Rebecca Hersher

Rebecca Hersher appears in the following:

What Are The Costs Of Climate Change?

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

More frequent and severe wildfires and hurricanes have caused billions of dollars of damage in the U.S. Climate experts warn the costs to the economy and to individual families are only rising.


Inspector General Slams FEMA Over Repeatedly Flooded Homes

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

These homeowners are eligible for federal help, but a new report finds that FEMA often fails to provide that assistance.


Longtime Climate Science Denier Hired At NOAA

Saturday, September 12, 2020

David Legates, a professor whose research has been supported by fossil fuel companies, has been hired for a top position at the federal agency that oversees weather and climate forecasting.


Some Areas Damaged By Hurricane Laura See Spikes In Air Pollution

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Hurricane Laura hit an area with dozens of major refineries and chemical plants, which emitted millions of pounds of extra air pollution.


Millions Of Pounds Of Extra Pollution Were Released Before Hurricane Laura's Landfall

Friday, August 28, 2020

Hurricane Laura hit an area known for its refineries and chemical plants. They released millions of pounds of air pollution when they shut down, and many air monitors are not functioning.


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.


Hurricanes Like Laura Are More Likely Because Of Climate Change

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Hurricane Laura rapidly intensified before it made landfall. Abnormally hot water in the Gulf of Mexico helped it gain power.


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.


Rain, Surge And Wind: How To Understand Your Hurricane Risk

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Focus more on water, less on wind and beware the cone of uncertainty. Here's a simple guide for understanding hurricane risks.


The Atlantic Is Awash With Far More Plastic Than Previously Thought, Study Finds

Thursday, August 20, 2020

A new study suggests there is far more plastic in the Atlantic Ocean than scientists estimated earlier, especially tiny pieces of plastic that can end up inside fish and other animals.


Study Dives Deeper Into How Much Plastic Is In The Oceans

Thursday, August 20, 2020

A new study suggests there is far more plastic in the Atlantic Ocean than scientists previously thought, especially very small pieces of plastic that can end up inside fish and other animals.


Everyone Loves The Chat Box: How Climate Science Moved Online

Monday, August 03, 2020

Scientists from around the world are writing the next major United Nations climate report. Summarizing the state of the atmosphere without meeting in person is as hard as it sounds.


Air Quality Disparities Persist Despite Overall Gains

Thursday, July 30, 2020

A new study finds that the U.S. places with the most polluted air in the 1980s remain the most polluted today. Poor people and people of color are more likely to live in places with dirty air.


How Wildfires Have Triggered A Spike In Domestic Violence In Australia

Monday, July 13, 2020

Domestic violence often spikes after major disasters. It is an increasingly pressing issue as climate change drives more storms and fires, and people worldwide are trapped at home due to the pandemic.


Coronavirus Pandemic Halts Climate Data Collection

Friday, July 10, 2020

The pandemic has hindered climate data collection from ships and buoys in the oceans. The U.N. warns it could negatively affect climate models' accuracy unless scientists find new ways to gather data.


The Fire, The Virus, The Violence: Australia And The Lessons Of Natural Disasters

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Family violence increases in places that have been severely burned in bushfires, Australian research finds. The isolation and financial stress of COVID-19 appear to be exacerbating the problem.


States Prepare To Spend Millions To Address Flooding

Monday, July 06, 2020

States including Virginia and Texas have set aside significant money to address flooding. Local officials hope it will help pay for flood prevention projects that the federal government won't fund.


The Latest Economic And Health Effects Of Pandemic

Saturday, July 04, 2020

COVID-19 cases are surging in several states. In some places, officials are urging people to stay home and enjoy July 4th celebrations, like fireworks, from their houses.


Temperatures Above The Arctic Circle Hit Record High

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Temperatures in a Siberian town were reported to hit 100 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday. That would be a record for the highest temperature documented above the Arctic Circle.


Scientists Warn Against Consumer Protection Nominee

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Nancy Beck is the Trump administration's nominee to lead the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a seven-year term. Many scientists and public health experts warn she is a dangerous choice.