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, 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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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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