Olivia Alperstein

Olivia Alperstein

Olivia Alperstein is the Media Relations Manager for Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR). www.psr.org.

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No nation on earth can afford the catastrophic regional and global consequences of any use of nuclear weapons. (Photo: A B53 nuclear bomb at the Pantex facility in Texas/NNSA/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Don’t Forget: Nuclear Weapons Are an Existential Threat
There’s a growing awareness now that climate change is an existential threat to humanity. Inspiring movements are demanding solutions, and politicians are scrambling to offer them. That’s good. But there’s another existential threat that gets a lot less attention: nuclear war. And a new study...
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Alongside climate change, nuclear weapons pose one of the gravest risks to human survival. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, August 02, 2019
The U.S. Should Never Start A Nuclear War
Seventy-four years ago this August, the U.S. dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was one of the most horrific acts of warfare in history. This month, we remember the 200,000 or more civilian men, women, and children who died, and the many thousands more who suffered radiation...
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An ambulance races through a flood in Mumbai, India (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
The Climate Crisis Is Also a Health Emergency
Rising global temperatures are intensifying the effects of extreme weather events across the United States and around the world. Wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, floods, and severe storms are becoming the norm, not the exception. Extreme weather events don’t just hurt people with blunt...
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Wednesday, March 06, 2019
A Modest Proposal: Don’t Start a Nuclear War
In a matter of minutes, as easily as sending a tweet, a sitting U.S. president could decide to launch a nuclear attack, without anyone else’s approval or authorization. In a matter of minutes, millions of lives would be lost, and millions of futures halted permanently. At my organization,...
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Undoing critical health and safety standards and putting more Americans in danger goes against the very purpose of the EPA. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, January 09, 2019
This EPA Rule Change Could Kill Thousands
While Americans were quietly preparing to ring in the New Year, the EPA gave families a deadly present to start the year off wrong. On December 28, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal that would effectively weaken the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), which protect...
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Consider this your all-hands-on-deck, siren-blaring warning that we need to act comprehensively to mitigate climate change now — or forever hold our peace. (Photo: Beth Scupham/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, November 01, 2018
We Have 12 Years to Save—or Lose—Our Only Home
Pull on the seat-belt in your gas-guzzling car, folks, and strap in for the worst ride of our lives. This fall, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a critical report warning that humans have about 12 years — until 2030 — before global warming reaches a...
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“There’s no such thing as a low-yield nuclear war.” (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Don’t Arm This President With These Nukes
On September 26, the global community celebrated International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, a day designated by the United Nations (UN) to draw attention to one of its oldest goals: achieving global nuclear disarmament. By unhappy coincidence, September 26 was also the day...
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We've seen enough disasters due to bombs, nuclear weapons and nuclear power to know that we cannot afford any more. (Photo: Wikimedia / Creative Commons) Views
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
It’s Time to Ban Nukes for Good
September 26 is International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, a day designated by the United Nations to draw attention to one of its oldest goals: achieving global nuclear disarmament. Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) honors the occasion by calling once again for the...
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While Americans attended memorial services, the EPA announced plans to roll back regulations on methane — a powerful greenhouse gas that damages the world’s climate and threatens human health.(Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Future Generations Will Mourn What the EPA Did on 9/11
September 11 is already an annual day of mourning. But while the nation grieved over victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency announced a plan future generations may well grieve as a tragedy in its own right. While Americans attended memorial...
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
What’s at Stake if Brett Kavanaugh Joins the Court
President Donald Trump has nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Why should you care? Because everything from reproductive rights to voting, education, and health care is now at stake. Kavanaugh, a judicial ideologue committed to pulling the Court...
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