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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June 2, 2017
PSR Slams Trump Decision on Climate Accord
PSR executive director Jeff Carter responded to President Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord with a statement slamming that decision and saying it "endangers the American communities that he has the duty to protect." Environment and Health program director Barbara Gottlieb reinforced that message when she addressed a rally outside the White House, where she declared climate change a health emergency and said "there is no cure for climate change. There is only prevention."
May 31, 2017
Paris Agreement Emergency: Call Trump Now
President Trump is threatening to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. That agreement, signed by almost all the nations of the world, would reduce carbon emissions substantially to fight climate change. President Trump may make his announcement as soon as today. Please TAKE ACTION BEFORE HE DOES: call the White House immediately at 202-456-1111 to urge that the U.S. remain in the Paris Agreement.
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May 25, 2017
United Nations committee releases nuclear weapons ban treaty draft
On May 23, the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability honored ICAN director Beatrice Fihn recognizing ICAN's leadership in the nuclear ban movement at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The day before, Committee chair Elayne Whyte Gómez released a draft of the historic nuclear weapons ban treaty, which comprehensively prohibits nuclear weapons on the basis of their humanitarian impact. Negotiations resume June 15.
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May 18, 2017
How to Ban Fracking
Maryland recently became the first state with recoverable methane gas reserves to legislate a ban on fracking. Health professionals were instrumental in winning the ban, and Chesapeake PSR played a leading role in bringing their voices forward. How did they do it? Let them tell you in their powerhouse webinar, which presents their strategy, framing, organizing plan, and principles for winning.
May 16, 2017
PSR 2016 Annual Report
PSR is pleased to present our 2016 Annual Report, featuring a review of our programs, highlights from the year, chapter activities, and more.
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May 10, 2017
Important Victory on Methane Regulation
Great news! The U.S. Senate voted, 51-49, to preserve the Bureau of Land Management's rule that reduces methane leaks and waste from oil and gas wells. Eliminating the rule was a major policy priority for the industry and for the Trump administration. Just after the vote, Sen. Tom Udall thanked health groups for our strong work on this issue, and PSR got an especially enthusiastic shout-out.
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May 8, 2017
PSR to President Trump: Do Not Withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement
President Trump wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, a global accord that would put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change. PSR members are calling the White House to remind the president that climate change harms our health while damaging our economy. For health and survival, pulling out of the Agreement is the wrong direction for our nation and the wrong signal for us to send the world. Read more here.
May 4, 2017
No Red Button! Reining in Presidential Authority over Nuclear Weapons
At a May 3 Capitol Hill press event, PSR joined a coalition to submit nearly 500,000 petition signatures supporting the Markey-Lieu bill, which checks presidential authority to order a nuclear first-strike by requiring a Congressional declaration of war. Senators Markey and Van Hollen plus Representatives Lieu, Lee, and Jayapal participated, denouncing the catastrophic risks and undemocratic nature of current launch procedures.
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May 1, 2017
People's Climate March: Hundreds of Thousands Strong
PSR's health professionals turned out from coast to coast to help the People's Climate March deliver a strong, clear statement: climate change harms health, and climate-protecting policies and the EPA must be defended. In Washington, DC we marched in 90-degree heat with 200,000 people of all ages and backgrounds. PSR chapters helped to swell marches from Maine to California. See our photo montage here.
April 28, 2017
PSR brings the disarmament conversation to Capitol Hill
To bring the global disarmament message to the heart of the American political landscape, PSR co-sponsored an all-day conference April 27 titled, "Toward a Fundamental Change in Nuclear Weapons Policy" at the Capitol Visitor Center. The conference brought together young faith leaders, scientists, and disarmament experts including PSR's Dr. Ira Helfand, Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow, and ICAN campaigner Ray Acheson.
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April 26, 2017
In Memoriam: Steve Gilman and Rich Grady
PSR's Board is saddened to announce the passing of two tenacious colleagues and loyal friends of the organization. Project Manager Steve Gilman, a PSR National board member based in Asheville, NC, passed away on Friday, April 21st. Physician Rich Grady, also a PSR National board member until recently, lived and worked in Seattle, WA. He passed away on Tuesday, April 25th. Their dynamism and intellect will be missed.