According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), 17% of Indonesia's population, this being translated to nearly 41 million people, live in areas susceptible to landslides. With landslide mitigation efforts still being minimal, people in the specific areas have faces medium to high risk of landslides during the latest rainy season.
Amid escalating concern regarding California’s continued four year drought, Governor Jerry Brown signed a $1.1 billion emergency drought relief bill into law on Friday. Just under two-thirds, $660 million, is set to go towards improving and increasing the number of flood protection structures in place to protect communities from mudslides and sudden storms. Much of the remaining budget will fund grants for water recycling programs, new wells for drinking water facilities,and improvements at wastewater treatment plants.
According to data from the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, the Arctic ice cap reached its maximum extent, 5.61 million square miles (14.54 million square kilometers), on February 15th. This is the smallest maximum extent on record and also one of the earliest, occurring nearly 15 days earlier than the average datefrom 1981 to 2010 of March 12th. Only once, in 1996, did the peak come earlier - and just by a day, February 14th.
Could the Oso landslide have been avoided? Are there more landslide prone areas across the country and how could state and federal agencies locate them and take precautions? Professors of the University of Washington D.R. Montgomery and J. Wartman, in their NY Times article "How to Make Landslides Less Deadly", are providing enlightening information with regards to the above questions and explain that despite recent technological advancements, little has been done towards their implementation in the development of detailed and reliable maps of landslide hazards nationwide.
After a major spike in air pollution earlier this week, Paris city mayor Anne Hidalgo asked authorities to prevent one in every two cars from taking to the capital's streets and make all public transport temporarily free until at least Monday in an effort to reduce pollution. With limited exceptions such as taxis, emergency vehicles, and electric cars, only personal vehicles with licenses that begin with odd numbers will be allowed on the city streets.
Grady Hillhouse, a civil engineer specialized in dams and large hydraulic structures, prepared a display for an elementary school Career Day to explain the basic principles of dam function! Watch the video below demonstrating the different construction stages!
A major slope stability failure occurred last week at Yeager airport's main runway, urging to the evacuation of homes located at the foot of the reinforced slope and relocation of their owners. The reinforced slope was by the time of its construction the largest reinforced slope in the United States.