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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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
New House Climate Crisis Committee Report Offers Strong Foundation for Climate Action
The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released a Climate Crisis Action Plan today—titled “Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy and Just America”—which is the culmination of a year-long effort that included community...
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Thursday, June 25, 2020
New UCS White Paper Says Strong Public Input Needed on Solar Geoengineering Research, Experiments
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a new white paper today on the need to establish governance structures and ensure meaningful public participation in solar geoengineering research before moving forward with small-scale atmospheric experiments. This paper calls on researchers and...
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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Science Group Joins Lawsuit to Reverse Vehicle Standards Rollback
A coalition of state and municipal governments and a coalition of nonprofit groups are both suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over their rollback of vehicle efficiency and emissions standards. The lawsuits, filed today, contend that...
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Tuesday, April 21, 2020
EPA Waters Rule Is a License to Pollute
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued a final rule that limits the waters afforded protection under the Clean Water Act. This new, restrictive definition will enable higher levels of pollution and undermine the agency’s mission of protecting public health, according to the...
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Thursday, April 16, 2020
EPA’s Mercury Rule Disregards Inconvenient Science, Putting Public Health at Risk
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is set to announce a change to the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) for coal and oil-fired power plants today. Under the revised rule, the EPA will no longer consider all public health benefits that come from reducing mercury emissions. Actions to...
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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
EPA Particulate Matter Decision Puts Science, Health Aside to Protect Polluters
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it would not strengthen standards for particulate matter pollution (known as PM), against the recommendations of an independent panel of experts and EPA’s own scientists. The agency has made this announcement in the midst of a national...
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Wednesday, April 01, 2020
UCS Reaction to Postponement of Annual UN Climate Change Talks
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) announced today that it will postpone its annual climate change talks. The meeting slated for June 2020 in Bonn, Germany, is now scheduled for October 2020, while the talks planned for November 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland—also known...
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020
New Bill Draft Acknowledges Transition to a Clean Energy Economy Needs to Start Now Based on Latest Science
Leaders on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce—including Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr., Rep. Bobby Rush and Rep. Paul Tonko—released a draft of the Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CLEAN) Future Act today that commits to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions...
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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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