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Sand mining — A global resource that is becoming scarce

If someone were to ask you to name the most-extracted materials on Earth, you might answer with fossil fuels or biomass. However, by weight, the answer is actually sand and gravel.

Bill Gates buys $80m of land to build 'smart city' in Arizona

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has bought 25,000 acres of land in Arizona to create a new smart city called Belmont. Located a short distance from Phoenix, the site has cost Gates' investment firm Cascade Investment LLC $80m to acquire.

Web security upgrade delayed over fears 60m could lose connection

A major security upgrade to infrastructure that supports the entire Internet has been delayed over fears it could knock 60 million people offline. ICANN was preparing to change cryptographic keys to boost security but has put the plans on hold until 2018.

Aging infrastructure still impeding digital transformation

Digital transformation strategies are being "held back" by a reliance on legacy tech, according to a new report. As companies try to modernise their IT, they remain restricted by aging infrastructure that can't be migrated to the cloud.

Oil markets roiled as impacts from Harvey sink in with industry

Houston - Oil markets are in turmoil today as investors and other stakeholders assess the financial impact of Hurricane Harvey. In the meantime, gasoline futures are soaring while oil futures are going in the opposite direction.

Op-Ed: Texas flooding event should be a wake-up call for our leaders

Houston - There is a reason why forecasters and the news media is calling the flooding from what was Hurricane Harvey a catastrophe, once-in-500-years flood or a disaster of epic proportions. When pencil-pushers start adding up the costs, it will be unbelievable.

Catastrophic and life-threatening flooding in Houston

After making landfall on Friday night as a powerful Category 4 storm, Hurricane Harvey has been downgraded to a tropical storm that has created a disaster of epic proportions in southeast Texas.

Update on 'life threatening' Category 3 Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane and Tropical storm warnings are posted all along the Gulf Coast as Hurricane Harvey slowly makes it way onshore, bringing with it "biblical" amounts of rainfall and unprecedented devastation.

Gas prices at the pump rise as Harvey comes ashore

Corpus Christi - Energy companies have been forced to shut down or temporarily evacuate oil and natural gas platforms and refining facilities in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Texas coast as Hurricane Harvey barrels ashore, possibly as a Category 3 storm.

Texas bracing for a powerful Hurricane Harvey this weekend

Corpus Christi - tropical Storm Harvey is expected to rapidly gain strength and hit the Texas coast as a Category 3 hurricane by Friday evening, causing devastating flooding and threatening the energy industry and oil production.

Chicago tackles urban flooding with the 'Array of Things'

Chicago - Because of the wide range of environmental factors impacting our lives, from air quality and traffic to urban flooding and noise, the use of sensors and cloud computing have become increasingly valuable tools for managing and planning urban environments.

Flooding and storm extremes to increase with global warming

Researchers at the University of New South Wales, Australia, have done an exhaustive global analysis that shows signs of a radical shift in stream-flow patterns, with more intense flooding in cities along with drier countrysides.

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.
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Apartments  offices and other buildings  icluding homes are becoming more energy-efficient.
Apartments, offices and other buildings, icluding homes are becoming more energy-efficient.
Collapsed Cypress Street Viaduct in Oakland  from the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. (As seen from  gr...
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A water main break.
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