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Heat Advisory: Protecting Health on a Warming Planet

Dr. Alan Lockwood, PSR senior scientist on coal and climate change, has written a new book, Heat Advisory: Protecting Health on a Warming Planet, published by MIT Press. Drawing on peer-reviewed scientific and medical research, Dr. Lockwood meticulously details the symptoms of climate change and their medical side effects. He also calls for “preventive medicine,” explaining …

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Command and Control

PSR highly recommends Eric Schlosser’s new Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety. This work of journalistic investigation closely examines the dangers of the nuclear age by highlighting how mistakes and misinterpretation nearly caused nuclear detonation during the cold war. PSR is gravely concerned about the potential of an accident …

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The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health

About the Book: 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. He explains the impact …

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Climate Chaos

Your Health at Risk; What You Can Do to Protect Yourself and Your Family By Cindy Parker, MD and Steven M. Shapiro, PhD Among climate change’s harmful effects, damage to our health and well-being will be among the most pronounced. Scientists around the world now agree that climate change is occurring and largely is the …

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Prescription for Survival: A Doctor’s Journey to End Nuclear Madness

By Bernard Lown, MD Reviewed by Tom Newman, MD, MPH In Prescription for Survival, Bernard Lown tells the remarkable story of how he and Eugene Chazov, cardiologists whose countries were on opposite sides of the Cold War, created and nurtured the organization International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) from its inception in …

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War and Public Health

By Barry S. Levy, MD and Victor W. Sidel, MD Reviewed by Conn Hallinan Back in the 60s peace activists sported a bumper sticker that read: “War is not good for children and other living creatures.” In a way, that sums up Barry S. Levy and Victor W. Sidel’s “War and Public Health,” where 46 …

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