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Heat Advisory: Protecting Health on a Warming Planet
by Dr. Alan Lockwood

Drawing on peer-reviewed scientific and medical research, Dr. Lockwood meticulously details the symptoms of climate change and their medical side effects.

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Tell the EPA: Don't delay methane protections

June 20, 2017

Last year the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the first-ever rule to regulate methane emissions from new and modified oil and gas wells and facilities. Methane, an extremely potent greenhouse gas, leaks throughout all stages of natural gas production, causing acute harm to the climate and human health.

EPA wants to delay this critical public health protection for two years!

The EPA's methane standards apply to future oil and gas industry facilities and would reduce leaks of both methane and dangerous Volatile Organic Compounds.

Tell the EPA the health of our communities can't wait—implement the methane New Source standards without delay!

Studies document that methane, a greenhouse gas 86 times more powerful than carbon dioxide during its first twenty years in the atmosphere, leaks extensively from oil and natural gas wells, infrastructure, pipelines and compressor stations. These leaks pose a severe threat to the world's climate and, thus, to human health. Further, increased levels of volatile organic compounds and ground-level ozone from oil and gas extraction induce significant health consequences, including respiratory and neurological diseases.

The EPA is accepting public comments right now. Let them know your health and the health of the climate cannot wait—the methane new source standards should be implemented, NOT delayed.

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Action Alerts

  • Vote for clean air!

    Tell your U.S. Representative to vote against H.R. 806 which weakens delays implementation of the updated ozone rules by eight years and tries to dismantle the Clean Air Act.

  • Tell Congress—defend the Clean Air Act against Big Oil!

    President Trump, his new EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, and some in Congress are attempting to block or weaken clean air and climate protections like the Clean Power Plan. Tell your member of Congress to support full implementation of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Power Plan.

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Resources

  • PSR Expert Testimony on Coal Ash

    Chesapeake PSR is suing the EPA over a proposed delay in a rule that slashes coal ash waste discharges into rivers and streams. PSR National Environment & Health Director Barbara Gottlieb gave expert testimony on the health impacts of coal ash disposal. Read more »

  • Barbara Gottlieb's Testimony on EPA Methane Standards

    On July 10, 2017, PSR Environment & Health Director Barbara Gottlieb testified before the EPA against a proposed rollback of a methane regulation that would reduce leaks from oil and gas wells. Read more »

  • Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit

    PSR and the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units have just introduced the updated Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit (PEHT). This free web app offers evidenced-based information for clinicians to educate parents about how to reduce toxic exposures during well-child visits. Read more »

In the Spotlight

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    Eating for Climate and Health
    PSR's new PowerPoint presentation on how climate change impacts food production, and agriculture's contribution to climate change.