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Informed activism is principled and effective activism. PSR aims to provide the best materials for its network of members and activists to work at the grassroots level against nuclear weapons, global warming, and environmental contamination. Select an Issue or Resource Type to search for up-to-date information to help you take action in your community.
Particulate Matter: Widespread and Deadly
What harm is being caused by PM exposure, and what populations are most vulnerable? Are the proposed EPA standards sufficient to protect public health? From PSR's Environmental Health Policy Institute.
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The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health
In The Silent Epidemic, Alan Lockwood, a physician, describes and documents the impacts of the coal fuel cycle on human health. Lockwood’s comprehensive treatment examines every aspect of coal, from its complex chemical makeup to details of mining, transporting, burning, and disposal—each of which generates significant health concerns.
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Worlds Apart: Globalization and the Environment
This is a small, short book of essays based on speeches at Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Read more »
When Smoke Ran Like Water
Devra Davis mixes passion, personality, and pollution studies in a compelling narrative that takes the non-scientific reader through an introduction to the highlights and history of environmental health. Read more »
The Omnivore’s Dilemma
When is a hamburger not a hamburger? Michael Pollan might answer, “When it is the final product of the industrial food chain, responsible for the cornification of the food system. Your burger is really a thinly disguised pile of corn.” Read more »
The Discovery of Global Warming
The Discovery of Global Warming should offer hope to humanity as well as persuasive proof to policy makers and pundits that climate change is real, is caused by humans, and deserves action. Read more »
The title of their recent book, Poisoned Profits: the Toxic Assault on Our Children, makes clear that Philip and Alice Shabecoff have strong opinions about chemicals in our environment. Read more »
Plan B 2.0
Lester Brown offers us a well-referenced and emotionally moving treatise on the decline of the global environment as well as a plan for dealing with the limits of the natural resources on earth. Read more »
Health and Community Design
Health and Community Design lays some of the essential groundwork for the growing field of health and the built environment. Read more »
Field Notes from a Catastrophe
On the burgeoning shelf of cautionary but occasionally alarmist books warning about the consequences of dramatic climate change, Kolbert's calmly persuasive reporting stands out for its sobering clarity. Read more »