Climate and Health


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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Texas PSR on COVID-19

The board and staff at Texas PSR have been closely following the pandemic as it challenges the health and economic well-being of some of our most vulnerable Texans. Many Texans are contracting the virus and many more have lost employment. The health and economic consequences of the pandemic are still unfolding but what is clear is that we need to reduce the spread of COVID-19 while making wise decisions about how we restart the economy. Our response should also address the needs of low-income individuals, homeless persons, and persons of color. These groups have been ...

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