Union of Concerned Scientists2 min letti
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 letti
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 letti
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 lettiAmerican 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 letti
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 lettiPoverty & 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 letti
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 letti
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 lettiAmerican 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 letti
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 letti
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 letti
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 letti
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 letti
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 letti
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 letti
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 letti
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 lettiAmerican 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 Scientists3 min letti
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 letti
Minnesota Should Go All-In on Climate Solutions
Minnesotans cannot afford to lose another year of inaction during an ever-worsening climate crisis.
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min letti
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 Scientists4 min letti
Prepare for Another Dangerous Hurricane Season Predicted for 2022
Updated first paragraph to include Hurricane Agatha, the first named storm of the Pacific Hurricane season which made landfall Monday, after this post was originally published. Here we are again, on the cusp of another Atlantic hurricane season. June
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min letti
A Year After the Shell Ruling: Big Victories and Next Steps for Climate Litigation
Strategic and thoughtful litigation can help ensure corporate accountability and meaningful action to address the climate crisis.
Union of Concerned Scientists10 min lettiGender Studies
La Construcción De La Resiliencia En Una Comunidad Afro-puertorriqueña Depende De Criterios Feministas
En septiembre de 2022 se cumplirán cinco años de la destrucción y miseria causada por el Huracán María en Puerto Rico, y el Servicio Nacional de Meteorología pronostica que la temporada de huracanes de este año será muy activa y peligrosa. Para ente
Union of Concerned Scientists10 min letti
Building Resilience in Afro-Puerto Rican Community Based on Feminist Practices
September 2022 will mark five years since the destruction and misery caused by Hurricane María in Puerto Rico, and the National Weather Service is forecasting a very active and dangerous hurricane season for 2022. To understand lessons in resilience
Union of Concerned Scientists6 min letti
Big Oil Investors Put to the Test at Annual Shareholder Meetings
This week investors have the opportunity—and responsibility—to ratchet up pressure on Shell, ExxonMobil and Chevron for climate accountability.
Union of Concerned Scientists8 min letti
Can You Plug an Electric Car into a Regular Outlet? And Other Charging Questions Answered
Imagine: you can break free of the cycle where you take a trip to the gas station just to get gasoline
Union of Concerned Scientists7 min lettiAmerican Government
Roe v. Wade Draft Bodes Ill for Air, Wetlands and EPA
Why Justice Alito's leaked draft has ominous implications for environmental cases on the high court's docket.
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min letti
Minnesota Lawmakers Could Go Big on Clean Energy, or Go Small
Legislators must pass the biggest possible clean energy and jobs package to secure a more healthy, resilient and equitable future for Minnesota.
Union of Concerned Scientists1 min letti
Consumers Tell Tyson Foods to Keep Its Sustainability Promise
Nearly 11,000 people signed our letter to Tyson Foods calling on the company to keep its promise of making 2 million acres of farmland sustainable.
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