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  • November 14, 2017

    PSR tells the Administration to Keep its Methane Rule in place

    Last year, the Bureau of Land Management finalized methane protections that would end harmful leaking of methane on federal and tribal lands. The administration is now seeking rollbacks. With over 74,000 people living within a half-mile of an oil or gas facility on public lands, delaying the methane rules is dangerous to our health. Read our comments opposing dismantling these public health protections.

  • November 7, 2017

    Local Medical Association Publishes All-Climate Edition of Bulletin

    The Hillsborough County Medical Association, representing 2,000 physicians and medical students in Tampa, FL, has published their first-ever bulletin focused entirely on climate and health, guest-edited by PSR's Dr. Lynn Ringenberg. Several other PSR members contributed articles on how climate change is affecting the Tampa Bay area. If you belong to a local health professional association, please consider submitting an article on climate and health to their bulletin or newsletter.

    Read the bulletin here »

  • October 18, 2017

    CA wildfires bring toxic exposures to communities

    The wildfires in California are a public health disaster. In the short term, residents of the impacted areas must deal with toxic air filled with particulates. In the longer term, residents and families must contend with the dust or ash left behind and what’s in it, which could include asbestos and lead, both of which are extremely harmful to human health.

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  • October 17, 2017

    Algae Blooms Threaten Drinking Water

    The Clean Water Rule would protect the drinking water supplies for millions of U.S. residents. However, the EPA is seeking to repeal the 2015 rule and replace it with a less health-protective standard. In support of the Clean Water Act and associated Clean Water Rule, PSR's Dr. Alan Lockwood writes in the New York Times opinion page that failing to support implementation of these laws is "equivalent to medical malpractice."

    Read more from Dr. Lockwood »

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    October 6, 2017

    International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

    The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for accomplishing the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. PSR worked with ICAN to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons. PSR is an ICAN partner organization that joined civil society efforts spanning 100 countries to advocate for an international ban against nuclear weapons.

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  • October 3, 2017

    Proposed nation's largest coal export terminal defeated!

    Oregon PSR and Washington PSR are celebrating a major victory: defeat of what would have been the nation’s largest coal export terminal. They and allies blocked the facility, proposed for construction on the scenic and beloved Columbia River. It's a powerful win for human health, climate and the environment. Read more from Regna Merritt of Oregon PSR, co-director of the Power Past Coal coalition, the driving force behind the campaign.

  • September 21, 2017

    Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

    The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) is a landmark treaty that marks the beginning of the end of the nuclear age. The TPNW is a sign of progress showcasing agreement among the international community that nuclear weapons are illegitimate weapons of mass destruction that must be eliminated. The medical community played a leadership role in advocating for the TPNW as a public health solution to growing nuclear dangers.

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  • September 15, 2017

    Devastating hurricanes: How do we protect ourselves?

    As Texas, Florida and the Caribbean catch their breath from two devastating hurricanes in succession, relief and recovery is the order of the day. At the same time, we as a society need to look ahead. How do we reduce the likelihood of more such devastating storms? The answer is: address the underlying cause, which is climate change.

    Read more here »

  • September 15, 2017

    PSR testifies in support of banning toxic flame retardants

    On September 14th a diverse coalition of organizations called on the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ban harmful organohalogen flame retardants in children's products, furniture, mattresses and electronic casings. Read PSR's testimony on the public health threats, particularly to children, of these toxic chemicals.

  • September 8, 2017

    Climate Change Fuels Destructive Storms

    First came Hurricane Harvey, with its devastating floods and a death toll of over 70. Now we're bracing for Hurricane Irma, the largest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, according to satellite images. Is this the future? What is the climate change connection?

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  • August 28, 2017

    Hurricane Harvey: Devastation, and a reminder

    Hurricane Harvey's unprecedented rain and flooding have inundated east Texas, killing more than 20 people, and are now threatening Louisiana. Tens of thousands of people are seeking to escape the ongoing catastrophe. Even as we do all we can to assist the rescue and recovery, let's remember that climate change is likely to inflict more frequent extreme storms here and around the world—and with them, multiple threats to health. That's why carbon-free renewable energy is essential.

