June 28, 2017
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Why are nuclear weapons still on the table?

Through July 7, negotiators from around the world are in New York working out the details of a United Nations global nuclear weapons ban treaty that has the support of as many as 130 nations. However, the U.S. and the eight other nuclear-armed states are boycotting the talks. Along with national Physicians for Social Responsibilty (PSR) and other groups, Chesapeake PSR supports banning nuclear weapons and removing them from hair-trigger alert. Nuclear weapon use could take an unprecedented catastrophic toll, including mass starvation and death. Read more about the work of Chesapeake PSR President Dr. Gwen DuBois and others on this high-stakes issue.




Climate change is global, but now more than ever, solutions need to be found at the state and local levels. Read about Maryland reactions to the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement:

Baltimore adopts ambitious climate resolution

The Baltimore City Council, with the help of Maryland Environmental Health Network and other groups, passed a sweeping climate resolution opposing the recent U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. The resolution commits Baltimore to far-reaching changes in energy production and consumption, transportation practices and local food production. The city commits to pursuing aggressive policies to be a climate leader, such as moving to 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2050 and reducing pollution from combustible energy sources. Read more about the visionary scope of Baltimore's plan. 




Climate group urges state-to-state partnerships

The Maryland Climate Coalition issued a statement, in an open letter to Governor Larry Hogan and the General Assembly, urging state officials "to enter progress-oriented partnerships with other states." Co-authored by Chesapeake PSR Climate Health Action Team's Alfred Bartlett, MD, the coalition of environmental and health groups pledges to support the Paris goals and to fight national efforts to roll back climate protections. Read the Maryland Climate Coalition statement. 



We join second lawsuit against EPA  

The Environmental Integrity Project, Chesapeake PSR and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network filed a lawsuit this week against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failure to timely respond to our petition requesting that EPA object to the proposed air pollution permit issued by the Maryland Department of the Environment to Raven Power Fort Smallwood, LLC for the Fort Smallwood Complex. The Fort Smallwood Complex consists of the Brandon Shores and Wagner coal-fired power plants in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Read more about the lawsuit and the health impacts of pollution from coal-fired power plants.




Governor Hogan rejects Cove Point safety study

Governor Larry Hogan rejected calls to conduct a risk assessment of the Cove Point fracked gas export facility. This poses unacceptable risks to residents of southern Maryland. Cove Point will be the first liquefied gas terminal on the East Coast and the first in such a densely populated area, exposing thousands to potential explosions and to toxic chemicals such as benzene. Read about why Cove Point is particularly dangerous and sign a petition asking for a safety study.   



Climate change brings more pests - and diseases

The last three years have been the hottest on record, and Antarctic sea ice is melting at a record pace. As the climate changes, many pests and vermin thrive, putting human health at greater risk. The medical community is warning the public of the health consequences of climate change. A new report from the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health details the risks. Read more about how climate change affects human health.





New blog on climate and science 

Sara Via, PhD, Co-Lead, Chesapeake PSR Climate Health Action Team 

Dr. Via has published a new blog on the impacts of climate change and why we need climate science. The blog, The Climate Corner, takes a science-based approach to explaining global temperature changes, climate change's effects on agriculture and food, why scientists march and other issues. Dr. Via is a professor of biology and entomology at University of Maryland. Read The Climate Corner blog to learn more.




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