Union of Concerned Scientists

3:46pm

Mon April 16, 2012
Environment

Electric Cars in Colorado Have Higher Carbon Emissions, Says Group

An electric car charger in California
Loco Steve/Creative Commons

 The electric car may be the next big hope for reducing carbon emissions, but one environmental advocacy group says just how effective these vehicles are at limiting emissions depends on where you are in the country.

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1:50pm

Tue April 3, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

FDA To Fund Controversial Research Foundation

Originally published on Tue April 3, 2012 9:05 pm

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg says there is a desperate need to have the Reagan-Udall Foundation up and running.
Win McNamee Getty Images

A nonprofit foundation set up to support scientific research of interest to the Food and Drug Administration is finally starting to take off after years of struggling financially — and it's about to get some long-promised funding from the FDA.

But some critics worry that this foundation, which will also raise money from private sources including industry, could provide a way for the food and medical industries to sway FDA decisions.

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9:05am

Wed March 7, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

FDA Scientists Feel A Little Better About Where They Work

A survey of scientists at the Food and Drug Administration finds they're feeling more optimistic about the integrity of decisions made at headquarters (seen here) and elsewhere in the agency.
FDA

Scientists who work for the Food and Drug Administration are feeling more optimistic about the future of their agency than they did back in 2006, according to a survey just out from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

But they still report concerns about outside pressures on the FDA's decisions and policies.

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12:00pm

Fri March 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Va. Supreme Court Denies State Attorney's Request For 'Climategate' Records

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 12:21 pm

FILE - In this 2011 file photo, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli gestures during a news conference in Richmond, Va.
Steve Helber AP

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli's quest to obtain records from a noted climate scientist has been halted by state's Supreme Court.

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11:11am

Fri December 23, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Critics Say Obama's Efforts To Protect Science Are Slow and Weak

Originally published on Tue December 27, 2011 9:00 am

Did politics trump science when it came to Plan B?
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Critics cried foul when Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the Food and Drug Administration earlier this month, saying that teenage girls can't buy the emergency contraceptive plan B without a prescription. Their complaint: That the move went against the Obama administration's stated goal of protecting science from the taint of politics.

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