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
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
Johnson & Johnson to remove harsh chemicals from baby products
August 15, 2012
PSR is among the groups that have been pushing Johnson & Johnson to remove toxic chemicals from its products.
Source: NBC News
Activists Stop Traffic at Navy's West Coast Trident Submarine Base on Hiroshima Anniversary
August 7, 2012
Activists representing Physicians for Social Responsibility, Washington Chapter, arrived at Ground Zero on Saturday during the Bike to the Bomb bicycle ride. Bike to the Bomb protests the use of nuclear weapons against the people of Japan, and spotlights the massive nuclear arsenal stored and deployed at Bangor.
Source: Salem News
From Hiroshima to Fukushima: A Nuclear Legacy
August 2, 2012
PSR leader Dr. Robert Dodge reminds us, "Our collective ability to effect change is far greater than we realize."
Source: Ventura County Reporter
UI alumna hops on bike to spread the word
July 29, 2012
Iowa PSR's Michelle Gin is one of about three dozen activists from around the world set to pedal across Japan in August on a two-week, 300-mile trek that will take her from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in the name of global peace and the end of nuclear proliferation.
Source: Iowa City Press Citizen
Solution elusive for San Juan Generating Station
July 25, 2012
Abby Wear, executive director of the New Mexico chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, said coal particulates are linked to cardiac and respiratory disease. "Coal is an assault on our health," Wear said.
Source: Farmington Daily Times
Join fight for cleaner air in EPA proposal
July 18, 2012
An op-ed from PSR Sacramento President Dr. Harry Wang.
Source: Sacramento Bee
Groups: U.S. Shares 'Mindset' Behind Japan's Nuclear Disaster
July 12, 2012
"American regulators and the federal government should take heed," said Physicians for Social Responsibility Executive Director Catherine Thomasson. "This report should serve as a warning that the U.S. has the same colluding system between industry, regulators and government."
Source: Environment News Service
The World Bank's Chance to Clean Up Its Coal Act
July 5, 2012
PSR President Dr. Andrew S. Kanter co-authored this piece on the global health impacts of coal.
Source: Huffington Post
Coal trains bring asthma, heart disease
July 4, 2012
Letter to the Editor from PSR's Dr. Martin Donohoe.
Source: The Portland Tribune
‘Gang of Eight’ Utilities Spent Millions Lobbying and Litigating Against EPA Action While Pollution Contributes to Over 10,000 Deaths
June 20, 2012
“Coal pollutants contribute to four of the five leading causes of mortality in the United States: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic respiratory diseases,” said Catherine Thomasson, MD, executive director of PSR. “The damage they do to health is severe and widespread. It’s vital that these dirty emissions be reduced. If not, thousands of Americans will needlessly suffer illnesses and premature deaths.”
Source: Salem News
2 groups sue to block Navy plans for second Bangor munitions wharf
June 19, 2012
The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Tacoma by Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, of Poulsbo, Kitsap County, and Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, of Seattle.
Source: Seattle Times