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  • April 30, 2013

    Climate Change and Extreme Weather

    PSR Executive Director Dr. Catherine Thomasson recently spoke on the public health impacts of extreme weather from climate change at the Wilson Center in DC. Dr. Thomasson joined a panel of experts in explaining the effects of climate change on the environment and agriculture.

    Watch the video and download the presentations »

  • April 30, 2013

    Widespread Obesity: Are Certain Chemicals Also a Big Contributor?

    In this two part interview, Dr. Susan Katz, a retired pediatrician, biochemist, and present Chair of the Environmental Health Work Group of Oregon PSR talks about some of the new research on "obesogens", the specific class of chemicals that appear to promote weight gain in humans and possibly other mammals.

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  • April 22, 2013

    World’s First Free, For Credit, University-Level Training Portal Launched Globally

    PSR is pleased to announce co-sponsorship of the worldwide launch of for advancement of public health education with three completely free, for credit university-level training. PSR has co-sponsored two of three courses in Environmental Health and Climate Change and Health. NextGenU is created and directed by Erika Frank, MD a former board president of PSR and active participant in our work.

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  • April 18, 2013

    PSR Takes Action against Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Products

    You don’t know what toxic chemicals lurk in the products you buy. Manufacturers won't tell you, and the government doesn't require disclosure.  So PSR is joining with allies across the country, calling on major retailers to identify voluntarily whether the products they sell contain specified hazardous chemicals. If they do, we're asking the store to develop a plan to remove them.

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  • April 16, 2013

    Conference: Climate Smart Southwest

    September 20-21, 2013
    Tucson, Arizona

    Build new and fortify existing cross-cultural, community, and governmental partnerships to educate and engage community action to address the anticipated public health impacts of climate change in the Southwest.

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  • April 12, 2013

    Student PSR visits Capitol Hill

    Representatives of Student PSR called on Congressional offices this week to press for stronger regulation of antibiotic use in animal agriculture.  Jasmine Wiley (M-3) University of Wisconsin and Kami Veltri (M-1) George Washington University teamed up to talk with staff in Rep. Tammy Baldwin's office to offer the medical perpsective on this and other issues.

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  • April 8, 2013

    Nevada Governor Abandons the Las Vegas Water Grab

    Pressure by PSR and Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment helped Utah's Governor Brian Sandoval make the decision to withdraw support from the Las Vegas/Snake Valley Water Pipeline project. The groups continue to urge Nevada's Governor Gary Herbert to withdraw support as well. Citing public health concerns over loss of groundwater and death of desert plants resulting in marked increases in dust storms and particulate pollution, this project is a public health nightmare.

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  • April 5, 2013

    Physicians raise alarm over escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula

    International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear, of which PSR is the US affiliate, sent a letter to the leaders of North Korea, South Korea, and the United States to call for immediate steps to be taken to decrease tensions in the region. For the past month, a stepped increase in military preparations and rhetoric have brought the region too close to a conflict. This type of escalation, among nuclear weapon powers, is part of the impetus behind the urgent need to pursue nuclear abolition. Absent that pursuit, we will face a world where regional tensions could bring the world into a nuclear war.

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  • April 4, 2013

    PSR welcomes strong UN vote for Arms Trade Treaty

    The United States joined 152 countries in an overwhelmingly affirmative vote for the world's first Arms Trade Treaty. This important treaty will create a uniform framework covering the international trade in conventional arms resulting in a level playing field for the global arms trade, bringing to it more accountability, openness and transparency, and making it harder for human rights abusers, criminals and arms traffickers to obtain weapons.

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  • April 2, 2013

    Arms Trade Treaty moves to UN General Assembly

    PSR applauds the U.S. for supporting a compromise text for the Arms Trade Treaty that was finalized this past week. Syria, Iran, and North Korea blocked a consensus vote which now forces supporters to move to the UN General Assembly for a vote. With widespread support among most countries in the world, there is optimism that a vote could occur as soon as early April. The treaty represents years of work and negotiation with PSR and IPPNW physicians and experts steadfastly advocating for a treaty that protects humanitarian interests.

