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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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US Senate Introduces Long-Awaited Climate Bill

October 1, 2009

Washington, DC – Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) applauds Senators Kerry and Boxer for introducing the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act.  It is critical and timely for the Senate to address global warming pollution.  Climate change is already affecting human health: according to the World Health Organization, climate change claims 150,000 lives per year.  In the future, climate change  is expected to inflict heat waves, reduce air and water quality, shrink food supply, increase infectious diseases, and create more environmental refugees and deepen social conflict. 

"For these reasons, we must act quickly to pass climate and energy legislation that includes deep and early cuts to global warming pollution, empowers the EPA to regulate CO2 under the Clean Air Act, and limits future pollution from coal plants, the largest CO2 point source emitters and doesn't subsidize polluting energy sources like nuclear," said Dr. Peter Wilk, PSR Executive Director. PSR looks forward to working with the Senate to strengthen the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act as it moves forward through the process.

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.