September 2, 2016
Fight for Solar
PSR Arizona protested rate hikes and other barriers to distributed solar in Tucson. President Barbara Warren, MD (pictured left) and other members protested at the Electric Utility corporate offices, marched to an energy commission hearing and testified at the hearing. 60-70 people in all testified against the unfair proposed rate hikes, more fixed charges, greatly weakened solar incentives and minimal payback for producing surplus electricity. Watch our recent solar webinar to overcome obstacles in your state »
August 29, 2016
The nuclear weapons ban treaty is coming!
Last year, the United Nations First Committee--which is in charge of nuclear disarmament--created the "Open Ended Working Group on Taking Forward Multilateral Disarmament Negotiations" (OEWG). On August 19 it issued its final report calling for Ban Treaty negotiations.
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August 25, 2016
PSR sues administration to Protect Climate, Public Lands from Drilling and Fracking
PSR and WildEarth Guardians sued the Department of Interior to require a sweeping environmental review of the climate impacts of oil and gas leasing on federal lands. The suit would halt new drilling on the almost 380,000 acres leased since early 2015, and require an analysis of the climate impacts of drilling across these leases. We would expect the conclusion to direct the government to end fracking on federal lands. Read the statement here »
August 19, 2016
California agricultural crops irrigated with oil well wastewater
California produces much of our agricultural bounty, especially our fruits and vegetables. Yet some of those crops are irrigated with wastewater drawn out of oil wells. The oil industry says it complies with regulations, but many chemicals aren't tested for, and there has been no comprehensive, independent analysis of the wastewater safety. Tell California Governor Jerry Brown: Safety first! Don't use oil wastewater on our food supply.
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August 16, 2016
Climate Change speaking tour now underway
PSR is bringing "live" information on the health threats of climate change to six states this fall, as PSR board member and senior scientist Alan Lockwood, MD FAAN, goes on tour. The occasion is the publication of Dr. Lockwood's latest book, Heat Advisory: Protecting Health on a Warming Planet. Lockwood will visit Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Florida. See the calendar of events.
August 10, 2016
Sen. Feinstein Asks Obama to Declare "No First Use" of Nukes
On August 9, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA) wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to declare a "no first use" of nuclear weapons policy. Sen. Feinstein wrote, "Declaring a national no first use nuclear policy is an important step towards fulfilling the pledge you made in Prague in 2009 to 'seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.'" Sign our petition to President Obama in support of "no first use" »
July 12, 2016
Pax Christi Intl. teams up with PSR for nuclear abolition webinar
Pax Christi International, a Catholic peace organization, has launched a series of Catholic Nuclear Abolition webinars. The June 27 webinar featured Sister Megan Rice, PSR Security Program Director Martin Fleck, and Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love of Catholic University of America. The May webinar featured Joan Chittister, Pax Christi Teacher of Peace, Fr. Drew Christiansen, S.J. and Daryl Kimball, Arms Control Association.
July 1, 2016
Climate Change and the Growing Risk of Nuclear War: A Health Care Perspective
Join PSR at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston on October 15th for this one-day Symposium to examine the catastrophic public health consequences of climate change and the ways that climate change will increase the risk of conflict, including nuclear war. Learn the ways that health professionals can take action. Speakers include Bill McKibben, Dr. Ira Helfand, and Dr. Catherine Thomasson.
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June 30, 2016
DC Heeds Health Voice for Clean Power Standard
Dr. Lise Van Susteren provided health testimony for PSR at the DC City Council last month. She related stories of the climate change impacts on the health and mental health of her patients. As a result of a strong coalition of voices and Council leadership, they passed a clean power standard surpassing most states.
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June 11, 2016
Another Assault on the Clean Air Act!
Once again, Congress is threatening to pass a bill that would foul our air, damage our health, and undermine the Clean Air Act. The House of Representatives has already passed this bill; now the Senate is considering it. Tell your senators it is totally unacceptable to permanently weaken the Clean Air Act and suspend the EPA's protective new ozone rule.
