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.

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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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Thursday, February 14, 2019
EPA PFAS Plan Falls Short of a Real Commitment to Chemical Safety
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released its Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan, a proposal to begin the process for dealing with this dangerous class of chemicals. The proposal doesn’t set a strong safety standard or make clear how the EPA will protect...
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Thursday, February 07, 2019
Green New Deal Resolution Pushes Congress to Act on Climate
Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-M.A.) introduced joint resolutions today that recognize the economic, social and environmental impacts of a changing climate and calls for a comprehensive approach to address its causes and effects. Below is a statement by Ken Kimmell,...
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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Top Scientists Confirm 2018 Fourth Hottest Year on Record, Last Five Years Rank Hottest
NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) announced today that 2018 was the fourth hottest year worldwide on record. Below is a statement by Brenda Ekwurzel , director of climate science and senior climate scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). “Despite the...
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Monday, January 28, 2019
New UCS Report Tallies Attacks on Science in Trump Era Harming Public Health
New research shows that the administration has interfered with or sidelined science in 80 separate incidents over the past two years, demonstrating a pattern of hostility to evidence—and posing a serious threat to public health and the environment. These abuses are detailed in the Union of...
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Friday, January 18, 2019
Latest Defense Report Aims to Get Military Climate Ready, But Key Information Also Missing
The Department of Defense (DoD) released a report yesterday examining the risks of climate change to a sample of 79 U.S. military sites. The report, mandated by Congress in 2018, concluded that two-thirds of the sites examined are at risk of current or future chronic flooding, more than 50 percent...
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Friday, December 21, 2018
Partial Government Shutdown Would Impede Science, Hurt Nation
Parts of the federal government—including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Interior Department, which are key science agencies—are in danger of shutting down over a federal funding dispute. This would be the third government...
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Thursday, December 06, 2018
Senate Should Reject FERC Nominee Bernard McNamee
The Senate should reject Bernard McNamee’s nomination to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The vote is expected at noon today. Below is a statement by Rob Cowin, director of government affairs for the Climate and Energy...
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Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Oil Companies Spent Record Amounts to Successfully Block WA Carbon Fee
Yesterday, Washington voters rejected a ballot initiative, the first of its kind in the country, that would have established a fee on carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming. Below is a statement by Adrienne Alvord, California and Western states director at the Union of Concerned...
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