Dec 21, 2014

Vienna Nuclear Conference Signals a Turning Point

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December 15, 2014

Vienna Nuclear Conference: The World Is Coming to Its Senses!

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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

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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!

Offshore WindWe'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!

PSR Bookshelf

Climate Peril by John Berger

Climate Peril coverConsider 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 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

Ghost Map coverPSR 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 »

In This Issue

Vienna Nuclear Conference
Iran Deal Extended But Trouble Lurking
Announcing Climate Health Action Teams!
Climate Peril by John Berger
Book Review: London's 1854 Cholera Epidemic

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