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
June 7, 2012
Air Toxics and Child Health in Portland: A Guide for Clinicians
This fact sheet will help health care providers understand data from the Portland Air Toxics Solutions project and its relevance to patients, clinicians, and the community.
June 6, 2012
140 Community, Public Health and Environmental Groups Demand a Clean Transportation Bill
PSR sent the letter to the Hill and Administration yesterday afternoon on behalf of 140 public interest groups in the 14 Senate conferee states asking for a clean transportation bill, particularly one without a dangerous coal ash amendment.
May 27, 2012
Reject the dirty politics of coal ash for clean water
An op-ed from PSR Florida's Dr. Lynn Ringenberg.
Source: Tampa Bay Times
May 24, 2012
The Danger Downwind
A New York Times editorial links to a letter to the president signed by PSR and other groups, calling on the EPA to take action under the Clean Air Act to prevent disasters at chemical plants.
Source: The New York Times
May 17, 2012
Dust in the wind?
Maye Thompson of Oregon PSR explains the health effects of coal dust.
Source: The Portland Tribune
May 7, 2012
Chicago Tribune Investigation Reveals Deceptive Chemical Industry Tactics Promoting Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals
"Scientific evidence is exhaustive, yet the flame retardant industry continues to deceive the public and policymakers," says Martha Dina Arguello of Physicians for Social Responsibility-LA.
Source: Californians For Toxic Free Fire Safety
May 7, 2012
Exporting coal presents myriad health, environmental concerns
Dr. Andy Harris of Oregon PSR on the health impacts of coal export.
Source: The Oregonian
May 4, 2012
TEP is asked to stop burning coal
The groups, which include the Arizona PSR, Clean Air Task Force, 350.org and the Sierra Club, called on TEP to switch solely to cleaner-burning natural gas at Sundt.
Source: Arizona Daily Star
April 30, 2012
Doctors Press Court to Release Records in Gas Fracking Case
A brief in support of the newspapers was filed on behalf of Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility, and other groups.
Source: Business Week
April 29, 2012
If We Change Behavior, We Can Influence Climate
A letter to the editor from PSR Harrisburg President Dr. James E. Jones on the need for action on climate change.
Source: The Patriot-News
April 26, 2012
840 Health Professionals Agree: Coal Ash is Hazardous to Your Health
Physicians for Social Responsibility delivered to the Obama Administration today a petition signed by 840 medical doctors, health scientists, nurses, and other health professionals outlining the harm that exposure to toxic coal ash imposes on human health. Accompanying the letter are eight doctors from Florida, Iowa, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Georgia who will meet with their elected officials in Congress.
April 26, 2012
PSR briefs Senate on dangers from coal ash; petition signed by 850 health professionals
Eight PSR doctors, flying in to Washington from six states, will present the Obama Administration with a petition signed by 850 health professionals voicing their concern about the toxic dangers posed by unregulated coal ash disposal.
April 23, 2012
Pollution in Green Bay, manufacturing industry at odds
Pollutants are especially dangerous to people with asthma or other lung diseases, but they also put healthy people at greater risk of heart disease, said Ann Behrmann, past president of the Wisconsin chapter of PSR.
Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette
April 16, 2012
Bucket Brigade Fights Air Pollution in Iowa
Iowa PSR partnered with Clean Air Muscatine (CLAM) to bring Global Community Monitor (GCM) for a weekend training event on April 13, 2012.
April 12, 2012
Muscatine Residents Launch "Bucket Brigade" Air Monitoring Project
Muscatine residents, over burdened by toxic pollution will bring in a team of international pollution busters, the Global Community Monitor, to learn how to measure contamination themselves. Clean Air Muscatine and Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility will be organizing Muscatine residents to participate in the training and testing.
Source: Clean Air Muscatine