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  • Radio Smart Talk Interview with Dr. Andy Kanter
    October 9, 2012

    A radio interview with PSR president Andy Kanter, MD, MPH on nuclear power.

    Source: WITF
  • 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.

    Source: Earthjustice
  • 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
  • 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.

    Source: Crosscut
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

    Source: WKOW
  • 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
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