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  • July 2, 2015

    Supreme Court Overturns Mercury Pollution Rule

    The Supreme Court voted that the E.P.A., in creating a rule (strongly supported by PSR) to place caps on mercury and other toxic air pollutants, failed to consider early on the costs to industry. Fortunately, most utilities have already complied with the rule and reduced their air toxics pollution—and this decision will not have an impact on the Clean Power Plan.

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  • June 30, 2015

    2015 Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration events near you!

    August 6 and 9, 2015 mark the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings in Japan. PSR's new intern, Kristin Murdock, has created a calendar and map to make it easy to find an event near you. Join an event to support awareness of the devastating consequence of nuclear weapons and commemorate the innocent lives lost due to these weapons of mass destruction.

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  • June 23, 2015

    PSR helps launch Lancet climate and health report

    British medical journal The Lancet released a special report on the health effects of climate change, and PSR members Philip Landrigan, MD, MSc, and Perry Sheffield, MD, MPH, presented at the official launch event at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. The report's key findings: climate change may have catastrophic impacts on health -- but actions to slow climate change will benefit health in many and wide-ranging ways.

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  • June 17, 2015

    PSR releases report on coal ash wastewater and its health impacts

    PSR and allied organizations have released a new report documenting that coal-fired power plants routinely dump wastewater containing arsenic, mercury, lead and other toxics into America's streams, rivers and lakes, contaminating drinking water and the fish we eat. It's time for the EPA to take strong action to protect our water and our children. Read the full report here.



  • June 12, 2015

    G7 Nations Agree to Promote Low-Carbon Technologies

    The "G7" states, including the U.S., announced a non-binding agreement to promote low-carbon technologies in their own nations, support renewable energy in developing countries, and support a climate change mitigation fund. PSR is already promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency, and can help you promote the clean energy path in your state. Sign up for PSR's webinar, June 17, focusing on the health benefits of wind power.

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  • June 11, 2015

    Climate Health Summit: Creating Health Leaders on Climate Change

    Exciting training on climate and health and advocacy skills for the health benefits of climate solutions, Sept. 20, 2015, followed by a Legislator Education day, Sept. 21 in Washington D.C. All health professionals and students welcome! Organized by PSR, George Mason Univ. Program of Climate Change and Health, Health Care without Harm, CA Public Health Institute and Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. Sponsored by APHA, Trust for America’s Health, Amer. Psychological Assn.

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  • June 10, 2015

    AMA votes to support banning and eliminating nuclear weapons

    On June 7 in Chicago, PSR member Peter Orris, MD testified in support of the PSR resolution at the American Medical Association Reference Committee. On June 9, at the full annual meeting, the AMA adopted the resolution urging "the U.S. and all national governments to continue to work to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons." This was a victory for the PSR effort that began with state resolutions passed in Maryland and Massachusetts.

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  • June 10, 2015

    WA, OR PSR Team up to Fight Increased Oil-by-Train Transport

    The Washington and Oregon PSR chapters have teamed up to fight a proposed increase in crude oil transport-by-train and oil storage across their states. Noting that it could have harmful impacts on human health in the region, they have circulated a position statement addressed to their respective governors and have gathered over 300 signatures from health professionals in the Pacific Northwest.

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  • May 28, 2015

    Clean Water Rule -- A Win for Public Health

    PSR's work lifting up the health voice in the fight to protect our water has paid off. The release of the Clean Water Rule marks a strong step forward in protecting the streams and wetlands that are the headwaters of drinking water supplies for millions of people. The rule aids in ensuring that every community is again entitled to clean water.

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  • May 28, 2015

    One Hundred Seven Nations Join the "Humanitarian Pledge"

    The Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference ended on a sour note this month, with no agreement on a concluding statement. The five nuclear-armed NPT states failed to undertake or even promise any meaningful disarmament steps. But 107 non-nuclear-armed nations have signed onto the "Humanitarian Pledge" initiated by Austria, pledging to "fill the legal gap" and work toward a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons.

