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  • May 11, 2009
    In schools, a cautionary video about America’s ‘stuff’

    “The Story of Stuff,” a 20-minute video about the effects of human consumption, has been embraced by teachers eager to supplement textbooks that lag behind scientific findings on climate change and pollution.

    Source: New York Times
  • April 23, 2009
    Carper, Alexander Push for Stronger Clean Air Standards

    Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) announced today that they will be working on legislation to reduce harmful sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxide (NOx) and mercury emissions from America's power plants.

    Source: The website of Senator Alexander
  • April 17, 2009
    Health Threat Evident, U.S. Must Address Global Warming to Protect the Public

    Today the Environmental Protection Agency made an endangerment finding regarding the emission of greenhouse gases that cause global warming. The finding, a requirement of the Clean Air Act recently upheld by the Supreme Court, makes it clear that greenhouse gas emissions must be regulated in order to control global warming and protect human health.

  • April 17, 2009
    EPA Proposes Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    The Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposal today finding greenhouse gas emissions pose a danger to the public's health and welfare, a determination that could trigger a series of sweeping regulations affecting everything from vehicles to coal-fired power plants.

    Source: Washington Post
  • January 1, 2009
    Big Idea #3: Declare Dane Co. a Coal-Free Zone

    Pam Kleiss of PSR Wisconsin discusses the health effects of coal plants.

    Source: Madison Magazine
  • October 16, 2008
    New EPA Lead Standard Fails to Protect Public Health

    PSR condemns the inadequate effort by the EPA to establish new lead levels that are adequately protective of the public health.

  • May 1, 2008
    EPA Proposed Rule on Lead in Air Emissions Ignores Science and the Need to Protect Young Children

    While acknowledging the need to restrict the levels of lead allowed in air emissions, the EPA today failed, again, to utilize the best available science by proposing a rule that would allow children to be exposed to harmful levels of lead.

  • March 18, 2008
    New EPA Ozone Standard Falls Short, Fails to Adequately Protect Public Health

    In a final rule announced yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tightened the national air quality standard for ozone, but not to the level recommended by the Agency’s independent science advisors and a host of health and environmental organizations. Ground-level ozone, commonly known as smog, is the nation’s most pervasive air pollutant.

  • October 23, 2007
    Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Health Impacts of Global Warming

    On Tuesday, October 23, PSR Executive Director Dr. Michael McCally testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee on the health effects of global warming. Drawing from the growing body of scientific evidence pointing to the likelihood of more intense heat waves, exacerbated air pollution and increased spread of pest and water borne diseases, Dr. McCally called global warming a “global health crisis.”

  • September 13, 2007
    PSR Joins NRDC to Release Report on Increased Ozone Threats From Global Warming

    People living in ten mid-sized metropolitan areas are expected to experience significantly more ‘red alert’ air pollution days in coming years because of increasing lung-damaging ozone (smog) caused by higher temperatures from global warming.

  • September 22, 2006
    EPA's New Particulate Matter Standards Fail To Protect Public Health

    Ignoring the recommendations of its own expert science advisors, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on September 21st a final decision on new national air quality standards for particulate matter that will fail to protect public health. The EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, its Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee, and an unprecedented number of national medical and public health organizations all called upon the EPA to set much tougher standards. Instead, EPA chose to adopt standards which scientific studies have shown are not adequately sufficient to protect the health of Americans from particle pollution.

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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.