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Highlights from Spring 2015
A Simple Step toward a Safer World
UCS calls for President Obama to take nuclear missiles off “hair-trigger” alert.
Cleaning up the nation’s trucking fleets can deliver huge savings—in dollars, gas, and emissions..
- First Principles: Let's Not Roll the Dice with Nuclear Weapons
- How It Works: Fuel-Efficient Trucks
- Got Science?
- Member Profile: Exemplifying Change at the Local Level
- Final Analysis: Doubling Down on Natural Gas Is Not the Answer
PDF Download: Spring 2015 Catalyst
Highlights from Fall 2014
Solar Power on the Rise
As the costs come down, rooftop systems are going up. And UCS sees an even brighter future for energy from the sun.
Raging Fires, Spiraling Costs
UCS research shows that climate change and development patterns are sending the costs of western wildfires soaring.
- First Principles: A Historic Opportunity
- Then and Now: Persistence Pays Off on Fuel Economy
- Member Profile: Supporting Science—and the Human Race
- Science at Work Natural Gas: A Risky Proposition
- Final Analysis: When Every Day Is Halloween
PDF Download: Fall 2014 Catalyst
Highlights from 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.
UCS shows how the sugar industry has kept the public in the dark when it comes to sugar and our health.
- First Principles: The Places We Cherish?
- Then and Now: Mistakes Happen—Even with Nuclear Weapons
- Inquiry: Have we Turned a Corner on Deforestation?
- Got Science? Natural Gas: A Risky Proposition
- Final Analysis: There's Nothing New about "New Oil"
PDF Download: Summer 2014 Catalyst
Highlights from Fall 2013
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.
The technology is fueling an energy expansion—but at what risk? UCS is helping communities make informed decisions.
- First Principles: A Green Tea Party?
- Feedback Loop: In the Dark on Fracking?
- Inquiry: Our Cold War Leftovers
- Got Science? A Victory For Clean Energy—and Facts
- Final Analysis: A Simple Fix for a Deadly Problem
PDF Download: Fall 2013 Catalyst
Highlights from Summer 2013
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.
- Perspective: Freedom of (Scientists') Speech
- How It Works: Energy Storage
- Member Profile: An Artist Who Thinks Green
PDF Download: Summer 2013 Catalyst
Highlights from Spring 2013
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.
- Perspective: Building a Climate-Resilient Nation
- Interview: A New Direction in Food and Agriculture
- Member Profile: Setting an Example, Leaving a Mark
PDF Download: Spring 2013 Catalyst
Highlights from Fall 2012
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.
- Perspective: Standing Up to Anti-Science Bullies
- How It Works: LED Lightbulbs
- Member Profile: Science is One of This Family's Values
PDF Download: Fall 2012 Catalyst
Highlights from Summer 2012
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.
- Perspective: Our Plan for Less Pain at the Pump
- Interview: A Scientist’s Generous—and Timely—Legacy
- On the Road: Headed Back Down Those Country Roads
- Member Profile: Committed to UCS for Life
PDF Download: Summer 2012 Catalyst
Highlights from Spring 2012
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.
- Perspective: Restore Science to its Rightful Place
- How It Works: Electric-Drive Vehicles
- Member Profile: Retirement Hasn't Slowed Her Down
PDF Download: Spring 2012 Catalyst
Highlights from Fall 2011
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.
- Perspective: Going the Extra Mile (per Gallon)
- Interview: He Can't Quit Fighting for Nuclear Safety
- On the Road: A Bright Future for the Heartland
- Member Profile: Living the Green Life
Highlights from Summer 2011
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.
- Perspective: Science Should Be A Bipartisan Issue
- How It Works: Concentrating Solar Power
- Member Profile: Acolytes of Mother Nature
Highlights from Spring 2011
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.
- Perspective: Science Is Back on the Agenda
- On the Road: Promising Signs on the Showroom Floor
- Activist Diary: Big Victory against Big Oil
- Member Profile: Change Begins at Home(room)
Highlights from Fall 2010
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.
- Perspective: Alternate Routes to Climate Solutions
- How It Works: Offshore Wind Power
- Member Profile: Investors in a Clean-Energy Future