September 29, 2016
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The big picture: 2016 hottest year on record 

NASA analyses of ground-based observations and satellite data show that the first half of 2016 was the hottest six-month period since records began in 1880. This is why Chesapeake PSR is pushing for strong laws and policies in Maryland to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.    


Chesapeake PSR joins lawsuit on coal-fired power

A lawsuit on coal-fired power in Maryland filed by the Environmental Integrity Project was joined by Chesapeake PSR and other environmental groups. The lawsuit is against the EPA to respond to our petition objecting to the air pollution permit issued by Maryland MDE for the Morgantown coal-fired power plant. Read more about our efforts to reduce coal-fired power pollution in Maryland. 




 Sign: Our letter to support a Maryland fracking ban

We are working around the clock to stop fracking from coming to Maryland. Please join more than 100 health professionals who have signed our letter urging Maryland leaders to enact a fracking ban. If the General Assembly does not ban fracking, the state may begin issuing drilling permits in October 2017. If you oppose fracking, sign on to our letter here. And stay tuned for an email with our issue paper on how fracking harms human health.


New studies link neonics to bee decline

Despite this year's success in passing pollinator protection, Maryland must continue to pay attention to bee-killing neonicotinoids ("neonics"). New peer-reviewed studies link growing bee decline to the use of neonics. And neonics are linked to a 40 percent reduction in bee sperm counts. Learn more about the continued risk to Maryland bees - and what you can do.


Groups urge Hogan to support EmPOWER 

Dozens of groups sent a letter to Governor Larry Hogan urging him to continue and expand EmPOWER Maryland, the state's popular and successful energy efficiency initiative. Read more on why EmPOWER saves energy and money. 


Please sign our health professional letter to override clean energy veto

A few months ago, the Maryland General Assembly passed the bipartisan Clean Energy Jobs Act. Unfortunately, however, Governor Larry Hogan vetoed the act. Now Chesapeake PSR and Maryland Environmental Health Network are asking Maryland health professionals to sign on to a letter urging state legislative leaders to overturn the Hogan veto in the 2017 legislative session. Find out how you can support clean renewable energy in Maryland.




Offshore wind: Why Maryland must act - and quickly
Alfred Bartlett, MD, co-lead, Climate Health Action Team 

Maryland should become an offshore wind leader: Offshore wind can reduce carbon emissions, lower energy production costs, and create a clean energy economy. Dr. Alfred Barltett, co-lead of Chesapeake PSR's Climate Health Action Team, explains in a PowerPoint why offshore wind is so important for climate, health and jobs in Maryland.      




WORKSHOP on lead and children: Latest science on toxicity and developmental effects

The workshop will examine the new science on the toxicity of lead and developmental effects on children. Learn about policies and programs for medical and environmental interventions in Maryland. Also learn about routes of exposure and blood levels in children, and identify surveillance and intervention gaps.

WHAT Lead and children: The latest science on toxicity and developmental effects

WHERE MedChi, 1211 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, Maryland

WHEN Thursday, October 27, 2016, 5:45-6:30 p.m. food and social, 6:30-8:30 p.m. workshop 

RSVP and questions? Contact Tim Whitehouse at or (240) 246-4492.



WORKSHOP on lead and children: Public policy efforts to reduce lead exposure

Workshop on lead exposure in children and public policy: Participants will learn about local and Maryland efforts to reduce lead exposure in children, where children fall through the cracks, and legislative, regulatory and public policy options to improve lead surveillance, intervention and remediation.

WHAT Lead and children: Improving public policy and reducing exposure

WHERE MedChi, 1211 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, Maryland

WHEN Thursday, November 10, 2016, 5:45-6:30 p.m., food and social, 6:30-8:30 p.m. workshop  

RSVP and questions? Contact Tim Whitehouse at or (240) 246-4492.



Chesapeake PSR is a strong health voice on issues of environment and social justice in Maryland. Our volunteer activists are medical and health professionals and interested individuals. Please volunteer with Chesapeake PSR, donate, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


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