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Assessing the midterm results: What do they mean for 2020 and beyond?

by Nov 18, 2018
Will Perry Gershon run for congress again? Will Jay Schneiderman? How about John Kennedy for county executive? Karl Grossman sorts it all out.
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What if a storm like Michael strikes here?

by Oct 14, 2018
A Category 3 hurricane would cause storm surge that would inundate large swaths of the North Fork. A Category 4 storm would inundate entire communities.

Plastic pollution is overtaking Earth’s oceans — Can the crisis be reversed?

by Sep 23, 2018
The World Economic Forum predicts that by 2050 there will be more plastics than fish in our oceans. Can anything be done to reverse this environmental crisis? Column by Karl Grossman

Unchecked, nitrogen-fueled algal blooms spell environmental and economic disaster for Long Island

by Sep 16, 2018
Informed, wise and strong action is needed to reverse the trend of harmful algal blooms in Long Island waterways.

Assault on the press hits close to home

by Jul 29, 2018
Journalists getting kicked out of a political rally here is something new — and intolerable Column by Karl Grossman.

U.S. should not blow up 50-year-old treaty and make space a war zone

by Jul 14, 2018
The Outer Space Treaty of 1967 designates space as a global commons to be used for peaceful purposes. Russia and China, as well as the United States, are parties to the treaty. If a Space Force becomes a reality, the years of work facilitating the treaty will have been wasted.

Why ‘one of the largest tax increases in recent history’ is buried in your electric bill

by Jun 17, 2018
The $7.6 billion bailout of four aging nuclear power plants upstate, a sweetheart deal for nuclear energy giant Exelon, is being funded by ratepayer subsidies across New York.

A coastal scientist sounds alarm on the inescapably dire impacts of sea level rise

by Apr 29, 2018
The state DEC last year issued a “medium projection” of sea level rise for Long Island of 16 inches by the 2050s and a ‘’high projection” by then of 30 inches. Column by Karl Grossman

Who will clean up the ‘island of secrets’?

by Jan 20, 2018
Can contamination on Plum Island, originally developed in the early 1950s by the U.S. Army Chemical Corps to use animal diseases to wage biological warfare, even be cleaned up?

Army Corps should follow New York’s embrace of ‘living shoreline’ approach

by Dec 24, 2017
The shoreline should remain in its nature state as much as is possible, according to a guidance document issued by the State DEC this year. Shoreline projects that mimic the natural environment are preferred over hybrid options that utilize structural components.