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  • A week at the United States Institute of Peace: New perspectives and old dilemmas
    Posted by Eline van Schaik on February 22, 2011

    Thanks to the commitment of PSR’s Security Program to the professional development of its staff, I was able to attend a week-long course at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). Read more »

  • Citizen's movement pushes Reagan towards nuclear disarmament
    Posted by Tad Daley on February 17, 2011

    As Ronald Reagan is lionized this month to commemorate the centennial of his birth, it ought to be recalled that Reagan's presidency brought America and the world to the brink of infinite peril. President Reagan's nuclear buildup and nuclear saber-rattling so increased the temperatures inside the pressure cooker of the Cold War that it seemed likely to blow its lid at any moment - splattering everyone standing in the kitchen of Planet Earth. Read more »

  • Our colleagues at Medact (IPPNW UK) on urgent next steps
    Posted by Liz Waterston, International Councillor, Medact on February 14, 2011

    The health, welfare and very survival of societies and people throughout the world, including those not possessing nuclear armaments or involved in nuclear strategies, continue to be threatened by the existence of nuclear arsenals. Read more »

  • One Little Boy with Asthma
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on February 10, 2011

    Last week, in a small Senate hearing room packed standing-room-only with spectators, Senator Lautenberg of New Jersey opened a session on reforming the outdated, 36-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA, or “Tosca”). Read more »

  • WATCH WHAT YOU EAT: The Health Effects of America’s Corporate Controlled Food Industry
    Posted by Marie Kim and April Avant on February 9, 2011

    With the corporate takeover of our nation’s food system, eating a meal has never been so controversial. Few consumers realize the growing offenses to worker’s rights, environmental sustainability, and public health that factory farming inflicts on our world. Read more »
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  • Arabs are doing big things
    Posted by Ashish Sinha on February 1, 2011

    What is happening now in North Africa and the Middle East should give people in the region and around the world a reason to hope. Read more »
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  • New Toxics Resource: Dr. Denison on “The State of TSCA Reform”
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on January 31, 2011

    Last Wednesday more than 60 people joined us for the first in a series of Confronting Toxics webinars – this one was about the role of the healthcare professional in federal chemicals policy. We were lucky to have Richard Denison, PhD, Senior Scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, as well as Lindsay Dahl, Deputy Director of the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families coalition, as presenters. Read more »

  • State of the Union Response - Please Comment
    Posted by David Hart on January 26, 2011

    PSR was pleased to hear the President of the United States celebrate the ratification of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) in his State of the Union address. He said, "Because Republicans and Democrats approved the New START Treaty, far fewer nuclear weapons and launchers will be deployed. Because we rallied the world, nuclear materials are being locked down on every continent." Read more »
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  • AIR SCARE: What Are We Breathing?
    Posted by Marie Kim on January 19, 2011

    The air we breathe fills a fundamental requirement for our survival, and yet, we continually fail to preserve the quality of this most valuable resource. Read more »

  • 50 years after President Eisenhower's warning about the military-industrial complex: Military spending in the spotlight again
    Posted by Eline van Schaik on January 14, 2011

    On January 17th, 50 years ago, President Eisenhower coined the now world-famous term ‘the military-industrial complex’ in his farewell speech. He warned the nation of the powers within this complex and their influence on policy-making. Read more »

  • Is a World Without Nuclear Weapons Possible ?
    Posted by Paul Deaton on January 6, 2011

    A discussion of nuclear disarmament necessarily begins in the context of the nuclear explosions at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These unilateral, wartime acts of the United States resulted in a movement against atomic weapons that took shape in dozens of countries around the world and involved hundreds of thousands of people. Read more »
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  • The importance of New START and a larger movement
    Posted by Paul Deaton on December 15, 2010

    If you are reading the Physicians for Social Responsibility Nuclear Weapons Blog, you may be familiar with our hope to ratify the New START Treaty between the United States and the Russian Federation. Thank you for your support and for what you have already done to support efforts to get the treaty ratified. Read more »

  • What is the true ultimate nightmare ?
    Posted by Thomas B. Newman, MD, MPH on December 7, 2010

    PSR Board Member Thomas B. Newman responds to an Op Ed by Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer, "The Irrelevance of New Start" Read more »

  • Battle of the Bands
    Posted on December 1, 2010

    Our student chapter in Philadelphia put down Rock band and rocked it out at World Cafe Live November 16, 2010. Read more »

  • Why is chemical policy reform so hard to pass? The real priority of the chemical industry
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on November 19, 2010

    Federal chemical policy reform is a health imperative. In this Congress, reform bills were introduced in the Senate and the House addressing some of the most overt failures of our federal chemicals management system. Those bills never made it out of committee. Why didn’t these health-protective bills ever come up for a vote? Did Congress just run out of legislative energy and momentum after the healthcare reform marathon, and the debacle of a failed climate and energy bill? Read more »
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  • Advocating for New START
    Posted by Eline van Schaik on November 11, 2010

    On Oct. 17th & 18th, the White House Project, an organization that aims to advance women’s leadership in all communities and sectors up to the U.S presidency, organized a 2-day summit on Women & Nuclear Security. I attended on behalf of our security program at PSR. Valerie Plame-Wilson, the ex-CIA agent played by Naomi Watts in the new movie Fair Game, opened the conference with an inspiring keynote speech, making many points relevant to PSR’s work. Read more »

  • Dynamic Partnerships at the Washington Chapter: collaboration is crucial to success
    Posted by Cherie Eichholz on October 20, 2010

    In recent years I have spent a lot of time considering what it is that drives change and in particular, what drives meaningful social and policy change. With the election of Barack Obama many Americans naively thought our country and our world would change overnight, that the policies of the past eight years or longer would be overturned and a new era of progressive thought and action would be initiated. Read more »

  • Cell phone safety
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on October 1, 2010

    Recently I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Devra Davis, a member of PSR’s Environmental Health Policy Institute, speak about her new book, Disconnect: the truth about cell phone radiation, what the industry has done to hide it, and how to protect your family. In addition to learning about the potential health risks of exposure to non-ionizing radiation, I found myself struck with the familiarity of the story, if not the exact content. As cell phones have come into wider and wider use, a vested industry has tirelessly worked to ensure that scientists publish results favorable to its product. Industry attempts to discredit unfavorable results; meanwhile researchers who produce unfavorable results lose their funding, and their jobs. Read more »
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  • Environment & Health Ambassadors Program
    Posted by Natasha Ghent-Rodriguez on September 22, 2010

    PSR is hosting a series of trainings for Environment and Health Ambassadors against toxic chemicals (link to training page) around the country. Participating chapters include Oregon, Boston, Maine, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington. The ambassador program aims to train physician and public health experts to be advocates for federal chemical reform. Read more »

  • Fixing a toxics “quagmire” at EPA: the role of risk assessment in chemical policy reform
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on September 16, 2010

    If you’ve heard about proposed reforms of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), you may have also heard about a set of recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the nation’s top scientific experts, for assessing chemical safety. Health professionals, environmental groups, and scientific researchers, as well as local community groups around the country, affirm that incorporating the NAS recommendations into TSCA reform is an important step in crafting a chemicals management system that effectively protects human health. In today’s post, I try to explain why we’ve all been talking about this wonky NAS report. Read more »

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