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, July 16, 2019
Dangerous Heat to Soar Across Entire US “Breaking” National Weather Service Heat Index Scale, Posing Unprecedented Health Risks
Increases in potentially lethal heat driven by climate change will affect every state in the contiguous U.S. in the decades ahead, according to a new report and accompanying peer-reviewed study in Environmental Research Communications , both by the Union of Concerned Scientists, released today. Few...
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Monday, July 08, 2019
Trump's Claims of Environmental Leadership Is a Bad Joke
President Donald Trump is giving a speech at the White House to tout his administration’s environmental achievements. “Is this a joke?” said Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists. “It’s like an arsonist talking about how valuable his work is to the fire department.”
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Thursday, June 27, 2019
Bonn Climate Talks Make Limited Progress, Greater Political Leadership Essential to Address Climate Emergency
International negotiators from nearly every country met in Bonn, Germany over the last two weeks to continue their work implementing the historic Paris climate agreement in the in the run-up to the United Nations’ annual summit on climate change—also called COP25—taking place this December in...
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Study: Renewable Electricity Standard Bill is Affordable and Would Slash Power Sector Carbon by Nearly Half
The legislation Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M) introduced today would more than double the U.S. supply of renewable energy from 18 percent of electricity generation in 2018 to at least 50 percent by 2035, cut power sector carbon dioxide emissions by 46 percent, and save consumers money on their energy...
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019
New EPA Power Plant Rule is a Sham, Science Group Says
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released its final Affordable Clean Energy rule, a replacement for the Obama-era Clean Power Plan that will do virtually nothing to curb U.S. power plant carbon emissions, despite the many cost-effective options available, according to the Union of...
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Thursday, May 02, 2019
Tax Code Reform Bill Would Set New Priorities by Providing Long-Term Incentives for Low-Carbon Energy Resources
Today, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced the Clean Energy for America Act that would simplify the myriad of energy tax provisions, establish long-term, performance-based tax credits to promote low-carbon energy, and end tax incentives that reward fossil fuel companies for their ongoing...
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
House Leaders Introduce Legislation Requiring US to Remain in Paris Climate Agreement
Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) along with other members of the House introduced H. RES 9 – the Climate Action Now Act. This bill urges the United States to honor its commitment to the Paris climate agreement, blocks the federal government from using funds to advance withdrawal from...
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Green New Deal or Not, Congress Must Act on Climate Change
Today, the Senate voted against a motion to take up the Green New Deal resolution introduced last month by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and introduced in the House by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). Below is a statement by Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists. “Today, the...
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Wednesday, March 06, 2019
GAO Report Concludes Climate Change Will Cost Taxpayers Even More if Government Fails to Act
The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released its 2019 “High Risk” report , which—like previous reports—concluded that climate change is a major threat to taxpayer-funded federal programs and that the government must do more to address this ever-worsening problem. Produced...
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Monday, February 25, 2019
U.S. House Hearing Will Expose Industry Disinformation and Its Consequences
On Tuesday, Feb. 26, the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing to examine the tactics used by companies and industry front groups to undermine science and mislead the public. This hearing will open up a long-overdue conversation in...
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