June 28, 2017
New Web Resource for Clinicians: Environmental Hazards
PSR and the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units have just introduced the updated Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit (PEHT). The new PEHT, endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is a free web app that offers evidenced-based information for clinicians to educate parents about how to reduce toxic exposures during well-child visits: indoor and outdoor air pollutants, BPA, pesticides, VOCs and more.
June 28, 2017
Jeff Carter Moderates UN Press Briefing: What a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Can Achieve
Jeff Carter moderated a panel of nuclear experts at a June 21 media briefing for the UN Correspondents Association in New York. Experts discussed how the ban treaty addresses growing nuclear dangers and will impact the nuclear-armed countries. The panel underscored how the medical consequences of nuclear weapons use, testing, and development informs the humanitarian principles now embedded in the ban treaty.
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June 22, 2017
Meet your PSR team at the UN Ban Talks
Eight PSR members and staff are spending an entire week at the United Nations to promote the nuclear weapons ban treaty. On June 17, nine additional PSR members joined them for the Women's March to Ban the Bomb. Pictured here at the "Isaiah Wall," L to R, Kristin Jensen Storey, Bob Dodge, Elana Simon, John Reuwer, Jeff Carter, Jonathan Down and Gwen DuBois.
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June 20, 2017
AMA to Consider Divestment of Fossil Fuels Companies
The American Medical Association House of Delegates at its annual meeting recently took the landmark decision to ask the Board of Governors to divest of its ownership in corporations that receive a majority of their income from exploring for or selling fossil fuels. These proposals were submitted by the American Association of Public Health Physicians. Todd Sack, M.D., played a major role in drafting and submitting the resolution. Besides being an active leader in the Florida Medical Association, Dr. Sack also serves on the boards of PSR/National and PSR/Florida.
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June 16, 2017
PSR Members Advocate for Clean Air
PSR members from several states traveled to Washington, DC to let their members of Congress know that clean air is vitally important to their health. They called for support of the Clean Air Act, which protects our air and authorizes the EPA to set clean air standards. That foundational law is now under attack, as is EPA's authority to set health-protective rules. PSR partnered with Earthjustice, Moms Clean Air Force and other allies in the event.
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June 2, 2017
PSR Slams Trump Decision on Climate Accord
PSR executive director Jeff Carter responded to President Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord with a statement slamming that decision and saying it "endangers the American communities that he has the duty to protect." Environment and Health program director Barbara Gottlieb reinforced that message when she addressed a rally outside the White House, where she declared climate change a health emergency and said "there is no cure for climate change. There is only prevention."
May 31, 2017
Paris Agreement Emergency: Call Trump Now
President Trump is threatening to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. That agreement, signed by almost all the nations of the world, would reduce carbon emissions substantially to fight climate change. President Trump may make his announcement as soon as today. Please TAKE ACTION BEFORE HE DOES: call the White House immediately at 202-456-1111 to urge that the U.S. remain in the Paris Agreement.
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May 25, 2017
United Nations committee releases nuclear weapons ban treaty draft
On May 23, the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability honored ICAN director Beatrice Fihn recognizing ICAN's leadership in the nuclear ban movement at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The day before, Committee chair Elayne Whyte Gómez released a draft of the historic nuclear weapons ban treaty, which comprehensively prohibits nuclear weapons on the basis of their humanitarian impact. Negotiations resume June 15.
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May 18, 2017
How to Ban Fracking
Maryland recently became the first state with recoverable methane gas reserves to legislate a ban on fracking. Health professionals were instrumental in winning the ban, and Chesapeake PSR played a leading role in bringing their voices forward. How did they do it? Let them tell you in their powerhouse webinar, which presents their strategy, framing, organizing plan, and principles for winning.
May 16, 2017
PSR 2016 Annual Report
PSR is pleased to present our 2016 Annual Report, featuring a review of our programs, highlights from the year, chapter activities, and more.
