In the second installment of our series addressing best practices, challenges and opportunities in utility-scale battery energy storage systems deployment, we examine engineering, procurement and construction agreements for battery projects.
Canada’s urban planning experts, along with leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, have signed on to the 2020 Declaration for Resilience in Canadian Cities, urging policy-makers at all levels to create a “new normal” that makes affordability, sustainability, climate-friendliness, and equity the four cornerstones of any pandemic recovery plans.
The international commission responsible for managing Atlantic bluefin — prized for high-quality sushi — is failing to protect this magnificent fish. The regulators’ focus on fishing industry profits points up the need to change the way we view, and value, the lives of wild creatures.
I-TICK (Illinois Tick Inventory Collaboration networK) is a surveillance program to gather information about ticks of public health concern in Illinois. The purpose is to develop a network of volunteers to collect data to help our lab determine the risk of tick-borne disease based on where and when ticks occur.
There are two ways to take part in I-TICK: freezing a tick in alcohol, recording location and date, and eventually mailing us the data when our campus opens, or collect and submit all data using a smart phone or web app. Participants are free to choose one (or both) methods.
How’s My Waterway provides the general public with information about the condition of their local waters based on data that states, federal, tribal, local agencies and others have provided to EPA. Water quality information is displayed on 3 scales: community, state and national.
I know firsthand the gulf between science’s supposed open-mindedness towards new ideas and its attitude towards identities. Science and academia try to give an impression of sociopolitical neutrality and acceptance of queer* identities (*this broadly includes everyone in the LGBTQ+ community). As a queer scientist, I know it isn’t true.
Eighty-one percent of supply chain professionals expect automation to increase demand for reusable transportation packaging, according to a survey from the Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) of 194 manufacturers and poolers of reusable transport packaging products, primary users of the products, and service providers in the industry.
Automated environments will rely on standardized containers and pallets, a requirement that can be met with reusable packaging, according to RPA’s state of the industry report.
RPA CEO Tim Debus described a “symbiotic relationship” between automation advancements in materials handling and reusable packaging. “I don’t think you’re going to find in many cases that you’re going to have this really high-performing, very automated environment in which you can have single-use packaging products,” Debus told Supply Chain Dive in an interview.
After a downpour in early June, Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) hydrographer Ryan Meekma compared images from the Topographic Wetness Index (TWI), which outlines low-lying areas in Illinois that could flood, with actual flooding at a gun range in Champaign, Illinois, to study the tool’s effectiveness.
On June 3, a storm dropped 2.9 inches of rain in three hours, flooding areas indoors and out at the Police Training Institute Tactical Training Center. Observations showed that as much as 5 inches of rain fell in some locations. The water reached 22.5 inches in one spot, with nearly 12 inches of water inside one of the buildings. Rainwater fell with such force and moved so quickly that it moved tons of gravel and two 150-pound railroad ties.
The TWI map and the on-the-ground flooding were similar in extent, demonstrating that the TWI can be used to show property owners where flooding is likely after a storm. This information is especially important for areas that are outside of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mapped floodplain areas, according to Kingsley Allan of the ISWS.
The Institute property is not mapped despite its proximity to a nearby stream. It’s likely that some of the river tributaries have larger drainage areas than expected, with possible flooding in areas that are not shown on floodplain maps, Allan said.
Although the TWI does not account for various storm durations and intensities, the index is useful to indicate locations that might flood after a storm. The user-friendly, interactive map enables anyone to look up an address and zoom in to locate relatively low areas on their property or in their community.