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  • January 27, 2016

    PSR Launches New Campaign for the Clean Power Plan

    Want to help your state transition from dirty, climate-damaging coal plants onto clean, healthy, renewable electricity? Sign up for PSR's new campaign, "Clean Energy Saves Lives." Each month you'll take one simple action to urge state decision-makers to implement the Clean Power Plan by committing to renewable energy and energy efficiency. We have only seven months to persuade them. Sign up to receive your monthly actions here »



  • January 20, 2016

    Good News! 1/16/16 = "Implementation Day" for historic Iran Deal

    On January 16, the International Atomic Energy Administration (IAEA) certified that Iran has complied with the requirements of the "Iran Deal," including verification access for IAEA inspectors and very significant reductions to Iran's nuclear weapons program. In exchange, the United States and other world powers agreed to waive nuclear-related sanctions. Click here for a factsheet from Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation.



  • January 14, 2016

    Natural gas pipelines need regulation!

    Pipelines and other infrastructure that carry natural gas from wells are known to leak or release methane, carcinogenic toxics and even radioactive radon. Yet the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which is charged with regulating that infrastructure, grants nearly all industry's requests for permits. PSR has joined a petition drive calling for an independent investigation of the FERC.

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  • January 7, 2016

    Free Trade proposal -- bad for health, climate and democracy

    The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade agreement for Pacific Rim nations, could have severe impacts on the climate, as well as on our right to self-government. Under TPP, corporations could sue our government if existing laws reduced their anticipated revenue. Goodbye, health and safety regulations on fracking, mining, and other fossil fuel activities? To say nothing of impacts on jobs, salaries, and more.

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  • January 7, 2016

    North Korea is testing nukes? Let's ban them worldwide.

    North Korea's nuclear test explosion was a cruel reminder that we live in a nuclear-armed world. Because of the catastrophic humanitarian harm nuclear weapons cause, PSR is asking all the nuclear-armed states -- including North Korea -- to eliminate them. A majority of the world's nations support the Humanitarian Pledge to legally prohibit nuclear weapons worldwide. Don't sit on the sidelines! PSR invites you to write a letter to the editor calling for disarmament.



  • January 7, 2016

    Will TSCA reform protect our health?

    Right before the holidays, the U.S. Senate passed legislation seeking to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976. The House passed a different version of reform in June 2015. Reform of TSCA will occur if the two bills can be reconciled. Unfortunately, both have major flaws that could prevent the public health community from supporting any final legislation.

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  • December 22, 2015

    Thank you, PSR members & activists!

    Thank you to all of our dedicated PSR members and activists. Please enjoy our year-end thank you video for 2015.    

    Happy holidays to all!   

    Watch the video here »


  • December 16, 2015

    Undermining the Paris climate accords – already?!

    Less than a week after the U.S. helped shape the successful Paris climate change accords, Congress is threatening to undermine that historic agreement. Congress moved to end the ban on the export of crude oil, and included that provision in the "must-pass" budget bill. Exports of crude oil would greatly increase oil drilling, fracking for oil, oil combustion, and greenhouse gas emissions. Read more »

    Photo: Michael Elleray



  • December 15, 2015

    PSR Assessment of Paris climate conference

    The United Nations climate conference in Paris, known as COP21, resulted a historic agreement. 195 countries – almost the entire world – embraced the goal of keeping global temperature increases below 2° Celsius. Industrialized and developing countries alike committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, and wealthy nations promised to provide financing to help poor nations adopt clean energy. But is it enough? Not really.

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  • December 3, 2015

    PSR Meets with EPA on Methane Leakage

    PSR staff hand-delivered to EPA staff the comments of over 2,000 PSR members, expressing support for proposed rules to stem the leakage of methane and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from oil and gas wells. 2,332 PSR members signed onto the comments, which conveyed support while calling on EPA to tighten those protections. PSR also met directly with a high-ranking EPA official.

