Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

A 'no-brainer'

Vermont senators back $1 trillion infrastructure plan

The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that $3.6 trillion is needed to fully repair the nation's infrastructure. WIN McNAMEE / Getty Images

Newsday

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Senate Democrats unveiled a $1 trillion infrastructure plan last week, challenging President Donald Trump to fulfill a key campaign promise and support the legislation. Vermont's two U.S. senators — who each serve as ranking members on committees with jurisdiction over the federal budget — helped introduce the plan, which prioritizes $110 billion for water and sewer upgrades.

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A vulnerable community braces for sea-level rise

Yale Environment 360

Experts warn that the flooding exacerbated by climate change will disproportionately affect low-lying, low-income communities. In the Wilmington, Del., neighborhood of Southbridge, residents are determined to build up their flood defenses — and to stand their ground — as flooding events become more frequent.

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Academics build a solar-powered water purifier

Phys.org

You may have seen Bear Grylls of "Man vs. Wild" turn foul water into drinking water with little more than sunlight and plastic. Now, academics have added a third element that may turn this survival tactic into a highly efficient and inexpensive way to turn saltwater and contaminated water into potable water for personal use.

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