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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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Lieberman-Warner Global Warming Legislation Provides Vehicle for Important Senate Debate

Giveaways to dirty fuels must be reduced

December 5, 2007

(Washington, DC)  The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee moved global warming legislation to the full Senate today, marking a significant development in the effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions.  The Lieberman-Warner bill, S. 2191 as amended by the chair, was reported out of the committee with few amendments and likely will be considered by the full Senate in 2008.

“While the reductions in greenhouse gases represented in the bill are significant, we hope efforts to strengthen the bill on the Senate floor will be successful,” said Dr. Michael McCally, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility. “The allowances for coal-fired power plants are too generous, and language was added to the bill that identifies nuclear as a beneficiary of subsidies.  These are serious flaws.”

The bill seeks to reduce current emissions by more than 15 percent by 2020 with additional reductions nearing 60 percent by mid-century.  PSR seeks more rapid reductions in these emissions and fewer allocation giveaways to dirty power sources, primarily coal.

“Coal plants produce more than carbon dioxide.  PSR cannot support any efforts to promote more coal facilities that emit sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury and other pollutants that harm human health.  There is no such thing as clean coal technology as long as it allows plants to dump millions of tons of pollutants into the air,” added McCally.

PSR sees global warming as one of the gravest threats to human health and security.  Millions are expected to suffer from water and food shortages worldwide, while heat waves, incidences of disease and threats from severe weather will increase in the U.S.

Action Alerts

  • Vote for clean air!

    Tell your U.S. Representative to vote against H.R. 806 which weakens delays implementation of the updated ozone rules by eight years and tries to dismantle the Clean Air Act.

  • Tell the EPA: Don't delay methane protections

    Tell the EPA: don't delay the proposed rule to capture leaking methane gas. Our health and the health of the climate cannot wait!

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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.