September 30, 2015
Success! EPA Limits Power Plant Discharges of Toxic Metals in Wastewater
The Environmental Protection Agency just set the first federal limits on how much arsenic, mercury, selenium, nitrogen and other toxic metals coal-fired power plants can discharge into streams and rivers. PSR coauthored a report last June documenting the need to control these pollutants, which can cause cancer and non-cancer risks in humans, lowered IQ among children, and deformities and reproductive harm in fish and wildlife and remain in the environment for years.
September 25, 2015
Health professionals tell Congress: Protect the most vulnerable!
Eighty-three doctors and other health professionals took to Capitol Hill in PSR's "Legislator Education Day" to advocate for protection from climate change health effects. They urged their legislators to protect our most vulnerable, including infants and children, older adults and the poor, and to defend the Clean Power Plan and the upcoming ozone standard. If you agree, take action today.
September 25, 2015
Gala for Peace & Health
One hundred fifty PSR members and supporters attended PSR's Gala for Peace & Health at the Austrian Embassy on Saturday evening, Sept 19th. At left, Student PSR member Tia Stewart offers a river stone to Capstone Member Stan Dienst, MD, in honor of his 32 years with the organization. Click here for a photo gallery and a recap of honorees. Many thanks to our dedicated hosts for their support.
September 16, 2015
Keep It in the Ground
PSR joined 400 groups demanding a halt to new leases for fossil fuel extraction on federal lands. Based on a Friends of the Earth report, new leases generating up to 450 billion tons of carbon pollution would overwhelm the margin keeping us under a 2° C increase in global temperatures, resulting in extreme climate change threats to public health.
Read the letter here »
September 4, 2015
PSR's Ira Helfand, MD speaks on nuclear abolition at UN General Assembly Meeting
The Republic of Kazakhstan and the President of the UN General Assembly invited Dr. Ira Helfand to participate in an informal General Assembly meeting on Sept. 10, in observance of the International Day Against Nuclear Tests. Dr. Helfand, representing IPPNW and PSR, spoke as part of a panel addressing "the pursuit of a nuclear weapons free world."
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September 3, 2015
EPA fracking study misleads the public on health risks
A recent EPA study of fracking's effects on drinking water found instances of water contamination. Yet the report failed to present those findings clearly, leading to media coverage suggesting there was no risk of harm. The public has a right to know that fracking does endanger drinking water. Learn more about fracking's risks to water resources and PSR's critique of the EPA report.
August 20, 2015
The Senate Votes for Diplomacy
Thanks to 42 senators who filibustered a resolution of disapproval, the historic agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program will not be undermined by the U.S. Congress. However, the battle is not yet over. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on September 15 on the same resolution of disapproval. Email your representative now and urge them to vote in support of the Iran deal. Take Action!
August 14, 2015
Join Us to Learn Effective Climate Communication
We are extremely honored that Dr. Edward Maibach, Director of George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication will be our featured speaker during next week’s not-to-be-missed Climate Health webinar: "Effective and Positive Climate Health Communications and Messaging" (Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 8:00-9:00 pm eastern).
Register here »
August 7, 2015
Nukebusters Short Film Contest Awards
Thanks to all who voted in our Nukebusters Short Film Contest! Almost five hundred people picked their favorite films during the initial public voting period. Three celebrity judges made the final selection, and the winners were announced at the Gala for Peace & Health on Saturday, Sept. 19th.
The winners are...
August 7, 2015
Last Chance to Vote in the Nukebusters Short Film Contest!
Please take a moment to vote for the best Nukebuster short films to build the movement to abolish nuclear weapons. Voting ends at 11:59 pm EDT Friday, August 28th.
Watch the videos and vote here »
August 6, 2015
A nuclear weapons ban is 70 years overdue
Please join us! PSR chapters all over the country are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (August 6 & 9), educating the public about the dangers of nuclear weapons, and calling for action from political leaders to ban nuclear weapons. Search for an event near you, and write to President Obama and ask him to support the Humanitarian Pledge to prohibit nuclear weapons.
August 5, 2015
CPP Finalized: Tell Your Governor to Support a Strong State Plan
The EPA announced the finalized Clean Power Plan rule August 3, 2015, a long-awaited policy that will cut U.S. carbon emissions by 32% by 2030. PSR has been working since the rule’s initial proposal to fight for strong regulation of carbon emissions. With the guidelines finalized now, it's time to tell your governor to support a strong state implementation plan!
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July 29, 2015
Ask Gates Foundation: Divest from fossil fuels!
The Gates Foundation, largest health funder in the world, is also a major investor in fossil fuel companies. Their investment allows big companies to extract and burn fossil fuels, contributing to climate change and undercutting the significant gains that Gates has achieved. PSR invites all health professionals to join us in petitioning Gates Foundation to take the lead and divest from all fossil fuels.
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July 22, 2015
NUKEBUSTERS Short Film Contest Deadline extended to 9 a.m. on August 5th, 2015!
Please advise any student or professional filmmakers that they still have time to submit short films promoting nuclear weapons abolition. PSR's resource page is filled with content to get someone started. Details are located here.
July 6, 2015
An Iran Agreement Has Been Reached!
On July 14th, an historic agreement between Iran and the P5+1 regarding Iran's nuclear program was finally reached. After years of difficult negotiations, interim agreements, and many extensions, victory was announced early in the morning. Thanks to all PSR members who helped by encouraging diplomatic efforts. However, an uphill battle in Congress is still to come.
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July 2, 2015
AMA adopts PSR member's resolutions on fracking
The American Medical Association has adopted two important resolutions on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for oil and natural gas. They call for "full disclosure of chemicals placed into the natural environment" during exploration and extraction, and for government agencies to record and monitor those chemicals, monitor human exposures via water, and "share this information with physicians and the public." Kudos to PSR member Todd Sack, MD, who introduced the measures.
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June 30, 2015
2015 Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration events near you!
August 6 and 9, 2015 mark the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings in Japan. PSR's new intern, Kristin Murdock, has created a calendar and map to make it easy to find an event near you. Join an event to support awareness of the devastating consequence of nuclear weapons and commemorate the innocent lives lost due to these weapons of mass destruction.
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June 23, 2015
PSR helps launch Lancet climate and health report
British medical journal The Lancet released a special report on the health effects of climate change, and PSR members Philip Landrigan, MD, MSc, and Perry Sheffield, MD, MPH, presented at the official launch event at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. The report's key findings: climate change may have catastrophic impacts on health -- but actions to slow climate change will benefit health in many and wide-ranging ways.
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June 17, 2015
PSR releases report on coal ash wastewater and its health impacts
PSR and allied organizations have released a new report documenting that coal-fired power plants routinely dump wastewater containing arsenic, mercury, lead and other toxics into America's streams, rivers and lakes, contaminating drinking water and the fish we eat. It's time for the EPA to take strong action to protect our water and our children. Read the full report here.
June 12, 2015
G7 Nations Agree to Promote Low-Carbon Technologies
The "G7" states, including the U.S., announced a non-binding agreement to promote low-carbon technologies in their own nations, support renewable energy in developing countries, and support a climate change mitigation fund. PSR is already promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency, and can help you promote the clean energy path in your state. Sign up for PSR's webinar, June 17, focusing on the health benefits of wind power.
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