Adam Markham

Director of Climate Impacts

Adam Markham directs the Union of Concerned Scientists’ special initiative on climate impacts. He leads UCS climate impacts activities, coordinates related analysis, and identifies local partners.  He is leading efforts to build a national Climate Impacts Collaborative and working with a broad array of stakeholders to focus the attention of policy makers and others on local climate impacts and the need for effective resilience strategies and policy solutions.

Prior to joining UCS in 2013, Mr. Markham was president of Clean Air-Cool Planet, a non-profit organization he co-founded in 2000 to promote innovative community-based solutions to climate change in the Northeast. Previously, he directed World Wildlife Fund’s climate campaign, leading WWF’s international climate team at the 1997 Kyoto Conference. While at WWF, he coordinated reviews of climate impacts on U.S. national parks, marine ecosystems, and migratory birds, in addition to climate vulnerability assessments in southern Africa and China.

Mr. Markham has written and edited several books including A Brief History of Pollution and Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Tropical Forest Ecosystems. He has given testimony on climate impacts in the United States Senate and his work on biodiversity impacts has been published in journals, including Climate Research, Climatic Change, and Conservation Biology in Practice.

A native of Britain, Mr. Markham earned a B.Sc in zoology from the University of Wales at Swansea.

Mr. Markham has contributed articles to the New Scientist, Daily Telegraph and Boston Globe.He has been interviewed by CNN, ABC News, Sky News, and the BBC, and has been cited by The New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Guardian, Reuters, Associated Press, and many other newspapers.

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