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  • A man walks through floodwaters to survey damage from Hurricane Sandy in the New Dorp Beach neighborhood of Staten Island, New York, November 1, 2012, photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters

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    How Citizen Scientists Are Protecting Their Communities

    Aug 29, 2019

    After Superstorm Sandy, residents of Brooklyn's Sunset Park neighborhood cleaned up debris, pumped out basements, and teamed up with researchers to find out what was in the floodwater. They established safety protocols to help local businesses prevent their chemicals from escaping and wrote a guide to help other communities.

  • A divided community where one side is getting flooded, illustration by Meriel Waissman

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    Stress Accumulates in Marginalized Communities, Generation After Generation

    Jul 8, 2020

    Psychologists and biologists have known for years that prolonged stress is toxic to the human body. Could a better understanding of how stress builds in communities—and the burden it puts on them—lead to more effective policies to address it?

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