BERKELEY (KRON) — The rise in sea level has always created a concern about flooding, but a new study finds several spots in the Bay Area are also sinking faster than expected.
That could submerge numerous coastal areas faster than once thought.
Scientists at UC Berkeley say most of these sinking areas were built on landfill. Now, they’be been able to calculate just how fast they are sinking, and how much more flooding we can expect.
Flooding has always been a concern, especially for areas along the coast or bay, but new research shows flooding concerns are not just tied to the rise sea level–but the sinking of land.
“The combination of sea level rise and the sinking of the land due to compaction of sediments is producing a much-increased flooding hazard around the bay.” Prof. Roland Burgmann said.
UC Berkeley Geophysics Prof. Burgmann says the study he’s co-authored finds certain spots in the Bay Area, most built on landfill, are sinking faster than others.
“San Francisco airport, Treasure Island, Foster City, Union City, and some smaller areas, Alameda, Bay Farm, Oakland airport,” Prof. Burgmann said.
Burgmann says increased flooding has already begun, and by the turn of the century, it will be much worse.
The area at SFO is expected to flood at the turn of the century due to sea level rise, but when you add the degree to which the land is sinking, the flood zone increases dramatically, with water covering about half of the runways and taxiways.
In Foster City, the same thing.
“If I lived there, I would be very worried,” Prof. Burgmann said. “Clearly these low-lying areas along all coasts are at great risk.”
Burgmann says there’s still time for decision makers to do something.
Some options include building levees or sea walls or raising the land itself–certainly easier said than done.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A video of an orangutan smoking has brought more criticism of a zoo in Indonesia infamous for past animal welfare troubles.
In the video shot Sunday, a young man flicks his half-smoked cigarette into the primate’s enclosure. It’s picked up by the reddish-brown primate, who expertly puffs on it to laughter from the crowd.
Activist Marison Guciano said Wednesday the smoking ape is further evidence of a lack of supervision and education at Bandung Zoo, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) southwest of the capital, Jakarta.
Guciano said the man committed a crime but the privately owned zoo is mainly responsible because of its “ignorance of supervision and education for visitors.”
In this image made from video, an adult male orangutan smokes a cigarette in its enclosure at Bandung Zoo in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, Sunday, March 4, 2018. The zoo infamous for mistreatment of animals is being slammed again by activists after a video emerged of one of its orangutans smoking. (AP Photo)
The zoo has repeatedly made headlines for starving and sick animals. It was temporarily closed in 2016 after a Sumatran elephant that died was found to have bruises on its body.
A change.org petition calling for Bandung Zoo to be closed has nearly 1 million signatures. Visitors who review the zoo on TripAdvisor describe a dirty facility and sadness and anger at seeing the condition of the animals.
Zoo spokesman Sulhan Syafi’I said “we very much regret that such a thing happened” and the incident was reported to police.
Signs at the zoo warn visitors to not feed animals or give them cigarettes, he said.
Substandard conditions are common at Indonesian zoos and Guciano blamed the government for being slow in establishing animal welfare standards.
NEW YORK (AP) — Emergency rooms saw a big jump in overdoses from opioids last year — the latest evidence the nation’s drug crisis is getting worse.
A government report released Tuesday shows overdoses from opioids increased 30 percent late last summer, compared to the same three-month period in 2016. The biggest jumps were in the Midwest and in cities, but increases occurred nationwide.
“This is a very difficult and fast-moving epidemic and there are no easy solutions,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Overdose increases in some states and cities may be due to changes in the volume and type of illicit opioid drugs being sold on the streets, health officials said.
The report did not break down overdoses by type of opioid, be it prescription pain pills, heroin, fentanyl or others.
The CDC recently started using a new system to track ER overdoses and found the rate of opioid overdoses rose from 14 to 18 per 100,000 ER visits over a year. Almost all those overdoses were not fatal.
The CDC numbers is likely an undercount. It’s tracking system covers about 60 percent of the ER visits in the whole country and some people who overdose don’t go to the hospital, Schuchat said.
Opioids were involved in two-thirds of all overdose deaths in 2016. That year, the powerful painkiller fentanyl and its close opioid cousins played a bigger role in the deaths than any other legal or illegal drug.
More recent CDC data shows overdose deaths rose 14 percent from July 2016 to July 2017, but that data doesn’t distinguish opioids from other drugs.
SAN JOSE (KRON) — Your food options while you’re waiting for your flight just got a whole lot better.
Popular fast-food restaurants Shake Shack and Chick-fil-A are coming to San Jose airport by 2020, the airport announced on Wednesday.
Also coming to San Jose airport–The Great American Bagel, International Beer Union, and Trader Vic’s.
“HMSHost is excited to expand the dining scene and to continue to serve great food and beverages in support of Silicon Valley airport’s continued passenger growth records,” HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Michael Price said. “We thank the San José City Council and airport team for their ongoing partnership and we look forward to opening these leading brands along with enhancing some existing restaurants for travelers to enjoy for many years to come.”
In addition to the new restaurants, the Gordon Biersch in Terminal A.
“The City of San José has been a long-time partner of HMSHost, and we are pleased to continue our relationship in mutually serving Silicon Valley travelers for at least the next six years,” Director of Aviation John Aitken said. “These new food and beverage offerings, combined with HMSHost’s existing successful concepts, give our diversity of passengers a variety of flavor and price-point choices. Whether our customers are business travelers flying to Europe with an extra hour to enjoy a sit-down meal, or a family of four going to Walt Disney World with just enough time to grab a quick meal to enjoy onboard our five-hour, nonstop flight to Orlando.”
The food options will be located in Terminal A and B.