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, 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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Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Energy Information Administration Report Undercounts Subsidies to Coal, Oil, Natural Gas and Nuclear Energy
The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest report on federal energy subsidies, released on Monday, underreported direct and indirect federal subsidies to the nuclear and fossil fuel industries, creating an inflated view of the subsidies that benefit renewable energy and efficiency programs, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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Monday, July 25, 2011
On Heels of Heat Wave, House To Vote on Amendments That Could Worsen Global Warming
The U.S. House of Representatives may vote as early as today on the 2012 appropriations bill for the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies that contains a number of amendments that would threaten public health and the environment.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Midwest Economy Would Get Boost From Clean Energy Investment, Study Finds
Midwest residents would pay less for electricity, have more job opportunities, and breathe healthier air if their state adopted stronger clean energy standards, according to a peer-reviewed report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011
NRC Must Strengthen Reactor Safety, Security to Avoid Major Nuclear Plant Accidents Like Fukushima, Science Group Says
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) today released two dozen recommendations to ensure the safety and security of U.S. nuclear plants. Many of the recommendations address problems that have been evident for decades, while others address problems brought to light during the recent accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility.
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Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Hybrid Scorecard for 2011 Shows Automakers Not Delivering Enough 'High Value' Models
The current crop of hybrid vehicles demonstrate automakers know how to provide dramatic fuel savings and pollution reductions, but have yet to fully deliver those benefits, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) announced today.
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Thursday, June 16, 2011
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Sets High Bar with New Scientific Integrity Policy, Science Group Says
A new scientific integrity policy released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) received high praise from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), but the organization cautioned that NOAA will need the support of its parent agency, the Department of Commerce, to successfully implement the policy.
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Monday, June 13, 2011
Biggest Threat to Tropical Forest Now Comes From Global Demand For Food Products
Demand for everyday products, from hamburgers to cookies to soap, is now the biggest threat to tropical forests, according to a new study released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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Tuesday, June 07, 2011
More Than 100 Economists Endorse Stronger Fuel Efficiency and Auto Pollution Standards
More than 100 economists issued a letter today calling for stronger pollution and fuel efficiency standards for new cars and light trucks sold in model years 2017 through 2025. They said that stronger standards would protect consumers, strengthen energy security, generate new jobs, and reduce global warming emissions.
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Thursday, June 02, 2011
Report Projects Health Impacts and Costs from Worsening Ozone Pollution in a Warming World
Unchecked global warming could threaten public health and increase health costs by exacerbating ground-level ozone, according to a peer-reviewed report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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