May 27, 2016
Federal chemical policy updated; Public health still at risk
The nation’s chemical policy, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), is being updated for the first time in four decades. Viewed from the health perspective, the update offers some improvements to our outdated, ineffective system of regulating toxic chemicals. However, substantially more work is needed in order to truly protect the health of all communities.
Read PSR's statement here »
May 26, 2016
Hiroshima Speech Stirs Nuclear Weapons Debate
At Hiroshima, President Obama said: "We must have the courage to escape the logic of fear" and pursue a world without nuclear weapons. Yet his administration has steadfastly opposed the international humanitarian movement for a nuclear weapons ban, and plans a 30 year, trillion dollar spending binge to revamp the entire U.S. nuclear arsenal. Please write a letter to the editor to help turn the tide!
May 25, 2016
Tell the Oil and Gas Industry: Lower your emissions!
Last fall, several thousand PSR members petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to issue a strong rule limiting methane leaks from proposed oil and gas wells. Join us in thanking EPA for issuing that rule -- and call on them to create similar rules for existing wells, where leaks of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, are accelerating climate change today.
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May 20, 2016
PSR Endorses Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing
PSR's board voted recently to endorse a ban on hydraulic fracturing or "fracking." Fracking, a process of extracting natural gas and oil from deep underground deposits, not only causes toxic contamination of water, air and land; it also results in leakage of large amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas far more powerful than CO2.
Read PSR's new policy position here »
May 18, 2016
Efficient Coal Is Like Healthy Cigarettes
PSR joins 81 health organizations and 300,000 health professionals calling on G7 countries to lead on an accelerated coal phase out. Air pollution is the gravest health threat worldwide along with climate threats. Japan is planning 47 new coal plants and exporting their marginally more efficient technology. G7 should be supporting wind, solar and efficiency technologies for our health!
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May 17, 2016
Prepare yourself for more tick and flea bites!
Climate change modifies weather, and weather can affect the range and lifecycle of disease-bearing vectors like ticks, mosquitoes and fleas. The result can be expansion of these vectors into areas where they were previously not found, increases in their activity, and exposure of more people to dangerous diseases like Lyme disease (see photo). "Climate Change Makes Me Sick!" explains the climate connection and provides actions to combat climate change.
May 16, 2016
Ask President Obama to Push for Disarmament at Hiroshima
President Obama has decided to be the first sitting American President to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (on May 27). Please help PSR to thank President Obama for his decision, and encourage him to do more: announce concrete steps to reduce nuclear weapons dangers and recommit to eliminating nuclear arsenals worldwide.
May 10, 2016
Climate change: More floods threaten life, health
Climate change has increased the occurrence and severity of extreme precipitation events like hurricanes and intense storms, leading to more frequent severe flooding. Floods cause drownings and accidental deaths; contaminate drinking water and farmland with sewage and industrial chemicals; and put our water, food, and health at risk. Our latest "Climate Change Makes Me Sick" e-postcard explains how.
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!
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.