In December, the New York City Housing Authority and lawyers representing its tenants reached a settlement intended to cut down the absurdly long wait time for basic repairs. One of the provisions required housing officials to respond to mold complaints within 15 days. Everybody agreed this was good ... More >>
The absurdly long wait time for basic repairs has seemed to become just another unfortunate but standard inconvenience of living in public housing. Leaking ceilings, broken door locks, dead light sockets. A resident calls to report something in need of fix and winds up at the end of year-or-more lon ... More >>
Sometime very soon, the Environmental Protection Agency will release its final plan on how to clean up the incredibly polluted Gowanus Canal, a process that's expected to take years and cost $550 million. In the meantime, stop fishing there. No, seriously, that's something that people are still doin ... More >>
In New York City, like in many other major metropolises, schizophrenia is a disease that can be more visible than most. In 1999, after a schizophrenic off his meds pushed a woman into the path of an oncoming N train, New York State even came up with a law to make the mentally ill seek compulsory tre ... More >>
Beer won't kill you, but the poisonous chemicals that come from the commonly used brew filtering process just might. NPR reports that German researchers recently found traces of arsenic in "hundreds of samples of beer, some at levels more than twice that allowed in drinking water."
Last fall, it seemed as if justice was finally in the works for tenants in Sunset Park. In August, after organizing a year-long rent strike with three buildings on their block, residents finally had their day in court. At the time, Judge Sylvia Hinds-Radix seemed sympathetic, noting, "This building ... More >>
Nearly three months after Sandy pushed the ocean clear across the Rockaway spit, there's a hidden aftermath. In basements and first floors across the peninsula, a vast bloom of dangerous mold is spreading across flood-soaked beams and floorboards, studs and drywall. Stakes are high. "What starts in ... More >>
The Environmental Protection Agency released its plan for cleaning up the Gowanus Canal Superfund site yesterday, and as expected, the process is going to be complicated, time-consuming, and mind-bogglingly expensive. Since its completion in the 1860s, the Gowanus has been the home of virtually eve ... More >>
Thankfully, this bit of news is a little more resounding for the World Trade Center anniversary on Tuesday than our report of the political dispute between Bloomberg and Cuomo over the Museum funds from earlier today.According to the New York Post, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and ... More >>
As fracking spreads across the Marcellus shale formation and the rest of America with the White House's support, a government researcher has announced today that sand dust emitted during hydraulic fracturing might be one "of the most dangerous threats to workers." Citing a National Institute for Oc ... More >>
A little more than a month after the Environmental Protection Agency released its long-awaited report on the non-cancer dangers of dioxins, consumer groups have called on Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration to officially stop buying products which contain these chemicals. New York's Center fo ... More >>
The Environmental Protection Agency has finally released its report on the non-cancer dangers of dioxins -- toxic chemicals that abound in most consumer products. Though health advocates have been wary of dioxins for years, the FDA has said after a nearly 3 decades-long delay that the nasty carcino ... More >>
Ah, Second Avenue subway. We've had some ups and downs with you in the seemingly interminable time we've been waiting for your completion. You're noisy, some of us had to move because of you, there was that gross thing with the flies, and, of course, a big question has been, how sick are you making ... More >>
It's always good to know that the people who raise the nation's livestock and sow the country's crops really want to put health first. Or not. A group of top U.S. food producers has recently protested the Food and Drug Administration's upcoming demands for tougher dioxin limits in nutritional stap ... More >>
Public health experts in the U.K. have recently begged the government to ban cheap booze, saying that low-cost alcohol causes 13,000 cases of cancer yearly -- and 25 percent of deaths in young Britons, according to the BBC.
