Browsing: Sustainability

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that on a daily basis, about 80,000 chemical compounds are in commercial use nationwide. However, only a few of those chemicals are ever tested for their toxicity to humans. An increasing number of these contaminants are being found in Long Island’s aquifers — the sole source of drinking water for 2.8 million residents — and building levels of nitrogen discharged into local waters are degrading island coastal resources. Despite the critical role water quality plays in sustaining public health, mass interest in these issues has historically been low, with only limited or fleeting levels of…

Sixteen people from the Stony Brook Southampton Office of Student Life and Semester by the Sea program took part in the annual Great East End Clean Up on Sunday, April 23. The group took a boat out to Warner Island in Shinnecock Bay, just east of the Ponquogue Bridge, to clean up debris and garbage that had washed ashore. Stony Brook Southampton faculty, staff and students have been participating in the annual clean-up event for the past four years, according to Semester by the Sea director and School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences faculty member Kurt Bretsch. The event is…

World-famous chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay will deliver the first of two keynotes at the third annual Food Lab Conference hosted by The Food Lab at Stony Brook Southampton June 9-10, 2017. David Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns restaurant and the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, will give the second keynote. Michel Nischan, a chef and leader in the sustainable food movement, as well as a three-time James Beard Foundation Award winner will also give a talk at the conference. “50 Years of Food in America: 1970-2020” is the theme of this year’s conference, featuring two days of…

One oceanic consequence of climate change is well underway, and it’s likely already having a negative impact on human health, according to a new study led by a professor at Stony Brook’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS). “This study demonstrates that the global warming that has already occurred is now impacting human health and our oceans,” Professor Christopher Gobler said. “An important implication of the study is that carbon emission and climate change-related policy decisions made today are likely to have important consequences for the fate of our future oceans, including the spread and intensification of toxic algal blooms.”…

Bringing together the festive atmosphere of Stony Brook’s annual Earthstock celebration with the serious business of scholarship, Alfredo Esposito ’18 was awarded the Jeffrey Eng Memorial Scholarship in Environmental Studies at the Earthstock keynote event, held April 20 at the Sidney Gelber Auditorium in the Student Activities Center. Alfredo accepted the honor from Jeffrey Levinton, Distinguished Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolution. For Alfredo, it all began with a gift from his father — a fish tank. The Levittown resident was drawn towards health science, but after caring for the fish in his home he knew that marine biology would be his academic career path.…

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