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06.02.15 Prachi Gupta

You may breathe New York air without any hesitation, but would you eat it? That’s what the folks behind the smog cart, an installation at the New Museum’s Ideas City festival, wanted people to consider when they doled out smog-infused meringue cookies to people on Saturday. The project was meant to increase awareness about the […]

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05.14.15 Liam Mathews

Filmmaker Justin Brooks took a trip to Brooklyn’s Dead Horse Bay on a foggy day and shot some moody, pretty footage. Dead Horse Bay, named for the waste produced by the glue factories that used to surround it, is polluted with garbage from an old, ruptured landfill. Some of the debris on the beach is […]

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03.31.15 Prachi Gupta

Mayor Bill de Blasio, a champion of progressive values with an agenda that embraces environmentally friendly initiatives, has been leading a double life: one in which he wastes fuel and pollutes the air with reckless abandon. The Brooklyn Paper reports that de Blasio travels 11 miles to work out at his favorite gym, the Park […]

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03.05.15 Raven Rakia

The air we’re breathing in New York is so polluted it might increase our risk of stroke by almost 25%, according to a new study released by the NYU Langone Center on Wednesday. The study conducted cardiovascular screenings tests for 300,000 residents in the tristate area and concluded that “inhaling New York air can block […]

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09.18.14 Sophie Weiner

For those hoping to get in one last swim in the Gowanus Canal before summer officially ends, don’t. I Quant NY‘s latest map is an analysis of which waterways in New York are tested as unsafe for swimming the most often. The reason: too much poop. As I Quant NY’s Ben Wellington explains, when heavy rain occurs, New […]

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06.30.14 Sophie Weiner

Prolific experimental technology artist vtol, already responsible for brainwave-reading instruments and musical tattoos, has created a device that “smells” pollution and uses the data to produce abstract art it prints on the spot like a Polaroid. Connected via Bluetooth to a computer, Digioxide can move around a city, relaying data back to a base where it […]

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Sophie Weiner

The Daily Kos recently posted about a “new Red State fad” that’s so absurd it’s difficult to even comprehend. “Rollin’ coal” is the practice of installing parts into your vehicle that make you burn more gas and pollute more… as an anti-environmentalist statement. These people are essentially installing smoke stacks in their cars for the sole purpose of […]

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01.14.14 Andy Cush

Here’s some evidence of just how badly we’re fucking up the planet. Tributyltin, a chemical that was used in painting ship hulls before it was banned internationally in 2008, has been making female snails grown penises and vas deferens — the tubes that carry sperm — for decades. In some cases, the growths were large […]

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11.20.13 Andy Cush

The Upper West Side boasts the worst air pollution in all the five boroughs, according to new city data. The Upper East Side didn’t fare so well either, coming in right behind the neighborhood across the park. According to the organization NYC Clean Heat, the pollution comes mostly not from cars, trucks, and buses, but […]

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08.20.13 Andy Cush

To create the mystifying marbled circles you see above, artist John Sabraw and environmental engineer Guy Riefler looked to pollution. Riefler collected river water that had been tainted with iron by coal mining near Athens, Ohio, then using it as pigment for Sabraw to use in paint. “I was coming back from rivers with stained socks,” […]

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