Posts Tagged ‘infrastructure’

Warning Sign

May 28, 2021

A truck ignores alerts that it’s too tall to enter the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, so an automated system has to project a giant stop sign onto a curtain of water to get the truckie’s attention. Crikey, mate.

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Flood Mitigation

March 8, 2021

Many coastal and riverside communities are experiencing more frequent flooding due to subsidence and climate change. The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Laura Lightbody briefly explains flood mitigation efforts.

More:

“Pew-Led Network Helps States Plan for Rising Costs and Impacts of Flooding,” Laura Lightbody and Sarah Edwards, Pew Trusts

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The US failed to rebuild Afghanistan

November 28, 2019

For 18 years, the U.S. spent billions of dollars and hundreds of lives to build Afghanistan’s infrastructure. It failed. A Vox video by Sam Ellis.

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Belt & Road

November 1, 2019

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is an infrastructure project that spans over 60 countries, and will cost over a trillion dollars. The plan is to make it easier for the world to trade with China, by funding roads, railways, bridges, tunnels, and pipelines in Asia and Africa. A Vox video by Sam Ellis.

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How the US failed to rebuild Afghanistan

April 11, 2018

“Where the road ends in Afghanistan, the Taliban begin.”
The U.S. has been in Afghanistan since 2001, and US strategy has centered on rebuilding Afghanistan’s crumbling infrastructure, mostly to expedite military logistics and maneuvers. Over $3 billion has been spent on a single project, the Ring Road. It was never completed.This Vox video explains.

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National Power Grid Attacked by Terrorist

June 13, 2016

National Power Grid Attacked by Terrorist

“A single monkey caused a nationwide blackout in Kenya after falling on to a crucial piece of equipment.

The monkey fell on a transformer at the Gitaru hydroelectric power station last Tuesday, electricity provider KenGen [Kenya Electricity Generating Company] said in a statement.

The transformer then tripped, resulting in the loss of 180 megawatts of power and triggering a blackout across Kenya.

Power was restored almost four hours later and the monkey survived its adventure, KenGen said.”

— “Kenya nationwide blackout caused by rogue monkey,” BBC News

Many of Kenya’s businesses had already installed backup generators due to previous monkeys.

More:

“Monkey stumbles into hydroelectric power plant and triggers 4-hour blackout across Kenya,” Ben Guarino, Washington Post

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Make America Grapenuts Again

May 7, 2016

Fix America’s crumbling infrastructure with Kellogg’s Whole Wheat Pep Flakes Cereal. Superman says so. It’s the American Way.

h/t: Ira Gallen

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Q & A: 2 Minutes with Elizabeth Warren

June 4, 2015

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) at the re/code Conference, May 26, 2015.

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The Texas Housing Boom: It’s a Wash

May 29, 2015

The Texas Housing Boom: It's a Wash
The floods in Texas have claimed lives, destroyed homes and property, washed out bridges and roads. On the other hand, observes Dennis Mersereau, at least that crippling drought is history. 20 inches of rain fell on Texas in the past month, a volume of water that’s enough to turn Rhode Island into a lake.

Texas is prone to gully-washers and toad-stranglers, thunderstorms that turn washes and arroyos into rivers, and rivers into inland seas. Every couple of decades there’s a big one, but in the past 20 years Texas gained about 10 million new residents, and many bought houses. The big problem with the resulting housing boom: New housing built in flood-prone areas.

More:

“In Texas, the Race to Build in Harm’s Way Outpaces Flood-Risk Studies and Warming Impacts,” Andrew C. Revkin, New York Times

“Texas Is Paying the Price for Its Lack of Flood Infrastructure,” Kriston Kapps, CityLab

Related:

“Texas, Oklahoma Floodwaters Contain Sewage, Other Pollutants,” Jane J. Lee, National Geographic News

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Ten-Ton Fatberg

April 28, 2015

Ten-Ton Fatberg

A 10-ton mass of congealed fat and wet wipes was recently removed from the London sewer it destroyed. The 130-foot-long “fatberg” was under the streets of Chelsea, home to posh restaurants, all of them pouring cooking grease down the bunghole, and prestigious residences flushing wet wipes down the loo. It will take four months and $600,000 to repair the sewer.

This is far from a UK record. In 2013 a 15-ton fatberg was removed from  a sewer in Kingston.

Updates:

“Wet wipes could face wipe-out in plastic clean-up,” BBC

“A Pretty, Seaside Town in England Vanquished Its Giant Fatberg,” Jessica Leigh Hester, Atlas Obscura

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