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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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  • August 28, 2017

    Nine states agree to strengthen regional CO2 cap-and-invest program

    The need to reduce CO2 emissions and slow the impacts of climate change is clear. States in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic took a good first step toward a healthier and more just energy future for all communities in the region by strengthening the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The nine RGGI states seek to extend the CO2 pollution cap to 2030 with a 30% reduction from 2020 levels. Learn more about RGGI »

  • August 24, 2017

    PSR's "Climate Communicators Guide"

    Have you seen the wealth of resources available to help you become a successful climate speaker on behalf of PSR? The Climate Communicators Guide offers advice on how to plan a talk, plus a wide selection of websites, webinars, PowerPoints, and tools to build your own presentation as a climate communicator.

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  • August 18, 2017

    PSR tells Sec. Tillerson: Start direct talks with North Korea

    Edgy about conflict with North Korea? An on-again, off-again war of provocations between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un has injected the specter of nuclear war into popular American culture. This dispute may heat up again soon. PSR members are contacting Secretary of State Tillerson to urge that he begin direct talks with North Korea to defuse this crisis.

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  • August 18, 2017

    Taking action on Hiroshima Day

    As the North Korean nuclear flashpoint dominates our headlines, the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki remind us why we must prevent nuclear war. PSR members across the country participated in events to inform community members how to take action to create a world free from nuclear weapons.

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  • August 8, 2017

    Opposing Toxic Coal Ash--Again

    PSR testified recently before the US EPA in favor of limits on coal ash discharges from coal-fired power plants. Many coal-fired plants pour vast quantities of toxic coal ash into the nation's rivers, bays and streams, including drinking-water sources. EPA seeks to roll back its own rule limiting discharges of arsenic, mercury, lead and other contaminants. Read the testimony of Environment and Health Director Barb Gottlieb and Toxics Program Manager Kathy Attar here.

  • August 4, 2017

    Take PSR’s Social Media Challenge! Tell Nikki Haley: No More Hiroshimas--Support the Nuclear Ban

    72 years after the horrific bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, nuclear weapons are now illegal. 122 nations voted to adopt the nuclear weapons ban treaty, but UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and leaders from other nuclear-armed countries boycotted the negotiations.  From August 6-11, join PSR’s social media challenge to tweet at Ambassador Haley to support the nuclear ban. Let’s show Ambassador Haley that Americans support a world without nuclear weapons.

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  • August 3, 2017

    Important Win on Ozone Pollution!

    The U.S. EPA backed down from its threat to delay for a year a rule tightening limits on ozone pollution. PSR is proud to be a litigant in a lawsuit that helped lead to EPA's retreat. Ozone is a widespread and dangerous air pollutant associated with hospital admissions and emergency visits for asthma and other respiratory conditions, diminished lung function, and aggravation of some heart ailments.

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  • July 17, 2017

    PSR Welcomes Summer Interns

    Each year, interns inject new talent, energy and enthusiasm into the national PSR office. We are happy to extend a warm welcome to the five new interns who are contributing to our work this summer. They are, from left to right, Adam Yusen, Fekade Abayneh, Milad Salami, Kate Topalis, and Molly Hammersmith. Read more to learn who they are and why they're here. 

  • July 13, 2017

    PSR Turns to Courts to Make EPA Take Action

    PSR is engaged in two lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to require it to do its job—protecting us from toxic pollutants. One suit would require EPA to implement its own regulation on ground-level ozone, an air pollutant that can cause permanent lung damage. The other would prevent delay of an EPA rule to slash discharges of toxic coal ash wastes into surface waters like rivers and streams. 

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  • July 12, 2017

    PSR Tells EPA: Don't Roll Back Methane Protections

    The US EPA under Administrator Scott Pruitt is so determined to advance fossil fuels, it proposed to delay a sensible rule requiring oil and gas well drillers to capture methane (natural gas) and toxic gases that leak from their wells. PSR recently testified before the EPA on the folly of the attempted roll-back. Read our powerful testimony on the health effects of toxic gas leaks from fracking wells.

  • July 7, 2017

    Victory! UN Adopts Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty

    On July 7, PSR and the civil society coalition led by ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) celebrated a stunning victory. The United Nations conference voted—122 to 1—to adopt the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This historic treaty further stigmatizes nuclear weapons and is a milestone in the march toward a nuclear weapons-free world.

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  • June 28, 2017

    New Web Resource for Clinicians: Environmental Hazards

    PSR and the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units have just introduced the updated Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit (PEHT). The new PEHT, endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is a free web app that offers evidenced-based information for clinicians to educate parents about how to reduce toxic exposures during well-child visits:  indoor and outdoor air pollutants, BPA, pesticides, VOCs and more.

  • June 28, 2017

    Jeff Carter Moderates UN Press Briefing: What a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Can Achieve

    Jeff Carter moderated a panel of nuclear experts at a June 21 media briefing for the UN Correspondents Association in New York. Experts discussed how the ban treaty addresses growing nuclear dangers and will impact the nuclear-armed countries. The panel underscored how the medical consequences of nuclear weapons use, testing, and development informs the humanitarian principles now embedded in the ban treaty.

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  • June 22, 2017

    Meet your PSR team at the UN Ban Talks

    Eight PSR members and staff are spending an entire week at the United Nations to promote the nuclear weapons ban treaty. On June 17, nine additional PSR members joined them for the Women's March to Ban the Bomb. Pictured here at the "Isaiah Wall," L to R, Kristin Jensen Storey, Bob Dodge, Elana Simon, John Reuwer, Jeff Carter, Jonathan Down and Gwen DuBois.

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  • June 20, 2017

    AMA to Consider Divestment of Fossil Fuels Companies

    The American Medical Association House of Delegates at its annual meeting recently took the landmark decision to ask the Board of Governors to divest of its ownership in corporations that receive a majority of their income from exploring for or selling fossil fuels. These proposals were submitted by the American Association of Public Health Physicians. Todd Sack, M.D., played a major role in drafting and submitting the resolution. Besides being an active leader in the Florida Medical Association, Dr. Sack also serves on the boards of PSR/National and PSR/Florida.

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  • June 16, 2017

    PSR Members Advocate for Clean Air

    PSR members from several states traveled to Washington, DC to let their members of Congress know that clean air is vitally important to their health. They called for support of the Clean Air Act, which protects our air and authorizes the EPA to set clean air standards. That foundational law is now under attack, as is EPA's authority to set health-protective rules. PSR partnered with Earthjustice, Moms Clean Air Force and other allies in the event.

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