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Crowley: On Long Island, a heat wave is just the start of climate change

It's possible the temperature will hit 90 on

(Credit: Jeffrey Basinger)

Average temperatures have been on the rise for the the past three decades, and the recent heat wave has only exacerbated Long Islanders’ hopes for a cooler July this year.

One day — July 18 — is the hottest day, on average, for Long Island every year, with a mean temperature of 82 degrees. But for July 18, 2013 the average was 86.5, above the mean for sure and a lot hotter than in the 73 degrees...

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Powell: Time for the climate of science education to change

An empty classroom at the start of a

(Credit: Daniel Brennan)

We've all heard time and time again that the United States lags behind other industrialized countries in science and math. And president after president has instituted their own version of education reform, although none seems to have improved this plight.

But it doesn't stop us from trying.

Yet another set of guidelines, geared specifically toward science, was announced on Tuesday....

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