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April 19, 2016

Peace & Security

"Don't Bank on the Bomb" scores its first big U.S. victory

Don't Bank on the Bomb logoIn a victory for the international "Don't Bank on the Bomb" divestment campaign, the City Council of Cambridge, MA voted unanimously March 21 to divest its $1 billion pension fund from the nuclear weapons industry. MIT's Stephen Hawking said: "If you want to slow the nuclear arms race, then put your money where your mouth is and don’t bank on the bomb." Would you like to divest your personal portfolio, or know of a university, municipality, bank or investment fund that should divest? Learn more »

TONIGHT in NYC: Flipping the Script

Flipping the Script

Tuesday April 19, 2016 5:30 pm New York City

This year, the Tribeca Film Festival focuses on nuclear risk. In conjunction with the festival, PSR board member and past president Ira Helfand, MD, will be featured at an N Square-funded event that will include author Eric Schlosser, director Smriti Keshari of The Bomb, gaming-for-good expert Susanna Pollack and others. Clips from Robert Kenner's film based on Schosser's Command and Control will be aired and the multimedia sensation The Bomb will be launched. Please come and meet PSR’s Sr. Manager of Philanthropy, Christine Herrmann, Dr. Helfand and local PSR representatives.

Register here to attend this exclusive event with innovators who want a future that is free from the threat of nuclear catastrophe.

Security News & Views ~ April Edition

We Need Real News posterHere are this month's top ten news articles, media hits and opinion pieces to keep you informed about what's happening in the nuclear disarmament movement. Read more »


Environment & Health

Climate, heat, mosquitoes: Making us sick

Mosquito Climate PostcardSummer 2016 may be the hottest ever. Prepare for an onslaught of mosquitoes—and the dangerous diseases they bear. Mosquitoes in the U.S. already carry West Nile disease. Dengue fever, Zika, and malaria are mosquito-borne in other parts of the world; the primary threat for U.S. residents is associated with travel. But with climate change raising world temperatures, mosquito ranges are expanding and their biting behavior increases. Alert your colleagues and friends using PSR's latest "Climate Change Makes Me Sick" e-postcard, available on our website for forwarding, tweeting, and posting on websites and Facebook.

TONIGHT: Webinar: Hormone-disrupting chemicals—the latest research

Children playingHormone-disrupting chemicals are used in many consumer products including cosmetics and children's items. Yet few health professionals have been trained to help patients reduce exposures to these harmful chemicals. Our next train-the-trainer lecture will review new research on endocrine-disrupting chemicals and discuss recent biomonitoring studies investigating the presence of fire retardants in women and children. Johanna Congleton, MSPH, PhD and a PSR national board member, will discuss these topics and how to counsel patients on reducing exposure risks. Register now to join us, TONIGHT, April 19 at 7:00 p.m. EDT.

Fracking Infrastructure Extends Health Threats

Fracking Infrastructure webinar slide

Fracking for oil and gas releases dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other chemicals into the air. It also leaks methane, a powerful heat-trapping greenhouse gas. Those emissions are well-documented. What is less known is that fracking infrastructure extends those dangers far beyond the wellsites. Pipelines carry fracked gas hundreds of miles to markets or ports; compressor stations, which keep the gas pressurized and moving, can be located every 50 miles. They leak. Learn about the associated health and climate threats - view our new recorded webinar.


Election 2016

What the Presidential Candidates Really Say

Presidential Election 2016The world faces terrifying threats from nuclear weapons and climate change. You know that; we know that. Do the presidential candidates know?  How do they address the world’s gravest threats to health and survival? PSR dug into the record to find what the presidential contenders are saying about nuclear security, climate change, fossil fuels and renewable energy. What we found is quite revealing. Read the candidates' quotes on nuclear issues and climate and energy issues.

In This Issue

"Don't Bank on the Bomb" scores its first big U.S. victory

TONIGHT in NYC: Flipping the Script

Security News & Views

Climate, heat, mosquitoes: Making us sick

Webinar: Hormone-disrupting chemicals—the latest research

Fracking Infrastructure Extends Health Threats

What the Presidential Candidates Really Say

Latest PSR Blog Post

Peabody Goes Bankrupt by Suyeon Yang

PSR Actions

Tell Congress: "Stop wasting my tax dollars on nuclear weapons!" »

President Obama: Please restore critical military-to-military communications between the U.S. and Russia »

In the News

PSR Urges Clinton Foundation to Divest from ExxonMobil
April 14, 2016
ExxonMobil is a company that has been fighting efforts to address the climate crisis for over 25 years, deceiving the public to maintain its profits. Foundations that work on climate change such as the Clinton Foundation should divest.

How much longer must Maine be the 'tailpipe of the nation'?
Bangor Daily News
April 11, 2016
An op-ed on ozone by PSR Maine member Dr. Peter Millard.

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