May 24, 2012
The Danger Downwind
A New York Times editorial links to a letter to the president signed by PSR and other groups, calling on the EPA to take action under the Clean Air Act to prevent disasters at chemical plants.
Source: The New York Times
May 24, 2012
May 2012 Newsletter
Austin PSR updates, May 2012
May 21, 2012
What you need to know about taking a gap year
Louis Everett Livingstone spent a gap year exploring numerous cultures throughout the world. In that time, he found a passion for global engagement, the environment, and health. Once arriving at the UI, he interned for the nonprofit Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility, participated in the UI Overseas Writers’ Workshop in Cuba, and is currently studying abroad in Morocco.
Source: University of Iowa
May 17, 2012
Dust in the wind?
Maye Thompson of Oregon PSR explains the health effects of coal dust.
Source: The Portland Tribune
May 16, 2012
Nuclear bill would have been a disaster for Iowa
In a major blow to the nuclear industry, the Iowa Legislature adjourned without passing a bill that would pave the way for MidAmerican Energy to charge ratepayers in advance for new nuclear reactor construction. PSR was among groups working in opposition to the bill.
Source: Iowa City Press Citizen
May 11, 2012
A nuclear clash could starve the world
An op-ed co-authored by PSR board member Dr. Ira Helfand on the danger of nuclear famine.
May 7, 2012
Chicago Tribune Investigation Reveals Deceptive Chemical Industry Tactics Promoting Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals
"Scientific evidence is exhaustive, yet the flame retardant industry continues to deceive the public and policymakers," says Martha Dina Arguello of Physicians for Social Responsibility-LA.
Source: Californians For Toxic Free Fire Safety
May 7, 2012
Exporting coal presents myriad health, environmental concerns
Dr. Andy Harris of Oregon PSR on the health impacts of coal export.
Source: The Oregonian
May 6, 2012
Watch Video of Helen Caldicott in Seattle
In March 2012, WPSR hosted an all day forum and workshop to mark the anniversary of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and scope risks facing our region.
May 4, 2012
TEP is asked to stop burning coal
The groups, which include the Arizona PSR, Clean Air Task Force, 350.org and the Sierra Club, called on TEP to switch solely to cleaner-burning natural gas at Sundt.
Source: Arizona Daily Star
April 30, 2012
Doctors Press Court to Release Records in Gas Fracking Case
A brief in support of the newspapers was filed on behalf of Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility, and other groups.
Source: Business Week
April 29, 2012
If We Change Behavior, We Can Influence Climate
A letter to the editor from PSR Harrisburg President Dr. James E. Jones on the need for action on climate change.
Source: The Patriot-News
April 26, 2012
840 Health Professionals Agree: Coal Ash is Hazardous to Your Health
Physicians for Social Responsibility delivered to the Obama Administration today a petition signed by 840 medical doctors, health scientists, nurses, and other health professionals outlining the harm that exposure to toxic coal ash imposes on human health. Accompanying the letter are eight doctors from Florida, Iowa, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Georgia who will meet with their elected officials in Congress.
April 26, 2012
PSR briefs Senate on dangers from coal ash; petition signed by 850 health professionals
Eight PSR doctors, flying in to Washington from six states, will present the Obama Administration with a petition signed by 850 health professionals voicing their concern about the toxic dangers posed by unregulated coal ash disposal.
April 25, 2012
CNN: Pakistan test fires medium-range missile
PSR and its international affiliate IPPNW on Wednesday laid out a hypothetical scenario of what a nuclear conflict between two countries like India and Pakistan would mean for the world.
April 24, 2012
Washington Times: Small nuclear war would inflict global woes
According to the research released Tuesday by the nonprofit anti-nuclear Physicians for Social Responsibility . . . even a limited, regional nuclear war . . . would cause major changes in the global climate and likely starve a billion people.
Source: Washington Times
April 24, 2012
Nuclear Famine Report: Limited Nuclear Exchange in One of World's Regions Would Trigger Mass Global Starvation After Slashing Chinese, U.S. Food Production
Amidst growing tensions in Asia, India-Pakistan confrontation used to show dire consequences around the globe; more than a billion people would be at risk under "nuclear famine" scenario.
April 23, 2012
Pollution in Green Bay, manufacturing industry at odds
Pollutants are especially dangerous to people with asthma or other lung diseases, but they also put healthy people at greater risk of heart disease, said Ann Behrmann, past president of the Wisconsin chapter of PSR.
Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette
April 18, 2012
Lead by Example and Ratify Test Ban Treaty
An op-ed by PSR-LA Board member Dr. Robert Dodge on the need for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
Source: Roll Call
April 16, 2012
Bucket Brigade Fights Air Pollution in Iowa
Iowa PSR partnered with Clean Air Muscatine (CLAM) to bring Global Community Monitor (GCM) for a weekend training event on April 13, 2012.