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  • 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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  • July 18, 2014

    More wildfires. We need to address climate change.

    Wildfires are raging in the Pacific Northwest. Some evacuations have been ordered, and smoke and dust caused a 24-car collision near Seattle. Drought associated with climate change creates conditions that favor wildfires. Now we can take an action that will help. Tell the EPA that cutting carbon emissions from power plants is critical to combatting climate change--and to reducing the likelihood of wildfires, drought, heat waves, spread of insect-borne disease, extreme weather events, and other threats to health.

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  • June 30, 2014

    Why Aren't We Trying to Prevent Childhood Cancer?

    The most common form of cancer in children -- leukemia -- has been linked to environmental hazards. So why aren’t there more programs, policies, and information on how to prevent this disease? Most doctors aren't trained to offer preventative guidance to their patients. Read our latest Environmental Health Policy Institute to learn more about childhood cancer and the need for protection from environmental carcinogens.



  • June 27, 2014

    Fracking and Health: New Resources

    "Fracking" for oil and natural gas releases toxic chemicals and toxic gases that can contaminate the water, the air, and the land. Growing evidence shows that harms human health -- even the health of farm animals raised near fracking operations. PSR's new resources examine how fracking operates, why it is so dangerous, and what health risks it poses. Watch videos of our recent webinars and download our new fact sheets.



  • June 27, 2014

    PSR Welcomes New Climate Organizer

    PSR is pleased to announce that Kelly Benjamin has joined our national staff as Climate Organizer. Kelly worked most recently as a campaign organizer for the Service Employees International Union. He has also organized electoral campaigns and freelanced as a journalist.  We're delighted that he'll be applying this valuable range of skills to PSR's fight against climate change. Welcome, Kelly!



  • June 24, 2014

    Student PSR Representatives to 21st IPPNW World Congress Seek Your Support

    It’s less than 30 days before the IPPNW International Peace Bike Tour and 21st World Congress! Michelle and Kami need your help to get to Kazakhstan.

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  • June 20, 2014

    Climate change threatens health. Support EPA protections.

    Summer brings vacation fun. It may also bring the unwelcome and dangerous consequences of climate change: heat, heat stroke, increased ozone levels... drought and wildfires... severe storms... expanding ranges for disease-carrying mosquitoes. Here is a way to take action to help slow climate change: Voice your support for the EPA's protective measures to limit carbon pollution from power plants.

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  • June 13, 2014

    What’s Next for Toxics Reform?

    Almost every week a new study shows the connection between toxic chemicals and health. Over the past year PSR and our allies have been working to reform the law which regulates toxic chemicals. Unfortunately, the current reform proposals in the House and Senate are still lacking the necessary protections from toxic chemicals -- and both proposals appear to be stalled until next year. So what's next?

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