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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Wednesday, November 04, 2020
US Leaves Paris Agreement Amidst Presidential Election Uncertainty
The United States has officially left the Paris climate agreement, a process that was formally initiated by the Trump administration exactly one year ago and takes effect today. The U.S. election has yet to be called, making it impossible to know whether the United States will rejoin the United...
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Tuesday, September 15, 2020
New UCS Analysis on Who is Most Exposed to Dangerous Smoke Days in Western US
There are currently more than 50 major wildfires burning across California, Oregon and Washington, with wildfires in these three states burning more than 4 million acres of land—an area larger than Connecticut. These fiery hellscapes are creating dangerous amounts of smoke and worsening the air...
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Thursday, September 10, 2020
New UCS Web Feature Visualizes Ways Climate Change is Driving Wildfires, Experts Also Available
With months still remaining in the wildfire season, already nearly 100 large fires covering roughly 3.5 million acres are currently active across the western United States, with California, Oregon and Washington being hit especially hard. The fires have forced some communities to evacuate,...
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Wednesday, September 02, 2020
Hoboken, N.J. Files Lawsuit to Hold API, ExxonMobil and Other Oil Cos. Accountable for Fraud, Climate Damages
The City of Hoboken today filed a lawsuit in New Jersey state court against ExxonMobil and other oil and gas companies, as well as the American Petroleum Institute (API), alleging that in an effort to protect company profits, they intentionally misled consumers, investors and the general public...
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Thursday, August 13, 2020
EPA’s New, Weakened Methane Rules Will Accelerate the Dangers of Climate Change
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized weakened rules regulating methane emissions from new and modified oil and gas extraction operations. The rollbacks threaten to increase the already-dangerous levels of methane in the atmosphere, but even worse, they jeopardize future...
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Wednesday, August 12, 2020
First Study to Quantify Potential COVID-19 Spread from Hurricane Evacuation: Where Evacuees Go Matters
With the peak of the hurricane season upon us and COVID-19 widespread and abundant in many hurricane-prone areas, the United States is poised to experience the collision of two major disasters. According to a study by scientists at Columbia University and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), a...
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Thursday, August 06, 2020
Analysis Finds Counties Not Ready to Inform Their Residents about Hurricane Evacuation Procedures under COVID-19
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) conducted an analysis that took a snapshot of some of the most at-risk counties in states from Texas to North Carolina—the states most hit by hurricanes—and found that only a fraction of the counties have provided information about how to evacuate safely...
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Wednesday, July 15, 2020
With NEPA Changes, Trump Administration Puts Public Health at Risk for Private Gain
Today, the Trump administration has announced a major weakening of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This rollback would increase the risk of environmental damages from major development projects, and limit the power of the communities to weigh in on such projects, according to the...
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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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