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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Thursday, July 20, 2017
Trump Administration Sidelines Science in Its First Six Months in Office
Six months ago today, Donald Trump took the oath of office as the 45 th president of the United States. Since then, numerous actions by his administration and its congressional allies have undermined the vital role science plays in policy decisions, according to a new report by the Union of...
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Breaking Antarctic Ice Shelf Could Portend Higher than Expected, Longer Term Contribution to Global Sea Level Rise
A section of the Larsen C Ice Shelf, nearly the size of Delaware, broke off today—a natural process that was aided by increasingly warmer ocean temperatures. “It’s concerning that the ocean and air temperatures around the Larsen C Ice Shelf are so warm,” said Brenda Ekwurzel, director of climate...
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Published Study Identifies When Hundreds of Coastal Communities Will Face Inundation, Possible Retreat
More than 90 U.S. communities already face chronic inundation from rising seas caused by climate change, and the number could jump to nearly 170 communities in less than 20 years and as many as 670 by the end of the century, according to a study by analysts at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS...
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Saturday, July 08, 2017
Trump’s Refusal to Act on Climate Change Leaves US Isolated at G20 Leaders Summit
Leaders of the G20 countries and European Union representatives met this week in Hamburg, Germany to discuss paramount global issues. This morning, they released their official “communiqué,” a document outlining the group’s top priorities. While terrorism and trade were hot topics at the summit,...
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Monday, June 12, 2017
In Rebuke to Trump and Pruitt, Other G7 Environment Ministers Signal Full Speed Ahead on Climate, Paris Agreement
The meeting of environment ministers from the G7 countries just concluded in Bologna, Italy, with a joint communique on a range of environmental issues, but with separate lengthy chapters on climate change and the role of multilateral development banks that were not endorsed by the United States...
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Wednesday, June 07, 2017
In a Quietly Powerful Job, Rao’s Views Could Put Americans at Risk
Tomorrow, a Senate Committee will consider the nomination of Professor Neomi Rao to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. It’s one of the most underrated and powerful positions in the federal government—and Senators need to take seriously whether Professor Rao will act in the...
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Trump Budget Disregards Science, Puts Public Health, Innovation at Risk, Science Group Says
President Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget is a deeply unjust budget that would disproportionately harm poor and working class Americans, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. The budget would impose massive cuts on health, environmental and safety net programs. It also would gut...
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Senate Defends Climate, Health by Voting Down Methane Resolution
Today, the U.S. Senate voted against advancing a resolution overturning important rules to rein in dangerous methane emissions on public lands. This resolution would have allowed oil and gas companies to do serious damage, and its defeat is a victory for the climate and public interest, according...
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Science-Based Public Health, Safety Protections Would Be Devastated By RAA
The Senate has introduced a new version of the “Regulatory Accountability Act”—a bill that would cripple the ability of federal agencies to enforce laws that protect our health and safety, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. Below is a statement by Andrew Rosenberg, director of the...
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Weakening Methane Rule Would Come at Cost to Climate, Health
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is re-considering a rule that would limit methane emissions from oil and gas extraction operations. This opens the door to weakening the rule, which is vital to protecting public health and reducing the risk of climate change, according to the Union of...
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