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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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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Friday, May 31, 2013
FDA Emails Show Manager Favoring Speed Over Safety on Blood Pressure Pills
The Wall Street Journal today published excerpts from Food and Drug Administration (FDA) emails that show an agency manager discouraging a senior scientist from looking into the harmful side effects of popular blood pressure drugs. Instead, the manager sent a clear message that the scientist should focus on new drug approvals.
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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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