February 24, 2011
You Are What You Eat
You are what you eat – and what you eat could be responsible for exposing you and your family to toxic chemicals. But it’s not just what you eat. It’s the entire food production system, from pesticides and fertilizers, to antibiotics and hormones, to additives and preservatives, to food packaging materials. In this month's Environmental Health Policy Institute, experts address the question, "How does our food production system drive our exposure to toxic chemicals?"
February 17, 2011
Doctors, Nurses, other Health Professionals Urge Congress to Resist Efforts to Weaken the Clean Air Act
On February 9, over 1,800 health professionals decried efforts to weaken the Clean Air Act in a letter sent by Physicians for Social Responsibility, the American Lung Association, and the American Public Health Association to the President and Congress. The letter comes as members of Congress debate eliminating the health protections established by the Clean Air Act, the landmark environmental statute that prevents an estimated 160,000 premature deaths a year.
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February 9, 2011
EPA’s Blind Spot: Hexavalent Chromium in Coal Ash
In a just-released report, PSR and two environmental organizations have revealed that most of the chromium that leaches from coal ash into ground and surface water takes the form of highly carcinogenic hexavalent chromium. Long known to cause lung cancer when inhaled, hexavalent chromium has been shown to cause stomach cancer in humans, and intestinal and oral cancers in laboratory animals, when ingested in water.
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February 4, 2011
Making the Connection
PSR Wisconsin is co-sponsoring a conference to educate health care professionals about important environmental factors affecting human health and how best to use that information in primary care practice. February 18-20, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin.
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February 2, 2011
New START has now entered into force. Congratulations, now onward to Zero!
On February 2nd, President Barack Obama signed the final version of New START and the exchange of the treaty documents occurred on February 5th in Munich, Germany. This outcome was made possible by the hard work of PSR members and our many colleague organizations working together to encourage our allies and convince skeptics about the treaty's importance. Through our 1 More 4 Zero campaign, we will continue to build support for this essential and inspiring vision, while taking important short-term steps on the road to zero.
January 26, 2011
Why Coal and Nuclear Have No Business in a "Clean Energy Standard"
Experts including PSR's Dr. Alan Lockwood held a press teleconference to discuss the proposed 'clean energy standard' -- a contradiction in terms if it includes nuclear and coal. Nuclear and coal are dirty at every step of the way, posing huge risks to human health and the environment.
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January 13, 2011
Whither the Science? PSR experts discuss a way ahead for effective climate policy
As healthcare professionals, PSR members represent a critical voice in the effort to address global warming. And yet these voices, as well as those of the global scientific community, don’t seem to get any traction in our current political climate. In this month's Environmental Health Policy Institute, PSR experts take on the climate policy deadlock with fresh ideas about how to move the policy needle. Read essays from Steven G. Gilbert, Barbara Gottlieb, Barbara Warren, H. Steven Moffic, and Edward Maibach & Matthew Nesbit addressing the question, "How can we integrate scientific evidence into our climate and energy policy choices?
January 7, 2011
Rx for Survival 2011
Emerging Medical and Public Health Professionals Meet in Washington, DC
April 8 - 10, 2011 at George Washington University
Register now for the biennial conference hosted by Student Physicians for Social Responsibility
December 22, 2010
The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) passed on Dec. 22 with an overwhelming vote of 71-26. On January 25th, the Russian Federation ratified New START in the DUMA, moving it to a final vote in the Federation Council of Russia. This outcome was made possible by the hard work of PSR members and our many colleague organizations working together to encourage our allies and convince skeptics about the treaty's importance. As we celebrate this accomplishment, we are also reaffirming our fundamental commitment to ridding the world of all nuclear weapons. Through our 1 More 4 Zero campaign, we will continue to build support for this essential and inspiring vision, while taking important short-term steps on the road to zero. Thank you for all your work to bring about this victory. Onward to a more peaceful, just, and healthy world!
December 21, 2010
Senate Votes 67-28 to Move Forward with START
PSR applauds the Senate's decision to move the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty to a final vote as early as Dec. 22. After months of debate and hundreds of hours of testimony, the Senate appeared ready to ratify the treaty which will reduce U.S. and Russian arsenals.
