Oysters were a common food stuff for the poor in victorian london. They grew in the thames and were so cheap that there were riots amongst the poor demanding to be fed something other than oyster or salmon.
My question is, how far up the Thames will Oysters grow?
I've heard anecdotes of oysters at Hampton Court palace? Can this be true? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know
on Apr 11, 2014 -
I am heading to Beijing this month where the air pollution is notoriously apalling. Yesterday the air quality index reached a level which was double the level at which Salt Lake City doctors recently declared as a healthy emergency. Earlier this year it reached a level which was double that again. Does anyone have any tips about how to deal with this? Is there any evidence those face masks actually help? Any other contraptions or medication that help ward off the effects? I certainly won't be jogging outside.
posted by vizsla
on Apr 2, 2014 -
Where can we find a N95 respirator mask for a small infant, and how else can we protect a baby from very polluted air? [more inside]
posted by aielen
on Jun 20, 2013 -
For years I've noticed a weird smell when driving south on I-5 in Seattle, just south of the West Seattle Bridge. It's precisely the smell I've always associated with worn brake pads– since there are a number of small manufacturing businesses along that stretch, I've just assumed one of them was making something stinky. Well, now I live on Beacon Hill a few hundred yards from that spot, and we smell it ALL THE TIME. What is that smell, and could it be a health issue? Thanks!
posted by carterk
on Jun 11, 2013 -
The company located next my house sprays noxious paint fumes into the air and my yard. Despite years of trying to get them to stop, they haven't. What are the next steps to take? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 30, 2013 -
Looking around at houses for sale in a high-traffic area (NYC suburbs). I-95 runs through all of the towns. What's the minimum distance I'd want the property to be from 95, in order to grow an edible vegetable garden (in raised beds)?
posted by xo
on Feb 26, 2013 -
Do you know of any good resources providing data on how industrialization, urban expansion and / or hunting affects wildlife populations and ecosystems in the United States? Also interested in how conservation efforts do or do not produce a stabilizing effect. [more inside]
posted by jnnla
on Nov 14, 2012 -
Is there a place (or places) on the internet where people post either 1) their complaints towards noise problems that local noise regulations somehow could not mitigate or 2) their experiences of, say, calling 311 only to find the noise stopped by the time a police responds? Mainly, I am looking for real people rants (letters, stories, etc) that are already in public, that demonstrates the limits to existing noise regulation systems. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree
on Apr 27, 2012 -
Looking for information about birds in Asia that were discovered making nests out of pieces of hardare, because there were no trees left. [more inside]
posted by space cat
on Apr 11, 2012 -
For the past three years, my wife has been sick. constant respiratory issues that have grown into asthma and whatnot. We have been dealing with it for sometime, and it dawned on us, that it started right around when we moved into our current house ( I know, we are a bit dense). [more inside]
posted by brent_h
on Jan 7, 2012 -
How can I keep my cats calm during very, VERY noisy construction outside our apartment. [more inside]
posted by xetere
on Jan 5, 2012 -
Help me (please) soundproof our new home against the trains that run right behind our house. Materials, strategies, tips: all are appreciated. [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch
on May 29, 2011 -
We just got back soil test results for our new garden, and the lead levels are unfortunately pretty high (around 800 ppm). Now what? [more inside]
posted by tau_ceti
on May 26, 2011 -
Looking for examples of environmental (in)justice in Mexico, Cuba, and/or northern South America. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky
on Feb 28, 2011 -
Dear mefites, I've got an unavoidable carbon-heavy trip ahead of me, and am feeling terribly guilty about it. I'm against carbon offsetting for companies on the whole, and am wary about it on the individual level. People excusing polluting by saying "hey, I'm planting trees" is silly. However, three of us can't avoid taking three flights and a ferry trip next year, and would like to put some money towards a project that will reduce more carbon than we are responsible for. So, what to do? [more inside]
posted by ingridbroad
on Oct 14, 2010 -
I'm considering moving in the next few months to a fairly busy avenue in Berkeley - Ashby Avenue, between Adeline Street and Telegraph Avenue. It has two lanes of traffic - one each way - and averages about 19,000 cars a day. I'm worried after reading a few articles - including Black Lung Lofts
in the LA Weekly, the Children's Health Study
(skimmed it, but couldn't decipher it all) they refer to and others - that living there might have bad long-term effects on my young son's health. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by mistersix
on Oct 4, 2010 -
How can I weigh the exercise benefits gained from walking against the damage caused by breathing exhaust? I like walking along busy city streets for miles, and I don't want to switch to quieter/duller residential roads, but I'm wondering if I should. [more inside]
posted by dreamyshade
on Feb 24, 2010 -
Help me visualize CO2 pollution. When we say we're spewing "tons of carbon" into the air, what does that look like? What does it mean when you measure a gas in tons? If I magically compressed a ton of carbon that's in the air to a density of, say, the graphite in pencil lead, what are the dimensions of that brick of carbon?
