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  • August 1, 2014

    Hiroshima. Never again.

    August 6 and 9 mark the anniversaries of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Check PSR's Hiroshima/Nagasaki Calendar to see if there is a commemorative event such as a concert or lantern-floating ceremony near you. And please express your desire for a nuclear weapons-free world by writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.

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  • August 1, 2014

    New PSR Report on Coal Ash "Fugitive Dust"

    PSR and Earthjustice just released a new report about the health impacts of breathing coal ash dust. The very smallest particles are inhaled into the deepest part of the lungs and can trigger asthma attacks and lead to cancer, lung disease and other serious health problems.  Dust from coal ash landfills and uncovered trucks carrying coal ash blows into nearby communities, putting lives at risk. Download the report.



  • July 30, 2014

    IPPNW calls for Ukraine cease-fire

    Statement from the Executive Committee of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War:

    "IPPNW calls for an immediate cease fire to the fighting in Ukraine and for all states to refrain from any military intervention in Ukraine. We further call on Ukraine to reaffirm its historic decision to renounce nuclear weapons and for Russia to reaffirm the guarantee of Ukraine’s territorial integrity that accompanied that decision. We further call for urgent UN mediation to achieve a diplomatic solution to the issues involved in this conflict."

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  • July 18, 2014

    More wildfires. We need to address climate change.

    Wildfires are raging in the Pacific Northwest. Some evacuations have been ordered, and smoke and dust caused a 24-car collision near Seattle. Drought associated with climate change creates conditions that favor wildfires. Now we can take an action that will help. Tell the EPA that cutting carbon emissions from power plants is critical to combatting climate change--and to reducing the likelihood of wildfires, drought, heat waves, spread of insect-borne disease, extreme weather events, and other threats to health.

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  • June 30, 2014

    Why Aren't We Trying to Prevent Childhood Cancer?

    The most common form of cancer in children -- leukemia -- has been linked to environmental hazards. So why aren’t there more programs, policies, and information on how to prevent this disease? Most doctors aren't trained to offer preventative guidance to their patients. Read our latest Environmental Health Policy Institute to learn more about childhood cancer and the need for protection from environmental carcinogens.



  • June 27, 2014

    Fracking and Health: New Resources

    "Fracking" for oil and natural gas releases toxic chemicals and toxic gases that can contaminate the water, the air, and the land. Growing evidence shows that harms human health -- even the health of farm animals raised near fracking operations. PSR's new resources examine how fracking operates, why it is so dangerous, and what health risks it poses. Watch videos of our recent webinars and download our new fact sheets.



  • June 27, 2014

    PSR Welcomes New Climate Organizer

    PSR is pleased to announce that Kelly Benjamin has joined our national staff as Climate Organizer. Kelly worked most recently as a campaign organizer for the Service Employees International Union. He has also organized electoral campaigns and freelanced as a journalist.  We're delighted that he'll be applying this valuable range of skills to PSR's fight against climate change. Welcome, Kelly!



  • June 24, 2014

    Student PSR Representatives to 21st IPPNW World Congress Seek Your Support

    It’s less than 30 days before the IPPNW International Peace Bike Tour and 21st World Congress! Michelle and Kami need your help to get to Kazakhstan.

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  • June 20, 2014

    Climate change threatens health. Support EPA protections.

    Summer brings vacation fun. It may also bring the unwelcome and dangerous consequences of climate change: heat, heat stroke, increased ozone levels... drought and wildfires... severe storms... expanding ranges for disease-carrying mosquitoes. Here is a way to take action to help slow climate change: Voice your support for the EPA's protective measures to limit carbon pollution from power plants.

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  • June 13, 2014

    What’s Next for Toxics Reform?

    Almost every week a new study shows the connection between toxic chemicals and health. Over the past year PSR and our allies have been working to reform the law which regulates toxic chemicals. Unfortunately, the current reform proposals in the House and Senate are still lacking the necessary protections from toxic chemicals -- and both proposals appear to be stalled until next year. So what's next?

