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05.01.15 Liam Mathews

Christopher Swain, the clean-water advocate who attempted to swim the length of the Gowanus Canal on April 22, told DNAinfo that he also plans to swim the Newtown Creek sometime this spring to draw attention to the need to clean the polluted waterway. The Newtown Creek, which separates Queens and Brooklyn, is arguably even more […]

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04.22.15 Prachi Gupta

On Wednesday afternoon, a 47-year-old man did the unthinkable: He plunged into the Gowanus Canal’s dark toxic cauldron of stagnant water, which is brewing with raw sewage, arsenic and gonorrhea, among a host of unknown substances. The man, Christopher Swain, entered the canal at Degraw and Bond Street just before 2 PM, from where he […]

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Prachi Gupta

In honor of Earth Day, the La Guardia and Wagner Archives have released a 1980s-era water conservation ad sponsored by former Mayor Ed Koch when the city was in the middle of one of its worst droughts of the century. (What other time could a slogan like “Keep New York wet” catch on?). The cheesy […]

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04.17.15 Yojimbot

Growing up in NYC, boat rides were a staple of our school trips. Whether it was the now defunct Hospital Boat or the Circle Line, traversing the waterways of New York had been an integral part of learning about this City and its history. Since the ’90s, however, the legacy of sailors, shipyards and deckhands […]

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11.17.14 Rhett Jones

In the event that Idiocracy‘s predictions come true and water becomes less common than sports drinks or soda, artist Helmut Smits has us covered. His latest sculptural installation is a machine that converts Coca-Cola into water. With help from the Synthetic Organic Chemistry Group, Smits collaborated on the seemingly useless machine with Martien Würdemann. The machine is gorgeous […]

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11.03.14 Bucky Turco

Last week, Pope Francis shocked the world when he said that the theories of evolution and the Big Bang don’t contradict the teachings of the Catholic Church and that God doesn’t use a “magic wand.” But was his statement really that profound? According to a newly published paper, the Earth’s oceans are a lot older […]

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09.25.14 Rhett Jones

Scientists have discovered water vapor in the atmosphere of a planet that is about the size of Neptune and located 120 light-years away in the constellation of Cygnus. HAT-P-11b (we’re gonna call it HAT) is classified as an Exo-Neptune because of its similar size to Neptune but its biggest difference is that it’s very close to […]

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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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06.13.14 Sophie Weiner

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) has shut been shutting off water weekly for anyone “behind $150 or more on their water bills, or whose accounts are 60 days overdue,” Michigan Citizen reports. Nearly half of Detroit’s population falls into this category. Shut offs have included residents who are already on a payment plan […]

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03.04.14 Marina Galperina

Co-directors Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky’s beautiful new documentary film Watermark opens in New York on April 4th. Here’s the US trailer. At about 0:30, you will have feelings. You will see sweeping aerial shots of Colorado River’s barren desert delta in 5K ultra high-definition video. You will watch a construction time-lapse at the Xiluodu, the biggest arch dam in the […]

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