April 7, 2015
Nearly 1,000 health professionals call for climate action during National Public Health Week
More heat waves, worse air pollution, and the spread of diseases to new areas are among the growing health threats from climate change, more than 950 health professionals warned in a letter to President Obama today, delivered as part of National Public Health Week.
April 6, 2015
Former Gov. Bob Martinez Receives the T. Terrell Sessums Award
Tampa native and former Florida Governor Bob Martinez was this year’s recipient of the 6th Annual T. Terrell Sessums Award in recognition of his state and community leadership, high standards and environmental stewardship.
March 26, 2015
Health of millions at stake in emissions curb ruling, environmentalists warn
"A fifth of women of child-bearing years have mercury levels in their bodies that we know are not healthy and can cause problems with developing fetuses," said Dr Catherine Thomasson, the executive director of the national lobbying group Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Source: The Guardian
March 1, 2015
The Navajo Generating Station was supposed to improve the lives of the native people living in its shadow, but its only real legacy is the polluted skies over the American Southwest.
Source: National Parks Magazine
February 24, 2015
Keystone Pipeline News--5 Health Reasons to Herald the End of the Keystone Pipeline
Physicians for Social Responsibility applauds President Obama’s decision to veto the congressional bill to advance the Keystone XL pipeline.
February 22, 2015
Toxic Waste in the US: Coal Ash
Important piece on toxic coal ash, featuring PSR's Barb Gottlieb explaining the health impacts.
Source: Vice News
February 17, 2015
How Coal Kills
According to Coal's Assault on Human Health, a report by PSR, coal combustion releases mercury, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and other substances known to be hazardous to human health.
Source: Scientific American
January 14, 2015
Decisions about environment affect our health
An op-ed from Florida PSR's Dr. Lonnie Draper.
Source: Tallahassee Democrat
December 30, 2014
Risks From Oil Terminal
A letter to the editor on the public safety risks of a proposed oil terminal in Vancouver, WA, by WPSR Executive Director Laura Skelton and member Dr. Michael Soman.
Source: New York Times
December 18, 2014
Why Columbia's ash pond was given 'high' hazard potential rating
"If you live in a community where there is uncovered dry coal ash deposit and the wind blows you may be inhaling cadmium," PSR's Barbara Gottleib said. "The threats from cadmium are pretty severe: kidney disease, lung diseases like emphysema."
December 17, 2014
Fracking ban in NY prompts calls for MD to follow suit
"New York made the right decision," said Dr. Gina Angiola, a board member of Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility. "Science now confirms that unconventional natural gas development has the potential to cause both short-term and long-term health impacts, some of which may be irreversible.”
Source: Baltimore Sun
November 24, 2014
'Routine' planning hearing raises questions about L.A.'s oversight on oil drilling
"The purpose of a city, the primary purpose of a city, is to ensure that its residents are safe," says Angela Johnson Meszaros, a lawyer with Physicians for Social Responsibility, who is working with the drill site's neighborhood groups.
November 21, 2014
Efficiency standard clears the air, saves cash
A letter to the editor from PSR Arizona's Dr. Barbara Warren on how energy efficiency helps public health and saves money.
Source: Arizona Daily Star
November 12, 2014
Fire retardant chemicals found in small group of Californians
PSR's Dr. Catherine Thomasson explains how fire retardants impact health.
Source: San Jose Mercury News
October 24, 2014
Doctors Concerned About Antibiotics in Healthy Livestock
A new report, Prescription For Change, calls on supermarket chains to stop selling meat raised on antibiotics. PSR-SF joined forces with several other public health groups to voice their concerns about this growing health issue. Ninety-three percent of doctors are concerned about the meat industry practice of using antibiotics on healthy animals for growth promotion and disease prevention, according to a new poll released by Consumer Reports.
Source: Kansas City InfoZine
October 22, 2014
Fracking could lead to irreversible health effects
An op-ed co-authored by Chesapeake PSR's Tim Whitehouse.
Source: Montgomery Gazette
October 17, 2014
Groups sue EPA over failure to reduce air pollution
The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, is on behalf of several groups, including the Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity and Physicians for Social Responsibility.
October 14, 2014
Companies must disclose the public health impact of fracking
Chesapeake PSR executive director Tim Whitehouse wrote this letter to the editor on how to protect the public from the health impacts of fracking.
Source: Baltimore Sun
October 8, 2014
Dukeville, NC: Don’t drink the water, locals and activists warn
PSR's Barbara Gottlieb discusses the carcinogens found in coal ash.
Source: Al Jazeera America
October 1, 2014
Florida Needs a Health-Protective Energy Policy Plan
Incoming Board President Dr. Lonnie Draper and Board Member Dr. Ron Saff delivered a letter to Governor Rick Scott asking for his strong leadership in putting together a health-protective energy policy plan for Florida; a plan with emphasis on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.