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 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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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Western Climate Initiative Carbon Market Plan Shows States Are Again Leading the Way
The Western Climate Initiative (WCI) today released a detailed plan moving a regional carbon market one step closer to reality. The WCI is comprised of seven Western states and four Canadian provinces that have developed a comprehensive strategy for reducing global warming pollution 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, including a regional carbon market set to begin in 2012.
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010
DOE Plan Reduces Nuclear Arsenal By Up to 40 Percent But Results in Few Savings or Reductions in Size of Weapons Complex
The Obama administration is planning to cut the U.S. nuclear arsenal by as much as 40 percent by 2021, but also wants to spend nearly $175 billion over the next 20 years to build new facilities and maintain and modify thousands of weapons, according to two sections of an administration plan made public today by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Final University of East Anglia Report Clears Scientists
The so-called "Climategate" scandal is over, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), and it really wasn't a scandal after all. The British University of East Anglia's (UEA) final independent inquiry , headed by Muir Russel, a former British government official, found that the "rigour and honesty" of the scientists whose emails were stolen "are not in doubt."
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Monday, June 21, 2010
California Legislature to Reconsider Renewable Electricity Standard
The California Legislature and Gov. Schwarzenegger are expected to redouble their efforts to enact renewable energy legislation this year that would require California utilities to acquire 33 percent of their electricity from renewable energy like the wind and sun by 2020, up from the state's current 20 percent requirement by the end of this year.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
EPA Analysis Makes Case for Senate Action on Climate Bill
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) analysis of the American Power Act discussion draft, which the agency released today, shows the legislation would dramatically cut global warming pollution, lower household energy bills through 2030, and only marginally increase overall household costs between 2030 and 2050. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) called the bill “a low cost investment that would help create the clean energy jobs of the future and avoid the much higher costs of doing nothing.”
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Thursday, June 10, 2010
Senate Rejects Murkowski Attack on Science and Clean Air Act
The Senate today voted against a resolution introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) that would have blocked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating global warming emissions under the Clean Air Act. The resolution sought to rescind the EPA's finding that global warming emissions endanger public health. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) called Sen. Murkowski's resolution "an attack on science." Below is a statement by Kevin Knobloch, UCS president:
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Obama Solar Plant Visit Underscores Need for State, Federal Policies
President Barack Obama's visit today to Solyndra, a Fremont, California, solar panel manufacturer, underscores the need for strong state and federal clean energy policies, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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Friday, May 21, 2010
Obama Kickstarts Process for Truck and Car Fuel Economy, Emissions Standards
President Obama's announcement today regarding fuel economy and emissions standards for both passenger vehicles and heavy-duty trucks was welcomed by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Setting strong standards for all classes of motor vehicles would help curb U.S. oil dependence, create new jobs, reduce the heat-trapping emissions that drive global warming, and save consumers billions of dollars at the pump.
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Billions of Dollars Leaving State Economies Annually to Import Coal, Report Finds
Economies in three dozen states are collectively hemorrhaging tens of billions of dollars annually on imported coal to generate electricity, according to a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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