January 8, 2014
Record-breaking cold may be linked to climate change
That record-setting cold that brutalized two-thirds of the United States recently? It could actually be linked to climate change. Scientists are examining the theory that the increase in summer melting of Arctic sea ice exposes greater areas of sea water. That dark water absorbs the sun's heat, then releases it back to the air in winter, destabilizing the polar vortex, a wind pattern that circles the Arctic. Weakening of the polar vortex allows masses of frigid air to stream south, even reaching the Gulf of Mexico.
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January 8, 2014
New Bill Threatens Crucial Iran Nuclear Deal
In November, negotiators for the "P5+1" nations and Iran reached a historic agreement that temporarily halted Iran's nuclear program and put into motion negotiations for a permanent accord within six months. But now a bipartisan group of Senators threaten to derail diplomacy with legislation calling for new sanctions on Iran. PSR opposes the Menendez/Kirk bill (S 1881) and urges Congress to give diplomacy a chance to work.
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December 31, 2013
PSR Thanks You
Please enjoy our “THANK YOU” video for all our members and activists who make us who we are! PSR is able to do so much because our members take action, whether calling on the President to cut nuclear weapons or doing legislative work to protect the unborn from flame retardants.
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December 17, 2013
Victory! Furniture made safer by California’s new standard
Exposure to hazardous flame retardants, found in upholstered furniture, should now be reduced as a result of California’s new flammability standard, which multiple states are expected to follow. Flame retardants have been linked to health concerns such as reproductive and developmental toxicity, hormonal disruption, lowered IQ and cancer. Our latest Environmental Health Policy Institute looks at this victory and how flame retardants -- ubiquitous in our home, work and school environments -- affect our health and the health our children.
December 17, 2013
Steps to remove hazardous chemical from soap
PSR applauds the U.S Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to require companies to prove antibacterial chemicals are more effective than soap and water. In January, 2010, PSR joined with over 80 citizens, health, and environmental groups in submitting a petition to the EPA on the potential human health effects of widespread use of triclosan, and the failure of the EPA to adequately take into consideration such health concerns.
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December 16, 2013
Columbia Nuclear Generating Station Unsafe and Uneconomical
Oregon and WA PSR commissioned two studies of the nuclear power plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, which has the same design as the reactors at Fukushima, showing that the earthquake standards set for the Northwest's only commercial nuclear power plant are at least 300% lower than it should be. The PSR chapters call for the NRC to shut it down until it can meet adequate earthquake standards. Closing the plant would also save ratepayers $1.7 billion over seventeen years. Isn't it time to drop nuclear power?
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December 10, 2013
Any use of nuclear weapons would be catastrophic
On December 10, PSR and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) released a new "Nuclear Famine" report. The climatic effects of a “limited, regional” nuclear war between Pakistan and India would cut crop production across the northern hemisphere, putting up to 2 billion people at risk of starvation. It is time for a global treaty banning all nuclear weapons!
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December 4, 2013
Save the Production Tax Credit for Wind Energy
Wind power, like solar and water-based energy generation, provides renewable energy that liberates us from the heavy costs imposed by fossil fuels and nuclear energy: diseases like cancer, COPD, heart attack and stroke; climate change impacts; environmental destruction, and off-shored jobs. Unfortunately, the production tax credit for the wind energy is about to expire. It's short-sighted to provide short-term, off-and-on incentives to such a valuable industry.
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December 3, 2013
1 Click. 1 Share. $5 for PSR
1 Click. 1 Share. Every time you share more about our organization on Facebook or Twitter we get $5 to continue our work on the issues you care about!
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November 26, 2013
Using Science to Protect our Communities from Toxic Chemicals
Children, workers and communities surrounded by pollution are more susceptible to damage from toxic chemicals. Children’s bodies, for example, are uniquely vulnerable due to their small body mass, rapid respiration, hand-to-mouth behaviors, and still-developing organs. Heavily contaminated communities and workers exposed to chemicals on the job are also at higher risk. In our latest Environmental Health Policy Institute, learn how utilizing the best available science can protect vulnerable populations’ health.
