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The Power of Energy Innovation (Have Fishing Line, Will Cool?)
“Twistocaloric” cooling technology, spelled out in Science, is based on an amazingly simple concept: the property of materials—think rubber bands, for example—to heat up when stretched, and cool down when released. These innovations (and similar rec
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min readPolitics
Scientific Integrity Act Passes Out of Committee with Unprecedented Bipartisan Support
Today, the remarkable happened: the Scientific Integrity Act passed the House Science Committee with support from both Republicans and Democrats. Six Republicans joined all 19 Democrats in attendance to vote the Scientific Integrity Act out of Commit
Union of Concerned Scientists7 min read
Air Pollution From Cars, Trucks, And Buses In The US: Everyone Is Exposed, But The Burdens Are Not Equally Shared
 Air pollution has significant impacts to public health and the cars, trucks, and buses on America’s roads contribute to this problem. While we are all exposed to this pollution, there are significant differences in the average exposure to this air p
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min read
Toyota Tacoma Suffering from Neglect, Gets Pick-me-up for 2025
The Toyota Tacoma is the best-selling midsize pick-up in the country, and its assembly facility in San Antonio has been churning around the clock to push the vehicle to record sales earlier this year. However, new entrants to the midsize pick-up from
Union of Concerned Scientists2 min readPolitics
House Committee to Vote on Scientific Integrity Act
The House Science Committee just announced that it will amend and vote on the Scientific Integrity Act on Thursday at 10 am. This is the first time this kind of bill, which would protect the independence of science and scientists in federal governmen
Union of Concerned Scientists7 min read
Natural Gas vs. Renewable Energy: Beware the Latest Gas Industry Talking Points
The natural gas industry is on an aggressive public relations tear to convince Americans that for decades to come, it is the “bridge” between coal and renewable energy. The campaign is loaded with disinformation. The American Petroleum Institute (API
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min readPolitics
Dear Administrator Wheeler: This is What EPA Science Advice Looks Like
Last Thursday and Friday, a historic meeting took place. A 20-member panel of air pollution experts met in Washington DC, despite being disbanded by EPA leaders exactly one year before. The panel’s work of advising EPA’s upcoming decision on particul
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US Companies, Are You Serious about Climate? Here’s How You Prove It
Today, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and ten other organizations that engage with businesses on environmental issues are setting new standards for corporate leadership on science-based climate policy. Published as an open letter in The New
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Trump Administration Thwarts Consumer Watchdog’s Investigation on Student Loan Forgiveness Program
People suppress the collection of information and data when they are afraid of the results. The Trump administration is no stranger to using this strategy, as we’ve documented time and time again. So, it’s not a surprise that the Department of Educat
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min read
As Presidential Candidates Prepare for Ohio Debate, Farmers Need a New Vision
It has been a very bad year for Ohio’s farmers. Across the state, they were unable to plant crops on nearly 1.5 million acres this past spring due to unrelenting rainfall and flooding. The Buckeye State has also been hard-hit by the Trump administrat
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min read
Ask a Scientist: How Can Cereal Makers Help Save Our Soil, Support Farmers, and Take a Bite out of Climate Change?
The grains that make up the primary ingredients of most US cereals all too often are grown in ways that degrade soil, pollute water, and contribute to climate change. Fortunately, major cereal makers are slowly beginning to pay attention to the probl
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min readPolitics
Bringing Science Back to the EPA — Whether EPA Wants it or Not.
The current administration’s attacks on both scientists and science are unprecedented, reaching a new low a few weeks ago when the White House Chief of Staff and the Secretary of Commerce attempted to stifle NOAA employees from giving the public accu
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min readPolitics
What To Expect at the Independent Particulate Matter Review Panel Meeting
On the anniversary of being disbanded by the EPA, the 20-member Independent Particulate Matter Review Panel is set to reconvene to ensure that independent, robust science advice informs the EPA’s review of air pollution standards for particulate matt
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Do Renewables Lead to Increased Air Pollution from California Power Plants?
