Wildlife now flourishes on California's Bair Island two years after the last levees that managed its water flow were breached. The project has restored 3,000 acres of tidal marsh, bringing in all the attendant creatures, as well as nearby residents exploring nature.
Between 2006 and 2014, China reduced the amount of phosphorous runoff reaching its lakes by 60%, thus reducing toxic algal blooms. A new study looks at the government's program and weighs its importance as a model for other industrializing nations.
UPS today said it plans to generate 25% of its electricity from renewables, cut emissions by 12% from its global ground operations and increase by 25% the total number of vehicles running on alternative fuels. In its latest corporate sustainability report, the company noted other steps, such as investments in software and updated aircraft and the possibility of using a person's exact GPS location, rather than a street address, on the last mile of delivery.
The nonprofit Friends of Governors Island is experimenting with mobile structures that provide Wi-Fi, seating, shade, lights and electricity on the back of a bicycle for visitors to the island park in New York City. Two prototypes are being tested.
The mixed-use Gate project along Frisco, Texas' $5 billion mile could start in 2018. The $700 million development involves the construction of two five-story apartment buildings with 440 units.
US District Judge Richard Leon has rejected a plea from Maryland officials to let it move ahead with construction of the Purple Line light rail project pending litigation. The judge's decision revolves around his rejection of an environmental review of the project.
Associated General Contractors of America pushed for reauthorization of the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which provides money to secondary and postsecondary schools to train students in construction and other trades. The House voted to reauthorize it, but the Senate still must take it up.
An updated rule on fall protection from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that has been in effect since January is worrying employers, who say important terms are not clearly spelled out. The new guidelines allow "temporary and infrequent" work to be done without fall protection without specifying what that means or how that aspect will be enforced.
Engineers built a miniature replica of the Oroville Dam spillway out of wood, concrete and steel, and are using the model to identify the best way to repair the damaged structure. Channels were built in the replica to aerate the water, as that is believed to reduce the pressure of the water on the spillway, and a final report on the research is expected in the fall.
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