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 National Landmarks at Risk: How Rising Seas, Floods, and Wildfires are Threatening the United States' Most Cherished Historic Sites

The growing consequences of climate change are putting many of the country's most iconic and historic sites at risk.

From Ellis Island to the Everglades, Cape Canaveral to California's César Chávez National Monument, these sites symbolize values that unite all Americans — patriotism, freedom, democracy, and more — and together help weave the very fabric of our shared history.

This report highlights 30 at-risk locations chosen because the science behind the risks they face is robust, and because together they shine a spotlight on the different kinds of climate impacts already affecting the United States' cultural heritage.

By Debra Holtz, Adam Markham, Kate Cell, and Brenda Ekwurzel, May 2014, 84 Pages

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Science or Spin?: Assessing the Accuracy of Cable News Coverage of Climate Science

To gauge how accurately CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC inform their audiences about climate change, UCS analyzed the networks' climate science coverage in 2013 and found that each network treated climate science very differently.

Fox News was the least accurate; 72 percent of its 2013 climate science-related segments contained misleading statements. CNN was in the middle, with about a third of segments featuring misleading statements. MSNBC was the most accurate, with only eight percent of segments containing misleading statements.

By Aaron Huertas and Rachel Kriegsman, April 2014, 12 Pages

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Overwhelming Risk: Rethinking Flood Insurance in a World of Rising Seas

Our coasts face growing risks from sea level rise. Today's flood insurance system encourages development patterns that increase these risks—and taxpayers nationwide pay the price.

This 2013 report details the effects of this system, and makes detailed recommendations for reforming today's flood insurance programs.

By Rachel Cleetus, August 2013, 30 Pages

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Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living

Americans are bombarded with conflicting advice when it comes to cutting their carbon footprint. After two years of research and analysis, we uncovered the most effective individual steps each American can take to fight global warming. Cooler Smarter challenges you to cut your carbon emissions 20 percent this year and gives you the information you need to succeed.

Read more about Cooler Smarter.

By Seth Shulman et al. Island Press, 2012. 328 pages. $21.95.

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Wood for Good: Solutions for Deforestation-Free Wood Products

Many logging activities in the tropics are done without regard to the forest ecosystem, leading to reduced biodiversity and increased global warming pollution. Logging activity can also pave the way for increased deforestation by creating in-roads that allow access for agricultural development.

Wood for Good looks at how smart choices by consumers, businesses, and policy makers can help reduce the impacts of wood production on deforestation and reviews the economics and environmental impacts of the global wood industry.

UCS, September 2012, 40 Pages

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Grade A Choice? Solutions for Deforestation-Free Meat

Producing meat, especially beef, requires large amounts of land. Global meat consumption has increased in recent years—and much of the new land for meat production has come from clearing tropical forests. This trend is a leading driver of deforestation and a significant contributor to global warming emissions.

Grade A Choice? 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.

UCS, June 2012, 28 Pages

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Recipes for Success: Solutions for Deforestation-Free Vegetable Oils

Increasing demand for vegetable oils has traditionally translated into demand for more land to grow oil crops. Over the last decade much of that land has come at the expense of tropical forests, especially for the production of palm and soybean oil.

Recipes for Success examines the vegetable oil market, details how businesses can produce and use vegetable oil without causing deforestation, and highlights ways that consumers can help support these efforts.

UCS, February 2012, 32 Pages

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Heat in the Heartland: 60 Years of Warming in the Midwest

Part of the Climate Change and Your Health Report Series

The report presents an original analysis of weather data for five major urban areas — Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis, and St. Louis — as well as five smaller nearby cities. The results from the analysis are clear: Hot summer weather and heat waves have been increasing in cities in the nation’s heartland over the last six decades on average. The report documents this trend, explores its health implications, and looks at what the largest cities are doing to adapt to these changes and protect their residents.

UCS, July 2012, 38 pages

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After the Storm: The Hidden Health Risks of Flooding in a Warming World

Part of the Climate Change and Your Health Report Series

This report documents the costly, and often overlooked, health impacts of heavy precipitation and flooding—and highlights climate change as a growing risk factor for these extreme weather events. Heavy and prolonged precipitation can lead to a major flooding event and a dangerous cascade of health risks that can linger for months or even years.

