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  • Video: PSR's Dr. Ira Helfand speaks to students on the urgency of action

    Dr. Helfand spoke in September, 2010 to an audience of University students and professors on the medical consequences of nuclear weapons and the urgent need for the United States of America to reduce the risk posed by these weapons of mass destruction. Read more »

  • Consequences of a Single Failure of Nuclear Deterrence

    Only a single failure of nuclear deterrence is required to start a nuclear war, and the consequences of such a failure would be profound. PSR Senior Scientist Steven Starr, February 2011. Read more »

  • Why Medical Students Should Care About Nuclear Weapons

    When public health crises occur, whether they be the unexpected side effects of a medication, a grave natural disaster or an epidemic, doctors are looked to as leaders and advocates for treatment and future prevention. In the event of a nuclear explosion, doctors would be the vanguards of the emergency response. Read more »

  • An Assessment of the Extent of Projected Global Famine Resulting From Limited, Regional Nuclear War

    Even a “limited” nuclear conflict would have global implications with significant cooling of the earth's surface and decreased precipitation in many parts of the world, and even a modest, sudden decline in agricultural production could trigger significant increases in the prices for basic foods and hoarding on a global scale, both of which would make food inaccessible to poor people in much of the world. Read more »

  • CTBT Today: More Reasons for Ratification

    In the years since 1999, when the United States Senate failed to ratify the CTBT, many changes have occurred. The U.S. must take the lead once again on nuclear non-proliferation and ratify the CTBT. Read more »

  • Video: PSR's Dr. Andrew Kanter Speaks at UN on Nuclear Testing

    On the UN General Assembly's 4th International Day Against Nuclear Testing, Dr. Kanter presented the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and called for a treaty banning nuclear weapons followed by their total elimination. Read more »

  • Prescription for Survival: A Doctor's Journey to End Nuclear Madness

    In Prescription for Survival, Bernard Lown tells the remarkable story of how he and Eugene Chazov, cardiologists whose countries were on opposite sides of the Cold War, created and nurtured the organization International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) from its inception in 1980 through its receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. Read more »

  • Letter to Senator Feinstein on Nuclear Weapons

    A thank you letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein for her work on nuclear weapons issues, signed by PSR and other groups. Read more »

  • Video: Discussion of "A Walk in the Woods"

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning play details an exchange between a U.S. and Soviet Union negotiator for a nuclear arms control agreement. The DC chapter of PSR recently hosted a showing of the play. Watch this video of the discussion held after the play, led by a nuclear weapons negotiator and PSR Board member Ed Ifft, PhD and DC Chapter president Dr. Mohammad Khalid. Read more »

  • Nuclear Famine: A Billion People at Risk

    The newly generated data on the decline in agricultural production that would follow a limited, regional nuclear war in South Asia support the concern that more than one billion people would be in danger of starvation. Epidemic disease and further conflict spawned by such a famine would put additional hundreds of millions at risk. Read more »

 

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