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Statement on Police Violence and Systemic Racism

The murder of George Floyd and other acts of violence against people of color are exposing the damage caused by institutional racism. Texas Physicians for Social Responsibility (Texas PSR) stands with health professionals who have long argued that police violence and systemic racism are a public health issue. View National PSR's full statement here: https://www.psr.org/…/statement-on-the-killing-of-george-f…/ #blacklivesmatter

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LTE: Warming climate demands clean energy solutions

Must read LTE in the Austin American Statesman by Texas Physicians for Social Responsibility Executive Director, Steve McKee: Warming climate demands clean energy solutions As director of Texas Physicians for Social Responsibility I read with interest your article 5 things to know about Tuesday’s summerlike heat in Austin. The point that climate change has led to earlier average start dates for 100-degree temperatures is a trend that should concern us. The warming climate is already causing summer to extend beyond the months of June, July, and August and ...

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Texas PSR’s Environmental Health Elective Gains Rave Reviews from UT Dell Medical Students

Nine students completed the elective “Environmental Health: What Every Physician Should Know”, and were enthusiastic about their learning experience. One student wrote, “As a first-year medical student about to enter clinical rotations, I feel better prepared to holistically interview, examine, and treat the patients that I help take care of next year.” Students learned from lectures given by physicians and other environmental health experts and participated in discussions on topics ranging from the health impacts of air and water pollution, global warming, ...

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Climate Has an Impact on those Impacted by Coronavirus

We know that persons experiencing respiratory conditions are negatively impacted by air pollution and that poor air quality and high levels of particle pollution continue to exist in our major cities. Burning fossil fuels in coal-fired power plants produce soot while fossil fuel-powered cars, trucks, and boats are the main contributors to poisonous carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide which produces smog (and respiratory illnesses) on hot days. Recent studies have found that air pollution may be a ‘key contributor’ to Covid-19 deaths (the Guardian). We strongly urge ...

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