Extreme Weather Is Soaking New York City. Community Gardens Can Help.

Intense storms are on the rise, which probably means more flooding. Local green spaces are on the case.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #floods, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #global-warming, #greenthumb, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #new-york-city-community-garden-coalition, #sewers-and-sewage

Overlooked No More: Elizabeth Hayes, Coal Town Doctor Who Fought for Miners

“Dr. Betty” led 350 miners on a strike in Pennsylvania in 1945 demanding that the mining company that owned their town improve horridly unsanitary conditions.

#biographical-information, #coal, #deaths-obituaries, #doctors, #hayes-elizabeth-1912-84, #mines-and-mining, #pennsylvania, #sewers-and-sewage, #shawmut-mining-co

Europe’s rising caseloads could foreshadow a second Omicron surge in the U.S.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #europe, #sewers-and-sewage, #united-states, #world-health-organization

In New York City Sewage, a Mysterious Coronavirus Signal

For the past year, scientists have been looking for the source of strange coronavirus sequences that have appeared in the city’s wastewater.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #genetics-and-heredity, #microbiology, #nature-communications-journal, #new-york-city, #rats, #rodents, #sewers-and-sewage, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Clues to the Next Variant Are All Around Us

Wastewater monitoring and air sampling hold promise for finding viruses and variants faster.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gisaid, #science-and-technology, #sewers-and-sewage

In Sewage, Clues to Omicron’s Surge

Tracking the virus in wastewater is helping some cities and hospitals respond to the most recent wave of the coronavirus, but a more coordinated national effort is needed, experts say.

#boston-childrens-hospital, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #houston-tex, #missouri, #netherlands, #new-york-city, #sewers-and-sewage, #united-states, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

As Infrastructure Money Flows, Wastewater Improvements Are Key

The new law allocates $11.7 billion for wastewater and stormwater projects. Will it get to the impoverished communities who need it most?

#alabama, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #environmental-protection-agency, #federal-aid-us, #federal-state-relations-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #lowndes-county-alabama, #race-and-ethnicity, #sewers-and-sewage, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

Beaches Closed After 7 Million Gallons of Sewage Spill in Los Angeles County

Officials contained the spill on Friday but were still working to repair a sewer main that collapsed, leading to the release of untreated sewage into the Dominguez Channel.

#beaches, #dominguez-channel-calif, #environment, #hahn-janice-k, #los-angeles-calif, #sewers-and-sewage, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

‘Design and Healing’ Shows How Epidemics Lead to Innovation

“Design and Healing” at the Cooper Hewitt shows adaptations to disease through history that shaped health care, behavior and the form of buildings.

#art, #cooper-hewitt-smithsonian-design-museum, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fauci-anthony-s, #heating-ventilation-and-cooling-hvac, #manhattan-nyc, #mass-design-group, #medical-devices, #murphy-michael-architect, #museums, #sewers-and-sewage, #ventilators-medical

Omicron Is a Dress Rehearsal for the Next Pandemic

America’s response to the variant highlights both how much progress we have made over the past two years — and how much work remains

#bright-rick-a, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #chiu-charles, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #genetics-and-heredity, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #microbiology, #san-francisco-calif, #sewers-and-sewage, #tests-medical, #topol-eric-j, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Cities Are Not Only Tackling Covid, But Its Pollution, Too

All around the world the remnants of a global pandemic are testing the resolve of governments and private firms to rid the planet of its waste.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #california, #cape-town-south-africa, #chile, #citiesfortomorrow, #coquimbo-chile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #environment, #gloves, #hong-kong, #houston-tex, #johannesburg-south-africa, #la-jolla-calif, #london-england, #naturalis-biodiversity-center-leiden-netherlands, #netherlands, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #river-thames-england, #rivers, #sewers-and-sewage, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

On Delhi’s Toxic River, Prayers to a Sun Struggling to Shine Through Smog

Every year, a four-day festival to the sun god Surya highlights the Indian city’s extreme air and water pollution, with a river so filled with foam it resembles a blizzard’s aftermath.

#fasting, #festivals, #india, #new-delhi-india, #sewers-and-sewage, #water-pollution, #yamuna-river-india

When You Go to the Loo, a Bat Might Go Boo

Among roosting bats in parts of Africa, the inside of a drop toilet can be a lovely place to hang.

#animal-behavior, #bathrooms-and-toilets, #bats, #kenya, #research, #sewers-and-sewage, #tanzania, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

This Fjord Shows Even Small Populations Create Giant Microfiber Pollution

Researchers found that one tiny Arctic village’s unfiltered sewage produces as much microplastic as the treated waste of more than a million people.

#arctic-regions, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #longyearbyen-norway, #norway, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #research, #sewers-and-sewage, #svalbard-and-jan-mayen-norway, #textiles, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution, #your-feed-science

How Can New York City Prepare for the Next Ida? Here’s a To-Do List.

The recipe sounds simple: Improve drainage. Use plants, tanks and barriers to slow water. But it takes money and cooperation.

#browne-christopher, #columbia-university, #floods, #global-warming, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricane-sandy-2012, #infrastructure-public-works, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #regional-plan-assn, #sewers-and-sewage, #subways, #trust-for-public-land, #weather

When Environmental Racism Puts Feces in Your Sink

Mount Vernon is one of scores of cities around the country with an outdated or overtaxed sewage system.

