January 10, 2017
Union Pacific Seeks Exemption from Laws Protecting the Columbia Gorge
On January 10th, Union Pacific, just months after it caused an oil train derailment and fire in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Mosier, filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to exempt itself from laws that protect this federally designated National Scenic Area and its communities.
November 14, 2016
Elected Officials in Northwest Urge State, Federal Lawmakers to Contain Oil Train Threat
It’s been more than six months since an oil train derailed and caught fire along the Columbia River in Oregon. Dozens of city, county and tribal lawmakers have called on state and federal lawmakers to do more to keep people living along nearby train tracks safe.
September 21, 2016
Cap-and-trade program isn't working for many poor Californians
PSR-Los Angeles member Dr. Caleb VanderVeen explains why cap-and-trade doesn't do enough to protect the public's health from air pollution.
Source: Sacramento Bee
August 16, 2016
Climate change, Zika and the threat to our children
Op-ed from PSR President Dr. Lynn Ringenberg.
Source: Tampa Bay Times
August 15, 2016
Portland Takes Step Towards Implementing Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Ban
The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability released a new draft of proposed changes to the City’s code that are meant to implement Portland’s landmark fossil fuel policy, passed nine months ago.
June 15, 2016
Groups Call For Maine Grocers to Eliminate BPA in Food Packaging
PSR Maine member Dr Jeff Saffer underscores health risks of BPA
Source: Maine Public Radio
June 4, 2016
Health Effects of Crude Oil
If you were exposed to the toxic plume of smoke from the oil train fire in Mosier and you are not feeling well, Oregon PSR urges you to seek immediate medical attention.
May 27, 2016
We can fix toxic landscape we've made for children
Op-ed by Western North Carolina's Dr. Lew Patrie.
Source: Asheville Citizen-Times
April 27, 2016
Taste for Change: A celebration of food, climate, and environment
April 20, 2016
Huge Victories for a Healthier World: Spring 2016 Edition of The Folded Crane
Read about some of the tremendous victories our programs are having in the Spring 2016 edition of The Folded Crane.
April 4, 2016
From Montana to the Coast, Coal Dust Threatens Human Health
A new study shows Bellingham and Longview terminals would harm communities along rail route.
Source: Sightline Institute
March 24, 2016
Ozone rule will protect children
Op-ed from PSR member and pediatrician Dr. Edward Ketyer.
Source: The Almanac
March 2, 2016
Breaking News: Oregon Senate Passes Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Bill
Thanks so much to all Oregon PSR members who called and emailed your elected representatives in support of this important legislation!
February 17, 2016
Portland Heavy Metal Exposure Interim Clinical Update
DEQ detected elevated levels of arsenic and cadmium near Bullseye Glass Company and is concerned about cadmium levels near Uroboros Glass, both in Portland.
Source: Multnomah County Health Department and Oregon Health Authority
August 11, 2015
Clean Power and Public Health
PSR President Dr. Lynn Ringenberg writes about the impact of climate change on children's health.
March 26, 2015
Health of millions at stake in emissions curb ruling, environmentalists warn
"A fifth of women of child-bearing years have mercury levels in their bodies that we know are not healthy and can cause problems with developing fetuses," said Dr Catherine Thomasson, the executive director of the national lobbying group Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Source: The Guardian
September 1, 2014
Physicians’ Social Responsibility
An op-ed by PSR Executive Director Catherine Thomasson, MD, on the need for advocacy from doctors.
Source: American Medical Association Journal of Ethics
July 28, 2014
Why I support the EPA’s Clean Power Plan
An op-ed from Florida PSR President and PSR National President-Elect Dr. Lynn Ringenberg, who is testifying before the EPA on the public health impacts of carbon pollution.
Source: Tampa Tribune
May 13, 2014
EPA rules can help protect children
An op-ed from PSR's Dr. Lynn Ringenberg on new emissions standards for coal-fired power plants.
Source: The Tallahassee Democrat
November 1, 2013
Real reform must be health protective
PSR, along with hundreds of other parents, environmentalists and health professionals, gathered at the U.S. Capitol on October 29th for a “stroller brigade” rally for safer chemicals.