Category: Homeland Security News

Earthquakes early warningSmartphone Network Offers Inexpensive Earthquake Early Warning Published 14 July 2021 A new study demonstrates how Earthquake Early Warning using smartphone technology can be both inexpensive and effective for millions of people.  In late 2019, a research team assembled 82 smartphones, strapped them to walls and floors in buildings across Costa Rica and waited

InfrastructureMaking Infrastructure Pay Off By Peter Dizikes Published 14 July 2021 James M. Poterba, an MIT economist, advocates for cost-benefit analyses of projects, finds that repairing infrastructure often pays off more than new projects, and suggests that infrastructure user fees be considered as a source of financing for projects. He argues that the value in

China watchEU Agrees on Global Infrastructure Plan to Rival China’s Belt and Road Initiative By Jamie Dettmer Published 13 July 2021 On Monday the EU announced an ambitious global infrastructure plan which aims to counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Western governments fear that China’s project encourages countries to take on large Chinese loans which

Climate & infrastructureMost Buildings Were Designed for an Earlier Climate – Here’s What Will Happen as Global Warming Accelerates By Ran Boydell Published 12 July 2021 Architects and engineers design buildings and other structures, like bridges, to operate within the parameters of the local climate. The structures are built using materials and following design standards

WildfiresWildfires Threaten California’s Power Grid Published 12 July 2021 Wildfires blazed through California, Arizona, and Oregon, driven by winds and a lack of humidity.. Death Valley in California’s Mohave Desert hit 128 degrees Fahrenheit. Utility officials in Oregon were keeping a weary eye on the Bootleg Fire which is raging out of control in southern