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  • Professionals Can Be Activists, Too
    January 30, 2011

    Stanford Professor Herbert Abrams, a former PSR board member, reflects on his career as an activist and a physician.

    Source: Palo Alto Patch
  • Experts mull clean energy
    January 27, 2011

    PSR's Dr. Alan Lockwood explains how closing coal-burning plants will save lives.

    Source: Brattleboro Reformer
  • Poor Americans Face More Toxic Exposure
    January 27, 2011

    This article on the effects of environmental toxins on low-income communities quotes PSR's fact sheet on toxic chemicals and environmental justice.

    Source: Huffington Post
  • Obama slammed, praised for including coal, nuclear in clean energy goal
    January 26, 2011

    PSR's Security Director David Hart is quoted in this piece on the State of the Union.

    Source: Sun Sentinel
  • EPA Proposes Stronger Protections for People in Pesticide Experiments
    January 22, 2011

    It will be harder for the chemical industry to use people as test subjects in pesticide research sent to the Environmental Protection Agency, based on an expanded "human testing rule" unveiled late Wednesday. The proposed rule is the response to a lawsuit brought by environmental groups, including San Francisco Bay Area PSR.

    Source: YubaNet
  • Colleton residents oppose coal ash landfill
    January 18, 2011

    In a press release on Tuesday, a group opposing the landfill cited a recent study by the Physicians for Social Responsibility -- noting that toxic material from found in coal ash can injure major organ systems, damage physical health and contribute to mortality.

    Source: WCIV
  • Building a Nuclear Weapons-Free World
    January 1, 2011

    This article on the dangers of nuclear war quotes PSR on the public health impacts of nuclear weapons.

    Source: Huffington Post
  • Healthier Hospital Food -- For Us and the Earth
    December 27, 2010

    Lucia Sayre discusses San Francisco Bay Area PSR's Balanced Menus program.

    Source: Miller-McCune
  • Collins, Snowe get thanks for New Start
    December 24, 2010

    "By ratifying this treaty, the United States is taking a leading role among nations, which will allow us to urge others to take similar steps toward a safer world," said Dr. Daniel Oppenheim, co-president of the Maine chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

    Source: Portland Press Herald
  • Coal Ash and Mercury: why coal is a health hazard
    December 22, 2010

    A new report Coal Ash, the toxic threat to our health and environment has been published by Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) in the USA. It is an analysis of the health hazards of the legacy of coal combustion, the coal ash dumps that epitomise power generation landscapes.

    Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Predicting the World’s Next Water Pollution Disaster
    December 21, 2010

    About a third of the nation’s coal ash storage sites are wet ponds. “These are the ones that have the potential of a catastrophe such as we saw in Tennessee,” said Barbara Gottlieb, who directs the coal program Code Black for the Physicians for Social Responsibility.

    Source: National Geographic
  • Don't let Kyl and his cohorts kill New START Treaty
    December 14, 2010

    An op-ed by former PSR presidents Ira Helfand, MD, and John O. Pastore, MD.

    Source: Providence Journal
  • Doctors lobby for alternatives to coal
    December 14, 2010

    The group Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility (IPSR) launched an anti-coal campaign today. IPSR Coordinator Maureen McCue spoke at a statehouse press conference and released a report showing 92% of Iowans live within 30 miles of a coal plant.

    Source: Radio Iowa
  • Doctors lobby for alternatives to coal
    December 14, 2010

    Maureen McCue, a University of Iowa professor and coordinator of the Iowa chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, said her group is launching an educational campaign to make Iowans aware of the health risks and costs associated with the state's reliance on burning coal to generate nearly 75 percent of its electricity.

    Source: Quad City Business Journal
  • Longview’s approval of coal exports ignites challenge from conservation groups
    December 14, 2010

    Conservation groups are challenging the approval of a project to export coal to Asia from Longview. Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility called the project a “lose-lose-lose proposition for human health.”

    Source: Daily Astorian
  • Push the LADWP to be coal-free
    December 12, 2010

    This article on coal power in Los Angeles quotes PSR on the health impacts of coal-fired power plants.

    Source: Los Angeles Daily News
  • Snowe, Collins support New START treaty
    December 11, 2010

    Roger Fenn, spokesman for the Maine chapter of the group Physicians for Social Responsibility, said he was pleased to hear the announcements. “It still is an urgent item on the Senate agenda since more than a year has passed since the original START expired and we lost the ability to verify Russian compliance under the old treaty.”

    Source: Morning Sentinal
  • A 40th birthday to remember
    December 9, 2010

    This article on the 40th anniversary of the Clean Air Act mentions PSR's support of enacting a stricter health-based standard for smog rules.

    Source: The Hill
  • The cables make the case for START
    December 9, 2010

    John Pastore, MD and Ira Helfand, MD, both past presidents of PSR, argue that the leaked diplomatic cables show a need for the ratification of New START.

    Source: The Keene Sentinel
  • BPA Found On Money, Receipts: Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Study
    December 9, 2010

    Bisphenol A is widely found on dollar bills and receipts, according to a new study conducted by Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and the Washington Toxics Coalition. PSR is a member of the diverse coalition that released this report about the hormone disrupting chemical.

    Source: Huffington Post
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