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  • September 16, 2015

    Keep It in the Ground

    PSR joined 400 groups demanding a halt to new leases for fossil fuel extraction on federal lands. Based on a Friends of the Earth report, new leases generating up to 450 billion tons of carbon pollution would overwhelm the margin keeping us under a 2° C increase in global temperatures, resulting in extreme climate change threats to public health.

    Read the letter here »

  • September 4, 2015

    PSR's Ira Helfand, MD speaks on nuclear abolition at UN General Assembly Meeting

    The Republic of Kazakhstan and the President of the UN General Assembly invited Dr. Ira Helfand to participate in an informal General Assembly meeting on Sept. 10, in observance of the International Day Against Nuclear Tests. Dr. Helfand, representing IPPNW and PSR, spoke as part of a panel addressing "the pursuit of a nuclear weapons free world."

    Read more and watch the video »

  • September 3, 2015

    EPA fracking study misleads the public on health risks

    A recent EPA study of fracking's effects on drinking water found instances of water contamination. Yet the report failed to present those findings clearly, leading to media coverage suggesting there was no risk of harm.  The public has a right to know that fracking does endanger drinking water. Learn more about fracking's risks to water resources and PSR's critique of the EPA report.

  • August 20, 2015

    The Senate Votes for Diplomacy

    Thanks to 42 senators who filibustered a resolution of disapproval, the historic agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program will not be undermined by the U.S. Congress. However, the battle is not yet over. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on September 15 on the same resolution of disapproval. Email your representative now and urge them to vote in support of the Iran deal. Take Action!

  • August 14, 2015

    Join Us to Learn Effective Climate Communication

    We are extremely honored that Dr. Edward Maibach, Director of George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication will be our featured speaker during next week’s not-to-be-missed Climate Health webinar: "Effective and Positive Climate Health Communications and Messaging" (Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 8:00-9:00 pm eastern).

    Register here »

  • August 7, 2015

    Nukebusters Short Film Contest Awards

    Thanks to all who voted in our Nukebusters Short Film Contest! Almost five hundred people picked their favorite films during the initial public voting period. Three celebrity judges made the final selection, and the winners were announced at the Gala for Peace & Health on Saturday, Sept. 19th.

    The winners are...

  • August 7, 2015

    Last Chance to Vote in the Nukebusters Short Film Contest!

    Please take a moment to vote for the best Nukebuster short films to build the movement to abolish nuclear weapons. Voting ends at 11:59 pm EDT Friday, August 28th.

    Watch the videos and vote here »

  • August 6, 2015

    A nuclear weapons ban is 70 years overdue

    Please join us! PSR chapters all over the country are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (August 6 & 9), educating the public about the dangers of nuclear weapons, and calling for action from political leaders to ban nuclear weapons. Search for an event near you, and write to President Obama and ask him to support the Humanitarian Pledge to prohibit nuclear weapons.

  • August 5, 2015

    CPP Finalized: Tell Your Governor to Support a Strong State Plan

    The EPA announced the finalized Clean Power Plan rule August 3, 2015, a long-awaited policy that will cut U.S. carbon emissions by 32% by 2030. PSR has been working since the rule’s initial proposal to fight for strong regulation of carbon emissions. With the guidelines finalized now, it's time to tell your governor to support a strong state implementation plan!

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  • July 29, 2015

    Ask Gates Foundation: Divest from fossil fuels!

    The Gates Foundation, largest health funder in the world, is also a major investor in fossil fuel companies. Their investment allows big companies to extract and burn fossil fuels, contributing to climate change and undercutting the significant gains that Gates has achieved. PSR invites all health professionals to join us in petitioning Gates Foundation to take the lead and divest from all fossil fuels.

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  • July 22, 2015

    NUKEBUSTERS Short Film Contest Deadline extended to 9 a.m. on August 5th, 2015!

    Please advise any student or professional filmmakers that they still have time to submit short films promoting nuclear weapons abolition. PSR's resource page is filled with content to get someone started. Details are located here.

  • July 6, 2015

    An Iran Agreement Has Been Reached!

    On July 14th, an historic agreement between Iran and the P5+1 regarding Iran's nuclear program was finally reached. After years of difficult negotiations, interim agreements, and many extensions, victory was announced early in the morning. Thanks to all PSR members who helped by encouraging diplomatic efforts. However, an uphill battle in Congress is still to come.

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  • July 2, 2015

    AMA adopts PSR member's resolutions on fracking

    The American Medical Association has adopted two important resolutions on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for oil and natural gas. They call for "full disclosure of chemicals placed into the natural environment" during exploration and extraction, and for government agencies to record and monitor those chemicals, monitor human exposures via water, and "share this information with physicians and the public." Kudos to PSR member Todd Sack, MD, who introduced the measures.

    Read more about this dangerous technology »

  • June 30, 2015

    2015 Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration events near you!

    August 6 and 9, 2015 mark the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings in Japan. PSR's new intern, Kristin Murdock, has created a calendar and map to make it easy to find an event near you. Join an event to support awareness of the devastating consequence of nuclear weapons and commemorate the innocent lives lost due to these weapons of mass destruction.

    Read more »

  • June 23, 2015

    PSR helps launch Lancet climate and health report

    British medical journal The Lancet released a special report on the health effects of climate change, and PSR members Philip Landrigan, MD, MSc, and Perry Sheffield, MD, MPH, presented at the official launch event at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. The report's key findings: climate change may have catastrophic impacts on health -- but actions to slow climate change will benefit health in many and wide-ranging ways.

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  • June 17, 2015

    PSR releases report on coal ash wastewater and its health impacts

    PSR and allied organizations have released a new report documenting that coal-fired power plants routinely dump wastewater containing arsenic, mercury, lead and other toxics into America's streams, rivers and lakes, contaminating drinking water and the fish we eat. It's time for the EPA to take strong action to protect our water and our children. Read the full report here.

  • June 12, 2015

    G7 Nations Agree to Promote Low-Carbon Technologies

    The "G7" states, including the U.S., announced a non-binding agreement to promote low-carbon technologies in their own nations, support renewable energy in developing countries, and support a climate change mitigation fund. PSR is already promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency, and can help you promote the clean energy path in your state. Sign up for PSR's webinar, June 17, focusing on the health benefits of wind power.

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  • June 11, 2015

    Climate Health Summit: Creating Health Leaders on Climate Change

    Exciting training on climate and health and advocacy skills for the health benefits of climate solutions, Sept. 20, 2015, followed by a Legislator Education day, Sept. 21 in Washington D.C. All health professionals and students welcome! Organized by PSR, George Mason Univ. Program of Climate Change and Health, Health Care without Harm, CA Public Health Institute and Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. Sponsored by APHA, Trust for America’s Health, Amer. Psychological Assn.

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  • June 10, 2015

    AMA votes to support banning and eliminating nuclear weapons

    On June 7 in Chicago, PSR member Peter Orris, MD testified in support of the PSR resolution at the American Medical Association Reference Committee. On June 9, at the full annual meeting, the AMA adopted the resolution urging "the U.S. and all national governments to continue to work to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons." This was a victory for the PSR effort that began with state resolutions passed in Maryland and Massachusetts.

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  • June 10, 2015

    WA, OR PSR Team up to Fight Increased Oil-by-Train Transport

    The Washington and Oregon PSR chapters have teamed up to fight a proposed increase in crude oil transport-by-train and oil storage across their states. Noting that it could have harmful impacts on human health in the region, they have circulated a position statement addressed to their respective governors and have gathered over 300 signatures from health professionals in the Pacific Northwest.

    Read more »


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