July 18, 2017
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120+ nations agree to ban nuclear weapons  

In a historic vote this month,122 nations voted to ban nuclear weapons. The United States and the eight other nuclear-armed nations boycotted the United Nations treaty talks. National PSR's Ira Helfand, MD, who has worked on nuclear proliferation issues for decades, celebrated the ban as an important step in ridding the world of nuclear weaponsChesapeake PSR President Gwen DuBois, MD, (pictured, above left, at the Micronesia delegation) was in New York lobbying country delegations to support the ban. Read about the ban treaty and Dr. Helfand's CNN op-ed on its importance.



Delivered: RGGI climate letter to Hogan

Last week, we delivered a letter to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan urging him to support a stronger Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). RGGI provides billions in economic and health benefits to its 9 member states. Thank you to the 80+ Chesapeake PSR members who signed the petition. Read why a stronger RGGI is critical to meeting Maryland climate goals.





AG Frosh challenges EPA's Pruitt on chlorpyrifos 

In late June, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh was one of six AGs and a dozen groups filing challenges claiming Scott Pruitt's EPA violated federal law in failing to ban the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos from U.S. food crops. In March, Pruitt reversed the position of EPA scientists who recommended a ban after finding chlorpyrifos is linked to cognitive and motor deficits in children and farmworkers. Read which crops contain chlorpyrifos and why officials and groups are fighting to ban it.  



Relaxing air pollution regs will harm vulnerable groups

A New England Journal of Medicine editorial cited a huge new study in calling for tighter regulations on air pollution. Trump's plans to relax standards on particulate matter will lead to more premature deaths, the authors wrote. Especially in harm's way are the elderly, low-income people, children and those with cardiopulmonary problems. Read about the study and why loosening pollution regs is a bad idea.  



Annual report highlights our growth

Chesapeake PSR's 2016 annual report details the growth in our influential work on issues of climate and energy, toxics and health, and social justice in Maryland. Read more about our successes (and where we go from here).



Attend Nagasaki and Hiroshima commemorations

On August 6 and 9, Chesapeake PSR will participate in commemorations of the anniversaries of the dropping of nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. If you would like to attend the Baltimore events, please contact Max Obuszewski at mobuszewski2001@gmail. 





Chesapeake PSR is a strong health voice on issues of environment, social justice and peace. Our volunteer activists are medical and health professionals and interested individuals. Please volunteer with Chesapeake PSR, donate, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.




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