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This Weekend’s Heatwave Is the Future of Extreme Heat: 3 Things You Should Know and Do
It’s the heart of summer and we expect it to be hot. But not like this. Extreme heat and humidity are forecast to smother much of the lower 48 states this weekend, Friday through Sunday. Depending on where you are in the US, it may have already arriv
Union of Concerned Scientists2 min read
Raising the Bar on Offshore Wind: Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Maine, Maryland, Virginia…
Not that this is a bad thing, but it’s tough keeping up with US’s offshore wind progress. The latest announcements from states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic mean even more momentum, as they keep outdoing each other in the drive to be national lea
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min readPolitics
What I’ll Tell Congress at Today’s Hearing on Politics and Science
At 10am this morning, two subcommittees of the House Science Committee will hold a hearing called “Scientific Integrity in Federal Agencies,” which will examine political interference in science and legislation to help fix the problem. I am honored t
Union of Concerned Scientists6 min read
Who Breathes the Dirtiest Air from Vehicles in Colorado?
This post was written in collaboration with David Reichmuth Most people know that cars, trucks, and buses from our highways and city streets are a significant source of air pollution. While this pollution impacts all communities in the state to some
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Trump Administration Dramatically Reduces Penalties for Auto Inefficiency
In a Friday news dump last week, the Trump administration announced that they will be finalizing a reduction in fines for missing fuel economy targets. Not only is the administration working to roll back the strong standards set in place by the previ
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min read
Climate Change and Wine – Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?
In the past decade, there have been a number of stories written on the connection between climate change and wine. Climate change is already one of the greatest challenges our planet is facing. Its effect will continue to take hold and shake up count
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5 Great Public Health Resources for Dealing With Extreme Heat
These are five resources that can help you and your loved ones stay safe during an extreme heat event. You can also help keep others in your community safe, for example by checking in on elderly neighbors or other people you know who are particularly
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min readScience
Top Ten Heat-Related Terms You Need to Pay Attention to While Reading UCS’s Killer Heat Report
Because extreme heat is one of the deadliest weather hazards we currently face, Union of Concerned Scientist’s Killer Heat Report for the United States is the most important document I have read. It is a veritable wake up call for all of us. It is ti
Union of Concerned Scientists6 min readPolitics
Attacks on Public Health and Safety that the Scientific Integrity Act Could Have Prevented
In March, Senator Schatz (D-HI) and Representative Tonko (D-NY) introduced the Scientific Integrity Act (hereafter referred to as the “SI Act”). The legislation is a step forward to protecting federal agency scientists and their work from political i
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min readSociety
Drilling Down On The Attempted Takedown Of The Government’s Advisory Committees
The House Science committee will be holding a hearing tomorrow to talk about the status of the government’s advisory committees, which is extremely timely considering the Trump administration is attempting to get rid of them altogether. The Governmen
Union of Concerned Scientists2 min readSociety
Groups Urge Support of Scientific Integrity Act as Congressional Hearing Looms
On the eve of a congressional hearing about preventing attacks on science, more than 60 organizations sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to co-sponsor and advance the Scientific Integrity Act. I’ve written previously about how the legis
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min read
Trumpery, Codswallop, and this Administration’s Real Environmental Record
Earlier this month President Trump, surrounded by multiple Cabinet members, presented his administration’s environmental “accomplishments” in a speech to the nation. As noted by many fact-checkers, the president and his Cabinet made statements that w
Union of Concerned Scientists8 min readPolitics
10 Ways Andrew Wheeler Has Decimated EPA Protections in Just One Year
If Wheeler truly cared about transparency, he would petition the Trump administration to change the name of his agency to “Every Polluter’s Ally.”
