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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Tuesday, March 06, 2012
NRC Needs a More Comprehensive Approach to Post-Fukushima Nuclear Safety, Report Finds
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is jeopardizing reform by failing to heed its post-Fukushima task force’s top recommendation to clarify its “patchwork” of regulations for “beyond-design-basis” events that reactors are not intended to withstand, according to a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The report, “ U.S.
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Friday, March 02, 2012
Virginia Supreme Court Rejects Subpoenas of Climate Scientists’ Emails
Today, the Virginia Supreme Court rejected Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s Civil Investigative Demands (CID) -- essentially subpoenas -- that would have required the University of Virginia (UVA) to turn over emails and other private correspondence among former university climate scientist Michael Mann and dozens of his colleagues.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Delays, Special Interests Hinder Rules Against Deadly Dust
An extraordinary delay in the development of federal protections against exposure to crystalline silica is harming American workers, more than 300 public health scientists, doctors and occupational safety experts told President Obama today.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011
EPA Regulations, 20 Years in Coming, Will Not Result in Blackouts
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced final rules today to regulate emissions of mercury, lead and other toxic pollutants from coal and oil-fired power plants—regulations the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) called “more than reasonable, even if too long in coming.” The Mercury and Air Toxics regulations will limit hazardous pollutants that contaminate the air and water and cause severe health problems such as cancer, heart disease, neurological damage, birth defects, asthma attacks, and even premature death.
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Monday, December 19, 2011
Majority of Departments, Agencies Struggling on Scientific Integrity
One year after the White House instructed federal agencies and departments to create and implement protections for their scientific work, and in the wake of two high-profile examples of political interference in federal government science, the majority of these authorities in question have failed to publicly release draft or final scientific integrity policies.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Outcome at Durban Climate Negotiations Offers Limited Progress
Nations attending the annual U.N. climate conference reached a last-minute deal early Sunday morning that extends the Kyoto Protocol, launches negotiations on a more comprehensive and ambitious treaty regime to take effect by 2020, and begins to implement decisions made last year in Cancun on adaptation, finance, technology and transparency. Despite these achievements, the outcome of the Durban, South Africa, conference will do little to accelerate near-term emissions reductions, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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Wednesday, December 07, 2011
NOAA Boosts Scientific Integrity with New Policy
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today released a new scientific integrity policy that accomplishes as much as it can to ensure the agency’s actions are fully informed by the best available science, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The group cautioned, however, that the Department of Commerce, the White House, and Congress must act to remove additional barriers for agency scientists.
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Tuesday, December 06, 2011
New Deforestation Data From Brazil Shows Continued Progress
Today the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE), the Brazilian space agency, released the annual estimate of Amazon deforestation from August 2010 through July 2011. The estimates show that the area of deforestation has dropped from 7,000 km 2 in 2009-2010 to 6,238 km 2 in 2010-2011. This is an 11 percent reduction in the forest area cleared last year. This finding shows continued progress in reducing deforestation, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
New Report Finds Power Plants Contributing to Water Stress
Power plants are stressing freshwater resources around the country, according to a new report by the Energy and Water in a Warming World Initiative, a three-year research collaboration between the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and a team of more than a dozen scientists. The report, “Freshwater Use by U.S.
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Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Year of Extremes Underscores Need for Better Preparedness, Emissions Reductions
The United States this year experienced an incredible string of extreme weather events, many of which are expected to become worse as the climate changes.
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