Industrial disasters. Bad design, lack of maintenance, human error, mother nature, bad luck, or some combination thereof. Here are the ten worst in recent history. 10.) The Chicago flood, 1992. You've got to be careful when digging holes under a river! According to this source and confirmed by Wikipedia: On April 13, 1992, adjacent construction tore a 20-foot-long hole through the wall of a tunnel 20 feet beneath the bed of the Chicago River, some 50 feet beneath downtown Chicago. Over 200 million gallons of water surged through an extensive series of underground tunnels, affecting more than 30 major buildings, including City Hall and the financial markets. Lower levels of major office high-rises held up to 40 feet of water, and the city center was evacuated out of fear that electrical or utility connection failures could endanger lives. Suggested By: rawtoast, Photo Credit: AP Images 9.) I-35W Mississippi River bridge, 2007. It was bad design and maintenance that led to the death … [Read more...] about The Ten Greatest Infrastructure Failures In Modern History
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From fried fish to a filthy litterbox, most smells in your home are fairly easy to pinpoint. There are, however, more insidious aromas that linger and seem impossible to eliminate, no matter how many bottles of Febreeze you unleash. To keep these odors from taking over your home, first, you have to identify them. There’s Hidden Mold Maybe you’ve noticed a “musty” or “wet cardboard” smell in your home. Or perhaps you’ve referred to it as “old home smell.” Either way, one of the most common causes of lingering, musty smells, especially in older homes, is hidden mold, usually in the walls. As you probably know, some types of mold can be toxic. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), most household mold problems under 10 square feet are safe enough to clean on your own and don’t need a professional, but to be safe, you should read up on the different types of mold at the EPA’s website here. Then, the first … [Read more...] about Why Your Home Stinks and How to Fix It
Our addiction to fossil fuels is unrelenting, which means that the skies will continue to fill with carbon dioxide for the foreseeable future. Efforts to scale back coal and oil consumption are underway, but once the trigger has been pulled, it’s hard to put the bullet back into the chamber: conventional wisdom states that the CO2 up there isn’t going anywhere. Some scientists, however, beg to differ. They imagine a future wherein colossal network of machines scrub the sky of CO2. It sounds science fictional, but prototypes of these machines exist, and recently, the idea received a flurry of media attention when a team of researchers announced they might be scaled up more cheaply than we thought. Whether or not that’s true is now a multi-trillion dollar question. Like other so-called geoengineering schemes, this one makes big promises that will require major investments before it can be realized. And whether or not the technology can be scaled up, it’s no … [Read more...] about Can We Really Capture Carbon From Air to Slow Climate Change?
What would you say if you were offered hosting or cloud services by a company which not only built its own datacentres but whose datacentres are water-cooled using its own proprietary cooling systems, and its own servers and storage systems? In other words, a much more vertically integrated provider than the ones you're used to. If you were talking to OVH, France's biggest hosting provider, the company claims you'd be counting the money you'd save, because its costs per square metre can be as little as a fifth of those of more conventional providers. And this is reflected in the prices it charges. Control room Walk around one of OVH's datacentres, as I did recently, and you would be bewildered by the lack of familiar landmarks. There's no raised floor full of cables, blasting cold air up one side and sucking warm air out the top in the next aisle. Check the water flow indicator (left). Custom high-density racks (right) There are no familiar badges -- Dell, HP, IBM -- on the servers. … [Read more...] about Cloud provider offers DIY water-cooled servers
Why doesn't water get more attention? According to Jeff Fulgham, it's because it's available on demand virtually everywhere -- from taps to toilets to showers and sinks. But as the newly-appointed chief sustainability officer of GE Power and Water -- as well as the division's Ecomagination leader -- Fulgham knows better. The reality is that the world is quickly running out of water -- and if we don't do anything about it, what was once ubiquitous will become scarce in some of the world's most populous areas. I spoke to Fulgham from his office in Trevose, Penn. about why water needs more marketing, a new business model and a policy push to make conservation attractive. SmartPlanet: How did you end up in the water business? JF: I've been in the space my whole career, about 25 years. I was [first] a chemical engineer for Nalco Chemical. I grew up in the industrial boat. I've dealt a lot with the power industry, and spent a lot of time with power as it relates to water. I arrived to GE … [Read more...] about GE Water sustainability chief Jeff Fulgham: We need a price on water