Union of Concerned Scientists5 min cititeAmerican Government
The Supreme Court’s Latest Decision Is a Blow to Stopping Climate Change
This post originally appeared in Scientific American. The Supreme Court’s decision in the case known as West Virginia et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency et al. is a serious blow to the EPA’s ability to fight climate change—and could have dange
Union of Concerned Scientists6 min citite
Children Will Suffer the Consequences of Recent Supreme Court Rulings
It appears to be of no concern to the Supreme Court’s 6-3 ultraconservative majority how children are collateral damage in its monumental rulings to close the 2021-22 term. First, the conservatives struck down New York’s requirement for gun owners to
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min cititeAmerican Government
The Profound Climate Implications of Supreme Court’s West Virginia v. EPA Decision
This term, alongside a number of cases with the potential for seismic implications, the Supreme Court also took up West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency. Though the case caught fewer headlines, it, too, threatened Earth-shifting implicatio
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min cititePolitical Ideologies
How the Science Community Can Secure Our Democracy
Calling all scientists! You have a role to play in making elections free and fair this fall, says Senior Fellow Michael Latner.
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min cititeAmerican Government
Science Shows US Supreme Court Abortion, Guns, Environment Rulings Will Have Devastating Consequences
This month, the Supreme Court of the United States rescinded the constitutional right to abortion, made it easier to carry concealed guns in public places, and sharply limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate heat-trapping em
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min cititeAmerican Government
Healthcare Professionals Ask EPA to Protect Frontline Communities
The EPA will soon update its rule protecting first responders, workers, and communities from disasters at chemical facilities. UCS Science Network guest blogger Sarah Bucic makes the case for stronger protections, informed by the people on the frontl
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min citite
Why Did California Fail to Pass this Clean Energy Bill?
Earlier this year, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) sponsored a bill in the California Legislature, Senate Bill (SB) 881, which was introduced by state Sen. Dave Min. It was a modest piece of legislation, but if it had passed, it would have he
Union of Concerned Scientists13 min cititeAmerican Government
How the American Legislative Exchange Council Turns Disinformation into Law
State lawmakers introduced nearly 2,900 bills based on ALEC templates from 2010 through 2018. More than 600 of them became law.
Union of Concerned Scientists7 min citite
En EE. UU., El Verano Es Ahora ‘La Temporada De Peligro.’ Entérese Del Porqué.
Traducción elaborada por Astrid Caldas y Juan Declet-Barreto del blog original publicado en inglés el 6 de junio. Cada año en los meses entre mayo y junio, siento temor en mi pecho. El 1 de junio de cada año marca el final de la temporada de lluvias
Union of Concerned Scientists2 min citite
The Overturning of Roe V. Wade and When We Stop Governing with Facts
Despite being born in the 80’s in New York, as a Jew and the daughter of a German mother born in 1943, I grew up in the shadow of World War II and the destructive power that humanity is capable of. The destructive power that is possible when ideologi
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min citite
What Firefighters Can Teach Us about Preparing the Grid for Extreme Weather
Preparing for emergencies and preventing disasters requires planning, equipment and communications. This is true for fighting fires and for keeping the electric power system operating in extreme weather. Firefighters have strategic plans regarding te
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min citite
The Start of the Unraveling of Cheap Gas-Fired Power
Is "natural" gas actually a cheaper energy source for consumers? UCS Energy Analyst Ashtin Massie shares the results of her team's analysis of how two regional power providers often operate uneconomically--and pass the costs on to customers.
Union of Concerned Scientists7 min cititeAmerican Government
Channel Your Outrage about the January 6th Insurrection into Action
How did disinformation drive the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021--and how can regular people fight back against it to preserve our democracy? Bilingual Senior Organizer Sophia Marjanovic explains the steps everyone can take.
Union of Concerned Scientists2 min citite
What Danger Season Looks Like in the Midwest
It's summer, aka Danger Season, in the Midwest—and Principal Climate Scientist Rachel Licker is already observing a confluence of extreme and dangerous weather events where she lives in Wisconsin.
