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  • 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 »
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  • 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 »
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  • 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 »
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  • 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 »
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  • 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 »
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  • PSR Mourns the Loss of Paul Epstein
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on November 17, 2011

    The PSR community has lost a pioneer, a champion, and an outstanding colleague in the field of climate change and public health. Paul Epstein, MD MPH, co-founder and co-director of Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, died early this week. Read more »
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  • And We're Back...
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on November 15, 2011

    Apologies to all readers for the longish hiatus of this blog. Many things have occurred since we last posted: Read more »
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  • Clean energy advocacy – a missing generation?
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on November 10, 2011

    One last thought on last Sunday’s White House demonstration against the Keystone XL pipeline. It has to do with the missing generation. Read more »

  • Keystone pipeline meets the Occupy movement
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on November 9, 2011

    Yesterday I wrote about the speakers who addressed the Keystone protesters at the White House. Today I’d like to talk about the protesters – specifically, the young people and the growing “Occupy Wall Street” movement. Read more »
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  • From college students to Nebraska ranchers, many constituents unite to oppose pipeline
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on November 8, 2011

    As I wrote yesterday, Sunday’s rally to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline was a powerful experience. Part of the impact came from the array of speakers. Read more »
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  • PSR tells the White House: Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on November 7, 2011

    A multi-state delegation of PSR representatives joined 12,000 other like-minded people on Sunday to link arms around the White House and send President Obama an urgent message: Don’t build the Keystone XL pipeline. Read more »
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  • The Fallout
    Posted by Charlotte Tucker, APHA on November 1, 2011

    A nuclear disaster in a plant near Chicago would force the evacuation of 7 million people and could deliver fatal doses of radiation to 20,000 people, said a speaker at an APHA session on "In the Wake of Fukushima: Is Nuclear Energy Healthy for Communities?" this afternoon. Read more »

  • APHA 2011 Commences!
    Posted by Ashish Sinha on October 31, 2011

    Yesterday was my first day at the 2011 American Public Health Association (APHA) Conference. This conference hosts over 12,000 public health professionals and is always a bit overwhelming at first. Read more »
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