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Brenda Ekwurzel

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About the author: Brenda Ekwurzel is a senior climate scientist and assistant director of climate research and analysis at UCS. She has expertise on many aspects of climate variability including 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.

Evidence Check: Which Extreme Weather Events Are More Linked with Climate Change – Heat Waves or Hurricanes?

The heat gripping the United States this month has been relentless. And if that weren’t enough, hurricane season is upon us. How does the scientific evidence stack up over the past decades regarding how these extreme events are changing? And how much influence does human-caused climate change have on these events? We created an infographic to serve as a quick reference of the current state of scientific understanding.

UPDATE July 18th (see at bottom of post)

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Beware: Wildfire Smoke Can Be Like Smoking a Couple of Packs of Cigarettes over a Few Hours

This week I heard from a friend who evacuated from their work place and another whose parents had to evacuate from their home to protect themselves from wildfires raging throughout the West. Yet, the media coverage I have seen often focuses on the risks to and loss of property.  Coverage has been much less focused on the risks to the health of people both in close proximity to fires and those not in the immediate paths of fire, but who still can suffer from its more widespread effects.  Read More

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5 Things to Know about Population and Heat-trapping Emissions

[Co-written with Peter Frumhoff, Director of Science & Policy/Chief Scientist, Climate]

In public talks about climate science, my colleague, Peter Frumhoff and I often show images of the projected rapid increase in global emissions of carbon dioxide, the most important heat-trapping gas. Read More

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Fight Global Warming at Work: Show Your Boss the Money

All of the authors on the team are blogging about the findings in our new book, Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living.  So today I’m turning this space over to my colleague and one of the book’s authors, Suzanne Shaw.

Suzanne Shaw, Director of Communications, Union of Concerned Scientists – When you suggest changes that can help your workplace save money, people are likely to listen. And as we demonstrate in our new book, reducing global warming emissions can produce big savings. Here’s what you need to know to encourage your employer along an energy-efficient, low-carbon path. Read More

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Cooler Smarter Book Inspires Personal Action

As someone who studies the risks of human consequences for each level of warming our planet may endure, this guide – full of practical tips for low-carbon living – brings me hope.

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Ides of March Slow Trains from Weird Heat

Commuter Alert in the Nation’s Capital: “It’s March but…unseasonable heat forces trains to slow down during the afternoon commute.” Read More

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Two 16-year-old Girl Scouts Win First Ever UN Forest Heroes Award

An effort begun by two Girl Scouts at age 11 linked orangutans with Girl Scout Cookies. Read More

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The 2 Percent Factor—Where We Live

They say all politics is local and the same could be true about our perspective this time of year when the annual global average temperature numbers are released. Read More

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Climate Extremes – New IPCC Report!

Often when a noteworthy or devastating extreme event disrupts lives, I am often asked, could this be due in part to climate change?  Read More

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Mayors, Governors, CEOs, and Citizens Take Note – National Climate Assessment At Your Service!

Imagine a world where lives and property are saved despite a torrential flood arising from a category 1 Hurricane disgorging the immense load of water it picked up over the warming tropical ocean. Read More

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