Adam Markham

Deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

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Adam Markham is deputy director of the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists’. See Adam's full bio.

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Australia’s Iconic Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Site at Risk from Global Warming

A lot has changed since Captain Cook became the first European to try to navigate the Great Barrier Reef in 1770. It was the reports of Cook and naturalist Joseph Banks on their return to England that first alerted the scientific world to the existence of this biological marvel. The Great Barrier Reef is now one of the world’s most important coastal and marine tourism areas, but its future is at risk, and climate change is the primary long-term threat. Read more >

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Photo: Patrick Venenoso/UNESCO

Destinations at Risk: Iconic World Heritage Sites Across the Globe Vulnerable to Climate Change

I’ve spent a lot of time during the last year researching the impacts of climate change on World Heritage sites. What I’ve found has shocked me. Read more >

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President Obama in Alaska: The Science Shows the Time to Act on Climate is Now

President Obama’s speech to the GLACIER conference on Arctic leadership in Anchorage yesterday signaled just how seriously he takes the need to act on climate change. His starkest warning was that “On this issue, of all issues, there is such a thing as being too late. That moment is almost upon us.” Read more >

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6 Ways Climate Change in Alaska Will Affect You

You already know that rapid loss of Arctic glaciers and ice sheets is helping to speed up the sea level rise that is causing worsening coastal flooding in communities from Maine to Miami. And you probably even know that warming in the Arctic seems to be driving changes to the weather patterns elsewhere on the globe. (If both these things have passed you by, you need to read the recent blog by my colleague Brenda Ekwurzel.) Read more >

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Native Alaskan Villagers May Become the First U.S. Climate Refugees

The health, future, and fate of thousands of native villagers and their cultural heritage hangs in the balance as rapid climate change tightens its grip on Alaska. Read more >

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