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  • February 2, 2010
    Coal Ash Industry Manipulated EPA Data, Ghost-Wrote Agency Reports for a Decade

    The coal ash industry manipulated reports and publications about the dangers of coal combustion waste, reports Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The group stated that the Environmental Protection Agency allowed the multibillon-dollar coal ash industry to have virtually unfettered access to the EPA during the Bush administration and now under President Obama.

    Source: Alternet
  • January 21, 2010
    Will You Be a Victim of Killer Coal?

    SR's Dr. Alan Lockwood, the principal author of PSR's new report Coal's Assault on Human Health, discusses the health dangers of our reliance on coal.

    Source: truthout
  • January 12, 2010
    New EPA Ozone Limits -- A Great Way to Start the New Year!

    An article on the EPA's new ozone standard discusses PSR's recent work exposing the dangers of coal-fired power plants.

    Source: Burnt Orange Report
  • January 8, 2010
    Scientists call for end to mountaintop removal

    A group of scientists called on the federal government Thursday to stop mountaintop removal mining, arguing dozens of existing studies on the practice prove its ecological impacts are "pervasive and irreversible."

    Source: The Washington Post
  • January 7, 2010
    EPA seeks stricter limits on smog pollutants

    The Environmental Protection Agency proposed limiting the allowable amount of pollution-forming ozone in the air from 75 to between 60 and 70 parts per billion for any eight-hour period, significantly tightening rules the Bush administration had set for the nation's most widespread air pollutant.

    Source: The Washington Post
  • 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 7, 2009
    US Dept of Energy Says 'No' to Jamestown, NY's Dirty Coal Proposal

    Dr. Alan Lockwood, a PSR board member, applauds the Department of Energy's decision not to fund a proposed coal plant in Jamestown, New York.

    Source: Environmental Advocates of New York
  • 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.

    Source: SolveClimate.com
  • 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 24, 2009
    New Report Measures the Human Costs of Coal

    Global warming may not be the only good reason to get away from burning coal for energy generation. According to a new report from Physicians for Social Responsibility, coal has deadly effects on human health. By studying the impact of coal pollution on major human organ systems, researchers concluded that the energy source contributes to four of the nation's top five causes of death.

    Source: Public News Service
  • November 24, 2009
    State home to some of oldest coal-fired power plants in U.S.

    Physicians for Social Responsibility is another group calling for tougher regulations on existing coal-fired power plants, said Dr. Maureen McCue of Iowa City, who is active with that group. “The health impacts of coal are direct, measurable, serious and significant,” she said.

    Source: Globe Gazette (Iowa)
  • November 24, 2009
    EPA proposes sulfur dioxide limits for first time since 1971

    Dr. Alan Lockwood, the lead author of PSR's new report "Coal's Assault on Human Health", discusses the health impacts of coal pollution.

    Source: McClatchy
  • November 23, 2009
    Challenging the Second Wave of the Texas Coal Rush

    Pediatrician and PSR member Dr. Karen Lewis discusses the health dangers of new coal plants.

    Source: BurntOrangeReport.com (Texas)
  • 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.

    Source: Grist
  • November 19, 2009
    A Coal-Free Washington?

    A Sierra Club spokesman says his organization will use new study results from Physicians for Social Responsibility to push for a coal-free state of Washington. On Wednesday, the physicians' group released a report, "Coal's Assault on Human Health." It states that any site where coal is mined or burned to make electricity compromises human health with air pollution.

    Source: Lake Stevens Journal (Washington state)
  • November 19, 2009
    Interview: Doctors Call For Cleaner Coal (Audio)

    A group of doctors, Physicians for Social Responsibility, has issued a new report called "Coal's Assault On Human Health." It explains the health impacts of burning coal, but it goes beyond that. Lester Graham caught up with the principle author of the report - Dr. Alan Lockwood. Lockwood is a professor of neurology and nuclear medicine at the University of Buffalo. He says their report also looked at the possible health effects of climate change.

    Source: The Environment Report
  • 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.

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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.