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The Biggest Threat to the Economy? Climate Change

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

The biggest long-term threat to the U.S. economy isn't government over-regulation, high taxes, the deficit or even China--the issues candidates routinely cite. It's climate change.

David Brooks and Charles Lane: Wrong on Al Gore, Wrong on Renewables

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

Maligning Al Gore for making shrewd investments is silly. But trying to poison public opinion about the need to promote clean energy alternatives with what we know about climate change? That's irresponsible.

Tom Zeller Jr.

Leaked Report Suggests Long-Known Flood Threat To Nuke Plants | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 10.20.2012 | Green

An un-redacted version of a recently released Nuclear Regulatory Commission report highlights the threat that flooding poses to nuclear power plants l...

Will Obama and Romney Address Climate Change in Florida Debate?

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Elliott Negin

The upcoming debate is supposed to focus on foreign affairs, but global warming, as the term plainly states, is indeed a global problem.

Union of Concerned Scientists Launches a New Center for Science and Democracy

James A. Shapiro | Posted 12.07.2012 | Science
James A. Shapiro

Contributing to UCS and getting involved in its activities are far more effective ways of supporting science in America than putting comments on the blog.

Pro Teams Step Up to the Plate on Climate; Fans Can, Too

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

Besides launching initiatives to cut energy, water and paper use, some leagues and teams have now taken steps to educate fans about how they can reduce their environmental impact.

Major League Baseball Copes With Climate Change

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

The 12 months between June 2011 and this June were the warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1895. And July turned out to be the hottest month on record. What does this trend mean for the national pastime?

Meatless Monday: True Stories

Ellen Kanner | Posted 10.13.2012 | Green
Ellen Kanner

It is time to speak out. It is time to listen. It is time to act. Access to fresh, healthy food is a basic human right. It's going to take basic human action to make it happen, with all of us working, caring, growing food, sharing our stories and sharing the food at our tables.

George Will Strikes Out on a (Climate) Change Up (Video)

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Media
Elliott Negin

George Will pays a lot of attention to baseball statistics. He's a rabid Cubs fan, and he's written two books on the game. Unfortunately he doesn't show nearly the same interest in climate data. He's obviously a numbers guy, but when it comes to global warming, Will strikes out every time.

Be Patriotic: Go Beefless on July 4th

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

"If we want fewer cancers, less heart disease, more forests, and less global warming," says Doug Boucher, director of UCS's Tropical Forest and Climate Initiative, "we should eat less beef."

Pyromania at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is playing with fire -- literally. The federal government's nuclear industry watchdog recently granted the Browns Ferry plant in Alabama an extra year to comply with agency fire regulations.

Scientific Study Calls For Eating Less Meat

Posted 07.12.2012 | Home

Should people eat less meat? Meat consumption isn't just something that impacts your health; it's also played a huge role in problematic deforestation...

Wasting Time With Nuclear Waste

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

Haste makes waste--unless you're talking about nuclear power. In that case, delay makes waste--tens of thousands of tons of it.

Report Says New Monsanto Corn Offers More Hype Than Hope

Reuters | Posted 08.05.2012 | Green

* Report challenges effectiveness of Monsanto corn * Says no improved water efficiency * Monsanto says new corn mitigate...

More Corporate Contradictions on Climate

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

A new report analyzing more than two dozen Standard & Poor 500 companies found that despite their public pronouncements about the reality of global warming, three-quarters of them at least indirectly hindered climate change mitigation efforts.

You Can Cut Your Carbon Emissions 20 Percent Over the Next Year

Elliott Negin | Posted 04.26.2012 | Green
Elliott Negin

"The most important single change for most Americans would be to trade in their gas-guzzler for a more fuel-efficient car... At today's gas prices, that would save you as much as $18,000 over the 15-year life of the car."

'Island President' Sheds Harsh New Light on Copenhagen Climate Deal

Corbin Hiar | Posted 06.24.2012 | World
Corbin Hiar

The Island President stars Mohamed Nasheed, the first democratically elected president of the Maldives. Until Nasheed was deposed in what his supporters describe as a coup, he was a leading voice in the fight to stop global warming and rising seas which threaten his homeland.

ALEC's Other 'Deadly Force' Campaign to Kill Climate Initiatives

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Elliott Negin

With ALEC in the spotlight, what has still gone unmentioned is its longtime stealth campaign to scuttle state -- and federal -- climate change initiatives, despite the fact that a number of its corporate members publicly acknowledge that global warming is a serious problem.

The One Gold Medal We Don't Want to Win: U.S. Leads the Way in Breeding Antibiotic-Resistant Disease

Andrew Gunther | Posted 06.02.2012 | Home
Andrew Gunther

We use more antibiotics per kilogram of meat produced than any other nation in the world -- and we use 12 times as much as the country using the least, Norway.

Bonnie Christian

New Policy Baking For Girl Scout Cookies | Bonnie Christian | Posted 12.07.2011 | Green

What started as a research project to earn a Girl Scout Bronze Award has become a five-year-long campaign by two Michigan Girl Scouts. Rhiannon To...

Lynne Peeples

Retreat On Ozone Legislation Leaves Standard Based on 14-Year-Old Science | Lynne Peeples | Posted 11.02.2011 | Green

"Ridiculous." "Illegal." "Dangerous." President Barack Obama's decision to shelve a proposed tightening of ozone standards has prompted a deluge of an...

Power and Water Collide

Peter Hanlon | Posted 08.22.2011 | Green
Peter Hanlon

The power industry has a water addiction, and worse yet, it's in denial. The fact is that power plants are responsible for 49 percent of all water withdrawals in the United States.

The Tale of Nuclear Disasters Foretold

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

Modern-day Cassandras have been sounding alarms about the risks of nuclear power for years, and those warnings, like Cassandra's, have fallen on deaf ears. Too often it takes a catastrophe to wake people up from their indifference.

How Two 15-Year-Old Girl Scouts Are Changing a Giant Food Conglomerate

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Glenn Hurowitz

When Kellogg's announced that it is moving to limit the deforestation caused by the palm oil it uses to make Girl Scout cookies, it represented an enormous achievement for two 15-year-old girls from Michigan.

Chris Kirkham

Japan Crisis Highlights U.S. Nuclear Safety Issues | Chris Kirkham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The nuclear crisis in Japan has prompted a re-examination of the safety net for nuclear power in the United States, with former regulators and safety ...