Lauren Sommer

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Hurricanes, Drought And Fires: The U.S. Has An Intense Summer Ahead

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Atlantic hurricane season kicks off on June 1, and it's supposed to be a slightly above average hurricane season. In the Western U.S., there's already a serious drought and elevated fire risk.


Fearing Their Kids Will Inherit Dead Coral Reefs, Scientists Are Urging Bold Action

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Hotter oceans are putting coral reefs in peril worldwide. Scientists are warning that to save them, heat-trapping emissions must fall, and reefs will need more protection and restoration.


Biden Administration Strikes A Deal To Bring Offshore Wind To California

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

For years, the Navy has objected to offshore wind farms on the California coast. The Biden administration announced a deal for new projects, crucial to achieving its climate change policy.


Got Mud? For Coastal Cities, Humble Dirt Has Become A Hot Commodity

Saturday, May 01, 2021

Coastal communities will need massive amounts of mud and dirt to protect their shorelines from rising seas. One federal agency has it, but most is disposed of instead of reused.


How The U.S. Could Halve Climate Emissions By 2030

Friday, April 16, 2021

Environmental groups and business leaders are pushing President Biden to cut U.S. emissions 50% by 2030. The question is: what kind of climate policies will work that fast?


In Hotter Climate, 'Zombie' Urchins Are Winning And Kelp Forests Are Losing

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Kelp forests along Northern California have almost vanished. Divers and scientists are racing to stop purple sea urchins from taking over critical habitat.


One Of Biden's Biggest Climate Change Challenges? The Oceans

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Climate change is hitting the oceans hard, both warming and acidifying the water. Ocean scientists are hoping the Biden Administration dives in quickly to address it.


How Giant Batteries Are Protecting The Most Vulnerable In Blackouts

Monday, March 08, 2021

Power outages are increasingly common, putting everything from clean drinking water to medical equipment at risk. Some communities are installing solar power and large batteries to protect themselves.


How Fast Are Oceans Rising? The Answer May Be In Century-Old Shipping Logs

Monday, March 01, 2021

A century ago, the shipping industry recorded the daily ebb and flow of tides. Now, those records are becoming crucial for forecasting how fast sea levels are rising in a warming climate.


How Fast Will Biden Need To Move On Climate? Really, Really Fast

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Scientists say the next decade is crucial for slowing climate change. To catch up, President Biden's environmental policies will have to move faster than any in history.


A Look At The Future Of Biden's Climate Change Policies

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

President Biden has made climate change a focus of his first week in office. But it could take years before many of the executive actions he's highlighted to tackle the issue have a noticeable impact.


Biden To Move Quickly On Climate Change, Reversing Trump Rollbacks

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

President Biden has set his sights on more than 100 Trump administration environmental rollbacks as well as plans to rejoin the international climate accord.


Pandemic Causes Historic — But Fleeting— Drop In U.S. Climate Emissions

Thursday, January 14, 2021

As Americans stayed home during the pandemic, cars and planes produced less heat-trapping emissions. But the effect is only temporary.


Pandemic Effects Reach Ocean Depths

Saturday, January 02, 2021

The global pandemic has led to a decline in ship traffic around the world, which means the oceans are quieter, given marine mammals a break from human activity.


How Climate Change Is Setting The Stage For Natural Disasters

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

This year had a relentless number of extreme wildfires and hurricanes. They were driven by climate change, and global temperatures that were among the hottest ever recorded.


2020 May Be The Hottest Year On Record. Here's The Damage It Did

Friday, December 18, 2020

2020 and 2016 are virtually tied for the hottest year on record. That means more powerful hurricanes, more intense wildfires, less ice and longer heat waves.


The Environmental Upside To The COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdowns

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Many communities are locking down again due to the case surges, giving scientists more of a chance to see how that's changing the environment. They're finding it's affecting air and water quality.


Who Is Mary Nichols, Leading Contender To Head EPA Under Biden

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Mary Nichols has been in charge of California's Air Resources Board for the past 13 years.


Rebuilding After A Wildfire? Most States Don't Require Fire-Resistant Materials

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Homeowners are rebuilding after wildfires, but many won't be required by governments to use fire-resistant materials. Without such improvements, communities face harm again with the next fire.


Climate Change Is Extending Fire Season Across The West

Friday, October 23, 2020

Wildfires are still burning in the West at a time of year when fire activity is supposed to die down. Scientists say it's an example of how climate change is making the fire season longer.