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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.

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  • 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.  

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  • 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.

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  • 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. 

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  • 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


  • November 14, 2012

    Activists Rally Against Coal Export in Salem, Oregon

    More than 100 activists from Oregon PSR and other groups rallied Tuesday to oppose a proposed dock for coal barges on the Columbia River in Oregon. Oregon PSR's Dr. Andy Harris spoke at the rally, citing the health effects of coal dust and air pollution. The state will decide by December 12 whether to issue a permit for the dock.

    Dr. Harris is the founder and director of Professionals' Training in Global Health at Oregon Health & Science University’s Global Health Center. He is a board certified ophthalmologist, a Clinical Assistant Professor at Casey Eye Institute, and a Clinical Correspondent for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. 

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  • October 31, 2012

    Washington PSR Hosts Annual Dinner

    WPSR recently hosted its annual dinner in Seattle, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Holly M. Barker (pictured) of the University of Washington speaking on "Justice, Climate Change & Nuclear Energy."

    View photos from the dinner here »


  • October 31, 2012

    Ready to Talk about Climate Change?

    Hurricane Sandy pounded first the Caribbean and then a huge swath of the US with rain, high winds and flooding. The overall death toll is nearing 100; economic costs are still to be counted. Will this monster storm be the evidence that finally convinces the American people that climate change is real? Read our latest blog post on the need to understand that extreme weather events are the outcome of burning fossil fuels.



  • October 29, 2012

    News You May Have Missed in 2012: Nuclear Reactors Vulnerable in Hurricane, Storm Surge

    The unprecedented storm that hit the northeast last October threatened 16 nuclear reactors in its path, including Oyster Creek, Hope Creek and Salem in New Jersey; Indian Point in New York; Millstone in Connecticut; and Vermont Yankee.

    New reports explain further the vulnerabilities of nuclear reactors and the risk they pose to the public’s health and safety.



  • October 19, 2012

    Dr. Andy Kanter Speaks to PSR Hershey Students

    Members of the Penn State Hershey medical student chapter recently welcomed PSR Board President Andy Kanter, MD MPH to the Harrisburg Hershey area for student meetings and the chapter's annual dinner. Dr. Kanter's message of global concern and his commitment to promoting the role of physicians in healing our world resonated with students and long-term members alike.



 

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