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  • April 4, 2013

    PSR welcomes strong UN vote for Arms Trade Treaty

    The United States joined 152 countries in an overwhelmingly affirmative vote for the world's first Arms Trade Treaty. This important treaty will create a uniform framework covering the international trade in conventional arms resulting in a level playing field for the global arms trade, bringing to it more accountability, openness and transparency, and making it harder for human rights abusers, criminals and arms traffickers to obtain weapons.

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  • April 2, 2013

    Arms Trade Treaty moves to UN General Assembly

    PSR applauds the U.S. for supporting a compromise text for the Arms Trade Treaty that was finalized this past week. Syria, Iran, and North Korea blocked a consensus vote which now forces supporters to move to the UN General Assembly for a vote. With widespread support among most countries in the world, there is optimism that a vote could occur as soon as early April. The treaty represents years of work and negotiation with PSR and IPPNW physicians and experts steadfastly advocating for a treaty that protects humanitarian interests.

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  • March 26, 2013

    Peace Cranes for the White House

    Student PSR representatives from our George Washington chapter recently delivered 1,000 origami peace cranes to the White House. The cranes were folded by a group of Japanese high school students in Hiroshima in support of a more safe and peaceful world free of nuclear weapons.

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  • March 21, 2013

    Environmental Toxins Contribute to US, Global Epidemic of Obesity

    The worldwide obesity epidemic poses a major threat to public health. Obesity increases the risk of hypertension and type 2 diabetes, is linked to stroke and heart disease -- leading causes of preventable death -- and is now a major cause of disabilities around the world.  Yet not all obesity is due to overeating and a sedentary lifestyle. Our latest Environmental Health Policy Institute features new research that identifies another contributing factor: environmental toxins.



  • March 14, 2013

    Nobel Peace Laureates Call upon Obama to Help Secure Arms Trade Treaty

    PSR is hopeful that this month the world’s countries will make history and finally enact a humanitarian-based Arms Trade Treaty. Executive Director Dr. Catherine Thomasson delivered a letter with 18 Nobel signatories to White House National Security officials last week along with colleagues from the faith community, celebrity Djimon Hounsou and two major groups working in coalition, Amnesty International and Oxfam America, all calling on President Obama to support a robust ATT.

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  • March 13, 2013

    NRC Denies License for Calvert Cliffs Reactor

    The NRC has derailed plans for the construction of a new reactor in Maryland citing a provision that prohibits foreign-ownership of U.S. nuclear reactors. PSR members in the Baltimore-based Chesapeake chapter worked to prevent this reactor from being built, citing safety concerns over highly radioactive waste, uranium mining and potential accidents. 

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  • March 4, 2013

    Oslo: Assessing the Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons

    On March 4th and 5th, over 120 countries took part in a conference in Oslo to review the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons. This historic event, hosted by the Norwegian Government, represents an opportunity for key decision-makers to understand the scientific and moral cases for urgency to abolish nuclear weapons. Follow our blog to hear from participants who took part in this important effort.

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  • March 1, 2013

    12 Billion Bullets

    In March, countries from around the world will gather at the U.N. to negotiate a potentially historic Arms Trade Treaty. This is a unique opportunity for us to push for the type of international standards that would begin to protect innocents from an unregulated global arms trade. Every year, 12 billion bullets are produced and the devastation that they create must stop. Join PSR and push our government to support a robust Arms Trade Treaty.

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  • February 21, 2013

    Climate Change, Health and You Training

    Chesapeake PSR recently hosted a Climate Change, Health and You training. Dr. Cindy Parker identified the sources of greenhouse gases, discussed the implications for human health, and showed how health professionals and health advocates can help change policies to slow and stop climate change.

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  • February 13, 2013

    2013 Chapter Leaders Conference

    PSR chapter leaders gathered in Tampa, Florida in early February for two days of  learning, sharing best practices and planning for 2013. The annual gathering brought together more than 40 leaders ranging from first year medical students to 25 plus-year members.  Sessions on fundraising, administrative effectiveness, online outreach and capacity building were featured and running through the sessions was an emphasis on collaborative partnerships. The conference was hosted by PSR/Florida's Lynn Ringenberg and Marybeth Palmigiano Dunn.

