Catchy Jingle Aims to Raise Awareness Around the Fatbergs Clogging South Australia's Sewers

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Many major cities around the world share a common issue: Residents are flushing waste products like cooking oil and wet wipes down their drains, and when these materials meet up in the sewer system, they create a problem that's often too big to ignore. Fatbergs are slimy lumps of congealed grease and garbage that can weigh up to 143 tons. Cities are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to get rid of the nuisances, and in South Australia (SA), a water company has launched a new campaign that aims to prevent them from forming in the first place.

As the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports, SA Water has released a 17-second jingle about what and what not to flush down the toilet. Everything falls into the "don't flush" category except for the "three P's": paper, pee, and poo. You can listen to the full song below.

When people dispose of non-biodegradable items in the toilet, they don't disappear for good. Instead, things like condoms, so-called "flushable" wipes, and sanitary napkins act as magnets for other waste products and eventually grow large enough to create expensive clogs. In Queensland alone, more than 4000 blockages are removed from sewers each year. Annually, dealing with fatbergs costs South Australia as much as $400,000.

South Australia isn't the only region tackling a fatberg problem. Earlier this year, New York City launched its own public awareness campaign about what is and is not flushable. It featured cartoons instead of a jingle, and highlighted four P's (paper, pee, poo, and puke) instead of three.

[h/t ABC]

Denver's Temperature Dropped a Record 64 Degrees In 24 Hours

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One sure sign summer is over: On Wednesday, residents of Denver, Colorado were experiencing a comfortable 82-degree day. Just before midnight, the temperature dropped to 29 degrees. Between Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, the Denver airport recorded a differential of 79 degrees down to 24 degrees. At one point on Wednesday, a staggering 45-degree drop was seen in the span of just three hours.

All told, a one-day span saw a 64-degree change in temperature, from a high of 83 to a low of 19, a record for the state in the month of October and just two degrees shy of matching Denver’s all-time record drop of 66 degrees on January 25, 1872. On that date, the temperature plummeted from 46 degrees to -20 degrees.

Back to 2019: Citizens tried their best to cope with the jarring transition in their environment, to mixed success. On Wednesday, the city’s Washington Park was full of joggers and shorts-wearing outdoor enthusiasts. Thursday, only the most devoted runners were out, bundled up against the frigid weather.

The cold snap also brought with it some freezing drizzle which prompted several vehicular accidents, including 200 reported during Thursday's morning commute. It’s expected to warm up some in the coming days, but residents shouldn't get too comfortable: Melting ice could lead to potholes.

[h/t KRDO]

Invasive Snakehead Fish That Can Breathe on Land Is Roaming Georgia

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Mohd Fazlin Mohd Effendy Ooi, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

A fish recently found in Georgia has wildlife officials stirred up. In fact, they’re advising anyone who sees a northern snakehead to kill it on sight.

That death sentence might sound extreme, but there’s good reason for it. The northern snakehead, which can survive for brief periods on land and breathe air, is an invasive species in North America. With one specimen found in a privately owned pond in Gwinnett County, the state wants to take swift action to make certain the fish, which is native to East Asia, doesn’t continue to spread. Non-native species can upset local ecosystems by competing with native species for food and habitat.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is advising people who encounter the snakehead—a long, splotchy-brown fish that can reach 3 feet in length—to kill it and freeze it, then report the catch to the agency's fisheries office.

Wildlife authorities believe snakeheads wind up in non-native areas as a result of the aquarium trade or food industry. A snakehead was recently caught in southwestern Pennsylvania. The species has been spotted in 14 states.

[h/t CNN]