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  • Gun Violence
    Posted by Mathias Pollock, MPH on July 24, 2012

    In the wake of another thoughtless, unspeakably violent crime with tragic, unnecessary fatalities, it is once again time for the people of the United States to address the issue of gun violence in our country. Read more »

  • Reforming the Title XVII Program
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on July 20, 2012

    The Title XVII Loan Guarantee Program (1703) is a part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and was established to provide loan guarantees for ‘innovative energy technologies’. Read more »
    3 comment(s)

  • Affordable Care Act
    Posted by Mathias Pollock, MPH on June 29, 2012

    The Affordable Care Act is a hopeful step towards a more equitable and accessible health care system for ALL Americans. Read more »

  • 'Waste Confidence': What you need to know
    Posted by Diane Curran, partner in the firm of Harmon, Curran, Spielberg, & Eisenberg, L.L.P. and representative of BREDL, Riverkeeper, and SACE in the court appeal of the waste confidence rule. on June 20, 2012

    On June 8, 2012, the US District Court of Appeals threw out the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) so-called ‘waste confidence’ decision. The lawsuit, brought by the state of New York and four environmental groups (Natural Resources Defense Council, Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, Riverkeeper, and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy) will fundamentally impact NRC licensing proceedings and environmental analysis as well as any future decisions on nuclear waste management. Read more »
    1 comment(s)

  • Syria and the Arms Trade Treaty
    Posted by Ashish Sinha on June 13, 2012

    On Tuesday (June 12th), the Obama Administration alleged that Russia is sending attack helicopters to President Bashar Assad's regime and warned that the Arab country's 15-month conflict could become even deadlier. Read more »
    3 comment(s)

  • Back from the Brink?
    Posted by Ashish Sinha on May 23, 2012

    In the past few days, we have seen promising signs that the P5 + 1 and Iran are close to an agreement on Iran’s dual-use nuclear program. Read more »
    1 comment(s)

  • Travels across PSR by new Executive Director
    Posted by Catherine Thomasson, MD on May 22, 2012

    It has been a pleasure getting to know the many chapters of PSR. Recently I have been to New York City, home of the United Nations and our current president (of PSR that is), Andy Kanter, MD. Read more »
    1 comment(s)

  • A billion people at risk is just the beginning
    Posted by Ashish Sinha on April 24, 2012

    In recent weeks, we have all been reminded why the conclusions of PSR's Nuclear Famine Report are a real and present danger. Read more »

  • 100 nuclear explosions - a billion people starve to death
    Posted by John Loretz on April 24, 2012

    A new IPPNW study released today at the annual Nobel Peace Laureates Summit in Chicago offers compelling scientific evidence that most of the nuclear arsenals in the world —whether large or small—threaten everyone on Earth. The consequences for global agriculture of a nuclear war between India and Pakistan, for example, would be so severe and long lasting that we must now fundamentally change our thinking about nuclear weapons and redouble our efforts to eliminate them, according to the study’s author, Ira Helfand. Read more »
    2 comment(s)

  • Try a Little Nuclear Sanity
    Posted by Lawrence S Wittner on March 20, 2012

    On February 8, 2012, Congressman Edward Markey (D-MA) took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to introduce the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures Act (H.R. 3974). This SANE Act would cut $100 billion from the U.S. nuclear weapons budget over the next ten years by reducing the current fleet of U.S. nuclear submarines, delaying the purchase of new nuclear submarines, reducing the number of ICBMs, delaying a new bomber program, and ending the nuclear mission of air bombers. Read more »
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  • How Many Nuclear Weapons do We Need?
    Posted by Catherine Thomasson, MD on February 28, 2012

    The reality is that one nuclear weapon can destroy the core of a city from blast, heat and radiation and kill hundreds of thousands of individuals. Such a detonation would create a dead zone of radiation making the area uninhabitable for decades or longer. Many more people would die in panic fleeing or from lack of any medical support. Read more »

  • IPPNW participates in Arms Trade Treaty talks
    Posted by Dr. Ogebe Onazi on February 14, 2012

    As a Nigerian doctor active with IPPNW, I am pleased to participate for a second time in twelve months in the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Preparatory Committee talks at the United Nations in New York. Read more »

  • Cut the Nuclear Weapons Budget -- Yes YOU!
    Posted by Catherine Thomasson, MD on February 7, 2012

    New to the world of Washington, DC, I can see that much of the action is outside the Beltway even with the budget debate coming up in the Halls of Congress. That means YOU are the most important people. Read more »
    5 comment(s)

  • Preserving Life on Planet Earth
    Posted by Frederik Lichtenberg and Barb Gottlieb on February 3, 2012

    In their article, "Perceptions of Climate Change: The New Climate Dice," Hansen and his coauthors ask an important question: If we want to identify changes in the world’s climate, what do we compare current temperatures against? Read more »

  • Climate: From ‘hot’ to ‘extremely hot’
    Posted by Frederik Lichtenberg on January 31, 2012

    These days, global warming makes spring come earlier and fall later and the period in between to be hotter; summer-like conditions are protracted. For this reason, in his recent article, "Perceptions of Climate Change: The New Climate Dice," global warming expert James Hansen focuses on changes in summer temperatures. Read more »

  • Climate Change and New Odds on the ‘Climate Dice’
    Posted by Frederik Lichtenberg and Barb Gottlieb on January 30, 2012

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s James Hansen is one of the world’s leading experts on climate change. In 1988 he spoke before Congress and, as one of the first scientists ever to do so, brought the issue of climate change to the attention of a broad audience. Read more »

  • Quiet Retreat
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on January 25, 2012

    Last night President Obama’s State of the Union called for us to “double-down on a clean energy industry.” Amid several not-so-great comments about fracking and offshore oil, it was notable that President Obama failed to mention nuclear at all. Read more »

  • "No mouse would ever construct a mousetrap." Why would we?
    Posted by David Hart on December 2, 2011

    Many years from now when the history of our time is written, some may reflect that a small but meaningful step that preserved our world was taken this week. In the US, the event passed with little notice. Read more »
    1 comment(s)

  • Behind the Scenes at the Safe Chemicals Act Legislative Hearing
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on November 24, 2011

    Last week I wrote about the legislative hearing in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee of the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011. At the hearing, Senator Lautenberg (D-NJ) said that he would be calling for a committee vote in the near future. Read more »
    2 comment(s)

  • Momentum Builds for Toxics Reform
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on November 17, 2011

    We are really making progress on toxics policy. This week, the Senate Environment and Public Works committee held a legislative hearing on the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 (S. 847), introduced last spring by Senator Lautenberg (D-NJ). Read more »
    2 comment(s)

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