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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Friday, January 18, 2019
Latest Defense Report Aims to Get Military Climate Ready, But Key Information Also Missing
The Department of Defense (DoD) released a report yesterday examining the risks of climate change to a sample of 79 U.S. military sites. The report, mandated by Congress in 2018, concluded that two-thirds of the sites examined are at risk of current or future chronic flooding, more than 50 percent...
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Friday, December 21, 2018
Partial Government Shutdown Would Impede Science, Hurt Nation
Parts of the federal government—including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Interior Department, which are key science agencies—are in danger of shutting down over a federal funding dispute. This would be the third government...
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Thursday, December 06, 2018
Senate Should Reject FERC Nominee Bernard McNamee
The Senate should reject Bernard McNamee’s nomination to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The vote is expected at noon today. Below is a statement by Rob Cowin, director of government affairs for the Climate and Energy...
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Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Oil Companies Spent Record Amounts to Successfully Block WA Carbon Fee
Yesterday, Washington voters rejected a ballot initiative, the first of its kind in the country, that would have established a fee on carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming. Below is a statement by Adrienne Alvord, California and Western states director at the Union of Concerned...
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Thursday, October 25, 2018
V.P. Pence’s Comments on Nuclear Weapons in Space ‘Troubling and Potentially Dangerous,’ Science Group Says
In an interview Tuesday with The Washington Post, Vice President Mike Pence was asked whether nuclear weapons “should always be banned from space.” His response was as troubling as it was potentially dangerous, according to a senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). “The fact...
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Friday, October 05, 2018
Union of Concerned Scientists Experts Available to Talk about New IPCC Report
The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release a report Sunday on what it would take to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, above pre-industrial levels—the target established in the 2015 Paris climate agreement. The report will...
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Thursday, October 04, 2018
FERC Nomination Shows Trump’s Intent to Politicize Independent Commission
President Donald Trump has nominated Bernard McNamee, a key player in the administration’s failed coal and nuclear bailout proposal, to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). McNamee currently serves as the executive director of the Energy Department’s Office of Policy and, if confirmed,...
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Analysis of Water Contamination at Military Sites Finds Health Risks Due to Toxic Chemicals Worse than Thought
A Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) analysis released today highlights the significant health risks posed to military families and communities by a class of synthetic chemicals found in firefighting foam, nonstick cookware and other products. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are long-...
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Millions of Americans are Unknowingly Bailing out Coal-Fired Power Plants
Electricity customers in four competitive power markets paid at least $1 billion per year more than they needed to pay for their electricity over each of the last three years because utilities sold them power from their own coal-fired plants instead of from cheaper power sources on the grid,...
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
BLM Rollback of Methane Rules Betrays Taxpayers and Will Exacerbate Climate Change
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today it will repeal rules requiring oil and gas extractors to limit the release of methane from existing operations on public and tribal lands. Below is a statement by Jeremy Martin, senior scientist in the Clean Vehicles Program at the Union of...
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