Rebecca Hersher

Rebecca Hersher appears in the following:

WATCH: Flooding In The U.S. Is Getting Worse

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Flooding in America is getting more frequent and severe. Climate change is driving it.

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When '1-In-100-Year' Floods Happen Often, What Should You Call Them?

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

The term "100-year flood" can be confusing and misleading, scientists, local emergency officials and homeowners all agree. Experts say there's a better way to communicate about flood risk.

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Scientists Dig Into Hard Questions About The Fluorinated Pollutants Known As PFAS

Monday, April 22, 2019

PFAS are a family of chemicals accumulating in the soil, rivers, drinking water and the human body. How much exposure to these substances in clothes, firefighting foam and food wrap is too much?

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Tiny Earthquakes Happen Every Few Minutes In Southern California, Study Finds

Thursday, April 18, 2019

A new catalog of Southern California earthquakes is 10 times larger than its predecessor list. The details of frequent, small quakes help scientists study what triggers large, destructive ones.

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Climate Change Was The Engine That Powered Hurricane Maria's Devastating Rains

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Maria was the rainiest storm known to have hit Puerto Rico. Scientists say a storm of such severity is nearly five times more likely to occur today, with warmer air and ocean water, than in the '50s.

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Step 1: Build A House. Step 2: Set It On Fire

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

After back-to-back hurricanes and wildfires, insurers are looking for more-resilient construction materials. That means building model homes and then blowing off their roofs or setting them on fire.

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EPA Science Panel Considering Guidelines That Upend Basic Air Pollution Science

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Some panel members said they don't agree that breathing sooty air can cause premature death. The panel's draft recommendations to the EPA would change how it assesses the dangers of air pollution.

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A 'Bomb Cyclone' Is Thwacking The Central U.S.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The storm is bringing high winds, snow, rain and dangerous road conditions. Meteorologists and local officials are warning people across the West and Midwest to cancel travel plans.

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Minorities Likely To Receive Less Disaster Aid Than White Americans

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

A new NPR investigation finds that white Americans, and those with more wealth, often receive more federal aid after a disaster than do minorities and those with less wealth.

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How Federal Disaster Money Favors The Rich

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

The federal government spends billions of dollars each year helping communities rebuild after disasters and to prevent future damage. But that money isn't always allocated to those who need it most.

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Congressional Democrats Say Climate Change Is A Priority As They Control The House

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Two House committees are holding climate-related hearings on Wednesday. The Democrats are hoping to bring attention to the issue of climate change — an issue that was not a priority for Republicans.

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Massive Starfish Die-Off Is Tied To Global Warming

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Sea stars along the Pacific Coast are dying in the largest disease epidemic ever documented in a wild marine species. New research suggests warmer water is making the disease even more deadly.

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Back-To-Back Storms And No Pay For Federal Weather Forecasters

Friday, January 18, 2019

Despite the shutdown, the National Weather Service is putting out forecasts and helping local officials prepare for dangerous weather, even as employees worry about making ends meet at home.

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Shutdown Puts Work On Hold For Researchers Collaborating With Government Scientists

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The shutdown means government scientists aren't working, and their academic collaborators are spinning their wheels. A plant geneticist in Iowa speaks of frustration and loneliness during the shutdown.

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Nations Agree On Rules To Put Paris Climate Agreement Into Action

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Nations agreed on rules to track the promises they made to reduce emissions, but did not set new emissions reduction goals necessary to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change.

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As The Biggest Climate Conference Since Paris Ends, What's Accomplished?

Saturday, December 15, 2018

A major climate conference is wrapping up in Poland. Officials are working to create a rulebook for future reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

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Countries Struggle To Agree On Rules For Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Friday, December 14, 2018

As a major climate conference nears its end in Poland, negotiators are still haggling over the rules nations must follow in order to meet their commitments to reduce greenhouse gases.

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2-Week Climate Conference In Poland Comes To A End

Friday, December 14, 2018

Among the attendees to this year's climate conference were several major corporations, which are increasingly committed to reducing the emissions of their own operations.

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Mayors And Governors Rebut Trump Administration Position At Climate Summit

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Federal officials at the U.N. climate meeting are ignoring climate science and touting coal and fossil fuels. But local and state authorities pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on their own.

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U.N. Climate Change Summit Enters Crucial Final Week

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

World leaders are gathered in Poland this week to discuss climate change. The U.S. hosted a meeting on coal, a highly polluting fuel, that many developing nations depend on.

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