The White House's nominee for director of the Environmental Protection Agency is tied up in politics, so the Obama administration is pushing back. It recently released a report that says economic benefits from the EPA's regulations vastly outweigh the costs it imposes. ... read more >>
The management of water resources and supply is essential to the development and growth of cities.
Sustainable resource use and the provision of quality services to a growing urban population underpins
the success of future cities, enables them to act as poles of economic growth, and is at the core of social
and economic development in an urbanizing world.
The purpose ... read more >>
Several years ago, post-tension tendons on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge were reported to have corrosion problems, according to these articles. During construction, ducts containing the tendons were left unsealed, exposing them to rain and other moisture. Caltrans investigated, and concluded that the problem was minor. However, an investigation by the Sacramento Bee found that "the agency ... read more >>
African demand and supply chains for fresh water are changing exponentially, and in opposite trajectories under different drivers. Water crises in Africa are expected to multiply as climate change unfolds, often with increasingly unpredictable stochastic events.1 Shortages in supply, uncertain changes in replenishment rates for surface water and groundwater, and deterioration of quality that redu ... read more >>
Although the great majority of sinkholes are less imposing than the monsters that make the news, addressing the problems they pose requires careful consideration and a different approach in each situation, says structural engineer Bill Bracken of Bracken Engineering in Tampa, Fla. Geologists first evaluate the underlying soil problems before the structural engineer takes over. "I don't focus on w ... read more >>
A new study found up that the loss of rain forests in countries like Brazil will reduce rainfall as well as depleting hydropower generation. ... read more >>
Researchers say the rapid melting of Greenland's outlet glaciers should soon begin to slow. A study by glaciologists at the University Center in Svalbard, Norway, predicts that narrow fjords and other natural processes will slow the melting -- but overall ice loss may continue. "Now we know for sure that the warmer atmosphere and ocean will result in further mass loss," said lead study author Fae ... read more >>
Palestinians staged a protest march on Wednesday to protest Israeli denial to their villages of their water rights. Israelis now take 80% of the water from the Palestinian West Bank and each Israeli gets far more water per day than each Palestinian. The Israelis coerce the Palestine authorities into arrangements whereby Israeli squatters get the lion’s share of water. ... read more >>
Britain faces increasingly extreme weather conditions and urgently needs to improve its anti-flood defences and preparations for severe drought, says the Environment Agency.
Its stark conclusion follows detailed analysis of weather patterns, river levels and flooding events in 2012, which revealed that some areas suffered record levels of drought before facing some of the worst flooding ever. ... read more >>