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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Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Obama Administration a Year Behind on Scientific Integrity Plan
On March 9, 2009, President Obama announced his administration would restore scientific integrity to federal policymaking and gave his science adviser, John Holdren, 120 days to come up with a plan. A year later, the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is still silent on the issue.
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Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Scientists to Congress: Don’t Force the EPA to Ignore the Science, Global Warming Does Threaten Public Health
More than 500 scientists sent a letter to Congress yesterday, urging lawmakers to oppose House and Senate resolutions that would reverse the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) finding that global warming endangers public health. The letter was organized by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
United States to Retire Nuclear-Armed Tomahawk Missiles
The Japanese press reported yesterday that the United States will retire its nuclear-armed Tomahawk cruise missiles, signifying the end of an ongoing debate within the Obama administration over the future of these weapons. The Tomahawk's status is one of several contentious issues the administration has worked to resolve as part of its soon-to-be-released Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), which will guide U.S. nuclear weapons policy for the next five to 10 years. During the 1980s, the U.S.
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
News Stories on Manufactured Scandals Ignore Scientific Urgency
News stories focusing on errors in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) 2007 report and stolen emails from climate scientists could do more to put climate change science in context.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Administration Slated to Finalize Major Nuclear Weapons Policy Review
The Obama administration is expected to make final decisions as early as today about the Nuclear Posture Review, the official policy document that will define U.S. nuclear weapons policy for the next five to 10 years. This will take place at what is called a "principals meeting" attended by Cabinet members whose departments are involved in the review.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Katie Couric Investigates Ag's Role in Antibiotic Resistance
An investigative story by Katie Couric on CBS "Evening News" recently shined a light the growing problem of antibiotic resistance in medicine, a critical public health issue that is unknown to most Americans. As the CBS news segment pointed out, which took Katie Couric to Arkansas and Iowa, the overuse of antibiotics in livestock and poultry feed and water in confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) contributes significantly to antibiotic resistance.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Nuclear Experts, Arms Control organizations Urge Obama to Transform U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy
In anticipation of a major nuclear weapons policy review expected to be completed March 1, former government officials, nuclear weapons experts, and leaders of arms control organizations representing more than 1 million Americans have sent a letter to President Obama, urging him to fulfill his April 2009 pledge to "put an end to Cold War thinking" and "reduce the role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy."
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Friday, February 05, 2010
Stronger Efficiency, Renewables Measures Would Benefit Consumers, Industry
If Congress passed climate and energy legislation that strengthened the energy efficiency and renewable energy standards in the version the House of Representatives approved last June, consumer electric and natural gas costs would be $113 billion lower by 2030, and emitters would pay 4 percent less in compliance costs, according to an analysis released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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Thursday, January 28, 2010
Automakers Deliver on Hybrid Technology, But Too Often Inflate Cost with Luxury Options
Many automakers are selling hybrid vehicles with significantly enhanced environmental performance and fuel economy at a reasonable cost, but too often they are inflating prices by including unnecessary luxury features, such as DVD players, keyless entry systems and leather interiors, according to a new "Hybrid Scorecard" guide from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Factcheck: Contrarians Attack IPCC Over Glacier Findings, But Glaciers are Still Melting
Climate contrarians are inflating the importance of an erroneous reference to Himalayan glaciers in a 2007 U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report to attack the scientific body and its chairman, Rajendra Pachauri. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) expects ideological bloggers, some members of Congress, and fossil-fuel industry front groups to try to exploit this relatively small error in the report to bolster conspiracy theories about the IPCC and climate scientists.
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