Press Room Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) asserts a strong medical voice on the gravest threats to health. PSR mobilizes physicians and health professionals to advocate for climate solutions and a nuclear weapons-free world. For interviews with PSR’s experts, contact PSR at psrnatl@psr.org or (202) 667-4260.

PSR Statement on the Murder of Indigenous Forest Defender, Manuel “Tortuguita” Esteban Paez Terán

January 27, 2023 Comments Off on PSR Statement on the Murder of Indigenous Forest Defender, Manuel “Tortuguita” Esteban Paez Terán

PSR mourns the death of Tortuguita, and condemns state violence enacted against environmentalists in the United States and abroad. 

Doomsday Clock at 90 Seconds to Midnight

PSR Statement on the 2023 Doomsday Clock Announcement

January 24, 2023 Comments Off on PSR Statement on the 2023 Doomsday Clock Announcement

This announcement by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moving the Clock closer to midnight reminds us that we cannot prepare for nuclear war, we must prevent it.

A Message from Our Executive Director

January 23, 2023 Comments Off on A Message from Our Executive Director

PSR today announced that Jeff Carter, who has led the organization as its Executive Director since 2017, will step down later this year.

PSR Staff Testifies Before EPA on Proposed Methane Rule

January 12, 2023 Comments Off on PSR Staff Testifies Before EPA on Proposed Methane Rule

PSR staff testified to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during hearings to pass a proposed rule reducing leaks of methane and other harmful pollutants from oil and gas operations across the country. 

PSR Statement on the EPA’s Proposed Soot Standard

January 9, 2023 Comments Off on PSR Statement on the EPA’s Proposed Soot Standard

PSR is disappointed by the EPA’s lax decision to propose an annual health standard for soot that does not prioritize human health.

PSR Advises Biden: Rewrite the Nuclear Posture Review

October 28, 2022 Comments Off on PSR Advises Biden: Rewrite the Nuclear Posture Review

The NPR disregards the increasing numbers of Americans who are calling to redirect these resources to urgent needs like food insecurity, access to health care, and the climate change crisis — to name just a few. 

PSR Statement on the Escalating Nuclear Threat in Ukraine

October 19, 2022 Comments Off on PSR Statement on the Escalating Nuclear Threat in Ukraine

It is critical that we all understand that any use of nuclear weapons – tactical, low-yield, or otherwise – would have catastrophic health impacts for the immediate victims and our collective future.

Oil and Gas Companies Have Used PFAS in Ohio Wells; ‘Trade Secret’ Laws Limit Public’s Ability to Know Full Extent of Use

September 29, 2022 Comments Off on Oil and Gas Companies Have Used PFAS in Ohio Wells; ‘Trade Secret’ Laws Limit Public’s Ability to Know Full Extent of Use

Previously unpublicized information unearthed by PSR shows that a class of extremely toxic and persistent chemicals known as PFAS has been used in Ohio’s oil and gas wells since at least 2013.

PSR Statement on the Inflation Reduction Act Becoming Law

August 18, 2022 Comments Off on PSR Statement on the Inflation Reduction Act Becoming Law

PSR celebrates President Biden’s signing of the Inflation Reduction Act, making it the law of the land and solidifying the nation’s largest investment ever to address the climate crisis.

PSR Statement on the Nuclear Famine Report

August 15, 2022 Comments Off on PSR Statement on the Nuclear Famine Report

The report from Dr. Lili Xia, Dr. Alan Robock and their colleagues confirms our worst fears about the health consequences of nuclear weapons.

Protester with sign reading "Climate Justice Now!"

In Florida, Queer Youth Battle Bigotry and Climate Change

October 31, 2022 Comments Off on In Florida, Queer Youth Battle Bigotry and Climate Change

Atmos article quoting Lakey Love, PSR Florida chapter manager.

Unhealthy Fracking

October 30, 2022 Comments Off on Unhealthy Fracking

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette op-ed by PSR Pennsylvania’s Barbara W. Brandom, MD.

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Hype aside, gas is anything but clean

October 22, 2022 Comments Off on Hype aside, gas is anything but clean

Times Union op-ed by Kathleen Nolan, MD, PSR New York President.

Scientists Warn Nuclear War Would Make the World Colder, Darker and Hungrier

October 21, 2022 Comments Off on Scientists Warn Nuclear War Would Make the World Colder, Darker and Hungrier

Truthout interview with PSR’s Dr. Ira Helfand.

Trillion-Dollar Pension Fund TIAA Faces Climate-Washing Complaint Brought by Hundreds of Professors and Scientists

October 19, 2022 Comments Off on Trillion-Dollar Pension Fund TIAA Faces Climate-Washing Complaint Brought by Hundreds of Professors and Scientists

Center for International Environmental Law press release quoting Pouné Saberi, MD, MPH, PSR Pennsylvania.

Now Is Not the Time to Playact Nuclear War

October 18, 2022 Comments Off on Now Is Not the Time to Playact Nuclear War

Op-ed in The Nation by Matt Bivens, MD, PSR Board Member.

Colorado Coalition Urges Phase-out of New Fracking Oil and Gas Permits

October 18, 2022 Comments Off on Colorado Coalition Urges Phase-out of New Fracking Oil and Gas Permits

Op-ed in the Pagosa Daily Post quoting PSR Colorado’s Barbara Donachy, MPH.

Military plane firing nuclear test missile

Rehearsal for “Armageddon” Underway as NATO and Russia Hold Nuclear Exercises

October 18, 2022 Comments Off on Rehearsal for “Armageddon” Underway as NATO and Russia Hold Nuclear Exercises

Alaska Native News article quoting PSR Board Member Dr. Robert Dodge.

Electrify Equitably: Philanthropic Partnership Centers Frontline Communities in Decarbonization

October 17, 2022 Comments Off on Electrify Equitably: Philanthropic Partnership Centers Frontline Communities in Decarbonization

Inside Philanthropy article quoting Martha Arguello, PSR Los-Angeles Executive Director.

60 Years After the Cuban Missile Crisis—Nuclear War Risk Remains

October 17, 2022 Comments Off on 60 Years After the Cuban Missile Crisis—Nuclear War Risk Remains

Op-ed by PSR Board Member Robert Dodge, MD in Common Dreams.