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July 24, 2019

Peace and Security

Hiroshima Nagasaki graphic

Hiroshima Nagasaki – Never Again! Attend a commemoration event near you.

August 6, 1945. August 9, 1945.

Seventy-four years ago, the United States dropped nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two of the most horrific acts of warfare in history. This August, we remember the estimated two hundred thousand or more civilian men, women and children who died. We remember those who survived the bombing but suffered radiation poisoning, infections, severe burns, deadly cancers, and birth defects in infants.

"Each person who died had a name. Each person was loved by someone," said survivor Setsuko Thurlow at the UN.

We remember so that we can prevent that atrocity from happening again. And yes, it could happen again, even here in the United States.

Join PSR chapters and other organizations around the country as we commemorate the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and urge our leaders to prevent such a horror from ever happening again.

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House of Representatives Rebuffs Trump Administration in Key Defense Spending Votes

On July 12, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act, to the tune of $733 billion. During NDAA deliberations, the House voted on a plethora of foreign policy and nuclear weapons-related amendments. PSR was adamantly opposed to an amendment introduced by Representative Mike Turner (R-OH) that would have reinstated funding for the deployment of the "more usable," "low-yield" nuclear warheads. The House rejected Turner's amendment, 221-201.

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Environment & Health

PSR training group

Working in Diverse Communities

Climate change does not strike everyone equally. Poor people, black and brown people, and people living on the frontlines suffer "first and worst." How does PSR partner with these communities to fight the climate crisis? Learn more in this PSR and Peoples Climate Movement "virtual town hall" webinar.

Hear about Oregon PSR's work in a powerful coalition led by Native Americans… PSR/Los Angeles' work in multiethnic, multiracial, multilingual urban communities… and how PSR/Iowa works in a rural, red state. (Hint: At the county fair!) Thursday, July 25th, 2019. 2:00 - 3:30 pm eastern.

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Protest sign: Climate Change is a Health Crisis

AMA Calls for Climate Change Health Education in Medical Schools

The American Medical Association (AMA) has adopted as official policy a call for teaching about climate change in medical schools and "across the medical education continuum." This welcome development was spearheaded by PSR board member Todd Sack, MD FACP, with assistance from Erica Frank, MD, former PSR board member now living in Canada.

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LNG train

Procedural Win Will Allow Time to Protect Communities from LNG

PSR’s recent letter helped win an extension of the comment period for the proposal to allow transport of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail. The extension will give us time to register our concerns about the danger to life and limb of hauling highly flammable LNG through U.S. communities. Read our letter, cosigned by 77 other organizations—and watch for a future alert inviting you to submit comments.

My Green Doctor

Travel "Green" This Summer

PSR's My Green Doctor program suggests ways to enjoy your summer travel and to lower your environmental footprint.

My Green Doctor is a free membership benefit for PSR members and donors that saves offices money as they adopt wise environmental practices and share these ideas with their patients. Green Teams add just five minutes to each regular office staff meeting. My Green Doctor explains what to say and do at each meeting so there is nothing for the office manager to study or prepare. Ask your office manager to register at My Green Doctor. Hundreds of offices use My Green Doctor. Your practice will save money, your community will be healthier, and your patients will be impressed.

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In the news

Health at Risk
Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) Reports - July/August issue
Features quotes by Dr. Annemarie Dooley, Dr. Chris Covert-Bowlds, and Dr. Russell Maier, Washington PSR.


Sound the Alarm
Mark Vossler, MD, Washington PSR, writes on climate change in Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) Reports - July/August issue (pg 17)


Climate crisis harms our health, the environment — and must be primary focus of 2020 presidential race
Op-ed by Ankush K. Bansal, MD, PSR Florida, and Michelle Allen, Food and Water Action, Sun Sentinel - Jul 18


SSFL activists gather on 60th anniversary of partial meltdown
Thousand Oaks Acorn - Jul 18
Article on event co-hosted by PSR-Los Angeles


EPA standards rollback harmful to all, including Lansing residents
Sam Maves, PSR climate and health intern, Lansing State Journal - Jul 18


