Pien Huang


Pien Huang is a reporting fellow for the GroundTruth Project, stationed at WCAI for six months in 2018. Huang is an audio producer and reporter. Her freelance stories on art, environment and culture have been featured on NPR, the BBC, PRI and PRX. She’s a former staff producer for the NPR show On Point, and executive producer of “Data Made to Matter,” a podcast from MIT Sloan School of Management. She has worked with Helmick Sculpture and Stoltze Design to tell visual stories through public art and graphic design. She has a degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard, and has traveled with scientists looking for signs of environmental change in the frogs of Cameroon, the plants of Panama, and the ocean water off the coast of Antarctica.

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A forthcoming paper in the Journal of Financial Economics finds that homes in the way of future sea level rise are selling for less now.

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What is a hurricane-proof house?

John Bologna, a structural engineer in Orleans, says it’s a concrete bunker with bulletproof windows, stocked with emergency pumps, backup batteris, and a 10-week supply of food.

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If you think your seasonal allergies are getting worse, could be you’re not imagining things. Changes in temperature, rainfall, and greenhouse gases are making the pollen season stronger and longer.



Allergy season is expected to get worse in the Northeast with climate change. More heat, rain, and CO2 is causing plants to produce more pollen. Now you can add severe weather—and thunderstorms in particular—to the mix of bad news for allergy-sufferers.

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On the Cape and Islands, the flood insurance business is booming. Bryan Braley is the flood insurance specialist at the Arthur D. Calfee Insurance Agency in Falmouth. He says that, while off-Cape agents in coastal areas like Hull, MA, average one or two flood insurance quotes a month, he’s putting together two a day.

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Warming seas and melting sea ice are causing sea levels to rise, and putting coastal homes at risk of chronic flooding—inundation that happens, on average, 26 times or more per year.

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The storm that flooded Tess Korkuch’s neighborhood was six months ago, but the images are fresh in her mind and at her fingertips. She has photos and videos on her phone—a neighbor's bocce court three feet underwater, more water pouring through the streets—and she’s ready to show them to anybody who asks.

In the Shadow of Stilts

Jun 5, 2018
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As surely as the sea level will rise, new homes on Surf Drive in Falmouth are going up—and up.

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In the first week of February, Peter McMahon had the worst morning. He tried to make coffee with his tap water—and realized it was salt water.