Local impacts of coal exports unacceptable
October 22, 2012
An op-ed on the health impacts of transporting coal, written with the help of Oregon PSR.
Clean Coal Is a Hoax, Mr. President, and You Know It, So Drop It
October 17, 2012
Coal mining and burning pollutants contribute to four of the five leading causes of mortality in the U.S., according to the Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Source: Huffington Post
Radio Smart Talk Interview with Dr. Andy Kanter
October 9, 2012
A radio interview with PSR president Andy Kanter, MD, MPH on nuclear power.
Coal’s Assault on Human Health: Physicians for Social Responsibility analyzes coal
October 8, 2012
Alan Lockwood, M.D., is a man with a mission -- to educate the public about the health effects of burning coal.
Source: The Reader
The story behind Harrisburg's Peace Garden
October 7, 2012
The Peace Garden is the result of more than 20 years of successful collaboration between the city of Harrisburg and the Harrisburg-Hershey chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Source: The Patriot-News
Down to Earth with Dr. Alan Lockwood
October 5, 2012
Earthjustice staffer Jessica Knoblauch speaks with PSR board member Dr. Alan Lockwood, a physician and author of the new book, The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health.
Limerick nuclear plant pollutes, depletes water supply
October 4, 2012
Radiation can cause cancer and DNA damage. There’s no safe level, according to Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Source: The Mercury
Rally opposes coal-fired power plan
October 3, 2012
"The governor has gotten the message and she has taken a step," said Dr. Mike McCally of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Source: Las Cruces Sun-News
Is the Department of Energy trying to smother Hanford critique?
October 3, 2012
Terms limits are proposed for Hanford Advisory Board, which oversees cleanup of the Hanford Site. Washington PSR currently holds a seat on the board.
Family Planning: The Great Debate
September 23, 2012
Kimberly Carter, MD, APSR Board Member stated, “If we want healthy children, adults … healthy Texans, who are not going to continue to be a burden on the social welfare system, then we should champion ways to make individuals responsible for their contraception and personal health,” Dr. Carter was one of four panelists on “Family Planning: The Great Debate,” one of many topics discussed during the 2012 Texas Tribune Festival in Austin.
Source: Texas Medical Association
The threat of a new nuclear arms race
September 22, 2012
A letter to the editor from PSR executive director Dr. Catherine Thomasson.
Source: The Washington Post
Ronald Saff: Clock keeps ticking while climate keeps changing
September 21, 2012
Climate change is a serious threat to human health and the environment. Yet, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is approving permits for new biomass plants. At the same time, it is doing virtually nothing to cut down on the millions of tons of global-warming and disease-causing pollutants spewed yearly from Florida’s 12 coal-fired power plants.
Source: Tallahassee Democrat
Myths And Facts About Coal
September 20, 2012
A November 2009 report by Physicians for Social Responsibility said the health consequences of coal "are multiple and have widespread and damaging impact."
Source: Media Matters for America
Take tuna off school menus, group says
September 19, 2012
A coalition of consumer groups including PSR is recommending the U.S. Department of Agriculture get tuna out of school lunchrooms after tests of canned tuna sold to schools found highly variable levels of mercury, in some cases higher than federal guidelines.
Source: USA Today
Consumer study finds high levels of arsenic in rice products
September 19, 2012
Wisconsin Environmental Health Network's (WEHN) Dr. Elizabeth Neary, a pediatrician, says arsenic can harm babies who are still growing.
Voters must press both parties to address climate change
September 17, 2012
Fortunately, a popular movement to minimize climate change is beginning (for example, see 350.org or Physicians for Social Responsibility), and government has taken some steps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Source: Kennebec Journal
I.C. resident bikes across Japan to raise awareness
September 16, 2012
In her bicycle trek across Japan last month, Iowa City resident Michelle Gin of Iowa PSR met a number of hibakusha, the Japanese term for survivors of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the U.S. in 1945.
Source: Iowa City Press Citizen
How the Clean Air Act Has Saved $22 Trillion in Health-Care Costs
September 7, 2012
In an excerpt from The Silent Epidemic, neurologist and PSR board member Alan H. Lockwood examines how even if the entire cost of complying with the Clean Air Act were assumed by the federal government, we would still be vastly ahead financially.
Source: The Atlantic
Toxic Coal Blues
August 22, 2012
According to Regna Merritt of Oregon Physicians of Social Responsibility, coal creates a substantial number of health risks, from the exposure to people working in coal mines, to the coal dust and diesel emitted along transportation routes, to the air pollution caused by burning the fossil fuel itself.
Source: The Portland Observer
Health Care Community Pushes Back Against Ameren's Attempt To Stall On Emissions Reductions
August 17, 2012
Chicago Physicians for Responsibility Executive Director Dr. Sarah Lovinger warned that the potential health implications for residents should not be overshadowed because of economic concerns.
Source: Progress Illinois