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  • August 28, 2017

    Nine states agree to strengthen regional CO2 cap-and-invest program

    The need to reduce CO2 emissions and slow the impacts of climate change is clear. States in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic took a good first step toward a healthier and more just energy future for all communities in the region by strengthening the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The nine RGGI states seek to extend the CO2 pollution cap to 2030 with a 30% reduction from 2020 levels. Learn more about RGGI »

  • August 24, 2017

    PSR's "Climate Communicators Guide"

    Have you seen the wealth of resources available to help you become a successful climate speaker on behalf of PSR? The Climate Communicators Guide offers advice on how to plan a talk, plus a wide selection of websites, webinars, PowerPoints, and tools to build your own presentation as a climate communicator.

    Read more here »

  • August 18, 2017

    PSR tells Sec. Tillerson: Start direct talks with North Korea

    Edgy about conflict with North Korea? An on-again, off-again war of provocations between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un has injected the specter of nuclear war into popular American culture. This dispute may heat up again soon. PSR members are contacting Secretary of State Tillerson to urge that he begin direct talks with North Korea to defuse this crisis.

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  • August 18, 2017

    Taking action on Hiroshima Day

    As the North Korean nuclear flashpoint dominates our headlines, the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki remind us why we must prevent nuclear war. PSR members across the country participated in events to inform community members how to take action to create a world free from nuclear weapons.

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  • August 8, 2017

    Opposing Toxic Coal Ash--Again

    PSR testified recently before the US EPA in favor of limits on coal ash discharges from coal-fired power plants. Many coal-fired plants pour vast quantities of toxic coal ash into the nation's rivers, bays and streams, including drinking-water sources. EPA seeks to roll back its own rule limiting discharges of arsenic, mercury, lead and other contaminants. Read the testimony of Environment and Health Director Barb Gottlieb and Toxics Program Manager Kathy Attar here.

  • August 4, 2017

    Take PSR’s Social Media Challenge! Tell Nikki Haley: No More Hiroshimas--Support the Nuclear Ban

    72 years after the horrific bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, nuclear weapons are now illegal. 122 nations voted to adopt the nuclear weapons ban treaty, but UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and leaders from other nuclear-armed countries boycotted the negotiations.  From August 6-11, join PSR’s social media challenge to tweet at Ambassador Haley to support the nuclear ban. Let’s show Ambassador Haley that Americans support a world without nuclear weapons.

    Join the challenge.

  • August 3, 2017

    Important Win on Ozone Pollution!

    The U.S. EPA backed down from its threat to delay for a year a rule tightening limits on ozone pollution. PSR is proud to be a litigant in a lawsuit that helped lead to EPA's retreat. Ozone is a widespread and dangerous air pollutant associated with hospital admissions and emergency visits for asthma and other respiratory conditions, diminished lung function, and aggravation of some heart ailments.

    Read more here »

  • July 17, 2017

    PSR Welcomes Summer Interns

    Each year, interns inject new talent, energy and enthusiasm into the national PSR office. We are happy to extend a warm welcome to the five new interns who are contributing to our work this summer. They are, from left to right, Adam Yusen, Fekade Abayneh, Milad Salami, Kate Topalis, and Molly Hammersmith. Read more to learn who they are and why they're here. 

  • July 13, 2017

    PSR Turns to Courts to Make EPA Take Action

    PSR is engaged in two lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to require it to do its job—protecting us from toxic pollutants. One suit would require EPA to implement its own regulation on ground-level ozone, an air pollutant that can cause permanent lung damage. The other would prevent delay of an EPA rule to slash discharges of toxic coal ash wastes into surface waters like rivers and streams. 

    Read more here »


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