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.
When completed The New Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH), in South Australia, will be the third most expensive building in the world behind the One World Trade Center in New York City and Bucharest’s Palace of the Parliament ($3.9 and $3.0 billion respectively). The project is expected to be finished by the end of 2016 and will cost $2.1 billion (US) beating both The Shard in London and the Palazzo in Las Vegas (both cost $1.9 billion). The 11-storey hospital, the largest capital investment project in the history of South Australia, will have 800 beds and is expected to admit more than 80,000 patients every year. Designed by Silver Thomas Hanley and Design Inc (STHDI), the facility is being funded exclusively by taxpayers in South Australia and is projected to service the healthcare needs of the state for decades to come.
According to a new study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, thousands of tons of global-warming and ozone-depleting chemicals were released into the atmosphere, following the Tohoku 2011 earthquake. The new study is the first to show the importance of including the release of gases from natural disasters in emissions estimates.
A great dispute has started in Albion California, with regards to the Albion River Bridge replacement. The bridge is the last wooden bridge along California's coastal highway and Caltrans wants to replace it with an arched concrete structure. A group of residents characterized by supporters of the replacement plans the "sentimentalists" object to the demolition of te bridge as they consider it an element of their eccentricity.
American researchers at the 2015 national meeting of American Chemical Society outlined the details of an unexpected source of precious metals - sewage. That’s right. According to new research, organic materials (biosolids) generated by wastewater treatment plants may be an untapped source of precious metals and rare elements, including gold, silver, platinum, copper, palladium and vanadium that are used to make cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices.
The Coast Guard, along with Quincy, Boston and Massachusetts State police, set up a 1000-yard safety zone between Moon Island and Long Island on March 23rd. Shortly after, with a large burst of smoke, a 750-foot-long section of the Long Island Bridge, in Boston, was demolished. The demolition targeted three sections of the bridge, sections 12, 13 and 14 – each 250 feet long. The demolition, by Walsh Construction Co., is expected to cost $20.6 million and is to be completed by the end of April.