Archive for the ‘Subsidence’ Category

Mexico City’s Thirst Is Causing It To Sink

Via The Washington Post, a look at how the demand for water in Mexico’s capital is draining its underground aquifers — and fueling some of the fastest subsidence rates in the world: On a recent morning, visitors wandered around Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Latin America’s oldest — and one of its largest. Walking from chamber to […]

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Nearly Half of China’s Major Cities Are Sinking

Via Reuters, a report on China’s growing challenge of subsidence: Nearly half of China’s major cities are suffering “moderate to severe” levels of subsidence, putting millions of people at risk of flooding especially as sea levels rise, according to a study of nationwide satellite data released on Friday. The authors of the paper, published by […]

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Mexico City’s Metro System Is Sinking Fast. Yours Could Be Next

Via Wired, a report on how subsidence is causing parts of Mexico City to sink, and it’s happening at an uneven rate. That’s bad news for its sprawling public transportation system: WITH ITS EXPANSE of buildings and concrete, Mexico City may not look squishy—but it is. Ever since the Spanish conquistadors drained Lake Texcoco to make […]

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Silent Impact of Underground Climate Change on Urban Infrastructure

Via The Cool Down, a report on an additional impact of urban heat islands: “You don’t need to live in Venice to live in a city that is sinking.” A study unveiled a hidden danger that could wreak havoc on major cities around the world. What happened? Researcher Alessandro Rotta Loria, an assistant professor of […]

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Jakarta: Striving To Avoid Becoming Next Atlantis

Via Onewater, an article on Jakarta’s efforts to adapt to increasing subsidence Jakarta — the fastest-sinking city in the world — has finally taken action on its core land subsidence problem when groundwater free zones for highrise buildings will start to be established in August this year. If the government accelerates the provision of piped- water to all residents […]

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Critical Infrastructure Is Sinking Along the US East Coast

Courtesy of Wired, a look at how – up and down the Atlantic Coast – the land is steadily sinking, or subsiding. That’s destabilizing levees, roads, and airports, just as sea levels are rising. Unless you’re sinking into quicksand, you might assume that the land beneath your feet is solid and unmoving. In actual fact, […]

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