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.

Releases by this organization

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Monday, June 18, 2018
2.5 Million Homes, Businesses Totaling $1 Trillion Threatened by High Tide Flooding
Accelerating sea level rise in the lower 48 states, primarily driven by climate change, is projected to worsen tidal flooding, putting as many as 311,000 coastal homes with a collective market value of about $117.5 billion today at risk of chronic flooding within the next 30 years—the lifespan of a...
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Friday, June 01, 2018
White House Whims Are Not Grounds for Emergency Coal, Nuke Plant Bailouts, Science Group Says
The White House is planning to issue a directive to the Department of Energy (DOE) that forces the agency to require electricity grid operators to buy power or capacity from uneconomical power plants for two years, according to news reports . President Trump’s mandate would force the DOE to...
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Friday, May 18, 2018
Scientists Tell Congress: Don’t Strip Science Out of the Endangered Species Act
Nearly 1,500 scientists sent a letter to members of Congress today, Endangered Species Day, urging them to oppose legislation that would weaken the role science plays in protecting endangered species and their ecosystems. Several bills have been introduced that would undercut the Endangered Species...
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Thursday, May 10, 2018
Bonn Climate Talks Make Limited Progress, Increased Political Engagement Essential for Successful Outcome in Katowice This December
International negotiators from nearly every country met in Bonn, Germany over the last two weeks to continue their work on implementation of the historic Paris climate agreement in the in the run-up to the United Nations’ annual summit on climate change—also called COP24—that will take place this...
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
EPA Falsely Deems Wood Burning for Electricity “Carbon Neutral”
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt made yet another anti-scientific decision based on politics yesterday when he announced that the EPA will treat burning wood as carbon neutral when biomass is used to produce energy, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS...
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Scientists Oppose Pruitt’s Research Restrictions
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is set to introduce a new policy that would severely hamstring the agency when it comes to developing and enforcing public health rules by limiting the kinds of research the EPA can use in crafting rules. In a letter , led by former...
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Colorado Climate Lawsuit First to Hold Fossil Fuel Companies Accountable for Wildfires, Pest Infestations, Heatwaves and Other Impacts on Tourism and Agriculture
The city of Boulder and two counties in Colorado are suing ExxonMobil and Suncor Energy, Canada’s largest oil company, to hold them responsible for climate change-related damage to their communities. In the lawsuit filed today in Boulder district court, the plaintiffs—Boulder, Boulder County and...
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Inspector General Report Shows Clear Misconduct, Hostility to Science at Interior Department
An Interior Department inspector general report shows that political appointees reassigned senior staff without justification. These actions amount to a political purge of career professionals, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Below is a statement by Andrew Rosenberg, director...
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Monday, April 02, 2018
Re-opening Vehicle Standards Defies Science, Hurts Drivers and Climate
The Trump administration is set to announce that it will re-open and revise emissions and efficiency standards for light-duty vehicles, upending a successful policy that has resulted in cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars every year since it was finalized in 2012. The administration will likely...
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Pruitt’s Proposed Science Changes Are a Betrayal of His Responsibilities, Would Put Americans at Risk
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to announce a new proposal soon to radically limit the types of science that the EPA can use in developing public health and environmental protections. This proposal appears to be similar to the changes that would have resulted...
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