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  • September 19, 2012
    Consumer study finds high levels of arsenic in rice products

    Wisconsin Environmental Health Network's (WEHN) Dr. Elizabeth Neary, a pediatrician, says arsenic can harm babies who are still growing.

    Source: WKOW
  • September 17, 2012
    Voters must press both parties to address climate change

    Fortunately, a popular movement to minimize climate change is beginning (for example, see 350.org or Physicians for Social Responsibility), and government has taken some steps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

    Source: Kennebec Journal
  • September 12, 2012
    Former PSR Board Member to Receive Prestigious Heinz Award

    Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation today announced Dr. Richard Joseph Jackson, a pediatrician and public health physician, as a recipient of one of five prestigious Heinz Awards.

  • September 7, 2012
    How the Clean Air Act Has Saved $22 Trillion in Health-Care Costs

    In an excerpt from The Silent Epidemic, neurologist and PSR board member Alan H. Lockwood examines how even if the entire cost of complying with the Clean Air Act were assumed by the federal government, we would still be vastly ahead financially.

    Source: The Atlantic
  • August 22, 2012
    Toxic Coal Blues

    According to Regna Merritt of Oregon Physicians of Social Responsibility, coal creates a substantial number of health risks, from the exposure to people working in coal mines, to the coal dust and diesel emitted along transportation routes, to the air pollution caused by burning the fossil fuel itself.

    Source: The Portland Observer
  • August 17, 2012
    Health Care Community Pushes Back Against Ameren's Attempt To Stall On Emissions Reductions

    Chicago Physicians for Responsibility Executive Director Dr. Sarah Lovinger warned that the potential health implications for residents should not be overshadowed because of economic concerns.

    Source: Progress Illinois
  • August 15, 2012
    Johnson & Johnson to remove harsh chemicals from baby products

    PSR is among the groups that have been pushing Johnson & Johnson to remove toxic chemicals from its products.

    Source: NBC News
  • July 31, 2012
    PSR Addresses Anti-Fracking Rally at U.S. Capitol

    Catherine Thomasson, MD, PSR’s executive director, addressed thousands of people rallying at the U.S. Capitol on July 28 to protest pollution and climate change caused by “fracking.”

  • July 25, 2012
    Solution elusive for San Juan Generating Station

    Abby Wear, executive director of the New Mexico chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, said coal particulates are linked to cardiac and respiratory disease. "Coal is an assault on our health," Wear said.

    Source: Farmington Daily Times
  • July 24, 2012
    PSR opposes World Bank funding of Kosovo coal plant

    PSR recruited 17 distinguished physicians to sign a letter to the World Bank urging it not to finance construction of a new coal-fired power plant in Kosovo.

  • July 24, 2012
    PSR speaks out against fracking

    PSR’s executive director will be a featured speaker at the first nationwide demonstration to protest the use of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in natural gas and oil extraction.

  • July 23, 2012
    PSR chapters speak out at EPA hearings on particulate matter

    PSR chapters on both coasts testified before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently, calling for stricter national air quality standards on toxic particulate matter air pollution.

  • July 18, 2012
    Join fight for cleaner air in EPA proposal

    An op-ed from PSR Sacramento President Dr. Harry Wang.

    Source: Sacramento Bee
  • July 17, 2012
    PSR to World Bank: Consider Health Before Funding Coal

    PSR-affiliated physicians joined with distinguished colleagues from several nations to urge the World Bank to reconsider financing a lignite coal-fired power plant proposed to be built in Kosovo.

  • July 10, 2012
    Coalition Calls for Renewable Energy Jobs

    Dr. Maureen McCue, coordinator for the Iowa Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, said moving to more sustainable energy sources would better the health of Iowans.

    Source: Iowa City Press Citizen
  • July 5, 2012
    The World Bank's Chance to Clean Up Its Coal Act

    PSR President Dr. Andrew S. Kanter co-authored this piece on the global health impacts of coal.

    Source: Huffington Post
  • July 4, 2012
    Coal trains bring asthma, heart disease

    Letter to the Editor from PSR's Dr. Martin Donohoe.

    Source: The Portland Tribune
  • July 3, 2012
    Physician Tours Country by Bike to Speak Out Against Climate Change

    I am a 56 year old family doctor riding a bicycle across the country to talk with people about the health effects of climate change and why we must quickly replace fossil fuel with clean renewable energy to prevent a public health catastrophe.

  • June 26, 2012
    Progress on Climate Change in Tucson

    Three PSR Arizona members have served on the City of Tucson's Climate Change Advisory Committee over the past three years, representing Physicians for Social Responsibility as well as their academic and administrative roles.

  • June 20, 2012
    ‘Gang of Eight’ Utilities Spent Millions Lobbying and Litigating Against EPA Action While Pollution Contributes to Over 10,000 Deaths

    “Coal pollutants contribute to four of the five leading causes of mortality in the United States: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic respiratory diseases,” said Catherine Thomasson, MD, executive director of PSR. “The damage they do to health is severe and widespread. It’s vital that these dirty emissions be reduced. If not, thousands of Americans will needlessly suffer illnesses and premature deaths.”

    Source: Salem News
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