Category Archives: air pollution

Air Quality Measurements on Your Own Window Sill

[This is a guest blog post from Talmor Meir, a PhD student at Stevens Institute in the Maritime Security Laboratory.] Good news to NYC and it’s neighbors: According to The New York Times air across our city is the cleanest it … Continue reading

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Next Mayor: Continue to Lead on Climate

This is an Op-Ed published in the New York Times Room for Debate forum .  It was solicited by the RfD editor, with the topic being “transportation challenges for the next mayor”. It was eventually published under a somewhat different debate topic, … Continue reading

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Baseline Air Quality Measurements at Asphalt Green

As summarized in a prior post, we are now collecting air pollution data at the site of the proposed marine garbage transfer station (MTS) at East 91st Street in Manhattan.  The site is next to Asphalt Green, a large community … Continue reading

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Monitoring Air Quality, Empowering Communities

Would you stand in front of a truck to stop injustice? If you were pressed to contemplate such an extreme action, wouldn’t you want to have accurate information first on how serious of an injustice was being committed?  I certainly … Continue reading

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Where are the Currents Weakest Around Manhattan?

A law firm recently contacted our oceanography research group with a request for research on whether or not the Marine garbage Transfer Station (MTS) proposed for 91st Street in Manhattan would cause navigational problems.  If we were willing to do … Continue reading

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Latest plume forecast for Japan

Future Japan air and water radiation plume updates will continue at a different blog site so change your bookmarks. Predicted plume dispersion over the next 36 hours (through morning of 17 March, Japan Standard Time).  Although the plume was directed … Continue reading

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Airborne plume dispersion in coastal areas

New York City, like most megacities including Tokyo, does not have mechanisms in place to evacuate the population of the entire city.  Even the direst catastrophic scenarios entail a strategy of sheltering in place for at least some of the … Continue reading

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Which way would airborne toxic gases blow during a terrorist release?

In the event of a terrorist release of a harmful chemical, biological or radiological (CBR) agent as a weapon in an urban area, the motion of the gas and particles is unpredictable.  Factors that contribute to the complexity of the … Continue reading

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The Big Stink: II. Scents and the Weather

Weather conditions can promote or inhibit bad smells in an urban area.  Warm weather can increase bacterial decomposition of organic matter, which under certain conditions can produce sulfurous smells – this is why it often reeks when you walk past … Continue reading

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The Big Stink: I. Scents and the City

Four years ago, on the morning of Monday, January 8th, 2007, a mysterious foul odor settled upon New York City and surrounding regions, causing confusion, consternation and even building evacuations in some cases.  Many were concerned it might be dangerous … Continue reading

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