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Start the week with the latest in the geoengineering world. Here’s the GeoWire conversation for the week of September 7. WORK SMARTER.

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Register Now for GeoVirtual 2020, September 14 – 16 ONLINE [Canadian Geotechnical Society]

BIG IDEAS

Climate change impact on sea levels and the expected increase in sea transport of freight may require ports to double or even quadruple their footprints. [DC Velocity]

A significant investment gap on the order of “hundreds of billions” could greatly impair the US power grid in the coming decades. The transmission infrastructure, in particular, needs major support to enable proper transition to more renewable energy. [S&P Global]

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

New research shows that as glacial melt has increased, glacial lakes have grown by nearly 50% around the world. The increase in number and volume is providing more water for communities, yes; but flood risks have increased sharply. [NY Times]

The International Geosynthetics Society’s ebook on geosynthetics and sustainability is now available in French. [IGS]

Do we need to declare baby gender reveal parties an environmental crisis? Yet ANOTHER wildfire has been started by one of these spectacles. [Washington Post]

GEOSYNTHETICS

GeoAmericas 2020 ONLINE Agenda [International Geosynthetics Society]

Geosynthetics in Airport Runway Design [Geosynthetica]

Online learning opportunities in geosynthetics [Geosynthetica]

INTERESTING READS

Could injecting cool bubbles into the ocean dissipate sea storms before they turn into hurricanes? Norway’s “Bubble Net” idea isn’t entirely crazy. [Wired]

This is as low-tech as it gets, but it’s effective, apparently. In Africa, they are experimenting with painting eyes on the backsides of cows to freak out predators. [ars TECHNIA]

Storytellers can save the planet. What stories are you telling in your work? [World Economic Forum]

TECHNOLOGY

The Mandalorian‘s production innovation is extraordinary stuff. We don’t see any geotechnical engineering potential, but it is mind-blowing tech. [Movies Insider]

Technology is changing the way people move through and interact with buildings. We expect to see these design concepts spread, including to construction sites. [ArchDaily]

WORK LIFE

One for the consultants? “Niching down” may be the best strategy for standing out and increasing profitability [Inc.]

Microsoft Teams has taken over a lot of our offices. Teams has just added Lists, a spreadsheet sharing-type function. [ZD Net]


This is the September 7, 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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