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  • 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. 

  • May 24, 2012

    PSR Leaders Cite Health Benefits of Carbon Limits

    Dr. Catherine Thomasson and other PSR leaders testified at EPA hearings to urge swift implementation of the proposed rule that sets national limits on the amount of carbon pollution new power plants can emit. The standard will safeguard health as well as curb global warming. Add your name to PSR's comments supporting the proposed EPA rule.

  • May 23, 2012

    Back from the Brink?

    In the past few days, we have seen promising signs that the P5 + 1 (Permanent Security Council Members + Germany) and Iran are close to an agreement on Iran’s dual-use nuclear program. While this agreement would be the first of many confidence-building measures, this achievement is an indication that international diplomatic and financial pressure may have worked to bring Iran back to the negotiating table. If Iran shows its willingness to operate under IAEA safeguards, the international community must ease economic sanctions and begin a process of normalizing relations with the country

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  • May 18, 2012

    Environment and Health News from 2012: Which Way Forward for Toxics Advocacy?

    Our air, our food, our water, and many of the daily items we use and touch -- from children's toys to cash register receipts -- are laced with toxic chemicals. How do we rid our world of this onslaught of toxic objects? With the aim of a cleaner, healthier world, PSR and its allies have pursued a variety of approaches, from banning individual chemicals known to be harmful, to promoting "green chemistry," to federal legislative reform. Are we on the right track? To hear the views of leading toxics researchers and advocates, check out the May Environmental Health Policy Institute.

  • May 16, 2012

    Nuclear Famine Report Garners Worldwide Press Attention

    PSR and IPPNW’s new report on the global health consequences of a limited nuclear war between India and Pakistan has received more than 125 press hits worldwide including a major piece on which has been recommended over 530 times.  Please help spread the word.  Our remaining challenge is to make sure this report’s findings drive a fundamental rethinking of our nation’s outdated and dangerous nuclear policy.

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  • May 16, 2012

    Urgent: Bomber Amendment being debated now!

    Key votes expected in the House on important amendments. PSR wants to eliminate all nuclear weapons worldwide. To that end, we support the Markey amendment delaying the development of the new long-range nuclear-capable bomber by ten years. The funding would be reduced by $291,742,000 for FY 2013. Delaying the new bomber would save $18 billion over 10 years. These funds could be much better used elsewhere.

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  • May 16, 2012

    Tampa City Council Passes Clean Air Resolution

    With the help of PSR Florida, the city council of Tampa, Florida has passed a resolution supporting a reduction in greenhouse gas pollution under the Clean Air Act. The resolution urges EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to enforce the Clean Air Act to reduce carbon pollution. PSR Florida President Dr. Lynn Ringenberg praised the council's action: "This resolution is important for Tampa Bay as it starts the much-needed conversation and hopefully pushes it forward."

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  • May 11, 2012

    PSR Briefs Senate on Dangers from Coal Ash

    PSR doctors flew to Washington from 6 states to present the Obama Administration with a petition signed by 850 health professionals about the toxic dangers posed by unregulated coal ash disposal. They delivered the petition to the EPA and the President's Council on Environmental Quality and called for a health-protective coal ash rule. The doctors also held a Senate briefing and met with key senators, urging them to defeat an amendment to the Transportation bill that would essentially ban the EPA from regulating toxic coal ash.

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  • May 9, 2012

    Webinar on Nuclear Famine report Thurs., May 10 at 8:30 PM Eastern

    PSR and IPPNW released a new report on Tuesday, April 24th on the global health consequences of even a limited nuclear war between India and Pakistan. Now is your chance to hear directly from Dr. Ira Helfand, the report’s author, about the findings and their implications for nuclear policy.  Thursday, May 10th at 8:30 PM Eastern.

    RSVP here »

  • May 4, 2012

    Oregon PSR's 2012 Awards Dinner: Celebrating Success and Looking Forward

    Oregon PSR recently held its annual dinner, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Helen Caldicott and honoring the winners of the 2012 Greenfield Peace Writing Contest.

    Read more and watch the keynote speech »

  • May 4, 2012

    Livestream of Press Conference on Fukushima Daiichi Disaster Today at 10 am EDT

    Japanese nuclear scientist and Japanese and U.S. medical doctors discuss current radiological health conditions and concerns in Japan after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor catastrophe. PSR President Dr. Andy Kanter will speak about the need for accurate and timely information regarding exposure to radioactivity in order to protect and promote public health. Watch the livestream here at 10 am EDT.

