Lauren Sommer

Lauren Sommer appears in the following:

Guterres tells world leaders to fight climate change by stop using fossil fuels

Thursday, September 21, 2023

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls on countries to step up their climate commitments. Meanwhile, the U.K. plans to backtrack.


The world is still falling short on limiting climate change, according to U.N. report

Saturday, September 09, 2023

The outlook for climate change is better now than a few years ago, but countries have a long way to go to avoid dangerous climate impacts, according to a new report.


Scientists hope to preserve coral by deep freezing it as climate change heats oceans

Friday, September 01, 2023

Hotter oceans are threatening coral around the world this summer. A new project is seeking to preserve coral by deep-freezing them, in the hope that one day they can help restore reefs.


Another struggle after the Maui fires: keeping toxic runoff out of the ocean

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

There's little that separates the ocean from the 2,200 burned buildings in Lahaina. Officials are working to block runoff that could harm the coral reefs offshore.


Many worry ash and rubble from Lahaina could wash into the ocean

Friday, August 25, 2023

The coast guard and local officials have put up barriers to help avoid runoff from rain. Even though Lahaina is a dry place, what are the continuing threats to ocean health from the burn zone?


Biden proposes vast new marine sanctuary in partnership with California tribe

Thursday, August 24, 2023

The proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary would make history as the first marine sanctuary to be managed with a tribe from the outset.


Lessons Maui can take from other states to protect against future wildfire disasters

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

As Maui begins to pick up the pieces after deadly fires, the question is what can be done to prevent similar disasters. Other Westerns states have adopted measures to protect communities.


3 strategies Maui can adopt from other states to help prevent dangerous wildfires

Friday, August 18, 2023

In preparing for future fires, Maui doesn't have to look far. States like California have passed wildfire policies to reduce the risk that a community will be destroyed.


How a grassroots network helped reunite a family separated in the Maui fires

Thursday, August 17, 2023

The toll of the Maui wildfires is still growing, but amid the destruction, there have been moments of lightness. One separated family reunited thanks to the grassroots supply network that's sprung up.


Maui has a safety plan for wildfires, but has struggled to fund it

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Maui has long known the dangers of wildfires. The island has a plan to help make communities safer. But like so many other places at risk, they've struggled to get the funding to implement it.


Recovery teams in Lahaina still have a lot of area to search for wildfire victims

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

The death toll from the Maui wildfires rose again on Monday as officials warned that number would rise, while also acknowledging public frustration from residents still barred from visiting Lahaina.


Wildfires on the Hawaiian island of Maui ravage the town of Lahaina

Monday, August 14, 2023

Hawaii Gov. Josh Green said he has ordered a comprehensive review to understand the actions taken before, during and after last week's wildfires on Maui.


See how one volunteer group organized aid deliveries after fire decimates Lahaina

Sunday, August 13, 2023

In Maui, NPR joined a tour boat operator to see the grassroots initiative the local surfing community and neighbors started to fill in gaps not currently being filled by official channels.


Maui's wildfire sets a deadly record

Sunday, August 13, 2023

The wildfire that tore through parts of Maui has killed at least 93 people, making it the deadliest U.S. wildfire in more than a century.


People are mobilizing to help Maui fire survivors

Saturday, August 12, 2023

Hawaii officials are mobilizing food and supplies for residents who spent days without power after massive fires devastated parts of Maui. Volunteers around the island are also chipping in.


Wildfires continue in Maui: Thousands of displaced people will need housing

Friday, August 11, 2023

Hawaii's Gov. Josh Green says thousands of displaced people will need to be housed as firefighters continue to put out fires on Maui. The death toll stands at 55 and is expected to rise.


After decades, a tribe's vision for a new marine sanctuary could be coming true

Thursday, August 10, 2023

The Biden administration is moving ahead with what could be the largest national marine sanctuary in the continental U.S. A Native American tribe is hoping to be partners in managing it.


Why it's so important to figure out when a vital Atlantic Ocean current might collapse

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Scientists know a current in the Atlantic Ocean could collapse suddenly as the climate changes. The question of when matters to billions of people around the globe.


A vital ocean current that controls weather around the globe is at risk of collapsing

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Some of the impacts from climate change can happen suddenly. New research shows that a major ocean current in the Atlantic is at risk of collapsing. That could affect weather around the globe.


Scientists say extreme heat should inspire more aggressive action on climate change

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Extreme weather has already taken a big toll this summer around the world. So as the climate keeps changing, how much worse should we expect disasters to get? And what are the lessons for next time?