A Virtual Conversation with Lina Zeldovich,
The Other Dark Matter: The Science and Business of Turning Waste into Wealth and Health
Tuesday, November 30, 7 pm EST, on Zoom
Science Writers in New York is pleased to present journalist Lina Zeldovich (@LinaZeldovich), an award-winning writer and editor covering science, ecology, health, travel, and food. Lina will talk with SWINY co-chair David Levine (@dlloydlevine) about her new book, The Other Dark Matter: The Science and Business of Turning Waste into Wealth and Health (Chicago University Press, November 2021), which shows how human excrement can be a life-saving, money-making resource—if we make better use of it.
In her book, Lina documents the massive redistribution of nutrients and sanitation inequities across the globe. She profiles the pioneers of poop upcycling, from startups in African villages to innovators in American cities, that convert sewage into fertilizer, biogas, crude oil, and even life-saving medicine. She breaks taboos surrounding sewage disposal and shows how hygienic waste repurposing can help battle climate change, reduce acid rain, and eliminate toxic algal blooms. Ultimately, she implores us to use our innate organic power for the greater good. Don’t just sit there and let it go to waste.
About Lina Zeldovich
Lina Zeldovich grew up in a family of Russian scientists listening to stories about volcanoes and black holes while eating dinners from her family’s organic orchard. She writes, “Since then, I survived a winter in Siberia, a summer in Madagascar, a year at Columbia J-School, and have written for The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Popular Science, Smithsonian, Scientific American, Sierra Club, Atlantic, Newsweek, BBC, NPR and AFAR, and appeared on radio and TV. Along the way, I won two awards for stories on sustainability and four for covering the science of poop and decided to pen a book on the subject.”
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Tuesday, November 30
7 to 8 pm EST