Lauren Sommer

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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.


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.


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.


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.


An unexpected item is blocking cities' climate change prep: obsolete rainfall records

Wednesday, February 09, 2022

Cities are experiencing heavier storms and flooding as the climate gets hotter. But due to outdated rainfall records, many are still building infrastructure for the climate of the past.


Infrastructure funds will help prepare cities for rain. But how much rain is coming?

Tuesday, February 08, 2022

Cities will soon spend billions upgrading their water systems with federal infrastructure funds. But many don't have information about how to prepare the systems for climate change.


To get by in a changing climate, plants need animal poop to carry them to safety

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

As the climate gets hotter, plants could need to move to new habitats. But animals that eat their fruit and help spread the seeds are disappearing.


To survive climate change, plants can't just get up and move

Friday, January 14, 2022

As the climate gets hotter, plants may need to grow in new locations to survive. But the animals that help spread the seeds are disappearing.


2021 was a hot year in a concerningly hot decade, report finds

Thursday, January 13, 2022

A new climate report finds that 2021 was the sixth hottest year on record. The past decade has also been the hottest since record-keeping began.


How 2021's floods and heat waves are signs of what's to come

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Many of this year's deadly extreme weather is linked to climate change and scientists warn they're a sign of what's to come.


With the loss of Manchin's vote, Biden's climate change agenda may be doomed

Monday, December 20, 2021

Despite a year of increasing weather disasters, Biden's ambitious climate plans may be doomed in Congress.


What losing Build Back Better means for climate change

Monday, December 20, 2021

Climate scientists warn that emissions need to fall quickly. Those cuts will be even tougher with the Build Back Better legislation shelved for the foreseeable future.


Here's what world leaders agreed to — and what they didn't — at the U.N. climate summit

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Intense climate negotiations in Glasgow, Scotland, brought about major breakthroughs and compromises, as world leaders sought to avert extreme climate change.


In a first, U.N. climate agreement could include the words 'coal' and 'fossil fuels'

Friday, November 12, 2021

The U.N. secretary-general warns the main goal of limiting global warming is "on life support." But Glasgow negotiators are making modest progress in their final hours.


Developing nations say they're owed for climate damage. Richer nations aren't budging

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Extreme weather is costing developing countries billions of dollars in damage. So they're seeking compensation from wealthier countries that have done the most to cause climate change.


Poor countries push for compensation over damage caused by climate change

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Some of the world's most vulnerable countries at the U.N. climate conference in Scotland are demanding compensation, and it's becoming a major sticking point in the negotiations.


This Kenyan family got solar power. High-level climate talks determine who else will

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Last month, the Muisyo family turned on the lights for the first time thanks to climate financing from rich countries. But the fund is falling short of its $100 billion goal to help poor countries.


This is what the world looks like if we pass the crucial 1.5-degree climate threshold

Monday, November 08, 2021

Despite new pledges to cut emissions, the world is not on track to hit a key climate change target of limiting warming. Scientists warn a planet that heats up more than that will look very different.


Here's what happens if the world warms more than 1.5 degrees Celsius

Thursday, November 04, 2021

At international climate talks, world leaders are trying to keep the world to 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming. Why is that number important, and what happens if the world gets hotter than that?


Experts say pledges at COP26 won't be enough to stop extreme climate change

Tuesday, November 02, 2021

On Tuesday, countries at the global climate summit COP26 pledged to cut back on heat-trapping methane emissions and do more to fight deforestation.