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, September 07, 2017
Study Finds Top Fossil Fuel Producers’ Emissions Responsible for as Much as Half of Global Surface Temperature Increase, Roughly 30 Percent of Global Sea Level Rise
A first-of-its-kind study published today in the scientific journal Climatic Change links global climate changes to the product-related emissions of specific fossil fuel producers, including ExxonMobil and Chevron. Focusing on the largest gas, oil and coal producers and cement manufacturers, the...
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Thursday, August 24, 2017
DOE Grid Study Correctly Shows Wind, Solar Not a Threat to Electricity Reliability
Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry released a study late yesterday reaffirming what energy experts, including those at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), have been saying for years—low natural gas prices are the main reason for recent coal and nuclear power plant retirements...
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Nine RGGI States Embrace Clean Energy by Collectively Capping Power Plant Emissions Through 2030
The nine states that make up the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)—the nation’s first carbon cap-and-trade program—today committed to cutting carbon dioxide emissions from coal- and gas-fired power plants in their states by an additional 30 percent between 2020 and 2030, putting them on a...
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Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Study Finds That Boosting Soil’s Sponge-Like Qualities Would Help Farmers, Communities Combat Floods and Droughts
Farming practices that keep soil covered year-round can reduce the damage caused by both floods and droughts, according to a new study released by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). “Turning Soils Into Sponges: How Farmers Can Fight Floods and Droughts” shows that that widespread adoption of...
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Tuesday, August 08, 2017
The Trump Administration Must Not Delay or Misrepresent Climate Science Report
Federal scientists are waiting for approval from the Trump administration to publish a climate science report that contradicts the president and members of his cabinet who claim it’s not clear whether carbon pollution from burning fossil fuels is changing the climate. The report is a special...
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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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