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  • December 1, 2015

    PSR Calls on Gates Foundation to Divest Its Fossil Fuel Holdings

    PSR has called on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest private foundation, to divest its holdings in fossil fuels. Noting that the Foundation's outstanding work for global public health is being undercut by climate change, 739 PSR health professionals and several thousand non-health professional members signed a petition urging divestment. Washington PSR delivered the petition to the Foundation's headquarters in Seattle.

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  • December 1, 2015

    PSR takes action on Nuclear Power

    PSR works to protect public health from the huge volume of nuclear waste from nuclear power plants. Read our input to the Nuclear Regulatory Agency regarding the unscientific belief called radiation hormesis that purports that small amounts of radiation may be healthful. This flies in the face of evidence compiled in the review by the National Academy of Science and other sources. We also are urging the Canadian government to oppose the nuclear industry proposal to bury radioactive wastes beside Lake Huron. Read our letter here.



  • November 23, 2015

    Support PSR when you shop at Amazon this holiday season

    Doing your holiday shopping? With every purchase you make at Amazon through psr.org/amazon, PSR will receive a portion of the proceeds. Make your priorities known with every purchase.

    Just visit psr.org/amazon when you do your holiday shopping, and Amazon will automatically send a portion of the sale to PSR.



  • November 18, 2015

    PSR tells EPA: Stop methane leaks from fracking!

    Methane is leaking out of oil and gas wells around the country, especially wells that use hydraulic fracturing (fracking). That’s dangerous for all of us: methane is a highly potent greenhouse gas, 86 times heat-trapping than carbon dioxide during its first 20 years in the atmosphere. Tell the EPA that you support their efforts to limit that leakage and want proposed rules to be made stronger. 

    Photo: Battenbrook

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  • November 10, 2015

    We did it!

    President Obama’s decision to refuse a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline is an important step in keeping the dirtiest, most energy-intensive oil source in the ground.  PSR members, environmentalists, friends and allies – all of us who actively, vocally opposed the XL pipeline – helped make that happen. And it took years. Look at what PSR was doing in November 2011.



  • October 20, 2015

    PSR returns to its roots -- New England Journal of Medicine

    Drs. Ira Helfand and Vic Sidel co-authored "Docs and Nukes--Still a Live Issue" for the Nov. 19 edition of New England Journal of Medicine. PSR's first appearance in NEJM was in 1962, warning of the medical consequences of nuclear weapons. Flash forward 53 years to our latest NEJM article and you’ll find the same clear message.

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  • October 20, 2015

    PSR tells the Senate we need strong chemical reform

    The U.S. Senate is considering legislation by Senators Vitter and Udall to provide a much-needed overhaul of our federal chemical policy. Unfortunately, the bill does not do enough to protect the public's health. And it would preempt the states' right to take action before the EPA has acted, thus creating a regulatory void. Tell the Senate you want strong reform »



  • October 14, 2015

    PSR co-writes, co-releases new fracking report

    PSR has co-released a report that summarizes recent research showing harms to health from fracking, aka hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and oil. The report highlights risks to health, ranging from air and water pollution at well sites to a newly emerging problem: leakage of methane and toxic gases from natural gas compressors, pipelines and other infrastructure. PSR members wrote and edited the report with our colleagues at Concerned Health Professionals of New York.

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  • October 9, 2015

    Pope Francis Speaks at UN

    Pope Francis spoke at the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, and addressed the issues of climate change and nuclear security. Here are some inspiring quotes from his speech...



  • October 9, 2015

    PSR Expresses Support for Doctors Without Borders in Wake of Hospital Bombing

    In the early morning hours of October 3, a United States military aircraft partially destroyed the Médecins Sans Frontières Trauma Centre in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing 12 medical staff members and at least 10 patients. In solidarity with Médecins Sans Frontières, PSR supports an independent investigation under the auspices of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission. Read the statement here »



 

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