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June 21, 2001 | TYNISA E. TRAPPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With gas prices rising and global warming worsening, a group of scientists released a report Wednesday urging the auto industry to dramatically speed up development of more fuel-efficient automobiles. The Union of Concerned Scientists, in a report issued in conjunction with the Center for Auto Safety, said improving technology could save consumers nearly $9.8 billion a year through reduced fuel consumption and raise efficiency to an average of 40 miles per gallon for cars and trucks.
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BUSINESS
July 6, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Toyota Motor Corp. and Ford Motor Co. are producing the best hybrid vehicles, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. In its annual review of vehicles that run on gasoline and electricity, the organization ranked the Toyota Prius, Ford Fusion hybrid and Honda Civic hybrid as the top vehicles in the non-luxury segment of the market. The nonprofit group rated the Lincoln MKZ hybrid, built by Ford, and the Lexus CT 200h, a Toyota product, as the top luxury models. The rankings are based on a combination of fuel economy, greenhouse gas emissions and the number of so-called options that buyers are forced to purchase when buying a hybrid version of a vehicle as opposed to how the standard gasoline model is sold.
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BUSINESS
July 6, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Toyota Motor Corp. and Ford Motor Co. are producing the best hybrid vehicles, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. In its annual review of vehicles that run on gasoline and electricity, the organization ranked the Toyota Prius, Ford Fusion hybrid and Honda Civic hybrid as the top vehicles in the non-luxury segment of the market. The nonprofit group rated the Lincoln MKZ hybrid, built by Ford, and the Lexus CT 200h, a Toyota product, as the top luxury models. The rankings are based on a combination of fuel economy, greenhouse gas emissions and the number of so-called options that buyers are forced to purchase when buying a hybrid version of a vehicle as opposed to how the standard gasoline model is sold.
NATIONAL
August 24, 2010 | By Andrew Zajac and Tom Hamburger, Tribune Washington Bureau
Only half of the scientists surveyed at the federal agency responsible for monitoring the safety of the nation's egg supply have full confidence that their organization adequately protects consumers from food-borne illness in eggs — and that was before the recent salmonella outbreak. The survey of Food and Drug Administration scientists by the Union of Concerned Scientists has set off alarm bells within the nonpartisan watchdog organization. "What is scary to me is that this is indicative of a much larger problem," said Francesca T. Grifo, director of the group's Scientific Integrity Program.
NATIONAL
August 24, 2010 | By Andrew Zajac and Tom Hamburger, Tribune Washington Bureau
Only half of the scientists surveyed at the federal agency responsible for monitoring the safety of the nation's egg supply have full confidence that their organization adequately protects consumers from food-borne illness in eggs — and that was before the recent salmonella outbreak. The survey of Food and Drug Administration scientists by the Union of Concerned Scientists has set off alarm bells within the nonpartisan watchdog organization. "What is scary to me is that this is indicative of a much larger problem," said Francesca T. Grifo, director of the group's Scientific Integrity Program.
BUSINESS
May 29, 2008 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
A San Diego company said Wednesday that it could turn algae into oil, producing a green-colored crude yielding ultra-clean versions of gasoline and diesel without the downsides of biofuel production. The year-old company, called Sapphire Energy, uses algae, sunlight, carbon dioxide and non-potable water to make "green crude" that it contends is chemically equivalent to the light, sweet crude oil that has been fetching more than $130 a barrel in New York futures trading.
NATIONAL
August 17, 2011 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday reaffirmed his view that global warming is an unproven scientific theory that has been advanced, at least in part, by scientists who have "manipulated data," and he argued that programs intended to limit climate change are costing the nation "billions if not trillions" of dollars that he believes could be better spent elsewhere. "We are seeing almost weekly, or even daily, scientists are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change," Perry told an audience of several hundred voters, business leaders and local officials who gathered for a breakfast in Bedford.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2002 | From Times wire reports
California's school buses are among the nation's most polluting, says a study by the Union of Concerned Scientists. Nearly half of the state's 24,190 buses don't have to meet air-quality standards because they are more than 10 years old, according to the Cambridge, Mass.-based environmental advocacy group. California's average school bus discharges the same amount of particulates in a year as 170 cars, the report says.
NATIONAL
February 24, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Much of the U.S. supply of ordinary crop seeds has become contaminated with strands of engineered DNA, suggesting that current methods for segregating gene-altered seed plants from traditional varieties are failing, according to a pilot study. More than two-thirds of 36 batches contained traces of DNA from genetically engineered crop varieties in tests commissioned by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a Washington-based advocacy group.
NEWS
August 1, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Yankee Rowe, the nation's oldest nuclear power plant, may continue operating until next spring, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said. The panel did order the Yankee Atomic Electric Co., which runs the plant, to produce by Aug. 26 a detailed plan for improving safety. The decision was a response to a petition from the Union of Concerned Scientists and the New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution.
NEWS
June 21, 2001 | TYNISA E. TRAPPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With gas prices rising and global warming worsening, a group of scientists released a report Wednesday urging the auto industry to dramatically speed up development of more fuel-efficient automobiles. The Union of Concerned Scientists, in a report issued in conjunction with the Center for Auto Safety, said improving technology could save consumers nearly $9.8 billion a year through reduced fuel consumption and raise efficiency to an average of 40 miles per gallon for cars and trucks.
NEWS
March 23, 1986
A large majority of American physicists doubt President Reagan's proposed "Star Wars" space shield could effectively protect the nation against a Soviet nuclear attack, according to a new poll. The survey of 549 American physicists, who belong to the 37,000-member American Physical Society, was commissioned by the Union of Concerned Scientists, an independent, nonprofit organization. When asked whether "Star Wars" could defend the U.S.
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