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Heat Advisory: Protecting Health on a Warming Planet
by Dr. Alan Lockwood

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News

  • 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
  • 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 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.

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