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What is the “INF” and why does it matter?

In December, 1987, U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev signed the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. On October 21st of this year, President Donald Trump announced at a rally that the U.S. would formally withdraw from the deal, claiming that Russia has violated the treaty’s terms. “Such a withdrawal would …

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Texans can determine the future of planet Earth

As Texans, we should inform ourselves about matters that can significantly impact our future. A report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released on Oct. 8 is a salient example. This methodical, data-driven and nonpartisan organization issued a new report with chilling implications. It says we need to take sweeping actions to curb the rise in global temperatures if we want to prevent ecological and societal catastrophe.


Madison can help abolish nuclear weapons

A generation ago, on Dec. 2, 1983, the city of Madison, Wisconsin, declared itself a nuclear-free zone. This effort, while largely symbolic at the time, expressed the sentiment of the community. Now 35 years later, the world finds itself continuing to grapple with the threat of nuclear war either by intent, miscalculation or accident, with the growing risk of cyber-attack. Many would argue that the risk today is greater than it was during the Cold War.


I am going all in on Initiative 1631

As a physician, few things are more gut-wrenching than watching a patient struggle to breathe. But the growing pollution in our air means more of my patients and our children are fighting for breath from asthma, more elderly succumbing to heart failure, a rise in strokes, and many other health impacts. When you can’t breathe nothing else matters.


Facing Up to the Climate Crisis

The world must cap the rise in global temperatures more tightly and much faster than previously recognized—and doing that will require “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” by countries around the world.


Physicians for Social responsibility: Ban the Bomb!

Radio interview with PSR-Wisconsin’s Paula Rogge, MD and Vicki Elson on the UN Ban Treaty, financial divestiture in companies which support the nuclear weapon industry, and Senate Bill 2047, which aims to prohibit a first-strike nuclear attack of North Korea.