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  • March 26, 2013

    Peace Cranes for the White House

    Student PSR representatives from our George Washington chapter recently delivered 1,000 origami peace cranes to the White House. The cranes were folded by a group of Japanese high school students in Hiroshima in support of a more safe and peaceful world free of nuclear weapons.

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  • March 21, 2013

    Environmental Toxins Contribute to US, Global Epidemic of Obesity

    The worldwide obesity epidemic poses a major threat to public health. Obesity increases the risk of hypertension and type 2 diabetes, is linked to stroke and heart disease -- leading causes of preventable death -- and is now a major cause of disabilities around the world.  Yet not all obesity is due to overeating and a sedentary lifestyle. Our latest Environmental Health Policy Institute features new research that identifies another contributing factor: environmental toxins.

  • March 14, 2013

    Nobel Peace Laureates Call upon Obama to Help Secure Arms Trade Treaty

    PSR is hopeful that this month the world’s countries will make history and finally enact a humanitarian-based Arms Trade Treaty. Executive Director Dr. Catherine Thomasson delivered a letter with 18 Nobel signatories to White House National Security officials last week along with colleagues from the faith community, celebrity Djimon Hounsou and two major groups working in coalition, Amnesty International and Oxfam America, all calling on President Obama to support a robust ATT.

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  • March 13, 2013

    NRC Denies License for Calvert Cliffs Reactor

    The NRC has derailed plans for the construction of a new reactor in Maryland citing a provision that prohibits foreign-ownership of U.S. nuclear reactors. PSR members in the Baltimore-based Chesapeake chapter worked to prevent this reactor from being built, citing safety concerns over highly radioactive waste, uranium mining and potential accidents. 

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  • March 4, 2013

    Oslo: Assessing the Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons

    On March 4th and 5th, over 120 countries took part in a conference in Oslo to review the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons. This historic event, hosted by the Norwegian Government, represents an opportunity for key decision-makers to understand the scientific and moral cases for urgency to abolish nuclear weapons. Follow our blog to hear from participants who took part in this important effort.

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  • March 1, 2013

    12 Billion Bullets

    In March, countries from around the world will gather at the U.N. to negotiate a potentially historic Arms Trade Treaty. This is a unique opportunity for us to push for the type of international standards that would begin to protect innocents from an unregulated global arms trade. Every year, 12 billion bullets are produced and the devastation that they create must stop. Join PSR and push our government to support a robust Arms Trade Treaty.

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  • February 21, 2013

    Climate Change, Health and You Training

    Chesapeake PSR recently hosted a Climate Change, Health and You training. Dr. Cindy Parker identified the sources of greenhouse gases, discussed the implications for human health, and showed how health professionals and health advocates can help change policies to slow and stop climate change.

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  • February 13, 2013

    2013 Chapter Leaders Conference

    PSR chapter leaders gathered in Tampa, Florida in early February for two days of  learning, sharing best practices and planning for 2013. The annual gathering brought together more than 40 leaders ranging from first year medical students to 25 plus-year members.  Sessions on fundraising, administrative effectiveness, online outreach and capacity building were featured and running through the sessions was an emphasis on collaborative partnerships. The conference was hosted by PSR/Florida's Lynn Ringenberg and Marybeth Palmigiano Dunn.

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  • February 12, 2013

    Nuclear test detonation in North Korea

    North Korea conducted a nuclear test detonation on Tuesday, February 12th. Official state media for North Korea promised continued testing of long-range missiles and claims that the device used was smaller, lighter, and stronger. North Korea's alarming move will cause regional instability and likely will draw further sanctions from the UN Security Council. PSR condemns the nuclear test and calls on the United States to work with other nuclear armed states to urgently pursue multilateral efforts to dismantle global nuclear weapons stockpiles and end nuclear test explosions.

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  • February 8, 2013

    Nuclear disarmament agenda gets push from Obama Administration

    Initial reports from the administration appear to signal a willingness of President Obama's Administration to pursue further bi-lateral reductions of nuclear weapons with Russia. A Nuclear Policy Guidance Review, part of an internal review of the U.S.'s nuclear weapons policy, is close to being signed by the President and, reportedly, will call for at least 1/3 reductions in our nuclear arsenal. PSR and partner organizations submitted over 50,000 signatures to the Administration calling for action in the Review to lower the risk posed by these weapons.

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