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  • 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 »
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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 »
    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)

  • 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 »
    1 comment(s)

  • 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 »
    1 comment(s)

  • 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 »
    1 comment(s)

  • 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 »
    1 comment(s)

  • 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 »
    9 comment(s)

  • 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 »
    1 comment(s)

  • Cut Nukes Now!
    Posted by Ashish Sinha on September 20, 2011

    Before the end of the year the Super Committee will be required to submit plans to cut at least $1.5 trillion in deficit-reduction measures over the next 10 years. What we decide to cut will speak to our priorities as a country. Read more »
    8 comment(s)

  • Speak Up! The BRC needs to hear from you!
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on September 13, 2011

    Today the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future (BRC) will convene in Denver the first of its public meetings since releasing its draft report on US nuclear waste management. The BRC was created in the wake of the Obama Administration’s wise decision to shutter the Yucca Mountain project as a way to hopefully (finally?) figure out what to do with spent fuel in this country. In case you didn’t know, after 60 years of nuclear power, the U.S. still has no permanent storage for the over 65,000 tons of spent fuel sitting around at 70 sites all over the country. Read more »
    3 comment(s)

  • A 9-11 reflection: "Something's Happened"
    Posted by Ashish Sinha on September 11, 2011

    Today, 10 years later, I remember the fear, the uncertainty, and those who lost their lives on September 11th. I wish I could say the fear and the uncertainty has disappeared. On Thursday, after President Obama’s address to Congress, information of a “specific, credible, but unconfirmed” threat were made public. Living in Washington DC, I am worried about what someone may do on the anniversary of September 11th. Mixed in that worry is no longer simply the fear of an attack but, also, how our country may change in the shadow of another act of terrorism. Read more »

  • Kansas City Here It Comes: A New Nuclear Weapons Plant!
    Posted by Lawrence S. Wittner on September 7, 2011

    Should the U.S. government be building more nuclear weapons? Residents of Kansas City, Missouri don’t appear to think so, for they are engaged in a bitter fight against the construction of a new nuclear weapons plant in their community. Read more »
    3 comment(s)

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