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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.
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Meeting on solar geoengineering

Solar Geoengineering Participation

UCS issue brief explains the need and opportunity for researchers and research funders to build inclusive public participation into decisionmaking on solar geoengineering research.
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Airmen from the 90th Missile Maintenance Squadron prepare a reentry system for removal from a launch facility

Rethinking ICBMs

The US continues to keep intercontinental ballistic missiles on high alert—creating the risk of a mistaken nuclear war in response to a false warning.
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Oklahoma rancher Pat Crenshaw

Leveling the Fields

US agriculture presents many obstacles for Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color. We review opportunities to begin overcoming the history of racist policies and exclusion.
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Fishing boat off Grand Isle, Louisana

Reviving the Dead Zone

Each year, nitrogen runoff from Midwestern farms produces a large "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico, damaging fisheries and the people who make their living from them. Fortunately, there are solutions that can benefit both farmers and fishers.