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, February 02, 2011
New Report Recommends Ways to Lower Global Warming Emissions from U.S. Beef Production
U.S. beef cattle are responsible for 160 million metric tons of global warming emissions every year -- equivalent to the annual emissions from 24 million cars and light trucks. But unlike American drivers, farmers who raise beef on pasture can reduce global warming emissions by storing, or sequestering, carbon in pasture soils, according to a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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Monday, January 24, 2011
GOP Efforts to Defund Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Is Foolhardy
The Republican Study Committee last week released a list of proposed budget cuts totaling $2.5 trillion, including a recommendation to withdraw U.S. funding from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the proposal points to a disturbing level of climate denial in Congress and it is not clear that the Study Committee is accurately projecting U.S. contributions to the IPCC.
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Obama Administration to Release New Space Security Strategy
The Obama administration is expected to release its National Security Space Strategy sometime in the next few weeks. The document will spell out how the Department of Defense and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence will carry out the president’s National Space Policy, which the administration issued last June.
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010
New FDA Data Confirm What UCS Has Been Saying For Years: Antimicrobial Use In U.S. Livestock And Poultry Is Massive
A new report by the Food and Drug Administration confirms what the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has been saying for years: American livestock and poultry producers are using massive amounts of antimicrobial drugs, which include antibacterials, antibiotics and antiparasiticals.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Environmental Protection Agency Set to Lower Target for Cellulosic Biofuels
In the next few days, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) expects the Environmental Protection Agency to dramatically lower the amount of cellulosic biofuel companies are required to purchase under the federal renewable fuel standard. This would be the second time the EPA reduced the required amount of cellulosic biofuel, which is derived from perennial grasses, waste and other sources. Cellulosic biofuel is cleaner than corn ethanol and is not made from food crops.
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Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Prop 23 Defeat is Mandate for Clean Energy
On Tuesday, California voters defeated Proposition 23, an initiative that would have crippled the state’s ability to implement its landmark climate and clean energy law, the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). Below is a statement by Erin Rogers, western climate and energy program manager at the Union of Concerned Scientists.
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Friday, October 22, 2010
Administration Set to Propose First-Ever Truck Fuel Efficiency Standards
The Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency are expected to jointly propose the first-ever fuel efficiency and global warming pollution standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks as early as next week, according to media reports . The proposed standards, which are expected to cover various categories of trucks sold in model years 2014 through 2018, are slated to be finalized in July 2011 following a public comment period.
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Thursday, September 16, 2010
National Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for New Fuel Efficiency, Tailpipe Emissions Standards
A new national poll of likely voters conducted by the Mellman Group (pdf) found overwhelming public support for raising fuel efficiency standards and reducing global warming pollution from the nation’s cars and trucks.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Court Should Reject VA Attorney General’s Subpoena for UVA Climate Scientist’s Documents
An Albemarle County Circuit Court judge will hear arguments on Friday regarding Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's request for University of Virginia (UVA) documents related to government grants climate scientist Michael Mann received when he was on its faculty.
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Thursday, August 12, 2010
Drought in Russia; Floods in Pakistan and China; High Temps in the U.S. Consistent with Climate Change Projections
A number of extreme weather events have been happening around the world this summer, including record flooding in Pakistan that has killed more than 1,000 people and displaced millions of others; the worst drought in Russia in decades, which has triggered wildfires and doubled the daily death rate in Moscow to about 700; and torrential rains in China, which have caused massive flooding and triggered landslides that have killed more than 3,000 people.
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