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  • May 28, 2013

    Wyden’s Draft Nuclear Waste Bill fails to hit the mark

    Senator Ron Wyden, chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, recently released a discussion draft nuclear waste bill that would seek to address the rising amounts of nuclear waste without a storage plan. This bill does not address the significant public health threat of the spent fuel pools in the intervening years before either permanent or temporary storage is arranged. The entire concept of Consolidated Interim Storage more than doubles the risk of transport and exposure to the American public. PSR submitted comments today calling for a new bill that would require safer on-site storage called Hardened On-Site Storage (HOSS). 

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  • May 22, 2013

    PSR "Clean Air Ambassadors" Meet with Congress, EPA

    Twelve PSR leaders from across the country descended on Washington, DC recently to push for clean air, a livable climate, and reductions in toxic pollution from energy generation. They were part of "50 States United," a lobbying blitz that brought doctors, nurses, clergy, labor leaders, tribal leaders, parents and citizen activists to Washington from all 50 states.

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  • May 14, 2013

    PSR to Bank of America: Phase Out Loans to Coal Industry

    Bank of America is the largest lender to the coal industry in the world. The carbon emissions associated with those loans are a major driver of climate change. PSR attended the BofA shareholders' meeting to tell shareholders, the Bank's board of directors and its CEO that they should phase out loans for coal mining and for coal-fired power plants. Those loans endanger our health, lives and planet.

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  • May 10, 2013

    PSR Co-Sponsors the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability DC Days

    PSR, with a nation-wide coalition of activists, met with key lawmakers to advocate against dangerous spending on our nuclear arsenal and to address the waste issues of nuclear power. The billions wasted on the nuclear weapons complex sends the wrong message to the international community and jeopardizes our security. These key leaders helped hold the National Nuclear Security Agency accountable for the inadequate cleanup and irresponsible bloated spending. Read more about our recommendations for this budget season.

  • May 7, 2013

    PSR DC Metro Area Chapter Hosts a Showing of "A Walk in the Woods" Play

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning play details an exchange between a U.S. and Soviet Union negotiator for a nuclear arms control agreement. With increasing interest in the international community in nuclear disarmament, the play's perspective on the politics of these negotiations is timely.

    Watch this video of the discussion held after the play, led by nuclear weapons negotiator Ed Ifft, PhD and DC Chapter president Dr. Mohammad Khalid.

  • May 6, 2013

    Check Out PSR’s New Climate Change Flyer!

    Summarizing the health impacts of the ~1.4 degree average temperature increase over the past century, this great resource developed by PSR volunteers Bruni Estrada and Daniel Pizarro tells the basic story of climate change; from what is happening and how humans are causing it, to what we can do to turn the tide on the climate crisis.

  • April 30, 2013

    In Protecting Us from Dangerous Chemicals, States Take the Lead

    Toxic chemicals in everyday items like soup cans and shampoo expose us to the risk of cancers, birth defects and other bodily harm. Why isn't there government action to keep toxic chemicals out of household products? Commendable efforts like the Safe Chemicals Act of 2013 languish in Congress, stalemated by partisan gridlock. The real action is in the states, where health and consumer advocates are bringing forward proposals to phase out dangerous chemicals -- and winning! Read about their efforts in this month's Environmental Health Policy Institute.

  • 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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