10/16/18 3:00pm

Karl Grossman

Professor Scott A. Mandia of Suffolk County Community College projects terrible consequences for this area if a major hurricane hits, as I wrote about last week in this space. For Shelter Island, a Category 4 hurricane “inundates” — “except for a few high points” — the island, says the meteorologist who teaches courses in weather and climate change at the college. (more…)

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10/06/18 8:00am
Karl Grossman

Karl Grossman

Looking at the westward track of Hurricane Florence on TV last month we worried about the consequences if it hooked to the north and struck the upper portion of the Atlantic Coast. That possibility was suggested by some forecasters, but Florence’s track was unswervingly westward, hitting North Carolina head-on.

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09/29/18 11:00am
Karl Grossman

Karl Grossman

This is a change-of-pace column about one of the funniest people I’ve ever known, Alan Abel.
“Alan Abel, Ace Hoaxer, Is (Really) Dead at 94,” was the headline last week in The New York Times of a nearly full-page obituary for Alan. (more…)

09/15/18 11:00am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Blue-green algae on the surface of Fresh Pond .

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Blue-green algae on the surface of Fresh Pond .

“The press keeps reporting that Florida’s red tide is a ‘naturally occurring phenomenon.’ This is wrong,” declared Adrienne Esposito, executive director of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment. “The hundred miles of dangerous red tide is caused by too much nitrogen!”

“Take heed Long Island. This is a wake-up call,” said Ms. Esposito, whose environmental organization is based in Farmingdale. “Let’s not hit the snooze button.”

What are the connections between the algal blooms that have been striking this area and those that are devastating much of Florida’s waters? (more…)