Global warming could bring us more Sandys

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That means we must commit to a national program to reduce carbon emissions that would help mitigate the worst effects of climate change for future generations. And we must be better prepared during hurricane season, with sandbags, plywood covers and evacuation plans at the ready.

We don’t know –– nor will we ever likely know –– whether global warming played a part in Sandy’s formation. Scientists are studying the matter as we speak.

Sandy should show us, though, that we can no longer stick our heads in the sand. Inaction could –– and likely would –– lead to mortal peril.

Scott Brinton is senior editor of the Bellmore and Merrick Heralds and an adjunct professor at the Hofstra University Graduate Journalism Program. Comments? or (516) 569-4000 ext. 203. Brinton’s profile and posts can be found at

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