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  • August 27, 2012

    Stronger Steps Needed to Protect Us from Particulate Pollution

    Particulate matter air pollution -- ranging from soot to microscopic particles invisible to the human eye -- contributes to the four leading causes of death in the United States. It is particularly dangerous to children, the unborn, and the elderly. The Environmental Protection Agency is considering new rules to reduce particulate pollution. Read in our latest Environmental Health Policy Institute just what the threats to health are, and why PSR is urging EPA to take stronger steps than they are currently considering.

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  • August 23, 2012

    PSR Leaders Meet in Hiroshima, Japan

    An impressive delegation of PSR leaders were recently in Japan representing YOU at important meetings where organizers from around the globe gathered to build a diverse movement for nuclear weapons abolition. Follow their journey by reading our delegation’s personal and political reflections in our new blog series. Join the conversation by adding your voice to their stories.

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  • August 17, 2012

    Climate Change Bike Tour Reaches Wisconsin

    Dr. Wendy Ring, a California physician and long-time member of PSR, is biking across the northern states of the U.S. to raise awareness about climate change.  Dr. Ring exemplifies the great PSR tradition of physician advocacy, and we are absolutely delighted to be part of the team of organizations and individuals promoting her tour and supporting her efforts.  She was in Madison, Wisconsin last week for a full schedule of events, and is now headed for Bay City, Michigan followed by Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • August 13, 2012

    We Are Proud of This Map. You Should Be Too!

    Commemoration Events all Across the US

    Thanks to an outpouring of support from all of you, nearly 100 events took place in the US commemorating the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Combined with the wonderful work being done by our international colleagues, we celebrate a diverse movement for nuclear weapons abolition that is gaining momentum. Today, we need your help to ensure that our elected officials hear your voice.

  • August 9, 2012

    Safe Energy News from 2012: NRC Feezes All Nuclear Reactor Licensing Decisions in the Wake of Waste Confidence Ruling

    In the wake of the US Court of Appeals ruling in June on the so-called 'waste confidence' decision, the NRC elected to freeze at least 19 final reactor licensing decisions including nine construction and operating licenses (COLA), eight license renewals, one operating license, and one early site permit. This is an enormous victory for public safety as it implies the NRC will now begin seriously considering the environmental and safety impacts of long-term spent fuel storage at reactor sites, issues it should have been evaluating decades ago.

  • August 2, 2012

    PSR Commemorates the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings

    PSR remembers the past so that we can move to a more peaceful future. We seek to go from Hiroshima to hope, from the pain of the past to the power of the 1 More 4 Zero campaign. Concerned citizens all around the US are holding events. You can find an event in your area by viewing our interactive map that is being used by many leading peace organizations. Add your voice to call for nuclear weapons abolition by signing this important petition.

  • July 31, 2012

    PSR Addresses Anti-Fracking Rally at U.S. Capitol

    Catherine Thomasson, MD, PSR's executive director, addressed thousands of people rallying at the U.S. Capitol to protest pollution and climate change caused by "fracking." Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the extractive technology now being used to enable the boom in natural gas production. It has resulted in health-damanging water pollution, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions in states from Pennsylvania to Utah. Dr. Thomasson in her remarks highlighted the leakage of methane from fracking sites.

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  • July 27, 2012

    PSR Rallies in DC to oppose fracking!

    PSR executive director Catherine Thomasson, MD spoke at a rally in Washington, DC this past Saturday to call for a moratorium on fracking until its health threats can be brought under control.

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  • July 25, 2012

    Chicago PSR Teaches Pediatricians to Green Their Offices

    As part of the new "Green Teas" program, Chicago PSR is now bringing a video along with green tea and healthy snacks to pediatric practices in the Chicago area. Doctors, nurses and office staff can watch the video and then discuss simple ways to make their practices greener.

    According to PSR/Chicago Executive Director Dr. Sarah Lovinger, "Many pediatricians would like to take the first steps to creating a greener office environment, but need guidance. The 'Green Teas' provides a framework and can inspire doctors and office managers to make changes."

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  • July 24, 2012

    PSR Chapters Speak Out at EPA Hearings on Particulate Matter

    PSR chapters on both coasts testified before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently, calling for stricter national air quality standards on toxic particulate matter air pollution. Representatives of PSR Philadelphia and PSR Chesapeake spoke on July 17th in front of regulators at the Philadelphia hearing. Harry Wang MD, executive director of PSR Sacramento, and seven colleagues testified at the EPA's July 19 west coast hearing. PSR is calling on the EPA to tighten the standards for small particulate air pollution, one of the deadliest pollutants.

