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a battery electric food delivery for Foodcycle LA

Low and Zero Emissions Zones

The Greenlining Institute and the Union of Concerned Scientists explore low- and zero-emissions zones as policy tools for achieving local air quality improvements and other benefits.
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Department of Defense illustration of a hypersonic test vehicle

Slowing the Hypersonic Arms Race

Hypersonic weapons are named after a specific velocity regime—five times the speed of sound or greater. But this nomenclature is misleading, as these flight speeds are nothing new.
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Coal plant

Support Coal Workers

Analysis finds it is possible to support coal workers in the clean energy transition and that these comprehensive policies are affordable.
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Large farm field in Polk County, Iowa

Losing Ground

Farmland consolidation—the trend toward fewer, bigger farms—has been accompanied by social and economic consequences that threaten the long-term health of farm communities.
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Woman using key fob to lock white electric vehicle that is charging

Federal EV Policy

Policies to increase EV adoption are an important component of a broad agenda to increase access to all modes of clean personal mobility and goods movement.
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Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant

Countdown to Shutdown

With the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant retiring, California needs to replace all of Diablo Canyon’s output with clean energy.
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Graphic of a human brain surrounded by symbols of scientific fields

The Federal Brain Drain

The Trump administration's attacks on science damaged scientific capacity across multiple agencies. What can the Biden administration do to rebuild federal science?
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Runoff from an Iowa farm pouring into a stream

Dirty Water, Degraded Soil

Overuse of nitrogen fertilizer and mismanagement of animal manure have created a costly groundwater pollution problem in Iowa. State and federal policies can help farmers control this pollution at its source.
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Soil erosion in South Dakota

Eroding the Future

US farms are losing soil to erosion at an unsustainable rate. To meet this threat, we need policies that support farmers in conserving and rebuilding soil.
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Proterra electric transit bus in Bellevue, Washington

Clean Fuel Standards

Grappling with climate change requires transforming how we power our economy, and no sector requires more fundamental change than transportation, which accounts for the largest share of US global warming pollution.
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A red Nissan EV at a charging station in Maine

Rural Communities and TCI

The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) seeks to improve transportation, develop the clean energy economy and reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector.
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man woman dog rafting in flood waters caused by high flows on California’s Russian River

Troubled Waters

Climate change threatens to break California’s water system altogether, creating new vulnerabilities for which infrastructure and institutions are unprepared.
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Science in an Age of Scrutiny

Scientists are increasingly subject to personal attack when their work touches on public policy debates. This UCS guide offers advice and resources to help scientists distinguish harassment from legitimate criticism and respond appropriately to both.