Union of Concerned Scientists17 min read
Something Stinks: California Must End Manure Biomethane Accounting Gimmicks in its Low Carbon Fuel Standard
California’s transportation fuel policy is knee deep in cow poop, and it’s not a good look. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is considering amendments to its Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) regulation, but indicated they have no plans to add
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min readPolitical Ideologies
A New Election Science Task Force Aims to Strengthen Our Elections—and Our Democracy
A strong and healthy democracy reflects the will of the people. It gives everyone an equal opportunity to participate and have their vote counted, regardless of race, gender, wealth, or social status. It ensures that all voters have the ability to ad
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min read
California Regulators Increased Their Clean Energy Ambition. Will They Deliver?
California Public Utilities Commission has lowered its emissions target for the electricity sector with significant consequences for the future of the state's power grid.
Union of Concerned Scientists6 min read
Ohio Ratepayers Shouldn’t Have to Pay for Money-Losing Coal Plants
Large numbers of coal plants in the United States have been closing for quite some time now due to the declining economics of coal-fired power. It doesn’t make financial sense for many coal plants stay open due to competition from more affordable cle
Union of Concerned Scientists6 min readWorld
Some Things You Need to Know About that New York Times Article on Chinese Nuclear “Ambition”
In the absence of authoritative information, it's dangerous to encourage readers to jump to conclusions, especially US decision-makers,
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min read
Plug-in Hybrids: Are They Really a Solution to Reducing Emissions?
It’s immediately clear how fully-electric battery electric vehicles (BEVs) can help reduce emissions; eliminating gasoline and tailpipes in favor of increasingly clean electricity helps limit both climate change and air pollution. Plug-in hybrids are
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min read
Grid Investments are Critical to Our Clean Energy Future
The country has made tangible progress over the past five years, but it is still woefully behind.
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min read
Ask a Scientist: Gas Power Plants Disproportionately Harm Marginalized Communities
Gas infrastructure has extremely harmful impacts on public health and the environment: air pollution, water contamination, habitat loss, soil degradation, and destroyed cultural sites.
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min read
Banks Continue to Prop Up the Fossil Fuel Industry
Despite the urgent need for a fossil fuel phaseout, the hypocrisy of the world's biggest banks on climate change continues to mount.
Union of Concerned Scientists7 min read
The Serious Risks Around Treatment of Biomethane in 45V
"Clean hydrogen" production tax credits in the Inflation Reduction Act must be further defined and limited, or they risk allowing for more climate- and health-damaging emissions.
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min read
Public Pressure on ExxonMobil Works. Little Else Does.
After shareholder pressure, ExxonMobil dropped its affiliation with a problematic trade association. But have its business practices really changed?
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min read
For People Who Have Been Poisoned by Radiation, the Fight Continues in 2024
After a setback in 2023, advocacy for the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act picks up again.
Union of Concerned Scientists6 min readAmerican Government
EPA’s New Scientific Integrity Policy: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its updated scientific integrity policy for public comment. Here are the details and how you can make your voice heard.
Union of Concerned Scientists17 min read
A Cap on Vegetable Oil-Based Fuels Will Stabilize and Strengthen California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard
Advice for the California Air Resources Board (CARB), as its staff prepare to make changes to the state's Low Carbon Fuels Standard (LCFS).
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min read
IPCC Must Include More Global South Scientists, Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge Holders
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) met in Istanbul, Türkiye, in January 2024 to try to agree on the core scientific products it will produce in its 7th assessment cycle (AR7). I was there representing the Union of Concerned Scientis
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min read
Our Satellite Database Reaches a Milestone. We’ve Learned Much Along the Way
The issues around the civil and military uses of space benefit from solidly-researched information describing different states’ investments in space.
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min readIntelligence (AI) & Semantics
The Warning Signs Are Flashing: AI Is a Threat to Democracy in 2024
As we head toward the November 2024 election, the rise of generative artificial intelligence has real potential to disrupt the 2024 elections through massive disinformation and disenfranchisement of voters.
Union of Concerned Scientists6 min readCrime & Violence
Climate Litigation: Reflection and Anticipation for 2024
As we continue to fight for climate justice, courts can be a useful tool to help understand how we got here, and provide ways to move forward.
Union of Concerned Scientists8 min read
Estados Y Comunidades De EE UU Presentan Demandas Contra La Industria De Combustibles Fósiles: 6 Cosas Que Debe Saber
La industria ha mentido durante décadas y no ha pagado un centavo por los daños que ha causado.
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min read
Roundup: Biden Administration Revamps Procedures for Reviewing Regulations
Science Network blogger Liz Borkowski provides a roundup of scientific integrity news from the past few months.
Union of Concerned Scientists8 min readDiscrimination & Race Relations
La Protección Del Medio Ambiente Debe Tener En Cuenta Los Impactos Acumulativos
La toma de decisiones debe basarse en la ciencia y revertir el daño que ha causado el racismo sistémico.
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min read
Pieces of Federal EV Charging Vision Are Coming Together
Support for EV charging is key for accelerating the electrification of the transportation sector
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min read
The USDA’s Climate Hubs Could Help Farmers Adapt to Extreme Weather
The next food and farm bill should sufficiently fund the USDA's climate hubs and put them into law, so farmers can continue to access federal research and programs related to climate change.
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min readCrime & Violence
For Real Environmental Justice, We Need Community Input into Federal Rules
Decisions on environmental issues often exclude the people most impacted by their effects--and federal agencies should change their processes to be more inclusive.
Union of Concerned Scientists2 min read
Remember The Human Cost Of Nuclear Weapons: A Letter To The Cast And Crew Of Oppenheimer
After nearly 80 years of fighting, many communities are still waiting for basic support for the cancers and other illnesses they suffer.
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min read
An Equitable Energy Transition in California will Take All of Our Voices
Barriers to information access and engagement often dissuade participation by members of the public.
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min readPolitical Ideologies
UCS Is Primed and Ready for this Election Year
As we head into primary season, our president Johanna Chao Kreilick lays out UCS priorities for 2024.
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min readAmerican Government
An Opportunity to Reduce Water Pollution from Slaughterhouses
The EPA has proposed new rules on wastewater produced by the meat and poultry industry, but it needs input from the people most affected by this water pollution.
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min read
This Leap Year, Four Clean Energy Leaps to Watch For
The US clean energy market seems poised to leap to a whole new level. Here are a few predictions about what to expect in the coming year.
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min read
The IPCC And The Need For Actionable Science
A key question debated at the IPCC session in Istanbul last week: will the group's reports be published in time to inform key international policy decisions?
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