Union of Concerned Scientists4 min cititeSociety
As Schools Plead for COVID-19 Safety Information, White House Politicizes CDC Guidance
In the latest example of how the Trump administration is monumentally botching the response to a public health emergency, the president called the CDC's guidance for safely reopening schools too“ tough” and “expensive” and even threatened to cut fund
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min cititeSociety
Heat Wave and COVID-19 Clash: Tens of Millions of People at Risk in States Seeing COVID Spikes
A major, long-lasting heat wave is spreading through the country over the next week. Many of these states are also in the throes of a dangerous surge in COVID-19 cases.
Union of Concerned Scientists7 min cititePolitics
Roundup: Without Federal Coordination, Many States See Rising COVID-19 Cases
The second three months of 2020 saw some progress in the fight to control the COVID-19 crisis, but with a vacuum of consistent, science-informed federal leadership the US became one of the few countries to see its case numbers plateau rather than dro
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min citite
The Trump Administration’s Ban on International Students Hurts Us All
As of this fall, any student (including high school exchange, college, and graduate students) enrolled in a school that decides to go entirely online to keep students and faculty safe will need to leave the country, including students who are already
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min cititeSociety
I Chose Protesting for Black Lives Matter Over Writing My PhD Dissertation
These past few weeks, I’ve had to make a choice between writing my doctoral dissertation and protesting for the safety and protection of Black Lives. I chose the latter. I began my PhD program in July of 2016, a few weeks after the deaths of Philando
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min cititeSociety
New UCS Analysis: How to Protect Democracy and Public Health During 2020 Election
While the COVID-19 pandemic may have kept us from celebrating Independence Day as we should, we still have time to protect the foundation of our democracy: voting.
Union of Concerned Scientists6 min cititeSociety
Blaming the COVID-19 Messengers: Public Health Officials Under Siege
The vilification of public health officials in the COVID-19 crisis reminds us of their vital role as the crossing guards of science. When their vigilance gives us the green light to eat, drink, and recreate, we hardly notice them waving us onto norma
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min citite
Policy During a Pandemic: How to Make Research Accessible for Policymakers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of effective science communication – in particular, the vital importance of making research accessible for policymakers. Here, we present our top tips for researchers on how to write for policymake
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min citite
COVID-19 and Worker Safety: An Absence of Federal Leadership Is Putting Lives at Risk
Our nation’s system for safeguarding the health and safety of working people is in crisis. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has gone from hampered to virtually absent in the face of a pandemic that has killed or sickened tens of thou
Union of Concerned Scientists2 min cititePolitics
The Moving Forward Act: Ten Ways the House Infrastructure Proposal Will Increase Electric Vehicles, Clean Energy, and Resilient Transportation
Today, US House passed their infrastructure proposal, the Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2)*. The result is a good bill that will pass out of the House – the question, as always, is what will happen in the Senate.
Union of Concerned Scientists2 min citite
Don’t Say COVID-19: Fishermen and Women May Pay With Their Lives
NOAA Fisheries has instructed its staff not to mention or explicitly refer to the COVID-19 pandemic or coronavirus in any communications. Now fishermen and women, already engaged in one of the most dangerous jobs in the country, will be less aware of
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min citite
Reviving the Gulf Dead Zone Is Worth it: Our New Report Shows the Benefits of Action
Earlier this month, NOAA forecast that this summer in the Gulf of Mexico an area the size of Delaware and Connecticut combined would have so little oxygen that marine life flees from it or dies in it. In 2017, this “dead zone” was the size of New Jer
Union of Concerned Scientists2 min cititePolitics
Scientists Prevail in Lawsuit Against EPA Science Advice Ban
In a win for independent science, the EPA said yesterday that it will rescind a policy banning many of the nation’s top environmental scientists from serving on the agency’s science advisory committees. The agency was under court order to remove it.
Union of Concerned Scientists2 min citite
District of Columbia Sues BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell for Misleading Public on Climate Change
Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl A. Racine sued four of the world’s largest oil and gas companies on Thursday for misleading consumers about the impact their products have on the climate. Coming just a day after Minnesota filed a similar suit,
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min cititePolitics
The Violence of Pollution: The Injustice of Rolling Back Clean Air Protections
It is mid-June 2020 and another day of unrest in America. As I scan the news, I learn that the environment has been under attack. Again. President Trump recently signed an executive order to dismantle the process requiring environmental reviews of la
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min cititeScience
New Issue Brief: Strengthening Public Input on Solar Geoengineering Research
UCS has published a new issue brief that looks at the essential role of public participation for solar geoengineering research and provides recommendations for decisionmaking on atmospheric experiments.