California is a national leader in the transition to clean electricity, but integrating all that renewable energy onto the grid is no easy feat. Critics of renewables have long claimed that adding variable renewables (such as wind and solar) to the g
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min read
Lithium Batteries Finally Get their Due with Nobel Prize Win
Today’s award of  the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to the scientists that created lithium ion batteries marks the common heritage of mobile communications (laptops and smart phones), electric vehicles, and a new era in energy storage for our electric sys
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min read
Particulate Matter Air Pollution: Here’s Why The Facts Matter
Extra deaths in the US caused by particulate matter are in the range of 30,000-80,000 per year. That's more deaths per year than from car accidents and gun deaths combined.
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min read
Tesla, Edison, “The Current War,” and What it Has to Do With Getting to Work
Getting to work on time can be enough of a hassle, but imagine if there wasn’t an agreed standard time, or worse if we didn’t have agreement about which side of the street to drive on. This simple but vital task of getting to work on time would be a
Union of Concerned Scientists2 min read
Weighing in on Xcel Energy’s Plans for Minnesota’s Energy Future
This month, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is holding a series of public meetings to hear from individuals, communities, advocates, and other stakeholders on Xcel Energy’s plans for Minnesota’s energy future. Xcel Energy’s proposed 2020-20
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min read
Recusal Is Not An Excusal: William Pendley And Conflicts Of Interest At The BLM
The acting director of the BLM is deeply conflicted, unqualified, and fundamentally opposed to the mission of the agency he is leading.
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min read
Clean Energy Tax Policy is Congress’s Last Chance to do Anything Meaningful on Climate This Year
As calls for action on climate change become even louder across the globe (including here in the U.S.) and the impacts of climate change increasingly threaten our way of life, Congress still has a chance to do something right now to reduce greenhouse
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min read
Bipartisan Support for Scientific Integrity Reform is Growing
“We are at a crisis point,” according to a new report from the highly respected Brennan Center for Justice, “with almost weekly violations of previously respected safeguards.” The crisis in question involves threats to scientific integrity in governm
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min read
An October Heat Wave Bakes the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Is This Our Future?
A vital takeaway from this autumn heat wave is that, for hundreds of cities and towns, this kind of heat is projected to become standard throughout the warm season and into the fall as a result of climate change, assuming we remain on our current pat
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min readNutrition
New Studies on Red and Processed Meat Are a Big, Fat Nothingburger
If you caught any health news from The Washington Post, New York Times, or NPR this morning, you might have been inundated (happily or otherwise) with pictures of bacon, burgers, hot dogs, and sausages. And those pictures were likely accompanied by h
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min readPolitics
Science Advice Shouldn’t Be At The Whim Of A President And His Appointees
News is beginning to trickle out about advisory committees that will no longer be used by the federal government as the deadline for agencies to arbitrarily cut one-third of their advisory committees was yesterday, September 30. It has only been thre
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min read
Cultivating Censorship at the National Park Service: New Acting Director Issues Controversial Memo
It has come to light that a recently issued memo may severely restrict the ability of park superintendents and other staff to weigh in on activities happening on adjacent public lands. It is a clear effort by the Trump administration to undermine gov
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Score One for Worker Safety: Trump Administration Drops Proposed Beryllium Rollback
It appears that the Trump administration has come to its senses and reconsidered its dangerous and hare-brained plan to roll back safety protections for construction and shipyard workers exposed to beryllium.
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min read
Our Next Generation of Scientists, Exploited
Our federal labor laws have a loophole: If you can get away with characterizing your employees as “students”, you don’t have to respect their right to unionize. Research institutions have been doing this to prevent graduate student workers, who are p
Union of Concerned Scientists2 min readScience
The Indelible Ink of SharpieGate Spreads to NOAA Fisheries
The health of our oceans is profoundly impacted by global warming. Yet you wouldn’t know it from current NOAA Fisheries Director Chris Oliver. At a Senate hearing last week, he “could not say whether climate change is endangering the nation’s fisheri
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min read
Trump Axing Advisory Committees Is Bad for Farmers and Nation’s Food Supply
Earlier this summer, the Trump administration issued an Executive Order that would arbitrarily eliminate one-third of all federal advisory committees (FACs) across the government, while restricting an agency’s ability to form new FACs. FACs provide a
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min readSociety
Science Workshop on PFAS Highlights the Need for Government Action
I spent Thursday and Friday of last week at the National Academies of Science Environmental Health Matters Initiatives (EHMI) workshop, “Identifying Opportunities to Understand, Control, and Prevent Exposure to PFAS” which brought together scientists
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