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  • July 17, 2012

    PSR to World Bank: Consider Health Before Funding Coal in Kosovo

    PSR-affiliated physicians joined with distinguished colleagues from several nations to call on the World Bank to reconsider financing a lignite coal-fired power plant proposed to be built in Kosovo. In a letter written by PSR board member Alan Lockwood, MD FAAN, the signers call on the World Bank to first undertake a study of the externalized costs of the project, especially the health effects. 

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  • July 12, 2012

    The Arms Trade Treaty: A Prescription to Curb Global Violence

    Dr. Andy Kanter, PSR President, spoke at the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty Conference this past Friday. PSR and IPPNW gathered health professional signatures from across the world and presented it to Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. Dr. Kanter addresses the clear medical case for a robust Arms Trade Treaty that would help curb the epidemic of global violence.

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  • July 5, 2012

    Changes at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

    The U.S. Senate recently confirmed Dr. Allison MacFarlane to head the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the remainder of outgoing Chairman Gregory Jaczko’s term.  PSR has supported Dr. MacFarlane for the new position based on her record of support for on-site dry cask storage of nuclear waste and her critical analysis of the Yucca Mountain project.

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  • July 3, 2012

    Physician Tours Country by Bike to Speak Out Against Climate Change

    Dr. Wendy Ring is a 27-year PSR member and is doing a bike tour across the country to raise awareness around the health effects of climate change. PSR is supporting her on her tour and we will update with her progress as the tour continues.

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  • June 21, 2012

    PSR/Washington Advocates Against Coal in Washington State

    PSR/Washington participated in several "No Coal Trains" events this spring which helped encourage the Seattle City Council to pass a resolution disallowing transit of coal through Seattle. According to Tracy Bier, executive director of the PSR chapter, discussions are now underway with a coalition of physicians planning to do a health information assessment related to coal. For more information on the PSR/Washington chapter, click here.

  • June 21, 2012

    PSR-LA Helps Reform Flame Retardant Law

    Thanks to the efforts of a broad coalition of environmental organizations including PSR-Los Angeles, California Governor Jerry Brown has directed state agencies to overhaul an obsolete 1970s flammability rule and follow the science for toxic free fire safety. This change will protect California families from dangerous exposure to toxic chemicals marketed as flame retardants in furniture. These chemicals don't stop furniture fires, and they pose a serious threat to health.

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  • June 20, 2012

    Hydraulic Fracking: How Great Is the Risk to Health?

    There's a boom taking place in natural gas drilling, thanks to advances in the technology known as hydraulic fracturing or "fracking." But concerns about fracking's health effects are bubbling up almost as fast as the gas coming out of the ground. What do the experts say about air pollution, water contamination, methane leaks, diesel fumes, noise, and other fracking byproducts? To find out, read this month's Policy Institute as it answers the question: What does fracking mean for human health?

  • June 12, 2012

    Join us this Sunday June 17 at 3:00 in Maryland

    You are cordially invited to attend a reception at Dr. Mohammed Khalid’s home on June 17th with physicians, health professionals, and organizers from the DC Metro Area. We hope to make this one of the strongest chapters in the nation and need your involvement and leadership to make that a reality.

    RSVP for the event here.

  • June 1, 2012

    Safe Energy News from 2012: PSR Iowa Led Fight Against Nuclear Subsidies

    PSR/Iowa led a grassroots campaign against the nuclear industry’s effort to persuade legislators, taxpayers and ratepayers to prop up its uneconomic industry through an advanced cost recovery bill, a measure that would have enabled utilities to collect the capital expense for a new nuclear reactor in advance from their customers. A number of environmental, consumer protection and agricultural groups found common ground in helping to defeat the bill.

  • May 31, 2012

    Student PSR News from 2012: IPPNW Bike Tour

    In August, 40 medical students from around the world biked 500 km from Nagasaki to Hiroshima to demonstrate their commitment to abolishing nuclear weapons. They met with politicians, gave media interviews, and organized public events. At the end of their journey, they attended the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War 20th World Congress in Hiroshima. PSR was represented by PSR/Iowa's Michelle Gin. 


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