Monthly Archives: July 2018

  1. The Rise of the Fatberg

    The Rise of the Fatberg

    Fatbergs became an infectious social media phenomenon in September 2017, when a 250-metre long mass, weighing as much as a blue whale, was discovered in Whitechapel. But this was far from an isolated incident. In the same month, a fatberg of congealed fat and waste under Baltimore caused a sewer spillage of 1.2 million US gallons into the natural environment.

    Fats, oils and grease (FOGs) introduced into the sewers’ alkaline environment combine with all the non-biodegradable material down there to become calcified and solid—forming fatbergs. It can cost the authorities millions to clear.

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