodologies for quantitatively comparing the effectiveness of chemical retardants for direct and indirect wildfire suppression using a combustion wind tunnel (Journal article)
Fire Safety Journal, February 2024

Retardant chemicals are often used during wildfire fighting operations where they are primarily dropped from an aircraft onto unburned fuels in a fire's path. While there are established laboratory methods used to determine retarding effectiveness capacity relative to a standard, there are no specific methods for comparing the effectiveness of different retardant formulations in different operational applications. This paper develops four methodologies to assess and compare retardant effectiveness in a variety of tactical uses including retarding durability and effectiveness at different application depths.

Use this ScienceDirect link to read the article online.

 

Fire Management


A fast, physically based model of firebrand transport by bushfire plumes
(Journal article)
Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, February 2024

Spotfires are a major problem in bushfire management, greatly complicate suppression efforts, and contribute to fires breaking control lines. Firebrands are often implicated in structure loss, and in extreme circumstances have been observed to ignite new fires over 30 km ahead of the parent fire. Existing prediction techniques do not accommodate the problem of such long-range spotting, and the meteorological and fire conditions that lead to such events are not well understood. We present a computationally inexpensive, physically based model of ember transport within bushfire plumes

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Fire Behaviour

Initial attack success models Victoria (Pyropage Bulletin)
CSIRO, December 2023

Fires that escape initial attack tend to cause the greatest impacts and cost the most to put out. Rapid identification of fires with the potential to escape initial suppression efforts will aid early warnings to the public and prompt planning for large fire containment. A dataset compiled from 17 years of Victorian fire incidents, along with associated weather and geographic data, was used to develop improved models of initial attack success. The models use information available when a new fire is reported, such as fire location, prevailing weather, suppression resource travel speeds, and fuel type and are more robust and applicable than previous efforts.

Use this CSIRO PyroPage link to read the bulletin online.

Prescribed burning

Reforms needed to expand prescribed burns
(ScienceDaily article)
University of California, November 2023

A paper from the University of California, Davis, pinpoints those obstacles and suggests four key strategies that policymakers and land managers can take to get more "good fire" on the ground in North America's fire-adapted ecosystems. The paper also provides examples of how people are surmounting some of these obstacles.

Use this ScienceDirect link to read the article online.

The related journal article Overcoming obstacles to prescribed fire in the North American Mediterranean climate zone from “Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment” can be read online here.

 

Fire Investigation

New perspectives on arson and firesetting : the human-fire use relationship (Book)
By Faye. K. Horsley, 2022

This is the first forensic text to move away from a sole focus on anti-social fire setting. The author presents a broader investigation of the role of fire in human life with a view to informing research and practice. This book examines the evolutionary, psychological and social significance of fire. Drawing on interdisciplinary literature and original research data, it challenges the existing understanding of arson and fire setting. 

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The path of flames : understanding and responding to fatal wildfires (Book)
CRC Press, 2024

This edited volume covers the complexities of response and recovery issues relative to catastrophic wildfires. While covering wildfire dynamics, vulnerable populations risks, and the emergency response to wildfires, this book focuses largely on the recovery of human remains within the context of the overall response to mass disasters resultant from wildfires. As such, search protocols, staffing needs, pre-event coordination and organisation, and logistical support are addressed. The scientific basis for understanding how fire will affect human remains- as well as how the level of destruction can be interpreted is also addressed Recognising the multi-disciplinary nature of the field, this volume covers forensic issues relating to the recovery of remains, forensic anthropology, DNA analysis, forensic odontology, and forensic pathology. The book also includes contributions from international wildfire response professionals looking at global best practices in wildfire response and human remains recovery efforts. Specifically, several chapters cover the lessons learned from the devasting Camp Fire of 2018 in California that led to the deaths of 85 people.

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Learning and Professional Development

Hidden potential : the science of achieving greater things (Book)
By Adam Grant, 2023

"The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again illuminates how we can elevate ourselves and others to unexpected heights. We live in a world that's obsessed with talent. However, when opportunity doesn't knock, there are ways to build a door. Hidden Potential offers a new framework for reaching aspirations and exceeding expectations. What matters most is not how hard we work, but how well we learn.

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What's amiss with your measurement and evaluation approach (Journal article)
TD: Talent Development, January 2023.

