Climate change researcher to sit with first lady at SOTU

A climate change and sea-level rise researcher with sit with first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama to present Lin-Manuel Miranda with the Portrait of a Nation Prize Michelle Obama thanks her high school for naming new athletic complex after her US ambassador to Germany calls out journalists who blocked him on Twitter MORE during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.

Nicole Hernandez Hammer’s research focuses on “how cities and regions most vulnerable to the effects of climate change also have large concentrations of Hispanics,” the White House said Monday.

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Hammer, an immigrant from Guatemala, lives in southeast Florida, where much of her research is focused.

She also leads efforts in her area for the Union of Concerned Scientists and Moms Clean Air Force. She is among 21 guests planning to attend President Obama’s speech with the first lady.

Outreach to minorities has been a priority for Obama and his administration as part of his second-term push to fight climate change.

Officials have also put an emphasis on sea-level rise, which scientists believe to be an inevitable consequence of human-induced climate change.

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She used it as an opportunity to promote the EPA’s plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants.