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  • 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. 

  • 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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