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Highlights from Summer 2014

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Catalyst Summer 2014 Our National Heritage at Risk
UCS research shows historical and cultural landmarks ranging from ancient pueblos to Civil War sites are already feeling the effects of global warming. We must act now to protect these treasures for future generations.

Sugar-coating Science
UCS shows how the sugar industry has kept the public in the dark when it comes to sugar and our health.

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Highlights from Fall 2013

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Rising Tide
UCS is working with coastal communities already suffering from global warming's impact on sea levels. We need to build resilience while we seek climate solutions.

Confronting Fracking
The technology is fueling an energy expansion—but at what risk? UCS is helping communities make informed decisions.

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Highlights from Summer 2013

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The Future of Farming Is Now
UCS shows how we can revolutionize U.S. agriculture to produce nutritious food and reduce pollution while strengthening our economy.

The Growing Threat of Nuclear Waste
Americans face an increasing risk from the accumulation of spent reactor fuel in vulnerable cooling pools. A safer storage alternative exists, and UCS is calling on Congress to put it to work.

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Highlights from Spring 2013

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Let's Cut Oil Use Now
We have the solutions at hand to cut projected U.S. oil use in half in 20 years. What's missing are enough politicians willing to make it happen.

Ripe for Retirement
Coal-fired power plants are bad for the environment and our health, and many don't make economic sense either. UCS identifies which ones should be considered for closure.

What Does Gun Violence Have to Do with Science?
Americans are being deprived of research that could make us all safer.

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Highlights from Fall 2012

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Will Congress Take the Wind out of Our Sails?
Renewable energy has been a bright spot in the U.S. economy, but not everyone is cheering its success. UCS intends to keep wind power on a favorable course.

Like Deforestation with Your Meal?
Tropical forests are being cleared at an alarming rate to meet rising demand for meat, vegetable oil, and wood products. But UCS shows that it doesn't have to be this way.

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Highlights from Summer 2012

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How Clean Are Electric Vehicles?
How much an electric vehicle saves in terms of global warming emissions and fuel costs depends on where you live. Groundbreaking UCS research helps you make better vehicle choices..

Heads They Win, Tails We Lose
Corporations are undermining science to boost their bottom lines--with sometimes deadly results. UCS shows how they do it and what can and must be done about it.

Science and Democracy in Action
Our new initiative to restore science to its rightful place in the democratic process is off and running, with a high-profile launch and plans for a busy year ahead.

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Highlights from Spring 2012

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Smarter Ways to Keep the Planet Cool
A new book from UC challenges you to lower your carbon by 20 percent this year-and shows you the most effective strategies for getting it done.

Thirsty for Power
The U.S. electricity sector is addicted to water. Research coordinated by UCS explains the dimensions and implications of this addiction, and how utilities can kick the habit.

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Highlights from Fall 2011

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Climate Change May Be Hazardous to Your Health
Global warming is likely making ozone pollution worse. UCS shows why the millions of Americans who have difficulty breathing need stronger air quality standards more than ever.

The Root of the Problem
UCS has found that many common assumptions about tropical deforestation are wrong. To save forests and combat global warming, policy makers must set their sights on the proper targets.

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Highlights from Summer 2011

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Can It Happen Here?
Perhaps the better question is, can we let it happen? The disaster in Japan has heightened the problems our nuclear industry has in common with Japan's. UCS is bringing a new sense of urgency to our recommendations for making U.S. nuclear power safer.

The Signs Are Everywhere
Global warming is already affecting locales all over the world. A new UCS website illustrates the need to combat climate change by putting Earth's threatened places and ecosystems on the map.

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Highlights from Spring 2011

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 A Risky Proposition
The United States is placing new bets on an old—and dirty—technology: coal power plants. A new UCS report shows that this is not only a high-stakes gamble for the planet but for ratepayers as well.

Building a Better Burger
New UCS analysis concludes that changing the way we raise cattle won't stop global warming, but it can help—while reducing pollution and improving public health.

Viva Los Bosques: Forests Win in Cancun
UCS research helped persuade the international community that protecting tropical forests is not only necessary for addressing climate change, but can also preserve indigenous peoples' livelihoods.

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Highlights from Fall 2010

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 The Energy-Water Collision
The way we make and use energy threatens our freshwater supplies. A new UCS initiative throws a spotlight on this overlooked crisis.

 The Evolution of a Revolution
Electric-drive vehicles have the potential to give us a zero-emissions transportation future. UCS outlines the steps needed to make this dream a reality.

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