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  • January 27, 2015

    Race Against Time to Save the World

    Bulletin of Atomic Scientists breaking news: It's 3 minutes to midnight. Do you know where your nukes are? PSR members work the media in our race against time to save the world from climate change and nuclear weapons.

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  • January 21, 2015

    The Uphill Battle to Let Diplomacy Work with Iran

    Additional sanctions legislation on Iran is making headway right now in Congress, threatening to undermine the current negotiation process. In light of this, PSR asks you to contact your senators and ask them to oppose additional sanctions legislation. If you'd like to learn more about the myths of Iran sanctions, register for PSR Security's webinar.

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  • January 16, 2015

    PSR calls on President Obama: Expand renewable energy, energy efficiency

    With states across the nation assessing how to implement the Clean Power Plan, PSR calls on President Obama to recommend: Reduce carbon pollution by replacing coal with clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar power, along with energy efficiency. These health- and climate-protective approaches should be selected over natural gas and nuclear power. Are you a health professional? Add your name to our sign-on letter.



  • January 9, 2015

    Sound the alarm about fire retardants!

    The foam in your living room couch may be treated with flame retardants that contribute to cancer, hormone disruption, and harm to the developing brain. Yet, ironically, these dangerous chemicals provide little protection from fires, which are likely to begin on couch upholstery and then overpower the flame retardants. Urge your senator to protect health by cosponsoring the "Children and Firefighters Protection Act."



  • December 29, 2014

    PSR launches Climate Change Action Teams!

    PSR is excited to announce the launch of our Climate Health Action Teams! Our CHATs will be leading the Powering Climate Health campaign by advocating for the health benefits of a clean, healthy energy system based on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Please join us to push your state to a clean energy future.

    Sign up here »


  • December 22, 2014

    Nobel Peace Laureates Call for Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty

    Nobel Peace Laureates--including IPPNW representative Ira Helfand, MD (on the monitor) and the Dalai Lama (in red)--met in Rome December 12-14 for their annual Summit. In the Summit's Final Statement, the laureates issued a powerful challenge to all the nations of the world "to commence negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons at the earliest possible time, and subsequently to conclude the negotiations within two years."

    Watch Dr. Helfand's presentation »


  • December 18, 2014

    Thank you, PSR members!

    Please enjoy our year end slideshow highlighting some of PSR’s work to effect change. We hope you see some reflection of yourself in all these images. You were there with us in spirit.

    View the slideshow »


  • December 12, 2014

    Vienna Conference Boosts Prospects for Disarmament

    PSR's Executive Director Catherine Thomasson and IPPNW's Co-President Ira Helfand "worked the aisles" and witnessed the exciting and historic outcome of the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons. One hundred fifty-eight nations--82% of the world--attended. Of them, 44 nations stand strongly for a nuclear weapons ban treaty, and Austria issued a formal pledge to continue pushing forward and to cooperate with all stakeholders to achieve this goal.

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  • December 12, 2014

    Chemical Fragrances: Potentially Harmful to Human Health

    Are you deep into holiday shopping? High on many gift lists are fragranced candles, toys and body-care care products, enticingly labelled vanilla bean or candy apple. Unfortunately, fragranced products can contain a cocktail of toxic chemicals linked to allergic reactions, asthma, and headaches. Hormone-disrupting chemicals such as phthalates have also been found in fragranced products. Learn how to shop smart and avoid potentially unsafe products »



  • December 9, 2014

    Report from Vienna: PSR Presents at Civil Society Forum

    On December 6, over 600 campaigners gathered for the Vienna Civil Society Forum, organized by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. PSR Executive Director Catherine Thomasson, MD and PSR Security Committee chair Ira Helfand, MD were on hand to represent Physicians for Social Responsibility and give presentations at the Forum. This was directly before the Vienna Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons Conference, sponsored by the Austrian government, Monday-Tuesday, December 8 & 9. 

