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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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Report Further Documents the Dire Consequences of Global Warming
September 5, 2007
(Washington, DC) A report released today by the National Environmental Trust, Clear the Air, U.S. PIRG and Physicians for Social Responsibility demonstrates increased heat deaths because of global warming. As temperatures increase, the intensity and duration of heat waves and heat related events also should increase putting more and more Americans at risk.
“Several years ago PSR produced ‘Death by Degrees,’ which looked at the various health impacts of global warming. At that time we noted that a marked increase in deaths related to increased temperatures was likely to result, and this report backs that up. The medical and public health communities are concerned about all the health risks associated with global warming, and we call on Congress and the president to act now to minimize these catastrophic results,” said Dr. Michael McCally, executive director for Physicians for Social Responsibility.
The ‘Death by Degrees’ report noted that the poor, elderly, young and those with compromised immune systems will be the most affected by heat related events. Heat stroke can cause death immediately or can lead to complications that cause organ failure in the victim.
The latest report on heat mortality was prepared after modeling was conducted by Dr. Larry Kalkstein and Dr. Scott Greene. The two were commissioned by National Environmental Trust to consider the impacts of heat waves and heat related events created by global warming. To read the report click here. To view supplementary tables with additional data on projected heat-related deaths, click here.
PSR is working with other organizations for the passage of mandatory controls on greenhouse gas emissions. A 20% reduction in these emissions is necessary by 2020 with an 80% reduction by mid-century in order to slow, stop and reverse global warming and its catastrophic consequences.
Saving Energy, Saving Lives: The Health Impacts of Avoiding Power Plant Pollution with Energy Efficiency
PSR and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)'s new report examines the public health benefits and medical cost savings of cutting annual electric consumption by 15 percent. Read more »
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 »
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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.