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November 20, 2013
Progress on Chemical Weapons in Syria
PSR advocated for diplomacy in Syria to manage the issue of chemical weapons. We’re pleased to report great progress in destroying chemical weapons stockpiles in Syria utilizing mechanisms outlined by the Chemical Weapons Convention and avoiding threatened US military strikes. Read more about the conflict and review a new PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Bob Gould of San Francisco PSR.
November 13, 2013
Protect Children's Health by Protecting States' Authority
As most parents know, kids put everything in their mouths -- including toxic toys. Read about how states are protecting children from harmful toys, and the need to preserve their authority to do so, in our latest Environmental Health Policy Institute.
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November 8, 2013
Free Online Course on War and Health
PSR is proud to have contributed to a new NextGenU course on War and Health! It teaches about the consequences of war and violence on human health. The course, intended for medical and public health trainees and practitioners, provides students the opportunity to learn about and practice techniques that may reduce those tragic consequences, with the collaboration of globally-available peers and local mentors. All components of this training (like all NextGenU.org trainings) are free.
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November 5, 2013
PSR Chapters Release Report on Earthquake Risks
A new report jointly produced by the Oregon and Washington chapters of PSR looks at the dangers posed by earthquakes near the Columbia Generating Station in Richland, Washington. The chapters also sent a letter to the NRC asking for the plant to be shut down until it meets adequate earthquake standards.
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November 1, 2013
Health Professionals Rally for Safer Chemicals
PSR gathered at the U.S. Capitol on October 29th, along with hundreds of other parents, environmentalists and health professionals, for a “stroller brigade” rally for safer chemicals. The Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Coalition organized the event to heighten awareness of the need for real reform of the laws that govern hazardous chemicals in the U.S. PSR is actively advocating for legislation that incorporates stronger health-protective measures.
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October 29, 2013
"Fracking," Methane, and Climate Change
Does "fracking" increase climate change? Gas burns much cleaner than coal, as far as conventional air pollutants. But the extraction process known as "fracking" -- high-volume, horizontal hydraulic fracturing -- raises concerns about contamination of air, land and water, including releases of methane, an extremely potent greenhouse gas. With natural gas increasingly replacing coal for generating electricity, we need to ask ourselves if we are trading a short-term benefit against an irreversible long-term loss. Find out in PSR's latest Climate Change webinar, Wednesday, October 30.
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October 28, 2013
Air Pollution Is Carcinogenic: WHO
The air we breathe has been officially classified as carcinogenic to humans by the World Health Organization's cancer agency. An International Agency for Research on Cancer literature review concluded that air pollution in general, and particulate matter specifically, cause lung cancer and may increase the risk of bladder cancer. Frightening as it is to think that the air we breathe is carcinogenic, this comes as no surprise to readers of PSR's Coal's Assault on Human Health (cf. page 19), which flagged the same concern in 2009. Air pollution, much of it from transportation and electricity generation, also increases risks to the respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous systems.
October 22, 2013
PSR's Dr. Ira Helfand Speaks at Nobel Laureate Summit
PSR leader Ira Helfand, MD as co-president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War spoke at the opening plenary session of the Nobel Peace Laureates World Summit in Warsaw, Poland. He presented new data on significant grain production reductions from a limited nuclear war between India and Pakistan. He was joined at the opening dais by human rights activist Shirin Ebadi, President Mikhail Gorbachev, President Frederik Willem de Klerk, and Jayantha Dhanapala of Pugwash. Learn more »
October 21, 2013
New Book Focuses on Nuclear Weapons Dangers
PSR highly recommends Eric Schlosser's new Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety. This work of journalistic investigation closely examines the dangers of the nuclear age by highlighting how mistakes and misinterpretation nearly caused nuclear detonation during the cold war. PSR is gravely concerned about the potential of an accident causing inadvertent detonation of a nuclear weapon, and has warned for years about the many health and environmental impacts of nuclear war. PSR has launched a campaign to highlight the global impact of even limited nuclear war activity.
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October 11, 2013
Florida PSR's Kids Klinic Serves Homeless Kids
SPSR established the Kids Klinic at a homeless shelter 5 years ago. Students had approached PSR mentor, Dr. Lynn Ringenberg, asking to work with homeless kids, since they get little exposure to pediatric patients their first 2 years of medical school.
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