Oil transport by rail and sea poses grave health risk in the form of tanker explosions, spills, water and air pollution, and contribution to climate change induced disaster and disease. WPSR’s Climate Change Task Force has developed a position statement, in partnership with our colleagues in Oregon, opposing the transport by rail, storage, and shipment by vessel of crude oil within our states. The position statement, which carefully outlines the major risks backed up by credible evidence from the medical literature, will be submitted to the Governors of WA and OR. If you are a health professional concerned about the dangers of handling oil in our region, please read the research and add your name today.
On March 19, 2015--the 12th anniversary of the onset of our country's ill-fated military intervention in Iraq--PSR is releasing the latest edition of Body Count for North American distribution. Authored by IPPNW-Germany, the report is a comprehensive account of the vast human toll of the "Wars on Terror" conducted in the name of the American people since September 11, 2001.Read more »
A team of 12 volunteers, including physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals, will be returning to Gaza later this month. Hosted by the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, the volunteer delegation will deliver much-needed pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, provide medical service, and teach health professionals and students in Gaza. In addition, delegates will be participating in a surgical conference. As always, we are humbled by our volunteers' dedication to the people of Gaza and to the pursuit of peace in the region.
WPSR delegates to Gaza will share stories, photos, and answer questions. In addition to hearing about their work in 2014, you will have the chance to learn about their priorities for promoting peace through service in 2015. Presenters include Charles Cowan, MD; Gerri Haynes, palliative care specialist; Robert Haynes, MD; Grant O’Keefe, MD.
The event is free, but donations will be accepted for WPSR and our work in Gaza. Our 9th delegation will return to Gaza in March 2015.Click here for more details
An op-ed by WPSR's Laura Skelton and Steve Gilbert.Source: The Bellingham Herald
The rapid growth of oil trains in the Pacific Northwest now brings a new threat: a proposal for an unprecedented new oil refinery on the Columbia River.
An updated study for Oregon and Washington PSR finds that a recent uranium contract is likely to cost Pacific Northwest ratepayers more than $250 million.
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Tell your representative you want health-protective chemical reform -- not reform that places industry costs over your health and safety!
A framework agreement has been reached for a final comprehensive deal with Iran. Write to your senators to keep diplomacy going so that we can reach a final deal!
Public comment from Laura Skelton, Executive Director of Washington PSR, on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan. Read more »
Slides by Dr. Ken Lans on climate change and carbon reduction. Read more »