Each week, Death by Science gets on its hands and knees and crawls around, searching the dark world of science and technology. Often terrifying, sometimes humbling, our discoveries will make you run to the nearest 7-11 and stock up on canned goods and doomsday porn. This week, we found a stud ... More >>
The new 9/11 health bill requires "tens of thousands of cops, firefighters, construction workers and others who survived the worst terrorist assault in U.S. history and risked their lives in its wake" to prove to the government that they're not terrorists before they can receive medical care, ... More >>
The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant seems to get worse daily. According to CNN, the radiation level of water now flowing into the Pacific from the plant is "more than millions of times above the regulatory limit." Radiation from samples taken over the weekend outside one of t ... More >>
via ReutersOfficials say that highly radioactive water is leaking into the Pacific from a crippled reactor at Fukushima Daiichi. Water from a concrete pit has been seen escaping through a crack into the ocean; radiation levels in that pit have been measured at "1,000 millisieverts per hour, which ... More >>
The Daily has an article (not that I can read the whole thing in my iPad-less state!) about irritating Berkeley, Calif. residents being irrationally afraid of radiation from the nuclear crisis in Japan. They are flocking to the area's health food vitamin apothecary-places to buy potassium iodide, ... More >>
Before you freak out over the words "radioactive plume" hitting Southern California, know that any radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan will be diluted and, via the New York Times, "at worst, would have extremely minor health consequences in the United States, even if hints of ... More >>
alamosbasementLow levels of PCBs, a chemical compound linked to cancer, have been found in public schools across New York. The New York Times reports leaky light ballasts are to blame. Parents are being told that there is no immediate danger, but that long-term exposure could increase health ... More >>
After a yearlong evaluation of Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal, the EPA has released their report on the levels of contamination in the waterway. The results, published yesterday, aren't good for the Superfund site. Two suspected carcinogens -- PAHs and PCBs -- were found to be "widespread" in the ... More >>
A city councilman from Queens apparently wants your your teeth to rot and fall out. The Daily News says Councilman Peter Vallone is planning to introduce a bill that would end New York's 45-year practice of adding fluoride to its tap water, citing safety concerns and comparing the miner ... More >>
Uh-oh. After finding "elevated" levels of lead in New York City tap water, the city's Department of Environmental Protection is warning New Yorkers to run their faucet for 30 seconds before drinking it, cooking it, or feeding it to their babies. While the DEP says the lead levels are "too sma ... More >>
Copyright GreenpeaceBluefin tuna: don't eat it.Navigating the increasingly murky waters of sustainable seafood isn't an easy task, particularly when it's abetted by grocery stores whose eco-conscious posturing doesn't quite extend to what's being sold at their fish counters. Fortunately, Food ... More >>
At this point, saying that science has yet to directly link 9/11 exposure to the wide range of ailments suffered by Ground Zero workers is like poking a gorilla in the eye with a stick or commanding a boulder to stop rolling downhill. After all, the city is ready to fork over more than $600 ... More >>
Few things can scare Americans into paying attention to the environment like risks to children's health. USA Today published the results of an interesting eight-month-long investigation this week. In "The Smokestack Effect: Toxic Air and America's Schools," the newspaper used the government's model ... More >>
Mama's taking off this week! I've got to tend to my bunions, catch up on my reading (The Globe and various word puzzle books), and idly sit around watching Obama plummet in the polls. So don't say I'm not busy! I can barely squeeze all this activity into just seven days! And it's not like I didn't w ... More >>
Lia Halloran shreds the streets of L.A. for her art
You should already know the answer to the world's most obnoxious question. ("Sparkling or still?") Tap. Thanks. This week, March 16-22, these restaurants will ask you to donate one dollar for the delicious NYC water you usually drink for free. Each dollar will provide clean drinking water to a chil ... More >>
A city councilman and the cops don't want you to have that Geiger counter without their permission
Delays at New York's area airports not only hurt the city's standing in the global marketplace but also pollute nearby communities, according to a report by Comptroller Bill Thompson. In a new report, “Grounded: The Impact of Mounting Flight Delays on New York City’s Economy & Environment" T ... More >>
In an unregulated industry, can sex toys be toxic?
(Photo by Holly Northrop/hnorthrop.com) It seems the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has done it again, offering yet another false assurance to New Yorkers about fallout from the 9/11 terrorist attacks. At least, that's how many people who live and work in downtown Manhattan have come to vie ... More >>
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