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May 10, 2017
Important Victory on Methane Regulation
Great news! The U.S. Senate voted, 51-49, to preserve the Bureau of Land Management's rule that reduces methane leaks and waste from oil and gas wells. Eliminating the rule was a major policy priority for the industry and for the Trump administration. Just after the vote, Sen. Tom Udall thanked health groups for our strong work on this issue, and PSR got an especially enthusiastic shout-out.
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May 8, 2017
PSR to President Trump: Do Not Withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement
President Trump wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, a global accord that would put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change. PSR members are calling the White House to remind the president that climate change harms our health while damaging our economy. For health and survival, pulling out of the Agreement is the wrong direction for our nation and the wrong signal for us to send the world. Read more here.
May 4, 2017
No Red Button! Reining in Presidential Authority over Nuclear Weapons
At a May 3 Capitol Hill press event, PSR joined a coalition to submit nearly 500,000 petition signatures supporting the Markey-Lieu bill, which checks presidential authority to order a nuclear first-strike by requiring a Congressional declaration of war. Senators Markey and Van Hollen plus Representatives Lieu, Lee, and Jayapal participated, denouncing the catastrophic risks and undemocratic nature of current launch procedures.
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May 1, 2017
People's Climate March: Hundreds of Thousands Strong
PSR's health professionals turned out from coast to coast to help the People's Climate March deliver a strong, clear statement: climate change harms health, and climate-protecting policies and the EPA must be defended. In Washington, DC we marched in 90-degree heat with 200,000 people of all ages and backgrounds. PSR chapters helped to swell marches from Maine to California. See our photo montage here.
April 28, 2017
PSR brings the disarmament conversation to Capitol Hill
To bring the global disarmament message to the heart of the American political landscape, PSR co-sponsored an all-day conference April 27 titled, "Toward a Fundamental Change in Nuclear Weapons Policy" at the Capitol Visitor Center. The conference brought together young faith leaders, scientists, and disarmament experts including PSR's Dr. Ira Helfand, Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow, and ICAN campaigner Ray Acheson.
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April 26, 2017
In Memoriam: Steve Gilman and Rich Grady
PSR's Board is saddened to announce the passing of two tenacious colleagues and loyal friends of the organization. Project Manager Steve Gilman, a PSR National board member based in Asheville, NC, passed away on Friday, April 21st. Physician Rich Grady, also a PSR National board member until recently, lived and worked in Seattle, WA. He passed away on Tuesday, April 25th. Their dynamism and intellect will be missed.
April 21, 2017
Join PSR in the People's Climate March!
On April 29, the 100th day of the Trump presidency, the People's Climate March will bring tens of thousands of people to Washington, DC to demand a safe, healthy climate. In addition, over 300 sister marches will take place nationwide. March with PSR National or with a PSR chapter! PSR has joined the PCM Steering Committee to help build these events plus an ongoing, broad and vigorous climate movement for the future.
April 19, 2017
Academic Symposium on the Health Impacts of the Fracking Industry
The Student PSR-Penn State Hershey Chapter will host a symposium on April 26 about the health impacts of the unconventional natural gas (fracking) industry. Learn about research by Yale's Dr. Nicole Deziel on the carcinogenic nature of the chemicals used; Johns Hopkins' Dr. Brian Schwartz on the epidemiological data on asthma and fracking drill sites; and PSR's own Dr. Pouné Saberi on methane gas from the fracking industry and its impact on human health, especially as it relates to global climate disruption.
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April 17, 2017
On tax day, consider your personal subsidy to nuclear weapons
"Our national budget is a moral document"—says PSR-LA President Bob Dodge, MD. The diversion of resources to nuclear weapons illustrates how they are harmful even in peacetime. In 2016, Los Angeles County channeled $1.77 billion to the nuclear weapons complex instead of to programs that help people. What’s the cost of nuclear weapons to YOUR community? Find out by visiting PSR-LA’s Community Cost Calculator.
April 13, 2017
Stepping Out, Speaking Out on Climate Change
PSR members from Hawaii to Maine are preparing to step up—literally—in their refusal to let President Trump roll back climate-protective measures and endanger our planet. They will be marching in the PSR-led "Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate" contingent in the People's Climate March, April 29 in Washington, DC. Sign up here to join us, or here for information on sister marches across the country.