Nsikan Akpan

Nsikan Akpan appears in the following:

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.


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."


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


How climate change is making maple syrup less sweet — and sapping production in NY, NJ

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

The climate problem was so detrimental last year that it squeezed the global supply. Unabated, it could even end maple syrup production on this side of the northern border.


Manhattan's COVID risk levels move from low to medium: Here's what health experts recommend

Friday, April 01, 2022

The elevated risk level threatens to scupper the rollback of city and state health precautions and also comes as federal pandemic funding is evaporating.


Meet the COVID testers who've swabbed 150,000 noses in NYC since pandemic began

Tuesday, March 01, 2022

Frontline workers told Gothamist about their fatigue, their fears and their hopes for the future after nearly two years testing New Yorkers for COVID-19.


COVID News Roundup

Friday, February 18, 2022

The latest COVID news with Nsikan Akpan.

Why NYC isn’t recording most at-home COVID tests

Tuesday, February 08, 2022

Other jurisdictions are reporting success with self-test reporting, but moving from pandemic to endemic could mean getting used to not knowing exactly where the virus is thriving.


Military Medical Team Arrives At University Hospital In Newark

Friday, January 21, 2022

President Biden ordered the deployment to two short-staffed hospitals in New York and New Jersey.


A "Mild-To-Moderate" Case Of The Omicron Variant Can Still Be Serious

Monday, December 27, 2021

Despite hopes, New York City could still be weeks away from seeing the peak of the omicron surge.

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Is Gov. Hochul's New Mask Mandate Actually Enforceable?

Friday, December 17, 2021

Some local government officials, including ones for all of Long Island, say they won't enforce the new rule.


NYS Health Commissioner Says Winter COVID-19 Surge Is Well Underway

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett says don't go to holiday parties unless masking or vaccinations are required. 


Harlem Residents Push Back Against Opioid Clinics After Data Shows Most Are Used By Non-Residents

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Harlem residents say their neighborhood is bearing the brunt of opioid prevention programs that other neighborhoods fight to keep out. This trend puts commuter patients at risk, too.


Grading De Blasio: How He Weathered Being The Climate Disaster Mayor

Friday, December 10, 2021

The de Blasio administration has highlighted the complex challenges facing the people of many coastal cities around the world.


What New Yorkers Need To Know About Omicron's Arrival And The Delta Surge Hitting The Holidays

Friday, December 03, 2021

Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease specialist at NYU and Bellevue Hospital, gives advice and explains what's known about the newly arrived omicron and the ever-present delta.