Adam Markham

Deputy director, Climate & Energy

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Adam Markham is deputy director of the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He helps lead UCS efforts to persuade policymakers to rapidly and effectively respond to the climate crisis, focusing particularly on climate impacts to national parks, protected areas, and cultural heritage. See Adam's full bio.

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Diorama of Grant's caribou at the American Museum of Natural History. The caribou was named after Madison Grant. Photo: CC/Wally Gobetz.

Museums Should Publicly Address Racism in their Histories

In June 2020, the American Museum of Natural History in New York announced that it had asked the City of New York to remove the statue of Theodore Roosevelt that stands at its entrance. A small step in the necessary decolonization of this museum and the rest of the museum world. Read more >

Photo: CC/Wally Gobetz.
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Geologist Ferdinand Hayden (seated third from left) at camp with his survey team at Red Buttes, Wyoming, in 1870.

U.S. Universities Must Stop Honoring Racist Scientists of the Past

The names of scientists whose discredited racial theories continue to pervade U.S. society still adorn prestigious college buildings and are attached to awards and prizes, while their statues stand on campuses and their portraits hang in university museums. Read more >

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Skara Brae, Orkney. Adam Markham

A New Way to Assess Impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage Sites

The stone-age village of Skara Brae, one of the world’s most important archaeological sites, is at high risk from climate change according to the results of a new impact assessment launched this week at the annual World Heritage Committee meeting.

Dr. Alistair Rennie from Scottish Natural Heritage and the Dynamic Coast project explains the processes of accelerated coastal erosion at Skara Brae, Orkney, to CVI workshop participants. Photo: Adam Markham

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Cushion plant community destroyed by Tasmanian wildfires in 2016. Each mound takes several hundred years to form. Photo: Dan Broun

It’s Time to Stop Ignoring the Climate Change Threat to World Heritage

The World Heritage list comprises more than 1,000 of our planet’s most important natural and cultural heritage sites, but from the ancient city of Venice to the forests and rivers of Yellowstone National Park, these extraordinary places are increasingly vulnerable to climate change. Read more >

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Fajada Butte, Chaco Canyon National Historical park, New Mexico. Photo: Adam Markham.

Chaco Canyon at Risk: Interior Nominee Bernhardt Wants to Drill on Lands Sacred to Tribes

What’s happening under Bernhardt’s watch in northwestern New Mexico illustrates in microcosm why he is perhaps the worst possible choice for the job as top steward of our public lands. Read more >

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