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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2020 Ends Hottest Decade on Record: Decadal Temperature Chart as Iconic as CO2 Keeling Curve

It is now official, 2020 ends the hottest decade on record. The top takeaway is the decadal temperature chart has now become as iconic as the “Keeling Curve,” which has recorded atmospheric carbon dioxide at Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii since 1958, and shows a similar upward trend. Read more >

Data Plots from NOAA and Scripps Institution of Oceanography
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A Safe US Future Hinges on a Program You May Have Never Heard Of

This week, USGCRP has made headlines despite this six-letter federal program hardly ever being heard of by the public. But whether we know it or not, our lives and livelihoods are entwined with the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). It coordinates the best climate information from the more famous three letter agencies–Department of Commerce (DOC), Department of Defense (DOD), Health and Human Services (HHS)–and others–all of which have identified climate change as a risk to the US. Read more >

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I’m a Scientist and Greta Thunberg’s Speech to Congress Inspires Me

It was an honor to sit beside Greta and watch her listen carefully to each question then reply with refreshing honesty, great clarity and power. I have been working in climate science and advocating for climate action for most of my working life. Even so, Greta has inspired me to do more to reduce emissions and share the latest science, with Greta’s words always in mind.  #UniteBehindTheScience Read more >

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The eye of Hurricane Dorian on September 3, 2019. Photo: Christina Koch/NASA

Intense: 5 Remarkable Facts about Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian has been a slow-moving, incredibly powerful, and record-breaking storm. These five facts highlight just how remarkable this hurricane has been. Read more >

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You Can’t Ignore the Future: 5 Reasons Climate Science Looks Beyond 2040

Yesterday it was reported that the Trump administration is redoubling its efforts to undermine climate science. James Reilly, head of the US Geological Survey, reportedly instructed scientists in the office to limit projections of climate impacts to just 2040. Studies typically project out to 2100. It is nearly the end of May 2019.  Failing to look beyond 2040 is like pretending a baby born today won’t live past 21.  As with many life plans, like mortgages signed onto today, climate science routinely looks past the year 2040.  Here are five reasons why:

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Photo: Julian Osley/Geograph
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