Nsikan Akpan

Nsikan Akpan appears in the following:

NYC women more likely than men to develop Long COVID: City Council Hearing

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Health experts testified that women are more likely than men to face debilitating Long COVID symptoms that push them out of the workforce.

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Army Corps proposes $52 billion storm surge barriers for New York-New Jersey waterways

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The 14-year construction project would dramatically reshape New York City’s waterfront and be one of the largest infrastructure projects in the area's history.

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Plants and satellites can predict flash droughts weeks in advance

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Droughts often take communities by surprise. Environmental engineers have stumbled upon a curious method to predict these disasters before they begin.

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Why NYC's fallout shelters won't protect you from nuclear attack

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Fallout shelter signs are the last remnants of an ill-conceived program that was designed to quell the anxieties of Americans who had little faith in the shelters to begin with.

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Explained: New York City declares poliovirus a public emergency disaster

Sunday, September 11, 2022

NPR's Ayesha Rascoe speaks to Nsikan Akpan, health and science editor at WNYC/Gothamist, about the poliovirus emergecy disaster declaration in New York state.

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The inside story of how NYC schools spent $90 million on air purifiers that have stirred controversy

Monday, August 22, 2022

The company that sold 160,000 air purifiers to the Department of Education benefited from a lobbying campaign that reached high into the upper ranks of City Hall.

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Polio: How to find your long-lost vaccination records and other FAQs

Monday, August 22, 2022

How do you find your old vaccine records? Is a child protected if they haven't had all their shots? Here’s a guide to facing a polio outbreak in 2022.

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Is monkeypox an STI? Why the answer matters for slowing New York’s outbreak

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Labeling monkeypox as a "sexually transmitted infection" could ensure free access to some health care, but the virus doesn't fit the classic definition.

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New NYC storm surge map shows how climate change threatens affordable housing, upscale waterfront

Thursday, July 28, 2022

East Harlem continues to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy, as the Greenpoint-Williamsburg waterfront builds large high-rises in a flood zone where permanent retreat could be necessary.

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Rise in violent incidents and injuries force staff to quit at NYC psychiatric ward

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Psychiatric staff at one of New York City’s public hospitals are growing alarmed about high numbers of workplace injuries amid what they describe as an overall atmosphere of violence.

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NY and NJ poured millions into new 988 mental health hotline — which could help out-of-staters, too

Friday, July 15, 2022

Starting Saturday, people in crisis will have a new way to reach out for help. But access to the 988 hotline’s services may be limited in some parts of the country.

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New York City quietly closed half its COVID testing sites as omicron rebounded this spring

Tuesday, July 05, 2022

A Gothamist analysis of municipal data found that the number of NYC Health + Hospitals testing sites were cut in half citywide from mid-February to mid-April.

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What the Supreme Court’s ruling on EPA authority means for air quality and local health

Friday, July 01, 2022

Dr. Cecilia Sorensen, director of Columbia University’s Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education, explains what the ruling could mean for conditions like asthma.

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NYS environmental commish on what Supreme Court ruling means for reducing local carbon emissions

Thursday, June 30, 2022

"It puts more of a burden on New York — puts more of a burden on 49 other states."

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As NYC enters coronavirus plateau, health officials push for extension of long COVID services

Thursday, June 30, 2022

City doctors say that long COVID can be confusing and sometimes scary — but also that people don’t need to suffer in silence.

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New podcast explores how climate change threatens NJ’s toxic Superfund sites

Thursday, June 16, 2022

With the worsening climate crisis, time could be running out to clean up these polluted industrial wastelands.

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Mayor Adams passes on restoring mask mandates, weeks after pledging to 'follow the science' on COVID-19

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Officials have yet to issue any new requirements even though city health policy recommends Mayor Adams reinstate policies like indoor mask mandates.

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NJ deciding fate of 70-year-old environmental conservation school

Thursday, May 12, 2022

The school shut down during the pandemic and a nonprofit stepped in to temporarily reopen it.

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What the End of the Federal Mask Mandate Means for NY and NJ

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Now that the federal mask mandate has ended, Nsikan Akpan and Gwynne Hogan join to discuss how the rules have, or haven't, changed.

The long road to New Jersey's recreational marijuana market

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Starting on Thursday, April 21, New Jersey companies will begin selling recreational marijuana for adult use. But is the state ready for the demand?

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