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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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  • December 28, 2012

    PSR Chapter News in 2012: Tampa City Council Passes Clean Air Resolution

    In May, with the help of Florida PSR, the Tampa, Florida city council passed a resolution in supporting a reduction in greenhouse gas pollution under the Clean Air Act. PSR Florida President Dr. Lynn Ringenberg said, "This resolution is important for Tampa Bay as it starts the much-needed conversation and hopefully pushes it forward."

    Read the resolution »


  • December 27, 2012

    News You May Have Missed in 2012: Case Western Med Hosts Dr. Alan Lockwood

    Twenty-five medical students attended a lunch-time presentation by Dr. Alan Lockwood last October to learn about the connection between coal-fired power and human health.  Coordinated by 2nd year med student Andrew Song, this stop on the Healthy Voices for Clean Air tour was one of several aimed at the next generation of physicians.  For information on activities of other med student groups contact coordinator of student programs Mathias Pollock.



  • December 27, 2012

    News You May Have Missed in 2012: PSR Addresses Anti-Fracking Rally at U.S. Capitol

    Catherine Thomasson, MD, PSR's executive director, addressed thousands of people rallying at the U.S. Capitol in July to protest pollution and climate change caused by hydraulic fracturing.

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  • December 24, 2012

    News You May Have Missed in 2012: PSR Leaders Meet in Hiroshima, Japan

    A ten-member PSR delegation attended the World Congress of International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War World in Hiroshima, Japan in August. In addition to board members and long-time activists, the delegation included our student program coordinator, Mathias Pollock, MPH, who chronicled his impressions in a video and series of blog posts.  See more from the World Congress.



  • December 21, 2012

    PSR Members Inspire, Empower, Engage

    With your help we are working to reduce the threat of nuclear war, educate the public about the dangers of climate change, and demand safe, clean energy. In 2012, members and chapters across the country worked together to make a difference. So many of you helped in so many ways, we made this video for you. See some of the scenes from expert tours, testimony, Facebook chats, member events and media outreach.

    Watch the "PSR 2012 Thank You Video"



  • December 20, 2012

    News You May Have Missed in 2012: Nuclear Waste Court Hearing Draws Activists from Georgia

    More than 50 activists from Georgia came to Washington DC in November to attend a court hearing on the so-called nuclear waste confidence ruling.   At issue for these activists is the Vogtle nuclear reactor, but the ruling has an impact for community all across the country.



  • December 20, 2012

    News You May Have Missed in 2012: Physicians Press for Strong Clean Air Regulations

    In 2012, thanks to our dedicated members, we spoke at hearings, briefings and other venues where the expertise of medical doctors made a qualitative contribution to the discussion on clean air.  On behalf of PSR’s 50,000 members and activists, we sent statements and letters to key decision-makers.  And we used the media -- press conferences, interviews, and editorial board meetings -- to reach the broader public.



  • December 20, 2012

    News You May Have Missed in 2012: PSR Raises "Health Voices for Clean Air"

    This fall, PSR Board Member Alan Lockwood, M.D. travelled to Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin to educate the public on the health benefits of clean air and the need for measures to regulate air pollutants including carbon. The intensive six-month campaign mobilized physicians and other health professionals to speak out to protect and improve clean air for America.

    Read more »


  • December 17, 2012

    Nuclear Security News from 2012: PSR Releases Nuclear Famine Report

    A report jointly released in April by PSR and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and authored  by PSR Board Member Dr. Ira Helfand showed that even a limited nuclear war involving less than half a percent of the world's nuclear arsenals would result in climate disruption that would cause a global famine. The report garnered widespread media attention and interest across the country.  

    Read more »


  • December 17, 2012

    News You May Have Missed in 2012: Environmental Toxins and Brain Development

    This past April, PSR's Environmental Health Policy Institute tackled how toxins in the environment affect brain development in children and how public policy can confront this challenge.  With essays by David Bellinger, MD; David O. Carpenter, MD; I. Leslie Rubin, MD and Bernard Weiss, PhD, the institute explored the connection between environmental factors and the human brain.  In 2013, PSR will press for regulations to address this issue by using our medical and public healh voice to demand comprehensive and enforceable policies.

    Read more »


  • Drs. Sid Alexander, Bob Gould, Vic Sidel and Andy Kanter
    December 12, 2012

    News You May Have Missed in 2012: Health, Peace, and Social Justice Symposium

    At a November symposium honoring Victor W. Sidel, MD for his work in pursuit of peace and justice, PSR leaders joined Dr. Sidel's colleagues from Einstein-Montefiore to honor the many facets of Dr. Sidel's life's work. 

    Learn more »


  • December 5, 2012

    Momentum for Nuclear Spending Cuts Is Building

    On Tuesday, December 4th, Representative Edward Markey (D-MA) released a letter signed by 45 Congressional leaders outlining cuts that could save our nation much needed money by reducing our nuclear arsenal along with our Cold War baggage. Our spending reflects our priorities and wasting billions on nuclear weapons over rebuilding our economy does not reflect a wise choice for maintaining America's competitiveness in the future.

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  • November 28, 2012

    Stepping Back from the Fiscal Cliff

    Issues critical to PSR are threatened by the "fiscal cliff" -- proposed sweeping cuts in the federal budget. Contact your Member of Congress or local newspaper today to call for a budget that protects human health and survival:

    Reduce unnecessary expenditures on old-fashioned weapons systems.

    Save money by reducing subsidies to the nuclear industry.

    Prevent asthma, cancer and stroke from air pollution -- don't cut the EPA.



  • November 21, 2012

    Environmental Health Policy Institute Addresses Radiation and Health

    Power shouldn't be poisonous. That simple belief undergirds PSR's latest Environmental Health Policy Institute, which examines the implications of radiation exposure from accidents at nuclear reactors. What are the health threats from radiation? Is there is a "safe" exposure level? How serious was the accident at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant? In case of a nuclear accident, is evacuation feasible? And what should we do about the toxic spent fuels accumulating at each of America's 103 active nuclear power reactors?

    Read this month’s Institute for answers


 

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