Melting Russian Permafrost Threatens Buildings and Infrastructure

Melting Russian Permafrost Threatens Buildings and Infrastructure

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The earth is collapsing under Russia’s northeastern towns as global warming melts the permafrost beneath them. Permafrost occupies 65% of Russia’s landmass, making this massive thawing particularly destructive.    “There isn’t a single settlement in Russia’s Arctic where you wouldn’t find a destroyed or deformed building,” said Alexey Maslakov, […]

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Tens of Thousands of Pharmaceutical Doses Have Leaked into the Chesapeake Bay

Tens of Thousands of Pharmaceutical Doses Have Leaked into the Chesapeake Bay

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer   A new study in Environmental Science & Technology has found that leaky sewage infrastructure in Baltimore, Maryland, is leaking tens of thousands of doses of pharmaceuticals into the Chesapeake Bay each year. Researchers say that the drugs could have significant impacts on wildlife biology, development, and behavior that may have ripple effects for the rest of […]

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Senate Passes $1T Infrastructure Bill With $3.5T Reconciliation Next Up

Senate Passes $1T Infrastructure Bill With $3.5T Reconciliation Next Up

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill with overwhelming bipartisan support. The vote is a significant win for the Biden administration, although not without compromises needed to attract Republican support. The original bill called for $2.3 trillion in spending, but Democrats made substantial concessions during negotiations that […]

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Pacific Northwest Heatwave Threatens Infrastructure, Lives

Pacific Northwest Heatwave Threatens Infrastructure, Lives

In case you're wondering why we're canceling service for the day, here's what the heat is doing to our power cables. pic.twitter.com/EqbKUgCJ3K — Portland Streetcar (@PDXStreetcar) June 27, 2021 by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest took a hit from the record-breaking heatwave sweeping the region. Temperatures in Portland, OR, reached a […]

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Infrastructure Agreement Includes Replacing 100% of Nation’s Lead Pipes

Infrastructure Agreement Includes Replacing 100% of Nation’s Lead Pipes

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer According to a White House memo, the new infrastructure bill will remove and replace all of the nation’s lead pipes and service lines that provide water to up to 10 million homes and 400,000 schools and daycares. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the provision would create jobs and […]

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Getting It Right on Infrastructure to Get It Right On Climate

Getting It Right on Infrastructure to Get It Right On Climate

by Miro Korenha, Founder and Publisher, Our Daily Planet “Infrastructure Week” has transitioned from being the running joke of the inept Trump administration to a tangible opportunity for the United States to fix its bridges and roads while also modernizing its grid and investing in electric vehicles. Thursday, a bipartisan group of senators struck a […]

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