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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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PSR Statement on Proposed RGGI Caps

April 19, 2017

"Since 2009, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) states have saved $5.7 billion as well as pain, suffering and days lost from work and school. That's because the RGGI program has led to better health outcomes by reducing rates of heart attacks, respiratory illnesses and overall adult mortality.

"The RGGI states are now determining the next phase of the carbon cap-and-invest program and have proposed new carbon cap levels. Unfortunately, the proposed caps don't go far enough in protecting health from harmful air pollution and the effects of climate change. Under the proposed caps, the most vulnerable—children, elderly, low-income communities and communities of color—will be placed at risk.

"What we need is to strengthen RGGI by implementing at least a 5% annual decrease in the cap on carbon. 

"Further, we must ensure that funds earned through RGGI be heavily invested in communities that disproportionately face the harmful health effects of air pollution and climate change. Funds should be made available to extend energy efficiency and weatherization services to renters and low-income families, provide transition assistance for workers who will be displaced by retiring fossil fuel plants, and develop new community solar projects.

"Climate scientists believe that we are nearing a tipping point for climate change beyond which our best efforts will be ineffectual. Given the dismantling of our climate and air protections at the federal level, we need strong state level action now. Physicians for Social Responsibility calls on the RGGI states to lead the way."

Action Alerts

  • 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!

  • Tell Congress—defend the Clean Air Act against Big Oil!

    President Trump, his new EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, and some in Congress are attempting to block or weaken clean air and climate protections like the Clean Power Plan. Tell your member of Congress to support full implementation of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Power Plan.

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Resources

  • Video: Fracking - Too Dirty, Too Dangerous

    Former executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Catherine Thomasson, MD, presents findings from PSR's report "Too Dirty, Too Dangerous: Why Health Professionals Reject Natural Gas". It is based on summaries of recent medical and scientific studies which clearly convey the health threats that accompany use of methane as a fuel. Read more »

  • Webinar: The Fight for Solar

    Solar energy is one of our best hopes for a clean energy future – yet some utility companies are trying to stifle the spread of rooftop solar. Learn more about the fight for rooftop ("distributed") solar. Read more »

  • Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Fact Sheet

    RGGI has significantly reduced air pollution from fossil fuel power plants, improving the health of people living in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions. 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.