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Climate Change Could Threaten Long Island

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Scientists say the Long Island of the future will have shorter, wetter winters and oppressively hot summers, with seas rising and storm surges so strong they will threaten beaches, salt water marshes and infrastructure.

The warnings are familiar, but after Superstorm Sandy, policymakers are listening -- and the experts' predictions are helping define what needs to be done.

"Sandy is the tipping point of response to climate change in our region," said Cynthia Rosenzweig, senior research scientist with the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University. "It's like we were in low gear and now we've moved to high gear."

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has named three commissions to "rethink and redesign" infrastructure. President Barack Obama, in his State of the Union address, said the nation should heed "the overwhelming judgment of science and act before it's too late."

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