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  • November 23, 2015

    Support PSR when you shop at Amazon this holiday season

    Doing your holiday shopping? With every purchase you make at Amazon through, PSR will receive a portion of the proceeds. Make your priorities known with every purchase.

    Just visit when you do your holiday shopping, and Amazon will automatically send a portion of the sale to PSR.

  • November 18, 2015

    PSR tells EPA: Stop methane leaks from fracking!

    Methane is leaking out of oil and gas wells around the country, especially wells that use hydraulic fracturing (fracking). That’s dangerous for all of us: methane is a highly potent greenhouse gas, 86 times heat-trapping than carbon dioxide during its first 20 years in the atmosphere. Tell the EPA that you support their efforts to limit that leakage and want proposed rules to be made stronger. 

    Photo: Battenbrook

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  • November 10, 2015

    We did it!

    President Obama’s decision to refuse a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline is an important step in keeping the dirtiest, most energy-intensive oil source in the ground.  PSR members, environmentalists, friends and allies – all of us who actively, vocally opposed the XL pipeline – helped make that happen. And it took years. Look at what PSR was doing in November 2011.

  • October 20, 2015

    PSR returns to its roots -- New England Journal of Medicine

    Drs. Ira Helfand and Vic Sidel co-authored "Docs and Nukes--Still a Live Issue" for the Nov. 19 edition of New England Journal of Medicine. PSR's first appearance in NEJM was in 1962, warning of the medical consequences of nuclear weapons. Flash forward 53 years to our latest NEJM article and you’ll find the same clear message.

    Read the article »

  • October 20, 2015

    PSR tells the Senate we need strong chemical reform

    The U.S. Senate is considering legislation by Senators Vitter and Udall to provide a much-needed overhaul of our federal chemical policy. Unfortunately, the bill does not do enough to protect the public's health. And it would preempt the states' right to take action before the EPA has acted, thus creating a regulatory void. Tell the Senate you want strong reform »

  • October 14, 2015

    PSR co-writes, co-releases new fracking report

    PSR has co-released a report that summarizes recent research showing harms to health from fracking, aka hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and oil. The report highlights risks to health, ranging from air and water pollution at well sites to a newly emerging problem: leakage of methane and toxic gases from natural gas compressors, pipelines and other infrastructure. PSR members wrote and edited the report with our colleagues at Concerned Health Professionals of New York.

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  • October 9, 2015

    Pope Francis Speaks at UN

    Pope Francis spoke at the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, and addressed the issues of climate change and nuclear security. Here are some inspiring quotes from his speech...

  • October 9, 2015

    PSR Expresses Support for Doctors Without Borders in Wake of Hospital Bombing

    In the early morning hours of October 3, a United States military aircraft partially destroyed the Médecins Sans Frontières Trauma Centre in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing 12 medical staff members and at least 10 patients. In solidarity with Médecins Sans Frontières, PSR supports an independent investigation under the auspices of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission. Read the statement here »

  • September 30, 2015

    Clean Energy Saves Lives

    PSR’s Climate Health Summit trains 200 health professionals on climate health impacts and skills building to push for essential policy action! Experts from across the country joined with 17 co-sponsoring organizations in this premier event.

    Learn more.

  • September 30, 2015

    Success! EPA Limits Power Plant Discharges of Toxic Metals in Wastewater

    The Environmental Protection Agency just set the first federal limits on how much arsenic, mercury, selenium, nitrogen and other toxic metals coal-fired power plants can discharge into streams and rivers. PSR coauthored a report last June documenting the need to control these pollutants, which can cause cancer and non-cancer risks in humans, lowered IQ among children, and deformities and reproductive harm in fish and wildlife and remain in the environment for years.

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  • September 25, 2015

    Health professionals tell Congress: Protect the most vulnerable!

    Eighty-three doctors and other health professionals took to Capitol Hill in PSR's "Legislator Education Day" to advocate for protection from climate change health effects. They urged their legislators to protect our most vulnerable, including infants and children, older adults and the poor, and to defend the Clean Power Plan and the upcoming ozone standard. If you agree, take action today.

  • September 25, 2015

    Gala for Peace & Health

    One hundred fifty PSR members and supporters attended PSR's Gala for Peace & Health at the Austrian Embassy on Saturday evening, Sept 19th. At left, Student PSR member Tia Stewart offers a river stone to Capstone Member Stan Dienst, MD, in honor of his 32 years with the organization. Click here for a photo gallery and a recap of honorees. Many thanks to our dedicated hosts for their support.

  • September 16, 2015

    Keep It in the Ground

    PSR joined 400 groups demanding a halt to new leases for fossil fuel extraction on federal lands. Based on a Friends of the Earth report, new leases generating up to 450 billion tons of carbon pollution would overwhelm the margin keeping us under a 2° C increase in global temperatures, resulting in extreme climate change threats to public health.

    Read the letter here »

  • September 4, 2015

    PSR's Ira Helfand, MD speaks on nuclear abolition at UN General Assembly Meeting

    The Republic of Kazakhstan and the President of the UN General Assembly invited Dr. Ira Helfand to participate in an informal General Assembly meeting on Sept. 10, in observance of the International Day Against Nuclear Tests. Dr. Helfand, representing IPPNW and PSR, spoke as part of a panel addressing "the pursuit of a nuclear weapons free world."

    Read more and watch the video »

  • September 3, 2015

    EPA fracking study misleads the public on health risks

    A recent EPA study of fracking's effects on drinking water found instances of water contamination. Yet the report failed to present those findings clearly, leading to media coverage suggesting there was no risk of harm.  The public has a right to know that fracking does endanger drinking water. Learn more about fracking's risks to water resources and PSR's critique of the EPA report.

  • August 20, 2015

    The Senate Votes for Diplomacy

    Thanks to 42 senators who filibustered a resolution of disapproval, the historic agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program will not be undermined by the U.S. Congress. However, the battle is not yet over. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on September 15 on the same resolution of disapproval. Email your representative now and urge them to vote in support of the Iran deal. Take Action!

  • August 14, 2015

    Join Us to Learn Effective Climate Communication

    We are extremely honored that Dr. Edward Maibach, Director of George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication will be our featured speaker during next week’s not-to-be-missed Climate Health webinar: "Effective and Positive Climate Health Communications and Messaging" (Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 8:00-9:00 pm eastern).

    Register here »

  • August 7, 2015

    Nukebusters Short Film Contest Awards

    Thanks to all who voted in our Nukebusters Short Film Contest! Almost five hundred people picked their favorite films during the initial public voting period. Three celebrity judges made the final selection, and the winners were announced at the Gala for Peace & Health on Saturday, Sept. 19th.

    The winners are...

  • August 7, 2015

    Last Chance to Vote in the Nukebusters Short Film Contest!

    Please take a moment to vote for the best Nukebuster short films to build the movement to abolish nuclear weapons. Voting ends at 11:59 pm EDT Friday, August 28th.

    Watch the videos and vote here »

  • August 6, 2015

    A nuclear weapons ban is 70 years overdue

    Please join us! PSR chapters all over the country are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (August 6 & 9), educating the public about the dangers of nuclear weapons, and calling for action from political leaders to ban nuclear weapons. Search for an event near you, and write to President Obama and ask him to support the Humanitarian Pledge to prohibit nuclear weapons.


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