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Heat Advisory: Protecting Health on a Warming Planet
by Dr. Alan Lockwood

Drawing on peer-reviewed scientific and medical research, Dr. Lockwood meticulously details the symptoms of climate change and their medical side effects.

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Air Pollution

We all need clean air to breathe—yet many individuals and families live where air pollutants are making us sick, making us miss days from work and school, and contributing to unnecessary premature deaths. As health professionals and concerned U.S. residents, we oppose any weakening of clean air protections under the Clean Air Act.

Economy not in jeopardy

Regulations to reduce air pollution in the U.S. do not hurt economic growth. For example, since 1970, ozone emissions have been cut by 70%, while our economy has grown by over 230%.

Climate Change and Air Pollution

Changes in climate are projected to affect air quality across the U.S. In already polluted areas, warmer temperatures are anticipated to increase ground-level ozone, a component of smog, and increase the number of days with poor air quality.

It is vitally important that health professionals speak out in favor of protecting the health of our communities and children by safeguarding the Clean Air Act.

Recent PSR Actions

PSR's comments on EPA Regional Haze Regulation

Letter opposing policy riders that weaken clean air protections in 2017 appropriations bill

PSR's comments to the EPA on strengthening ground-level ozone standards

air quality

Op-ed articles by PSR members

Ozone:

Ozone rule will protect children
From Pittsburgh pediatrician Ned Ketyer

Ozone rule will protect York from pollution
From Harrisburg doctor Robert Little

How much longer must Maine be the tailpipe of the nation?
From Maine doctor Peter Millard

EPA's regional haze regulation:

Activist asks: Give feedback for air quality improvements
From Palm Springs doctor Lani Miller

Action Alerts

  • Take action to reject Trump's grotesque budget priorities

    Ask your U.S. senators to fight back against President Trump’s budget proposals, which would fund a massive military increase by slashing vital programs that protect health and the planet.

  • It's time to put our health before polluter profits

    Climate change is endangering us now, harming public health and causing damage to our communities from extreme weather events. Tell your senators that rolling back methane pollution standards, a key step in our fight against climate change, is unacceptable!

More action alerts»

Resources

  • Climate Change and Famine

    Climate change is already threatening the Earth’s ability to produce food. These effects are expected to worsen as climate change worsens. Read more »

  • Congressional Review Act Handout

    Congress is poised to use the CRA to dismantle Clean Air and Clean Water protections. CRA allows Congress by majority vote in both chambers (with limited debate and no opportunity for a filibuster) to void recently issued rules-resulting in communities losing dozens of health, safety and environmental protections. Read more »

  • Fact Sheet on Anti-Health Bills

    The House of Representatives has introduced several bills that will jeopardize federal rules that protect our air, water and overall safety. Read more »

In the Spotlight

  • November 30, 2016
    Eating for Climate and Health
    PSR's new PowerPoint presentation on how climate change impacts food production, and agriculture's contribution to climate change.