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  • Environmental Pollutants and the Immune System

    In evolution, surprisingly little is left to chance. Biologic systems, whether composed of millions of liver cells working in concert to detoxify the blood, or white blood cells attempting to defend against foreign microbe invasion, are "designed" with controls, regulators, checks, and balances. 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 »

  • Policy Challenges of Nuclear Reactor Construction: Cost Escalation and Crowding Out

    A comparison of the U.S. and French experiences with nuclear reactor construction. Effectively debunks the "French miracle" mythology by showing both a historical and contemporary pattern of cost escalation and 'crowding out' of alternative energy sources in both the French and U.S. experience with nuclear reactors. Read more »

  • Towards Nuclear Abolition

    The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) wrote an excellent report after the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty Review Conference ended in May. It details the growing support from governments at the NPT-Review Conference for a Nuclear Weapons Convention. Read more »

  • Projected US Casualties and Destruction of US Medical Services From Attacks by Russian Nuclear Forces

    The number of direct, short term casualties and collateral damage to US medical services were calculated for two thermonuclear attack scenarios. The first scenario would cause 52 million prompt fatalities, 9 million injuries, and massive destruction of US health facilities. The second scenario produces more than 100 million casualties. Even with an effective US NMD system—defined as capable of successfully interception more than 100 warheads—nearly 70 million fatalities would occur. Read more »

  • Healthy Living Resources

    The list of organizations in the Healthy Living Resources guide is not exhaustive, but we hope it will provide some starting points for you. Read more »

  • Confronting Nuclear War

    Nearly twenty years after the Cold War has ended, humankind is still faced with the genuine risk of instant extinction without representation. Even worse, this possibility could occur by accident, as a single computer miscalculation or mechanical error could lead to a civilization-ending nuclear war. The 9/11 attacks killed some 3,000 people causing enormous destruction, chaos, and grief. In comparison, a purposeful or accidental nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia would unquestionably kill tens of millions in the short-term, and untold millions in the long-term. Therefore, the threat of nuclear war is the most serious potential health, environmental, agricultural, educational and moral problem facing the human race. Read more »

  • Economic Consequences of a Radiological or Nuclear Attack

    Property destruction, loss of life, and injuries sustained from a nuclear or radiological attack have significant economic consequences. The loss of productive assets can extend for long periods and generate significant economic loss. Economic impacts caused by an event need to be addressed in sequential order beginning with the detonation, atmospheric dispersion, and deposition of the fallout from the weapon. Report by Pacific National Northwest Laboratory. Read more »

  • Status Syndrome: A Challenge to Medicine

    The poor have poor health. At first blush that is neither new nor surprising. Perhaps it should be more surprising than it is. In rich countries, such as the United States, the nature of poverty has changed—people do not die from lack of clean water and sanitary facilities or from famine—and yet, persistently, those at the bottom of the socioeconomic scale have worse health than those above them in the hierarchy. Read more »

  • Social Justice as a PSR Issue Over the Past Half-Century

    The PSR Social Justice Committee has been meeting over the past year to develop PSR programs in the areas of social justice. Read more »

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