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  • 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.

    Register here »

  • 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 »

  • January 20, 2016

    Good News! 1/16/16 = "Implementation Day" for historic Iran Deal

    On January 16, the International Atomic Energy Administration (IAEA) certified that Iran has complied with the requirements of the "Iran Deal," including verification access for IAEA inspectors and very significant reductions to Iran's nuclear weapons program. In exchange, the United States and other world powers agreed to waive nuclear-related sanctions. Click here for a factsheet from Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation.

  • January 14, 2016

    Natural gas pipelines need regulation!

    Pipelines and other infrastructure that carry natural gas from wells are known to leak or release methane, carcinogenic toxics and even radioactive radon. Yet the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which is charged with regulating that infrastructure, grants nearly all industry's requests for permits. PSR has joined a petition drive calling for an independent investigation of the FERC.

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  • January 7, 2016

    Free Trade proposal -- bad for health, climate and democracy

    The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade agreement for Pacific Rim nations, could have severe impacts on the climate, as well as on our right to self-government. Under TPP, corporations could sue our government if existing laws reduced their anticipated revenue. Goodbye, health and safety regulations on fracking, mining, and other fossil fuel activities? To say nothing of impacts on jobs, salaries, and more.

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  • January 7, 2016

    North Korea is testing nukes? Let's ban them worldwide.

    North Korea's nuclear test explosion was a cruel reminder that we live in a nuclear-armed world. Because of the catastrophic humanitarian harm nuclear weapons cause, PSR is asking all the nuclear-armed states -- including North Korea -- to eliminate them. A majority of the world's nations support the Humanitarian Pledge to legally prohibit nuclear weapons worldwide. Don't sit on the sidelines! PSR invites you to write a letter to the editor calling for disarmament.


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