Climate and Health


Sounding the Alarm on Climate Change, 1989 and 2019

Alexander Leaf, one of the founders of  Physicians for Social Responsibility, called on physicians to extend their vision beyond the clinic. Now, as the climate crisis continues to unfold, the story of a physician who devoted his attention first to the nuclear threat and then to planetary health offers much-needed inspiration. Read more here: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1913916?query=TOC

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Op-ed: The Recent Natural Gas Blowout in South Texas Highlights the Need for Strong Regulation

"I join the health professional community in calling on the EPA to strengthen, not undermine, these life-saving methane and VOC standards. I don’t want to see more patients whose life-threatening disease I can’t cure, because of exposure to pollution." Read the op-ed by Hasan Seede, Texas PSR board member, here: https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/12/13/recent-natural-gas-blowout-south-texas-highlights-need-strong-regulation

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100% Clean Economy Bill Introduced

Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) introduced the 100% Clean Economy Act of 2019 with Representatives Deb Haaland (NM-01), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Earl Blumenauer (OR-3), Paul Tonko (NY-20) and Chellie Pingree (ME-01). This legislation sets a nationwide goal of achieving a 100 percent clean energy economy by 2050, defined as net-zero climate pollution across all sectors of the United States’ economy. The bill was introduced with over 150 original co-sponsors. ...

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LTE: Climate change will affect us all

Check out this Letter to the Editor by Dr. Elliott Trester, a board member at Texas Physicians for Social Responsibility, in the Austin American-Statesman on climate change, heat, and the impacts on public health. https://www.statesman.com/opinion/20191025/letters-to-editor-oct-26-2019

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