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.
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
November 24, 2009
EPA proposes sulfur dioxide limits for first time since 1971
Dr. Alan Lockwood, the lead author of PSR's new report "Coal's Assault on Human Health", discusses the health impacts of coal pollution.
November 24, 2009
New Report Measures the Human Costs of Coal
Global warming may not be the only good reason to get away from burning coal for energy generation. According to a new report from Physicians for Social Responsibility, coal has deadly effects on human health. By studying the impact of coal pollution on major human organ systems, researchers concluded that the energy source contributes to four of the nation's top five causes of death.
Source: Public News Service
November 24, 2009
State home to some of oldest coal-fired power plants in U.S.
Physicians for Social Responsibility is another group calling for tougher regulations on existing coal-fired power plants, said Dr. Maureen McCue of Iowa City, who is active with that group. “The health impacts of coal are direct, measurable, serious and significant,” she said.
Source: Globe Gazette (Iowa)
November 23, 2009
Challenging the Second Wave of the Texas Coal Rush
Pediatrician and PSR member Dr. Karen Lewis discusses the health dangers of new coal plants.
Source: BurntOrangeReport.com (Texas)
November 23, 2009
Toward a medically defensible energy policy
An article discussing PSR's recent report on the dangers of coal, Coal's Assault on Human Health.
November 19, 2009
Interview: Doctors Call For Cleaner Coal (Audio)
A group of doctors, Physicians for Social Responsibility, has issued a new report called "Coal's Assault On Human Health." It explains the health impacts of burning coal, but it goes beyond that. Lester Graham caught up with the principle author of the report - Dr. Alan Lockwood. Lockwood is a professor of neurology and nuclear medicine at the University of Buffalo. He says their report also looked at the possible health effects of climate change.
Source: The Environment Report
November 18, 2009
Coal Pollution Damages Human Health at Every Stage of Coal Life Cycle, Reports Physicians for Social Responsibility
Physicians for Social Responsibility today released a groundbreaking medical report, “Coal’s Assault on Human Health,” which takes a new look at the devastating impacts of coal on the human body. By examining the impact of coal pollution on the major organ systems of the human body, the report concludes 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.