#Climate2019

The UCS Climate team analyzes 2019’s record-setting year and this decade’s key climate events, news, and statistics


Susana Vera/Reuters

Reflections on a Dysfunctional Climate Summit

, director of strategy & policy

As I arrived at the Féria de Madrid metro station on the Saturday before the opening of the annual United Nations climate summit (referred to as COP 25), I was struck by the signage in the exit tunnel. “17.2 MILLION PEOPLE LEAVING THEIR HOMES BECAUSE OF CLIMATE DISASTERS IS NOT A CHANGE,” one graphic read. Another said “MIAMI DISAPPEARING UNDER THE SEA IS NOT A CHANGE;” a third read “40% OF THE ANTARCTICA ICE MELTING IS NOT A CHANGE.” All of them had the same tag line next to them: “DON’T CALL IT CHANGE, CALL IT CLIMATE EMERGENCY.” This was my first indication of how intent the Chilean COP 25 presidency was on driving home the theme of the climate summit, “time for action.”

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Alden Meyer
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Unite Behind the Science event on December 10, 2019 at COP25 Ashley Siefert Nunes

Reflections from COP25 in Madrid

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

You’ve seen the news: COP25, the recent UN climate talks in Madrid, ended in disappointment and also set a record for the longest-ever COP. UCS’s press release headline says it all: World’s Nations Take Immoral Stance at COP25, Side with Trump, Bolsonaro Rather Than Youth Across the Globe. Here are some snippets of how it looked on the ground. Read more >

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

, Senior analyst, Climate & Energy

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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2019 Year in Review: The Times When Fossil Fuel Companies Misled Investors

, Corporate Analyst and Engagement Specialist

It’s holiday season; a time for tea, hot chocolate, and staying home under the blankets.  And as you watch your Hallmark movies/listen to Christmas carols/scroll through social media, you’ll likely be inundated with ads from fossil fuel companies and industry groups, each claiming to be part of a clean, green, new energy future. Read more >

Photo: Rainforest Action Network/Flickr
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Activism and Action in 2019, a Banner Year for Environmental Justice

, Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist

This second blog in a series on environmental justice milestones looks at significant EJ actions and activism in 2019. Read more >

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