Electricity pylons from Cape Town’s Koeberg nuclear power plant. State-owned companies help to provide infrastructure for economic development.
State-owned companies are not generally needed to provide goods. Rather, they are needed to provide the foundation for a well-functioning economy and a healthy, well-informed populace.
Here come the rains to Hollywood and Southern California.
The flood-control infrastructure built to weather heavy rains in Los Angeles sends runoff to sea – a poor design for drought-worried California.
Going down: Prices in Texas in November 2015.
With cheaper gas, consumers are buying fewer fuel-efficient vehicles – a step backwards on climate, energy security and upkeep of our highway and bridges.
Taking the biscuit. UK organisations need some quality control.
Efforts to fix the UK's failure to make more stuff and be more profitable focus too far up the chain.
Rail needs to go where it will do the most to reinvigorate cities.
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Building more rail shouldn't be reliant on the public purse.
Viana, near Luanda, Angola. China has played a major role in funding infrastructure projects in Africa but the deficit remains huge.
Since time immemorial, huge infrastructure projects have been financed with funds from the capital markets. Africa should not rely on development finance institutions.
‘Decarbonizing’ the energy system is above all an infrastructure problem.
Dealing with climate change will require countries to 'decarbonize' their energy infrastructure. The history of infrastructure suggests this could happen quickly once the transition starts.
There’s nothing a couple beers can’t fix.
October was a strong month for jobs gains, but the president and Congress need to stop waiting for the numbers to improve and begin to act more proactively.
Michelle Grattan and Michael de Percy discuss the week in politics, including the reforms Joe Hockey was unable to implement as treasurer and his likely new role as ambassador in the US.
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Head-in-sand attitude of nuclear power plants toward cybersecurity is accident waiting to happen, report finds.
Minneapolis learned the tragic consequences of crumbling infrastructure in 2007.
Our roads, bridges and schools are in dire need of aid, and the economic benefits of investment far outweigh the financial costs.
Obama made a trip to Alaska to steer the national conversation to the effects of climate change.
Obama's trips to vastly different areas – New Orleans and Alaska – laid bare the rising costs of adapting to climate change, now and in the future.
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Is the UK chancellor's new commitment to infrastructure undermined by a reliance on China?
Background briefing. How China has been given access to UK energy.
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The Chancellor has to face some hard scrutiny of a deal which would look like a communist coup under a Labour PM.
Rail and other public transport infrastructure could receive more funding from the new Turnbull government.
Jamie Briggs talks to Michelle Grattan about his new portfolio, the policy pivot away from just roads toward other infrastructure projects like public transport, and much more.
The internet is becoming the essential infrastructure of the 21st century.
Broadband is coming to be seen as crucial infrastructure for the 21st century, as were roads and electricity for the 20th. But what does a genuinely 21st century broadband network look like?
Firing line. Corbyn’s economic plans face scrutiny.
There are some important parts of Corbynomics that can offer a clear, distinctive and viable economic programme with which to confront the government.
G20 finance ministers will need to do more than talk to deliver improved economic growth.
Without true structural reform and business investment the G20 economies will be unable to deliver on their lofty growth ambitions.
New Delhi’s Yamuna River, like much of India’s water, is polluted. The world urgently needs low-carbon ways to clean things up.
Much of the world still lacks access to proper sanitation and clean water - an issue that needs urgent action. But without low-carbon technologies, clean water could come at the expense of the climate.
Congested roads and overcrowded public transport services are common problems in many of our cities.
Australia's transport infrastructure needs urgent upgrades. But with governments willing to fund only one or two major projects, how do we decide which infrastructure project to prioritise?