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  • 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.

  • January 7, 2016

    Will TSCA reform protect our health?

    Right before the holidays, the U.S. Senate passed legislation seeking to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976. The House passed a different version of reform in June 2015. Reform of TSCA will occur if the two bills can be reconciled. Unfortunately, both have major flaws that could prevent the public health community from supporting any final legislation.

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  • December 22, 2015

    Thank you, PSR members & activists!

    Thank you to all of our dedicated PSR members and activists. Please enjoy our year-end thank you video for 2015.    

    Happy holidays to all!   

    Watch the video here »

  • December 16, 2015

    Undermining the Paris climate accords – already?!

    Less than a week after the U.S. helped shape the successful Paris climate change accords, Congress is threatening to undermine that historic agreement. Congress moved to end the ban on the export of crude oil, and included that provision in the "must-pass" budget bill. Exports of crude oil would greatly increase oil drilling, fracking for oil, oil combustion, and greenhouse gas emissions. Read more »

    Photo: Michael Elleray

  • December 15, 2015

    PSR Assessment of Paris climate conference

    The United Nations climate conference in Paris, known as COP21, resulted a historic agreement. 195 countries – almost the entire world – embraced the goal of keeping global temperature increases below 2° Celsius. Industrialized and developing countries alike committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, and wealthy nations promised to provide financing to help poor nations adopt clean energy. But is it enough? Not really.

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  • December 3, 2015

    PSR Meets with EPA on Methane Leakage

    PSR staff hand-delivered to EPA staff the comments of over 2,000 PSR members, expressing support for proposed rules to stem the leakage of methane and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from oil and gas wells. 2,332 PSR members signed onto the comments, which conveyed support while calling on EPA to tighten those protections. PSR also met directly with a high-ranking EPA official.

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  • December 1, 2015

    PSR Calls on Gates Foundation to Divest Its Fossil Fuel Holdings

    PSR has called on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest private foundation, to divest its holdings in fossil fuels. Noting that the Foundation's outstanding work for global public health is being undercut by climate change, 739 PSR health professionals and several thousand non-health professional members signed a petition urging divestment. Washington PSR delivered the petition to the Foundation's headquarters in Seattle.

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  • December 1, 2015

    PSR takes action on Nuclear Power

    PSR works to protect public health from the huge volume of nuclear waste from nuclear power plants. Read our input to the Nuclear Regulatory Agency regarding the unscientific belief called radiation hormesis that purports that small amounts of radiation may be healthful. This flies in the face of evidence compiled in the review by the National Academy of Science and other sources. We also are urging the Canadian government to oppose the nuclear industry proposal to bury radioactive wastes beside Lake Huron. Read our letter here.


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