#black-people, #discrimination, #environment, #infrastructure-public-works, #sewers-and-sewage, #water-pollution

Los Angeles Criticized After Release of 17 Million Gallons of Sewage Closes Beaches

Officials took more than 12 hours to alert the public about the discharge, drawing a rebuke from environmental watchdogs and elected representatives.

#beaches, #los-angeles-calif, #sewers-and-sewage, #water-pollution

From the Wastewater Drain, Solid Pandemic Data

The coronavirus could turn sewage surveillance into a mainstream public health practice.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #kansas-city-mo, #medicine-and-health, #microbiology, #sewers-and-sewage, #tests-medical, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

How a Sewage Flood Upended Lives in Queens

More than 16 months after a sewage flood wrecked their homes, some South Ozone Park residents say they’re still waiting for help from the city.

#floods, #new-york-city, #office-of-the-comptroller-nyc, #sewers-and-sewage

Raw Sewage Flooded Their Homes. They’re Still Waiting for Help.

New York City accepted responsibility for a collapsed pipe that flooded 127 homes in Queens in 2019, but it has been slow to pay homeowners.

#basements-and-cellars, #black-people, #de-blasio-bill, #department-of-environmental-protection-nyc, #discrimination, #floods, #income-inequality, #new-york-city, #ozone-park-queens-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #sewers-and-sewage, #stringer-scott-m

Worker Ran Illegal Winery in Alabama Sewage Plant, Sheriff Says

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office received a tip about an alcohol operation in a wastewater treatment plant in Rainsville, Ala. A 15-year city employee was arrested and charged.

#alabama, #crime-and-criminals, #sewers-and-sewage, #stiefel-allen-maurice, #wines

Hidden Beneath the Streets of New York, a Way to Track Covid

The city’s sewers, known for alligator tales and other lore, are routinely tested for traces of the coronavirus.

#chokshi-dave-a, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #department-of-environmental-protection-nyc, #disease-rates, #health-and-mental-hygiene-department-nyc, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #microbiology, #new-york-city, #newtown-creek-brooklyn-queens-ny, #sewers-and-sewage, #varma-jay-k

What New York City’s Sewers Reveal About the Virus

The city’s underground pungent waterways, known for alligator tales and other lore, are routinely tested for traces of the coronavirus.

#chokshi-dave-a, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #department-of-environmental-protection-nyc, #disease-rates, #health-and-mental-hygiene-department-nyc, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #microbiology, #new-york-city, #newtown-creek-brooklyn-queens-ny, #sewers-and-sewage, #varma-jay-k

New York Waterway Ferry Company Accused of Dumping Sewage into Hudson

Two former workers claim New York Waterway fouled the river with unfiltered waste from boats’ toilets. The firm denies the allegations.

#bathrooms-and-toilets, #boats-and-boating, #carpenito-craig, #clean-water-act, #environmental-protection-agency, #ferries, #fines-penalties, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hudson-river, #imperatore-arthur-e, #imperatore-arthur-jr, #manhattan-nyc, #new-jersey, #new-york-waterway, #pohan-armand, #rivers, #sewers-and-sewage, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #whistle-blowers

Watching What We Flush Could Help Keep a Pandemic Under Control

The failure to control the coronavirus pandemic has been a failure of real-time health data. Sewage surveillance could help fill in those gaps.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #feces, #research, #sewers-and-sewage

Looking to Reopen, Colleges Become Labs for Coronavirus Tests and Tracking Apps

Universities are pioneering technology that could help society combat the pandemic.

#colleges-and-universities, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #mobile-applications, #rochester-institute-of-technology, #sewers-and-sewage, #tests-medical, #university-of-north-carolina

Study Suggests Coronavirus Emerged In Spain Much Earlier Than Thought

Scientists not involved in the study seriously doubt the findings, which challenge the current consensus on where and when the virus originated.

#academic-and-scientific-journals, #barcelona-spain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #research, #sewers-and-sewage, #your-feed-science

The Virus Is Winning

Magical thinking won’t protect us.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #epidemics, #osterholm-michael-t, #sewers-and-sewage, #states-us, #tests-medical, #trump-donald-j, #vaccination-and-immunization

Sewer Cleaners Wanted in Pakistan: Only Christians Need Apply.

In Pakistan, descendants of lower-caste Hindus who converted to Christianity centuries ago still find themselves marginalized, relegated to dirty jobs and grim fates.

#caste-systems, #christians-and-christianity, #deaths-fatalities, #discrimination, #karachi-pakistan, #labor-and-jobs, #minorities, #muslims-and-islam, #pakistan, #sewers-and-sewage, #waste-materials-and-disposal

Is It Safe to Come Out of Lockdown? Check the Sewer

Wastewater could provide early, painless and localized data about the rise or fall of coronavirus levels.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantines, #sewers-and-sewage, #tests-medical, #your-feed-science

Clean Water Act Covers Groundwater Discharges, Supreme Court Rules

In a 6-to-3 ruling, the court rejected arguments by a county in Hawaii and the Trump administration that only pollution discharged directly into navigable waters requires permits.

#clean-water-act, #maui-hawaii, #roberts-john-g-jr, #sewers-and-sewage, #supreme-court-us, #water, #water-pollution