Rebecca Hersher

Rebecca Hersher appears in the following:

Why Latino people are on the front lines of climate change

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

A wide range of Latino communities in the United States are affected by climate-driven storms, floods, droughts and heat waves, and are leading the charge to address global warming.

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Climate change likely helped cause deadly Pakistan floods, scientists find

Monday, September 19, 2022

Extremely heavy rain fell in the hardest-hit provinces. About 75% more water is falling during the heaviest rainstorms in the region, according to a new scientific analysis.

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Humans must limit warming to avoid climate tipping points, new study finds

Thursday, September 08, 2022

The Earth has already warmed more than 1 degree Celsius. New research suggests that above 1.5 degrees, massive ice melt, ocean current disruptions and coral die-offs are likely.

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Adapting parks to keep them functional as the climate changes

Saturday, September 03, 2022

Cities in the U.S. are looking for ways to adapt the designs of their parks — and their hours of operations — to keep them functional as climate change raises temperatures around the world.

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Your local park has a hidden talent: helping fight climate change

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Millions of people rely on city parks to recharge, cool off and connect. But climate change is threatening the very spaces that help us cope with the stresses of living on a hotter planet.

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Do animals sweat? Here's a poem to answer that question

Friday, August 19, 2022

Humans are sweaty beasts, but it turns out many other animals have different ways to keep cool. Staff of the Maryland Zoo help explain how their residents regulate their temperatures.

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The new law meant to fix environmental injustices is far from equitable, critics say

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

The White House is touting the Inflation Reduction Act as a major fix for environmental injustices. But many experts and grassroots anti-pollution groups say the bill is anything but equitable.

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The spending bill will cut emissions, but marginalized groups feel they were sold out

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

The Inflation Reduction Act is the biggest ever investment to tackle climate change. But there are signs that it could reinforce existing environmental inequalities.

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The Arctic is heating up nearly four times faster than the whole planet, study finds

Thursday, August 11, 2022

The Arctic is very sensitive to climate change. In the last 40 years, the region has warmed much more rapidly than the Earth as a whole, a new study finds.

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How climate change drives inland floods

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

As the Earth heats up, heavy rain is getting more common across the United States. That means more severe floods happen more often.

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Floods are getting more common. Do you know your risk?

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Climate change means more rain and higher seas, which adds up to more flooded homes. Even a small amount of water indoors can cost a lot.

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Because of climate change, inland flooding is becoming more common

Friday, July 29, 2022

The floods in Missouri and Kentucky this week were both caused by extreme rainfall. Climate change is making such rain more common, and driving dangerous floods across much of the U.S.

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Climate change is making extreme heat around the world more common

Friday, July 22, 2022

Extreme heat is gripping countries around the world. Host Ailsa Chang talks with NPR reporters in China, the U.K. and the U.S. about what they're seeing and how governments are responding.

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Researchers can now explain how climate change is affecting your weather

Thursday, July 07, 2022

For decades, it was impossible to say that a specific weather event was caused, or even made worse, by climate change. But advanced research methods are changing that.

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Scientists are learning just how climate change impacts extreme weather events

Wednesday, July 06, 2022

For decades, it was impossible to say that a specific weather event was caused, or even made worse, by climate change. But advanced research methods are changing that.

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You've likely been affected by climate change. Your long-term finances might be, too

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Most Americans have recently been affected by extreme weather and support efforts to protect against future disasters, a new survey finds. And many people suffer long-term financial problems.

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How climate change may affect your long-term finances

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

A majority of people in the U.S. have experienced extreme weather in the last five years, according to a new survey conducted by NPR, Harvard University and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Encore: Get ready for another destructive Atlantic hurricane season

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Federal forecasters predict 14 to 21 named storms will form in the Atlantic this hurricane season, which begins June 1. (This story first on on All Things Considered on May 24, 2022)

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Get ready for another destructive Atlantic hurricane season

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Federal forecasters expect more hurricanes than usual this year. Climate change is driving larger, more destructive storms. This is the seventh year in a row with an above-average forecast.

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Eliminating fossil fuel air pollution would save about 50,000 lives, study finds

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Burning oil, coal and other fossil fuels releases plumes of tiny, dangerous particles. A new study estimates that eliminating that pollution would save about 50,000 lives in the U.S. each year.

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