November 17, 2011
PSR chapters continue to fight coal
PSR chapters continue to make powerful strides to get the U.S. off of coal and onto clean, healthy, renewable energy sources. Just in the past week, PSR activists in Oregon, Iowa and Michigan conducted an impressive series of public events, media visits and Grand Rounds presentations.
November 7, 2011
Keystone XL Pipeline Protest At The White House
PSR Board President Dr. John Rachow, a native Nebraskan and physician in Iowa, is featured talking about the impact of the pipeline on Nebraska.
Source: Huffington Post
November 6, 2011
Pipeline protesters encircle the White House
"Worst of all about the pipeline is it will deepen our dependency on oil, contributing to ever-worsening climate chaos," said Peter Wilk, executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
November 3, 2011
"Monster" greenhouse gas levels seen
The global output of heat-trapping carbon dioxide jumped by the biggest amount on record, the U.S. Department of Energy calculated, a sign of how feeble the world's efforts are at slowing man-made global warming.
Source: CBS News
August 25, 2011
Climate Change Committee prepares for the heat
A profile of Tucson's Climate Change Committee, of which PSR Arizona coordinator Dr. Barbara Warren is a member.
Source: News 13
June 15, 2011
Doctors Prepare Their Professions to Explain and Treat Climate-Related Symptoms
"What we have found with our trainings is if clinicians are given more information about these topics....."
Source: New York Times
June 9, 2011
Time to get our climate-change priorities straight and go solar
Arizona PSR President Dr. Barbara Warren urges the adoption of solar power.
Source: Tucson Citizen
April 7, 2011
Concern Grows About Coal Export Facility Slated for Longview
As the number of coal fired power plants worldwide has increased, so too has the demand for coal. A coal export facility has been proposed for Longview, Washington, and health experts and environmentalists are expressing grave concern.
March 7, 2011
PSR Helps Negotiate Closure of Washington State’s Only Coal Plant
Thanks to a negotiated agreement, Washington State’s only coal-fired power plant is now scheduled to slash its generating capacity in half by 2020 and close entirely by 2025.
February 14, 2011
Chicago Power and Sweet Home: One Step Forward, One Step Back
Chicago PSR was among public health and environmental groups that spoke at a Chicago City Council meeting recently in favor of a proposed Clean Power Ordinance.
Source: Huffington Post
February 10, 2011
Doctors, Nurses Other Health Professionals Urge Congress To Resist Efforts To Weaken The Clean Air Act
PSR Executive Director Dr. Peter Wilk urges Congress to consider the public health impact of pollutants and to protect the Clean Air Act.
Source: Medical News Today
February 9, 2011
Doctors, Nurses, other Health Professionals Urge Congress to Resist Efforts to Weaken the Clean Air Act
Leading public health organizations announced today that 1,882 physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, certified asthma educators and other health and medical professionals from all 50 states and the District of Columbia sent a letter to President Obama, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives urging them to uphold the protections established in the Clean Air Act.
February 4, 2011
WPSR and others say NO MORE COAL!
A bill introduced Thursday in the state House will protect Washington families from the harmful health effects of burning coal for electricity and help build the economy of the community now hosting the state’s lone coal-burning power plant.
August 4, 2010
EPA Rejects Petitions to Overturn Greenhouse Gases Endangerment Finding
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week denied ten petitions challenging the EPA’s 2009 “Endangerment Finding” that greenhouse gases are a threat to human health as well as to the environment. Petitioners included the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Peabody Energy Company, State of Texas, Commonwealth of Virginia, Competitive Enterprise Institute, and Ohio Coal Association. Many have ties to the coal industry, whether as coal producers, industry fronted think tanks, or large-scale coal consumers. They had sought to discredit the scientific evidence marshaled by the EPA to support its findings.
July 29, 2010
PSR Applauds the EPA for Rejecting Petitions to Overturn Findings that Greenhouse Gases Threaten Human Health
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson announced today that after several months of careful review the agency will deny 10 petitions calling for the agency to reconsider its determination that six greenhouse gases in the atmosphere threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations.
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)