Environment

With a wing and a grant, SBU researchers set to soar

By GREGORY ZELLER // High-flying Stony Brook University researchers will take to the skies to better understand atmospheric chemistry in two very different places. Fueled by National Science Foundation grants totaling nearly $6 million, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences Dean Paul Shepson and Professor John Mak – both experienced pilots – will lead airborne studies involving scientists from across the land and a variety of sophisticated aircraft owned by the NSF, the University of…

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With artificial reefs, loving that sinking feeling

By GREGORY ZELLER // A 744-acre site located three nautical miles off Long Island’s South Shore will become a haven for all manners of aquatic life, thanks to the deployment of recycled materials. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the deployment of materials to create a new marine habitat at Hempstead Reef, which is now part of the largest artificial-reef expansion in state history – and part of Albany’s ongoing efforts to develop a more…


For Albany and Hofstra, a true watershed moment

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new partnership between Albany and Hofstra University is giving Long Island’s scientists of tomorrow a unique opportunity to get their feet wet. A $240,000 stipend from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery will help the Hempstead-based university launch the Bay High School Summer Science Research Fellowship, an intensive five-week program involving environmental research projects at the Mill River Basin watershed, located along Nassau County’s South Shore. The first-year program, which…


An all-you-can-eat buffet for Adelphi’s ladybug army

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s that time of the year at Adelphi University, which is continuing an environmentally friendly tradition this summer with the help of some tiny soldiers. The university, which maintains a treelined 75-acre campus in Garden City, has long eschewed the use of chemical fertilizers in the maintenance of its picturesque lawns, shrubs and other foliage. Manager Robert Conaghan and his grounds crew opt instead for organic fertilizers and a program of…


Environmentally, economically, Climate Alliance soars

By GREGORY ZELLER // Good news for the environment: The members of the United States Climate Alliance – now 14 states, and counting, plus Puerto Rico – are collectively on track to meet their portion of U.S. commitments under the Paris Agreement. Bad news for President Donald Trump: The economies of USCA states are growing faster than those in non-USCA states, “demonstrating that fighting climate change and creating jobs go hand-in-hand,” according to Gov. Andrew…


Albany makes shell of an investment in Island waters

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York State is throwing $10.4 million into Long Island coastal waters in an effort to improve water quality and bolster seaside economies by restoring native shellfish populations. Governor Andrew Cuomo visited the Halesite Fire Department in Huntington Wednesday to announce the dedicated grant program, which includes five new sanctuary sites in Suffolk and Nassau and expanded public shellfish hatcheries in both counties. As shellfish like clams and oysters are natural…


The war for Long Island’s environmental soul

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York State may be a national environmental leader, but it’s not as easy being green on Long Island, where an environmental civil war is raging. Both sides claim the “green” flag in this conflict, which pits the Island’s past against its future – represented here by old-school NIMBY behaviors and new-age solar harvesting – and ripples across multiple markets. Insiders say the issue will not only decide the fate of two…