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  • August 30, 2009
    Climate Trouble May Be Bubbling Up in Far North

    On continent's boggy Arctic fringe, scientists search for signs of future climate calamity.

    Source: Associated Press
  • August 27, 2009
    PSR Announces Position on Healthcare Reform

    We contend that healthcare reform should create a program that will ensure access to primary and preventive medical care to all inhabitants of the United States. Creation of a universal comprehensive primary and preventive care program in the United States that also addresses the major social determinants of health would be an investment that will pay dividends in improved health, increased productivity, and reduced cost for care as is enjoyed by developed nations except the United States.

  • August 25, 2009
    Global Warming Bringing More Extreme Heat Waves

    More extremely hot summer days are projected for every part of the country, detailed in a new report from the National Wildlife Federation and Physicians for Social Responsibility.

  • August 25, 2009
    USA Today features PSR-NWF report on heat waves

    PSR and the National Wildlife Federation today released More Extreme Heat Waves: Global Warming’s Wake Up Call, a new report describing the health dangers from extreme heat and identifying the 30 U.S. cities whose populations are most vulnerable.

  • August 19, 2009
    FDA BPA Decision Expected in November

    After much controversy and accusations of alleged negligence, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking a very serious look at bisphenol A—BPA—a ubiquitous, estrogenic, chemical best known for its presence in children’s products and water bottles.

    Source: News Inferno
  • August 19, 2009
    Mercury Found in Every Fish Tested, Scientists Say

    When government scientists went looking for mercury contamination in fish in 291 streams around the nation, they found it in every fish they tested, the Interior Department said, even in isolated rural waterways.

    Source: New York Times
  • August 17, 2009
    The Clunkers of the Power-Plant World

    Many public health and environmental advocates say too little attention has been paid to facilities such as Fisk and Crawford -- "legacy" plants grandfathered in under the 1977 Clean Air Act and largely exempted from its requirement that facilities use the best pollution-control technology.

    Source: Washington Post
  • 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
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