After the Storm: The Hidden Health Risks of Flooding in a Warming World highlights the top five hidden health risks of flooding, looks at how climate change will likely increase the risks in the years ahead, and discusses potential solutions.

UCS, March 2012, 22 pages

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Rising Temperatures, Worsening Ozone Pollution

Part of the Climate Change and Your Health Report Series

This report combines projections of future climate-induced temperature increases with findings on the relationship between ozone concentrations and temperature to explore the potential “climate penalty on ozone pollution.” This "climate penalty” demonstrates how higher temperatures could increase ozone pollution above current levels, explores the resulting expected health consequences in 2020 and 2050, and examines the anticipated economic costs of these health impacts in 2020.

UCS, June 2011, 26 Pages

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Logging and the Law: How the U.S. Lacey Act Helps Reduce Illegal Logging in the Tropics

Illegal logging and the associated trade of illegally sourced wood products is a clandestine industry that threatens forests and economies alike. In 2008 Congress passed amendments to the Lacey Act, a century-old law that combats trafficking in illegal plants and wildlife, and thus closed the entire U.S. market to illegally sourced wood.

Logging and the Law highlights the economic, environmental, and societal impacts of illegal logging and shows how effective implementation of the Lacey Act can reduce illegal logging, promote sustainable forestry practices, and provide substantial economic benefits both in the United States and abroad.

UCS, April 2012, 20 Pages

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Thoreau's Legacy: American Stories About Global Warming

This anthology from the Union of Concerned Scientists and Penguin Classics brings together established writers and fresh voices to inspire us with personal stories and reflections on global warming.

The 67 pieces of writing and art included within are drawn from nearly a thousand submissions about beloved places, animals, plants, people, and activities at risk from a changing climate, and the personal efforts people are making to save what they love. A foreword on global warming from author Barbara Kingsolver helps to set the context.

This limited edition hardcover is based on the interactive version of the book found at www.ucsusa.org/americanstories.

Penguin Classics, 2009. 160 pages, color.

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Cool It! Solve Global Warming and Save the Planet

Cool It! is the new card game from UCS that teaches kids about the choices we have when it comes to climate change—and how policy and technology decisions made today will matter.

The game enables teachers and parents to talk about global warming in a fun and hopeful way. Kids, meanwhile, will learn that all of us make choices that determine whether the world warms a little or a lot, and which of those choices reduce global warming emissions.

Click here to download the teacher's guide.

The game is science teacher-tested and student approved. Cost: $7.95

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Confronting Climate Change in the U.S. Midwest: Science, Impacts and Solutions

A new series of reports by Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and leading climate scientists provides an in-depth look at the potential consequences of climate change in the U.S. Midwest. The Confronting Climate Change in the U.S. Midwest series shows that without strong action to reduce heat-trapping emissions, midwestern states could face dramatic changes including increases in the number of extreme heat days, heavier rains in the spring causing delays in agricultural planting, and an expansion of the range for crop-damaging pests.

However, the report also shows that with strong action in the Midwest, and the nation, many of these worst consequences of climate changes could be avoided. Many opportunities to reduce heat-trapping emissions are ready and available today and would help put the region on the path to a clean energy future and be an example to the nation.

Indiana - 12 pages, PDF [download]

Minnesota- 12 pages, PDF [download]

Missouri- 12 pages, PDF [download]

Ohio- 12 pages, PDF [download]

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Climate Change in Pennsylvania: Impacts and Solutions for the Keystone State

A new report by Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and a group of independent scientists and economists provides an in-depth look at the potential consequences of climate change in Pennsylvania and the opportunities available today to reduce heat-trapping emissions in the state.

Climate Change in Pennsylvania: Impacts and Solutions for the Keystone State shows that without strong action to reduce heat-trapping emissions, Pennsylvania could face dramatic changes from increases in the number of extreme heat days to a decline in economically important trees species.

However, the report also shows that with strong action in Pennsylvania, and the nation, many of the worst consequences of climate changes could be avoided. Many opportunities to reduce heat-trapping emissions are ready and available today and would help put the state on the path to a clean energy future and be an example to the nation.

Download the full report [PDF].
Download the executive summary [PDF].

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How to Avoid Dangerous Climate Change

A new UCS report draws upon the best available science to set a long-term target for reductions in U.S. global warming pollution that will give us a reasonable chance of avoiding dangerous climate change.

