Union of Concerned Scientists3 min de lectureMedical
Putting The Politics Of COVID-19 “Under The Microscope” Via Podcast
As a bright-eyed matriculating graduate student entering my PhD at Rockefeller University, I thought I would face two choices upon earning that hard-won degree: academia or industry. 2020 effectively jolted me out of that conventional line of thinkin
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min de lecture
Don’t Let Them Fool You: Disinformation Is Not an Accident.
I recently appeared in a video made by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The video, where I talk about climate science communication, is part of a series on “Countering Science Misinformation.” While recording it, I real
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min de lectureMedical
Global COVID-19 Vaccine Inequity: A Shameful Crisis within a Crisis
A terrible and unjust crisis looms large, risking millions of people’s lives and threatening our collective ability to overcome this global pandemic. We—the US and other richer nations of the world—can and must do a lot better, and urgently. So many
Union of Concerned Scientists1 min de lecturePolitics
A National Academy of Sciences Conversation on Rebuilding Federal Science Workforce
Last month, I had the honor of participating in the National Academy of Sciences’ 158th Annual Meeting in a session led by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), entitled “Rebuilding the Federal Science Workforce.” The sessio
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min de lectureSocial Science
How to Support our Energy Veterans
A new analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists—and co-created with the Utility Workers Union of America—offers a blueprint for how to prevent many more communities in the United States from suffering economic devastation as the nation shifts awa
Union of Concerned Scientists7 min de lecturePoverty & Homelessness
A Fair Transition for Midwest Coal Counties
Across the country, including here in the Midwest, we are transitioning away from coal as a fuel source. While this brings important emission reductions and new opportunities for clean energy development, we still don’t do a great job supporting comm
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min de lectureAmerican Government
Biden Has Reversed Trump’s War on Science in His First 100 Days
In its first 100 days the Biden administration has already made great strides in building back and strengthening science, but much work still lies ahead.
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min de lectureGender Studies
Federal Government Should Embrace More Diverse and Inclusive Science Advice
This week, UCS led a group of 16 scientific, professional, and academic organizations, including the American Public Health Association (APHA), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Ciencia Puerto Rico, 500 Women Scientists, and the American Associat
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min de lectureMedical
Too Many Lost: Honoring Workers Who Have Died from COVID-19 and Other Workplace Hazards
Take a moment to recognize, remember, and honor those who have suffered and died of injuries and illnesses related to their work—and commit to stand in solidarity with our working brothers and sisters and call on our elected leaders to do the same.
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min de lectureAmerican Government
100 Days into Biden’s Presidency, Science Is Bouncing Back
One year ago today, the nation was enduring hell. 63,000 people in the US were dead from COVID-19. 20 million people had lost jobs. Political officials—desperate to hide the severity of the pandemic and their failures to contain it—had muzzled expert
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min de lecturePolitics
Now Is The Time For A Public Participation Office At The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
On April 23, UCS provided a full set of written comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as part of that agency's request to solicit feedback on the formation of an Office of Public Participation. Earlier in the week, I had the cha
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min de lectureEnvironmental Science
Clean Energy Policy Is Heating Up in Illinois
Energy legislation is heating up in Springfield. Several energy bills from a variety of stakeholders are on the docket, including: Climate Jobs Illinois, a coalition of labor unions; Vistra, which owns five coal plants in the state; and Ameren Illino
Union of Concerned Scientists7 min de lectureEnvironmental Science
Deanne Criswell As The New FEMA Administrator: Here’s What She Brings To The Agency And The Challenges She’ll Face
Perhaps the expedited move by the Senate to confirm, by unanimous consent, Deanne Criswell as the new FEMA administrator went under most people’s radars. However, this is another piece of news that we can celebrate.
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min de lectureAmerican Government
For Effective Science Advocacy, Focus on Shared Values, and Speak Up Often
Let’s face it, it’s not possible to replace everyone in Congress with scientists and doctors (though, thinking about it, wouldn’t that be such a different world?). Nor need we—the depth of experience from our policymakers is what helps get stuff done
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min de lectureNature
Who Wants to Learn More about Climate Change? All Kinds of People!
