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NYC PATH has filthiest air of all Northeast transit: study

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NYC PATH has filthiest air of all Northeast transit: study

Riding the subway is no breath of fresh air.

And the least fresh oxygen in public transit across New York’s five boroughs can be found at the entrance to New Jersey, a new study has found.

Air at the Christopher Street PATH Station was found to have 77 times the normal concentration of “potentially dangerous particles” found in outdoor city air, researchers from the New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine wrote in the study, published Wednesday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

Straphangers on the underground platform at Christopher Street are thus breathing in oxygen comparable to “forest fires and building demolition,” the authors offered for comparison in a press release. 

Researchers surveyed a total of 71 stations in NYC, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, DC during morning and evening rush hours before the onset of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, acquiring over 300 air samples.

While “all the systems struggled,” Philadelphia came out on top with the cleanest system, Boston took second and DC third. New York was found to have the filthiest transit systems, with NYC’s subway less dirty only than the New York/New Jersey PATH system.  

The Environmental Protection Agency says daily exposure to air containing 35 micrograms per cubic meter of fine particle concentration can pose serious health hazards. PATH stations were found to have 392 micrograms; MTA stations tallied 251. 

Long-term health consequences of exposure to these pollutants can include asthma, lung cancer and heart disease, according to the release. 

“As riders of one of the busiest, and apparently dirtiest, metro systems in the country, New Yorkers, in particular, should be concerned about the toxins they are inhaling as they wait for trains to arrive,” said co-senior study author Terry Gordon, Ph.D., a professor in the department of environmental medicine at NYU Grossman.

“Our findings add to evidence that subways expose millions of commuters and transit employees to air pollutants at levels known to pose serious health risks over time,” added study lead author David Luglio, a doctoral student at NYU Grossman.

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Deny Jeff Bezos re-entry to Earth after space launch: petition

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Deny Jeff Bezos re-entry to Earth after space launch: petition

Don’t let the rocket hatch hit you where the good lord split you, Jeff Bezos!

That’s the message from the 10,000 — and counting — haters who’ve signed a petition calling for the billionaire Amazon.com founder and former CEO to be denied re-entry to Earth following his upcoming space launch on July 20, according to Change.org.

Bezos, the world’s second richest man with a net worth of approximately $186 billion, “is actually Lex Luthor,” the petition alleges. “He’s actually an evil overlord hellbent on global domination. We’ve known this for years.”

The author of the petition also claims that Bezos, 57, has “worked with the Epsteins and the Knights Templar, as well as the Free Masons to gain control over the whole world.”

“Meanwhile our government stands by and lets it happen,” they conclude. “This may be our last chance before they enable the 5G microchips and perform a mass takeover.”

The move comes as space cases have bid tens of millions of dollars to fly with the wildly successful entrepreneur and his younger brother Mark Bezos, 53, a marketing executive and former firefighter.

The internet has enjoyed a field day of jokes as Bezos prepares for his cosmic tour, which will see the amateur astronaut penetrating the atmosphere in a “giant penis,” according to some jokesters, erected by Bezos’ aerospace manufacturer Blue Origin.

Meanwhile, ex-wife MacKenzie Scott, 51, announced last week that since her divorce from the billionaire, she’s donated nearly $3 billion in alimony to hundreds of charities, including those supporting of racial justice.

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Ducks escape certain death to visit NYC bagel store

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Ducks escape certain death to visit NYC bagel store

This fowl plot to get bread was nearly eggsecuted perfectly.

On Monday, a gang of ducklings and their mama hatched a plan to eat the bill at a Brooklyn bagel store, and were almost successful in their mission thanks to a group of supportive locals. 

“A real-life ‘Make Way For Ducklings’ scene just unfolded in Brooklyn with this mama duck and her babies trying to cross 5th Ave,” Doug Gordon captioned a video he posted to Twitter of the enterprising bird family’s journey from under an NYPD school safety van and directly into oncoming traffic. “Multiple people helped stop traffic to get them safely across the street. But it gets better . . .”

After spotting the endangered crew of bird brains lolling around in the street, locals immediately went into action. 

“A couple of us jumped out to stop traffic so they didn’t get run over, and then they got to the other side. It was adorable, a real Brooklyn-steps-up sort of moment, New Yorkers taking charge,” Gordon told Gothamist. 

Once safely on the sidewalk, the chicks and their mother beelined for Bagel World Park Slope. 

“They were in there a couple minutes, but I didn’t see what happened inside,” Gordon told the publication. “I don’t know whether they decided to come out because they didn’t see anything on the menu they liked, or if they were chased out.”

In Gordon’s video, the fledgling family exits the eatery, lured out by employees tossing breadcrumbs beyond the premises as onlookers label them “so cute.” 

Gordon and another man then trailed the ducks to ensure they made their way across Fourth Street without injury. 

Later, Gordon learned that the ducks had the good fortune of being escorted four more blocks to Prospect Park by other sympathetic humans. 

“Someone said [they had] led them up to Prospect Park, so they got there safely,” Gordon said. “They waddled into the woods, so it’s a happy ending.”

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Endangered corpse flower blooms in Warsaw, drawing crowds

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The endangered Sumatran Titan arum, or the corpse flower, at the rare moment of bloom for just a few hours, and emitting rotten meat odor, at the Warsaw University Botanical Gardens, in Warsaw, Poland, on Sunday, June 13, 2021.

WARSAW, Poland — The endangered Sumatran Titan arum, a giant foul-smelling blossom also known as the corpse flower, went into a rare, short bloom at a botanical garden in Warsaw, drawing crowds who waited for hours to see it.

The extraordinary flower, which emits a dead-body odor to attract pollinating insects that feed on flesh, bloomed Sunday. It was already withering early Monday. Those wishing to avoid the smell and crowds could watch it on live video from the Warsaw University Botanical Gardens.

 The endangered Sumatran Titan arum, or the corpse flower, at the rare moment of bloom for just a few hours, and emitting rotten meat odor, at the Warsaw University Botanical Gardens, in Warsaw, Poland, on Sunday, June 13, 2021.
The endangered Sumatran Titan arum, or the corpse flower, at the rare moment of bloom for just a few hours and emitting a rotten meat odor, at the Warsaw University Botanical Gardens, on June 13, 2021.
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Hundreds, if not thousands, lined up long into the night Sunday and Monday morning at the conservatory just to be able to pass by the flower and take a picture.

Know also as the Amorphophallus titanum, the flowering plant has the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world, which can be up to 10 feet high. Its compound flower is composed of a hollow, tall spadix with small flowers and a spathe, with one big, furrowed petal that is green on the outside and deep burgundy red on the inside. It’s blooming is rare and unpredictable.

The plant only grows in the wild in the rainforests of Sumatra, but it is endangered there due to deforestation. Cultivation at botanical gardens, where they are a great visitor attraction, has helped its preservation. It’s first known blooming outside Sumatra was in 1889 at London’s Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.

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