Rebecca Hersher

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The Federal Government Sells Flood-Prone Homes To Often Unsuspecting Buyers, NPR Finds

Monday, September 13, 2021

The Department of Housing and Urban Development disproportionately sells homes in flood-prone areas, NPR finds. Housing experts warn that this can lead to big losses for vulnerable families.


Enough With The Climate Jargon: Scientists Aim For Clearer Messages On Global Warming

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

People are likely to be confused by common terms such as "mitigation" and "carbon neutral," according to a recent study. How can scientists do a better job communicating about global warming?


More Floods Are Coming. How Can Cities Prepare?

Friday, September 03, 2021

How NYC can prepare for more frequent storms

NYC's Subway Flooding Isn't A Fluke. It's The Reality For Cities In A Warming World

Thursday, September 02, 2021

Underground trains are incredibly susceptible to flooding from climate-driven extreme rain and sea level rise. Cities around the world are racing to adapt their transit systems.


How Climate Change Made Hurricane Ida Bigger And More Powerful

Monday, August 30, 2021

Hurricane Ida rapidly gained strength right before it hit Louisiana on Sunday. Abnormally hot water in the Gulf of Mexico acted as fuel for the storm.


How Climate Change Is Fueling Hurricanes Like Ida

Monday, August 30, 2021

Hurricane Ida rapidly gained strength right before it hit Louisiana this weekend. Abnormally hot water in the Gulf of Mexico acted as fuel for the storm.


The Floods In Tennessee Aren't Freak Accidents. They're A New Reality

Monday, August 23, 2021

At least 21 people died in floods in Tennessee over the weekend. Such dangerous flash flooding is a hallmark of climate change.


A Major Report Warns Climate Change Is Accelerating And Humans Must Cut Emissions Now

Monday, August 09, 2021

The U.N. has released the most comprehensive global climate science report ever. It is unequivocal: Humans must stop burning fossil fuels or suffer catastrophic impacts.


How Climate Change Is Driving Extreme Weather

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Weather-wise, it's been a disastrous summer. Scientists say climate change is driving deadly weather disasters around the world, as hotter temperatures produce deeper droughts and heavier rains.


Cutting Carbon Pollution Quickly Would Save About 74 Million Lives, Study Finds

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Cutting carbon emissions to zero in the next 30 years would save about 74 million lives this century, a new analysis estimates.


Climate Scientists Meet As Floods, Fires, Droughts And Heat Waves Batter Countries

Monday, July 26, 2021

Hundreds of scientists are meeting to finalize a landmark climate report. It's meant to guide the next decade of international climate policy, but it's unclear if politicians will act on it.


There's Not A Cloud In The Sky, But Your House Could Still Be Underwater

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Coastal areas are seeing a steady increase in high tide flooding. Scientists warn the problem is accelerating as the Earth gets hotter. And a little wobble in the Moon's orbit isn't helping.


Colder Climates Meant Bigger Bodies For Ancient Humans

Thursday, July 08, 2021

Human ancestors got steadily larger over the last 1 million years. Our relatives living in colder places developed bigger bodies, a new study finds.


Lower-Income Survivors Are Less Likely To Get FEMA Aid After Disaster, Documents Show

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Internal FEMA documents suggest low-income disaster survivors are less likely to receive some types of housing assistance. Critics point out there are also racial disparities in who gets help.


Why FEMA Aid Is Unavailable To Many Who Need It The Most

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

The people who need help the most after disasters are least able to get it from the federal government. Internal records show that FEMA knows it has a problem.


More Than Half Of U.S. Buildings Are In Places Prone To Disaster, Study Finds

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Buildings are concentrated in places that are likely to be hit by a disaster such as a hurricane, flood or wildfire, researchers found. That includes both urban and rural hotspots.


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.


Earth Is Barreling Toward 1.5 Degrees Celsius Of Warming, Scientists Warn

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Scientists say humans must keep global temperatures from increasing more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. The World Meteorological Organization warns that number is looming.


EPA Moves To Cut A Group Of Powerful Greenhouse Gases

Monday, May 03, 2021

The EPA plans to phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, which are used in refrigerators and air conditioners. When HFCs are released into the atmosphere, they are extremely good at trapping heat.


Why Having Diverse Government Scientists Is Key To Dealing With Climate Change

Friday, April 30, 2021

Climate and health policies rely on scientific expertise. But the federal science workforce has been shaped by decades of political interference, underfunding and race and gender bias.