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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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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Thursday, September 13, 2012
Seabrook Owner Must Conduct Tests Assessing Potential Concrete Damage in Containment Buildings, Nuclear Safety Groups Say
The C-10 Research and Education Foundation and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) today asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to require the owner of the Seabrook nuclear plant in New Hampshire to address potentially serious concrete degradation problems at the facility.
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Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Report Offers Solutions to Expand Sustainable Tropical Wood Production
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) today released a report, “ Wood for Good: Solutions for Deforestation-Free Wood Products ,” analyzing tropical wood production’s effect on deforestation and offering solutions for sustainable production. According to the report, governments and businesses must begin using sustainably established plantation forests to minimize the toll logging is taking on tropical forests.
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Tuesday, July 03, 2012
UCS Ads Show Monsanto is Failing to Improve Agriculture
The Monsanto Company, the leading agricultural biotechnology company, spends millions each year on advertising aimed at convincing policy-makers and the public that their so-called “better seeds” are feeding a growing population, protecting natural resources, and promoting biodiversity. But the reality of Monsanto’s products is somewhat less idyllic.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Leading Companies Contradict Own Actions on Climate Science, Policy
Many of the country’s leading companies have taken contradictory actions when it comes to climate change science while pumping a tremendous amount of resources into influencing the discussion, according to an analysis released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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Thursday, April 26, 2012
No Need to Build Proposed Nuclear Weapons Facility Now, Report Finds
There is no need for the United States to begin building the proposed Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Nuclear Facility (CMRR-NF), according to a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The Obama administration’s recent decision to delay construction of the facility for at least five years makes sense, the report concluded.
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