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  • 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.

  • April 12, 2012
    Muscatine Residents Launch "Bucket Brigade" Air Monitoring Project

    Muscatine residents, over burdened by toxic pollution will bring in a team of international pollution busters, the Global Community Monitor, to learn how to measure contamination themselves. Clean Air Muscatine and Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility will be organizing Muscatine residents to participate in the training and testing.

    Source: Clean Air Muscatine
  • April 4, 2012
    Reducing air pollution benefits people, planet

    A letter to the editor from PSR Board member Dr. Alan Lockwood.

    Source: Buffalo News
  • March 29, 2012
    EPA Acts to Reduce Industrial Carbon Pollution from New Power Plants -- A Critical First!

    Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) applauds the new standards announced by the Environmental Protection Agency on March 27 to limit industrial carbon pollution from new power plants.

  • March 27, 2012
    PSR intervenes in lawsuit against EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Rule

    PSR has intervened in a lawsuit to defend the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s newly proposed rule to regulate mercury and air toxics from coal-fired power plants.

  • February 17, 2012
    PSR: Cost of Wind Power Far Lower Than Cost of Damaging Health Effects From Coal

    Moving the U.S. off of polluting, carbon-heavy coal-fired electricity will be much easier when clean, healthy renewable energy sources are in place. To that end, Catherine Thomasson MD, PSR’s new executive director, testified on February 14 in favor of a bill to facilitate development of an off-shore wind farm off the Atlantic coast.

  • February 16, 2012
    Expert and author on coal and health is in Fairbanks

    Dr. Alan H. Lockwood, an Emeritus Professor of Neurology at the University of Buffalo and a member of Physicians for Social Responsibility, was in Fairbanks as a guest of the Alaska Community Action on Toxics and the Northern Alaska Environmental Center.

    Source: Fairbanks Daily News
  • February 15, 2012
    O'Malley Makes Pitch For Offshore Wind Power

    PSR Executive Director Dr. Catherine Thomasson explains the public health costs of coal-fired power plants.

    Source: WYPR
  • January 28, 2012
    Living in the dusty shadow of coal mining

    While there has been limited research in Australia on the health effects of coal mining, extensive studies in the US by the Physicians for Social Responsibility found people living in high coal-producing counties had higher rates of cardiopulmonary disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension and kidney disease compared with people in non-coal-producing counties.

    Source: The Australian
  • January 12, 2012
    EPA's New Mercury & Air Toxics Rule Called a "Victory for Children"

    PSR chapters across the country celebrated the EPA’s recent finalization of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rule. This rule is a huge victory for human health, particularly for children, who can face developmental delays and mental retardation due to mercury exposure.

  • January 4, 2012
    PSR-LA Asks for Review of EPA Action on Air Pollutants

    PSR-Los Angeles, along with NRDC and Communities for a Better Environment, are asking a federal appeals court to review an action by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that lets a local air quality agency avoid monitoring pollutants from area freeways.

    Source: Long Beach Report
  • December 28, 2011
    Republicans undermining environmental protections

    A letter to the editor from PSR board member Dr. Alan Lockwood.

    Source: Buffalo News
  • November 28, 2011
    Southenders air their concerns: Film featuring local interviews about Muscatine's air quality will be shown here next week

    The short film "Southend," which was financed by Iowa PSR, features interviews with Muscatine, Iowa residents on the health effects of local air pollution.

    Source: Muscatine Journal
  • November 17, 2011
    PSR chapters continue to fight coal

    PSR chapters continue to make powerful strides to get the U.S. off of coal and onto clean, healthy, renewable energy sources. Just in the past week, PSR activists in Oregon, Iowa and Michigan conducted an impressive series of public events, media visits and Grand Rounds presentations.

  • November 16, 2011
    Students protest UI's use of coal

    “We can’t afford to ignore the costs of coal,” Maureen McCue, director of Iowa PSR and an adjunct clinical professor in the UI College of Public Health, told advocates Wednesday.

    Source: Iowa City Press Citizen
  • November 2, 2011
    More bikes, healthier cities

    PSR Board member Dr. Jonathan Patz co-authored this study that shows the dramatic benefits of biking for environmental and public health.

    Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • September 28, 2011
    If You Can't Breathe, You Can't Work

    Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Dr. Peter Wilk, related the specific dangers that emanate from particulate matter air pollution.

    Source: Huffington Post
  • September 22, 2011
    Runaway TRAIN: Congress launches another attack on clean air

    Congress has launched another effort to dismantle the Clean Air Act, a law which has improved America’s air quality for 40 years.

  • September 21, 2011
    Worst smog season since 2006

    Dr. Elliot Trester is part of Austin Physicians for Social Responsibility. He said he is seeing more respiratory cases and it's likely because of the smog in the air.

    Source: Austin News
  • September 21, 2011
    Maine family part of Capitol Hill news conference attacking GOP regulatory bills

    The news conference is being held by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Cal., the chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and will include public health experts from the American Lung Association and Physicians for Social Responsibility.

    Source: The Portland Press Herald
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  • April 25, 2014
    4th Annual Soul of Medicine Dinner
    Friday, April 25th. Chicago PSR's annual celebration, this year honoring Dr. David Ansell. Free for medical students.