January 6, 2017
Congress Needs to Protect Our Health by Opposing Anti-Health Bills
The attacks on public health and safety have begun. The House of Representatives just introduced two bills that will jeopardize federal rules that protect our health and safety. These bills are just the first attacks on clean air, clean water, climate and health. PSR will be standing strong to fight back and defend health.
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January 4, 2017
Welcome to Jeff Carter, JD, PSR's New Executive Director
Jeff brings strong leadership experience, contacts on the Hill, and the knowledge to guide our wonderful network to defend the EPA, stop the most egregious cabinet nominations, reduce the threat of nuclear weapons and build a new energy economy at the state level. He looks forward to getting to know our supporters and activists.
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December 27, 2016
UN paves the way for unprecedented Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty negotiations
In a historic victory for nuclear disarmament backers including PSR, IPPNW and ICAN, the United Nations General Assembly voted December 23 with an overwhelming 70% majority to convene negotiations in 2017 for a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons, leading to their total elimination. This General Assembly vote followed an October vote in the UN First Committee.
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December 20, 2016
Partial Victory: EPA Prohibits Harmful Ingredients from Pesticides
In response to a lawsuit by PSR, the Center for Environmental Health and Beyond Pesticides, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has acted to prohibit 72 dangerous inert ingredients from use in pesticides. The lawsuit had asked the EPA to require that pesticide labels disclose over 300 inert ingredients. We lost the lawsuit, but in response to our advocacy, EPA took action. Learn which ingredients they banned here.
December 15, 2016
PSR Calls for 100% Renewable Energy
PSR was one of over 450 organizations, local officials, academics, civic leaders and businesses calling on Congress recently to support powering the nation entirely with renewable energy. In a letter, we urged support for bills introduced into the U.S. House and Senate recommending a rapid, steady shift to 100 percent renewable energy. Watch for more action on this in 2017!
December 13, 2016
New patient handout on hormone-disrupting chemicals and consumer products
Our bodies are run by a system of hormones that control just about every bodily function. Chemicals in products like plastics can mimic hormones and disrupt the endocrine system, increasing health problems. Read our new handout and learn how to reduce your exposure.
December 6, 2016
"Stunning" win at Standing Rock
There was heartening news from Standing Rock, ND: The Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would seek an alternative route for the Dakota Access Pipeline. Their decision represents a huge win for the Lakota people and their supporters, who rallied by the thousands (including some PSR leaders) to protect Lakota sacred lands and water. However, it is not a defeat of the pipeline.
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December 5, 2016
President-elect Trump: Rescind Genl. Mike Flynn as Natl. Security Advisor
Physicians for Social Responsibility is proud to be among 53 organizations signing a joint December 5 letter to President-elect Donald Trump, urging him to rescind General Michael Flynn's appointment. An excerpt: "General Flynn's appointment as National Security Advisor is a frightening prospect for anyone who values America's national security and ability to promote stability and prosperity around the globe."
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December 5, 2016
PSR and Environmental Leaders Call on President-Elect Trump to Renounce Hate, Rescind Bannon and Sessions Appointments
PSR in coalition with twenty-five leading environmental organizations spoke out against hate crimes and threats against minorities in the wake of the presidential election. To achieve a healthy future we must work in solidarity with national and global movements for civil rights, social justice and an inclusive economy.
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November 30, 2016
PSR members support Standing Rock
Generous PSR members total raised $2,040 to support the medics and healers at Standing Rock, where thousands of people are protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The donation purchased three solar panel generator kits for use by the Medic and Healer Council, with the remaining funds supporting the healers' general supply account. Over 2,000 PSR members also signed a letter calling on President Obama to "immediately and permanently end construction" of the pipeline.
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November 29, 2016
Health Threats from Natural Gas Infrastructure
We're aware of the air pollution, water pollution, and significant leaks of methane associated with hydraulic fracturing (fracking). But how many of us knew that transporting fracked natural gas by pipeline transports many of those health threats to communities far from any fracking wells? PSR's newest educational slide show identifies the risks. Barb Gottlieb, Environment & Health director, debuted the slide show recently in Virginia. Click here to download.
November 17, 2016
PSR Co-Releases Latest Edition of Fracking Compendium
PSR is pleased and proud to announce the fourth edition of the Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking. We're co-releasing it with our colleagues at Concerned Health Professionals of New York. Members of PSR/New York helped write the report and several PSR board members helped edit it. The Compendium provides brief abstracts on and links to hundreds of articles on fracking's impacts on health.
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November 16, 2016
Final Standards for Methane Pollution on Public Lands Released
The Bureau of Land Management has released its final standards for reducing methane and air pollution from oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands. This is a good first step in cleaning the air for many communities living near oil or gas facilities. PSR will continue to advocate for and defend policies like these that protect our progress on climate change. Learn more about the methane rule here.
November 11, 2016
Eating for Climate and Health
Drought, floods, heat and other climate change effects are harming food production in the United States and globally. At the same time, some of the food we eat and the way we raise it – especially our heavy reliance on beef – is itself accelerating climate change. Yet we can reshape our diet to be healthy, satisfying, and climate-safe. Learn more with PSR's new slideshow, "Eating for Climate and Health."
November 10, 2016
PSR in Solidarity with Standing Rock
PSR members are calling on President Obama to require an immediate halt to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, an oil pipeline slated to run through the Standing Rock Sioux's sacred lands and to put their water supply at risk. Building more oil and gas infrastructure delays the transition to renewable energy sources, and worsens health and environmental impacts from unchecked climate change.
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October 28, 2016
Historic ban treaty victory at the UN
On October 27, the world took a giant step toward true nuclear disarmament. In a stunning victory for PSR and our international affiliates IPPNW and ICAN, the UN First Committee adopted resolution L.41 by a vote of 123 nations in favor, 38 opposed (including, unfortunately, the United States) and 16 abstentions. As a result, negotiations will begin in 2017 toward a nuclear weapons ban treaty.
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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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