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  • June 24, 2010
    State Deal with Washington Coal Plant a "Huge Disappointment"

    Dr. Steven Gilbert of Washington PSR discusses the health effects of mercury emissions from coal plants.

    Source: Earthjustice
  • June 15, 2010
    Do your allergies seem to get worse each year?

    Dr. James Jones of Harrisburg PSR explains how air pollution has worsened allergies.

    Source: Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
  • June 11, 2010
    The Defeat of Senator Murkowski's Dirty Air Act represents a big win for safeguarding public health

    The U.S. Senate defeated, 47 – 53, the Murkowski Dirty Air Act resolution, which would have tied the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) hands to control carbon pollution. By rejecting this resolution, the majority of the Senate voted to base U.S. climate policy on the burgeoning scientific evidence that climate change is underway, that human activity is a major driver of carbon pollution, and that urgent action is needed to protect human health and the environment.

  • April 22, 2010
    PSR Board President Conveys Message to the White House: Protect the Clean Air Act

    PSR Board President Jeff Patterson, DO, carried a strong health message to the White House today about the need for action on climate change to protect the health of all Americans. Attending the President’s Earth Day reception, Dr. Patterson stated that “The health of Americans requires that we reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the safest, most immediate way possible.”

  • April 18, 2010
    Allergies another unfortunate result of climate change

    PSR's Dr. James Plumb explains how air pollution and heat waves impact human health.

    Source: Hazleton Standard-Speaker (Pennsylvania)
  • March 16, 2010
    Environmentalists warn Surry coal plant will endanger Hampton Roads

    Kristen Welker-Hood, Environment & Health Program Director for PSR, spoke out against a proposed coal plant in Virginia.

    Source: Daily Press (Virginia)
  • March 4, 2010
    Colorado companies blast Murkowski’s bid to block EPA on greenhouse gases

    PSR Colorado president Dr. Roberta M. Richardson discusses the health hazards of coal and criticizes Senator Lisa Murkowski's proposal that would weaken greenhouse gas regulations.

    Source: The Colorado Independent
  • February 12, 2010
    PSR testifies for stronger ozone limits

    PSR testified before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently, urging the Agency to tighten the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, NAAQS, for ground-level ozone.

  • February 11, 2010
    Clean Air Advocates Challenge US Senator (Audio)

    PSR member Dr. Stephen Jay criticizes Senator Lisa Murkowski's proposed resolution that would reverse the EPA's position on greenhouse gases.

    Source: 93.1 WIBC Indianapolis
  • February 3, 2010
    House Ag Chairman Backs Bid to Block EPA Greenhouse Gas Regs

    A trio of House lawmakers yesterday introduced a bill to block U.S. EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases, marking the latest in a string of bipartisan attacks against forthcoming climate rules.

    Source: The New York Times
  • January 28, 2010
    Hamilton biomass plant brings jobs, controversy

    PSR member Dr. Ron Saff is quoted on the environmental impact of a proposed biomass plant.

    Source: Suwannee Democrat (Florida)
  • January 12, 2010
    New EPA Ozone Limits -- A Great Way to Start the New Year!

    An article on the EPA's new ozone standard discusses PSR's recent work exposing the dangers of coal-fired power plants.

    Source: Burnt Orange Report
  • January 7, 2010
    EPA seeks stricter limits on smog pollutants

    The Environmental Protection Agency proposed limiting the allowable amount of pollution-forming ozone in the air from 75 to between 60 and 70 parts per billion for any eight-hour period, significantly tightening rules the Bush administration had set for the nation's most widespread air pollutant.

    Source: The Washington Post
  • January 6, 2010
    Health and Safety Risks of Carbon Capture and Storage

    An article by PSR's Dr. John Fogarty and Dr. Michael McCally discussing the dangers of carbon capture and storage. Full article requires subscription.

    Source: Journal of the American Medical Association
  • January 5, 2010
    Capitol Hill loves carbon storage technology. But are lawmakers overlooking risks?

    A new article by PSR's Dr. John Fogarty and Dr. Michael McCally, published in JAMA, warns of the dangers of carbon capture and sequestration.

    Source: The Hill
  • December 8, 2009
    Coal Report Secures National, International Media Coverage

    The newly released report has garnered substantial media coverage across the country. Utilizing a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, a briefing in the U.S. Senate, a nationwide media drive, and media outreach by PSR chapters, PSR was successful in bringing this important report to the attention of a huge audience coast to coast.

  • December 7, 2009
    US Dept of Energy Says 'No' to Jamestown, NY's Dirty Coal Proposal

    Dr. Alan Lockwood, a PSR board member, applauds the Department of Energy's decision not to fund a proposed coal plant in Jamestown, New York.

    Source: Environmental Advocates of New York
  • December 3, 2009
    2 More Utilities Retiring Aging Coal Plants in Wake of Health Report

    It's the right move for health reasons, too, as Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) found when it took an in-depth look at coal's impacts on human health and mortality. In a report released last month, the medical and public health group connected coal and its emissions to a number of serious health issues, including increased risk of heart disease, cancer, asthma and lowered IQ’s.

    Source: SolveClimate.com
  • November 30, 2009
    Prologue to Copenhagen: Fasts, Lock Downs, Sit-Ins, Die-Ins for Climate Justice Across the Nation

    On the 10th anniversary of the Seattle globalization protests, today's actions also took place on the heels of a new study by the Physicians for Social Responsibility that coal "contributes to four of the top five causes of mortality in the U.S. and is responsible for increasing the incidence of major diseases already affecting large portions of the U.S. population."

    Source: Huffington Post
  • November 27, 2009
    Medical Group Denounces Coal in Critical Report

    So you thought smoking cigarettes was bad for your health? Try living next to a coal-fired power plant. That’s the diagnosis Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) relayed to the public in a comprehensive medical study released on November 18, called Coal’s Assault on Human Health. In it, the organization, comprised of physicians and public health experts, claims that coal pollutants damage every major organ in the human body and contributes to four of the top five leading causes of death in the United States.

    Source: Online Journal
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