December 16, 2010
PSR Experts Discuss Technology Innovations and Toxic Exposures
We know that toxic chemicals in consumer products have the potential to cause negative human health effects. What if we tried to address toxic chemicals at the most primary level of prevention – by preventing them from being invented? Scientists are beginning to explore the ways in which technology and research can shepherd in a decidedly new chemical era, one that does not compromise human health. This month, read how expert contributors to the Environmental Health Policy Institute Evan Beach, Mark Dorfman, Steven G. Gilbert, Lin Kaatz Chary, Mark Rossi, and Jennifer Sass answer the question: “How can innovations in technology and research reduce exposures to toxic chemicals?”
December 15, 2010
US Senate votes to bring New START to the floor
The US Senate voted to allow consideration of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). The strong bipartisan vote provides New START supporters with a sense that the Senate will eventually provide advise and consent for ratification of this vital treaty. Much work left to be done over these next few crucial days. It remains a good time to contact your Senators to let them know you support ratification of New START. Make a call to your Senators now.
December 14, 2010
Media Reports Maine Senators Back Treaty
It was reported in the Portland Press Herald that Maine’s two Republican Senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, had announced that they would vote for the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. The senators joined a large bipartisan group backing the treaty. Roger Fenn of PSR/Maine was quoted as saying "Their endorsement is proof that Sens. Collins and Snowe have heard Maine people who have urged for support for ratification."
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November 23, 2010
Join, renew or give!
Support PSR in asserting a strong medical and public health voice for the prevention of nuclear war and proliferation and to slow, stop and reverse toxic degradation of the environment and global warming. Your tax-deductable contribution will ensure that we have the resources necessary to work towards a healthy, just and peaceful world for present and future generations. Thank you!
November 18, 2010
PSR Testifies for Health-protective Coal Ash Disposal
Seizing an opportunity to shape a policy with nationwide implications for health, PSR mobilized its network to urge the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to adopt strong, health-protective regulations for the disposal of coal ash.
PSR individual members, board members, chapter leaders and national staff joined forces to support rigorous federal regulation of this toxic waste. Individual members submitted comments via email, and high-level PSR representatives gave testimony in person at six of the EPA’s eight coal ash hearings across the country. Read more »
November 4, 2010
Environmental Health: Urgent Threats on the Horizon
What emerging environmental hazard should be next on the policy agenda? PSR's Environmental Health Policy Institute, an online forum of medical and public health experts, has posted expert responses to this question. Learn more about flame retardants, endocrine disruptors, cell phone radiation, nanoparticles, and the pollution caused by the U.S. military in essays by Arlene Blum, Theo Colborn, Devra Davis, Steven G. Gilbert, and H. Patricia Hynes. And join the conversation to tell us what you think is the next urgent environmental health threat. Don’t forget to check the Institute each month for new topics, new experts, and new responses.
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November 3, 2010
Flaws in Small Modular Reactors
PSR and the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research have teamed up on a new factsheet to address the growing myth that small modular reactors (SMR) are the new fix for nuclear industry. The factsheet finds that SMRs are not only unlikely to be the solution, but may actually exacerbate the cost, safety, and waste problems that are found in conventional reactor technologies.
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October 28, 2010
Exercise Your Power as a Citizen: Vote!
PSR members know that elections are an important part of our democratic process. We also know that our commitment to “prevent what we cannot cure” goes well beyond the ballot box. We act to affirm our vision of a peaceful healthy future throughout the year in many different ways. Still, we recognize that this election will have a profound impact on our ability to advance our vital agenda -- all of PSR’s core issues hang in the balance.
October 18, 2010
Physicians for Social Responsibility, 1961 - Today
In 1961 a group of physicians -- with their knowledge of medicine and concern for humanity -- resolved to tell the whole story about the grave threat to humanity posed by nuclear weapons proliferation. PSR physicians and concerned citizens have remained inspired for nearly 50 years by an unwavering dedication to the public's health. Your contribution will ensure that the physicians of tomorrow have the resources, tools and inspiration to continue our campaign for a safe and healthy future.
October 7, 2010
PSR Leader Meets with Chief New START Negotiator
Ira Helfand, M.D., at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute of Peace, in September for a public discussion about the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, joined by Col. Richard Klass, U.S. Air Force (ret.) of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, and Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller, the principal negotiator on New START.
Thanks in large part to the good work of PSR members and our colleagues in the disarmament community, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted in September to support ratification of New START. The bipartisan vote in committee is a positive sign and PSR members are keeping up a steady drum beat for swift ratification of this treaty as an urgent step to enhance our national security.