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  • May 2, 2012

    Congressional Briefing by PSR Covers Nuclear Famine Report

    Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) recently sponsored a Congressional briefing to present the findings of a new PSR/IPPNW report, Nuclear Famine: One Billion People at Risk, that demonstrates the devastating consequences of a limited nuclear exchange on climate and agriculture. The report's author, Dr. Ira Helfand, delivered the message that without decisive action towards nuclear abolition, more countries will develop nuclear weapons programs and the threat of a regional nuclear conflict will continue to increase.

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  • April 26, 2012

    PSR briefs Senate on dangers from coal ash; petition signed by 850 health professionals

    PSR doctors flew in to Washington from six states recently to present the Obama Administration with a petition signed by 850 health professionals voicing concern about the toxic dangers posed by unregulated coal ash disposal. The PSR doctors delivered the petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the President's Council on Environmental Quality and called for prompt release of a health-protective coal ash rule. The doctors also held a briefing for the Senate and met individually with key senators, urging them to defeat an amendment to the Transportation bill that would essentially ban the EPA from regulating toxic coal ash, now and in the future.

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  • April 23, 2012

    A billion people at risk

    PSR and IPPNW just released a report that demonstrates that a regional nuclear war could put 1 billion people at risk of famine. Without strong movement towards nuclear abolition, more countries will develop their own domestic nuclear weapons programs and the threat of a regional nuclear conflict will only continue to increase. Over the past few weeks, North Korea and India tested long-range missiles in moves that will escalate tensions and bring regional nuclear weapons states into a dangerous nuclear arms race.

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  • April 11, 2012

    If you had a trillion dollars, what would YOU spend it on?

    Does this chart of proposed federal spending represent your priorities?

    If not, raise your voice with us today!

    Sadly, this chart does represent our current reality. Almost 57% of discretionary federal spending could go to the military this year. But it can change. After all, it's our money!

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  • April 9, 2012

    Environmental Toxins and Brain Development

    Toxic substances in the environment can affect the development of the brain – and with it, our intelligence and our behavior. The fetus, infant and child are most vulnerable, but brain development continues for two decades, so exposure can be harmful at many points in life. What environmental contaminants are damaging our neurodevelopment?  How widespread is the exposure? What is our society losing in terms of intelligence as a result? And what can we do about it? For insights, read this month's Environmental Health Policy Institute.

  • April 4, 2012

    Best opportunity in years to reduce military spending!

    The battle over our federal budget priorities has begun.  We urge you to remember that it is your money and to make your voice heard this tax season.

    The current discussion in Congress offers us the best opportunity in years to make meaningful reductions in the bloated military budget. We can't afford to squander this moment, but some are trying to do just that.

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  • March 29, 2012

    EPA Acts to Reduce Industrial Carbon Pollution from New Power Plants -- A Critical First!

    PSR is pleased with the new standards announced by the Environmental Protection Agency on March 27 to limit industrial carbon pollution from new power plants. Limiting carbon pollution is an important step in mitigating climate change and reducing the associated health effects that already impact the lives of millions of Americans. Add your name to express your support of this valuable step to improve air quality and reduce climate change.

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  • March 28, 2012

    Editorial opposes new nuclear reactor in Florida

    PSR applauds the recent Tampa Bay Times editorial calling on Progressive Energy to halt plans for a new nuclear reactor in west-central Florida. Dr. Lynn Ringenberg, president of PSR/Tampa, testified before a Nuclear Regulatory Commission panel in January citing the public health risk associated with nuclear reactors and the possibility of a Fukushima-like disaster in the U.S., and urged the commission to reject the license for the Levy plant. Echoing concerns about cost overruns, the Times said it is unfair for Progressive Energy to continue charging its customers for a plant that is unlikely to ever be built.

  • March 28, 2012

    PSR intervenes in lawsuit against EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Rule

    PSR has intervened in a lawsuit to defend the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s newly proposed rule to regulate mercury and air toxics from coal-fired power plants.  EPA is being sued by big polluters and their allies before the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia to strike down the Mercury and Toxics (MATS) rule.

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