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.
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
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
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 9, 2011
The wrong move on ozone emissions
A letter to the editor from PSR board member Dr. Alan Lockwood on President Obama's rejection of new ozone standards.
Source: The Washington Post
September 8, 2011
Proposed health-protective ozone standard is withdrawn
President Obama recently ordered EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to withdraw the EPA’s proposed national ambient air quality standard for ground-level ozone. This order, which ignores the scientific advice of the EPA’s own scientists, will allow ozone concentrations to continue unabated at levels that contribute to thousands of premature deaths and heart attacks each year.
September 7, 2011
A bad decision for our health
A letter to the editor from PSR Sacramento president Dr. Harry Wang.
Source: The Sacramento Bee
August 1, 2011
Campaigning for clean air: Pollution places a heavy burden on our health
An op-ed by Dr. Martin Donohoe of Oregon PSR.
Source: The Oregonian
July 27, 2011
PSR Co-Launches “Promise Campaign” to Protect Kids, Families from Air Pollution
PSR joined the League of Women Voters in launching the “Promise Campaign,” a national drive that invites people and organizations to pledge to protect America's children and families from dangerous air pollution and to support policies that safeguard air quality.