Officials belonging to the contaminated water panel at Japan's Industry Ministry proposed additional measures at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. These include constructing tanks with more capacity, covering the plant compound with asphalt to lessen rain inflow and forming a special team to focus on managing large amounts of tritium.
The Transportation Security Administration urged fliers to leave replica grenades and meat tenderizers off flights. Officials showed off confiscated items such as ammunition clips, crowbars and police batons at a Des Moines International Airport news conference on Dec. 18.
Rail and other transportation networks in the Northeast that were damaged by Sandy will cost billions of dollars to repair -- and billions more to upgrade to withstand future storms and floods. "Estimates of the damage have reached more than $7 billion," said Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J. "Across the region, train tunnels, stations and rail yards were flooded, rail tracks were damaged and critical equipment was ruined," he added. "We are facing hundreds of millions of dollars in immediate repair costs and billions more in mitigation and resiliency measures," said Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
A provision in the $109 billion Map-21 bill is hindering the release of federal funds for California's estimated $98 billion high-speed rail project, said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "We're not going to get $1 as long as there's language in appropriations bills that says there's no federal money that can be spent on California high-speed rail," LaHood said. "That doesn't help us get any more [private] money to the project." GOP leaders on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee are not convinced about the project, leading them to question whether taxpayer money spent on the project would be justified, writes Keith Laing.
Industry leaders and scientists from around 100 countries gathered in Stockholm for the World Water Week conference to discuss ways to enhance water efficiency in agriculture and curb consumer waste. "Feeding everyone well is a primary challenge for this century. Overeating, undernourishment and waste are all on the rise and increased food production may face future constraints from water scarcity," said Anders Jägerskog, director of knowledge services at the Stockholm International Water Institute. "We will need a new recipe to feed the world in the future."