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Heat Advisory: Protecting Health on a Warming Planet
by Dr. Alan Lockwood

Drawing on peer-reviewed scientific and medical research, Dr. Lockwood meticulously details the symptoms of climate change and their medical side effects.

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Real reform must be health protective

November 1, 2013

PSR, along with hundreds of other parents, environmentalists and health professionals, gathered at the U.S. Capitol on October 29th for a “stroller brigade” rally for safer chemicals.  The Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Coalition organized the event to heighten awareness of the need for real reform of the laws that govern hazardous chemicals in the U.S.

Existing law (Toxic Substances Control Act) regulates chemicals, but literally thousands of substances aren't covered because they came on the market prior to passage of the law. In any case, the law has been woefully inadequate at banning hazardous chemicals, unable to even ban asbestos, a known carcinogen.

A new bill, the proposed Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), currently working its way through the Senate, has been proposed to update the existing law, but it needs to be stronger.  After the rally, parents with their kids in strollers made their way into Congress to meet with their members and push for improvements on the CSIA.

The CSIA is currently before the Senate Environment and Public Works committee where PSR is actively advocating for stronger more health-protective measures to be written into the bill.  We are working for a bill that would:

  • Protect vulnerable populations;
  • Ensure the EPA can take action on the most hazardous chemicals, and
  • Preserve states’ rights to regulate chemicals and protect their citizens

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Resources

  • Natural Gas Health Impacts Symposium

    PSR is proud to have participated in "Natural Gas Infrastructure and Public Health," a high-powered conference in Boston that brought together university researchers, public health departments and concerned citizens. Watch Environment & Health Director Barbara Gottlieb's overview presentation here, timestamp 11:10 - 46:05. Read more »

  • Fracking Compendium 5 Water Excerpt

    Given the timely and important consideration of the issue by state officials in Florida, Physicians for Social Responsibility, along with Concerned Health Professionals of New York, has released excerpts from the upcoming Fifth Edition of the Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking. Released in Miami in advance of the full report, this new document contains an up-to-date analysis and compilation of the science on water contamination risks from drilling, fracking, and associated activities. Read more »

  • Ash in Lungs

    PSR and Earthjustice's new report explores the health impacts of breathing coal ash dust. Read more »

In the Spotlight

  • March 3, 2018
    WPSR Annual Dinner and Fundraiser
    Join Washington PSR for a reception, a delicious meal, keynote address by David Korten, presentation of the 2018 Paul Beeson and Malcolm Peterson awards, and a live auction.