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Air Pollution and Covid-19: A Dangerous Combination

Does living near active oil and gas wells increase rates of COVID-19 infection and death? PSR explores this chilling possibility in a new white paper, Air Pollution and COVID-19: A Dangerous Combination. The report examines five counties in Colorado and five in New Mexico, each with high levels of oil and gas activity. Among its …

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Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (Unconventional Gas and Oil Extraction)

Seventh Edition A collection of nearly 2,000 abstracts of medical, scientific and investigative reports about the consequences of oil and gas drilling, fracking, and associated infrastructure. Presents evidence that these activities are dangerous to public health, the environment, and the climate cycle and a grave environmental justice issue, with communities of color, Indigenous people, and …

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Running Out of Time

Why U.S. Health and Life Insurance Companies Should Divest from Fossil Fuels Climate change has emerged in recent decades as a grave threat to human health and the economy.Ÿ Nevertheless, many health and life insurance companies remain heavily invested in the fossil fuel industry, investments which contradict their mission to protect human health and support …

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Enough is Enough: 2019 Global Nuclear Weapons Spending

In its report “Enough is Enough: Global Nuclear Weapons Spending 2020” the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons has produced the first estimate in nearly a decade of global nuclear weapon spending, taking into account costs to maintain and build new nuclear weapons. ICAN estimates that the nine nuclear-armed countries spent $72.9 billion on their …

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Legality of Nuclear Weapons

Some experts argue that nuclear weapons are already illegal under international law. Meanwhile, the United States—with 1,750 deployed nuclear weapons—and eight other nuclear-armed nations unequivocally consider them legal. Adopted in 2017, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is an initiative to build a comprehensive legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons.

Health Effects from Gas Stove Pollution

A new report, coauthored by PSR, documents dangerous levels of indoor air pollution from gas stoves. The report presents scientific evidence that gas stoves release several hazardous pollutants, notably nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide.

Heat, Fire, Water: How Climate Change Has Created a Public Health Emergency

Heat, Fire, Water and the Public Health Emergency Extreme heat, billowing wildfires, and water–either too much or not enough–are today’s faces of climate change. PSR board member Alan Lockwood, MD, FAAN profiles the health effects of these frightening phenomena in a new white paper: Heat, Fire, Water: How Climate Change has Created a Public Health …

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Flammable, High-Pressure Industry in a Populated Coastal Flood Zone?

Public Safety and Emergency Response Aspects of a Proposed Methane Gas Compressor in Weymouth This new report from Greater Boston PSR examines the public safety and emergency response aspects of a proposed compressor station in a populated coastal flood zone.