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  • May 22, 2009
    PSR Calls on Members of Congress to Strengthen H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, in order to Protect Public Health

    PSR expresses its appreciation to representatives Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) and other members for their leadership in moving a comprehensive energy and climate bill, H.R. 2454, through the House Energy and Commerce Committee. However, in order to protect public health from the most catastrophic impacts of global warming, PSR is calling for significant improvements in the bill to make it more effective.

  • 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 19, 2009
    Every breath you take might be harmful to your health

    Dr. Peter Wilk, PSR Executive Director, is quoted on the impact of global warming on human health.

    Source: Medill Reports
  • May 18, 2009
    Chemical Plant Safety

    The New York Times editorializes on the need for chemical security reform. They hope legislation passes that includes safer technologies where feasible, whistleblower protection, a provision for civil suits, and no state preemption.

    Source: New York Times
  • May 18, 2009
    PSR Calls on the EPA to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions Immediately

    Testifying today before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Dr. Peter Wilk, Executive Director for PSR, called on the agency to move forward quickly with regulations to control the emissions of greenhouse gases that are contributing to global warming and creating a serious public health threat.

  • May 14, 2009
    Climate change biggest threat to humans

    Climate change poses the biggest threat to human health in the 21st century but its full impact is not being grasped by the healthcare community or policymakers, a medical report concludes.

    Source: Times of London
  • May 11, 2009
    In schools, a cautionary video about America’s ‘stuff’

    “The Story of Stuff,” a 20-minute video about the effects of human consumption, has been embraced by teachers eager to supplement textbooks that lag behind scientific findings on climate change and pollution.

    Source: New York Times
  • May 9, 2009
    In Santa Barbara, a raging line of flames and smoke

    The Jesusita fire slid into canyon fingers along the ridgeline above Santa Barbara on Friday, creating a five-mile curtain of flames and smoke--and driving 30,500 residents from their homes.

    Source: Los Angeles Times
  • May 9, 2009
    Scientific Integrity: EPA’s Compass for Environmental Protection

    In this Memorandum from EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to all EPA Employees, the administrator reconfirms her commitment to science being the compass guiding environmental protection decisions.

    Source: EPA
  • May 9, 2009
    Changing the planet might help preserve it

    Soon many scientists say we may need to start building space mirrors, creating artificial clouds or altering the chemistry of the sea to prevent the worst effects of global warming.

    Source: London Financial Times
  • May 7, 2009
    EPA Investigating Aging Coal Plants, Like N.H.'s Merrimack

    The EPA is beefing up its enforcement division and taking a closer look at the nation’s aging coal-fired power plants.

    Source: Solve Climate
  • 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
  • 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 4, 2009
    Global warming may spike Lyme disease cases

    Yale University scientists reported recently that global warming could change the feeding patterns of ticks that commonly carry Lyme disease, resulting in more persistent strains and more severe infections.

    Source: Bucks County Courier Times, Pennsylvania
  • May 1, 2009
    Landmark U.S. Geological Survey Study Demonstrates How Methylmercury, Known to Contaminate Seafood, Originates in the Ocean

    A new landmark study published today documents for the first time the process in which increased mercury emissions from human sources across the globe, and in particular from Asia, make their way into the North Pacific Ocean and as a result contaminate tuna and other seafood.

    Source: USGS
  • May 1, 2009
    World Must Drastically Shift Away From Fossil Fuels to Stay Within 2ºC Rise

    Tackling global warming means that humanity will be able to burn less than a quarter of the proven reserves of fossil fuels by 2050, a new study published in Nature finds. To achieve a less than 2ºC rise in temperature means that only 1,000 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) can be emitted between 2000 and 2050. By comparison, the world has emitted a third of that amount in just nine years.

    Source: Agence France-Presse
  • April 29, 2009
    'Safe' climate means 'no to coal'

    About three-quarters of the world's fossil fuel reserves must be left unused if society is to avoid dangerous climate change, scientists warn.

    Source: BBC
  • April 29, 2009
    Barack Obama's 100 days: Green measures

    Barack Obama promised on his very first day in the White House to help move America towards a new green future. Now, 100 days on, environmentalists in general have been impressed by the speed and sheer sweep of Obama's efforts.

    Source: London Guardian
  • April 23, 2009
    Carper, Alexander Push for Stronger Clean Air Standards

    Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) announced today that they will be working on legislation to reduce harmful sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxide (NOx) and mercury emissions from America's power plants.

    Source: The website of Senator Alexander
  • April 21, 2009
    New Study Says Reducing Emissions Will Lower Energy Costs

    The United States can dramatically cut global warming emissions and reduce consumer and business energy bills at the same time, according to the findings of a soon-to-be-released, two-year study by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

    Source: Union of Concerned Scientists
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