October 27, 2016
Pennsylvania Medical Society Calls for Moratorium on Fracking
The Pennsylvania Medical Society has passed a resolution, introduced by Walter Tsou, MD, MPH, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility/Philadelphia, calling for a statewide moratorium on new shale gas extraction, or fracking. The resolution urges the state to fund an independent registry of fracking-related health incidents and to commission research studies on fracking’s health effects. Pennsylvania has been called the ground-zero of fracking.
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October 25, 2016
Everyday chemicals cost us billions
Hormone-disrupting chemicals cost the U.S. $340 billion annually in health care expenses and lost wages. These chemicals can be found in electronics, car seats, makeup and food packaging among other consumer products. Learn more about hormone disruptors and tips to reduce exposure here.
October 20, 2016
PSR/NY opposes natural gas pipeline next to nuclear power plant
On a recent tour hosted by PSR/NY, health care professionals and emergency planners had a first-hand look at the dangerous siting of the Spectra AIM gas pipeline only 105 feet from the aging Indian Point nuclear power plant. The threat of pipeline rupture to the integrity of the plant poses enormous health risks. PSR/NY is asking construction of the pipeline be halted immediately.
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October 17, 2016
PSR citizen-lobbyists push for ban treaty at the UN
On October 17, PSR's delegation to the UN First Committee arrived at UN headquarters in New York. From left: Claire Drake, David Drake, DO; Martin Fleck; Ira Helfand, MD; Clay Whitehead MD. Not pictured: Shannon Gearhart, MD; Alfred Meyer; and Cathey Falvo, MD. The delegation traveled to the UN to work with International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), educating diplomats from many nations to cosponsor the resolution supporting negotiations toward a nuclear weapons ban treaty to commence in 2017.
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October 17, 2016
Volunteers needed at PSR's DC Office
Have a morning, afternoon or a full day or two each week you'd like to engage in constructive work for Physicians for Social Responsibility? We'd love to have you. Our staff is small and can always use extended family to help get projects done.
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October 11, 2016
Health Professionals Look to New U.S. President
Whoever wins the presidential election will need to tackle the climate crisis. That's why we’re asking all health professionals to sign our letter asking the new president-elect, whoever she or he may be, to commit to advancing critical policies: support the Clean Power Plan, promote clean renewable energy and increase energy efficiency, phase out drilling and mining for fossil fuels on public lands, and more.
Click here to read and sign.
October 5, 2016
Help Us Celebrate Energy Efficiency Day!
Today is the first-ever, nationwide Energy Efficiency Day! Please help PSR spread the word on social media that energy efficiency is good for health.
Take action on Facebook and Twitter with our suggested tweets and posts and follow us @psrnational for updates.
September 30, 2016
PSR Lobby Day to Stop the New Arms Race
Monday, Sept 26th: Fifteen enthusiastic PSR members came to Capitol Hill to discuss just how bad nuclear weapons are for humanity. In meetings with 18 Congressional offices, they lambasted the projected trillion dollar budget to refurbish all nuclear weapons and delivery systems. Most Hill staffers we met with hadn't heard of the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons or nuclear famine – so we explained that nuclear war is not a game of chess. Believe it or not, we had fun. Meet our citizen lobbyists and sign up for a lobby team near you!
September 14, 2016
PSR stands against the Dakota Access Pipeline
PSR stands with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in strong opposition of the Dakota Access Pipeline. It is a threat to the health and well-being of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, a threat to the Missouri River watershed, and a threat to the health and well-being of countless other communities in the path of the Pipeline. We must not abet dirty, climate-damaging fossil fuels by allowing this pipeline
Read our letter here »
September 13, 2016
PSR Opposes Export of Highly Enriched Uranium
PSR and IPPNW joined 28 nuclear experts and groups expressing opposition to the Obama Administration's plan to export highly enriched uranium (HEU). This violates our international agreement to stop the use of HEU for medical isotopes production in Belgium, France, and the Netherlands for use in those countries and in the United States. HEU is a grave nuclear terrorism risk and is not necessary for power production.
Read the letter here »
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
Over 100 health professionals and activists joined 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. Attendees learned the ways that health professionals can take action. Speakers included 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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