March 23, 2015
Health and environmental groups unified in opposition to industry-driven bill
At a recent U.S. Senate hearing, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) utilized the voices of over 400 health, environment and consumer groups -- including PSR -- to highlight the critical flaws in the proposed chemical reform bill. She illuminated the bill's lack of protections for consumer health and safety, along with the many ways industry would benefit if the bill becomes law. Learn what would make this industry-driven proposal truly health-protective.
March 19, 2015
New "Body Count" Report Analyzes the Human Toll of the War on Terror
On March 19, 2015--the 12th anniversary of the onset of our country's ill-fated military intervention in Iraq--PSR is releasing the latest edition of Body Count for North American distribution. Authored by IPPNW-Germany, the report is a comprehensive account of the vast human toll of the "Wars on Terror" conducted in the name of the American people since September 11, 2001.
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March 17, 2015
PSR calls on EPA for tighter ozone limits
PSR joined more than a half-million people urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen its air quality standard for ground-level ozone, commonly called smog. While EPA proposed lowering the standard from 75 parts per billion to 65-70 ppb, PSR supports reducing it even more in order to protect children's health.
Read PSR's ozone comments here »
March 13, 2015
New chemical reform bill: Safety takes back seat to industry interests
New toxics reform legislation has been introduced in Congress to overhaul regulation of chemicals in consumer products. PSR and our public health allies agree: The new proposal falls sadly short in its ability to ensure that chemicals are safe; to set meaningful deadlines for chemical safety reviews; to provide EPA with adequate funding, and to protect states' rights to enact their own laws to reduce exposures to toxic chemicals. Learn what real health-protective chemical reform looks like.
March 10, 2015
"The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction"
The proceedings from this remarkable Helen Caldicott Foundation symposium, Feb. 28-March 1 in New York City, are now available to view online. Dr. Caldicott helped build PSR into a national organization in the 1980s. Video is available for each of the expert panelists, including PSR's Steven Starr and many others such as Hans Kristensen, Alan Robock, Janne Nolan, and Noam Chomsky.
February 25, 2015
PSR Celebrates Veto of Keystone XL Pipeline
Braving the winter cold, PSR stood with nurses, environmentalists and college students outside the White House to celebrate President Obama's veto of legislation that would have required construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline would ship Canadian tar sands oil across the U.S. to ports where it could be refined and exported. Tar sands oil, which is thick, viscous and corrosive, is dangerous and highly damaging to the environment and the climate. Read PSR's press release »
February 24, 2015
PSR applauds Obama's veto of Keystone Pipeline bill
Physicians for Social Responsibility applauds President Obama’s decision to veto the congressional bill to advance the Keystone XL pipeline.
Climate change will be worsened with further Alberta Tar Sands extraction.
Read the PSR press release »
February 11, 2015
Antibacterial, stain-resistant -- and harmful to health
Many everyday consumer products contain chemicals harmful to our health. Triclosan and PFCs are chemicals commonly found on our shelves and in our homes -- and new research reveals that they may cause impacts ranging from liver damage to immunotoxicity. Learn how to reduce your exposure by reading our factsheets on triclosan and PFCs.
February 10, 2015
PSR Marches for Climate Leadership in Oakland
PSR members and leaders joined the March for Real Climate Leadership in Oakland on February 7th. PSR Board Member Dr. Bob Gould explained the health impacts of climate change in a live radio interview at the march to Andres Soto of KPFA.
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February 6, 2015
Nuclear weapons cost WHAT in 2016?
The U.S. government is planning to spend $12.6 billion in 2016 to start the process of modernizing our nuclear arsenal. This is only a fraction of the $355 billion planned over 10 years to launch new programs. PSR wants to change that! What can you, as a taxpayer, do? Join our webinar to find out.
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February 4, 2015
Chesapeake PSR supports a long-term fracking moratorium in MD
Chesapeake PSR and its coalition partners are supporting efforts to establish an eight-year moratorium on fracking in Maryland. The moratorium would allow long-term and cumulative studies to be completed before a decision is made about the future of fracking in the state. Both state and national organizations are invited to endorse Chesapeake PSR's position statement here.
January 27, 2015
Race Against Time to Save the World
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists breaking news: It's 3 minutes to midnight. Do you know where your nukes are? PSR members work the media in our race against time to save the world from climate change and nuclear weapons.
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January 21, 2015
The Uphill Battle to Let Diplomacy Work with Iran
Additional sanctions legislation on Iran is making headway right now in Congress, threatening to undermine the current negotiation process. In light of this, PSR asks you to contact your senators and ask them to oppose additional sanctions legislation. If you'd like to learn more about the myths of Iran sanctions, register for PSR Security's webinar.
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January 16, 2015
PSR calls on President Obama: Expand renewable energy, energy efficiency
With states across the nation assessing how to implement the Clean Power Plan, PSR calls on President Obama to recommend: Reduce carbon pollution by replacing coal with clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar power, along with energy efficiency. These health- and climate-protective approaches should be selected over natural gas and nuclear power. Are you a health professional? Add your name to our sign-on letter.
January 9, 2015
Sound the alarm about fire retardants!
The foam in your living room couch may be treated with flame retardants that contribute to cancer, hormone disruption, and harm to the developing brain. Yet, ironically, these dangerous chemicals provide little protection from fires, which are likely to begin on couch upholstery and then overpower the flame retardants. Urge your senator to protect health by cosponsoring the "Children and Firefighters Protection Act."
December 29, 2014
PSR launches Climate Change Action Teams!
PSR is excited to announce the launch of our Climate Health Action Teams! Our CHATs will be leading the Powering Climate Health campaign by advocating for the health benefits of a clean, healthy energy system based on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Please join us to push your state to a clean energy future.
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December 22, 2014
Nobel Peace Laureates Call for Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty
Nobel Peace Laureates--including IPPNW representative Ira Helfand, MD (on the monitor) and the Dalai Lama (in red)--met in Rome December 12-14 for their annual Summit. In the Summit's Final Statement, the laureates issued a powerful challenge to all the nations of the world "to commence negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons at the earliest possible time, and subsequently to conclude the negotiations within two years."
Watch Dr. Helfand's presentation »
December 18, 2014
Thank you, PSR members!
Please enjoy our year end slideshow highlighting some of PSR’s work to effect change. We hope you see some reflection of yourself in all these images. You were there with us in spirit.
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December 12, 2014
Vienna Conference Boosts Prospects for Disarmament
PSR's Executive Director Catherine Thomasson and IPPNW's Co-President Ira Helfand "worked the aisles" and witnessed the exciting and historic outcome of the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons. One hundred fifty-eight nations--82% of the world--attended. Of them, 44 nations stand strongly for a nuclear weapons ban treaty, and Austria issued a formal pledge to continue pushing forward and to cooperate with all stakeholders to achieve this goal.
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December 12, 2014
Chemical Fragrances: Potentially Harmful to Human Health
Are you deep into holiday shopping? High on many gift lists are fragranced candles, toys and body-care care products, enticingly labelled vanilla bean or candy apple. Unfortunately, fragranced products can contain a cocktail of toxic chemicals linked to allergic reactions, asthma, and headaches. Hormone-disrupting chemicals such as phthalates have also been found in fragranced products. Learn how to shop smart and avoid potentially unsafe products »