The article discusses the importance of distinguishing between strategy and tactics in the field of learning and development (L&D) when measuring and evaluating learning outcomes. It emphasizes that learning evaluation models, such as Kirkpatrick's four levels of evaluation, are tactics rather than strategies. The author introduces the hypothesis framework as a tool to create a clear strategy for measuring and evaluating learning initiatives. 

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Emergency Management

Under fire and under water : wildfire, flooding, and the fight for climate resilience in the American West (Book)
By Bruce Cain, 2023

Extreme weather in the wake of climate change threatens to turn the American West into a region hostile to human habitation. As Bruce Cain suggests in this timely book, the unique complex of politics, technology, and logistics that once won the West must be rethought and reconfigured to win it anew in the face of a widespread accelerating threat. The challenges posed by increasingly extreme weather in the West are complicated by the region's history, the deliberate fractiousness of the American political system, and the idiosyncrasies of human behaviour - all of which Cain considers, separately and together, in Under Fire and Under Water. He analyses how, in spite of coastal flooding and spreading wildfires, people continue to move into, and even rebuild in, risky areas; how local communities are slow to take protective measures; and how individual beliefs, past adaptation practices and infrastructure, and complex governing arrangements across jurisdictions combine to flout real progress.

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Australia's Riskscape (Report)
Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience, December 2023

This report is a companion piece to the Major Incidents Report 2022–23, drawing upon some of these findings. Using the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) societal, economic, environmental, geopolitical, technological risk categories, and their global risk projections for 2022, a range of factors were identified as potentially having an influence on an individual’s, organisation's or community’s resilience or their capacity to take action and manage disruption to their lives or functions

Use this AIDR link to read the report online.

The AIDR Major Incidents Report 2022–23 can be found online here


Disaster response and recovery : strategies and tactics for resilience (Book)
By David A. McEntire, 2022

This volume provides a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of the latest management and organisational research related to risk, crisis, and emergency management. It is the first volume to present these separate, but related, disciplines together. Combined with a distinctly social and organisational science approach to the topics (as opposed to engineering or financial economics), the research presented here strengthens the intellectual foundations of the discipline while contributing to the development of the field. 

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Critical decision making : point-to-point leadership in fire and emergency services (Book)
Michael Barakay, 2018

By nature, competent decisions by emergency responders are challenging because incidents are fluid and dynamic. In Critical Decision Making, Chief Michael Barakey gives emergency first responders the tools to succeed on every incident where they make critical decisions and mitigate incidents daily under stress. This book reviews cases to identify common incident elements that hinder quality decision making, and it introduces point-to-point leadership, a systematic approach to making critical decisions from the time responders are alerted to an incident to its resolution.

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Strategic risk and crisis management : a handbook for modelling and managing complex risks (Book)
By David Rubens, 2023

From natural disasters to cyber-attacks to global pandemics, the modern risk environment is highly complex and challenges our fundamental understanding of risk and crisis management. All senior risk and crisis managers face a similar challenge: maximising their organisation's ability to prepare for a potential high-impact event. Blending practical insights with rigorous research, Strategic Risk and Crisis Management provides a range of realistic solutions for any operational environment. It also includes material on leadership, sense-making, resilience, wicked problems and the challenges of global urban resilience, as well as case studies with detailed analysis of organisational failures and the lessons learned, including COVID-19, the WannaCry attack, the Texas snowstorm, and the Gatwick Airport Drone Incident.

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Routledge companion to risk, crisis and emergency management (Book)
Edited by Robert Gephart, et. al, 2022

This volume provides a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of the latest management and organisational research related to risk, crisis, and emergency management. It is the first volume to present these separate, but related, disciplines together. Combined with a distinctly social and organisational science approach to the topics (as opposed to engineering or financial economics), the research presented here strengthens the intellectual foundations of the discipline while contributing to the development of the field. 

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Emerging voices in natural hazards research (Book)
Edited by Fernando Rivera, 2019

This book is a consolidation of the most pressing issues in natural hazards research by new professionals. The book begins with an overview of emerging research on natural hazards, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, sea-level rise, global warming, climate change, and tornadoes, among others. Remaining sections include topics such as socially vulnerable populations and the cycles of emergency management.

