November 2, 2012
Air pollution is major public health problem
An op-ed from PSR member Dr. Jack Westman on the need for clean air.
Source: The Capital Times
October 8, 2012
Coal’s Assault on Human Health: Physicians for Social Responsibility analyzes coal
Alan Lockwood, M.D., is a man with a mission -- to educate the public about the health effects of burning coal.
Source: The Reader
October 5, 2012
Down to Earth with Dr. Alan Lockwood
Earthjustice staffer Jessica Knoblauch speaks with PSR board member Dr. Alan Lockwood, a physician and author of the new book, The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health.
September 21, 2012
PSR Raises “Health Voices for Clean Air”
PSR board member and senior scientist Alan Lockwood, MD FAAN, spoke recently at Michigan’s Green Healthcare Conference as part of PSR’s “Health Voices for Clean Air” fall campaign.
September 7, 2012
How the Clean Air Act Has Saved $22 Trillion in Health-Care Costs
In an excerpt from The Silent Epidemic, neurologist and PSR board member Alan H. Lockwood examines how even if the entire cost of complying with the Clean Air Act were assumed by the federal government, we would still be vastly ahead financially.
Source: The Atlantic
August 17, 2012
Health Care Community Pushes Back Against Ameren's Attempt To Stall On Emissions Reductions
Chicago Physicians for Responsibility Executive Director Dr. Sarah Lovinger warned that the potential health implications for residents should not be overshadowed because of economic concerns.
Source: Progress Illinois
July 25, 2012
Solution elusive for San Juan Generating Station
Abby Wear, executive director of the New Mexico chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, said coal particulates are linked to cardiac and respiratory disease. "Coal is an assault on our health," Wear said.
Source: Farmington Daily Times
July 24, 2012
PSR opposes World Bank funding of Kosovo coal plant
PSR recruited 17 distinguished physicians to sign a letter to the World Bank urging it not to finance construction of a new coal-fired power plant in Kosovo.
July 23, 2012
PSR chapters speak out at EPA hearings on particulate matter
PSR chapters on both coasts testified before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently, calling for stricter national air quality standards on toxic particulate matter air pollution.
July 18, 2012
Join fight for cleaner air in EPA proposal
An op-ed from PSR Sacramento President Dr. Harry Wang.
Source: Sacramento Bee
July 17, 2012
PSR to World Bank: Consider Health Before Funding Coal
PSR-affiliated physicians joined with distinguished colleagues from several nations to urge the World Bank to reconsider financing a lignite coal-fired power plant proposed to be built in Kosovo.
July 4, 2012
Coal trains bring asthma, heart disease
Letter to the Editor from PSR's Dr. Martin Donohoe.
Source: The Portland Tribune
June 20, 2012
‘Gang of Eight’ Utilities Spent Millions Lobbying and Litigating Against EPA Action While Pollution Contributes to Over 10,000 Deaths
“Coal pollutants contribute to four of the five leading causes of mortality in the United States: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic respiratory diseases,” said Catherine Thomasson, MD, executive director of PSR. “The damage they do to health is severe and widespread. It’s vital that these dirty emissions be reduced. If not, thousands of Americans will needlessly suffer illnesses and premature deaths.”
Source: Salem News
June 7, 2012
Air Toxics and Child Health in Portland: A Guide for Clinicians
This fact sheet will help health care providers understand data from the Portland Air Toxics Solutions project and its relevance to patients, clinicians, and the community.
May 27, 2012
Reject the dirty politics of coal ash for clean water
An op-ed from PSR Florida's Dr. Lynn Ringenberg.
Source: Tampa Bay Times
May 24, 2012
The Danger Downwind
A New York Times editorial links to a letter to the president signed by PSR and other groups, calling on the EPA to take action under the Clean Air Act to prevent disasters at chemical plants.
Source: The New York Times
May 17, 2012
Dust in the wind?
Maye Thompson of Oregon PSR explains the health effects of coal dust.
Source: The Portland Tribune
May 4, 2012
TEP is asked to stop burning coal
The groups, which include the Arizona PSR, Clean Air Task Force, 350.org and the Sierra Club, called on TEP to switch solely to cleaner-burning natural gas at Sundt.
Source: Arizona Daily Star
April 23, 2012
Pollution in Green Bay, manufacturing industry at odds
Pollutants are especially dangerous to people with asthma or other lung diseases, but they also put healthy people at greater risk of heart disease, said Ann Behrmann, past president of the Wisconsin chapter of PSR.
Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette
April 16, 2012
Bucket Brigade Fights Air Pollution in Iowa
Iowa PSR partnered with Clean Air Muscatine (CLAM) to bring Global Community Monitor (GCM) for a weekend training event on April 13, 2012.