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June 10, 2016
TSCA Reform: What does it mean?
With the finalized chemicals policy reform bill, TSCA, awaiting signature by President Obama, another water contamination problem is cropping up all over the U.S. C-8, a chemical used to manufacture Teflon pans, firefighting foam and even microwave popcorn bags is forcing some communities to shut down their water systems. Will the new TSCA law help prevent public health crises like these?
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June 1, 2016
Summer fun, or waterborne disease? The climate connection.
Summer is coming, and with it summer fun, swimming in the lake, and – water contamination related to climate change? Risk of water-borne disease can increase due to several conditions associated with climate change. Heavy rainfall and flooding can increase human exposure to sewage and bacteria; pathogens can grow more readily in warmer waters, increasing the likelihood of toxic algae blooms and contaminated fish. To learn more about the possible results, read our newest e-postcard.
May 27, 2016
Federal chemical policy updated; Public health still at risk
The nation’s chemical policy, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), is being updated for the first time in four decades. Viewed from the health perspective, the update offers some improvements to our outdated, ineffective system of regulating toxic chemicals. However, substantially more work is needed in order to truly protect the health of all communities.
Read PSR's statement here »
May 26, 2016
Hiroshima Speech Stirs Nuclear Weapons Debate
At Hiroshima, President Obama said: "We must have the courage to escape the logic of fear" and pursue a world without nuclear weapons. Yet his administration has steadfastly opposed the international humanitarian movement for a nuclear weapons ban, and plans a 30 year, trillion dollar spending binge to revamp the entire U.S. nuclear arsenal. Please write a letter to the editor to help turn the tide!
May 25, 2016
Tell the Oil and Gas Industry: Lower your emissions!
Last fall, several thousand PSR members petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to issue a strong rule limiting methane leaks from proposed oil and gas wells. Join us in thanking EPA for issuing that rule -- and call on them to create similar rules for existing wells, where leaks of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, are accelerating climate change today.
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May 20, 2016
PSR Endorses Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing
PSR's board voted recently to endorse a ban on hydraulic fracturing or "fracking." Fracking, a process of extracting natural gas and oil from deep underground deposits, not only causes toxic contamination of water, air and land; it also results in leakage of large amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas far more powerful than CO2.
Read PSR's new policy position here »
May 18, 2016
Efficient Coal Is Like Healthy Cigarettes
PSR joins 81 health organizations and 300,000 health professionals calling on G7 countries to lead on an accelerated coal phase out. Air pollution is the gravest health threat worldwide along with climate threats. Japan is planning 47 new coal plants and exporting their marginally more efficient technology. G7 should be supporting wind, solar and efficiency technologies for our health!
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May 17, 2016
Prepare yourself for more tick and flea bites!
Climate change modifies weather, and weather can affect the range and lifecycle of disease-bearing vectors like ticks, mosquitoes and fleas. The result can be expansion of these vectors into areas where they were previously not found, increases in their activity, and exposure of more people to dangerous diseases like Lyme disease (see photo). "Climate Change Makes Me Sick!" explains the climate connection and provides actions to combat climate change.
May 16, 2016
Ask President Obama to Push for Disarmament at Hiroshima
President Obama has decided to be the first sitting American President to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (on May 27). Please help PSR to thank President Obama for his decision, and encourage him to do more: announce concrete steps to reduce nuclear weapons dangers and recommit to eliminating nuclear arsenals worldwide.
May 10, 2016
Climate change: More floods threaten life, health
Climate change has increased the occurrence and severity of extreme precipitation events like hurricanes and intense storms, leading to more frequent severe flooding. Floods cause drownings and accidental deaths; contaminate drinking water and farmland with sewage and industrial chemicals; and put our water, food, and health at risk. Our latest "Climate Change Makes Me Sick" e-postcard explains how.