5 Takeaways from Federally Administered Next-Gen Transportation Programs for Modernizing Infrastructure. Federal grants for infrastructure upgrades and transportation are nothing new.
On the contrary, the federal government has largely been in charge of the nation’s infrastructure due to its jurisdiction on interstate commerce and ability to coordinate state agencies to follow uniform codes and standards. With recent developments and grant programs, this model seems to be evolving. During Anthony Foxx’s tenure as secretary of transportation, he and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) initiated the Smart City Challenge, which put up $40 million of federal funds and an additional $10 million from Paul Allen’s Vulcan Inc. to the mid-size city that created the best strategy that integrated next-generation transportation systems. As the former mayor of Charlotte, N.C., Foxx helped identify where innovation was taking place while creating a climate for sharing best practices and distributing the benefits.
How green infrastructure investments can create commercial property value. A new publication from my colleagues in NRDC’s water program shows how green infrastructure practices – integrating nature strategically into urban environments to control runoff and enhance other environmental values – can help advance the bottom line for the commercial real estate sector.
It is a highly illustrative and well-documented report. In particular, The Green Edge: How Commercial Property Investment in Green Infrastructure Creates Value (disclosure: I reviewed and commented on a pre-publication draft) draws from all available published material to capture the multitude of quantifiable financial benefits that green infrastructure investments can generate for commercial property owners and their tenants. Green infrastructure can include trees, rain gardens, porous pavement, rainwater harvesting cisterns, bioswales, and related techniques. In a blog post published earlier this week, my friend and colleague Larry Levine adds detail to the report’s main findings: Related posts: 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure.
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The Race to Rebuild America's Infrastructure. Crumbling America1 Full Documentary. A World Without Humans,The Aftermath Of Mankind Leaving This Planet. A Gorgeous First-Person Video Game About Infrastructure Is Now Out on Steam. Take the brooding beauty and dystopian, Soviet-flavored setting of “Half-Life 2”—but remove the weapons and monsters—and you got yourself “INFRA,” a video game about fixing a crumbling city before everything goes to hell.
The first-person nonshooter will not appeal to everyone. The action begins in, of all places, a boardroom discussion—a narrative decision the game seems to instantly regret, because you get a pop-up option to “Skip meeting.” “Look, just text me the memos, I want this over with as soon as possible,” your character growls. Yet you might spend the next 7 minutes trying to find the dang exit of your office building, as did a guy who recorded the below play-through video. (He then fell off a ledge and died.) As for the plot, you are “Mark,” an engineer tasked with saving the infrastructure of a once-profitable, now badly degraded Baltic mining city.
It might sound tame, but the unique mission and lovely, atmospheric graphics might appeal to a wonky slice of gamers. Fix a Crumbling Baltic City in the First-Person Video Game INFRA. Tell me if this intro to the first-person video game “INFRA” doesn’t get your adrenaline gushing: We put you into the shoes of a structural analyst.
Nothing more than a quiet desk jockey assigned to survey some routine structural damage. Quickly though, your mission turns from a mundane trek to a fight for survival. 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure. 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure. Methane. For the emergency service protocol, see ETHANE.
Methane (US /ˈmɛθeɪn/ or UK /ˈmiːθeɪn/) is a chemical compound with the chemical formula CH4 (one atom of carbon and four atoms of hydrogen). It is a group 14 hydride and the simplest alkane, and is the main component of natural gas. The relative abundance of methane on Earth makes it an attractive fuel, though capturing and storing it poses challenges due to its gaseous state under normal conditions for temperature and pressure. In its natural state, methane is found both below ground and under the sea floor.
When it finds its way to the surface and the atmosphere, it is known as atmospheric methane. The Earth's atmospheric methane concentration has increased by about 150% since 1750, and it accounts for 20% of the total radiative forcing from all of the long-lived and globally mixed greenhouse gases (these gases don't include water vapor which is by far the largest component of the greenhouse effect). History    Detroit A City In Decay. Will Programming Plants Feed the World? A state-of-the-art indoor farm in Japan that grows salad greens at high speed but high quality, in huge quantities.
(photo courtesy Philips) (This article appears in print and online PDF in Techonomy Magazine’s year-end 2015 edition.) In a little noticed analysis published in 2014, data giant Thomson Reuters announced that by 2025, food shortages and price fluctuations would be a thing of the past, everywhere. But how could that be? What about overpopulation, climate change, radical shifts in rainfall, global water shortages, disappearing Himalayan glaciers drying out farmers’ fields in India, and all the other dire predictions of food scarcity and disorder we’ve heard in recent years?