May 30, 2014
Real Chemical Reform, Not Industry-Backed Reform
PSR's strong stance on the need for chemical policy reform was featured in the news blog of a widely read Capitol Hill paper. In a powerful article published in The Hill, PSR toxics program manager Kathy Attar states, "What is before Congress is reform that protects the chemical industry. As a public health advocate and parent, I won't settle for these hollow measures. Our congressional leaders shouldn't either."
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May 29, 2014
Representing YOU on Capitol Hill for "DC Days"
The PSR team for DC Days, 2014 met with legislators and administration officials to advocate for reducing and eliminating nuclear weapons, for safe handling of nuclear wastes and for nuclear weapons complex cleanup. Our team (seen here at a reception in Clayburn House Ofc. Bldg.) included Chuck Johnson representing Oregon & Washington PSR; Ann Suellentrop, PSR/Kansas City; and Martin Fleck, PSR Security Program Director. In three days, 55 activists from 20 organizations participated in 87 meetings in this co-sponsored event with Alliance for Nuclear Accountability.
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May 28, 2014
Urgency of Limits on Carbon Pollution
PSR senior scientist Alan Lockwood, MD, spoke to the press recently to advocate for a strong EPA rule limiting carbon pollution from power plants. Dr. Lockwood called the proposed EPA standards "the most important public health measure of our generation." See his op-ed in US News and World Report -- and be sure to endorse his perspective by voting in their online debate.
May 14, 2014
PSR Students Get Inspired about Climate Change Solutions
PSR leaders from across the country met in Iowa, home of the third largest wind capacity in the country, providing 27.4% of its electrical capacity. PSR students were energized by the tour of the wind facility and the LEED certified library with roof top garden for water filtration and cooling. Students learned how to take action on PSR issues including climate change. See pictures of the event and our new information on Climate Change as a health issue.
May 12, 2014
Webinar: Methane, Fracking, and Climate Change
Methane from unconventional natural gas extraction ("fracking") is 72 times more powerful a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, at least during its first 20 years in the atmosphere. Learn more about this ominous threat to the climate in PSR's next webinar on health and hydraulic fracturing, Wednesday, May 14. Click here to register for this outstanding webinar.
May 9, 2014
Did you remember your mother? And the other mothers in your life?
This Mother's Day, we'd like to make it easy for you to celebrate the many mothers in your life; sisters, friends, aunts or others. If you make a donation of $10 or more between now and Sunday, we'll immediately send a stunning e-card to her with your personalized message. And the Energy Foundation will match your donation dollar for dollar for our work to close some of America's dirtiest coal-fired power plants. Caring for your Mother just got easier!
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May 6, 2014
Join PSR's Fracking Webinar Wednesday Night
Tune in Wednesday night to "Potential Health Impacts of Unconventional Gas Extraction," PSR's incisive new webinar on the threats to health from hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"). We're honored to have as our presenter Jerome Paulson MD, distinguished pediatrician, expert on environmental health, and a frequent speaker on fracking. Join the webinar at 6 p.m. Eastern time.
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April 30, 2014
PSR in the News
PSR's expertise on the toxic effects of coal ash made the news recently, as Environment & Health Director Barbara Gottlieb was interviewed on the TV news show "America Tonight." The interview was part of a larger story on how a Native American tribe in Nevada fought coal ash contamination from a nearby power plant--and won.
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April 25, 2014
David vs. Goliath: Marshall Islands Files Suit against the Nuclear Powers
On April 24, the tiny Republic of the Marshall Islands filed unprecedented lawsuits against all nine nuclear-armed countries for their failure to negotiate in good faith for nuclear disarmament. The suits were filed against all nine nations at the International Court of Justice, with an additional complaint against the United States filed in U.S. Federal District Court. You can show your support for this bold action by signing our petition.
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April 24, 2014
What Do Failed Attempts at Environmental Protection Cost Us?
Who is most burdened by our lack of commitment to toxics prevention? This month’s Environmental Health Policy Institute examines two cases: lead poisoning and cumulative exposures to toxic chemicals. It also challenges health professionals to increase their understanding of environmentally related disease, and highlights successful projects to reduce toxic exposures in healthcare settings. Learn more about the societal and economic costs of environmentally related disease.