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The global risks report 2024: 19th edition (Report)
World Economic Forum, January 2024

The Global Risks Report explores some of the most severe risks we may face over the next decade, against a backdrop of rapid technological change, economic uncertainty, a warming planet and conflict. As cooperation comes under pressure, weakened economies and societies may only require the smallest shock to edge past the tipping point of resilience. 

Use this WEF link to read the report online.

Global water monitor 2023: Summary report (Report)
Global Water Monitor, January 2024

The Global Water Monitor provides free, rapid and global information on climate and water resources. This summary report contains information on rainfall, air temperature, humidity, soil and groundwater conditions, vegetation access to water, river flows, flooding, and lake volumes in 2023. Trends in the water cycle and some of the most important hydrological events of 2023 are interpreted and discussed.

Use this Global Water link to read the report online. Read The Conversation article "How 2023’s record heat worsened droughts, floods and bushfires around the world" by ANU researcher Albert Van Dijk relating to this report online here.

Remote Sensing

Dealing with disasters : GIS for emergency management (Book)
ESRI Press, 2021.

Agencies around the world rely on geographic information systems (GIS) every day to plan for and mitigate complicated threats and hazards and coordinate emergency response and recovery efforts. This book explores a collection of real-life case studies about emergency management agencies successfully using GIS for real and potential hazards. Each of the three themed parts also includes a "how to get started" section that provides ideas, strategies, tools, and actions to help jump-start your own use of GIS for emergency management, and an index organized by disaster type allows you to quickly learn or refresh yourself on GIS implementation.

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Volunteer Management

Transforming disruption to impact : rethinking volunteer engagement for a rapidly changing world (Book)
Edited by Doug Bolton, et al., 2022

For generations, engaging volunteers has been a vital strategy for communities to solve problems, but the events of 2020 disrupted how people work and volunteer. COVID-19 pandemic restricted traditional volunteering. While many organisations put their engagement strategies on hold, others saw the dramatic increase in demand for services, the increased spotlight on racial injustices, and the opportunities that technology offers. Instead of hibernating, these forward-thinkers actively adapted to engage community members.

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Community Engagement

We can’t rely on the ‘dogs breakfast’ of disaster warnings to do the hard work of building community resilience (News article)
The Conversation, 18 January 2024

For both emergency warnings, as well as for general awareness-raising around disaster preparedness, one-way communications are the default in risk management. This reliance on communications is wishful thinking. Whether as text messages and alerts when disasters strike, or as pamphlets and expert advice to encourage preparedness, we need to rethink how we use communications if we want more resilient communities

Use The Conversation link to read the article online.


Advancing disaster risk communications (Journal article)
Earth-Science Reviews, February 2024

Effective communication of disaster threats to decision makers and at-risk communities is a growing challenge in a people-centred approach to disaster risk reduction. Traditional communication approaches tend to involve either top-down risk management practices or bottom-up community health and education practices. But an alternative blended approach emerges from the academic realm of science communication.

Use this ScienceDirect link to read the article online.

Natural Environment

Invasive grasses are worsening bushfires across Australia’s drylands (News article)
The Conversation, 21 December 2023

Over the past few years, more rain than usual has fallen over vast regions of Australia’s rangelands, the arid and semi-arid regions that account for most of our land mass. These rains have triggered an enormous boom in native grasses. But it’s also boom time for introduced species such as buffel grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) in the deserts, and Gamba grass (Andropogon Gayanus) in the savannas. These fast-growing grasses have outcompeted native grasses in many areas. As they dry out, they become fuel for grass fires. Fuel loads have become extreme, especially in areas where invasive grasses are abundant. 
Use The Conversation link to read the article online.


Wildfires also impact aquatic ecosystems (ScienceDaily article)
University of California, 13 December 2023

While studies have analysed impacts on land, new research from the University of California San Diego and other institutions indicates that aquatic ecosystems are also undergoing rapid changes as a result of wildfires. Many normally functioning lake and pond ecosystems tend to emit more carbon dioxide than they absorb since they receive carbon into their system from neighbouring sources. The new study showed that this relationship could change with the increased input of burned wildfire materials. The study found that ponds receiving burned materials had overall less carbon dioxide emissions relative to unburned material, indicating a shift toward greater carbon storage.

Use this ScienceDirect link to read the article online.

