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  • Inside the Boardroom of the Chemical Industry
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on July 7, 2010

    Do you sometimes wonder how the chemical industry can be so oblivious to human health considerations? Consider the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA). SOCMA officially opposes the Safe Chemicals Act of 2010, introduced by Senator Lautenberg in April, which proposes updating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the first time since its passage in 1976. Read more »
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  • Better Living through Chemistry? A radio interview
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on June 28, 2010

    We depend on chemicals in consumer products to perform as expected, and to be safe. But our regulatory system is not adequately protecting us from potential hazards in our food cans, diapers, shower curtains, baby bottles, and other consumer products. Listen to Washington State PSR President, Dr. Steven Gilbert, a toxicologist, together with pediatric urologist and PSR board member Dr. Rich Grady, discuss chemicals policy in an insightful and illuminating radio interview. Read more »
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  • "Safety prescription from Doctor Dad"
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on June 22, 2010

    Last week, PSR Maine member Jeff Peterson wrote a letter to the editor of the Portland Press Herald. As a pediatrician and a father, he wrote about the importance of strong chemical policy reform Read more »

  • Countdown to Zero – a documentary
    Posted by Neethu Putta on June 22, 2010

    Nuclear disarmament is a challenge that requires ongoing education around the risks tied to the very existence of the weapons themselves. PSR and our international affiliate International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), have been working on this issue for decades. While we’ve made some progress, the threat of nuclear war continues to loom over the world. With just a few missiles, the whole world could be annihilated. Prominent officials including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and President Obama are now attempting to heed Kennedy’s wise words before these weapons “abolish us.” As the title of this blog post prompts, we need to destroy these weapons... or they will destroy us. Read more »
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  • Age of Horrorism
    Posted by John Rachow, MD on June 1, 2010

    The Japanese called the atomic bomb "Original Child Bomb." The makers of the bomb called it "Little Boy." The way early twentieth century physics was unfolding, perhaps it was inevitable that the drive to understand how the world works would have eventually led to development of nuclear weapons. Or perhaps not. Perhaps the perceived desperation of impending World War turned human endeavor in this direction. Perhaps the need to demonstrate the power of this weapon to U.S. enemies and allies alike led to the first use of a nuclear weapon. Read more »
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  • Avoiding More Predictable Disasters
    Posted on May 18, 2010

    The current manmade environmental oil disaster of the Deepwater Horizon Oil blowout on April 20, 2010 happens to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the radiation disaster at Chernobyl on April 27, 1986. This is, therefore, an ideal time to consider the nature and effect of manmade disasters, which should give us guidance as to the direction of our future energy plans. Read more »

  • Major Films Reinforce PSR's Core Message
    Posted by Peter Wilk, MD on May 13, 2010

    On Tuesday evening, I had the opportunity to join a distinguished group of current and former administration officials, members of Congress, senior reporters and colleagues from throughout the arms control community, in a private showing of Nuclear Tipping Point. Read more »
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  • New rules for regulating coal ash?
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on May 11, 2010

    The EPA is offering two versions of a proposed rule for regulating coal ash. One would require the states to adhere to strict new federal regulations. The other... well... Read more »
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  • A Toxic Brew in the Gulf of Mexico
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on May 6, 2010

    Last month an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded, killing 11 people. The destroyed oil rig is releasing more than 200,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf each day. This disaster threatens to dwarf the notorious Exxon Valdez spill, which dumped 11 million gallons of crude oil into the remote Prince William Sound in 1989. By contrast, the current catastrophe has already leaked over 12 million gallons, according to one environmental group. And the gallons keep pouring out, despite automated robot repair efforts. Read more »
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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 »

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