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  • May 5, 2016

    What Do the Presidential Candidates Say?

    Where does the next President of the United States stand on the gravest threats to human health and survival? Read what Trump, Clinton and Sanders say about fracking, renewable energy and climate change, and eliminating nuclear weapons and preventing nuclear war. Then, ask them what steps they would take if elected. Read our sample questions and ask the candidates -- or use these questions to launch substantive discussions with colleagues and friends.



  • May 2, 2016

    Four international health federations to UN: "Ban and eliminate nuclear weapons."

    IPPNW and three allied international federations--together representing over 15 million health professionals--delivered a joint statement on May 2 to a UN Working Group, citing the medical and scientific evidence about the consequences of nuclear weapons and urging international action to prohibit and eliminate them as "the only course of action commensurate with the existential danger they pose."

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  • April 29, 2016

    Climate change degrades air quality, health

    Climate change actually increases air pollution by creating the conditions for more ground-level ozone and more wildfires. The result? Harm to the lungs, more heart attacks and strokes, and increased rates of premature death. Take a look at our newest "Climate Change Makes Me Sick" postcard and help educate about the dangers of air pollution!



  • Chernobyl Engineer in Hospital, 1986
    April 26, 2016

    Chernobyl Remembered – and New Report

    On this 30th anniversary of the devastating disaster at Chernobyl, PSR board member Alan Lockwood, MD looks back. Dr. Lockwood toured the then-USSR with a PSR delegation just six weeks after the explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant spread radiation over western Soviet Union and Europe. PSR and IPPNW have released a new report on the health effects of Chernobyl and Fukushima.

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  • April 25, 2016

    Petitioning for Strong Chemicals Policy Reform

    PSR joins the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Coalition in delivering more than 50,000 signatures to Congress asking for strong, health-protective chemicals policy reform. Learn what real reform should look like.

    Kathy Attar, PSR's Toxics Manager, appears at far left.

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  • April 21, 2016

    Prepare yourself – climate change brings on the heat waves!

    Climate change will intensify heat waves, and health consequences are likely to follow. Intense heat can exacerbate respiratory diseases and cause heat stroke (delirium, convulsions, even death). In fact, heat waves already claim 1,300 deaths in the U.S. every year. Check out PSR's latest "Climate Change Makes Me Sick" e-postcards for more details, and help us educate by spreading the word.



  • April 13, 2016

    Climate Change (and Mosquitoes) Make Me Sick!

    Mosquito populations carry diseases like West Nile and, outside the U.S., Zika, malaria and dengue fever.  Rising temperatures triggered by climate change expand the habitable locations for mosquitoes and speed the development of the disease-causing bacteria and viruses they carry. Help us spread awareness of the climate change/disease connection via our social media campaign, "Climate Change Makes Me Sick."



  • April 11, 2016

    Webinar: Health Threats from Fracking Pipelines, Compressors

    The dangers of fracking aren’t limited to communities where gas is fracked. Pipelines that carry fracked gas are being proposed or built across the Northeast, as are the compressor stations that keep the gas pressurized and moving through the pipelines. This infrastructure leaks methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, and health-damaging volatile organic compounds. Learn more about the health consequences in our webinar, Tuesday evening.

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  • April 7, 2016

    City of Cambridge refuses to "Bank on the Bomb"

    The City Council of Cambridge, MA voted unanimously March 21 to divest its $1 billion pension fund from "any entities that are involved in or support the production or upgrading of nuclear weapons systems." To learn more about the "Don't Bank on the Bomb" divestment campaign, supported by PSR, IPPNW, and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), click here.



  • April 6, 2016

    Chesapeake PSR Helps Set "Landmark" Carbon Reduction Target

    Maryland just passed a landmark "Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act" – and PSR-Chesapeake was part of the win! The new law sets an ambitious target: to cut climate pollution levels by 40 percent by 2030. Climate change has increased tidal flooding of communities on the Chesapeake Bay and heat-related dangers in Maryland cities. Read PSR-Chesapeake's comments to the State Legislature here.



  • April 4, 2016

    Climate Change Makes Me Sick!

