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.
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.
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
April 17, 2009
EPA Proposes Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposal today finding greenhouse gas emissions pose a danger to the public's health and welfare, a determination that could trigger a series of sweeping regulations affecting everything from vehicles to coal-fired power plants.
Source: Washington Post
April 9, 2009
A Revived EPA Takes on Climate Change and More
Over the past 10 weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency has been pumping out proposals and directives on everything from climate change to pollution from ships. By moving so quickly, President Obama's EPA has in effect reproached the Bush administration for dawdling on climate change. In calling for tougher regulations, it has also criticized Bush officials for catering to businesses and industry.
Source: US News and World Report
February 12, 2009
Physicians Applaud Conferees for Negotiating a Cleaner, Healthier Stimulus Bill
PSR applauds the efforts of conferees to strip unnecessary funding from the stimulus bill -- The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act -- while promoting cleaner energy choices that will help to reduce the pollutants impacting America’s health. In particular PSR opposed funding for dirty and dangerous energy sources like coal and nuclear power.
January 1, 2009
Big Idea #3: Declare Dane Co. a Coal-Free Zone
Pam Kleiss of PSR Wisconsin discusses the health effects of coal plants.
Source: Madison Magazine
October 23, 2008
Report Finds Risks of Developing Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases Can Be Dramatically Reduced
Boston PSR Chapter joins in releasing new report that shows risks of developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases can be dramatically reduced.
October 20, 2008
Human Testing Exposing Children to Chemicals
Survey among science and health advocates reveals toxic chemical exposure crisis in America
October 20, 2008
Top 5 Worst Actions of the Bush Administration
Physicians for Social Responsibility and other health advocates surveyed more than 100 thought leaders and identified the Top 5 worst actions of the current administration that have led to widespread contamination from chemicals.
October 16, 2008
New EPA Lead Standard Fails to Protect Public Health
PSR condemns the inadequate effort by the EPA to establish new lead levels that are adequately protective of the public health.
May 27, 2008
Senate Global Warming Legislation Would Fail to Meet Necessary Targets
In June the U.S. Senate will begin debate on legislation to address global warming. The Climate Security Act, S. 3036 fails to meet the scientific targets that will be necessary to avoid the worst affects of climate change.
May 1, 2008
EPA Proposed Rule on Lead in Air Emissions Ignores Science and the Need to Protect Young Children
While acknowledging the need to restrict the levels of lead allowed in air emissions, the EPA today failed, again, to utilize the best available science by proposing a rule that would allow children to be exposed to harmful levels of lead.
April 16, 2008
Bush Proposal Too Little, Too Late
PSR expressed disappointment in the president’s approach to control global warming, presented today in a speech at the White House. The administration would reduce emissions, primarily carbon dioxide from electric generating plants across the country after 2025, ignoring the well established goal of a reducing all domestic greenhouse gas emissions by more than 20 percent by that time.
March 18, 2008
New EPA Ozone Standard Falls Short, Fails to Adequately Protect Public Health
In a final rule announced yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tightened the national air quality standard for ozone, but not to the level recommended by the Agency’s independent science advisors and a host of health and environmental organizations. Ground-level ozone, commonly known as smog, is the nation’s most pervasive air pollutant.