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Most U.S. power plants rely on water for cooling purposes. They can't operate without it. Yet as climate change brings extreme heat and longer, more severe droughts that dry up—and heat up—freshwater supplies, the U.S. electricity system faces a real threat. Shifting to less water-intensive power can reduce the risk of power failures and take pressure off our lakes, rivers, and aquifers. To help us make that shift, UCS just released a report—Water-Smart Power: Strengthening the U.S. Electricity System in a Warming World. Check it out, and be sure to help your family and friends understand by sharing the report on Facebook and Twitter!—Karla
Science in Action
Climate change is happening now. We feel its impacts in our own backyards: record-breaking heat, rampant drought crippling our farms, extreme weather events, like Hurricane Sandy, taking lives and causing billions in damage. But while Americans are suffering, Congress is getting an earful of spin from fossil-fuel companies—saying it's all natural and nothing can be done. You know better, and now Congress needs to hear from you. Tell us how climate change has impacted you personally—and we'll deliver your message directly to Congress. Let's flood their inboxes with real stories of climate change.
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INFOGRAPHIC: How extreme heat and drought threaten U.S. power
UCS scientist talks global warming and wildfires in the Christian Science Monitor
Hurricane season is upon us—what to expect this year
How much water does it take to keep the lights on? Watch the video to find out
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Is there scientific work underway to map and predict changes in precipitation patterns across the United States? This seems to me to be at least as important a phenomenon to track as the catastrophic weather events so often emphasized in the media. —Don Beams, Silver City, NM
Climate scientists today are actively tracking changes in precipitation patterns. It is a fascinating area of research with critical implications for agriculture and public health. As I'll explain in a minute, this research is also shedding important light on catastrophic weather events as well.MORE
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This Just In
More than 2 million acres burned this year
There's no denying it—wildfires are ravaging the Western United States and climate change is the culprit. Temperatures there are rising at twice the rate of the rest of the planet, setting the stage for fires. We need people to understand how climate change is increasing risks to build support for climate action. Check out our new infographic—Western Wildfires and Climate Change—to learn more about this alarming trend—then share it with your family and friends! MORE
This summer, Tea Party activists backed solar power in Georgia. Was it a fluke or the start of something bigger?
Gretchen Goldman: Scientists Have a Responsibility to Engage
Michael Halpern: Don't Like the Endangered Species Act? Try to Weaken It by Gutting the Science
Margaret Mellon: Cover Crops Dramatically Increase Corn Yields—Especially in Drought Conditions
Kathleen Rest: A Peek Inside the Administrator's Inbox—Some of What's Waiting for Gina McCarthy as New EPA Administrator
Wacky weather, a warmer Arctic, and a slower jet stream - Is there a link? http://ow.ly/nuMcY #climate
Did you know - you can make sustainable fuel from waste? @ineos gets to work on oil solutions in Florida pic.twitter.com/HffzFjSyD7
Climate scientist @MichaelEMann wins one round in his defamation lawsuit: http://www.climate...
WH shows how climate change will affect your state http://1.usa.gov/12pZFE4 #climatehealth #ActOnClimate
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