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  • PSR tells the White House: Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on November 7, 2011

    A multi-state delegation of PSR representatives joined 12,000 other like-minded people on Sunday to link arms around the White House and send President Obama an urgent message: Don’t build the Keystone XL pipeline. Read more »
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  • Climate Change Brings More Deadly Heat Waves
    Posted by Sarah Lovinger, MD, Chicago PSR on July 20, 2011

    Chances are that if you are living in the United States right now, you are experiencing sweltering heat. Read more »

  • EPA rejects petitions to overturn findings that greenhouse gases threaten human health
    Posted by Neethu Putta on July 30, 2010

    Climate change's future health consequences will be severe if we continue to turn a blind eye to it; we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions now. Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson announced that the agency will deny 10 petitions calling for the agency to reconsider its determination that six greenhouse gases in the atmosphere threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations. Read more »

  • Avoiding More Predictable Disasters
    Posted by Jeff Patterson, DO on May 18, 2010

    The current manmade environmental oil disaster of the Deepwater Horizon Oil blowout on April 20, 2010 happens to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the radiation disaster at Chernobyl on April 27, 1986. This is, therefore, an ideal time to consider the nature and effect of manmade disasters, which should give us guidance as to the direction of our future energy plans. Read more »

  • Celebrating Earth Day in the Rose Garden
    Posted by Jeff Patterson, DO on April 23, 2010

    At the White House yesterday for the President’s Earth Day celebration, I had the opportunity to speak with Congressman Ed Markey. He first lauded PSR and our work in preventing nuclear war, and then went on to say that our current work on climate change is very similar in the sense that for both issues, there is no cure, there is only prevention. He shared a great quote, “The planet is running a fever and there are no emergency rooms for planets. Thus we have to engage politically in preventing climate change.” Read more »

  • Dr. Jeff Patterson to Celebrate Earth Day at the White House (Video)
    Posted by Jeff Patterson, DO on April 22, 2010

    PSR President Dr. Jeff Patterson is off to the White House to bring PSR's message to President Barack Obama. Read more »

  • Earth Day in the White House
    Posted by Peter Wilk, MD on April 22, 2010

    Today, PSR has been invited to the White House to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Earth Day. We are pleased and honored that PSR’s health message has been recognized by President Obama as an important voice in the environmental movement. PSR’s President, Jeff Patterson, is on his way to the White House as I write, carrying the message that, as doctors, healthcare professionals, and concerned citizens, we must prevent what we cannot cure. Read more »
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  • Earth Day, the White House, and on to action!
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on April 22, 2010

    PSR goes to the White House to celebrate Earth Day -- and to call for strong climate legislation. Read more »

  • PSR welcomes Sierra Club's new executive director
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on March 25, 2010

    PSR continues the close collaboration with Sierra Club on issues of coal and energy and welcomes the Club's new executive director. Read more »

  • Climate control gradualism on my daughter’s birthday
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on February 23, 2010

    The battle unfolds on Capitol Hill, where a phalanx of politicians is seeking to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases. Read more »

  • Warming creates snow??
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on February 12, 2010

    The recent snowstorms that pummeled the Mid-Atlantic are, in fact, evidence of global warming. Read more »
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  • Coal, climate issues heating up
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on September 22, 2009

    Fall is upon us, Code Black Alert! is back on the job, and coal and climate issues are hot. Here's a summary of recent and breaking news: Read more »
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  • Collaboration to Stop Coal
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on June 18, 2009

    I had the pleasure recently of attending the Sierra Club’s Midwest "New Energy Future" conference, where I shared information from PSR on the health impacts of global warming. This included our new fact sheets, which I hope you have seen. Read more »
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  • PSR Calls on Members of Congress to Strengthen the American Clean Energy and Security Act in order to Protect Public Health
    Posted by Mae Stevens on May 22, 2009

    Physicians for Social Responsibility Calls on Members of Congress to Strengthen H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, in order to Protect Public Health Read more »

  • Greenhouse Gas Endangerment Finding Hearing - Seattle
    Posted by Evan Kanter, MD, PhD on May 22, 2009

    I joined others from the Washington and Oregon chapters of PSR in testifying today at a public hearing in Seattle held by the Environmental Protection Agency. The hearing considered the EPA’s recent finding that greenhouse gases endanger the public health, opening up the possibility for regulation of greenhouse gases under the authority of the Clean Air Act. About 200 citizens, starting with the Governor of Washington State, stepped up to voice strong support of the EPA‘s endangerment finding. The hearing continued late into the evening to accommodate all the speakers. Law, medicine, and science were all well represented. There were high school students and university professors. Notable also were the wide range of voices from the business community. I learned in detail how global warming is bad for coffee companies and bad for fisheries. Read more »
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  • PSR Testifies on Global Warming Before EPA
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on May 21, 2009

    Testifying before the Environmental Protection Agency, PSR executive director Dr. Peter Wilk called global warming one of the “gravest threats to health and survival” facing the world. Read more »

  • Greenhouse Gas Endangerment Hearing - Washington, DC
    Posted by Mae Stevens on May 18, 2009

    Testifying today before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Dr. Peter Wilk, Executive Director for Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), called on the agency to move forward quickly with regulations to control the emissions of greenhouse gases that are contributing to global warming and creating a serious public health threat. Wilk encouraged the EPA "to act immediately regardless of what action the Congress takes." Read more »

  • Need for Immediate Action on Global Warming: Congress Must Act Now to Protect Public Health
    Posted by Mae Stevens on May 15, 2009

    PSR extends its appreciation to Chairman Henry Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Ed Markey for their leadership in crafting a comprehensive climate change and energy bill. They and their staff have taken the first step to transform America’s energy future and to begin combating global warming. The bill falls short in several areas, shortcomings that might cause the bill, if implemented as drafted, to be insufficient to make necessary reductions of the emissions of greenhouse gases in the U.S. Read more »

  • Coal fight now focusing on CO2 and EPA
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on May 13, 2009

    Many of you have been fighting to prevent the construction of dirty new coal plants. Now we have a chance to fight against coal pollution on a massive scale, not just one plant at a time. Read more »

  • EPA Finds Global Warming a Threat to Public Health
    Posted by Mae Stevens on April 18, 2009

    On Friday, April 17, 2009 the Environmental Protection Agency proposed an endangerment finding regarding the emission of greenhouse gases that cause global warming. The finding, a requirement of the Clean Air Act recently upheld by the Supreme Court, makes it clear that greenhouse gas emissions must be regulated in order to control global warming and protect human health. Read more »

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