December 15, 2014
Vienna Nuclear Conference: The World Is Coming to Its Senses!
Austrian Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz welcomes participants to the Vienna Conference in the Hofsburg Palace
Representatives from 158 nations -- 82% of the world -- gathered in
the Hofsburg Palace December 8 & 9 for the Vienna Humanitarian
Impact of Nuclear Weapons Conference. Messages from Pope Francis and Ban
Ki-Moon echoed calls from nation after nation for immediate progress
toward nuclear disarmament. At the urging of PSR and others, the United
States opted to attend, reversing its boycott of the prior two
Humanitarian Impact conferences. Drs. Catherine Thomasson and Ira
Helfand represented PSR and spoke at ICAN's Civil Society Forum just
prior to the conference. Read more »
Iran Deal Extended But Trouble Lurking
Kerry, Ashton, and Zarif in Oman where the most recent negotiations took place.
The deadline for a diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear program was
extended from Nov. 24th until July 1st, 2015. This is great news since
it allows more time to let diplomacy work. However, there are hardliners
in Congress who would like to add additional sanctions against Iran in
the hopes of pressuring them to accept an agreement. The problem is,
these additional sanctions could severely undermine the negotiation
process. Expect to see action alerts from PSR in January after the new
Congress is sworn in. Read more »
Announcing Climate Health Action Teams!
We're excited to announce the launch of PSR's Climate Health Action Teams
-- "CHATs"! Through the CHATS, we'll provide our members with knowledge
and resources to successfully advocate for renewable energy and energy
efficiency. These technologies offer the healthiest options for
generating our nation's electricity.
Each month, CHAT
participants will join together for a one-hour, webinar-based training
on a particular aspect of climate change, clean energy and health, and
learn how to take one specific action in their communities.
Sign Up Now for January's Launch!
Climate Peril by John Berger
Consider purchasing Climate Peril by John Berger to inform your friends and family about the threats from climate change. If ordered from Northbrae Books via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and mentioning PSR, the author will donate $10 to PSR. This is a hard-hitting book with the latest information. How to order »
London's 1854 Cholera Epidemic, the Broad Street Pump, and the Beginnings of Epidemiology
PSR member John Lamperti reviews The Ghost Map, the story of one physician's inspiring example of social responsibility; Dr. Snow could qualify as PSR's patron saint. Read more »