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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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Health Threat Evident, U.S. Must Address Global Warming to Protect the Public

April 17, 2009

(Washington, DC)  On Friday, April 17, 2009 the Environmental Protection Agency made an endangerment finding regarding the emission of greenhouse gases that cause global warming.  The finding, a requirement of the Clean Air Act recently upheld by the Supreme Court, makes it clear that greenhouse gas emissions must be regulated in order to control global warming and protect human health.

Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) has made protecting human health from the effects of climate change a top priority.  Dr. Michael McCally, a physician and senior scientist for PSR, noted that “the extreme heat events, spread of disease and worsening air pollution that is expected from global warming will impact everyone.  Today, the EPA has reinforced that finding and made it clear that the U.S. government must act to protect human health.”

PSR is calling on the Congress to pass comprehensive climate change legislation that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions immediately and steadily during the next 40 years to ensure that global warming does not cause catastrophic climate changes.

Dr. McCally is an expert in environmental health issues and testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in 2007 about the public health impacts of climate change.

For the official EPA announcement in the Federal Register, click here

Action Alerts

  • Stop the Dirty Budget!

    Tell your U.S. senators and representative to stand up for clean air, clean water and a sustainable climate by voting against anti-health budget cuts and "poison pill" amendments.

  • Reject FERC Nominees!

    Ask your U.S. senators to reject the nominees to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the "federal regulator that almost never says no."

More action alertsĀ»

Resources

  • PSR Expert Testimony on Coal Ash

    Chesapeake PSR is suing the EPA over a proposed delay in a rule that slashes coal ash waste discharges into rivers and streams. PSR National Environment & Health Director Barbara Gottlieb gave expert testimony on the health impacts of coal ash disposal. Read more »

  • Barbara Gottlieb's Testimony on EPA Methane Standards

    On July 10, 2017, PSR Environment & Health Director Barbara Gottlieb testified before the EPA against a proposed rollback of a methane regulation that would reduce leaks from oil and gas wells. Read more »

  • Climate Communicators Guide

    Our new guide for climate communicators speaking on behalf of PSR, featuring tips for speaking on climate change and health, and sample presentations and other resources. Read more »

In the Spotlight

  • November 30, 2016
    Eating for Climate and Health
    PSR's new PowerPoint presentation on how climate change impacts food production, and agriculture's contribution to climate change.