September 14, 2009
Health Professionals: Help strengthen U.S. climate and energy legislation
Add your health professional voice to the call for confronting global warming and building a healthy, safe energy future.
September 3, 2009
Arctic reverses trend, is warmest in two millennia
The Arctic is warmer than it's been in 2,000 years, even though it should be cooling because of changes in the Earth's orbit that cause the region to get less direct sunlight. Indeed, the Arctic had been cooling for nearly two millennia before reversing course in the last century and starting to warm as human activities added greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.
Source: Associated Press
August 31, 2009
PSR Launches Campaign to Support Strong Climate and Energy Legislation
The Senate will soon be considering climate change and energy legislation. We need your help at this critical time to speak in support of strong legislation that confronts the growing threat from climate change while leading the U.S. towards a healthy, peaceful and sustainable future.
August 30, 2009
Climate Trouble May Be Bubbling Up in Far North
On continent's boggy Arctic fringe, scientists search for signs of future climate calamity.
Source: Associated Press
August 25, 2009
Global Warming Bringing More Extreme Heat Waves
More extremely hot summer days are projected for every part of the country, detailed in a new report from the National Wildlife Federation and Physicians for Social Responsibility.
August 25, 2009
USA Today features PSR-NWF report on heat waves
PSR and the National Wildlife Federation today released More Extreme Heat Waves: Global Warming’s Wake Up Call, a new report describing the health dangers from extreme heat and identifying the 30 U.S. cities whose populations are most vulnerable.
July 2, 2009
House Passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act is an Historic Milestone; Stronger Action is Essential
PSR recognizes the historic significance of House passage on June 26, 2009, of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES). For the first time, a branch of Congress has taken responsibility for acting to comprehensively reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
May 26, 2009
PSR Leaders Testify at EPA Hearings on Health Impacts of Global Warming
The Environmental Protection Agency has made an endangerment finding making it clear that greenhouse gas emissions must be regulated in order to control global warming and protect human health. Last week, PSR leaders applauded the finding and encouraged the EPA to act.
May 22, 2009
PSR Calls on Members of Congress to Strengthen H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, in order to Protect Public Health
PSR expresses its appreciation to representatives Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) and other members for their leadership in moving a comprehensive energy and climate bill, H.R. 2454, through the House Energy and Commerce Committee. However, in order to protect public health from the most catastrophic impacts of global warming, PSR is calling for significant improvements in the bill to make it more effective.
May 21, 2009
Climate Bill Clears Hurdle, but Others Remain
The House Energy and Commerce Committee, splitting largely along party lines, approved on Thursday the most ambitious energy and global warming legislation ever debated in Congress.
Source: New York Times
May 19, 2009
Every breath you take might be harmful to your health
Dr. Peter Wilk, PSR Executive Director, is quoted on the impact of global warming on human health.
Source: Medill Reports
May 18, 2009
PSR Calls on the EPA to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions Immediately
Testifying today before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Dr. Peter Wilk, Executive Director for PSR, called on the agency to move forward quickly with regulations to control the emissions of greenhouse gases that are contributing to global warming and creating a serious public health threat.
April 22, 2009
Ban The Burger, Save The World
Dr. Robert Gould, president of San Francisco Bay Area PSR is quoted in this report on reducing meat consumption to lower global warming emissions.
Source: National Public Radio
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 12, 2009
Obama, Who Vowed Rapid Action on Climate Change, Turns More Cautious
President Obama came to office promising swift and comprehensive action to combat global climate change, and the topic remains a surefire applause line in his speeches here and abroad. Yet the administration has taken a cautious and rather passive role on the issue, proclaiming broad goals while remaining aloof from details of climate legislation now in Congress.
Source: New York Times
April 3, 2009
Wordie Ice Shelf has disappeared: scientists
One Antarctic ice shelf has quickly vanished, another is disappearing and glaciers are melting faster than anyone thought due to climate change, U.S. and British government researchers reported on Friday.
October 20, 2008
Top 5 Worst Actions of the Bush Administration
Physicians for Social Responsibility and other health advocates surveyed more than 100 thought leaders and identified the Top 5 worst actions of the current administration that have led to widespread contamination from chemicals.
May 27, 2008
Senate Global Warming Legislation Would Fail to Meet Necessary Targets
In June the U.S. Senate will begin debate on legislation to address global warming. The Climate Security Act, S. 3036 fails to meet the scientific targets that will be necessary to avoid the worst affects of climate change.
April 16, 2008
Bush Proposal Too Little, Too Late
PSR expressed disappointment in the president’s approach to control global warming, presented today in a speech at the White House. The administration would reduce emissions, primarily carbon dioxide from electric generating plants across the country after 2025, ignoring the well established goal of a reducing all domestic greenhouse gas emissions by more than 20 percent by that time.
January 29, 2008
Bush Again Fails to Provide Leadership on Clean Energy and Global Warming Policy
In his eighth and final State of the Union address, President Bush again delivered empty rhetoric instead of real solutions to curb global warming pollution. The president declared his commitment to lead an effort to reach a post-2012 international climate agreement, but this declaration was disingenuous at best. In December, the U.S. delegation to the UN climate summit in Bali, Indonesia, served only to obstruct negotiations intended to lay the groundwork for a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol.