The Abused Passaic

A Hundred Years of Filth

After decades of neglect, New Jersey’s notoriously polluted Passaic River is finally targeted for a $1.4 billion cleanup – one of the most expensive efforts in the federal Superfund...


Why New Jersey Soil Could Be Making You Sick

With thousands of New Jersey children sickening from lead poisoning every year, some university scientists are zeroing in not only on corroded pipes and industrial dumps, but on a substance called...


Analyzing the Climate Wars

The Pope gets political, and a new owner takes National Geographic to the right, while mainstream media delivers increasingly dire news. Alina Park discovers that, when it comes to climate change,...


The Storm That Swallowed A House

This is the moment when I knew this storm was like none other I had experienced. Our community of Grassy Sound, in southern New Jersey, sits on a channel that captures flows from the Atlantic...


Our Atomic Legacy

There is a vast field in the town of Middlesex, fenced off with barbed wire. “Do Not Enter” signs are posted along the fence. The trees have been stripped away, and the field barely seems to...