Rebecca Hersher appears in the following:
Thursday, June 21, 2018
A Chinese tomb has turned up evidence of a new species of long-extinct ape. The gibbon, called Junzi imperialis, lived and died alongside its imperial human caretaker.
Friday, June 15, 2018
The EPA intends to block rules to prevent and respond to leaks, explosions and other disasters at chemical facilities and refineries around the U.S. That scares many people who live and work nearby.
Monday, June 11, 2018
Climate change is increasing the frequency of rainstorms in many parts of the U.S., and those storms bring more rain. Many communities don't have the drainage systems needed to handle all the water.
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Hurricanes are moving more slowly than they used to. That means storms are dumping more rain and doing more damage when they make landfall, as Hurricane Harvey did when it lingered over Houston.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
More than 50 years after the federal government forced hundreds of Alaska Natives into boarding schools, their descendants are haunted by — and trying to overcome —residual trauma.
Monday, May 21, 2018
For more than 150 years, scientists have known that levees increase flood risk on the Mississippi River. That hasn't stopped local officials from building up levees in response to more severe floods.
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
Modern birds are dinosaurs without toothy jaws, and with bigger brains. Newly published research fills in some of the missing links in their evolution.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Each night, the organisms gather in a "vertical stampede" to feed at the ocean's surface. Research suggests the columns of swimming animals can create large downward jets that help churn the waters.
Monday, April 16, 2018
The EPA says the San Jacinto Waste Pits near Houston no longer needs Scott Pruitt's personal attention due to progress on a remediation plan. But the site is still years away from being cleaned up.
Friday, April 06, 2018
A number of Environmental Protection Agency officials have been demoted or reassigned after raising concerns about the way EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is managing the agency, according to a report from The New York Times.
Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is fending off accusations that he misused taxpayer funds and maintained improper ties to companies regulated by the EPA.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
In many parts of the world, it is illegal to shoot a brown bear with cubs. The restrictions have made mother bears more likely to spend an extra year with their cubs.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
The man hoping to help lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, is a former lobbyist for coal and natural gas companies. As a young EPA lawyer, he worked on hazardous chemical rules.
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Neighborhoods around a Louisiana chemical plant have the highest cancer risk in the U.S. Residents felt powerless, until the Environmental Protection Agency released data on what they were breathing.
Saturday, March 03, 2018
The RAND Corporation has published an unflattering report about U.S. gun policy. It identified only 62 studies testing the effectiveness of policies such as background checks and buying restrictions.
Monday, February 05, 2018
Two new studies confirm that an outbreak of deadly Legionnaires' disease in Flint, Mich., was caused by the city's water crisis in 2014 and 2015.
Thursday, January 25, 2018
To see if music really is a universal language, researchers gave people 14 second samples of songs from around the world and asked them to say what kind of song it is.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Scientists have discovered the proboscis butterflies use to suck nectar from flowers existed before flowers did. So: What were ancient butterflies using their long, tongue-like suckers for?
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
The tick was with a feather from a dinosaur that lived in the Cretaceous Period. Modern ticks love to bite mammals, and scientists have long wondered what the tiny vampires ate millions of years ago.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
After years of budget and political pressure, some climate scientists are changing the way they describe their research, and avoiding the term "climate change."