Texas PSR's Lisa Doggett, MD and Trish O'Day, RN participated in a roundtable discussion on climate change hosted by Austin Mayor Steve Adler. The discussion focused on preparedness for climate disruption and how the city of Austin can respond to public health threats like heat waves and vector-borne disease. Texas PSR encouraged Mayor Adler to take a leadership role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Texas PSR Board member, Carrie Gonzalez (RN, MSN, FNP), spoke to the Waco Friends of Peace on climate disruption on April 10th. Carrie provided a background on Texas temperatures variations, and pollution contributors to global climate change. In addition, Carrie focused on public health issues such as heat-related illnesses, the spread of infectious disease, climate change and conflict, and the more extreme effects of drought, flood and water related illnesses.
Texans deserve to have safe and healthy lives. As part of the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Coalition, the Texas Physicians for Social Responsibility is calling on all elected officials to support reform of the Toxic Substance Control Act to building a cleaner, more efficient, American economy that will create jobs and protect public health and safety.
Austin Texas physician, Katharina Hathaway, joined a national delegation in Washington, D.C. in June calling on Congress to enact clean air policy to protect our community from soot, carbon and coal ash pollution. Dubbed “50 States United for Healthy Air,” over 100 Clean Air Ambassadors emphasized their concerns about the health implications of pollution, especially in urban settings in meetings with their elected officials, the EPA and the White House.
Environmental pollution effects all of us. Particulate matter in our air causes asthma, especially in young children. Nearly 1 in 4 children in Texas have some form of asthma.More on Coal »
Several Texas PSR members participated in Global Warming awareness during release of "The Day After Tomorrow", an early foray (albeit hypothetical) into public education of the impact of global warming.More on Global Warming »
Texas has always been considered to be the energy capital of the world. Oil was first discovered here, and the majority of the world's oil exploration and production expertise is based here.More on Energy Security »
An op-ed by PSR Toxics Program manager Kathy Attar and Texas PSR director Chris Masey.Source: Houston Chronicle
Chris Masey of Texas PSR talks about the health impacts of coal.Source: Dallas Business Journal
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For this webinar, PSR's Dr. Alan Lockwood presented an overview of the life cycle of coal and the impact on air, water, climate change, and our economy. Read more »
The Toolkit is a combination of easy-to-use reference guides for health providers and user-friendly health education materials on preventing exposures to toxic chemicals and other substances that affect infant and child health. Read more »