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  • Fact Sheet: Vector-Borne and Water-Borne Diseases

    Climate change is acknowledged by scientists around the world to be a reality and to be caused primarily by human activity, especially the burning of fossil fuels. As the earth warms, the delicate balance of climate, weather events and life is disrupted. Consequences emerge that threaten health and, ultimately, survival. As the climate changes, vector-borne and water-borne diseases spread. Read more »

  • Fact Sheet: Heat's Deadly Effects

    Climate change is acknowledged by scientists around the world to be a reality and to be caused primarily by human activity, especially the burning of fossil fuels. As the earth warms, the delicate balance of climate, weather events and life is disrupted. Consequences emerge that threaten health and, ultimately, survival. Climate change is likely to increase the frequency of "extreme heat events" or heat waves. Read more »

  • Climate Chaos: Health Implications of Climate Change

    As we continue to burn fossil fuels, the atmosphere warms, and world climate changes. Higher temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, and rising sea levels lead to more frequent heat waves; more frequent intense storms; increased flooding; in some places, increased drought; loss of shoreline and greater risk from storms in coastal and low-lying areas. These bring increased risk of disease, injury, nutritional deficit, and death. Read more »

  • Consequences of a Single Failure of Nuclear Deterrence

    Only a single failure of nuclear deterrence is required to start a nuclear war, and the consequences of such a failure would be profound. PSR Senior Scientist Steven Starr, February 2011. Read more »

  • Why Medical Students Should Care About Nuclear Weapons

    When public health crises occur, whether they be the unexpected side effects of a medication, a grave natural disaster or an epidemic, doctors are looked to as leaders and advocates for treatment and future prevention. In the event of a nuclear explosion, doctors would be the vanguards of the emergency response. Read more »

  • Toxic Matters: Protecting Our Families from Toxic Substances

    Fact sheet on avoiding toxics in your home, co-produced by San Francisco Bay Area PSR. Read more »

  • Greening Your Office in Less Than Thirty Minutes

    Chicago PSR’s newly launched ‘Green Teas’ program provides practices with information needed to make simple office practice changes. Read more »

  • Particulate Matter

    Fact sheet on health impacts of particulate matter. Read more »

  • Why PSR Opposes the Keystone XL Pipeline

    Oil combustion always involves some health and environmental costs. But tar sands oil is far worse than conventional oil. Read more »

  • Cancer and the Environment

    It is now believed that at least 60% of cancer deaths could be prevent through modification of personal behaviors, such as smoking cessation, dietary changes, and reducing sun exposure. Another significant cause of cancer is exposure to carcinogens in the environment--exposures that could be prevent by society, but over which the individual often has little control. Read more »

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