April 15, 2014
Toxics in Congress: No Green Light to Dangerous Chemicals
PSR has written a letter urging the U.S. House of Representatives to strike down a bill that won’t adequately reduce exposure to toxic chemicals. The bill, called the Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA), would favor large chemical companies to the detriment of the American people. Learn more about the bill's failures and its direct impact on the doctor-patient relationship.
April 11, 2014
How would you like your taxes spent?
April 15 is Tax Day, but it is also the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS). NBC reported, "The US spent more on defense in 2012 than did the countries with the next 10 highest defense budgets combined." PSR supports sensible cuts especially to the nuclear weapons budget. For more information on how to take action, how to determine the tax burden of nuclear weapons in your community, and on legislation PSR supports, click here.
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April 10, 2014
Humanitarian Impacts Forum in DC
It was standing room only at the PSR-cosponsored forum exploring the Non Proliferation Treaty and the Humanitarian Impacts initiative, March 31 at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Daryl Kimball of the Arms Control Association served as moderator and assembled an impressive panel. The audience included representatives from non-governmental organizations, think tanks, the State Department, and a number of embassies, all there to learn more about this growing international disarmament initiative.
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April 10, 2014
New Series Focuses on Climate Change
PSR hosted a press conference to give visibility to a wonderful new resource: the new Showtime series called Years of Living Dangerously. Because we all need to understand climate change and advocate for solutions, PSR urges everyone to organize house parties to view part 1 of this multi-part video "nonfiction thriller."
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March 21, 2014
Toxic Chemical Found in Maine Nurses, Teachers, Moms, and Legislators
The Alliance for a Clean & Healthy Maine, of which PSR Maine is a member, recently released the results of its bio-monitoring project, "Hormones Disrupted." They tested the bodies of 25 Mainers for phthalates, a group of chemicals used to soften plastics and linked by studies to serious health problems including reproductive birth defects among boys. All study participants tested positive for the toxic chemical. To learn more about reproductive health and chemicals, read PSR's handout on prenatal exposures.
March 20, 2014
PSR Opposes Nuclear Weapons Largesse in the Obama Budget
The Congressional Budget Office predicted last December that maintaining and "modernizing" US submarines, land-based missiles, bombers and nuclear warheads would cost $355 billion over the next decade. On March 4, the Obama Administration released its 2015 budget, which starts us up this "modernization mountain." PSR is working to save billions by cutting unneeded nuclear weapons spending from the budget.
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March 14, 2014
The Fukushima disaster 3 years on
PSR remains gravely concerned about the ongoing disaster at Fukushima. 400 tons of water daily flows into the damaged reactor and turbine buildings where it becomes radioactively contaminated. Some is collected in makeshift tanks, many of which have leaked repeatedly. The rest is dumped directly into the sea. About 150,000 people still can't return to their homes and farms. Assessment of their exposure to radiation is still woefully inadequate.
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March 13, 2014
PSR-Chesapeake: No "medical gag rule" on fracking
PSR's Chesapeake chapter has helped launch legislation that would allow Maryland health professionals to learn what specific chemicals patients may have been exposed to from hydraulic fracturing operations. In many states, industry keeps that information secret even from doctors who are treating patients, using so-called "medical gag rules." Many of the chemicals used in fracking are toxic.
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March 6, 2014
An Urgent "No" on Keystone XL pipeline
Extracting, processing, shipping and burning the Canadian tar sands oil would release huge amounts of carbon dioxide. It could mean "game over for the climate," according to climate scientist James Hansen. If that is so, then President Obama's decision on the Keystone XL pipeline could determine our future. Tell him that we can't risk unleashing all that carbon pollution.
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February 27, 2014
Male Infertility Linked to Environmental Toxics
With men's sperm counts falling, male infertility is being recognized as a serious contributor to infertility problems. Scientific evidence suggests that one cause of male infertility is exposure to environmental toxins such as BPA, commonly found in plastic water bottles, linings of canned food and beverage containers, and the thermal receipt paper we handle in supermarkets and ATMs. Learn more at PSR's Environmental Health Policy Institute.