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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Friday, May 03, 2013
World Leaders Lack Political Will to Make Progress at Climate Negotiations in Bonn
The first climate negotiation meeting of 2013 ended today with some progress on clarifying where countries stand on key issues, but saw little narrowing of the major differences amongst them. Below is a statement by Alden Meyer , director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists:
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Thursday, April 25, 2013
Draft Senate Nuclear Waste Bill Fails to Address Current Storage Safety Issues at Nuclear Power Plants
A draft nuclear waste management bill released today by four U.S. senators focuses on establishing interim and permanent waste repositories but fails to address current unsafe waste management practices at nuclear power plants across the country, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. The senators—Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)—based their draft on President Obama’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future.
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Monday, April 08, 2013
UCS Tells EPA: No More Food for Fuel
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce competition between food and fuel as it implements the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) .
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Friday, March 15, 2013
Limited Media Access to Federal Scientists Persists Under Obama Administration
Some federal science agencies are doing a better job ensuring journalists and federal scientists can freely communicate than they were four years ago, but too many agencies still fail to ensure scientists’ First Amendment rights, according to a new scorecard . At the same time, agencies are starting to experiment with social media, but not all have clarified how their employees should use it.
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Monday, February 04, 2013
Drivers Spend Almost as Much on Gas as They Paid for Their Cars
Most Americans are likely to spend almost as much on gasoline over the life of their vehicle as its original cost but could save thousands with a fuel-efficient vehicle, according to a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), which also found most drivers see their oil company stock grow less than a penny a year from their own fill-ups.
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Friday, January 11, 2013
Federal Scientists Release Draft National Climate Assessment
The United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) released its draft National Climate Assessment today , just a week after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed the United States experienced its warmest year on record. The report is the flagship climate change assessment for the United States, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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Wednesday, January 02, 2013
New Year’s Day Farm Bill Extension a Giant Step Backward
Having failed throughout 2012 to complete a much-needed overhaul of federal farm programs, Congress wrapped a one-year extension of selected 2008 Farm Bill provisions into its 11th hour ‘fiscal cliff’ deal late last night. This move short-changed American farmers and consumers, according to Justin Tatham, senior Washington representative for UCS's Food & Environment Program.
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Friday, December 14, 2012
Early Draft of International Climate Science Report Posted Online
Yesterday, a blogger who had signed up to review a forthcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on climate science posted unauthorized drafts online . Below is a statement by Peter Frumhoff, Science and Policy Director at the Union of Concerned Scientists and a lead author for the IPCC’s 2007 report:
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Third Report Warns that Leaders' Lack of Action Is Locking In Worst Consequences of Climate Change
A string of recent reports paints a clear picture that the world is not on track to fulfill leaders’ stated goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees C (3.6 F) above pre-industrial levels, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
New National Economic Study Shows Hundreds of Old Coal Generators Are Candidates for Closure
As much as 18 percent of the country’s coal generating capacity should be considered for closure because the electricity it produces will be more expensive than energy from lower cost natural gas or wind power, according to a new independent analysis released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The peer-reviewed study, based on publicly available data on the U.S.
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