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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Friday, August 17, 2018
Communities, Workers and Science Group Win Case Against EPA
Today, the D.C. Circuit Court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately implement the 2017 Chemical Disaster Rule, which requires industrial facilities to take steps to prevent chemical disasters. The rule was developed to protect first responders, workers and neighborhoods...
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018
New Survey Offers First Look into Science in the Trump Era
Over the past year and a half, the news from inside the Trump administration has been disturbing: reports of studies cancelled, public-facing information altered or removed from websites, and scientists coming under political pressure. A survey released today with responses from nearly 5,000...
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Pruitt’s Truck Decision a Test for New Administrator Wheeler
On his last day as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt announced the agency would not enforce pollution rules for “glider” trucks, which often use higher-polluting older engines. That’s a mistake—and an opportunity for Andrew Wheeler, the acting administrator, to...
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Thursday, July 05, 2018
Pruitt’s Departure Welcome, But Overdue
Following a series of scandalous revelations about his conduct in office, Scott Pruitt will no longer serve as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). His departure is a positive step, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists—not just because of his personal...
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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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