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Call to Action on Global Warming

The American medical community believes it is necessary to acknowledge the onset of global warming, as indicated by the following:

  • Since the beginning of the 20th century the Earth’s average temperature has risen nearly 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit, much of that increase coming during the last 35 years.  Increases in atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have followed this trend, showing a direct correlation between temperature and CO2 concentrations.
  • Sea levels are rising, and ocean temperatures have increased, leading to a loss of Arctic sea ice in excess of 25 percent and the bleaching of coral reefs from warmer waters, while ocean acidification will continue to cause damage to delicate ecosystems.
  • Melting permafrost threatens to increase the rate of warming as millions of tons of carbon dioxide and methane are released from these warming soils.
  • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports that these changes are correlated directly with the output of greenhouse gases that are attributable to industrialization.  There is a solid consensus among climate scientists that anthropogenic forces are driving global warming.

We further find that:

  • The American public will suffer from serious health impacts, including: heat related illness and death, advanced respiratory and cardiovascular disease as a result of worsening air quality and the threat of increased pest and water borne diseases.
  • Changes in weather patterns, rising sea-levels and threats to water supplies will increase in the coming decades and could be catastrophic to some populations.
  • The medical and public health services of the U.S. are not prepared adequately to handle sudden and dramatic increases in illness related to global warming.
  • The United States is the leading emitter of greenhouse gas pollutants, and those emission levels continue to grow unabated.
  • Unchecked, global warming represents a dangerous threat to public health.

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Resources

  • Annual Report 2012

    PSR is pleased to present its 2012 Annual Report to our members and other stakeholders. Read more »

  • Toxic Chemicals in Our Food System

    What chemicals are in the food we eat? Chemicals are used in every step of the process that puts food on our table: production, harvesting, processing, packing, transport, marketing and consumption and can be dangerous to our health. Read more »

  • Fracking: Harm on the Farm

    Chemical exposures that harm farm animals and wild animals raise concern about health risks for people living near fracking sites, as the animals use the same water and breathe the same air as humans. Another, indirect concern for human health also exists: in multiple known cases of chemical exposure, cows continued to produce dairy and meat for human consumption, although it remained untested for chemical contaminants. Read more »

In the Spotlight

  • July 17, 2014
    Our Best Opportunity to Cut Climate Change
    We need you to take action now! Tell the EPA that its proposed rule to cut carbon pollution from power plants Is vitally important and on the right track – but can be strengthened.