Brenda Ekwurzel

Senior climate scientist

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Brenda Ekwurzel is a senior climate scientist and the director of climate science at UCS. She has expertise on many aspects of climate variability, including the Arctic Ocean and sea ice, wildfires, groundwater, and coastal erosion. She holds a Ph.D. in isotope geochemistry from Columbia University (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory). See Brenda's full bio.

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Arctic Report Card 2017: Ice Cover Is Shrinking Faster Compared With Prior 1500 Years

This year’s NOAA’s Arctic Report Card highlights that the Arctic’s sea ice area is shrinking at a faster pace than in the past 1,500 years–and it’s not rebounding. This information is crucial to the world: What happens in the Arctic influences coastlines everywhere and extreme weather events in the Northern Hemisphere. Read more >

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Abnormal and Catastrophic 2017 Hurricane Season Finally Over

The official end of the 2017 North Atlantic hurricane season, November 30th, has finally arrived.  This year’s season was not normal. Read more >

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What’s the Connection Between Climate Change and Hurricane Harvey?

As Hurricane Harvey slipped back offshore of Texas and then like a pinwheel spun back over to Louisiana and is now moving further inland on a northeast trajectory, questions are already being asked: Is this storm unprecedented? Are there telltale signs of climate change? Read more >

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US Abandons Global Science Leadership, Zeroes Out IPCC Funding

In stark contrast to the leadership role the US has historically contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the enacted 2017 U.S. Budget zeroes out funding for the institution.  Read more >

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Space observations help monitor toxic algal blooms that affect shellfish in Maine. Photo: Henry Zbyszynski CC-BY-2.0 (Flickr).

Maine Benefits From Space Observations: Will Congress Axe Them?

The U.S. House of Representatives appropriations committee approved of a budget that, according to figures my colleague Hannah Nesser calculated, includes over a quarter cut from NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) Systems Acquisition funding compared to previous fiscal year enacted level.  What exactly is on the chopping block for this and other cuts to NOAA and NASA?  Are any vital to key economic sectors in Maine?

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