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  • May 27, 2015

    Nukes 101 Webinar

    PSR hosted a "Nukes 101" webinar as a crash course for anyone interested in making a film for our Nukebusters contest. Need topic ideas for your film? Martin Fleck, PSR Security Program Director (pictured), covers all the basics, such as which countries have how many weapons, and the global Humanitarian Impact Initiative. Watch the webinar here.



  • May 20, 2015

    PSR Speaks Out on Health Benefits of Clean Power Plan

    PSR members met with U.S. senators and the Environmental Protection Agency to underscore how important the Clean Power Plan will be to health. Under the Plan, states will reduce carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. The Plan is under attack from some members of Congress. Environment & Health director Barbara Gottlieb and PSR-Chicago board member Ana Nobis, MD, met with Senator Richard Durbin’s staff. 

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  • May 12, 2015

    Dangerous "Fast Track" Legislation Goes Down in Senate

    Thanks to all of you who called on the U.S. Senate to oppose "fast-track" treatment for the latest free trade bill. The Senate did just that, filibustering the bill and then voting to refuse to cut off the filibuster. The proposed "Trans-Pacific Partnership" would allow foreign corporations to sue governments if national laws – like those that protect health and environment – interfered with anticipated future profits.

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  • May 5, 2015

    Clean Power Plan could avert 3,500 premature deaths annually

    PSR member Jonathan Levy, ScD has just published a study finding that the Clean Power Plan could save thousands of lives annually. Levy, co-author of the peer-reviewed study, said, "The results from the three different scenarios show that the policy choices within the Clean Power Plan matter and we can’t take public health benefits for granted." Levy presented initial findings on a PSR webinar in November.



  • May 4, 2015

    Sale: 'The Silent Epidemic'

    From May 4 – 13 The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health, Dr. Alan Lockwood's pivotal 2012 book, is 50% off from MIT Press with discount code MITP50. The Silent Epidemic examines the negative health effects of burning coal, from its chemical makeup to the details of its mining, disposal, and more. It is essential reading for people working against coal or air pollution and climate change.

    Get the deal here »


  • April 23, 2015

    PSR Comes to the NPT Review Conference

    PSR's member Ann Suellentrop, RN (seated, far right) biked to New York from D.C. with Bikers and Mayors for Peace to highlight the urgent need for action to abolish nuclear weapons starting with the Non-proliferation Review Conference, beginning April 27 at the UN. PSR organized with Peace and Planet for a weekend filled with action. Get the lowdown on Peace & Planet April 24-26 activities and if you couldn't attend, read more on Bikers for Peace.



  • April 22, 2015

    Earth Day, every day

    To celebrate Earth Day, PSR-Philadelphia published a great article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, examining how a proposal to make their city a fossil fuel "energy hub" threatens health.  The health and well-being of residents and the environment, they insist, must come first.  PSR works every day to free our communities, nation and world of the looming dangers of climate change, toxic chemicals, nuclear power and nuclear arms. Join us!



  • April 22, 2015

    Udall-Vitter legislation critically ill

    Catherine Thomasson and other health professionals present to press at the Senate: Udall-Vitter bill still critically ill. Legislation introduced by Senators Udall (D-NM) and Vitter (R-LA) would would overhaul how chemicals are regulated in the U.S. The group invited by Sen. Boxer is pressing for no state pre-emption, expediting known bad chemicals and defining "unreasonable risk" among other significant improvements.

    Read PSR's op-ed on the issue.


  • April 14, 2015

    Arizona PSR creates climate resilience guide for Southwest

    Climate change isn't just coming; it's here, and some communities are already bearing the brunt. Arizona PSR has prepared a "Citizen's Guide to Readiness for Climate Extremes in the Desert Southwest." It's a great resource for building resilient communities, increasing dialogue, and gently revealing the reality of climate change. Read it here -- even if you don't live in a desert or drought-stricken area.



  • April 8, 2015

    President focuses on health threats from climate change

    In honor of National Public Health Week, President Obama is speaking out on the health effects of climate change. So is PSR! We and two allied groups presented the president with a letter signed by almost 1,000 health professionals, supporting the Clean Power Plan and urging that it be carried out through increased development of energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy sources.

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