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Climate Change: What Does It Mean for New York?

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Free public presentation Friday April 27

Rising Sea Levels and Storm Surges Threaten NY City (Credit: Open Space Institute)

Rising Sea Levels and Storm Surges Threaten NY City (Credit: Open Space Institute)

Suffolk County Community College, Ammerman Campus,

Earth & Space Sciences Spring Lecture Series 2012


Human activities, especially emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas, are causing the climate to rapidly warm. Join Scott Mandia as he shows how New York is already being impacted by global warming and what the expected further warming means for residents of our home state. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of the choices we can make now to minimize future impacts.

Topics to be discussed:

  1. Evidence that the global climate is warming
  2. Evidence that humans are causing this warming
  3. The impact of this warming on New Yorkers
  4. Solutions to the problem than can also save you $$$

The talk is open to the general public but seating is limited (about 125 seats) so arrive early.

By:                          Scott Mandia, Professor of Meteorology
Date:                     Friday, April 27
Time:                     7-8 PM
Location:               Smithtown T-109 Lecture Hall (Map of campus – Bldg. D)

Teachers who attend will be able to collect a Letter of Attendance for use as in-service credit. For further information contact: or

P.S. ALSO MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR TUESDAY MAY 8. Dr. Michael E. Mann, internationally recognized climate scientist, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and best-selling author will be speaking at Suffolk County Community College. Details will follow in a future post.

Update 04/28/12: Here is the link to the PDF slide show presentation.

Update 04/29/12: Thank you to Gennady Dekhtyar for the videos. The slides appear nicely but I come in and out of the frame.


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April 23, 2012 at 5:53 am

Global Warming and Tornadoes

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Cross-post from my blog at The Patch dated April 9, 2012:

Last year was a record year for severe weather and this year is on track to be as bad or even worse. Although the northeastern US does not see too many tornadoes well-publicized images of the mass destruction and of 18 wheeler trucks flying around in the air in many parts of the US are causing many to ask if human-caused climate change is responsible.

Number of Tornadoes by State

Number of Tornadoes by State (NOAA)

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April 16, 2012 at 7:15 am

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Support Climate Scientists & Look Cool Doing So!

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Support Science & Get These Cool Items & More

Support Science & Get These Cool Items & More

Help the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) raise money to cover the costs of Dr. Mann’s legal defense as well as other scientists who face similar challenges. To help raise money and reward those that contribute, we have rounded up some cool designs and gifts. CSLDF thanks Nicole Martinez and Lunchbreath who were kind enough to donate their designs for this fundraiser.

$25 gets you one of our t-shirts. They will be delivered a couple weeks after the fundraiser is over. We will check in with you about which design you want and what size.

$50 gets two of the t-shirts.

$75 gets all three of the t-shirts and our true gratitude.

$150 gets you all three of the t-shirts and a copy of Climate Change: Picturing the Science signed by Joshua Wolfe (

$300 gets you a hockey stick signed by Mike Mann.

$1000 gets you a 16×20 signed silver gelatin print by Joshua Wolfe.


* A portion of your donation may be tax deductible. People interested in tax deductible donations should contact CSLDF directly at

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April 4, 2012 at 1:08 pm

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Wall Street Journal – Dr. William Happer is Wrong Again

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Letter sent to Wall Street Journal on March 27, 2012 in reply to Dr. William Happer’s op-ed: Global Warming Models Are Wrong Again which should have been titled “Dr. William Happer is Wrong Again”. My LTE has not been published. I am not surprised.

Scientists tell us that heat-trapping carbon emissions are rising, as are global temperatures, sea levels and the risks associated with climate change. But regular readers of the Wall Street Journal’s opinion page are likely to have exactly the opposite impression.

By my count, over more than a two year period starting in late 2008, the Journal published only 4 opinion pieces that supported the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change, but 39 that questioned it, attacked scientists or otherwise misrepresented scientific findings. Those trends have continued in recent months. Meanwhile, 97 percent of publishing climate scientists agree that human activities are significantly altering our climate. And our own National Academy of Sciences tells us, “Climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for—and in many cases is already affecting—a broad range of human and natural systems.”

The latest op-ed attempting to contradict the science is from physicist William Happer who makes the classic mistake of cherry-picking an individual year and counting forward from there to make spurious claims about global temperature trends.

In reality, the past 35 years have all been hotter than average globally, meaning half of all Americans have never even lived during a year with average or below-average temperatures. Four independent scientific agencies confirm the unmistakable warming trend, as did an analysis (the BEST project) from a former climate change skeptic.

The Journal’s readers would benefit from more high-quality information about the science and less spin from ideologues.


Scott A. Mandia, Professor & Asst. Chair – Physical Sciences
T-202 Smithtown Science Bldg., S.C.C.C.
533 College Rd.
Selden, NY  11784

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April 3, 2012 at 6:44 am

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