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  • WSPR research highlighted by Sightline Institute


    Key findings from Washington and Oregon PSR chapters’ “Position Statement on Crude Oil Transport and Storage” have been summarized by Sightline Institute. Sightline authors highlight the connections between proposed crude oil-by-rail facilities and increased rates of illness, health care costs, and hospitalizations.

    Read the Sightline summary here
  • Remembering the bomb that changed the world

    To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, WPSR members David Barash and Judith Lipton wrote an op-ed that appeared in the Seattle Times. “Seventy years after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the world is still not a peaceful place. There is no evidence that possessing more than 16,000 bombs and warheads have made the nuclear states any more secure than their non-nuclear counterparts.”

    Read the full piece here.
  • Climate Change: A Medical and Moral Imperative

    WPSR member Dr. Howard Frumkin, Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, teamed up with Father Stephen V. Sundborg, President of Seattle University, to highlight the growing diversity of voices calling for climate change solutions. "Rarely have religion and health science come together so seamlessly to underscore for all that the science of climate change is clear and the need to steward the natural world is both a divine and a public-health opportunity and duty for all."

    Read the Seattle Times article here.

    Also, the recent Lancet report on climate change and health
    And, the Pope's new encyclical on the environment

  • Oil-by-Rail a "Rolling Environmental Injustice"

    "Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals say noise and air pollution from the trains can increase heart attacks and other serious diseases; a moment’s delay in emergency services due to a passing train can mean the difference between life and death for critical patients; and the possibility of derailments poses significant health risks for people near train tracks."

    Two physicians in the Skagit Valley area, who signed our Position Statement on Crude Oil Transport & Storage, share their concerns.

    Read the full story here!
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