PSR Maine released their updated report Death by Degrees: The Health Crisis of Climate Change in Maine on Thursday, June 18. PSR Maine's new report, is an update to their original report of the same name released in 2000, which was considered groundbreaking at the time. In the 15 years since, other healthcare professionals, policy makers, and citizens have grown increasingly concerned about the health threats of climate change. "This report makes it clear that climate change is affecting the health of people all across Maine, sometimes severely," said Karen D'Andrea, PSR Maine Executive Director. "We can all play a part in mitigating climate change. The medical professionals and health advocates of PSR Maine are calling for action on climate change."
PSR Maine is pleased to announce that we are now Guidestar Exchange Gold Participants. This means that we rank as highest among nonprofits for overall transparency. PSR Maine has provided an abundance of information about our work and finances so that our donors and funders can feel confident about making an informed donation.
The Alliance for a Clean & Healthy Maine, of which PSR Maine is a member, recently released the results of its bio-monitoring project, "Hormones Disrupted." They tested the bodies of 25 Mainers for phthalates, a group of chemicals used to soften plastics and linked by studies to serious health problems including reproductive birth defects among boys. All study participants tested positive for the toxic chemical. To learn more about reproductive health and chemicals, read PSR's handout on prenatal exposures.
Climate change is one of the greatest threats to health in the 21st century, making it urgent that we slash carbon emissions. The EPA's proposed rule to limit carbon emissions from new coal-fired power plants gives us an opportunity to do just that. Barbara Gottlieb, PSR's Director of Environment and Health, testified before the EPA, calling on them to pass a strong rule.Read more »
PSR Maine is the home of the Maine Children's Environmental Health Project, educating both physicians and parents about the threat that toxic chemicals pose to pediatric health.More on Toxic Chemicals »
The existence of nuclear weapons continues to pose a major threat to human health and survival. Maine PSR is working to ensure U.S. ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.More on Nuclear Weapons »
PSR Maine's Domestic Violence Response Initiative (DVRI) trains and encourages Maine clinicians to perform routine domestic violence screenings.More on Domestic Violence »
PSR Maine runs MESHNet, a network of environmental champions working within Maine's hospitals to reduce the carbon emissions and increase the environmental sustainbility of their institutions.More on Climate Change »
An op-ed from PSR member Dr. James H. Maier on the potential for catastrophic nuclear arms accidents.Source: Portland Press Herald
PSR Maine's Drs. Peter Wilk and Doug Dransfield make the case for nuclear disarmament in this radio interview.Source: MPBN
An op-ed from PSR Maine's Dr. Peter Wilk on the dangers of nuclear famine.Source: Portland Press Herald
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PSR Maine released their updated report Death by Degrees: The Health Crisis of Climate Change in Maine on Thursday, June 18. PSR Maine's new report is an update to their original report of the same name released in 2000, which was considered groundbreaking at the time. Read more »
PSR Board Member Dr. Ira Helfand speaks on nuclear weapons at the 2014 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Rome. Read more »