Infrastructure Risk

By Carl Southwell | Built structures that present significant risks to their neighbors

Sewer in London’s East End Menaced by Giant Fatberg

LONDON — There is a monster beneath the streets of London, menacing the East End underworld.<p>What has been named the Whitechapel fatberg is a rock-solid agglomeration of fat, disposable wipes, diapers, condoms and tampons. It was discovered to the east of the city’s financial district, occupying a …

Museum of London

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United Nations

A Major Earthquake Shakes Mexico City

Mexico City (AP) -- A powerful earthquake jolted Mexico City on Tuesday, causing buildings to sway sickeningly on the anniversary of a 1985 quake …

Mexico City

Irma death toll at 82 as 1.5 million without power in storm's wake

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Reuters) - The death toll from Hurricane Irma was at 82 early on Friday as 1.5 million homes and businesses in Florida remained without power in sweltering heat, five days after the historic storm ripped through southeast U.S.<p>NextEra Energy Inc’s (NEE.N) FPL, Florida's biggest …

Fort Myers

Florida’s Poop Nightmare Has Come True

In the days and hours before Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida, its residents were treated to copious media speculation about nightmare scenarios. …

Hurricane Irma

Earthquake Off Mexico Kills Dozens, Sparks Tsunami Warning

The death toll from the most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in 100 years kept climbing Friday as rescue crews searched through the ruins of collapsed buildings in the coastal areas closest to the epicenter.<p>As of Friday evening, the National Emergency Committee said 58 had died in the earthquake, …

Earthquakes

The world is facing a global sand crisis

When people picture sand spread across idyllic beaches and endless deserts, they understandably think of it as an infinite resource. But as we …

Geography

15 killed in one of the most powerful quakes to strike Mexico

At least 15 people are dead after one of the most powerful earthquakes in Mexico’s history struck late Thursday on its southern coast, toppling buildings, damaging hospitals and sending panicked residents into the streets hundreds of miles away away.<p>The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake …

Earthquakes

Hell and High Water

Houston is the fourth-largest city in the country. It’s home to the nation’s largest refining and petrochemical complex, where billions of gallons of …

Weather

Texas chemical plant to burn containers at risk of explosion: officials

HOUSTON (Reuters) - The operators of a Crosby, Texas, chemical factory that ran out of electricity needed to keep flammable material refrigerated will burn the remaining trailers holding the substance, officials said on Sunday.<p>Arkema SA, the French chemicals company that runs the plant, and Harris …

Tropical Storm Harvey

Harvey shines a spotlight on a high-risk area of chemical plants in Texas

Long before the storm dropped barrels of rain over one of the world’s largest industrial corridors, the area was rife with potentially dangerous chemicals<p>It was 2am Texas time on Thursday when the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby caught fire and exploded. Flooded by ex-Hurricane Harvey’s torrential …

Environment

Harvey reveals corporate hubris regarding safety

Richard Rennard, the president of Arkema, shrugged his shoulders when asked what more his company could have done to prevent chemicals from burning …

Tropical Storm Harvey

A dangerous job made more dangerous

A representative for Houston Distribution Inc. arrived with chemical data sheets, but didn't know exactly what chemicals were burning, couldn't say …

North Carolina

The Chemical Plant Explosion in Texas Is Not an Accident. It's the Result of Specific Choices.

The perils of deregulation.<p>So, conservative ideas have triumphed in Texas. A business-friendly environment has been created, based on free-market principles, deregulation, and a return to 10th amendment freedoms just as the Founders designed them, because the best government is the one that is …

Chemical Plant

Houston offers a grim vision of Los Angeles after catastrophic earthquake

For years, scientists have drawn up terrifying scenarios of widespread destruction and chaos that would come to Southern California when a catastrophic earthquake hits.<p>Their efforts to warn the public may get an unlikely boost from the unprecedented disaster unfolding in Houston, where Tropical …

Earthquakes

Nutrient pollution: Voluntary steps are failing to shrink algae blooms and dead zones

Summer is the season for harmful algae blooms in many U.S. lakes and bays. They occur when water bodies become overloaded with nitrogen and …

Enhancing the Resilience of the Nation's Electricity System

July 20, 2017<p><b>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</b><p><b>United States’ Electric Grid Remains Vulnerable to Natural Disasters, Cyber and Physical Attacks; Actions Needed to</b> …

Bridges and roads as important to your health as what's in your medicine cabinet

Two seemingly unrelated national policy debates are afoot, and we can’t adequately address one unless we address the other.<p>Health care reform has …

Facebook Shut Down AI After It Invented Its Own Language (The Epoch Times)

Researches at Facebook shut down an artificial intelligence (AI) program after it created its own language, Digital Journal reports.<p>The system …

A ‘potentially deadly’ mushroom-identifying app highlights the dangers of bad AI

The app’s creator says it’s just a guide, but experts aren’t happy<p>There’s a saying in the mushroom-picking community that all mushrooms are edible but some mushrooms are only edible <i>once</i>.<p>That’s why, when news spread on Twitter of an app that used “revolutionary AI” to identify mushrooms with a …

Artificial Intelligence

Number of Accidents Due to Amusement Park Rides Might Be Higher Than You Think

The amusement park industry assures the public that its parks and rides across America are safe and well inspected but a recent death at the Ohio State Fair has left people wondering whether those claims have actually been nailed down.<p>On Wednesday, in a scenario ripped from a child's nightmares, …

Ohio State Fair

Yellowstone earthquake swarm swells to 1,100+ quakes

Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>><p>Updated:Tuesday, June 27 2017 8:21 PM EDT2017-06-28 00:21:04 GMT<p>A swarm of earthquakes continue in …

Train Derails In Plainfield

<b>(CBS) —</b> Several freight train cars derailed in southwest suburban Plainfield Friday evening, and officials say there could be hazardous material …

America's Nuclear Weapons Labs Are Safety Nightmares

As dangerous as nuclear weapons are, you’d think the management running them would prioritize safety. This is not the case at all.<p>In an extensive …

How An Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar

<b>The clocks read</b> zero when the lights went out.<p>It was a Saturday night last December, and Oleksii Yasinsky was sitting on the couch with his wife and …

Cheniere talks with more Montney players

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Oil

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

Coast Guard: Reported 'dirty bomb' threat at Wando terminal originated with YouTube video

Updated:Wednesday, September 13 2017 12:58 PM EDT2017-09-13 16:58:31 GMT<p>The Charleston County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting.<p>The …

Weather

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 …