    Climate change does make us sick. By increasing the length and intensity of allergy season, expanding the ranges of disease-carrying mosquitoes and ticks, increasing the risk of life-threatening heat stroke, and in many other ways, climate change harms our health and undermines our well-being. Help us spread this important message via our new social media campaign.



  • March 22, 2016

    When Cancer Strikes Close to Home

    When PSR staff write about environmental issues, we do so as professionals, sharing factual information and encouraging science-based advocacy. Sometimes, though, the issues hit close to home. Kathy Attar, PSR's Toxics Program Manager, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She knows all too well the role that exposure to toxic chemicals in the environment may have played in her illness. Please read her blog – calm and reasoned as always – on the need for reform of toxics legislation.



  • March 16, 2016

    Clean Air Health Impacts -- Need Data by State?

    What are the impacts of clean-air policies on health outcomes in your state? Now there's a way to find out. COBRA, the Co-Benefits Risk Assessment (COBRA) screening model, is an invaluable tool developed by the U.S. EPA. It estimates how a clean-air policy would reduce mortality, non-fatal heart attacks or hospital admissions in your state or county. To view PSR's introductory webinar, click here.



  • March 11, 2016

    5 Years Living with Fukushima

    PSR & IPPNW released 5 Years Living with Fukushima, a report outlining the devastating health effects of the still ongoing disaster of the meltdown of three reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. PSR estimates a minimum of 10,000-66,000 new cases of cancer will occur due to the radiation exposure. Review the press release for bullet points and the full report for a full understanding.



  • March 11, 2016

    PSR Applauds Two New Steps to Reduce Methane Leaks

    PSR applauds the announcement of two steps to reduce emissions of methane, a potent climate pollutant. President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled a bilateral US-Canadian agreement to regulate methane. Also, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency committed to regulate leaks of methane (and toxic VOCs) from existing oil and gas wells.

    Read PSR's statement of support here.


  • March 3, 2016

    Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists features Nukebusters video

    For its March/April online issue dedicated to millennials, the Bulletin features Joining the Conversation on Nuclear Weapons, a 4-minute video by Elon University student Jonathan Deaton, winner of first prize in the student category of PSR’s Nukebusters contest. Thanks to the Bulletin, and to N Square Collaborative for making the film contest possible. Click here for the Bulletin online edition.

    Check out all the winning Nukebusters videos here.


  • February 19, 2016

    PSR New York Calls for Immediate Shutdown of Indian Point

    A recent radiation spike and a string of other incidents have led a coalition of groups including PSR New York to call for an immediate shutdown of the aging nuclear power plant for a much-needed safety investigation. PSR member Irwin Redlener, MD, who is also the director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Earth Institute at Columbia University, said, "It is fair to say that the plant represents a serious public health threat to as many as 20 million within a fifty mile radius."

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  • February 19, 2016

    craigslist Charitable Fund Opens Its Philanthropic Heart -- Again

    craigslist Charitable Fund has given PSR a $50,000 grant for our work to make the planet a safer and more peaceful one. PSR has been fortunate to receive two previous gifts from craigslist. We are very grateful for this year's donation as we were for those in the past. Gifts like these make it possible to make real strides in protecting human health from climate change and nuclear weapons. Thank you, craigslist!



  • February 11, 2016

    PSR to Governors: Continue with the Clean Power Plan, Despite Supreme Court Stay

    In response to the Supreme Court's temporary suspension of the Clean Power Plan, PSR is urging the nation’s governors to continue taking actions to reduce carbon emissions from electricity generation. Our open letter to the governors reminds them they still have the power to help their states transition to clean renewable energy -- and reduce carbon pollution, conventional pollutants, and climate-related threats to health and survival.

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  • February 9, 2016

    PSR Testifies on Coal Ash as an Environmental Justice Issue

    Coal ash, the toxic waste left after coal is burned in power plants, has contaminated rivers, wetlands and drinking wells. It has gone airborne and coated people’s houses and gardens. PSR's national director for Environment and Health and a PSR doctor from Georgia testified before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission about coal ash as an environmental justice issue, disproportionately affecting low-income communities and communities of color.

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