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  • Key Updates from the Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference at the UN
    Posted by Ira Helfand, MD on May 6, 2010

    Two issues with special relevance to PSR are emerging here at the NPT review in New York: Austria, Switzerland, China and the 80 odd nations of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) have explicitly endorsed a Nuclear Weapons Convention (NWC), and recommended that a call to initiate negotiations for a NWC be included in the final document of the Review Conference. The call reflects a widely held view among participants that nuclear disarmament is as important as non proliferation and can not be put off indefinitely as it has in the past. Read more »
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  • The 2010 NPT Review Conference: May 5th
    Posted by Tova Fuller, PhD on May 5, 2010

    For those students who have never attended the NPT review conference, I would like to first give a snapshot of what the experience–or at least the first couple of days–is like. First, you queue…for hours. We waited outside in a line with visitors and other NGO representatives. Unfortunately there were only two people working at the registration on day 1, and this inside line inside was even worse – perhaps spending five minutes on each person, and well, with, say, 75 people in front of you…and you can do the math. Read more »

  • The 2010 NPT Review Conference: May 5th
    Posted by Tova Fuller, PhD on May 5, 2010

    For those students who have never attended the NPT review conference, I would like to first give a snapshot of what the experience–or at least the first couple of days–is like. First, you queue…for hours. We waited outside in a line with visitors and other NGO representatives. Unfortunately there were only two people working at the registration on day 1, and this inside line inside was even worse – perhaps spending five minutes on each person, and well, with, say, 75 people in front of you…and you can do the math. Read more »

  • The oil spill reminds us that "Fail-safe systems" do, in fact, fail with horrific consequences
    Posted by Ira Helfand, MD on May 5, 2010

    The Non Proliferation Treaty review conference begins this week in New York against the back drop of one of the worst environmental disasters in decades, and the ongoing oil leak in the Gulf should give the nuclear negotiators at the UN much to think about. Read more »
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  • SPSR Student Leaders Summit
    Posted by Natasha Ghent-Rodriguez on May 3, 2010

    This weekend over a dozen student leaders convened in Washington DC to strategize how student physicians and future health professionals can be the medical voice in ensuring environmental justice, prevention of social disparities and build a peaceful and secure world. Read more »

  • Celebrating Earth Day in the Rose Garden
    Posted on April 23, 2010

    At the White House yesterday for the President’s Earth Day celebration, I had the opportunity to speak with Congressman Ed Markey. He first lauded PSR and our work in preventing nuclear war, and then went on to say that our current work on climate change is very similar in the sense that for both issues, there is no cure, there is only prevention. He shared a great quote, “The planet is running a fever and there are no emergency rooms for planets. Thus we have to engage politically in preventing climate change.” Read more »

  • Earth Day in the White House
    Posted by Peter Wilk, MD on April 22, 2010

    Today, PSR has been invited to the White House to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Earth Day. We are pleased and honored that PSR’s health message has been recognized by President Obama as an important voice in the environmental movement. PSR’s President, Jeff Patterson, is on his way to the White House as I write, carrying the message that, as doctors, healthcare professionals, and concerned citizens, we must prevent what we cannot cure. Read more »
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  • Dr. Jeff Patterson to Celebrate Earth Day at the White House (Video)
    Posted on April 22, 2010

    PSR President Dr. Jeff Patterson is off to the White House to bring PSR's message to President Barack Obama. Read more »

  • Earth Day, the White House, and on to action!
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on April 22, 2010

    PSR goes to the White House to celebrate Earth Day -- and to call for strong climate legislation. Read more »

  • Taking Full Advantage of Our Nuclear Spring
    Posted by David Hart on April 20, 2010

    I write this in the midst of what some are calling our Nuclear Spring – our imperfect moment of opportunity. After years of little progress on moving the world toward a future free from the horrors of nuclear weapons, we now see a potential thaw. Read more »

  • Green chemistry: the prevention component of real TSCA reform
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on April 13, 2010

    PSR is a proud partner in the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition, which is working to pass smart federal policies to protect us from toxic chemicals. The SCHF coalition has developed a campaign platform that explains the nine components of sound and comprehensive chemicals policy. One of them addresses green chemistry. Read more »

  • New START treaty represents an important achievement in arms control
    Posted by Steven Starr, MT (ASCP) on April 9, 2010

    Despite much criticism, the new START treaty represents an important achievement in arms control, because it restores verifiable and enforced nuclear arms reductions between the United States and Russia. It replaces the meaningless Strategic Offensive Reduction Treaty (SORT) negotiated by the Bush administration, which was jokingly described as "SORT of a nuclear arms control treaty", because it contained no verification measures and only came into force the day it expired. Read more »
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  • Count on PSR to be a leader in a growing coalition of YES
    Posted by John Rachow, MD on March 26, 2010

    I've been thinking a lot about anniversaries lately. This week I passed the iconic milestone of 65 and received my all-time favorite talking birthday card. On the front, Kirk is addressing his first officer: "Analysis, Spock: If all of the candles on that cake were to be lit simultaneously...?" On opening the card and I heard Spock's raspy voice answer: "Annihilation, Jim...total, complete, absolute annihilation." Read more »
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  • PSR welcomes Sierra Club's new executive director
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on March 25, 2010

    PSR continues the close collaboration with Sierra Club on issues of coal and energy and welcomes the Club's new executive director. Read more »

  • Health Professional's Role in Reducing Nuclear Dangers
    Posted by Ira Helfand, MD on March 18, 2010

    As the Senate considers the CTBT and the new START treaties this year, it is important to realize the powerful role that PSR and health professionals can play in moving the public to support steps to reduce the nuclear danger. Read more »

  • Coal ash: A toxic threat
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on March 15, 2010

    Last week I led a small PSR delegation to meet with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to discuss the health hazards of coal ash. Read more »
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  • The Climatic Consequences of Nuclear War
    Posted by Steven Starr, MT (ASCP) on March 15, 2010

    Although the ongoing Nuclear Posture Review is supposed to include all aspects of the strategy and doctrine that govern the use of U.S. nuclear weapons, it once again will not consider one crucial question: What would be the long-term consequences to Earth's environment if the U.S. nuclear arsenal were detonated during a conflict? Read more »

  • Regulating killer particulate matter
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on March 1, 2010

    Last Friday I again testified before the EPA on the health impacts of air quality. This time the subject was particulate matter. Once again, I was encouraging the EPA to follow through on a positive step it has proposed. Read more »

  • Climate control gradualism on my daughter’s birthday
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on February 23, 2010

    The battle unfolds on Capitol Hill, where a phalanx of politicians is seeking to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases. Read more »

  • A Good “START” to a World Free of Nuclear Weapons
    Posted by Peter Wilk, MD on February 18, 2010

    Having had the opportunity today to join the audience hearing Vice President Joe Biden’s speech outlining the Administration’s approach to managing the U.S. nuclear arsenal, strengthening nonproliferation and reducing nuclear risks, I am struck again by their strong rhetorical commitment to “take concrete steps toward a world without nuclear weapons”. Read more »
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