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  • February 16, 2018

    "Saving Energy, Saving Lives:" New Report by PSR and ACEE

    Increased energy efficiency pays off by improving public health. On February 21, PSR and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released a report outlining the public health benefits and medical cost savings of a 15 percent reduction of annual electric consumption. The report ranks the top beneficiaries among the states and the 50 largest U.S. cities.

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  • January 31, 2018

    In Memoriam: Dr. Victor W. Sidel, PSR Founding Member

    Victor W. Sidel, MD, a visionary medical leader and founding member of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), died on January 30, 2018 in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Dr. Sidel's 60 years of advocacy invigorated the American medical and public health communities for the cause of peace and nuclear disarmament. Dr. Sidel founded PSR in 1961.

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  • January 22, 2018

    We can't prepare for nuclear war; we must prevent it.

    Outbursts from nuclear-armed leaders coupled with false missile alarms have elevated the salience of nuclear dangers. We need real remedies for this grave public health threat, not "duck-and-cover" methods of preparedness. Health professionals insist that prevention is the cure. We're channeling fears into viable policy solutions to stigmatize, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. Learn more about health leadership for nuclear disarmament.

  • January 16, 2018

    Like Clean Air? Protect the Clean Power Plan

    The Clean Power Plan (CPP) is estimated to prevent 3,600 premature deaths and 90,000 asthma attacks in children per year by 2030. Unfortunately, the current EPA wants to eliminate it. The CPP would also hasten our transition to clean renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power. Tell the EPA that our health is more important than polluter profits. Insist that the EPA protect the CPP.

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  • January 10, 2018

    PSR's Strategic Plan for 2018

    It's a new year, and PSR is launching powerful programs to prevent nuclear war, fight climate change, and transition our nation onto clean renewable energy sources. Our work builds on the exciting momentum generated last year: the adoption of the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the movement among U.S. cities and states to commit to 100 percent renewable energy. Read on for an overview of the strong work that PSR will pursue in 2018.

  • December 1, 2017

    Protect the Clean Power Plan

    U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt wants to eliminate the Clean Power Plan. That would result in thousands of preventable deaths and acute illnesses across the U.S. from the health effects of climate change and air pollution. Our most vulnerable, including children, the poor and the elderly, are at greatest risk. Urge Administrator Pruitt to abandon his plan.

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  • November 29, 2017

    Middle Schoolers learn about health effects of climate change

    PSR/Florida's Dr. Lynn Ringenberg and Marybeth Dunn recently visited with middle school students in Florida, giving a presentation called "Climate Change Makes Me Sick" on how climate affects health. The students decorated a bulletin board with PSR's climate postcards and came up with ideas for how to keep the earth cooler and healthier.

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  • November 28, 2017

    Tour de Frack: Impacts of Fracking in Colorado

    PSR member Dr. Larry Moore recently spoke on a "Tour de Frack" that outlined the threat of fracking allowed within five hundred feet of peoples' homes and within 1,000 feet of schools. Read his story on health impacts of fracking from leaking VOC's and ozone in Colorado.

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  • November 27, 2017

    A Celebration of Visionary Leaders: Nov. 9, 2017

    On Nov. 9, PSR leaders, members, and staff came together to celebrate the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and to honor Dr. Ira Helfand's tireless work to help make it happen.

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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."

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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.

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  • 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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