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.
See press release »
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 »