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Trump proposes privatizing US air traffic control

Washington - In the first salvo in a week-long push to overhaul America's infrastructure, President Donald Trump on Monday announced a plan to privatize the nation's air traffic control system.

Seacoast roads under new threat as sea levels continue to rise

Durham - A new study by the University of New Hampshire has found that coastal roads, some as far as two miles inland are at facing a new hazard that currently can't be seen by drivers - rising levels of groundwater caused by rising sea levels

Climate-related bridge collapses — We're underestimating the risk

Repairing or replacing the nation's crumbling bridges is just one part of President Trump's $1.0 trillion budget proposal to update U.S. infrastructure. However, our current means of assessing their vulnerability may need to be updated.

Norway to build world's first ship tunnel at sea

Oslo - Norway on Wednesday unveiled plans to build the world's first sea tunnel to pass through a mountain, avoiding dangerous waters that intimidated even the Vikings.

Gas taxes and crumbling roads — How do we pay for our highways?

A conundrum is facing state legislatures across the country - How to pay for critical transportation infrastructure with a declining gas tax revenue? And how can states make up for the decline without penalizing those of us who are leading greener lives?

How drone usage is reshaping America's infrastructure

In the 1980s, the IT revolution upended the way companies do business while completely transforming our economy. Now we have the same thing happening with drone technologies as the potential for commercial drones in the infrastructure sector take off.

EU to rollout ultrafast 100Mbps broadband across Europe by 2025

The European Union is planning to set ambitious new targets for universal Internet connections over the next decade. It wants to see everyone in Europe able to access 100Mbps ultrafast broadband by 2025, allowing for new online experiences.

Erdogan inaugurates grandiose new Turkish bridge

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday inaugurated the fourth-longest suspension bridge in the world, the latest of his pet mega-projects.The Osman Gazi bridge, which has been under construction since 2013, stretches 2.6 kilometres (1.

Chaos, calamity and crisis — The main themes of Rio Olympic Games

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro's acting mayor on Monday warned the Summer Olympic Games could end up being a "big failure" because of the huge budget shortfalls that threaten to compromise security and mobility during the games.

BT demos broadband that downloads 200 HD movies in a second

UK internet service provider BT has successfully completed a trial of prototype broadband infrastructure with download speeds of up to 5.6Tbps. While still a long way from being publicly available, the technology could transform how we connect online.

Shell oil spill dumps thousands of barrels of crude into Gulf

A leak in a pipeline released almost 90,000 gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico Thursday, about 97 miles off the Louisiana coast. The leak forced the shut off of all wells leading into Shell's Brutus platform.

51 millionaires to NY Gov. Cuomo: 'Raise taxes on one-percenters'

New York City - Several well-heeled New York millionaires want legislators to raise taxes on the one percent, including themselves. And 51 millionaires said so in a letter addressed to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislators.

Record for fastest ever data rate smashed as 1.125Tb/s reached

A team of researchers have set a new record for the fastest ever data rate used to transfer digital information. The system can handle speeds in excess of 1 terabit per second, responding to the growing demand for faster networks.

Can Olympics make Rio the new Barcelona?

Rio De Janeiro - Olympic construction projects have turned Rio upside down, but a harsh economy and some major failures are overshadowing organizers' hopes of emulating Barcelona's Olympian transformation back in 1992.

Op-Ed: Governor Snyder to Flint — 'You deserve to know the truth'

Flint - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder gave his sixth State of the State address Tuesday night, spending half of his speech addressing the Flint water crisis.

Change takes root in India's remote northeast

Guwahati - The ancient root bridges spanning the rivers of the remote northeast are some of India's most iconic images, symbolising a slower pace of life unimaginable in its bustling megacities.

Hackers replace ISIS site with Viagra ad and message to calm down

A group associated with the famed hacker collective Anonymous has a message for ISIS, which it promptly displayed by taking down one of the terror organization's sites. A message, it appears, in the form of an advertisement for Viagra, and a suggestion.

Op-Ed: The onslaught of ad blockers is killing websites and the Internet

The vast majority of websites rely on revenue from adverts displayed on their pages to be able to operate. Yet many consumers install ad blockers that hide them from sight, preventing websites from getting much needed money - and the trend is growing.

New traffic light tech reduces congestion by turning lights green

A new device fitted to the windows of cars that is being trialled in the UK aims to reduce traffic congestion and pollution in city streets by enabling vehicles to turn traffic lights green as they approach.

Rio mayor denies construction stoppage

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro's mayor on Thursday denied reports that construction had stopped on some projects for the 2016 Olympics because the city had failed to make payments on time."Everyone's working. There's no stoppage," Mayor Eduardo Paes told journalists.

Paul Grignon responds to John Oliver on infrastructure Special

On Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight, popular comedian John Oliver looked at the crumbling infrastructure in the U.S. and asked how the government might raise funds for repairs when the people adamantly reject the idea of raising taxes.

Green infrastructure saving major cities water, money and time Commissioned

As governments across the globe struggle to react to the growing multitude of threats posed by climate change, smart cities are taking the lead and acting on their own to stave off potential disaster.

China will build two nuclear power plants in Argentina

On Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's three-day visit to China, at least 15 agreements were signed, including agreements on travel visas, infrastructure, financing and collaboration on the building of two nuclear power plants.

Syria bombing fulfills Wes Clark prediction, Bush Neocon plans

The US Congress's vote this month to allow Obama to "to provide assistance...to appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition" uncannily moves forward an agenda described by General Wes Clark in 2007.

Feds offer $100 million in aid for California quake damage

Napa - U.S. President Barack Obama agreed Thursday that California was eligible for federal disaster funds to help pay for damage from last month's earthquake

Op-Ed: Australian infrastructure by a mistaken Prime Minister

The Prime Minister wishes to develop infrastructure as his main point of being in office, though there are some reasons why his focuses are in the wrong areas.

'No plan B' as Rio Olympics preparations prove to be 'worst' ever

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's preparations in getting ready for the 2016 Olympic Games are the "worst" ever seen, according to John Coates, the vice-president of the International Olympic Committee. Citing numerous problems, Coates said the IOC is taking a more hands-on role.

Australia set to green light second Sydney airport: reports

Sydney - The Australian government was Tuesday expected to give the go-ahead to build a second international airport for Sydney, reports said, ending decades of indecision in a bid to boost the economy.

Op-Ed: 'Cautionary tale' emerging out of Brazil's quest for recognition

Two years ago, Brazil set its eyes on the 2014 World Cup games and the 2016 Olympics, hoping to claim new status on the world's stage. Visions of new-found economic strength and the respect of their neighbors have proven instead to be a nightmare.

South Florida counties working to find solution to rising seas

Florida is one of the most populous of our southern states and also the most vulnerable. With most of its 1,197 miles of coastline only a few feet above the rising seas, there is the very real danger of South Florida being lost in less than 100 years.
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