USA Needs To Protect Its Farmworkers From “Danger Season”

Credit to Author: Guest Contributor| Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2023 00:01:53 +0000

Farmworkers face many hazards while performing the labor that props up the $1.264 trillion US food and farm economy, yet a new analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) found that federal agencies focused on agriculture and health invested an average of only $16.2 million dollars per year in farmworker health research projects between […]

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It’s Danger Season & Workers Need Heat Safety Protections Now — UPS Knows It

Credit to Author: Guest Contributor| Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2023 08:47:11 +0000

What would be the largest single-employer strike in US history may soon be avoided if UPS and the Teamsters union reach an agreement on adding life-saving cooling equipment in more than 90,000 fleet vehicles. UPS is the largest employer here in Louisville, Kentucky, so a strike would have serious implications for the metro region as […]

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Survey Shows Pathway To Speeding Up EV Adoption In Rural Areas

Credit to Author: Guest Contributor| Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2023 06:53:19 +0000

Regardless of where we live, we should all have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits provided by electric vehicles. These benefits range from the reduced cost of operation, the reduced need for maintenance and the improved performance, to the fact that electric vehicles have no tailpipe emissions. Everybody’s health stands to gain from reducing local […]

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Guiding Principles For EV Battery Recycling Policy

Credit to Author: Guest Contributor| Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2023 21:33:56 +0000

Electrifying our transportation system is essential for mitigating emissions that cause climate change and adverse health impacts. This electrification will require a lot more batteries and therefore a lot more minerals. Recovering these materials from retired electric vehicle (EV) batteries is an alternative source to mining. Essentially, the materials recovered through battery recycling can replace […]

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New Interactive Map Shows Communities Impacted By Cancer-Causing Chemical Ethylene Oxide

Credit to Author: Guest Contributor| Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2023 02:34:43 +0000

“Ethylene oxide is a cancer-causing chemical. Chronic exposure to inhaled ethylene oxide throughout a person’s lifetime is associated with the development of cancers of the white blood cells, such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, myeloma, and lymphocytic leukemia. Studies have also shown a link between EtO exposure and breast cancer in women.” Ethylene Oxide: Invisible Threat, Uneven Impact

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Is It Possible to Phase Out Petroleum & Transform Our Transportation System?

Credit to Author: Guest Contributor| Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2022 11:30:36 +0000

In a study from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) in collaboration with consulting firm Evolved Energy Research (EER) and an expert advisory committee, we show that the United States can drastically reduce global warming emissions by replacing a highly polluting transportation sector, powered today primarily with petroleum-based fuels, with a cleaner, more efficient and more equitable […]

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President Joe Biden’s Farm Bill Must Transform Our Food System

Credit to Author: Guest Contributor| Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2022 15:40:12 +0000

Organic Seedlings Cynthia Shahan All Rights ReservedRoughly every five years, Congress passes legislation known as the Farm Bill, a nearly trillion-dollar package of investments that touches all of our lives, every day. It determines who US farmers and farm workers are, what they grow, how they grow it, who can afford it, and who profits from it, and with each cycle, […]

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California’s Proposed Strategy to Cut Carbon Pollution Requires More Ambitious Action

Credit to Author: Guest Contributor| Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2022 11:13:04 +0000

Statement by Mark Specht, Western States Energy Manager at the Union of Concerned Scientists. SACRAMENTO — California’s draft plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045 overly relies on carbon dioxide removal and should instead incorporate more ambitious emissions reductions, particularly in the electricity sector, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. The Scoping Plan, updated every […]

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Climate Change, Danger Seasons & the Need for Global Action

Credit to Author: Guest Contributor| Date: Tue, 07 Jun 2022 18:48:12 +0000

Originally published by Union of Concerned Scientists, The Equation. By Rachel Cleetus Deadly heatwaves, extreme drought, food and water shortages, catastrophic flooding, rapidly intensifying tropical storms, raging wildfires — around the world, climate change is exacerbating extreme conditions and their harsh toll on people and ecosystems. It’s fueling “Danger Seasons,” when these impacts are at their […]

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