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  • February 12, 2013

    Nuclear test detonation in North Korea

    North Korea conducted a nuclear test detonation on Tuesday, February 12th. Official state media for North Korea promised continued testing of long-range missiles and claims that the device used was smaller, lighter, and stronger. North Korea's alarming move will cause regional instability and likely will draw further sanctions from the UN Security Council. PSR condemns the nuclear test and calls on the United States to work with other nuclear armed states to urgently pursue multilateral efforts to dismantle global nuclear weapons stockpiles and end nuclear test explosions.

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  • February 8, 2013

    Nuclear disarmament agenda gets push from Obama Administration

    Initial reports from the administration appear to signal a willingness of President Obama's Administration to pursue further bi-lateral reductions of nuclear weapons with Russia. A Nuclear Policy Guidance Review, part of an internal review of the U.S.'s nuclear weapons policy, is close to being signed by the President and, reportedly, will call for at least 1/3 reductions in our nuclear arsenal. PSR and partner organizations submitted over 50,000 signatures to the Administration calling for action in the Review to lower the risk posed by these weapons.

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  • February 6, 2013

    Ailing Crystal River Nuclear Reactor Finally Closed

    PSR is pleased to note Duke Energy's wise decision to permanently shutter the troubled Crystal River nuclear reactor in Florida. This decision comes three years after the reactor was initially shut down as a result of repeated cracks in the reactor’s containment vessel.  This decision is a victory for public safety. The Crystal River saga is also an awful parable of the risks posed to ratepayers by nuclear reactors.

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  • February 5, 2013

    Symposium: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident

    Marking two years since the Fukushima disaster, PSR is co-sponsoring with the Helen Caldicott Foundation a unique, two-day symposium at which an international panel of leading medical and biological scientists, nuclear engineers, and policy experts will make presentations on and discuss the bio-medical and ecological consequences of the disaster. The New York Academy of Medicine on March 11-12, 2013. The public is welcome.

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  • February 1, 2013

    Forward on Climate!

    Join us for the largest climate rally in history! On February 17th, tens of thousands of Americans will be gathering on the National Mall in Washington, DC to encourage President Obama to act on climate change, beginning with the rejection of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Register here to stand with PSR and amplify the medical and health voice on this critical issue. We'll contact you with details! If you can't join us in Washington, consider joining one of the solidarity rallies in cities across the nation



  • January 18, 2013

    "Fracking" Emerges as Nationwide Health Concern

    "Fracking," or horizontal hydraulic fracturing, is a technique used for extracting natural gas (and sometimes oil). It injects a high-pressure mixture of chemicals and water deep into the earth to fracture rock formations and release fossil fuels. Early studies indicate that "fracking" wells can expose workers and local residents to carcinogenic, mutagenic and other dangerous chemicals via air and water contamination. Read about the health risks associated with horizontal hydraulic fracturing.



  • January 3, 2013

    Clean, Safe, Renewable Energy: Fantasy, or Our Future?

    Energy sources that are renewable and essentially clean, carbon-free and radiation-free don’t require us to choose between energy and health.

    But can healthy, safe renewable energy sources really supply enough power? What will it take to make them widely available?

    Our latest Environmental Health Policy Institute poses those questions to specialists on solar, wind, geothermal and ethanol-based energy. Read on for their hope-inspiring answers.



  • January 3, 2013

    NRC Rushing Nuclear "Waste Confidence" Process

    Despite over sixty years of operation, no country in the world has found a credible, long-term solution to deal with its nuclear waste problems. The accumulation of high-level radioactive waste in spent fuel ponds poses serious safety risks and has resulted in the court ordering the Nuclear Regulatory Agency to conduct an environmental impact statement analysis. Until that is done there can be no re-licensing of US nuclear plants. PSR joined with a wide range of national and grassroots environmental groups providing comments on the scope of study that should be required in an analysis of  environmental impacts of continued on-site storage by the Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NRC). Read the press release about the attempt the NRC is making to short change the process.



  • December 28, 2012

    Budget Talks Highlight Need to Cut Nuclear Arsenal

    This month PSR chapters across the country have been meeting with their elected officials to raise their voices for a responsible budget that reduces our dangerous nuclear weapons arsenal. Contact your representatives today and tell them to support a reduction in nuclear weapons spending.

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  • December 28, 2012

    Environment and Health News from 2012: PSR Testifies for Wind Power in Maryland

    In February, PSR Executive Director Dr. Catherine Thomasson testified before the Maryland legislature in favor of an off-shore wind farm. Dr. Thomasson emphasized the health impacts of coal plants that would be averted by developing clean wind power.  Wind power will be back on the Maryland Legislative agenda in 2013.

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