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  • December 3, 2014

    Tell President Obama: Get Toxic Coal Ash Under Control!

    Five leading PSR doctors and PSR's Environment & Health director called on the EPA and the Office of Management and Budget to assure health-protective disposal of toxic coal ash. Thanks to a court order that PSR was party to, EPA will issue rules on coal ash disposal in two weeks. Tell President Obama that those regulations must be strong enough to protect us from toxic contamination.

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  • December 3, 2014

    We Surpassed Our Goal, Thanks to You!

    On Giving Tuesday, 153 of you gave a total of $17,140, more than three times our original goal of $5,000. Some of you are long-time activists but first time donors, others gave already this year, and many others are our steady year-end supporters. We appreciate all of you.

    We send you our best wishes for a dynamic holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year.



  • November 24, 2014

    Protecting What We Love Best

    As we give thanks for food, family, and health, let’s take a moment to protect what we love from one of the gravest threats to health and survival:  climate change. The EPA's "Clean Power Plan" is our best opportunity in years to reduce carbon pollution. Tell the EPA you support replacing coal-fired power plants with clean renewable energy and energy efficiency

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  • November 13, 2014

    Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency will Save Thousands of Lives

    If states reduce carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants by transitioning to renewable energy and energy efficiency, they will not only reduce greenhouse gases; they will also avert 3,500 premature deaths, 1,000 hospital admissions and 220 heart attacks each year. That's a finding by long-time PSR member Jonathan Levy, ScD, and prominent colleagues. View Dr. Levy's recent webinar presentation to PSR on these health "co-benefits."



  • November 10, 2014

    The U.S. Made the Right Choice!

    On Friday, November 7th, the U.S. Department of State announced to PSR and other disarmament groups that they WILL send an official delegation to participate in the 3rd Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons Conference this December in Vienna, Austria. THANK YOU to everyone who helped in bringing this to fruition by signing our petition delivered a week ago to the staff of the Under Secretary of Arms Control and International Security!

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  • October 28, 2014

    Student Bike Tour in Kazakhstan Raises Awareness about Nuclear Tests

    PSR Student Organizer Michelle Gin reports back from the amazing bike tour in Kazakhstan, supported by PSR members. The shocking story of radiation exposure and information cover-up was countered by the warm, welcoming embrace of Kazakhstanis and their desire to tell their stories.

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  • October 24, 2014

    Break the Silence on Fracking Non-disclosure Agreements

    It's hard to document that hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas ("fracking") harms health. That's partly because industry uses non-disclosure agreements, providing cash payments to victims harmed by fracking in exchange for a promise to remain silent. PSR-Chesapeake is petitioning industry to disclose important information about non-disclosure agreements -- and to allow those who have been silenced to speak publicly.

    Sign the petition »


  • October 16, 2014

    Climate Change and Health Outcomes: PSR Members Publish in JAMA

    Long-time PSR members Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, and Howard Frumkin, MD, DrPH, recently published a review in the Journal of the American Medical Association of scientific data on climate change and health. They neatly summarize critical topics including specific health impacts, climate change communication, and the health cobenefits that result from mitigating climate change. Read an abstract of their article here.



  • October 15, 2014

    PSR & World Medical Association Work to Ban Nuclear Weapons!

    This month, the World Medical Association considered a statement introduced by PSR and IPPNW to pressure nuclear weapons states to eliminate their weapons and urge national medical societies to take action. In a unanimous vote, the statement was directed to the International Council for a final vote next year. This could be an important step towards a Nuclear Ban Treaty, making ALL weapons of mass destruction illegal!

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  • October 10, 2014

    Join the Worldwide Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons. Sign PSR's Petition!

    These PAX "Sign Against Nukes" campaigners in Holland are part of the growing campaign all over the world to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons, just like other weapons of mass destruction have been banned.

    Please help support US efforts by signing our MoveOn petition to convince President Obama and the State Department to participate in a historic summit on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons this December in Vienna.

    Click here to sign on!


 

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