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October 30, 2018

Environment & Health

Climate change is a health crisis

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.


This was the urgent wake-up call from the October 8 report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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Dirty Power Scam

Leading health experts from PSR testify at EPA hearing in Chicago

Earlier this month, a group of our health experts from Chicago PSR and PSR Wisconsin testified against the plan put forward by President Donald Trump and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to dismantle the Clean Power Plan (CPP), which set the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants.


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Peace and Security

Gorbachev and Reagan sign the INF

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 turn back the clock to a dangerous era that put the United States and Russia on the brink of nuclear war," said Jeff Carter, PSR Executive Director. "President Trump's plan would weaken national and international security while potentially fueling a new arms race."

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World Medical Association logo

World doctors urge world leaders to join the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Medical professionals have been sounding the alarm about the catastrophic health risks of nuclear weapons for decades. This month, the general assembly of the World Medical Association—meeting at Reykjavik, Iceland—adopted a new resolution urging all countries to "sign and ratify" the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

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PSR Event

PSR Visionary Leaders Awards

Nov. 8 in DC: Visionary Leaders Awards Reception

Please join us on Thursday, November 8th in Washington, D.C. for the 2018 Visionary Leaders Awards Reception as we recognize individuals for their outstanding efforts in championing a nuclear-free world and addressing environmental risks to human health. For a list of awardees, please visit


PSR Actions

Speak out on the climate change crisis!


Don't let the EPA gut the Clean Power Plan!


Help make climate change history!

In the news

The clock is ticking on addressing climate change — med students can help
Sidhant Gugale, Common Dreams - Oct 29


Doctor's Tip: Fracking is not good for human health or the planet's
Glenwood Springs Post Independent - Oct 22


A path toward hope and sustainability
Robert Dodge, MD, Ventura County Star - Oct 20


EDF, allies sue over EPA smog decision that puts millions in Maryland and Delaware in danger
Environmental Defense Fund Press Release - Oct 19


Texans can determine the future of planet Earth
Matt McCurdy, MD, The Houston Chronicle - Oct 18

The 411 on Prop 112: Proponents concerned about health effects of oil and gas
Fox News 31 Denver - Oct 17

Madison can help abolish nuclear weapons
Robert Dodge, MD, The Capital Times - October 15

I am going all in on Initiative 1631
Mark Vossler, MD, Redmond Reporter - Oct 12

Physicians for Social Responsibility: Ban the Bomb!
WORT 89.9 FM interview with PSR-Wisconsin's Paula Rogge, MD - Oct 10

Momentum builds in campaign against diesel pollution
The Portland Tribune - Oct 3

Climate change is already a public health crisis—just look at Puerto Rico
Olivia Alperstein, In These Times - Oct 3

Residents of San Fernando, Simi valleys want Gavin Newsom to commit to cleaning up Santa Susana Field Lab, if he wins
Los Angeles Daily News - Oct 2

Don't arm this president with these nukes
Olivia Alperstein, Foreign Policy in Focus - Oct 2

Fighting climate change by uniting for climate justice
Barb Gottlieb, The Hill - Oct 2

It's time to ban nuclear weapons for good
Olivia Alperstein, BuzzFlash - Sept 26

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