September 19, 2012
Popular Children’s Lunch Contains Hidden Danger, Groups Warn
Some children may be at greater risk from mercury in tuna than previously thought, finds a new study by the Mercury Policy Project.
September 19, 2012
Take tuna off school menus, group says
A coalition of consumer groups including PSR is recommending the U.S. Department of Agriculture get tuna out of school lunchrooms after tests of canned tuna sold to schools found highly variable levels of mercury, in some cases higher than federal guidelines.
Source: USA Today
September 17, 2012
Voters must press both parties to address climate change
Fortunately, a popular movement to minimize climate change is beginning (for example, see 350.org or Physicians for Social Responsibility), and government has taken some steps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Source: Kennebec Journal
September 12, 2012
Former PSR Board Member to Receive Prestigious Heinz Award
Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation today announced Dr. Richard Joseph Jackson, a pediatrician and public health physician, as a recipient of one of five prestigious Heinz Awards.
September 7, 2012
How the Clean Air Act Has Saved $22 Trillion in Health-Care Costs
In an excerpt from The Silent Epidemic, neurologist and PSR board member Alan H. Lockwood examines how even if the entire cost of complying with the Clean Air Act were assumed by the federal government, we would still be vastly ahead financially.
Source: The Atlantic
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
August 15, 2012
Johnson & Johnson to remove harsh chemicals from baby products
PSR is among the groups that have been pushing Johnson & Johnson to remove toxic chemicals from its products.
Source: NBC News
July 31, 2012
PSR Addresses Anti-Fracking Rally at U.S. Capitol
Catherine Thomasson, MD, PSR’s executive director, addressed thousands of people rallying at the U.S. Capitol on July 28 to protest pollution and climate change caused by “fracking.”
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 speaks out against fracking
PSR’s executive director will be a featured speaker at the first nationwide demonstration to protest the use of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in natural gas and oil extraction.
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 23, 2012
PSR chapters speak out at EPA hearings on particulate matter
PSR chapters on both coasts testified before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently, calling for stricter national air quality standards on toxic particulate matter air pollution.
July 18, 2012
Join fight for cleaner air in EPA proposal
An op-ed from PSR Sacramento President Dr. Harry Wang.
Source: Sacramento Bee
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
July 3, 2012
Physician Tours Country by Bike to Speak Out Against Climate Change
I am a 56 year old family doctor riding a bicycle across the country to talk with people about the health effects of climate change and why we must quickly replace fossil fuel with clean renewable energy to prevent a public health catastrophe.
June 26, 2012
Progress on Climate Change in Tucson
Three PSR Arizona members have served on the City of Tucson's Climate Change Advisory Committee over the past three years, representing Physicians for Social Responsibility as well as their academic and administrative roles.
June 20, 2012
‘Gang of Eight’ Utilities Spent Millions Lobbying and Litigating Against EPA Action While Pollution Contributes to Over 10,000 Deaths
“Coal pollutants contribute to four of the five leading causes of mortality in the United States: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic respiratory diseases,” said Catherine Thomasson, MD, executive director of PSR. “The damage they do to health is severe and widespread. It’s vital that these dirty emissions be reduced. If not, thousands of Americans will needlessly suffer illnesses and premature deaths.”
Source: Salem News