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min readSociety
Two Major Takeaways from the Second Dietary Guidelines Public Meeting
This week, the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee convened for its second public meeting at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The committee is charged with developing a scientific report that will lay the foundation for the 2020-2025 D
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min read
How Climate Risks Get Compounded: Louisiana Grapples With Heavy Rain, Tropical Storm Barry, and Swollen Mississippi
Heavy recent rains, along with the looming threats from tropical storm Barry, are putting New Orleans and other Louisiana communities at risk of major, life-threatening flooding. Images from earlier this week show city streets turned into rivers as c
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min readFood & Wine
Don’t Fall for Atkins PR Ploy: For Healthy Diets, We Need Strong Government Support
Readers with an interest in food and health might have been intrigued by full-page ads in the New York Times and Washington Post calling for an overhaul of our nation’s official Dietary Guidelines for Americans. After all, as the ad argues, national
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min readPolitics
PFAS Amendments Form a Blueprint for Remedying National Toxic Threat
The House of Representatives will vote today on the inclusion of several PFAS-related amendments to the House National Defense Authorization Act that will help us to understand the extent of the PFAS public health threat and its health impacts, limit
Union of Concerned Scientists2 min read
How Alaska’s Recent Heat Wave May Worsen Climate Warming
Over the holiday weekend, three cities in Alaska experienced record heat with temperatures in Anchorage reaching 90°F. In a city where local July temperatures averaged 61°F in 2018, this extreme heat illustrates the dramatic effects of climate change
Union of Concerned Scientists2 min readPolitics
Censoring A Senior Analyst At The State Department For Telling The Truth Is A Damned Shame
Think of it. You are an accomplished scientist in academia and decide to serve your country by going into public service. You do your job, advising the State Department, the Administration and Congress on critical security risks like climate change,
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min read
Psychologists and Pediatricians Know that Families Belong Together: A Call to Action
As family medical and mental health professionals, society entrusts us not only to care for children, but to protect children when they are in harm’s way. It is for that reason, and simply as compassionate human beings, that we write with profound co
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min read
Maine Hits Clean Energy Grand Slam
As a baseball fan, I’m looking forward to watching the best players in the world compete for bragging rights in the 90th Major League Baseball All-Star game tonight. As a Maine resident for the past 11 years, I’m even more thrilled to see Maine regai
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How Do Power Grids Beat the Summer Heat?
Sweltering summer weather presents challenges for the power grid, with air conditioners sending electricity use surging and high temperatures causing some equipment to stumble. But maintaining reliable grid operations is essential for health and safe
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min readSociety
6 Maps That Show How Bad Energy Poverty Is and Reveal 2 Ways to Make it Better
Fresh off the presses is the latest tool from the US Department of Energy (DOE) that generates color-coded maps (known as choropleths) of the deep energy burden many Americans face. There is a wealth of data and hundreds of different ways to display
Union of Concerned Scientists6 min read
Can Trees, Oceans and Giant Carbon Sucking Machines Save Us from Climate Catastrophe?
It may well be that both types of approaches are needed to grapple with the climate crisis that is upon us.
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min read
Happy Birthday America: The Census is Intact, for Now
With news that the Trump administration has abandoned its attempt to place a citizenship question on the 2020 Decennial Census, the people of the United States received the best birthday gift they could hope for, averting a xenophobic and racist effo
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min read
Is the USDA Relocation Just Good Old-Fashioned Rent Seeking?
One of things I cherish about economists is their ability to call BS when they see it. In research settings economists tend to have a reputation for asking hard-hitting questions during seminars. They are known for having the most unpopular opinion a
Union of Concerned Scientists2 min readPolitics
The Other Existential Threat: Nuclear Weapons & the 2020 Presidential Campaign
Recent polling shows that in key primary states, including New Hampshire and Iowa, over 80% of respondents want to know what candidates think about nuclear weapons.
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A New Way to Assess Impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage Sites
The stone-age village of Skara Brae, one of the world’s most important archaeological sites, is at high risk from climate change according to the results of a new impact assessment launched this week at the annual World Heritage Committee meeting.  
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min readPolitics
Congress Investigates Rollback of the Clean Car Standards – an Epic Oversight Hearing
The House Energy and Commerce committee held its first oversight hearing on the soon-to-be-rolled-back fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards on Thursday, June 20. The hearing highlighted how the rollback will be bad for consumers, the environment
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min read
The Supreme Court’s Partisan Gerrymandering Decision is Justice Scalia’s Last Laugh
The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Rucho v. Common Cause that partisan gerrymandering claims present questions beyond the reach of the federal courts may signal the first time in the nation’s history that a majority of Justices have surrendered our
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