September 24, 2013
PSR Briefs Senate on Health Impacts of Chemicals
Last Friday, PSR co-sponsored a Senate briefing on the link between chemical exposures and adverse health impacts. Catherine Thomasson, MD, PSR's executive director, joined leading environmental health researchers and academics to discuss the seriousness of the chemical threat facing the U.S. and what we can do to stop it. Read more »
PSR feels that climate change is the gravest active threat to public health. We have developed a series of presentations and new handouts to help you understand the issue and to take action. Climate Change and Public Health provides an overview handout to share with your colleagues and friends. How Coal Affects Public Health is a great two page handout describing its direct impact on health and its role in climate change. The other two cover vector-borne and water-borne diseases and an overall view of the threat of heat waves on health. In addition, we are presenting a series of monthly webinars on climate and health, now available on our website for you to share with colleagues and friends.
Groups Warn EPA Against Radiation Protection Rollbacks
Over 100 groups, including PSR, called on (pdf) EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to withdraw new Protective Action Guidelines (PAGs) on radiation standards. These PAGs are severely inadequate in the face of the Fukushima disaster and would represent a rollback of existing public health and safety protections.
Michelle Gin, Student Coordinator
PSR welcomes Michelle Gin, our new student coordinator! Michelle is working on her Master’s in Public Health at the University of Minnesota. She has been our regional international student representative for International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and is the Coordinator of the Nuclear Weapons Inheritance Project since 2012. She worked with Iowa PSR for over 2 years in the past and is very dedicated to making our world a healthier and more peaceful place. Please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions about the student program, for speakers and how to start a chapter at your university.
Webinar: Climate Change and Conflict
PSR's webinar series on Climate Change and Health continues tonight with a presentation on "Climate Change and Conflict." By increasing the stresses on water supplies, food production, and land, climate change contributes to social conflict and even boils over into war. Where is this happening? What can the US do? Join us to find out, tomorrow night, Wednesday September 25, 7:30 pm EDT.
Honoring Dr. Vic Sidel: PSR Founding Member
Physicians for Social Responsibility invites you to attend an event honoring Dr. Vic Sidel and his many contributions to public health. The former American Public Health Association President was influential in many areas, including serving in leadership and as a founding member and of both PSR, and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, recipient of the 1985 Nobel Prize for Peace. Join us on Nov 3 as guest speakers honor the achievements of this great man.