A "Never Event" That Could Kill Millions [subscription required]
PSR board member Matt Bivens, MD, New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) - Jul 18


Interview with Ned Ketyer, MD of PSR Philadelphia
WTOV 9 - Jul 18


Berkeley becomes first U.S. city to ban natural gas in new homes
Jul 16
Testimony of PSR board member Robert Gould, MD, San Francisco Bay Area PSR


How To Make Jacksonville More 'Resilient': 2 Committees' Suggestions
WUFT (89.1 FM FL) - Jul 17
Quotes PSR board member Todd Sack, MD


City of Portland to Host Forum on Zenith Tar Sands Terminal Expansion
OPB - Jul 14
Features Oregon PSR


60 Years Since the Largest U.S. Nuclear Accident and Captured Federal Agencies
PSR board member Robert Dodge, MD, Common Dreams - Jul 13


Fracking is neither climate solution nor economic blessing
David Suzuki Foundation - Jul 11
References PSR and Concerned Health Professionals of NY's newest edition of the fracking science Compendium


"A High Potential for Catastrophe": PSR Calls for Better Government Assessment of Public Health and Safety Risks Associated With Transporting LNG by Rail
Common Dreams - Jul 8


Climate change isn't our only existential threat
Op-ed by PSR board member Ira Helfand, MD, CNN - Jul 6


We must do more to prevent nuclear war
Editorial by Dave Zweifel, The Capital Times - Jul 5
References PSR board member Ira Helfand, MD's op-ed in The Progressive on prevention of nuclear war


Taming the Nuclear Machine
Interview by David Bezanson, MD - July
Interview with Daniel Hirsch of Committee to Bridge the Gap


Pima County leaders denounce possible rollback of clean car standards
Arizona Daily Star - Jun 30
Coverage of Barbara Warren, MD of PSR Arizona at their Clean Cars Standards press conference


Carbon emission fee: return proceeds to the people
Letter to the Editor by James E. Jones, MD, PSR Harrisburg, USA Breaking News Online - Jun 30


Huge New Review Of Fracking's Health Hazards Will Help U.S. Communities Fight It
Gizmodo Australia - Jun 28
Highlights PSR and Concerned Health Professionals of NY's newest edition of the fracking science Compendium


U.S. Congress reviews offshore tax credit extension
Institutional Real Estate Newsline - Jun 28
References joint letter by organizations including PSR on finalized Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule


Solar success
Village Soup - Jun 27
Editorial quoting Karen D'Andrea, executive director of PSR Maine


Udall, Senators Introduce Renewable Electricity Standard Legislation
Renewable Energy Magazine - Jun 27
References joint letter by organizations including PSR on finalized Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule


Supporters Swamped Opponents at Seattle's Hearing on Backyard Cottages
Sightline Institute - Jun 26
References Washington PSR


King, Colleagues Push to Set 50% Renewable Electricity Nationwide Standard by 2035
ForeignAffairs - Jun 26
References joint letter by organizations, including PSR


Affordable Clean Energy Rule Misses the Mark
Letter to the Editor by Robert Little, MD of PSR Harrisburg, The Patriot News - Jun 25
Quotes Jeff Carter, Executive Director of PSR


New Analysis of Fracking Science (~1,500 Studies) Finds Serious Harms to Public Health, Environment, and Climate
Common Dreams - Jun 25
References PSR and Concerned Health Professionals of NY’s newest edition of the fracking science Compendium


Southern Arizona officials ask Congress to keep clean car standards
Arizona Public Media (AZPM) - Jun 25
Features photo of speakers at a press conference on rollback of Clean Cars Standards including Barbara Warren, MD, PSR Arizona


New EPA Emissions Standards Under Fire
KOLD News 13 - Jun 25
Includes clip of Barbara Warren, MD, PSR Arizona, speaking at press conference on Clean Cars Standards


Prohibition of nuclear weapons an ongoing struggle
Scholars' Circle - Jun 23
Interview with PSR board member Ira Helfand, MD

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