Population Rise and Earthquake Fatalities
February 24, 2013 | USGS
"Predicted population increases in this century can be expected to translate into more people dying from earthquakes. There will be more individual earthquakes with very large death tolls as well as more people dying during earthquakes than ever before, according to a newly published study led by U.S. Geological Survey engineering geologist Thomas L. Holzer." Quoted from the USGS announcement.
March 11, 2014 | The Landslide Blog
You have probably heard about how "metal fatigue" can result in the failure of aircraft parts and bridge cables. Have you heard about "rock fatigue" resulting in the failure of outcrops and other structures?
Shale Oil Helped Depress Iranian Exports
November 11, 2013 | Bloomberg Businessweek
An article in Bloomberg Businessweek suggests that the abundance of new crude oil being generated from shale helped pressure Iran into negotiations on nuclear weapons. Iran's oil exports have fallen from about 2.5 million barrels per day to a little over 1 million and the country is in need of income. Oil from shale has helped bridge that demand without market disruptions.