Erika Spanger-Siegfried

Senior analyst, Climate & Energy

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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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The Climate Decade: A Global Crisis Unveiled, a Global Movement Unleashed

We’ve all just lived through a most consequential ten years.

Some decades, like the 1860s for the Civil War and the 1960s for the Civil Rights Movement, are seismic and stand out in history for generations. The 2010s weren’t like that (though politically it’s been one long mixed-martial arts cage fight) but in this decade, amidst the stampede of everyday life, climate changes, sometimes subtle or invisible, have locked down their profoundly consequential influence on our future–with us, until recently, scarcely noticing. Read more >

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Fellow Parents, Why Supporting the Climate Strike is What It’s All About

Friends, If you are weighing whether to support your child in striking this Friday during the global climate strike, can I have a minute? First, let’s put this on the table: it’s not easy being a parent, and in the era of climate change, it’s unnerving.

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What Is the Climate Strike? An Adult’s Guide to What, Why, and How to Help

On Friday, September 20, a a youth-led, global demonstration of power, solidarity, and determination will take place across the US and around the world. Here’s what you need to know to about the upcoming climate strike how you can support it. Read more >

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This Weekend’s Heatwave Is the Future of Extreme Heat: 3 Things You Should Know and Do

It’s the heart of summer and we expect it to be hot. But not like this. Read more >

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The Miraculous Hope of Climate Realists

We’re stepping into a new year in the climate fight. The turning of the year is a milestone both for stoking our resolve, and for noting how deep we now are into climate overtime. In 2018 there was a lot of talk of diminishing odds and despair, and not without reason. So if, like me, you’re heading into 2019 discouraged or even despairing, I have three things to say: you’re not wrong; the fight from here on out is not the one you signed up for; but there’s more to hope, even your own, than meets the eye.

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