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N.H. News Recap For July 30, 2021: Climate Change, COVID-19 And Competition

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President Joe Biden has pushed Americans to get vaccinated this week. The amount of fully vaccinated people in New Hampshire stands at just over 58 percent of the population.

Have you noticed some stranger (than usual) weather in New Hampshire this year? If so, you’re not alone — NHPR’s Annie Ropeik is with you. From the droughts to the torrential rain and flooding, to rising tides, it’s been odd. And the frequency of this weather is only expected to increase as the intensity of climate change ramps up.

If you're not signed up for NHPR's weekend newsletter — what are you waiting for? It's the only NHPR-certified rundown of the best weekend activities the Granite State has to offer.

We talk about how climate change is already affecting the Granite State, and then we explore the state government’s response to a rise in COVID-19 cases related to the Delta variant nationwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reversed its guidance and recommended vaccinated people mask up inside areas of the country where vaccination rates have lagged and COVID cases are spiking.

The guidance is especially relevant for people in Belknap County, which includes Laconia. Level of community transmission there is substantial, according to data collected by the CDC. NHPR’s Alli Fam breaks down the latest guidance and response from Gov. Chris Sununu and state lawmakers.

And New Hampshire was represented on the podium at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Dover, N.H., diver Jessica Paratto won a silver medal with her partner Delaney Schnell in synchronized diving.

Guests:

  • Alli Fam, NHPR
  • Annie Ropeik, NHPR

NHPR’s top stories this week:

Mary McIntyre is a senior producer at NHPR.
For many radio listeners throughout New Hampshire, Rick Ganley is the first voice they hear each weekday morning, bringing them up to speed on news developments overnight and starting their day off with the latest information.
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