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  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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)
  • October 14, 2009
    Duke Power Co rate increase

    Western North Carolina PSR President Dr. Lew Patrie and PSR member Dr. Richard Fireman are quoted on the health impacts of coal-fired power plants.

    Source: McDowell News (North Carolina)
  • October 1, 2009
    US Senate Introduces Long-Awaited Climate Bill

    Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) applauds Senators Kerry and Boxer for introducing the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act.

  • September 10, 2009
    Wash. says deal will cut pollution at coal plant

    Cherie Eicholz, Executive Director of Washington PSR, discusses the health impacts of coal pollution.

    Source: CNBC
  • August 19, 2009
    Mercury Found in Every Fish Tested, Scientists Say

    When government scientists went looking for mercury contamination in fish in 291 streams around the nation, they found it in every fish they tested, the Interior Department said, even in isolated rural waterways.

    Source: New York Times
  • June 14, 2009
    Activists gird for fight over coal plant in Surry County

    PSR's Kristen Welker-Hood is quoted in this article on the debate over a proposed coal-fired power plant in Virginia.

    Source: Virginia-Pilot
  • 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 11, 2009
    China emerges as a leader in clean coal technology

    China has emerged in the past two years as the world’s leading builder of so-called clean coal power plants, mastering the technology and driving down the cost.

    Source: New York Times
  • May 11, 2009
    Buzzwords: Rephrasing Obama's lexicon

    In the debate over his top environmental goals, President Obama is backing away from "cap and trade." Not the policy. It's the phrase itself, deemed confusing by Democratic pollsters, that has all but disappeared from the president's vocabulary of late.

    Source: Los Angeles Times
  • May 7, 2009
    Coal-fired power plants: The writing on the wall

    The number of planned coal plants across America has plummeted from 150 to 60 in the past five years.

    Source: The Economist
  • May 7, 2009
    Bush EPA hid data on coal-ash risks, study shows

    The Bush administration kept secret for nearly five years data that showed increased cancer risks from drinking water polluted by coal-ash impoundments, according to a new report issued Thursday. Under President Bush, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials never made public an October 2002 study that outlined increased risks of as high as 1 in 50 additional cancer cases.

    Source: West Virginia Gazette-Mail
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