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Start the week with the latest in the geoengineering world. Here’s the GeoWire conversation for the week of August 24. WORK SMARTER.

BIG PROJECTS

Wow. After what seemed to be a near certainty that the massive Pebble Mine proposal in Alaska would go forth, a sudden and very unexpected change in environmental protection and restoration criteria may scuttle the endeavor. [Science]

Highways England has unveiled a nearly £28 billion transportation plan, loaded with major tunneling and road projects. [Tunnelling Journal]

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

Two hurricanes are heading into the Gulf of Mexico [CNN]

Flood protection strategies with geosynthetics [Geosynthetica]

Live updates on the horrific wildfires in California [NY Times]

Dave Petley looks at the risk of landslides after wildfires [AGU Landslides Blog]

ERDC’s Wildfire Response and Debris Flow Modeling Has Enormous Potential [Geosynthetica]

GEOSYNTHETICS

International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) President Prof. Chungsik Yoo hints at some significant updates coming to the Society’s education and communication resources. [IGS]

Great online learning opportunities in geosynthetics, August 25 – 27 [Geosynthetica]

Last week saw National Aviation Day recognized in the United States. We gathered a few case studies to show how geosynthetics help bring aviators back to earth safely.

FINANCE

The rise of sustainability-linked finance in the bond market–including for construction [GreenBiz]

Money is available to break ground on large construction projects, but few are taking the opportunity [Construction Dive]

GOVERNMENT

Infrastructure Australia‘s project priority list was updated earlier in August [Australian Government]

China and Russia are jointly supporting the development of SIBUR’s Amur Gas Chemical Complex, which is expected to be the world’s largest cracker when it goes online in 2024. Early estimates are that the facility will have a capacity to create 2.3m tonnes/year of polyethylene and 400,000 tonnes/year of polypropylene.  [ICIS]

INTERESTING READS

Is a recession actually a golden opportunity to strengthen your business? [Inc.]

We celebrate the increasing efficiency of solar panels and the incredible scale on which solar farms are being built. BUT, older panels are dying. They are difficult to recycle and leaving behind a rather troubling e-waste problem. [Wired]

What makes California’s current wildfires so unique [Vox]

TECHNOLOGY

Love Boggle but hate creating online passwords? DiceKeys is the tool you’ve been waiting for. [Wired]

India’s super-app culture is getting bigger as more app users learn smartphones before computers. [Indian Express]

WORK LIFE

Are you oversharing on your CV? [LinkedIn]

Make your company’s social posts more accessible [Univ. of Minnesota]

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Social Media More Inclusive [Social Sprout]


This is the August 24, 2020 GeoWire from Geosynthetica. GeoWire is published on Mondays with thought-leading links to help infrastructure professionals work smarter. News and ideas to share? Contact us.

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