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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Thursday, March 16, 2017
“Skinny Budget” Disregards Science, Placing Communities at Risk
President Trump released his proposed “skinny budget” today. Below is a statement by Ken Kimmell , president of UCS. Kimmell is also the former commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative board chair. “President Trump’s budget...
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Friday, February 17, 2017
Lawmakers Ignored Pruitt’s Record, Says Union of Concerned Scientists Pres. Ken Kimmell
The Senate’s confirmation of Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) marks a low point in the United States’ history of environmental and public health protection, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Below is a statement by Ken Kimmell, president of UCS. “...
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Monday, February 13, 2017
California’s Oroville Dam Crisis Illustrates Need to Plan for More Extreme Weather
Flooding risks around Northern California’s Lake Oroville reservoir that forced mass evacuations of people living below the nation’s tallest dam in recent days are demonstrating that future infrastructure projects must be capable of withstanding similar catastrophic events, according to the Union...
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Thursday, February 02, 2017
Pruitt Passes Out of Senate Committee—Full Senate Must Reject Him
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has advanced Scott Pruitt’s nomination to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, putting the question of his confirmation before the full Senate. His confirmation would be a threat to public health and senators must vote no, according to the...
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Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Tillerson Receives Highest “No” Vote for Secretary of State, Science Group Expects Him To Uphold Paris Agreement, Recuse Himself from Exxon-Related Matters for Full Term
Today, Congress approved 56-43 President Trump’s nominee, recently retired ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, to serve as secretary of state. The vote against Tillerson’s confirmation was the highest for a secretary of state since World War II. Condoleeza Rice, by contrast, was approved by an 85-13 vote...
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Science Group Offers Reaction to Perry’s Nomination Hearing for Energy Secretary Position
The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing tomorrow to consider President-elect Donald Trump’s selection for Energy Department (DOE) secretary Rick Perry, the former governor of Texas. Perry is one of a number of nominees who have been hostile to the agency they...
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Friday, January 06, 2017
New National Park Service Report Gets Scientific, Historical Preservation Stamp of Approval
Today, the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) published their first-ever Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy , which aims to help cultural resource managers and scientists plan for, act on and communicate about the growing threat of climate change to national parks. Cultural heritage sites...
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Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Pruitt an Unacceptable Choice to Run EPA
The nomination of Scott Pruitt, the Attorney General of Oklahoma, to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is potentially disastrous for vital science-based policies that protect public health, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Below is a...
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Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Paris Agreement Enters into Force This Week, What to Expect at November Climate Talks
Nearly every nation banded together less than a year ago to adopt the Paris Agreement, a plan aimed at limiting global climate change. Since then, momentum for tackling global warming emissions has continued to build among nations. The Paris Agreement will enter into force on November 4 , earlier...
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Thursday, October 06, 2016
New Study Ranks Eight Major Fossil Fuel Companies on Their Climate Change Actions
An in-depth analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) of eight leading fossil fuel companies found significant variations in how they are addressing global warming, but none has made a clean break from disinformation on climate science and policy. Likewise, none is adequately planning for...
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