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Obama’s chief resilience officer, Ms Tregoning.

Obama’s chief resilience officer, Ms Tregoning.

Meet Obama’s chief resilience officer

Harriet Tregoning, a rock star in the world of smart growth and urban planning, took the helm of HUD’s Office of Economic Resilience (OER) last year. Formerly known as the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities, OER helps cities, towns, and counties build a strong foundation for a diverse and prosperous economy by enhancing quality of place, economic opportunity, fiscal stability, transportation choice, and affordability…

 

The Fukushima nuclear plant has been leaking contaminated water again

Highly radioactive water has again been discovered leaking from the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, the site of a severe meltdown in 2011. Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the plant’s operator, detected contamination levels 70 times higher than normal on Sunday. The reading was picked up by sensors that monitor rain and groundwater on a gutter going into a bay from the plant, according to AFP…

 

Cyclone Marcia helps bury the debate on power lines

I have a doctor mate in Yeppoon. After spending Sunday working pro bono at the hospital, stitching up cylone-induced cuts in the heat, he had a spray he needed to get off his chest. This is what he told me. Forty years after Cyclone Tracy, we still have electricity on poles in cyclone country. The aftermath of the big blow has been much worse than the actual cyclone, thanks primarily to power lines being down all over a region that’s home to some 100,000 people. Without power, mobile phones couldn’t be charged. Petrol pumps don’t work. Food rots…

 

Cyber Security: 4 Key Steps To Resilience

John Green, business and technology development director at IT security firm Accumuli, advises on how to get tough on cyber attacks. There has been a marked increase in cyber-attacks, resulting in significant data breaches – a rise of 48 percent from 2013 to 2014 costing the UK up to £27bn a year, according to PwC’s Global State of Information Security Survey 2015…

 

 

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