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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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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Photo: Julian Osley/Geograph

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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Hot Arctic and a Chill in the Northeast: What’s Behind the Gloomy Spring Weather?

When temperatures lurk in the drizzly 40s and 50s well into flower season, northerners get impatient for summer. But when 80-degree temperatures visit the high Arctic, as they just did, and when sleet disrupts Mother’s Day weekend in May in Massachusetts, as it just did, thoughts turn to: What is going on here? Read more >

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A car ventures out in the polar vortex on January 30, 2019. Photo: Down Dickerson/Flickr

US Winter 2018-2019: Bomb Cyclones, Arctic Outbreaks, Abundant Snowfall, Flooding, and an Unseasonably Warm Alaska

Winter is still very much a part of a warming world and this past season was characterized by the changing behavior of the most unwelcome parts of any season: extreme weather. Read more >

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