Environment and Health

PSR Wisconsin is committed to creating a healthy and sustainable environment for all. In recent years, we have advocated for cleaner air and water, better state-wide policy to address global warming, educated health care providers and others about toxins in the environment, and provided valuable materials for clinicians' use with their patients. 

Climate Change Impacts Our Lives in Many Different Ways. 

How Has Climate Change Impacted YOU? 

Most Physicians Worldwide Agree Climate Change Negatively Affects Patient Health

Physicians all across the world have seen how climate change can negative impacts on their patient's health, especially with asthma, COPD, and cardiovascular disease. Click here for the entire article.

PSR Wisconsin is proud to be the primary fiduciary partner of the Wisconsin Environmental Health Network (WEHN). For more information about WEHN and its programs, please visit their website here, or by clicking on the image below.  

WEHN proudly presents an annual conference: Making the Connection. Each year, the MTC conference provides information and resources for health care professionals and offers continuing education credits. For information about past years' conferences, see the website's EVENTS page. 

Code Black - Air Quality and Global Warming

The adverse health impacts of climate change are already being felt worldwide.  Global warming contributes to disease and premature death from heat waves, extreme weather events, reduced air quality, malnutrition and infectious disease.  According to a July 2008 study, 70% of US Public Health directors believed that their jurisdiction had already experienced climate change in the past 20 years, and 78% felt thattheir jurisdiction will experience climate change in the ext 20 years (Maibach, et.al., 2008, Climate Change & Local Public health in the United States: Preparedness, Programs & perceptions of local public health department directors, Center for Climate Change Communications, George Mason University).  In May 2013, we reached 400 ppm of CO2 concentration in the atmosphere.  Global warming will continue with grave consequences to our health and our economy.

PSR Wisconsin works to educate policy makers, health care providers and the public about the negative health impacts of climate change, and the urgent need for a new energy economy.  Wisconsin relies on coal-fired electrical generation for three-quarters of its energy.  PSR Wisconsin supports efforts to uphold the EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and strong regulation of coal ash pits.  We support the Clean Air Act and recognize that the greatest benefits to public health will be acheived by working both to improve air quality through regulation and expanding clean energy and transportation options.

PSR Wisconsin works in the following areas to combat global warming and support Wisconsin's role in the energy economy: Educate the public, health professionals, and policy makers about the grave health threats presented by our current energy policies. Encourage divestment from fossil fuel industries by individuals, municipalities, retirement and investment funds. Advocate with our federal legislators to support a national carbon fee and dividend to "kick start" the renewable energy economy. Promote state-wide policies of environmental conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy as sustainable solutions to global warming. Support health-promoting transportation and urban planning that encourages walkable, bikable communities with robust public transit options.

You can join PSR Wisconsin in this work.  Please contact info@psrwisconsin.org or by phone at 608/232-9945.

Source: WI Dept of Health Services

Source: WI Dept of Health Services

Wisconsin Climate and Health Profile Report

WI Dept of Health Services report through the BRACE Program: Building Resilience to Natural Disasters in Wisconsin


This report details what climate change is doing to our environment in Wisconsin, and how that effects human health. 

Source: NYT

Source: NYT

Short Answers to Hard Questions about Climate Change

This New York Times article breaks down some of the most complex climate change questions into simple, what can you do about it now, answers. 

Source: NYT

Source: NYT

2015 was the hottest year on record

Madison, WI had warming trends of 2 degrees throughout the year, pictured left. What did your city look like? Click through to find out

Could Climate Change be the Culprit in the Spread of Zika Virus?

The increase in atmospheric temperature has aided the spread of many diseases that need a warmer climate to survive.  Click here to see how the spread of Zika virus was impacted by this temperature change. 

Clean Water Crisis Threatens US

Many areas across the country are having issues finding access to clean water while other areas are struggling to find water at all.  Click here for more information about the water crisis we are currently experiencing.

Dairy Farms Taking a Toll on Great Lakes, Waterways

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations cause a lot of harm to the animals as well as the community and environment that they reside in.  Click here for more information.

PSR Wisconsin is the fiscal sponsor of a health and nutrition program in Bhopal, India called Chingari Trust - in response to the lack of support and attention provided after the Dow Chemical plant explosion in 1983.

For more information about this program and about Bhopal and Chingari, go to the page by clicking the button below.