Orchids of Central Western NSW : a photographic guide to orchid identification, biology, ecology, pollination and conservation (Book)
By Colin Bower and Richard Medd, 2023

This book is the first comprehensive guide to the native orchids of Central Western NSW. One hundred and thirty seven species and three hybrids are described and illustrated with high quality photographs for ease of identification. Few residents of Central Western NSW are aware of the rich native orchid diversity on their doorsteps. This book provides a guide to the species in the region; showing how to identify them, and when and where to observe them. 

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Rural Life

Sydney Royal : celebrating 200 years of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (Book)
By Gavin Fry, 2021

The book not only tells the history of the RAS, it is also a visual kaleidoscope of the Society's many-sided activities and the vital roles it has played in the economy and culture of our state. The myriad features of the annual show are covered with documentary photographs featuring woodchopping, horses, cattle, sheep, poultry, as well as the ever-popular displays of art, flowers, wine and food, sideshow alley and the ubiquitous showbags.

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Meteorology and Climate Change

Atlas of Disaster (US Report)
Rebuild by Design, 2023

Rebuild by Design, working with engineers, researchers, finance experts, data managers, and volunteers, identified, analysed, and synthesised different data sets and ideas into an accessible compendium of US county-by-county climate impacts. The report connects the dots between the initial effects of climate hazards and the longer-term outcomes

Use this Rebuild by Design link to open the final report and individual US county reports.

Mental Health

The burnout challenge : managing people's relationships with their jobs (Book)
By Christina Maslach and Michael P. Leiter, 2022

Experts estimate that more than $500 billion and 550 million workhours are lost annually to on-the-job stress, much of it caused by dysfunctional work environments. Burnout is among the most significant on-the-job hazards facing workers today. It is also among the most misunderstood. Burnout needs to be managed by the workplace. This book shows how organisations can change to promote sustainable productivity. It provides useful tools for identifying the signs of employee burnout, and advises managers on assembling and interpreting worker self-evaluation surveys, which can reveal workplace problems and potential solutions. 

Contact the library to borrow this book. This book is also available to read online in our eBook collection. 

The devil you knew : the myths around depression, and why your best days are ahead of you (Book)
By Prof. Ian Hickie, 2023

The Devil You Knew explores the spectre of depression - what it is, where it comes from and the common myths and misconceptions surrounding it - so we can find our unique path to healing and live fulfilling lives on our own terms. Informed by internationally renowned psychiatrist Ian Hickie's 35 years of clinical experience and extensive case studies, The Devil You Knew explores the inner workings of the depressed mind and the myriad influences - environmental, physiological, social - to guide us towards the right diagnosis and offer pathways to healing. Useful tips on what to do and how to get better health care abound. Along the way he dispels some of those common fears and myths that keep people in need away from the best possible care.

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Mental health and our changing climate children and youth report 2023 (US Report)
American Psychological Association, January 2024

The intention of this report is to provide an overview of the intersection of climate change and children’s and youth’s mental health. The report aims to offer a synopsis of both impacts and responses, translating peer-reviewed research, agency reports, and other primary sources to help empower a wider audience with useful insights and guidance. While this report dives into the impacts of climate change on children’s and youth’s mental health and describe potential responses, it’s also important to acknowledge that the topic is complex, and more research needs to be done to fully understand this critical issue. 

Use this ECOAmerica link to read the report online.

Authentic happiness (Book)
By Martin Seligman, 2011

From the author of the international bestseller, Learned Optimism, comes a ground-breaking look at the nature of happiness and how everyone has the power to inject real joy into their lives. Martin E. Seligman is the international leader of the Positive Psychology Movement. Authentic Happiness represents the first time any scientist has placed value in the study not only of mental illness, but of 'mental wellness.' It's not about curing one's ills, but about exercising one's strengths and virtues in order to achieve what Seligman terms 'authentic happiness.'

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Aviation

Mudslingers : a true story of aerial firefighting (Book)
By Tim Sheehy, 2023

Blending historical context and first-person narrative, Mudslingers tells the dramatic and colourful story of aerial firefighting in America, as seen through the eyes of a decorated former Navy SEAL, US Naval Academy graduate, firefighting pilot, and businessman who founded Montana-based Bridger Aerospace. Part narrative nonfiction, part memoir, Mudslingers is a riveting account of one person's journey from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq to the front lines of a different but no less important battle on the home front--the war against the escalating threat of wildfire.

