Browsing: Environmental Stewardship

Three Stony Brook science professors delivered a powerful message to Capitol Hill at a public forum on water quality last month. Professors Jeffrey Levinton, Joseph Warren and Michael Frisk journeyed to Washington, DC in conjunction with the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, a Beacon, New York-based grassroots organization founded by Pete Seeger. These advocates for environmental action conveyed a “cargo of concern” consisting of municipal resolutions, petitions and personal messages from residents and communities between the Hudson Valley and Washington DC to decision makers in support of fair and equal environmental policies and projections based on science. The action was symbolic of a…

New research reveals that sulfur dioxide, a major contributor to air pollution, is removed from the air by concrete surfaces. Stony Brook University researcher Alex Orlov, PhD, and colleagues discovered how concrete interacts and eliminates sulfur and nitrogen oxides. Their findings, published in the July edition of the Journal of Chemical Engineering, could be a significant step toward the practice of using waste concrete to minimize air pollution. According to the World Health Organization, as many as seven million premature deaths of people worldwide may be linked to poor air quality and pollution. Sulfur dioxide emissions are among the most common…

Department of Art Professor Nobuho Nagasawa recently received the New York City Public Design Commission’s highest honor at the 34th Annual Awards for Excellence in Design, held at City Hall. Professor Nagasawa was honored for her permanent public art “Luminescence,” the installation of which is currently in progress at the newly developed Peninsula, Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park on the East River in Queens, New York. Designed to enhance a new public waterfront park situated on approximately 30 acres of prime East River property in Long Island City, “Luminescence” consists of seven sculptures that emulate the seven phases of the moon. Each moon sculpture is cast in white…

In a June 25 episode of Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly, NBC News’ Harry Smith journeyed to Antarctica and spoke with Stony Brook’s Heather Lynch about the signs penguins might be giving us about climate change. Dr. Lynch called penguins the “canaries in the coalmine” of global warming. “All the species on the planet are going to have to deal with climate change,” she said. “It’s not just an Antarctic issue. But these penguins are dealing with it now.” Lynch and her team count the numbers of various penguin species in order to track the impact of climate change. Her…

Stony Brook journalism student Mike Adams ’19 and his classmates put their journalistic principles to the test when they traveled to report on issues confronting in the jungles of Ecuador. The 500 remaining members of the once-populous Sápara nation live in the Amazon rain forest atop land believed to be rich in petroleum. The Ecuadorean government wants to let foreign oil companies explore those potential reserves. But exploratory drilling generally leads to deforestation, which would threaten the Sápara’s way of life. It would be easy to see this issue as a war of good versus evil, but journalists are trained…

It was a perfect June morning on the East End of Long Island. Breeze flowing off the water, clouds providing a slight scrim for the sun trying to push through. Sitting at a remote picnic table (although not quite remote enough to keep away several “Hi Bobby, I love your new show” fans) with television star and celebrity chef Bobby Flay, I shared our plans and set-up for the opening night keynote address he would be delivering for the 3rd Annual Food Lab Conference. It would be delivered that evening on the water’s edge at the School of Marine and Atmospheric…

Two doctoral students at Stony Brook have embarked on a research mission to bike hundreds of miles to an academic conference in the Midwestern United States. As a way to outflank the carbon footprint of air travel and give meaning to their journey, doctoral students J. Caity Swanson and David Rodriguez are bicycling their way to Detroit, Mich. to attend the 12th biennial conference for the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) later this month. Each expects to discover something about what type of impact travel has on perspective. The conference is the major international conference for interdisciplinary work…

Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD joined hundreds of college and university presidents, business leaders, investors, governors and mayors from across the United States in signing an open letter to the international community, endorsing actions being taken at the state and local levels to address climate change in support of the Paris Agreement. Those signing the Grand Coalition Statement on the Paris Agreement declare that they “will continue to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement,” and vow “to take forceful action and to ensure that the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing emissions.” “Climate…

In response to deteriorating environmental conditions in Shinnecock Bay on Long Island, faculty at Stony Brook’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) founded the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program (ShiRP) to restore the health of this vital ecosystem. The goal of ShiRP is to use science, outreach, and partnerships to restore the water quality and fisheries of Shinnecock Bay. Meanwhile, the lab of Christopher Gobler, a professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences monitors and investigates the harmful algal blooms that have become increasingly common in Long Island’s coastal waters. The following stories provide news and background: SBU Receives $3M…

As the world awaits President Trump’s decision on continued US participation in the Paris Accord, the landmark global warming agreement signed in 2015, Stony Brook researchers continue to pioneer discoveries that shed light on pressing climate issues. Stony Brook’s commitment to collaborative research yields dividends that expand knowledge and create real-world impact in the fields of environmental science and energy. Read about some recent discoveries and initiatives: Climate Change Threatening Humans Through Toxic Algae Spread Caribbean Bats Would Need 8 Million Years to Recover from Extinctions Creating a Sustainable Earth: Batteries Included SBU Study Says Climate Change is Major Factor in…

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