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Legality of Nuclear Weapons

Some experts argue that nuclear weapons are already illegal under international law. Meanwhile, the United States—with 1,750 deployed nuclear weapons—and eight other nuclear-armed nations unequivocally consider them legal. Adopted in 2017, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is an initiative to build a comprehensive legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons.

Health Effects from Gas Stove Pollution

A new report, coauthored by PSR, documents dangerous levels of indoor air pollution from gas stoves. The report presents scientific evidence that gas stoves release several hazardous pollutants, notably nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide.

Heat, Fire, Water: How Climate Change Has Created a Public Health Emergency

Heat, Fire, Water and the Public Health Emergency Extreme heat, billowing wildfires, and water–either too much or not enough–are today’s faces of climate change. PSR board member Alan Lockwood, MD, FAAN profiles the health effects of these frightening phenomena in a new white paper: Heat, Fire, Water: How Climate Change has Created a Public Health …

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Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking

The sixth edition of the fracking “Compendium,” which summarizes and links to an almost encyclopedic compilation of reports, peer-reviewed articles and investigative reporting on fracking’s dangerous impacts on health, has been released. PSR is proud to partner with Concerned Health Professionals of New York in preparing and rolling out this volume, which highlights factual evidence …

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Flammable, High-Pressure Industry in a Populated Coastal Flood Zone?

Public Safety and Emergency Response Aspects of a Proposed Methane Gas Compressor in Weymouth This new report from Greater Boston PSR examines the public safety and emergency response aspects of a proposed compressor station in a populated coastal flood zone.

Saving Energy, Saving Lives

The Health Impacts of Avoiding Power Plant Pollution with Energy Efficiency We often hear that energy efficiency saves money and creates jobs, but what do we know about its public health benefits? PSR and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released a report, “Saving Energy Saving Lives,” that examines the public health benefits …

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Too Dirty, Too Dangerous

Why health professionals reject natural gas PSR’s report, Too Dirty, Too Dangerous: Why Health Professionals Reject Natural Gas, based on summaries of recent medical and scientific studies, clearly conveys the health threats that accompany use of methane as a fuel. Here are some of the key findings it reports: Proximity to fracking operations are associated …

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30 Years Living with Chernobyl, 5 Years Living with Fukushima

Health Effects of the Nuclear Disasters in Chernobyl and Fukushima This report, co-released by PSR and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, provides detailed and sobering updates of these two sentinel events.

Selling Our Health Down the River

Why EPA Needs to Finalize the Strongest Rule to Stop Water Pollution from Power Plants The Environmental Protection Agency recently set the first federal limits on how much arsenic, mercury, selenium, nitrogen and other toxic metals coal-fired power plants can discharge into streams and rivers. PSR coauthored this report in June 2015 documenting the need …

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