Lauren Sommer

Lauren Sommer appears in the following:

Why heat wave warnings are falling short in the U.S.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Unprecedented heat waves are on the rise as the climate gets hotter. But experts say the country's heat warning system may be leading the public to underestimate the dangers.

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Extreme weather sparked by climate change is putting a strain on infrastructure

Friday, September 09, 2022

Extreme weather which is fueled by climate change is posing a bigger and bigger threat to the nation's water infrastructure.

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Sweating keeps you cool, but climate change is making it harder

Wednesday, September 07, 2022

Our bodies couldn't endure the summer heat without sweating. But as the climate gets hotter, sweat isn't cooling us off like it used to.

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Disaster experts say heat warning systems are falling short

Tuesday, September 06, 2022

As record-breaking heat scorches the West, some disaster experts say our warning system may not be enough. Many people aren't getting alerted when heat can be deadly.

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The Inflation Reduction Act incentivizes capturing carbon emissions

Sunday, August 21, 2022

President Biden has signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law. We take a look at the viability of the law's provision concerning capturing carbon emissions.

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Building wildfire-resistant homes can be affordable, new study shows

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Many communities are still rebuilding after wildfires in recent years, but few states require homes to be built with wildfire-resistant materials. A new study shows it's not as expensive as some say.

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Fireproofing your home isn't very expensive — but few states require it

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Many Western states lack building codes for wildfire-resistant homes. But a new study finds the costs can be minimal, undercutting long-held building industry arguments against such codes.

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Is your house at risk of a wildfire? This online tool could tell you

Monday, May 16, 2022

Many people move without realizing the danger that wildfires pose to their new home. A new risk rating system could help buyers learn more on real estate sites.

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California just ran on 100% renewable energy, but fossil fuels aren't fading away yet

Friday, May 13, 2022

California broke its record for renewable energy when solar and wind provided enough to meet all consumer demand. At the time, natural gas power plants were still on, a necessity for the grid.

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Vacuuming carbon from the air could help stop climate change. Not everyone agrees

Monday, May 02, 2022

With the climate warming rapidly, scientists are finding that cutting fossil fuels may not be enough. Carbon dioxide emissions may need to be vacuumed right out of the air.

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Is sucking carbon from the air the key to stop climate change? Some scientists say so

Thursday, April 28, 2022

With the climate getting hotter, scientists are finding that cutting fossil fuels may not be enough. Carbon dioxide emissions may need to be vacuumed right out of the air.

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Green infrastructure helps cities with climate change. So why isn't there more of it?

Friday, April 15, 2022

The U.S. is making the largest investment in history in the country's water system. In the rush to spend, some worry green projects will be overlooked.

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It's not too late to stave off the climate crisis, U.N. report finds. Here's how

Monday, April 04, 2022

The good news is that the world has solutions and technology to slow climate change. The bad news is that time is running out.

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Australia's Great Barrier Reef is hit with mass coral bleaching yet again

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Some corals have turned a ghostly white due to extreme heat stress. It's the fourth bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef in the last seven years, which makes it harder to recover.

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A massive bleaching event is taking place in Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Friday, March 25, 2022

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is suffering another mass bleaching. That's when corals turn ghostly white due to heat, and it's becoming more common as the climate warms.

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Is breeding bulldogs cruel? Animal groups debate how to make them healthier

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

With smushed-in faces and compact bodies, bulldogs are prone to health problems. A court in Norway recently banned breeding them, sparking an international debate.

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Hotter temps bring more pollen — meaning climate change will intensify allergy season

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Allergy season is getting worse as the climate changes, according to new research. Hotter temperatures are causing some plants to produce more pollen.

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With all of their health problems, should bulldogs continue to be bred?

Tuesday, March 08, 2022

A judge in Norway has banned the breeding of bulldogs. Their flat, smooshed faces can cause health problems. An animal rights group argued the breed is so unhealthy, it amounts to animal cruelty.

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Orcas take down a blue whale, proving they're the apex predators of the ocean

Saturday, February 19, 2022

"Within seconds we realized, oh my God, a pack of killer whales is attacking a blue whale," researcher John Totterdell from the Cetacean Research Centre in Australia, told NPR.

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Scientists witness orcas kill the world's largest animal: the blue whale

Friday, February 18, 2022

It was once thought that nothing could take down the world's largest animal, the blue whale. But scientists have witnessed something unusual that shows these giants do have a predator to worry about.

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