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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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Webinar: Toxic Chemcials of Urban Oil Drilling

May 18, 2017

Urban oil extraction in Los Angeles occurs in dangerously close proximity to people's homes, schools, and hospitals, and it is putting the health and safety of Angelenos at risk. Oil production in Los Angeles makes use of numerous toxic chemicals—such as crystalline silica, formaldehyde, hydrofluoric acid, and napthalene—that are known carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, and harmful to multiple organ systems. Studies show that living near oil development can contribute to a number of health problems, such as headaches, nosebleeds, nausea, upper respiratory illness, and an increased risk for cancer.

Join PSR-Los Angeles on Thursday, May 18th at 6:00 PM for a free webinar to learn more about the toxic chemicals used in urban oil drilling and their impacts on health.

The webinar will cover the most commonly used toxics in the Los Angeles region's oil drilling operations, along with their health impacts. We will also discuss the implications for having oil operations located near people in neighborhoods and adjacent to schools in the region with the largest urban oil field in the country. 

Speakers:

  • Seth Shonkoff, PhD, MPH - Dr. Shonkoff is the Executive Director of PSE Healthy Energy, and a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley. He is also an affiliate of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who most recently published a study comparing a lack of regulation over hazardous chemicals used in routine oil and gas operations
  • Theresa Ryan Stueve, PhD - Dr. Stueve is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California focusing on air pollutants and respiratory health, and has also specialized in endocrine disruptors and reproduction. She has a PhD in Molecular Toxicology from UC Berkeley and is a PSR-LA Health Ambassador.

Register to attend the webinar here. For more information, please e-mail Jennifer at jkim@psr-la.org.

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