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  • Nukes In Your Backyard
    Posted by Theresa Shaffer on March 31, 2015

    This map displays locations for some of the startling accidents and mishaps involving nuclear weapons in the United States and around the world. It is by no means all-inclusive. Read more »
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  • Health and Environmental community stand united against Udall-Vitter chemical reform bill
    Posted on March 20, 2015

    I recently attended a hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee on Senate bill 697, also known as the Udall-Vitter bill after its two sponsors. The bill aims to overhaul how we regulate and manage chemicals in the U.S. Read more »
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  • PSR Turns Up the Heat at Peace & Planet Disarmament Events
    Posted by Martin Fleck on March 17, 2015

    This spring, PSR chapters in 15 states will take advantage of an excellent "teachable moment" to promote nuclear disarmament. Representatives from the 188 countries party to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty will gather in New York April 27 for the once-every-five-years NPT Review Conference. Read more »

  • It's time to put health first
    Posted on March 17, 2015

    All communities deserve effective protection from environmental exposures to hazardous chemicals. If the U.S. is to improve health nationally, we need a regulatory system that reduces and prevents toxic exposures. Read more »
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  • Tornado warning for Iran Deal
    Posted by Theresa Shaffer on March 17, 2015

    March 24th is the "soft deadline" for a comprehensive agreement between the "P5+1" nations and with Iran. The goal is to have the outline of an agreement by this date with time to work out all of the details by June 30th. Read more »
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  • Nuclear weapons cost WHAT in 2016?
    Posted by Theresa Shaffer on February 6, 2015

    The federal budget request was released on time this year (for the first time in many years) on Feb. 2, 2015. Not surprisingly, the biggest chunk of our money is going to defense spending – roughly $534.3 billion out of the total one trillion dollar budget request. Read more »
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  • New research on triclosan reveals further health concerns
    Posted on February 2, 2015

    Flu and cold season is upon us. For parents of young children, this time of year can be trying- endless colds, fevers, and sleepless nights. Products espousing to kill cold and flu germs can be particularly tantalizing. Read more »
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  • Race Against Time to Save the World
    Posted by Theresa Shaffer on January 27, 2015

    Bulletin of Atomic Scientists breaking news: It’s 3 minutes to midnight. Do you know where your nukes are? PSR members work the media in our race against time to save the world from climate change and nuclear weapons. Read more »

  • The Uphill Battle to Let Diplomacy Work with Iran
    Posted by Theresa Shaffer on January 21, 2015

    The Iran Talks have already made significant progress by placing a temporary freeze on Iran’s nuclear program through the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA). The current negotiations are to ensure a permanent resolution to the problem. Read more »

  • I Have a Dream...Disarmament!
    Posted by Theresa Shaffer on January 16, 2015

    Many people know that Martin Luther King Jr. advocated an end to discrimination and a path to equality. What many people don’t know is that he also advocated PSR’s message of disarmament! Dr. King dedicated a paragraph of his 1964 Nobel Prize Speech to the issue of nuclear weapons. Read more »
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  • Stain-resistant... cancer-causing?
    Posted on January 5, 2015

    Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) have been in use for more than 60 years. These chemicals are applied as water-, soil- and stain-resistant coatings for clothing and other textiles and grease-resistant coatings for food wrapping materials. They have been linked to cancer, immunotoxicity and birth defects. Read more »
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  • Iran Deal Extended But Trouble Lurking
    Posted by Theresa Shaffer on December 15, 2014

    The deadline for a diplomatic solution to Iran’s nuclear program was extended from Nov. 24th until July 1st, 2015. This is great news since it allows more time to let diplomacy work. However, there are hardliners in Congress who would like to add additional sanctions against Iran in the hopes of pressuring them to accept an agreement. Read more »

  • Vienna Nuclear Conference: The World Is Coming to Its Senses!
    Posted by Martin Fleck on December 15, 2014

    History will show that the struggle to abolish nuclear weapons turned a corner this month. A global drumbeat calling for nuclear weapons abolition has been building since 2010 and reached a load roar December 6 to 9 in Vienna. Read more »
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  • Vienna Conference Boosts Prospects for Disarmament
    Posted by Catherine Thomasson, MD on December 12, 2014

    PSR’s Executive Director Catherine Thomasson and IPPNW’s Co-President Ira Helfand "worked the aisles" and witnessed the exciting and historic outcome of the Vienna conference on the Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons. Read more »

  • Chemical Fragrances: Potentially Harmful to Human Health
    Posted on December 11, 2014

    Chemical fragrances are added to a wide range of products including shampoos, soaps, makeup, candles and toys. Read more »
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  • Report from Vienna: PSR Presents at Civil Society Forum
    Posted by Catherine Thomasson, MD on December 8, 2014

    On Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7, more than 600 campaigners gathered in Vienna in the largest ever civil society meeting on the abolition of nuclear weapons, the Vienna Civil Society Forum, organized by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Read more »

  • It's time to ban nuclear weapons.
    Posted by Kami Veltri, MS-1 on December 5, 2014

    Four months ago, I was traveling across the Kazakh steppe by plane, train and bike with fellow students and young physicians from around the world. Two weeks ago, I was watching a 1987 documentary with fellow Washingtonians at our local Busboys and Poets, a community center for social transformation and delicious eats. Read more »

  • The U.S. Made the Right Choice!
    Posted by Theresa Shaffer on November 10, 2014

    On Friday, November 7th, the U.S. Department of State announced to PSR and other disarmament groups that they WILL send an official delegation to participate in the third Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons Conference on December 8-9, 2014. Read more »

  • Updated Special Alert: IPCC Synthesis Report
    Posted by Catherine Thomasson, MD on November 3, 2014

    The science is clear, the solutions are outlined. IPCC’s authoritative report says humanity’s healthy existence is on the line. Our fossil fueled system is causing climate chaos and damaging our ability to feed and house ourselves. Read more »

  • Rendez-Vous Ottawa: Building Solidarity to Ban Nuclear Weapons
    Posted by Martin Fleck on October 28, 2014

    At Rendez-Vous Ottawa 2014, a cross-Atlantic mix of campaigners from many different organizations trained each other in advocacy techniques, strengthened alliances, and developed North American strategies. Read more »

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