June 22, 2010
Gulf Oil Spill: Green Energy Is Healthy Energy
Chicago PSR president Dr. Sarah Lovinger writes on the health effects of climate change and the need for a green energy economy.
Source: Huffington Post
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.
May 18, 2010
PSR Statement on Climate and Energy Legislation Recently Released by Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman
The long awaited climate bill seeks to address the grave threat to human health posed by climate change. Significant concerns still must be addressed to make this the solution we need.
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)
April 13, 2010
Don't dismiss evidence of climate change
A letter to the editor from Harrisburg PSR president James E. Jones, MD on the science behind climate change.
Source: The Patriot-News (Pennsylvania)
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
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 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 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 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.
November 18, 2009
Report details 'coal's assault on human health'
Coal pollution is assaulting human health through impacts on workers, residents near mining operations and power plants, and the environment in coalfield communities, according to a new report by a group of physicians.
Source: Charleston Gazette (West Virginia)
November 18, 2009
Coal Pollution Undermines America's Health, Physicians Advise
Coal pollutants affect all major body organ systems and contribute to four of the five leading causes of mortality in the United States: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory diseases, concludes a scathing report issued today by Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Source: Environment News Service
October 1, 2009
An Interview with Dr Steven Moffic
An Interview with Dr H. Steven Moffic of Milwaukee, who has compiled and authored a very important "Global Warming Mental Health Fact Sheet" of the Physicians for Social Responsibility in Washington, DC.
Source: Northward Ho
September 23, 2009
PSR defends EPA authority
PSR is working intensively to assure that the EPA’s power to regulate emissions of carbon dioxide from the biggest polluters is not stripped away.