Peter Frumhoff

Director of science & policy

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Peter Frumhoff is a global change ecologist and serves as chief scientist for the UCS climate campaign. Dr. Frumhoff is an internationally-recognized expert on climate change impacts, climate science and policy, tropical forest conservation and management, and biological diversity. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology. See Peter's full bio.

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The Heat is on Fossil Fuel Companies for Decades of Climate Deception

As I pointed out in a recent blog, my colleagues and I at the Union of Concerned Scientists have been researching and calling attention to climate disinformation by leading fossil fuel companies for nearly a decade. Read more >

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Farewell to Edward L. Miles (1939-2016): Friend, Colleague, Force for Science-based Policy

I was saddened this week to learn of the passing of the remarkable Ed Miles, who died on May 7 at his home in Seattle, Washington. Read more >

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Scientists, Legal Scholars Brief State Prosecutors on Fossil Fuel Companies’ Climate Accountability

The meeting provided senior staff from state attorneys general offices in nearly a dozen states with an opportunity to hear from leading climate scientists, legal scholars, historians, and other experts on topics including climate attribution research, lessons from tobacco litigation, and the potential role of state consumer protection laws. Read more >

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As Typhoon Melor threatens the Philippines, a Filipino boy prepares a fishing net. Photo: Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Holding the Fossil Fuel Industry Accountable: What We’ve Done and Must Do in the Wake of Paris

As we celebrate the landmark Paris Agreement and the momentum it creates for accelerating the pace of clean energy adoption and climate preparedness in the U.S. and internationally, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) will also keep working to ensure that the fossil fuel industry does not stand in the way of needed progress.

Building on our successful efforts earlier this year to motivate BP and Royal Dutch Shell to leave the climate-science-denying American Legislative Exchange Council, here are a few recent outcomes from our climate accountability campaign: Read more >

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Energy, Climate Experts Call on Presidential Candidates to Lay Out Their Plans for Clean Energy Leadership

I’m writing from the Paris climate negotiations to share with you some exciting news:

Today, 74 of our nation’s leading clean energy and climate experts have released a letter  urging U.S. presidential candidates to “endorse and build upon the U.S. commitments at the international climate Conference of the Parties (COP21)” and “put our nation on a path to a vibrant economy free of carbon pollution by mid-century.”  Signers of the letter include Nobel Laureate and former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, climate scientists Katharine Hayhoe and Chris Field, environmental justice expert Robert Bullard, and former Assistant Secretary of State and climate and business policy leader Eileen Claussen. The letter was organized by the Union of Concerned Scientists on behalf of the signers. Read more >

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