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SYLVIE DOUGLIS, BYLINE: NPR.
(SOUNDBITE OF DROP ELECTRIC’S “WAKING UP TO THE FIRE”)
ADRIAN MA, HOST:
Devastating floods, intense heat waves – it’s been a summer of extreme weather – weather we’re seeing more of because of climate change. And in fact, more than three-quarters of U.S. adults say they’ve been personally affected by this kind of extreme weather in the past five years. We’re talking hurricanes, wildfires and, yeah, floods and heat waves. This is according to a nationwide survey conducted earlier this year by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard University.
But there’s another part of this survey that really caught our attention here at THE INDICATOR, and that is money. A lot of people who responded to the survey said their main problem with extreme weather – it’s expensive, and many suffer long-term financial problems because of it. So today on the show, we’re doing something a little bit special and turning things over to NPR’s daily science podcast Short Wave. After the break, Short Wave co-host Aaron Scott and Becky Hersher from NPR’s climate team – they explain what extreme weather means for your wallet.
(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)AARON SCOTT, BYLINE: All right, Becky. So most people in the […]