For as long as the government avoids rigorous, transparent processes, there is no reason to expect any real discipline in how it spends infrastructure dollars.
Ducking hard choices means avoiding change that could make a real improvement to the effectiveness of Australia’s infrastructure.
The Millennium drought had a huge impact on the Murray-Darling river system.
Droughts are much bigger and slower than other natural disasters that hit Australia - meaning that despite their huge impacts, we still haven't figured out how best to protect ourselves.
Sydney’s WestConnex road project has a surprisingly low ‘worst case’ cost estimate.
Our infrastructure systems should promise what is worth having, and then deliver what is promised.
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In a busy city like London, green space is a valuable commodity.
Here's how social and political power can come together in cities, to counteract the focus on short-term profit.
After hitting parts of Haiti with winds of 145 miles per hour, Hurricane Matthew is moving toward the U.S.
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As the U.S. braces for potential landfall of Hurricane Matthew, our experts weigh in on hurricanes, the need for resilient infrastructure and climate change.
South Australia’s blackout was a reminder of the importance of our infrastructure.
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While South Australia's storm hasn't yet been specifically linked to climate change, it's a reminder of the challenge of delivering essential services in a more variable climate.
The U.S. could do with a shot in the arm too.
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Although the Fed delayed raising rates this month, it has signaled it intends to wean the U.S. economy off its unprecedented monetary stimulus. Now the question is whether Congress will take the handoff.
The Gold Coast light rail project provides an opportunity to study the scale of property value gains arising from new transport infrastructure.
Land value gains following the opening of stage one of the Gold Coast light rail project were worth around 25% of its cost.
The Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona, is one of the few remnants of America’s mid-20th century motel boom.
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What does the shuttering of traditional roadside motels say about America's relationship with travel and freedom?
After the closing ceremony’s razzmatazz, what will be Rio’s legacy that lingers?
The lasting effects of Olympic Games are measured in more than just concrete stadiums.
The new Equinix SY4 data centre in Alexandria sure doesn’t look like a cloud from the outside.
Without data centres the world stops. We explored the inner Sydney suburb of Alexandria to learn more about these critical infrastructures.
A candid assessment of the impact of the games, from an academic on the ground.
A 2009 flood, worsened by a high tide, in Miami.
With little state and federal leadership, regional planners in southern Florida try to prepare for the effects of climate change.
Can undersea oil rigs become homes?
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In coming decades many oil and gas platforms will have to be retired. Rather than being dismantled, they could be given a new lease of life as artificial reefs, helping industry and the environment.
Partially demolished houses in the Vila Autodromo favela, with the Olympic Park in the background.
An architect rides through the streets of Rio amidst a cacophony of drills and jackhammers. He wonders: Is it worth it? What will the legacy of all this construction be?
Blowing in the wind.
A five point plan to give Britain an approach which tackles climate change while fostering growth.
China has the most extensive high-speed rail network in the world, which has helped reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.
High-speed rail is now a well-established technology and Australia needs it, as long as the project ticks all the boxes needed to deliver both private and public benefits.
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'Adaptation' will help deal with the next decade or two of global warming. But what about key energy or transport links that are expected to last a century?
By persuading some drivers to travel a different route or at a different time, congestion charges can dramatically improve the flow of traffic.
Bigger cities increase wages, output and innovation, but also problems of congestion and pollution. Congestion charges can minimise these problems by dramatically improving traffic flows.