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Safety and Health

Community education on the health impacts of bushfires: Evaluation of an online pilot short course in Tasmania, Australia (Journal article)
International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, February 2024

Bushfires and smoke pose substantial risks to physical and mental health across exposed populations. Enhanced community-level knowledge and response capability may promote exposure reduction and therefore protect health, however few interventions exist to achieve this goal. The authors developed an online short course, ‘Bushfires and Your Health’, and piloted it with older adults as a vulnerable group. We evaluated course satisfaction, factors associated with course enrolment and completion, the likelihood of increased bushfire knowledge and response capability, and the likelihood of participants undertaking risk-mitigating or health-promoting actions.

Use this ScienceDirect link to read the article online.


Cancer Moonshot (US Journal article)
NFPA Journal, December 2023

Data presented at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in France last year declared “Occupational exposure as a firefighter causes cancer”. As a result, the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) launched an ambitious, decades-long project that goes farther than any previous study in trying to find those answers. As part of its National Firefighter Registry for Cancer (NFR), the agency hopes to enlist at least 200,000 firefighters to share their work and exposure histories on the job. This article is an interview with Dr. Kenny Fent, an industrial hygienist who has spent 15 years researching ways to lessen and control firefighters’ exposure to carcinogens, and is the team lead at NIOSH overseeing the cancer registry.

Use this NFPA link to read the article online. More information about the US National Firefighter Registry (NFR) for Cancer can be found online here.


The 10:10 plan : your ideal weight the healthy way (Book)
Sarah di Lorenzo, 2023

A 10-week meal and exercise plan aimed at helping you lose weight and keep it off in the healthiest way possible, from Australia's favourite clinical nutritionist Sarah Di Lorenzo. Now with a bonus chapter on how to fit the 10:10 plan into your everyday life along with brand new recipes created by the 10:10 community, The 10:10 Plan will have you feeling healthier than ever

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Catering for a family or a brigade and need some inspiration - more books on planning and cooking meals in our collection are listed here.

Climate change, wildfires, and human health (EU Policy Brief)
ENBEL, January 2024

Wildfires and air pollution related to wildfire smoke have an impact on our health. In this policy brief, ENBEL, a European project aimed at connecting health and climate change research, summarises new evidence on how climate change will increase the health risks from wildfires across the world. Wildfire pollutants are highly toxic and contribute to respiratory, cardiovascular, and pregnancy-related health effects, increasing premature deaths. In the last two decades, exposure to wildfire particulate matter (PM2.5) increased by 60% globally, and by 40% over Europe. Since smoke from wildfires can be transported over long distances, fires can affect large populations, also at long distances from its source. 

Use this ENBEL link to read the article online.



Leadership and Management

The wisdom of the bullfrog : leadership made simple (but not easy) (Book)
By William McRaven, 2023

From the acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Make Your Bed. When McRaven retired in 2014, he had 37 years as a Navy SEAL under his belt, including takingcharge of the United States Special Operations Command.  He had leding men and women at every level of the special operations community. In the ensuing four years, he served as Chancellor to the entire University of Texas System.
During those four decades, Admiral McRaven dealt with every conceivable leadership challenge, from commanding combat operations—including the capture of Saddam Hussein, the rescue of Captain Phillips, and the raid for Osama bin Laden. 
His latest book draws on these and countless other experiences including crisis situations, management debates, organisational transitions, and ethical dilemmas.

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Transform with design : creating new innovation capabilities with design thinking (Book)
University of Toronto Press, 2023

Design thinking is widely recognised as an alternative approach to innovation, but it can be challenging to implement, often conflicting with organisational structures, cultures, and processes. Transform with Design presents examples of creative organisations across industries and geographies, and recounts the stories of how they adapted design thinking to build their innovation capabilities. Written by leading industry experts and design thinking scholars, the book features ten anecdotal experiences by professionals who detail the implementation of design thinking as it unfolded for them. 

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Human after all : cognitive biases and crisis management (Journal article)
Crisis Response Journal, Vol 18, no 4, 2023.

