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, May 04, 2016
Scientists and Faith Leaders Urge President Obama to Announce Steps in Hiroshima to Reduce Nuclear Risks
It’s widely expected that the White House will soon announce that President Obama will visit Hiroshima while in Japan later this month for the G7 summit, and will give a speech while there. The heads of four leading science and faith organizations call on the president to announce specific steps...
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Science Group Lauds California Attorney General’s Move to Investigate ExxonMobil
According to a Los Angeles Times story , California Attorney General Kamala Harris is investigating whether ExxonMobil repeatedly lied to shareholders and the public about the risks of climate change and whether such actions could amount to securities fraud and violations of environmental laws...
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016
2015 Hottest Year on Record
NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today that 2015 was the hottest year worldwide on record. Below is a statement by Astrid Caldas, climate scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). “The announcement doesn’t come as a surprise, as month after...
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
To Avoid Worst Consequences of Climate Change, Solutions Must Include Land Use Sector
A report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) finds that reducing emissions from the land sector must be part of a global climate solution in order to close the “emissions gap,” the difference between the reductions in global warming pollution that are needed and the reductions that...
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Sunday, November 02, 2014
IPCC Summary Underscores Urgency of Emissions Reductions, Science Group Says
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeís (IPCC) final summary report, released today in Copenhagen, Denmark, underscores the fact that policymakers must do more if they want to meet their pledge to limit warming to no more than two degrees Celsius, according to the Union of Concerned...
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Monday, June 02, 2014
EPA Moves to Curb Emissions from Existing Power Plants
In a historic step, the Environmental Protection Agency today proposed the first-ever limits on carbon emissions from existing power plants fueled by coal and natural gas, with new analysis from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) finding that there are opportunities for the standard to achieve even deeper and cost-effective emissions reductions from the power sector.
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Monday, April 07, 2014
New Analysis Finds Significant Differences in How Accurately Cable News Networks Portray Climate Science
The scientific accuracy of climate change coverage varies significantly across the three major cable news networks, according to a new analysis from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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Thursday, October 03, 2013
Government Shutdown Leaves Farm Bill Stranded; Local Food Programs That Could Save Taxpayers Billions Remain in Limbo
The Farm Bill officially expired as of October 1. With Congress locked in a stalemate over fiscal and healthcare issues, there is no process to extend or reauthorize the Farm Bill in sight. Ironically, a handful of low-cost Farm Bill programs that could improve the health of Americans and save taxpayers billions in health care costs are among the political casualties. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the uncertainty caused by the expiration of the Farm Bill and Congress’ failure to legislate sows doubt, confusion and hunger.
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Friday, September 27, 2013
International Climate Report Underscores Need for Greater Policy Action
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) newest report on the state of climate science is a warning for policymakers, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Alden Meyer, UCS’s strategy and policy director, has attended United Nations climate negotiations for more than 20 years. He said the report demonstrates the need for more ambitious action to achieve policymakers’ stated goals:
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Future Power Generation Could Further Endanger Water Supplies
The country stands at a critical moment when it can dramatically lower the power industry’s draw on the nation’s strained water supply by replacing its aging power plants with water-smart options like renewable energy and efficiency, according to a study released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists-led (UCS) Energy and Water in a Warming World Initiative (EW3). The report warns that continuing down a business-as-usual path will place a heavy burden on the nation’s overly-taxed water resources.
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