Lauren Sommer

Lauren Sommer appears in the following:

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.


Millions Of Homes Are At Risk Of Wildfires, But It's Rarely Disclosed

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Many homeowners who lost everything in a wildfire had no idea they were at risk. Only two states require disclosing wildfire risk to buyers in the house hunting process.


What Might Happen To U.S.-India Relations Under A President Biden

Monday, October 19, 2020

President Trump has forged a friendship with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. NPR discusses what might happen to U.S.-India ties if there's a change in the White House.


Is Your Home At Risk Of Wildfire In A Changing Climate? 6 Questions To Ask

Sunday, October 18, 2020

More and more Americans now live in wildfire-prone landscapes and have no idea of the perils they face. Here's how to find out.


Undisclosed: Most Homebuyers And Renters Aren't Warned About Flood Or Wildfire Risk

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Wildfires and floods threaten tens of millions of properties in the U.S. But most Americans get little or no information about climate risks when they move.


4 Million Acres Have Burned In California. Why That's The Wrong Number To Focus On

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Wildfires in California have set a new record, but some fire scientists say focusing on that number is doing more harm than good.


California Governor Signs Order Banning Sales Of New Gasoline Cars By 2035

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday that amounts to the most aggressive clean-car policy in the U.S. and would end the sale of new gas vehicles in the state in 15 years.


Scientists Say Disasters Are Teaming Up During Time Of Climate Change

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Many states have faced record-breaking heat this year along with drought and wildfires. Scientists say climate change makes extreme events more likely to happen at the same time.


Why Firefighting Alone Won't Stop Western Mega-Fires

Friday, September 11, 2020

In another record-breaking year, communities are realizing the best way to survive wildfires is learning to live with them.


How Communities Are Remaking Themselves To Become Fire Resistant

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Firefighting alone may never be enough to control extreme fires in the era of climate change. Acknowledging this reality, some communities are trying to remake themselves to be fire resistant.


Everything Is Unprecedented. Welcome To Your Hotter Earth

Friday, August 28, 2020

Hurricanes, wildfires, heat waves and disease outbreaks are all a preview of our hotter future. Dramatically cutting greenhouse gas emissions would help.


Major Real Estate Website Now Shows Flood Risk. Should They All?

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Millions of home listings on now include information about climate change-driven flood risk. Other real estate sites are holding off.


To Manage Wildfire, California Looks To What Tribes Have Known All Along

Monday, August 24, 2020

Native American tribes are restoring traditional burning in California, which could help the state reduce the risk of extreme wildfires.