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  • July 8, 2009
    Navy Seeks 2nd Explosives Handling Wharf at Bangor Naval Base

    Seemingly at odds with President Obama's commitment to working towards a nuclear weapons free world, the Navy is pursuing a second wharf at Bangor to load and unload submarines.

  • July 2, 2009
    House Passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act is an Historic Milestone; Stronger Action is Essential

    PSR recognizes the historic significance of House passage on June 26, 2009, of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES). For the first time, a branch of Congress has taken responsibility for acting to comprehensively reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • June 17, 2009
    PGE at a crossroads

    An op-ed by former PSR president Catherine Thomasson on Portland General Electric.

    Source: The Oregonian
  • 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
  • June 3, 2009
    Green energy overtakes fossil fuel investment, UN figures reveal

    Green energy overtook fossil fuels in attracting investment for power generation for the first time last year, according to figures released today by the United Nations.

    Source: London Guardian
  • May 22, 2009
    EPA to restore scientific review process

    In a bid to restore the primacy of science in setting air-pollution standards at the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced yesterday that she was reestablishing a key process in which agency scientists issue "staff papers" outlining options for policymakers to consider in establishing air-quality levels for key pollutants.

    Source: Philidelphia Inquirer
  • 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
    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 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 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
    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 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
    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 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
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  • April 25, 2014
    4th Annual Soul of Medicine Dinner
    Friday, April 25th. Chicago PSR's annual celebration, this year honoring Dr. David Ansell. Free for medical students.