posted by Cool Papa Bell
on Jan 28, 2010 -
Does anyone remember the name of a children's book that was a cautionary tale against air pollution?
I remember it being a soft cover book w/ that was short and wide. Pictures of factory(s) and people getting and wearing gas masks (as well as dogs)! I can't remember the ending but hopefully my description suffices.
posted by gnash
on Jan 16, 2009 -
When a candle is burnt indoors, what happens to the wax? An amount of smoke equivalent to the mass of the candle is released as it's burnt (?)--does this manage to escape the house, or does most of it stay in the room and coat the walls, floors, ceiling, etc.?
posted by mstillwell
on Nov 23, 2008 -
We have a street lamp in front of our house that seems inordinately bright. We currently have cardboard in our windows to keep the light out so we can sleep at night. [more inside]
posted by mecran01
on Aug 8, 2008 -
As an inveterate L.A. bike commuter (not to mention recently losing a close family member to cancer), this article
made me wonder what sort of tests I should be having to measure the impact of particulate air pollution on my body. Recommendations? And how often? (I'm biking 30 miles a day in rush-hour traffic, year-round.)
posted by mykescipark
on Jul 29, 2008 -
What can I do to legally stop exploratory natural gas drilling within 1000 feet of my neighborhood? [more inside]
posted by TauLepton
on May 20, 2008 -
I have mild asthma. My wife and I live in California's Central Valley, and are considering moving to a place that's within 500 feet of Interstate 5. Would living so close to a busy freeway in the valley all but guarantee that our four month-old son develops asthma? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul
on Mar 30, 2008 -
Where can I learn more about professional (or semi-professional) equipment for testing the levels of indoor air toxins like carbon monoxide, radon, mold, VOCs, etc.? Here
's a Talk of the Natio
n show that addresses the need, if it helps.
posted by glibhamdreck
on Feb 18, 2008 -
I'm taking a road trip through the southwest, and I'd like to see places with an interesting backstory or that show you "behind the scenes." I'm interested in places with political, economic, environmental, or industrial significance. Can you recommend some? [more inside]
posted by salvia
on Sep 30, 2007 -
I am trying to organize a short camping trip with a friend. We would like to go somewhere in Southeastern Missouri, Southern Illinois or Southwestern Kentucky where there is little to no light pollution. Our plan is to spend some time photographing the stars, particularly the band of the Milky Way that's visible here on Earth when skies are clear. [more inside]
posted by scooterdman
on Jul 25, 2007 -
Where I grew up in a suburb of LA, a coppery/iron-like smell, reminiscent of pennies or blood, would always waft unpleasantly through the air after it rained. I could never locate its source. Has anyone else had this experience, and what causes this?
posted by shivohum
on Apr 6, 2007 -
I just rented workspace/artspace which is directly downwind of the huge coal-fired power plant
. (Didn't realize it until after I signed the lease). Short of moving, what steps can I take to minimize the negative health effects of the situation.
posted by Bighappyfunhouse
on Feb 15, 2007 -
Calculate the overall lifetime dollar value of using a Brita (or similar filter) versus the costs and savings, including general impact on healthcare costs, etc, associated with using tap water. [more inside]
posted by andifsohow
on Jul 12, 2006 -
Noisy nightclub filter: What are the appropriate steps one should take to efficiently address, and ultimately stop, repeated noise violations from a neighboring nightclub? [more inside]
posted by quadog
on Jan 24, 2006 -
Is the pollution released by the Hemel Hempstead oil fire
greater or less than the pollution that would have been released if that fuel had been refined and used to power cars etc?
posted by Pericles
on Dec 14, 2005 -