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Our Recent Global Warming Accomplishments

UCS documented the health risks of global warming, helped California lead the way in clean energy, and supported efforts to reduce tropical deforestation.

Identified the most effective ways you can reduce carbon emissions.

UCS recently published Cooler Smarter, a practical guide for reducing carbon emissions. Based off two years of in-depth study, Cooler Smarter offers proven strategies to cut carbon, with chapters on transportation, home energy use, diet, and personal consumption. The accompanying website generates helpful recommendations based off your individual lifestyle.

Supported legislation reducing power plant emissions.

In 2012, UCS helped secure federal limits on global warming emissions from new power plants and, in California, limits on such emissions from all sources—the first such limits in the nation. Our staff of scientists, analysts, and policy experts, as well as our network of members and activists, all lent vital support to these initiatives, including congressional testimony and over 55,000 letters of support to the EPA.

Documented dramatic temperature increases in the Midwest.

Our report Heat in the Heartland: 60 Years of Warming in the Midwest documents the dramatic rise in extreme heat events across major urban areas in the U.S. heartland. Serving as a rigorous testament to changing climate conditions, the report also predicts more heat ahead, necessitating policy choices that will safeguard the health and well-being of future generations.

Exposed News Corp for extremely misleading climate coverage.

In 2012, UCS analysed content on Fox News Channel and the Wall Street Journal's opinion page, finding that more than 80 percent of climate science coverage was overwhelmingly misleading. Our analysis spurred tens of thousands of letters criticizing parent company News Corporation. View our short film on the subject here.

Encouraged visitors to become actively involved in climate solutions.

The redesigned Climate Hot Map allows visitors to examine the visible impact of global warming on more than 70 locations throughout the world, along with region-specific solutions. The Clean Air Act Ticker depicts the ongoing economic benefits of this landmark, but threatened, legislation. 

Showed how businesses and consumers can go deforestation-free.

UCS has played a critical role in the global effort to protect rain forests, providing important information to policymakers, businesses and consumere to help them reduce deforestation and related emissions.

Recipes for Success: Solutions for Deforestation-Free Vegetable Oils (2012) shows that the vegetable oil market and forests are currently in conflict—but that this does not have to be the case. This report, the first in a series aimed at helping businesses protect tropical forests, provides solutions for companies that produce, buy, or use vegetable oils.

Grade A Choice? Solutions for Deforestation-Free Meat (2012) looks at how smart choices by consumers, businesses, and policy makers can help reduce the impacts of meat production on deforestation and reviews the global history, economics, and environmental impacts of the meat industry.

Support our work.

For more than 20 years, UCS has worked with leading experts to educate U.S. decision makers and the public about global warming, and practical solutions at an international, national, regional, and state level. You can help support this work:

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