Our analysis shows that aggressive reductions will be required by all nations, including U.S. reductions of at least 80 percent below 2000 levels by 2050, and a limit on total cumulative U.S. emissions for the period 2000-2050 of no more than 160 to 265 gigatons CO2eq. The report also assesses which of the bills currently under consideration in Congress could meet the proposed target.

Download the full report [PDF].

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Confronting Climate Change in the U.S. Northeast: Science, Impacts and Solutions

This peer-reviewed report incorporates and builds on the Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment's (NECIA) 2006 study. NECIA is a collaboration between the Union of Concerned Scientists and at team of more than 50 scientists and economists.

The report uses state-of-the-art tools to assess how global warming will affect nine states in the Northeast United States following two different paths: A higher emissions path with continued rapid growth in global warming pollution, and a lower emissions path with greatly reduced heat trapping emissions. It also details what individuals, businesses and governments can do today to reduce emissions.

The goal of the assessment is to provide opinion leaders, policymakers, and the public with the best available science as we make informed choices about reducing our heat-trapping emissions and managing the changes we cannot avoid.

NECIA, UCS, 2007. 140 pp.

Download the full report [PDF, 7.0MB].

Download state summaries. Based on Confronting Climate Change in the U.S. Northeast: Science, Impacts, and Solutions, each state summary highlights key impacts and solutions. [PDF]

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Smoke, Mirrors and Hot Air: How ExxonMobil Uses Big Tobacco's Tactics to Manufacture Uncertainty on Climate Science

This report uncovers the many tactics the oil giant has used to fuel doubt about global warming and delay federal action on climate solutions.

By Seth Shulman. UCS, 2007. 63 pp.

Download the full report [PDF].

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Climate Change in the U.S. Northeast: A Report of the Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment (2006)

The Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment (NECIA) is a collaboration between the Union of Concerned Scientists and a team of independent experts using state-of-the-art tools to assess how global warming will affect the Northeast United States following two different paths: A higher emissions path with continued rapid growth in global warming pollution, and a lower emissions path with greatly reduced heat trapping emissions.

The goal of the assessment is to provide opinion leaders, policymakers, and the public with the best available science as we make informed choices about reducing our heat-trapping emissions and managing the changes we cannot avoid. NECIA, UCS, 2006. 35 pp.

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Our Changing Climate: Assessing the Risks to California (2006)

Summary of the California Climate Change Center's "Climate Scenarios" Project

This summary report, produced by the California Climate Change Center in collaboration with Union of Concerned Scientists, highlights the latest scientific projections for how a global warming-induced warmer climate may impact California.

These projections, based on state-of-the-art climate models, indicate that if global warming emissions proceed at a medium to high rate, temperatures are expected to rise 4.7 to 10.5 degrees F by the end of the century. In contrast, a lower emissions rate would keep the projected warming to 3 to 5.6 degrees F. The growing severity of the consequences as temperature rises underscores the importance of reducing emissions to minimize further warming.

California Global Warming Fact Sheets [PDF]:

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Confronting Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region

Climate change will magnify the human stresses already degrading Great Lakes ecosystems. This report identifies the ecological consequences—those already under way and those likely to occur over the next century—so that policymakers and the public can act now to safeguard the region's natural heritage and its economy.

By George W. Kling et al. UCS, 2003. 92 pp.

Visit the Great Lakes homepage for PDF downloads

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Confronting Climate Change in the Gulf Coast Region: Prospects for Sustaining our Ecological Heritage

Climate change will magnify the human stresses already degrading Gulf Coast ecosystems. This report identifies the ecological consequences—those already under way and those likely to occur over the next century—so that policymakers and the public can act now to safeguard the region's natural heritage and its economy.

Robert Twilley et al. UCS, 2001. 75 pp.

Visit the Gulf Coast homepage for PDF downloads

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Climate Change in the Gulf Coast Region—Curriculum Guide

Created especially for teachers and educators this guide is designed to complement the report and to make its findings accessible to younger residents of the Gulf Coast states. Helps transform climate change from an abstract concept to a real phenomenon with tangible effects on peoples' lives.

Download the guide

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Keeping the Earth: Religious and Scientific Perspectives on the Environment

Inspirational video with prominent scientists and religious leaders calling on Americans to protect our environment and the diverse species that share it.

UCS, 1996. 27 minutes, DVD.

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