Friday, January 16, 2015
Monday, August 12, 2013
A new report for Bloomberg Markets Magazine exposes "conflict tungsten" from Colombia. A major tungsten mine in a remote part of Colombia is controlled by the guerrilla terrorist group FARC. It uses the proceeds from the sale of the precious metal to fund its activities. Michael Smith is a Bloomberg Markets Latin America Reporter. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the use of tungsten in electronic devices.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
TN MOVING STORIES: House To Revamp Transpo Bill, Twin Cities Renames Transit System, Social Media Helps Airline Passengers Choose Seatmates
Friday, February 24, 2012
By Kate Hinds
Top stories on TN:
In the tech sector, bikes are the new cars. (Link)
Reports: House GOP considers reversal on transit funding. (Link)
A Brooklyn, New York subway station house that was shuttered some four decades ago is open again. (Link)
About a quarter of employees who work in New York area airports make wages that are below the poverty line. (Link)
Seemingly enjoying the fact that neither Rick Santorum nor Mitt Romney supported the bailout of the auto industry, the Obama campaign is out with an ad rubbing it in. (Link)
The House will revamp its transportation bill -- and is killing its controversial transit funding provision. (Politico)
...and Democrats are crowing. (The Hill)
The Twin Cities transit system will now be known as "Metro," and the light rail system is being color-coded. Bonus: new logo! (Minnesota Public Radio)
President Obama on high gas prices: “Anybody who tells you we can drill our way out of this problem doesn’t know what they’re talking about, or just isn’t telling you the truth." (New York Times)
Meanwhile, in France, gas has hit $8 a gallon, and prices could go higher. (NPR)
The projected budget deficits for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency operations are shrinking. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Denver's rapid transit to the northwest suburbs might actually come in the form of a bus system rather than a rail line as initially promised to voters nearly eight years ago. (Denver Post)
Social seating: Dutch airline KLM is testing a program it calls Meet and Seat, allowing ticket-holders to upload details from their Facebook or LinkedIn profiles and use the data to choose seatmates. (New York Times)
Los Angeles's Metro is locking gates in an effort to curb fare evasion. (Los Angeles Times)
Driverless trains will come to Australia's mining industry by 2014. Next up: driverless trucks. (PSFK)
In Toronto, light rail plans are full speed ahead, regardless of politics. (The Star)
Thursday, July 07, 2011
This week, a team of Japanese scientists announced that vast deposits of rare earth minerals—considered essential for the production of certain electronics—have been found under the Pacific Ocean. Cindy Lee Van Dover, Director of Duke University Marine Laboratory and Peter B. Kelemen, an Earth & Environmental Studies Professor at Columbia University, tell us about the deposits and how deep sea mining works.
Monday, June 13, 2011
The battle over environmental regulations has reached a fever pitch in Kentucky. The EPA is proposing a package of major policy rules aimed at curbing emissions from coal-fired plants, drawing widespread opposition from business interests. Backers of the Kentucky's coal mining industry are fighting the EPA over regulations, with some going so far as saying Kentucky should be a "sanctuary," protected from all EPA regulations.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Investigations into last year’s coal mine disaster in West Virginia that killed 29 people have found the mine owner squarely responsible. The former federal mine safety chief Davitt McAteer led the investigation into the worst American mining disaster in 40 years. Jessica Lilly, reporter for West Virginia Public Radio shares the on the community's reaction.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
The world’s eyes are on the "Faceless 50" workers at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station as they struggle to keep potential radiation leaks under control. Though the workers' identities are unknown, their incredibly stressful task has captured our imaginations. The United States also has people working in fields where the willingness to risk your life in a catastrophe is part of the deal. Is it worth it? And who gets left behind to fight the good fight?
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
All 29 miners trapped underground in a New Zealand mine are believed dead following a second "massive" explosion early this morning. The second explosion occurred just as rescue workers were preparing to enter the mine for a rescue attempt. We're joined for more on this story by Kim Baker Wilson, a reporter for Radio New Zealand in Auckland.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
The 33 Chilean miners still trapped underground will need to stay mentally strong - and stay physically thin. Chile's health minister says the escape tunnel being drilled for the miners will prevent the passage of anyone with a waist size bigger than 35 inches. In the meantime, soap, clothes, games and food packages are being sent down to the men.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Chilean miners, trapped deep underground, have become the symbol for a nation still haunted by years of political darkness; and this morning's top headlines.
Friday, July 09, 2010
Refineries, open-pit mines, and mining camps can seem like remote locations. Unless they are your father's photographic obsessions. Over at the WNYC culture page, writer Carolina Miranda muses on her engineer father's five decades of snapshots of oil refineries, open pit mines, and mining camps. At left, a view of the Caletones copper smelting project in the Andes, as captured by Felipe Miranda in 1968.
We write about oil and energy, all the time at Transportation Nation, but these photos tell the story from a whole new angle. Literally. --Andrea Bernstein
Friday, April 23, 2010
It's still not known what caused the fatal explosion at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Mine, a powerful blast that killed 29 miners in the worst mining disaster in a generation. But, in today's New York Times, a foreman from the Upper Big Branch Mine, speaking on condition of anonymity, revealed a pattern of lax safety practices that pointed to disaster.