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Heat Advisory: Protecting Health on a Warming Planet
by Dr. Alan Lockwood

Drawing on peer-reviewed scientific and medical research, Dr. Lockwood meticulously details the symptoms of climate change and their medical side effects.

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News

  • December 22, 2011
    Mercury poisoning still a problem in Maine, worldwide

    An op-ed from PSR Maine Board member Dr. James H. Maier on the effects of mercury.

    Source: Kennebec Journal
  • November 28, 2011
    Southenders air their concerns: Film featuring local interviews about Muscatine's air quality will be shown here next week

    The short film "Southend," which was financed by Iowa PSR, features interviews with Muscatine, Iowa residents on the health effects of local air pollution.

    Source: Muscatine Journal
  • November 22, 2011
    Video: Toxic Toys

    Dr. Lani Graham, PSR Maine board member, discusses the toxics found in children's toys.

    Source: WGME
  • November 17, 2011
    PSR chapters continue to fight coal

    PSR chapters continue to make powerful strides to get the U.S. off of coal and onto clean, healthy, renewable energy sources. Just in the past week, PSR activists in Oregon, Iowa and Michigan conducted an impressive series of public events, media visits and Grand Rounds presentations.

  • November 16, 2011
    J&J steadily removing toxins from baby products

    Amid pressure from activists, Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday that it is continuing efforts to remove traces of two harmful chemicals from its baby products around the world. PSR is among the groups that have urged the company to remove the cancer-causing chemicals.

    Source: Associated Press
  • November 16, 2011
    Students protest UI's use of coal

    “We can’t afford to ignore the costs of coal,” Maureen McCue, director of Iowa PSR and an adjunct clinical professor in the UI College of Public Health, told advocates Wednesday.

    Source: Iowa City Press Citizen
  • November 7, 2011
    Keystone XL Pipeline Protest At The White House

    PSR Board President Dr. John Rachow, a native Nebraskan and physician in Iowa, is featured talking about the impact of the pipeline on Nebraska.

    Source: Huffington Post
  • November 7, 2011
    War and Public Health: The Role of Medical Students in Working for Peace

    View the video presentation delivered by Victor W. Sidel, M.D., a founder and former president of Physicians for Social Responsibility. The event took place on Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, at UC Davis MIND Institute.

  • November 6, 2011
    Pipeline protesters encircle the White House

    "Worst of all about the pipeline is it will deepen our dependency on oil, contributing to ever-worsening climate chaos," said Peter Wilk, executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

    Source: Grist
  • November 3, 2011
    "Monster" greenhouse gas levels seen

    The global output of heat-trapping carbon dioxide jumped by the biggest amount on record, the U.S. Department of Energy calculated, a sign of how feeble the world's efforts are at slowing man-made global warming.

    Source: CBS News
  • November 1, 2011
    Coal Ash Spill in Wisconsin

    The coal ash spill in southeastern Wisconsin that poured heavy metals and toxicants into Lake Michigan poses potentially serious health risks to the communities in the area.

  • November 1, 2011
    Taking toxins out of baby shampoo

    PSR has joined with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to urge consumers to boycott Johnson & Johnson baby products until the company agrees to remove the chemicals from its baby products sold around the world.

    Source: Associated Press
  • October 25, 2011
    Hundreds Gather in Seattle for Healthy Hospital Food Conference

    "I think this is the most energized and inspiring group of people I have been around," said Lucia Sayre, co-chair of the HFHC program and Co-Director, Bay Area Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

    Source: The Sacramento Bee
  • October 23, 2011
    Protect the children from dangerous chemicals

    An op-ed by PSR Maine member Dr. Paul Liebow on the Safe Chemicals Act.

    Source: Lewiston Sun-Journal
  • October 4, 2011
    Environmental groups call for State Dept to step aside on oil pipeline from Canada

    The request by Friends of the Earth and other environmental groups including PSR was the latest skirmish in a long-running battle over a plan by Calgary-based TransCanada to build a massive pipeline to carry crude oil extracted from tar sands in Alberta to refineries in Texas.

    Source: Associated Press
  • September 28, 2011
    If You Can't Breathe, You Can't Work

    Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Dr. Peter Wilk, related the specific dangers that emanate from particulate matter air pollution.

    Source: Huffington Post
  • September 22, 2011
    Runaway TRAIN: Congress launches another attack on clean air

    Congress has launched another effort to dismantle the Clean Air Act, a law which has improved America’s air quality for 40 years.

  • September 21, 2011
    Maine family part of Capitol Hill news conference attacking GOP regulatory bills

    The news conference is being held by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Cal., the chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and will include public health experts from the American Lung Association and Physicians for Social Responsibility.

    Source: The Portland Press Herald
  • September 9, 2011
    The wrong move on ozone emissions

    A letter to the editor from PSR board member Dr. Alan Lockwood on President Obama's rejection of new ozone standards.

    Source: The Washington Post
  • September 8, 2011
    Proposed health-protective ozone standard is withdrawn

    President Obama recently ordered EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to withdraw the EPA’s proposed national ambient air quality standard for ground-level ozone. This order, which ignores the scientific advice of the EPA’s own scientists, will allow ozone concentrations to continue unabated at levels that contribute to thousands of premature deaths and heart attacks each year.

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In the Spotlight

  • November 5, 2017
    APHA 2017 Health Activist Dinner
    The Health Activist Dinner at American Public Health Association's annual meeting will include the presentation of the Edward Barsky Award to PSR's Dr. Ira Helfand.