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June 29, 2021

Peace and Security

Biden and Putin in Geneva

Biden-Putin summit offers a glimmer of hope

The June 16 summit meeting between Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin signaled an incremental improvement in relations between the two superpowers. If you are one of the PSR members who sent a message to the White House urging Biden to aim high at the summit, thank you. Ambassadors will return to their respective embassies and both sides committed to ongoing "strategic stability" talks. Which is to say, they agreed to work together to lower the risk of ending the world. Their joint statement also included this: "Today, we reaffirm the principle that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought." To find out PSR's role in this outcome, read more.

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Environment & Health

Fracking flarePhoto: WildEarth Guardians

Important report release coming!

PSR will be releasing an important exposé documenting the use of previously unknown, highly dangerous chemicals in fracking. Please plan to join us for a webinar on these groundbreaking findings, Monday, July 12 at noon Eastern.

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PSR Staff

Intern Photos

PSR Welcomes Summer Interns

PSR is excited to welcome five new interns this summer, who are joining the Environment & Health and Nuclear Weapons Abolition programs virtually: Kathleen Caldwell, Racheal Khan, Anahí López, Henry Lynett, and Eliza Marris.

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Upcoming Events

Annual 4th Fest
Coralville, IA
Sun. Jul. 4, 12:00 pm CDT
PSR Iowa will have a prominent place in this annual event, and will focus on promoting renewable energy. Contact for details.

GBPSR Monthly Meeting
Mon. Jul. 5, 7:00 pm EDT
Greater Boston PSR's monthly meeting – open to all. Please contact Anna Baker at for Zoom information.

Webinar: Exposé on use in fracking of previously unknown, highly dangerous chemicals
Mon. Jul. 12, 12:00 pm EDT
Join PSR's webinar as we release the findings of our report revealing a new toxic threat in fracking. Register

Outside in and inside out...what's in the air we breathe?
Tue. Jul. 13, 6:00 pm EDT
PSR Pennsylvania webinar featuring speaker Peter DeCarlo. Register

WNCPSR Monthly Meeting
Fri. Jul. 15, 12:30 - 2:00 pm EDT
Physicians, health personnel and everyone; all are welcomed at Western North Carolina's meetings held on the third Friday of each month. Click here for call-in info.

Johnson County Fair
Johnson County Fair Grounds, IA
Sun. Jul. 25 - Wed. July 28, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm CDT
PSR Iowa will be exhibiting, promoting clean energy, nuclear abolition, and social justice for the health of all Iowans. Contact for details.

Hiroshima & Nagasaki Memorial Ceremony and Art Exhibition
Japanese American Historical Plaza, Waterfront Park, Portland, OR
Fri. Aug. 6, 6:00 pm PDT
Annual event co-sponsored by Oregon PSR, with a remembrance ceremony featuring Rev. Eisei Ikenaga of Portland's Nichiren Buddhist Temple, followed by a visit to Japanese American Museum of Oregon for a nuclear disarmament-themed art exhibition. Please RSVP here. The ceremony will also be livestreamed for those who can't attend.

Lanterns for Peace
Tenney Park, Madison, WI
Mon. Aug. 9, 6:30 pm CDT
Join PSR Wisconsin in person for this family-friendly yearly commemoration of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. More information

A Century of Housing Discrimination and Its Legacy of Health Impacts Today
Tue. Aug. 17, 6:00 pm EDT
PSR Pennsylvania webinar featuring speaker Richard Tolin, MD. Register

Racial Equity Reading Group
New Date: Wed. Aug. 25, 7:00 pm PDT
SF Bay PSR's informal reading and discussion group about issues of structural racism and inequity, particularly as they negatively impact public health and medicine. To join please email All are welcome (not just health professionals).

San Francisco Bay PSR's Annual Gala
Wed. Sep. 22, 6:00 - 8:15 pm PDT
Save the date for this virtual gala, featuring keynote speaker Daniel Ellsberg, awards for three young health activists, and a silent auction. Tickets will go on sale in August here.

GBPSR Virtual Concert
Sat. Sep. 25, 7:00 pm EDT
Livestreamed concert honoring the late Dr. Bernard Lown, featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma and musicians from the Longwood Symphony Orchestra. More information

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PSR Actions

Nuclear weapons are a local issue. Urge your state representatives to speak out!


Our nation needs stricter methane regulations!


Our nation needs 21st-century infrastructure!

In the news

Federal Licensing Board Considers Challenge To Wisconsin's Last Nuclear Plant
Wisconsin Public Radio - Jun 23
Coverage of PSR Wisconsin's challenge of the Point Beach license extension.


Critics of Proposed Point Beach Nuclear Plant License Extension Ask Feds for In-Depth Review
WUWM 89.7 (NPR) - Jun 23
Coverage of PSR Wisconsin's challenge of the Point Beach license extension.


This Portable Induction Cooktop Is Magnetic
Bon Appétit - Jun 22
Cites PSR's gas stoves report.


Presidents Biden and Putin's Nuclear Words
Robert Dodge, MD, PSR-Los Angeles, Common Dreams - Jun 21


Wildfire smoke: A burning health issue is getting worse
Bellevue Reporter - Jun 21
Mentions Washington PSR.


Honor veterans by producing fewer of them
The Register-Guard - Jun 20
Op-ed citing PSR's Body Count report.


Understanding the risks of science
Gwen DuBois, MD, MPH, Chesapeake PSR President, The Washington Post - Jun 18


Investing in clean energy infrastructure is a win for public health
Janis Petzel, MD, PSR Maine Board Member, Bangor Daily News - Jun 17


Presidents Biden and Putin Urged to Adopt Nuclear No-first-use Policies
Scoop - Jun 16
Quotes San Francisco Bay PSR's Robert Gould, MD.


Presidents Biden and Putin, Heed This Appeal
Robert Dodge, MD, PSR-Los Angeles, Common Dreams - Jun 14


Petition urges Allegheny County executive to end his support of shale, petro development
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Jun 14
Mentions PSR Pennsylvania.


Is Your Gas Stove Destroying the Planet?
Bloomberg - Jun 12
Cites PSR's gas stoves report.


The Geneva Summit: Biden and Putin Need to Pull Back From the Nuclear Brink
Mark Muhich, PSR Committee to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Counterpunch - Jun 4


Morning Energy
Politico - Jun 4
Mentions PSR's methane letter.


The Risk of Nuclear War With China
Robert M. Gould, MD, San Francisco Bay PSR President, New York Times - Jun 3


TNA outlines key to reviving bill to remove APRN restrictions
State of Reform - Jun 3
Mentions Texas PSR.


More nuclear energy could be coming to Central Washington, as Grant County explores small-scale
KUOW - Jun 2
Quotes Oregon PSR's Damon Motz-Storey.


PPP aid flooded fast food outlets facing labor complaints
Reveal - Jun 2
Cites PSR-Los Angeles fast food and COVID report.


Proposed law to nix neonics pesticides
The Daily News - May 27
Mentions PSR New York.


Addressing climate change directly benefits community health, according to Florida health experts
State of Reform - May 27
Coverage of conference featuring PSR Florida's Todd Sack, MD.


Improving children’s health starts with cleaner air
Steph Lee, MD, MPH, PSR Pennsylvania, and Gabriel Cisneros, MD, Patriot-News - Apr 22


How Can Kids Help Stop Climate Change?
Healthy Children - Apr 20
Podcast interview with PSR Pennsylvania's Steph Lee, MD, MPH


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