I am a very social person. I like going out, meeting people, sharing meals with colleagues and friends, and most of all, getting to know people by talking about stuff we have in common and are passionate about. I happen to be passionate about climate
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min de lectureEnvironmental Science
My Testimony on the CLEAN Future Act and Environmental Justice: Protecting Frontline Communities
This my recent testimony before the Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. It incorporated the Environmental Justice (EJ) issues addressed by this hearing, which included cumulative exposure, EJ
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min de lectureEnvironmental Science
Biden’s Earth Day Summit Is a Crucial Opportunity for Climate Action
Business as usual is broken. It’s killing people, species and ecosystems, and jeopardizing the future. It’s wreaking disproportionate harm on communities of color and low-income communities, reinforcing structural racism and socioeconomic inequities.
Union of Concerned Scientists8 min de lectureMedical
Systemic Racism Continues to Plague Pandemic Response
Black and Latinx populations, bedeviled by structural racism and an array of risk factors, were the leading edge of death a year ago in the first surge of the pandemic and remain twice as likely today to die from COVID-19. Yet these populations are s
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min de lectureEnvironmental Science
Rolling Back the Rollbacks: Putting Cars and Trucks Back on Track to Meeting Climate Goals
To get serious on global warming emissions from passenger vehicles, the Biden administration’s first step should be immediately reinstating the 2012 standards rolled back by the Trump administration. The benefits of reinstating those 2012 standards a
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min de lecturePolitical Ideologies
The Shared Fate of Science and Democracy
As the country continues to process the violent attack on the Capitol, and restrictions on voting rights gain strength across state legislatures, we must take account of the role and responsibility that scientists play in securing our freedoms and pr
Union of Concerned Scientists2 min de lecture
Biden Offshore Wind Plan: Who Supports Ambition in Offshore Wind?
The Biden administration’s bold, broad plan for offshore wind released last month attracted a lot of attention—and boatloads of support. Because when it comes to being ambitious on offshore wind, there’s a lot that wind companies, labor unions, envir
Union of Concerned Scientists2 min de lectureEnvironmental Science
Science and Environmental Communities Call on Biden, Congress to Decarbonize Transportation and Power Generation
President Biden recently unveiled his American Jobs Plan— a two trillion-dollar package with significant investments in infrastructure, advanced technologies, and jobs that will reduce our global warming emissions.  Next week, he will host the Leader
Union of Concerned Scientists7 min de lectureMedical
Roundup: Signs of Hope for Scientific Integrity and Public Health
The first quarter of 2021 began with a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and ended with both the Biden administration and Congress having taken important steps to safeguard scientific integrity and speed COVID-19 vaccinations.
Union of Concerned Scientists7 min de lecture
Indigenous and Western Scientists and Knowledge Holders Partnering for the Public Good
We are two conservationists: a First Nations Yukoner and Canadian, and a first generation immigrant-settler with dual Poland-U.S. nationality. Our paths crossed through mutual interest in Indigenous-led stewardship, Two-Eyed Seeing, and holistic appr
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min de lectureMedical
Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines? You’ve Come to the Right Place
As I conducted research for and wrote a COVID-19 vaccine FAQ, I learned some truly fascinating bits of information about the science behind the vaccines. Here are just three pieces of information that I found particularly interesting.
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min de lectureEnvironmental Science
Massachusetts’s New Climate Law: 5 Reasons to Celebrate!
En español March marked a major milestone for equitable climate policy in Massachusetts: After years of efforts and following two vetoes by Gov. Charlie Baker, the legislature passed a long-awaited bill addressing climate change, advancing environmen
Union of Concerned Scientists6 min de lectureEnvironmental Science
Nueva Ley Para Enfrentar El Cambio Climático En Massachusetts: ¡5 Razones Para Celebrar!
En inglés Marzo marcó un importante hito en el avance de políticas públicas para enfrentar el cambio climático en Massachussets: Después de años de esfuerzo y trabajo, y después de dos vetos impuestos por el Gobernador Charlie Baker, el congreso de M
Union of Concerned Scientists13 min de lectureEnvironmental Science
Fossil Fuels and Public Lands: How the US Interior Department Can Act on Climate Right Now
Here are the specific near-term actions that the Interior Department can take at the leasing, permitting, and production stages of fossil fuel development on public lands to help address the climate crisis, unify the agency behind a common purpose, a
Union of Concerned Scientists7 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
Ask a Scientist: Calling Out the Hype Over Hypersonic Weapons
Dr. Cameron Tracy originally planned to analyze the extent to which hypersonic missiles could undermine international security, assuming at the time that these weapons were indeed uniquely fast and evasive. But as the team at UCS started running calc
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min de lecture
American Jobs Plan Offers Welcome Focus on Rural Communities
In the context of the shift to a clean energy economy, how does the American Jobs Plan help workers and communities dependent on the coal industry?
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