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, September 10, 2009
Failing to Curb Global Warming Could Cost the Nation Hundreds of Billions by the End of the Century, New Report Finds
Unchecked climate change could saddle taxpayers, businesses, and state and local governments across the country with hundreds of billions of dollars in damages, according to a new report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The report, "Climate Change in the United States: The Prohibitive Costs of Inaction," is an overview of more than 60 studies analyzing the potential financial toll of global warming if we fail to dramatically curb emissions.
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Friday, September 04, 2009
Administration Takes Positive Step in Publicizing Visitor Logs, Science Group Says; Federal Agencies Must Follow Suit
The Obama administration announced today that it will release the names of most of the visitors to the White House. The president faced significant criticism for continuing former President George W. Bush's policy of keeping visitor logs secret. The following is a statement by Francesca Grifo, senior scientist and director of the Scientific Integrity Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS):
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Thursday, August 13, 2009
UCS Announces Winner of 2009 'Science Idol' Editorial Cartoon Contest
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) today announced that Jesse Springer, of Eugene, Oregon has won the 2009 "Science Idol: the Scientific Integrity Editorial Cartoon Contest." The competition draws attention to the work that must be done for the Obama administration to fulfill its pledge to "restore science to its rightful place."
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Unchecked Climate Change Would Result in More Heat Waves, More Flooding, and Reduced Crop Yields in Indiana, New Report Finds
If the United States does not significantly curb heat-trapping emissions, global warming will seriously harm Indiana's climate and economy, according to a peer-reviewed report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The report also found that a combination of clean energy policies—such as those currently under consideration by the U.S. Senate—would help blunt the extent and severity of climate change in Indiana and nationally. "The Midwest climate is already changing.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
FDA Calls for Livestock Antibiotic Limits
A top Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official yesterday opposed the practice of routinely feeding antibiotics to pigs, cattle and chickens to promote growth. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), this practice leads to the development of bacteria that are immune to antibiotics, undermining their effectiveness in treating human diseases.
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Thursday, July 02, 2009
Scientists Urge Obama to Drop European Missile Defense
A group of prominent scientists today released a joint letter urging President Obama to issue a directive that the United States will not deploy any part of the proposed U.S. missile defense system in Europe before it is proven effective under real-world operating conditions. Proceeding with deployment would result in large security, political and financial costs, according to the scientists, many of whom have served as government advisers on a range of military and security issues.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
EPA Recognizes Science, Legal Precedent in Granting State Waiver to Implement Clean Car Standards, Science Group Says
Today's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement granting California and 13 other states a waiver under the Clean Air Act to implement strong clean car standards demonstrates that "with regard to the waiver, science is back in the driver's seat", said Brendan Bell, Washington representative for the Union of Concerned Scientists' (UCS) Clean Vehicles Program. "Along with last Friday's climate victory in the House, this is another sign that the federal government is finally taking action on global warming."
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Senate Energy Committee’s Energy Package Misses Opportunity to Create Clean Jobs, Save Consumers Money
By a 15 to 8 vote, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today passed an energy package including problematic provisions that should be rewritten or removed before a full Senate vote, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Flawed provisions for renewable energy sources, the electric grid, loan guarantees, and nuclear fuel reprocessing would undermine progress toward a clean energy economy, the group said.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
National Climate Report: Factsheets, Green Group Statement
The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) today released a comprehensive report on the impact climate change could have on the United States. The landmark report, which compares the potential impacts of higher and lower emissions scenarios, bolsters the growing consensus that there are significant economic, public health and environmental advantages to moving quickly to dramatically reduce emissions, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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Thursday, June 11, 2009
Hearing Today Will Focus on Emissions Accounting for Biofuels
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and nineteen other groups are urging Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) to ensure that the federal government uses all available science to determine the amount of heat-trapping emissions biofuels produce.
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