Infrastructure Risk

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Cheniere talks with more Montney players

US liquefied natural gas player Cheniere Energy is in talks with more Montney producers to secure supply deals for its US Gulf Coast liquefaction …

Gulf Coast

Scientists say the rapid sinking of Louisiana’s coast already counts as a ‘worst case scenario’

It’s common knowledge that the coast of Louisiana is quietly sinking into the balmy Gulf waters. But new research suggests we may have been underestimating how quickly it’s happening.<p>A new paper, published Wednesday in the Geological Society of America’s bulletin GSA Today, includes an updated map …

Climate Change

Authorities: FBI investigating report of dirty bomb on ship at Wando Terminal

Updated:Wednesday, June 14 2017 7:48 PM EDT2017-06-14 23:48:42 GMT<p>The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office needs your help to identify a man who held up …

South Carolina Lowcountry

Driver Dies After Tanker Truck Filled With 9,000 Gallons of Gas Overturns, Explodes in Merced County

A tanker truck full of gasoline overturned and exploded near Merced Tuesday morning, killing the driver and prompting the temporary evacuation of 200 …

California Highway Patrol

The blockchain challenge nobody is talking about

<b>How do you audit the new technology and provide confidence to your legal, compliance, and risk teams?</b><p>There’s no question blockchain is gaining …

Bitcoin

Deadly legacy: Savannah River site near Aiken one of the most contaminated places on Earth

Chapter One: Two worlds collide<p>In early September 1949, an Air Force B-29 bomber flew a routine but secret mission along the Soviet Union’s Pacific …

War

Activists Sue to Block Plans to Bury 3.6 Million Pounds of Nuclear Waste Near California Beach

This is viewer supported news. Please do your part today.<p>Guests<p>founder of Citizens’ Oversight.<p>Environmental activists in California are fighting …

An NSA Cyber Weapon Might Be Behind A Massive Global Ransomware Outbreak

It’s been a matter of weeks since a shady hacker crew called Shadow Brokers dumped a load of tools believed to belong to the National Security Agency (NSA). It now appears one leaked NSA tool, an exploit of Microsoft Windows called EternalBlue, is being used as one method for rapidly spreading a …

Information Security

Ransomware attacks reported in Europe

<b>A massive ransomware campaign appears to have attacked a number of organisations across Europe.</b><p>Screenshots of a well known program that locks computers and demands a payment in Bitcoin have been shared online by parties claiming to be affected.<p>There have been reports of infections in Spain, Italy, …

Cybersecurity

Thousands of gallons of oil dumped into East River from Con Ed transformer malfunction

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Con Edison crews are working to clean up a transformer malfunction that poured thousands of gallons of oil into the East River …

U.S. Coast Guard

Tunnel at plutonium uranium extraction plant collapses in Hanford

<b>If you're viewing in the KING 5 app, click here.</b><p>Hundreds of workers were in "take cover" position after a tunnel in a plutonium uranium extraction …

How Cloudflare Helps Serve Up Hate on the Web

Since its launch in 2013, the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer has quickly become the go-to spot for racists on the internet. Women are whores, …

Censorship

Sent to Prison by a Software Program’s Secret Algorithms

When Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. visited Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute last month, he was asked a startling question, one with overtones of science fiction.<p>“Can you foresee a day,” asked Shirley Ann Jackson, president of the college in upstate New York, “when smart machines, driven with …

Wisconsin Supreme Court

Levee fails in Arkansas, residents evacuate Missouri town

A river’s levee breached northeast of Little Rock, Arkansas Wednesday morning, prompting flash flood warnings from authorities. Residents were urged to leave the area immediately.<p>The incident occurred after a Black River levee broke in Pocahontas, a town located approximately 125 miles northeast of …

Weather

Facebook and Google confirmed as victims of $100M phishing scam

‘Victim-1 and Victim-2’<p>Last month, the Department of Justice charged a Lithuanian man for fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering after documents revealed he scammed two major tech companies for over $100 million by masquerading as a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer. A <i>F</i><i>ortune</i> …

Identity Theft

USLIMITS2 - Safety | Federal Highway Administration

A Tool to Aid Practitioners in Determining Appropriate Speed Limit Recommendations<p>USLIMITS is a web based tool designed to help practitioners set …

Unroll.me Service Faces Backlash Over a Widespread Practice: Selling User Data

For months, Uber has paid a public price for some of the questionable tactics it has used to conquer the transportation industry. Now another company is experiencing some of the fallout for working with Uber.<p>Slice Intelligence, a data firm that uses an email management program called Unroll.me to …

Privacy

Updated: Perry orders DOE review of clean energy impacts on baseload generation

Dive Brief:<p>Secretary of Energy Rick Perry on Friday ordered a review of the U.S. electrical grid, aiming to ascertain whether policies to boost …

Serious design, construction and maintenance defects doomed Oroville Dam, report says

Design flaws, construction shortcomings and maintenance errors caused the Oroville Dam spillway to break apart in February, according to an independent analysis by Robert Bea for the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management at UC Berkeley.<p>Bea, a co-founder of the center and retired civil engineering …

Communities Face Multitude of Deadly Risks

<b>After Oroville, Rancho LPG’s Risks Becomes More Visible</b><p><b>By Paul Rosenberg,</b> <b>Senior Editor</b><p>The near-collapse of the Oroville Dam’s containment structure …

How to encrypt your entire life in less than an hour

“Only the paranoid survive.” — Andy Grove<p>Andy Grove was a Hungarian refugee who escaped communism, studied engineering, and ultimately led the …

Cybersecurity

The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs, and how much it cost to buy them

They betrayed you for chump change<p>Republicans in Congress just voted to reverse a landmark FCC privacy rule that opens the door for ISPs to sell customer data. Lawmakers provided no credible reason for this being in the interest of Americans, except for vague platitudes about “consumer choice” and …

U.S. Congress

Ancient quakes may point to sinking risk for part of California coast

SEATTLE (Reuters) - The Big One may be overdue to hit California but scientists near Los Angeles have found a new risk for the area during a major earthquake: abrupt sinking of land, potentially below sea level.<p>The last known major quake on the San Andreas fault occurred in 1857, but three quakes …

Trump's cut to flood map program could trigger insurance rate hikes: group

(Reuters) - A proposal by the Trump administration to cut $190 million in funding for updating U.S. maps of flood-prone areas would trigger higher insurance rates or more homebuilding in risky locations, a consumer group said on Monday.<p>Flood-mapping provides important details about where it is safe …

Kaikoura Earthquake: The most complex ever?

Four months on, scientists still sifting through the aftermath of the Kaikoura Earthquake say the 7.8 event could be the most complex ever …

Earthquakes

Experts Say Queen Mary In Danger Of Collapse After Years Of Neglect

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Trump’s policies will wreck coastal property values before sea level rise does

The trillion-dollar coastal property bubble is very close to bursting.<p>Both the Arctic and Antarctic keep smashing records for ice loss, providing …

Climate Change

Argonne invents reusable sponge that soaks up oil, could revolutionize spill cleanup

When the Deepwater Horizon drilling pipe blew out seven years ago, beginning the worst oil spill in U.S. history, those in charge of the recovery …

A section of the San Andreas fault close to L.A. could be overdue for a major earthquake

Southern California could be overdue for a major earthquake along the Grapevine north of Los Angeles, according to a sobering new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.<p>The research found earthquakes happen there on average every 100 years. The last major temblor occurred 160 years ago, a catastrophic …