Union of Concerned Scientists7 min read
Ask a Scientist: Two Dozen States Can Meet 100 Percent of Electricity Demand with Renewables by 2035
Talking with Senior Energy Analyst Paula García about the findings of "On the Road to 100-Percent Renewables" and how states can meet 100 percent of their electricity demand by as early as 2035.
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As Climate and Nutrition Crises Collide, We Need a New Research Agenda
Our food and agriculture face a lot of complex, interconnected problems, and the 2023 farm bill gives us an opportunity to address the problems in a systematic way (rather than the currently insufficient, piecemeal approach).
Union of Concerned Scientists6 min read
Un Futuro Con Energía 100% Renovable Es Posible, Y Lo Necesitamos
En inglés Vivimos en una época de gran volatilidad en el precio del gas que ha afectado a casi todos los sectores de nuestra economía. También vivimos una época plagada de costosos fenómenos meteorológicos “que no son normales”. De hecho, el Grupo In
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min readAmerican Government
What I Told Congress: To Protect the Nation’s Health, We Need Strong Scientific Integrity Policies
Highlights from my testimony before the US House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min readAmerican Government
How Far Have Agencies Come Toward More-Inclusive Science Advice?
Recently, UCS organized a sign-on letter endorsed by 10 scientific, professional, and academic organizations, asking 24 federal science agencies about their progress toward advancing more inclusive science advice. You can find the full text of the le
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min read
The Science is Clear: Overturning Roe v. Wade Will Hurt Reproductive Health
Last night, a draft Supreme Court opinion on a pending Mississippi case was leaked—one that, if finalized, would reverse the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision affirming the Constitutional right to abortion. While the draft opinion does not rely on a scientif
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min read
A Big Week for Clean Energy in Michigan
The trifecta of good news includes a UCS-Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition report, a state climate action plan, and a historic proposed utility settlement agreement.
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Michigan Can Transition to 100-Percent Renewable Energy by 2035, Save Lives, and Create Jobs
Imagine: It’s spring in the year 2040. On a warm, windy day in Southwest Detroit, you pause under a magnolia tree. Its buds are full to bursting with pink and white blossoms. The air smells like rain, and—compared to what you grew up with—feels clean
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min readPopular Culture & Media Studies
April’s Wild Ride: Twitter, Pinterest Move on Disinformation, then Elon Musk Happens
Advocating for transparency and strong policies against misinformation and disinformation on social media sure is a rollercoaster ride these days. The ups: on April 6th, Pinterest announced a new policy to keep “false and misleading claims around cli
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Michigan Puede Hacer La Transición Al 100% De Energía Renovable Para 2035, Salvar Vidas Y Crear Empleos
Imagina: Es la primavera del año 2040. En un día cálido y ventoso en el suroeste de Detroit, te detienes bajo un magnolio repleto de flores rosadas y blancas. El aire huele a lluvia, y comparado con el aire con el que creciste, tu nariz y pulmones lo
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min read
How Does Transit Help the Climate?
Transportation, the biggest contributor to US climate change since 2016, and its emissions are projected to increase.
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Remembering Our Nation’s Fallen Workers
On Workers Memorial Day, honoring the 13 US workers who die each day from a work-related injury.
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min read
Solar Energy’s Latest Record Breaker: 5 Takeaways
The US solar results for 2021 are out, and full of good news. At a time when energy and climate change are on our minds even more than usual, here are five takeaways worth holding onto. Solar had a banner year. According to the latest from analysts a
Union of Concerned Scientists7 min read
Grid Modeling Overview: Four Types of Models Guiding the Transition to Clean Electricity
Without power grid modeling tools, the transition to clean electricity would be an absolute mess.
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min read
Reconnecting With The Radical Roots Of Earth Day
UCS President Johanna Chao Kreilick reflects on the first celebration of Earth Day, and how the collective action it inspired can guide us today.
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Restoring Public Interest to the National Environmental Policy Act Process
Welcome changes by the Biden administration will allow for more meaningful environmental reviews.
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min read
A 100% Renewable Energy Future is Possible, and We Need It
Is getting to 100 percent renewable energy possible? Can the transition be managed equitably, to benefit all? Senior Bilingual Energy Analyst Paula García says yes: she and several UCS partners teamed up on a report describing how states can achieve
Union of Concerned Scientists6 min read
Puerto Rico Deserves Full Benefits of Biden’s Justice40
President Biden's Justice40 initiative runs the risk of excluding disadvantaged Puerto Rican communities. Senior Social Scientist for Climate Vulnerability Juan Declet-Barreto explains how the White House Council on Environmental Quality can use exis
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min read
How the Latest IPCC Reports Can Strengthen Climate Litigation Efforts
The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released its sixth assessment of climate change, comprised of three separate reports presenting the latest science on climate change, related impacts, adaptation, vulnerability, and mit
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min readAmerican Government
White House Releases More than 300 Plans to Advance Equity and Justice
An important milestone, but the true test will be how well these changes are implemented and codified
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min read
Summer Heat Is Coming: Will New Policies Protect Workers?
UCS research was name-checked several times in an OSHA event announcing the Biden-Harris administration's new program aimed at protecting workers from extreme heat. Senior Climate Resilience Policy Analyst Shana Udvardy was at the event, and breaks d
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min readAmerican Government
A Win for Science: EPA Releases Formaldehyde Study the Chemical Industry Tried to Suppress
An important victory and another reason Congress needs to pass the Scientific Integrity Act.
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When it Comes to Disinformation about Renewable Energy, The Band Plays On
The transition to renewable energy will bring benefits in jobs, energy costs, and health. Will we let a chorus of disinformation stymie it?
Union of Concerned Scientists7 min read
Roundup: Problematic COVID-19 Metrics and a Toxic Science Workplace
In this quarterly news roundup on issues of scientific integrity, Liz Borkowski describes the CDC's potentially misleading new COVID-19 monitoring, bullying at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the state of federal scientif
Union of Concerned Scientists8 min read
Ask a Scientist: Taking a Holistic Look at Big Ag
A supporter has questions about the appropriate parameters for UCS research and advocacy. Using our investigation of Tyson Foods and the US agricultural industry writ large as a jumping-off point, I turned to Stillerman, a senior analyst with the Foo
Union of Concerned Scientists7 min read
DOE’s New Hydrogen Hubs Program Comes With Risks—And Opportunities
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law included $8 billion in funding for the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a hydrogen hubs program. What DOE does next will determine whether the program propels our nation’s clean energy transition forward—or whet
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min readCrime & Violence
Experts Take On Carbon Polluters In The Courtroom
A new guide by UCS and the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund will help scientists navigate the legal system.
Union of Concerned Scientists8 min read
El Incendio De La Central Nuclear Ucraniana Ha Sido Apagado, Pero La Amenaza Persiste
Esta es una traducción del artículo que fue publicado el 8 de marzo por el autor Ed Lyman, Director, Seguridad de la Energía Nuclear de la Unión de Científicos Conscientes A principios de marzo, las tropas rusas en Ucrania ocuparon la más grande cen
Union of Concerned Scientists6 min read
ExxonMobil Shows Its Lobbying Hand, But Hides Some Cards
Disclosure is only the first step in holding fossil fuel companies accountable for their public statements on climate.
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Chicago Commits to Bold Climate Action
Chicago just released its Draft 2022 Climate Action Plan (CAP), an update of the city’s 2008 CAP to reduce citywide emissions 25 percent by 2020 from 1990 levels. Like many cities with CAPs, Chicago missed that target, largely because of insufficient
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