Rebecca Hersher

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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.


As EPA Steps Back, States Face Wave Of Requests For Environmental Leniency

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

The EPA does not require companies to notify federal regulators if the pandemic interferes with pollution monitoring or reporting. That leaves states alone on the front lines of pollution control.


How Have Baltimore Protests Stayed Peaceful? Activists Take Lessons From 2015

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Unlike the demonstrations that rocked the city five years ago after Freddie Gray, 25, died in police custody, this week's unfolded peacefully. Local activists are helping to avoid unplanned violence.


Hurricane Season Will Be Above Average, NOAA Warns

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Federal forecasters expect 3 to 6 major hurricanes during the 2020 hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 1. Rising seas and a warmer climate make storms of all sizes more damaging.


Traffic Is Way Down Because Of Lockdown, But Air Pollution? Not So Much

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Car traffic took a big dip beginning in late March, and headlines celebrated clean air around the U.S. But an NPR analysis of EPA data tells a more troubling story.


COVID-19 Has Created A Legal Aid Crisis. FEMA's Usual Response Is Missing

Monday, May 11, 2020

The agency usually provides funding for legal aid hotlines after disasters. But the White House has not approved such funding for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.


Mental Health Experts Facilitate Talks Between Families, ICU Patients

Friday, May 08, 2020

It is very difficult for people hospitalized with COVID-19 to communicate with their families. At one medical center, psychologists are helping with some of those tough conversations.


'No One Has Tested Us Before': EMTs Go Door-To-Door With Test Kits

Saturday, May 02, 2020

EMTs are offering at-home coronavirus testing in at least four cities including New York City. The goal is to test people who might not seek it out on their own, and find people who need medical care.


ICUs Are Changing To Meet The Needs Of The Coronavirus Patients

Monday, April 27, 2020

Medical staffs are reeling from the changes COVID-19 has brought to intensive care units — from redesigning the spaces to changing what it means to care for patients who are facing death alone.


Climate Change Undercuts Air Pollution Improvements

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

More Americans are breathing unhealthy air, even though overall air pollution has decreased in recent decades. In the tug-of-war between air regulations and climate change, global warming is winning.


New York Lung Doctors Rush To Spread Their Expertise To Other Physicians

Friday, April 10, 2020

Pulmonologists at some New York City hospitals are changing the ways they work to keep up with critically ill COVID-19 patients. They are changing who does what — and training lots of people.


Number Of Patients At Overflow Hospitals In New York Has Doubled

Thursday, April 09, 2020

The number of patients being treated on a Navy hospital ship and inside a convention center has more than doubled in the last two days, after both facilities switched to treating people with COVID-19.


Improvisation And Retraining May Be Key To Saving Patients In New York's ICUs

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Pulmonologists in New York hospitals are now supervising doctors from other specialties as they try to keep ICUs staffed, and are deploying equipment in new ways. But COVID-19 is a demoralizing foe.


New York's Temporary Overflow Hospitals Remain Underused Despite COVID-19 Crisis

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Two temporary hospital facilities are open in New York City inside a major convention center and aboard a Navy hospital ship. But so far, both have far fewer patients than they can handle.


In New York, Overflow Hospitals At Javits And On Navy Ship Have Been Largely Empty

Monday, April 06, 2020

More than 14,000 people have now been hospitalized in New York City for COVID-19. But two large overflow facilities have been operating far below their capacity.


Ventilator Shortages Loom As States Ponder Rules For Rationing

Friday, April 03, 2020

Many states are projected to have excessive demand for ventilator machines in the coming weeks, but no state government has formally asked hospitals to prepare for difficult and complex crisis triage.


Tales Of Two Cities: Coronavirus Outcomes Differ Between Bay Area, New York City

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Early on, Bay Area cities adopted social distancing restrictions to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Health officials are optimistic about what they see so far — unlike in New York City.


New York City Hospitals Struggle To Get Virus Testing Online Amid Patient Surge

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

On-site testing was delayed for weeks at a Brooklyn hospital that has been designated COVID-19 only. Rapid on-site testing can help hospitals prevent the virus from spreading inside their facilities.


Local Governments Race To Administer Coronavirus Tests, Secure Supplies

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Surging coronavirus infections mean that local officials in the hardest-hit cities are forced to take on new responsibilities that go far beyond their normal day jobs.