Union of Concerned Scientists7 min cititePoverty & Homelessness
Lingering Climate Injustice in Bowling Green, KY
UCS Campaign Coordinator Alicia Race describes the lingering effects of a devastating tornado on Bowling Green, Kentucky, and how they point to the need for holistic action on climate change, climate resilience and preparedness, and housing.
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min citite
5 Powerful Facts for Global Wind Day
We at the Union of Concerned Scientists think a lot about wind power. In honor of Global Wind Day, here’s a roundup of what we’re seeing and what we’ve been thinking—five facts about wind energy to keep in mind as you celebrate, or at least make note
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min citite
Do We Really Need New Technology to Fight Climate Change?
UCS President Johanna Chao Kreilick was asked, "What new technological innovations do we need to fight climate change?" Here's why she believes this question isn't the correct frame for conversations about technology and climate change.
Union of Concerned Scientists12 min cititeAmerican Government
Now Mobilizing Against Gun Violence: Scientists and Public Health Professionals
After decades of being sidelined, they have an important role to play in fighting gun violence.
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min citite
The Insurrection Isn’t Over: January 6 Hearings Must Address the Threat of Future Election Violence
The insurrection isn’t over. Being better informed about future threats can help protect voters from intimidation and violence.
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min citite
Ask a Scientist: How to Disarm Disinformation
Given the pervasiveness of disinformation, I recently had the chance to talk with Dr. Marjanovic bilingual senior prganizer with the UCS Center for Science and Democracy, about her recent guide—Countering Disinformation in Your Community—and asked he
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min citite
Reducing Gun Violence: What Role for the CDC?
The congressional ban on funding research into gun violence was lifted in 2019. But spending still lags given that gun violence is now the leading cause of death for children in the United States.
Union of Concerned Scientists2 min citite
We Need Climate Resilience Legislation—Now
A bipartisan bill that would help establish a nationwide strategy for climate resilience has been introduced to the US Congress. Senior Climate Resilience Policy Analyst Shana Udvardy explains why this bill deserves our support.
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min citite
Biden Administration Moves to Unblock Solar Power
The Biden Administration announced an executive action June 6 that will free up domestic solar production. UCS Energy Campaign Analytic Lead John Rogers explains why this is really good news.
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min citite
We’re Naming Summer “Danger Season” in the US. Here’s Why.
Every year, as the calendar flips from May to June, I feel a sense of dread sink into my chest. By June 1 each year, the West’s rainy season is long over, hurricane season is likely to have kicked off, and the grim annual parade of heatwaves has begu
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min citite
Climate Change, Danger Seasons and the Need for Global Action
Deadly heatwaves, extreme drought, food and water shortages, catastrophic flooding, rapidly intensifying tropical storms, raging wildfires—around the world, climate change is exacerbating extreme conditions and their harsh toll on people and ecosyste
Union of Concerned Scientists6 min citite
Corporate Climate Disclosure Rule Could Make the World a Little Less Dangerous
The Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed that corporations reveal their climate impacts—and how they will address them—to investors.
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min cititeAmerican Government
EPA’s Proposed Truck Rule Delays Justice for Freight-Impacted Communities
Every delay in action means another day that local communities are inundated with freight pollution.
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min citite
Our Overdependence on Methane Gas is Costly: We Need Policymakers to Pass Clean Energy Legislation Now
Investments in clean energy, energy efficiency, and programs supporting energy-insecure households could start to provide rapid relief for families struggling to pay their utility bills.
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min citite
Un Año Récord Para La Energía Solar: Las 5 Claves
Los datos sobre la energía solar en Estados Unidos para el 2021 ya están aquí, y están repletos de buenas noticias. Y como tenemos a la energía y al cambio climático más presentes que de costumbre, vale la pena tener en cuenta estas cinco claves: La
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min citite
Minnesota Should Go All-In on Climate Solutions
Minnesotans cannot afford to lose another year of inaction during an ever-worsening climate crisis.
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