October 28, 2014
Rendez-Vous Ottawa: Building Solidarity to Ban Nuclear Weapons
Canadian, American, and European campaigners gathered at Rendez-Vous Ottawa 2014, October 25 and 26, to cement our alliance and coordinate our North American work toward a nuclear weapons ban. PSR board member Andy Kanter, MD, presented data from the PSR/IPPNW Nuclear Famine report. He is pictured with co-panelists Mia Gandenberger of Reaching Critical Will (Geneva), Juan Carlos Chirgwin of Physicians for Global Survival (Canada) and Paul Hannon of Mines Action Canada. PSR Security Program Director Martin Fleck led two workshops on "influencing decision-makers." Read more »
Encouraging News from the Disarmament World
On October 20th, New Zealand delivered the 2014 version of the Joint Statement on Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons to the UN First Committee. 155 states signed this year, representing a 24% increase from last year's 125 states. This goes to show that efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons aren’t going away, but gaining steam! According to the Joint Statement, "It's in the interest of the very survival of humanity that nuclear weapons are never used again, under any circumstances. The only way to guarantee [this] is through their total elimination." See Full Statement »
Health "Co-Benefits" of Cutting Carbon: How Much? How Fast?
Replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy and energy efficiency will slash greenhouse gases and help stave off climate change. It will also achieve big reductions in premature deaths, heart attacks and lung disease. How much? How fast? And can the "Clean Power Plan" -- the proposed EPA rule to limit carbon emissions from coal plants -- make it happen? Find out when we host Dr. Jonathan Levy, long-time PSR member and coauthor of a new study on the health "co-benefits" of carbon standards. Sign up for his 3 pm EST November 12 webinar here.
Break the Silence on Fracking Non-Disclosure Agreements
The oil and gas industries claim there's no proof that fracking harms human health, but it turns out they have suppressed important information through the use of non-disclosure agreements. Non-disclosure agreements provide cash payments to people harmed by fracking, in exchange for their promise to remain silent. PSR's Chesapeake chapter is petitioning the American Petroleum Institute and America's Natural Gas Alliance to publicly disclose the number of these non-disclosure agreements, their location, and the reasons for each -- and to allow those who have been silenced to speak publicly about their health concerns. Sign their petition here.
PSR Critiques U.N. Fukushima Report
PSR and IPPNW-Germany posted an article critical of the official U.N. assessment of the health impact of the disaster Fukushima Daiichi. With unexpectedly high thyroid cancers documented and extensive ocean contamination, this event is still unfolding with continued threats. Read more »
Student Bike Tour in Kazakhstan Raises Awareness about Nuclear Tests
PSR Student Organizer Michelle Gin reports back from the amazing bike tour in Kazakhstan, supported by PSR members. The shocking story of radiation exposure and information cover-up was countered by the warm, welcoming embrace of Kazakhstanis and their desire to tell their stories. Read more »
Dr. Bruce Amundson Carries the Message Locally and Globally
Dr. Bruce Amundson is a family physician whose medical career included practicing medicine in a rural community, teaching at a residency in Spokane WA, and serving on the faculty of the University of Washington School of Medicine. A central role at UWSM was to help rural communities in the Pacific NW strengthen and sustain health services. Read more »
PSR Welcomes Theresa Shaffer to the Security Program
Theresa comes to PSR as the Security Outreach Associate after an internship at American Security Project where her professional experience with nuclear disarmament began. Theresa's position at PSR involves organizing with chapters to promote the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty, promote diplomacy to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, and oppose funding to modernize the American nuclear arsenal.
Theresa received a B.A. in French and a B.A. in International Studies with a concentration in Peace Studies from the University of North Texas. While there, she completed a thesis on the A.Q. Khan proliferation network with policy recommendations. She is originally from Buffalo, NY.
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