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  • June 9, 2014

    Remember Your Father on Father's Day

    Father's Day is Sunday, June 15th. Honor your father and the health of the planet by making a gift in his honor, and we will send him a PSR Father's Day Card.

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  • June 5, 2014

    Phone Conversation with President Obama

    President Obama, in a phone call with health groups including PSR, used a health frame to describe the EPA’s proposed rule to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. President Obama described the rule as a way of "reducing the carbon pollution that hurts the health of our kids and the health of the planet" and called it a path to a "cleaner, healthier, more prosperous future."

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  • May 30, 2014

    Real Chemical Reform, Not Industry-Backed Reform

    PSR's strong stance on the need for chemical policy reform was featured in the news blog of a widely read Capitol Hill paper. In a powerful article published in The Hill, PSR toxics program manager Kathy Attar states, "What is before Congress is reform that protects the chemical industry. As a public health advocate and parent, I won't settle for these hollow measures. Our congressional leaders shouldn't either."

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  • May 29, 2014

    Representing YOU on Capitol Hill for "DC Days"

    The PSR team for DC Days, 2014 met with legislators and administration officials to advocate for reducing and eliminating nuclear weapons, for safe handling of nuclear wastes and for nuclear weapons complex cleanup. Our team (seen here at a reception in Clayburn House Ofc. Bldg.) included Chuck Johnson representing Oregon & Washington PSR; Ann Suellentrop, PSR/Kansas City; and Martin Fleck, PSR Security Program Director. In three days, 55 activists from 20 organizations participated in 87 meetings in this co-sponsored event with Alliance for Nuclear Accountability.

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  • May 28, 2014

    Urgency of Limits on Carbon Pollution

    PSR senior scientist Alan Lockwood, MD, spoke to the press recently to advocate for a strong EPA rule limiting carbon pollution from power plants. Dr. Lockwood called the proposed EPA standards "the most important public health measure of our generation." See his op-ed in US News and World Report -- and be sure to endorse his perspective by voting in their online debate.



  • May 14, 2014

    PSR Students Get Inspired about Climate Change Solutions

    PSR leaders from across the country met in Iowa, home of the third largest wind capacity in the country, providing 27.4% of its electrical capacity. PSR students were energized by the tour of the wind facility and the LEED certified library with roof top garden for water filtration and cooling. Students learned how to take action on PSR issues including climate change. See pictures of the event and our new information on Climate Change as a health issue.



  • May 12, 2014

    Webinar: Methane, Fracking, and Climate Change

    Methane from unconventional natural gas extraction ("fracking") is 72 times more powerful a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, at least during its first 20 years in the atmosphere. Learn more about this ominous threat to the climate in PSR's next webinar on health and hydraulic fracturing, Wednesday, May 14. Click here to register for this outstanding webinar.



  • May 9, 2014

    Did you remember your mother? And the other mothers in your life?

    This Mother's Day, we'd like to make it easy for you to celebrate the many mothers in your life; sisters, friends, aunts or others. If you make a donation of $10 or more between now and Sunday, we'll immediately send a stunning e-card to her with your personalized message. And the Energy Foundation will match your donation dollar for dollar for our work to close some of America's dirtiest coal-fired power plants. Caring for your Mother just got easier!

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  • May 6, 2014

    Join PSR's Fracking Webinar Wednesday Night

    Tune in Wednesday night to "Potential Health Impacts of Unconventional Gas Extraction," PSR's incisive new webinar on the threats to health from hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"). We're honored to have as our presenter Jerome Paulson MD, distinguished pediatrician, expert on environmental health, and a frequent speaker on fracking. Join the webinar at 6 p.m. Eastern time.

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  • April 30, 2014

    PSR in the News

    PSR's expertise on the toxic effects of coal ash made the news recently, as Environment & Health Director Barbara Gottlieb was interviewed on the TV news show "America Tonight." The interview was part of a larger story on how a Native American tribe in Nevada fought coal ash contamination from a nearby power plant--and won.

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