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Leading experts from a variety of fields bring their insights to The Equation, providing guest commentary on a broad range of issues that connect to our work. Views expressed here belong to the authors, not UCS.

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Transition to Renewable Energy: Legislation Puts Clean Air and Vulnerable Communities First

Gladys Limon

A number of California’s natural gas power plants are located in low-income communities of color. For decades, these communities have unjustly carried the burden of powering our state and paid the highest price — their health — for dirty energy. The good news is that, according to an analysis just released by the Union of Concerned Scientists, California can retire a significant amount of natural gas generation because it is no longer needed. The bad news is that as California increases its reliance on renewable energy, an unintended consequence is that existing natural gas plants could get dirtier.

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Inundaciones crónicas, gentrificación climática y el futuro de Miami

Nicole Hernández Hammer

Esta semana, la Union of Concerned Scientists publicó un informe que analiza los impactos de las inundaciones debidas a las mareas crónicas en las propiedades costeras en los 48 estados contiguos de los Estados Unidos. La cantidad de hogares y negocios, el valor de estos, junto con la cantidad de base impositiva y, lo que es más importante, las personas en riesgo, es sorprendente. Read more >

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My family has owned this home on the Jersey Shore for four generations. Photo: Amanda Devecka-Rinear

The Fate of My Grandmother’s Home: Facing Sea Level Rise in New Jersey

Amanda Devecka-Rinear

I live in my Grandmother’s house. We are lucky. My family has owned this home on the Jersey Shore for four generations. After my parents divorced when I was two, my Grandmother’s home was my home. Read more >

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Ice sheets on land in Greenland and Antarctica are melting, adding water to the world's oceans. Photo: NASA

Here’s Why Seas Are Rising. Somebody Remind the Wall Street Journal.

Scott Denning

The science is crystal clear on the causes of sea level rise. A recent commentary in the Wall Street Journal gets it wrong on all counts. Read more >

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Science — The Hidden Gem at the Heart of the EPA and Why You Should Support It

Robert Kavlock

Scott Pruitt’s obvious distaste for science has pushed EPA science into the headlines. Now Pruitt is in the midst of a multi-faceted attack on the scientists themselves. Initially he ignored them, then tried to defund them, and is now attempting to hobble their work. Read more >

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