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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Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Judge Approves Request to Protect Scientists' Private Emails Disclosure to Special Interest Group
Late yesterday, Prince William County Circuit Court Judge Gaylord Finch approved an Oct. 18 request from the University of Virginia (UVA) to alter an agreement that would have unnecessarily disclosed private email correspondence among more than 30 scientists studying climate change to lawyers from the American Tradition Institute (ATI).
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Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Obama Administration Calls For Final Scientific Integrity Policies
White House Science Advisor John Holdren told federal departments and agencies yesterday that they must submit “final draft [scientific integrity] policies” to the White House by Dec. 17, 2011. The request comes one year after he issued his initial call for these policies. Below is a statement from Dr. Francesca Grifo, director of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Scientific Integrity program:
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Monday, October 24, 2011
Celebrate the First Annual Food Day by Supporting Local Food; New Bill in Congress Would Help Healthy Farms
While Americans celebrate the first annual Food Day today, experts at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) point out that current government policies make the wrong foods cheaper. Billions in federal subsidies underwrite the production of corn syrup and other ingredients for unhealthy processed foods, while farmers who grow fruits and vegetables receive little or no support.
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Thursday, October 06, 2011
Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Cheaper and Safer than Building New Nuclear Plants in Florida and Georgia, Report Finds
According to a new report, ratepayers in Florida and Georgia would be better served by investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy resources, rather than building new nuclear reactors in those states. The report, “ Big Risks, Better Alternatives ,” (PDF) was released today by Synapse Energy Economics, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based consulting and research firm.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
EPA Endangerment Finding Followed the Rules, Inspector General Finds
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) inspector general (IG) today released a report that examined how the agency handled the peer review of the science underpinning its December 2009 finding that heat-trapping emissions endanger public health and welfare.
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Thursday, September 15, 2011
EPA Climate Rule Delay Part of Dangerous Trend
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it will delay climate change rules, just weeks after the White House postponed important ground-level ozone standards. “Playing kick the can down the road with EPA rules is a dangerous game. The longer we wait, the more costly climate change will be.
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Friday, September 02, 2011
President Obama Undercuts Science with Smog Standard Delay
President Obama today asked the Environmental Protection Agency to ignore its obligation under the Clean Air Act to update ground-level ozone pollution standards for the United States based on the best available science. Because of President Obama’s decision, the ground-level ozone standards will remain outside the scientifically acceptable range of between 60 and 70 parts per billion recommended by an independent scientific advisory committee and EPA scientists in 2007.
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Monday, August 22, 2011
Climate Science References for the Campaign Trail
Given that a number of presidential hopefuls have been voicing their opinions recently on climate science, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) thought it would be helpful to provide a short list of authoritative scientific assessments on climate science, a relevant statement from 18 scientific societies on the threat of a warming world and a resource for debunking contrarian arguments. UCS experts are available for additional information or comment upon request.
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Tuesday, August 09, 2011
New Truck Standards Will Lower Emissions, Create Jobs and Reduce Oil Consumption
On the heels of a historic agreement to cut passenger vehicle fuel consumption and pollution, the Obama administration has finalized the first-ever global warming pollution and fuel-efficiency standards for new medium- and heavy-duty trucks. These standards—for trucks sold between 2014 and 2018—will cut fuel consumption across the nation’s trucking fleet, provide important clean air benefits, and create almost 80,000 new jobs, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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Thursday, August 04, 2011
Farmers Markets Could Generate Tens of Thousands of New Jobs with Modest Federal Support, New Report Finds
Over the last several decades, thousands of farmers markets have been popping up in cities and towns across the country, benefiting local farmers, consumers and economies, but they could be doing a lot better, according to a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). What’s holding farmers markets back? Federal policies that favor industrial agriculture at their expense.
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