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.
March 16, 2016
Clean Air Health Impacts -- Need Data by State?
What are the impacts of clean-air policies on health outcomes in your state? Now there's a way to find out. COBRA, the Co-Benefits Risk Assessment (COBRA) screening model, is an invaluable tool developed by the U.S. EPA. It estimates how a clean-air policy would reduce mortality, non-fatal heart attacks or hospital admissions in your state or county. To view PSR's introductory webinar, click here.
March 11, 2016
5 Years Living with Fukushima
PSR & IPPNW released 5 Years Living with Fukushima, a report outlining the devastating health effects of the still ongoing disaster of the meltdown of three reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. PSR estimates a minimum of 10,000-66,000 new cases of cancer will occur due to the radiation exposure. Review the press release for bullet points and the full report for a full understanding.
March 11, 2016
PSR Applauds Two New Steps to Reduce Methane Leaks
PSR applauds the announcement of two steps to reduce emissions of methane, a potent climate pollutant. President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled a bilateral US-Canadian agreement to regulate methane. Also, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency committed to regulate leaks of methane (and toxic VOCs) from existing oil and gas wells.
Read PSR's statement of support here.
March 3, 2016
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists features Nukebusters video
For its March/April online issue dedicated to millennials, the Bulletin features Joining the Conversation on Nuclear Weapons, a 4-minute video by Elon University student Jonathan Deaton, winner of first prize in the student category of PSR’s Nukebusters contest. Thanks to the Bulletin, and to N Square Collaborative for making the film contest possible. Click here for the Bulletin online edition.
Check out all the winning Nukebusters videos here.
February 19, 2016
PSR New York Calls for Immediate Shutdown of Indian Point
A recent radiation spike and a string of other incidents have led a coalition of groups including PSR New York to call for an immediate shutdown of the aging nuclear power plant for a much-needed safety investigation. PSR member Irwin Redlener, MD, who is also the director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Earth Institute at Columbia University, said, "It is fair to say that the plant represents a serious public health threat to as many as 20 million within a fifty mile radius."
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February 19, 2016
craigslist Charitable Fund Opens Its Philanthropic Heart -- Again
craigslist Charitable Fund has given PSR a $50,000 grant for our work to make the planet a safer and more peaceful one. PSR has been fortunate to receive two previous gifts from craigslist. We are very grateful for this year's donation as we were for those in the past. Gifts like these make it possible to make real strides in protecting human health from climate change and nuclear weapons. Thank you, craigslist!
February 11, 2016
PSR to Governors: Continue with the Clean Power Plan, Despite Supreme Court Stay
In response to the Supreme Court's temporary suspension of the Clean Power Plan, PSR is urging the nation’s governors to continue taking actions to reduce carbon emissions from electricity generation. Our open letter to the governors reminds them they still have the power to help their states transition to clean renewable energy -- and reduce carbon pollution, conventional pollutants, and climate-related threats to health and survival.
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February 9, 2016
PSR Testifies on Coal Ash as an Environmental Justice Issue
Coal ash, the toxic waste left after coal is burned in power plants, has contaminated rivers, wetlands and drinking wells. It has gone airborne and coated people’s houses and gardens. PSR's national director for Environment and Health and a PSR doctor from Georgia testified before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission about coal ash as an environmental justice issue, disproportionately affecting low-income communities and communities of color.
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February 2, 2016
Florida PSR Rallies Against Fracking
Florida PSR joined partner groups and activists rallying in Tallahassee, FL and Brandon, FL against a proposed pro-fracking bill in the state senate. PSR President Dr. Lynn Ringenberg (pictured) spoke at the rally in Tallahassee about the health harms of fracking.
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January 29, 2016
Can We Prevent Nuclear War?
PSR's Dr. Ira Helfand spoke at TEDx Vail (Jan. 8) on the threat to human survival posed by nuclear weapons, and what we can do to eliminate this threat. Many experts believe that the danger of nuclear war is greater now than during the Cold War. Dr. Helfand asks you to take meaningful action to eliminate all nuclear weapons from the planet. Ira asks, "Can we prevent nuclear war?"
Watch the 9-minute video here »
January 27, 2016
PSR Launches New Campaign for the Clean Power Plan
Want to help your state transition from dirty, climate-damaging coal plants onto clean, healthy, renewable electricity? Sign up for PSR's new campaign, "Clean Energy Saves Lives." Each month you'll take one simple action to urge state decision-makers to implement the Clean Power Plan by committing to renewable energy and energy efficiency. We have only seven months to persuade them. Sign up to receive your monthly actions here »