Much of professional decision-making is based on ideas of rationality, logic, and the optimisation of outcomes for maximum gain and efficiency. A key learning point from studies on behavioural insights and cognitive biases is that people are not always rational creatures, and that perceptions of control and rationality are often comforting illusions. This is important for crisis management when thinking about how people will behave under duress and uncertainty

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Toxic at work : surviving your psychopathic workmates, from the dominant bullies to the charming manipulators (Book)
By David Gillespie, 2023

Most bullies are psychopaths, but not all psychopaths look like bullies. Research tells us that one in twenty people have no empathy. Empathy is the human ingredient that enables trust, forges bonds and allows teams to work and workplaces to thrive. The psychopath is not interested in cooperative effort but in individual power and glory - and they will stomp on anyone who gets in their way, destroying careers, teams and, sometimes, organisations. Using research and stories drawn from history, politics, sports and business, Gillespie explains how workplace psychopaths - from bosses to clients, colleagues and customers - see the world, and highlights their devastating impact on workplaces.

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A 90-Day Leadership Assimilation Plan (Journal article)
TD: Talent Development, January, 2023.

This article discusses the importance of a 90-day leadership assimilation plan for new leaders in organizations. It emphasizes the need for a strong partnership between the talent development team and hiring managers to support the success of new leaders. The article outlines a 10-point plan.

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Positive communication for leaders : proven strategies for inspiring unity and effecting change (Book)
By Julien Mirivel, Alexander Lyon., 2023

Drawing on decades of research in the fields of communication and leadership and combined experience consulting and training leaders across many professions, Mirivel and Lyon offer concrete practices and strategies to do what feels impossible: to lead effectively, create community, and inspire positive change. Each chapter is built around a core skill that leaders must master. This book shows how to make time and space for quality connections and how to build better relationships. It is a must-have resource for new and experienced leaders alike.

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HBR's 10 must reads 2023 : the definitive management ideas of the year from Harvard Business Review (Book)
Harvard Business Review Press, 2022

Discover new ideas and sample the latest thinking of our vast array of management experts. Revisit these topics now to make sure your organisation is incorporating the best, most up-to-date practices. The collection includes articles on leadership, diversity, and strategy, as well as articles that will help you manage yourself and others.

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Culture and reputation: Where your next crisis will be (Journal article)
Crisis Response Journal, Vol 18, no 4, 2023.

Reputation and the culture of organisations are now under the spotlight in a way that hasn’t been seen before. It is no longer enough to have structures, plans, policies, and processes that can deal with those external crises. Businesses that are going to be crisis-ready have to be able to manage internal challenges and reputational crises effectively. And reputational crises are where communication has to be front and centre, driving the response. In the past five years, the way organisations run, how they treat their employees, and the values and behaviour of those within them have come under scrutiny.

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Right story, wrong story (Book)
By Tyson Yunkaporta, 2023.

Sand Talk, Tyson Yunkaporta’s bestselling debut, cast an Indigenous lens on contemporary society. Right Story, Wrong Story extends Yunkaporta’s explorations of how we can learn from Indigenous thinking. Along the way, he talks to a range of people including liberal economists, memorisation experts, Frisian ecologists, and Elders who are wood carvers, mathematicians and storytellers. Right Story, Wrong Story describes how our relationship with land is inseparable from how we relate to each other. 

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True tracks : respecting indigenous knowledge and culture (Book)
By Terri Janke, 2021

True Tracks paves the way for the respectful and ethical engagement with Indigenous knowledges and cultures. Using real-world cases and personal stories, Meriam/Wuthathi lawyer Dr Terri Janke draws on twenty years of professional experience to inform and inspire people working across many industries -- from art and architecture, to film and publishing, dance, science and tourism. What Indigenous materials and knowledge are you using? How will your project affect and involve Indigenous communities? Are your sharing your profits with those communities? True Tracks helps answer these questions and provides invaluable guidelines. 

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A woman of force : the true story of Deborah Wallace, the cop known as the gangbuster (Book)
By Mark Morri, 2020

The police force can be a tough place for a woman, but Detective Superintendent Deborah Wallace rose to the top with grace, humour and an iconic sense of style. In her incredible 36-year career with NSW Police, Wallace took on murderers and drug suppliers, and dismantled the state's most nefarious gangs. Tenacious, perceptive and sharp, Wallace commanded a range of police crime squads, bringing order to the wild west of 1990s Cabramatta and busting criminal bikie gangs with Strike Force Raptor, until her retirement in late 2019. In Wallace's official biography, veteran crime writer Mark Morri brings to life the jaw-dropping true story of a police trailblazer and woman of force.

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