Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

The Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.

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Thursday, January 09, 2020
Trump Administration Puts Public Health, Community Participation at Risk
The Trump administration is proposing major changes to the way the National Environmental Policy Act is implemented—changes that would dramatically reduce the environmental review of major projects. Under the new rule, the federal government would limit opportunities for public comment and no...
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Thursday, December 19, 2019
FERC Approval of PJM Anti-Renewables Proposal Throws State Policies Under the Bus
Today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted in favor of a proposal made by grid operator PJM that will increase electricity costs for customers across 13 states who get their power from that grid. Estimates range from between $2 to 8 billion per year in additional costs. The...
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Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Failure by Congress to Support Tax Credits for Clean Energy and EVs is Unacceptable
The U.S. House of Representatives will vote today on a package to fund the federal government through 2020. The package extends some tax provisions that had expired but does not contain the additional tax incentives for clean energy and electric vehicles that would have made a down payment to...
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Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Northeast States Take Critical Step to Tackling Climate Change, Modernizing Transportation
A group of Northeastern and mid-Atlantic states have agreed to create a plan to cut emissions from transportation. In a memorandum of understanding, the states laid out a process that will cap transportation emissions and invest in clean transportation around the region—a powerful step in the right...
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Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Rep. Richard Neal’s Tax Package Would Help Maintain the Nation’s Clean Energy Momentum, Science Group Says
Legislation proposed today by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) providing tax incentives for clean energy technologies would accelerate U.S. clean energy momentum, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). “Representative Neal recognizes that the tax code...
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Monday, November 18, 2019
New Study in Nature Climate Change Finds Nearly All US Endangered Species Sensitive to Climate Change
U.S. government agencies are not doing enough to protect endangered species from the threat posed by climate change, according to a paper published today in Nature Climate Change by Aimee Delach , a biologist at Defenders of Wildlife, and Astrid Caldas , a climate scientist at the Union of...
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Tuesday, November 12, 2019
New EPA Science Restrictions Would Devastate Public Health and Environmental Protections
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler is set to issue a supplemental notice on a proposed rule that will dramatically restrict what science the agency can consider. The supplemental notice expands the scope and severity of the proposed rule, stipulating that the agency...
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Monday, November 11, 2019
Study Predicts Additional Month of 100-Degree Days at US Military Bases by Midcentury
Over the next three decades U.S. military bases in the contiguous United States could average an extra month of dangerously hot days each year when the heat index—or “feels like” temperature—exceeds 100 degrees Fahrenheit, according to an analysis released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists...
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Monday, November 04, 2019
Trump’s Decision to Leave Paris Agreement Puts Health and Wellbeing of Americans at Risk
The Trump administration has given written notice to the United Nations Secretary General of its intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, which was adopted by nearly 200 countries in 2015 to limit global climate change; under the provisions of the Agreement, the withdrawal...
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Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Air Pollution Experts Say Current Standards Must Be Strengthened to Protect Public Health
Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) dismissed its panel of experts on particulate matter, depriving the agency of critical advice for setting standards around one of the most common and harmful air pollutants. The dismissed scientists came together anyway this month to review the...
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