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  • October 22, 2012
    Local impacts of coal exports unacceptable

    An op-ed on the health impacts of transporting coal, written with the help of Oregon PSR.

    Source: Register-Guard
  • October 17, 2012
    Clean Coal Is a Hoax, Mr. President, and You Know It, So Drop It

    Coal mining and burning pollutants contribute to four of the five leading causes of mortality in the U.S., according to the Physicians for Social Responsibility.

    Source: Huffington Post
  • October 5, 2012
    Down to Earth with Dr. Alan Lockwood

    Earthjustice staffer Jessica Knoblauch speaks with PSR board member Dr. Alan Lockwood, a physician and author of the new book, The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health.

    Source: Earthjustice
  • October 3, 2012
    Rally opposes coal-fired power plan

    "The governor has gotten the message and she has taken a step," said Dr. Mike McCally of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

    Source: Las Cruces Sun-News
  • September 21, 2012
    PSR Raises “Health Voices for Clean Air”

    PSR board member and senior scientist Alan Lockwood, MD FAAN, spoke recently at Michigan’s Green Healthcare Conference as part of PSR’s “Health Voices for Clean Air” fall campaign.

  • September 20, 2012
    Myths And Facts About Coal

    A November 2009 report by Physicians for Social Responsibility said the health consequences of coal "are multiple and have widespread and damaging impact."

    Source: Media Matters for America
  • August 22, 2012
    Toxic Coal Blues

    According to Regna Merritt of Oregon Physicians of Social Responsibility, coal creates a substantial number of health risks, from the exposure to people working in coal mines, to the coal dust and diesel emitted along transportation routes, to the air pollution caused by burning the fossil fuel itself.

    Source: The Portland Observer
  • August 17, 2012
    Health Care Community Pushes Back Against Ameren's Attempt To Stall On Emissions Reductions

    Chicago Physicians for Responsibility Executive Director Dr. Sarah Lovinger warned that the potential health implications for residents should not be overshadowed because of economic concerns.

    Source: Progress Illinois
  • July 25, 2012
    Solution elusive for San Juan Generating Station

    Abby Wear, executive director of the New Mexico chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, said coal particulates are linked to cardiac and respiratory disease. "Coal is an assault on our health," Wear said.

    Source: Farmington Daily Times
  • July 24, 2012
    PSR opposes World Bank funding of Kosovo coal plant

    PSR recruited 17 distinguished physicians to sign a letter to the World Bank urging it not to finance construction of a new coal-fired power plant in Kosovo.

  • July 17, 2012
    PSR to World Bank: Consider Health Before Funding Coal

    PSR-affiliated physicians joined with distinguished colleagues from several nations to urge the World Bank to reconsider financing a lignite coal-fired power plant proposed to be built in Kosovo.

  • July 5, 2012
    The World Bank's Chance to Clean Up Its Coal Act

    PSR President Dr. Andrew S. Kanter co-authored this piece on the global health impacts of coal.

    Source: Huffington Post
  • July 4, 2012
    Coal trains bring asthma, heart disease

    Letter to the Editor from PSR's Dr. Martin Donohoe.

    Source: The Portland Tribune
  • June 6, 2012
    140 Community, Public Health and Environmental Groups Demand a Clean Transportation Bill

    PSR sent the letter to the Hill and Administration yesterday afternoon on behalf of 140 public interest groups in the 14 Senate conferee states asking for a clean transportation bill, particularly one without a dangerous coal ash amendment.

  • May 27, 2012
    Reject the dirty politics of coal ash for clean water

    An op-ed from PSR Florida's Dr. Lynn Ringenberg.

    Source: Tampa Bay Times
  • May 17, 2012
    Dust in the wind?

    Maye Thompson of Oregon PSR explains the health effects of coal dust.

    Source: The Portland Tribune
  • May 7, 2012
    Exporting coal presents myriad health, environmental concerns

    Dr. Andy Harris of Oregon PSR on the health impacts of coal export.

    Source: The Oregonian
  • May 4, 2012
    TEP is asked to stop burning coal

    The groups, which include the Arizona PSR, Clean Air Task Force, 350.org and the Sierra Club, called on TEP to switch solely to cleaner-burning natural gas at Sundt.

    Source: Arizona Daily Star
  • April 26, 2012
    PSR briefs Senate on dangers from coal ash; petition signed by 850 health professionals

    Eight PSR doctors, flying in to Washington from six states, will present the Obama Administration with a petition signed by 850 health professionals voicing their concern about the toxic dangers posed by unregulated coal ash disposal.

  • April 26, 2012
    840 Health Professionals Agree: Coal Ash is Hazardous to Your Health

    Physicians for Social Responsibility delivered to the Obama Administration today a petition signed by 840 medical doctors, health scientists, nurses, and other health professionals outlining the harm that exposure to toxic coal ash imposes on human health. Accompanying the letter are eight doctors from Florida, Iowa, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Georgia who will meet with their elected officials in Congress.

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