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  • Standing with 50 Million Uninsured Americans
    Posted by Catherine Thomasson, MD on October 4, 2013

    Watching the government shutdown is like watching democracy close the doors on its own people. While Congress is at a standoff, the federal government is left unable to conduct crucial activities. Read more »

  • The Toxies: Exposed
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on August 16, 2013

    "The Toxies: Exposed" is a seven-webisode series that follows a daring investigative journalist as he chases down toxic chemicals and pollutants. Read more »
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  • Keep the Shaheen-Portman Bill Clean!
    Posted by Catherine Thomasson, MD on July 30, 2013

    PSR been advocating for energy efficiency for years to reduce the chances for catastrophic climate change. Read more »
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  • Where in the World is Wendy?
    Posted by Melanie Straessle, PSR Climate Intern on July 24, 2013

    Climate Champion Wendy Ring, MD is two weeks into her bicycle tour across the country to raise awareness about the health impacts of climate change in the US and what we can do about it. Read more »

  • Pull the Plug on MOX!
    Posted by Sibahle Magadla on July 3, 2013

    The expansion of funding for a new MOX Fuel Facility in South Carolina is a dangerous project that wastes taxpayers dollars. A recent webinar by WAND helps explore some of the key issues with this boondoggle. Read more »
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  • PSR "Clean Air Ambassadors" Meet with Congress, EPA
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on May 22, 2013

    Twelve PSR leaders from across the country descended on Washington, DC recently to push for clean air, a livable climate, and reductions in toxic pollution from energy generation. They were part of "50 States United," a lobbying blitz that brought doctors, nurses, clergy, labor leaders, tribal leaders, parents and citizen activists to Washington from all 50 states. Read more »

  • New Momentum and Data Supports Push for Nuclear Weapons Abolition
    Posted by Andrew S. Kanter, MD, MPH, FACMI on May 17, 2013

    Nuclear weapons continue to pose an existential threat to human civilization. Their elimination must be our highest priority if we hope to bequeath a sustainable world to our children. Read more »

  • Bank of America meeting "Dominated by Anti-Coal Activists"
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on May 17, 2013

    It's official! According to major finance website, last week's Bank of America shareholder meeting was "dominated by anti-coal activists." Read more »

  • PSR Chides Bank of America on its Greenhouse Gas Loans
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on May 13, 2013

    PSR's Barbara Gottlieb described to Bank of America's CEO and board of directors the health implications of climate change -- caused in part by their loans to the coal industry. Read more »
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  • Oslo: Next Generation Leaders
    Posted by Ira Helfand, MD on March 5, 2013

    The ICAN Civil Society Forum was a triumph of youthful energy and should put to rest fears that young people can not be mobilized to address the humanitarian consequences of nuclear war. Read more »

  • Nuclear famine comes to Oslo
    Posted by John Loretz on March 4, 2013

    As the second session of the conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons opened, the co-chair, Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko, the Director General of the South African Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, noted the findings of climate scientists such as Alan Robock, who is here with us, and of IPPNW co-president Ira Helfand, to the effect that even a limited nuclear war would cause global climate disruption and an agricultural crisis that would have catastrophic consequences for her own continent of Africa. Her remarks could have come right out of IPPNW’s report Nuclear Famine. This was exactly the right way to frame a session on the long term consequences of the use of nuclear weapons. Read more »

  • "No small mistakes": ICAN Civil Society Forum, Day 1
    Posted by John Loretz on March 3, 2013

    "There are no small mistakes with nuclear weapons." That simple statement by Chatham House research director Patricia Lewis set the theme for the first day of ICAN's Civil Society Forum on the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, March 2 in Oslo. Read more »

  • Oslo: Historic Conference begins without support of P5
    Posted by Ira Helfand, MD on March 2, 2013

    Participants began to gather this evening for the ICAN Civil Society Forum on the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear War, and most of the talk has been about the decision by the P5, the permanent members of the Security Council and the owners of the world's largest nuclear arsenals, to boycott the official government conference which begins on Monday. Read more »
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  • Cut the fat in the Pentagon budget
    Posted by Catherine Thomasson, MD on February 19, 2013

    PSR has been speaking out on cutting the nuclear weapons and bloated Pentagon budget for decades. There is now pressure from the deficit reduction actions to cut the military budget but if it is done under the sequester, across the board budget cuts many programs providing support for essential human needs will be cut as well. Because many in Congress wish to protect the military budget, it is essential to reach our elected officials to encourage additional Pentagon and nuclear weapons cuts. Read more »
    14 comment(s)

  • Climate Change: Time to act is now!
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on February 13, 2013

    Can we make 2013 the year for effective climate action -- and for starters, can we stop the Keystone Pipeline? Read more »

  • Global Zero and Senator Chuck Hagel
    Posted by Ashish Sinha on February 1, 2013

    Senator Chuck Hagel, nominee for Secretary of Defense, appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee and his leadership on the issue of nuclear disarmament came under immediate fire from a few Senators. In particular, Senator Hagel’s work with Global Zero and his co-authorship of the Global Zero U.S. Nuclear Policy Commission of May 2012. Read more »
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  • Commemorating King
    Posted by Ashish Sinha on January 24, 2013

    On Monday, the symbolism of President Barack H. Obama being sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was inescapable for those who watched. Through the Montgomery Bus Boycotts, the Selma to Montgomery protest, and the March on Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr. brought the tradition of nonviolent civil disobedience to bear on the issue of racial injustice in America. Due to the work of tireless civil rights advocates, the country has changed meaningfully from that day in 1963 when King exhorted a crowd of over 200,000 in Washington DC to dream of an America where racism was vanquished. Read more »

  • What does the fiscal cliff vote leave undone?
    Posted by Ashish Sinha on January 4, 2013

    Many of you helped us push Congress to understand that cutting the Pentagon budget is an essential part of any deal to reduce the deficit and should bear a higher burden than proposed cuts on basic human services. If we were to grade the fiscal cliff vote through the lens of that effort, we would have to give Congress a grade of “Incomplete.” Read more »
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  • Areva: Enemy of the Environment and Democratic Practices in Africa?
    Posted by Dadie Loh on December 24, 2012

    Areva, the French uranium extraction giant, has proven that protection of the environment and a feasible democratic process in countries where it operates is the least of its concerns. Read more »

  • IPPNW World Congress, August 2012 Video
    Posted by Mathias Pollock, MPH on December 24, 2012

    Hundreds of physicians and health professionals from all over the world came together at the 20th World Congress in Hiroshima, Japan to dialogue and strategize for the elimination of nuclear weapons and the threat of nuclear war. Read more »
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