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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!


  • October 7, 2014

    PSR Leader Questions Carbon Capture and Sequestration

    PSR board member and past president Alan Lockwood, MD toured Canada recently and questioned Canada's experiment with carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). Canada has constructed the world's first large-scale coal-fired power plant that captures and stores its own carbon dioxide. Lockwood, discussing the health implications and costs of burning coal, voiced doubts about CCS's economic viability and questioned whether massive amounts of carbon can safely be stored underground.

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  • September 22, 2014

    PSR Leads Health Contingent in Massive People's Climate March

    Dressed in white coats and massed behind a banner reading "The Voice of Climate Health," PSR led the health contingent in Sunday's historic march for action on climate change. Top PSR leaders participated, as did PSR representatives from as far as the Pacific Northwest.  

    See photos and read more here.


  • September 19, 2014

    Meet Us in New York!

    In a new PSR video, PSR Executive Director Catherine Thomasson, MD, explains why she's in New York City for the People's Climate March. Join her and PSR Board President Bob Gould, MD, as they talk about the link between climate and health on Saturday. And on Sunday, march with them and a hundred thousand others to make our voices heard: we must roll back climate change.

    Watch the video »


  • September 10, 2014

    PSR Iowa Holds Its Own EPA Public Hearing on Carbon Rule

    This summer, the EPA held public hearings on its proposed standards for carbon pollution from power plants. However, no hearings were held in Iowa, a particularly coal-intensive state relative to its low population. Without skipping a beat, PSR leader Maureen McCue and Iowa PSR set up their own well-attended public hearing in Iowa City to make sure the voices of their community were heard.

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  • September 10, 2014

    Some good news from the Mideast! All of Syria’s Chem Weapons Safely Removed

    PSR seeks diplomatic rather than military solutions, and here's a success story. After a nine-month, nonviolent, international effort, officials removed the last remnants of Syria’s declared chemical weapons arsenal to a U.S. ship at sea on June 23. This was a major victory for the 1992 Chemical Weapons Convention, even more impressive given the current internal conflict in Syria.



  • September 9, 2014

    Stop Nuclear Weapons Before They Stop Us

    Please sign onto PSR's first-ever MoveOn petition, calling on President Obama and the State Department to take action for nuclear disarmament. President Obama pledged "to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons." Help PSR convince him to back up words with action. Our MoveOn petition asks the Obama administration to constructively participate in a historic international summit on nuclear weapons this December.

    Click here to sign on!


  • September 2, 2014

    Thanks to You...

    National PSR has met its coal match goals! We owe a debt of gratitude to our stalwart members and supporters.

    Our Michigan, Maryland and Florida chapters will continue to raise funds for their work to close some of the dirtiest coal plants in their states. We'll keep you posted on their progress.



  • August 27, 2014

    Match Funding to Close Coal-Fired Power Plants

    PSR has until Sunday to match the Energy Foundation's pledge of $33,500 for our work to close some of the country's dirtiest coal-fired power plants. Pollution from coal plants accounts for 37% of the nation's CO2 and triggers hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks. If we can reduce pollutants, people will breathe easier. Can you donate to complete the match?



  • August 26, 2014

    A Victory for Public Health and for Our Climate!

    On August 18th, the Oregon Department of State Lands denied a key permit to Ambre Energy, the corporation that proposes to export over 8 million tons of coal each year by transporting it through Oregon and the Columbia Gorge. Oregon PSR and many activists helped score a big win for the health and safety of all Oregonians, the Columbia River, and for our planet's climate.

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  • August 18, 2014

    Send PSR's "No Nuke" message to your legislators!

    Working as a team, PSR leaders amplified our call for a global ban on nuclear weapons -- with 17 local guest editorials and blogs in 11 states, plus four national outlets such as CNN and Huffington Post. Please present this message to your elected officials by forwarding one or more of these articles to them.

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  • August 8, 2014

    WNCPSR Presents at Veterans for Peace Annual Convention

    Western North Carolina's PSR Chapter provided speakers for the Veterans for Peace 29th Annual Convention in Asheville, NC. Several hundred people from across the U.S. and around the world attended the event. PSR members Steve Gilman, Bob Howarth, and Dr. Stanley Dienst all presented on nuclear issues at the convention, and Dr. Terry Clark moderated a Q&A following the presentations.

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  • August 1, 2014

    PSR Testifies at EPA Hearings on Carbon Rule

    PSR chapters, board, staff and interns all turned out to testify before the Environmental Protection Agency, voicing support for EPA's proposal to limit carbon pollution from power plants. At four hearings around the country, PSR speakers also urged the EPA to stress energy efficiency and renewable energy sources as the best ways to reduce carbon emissions, and to reject nuclear power and "fracked" natural gas as alternatives to coal. See video clips, photos, written testimonies and news coverage here.



  • August 1, 2014

    Hiroshima. Never again.

    August 6 and 9 mark the anniversaries of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Check PSR's Hiroshima/Nagasaki Calendar to see if there is a commemorative event such as a concert or lantern-floating ceremony near you. And please express your desire for a nuclear weapons-free world by writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.

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  • August 1, 2014

    New PSR Report on Coal Ash "Fugitive Dust"

    PSR and Earthjustice just released a new report about the health impacts of breathing coal ash dust. The very smallest particles are inhaled into the deepest part of the lungs and can trigger asthma attacks and lead to cancer, lung disease and other serious health problems.  Dust from coal ash landfills and uncovered trucks carrying coal ash blows into nearby communities, putting lives at risk. Download the report.



  • July 30, 2014

    IPPNW calls for Ukraine cease-fire

    Statement from the Executive Committee of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War:

    "IPPNW calls for an immediate cease fire to the fighting in Ukraine and for all states to refrain from any military intervention in Ukraine. We further call on Ukraine to reaffirm its historic decision to renounce nuclear weapons and for Russia to reaffirm the guarantee of Ukraine’s territorial integrity that accompanied that decision. We further call for urgent UN mediation to achieve a diplomatic solution to the issues involved in this conflict."

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