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Federal Government Should Embrace More Diverse and Inclusive Science Advice

, Senior Analyst

This week, UCS led a group of 16 scientific, professional, and academic organizations, including the American Public Health Association (APHA), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Ciencia Puerto Rico, 500 Women Scientists, and the American Association of University Professors, that sent a letter to 24 federal science agencies and departments in support of diversifying the science advisory committees that support policy decisions across the government. Read more >

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Derrick Z. Jackson

US Targets 30,000 Megawatts of Offshore Wind. How We Get There

, Senior energy analyst

The Biden administration has just set a goal of 30,000 megawatts of US offshore wind by 2030, and that’s got me thinking about the pieces that need to come together to make that possible. And there sure are a lot of them. The good news is that there’s positive movement with a whole lot of those pieces.

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The Social Cost of Carbon Gets an Interim Update from the Biden Administration

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

Last Friday, the Biden administration announced an interim update to the social cost of heat-trapping emissions, key metrics for measuring the economic costs of climate impacts from a unit increase in these emissions.

This update to the social cost of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide comes as a result of an Executive Order from President Biden, and essentially restores the values to what they were prior to the Trump administration, adjusting for inflation. A more thorough process will follow to update these values by January 2022 to reflect the latest science and economics. Read more >

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As the US Rejoins the Paris Agreement, What’s Next on the Road to COP26?

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

On Feb 19th, the United States will officially be back in the Paris Agreement, thirty days after President Biden signed a declaration to rejoin the agreement on his first day in office. The President has clearly signaled to the world that climate change will be a top tier domestic and international priority, putting the climate crisis at the center of US foreign policy and national security. There’s a lot of ground to make up but the hope of Paris is alive and strong. Read more >

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Black History Is American History

, Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist

Black History Month in 2021 is particularly significant, although in a perfect world, people would be acknowledged and recognized for their contributions all year, not at specifically designated times. Black history IS American history, everyone should be aware of it, value it and uphold it. Read more >

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