Rebecca Hersher

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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)


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.


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.


The U.S. pledged billions to fight climate change. Then came the Ukraine war

Saturday, May 14, 2022

The U.S. promised to slash its emissions and send tens of billions of dollars to low-lying and less well-off nations. The war in Ukraine is delaying that even as the toll from climate change rises.


Climate change threatens nearly one third of U.S. hazardous chemical facilities

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

The facilities are located in every state, and are threatened by floods, hurricanes and wildfires that can cause dangerous leaks and explosions, according to a federal watchdog.


Billions of people are in danger from climate change, a U.N. report warns

Monday, February 28, 2022

Some ecosystems have already been irreversibly altered, scientists say. And climate change is wreaking havoc on human health.


Soot is accelerating snow melt in popular parts of Antarctica, a study finds

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Arctic communities have long been plagued by soot that drives snow melt and respiratory disease. Now, humans are making their mark in Antarctica.


Ocean water along U.S. coasts will rise about one foot by 2050, scientists warn

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Sea levels are rising even faster on the East Coast and Gulf Coast. And advances in climate science mean we can see the future clearly for the first time.


Glaciers are shrinking fast. Scientists are rushing to figure out how fast

Tuesday, February 08, 2022

Billions of people rely on glaciers for drinking water, hydropower and irrigation. A raft of new research suggests there is less ice left than previously thought.


A new study predicts a huge increase in catastrophic hurricanes for the northeastern U.S.

Thursday, February 03, 2022

When hurricanes cause both extreme high tides and heavy rains, devastating floods ensue. Such storms will get much more frequent by the end of the century, according to a new study.


Climate-driven floods will disproportionately affect Black communities, study finds

Monday, January 31, 2022

Climate change means more flood risk from rising seas, hurricanes and heavy rain. Black communities in the southern U.S. are in the crosshairs, according to a new analysis.


Lawsuit alleging oil companies misled public about climate change moves forward

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

The case brought by Baltimore is one of more than 20 similar lawsuits nationwide that seek to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for their role in climate change.


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.