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  • PSR doctor questions Trident Renewal and calls to abolish all nuclear weapons worldwide
    Posted by David C. Hall, MD, PSR Past President on May 16, 2011

    The Pentagon and US Navy are planning to rebuild the Trident submarine nuclear weapons fleet over the next fifteen years at a cost likely to exceed $1 trillion over the life of the program. Read more »
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  • Air Pollution and Our Health
    Posted by April Avant on May 3, 2011

    Nearly half of Americans live an area which is heavily polluted, the American Lung Association stated in their annual State of the Air Report released last week. What does this mean? The roughly 157 million people living in these areas are placed at a high risk for asthma, respiratory disease and premature death. Most cities have shown improvement from last year’s report, but how much of an improvement is it if nearly half of us are living in air that is harming our health? Read more »

  • A Collaborative Effort to Protect Public Health: The Work of the National Conversation on Chemical Exposures
    Posted by Shoko Kubotera on April 26, 2011

    The National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures was initiated by the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in June 2009 to make a plan to better protect the public from harmful chemicals. Read more »
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  • Nuclear or Coal: A False Choice for Public Health
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on April 11, 2011

    In the wake of the Japanese nuclear crisis, Americans are considering things that they haven’t thought of in a while. One is the relationship between nuclear power and health. As workers dump millions of gallons of irradiated water into the ocean, radiation levels reach Chernobyl-like levels in villages around Fukushima, and iodine-131 is found in US milk, it is reasonable to question how “clean” nuclear is. Read more »

  • Peter Wilk, MD Large International Conference Confirms that PSR’s Voice of Urgency is Needed
    Posted by Peter Wilk, MD on March 30, 2011

    It has been a privilege on behalf of PSR to be participating for the past two days in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Annual Conference on Nuclear Policy. This gathering with over 700 top level participants from 40 countries has been grappling with some of the most pressing issues facing our world today. Read more »
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  • Nuclear Crisis in Japan: What Next?
    Posted by April Avant on March 30, 2011

    “Nuclear Meltdown” -The words displayed on almost every American newspaper front page, television screen and computer homepage alike in recent days. An earthquake and tsunami descended on Japan causing worry and strife across a nation. Read more »

  • German Election Results Reflect Depth of Public Distaste for Nuclear
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on March 29, 2011

    The German public sent a strong message to policymakers in state elections on Sunday. Read more »

  • Trident Nuclear Subs: A liability not an asset
    Posted by Eline van Schaik on March 24, 2011

    As the United Kingdom considers the renewal of their Trident submarines, it’s time for a debate about nuclear weapons in Europe. Read more »
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  • Giant Leaps Forward to Protect Communities from Toxic Power Plant Pollution
    Posted by Kristen Welker-Hood, ScD, MSN, RN and Tony Craddock, Jr., Environmental Health Intern on March 18, 2011

    The signing of the proposed Mercury & Air Toxic Standard is a long overdue victory for American public health. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson articulated that this is the initiation of an effort that will, “Save lives, prevent illnesses, and provide economic opportunities.” Read more »

  • Coal’s Unpaid Bills: $345 Billion Annually
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on March 2, 2011

    A recent report estimates that coal’s impacts – including its effects on health and the damage in inflicts on the environment -- cost the U.S. about $345 billion annually. According to the report, a full rendering of coal’s costs would double to triple the price of coal-generated electricity. Read more »

  • Wealth and Health
    Posted by Martin Donohue, MD FACP on February 28, 2011

    My name is Martin Donohoe and I practice internal medicine, teach courses in public health, medical humanities, and women’s rights, and work with a number of activist groups on issues relevant to universal health care, food safety, and environmental preservation. Read more »

  • Food Essays Posted on Environmental Health Policy Institute
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on February 28, 2011

    Last week we posted essays to the Environmental Health Policy Institute addressing the question: “How does our food production system drive our exposure to toxic chemicals?” Read more »

  • 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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