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min citite
Minnesota Sues ExxonMobil, Koch Industries, and Top Oil and Gas Trade Association for Climate-Related Consumer Fraud
On Wednesday, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against ExxonMobil, Koch Industries and the American Petroleum Institute (API), the leading US oil and gas industry trade association. The suit alleges that the two
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min citite
Is Your Minnesota Electric Cooperative Still Losing Money on Coal Power?
UCS recently released a new analysis on the costly effects of how electric utilities operate their coal-fired power plants. Using 2018 data from the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) territory, our report—entitled Used, But How Useful?—
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min cititeNutrition
New Dietary Guidelines Could Help Us Kick Our Sugar Habit—But Will Science Win Out?
For the last sixteen months, top health and nutrition experts have been hard at work reviewing the scientific research that will inform the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Yesterday, via webcast, they finally shared the fruits of their la
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min citite
Climate Scientists Confront a Culture of Fear and Self-Censorship in Government Agencies
I strongly believe that unbiased government science is an essential part of the public good, and needs our civil servants to be fierce guardians of it. After being quoted in an article from the New York Times about the war on climate science and wha
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min citite
How Safe Are Children’s Products? It Might Depend on Trump’s Next Nominee to the Consumer Product Safety Commission
Today the Senate holds a hearing on the nomination of Dr Nancy Beck to chair the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). I doubt you spend much time thinking about the CPSC, but the little-known agency plays a crucial role in ensuring that the pro
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min cititePolitics
Hurricane Season is Upon Us and Old Sharpies Never Die
I joined former NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco and former NOAA Chief Scientist Richard Spinrad to file a complaint under the NOAA Scientific Integrity policy last September. Three other groups and individuals inside and outside government also com
Union of Concerned Scientists2 min cititeSociety
Restoring Science, Protecting the Public: 43 Steps for the Next Presidential Term
Federal government scientists should be free to pursue research where it leads and communicate their results without political manipulation. The government should collect reliable data about public health and environmental threats and make it publicl
Union of Concerned Scientists9 min cititeSociety
A Second Wave of COVID-19 Looms Large—and It’s Not Because of Protests
The potential health impacts of protests pales in comparison to the rioting of the virus and the looting of lives incited by the incompetence of the Trump administration and state decisions to prioritize reopening for business over public health.
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min citite
How Do We Vote in the COVID-19 Era? California Carves a Path Forward
The country has a long way to go, but California is providing a path to a safe and secure election.
Union of Concerned Scientists2 min cititeLeadership & Mentoring
10 Things That the Scholarly Community Can Do to Stand in Solidarity
Science has a deeply problematic relationship with race. The dimensions of this history are many, and most remain in operation to this day. Don’t expect your Black colleagues or friends to educate you on this history whenever you deem it necessary to
Union of Concerned Scientists6 min cititePolitics
With New Manipulation of Benefit-Cost Analysis, the Trump EPA Attempts to Hide Bodies in the Fine Print
Here, now, the agency with its mission to protect human health and the environment is attempting to shovel tens of thousands of pollution-caused deaths off the main page and into the margins to make regulatory inaction pencil out.
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min citite
“Fattening” the Curve: Funding Equitable Scientific Research After the Pandemic
After the pandemic subsides, we need to build reliable knowledge on the ground about successes and failures in “flattening the curve” in the hardest hit communities during the early phase of the pandemic. What social rhythms were disrupted and what s
Union of Concerned Scientists6 min citite
The Coal Bailout Everybody Is Talking About
Our new UCS report, Used but How Useful, How Electric Utilities Exploit Loopholes, Forcing Customers to Bail Out Uneconomic Coal-Fired Power Plants, found that utilities across 15 states in the heart of the U.S. exploited power market loopholes, cost
Union of Concerned Scientists6 min citite
The Second-Life of Used EV Batteries
When an electric vehicle (EV) comes off the road, what happens to the vehicle battery? The fate of the lithium ion batteries in electric vehicles is an important question for manufacturers, policy makers, and EV owners alike. The economic potential f
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