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Climate change

Local sixth-grader hopes to better the world, one rally at a time

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A climate action rally organized by an 11-year-old Lea Rodger, who said she was inspired by activist Greta Thunberg, drew nearly 50 people to downtown Riverhead Saturday.

No time to waste: local communities must get ‘climate smart’ now, DEC official tells residents

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Two reports released this week warn of dire impacts of new record-high levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere. Swift, strong measures to control emissions — and the resulting increase in average global temperature — are urgently needed, scientists say. A state DEC official came to Riverhead Monday night to discuss what needs to be done locally.

Riverhead Town takes pledge to become a ‘climate-smart’ community

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Riverhead Town has taken a pledge to become a “climate-smart” community, joining seven other Suffolk County towns in a statewide program aimed at helping communities reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve energy and prepare to deal with the impacts of climate change.

Urges support for federal carbon fee bill

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The bill would decreases U.S. carbon emissions 33 percent over the next decade — and create over 2 million new jobs, lower health care costs and promote energy innovation.
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Is Riverhead prepared to handle the impacts of climate change?

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Sea-level rise, coastal erosion and flooding, more frequent and harsher extreme weather events, extinctions and crippling economic consequences are just some of the impacts of global warming we are already experiencing — and they will grow worse, according to the Fourth National Climate Assessment, issued Friday by the federal government. Are we ready to deal with it?
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What if a storm like Michael strikes here?

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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.

What does a low-carbon transportation future look like for Long Island?

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N.Y. State is seeking public input in its development of a low-carbon transportation policy at a public listening session Tuesday, Oct. 16 at East Wind in Wading River.

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

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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

Suffolk Closeup We must ‘listen to the cry of the Earth’

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It’s critical for the world to work together to try to stop what is happening.

Climate change is threatening local birds – and why you should care

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Over 300 species of birds in North America are at risk due to climate change, but there are things we can all do to help.
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