Erika Spanger-Siegfried

Senior analyst, Climate & Energy Program

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Erika Spanger-Siegfried, a senior analyst in the Climate and Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, researches, writes and speaks about U.S. climate change impacts and preparedness.She holds a master’s degree in energy and environmental analysis from Boston University and a B.S. in fisheries biology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.. See Erika's full bio.

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A GOES satellite shows Hurricane Irma, center, and Hurricane Jose, right, in the Atlantic Ocean, and Hurricane Katia in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. Navy (Flickr).

UCS Experts’ View of Risk and Preparedness as the Impacts of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Mount

We’ve witnessed the destruction done by Hurricane Harvey and now, less than two weeks later, with clean-up in Texas and Louisiana scarcely underway, we see the path of Caribbean devastation Hurricane Irma is leaving as it heads toward mainland US. The NHC is warning that Irma will bring dangerous storm surge to coastal Florida, and heavy rain and life-threatening flooding from Florida to North Carolina.

With preparedness efforts being marshalled to the Southeast US and specific risks coming into better focus, we offer a composite of what our team – experts at the intersection of science, policy, and social equity – is seeing.

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An estimated 200,000 people participated in the Peoples Climate March in DC on April 29, 2017. Photo: UCS/Audrey Eyring

What’s Next After the Peoples Climate March? Riding the Momentum and Bringing It Home

An estimated 200,000 people turned out in Washington, DC on April 29 to show their anger and resolve for US climate action. So now what’s next? Read more >

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How Does Your Whiteness Inform Your Climate Work? Fair Question.

This past weekend, I had the honor and challenge of presenting at the Fifth Annual Climate Conference of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). For the past three years, UCS has been proud to be one of the sponsors of this summit at Dillard University, in New Orleans, and we’re looking forward to continuing to support it in years to come.

For me personally, this year’s event took an important turn when a Howard University student stood up and posed a good, hard question: How does your whiteness inform your work on climate change? Read more >

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A sign from the Stand Up for Science rally in Boston, February 2017. Photo: Audrey Eyring/UCS

Dear Scott Pruitt: Stop Lying. We See What You Are Doing.

Scott Pruitt is not a climate skeptic. He’s not a climate denier. He’s not unclear on the science, or if he is it’s out of willful ignorance. And in these times it seems especially important to call a lie a lie, and a liar a liar. Read more >

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NOAA’s coastal data and research are vital to the efforts of coastal communities to plan and prepare for coastal change, including rising seas. Photo: NOAA

President Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts: Hurting NOAA Hurts America

Here’s a simple recipe for angering millions of Americans: take away something they heavily depend on. News reports this weekend indicate that the Trump administration is proposing to do just that by making deep cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) budget. Congress would be wise to get a handle on what these cuts mean and ensure they are dead on arrival. Read more >

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